Awards from our 2019 AGM

AGM Awards Night 2019

Its always great to see people picking up awards, and at this year’s Annual General Meeting we had quite a few.

Martin awarding PatMartin (M0ZMF) Awards – Pat  Pictured being awarded the Harold Chadwick G8ON Memorial Cup.

This is given annually for outstanding service to the Worksop Amateur  Radio Society.

For those of you who don’t know Harold was a founder member of the Radio Society.

Harold was also a founder member of North Notts Amateur Radio Society – which became the Worksop Amateur Radio Society.

Harold Chadwick – interesting to note that he was a Rotarian and a member of ROAR (Rotarians of Amateur Radio) and in 1969 set up a transatlantic net on 15 metres with George Chatfield K1UIL

You can find additional information about ROAR (Rotarians of Amateur Radio) by visiting the following website https://www.ifroar.org/

 

Martin and AndyMartin awarding Andy M6VUK/2E0SUK/M? with a Cup and Certificate of achievement.

The cup is for the person who has shown most progress in the past year.

It was last awarded in 2016 to Lewis.

This year it’s being awarded to Andy for achieving success in all 3 exam levels in under 18 months.

For my part it was a pleasure to have Andy as a member of the Intermediate Licence Course, to have someone put so much hard work in makes the job worthwhile.

Andy is also out in all weathers to take park in the UKACs on behalf of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society and also finds the time to support all of our activities.

 

Martin and Andy WMartin Awarding Andy G1AW, for his contribution to Radio Society Activities. Also for his Progression in the Hobby and for his hard work in the Promotion of POTA (Parks on the Air).

Andy is the English administrator for Parks on the Air (POTA) and had been working very hard to get all the sites in Wales Active.

In addition to which he has taken up the Intermediate Training at very short notice.

If you would like more information about Parks on the Air ( POTA ) please visit https://www.parksontheair.com

 

 

 

Martin and ScotMartin (M0ZMF) awarding Scot (2E0 KBZ) for his contribution to the Radio Society Activities and his progression in the Hobby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin and Dean

Martin M0ZMF Presents Dean M7DUK, with a certificate for his contributions to Radio Society Activities and Progression in the hobby.

 

 

 

 

 

martin and DonnaLastly for our AGM awards, Martin (M0ZMF) awarding Donna M7DON – for her contribution to the Amateur Radio Society and progression in the Hobby.

One of Donna’s many achievements was being the leading Foundation Licence holder in the resent 70MHz AFS contest

I hope Donna will not mind me saying that her first quote about Amateur Radio was “I am not getting involved that’s for nerds!”

However, after joining her partner Andy (pictured right) at our /P in the Park event, she was hooked.

 

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

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.

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