The MARTS Bexon field event 2018
Thirty individuals attended at least one day at the club's annual gathering at the Scout campsite at Bexon Lane, Bredgar - near Sittingbourne Kent.
Four main stations were established, and some enjoyable operating, learning and socialising took place over the ten days.
The club tent and rig were little used on air, but much conversation over cups of tea and nibbles took place here - plenty of room, and some experimenting with slowscan television and aerials was in evidence.
We also operated the club rig during the four metre UK Activity Contest - first airing of G5MW/P this year, and a creditable score was submitted for adjudication.
Several visitors from afar were introduced to our activities, and intend to return next year - maybe even to spend several days camping with us.
Other stations were also set up for a few hours each, and the joy of operating with low receive noise levels was a treat so many of us don't often experience.
We hope more members will take advantage of the camping facilities next year: maybe our dates in the summer will need to be modified to avoid family holidays and the like?
Feedback from everyone is invited, either at club meetings or via the "Contact" tab at the top right of this page.
Terry - G3VFC
Sale of equipment
from the estates of
Dave Wall M6ETA-SK
Bob Endersby G1AZJ-SK
Some items are still available - see the Pinboard!
Please see list of kit on the Pinboard tab on this website.
Offers around the guide price should be made initially to Terry G3VFC by phone 079200 77287, quoting the reference number in the first column.
Any item may be inspected/tested by arrangement and if not satisfactory the offer may be withdrawn. No other guarantee is offered.
The guide prices are based on anecdotal evidence from E-bay, small ads in magazines and word of mouth. If a significantly different offer is received it will be considered - and conversation can take place.
Other items may be added.
If an item is sold it will be removed from the list.
Terry - G3VFC
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Message from a past member
Name : Graham Down
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Commentbox : Members may not remember me, but I did my radio course with Keith and passed - M3FSX.
Since then I had to emigrate to care for my mum, and nearly four years down the line I thought I'd share with you that I have now passed my full license and am now ZS1FSX. (Albeit with intermittent use of an Hf radio.)
I have got a radio in the Landy that I use to coordinate various events such as the Pelican Watch, and this weekends Langebaan cycle challenge, which for my sins I am organising.
In 2018 I will have saved up for a radio and will endeavour to make contact on the air.
For now I wanted to show my appreciation for MARTS. I don't think you'll understand the feeling of walking into a room looking around listening intently and realising that you are the least intelligent person in that room by quite a fair margin.
It's doubtful that you'll comprehend the excitement of going home, mind buzzing and absolutely exhausted from trying to follow the conversational topics.
What a rush for which I have yourselves only to thank.
I've not learnt as much as I should and I scraped through the exam, but I'm on air and trying to make a CW 80m machine when a moment comes up.
I will try to get in touch ahead of a meeting and see if the airwaves can float across the continents to you.
Many thanks Graham ZS1FSX
MARTS Morning Net
The club operates a morning net during weekdays from 0930hrs to about 1030hrs on 144.650MHz. All are invited.
The Saturday morning net also starts at 09:30, generally on 144.650 but occasionally on GB3KN. Members transmit on 145.100MHz with a CTCSS of 103.5Hz, and listen on 145.700MHz.
The Nets are "controlled" by the Club call G2FJA subject to availability of a club member who holds a full license.