The Club, its Raison d'etre, Committee and Terms of Membership

Introduction

The Wey Valley Amateur Radio Group radio is a relatively new radio club launched in May 2005 and based in Guildford. The Club meets on the first and third Fridays of the month at the headquarters of the Guildford Rowing Club, located on the North bank of the River Wey, very near the town centre.

The Club aims to champion on-air activity, construction, DXing, and good, old fashioned, social contact between enthusiastic amateurs in and around the area. It has something to offer newcomers and old timers alike because the prime requirement for membership is a keen interest in any aspect of the hobby.

The founding members first got together to plan the creation of the Club early in 2005 when the opportunity arose to meet regularly at the Rowing Club premises. The facilities on offer include a secure and well furnished club room complete with licensed bar. There is room outside to erect antennas for on-air activity on club nights and propagation can only benefit from the close proximity of the River Wey. We consider this to be an ideal base for a new, convivial and dynamic amateur radio group.

WVARG was formally constituted and admitted to membership of the Radio Society of Great Britain as an affiliated member in May 2005. Since then, a full programme of activities and events has been arranged and the Group has found plenty of opportunities to share its enthusiasm for the hobby with other amateurs.

The emphasis is very much on active involvement in any aspect of amateur radio. Club nights alternate between formal presentations and informal practical evenings, drawing on the considerable experience of the membership. Although currently the majority of the Group are seasoned amateurs with a preference for CW operation, some members have recently worked for their Foundation, Intermediate and Full qualifications. Members are encouraged to pursue their own special interests, which naturally include DX, construction, QRP, portable operation and contesting.

The Club premises are conveniently located very close to Guildford town centre, with ample parking available at modest cost (ÂŁ1.00) in the Millbrook Car Park adjacent to the famous Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. The Rowing Club is a couple of hundred yards from the car park just beyond The Boatman Free House. Meetings normally commence at 8.00 pm and run through to 10:30 or so.


Wey Valley's prestigeous callsign "G6XN"

In 2005 CQ Magazine inducted Les Moxon as a member of its Amateur Radio, Contesting and DXing halls of fame. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame recognizes those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to Amateur Radio or to their professional fields, as well as individuals, whether radio amateurs or not, who have contributed significantly to Amateur Radio.



The Committee

Under the Constitution the Club can have a Committee of up to seven. The present incumbents are as follows :-

Chairman Bob Bagwell, G4HZV
Secretary & Treasurer Andrew Vine (M0GJH)
Members David Jefferies (G3DJR)
Mike Marlow (G3IAF)
Peter Moss (M3OSP)
Mike Shortland (G0EFO)
Tony Wilson (G6ZAC)

The Committee aims to meet every four to six weeks. All members are welcome to attend and observe meetings. Minutes will be made available on request although it is not the Committee's policy that these should be circulated as a matter of course.


Membership

Membership is open to all individuals of age 16 or over who have an active interest in amateur radio. It is not a requirement that you are a holder of an Amateur Radio Licence.

We encourage all prospective members to come along and meet us, so why not make a date in your diary for the next Friday meeting.

The membership year runs from 1st July and the subscription is currently £20 per annum for those members joining between July and December and £10 per annum for those joining between January and June. A membership pack is available from the Secretary ( see "Contact Details").