Essex Skills Night June 2017 Wrap Up

Despite being the hottest day of the year so far, more people that we expected braved the hot and humid weather to come along to this June’s Essex Skills Night. The evening, held on the 19th of June 2017,  saws 42 people coming along to the Danbury Village Hall on the 20th of June 2017 for the usual mix of demos, clubs, chat and refreshments.

Here’s our summary of the evening’s event.

Some of the attendees at the Essex Skills Night June 2017
Some of the attendees at the Essex Skills Night June 2017

Radio Programming:

Thanks to Charlie M0PZT for being on-hand to program rigs for local repeaters. Charlie’s created his own repeater files and codeplugs, and was able to help with setting up MD-380/RT3 DMR handies, most Baofeng/Yaesu FM handhelds, and some mobile Yaesu rigs. Charlie also had a supply of his handy laminated reference cards – great for newbies!

Charlie's programming PC and leads at the June 2017 Skills Night
Charlie’s programming PC and leads at the June 2017 Skills Night

Testing, testing:

Mike G4NVT was on hand once again to help with testing. He brought along his Signal Hound USB-SA44B — 4.4 GHz Spectrum Analyser. Mike was joined by Ed G8FAX.

Mike G4NVT with Ed G8FAX, work... just testing!
Mike G4NVT with Ed G8FAX, work… just testing!

Essex CW Club:

Thanks to Dean G4WQI for manning the Essex CW Club’s table and live CW station.

Dean G4WQI at the Essex CW Club table
Dean G4WQI at the Essex CW Club table

Essex Ham Getting Started:

This month, demos of three data modes, the RTL dongle, and a Windows 10 tablet ideal for logging in the field. Also, a review of recent Essex Ham activities played back on a £4 Raspberry Pi Zero. 

Essex Ham's demo table (June 2017)
Essex Ham’s demo table (June 2017)

As it was such a warm night, we created a “Cool Ham” zone, and also offered our cool newcomers a range of free handouts from our collection of Getting Started Guides.

Much-needed cool air, courtesy of Essex Ham
Much-needed cool air, courtesy of Essex Ham

Callsign Badges and Pens:

Skills Night regulars Jim 2E0JTW and Glynis 2E0CUQ were on hand with their engraver to create callsign badges and gold-plated engraved pens on demand.

Jim, Glynis and the badge making machine
Jim, Glynis and the badge making machine

CARS Quiz:

This month’s quiz was hosted by CARS Vice President Murray G6JYB – just for fun.

Auction:

The auction was run just after the Quiz, and despite some donations from Ed G8FAX, very few takers.

Mike G4NVT and David M1ECC running the auction
Mike G4NVT and David M1ECC running the auction

Monday Night Net Linkup:

Rachel G6AMY very kindly ran the Essex Ham Net on GB3DA for those not attending the Skills Night. Pete M0PSX linked up, relaying a few shouts from some of the attendees…

Some of those who shouted "hi" from Danbury Village Hall on the Monday Night Net 19 June 2017
Some of those who shouted “hi” from Danbury Village Hall on the Monday Night Net 19 June 2017

Handheld Car Adapters:

Many thanks to Alan G (taking his Foundation shortly) and Steve G8UDD for bringing along some freebies. Mounting handies, such as the Baofeng, in a car can be tricky – Steve has designed some brackets, 3D printed by Alan, to allow radios with belt clips to be connected to car smartphone holders. A popular freebie!

Handy adapters, designed by Steve G8UDD and 3D printed by Alan G
Handy adapters, designed by Steve G8UDD and 3D printed by Alan G

Logistics:

As always, a huge personal thanks to Myra and David for their continued logistical support in the kitchen providing the free tea and coffee. Also, to Essex Ham’s Sarah M6PSK (the event’s “dedicated greeter”).

 

Skills Night Summer Break

As announced at the June Skills – Attendance in July & August is always pretty low due to summer holidays, so we’ll be taking a summer break. No Essex Skills in July or August.

 

Thanks all, and 73,

Pete M0PSX

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