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

THE PAST WEEK

I found last week’s talk by Steve Shorey, G3ZPS to be highly interesting and entertaining. Steve gave us a comprehensive history of Police communications, including dispelling the myth that the first device used was the whistle, although we’re still not sure where the term “Old Bill” really comes from, as there appear to be at least 16 versions of its origin.

Thanks to Norman and co. for re-boxing the FT101 series and to Bryan for clearing the operating area of the shack and preparing to install cable tidies and a cable tray.

This weekend was the Hamvention (Dayton) in Ohio and several WADARC members have attended. Last Thursday, Phil called into the 40 metre SSB net using his Flex radio and Butternut antenna at home, controlled by his tablet, whilst standing in the breakfast queue near Dayton!

Ed, M0MNG has fulfilled a dream to hear a fully loaded jukebox playing golden oldies, in a diner in the USA. Ham radio does have its alternative uses!

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

On the Air with Computers plus Tea and Chat – Tuesday 21st May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Tea and Chat evening (this may change) – Tuesday 28th May – 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/2019/05/17/propagation-news-19-may-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

Although last week’s talk was a good ‘un, I can’t help noticing that it could have been better attended. I realise that some may have already departed for the USA, but there could have been many more members at the club. Club meetings are only as good as the members who turn up, so even if it’s not exactly ‘your subject’, please make an attempt to support WADARC by turning up for meetings more often.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s club meeting was a demonstration of the new Icom IC-9700 by myself, with thanks to Ian, M0IAD for providing a portable stand and collinear. The rig has been well-received by most users, with a couple of issues found by a few weak signal/digital users. With good sensitivity and high quality audio, it is certainly the best VHF and above multimode that I have ever owned.

Whilst my demonstration was to a certain extent interactive, I did receive a couple of complaints that I could not be properly heard, because some members of the audience had decided to hold their own private conversation/s. Not only is this downright bloody rude, it’s also disrespectful to the rest of the members who are trying to hear. If you really must chat when someone is giving a talk, please go into the tea area and shut the door. I don’t want WADARC to get a bad name amongst prospective speakers!

This weekend, some of our members supported the annual Mills On The Air event, from Salvington Mill, with thanks to Pete and Pete, Ed, Alex, Roger, Phil, Philip and any others I’ve missed, for running the station – GB0HSM – and for assistance in setting up etc., Roger reported that it was quite cold inside the base of the windmill on Saturday, but I must say that it had warmed up by the time I visited on Sunday. The station made around 140 contacts on HF, many of these being windmill sites and 5 QSOs on 70cm using Edmund’s portable setup. Fortunately, the weather was very kind to us and there seemed to be a lot of visitors. I’m sure that the High Salvington Mill Trust found that WADARC made a valuable contribution to the Mill’s 60th Anniversary open day. Ed, M0MNG has made a short video of this years event which you can see by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QqAPZ1bgVg

Please support our meeting on Tuesday. This will be a talk (see below) on one of the rare occasions we manage to secure an ‘outside’ speaker.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Talk – Public Safety Communications Past and Present, G3ZPS – Tuesday 14th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • On the Air with Computers plus Tea and Chat – Tuesday 21st May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat evening (this may change) – Tuesday 28th May – 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/2019/05/10/propagation-news-12-may-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

Although many gaps in the 2019 programme have been filled, we can still do with more speakers. If you can give a talk at a club meeting, or know of someone else who is willing (preferably radio related) please contact Chris, M0VUE.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday, most members present took part in a practical evening, run by Chris, M0VUE which involved building HF transmitting loop antennas. This was a great success for all concerned, especially as the antennas actually worked!

Bryan, G0SIU and Graham, G8BZL had a discussion about the club shack and formed a plan of action to get started on re-building the shack and securing equipment. This will also involve replacing some of the poles, which support current antennas, as well as replacing the lanyards. We will be approaching the Sea Cadets to ask if they would mind us storing the FT101 series of equipment and maybe installing them at a later date if required. We will also be asking to install a suitable SDR, so that the Sea Cadets can explore all bands.

The committee also met last Wednesday with a very full agenda. Of immediate interest to some members, we have purchased a new (at a very favourable knock-down price) Icom Desk Microphone for use with the club’s IC-7300 and one of our members has purchased and donated an Icom IC-910 all-mode transceiver for VHF/UHF. Please note that this particular rig does not contain the 23cms module. We will be looking to install suitable antennas for VHF/UHF in due course.

Whilst Chris’ team were testing out antennas last week, they also discovered a source of RF noise, emanating from the sensor loop that feeds the fire alarm. We will be approaching Captain Minter to see what can be done about this.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Talk and Demo of the new Icom IC-9700 transceiver, G4GNX – Tuesday 7th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk – Public Safety Communications Past and Present, G3ZPS – Tuesday 14th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • On the Air with Computers plus Tea and Chat – Tuesday 21st May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat evening (this may change) – Tuesday 28th May – 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/2019/05/03/propagation-news-5-may-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

Summer is fast approaching and it usually heralds the season for meeting outside, perhaps on local hillsides. Please let Chris, M0VUE or the committee know of any particular place you’d like to meet for an outside event. Preferably not an RF black hole!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Firstly you’ll be pleased to hear that Bryan, G0SIU is out of hospital and doing well. He should be at the club on Tuesday.

Last Tuesday saw some lively discussion on various matters and Chris, M0VUE was able to demonstrate FTCALL and other digital modes, in the club shack, despite the indifferent antenna and extreme difficulty trying to match it to the IC-7300. Although the shack will ultimately be suitable for operating and some experimentation, it’s painfully obvious that it’s too small to hold a demonstration that all members can see at the same time. With this in mind, it’s our intention to run some permanent co-ax from the shack into the main drill hall.

Unfortunately some committee members had urgent commitments and we were unable to form a quorum, so last week’s committee meeting was cancelled at short notice and will be held this coming Wednesday (1st May) instead. Report next week.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Practical – Building a Co-Ax based transmitting loop, M0VUE – Tuesday 30th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk and Demo of the new Icom IC-9700 transceiver, G4GNX – Tuesday 7th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk – Public Safety Communications Past and Present, G3ZPS – Tuesday 14th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Tuesday 21st May – 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/2019/04/26/propagation-news-28-april-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

We are still finding occasional ‘blips’ on the WADARC website. If you find anything that’s incorrect or a broken link etc., please let me know.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Thanks to Dorian, 2E0FSI for acting as the Fox in last week’s Fox Hunt. The fox was eventually found, but not until almost 9.30pm when the event was due to close. First to find the Fox were Bodie, 2E0VRM and Chris, M0VUE followed by Ian, M0IAD about a minute later. Also taking part were Roger, G4TNT and Vic, G8MUQ. There were only three of us at the club QTH, listening to proceedings and we were surprised that Ian actually managed to take part, as he was in a loan car which broke down – not a good advert for the garage concerned!

The remainder of the kit that goers with the FT101ZD is now in the shack, but not fully connected as we need to find some manuals. Some of the other ‘junk’ should be removed tomorrow, leaving more space for us to setup our stations. The LZ1AQ mag loop is under construction and if it works as well as mine (it will) much of the HF noise we experience, will be eliminated.

Unfortunately, today I had a call from Bryan, G0SIU to say that he would not be at the club tomorrow, as he is in hospital. Hopefully they won’t need to keep him long and he’ll make a quick and full recovery. Get well soon Bryan.

Tomorrow, (23rd) Chris, M0VUE will be demonstrating FTCALL at the club. If you don’t know what that is, come along and find out.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat with On the Air FTCALL – Tuesday 23rd April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Practical – Building a Co-Ax based transmitting loop – Tuesday 30th 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/2019/04/18/propagation-news-21-april-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

A reminder to the WADARC Committee that we have a meeting this coming Wednesday (24th) at G7VBR’s QTH. Start time – 7.30pm

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

We were supposed to be finding a noise source in TS Vanguard, on VHF/UHF last week, but there was nothing conclusive to work on. Dave’s portable spectrum analyser showed a spike around 149MHz, but that was steady and likely to be legitimate and certainly wasn’t within an Amateur band. Another possibility is that because some of us were using unshielded handhelds (plastic cases) the noise was getting into the IF part of the rig and not down the aerial. That said, it was interesting to watch Jonathan, G1EXG nulling out HF noise, using his homebrew loop antenna – indoors!

Bryan, G0SIU managed to get his KX3 to match the HF dipole that feeds the shack right now. Not sure if any actual QSOs took place, but there was a lot of CW to be heard.

For my part, I concentrated on trying to get the FT101ZD to transmit. The reason it didn’t TX last time we tried it is because the link to the PA heaters was not made on the rear accessory plug. There’s a cable coming out of the plug which is terminated in a DIN plug, but we don’t yet know what it should be plugged in to. Linear? Transverter? Tuner? We will find out when Roger brings the rest of the boxes that came with it, probably in a week or so. In the meantime, I found some solder and formed a crude link and was able to get transmit power out of the rig.

This coming Tuesday is the first leg of the annual Foxhunt. Dorian, 2E0FSI will be the fox and will be transmitting on 145.425MHz FM at regular intervals, starting at 7.30pm local time. There is no fixed starting place for fox hunters, so it is probably a good idea to find a high spot to define the first bearing. If you get lost or can’t hear the Fox, please use talk-back via GB3WO.

For those not taking an active part in the Foxhunt, we will be meeting as usual at TS Vanguard at 8.00pm (no earlier) and it should be possible to follow progress from there. Tea and biscuits will be available.
Further details and rules for the Foxhunt have already been posted on the club reflectors, please read your emails.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • 1st leg of our annual Foxhunt – Tuesday 16th April – 1st transmission at 7.30pm – Meet at TS Vanguard from 8.00pm onwards
  • Tea and Chat with On the Air FTCALL – Tuesday 23rd April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Practical – Building a Co-Ax based transmitting loop – Tuesday 30th 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/2019/03/29/propagation-news-31-march-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

Thanks to Chris – G3UFS, Roger – G4TNT, Jonathan – G1EXG, and Roger – G7VBR for donations of biscuits for our weekly meetings. We should now be good for a few weeks.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Special thanks for Ted, G3EUE for last week’s talk and DVD and to Bryan, G0SIU for his addition to the programme. Having chatted to Ted on the Thursday 40/80 metre net, I find that he is quite a fountain of knowledge about Iraq and other places around the World. Also, thanks to Ian, M0IAD for sorting out the DVD player at the last minute!

I met up with a gentleman from Kent on Friday and he has taken the AR88 from the shack. I recently sold it on eBay so that’s the last of the boat-anchors gone. There are still a few bits and pieces left to remove, so please let me know if you want anything.

This coming Tuesday, we will have the usual Tea and Chat AND possible finding of a ‘nasty noise’. Please bring along any portable equipment you have that could help us to find the source of QRM which covers the 2 metre and 70cms bands. It appears to be inside the building, because it greatly diminishes when a hand portable is checked outside the building.

I realise that there were two vehicles in the ‘top slots’ in the car park last week, but they belonged to Sea Cadets staff who were having a private meeting. However, I must remind all WADARC members that the TWO parking places nearest the building are reserved until 8.00pm for any disabled member or another member who has given a disabled member a lift. If any member continues to ignore this rule, they may be asked not to use the car park at all! There are NO exceptions.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

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

1st leg of the 2019 Annual Foxhunt (non-participants meet at Club QTH) – Tuesday 16th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

Tea and Chat with On the Air FTCALL – Tuesday 23rd April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

Practical – Building a Co-Ax based transmitting loop – Tuesday 30th 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/2019/04/05/propagation-news-7-april-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

A brief reminder to the Committee that we will be meeting on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm. Please update your diaries.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

The program listed last Tuesday’s meeting as an on-air night with CW + tea and chat. The K3 was available and there are plenty of Morse keys in the shack, but nobody seemed interested. Is it that members are really not interested in getting on the air, or is it that everyone wants their hand holding or their arse kicked to actually participate?

Fortunately, Jonathan – G1EXG had brought along one of his antenna projects and was able to explain how it works and the rest of the time was taken up by tea and chat.

The LZ1AQ mag-loop kit has arrived from Bulgaria and work is now in progress to get it built and mounted on the roof at TS Vanguard.

I have also found the SGS 500W external auto-tuner that hid itself in the store. It just needs a bit of an exterior clean, some new cables and it will be ready for us to use with the proposed antenna/s.

One packet of biscuits donated last week (thanks Jonathan) a few more would be appreciated.

The deadline has passed for selling Les Mayhew’s kit to members, so it will now be offered to the general public and dealers. Items are:

  • Daiwa CN-801 SWR & Power Meter
  • Icom IC-756PRO (usual screen fault, but does light fully after a short ‘warm-up’)
  • Icom IC-910H – 144Mhz/432MHz
  • Manson EP925 PSU – 13.8V 25A SM
  • Mirage MP2 VHF Watt meter
  • Yaesu HF suite comprising:
  • Yaesu FT2000
  • Yaesu Quadra VL1000 linear
  • Yaesu Quadra VP1000 (PSU for VL1000)
  • Yaesu DMU 2000 data unit
  • Yaesu SP2000 speaker

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • RAF station, Habbaniya, Iraq – Ted, G3EUE – Tuesday 2nd April – 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/2019/03/29/propagation-news-31-march-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

For those interested in the new Icom IC9700 2m/70cm/23cm transceiver, stocks are now being distributed to dealers. Most dealers appear to have taken deposits and are shipping to customers in strict order. More stock will be distributed in mid-April and early May.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday was a practical evening and I’d like to thank Chris, M0VUE for providing the components and some good radio entertainment. Two teams built various traps etc., but I’ve no idea if there was an actual winner. Despite an initial reluctance, most members eventually joined in and lots of soldering and testing kept them busy until well after 9.00pm.

We’ve disposed of quite a lot of shack equipment on behalf of G8RDK’s estate, since last week. Listed below is the unsold remainder which will be held until next Tuesday and if not sold to members, will be offered to the general Amateur public. If you’re interested please let me know:

  • Daiwa CN-801 SWR & Power Meter
  • Icom IC-756PRO (usual screen fault, but does light fully after a short ‘warm-up’)
  • Icom IC-910H – 144Mhz/432MHz
  • Manson EP925 PSU – 13.8V 25A SMMFJ 834H RF Ammeter
  • Mirage MP2 VHF Watt meter
  • Yaesu HF suite comprising:
    • Yaesu FT2000
    • Yaesu Quadra VL1000 linear
    • Yaesu Quadra VP1000 (PSU for VL1000)
    • Yaesu DMU 2000 data unit
    • Yaesu SP2000 speaker
    • Programming cable
  • Heil GM4 microphone + stand

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • 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/2019/03/15/propagation-news-17-march-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

A fresh call for donations of biscuits for club meetings please. Stocks are getting low. Smile

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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