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May = Morse

April 30, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News, Training

It’s that time of year again! Wythall Radio Club has an annual initiative during the month of May to appreciate Morse Code (CW), in memory of past club president and long-time CW teacher, Lew Williams.

Kev G4XLO won the shield in 2016

During the month we encourage all in the club to either a) have a first go at learning the code or b) improve on your rusty skills. :)

 
At the end of May we collect reports and anecdotes for how members have used, or learned the mode during the month. Sometimes people nominate themselves, other send reports in about other members’ achievements.
 
At the end of the month we have a presentation and summary of the reports received, and award the Lew Williams Shield to the club member who it’s felt has shown the most progression. 
 
It’s often easier for new learners to do well in this event, so why not have a go at learning and using Morse Code?

Newsletter News

April 19, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Thanks to club member Chris G3YHF, Wythall Radio Club has a new resource on this website. 

Chris has put together an index to all the articles available in the many club newsletters archived here.

All you have to do is visit our Newsletters page here and click the link at the top.  

Once in the pdf file, you can simply click on the links to go straight to the relevant newsletter and find the article you are interested in.

Alternatively, just click here to go straight to the file and start playing!

It’s a fantastic resource and we hope you like it.

The Wythall Easter Contest is back!

April 12, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

If you are tuning around in the next few days on the 2 metre band or on GB3WL in the Birmingham area (or even further afield) and hear some stations exchanging numbers, you just might have stumbled upon the Wythall Radio Club Easter Contest. 

Just as at Christmas, we hold an event to get our members on air and working each other. Points are given for each member worked and each discrete member worked across the period also counts as a multiplying factor (or multiplier) to attain a final score. It sounds complicated but we have a clever Excel spreadsheet which keeps score for us!

The best 3 days of the 5 days of Easter are adjudicated and the top 3 winners in each category get Easter Eggs as prizes. With 6 chocolate prizes, its a short but highly contested event.

No wonder so many Wythall RC members are getting larger!

Fantastic Hamfest!

March 19, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News, Rally

What a great day! The 2017 Wythall Hamfest was once again a great success.

Thank you to all the traders who came along, to all of our visitors (yes you!) for making the trek to our neck of the woods and of course, to our Hamfest team of volunteers who worked so hard to put the event on.

Thanks too to Wythall House for hosting the event, Burger Bob for his great selection of food and drink and to PC Albutt and the local constabulary for their great support too.

We will soon post photos of the day below – keep checking back over the next few days as we continue to add more!

It’s Hamfest Time!

March 18, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News, Rally

Empty today, Radioworld tomorrow!

The time has almost come – Wythall Hamfest is upon us. 

Tomorrow from 10am, you can join hundreds of fellow enthusiasts in browsing the many stalls, catching up with friends, eating the tastiest burgers in the Midlands(!) or sampling the real ale in Wythall House’s real ale bar (from noon)

Alternatively you could just buy a new radio! Why not? Radioworld will be there!

And the really great news is that this year, wait for it, there is loads of free parking! 

Traders will be crammed in here in the morning!

Yes, we have secured use of Wythall Park field for on-site parking – so there’s no need to park in the streets nearby, just follow the street signs and the marshals’ instructions and we will park you close to the exhibition halls.

This year’s Hamfest will be the best ever – don’t miss it! 

See you tomorrow!

Latest Club Newsletter out now!

March 01, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

The very latest edition of the Wythall Radio Club newsletter is out today.

This edition features news about our Christmas Contest, more information on recent Training Courses, and some fascinating technical articles.

One not to be missed is written by Ian M0IDR on old Practical Wireless Marchwood Power Supplies – probably the most popular home-made PSU of its day.

Click here or on the Newsletter Graphic or look for the Newsletter Section on the left hand sidebar of this site and enjoy!

Christmas Contest Cartoon

February 21, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

For regular followers of the Wythall Radio Club Christmas Contest, you will know that Stu M0NYP produces an annual cartoon to capture the essence of the event.

2016/17 is no exception and here it is!

Normally Stu gets it out in time for the results evening but due to circumstances beyond his control, it has only just been completed.

Click on the image to see it in its full glory… and enjoy!

For the results, check out the earlier post on this website here.

What on Earth is the Red Pitaya?

February 16, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

Click the image for a better look!

You may well ask… …and the answer is to be found at Wythall Radio Club this week! This Tuesday, for our regular Club Night, John G3VRF will be taking us through an introduction to this remarkable little device

It’s a bit like a Raspberry Pi on steroids for the RF experimenter. With 4 RF ports and 14 bit analogue-to-digital converters (and vice-versa!), the default software of Red Pitaya includes an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, signal generator and an LCR meter, amongst others.

However, it can be fairly easily re-programmed to become other devices, including a software defined radio (SDR), hence the interest from Radio Amateurs.

Why not come along this week to find out more? Tuesday 21st February at 20:30 in the Club Rooms in the basement of Wythall House, Silver Street, B47 6LZ.

Wythall Hamfest 2017 now full

February 10, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News, Rally

Wythall Radio Club are pleased to announce that this year’s Wythall Hamfest is now full and thus closed to traders. 

Sunday 19th March will be a bumper day at Wythall House, B47 6LZ, this year with 4 halls rammed to the hilt with radio stalls.

Our friends from Radioworld are headlining this year – remember to contact them for any pre-orders to get special prices and no postage deals.

More information will be on this site in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

Get the date in your diary though – Sunday 19th March at 10:00

And the results are in!

February 09, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

We finally have the long-awaited results of the the Wythall Christmas Contest, and it’s great news for both a first time winner and a contest stalwart!

Kevin 2E0NCO’s persistence and stickability proved far too hard for anyone to beat – he finished top of the FM section (and in fact top overall, which is quite an achievement!)

David G7IBO, the reigning all-mode champion repeated his 2015/16 success to win the G7OJO trophy for the second year in a row. That after many years trying to be a winner!

Thanks to our Contest Team, especially Lee G0MTN, for the seemingly increasingly hard work involved in putting the event on and adjudicating it.

It won’t be long either before Wythall Radio Club members are at it again – our Easter Contest is coming up soon with Eggs as prizes! Watch this space!