SEARS March 2016 Club Night

The South Essex Amateur Radio Society had not one, but two guest speakers, at their club night on the 8th of March 2016.

Essex RAYNET

First up was Roland M0BDB, Chaiman and Country Controller for Essex RAYNET. Roland outlined the history behind the formation of RAYNET, some of the incidents and events that RAYNET has assisted with nationally, and an overview of the structure and activities of Essex RAYNET. One of the most challenging (technically and physically), is support for the annual Saltmarsh 75 event, a 75 mile walk around the Essex Coast, and Roland outlined the technical complexities needed to cover the event effectively and safely.

Essex RAYNET is always on the lookout for new recruits and if you’re interested in putting your radio knowledge and skils to good use helping the community, find out more at www.essexraynet.co.uk

Essex RAYNET's Roland M0BDB at SEARS in March 2016
Essex RAYNET’s Roland M0BDB at SEARS in March 2016

RSGB Update

Next up was a talk from Steve M1ACB, RSGB Regional Manager for Region 12. Steve gave an overview of the RSGB’s activities, an update on recent developments, and a summary of his experiences of being at the first Tim Peake ISS contact in St. Albans.

As SEARS has previously made two ARISS contacts with the ISS, Steve’s presentation on the Tim Peake schools contact got a lot of interest and questions, and Steve offered some excellent behind-the-scenes information on what has gone on behind the scenes in putting together the schedule of contacts set to take place during Tim’s time aboard the ISS.

Steve M1ACB, updating the South Essex ARS members in March 2016
Steve M1ACB, updating the South Essex ARS members in March 2016

Steve was joined by the two Deputy Regional Managers for Essex, Keith, G3WRO and Vic G6BHE, pictured here:

RSGB local team Keith G3WRO, Steve M1ABC and Vic G6BHE at SEARS in March 2016
RSGB local team Keith G3WRO, Steve M1ABC and Vic G6BHE at SEARS in March 2016

 

Two very interesting talks, and as always, a very pleasant and friendly club night. The next is set for Tuesday the 12th of April. All are welcome, free tea & coffee, and no change to come along.

 

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