Essex Skills Night September 2016 Reminder

Just to remind you, Monday the 19th of September is the next a Essex Skills Night. This regular monthly get-together takes place at the Village Hall 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 August 2016 Skills Night
Scene from the August 2016 Skills Night
Where: Danbury Village Hall, 2 Main Road, Danbury, Chelmsford Essex CM3 4NQ
See: Danbury Village Hall Map & Directions
When: Monday 19th September 2016 – 7pm to 9pm


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

  • D- star: Steve M0SHQ will demonstrate a personal hotspot that runs off your smartphone internet Wi-Fi or 4G
  • Radio Direction Finding – Ahead of an upcoming DF event on the 2nd October, Roy G4JAC will be demonstrating this interesting aspect of the hobby.
  • 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.
  • Construction – Get hands-on and try some construction with the help of Chris G0IPU
  • Essex CW Club: Helping to promote and encourage the Morse mode
  • Essex Ham: Getting Started advice and leaflets, the Raspberry Pi Zero, the budget SDR, details on the online Foundation training course, plus the event’s wi-fi
  • 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 and Essex RAYNET 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
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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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