There has been strong and divided opinion by a couple of members about the value of the Steppir to the club. Whilst it has been used several times in the past, over the last couple of years the club has moved more toward contesting and it has been pretty much unused. One thought had been to sell it and use the proceeds to fund a dedicated HF contest rig (a Kenwood TS-590s). Last night the Chairman had the difficult and unpleasant task of trying to remove the emotion from the discussion and bring the matter to the club members. He did an excellent job and the club voted to:
- Keep the Steppir to allow for the possibility that the club may, in the future, do more special event and JOTA/TDOTA stations where it would be useful
- Purchase a 2nd hand TS-590S, funding it either completely or partially from the sale of other unused equipment most of which has been donated via SKs (and a very big THANK YOU to people who do think of the club in this way)
Unfortunately it is inevitable that the club needs the occasional meeting to conduct club business but we don't want too many of these - the point of the club is to learn stuff and hopefully have a bit of fun doing so.
Next meeting will be the Club Junk Sale on 22nd July - bring lots of change, even more carrier bags and make sure you've emptied your car boot ready to take all your purchase home.