TDARS News

  • 8pm on 18th May: Mobile Radio installations – HF / VHF / UHF at Little Wenlock Village Hall

    This week we are looking at how members have installed setups in vehicles – a good evening to learn or swap ideas or ways to get around problems.

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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • 1st Foxhunt 11 May 2022

    Meet up at Little Wenlock Village Hall for 8pm

  • GB8MD 2022 video feature by Carl M0SZT – thanks!
    https://youtu.be/rpxvtER12HE
  • 4th May 8:00 pm Committee Meeting (Webex) & 2m ragchew 144.6MHz or nearby if in use.
  • 27 April 8pm Talk by Peter G4URT on EME operation

    TDARS member Peter G4URT will be giving us a talk from his extensive experiance and success of EME operating. The talk will be at Little Wenlock Village Hall please be there for 8pm start.

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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • 20 April. Preparation for International Marconi Day at Little Wenlock Village Hall. 8pm

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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • International Marconi weekend 2022 on 23rd of April. GB8MD

    A group of us, about twenty, will be at Tywyn mid Wales from Friday the 22nd to the 24th the operate the Station call sign GB8MD.

    Look out for GX3ZME on Friday 22 April when we are setup and GB8MD on Saturday

    A video from a decade ago by Simon (now) 2W0NWM

    https://youtu.be/lsZLb8dDewg
    We will be using our new beam A3s and looking for DX as well as Marconi contacts.
  • Sept 13 at 8pm Kevin & Lauren Richardson – Mega-cycle presentation & plans for 2022 – To be confirmed

    Members will also receive a link to view this via Webex

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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • April 6 at 8pm new committee meets (via Webex)

    Also Club new on 144.6 +/- others already on frequency.

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  • 30 March 2022 8–10pm AGM – 8pm start 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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • 23 March: Portable and Contest Planning for this year

    8pm Little Wenlock Village Hall we will be meeting to discuss the clubs coming year of portable and contest operating.

    Members will also receive a link to view this via Webex

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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • TDARS Newsletter March to April 2022 issue published

    See this link to download the new newsletter

  • It’s go-ahead for 2022 Telford Hamfest

    On Sepetember 4th 2022 Harper Adams University is hosting the Telford Hamfest – keep an eye on this website for news and information.

    NOTE:- 3/4 September 2022:G-QRP Club expect to rejoin us for their annual national Convention.

    Sunday 4th Sept. 2022 Telford HamFest. Harper Adams University near Telford TF10 8NB – a really superb venue
    Opening 10:15 am. Admission £5 (Children up to age 16 free)

  • 16th March 8:00 pm The Main Construction Competition at Little Wenlock Village Hall

    We have a face to face meeting for the annual main contruction competition, be there for 8pm start.

    Members will also receive a link to view this via Webex

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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • 9 March Practical Topics on a Theme: SDR Radio. Meeting at Little Wenlock village hall.

    We have a face to face meeting for members to present different types of SDR radios. We can learn from eacj others experiences and advice. be there for 8pm strat.

    Members will also receive a link to view this via Webex

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

    We ask that where possible masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen

  • 8:00 pm Committee Meeting (via Webex)

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

  • Feb 23rd 8:00 pm “Solar Cycle 25” by Steve Nichols G0KYA – at LWVH & Webex

    We are meeting up from 7:45 at Little Wenlock Village Hall – the main part of the meeting is the RSGB Convention video starting 8pm.

    Members will also receive a link to view this via Webex

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

    We ask that masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen.

  • TDARS Meetings have returned to Little Wenlock Village Hall

    The club meetings wherever possible will be face to face meetings at the village hall.

    We monitor the local Covid sitation and reserve the option to cancel or move any future meeting online.

    We look forward to seeing all members past and present and visitors to make a restart to the social side of our our hobby.

    Please where possible wear a mask unless you cannot.

    Please check our calendar on this page for dates

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

  • Meetings resume at Little Wenlock Village Hall

    on 16th February TDARS will hold a Surplus Equipment sale 8pm start.

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

    We ask that masks are worn so that all can enjoy our resumption of face to face meetings and showing respect to others who may need this to happen.

  • 9 January. Under a Fiver Construction Competition

    Meeting will be online via Webex 7:30 for 8pm start.

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  • 2/2/22 Commmittee meeting & club net

    While the committee is meeting the club members are invited to have a net on 144.6 or gb3tf

  • 19/1 8:00 pm Practical topics on a theme – My Favourite Radio Software

    8pm via WEBEX

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  • New club newsletter for download

    January to February’s TDARS newsletter is online now at this link for download as a PDF

  • 12/1 8pm Winter Projects Update – online meeting

    12 January Via Webex

  • January 5 – Committee Meeting – also

    Weekly on-air meeting on 144.6 (or nearby if in use) from 8pm

  • The rest of 2021 Meetings will be via Webex

    • Wednesday 15th December – Practical topics on a theme – Antennas
    • Wednesday 22nd December – Mulled wine and mince pie social – bring your own beverage of choice and food of choice into your shack for a social evening. Remember your Christmas Jumpers please
    • Wednesday 29th December – Webex + 2m social meeting.
    • Wednesday 5th January is a committee meeting that we will be holding over Webex
  • December 8 at 8pm EMF Workshop

    Meeting to take place at Little Wenlock Village Hall. All appropriate Government advice on this date to be followed at meeting.

    – What the new OFCOM licence conditions mean for us all, and how to calculate it.

    Bring your own Internet laptop/tablet.

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

  • 8:00 pm Committee Meeting (Webex) + 2m ragchew

    Call in at 8pm on 144.6MHz FM +/- others using the frequency.

  • Nov 24 M0MCX – Callum – talk, “Knots for Numpties”

    A talk at Little Wenlock Village Hall – be early for good seats!

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

  • Latest TDARS Newsletter published

    The TDARS newsletter number 303 covering November to December 2021 is available on this link

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  • November 17 Winter Projects – Bring your ideas

    At Little Wenlock Village Hall from 8pm

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  • Nov. 10 8pm Heather M0HMO – RTTY Contesting

    We were all busy at the hAmfest and so we have asked Heather to give us the talk as given at the Hamfest.

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  • 2nd November Committee meeting

    Also TDARS net on 144.6MHz 8pm onwards

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  • 27 Oct. Halloween – Soup and a Roll

    A social evening to have a chat and enjoy a warming soup with a roll.

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

  • October 20 – Surplus Equipment Sale

    8pm at Little Wenlock Village Hall

    If you are brining equipment along to sell please print and fill in this listing sheet beforehand to speed things up on the night

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

  • 13 Oct meeting: Telford & Wrekin Planning Committee Talk

    Information straight from those who know…

    7.30pm for 8pm start at Little Wenlock Vilage Hall

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  • 8:00 pm Oct. 6 Committee Meeting (Webex)

    Don’t forget to join in the 2m net on 144.6 or nearby if occupied.

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

  • EMF and the new radiation exposure checks by OFCOM.

    Guest speaker John Rogers M0JAV. 29 September 2021

    Meeting takes place at Little Wenlock Village Hall, 8pm.

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  • Latest TDARS Newsletter

    Click here to download the September to October 2021 Newsletter

  • Construction Competition Show and Tell

    For 8pm at Little Wenlock Village Hall.

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  • Hamfest debrief 15 September 8pm

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

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  • 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

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    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