Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club

.. and the winner is!

All entrants to the ANARC “Fog on the Tyne” Radio Rally pick up a raffle ticket to win a call book. Our secretary, Nancy Bone (G7UUR), gets to present the raffle prize during the rally.

Our 2018 Raffle Prize. The RSGB Yearbook. 

Fog on the Tyne 2018 Rally

It’s coming. This Saturday 15th September is Rally Day! Full details are always on this site’s rally page

The rally takes over the church hall for a few hours. Usual stuff for the radio amateur and electronics enthusiast including the “junk sale” where we recycle amateur radio gear at bargain basement prices.

The map should help you get to the Whitehall Road Methodist Church Hall. Entrance via the doors on Coatsworth Road. We are just a few metres from the 53/54 bus stops from Gateshead. 

See you Saturday!

Anarc goes secure

The ANARC website has been available using the http protocol for most of it’s life. However, this means that all the text and content is transmitted over the internet as plain text. From it’s location on a webserver all the way to your browser on your device all the text can be read by anyone.

In one sense this doesn’t really matter very much. We are just a radio club website. Nothing is really secret here!

Most larger websites use the https protocol. This is the secure version of http. When a connection is made the contents are encrypted during the journey from the website to your browser. Https is used by shopping sites and banks to secure the connection. It’s so important that search engines like Google are prioritising sites that are protected by https. Effectively your site moves down the the search engine ranks if you don’t use https.

To implement the https protocol on this website I use a certificate from SSL For Free. This is a project that allows all websites to get a security certificate at very low cost. In this case free. 

So as of today you can access as securely. (It’s not quite totally secure because some of the images get sent unecrypted). 

The certificate lasts for 90 days and I renew it to keep it going. 

On the air for Heritage Weekend

Today we are out and about at the Bowes Railway Museum in Gateshead for Heritage Weekend. On the air on 2m and HF.

Members are taking the chance to get out in the field or, in this case, in the brake car.

More photos, videos and live stuff on our Twitter feed!


Heritage Weekend at Bowes Railway

Loco at Bowes

We are back to Bowes Railway Museum on Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September 2018 for Heritage Weekend. From 10:00 to 15:00 on each day we will be transmitting from the historic railway in Gateshead.

We expect to be using 2m, 40m and 80m transmitting equipment. As many modes as we can manage and hitting the repeater too for a bit of chat.

See our Tynelink page for information on local repeaters.

Club members can pop along from 8:30 to help set up on Saturday morning.

If you want more information please contact the club secretary. For information on the Bowes please check their website at;

There is a large car park for drivers or take the Fab 56 bus service from Gateshead. It stops right outside.

JOTA/JOTI Volunteers needed for October 2018

October is the time of year for Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). Amateur Radio helps the scouts get their communication badges in an organised joint event.

David Stansfield (G0EVV) has been approached to coordinate this year.  If you are able to help out from 08:00 until 16:00 on Saturday 20th October 2018 then we would love to hear from you.

As previously we will provide the activities necessary to achieve the communication badge. This is an opportunity to operate a Special Event Station where the Scouts send a greetings message, or to assist the Scouts to learn something about Amateur  Radio. This is an opportunity to go on the air and get experience. We run 3 stations on HF and VHF and tall about the phonetic alphabet and propagation with a little Morse thrown in.

Venue:  The House on the Hill, Hillhead Road, West Denton, Newcastle NE5 (just off A69) parking on site.

Let the secretary know if you would like to join in so we can get the numbers right.

Museums Day at Bowes Railway – Saturday 16th June 2018

We will be at Bowes Railway Museum on Saturday 16th June 2018 to participate in the Museums on the Air.

You can find out more  by following this link;

The Bowes Railway, built by George Stephenson in 1826, is the world’s only operational preserved standard gauge cable railway system, built to transport coal from pits in Durham to boats on the River Tyne.

Address: Springwell Rd, Gateshead NE9 7QJ
Phone: 07733330722
Free entrance.

You can learn more about the railway here;