AMATEUR RADIO CLASSES – Commence March 10th Sunday
This course of classes will commence on the 10th of March and every Sunday thereafter with Wijay 4S7VJ doing theory classes and Kule 4S7KG doing Morse Classes. Wijay has been conducting classes for a number of years and is experienced in the field. Past Examination papers as well as theory per the Syllabai (syllabuses) will be discussed.
Kule will be doing the practical Morse/CW Classes. CW is mandatory for the Advanced class and that too at 5 Words Per Minute which is very slow compared to 12 and 20 WPM speeds for the General and Advance classes respectively, before the abolition of Morse for a General Class and reduction to 5WPM for Advanced. Even if not required for the Examination for General class, Morse Code (CW) is a fascinating language of its own. Using Q codes and standard formats it is the only way two radio operators who do not speak each others language can easily make valid contacts.
The classes will be free, with the only condition being that you are a member of the Radio Society. You can enroll on the days that the classes are held. This will not only be aimed at the exam but also as an extensive course with practical sessions from time to time.
While Kule and Wijay will be conducting the course experienced members will join from time to time to deal with various topics like Satellite, digital electronics, Disaster communications, operating procedures, antenna theory and radio wave propagation.
I might add these classes form a good base for strong friendships and group enjoyment of the amateur service.
Those interested in following these classes should call Wijay 4S7VJ on 0711514498,
Honorary Secretary RSSL.
I trust some of you might wonder abut the Monthly meeting that we customarily hold on the last Wednesday of the month. However, this month we have to take it across to early March for the following reasons.
The RSSL has been engaged in hectic work to get Pidurutalagala (145.050 +600) completed and we have installed the isolation transformer for lightning protection. The standby power supply of a battery, a charger controller and charger to back up for power outages are ready awaiting free transport within the next 10 days. We are trying to save money as much as possible on these projects.
YATIYANTOTA REPEATER: (145.625 -600 )
Our technical team went over to Yatiyantota and replaced the repeater and fine tuned the entire system. The reports we get are most encouraging. The fussy audio has changed to good quality audio and even the strength is up. This is something which was more than 2 years overdue. This action paid immedate dividends became there was a temporary failure at Piduru and Yati was able to take over. It also provided good coverage for a Scouts Jamboree that he RSSL assisted in at Mathugama with Jaliya 4S7JL and Singhe 4S6LEO. Yaiyantota is a hard drive with nothing short of a 4 wheel drive trip. We thank Jaliya for organizing everything and he says at no cost to the RSSL. Thanks Jaliya..these are not cheap visits.
ANTENNA WORKSHOP- A very successful antenna workshop was held at Koratota, Jaliya’s residence with no less than 25 participants and 16 members walking off with completed VHF antennas. The results are evident from the signals from our members both transmitting and SWLs. The workshop started with 4S7VJ explaining antenna theory, relationship between SWR, Resonant freq, impedance etc. This was followed by practical construction of the antenna itself. The enthusiasm of the participants made the whole operation and organising it worth the trouble and expense. Jaliya provided an antenna analizer and cutting tools to make the whole process easier for everyone. (Photos) will appear in the website www.rssl.lk.
UHF REPEATER: Hold on a bit…its a case of wating for the repeater to arrive. This repeater was a gift to the RSSL by Ron 4S7RO and Jaliya 4S7JL. All papers have been received and with a little luck we will be on the air very soon.
We will give you more details when we are ready to come on the air. In the meantime get your antennas and UHF rigs.
AMATEUR RADIO EXAMINATION 2018/19
We informed our members and the general public about the examination application dates and also provided application forms for those interested and also guidance as to how to fill up. The closing date was extended and soon they will start the process of scheduling the examination. We do not want to start classes too soon but will do so well in time. In the meantime you are welcome to use the question and answer material on our website. This year the publicity we gave through our website, WhatsApp group and also Face book not to mention via email, has had a record number of applicants. We wish all of them a good time of preparation.
Hony. Secretary RSSL.
The RSSL is conducting an antenna workshop on the 10th of February starting at 9.00AM at Jaliya 4S7JL’s residence at Athurugiriya. The main activity is to build 2 metre and 6 metre antennas. If you are interested please contact Jaliya on the following Mobile numbers. 0772378108 / 077 650 9108. Jaliya is making available his top workshop and Jaliya will bulk purchase materials needed, so you need not carry anything. The cost of a 2m antenna is estimated at Rs.200. The 6m antenna will cost around Rs 1000
You should contact Jaliya no later than the 9th of February about your participation. Every one is welcome, either to make your antenna or come observe and take part in the process and if you are sitting the exam the lecture will cover the topic of antenna.
Jaliya’s home can be located at https://goo.gl/maps/3BKiq5DWBWy
Regards and 73
APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED TILL FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2019.
If you are interested in Amateur radio, to get a license and get on the air, on High Frequency, VHF, UHF and above from your own home and connect with similar interested people all over he world, anyone above the age of 14 years can sit the examination and get the license. If you are an electronics experimenter and have been wanting to transmit legally, DON”T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY. The exam in held once a year and the Radio Society of Sri Lanka will help you get your license. If you like to join the RSSL details and application forms are available under Services.
Go to the following link and download the application form, fill up and hand it in at the TRCSL office, 276 Elvitigaala Mawatha, Colombo 09..
You can pay up there. If you want to send applications in any other way see the government Gazette of the 11th January 2019. If you have not completed the GCE OL a letter from your school will suffice.
The gazette can be downloaded here;
THE GENERAL MEETING OF THE RADIO SOCIETY OF SRI LANKA will be held on the 23rd of January 2019, commencing sharp on time at 6PM in the Balcony Hall OTTER AQUATIC CLUB, BAUDHALOKA MAWATHA COLOMBO.
All present will be served with refreshments as usual.
Hope to see you all at Otters.
73 and good DX
Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK
Hony Secretary RSSL