Recent News and Articles
The WARC Annual General Meeting took place Thursday September 12th 2019, and we have circulated draft minutes and other relevant documents to members by email.
The election of a new committee and club officers was one of the most important agenda items. Here are the results:
|Oli Sturm||President, Webmaster|| ||QRZ|
|Peter Salmon||Treasurer|| ||QRZ|
|Nadine White||Secretary, Exam Secretary|| ||QRZ|
|Clive Smith||Lead Instructor|| ||QRZ|
|Ian White||QSL Manager|| ||QRZ[ … ]|
Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club (using callsign GB2LG) took part in the annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on the 17/18 August from the Mull of Galloway (the most southerly point of Scotland). We were upset by two factors â one of our main operators managed to break her ankle when loading the car ready to travel to the lighthouse (we wish her a speedy recovery â it also required a 3hr operation) and the high winds over the weekend which meant we could not put up the main trap dipole up from the lighthouse balcony (one gust was measured at [ … ]
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 [ … ]
Friday Night 7pm, 3.750MHz
Sunday Morning 10am
Sunday Afternoon 1pm
Showing events for the next 6 months.
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.
All members are welcome to join us for the first meeting of the newly elected WARC committee. The meeting agenda will be circulated by email on October 4th, please submit topic suggestions!
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
All of us use computers all the time, or devices with computer chips in them — but how do they actually work? How do you make them do things? In this talk, Oli will show several practical examples to demonstrate how computer programming is done on different levels, from hardware-based Arduino to modern web applications. No prior knowledge is required, just a healthy curiosity about current technology!