RADARS OPEN DAY - 13th March
Copy of article published in
the Rochdale Observer following the event
On Saturday, March 20th the Rochdale Observer
printed a full page spread on RADARS Open Day 2004. The following
is a copy of the article
REACHING for the moon ... Dave Carden with the large
mobile satellite dish
|Who would have thought that you could reach America all the way from
Bamford in the blink of an eye?
But Radars - Rochdale and District Amateur Radio Society - demonstrated
just how simple it can be when it threw its doors open to the public at
Radars is one of Bamford's best kept secrets - tucked away inside
Fieldhouse Cricket Club.
But the society was determined to come into the open and show
people what members do as part of the National Science Week programme of
They also hope to have attracted a couple more amateur radio
enthusiasts with the open day on Sunday
| Secretary Dave Carden said: "We would
love to have more people join us here at the club. At the moment
we have between 30 and 50 members but there is always room for more. Here
at the cricket club it is the ideal location for us because we are surrounded
by open space".
Members showed visitors of all ages how to transmit and receive
messages to and from other amateur radio users all over the globe. And
they revealed their own handmade transceiver kits, used for sending and
One of the highlights of the day was the 6ft computer-controlled
microwave dish used by the society to bounce signals off the moon.
This was set up in the car park at the front of the club.
GETTING tuned in ... Radars members Jamie and Andrew
Jackson compare some of the old equipment with the new and improved version.
| "The moon is commonly used to bounce signals because it acts
like a mirror", explained Mr Carden.
"The microwave dish is mobile so we can set it wherever we want
it to go. It makes it easier for us to communicate with countries such
The youngest enthusiast to join in Radars activities was five-year-old
Jasmine Brown, the daughter of one of the members. Jasmine quickly
learned how to read Morse code and is hoping to become a fully fledged
member when she is ready to take her exams.
Through Radars, members sit the Radio Society of Great Britain
examinations so that they are fully qualified to use hi-tech radio equipment
as well as build their own communication technology.
Members are licensed to chat with other radio users, but not
broadcast music. "We chat about things such as, 'how's the weather
where you are?' and written confirmation is made of the contact," explained
"We can pick up foreign radio stations over the short wave and
in between them we can tune into other amateur radio users, which is very
exciting. Everyone has their own callsign which they use to sign
in when contacting another enthusiast."
Anyone wanting to join the society at the Monday evening meetings
can contact Mr Carden on 633400.