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Welcome to the G7SRA Website

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  On Wednesday 13 October 2021, Sudbury And District Radio Amateurs (SAnDRA) held their first meeting since the COVID-19 restriction were imposed about 18 months previously. The meeting was well attended, with several 'new faces' who had not previously attended our club, and enjoyed by all. It was really great to be able to 'physically' meet again.

Important Notice - Change of Venue

  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the next SAnDRA meeting will be in the Back Room of The Five Bells Public House, 63 Bures Road, Great Cornard. CO10 0HU (on the same side of the road as St. Andrews Church slightly towards Bures) between 8pm to 10pm (local/clock time).

  SAnDRA meets on the Second Wednesday of the Month between 8pm to 10pm (local/clock time). Please check this page for up-to-date information of our next Meeting Venue.

Forthcoming proposed SAnDRA meetings:

As we all need to try and be 'COVID-19 Safe', please observe all COVID-19 Requirements

  Wed 14 Sep 2022 - - To be decided. This will be the last meeting at the Five Bells as the building has been sold to a Developer to convert into flats, and hence, it will be forced to shut as a Pub at the end of September.

  Wed 12 Oct 2022 - SAnDRA  AGM, plus another item - To be confirmed. The meeting will be at a new venue.

  Wed 9 Nov 2022 - Vintage Radios - Talk and Demonstration - Patrick (G0HUG) - To be confirmed.

  Wed 14 Dec 2022 - - To be decided.

 For further details click Club Activities .

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Other SAnDRA Priorities:

  •    Education focussing on Technical and/or 'Topic' Talks involving Amateur Radio.
  •    Promote and encourage the understanding of Amateur Radio Principles and Operating.
  •    Encourage potential Radio Amateurs to obtain a licence and then to progress further with the hobby.

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  Other activities - On non-physical meeting Wednesday evenings, some SAnDRA members may be heard from 7:30pm (local) on 144.700MHz or, very occasionally, on the GB3EA Repeater (Output - 145.6875MHz). However, if there is no SAnDRA activity on 2 metres then please give a call on S20 (145.500MHz).

Very 73 - Tony (G8LTY) - [19 February 2022]

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Introducing SAnDRA

More than thirty years ago, Sudbury AnDistrict Radio Amateurs (SAnDRA) held their Inaugural General Meeting (IGM) and since then SAnDRA has met fairly regularly.

Currently, SAnDRA members live within 20 miles of Sudbury, Suffolk (CO10) and can be heard on various frequencies from Top Band (1.8MHz) to UHF and sometimes even higher frequencies.

The world of Amateur Radio is NOT as many imagine. Radio Amateurs communicate by many different frequencies and modes from short range using a hand-held radio to bouncing signals off the Moon . . but this requires more than a battery-powered hand-held transceiver and a small flexible aerial! Hi, Hi.

The hobby frequently incorporates, and develops, ground-breaking techniques and advances that may only be used by the Communications Industry in the years to come. One of these is Software Defined Radio (SDR) where perfectly readable reception is obtained - from what appears to only be noise - by using a USB computer-connected receiver and a home computer running very ‘clever’, but FREE, software. [ Some Radio Amateurs really 'love' FREE stuff. Hi, Hi. ]

If you are intrigued and want to know more please email contact@sudburyradioamateurs.co.uk .

Tony (G8LTY) - SAnDRA Secretary.