Welcome to the website of the Sheffield & District Wireless Society. According to newspaper archives, the society has established roots dating back as early as 1912, so in name it is the oldest Amateur Radio Society in Sheffield. The Society was disbanded in 1926 and reformed as Sheffield Amateur Radio Club. Nine decades later, in October 2013, saw many members leave to reform S&DWS, bringing with them a very long wealth of history and knowledge. After an electric and positively charged meeting, Sheffield Wireless was reborn offering a very relaxed, different and refreshing set of membership aims and objectives.
The kind generosity of our hosts at The Rutland Hotel means we are able to offer FREE membership and no subscriptions. All we ask is you buy a drink or two from the bar, and perhaps a snack or an evening meal as some members regularly choose to enjoy. This should be a huge welcome to new members who are interested in getting involved in amateur radio, who want to take up training for Foundation, Intermediate and Full License, enjoy our lectures and social nights, or typically, become a part of our strong and vibrant contesting team where we do have a strong recent history of being at the top of the league tables.
Feel free to visit our website and Facebook promotional page, or better still, come along to one of our Society meetings, talks or events where a very warm welcome awaits. Do come and join us on in our Member’s Hub where most of our daily activity takes place. There are no member fees to join the society, just bring yourselves along, your ideas and together we can enjoy a great hobby!
Another big pat on the back to our SDWS Contesters…
Sheffield and District Wireless Society is making a real impact on the UK Amateur radio Contesting scene these days and it’s all due to a keen and enthusiastic band of members who are prepared to devote a large amount of time to operating on the club’s behalf.
Not only are we top of the UKAC Local Club League and 4th in the RSGB 80m Club Contest League but we have just finished 6th in the 2016-2017 series of the Affiliated Societies Contest and have qualified for an honourable mention Certificate! You can see by looking at the band headings on the results table that the series of contests spanned 160 metres to 432MHz, both SSB and CW.
Here is the contest adjudicator’s (G3SQX) report …
Ed, G3SQX, visited our Arran IOTA Contest team last year and had dinner with us on our last night on the island…. a very nice bloke.
“AFS Super League 2016-17
The top three slots in this composite of RSGB contests were once again fought over by the same clubs as in previous years. However their positions changed, with Camb-Hams moving into first place, gaining maximum points in five of the six contributing contests, and winning theHadley Wood Contest Group Trophy. A second place certificate goes to Bristol Contest Group who were close behind, and the third place certificate was gained by Grimsby ARC., Pembrokeshire Contest Group, Tall Trees Contest Group, Sheffield & District Wireless Society and Chesham & District Amateur Radio Society were just below in the table – all receiving certificates for finishing in the top three-quarters of scores in the six contributing contests.”
SDWS MEMBERS WHO TOOK PART IN THIS CONTEST SERIES ARE:
(numbers after the callsigns indicate the bands they operated):
Sheffield Wireless is delighted to present as part of the RSGB Foundation Licence Now Course. This video was created and prepared by Registered Trainer, Krystyna 2E0KSH, who presents a module based on the Nature of Amateur Radio. Lasting roughly and hour and a half, this PowerPoint video presentation is expected to give you a good background to this part of the foundation course using a distance learning format.
Sheffield Wireless is delighted to provide an Introduction YouTibe Video as to what’s involved in the Foundation Licence Now Course. Created by and led by Trainer Krystyna 2E0KSH, we are offer this as part of a distance learning initiative, becoming one of many amateur radio societies up and down the UK who provide training to enable people to become a licenced radio amateurs.
At last, we have great delight in presenting you with our Arran IOTA DXpedition video for 2016. Sheffield & District Wireless Society, together with friends from the Worksop Amateur Radio Society, The Sheffield HF DX Group and the 93 Contest Group, made their second joint Dxpedition to the Isle of Arran in Scotland, EU123. Callsigns used were GM2AS outside contest hours and GM5TO during the contest. Our apologies for the low resolution of this film; this is owing to the length of the file and the size we were limited to upload. This film remains the intellectual copyright of Peter Day G3PHO. Enjoy!
Who would have thought that Steve M6SLO‘s video talk for Sheffield Wireless members on “Android Mobile Phone Apps for the Radio Amateur” a few months ago would have received 9000 hits on the Society’s YouTube channel…What better publicity for the S&DWS than this? Well done Steve..!!
We have a great calendar of events, training, contests, Field Days and DX-peditions; just take a look to the link on the left for our Events Calendar, and come and join in with the fun. Don’t dilly dally and tittle tattle with the rest, just have some fun, let your hair down and get with the best..!!
Sheffield Wireless is providing a 2E0 Intermediate Course starting from the 9th November 2016, once foundation training is completed in October.
This is a straightforward course using a range of learning materials, and will mainly be a learning dialogue between Krysytna 2E0KSH as tutor and you the student. Krystyna is not registered to train 2E0 but will follow a planned structure with appropriate materials provided. The practical will be completed with the support of either Mark M0TWG or if he is busy with work, another full license holder.
You will be expected to do your reading.To facilitate missing a session, an online learning center will be created on our website’s training pages to enable you to access materials. Training will take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the Rutland Hotel bar on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays starting 9th November.
We will aim for the exam in early 2017 for which an exam fee applies. Please note that training is provided to encourage you folks to take an active part in the society and the hobby.
If you are interested in doing the intermediate training, turn up to the Society meetings, and speak with Krystyna 2E0KSH or contact her via our Member’s Hub on Facebook
Some of you may know of this project fund but most will have never heard of it. The project fund was set up and is administered by Maurice Deighton, the owner of the Seal Shore Campsite on the Isle of Arran and good friend of SDWS. Without Maurice’s kindness and co-operation we would not enjoy the facility of being able to set up a full IOTA contest station each July on the Isle of Arran. At the end of July, we invade his campsite for a four day period, put up a variety on antennas on his beach and take over his private “Man Room” at the rear of his workshop! ALL OF THIS IS AT NO EXTRA COST over the standard camp site fees!
Maurice, a Yorkshireman, is a really nice bloke and is caring enough to feel concerned about the plight of children in West Africa. Some years ago he set up his schools trust and set about building a school in the Gambia and helping to renovate others. He spends many weeks each year there, over the winter season in Scotland when his campsite is closed.
Over the years that some of us have been going to Arran for the IOTA Contest (both in our former roles at SARC and these days at SDWS) we have tried to make a substantial donation to Maurice’s excellent fund, as a way of saying thank you for his help over the IOTA weekend and in some small way compensate him for the use of the warm radio room during out stay. Last year those of us on Arran had a “whip round” and, with the addition of a small sum from club funds, were able to give £150 to Maurice’s project fund.
This year we would like to increase the amount of our donation….maybe to £200. The Arran contest team will still dig into their pockets this coming weekend and we will top up the amount with something from club funds if possible. However we would like to extend, to all SDWS members, the opportunity of helping Maurice and, at the same time, foster good relations between him and SDWS.
If you feel able to help please let us know. We can collect small donations at club meetings (please give your donation to any committee member, esp. Krystyna, Graham G3YJR or myself). Alternatively you could donate by post. G3PHO, SDWS Secretary, is OK in QRZ.com. Our Chairperson, Krystyna 2E0KSH, has offered to set up a Paypal account especially for this. As a first measure, please indicate your interest with comments to this post.
If successful this year, we could even consider SDWS sponsoring the project on an annual basis but that would only be done after full member consultation and approval. We are not talking large individual sums here …. you give what you can afford.
Although I know of no one who has done so, I’m certain individual SDWS members would find Maurice most accommodating when approached for permission to set up a camping holiday style portable radio station. Just tell him you are member of SDWS!
A few things regarding Foundation, Intermediate and Full Training. We welcome new members who join us and participate to take up continual learning, one of the huge benefits of free society membership.
The main news is that 2E0 Intermediate students aim to attempt for the exam at the end of July or beginning of August for those ready to do it. Those students taking part will need to ‘ramp up’ and increase their own background reading, and continue to lia…ise with and communicate with Trainer Mark M0TGW either before activities on the main society nights or in training sessions. Intermediates will continue with their sessions on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the bar with the practical’s sometime on a Saturday at end of May or early June, TBC. This will leave those students free to enjoy society meetings and events on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.
Foundation Training by Krystyna 2E0KSH is now being provided on a drop in and roll over basis on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the bar at the Rutland Hotel using structured PowerPoints and discussion. Students can start to drop in on any session, picking and starting the course at any time in the year. There is currently one M6 student taking part. If you know anyone who wishes to get involved in the society to take part with the foundation then please extend an invitation for them to join in.
Andrew G0HSA is currently providing some 1-2-1 training to Krystyna, but any 2E0 in the society who wishes to do their full licence should come and have a chat with Andrew.
Huge thanks to other SDWS members who pitch in, especially Peter G3PHO with the occasional Morse, and the Dave’s M5DWI and G8EQD who support with practical’s and occasional presentations.
Please respect that all trainers are volunteers who have work, family and other life commitments, and who freely give up their time when they are able, and therefore offer a flexible and relaxed approach to ongoing, lifelong learning.