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The best place to be for Amateur Radio in Sheffield

The G5TO callsign is used by members of the Sheffield & District Wireless Society. We welcome new members to the Society who are interested in all aspects of amateur radio, and we particularly welcome members who want to be a part of our growing and vibrant contesting team, whatever your experience! Why not take a look at our website and facebook pages, or better still, come along to one of our Society meetings where a very warm welcome awaits, or make a request to join our Facebook Member's Hub! There are no member fees, just bring yourselves along!

Where and when we meet

  • Official Society Meets - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the "Dovedale Suite" at the Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2PY
  • Social 'Cheers n Beers' nights - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the "Dovedale Suite" at the Rutland Hotel, 452 Glossop Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2PY
  • 5th Wednesdays - the Society organises a social meal or outing together on months with a 5th Wednesday.

Where to find Sheffield & DWS on the Internet...

How to contact an SDWS Member

  • Via Repeaters: GB3AB (analogue) and GB7SR (DMR)
  • Via email: as shown above

Our Aims and Objectives

  • The aims of the society are to foster mutual respect and friendships, as well as promote the enjoyment of amateur radio in and around the Sheffield area.
  • Membership of the society is entirely voluntary and is FREE for life; Members can also be affiliated to any other amateur radio club or society.
  • The society will aim to minimise conflicting with the interests of other local groups, for the full benefit of its membership who wish to enjoy other commitments and interests.
  • Activities will be based on *self organisation* to enable members to develop and share their own interests.
  • Any costs from activities for things such as contesting events, affiliations, activities will be covered by those participants and members who mutually agree to contribute financially. There will be no pressure to contribute.
  • All members have a right to be treated with respect and with dignity, no politics and no baggage. Members failing to honor this simple code of conduct will be asked to change their ways or leave.

When History Repeats Itself...

Sheffield & District Wireless Society has its roots as a Society as early as 1922 and before as the images on this page demonstrate, so it can be argued that it is the oldest Amateur Radio Society in Sheffield. The Society was disbanded not long after this date and reformed as Sheffield Amateur Radio Club.

The irony behind all this was that the wireless society was disbanded due to disagreements. Howard V Booth, G2AS was instrumental in the formation of the Sheffield Amateur Radio Club back in the early 1920s, and was a close friend to Peter G3PHO before he passed away.

Decades later, several major disagreements ensued with many of the club's key members and contesters feeling under pressure to leave a club they so very much loved, resulting in the reformation of the Wireless Society. Consequently, in its first, year, Sheffield & DWS ranked very highly in the RSGB 80m CC proving there existed a strong contest team base, this is despite a struggle to develop a strong contest team in the previous 5 years at SARC.

Interestingly, efforts shown in the Wireless Society's 2014 entries strongly proved the there had existed a strong contest team having held the 4th position in 2013, with a double barrelled irony that previous non contesters at SARC now formed a strong and formidable team in the UKAC's during 2014. Now, if only both sets of groups and contesters were able to do this before, forming a strong a large team which could prove to be the UK's top putting Sheffielder's right on the map. This demonstrates there was no disappointment to be had and such a tragic shame how things have turned out. After much friction, those contesting members decided to move on, away from the disagreements which continued for months on, primarily to enjoy what is a hobby first and foremost, enjoying a Society which now provides a very positive and stress free experience. It is for these reasons which formed the basis of the Society's Aims and Objectives shown above, the values of which members proudly hold dearly onto with the main themes being friendships, mutual respect and no baggage or politics.

As a result, whilst the Wireless Society hasn't been in existence for roughly 9 decades until it was reborn in October 2013, its name has lived on and boasting a large membership. We suspect Howard G2AS will be turning in his grave, but non-the-less proud of the principles and strongly held values of the reformed Society members.

About Jack Thorpe G5T0

This was formerly the callsign of Jack Thorpe who passed away in 1961. His son, Roger Thorpe, was kind enough to give the Sheffield & DWS this call sign in honor of his dad, Jack.

Jack was originally given the call 5TO somewhere in the very early 1930's as prior to that date 5TO was allocated to an H Rayner in Cleckheaton.

Jack G5TO in 1937, holding some 'bits' as his son Roger describes it...Jack G5T0 was active for the whole of the second world war as a Civilian Radio Interceptor with the Radio Security Service, and he is included on the Bletchley Park Veteran's Roll of Honour. A certificate of Recognition signed by Sir Herbert Creedy and a covering letter was presented to Jack for his work. He was the holder of many certificates of stations contacted including a hand-crafted certificate called the 'Empire DX' dated 22 Nov 1959 which his son Roger how has possession of.

Roger as a lad witnessed his dad Jack spending hundreds of hours in front of a radio receiver, both wearing headphones,listening to 'Sputnic' as it went over in the 50's. Roger still has all the 'contact cards' that came through the post were destroyed after his death in 1961 and the equipment that made up his 'station' was sold or given to fellow enthusiasts.

We as a Society are very honored to be using G5TO's callsign in memory of Jack Thorpe, with the kind permission of his son, Roger. It's a great callsign, and rolls nicely off a morse keyer! After a gap of 52 years, G5TO was heard once again for the very first time in a 2 metre QSO with Graham G3YJR on the evening of 20th November 2013.

We look forward to using this callsign regularly as the Society embarks on an exciting journey, undertaking contests and events to promote Amateur Radio in the Sheffield and surrounding areas.

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