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Meeting (to be) held from 18:00-20:00 on 2016/05/05 in Zepler CLS Lecture Room


Amateur Radio

Licence exams

  • All practical work should have been completed at last weeks revision session or due to be signed off.
    • Soldering Coaxial Connections
  • Next exams: Fri 6th May
    • Applicants: ADVANCED: Arihant Kuba, Frederick Nash, Laurie Kirkcaldy, Josh Curry, Mark Bumstead. INTERMEDIATE: Thomas Kelly, David Young, Cori Haws. FOUNDATION: Mohit Gupta.
    • People should be doing practice papers that can be found linked to on the exam syllabus pages on the wiki.
    • Any questions for Henry?
  • Building 54 10th floor, classroom 10B. Due to start at 19:00 BUT turn up at 18:30. Advanced must start at 19:00. Can turn up as early as 18:00.

SUSU fundings

  • Antenna Bags
    • Purchased and money claimed
  • End fed zep (250 W)
    • purchased
    • Thanks to Gwhip for the discount
  • Tripod mast
    • Arrived 28/04/16. First used at outing.
  • HF Beam Balun
    • Purchased
  • QSL Cards (deferred)
    • Unknown

Future Planning

Power pole distribution kits

    • First of the kits completed
  • Rest of the parts arrived
  • Need to laser cut cases

Stock of people who need to pay for club kit used

  • Should be a book with the money tin to see what is outstanding
  • Stock items with purchaser unknown (according to last meeting minutes):
    • 1.6ish m of ladder line (pay Tyler)
    • 1 BNC connector (pay Tyler)
    • 1 BNC connector (pay Club)
    • 3m ish of RG58 (pay Tyler)
  • Remove section after exams, but some people have not turned up for a while.


  • Workshop progress
  • Update from SUSU / Estates and Facilities
    • Large setback, E&F have suddenly said no.
    • Tyler is talking to Kerry.
      • No response so far

Basingstoke ARC Activities

  • Phil has received an email from Mark 2E0ECN, their chairman, asking if we're interested in the following:
    • 14 May - Radio Fun Day at 2015 VHF NFD Site
      • Chance to play with whatever, away from RF noise, other hams will be onsite.
    • 1 - 3 July - VHF Field Day, after the end of term.
      • 24h Contest on several bands - great fun! Can do joint entry as before if we commit early.
    • 13 August - Radio Fun Day
      • Chance to play with whatever, away from RF noise, other hams will be onsite.
    • 2 - 4 Sept - HF Field Day
      • Similar to VHF NFD, but on HF. Not one that the Uni club has entered before.
  • Move to the next meeting.
  • Phil has forwarded the email to the committee.

SUWS WordPress site

  • Can people upload any club photos taken within the past two years to the WordPress site
  • Can we make another blog post? One post per-term idea?
    • Murray will start writing

Callsign list update

  • Anyone not added new callsign after December exams?

Comments on 28/04/16 outing

  • Didn't happen on common. Happened on the SUSU grass.
  • Didn't get two way contact.
    • However did receive some very "interesting" SSTV.
  • Tested new kit
    • New end-fed zepp. Could do with some tuning as SWR was high. Works well.
    • New tripod mast using two support ropes connected as we did not have a mallet.
    • Used tape to connect end-fed zepp to mast. This worked well. Could do with clamp to connect rope to.
  • Used IC7000 rig. Manual in outing box, will not fit in radio case.
    • Outing box contains everything (other than large items) needed for an outing.
  • Tree climbing experience.

Amateur Radio AOB

  • IC7000, two PL259 RF connectors on back. Modify the VHF connector to an N-type connection.
    • Attempted to print out labels but they fall off. Performance upgrade benefit, and will tell difference between VHF and HF connection. Take a club vote. Is it worth the risk?

Joint Agenda

Next month's events

VHF field day

This month's events

  • Exams going on...
  • Projects evening on the 12th for power pole distribution box.
    • Other club projects and web-master handover.
  • Think about doing on the 19th.
  • 26th meeting for those doing exams
  • Beer festival 2nd June. Traditional social for society. No meeting this week.

Storage shenanigans

  • Correct locations of kit on wiki.
  • Discuss storage location of new items.
    • End-fed Zepp in cupboard
    • Tripod mast in cage
    • Lock for the cage (split up to £17 three ways)
  • Still no padlock on cage with key.

Anyone need to be added to the mailing list?

Updating Email Aliases

  • committee (at), should be updated.
  • webmaster (at) and (at), just David and Cori
  • exams (at), just Phil.
  • contact (at)
    • Can we get people's email addresses who are on the committee.
  • Exam secretary and a few others to be added to the exams address, which is an account but will be turned into an alias.
  • Murray, Russell, Colin to be removed from the committee
  • People who need to be added: Cori, Tom, Freddie.

AOB (Joint)

  • Any talks for after exams?
    • Will there be enough people here for this to be worth while?


See SOWN Agenda