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Grant signals growth for radio group

North East Amateur Radio Society's youngest member Kayleigh Cockburn and chairman Barry Hudson, with Hebburn Counillors Richard Porthouse and John McCabe

North East Amateur Radio Society's youngest member Kayleigh Cockburn and chairman Barry Hudson, with Hebburn Counillors Richard Porthouse and John McCabe

AMATEUR radio enthusiasts in South Tyneside are making waves and broadcasting for more members after receiving a council cash boost.

The 28-strong North East Amateur Radio Society meets weekly at Wardles Bar in Albert Street, Hebburn.

Members contact fellow radio ‘hams’ across the world, learn about radio communication and even study for special examinations.

This week, Hebburn councillors Richard Porthouse and John McCabe handed over £850 to the society, which has been operating at the town pub for about a year.

Kayleigh Cockburn, seven, a pupil at Toner Avenue Primary School, Hebburn, who is the society’s youngest member, said: “I learn all about how to communicate with people across the world by radio. It’s great fun.”

Coun Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn community area forum, said members were “delighted” to support the town-based society.

A spokesman for the society said: “The grant helped us buy a new radio receiver and transmitter, antenna, plus a power source, and we are very grateful to Hebburn councillors for their support.

“Our members are now in regular contact with fellow radio enthusiasts in all parts of the world, from America to Australia. We learn about the basics of electronics and also study towards examinations in radio communication, at various levels.

“We meet at Wardles Bar every Monday, from 7pm to 9.30pm, and are keen to attract new members.”

On August 17 and 18, the North East Amateur Radio Society will stage an outside broadcasting event at the Little Haven Hotel, in River Drive, South Shields.

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