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    GB0SWS - Heeley Festival - Sheffield - England

    Radio Amateurs members of Sheffield and District Wireless Society will be active with special call GB0SWS from Heeley Festival, Heeley City Farm, Sheffield, England.
    They will operate on HF Bands.
    QSL via G3PHO direct, LOTW.
    Ads for direct QSL:
    PETER DAY, 38 BROOMHILL ROAD, OLD WHITTINGTON, CHESTERFIELD, S41 9DA, England.
    Information from qrz:
    As part of our celebration of the founding of our Society one hundred years ago, Sheffield & District Wireless Society is, over the coming weeks, providing hands on experience of Amateur Radio to the wider community. This is part of our ongoing programme of promoting this exciting technical pursuit to people of all ages. History: The Sheffield & District Wireless Society is one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. Recent searches of archive material on the internet and in old radio magazines have discovered many fascinating facts about the Society, the most important one at the moment is that it came to life in June 1919, just one hundred years ago, when radio was in its infancy, before the days of valves, transistors, TV, the BBC, the internet and a few years after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 when spark gap transmitters and the Morse Code played such an important role in helping to rescue survivors! We believe Sheffield was home to many amateur radio operators just before Word War 1 but the war itself must have prevented those operators from forming a hobby club or society during that troubled period and so it was not until the war ended and the government passed the legislation require, that those interested in making their own radio sets and transmitting to other enthusiasts were able to form local clubs around the country. From archive photographs found in old magazines of the period, it seems that our Society members were largely affluent and learned men who could afford to buy components and other materials to experiment with and build their own transmitters and receivers. One such man was Dr Alan Fawcett, callsign 2HQ (later G2HQ) who become a prominent surgeon at Sheffield Royal Infirmary and who lived into the 1960s and remained a loyal radio club member until he passed away. Archive studies have shown that SDWS flourished between 1919 and sometime up to the early 1930s. after which a new group, the Sheffield and District Short Wave Club (later to become Sheffield Amateur Radio Club) took over the reins of promoting this absorbing pursuit to the less affluent members of the Sheffield community. Today, both organisations exist side by side in the city. SDWS was reformed in late 2012 and now has over 200 members, some of which live outside the Sheffield Region and even in overseas countries such as Brazil, the USA, Canada and India. Today our local Society and club have members from all walks of life, socio-economic groups, cultures and religions and of all ages. We are bound by a common interest in electronics and communications by radio. We meet on Wednesday evenings at the Rutland Hotel, Broomhill, the first Wednesday of each month being a formal lecture or organised activity.



    GB0SWS Sheffield and District Wireless Society, Sheffield, England
    73 Al 4L5A
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