Welcome to North West Amateur Radio Club

the club was founded in febuary 2016 by

  Jim Mcinnes-Boylan   m0obz    and simon skirving  2e0sia

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We strongly believe that amateur radio is a hobby that can bring together all ages, gender, nationality and religion. An amateur radio operator has no concern with any of these things. They just want to know your location, the signal they are giving you and how clear you can hear them.

A big part of the hobby is to see just how far you are able to transmit and be heard around the world. The combination of radios and antennas is huge and a certain amount of skill is needed to have your setup just right to make that long distance contact.

Ham radio has been around for many years.

A brief history of Amateur Radio

The birth of radio was mainly associated with various amateur experimenters and there are many contenders for the title of The Inventor of Radio. That honour has been disputed between not only the original experimenters, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (1888), Nikola Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi, but also Amos Dolbear, Reginald Fessenden, James Clerk Maxwell, Sir Oliver Lodge, Mahlon Loomis, Nathan Stubblefield and Alexander Popov.

At the beginning of 1895, Tesla was able to detect signals transmitted from his New York lab at West Point (a distance of 50 miles). In 1896, Marconi demonstrated the transmission and reception of Morse code modulated radio signals over distances up to 6 kilometres on Salisbury Plain in England. In 1899, he sent wireless messages across the English Channel and, according to his reports, the first transatlantic transmission in 1902.

Following Marconi’s experiments (1900-1908), many people began experimenting with radio using spark gap transmitters to communicate in Morse code. These first operators were the pioneers of amateur radio.

Throughout its history, amateur radio enthusiasts have made significant contributions to science, engineering, industry and social services. The economic and social benefit derived from research by amateur radio operators has founded new industries, built economies, empowered nations and saved lives.