These problems have already caused over 12 visits in 2012 and have cost the club over £400 in ferry charges (but the Tech Team pay the rest themselves).
Paul (M6PJD) has had several PC problems with the stream recently and he has resolved these by a lot of hard work - but we can now select 350, 500 or 800k data rates remotely when required, many thanks Paul (M6PJD).
A quick comment about the timed operation that some people don't like: The RA18 PAs are thirsty inefficient beasts, so Colin's (G4KLB) reliable timer is essential to keep our overall power consumption down to a level acceptable to our landlord - Please remember that too much consumption = no repeater.
Several new methods have come along during the last 7 years (such as this repeater controller for £300 which Noel (G8GZT) is using for the new GB3HV repeater) but our configuration would mean us starting from scratch on bare chassis. This would be a big, fairly expensive job and I think I am now too old to start another period of new construction, so let's have some volunteers if we want to follow this route please, I will however continue my Keeper's responsibilities for as long as I am able.
I would like to conclude by thanking all the Tech Team members for some excellent work, we have also been grateful for valuable contributions from honorary members Nick , John JTT and Noel (G8GTZ), who I think should be formally recognised.
It has been a difficult but successful year thanks to all the efforts and I expect that we will continue to be regarded as one of the best Repeater Groups in the UK.
Thank you, I will now pass it over to Peter with your permission Chairman."
Peter (G3PYB) continued the technical sub-committee report. He said that connectors are responsible for three quarters of the failures at GB3IV and we should not scrimp on these. A phono plug had caused the recent DTMF fault. He anticipated that 10GHz will come to fruition this year. The frame and steerable 10GHz system was lost due to high winds. The repeater GB3BH from London was seen previously. The dishes were reported to have high windage. The repeater still has a fixed dish working and this faces Bournemouth.
There is a 2nd rack for the digital items. The digital side has been working well, and the objectives have been largely achieved. G3PYB remarked that 10GHz could be a useful backup output for the repeater if 23cm had to be taken off due to any future changes in licensing.
5) Report on ATV activities in Dorset by Dave (G8AJN)
Dave (G8AJN) reported little change since last year. There is an issue with the GB3SQ mast being on a domestic house and having to look nice, so an Alford slot was chosen. He stated that his preference was tests at 10GHz before 23cm because of license delays. Trials were planned to determine 10GHz coverage. Only 2 of the GB3SQ group members were not able to use digital and they both will convert, he stated.
6) Collection of subscriptions
The following 19 stations paid their subscriptions at the meeting :-
Jim G0DQH, John (G0HAT), Simon (G0IEY), Juila (G0IUY), Frank (G0LFI), Tony (G3KTU), Howard (G3NZL), Peter (G3PYB), Mike (G3TOI), Norman (G3UXR), Colin (G4KLB), John (G4WQZ), G6MYT, G7OGT, Dave (G8AJN), John (M1BAI), Jack (M1CHO), Paul (M6PJD), Christine (M6UBI).
7) Stand-down of old committee
The old committee stood down.