Monthly Archives: July 2014


Arduino Radio Projects

Terry Bailey G6CRF gave an interesting talk at the Warrington Amateur Radio Club which highlighted some excellent based Arduino projects for the radio amateur. Some of these are listed below

Antenna Analyser

Simplex HAM Repeater Controller

Morse Code Keyer

Software Defined Receiver

Rotator Computer Interface

An automatic antenna tuner.

For more amateur radio projects the ARRL book “Ham Radio For Arduino and Picaxe” is a useful Guide.



Folk Festivals in Cheshire

Local Folk Festivals Warrington and North Cheshire.

We are particularly fortunate in this area to have some very good local folk events listed here in chronological order..

These are put on by a number of good organisers who work tirelessly and enthusiastically to put these on.

Shanty Festival.

Now established as a yearly event over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

An opportunity to listen to and join in with some of the best national and international singers of sea songs. Strongly supported by local performers.

Chester Folk Festival

Took place in the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 2013. An established yearly event with 3 or 4 main venues an a number of free entry events and singarounds at various points throughout the weekend. Look here for more details of 2014 years festival. and of course te festival website at

Wirral Folk Festival ~ Folk on The Coast

Having changed venue a couple of years ago to the fantastic amenities of the Ellesmere Port Whitby Sports and Social Club the Festival grows from strength to strength. We particularly enjoyed the Friday evening concert and the Sunday afternoon and evening. The Sunday afternoon was spent in the residents bar with a rolling program of singers and bands starting with the Chester City Ukelele players singing songs everyone knows to include Folk and Roll from the Cheesecutters to mention a couple.

The evening concert was a worthy climax of the whole event with great music from Joe Topping, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar and The Poozies

For a review of the festival see

Lymm Festival ~ Folk Club Events

I hadn’t seen the Houghton Weavers for many years but they gave a terrific performance to a packed room in The Spread Eagle in Lymm Village following on from the food festivakl in the main street. It was great to see them perform in a folk club scenario and the atmosphere was electric.

The songwriting and singers competition sets this festival apart and makes it a must for seasoned performers in the area.

Ron Trueman Border is an excellant songwriter who judged the competition as well as providing a super performance on the Sunday.

For full details see:

Well with all this over for another year we will have to wait for

next time but it certainly is a great start to the summer. Or maybe not folk club events continue weekly throughout the year so come n down.