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Christmas Foxhunt Cancelled

December 27, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

The annual Wythall Radio Club Radio Foxhunt is cancelled today, due to the snow that has fallen overnight in our area.

Our apologies for this. We hope to rearrange for it to take place early next year.

Latest Wythall RC Newsletter out now!

December 24, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

The very latest January 2018 edition of the famous Wythall Radio Club Newsletter is now available.

Just click here or on the Newsletter icon on the left of this article to access it.

Featured this issue are a report on the club trip out to Martin Lynch’s Hog Roast; first impressions of 2 new DMR Radios; a first PICAXE project; a fascinating personal account of getting into the Amateur Radio Hobby; and 17-year-old Jamie’s entry in the  CQ Worldwide Morse Contest.

There’s more than that too, so don’t delay – download your issue free today!

8 years old & on the air!

December 13, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News, Training

Leanne & Sam present Harry with his new radio

Meet Wythall Radio Club Member Harry Bacon. 

At the tender age of 8, Harry is currently the youngest member we have. Along with his dad, he recently passed his Foundation Exam and is now the proud holder of the shiny new callsign M6NKW. 

A few days ago, Harry was congratulated by our friends (and Wythall Hamfest sponsors) from Radioworld.

On a trip up to their shop near Cannock, a very excited young man was presented with a new dual-band Handheld transceiver. (Click the photo for a larger picture).

Now Harry is looking forward to getting on the air and getting more experience before tackling the Intermediate License.

He is already learning Morse Code at our club Morse class and learning it very quickly, so we hear. We at Wythall Radio Club wish him all the best.

Listen out for Harry in our Club Christmas Contest from 26th December – you might even have a contact with him via our repeater GB3WL.

Christmas Presents for the Radio Amateur

November 21, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Christmas is coming early to Wythall Radio Club this evening.  Here’s programme co-ordinator John G3VRF with more details… 

“Ho! Ho! Ho!… and what would you like Santa to bring you this year for Christmas? Well Christmas is coming to the club tonight, not with Kris Kringle, but with Chris G7DDN who will be looking at some of those wonderful Amateur Radio toys that could be around your Christmas tree this year.”

“Whether you can afford a top of the range transceiver or a crystal set based on a piece of coal, Chris will be covering it all.”

“So it’s time to gather in our basement Grotto at 8.30pm tonight. Get your seat early or you could be sitting on Santa’s knee!”

Eight of the Best

November 19, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News, Training

Wythall Radio Club’s Training Department are celebrating again this weekend. This time an amazing 8 passes from the latest online Foundation Course. 

WRC Training Co-ordinator, Chris G0EYO told us today, “I am pleased to report that after an intense morning session on Saturday when they did their practical assessments, all eight of our on line Foundation class went on to pass their exam on Sunday.”

So left to right in the picture, it’s congratulations to Gary, Mike, Harry (aged 8!!), James, Neil, Andy, Ian and Sue.

Our thanks go to the WRC training team and our congratulations go to all 8 of the new licensees. We look forward to hearing the new callsigns on the air very soon!

New Committee at Wythall Radio Club

November 16, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, News

Following our very well attended AGM earlier this week, Wythall Radio Club has a new leadership team. 

Members awaiting the results of the ballot at the AGM this week

For 2017-2018, the club will be headed by 3 officers, Anita 2E0DUO (Chair), Chris G3YHF (Secretary) & Ian M0IDR (Treasurer).

The 6-person committee consists of Lee G0MTN, Stuart M0NYP, Peter M5DUO, Phil 2E0WTH, John M6KET & Kevin 2E0NCO.

Other decisions of note on Tuesday were the bestowing of an honorary membership on one of our long-standing and mature members, Jim 2E0BLP (The “Voice of the Midlands”).

Last but definitely not least, we have a new honorary position. Founder member Mike G4VPD has been with the club from day one back in 1981 and has never missed a year’s membership. It is very fitting that he was voted in as the Club’s President.

Chair Anita said today “We are looking forward to building a new chapter in the history of Wythall Radio Club as we move further into the 21st century”

Wythall RC Newsletter out now!

November 01, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

The latest Wythall Radio Club Newsletter is out now!

Find your copy by clicking here or on the newsletter graphic to the left of this post.

Articles this edition include… Six Decades of Morse Keys, an update on Club Contests, some news about our 3-15 evenings and a report of John M6KET’s adventures at the Essex CW club event.

As always, there’s loads more besides too, so just click here and enjoy!

Another Wythall Radio Club Winner!

October 24, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News, Training

Further to the post about Mark M0LXQ below, it’s now the turn of another Wythall Radio Club member John M6KET, to be a winner! 

Retired teacher John told us, “…just returned from a CW (Morse Code) Boot Camp run by the excellent Essex CW Club with some 30 delegates put through their paces by hardened professionals (well, keen amateurs!)”

“Honest feedback received on both my sending and receiving was handed out, as well as lectures on all things CW from keys to building your own speed monitor.”

“As I was the delegate who had travelled  the furthest, I won a CG Antenna PK-4 CW Pocket Keyer (sponsored by our friends from ML&S)”

John runs our well-known Morse Training Classes on Tuesday evenings here at Wythall and we congratulate him on a great day out and a new piece of kit for the shack!

Well done John!

Wythall RC member scoops top prize

October 16, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

A member of Wythall Radio Club has won top prize at a prestigious UK Radio event. 

Mark M0LXQ looked as nonplussed as this when he won the raffle!

Mark M0LXQ was one of 12 members enjoying the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Premier UK event this weekend – the three-day Convention held at Milton Keynes.

Mark arrived on the Sunday to join those of us in residence for the whole weekend, ostensibly to sit his USA Licence exam (Mark’s wife is an American citizen, so it makes sense for Mark to have a US license in case he and his wife decide to reside in the USA in the future).

He passed his Extra Class (Advanced) licence with a staggering 94% mark but was left further gobsmacked at the end of the day, when it was revealed that he had won the top raffle prize, a brand spanking new Icom IC-7300 Software Defined Radio worth £1200 – not bad for a fiver’s worth of tickets!

Mark, who is a fully qualified paramedic, said later that his first thoughts “I’m going to have to convince my wife that I haven’t actually spent money on buying this!”

Don’t worry Mark – the next RSGB Radcom magazine will have the photographic proof! 

Repeater News

September 04, 2017 By: Chris G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

News of some developments on the repeater front at Wythall Radio Club.

The antenna stack at GB3EH

Firstly, GB3WL will hopefully be undergoing some upgrades later this year. Part of the recent money donated to the club from the Wythall Fun Run is being ploughed back into GB3WL in the form of an upgrade, initially to a dual-mode Analogue/System Fusion Digital box.  

This will of course be subject to clearance from Ofcom.  

Later we intend to look at upgrading it still further to a D-STAR and DMR unit too, so that it can be used in 4 modes in total. Watch this space!

And our friendly companion repeater GB3EH near Banbury, with which some of our club members are very closely involved, is having a frequency change soon.

It is moving from a 1.6MHz split to a 7.6 MHz split and coincidentally it is going to be right next door in frequency to GB3WL on channel RU77 – GB3WL is on RU76.

That should make it very easy to change frequency while driving up and down the M40!