We meet Tuesday evenings 19:45 for 20:00, Thursday mornings 10:00 and Sundays 14:00. Tuesdays and Sundays are hybrid in person and Zoom meetings (Join us in person or using zoom, code 867 3049 5863) Thursday mornings are exclusively in person, see schedule below or contact us for more details.
Tue04Jan202208:00Playroom next to WARC Clubhouse
An Extraordinary General Meeting is to be held on 4 January 2022 prior to the AGM on 11 January 2022. Please see the 'Notice of Calling' forwarded to all members on 17 December by our Club Secretary, Jeff, G1DYNfor full details. Also note that the location is the “playroom” next to the WARC meeting rooms. It is a large room and allows for safe distancing between attendees. The meeting would, we hope, be a very short in person only meeting.
Tue11Jan202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
The Annual General Meeting will take place this evening, subject to any change in current Covid restrictions/recommendations.
Tue18Jan202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
We welcome Oscar Wood, 2E1HWE who will talk about MB7ISX, his AllStar Analogue Simplex Gateway. Topics include:
What is a Analogue Simplex Gateway? MB7ISX Equipment set up. NoV requirements. What is the Allstar system?
What is the FreeSTAR Network? Echolink Access. GOTA (Gateways On The Air Event). Equipment you need and operating etiquette.
Tue25Jan202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
The Blackpool (NARSA) Rally is a major event in the Club's year and is due to be held on Sunday 24 April this year. It seems like the right time to take an early look at what the club's involvement will be, including who can attend, our role in the rally, club stand exhibits etc etc.
Tue01Feb202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
From the left coast of the US, we welcome Pete Juliano, N6QW. Pete will present information on the Art of Homebrewing. He will use his latest radio project, the PSSST, a 7 transistor fully functional 20M Transceiver to explore this wonderful facet of our hobby - DIY. Join Pete for a bit of humour, the revealing of the Secret Tribal Knowledge and learning how not to solder your fingers together.
In the interim Pete suggests that we look at these three sites for some insight into his talk and approach:
Mon07Feb202220:00RSGB rsgb.org/webinars or YouTube
Tue08Feb202208:00Clubhouse and ZoomThis evening features a short talk leaving time for a natter.The year before last we experimented with remote access to the club Icom IC9100.A number of members have recently expressed interest in using it, so this talk will revisit how it is done and how to use it.
Wed09Feb202207:30ZOOM 842 5221 3056
Fascinating presentation at Denby dale amateur radio club features John G3UCQ and Neil N4FN talking about the first ever contact involving two original Spitfire morse keys. John will explain and show what the Spitfire morse key was built for along with some more information about the iconic Spitfire itself.
After the presentation John will reactivate the GB1SMK call ready to make CW contacts on 80m using the Spitfire key.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 9TH AT 7.30PM (1930 UTC) ON ZOOM 842 5221 3056
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND !
Tue15Feb202220:00Club room and Zoom
Discussion and planning for Liverpool NARSA etc.
Sun20Feb202210:00Nantwich civic hall
Radioactive Fair 2022 - Ham Radio, Electronics and Computers
Sunday 20th February 2022 Nantwich Civic Hall. Cheshire. CW5 5DG
Tue22Feb202208:00Clubhouse & ZoomSalwek, MoSQJ will present the story of the Konstantynów Radio Transmitting Centre. It was Poland’s long-wave radio broadcasting facility, active between 1974 and 1991. It's transmitter was the Brown Boveri SL 61 B3. Composed of two parts of 1000kW each, it is considered one of World’s most powerful radio transmitters and it presented the leading technology of LW radio broadcasting in the 2nd half of the 20th century.
Tue01Mar202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
At last, we can look forward to another NORTHERN AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY ASSOCIATION (NARSA) rally! This will be held on Sunday 24 April 2022 at the usual Norbreck Castle venue, Blackpool.
Please note the date change to Sunday 24 April 2022.
This is an important event for WARC and tonight we take a detailed look at our involvement in the event ranging from organisational tasks, ideas for our own club stand exhibits/demos etc, members who can attend, preparations etc.
Tue08Mar202220:00Club room ,Zoom Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Tue15Mar202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Colin, M0NVJ will give short presentation on the operation of Blue Ham from the perspective of the RAF Cadets. This will be most useful in front of our participation in the next Blue Ham event on 26 & 27 March.
Tue22Mar202220:00Club room Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Project circuit simulation – Dave and James
On 1st feb this year, Pete Juliano, N6QW gave us an excellent talk on the art of homebrewing.
He emphasised the role of simulation in designing and building equipment. In this talk, we'll explore some of the tools available for us to use and give a few step by step demos on how to use them.
Sat26Mar2022Sun27Mar202208.00-18.00Clubhouse & Own Shack
We have participated successfully in Exercise Blue Ham on several previous occasions. The next one is as follows:
RAFAC stations will operate on Sat/Sun 26-27 March 2022 between 0800/1800Z daily (as staff/cadets are available) on 60M band using the amateur frequencies segments. Use will be made of prearranged 'spot' frequencies, changing frequently.
MRE??[A-Z) callsigns will be used during the exercise. Use will be made of prearranged 'spot' frequencies on the band, changing regularly.
Exchange details are as in previous years, callsign, radio report, maidenhead locator (6 figures), antenna type & direction, power used, optional are details of equipment/wx etc.
Tue29Mar202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
Steve, M0MOI will take us through some of the technical issues relating to satellite operation:
Ever wondered what a geostationary orbit is or where it is? Why do we use satellites for communications? What are the path losses to and from a satellite? Why do we use different encoding for terrestrial TV? Some of these will be answered, some not, you be the judge.
Tue05Apr202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
Tonight we have a range of topics to discuss and share the views of members, including:
NARSA Rally - arrangements for 24 April 2022
Ideas for the celebration of WARC's 75th anniversary
Club net - possible rescheduling of dates and restructuring?
Practical Wireless QRP Contest - This takes place on Sunday 12 June 2002. A gauge if interest and an approach to how we go about participating is needed.
Tue12Apr202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
As you may remember, we were kindly given a 2.9GHz HP spectrum analyser by David Waine.
Tonight, Dave will show you how to use it – measuring things such as the output of a transmitter and an HF filter. The aim is to enable you to use the shack equipment with confidence to perform similar measurements. It’s a practical session rather than a talk but it will still be broadcast on zoom for those not able to attend.
Tue26Apr202208:00Clubhouse and ZoomSteve, M0MOI will describe how a power amplifier was built to enable transmission of TV signals to QO-100 and precisely what can and did go wrong. Plus the solutions found and possible improvements.More seriously; how you can avoid numerous difficulties if you too decide to follow this route. Spoiler alert: don’t!
Tue03May202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
David G0BCU will describe his design basis, thoughts and layout for a self contained portable hf / vhf / uhf station for seaside and event operation e.g. CHOTA.
Tue17May202208:00Clubhouse and ZoomhRoger, M0DWQ will look at the use of vhf/uhf analogue rigs from a different angle to regular simplex QSO's. There are many FM radios that are not being used, and the bands can seem deserted. Allstar is a way to use these FM rigs and analogue repeaters to work the world without the need to buy new radios, antennas etc.
Tue24May202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
We again welcome Pete N6QW. This evening, Pete will provide an insight into the "build process" of home brewing a rig. His presentation will focus on CNC MIllng of circuit boards, fabricating enclosures, a bit of new technology and taking your project from "Rude and Crude to Absolutely Amazing". This also includes a brief sojourn to a Takeaway for some Fish n' Chips!
Tue31May202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
The KIWI software defined radio is a high quality receiver that supports 0 to 30 Mhz in all modes and is capable of streaming onto the internet. Tonight we welcome Dave Cutts, M0TAZ from Hornchurch, London who will describe the operation of this web based receiver system including it's ability to geolocate hf transmitters.
Tue07Jun202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
On 12 July we’ll be holding a DF hunt in Grappenhall. Many of you are old hands at this but many have never done a DF hunt before. Therefore we’re holding a practice session on Tuesday 7th June. Do you have a 2m FM handheld and an aerial? Come along and try it out. No aerial? There will be a chance to make a simple dipole on the evening and then try it out but let Dave know beforehand (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can get you started with what you will need. No rig? Come along and learn how a DF hunt works (and team up with someone else?)
Sun12Jun2022Early - 16.00To be decided
Tue14Jun202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
Mike G4VSS and Vincent M0LCR took part in the recent 'Kittens 22' event hosted by Wirral ARC. They will give us their account of how the day went!
Tue21Jun202220:00Clubhouse and Zoom
Tue28Jun202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
Tonight we have two topics for the price of one.
Dave, G0BCU has been making good progress on his “Go Box” and will give a short presentation on it’s current form.
Meanwhile Mike, G4VSS and Steve, M0MOI went to Friedrichshafen (and Vincent was there in spirit).
Mike will treat us to a resume of the event, what he saw and learned.
Tue05Jul202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
It is proposed that WARC take part in the RSGB 144Mhz Low Power Contest on 6 August 2022.
To help us prepare for the event and put on an effective station, we propose a discussion on:
..what type of contest is this?
..what kit will be required?
..relevant operating and logging methods
..very important - what location to use!
Tue12Jul202220:00Grappenhall - Meet at the clubhouse
Tue19Jul202220:00Clubhouse & Zoom
Peter, G4LLG was convinced that narrow band operation through the QO-100 geostationary satellite was not possible at his QTH. He will show how this was finally achieved with the help and advice of club members and some club equipment.
Tue26Jul202208:00Bellhouse Pub Garden
We hope for a fine evening for the WARC summer barbecue. This is a social event so bring along the family to the beer garden at the Bellhouse Pub.
Watch this space for details of price per head etc.
Sat06Aug20221400 to 1800 (UTC)Site to be identified
Following our discussions in early July, we hope to participate in this popular contest. Keep an eye on this space and we'll have regular updates at club meetings for the station location and times to meet to set up etc.
BATC CAT 22 at Coventry
Wed10Aug202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
A double bill this evening.
First, Mike, Vincent and Glen went to the BATC GM at Coventry. Mike will present an update on the day.
Second, Dave, Alan, Vincent and Peter took to the hills near Frodsham for the RSGB low power 2m contest. Hear about how they got on.
Tue16Aug202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
CHOTA takes place on 10th September.
Last year Dave G0BCU kindly arranged for us to use his local church and we had great fun erecting aerials - a nice site.
This year we hope to do CHOTA again. This eveing will be a premeet to plan what, where and when (and who)
Tue23Aug202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Join us tonight to hear all about the newer digital modes.
James G5JIM will explain all.
Tue30Aug202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
This evening we welcome Joe Chester M1MWD. Joe is known for his popular column in Practical Wireless and has spoken at the RSGB Convention.He will talk about some of the issues operators with small stations face, including the type of operations, choice of transceiver and antenna., and a bit about propagation. He will hopefully show a demo of an interesting QSO, between Cape Town SA and New York, as an example of what small stations can do. He also bought a new transceiver in Friedrickshafen, so we may get to hear about that, and maybe see it working.
Tue06Sep202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Some years ago there was a club project to build a high quality noise source.
Recently, Vincent found that he still had a stock of the PCBs left over and provided we can get the diodes, thought it would be fun to rerun the project for members.
So join us to hear all about it, what it does, how it works, the companion measurement software and how to use it with a rig or an SDR such as a Pluto to measure device noise figures.
Sat10Sep2022All DayChrist Church, Croft, Warrington
PLEASE NOTE: CHOTA EVENT CANCELLED.
As a mark of respect and following the
passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I1, the
organisers of this annual event have decided
to cancel this year's event and therefore the
WARC will not be running special event
station GB5CCC this year.
WARC will be participating in this year’s CHOTA event by operating special event station GB5CCC from Christ Church Croft in Warrington. When we last took part in this event in 2020, we contacted 57 stations mainly on the 80m band from all over the UK with a few continental stations on 40m. It is hoped this years event will be more successful and also introduce amateur radio to folks visiting on the day. Further details can be found at https://www.wacral.org/tag/chota/
Tue13Sep202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
CHOTA was cancelled as a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II so in a change to the advertised schedule David G0BCU will give us an update on his go box and talk to us about the new HF/6m/4m beam which went up on Sunday.
Tue20Sep202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Tue27Sep202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Dave G0BCU has been making good progress on his Go box - with liberal use of his CNC machine.
Tonight's talk by Dave will be all about home CNC machines and how to use them
Tue04Oct202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
This evening we will look at possible ways to restructure the club nets. We will also talk about the use of the club's C4FM reflector, possibly as a new mode for a club net and it's general use by club members.
Tue11Oct202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
Which other radio clubs do we know? Who do we know in these clubs? How are they different to WARC? Tonight we discuss ways to communicate with other clubs in order to share knowledge and look at possible social interactions etc.
Also, we look at what's going on on the amateur bands, propagation, band conditions, special events and look for operating opportunities we may be missing!
Tue18Oct202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
There are two very practical threads to this evening:
James will take us through his recent mobile installation and Colin will demonstrate the Yaesu Fusion rig, the FTDM400 (same as in the club shack).
Sat22Oct202210:00Zoom and Club room possibly!
The online part of CAT 22 will be held on Saturday 22 October 2022.
Please save the date for an interesting set of talks about all aspects of ATV. Probably starting at 10 am and finishing mid-afternoon.
Sat22Oct2022Sun23Oct2022All dayClub room
Tue25Oct202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
David, G0BCU describes his experience of using a small CNC machine in pursuit of producing that near professional looking project.
Tue01Nov202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Having implemented a P25 software transceiver by extending Quisk, Dave G8KBB moved on to other digital modes.
Before starting on M17, he has implemented D-Star.
This talk will be on how D-Star works and how to implement it in software
Tue15Nov202208:00Clubhouse and Zoom
David, G0BCU discusses some interesting and alarming aspects of electrical installations and those who we trust to safely install electrical cables and equipment.
Tue22Nov202220:00Club room or Zoom code 867 3049 5863
Join us for a presentation from RSGB Convention on The Transatlantic Centenary Tests, followed by a discussion.
Dave G7SKR spoke to Nick about WARC participating and we have an opportunity to do so with a special event station.
We need to discuss when, how and on what bands we wish to operate
Tue29Nov202208:00Clubhouse & Zoom
Ray, G7BHQ has known Eric Edwards, GW8LJJ for years and he has persuaded him to let us watch his video on his approach to QRO a.m. using modern components and techniques. Eric is also a long time writer for Practical Wireless with his 'Doing it by Design' column and he produces a line of kits, mostly covering a.m. transmission.
Tue06Dec2022Clubhouse and Zoom
The talks will be primarily focussed on UKuG, BATC and AMSAT interests and other innovative areas of amateur radio, there will be a "Test and Fix" and "Demonstration Station".
Mike and Vincent are going to give us an update on what was discussed and answer any questions, it should be an interesting discussion.
Tue13Dec2022Clubhouse and Zoom
After the success of the last “On The Air” evening, we'll again be discussing what we’ve heard on the air, where the bands are at, any projects we’ve been working on and anything else we may have been doing recently.
- What have you worked on the air?
- What have you heard but did not work?
- How are the bands doing?
- Tried any new modes recently?
- Got a new rig? How is it performing?
- Working on any projects?
- Anything else to discuss?