Amateur Radio Outing

Following the talk and practical session by the Hilderstone Amateur Radio and Electronics club on Wednesday, we went to the Monkton Nature reserve (Sunday 20th October). There we erected our own portable antennae and did various practical tasks that are required for the Foundation licence.

The first group erected an antenna to be tuned to the 40 meter band and the second group erected a larger one to be tuned to the 80 meter band. Both antennae needed to be setup in such a way that they would not interfere with each other. Once setup, the groups found that the airways were very busy as a worldwide competition was being held, but over the course of a few hours they successfully completed the practical requirements of the foundation license (one group even spoke to GB4RS – the licensing body’s call sign!).