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WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday was listed as a Tea and Chat event, so most members seemed to enjoy indulging in a good ol’ ragchew. I had arranged a meeting with Captain Minter to discuss our proposals for the Shack and this was attended by myself, Roger – G7VBR, Ian – M0IAD and Graham – G8BZL. I’m pleased to tell you that the meeting was very successful and we can now go ahead with setting things up. We’ve already removed some of the old ‘boat anchors’ and sold them to WADARC members, but there are a few bits and pieces still to be disposed of, including the AR88. Let me know if you’re interested.

We’re also disposing of shack equipment on behalf of G8RDK’s estate. Proceeds of the sale will go to WADARC and we want to realise as much as possible for club funds. We’re offering all of the gear to club members first, before seeking a tender from a dealer. If you’re interested please let me know, but please – no silly amounts – some of this equipment is worth ‘real’ money. All is in good condition.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Building and testing LC antenna traps (M0VUE) – Tuesday 19th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and chat with on-air and CW – Tuesday 26th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 7th April – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
  • Tea and chat + Shack available – Tuesday 9th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

Further details of meetings will appear here next and on our Website, as the programme evolves.

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/03/15/propagation-news-17-march-2019/

VHF:

Beacons:

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

A quote from Phil, G4UDU in QSO with G4GNX – “The bands are NOT dead. There are too many people tuning receivers and nobody calling CQ. If no-one calls, there’s no-one to listen to – bands are dead!”

When did YOU last call CQ?

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday was a ceremony for our annual awards. Not as many people as there should have been, but those who attended had a good time and the food was good. Special thanks to Roger, G7VBR for baking three delicious sponge cakes.

The awards were as follows:

Chairman’s Award to Roger, G7VBR – for great efforts in attending to details for all meetings in 2018.

Winner of 2018 Construction Contest to Les, G3JSU

The G8HY Merit Award to Bryan, G0SIU for services to the WADARC store and equipment

The John Slater Foxhunt Award to winner Dorian, 2E0FSI (collected by Ian, M0IAD on Dorian’s behalf)

WADARC Merit Award to Pete, G4LKW for special efforts with Special Event stations (collected by Norman, 2E0RKO on Pete’s behalf)

WADARC Merit Award to Ed, M0MNG for promotion of WADARC using callsign GX1WOR

WADARC Merit Award to Roger, G4TNT for untiring effort editing Ragchew throughout 2018

WADARC Merit Award to Ian, M0IAD – for services to membership, repeaters and on-air evenings during 2018

 

 

N.B. This coming Tuesday, Captain Minter will be visiting so please do not arrive before 7.45pm. I will be holding a private meeting with Paul, so the shack will only be available when the meeting finishes. Apologies for this.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and chat – Tuesday 12th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Building and testing LC antenna traps (M0VUE) – Tuesday 19th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Tea and chat with on-air and CW – Tuesday 26th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 7th April – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Tea and chat + Shack available – Tuesday 9th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/03/08/propagation-news-10-march-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

A reminder that the first TWO parking spaces nearest the building MUST be left clear for any disabled person, until 8.00pm

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

It is with regret and sadness that I have to report the passing of two ex-members of WADARC, both within a couple of weeks of each other.

Les Mayhew, G8RDK had been unwell for some time and had moved to a nursing home, where he finally became SK. A funeral for Les will take place on Friday 15th March at 2.40pm in the Muntham Chapel – Worthing Crematorium. No details of flowers or donations.

Dave Potter, G1OCL suffered a major stroke a short while ago and became SK within a short time of that. I was particularly surprised to hear about Dave, as I had seen him only a week before and he seemed fit and well. A funeral for Dave will take place on Friday 15th March at 11.40am at Worthing Crematorium. At this time the chapel is unknown, so those attending should ask staff on arrival. There will be a wake for Dave after the funeral in the “Back Room”, Royal British Legion, 6, Culver Road, Lancing. All friends welcome. Family flowers only please, donations welcome to the Stroke Association.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, Graham – G8BZL ran his Kenwood TS820S on the dipole antenna at TS Vanguard and although Phil’s QTH is only a few miles away, communication was established, with Phil operating a Flex radio remotely from downstairs! Graham said that the rig managed to match the antenna on all bands, including Top Band, although the SWR was a little high on 160m. A bit of old-fashioned pioneering? Smile

Spaceweather reports “A month with no Sunspots”! “The sun has just passed an entire calendar month with no sunspots. The last time this happened, in August 2008, the sun was in the nadir of a century-class Solar Minimum. The current stretch of blank suns shows that Solar Minimum has returned, and it could be as deep as the last one.” Food for thought? Don’t get too despondent.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Annual Awards with party food, tea and coffee, partners welcome – Tuesday 5th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Further details of meetings will appear here next and on our Website, as the programme evolves.

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/03/01/propagation-news-3-march-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

I hope to see everyone at the Awards Evening on Tuesday. Until then –

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday saw a good turnout. The meeting was mostly about digital modes and new member Jonathan very ably demonstrated many of the modules that are available for all digital modes. Norman also demonstrated use of rig and PC, whilst Bryan was getting to grips with hooking up his laptop and KX3.

Next Tuesday will be an on-the-air night with tea and chat. We will be testing out the capabilities of Graham, G8BZL’s TS850S.

It’s hoped that we will hold our Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 5th March. We need to know who will be attending so that we can buy sufficient food for the gathering. Please fill in the following Doodle Poll ASAP to indicate that you and any partner will be there: https://doodle.com/poll/q8u4s8rnhn7apyd7 Please do this by next Wednesday 27th February. If your name isn’t on the list, you can still come to the meeting but there will be no food for you.

We are going to move the club reflectors soon. They will be moving to groups.io and appropriate addresses have already been reserved. All members who are subscribed to the current reflectors will be moved to the new system. If you don’t want to be included, please let me know ASAP. Once we have moved, we’ll let all members know of the new email addresses for you to send and receive. There should be no disruption to normal service and you should find the new reflectors much more reliable.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and Chat + On-Air with G8BZL’s Kenwood TS850S – Tuesday 26th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Annual Awards with party food, tea and coffee, partners welcome – Tuesday 5th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Further details of meetings will appear here next and on our Website, as the programme evolves.

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/02/22/propagation-news-24-february-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

Final reminder – please try to attend the Awards Evening on 5th March and please put your name down on the Doodle Poll if you’ve not already done so.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s meeting was a Tea & Chat with On-Air in the shack. There was some interesting discussion on what members wanted from the club programme and useful info was gleaned from prospective new members.

Graham, G4FNL asked for feedback on the recent special event station – GB5WOR – which was very favourable and there was some discussion on the QSL card, which is a work in progress. If we can get all of the club together, we will try to take a group photo which may appear on the card.

We had a committee meeting last Wednesday. Progress on the new shack was discussed and we’re grateful to Jonathan, G1EXG for volunteering to build a noise cancelling mag-loop antenna to the LZ1AQ design. We’re also requesting a private meeting with Captain Minter, to discuss specific things we want to do, which may require approval. Chris, M0VUE still assembling a new programme of meetings/events for WADARC and is looking for people to give talks.

It’s hoped that we will hold our Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 5th March. We need to know who will be attending so that we can buy sufficient food for the gathering. Please fill in the following Doodle Poll ASAP to indicate that you and any partner will be there: https://doodle.com/poll/q8u4s8rnhn7apyd7

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Data Modes Show and Tell – please bring any data projects to show to others – Tuesday 19th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat + On-Air with Club Radio – Tuesday 26th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Awards with party food, tea and coffee, partners welcome – Tuesday 5th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

Further details of meetings will appear here next and on our Website, as the programme evolves.

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/02/15/propagation-news-17-february-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

For those who are interested in the new Icom IC-9700 VHF/UHF transceiver, I’ve setup a new group (non-Facebook) for all Radio Amateurs to discuss it. You can subscribe by posting an email to:

IC-9700Users+subscribe@groups.io

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at  – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

For last Tuesday’s meeting, some fool decided to give a talk on Front Panel Design! I hope it may have been of use to some members and maybe spurred you on to make your own project, with a well-made box to put it in. As I pointed out, you can make your own from raw materials, or you can take the expensive route and have a company do all the cutting, drilling and finishing for a really professional looking job.

One thing that my talk did prove is that we can connect a laptop to the projector and it all works well.

We have a committee meeting on Wednesday 13th and of course progress on the new shack will be discussed. Chris, M0VUE has volunteered to assemble a new programme of meetings/events for WADARC, so if you have any favourite suggestions, please email Chris or one of the committee.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat with shack available for those who wish to experiment – Tuesday 12th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Further details of meetings will appear here next and on our Website, as the programme evolves.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: 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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

 

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition publishedhttp://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

 

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/02/08/propagation-news-10-february-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

It can’t have gone unnoticed that club nets are not nearly as well patronised as they used to be. On HF this may partly be due to lack of interest as a part of the bottom of the sunspot cycle, but surely this can’t be the greatest part? Sure, signals come and go, but surely that’s part of the challenge. On VHF/UHF we can’t blame sunspots, so where is everybody? C’mon people, give it a try and renew old on-air friendships. A list of club nets appears in every Weekly Bulletin, just scroll up!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

 

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was designed to make an attempt to get on the air from the new shack. Well, we didn’t actually get any signals out, partly due to a missing microphone and partly due to lack of serviceable aerials. A portable aerial was on site, but it was very cold and nobody really wanted to go outside to erect it or remove it! Fortunately, the power switch had been left turned on for us, so we were able to play with the elderly HF receivers that are currently available. It’s obvious that most of them have seen better days and it would probably cost too much to repair them, even if there’s a desire to do so. Norman had some success with the club’s K3 and was able to hear Amateur stations, despite the indifference of the aerials. There are a number of Morse keys available, but nobody seemed interested in wielding one! The rest of the evening was taken up by drinking tea and general chat. One good thing is that the provision of exclusive parking is popular and we are starting to (re-) gain new members.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 3rd February – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Talk on Front Panel Design – Making cases and panels – Tuesday 5th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Tea and Chat with use of shack – Tuesday 12th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/02/01/propagation-news-3-february-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

Some good news has just been received – new keys for the shack power button have now been cut, so we will be able to switch on when we want and isolate as necessary.

We can now make plans for removing/replacing/adding to equipment that’s in the shack.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s meeting was the 2nd one at TSVanguard and was well attended, with over 20 members taking part in ‘potential shack’ inspection and subsequent discussion on what we may want to do with it. Alex has taken notes of members’ suggestions and these will be taken on board by the committee. Bryan, G0SIU and Graham, G8BZL have volunteered to carry out work in the radio room, once it’s been approved. We will also be looking for volunteers to form an aerial party, as it’s obvious that the existing antennas will need some repair at the very least and maybe total replacement in others.

Although we could perhaps use an HDMI to D-Sub adaptor, it’s probably better if we have a dedicated HDMI cable to the overhead projector. Fortunately, Bryan-G3GVB’s daughter, donated me some HDMI cable and suitable connectors to make a long lead, so it won’t cost the club anything.

Although we’re unlikely to have much success with existing antennas, we will be using a portable antenna and the club’s K3 to attempt to get the club on the air, at this coming Tuesday’s meeting.

We’re also hoping to make an extensive update to the club’s forthcoming programme of meetings, as soon as Chris, M0VUE returns from a business trip and can devote time to it.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Club Evening – On the Air with GX1WOR – An attempt to use existing antennas – Tuesday 29th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 3rd February – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing

Talk on Front Panel Design – Making cases and panels – Tuesday 5th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/01/25/propagation-news-27-january-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

Hopefully, the recent move to Worthing has given WADARC a new lease of life. Even if there is no particular subject for any meeting, please turn up anyway and bring anything of radio related interest with you. All members and guests are welcome.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Unfortunately, due to a horrible cold type virus, I was unable to attend the first meeting at TS Vanguard, but from all reports it was very successful and we gained new members from it. Roger, G7VBR acted as MC and sorted out parking, tea and anything else that needed sorting. There was a brief coming-together of all members for some short discussion, then folks were able to explore the site, under the watchful eye of Captain Minter. The club’s antenna analyser was put to use, but it proved impossible to determine resonance of on-site antennas, due to water ingress in the co-ax feeders. It’s generally thought that what antennas are there will require complete replacement. Fortunately, WADARC has sufficient materials and expertise to carry this out without great expense and a working party will be formed in the near future. It was noted that there was one unidentified vehicle in the car park, which we will aim to have removed, but parking was also made slightly more difficult by members not parking between the designated lines. Please be more thoughtful in future.

The ‘other’ major highlight of this week is the Special Event Station running at Sussex University under the callsign GB5WOR, to commemorate 70 years of WADARC. They were QRV on 160m, 80m, 40m and sometimes 20m and achieved in excess of 1000 QSOs over the 48 hour operating period 19th/20th January, with 9 members taking it in turns to operate two simultaneous stations throughout most of the event. From the Cluster, contacts were widespread across Europe, Russia, South Africa and Sussex. No doubt any rare DX will be reported in a forthcoming article in Ragchew. Many thanks to Graham, G4FNL for organising the event and to the remainder of the crew of volunteers.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Discussion meeting to make plans for our new shack – Tuesday 22nd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Club Evening – On the Air with GX1WOR – An attempt to use existing antennas – Tuesday 29th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 3rd February – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing

Talk on Front Panel Design – Making cases and panels – Tuesday 5th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/01/18/propagation-news-20-january-2019/

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

Please try to make next Tuesday’s meeting. We will be discussing plans for our new shack and making (hopefully copious) notes on ALL members’ ideas and preferences.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was used to setup the K3/P3/Tokyo Linear/KAT500 combination and test the newly repaired Tokyo, in readiness for the forthcoming special event station. All members present were given an opportunity to learn and memorise the correct sequence for connecting the components together and how to tune the antenna correctly. In case anyone’s forgotten, the ONLY sequence is RIG (K3/P3) – LINEAR AMPLIFIER – HIGH POWER TUNER (KAT500) – ANTENNA. The antenna must be tuned by pressing and holding the TUNE button on the K3, with the Linear switched to the STANDBY position (TUNE power is 20W). After the antenna has been correctly tuned AND the Linear switched to the correct band AND a check made to ensure that the KAT500 is switched to the correct antenna socket (that’s the one with the ANTENNA plugged into it) ONLY THEN should the Tokyo Linear be switched to OPERATE! Depending on the band in use, 35W-40W drive will produce 400W from the linear.

Norman, 2E0RKO brought in the SK items he’d acquired. Roger, G7VBR has donated £100 to go to the charity of choice, to pay for the rigs etc., There was some discussion on the use of the Yaesu FT101 and ancillaries, which could be used in the new shack alongside the K3 and IC7300, or they can be loaned out to members.

Phil, G4UDU and Bryan, G0SIU were also busy doing something ‘digital’. The last part of the evening was spent removing any WADARC property and ensuring we left the hall tidy, before exiting for the last time, just after 10.00pm.

THE MOVE TO WORTHING

As most members will be aware, we have now vacated the Lancing QTH for good and we are moving both day and venue as from this coming Tuesday (15th). The entrance to TS Vanguard is on the West side of Broadwater Road and because it’s on a dual-carriageway, you’ll need to approach it from the South. If you drive down Broadwater Road from the North end, continue all the way to the Teville Gate roundabout, using the roundabout to make a U Turn.

Members are asked to NOT arrive BEFORE 7.45pm. You should drive in forwards as reversing from the dual-carriageway will be very difficult in the half-dark with double-decker buses using the road.

Drive to the top of the drive, turn your vehicle round then park on the North side of the drive. When leaving, don’t ever attempt to reverse out onto the dual-carriageway – it’s even more dangerous than reversing in.

Up until 8.00pm please leave the turning area (nearest to the building) and two parking spaces empty, so that any disabled member has somewhere to park.

If the car park gets full, there should be parking spaces on adjoining streets and across the road outside the shops, although you may have to wait for a few minutes until a space becomes free.

PLEASE NOTE: Our tenancy is between 8.00pm and 10.00pm on Tuesdays only. Doors will not be open to members before 8.00pm. We have a dispensation to allow one of us to enter at 7.45pm to turn the heating on.

Other hours/events/training etc., will be by prior arrangement with the owners.

Please DO NOT ‘kick off’ because we can’t use the Radio Room (Shack) 24/7. It’s very early days yet and nothing’s written in stone.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • First meeting and familiarisation at NEW QTHTUESDAY 15th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard (Sea Cadets HQ) 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing
  • Special Event Station – WADARC 70th Anniversary – Saturday19th/Sunday 20th – Sussex University
  • Discussion meeting to make plans for our new shack – Tuesday 22nd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Club Evening – On the Air with GX1WOR – An attempt to use existing antennas – Tuesday 29th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 3rd February – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
  • Talk on Front Panel Design – Making cases and panels – Tuesday 5th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Winter 2018/19 edition publishedhttp://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2018-9

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/01/11/propagation-news-13-january-2019/

BEACONS

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:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.

Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

It’s just possible that I may not be able to attend the first meeting at TS Vanguard, as I have a God-awful cough and cold which started last night. Believe me, YOU do NOT want this cold!

Captain Paul Minter (Chairman of the owners’ group) is aiming to be at the venue for the first meeting and will no doubt make us welcome. He’s a very amenable person and will do his best to accommodate our needs, but please don’t ask for things that haven’t yet been discussed, or make suggestions for disposal of old equipment that’s in the Radio Room. To quote Gino DiCampo “Piano, Piano” is the strategy for now.

73,

Alan. G4GNX