Over 30 amateurs attended
the Saturday night dinner, held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel,
just a few minutes drive from Adastral Park (BT Martlesham to you!)
and where many of us stayed the night.
left to right facing
G4NNS, G4LDR, G4BRK
The meal was very good
indeed and the whole atmosphere before, during and afterwards was
very convivial to say the least!
The international nature
of the meeting is shown here in this photo:
ON6UG, DB6NT and G4KLX
Sunday morning was the
time to get down to the serious stuff! The opening talk, Wither
UK Microwaves by Mike Dixon, G3PFR (the RSGB Microwave
Spectrum Manager, detailed his many concerns over the possible lack
of representation for UK microwavers as
a result of the removal of the RSGB spectrum
committees. He suggested that the UK Microwave Group, already
in existence these past three years or so, could usefully take up
the reins where the RSGB Microwave Committee had had to leave go,
particularly in relation to the day to day bread and butter
microwave activities such as contest organisation, newsletter production,
awards, a component service, helping newcomers to microwaves, etc.
The more political aspects such as IARU work, spectrum
management, beacon approval, etc, would still be best served through
the new Spectrum Forum that the RSGB Board were setting up. In such
a scenario it would be essential for the microwave representative
on the Spectrum Forum to receive maximum support from the UKuW Group,
which hopefully would become an affiliated group to RSGB.
A very well attended
Open Forum, chaired by Peter, G3PHO, followed the talk. The
future of UK microwaves was debated in depth and at some length.
Unanimous support was shown for the UK Microwave Group becoming
the voice of amateur microwaves in this country. Many microwavers
present urged the group to go ahead with plans to assume many of
the jobs undertaken by the RSGB Microwave Committee, which is due
to become redundant at the end of this year.
The UKuW Group then
held its AGM. The election of officers resulted in the following
- Chairman: Peter Day, G3PHO. Secretary: Martyn Kinder, G0CZD. Treasurer:
Steve Davies, G4KNZ, Ordinary Committee members: G6GXK, G4DDK, GM4PLM,
G4KLX, G8OGO, G6JYB, WA5VJB (co-opted). The new committee confirmed
its strong commitment to support UK Microwavers at a much higher
level than in the past.
Sunday afternoon saw a
number of very interesting talks
left) together with G8ACE, shared their experiments on
24GHz EME with us. It was particularly exciting to hear their audio
clips of the W5LUA/OK1UWA 24GHz contact.
Kent, WA5VJB, gave
us an insight into PCB antenna design and the problems of Ultra
Wideband transmissions, while Freddie, ON6UG, updated us all on
the P3E and P5A space missions. He showed photos of the AMSAT antenna
facility in Belgium.
Finally, Peter, G3PHO,
gave his annual talk on UK microwave activity over the past year
and finished with a brief photo diary on
Microwave Update 2003, held in Seattle, USA, in September.