North Norfolk radio hams celebrate special centenary with international conversation

Bob Smith, a member of North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group, using a vintage 1950's amateur radio station at Muckleburgh Collection to celebrate the centenary of the Radio Society of Great Britain. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Bob Smith, a member of North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group, using a vintage 1950's amateur radio station at Muckleburgh Collection to celebrate the centenary of the Radio Society of Great Britain. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
9:52 AM

Radio waves from across the globe are being beamed into north Norfolk this week as wireless enthusiasts take part in a celebratory conversation to mark 100 years of a special club.

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The Radio Society of Great Britain was established in 1913 as the London Wireless Club and brought together people with an interest in radio communication. Year long celebrations are being held to mark its centenary and yesterday they came to the Muckleburgh Military Collection in Weybourne, the home of the North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group (NNARG).

Using a special centenary call sign, G100RSGB, operators are attempting to make contact with more than 2,000 fellow enthusiasts from across the globe using Morse code and two speech transmissions.

Visitors are also being invited to see the operators at work, take a look at the group’s collection of equipment and learn more about the society.

Steve Appleyard, NNARG secretary, said having the centenary call sign made the station a popular contact point for enthusiasts worldwide.

“It’s special for us. When everybody’s wanting to talk to us it makes it more exciting for our operators,” he added.

The station is using the call sign until Sunday and is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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