The Southdown Amateur Radio Society is a club for anybody interested in amateur radio, with members across the South Downs and even further afield.
We meet on a weekly basis at one of our two radio sites, as well as once a month in our Eastbourne-based club rooms.
We have members interested in everything from CW to modern data mode and participate in many contests each year – you can read more about what we get up to on the blog, or below.
Contact from Crystal Palace (2nd Mar)
Last Wednesday’s meeting involved a successful communication between myself on Crystal Palace Hill in South London, Dave G0FDV from Heathfield, and members operating under G1KAR/P at BHRS including Barry G8DXU and Tony G4UPY. Having erected a dipole for 40m I constructed at home this previous week, we attempted contact at the arranged time of 1500 on 7.143MHz, myself managing a 57 report from BHRS using my FT-897D and MFJ tuner, running from my car’s battery.
The nearby Arquiva TV tower does cause some interference, though it doesn’t completely disrupt affairs. We found the band to be particularly busy, so moved down the band to 7.080MHz, where Dave G0FDV joined us.
Below are a few photos of my setup at Crystal Palace (apologies for photo quality):
Selection of G8DXU articles added! (1st Mar)
Some articles from our members’ monthly magazine written by G8DXU on vintage radio are now available here on sars.club. Hover over “Articles” in the menu above, then “Vintage Radio” to read them!