The Online Radio Club has been formed to promote all aspects of radio activities, especially for those unable to meet regularly at a specific physical location (hence “online”). There is no prejudice about the use of amateur radio with members active and interested in a wide range of aspects about our hobby.
Radio at its heart is about ‘communicating at a distance’ and our shared hobby of amateur radio links like-minded operators across distances using this profound technology. Yet, radio clubs remain a traditional forum of gatherings, presentations and social meet-ups to talk “radio” in the same physical place. It’s ironic for the need to be physically face-to-face to talk about “communicating at a distance”!
This reliance on bringing together club members physically can limit attendances, participation and availability of club members, who may want to take part in conversation “off the bands” but are farther afield. We feel it is possible to offer an inclusive and vibrant forum for radio amateurs online with many of the traditional benefits of radio clubs with the ease that modern technology offers.
The club currently meets on a Thursday evening from 1930-2100 (UK times). We are using Zoom.us video conferencing capabilities to host the meeting – prior to joining the meeting please download the Zoom.us mobile or desktop client by clicking here.
The meeting usually takes the following format:
- Round table of news and activities since the previous meeting
- Any important information needed to be shared
- Presentations/discussions on pre-announced topics
- Any other business
Aspects of amateur radio regularly discussed and presented include (but are not limited to):
- CW (including CWC – a club project)
- HF contesting
- VHF/UHF use
- Digital modes
- Home-brew building
- Informal training
Anyone interested in amateur radio are welcome. If you would like to join us on a club evening and have not yet joined a session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org asking to be added to the session or complete the form here. We will require your name, callsign (if licensed), email address and any other information you might like to raise. Information including the club’s constitution, rules of conduct and fee structure can be found here.
We look forward to meeting you either on a club night or on the air!
Chairman, The Online Radio Club