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.

 

 

To all new foundation license holders

AndyWorksop 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 info@g3rcw.org.uk 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.

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/

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Formal notice and related papers will be sent to Members shortly ( by email,
and by post for those, we do not hold an email address for ).

Please read the
paperwork carefully on receipt and if you would like to stand for the Committee
or wish to raise any items for discussion, please email the Secretary
(info {AT} g3rcw.org.uk ) by the published closing date.

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 at 19:30

Venue: Worksop Amateur Radio Society, Clubhouse, West Street, Worksop, S80 1JP