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Written by Derek   
Monday, 08 February 2010 11:38

The Bolton Wireless Club was first formed in the 1980s, and held the callsigns G1ONE and G0BWC. It met in what was then the Beaumont Hotel which is the present-day Britannia Hotel, where the Club now meets again.

Original BWC QSL card from 1980s

Here are some more pictures from the archives...

HF portable operation from a caravan 2m operation from the Club shack HF & VHF demonstration Data comms and 10GHz demonstration Trans-pennine contact on 2m SSB Former Club member Jim moved to Guernsey Original membership card from Glenn G6HFF

The present Club was re-born in 2007, and the two Club Licences have been re-issued and can often be heard on air.

And thanks to John MW1FGQ for spotting this article in an old RSGB magazine, showing the Bolton Group winning the Regional Field-Day Trophy in 1950!

At one time there was a second Club in the town: the Bolton and District Amateur Radio Society which was established in the 1960s and most recently met in Horwich in the 1980s. We have a few former B&DARS members now in the BWC, and are delighted that we've now got the old G8WY Club callsign back on air and are reviving some fascinating memories of local radio activity from the 1970s, such as this demonstration station in Moss Bank Park around 1971:

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