Events

Our club meets every month, normally on the third Tuesday. Our meetings typically involve a radio based talk or presentation followed by a chance to catch up over a cuppa.

Do you have an interesting radio related topic to share?  We are always looking for interesting presentations and ideas for our club meetings.  If you have a story to tell and fancy sharing some interesting aspect of our hobby then please get in touch with our Membership Secretary by emailing membership@verulam-arc.org.uk.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans

    Talk by the club’s Chairman David Thomas (G4HHJ) on home built antenna beams.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Presentations by students on recent advanced level license training and examination.

  • Tue
    19
    May
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015
    2:00 pmVARC Operating Cabin, Dunstable Downs.

    BBQ at club's field operating cabin, Dunstable Downs, starting at 2pm,  followed  by the 50 MHz trophy contest.

  • Tue
    21
    Jul
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

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    Presented by Stan Ames, this talk follows on from his earlier presentations about radio interception and secret stations in the St Albans area.  It concerns the spies sent to Britain by the German Secret Service, The Abwehr, some of which operated or were caught in the St Albans area.

    All of the spies sent to Britain were caught or gave themselves up with the exception of one who's interesting story will be revealed.

    The majority became double agents who were valuable in allied deception operations.  The use of radio interception and direction finding in their detection and capture will be discussed.  The talk will last one hour with about 10 minutes at the end for questions and discussion.

  • Thu
    10
    Sep
    2015
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    15
    Sep
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Sun
    27
    Sep
    2015
    8:00 pm

    GB2CW Starts at 8.00pm on 145.250

    VARC Morse Improvers Net at approximately 8:30pm local time.  Voice on 145.375 MHz FM or if occupied then 145.350 MHz.

    CW Morse on 144.062 MHz.

    Short Wave Listeners welcome. We use text from the latest issue of Rad-Com.

    For current updates visit www.tinyurl.com/varcmorse

  • Tue
    29
    Sep
    2015
    6:45 pm1.950 MHz SSB and 145.375 MHz FM

    1.950 MHz (NOTE NEW FREQ) SSB 145.375 MHz FM

    Top Band from 19.45 - 20.00 hrs local.

    2 meters from 20.00 hrs local(except club meeting nights).

  • Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
    !3:00 GMT145.375 MHz

    2m 145.375 MHz FM

    If the frequency is in use the please try 145.350.

  • Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
    10:45 am7.180 MHz SSB

    HF 40m SSB on 7.180 Mhz +/- 10 KHz

  • Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm

    GB2CW Starts at 8.00pm on 145.250

    VARC Morse Improvers Net at approximately 8:30pm local time.  Voice on 145.375 MHz FM or if occupied then 145.350 MHz.

    CW Morse on 144.062 MHz.

    Short Wave Listeners welcome. We use text from the latest issue of Rad-Com.

    For current updates visit www.tinyurl.com/varcmorse

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2015
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Sun
    11
    Oct
    2015
    10:45 am7.180 Mhz SSB

    HF 40m SSB on 7.180 Mhz +/- 10Khz

  • Sun
    11
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm

    GB2CW Starts at 8.00pm on 145.250

    VARC Morse Improvers Net at approximately 8:30pm local time.  Voice on 145.375 MHz FM or if occupied then 145.350 MHz.

    CW Morse on 144.062 MHz.

    Short Wave Listeners welcome. We use text from the latest issue of Rad-Com.

    For current updates visit www.tinyurl.com/varcmorse

  • Sun
    18
    Oct
    2015
    10:45 am7.180 MHz SSB

    HF 40m SSB on 7.180 Mhz +/- 10Khz

  • Sun
    18
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm

    GB2CW Starts at 8.00pm on 145.250

    VARC Morse Improvers Net at approximately 8:30pm local time.  Voice on 145.375 MHz FM or if occupied then 145.350 MHz.

    CW Morse on 144.062 MHz.

    Short Wave Listeners welcome. We use text from the latest issue of Rad-Com.

    For current updates visit www.tinyurl.com/varcmorse

  • Tue
    20
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Auction of members' surplus radio related equipment.  Please see our Auction Page here to see some of the items that will be available for purchase on the night.

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2015
    10:45 am7.180 MHz SSB

    HF 40m SSB on 7.180 Mhz +/- 10Khz

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2015
    1:00 pm145.375 MHz FM

    2m 145.375 MHz FM

    If the frequency is in use the please try 145.350.

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2015
    8:00 pm

    GB2CW Starts at 8.00pm on 145.250

    VARC Morse Improvers Net at approximately 8:30pm local time.  Voice on 145.375 MHz FM or if occupied then 145.350 MHz.

    CW Morse on 144.062 MHz.

    Short Wave Listeners welcome. We use text from the latest issue of Rad-Com.

    For current updates visit www.tinyurl.com/varcmorse

  • Sun
    01
    Nov
    2015
    8:00 pm

    GB2CW Starts at 8.00pm on 145.250

    VARC Morse Improvers Net at approximately 8:30pm local time.  Voice on 145.375 MHz FM or if occupied then 145.350 MHz.

    CW Morse on 144.062 MHz.

    Short Wave Listeners welcome. We use text from the latest issue of Rad-Com.

    For current updates visit www.tinyurl.com/varcmorse

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    17
    Nov
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    19
    Jan
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    15
    Mar
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Some past student practical assessments.

  • Tue
    19
    Apr
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Presented by Chris Taylor of Taylor Made RF

    While the talk will be focused on using DMR in the local area Chris will be covering the differences in all current digital modes and giving a run down on how to use the Elstree Club Fusion Gateways (One of which is in St Albans).

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    9:00 amStockwood Park, Luton

    This is the 33rd year that DDRC have held their popular rally. More information can be found at: http://www.ddrcbootsale.org.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    3:00 pmVARC Cabin, Chute Farm, Dunstable Downs

    The 50 MHz contest commences on the 18th June at 15.00 for 24 hours.  The start time of the BBQ is still to be confirmed but it is believed to be just before the start of the contest.

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    On the evening of June 21st the Verulam Amateur Radio Club will be holding an 'Antenna Shootout' on the playing field of the Aboyne School in St. Albans. The committee has deliberated over the rules for this event and decided to class it as an 'open' event.  So what does this mean?  Well, in the interests of experimentation and having fun members are encouraged to bring along any type of antenna they wish for any band for temporary installation on the field.

    Bringing your own radio is not essential as the club can provide one to hook up to your antenna although 'on-air' time my be very limited depending on demand.  Members are encouraged to try a diverse range of operations and modes to see what works well, what works poorly and what doesn't work at all!  Running a radio from your vehicle is fine provided you bring enough feeder to reach your antenna if planning a ground based setup.

    Although the event is not designed to be a competition, for those of you have do have a competitive streak there will be an unofficial contest to see who can make the furthest contact on the least amount of power.  This will be calculated on a miles per watt basis.

    Those of you who don't have an antenna to bring of your own are encouraged to assist where possible helping and collaborating with others to get their monstrous antennas into the air and to have a go on the mike, key or keyboard of the stations setup.  For those of you who want to have a go but are missing a few bits and pieces to make it happen please shout as I'm sure other club members can help out with equipment.

    We're sure there will be plenty to see and learn during the event as well as plenty of laughs so we look forward to seeing you there.......

  • Thu
    14
    Jul
    2016
    8:00 pmWatling Community Centre, 145 Orange Hill Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware, HA8 0TR

    Announcement from Mike Stewart (G4RNW) of the Edgware & District Radio Society:

    “Once more we have been able to secure the services of Doctor Jamie Barras.  He has very kindly presented previous talks at our club based on his research at King's College.  On this occasion his talk will be entitled ‘POKING A HORNET'S NEST’ subtitled ‘LAND MINE DETECTION USING RF SPECTROSCOPY’.

    Based on our experience of his previous presentations, this promises to be an interesting and absorbing lecture.  So please encourage your members to come and help us, a small club, to make up the numbers and give Doctor Barras the welcome he justly deserves.

    There is ample parking available and tea and biscuits will be available during the interval, as usual.  The talk starts at 8pm on Thursday 14th July.  Our address is The Watling Community Centre, 145 Orange Hill Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware, HA8 0TR.”

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Following a fantastic team effort getting G3V on the air for the CQ WW 160 CW contest, Alex, M0UKR talks us through the wide range of antennas chosen for the contest and discusses the challenges of putting a high-performing top band station together.

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
    St Albans District Scout Headquarters, off Waverly Road, St Albans.

    Contact:- David G4HHJ for more information.

    The Headquarters compound is approached along a narrow lane signed very boldly as OAK TREE MANOR CARE HOME.

    Jamboree On The Air has been around for many years and is intended to provide a means for scouts to be able to communicate with scouts in other countries, inevitably the event attracts amateurs from outside the scouting movement.

    Recently it has been joined by Jamboree On The Internet with similar intent. At the moment VARC is concerned with a JOTA operation.

  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    15
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Stan Ames returns to VARC to talk about the contribution made by three early wireless experimenters (amateurs) who dramatically improved wireless interception for Naval Intelligence (Room 40) in WW1.  They set the pattern for the vital role subsequently played by 1500 radio amateurs in WW2.  One of the three was among the first group to arrive at Bletchley Park when it opened in 1939.

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    7:30 pm Rose and Crown Public House - Sandridge

    Contact:- Norman Fisher G8ATO

    Any members who may be interested please e-mail treasurer@verulam-arc.org.uk giving an idea of their numbers that could be attending. Details of menu will be published when known.

  • Tue
    13
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Presented by Chris Taylor (Taylor RF)

  • Tue
    21
    Feb
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Auction of Equipment donated by the late John Welsh G0NVZ

  • Thu
    09
    Mar
    2017
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    21
    Mar
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Thu
    13
    Apr
    2017
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    18
    Apr
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    19.30 for 20.00Queens Head, Sandridge

    Anybody interested in the contesting side of our hobby is very welcome to attend. We are also likely to discuss some of the work that will need to be carried out at the cabin (our operating shack).

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017
    10:00 amDunstable Downs

    Initial working party to clean, tidy and plan more heavy work to be carried out next Saturday 13th May.

  • Thu
    11
    May
    2017
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    10:00 amDunstable Downs

    All hands on deck! Where we are looking to do some of the heavier and more practical alterations to the cabin.

  • Tue
    16
    May
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    This month, the Repeater Group are combining their meeting with the VARC Informal Meeting.

  • Tue
    06
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    This is the first of our new informal evenings and gives everyone the opportunity to get together and chat about anything and everything.  It's a great way to get to know your fellow club members and make new friends.  We also welcome our friends from the GB3VH Repeater Group.

    If you are in the area and fancy meeting up with some fellow radio amateurs then please feel free to drop in.  We plan to be running a station on GB3VH so give us a call if you want to find us.  Alex is also planning to run a WSPR station from the school.

  • Tue
    20
    Jun
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    15
    Aug
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    19
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    17
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge
  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Due to the current bad weather and uncertainty around the school being open we have reluctantly decided to cancel the bun fight.

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    In January we will be presenting the RSGB Video on VHF Propagation.  We showed the HF one last year and it generated a very interesting set of conversations afterwards.  This video is 20 minutes long so also plan to use this meeting to host our Bun Fight as we had to cancel the one in December due to adverse weather conditions.

     

  • Tue
    20
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

     

     

  • Tue
    20
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Hosted by Dr Roger Bleaney (M0RBK)

    Wireless is not limited to Morse code, telephony and data modes. One of its major uses is to transmit moving images by the means of what we now know as television.

    The speaker intends to give a brief outline of how television was developed putting emphasis on how an image is converted into an electrical signal, transmitted and reconstituted as a picture.

  • Thu
    05
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmShefford

    The Shefford and District Amateur Radio Society will be having their Spring Junk Sale on the 5th of April 2018 at their usual venue in Shefford next door to the chip shop.  Doors open at 19:30 and sales start at 20:00.

    Any items brought in for sale and not sold must be taken away.

    Parking in front of the building and on the street, so come along!

    Contact Ken (G4YRF) for more information.

     

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    With the current solar cycle proving to be the worst in 200 years it’s no wonder HF radio propagation is suffering and with still 2 years to go before we reach the minimum it’s not going to improve for several years.

    That said there’s still plenty of opportunities for the smart Ham to keep active on the HF bands. By paying attention to conditions, station equipment and adjusting our operating techniques there’s no reason why you can’t keep filling those log books.

    In his talk, Alex, M0UKR gives his top ten tips on how to overcome the challenges presented by low solar conditions. All the tips suggested can be taken advantage of by just about any Ham and are guaranteed to increase your activity and contact successes on a low budget.

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    The purpose of the talk is to trace the development of Scientific views on the nature of Electromagnetic Radiation from Michael Faraday’s view of oscillations of magnetic lines of force, to Current day Quantum Field Theory.  The talk gives an overview of wave-particle duality, quantum mechanics and, from this, how Quantum Field theory developed.

    This talk will be presented by Fred Lupton (G0MDR) who has an M.Sc. in Physics. His talk will rely heavily on video clips to support the concepts he will be presenting.

  • Thu
    14
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 pmRose & Crown PH, Sandridge, Nr St Albans

    We have our joint social gathering this month. The users of GB3VH and those of Verulam ARC are welcome.

    Bar food and car parking are available.

    All are welcome, hope you can pay a visit.

  • Tue
    19
    Jun
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018
    2:00 pm

    Hear ye, hear ye!

    Announcing this years VARC family BBQ, to be held July 7th from 2pm.

    Please bring something to cook and perhaps drink along with some good WX. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and salad provided!

    Also to hand will be a trampoline for the more energetic of you, and some radios for the more sedate, along with some very good company.

    I hope you can make it with your better halves and family, so put it in your diary now while you think of it!

    For more details contact Peter (G0OIK)

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018
    7:30 pmRose and Crown Pub, Sandridge

    Rose & Crown PH Sandridge Nr St Albans Table location in the "Snug" at front of bar area.  We have our joint social gathering this month.

    The users of GB3VH and those of Verulam ARC are welcome.

    Bar food and car parking are available.

    All are welcome, hope you can pay a visit

  • Tue
    17
    Jul
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Radio operators were in short supply in Britain in World War 2 and a major training program was begun to provide operators for the military services. In addition there was a need for highly skilled operators in the world of Signals Intelligence where the ability to copy fast Morse code under difficult conditions was essential.  All three of the military services required such operators as well as other organisations. There were several thousand in all and the great majority were recruited from the amateur radio fraternity.

    The talk will tell their story and now, at last, they are being credited for their work.

    The following article may prove interesting: http://www.duncancampbell.org/PDF/1976-may-time-out-the-eavesdroppers.pdf.

     

  • Tue
    21
    Aug
    2018
    7:30 pmBernard's Heath Recreation Ground

    STARTING AT 7:30pm - at Bernard's Heath Recreation Ground, on the north side of St Albans.

    Bring along a 2m receiver and a directional antenna. A limited amount of loan equipment may be available just before the start. 'Teams' may be formed on the day for a car based hunt.

    Bernard's Heath Recreation Ground lies on the north west side of the B651 Sandridge Road with Boundary Road and Chaucer Close opposite.

    Post Code AL1 4AP for sat nav.

    Periodic transmissions will be made, probably on 145.375MHz, (145.350MHz fallback) vertical polarisation, staring at 7:30 pm from the fox's hide-out and ultimate meeting place.

    A basic map and instructions will be provided, together with a sealed envelope giving the fox's location should hounds run out of time.

  • Tue
    18
    Sep
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    16
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL

    Computers are finding their way more and more into our radio shacks and this film, recorded at the RSGB 2017 Convention, is a presentation by Mike Richards (G4WNC) covering the history of the Pi and how it can be used for amateur radio. The film covers digital modes, Packet, APRS, GPS tracking, SDR Server, Spy server, security cameras and a trail camera.

  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL
  • Tue
    11
    Dec
    2018
    8:00 pmAboyne Lodge School, Etna Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 5NL