Annual General Meeting – 2014

Here we go again, another 12 months passed us by and the AGM is just around the corner.

Members are reminded that motions to vary the constitution or rulkes of the Club need toi be sent to the Secretary at least 21 days prior to the AGM. Ken G0FIC is carrying out the duties of Secretary alongside the duties as Chairman and any requests need to be sent to him.

We are aware of at least one existing committee member will not be standing again this year so we will be looking to replace their position/s.

It has been a few years now since we had a Secretary and if you feel able to volunteer it would be appreciated. The main duties are taking minutes at the Committee meetings and general Club meetings and possibly writing the occasional letter as directed by the Committee.

See you all oin the 1st Thursday evening of April.

Norman G4USB

President

 

 

 

CRAC Rally 2013 – July 7th

Not sure what happened to the last 12 months but here we are again heading for the Cornish Amateur Radio Club Rally 2013.

Ken G0FIC has made tremendous efforts to get a good and varied trader attendance and all of your favourites are with us yet again. Over the years it has become very difficult to secure the attendance of our event by traders outside of the West Country. The emergence of 365 day internet trading and the cost of fuel being the major factors.

Coiln will again be providing refreshments from his catering van in the car park and we are looking forward to seeing the display promised by the Mid Cornwall Beacon & Repeater Group concentrating on their Amateur Television activities.

As in previous years there will be stalls nanned by RAFARS, RNARS, RSARS and we hope to have the RSGB bookstall in attendance, We also hope to have the local repeater groups and keepers with us to give everyone the chance to contribute to the ones regularly used by them.

The normal bring and buy facility will be available with check in via the side door before the rally opens to the public. There will be a non returnable administration fee of 50p an item to cover our efforts and stop numerous small low value items being put up for sale and taking large amounts of our staff’s time both when logging in and subsequently returning them to their owner if unsold.

We would ask everyone to respect our wishes and not attempt to access the bring and buy area before the event opens, traders included. We wish to give all of our visitors the same chance of finding their bargains and, not tie up manpower policing the area prior to the show.

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the day and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Its amazing how many of your regular contacts you have never met face to face even if they are within a few miles of home.

Entry fee remains held at just £2.00 even though the cost of hiring the School seems to rise each year.

Finally, please help our volunteer helpers by complying with their reasonable requests.

 

Is Intermediate now the largest section of Amateur Radio?

If the latest influx following our recent intermediate examination course is anything to go it certainly should be.

Graham G3LAI held the classes for us and ten participants booked to take the examination. The date had to be changed and unfortunately this resulted in one candidate being unable to make the exam as he was called away to a meeting in London for his work. Never mind Martin,next time around, unfortunate but unavoidable.

The remaining 9 candidates were all successful and there has been an epidemic of new 2E0 call signs in the West Cornwall area., Only one was able to keep their previous call suffix, luckily it was our Treve but even now he manages to get it wrong, just imagine if the letters had changed hi hi!

The new calls are:

Carol       2E0PCR

Brian       2E0JBW

Treve       2E0TCV

Shaun     2E0CUH

John        2E0CUI

Mike        2E0MDN

Jim          2E0JGW

John        2E0CUG

Paul         2E0ROL

Congratulations to one and all, speak to you soon.

 

CRAC AGM 2013

The Annual General Meeting of the Cornish Radio amateur Club will take place at the Gweal An Top club venue on Thursday 4th April at 7.30pm.

Please come along and support YOUR Club, perhaps, by volunteering for a Committee post? Don’t just leave everything to someone else, jump in and do some organising, the more help we have the more fun we shall all have!

See you there

Thursday  4th April 2013, 7.30 pm, Gweal An Top, Redruth

Foundation Exam March 2013

On 26th March three candidates sat their Foundation examination and, 100% success rate was achieved.

Congratulations to Martin who scored a maximum on his paper, well done young man.

To Paul with success on the second attempt, well done Paul.

and finally to the stalwart of the group Malcolm. We told you not to give up Malcolm as we knew you were going to pass this time. Many would have thrown in the towel especially with missing by one but you dove into the book again and stuck with it. Bet you are really excdited now and straining at your leash to get onto the Amateur bands. Well done.

Happy New Year 2013

Wow, that went quickly, Christmas has managed to do its old trick of building up for ages and then ending, seemingly, before it started.

Hope you all had a really great time be it with your children, grandchildren, family or quietly at home with your own company.

All that remains is to wish all members, their families, friends and all visitors to the site a very Happy and Prosperous New Year for 2013. Let’s hope we don’t have too many severe weather incidents and send our best wishes to all who have been affected badly by the recent spate of flooding here in the UK and, of course, to all those folk on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA as they get themselves back to normality after the horror of hurricane Sandy a few weeks back.

We have no way of controlling our weather (good job too) but I believe we are all keeping our fingers firmly crossed for a somewhat more sunny, drier Spring/Summer in 2013, especially at the weekends! we don’t mind overnight rain as long as the days are warm and bright.

Norman

Foundation Course imminent at CRAC

If any reader of the site has an interest in joining the fascinating hobby of Amateur Radio and lives within striking distance of Redruth, we are running the next Foundation level course culminating in an exam in early 2013.

The Foundation licence is the entry level into the hobby (See page re Courses) and once the examination has been passed the successful candidate is ably to apply to Offcom for a licence and obtain a call sign (currently in the M6xxx range).

This licence permits operation on the HF, VHF & UHF bands with a limited power level of 10 watts, plenty enough to be able to work the world when conditions are good, especially when using the 10m band (28Mhz) an excellent band for long distance contacts on low power.

The next level is Intermediate and this permits a power level of 50 watts which makes consistent communication more easily achieved. (Currently 2E0 series)

To gain the right to operate with up to 400 watts the final examination that needs to be passed is the Advanced.  (Currently M0 series)

Please contact us if you would like further details of the courses planned.

We do not charge for tuition, our tutors give their time free of charge to help promote the hobby. The Exam costs £27.50 and, the hall rental costs need to be covered by the candidates and will be calculated by dividing the total cost by the number of candidates studying so not possible to quantify until numbers are known. Of course, the more candidates there are the share of the hall rent will reduce.

Use the following enquiry form to contact Ian with any Foundation level training enquiry, and, Graham if you require further information on the Intermediate and advanced level training.

We look forward to welcoming you into the family of amateur radio, a hobby for life.

73′ & 88′ de CRAC

L to R: Mike G1NRF - Paul,Darren,June,Ray & Steve

L to R: Mike G1NRF – Paul,Darren,June,Ray & Steve

Proudly displaying their pass certificates following the Foundation Examination held Summer 2010 when 5 out of the 6 candidates were successful we see Paul, Darren, June, Ray & Steve with big smiles on their faces.

Since their success in the Foundation course both Darren and Steve have achieved the Intermediate level and currently they are both studying with Graham G3LAI for the advanced level examination and will be taking the Exam in the New Year. Good luck chaps.

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Foundation Examination

There will be a Foundation Examination taking place  next week and we take the opportunity of wishing the candidates the best of luck.

Relax, take your time, don’t rush. Make sure you read each question carefully as it is all too easy to latch on the wrong word which can have the effect of completely changing the answer you are looking for. If it says which bank is not an HF band for goodness sake dont select anything between 1.8 and 30Mhz its a NOT.

Failure is nothing to be ashamed of it is just the opportunity to go back and learn even more and become even more proficient than you would have been passing on the first attempt.

I am currently taking a set of professional exams and have hit a brick wall on one of them. I have already taken it twice and missed by one question the first time and by 2 on the second attempt. Difference is it costs £70 to take each time, £150 for the course book and if I dont get it by December I can’t continue to earn a living. At least the hobby exam does not prevent you being able to pay your bills when you fail.

Good luck to everyone.

CRAC Rally 2012

Cornish Rally Sunday 8th July 2012 at Penair School. St. Clement.
Truro TR1 1TN
Help is needed for setting up the hall on Saturday 7th July at 14.00hrs at Penair School.  Please contact Ken if you are able to lend a hand.
If you know of anyone who possibly might like to have a table at the Rally,or, perhaps you yourself might need space to do a shack clearance, the  minimum table space is 5ft @  £10.00. Basically one table wide).
Traders will pay at the rate of £2.00 per running foot with a minimum cost set at minimum £10.00. Tables are supplied and set out ready with their space reserved and their names showing on them. Power is available at most locations in the hall but traders will need to bring an extension lead with them (30ft) is the optimum length as power sockets are limited.

Help is also needed on the day ensuring security of the entrance doors whilst the traders are setting up their stalls and with ensuring a smooth log in process at the bring and buy.Remember, bring and buy items can be logged in at the side entrance prior to the rally opening but no access is permitted until 10.30 and after logging items in entry is by the main entrance door only.

Please be prepared to offer assistance as a Club member if required. Remember, the Rally is held for the Club’s benefit and with the hope that a profit will be made to swell the Club coffers. This then helps us keep the membership fee to a minimum as all running costs are increasing as you well know.
Please come along and support the Rally and your Club, you don’t have to buy anything , it is a social event too but everyone will probably find something to tempt them even if its  a few PL 259 for the  just in case box.

Hope to see you on Saturday and Sunday at Penair.

 

Norman