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Model Electronic Railway Group

The Leading Society for Model Railway Electronics

July 2022

5th July

19:30 : 19:30 BST MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Grazely Village Hall
Nick Murphy will use his RFID2 demonstration track. N.B. There will not be a zoom session for this meeting

19:30 : Arduino SIG
Online Zoom Meeting
Arduino Adventures - A DCC Accessory Controller Chris Sharp presents how to code an Arduino to receive DCC accessory commands and use them to control turnouts, LEDs, uncouplers and other model railway accessories. He will show how an Arduino can expand beyond the capabilities of the traditional DCC Accessory Decoder to create a DCC Accessory Controller.

6th July

19:30 : Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
A mix of chat and presentation of work in progress.

8th July

10:00 : 10:00 BST Fusion 360 basic and intermediate tutorials
Online Zoom Meeting
Malcolm will continue his tutorials for Fusion 360. You can login from 9:30 BST for a general chat or catch up with the group. 10:00 We will start the first part of the talk for beginners. 11:00 We move onto more intermediate design topics The meeting is recorded and is open to non SIG members

14:00 : Wales NAG meeting. Review and banter meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Following a number of meetings with formal agendas, there will be a more social meeting with reviews and problems put forward as well as the usual banter at meetings.

19:00 : Croydon Area Group Meeting
Croydon Model Railway Club
Activities will include: - * Beginners Briefings * Kit builder's table * DCC Controllers * Microcontroller Downloading * CBUS CANPAN

9th July

10:00 : MERG East Midlands area group face to face meeting
Wansford
David Radcliffe on FCU development and Colin Head with a progress update on his layout
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10th July

10:00 : West Midlands Area Group Meeting
Titford Pump House, Engine Street, OLDBURY, West Midlands B69 4NL
Simon West, has offered to talk on the MERG CAB options and particularly what will be the new CANCAB2 kit (Simon is doing the production design and will be the elf) as well as his own slightly larger version. It will also be a useful opportunity to get further feedback on the new kit version and views on pot operation vs encoder. David Roberts will present An Introduction to Electrical Measuring and Testing. This talk will provide an introduction to electrical and electronic test equipment as applicable to model railway electronics.

11th July

19:30 : JALSIG Zoom meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Members present projects they are working on and/or a talk on a topic related to JAL programming

12th July

19:30 : Raspberry Pi SIG Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Benoit Bouchez and David Jones will talk about their work.

14th July

19:30 : 19:30 BST South Hants Area Group Live Meet
Southampton Model Railway Society (SMRS)

15th July

11:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
Online Zoom Meeting
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Projects, Progress, Problems and Successes.

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
Get your mug and join in. Ask questions, show projects. Open discussion on all things Model railways and Electronics.

16th July

09:00 : Getting Started with JMRI Panel Pro - weekend course
Rushden Transport Museum
PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE! Assuming no prior knowledge, a weekend getting to grips with JMRI layout software
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10:00 : Tayside Area Group meeting
The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee DD2 2PN
Face to face meet for project work, fault finding etc.

10:00 : 10:00 BST South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

12:30 : MERG ANZAG Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
12:30 AEST start time. Please join the ANZAG virtual monthly meeting. This month is coffee chat format.

19th July

19:30 : Arduino SIG
Online Zoom Meeting
Phil Silver will talk about CANGATEand CANBUFFER - Arduino CBUS modules CANGATE is a collection of 'logic gates' or event gates for CBUS. It has been designed with simplicity in mind and does not require any programming or scripting knowledge. Both long and short events (ACON / ACOF ASON / ASOF) can be used as inputs to the gate. CANBUFFER has been design to work alongside CANGATE so outputs form the gates and be feed back into inputs, an alternative way for a self consumed event.

21st July

19:00 : Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
Monthly Area Group Meeting
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23rd July

10:00 : Warwickshire, North Oxford Area Group
LWMRS Clubrooms
What can JMRI do? - Simon West Usual help and workshop discussions

10:00 : Tayside Area Group At Cupar Model Rail 2022
The Corn Exchange, St Catherines Street, Cupar, Fife KY15 4BT
The Tayside Area Group will be representing MERG at this event. Please come along and have a chat with us.
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10:00 : The Southampton Summer Exhibition
Barton Peveril College, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 5ZA
South Hants AG will be attending this event with our stand.

25th July

19:30 : JAL Beginners' session
Online Zoom Meeting
Sessions that should help those new to JAL to get a handle on how to make it work for them. If you have questions about using JAL then please raise them here.

30th July

09:30 : MERG EA Meeting
Parkview Chapel, The Street, Botesdale, IP22 1BX
Free parking and tea & coffee available. All welcome.

10:00 : South Coast Model Railway Club
The Arnewood School, Gore Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6RS
South Hants AG will be attending this event with our stand.

31st July

10:00 : South Coast Model Railway Club
The Arnewood School, Gore Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6RS

11:00 : East Scotland Workshop
West Calder Community Centre EH55 8DZ
10:30 Arrival, tea, coffee, biccies 11:00 Decoder installation on a non DCC loco 11:30 Couplings 13:00 Lunch 13:00 Demo boards 13:30 Any other kits 15:30 Finish

August 2022

2nd August

19:30 : 19:30 BST MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Grazely Village Hall and Online Zoom Meeting
TBA

3rd August

19:30 : Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
A mix of chat and presentation of work in progress.

6th August

10:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Workshop
St James Church Hall, Preston Road Yeovil BA21 3RL
Malcolm Asker will present his modular baseboard system that is intended to now work with DCC++EX. There will be discussion on the way ahead for this project. This is also a practical session so bring your tools and equipment to be sure of contributing. Feel free to bring your questions and non-working kits along for help by other members.

14:00 : NI AG Meeting
Cooke Centenary Church Hall
Usually a mix of presentation, chat and workshop

8th August

19:30 : JALSIG Zoom meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Members present projects they are working on and/or a talk on a topic related to JAL programming

12th August

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
Get your mug and join in. Ask questions, show projects. Open discussion on all things Model railways and Electronics.

19:00 : Croydon Area Group Meeting
Croydon Model Railway Club

18th August

19:00 : Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
Monthly Area Group Meeting
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19th August

11:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
Online Zoom Meeting
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Projects, Progress, Problems and Successes.

20th August

10:00 : Tayside Area Group meeting
The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee DD2 2PN
Face to face meet for project work, fault finding etc.

10:00 : 10:00 BST South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

22nd August

19:30 : JAL Beginners' session
Online Zoom Meeting
Sessions that should help those new to JAL to get a handle on how to make it work for them. If you have questions about using JAL then please raise them here.

27th August

09:30 : MERG EA Meeting
Parkview Chapel, The Street, Botesdale, IP22 1BX
Free parking and tea & coffee available. All welcome.

10:00 : Bournville MRC Annual exhibition
The Austin Sports and Social Club 30 Tessall Lane, Longbridge, Birmingam B31 2SF
MERG West Midlands Area Group in attendance at the exhibition. See link below
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10:30 : East Scotland meeting
West Calder Community Centre EH55 8DZ
The order of events will (roughly) be as follows: 10:30 Arrival, tea, coffee, biccies 11:00 News, ideas, gripes, the future. 11:30 DCC Control by Jim Hardie 13:00 Lunch 13:00 Q&A 14:00 Any repairs 15:30 End

September 2022

3rd September

10:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).

14:00 : NI AG Meeting
Cooke Centenary Church Hall
Usually a mix of presentation, chat and workshop

6th September

19:30 : 19:30 BST MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Grazely Village Hall and Online Zoom Meeting
TBA

7th September

19:30 : Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
A mix of chat and presentation of work in progress.

9th September

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
Get your mug and join in. Ask questions, show projects. Open discussion on all things Model railways and Electronics.

19:00 : Croydon Area Group Meeting
Croydon Model Railway Club

10th September

09:00 : JMRI part 2 weekend course
Rushden Transport Museum
Moving on from the intro course, includes more on block detection and routing, LogixNG, signalling etc.
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12th September

19:30 : JALSIG Zoom meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Members present projects they are working on and/or a talk on a topic related to JAL programming

13th September

09:30 : Virtual AG: Placeholder
Online Zoom Meeting
Monthly meeting of the Virtual Area Group
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15th September

19:00 : Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
Monthly Area Group Meeting
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16th September

11:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
Online Zoom Meeting
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Projects, Progress, Problems and Successes.

17th September

10:00 : Tayside Area Group meeting
The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee DD2 2PN
Face to face meet for project work, fault finding etc.

10:00 : 10:00 BST South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

23rd September

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
tba

24th September

09:30 : MERG EA Meeting
Parkview Chapel, The Street, Botesdale, IP22 1BX
Free parking and tea & coffee available. All welcome.

10:00 : Warwickshire, North Oxfordshire Area Group
LWMRS Clubroom

10:00 : Stafford Model Railway Circle Annual Exhibition
Stafford County Showground
MERG West Midlands Area Group in attendance.
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26th September

19:30 : JAL Beginners' session
Online Zoom Meeting
Sessions that should help those new to JAL to get a handle on how to make it work for them. If you have questions about using JAL then please raise them here.

October 2022

1st October

10:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Workshop
St James Church Hall, Preston Road Yeovil BA21 3RL
Paul howes will demo his Kato test track system hopefully with the new ATC2 showing how useful it can be. This is also a practical session so bring your tools and equipment to be sure of contributing. Feel free to bring your questions and non-working kits along for help by other members.

10:00 : Worthing Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition 2022
Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1LA
South Hants AG will be attending this event with our stand.

14:00 : NI AG Meeting
Cooke Centenary Church Hall
Usually a mix of presentation, chat and workshop

2nd October

10:00 : Worthing Model Railway Club Annual Exhibition 2022
Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1LA
South Hants AG will be attending this event with our stand.

4th October

19:30 : 19:30 BST MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Grazely Village Hall
TBA

5th October

19:30 : Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
A mix of chat and presentation of work in progress.

6th October

19:30 : 19:30 BST South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

8th October

10:00 : Cradley Heath MRC exhibition
St. Michael's Church of England High School Curral Road Rowley Regis West Midlands B65 9AN
MERG West Midlands Area Group in attendance at Cradley Heath MRC annual exhibition.
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10:00 : Farnham and District MRC 47th Annual Exhibition
Alderwood Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 4AS
South Hants AG will be attending this event with our stand.

9th October

10:00 : Farnham and District MRC 47th Annual Exhibition
Alderwood Leisure Centre, Tongham Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU12 4AS
South Hants AG will be attending this event with our stand.

10th October

19:30 : JALSIG Zoom meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Members present projects they are working on and/or a talk on a topic related to JAL programming

11th October

09:30 : Virtual AG: Placeholder
Online Zoom Meeting
Monthly meeting of the Virtual Area Group
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13th October

19:30 : 19:30 BST South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

14th October

19:00 : Croydon Area Group Meeting
Croydon Model Railway Club

15th October

10:00 : Tayside Area Group meeting
The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee DD2 2PN
Face to face meet for project work, fault finding etc.

10:00 : 10:00 BST South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

20th October

19:00 : Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
Monthly Area Group Meeting
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19:30 : 19:30 BST South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

21st October

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
tba

22nd October

09:00 : JMRI part 3 weekend course - Automation
Rushden Transport Museum
For those already familiar with the JMRI layout control software, this course deals with automation, using scripts and dispatcher.
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24th October

19:30 : JAL Beginners' session
Online Zoom Meeting
Sessions that should help those new to JAL to get a handle on how to make it work for them. If you have questions about using JAL then please raise them here.

27th October

19:30 : 19:30 BST South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

29th October

09:30 : MERG EA Meeting
Parkview Chapel, The Street, Botesdale, IP22 1BX
Free parking and tea & coffee available. All welcome.

10:30 : East Scotland meeting
West Calder Community Centre EH55 8DZ
The order of events will (roughly) be as follows: 10:30 Arrival, tea, coffee, biccies 11:00 News, ideas, gripes, the future. 11:30 DCC Control by Jim Hardie 13:00 Lunch 13:00 Q&A 14:00 Any repairs 15:30 End

November 2022

1st November

19:30 : 19:30 GMT MERG Thames Valley Area Group (TVAG) meeting
Grazely Village Hall
TBA

2nd November

19:30 : Tayside Area Group Zoom Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
A mix of chat and presentation of work in progress.

3rd November

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

4th November

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
tba

5th November

10:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
This is an online meeting subjects to be decided. To get zoom joining information ensure that you are subscribed to the Somerset Area Group in (Your Profile) and view the meeting in (My Upcoming Events).

14:00 : NI AG Meeting
Cooke Centenary Church Hall
Usually a mix of presentation, chat and workshop

8th November

09:30 : Virtual AG: Placeholder
Online Zoom Meeting
Monthly meeting of the Virtual Area Group
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10th November

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

14th November

19:30 : JALSIG Zoom meeting
Online Zoom Meeting
Members present projects they are working on and/or a talk on a topic related to JAL programming

17th November

19:00 : Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
Monthly Area Group Meeting
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19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

18th November

11:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
Online Zoom Meeting
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Projects, Progress, Problems and Successes.

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
tba

19th November

10:00 : Warwickshire, North Oxford Area Group
LWMRS Clubrooms

10:00 : Tayside Area Group meeting
The Friary, Tullideph Road, Dundee DD2 2PN
Face to face meet for project work, fault finding etc.

10:00 : 10:00 GMT South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

24th November

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

26th November

09:30 : MERG EA Meeting
Parkview Chapel, The Street, Botesdale, IP22 1BX
Free parking and tea & coffee available. All welcome.

28th November

19:30 : JAL Beginners' session
Online Zoom Meeting
Sessions that should help those new to JAL to get a handle on how to make it work for them. If you have questions about using JAL then please raise them here.

December 2022

1st December

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

2nd December

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
tba

3rd December

10:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Workshop
St James Church Hall, Preston Road Yeovil BA21 3RL
Subjects to be decided nearer the time but a practical session so bring your tools and equipment to be sure of contributing. Feel free to bring your questions and non-working kits along for help by other members.

8th December

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

13th December

09:30 : Virtual AG: Placeholder
Online Zoom Meeting
Monthly meeting of the Virtual Area Group
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15th December

19:00 : Aberdeen Area Group Meeting
Aberdeen Model Railway Club
Monthly Area Group Meeting
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19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

16th December

11:00 : MERG Somerset Area Group Virtual Coffee Break
Online Zoom Meeting
This is an online coffee break where members can relax and chat among themselves about Projects, Progress, Problems and Successes.

14:00 : Cumbria AG Brew And Banter
Online Zoom Meeting
tba

17th December

10:00 : 10:00 GMT South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

22nd December

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

26th December

19:30 : JAL Beginners' session
Online Zoom Meeting
Sessions that should help those new to JAL to get a handle on how to make it work for them. If you have questions about using JAL then please raise them here.

29th December

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

January 2023

5th January

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

12th January

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

19th January

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

21st January

10:00 : 10:00 GMT South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

26th January

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

February 2023

2nd February

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

9th February

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

16th February

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

18th February

10:00 : 10:00 GMT South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

23rd February

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

March 2023

2nd March

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

9th March

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

16th March

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

18th March

10:00 : 10:00 GMT South Hants Saturday Workshop
Southampton Model Railway Society clubroom

23rd March

19:30 : 19:30 GMT South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting

30th March

19:30 : 19:30 BST South Hants AG Zoom Call
Online Zoom Meeting