Thursday, 18th February 2021
Zoom Talk by Ian GM3SEK

New Licence Regulations for RF Electromagnetic Fields

Over the next year, Ofcom will introduce new licence regulations that will require us to make sure our amateur radio activities are not exposing other people to excessive RF field strengths. Your March 2021 issue of RadCom (just arriving) will say more about this. The good news is that most amateurs are already well within the international guidelines. The less good news is that we will have to prove that, by making assessments and keeping them on record. Ian GM3SEK is a member of the UK-US team that is developing straightforward ways for everyone to meet these new regulations, and will show examples of how it can be done.

Thursday, 4th February 2021
Zoom Talk by Oli MM0YOS

Getting Started With FT8

FT8 is a weak-signal digital mode that has gained lots of popularity with HAMs worldwide in the last few years. In this presentation, Oli will show how to get started, from hooking up the radio to contacts around the world, with practical advice thrown in and room for questions and discussions.

Thursday, 1st October 2020
Zoom Talk by Clive GM4FZH

Building Antennas

This talk describes building two specific antennas – a linked dipole and a vertical antenna with sloping radials. It is hoped it will encourage others to build some form of antenna (not necessarily the ones described) and indicates some of the items to be thought about. Both antennas are built around a fishing type pole so are suitable for both home and portable work. A pdf document will be available for the vertical with sloping radials.

Thursday, 5th March 2020
Talk by Ralph 2M0RHT

Does Amateur Radio Damage Your Health?

Community Hall, Gatehouse of Fleet

Dealing with electricity, electromagnetism, and ‘waves’ on a variety of frequencies, how can we be sure that our hobby is safe, fun and will do us no physical, emotional, mental or spiritual harm? After all, there have been scares about the dangers of mobile phones when used in excess by children, radiation fears, and damaged to ears not to mention our brains. How much do we really know about ourselves, physical, mental and spiritual? There is always the risk of injury from electricity, damage to our ears from constant static etc., or may there be other issues that we need to be aware about while chasing the QSO and calling CQ CQ CQ? After all, James C. Maxwell died, did his research spark something that could effect us? How do we know what we think we know?

This will be a seriously light hearted look at Amateur Radio from a medical perspective with the hope that we might learn something new about the hobby and indeed ourselves.

Please supply your own popcorn, drinks and ice creams.

Thursday, 6th February 2020
Talk by Ian GM3SEK

Clean up your shack (Updated)

How to reduce HF noise levels on receive, and reduce the risk of causing interference on transmit – a win-win result. The 2015 version of this talk to the RSGB Convention has been very popular, with over 8000 views so far (click here to view on YouTube). However, the 2019 Convention update had to be delivered via Skype, so WARC will have the first live showing with examples of ferrite cores, chokes and filters to hand around.