Sunny Day In the Peak District

setup in the peaksTwo of our members Gary M0ONI and Paul M0PJA went out to the Peak District to Activate it as part of Parks on the Air (POTA), this is how they got on.

Before we started out we selected a spot in the Dark Peak which we were sure would have good take off in most directions.

We also wanted to try out two Moonraker Ampro mobile Antennas for HF, having had some problems the previous week with another mobile antenna that didn’t like rain.

Gary set about putting the HF Antennas up while Paul started to work 2m FM, from my first initial CQ Call I was able to pick up a number of Stations calling me, this is always a good sign. With in the first hour, we had worked 12 Stations, we like to chat and try to avoid the ‘Rubber Stamp’ type of QSOs you so often get these days.

We were able to work stations in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster, Sheffield, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Shrewsbury by 12:00 we had made 16 Contacts.

Our plan was then to switch to HF and try 40m which we did and had QSOs with people in Germany, Denmark, France, and Belgium. 

Then it was about time for lunch, we had set up in a great place at the side of the road with views all the way around, we had a very good view of the Hope Valley, with a slight blot, being the cement works at Hope. (there is a local joke, that you can live in Hope but you have to be buried in Castleton, I believe the Hope graveyard is full), the weather was very good, bright sun, and a slight cold breeze.

After lunch, we switched to the 20m antenna, these were very easy to set up and one set, unscrewing them does not upset the VSWR adjustment.setup in the peaks - hope view

We called CQ on 20m and very soon we were answered by Heinrich in Munich DF3CH after a good QSO, I said QRZ and we received a call from Keith KD1KT in Massachusetts, this wasn’t the first time we had worked the US, however it was the first time portable and the first time activating a Park on the Air, and to he honest days later and I am still buzzing.

We when on to work stations from; Michigan; Chris K8HQ, Italy; Giuseppe IU2KBP, Poland; Leszek SQ9MDF, USA; Bill W1OW from Douglas Massachusetts, France; Wolf F/HB9BI, Sweden; Gunner SM7UZB, Germany; DL5DZ Detlef. Then, unfortunately, we started to get some QRM from a Vehicle nearby and went back to working 2m where we made another 5 contacts.

We had such a great day and a real buzz from working radio, it was only the day before someone was telling me the bands were dead!

Equipment used was an FT-897 running about 20-40 watts on 2m and 75 watts on HF, for 2m we used an n50 colinear and for HF the Ampro mobile antennas I mentioned before.

My thanks to Gary as I could not have set up on my own and we are now looking forward to our next activation

Paul M0PJA

We Are Getting Ready for JOTA 2019

Jota logoPlans are in place, we have a team of Radio Amateurs ready.

We very much look forward to welcoming Young People from Bassetlaw District Scouts, to out HQ on West Street in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, to take part in JOTA 2019

Jota or Jamboree on the air takes place each year in October, and this year is the 62nd time the event has been run.

Jamboree on the Air is the largest Radio Scouting event, indeed it is the largest event in the World Scout calendar.

The idea came from a group of Scout Leaders who were also licensed radio amateurs, following their experience with a large station at the 9th World Scout Jamboree in Sutton Park in 1957.

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Formal notice and related papers will be sent to Members shortly ( by email,
and by post for those, we do not hold an email address for ).

Please read the
paperwork carefully on receipt and if you would like to stand for the Committee
or wish to raise any items for discussion, please email the Secretary
(info {AT} g3rcw.org.uk ) by the published closing date.

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at 19:30

Venue: Worksop Amateur Radio Society, Clubhouse, West Street, Worksop, S80 1JP

Parks on the Air 7th Sept 2019 X 3

On the 7th September 2019, three members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society activated three parks on the air.

The Parks Activated were:
G-0075 – Lincolnshire Wolds ANOB
G-0444 – Vicar Water Country Park
G-0461- Bassetlaw Showground

The three members who activated the Parks were Andy, Paul, and Phil.

If you worked one or more of the parks you can pick up Hunter(chaser) point by registering at the Parks on the Air Web site – Please see below

If you are interested in Parks on the Air (POTA) and would like more details of the scheme and or to register please visit parksontheair.com 

This is a great scheme and is very accessible and we are sure would be of interest to most Radio Amateurs.

Some photos from Paul’s activation (some of you will recognize Normanby Top) and the Radar Station can be seen in the third picture.

GB4BRW Special Event Station Report 2019

River WithamGB4BRW – Thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to call in and answer our CQ calls.

This was one of two Special Event Stations operated by members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society for British Inland Waterways on the Air, (BIWOTA) over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The other station being GB4CCT, on the Chesterfield Canal near Retford, in North Notts.

We operated from Ferry Farm, on the Banks of the River Witham, about 1 mile west of the village of Woodhall Spa, this site is at 0 ASL – and lower than the river. Our best contact was into North Wales on 2m FM

We made 51 QSOs over the weekend – which felt like a lot more at the time.

I have uploaded the ADIF log file to eqsl.cc – if you worked us and are not already a member – please feel free to sign up an electronic QSL card is already waiting for you.

As you can see we had a relaxed operating setup.

Radio Operation Calling CQ 2m setup River Witham

The Radio Society will be Supporting BIWOTA 24-26 Aug 2019

BIWOTA LOGOThe Worksop Amateur Radio Society will be Supporting, British Inland Waterways on the Air on the weekend of August 24th to the 26th.

John M0JAV has very kindly loaned his Canal Boat, which will be moored on the Chesterfield Canal, (Radio Society members should check the facebook event for the location or check the Society Notice Board),

This event which aims to bring together radio amateurs who regularly use Britain’s inland waterways such as boaters, Canoe and Kayakists, cyclists, walkers, etc, to celebrate their hobby. Using Special Event call sign GB4CCT, on 80, 40, 20, 10, 2m and 70cms, give a shout out or pop along to support this event in person all Society members welcome.

**UPDATE**

In addition Sue / Steve / Carol / Paul will be operating from the Banks of the River Witham with the Call Sign of GB4BRW – on 2m/70cms and 40M – WAB Square TF16 and Locator IO93UD

BIWOTA has been held for a number of years and additional details can be found here.

You can also check out the BIWOTA Facebook page for current information: https://www.facebook.com/BIWOTA/

Cracking Talk on Parks on the Air from Andy 2E0UAW

Parks on the Air LogoWe had a cracking talk from Andy 2E0UAW who is the English administrator for POTA (Parks on the Air).

Parks on the Air, little known in the UK but appears to be taking the USA by storm.

POTA was born from an National Event to activate all the National Parks in the US.

Once that event ended the large number of people involved wanted more and this is where POTA evolved from.

Parks on the Air looks very accessible and there are few rules, you can operate from a motor vehicle making this more accessible to those who like getting outdoors but have restrictive mobility.

First off you will need to register at the main website which is at https://parksontheair.com/

I recommend that you read the help and rule section and then register. they also have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair/ They are also active on other social media such has twitter. Other things like up coming activation and spots can be found on Slack, once you registered on the POTA Site there is a handy button to connect to slack.

Up coming activation and spots are also on the main website and if you are using CW then you can use the RBN to send out a Spot. Self spotting is allowed I understand.

Detail of the parks in England can be found at https://stats.parksontheair.com/reports/park-info-select.php?entity=England

Shortly there will be an interactive map, which is currently work in progress.

I am very excited about Parks on the Air, and can see it taking off in the UK and elsewhere, whats not to like? plenty for Activator and Hunter!

Parks on the Air Talk July 2019

Parks on the Air LogoParks on the Air, Talk 20:00 to 21:00 25th July 2019

Parks on the Air was originally based in the USA and Canada but more countries are now being added.

This is similar in some ways to Summits on the Air (SOTA) scheme for Amateur Radio.

Andy Wragg, 2E0UAW (who is POTA English administrator) will give us an insight into POTA and how to get started

July 2019 Great News if you like FT4

NEW FT4 CONTEST ANNOUNCED

The RSGB HF Contest Committee:

Have made the following announcement. – New FT4 Contest Announced.

Please check the RSGB HF Contest Calendar for three new events that have just been added.

We are running a short series of one hour, “experimental”, FT4 Contests over the autumn. These are not part of the 80m Autumn Series but are slotted between Autumn Series weeks. The rules are available here. The first event is on Monday 2 September.

Note that the scoring is based on total QSO distance, rather than the number of QSOs, with a maximum distance score of 1,250kms. This is similar to many RSGB VHF contests.

We will have bonus points for working each of two HQ stations but there will be some strategic decisions to make if you are entering: do you try to work the bonus stations first with the danger of a long delay to make a QSO, or leave them until later in the hour? Is “running” or “S&P” the best way to operate? Lots to think about!

This will be an opportunity for us to assess FT4 in the context of domestic HF contests and a chance for you to try something different.

If you have any questions about the rules then please contact the RSGB HF Contest Committee Char

RSGB HF Contest Committee Chair

HFCC[dot]Chair[at]rsgbcc.org

World Scout Jamboree 2019

World Scout Jamboree LogoThe World Scout Jamboree takes place every four years and first took place in London in 1920. Some of you will be aware of the article in Radcom July 2019 by Remko (PE1MEW).

Its call sign this year is NA1WJ, the Jamboree take place in North America, Following the opening of the Jamboree, they will be operating ten stations on Echolink, D-Star, UHF, VHF, and HF.

They plan to try and introduce around 3000 young people (Scout and Guides) who are attending/visiting the event to amateur radio.

I am sure you would agree with me that inspiring the next generation of Radio Amateurs is very important to us all. This is where we can all get involved.

The Jamboree runs from 11th July to the 2nd or August, although I am advised that the first transmission from a Radio point of view will be starting on the 18th July, the station will be active from 12:00 to 21:00UTC. Contact with the station may be possible outside of these hours as volunteer staff are hoping to be on hand.

As many of you will be aware from JOTA, that there are a number of ‘Scout Frequencies’ These are: 3.940MHz, 7.190MHz, 14.290MHz, 18.140MHz, 21.360MHz, 24.960MHz, and 50.160MHz

For D-Star, I understand that Reflector REF033A will be in use. You may also find activity on DMR Talk Groups (TG 907 9071 9072). Not Forgetting Echolink!

If you have the time please try and make contact, keep in mind that is will be about demonstrating Amateur Radio and you may be talking to a young person on the radio for their first time. Please try and have some open questions (by which I mean can’t be answered yes or no)  if possible ask questions about Scouting / the Jamboree and maybe add some of your own personal experience of Scouting.

Other Radio Activities planned at the Jamboree are ARDF fox hunting using 2m and 80m, they have planned for contact with the ISS and will be trying to work some LEO satellites. Also, some pico balloons with WSPR payloads are being launched – I am sure you will be able to pick up details on https://tracker.habhub.org/ – If would be good to ask any young people you talk to if they have been involved in any of these activities.