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A Month of Morse Code…?

April 30, 2012 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Elsewhere on this website, you can read a tribute to Lew Williams,  former President of Wythall Radio Club and our original CW tutor.  Many current members took their first steps in Morse Code with Lew.

Some time ago, after Lew sadly passed away, it was thought appropriate to honour his memory in a suitable manner and so the Lew Williams Sheild was born!

In order to win this trophy, Wythall Club members are being asked to view the 31 days of the month of May as a “Morse Code Activity Month”.  The shield will be awarded to the club member who has shown the biggest contribution to the event, and/or shown the greatest improvement in Morse Code skills.  Certificates may be also awarded for various levels of achievement.

Morse Code Activity Month

The quantity of contacts will not be the most important factor. Log submissions and personal statements will be equally important in the judging process.  The sort of things the judges will look for include… “First live CW QSOs on HF”,  or “First CW QSOs not using an automatic reader”, “First ever CW QSOs, but did use receive assistance”,  ”Log shows 20 Wythall club members contacted using CW”, “Log shows 30 countries worked during the month.”

As a fun, friendly event, it is hoped that members will recognize improvement in their fellow club members and submit feedback and nominations for them. Like the Oscars, the Lew Williams Shield can be largely decided by your peers!

So it may be time to dust off that key and finally see what you can do with the code!

Field Days are coming, Field Days are coming…

April 18, 2012 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club

Field Day Vertical

With the longer nights (if not warmer weather yet here in the English Midlands) on the way, many of our thoughts turn towards getting out “in the field” and playing Ham Radio in the great outdoors.

There is always something magical about doing radio in the open air. Perhaps it is a sense of getting “back to nature”, or having to use one’s ingenuity to come up with inventive solutions to the problems of power generation and antennas.

Whatever flavour of playing radio outdoors you may have attempted, you will be aware that things do not always go to plan! :-)

This coming Tuesday at Wythall Radio Club, prepare for Callum M0MCX to dish the dirt on some of the disasters that have befallen him on Field Day events.  Bound to be an amusing and enlightening evening. Tuesday 24th April at 2030 in the Darts Room at Wythall House. See you there!

CW Contesting, without knowing much CW?

April 11, 2012 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun

A few years ago, I decided it was time I had a go at a Morse Code (CW) contest.  Having picked a short evening event in the UK, I was surprised (perhaps I shouldn’t have been!) at how simple and formulaic the exchanges were.  Plucking up some courage and dusting off the straight key, I managed to complete my first faltering contacts using little more than my callsign and a few numbers!

With Wythall Radio Club’s “Morse Month” coming up this May, it seemed a good time for Lee G0MTN, one of our resident CW experts, to pop along and give us a short presentation, about how feasible it really is to make some excellent contacts on CW without actually knowing much more than how to read a callsign and send a few numbers!

There can of course, be much more to it that this, but nonetheless, it makes a jolly intriguing title for a talk, so why not pop along next Tuesday 17th April and hear for yourself how easy it can be to make contacts with just an initial limited knowledge of the code?

Who knows? You might even be tempted to take it further!

Frank Breedon SK, G3MZU

April 08, 2012 By: M0MCX Category: Club, News

Frank Breedon, G3MZU, SK

It was with great sadness that the club learnt of the passing of honorary member Frank G3MZU on Thursday, 23rd February aged 83. Frank died in his sleep at his nursing home in Clent where was being cared for.

Franks obituary has been posted to the main club site here:

He took a great interest in the club during its early years, helping out at field days, social events and of course the big project of installing the mast at the back of Wythall House.

“I well remember several Saturday’s spent digging out the foundations with Frank and others”, said Chris, G0EYO.