The regional CATs are organised by the members but supported by BATC so if you want one down in the South West, suggest you get a few people together and organise one.
To be honest though, I'm suprised not more people from your area didn't come up to the one in Bristol - it's about as local as you are likely to get if you don't organise one yourselves.
Noel - G8GTZ
It was only 1 1/2 hours from Exeter ! I believe Malcolm from Paignton went ? Both of us and another will be traveling to Martelsham tomorrow.
and you say " get a few together and organise something " …………………. er what if one IS the few in any area ?? - atv' ers are not exactly plentiful down here ( unless they are all hiding under a gorse bush .lol ) and yes I know there is interest in torquay area - but other than that ?? - looking at the batc map for my interest area I think 3 off us sw of torquay ?? - that's the whole point folks unless people can come with kit and help demonstrate the hobby - it WILL probably remain a very minority interest in the further reaches of the UK - as you all correctly observe - activity generates activity - we had a repeater (gb3wv ) - but that's been closed for a while and apparently broken up for parts - so the 1.3 ghz interest is out - and as to 5.6 ghz ?? ……………. again all fine IF you have the transport etc etc …………..
now you may think i'm complaing - but nope - just pointing out that for some in the supposedly " inclusive " world we live in - things are not so easy - as my friend observed the other day " we live in the wrong area for amateur radio " - and indeed those of us isolated by geography and health problems do look with envious eyes at the midlands et al where there IS a lot more activity ……………… just sayin
Some of us traveled nearly 750 miles this weekend to the Martlesham Microwave Round Table. One of us drove.
When I returned to the West Country, I knew that I would have to travel to get anywhere, or not.
I can only suggest you get one of the 3 or someone that is remotely interested, to drive to Bristol. Or why not let the Train take the Strain ?
Dave ( Dartmouth next to Torquay)