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Field Day Success

October 29, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

The members of Wythall Radio Club are feeling pleased today with the release of the results of a recent National contest.

Lee & Jamie

Jamie 2E0SDV on the mic, aided and abetted by Lee G0MTN

HF SSB Field Day is a shortwave radio event we enjoy at the beginning of September each year and this year was no exception.

Our small operating team of Lee G0MTN, Jamie 2E0SDV and “Captain” Callum M0MCX worked tirelessly over the 24 hours to make contacts on all allowable bands from 80 metres to 10 metres.

Aided and abetted by other club members supplying support, both emotional and physical, throughout the weekend, we now have the results and it’s a great success for our small band of operators. Wythall finished 6th out of 28 UK Clubs taking part in the “Restricted” section.

Our heartiest congratulations go to Callum, Jamie and Lee and all those who supported them. Perhaps a top 3 podium finish is within our grasp for next year?

(More photos can be viewed by clicking below…)

Wythall Radio Club’s Video Star

October 16, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

One of Wythall’s youngest members is celebrating today – that’s because he’s a bit of a video star! Jamie 2E0SDV makes quite a few appearances in the Radio Society of Great Britain’s (RSGB) latest promotional video.

Jamie will be well known to readers of this website – he is a very keen 15-year-old Radio Amateur who just can’t seem to keep away from his transmitting station! He was worked nearly 100 countries on Shortwave this summer alone and has also been elected to the RSGB’s Youth Committee, as well as taking part in a Youth DXpedition to the Brecon Beaconsrsgb-youth-video-575x323

He also won the G5RP Trophy at the recent RSGB Convention in Milton Keynes.

No surprise then that Jamie appears in the new video, entitled “Amateur Radio – a 21st Century Hobby” which is aimed at enthusing young people to try out Amateur Radio as a pastime. Click the image on the right to watch it.

Who knows? Perhaps we will see Jamie on the X-Factor next!

Rehoming the Mast

October 15, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

Wythall Radio Club is very fortunate to own a mobile Versatower radio mast – today we are pleased to announce that it has a brand new home.

New Home for the MastThis wonderful piece of engineering extends to 100 feet tall and comes in very useful for outdoor events where good signals are required.

For many years it has been stored at Wythall Park, but for various reasons, we decided to move it to a new safer home in King’s Norton.

This year has seen the mast cleaned and renewed – it is in much better shape now than it has been for many years.

We look forward to using it more in the future, who knows, maybe in the Club Calls Contest which is coming up soon?

Having Fun at the Convention

October 11, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Convention 2015

Which one splashed the cash at ML&S???

Wythall Radio Club members have been out in force again this weekend – this time at the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Annual Convention.

No less than 9 members spent all or part of the weekend in Milton Keynes attending (and in one case giving) lectures, making and renewing friendships, picking up awards and, you guessed it, eating and drinking just a little.

Lee G0MTN was on the Convention lecturing team – he was joined by Jamie 2E0SDV who picked up the G5RP trophy, Mack M0CUS, Tim M0URX, Dave G3YXM, Roger M0GWM, Mike G4VPD, Mark M0LXQ & Chris G7DDN.

Needless to say, the Martin Lynch & Sons stand was a big draw and it is rumoured that one member spent a four figure sum(!) at the stall.

Our lips are sealed though!

Jamie makes it a Hat-Trick of Trophy Wins!

October 10, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

Wythall Radio Club is celebrating big-time. One of our youngest members has scooped a prestigious national trophy and in so doing, made it a hat-trick of wins for the club.

Earlier today, 15-year-old Jamie 2E0SDV was presented with the Radio Society of Great Britain’s G5RP Trophy at their National Convention in Milton Keynes. IMG_1772

The G5RP Trophy is awarded annually to encourage newcomers to HF DX-ing. What makes young Jamie’s achievement even more compelling is that the award is not limited to youngsters or indeed the newly-licensed; it is open to anyone who has made “significant progress” in HF DXing.

Jamie saw off some talented opposition to win the trophy, helped by his record number of HF QSOs on the recent RSGB Youth Expedition to the Brecon Beacons this August.

After receiving the award, Jamie said “I am very grateful for Wythall Radio Club’s support over the past year. Thanks too to the RSGB for choosing me to receive such a prestigious award in the DXing community.”

Jamie had been nominated by fellow club member and well-known DXpeditioner Tim M0URX who himself won the same trophy in 2008. And yet another Wythall Club member, James M0YOM, won it in 2009.

So Jamie now joins Tim and James in a unique Wythall Radio Club treble making it three G5RP wins in just seven years!

We are one very proud club tonight…

Fun at the Hamfest

October 03, 2015 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

2015 Hamfest

It’s been a week now, but members of Wythall Radio Club had a great time at last weekend’s National Hamfest.

Held at the Newark Showground and sponsored by our national Radio Society, the RSGB, the halls were packed with traders and visitors from across the world.

Several Wythallians made it along across the two days, including Tim M0URX, Dave 2E0HPD, Roger M0GWM, Chris G7DDN, Phil 2E0WTH, Jamie 2E0SDV, David G7IBO, Juliet M6RSC. WTH at MLS

Needless to say, the Martin Lynch stall was a great attraction and the advent of a new 432MHz transceiver embedded in an Android mobile phone was of great interest to many of us. Click on the photos to see more. (In fact, click twice for a really large image!)

Former Club member Peter, who now lives in Ireland took a great video too and you can catch that here.

Doubtless we will be along again next year!