Welcome to the IoWRS’s website.
The site includes a history of the society and an account of current activities. We exist to promote and encourage all aspects of radio – not only “Ham” but also Short Wave Listening, Broadcast, PMR and Citizens Band. Do please browse the site. If you are an islander, resident or visitor, you would be most welcome to come and see us in the flesh (when covid restrictions permit!) Scroll down to see Latest Club News.
Program of activities
The Club likes to maintain a tentative program of events, it’s a kind of rolling calendar. This years program has been hit by Covid, so a number of the early events could not take place, but they are still shown and will be re-scheduled (tbr) when the Covid restrictions allow.
tbr Constructing a VHF/UHF Slim Jim antenna. Materials supplied. Roger, G8NHG
tbr Constructing an HF Balun. Materials supplied. Ian, G4MBD
tbr The Kempton Park Rally.
25th April International Marconi Day.
9th June Practical Wireless 2 metre QRP contest.
21th/22nd June Museums on the air.
4th/5th July VHF Field Day plus Club BBQ.
Other annual events cancelled due to Covid and/or currently without dates:-
June 2022 Newbury Amateur Radio Rally
Flight Refuelling Rally, normally in August.
Bembridge Lifeboat open day, normally in August.
Practical Wireless 70MHz contest, normally in September.
Nevada Open Day, normally in November.
Club Christmas party, around the 17th of December.
Latest Club News
We are pleased to announce that the society's first meeting since the start of the pandemic will be on Friday 13th August 7pm at Haylands Farm. All past and present members welcome We are particularly keen to meet the new licencees and members who passed their exams...
At a club Zoom meeting recently Alan G3PZB and Malcolm G0uyn were discussing their early careers working in the defense industry, it appears they were both working on the Black Knight and Firestreak rockets. This prompted Alan to dig into his archives and offer this...
A presentation to the IOWRS by Rod Angel G4ZUP 9 July 2021 Rods talk on Tropo last night stimulated a lot of interest and questions, members have asked for the references Rod gave in his talk to be made available so that they can improve their understanding of the...
Update Gary has cancelled Saturdays activity because of bad weather, he intends to be QRV on Sunday 11th July. Gary M5YRG is planning to go portable at Devils Dyke NW. Brighton on thew’end of the 10/11 July weather permitting. He tells us he will be using a...
The Zoom Talks continue this Friday with a presentation from Rod (G4ZUP) who will be talking about tropospheric propagation and radar. This replaces the normal zoom that runs parallel to the Joint club net. Anyone wishing to have an RF conversation on GB3IW at that...
Sorry to say that Bob, due to declining health has had to take up permanent residence at a care home. He recently had a fall, and broke his hip, but has had a replacement and is recovering in hospital. Bob’s brother has been talking to Bob about all his equipment, and...
The recent change to the licence conditions requires the management of radiated RF, the EMF issue. It is intended to meet the ICNIRP Guidelines and we discussed it at the AGM under AOB. Paul has already mentioned this in the news. As you know a quick summary of what...
At a recent committee meeting the question of ICNIRP compliance was discussed, because a lot of confusion surrounds this requirement by OFCOM it was decided that the society would publish some clear guidelines for members trying to conform. We have created a new space...
Those involved in the Joint Club Net held on GB3IW have been consideringwhat should happen once the Clubs and Societies emerge from lockdown andcan resume regular meetings. So much has been gained from liaisons between the clubs, especially thesocial opportunities and...
What our Members Say
“I didn’t realise until I joined the Isle of Wight Radio Society how much amateur activity there was on the island.
I hope this new website will allow us to communicate our enthusiasm for our hobby to others. “
“A whole new world opened up to me. I hadn’t realised there were so many people involved in amateur radio and so many different things to do, such as long-distance communication (DXing) with its own language (Q codes), contesting, PC software, and even morse. Then there were all types of radio from relatively cheap handhelds to expensive ‘base’ radios, as well as mobile ones. Not forgetting, of course, aerials, or rather antennae, of which there are a great variety according to the frequency being used.”
Graham Coleman M5IIT