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The Spring 2021 Sprat is now arriving.
The 2021 GQRP Convention.
The Club Committee has started to think more about this year's Convention. There is a provisional booking in place with the Telford Hamfest, for the weekend of the 4th and 5th of September. However, we still don't know if such gatherings will be allowed, what restrictions will remain in place, or even whether members will want to gather in person.
Following the success of last year's virtual Convention, we had already decided to enable remote access to the Convention, no matter what, and that has not changed. What we need to know is how many would attend a physical gathering, if allowed, what sort of topics you would like to see on the programme, and who you would like to see speaking.
So, please take a few minutes to complete the survey which is available via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HQQ8BTC
As always, we will do our level best to deliver what the members want, within the constraints placed upon us.
73, Steve, G0FUW
CLUB TROPHY WINNERS 2020
The Club now has eight trophies which are awarded annually. We also recommend who should receive the RSGB’s G4STT memorial trophy.
The G2NJ Trophy is awarded this year or the best contribution to International QRP and goes to Pete Juliano, N6QW, for his many articles in QRP Quarterly and SPRAT, his YouTube videos and his Blogs.
The Partridge Trophy is awarded for the best antenna article and this year it has been awarded to David Holland, G4LDT, for his article ‘Yet Another Aerial Article’ in SPRAT 185.
The best practical article receives the Gordon Bennett Trophy and this year it has been awarded to Andy Eustace, M0RON, for his article ‘Set up BPF with SDRPlay’, which appeared in SPRAT 182.
Simple articles are always popular with members and the best one receives the W1FB Trophy. This year it has been awarded to Roy Kavanagh, GM4VKI, for his ‘10p super mod’ from SPRAT 185.
The Suffolk Trophy, awarded to the best log submitted for operation on World QRP Day, 14 June, was once again won by Valery Bobrov, RW3AI.
The Winter Sports is one of our most popular activity periods, running between Christmas and New Year. The best log wins the G4DQP Trophy and for 2020 it was received from Chris Osborn, G3XIZ.
The Chelmsley Trophy is awarded for the best log covering the whole of the year, and at a time of minimal sun spots, working anything can be a challenge. This year’s winner is Peter Estibeiro, GM0EUL.
The latest addition to our trophies is the G3RJV Memorial Trophy which was awarded for the first time this year to the winner of our Club Construction Competition, Cor van Rij, PA3COR. Cor’s LCR Bridge will feature in SPRAT, as will the others that were short listed.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, who have been contacted.
The RSGB will be announcing the winner of their G4STT Trophy at their AGM in April, so we will not steal their thunder here, but our nomination is truly worthy having contributed to the QRP world for many years.
GQRP Club Youtube Channel
9th December 2020 our Chairman Steve G0FUW writes:
Folks The time has come to open the doors to the Club's own YouTube channel. There are currently 18 videos uploaded, they are the presentations that were delivered at this year's virtual Convention. Previously, these videos were only available to those who attended the Convention via Zoom, but now anyone can view them on YouTube. The opening session is here:
You can them click on the Club name and find all the other videos. Or click here.
Please note, they are largely 'as seen' and have not had much, if any polish applied. I hope you enjoy the videos. More videos will be added in due course, when we have some. 73, Steve, G0FUW
The club now has its own callsign to activate on special occasions. More Info ...
New Club logos now available:
We are grateful to Phillipe F5SDT for providing these superb logos for use by club members for non commercial purposes. If Dropbox prompts you to log in - then you should select the cancel option - and then you will have access to browse the files.
There are nine new logos to choose from.
You may enjoy the brand new Sprat DVD.
See here for more info.
If members underpay we will hold your Sprats until we receive the balance. There will be a message indicating any underpayment on your Spring Sprat label. Once you have sent me (or your DX representative) the missing dues your remaining Sprats (to date) will be dispatched. Please do not send me coins in non UK currencies, the bank will not change them. UK coins you send at your own risk. Please do not just paypal the money without contacting me as I will need to advise you of the correct extra charge to cover paypal administration costs. (G7ENA)
Popular antenna book from Ian G3ROO returns and is now available from Lulu.com
Sprat 186 - 15/03/2020 - From G4WIF
The latest Issue 186 (Spring 2021) has now been sent into the chaos that is the postal system.
Panic emails to club officers often suggest that Sprat is late. It is not. It is the Spring issue and it looks like Spring in my garden here in the UK. Some years the Spring Sprat arrives late in March and in other years, earlier. That's just the way it works out getting a slot in the printer/distributor schedule. Please understand that bulk mail can be unpredictable so please be patient and do not contact G7ENA until guidance dates provided on this page. For this issue, distribution should have finished by mid April (pandemic post permitting).
If your neighbour's Sprat arrives before yours please do not assume that yours would have traveled with it. They were probably packed in separate boxes, stacked on the loading dock of Portsmouth Sorting Office in a different pile and entered the postal system on completely separate days - or maybe different weeks. Overseas members Sprats may travel on different airplanes, ships, mule etc.
Bottom line, it can take weeks and writing to the club in the early weeks can't speed the process at all.
Remember: If your Sprat doesn't eventually arrive - or arrives with pages missing, please contact Daphne G7ENA and do not contact other club officers as you will only cause them extra work passing the message back to G7ENA.