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

VHF Field Day 2019

G3RCW VHF Field Day 2019This year G3RCW returned to IO93EP for VHF Field Day.

The event was attended by 30 members of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society over the weekend, many of them choosing to camp on-site for what turned out to be a warm sunny weekend with good levels of activity on the VHF Bands.

The main point of Field Day is that you come together as a group and set up an Amateur Radio Station in a field that relies on off-grid power, this gives us chance to put into practice the skills needed if we were required to set up an Amateur Radio Station in an Emergency. Field Days are not just a UK event and they happen around the globe, however not all at the same time or using the same Amateur Radio Bands.

The Amateur Radio station is then ‘tested’ by operating in an Amateur Radio Contest for 24 hours, this involves the exchange of certain information, such as Call Sign, Serial Number, Signal Report and Maidenhead Locator.

We were able to Operate on the following bands 2m, 70cms, 23cms, 6m (Saturday only) and 4m on Sunday. We had a noticeable increase in activity on 23cms this year.

We also welcomed a number of visitors on-site, some from other local Radio Clubs and others just interested in what we were doing.

Worksop Amateur Radio Society Construction Competition – Winner

Congratulations to Martin (M0ZMF) for winning the Worksop Amateur Radio Society Construction Competition.
Martin is show with his winning entry a 70cms quad beam antenna.

Martin has used materials that anyone might have access to and a construction technique which didn’t require any specialised machining of parts.
We are looking forward to seeing the Antenna in operation, in the contest arena soon.

Excellent video released showing VHF Field day and VHF/ UHF Contesting

vhf field day 2016

You may have read our item on VHF Field Day, well we have produced an excellent, video taken at the weekend of the field day. Showing our VHF / UHF setup and giving you an in site into the friendly world or VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Contesting in the UK.

Many of the members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society take part in the weekly VHF/UHF UKACs run by Amateur Radios Governing Body the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). These are both fun and competitive, and I have to say addictive.

But don’t take my word for it. Have a look at the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_isKCHitW_w  and tell us what you think.

If you want to take part and are unsure how to start, why not join our friendly club !

 

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.

RSGB Contest Committee White Paper 2015

The RSGB Contest Committee have announced that  as part of the continuing initiative to consult with the contesting community over topics of mutual interest, the Contest Committee has published the 2015 White Paper. This document contains 36 proposals and suggestions for changes to the RSGB contest rules for 2016. The White Paper is available from the RSGB Contest Committee website at www.rsgbcc.org/whitepaper2015.pdf or by clicking on this link.

Please take a few minutes to read this, and then please send your comments to committee@rsgbcc.org no later than 7th August 2015.