Contacts


Chairman (Dave):
chairman @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Secretary (Jim):
secretary @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Treasurer (Colin):
treasurer @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Webmaster (Mike):
admin @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Club Information

Callsign - Name:
GM4YEQ

Golf Mike Four Yankee Echo Quebec

QTH:
Galashiels, Scottish Borders

IARU/Maidenhead Locator:
IO85OO

Lat/Lon:
55°36' N, 2°48'W

Current Propogation Status

Solar X-rays:
Status
Geomagnetic Field: Status
From n3kl.org

VHF Aurora:
Status
144 MHz E-Skip in EU:
Status
From The DXrobot

Kp Estimate:
Kp Info at SEC
From NOAA


Railways On The Air 2019 – Whitrope Railway Heritage GB0WRH, 20/21 September 2019

September 10th, 2019 by gdars

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2019, club members will be taking part in the Railways On The Air (ROTA) event, operating from the carpark of the Whitrope Heritage Centre south of Hawick.

The callsign used will be GB0WRH (Whitrope Railway Heritage).

All welcome to come and help out setting up on Saturday morning, take a turn operating the station, or have a chat with club members and see what we do.
Note: There is little mobile phone coverage at the site.

Address: (Main car park) Whitrope Heritage Centre, Whitrope, Hawick, Roxburghshire TD9 9TY
Location: 11 miles south of Hawick on B6399.
Maidenhead Locator: IO85PH 00co
55.294320, -2.748944 (55°17’39.6″N 2°44’56.2″W)
NGR: NT 52540 00279
Google: 9C7V77V2+MC
W3W:///jousting.windmills.wire
https://wrha.org.uk/the-association/find-us/

https://rota.barac.org.uk/
https://wrha.org.uk/the-association/whitrope-heritage-centre/

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Rally and Open Day 2019 – Sunday 20th October

September 9th, 2019 by gdars

The 2019 Open Day and Rally will be held on Sunday 20th October 2019.

Location:
The Volunteer Hall
St John Street
Galashiels
Scottish Borders
TD1 3JX
(Google Plus Code 9C7VJ57R+WV )
(What3Words///practical.diner.voltage)

Doors open at 11.30am (Disabled access from 11.15am)

Admission will be £2.50.

Traders (Same as 2018):

Bob McClements
Perth RG
GQRP Scotland
Davy Jackson (Canny Components)
RSGB
Mick Hunter
Kevin Avery
SBRG
Alan Clegg
Dave Bagshaw
Tony Kruszelnicki
Martin Stokes (Mirfield Electronics)
J Dosher
Geoff Darby (Worked All Britain)
Ken Elliott GM4NTX
Peter Bates GM4BYF

Bring and Buy Stall

Hot and cold refreshments

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Sun 9th June 2019 PW 144MHz QRP Contest

June 9th, 2019 by gdars

On Sunday 9th June 2019, club members were operating GM4YEQ/P in the Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP Contest from our usual spot on Ettrick Swire between Yarrow and Ettrick. 

We had a successful day, made 21 contacts in 12 different squares, from the Isle of Skye IO67 down to the Isle of Wight IO90.
We escaped most of the rain, retreating to the inside of Dave’s Picasso during a couple of the heavier showers, but otherwise occasional drizzle and a bitterly cold wind!

Many thanks to Dave (GM0KCN) and Jim (GM7LUN) for operating the station, Mike (MM3NTX) for logging, and George (GM1OPO) for helping set up.

Antenna poles ready for assembly.
Good job you remembered to bring the antenna, Dave!
Now, which end of which pole do we fasten the antenna to?
This isn’t the first time the antenna was bolted onto the pole.
Antenna up, just need some guys to hold it.
Windy site!
Dave and Mike making the first contacts.
George testing the output and signal are all okay.
Jim taking over for a bit.
Mike and Jim keeping warm with coffee
Dave making more coffee. Bacon rolls were good!

Coordinates:
Lat/Lon: 55.5217N 2.9993W
NGR: NT370257
QTH: IO85MM
W3W: indicates.kitten.sprinter
PLUS: 9C7VG2C2+M7

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Speaker for club night Wed 8th May 2019 – Paul Gacek W6PNG/M0SNA

May 8th, 2019 by gdars

On the 8th May we had a speaker attending, Paul Gacek W6PNG/M0SNA to talk about his radio activities, Wilderness Activations in Western USA, SOTA activation and the 2016 ARRL National Parks event. Examples of some of his material is on his blog nomadic.blog

Many thanks for an interesting journey across the Western USA and a good mixture of radio, geography, history and encounters with deadly animals!

Also some good information about SOTA that hopefully will encourage some members either to go up local hills to activate them, or to assist SOTA participants to get the contacts they need for activation.
More SOTA information here: sota.org.uk

Many thanks to the members who attended for Paul’s talk.

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Old Murphy Naval HF Receiver

May 5th, 2019 by gdars

Old Murphy receiver given to a member by the widow of a local Professor of Electrical Engineering, who wasn’t a licensed radio amateur but according to his wife spent hours on this sitting listening at night.

Just don’t touch the metal bits…
Yes that is the earth wire plugged into the power gang. Probably should be pointed out that this was under constant supervision and everyone in the room has awareness of electrical safety and knows not to touch bare live electrical components.

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