Meeting:2015/02/05

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Meeting (to be) held from 18:00-20:00 on 2015/02/05 in Zepler CLS Lecture Room

 

Amateur Radio

Licence Exams

  • Upcoming exams
    • David Henley will let Henry know shortly wrt candidates for an exam in May from IVARC.
    • Two people wanting to do an exam. May as well run them at the same time as IVARC's (so in May).

How to unbreak the members page

  • daveruss has been looking into this


Outings

  • Next outing date, location and plan
    • After exams in January
    • Milford-on-Sea?
    • Make a definitive list for things we need for outings.
    • It's cold enough right now ;)
    • Set up a doodle poll for the next couple of months
    • Transport
      • Probably Members' cars and possibly also ferries if not enough spaces.
      • If kit is a problem - cars carrying kit, people by ferry, a car-based shuttle from the nearest station.
  • Dover Rally - 15th March
  • Harwell in Didcot this Sunday. Who wants to come?
    • Murray, Phil, Chris O, Tyler, Tom, Raphael (maybe).
    • Two cars' worth (Phil and Murray).

Science and Engineering Family Day

  • 14th March
  • We've been invited
  • Who can go?
    • Chris O, Tyler (in some form), Henry (probably), Arthur (maybe), probably not Chris M but maybe, Phil if need be, Russell probably, Andy Barrett-Sprot (maybe).
  • Respond on the mailing list if you are also interested.
  • Things to do
    • Usual radio operations
    • PiFM/SSTV DEMO IN A DALEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Graeme inquiring about IVARC mast.
    • Getting people to send greeting messages (to other society members)

SUSU Antenna Array

  • Progress
  • SUWS repaying members for items they have bought for the array
    • Invoices received from members (Henry, Tyler, Graeme?)
    • Invoices paid: Tyler
  • What do we still need?
    • Antennas
    • Masts?
  • We need to start planning the construction
  • Contact with E&F
    • Tyler, Daveruss and Murray have met with E&F
    • They would need to put up scaffolding around the building
    • POSSIBLY cherry picker, based on weights of antennas AND H&S rules that they couldn't recall offhand
    • As long as they provided the safe working platform and they supervised or performed safety critical work (eg mounting of the actual mast), they would be happy for us to perform the work.
    • SUSU H&S should be kept in the loop
  • SUSU facilities
    • SUSU Facilities email gone out (to facilities@susu.org )
    • No reply yet
  • Speaking/meeting with other societies/SUSU
    • No development yet
  • Potential Shack in SUSU may cease to be bookable again and become an office.
    • Any further update beyond this is not happening yet and the fact we may be able to use it out of office hours anyway.
  • Things to do:
    • Email E&F with regards to the weights of the parts, organise follow-up meeting wrt cost
    • Email SUSU H&S guy (Murray has address)
    • Add facebook group message about E&F meeting; general progress update
    • General meeting with societies who are interested

CubeSat

  • Any more information / contact with CubeSat group
    • Nope
    • They're building the transmitter

Publicity

  • Newsletter indefinitely put on hold because nobody can be arsed to finish it
  • WE SHOULD START A BLOG!
  • Facebook (EUGH!!!!!!!)
    • That is literally Daveruss's job

QSL Cards

  • QSL card design submissions
    • Close date when we get funding
    • Apparently Graeme has a few stacks of 200, some of which contain typos, in location unknown.
  • Received QSL cards
    • Scan so can be uploaded to the website
      • Murray has volunteered, needs to get the cards off Tyler
    • Also put in a physical album

Chilbolton Atmospheric Radio Observatory

  • Mentioned by Quentin - could probably get a free visit/tour as a uni club.
    • Ping them an email to determine their attitude
  • They still exist

WebSDR

  • Getting direct port 80 at last :) (java support, global list entry, Pieter stops hating Phil, etc)
  • Find out if repurposing have newer PCs available, USB bus is struggling on the current one.
  • Current PC: Dell Optiplex, Core 2 Duo E8500 3.2GHz
  • Being upgraded to an ex-ECS PC courtesy of Henry
    • That's happening this weekend

Joint Agenda

Outstanding membership fees (Darren)

  • £10 for students
  • £15 for staff/society alumni

SUSU

  • Funding round 3
    • When is the deadline for this so we can make sure we are ready
      • We don't know yet

Mailing List and Wiki

  • Mailing list additions (Dave N)
  • New wiki accounts (Dave N)

Lifetime Members

  • See Callsigns/Alumni page
    • We have quite a few people now mostly from the '90s
    • Dave has subtly hinted to Nigel that we would like the G8KMI callsign back despite not having a shack

Cupboard

  • Keys: Tyler, Henry
  • Do we now have a signout book for books/kit (Henry)
    • No
    • But we do have a piece of paper
  • Additional books order (Henry/Darren)
    • Darren has approved of the concept, but expects an email with a list of books to be bought
      • Henry needs to do this
  • Do we now have stickers for the books? (Darren)
    • No

SUSU H&S meeting

  • We apparently need to go, but have not been threatened with DISAFFILIATION.
  • Murray needs to go, as he's secretary, or Tyler as he's president
  • Murray will figure out when he's free and go

AOB

SOWN

See SOWN Agenda