England beat the West Indies in the final of the test series by 9 wickets. West Indies chose to bat first at Lords and the England bowling  proved too much for this young team. James Anderson achieved over 500 test wickets, plus Stokes took the majority of the wickets in the 1st innings and Anderson in second innings. The final scores were West Indies 123 & 127 England, 194 and 107-1.  England's next game is the 20 Twenty 16th September form Durham followed by the one day series from Old Trafford on the 19th September. As we come to the close of the English Cricket season Essex in 1st position followed by Lancashire. in Div 1 In div 2 Notts and Worcestershire are currently leader. Fnally the Stalwart of Test Match Special Henry Bloefeld, hung up his microphne and took to the filed to receive a standing ovation for many years of cricket commentation. Goodby My Dear Old chap and enjoy your time relating stories to theatre audiences  for many years to come.

Firac M/C News

The 20 Metre net is on 14.320MHz at the usual time .  

Firac was formed following a meeting of radio amateurs from Switzerland, Germany, France and Denmark in Geneva on the 18th Sept 1960. In 1964 the German Railway Radio Amateurs organised the first official congress in Hamburg on the 20th September. It was a bold move but the final outcome of the first congress was the formation of Firac. The organisation promotes radio activity between other railway radio amateurs worldwide and continues to grow.    The new Firac Award is very popular and available to all amateurs and SWL's.  A copy of the award is can be found in the pictures section of this website. We are still hopeful of a new Firac group being organised in Spain. I am hoping to issue a revised list of the M/C group members following prir to the next congress. The Norwegian Group now has 3 members.  If you wish to join the Firac M/C group of Firac, you can find an application from on this site. Please return completed forms to G4GNQ QTHR or by E Mail. The membership costs just 5€ or 1US dollar. This assists me with the production and postage costs for the newsletter.  I will try to amend the Firac nets information on the events page in due course.  Pictures from the the Firac congresses will be added to the picture section. The Firac nets are held on Sunday  from 08.30 UTC on 14.320 MHz. The M/C Net, is held each Wednesday from 14.30 UTC  on 21.300MHz. +/- 5KHz. As conditions are very poor at 15.00 UTC members go onto Echolink for the weekly chat.