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Barry M0DGQ is D44TXP

August 27, 2013 By: M0MCX Category: News

capeverdeWythall Radio Club member Barry M0DGQ has been granted the temporary license call of D44TXP and will be active from the Isle of Sal (Cape Verde) from Aug 27 to Sept 12 if all goes well. Due to baggage weight limits it will be low power (20 Watts) and he’ll be CW only using 40m, 20m and 10m. Barry hopes to operate from the waters edge as well as the hotel apartment. Tim M0URX has very kindly offered to act as his QSL manager.

Barry mentions that his only concern is that he doesn’t get pulled for having a Sealed Lead Acid battery and hopes the radio survives the journey!

All QSL details are now posted on QRZ using the call D44TXP.

UPDATE – Several members have heard Barry from the Cape Verde Islands but as yet we don’t think anyone has broken the considerable pile-ups to work him!

Late Summer Holidays…

August 21, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Whenever there is a little respite in the regular stream of posts on the Wythall Radio Club website, it is usually because there is something going on, on which you have yet to hear! This time it is holiday time!

BeachQuite a few members are once again away from the Midlands enjoying the last chance to get a summer break before the Autumn hits us in September.

However, just because the website is quiet, it does not mean that Wythall Radio Club members are! Our monthly Activity Ladder continues apace in the Wythall area; also many members have taken their radio equipment away with them and have been amassing contacts either back to the UK or indeed within the UK or even working rare DX!

Even during the summer holiday time, Wythall Radio Club members are still “having fun with RF”!

Having a Ball at the Carnival!

August 11, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Wythall Radio Club members have been busy today at the annual village Carnival.

Several folk gave up their Sunday to put on a first-rate demonstration stall which ran effectively all day long!

With many “hands-on” exhibits, such as Morse Keys & oscillators to 3 amateur stations on all bands from 40 metres – 10 metres (as well as 2 metres), there were even computer screens for the public to engage with and see what the stations were working. All in all, the day was a great success.

On the basis that a picture is better than a thousand words, why not enjoy browsing the stills below?

Our thanks to all that attended and helped in any way. We all had a fantastic time!

Carnival Time!

August 10, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

One Sunday in every August, the villagers of Wythall and surrounding areas come together to celebrate with a village carnival and this year, Wythall Radio Club members are somewhat more heavily involved than in the recent past.


The Fall Guys Stunt Team will be “dropping in” to the Club Stall, no doubt!

While some of the more regular hardy souls will be helping out with car parking and marshalling at the event, which takes place tomorrow, Sunday 11th August, another group of members is putting on a stall to advertise the club and its activities.

PR is a part of modern day life and based on the old adage that “all publicity is good publicity”, Wythall Radio Club will be setting up a demonstration station and “hands-on” activity stall, showing all that is good about Amateur Radio and Wythall Radio Club in particular.

So why not come and say hello? We will be set up at Wythall Park, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ from 1400, enjoying the promise of good weather, making contacts and chatting to members of the public about the great hobby of which we are privileged to be a part.

You can read more about the carnival and what is on offer here. Along with a fun dog show, a Classic Cars exhibition and the local choir performing, there is even a demonstration from a stunt team called the “Fall Guys” – should be a lot of fun!

Happy Birthday, Colin!

August 05, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Wythall Radio Club members have recently been celebrating a very special birthday!Colin 65

Colin G6ZDQ is a founder member of the Club, dating back to 1981. This year he was celebrating his 65th birthday, and in honour of this, he threw a party at Wythall House to which all Wythall Radio Club members were invited. It was a great evening, meeting friends old and new and seeing how well (or otherwise!) a few could dance to the disco!

Chairman Mike G4VPD and Simon G4TVR, two more founder members of the Club, were also there to celebrate, so it was great to have 3 “originals” with us on what was a very happy evening, both for Colin and the Club.

The highlight was a very special birthday cake made in the shape and detail of a mobile radio. A nice touch!

All Wythall Radio Club members wish Colin all the best in his “official” retirement and much fun with RF in the future!