Lough Erne Radio Club news!

Lough Erne Radio Club news!










SHARE has hosted amateur radio activities for more than a decade, and is the appropriate venue for a talk by Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club member and teenage engineer, Nathan Prentice Mi0NPR about his experiences at the international YOTA 2018 event in South Africa.  The talk is at 7.30 pm on Friday 9 November, in the  Pool Building. All interested are very welcome to attend.

YOTA ‘Youth on the Air’ is an international amateur radio initiative to encourage young Amateurs.  Nathan Prentice, Fivemiletown College, took radio courses with the Club, and on-line with Bath ARC, then examinations in SHARE, which is a Registered Radio Exam Centre. He now holds a Full Amateur Radio License, from Ofcom, recognised for use in most countries worldwide. Nathan was one of four UK representatives at 2018 YOTA in South Africa. He has now been appointed to the RSGB Youth Committee, UK Amateur Radio governing body. Nathan’s talk celebrates a Fermanagh youth well prepared at school and in SHARE for more adventures in tomorrow’s technology world.

Amateur radio experimenting began 120 years ago. Wireless technology developed rapidly during both world wars and the years between.  At first it was all amateur. By the 1920s professionals separated from amateurs.  The BBC, for example, was licensed to broadcast widely to all. Amateurs, forbidden to broadcast, are licensed to exchange messages only with other Amateurs, and to widely experiment: across the radio spectrum there are more amateur than broadcast bands. Each Amateur is allocated an identifying call sign that must be used when on-air: Nathan’s is Mi0NPR .

Lough Erne ARC developed 30 years ago, after Fermanagh Technical College began evening courses and the then examination for an Amateur Licence in 1975. New licensees set up the Club, registered with RSGB and ran a first Radio Rally in 1982. The 38th rally, May 2019 in SHARE expects the usual strong attendance, radio amateurs and experimenters, from Northern Ireland, the Republic, and GB.

The Club runs licence courses and examinations in SHARE (since 2010). Licences are awarded by Ofcom – as are BBC and ITV licenses.  LEARC meets monthly in SHARE, for talks and amateur radio activities, runs a variety of radio stations, and a mobile Repeater antenna on Carnmore Point.

Everyone interested in amateur radio is very welcome this Friday 9th November 2019.  More infor www.learc.eu

Nathan tracking the experimental radio balloon with hand-held antenna & radio.

Nathan one of 4 UK Representives at the 2018 ‘Youth on Air’ in South Africa

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