What’s On

Please note: due to the current COVID19 pandemic and government restrictions all ‘in person’ events are currently suspended, however we have extended club net times and meetings via web conferencing, see below. Club net is daily 10:00-11:00, Tuesday evening 20:00-21:00 (if no meeting via web conferencing), and Sunday afternoon 14:00-15:00. Meet on S20 and QSY to 145.425MHz +/-

  • Tue
    07
    Jan
    2020
    08:00Club room

    Come along and have you say, maybe even pay your subs !

  • Tue
    14
    Jan
    2020
    20:00WARC

    There will be a short talk on ther project and a chance for those that participated to show yours and say how you found the build.

     

    Come and  see!

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020
    20:00WARC Club room

     

    This evening’s talk will be a short presentation on receiver sensitivity followed by a rig clinic.

    Mike’s recent experience in re-tuning his K2 revealed just how sensitive that little rig is.

    Dave will present a talk on how to measure sensitivity, featuring a practical demo of the K2 and the story of why Mike needed to re-tune it.

    After this there will be a rig clinic. If you want your receiver measured, bring it along.

    Please note we need to be able to get the audio out from the rig to a 3.5mm jack socket

  • Tue
    04
    Feb
    2020
    20:00WARC club room

    Icom IC9700: how does it measure-up as a VHF DX transceiver?Icom IC9700: how does it measure-up
    as a VHF DX transceiver

  • Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020
    10:30Nantwich Civic Hall. Cheshire. CW5 5DG

    The Civic Hall, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5DG.
    Open 10:30. Traders. Free parking. Bring & Buy. RSGB books. Raffle included
    in entrance programme; more tickets available. On-site catering.
    Contact: Stuart Jackson on 07880-732534

    http://www.radioactivefair.co.uk

     

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2020
    Club House

    The Blackpool rally is on 26 April 2020, so it's time to start planning our involvement for this year, including content for the club stand etc.

  • Sun
    23
    Feb
    2020
    11:00St Joseph’s Hall

    Trade club stands and bring and buy.

    http://www.wmrc.co.uk

  • Tue
    25
    Feb
    2020
    20:00WARC Clubroom

    Dave, G8KBB and Vincent, M0LCR will talk about the work they and other club members have been doing recently on the New Packet Radio protocol on the 430Mhz band

    Remember packet radio from 30 years ago?  It's had an update.  F4HDK has produced a neat design for a high speed packet modem called 'NRP-70.  It nips along at half a megabit per second on 70cms.

    Dave, Mike, Paul and Vincent have been experimenting.  Come along to the club this next Tuesday - Dave & Vincent will tell you all about it.

     

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020
    20:00WARC club room

    Exam updateExam update
    Tony Kent, G8PBH

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2020
    20:00WARC Clubroom

    Dave, G0BCU, describes his solution to improving the frequency stability of his classic Yaesu FR50B receiver

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2020
    20.00 - 21.30WARC Club Shack
  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2020
    08:00WARC Clubroom

     

     

    Coronavirus: PM says everyone should avoid office, pubs and travelling https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51917562

    Following his excellent talk on tropospheric propagation last year, Evan Duffield,

    M0TJU from Stockport Radio Society has a talk on useful tips for operating on HF, including the modes SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK.

    Do come along on the 17th and listen to Evan's approach to working on the HF bands.

     

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2020
    20:00WARC Club House

    No real format to the meeting, so a chance to chat with other club members on any amateur radio issues (and others), see what's going on in the shack etc etc.

  • Tue
    31
    Mar
    2020
    20:00Zoom Video Conferencing

    A talk via “Zoom Video Conferencing” on the software and the hardware that several club members are using and developing to operate FreeDV which will then be followed by a live on air demo.

    If you would like to participate please contact us.

     

  • Sun
    05
    Apr
    2020
    10:00Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8AL

    Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8AL

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2020
    20:00Your own shack via ZOOM!

    Next Tuesday (7th April) will again be a three in one session. No formal talk this time. Instead:

    • A natter night (bit like a big net)
    • A chance to check your zoom setup
    • An opportunity to try freedv / smalldv reception on air on 2 metres again and get advice on setting it up
  • Tue
    14
    Apr
    2020
    20:00Own shack via ZOOM

    Another get together via  ZOOM.  Paul, G1DVA will give us the story behind GB7AM, his D-Star and P25 repeater in Poynton.

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2020
    20:00Own shack via ZOOM

    Again via ZOOM, we propose a catch-up on some of the many SDR's now in use by doing some very short demo's by Steve, Alan, Dave, Mike, Peter and Paul

  • Sun
    26
    Apr
    2020
    10:30NORBREK Hotel

    The NARSA 2020 rally has been cancelled due to CV19 and will resume again in 2021.

    Yes the next NARSA Blackpool Rally dates announced as being Sunday April 26th.

  • Mon
    27
    Apr
    2020
    19.00-20.30Own Shack
  • Tue
    28
    Apr
    2020
    20:00Own shack via ZOOM

    Probably a short discussion on the various HF antennas used by club members, particularly antennas for restricted locations - more to follow?

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2020
    20:00Own Shack via Zoom

    Jeff, G1DYN will take the role of Quizmaster in a general knowledge quiz.

  • Tue
    12
    May
    2020
  • Mon
    18
    May
    2020
    19.00-20.30Own Shack
  • Tue
    19
    May
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    Jack will be describing the antenna he uses to receive the 60kHz standard frequency  transmitter located in Cumbria and also the amplifier which allows it to be positioned remotely from the receiver. He will also be describing his current experimental work using this type of antenna at 1.8MHz.'

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    The presentation will be about 160m activities from Tunisia, experimenting with various RX antennas, contesting on topband, involving youngsters, 7X7X Low bands DXP, etc.

  • Tue
    02
    Jun
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    A couple of short presentations of items, hopefully of interest, revealing what some members are up to in their shacks.  Mike, G4VSS and Peter G4LLG will oblige this time!

  • Tue
    09
    Jun
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    Steve, M0MOI will share his experiences in the design of an up converter for Es'hail satellite use.

    He will talk mainly about the design ethos, demonstrate filtering out the odd harmonics from square waves and then explain why he doesn’t use it!

  • Fri
    12
    Jun
    2020
    20:00https://batc.org.uk/live/RSGB

    https://rsgb.org/main/blog/tonight-at-eight/2020/06/05/27-july-getting-started-on-qo-100-by-dom-smith-m0blf/

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2020
    09:00UTC 10.00BSTNo club group operation - Due to current restrictions

    A very different format this year due to lockdown.  Full details on Page 18 of the June 2020 PW

  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2020
    19.00-20.30Own Shack
  • Mon
    15
    Jun
    2020
    20:00https://batc.org.uk/live/RSGB

    https://batc.org.uk/live/RSGBhttps://batc.org.uk/live/RSGB

     

    https://rsgb.org/main/blog/tonight-at-eight/2020/06/05/15-june-raspberry-pi-by-mike-richards-g4wnc/

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    As the title suggests, Jeff G1DYN will give us a look around the shack at G1DYN.

  • Tue
    23
    Jun
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    We again welcome Evan Duffield, M0TJU, from Stockport Radio Society, to deliver his presentation on HF operating tips

  • Mon
    29
    Jun
    2020
    20:00https://batc.org.uk/live/RSGB

     

    https://rsgb.org/main/blog/tonight-at-eight/2020/06/05/29-june-antennas-for-small-gardens-by-steve-nichols-g0kya/

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    Did you know these operate on 13.56Mhz just below the 20m band?  Or that the card generates a subcarrier just above the band?  Dave has talked about contactless cards before - but many members won't have heard it.  Join us on Tuesday for an updated presentation.

     

  • Tue
    07
    Jul
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    In a recently release video from the 2019 RSGB Convention, Tony Canning discusses what can be done about urban QRM, which affects most of us to some extent!

  • Mon
    13
    Jul
    2020
    20:00https://batc.org.uk/live/RSGB

    https://rsgb.org/main/blog/tonight-at-eight/2020/06/05/13-july-how-to-check-for-vdsl-rfi-by-john-rogers-m0jav/

  • Tue
    14
    Jul
    2020
    20:00Own Shack Via Zoom

    Graham Coull is a part time ship keeper on the Ross Revenge and DJ on Radio Caroline which is now a legal broadcaster in the UK. He will talk about his time on the ship and some of the technical details about the vessel and the equipment. If asked nicely he will probably relate some of the more humorous stories as well.

  • Fri
    17
    Jul
    2020
    08:00https://batc.org.uk/live/oscar100net Or QO100
  • Tue
    21
    Jul
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    We'll take a look at the ever popular Raspberry Pi, including setting up a Pi and some demonstrations of the uses club members are finding for this versatile piece of equipment, as follows:

    Part 1 – Dave – “From box to booted” – covering the basics of how to get it up and running

    Part 2 – Mike – A trip around the applications – a quick look at the types of radio projects that use a Pi

    Part 3 – Steve – A short introduction to Python

  • Mon
    27
    Jul
    2020
    19.00-20.30Own Shack
  • Tue
    28
    Jul
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    Next in the 'Show Us Your Shack' series, Peter G4LLG will give us a look at what's in the shack.

  • Tue
    04
    Aug
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    Lee, G0AMU will take the role of quizmaster for this session.

  • Sat
    08
    Aug
    2020
    Sun
    09
    Aug
    2020
    01:00On line

    https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/speakers.html


    Participate in this ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
    Coming to your laptop, tablet, and smartphone on:
    ​ August 8 and 9, 2020
    Hours
    August 8th, 0100 Zulu (GMT) - Keynote by Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD
    August 8th and 9th,  1500 Zulu USA Speaker Tracks Start
    Check individual Exhibitor Booths for their hours - most will open a 1500 Zulu on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tue
    11
    Aug
    2020
    7.15 for 7.30 startGrapenhall, outside clubhouse

    Still with an eye on social distancing etc, Jeff G1DYN and Lee G0AMU will play the part of 'foxes' in Grapenhall Village.  Note the earlier start time to hopefully complete in daylight!!  Note the times.  Start on the car park outside the clubhouse.

  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    Tonight at the Warrington ARC, James M7JDJ and Dave G8KBB will deliver a talk in two parts.

    First Dave will briefly cover the theory of Vector Network Analysers

    Then James will deliver a hands on presentation of how to use it

  • Tue
    25
    Aug
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    The Committee will describe the steps taken to comply with Covid regulations and guidelines towards safely opening the clubhouse.  Members will then have the chance to share their views and comments regarding attendance at the club in the near future.

  • Tue
    01
    Sep
    2020
    20:00Zoom

    Part one of a two part event tonight.

    Join us this evening by Zoom to hear the first part of Jeff G1DYN's presentation on portable operation.

    Part two will be two weeks later on 15th September

     

  • Sat
    05
    Sep
    2020
    Sun
    06
    Sep
    2020
    On line

    GQRP Club 2020 Online Convention

    The GQRP Club has released a detailed agenda for its Online Convention 2020, taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September

    tickets available https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gqrp-club-2020-online-convention-tickets-115417887007https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gqrp-club-2020-online-convention-tickets-115417887007

    http://www.gqrp.com/convention.htm

    members price £4 non members £10

     

  • Mon
    07
    Sep
    2020
    20:00RSGB online and YouTube

    https://rsgb.org/main/blog/tonight-at-eight/2020/07/21/7-september-portable-adventures-with-summits-on-the-air-sota-by-james-stevens-m0jcq/

  • Tue
    08
    Sep
    2020
    20:00Zoom

    Phil G6GIY is well know to many in the club for supplying a range of Motorola Astro transceivers for 2m and 70cms.

    What makes these rigs stand out is their support of the P25 digital mode.

    Join us on Zoom to hear more

     

  • Sat
    12
    Sep
    2020
    Croft

    WARC will be operating a special event callsign from the church in Croft to participate in the Churches OTA event and introduce amateur radio to folks visiting on the day.

  • Tue
    15
    Sep
    2020
    20:00Zoom

    Part two of a two part event tonight.

    Join us this evening by Zoom to hear the final part of Jeff G1DYN's presentation on portable operation.

     

     

  • Tue
    22
    Sep
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    Tx Factor 26 has recently been released, some content being held over from last March due to the lockdown difficulties, some being newly produced.  Probably with some editing, we'll take a look at this edition which includes an interview with PW VHF/UHF  author,Tim Kirby and reviews of some of the latest Icom products and add-ons.

  • Sun
    27
    Sep
    2020
    EarlyTo be decided

    PW September 2020 issue has latest rules:

    You May operate fixed or portable subject to complying with the spirit and letter of prevailing government coronavirus regulations and guidelines lines !

    As usual two sections 10 Watt low power.

    Full legal limit!

     

  • Mon
    28
    Sep
    2020
    19.00-20.30Own Shack
  • Fri
    09
    Oct
    2020
    Sun
    11
    Oct
    2020
    Kent’s hill Milton Keynes

     

    In response to the UK’s continuing social distancing regulations, the RSGB Convention Committee has changed the arrangements for the Society’s Convention on 9-11 October. Instead of the physical Convention in Milton Keynes, the Society is instead holding an online Convention on Saturday 10 October. Whether you’re a new licensee or have been enjoying amateur radio for many years there will be a range of topics from expert speakers that you can enjoy free throughout the day. The RSGB will announce further details of the presentations and how to take part over the coming weeks

     

    check out some of the talks from 2019 https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRSGB

  • Tue
    13
    Oct
    2020
    20:00Own shack via Zoom

    We welcome Chris Cunliffe, G7OOD from the Oldham Amateur Radio Club who will talk about the development of the Electric Car.

  • Mon
    19
    Oct
    2020
    19.00-20.30Own Shack
  • Mon
    16
    Nov
    2020
    20.00-21.30Own Shack