During the day we had a total of 7 members attend but only a maximum of 6 at anyone time. Plenty of jobs completed, Tony G4CJC and Dave GØKUC, concentrated on setting up the club’s data laptop, finding it difficult to connect to FT8 with an intermittent internet service. Tony and Dave’s attendance was by special arrangement with the Station so they could start getting equipment up and running ready for the full reopening of the Club which should not now be very far away.
There is clearly an issue with the laptop not keeping time. Maybe it needs a new battery. Tony has therefore taken it home to check it out and sort out an issue with the log keeping software. Dave also checked the PC used for logging the clubs contacts and updated this. He reports as follows:
“Just thought I would let you know that the claims for the digital awards which I applied for today have "started" to come through. The awards are for contacts we made using G1RAF during lockdown. 475 have been approved so far!!!!!!!! There may be more to come. Well done, Tony(G8VVZ) you contributed a great number of the lockdown contacts”.
It was nice to see another Dave, MØZTT, who had a look at the other Laptop and upgraded the software.
Mark, MØHBQ, arrived in the afternoon as he had been attending the VMARS online auction and managed to secure a T1154 for Derf, G8ZGK. He continued with his project, servicing and testing a Pye SSB 125 which Malcolm, G7VRT, had brought to the club. So far, he has cleaned connections, relays and realigned the receiver. The next step is to check the transmitter and give the set an on air test. Currently it has two channels set up with Air Cadet frequencies and the plan is to obtain two more crystals to enable the set to be used on the VMARS and RAFARS net using an original ATU!. These sets would have been issued to the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) should war have broken out during the Cold War. According to the Cold War Communications web site the radios were part of “The LDN or Last-Ditch Network, was intended to be the last line of communication when all landlines and associated backup radio paths had failed following a nuclear attack on the British Isles”. When the ROC was stood down the Sets found there way to the Air Training Corps (ATC). Some 30 odd sets were received but only a handful were put on the air. This was due to, in part, that the sets had been modified to transmit on frequencies lower than originally designed. It looks like these where in the maritime band. The set Mark is working on is one of the last known sets still in existence. If anyone has spares for these sets or any additional information, please let the club know. Emails can be sent to the Editor for onward transmission.