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We are now into the month of February already, where did January disappear too, and already we are beginning to see the nights getting longer and the dreary dark nights of winter starting to fade away, thank goodness say I !!!! First of all I must thank everyone who came along for the January Club Night. It would have been nice to see a lot more of you and a massive turnout will occur…I do keep dreaming. Seriously though I would love to see all those who have promised to come along, those who have fell by the wayside come to club night and join in.

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  • Cockenzie & Port Seton

    Amateur Radio Club is

    affiliated to the Radio So-

    ciety of Great Britain and

    holds the call signs

    MM0CPS and GM2T which

    are used for our special

    event and contest entries.

    The Club was formed by

    Bob Glasgow GM4UYZ in

    1984, to help the local am-

    ateurs get to know each

    other.

    Far from being just a local

    club we have members

    regularly attending from

    the Borders, Dumfries,

    Strathclyde, Fife and New-

    castle.

    The Club meets on the first

    Friday of every month

    (Second Friday of January)

    in the lounge of the

    Thorntree Inn on the old

    Cockenzie High Street from

    7pm till late.

    We are now into the month of February already, where did January disappear too, and already we are beginning to see the nights getting longer and the dreary dark nights of winter starting to fade away, thank goodness say I !!!!

    First of all I must thank everyone who came along for the January Club Night. It would have been nice to see a lot more of you and a massive turnout will occurI do keep dreaming. Seriously though I would love to see all those who have promised to come along, those who have fell by the wayside come to club night and join in.

    Sadly I have to announce the passing off Izzy Paterson GM4YNA. Izzy never came to our club but did attend the Livingston one. I have known Izzy for years as she was on the same RAE course as me and we did keep in touch over the years. I also know a few other club members knew her so hence the reason for inclusion. Our deepest sympathies go out to her husband David and her family at this time.

    What has happened since last month? January was its normal quiet month and to be honest I use it as definite rest period before everything kicks off again for the year. I took part in the RSGB 80M AFS CW contest and enjoyed the short time that I was on. As I write this I hope to maybe get on the SSB leg but that will depend on finishing time of the advanced class

    On the teaching front we have started our final training session of the 2012/13 training year with the Advanced Course. It is a big class with 9 candidates and I also have one

    person who is self-studying. Their exam is on Saturday 2nd March so I am sure you will join with me and wish them all the best. This will be my last training event until September as I definitely need a sabbatical. If you know of anyone who is interested will you ask them to get in contact with me direct and I will get all their required details.

    The events program for the year starts this month on Friday 15th February with the first of two construction evenings. The second evening is on the 22nd February so hopefully by the end of the two evenings the projects will be completed successfully. The projects that people could select were either the SDR receiver or the SWR/Power meter. I Must admit I am really looking forward to the evenings. Thanks to Cephas MM0INS who is organising this. In March we will be having another of John MM0JXIs Radio Check Nights on the 22nd March (the usual slot in February has been taken up with the construction nights). The radio check night has certainly been well attended in the past years and has been very fruitful to the extent it has found faulty radios so why not bring along what you have and give it a MOT. THIS REALLY IS A WORTHWHILE EVENT so I hope you will all take advantage of it. Lastly our April event will be another visit to the Museum of Flight this time to help the last year that a Vulcan bomber will be flying. We are hoping to get the call sign GB2VEF (Vulcan East Fortune) but as yet I have not submitted the paperwork as I am awaiting some further information. It is another

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  • opportunity to get on the air with a big station.

    The aim is to have a 40M & 20M station for the Friday afternoon through to Sunday afternoon.

    With all our events I hope that you will all

    make an effort to attend as many as you can throughout the year.

    For full up to date events please read the Events Column or go onto the web-site and you will find them all in the calendar area.

    I think that is about it for this month, enjoy the newsletter.

    Bob GM4UYZ

    (Continued from page 1)

    16th ANNUAL GMDX CONVENTION AND DINNER

    Saturday, 6th April 2013

    at King Robert Hotel, Stirling

    Once again the GMDX Committee is pleased

    to announce that the above convention will

    be held at the King Robert Hotel, Whins of

    Milton, Stirling, on Saturday, 6th April 2013

    starting at 13.00. Bar snacks will be available

    from 12.00 noon.

    Provisional Programme

    1300-1330 Registration and Welcome

    1330-1400 H44KW Solomon Islands Expe-

    dition by Jim G3RTE Jim is a

    keen IOTA activator and also

    DXpeditioner. Theres time to

    work Jim on the Solomons this

    February.

    1400-1500 Developments in HF Multiband

    Antennas by Justin G0KSC Jus-

    tin is a keen designer and man-

    ufacturer of antennae.

    See http://www.g0ksc.co.uk

    1500-1530 Coffee

    1530-1630 Cycle 24 Update, Propagation,

    and Other Related Topics by

    Carl K9LA Carl writes and lec-

    tures internationally on propa-

    gation, and is also a pilot in-

    structor. He might be the only

    one to have operated a contest

    from an aeroplane!

    1630-1645 Short interval

    1645-1715 XR0YG Easter Island expedition

    by Nigel G3TXF and team Nigel

    is one of the UKs most trav-

    elled DXers with over 40 DXpe-

    ditions under his belt. A keen

    contester too, he has operated

    from over 80 countries. Nigel's

    talks are always very well re-

    ceived.

    1715-1745 T2GM Tuvalu expedition by

    Tom GM4FDM and team. The

    team, all members of GMDX

    and all very experienced DXpe-

    ditioners, includes GM0GAV,

    GM3YTS and GM3POI.

    1745 Convention Close and raffle

    draw

    2000 DX Dinner

    2200 Hotel Bar

    Note In addition to this Peter Waters G3OJV

    of Waters and Stanton will have a display

    and demo of Elecraft gear in the back room

    during the course of the day.

    Card Checking available for DXCC, WAZ,

    WAS, IOSA and RSGB awards.

    Non Members are very welcome

    The cost of the afternoons convention is 9

    The Club

    The Club is run in a very

    informal way, just a group

    of like minded people

    doing something they

    enjoy!

    This does not mean that

    we dont do anything, we

    enter (and win!) contests,

    train newcomers, hold

    talks and video nights and

    run a popular annual Junk

    Sale. Our newsletter has

    won the Practical Wireless

    Spotlight competition on

    several occasions.

    The Club supports the

    British Heart Foundation

    in memory of a member

    who died from heart dis-

    ease by donating the

    profits from some of the

    events we hold, we have

    raised over 15,832 since

    1994.

    2

    Supported by BT Community

    Champions

  • 3

    which includes tea or coffee, whilst the dinner is priced at 24 per person.

    We would be grateful if you could pre-book to give us an idea of numbers please return the booking form below. Booking your dinner tickets is particularly important as numbers are limited.

    The King Robert Hotel has given us a special rate for convention delegates this is 65 B&B for a double room and 45 B&B for a single room. In the event that all single rooms are taken, the rate for single occupancy of a twin room is 45. If you would like to stay at the hotel please contact them direct and mention that you are attending the GMDX Convention to get the special rates. We suggest you arrange your accommodation as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

    The King Robert Hotel telephone number is 01786 811666.

    BOOKING FORM Pre- book by completing this form and returning it with your remittance to Sheree Ferguson, 19 Leighton Avenue, Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 0EB. Please make cheques out to GMDX Group.

    Please make cheques out to GMDX Group

    Note you can also pay by Paypal to gmdxgroup@gmail.com

    or by on-line banking to

    Royal Bank of Scotland

    Branch Dunblane

    Sort Code 83-18-09

    account 00211009

    account name GMDX Group

    If using any of the above payment methods please clearly state your callsign for reference

    Name and callsign

    DX Convention tickets 9

    DX Dinner tickets 24

    Total remittance enclosed

  • Club Attire

    The club has a design for

    Club Tee-shirts, Polo-

    shirts, Sweat-Shirts, Fleec-

    es and Jackets and all of

    these can be obtained

    from the address below.

    When making an order

    please quote Cockenzie &

    Port Seton Amateur Radio

    Club as this will ensure

    that the Club Logo will be

    placed on the required

    ordered garments.

    If you wish to add your call

    -sign to the logo then

    please ask at the time of

    the order.

    Cost will depend on gar-

    ment and should cover the

    garment and logo, call-sign

    addition will be extra.

    Order from:

    PATRICIA BEWSEY DESIGNS,

    UNIT 11,

    FENTON BARNS RETAIL

    VILLAGE,

    FENTON BARNS,

    NORTH BERWICK,

    EAST LOTHIAN

    EH39 5BW

    Tel/Fax: 01620 850788

    Mobile: 07970 920431

    Age Groups of who have attended CPSARC