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Achievements from The 2019 UKAC and MGMAC Contests

Achievements from the 2019 UKAC and MGMAC Contests

Here are the achievements of the 2019 UKAC and MGMAC Contests, from the members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society

Overall 2019 Worksop Amateur Radio Society came 2nd in the Local Club section. Well done everyone! John 2E0DXK/P was Lead Intermediate, Andrew M6VUK/P Was Lead Foundation, with Donna M7DON, was 3rd Placed Foundation.

432MHz – Worksop Amateur Radio Society came 2nd in the Local Club Section. John 2E0DXK/P was Lead Intermediate, Andrew M6VUK/P Was Lead Foundation.

50MHz – Worksop Amateur Radio Society came 2nd in the Local Club Section. Steve G0EAK/P came 2nd Place in AL Section with John 2E0DXK/P claiming Lead Intermediate, Andrew M6VUK/P achieving Lead Foundation, and Donna M7DON was 3rd Placed Foundation.

70MHz – Worksop Amateur Radio Society came 2nd in the Local Club Section. Steve G0EAK/P came 2nd Place in AL Section with John 2E0DXK/P claiming 3rd place and Lead Intermediate, Andrew M6VUK/P achieving Lead Foundation, Donna M7DON was 2nd Placed Foundation, and Sue M6XAK achieving 3rd Placed Foundation.

144 MHz – – Worksop ARS came 2nd in Local Club Section. Steve G0EAK/P came 2nd Place in AL Section with John 2E0DXK/P claiming Leading Intermediate. Andy 2E0UAW/P achieved 2nd placed Intermediate, Mark M6OME/P claimed 3rd Placed Foundation, with Andrew M6VUK/P, achieved 2nd Placed Foundation and winning the Foundation Shield which will be presented at the RSGB Convention in 2020.

Andrew M6VUK/P also won both of the 50MHz and 144MHz MGMAC titles, giving full license holders a run for their money.

Well done to everyone who submitted  a log, whether you were out portable, from home or from the club. Every point counts!

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.

Our Next Foundation Course starts on 2nd April 2020

Foundation Licence BookOur Next Foundation Course starts on 2nd April 2020
This is your first step in gaining Amateur Radio Licence Qualifications.
 
Please Register with our Exam Secretary Donna.
 
By Sending an Email to Exams@g3rcw.org.uk with your name and contact details.
If you have any questions etc please feel free to contact us or come down and visit us, you can be assured of a warm welcome.
 
Costs the Course is Free to members, you will need to purchase the Foundation licence booklet from the RSGB and there is also an RSGB Exam Fee

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.

 

Worksop Likes Online Exams

exam team photoWorksop Likes Online Exams    

 

Having seen and tested the Online Exams at the National Hamfest, members’ Worksop Amateur Radio Society were keen to try out on lines Exams.

If was fortunate that we had a group of three members, who wanted to reset a Full License exam, the Exam Secretary Carol, 2E0XCA had a trial and discussion with Dave Wilson M0OBW RSGB President, about online exams, including how it worked from an Invigilator’s point of view, and what sort of Internet connection would be required and how much bandwidth was needed, Dace advised that the exams could be run from a mobile phone hot spot if required.

With all our candidates and exam team in agreement, we arranged for the exam to take place on the 19th of October. Dave Wilson very kindly volunteered to come along to assist and advise if required.

The candidates received emails before the exam date and were able to check their login and have a test of the system and how it works.

On the day of the exam, as everyone was using their own laptops, they arrived early to make sure they could connect to the Radio Societies WIFI. (Photo Exam A shows some of the candidates checking access to the WIFI before the exam started (due to start at 14:00) and before the room was placed under exam conditions).

If you are concerned to hear that people can use their own laptops, then there is no need to be as they are locked by the exam software for the duration of the exam.

All the candidates preferred the online exam format to the paper one, you are able to scroll backward and forward between questions, flag any that you wish to and return to them later. It’s also easier as only one question is shown at a time. One of the other additional benefits is that there is no time lost transferring answers to an optical marking sheet, or possible errors on transfer. Lastly, you get your result when you have finished your exam, there is no waiting.

Awards from our 2019 AGM

AGM Awards Night 2019

Its always great to see people picking up awards, and at this year’s Annual General Meeting we had quite a few.

Martin awarding PatMartin (M0ZMF) Awards – Pat  Pictured being awarded the Harold Chadwick G8ON Memorial Cup.

This is given annually for outstanding service to the Worksop Amateur  Radio Society.

For those of you who don’t know Harold was a founder member of the Radio Society.

Harold was also a founder member of North Notts Amateur Radio Society – which became the Worksop Amateur Radio Society.

Harold Chadwick – interesting to note that he was a Rotarian and a member of ROAR (Rotarians of Amateur Radio) and in 1969 set up a transatlantic net on 15 metres with George Chatfield K1UIL

You can find additional information about ROAR (Rotarians of Amateur Radio) by visiting the following website https://www.ifroar.org/

 

Martin and AndyMartin awarding Andy M6VUK/2E0SUK/M? with a Cup and Certificate of achievement.

The cup is for the person who has shown most progress in the past year.

It was last awarded in 2016 to Lewis.

This year it’s being awarded to Andy for achieving success in all 3 exam levels in under 18 months.

For my part it was a pleasure to have Andy as a member of the Intermediate Licence Course, to have someone put so much hard work in makes the job worthwhile.

Andy is also out in all weathers to take park in the UKACs on behalf of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society and also finds the time to support all of our activities.

 

Martin and Andy WMartin Awarding Andy G1AW, for his contribution to Radio Society Activities. Also for his Progression in the Hobby and for his hard work in the Promotion of POTA (Parks on the Air).

Andy is the English administrator for Parks on the Air (POTA) and had been working very hard to get all the sites in Wales Active.

In addition to which he has taken up the Intermediate Training at very short notice.

If you would like more information about Parks on the Air ( POTA ) please visit https://www.parksontheair.com

 

 

 

Martin and ScotMartin (M0ZMF) awarding Scot (2E0 KBZ) for his contribution to the Radio Society Activities and his progression in the Hobby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin and Dean

Martin M0ZMF Presents Dean M7DUK, with a certificate for his contributions to Radio Society Activities and Progression in the hobby.

 

 

 

 

 

martin and DonnaLastly for our AGM awards, Martin (M0ZMF) awarding Donna M7DON – for her contribution to the Amateur Radio Society and progression in the Hobby.

One of Donna’s many achievements was being the leading Foundation Licence holder in the resent 70MHz AFS contest

I hope Donna will not mind me saying that her first quote about Amateur Radio was “I am not getting involved that’s for nerds!”

However, after joining her partner Andy (pictured right) at our /P in the Park event, she was hooked.

 

70MHz AFS Contest 2019

 

RSGB Logo

70MHz AFS Contest 2019

On the 19th of October, the results of the 70MHz AFS contest results were released.

As a Club, we came 9th overall in the Local Clubs Section of the 70MHz AFS Contest 2019.

Congratulations to Donna M7DON for her performance as the leading Foundation Licence Holder, the team consisted of Donna M7DON, Steve G0EAK, Steve G1PPA/P and Paul M0PJA.

Paul who only uses a 4m homebrew dipole from his home, due to health reasons, was 41 out of 44 in his league, he says that he would encourage anyone to take part and enjoy these VHF and UHF Contests, he lives in a far from an ideal location, however, he says he enjoys every minute.

Sunny Day In the Peak District

setup in the peaksTwo of our members Gary M0ONI and Paul M0PJA went out to the Peak District to Activate it as part of Parks on the Air (POTA), this is how they got on.

Before we started out we selected a spot in the Dark Peak which we were sure would have good take off in most directions.

We also wanted to try out two Moonraker Ampro mobile Antennas for HF, having had some problems the previous week with another mobile antenna that didn’t like rain.

Gary set about putting the HF Antennas up while Paul started to work 2m FM, from my first initial CQ Call I was able to pick up a number of Stations calling me, this is always a good sign. With in the first hour, we had worked 12 Stations, we like to chat and try to avoid the ‘Rubber Stamp’ type of QSOs you so often get these days.

We were able to work stations in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Doncaster, Sheffield, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Shrewsbury by 12:00 we had made 16 Contacts.

Our plan was then to switch to HF and try 40m which we did and had QSOs with people in Germany, Denmark, France, and Belgium. 

Then it was about time for lunch, we had set up in a great place at the side of the road with views all the way around, we had a very good view of the Hope Valley, with a slight blot, being the cement works at Hope. (there is a local joke, that you can live in Hope but you have to be buried in Castleton, I believe the Hope graveyard is full), the weather was very good, bright sun, and a slight cold breeze.

After lunch, we switched to the 20m antenna, these were very easy to set up and one set, unscrewing them does not upset the VSWR adjustment.setup in the peaks - hope view

We called CQ on 20m and very soon we were answered by Heinrich in Munich DF3CH after a good QSO, I said QRZ and we received a call from Keith KD1KT in Massachusetts, this wasn’t the first time we had worked the US, however it was the first time portable and the first time activating a Park on the Air, and to he honest days later and I am still buzzing.

We when on to work stations from; Michigan; Chris K8HQ, Italy; Giuseppe IU2KBP, Poland; Leszek SQ9MDF, USA; Bill W1OW from Douglas Massachusetts, France; Wolf F/HB9BI, Sweden; Gunner SM7UZB, Germany; DL5DZ Detlef. Then, unfortunately, we started to get some QRM from a Vehicle nearby and went back to working 2m where we made another 5 contacts.

We had such a great day and a real buzz from working radio, it was only the day before someone was telling me the bands were dead!

Equipment used was an FT-897 running about 20-40 watts on 2m and 75 watts on HF, for 2m we used an n50 colinear and for HF the Ampro mobile antennas I mentioned before.

My thanks to Gary as I could not have set up on my own and we are now looking forward to our next activation

Paul M0PJA