G3RE (Mike) reminded us today that the nights will be drawing in from this point forward…spooky, I have only just got warmed up after what seemed to be quite a long winter. Mike has been active in the week and made contact with the Special Event Station GB2BOW – Commemorating the Battle of Waterloo on the airwaves.
On 80 meters today radio conditions were variable and the Web SDR was providing good audio – while the direct route was near impossible to use.
The 60m band supported the net quite well but again compared to the direct route, Web SDR proved invaluable. Worryingly a sense of dependence is developing. The problems I experienced last week with audio dropping out were replaced with the usual digital artifacts (bleeps, chirps and stutters – aka R2D2) caused by delays in the internet.
The C3S Wing held their Annual Technical Update or Symposium this week and the Radio branch was represented by our serving member and the corps senior signaller, Lt Col Alastair Bartlam RE. Jock McLay gave a presentation on our behalf and we are waiting for some feedback regarding our future plans. Over the period since 6th June interest in the branch has been quite high with some very favourable comments from at least four high ranking officers, the SMI and CI at the wing. We are grateful for all of this and particularly pleased to see signalling recognised as a unique part of the corps.
AGM and Special Projects
A short look forward to our own AGM in September and the potential to operate special event stations for the RE300 and Kitchener 100 celebrations in 2016 were explored. Following the net today the branch approached the REA for details of the events in order to start our planning.
Going by the Net today there is “life Jim” as almost all of us have projects or outings and events planned.
73 de Stu, G4IYK