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-====== MERG Bristol Area Group ====== +~~NOCACHE~~ 
-[[:public:areagroups|Return to Area Groups News]]\\  +{{:launchpad:merg_blue.png?​nolink&​200|}}
-[[:​public:​start|Index to other public pages]]\\  +
-[[https://​​index.php|MERG Home page]]\\  +
-==== Email ====+
 +====== Bristol Area Group ======
-To send us an email[[https://​​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 [[https://​​forum/​viewforum.php?​f=142|area group forum.]]+
 +The group has over 100 members scattered across a wide area.
-Organiser/ Coordinator+=== How do I contact the Area Group? === 
 +<WRAP button>
 +[[https://​​areagroup.php?​area=NN|Click here to send a message to us]]
-Paul Townsend M503+=== Who is the leader of the group? ===
-Reach me with the contact page near here.+<WRAP group> 
 +<WRAP column 10%> 
-==== Meetings ==== +<WRAP column 30%> 
-\\  +\\ 
-Next meeting ( 14th) is likely to be held in September 2019 in a Member'​s home on a Wednesday or Thursday evening.+Paul Townsend \\ 
-It is also envisaged that next Autumn and Spring will see two all day weekend workshops organised. +</​WRAP>​
-One will be aimed at beginners, the other for more experienced users of Merg kits and designs.+
-See MERG Forum for more details. +=== How do you meet? ===
-==== Exhibitions: ​==== +
-\\ +
-Annual Bristol Exhibition is at Thornbury Leisure Centre for 3 days over the Spring bank holiday weekend (end of April/start of May ). +The group normally meets on a Wednesday or Thursday eveningIn normal times, we meet at members housebut currently ​we are having Zoom video calls once per month. 
-We had stall like most years in 2019where we demonstrate Merg kits in action and use of cameras and other electronics. +Meetings include some or all of the following:​\\ 
-I think we are friendly bunch and not too frighteningly over-tecchy.+  * A presentation ​  
 +  * A discussion about each other's projects 
 +  * A session on group project ​  
 +  * A practical workshop.
-Please do visit for chat in 2020 or use the contact form to reach the Area Group co-ordinator. +At a recent meeting, seven of us had a visit to local Member’s large EM gauge model of Brent. Built during ​the last 35 years, he converted ​to DCC some 20 years ago and then to CBUS starting two years ago. A 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.
-==== Links ====+
-[[:​helpsystem:​coordinators|Help page for coordinators]]\\  +=== Exhibitions ===
-MERG Members may contact bob V. [[https://​​forum/​memberlist.php?​mode=viewprofile&​u=62|via the Forum by PM or email]].+
 +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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