September 12th 2020: SK Sales for GM3ZYE and GM3VNW

On Saturday 12th September 2020, WARC is planning to hold a carefully socially-distanced sale event at this address:

Glenamour, The Queen’s Way
Newton Stewart
DG8 7AE

The event is a combined SK sale for GM3ZYE and GM3VNW.

All plans are subject to government advice and may be changed on short notice in case of new lock-down measures or other official safety recommendations.

Under the circumstances, we have given much thought to questions of safety. Fortunately, it is reasonably easy to arrange a safe event for everybody at the location.

  • We will use a shed with two doors, front and back, for a one-way “item exhibition”.
  • We ask visitors to remain outside as much as possible, to use masks, and of course to stay safely distant from each other.
  • We hope for good weather, which would enable us to have a picnic lunch outside and make this a social event – of course this is optional.

We will make lists of items available shortly, as well as details about safe payment arrangements. The main goal is to clear away as many items as possible on the day!

WARC is still meeting every Thursday, by GB3DG and Zoom

Let’s Stay Together

WARC is still meeting every Thursday evening. Until we are once able to meet face-to-face at the clubroom we are meeting on GB3DG and on Zoom.

Club members present and past are receiving regular email updates with the current Zoom password link (if you’re not receiving these emails, please contact info@gm4riv.org )

Everyone is also invited to join the D&G RAYNET net, every day at 12:00 on GB3DG.

The WARC Sunday Morning Net is still active at 10:00 on GB3DG.

Thursday Evening Meetings

We meet on GB3DG at 19:30, and usually move online to Zoom at 20:00 onwards. You can run both if you like.

The Zoom meeting has the advantage that we can see each other (which really means something in these lockdown days) and we can show the things we have been doing as well as talking about them.
We are still arranging talks and discussion topics as usual, which sometimes continue for at least another week.
Distance is no problem. We are currently chatting with WARC members from as far away as North Ayrshire, Liverpool and New York!

WARC members present and past should be receiving emails containing the access link for the current week’s Zoom meeting. If you aren’t already receiving these emails, please contact info@gm4riv.org

About Zoom

If you haven’t tried Zoom yet, it’s easy. Follow these simple steps to join in for the first time:

  1. The first time you join in, plan to start about 10 minutes early because you will need to download a small program. It’s all free, and easy to use.
  2. Open the email from WARC and click the access link. You will be asked to sign-in to Zoom, and if you already have a Gmail or Facebook account, you can use that to sign in.
  3. You will then be admitted to the ‘waiting room’ until the meeting starts. While you are here, you can set up your audio and camera.
  4. When the meeting host arrives at 20:00, everybody will be let into the meeting.
  5. You can then see and talk to your fellow WARC members. If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll show you how.

Go on, try it! We’ll look forward to seeing you.

Jimmy McPhee GM3VNW, Silent Key

With great sadness, we must inform you that Jimmy GM3VNW has passed away at the grand old age of 98. He had been confined to home in Girvan for a few years, but Eric GM0FSZ visited him often and says his mind was as sharp as ever.

Which is saying a lot, for Jimmy was a charismatic character, full of wit and charm, and always finding something to smile about. Even in his 80s, his attitude to life was that a walking-stick was actually a dancing-cane in disguise – which he would demonstrate at the slightest provocation.

Jimmy found his interest in radio as an RAF radar mechanic in WW2, working on the Sunderland flying boats in Wig Bay. After the war he became a teacher and eventually a primary school headmaster in the north-east, and after he retired to Girvan he donated those teaching skills to WARC over many years as an exam tutor. Many WARC members past and present owe their licence to Jimmy.

Although Jimmy was an Honorary Member of the club, under present circumstances it will not be possible to attend the funeral. Instead, we invite all members past and present to pay their respects on the club’s Facebook page and also here.

(Please add a comment to our Facebook message, or email to info@gm4riv.org .
As all the club’s photos of Jimmy are locked up in the clubroom, we would greatly appreciate anything you can send us.)

Coronavirus Contingency Plans

Yesterday the WARC committee met on Skype to discuss options for meetings, presentations and the SK sale originally scheduled for March 28th. These are the decisions we made:

  • On Thursday evenings at 7.30pm, we will meet for a Net on the GB3DG repeater.
  • From 8pm on Thursday evenings, we will also meet on the WARC channel on Zello. Access requires a password – please contact us by email and we will send it to WARC members. Please read this article for some background on Zello.
  • The talk night on April 2nd is postponed. We hope to find a way to deliver Clive’s presentation on the first Thursday in May, using an online platform. We will publish details on the website when they become available, and send email to members.
  • We will consider alternative formats for future talk nights. If you have suggestions, or you would like to volunteer for an online presentation or similar, please let us know.
  • The Shack Sale for SK Robin Bellerby, originally scheduled for March 28th, is postponed indefinitely. We will let you know via website and email when this is rescheduled. In the list we sent last week there were a few items marked “B” for bidding – if you are interested in any of these items and you would like to place a bid, please contact us with the information and we will consider your bid. These are the larger items of the sale, which explains that we would be glad to see them moved, but also means they may be difficult to physically get hold of. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • We are taking steps to improve the club’s internal and external resilience, to be prepared in case certain individuals should be unable to fill their assigned roles.

Best of luck to all of you, and I hope to hear you on the air in the near future! This is certainly a time where Amateur Radio has a chance to shine, so dust off that antenna and get in touch!

WARC Meetings Cancelled – Coronavirus Update

As you all know, these are difficult times for group meetings small and large. The WARC committee has followed government advice regarding the Coronavirus pandemic closely, and we have decided that now is the time to take action.

All “face to face” WARC meetings are now cancelled, until further notice.

This Thursday the committee will meet on Skype to discuss alternative plans for meetings, presentations, and the scheduled SK sale. Please watch this space, we will post an update on Friday.

Shack Sale of SK Robin Bellerby’s (GM3ZYE) Equipment

There will be a “Shack sale” of the equipment of SK Robin Bellerby (GM3ZYE) on Saturday 28th March from 10:00 to 16:00, QTHR. There will be items to bid on, items where no reasonable offer will be refused and piles of “Freebies”. A list will be available soon. Please contact Clive GM4FZH for further information.

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.