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Great Yarmouth Radio Club
Great Yarmouth Radio Club
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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.