Monday, 2 October 2017

CTARC Ragchew October 2017

The October 2017 edition of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre's bi-monthly newsletter "Ragchew" is now published. Grateful thanks once again to our editor, Anne, for all her sterling work!

This month we have two editions of Ragchew:
  • The usual monthly edition: Download the PDF file [here];
  • A special supplement edition as well! Download the PDF file [here].
Ragchew is also on our Newsletters Page

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

CTARC Forthcoming October Meeting - 28 Oct '17

The CTARC will hold its October 2017 meeting on Saturday, 28 October 2017 at 14h00 at the clubhouse.

At this meeting, Paul / ZS1S will give a presentation on his recent visit with Fred / ZS1FZ, to the Hamfest at the port of Friedrichshafen in Germany. This is Europe's (and certainly Germany's) largest gathering of radio amateurs of the year and is a major international radio amateur event on the ham calendar.

At Friedrichshafen, all the major Ham Radio suppliers (and many smaller entrepreneurs too) are represented, and make use of the opportunity to showcase exciting and innovative new radio products and services. Many radio clubs, both local and international, are present too. In addition, an enormous swop-meet takes place where everything and anything ham-related is usually on sale.

It promises to be a very interesting talk indeed.

An hour beforehand, at 13h00, Noel / ZS1FW will present a New Hams orientation lecture on Ham Radio Terminology.

CTARC Forthcoming New Hams Presentation - 28 Oct '17

The CTARC committee has received several requests for presentations intended to assist new radio hams to get to grips with aspects of our hobby.

As we have been unable to arrange a New Hams Presentation speaker for our September meeting, our next New Hams session will take place on Saturday 28th October beginning at 13h00, an hour ahead of the regularly scheduled main meeting, at the CTARC clubhouse.

All new / recently qualified radio amateurs are warmly encouraged to attend.

This session, conducted by Noel / ZS1FW, will be on the subject of  Ham Radio Terminology.

CTARC Call For Len Wells Trophy Nominations - 20 Sep '17

Following a committee meeting at the CTARC clubhouse yesterday evening, once again the call is going out for nominations for the Len Wells Ham Spirit Trophy. This time around it will be the 50th Anniversary of the Trophy, and Dennis / ZS1AU would like to make something of an occasion of it.

The trophy is awarded to Radio Amateurs who are making a real difference to our hobby in a positive way and who by doing so display true Ham Spirit. While the award is handed out by Dennis at the CTARC's end of year meeting at the clubhouse on the fourth Saturday in November, nominees need not necessarily be members of the CTARC. This year, the CTARC's end of year meeting will be held on Saturday, 25th November 2017.

Nominations should be submitted by e-mail to Dennis / ZS1AU, together with a motivation for the nomination, to Such nominations must please be submitted before the end of October 2017 as Dennis has to make his decision and the winners name has to be engraved.

Last year, the Trophy was awarded to Ettienne / ZS1AX, shown here below with Dennis.

Monday, 25 September 2017

CTARC Hugo Friedmann / ZS1HSF Silent Key - 14 Sep '17

It is will deep regret we have to inform you of the passing of CTARC club member, Hugo Friedmann, ZS1HSF.

We understand that Hugo passed away in mid-September 2017.

His sister Dene has informed us that the funeral will be on Tuesday 26 September at the Corpus Christi Church in Castletown Road in Wynberg, at 10h00.

She said Hugo loved his Radio Club and she would be very pleased if some of his friends there could attend.

Hugo was a long-standing member of the Cape Town Amateur Radio Centre. In 1995, under his former call sign, ZR1ACL, he was awarded the Len Wells Ham Spirit Trophy. He was also a member of the Cape Computer Club.

On behalf of the Chairman, Committee and the entire CTARC we offer our sincere condolences to Hugo’s family.