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12th May 2016

Hi all.


Reference the site move for GB3GY I have just over a month to get an application into the

RSGB - OFCOM if we intend to move and keep the repeater running.


Please find attached the predicted coverage map for the current sites under consideration.


Dark blue is hand held coverage light blue mobile.

Note this is a very conservative estimation people will get into the repeater from much further dependant upon their operating conditions, height, power, aerials etc..


On Saturday the 7Th May G0ATW, G1HZN and G1BRB ran tests from the Freeman St site which confirmed that the coverage map is roughly correct.


Any suggestions or offers of help please let me know.



73s John G0ATW


4th Feb 2016

At tonight’s meeting it was agreed that the 1st Thurs in the month will be our normal

 meeting night when club business, etc will be discussed,

 and that on the 2nd Thur of each month will be the night

 when talks, demonstrations will take place.

26 Jan 2016

Subs for GARS membership this year are £15.00, this includes admission for the Cromwell Social Club for the monthly meeting, and for remote members, membership remains at £5.00

31st Oct 2015

At our recent A.G.M. two members, Brian M6LZX and Dave G0IIQ resigned from the committee, with Cliff G4YHP and Chris G7BRZ joining the committee.


28th Sept 2015


I am looking for banners for the website that I can use, if you have anything suitable, the previous one was

1000 * 185 or that sort of ratio, these fit in the designated space and they need to be radio related.

Please email them to


2nd July 2015

Tonight Kevin Ball with a talk on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at the Cromwell Club, Grimsby, nice to see a good crowd who enjoyed a well presented talk with videos..


GARS Google groups

Further information from Carl G7EOG on last night talk can be found on the GARS google group email, if you are local and wish to join the group please email me at

25 April 2015

May 7th Presentation on D-Star by Carl G7EOG at the Cromwell Road Social Club 8pm start, non-members welcome.


26th Feb 2015

Diary updated with confirmation of GB4TBS (Tetney Beam Station) event.


3rd Jan 2015

Report from GB4BDB (Boxing Day Bash)

The boxing day bash went well, we started about 9 am with Chris G7BRZ on 40mtrs and after some head scratching and not been able to get psk working it was decided to operate on the 20mtr and above on voice with Tom G4ZRV having contacts in the USA and Russia.

 The day ended with some 80 contacts in total 207 lookups on qrz .com including Indonesia and some 12 new flags for the event radios for the day FT 950, FT847, cobweb antenna for 20mtrs to 10 mtrs and the 80/40 trapped dipole both radios were running at an output power of 50 watts.

Operators for the day Tom G4ZRV Chris G7BRZ Pete G6NDH Bri M6LZX Tony G1OAC Adi M6GNW and visits form Carl G7EOG and Andy G0MNI

Report submitted by Dave M0KWK.


24th Dec 2014

Robin courtesy of John Carter G8VKB

Brian G4DXB


5th Dec 2014

Today I have added a few more documents from 1986, these are in jpg format, but previously I had scanned them to pdf, but my epson XP215  scanner/printer, although set for portrait mode scans them and outputs them in landscape if the page is full, like the 1986 newsletters, and I have no option to change, hence jpg’s

Brian G4DXB


10th Nov 2014

Hi Brian


It's with sadness to let you know that Chris Tuckley G1UZT of Immingham died today. He had a long fight with illness and died in Diana,Princess of Wales hospital in Grimsby.


Chris G7BRZ




The event went very well band conditions was not  the best we have ever seen heavy  rain on the Saturday night almost put an end to the gazebo some repairs required after the event. The Lancaster’s did not  fly on the Saturday due to the weather further in land on the Sunday afternoon there were lots of visitors in the afternoon as 4.00 pm approached and not to lets us down the sky filled with the noise of 8 Merlin engines and the two  flew right over the top of the operating tent ....


cheers Dave M0KWK

3rd Oct 2013

The Grimsby Amateur Radio Society’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Cromwell Club on Thur 2nd Oct 2014

The following committee was elected.

Full details can be found on the Contacts page.

Chairman Carl Flynn G7EOG

Vice Chairman Peter Walker G6NDH

Treasurer David Hall M0KWK

Secretary Brian Siddle M6LZX

Committee members

Tom Russel G4ZRV

Tony Mills G1AOC

Darren Hughes M6GUH

David Pykett G0IIQ

7th Sept 2014

The societies A.G.M. will be held on Thur Oct 2nd at the Cromwell Social Club in Grimsby, 8pm start.

26th July 2014

Web Page Header

Barry G8RIW has modified the page header, the majority of pages have updated, hope you like the change.

Brian G4DXB

16th July 2014

GB2SHL Sat/Sun 9/10th Aug update

 A quick update of events for the GB2SHL event for the 1940s weekend to be held at the Sunnyside Club in Cleethorpes, also that weekend its a RNLI fundraiser weekend.  

We have the GB2RNLI call running side by side as the club is fundraising for the RNLI, there will also be a display of 1940’s memorabilia on view over that weekend all welcome doors open form 8.30am.

cheers Dave M0KWK  

GB4WAW at North Coates flying club was at the weekend (12/13th July) both days well attended by hams and visitors .

Saturday was the better day for flying and some 20 planes in and out through the day with a fly by form the spitfire at 4 pm, not many radio contacts though as the bands were not in great shape.

Cheers Dave M0KWK

Albert Leese G3UP

In the G5UM callbook his address is 39 Ramsgate Louth

Copy of notice in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph 25th June 2014

LEESE Albert (G3UP) Peacefully but suddenly at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital Grimsby on 14th June 2014 aged 96 years. Much loved husband of Hilda, wonderful dad, grandad and great-grandad, Albert will be sadly but lovingly missed by all who knew him. Service will be held at Alford Crematorium on Wednesday 2nd July at 12 noon. Family flowers only by request but donations, if desired, made payable to The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust can be passed to The Funeral Director on the day or be received by Lincolnshire Co-operative Funeral Services, 134 Eastgate, Louth LN11 9AA. Tel: 01507 603519.

Brian G4DXB

Barry Harvey G8RIW - Link temp not available.

Barry (Ex GARS member) has recently created his first web page,

Click the above link and site will open in a new page.

GARS Treasurer

At last nights committee meeting (10/4/2014) Dave Hall M0KWK  

was unanimously voted to become our new treasurer after

Brian G4DXB resigned.

Fred Hunt G2HOJ    26 March 2014

This evening I was contacted by Carl G4SRF with the sad news that Fred G2HOJ passed away yesterday aged 102 years.

I know lots of club members will remember Fred as one of the pioneering amateurs and have fond memories of him.

Many will recall his exploits in amateur radio, he operated well into his 80s I for one miss hearing him on the bands.


73s Fred


John G0ATW

15th March 2014

The Grimsby Amateur Radio Society with a donation  for the RNLI of £150.00 raised during the SOS week held in January by radio hams all over the UK. Presenting the cash is Mrs Frances Hall secretary of The New Sunnyside Club, Cleethorpes where the group have a permanent radio shack, other members are Tom G4ZRV, Tony G10AC, Pete G6NDH, Frances and Steve Burton  coxswain of the Cleethorpes Inshore Life Boat Andy G0MNI,  Bri M6LZX and Chris G7BRZ.

Further information about our local society can be found by using the above links.

27th Feb 2014

Hi All,

The results of the 70 cm Affiliated Society Contest have just been published. We managed to be placed 14th out of 44 at our first attempt at this event.

In the Superleague (the results of the 6 events for Affiliated Societies) we are in an amazing FIFTH place out of 78 UK Radio Clubs, with the results of the 80m SSB and CW events still to come.

This was the first time we have entered the 6m, 2m, and 70cm events, although of course we normally do well in the 160m and 80m events. We might well finish even higher, as two of the Clubs presently above us have no track record on 80m.

Congrats and thanks to all those who made a big effort to erect antennas and appear on the VHF/UHF Bands.

Results at :-


Dave G3TBK

12th Feb 2014


The first event of the year came on a very cold Saturday on the 4th of January GB4BMF (brass monkey flying) at the air field at North Coates as this was the first of the North Coates flying clubs events.  We arrived at about 9.45 and parked in the car park after having a look at a very wet outfield where we normally go to operate it was decided to stay in the car park as a change to the normal every thing including the kitchen sink we operated for the two cars Bri M6LZX, Chris G7BRZ, and Dave M0KWK on the hf radio an FT 857 and a Atlas 120 antenna had a few contacts on 40 mtrs some 14 in total working UK and Europe on very poor band conditions Tom G4ZRV Tony G1OAC and Peter G6NDH worked locals on 2 mtrs the event had a few brave pilots landing having a coffee and some old tractors added to the display ..


The sos week went well we operated on the 26th, 26th and 29th of Jan and the 1st & 2nd of Feb, from the New Sunnyside Club in Cleethorpes about 500 yards from the life boat station.  Across the 5 days we had some 416 40 mtr ssb contacts 38 vhf fm and dstar and some 300 contacts on data psk31 even with one day wasted with a continental contest 40mtrs ft 950 and a trapped dipole at 7 meters psk data ft 840 into home brew cobweb at 12 mtrs high ,2mtrs fm ft 847 and tri band collinear at 13mtrs on sunday the 2nd we were joined by George G4EBK to have a go at the 70cm afs contest with 7 contacts for good points for the club. In the New Sunnyside club they have an change bottle for donations to the RNLI and the committee have donated the contents of £150.00 to the sos week in the club and gars name .



10th Feb 2014

Dave M0KWK told the meeting that the RNLI SOS week went very well plus George G4EBK had come down on the Sunday morning to do the 70cm contest, Dave also said and that the Sunnyside club would be donating the contents of the large bottle on the bar full of coins to the RNLI the amount totalled £150. Bri M6LZX was to contact Steve Burton at the Cleethorpes life boat house to arrange a time and date for the members of the special events team to go down for a photo shoot at the presentation of the cheque  hopefully with the aim of a couple of photo’s for the RADCOM and the local papers.


George told the meeting that the contests were doing well and the Gars Contest team were getting reasonably high scores

2nd Feb 2014

My  web program has been updated today and I see there’s a small problem with the headers, I will have a look at these over the next few days.

 20th Dec 2013


The final CW results appeared this morning and confirmed Grimsby to be in second place overall.

The Certificate for the Club and those for individual Members who gained leading positions can be downloaded from the RSGB results page:

Well done and thanks to all those who contributed logs.

The 2014 Club Championship events run from February to July and then the Club Sprints from August to November. Hopefully GARS will remain at the upper end of the Results Tables.

The Results of the Top-Band Club Calls Contest are expected before Xmas, no doubt GARS and its members will figure prominently.


Dave G3TBK

25th  Nov 2013

Rowley Walker G3IYT

TRIBUTES have been paid to the oldest qualified electrician still working in England.

Rowley Walker was still signing certificates for Walkers Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Limited the week before he died – at the age of 91.

Born in October 1922, he had three sisters and a brother and was educated at Reynolds Street and Bursar school, in Cleethorpes, and Harold Street school, Grimsby.

He left school at the age of 14 and became an apprentice electrician to his father.

He was featured by Yorkshire Television as the oldest qualified electrician still working in England, prompting an inspection from regulators who couldn't believe that he could still be competent.

Daughter Nadine Waldron told the 130-strong congregation at his funeral at Grimsby Crematorium: "Rowley sent the first inspector away with a flea in his ear for being condescending.

"He offered to have another inspection, which, of course, he duly passed."

Rowley spent many happy years working as the electrical contractor at the Beacholme Holiday Camp in Humberston, where staff hosted a celebration of his life following the service, with a buffet.

Nadine said: "One of the stories I have gleaned about his childhood is that he had an old, large tea chest in the back yard and would regularly go and sit in it and watch the rain come down.

"That was probably good training for sailing and fishing in the rain in years to come."

He was also a tearaway in his teens and 20s, going scrambling on his motorbike and being somewhat fast, shall we say, in the driving of cars and motorbikes."

During the war, Rowley served in the RAF in France, where he met his wife Gisele. They married in Arras, France, in the mid-1940s and he persuaded her to come to England. They had three children, Nadine, Mark and Nicole.

Sadly, Gisele died in 1970 when Mark and Nicole were still young, and he looked after them with help from his sisters.

In the mid-1970s, he met Audrey. They married in 1975 and enjoyed a long and supportive marriage until his death at Hull Royal Infirmary, where he had been transferred to from Grimsby.

Through the marriage he gained two stepchildren.

Rowley was also a keen ice hockey player.

Nadine said: "On the ice he was fast and full of menace – frequently fighting and earning the nickname of the Sin Bin King.

"When that skating rink closed in the 1950s, he took to sailing.

"He was a member of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club and a founder member of the Humber Mouth Yacht Club.

"Rowley continued with his sailing exploits for many years, including climbing the mast of the Sail Training Schooner, The Malcolm Miller, when he was 60."

He was also an amateur radio enthusiast. He knew Morse code, and even spent his time in hospital interpreting the alarm signals from the medical equipment.

Nadine said: "Right up to the end, his mind was still very active."

As well as his wife, children and stepchildren, Rowley, who lived in Humberston, is survived by grandchildren Lucy, Gisele, James and Ben, and great-grandchildren Ella and Jake.

He also leaves stepgrandchildren and a sister.

Read more:

Article copied with permission from the Grimsby Evening Telegraph

17th Nov 2013

Just a quick update on the repeaters GB3GY and GB3GG.

Over the last two weeks I have fine tuned the audio levels on GY both received audio and last Friday the Echolink signal which required an additional audio amplifier between the P.C. and the input to the logic.  Please let me have any comments on these changes, good or bad.


I have also monitored the output from GG after some problem with the relayed video this seems to be ok at the moment, but as we are to loose the 13cms allocation for the output I am progressing with an application for a digital TV output on 23cms.

The change to a Digital output and a band change to 23cms should give a much improved coverage and make equipment for reception very cheap.

We will be maintaining the 23cms and 10Ghz analogue input.

The British Amateur Television Club is supporting us with this change and I intend to raise the costs involved with no direct implications to club funds.


73s John G0ATW

16th Oct 2013

Its with great sadness that I inform you that Rowley became a silent key earlier this afternoon.

He went in hospital for a check up last week, they found several things amiss but were unfortunately unable to remedy them.

He celebrated his 91 birthday on 5th October 2013

He will be sadly missed by many radio ops and other friends.

RIP Rowley

Graham G3VIP

15th Oct 13

On the 24th of this month the club rules will be discussed by the committee, if you have any comments could you please pass them to a committee member, copies of previous rules can be downloaded on this site, after discussion, the amended rules will be voted on at our main monthly meeting on the 7th Nov.

The bank details below have been tried by a local member and am pleased to say worked, when paying your subs or a donation via the HSBC can you please either use your call-sign or name, we have Internet banking so details can be confirmed by email.

Another point raised at a recent meeting was a possibility of our local club applying and installing a 10 metre FM repeater, this is at a very early stage and members of course will be kept informed of progress.

11th Oct 13

After last weeks AGM, this week we had our committee meeting to arrange meetings for the coming months, details will be on the web pages shortly, also to discuss the clubs finances.  It was proposed and agreed that the subs for the next 12 months will remain as this year, which are:-

New member £21.00

Existing member £15,00

Associated member £5.00

The above can be paid at our meetings at the Cromwell Club, or you can pay direct to the HSBC.

HSBC Details

Account name Grimsby Amateur Radio Society

Sortcode  40-22-24

Account number 32274167

Please note that we have changed banks from the Natwest to HSBC.

Brian Chester G4DXB

4th Oct 13

At the clubs AGM on the 3rd Oct 13 the following committee was elected

Chairman Adrian G1BRB

Secretary Brian M6LZX

Treasurer Brian G4DXB

plus committee members

Dave M0KWK

Peter G6NDH

Terry G1XYH

Dave G0IIQ


Also during the night the name card that has been running was won by George G4EBK

A reminder that the next Foundation Course will be run in Jan 14, further details can be found on

Latest News 15 Sept 13

Officers of the club have their own designated email address; they are

M S Distribution has recently donated a wireless link equipment to link Nelson House with Thesiger House; this is so Richard’s company can supply the repeaters with free Internet access.

27 August 2013

Local Amateur

I have recently completed updating all the members information onto the web site, this has been a lot of work trying to put it altogether in the one place, also on that page I have put a link to local QSL cards, if you any that you make like to be added to the site please contact me on



The 40s weekend was a real success, we had a new computer for data that had some teething problems with an not quite sorted out yet but we know what the problem is now, contacts vhf 9 ssb 37 psk31 21 and to our surprise on Sunday George G4EBK arrived with key in hand and spent some 2 hrs and 33 contacts didn't seem to be the amount of people around as the years pervious yearsbut a good weekend was had by all in the shack, the page for GB4CFF has also been updated.

I have been updating the web pages over the last few days, I have changed the link over on the Local Hams link to my new pages, these are many more pages to include and these should be done over the next few days, hopefully.

The web pages as you know are being hosted by Minotaur IT, and in the last few days they have registered our domain name and I have received notification from Nominet which is the internet registry for all .uk domain names.

11th August 2013

I'm starting updating the local ham pages so you may when looking at the existing pages have a few links missing; this is because of having to move images around.  Today I have uploaded another of Barry's cartoons, and will in future change them every weekend. 

Also a reminder that the club meetings are held every Thursday evening at the Cromwell Social club in Grimsby, with the first meeting of each month being the official meeting.  Shortly it will be the club's AGM which this year will fall on the 3rd October, please try and leave that date free.

As most of you aware the hosting of the site has been moved away from 1and1, and at the moment the domain name is still hosted by 1and1 but is in the process of being moved, once moved emails in the form of will be available to any club members

I would like to thank Rich G7WIZ for organising the web space that we are using, this is provided by Minotaur IT

26 June 2016

Information about GARS contesting can be obtained from George G4EBK