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Christmas Party Fun!

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

Last night, the members of Wythall Radio Club were having great fun at the annual Christmas shindig at Wythall House.

On the basis that a picture tells a thousand words, enjoy this montage, courtesy of “official” photographer, Stu M0NYP

GB3WL has arrived!

December 13, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

We’ve been waiting for the best part of 2014 but it has finally happened. GB3WL, the Wythall UHF Repeater is now on the air!

The Notice of Variation to keeper Dave G3YXM’s licence came through this Monday lunchtime and a short while later, the switch was thrown and GB3WL came to life!

Fortunately, the RSGB General Manager, Graham Coomber G0NBI, happened to be passing by recently and was press-ganged into doing an ad-hoc “official” switch on!


RSGB General Manager, Graham G0NBI performs the un-“official” switch-on of GB3WL

We hope that this new 432MHz box will be well used, not only by members of Wythall Radio Club but by all amateurs across the wider Midlands.  It provides better coverage of the M42 and M40 motorways on UHF than has been possible previously and even covers a large slice of Redditch.

It has been a long journey to get GB3WL on the air and we offer it to the Midlands community as a resource and another way to keep the 70cms airwaves humming.

More information on GB3WL can be found here.


Let’s get the Party started!

December 12, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News


With the festive season almost upon us, it’s time for Wythall Radio Club members to get into the party spirit – yes it’s the annual Christmas party once again!

Members bring copious amounts of food and we share a communal dinner together. Live entertainment and fun games will be going on too and with a fully licensed bar, there is no end to the fun we have!

Ever played “Stand-up Bingo”?  Or maybe even rolling pound coins down the bowling alley to see if you can win a bottle of Scotch Whisky? There is a club raffle too and there may be some desirable radio-related goodies among the prizes this year so we hear!

You don’t have to pay to come either! Our equivalent of an admission fee is that you simply bring some food that we all might want to eat! There may be no RF at this event, but it proves that Wythall members do at least have some fun without RF sometimes…

It’s happening this Saturday 13th December anytime from 1900 in the Britannia Room at Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ. Be prepared to have a little Christmas fun!

A Wait for the Eight…

December 09, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News, Training

2014-12-08 Advanced Exam

Terry 2E0XTV, Kevin 2E0KAQ, Howard 2E0KWH, Dawn 2E0MIS, Rob 2E0MEX, Anita 2E0DUO, Kev 2E0NCO & Steven 2E0SDD await their results!

Monday evening this week saw another milestone in Wythall Radio Club’s Training programme, when 8 students sat their Advanced License Examination.

With the class too large to fit in most of the usual meeting rooms at Wythall House, we had to book one of the larger suites in order to accommodate the sheer number of students, invigilators and the physical room required to separate them from each other in order to fulfil the regulations!

There is now a nervous wait for all eight of them. It takes a couple of weeks or so before the results come back, but if all goes well, we should be hearing a few new callsigns on the air around the area before Christmas.

Fingers toes and everything else crossed everyone…

More D-STAR Access is coming…

December 02, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Some good news on the D-STAR front. Wythall Radio Club member John M1JSS has been successful with an application for a public simplex gateway near his home in Bromsgrove. d-star_logo1

Called MB6IDG and operating on a frequency of 431.125 MHz, it will be based just outside the town centre near the village of Dodford.

Once it is up and running, it will be connected to the Worcestershire DCS Reflector 005H joining the Wythall Gateway MB6IWL and the increasing number of Dongle users around the area. It will also fill in D-STAR coverage for mobiles between Wythall and the Bewdley repeater.

There are also further tentative ideas for Wythall Radio Club to support an increase in D-STAR coverage towards Redditch and Evesham as well, but more about that when we have some firmer plans.

Meantime, keep your eyes on the ukrepeater site (or even MB6IDG’s page on this site) for news of the progress of the Bromsgrove Gateway.

Preparing for Christmas – early!

November 30, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

Now December is almost upon us, the thoughts of many a Wythall Club member start to turn to the annual “in-house” Christmas Contest.

This event, probably the most popular in the Wythall Radio Club Calendar, started from small beginnings and has now become a major feature of members’ Christmas Celebrations. Some amateurs have been known to join our club just to take part in it!

The idea is to work as many members as possible every day from 2000 on Christmas Eve till 2000 on New Year’s Day.  It is not quite as straightforward as it seems though and there are bonuses to be gained for using different bands and modes as well as going portable, mobile and operating from each other’s houses! Phew!


The G7OJO Trophy & the 2m Trophy

The eventual winners are presented with the G7OJO Trophy (for all bands) and the 2 Meter Trophy (for members using 144 MHz only.)

This Tuesday 2nd December, there is a presentation by Contest Supremo Lee G0MTN about the history and development of the Contest and on the innovations introduced in recent years, which will include more on the latest updates to our fantastic logging spreadsheet and some online goodies to increase the fun level during the holiday season.

It will be a fascinating evening for sure. So be there at 2030 this Tuesday 2nd December in the Club Shack. It will be full, so arrive early!

Hog Roasts & Bargains!

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


Some of the motley crew of Wythallians from 2013’s Hog Roast!

You could be forgiven for thinking that the members of Wythall Radio Club are only interested in food, what with curry nights, barbecues and “nibbles” nights as regular features in the club diary… (actually a few of us like a drink or two too…)

However, this Saturday 29th November, it is not our turn to be the host but to be the visitors. That’s because it is time for our annual trip to Chertsey to visit our friendly Ham Radio dealer Martin Lynch and his family and staff.

Every year Martin puts on a bacon sandwich breakfast and a “Hog Roast” lunch for any radio enthusiasts who wish to visit his shop in Surrey. Last year we had a fantastic time, enjoying the company of friends old and new, as well as inadvertently purchasing too much radio equipment! And this Saturday will actually see the last of these events – well, only at the current premises – MLS is moving across the Thames, so we hear!

So expect to see up to a dozen or so Wythallians winging their way down the M40 once again this Saturday morning.  We are already looking forward to seeing many old friends – and the local bookmakers are taking no further bets on Wythall members returning with something substantial in their car boots! That, for once, really is a dead cert!

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PSK31… and Beyond!

November 20, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

You could be forgiven for thinking that the members of Wythall Radio Club are going Digital-mad! Hard on the heels of our recent successful D-STAR events, we now are turning to HF and “digimodes”.

What’s more, with our infamous internal Christmas Contest getting ever closer, there will be bonus points for using HF Digital modes. So it is just as well that our resident Digimodes Guru, Callum M0MCX, will be helping us out a little this week.

“PSK31 and Beyond” is the title of Cal’s presentation this coming Tuesday in the Club Shack. He will take us through a plethora of easily usable HF Digital modes and give us a beginners’ guide as to how to get on the air, simply, inexpensively and with no fuss – and it will done in his own inimitable, fun and entertaining style!

Make a date for Tuesday 25th November at 20:30 at Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ and let’s get digital!


D-STAR Delights

November 15, 2014 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News, Training

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Just a few of the Wythall Members learning to have fun with D-STAR

Wythall Radio Club members turned out in force today for the Club’s first ever D-STAR Workshop. No less than 17 members attended for the hands-on day, led by Chris G7DDN.

Following a presentation on Digital Radio and D-STAR in particular, the group were led through the basics of operation (and some of the quirks!) of using this Digital means of communication. The workshop went well over time, not finishing till 1530, such was the enthusiasm of members present.

Our special thanks to our friends at Icom (UK) Ltd, who helped with leaflets and materials for the day.

The overwhelming sentiment by the end of the day was one of excitement and enthusiasm for making more of D-STAR, so expect to hear more Wythallians having fun with Digital RF before too long!

2014 Club Calls report from G0WRC

November 09, 2014 By: M0MCX Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

The “G0WRC” WYTH team went /P this year to Paul Marland’s farm at 1,000 feet, a couple of miles south of Broadway Tower. Just 95 in the log this year which is a wee bit lower than we’d wished for. The good news is that three club members operated, all at different “contest” skill levels so overall, a very good show and a super experience.

We used a tuned dipole at around 50 feet with a manual coax tuner to increase the bandwidth. I had made a 25 turn RG58 balun on a 4.5 inch former prior to the event which failed – probably a rubbish connector. Dropping the mast (in the gale!) and taking that out of line was the only option.

Rain and cold hampered us but the wind dropped in the end which gave us a break by the end of the contest. Tearing the station down only took one hour and we left by midnight.

As well as myself, M0MCX, I thank M0RKX & M0JMM for running the rig- and double thanks to M0NYP and 2E0NCO for helping out and letting me shout at them in the gales as we guyed out the mast!

Many other club members were heard and worked including our Club Station, GX4WAC, our Top Band experts; G3YXM and Chris G7DDN and also Simon G4TVR, who seemed to be running hard and fast. I also heard Chris G0EYO and Rob 2E0MEX. I know there were others from WYTH and I’ll unpick the log sometime to work out who was on.

73, Callum, M0MCX