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Series Three Episode Eleven - Travelling to Ireland

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Series Three Episode Eleven of the ICQ Podcast has been released. The latest news, your feedback, upcoming events and Martin (M1MRB) tells us about travelling and operating in Ireland.

  • 70.005 MHz WE9XFT beacon operational
  • Trip to Mozambique
  • Support for South Orkney DXpedition
  • Collapsible fabric yagi antenna
  • Amateur Services Spectrum Requirements
  • Wouxon.US show Chinese HT at Hamvention
  • New regulations for Cayman Islands
  • Proposed 5MHz changes in USA
  • Australia - Options for 403 & 520 MHz
  • Extended 5 MHz experiment
  • 70 MHz beacon upgraded to PSK31
  • RSGB respond to Ofcom 433 MHz plans
  • ZS10 Soccer World Cup Prefix
  • GB7HD D-Star Repeater
  • 12 year-old operator shines in contest

Mail from Chris howard (2EØCTH)

Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society going strong thanks to Examiner Community Cash Giveaway,

From the Huddersfield Daily Examiner

To mark the end of Local Newspaper Week we profile Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society which received £900 from our Community Cash Giveaway, yet many will not have heard of the group.

One of its members, journalist ROBERT COCKROFT, took the chance to spotlight the society in the Examiner. An IT director from Kirkburton captures images in space using a balloon with a transmitter-linked tracking device. An engineer from Bradley uses the dots and dashes of Morse code to reach friends across the world.

A retired teacher from Shepley helps hams co-ordinate charity events using portable radios. This mix of experiment, friendship and public service has been a feature of amateur radio since operators took to the airwaves more than 100 years ago. <p>There are roughly six million amateurs worldwide. About 65,000 licences are in issue in this country - and many in Huddersfield where the hobby thrives. One focus of activity is the Pie Hall, Denby Dale, where the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society has been meeting for nearly 40 years.

It developed out of a Scout jamboree at Shelley when local hams were invited to set up a transmitter to contact other jamboree stations. Chairman Gerald Edinburgh said "A visitor Jack Clegg, who was an amateur, looked around and said 'you've enough people here to form a club", and so it began.

Four founder members are among the men and women who gather fortnightly for presentations, technical talks and to share their passion for all aspects of radio communication.

Jim Thornton from Mirfield - call sign G3YDL - passed his enthusiasm to his sons, Simon and Matthew.Thirteen-year-old Matthew was only seven when he passed the exam allowing him to transmit.Jim said: 'His interest in radio has encouraged an interest in electronics and he enjoys building circuits and kits.''

Club president Lew Bower, 83 - a retired mining, electrical and mechanical engineer from Skelmanthorpe - has been on air for 32 years. A keen constructor, he was chivvied into studying for the exam by club chairman Gerald Edinburgh, of Shelley. And he's grateful for the opportunities it brought. 'My job was in innovation and amateur radio encouraged me to experiment with electronic circuits,' he said.One result, which helped to increase safety in the mines, was the development of a control drive based on such a circuit.Lew also valued another aspect of radio when the lapel badge bearing his call sign turned into a social passport on business trips.

"In San Francisco, a guy saw it and immediately invited me to the local radio club. It's a wonderful way of making friends." Lew is one of a group of amateurs from across town that has met on air on Tuesday evenings for 18 years. They chat about personal and technical topics and current affairs.'We are all old-timers but it's an immensely enjoyable and convenient way of keeping up with each other,' he said.

Club members also meet on VHF each Sunday to swap news and report on activities, from contests to community work.The club provided a demonstration for last weekend's Golcar Lily Day. Members using a transceiver bought with a recent grant will set one up at Honley Show on June 12.

Such events allow visitors to learn more of the pastime, to pass brief messages to amateurs across the world and to consider studying for a licence.

In this country there are three types, offering different privileges, and each requires an exam to be passed. Denby Dale offers training courses led by Mr Edinburgh.

The rewards? For some, it's the pleasure of local contacts. For others, it's speaking to astronauts on the International Space Station. Some take pleasure in using digital modes where contacts are made with a transmitter linked to a computer.

Bradley - a keen Morse operator - has held the call sign G3XXR for 42 years. He said: 'In the internet age it still impresses me that you can put up a piece of wire in your garden and with a few watts of power make contacts around the world.

This morning I was on with someone in China. 'It's sociable, too. Some years ago I met an amateur in America on the air. We spoke regularly and he invited me to his ranch in North Carolina.

It was a fantastic trip. Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society is planning an open day this summer for all amateurs in town and anyone who would like to join. Details on the club website - http://www.g4cdd.net

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Colin Butler

Colin Butler is a podcaster, journalist, blogger and IT industry professional with over 15 years of IT experience.

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