Welcome to CRA

Google Sites are pushing for old site styles, like ours, to be replaced with their, modern standard.

Because of this, and the limitations the new site brings, as webmaster, I have been working on a new site.

Thos will give us limitless possibilities, including, on line members only area, full online Newsletter in booklet format, no limit to photo galleries, direct links to common sites for ham radio operation, video presentations online etc; etc:

I will be posting a link to the site HERE shortly while I finalise development for you to have a browse.

In the meantime please continue to come here for your updates.

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NEWS UPDATES.
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The next Skype CRA/HARIG meeting will be on 19th November.

Liz G0MDL will be giving a mini review of the 705 and her portable setup.
Garry M0MGP will be showing what you can fit in a Small Shack.

Kevan 2E0WMG will be explaining his use of the VDA Antenna
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 Virtual club
Skype meeting November.

A treat for November, Liz G0MDL will be reviewing the new 705 and showing her portable setup.
Garry M0MGP will be showing how you can fit a lot into a small space.
Plus A N Other still to be confirmed.

DONT BE LATE

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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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 INFO 26/3/20
As from Monday March 30th, there will be two new weekly nets, both on 145.350.
Monday at 14:00
Friday at  10:00,  both will carry on as long as people stay on but 16:00 on Monday and 12:00 on Friday would be the cut off time.  



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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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CRA Meeting & Event Programme:

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

DateEvent

January 16 2020Hank Garretson W6SX dB  for free. By Skype
13 February  2020 Logging Past & present -  Garry M0MGP
19 March  
CANCELLED
Direction Finding
Roy G4JAC
23 April 
CANCELLED
Inter Club Quiz at CRA
27 May  
Via Skype
RSGB Beyond Exams
With Q & A
David De La Haye.
 18 June  2020
Via SKYPE
Direction Finding
by G4JAC
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
2020 
Mark M0LTG QO 100 Build +
Online Christmas Party
 

CW FACE TO FACE SESSIONS.


Current CRA Training Course Dates:

Foundation

Next Course:

Postponed

Contact: Treasurer
Intermediate*
Next Course: 

TO BE ADVISED

Contact: Treasurer
Advanced/ Full *Next  Course

TO BE ADVISED


Contact: Treasurer

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 Treasurer

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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 VIC M0VLL
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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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  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