Langdon Hills ARC Progression Night 26 Oct 18

The Langdon Hills Amateur Radio Club ran its first Hobby Progression Nights on Friday the 26th of October 2018. For those not able to attend, here’s a quick summary of how the evening went.

The newly-formed club reports that 24 people turned up for the launch of the Progression Night, which ran from 8pm onwards. The evening was a good mix of demonstrations, show-and-tell, services and social.

The new Langdon Hills Amateur Radio Club banner
The new Langdon Hills Amateur Radio Club banner

Club Stations

A VHF/UHF station, plus a DMR station, were active for the night. We’re told that having a live station at club nights is a key feature of LHARC club events.

Dave M6ILM and Kristian M0SSK on the LHARC club station
Dave M6ILM and Kristian M0SSK on the LHARC club station

Club Member Demos

These included demonstrations of an RF Explorer spectrum analyzer / signal generator by David M1ECC, a 143MHz meteor detection on SDR by Mike G1KOT and a portable solar panel / battery setup (& how to build one for your portable station) by Stuart G6RAQ

Mike G1KOT's demo at Langdon Hills ARC
Mike G1KOT’s demo at Langdon Hills ARC

Ham Goodies

Ham Goodies was one of three “guest tables” at the Progression Night. Charlie M0PZT brought along a mix of 2m Slim-Jim kits, dipole centre kits, plus coax adapters and other bits and bobs He was also able to offer DMR and FM radio programming for those looking to get local repeaters set up on their handies.

Charlie M0PZT's Ham Goodies Table
Charlie M0PZT’s Ham Goodies Table

Essex Ham Demos

Essex Ham was offered a table for the night, and ran a total of four demos: Candidates could try a 10-question Foundation Online quiz, play with a Raspberry Pi SDR, get hands-on with ADSB flight tracking on a Raspberry Pi, and also talk to Amazon Alexa.

Essex Ham demo table at the October 2018 LHARC Progression Night
Essex Ham demo table at the October 2018 LHARC Progression Night (Thanks to Dorothy M0LMR for the photo)
 

Callsign badges

The chance to pick up a personalised callsign badge or pen, courtesy of “The Engravers”, Jim 2E0JTW and Glynis 2E0CUQ

Jim and Glynis - "The Engravers" in action
Jim and Glynis – “The Engravers” in action

Club Raffle & Refreshments

The event ended with a raffle – with prizes of a Slim Jim kit (donated by Charlie M0PZT), plus two bottles of wine. Throughout the evening, tea, coffee and biscuits were available, and there were a couple of tables for chat (or games!)

Jakub 2E0FTX and Richard G7OED on the unofficial LHARC "Pokemon Go" table
Jakub 2E0FTX and Richard G7OED on the unofficial LHARC “Pokemon Go” table

 

The next Langdon Hills ARC Progression Night is set for the 23rd of November 2018.

 

Event Photos

 

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