Welcome to CRA

NEWS UPDATES.
  Upcoming Event.
Some may be interested as in recent years members from CRA  joined them
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16TH, 2021.
ESSEX CW BOOT CAMP/CW CONVENTION
3rd Witham Scout & Guide HQ Rear of Spring Lodge Community Centre Powers Hall End Witham Essex CM8 2HE
Doors open at 08:30 for registration.  Begin at 09:00 finish approx 16:30. Parking free.

Please Pre-register as places are limited to Andy, G0IBN:  
 g0ibn1@yahoo.com 0745 342 60 87
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From OFCOM
NB. Version 3 of the calculator now at RSGB 
Radio Spectrum 

Update to EMF licence condition and guidance

Ofcom has today published an update to the new electromagnetic fields (EMF) licence condition that we are proposing to apply to spectrum users, as well as new guidance on how licensees can ensure they comply with it.

In October 2020 we confirmed we would be going ahead with our proposal to introduce new licence conditions to incorporate the limits in the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Guidelines for the protection of the general public into spectrum licences. This means licensees must operate their services within the ICNIRP Guidelines as a condition of their Ofcom licence – including keeping records of any compliance assessments.

The new proposed conditions apply to wireless equipment that can transmit at power levels above 10 Watts and we expect them to come into place no later than 18 May 2021. Licence holders will be given a grace period of at least 6 months to comply.

Following further consultation, we have now published a refined version of our licence condition which we will use for the formal licence variation process, which is set to begin in March 2021. We have also published a refined version of our guidance and an updated EMF calculator.

EMF measurement programme

We have also published the latest results from our EMF measurement programme – assessing EMF levels close to 5G sites at a further 11 locations across the UK. All our results have shown EMF levels to be well-within internationally agreed levels for EMF exposure. This is consistent with our previous measurements.
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A huge WELCOME to all our new and rejoining members, the 'new' CRA committee hope you enjoy the interaction and activities we continue to arrange during the pandemic.
STAY SAFE.
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CONGRATULATIONS
Today we are advised that CRA has gained 4th place in the Autumn Series.
This is the highest we have ever achieved and a credit to all who helped along the way. WELL DONE.


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 Virtual club
Skype meeting 
June 17th.
Graham Murchie G4FSG, has been working to bring you this presentatio  about the activities at Bawdsey Manor. This will be a very interesting  topic about the secrets that it holds and the spies and their activities.
NOT TO BE MISSED.

ON SKYPE AS USUAL SO PLEASE LOG IN

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

for future DX nets we will also be using 145.350 + or - as a net information frequency.

The reasoning behind this is as follows below.

On 20 metres and possibly other frequencies that will be used, it will often be probable that participating stations will not be able to hear net control, but could well hear the DX station.
If this were to be the case then that particular station could be advised on 145.350 when it is his or her turn.
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The Thursday 80m net will now run every week until further notice.
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CRA HUB GROUP

Many people are either cautious or suspicious of social media and therefore avoid it at all costs. The disadvantage of that is the exclusion of information that should, and could be easily accessible to all.
To that end Garry & Mark have set up a groups.io, club members only, group where members can post topics and messages that can be seen by members only.

Please click on this link

to gain access to the group wher the CW message and link to the CW advice download is available.

73 
Garry M0MGP & Mark M0LTG

Good to see members signing up to the .io hub, welcome to you all.





CLUB CONTESTS

Please contact Garry, Mark or Herbie if you need any help setting up logging or would just like to have a go but not sure how.
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NEWSLETTER 
 Mark is looking for articles and news items so if you're a builder, techie or just have something of interest why not drop him a mail here.

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Fancy a go at a DF hunt?
Follow this link to get to the Forjac site for more info.
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PAST EVENTS

Wakes Colne Observatory Click here 
HARIG Quiz Click here
RSGB 144MHz May contest results
GB8EPC Special Event Station '18  Click here 
June meeting - "Bite Size Radio Topics"
Radio Direction Finding Click here for contact details and for RDF events near us.
19th/20th  AUGUST  2017 Naze Tower Activation weekend 
20 August  MULTI-DF SUNDAY.  Details here
7th Sept: MORSE CLASSES STARTING AGAIN. Click here for details
Special Event 


  

Radio Spectrum 

  

Update to EMF licence condition and guidance

Ofcom has today published an update to the new electromagnetic fields (EMF) licence condition that we are proposing to apply to spectrum users, as well as new guidance on how licensees can ensure they comply with it.

In October 2020 we confirmed we would be going ahead with our proposal to introduce new licence conditions to incorporate the limits in the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Guidelines for the protection of the general public into spectrum licences. This means licensees must operate their services within the ICNIRP Guidelines as a condition of their Ofcom licence – including keeping records of any compliance assessments.

The new proposed conditions apply to wireless equipment that can transmit at power levels above 10 Watts and we expect them to come into place no later than 18 May 2021. Licence holders will be given a grace period of at least 6 months to comply.

Following further consultation, we have now published a refined version of our licence condition which we will use for the formal licence variation process, which is set to begin in March 2021. We have also published a refined version of our guidance and an updated EMF calculator.

EMF measurement programme

We have also published the latest results from our EMF measurement programme – assessing EMF levels close to 5G sites at a further 11 locations across the UK. All our results have shown EMF levels to be well-within internationally agreed levels for EMF exposure. This is consistent with our previous measurements



CRA Meeting & Event Programme:

Past meeeting
Programmes
Check our Newsletter section for details of past meetings

DateEvent

January 21st 2021. Kevan 2E0WMG
RSGB David De LaHaye
18th February  2021Mobile shack Build
  Garry  M0MGP
18 March  
2021
When Galaxies collide
Paul G4YQC
15 April 



22nd April
Inter Club Meeting
Dave M0TAZ
Practical SDR & its use

Extraordinary General Meeting
8pm
20 May   
Via Skype
Satellites - Theory & Practice” by Richard G0NAD and Jonathan G0DVJ
 17 June  2021
Via SKYPE
Secrets and Spies
by 
Graham Murchie G4FSG
July 2020
T B A
Jonathan GoDVJ
Other boxes in my shack
 August 20th 2020
Round Robin
What I did in lockdown
  September 17th 2020INTRODUCTION TO JS8
Liz G0MDL, Graeme, 2E0FIO, Richard, 2E0TNO
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 October  15th 2020Annual General Meeting update.
November 19th  2020Liz G0MDL 705 Portable
Garry M0MGP Small Shack
Kevan 2E0WMG VDA Antenna
 December 17th
2020 
Mark M0LTG QO 100 Build +
Online Christmas Party

 

CW FACE TO FACE SESSIONS.


Current CRA Training Course Dates:

Foundation

Next Course:

Postponed

Contact: 
Intermediate*
Next Course: 

TO BE ADVISED

Contact: 
Advanced/ Full *Next  Course

TO BE ADVISED

Contact: 

NB:
* Intermediate and Advanced courses are available to CRA members only

For more information, or to register your interest in attending a future course please contact the 

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J O I N   U S
During the year we hold regular club meets with various topics being covered on the third Thursday of each month. We have a Field Day in July (ask committee member for details) an evening at The Observatory in August, an Inter Club Quiz with HARIG & 2 Special Event Stations at The Naze, Walton.
Did I mention we do TRAINING too!
WANT MORE DETAILS
CONTACT 
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COLCHESTER RADIO AMATEURS
AWARD LAUNCH 

Herbie G6XOU receives 10,000 grid confirmed award.

Keith G6NHU receives 2 awards.

We are pleased to announce that CRA is now offering THREE awards, Postal Counties,
Grid & DXCC Countries awards.
Each award is available in worked, verified or heard (for swl's) and in various modes.

The awards will be managed by Herbie G6XOU and Garry M0MGP, an example below.
Criteria & Claim Form HERE.
THESE ARE OPEN TO ANYONE NOT JUST CRA CLUB MEMBERS


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