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On October 13th, Ian kindly presented his talk on 6 Metres and its special magic. The recording is now here, please check below for a PDF download of the slides Ian used on the evening.

Slides

Click here to download the slide deck in PDF format

The slides have been updated to include several web links, and for convenience these are replicated right here:

Propagation

Following the sad news of the Queen, it was clear that most people wanted to be with their families last Thursday evening. As the scheduled time for Thomas Witherspoon’s talk followed so closely afterwards, we went ahead and recorded the talk with a small audience. The recording is now available below. In the event, Tom presented a slightly different talk about choosing QRP radios for the shack and for portable use, so we hope to ask him back later for the planned talk about Listening Skills.

WARC will meet on Thursday, the 15th September 2022 at the Aird Unit in Stranraer, for our Annual General Meeting.

Please download the AGM agenda here.

Zoom access details will be provided by email before the event. We will do our best to include those joining online, but please consider coming to Stranraer since we cannot guarantee or influence Zoom reliability.

The ADIF Processor is an online tool I originally developed to help me record additional, useful information in my log files. It metamorphosed into a way of viewing QSOs in Google Earth. Let’s create a log file together and see how QSOs come alive, as well as discovering some of those amazing antennas out there on the way.

Many thanks to Mark Wickens M0NOM for his excellent presentation yesterday evening! The video recording is now available below.

Tomorrow, May 5th 2022 at 8pm BST, WARC will host Mark Wickens M0NOM with his presentation The ADIF Processor – A tool for enriching your log files and visualizing contacts in Google Earth

Access information will be available from this website after 6pm BST on May 5th. Please watch out for it!

Here’s the talk abstract:

The ADIF Processor is an online tool I originally developed to help me record additional, useful information in my log files. It metamorphosed into a way of viewing QSOs in Google Earth. Let’s create a log file together and [ … ]

This letter reached us from William 2M0WML, the Group Controller at D&G Raynet. Here is the original PDF document — please double-check it if in doubt about any details regarding the content, since the document was retyped for publication on this website.


From

Dumfries and Galloway Raynet Group

To

Users of the Cambret Hill Repeater

For many years the D&G Raynet Group has provided a repeater at Cambret Hill primarily for use in emergencies but also for the use of radio amateurs in general.

The repeater costs are funded by the activities of the [ … ]

This in recently via Wullie and Clive:


Wullie (2M0WUL) and Clive (GM4FZH) are trying to organise an outdoor meet at the Big Water of Fleet Viaduct (nr Gatehouse of Fleet) sometime in the middle two weeks of May (note slight change of weeks). This meet of course is weather dependent which we cannot predict. As we reach May we will look at the weather patterns to try and predict a day.

At the moment this meet will hopefully include a demonstration of the military Clansman radio, a look at home-brew portable radio antennas and putting them up and [ … ]

In December of 1921, the American Radio Relay League conducted a set of tests to see if the “commercially useless” shortwaves and limited power allowed radio amateurs could reach across the Atlantic ocean. For these tests, the ARRL decided to send one of their own members to England to copy any American amateur signals that could be received. That amateur was my grandfather, Paul Godley. My presentation covers early radio development, Paul Godley’s dogged pursuit of a career in wireless communications, why he was chosen for this task, and some of what the test results taught the radio world.

Yesterday [ … ]

As you probably know, Paul Godley was sent over from the USA 100 years ago to conduct the transatlantic tests that opened up the era of short wave radio communication. But why Paul Godley? Who was he? Why was he chosen? And what happened next?

On Thursday April 7th, all those questions will be answered in an open Zoom talk by Godley’s grandson, Bruce Littlefield. The Zoom meeting will be hosted by Wigtownshire ARC and will begin at 20:00 BST (1900 UTC). Everyone is invited, subject to a limit of 100.

Checkin: Thursday April 7th from 19:40 BST.

Please use [ … ]

Last Thursday WARC proudly hosted Ron Bishop MI0PCW, representing the RSS Memorial Amateur Radio Society with his talk The Mystery of HF Number Stations — an absolutely fascinating evening!

Please view the full article and find the video recording below.

Here’s the abstract for the talk:

Through the Cold War to the present day, strange disembodied voices have popped up across the radio spectrum reciting long strings of numbers. No country admits any knowledge of them. But they are not nuclear readiness codes or the voices of those lost in the Bermuda Triangle, as some suggest! Hear a mysterious story [ … ]

Regular Nets

RAYNET Daily Noontime Net

Every day at noon, on 2m via GB3DG

WARC GB3DG 2m Repeater Net

Thursday Evening 7.30pm

Local Repeaters

GB3DG Newton Stewart 145.775 MHz (Details)
GB7DK Stranraer ‍145.6875 MHz (Details)

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