The branch has a new member – Sgt Jim McLelland from Bellshill in North Lanarkshire – 2M0RMP. Welcome Jim.
Also in this bulletin is a report from the 2015 RE C3S Technical Update.
No G3RE today, but Mike G4ICC ran the net. On Net are me, Tom, G4CMG and Derek, G3XWD. We speculated the weather kept the yorkshire stations off the air due to the thunderstorms sweeping across the country but Gordon, G3WOV later gave his apologies – he has a full house this weekend.
80 Meter Net
Radio Conditions on 80m are OK. Tom Milne gives an account of his attendance at the national armed forces day service.
60 Meter Net
On 60M only a slightly difference in conditions. Both recordings via the internet from Web SDR received at Nantwich.
Some time was spent revamping the membership application form this week and surprisingly it took less than four hours to design and build a new one. (Jim kindly tested it and declared it fit for purpose). This gives us another opportunity to close down parts of the old website which weren’t used or popular or didn’t work.
The station here is augmented by a SmartPhone which is used to receive the net today. You can see the waterfall display of the Hackgreen Web SDR on the phone in the foreground. I found this a very acceptable way of listening, while transmitting using the analogue radio in the background. (TS570D).
C3S Wing Technical Update
Jock McLay has kindly summarised the C3S Wing Technical Update held on 18th June and provided a very useful update of the trade as it stands today.
BATCO finally demises. (Yay!) A decision has been taken to withdraw this as obsolescent due to the availability of digital secure speech. It lasted about 24 Years.
The C3S Wing delivers both vocational and non vocational courses and demand is steady. Virtual and Distance Learning are standard options for unit training.
Battlefield Information Systems
Some information about BOWMAN and its replacement (already).
Morpheus Rises. The design stage for the replacement of Bowman is under way with a national consultation on requirements.
Stores and Accounting
For us old guys, The AFG 1045 (now Incident report form) is now tracked via the web with updates available.
Trade and Career
On the trade and career side there is more training responsibility for signals senior NCOs and opportunities to diversify into SQMS\RQMS roles but as yet how this works may need to be seen.
A proposal has been circulated to restructure the branch committee. Jock delivered the powerpoint presentation which summarises the branch at the C3S Technical Update and we are grateful for that. He is currently following up with a review of amateur radio assets.
73 de Stu – G4IYK