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.

 

 

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

 

 

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!

Cracking Talk on Parks on the Air from Andy 2E0UAW

Parks on the Air LogoWe had a cracking talk from Andy 2E0UAW who is the English administrator for POTA (Parks on the Air).

Parks on the Air, little known in the UK but appears to be taking the USA by storm.

POTA was born from an National Event to activate all the National Parks in the US.

Once that event ended the large number of people involved wanted more and this is where POTA evolved from.

Parks on the Air looks very accessible and there are few rules, you can operate from a motor vehicle making this more accessible to those who like getting outdoors but have restrictive mobility.

First off you will need to register at the main website which is at https://parksontheair.com/

I recommend that you read the help and rule section and then register. they also have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair/ They are also active on other social media such has twitter. Other things like up coming activation and spots can be found on Slack, once you registered on the POTA Site there is a handy button to connect to slack.

Up coming activation and spots are also on the main website and if you are using CW then you can use the RBN to send out a Spot. Self spotting is allowed I understand.

Detail of the parks in England can be found at https://stats.parksontheair.com/reports/park-info-select.php?entity=England

Shortly there will be an interactive map, which is currently work in progress.

I am very excited about Parks on the Air, and can see it taking off in the UK and elsewhere, whats not to like? plenty for Activator and Hunter!

Parks on the Air Talk July 2019

Parks on the Air LogoParks on the Air, Talk 20:00 to 21:00 25th July 2019

Parks on the Air was originally based in the USA and Canada but more countries are now being added.

This is similar in some ways to Summits on the Air (SOTA) scheme for Amateur Radio.

Andy Wragg, 2E0UAW (who is POTA English administrator) will give us an insight into POTA and how to get started

World Scout Jamboree 2019

World Scout Jamboree LogoThe World Scout Jamboree takes place every four years and first took place in London in 1920. Some of you will be aware of the article in Radcom July 2019 by Remko (PE1MEW).

Its call sign this year is NA1WJ, the Jamboree take place in North America, Following the opening of the Jamboree, they will be operating ten stations on Echolink, D-Star, UHF, VHF, and HF.

They plan to try and introduce around 3000 young people (Scout and Guides) who are attending/visiting the event to amateur radio.

I am sure you would agree with me that inspiring the next generation of Radio Amateurs is very important to us all. This is where we can all get involved.

The Jamboree runs from 11th July to the 2nd or August, although I am advised that the first transmission from a Radio point of view will be starting on the 18th July, the station will be active from 12:00 to 21:00UTC. Contact with the station may be possible outside of these hours as volunteer staff are hoping to be on hand.

As many of you will be aware from JOTA, that there are a number of ‘Scout Frequencies’ These are: 3.940MHz, 7.190MHz, 14.290MHz, 18.140MHz, 21.360MHz, 24.960MHz, and 50.160MHz

For D-Star, I understand that Reflector REF033A will be in use. You may also find activity on DMR Talk Groups (TG 907 9071 9072). Not Forgetting Echolink!

If you have the time please try and make contact, keep in mind that is will be about demonstrating Amateur Radio and you may be talking to a young person on the radio for their first time. Please try and have some open questions (by which I mean can’t be answered yes or no)  if possible ask questions about Scouting / the Jamboree and maybe add some of your own personal experience of Scouting.

Other Radio Activities planned at the Jamboree are ARDF fox hunting using 2m and 80m, they have planned for contact with the ISS and will be trying to work some LEO satellites. Also, some pico balloons with WSPR payloads are being launched – I am sure you will be able to pick up details on https://tracker.habhub.org/ – If would be good to ask any young people you talk to if they have been involved in any of these activities.

VHF Field Day 2019

G3RCW VHF Field Day 2019This year G3RCW returned to IO93EP for VHF Field Day.

The event was attended by 30 members of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society over the weekend, many of them choosing to camp on-site for what turned out to be a warm sunny weekend with good levels of activity on the VHF Bands.

The main point of Field Day is that you come together as a group and set up an Amateur Radio Station in a field that relies on off-grid power, this gives us chance to put into practice the skills needed if we were required to set up an Amateur Radio Station in an Emergency. Field Days are not just a UK event and they happen around the globe, however not all at the same time or using the same Amateur Radio Bands.

The Amateur Radio station is then ‘tested’ by operating in an Amateur Radio Contest for 24 hours, this involves the exchange of certain information, such as Call Sign, Serial Number, Signal Report and Maidenhead Locator.

We were able to Operate on the following bands 2m, 70cms, 23cms, 6m (Saturday only) and 4m on Sunday. We had a noticeable increase in activity on 23cms this year.

We also welcomed a number of visitors on-site, some from other local Radio Clubs and others just interested in what we were doing.

/P in the Park 2019

/P in the Park 2019

Our very popular event /P in the Park takes place on July the 30th 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

All Members are welcome, please come along Play Amateur Radio, BBQ and Picnic. Remember this is a great event to bring other family members to.

Warning we know of a number of people who have caught the Amateur Radio Bug by joining in on this event.

Full details are on the Club Notice Board or our Facebook group