WIN A BRAND NEW YAESU FT-897D!   March 13th, 2013

To be in with a chance of winning a brand new FT-897D or 19 other prizes- simply return your Yaesu warranty card to us for any Yaesu purchase made through W&S between 18th March and 3pm Saturday 28th September 2013. Draw will be held at RSGB National Hamfest 2013.

Send warranty cards to;- Mark Francis, Waters & Stanton, Spa House, 22 Main Road, Hockley, Essex. SS5 4QS.

Norbreck Rally 2013   January 17th, 2013

W&S as always will be at the Norbreck Rally, in Blackpool this April.

Christmas Open Day 2012   November 13th, 2012

The W&S Christmas Open Day is only a month away!

The annual Sports Awards took place on Wednesday 24th October at the Mill Arts & Events Centre, Rayleigh, and once again Waters & Stanton were proud to be sponsoring the ‘Disability Sports Personality of the Year Award’. This year for the first time Rochford & Castlepoint held their awards jointly which meant there were two awards to be handed out.

 This year Olympic & Commonwealth medal winning badminton player Gail Emms was there to hand out the awards, and the event was once again compered by Ben Fryer of BBC Essex.

(l-r) Nathan Benee, Rebecca Foyle, Jeff Stanton, Rebecca Griffin and Hazel Millington. 

Rochford ‘Disability Sports Personality of the Year’ Award

The winner of the Rochford Award was Gymnast Rebecca Foyle, pictured above.

Also nominated was England cerebral palsy footballer Nathan Benee who carried the Olympic Torch in Southend.

Castlepoint ‘Disability Sports Personality of the Year’ Award

The winner of the Castlepoint Award was Rebecca Griffin, pictured above, who competes for Rayleigh Topwn Archery Club and has represented the county.

Also nominated was footballer & athlete Hazel Millington.

Hockley’s annual Christmas Lights switch-on is coming soon…

…and the Best Christmas Shop Window Contest is judged soon, maybe we’ll win for once!

Jamboree On The Air 2012   October 24th, 2012

The 55th JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) recently took place on 21-22nd October, and W&S were happy to have donated a G5RV antenna to this annual event. David Mullock G7GFC sent us this report from the GB4DXS station at Forest Camp Activity Centre, Sandiway, Cheshire:

“We have held a station for a few years at this stunning forest location.  In previous years we have used a very long wire across the trees for HF and a 10-element beam (Only 9 elements now one was lost on the first JOTA station I ran with Venture Scouts from Ramshaw Rocks in the Peak District).

When we moved our JOTA location to Forest Camp I got permission to use the old climbing tower to mount the aerials and give us some height above the trees.  When I was informed of a new climbing tower I asked if it would be possible to put permanent aerials up so it was available all year round.  It was agreed and the staff at Forest Camp even put underground trunking in to the nearby building I would operate from. (Thanks to Dave, Guy, Nigel, Simon and others).

The month before we mounted a UHF/VHF collinear on the very top of the tower.  I took the decision not to put up the 2-meter beam as over the years there has been very little VHF SSB on during JOTA.  Thanks go to Mike Taylor and Chris Hunt for sterling effort in getting the collinear on the very top of the tower!

For HF we were lucky to have been donated a full size G5RV by amateur radio suppliers Waters & Stanton, many thanks again.  This was mounted on the other side of the climbing tower and as it is mainly of wooden construction the ladder cable went down nice and straight.  The ends were connected to Kevlar cord to adjacent trees via a eye hook in the trees an a counter weight.

On the Friday afternoon of JOTA we connected it all up but found the old coax faulty, well it has been used for the last 20 years with out a problem!   After replacing a couple of sections and re-soldiering two plugs we were on the air, with Alex from Dewa Explorer Scouts, Chester helping out.

Conditions seemed to be very good with contacts made in the following countries, Spain, Israel, Rome, Austria, Siberia, Morocco, USA and even St Helena. 

We had a great opening to the States on 10meters, even picking up FM repeaters and with the band so clear it was almost like FM on SSB with thanks to Red, K0LUZ for his patients with Chloe one of our Scouts from Chester who was a bit quiet on the mic. Greg, G0DUB came down for a few hours to help operate the station and show the Scouts a bit of CW. 

I used a mobile radio and aerial for a temporary APRS station to advertise our location to the world and found other JOTA stations had done the same.

Before next year we plan to replace the coax and terminate it to a junction box for easy access for an all year round activity and award more Radio communications badges.

Thanks again to all the help and especially to Waters & Stanton for the G5RV.” David Mullock G7GFC.

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W&S @ National Hamfest 2012   October 11th, 2012

The W&S Stand at the National Hamfest in Newark, as far as the eye can see!

Klaus Lohmann from Flex-Radio making his presentation.

Dennis Walter of Bonito Comms was on our stand demonstrating the new RadioJet receiver.

Our Elecraft display attracted alot of interest, especially as we had the KX3 with us!

You can see how busy we were in this video (at 3m30s & 4m48s) from the National Hamfest website. We had alot of fun and hope you all did too, See you all next year!

Jaycee Open Day This Saturday!   August 29th, 2012

This Saturday is Jaycee Electronics Annual Open Day, and as always Bill, Betty and Scott will be on hand to offer you a warm welcome.

Mark Francis and Peter Waters from our Hockley will also be there to help you with all your Amateur Radio questions and will also be giving lectures along with Justin Johnson of InnovAntennas.

There will be free street parking, free food and drink and a fantastic charity raffle with prizes worth over £1,110 that only costs £1 to enter!

For the full timetable of events and list of raffle prizes click here

See the Jaycee website here for more information

The Whispering Giant   August 2nd, 2012

We are now building the 500W Elecraft KPA500 Solid State linear amplifier. Almost unbelievably it is only 4 inches high and about 11 inches wide. This linear amplifier delivers 500+ Watts out – even on PSK31 and RTTY. Switch it on and you hear silence. Press the PTT button on your rig and you hear silence, There is no switching noise whatsoever and the KPA500 can easily follow 40wpm full QSK. There is a fan that is thermally controlled, but you hardly ever hear it come on unless the room is really warm unless you are operating extensively. Drive needed is around 40W for full output. It has a silent analogue built in power supply and two large bar graph meters show power out (inc PEP) and VSWR. There is extensive protection against overdrive and high VSWR. A separate LCD display shows voltage, power out in 1 Watt steps and other operational information. There is even an RS232 on the rear for firmware updates. And it is not necessary to be a K3 owner to enjoy this masterpiece of engineering – it will work with any transceiver that has an external PTT to earth line.

This amplifier is normally available from stock.

Flexradio are offering limited pre-order prices on their new Flex-6000 series radios, these prices will go up to the RRP – Act now to make sure you get this special price!

                                                       PRE-LAUNCH                 RRP

FLEX-6700     SDR TX 8RX VHF      £5799                         £6995

FLEX-6500     SDR TX 4RX             £3449                         £4049

FLEX-6700R   SDR RX                   £4799                         £5995

You can find out more information on this pdf leaflet or at the FlexRadio Website.

Call W&S now on 01702 206835 to order yours at the special preorder price – numbers are limited!