The RSGB is supporting clubs and societies to get on the air during the current COVID situation. Click on the picture above to find out what’s happening and to take part in the activities.
Times are certainly strange. I hope that you and yours are all well. Life at KAD towers is slightly strange. My wife works at Crawley Hospital and is leaving home each morning, as usual, I am working from home this week while my kidults (21 and 18) are home and bored.
We’re all getting used to spending much more time indoors and of course, the club is closed for meetings at Hut18.
At CARC, we’ve been experimenting with a few different things to keep the club active and the committee are very busy ensuring the club continues to serve our members.
Below, I’ve added a few of the activities we’ve been running both online, on the air and a mixture of the two.
CARC Talks Online
Stewart, G3YSX has used his experience of working from home to organise series of WebEx talks and discussions for club members online. We are sending invitations for these by email to all members. Click on the link just before the advertised time and if haven’t already done so you can choose to install the WebEx application or continue using your internet browser. I would recommend installing the application as it gives a consistent experience and access to some of the advanced features such as text chat, multimedia and voting. You don’t need a WebEx account just add your name when joining the talks as a guest.
WebEx supports both voice and video (if you have a webcam). I use a simple USB computer headset with a boom mic though this isn’t required to join in.
The CARC website event calendar will have details of these talks but you will need to use the link in the email to join as we can’t support more than 50 participants and want to keep access available to our members.
CARC On-Air Nets
We currently have two nets organised, one for Sunday morning (10:30BST on 80m 3.720MHz +/- QRM hosted by “Net Controller” Richard G3ZIY and the other on Wednesday evenings (19:30BST) on GB3MH, our local 2m FM repeater hosted by “Net Controller” Phil M0TZZ. Join us for a natter.
CARC Whats App Group
We have created an online WhatsApp Group for members. You should have received an invitation to this by individual email. At the time of writing, we have 24 members online in the group. WhatsApp is a messaging platform primarily for smartphone use but there is also very good web browser connectivity to use from a home PC or laptop. You’ll need to supply a mobile number when signing up to WhatsApp and this appears to te group as part of your identity so if you’d rather keep your mobile number private, this isn’t for you.
CARC Web SDR
To help members who don’t have access to an 80m radio we’ve added an Airspy HF+ receiver located at Hut18, connected to the 80m dipole to the Spyserver network. This means that members can access and tune the radio from home using the free SDR Sharp software.
Download the free software here, install and configure to connect to the CARC receiver.
Configuration is simple. Open the SDRSharp program on your computer and follow the steps in the pictures below:
I’ve set a limit of ten connected users at any one time. The first one to connect can tune the radio, others will be able to listen to whatever is tuned. Give it a try.
Given the recently updated advice from the UK Government advising against all non-essential social contact, CARC will not be holding our regular meetings at Hut 18 for the foreseeable future.
We are hoping to offer members a series of virtual talks via Webex and to arrange club skeds on 2m and/or 80m. Keep an eye on your email inbox or check back here for updates.
Let’s hope this doesn’t last too long and we can return to a semblance of normal fairly soon.
Mike, G0KAD. CARC Chair.
The Talk for November will be earlier in the month than normal,
13 November 2019
CARC is an Amateur Radio Club based in The Tilgate Recreational Area of Crawley near to the K2 Sports Centre, whose members share a passion for Amateur Radio. Amateur Radio is a hobby dating back to the early 1900s when the radio communications and technology we take for granted today was developed. Designed by individual hobbyists as well as Commercial companies. Amateur Radio experimenters and operators were responsible for many ground-breaking advances in radio communication, and who are still in the forefront today.
In 1901 Marconi broadcast the first transatlantic radio signal between Cornwall England and Newfoundland in Canada. He sent the letter ‘S’ in Morse code, three short ‘dits’, It does surprise many that Morse code is still widely used today. Audible tones are often the easiest thing for human ears to hear weak signals above the static and noise of the airwaves,this allows Morse code to remain a reliable method of communication when others methods fail.
However Amateur Radio has moved way beyond the dits and dahs of the last century, Mobile phones and Wireless internet connectivity have revolutionised the world as we know it – both these technologies have evolved from the original communication methods developed by Marconi, Hertz and the other early radio pioneers. Amateur Radio too has exploded with creativity. Nowadays, you’ll find Radio Amateurs talking directly to Astronauts on the International Space Station, developing Software Defined Radios techniques where solder, components and wire are replaced with lines of computer code, using Amateur Radio satellites to communicate worldwide, Television, travelling to obscure islands to set up radio stations or entering the many competitions running frequently on the Amateur Bands. Many Amateurs still build their own equipment with which they communicate World Wide.
CARC members do all of this and more. Come and visit us to find out more.
Our clubhouse and radio shack is: Hut 18, Tilgate Recreational Centre, Tilgate Forest, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 5PH. Tap here for a map and detailed directions.
Come and discover the magic of radio communication – visitors and new members are always welcome. Simply get in touch using our contact form. See you soon!
If you want to join online you can do so here https://membermojo.co.uk/carc. You can always elect to pay in person at the club using cash or a cheque.