The date for the exam is set for 13th October 2012 with a days training before the exam which is 25 multiple choice questions to be answered in a maximum of 45 minutes. We will also meet for some evenings before then to iron out any problems. The exam costs £27.50 (costs are charged by the examining body in UK not by the IOMARS – we do it for free) any prospective candidate needs to print and fill in the form named ‘CATCE application’ ( http://www.rsgb.org/tutors/pdf/forms/request-for-exam-papers.pdf) and forward it to a society committee member ASAP and in anycase before 19th september 2012.
The below links will help too, read them all please. The ham tests one is an interactive set of mock exam questions to let people know what they are getting themselves into, do the Ham test tests until you are sick of them and get 100%. Remember the point of this exam course is to get you to pass the exam and get a foundation licence. The hard stuff you’ll learn as you progress in the hobby.
The dust has settled, we had 272 contacts as GT4WAB, lots of British ones plus Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Slovenia, Italy , Latvia, Hungary, France, Finland, Sweden, and Russia.
The WAB group pass on their thanks to the IOMARS members for their efforts.
The team were (in no particular order) Mike Rodgers – MD0BJM, Steve Kelly – GD7DUZ, Dave Cain – 2D0YLX, Jeanie Hill 2D0JEA, Alan Crowther – GD0MWL, Mike Webb – GD6ICR, Stuart Hill – GD0OUD, Peter Morgan – MD6IOM, Andy Morgan GD1MIP and the IOM Coastguard.
The maxwell foundation has set up a 4m websdr receiver on University of Technology Eindhoven (JO21RK). Frequency range is about 70.150 to 70.250. The antenna is an 4 element yagi @ 65m agl direction south. The LX0FOUR beacon on 70.161 can be heard. This is a great tool to monitor Es propagation.
This is the link: http://lindsey.esrac.ele.tue.nl/
Select the 4m band in the window left just below the waterfall screen.
The freq readout has at the moment a +4,5 kHz offset but that will be corrected later.
The Worked all Britain (WAB) group have asked the IOMARS to run a station, callsign GT4WAB on Saturday 02nd June 2012. The WAB are running an award timed to coincide with the Olympic torches tour of the British Isles.
We will be active for the whole day as GT4WAB.
It is hoped to use the HF bands dependant on propagation, and maybe some higher frequencies.
We need volunteers to help out, both operators and those willing to ‘build’ the temporary station.
We will be based in the Coastguard station at the shipyard in Ramsey. Help is needed to set up on the Friday evening (1st June) to run the station on the Saturday as we take over from the Bolton Wireless Club operating as GX4WAB through to handing over to the Glengormley E & ARS in Belfast (GN4WAB) at midnight on Saturday. After that we plan to operate on Mad Sunday from the same location under our own Special Event Station callsign GB2MAD
It is imperative that all Radio Amateurs using 70cm Band are fully conversed with these new regulations. You are advised to download the “Full Print Version” and read these new regulations very carefully. We can expect zero tolerance of non-compliance from Ofcom and the Authorities during the Olympics.