We made Practical Wireless – August 2020

Great to see a bit of publicity for us in Practical Wireless

You may remember that the Radio Society, promoted an activity day. A number of members took their Radio Equipment out Portable.

Martin (M0ZMF) our Chairman and Donna (M7DON) and other when out portable to encourage activity, this was aimed and new foundation licence holders but was open so anyone could take part.

Over 65 QSOs were logged during the event.

We had been able to get the word out on Facebook, Twitter and via our website before the event, to inform as many Radio Amateurs as we could.

Details about Practical Wireless can be found here.

“Radio-Activity”

Club Chairman Martin Fearn, M0ZMF suggested running an Amateur Radio Activity between 3 operators at separate portable locations. 

On Sunday 21st June 2020, the event took place. Martin operated the club call G3RCW/P from Clarborough in Nottinghamshire, Mark Edge, 2E0FKB/P was on Carr Hill near Maltby in South Yorkshire, and Donna Buck, M7DON/P was at Highoredish in Derbyshire.

Calls were put out and there was no shortage of stations calling in! New M7’s were given preference and there were over 65 QSO’s logged. The activity was well publicised on Facebook, Twitter and on the air, and there were many reports of new licence holders that were listening and learning even if they didn’t or couldn’t call in.

Martin, Mark and Donna were also supported by 2 other portable operators from the area. John Siddall the newly licenced M7OJS/P was in Palterton in Derbyshire, and John Matthewson M0HXH/P was in Kirton in Nottinghamshire. 

The activity was even heard using the RAF Hack Green VHF & UHF Web SDR which is run by Stoke-on-Trent Amateur Radio Society, enabling people as far away as Mid Suffolk to listen. Newly licenced Neil Wadsley M7NOW contacted Donna while the activity was happening to say he was listening via the WebSDR and he was learning a lot.

The session started at 10:00 and lasted well until 16:30, and was extremely successful and well supported by the club members and general radio community.

We also received a good level of feedback and engagement on Social Media.