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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.

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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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday there was no formal meeting so I asked Phil, G4UDU to run an 80 metre net instead. I counted 11 members calling in, including Phil and myself. Conditions weren’t as good as Christmas Eve, but Phil still managed to run a lively net.

On Thursday a group of members led by Graham, G4FNL met in a Lancing pub to continue planning the forthcoming special event station on the 19th/20th. A few loose ends to tie up, but all seems to be going well and we will be testing some equipment at our meeting next Wednesday.

All of the repair parts have been delivered to me, so the club’s Tokyo HF linear amplifier has now been repaired. Because my own high power dummy load isn’t completed, the linear will be tested at full power on Wednesday.

Happy New Year to everyone. Please try to support our club as much as possible during the coming months and don’t forget – our LAST meeting at LANCING takes place this coming Wednesday. After that we will be meeting in WORTHING every Tuesday.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and Chat + pre-QTH move discussion – Wednesday 9th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
First meeting and familiarisation at NEW QTH – TUESDAY 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
Talk on Front Panel Design – Making cases and panels – Tuesday 29th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 3rd February – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/01/04/propagation-news-6-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

I just took a quick look at the memorabilia box in my possession, before handing it over to Bodie. It’s interesting to note that the club almost folded up in 1955/1956, mostly due to lack of members. As those years were one of the times when Amateur Radio was of great interest to many, we seem to have done rather well in 2019 to still be ‘alive’ as a club. In later years membership rose to a heady 120 paid up members. I wonder if it has anything to do with the sun spot cycle?!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The Santa Claus 80 metre net went well, with 11 members taking part and one who called very quickly, then disappeared, so we still don’t know who that was. Conditions were really good and despite the usual high noise floor, nearly everyone could hear everyone else. Thanks to Phil, G4UDU for acting as net controller and to all who took part.

The Christmas Day 2 metre net was a little slow getting started, but the end total of all taking part was 14 which shows that there is activity on 2 metres if it can be dragged out of the woodwork! Thanks to all who took part in sending Christmas greetings.

As there will be no meeting on Wednesday 2nd January and in view of the success of the Santa Claus net, there will be an 80 metre net for club members on 3.712MHz starting at 8.00pm.

Please also note that I will not be running the 2 metre Monday net on 31st December, but if anyone else wants to run a net on 145.425MHz FM, please feel free.

Graham, G4FNL is organising our 70th anniversary special event station and there will be a meeting for those involved on Thursday 3rd January at The Crabtree Inn, 140 Crabtree Lane, Lancing, BN15 9NQ at 7.30pm

Wednesday 9th January will be the LAST meeting at Lions Hall, we will then be moving our evening to TUESDAYS, commencing 15th January at TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

80 metre net on 3.712MHz – Wednesday 2nd January – 8.00pm-9.00pm – Note: Lions Hall CLOSED
Special Event station planning meeting for volunteers – Thursday 3rd January –7.30pm – at The Crabtree Inn, 140 Crabtree Lane, Lancing, BN15 9NQ
Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 6th January – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Tea and Chat + pre-QTH move discussion – Wednesday 9th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
First meeting and familiarisation at NEW QTH – TUESDAY 15th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Sea Cadets HQ, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing
70th anniversary special event stationGB5WOR – Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th January – Start time TBA – Sussex University

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/12/21/propagation-news-23-december-2018/

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=2018

FINALÉ

As 2019 is almost upon us, a Happy New Year to all and a great year ahead for us all.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

 

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was rather poorly attended, so those who were there had double mince pies! Just to prove how bad the parking has been getting in Roberts Road, some idiot parked a van part way across the hall entrance and the rest of the street seemed to also be littered with vans. Roger was able to take a picture of the situation and is sending it to the Lions Hall management, although it’s too late in the day to help us. Let’s hope that our final meeting in Lancing will fare slightly better.

I’m not quite sure what Phil and Ian were doing, but the IC7300 was setup and communication was made between Phil’s tablet PC and the rig. Yay, some radio for a change.

Despite discussion of other matters, we forgot to arrange the multi-band nets for the Wednesday evenings we will not be meeting over the Christmas/New Year period. Can we please have volunteers to run (say) a 30 minute net starting with 40 metres, then 80 metres and 160 metres. Surely there must still be people in WADARC who can actually get on the air from home?!

Please note that Wednesday 9th January will be the LAST meeting at Lions Hall, we will then be moving our evening to TUESDAYS, commencing 15th January at TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing..

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

NO MEETING – Wednesday 26th December – Lions Hall CLOSED
Multi-Band Nets (HF) – Wednesday 2nd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Note: Lions Hall CLOSED
Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 6th January – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Tea and Chat + pre-QTH move discussion – Wednesday 9th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
First meeting and familiarisation at NEW QTH – TUESDAY 15th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Sea Cadets HQ, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/12/21/propagation-news-23-december-2018/

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=2018

FINALÉ

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope that we are all looking forward to some great meetings at the new QTH, in January.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, 23 of us met at the Old Tollgate, Bramber for a Christmas get together and meal. Apart from the occasional gristle and leathery Yorkshire pudding, the food seemed to be generally good and the variety was very acceptable. Unfortunately we were given to understand that we would be in a large room with another group and a partition between us, so we postponed the usual awards ceremony and the Christmas raffle, due to the difficulties over noise. Had we known that we would have exclusive use of the room, we could have followed the usual trend. We will have an awards presentation and a raffle at a future club meeting at the new Worthing QTH.

Graham, G4FNL has continued to organise the special event station for 19/20 January at Sussex University and Phil, G4UDU has succeeded in acquiring GB5WOR for us to use for the entire month. Graham has also sent out an email suggesting another planning meeting – please look out for that.

On Friday afternoon, three of us met with Paul Minter at the Worthing Sea Cadets HQ and signed the necessary documents for WADARC to meet on Tuesday evenings, starting 15th January, 2019. We also had another look round and had discussions about what we might like to do in the future, especially on refurbishing the Radio Room as a club shack.

Below are a couple of photos of the existing antennas, taken by Roger, G7VBR. Obviously things may not be exactly the way we’d like them, but we will be able to make changes over time.

     

NEXT WEDNESDAY we will also be discussing what bands/frequencies we want to use and times for club nets, during the Christmas/New Year recess.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and Chat + Mince Pies – Wednesday 19th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
NO MEETING – Wednesday 26th December – Lions Hall CLOSED
Multi-Band Nets (HF) – Wednesday 2nd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall CLOSED
Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 6th January – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Tea and Chat + pre-QTH move discussion – Wednesday 9th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
First meeting and familiarisation at NEW QTHTUESDAY 15th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Sea Cadets HQ, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/12/07/propagation-news-9-december-2018/

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=2018

FINALÉ

Although several people have volunteered to support the WADARC special event weekend on 19/20 January, if you haven’t already done so, please think about what you could do to help and contact Graham, G4FNL to let him know.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was mainly given over to Graham, G4FNL who has courageously offered to setup a special event station at Sussex University, using the callsign GB5WOR. Phil, G4UDU offered to setup the callsign and logging etc., which he has already done. There was a lot of enthusiasm for the event and many members (of those who attended) are willing to take part. Further details will appear on our website and you can volunteer direct to Graham, if you haven’t done so already.

It was fairly clear from the previous meeting that most members favour Tuesdays as a new meeting day. The Doodle Poll setup to collect votes has confirmed this: Votes for Mondays – 2. Votes for Tuesdays – 38.

We’re now in the final throes of setting up the paperwork etc., for the new venue at Sea Cadets HQ (TS Vanguard) and we will be moving there on Tuesday 15th January. From then on, Lions Hall, Lancing will be permanently closed to us.

We’ve also had confirmation from the Sea Cadets that the masts supporting the HF dipole are in good shape, but it’s likely that the co-ax will need replacing. Once we’ve made the move we can discuss what we want to do about antennas and the ‘shack’ itself.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Club Annual Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 12th December – 7.00pm-10.00pm – The Old Tollgate, Bramber. Note: Lions Hall CLOSED
Tea and Chat + Mince Pies – Wednesday 19th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
NO MEETING – Wednesday 26th December – Lions Hall CLOSED
Multi-Band Nets (HF) – Wednesday 2nd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Note: Lions Hall CLOSED
Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 6th January – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Tea and Chat + pre-QTH move discussion – Wednesday 9th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
First meeting and familiarisation at NEW QTH – TUESDAY 15th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Sea Cadets HQ, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/11/30/propagation-news-2-december-2018/

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=2018

FINALÉ

For those interested in statistics, here’s a link to the (closed) Doodle Poll for WADARC meeting nights: https://doodle.com/poll/uhpv3z2ipenkmft8

It’s interesting to note that almost the entire current membership voted, which is encouraging.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was very eventful. Les, G3JSU provided members with laminated sheets with details of the club’s nets on them – very useful for the shack wall.
A small posse of us visited the Sea Cadets HQ in Worthing – TS Vanguard. We met with Captain Minter, who was very amenable and seems keen to have us hire the premises for club meetings. Details of the facilities (including radio room and aerials) have already been posted to members, this means that our meeting night will have to change to Monday or Tuesday. A Doodle Poll was setup for members to indicate their favourite evening. The Poll is still open, but the overwhelming response has been in favour of Tuesdays. It’s still not too late to cast your vote at: https://doodle.com/poll/uhpv3z2ipenkmft8
Subject to final negotiations and approval, we hope to move club QTH in mid-January 2019.

Next week’s meeting will be partly tea and chat, but more importantly Graham, G4FNL will be conducting a planning meeting for setting up a commemorative station for WADARC’s 70th anniversary. ALL members are welcome and we look forward to your ideas and any support you’re able to give.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 2nd December – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Planning and discussion meeting + Tea & Chat – Wednesday 5th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
Club Annual Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 12th December – 7.00pm-10.00pm – The Old Tollgate, Bramber. Note: Lions Hall will be closed
Tea and Chat + Mince Pies – Wednesday 19th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
NO MEETING – Wednesday 26th December – Lions Hall CLOSED
Tea and Chat + pre-QTH move discussion – Wednesday 2nd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/11/30/propagation-news-2-december-2018/

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=2018

FINALÉ

Please tell all of your friends, other members, past members and anyone you think would be interested that we hope to move club QTH to TS Vanguard – Worthing Sea Cadets HQ – in January.
Also mention the Doodle Poll for members and prospective members to vote on your preferred meeting night: https://doodle.com/poll/uhpv3z2ipenkmft8
The poll is open to everyone as we’d like to get an idea of non-members who might join/re-join.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was our annual Construction Competition. There were three exhibits – A well thought out portable setup (shack in a box) by Les, G3JSU – A Sotabeams balun and G5RV antenna by Alex, 2E0UMD – and 2 metre linear amplifier unfinished by Alan, G4GNX. There was a secret vote and the winner was Les, G3JSU.

There was also some discussion about the forthcoming Annual General Meeting and members present were urged to persuade other members to attend.

CHRISTMAS MEAL

The annual WADARC Christmas get-together takes place on Wednesday 12th December, 7.00pm at The Old Tollgate, Bramber. There is a Doodle Poll setup for members who wish to join in:
https://doodle.com/poll/t4wswz4bcmgea4yy
Please let us know if you’ll be there as soon as possible, as we have to let the restaurant know by the end of next week.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 31st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 7th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Lecture or Podcast – Wednesday 14th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 21st November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 28th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 2nd December – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Cafe
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 5th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Christmas Meal – Wednesday 12th December – 7.00pm-10.00pm – Old Tollgate, Bramber – NOTE: Lions Hall closed
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 19th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • No meeting – Wednesday 26th December – Lions Hall 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

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/10/26/propagation-news-28-october-2018/

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=2018

FINALÉ

One final reminder that the WADARC AGM takes place this coming Wednesday (31st October) at 8.00pm. Please try to attend to decide on the future of YOUR club.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was the worst attended I’ve ever seen. NINE members plus one non-member and one visitor! I presume that despite previous calls for a club shack, on-the-air nights are not popular at all?
The club’s IC7300 was available, a temporary antenna was rigged up and we actually managed to find Graham (G4FNL) on 80 metres, using the callsign G6XX. Unfortunately, we were unable to get the antenna to tune/match, so the IC7300 cut its power right back and it was just not enough to get Graham to hear us. Thanks to those however, who took the trouble to turn up and make an effort.

One good thing came out of last Wednesday’s meeting – we were put in touch with some surplus equipment, which will add to the goodies at the forthcoming Junk Sale.

JUNK SALE

You will see (below) that our annual Junk Sale will take place next week. Also note that the start time is 7.30pm. If you have items to sell that you need to unload, on arrival at Lions Hall you will be directed to reverse your vehicle up to the front doors and you will be assisted to unload. You will then be asked to drive to the nearest available on-street parking space, or to the nearby public car park. When the sale is finally over, please leave the venue quietly – it’s a residential street.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Annual Junk Sale – Wednesday 26th September – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Early start time
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 3rd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Club Lecture (Subject TBA) – Wednesday 10th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 17th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 24th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 31st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/09/21/propagation-news-23-september-2018/

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=2018

FINALÉ

The end of the month approaches and that’s the deadline for a decision to be made about the venue for our Christmas meal. Two venues have been proposed: The Old Tollgate, Bramber and the Royal George, Shoreham. Both venues provide a carvery as well as alternatives and both have two tier pricing. The Old Tollgate has had it’s food hygene rating upgraded and the Royal George has recently been refurbished. Both venues have car parks.

I’ve created a Doodle Poll for you to vote on which venue you prefer: https://doodle.com/poll/es4sx8u6ttys64bg

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Annual General Meeting for 2018 will take place on Wednesday 31st October, 8.00pm sharp at the Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.
Any proposals appropriate to the AGM MUST be with the Hon. Secretary BY Wednesday 10th October 2018.
A full agenda will be available to members on the night.

THE PAST WEEK (or two!)

The past couple of weeks have been varied, with the temperature dropping, although there’s been no need to turn up the heat at Lions Hall yet.
We’ve had a tea and chat night with everything from Amateur Radio to the weather discussed and quite a fair turnout.

On the following Saturday, Philip – G4KIL ran a special event station to mark the opening of a community and youth hall in Hangleton. The club’s IC7300 was used for HF and mostly behaved well, except for use of one antenna for 40 metres where the PTT was pressed and the rig promptly turned itself off. RF in the shack? Who knows! Thanks to Philip and to Roger – G7VBR for providing support.

Last Wednesday was a podcast from the ARRL describing use and types of antennas for field days – American style. It was interesting to note the difference in requirements between the USA and the UK and NO, towers and massive beams are not the order of the day!

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Club subscriptions are now due – £35 for the coming year.

JUNK SALE

You will see (below) that our annual Junk Sale will take place in around 11/2 weeks. Also note that the start time is 7.30pm. If you have items to sell that you need to unload, on arrival at Lions Hall you will be directed to reverse your vehicle up to the front doors and you will be assisted to unload. You will then be asked to drive to the nearest available on-street parking space, or to the nearby public car park. When the sale is finally over, please leave the venue quietly – it’s a residential street.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • On the Air (HF) – Wednesday 19th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Annual Junk Sale – Wednesday 26th September – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Early start time
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 3rd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Club Lecture (Subject TBA) – Wednesday 10th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 17th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 24th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 31st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall

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

Summer 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-16-september-2018/

VHF/UHF 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:

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=2018

FINALÉ

A further reminder that club subscriptions are now due – £35 for the coming year. Please make payments directly to the Hon. Treasurer – Roger, G7VBR. Cash is OK, but cheques and bank transfers should always contain your name AND callsign, so that we can identify who has paid their sub.

73,

Alan. G4GNX