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.

 

 

100 years of radio since Marconi’s big breakthrough

In 1920, the first wireless radio broadcast in the UK took place, conducted by Guglielmo Marconi.

Marconi is credited with being the first person to transmit radio signals, doing so over a distance of a mile and a half in 1895 in Lavernock Point in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. He later set up his Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company in Chelmsford, in 1899.

His 1920 broadcast took place from there. On 15 June a song recital by Dame Nellie Melba was broadcast using a telephone transmitter and was heard in a number of different countries.

It’s fair to say a lot has happened in radio since Marconi’s breakthrough. Here we take a look at some of the major events.

For the full details please visit: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/100-years-of-radio

EssexHam

Essex Ham is offering their free online Amateur Radio Foundation Licence Training Course, the next start date is the 5th July 2020.

These Amateur Radio Training courses have proved very popular, as of April 2020 2242 have signed up and taken part, with a Mock Pass Rate: 84.6% which is excellent

For more info see: https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/

Lockdown VHF NFD 2020

VHF NFD is the next big event on the RSGB contest calendar, scheduled for 4 and 5 July 2020. It can’t be run in its normal multi-operator format, so the RSGB Contest Committee has designed an interesting alternative for single operator stations. The rules have been set for fixed stations only.

Many of our members will be taking part, for more information please visit: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/headlines/2020/06/12/lockdown-vhf-nfd-rules-announced/

An excellent talk from Andy G1AW on Parks on the Air

What an excellent talk we had this evening by Andy G1AW on Parks on the Air #POTA

pota activation view

Park on the Air, or POTA is a scheme of Radio Amateurs to activate or chase Parks World wide.

The scheme started in the USA and is spreading around the world, the numbers of people taking part in the UK has doubled in the last six months.

Andy is planning a POTA weekend in June so that we can activate as many Parks as possible in England and Wales, the dates are 19th to 21st June 2020.

For more information or to join the scheme please visit https://parksontheair.com/

If members would like to know more please speak to Andy – G1AW, Gary – M0ONI, and Paul – M0PJA

 

 

Beyond Exams First Silver Cert Jan 2020

Silver cert

Many congratulations to Gary Swift (M0ONI) on being the first Radio Society Member to be awarded a Silver Beyond Exams Certificate.

Gary has put on a lot of effort into the scheme and its great to see it pay off.

We are privileged to be taking part in the scheme pilot, on behalf of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

Currently, 13 radio society members have registered, with Beyond Exams, and three Bronze and one Silver Certificate has been awarded.

To Register All Worksop Radio Society Members need to do is to send an email to BE [at] g3rcw.org.uk  with their call sign and name. Full details will be sent to you.

Once you have completed sufficient activities to gain an award then you also need to send details to Carol Archer 2e0XCA who is our Worksop Radio Society Scheme champion. Carol can also help you with any questions you might have.

The RSGB is looking for feedback on the Beyond Exams Scheme, by Jan 17th, 2020. Please send that via Carol.

 

 

Beyond Exams Jan 2020

Bronze Cert PJABeyond Exams

As members of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society will be aware we are running a pilot of the RSGBs Beyond Exams.

Its good to hear of so many members taking part

Congratulations to Gary M0ONI and Paul, M0PJA on being the first to gain a Bronze Certificate.

If not too late for you to get started, please see the Notice Board or Member’s Facebook page, for the full details.

Registration is simple and quick you just need to send your name and call sign to the email address advertised.

 

We need to give feedback on the scheme to Carol 2E0XCA by the 17th of Jan 2020, please.