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  • RED ROSE RALLY
    Now booked, St Josephs hall, Leigh. 21st August 2022
    Go to rally page here
  • VIDEO CAMERAS
    15/05/22 We have installed two I.P. video cameras (Hikvision) at the shack, (thanks to Colin M0IQY for providing) one is installed in the shack above the door and the other on the antenna pole by the door, close to the Windom balun. These can not be viewed as simply as a domestic USB webcam on most browsers. But it can on later Windows Internet Explorer and Windows Chrome with the I.E. extension installed (easier than it sounds, type IE tab into browser). They support many more logins than a USB webcam and have other benifits.
    The best way to view is to install a Hikvision app from the Play store/App store on your device (such as Hik-connect) and follow the instructions on wmrc.co.uk/shack.htm
  • HEX BEAM
    31/03/22 Unfortunately the Hex beam seems to have picked up damage again.
    Our plan is to wait for the next clear warm weather break and complete the whole antenna maintenance schedule, which will involve replacing the repeater antenna and coax along with the Hex beam repair.
    A working party will be required, those interested in volunteering their services please contact Stan (Chairman) at the next meeting.
  • RED ROSE RALLY ANOTHER UPDATE
    Tom has been investigating Spinners Mill in Leigh as a backup venu, not ideal, but usable, also has a museum on site as added interest.
    ... But it's looking like St Josephs hall will be open for summer, so will be our most likely choice of venu. The most likely month will be July.
    Details on here in the very near future.
  • SPRING FIELD DAY/EXPEDITION TO BUXTON CANCELLED

    Unfortunately we could not raise enough members to brave the riggors of the overnight camping aspect of this event. This event will be replaced with a simpler field trip soon.
  • SUCCESSFUL AGM
    The WMRC AGM was held on 27th Jan 2022.
    The new committee members appointed can be viewed here
    Congratulations and thanks to Mark M0INI for his appointment to Secretary and his previous work as temporary secretary.
    Congratulations to Tom M7MCQ as he takes over from Colin M0IQY as Rally manager and combines a new recrutement roll. As Colin moves to awards manager

    WMRC service awards for 21-22 go to:
    Paul Sargent award - Stuart G0IUA
    Presidents award - Liz Oliver and Peter G4WLI jointly
    Jerry Coupe award - Peter G4WLI
    Bob Lowe award - Andy M1VIP
    Check the gallery for pictures here
  • RED ROSE RALLY IMPORTANT UPDATE
    Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control we have to postpone the Red Rose Rally of February 6th 2021. The owners of St Josephs hall have stated that the building will remain closed through February. Major vendors have also said they are likely to withdraw due to uncertaity over recent Covid news and uncertainty of forthcoming protocol.

    However...fear not we will plan for an enlarged summer event around June/July.
  • SPRING FIELD DAY/EXPEDITION IN PLANNING

    spring field day locationDave, the special events organiser is lining us up with an overnight field trip, when the weather improves.
    Initial plans were for a late autum event, but Covid uncertainty and the unfavourable mix of cold and old bones has prompted us to move it to spring 2022.
    Anyone who fancies an overnighter Buxton way, (indoors accomodation) get more details from Dave (Keyser) at the next regular club meeting. A potentially memorable event brewing here!


  • HEX BEAM REPAIRED

    Working partyDamage caused by storm Arwen has been repaired by the working party on 5/12/21.
    Working party consisted of: Stan, Tony, Dave (Keyser), Colin, Stuart and Peter.
    Damage was limited to the 40m element that had become detached and the feed from the balun had failed.
    The Carolina Windom was also repaired and reinstated.


    Reinforcement of the front and back of the
    hex beam was done using paracord supplied by Colin.Hex beam under repair
  • facebook logoPUBLIC FACEBOOK GROUP LAUNCHED 11th Nov 2021
    Non members are welcome to browse and comment on club activities. Our Facebook group West Manchester Radio Club is open to all to view content about the clubs activities.
    The members only group is still active for WMRC internal matters.
  • Youtube logoWMRC YOUTUBE CHANNEL LAUNCHED 7th Nov 2021
    Members and non members are welcome to browse our YouTube channel where video clips of our events will be published. New uploads frequently added.
    Click here for YouTube to open in a new page.
  • BEACON PARK FIELD DAY 26/09/21

    Shack refitA great success, with favourable weather. Good turnout from members, a genuinely fun based day.
    Many thanks to those who visited us during the day.
    A brief video is available here for those who couldn't attend, or fancy the next one.

  • SHACK REFURBISMENT UPDATE

    Shack refitThe shack refit is going well, the working party on Sunday (12th Sep) have removed the middle section table/bench and installed a replacement computer, where the lower bands transciever will be located. Eventually enabling members to use a dedicated workstation for 160- 40m working with digital mode options.
A VHF/UHF station will be outfitted on the bench area in front of the repeater. This will give us 3 seperate workstations HF higher bands, HF lower bands and VHF/UHF.

A UPS device provided by Colin M0IQY (shown) has now been fitted to the repeater to avoid the 'brown-outs' that have been knocking out the Wires X computer.
  • RED ROSE RALLY DATE
    Subject to all going well with the covid outbreak over winter, we plan to run the Winter Red Rose Rally on Sunday 6th February 2022 at St Josephs hall, Leigh.
  • GB7WM NEWS 02/07/21

    Our Fusion repeater has now completed its move to the new dedicated cabinet. The cabinet gives us more shack space and has improved the cooling for the repeater.
    repeater in cabinet
  • Reliability of the repeater has been improved over time by altering the air flow and modifying the internal fans and ducting.
    The biggest improvement is due to the new FTM 100 node radio, which has now isolated the repeater and prevented the TX lockups that these machines experience.
    Unfortunately connectivity reliability is in the hands of BT! As our 'end of road' location does not give us the most reliable internet. However we continue to press for a fibre to building connection.
    For more pictures of the rehousing project go to the picture gallery here
  • First 'post Covid' committee meeting was held 27th May 2021, notable events were retirement of John Howarth from the role of Secretary owing to personal circumstances. We would like to thank John for his service.
    The committee have co-opted the services of Mark Smith M0INI who has volunteered to act in the roll of Secretary for the remainder of the current term and hopefully beyond.

    We have decided, due to uncertainty NOT to run a Red Rose rally this year. But push all our efforts into running an expanded rally in Jan/Feb 2022, the time of our larger winter rally.

    We propose to further inprove the layout of the club shack into 'workstation' areas to improve ease of use for current members and make life simpler for new members we are hoping to encourage
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  • CLUB RE-OPENS AS OF 20/05/21
    Regular Thursday meetings resume, with shack access and bar services. Regular Covid restrictions apply, of table service only, 6 per table. Masks to be work when moving around the premisis.

    GB7WM is now fully operational with Wires-X now re-established.
  • The hexbeam has been errected on the main hast and the repeater antenna is now about 2m higher.
    Many thanks to the working party involved.
  • October 2020. The 2020/21 Red Rose winter rally has been postponed due the current pandemic
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