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Re-living G100RSGB via Webcam!

November 08, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Webcam 1Members of Wythall Radio Club are still buzzing about our time with the G100RSGB callsign (see entires below!)

Now our technical wizards have grabbed the webcam stills that were being taken every minute or so during our activation and you can re-live the 2 days of operation on YouTube!

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Just click on this link for Webcam 1 and this link for Webcam 2.  Webcam 1 had a great view of a radio controlled clock and you can literally see time going by!

See if you can spot our VIP visitors and also some strange goings-on with a calendar?!  There was something very fishy going on there…


An MP tweets!

November 04, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

One of Wythall Radio Club’s VIP visitors to G100RSGB has been tweeting about his visit!

Sajid Javid MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, visited Wythall Radio Club last Friday and clearly enjoyed his stay with us, to the extent that it overran!

Nice then to see that he has been tweeting via his official account about how much he enjoyed his time with us. You are welcome Mr. Javid and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Thanks also to the RSGB for retweeting.

Sajid Javid Tweet


Wythall Radio Club thanks you all

November 01, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Wythall Radio Club’s two days with the G100RSGB call sign is now over and we thank all stations for their contacts with us and their kind words about our operation.

We made around 2250 contacts in our time with the call sign, beating our self-imposed target of 2000. Our logs are taking a little longer to collate as we are cross-checking and merging 6 separate stations worth of logs to make sure final totals are totally accurate (…and we have day jobs!) So please bear with us – logs will be made available to the RSGB asap!

Thank you to all the amateurs who made our activation such a success!



VIP Visitors to G100RSGB!

November 01, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News


Graham Coomber G0NBI, RSGB General Manager meets Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid MP

This afternoon, Wythall Radio Club was proud to welcome two distinguished visitors to their activation of G100RSGB.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid MP and the General Manager of the RSGB, Graham Coomber G0NBI came to see for themselves how to have fun with RF!

Mr Javid revealed his interest as a 12-year-old in CB radio and how he spent his youth building radio equipment bought from Tandy! He also expressed a wish to visit us again informally in the future. Graham Coomber meantime took to the microphone and worked the RSGB callsign as if it were his own – well, in a sense it is!

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Chairman Mike G4VPD demonstrates a 10m contact to the USA to Sajid Javid MP

The members of Wythall Radio Club would like to thank our visitors for their time in coming to see us and we look forward to seeing them again in due course.

Meantime, there are still stations to be worked, so keep an eye on our live board here to see how we are getting on and if you are in our recent logs.

We are trying hard to activate as many bands as we have antennas for and reach our target of 2000 contacts in 2 days!

(Note: Live Log book and chat facility have now been removed)

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!

Having Fun with Morse Code

September 29, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News, Training

It’s that time of year again, when the members of Wythall Radio Club start thinking of having another go at learning Morse Code!morse-code

Our weekly Morse Code learning class started up again last Tuesday and a record number of members attended the introductory session. It seems that in these days of noisy HF locations and short gardens with restricted antennas, radio enthusiasts are instead turning to more efficient modes like Morse and PSK31 Data to help them make contacts.

Using Morse Code can give you up to a 20dB advantage on transmit (depending on who you listen to!)  That’s like running full legal power into a beam in comparison to using a standard G5RV antenna that so many hams use…. (and you can keep your G5RV too with no need for a tower and costly amplifiers!)

If you are interested in learning the code and want to see what the fuss is about, the Morse class is on every Tuesday (usually!) at 1945 in the shack at Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall. B47 6LZ.  Visitors are always welcome.

Having Fun at the National Hamfest

September 27, 2013 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

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Traders outside the hall

A grand total of 7 Wythall Radio Club members have been having great fun (with just a little RF involved!) today at the RSGB National Hamfest.

Dave G3YXM acted as driver for Ian M0IDR, David G0ICJ (sporting his 50 years of RSGB membership badge!) & Chris G7DDN. Making their own way there were David G7IBO, Tim M0URX and Chairman Mike G4VPD.

It was great to be able to welcome Eric Swartz WA6HHQ to the event and get his signed QSL card too!

Bargains were seen everywhere and there is no doubt that those who went had a great time, even if their wallets were lighter upon the return journey.

Check out the photos below – the weather was fantastic too!