Yarmouth Radio Club
Welcome to our club web
Below is a brief history
of our club which is one of the oldest clubs in England.
The club can trace its
roots back to the 1920's around the time when A.A. (Artificial aerials) licenses
were established, with club members meeting in a small electrical shop. These
were the days when almost all radio equipment was home brew with very few
people able to afford the luxury of buying a ready-made "wireless".
In the 1950's the club
licensed hams together with several swl's mounted a mini DX expedition to
"Scroby Sands", a large sand bank some 5 miles of the coast of Great
Yarmouth, which was usually populated only by seals in summer before the sand
bank disappeared when winter arrived.
Numerous contacts were
made from the "sands" but the club was unable to claim a new country
because of their close proximity to the shore. During the period spent on
Scroby sands the club also helped to survey and map out what was quite a large
sand bank at the time, nowadays the sandbank is almost permanently covered
by the sea which is a shame because this would give a new WAB square and also
a new WWL square for 6 & 2m enthusiasts.
The club have also held
meetings in some unusual venues ranging from village halls to meeting in the
dentist surgery of David Buddery G3OEP, who until recently held the position
of Chief Novice instructor for Norfolk and was a former President of the club.
David together with Leo Balls G3YYQ who is also a qualified novice instructor,
helped train numerous members of the club both in the novice licence and also
the full RAE with several novice licensees attaining full licenses.
The club meets on the
second and fourth friday of each month Friday with the present club members
ages ranging from the 30's to the young at heart 90's. We enter all the national
cw & ssb field days with some members remembering the field days all the
way back to the 1930's, now we operate for the fun of participating in the
event and send in the log to act as a check log for the serious operators.
If you are coming to
Great Yarmouth contact the secretary or send us an
and we will be glad to send you a club program with directions to the club
and we offer a warm welcome to all visitors to the club meetings.