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)
NWARG have some exciting news for you! From Friday the 17th of July 2020 our very own DJ, Jonny Diamond (MW0JWP) will be presenting a live streaming radio show for your enjoyment over the internet. There will be requests, news articles, a “man in the field” section with our very own tony Mottram (MW6TMQ) and much more for your enjoyment.
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
The North Wales Amateur Radio Groups club meetings have been suspended until further notice. This action is taken in compliance with government guidelines and legislation and to ensure the safety of all club members.
In the meantime NWARG will be holding regular virtual meetings and on-the-air meetings via our UHF repeater.