Free to Everyone
The RSGB is providing the July RadCom Basics as a special free-to-everyone edition to help support over 1,000 students who have passed the remote invigilation Foundation exam.
On Sunday 26th July 2020, Martin M0ZMF, John, M70JS, John, M0HXH and myself, Donna M7DON will be going to 4 separate /P locations and running a frequency on 2m FM.
Aiming to set up for 10:00, Martin will be operating G3RCW/P from Clarbrough, John S will be at Palterton Ridge, John M from Kirton and I will be in my usual perch at Highoredish. All callers welcome, but preference will be given to M7 calls and we encourage you to join in and support this activity. #GOTA2C
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.
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.
Worksop Amateur Radio Society (W.A.R.S) would like to encourage all new foundation license holders to continue with their advancement in the hobby.
Obviously the clubhouse remains closed for the time being, but the Society is able to offer post-exam mentoring and support for the foreseeable future via other means.
This is a hobby built around communication after all.
This support could be in the form of free 1 to 1 coaching via WebEx (after joining the Society), participation in the 2m nets on the air, or taking part in virtual ‘club’ nights, again using WebEx video conferencing.
If you don’t feel confident on the radio, we can help. The first step is to contact the Society firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact us page and we’ll work with you to come up with something that can increase your skills and enjoyment of the hobby.
Australia’s WIA News carries a report by Jeremy Boot G4NJH on the ‘Clubs as Hubs’ plan designed to revive UK amateur radio
For More Information please see http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2020/july/clubs-as-hubs.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AmateurRadioNews+%28Southgate+Amateur+Radio+News%29#.XwHJ4ShKiM8
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
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/
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/
Its the PW QRP contest this weekend, it is being held this Sunday and I’d like to invite all club members to join in and have some fun!
The contest runs from 0900 to 1600 UTC and all contacts are very welcome. Please see http://www.pwcontest.org.uk/