Our member Pat Harper 2W0HUU tied the knot with his lovely wife Deborah on the 20th of May 2022 at the Kinmel Manor Hotel in Abergele. The ceremony was witnessed by NWARG members Martin Moyse 2W0NKS, Tony Mottram MW6TMQ, Kaz Mottram, Sandra Pierce MW6ACZ, and Ted Pierce MW6ADF. In the evening more NWARG members, Zena Pugh MW7NZP, Nigel Pugh GW0TPF, Chris Jaggard GW1OIK, and Stuart Armitage GW4EHZ arrived to celebrate the couples joining in holly matrimony.
The committee and members of NWARG would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Pat and Deborah and wish them all the best as they embark on this next chapter of their lives together. May the years ahead be filled with love and joy
On the 3rd of May 2022 Dave Rimmer and members of the Wirral Amateur Radio Society gave an excellent talk and demonstration on Amateur TV (ATV).
Amateur radio encompasses a wide variety of modes and innovation. One of these fascinating areas is amateur television which covers all aspects of video production, editing, transmission and reception of television. It has often been at the forefront of the technology developments. Many amateur stations are now transmitting digital pictures (DATV) using the DVB broadcast standards; and using video streaming technologies to exchange pictures with ATV operators around the world.
Thanks to Dave Rimmer and the lads from WARS for coming and giving us this fantastic talk.
To find out more about the Wirral Amateur Radio Society please click HERE
On Tuesday the 26th of April 2022 NWARG held our AGM which was well attended by our members. The previous committee was voted back on with the addition of 3 new members to the committee…
The committee members are: Chairman: Martin P Moyse 2W0NKS, Vice Chairman: Tony Mottram MW6TMQ, Secretary: Sandra Holmes MW6ACZ, Treasurer: Peter Roberts GW4UWD, Exams Officer: Pat Harper 2W0HUU, Training Officer: John Pritchard MW0JWP, Equipment’s Officer: Phil Hughes 2W0PWH, Events Officer: Alan Beardow MW7PWH, Committee Member: Ted Pierce MW6ADF: Committee Member: Carl Kibblewhite MW6PQQ, Nets Manager: Stuart Armitage GW4 EHZ
Members of NWARG visited the Blackpool Amateur Radio Rally otherwise known as the 2022 NARSA Rally The report from our members was that It was a great day but that it was quieter and there were no “big boy” traders but that somehow more enjoyable, more amateur maybe!. Lots of interesting “hobby” and club stalls.
The North Wales Amateur Radio Group held a special event station for the World Radio Day on Sunday, 13 February 2022 in Llanfairfechan North Wales. This excellent video was made by our member Andy Jones
With the ongoing Corona Virus Pandemic we always knew that remembrance parade was going to be difficult in 2020 but as a club we felt it was important that we mark the occasion in the traditional manner of laying a wreath at the Llandudno town cenotaph.
So whilst observing social distancing a number of club members attended the cenotaph on November the 8th 2020 to pay our respects and lay the club wreath.
The Club chairman, Martin Moyse 2W0NKS layed the club wreath whilst members of the club looked on and our Vice Chairman Tony Mottram took photographs.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.
The North Wales Amateur Radio Group’s motto of Radio / Friendship certainly proved the case during the Wales Lockdown crisis when it originally occurred in March 2020. On many an occasion, Committee and club members frequently came to the aid of their fellow members helping them with deliveries of food & household good’s besides keeping in frequent contact with its membership and their safety under these new difficult restrictions that lay ahead..
Despite restrictions on the NWARG’s weekly meetings, events were carefully planned enabling our love of Amateur Radio to continue safely but efficiently besides participating and organising our own SES events. such as during the weekend of March 7th /8th when NWARG participated in exercise Blue Ham.
In June the NWARG decided to organise an event to help and support our local Zoo in Colwyn Bay and provide, collect and even deliver vital food & supplies to the Zoo Keepers and staff at the Welsh Mountain Zoo. The event station with its unique callsign ( GBOWMZ) was transmitted on the airwaves for a month and along with the QRZ page it certainly proved a success in highlighting the problems and concerns facing this local Zoo during the lockdown period. Armed Forces Day ( GBOAFD) was also celebrated by the club in the same month besides having various interactive meetings to continue and help keep our members active.
JULY witnessed a new chapter to the NWARG with the establishment of a professional live on air internet radio station managed by John Pritchard (MWOJWP). Between himself and Tony Mottram (MW6TMQ) requests are played on the live shows that are broadcast every week. Club news bulletins complete with loads of fun and laughter is now a regular slot in the clubs weekly entertainment programme.
The NWARG Live Radio station is on 24 hrs a day playing a wide variety of music for all tastes.
The NWARG also participated in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day complete with call sign GB1VJD on August 15th/16th and only a few weeks later club members were required to Marshall and use radio communications and provide first aid cover for the Spitfire 10k event from Colwyn Bay Pier to Llandudno Pier. The event was organised by committee member John Pritchard (MWOJWP) who is disabled and complete in his wheelchair but accompanied by family & friends including NWARG member Kevin Jones MWOIBT (currently appearing in series Three of S4C ‘s popular lifestyle show (FFIT Cymru) managed to complete this fun but difficult challenge. Radio communication and marshalling proved successful ensuring the competitors safety from start to finish. The Spitfire 10K run was in aid of the RAF Museum Trust in order to honour those who defended our skies during the Battle of Britain.
An ideal opportunity for NWARG arose for the CHOTA special event on Sept 12th as the Club is based in Rhos on Sea (near Colwyn Bay). The acclaimed smallest 16th Century chapel in the UK, is only a few minutes’ walk away, and complete with the club caravan and various members using portable VHF & HF transceivers and Antenna Systems, a very successful day on the air was achieved using call sign GBOSTC . The final Special Event Station was conducted adjacent to the Great Orme Tramway on Llandudno’s Great Orme summit to coincide with ROTA, this was a two day event that also was carefully planned and organised to adhere to the current Wales corona virus guidelines. The NWARG achieved this very successfully and mobile HF Antennas and transmitters were set up by Vice President Tony Mottram (MW6TMQ) whilst VHF Communications were operated by NWARG President David Morgan (GW6MLI) in his converted van.
The event station also was attended by our recent new members Chris Weaver (MW7BJW) Gregg Howard (2WOTWD) & Steve Liversage (MW7BXY) who all enjoyed their introduction to HF Communications high up on the slopes of the Great Orme National Park.
Other successful achievements that have been taken place are the ever increasing membership which now stands at over 50 and more recently due to the on line internet examinations The NWARG tutor/s has had 6 foundations & 1 intermediate pass, which is great news for the club and especially Amateur Radio.
Article and photos by NWARG Vice Chair & Club PRO Tony Mottram (MW6TMQ)