Essex Skills Night August 2016 Reminder

A quick reminder that this coming Monday is a Skills Night night. The regular monthly get-together event takes place from 7pm on Monday the 15th of August 2016 in Danbury, and is hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Training Team.

The Essex Skills Nights continue to be one of the most popular gatherings of radio enthusiasts in the area. It’s great for those new to the hobby keen to get some advice or ideas on the next steps. The events are informal, free to all, and everyone’s welcome – no need to be a member of any club to attend.

Scene from the July 2016 Essex Skills Night
Scene from the July 2016 Essex Skills Night
Where:Danbury Village Hall, 2 Main Road, Danbury, Chelmsford Essex CM3 4NQ
See: Danbury Village Hall Map & Directions
When:Monday 15th August 2016 – 7pm to 9pm


Here’s what’s planned for the August 2016 Skills Night :

  • Data Modes: Richard G7OED will be demonstrating a weak signal data mode – handy for anyone keen to get into this aspect of the hobby
  • Licensing: Hear how you can re-register and get your updated Ofcom licence
  • Spectrum Analyser – Mike G4NVT will be bringing along his test kit and offering practical advice on how to use it. Find out more about testing antennas, VSWR testing, measuring frequency, plus testing filters and checking for harmonics. If you have anything you’d like tested, please bring it along.
  • Test equipment – Steve G4GHO will be bringing along his antenna analyser, VNWA and S-parameter test set
  • Construction – Get hands-on and try some construction with the help of Chris G0IPU
  • Essex Ham: Getting Started advice and leaflets, the Raspberry Pi Zero, details on the online Foundation training course, plus the event’s wi-fi
  • Chelmsford ARS: Ray 2E0GVE will be manning the CARS membership and merchandise table
  • Callsign Badges: Got a new callsign recently? Tell everyone who you are with a callsign badge engraved while-you-wait by Jim 2E0JTW and Glynis 2E0CUQ
  • Quiz: Chris G0IPU challenges you to answer some ham radio questions, just for fun

As usual, representatives from Essex Ham, CARS, the Essex Repeater Group, the Essex CW Club, Essex RAYNET and Ham Goodies will be on hand to help with questions you may have.

The above list is subject to last-minute change.

More about Skills Night

If you’ve been along to a Skills Night before, you’ll know what to expect – the usual mix of demonstrations, show-and-tell, construction, plus the chance to chat, ask questions and swap ideas. If you’ve not visited a Skills Night before… why not? Come along! It’s a friendly event with free tea and coffee where you can come along and learn more about the hobby. All are welcome, there’s no charge, and you don’t need to have a licence, or be a member of any club to come along.

Images from previous Skills Nights

The Essex Skills Night is hosted by the CARS Training Team, and is supported by Essex Ham. The Essex Skills Nights are free to attend, with refreshments provided. The event is open to all regardless of licence level and club affiliation – If you know someone interested in coming along – please let them know and bring them along.

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