November 20th, 2017
FDARS member John Brand, G0MGN and Martin Waller, G0PJO spent the Day at Bawdsey Radar Station operating GB2BRS. The best part of a day like that isn't necessarily the operating but the people who walk in through the door. We had two gentlemen come and talk to us yesterday. The first was an ex-army Morse operator who copied encrypted 5 letter groups at 22 wpm by hand and at 26 wpm when using a typewriter. The second was ship radio operator who use to be employed my Marconi until he went free-lance. He was very keen to listen to the amateur broadcasts and actually picked up a pen and started to copy some signals.
October 23rd, 2017
On Saturday 21st of October, Alan Jones, M0JSA and Colin as Chairman of Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group signed a memorandum of affiliation between the two groups. This will hopefully lead to mutual benefits as we use the Foxhall site to promote amateur radio at their events. The most immediate benefit to us is the ongoing use of the site for field days; both on museum open days and when closed to the public. Access to the site is by arrangement with the Suffolk Aviation Heritage Group trustees.
In due course it is intended that FDARS will have a permanent radio shack and antennas.
October 9th, 2017
Congratulations to Mike and Denise’s wedding.
Mike and Denise married on September 22nd in Leicestershire. The wedding was attended by a small group of family and friends including FDARS members Alan, Steve, Ian, Roger and Paolo.
We wish them a long and happy marriage.
August 14th, 2017
An enjoyable evening had by all at the Foxhall Aviation Museum activating the club callsign with some of the newer members. Giving some their first experience of operating on the HF bands.
July 17th, 2017
Another excellent evening operating from the beach at Languard View Point. We had at least 6 or 7 antennas up and managed to work Spain, Germany, Italy, and Hungary. Plenty of FDARS members turned up, some to operate, some to look on, and some just to chat. It was a good night.
July 8th/9th, 2017
This weekend was the Martlesham Heath 100 Years Celebration Weekend, two days of organised entertainment of Martlesham main green. We were invited along to put on a demonstration of Amateur Radio and to display some WW II vintage radio sets.
Band conditions we not brilliant and we also had to compete with the HQ contest but we successfully made contacts around Europe and everyone had a good time. For the event we used the special event callsign GB4MH.
June 19th, 2017, New Chairman.
ESWR move a great success.
The East Suffolk Wireless revival ESWR or Ipswich Rally was held on Sunday 11th June at its new venue at the Kirton Recreation ground near Ipswich. The overwhelming response from traders and visitors alike was very positive. The event had a “good feel” about it, had much more space and was definitely less industrial compared with our previous site, and most importantly the weather was kind to us. As always putting on events like this is a big team event with the combined help from the Felixstowe and District Amateur Radio Society (FDARs), the Ipswich Radio Club, The Martlesham Radio Society and the Leiston Amateur Radio Club, and I would like to thank all who helped with the setup, operation and tear down of the event, and to all the traders, special interest groups and of cause all the visitors. I hope to see you all again, and more next year. Thank you.
Mills On The Air - May 14th, 2017
Once again we setup station at Woodbridge Tide Mill operating as GB4WTM. Operators involved were Mike Rolph, M0MCY, Paul Whiting, G4YQC, Iain Moffat, G0OZS, Martin Waller, G0PJO and Keith Gaunt, G7CIY.
The conditions did not seem that good to start with but opened up late in the afternoon. Having said that our signals were obviously getting out.
Some pictures from the day.