Winding Wheel

Former Colliery Sites on the Air – Evening a great success

Former Colliery Sites on the Air – Evening a great success says the event organiser Paul M0PJA. Many of the club Winding Wheelmembers when out and activated a number of Former Colliery Sites in both South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Others work these sites from Home, out Mobile and from the Clubs Building in West Street, Worksop.

Paul is collecting the logsheets and the winners will be announced very soon, the dead line for submitting logs seven days.

There are two categories Site Activators and Chasers, points for activators are based on the number of stations worked. Points for Chasers are based only on the number of Colliery sites worked.

We also received some excellent feed back from other Radio Amateurs we worked, many suggesting we made this a twice yearly event.

Paul is very keen to get as much feed back good or bad about this event, please used the contact us option on this web site to give the feed back. This will be used to make the event even better next time.

 

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Project DX15 – Young Members DXpedition to Wales

Project DX15 – Young Members DXpedition to Wales

The Radio Society of Great Britain’s Youth Committee are running a Kenwood-sponsored Youth DXpedition and will be active as MC0RYC from the Brecon Beacons in Wales from 23-30 July 23. They’ll be on all bands HF through VHF, including satellite operations.
 
This is the first young person’s DXpedition that the Society has organised and therefore we are keen to publicise it as much as we can.
 
Throughout the course of the week, the young Members will be taking part in an array of activities including operating SOTA summits Pen-y-fan (SOTA reference GW/SW-001) & Waun-Fach (SOTA reference GW/SW-002). Provided the weather isn’t too bad, SOTA activations will be taking place on the following dates and times:
·         Saturday 25 July – afternoon
·         Sunday 26 July – afternoon
·         Tuesday 28 July – noon UTC
·         Wednesday 29 July – noon UTC
These are approximate times, and we will keep you up to date via our Twitter.
 
We will be doing many other activities including ARDF, antenna-building workshops and encouraging good radio operation. As well as having fun, we want to help train the young Members to be competent and confident radio amateurs. Attached is the July RadCom article on the DXpedition which I hope you enjoy.
 
You can support us by:
 
·         Following our progress on Twitter @theRSGByouth
·         Working the first RSGB Youth DXpedition in the UK – we will keep you updated on frequencies via our Twitter channel and the DX spots.
·         Listening for the call sign MC0RYC during the IOTA Contest over the weekend 25-26 July. Please work the young team if you can, so they can experience the full flow of a big contest
 
A special QSL card will be available for those who wish to receive one, both direct and via the Bureau. The team are keen to encourage responsible QSLing and OQRS will be available via Club Log.
 
DX15 has been made possible by generous sponsorship from Kenwood as principal sponsor and other prime sponsors SOTA, the RCF and the RSGB Legacy Fund.   
 
Please pass this information on to fellow amateurs, local clubs and any other amateur radio contacts you may have. Thanks for your support for the future of amateur radio.
 
We also have a dedicated email address set up for the DXpedition where you can email us if you have any questions or would like to set up a sked: m0ryc@rsgb.org.uk
 
 
Kind Regards,
Mike


Mike Jones, 2E0MLJ
Youth Committee Chairman
The VHF NFD Team 2015

RSGB VHF National Field Day 2015

The VHF NFD Team 2015On the 3rd to the 5th July this year, Worksop Amateur Radio Society took part for the first time in RSGB VHF National Field Day.

So what are Field Days all about? The main drive behind the event is to encourage Amateur Radio Operators and Clubs to test their preparedness and ability to set-up emergency communications.

This work involves setting up a portable Amateur Radio Station, including the deployment of a number of antennas. Clubs may not use mains power, so generators, batteries, solar and wind power are used as they would have to be in an emergency.

There is a contest activity part of National Field Day where stations will try and make as many contacts as they can in a 24 hour period. During a Contact (or QSO ) certain information will be exchanged. Here in the UK we exchange a Call Sign, Serial Number and the Locator of where the Amateur Radio Station is located.

Why is there a contest element? Well, this tests the group’s ability to plan the event ensuring that it can operate over a 24 hour period, providing Amateur Radio Operators to cover the station’s operation. Secondly by operating over 24 hours this tests the technical set-up of an Amateur Radio Station that, very often, will involve different people supplying different parts and constructed somewhat hastily.

Also tested, but very much part of the fun, is the group’s ability to camp out and provide food and drink for everyone during the contest.

Personally for me this was a great fun weekend with the opportunity of combining camping, which I love, and Amateur Radio too.