Skills Night Information Nov 2017

CARS has just announced its plans for its third experimental Skills Night this coming Monday, the 20th of November 2017. Here’s a copy of the announcement on the CARS website, plus a couple of recent updates:

Event Details (from CARS):

Monday evening, 7pm Nov 20th 2017, is Essex Skills Night. But with a new slant. Following a break over the summer, this is the third of three autumn experimental events. Skills Coordinator Pete M0PSX is prepping this popular event, so please do get in touch if you have something to offer.The provisional agenda this month includes:

  • Practicals Insight: CARS Training Manager Peter M0PSD will be giving “An Insight into Foundation and Intermediate Practicals”, with the possibility of being able to be signed off on a few parts of Foundation or Intermediate Practicals.
    • Foundation – Station build and dipole tuning
    • Intermediate – Mains plug and co-ax connector assembly
  • Slim Jims: A new item based on an old favourite – Learn how to build Slim Jims. CARS 2m Slim Jim Antenna Kits will be available The contents of the kit are illustrated below, including instructions and a jig to help make it. (Great value at just £5 – intended for home assembly, rather than on the night.)

CARS 2m Slim Jim Antenna kit
CARS 2m Slim Jim

CARS 2m Slim Jim Antenna kit
CARS Slim Jim Antenna kit
  • Radio: Murray G6JYB will have more SDRs on show – from early kits to more current, so you can appreciate how they have evolved to now be a major part of modern amateur radio
  • CARS: The club table will have guides, membership/training info, club clothing, etc.
  • Getting started or upgrading? Guidance will be on offer and now is a good time before the new exam syllabus takes effect in a years time. The next CARS exam/retake slot is on Thu Dec-7, with Foundation and Intermediate to follow in the new year
  • EchoLink: Jim 2E0RMI will demonstrate how to use EchoLink with his TYT rig
  • Quiz: The quizmaster has been out scouting new questions – and perhaps another anagram!
  • Guides/demos: Pete M0PSX will also have a demo on offers as well as other Essex Ham guides/advice – and we hope to confirm other groups/attendees soon

Note: Skills does not happen by itself, so we are open to offers for demos etc from both CARS members and other clubs/amateurs. What we are looking for…

  • Show/tell Demos
  • Hands-on (setting up radios, modes, construction etc)
  • Other Local clubs giving demos/info
  • Newer amateurs looking for answers
  • Getting started info for would-be amateurs

If you want a table for a demo do email CARS beforehand and Pete M0PSX will fit you in

Essex Skills Night is a great opportunity to get “hands-on” with aerials, data modes, construction, our famous Quiz and more. A variety of “show and tell” tables with something for the new and experienced ham alike.

As always, various members of CARS, Essex RAYNET, Essex Repeater Group, Essex CW Club and Essex Ham will be on hand to help with questions as well as volunteers in the kitchen doing the tea/coffee and nibbles.

For more details, see the Skills Night page on the CARS Website

CARS at the October 2017 Experimental Skills Night
CARS at the October 2017 Experimental Skills Night

The November 2017 event will not be in the traditional Skills Night format. This event is the last in a series of three experimental formats that CARS has been trialling – See September 2017 Skills Night and October 2017 Skills Night for our summary.


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