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‘Hello Australia’ – Wythall short-wave radio reaches out!

April 04, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club

Recent contacts with Australia delighted Wythall Radio Club members.  

Using the 40 meter short wave band, Tim M6OTN and Chris G0EYO both made their first two-way contacts with Norman – call sign VK7AC  (see picture).

Norm is located in Tasmania island, almost 11,000 miles from Wythall.  

Tim and Chris were using FT8 – a digital mode that enables effective low power communication under poor propogation conditions.  

Tim only received his licence in 2018, so this was a great achievement!

The photos below show the equipment used for the contacts.  Chris uses (Yaesu 847 transceiver to left of photo), and Tim’s Yaesu 450d on the left of the operating desk and his 40 year old Hy Gain AVT40/WB-S vertical (on the left).

 

 

New Zealand by radio from Wythall

March 27, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club

11,640 miles – that’s the distance between Wythall and Nelson, on New Zealand’s South Island. 
 
On Saturday night Wythall Radio Club member Lee G0MTN and Roger ZL2RX made contact using amateur radio on the 40 meter band. 
 
The surprise was that Roger (see photo) used to be a local!
 
“I am a blown-away Black-country person having been born in Walsall.  I have been in New Zealand since 1968, but was raised in Alvechurch and schooled at Woodrush in Wythall.”
 
You can see their Morse Code contact here….

Roger was using a K2 transceiver (see photo below) and an Ameritron AL-811 linear amplifier putting out 500 watts. The antenna is a centre loaded 7.5 meter vertical with one counterpoise earth wire.
 
K2 Transceiver Kit
“I learned some Morse ability at Woodrush School in the early 1960s” says Roger “when Harry Clay our woodwork teacher started the “key clickers” lunch time club. It would be interesting to hear from any of the old timers like myself who remember that!”
 
Roger and Lee were taking part in the Commonwealth Contest, an annual 24-hour event in which radio amateurs in Commonwealth countries contact each other – scoring points for the number of contacts and different Commonwealth countries worked.

News from the sunny South West!

March 24, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, News

Wythall Radio Club’s members don’t just live in the Midlands!

Kev, G4XLO, who lives in Torbay, sent us news of his exploits.

“I’ve had a good weekend on the air – I logged 43 contacts, most of them on FT8 and FT4 (digital modes).  Also the odd one on Fusion and 2m FM with a local station in Exmouth that I got really chatty with as he is a dedicated QRP operator using no more than 10 watts on any band / mode.  

I logged one new one for the DXCC ladder at the weekend – Romania, not fantastic DX but another EU station I was after, that brings me upto 40 now for the year so far.  

On Saturday evening I head Argentina and Cuba coming in on FT8 on 20m and on Sunday morning Japan as well as China were audible but really weak.

West Coast USA was coming in quite strong over the weekend for me and I had 2 qso’s that were in the range of 4200 miles from my location.

I was out portable on Thursday as I left work early – I went to Daddyhole Plain and parked up for an hour, called CQ on 2m and 70cms FM but nothing came back. 

On the marine VHF channels it was all rather quiet in the Bay!!  There were a couple of ships moored in the area for shelter with a bit of general chit chat between them – that was about it!”

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Awards galore for Wythall radio amateurs!

March 21, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, News

It’s been a great month for awards won by Wythall Radio Club members!

Lee G0MTN had a nice surprise!  In the post were two plaques from the ARRL – the US amateur radio association – commemorating his radio achievements.

The ‘5 band DXCC’ plaque is in recognition of having confirmed contacts with radio amateurs in 100 countries on each of five different amateur radio bands. 

Lee also received the DXCC Challenge 3000 Award.  This is earned by working and confirming 3,000 DXCC band-points.  One band-point is scored each time a new country is contacted and confirmed on each of the global amateur bands from 160 meters to 6 meters.

It’s taken a lot of hard work!

Meanwhile Chris G0EYO – who leads our Club’s training programme – was the leading Wythall RC entrant in the Midland Inter-Club GMT competition, organised by Solihull Amateur Radio Society.  Full details of the competition and awards are available here.

Well done Chris and Lee!

Wythall radio friendships span the globe

March 17, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, News

Jamie M0SDV – a keen amateur radio operator and member of Wythall Radio Club – had a long chat ‘on air’ with Brian, call sign 9J2BO, in Lusaka Zambia.  Jamie (photo below) and Brian used Morse code on the 12-meter amateur radio band.Image result for 9j2bo

Following this, Brian personally delivering a QSL card confirming the contact to Jamie’s friend Phillipp (aged 21). 

Phillipp is a German radio amateur – callsign DK6SP – who also operates from Chisamba Zambia at the DXpedition station 9J2LA.  The DXpedition station was set up to activate Zambia, a country with few radio amateurs. 

Jamie comments: “It never seizes to amaze me how we are connected in the hobby not only on the airwaves, but by friendships that are built for a lifetime.”

The picture left shows Brian 9J2BO handing M0SDV’s QSL card to Philipp 9J2LA.

Wythall Hamfest – Midlands Inter-Club GMT Award Presentation

February 29, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, Hamfest, News

Solihull ARS will be announcing the results of the first MIDLANDS INTER-CLUB GMT AWARD at Wythall Hamfest:

12 noon, Archery Hut (Hall 4), Sunday 15th March 2020

The overall winner will receive a radio, kindly donated by Martin Lynch and Sons Ltd.

There is also a prize for the leading ML&S Martin Lynch & SonsFoundation operator.

Come and support this new initiative to increase activity in our region.

Full details at:  www.solihullradioclub.co.uk/award

Wythall Hamfest is FULL!!

February 12, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, Hamfest, News

Wythall Hamfest on Sunday 15th March is well and truly Image result for photographs ham radioFULL!

Click here for Hamfest programme 2020(pdf file – download Free Adobe Acrobat if file won’t open).

Please SHARE CARS where you can.

If free on-site parking reaches capacity, we may have to ask you to find a location nearby where you can park legally and safely.

As in previous years, Silver Street will be coned off by the Police, Image result for photographs ham radioand it may be subject to road works.

Please visit our website for regular updates.

Wythall Hamfest – trader list updated

February 08, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, Hamfest, News

The list of traders at the popular Wythall Hamfest has been updated – click here for the ‘2020 Trader List‘ or see the Hamfest side panel on our web site.

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Wythall Hamfest on Sunday 15th March always attracts large crowds to view and buy from our many traders.Image result for photo of amateur radio

Whether it’s small components, second-hand equipment or a brand new antenna or rig – you’ll find them all at the Hamfest.

We also have our popular ‘bring and buy’ stall.

Don’t forget to make a date in your diary!  Doors open 9.30 for disabled visitors and 9.45 for general entry.

Upgrade your Foundation licence with Wythall Radio Club

February 05, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, Hamfest, News, Training

Upgrade your Foundation licence through study at home with Wythall Radio Club.

Our new FREE on-line Intermediate level training course under the new syllabus starts this Spring.

The course will run over 10 weeks, from 2nd March until 11th May, with two lessons per week.  The examination will be around 23rd May.

You now need to register your interest.

You study this course at home in your own time from lessons you download from the internet, as you did at Foundation level.

Image result for radio amateur using radio photoIn addition there will be one practical assessment session, usually on a Saturday, where you will learn soldering, digital measuring and other skills. This will require you to be available for ONE Saturday in April, but there will be a choice of dates.

Wouxun dual-band handheldThe course is FREE but there will be an exam fee of £32.50, an exam room hire fee of £6 and a project kit and materials fee for the practicals of £12.  You will not need to pay this until the course starts.

You will also need to purchase the RSGB Intermediate Licence Manual from them at £9 plus postage – or visit the RSGB Bookstall at Wythall Hamfest on the morning of Sunday 15th March. 

IF YOU WISH TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE YOU MUST CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO OUR Training Coordinator Chris G0EYO  via [email protected]  

PLACES WILL BE LIMITED AND WE WILL WORK ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS

 

Wythall Hamfest – book the date!

February 03, 2020 By: Chris G3YHF Category: Club, Fun, Hamfest, News

Our 35th ANNUAL WYTHALL HAMFEST will take place on SUNDAY 15th March 2020.  Doors open 09:45am – DISABLED ACCESS FROM 09:30am.

Our growing list of traders includes…..

RadioWorld – regulars at the Hamfest who bring you a wide range of goodies.  They are one of the largest suppliers of radio communications equipment within the UK. Check out their comprehensive stock (they also do a nice line in mugs and T-shirts!).

Sinotel UK make a welcome return with a selection of antennas and radios – they are authorised UK dealers for Baofeng, KYD, Quansheng, TYT, Vero and Xiegu Technologies.  Their stand always has lots of interest.

Worsley Communications supply all major brands of Amateur radio equipment, towers, rotators and aerials.  They specialize in ex-NATO pump up masts – which may be a way to get that antenna a bit higher without annoying the neighbours.Online Catalogue

RSGB Bookstall will provide a full range of technical and general radio interest books.  Come and have a brouse, meet the team and add to your bookshelf!

Solihull ARS will be on hand.  And don’t forget that they will be hosting the Midlands Inter-Club ‘GMT’ awards – sponsored by Martin Lynch – at 12 noon, Archery Hut (Hall 4).

MA Components specialize in the supply of small electronic components together with a comprehensive range of nylon nuts screws and washers.  Just what’s needed for small and large construction tasks in the shack.

Alan Clegg Valves – another regular at the Wythall Hamfest – supplies a wide range of ‘tubes’ to meet your needs.

….And many more traders to keep you interested – together with ‘Burger Bob’ for fast food and drink and the Wythall House bar open at lunch time.

Our full trader list will be provided later this month.