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We are now less than two weeks away from one of the club’s major annual events: International Lighthouse and Lightships Weekend at the Mull of Galloway. This year we’ll living in luxury at Puffin Cottage on-site.
Please come along. There’s always plenty to see and do, and it will be a pleasure to see you.
If the Mull of Galloway would be a long way to travel, think about staying overnight. We still have some comfortable, low-cost accommodation for any of Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (please contact us for details). [ … ]
You may have heard about this: France wants to take away our 2m band for aeronautical purposes. This could happen within four years, as the proposal is on the agenda for WRC-23. If you’re interested in the details, please follow this link for document PTA(19)090R1 (PDF).
If you would like to make sure your voice is heard, here is one way to do that:
Let’s try our best to hold on [ … ]
On June 27th 2019, WARC will hold exams as required for Foundation, Intermediate and Full (Advanced) Licences. This is the last set of exams for the “old” exam syllabus.
Please note that applications must be submitted by Thursday 6th June 2019. Payment confirmation from the RSGB website must be included.
Below you can find details of the sign-up process. Please contact us if you need any help!
Signing Up For An Exam
To sign up for an exam, download the form [EX200] Candidate application for examinations (all levels) from the list on the RSGB website.
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The Braehead Rally is the main Scottish Rally. Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club will be having a table there where you can bring along items for sale. We will also require members to look after the stand – can you help? It is also a good place to meet old friends who you speak to but never get a chance to see.
If members are going, maybe you could let us know to see if it is possible to car share.
Please contact Clive GM4FZH who will collate help offered and possible car sharing / travel details.
COMPLETED COAX CABLE TESTER
This is a simple circuit that can be used to test all those coaxial cables that we have or make. It only uses a few components and will test if the cable is OK, has any shorts between screen and inner and if both screen and inner are continuous. The circuit is shown below along with components required.
Note: switch shown in “SHORT TEST” position.
As we have announced previously, the club will run a Special Event Station for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) on August 17th and 18th 2019. Location is the Mull of Galloway.
This will be a fantastic weekend and we hope that many of you will take the time to visit and help out. Every little bit helps, even if you can’t spend the whole weekend!
For those who can make themselves available, setup will begin Friday the 16th. The station will operate Saturday and Sunday, and will be taken down Monday the 19th.
Sleeping and catering accommodation will [ … ]
On the 20th and 21st of July 2019 (Saturday and Sunday), members of WARC will help run a Special Event Station at Dumfries&Galloway Aviation Museum. The callsign for the station will be
This is an event for all radio amateurs from the area and everybody is welcome to join in. Please let us know if you can help in any way!
There is a Military Vehicle show on Sunday 21st of July, which should attract additional attention.
The first WARC mobile meet happened on January 26th this year, and it was a great success in spite of the rain! At our committee meeting last night we decided to arrange a second date for the same location:
April 27th 2019, 1pm
The meeting location is once more the public car park on the High Street in Gatehouse of Fleet, and we will proceed from there to the nearby cafe for a tea or coffee. Everybody is welcome, and those with mobile equipment in their cars can have a chat via the DK and DG repeaters on the way [ … ]
The club will be running a station at the Mull of Galloway for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW). This is the weekend of 17/18th August 2019. Please put this date in your diary as we will need help to establish the station and operators. For further details of this event see https://illw.net/ . All are welcome.
This post has been contributed by Edward Beck. Thank you very much!
I’ve been asked to do an article about Zello, or internet radio. Network Radios have taken off in UK in a big way, with many thousands of more specialised phones being sold for this new market. Most of us don’t need a specific phone for this hobby, a smartphone, tablet or computer will do. Therefore, you can join up free today!
Radio hams seem to be on two specific internet groups, and the most popular is using the Zello app, available on Android or Apple. If [ … ]
Friday Night 7pm, 3.750MHz
Sunday Morning 10am
Sunday Afternoon 1pm
Showing events for the next 6 months.
Sunday, 18th August 2019
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW)
Club Station at the Mull of Galloway — see here
Aird Unit, Stranraer
This all-day practical session takes place at Clive’s (GM4FZH) QTH. There is the possibility of building antennas and looking at faulty antennas/installations. If you want to build an antenna (such as a vertical HF antenna or linked dipole) you will need to make sure you have the component parts for it. There are some machine shop facilities available at the location. PLEASE have a look at want you want to do, preferably discuss it with us first. We keep fingers crossed for a fine day! Contact Clive in the first instance. The talk on 3rd October is a suitable follow-up.
What can you get from your antenna analyzer?
Having a look at some antenna analysers that are available and seeing what other information they can provide and how it can be used. This will involve some practical demonstrations (and hands on experience) preceded by a short talk/introduction.
Volunteer Hall, St Johns Street, Galashiels, Scottish Borders TD1 3JX
Doors open 11am for disabled visitors and 11.15am for general public. There will be traders and a Bring & Buy. Refreshments will be available on site. Admission price TBC