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LISTENING to astronauts and bouncing radio-signals off the moon are among the favourite pastimes of a local club, on the look-out for new members.

LISTENING to astronauts and bouncing radio-signals off the moon are among the favourite pastimes of a local club, on the look-out for new members.

Solihull Amateur Radio Society has been running more than 60 years, but it’s keen to get new people involved in the hobby.

Member, Jim Harris, said: “Like many groups, we’ve seen our membership gradually falling in recent times. But I’m sure there are a few people out there who would be interested in getting involved with radios.”

Set-up in 1948, the group has seen technology grow and expand, and offers courses for newcomers.

“It can be a very enjoyable hobby – you can even reach astronauts as they’re passing overhead,” said Jim.

“But you have to be properly licensed, and know what you’re doing, otherwise you can end up interfering with emergency services.

“The radios are powerful, you can reach people in New Zealand, so Birmingham Airport, or the police would have no problem picking you up.”

The group meets the third Thursday of every month, at the Shirley Centre, with the next meeting on November 18.

If you’d like to join, call Jim on 0121 684 2921 or email jamiefharris@blueyonder.co.uk

 

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