News

Future of the Club

For those of us that regularly visit the club you can help notice that there are fewer people attending nowadays. This could be for any number of reasons but what this means is that without members attendance there is less likelihood of events being put on. This leads to an inevitable spiral where fewer events are put on and then fewer people attend, you get the picture.

So, what does this mean?

For us to be financially stable then we need a minimum number of attendees. We also need a larger number of members to make the club sustainable. This includes people prepared to invest time in being members of the committee, provide support to and give presentations, show and tells etc. For some time now we have been operating well below our minimum requirements. On both fronts.

After some discussion with the museum we have taken the step of cancelling the booking for meetings up to the first September meeting where we will have an EGM to discuss the future of the club. None of us want to see the club fold but we clearly need to do something different for it to survive. Depending on the outcome of that meeting we have one of 2 options. Wind up the club or produce an action plan to recover the club and its membership. To date some of the suggestions are:

  1. Wind up the club (in accordance with the constitution)
  2. Wind up the club (in accordance with the constitution) and reform the club as a virtual club i.e. one without assets or a home. Only a web presence.
  3. Wind up the club (in accordance with the constitution) and reform with a broader view that includes code club / code dojo, Maker / tinkerer i.e. broader electronics background
  4. Keep things as they are
  5. Change the date / meeting venue
  6. Something else

We hope to see you on Saturday and/or Sunday (1 & 2 July) for the VHF National Field Day, and in September to discuss the future of our club.

At this stage no idea is a bad one. It should be noted that a good idea is only an idea unless it comes with a commitment to see it through.

VHF National Field Day Sat 1st and Sun 2nd July 2017

We will listen on the 2m FM calling channel 145.500MHz.

Key times

Sat 10am Local setup
Sat 15:00 Local Contest start (6m and 23cm until 23:00 local)
Sun 09:00 Local 4m start, finish contest 15:00 local
Sun 15:00 Local Start pack up, finish 17:00

Weather

The Met office shows a good day 15oC for Saturday and Sunday.

Location for the club contest site.

Club NFD Location

This is just on the roadside so there is no hiking up mountains or getting bogged down in the  mud. Corney Fell, this is not the top car park, descend towards Broughton in Furness and you will go over a little rise with a better take off to the South.
We have permission to use the site, the only rules from NT are:

  • No rubbish, use the bin provided.
  • No churning up the ground with cars

The planned setup time is 10am to allow for a few problems we hope not to have.
The main task that needs people is to setup the antennas. It can be done with two but 3 – 4 is a lot easier and we will not have to depend on no wind etc.
The rest of the setup should be easy. Power will be from a generator with a fall back to batteries.
There is adequate car parking and because if the weather has been dry for some time parking off the road should be OK.

Operating

Please come and have a go, just because you didn’t set up don’t feel guilty that you will just come to operate. The logging will be paper with a computer backup so it will be simple.
We can only transmit on one transmitter at a time and must not exceed 16 hours. With 23cm there won’t be any night time activity so we will close for the night. So there will have to be a shutdown in the night; not that there are any stations to work.
I use the site for the UKAC contests and it is generally noise free apart from the odd car. So unless it rains when we will get static noise it is an easy site to operate from. So don’t have any fear that you will be struggling to read the stations.

Turn up and have a go.

New Year New Contest Rules

In 2017 the RSGB VHF contest rules have changed. Andrew G4VFL explained the changes to the group. The main changes are:

  • 6m and 4m contests move to Thursday​
  • There will be a FM section running from 19:00 – 20:00 Local​ time
    • 4m​
    • 2m​
    • 70cm

Andrew’s presentation is embedded below:

Advanced Examination Date

Workington Amateur Radio Club will be holding an Advanced Exam Session on Monday 5th December 2016, starting at 7pm.

Assessment is by a written examination paper of 62 multiple choice questions each with four possible responses.

The examination lasts two hours.

For the Advanced Radio Communications exam there is a fee of £37.50. You must have passed the Intermediate exam before taking the Advanced.

Candidates who intend to sit the exam on Monday 5th December 2016 should complete the RSGB Candidate Application Form for Advanced Examination and post it along with payment to the RSGB using the address on the form. The club’s exam secretary must also be informed using the contact us page of this website by the 29th of October 2016. Please include your phone number in the message and confirmation you have sent the application form off to the RSGB.

From Monday 7th November club meetings will include tuition on the advanced examination. Advanced exams are now available on demand with one calendar month’s notice. Candidates will be able to take the exam in 2017. Future exam dates will be discussed as the training progresses.

AGM – 24th October

Its that time again. Your (formal) chance to have your say about how the club is run and setting the tone for the next year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The club relies on volunteers thrashing around under the water but gliding gracefully like swans. There will be an opportunity to be either the treasurer, secretary and chairman as well as co-opted members of the committee. If that doesn’t improve your DX then why not offer to lead an activity, take part in a special event station or give a presentation.

As usual if there are particular topics you’d like to put on the agenda please let us know by using this form



 

WhatsApp

It seems that the smartphone is catching up with us at MX0WRC headquarters. So much so that we’ve set up a WhatsApp group. For the uninitiated its an application for both just about all phones that allows chat within a group. Its currently open to club members and if you’d like to get involved then download the app on you phone using the link and join the group.

If you get stuck then get in touch with either Derek (G1LZL), Peter (G8RZ) or Alex (G7KSE) and we’ll talk you through it.

More for sale

Mike, 2E0IKM is also selling some gear. He’s got a nearly new Yaesu FT2D C4FM dual band (2m / 70cm) digital handheld. Bought from a ML&S this year for £340, he’s asking for £230. Either respond here as a comment or get in touch with Mike.

For Sale

A couple of items for sale from club members. First off is a a Kenpro KR400 Rotator. A sturdy workhorse complete with around 12m of 8 core cable. Yours for £40

Also an innovantennas 5 element LFA (see here for details). All yours for £40.

Either add a comment to this post or better still use this handy form to get your paws on this stuff

 

Update – Rotator now sold

Arranmore Island DXpedition

Arranmore Island has once again been chosen as ‘the place’ to have a DXpedition. This years radio adventure will be QRV from the 24th September to the 1st of October with 4 stations (3 Elecraft K3’s and a Kenwood TS-590 all with amps) on 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m. All subject to propagation.

Operators are from the Sands Contest Group, Workington & District ARC as well as friends of both. The list reads like a who’s who of Western Isle DXpeditions. So expect professional standard operators powered by DX quality sustenance. There’ll be Brendan, EI6IZ, Ian, G0VGS, Richard, 2E0LLE, Chris, G4LDS, Andrew, G0LWU, Steve, G0MTD, Mark M0WCR and Kev, G6FKE all on the island. All of which are working towards the coveted ‘Worked all club members’ award.

Some other useful detail:

Callsign: EJ0M

IOTA Ref: EU-121
WLotA Ref: 1189
WaI Ref: B61 – Donegal