Postponed : MONTHLY MEETING FOR AUGUST 2014

As a mark of respect to Nihal de Silva (4S7NS) The Monthly meeting scheduled for tomorrow (27 Aug 2014) has been postponed

More details about the meeting will be notified in due course

Victor 4S7VK
Hony. Secretary RSSL.

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OBITUARY NIHAL DE SILVA 4S7NS

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform our members of the passing away of one of our dear friends and active radio amateurs and a long standing member of the Radio Society. Nihal de Silva 4S7NS. News has just come in of Nihal’s passing away after complications as a result of a motor accident a few months ago.  Nihal goes back many many years to the early days of amateur radio in Sri Lanka in his schoolboy days from Kurunegala. He took part in the DARC course and obtained his license in 1983. He loved CW and worked often on  20 metres which he liked best

Nihal’s QTH was at Koswatta  Rajagiriya. He was a senior air traffic controller and a senior executive in the Civil aviation Department.

Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on Tuesday 26th August from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday 27th August from 10 a.m. Cortege leaves the Parlour at 2.30 p.m. for cremation at Borella Cemetery at 3 p.m.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Nihal’s daughter and her family.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE:  As a mark of respect the Monthly meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed .

Victor 4S7VK
Hony. Secretary RSSL.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBER S.A.Eranda Hasaranga,

Age 19, our student member from Galle who is in the A/L class at Mahinda College Galle. And he won first place in the SAITM Robotics Challenge 2014 (SRC ’14) School Challenges. Our congratulations also go to his proud parents Udaya Jasyantha 4S5SC and XYL

Photos show Eranda receiving his award.. and the winning model! http://robotics.saitm.edu.lk/index.html

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SPECIAL DEMONSTRATION OF J65 DIGITAL MODE WHICH IS SPREADING THE AMATEUR SCENE LIKE WILD FIRE BY VETARAN RODNEY 4S7RM AT THE MONTHLY MEETING.

On the next monthly meeting (date to be notified) Rodney will demonstrate the amazing new digital mode on HF which requires just your transceiver and computer soft-ware, no hardware needed at all. You must not miss this and we invite you to come along and enjoy this presentation.

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If you can’t believe just look at the QSL card just received by Rodney, 5 watts all the way across from the USA. The era when you need 400watts to a kilowatt to enjoy dx appears to be over.!

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Light house dxpedition to Point Pedro Light House 16th/17th AUGUST 2014

As announced the RSSL organized this year’s 4S7LGT event focused on the Point Pedro Light House from the Northern tip of Sri Lanka. Since the 1960s there hasn’t been an organized event in the north, not any regular operations other than VHF Mobile operations from time to time. As such the event needed special permission from the Ministry of Defense and the TRCSL to operate the special event station. The event was mainly to operate from the North and visit the Jaffna peninsula as a group with future operations in mind.

The event was a great success and everyone who went on it enjoyed the tour as well as the LGT event. A portable operation was tried as an emergency drill to see how fast we could get on the air and how successful it would be. While none of the VHF repeaters provided any coverage with any reliability after Maho/Mannar/Medawachchiya, it was entirely left to HF to cover the north. The results were amazing both in the morning and evening with reliable two way contacts with simple low strung dipoles on 40 metres. While 80 metres was not tried it would appear that 80 metres would provide excellent coverage island-wide in case of emergency from sunset to sunrise and 40 metres during most of the morning and evening.

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The 4S7LGT station was operated from about 200 metrs from the Light House to get away from the radio noise and photos will show the Light House and the Navy radar and communications tower next to it. It was great fun to pitch the antennas on the beach with a placid sea thanks to the corral reef at low tide. A telescopic mast provided the base for antennas and two Icom 706s were the main receivers. Thanks to 11 radio amateurs who went on the journey and many SWLs who provided much muscle for the event. A special word of thanks to Jaliya 4S7JL, Kamal 4S7AB, Kule 4S7KG who handled the bulk of the traffic. We must thank the small naval camp which helped us by charging up our batteries and also the coastal petrol of the S.L.Army for their support.

A slide show and presentation will also be made at the Monthly Meeting while you sip your tea!

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