VHF Field Day 2016

vhf field day 2016G3RCW field day at Emley moor…. well we got batterd by the rain and wind but it didn’t stop us having fun …we made the effort and had a great weekend away camping and playing amateur radio

Weekend Camping 2016

camping groupIt was great to see at least fifteen members and their families taking part in our Camping / Canoeing / Radio Weekend at Haxey Quays – this Bank Holiday weekend. We have a number of Camping events planned, which are open to all Club Members – details on the Club notice board.

Some Members also enjoyed some Canoeing

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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.