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Formed in February of 1911 and licenced as 2FZ fixed station callsign and 5MS as the portable callsign,The Manchesater wireless society is the UK's oldest radio society and, one of the worlds oldest amateur radio clubs with members nationaly & internationaly. (Currently 3rd oldest) ... Early in 1921 2FZ     formed the UK's first national radio society "The British wireless realay league" and was licenced by the postmaster general in 1921, with the callsign 2ZZ. The licence holder was Mr.Y.W.P. Evans (callsign 5MT)  of 2 Princess road, Manchester. Y.W.P.Evans was a Lecturer at Manchester university. Prior to this, 5MS was very active in all the two way atlantic test of the period, operating portable from Heaton Hall, Heaton Park in Manchester. (IO83VM)with the owners permission. The club now runs under the callsign G5MS. Durring the 1980's and 1990's the Manchester wireless society helped raise over £11 million (GB Pounds) towards charities.

Durring the Commonwealt games in Manchester 2002, In which one quater of the worlds countries atheletes take part, The Manchester wireless with some members of other local groups operated the special event station GB17CG from Manchester town hall in the city of Manchester. It was a difficult location and not the first choice of location, with lots of electrical noise from 6am to 7pm. But with persistance we managed to operate across the noise

We are uncertain as to how and why the 2FZ callsign was not re-issued to "The Manchester wireless society and it may of been WW1 that got in the way, And was re-issued to another amateur(s).  I spent lots of time nearly30 years tracking down the current keeper , who has allways been "DETAILS WITHHELD AT LICENCEE'S REQUEST", Finally we have the detailed information about the latest new keeper and a request was sent to Micheal Cross today, March 18th 2009, "Please Mister, Can we have our callsign back, the 2FZ callsign, so we may use it for our centeenary celebrations in 2011.A reply from Micheal Cross (GM2FZ) (previously GW1HQF)who is the newest keeper of Manchester wireless societies,fixed station callsign. Quote from his email " no intention of releasing it." Oh well some you win some you dont. gm2fz@isle-of-eriskay.co.uk or gm2fz@isle-of-eriskay.com http://www.isle-of-eriskay.com/

 

So there we have it folks. Took me nearly 30 years of looking. hi hi

 

The club now has its own Dual mode repeater GB3MI,  which is situated 2km outside the city centre to the North but within the the city of Manchester bounderies over looking the city to the south and beyound. With pennine views to the North,West and East.. GB3MI was the first dual mode repeater in the UK

 

Before you email me and tell me the RSGB Ltd was formed in 1913... No they were not .. The RSGB Ltd. gets its first mention at the AGM of the London wireless society at the Waldorf hotel, in January of 1922  And is a proposal to a new club,

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