TDARS News

  • Construction Competition Show and Tell

    For 8pm at Little Wenlock Village Hall.

    If you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • Hamfest debrief 15 September 8pm

    After the recent successful Hamfest we’re getting together at Little Wenlock Village Hall to discuss it.

    If you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • 2021 Telford Hamfest is over

    We hope everyone enjoyed the Hamfest and got something out of it.

    We’re planning for Hamfest 2022 now.

    If you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • Sept. 8 Walking ‘fox hunt’ meet at 7.30pm

    Meet up at Little Wenlock Wenlock Village Hall – Martin 2E0TRO is ‘fox’ and with his local knowledge be testing members skills.

    Thanks to Google maps for the map background above.

  • Hamfest volunteers evening

    ‘Giz job – I can do that…’ 8pm Little Wenlock Village Hall.

  • Suplus equipment sale

    Huge amount of gear to be sold – this meeting will be at Little Wenlock Village Hall Meeting starts at 8pm.

    Please check these notes by the village hall committee for use of the hall
    http://www.littlewenlockvillagehall.uk/community/little-wenlock-village-hall-15549/home/#

  • Hamfest volunteers meeting

    August 11 at 8pm for volunteers to work at the Telford Hamfest on Sept 5th. All hands to the deck.

  • Hamfest news

    Telford Hamfest is back for 2021 September 5 at Harper Adams University TF108NB
    follow this link to get the latest news

  • 4 August Committee meeting & Net chat 144.6 FM

    The regular online net on 144.6MHz FM (+/- frequency use) takes place tonight – call in from 8pm.

    If you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • Post-lockdown DF hunt – July 28

    Meet at Little Wenlock Village hall from 7.30pm onwards

    We will try and monitor 144.6MHz and GB3TF for those arriving.

    Thanks to Google maps for the map background above.
  • 21 July meet-up 6meter antennas of all sorts

    Different antennas for 6m, please bring along as many different ones as possible. We will be on Little Wenlock Field. Weather permitting. 8pm onwards.

    Parking is available at the Huntsman pub but please park at the village hall and walk up. We will try and monitor S20 (145.5) and the club net frequency 144.6 for anyone needing talk-in.

    IF you are not yet a member and would like to be member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

    Thanks to Google maps for the map background above.
  • July 14: BBQ & Trophies presentation Little Wenlock Field

    At 8pm this week the club is having a face to face meet-up on the Little Wenlock Village field, in the lower part where there is cover.

    If you are coming along and would like a burger an email with information will be sent out before the evening.

    The BBQ starts at – parking is available at the Huntsman pub but please park at the village hall and walk up. We will try and monitor S20 (145.5) and the club net frequency 144.6 for anyone needing talk-in.

    Thanks to Google maps for the map background above.
  • 7th July 2m 144.6MHz Net 8pm – while committee meeting takes place.

    The regular online net on 144.6MHz FM (+/- frequency use) takes place tonight – call in from 8pm.

    If you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • TDARS meeting June 30 at Little Wenlock village field

    As part of gradual moves back to normality we are having a face to face meeting at the Little Wenlock village field, which is at the back of the Huntsman pub. There is cover at the bottom of the field should it rain.

    Come along from 7.30pm – parking is available at the Huntsman pub but please park at the village hall and walk up. We will try and monitor S20 (145.5) and the club net frequency 144.6 for anyone needing talk-in or talk to some of us there.

    You’re welcome to bring along gear to demonstrate (provide your own power) or have a chat, catch up and bring your latest news.

    The location is shown below but for travelling there is a Google link below to find your way there.

    Thanks to Google maps for the map background above.
    Follow this link for Google map showing location https://goo.gl/maps/3ec4E7Dr9SwXjzVPA
  • Magnetic Loop Antennas – Andrew G0RVM. Online meeting 23/6

    Wednesday 23 June online meeting is Magnetic Loop Antennas by Andrew G0RVM

    The meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS


    The link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members and meetings open at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the meeting email will have a link for the web version and also to download the software for yourself.

    G0RVM Magnetic loop antennas
  • Wednesday 16th June 2021 – ‘Boats, Boots and Megacycles’ – Kevin Richardson, G0PEK

    This week, Wednesday 16th June 2021, our TDARS Online Talk is by Kevin Richardson, G0PEK and his daughter Lauren, 2E0HLR and is entitled ‘Boats, Boots and Megacycles’ and is all about thier adventures operating portable on foot, by bicycle and in canoes.  

    The meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS


    The link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members and meetings open at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the meeting email will have a link for the web version and also to download the software for yourself.

    Kevin Richardson G0PEK and Debbie G7EOZ and Lauren 2E1HLR
  • Meeting June 9. “AM – Amplitude Modulation in the 21st Century”

    The club meeting will return to Webex where ex-member Simon MW0NWM will be giving the club a talk on AM mode entitled “AM – Amplitude Modulation in the 21st Century”.

    Simons’ club Dragon ARC use GB0AMC and are organising a QSO party for July 17, 2021 – see QSL card below.

    The meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS
    Dom Smith M0BLF will be giving a talk via Webex to club members entitled ‘Going on a DX Expedition’ which starts at 8pm.


    The link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members and meetings open at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the meeting email will have a link for the web version and also to download the software for yourself.

  • June 2 committee meeting & 2m ragchew

    Wednesday evening is the club committee meeting also there is a 2m ‘net’ and all members and anyone interested is invited to 144.600 (or nearby frequency if its alreadty in use, tune around if after 8pm). Call in from 8pm onwards.

    March 2020 TDARS notice of suspension of meetings
  • Things looking up for TDARS – a Radio Control club visit

    Martyn G3UKV reports on the outdoor meeting where TDARS members met Telford Radio Control members at their flying event in the rural Isombridge area. “A most enjoyable evening last evening at the Telford RC model flying group’s event. Thanks John M0JZH for organising it. Some quite amazing flying aerobatics. Not sure that everyone who set out to join us arrived, as there is a maze of narrow roads around Longdon, as well as a local road closure / diversion. John’s directions sent out on Tuesday were spot-on, or the alternative what3words app. (not tried that myself, yet).
    Add that meeting to the previous LW field meeting last Wednesday, and things are looking up for TDARS!
    73 Martyn ‘UK

    Here is a few images from the evening.

    John M0JZH and a Telford RC club members amazing rescue helicopter model.
    Some trick flying in front of a display and our local hill The Wrekin
    What a glorious sunny evening for a display like this
    John M0JZH is ready to fly

  • 24GHz activity by Martyn G3UKV on Brown Clee

    Having won the UK microwave group’s 24 GHz Trophy contest in 2020, Martyn G3UKV returned to his favourite haunt on the exposed summit of the Brown Clee hill in Shropshire. The first of the 2021 series took place in mid-May, and since the weather forecast was so atrocious, he decided to set up his 24G station in the back of his vehicle, at the expense of not having 360 deg. coverage.

    Midland activity is very low on this band, and several paths to the south would not co-operate, but the best DX of the day was to Barry G4SJH/P on Walbury Hill in Berkshire – a distance of almost 150 Km. There is a local beacon, GB3ZME, in Telford on this esoteric band, which was established in 2010 by Telford &DARS members at their HQ, and is a valuable resource when testing out equipment at this extremely high frequency of 24048 MHz.

    Martyn G3UKV’s station on top of Brown Clee operating on 24GHz

    TDARS meets at Little Wenlock village hall subject to government restrictions – at this time in May 2021 we have been running virtual meetings for over a year, but are returning to normality as allowed. if you are interested in becoming a member go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • 26 May meeting RC cars & planes – note location

    TDARS is having an meet-up at an alternative location near Longdon Upon Tern.

    John M0JZH has organised for the club to get together for an evening of radio controlled cars and planes starting at 7.30pm – talk in on 144.6MHz

    The May 26 socially distanced meeting at the meeting place of the Telford Model Aero Club not far from Longdon upon Tern. 
    The what3words location is salsa.butter.florists which will take you right to the entrance of the field.  If you do not use the app then please check out ///salsa.butter.florists which will show you where we are.

    Otherwise the directions can be found on the club website https://d8d83b70-377b-44c7-b984-dad30d74cd51.filesusr.com/ugd/724d1e_a069a0aed8454bc0b885db7150b83076.pdf

    For those of you who are familiar with the area, head on the road from the Princess Royal Hospital from Telford towards the Toby Carvery (Shawbirch Roundabout) and turn left, carry on over the island by the Woolpack pub, and then take the next right hand turn towards High Ercall.  As you enter through to Longden upon Turn there is a hump back bridge that you should defer to the traffic heading towards Telford, immediately over the bridge there is a lane to the left – take this turn. 

    Follow the lane all the way down to the bottom (do not turn off this road) where you well come across a right hand 90 degree bend, and keep on the road (do not go straight on down to the farm!).  A short while on from this, there is a turn to the left with a junction to the right, take this right hand turn and carry on up this lane for about 1/4 mile and you should see an orange windsock on the left hand side – keep an eye on this because this is where we will be meeting. 
    144600 will be monitored in case you need any assistance with directions.

    We look forward to welcoming TDARS members to TMAC on the evening (hope the weather will be good so that we can have some flying as well)

  • Successful return to meetings for TDARS

    The evening of the 19th of May TDARS members finally got to meet up in person again after a long while. The club got together at the Little Wenlock village fields, to put on a radio station, chat and welcome some members who’ve only seen the club during the lock-down.

    Around 15 members met at the back of the Hunstman pub and spent a long time chating and enjoying being able to get out and meet up. The evening was cool but mostly dry and John M0JZH brought along his model plane to fly, Heather M0HMO and Paul G8AQA putting on air their portable HF station on 40m and mostly people wanted to re-aquantence themselves. Then many retired to the pub after for a round table chat in the warm.

    Some photos

    May 2021 TDARS members get to meet up in person for the first time since the lock down.
    Members on the Little Wenlock field with John M0JZH and his model plane and Rasberry PI & FT817 setup.
    Heather M0HMO & Paul G8AQA with K3 & looking for contacts on 40m
    Heather & Pauls setup with Buddipole antenna.

  • Meeting May 19th 2021 7.30pm onwards

    TDARS first face to face meeting – this one is outdoors at Little Wenlock Village Field Meeting (behind the Huntsman) in person—Bring /P
    radio+antenna. Also LEO satellite operation demo and more.

    The Village Field with its open shelter at the rear if it rains, is a very pleasant environment, with the Huntman’s pub
    facilities and car park right next door.

    Parking maybe limited – try to park at the Little Wenlock Village Hall.

    All meetings are subject to change at any time given the volatile state of rules due to Covid pandemic.

    Note: Anyone attending must pre-organise their own way home after the meeting.

  • 300th TDARS newletter published

    Martyn Vincent G3UKV has published the latest newsletter.

    Follow this link to open a PDF file

  • Microwaves – Neil Underwood G4LDR

    On 12 May the evening’s meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

    Tonight is an Online Webex talk by Microwaves – Neil Underwood G4LDR and starts at 8pm.
    TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members prior to the meeting. The meeting opens at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.

  • 1st Wed. Commitee meeting & 2m ragchew

    Committee meeting on 5/5/21 and aso tune into 144.6 FM (or nearby if frequency is in use for TDARS 2m ragchew for the evening starting at 8pm. If nobody is on there put a shout out. if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • Meeting 28 April – 3D Printing for beginners by M0PLA

    On 28 April the evening’s meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

    Tonight is an Online Webex Discussion and talk is by Paul M0PLA “Amateur Radio – 3D printing for beginners and starts at 8pm.
    TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members prior to the meeting. The meeting opens at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.

  • TDARS Online Discussion – Contest, Portable and Special Event Planning

    On 21 April 2021 the evening’s meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

    Tonight is an Online Webex Discussion – Contest, Portable and Special Event Planning 8pm start the link for the meeting is emailed out before the meeting to all paid-up memnbers.

  • Portable adventures with SOTA – James Stevens, M0JCQ

    The meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS
    We will be watching a SOTA video and followed by a Q& A session with two of our experienced SOTA operators, Paul M0PLA and David M0YDH via Webex which starts at 8pm.


    TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members prior to the meeting. The meeting opens at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.

  • Next Meeting 7 April 2021

    Committee Meeting via Webex. Also 2 metre chat night 144.600 MHz +/- interference or frequency already being in use.

    Put a call out for TDARS net from 8pm onwards.

    If you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

  • TDARS 2021 AGM March 31 at 8pm

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 8pm on March 31st 2021.

    If you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS

    Links to the evening will be emailed out and we are supporting those unable to take part online.

    The TDARS Annual General Meeting takes place on WED. 31 MARCH 2021 at 8pm, via Webex.

    AGENDA :

    • 1) Apologies
    • 2) Minutes of AGM held 27 March 2019, and Matters Arising
    • 3) Chairman’sReport
    • 4) Treasurer’s Report & accounts (2019-21) 2021/22 subscription rates
    • 5) Appointment of Auditors 2021/2022
    • 6) Election of Society Officers and committee
    • 7) Presentation of Awards and Trophies

    Full details were sent out as part of the current newsletter.

    The link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members and meetings open at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.

    TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the meeting email will have a link for the web version and also to download the software for yourself.

  • Software for Amateur Radio – Chris Colclough G1VDP

    The meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS
    Dom Smith M0BLF will be giving a talk via Webex to club members entitled ‘Going on a DX Expedition’ which starts at 8pm.


    The link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members and meetings open at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.

    TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the meeting email will have a link for the web version and also to download the software for yourself.

  • TDARS 2021 Hamfest – returns for 2021

    TDARS Hamfest returns for 2021 (subject to removal of restrictions) to Harper Adams University, Newport Shropshire.

    The Hamfest is on the 5th September and opens at 10:15, we will begin to update with more news items as time gets nearer to this late-summer highlight of the amateur calendar.

    Also note that on Saturday 4th September 2021 there is the G-QRP NationalConvention. This is an On-Line event this year and NOT at the Telford Hamfest.

    Keep an eye on this website for updates – www.telfordhamfest.org.uk

    TDARS_Hamfest_review_RADCOM
    Here’s a review of the last Hamfest at Harper Adams University, just outside Wellington Teldford.
  • March 17 Main Construction Competition (online)

    So for those members who wish to enter please send in your entries to Graham G7LMF before the end of Tuesday 16th March. This will allow time to prepare the voting slips in advance of the Wednesday evening. Voting will be online at the meeting, where entries will be shown.

    TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the meeting email will have a link for the web version and also to download the software for yourself.

  • March 10 online talk, DX Expeditions by Dom Smith M0BLF

    The meeting is open to TDARS club members, if you are interested in becoming a member open this post and go here for how to here to join TDARS
    Dom Smith M0BLF will be giving a talk via Webex to club members entitled ‘Going on a DX Expedition’ which starts at 8pm.


    The link for the Webex meeting is emailed out to members and meetings open at 7.30, for general chat, prior to the talk starting at 8pm.

    TDARS uses Cisco Webex software – the meeting email will have a link for the web version and also to download the software for yourself.

  • New TDARS Newsletter published

    Download the latest January to February newsletter here

  • Sept-Oct 2020 TDARS newsletter published

    Download the new newsletter for September to October 2020 here

  • TDARS May to June 2020 Newsletter out

    LOCKDOWN SPECIAL – ISSUE 294

    Download the latest TDARS newsletter here

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  • TDARS moves forward with some face-to-face meetings.

    In the continuing Coronavirus situation TDARS is still running ‘on-line’ please check our whats-on page for latest details

    Club nets continue normally

    • Club ‘meeting’ net Wednesday at 8pm local on 144.6MHz FM
    • Club weekly net Sunday 9pm on 144.6MHz FM
    • HF net Mondays & Fridays at 08:45 on 3657KHz +/- qrn/m
    • SSB net evenings at 20:30 on 144.325MHz

    If you have Facebook – say hello to us on /telfordhams

  • TDARS Hamfest Review in March 2020 RADCOM

    We (TDARS) took a risk last year, a necessary risk in moving away from the popular location at Enginuity Coalbrookdale and moved the Telford Hamfest to Harper Adams University. The risk was calculated and it worked out very well for the long running radio rally.

    Page 56 of the March 2020 RADCOM has a full page feature on of the Hamfest – a radio rally on the up, sadly not all are so these days.

    After such a success TDARS is already in planning for this years – here is the information:

    • 6th September Telford Hamfest & G-QRP Convention at Harper Adams University TF10 8NB near Telford
    • 5th September Buildathon hosted as above.

    Contact Martyn G3UKV 01952 255416 and keep an eye on www.telfordhamfest.org.uk

    Part of the Telford Hamfest page review in March 2020 RADCOM – RSGB page copyright
  • Under a Fiver Competition 2020 on February 26

    Here are some photos from what showed to be a creative competition to make some really good equipment for under a fiver. Paul M0PNN took the shield.

  • Members radio gear photographed for art installation

    Some of the TDARS club members radio gear was photographed as part of an art installation on show at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury – more information about it here

  • TDARS meeting January 2020 10minute talks

    The club had an evening of talks by members and thanks to all who took part. We had a variety of interesting talks including a description of the buildings and layout of Criggion, some soldering tips and using a loop antenna.

    Come along and visit the club – our what’s on is on this link

    TDARS 10 minute talks January 2020
  • New newsletter available For January & February 2020

    Download the latest newsletter from TDARS on this link – it will open in a new window and is a PDF file

  • Telford Hamfest feature in Dec 2019 Practical Wireless
    Practical Wireless December 2019 published a positive review of this years Telford Hamfest.  Titled Telford Hamfest Move a Success.
  • 50th year of TDARS – a review

    TDARS 50th Anniversary Year is not quite over, but it has been an eventful year, by Vice Chairman Martyn G3UKV

    TDARS portable operation visitors are welcome
    • The AGM saw few Committee changes, Eric M0KZB retired after many years in the Chairman’s post to be replaced by ever-active Simon G0UFE.
    • We entered many contests, inc. RTTY, 50MHz Trophy, VHF NFD & 3 separate microwave bands (cumulative type), coming top in at least 3. Also the UKAC weekly contests, several members contribute on a regular basis, representing TDARS.
    • Also Marconi event station at Tywyn for GB8MD which was literally a blow-out, JOTA at Market Drayton was a success, and Paul M0PLA kept us all informed of his SOTA activities, both in the UK and Europe.

    Club activity
    GB50TEL was carried over from 2018 (celebrating 50 years of Telford as a New Town) into 2019 from a couple of locations. The Special Contest Call G3Z was renewed for another 5 years as we met its requirements, and of course the 4 microwave beacons at LWVH, together with GB3TF voice/digi repeater just kept on going.

    Promoting the club
    A couple of shiny bright new banners were aired at various times (see photo), including their presence at the Little Wenlock Annual Fair in July.

    The website was regularly updated and followed by many of the A.R. fraternity, along with 5 editions of the TDARS Newsletter. Social media involvement became a further useful tool in raising the profile of the Society. We were Regional Winners for the RSGB ‘Club of the Year’ Award.

    The Telford Hamfest
    Then the momentous decision to move the Telford HamFest and the G-QRP club Social/Buildathon to a new location at Harper Adams University near Newport.   Only those closely involved in this move probably realise the enormous amount of work this entailed. But it succeeded, with hardly a hitch and overwhelming praise afterwards. Congrats to everyone who helped make this event such an outstanding success.

    Then the momentous decision to move the Telford HamFest and the G-QRP club Social/Buildathon to a new location at Harper Adams University near Newport.   Only those closely involved in this move probably realise the enormous amount of work this entailed. But it succeeded, with hardly a hitch and overwhelming praise afterwards. Congrats to everyone who helped make this event such an outstanding success.

    Telford Hamfest 2019 Shropshire Star story
    Shropshire Star piece about the 2019 Hamfest

    To finish, on a rather thoughtful note, I must mention the passing of many Members of the Society over the 50 years of our existence—so perhaps worth casting your eyes over the Silent Keys  listings. Many of those mentioned played a vital part in the on-going success of the club, and I thank them for their numerous contributions.

    We look forward to 2020

  • TDARS Portable HF in Little Wenlock
    We took ourselves up to Little Wenlock village field – conveniently behind the pub and set up our HF station – thankfully it was a warm sunny evening. After a few calls and text messages out to Paul ON/M0PLA on holiday we exchanged reports and chatted for a while then retired to the hostelry. A successful evening.
  • HamFest at a New Venue!

    2019 Telford Harper Adams University Telford TF10 8NB Sunday September 1, opening 10:15 am. Admission £5 The new venue has:
    • Easier travel access
    • Unlimited free parking on site
    • Better lighting
    • Improved catering
    • Ground Level facilities
    Check the Hamfest website for the latest news on www.telfordhamfest.org.uk
  • VHF National Field Day contest

    TDARS members organised an annual outing to the Long Mynd to take part in the national society, RSGB’s  National Field Day on VHF frequencies in July and enjoyed working stations all over the country and Europe.

    Five stations were set up on a patch of the Long Mynd that is near the trig point but separate to the National Trust.  TDARS take safety very seriously and take precautions against anything they may go wrong.  We have a fire point and do a scrupulous litter check on leaving the land.

    The public may have been surprised to see various vehicles going up the Burway and in convoy back down it – thank you for your patience while we did this.

    We look forward to the results from the RSGB!

    Visitors are welcome notice on the TDARS banner as shows by the stations on top of the Long Mynd
    showing the 70cm station and the fire point
    TDARS Long Mynd stations showing the 70cm station and the fire point
    Robin and Brian getting ready for the VHF NFD contest 70cm station entry.
    Paul and Martyn on 6 meter station in the VHF NFD 2019
  • Get your licence

    Foundation and Intermediate training courses are run by TDARS at irregular intervals; their frequency depending entirely on demand. House-bound, disabled or candidates with other needs will have special consideration by the course/examination coordinator. Please enquire.

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    Little Wenlock Village Hall meeting place for TDARS
    Little Wenlock Village Hall meeting place for TDARS
  • Radio conditions
  • New TDARS newsletter available (June-July 2019)

    Download the June to July 2019 newsletter here

    TDARS Newsletter no. 289 June, July 2019
    TDARS Newsletter no. 289 June to July 2019
  • Courses starting soon

    Foundation Course.
    Saturdays July 13th and 20th
    0900 – 1630hrs each day.
    Venue 12, Ullswater Close, Priorslee. TF29RB
    Exam at 1800hrs on Wednesday 24th July.
    Venue: Little Wenlock Village Hall, Telford TF65BG

    Intermediate Course
    Saturdays August 10th, 17th and 24th
    0900 – 1630hrs each day.
    Venue 12, Ullswater Close, Priorslee. TF29RB
    Exam at 1700hrs on Wednesday 28th August.
    Venue: Little Wenlock Village Hall, Telford TF65BG

    Full Licence Training by arrangement.
    Call Mike G3JKX on 01952 299677

  • April – May 2019 newsletter published
  • 16th February 2019. SOTA Activation GW/NW-046 by Paul M0PLA
    oday was going to be a new summit for me what they call a Unique Summit. I was off into North Wales half way between Welshpool and Bala. Read more on Paul’s blog here: http://m0pla.blogspot.com/2019/02/16th-february-2019-sota-activation-gwnw.html?m=1 Paul’s video from his drone
  • 9th February 2019. SOTA Activation GW/MW-002 & 010 by Paul M0PLA
    First Summit of the day.
    GW/MW-002. 9th February 2019.
    Altitude 660 M. Grid SO 182638. Another 6 a.m. start heading south for a change. Today I was activating two of the Mid Wales summits but these are both to the south of Telford. I arrived at my first car park grid SO 15715 65556
  • 2nd February 2019. SOTA Activation GW/NW-044 & 051 by Paul M0PLA
    First Summit of the day.
    GW/NW-044 2nd February 2019.
    Altitude 555 M. Grid SJ 161626. Yes Saturday again and time to go back up the summits, today was going to be Clwydian Range. I left home (Telford) at 06:15 a.m. and headed towards Shrewsbury and on to Wales down the A5. The summits today are very close together and near Mold in North Wales.
  • 26th January 2019. SOTA Activation of GW/NW-042 by Paul M0PLA
    First Summit of the day.
    GW/NW-042. 26th January 2019.
    Altitude 577M. Grid SJ 176465.
    It looked as though sometime last year they had a heather burn as most of the heather has now gone. The ascent took me over the top of Moel y Faen and eventually arrived at my activation summit for this morning at 08.11 a.m. time for a quick selfie and then move just off the summit and out of the wind.
    GW/NW-042. 26th January 2019. Altitude 577M. Grid SJ 176465.
  • SOTA Activation of G/WB Famous 5 M0PLA Paul

    Sunday, 13 January 2019

    12th January 2019. SOTA Activation of G/WB Famous 5 by Paul M0PLA

    Today was my first attempt at the Welsh Boarder 5 (Famous 5) all on the same day. First Summit. G/WB-002 Brown Clee. 12th January 2019. Altitude 540M. Grid SO 593867.
    As the famous five are basically on my doorstep I didn’t need a 6 a.m. start, so I left home at 7:30 a.m. and arrived at my usual car park spot of grid SO 58548 86899 at 8:00 a.m. after a quick stop to take a great morning sunrise photo. I got all my gear ready and started my ascent.
  • 5th January 2019. SOTA Activation of GW/MW-001 by Paul M0pla
    GW/MW-001 Plynlimon-Pen Pumlumon Fawr. 5th January 2019. Altitude 752M. Grid SN 789869. Today was time for a new unique summit. I had decided to visit Plynlimon-Pen in Mid Wales. I left home at 05:50 a.m. and as usual of late headed towards Shrewsbury on the A5. I was supposed to turn left on to the A458 towards Welshpool, I was on my 2M rig talking away with G0OHY (Arthur) and then realised I was nearly in Oswestry. A little detour that added about 10 – 15 minutes on to my journey, lesson learnt follow the SatNav. Read more on Paul’s blog
  • Foundation exam passes success
    Today 17th January Mike Street, G3JKX the clubs trainer reported 100% success rate for Foundation –
    "All 4 students passed the Foundation exam yesterday. 3 with full marks."
    If you are interested in getting your licence or upgrading the licence you have check our Licence, training and exams page Photo of TDARS members receiving club of the year (large clubs) award for 2017 at Newark
  • TDARS latest Newsletter published
    The January – February 2019 newsletter has been published on this page today.   Owing to limitation of file-size uploads on the website, the newspaper cutting is not very clear in this PDF. See front of TDARS site for a readable version on www.tdars.org.uk Graphic representing tDARS Newletter Jan-feb 2019    
  • TDARS G3ZME
    Happy New Year from Telford and Distric Amateur Radio society  TDARS

    TDARS enters our 51st year and we will continue to be a successful radio club that welcomes all.

    TDARS 50th Anniversary has been an eventful year.
    A review of TDARS 50th year by Vice Chair. Martyn G3UKV

    TDARS portable operation visitors are welcome
    • The AGM saw few Committee changes, Eric M0KZB retired after many years in the Chairman’s post to be replaced by ever-active Simon G0UFE.
    • We entered many contests, inc. RTTY, 50MHz Trophy, VHF NFD & 3 separate microwave bands (cumulative type), coming top in at least 3. Also the UKAC weekly contests, several members contribute on a regular basis, representing TDARS.
    • Also Marconi event station at Tywyn for GB8MD which was literally a blow-out, JOTA at Market Drayton was a success, and Paul M0PLA kept us all informed of his SOTA activities, both in the UK and Europe.

    GB50TEL was carried over from 2018 (celebrating 50 years of Telford as a New Town) into 2019 from a couple of locations. The Special Contest Call G3Z was renewed for another 5 years as we met its requirements, and of course the 4 microwave beacons at LWVH, together with GB3TF voice/digi repeater just kept on going.

    A couple of shiny bright new banners were aired at various times (see photo), including their presence at the Little Wenlock Annual Fair in July.

    This website was regularly updated and followed by many of the A.R. fraternity, along with 5 editions of the TDARS Newsletter. Social media involvement became a further useful tool in raising the profile of the Society. We were Regional Winners for the RSGB ‘Club of the Year’ Award.

    Then the momentous decision to move the Telford HamFest and the G-QRP club Social/Buildathon to a new location at Harper Adams University near Newport.   Only those closely involved in this move probably realise the enormous amount of work this entailed. But it succeeded, with hardly a hitch and overwhelming praise afterwards. Congrats to everyone who helped make this event such an outstanding success.

    To finish, on a rather thoughtful note, I must mention the passing of many Members of the Society over the 50 years of our existence—so perhaps worth casting your eyes over the Silent Keys  listings. Many of those mentioned played a vital part in the on-going success of the club, and I thank them for their numerous contributions.


    Telford and District Amateur Radio Society TDARS

    We are based in Little Wenlock, Telford, Shropshire.

    We are active in training, contesting and portable operation.

    If you would like to join our club, please download this form, and bring along to your first meeting. Membership Application Form


    Telford Hamfest 2019 Shropshire Star story

    The Shropshire Star newspaper story featuring the 2019 Hamfest


    YOTA event in Wellington in Shropshire Star
    Image courtesy of Shropshire Star – link to original article

    TDARS YOTA GB18YOTA report by the Shropshire Star

    TDARS YOTA GB18YOTA report by the Shropshire Star



    Winner,  1st place RSGB Club of the Year (Large Clubs)

    Photo of TDARS members receiving club of the year (large clubs) award for 2017 at Newark

    is Telford & District Amateur Radio Society.

    For GB3TF repeater news follow this link

    RSGB –  Support our National Society
    The Radio Society of Great Britain read  the RSGB NEWS


    Find out more about the exciting world of Amateur Radio
    Join the R S G B – they represent Britain’s Radio Amateurs
    Link to RSGB on the Web

    Join the RSGB today

  • More Items For Sale
    New Items added by Malcolm 2E1DYL New Items added by Simon G0EIY Dave 2E0DTB requests any offers on the Versatower.   All information on the For Sale page
  • TDARS supports YOTA 2018
    Scouts, YOTA, technology, radio, training, acivity Youngsters can beat post-Christmas blues with a technology and communications activity day in Wellington When you are young, holidays seem to last forever, but parent’s patience is soon worn thin. There is an event after Christmas where parents can take their tech-mad children for a day of technology and communication activities – the event is ‘Youngsters on the Air’ (known as YOTA) which is a global event and the penultimate day is being run at 2nd Wellington Scout hut on Sunday December 30th from 10am to 4pm. The Wellington YOTA event includes a live radio station where they can speak to other youngsters around the world taking part in YOTA. They will be transmitting on a special event radio station GB18YOTA organised by members of Telford and District Amateur Radio Society. But that’s not all of it… logos Yota 2018 The day is all about technology and activities it includes using light beams to communicate with others, operating a digital TV station, using hand-held radio to send signals up to satellites to speak all over the world and also many other hands-on activities to keep them inspired and busy in the post-Christmas holiday blues period. Attendance is free but parents should phone Graham Cowan on 07885 936252 before the event. It takes place in 2nd Wellington Scout hut, Lychgate Walk, by All Saints parish Church Wellington but parking is very limited so visitors are advised to park in the lay-by or railway station car park. Use Sat Nav postcode TF1 3HA for location. For more YOTA information see https://www.ham-yota.com/
  • VERSATOWER for sale
    Just added to the For Sale pages   Click Here for Details
  • Intermediate course: Jan/Feb 2019
    Updated Nov 2018 Intermediate.Course. Saturdays 19th, 26th & 2rd Feb 2019, 0900- 1630hrs each day. Bring your lunch. Exam Wednesday, Feb 6th @ 1800hrs in Little Wenlock Village Hall, Telford, TF65BG. ALL applicants call 01952 299677 for a place. Applicants are advised to buy the Intermediate course book from the rsgb.org.uk website
    Candidates under 16 years of age MUST have a parent/guardian’s signature on the Application Form.
    Those who wish to pay by cheque should send it with the application form to:
    ‘Examinations’, RSGB,  3 Abbey Court, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park, BEDFORD, MK44 3WH.
    Cash is not accepted.
    Students MUST have an up-to-date edition of the Intermediate course book, available from the RSGB or G3JKX
    Please see:
    Enquiries to:-
    TDARS Exam / Course Co-ordinator
    M J Street G3JKX
    12, Ullswater Close, Priorslee, Telford, TF2 9RB
    01952 299677
  • Foundation course starting in January 2019

    Foundation Course.

    Saturdays 5th & 12th Jan 2019. 0900 – 1630hrs each day. Bring your lunch.

    Exam Wednesday Jan 16th @1800hrs in Little Wenlock Village Hall, Telford, TF65BG. ALL applicants call 01952 299677 for a place. Look under _training_ on tdars.org.uk for more info. Applicants are advised to buy the Foundation Licence Now course book from the rsgb.org.uk website.
  • Latest newsletter Nov-Dec 2018 online.
    The 286th newsletter for TDARS is online today – download here newsletter NOV-DEC2018
  • Links to You Tube Videos from Last Wednesday
    I have been asked to add links to two of the video’s that we watched on Wednesday, Dr Tamitha Skov the space weather lady, and second a visitor to us at the end of October the DX Commander, Callum McCormick M0MCX   The first one is Dr Tamitha Skov, she is the lady who does the solar weather forecast https://www.youtube.com/user/SpWxfx/videos Her channel description says: I am a space weather physicist. You may recognize me from TV shows I’ve done for The History Channel and The Weather Channel. I’ve been featured in Popular Science Magazine, and I do regular Space Weather broadcasts on TWiT TV. I want to open your world to a new kind of weather that’s becoming important to our daily lives. Think of all the technology we take for granted, like GPS and traffic apps on mobile phones, robotic drones and UAVs that fly above our heads, high-altitude airline flights, satellite internet, satellite phones, Direct TV, even Sirius Radio — all of these things are affected by Space Weather. As we become more reliant on smart, wireless technologies, our dependence upon Space Weather grows. Even today, emergency radio communications used by disaster relief agencies like the Red Cross depend on it. I’m working to make credible Space Weather forecasts as common as the weather forecasts you see on the evening news. I would love for you to join me on this journey! The second one is Callum McCormick – The DXCommander https://www.youtube.com/user/m0mcx/videos His channel description says Hey! Callum here, callsign M0MCX. If you had to sum up my channel, I’d say it was fast, fun and furious. I love science, tech and amateur radio. I like to be entertaining but also educational. I ask questions and love demystifying complex topics as well as unpick the simple things in life.. I do live-streams, classes, antenna design, ask questions, compare products and more from my Ham Radio Studio in Birmingham UK. I respond to questions and comments. Got an idea for a video you’d like me to shoot, let me know.    
  • Update to For Sale Items Simon G0EIY
    Some of the items were sold at the hamfest last week, this is what is still for sale Click >HERE< for details
  • Latest TDARS newsletter published. September to October 2018
    Download the latest PDF of the club newsletter here Linked to full version of the newsletter
  • New intermediate course at Telford
    UPDATE 19 August 2018 Intermediate Course. The next Intermediate course will be on Saturdays 15th/22nd/29th September 0900 – 1630hrs. With the exam on Wednesday October 3rd at 1700hrs. Prospective candidates please call 01952 299677 (answer-phone) or e mail g3jkx603@gmail.com  
  • Sotabeams: hamfest 2018 trader feature
    Telford Hamfest 2nd September- This weekend! Hamfest trader feature is Sotabeams. We have Sotabeams again this year – Make your order online make sure you select “collect from factory” shipping option & when checking out leave a note to say bring to the Hamfest! Then pick up at the Hamfest. Check out the new portable mast http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/ Latest info about the Hamfest at www.telfordhamfest.org.uk
    Sotabeams amateur radio for the great outdoors
    Sotabeams amateur radio for the great outdoors
  • New Items for Sale from G0EIY
    A nice selection of items for sale, for all details please see the For Sale page >Click Here< for details
  • Telford Hamfest & G-QRP convention dates
    It’s Telford Hamfest time again – this year on Saturday 1st September 2018: G-QRP social and Buildathon at the Park Inn Hotel, Telford and Sunday 2nd September 2018: Telford HamFest at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale. Details on
  • Latest TDARS newsletter published
    Download at this link TDARS newsletter front cover for edition 284  
  • New For Sale Items Added
    Please see our For Sale page for full details of a Shack Sale   https://exae.net/wp/?page_id=55
  • Intermediate course announced for July 2018
    3 consecutive Saturdays, 7th, 14th & 21st July, 0900 – 1630hrs each day. Venue: 12 Ullswater Close, Priorslee, Telford TF29RB Exam Wednesday 25th July @ 1730hrs. Venue: TDARS HQ. Applications for a place and further instructions on 01952 299677  
  • Photos from 2 special event stations in April
    Marconi weekend and Telford 50 event station GB50TEL photos in two galleries here – more photos please! https://exae.net/wp/?page_id=35565
  • Latest newsletter April to May 2018
    The 283rd newsletter from Telford and District Amateur Radio Society is now published for download – click the graphic below. TDARS newsletter april may 2018 | Amateur radio training with TDARS  
  • Paul M0PLA’s sota update

    March 2018. Pen y Garn SOTA Activation visit.

     GW/MW-004. 13th Mar 2018.
    Grid SN 798771, Altitude 611M.
    Accompanied by Simon G0UFE, Paul M0PLA was on a second trip to Pen y Garn in Mid Wales
    Read more about it in Paul’s blog
    Paul M0PLA on Pen y Garn GW/MW-004
    Paul M0PLA on Pen y Garn GW/MW-004
  • 10th March 2018. Tal Y Fan SOTA Activation visit.
    Another two-summit activation
    GW/NW-040. 10th Mar 2018.
    Grid SH 729726, Altitude 610M.
    10th March 2018. Tal Y Fan SOTA Activation visit.
    10th March 2018. Tal Y Fan SOTA Activation visit.
  • 10th March 2018. Great Orme SOTA Activation visit.
    GW/NW-070. 10th Mar 2018.
    Grid SH 767833, Altitude 207M.
    Paul’s report linked here:
    10th March 2018. Great Orme SOTA Activation visit.
    10th March 2018. Great Orme SOTA Activation visit.
  • 24th February 2018. Brown Clee Hill SOTA Activation visit.
    Second summit of 24th – read about it here:

    https://m0pla.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/24th-february-2018-brown-clee-hill-sota.html

    M0PLA/P on 24th February 2018. Brown Clee Hill SOTA Activation visit.
    M0PLA/P on 24th February 2018. Brown Clee Hill SOTA Activation visit.
  • SOTA Paul, M0PLA February 24th update
    Read about Paul M0PLA’s bitter cold activation of Titterstone Clee at: https://m0pla.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/24th-february-2018-titterstone-clee.html
    M0PLA/P on Titterstone Clee SOTA activation
    M0PLA/P on Titterstone Clee SOTA activation
     
  • New foundation course news

    Update: 16 Feb 2018 – Latest news

    New Foundation course, Saturdays 3rd/10th March 0900 -1630hrs each day. Prospective students please ring Mike  on 01952 299677 for a place. Check below details with Mike.
    • Venue: Little Wenlock Village Hall, Telford = TF65BG,
    • Venue reg number 05-367-B
  • SOTA operations restarted by Paul M0PLA
    Paul has restarted SOTA after serious illness some 5 months ago January was his first to Stiperstone and this weekend   Links to January’s snowy day are on Paul’s blog: https://m0pla.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/ This weekends activation of GW/MW-013 is on https://m0pla.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/  
  • New Items on the For Sale Page
    Unfortunatly Ian M0IRP needs to sell his shack. If any of the items are of interest to you please give him a call. See the For Sale Page for information
  • New Foundation course dates for 2018
    Courses run on:
    Saturdays 20th & 27th Jan, 0900 to 1630 each day.
    Exam 1800 on Wednesday 31st Jan,
    Students MUST bring photo ID.
      Call 01952 299677 for enrolment and more information
  • Report on GB17YOTA at Longdon on Tern December 29, 2017.
    The club ran a YOTA station at Longden on Tern which provided an introduction to the hobby with a wide range of technological experiences. Radio operations were mainly 20, 40 and 80m. Running 300W using IC7600 + PA into Doublet and Comet HF aerials Other activities include: nanowave (light) transceivers (G4HJW design). Voice and Slow Scan TV across the hall. Make-a-Megaphone (cardboard for younger visitors). Also  Field telephones. FT817 and whip with RPi control via tablet. Satellite reception and display of data/pictures. Meteorite monitor at VHF. RSGB table. ‘Freebie’ table.  Digital ATV project. Morse sending & Receiving to earn a certificate. Photo: Ben Copeland SWL (scout) watching satellite reception on a laptop with £6 RTL dongle and Heather M0HMO Ben Copeland SWL (scout) watching satellite reception on a laptop with £6 RTL dongle and Heather M0HMO