Upcoming Events for 2018


May 1, Natter Night and Talk on Mobile Installation

May 15, Barometers by Stephen Osborn

June 5, Natter Night

June 19, Rig Talk by Ian

June 26, Summer DF Hunt Non club night

July 3, Natter Night July 17 TBA (PM) ?

August 7, Natter Night  ILLW Planning

August 18th, ILLW (Lighthouse) Weekend. Club portable operation.

August 21, Music appreciation night with Pete Martin

September 4, Natter Night

September 18, J39 Steam Engine refurbishment – Stephen Osborn

Later in December – look out for the curry night!!!!!!

December/January meetings

We have a meeting on the 19th December. The guest will be a large supply of fresh Samosas from Brick Lane and mince pies plus other nibbles.

On the 2nd January we meet for a chat and perhaps to show projects worked on over Christmas and ham related Christmas presents.

We meet at the Pop In Parlour in Graham Road, Bexleyheath at 8pm.

The Christmas Curry was superb. We had a really great evening at the Spice Island in Plumstead.

December at NKRS

5th December – Natter night.

12th December – club Curry Night. Spice Island Plumstead Common. 7:30 for 8pm.

19th December – Christmas EGM.  Mince Pies etc.

Coming up for November….

7/11/17 – Natter night with club station on the air.

21/11/17 – Peter Martin talk on using valves.

…. and don’t forget the club Curry Night. This will be on the 12th December. Probably at the same place as last year – Spice Island Plumstead Common. This was superb in 2016 and very reasonably priced.

Jamboree On The Air 2017, Saturday 21st October 2017

For the second year running, North Kent Radio Society members took part in the 1st Foots Cray Scout group’s Jamboree On The Air event at their HQ next to Foots Cray Meadows operating the special event callsign GB2FCS.

With the early gusts of “Storm Brian” approaching, Stephen G8JZT, Robin M0RJT, Peter M0PBR, Tony G4WIF, Frank G3WMR and Kevin G0MLO assembled at 9am and immediately got on with raising the 20/40m dipole on the incredibly easy-to-assemble mast supplied, as usual, by G3WMR. This year the shack was in a small room at one end of the main hall and whilst obviously much quieter from which to operate, there were no windows for the coax to enter nor room for the 2m station. The HF coax luckily could run under the outside door but the 2m station was instead set up in Frank’s camper van outside the building. We were also joined later by Dave G4YIB, making a passing visit.

There was a good attendance of probably around 100 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts throughout the day and they were treated to several forms of radio activity and experience which enabled them to earn their Communicator badge. First task for the students on entering was to fill in a sheet with their names using the phonetic alphabet and to give some thought to a question which they could ask over the air. There was a morse class led by Peter and Tony in which students could try both to decode and send some morse code to each other – it’s amazing how young minds can quickly take to something that many of us old people find quite challenging! Next was some “walkie-talkie” operating practice where messages and instructions were tested across the width of the HQ field, often resulting in some energetic chasing and humorous activity between the participating parties. Stephen and Robin bravely manned a very busy and warm HF station with a constant queue of cubs and scouts all too willing to send greeting messages across the airwaves. Frank’s aerial set-up continue to work well as the wind strength increased and many contacts were made across the UK & Europe with many JOTA stations.

The wet weather, muddy grass and the fact that the 2m station was outside meant that we didn’t actually use it for the cubs & scouts but Frank made  several contacts including an interesting cross-band one on 18MHz/mobile phone with Andy G8MLQ who was operating the local club station out in Malta (with us not having the aerial transmit capability on 18MHz).

The other communications activity, and an amazingly absorbing one, was the use of Facebook and Skype apps on a laptop (with internet connection via a mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot) to talk live with other scout groups around the world. With the laptop screen projected onto the wall, we could sit/stand around, converse with and see, other scout groups in India, Australia, Malaysia to name but a few. Incredible stuff.

Our thanks go to the Akela at Foots Cray plus all her colleagues and those of the nearby scout groups for inviting NKRS along to what was a very rewarding day. The enthusiasm of the cubs and scouts was very refreshing and who knows, one or two of them may be part of the next generation of amateur radio.

Report by Kevin G0MLO


Stephen and Robin supervising JOTA in action


Stephen G8JZT and Robin M0RJT organising the HF participants


Tony G4WIF supervising the “walkie-talkie” exercise.


Peter M0PBR leading the morse practice sessions


Frank at the 2m station


Working an Indian JOTA station by Skype over internet


The antenna set up


Robin M0RJT assisting with the QSO

Club AGM – 17th October 2017

8pm at the usual venue. The Pop-in Parlour Bexleyheath near ASDA.

The principal purposes of an AGM are :-

The ratification of minutes of the previous meeting
To allow members to hear reports from the officers of the Committee on the work of our club over the year.
To receive the annual accounts and officers reports
To elect new officers
To elect committee members.
To make any changes to the rules
And to discuss and consider any motions/proposals submitted by members

All of which are important for the continuing and future operation of the club.

The current committee are formed as follows
Chairman – Vacant
Treasurer – Andy Fribbens
Secretary – Stephen Osborn
Committee – Ian Connor, Frank Connor, Robin Gilbert,
Henry Potgeiter and Dave Collings (Seconded to committee)

The club needs you.
It is always good to have new people on the committee to introduce fresh ideas and new skills. If you have experience of previous committee work or have never been on one before now may be a good time to serve the NKRS so please bear this in mind when you come to the meeting.

Coming up at NKRS in the Autumn-Winter

05/09/17  Arc Tracking. A presentation by M Osborn
19/09/17  Natter Night
03/10/17  RSGB President to visit NKRS
17/10/17  AGM Provisional
20-20/10/17 JOTA GB2FCS activation for Footscray Cub Scouts **
07/11/17  Natter Night – Station on the air
21/11/17  Peter Martin  – Talk on using valves.
05/12/17  Natter Night
12/12/17  Curry Night Probably the usual venue **
19/12/17  Christmas EGM Mince Pies

** Not a normal club night.

Morse Code Night 18th April.

Pictures taken by Ian Connor
CW Practice, thanks Ian for the pictures.

At our meeting on the 18th, Kevin 2E0WCK ran a morse code practice evening using his tablet computer as a source. There was provision for everyone to plug in a set of headphones and thus not be disturbed by conversation elsewhere in the room. It all worked exceedingly well and experienced “morsers” and some beginners had fun.  And that’s what it should be – because otherwise morse becomes a chore.

We plan to have some more of these sessions but in the meantime, here are a few resources that members can try. They do require that you have a computer or at least a tablet/smart phone (for which links will be coming later).

The unit used to send Morse was a Android Tablet using:

IZ2UUF Morse Koch CW, very adaptable software indeed, more details on the link below:


Ray Goff G4FON wrote some software that has stood the test of time and has been updated over the years. It is free.

Famous QRPer Chuck Adams K7QO put together a course with 20 hours of morse tuition in MP3 format and the CD has extensive documentation. That is also free. It is in ISO format for direct burning to CD. If you don’t have a CD burner or don’t know how to create the CD, contact me. If your PC doesn’t have a CD then arrange to bring a memory stick to club night and I’ll copy the files on for you.

Lastly, this one isn’t free. It is “Care Ware”. For many years the GQRP Club has been donating the entire proceeds from Gus Taylor G8PG’s CW course to Cancer Research. All we ask is for is a cheque for £5 payable to Cancer Research and three 2nd class stamps which cover postage both back to you and for mailing on the cheque. Plus the third stamp covers material costs. Ordering Details here.


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