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January 2016 Club Newsletter out now!

December 31, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

The latest edition of the Wythall Radio Club Newsletter is out today!

Yes – even though we have not quite reached the New Year yet, Wythall Radio Club are ahead of the game and the first Newsletter of 2016 is available for download.

Just click here or on the Newsletter logo on the left hand sidebar of this website.

Happy reading…

Christmas Foxhunting…

December 27, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

…but not the illegal kind of course, but the Wythall Radio Club Christmas RF Foxhunt!

Today’s order of events went something like this…


Winners Juliet M6RSC & David G7IBO with the M0GJM Memorial Trophy

Five teams of club members met up this morning at the Barley Mow pub in Studley. Team Steve 2E0SDD and Stacey M6STJ went off to hide as the first “fox” and after a few transmissions were hunted down by the trio of Phil 2E0WTH, Dave M0IFT & Jon M0JMM

In accordance with the rules, they then became the second fox but decided to go VERY close to the edge of the designated area – it took 5 overs before Stu M0NYP discovered them. He in turn became fox 3 but was found after just one transmission by husband and wife team Juliet M6RSC and David G7IBO.

They then became the final fox and chose to hide on a supermarket carpark in Alcester – there is a rumour this was so Juliet could do some shopping… Hmmmmm…. A nicely rounded morning’s fun was ended by the original foxes becoming the finders – Steve 2E0SDD and Stacey M6STJ

Most Wythall events end with food, so no surprises that the participants retired to the Barley Mow for lunch and a drink. It was there that the M0GJM Memorial Trophy was presented to Juliet M6RSC and David G7IBO as the worthy 2015 overall winners!

Having fun with RF again? Sounds like a good club motto!

Click the thumbnails below for more pictures…

Happy Christmas from Wythall Radio Club

December 25, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

Santa MicThe members of Wythall Radio Club would like to wish all readers of and visitors to our website the best season’s greetings!

We wish all radio enthusiasts a fantastic Christmas holiday and our wishes that “Santa” has bought you all the radio equipment you could possibly want! :-)

It’s been a great year at Wythall RC and we look forward to building on our successes in the future.

Remember to check our Calendar regularly – why not make it a New Year’s Resolution to come along to one of our Club events and say hello sometime?

G15YOTA visits Wythall

December 22, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Wythall Radio Club has been playing host to an international special event callsign today. Jamie

YOTAG15YOTA is the special callsign for Youth On The Air and is active throughout December. And today, our star 15-year-old, Jamie 2E0SDV has been operating it solo while under supervision from the club shack.

If you worked G15YOTA today, you will have spoken with Jamie, who is using the club’s Kenwood TS-590S.

Spare a thought for the young lad though; with no voice recorder, he’s been calling CQ in person all day! Perhaps our friends at Kenwood UK can sort us out a VGS-3 voice board to help Jamie out in future?

Christmas Contest Time Approaches

December 15, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News


Mike G4VPD won the Open section last year

It is that special time of year again, when the airwaves around Wythall (and a bit further afield too!) will be full of stations exchanging numbers. No, it’s not a spy extravaganza, it’s just the Wythall Radio Club Christmas Contest again!

Members are encouraged to work each other as often as possible between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

Adjudicator Lee G0MTN presents Jim 2E0BLP with the 2m FM Trophy

Jim 2E0BLP won the FM Trophy in 2014

The rules are a little difficult to explain here, but fret not, as contest supremo Lee G0MTN is on hand tonight to help out.

Pop down to the shack at 20:30 to hear Lee’s latest Contest Update – there will doubtless be a few tweaks to enhance the event – it is all about “having fun with RF” as our club motto states, and it invariably lives up to its name.

The usual place of course, Wythall House, B47 6LZ. It’s the place to be on Tuesday nights!

Party Photos

December 13, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Following the very successful Wythall Radio Club 2015 Christmas Party, get a flavour of the atmosphere by having a browse through our photo album!

Photos courtesy of Stuart M0NYP.

Party Time once again!

December 10, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

This Saturday, 12th December, is a very special date in Wythall Radio Club’s Calendar. It is the date for our annual Christmas Party. Party

Members come along, bringing friends & family and anyone who is a friend of the club, and we basically just have a lot of fun together!

We hire one of the larger rooms (with bar, of course!) at Wythall House and have a mixture of excellent food and drink (in the “American Supper” style), live entertainment, games, raffles, and even a skittle alley!

Great chat, a relaxed friendly atmosphere and a “no pressure” environment, it’s the perfect way to start the festive season off with friends.

This Saturday in the Britannia Room at Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall from 19:30.

A Nice Round Dozen

December 07, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Further to the news item below, we totted up the number of Wythall Radio Club members that actually made it to the Martin Lynch & Sons Hog Roast on Saturday and were surprised at the result!

Chris G7DDN gives a lecture at the Hog Roast

Chris G7DDN gives a lecture at the Hog Roast

It turns out that 12 members were there at some point during the day. More specifically, Jon M1JSS, John M6EGP, Terry 2E0XTV, Chris G7DDN, Phil 2E0WTH, Ian M0IDR, Pete M5DUO, Mike G4VPD, Tim M0URX, Dave 2E0HPD, Jamie 2E0SDV & Jon 2E0CAP all made it down the M40.

Martin has provided a few photos from the day and you can have a look at them below to get a good flavour of how much fun we had. Definitely the best Hog Roast yet!

A nice surprise at Martin Lynch’s

December 05, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News


Rich Radford G1GRD of ML&S with Jamie 2E0SDV & Mark M0DXR of Kenwood UK

There was a particularly pleasant surprise in store for one young Wythall Radio Club member today.

On our club trip to Martin Lynch & Sons today, 15-year-old Jamie 2E0SDV was hoping to get a good deal on his first new HF radio, a Kenwood TS-590SG.

But on hearing about Jamie’s prospective purchase, and to recognise his great achievement in gaining over 1000 QSOs on the recent RSGB Youth DXpedition to South Wales, both the store and the folk from Kenwood UK had a special surprise for him.

In addition to a “better-than-advertised-on-the-day” price for the radio(!), Kenwood UK threw in an internal voice recording board, while Martin Lynch & Sons donated a Kenwood MC-60 desk microphone.

Now that is one lucky youngster and one hell of a Christmas present! Nice one Jamie!

Visiting Martin Lynch’s Hog Roast

December 01, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News


Yum Yum!

This Saturday sees one of Wythall Radio Club Members’ favourite days out of the year – our annual trip down the M40 to Martin Lynch and Sons for the Christmas Hogroast!

This years sees Martin’s 25th year as a Ham Radio Dealer from his own store and we are pleased to be taking part.

In fact, this year we are taking part in more ways than just visitors. Club member Chris G7DDN is giving a talk on “Getting Started in D-STAR” in the new lecture room at ML&S.

There’s plenty of publicity on the ML&S website and even, for those who can stomach it, a picture of last year’s Wythall revellers in full celebration mode. Click here if you dare!