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public:bristol [2013/11/09 20:00]
Bob Vetterlein [Email]
public:bristol [2020/06/20 16:38] (current)
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-====== MERG Bristol Area Group ====== +~~NOCACHE~~ 
-[[public:areagroups|Return to Area Groups News]] \\  +{{:launchpad:merg_blue.png?​nolink&​200|}}
-[[​index.php|MERG Home page]] +
-==== Email ====+
 +====== Bristol Area Group ======
-To send us an email[[http://​​areagroup.php?​area=20|use the MERG Area Group contact form]]\\  +The photo shows group leaderPaul Townsend in full flight during a CBus and JMRI for Beginners course.
-For MERG members, you might also like to look at our [[http://​​forum/​viewforum.php?​f=142|area group forum.]] +
-==== Secretary ====+
 +The group has over 100 members scattered across a wide area.
-To be announced.+=== How do I contact the Area Group? === 
 +<WRAP button>
 +[[https://​​areagroup.php?​area=NN|Click here to send a message to us]]
-Technical co-ordinator and temporary Organiser+=== Who is the leader of the group? ===
 +<WRAP group>
 +<WRAP column 10%>
-Paul Townsend ​M503+<WRAP column 30%> 
 +Paul Townsend ​\\ 
-==== Meetings ==== +</WRAP>
-\\  +
-Inaugural meeting held on 6<​sup>​th</supNovember 2013 at the home of Paul Townsend.\\  +
-10 bods turned up from large area stretching from Cheltenham to Taunton and Bathford and all seem keen with something to contribute.\\  +
-See [[http://​​forum/​viewtopic.php?​f=142&​t=3135#​p25325|Report on the MERG Forum]] +
-==== Exhibitions:​ ==== +
-\\ +
 +=== How do you meet? ===
-==== Links ====+The group normally meets on a Wednesday or Thursday evening. In normal times, we meet at a members house, but currently we are having Zoom video calls once per month. 
 +Meetings include some or all of the following:​\\ 
 +  * A presentation ​  
 +  * A discussion about each other'​s projects 
 +  * A session on a group project ​  
 +  * A practical workshop.
-[[:​helpsystem:​coordinators|Help page for coordinators]]\\  +At a recent meeting, seven of us had a visit to a local Member’s large EM gauge model of BrentBuilt during the last 35 years, he converted to DCC some 20 years ago and then to CBUS starting two years agoA large part of the layout which has many panels and an interlocked lever frame is now controlled ​by the MERG CBUS layout control system. The main huge station panel will follow asap but he needs to remove the old DC section switch wiring first as proximity of DCC power wires to CBUS has caused havoc elsewhere on the model prior to adequate wiring separation. New members are made very welcome at our meetings.
-MERG Members may contact bob V[[http://​​forum/​memberlist.php?​mode=viewprofile&​u=62|via ​the Forum by PM or email]].+
 +=== Exhibitions ===
 +We represented MERG at the last Bristol MRX stall at Thornbury and we also had our usual help from the Cardiff Group who provide a nicely presented demo rig, now modernised with DCC and CBUS. There was a lot of interest from visitors to the exhibition and we talked ourselves hoarse for three days. One of our members lent a comprehensive demo of applications of video cameras in N gauge vehicles and with lineside views. ​
 +Other exhibiton attendances this year have been lost due to exhibition cancellations.
 +The current next public appearance is April 2021 at TrainWest in Corsham. ​ Lets hope that happens.
 +=== Workshops ===
 +Workshops were a regular feature of our calendar and we intend to resume these as soon as we are able to do so.
 +Typical workshop activities include: -
 +  * Members bring their own kits to assemble with help from others in the group where required
 +  * Members bring their own built kit for where they have failed to get it working or need to share test equipment
 +  * Any electronic kit is welcome not just MERG kits
 +  * Members work on the current group projects together
 +  * Members interconnect working kits and add hardware to learn how kits can work together
 +<WRAP group>
 +<WRAP column 22%><​WRAP button>​[[https://​​membership/​|Join the Bristol Area Group]]</​WRAP>​
 +<WRAP column 70%>
 +Select Bristol Area Group from the drop down list and press the green button with the plus sign.
 +=== Meeting Schedule ===
 +=== Past Meeetings ===
 +Recent meetings include: -
 +<WRAP button>
 +[[:​public:​areagroups|Return to Area Groups News]] [[:​public:​start|Index to other public pages]] [[:​areagroups:​somewhere:​start|Members only area]] [[https://​​index.php|MERG Home page]]
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