Our Meetings

1st Wednesdays of the month
Formal Nights for talks, demonstrations, lively discussions and activities: 7:30pm at the Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2PY.

2nd,3rd & 4th Wednesdays
are our friendly "Cheers n Beers" gatherings in the public bar at the Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2PY.

5th Wednesdays in a month
Check out our events and Member's Hub on Facebook, as we either go out for meals and socials, or we do portable evenings.

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The only Amateur Radio Society in Sheffield to offer FREE membership with great talks, events, venue & training…

Welcome to the website of the Sheffield & District Wireless Society. According to newspaper archives, the society has established roots dating back as early as 1919, so in name it is the oldest Amateur Radio Society in Sheffield. The Society was disbanded around 1930 and reformed as Sheffield Short Wave Club in the early ’30s. Some time towards the end of the 1930s, the Short Wave Club apparently became Sheffield Amateur Radio Club. Nine decades later, in October 2013, saw many members move across from SARC to recreate SDWS, bringing with them a very long wealth of history and knowledge. 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 what is a fantastic life long hobby to pursue!

Annual SDWS Junk Sale ..Wed 1st Sept 2021 RUTLAND HOTEL


This starts at 8pm prompt. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Bring along your surplus radio junk and help the club through a 10% levy for club funds.

The sale will run as an auction like you see on Bargain Hunt!

Anti Covid precautions apply…. Masks to be work in public areas of the hotel such as the reception area and corridors, members attending to have had two anti covid vaccinations, do not attend if you have any covid symptoms such as persistent cough, a temperature, etc.






Location: Individual locations to be chosen by the participants
Operators: Single Operator only (couples may enter a log each by sharing the time allowed)
Equipment: HF and/or VHF mobile or portable transceiver and matching antennas
Categories: (1) HF 100W maximum.
(2) HF 10W Maximum
(3) VHF 100W maximum
(4) VHF10W Maximum
HF is defined as 1.8 to 30MHz. VHF is 50MHz and up
Antennas: Any portable or mobile type.
Modes: Any mode allowed, including digital (FT8, PSK, etc)
Logs submission: Any format (paper, electronic, etc) provided the following information is recorded:

FT8 reports may be in WSJT format rather than RST
The log should also state the entrants location(s) either by QRA Locator or Six digit National Grid reference

Send your logs to: sdws(at)g3pho(dot)org(dot)uk OR post to Peter Day G3PHO’s address as shown on QRZ.com
Deadline for log submission: Midnight Wednesday 11th August.

Awards: Achievement certificates in PDF format for the best DX on each band shown in the total entries. The definition of HF DX is based on the country’s rarity value rather than distance. On VHF DX is determined by the distance worked. The judge’s decision is final!

Results will be announced here on this website and on the SDWS public facebook page at www.facebook.com/sheffieldwireless


…. an update


At the time of writing this post (mid March 2021) we are yet to decide on a firm date for when we can resume our “in the flesh” meetings in Sheffield. It is now one year since we met at the Rutland Hotel in Broomhill, Sheffield, and most of our local members have not seen each other since! Instead, we have been having video conference meetings in the form of a Sunday morning chat at 11am, using the entirely free Jitsi video conference software, which works like Zoom and Webex but does not require passwords. There are no time limits and apparently a very generous allowance re numbers of participants. The Jitsi meeting is only available to bonafide Society members so if you wish to take part you will need to either look for the weekly reminder on the members Facebook page or email the club secretary for the link.

We also run a weekly 2m FM net on 145.475MHz. You do not need to be a club member to join in so if you are interested in SDWS why not call into the net at 8pm each Wednesdsay evening? Due to the hilly nature of Sheffield not all members can hear each other so be prepared to have a little difficulty hearing some of the net members. If you hear callsigns such as M0RPK, G8BMI, 2E0YTV, 2E1WCB, G5TO you will have found us!

At the moment the greatest proportion of club activity takes place on our members Facebook page. This is really a very active Social Media outlet for SDWS and is well worth joining Facebook if for nothing else. Here you can make new friends as a member, get the answers to radio problems, especially when they concern antennas and software.

We are also very active in the contest field … especially the RSGB weekly 80m Club Contests, the weekend VHF/UHF RSGB Contests in the VHF Championships and the AFS Superleague and the Autumn Series of RSGB 80m Contests.

If the Covid regulations allow it we hope to put on a VHF Field Day station at our contest portable location at Wharncliffe (IO93FL) on the 3rd/4th July and the RSGB SSB Field Day in early September, from the same location. We are most grateful to the Wharncliffe Estate for giving use permission to use their Wharncliffe Chase site for all our portable contesting. No other clubs or individuals from other clubs are allowed this privilege


The committee have had preliminary chat about this and at present we have no firm decisions to take. We have a number of scenarios that we could undertake..

1. Revert back to preCovid meetings… ie a formal meeting for talks at the Rutland Hotel on the first Wednesday of each month, plus social meetings in the Rutland Bar on all other Wednesday evenings.

2. For the coming year have club talks online only using video conferencing. The RSGB are presently using this system very successfully. We will need someone in the club to organise and co-ordinate the video meetings. PLEASE OFFER YOUR SERVICES! In addition we would meeting in a centrally based pub for social evenings and/or meals.

3. Look for a cheaper meeting room than the £50 a night room we rented at the Rutland. If anyone knows of such a room (free if possible!) which we would need for 7.30 to 10pm one night a week please email the club secretary Peter, G3PHO (email address can be found on his QRZ.com page).


G5YL , Krystyna Haywood, appointed RSGB Region 4 District Representative

SDWS |are proud to announce the appointment by RSGB of our former Chairperson, Krystyna Haywood, G5YL to the office of Region 4 District representative

Sheffield and District Wireless Society is delighted and proud to announce that founder member and former Chairperson, Krystyna Haywood, who recently qualified for her Full Licence as G5YL, has been chosen to represent RSGB Region 4 as its District Representative for the Sheffield and South Yorkshire area. This means she will be working with the Region 4 Regional Rep and will be available to visit affiliated clubs and societies and well as helping individual RSGB members.

This is an important job and SDWS have every confidence that Krystyna will carry out her RSGB duties to the full and in her usually very thorough way.

Congratulations Krystyna !

Celebrate 100 years of SDWS during September’s RSGB SSB Field Day

It’s that time of year as a society to start coming together to quickly prepare for a fabulous weekend of fun with competitive contesters working with newer members to have a great fun weekend, teaching contesting, learning how to log and getting to grips with the real excitement of radio sport contesters with members old and new, side by side, shoulder to shoulder!

Whilst we are in it to win and get some good scores, it is a great opportunity to learn from the masters and to come up in the ranks. Hopefully going away at the end of the weekend with a new passion and set of goals in contesting for Sheffield Wireless.

The RSGB’s SSB Field Day is an annual fun contesting event, and takes place over a 24 hour period between the 7th & 8th September between 1300 hours UTC.

To make this work, we need a commitment of equipment, tents/shelter and operators to work on a 1 or 2 hour rota. Some contesters may choose to stop the whole 24 hours, setting up, stopping over, and closing down, whilst others might come for a few hours. We need all hands on decks where everyone gets to have a bash and have a great weekend of fun.

To make this work, we need the following commitments so please reply to us on our member’s hub and let’s get this great event moving forward;

  • Tents, Caravan and/or campervan
  • Antennas for 80, 40, 15 and 10 metres
  • Radio Equipment, mics, headsets etc.
  • Laptops for logging
  • Generators
  • Volunteers for setup and closedown
  • Operators on a Rota basis.

To start make preparations, a meeting will be held in the Rutland Hotel’s bar from 8pm on Wednesday the 21st August!

Please come along and give us your commitments!

Meanwhile, here are the rules;

1. Objective

To work as many stations and multipliers as quickly and accurately as possible, operating under portable conditions.
2. Date & TimeCW FD (NFD)  –  1st/2nd June 2019     1500-1500 UTC
SSB FD  –  7th/8th September 2019    1300-1300 UTC
3. Frequencies and PowerCW FD – 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m – max 100W
SSB FD – 80, 40, 20, 15, 10m – max 100W
Only one signal may be transmitted at any one time.
4. Entrants and SectionsTo be eligible for a certificate or award, portable stations must register on-line at least 7 days prior to each contest – click here to register for CW NFD and here to register for SSB NFD. (non-UK&CD entrants, ‘QRP Get on the Air’ stations and Fixed stations do not need to register)  Entries may be from RSGB Affiliated Societies, groups of RSGB members, individual RSGB members or any non-UK groups or individuals. Operators of Affiliated Society stations need not be members of the RSGB. Click here to see the latest list of stations who have registered for CW NFD 2019 and click here to see the latest list of station who have registered for SSB NFD 2019  (these links only become active after registration has started)QRP Unassisted Portable: Single transceiver, 5W max. One single antenna (vertical, dipole or loop) comprising a single element with traps and/or removable links – maximum of two elevated supports not exceeding 15m above ground. Receiving with more than two receivers or receiving while transmitting is not allowed.QRP Get on the Air, Renewable Energy, Unassisted Portable: Single Operator, Single transceiver, 5W max. Total operating time is a maximum of 6 hours; off-periods, if taken, must be at least 60 minutes. One single antenna (vertical, dipole or loop) comprising a single element with traps and/or removable links – maximum of two elevated supports not exceeding 15m above ground. Power must be from batteries or a renewable energy source.Low Power Unassisted Portable: Single transceiver, 100W max. One single antenna (vertical, dipole or loop) comprising a single element with traps and/or removable links – maximum of two elevated supports not exceeding 15m above ground. Receiving with more than two receivers or receiving while transmitting is not allowed.Low Power Assisted Portable: 100W max. No restriction on equipment, aerials or assistance.Fixed: No restriction on equipment, power, aerials or assistance. Fixed stations may only work Portable stations for QSO points, but can work any stations for DXCC multipliers.Operation must be from a single Station location where all transmitters, receivers, and antennas are located within a circle of a radius no greater than 500m. Remote receivers outside the Station location are not permitted.Remote operation of a Fixed station is allowed where the operator is situated within the same country on the DXCC list. Additionally an operator’s home station, as shown in the licensee’s licence documents, may be remotely operated from a location in another country.A remotely operated station must obey all station licence, operator licence, and category conditions. The callsign used must be one issued or permitted by the Regulatory Authority of the remote station location. The address of the operator must be included in the ‘Address of Operator when operating Remote from Station Address’ box on the Station Information Page and the address of the remote station must be included in the Cabrillo header ‘ADDRESS:’ box. The RSGB HF Contest Committee may place remotely operated stations in a separate results table.In the Unassisted sections, the following are not permitted: public internet based assistance such as RBN, DX Cluster or private off-site assistance, and also local/on-site Skimmers.Special Contest Callsigns or Club Callsigns may be used. All Portables must sign /P.For portable stations, the installation of the station and antennas must not start earlier than 24 hours before the beginning of the contest. In addition portable stations must be powered by generators or batteries and must not be set up in a permanent building or structure, and the use of existing or previously installed equipment is not allowed.
5. ExchangeRS(T) plus serial number – starting at 1 and incrementing by 1, irrespective of band. If you are not sent a serial number, log a zero.
6. ScoringPortable station Sections : 
Portable and Mobile stations in Europe (including UK&CD): 4 points per valid QSO. 
Portable and Mobile stations outside Europe: 6 points per valid QSO. 
Fixed stations in Europe (including UK&CD): 2 points per valid QSO. 
Fixed stations outside Europe: 3 points per valid QSO. 

Fixed station Section : 
Portable and Mobile stations in Europe (including UK&CD) : 4 points per valid QSO. 
Portable and Mobile stations outside Europe : 6 points per valid QSO.For all Sections in CW Field Day, contacts on 160m score double points.Fixed stations may only work Portable stations for QSO points, but can work any stations for DXCC multipliers.Multipliers: 
DXCC entities per band. The final score is the total of QSO points multiplied by the total DXCC entities.
7. Log Submission 
        and Adjudication
Submit in Cabrillo format here within 5 days of the end of the contest. View the correctCabrillo format for this contest.
Single Operator Portable entrants should indicate that they were Single-op when uploading their log.
If the robot finds format errors, it will reject the log and ask for resubmission of a corrected logfile. Second and subsequent log uploads may be subject to analysis of any changes that have been made.
If you have difficulties preparing or uploading your Cabrillo logfile, please contact the contest adjudicator to ask for assistance, before the submission deadline.
Adjudicated results will be online and will include online logfiles for all entrants. Errors will incur penalties as outlined in the RSGB HF Adjudication Principles. This penalty will be the loss of an additional 2 QSO points.
The use of CAT Control to log the correct frequency and mode is highly recommended – you will lose QSO points for frequency and mode errors.

At the present time, it is not possible to automatically enter logs into the Region 1 (DARC) Field Day Contests. If you wish to also enter the Region 1 Field Day Contests, please submit your log for the Region 1 CW Field Day Contest here and for the Region 1 SSB Field Day Contest here. The rules for the Region 1 Field Days are available here.
8. Results and AwardsThere will be separate tables of results for UK&CD entrants and a combined table for non-UK&CD entrants.Awards for RSGB HF Contests are shown here. The trophies for these contests are for UK&CD entrants.Winners of awards, section winners and the highest scores on each band will be indicated in the results tables complete with downloadable certificates. A certificate may also be downloaded by all entrants showing their position in their entry section.
9. Supplementary Rules(a)  All portable stations may be inspected at their registered location by a representative of the HFCC or CSC, both before and/or during the contest. 
(b)  Any infringement considered to be outside the spirit of the contest may result in QSOs being disallowed, the entry being reclassified as a Checklog, or the entry being disqualified. 
(c)  Self-spotting or asking to be spotted is not permitted.
(d)  Call signs logged must be the same as those exchanged over the air by the entrants during the QSO. Correction of logged call signs and exchanges after the contest, by use of any database, recordings, email or other methods, is not allowed.
(e)  All requests for contacts, responses to calls, and copying of call signs and contest exchanges must be accomplished during the contest period using the mode and frequencies of the contest.
(f)  You must send your callsign at least every 3rd QSO and no less often than once a minute .
(g)  Proof of contact e.g. an MP3 audio recording, may be required as part of the adjudication process.
10. DeclarationBy entering any RSGB HF Contest you declare that:(a) Your station was operated strictly in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest, within the conditions of your licence, and that the power output from your transmitter was no greater than that permitted in the section of the contest that you are entering.(b) You agree that decisions of the RSGB HF Contest Committee will be final in cases of dispute.(c) By submitting a log entry, entrants give the RSGB permission to score, amend, publish, republish, print, and otherwise distribute that entry by any means.
11. Adjudicator
CW: Mike G3VYI

The way forward with Foundation & Intermediate Licence Training

For several years I have been the Wireless Society’s main Trainer for Foundation and some intermediate, with support from a range of members pitching in to help out.

I have in the past year taken much needed time out to learn for, and gain my full amateur radio licence. I am looking forward to receiving my callsign with great pleasure, and am currently enjoing a much needed break. I cant tell you how wonderful it feels to chill out for a bit, and long may that feeling last..!!

Next month, September 2019, heralds a new era for Foundation and Intermediate licences as the syllabuses have changed considerably, and it is going to take some time to prepare and plan a new course with a new format of learning that is easy for us all to manage and cater for.

The new Foundation Licence syllabus has 250 items to learn, which is a massive jump from the 130 items in the previous syllabus. Getting the course right requires time and planning, and unfortunately, the resources of Sheffield Wireless are limited in that we do not have a training room facility. However, this has never been a barrier in the past.

If you think the increased learning is a tough change for Foundation Training, then consider that the Intermediate Training has also been toughened up which will require much more training and far more time, time that we are limited to as trainers, pitchers and supporters.

This means we will have to do things differently, and I think we can acheive that in a way that encompasses the very ethos of amateur radio being a hobby of self learning and experimentation, with a facility of using on line learning resources.

I still continue to be approached as a main trainer since standing down for a break, and as you can imagine, my planning is only in the thinking stages where I am beginning to consider the best way to progress forward on training, although a priority for me, is also preserve my valuable limited time and that of the training supporters.

I no longer have any intention of doing classes, as we do not have the meeting resources available to us. However, a more useful way of managing my time is to provide training videos on YouTube, and also, having used Google’s Classroom for the Full Advanced Group, this feels to me the best way forward for both Foundation and the Intermediate Licence.

My frst priority, is to focus only on the Foundation given the extent of the changes in both. I will not be giving the 2E0 a second glance, placing this on the back burner for sometime in the future. No timescale is set for this.

There is nothing to stop students reading the Course Handbooks, which is what students should be doing in any case of part of their own self learning. Regular members of the society, both at meetings and on the hub are more than happy to answer questions and discuss topics, so we can easily buddy you up with a named 1:1 fully licensed amateur who you can build a good close rapport with during your learning. The videos I plan, along with Google Classroom will also complement each other very well I think.

So, the structures I will be working on, starting from January 2020 will be as follows;

  • Hints and Tips on How to Study
  • Course Book Reading
  • YouTube Video Presentations at your leisure
  • Google Classroom Online Group
  • 1:1 Buddy Support with a licensed amateur
  • Practical Sessions around May/June, and, November/December.
  • Exams will be undertaken in January and July with exam room paid for by Sheffield Wireless.
    • NB: You can request to take your exam at any other time, but you, or your group, will be responsible for the payment of your exam room booking, currently £50.
  • You are responsible for the cost of the exams, and any materials you need to use.

If you need to contact me, or have any questions, then please use the contact us section on the top of our website, or ask a question in our ‘Member’s Hub’ on Facebook.

Thank you and best 73

Krystyna 2E0KSH (awaiting my full callsign!)

2019 Awards Evening


Wednesday evening, 6th March 2019, saw a full room of SDWS members attend the Annual Awards Evening. You can view the Power Point presentation (in PDF format) by clicking on this link. Be aware that this is a large 29MB file so it could take some time to download if you have a slow internet.


The evening began with an introduction by Andrew, G0HSA, the SDWS Chair, followed by the Secretary’s Power Point presentation of the past year’s Society activities. It was obvious that SDWS is going strong, thriving and doing very well in all the various contests we enter. Finally the awards were presented to those who were able to attend. Only a few could not be there and it’s proposed they will receive their awards at the April meeting, just before the main speaker begins his talk.

Bill, G4ZVB, receives his certificate for the leading SDWS member in the SSB section of the 2018 RSGB 80m Club Contests

It was a special pleasure to see John Raynes, G0BWG at the club last night. He has been a very loyal member supporting the club contest programme year after year, running just 5 watts QRP. It was also very good to see John M6JIJ, now 2E0RVX, back at the club again after a few month’s absence. We were also graced by Marcus, M6RUK’s presence as apparently the fish were not biting that evening 🙂 Good to see you Marcus!

The photos show most of last night’s action and are individually titled.

Many thanks to Bill, G4ZVB for most of these pictures.

Barry, G8AGN (right) receives the SDWS Home Construction Trophy for 2018 from the Society’s Chair, Andrew Bennett, G0HSA

G0BWG wins several awards for outstanding results in the QRP section of the RSGB 80m CCs

Andy, M0GAV won a whole clutch of SDWS Contest Awards for his outstanding performances in the RSGB UKACs last year

John, M6JIJ (now 2E0RVX) was leading Foundation licencee in the UKAC contests last year

Steve, 2E0FST, won a Highly Commended Award for his entries in the Beginner’s Section of the 2018 Home Construction Competition

Barry, G8AGN (right) receives the Award for Best Society lecture of 2018
The subject of the lecture was Arduinos

Russell, M6URH (left) receives the Society Award for Progress in Amateur Radio during 2018.
In spite of some difficulties he persevered and passed his Foundation examination with us last year. He is now active on HF running 10 watts of SSB and has already made many contacts outside the UK.

Jayne, M0JNE, has put in a lot of work as course tutor and was rewarded for her efforts with a special award for Service to Society

Andy, M0GAV (left) has for years been our most successful contester, especially in the RSGB UKAC series. He was awarded a special Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts, which include week after week of portable operations on Houndkirk Moor and Wharncliffe often in severe weather. His efforts not only ensured SDWS won the UKAC Local Club league in 2017 but got us (operating as 93 Group then) to second place in 2018!

John, G0BWG( right) was formally recognised for his consistent support of SDWS in both VHF and HF Contests. Running 10 watts or less, he enters logs in the RSGB UKACS, 80m CCs and the Autumn 80m Series week after week. He is an invaluable member of our contest team.

Graham G3YJR (who does not wish to have his photograph published online) was the leading SDWS member in the 2018 UKACs on 2.3GHz and was awarded a certificate. He also was presented by Dave, M5DWI, with the DWI 144MHz QRP DX Trophy and certificate for 2018

Other awards could not be collected as the recipients (listed below) could not attend the awards Evening:

SDWS Home Construction Competition:
Beginner’s Trophy: Iftikhar Ahmed, 2E0LVP
Advanced Highly Commended Certificate: Colin Shaw, M5FRA

Certificates of Appreciation for Service to the Society:
Steve Hambleton, G0EAK for work in organisation examinations

Outstanding Progress in Amateur Radio:
Iftikhar Ahmed, 2E0LVP

UKAC and RSGB 80m CC Contest Awards:
Tim Jones, 2E0TJX
Andy, 2E0RET

Ham Tests Website will be no more…

As of September, the Ham Tests website will be no more. Sheffield Wireless would like to congratulate and give huge thanks to Paul M0TZO for his tremendous work in maintaining such a valuable and highly commendable website resource.
One can only presume that with the one person now working on the site, and with the massive impending changes to the Training Syllabuses across the licences, that the work to update, and bring in new questions will be greatly an onerous one. If this is the case, then Paul’s departure comes at the right time for him, so that he can enjoy a well deserved break after a decade of devotion to such a fantastic resource. There will certainly be strong new challenges for any new person who attempts to venture with their own new resource for the community, as the benchmark to reach is a high one..!!
You might wish to direct your thanks to M0TZO Paul Gibson for doing such a fantastic job.
Still, the positive for this in our view, is that it will steer future students away from relying on Ham Tests, and back to reading what they should be learning…
Paul, our sincerest thanks from us all at Sheffield Wireless, now you can put your feet up and enjoy a well earnt rest..!!  Here’s what Paul wrote on the front page of the Ham Tests website before the closure of the website…
I’m sorry to have dragged this out.
Last year my fellow Admin pulled out and I tried badly to run HamTests on own. I should have listened and bowed out gracefully then.
So this time I’m here to say we are closing this time, but maybe as a result of the delay we are not losing some work.
* HamTests as is, is Closing
* Personal Information is being deleted by us (nothing sold or given away)
* Questions Database will be made available shortly after site closes at end of August as Moodle compatible download
* Sites offering online mock tests, especially with our old Database will be allowed a link from us
* No you can’t host for us, this decision is final
From today, no support will be offered for site issues. It’s sad, but the Aim for HamTests was achieved. Peter 2MØSQL and myself Paul MØTZO wanted an online way to train for our tests.
We’ve won awards, we’ve set the benchmark, but our time has ended. We hope our legacy will go on.
At the end of August will will close this site and delete the user database.
We’ve had a good fun 10+ years and have many good memories. We still try to get to Guernsey for IOTA because of this site. We wish you all the best with your studies and would hope to have a QSO some time.
73 (sadly)

Retiring Chair’s Statement for our AGM on 5th September

This is a positive statement looking back and looking forwards for Sheffield Wireless; prepared arising from my planned absence for the AGM.

SDWS started back in October 2013 as a result of an exciting meeting at the University Arms planning the formation of a new group and a new contesting team. It was a fantastic evening with positive discussions and plans, resulting at the end in a standing ovation to everyone.

All the participants who attended will be glad to reflect back and recall what was an absolutely electric back slapping atmosphere. Brilliant, to say the least!

Society members must never forget that night, nor forget why we created the five aims and objectives of the society and what they stand for, as a means to get away from past grievances which are clearly aired on our website.

So, what have we achieved in my time as Chair?

Here’s a number of positive statements for my role between 2013 and 2018

  • We have a strong contesting team with consistent results at the top of the UK charts, where this year the society will obtain a Trophy it so very much deserves after so much hard work in the UKAC’s.
  • We have trained over 20 Foundation students joining our membership ranks, over 5 intermediates, mainly by myself with the support of a few volunteers, thanks to Jayne M0JNE, David G8EQD, Dave M5DWI and Peter G3PHO, as well as Steve Hambleton G0EAK Invigilating independently for us from Worksop ARS and with 1 full license pass from M0JNE.
  • We’ve in the main attained high quality meeting accommodation for free for several years, but now at a low price with a great bar and restaurant within what is a highly supportive hotel business.
  • We’ve had two very successful IOTA DXpeditions to Arran jointly with Worksop ARS and 93CG. A very positive set of events that helped to build up and form positive inter club relations.
  • We’ve formed very positive inter-club relations, one which we can be proud of, and ultimately, must always work hard to build on and maintain. No other society has ever achieved that form what I can see.
  • We’ve had some high quality talks ably arranged by Steve 2E0FST and Peter G3PHO, with one talk being arranged via online FaceTime chat and sometimes by Peter G3PHO via the BATC.
  • We’ve stuck to our goals of a society free of membership fees and subscriptions, with members contributing personal choice donations to help maintain costs of our room bookings.
  • We’ve produced some great training videos and materials, created mainly by myself which are now greatly in need of updating and change due to large scale and increased syllabus changes.
  • We have a great informative website, built mainly by myself with Peter G3PHO providing a good publicity resource.
  • We have a popular publicity page on facebook which helps to draw more people from around the world to join us.
  • We have great publicity materials from flyers, business cards, a banner and many videos to enjoy.

The society has achieved many more things in its small time in existence, so we have a lot to be proud of what’s been established.

So, what next for SDWS?

It’s clear a lot has been achieved, and whilst most of the current committee are willing to re-stand, let it be known that they also do need a break too!

I am standing down because despite a small recent spat, I really am very very tired, and have a lot to do currently. I have done so much for the society in recent years that I am looking forward to a much needed break and holiday from Chair as well as my role in training. It really has been a hard slog. I need to get on with my Full License without any distraction. I was asked recently how long I’ve been doing the full, and the answer is, this is now my fourth and final attempt in so many years, fourth because of distractions of continuing to do training and chairing. I do feel I have done enough for the society and I, like the rest of the committee, deserve that break.

There’s positive opportunities and challenges ahead. New training syllabuses will require a rethink and brand new material, so the old stuff will have to go as it’s now out of date. Several clubs up and down the UK are already considering withdrawing from 2E0 and Full Training in light of this, and the new syllabus will require training from previously 130 objectives to 250 objectives of learning. This is a big leap for volunteer trainers to consider, requiring a much bigger time investment. The slog will now get harder!

There’s opportunities to publicise the society at local events of interest to you, using our banners and stand; a great way you as members can volunteer to attract new members to become involved in what is a fantastic hobby. Just ask for the banner anytime.

There’s opportunities to build on what is already a strong contesting team, organise field days, arrange IOTA and SOTA events, and continue to build and rebuild links with other clubs. The real focus should not be on supporting the best contester in a team, as doing so fails to develop the skills, abilities and equipment of all team members for stronger teams results in the leagues.

Our five aims and goals are what form the basis of our society, agreed at our first electrically charged meeting; to foster mutual respect and friendships, free membership, minimise conflicts with other clubs, self organisation of activities with no pressure, and a right for members to be treated with dignity and respect. ALL members need to remember all these aims and rules.

I am very very proud of this Society and what we have achieved under my Chairwomanship..!!

After everything I have done, I’m taking a much needed and well deserved break for a little while, just to get on with what’s really important to me.

So, step in, and think not can the society can do for you, but what you can do for the society. It’s truly now YOUR turn to take the reins, and I have to say, it will be about time too..!! 🙂

73, 88’s and good luck..!!

Krystyna 2E0KSH
Founding Chair 2013/2018 (now resigned/retired)

Foundation Now Video : Technical Basics

We’re very pleased to present Krystyna 2E0KSH’s latest video offering, a presentation on Technical Basics for Foundation Students. We hope you will find it of interest and of use in your learning.