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  G3CNO  Fort Purbrook Amateur Radio Club

Portsmouth  -  IO90LU

                                       

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G3CNO - Based in  Portsmouth UK and now in our 6th year acquired this re-issued call during 2014 from it’s former owner (Albert “Joe” Cake), a well known Amateur who lived in southsea  - after discussions with  Joe’s family and the UK governing body ofcom we proudly inherited his call initially for use on CW only but we have adopted his call as our primary call so will be used ALL modes.

We like to think we are a friendly approachable club and encourage new blood into our hobby, and as a registered RSGB  Examination Centre opportunities exist for one to one tuition - All details of club activities and further details on exams can be found on our club website www.fparc.org.uk.

Fort Purbrook itself is to the north of Portsmouth in square IO90LU  and we hold meetings on the last Friday of every month, during spring and throughout the summer months we hold activity “Weekends” and encourage ALL members to come along and try their hand at operating either the club radio’s or bring their own station along to experiment - newcomers are welcome and supervision  can be provided as necessary.

All our members have varying interests  and expertise including  Antennas, Construction, Kits, Propagation, Workshop Techniques, 4m, 6m, Sdr, Faultfinding, Wine Tasting etc… oh and CW !!! (That’s Morse Code) . . .  again all details found on our MAIN Website.

This year we will be operating from the West side of the Fort with a new Antenna set-up which will probably be a doublet with the centre up at 42’ and the ends up around 30’ with alternative masts now available for 2/4/6m beams, we are fortunate in that our location is 300’asl with excellent take-off  all round.


 

 

Field Events this year (2017)  . . so far . . .!

This year began with a rather cold Field Event in April from our new location up at Fort Purbrook - new things to see/Different set-up etc...  but it went pretty well although band conditions were not too good ! Highlight of the weekend was a Qso into the city of Coventry with 25w FM vertically polarised on 2m (Thanks to Graham M0CYX).  May's event presented us all with new challenges in set-up, but it went smoothly despite several of our "Regular Members" unable to attend , plus introduction of a new "On-site" storage bunker saving us hassle with transportation - also the introduction of computer logging (still early days)  . . .  but using N1MM Logger HF contacts were entered and later imported to our main station log (Log4OM)  saved a whole bunch of post-log data entry !  the mini-demo of N1MM on the sunday afternoon was plagued by gremlins and after a couple of hours finally traced the problem to batteries in the "Winkey" along with warnings that N1MM needed updating ?? Having already uploaded a new version earlier . . . .    anyway all good now.  We were also experimenting with a hi-res monitor at 32" which was eye catching !  enough for now - to be continued watch this space . . .  73'


SPRING/SUMMER FPARC FIELD EVENTS 2017

Summer Operating Schedule commences a month earlier this year at our new location within the Fort on the Western ramparts. Please note that due to the exposed position of the marquee site, cancellation of the Field Weekends can occur at very short notice if the wind is too strong to erect the marquee safely. Cancellation of the Field Weekend results in relocating at short notice to an available classroom for the Friday evening meeting.

 

Friday 27th January. Monthly club meeting - Question and Answer Session hosted by Graham M0CYX. 1900hrs start. 

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Friday 24th February. Monthly club meeting - Meeting Topic still to be confirmed - 1900hrs start.

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 Friday 31st March. Monthly club meeting - Presentation by Mike Senior G4EFO, RSGB Region 10 Regional Manager.

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 Friday 28th April. Monthly club meeting - Social Evening / Operating Night to be held in the club marquee weather permitting - leading straight into the initial club Field Weekend of the year. 1900hrs start. Please monitor BBS for wx updates !

Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th April. Field Event Weekend - Activating Club Call G3CNO all-modes.  0900hrs each day - no earlier.  Evening BBQ on the Saturday finishing approx. 2100hrs. Sunday finish approx. 1700hrs. 

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Friday 19th May. Monthly club meeting - Social Evening / Operating Night to be held in the club marquee weather permitting - leading straight into the club Field Weekend.  1900hrs start. Please monitor BBS for wx updates !

Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st May. Field Event Weekend - Activating Club Call G3CNO all-modes. 0900hrs each day - no earlier.  Evening BBQ on the Saturday finishing approx. 2100hrs. Sunday finish approx. 1700hrs. 

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Friday 30th June. Monthly club meeting - Social Evening / Operating Night to be held in the club marquee weather permitting - leading straight into the club Field Weekend. 1900hrs start.  Please monitor BBS for wx updates !

 

Saturday 1st / Sunday 2nd July. Field Event Weekend - Activating Club Call G3CNO all-modes.  0900hrs each day - no earlier.  Evening BBQ on the Saturday finishing approx. 2100hrs. Sunday finish approx. 1700hrs. 

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Friday 21st July. Monthly club meeting - Social Evening / Operating Night to be held in the club marquee weather permitting - leading straight into the GB1PF Special Event Station Field Weekend, which now includes the Monday. 1900hrs start.  Please monitor BBS for wx updates !

Saturday 22nd / Sunday 23rd / Monday 24th July. GB1PF Special Event Station activation weekend - Activating Special Event Station call GB1PF all-modes representing Palmerston Forts.  0900hrs start each day - no earlier.  Evening BBQ on the Saturday finishing approx. 2100hrs. Sunday finish approx. 1700hrs. 

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Note - there is no meeting in August as there were two during July.

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Friday 1st Sept. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to be held in the club marquee weather permitting - leading straight into the club Field Weekend.  1900hrs start. Please monitor BBS for wx updates !

Saturday 2nd / Sunday 3rd Sept. Field Event Weekend - Activating Club Call G3CNO all-modes. Arrival from 0900hrs each day - no earlier. Early evening BBQ on the Saturday finishing approx. 2100hrs. Sunday finish approx. 1700hrs.  Please monitor BBS for wx updates !

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Friday 29th Sept. Monthly club meeting - to be held in the club marquee weather permitting - leading straight into the club Field Weekend.  1900hrs start. 

Saturday 30th Sept. / Sunday 1st Oct. The final Field Event Weekend of the 2017 club year - Activating Club Call G3CNO all-modes. Start 0900hrs each day - no earlier.  Evening BBQ on the Saturday finishing approx. 2100hrs. Sunday finish approx. 1700hrs. 

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Friday 27th October. Monthly club meeting - Meeting Topic still to be confirmed - Usual 1900hrs start. Further details on the Bulletin Board.

Friday 24th November. Monthly club meeting - Meeting Topic still to be confirmed - Usual 1900hrs start. Further details on the Bulletin Board.

Friday 15th December. Monthly club meeting - Social Evening - Christmas Theme. Usual 1900hrs start. Further details on the Bulletin Board in due course.

 

                    


During September 2014 the Fort Purbrook Amateur Radio Club gained the callsign G3CNO, formerly of Albert 'Joe' Cake (SK), a well known and respected local radio amateur who lived in Wheatstone Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hants. It is an honour to to continue using this call in the future.

Joe passed away in 2007 and would have been 100 years of age in December 2014. Joe was a member of the Portsmouth and District Amateur Radio Society.  The Fort Purbrook ARC is honoured to be allocated this callsign by Ofcom.

Joe, seen here at his QTH, was a very well known and popular Radio Amateur, so in respect of Joe's memory, the Fort Purbrook ARC Committee have agreed that G3CNO will be activated as regularly as possible.

During his RN wartime service on Submarines, Joe (Leading Telegraphist Albert Charles Cake) received the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) in 1942. Joe was one of the earliest members of the Royal Navy Amateur Radio Society (RNARS) founded at HMS Mercury back in 1960 and now based at HMS Collingwood.

Joe had a lifelong interest in radio and the Fort Purbrook ARC is honoured to be able to keep the G3CNO callsign active, particularly from a club based in Portsmouth, Joe's home town.

Additional information is available on the dedicated G3CNO page on the Fort Purbrook ARC website - http://www.fparc.org.uk/

73

Fort Purbrook ARC

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