MidSARC

Mid Somerset Amateur Radio Club

Our meetings, past and future

Our Next Meetings

Mid-Somerset Amateur Radio Club (MidSARC) will hold a Zoom Meeting on Monday 14th December at 8.30pm. All are welcome to join in as the meeting is being held in lieu of our usual Christmas get-together. It will be held after the normal 2m FM net.


Monday 30th March 2020 at 14.00 A social gathering at The Quarter Jack, Wells

Monday 11th May 2020 at 19.45 Topic TBC

Previous Meetings and Events

March 2020 A social evening with updates on the Conference proposal

February 2020 a talk with Dean Brice

January 2020 was a project and social evening with presentations by Simon and David.

December 2019 a Christmas social event with mince pies

November 2019 was a social evening and an audit of the Club’s equipment.

October 2019 Club AGM

September 2019 We we had a social evening, and since due to the adverse weather we decided not to erect the antenna for some possible /P operation. Discussion included possible /P sites and programmes on the TV, amongst others. 

August 2019 We enjoyed our summer BBQ, reasonable weather meant that this was held outside and proved very successful, the evening enjoyed by all who attended. Thanks to everyone who brought food or drink, especially to the two main cooks, Chris and Laurence.

July 2019 Shaun G8VPG gave a very interesting talk on his involvement over some years in receiving satellite TV signals, concentrating on the new QO-100 satellite in more detail

June 2019 We enjoyed a short talk on Oscar 100 by David G8BFV and a de-brief of the Royal Bath and West Show event

May 2019 We had a very entertaining talk by Laurence Perrett G4XWE on propagation. His tongue-in-cheek explanation of the various forms of propagation was well received despite having to use two laptops!

April 2019 Roger Davis G3IUZ gave a talk on 3D printing and CNC milling for amateur radio

March 2019 A discussion on the upcoming three special event stations

January 2019 Valve night! A talk by David G8BFV on valves and some excerpts from TX Factor episode 22

December 2018 the Club held an enjoyable Christmas supper, thanks again to all those who brought food and made the evening a success.

November 11th David, Jeff and Dave operated GB0NFF at the scout hall for Armistice Day. Chris supplied the sectional mast used to support the centre of the G5RV antenna. Sixty-four contacts were made mainly on 40 metres. These included at least two other Armistice WWI stations and contacts with UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Russia. It was a bit disappointing that no scouts turned up in the afternoon. Attached photos show David operating the Clubs TS-850 running about 100W into the G5RV via the MFJ tuner. 

November 2018 EGM

October 2018 AGM

September 2018 David G8BFV gave a talk on the HRO receiver

August 2018 An enjoyable BBQ was held at the scout hall, partly outside and partly inside, mainly due to the cool but dry weather.

June 2018 We had a combined event with the Wells and Mendip Astronomers when Ben Sutlief a member of the WMA and a final-year student at Exeter University gave a talk on the student-built Exeter Radio Telescope at Caradon in Cornwall.

May 2018 We had a talk by Dave G3ZXX on the yagi antenna

Saturday 21st April at Wells Library. A special-event supported by the library staff celebrating International Marconi Day operating GB0NFF and providing displays and demonstrations of Morse and SDRs.

April 2018 Planning discussions for GB0NFF International Marconi Day and possible future /P operation in the summer.

March 2018 We held a natter night including a visit from Andy Jenner G7KNA the new deputy RSGB Regional Manager who discussed and advised the club on how we can improve our training support. Other topics included RSGB support for special events, available posters and videos. All agreed that the visit was well supported by the ten members attending and a lively but productive discussion was had.

February 2018 Dave G3ZXX gave a talk on the dipole antenna and explained why it’s not always the best option.

January 2018 We had a Winter Projects evening with discussions on radio and non-radio related projects.

Also on Monday 29th January the first social meeting was held at the Quarter Jack pub in Wells. Seven members attended and we had a very enjoyable natter. Topics included the possibility of /P operation in the summer and participation in special events for 2018.

December 2017 We had a natter night and enjoyed soup, chicken and chips, mince pies and mulled wine and an item from the latest TX Factor show on the newly reformed radio club and shack at BBC Broadcasting House with callsign G8BBC.

November 2017 Graham G3TCT gave a short talk on his visit to the RSGB Convention, the second talk that evening was by David G8BFV on the 40th Anniversary of the Voyager Spacecraft.