Contacts


Chairman (Dave):
chairman @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Secretary (Jim):
secretary @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Treasurer (Colin):
treasurer @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Webmaster (Mike):
admin @ galaradioclub.co.uk

Club Information

Callsign - Name:
GM4YEQ

Golf Mike Four Yankee Echo Quebec

QTH:
Galashiels, Scottish Borders

IARU/Maidenhead Locator:
IO85OO

Lat/Lon:
55°36' N, 2°48'W

Current Propogation Status

Solar X-rays:
Status
Geomagnetic Field: Status
From n3kl.org

VHF Aurora:
Status
144 MHz E-Skip in EU:
Status
From The DXrobot

Kp Estimate:
Kp Info at SEC
From NOAA


Railways On The Air 2019 – Whitrope Railway Heritage GB0WRH, 20/21 September 2019

September 21st, 2019 by gdars

On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2019, club members took part in the Railways On The Air (ROTA) event, operating from the carpark of the Whitrope Heritage Centre south of Hawick.

Report from Dave S GM0KCN:

Quite a slow start contacts wise on Saturday with only 17 QSOs. Mike and Steven did the majority of the logging and Dave H and I did most of the operating.

We all enjoyed the sunny weather and also a wander round Whitrope Station where Border TV were filming for Border Life programme.

Sunday was not good weather wise, lots of heavy showers, however radio
wise were the centre of a pile up again, just like two years ago, with I
think 75 QSOs, so a busy time for the three of us.

We called it a day just after 3pm when conditions were fading. Packed everything away in a break between the rain and were on the road
a little after 4:30pm.

Thanks to those who managed to visit and enjoy the coffee and biscuits
and see the radio station in action.

Big thank you to Dave H for providing the caravaning facilities and
mains power and the radio kit.

Whitrope Heritage Centre, Whitrope, Hawick, Roxburghshire TD9 9TY
Location: 11 miles south of Hawick on B6399.
Maidenhead Locator: IO85PH 00co
55.294320, -2.748944 (55°17’39.6″N 2°44’56.2″W)
NGR: NT 52540 00279
Google: 9C7V77V2+MC
W3W:///jousting.windmills.wire
https://wrha.org.uk/the-association/find-us/

https://rota.barac.org.uk/
https://wrha.org.uk/the-association/whitrope-heritage-centre/

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Sun 9th June 2019 PW 144MHz QRP Contest

June 9th, 2019 by gdars

On Sunday 9th June 2019, club members were operating GM4YEQ/P in the Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP Contest from our usual spot on Ettrick Swire between Yarrow and Ettrick. 

We had a successful day, made 21 contacts in 12 different squares, from the Isle of Skye IO67 down to the Isle of Wight IO90.
We escaped most of the rain, retreating to the inside of Dave’s Picasso during a couple of the heavier showers, but otherwise occasional drizzle and a bitterly cold wind!

Many thanks to Dave (GM0KCN) and Jim (GM7LUN) for operating the station, Mike (MM3NTX) for logging, and George (GM1OPO) for helping set up.

Antenna poles ready for assembly.
Good job you remembered to bring the antenna, Dave!
Now, which end of which pole do we fasten the antenna to?
This isn’t the first time the antenna was bolted onto the pole.
Antenna up, just need some guys to hold it.
Windy site!
Dave and Mike making the first contacts.
George testing the output and signal are all okay.
Jim taking over for a bit.
Mike and Jim keeping warm with coffee
Dave making more coffee. Bacon rolls were good!

Coordinates:
Lat/Lon: 55.5217N 2.9993W
NGR: NT370257
QTH: IO85MM
W3W: indicates.kitten.sprinter
PLUS: 9C7VG2C2+M7

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Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP Contest 2018

June 9th, 2018 by gdars

Club members participated in the Practical Wireless 144MHz QRP contest again this year.

The aim is to contact and exchange details with as many other stations as we can through the day, all over the country, using 5 watts of power maximum, on 144Mhz band which is usually “line-of-sight” only.

We were slightly more successful than last year, even though we had a few episodes of thunder and heavy rain and had to retreat to the vehicles. Contacted stations from the north of Scotland right down to the south coast of England.

Thanks to our operators Dave and Jim, Dave and George for getting the station set up and antenna erected, Mike for logging, and the other club members who came to support us during the day. Also special thanks to Dave for the coffee and fresh bacon rolls cooked on the portable gas stove!

As usual we were located at the top of “Middle Swire” between Yarrow and Ettrickbridge, 6 miles west of Selkirk. The day started off nice, then the clouds rolled in and the rain started.

The day started off nice.

Nice view down to the south

George’s car equipped for some HF and VHF listening while we’re up the hill.

George and Dave building the antenna pole.

This battery should last long enough.

Solar power, only useful while the sun was out…

FT-991A Transceiver

Playing with HF while waiting to start contesting on VHF…. and watching the heavy showers dodge us. For now….

Calling CQ for any stations listening. Callsign and locator on the sheet for reference. Notice the DIY audio reflector for the on-board speaker.

Okay boys, time to retreat to the vehicles! Rain started.

Getting very noisy and crackly on the radio now. Acutely aware there’s lightning around and we’re next to a tall metal pole with a trailing cable leading inside the car. The radio was disconnected for the short time the bursts of static became a constant loud crackle. Not that we could hear the radio anyway over the sound of the rain battering off the roof of the car.

These were taken during the breaks inbetween showers.

At the end these were the squares that we had contacts in. Shame we missed IO83 and IO92.

Altogether (to be confirmed by the invigilator) 28 contacts (we had a duplicate that nobody noticed at the time) in 13 squares. Just need to wait and see how well we did compared to other stations, particularly the Scottish ones as we won Best Scottish station of last year’s contest.

 

 

 

Call: GM4YEQ/P

Locator: IO85MM (Square IO85)

Coordinates: 55.5215N 2.999W 360m (1180ft) ASL
NGR NT370257 (WAB Square NT32)
Google Maps shortcut: 9C7VG2C2+M7
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/9C7VG2C2%2BM7

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Railways on the Air 2017, Whitrope, GB0WRH, Waverley Route Heritage

September 22nd, 2017 by gdars

On Saturday 23rd / Sunday 24th September 2017, members of the club were at the Whitrope Heritage Centre on the old Waverley Route, south of Hawick, taking part in the annual “Railways On The Air” special event.

Our callsign used on the day was GB0WRH (Waverley Route Heritage)

Details of Railways on the Air event (ROTA): https://rota.barac.org.uk/

Whitrope Heritage Centre: https://wrha.org.uk/the-association/whitrope-heritage-centre/

Many thanks to those who took part (the two Daves) and the others who visited and helped set up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location:

https://wrha.org.uk/the-association/find-us/

Postcode: TD9 9TY

OSGB36 Grid ref: NT525003 

IARU Grid IO85PH

 

 

 

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PW 144MHz Contest, Sunday 11th June 2017

June 12th, 2017 by gdars

A few of our members took part in this year’s annual Practical Wireless 144MHz Contest. 17 contacts made, 10 different locator squares.

Good time was had by all despite the howling winds and bucketing rain.

Many thanks to all for helping out, and thanks to Dave S for the bacon rolls!!

 

Mike MM3NTX assisting setup

Dave S GM0KCN making final adjustments to the mast.

Squares contacted over the day. Sure this is worth a prize of some sort…. #bingo

Temporary “shack”. Could have done with more cushions though… Plenty legroom though.

Food preparation! Not bad going considering the howling wind at the time…

Both masts

Co-linear mast for “spotting”.

Main antenna for making contacts.

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