Back in the year dot, Worcester had the Worcester & District Amateur Radio Club, it was successful and had many members. During those early days, just about anyone who was anyone knew of, or were members of the club and for many years together with other clubs in the area, an extremely successful rally was run. Some of you may remember the Rally when it was held at Droitwich High School, this was more commonly known as the Strawberry Fields Rally; when the XYL was dragged along to go off strawberry picking I presume?
To be honest, very little is known about the demise of the original club. Were you a member of the original club? We would love to hear from you.
So..... there were a hand full of people in Worcester who wanted to bring back an Amateur Radio Club, hence this web site. An open meeting was held in October 2006 to see if there was enough interest to start a club again. The response was great and over 25 people came along. That was that, and the WRAA was born.
Since our inception we have grown from strength to strength and now have in excess of 40 members, many of whom come along to the regular meetings held at 3rd Worcester Scout HQ, our poor kettle is rushed off it feet! We have been fortunate enough to install antennas and have a fully operational shack for use by ur members and visitors, and we have been successful in gaining financial support from the National Lottery and the Grass Roots funding schemes, so the equipment we hav at our disposal is modern and easy to operate.
Our main goal is to build a sustainable "future proof" club for the area, and build on our successes.
As Worcester Radio Amateurs Association is just beginning, we are looking for members. Experience isn't important as help is always at hand, however we have found that experienced Amateurs are only too happy to help newcomers get to grips with the hobby and we strongly support"mentoring" for the younger members. So, if you are just thinking about Radio as a hobby or you have been a "Ham" for years, drop us an email and ask about membership today.
For those of you who are not yet licensed, but would like to join in this hobby, WRAA will be running courses for the various levels of license available. You don't have to be a Ham to be a member, maybe you have been a CB operator in the past, or a Short wave Listener, whatever your background we would love to have you as a member.
Still not sure? Then contact us and we can arrange for you to come along and see Amateur Radio for yourself. What better way to find out if it is the hobby for you?
WRAA Mission Statement
To Have Fun!
It shall be the Worcester Radio Amateurs Association’s mission to hold club meetings for the social, business, educational and promotional advancement of the Amateur Radio Service; further the exchange of information about Amateur Radio and cooperation between members for the disbursement of general information, technical information and the promotion of all aspects of Amateur Radio for the organisation and the community at large.
To promote radio knowledge and individual operating efficiency, for the betterment of Amateur Radio.
To conduct programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the community.
To help prepare our members in being ready to assist the community with emergency communications using Amateur Radio.
To help make the advantages of Amateur Radio for emergency communications known to the community and agencies within our community.
To promote social aspects of the Club - i.e., the Christmas party, Field Day, Transmitter-Hunts any other social activities which may arise.