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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Michael 2E0ZMZ now Silent Key


It is with great sadness that we regret to inform everyone that ‘Little Mickle’ aka Michael Coleman 2E0ZMZ passed away last night in hospital. He had been having stem cell treatment in recent months, and in the end succumbed to flu. His best friend for the last 23 years, Trev G0IYV was there with him in last moments.We give our deepest and warm condolences to his family.

Mick leaves behind a large family of grown up children; he was well loved by his family and respected by many amateurs. Andy M0GAC and Colin CT7ACG both comment how it was a pleasure to have known him, having attended Scotland’s Isle of Arran on a local club DX-pedition with Sheffield ARC some years ago, and often taking part in field days, being a resident tea maker, being fully involved in those events. He earnt his Foundation license some years ago until he gained his intermediate in 2013. In recent years there was less of a presence at our clubs, but he was always welcomed, especially his sense of humor and love of a bit of good natured fun, and never forgotten.

For a chap of short stature, he was one that left a large impression of a really kind hearted and amazingly funny chap. He will be very much missed by everyone. RIP Michael, now Silent Key, go fly with the angels on the airwaves.

Come and Join us in 2018..!!

When Societies work together for members

Two of Sheffield Wireless’ mains aims are to foster mutual respect and friendships, as well as minimise conflicting with the interests of other local groups, for the full benefit of its membership who wish to enjoy other commitments.

So, it comes as a real pleasure when both our Societies have enjoyed good natured camaraderie against each other’s contesting teams in recent years, undertaking a joint DXpedition to Arran for the IOTA last year, and despite Sheffield Wireless being top of the UKAC league, Worksop ironically still gain more lead winners at national level.. ho hum..!!

Whilst Sheffield meets weekly on a Wednesday evening, Worksop have two meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so there is no conflict between us, just as we’ve always avoided conflicting with Sheffield’s other club’s meeting night on Mondays. This means our members can enjoy whatever clubs they wish to take part in for a whole week through, and enhance their hobby even more. SDWS and Worksop are two very different, but equally strong societies with ours having access to the generosity of facilities of Sheffield’s Rutland Hotel with activities based 0n a voluntary and self organised basis, with Worksop having it’s own building, several shacks and a great range of equipment in store to use and play with. For annual membership of £10 at Worksop, with a £1 door charge, it makes sense to support a very good value for money subscription which helps to pay for their facility costs.

We’re very grateful that Worksop extended an opportunity for Iftikhar and Jake (pictured right) to be able to take their exam today at Worksop and gain very good passes. This gets them very quickly on to the first rung of the amateur ladder. We extend our congratulations also to the remaining 7 Worksop members who also passed and earned their foundation passes, and we wish them all every success as they follow their paths to the next stage in their amateur radio future together. Congratulations to all who passed their exam today…

Our thanks again to Worksop ARS for supporting Sheffield Wireless members in this way. All we have to do now is sign them up into Sheffield’s contesting team to give Worksop a pasting in the league next year…




A message to the GB3EE persecutors regarding children & families

It is clear to the local Amateur Radio fraternity that there are a group of individuals on the GB3EE repeater with a goal to seek to persecute and oppress a certain M3 individual, to prevent that person using GB3EE, and also prevent anyone who is in communication with the said person, as well as to persecute and oppress radio amateurs who are challenging their actions.

This is a message to those persecutors. Whilst we do not condone the above behaviours, you have been heard threatening the partners, and especially the children of those who are challenging you. This is unacceptable. An example of good practice can be found with the paedo hunters on their various Facebook Pages where they hunt down pedophiles in a vigilante style and then involve police for conclusion. These ‘hunters’ are careful to point out to viewers watching that they must not approach the homes of such pedophiles, threaten families nor threaten children.

You are advised to do the same by refraining from making any such further threats where children and the partners of these individuals, as this is a serious safeguarding matter where children are concerned. Such threats by adults made by yourself is a serious matter, a criminal matter, and is not the purpose of your objectives to stop a certain individual using GB3EE.

Click to visit Safer DerbyshireContinue to persecute certain Radio Amateurs if that is your desire and goal, and clearly, we’re unable to stop you. This message is to ask you to refrain from threatening partners and particularly children who you have placed in a vulnerable position with your comments.  Your threats against children are being recorded, and can be passed to the Police and Social Services as part of any Safeguarding investigations. This is a polite request to please desist. Thank you.

Sheffield’s Abundance of Repeaters & Links

We are very fortunate in Sheffield to have access to about 8 Repeaters and Links in the Sheffield area to enjoy, covering a range of different modes from Analogue FM, DSTAR, DMR, Fusion, with some links having access to either Allstar, IRLP and Echolink. And whilst many local radio amateurs have recently been dismayed and disheartened to hear of the abuse recently on Chesterfield GB3EE, being played out, day in day out, we just have to remember that there are alternatives to use until the ‘madness of the current abuse’ stops. The above link will take you to a page highlighting where you can find our local repeaters and links.

It is important to remind ourselves that as much as we might wish to reason with such individuals, it is a breach of license rules to communicate on air with anyone who is not licensed, and it is certainly inadvisable to engage with someone who chooses not to give their callsign. The best thing to do, is leave the repeater alone, come back later, or go elsewhere, as it really isn’t worth the bother getting involved with such mindsets.

In the UK, the frequency allocations for repeaters are managed by the Emerging Technology Co-ordination Committee (ETCC) of the Radio Society of Great Britain and licensed by Ofcom, the industry regulator for communications in the UK. Each repeater has a NOV (Notice of Variation) licence issued to a particular amateur radio callsign (this person is normally known as the “repeater keeper”) thus ensuring the licensing authority has a single point of contact for that particular repeater.

Sheffield has a long history where repeaters and keepers are concerned, the oldest one being GB3US. This used to be situated on the roof of the University for many years before it was moved, and provides us with great IRLP/Echolink access. The second oldest in recent history is GB7SF, the area’s oldest DSTAR repeater run and managed by Steve M1ERS and the Sheffield DSTAR Group, who also maintains Sheffield’s first Yaesu Fusion repeater GB7SH. More recently has seen the introduction of the analogue GB3AB providing a high vista and catchment area from Worrall, as well as the DMR repeater GB7SR run and maintained by Andy M0GAV. These repeaters in addition to the various links to Echolink, Allstar and IRLP, just doesn’t fail to meet the expectations and needs of the radio amateur in Sheffield. We need to count ourselves as very lucky indeed, and we sincerely do owe a great deal of thanks to all these keepers.

Each repeater in the UK is normally supported by a repeater group composed of local amateur radio enthusiasts who pay a nominal amount e.g. £10—15 a year each to support the maintenance of each repeater and to pay for site rents, electricity costs etc. Repeater groups do not receive any central funding from other organisations. Our current repeaters in Sheffield have been well looked after and maintained by responsible repeater keepers including Andy M0GAV, Greg G4CUI, Steve M1ERS, Martin 2E0EVP and so on. We owe our deep thanks to these amateurs.

Repeaters, whilst free to use, don’t come free, and are normally set up by dedicated local amateurs keen to provide such a service for others to enjoy. No repeater keeper ever really asks for money, but it is fair to say that if you use one, you should at least consider from time to time some donation to a local favourite repeater you use regularly, certainly because maintenance and upkeep doesn’t come free, and will most certainly be appreciated by the keepers. Dig deep into your pocket guys if you value what we have, go and help out because eventually these repeaters will wear down. What then you might ask?

Current Repeaters and Links in Sheffield

  • GB3AB – Worral – FM, 70cm, CTCSS 82.5, 433.175/434.775
  • GB3US – Town Centre- FM with ECHOLINK 223073 and IRLP Node 5150, 70cm, CTCSS 103.5Hz, 433.000/434.600
  • GB7SF – Wincobank – DSTAR, Port C, 145.1375//145.7375
  • GB7SH – Wincobank – for FM/Fusion, CTCSS 71.9Hz, 430.9625/438.5625
  • GB7SN – Meadowhead – Hyterea DMR, 439.6750/430.675, DMR Slot 1
  • GB7SR – Fox Hill -Motorola DMR,  439.6375/430.6375, DMR Slot 2
  • MB7ALB – Rotherham, FM, IRLP Node 5200, Simplex on 70cm, at 430.0625, CTCSS 71.9 run by G4NJI
  • MB7IGC – Sheffield, FM, Echolink 471476, IRLP Node 5100, Simplex on 2m at 145.337.50, CTCSS 71.9, run by G4CUI
  • MB7ITH-LALLSTAR, Echolink 437121, 145.21250, CTCSS 71.9Hz, run by 2E0EVP.


Foundation Course Starting in January 2018

Sheffield Wireless are starting a Foundation Course in January with both Krystyna 2E0KSH and Ian 2E0IEB jointly leading the courses. The course is FREE, open to all, and runs on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the panel room at the Rutland Hotel, and then we have a social drink downstairs in the bar time permitting. If you are under 18 and interested in taking part on the course, this is fine, but you must bring a parent or a responsible adult with you.

The first session is on Wednesday 10th January from 7:30pm. Buy yourself a drink at the bar, and meet us in the panel room at the Rutland Hotel. Just turn up and be ready to enjoy! Attached by clicking here is a copy of a Plan and Structure for the Foundation course. You will find at the back of the document is a calendar indicating the course content.

The advantage of our structure is that you can join the course at any time, but then carry over to the next course, so you can jump in and not miss anything. It is highly likely that some practical tests will carry over onto 1 or 2 Saturday mornings at a location to be agreed.

We provide two Foundation courses a year with exams in June and December, or optional exams in March and September. So it could take from 3-6 months. We have no subscriptions of membership fees, but the only cost is the exam which is currently £27.50. We take a fairly relaxed approach which we find is a good quality method of learning with no pressure, although you can self learn much quicker. The issue is the requirement for completing the practicals. Whilst the exam is important, our purpose is not to help you pass the exam, which is what we’d like you to achieve, our purpose is to help you become competent and confident radio amateurs…

We do plan to have a full itinery of YouTube videos for the whole course, although a limited few current versions which need greatly updating, can be found here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyVf541O6N0 The videos give a useful lesson if you happen to miss a session, and helpful for to viewing again. We expect to to have a full suite of new videos completed by January ready for your use.

If you have time to pop in and introduce yourselves, we are open on the 6th December where we hope to have a talk from Peter Day who’s callsign is G3PHO and we’re also around on the 13th December too from 7:30pm for a chat. We are closed on the 20th December owing to the Society’s booked Christmas meal event.

Meanwhile, feel free to join our member’s hub on Facebook. We always say to everyone that being in a society or a community certainly helps to keep you interested and stimulated in what is a fantastic and interesting hobby. Link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/sheffieldwirelessgroup/

Activating a Cemetery on Halloween…

Well that must be a world first… Halloween and Amateur Radio with Krystyna 2E0KSH who has today worked a Grave Digger at Moorgate Cemetary, Rotherham, Ian M0CJY, on Halloween.

She ended up having a 5 minute chat on the DMR handheld about Halloween, Cemetaries and Radio…. Weird… Did you know that John Stevenson, who is the brother of George Stevenson, Renowned as the Father of the Railways, is buried in Moorgate Cemetery?

We’re perhaps wondering if there is a radio interest in ‘Activating Cemetaries’ Have you activated a Cemetary lately?

Happy Halloween Folks..!! Make it a safe and fun one!

First YL Full License Pass at Sheffield Wireless

We’d really like to pass on our huge congratulations to Jayne Severn, 2E0SVN (now M0JNE), who has become the first YL member of Sheffield Wireless to gain a full licence during the Society’s most recent history. The result, she got 95% for the full exam with just 3 questions wrong. Yup! Just three!

An excellent achievement, but being much of a modest individual, Jayne complained that she did the mock advanced exam at the back of the exam secrets book and claimed to either have no understanding of potential dividers and leading/lagging waveforms at all, and categorically stating questions 11 & 14 must be wrong, but then realised she read the question wrong…

Not to be beaten, in a day before the full exam, her last attempt on Hamtests was 93%, but of course modestly speaking, there’s a lot of repetition from one mock to the next, so she said she decided to take that with a big pinch of salt and continue with lots of revision along with more RSGB mocks.

In passing the exam she said, “I had no idea how though, but by the end I thought I’d get 45/62 right or thereabouts. After the first 20 minutes (the 10 licence condition questions), I was just hoping it would get easier, but no, it was really difficult all the way…” Difficult, what with 95%… Pull the other one Jayne 🙂

Given that she only gained her 2E0 earlier this year, our huge congratulations are in order; you’ve made us all proud at Sheffield Wireless!

Five Intermediate 2E0 Successes

We’re a bit late at announcing this, but non the less we are delighted at Sheffield Wireless to announce a 100% pass rate of 6 foundation holders who tonight passed their exam to become 2E0 Intermediates only a few months ago..!!

We’re even more delighted that it was a woman, Jayne M6KLE, with the highest score and who only got one question wrong..!! Great that YL’s are getting involved in the hobby.

We’re very grateful to Mark Rigby M0TGW and Krystyna Haywood 2E0KSH for providing the training in the last few months, and for Steve Hambleton G0EAK of Worksop ARS and David Shaw M5DWI for the independent invigilation ensuring a professionally conducted exam.

Our final thanks goes to the Rutland Hotel for the generous use of their Dovedale Suite, providing excellent meals and plenty of beer on tap….

The 6 students and 2 trainers from left to right are; Kemlo 2E0POM/M6VRR, Steve 2E0FST/M6SLO, Jayne 2E0SVN/M6KLE, Mark M0TGW, Krystyna 2E0KSH, Paul 2E0YPD/M6HPQ, Malcolm 2E0EJQ/M6HUX and Ian 2E0IEB/M6IEB. Well done everybody, a great result all round..!!

Feeling out in the cold this Winter? Join us!

It’s a true fact that the more you attend a club, the more likely you will remain interested in the hobby, especially as different topics are introduced, people get together and become enthused in moving the hobby forward, making good friends along the way whilst getting involved in what is a fantastic hobby. The more you attend, the more you’ll enjoy yourself..!!

Sheffield Wireless is incredibly grateful to Sheffield’s Rutland Hotel who very generously offer the very warm and cosy Dovedale and Panel Suites for our meetings. Such hosting enables us to offer FREE memberships and no subscription fees and where we have access excellent facilities to not only a meeting/lecture room, but also a training room, a bar, free WIFI and very welcome staff who appreciate our custom on the Wednesday nights.

We particularly welcome visiting members from other clubs in the wider area including Humberside, Worksop/Notts and Derbyshire whose clubs meet on other nights. This is a great way to work on developing some excellent friendships and inter-club activity and boosting competition whilst enjoying good natured fun and camaraderie that the hobby brings.

Where else in Sheffield can you get warm facilities at no cost? All we politely ask you to do, is repay the hotel’s generosity by getting a drink from the bar and some occasional snacks. Some members regularly buy a delicious meal, as it saves time cooking at home after work, so don’t be surprised during a social chat, a waiter drops by with a burger, or a fish pie or hunter’s chicken for a member… Here’s a link to their menu….

Our next meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays include a talk on building a computer for amateur radio use, a history of commercial amateur radio equipment as well as HFDX for beginners. We also continue to enjoy very good social evenings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, and recently had visitors from the Yorkshire Scouts Movement to talk about activities at their local events throughout the year as a way of engaging more people to become involved in the hobby.

Currently, thanks to the support of Ian 2E0IEB, 5 students are learning the Foundation licence, including Jake who himself faces the challenges very positively of being a student who is blind, and has a very keen interest in the hobby, even recently the jammy so and so took first place in our recent ‘Fox hunting’ radio exercise where we look for a signal generator that is hidden in bushes, by using handhelds to find the signal and find the object hidden in a ‘cuddly toy’, so fortunately, it’s not real fox hunting.

Radio Contesting and our Club Successes..

Sheffield Wireless also very proudly take the number ‘1’ lead in the UKAC contests for local clubs. There are currently 33 clubs in the league, but we are beginning to fall behind on the 2m slot, so if you have access and want to join a winning team, then join in and help boost our scores. Members have made a terrific effort this year where in August we got second place in the RSGB 432MHZ low power contest a few weeks ago.

We best not forget to mention that SDWS finished in 6th place in a long list of 104 clubs this year. The Super League takes into account results from both HF and VHF contests, as shown in the accompanying screenshot. In a few of the contests, we worked in teams of four ops per team. Last year we finished 9th so this is excellent progress against the top contesting clubs in the UK. It’s great to have a bunch of local amateurs, some with years of experience, and some new to the hobby; it goes without saying that contesting really does encourage you to fine tune your stations, your antennas as well as operating technique.

Radio Scouting Movement..

Sheffield Wireless recently had a visit from Stuart G6DUE at Sheffield and the wider Yorkshire Scouting Movements with a view to getting involved with a variety of local Scouting events over the coming year.

These include the ‘Winter Wonderland’ in December, ‘Freezer Camp’ in February, ‘Scoutastic’ in July as well as ‘Crew Boree’ in September. there’s also a thought to start thinking about J.O.T.A. 2018…

These are early days to ascertain which members are interested in getting involved in supporting the scouts, and deciding what can be realistically achieved within those weekends. It’s a great way of getting involved in the hobby, and engaging new members to join in and have fun.

Come along and join us at Sheffield Wireless, where it’s warm, a great bar, good food, good company and good conversation. Come and share your ideas, let us know how you’d like to be involved. There’s no need to sit out in the cold, when you’ve got FREE membership, no subs, and a great opportunity of immersing into what is a fantastic hobby to enjoy.

See you soon at the Rutland..!!