Railways On The Air at Vale of Berkeley Railway

On Saturday 23rd September 2017 the club will be running a special event station for ROTA at Sharpness. Setup from about 09:00 with aim to be on air by 10:00.

If you are planning on coming please bring a handheld and call GB4VBR on 145.500 to gain access as some parts of the site are restricted due to the nature of what they do there.

Please do not park in front of the houses on either side of the road, if you come along.

ROTA 2017

Everything is ready for Saturday at the Vale of Berkeley Railway for Railways On The Air. At the moment we have only 2 people attending and it would be nice if we could get a couple more even if only for an hour or so.
If you are interested please see Rex or John.
Our callsign will be GB4VBR.

Railways On The Air 2017

Rex (G4RAE), John (M0HFH) and myself (M6EAT) made an interesting visit to the Vale of Berkeley Railway on Saturday in preparation for ROTA on Saturday 23rd September.
We are undertaking a short visit again this Saturday for some antenna prep and then we will be ready for the day.
We could still do with some more radio operators for the day as I am actually away on holiday. The railway are very interested in this and have given the club the use of the boardroom for the day so everything will be nice and warm and dry.
If anyone can make a few hours then please let one of use know.


Peter M0SVN is busy for the club at the moment. Last week he was the lead at our workshop night using the RTL dongles for SDR.

This week he is talking about YOTA.

TSGARC visit to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton

On Saturday 29th July the TSGARC visited the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton.

A good day was had viewing aircraft from the start of flight through to models of the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and the new F35B Joint Strike Fighter. Aircraft viewed included the iconic Wessex helicopter seen below.

Some members also got to try out the exhibits.


Museum of Internal Fire.

As mentioned at the club Wednesday, whilst on holiday last week I visited the Museum of Internal Fire at Tanygroes, Ceredigion. SA43 2JS. www.internalfire.com

As well as lots of engines they have lots of things of interest to the radio amateur including a radio room, radio equipment, testing equipment, telephone equipment, ships radio rooms and a small titanic display where you can also hear the last message sent by the Titanic.

Here are some pictures of the visit taken on my phone.

I have a few more if people are interested.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.



Museums On the Air

The club was asked if we would like to operate from the Thornbury District Mueseum again.  So as part of Museums On The Air we did on Saturday 24th June.

Rex G4RAE and John M0HFH organised and setup the station using callsign GB4TDM. The bands available were 6m, 2m and 70cms.Peter G4OST, Mike G0JMD and Garry G7NVZ also took to the airwaves and operated the station

The furthest we got was a station in Italy. We also had contacts with other event stations though some of these were for Armed Forces Day. Other contacts were had with friends from GARES and other stations both mobile and fixed around the area.

Waitrose On-Air

Very quick post regarding last weekends Waitrose On-Air Roadshow event. First wanting to thank Waitrose and specifically Shirley (my contact) for organising with us. I am sure that all those who took part and visited us at the store on Saturday last would agree it a success.

Rather surprisingly we actually made some reasonable contacts on 2m repeaters but more importantly were able to meet the general public and of course star of the show just go to Rex for the morse tutorial with the children (seen here).

We shall certainly be putting this in the calendar for next year and hopefully repeating the process. Thoughts are now to our next roadshow location.

Thanks to John M0HFH and Rex G4REA for their help.

Mark 2E0RKM