For our last meeting before the holidays, members met for a Mince Pie Evening. Pies were warmed up in the oven and tea or coffee was served. The turnout was good considering the near zero temperatures outside.
Meetings will resume on 3 Jan 2019 with a ‘welcome back’ get-together.
Last evening 23 members attended a meeting with a bit of a difference. Members were asked to bring in antique or unusual electrical equipment and tell everyone a bit about what they had brought. There were commercially produced radios from a private collection which dated from the start of broadcasting till after WWll, some working. Other displays were more recent but very much the ‘out of the ordinary’ type. All had rather interesting pasts
This evening we watched a video from the RSGB 2018 Convention featuring a talk by Tim Duffy, K3LR from West Pennsylvania. Tim has engineered a station over the last twenty seven years or so that is perhaps the number one Multi-Multi contest stations in the world! We saw mast after mast loaded with an unbelievable number and size of antennas. As Tim once said when he was giving a short demo on 20m SSB and a station in Sweden couldn’t believe Tim was only running 100w. You can’t understate the power of 24 elements which makes 100w sound like 1500w.
It’s not possible to include all Tim’s station details here, but you can search for K3LR or K3LR antenna fly-by to see for yourself. It’s very impressive.