Club Radio Station
club has two call signs: G2DJ and G3ERD. G3ERD
was issued in 1949 and phonetically stands for 'Experimental Radio,
Derby'. G2DJ was the personal call sign of Alan T. Lee, a founder club
member. Before he died, Alan presented DWC and DADARS with his call
sign as a gift.
In recent years, we use the optional club
prefix GX2DJ and GX3ERD for radio activities under the Derby and District Amateur Radio
banner and reserve G2DJ for Derby Wireless Club
the centenary year (2011) we applied to Ofcom for a celebratory NOV
call sign and secured GB1OOD (Golf Bravo One Oscar Oscar Delta). The
call sign represents "100 years of radio in Derby": GB 100 years in Derby.
own a wide range of gear but choose to use an FT897 and LDG auto tuning
unit for portable use on HF mainly due to the size and convenience. At
the club house we have an Comet H422 dipole mounted above the roof and
a multiband VHF antenna.
have a collection of ready cut dipoles and trap dipoles for use at
portable sites and years worth of experience to make them work.
In December 2010 we installed a permanent
antenna at the Derby
Silk Mill Museum
and plan to operate a station from January to March probably at
weekends. We originally planned to operate all year round; however,
local government cutbacks frustrated our original plans by closing the
site in March 2011. We support keeping the Derby Silk Mill open and
recommend people visit the museum and make their satisfaction known.