TDARS 50th Anniversary Year is not quite over, but it has been an eventful year.
A review of TDARS 50th year by Vice Chair. Martyn G3UKV
- 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
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
Winner, 1st place RSGB Club of the Year (Large Clubs)
is Telford & District Amateur Radio Society.
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