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What is Wessex Ham?

ClubsAsHubsWessex Ham is being set up to make Amateur Radio more accessible.

By working together, clubs and individuals can offer a better, more accessible, and wider range of Amateur Radio activities than any single club.

In a largely rural area like the South West of England, very few (if any) clubs are able to offer the whole spectrum of Amateur Radio activities to folk interested in, or already licenced for, Amateur Radio.  By creating a single gateway for the South West, accessed online 24/7, together we can showcase the very best our hobby has to offer, and give everyone access - whenever they want it, and wherever they are.


Today, the majority of people access things via the internet:  Shopping, Training, Hobbies, Social groups, etc.  We expect near instant access and high quality. 

If the only access to Amateur Radio is by visiting a physical club that meets monthly or even weekly some distance from where you live and at a time that's inconvenient, then you've a lot less likely to try get involved.

The idea behind Wessex Ham is that participating local clubs become 'hubs' in a much wider network, sharing their strengths, and gaining from the different strengths of others. Not all clubs can provide training; not all clubs do contests; not all clubs can support people interested in data comms, or electronics, or antenna construction. But through Wessex Ham, individuals should be able to connect with others with similar interests, and access expertise relatively close to them, so that they can engage with the hobby when they want - without having to wait for a meeting, or finding that the nearest club to them doesn't really 'do' what they are looking for.

The internet has provided us with a solution. And it's already working.

Good evidence for this is in the huge number of people taking Foundation exams now that they are available online.  Yes, the pandemic and lockdown have given people time and energy, but the key to unlock the recent large rise in Amateur Radio participation has been online access.

'Amateur' doesn't have to mean 'Amateurish'. The word 'Amateur' is simply the opposite of 'paid'. Radio Amateurs have been, and still are, at the cutting edge of many of the latest radio communication projects. From Satellite comms (yes, we have our own satellite) to ultra low power global networks, Radio Amateurs are often leaders in their field.

So we have set up Wessex Ham not to supplant or take over from clubs, but to give people much great access to the very best the hobby can offer.  Hence the thinking about 'Clubs as Hubs' in a wider network.  Wessex Ham will strengthen clubs, or it will have failed. But it should do much more than that. It should act as a gateway for people in the South West to connect with every aspect of the hobby - offering the best quality we can at a time that suits people - wherever they are.

Wessex Ham is run by, and owned by, the participating clubs.  It is not 'another club'.  It is, or should be, a way of connecting with the hobby for people whose first thought is to turn to Mr Google, rather than hunt for a local club by looking at the list of clubs in the local library. Our aim is to provide the best quality technical and practical access that the South West has to offer. 

If you'd like to help us, or would like find out more, then drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WESSEX HAM LOCKDOWN ZOOM

Wessex Ham MX0WSX will hold a daily Zoom lockdodwn meeting on weekdays from 11.00am to 12.00noon for any Radio Amateur, Listener, or anyone with an interest in Radio Communication in the South West of England.

11.00-12.00 noon Weekdays
To join, use the following:  
Meeting ID: 921 5129 1606
Passcode: wessexham 
Anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio
is welcome to drop in!

We are particularly aware that following the announcement this evening, some Radio Amateurs and Listeners will be furloughed from work and will find the next few weeks particularly challenging.  Others will be shielding.  This gives us all an opportunity to share our hobby and support one another during this difficult time. 

If you would like more information, please email admin@wessexham.co.uk

DATA MODE GROUP
Are you interested in Data Modes? 
Would you like to be part of a South West Data Net? 

data1Wessex Ham is working with the Isle of Avalon Amateur Radio Club to develop a Data Net covering the South West of England.  We've found that by following the propagation rules for maximum useable frequency, and using NVIS (Near Vertical Incidence Scatter), we can probably run an effective data net during daylight hours.  

That rather precludes the evenings at the moment - and so probably means a weekend net - but if you're interested in joining us, please email us at admin@wessexham.co.uk.

You can read Richard G7LEE's excellent write up of our test here

WANT TO HELP?

Can you help us develop Wessex Ham?  We need volunteers to help grow the project.

If you can spare some time to help us, please drop us an email and we'll talk more!

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GET YOUR AMATEUR LICENCE HERE!!

Wessex Ham is building a first-class training programme run by Andy Jenner G7KNA, the RSGB district representative for Bristol and North Somerset that will go online soon - see introduction here

If you are interested in taking part in our training programme, either as a student or as an RSGB trainer, please register your interest here.

YACHTING / BOATING NET
8.00am Tuesday Mornings, 3.765 +/- QRM

First contact on the Yachties net today, 12th Jan with Geoff MM5AHO.  Proof of concept works!
If you're interested, email us for details
or join the net, or join us on the Lockdown Zoom

There's a thread on the YBW Practical Boat Owner forum discussing the net here

And read our article about the net here.

AMATEUR RADIO DISCUSSION FORUMS

UK Radio Scanning Forum.  UK based. Good Activity.  LInk Here

Ham Radio Forum.  International. Link Here

QRZ Forum.  International. Link Here

EHam Forum.  US based International. Well respected - huge. Link Here