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 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.

GB4BRW Special Event Station Report 2019

River WithamGB4BRW – Thanks to everyone who took the time and trouble to call in and answer our CQ calls.

This was one of two Special Event Stations operated by members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society for British Inland Waterways on the Air, (BIWOTA) over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The other station being GB4CCT, on the Chesterfield Canal near Retford, in North Notts.

We operated from Ferry Farm, on the Banks of the River Witham, about 1 mile west of the village of Woodhall Spa, this site is at 0 ASL – and lower than the river. Our best contact was into North Wales on 2m FM

We made 51 QSOs over the weekend – which felt like a lot more at the time.

I have uploaded the ADIF log file to – if you worked us and are not already a member – please feel free to sign up an electronic QSL card is already waiting for you.

As you can see we had a relaxed operating setup.

Radio Operation Calling CQ 2m setup River Witham

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

Region 13’s Club of the Year 2016

Worksop Amateur Radio Society was presented with a certificate and trophy as winners of RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain), Region 13’s Club of the Year (large club) last week.

Our newest licencees accepted the award on behalf of the Club from Jim Stevenson, G0EJQ, RSGB Regional Manager. This is the third year running we have won the regional award and now go on to the final round. We are up against some stiff competition – will it be ‘third time lucky’ or ‘three times a bridesmaid never a bride’ ?

Worksop Amateur Radio Society .

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)

Worksop Amateur Radio Society Construction Competition – Winner

Congratulations to Martin (M0ZMF) for winning the Worksop Amateur Radio Society Construction Competition.
Martin is show with his winning entry a 70cms quad beam antenna.

Martin has used materials that anyone might have access to and a construction technique which didn’t require any specialised machining of parts.
We are looking forward to seeing the Antenna in operation, in the contest arena soon.

SOS Radio Week 2017

Next week (21st to 29th January) Worksop Amateur Radio Society will, as a registered station, be taking part in SOS Radio Week 2017. We have the Special Event call sign GB4RNLI and will be active from the Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (24th and 26th January) from 7pm and Saturday from 10am until 5pm so listen out for us and give us a call. There are awards to be won if you ‘collect’ SOS Week stations!

What’s SOS Radio Week? Find out here

Worksop A R S Field Day

Tribute to Richard “Ziggy” Hudson, G1ZIG

Tribute to Richard “Ziggy” Hudson, G1ZIG by Steve G0EAK

After finishing the 2015 contest season in 11th place overall, the Worksop Amateur Radio Society contest team were looking forward to the 2016 season and trying to improve on Club and personal scores.

However, in January this year Steve, G0EAK, one of our seasoned contesters, was unable to take part in the 6m UKAC due to illness and, being a major contributor to the Worksop ARS score, he would be missed. Martin, M0ZMF, decided to “rally the troops” which included persuading Ziggy G1ZIG to participate. Whilst Ziggy was always willing to help out with antenna erection, including events such as VHF Field Day, he was always adamant that he hated contesting. Somehow Martin lured him into taking part in the January 6m contest – we think, perhaps, a newly constructed ‘Martin Special’ 3 element delta beam had something to do with it!

Following the contest, which saw Worksop take 1st place, Ziggy returned to the club saying “I hate you. I always said I hated contests – but I actually enjoyed it” – so much so that he then took part in February without any persuasion.  Sadly, less than a week later he became SK at the age of just 49.

As a tribute to Ziggy, members of Worksop ARS decided to go all out to win the 6m UKAC in March which resulted in 20 members submitting logs and, indeed, the club did win. Albeit under sad circumstances the Club has also won in other ways:

  • A few members who tried contesting for the first time as part of the tribute, have expressed an interest in entering future 6m UKAC’s.
  • Martin, M0ZMF, has developed a small production line of delta beams for 6m and 4m which club members use portable. They use a fibreglass boom with fibreglass fishing poles as spreaders and have no matching stubs. The rest of the materials are easily obtained and the antennas made with hand and power tools that most people will already have.

Delta Beam for 6m

The club first got involved with UKAC in 2013 following a discussion at an open meeting of the club in 2012 – The club met every Tuesday evening and whilst attendance was good (around a third of the 100+ membership) there was very little radio being done, as it was more of a social night. There was a desire from some members to see more radio operation, especially at VHF so Steve, G0EAK, offered to get a VHF station established and, with support from a number of members including Martin, M0ZMF, managed to get some basic antennas for 6m, 2m and 70cm on one rotator.

However, because the club night was Tuesday there was a struggle to get many operators contributing to the club score. The club then decided that to encourage more radio operation and to facilitate tuition, talks etc it would open on a Thursday evening as well. This allowed members to operate from home or /P on a Tuesday evening and attend the club on a Thursday evening which really paid dividends as evidenced by the results in 2015 and 2016 to date.

In 2015 Worksop ARS took part in VHF Field Day for the first time and over the course of the weekend more than 20 club members contributed to the team. As the photograph shows there were 17 members present at the end of the contest. (Ziggy is the one with the black T-shirt in the centre of the picture)

Worksop A R S Field Day

Worksop ARS is now very much on the map in contesting terms and there are so many other benefits to the club and its membership beyond pure contesting.

Indeed, since starting to enter UKAC in 2013 Worksop ARS and the hobby generally has benefited greatly in ways that are not often associated with contesting:

  • The retention rate of members has increased
  • The number of female and young people joining the club has increased
  • The retention of foundation licence holders in the hobby has increased significantly
  • The number of foundation licence holders progressing to intermediate and advanced levels has increased
  • The club is now open Tuesday and Thursday every week with around 60 people attending each week


Hopefully this article will encourage other clubs to embrace contesting to see where it takes them.

(Item Published in Radcom June 2016)