How would you like to have a hobby that allowed you to make contacts and friends all over the world? How would you like to join a hobby with loads of different avenues for you to explore? How would you like to join a club that belongs strongly in learning about radio and importantly friendship and support throughout its membership?
Sounds interesting doesn’t it? but what is HAM radio all about? Well put simply Ham Radio, is the use of radio frequency spectrum for purposes of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, private recreation, radio sport, contesting, and emergency communication.
The NWARG foundation online sessions started today with John Pritchard (MW0JWP) holding online sessions for both foundation and Intermediate license candidates. John covered a variety of topics ranging from License conditions to some technical matters such as calculating resistance. Martin Moyse (2W0NKS) also covered Feeders and Antennas. The sessions are scheduled for weekly delivery in Facebook Messenger chat rooms and are open to all NWARG members to join.
Due to the current situation with Corvid 19 all club nights, the AGM and Exams are suspended until further notice. We feel this is the sensible thing to do. We will monitor the situation and notify everyone when normality resumes!
Our Group’s first major get together DX-ing
finally took place on Sunday 2nd Feb 2020 at the public car parking area
next to the GB2ORM D-Day site location as of June 2019.
Our Club Chair, Martin Moyse (2WONKS) was bright and early yet again and in position well before 07.00 hrs ! complete with his Icom 7300 and HF half size G5RV all set up.
Weather forecast was looking better than the previous day with
less wind and rain so I was all set and hooked up with caravan ready to go ,
and after a bit of a drag round marine drive and up the tank tracks met up on
site with a few more of our group who had got their ready for the DX QSO’s to begin.
Capt Peter ( GW4UWD) was
all ready on parade too, and looking nearly as good as me LOL complete in cammo
outfit for the day ahead, and I was even more chuffed with my fellow friend
when he gave me even MORE cammo outfits
from his old stock from home CHEERS CAPT ,but My Missis gonna take mick again!
Ted (MW6ADF) Chris (GW1OIK) Carl (MW6PQQ) Pat (2WOHUU) all gave a hand to get the c van situated and
set up using fishing Rod antenna’s with
a couple of counterpoises , along with x2 Yaesu 450-D’s inside the c van.
Meanwhile Martin was already doing well on various bands
,but the weather was just a bit too
windy for Peter to work portable with
his CW set up as now it was getting biting cold and only really suitable
for staying in a car or the c van, so
got kettle on (EVENTUALLY) and we sat very cosy in the c/van.
Martin was transmitting on 40 mtrs, so we set up Yaesu’s on 20 & 80m but our first QSO’s into
Europe were at 11.00hrs into Hungary, Italy,
Belgium, Poland and the usual German stations around at that time of the
Today was mainly a test Event for the NWARG as we have so
many more events planned for the course of 2020, and we did not plan to fill in
loads n loads of Log’s but, mainly to
get all our members together for a fun filled day and that was exactly how the
day spread on .
turning up to join us all times of day and loads of BANTER too throughout the
entire afternoon , “Not forgetting” Carl’s Dented Car, Martins Early morning Erections !
and of course me PIKEY taking ages to make a cuppa & burning myself in the
process STUPID BOY !.
During the afternoon further contacts made from the c/ van were to New York, Kansas, Monreal San Marino and Tenerife, all on 20mrs using our club call sign MC0JBQ. Unfortunately it did get colder as the day went on so we all went QRT before 15.00 hrs and after spending a brill day with the NWARG it was time to depart ,BUT WE WILL BE BACK and with a lot more Antennas ! Ideas & Set up’s.
Big Thanks To : Ted (MW6ADF) Martin ( 2WONKS) ) Pat (2WOHUU) Chris (GW1OIK) Peter (GW4UWD) Carl (MW6PQQ) Kev (MW6ORJ) David (Pres- NWARG) Jack (GW2ANK) Jeremy (MW6XWP) FOR MAKING THIS A GREAT DAY OF FRIENDSHIP AND PLAYING RADIO
Whilst people around the UK were celebrating BREXIT more important things were going on at the NWARG HQ on saturday (31-01-20) Pat & David were busy erecting the new GAP Titan DX Antenna whilst Tony(TMQ) Ted (ADF) were removing Chris (OIK) mast from his back garden. Luckily Pat and david turned up to also give us a hand as it was VERY HEAVY.
Eventually we all got it onto Teds Van and took it to the NWARG HQ ,so its now awaiting to be put up and then the fun can start. Cant Wait !
Thanks to all and especially was great to see chris OIK so active with us all again WKD TIMES AHEAD FOLKS. 73’s
Our good friend Phil Mclaren 2W0PJM has very kindly donated a Baofeng GT5-TP to Peter GW4IDV. Peter has been looking for an easy to use handy to use when he visits his family in Portsmouth and when Phil heard about this he donated his Baofeng GT5-TP to Peter. Our Chairman, Martin Moyse 2W0NKS delivered the radio earlier this week to Peter (pictured). All Peter has to do now is learn to use the radio.
Ted (MW6ADF) & Tom (MWOTMH) went up to the Great Orm in Llandudno on Saturday the 18th January 2020 and changed both antennas on the GB3GO repeater. Reports so far is it’s now far improved over what it was.
Massive thanks to Ted, on getting this done. Some pics show the top quality of these new Renair antennas. Marine quality, tuned for each frequency. Superb!