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The Weston-super-Mare Radio Society (est. 1923)

Please note that the membership fee has been raised to £15 following the AGM.

Please download and print an application form here :- WsMRS Form 

To see our events page go here :- Events


Inauguration 
The Weston-super-Mare Radio Society was founded at the inaugural meeting on Wednesday, 3rd January, 1923.

Group Members of WSMRS in 1920's
Meetings
The radio society meets every Monday evening from 19:30 at Weston-super-Mare social club.  The third Monday in every month is a formal club meeting where we have a presentation or an event planned.  We also regularly participate in a range of events and activities each year, such as participating in national contests, where we use the club call sign G4WSM, special event stations on Marconi Day where we operate from Brean Down with the special event call sign GB0IMD.  We also exhibit at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival Armed Forces Day.   In addition we regularly run training courses and exams for novice and intermediate licence.  

A bit of history by G3YOL, first published by Practical Wireless, March 2011

Cable Communications 
Weston-super-Mare has a history of association with long distance communication.  In 19885 the Commercial Cable Company was granted permission to bring ashore the first of their four telegraph cable "for the purpose of transmitting messages exchanged with America".  This was the year when sixpenny telegrams were introduced, which resulted in good business in the Weston cabe office (originally in two cottages near the seafront.   

Although Cable & Wireless closed their transatlantic operations at Weston in 1962, this was not the end of Weston's association with cable communications.  On Wednesday June 22nd 1988, the Weston-super-Mare Radio Society operated a special station GB0TAC at the nearby village of Brean when the last section of the transatlantic fibre optic cable was brought ashore for Mercury Communications.  This cable was about to allow 1000s of simultaneous telephone calls.  The 24-hour radio operation made 100s of contacts world wide as well as arranging for greeting messages to be passed between Mrs. Judy Allen, Chairman of the Brean Parish Council, Mayor MacInnes of Sea Girt, New Jersey, and Mayor Winterstella of Manasquan, also in New Jersey, as well as Mayor Dismont of Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda.  At the american 'end' in New Jersey, the cable comes ashore as Sea Girt and terminates at Manasquan with a spur to Bermuda.

Marconi at Weston
In 1897 Guglielmo Marconi demonstrated wireless communication between Lavernock Point in South Wales and Flatholm Island int he Bristol Channel ad then Brean Down near Weston.  This was the longest distance ever covered until then - 13km (8 miles).  Marconi became known in Weston during his visits, being referred to as "than foreign looking gentleman" and it was recorded that he stayed in the Coastguard Cottages when in Weston.   He and his team obtained ironmongery from Leaver's hardware store that's still in the town, although now at a different and larger premises.  They also used the services of an electrical engineer in the town for charging batteries.   

Marconi's achievement was celebrated by the Weston-super-Mare Radio Society a hundred years later when members operated a special event station GB100BD on Brean Down in 1997 and contacts were made with some 2000 other stations in 60 countries around the world.  Permission from the National Trust was necessary to operate on Brean Down, as well as from local landowners to permit access for vehicles.  For the same centenary as station was also operated at 'The Time Machine' Weston's museum, using the clubs callsign G4WSM.



Local events
Members of the society have always been please to have a presence and support local activities and groups.  Special stations have been set up with the Scout groups in the areas for Jamboree on the Air.  Usually this has included other activities for the Scouts, such as soldering practice, building simple radio receivers and helping scouts to achieve their communication badges.  A similar arrangement has been organised with the Girl Guides for Thinking Day on the Air.  Stations have been operated at the sea front for Weston Air Days and, later, Helidays as well as the annual Beach Race.   

Over recent years various On the Air activities have been supported.  One of these was the historic lighthouse on the beach at Burnham-on-Sea.  Many amateurs will have visited Burnham to take their Morse test at the former receiving station for Portishead Radio.  Other locations were the International Helicopter Museum on the outskirts of Weston, and Westonzoyland Pumping Station, a station first installed in 1831 to drain the Somerset Levels not also the home of Museum of SteamPower and Land Dranage operated by volunteers.  More recently railways on the Air has been supported by operation at the East Somerset Railway near Shepton Mallet. 
 


Licensing Courses
For many years Society members have been helping newcomers to gain their licence.  The society regularly runs Foundation and Intermediate Licence courses and exams.   The course have a high success rate from students from a wide age range and technical experience.  If you are interested in taking a radio licence course, you should contact the Society using the contact section of this website, or call and visit is on a Monday evening.   See the contact page for location information.  






Calendar

Keep track of the events and activities planned by or for the Radio Society. 




Member Directory

A list of current members of the Weston-super-Mare Radio Society.

This is not completed yet.  



Radio Rally

We will provide updates and more information for the radio rally being announced for September 2017.




Announcements

Club announcements and planned activities will be posted here.   

Please check regularly for updates



Videos

A light hearted look a some of the events in the clubs past. 

Contact

Contact information and location map.