Event Photographs & Video
Newark Hamfest - September/October 2016
The VMARS stand, visited by many members and other interested radio amateurs. KW Vanguard, KW107,
KW Monitor and Sailor receiver and transmitter.
WS19 and (alleged) HP amp; used extensively and successfully on both days. Well done to Ron M0WSN.
Strategy conversation around the WS19 HP rig - thanks to Camb Hams for the aerial.
The WS19 station attracted a great deal of attention and was a wonderful advert for VMARS.
Members using the station.
Saturday 24th October Baginton Village Hall.
VMARS Members only auction of vintage equipment
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September - VMARS at the 2015 RSGB National Hamfest helsd at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire
Photographs courtesy of Robin Maddison G0GNE
Saturday 18th July - The 2015 VMARS AGM at the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, Neatishead, Norfolk
VMARS Members and their partners enjoy a convivial evening at the Ship Inn, Dunwich on the Friday evening before the AGM
L to R - Martin M0MGA, Emma, Peter G8CDC, Carolyn, Tony G3YYH, Ian M0YMK, Glenis and Bronek M0DAF
The Royal Air Force Cold War Operations Room preserved at the RAF Neatishead Museum
John Somerville, MW0XHO with Jill & Martin Owen, G4JSX
Outgong Chairman Ian Underwood, M0YMK (Left) with Committee members Pete Shepherd, G7DXV, Bronek Wedzicha, M0DAF and John Keeley, G6RAV
Les Thacker, 2E0IBN, with a guiding hand on flying a Jaguar GR3 Gound Attack aircraft
Chairman Tony Barron, G3YYH and Committee Member Martin Smyth, M0MGA view a model of Neatishead Radar
Forefront, David Smith, G8IDL, flanked by Alf Fisher, G3WSD (Left) and Antony Wedgewood, G0TJD, with Glenis Wedzicha in the background.
VMARS Archivist Colin Guy, G4DDI
Left, Pete Shepherd, G7DXV and Robert Chamberlain G3VYU
Left, Brian Murfitt, M1JLM, with Roger Basford, G3VKM
Becky Ellis and Bob Tucker, G6AVI with their daughter Connie
Stuart Atkinson, G3YPS with Tony Barron, G3YYH
Left, Martin Smyth, M0MGA talking to Mike Cooke, G4DYC.
Stuart McKinnon, G0TBI with Committee Member Peter Jones G8CDC
Alf Fisher, G3WSD, enjoying tea and biscuits with Antony Wedgewood G0TJD
Left, Les Thacker, 2E0IBN, chatting to Gerald Stancey, G3MCK
Pete Shepherd, G7DXV, with Anne McKinnon, M3TBI
Ian Underwood, M0YMK, Tony Barron, G3YYH and Anne McKinnon, M3TBI
Stuart McKinnon, G0TBI
Honorary Secretary John Keeley, G6RAV
Treasurer & Publications Manager Bronek Wedzicha, M0DAF
Bronek Wedzicha, M0DAF, John Keeley, G6RAV and Peter Jones, G8CDC
Members paying attention!
Paul Whiteley, M0PDW, Gerald Stancey, G3MCK and Ian Underwood, M0YMK
Bronek Wedzicha, M0DAF, carrying the Treasurers report in his "Budget Case"
Richard Powell, M0CFW, Membership Secretary Ron Swinburne, M0WSN and Leon Ellison G8ZDH
VMARS Members put on a display at Flixton
Martin, M0MGA, and Emma take a break at Flixton
Ray Kidd, M0EVK
WWII Airborne Command sets and T1154/R1155 on the VMARS display
WWII Sergeant pilot and his faithful dog at Flixton
VMARS members at the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum Family Day, Flixton, on Sunday 19th July, following the AGM.
Photographs courtesy of Robin Maddison G0GNE
The 2015 Dambusters Rally weekend
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May
Photographs of the evening in the Blue Bell Inn on Saturday and of the rally, which took place on Sunday
Anne. M3TBI, raises a glass in the bar at the Blue Bell Inn
Ian M0YMK - Colin G4DDI - Robin G0GNE
Ron M0WSN - Colin G4DDI - Stuart G0TBI
Ron's 1950's Austin K9 Communications lorry operating from the site
From L-R -- Ron M0WSN standing on the steps of his K9 - Martin M0MGA - Tony G3YYH - Ian M0YMK - Paul M1PVC
A trader with Clansman equipment on sale
Above & Below - Inside the M0TCM shack at Thorpe Camp
RAF radio sets from the 1940's - Airborne T1154 transmitter with the companion R1155 receiver
and the powerful Marconi T1509 ground transmitter used by Colin G4DDI using the M0TCM call (Thorpe Camp Museum) on their VMARS 3615KHz net control rota days
Tony Barron G3YYH and Robin Madison G0GNE represented the society with the objective of meeting as many members as possible and attracting new ones. Tony's scruffy, unrestored but unmolested R1155 and Robin's PRC320 were used as set dressing, and each attracted interest in their own way. Tony and Robin chatted with about 20 members, a number of people showed real interest in joining, and three signed membership application forms on the spot... and a number of members were caused to feel guilt as they hadn't yet paid their 2015 subscription (have you paid yours?).
Luke, 2E0HV, pays his subs...
Attempting to explain the intricacies of the LSB mod to the PRC320:
Photographs courtesy of G0GNE.
104 Regt RA were receiving the freedom of the City Of Worcester, and the City chose the occasion to organise a substantial event to celebrate the award, and to commemorate the commencement of the First World War. Many dozens of organisations took part, including the RA who demonstrated heavy metal in the form of a Challenger 2, an MLRS rocket system, and an AS90 self-propelled gun. Peter (M0XPB) and Pauline Bannon organised a large contribution which was very well received by officials and member of the public alike. VMARS supported Peter's contribution with Ron's (M0WSN) K9, Robin's (G0GNE) fully-loaded (over-loaded??) Lightweight, a Lightweight and a 90 from Steve (M6AZK) and Steve (M0WFO), and Tony's (G3YYH) VRC321 in a 12x12 tent, as well as Peter's 110.
The event was very well organised, and the depth and width of VMARS' presence served to enhance its reputation. Many thanks to Peter and Pauline for all their efforts.
2/Lt Peter Bannon talking to a member of the public. The uniform is authentic for August 1914, and the blue-and-white armbands mark him as a communications officer.
Peter had put together two displays; one of communications artifacts and a descriptive presentation of communications at the outbreak of the war, and another describing the Falklands War, with displays of Clansman equipment, an L1A1 SLR, and a display of bayonets through the 20th Century.
Ron climbing the mast atop his K9.
Robin working 4m from his Lightweight.
Tony with his VRC321. The furthest station worked was near Dundee, on 60m. GB2WAC was the special event callsign organised by Peter.
Another fully-loaded Land Rover from Steve, M6AZK.
It was a busy day; many thousands of members of the public attended, showed real interest and asked many questions. Veterans shared their experiences, particularly of the Falklands War.
Many re-enactment groups took part, all contributing to make a successful event. There's talk of making this an annual event.
Saturday August 9th - VMARS Annual General meeting
Royal Signals Museum, Blandford Camp, Dorset.
RCA EC4336, Wireless Set 53 and Hallicrafters BC-610 transmitters- big hitters from the 1940's
1943 Wireless Set No10 - 4.4GHz
A very early example of mobile signals operation
Above and below - VMARS Members
Nearest the camera David Smith G8IDL and Gerald Stancey G3MCK,
Behind them, wearing a tie is Martin Smyth M0MGA
Above - front row right to left - Ann & Peter Lamb M1AYI, Mike Bayliff M0XGG with his wife and John Sommerville MW0XHO,
Behind them Glennis Wedzicha G4???, and Richard Powell M1CFW.
The VMARS Committee delivering their presentations
John Keeley GW6RAV, Bronek Wedzicha M0DAF, Ian Underwood M0YMK and Stuart McKinnon G0TBI
Robin & Martin looking pensive
Committee Member Ron Swinburne M0WSN, looking happy
Ron represents VMARS on the RSGB Spectrum Forum
Committee members Peter Jones G8CDC and Pete Shepherd G7DXV looking thoughtful
Pete Shepherd is the Membership Secretary
Chairman Ian Underwood M0YMK
Honorary Secretary John Keeley GW6RAV
Treasurer and Publications Editor Bronek Wedzicha M0DAF
Public Relations Officer Stuart McKinnon G0TBI
Dr Liz Bruton in full cry
Some of the VMARS Group outside the museum
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On Thursday 6th March 2014, on behalf of VMARS, Ian Underwood M0YMKand Stuart McKinnon G0TBI presented a historic Wireless Set No.19 (above) on long term loan to the Radio Society of Great Britain for display at their 100 years of amateur radio exhibition at the National Radio Centre located in Bletchley Park.