<% '*************************************************** '* Routine to calculate 1st Wednesday in the month * '*************************************************** CurrentDate = date() ''' CurrentDate = dateserial(2006,07,03) '''test 'Derive a text string for todays date.... Select Case day(CurrentDate) Case 1,21,31 CurrentDaySuffix = "st" Case 2,22 CurrentDaySuffix = "nd" Case 3,23 CurrentDaySuffix = "rd" Case Else CurrentDaySuffix = "th" End Select CurrentDateText = Day(CurrentDate) & CurrentDaySuffix & " " & MonthName(Month(CurrentDate)) & " " & Year(CurrentDate) FirstOfMonth = dateserial(Year(CurrentDate),Month(CurrentDate),1) privateMeeting = "N" AnnualGeneralMeeting = "N" ChristmasDinner = "N" n = 0 do LoopDate = FirstOfMonth + n if weekday(LoopDate) = "3" then 'This is the first Tuesday if Month(loopdate) = 1 then 'if month = January then meeting is on the second wednesday loopdate = loopdate + 7 ' end if ' if CurrentDate > LoopDate then 'if 1st Tuesday has already passed this month increment to next month and repeat... n = -1 FirstOfMonth = DateAdd("m","1",FirstOfMonth) else 'if 1st Tuesday has not yet passed then set dummy value to quit the loop... n = 31 DateText = "" FullDateText = "on " if LoopDate = CurrentDate then 'format the date text... Add the words "today" or "tomorrow" if relevant... FullDateText = "tonight " end if if LoopDate = (CurrentDate + 1) then FullDateText = "tomorrow " end if Select Case day(LoopDate) Case 1,21,31 DaySuffix = "st" Case 2,22 DaySuffix = "nd" Case 3,23 DaySuffix = "rd" Case Else DaySuffix = "th" End Select FullDateText = FullDateText & DateText & WeekDayName(WeekDay(LoopDate)) & " " & Day(LoopDate) & DaySuffix & " " & MonthName(Month(LoopDate)) & " " & Year(LoopDate) Select Case Month(LoopDate) Case 3,4 AbbrevMonth = left(MonthName(Month(LoopDate)),5) Case 6,7,9 AbbrevMonth = left(MonthName(Month(LoopDate)),4) Case Else AbbrevMonth = left(MonthName(Month(LoopDate)),3) End Select DateText = DateText & Day(LoopDate) & DaySuffix & " " & AbbrevMonth & " " & Year(LoopDate) if Month(LoopDate) = 3 then 'if this is the AGM then set a flag AnnualGeneralMeeting = "Y" privateMeeting = "Y" end if if Month(LoopDate) = 6 and Year(LoopDate) = 2006 then 'if the meeting is private (say at Clive's house) then set a flag privateMeeting = "Y" end if if Month(LoopDate) = 12 then 'Christmas Dinner privateMeeting = "Y" ChristmasDinner = "Y" end if end if end if n = n + 1 loop until n > 31 %>


Welcome to the Orkney Amateur Radio Club website. Orkney is a group of over seventy islands lying off the northern coast of Scotland, surrounded by the North Sea to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Situated in the tail end of the gulf stream, the sea and air temperatures are a degree or two warmer than mainland Scotland - but gale force winds are very common, and wind speeds in excess of 100mph occur from time to time (not good from an antenna point of view!).

Orkney has a long history with the first settlers arriving over 6,000 years ago (that's a few thousand years before the Egyptians built the pyramids!). There is a great deal of spectacular archaeology here, some of which is of world importance. This includes stone circles, burial chambers and even entire preserved Neolithic villages. In more recent history, there is evidence of the Vikings who invaded and settled here. Many of the islanders are of Norwegian descent.

Fishing and farming are the traditional industries. However tourism is playing an increasingly important part in the economy. Good communication links, including regular ferries and flights, mean that the islands are no longer remote. Wildlife is very abundant in and around the clear blue waters, and over the unspoilt hills, fields and moorland. Many rare and migratory birds can be found here at different times of year. Seals and dolphins are commonplace, and Killer Whales are occasional visitors.


Radio telecommunications has always had an important role to play in this remote group of islands. As a consequence, there have been radio amateurs here since the early days of the hobby. Currently, Orkney has quite a few resident hams (particularly given its small population). Some are more active than others, but it is fair to say that there is usually a presence on the HF bands most days (sometimes 6m and 2m gets a look in too!).

A number of these local amateurs used to meet informally from time to time; and on occasion activated various island locations. In 2000, it was decided that an actual club should be formed. This would allow for a constitution, committee, callsign and more importantly affiliation to the Radio Society of Great Britain. The club has been steadily growing in numbers ever since; partly because of amateurs moving into the area, and partly because of the new licence classes encouraging people to take up the hobby.

Recently, Orkney was chosen as a site for an experimental 5mhz (60m) beacon (GB3ORK). We also have our own 2m repeater GB3OC (channel RV52, input = 145.0500Mhz, output = 145.6500Mhz, CTCSS enabled Tone C 77.0hz).

If you live in the Orkney Islands and are interested in becoming a radio amateur, we are able to provide tuition for the Foundation Licence and the Intermediate Licence. The club has two registered tutors which allows both examinations to be taken locally. The Foundation Licence Examination can be taken at approximately one week's notice, and the Intermediate Licence Examination is available in accordance with the RSGB timetable. 

The club meets on a monthly basis (see the NEWS section below for details of the next meeting). The meetings vary throughout the year, from informal chats to video presentations, to planning the next island activation. Whatever we are doing you would be most welcome to join us. If you are here on holiday and your visit coincides with our monthly why not drop in and say hello?  If you do intend to come along, it is advisable to check that the meeting is taking place as dates/location sometimes vary - telephone Mark Simpson on (01857) 616350.


If you would like QSL information for one of our club members, or for one of the club's own callsigns, please click here...

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  June 2008   Isle of Westray (EU-009  OR-02  Lighthouse SCO-158)
  Friday 13th June to Sunday 15th June 2008
Three club members (GM0WED, MM5DWW and MM3XUI) were operational from the lighthouse on the Isle of 
  Westray. Click here for more information.
  August 2008     GB1OL  Special Event Station for the ILLW    Friday 15th to Sunday 17th August 2008.
  Helliar Holm  (EU-009  OR-30  Lighthouse UK-0061)
 Three club members (GM0KTH, MM3XUI and MM5DWW) were operational from the Helliar 
 Holm Lighthouse as part of the International Lighthouse Weekend.  Click here for more information.

GS8R  Special Event Station  - The 850th Anniversary Of The Death Of St Rognvald
Friday 22nd August to Sunday 24th August 2008     &     Friday 29th August to Sunday 31st August 2008

The club will be operating the special event station GS8R as part of a programme of activities, including: lectures, concerts, visits by Viking longships, exhibitions etc. to commemorate the 850th anniversary of the death of St Rognvald (pronounced Ronald).
In Norway our sister special event station (LA8EARL) will operate from Bringsværd, within a few hundred metres of where Rognvald was born. GS8R will operate at Scapa Bay, within a few hundred metres of where Rognvald embarked and disembarked on his journeys across the Pentland Firth to Scotland and further afield.
Click here for more info 

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Of the seventy or so islands less than twenty are populated. From an amateur radio point of view very few are active on a regular basis. One of the main aims of the club is to activate as many of these rare islands as possible; and several dxpeditions are undertaken each year. To help facilitate this, the club has created two awards specifically designed to create interest in the Orkney Island group.


If you require further information, follow the
"Award" link in the
menu above.