Skills Night July 2015 Reminder

CARS LogoThis coming Monday, the 20th of July, will be the next Skills Night, hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Training Team.

If you’ve been along to a Skills Night before, you’ll know what to expect – a good mix of show-and-tell, demonstrations, construction, plus the chance to chat, ask questions, and swap ideas. If you’ve not visited a Skills Night before… why not? Come along on, all are welcome, there’s no charge, and you don’t need to be a member of CARS to come along.

Skills Night June 2015 Group Photo (stitched version)
Some of the attendees of the June 2015 Skills Night – Outside working the ISS

Each Skills Night is different, and the events always get a good mix of attendees, some travelling from outside the Essex area to chat and mingle. Suggestions for topics are very welcome, and if you fancy putting on a show-and-tell as a future event, let one of the team know.

Where: Danbury Village Hall, 2 Main Road, Danbury, Chelmsford Essex CM3 4NQ
See: Danbury Village Hall Map & Directions
When: Monday 20th July 2015 – 7pm to 9pm

Here’s what’s in store for the July 2015 Skills Night:

  • Construction: Peter M0PSD, David M0HBV and Chris 2E0CUU will be there to help you make your first 2m or 70cm Slim Jim antenna or 2 metre dipole. Also on offer – patch lead construction, plus help, advice and access to tools and soldering irons. Come along and get making. The annual CARS construction contest isn’t far away!
  • Improvements to the TRF miniature radio: A demo of a beginners construction project from Melvin 2E0DNS
  • Data Modes & Projects: Charlie M0PZT will demonstrate a new interface, and Arduino CW keyer and more
  • Callsign Badges: Leave the evening with a new callsign badge – Nick M0NIB will have digital ones, or get an engraved ‘analogue’ badge from Jim 2E0JTW
  • Radio Programming: Charlie M0PZT will be available to set up your handheld – never an easy task! Baofengs & Yaesus are his speciality. Rigs such as the Yaesu, FT-817, FT-857 and FT-897 can also be programmed. Please bring along the radio’s power cable.
  • Amateur Satellites: Want to get started with amateur radio satellites or working the ISS? Find out about tracking software, antennas and weather satellites from Steve M0SHQ
  • Onion Corner: Some show-and-tell from the table of Peter G0DZB, plus expert advice on getting more from amateur radio and working /P
  • Essex CW Club: Meet the Morse team and learn more about their mode of choice
  • Essex Ham: On our table, getting started advice and guides, plus a demo of a data mode. We’re also providing the event’s wi-fi
  • The Skills Quiz: Test your radio knowledge with quizmaster Clive G1EUC – just for fun

Representatives from CARS, Essex RAYNET, the Essex Repeater Group, the Essex CW Club and Essex Ham will be on hand to help with questions.

The above list is subject to last-minute change.

The Skills Night is an initiative from the CARS Training Team, and is supported by Essex Ham. The Skills Night is 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 pass this message along.

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