Licence Revalidation Reminder

This reminder was written by Peter GM7NFF. Thank you!

All UK licence holders are required to revalidate their licences with Ofcom at least every 5 years. Radcom are suggesting that you pick a significant date such as your birthday and do it yearly. This would seem to be a good idea and means that you don’t find yourself unlicenced.

Ofcom do not send out reminders. It is your responsibility.

You can do it via the Ofcom website, or Email them at spectrum.licencing@ofcom.org.uk – but if all else fails call 02079813131. I did and got a very helpful lady on the other end.

Kit/Soldering Nights

Introducing our new concept of Kit and Soldering Nights, Clive encourages everybody to bring kits to build on 2nd Thursdays of each month. (Note that the first such evening will be December 5th, which is the first Thursday in December – there’s no talk scheduled for that month, and the Christmas Quiz is on the 12th.)

Feel free to come along and bring what you’re working on! Kits can be tested when they’re finished — please let us know if special test equipment is required so we can try to arrange it.

AGM 2019

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:

Member Role Callsign Details
Oli Sturm President, Webmaster MM0YOS QRZ
Peter Salmon Treasurer GM7NFF QRZ
Nadine White Secretary, Exam Secretary MM0WNW QRZ
Clive Smith Lead Instructor GM4FZH QRZ
Ian White QSL Manager GM3SEK QRZ
Lance Davis-Edmonds 2M0HEO QRZ

 

We thank all members of WARC for their continued support and look forward to the year 2019/2020!

ILLW 2019 Summary

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 – 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 – 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 80 mph! at top of lighthouse level).

We managed to get on the air with a temporary vertical on the sheltered side of the lighthouse and worked mainly 40m and 20m, together with a 2m station running FM. The upset meant that we could only run one HF station. Everybody enjoyed themselves and we had a good natter in the cottage we rented at the lighthouse from a local community trust. This is an excellent radio site with about a 75% sea view and some 80m above sea level.

Update: Lighthouse Weekend, 16-19 August

GB2LG

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). There is excellent food at the Gallie Craig cafe during the daytime, and Puffin Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen so you can bring your own evening meals and breakfast.

We are still looking for volunteers on Friday afternoon to help with setting up, and on Monday morning for packing and general cleanup.

Radio? The best radio site in Scotland and two well equipped stations — and most importantly, plenty of time to enjoy it all.

Petition to save the 2m band

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).

The RSGB thinks nobody should overreact while the ARRL reports “no strong opposition” — certainly none by the RSGB.

If you would like to make sure your voice is heard, here is one way to do that:

Sign This Petition On change.org

Let’s try our best to hold on to our 2m band!

Amateur Radio Exams June 27th 2019

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.

At the bottom of the page on the RSGB website, there is a link for payment, which will lead you here. Please proceed to online payment and add the item related to your required exam to your “basket”.

At this point, be sure to enter the correct information for the Exam Center Registration Number and date:

Exam reference

Check out and pay for your exam. When this is done, a receipt is shown that includes an Order Number.

Receipt with Order Number

Make a note of the order number!

The Application Form

Now you need to fill in the form you downloaded earlier. This is best done electronically. The document is a Word file, but you can’t use Word Online (from Office 365) to fill it in. If you don’t have a “real” Word, you can use LibreOffice.

Select the correct exam type (you need to click on the text Please select one of the following). The exam will not take place online, so don’t select any of the “online” entries.

Please select one of the following

Fill in sections A, B and C. Don’t forget to add the current date in section B! For the Exam Venue, enter Aird Unit, Stranraer.

Now add a note to the form, in the empty space at the top, and include the Order Number for your payment.

Include Order Number

Finally, print out the completed form and do not forget to sign it.

Getting The Form To Us

The easiest way is to drop off the printed form to WARC at one of our regular meetings. However, please keep the deadline of June 6th in mind!

If possible, you can also scan the printed and signed form and send it to us by email, as a PDF document. If you need further help with this step, please contact us.

Braehead Rally June 16th 2019

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.

Please click here for further details