Jota-Joti 2019

Jota-Joti 2019

Members of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society set up a Jota station for Members of Bassetlaw Scout District and Whitwell Cub Scouts. This is the eight-year that the Worksop Amateur Radio Society has been involved with Jota, the society being introduced to Jota by a local Scout Leader and Member (Paul M0PJA).

This year’s event was superbly organized by Sue M6XAK, and we introduced two new activities into the mix for the weekend. These proved very popular with all the young people.

jota morse keyThe first one was a snail practice  morse key, we have found that the young people who visit are excited by morse, the snail morse key project is made available bt the RSGB, and designed by Trevor Hughes (G4WKJ) and can be found at https://rsgb.services/public/publications/snail-morse-key-kit/the_snail_practice_morse_key.pdf 

 

We made sure that we had plenty of snail morse key project kits and under the watchful eyes of Sue M6XAK (pictured) and Carol 2E0XCA all the Young people who wanted to were able to build one of these kits, and take it home with them to enjoy! It was great to see everyone enjoying this. If you are looking for an activity you might want to try this.

 

For the more adventurous young people and some leaders and parents, we had a build a Morse Practice Oscillator on Bread Board.

The Young please were given a kit and some instructions and were able to view a completed model. using breadboard

 

The CW key was made up of two drawing pins and a paperclip on the end of the breadboard.

 

Once either kit had been completed they we able to practice some morse with Steve G0EAK, again this proved very popular.

 

The Young People were able to make a QSO or two and pass a greeting message under the expert tutor ledge and watchful eye of Martin M0ZMF, its also great to hear the Young people enjoying Amateur Radio, thanks also to the many members who were on standby to take to the young people when we could not get a contact with other JOTA stations. passing a message

 

We also operated a Data Modes station using PSK / RTTY / and JS8CALL, contacts via these modes were down on other years, due to local and band conditions.

 

We Are Getting Ready for JOTA 2019

Jota logoPlans are in place, we have a team of Radio Amateurs ready.

We very much look forward to welcoming Young People from Bassetlaw District Scouts, to out HQ on West Street in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, to take part in JOTA 2019

Jota or Jamboree on the air takes place each year in October, and this year is the 62nd time the event has been run.

Jamboree on the Air is the largest Radio Scouting event, indeed it is the largest event in the World Scout calendar.

The idea came from a group of Scout Leaders who were also licensed radio amateurs, following their experience with a large station at the 9th World Scout Jamboree in Sutton Park in 1957.

Keep a listen out on 2m on 25th June 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)

Don’t forget to keep a listen out on 2m on 25th June 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST) – Its Former Colliery Sites on the Air is an Amateur Radio event.

There is still time to take part, the next event is planned for the 25th June 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST) To activate a site all you need is 2m FM max power 10 watts – Please tell us which site you are activating thank you. Please Register here.

This event is aimed at licensed Radio Amateurs, if you are not yet licensed please feel free to listen in on the 2m band.

Many of our members will be taking part in Former Colliery Sites on the Air

Many of our members will be taking part in Former Colliery Sites on the Air.

This event takes place on the 25th June 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00, the event is aimed at all radio amateurs and you can take part with only a 2m handheld.

Everyone is on a level playing field as the max. power limit is 10 watts.

For full information about the event please visit http://fcsota.org.uk/

We would encourage everyone to join in the event, the aim is to make as many contacts as you can but have fun and a chat while doing so (this is not a contest).

Harold Chadwick (G8ON) Cup

Peter Nettleton (M0XKF) Receives the Harold Chadwick (G8ON) Cup from the Society Chairman Martin Fearn (M0ZMF). The Harold Chadwick Cup is awarded to a Society member of outstanding service to the Society.

Peter has been a long term Treasurer and then Trustee of the Society, many members would say if it wasn’t for the Partnership of the Late Roy Frettsome (G4WPW) and Peter there wouldn’t be a Worksop Amateur Radio Society. We are all very grateful for all Peter has done for the Society.

Peter has retired from the Trustee role at the AGM in October 2017, and will remain a life member of Worksop Amateur Radio Society.

Harold Chadwick , who the cup is named after was one of the founder members of North Notts. Radio Society, from which came the Worksop Amateur Radio Society, Harold was well know in the Town, and a keen member of the Rotary Club.

Amongst other things, in 1961 Harold gave a demonstration of Amateur Radio at a ‘Hobby Fair’ in Worksop organised by the Rotary Club.

Many local people in Worksop may also remember Harold as the manager of the Labour Exchange. Harold’s son Peter Chadwick (G3RZP) went on to become a President of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).

JOTA 2017 – GB4BDS

JOTA Logo 2017GB4BDS currently on 145.400 FM, 7.133 LSB and 14.070 PSK31

Having a great day – with over 38 young people visiting the station today for Jamboree on the Air, 60th Year for all members of the Scout Movement across the world. #JOTAJOTI

Bassetlaw Hospice, cheque presentation, from the Boat Pull

Back in April this year, some members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society, in conjunction with the Chesterfield Canal Trust, took part in a Boat-pull along the Chesterfield Canal, (which runs through our area) to raise money for our local hospice. Some of you kindly sponsored the team of ‘boat pullers’ and we raised over £200.  cheque presentationWe recently arranged a cheque presentation and Debbie Rawlings, Community Fundraising Co-ordinator received the cheque on behalf of Bassetlaw Hospice.

Debbie went on to give a short talk on the work of the Hospice and how important donations are.

Bassetlaw Hospice which is located in Retford,  provides palliative care for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or a progressive long term conditions.  It exists to support the patient and their families to achieve the best quality of life.

Full details about Bassetlaw Hospice and the care is provides can be found at http://www.bassetlawhospice.org/services-care/

Stone the Crows !

special event station

Worksop Amateur Radio Society put on a Special Event Station and Operated a ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding) challenge for people to have a go at.

At the 10th Annual Ranskill and Torworth Scarecrow Festival, it was our first time at this Scarecrow Festival and we were made very welcome.

Our Scarecrow

Our Special Event call sign was GB4RSF and we operated from 11:00 to 16:00 (BST)