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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

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

Parks on the Air 7th Sept 2019 X 3

On the 7th September 2019, three members of Worksop Amateur Radio Society activated three parks on the air.

The Parks Activated were:
G-0075 – Lincolnshire Wolds ANOB
G-0444 – Vicar Water Country Park
G-0461- Bassetlaw Showground

The three members who activated the Parks were Andy, Paul, and Phil.

If you worked one or more of the parks you can pick up Hunter(chaser) point by registering at the Parks on the Air Web site – Please see below

If you are interested in Parks on the Air (POTA) and would like more details of the scheme and or to register please visit parksontheair.com 

This is a great scheme and is very accessible and we are sure would be of interest to most Radio Amateurs.

Some photos from Paul’s activation (some of you will recognize Normanby Top) and the Radar Station can be seen in the third picture.

The Radio Society will be Supporting BIWOTA 24-26 Aug 2019

BIWOTA LOGOThe Worksop Amateur Radio Society will be Supporting, British Inland Waterways on the Air on the weekend of August 24th to the 26th.

John M0JAV has very kindly loaned his Canal Boat, which will be moored on the Chesterfield Canal, (Radio Society members should check the facebook event for the location or check the Society Notice Board),

This event which aims to bring together radio amateurs who regularly use Britain’s inland waterways such as boaters, Canoe and Kayakists, cyclists, walkers, etc, to celebrate their hobby. Using Special Event call sign GB4CCT, on 80, 40, 20, 10, 2m and 70cms, give a shout out or pop along to support this event in person all Society members welcome.

**UPDATE**

In addition Sue / Steve / Carol / Paul will be operating from the Banks of the River Witham with the Call Sign of GB4BRW – on 2m/70cms and 40M – WAB Square TF16 and Locator IO93UD

BIWOTA has been held for a number of years and additional details can be found here.

You can also check out the BIWOTA Facebook page for current information: https://www.facebook.com/BIWOTA/