Saturday, December 10, 2016

VHF/UHF Contesting with CARCRATS

The Crawley and Reigate Clubs have been active in VHF and UHF contests since the 1960's. In recent years they have combined in a joint group Crawley Amateur Radio Club-Reigate Amateur Transmitting Society or CARCRATS for short. We operate in the Open Section of the major contests from a site overlooking the English Channel, near Dover, an easy drive from Crawley, and which allows large numbers of contacts into the other European Countries, even when propagation is poor. 2016 was an excellent year for CARCRATS. We started the year with the March 2m and 70cm Contest, battling the cold, the wind and the rain to win on 70cm and come 2nd overall. For the May 2m Contest this year we survived the nearby thunderstorms and moved up from 3rd place in 2015 to 2nd place this year. The big event of the year was, as always, VHF National Field Day. This is a huge logistical and operating challenge with complex multi-aerial array systems to be fielded for 6m and 2m (we did not operate on 4m this year) together with 4 stack arrays for 70cm and 23cm. We were unlucky enough to have one of our vans driven into by a car that lost control on the winding A258 but excellent teamwork rescued the situation and got us operating on all bands. The thunderstorms came to us again, but did not prevent us from winning on 70cm and coming a close 2nd on 2m and 23cm to move up from 3rd place overall in 2015 to 2nd place, this year. We did not operate as a team in the September 2m Trophy Contest this year, due to other commitments, so our final outing of the year was the October UHF Contest, where we added 23cm to our usual 70cm operation and were joined by G6TRM, enabling us to add contacts on 10GHz also. We won on 70cm and came 2nd on 23cm to secure overall 3rd place, the same position we occupied last year. We will start 2017 with the March 2m and 70cm Contest on 5th and 6th March and look forward to achieving even better results in 2017 than we did in 2016. In addition to these major contests team members operate frequently in the UK Activity Contests and other minor contests throughout the year. We welcome new members to the team, whether seasoned operators or new licensees. Proficient CW operators are specially welcome. If you are interested, please contact Mike Davies, G0KAD to be added to our Yahoo Groups mailer. Alwyn Seeds, G8DOH

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tonight Weds 30 nov 2016

Hello all,
If you are not too busy, we have to prep Hut 18 for Fridays Fish. n Chip dinner,
Also need to put up the decorations for Xmas.
Hopefully see you there.

Friday, November 25, 2016


Hi All,
An early reminder that the Clubs AGM is on weds 25th of January 2017,
at 20:00 prompt.
Please try to attend.

Club Christmas Fish 'n Chip Dinner

Hi All,
Just a reminder that this Sunday 27th Nov. is the last day that orders will be taken for the Fish 'n Chip dinner, So if you haven't put your name or names down, and your choice, and also given Phil M0TZZ your £12-00 you will miss this fun club event.

HARC / CARC Challenge

Hi All,
On Weds the 23rd Nov Crawley ARC hosted the annual challenge event this year with Horsham ARC.
Horsham brought a strong team of 5 this year to Hut 18 no doubt eager to keep the Cup they won last year.
In the end in a close run challenge, the CARC team managed to win by about 3 minutes.
Hopefully the Horsham team had fun, and no doubt will think of a devious challenge next year
to try to regain the cup.
well done to all.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Club Events Nov / Dec 2016

Hello All,

Just a reminder that coming up are the following club Activities. 

Sunday the 20th it is the CATS Bazaar run by the Caterham Amateur Transmitting Society,

The club has a Stall here, trying to thin out excess equipment, This starts at 10:00

Or for Members who wish to load up the Stall from the cars and help out 09:00 

NOTE the Club will be open as usual on Sunday 20th, for those members who are not going to Cats.

Wednesday 23rd the Annual CARC / HARC Challenge, this year we host the event,

and will hope to beat the Horsham Team. We need team members

Starting 20:00 

Friday December 2nd The Annual Club Fish ‘n Chip dinner takes place in the Club House.

This is a proper 3 course silver service dinner

A fun event which is very popular and places are limited.

If you want to come, please get your names on the list in the Club House. 

Please we are also looking for Raffle Prizes for this event


73 Keith G3VKW

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Foundation Licence Self Study Practicals and Exam Places Available NOW!!

An opportunity to get started in amateur radio


We’ve had a couple of cancellations for a self-study Foundation Licence course, so if anyone would like to join at short notice, do get in touch by writing to

The Practical Assessments are scheduled for Saturday morning 12th November, with the examination to follow on Sunday afternoon 27th November.


If this is of interest it’s highly recommended that you first read the RSGB book "Foundation Licence - Now" by Alan Betts. Written in an easy to use and understandable style, it costs £4.99 for non-members and £3.74 for members, obtainable from:


Even if not for you, maybe there’s someone you who know who might like to participate.