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WADARC now meets at a new premises – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR. Normal time will be 8.00pm – 10.00pm as before (doors are usually open earlier).
There’s a small map on the club website, but you shouldn’t need it. If you exit the front entrance of LPH and cross South Street then turn right towards the sea, Roberts Road is the next road on the left. Lions Hall is part way along Roberts Road on the right hand side. We will attempt to place the club’s yellow signboard outside the front door on club nights. There is limited on-street parking in Roberts Road and a car park nearby just off South Street, almost opposite LPH. Note: For tall vehicles/aerials etc. there is a height barrier on the car park. Alternatively you may wish to attempt to park in the LPH car park and walk across the road, but we have no right to do so, although I doubt anyone will get towed away.

Please do not park immediately outside the Lions Hall.

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday’s RSGB lecture gave us a lot of food for thought and some ideas for things that our club might do. Unfortunately the last part of the lecture was spoiled by the very poor video editing. You’d think that our national society would have some decent broadcast quality equipment so that they don’t look like rank amateurs (note the small ‘a’).

Many thanks to all who helped to remove our equipment and chattels from LPH and either store them or deliver to Lions Hall. Special thanks to Ian, M0IAD for temporarily hosting the repeater.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and chat evening and a chance to get used to the new premises – Wednesday 17th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm
For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

No rallies within easy driving distance in January.

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

GEOMAGNETIC STORM PREDICTED: NOAA forecasters say there is a 45% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Jan. 13th when a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) hits Earth’s magnetic field. CIRs are transition zones between slow- and fast-moving solar wind streams. They contain shock-like density gradients and enhanced magnetic fields that can do a good job sparking polar auroras.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Conditions continue to be unremarkable, but the beacons have been more out of the noise this week.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SOMALIA, 6O. Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA are QRV as 6O6O until January 16. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

MALAWI, 7Q. John, N6JW is QRV as 7Q7JW. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y. Thomas, DL9OBQ is QRV as 9Z4/DL9OBQ from Saint Augustine, Trinidad Island, IOTA SA-011, until February 7. Activity is on 30, 17 and 15 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home call.

BAHAMAS, C6. Steve, KG4LJB is QRV as C6AJB from Eleuthera Island, IOTA NA-001, until January 20. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 17 Meters. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. A group of operators will be QRV as DU0DM from Corregidor Island, IOTA OC-244, on January 13 and 14. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to DU1MS.

ERITREA, E3. A group of operators will be QRV as E31A from January 14 to 23. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The main objective of this trip is to support the Eritrean National Olympic Committee. QSL via JH1AJT.

FRANCE, F. Operators Franck, F4DTO and Patrick, F4GFE are QRV using special event call sign TM390SR until June 16 to commemorate the siege of La Rochelle 390 years ago. QSL via F4DTO.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Heli, DD0VR will be QRV as FG/DD0VR from January 14 to 20. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using only SSB. QSL to home call.

DOMINICA, J7. Heli, DD0VR is QRV as J70VR until January 14. Activity is on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using only SSB. QSL to home call.

NORWAY, LA. Members of the NRRL are QRV with special calls LM90NRRL, LM90HQ and LM90C throughout 2018 to celebrate their 90th year as the IARU Society.

BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ140LO is QRV until the end of March to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Bulgarian Independence. QSL via LZ1ZF.

CURACAO, PJ2. Joeke, PA0VDV will be QRV as PJ2/PA0VDV from January 16 to February 8. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Nikolai, RW6ACM is QRV as RI1ANA from the Molodezhnaya Base Station, IOTA AN-016, until sometime in February. Activity is in his spare time on all HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via RN1ON.

NAMIBIA, V5. Rudi, DK7PE is QRV as V5/DK7PE until the end of January. Activity is on the HF bands, but with a focus on 160 and 60 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX 160 Meter contest. QSL to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. Sumio, JI1MDM will be QRV as V63AKB48 using SSB, and V63AKB using FT8, from Pohnpei Island, IOTA OC-010, from January 15 to 18. Activity will be on 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters. QSL to home call.

BURKINA FASO, XT. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as XT2AW from Ouagadougou until January 22. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. He may also try to be active on 60 meters. QSL via M0OXO.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Pete, K8PGJ will be QRV as ZF2PG from January 13 to 21. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using SSB. This includes being active in the upcoming North America SSB QSO Party. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The North American CW QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YB DX SSB Contest, Old New Year Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, UBA

PSK63 Prefix Contest, NRAU-Baltic Contest and DARC 10-Meter Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for January 15.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 17.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see January 2018 QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNMcontest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

18th January – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

18th January – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

FINALÉ

Many thanks to Les, G3JSU and Ray, M6IKO for their stalwart work and support in finding an negotiating a place for us to meet at the Lions Hall. There are still things to be done, such as aerials at the new QTH and a possible shack. Also GB3WO will be given a more permanent new home. All will hopefully happen during the coming few months.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

A lively discussion took place last Wednesday with the main topic being the move to Lions Hall. Although not confirmed yet, it’s hoped that we can start using the new venue on 17th January. With this is mind, we will need to clear WADARC property from LPH as soon as possible and it would be helpful if everyone could find a little storage space in their vehicle, this coming Wednesday – 10th, to hold some items of club equipment until the following week.

It’s thought that it will cost more to remove our aerials than it will cost to buy new ones. If we can persuade Lancing Parish Council to pay for the removal, we’ll keep our existing antennas. Arrangements are in hand to move the GB3WO repeater.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • RSGB Lecture “Breaking the Mould – a must for all who want to further our club – Wednesday 10th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • We’re either moving to Lions Hall or there will be an 80/40 metre net – Watch this space for further details – 8.00pm-10.00pm. Note: LPH CLOSED.
  • Tea and chat evening – 8.00pm-10.00pm
    For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

No rallies within easy driving distance in January.

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

GEOMAGNETIC UNREST EXPECTED: A stream of solar wind is expected to reach Earth on Jan. 8th, passing mainly north of our planet’s magnetic field. The grazing encounter could spark auroras around the Arctic Circle, albeit not a full-fledged geomagnetic storm. The gaseous material is flowing from a northern hole in the sun’s atmosphere.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Conditions have been absolutely flat. Even the beacons have been unreadable for much of the week.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA4NC, K1ZZ, WB2TJO, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

FIJI, 3D2. Jim, WB2TJO is QRV as 3D2JS from Taveuni Island, IOTA OC-016, until March 13. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and some digital modes. QSL to home call.

VIET NAM, 3W. Trung, W6TN is QRV as 3W9T until January 11.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW. QSL via LoTW.

SAMOA, 5W. Atsu, 5W1SA is QRV with special call 5W20SAMOA during all of 2018. QSL via LoTW.

SOMALIA, 6O. Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA are QRV as 6O6O until January 16. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

BHUTAN, A5. Pat, N2IEN is QRV as A52PD until January 14. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW and various digital modes. QSL via NR6M.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Daniel, CT2GXZ is QRV as C81DL from Maputo. His activity of late has been on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DQ800HRO is QRV until July 31, and then from September 1 to December 31, during the celebration of the founding 800 years ago of the Hanseatic city Rostock. QSL via DL5KVV.

GUADELOUPE, FG. Burt, FG8OJ is now QRV on 160, 80 and 40 meters.
QSL via F4AVX.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. During the Winter Olympic Games, until February 28 all South Korean licensed stations and operators may change the number in their callsigns to 23.

PANAMA, HP. Will, AA4NC will be QRV as HP1/AA4NC from January 10 to 24. Activity will be holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly other digital modes. QSL direct to home call. In addition, look for operators HP1MAC, HP1RIS, HP1YLS and HP1DRK to be QRV as H91IT from Taboga Island, IOTA NA-072, from January 6 to 9. QSL via HP1RCP.

THAILAND, HS. John, ZB2JK is QRV as HS0ZIQ from Phuket Island, IOTA AS-053, until January 10. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

JAPAN, JA. Take, JA8DKJ is QRV as 8J8SSF from Hokkaido, IOTA AS-078, until February 12 during the Sapporo Snow Festival. QSL via bureau.

PERU, OA. Members of the Radio Club Peruano are QRV with special event callsign 4T18PAX during all of January to commemorate the Apostolic visit of Pope Francis. Activity is on all HF bands using CW, SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 and FT8. QSL via OA4O.

ANTIGUA, V2. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as V25RA from January 8 to 10. Activity will be holiday style with QRP power on 20 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

BELIZE, V3. Jim, W2JHP is QRV as V31TA from Turneffe Atoll, IOTA NA-123, until January 10. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using mostly SSB, and possibly some digital modes. QSL direct to EA5GL.

CHAGOS ISLANDS, VQ9. Jim, ND9M is QRV with special call VQ920JC. He is generally active on 17 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW. John, KK4FB is QRV as XW4FB from January 9 to 23. QSL via LoTW.

COUNTRY NAME CORRECTION. As reported in 2017 DX News Bulletin ARLD052, the correct country for the RI50ANO operation from Bellingshausen Base on King George Island, IOTA AN-010 is South Shetlands, not Antarctica.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL RTTY Roundup, Kid’s Day SSB Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, World Wide PMC Contest and EUCW 160-Meter CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 10.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see January 2018 QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

9th January – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

9th January – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

11th January – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

11th January – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

18th January – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

18th January – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

FINALÉ

Now we’re into 2018, I’m looking for volunteers to help write this weekly bulletin. If we don’t get at least 4 people to produce it on a REGULAR basis, there will be large gaps in issues. It need only take around an hour and is quite easy to do. Surely some of our members can spend 1 hour per month to help out? I will happily continue to re-publish each issue on the WADARC website.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s multi-band (80/40m) net was something of a letdown. Conditions were not especially good locally although signals that were heard were quite good. Thanks to those who took the trouble to take part.

I would like to see more of our new licensees and newer members at regular club meetings. Don’t feel that you’re out of your depth, we all had to start somewhere. I’ve heard from one person regarding setting up a specific rig and I’d like to hear from more people who have specific unanswered questions. We may not be able to answer them immediately, but we are always willing to research and advise. Please pass the message on to anyone who you know might benefit.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat night – Wednesday 3rd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • RSGB Lecture “Breaking the Mould – a must for all who want to further our club – Wednesday 10th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

No rallies within easy driving distance in January.

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

GEOMAGNETIC STORM PREDICTED: NOAA forecasters say there is a 50% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Jan. 1, 2018, when a stream of solar wind engulfs Earth’s magnetic field. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras mixed with bright moonlight.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

ON0VHF (Belgium) has been a little stronger over the past week, but no apparent enhancements for VHF/UHF users.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W. John, KB4FB plans to revisit Da Nang in the first days of January and February and be QRV as 3W9FB each time. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW.

SOMALIA, 6O. Operators Ken, LA7GIA and Adrian, KO8SCA will be QRV as 6O6O from January 3 to 16, 2018. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Roland, HB9VQQ is QRV as 8Q7HB from Kandima Island, IOTA AS-013, until December 30. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y. Thomas, DL9OBQ is QRV as 9Z4/DL9OBQ from Saint Augustine, Trinidad Island, IOTA SA-011, until February 7th, 2018. Activity is on 30, 17 and 15 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home call.

BHUTAN, A5. Pat, N2IEN will be QRV as A52PD from January 2 to 14, 2018. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

QATAR, A7. Members of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society plan to be QRV as A70X from Al-Safliyah Island, IOTA AS-088, from January 1 to 6, 2018. QSL via M0OXO.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Pedro, ON7WP is QRV as C5WP from Buntung until December 30 while here doing charity work. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands with a focus on the digital modes. QSL direct to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DK200MARX is QRV during all of 2018 to celebrates Karl Marx’s 200th birthday. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via bureau.

IRELAND, EI. Special event station EI00MCV is QRV during all of 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Royal Mail Ship Leinster that took place on October 10, 1918. QSL via bureau.

HAITI, HH. Special event station HH70A is QRV until June 30, 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Radio Club d’Haiti. QSL via W3HNK.

JAPAN, JA. Special event station 8J7HCB will be QRV from January 1, 2018 to May 31 to draw attention to the 100th Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival. QSL direct to JK7LXU.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Darren, VK4FEDX is now QRV as P29DA. Activity of late has been on 10 meters using SSB. In 2018, he plans to be active from the PNG Coastal Islands East, IOTA OC-240. QSL direct to home call.

SINT MAARTEN, PJ7. Vadym, UT6UD will be QRV as PJ7/UT6UD from December 30 to January 13, 2018. Activity will be on 160 to 17 meters. QSL direct to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Alex, UA1OJL will be QRV as RI50ANO from Bellingshausen Base on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, from January 1, 2018 to March 31. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via RN1ON.

POLAND, SP. Dionizy, SP6IEQ will be QRV as 3Z18HNY from December 30 to January 15, 2018. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Ryosei, JH0IXE is QRV as T8CW from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until January 5, 2018. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. John, N9EAJ is QRV as VP5/N9EAJ from Grand Turk, IOTA NA-003, until January 4, 2018. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 80 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via LoTW.

INDIA, VU. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club will be QRV as AU2WBR from Ganga Sagar Mela/Sagar Island, IOTA AS-153, from January 1, 2018 to March 31. QSL via VU2NRO.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL Straight Key Night, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, RAC Winter Contest, Stew Perry Topband Challenge, Original QRP CW Contest, Bogor Old and New SSB Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The QRP ARCI New Years CW Sprint, AGCW VHF/UHF CW Contest, AGCW Happy New Year CW Contest, SARTG New Year RTTY Contest and AGB New Year Snowball Contest are scheduled for January 1, 2018.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for January 2, 2018.

The AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for January 3, 2018.

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon is scheduled from January 1, 2018 to January 7.

The ARRL International Grid Chase starts January 1, 2018 and runs during all of 2018.

Please see December QST, page 73, January 2018 QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

2nd January – 144MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

2nd January – 144MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

9th January – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

9th January – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

11th January – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

11th January – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

18th January – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

18th January – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

FINALÉ

A very Happy New Year to all WADARC members. Good health and good DX.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

As you will probably be aware, Ron – G3SKI tripped and broke his femur, which resulted in him being admitted to hospital. At the time of writing, all that is known is that Ron had an operation, from which he is recovering well. It’s not known when Ron will be discharged, so in the meantime, visits may be possible, but please check with Worthing Hospital first – ask for Ron Bravery. Be prepared for a wait whilst on the phone – they’re busy, as you might expect. 01903 205111

Last Wednesday’s meeting was a discussion on where WADARC is going in 2018 and beyond. Unfortunately a rather poor turnout of members, although those who did take part were of excellent quality and some good suggestions were recorded! Many thanks to those who took the trouble to participate. Details will be published soon.

We’re aiming to move to the Lions Hall sometime in the latter part of January, but we do need to finalise permission for our aerials to be erected. Once the holidays are over, there will be a concerted effort to progress the move to its ultimate conclusion. The club shack is still under negotiation.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Multi Band Nets on the air from home – Starting on 80 metres 3.712MHz then 40 metres 7.106 +- QRM – December 27th – 8.00pm onwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.
  • Tea and Chat Evening – January 3rd – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • RSGB Lecture “Breaking the Mould – a must for all who want to further our club – January 10th – 8.00pm – 10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.525 MHz, FM, 10.00am (local) – Traditional Christmas Morning Net

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 9.30pm (local) – Christmas Eve Special

RALLIES

29 December 2017 Yeovil ARC Tabletop Rally [Friday]
Sparkford Village Hall, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JN.
Open 10:00 to 15:00. Admission £3. Free parking. Light refreshments.
Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

SOLAR SECTOR BOUNDARY CROSSING: On Dec. 22nd or 23rd, Earth will cross a fold in the heliospheric current sheet–a vast wavy structure in interplanetary space separating regions of opposite magnetic polarity. This is called a “solar sector boundary crossing,” and it could trigger geomagnetic activity around Earth’s poles. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the crossing occurs. Free: Aurora alerts.

SUNSPOT SURPRISE: A new sunspot is rapidly growing in the sun’s northern hemisphere. In only 48 hours, AR2692 has multiplied 10-fold in area and now sprawls across more than 100,000 km of solar “terrain.”

The expanding sunspot is crackling with minor B-class solar flares. Activity could intensify if the sunspot’s magnetic field becomes tangled as it grows. Magnetic fields that criss-cross, mixing polarities, can explode–a process called “magnetic reconnection.” Astronomers with safe solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor this region for further developments.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

Morning propagation on 40 metres continues to be sporadic and directional, although some signals were consistently strong over tens of minutes.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions in our area continue to be poor, with beacons sitting just above the noise.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SENEGAL, 6W. Earl, WA3DX will be QRV as 6W1/WA3DX from Dakar, 6W7/WA3DX from Mbao, and 6W6/WA3DX from Kaolack from December 25 to January 12, 2018. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, SSTV and PSK. QSL direct to home call.

SENEGAL, 6W. Jacques, F6HMJ is QRV as 6W7/F6HMJ until January 15, 2018. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using CW and some SSB, depending on local conditions. QSL to home call.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Roland, HB9VQQ is QRV as 8Q7HB from Kandima Island, IOTA AS-013, until December 30. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Rich, PA0RRS is QRV as 9M2MRS from Penang Island, IOTA AS 015, until January 31, 2018. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Frank, ON7RU will be QRV as C56RU from December 26 to January 1. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL direct to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DM900ZWI is QRV during all of 2018 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the city of Zwickau. QSL via DM5JBN.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Mauro, IV3HAX will be QRV as EA8/IV3HAX from Fuerteventura Island, IOTA AF-004, from December 24 to January 5, 2018. Activity will be on various HF bands with a focus on 160 and 80 meters using CW, RTTY and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

IRELAND, EI. Special event station EI50AOM is QRV for the next several months to commemorate the Tuskar Rock Air Tragedy of 1968. QSL via EI2KA.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Shane, VK4KHZ is QRV as H44DA from Busuone, Guadalcanal Island, IOTA OC-047, until sometime early January 2018. He is active holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using SSB, with his main focus on 6 meters. QSL direct to home call.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Harry, JG7PSJ will be QRV as JD1BMH from Chichijima, IOTA AS-031, from December 24 to January 2. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

DENMARK, OZ. Emil, DL8JJ, Laura, DO9JJ and Verjy, DL9JJ will be QRV with special event call sign OU0POLIO from December 23 to 26 to draw attention to End Polio Now. QSL via OZ1ACB.

MALI, TZ. Fox, PD0FOX is QRV as TZ/PD0FOX from Gao until January 2018 while working for the United Nations. Activity is in his spare time on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via operator’s instructions.

AUSTRALIA, VK. Special event station VI70HI is QRV from mainland Australia until February 28, 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first ANARE Expedition to Heard Island. Activity is on all bands and modes. QSL via M0OXO.

ROMANIA, YO. Special event station YP2018HNY is QRV from the club station in the Children’s National Palace in Bucharest until January 15, 2018 to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Activity is on all HF bands. QSL via YO3KPA.

EL SALVADOR, YS. Markus, HB9KNA is QRV as YS1/HB9KNA from La Libertad until May 2018 while waiting for his permanent residence papers so that he can apply for his full YS call sign. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Andy, M0HLT is licensed as ZD8AC for the next two years and plans to be active on 40 to 10 meters near the RSGB IOTA frequencies. QSL via operator’s instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, Gedebage CW Contest and RAEM CW Contest are on tap for this weekend.

The DARC Christmas Contest is scheduled for December 26.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for December 27.

Please see December QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

As it’s “that” time of year, on behalf of your WADARC Committee and myself, I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and an even happier New Year.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday’s Christmas dinner at the Old Tollgate, Bramber was good fun, despite the noisy atmosphere. Many thanks to all who helped to organise the event and to everyone who donated raffle prizes. Special thanks to Ron, G3SKI and his son who provided a splendid Christmas cake and to 3 special YOUNG ladies who chased us all to buy raffle tickets. Last but not least, thanks to Phil, G4UDU for presenting the annual awards.
As always, there was more food than anyone could eat, so nobody went home hungry and hopefully everyone thought they got good value for money.

Some more progress on the Lions Hall. We’ve heard back from their committee and we’re now discussing the cost of maintaining a shack and where aerial supports could go. We’ve also had a very uncooperative email from Lancing Parish Council regarding their fire alarm. From the tone of the email, it would seem that they would prefer us not to be there any more. The first reaction is to rebel and raise hell, especially after all the time and money that’s been spent on moving us from one hall to another. However, it may not be worth the effort, if we can move to Lions Hall in the near future. Any comments from WADARC members, please send them to: committee@wadarc.org.uk

ANNUAL AWARDS

The 2017 awards, presented on Wednesday 13th December are as follows:

Roger, G4TNT – The G8HY Merit Award for untiring effort editing Ragchew.

Graham, G4FNL – Award for Best Lecture – the Botswana DXpedition.

Chris, G3UFS – Winner of the Construction Competition with a well made dummy load.

Pete, G4LKW – Club Merit Award for efforts in arranging and operating WADARC special event stations.

Pete, 2E0FVL – Club Merit Award for efforts in arranging and operating WADARC special event stations.

Alan, G4GNX – Club Championship for 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cms.

Alan, G4GNX – Chairman’s Award (by Andrew, G1VUP) for holding the club together and being awesome!. If it was not for Alan we would not have a club running in 2017.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Discussion, what is the future for WADARC – Wednesday 20th December – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Annual traditional Christmas morning net on 145.525 MHz/S21/V38 Simplex – Monday 25th December – 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Multi Band Nets on the air from home – See the website for updated details – Wednesday 27th December– 8.00pm – 9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.
  • Tea and Chat night at Lancing Parish Hall – Wednesday 3rd January 2018 – 8.00pm – 10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

29 December 2017 Yeovil ARC Tabletop Rally [Friday]
Sparkford Village Hall, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JN.
Open 10:00 to 15:00. Admission £3. Free parking. Light refreshments.
Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

(Dec 13 1253UTC) Solar wind is calming. Solar flaring is absent. All is calm in geospace with the next intense solar wind stream expected to impact Earth in ~24hours.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

Morning propagation on 40 metres has been sporadic and directional once again. Conditions and signal strengths have changed in a matter of minutes. Although more applicable to the upper bands, some disturbances may be due to the Geminids meteor shower which peaked on Thursday night.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions in our area have been poor once again, with beacons sitting just above the noise and occasionally disappearing altogether.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W. Dirk, DF2XG is QRV as 3W9XG from Hai Phong while here on work assignment. Activity is in his spare time on 40 to 10 meters using CW. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via operator’s instructions.

GEORGIA, 4L. Vlad, UA4WHX will soon be QRV as 4L/UA4WHX. Activity will be on 40 to 17 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

CYPRUS, 5B. Alex, 5B4ALX is QRV as special event station 5B4XMAS until December 31. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via IZ4AMS.

SENEGAL, 6V. Members of the Amateur Radio Association of Senegal are QRV as 6V1A from Goree Island, IOTA AF-045, until December 17. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via 6W7JX.

BARBADOS, 8P. Ernest, J69Z is QRV as 8P9JB until January 2, 2018.
Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. QSL direct to home call.

PALESTINE, E4. Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as E44YL from Bethlehem until December 18. Activity is on the various HF bands using SSB and possibly digital modes. QSL via IK3GES.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Mauri, AG1LE is QRV as E51DXX from Rarotonga, IOTA OC-013, until December 29. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using SSB, PSK31 and FT8. QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Rieder, HB9FIH is QRV as EA8/HB9FIH from El Hierro Island, IOTA AF-004, until the end of March 2018. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW, RTTY, PSK, and some SSB. QSL to home call.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Shane, VK4KHZ is QRV as H44DA from Busone, Malaita Province until early January 2018. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and satellite SO-50, but with a primary emphasis on 6 meters. QSL direct to home call.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event call DT23WOP is QRV until February 28, 2018 during the Winter Olympic Games that will be held here. QSL via HL1IWD.

DJIBOUTI, J2. Dane, S53T is QRV as J28ND until December 17.
Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via S57DX.

SVALBARD, JW. Morten, LA4JSA is QRV as JW4JSA from Bear Island, IOTA EU-027, until June 1, 2018 while on work assignment. Activity is in his spare time on the various HF bands. QSL to home call.

BELGIUM, ON. Members of the Club Radio Durnal will be QRV as OT100BCA on December 17 from the Royal Castle of Laeken. QSL via ON4RCD.

POLAND, SP. Special event station SN20WHL is QRV until December 20 to draw attention to the city of Torun that was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List 20 years ago. QSL via SP2TMT.

CORSICA, TK. Georg, NZ1C will be QRV as TK/NZ1C from December 16 to 24. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW, with some SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL via DD5ZZ.

UKRAINE, UR. Members of the amateur radio club Band are QRV as EM25IWW until the end of the year to celebrate the club’s 25th anniversary. QSL via UR7IWW.

INDIA, VU. Members of the Manipal Institute of Technology radio club are QRV as AT6MIT until January 7, 2018 to celebrate the institution’s 60th anniversary. QSL via VU3BUN.

ROMANIA, YO. Special event station YP2018HNY will be QRV from December 15 to January 15, 2018 to celebrate Christmas and the New Year 2018. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via YO3KPA.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL CW Rookie Roundup, NCCC RTTY Sprint, 80-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, UN DIGI Contest, AGB-Party Contest, Russian 160-Meter Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, OK DX RTTY Contest, Padang DX Contest and the Croatian CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for December 18.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for December 20.

Please see December QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

Although it’s close to Christmas and folks are no doubt busy preparing, we do have one more meeting at Lancing Parish Hall before the New Year. It would be really beneficial to the club if as many members as possible can attend, as it’s a discussion evening on the future of WADARC. We really need to find out from members what you want from the club and welcome any suggestions. We don’t want to lose any more members and of course we want to recruit new members. Obviously if we’re not catering for members’ interests, this is not going to happen, but of course we need to know what those interests are. PLEASE try to get along to the meeting and support YOUR club.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Although our Wednesday meeting was advertised as a tea and chat night, we started off with an ARRL podcast, kindly supplied by Phil, G4UDU. There were many subjects to choose from and we chose a discussion on audio tailoring and compression. Some revelations to some and some timely reminders to others, but all-in-all well worth the listen. We will hopefully be using more podcasts to amuse, educate and entertain ourselves.

A lively discussion about various matters, all associated with Amateur Radio then took place and even managed to continue during and after tea.

As you can see below, our Christmas meal and awards is at the Old Tollgate, Bramber. Ron, G3SKI is providing a cake for your delectation (not to be missed) and we will be running a raffle. It will be much appreciated if everyone could bring along an item to donate for the raffle.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Christmas Party and Annual Awards – Wednesday 13th December – 7.30pm at the Old Tollgate, Bramber – Note: LPH CLOSED.
  • Discussion, what is the future for WADARC – Wednesday 20th December – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Annual traditional Christmas morning net on 145.525 MHz/S21/V38 Simplex – 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Multi Band Nets on the air from home – See the website for updated details – 8.00pm – 9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

29 December 2017 Yeovil ARC Tabletop Rally [Friday] Sparkford Village Hall, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JN. Open 10:00 to 15:00. Admission £3. Free parking. Light refreshments. Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

WHEN WILL THE NEXT STREAM OF SOLAR WIND ARRIVE? Answer: Dec. 11th or 12th. The gaseous material is flowing from a canyon-like hole in the sun’s atmosphere. Minor geomagnetic storms and Arctic auroras are likely when the fast-moving solar wind reaches Earth. HF conditions are expected to be affected unpredictably.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Conditions continue to be poor, with beacons only occasionally rising out of the noise. No improvements are expected for at least the coming week.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

MADAGASCAR, 5R. Marco, ON8XB is QRV as 5R8XB. Activity is on 20 meters using SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

JAMAICA, 6Y. Lester, W8YCM is QRV as 6Y6Y from the Westmoreland Parish from Negril, IOTA NA-097, until January 2018. Activity is holiday style on various HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Rich, PA0RRS is QRV as 9M2MRS from Penang Island, IOTA AS 015, until January 31, 2018. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL to home call.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Luca, IK2NCJ, Massimo, IZ4DPV and Andrea, HB9DUR will be QRV as D4C in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest. QSL via IK2NCJ.

PALESTINE, E4. Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as E44YL from Bethlehem until December 18. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and various digital modes. QSL via IK3GES.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Tom, WV6E and Chak, JT1CO are QRV as E51TOM and E51ACO, respectively, from Rarotonga Island until December 9. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using CW, SB and FT8. QSL to home calls.

LIBERIA, EL. Eric, EL2EF is a new radio operator here and is active at various times. QSL direct to home call.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event station DT23WOP is QRV until February 2018 for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via HL1IWD.

SVALBARD, JW. Morten, LA4JSA is QRV as JW4JSA from Bear Island, IOTA EU-027, until June 1, 2018 during his six-month work assignment. Activity will be in his spare time on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE. Stations 4Y1A, 4U1A and 4U1VIC are QRV from the Vienna International Centre until December 14 to celebrate International Civil Aviation Day. QSL via operators’ instructions.

FINLAND, OH. The traditional Santa Claus Land station OH9SCL is QRV during December from Finnish Lapland. Activity is mainly on 160 to 10 meters using all modes, including FT8. QSL via OH9AB.

DENMARK, OZ. Volker, DJ8VW will be QRV as 5P8VW from Roemoe, IOTA EU-125, from December 13 to 23. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Mike, NA9Q is QRV as PJ4/NA9Q until December 10. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using primarily SSB with CW and FT8. Depending upon band conditions, he may be an entry in the ARRL 10 Meter contest. QSL to home call.

BRAZIL, PY. John, PY2GTA will be QRV as ZZ2P in the ARRL 10 Meter contest. QSL direct to home call.

SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S510PMC is QRV until January 7, 2018 to draw attention to the Peace Messenger City. QSL via bureau.

MALI, TZ. Fox, PD0FOX is QRV as TZ/PD0FOX from Gao until January 2018 while working for the United Nations. Activity is in his spare time on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via operator’s instructions.

NAMIBIA, V5. Ulmar, DK1CE is QRV as V5/DK1CE near Omaruru until December 15. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and some SSB. QSL to home call.

BRUNEI, V8. Tom, KC0W is QRV as V85/KC0W until December 10. Activity is on 80 to 6 metes using CW. QSL direct to home call.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. Adrian, G0KOM is QRV as ZC4MK until December 12. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL 10-Meter Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, International Naval Contest, AWA Bruce Kelley 1929 QSO CW Party, QRP ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew CW Sprint and CQC Great Colorado 20-Meter CW Snowshoe Run are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for December 11.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for December 13.

Please see December QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

My new K3S kit finally arrived last Tuesday, despite the best efforts of UPS to delay it in Kentucky, then ferry it up and down the UK several times. Now I know why shipping is so expensive! UPS advertise their service as “Expedited”. If anyone knows what “Expedited” means, I’d like to know – UPS certainly don’t!

I hope to have the rig on the air fairly soon. Reports will be much appreciated.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

 

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was a quiz night with a different format this time, presented on the large screen and very successful. Thanks to Bob, G3VXJ and Phil, G3UDU for compiling and running it.

Progress is still being made on the new QTH for WADARC. The Lions Hall committee meets on Monday and we will try to finalise the main details, ASAP after that.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and Chat night – Wednesday 6th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Christmas Party and Annual Awards – Wednesday 13th December – 7.30pm at the Old Tollgate, Bramber – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Discussion, what is the future for WADARC – Wednesday 20th December – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Annual traditional Christmas morning net on 145.525 MHz/S21/V38 Simplex – 10.00am – 12.00pm
Multi Band Nets on the air from home – See the website for updated details – 8.00pm – 9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

2 December 2017 ML&S Annual Hog Roast [Saturday]
ML&S, Wessex House, Drake Ave, Staines, Middx. TW18 2AP.
08:00 until 16:00. Attended by reps from Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, BHi, SDR Play, RSGB and more.
Details: 01932-567333, http://www.hamradio.co.uk

29 December 2017 Yeovil ARC Tabletop Rally [Friday]
Sparkford Village Hall, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JN.
Open 10:00 to 15:00. Admission £3. Free parking. Light refreshments.
Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

(Nov 28th A minor solar wind intensification has occurred due to the departing coronal hole. Eruptive potential begins to depart with it as we expect a calmer 48 hours on our star for the middle of the week.

(Nov 29th Solar wind is calming and solar flaring remains low. The next coronal hole stream is not due until the weekend but a small, weak CME may impact earth today from the filament eruption center-disk 3 days ago.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

Morning propagation on 40 metres has been sporadic and directional. Conditions have changed in a matter of tens of seconds.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions in our area have been poor, with beacons sitting just above the noise. There may be minor improvements over the weekend, but nothing remarkable is expected.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by JA2JWH, OH2GIL, OH9MM, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

RODRIGUES ISLAND, 3B9. Olof, G0CKV is QRV as 3B9HA until December 12. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW and possibly FT8. QSL to M0OXO.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Operators Ahmad, 9K2AI, Obaid, A61M and Fawaz, A92AA are QRV as 5T5TI from Tida Island, IOTA AF-050, until December 7. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to NI5DX.

SAMOA, 5W. Katsu, JA1DXA will be QRV as 5W0DXA from December 2 to 6. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to JA1DXA.

MALAWI, 7Q. Shin, JA7SGV is QRV as 7Q7AB until December 2.
Activity is on 40 to 15 meters. QSL to home call.

MALTA, 9H. Kjell, SM6DQR and Kathrine, SM6AAF are QRV as 9H3DQR and 9H3AAF, respectively, from Gharb, Gozo Island until December 11. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL both calls via SM6DQR.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Rich, PA0RRS is QRV as 9M2MRS from Penang Island, IOTA AS-015, until January 31, 2018. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Andre, ON7YK is QRV as C5YK from Bijilo until January 30, 2018. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using FT8 and some CW. QSL to home call.

BAHAMAS, C6. Operators Tomi, HA7RY, George, AA7JV and Mike, KN4EEI are QRV as C6AGU from Water Cay, IOTA NA-001, until December 3. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using mostly CW and some SSB. This includes being an entry in the ARRL 160 Meter contest. QSL via HA7RY.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. A group of operators are QRV as HC8LUT from San Cristobal Island, IOTA SA-004, until December 8. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using all modes. QSL via IK2DUW.

SVALBARD, JW. Erik, LA2US is QRV as JW2US from Bear Island, IOTA EU-027, until June 2018. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using CW, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL to home call.

GUAM, KH2. Operators JA2JWH, JA2QNV and JE1JAC will be QRV as KH2/K2IO, KH2/W2VR and KH2/AC2CX, respectively, on December 2 and 3. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home calls.

LUXEMBOURG, LX. Members of the Luxembourg Amateur Radio Union are QRV as LX2017TRAM from Luxembourg City during December to welcome their new tramway. QSL via bureau.

FINLAND, OH. Members of radio club OH2AP will be QRV as OH100FIN on December 6 to celebrate the 100th year of Finland’s independence. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes. QSL via bureau.

FINLAND, OH. The traditional Santa Claus Land station OH9SCL will be QRV during December from Finnish Lapland. Activity will be mainly on 160 to 10 meters using all modes, including FT8. QSL via OH9AB.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Mike, NA9Q plans to be QRV as PJ4/NA9Q from December 2 to 10. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL 10 Meter contest. QSL to home call.

NAMIBIA, V5. Ulmar, DK1CE is QRV as V5/DK1CE until December 15. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE. Special event station CK100VDA will be QRV from December 2 to 10 to commemorate the December 6, 1917 explosion of the French munitions ship Mont Blanc. QSL direct to VA1YL.

LAOS, XW. Ken, K4ZW will be QRV as XW4ZW from December 3 to 8. Activity will be on the HF bands with a focus on the low bands. QSL via K1SE.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Stan, K5GO is QRV as ZF9CW from Cayman Brac Island, IOTA NA-016, until December 16. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL 160-Meter Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Brandenburg-Berlin-Contest, NCCC CW Sprint, Wake-Up. QRP CW Sprint, TOPS Activity CW Contest, EPC Ukraine DX BPSK63 Contest, Ten-Meter RTTY Contest and SARL Digital Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for December 5. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for December 6.

Please see December QST, page 73, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

3rd December – 144MHz Affiliated Societies Contest – 10.00-16.00

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

Scammers have targeted RSM radio users and licence holders in New Zealand, on social media

RSM has been made aware that a scammer is using a Facebook account claiming to work for New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management and asking for personal information from licence holders and radio users.

Radio Spectrum Management would never contact radio users or licence holders on social media asking for their personal and financial details, IRD numbers or password. In this case, personal information and meetings have been requested.

Although this doesn’t directly affect UK Amateurs, it could happen to you, so please be aware.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The committee met on Tuesday and a lot of things were discussed. We will be continuing to use the “Store” for club equipment, as we have a very reasonable rate for our share, which won’t break the club bank.
We’re now actively making arrangements to hire the Lions Hall in Lancing for all club meetings and will probably run the venues in parallel, to give us time to move equipment, antennas etc., without any panic, and we can then give the Council a fair period of notice that we won’t need LPH any more. There’s adequate space at the rear of the hall for a shack and we’re now looking at plans and methods to allow us to build a secure structure.

Wednesday evening saw a fair few members actually on the air at the same time, with our multi-band net. With a few exceptions, most people were able to hear each other on all bands and Phil, G4UDU ably kept it all together as net controller. It’s been suggested that we try other bands to see if we can find something that works for all members, especially the distant ones.

*** Next week is the club’s Annual Quiz, where a lot of effort is put into it by Bob and Phil, so please support it by coming to the club. ***

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Annual club quiz, bring brains! – Wednesday 29th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm

Wed 6th December – Club Tea and Chat Night, Lancing Parish Hall, Lancing West Sussex 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Wed 13th December – Christmas Party and Annual Awards, The Old Tollgate, Bramber West Sussex 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Note: LPH CLOSED

Wed 20th December – Discussion Evening 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
What is the future for WADARC – bring ideas and suggestions.

Mon 25th December – Christmas 2 metre FM Net 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Annual traditional Christmas morning net on 145.525 MHz/S21/V38 Simplex. All welcome, including non-members.

Wed 27th December – Multi Band Nets 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

No meeting at Lancing due to Christmas holidays, multi band nets as per Discussion and Announce Lists.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

OTHER INFORMATION

This World Meteorological Organization article & handbook may be of interest:
URL https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/radio-frequencies-are-vital-weather-water-and-climate-monitoring-and-prediction

The book can be downloaded for free here – URL http://www.itu.int/pub/R-HDB-45-2017
(it’s a bit of a faff, as you’ll need to register, but I can send you the PDF on request, Jonathan, G1EXG)

Geneva 23 October 2017 (WMO) – The recent spate of devastating tropical cyclones and fires has once again demonstrated the life-saving importance of weather forecasts and disaster warnings, which are critically dependent on radio frequency bands used around the clock by meteorological services.

In the face of increasing pressure on the use of radio spectrum from wireless technology and other applications, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are holding an international seminar on the “Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology: Weather, Water and Climate Monitoring and Prediction” from 23 to 24 October.

The meeting focuses on the protection and optimal use of the radio frequency spectrum used for the remote sensing of our atmosphere and exchange of information which are vital for Earth observations and efforts to understand and predict climate change. It brings together experts from national meteorological services and national radio frequency regulators.

The seminar also aims to increase awareness among national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHS) of the importance of meteorological-related spectrum protection – and the growing need for NMHS participation in national and international spectrum management activities.
“Accurate and timely weather forecasts make the difference between life and death,” says WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “This was demonstrated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria which hit the United States of America and the Caribbean and, most recently Ophelia which struck Ireland. These record-breaking events have had a devastating impact on property and infrastructure. The loss of life was tragic but it would have been even higher without the advanced forecasts and warnings which gave people precious time to prepare and protect themselves,” says Mr Taalas.

The last 50 years has seen major improvements in our ability to predict the weather. A four day forecast in the northern hemisphere is now as good as a one day forecast in the early 80’s. This has been achieved largely by our ability to better analyze the current environment through remote sensing of observations, and through having the communications technology and computing power to collect and process the large amounts of data necessary to model and predict the future state of the atmosphere and oceans. All of this depends on having access to radio frequency bands that allows us to measure the environment remotely, according to Mr Taalas.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said: “Global climate patterns continue to shift, and severe weather events are becoming more common – threatening millions of lives and livelihoods around the world. In response, ITU has teamed up with WMO to support the use of radio-based weather prediction systems that can provide countries with the life-saving capacities needed to plan ahead in emergency situations. This is just one of the valuable ways in which ITU is promoting the use of information and communication technologies to create a better world for all.”

In recent years there has been increasing pressure on the use of radio spectrum from wireless technology and other applications. WMO and ITU have therefore worked closely together to ensure the availability and protection of scarce and valuable radio-frequency bands for making and exchanging meteorological observations.
Ahead of the seminar, ITU and WMO issued an updated Handbook on the Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology. The handbook provides comprehensive technical information on the use of radio frequencies by meteorological systems, including meteorological satellites, radiosondes, weather radars, wind profiler radars, spaceborne remote sensing, etc.

It is intended for all users, practitioners, technicians, developers and other interested parties and individuals of the meteorological and radiocommunication communities, including governmental institutions and industry.

The handbook (WMO-No.1197) and the Guide to participation in Radio Frequency Coordination (WMO No 1159) are the basic tools for NMHS participation in frequency coordination and provide national frequency regulators and managers with information about NMHSs’ usage and dependency on spectrum.

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

Details of UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

LIBYA, 5A. Abubaker, 5A1AL has been active using FT8 on 30 meters. QSL to home call.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ from Freetown. He is waiting for his permanent 9L call sign. His length of stay is unknown. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

QATAR, A7. Justin, NE5JK is living and working in Doha and QRV as A71/NE5JK until he receives his A75 call. He’s currently running QRP power on the HF bands. QSL via operator’s instructions.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Members of the Yaguarete DXers Group will be QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, from November 12 to 25. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.

HONDURAS, HR. Dennis, W1UE, Paul, K1XM and Charlotte, KQ1F will be QRV as HR9/home calls from Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, beginning November 12. They will be active as HQ9X in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via KQ1F.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. A group of operators will be QRV as J5T from Bubaque Island, IOTA AF-020, from November 13 to 26. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active. QSL via I2YSB.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Scott, NE9U will be QRV as NE9U/KP2 from November 11 to December 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. He will be active as NP2X in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW and ARRL 160-Meter contests. QSL via NE9U and NP2X via K5WW.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Operators Olli, DH8BQA, Paul, DL5CW and Tom, DL5LYM are QRV as PJ4/home calls until November 29. They will be active as PJ4Y in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home calls, and PJ4Y for this contest via DL5CW.

SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Members of the Bo-Karoo Amateur Radio Club are QRV during November with special event call sign ZS40VDK to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the commissioning of the Van-derkloof Dam. QSL via the operators’ instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Worked All Europe DX RTTY Contest, 10-10 International Fall Digital Contest, Japan International DX Phone Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, OK/OM DX CW Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, CQ-WE Contest, North American SSB Sprint Contest and the 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

3rd December – 144MHz Affiliated Societies Contest – 10.00-16.00

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

73, good listening and good DX
Jonathan, G1EXG

THE PAST WEEK

The Remembrance Day marshalling went well and we had just enough members to cope with the task. No major disasters or serious incidents, although there were one or two “highlights”! The local ‘traveller’ (read ‘pikey’) who apparently lives in one of the flats (???) tried to cause trouble by barging some cones and actually succeeded in ruining one. We’re thinking of sending him a bunch of grapes to crush, along with a pram so he can throw them out when finished. Obviously his colouring book isn’t enough to keep him fully occupied.

The new antenna for GB3WO was installed last Monday and is working to specification. Propagation reports have been varied, where some have reported an improvement in their area, others see no apparent change and there are one or two who think it may possibly be slightly worse for them. Our published coverage area is well served, although we’re doing our best to push the limits to outlying areas.

Wednesday’s club meeting was supposed to be an ‘on the air’ evening, but unfortunately soon after the first 40 metre transmissions were made, the LPH fire alarm went off again! To keep the peace for that evening and not inconvenience others in the building, we agreed not to transmit and reverted to listening only and somewhat of a lively discussion event. There was also some discussion with the Clerk to the Council, where we made it quite clear that the fault is firmly with the fire/intruder alarm and this must be rectified. We are a radio club and transmitting is what we do, so we’re not prepared to compromise, although we could re-site the HF antenna, provided it costs us nothing to do so.

The Doodle Poll for our Christmas Dinner on December 13th, at the Old Tollgate Hotel, Bramber, is now closed. If you need to book a place and don’t already have your name down, you’ll need to contact the restaurant directly and arrange to pay your £10 deposit to them. For those who are already booked in, please pay your £10 deposit directly to Roger, G7VBR at the next club meeting on 29th November or contact Roger by email to: treasurer@wadarc.org.uk to make arrangements.

Note that LPH is closed next Wednesday 22nd and we will have a 3 or 4 band HF net starting at 8.00pm. Details will be published in the next couple of days via WADARC Announce reflector.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

On the air at home nets Phil, G4UDU net controller – Wednesday 22nd November – 8.00pm-9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Annual club quiz, bring brains! – Wednesday 29th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday Breakfast at the Lancing Harvester – Sunday 3rd December – 9.00am-10.00am
Tea and chat night – Wednesday 6th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Annual Christmas Party and Awards at the Old Tollgate, Bramber – Wednesday 13th December – 7.30pm onwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Discussion night – what is the future for WADARC – bring ideas – Wednesday 20th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Christmas Day 2 metre net – 145.525 MHz/S21/V38 Simplex – 10.00am-12.00pm – all welcome
Multi-band nets – further details nearer the date – Wednesday 27th December – 8.00pm-9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

19 November 2017 40th CATS Electronic Radio Bazaar
Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon, CR5 1ES. Open 10:00-13:00. Admission £1.50. Disabled facilities. Parking. B&B. Flea market. On-site catering. Details: Andy Briers, G0KZT, 07729-866600, bazaar@catsradio.org

19 November 2017 Plymouth Radio Club Radio Rally, Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 2AS. Open 10:00/09:50 to 14:30. Admittance £2. Trade. SIGs. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. Parking. Disabled facilities. Raffle. On-site catering. Details: David Beck, 2E0DTC, 0777-7664822, d.beck123@outlook.com

29 December 2017 Yeovil ARC Tabletop Rally [Friday] Sparkford Village Hall, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JN. Open 10:00 to 15:00. Admission £3. Free parking. Light refreshments. Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

NEW Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

Not much reported this week. No sunspots of significance and the HF bands appear to have been average for the time of year although morning propagation across the UK and Europe has been good, with some minor QSB. Stu, G4WCP reports that 60metres tends to completely close around 6.00pm each evening.

VHF/UHF:

According to real-time propagation maps, there are often openings into Europe on 2 metres. Hourly monitoring is essential if you want to take up every opportunity.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by AA3B, AJ9C, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

VIETNAM, 3W. Tom, KC0W is QRV as 3W9CW from Con Son Island, IOTA AS-130, until November 28. QSL direct to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Operators A92AA and A61M will be QRV as 5T1A and 5T1R, respectively, from Nouakchott from November 20 to December 20. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via operators’ instructions.

GHANA, 9G. A group of operators will be QRV as 9G5W from Kokrobite from November 20 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via S59ZZ.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ in Freetown while on work assignment. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time using CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali until November 30. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Serge, RZ3FW and Sergei, R4WAA will be QRV as DU9/home calls from Sarangani Island, IOTA OC-175, from November 21 to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home calls.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ. A group of operators are QRV as TO2SP until November 30. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via SP6IXF.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Members of the Yaguarete DXers Group are QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, until November 25. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. A group of operators are QRV as J5T from Bubaque Island, IOTA AF-020, until November 26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active. QSL via I2YSB.

CURACAO, PJ2. Alex, KU1CW is QRV as PJ2/KU1CW until November 20. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW.

SURINAME, PZ. Members of the Voodoo Contest Group will be QRV as PZ5V from November 19 to 28. This includes being a Multi/2 entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via M0URX.

SUDAN, ST. Sergey, R4PBW is QRV as ST/R4PBW from Khartoum. Activity is on the HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via operator’s instructions.

ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from November 22 to 27. Activity will be on the HF bands using primarily CW and possibly RTTY on November 27. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8. Eberhard, DL7JLL is QRV as VP8JLL until November 25. QSL to home call.

CHAGOS, VQ9. Yasu, JO1GWT is QRV as VQ9KA. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Special event station AU2JCB will be QRV from November 23 to December 11 to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the birth of India’s great scientist and inventor Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, and FM on 10 and 6 meters as well. QSL direct to VU2DSI.

VANUATU, YJ. Tom, JA1VND is QRV as YJ0JA from Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, until November 20. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

NICARAGUA, YN. Mike, AJ9C will be QRV as YN2CC from November 21 to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL SSB Sweepstakes Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YO International 80-Meter PSK31 Contest, LZ DX Contest, All Austrian 160-Meter CW Contest, REF 160-Meter CW Contest, Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment CW Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz CW Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for November 20.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn SSB Series, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for November 22.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

As per last Wednesday’s impromptu discussion, we are looking at an alternative QTH for WADARC. Although there are a few reservations, the Lions Hall in Lancing looks very promising and members at the meeting were very positive that we should actively pursue this venue, especially as they are happy for us to erect a structure to act as a shack and have even asked us if there is sufficient space in the designated area for us – a bit different to the usual ‘hmmm…. not sure about that’ – they actually want us there! The committee meets again next Tuesday and will be discussing all the possibilities.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The new antenna for GB3WO was supposed to be installed last Monday but the aerial installers cancelled at the last minute, due to lack of staff. The installation has been re-scheduled for next Monday (13th). 9.30am onwards. Hopefully it won’t take more than an hour or so.

Wednesday’s club meeting was a lecture by Ian, GM3SEK on behalf of the RSGB, entitled “Clean Up Your Shack”. This lecture was first given at an RSGB Convention in 2015 and is still very relevant today. Some useful tips into the use of ferrite ‘clamp-ons’ to help prevent RFI, both on transmit and receive. Following this lecture, the club will be making a bulk purchase of ‘mix 31’ clamp-on cores. If you want to be included, please send an email to chairman@wadarc.org.uk Normal single price is around £16 each, but we should be able to get it down to maybe £10 if we order enough of them.

Sunday is the Remembrance Day Parade at Worthing. If you still want to help and haven’t entered the Doodle Poll, please just turn up around 08.45am to the Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall. PMR radio and hi-vis jacket will be provided.

We’re collecting names for the Christmas Dinner on December 13th, at the Old Tollgate Hotel, Bramber. I now need to finalise the list to reserve all seats, so please ensure that your name/partner’s name is entered on our Doodle Poll https://doodle.com/poll/spa9cxrxg6nzzs38 Deposit will be £10 which can be handed to Roger, G7VBR at any club meeting or by bank transfer (contact treasurer@wadarc.org.uk for details). The cost for a 3 course meal is £22 and they are offering a 2 course meal for £16.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Used Equipment SaleGUILDFORD and District Radio Society – Friday 10th November – 8..00pm sharp. Guildford Model Engineer’s Building, Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1TU.
Remembrance Day marshalling – Worthing Town – Sunday 12th November – 08.45am-12.30pm
On the air evening with the club’s IC7300, plus tea and chat – Wednesday 15th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
On the air at home nets Phil, G4UDU net controller – Wednesday 22nd November – 8.00pm-9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Annual club quiz, bring brains! – Wednesday 29th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

19 November 2017 40th CATS Electronic Radio Bazaar
Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon, CR5 1ES. Open 10:00-13:00. Admission £1.50. Disabled facilities. Parking. B&B. Flea market. On-site catering. Details: Andy Briers, G0KZT, 07729-866600, bazaar@catsradio.org

19 November 2017 Plymouth Radio Club Radio Rally
Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 2AS. Open 10:00/09:50 to 14:30. Admittance £2. Trade. SIGs. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. Parking. Disabled facilities. Raffle. On-site catering. Details: David Beck, 2E0DTC, 0777-7664822, d.beck123@outlook.com

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

NEW Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
GEOMAGNETIC ‘SPIKES’ HINT AT A SUBTERRANEAN MYSTERY: Evidence is growing that Earth’s magnetic field can suddenly change in unexpected ways. About 3000 years ago, a bundle of magnetic flux erupted from our planet’s crust in the Middle East, intensifying the local magnetic field by more than 100% in less than 30 years, before it subsided again. A similar geomagnetic ‘spike’ may have occurred in Texas around the same time. These events, which are preserved in the magnetization of ancient copper slag and ferromagnetic crystals, suggest that Earth’s liquid iron core may not be as well behaved as previously thought.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

There have also been reports that the ‘K’ index has been ‘spiking’ causing some great openings on the lower bands into many distant parts of the World. Certainly worth listening on all bands and at all times of the day.

VHF/UHF:

One or two openings on VHF, mostly detected using FM modes and occasional distant repeaters. Not a great deal of SSB/CW activity.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

LIBYA, 5A. Abubaker, 5A1AL has been active using FT8 on 30 meters. QSL to home call.

UGANDA, 5X. Jonathan, KK7PW is QRV as 5X1O until November 20. Activity is in his spare time on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB, WSPR and possibly JT65 and FT8. QSL via EA5GL.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ from Freetown. He is waiting for his permanent 9L call sign. His length of stay is unknown. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

BURUNDI, 9U. Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club are QRV as 9U4M until November 17. Activity is with five stations on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via IK2VUC.

NAURU, C2. Kuni, JA8VE, Mat, JA1JQY and Kaoru, JA3MCA are QRV as C21VE, C21JY and C21MA, respectively, until November 14. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home calls.

QATAR, A7. Justin, NE5JK is living and working in Doha and QRV as A71/NE5JK until he receives his A75 call. He’s currently running QRP power on the HF bands. QSL via operator’s instructions.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Mike, DF8AN is QRV as DU7/DF8AN from Negros Island, IOTA OC-129, until November 16. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Giovanni, IZ2DPX will be QRV as EA8/IZ2DPX from Lanzarote, IOTA AF-004, from November 13 to 20. Activity is on the HF bands using only SSB. QSL via IK2DUW.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Members of the Yaguarete DXers Group will be QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, from November 12 to 25. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.

HONDURAS, HR. Dennis, W1UE, Paul, K1XM and Charlotte, KQ1F will be QRV as HR9/home calls from Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, beginning November 12. They will be active as HQ9X in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via KQ1F.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. A group of operators will be QRV as J5T from Bubaque Island, IOTA AF-020, from November 13 to 26. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active. QSL via I2YSB.

SVALBARD, JW. Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as JW/DL2JRM from Spitsbergen Island, IOTA EU-026, until November 13. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Scott, NE9U will be QRV as NE9U/KP2 from November 11 to December 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. He will be active as NP2X in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW and ARRL 160-Meter contests. QSL via NE9U and NP2X via K5WW.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Operators Olli, DH8BQA, Paul, DL5CW and Tom, DL5LYM are QRV as PJ4/home calls until November 29. They will be active as PJ4Y in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home calls, and PJ4Y for this contest via DL5CW.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Gary, G0FWX is QRV as V47FWX from Calypso Bay, IOTA NA-104, until November 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via M0URX.

MICRONESIA, V6. Shu, JA1FMN will be QRV as V63PSK from Moen Island, IOTA OC-011, from November 14 to 18. Activity will be on 20 to 10 meters using PSK, JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

MELLISH REEF, VK9M. A group of operators are QRV as VK9MA until November 16. Activity is with five stations on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL via N7QT.

SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Members of the Bo-Karoo Amateur Radio Club are QRV during November with special event call sign ZS40VDK to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the commissioning of the Van-derkloof Dam. QSL via the operators’ instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Worked All Europe DX RTTY Contest, 10-10 International Fall Digital Contest, Japan International DX Phone Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, OK/OM DX CW Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, CQ-WE Contest, North American SSB Sprint Contest and the 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series is scheduled for November 13.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for November 15.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

3rd December – 144MHz Affiliated Societies Contest – 10.00-16.00

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

After the previous schemozzle with the LPH fire and intruder alarms going off, the latest rumour is that the Council, using all of its expertise and wisdom, is considering asking us to have the HF antenna moved back to the South Hall, unfortunately with the feed still ending up in the Jubilee Hall. My attitude is that it probably won’t do any harm, but as it cost £700 for the recent move (they paid for it) it will cost them a similar amount to shift it back. WADARC are certainly not paying for it, especially as we were forced to move against our will.

A better solution would be for the fire alarm to be fixed so that it doesn’t respond to RF (it’s a wired system so it shouldn’t). It may mean that as there have been problems in the past and they’ve failed to fix it, we need a concerted effort with a couple of mobiles operating as much power as we can legally muster, right outside the doors of LPH. It might just sink in that the problem is theirs and moving our antenna won’t fix it!!! Watch this space……………..

 

73,

Alan. G4GNX