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Great news for Wythall RC in latest contest results

October 29, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

The results for the 2014 RSGB SSB Field Day contest are now out and it’s a big improvement for Wythall Radio Club.

Lee operating

Lee G0MTN hard at work at this year’s SSB Field Day

In the restricted section, we came in a very creditable 4th place out of 28 stations across the UK.

Our intrepid operating team of Callum M0MCX, Tom M0RMY and Lee G0MTN put in a sterling performance across the weekend in early September. They were ably assisted by many others from the club, including Phil 2E0WTH, Kevin 2E0NCO.

We hope to improve on these results next year as we have plans to keep the station operating through the night, something logistics sadly prevented this year.

Check out the full results at the RSGB Contest website here.

New Club Newsletter available

October 29, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

The latest edition of the Wythall Radio Club Newsletter is now available.

Just click on the newsletter sidebar on the left of any page on this website and it should download to your desktop!


Getting Started in D-STAR

October 26, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

This Tuesday, the thoughts of Wythall Radio Club members are turning Digital! That’s because this week, our guest speaker will be taking the lid off one of the Amateur Digital modes, D-STAR.

D-STAR has been around for over 10 years now and is very popular with many hams, but more especially in Japan and the USA. It doesn’t help that it can seem like a complex world in which to get involved. ds

So this Tuesday, in the newly refurbished club shack, club member Chris G7DDN will be attempting to encourage those who haven’t yet had a go with this aspect of Amateur Radio to get their feet wet and try it out!

Visitors are welcome as always. The talk starts at 2030 at Wythall House, Silver Street Wythall. B47 6LZ. See you there!

More Shack Decorating!

October 24, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

The shack at Wythall Radio Club is looking very different this evening!

Thanks to a team led by Kevin 2E0NCO, the whole of the club interior is a whole lot more tidy and fresh.

It has been a few years since the whole shack had a refurb and while not everything is yet complete, the pictures tell their own story.

Thanks Kevin for your hard work – we all appreciate it.

A Year to Remember!

October 21, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

2015 yearbookIt’s been another great year for Wythall Radio Club. Just browsing through the posts on this website shows how busy members have been with all kinds of different projects.

As we prepare for our Annual General Meeting this evening. how good it is then, to see Wythall Radio Club appearing once more as one of the featured Amateur Radio Clubs in the latest edition of the RSGB Yearbook!

Since it is well-known that “all publicity is good publicity”(!), it can only be a good thing that so many Radio Amateurs and enthusiasts all around the world will read of the Club’s most recent achievements. Tonight we will hear about those once again, as well as looking towards another new year with newly elected Officers and a new Committee.

Visit the RSGB website to get more information about the yearbook and maybe even order your copy! And if you want to come along this evening, be in the Board Room at Wythall House before 2000!

Tarting up the Shack!

October 16, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Some of the members of Wythall Radio Club have literally been watching paint dry today!

A small team, headed up by Kevin 2E0NCO, ably supported by Chairman Mike G4VPD, Phil 2E0WTH, Ian M0IDR (have I missed anyone out lads?) have been hard at work on the mammoth task of painting the club rooms!

Starting with the upper staircase and walls and floor, they have been working their way slowly into the teaching room.  And by the evidence of these photos, they have been doing rather well too! Click the thumbnails for a closer view.

At this rate, we will have a really welcoming environment to meet and train in and it will also match our brand new antenna systems too! Nice work lads!

2015 Foundation Licence Courses Announced

October 15, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News, Training

Wythall Radio Club are pleased to announce that we will be holding not one, but two Foundation License Courses starting in January next year!Fd_L_now

One will be a traditional course at the club – this will take place on Monday evenings from 8pm onwards, beginning on 26th January 2015 – it will last for 6 weeks with the exam on Monday 2nd March.

Simultaneously, for those who cannot make it along to a classroom course and are looking for home study, we will be running one of our innovative online Foundation courses culminating in the same examination, again on Monday 2nd March.

Further information on both courses is available by clicking here.

If you are interested in either course, just drop an email to our Training Coordinator Chris G0EYO – he doesn’t bite!

Contact him at [email protected] and good luck with your studies!

Overflowing with Ham Radio!

October 14, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Wythall Radio Club’s delegates to the RSGB Convention are all safely back home, and full of Ham Radio goodness!


Chairman Mike G4VPD, Lee G0MTN, Tim M0URX and soon-to-be member Mack M0CUS enjoy a cuppa in between sessions

The five club members attended lectures on DXpeditions, Contesting, SDR Techniques and World War 1 Comms as well as a forum with the UK regulators OFCOM and sessions on using the Raspberry Pi in Ham Radio.

With the list of speakers reading like a “Who’s who” of Amateur Radio, it was a great place to be! And a few of those speakers have been already booked into Wythall Radio Club’s programme of talks for 2015 and you will be hearing more about that soon!

We are already looking forward to next year’s event. It would be great to meet you there!

Convention-ally speaking…

October 11, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Some of the members of Wythall Radio Club have been having fun today without RF! They have been enjoying the delights of the RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes.

Lee G0MTN about to give his presentation

Lee G0MTN about to give his presentation

About 250 enthusiasts from around the UK gather every year for a weekend of talks, demonstrations and presentations about our great hobby.

Dave G3YXM, Chairman Mike G4VPD, Tim M0URX and Chris G7DDN have been joined by Lee, G0MTN for a weekend of fun, learning and… …well, excess food and drink!

In fact, Lee opened up the convention in the Contest University stream first thing this morning, with his talk on Contest Hints.

Great that we at Wythall can provide a speaker for the UK’s most prestigious radio conference!

Almost there!

October 05, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

Finished 1

Is there room left on the park to turn this monster?

The new antenna build at Wythall Radio Club is close to completion!

Thanks to an intrepid group of constructors, the dream we had this year of replacing all the antennas on our club mast is almost there.

Chairman Mike G4VPD has masterminded the effort, which should see our antennas in place for a good few years to come. Aided and abetted by various stalwarts, he has done an excellent job of bringing the whole project together.

Kevin 2E0NCO, John M1JSS and Peter M5DUO probably deserve honourable mentions here, but there are plenty of others too, who have helped in this massive task.

Our mast now looks a little like an advert for our suppliers, Innovantennas and Martin Lynch & Sons!

And we suspect there may be a few beers downed in celebration once the feeders and rotator cables are finally connected up!