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Club broadcasts a plea for new members, young or old

Northumbria Amateur Radio Club member Gordon Emmerson, Stan Reavely, David Stansfield and Michael Smith in their radio shak at Ellington.

Northumbria Amateur Radio Club member Gordon Emmerson, Stan Reavely, David Stansfield and Michael Smith in their radio shak at Ellington.

A Northumberland-based amateur-radio club wants to broadcast its existence to the world with the aim of attracting new members.

Northumbria Amateur Radio Club (NARC) has its base in Ellington, but welcomes enthusiasts from all o ver the county.

Formed in 1969, the club moved around for a number of years before finding a new permanent home in the village’s old telephone exchange.

Ever since, it has had a good level of membership, although that has dropped slightly in recent years to 23.

There are three honorary members, two foreign members, including one from Italy, and three junior members.

And committee member Michael Smith believes there may be amateur-radio fans in the area who don’t even know about the club, which is also interested in attracting newcomers to this hobby.

“There’s also a social aspect,” he said. “We meet every Thursday night and it’s a bit of a debating society as well.”

He also explained that it’s a hobby that involves other interests. Michael likes the technical side, creating his own antennae, for example, another member combines it with walking while another collects old radios.

Anyone interested can head down to a club night, from 7pm on Thursdays, at the clubhouse on Cresswell Road in Ellington, NE61 5HR.

Or you can visit the club’s website –www.g4aax.org.uk

 

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