SOS Radio Week 2017

Next week (21st to 29th January) Worksop Amateur Radio Society will, as a registered station, be taking part in SOS Radio Week 2017. We have the Special Event call sign GB4RNLI and will be active from the Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (24th and 26th January) from 7pm and Saturday from 10am until 5pm so listen out for us and give us a call. There are awards to be won if you ‘collect’ SOS Week stations!

What’s SOS Radio Week? Find out here http://www.sosradioweek.org.uk/

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

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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 !

 

Worksop A R S Field Day

Tribute to Richard “Ziggy” Hudson, G1ZIG

Tribute to Richard “Ziggy” Hudson, G1ZIG by Steve G0EAK

After finishing the 2015 contest season in 11th place overall, the Worksop Amateur Radio Society contest team were looking forward to the 2016 season and trying to improve on Club and personal scores.

However, in January this year Steve, G0EAK, one of our seasoned contesters, was unable to take part in the 6m UKAC due to illness and, being a major contributor to the Worksop ARS score, he would be missed. Martin, M0ZMF, decided to “rally the troops” which included persuading Ziggy G1ZIG to participate. Whilst Ziggy was always willing to help out with antenna erection, including events such as VHF Field Day, he was always adamant that he hated contesting. Somehow Martin lured him into taking part in the January 6m contest – we think, perhaps, a newly constructed ‘Martin Special’ 3 element delta beam had something to do with it!

Following the contest, which saw Worksop take 1st place, Ziggy returned to the club saying “I hate you. I always said I hated contests – but I actually enjoyed it” – so much so that he then took part in February without any persuasion.  Sadly, less than a week later he became SK at the age of just 49.

As a tribute to Ziggy, members of Worksop ARS decided to go all out to win the 6m UKAC in March which resulted in 20 members submitting logs and, indeed, the club did win. Albeit under sad circumstances the Club has also won in other ways:

  • A few members who tried contesting for the first time as part of the tribute, have expressed an interest in entering future 6m UKAC’s.
  • Martin, M0ZMF, has developed a small production line of delta beams for 6m and 4m which club members use portable. They use a fibreglass boom with fibreglass fishing poles as spreaders and have no matching stubs. The rest of the materials are easily obtained and the antennas made with hand and power tools that most people will already have.

Delta Beam for 6m

The club first got involved with UKAC in 2013 following a discussion at an open meeting of the club in 2012 – The club met every Tuesday evening and whilst attendance was good (around a third of the 100+ membership) there was very little radio being done, as it was more of a social night. There was a desire from some members to see more radio operation, especially at VHF so Steve, G0EAK, offered to get a VHF station established and, with support from a number of members including Martin, M0ZMF, managed to get some basic antennas for 6m, 2m and 70cm on one rotator.

However, because the club night was Tuesday there was a struggle to get many operators contributing to the club score. The club then decided that to encourage more radio operation and to facilitate tuition, talks etc it would open on a Thursday evening as well. This allowed members to operate from home or /P on a Tuesday evening and attend the club on a Thursday evening which really paid dividends as evidenced by the results in 2015 and 2016 to date.

In 2015 Worksop ARS took part in VHF Field Day for the first time and over the course of the weekend more than 20 club members contributed to the team. As the photograph shows there were 17 members present at the end of the contest. (Ziggy is the one with the black T-shirt in the centre of the picture)

Worksop A R S Field Day

Worksop ARS is now very much on the map in contesting terms and there are so many other benefits to the club and its membership beyond pure contesting.

Indeed, since starting to enter UKAC in 2013 Worksop ARS and the hobby generally has benefited greatly in ways that are not often associated with contesting:

  • The retention rate of members has increased
  • The number of female and young people joining the club has increased
  • The retention of foundation licence holders in the hobby has increased significantly
  • The number of foundation licence holders progressing to intermediate and advanced levels has increased
  • The club is now open Tuesday and Thursday every week with around 60 people attending each week

 

Hopefully this article will encourage other clubs to embrace contesting to see where it takes them.

(Item Published in Radcom June 2016)

 

 

Continued Exam Success at Worksop

1910229_256257171237842_8911862072795415144_nJust before the start of the year we had seven Intermediate candidates, pass their exams and gain their Intermediate Licence.

In the last couple of weeks we have had nine Foundation candidates pass and go on to get their first Amateur Radio Licence and  call sign, its great to hear those candidates on the air.

Since the new year we have been running an Advanced Licence course and its great to be able to report that we now have four new Full Licensees.

As part of the training team, I just like to say that we really enjoy helping members to progress.

YOTA Month 2015

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Tomorrow will see the official launch of YOTA Month 2015. Over 38 countries around the world will be taking part and this year is looking to be bigger and better than ever.

Wednesday 2nd December will see Durham and District Amateur Radio Society launch YOTA Month on behalf of the UK with Leicester Radio Society closing off the UK side of things on the 28th of December.

We at Worksop Amateur Radio Society have a YOTA Event and Call Sign on the 20th Dec

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Looking forward to JOTA 2015

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We are looking forward to Welcoming Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Scout Network Members and Adult Members of Bassetlaw District Scouts ( http://bassetlawscouts.org.uk/ ) to our JOTA station GB1BDS on the 17th and 18th of October.

Jamboree-On-The-Air – Jamboree-On-The-Internet (JOTA-JOTI) is an official international event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). JOTA-JOTI is a youth programme event intended for young people in Scouting of all ages.

The purpose of JOTA-JOTI is to enable and encourage Scouts around the world to communicate with one another by means of amateur radio and the internet, providing a fun and educational Scouting experience and promoting their sense of belonging to a worldwide Scout Movement

For More info of JOTA / JOTI see

http://jotajoti.info/what-is-jota-joti/

And

Uk Scouts Page

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.