Greetings from Mid-Wales

Folks its been a while but thought I’d post a hello from the’ valleys’.
Hope you are all well and I’m still enjoying keeping in touch on this web site. Planning a visit towards the end of March when Karen (XYL) is down judging in the South West. BTW mentioned to John (M3EQQ) that the club is very welcome to visit the QTH (IO72XG) in the summer for perhaps an ‘alternative field weekend’. Tents, motorhomes, barbeques, dogs all welcome. I have 9 acres of high ground (approx. 310m ASL) to offer, base, mobile, portable and plenty of walking for those that want it. However need to be strong antennas, well made and guyed – we can get strong winds up here. If you want to come I can mention to our local club ADARS and Mid-Wales RAYNET and perhaps we can do a joint venture – the guys will be up for that – we do a lot of SOTA as you might imagine. Anyway 73 for now and I’ll keep you posted once the Spring/Summer antenna farm starts going up. Mark MW0RZS

G4YKB Long Wire

So..a new arrival at the shack in the form of a G4YKB long wire with some pics from a day or so ago when erecting in Summer (as opposed to how things are today!). Still saving the pennies for my Midi Loop system and wanted to get onto Low Bands so up she went. Yes and before anyone asks….and for the sake of the neighbours we happen to have very large washing!!!!  Very easy to install (took all of 30 minutes that included coffee) and works flawlessly tuning onto 40 and 80 with ease. Works 20 without external tuner and hardly touches the internal ATU of my 7300. Some call it a compromise which I guess it is compared with the Q and selectivity of the Midi Loop but hay it works and thats good enough for now! Well made kit highly recommend it.

Mark M0RZS

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



RSGB Train the Trainers Course


A quick somewhat belated note. Few weeks back I attended the TtT course organised via CARS. Really good day was had by all. I am now officially a ‘Trainer’. However whilst on the course the trainers realised that I was in fact a qualified teacher and have hence forth added me to the RSGB Train the Trainers Tutor list!! So can now work with the team to put on TtT courses for other clubs!!!

Better yet at the course we had the RSGB Regional chap (forgotten his name) but he was keen to roll more out…..all voluntary of course but that is what the hobby is about and this for me optimises what it means for me.

Looking forward to getting involved with more courses planned for later in the year and subsequently meeting other clubs but also to supporting others in our club. Perhaps fortuitous as it comes alongside my involvement in the RSGB Innovation and Technology Working Group.

All I need now is my M0…that I am certain no I hope will be soon.

Mark 2E0RKM




TSGARC AR Roadshows

Folks today I secured agreement from Waitrose Chipping Sodbury to host our first AR roadshow. Idea is for us to showcase some technology but more importantly raise awarenss of AR to the local community. This is supurb location, great footfell at weekends and will be part of the Yate and Chipping Sodbury Festival during June.

At this stage I am keen to recruit some willling volunteers to help me do this. Tea, coffee and I am told cake will be provided but don’t hold me to that. Also want some ideas on the equipment to showcase but remember must be easy to set up and take down and be compact enough not to cause any undue health or safety concerns. Also want a visual presence and a audible one too e.g. GB3 WR on loop!! Want to attract as many people as I can.

Anyone with any ideas please catch me at club or post them here. Actual dates for the event will follow and Gary can add it to out programme. I will also send them to RADCOM.

Many thanks

Mark  2E0RKM