Friedrichshafen 2011   June 30th, 2011

Zeppelin flights at airport next to the Showground.

June 24th-26th 2011 saw W&S attend the 35th Annual Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Exhibition in Germany. Jeff Stanton, Mark Francis & Steve Hoy drove all the way with a van full of products and were kept busy on our stand all weekend, as you can see below.

At the show Icom previewed their new UHF D-Star Digital transceiver, the ID-31E. This smart looking handheld shows the importance that Icom place on D-Star. It’s only a mock up at this stage but will feature: 

• Built in GPS Receiver
• D-Star DV/Analogue FM Mode
• DR Mode User-Friendliness

and Improved…
• Directional Keypad Navigation
• Full Dot Matrix Display
• Slim Compact Design
• IPX7 Waterproof Construction
• Free Download Cloning Software
• Micro SD Slot

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Every year we see many friends of W&S whilst in Germany and it’s always a good opportunity to catch up. This year we had a dinner with AOR, bhi and Kent Morse Keys, as you can see in the picture below. Pictured from left to right are: Jeff Stanton,  Peter, Andrea & Bob Kent (Kent Morse Keys), Toshi Totsuka (Vice-President of AOR Japan), Graham Somerville (bhi), Steve Hoy and Mark Francis.

W&S Sponsor Cubs QSL Cards   June 30th, 2011

On the 24th May 2011 local hams helped 1st Laindon Cubs gain their Communicator Badge with a special event station GB1LC. Activity was on 2m and HF and the local RSGB also offered assistance. The Cubs designed their own QSL card which Waters & Stanton sponsored to help cover the costs of printing, the card is below.

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Peter Waters Drums Up Business!   June 22nd, 2011

Back in May W&S were invited to the Icom Dinner, in Dayton, Ohio, on the eve of the 2011 Hamvention. During the evening there was live music, and Icom invited anybody among the guests who would like to play with the band. Peter Waters, G3OJV, is a drummer in his spare time, and he volunteered. Peter played one of the evening sets with the band and here he is in action in the photo. A lot different from his day job!

Marie Curie Donations   June 13th, 2011

W&S were able to make two donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care this weekend. Jeff Stanton presented Sue Frost with a cheque for £390 on Saturday 11th June the proceeds from our Open Day Raffle at the end of May.

He also presented Sue with a cheque for £67 which W&S won for Marie Curie by coming 3rd (out of 15 teams) in a Charity Karting Challenge earlier in the year.

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Greensward Academy Industry Day   June 13th, 2011

On Friday June 10th Waters & Stanton attended the Greensward Academy Industry Day, Steve Hoy & Norman Crampton represented W&S and were supported by Sam Taylor-Nobbs, Sales Manager of Icom UK.

Industry Day gives Year 10 students the opportunity to meet actual employers and get some hands-on experience. Other companies involved included – Anglian Water, HSBC, Essex Police, Ford Motor Company, Keymed and Essex Fire & Rescue.

Steve & Norman demonstrated radio equipment in the classroom, while Sam showed Icom radio equipment on the company demo vehicle.

Debbie Stokes the Headteacher thanked us for our support for what she called “a vital day in the students choice of future employment”.

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Exciting news for Ham Radio enthusiasts everywhere. Leo Laporte’s ‘This Week In Technology’ (TWiT) has launched “HAM Nation”, a weekly HD video webcast about Ham Radio hosted by Bob Heil, K9EID of Heil Sound.

The show features interesting guests and interviews about ham radio and technology.  The opening theme was written and played by Joe Walsh, WB6ACU famously of The Eagles, a well known radio ham.

To watch set your browser to http://twit.tv/hn each Tuesday Evening at  8:00 pm CDT (2am UK) watch the live broadcast which also will be archived on Leo Laporte’s TWIT network – there are already 3 episodes for you to catch up on, so get watching!

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W&S Open Day 2011 Report   June 8th, 2011

It was an early start on a Sunday morning for W&S staff to prepare for our 21st Annual Open Day. Outside there were stands to set up for refreshments and the always popular Service Department clearout.

This year we had several lectures scheduled with guest speakers, below  are Ian Lockyer (left) and John Turner (right) from Icom making their D-Star Presentation.

W&S sponsor the RSGB Region 12 Club of the Year Competition, and Jeff Stanton (right) was on hand to present Essex CW Club officers Stephen Cocks (centre) and Jonathan Mitchener (left) with their prizes.

As always a number of the manufacturers were on hand to answer customers questions and introduce their products. Here they all are together from left to right; Andre Ravary & Ailsa Turbett from Yaesu, John Turner from Icom, David Wilkins from Kenwood and at the front Graham Somerville from bhi.

The Showroom was busy all morning with customers looking for bargains, several hundred customers came along and we had many nice comments as customers left with their purchases. We saw several young people visiting for the first time and hope they take up the hobby.

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Icom Visit W&S Hockley   June 7th, 2011

Icom chose Waters & Stanton as their prime dealer to visit in a short trip to the UK on 7th June. Shinya Terasaki and Bob Stockley wanted to visit Icom’s major UK dealer and discuss new products (our lips are sealed!) aswell as coming events and shows. We will be at Friedrichshafen next month and of course the Autumn shows back in the UK. Icom clearly have some great ideas and it is a pleasure for us to be chosen to work so closely with Icom Europe and Icom UK.

From Left to Right: Shinya Terasaki (Icom), Jeff Stanton (W&S), Bob Stockley (Icom).

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