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On Saturday 12th September 2020, WARC is planning to hold a carefully socially-distanced sale event at this address:

Glenamour, The Queen’s Way
Newton Stewart
DG8 7AE

The event is a combined SK sale for GM3ZYE and GM3VNW.

All plans are subject to government advice and may be changed on short notice in case of new lock-down measures or other official safety recommendations.

Under the circumstances, we have given much thought to questions of safety. Fortunately, it is reasonably easy to arrange a safe event for everybody at the location.

  • We will use a shed with two doors, [ … ]

Let’s Stay Together

WARC is still meeting every Thursday evening. Until we are once able to meet face-to-face at the clubroom we are meeting on GB3DG and on Zoom.

Club members present and past are receiving regular email updates with the current Zoom password link (if you’re not receiving these emails, please contact info@gm4riv.org )

Everyone is also invited to join the D&G RAYNET net, every day at 12:00 on GB3DG.

The WARC Sunday Morning Net is still active at 10:00 on GB3DG.

Thursday Evening Meetings

We meet on GB3DG at 19:30, and usually move online to Zoom at 20:00 [ … ]

With great sadness, we must inform you that Jimmy GM3VNW has passed away at the grand old age of 98. He had been confined to home in Girvan for a few years, but Eric GM0FSZ visited him often and says his mind was as sharp as ever.

Which is saying a lot, for Jimmy was a charismatic character, full of wit and charm, and always finding something to smile about. Even in his 80s, his attitude to life was that a walking-stick was actually a dancing-cane in disguise – which he would demonstrate at the slightest [ … ]

Yesterday the WARC committee met on Skype to discuss options for meetings, presentations and the SK sale originally scheduled for March 28th. These are the decisions we made:

  • On Thursday evenings at 7.30pm, we will meet for a Net on the GB3DG repeater.
  • From 8pm on Thursday evenings, we will also meet on the WARC channel on Zello. Access requires a password – please contact us by email and we will send it to WARC members. Please read this article for some background on Zello.
  • The talk night on April 2nd is postponed. We hope to find [ … ]

As you all know, these are difficult times for group meetings small and large. The WARC committee has followed government advice regarding the Coronavirus pandemic closely, and we have decided that now is the time to take action.

All “face to face” WARC meetings are now cancelled, until further notice.

This Thursday the committee will meet on Skype to discuss alternative plans for meetings, presentations, and the scheduled SK sale. Please watch this space, we will post an update on Friday.

There will be a “Shack sale” of the equipment of SK Robin Bellerby (GM3ZYE) on Saturday 28th March from 10:00 to 16:00, QTHR. There will be items to bid on, items where no reasonable offer will be refused and piles of “Freebies”. A list will be available soon. Please contact Clive GM4FZH for further information.

This reminder was written by Peter GM7NFF. Thank you!

All UK licence holders are required to revalidate their licences with Ofcom at least every 5 years. Radcom are suggesting that you pick a significant date such as your birthday and do it yearly. This would seem to be a good idea and means that you don’t find yourself unlicenced.

Ofcom do not send out reminders. It is your responsibility.

You can do it via the Ofcom website, or Email them at spectrum.licencing@ofcom.org.uk – but if all else fails call 02079813131. I did and got a very helpful lady on [ … ]

A short note: there is the possibility of running a Foundation Course early in 2020. Clive GM4FZH is trying to gauge interest at this time, so please contact us for details if you would like to know more.

Programming Computers

Yesterday I presented my talk Programming Computers in Gatehouse. Everything went well and I was asked to make the slides available – here they are:

Enjoy!

Introducing our new concept of Kit and Soldering Nights, Clive encourages everybody to bring kits to build on 2nd Thursdays of each month. (Note that the first such evening will be December 5th, which is the first Thursday in December – there’s no talk scheduled for that month, and the Christmas Quiz is on the 12th.)

Feel free to come along and bring what you’re working on! Kits can be tested when they’re finished — please let us know if special test equipment is required so we can try to arrange it.

Breaking News

Lighthouse Weekend with GB2LG is ON, from the Mull of Galloway

GB2LG will be operational from the Mull of Galloway for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on
22-23 August 2020.

Due to Covid-19 the callsign will have to be activated by a number of separate solo stations, operating from the car park.

Our anchor-man will be Davy MM0LGR, who plans to be there for most of the weekend. Then other club members will be welcome to join Davy on-site with their own separate /M or /P stations and use the GB2LG callsign.

The callsign has been authorised, the GB2LG QRZ page is updated and we are now on the official ILLW Activity List.

The other good news: The Gallie Craig Coffee House is OPEN! That means we’ll all be able meet there a suitably safe distance (and good ventilation guaranteed).

Everything about Covid-19 is a moving target, of course, so we’ll keep you updated by email, Facebook and this website as the situation develops.

Regular Nets

GB3DG 2m Repeater Net

Sunday Morning 10am

( Nets from the Clubroom are temporarily On Hold)

3rd Thursday each month:
On The Air Night (HF/VHF)

Any other Thursday where no special event or talk is scheduled, we will listen on 2m: GB3DG at 7.15pm and on GB7DK at 7.30pm

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