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A range of useful links and resources to help you either in getting started or maintaining your interest in the hobby…
- Other Local Nets
- Local Amateur Radio Clubs
- How Do I Get Started in Amateur Radio
- Other Resources
If you are aware of another local net, local club or other resource that deserves a mention, then please contact us. If you would like to get your club listed, then please ask your secretary to drop us an email with your club’s details.
Please note that although we try ensure links are up-to-date, accurate and non-malicious, we do not accept responsibility for any problems that arise from using them.
Other Local Nets
Riverway Amateur Radio Society Club Net
- Stafford and surrounding area
- Every Sunday
- 10:00 GMT/BST
- Via the local 70cm repeater, GB3ZI
Stafford and Districts Amateur Radio Society Club Net
- Stafford and surrounding area
- Every Sunday
- 20:00 GMT/BST
- 145.375 MHz [simplex]
The Motley Crew
- Staffordshire/Midlands area
- 20:00 GMT/BST
- Fusion/C4FM on Monday, Wednesday and Fusion Friday.
- FM on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
- 144.650 MHz [simplex] and via Fusion/C4FM ‘chase Room ’ on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Local Amateur Radio Clubs
North Staffordshire RAYNET Group
RAYNET is the UKs national voluntary communications service provided for the community by licensed radio amateurs. The organisation was formed in 1953 following the East coast floods, when radio amateurs provided emergency communications. North Staffordshire RAYNET group covers the North Staffordshire area and are always looking for new licenced members. For more information and contact details, visit www.northstaffsraynet.org
Riverway Amateur Radio Society
Meets on the third Wednesday of every month in Rising Brook, Stafford. Visit www.m0rwr.co.uk for more information.
Stafford and Districts Amateur Radio Society (SADARS)
Meets every Wednesday night in Wildwood, Stafford. Regular events include a summer camp and several evenings operating from Cannock Chase. Visit g3sbl.org.uk for more information.
Stafford RAYNET Group
Staffordshire RAYNET group is one of the largest active groups in the UK. Like other RAYNET-UK groups, Stafford RAYNET supports local communities and emergency services with radio communications in times of crisis or in support of local community events. Visit www.staffordraynet.org.uk for more information about the Stafford RAYNET group.
Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society
One of the oldest continually running Amateur Radio clubs, Wolverhampton ARS in 2022 celebrates its centenary year. The club has an active membership and meets each Wednesday at The Royal British Legion in Wednesfield. For more information, visit www.wolverhamptonars.co.uk.
Stafford repeater on 2 metres. Visit ukrepeater.net for details on accessing this repeater. Visit the GB3SV www.qrz.com page for further information about this repeater.
Stafford repeater on 70 centimetres. Visit ukrepeater.net for details on accessing this repeater. Visit the GB3ZI www.qrz.com page for information about the GB3ZI repeater group.
UKFM Group (Western)
The UKFM Group (Western) is a repeater group that helps fund, run and maintain many amateur radio repeaters in Cheshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and North Wales. Visit www.ukfmgw.co.uk for more information.
ukrepeaters.net - Use the search function to find out about repeaters in your local area. Or click here for a list of all the repeaters in the midlands.
MB6IKS (76163) [FM/C4FM Wires-X Gateway]
- 431.125 MHz
- Located near Heath Hayes
MB6IML (78070) [FM/C4FM Wires-X Gateway]
- 431.100 MHz
- Located near Matlock
MB6RU (31405) [FM/C4FM Wires-X Gateway]
- 144.850 MHz
- Located near Hednesford
MB6SR (78925) [FM/C4FM Wires-X Gateway]
- 144.8125 MHz
- Located near Yarnfield
A UK based Radio Amateur building antennas and making radio repairs. Visit Mike on YouTube. Videos include this great guide to building a Flowerpot antenna - a great low cost antenna for 2m. Again, highly recommended.
Motorhome & Ham Radio - M0XMX
A hobby based YouTube channel with Amateur Radio enthusiast, Mike Lewis. See Mike on YouTube. If you manage to make a QSO (contact) with Mike, then you may find yourself featured in one of his videos! Highly recommended.
How Do I Get Started in Amateur Radio?
Anyone can buy a transceiver and start listening to Amateur Radio broadcasts.
To transmit on any of the Amateur Radio frequencies, you will need to obtain your foundation Amateur Radio license. This means learning some material and taking a test.
The good news is that the material is relatively easy to learn.
Click here for more information and useful links.
Logbook of The World (LoTW)
Logbook of The World is a web-based logbook for recording QSOs (contacts) provided by the Americal Radio Relay League (ARRL). Amateurs using LoTW can verify contacts with their QSOing partner. Verified LoTW entries are required to claim credit for some Amateur Radio operating awards. Visit www.arrl.org/logbook-of-the-world for more information.
QRZ is the amateur radio Q code for “who called me?”. QRZ.com is a directory site for radio amateurs where you can look up call signs. If you have a call sign, you can sign up, fill out your profile and even record your QSOs (contacts) in the QRZ.com logbook. The website also features news, forums for discussion, and a range of other resources. Please note that some features require a subscription.
Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)
The Radio Society of Great Britain is the UK’s national society for Amateur Radio. The RSGB engages with the Inartnational Amateur Radio Union, HM Government and Ofcom on behalf of Radio Amateurs. It also produces a monthly magazine, RadCom, and takes responsibility for Amateur Radio license examinations. The RSGB website features information for people who want to get started in the hobby, as well as the band plans advising how the frequencies licensed for Amateur Radio use should be used. For more information, visit www.rsgb.org.uk.
RSGB Region 5 News
The Radio Society of Great Britain has teams covering each region. Region 5 is the West Midlands. Click here for the latest Region 5 news.