Essex Skills Night June 2017 – Reminder

On Monday the 19th of June 2017, it’s Essex Skills Night – This is currently set to be the last Skills Night before a Summer break.

Jim 2E0RMI, demonstrating EchoLink on 2m at the May 2017 Essex Skills Night
Scene from the May 2017 Essex Skills Night

Here’s a list of what’s provisionally planned for the June 2017 Essex Skills Night:

  • Testing, Testing: Mike G4NVT will be along with his new spectrum analyser for testing antennas and handhelds, VSWR testing measuring frequency and filters. This month, he’ll be joined by Ed G8FAX. If you have anything you’d like tested, please bring it along.
  • RTTY: Following a request in our Skills Night Survey, Richard G7OED has kindly offered to run an RTTY demo at this month’s Skills Night.
  • Radio Programming: Got a radio that you want programmed for the local repeaters? Charlie M0PZT can help with the MD-380/RT3 DMR (including the latest codeplug), most Baofeng/Yaesu FM handhelds. Charlie can also help with Yaesu 817/857/7800 programming, if you bring the rig’s DC cable.
  • Bits & Bobs: Hopefully, William G8CYK will be bringing along a few bits and bobs that he wasn’t able to dispose of at the recent CARS Tabletop sale. You may walk away with an unexpected goodie!
  • Essex Ham: A demo of  one of the many data modes (any requests?). Also, Getting Started advice and leaflets, the Raspberry Pi Zero playing the latest video, details about the online Foundation training course, plus the event’s wi-fi.
  • Auction: David M1ECC and Mike G4NVT will be running this again this month. Visitors are welcome to bring items on the night. Please see Mike and David on the night to discuss reserves (if any). Due to time constraints, it might not be possible to auction every item on the night, so please limit any entries to 1 or 2 items per person. A percentage of sales will go to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, at David M1ECC’s request
  • Callsign Badges & Pens: Got a new callsign recently? Tell everyone who you are with a callsign badge or pen engraved while-you-wait, courtesy of Jim 2E0JTW and Glynis 2E0CUQ
  • Skills Quiz: Another set of challenging questions devised and presented this month by Murray G6JYB… Just for fun!

At the time of writing, there are two spare tables, if anyone wants one! Contact Pete M0PSX ASAP!!

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

The above list is subject to last-minute change.

For those not able to attend, Rachel G6AMY has offered to chair Essex Ham’s Monday Night Net, from 8pm on GB3DA.


Where: Danbury Village Hall, 2 Main Road, Danbury, Chelmsford Essex CM3 4NQ
See: Danbury Village Hall Map & Directions
When: Monday 15th of May 2017 – 7pm to 9pm


More about Skills Night

Essex Skills Nights continue to be one of the most popular gatherings of radio enthusiasts in the area. They take place at the Village Hall in Danbury, and are hosted by the CARS Training Team. The events are 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.

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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