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Archive for July, 2012

Ham Radio and the Internet

July 25, 2012 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club

It never fails to amaze us, the power of the internet.  Just about every subject under the sun is covered on it in some way and of course Amateur Radio is no exception.

Since Wythall Radio Club had a broadband wireless connection installed earlier in the year, members have been making a lot of use of it with all kinds of connected devices from phones to iPads and laptops and it is proving useful on our training courses also.

This coming Tuesday, we will be hosting our second “Internet Night” following the success of the first one a few months ago. Members bring ideas for sites they have visited in recent times and share them with the other members.  It proved very popular first time around, so why not consider popping in for this informal evening and see just what Ham Radio, at least on the Internet(!) is about?

Tuesday 31st July at 8.30pm at Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ

DXpedition to Rockall

July 21, 2012 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

Rockall – not just a name familiar from the UK Shipping Forecasts on Long Wave, but an extremely small, uninhabited, remote rocky islet in the North Atlantic Ocean, and a very dangerous place to attempt a DXpedition to!

The Rockall Islet

Indeed, not many have attempted it but one intrepid Belgian Group has. What is more, they have now made a DVD of their exploits so we can all share in the excitement.

Wythall Radio Club has recently purchased one of these and it seems a useful way in which to spend a dark Winter evening at the club. So be aware that on the 15th January next year, we will get to see one of the most dangerous DXpeditions to have taken place off our shoreline.  It cost over €35,000 to mount and sailing to Rockall in a Force 11 storm makes some interesting viewing too!

For a taster of what is to come, visit this link but then make sure you come along in January to the club to see (and hear) the whole story!

British Summers!

July 01, 2012 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Contest

This weekend, 8th and 9th July sees one of the Radio Society of Great Britain’s premier contest events, VHF National Field Day. The idea is that stations take to the great outdoors and set up stations literally “in the field” and then try to make as many contacts as possible for 24 hours. Five Amateur bands are used, 50Mhz, 70 MHz, 144 MHz, 432 MHz and 1296 MHz.

Wythall Radio Club’s idea of a good VHF Field Day however, is to have as many members as possible on the park at Wythall House and play a mix of radio, both VHF and HF, heavy duty contesting and combine that with eating food, drinking beer and telling tall stories well into the night. (Sometimes even radio comes second to beer!)

Well, that’s our usual plan!  This year’s awful rainy weather has literally put the dampeners on our activities.  The state of the field is so bad that getting equipment onto it would prove too difficult and in addition, the forecast for the weekend is pretty grim.

So instead, join us in the club shack from 1400 on Saturday for a day of fun with RF and a takeaway in the evening, washed down with some suitable ales from the bar. We will still be working all the portable stations but in the so-called “sweeper” section of the contest. And after a few bevys, doubtless those tall stories will keep on coming…