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VIPs visit G100RSGB at Wythall Radio Club

October 22, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

SajidWythall Radio Club is proud to announce that the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid MP is to visit the G100RSGB centenary station later this month.  Mr Javid is also MP for the Bromsgrove constituency of which Wythall Radio Club is a part.

Wythall Radio Club will be hosting the G100RSGB callsign on Hallowe’en and All Saints’ Days – 31st October and 1st November. The 43 year old MP will be visiting the station during Friday 1st November and will meet the General Manager of the RSGB, Graham Coomber, who will also be in attendance.

Sajid Javid is a rising star in the UK political scene. He moved up from Economic Secretary to the third most senior position, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, in the coalition reshuffle of October 7.  The MP previously worked for Chase Manhattan Bank and Deutsche Bank, before being elected to the Bromsgrove seat in 2010.


G100RSGB coming to Wythall

October 21, 2013 By: M0MCX Category: Club, News

G100RSGBWythall Radio Club Members  are looking forward to hosting G100RSGB on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November.

Our initial plan is to run up to 6 stations  simultaneously.  We will be using SSB, CW, FM and Datamodes as follows…

  • 40m using a Yaesu FT1000 with linear and 40m rotatable dipole
  • 160m, 80m, & WARC bands using an Elecraft K3 and a doublet
  • 20m, 15m, 10m using a Kenwood TS-590S + linear with a triband 3 element yagi
  • 6m using a Yaesu FT-857 into a 5 element yagi
  • 2m/70cm SSB using an Icom IC-910 18 element 2m yagi and 12 element 70cm yagi
  • 2m/70cm FM using a Yaesu FT-847 with collinear

wythall-houseWe intend to operate from 8am to 11pm on both days from the club shack at Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall. B47 6LZ

We will be using N1MM Logging Software linked to each operating position (including our portable stations) for live uploading to the RSGB Alert system

There will be delayed webcam shots from the shack using a Raspberry Pi and you will also be able to monitor our QSO activity via this website. Visitors are welcome too; just contact Chris G0EYO on 07710 412819.


Wythall RC Members in the Radio Press (again!)

October 16, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News


Tim M0URX (in relaxed mode!)

RadCom, the journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain is dropping through the doors of UK amateurs this week and once again a Wythall Radio Club member features prominently in it. This time it is the turn of Tim Beaumont M0URX.

Tim runs United QSL Management and through this organisation services DXpeditions and others who want assistance with QSLing especially at large scale events.

So who better for the RSGB to ask to write an article on the subject than our very own Tim? Entitled “Getting Started in QSLing” it appears on page 31 of the November edition of RadCom.

Bet you are all rushing to have a look now!

Wythall Radio Club at the RSGB Centenary Convention

October 13, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

What a weekend! 7 members of Wythall Radio Club have been joining with radio amateurs from all over the world at the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Annual Convention.

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Wythall Radio Club’s “Magnificent Seven”?

Since this is the RSGB’s 100th year of existence, this a was a very special event and those who represented Wythall Radio Club were very honoured to be there.

The highlight for many was a lecture given by Nobel Prize winner Joe Taylor K1JT. Many amateurs have heard of (and use!) his JT65 and WSPR software, but he opened our eyes to other digital worlds out there too!

Other fascinating lectures included an historical stream, complete with dips into the RSGB archives and a fascinating talk by Dr Elizabeth Bruton from Leeds University on the role of Radio Amateurs in World War 1. Many of us did not realise what an important part the earliest radio enthusiasts played in the 1914-18 conflict.

Ofcom, the UK regulators, were also welcome visitors, kicking off lively discussion on a forthcoming licence review that will affect all of us. But of course, lots of food and drink were enjoyed with friends old and new, notably Laurent F1JKJ, who travelled from the south of France on his own to visit the Convention and became an honorary WRC member for Saturday night!

It all ended on a happy note for Tim M0URX – he won a Yaesu Desk Mic in the raffle!

Enjoy the photos below and see if you can catch some of the flavour of the weekend.  We are looking forward to going back next year, almost certainly in greater numbers!