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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!

Online Foundation Course Announced

February 07, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, News, Training

Wythall Radio Club are pleased to announce that we will soon be running an on-line course for those seeking to gain their Foundation Amateur Radio licence. 

This might be ideal for younger students or perhaps those who cannot make a regular evening on our normal teaching nights.  

With the online course, students can study in their own time with support from tutors.

The course will start on the 13th March and should be finished by 14th April. 

Please note that there are a series of practical assessments which require your attendance at a registered centre – if you live in the West Midlands, then Wythall Radio Club will be organising a Practical Assessments workshop on Saturday 29th April, with a Foundation examination on Sunday 30th April. 

More information is available on our training page or contact the Training Coordinator, Chris G0EYO via email at g0eyo(at)blueyonder.co.uk

Results Night!

February 01, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Contest, Fun, News

Ian M0IDR won the 2m trophy last year, but what about 2017?

This coming Tuesday at Wythall Radio Club is one of the most eagerly anticipated of our year – the Christmas Contest Results Night! 

Every year, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, we have a fest of contacts between club members on as many local bands as we can muster.

The event is hotly contested and though its primary function to encourage members to have fun with RF, it can occasionally get just more than a little competitive!

As usual there are two trophies up for grabs, the G7OJO trophy for the overall winner on all bands and the FM Trophy for the winner of the 2m/70cms FM only section.

Adjudicator Lee G0MTN has all the results ready, so roll with us this Tuesday 7th Feb in the Club Shack at Wythall House, Silver Street. B47 6LZ

Question Time

January 28, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

This coming Tuesday evening, 31st January, it’s Question Time at Wythall Radio Club.

Maybe this has been done before??

Not the BBC Political programme though… but our version of it. 

We are hosting an “Ask the Panel” evening where 3 of our resident radio “experts” will be answering your questions about the hobby.

Dave G3YXM, Lee G0MTN and John G3VRF will be addressing those technical and operational issues that may have been bugging you. 

So if you want to know, for example, what a TCXO is or does, when high SWR actually matters, or how to set up transmit audio for best clarity, you need to join us this Tuesday. 

The usual venue, Wythall House, Silver Street, B47 6LZ, kicking off at 20.30 – be there!

The Cambridge Community Remote Station Project

January 18, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, Fun, News

G3PJT operating remote with just mains and wi-fi

Wythall Radio Club is pleased to announce that Bob Whelan G3PJT will be coming to the club next Tuesday (24th January) to give a talk and demonstration on the Cambridge Community Remote Radio Project.

This is a talk that was given at the RSGB Convention in October 2016.

Bob is travelling some considerable distance to visit us and he has therefore asked to start at 8.00PM instead of the usual 8.30pm. He has also suggested that it might be a good idea to read his article (from RadCom Jan 2016) to give a background to his talk. 

Bob hopes to welcome as many folk as possible. As you might expect, there has also been some outside interest in this talk from members of other clubs, so we expect a large audience and advise that you grab your seat early!

So see you on Tuesday – in the Darts Room, Wythall House, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ.

Radioworld to headline at Wythall Hamfest

January 13, 2017 By: G7DDN Category: Club, News, Rally

Great news today for fans of the Wythall Hamfest – local dealer Radioworld are going to be our headline trader for 2017. 

Dave and Annette Hayward from Radioworld confirmed today that they will be in attendance for our next Hamfest on Sunday March 19th.

Annette is definitely the prettier of the Radioworld trio!

The Radioworld family have been friends of the club for many years but sadly couldn’t attend last year due to the move to their fantastic new shop near Cannock. 

But this year normal service is resumed, and together with son Sam, they will be looking to meet friends old and new and helping you out with that new Rig you’ve been promising yourself, maybe an Icom IC-7300?

You could even contact them now and pre-order to pick up on the day!

Remember the date, Sunday March 19th at Wythall House, Silver Street B47 6LZ.

The fun kicks off at 10:00.

Foundation Licence Course starting in January – Book now!

December 28, 2016 By: G7DDN Category: Club, News, Training

From Training Co-ordinator Chris G0EYO…  

“We still have a few places remaining for our January Foundation Class.

It starts on Monday 16th January taking place in the club rooms, 8pm-10pm for 7 Monday evenings. (If Monday nights do not work for you though, please note that we plan an online version of the course starting in late February/ early March. More news about that later.)

The fully inclusive fee for the classroom course is £40, payable before the start.

It is important that you are able to attend every session, as each week there is some compulsory practical work which has to be signed off before you can take the final exam.”

Contact g0eyo(at)blueyonder.co.uk or click here for more details.