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Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU

This week:

Chantry Post

There was about 10 club members attending – where are the rest !
Operation on HF and VHF – I was looking for the random 6m openings but all signals were in the noise.
Stations worked across EU
Roger brought along the “Request at the last minute” instant refreshment kit with the tea and biscuits – thank you.

Today – Saturday 22nd – Worthing Fire Station open day – please attend and assist/operate.

Radio band conditions:

Conditions ? Well I think they have been reasonable considering the Solar Indices, I have found no shortage of stations to work using CW, SSB and the new FT8 (see below)
40m Good Caribbean and SA traffic in the evenings
20m The long haul band – NA in the evenings and OC (KH6) in the early mornings
17m Usual spread of DX
15m Low activity
12,10m Sporadic E, very short term and intermittent openings
6m Good place to try the beaconing aspect of the FT8 mode, this has worked various South EU stations and an easy EA8 plus all the usual SSB and CW contacts plus loads of JT65 if you wanted to work it – band has been open up to 2300Z quite often.

Club Program:

22nd July – Worthing Fire Station open day

26th July Tea and Chat Evening

27th July G3GVB SK Surplus sale at Shoreham 2000 – 2100 – speak to a committee member for further details

2nd August Practical Evening – Building and testing Baluns and Transformers. Including a transformer for a 20m EFHW antenna.

A New DATA Mode:

Brief Description of the FT8 Protocol
————————————————–
WSJT-X Version 1.8.0 includes a new mode called FT8, developed by K9AN and K1JT. The mode name “FT8” stands for “Franke and Taylor, 8-FSK modulation”.

FT8 uses 15-second T/R sequences, provides 50% or better decoding probability down to -20 dB on an AWGN channel, and maintains good performance on Doppler-spread fading channels.

An auto-sequencing facility includes an option to respond automatically to the first decoded reply to your CQ. FT8 QSOs are 4 times faster than those made with JT65 or JT9.

FT8 is an excellent mode for HF DXing and for situations like multi-hop E_s on 6 meters, where deep QSB may make fast and reliable completion of QSOs desirable.

Some important characteristics of FT8:

– T/R sequence length: 15 s
– Message length: 75 bits + 12-bit CRC
– FEC code: LDPC(174,87)
– Modulation: 8-FSK, tone spacing 6.25 Hz
– Constant-envelope waveform
– Occupied bandwidth: 50 Hz
– Synchronisation: 7×7 Costas arrays at start, middle, and end
– Transmission duration: 79*1920/12000 = 12.64 s
– Decoding threshold: -20 dB; several dB lower with AP decoding
– Multi-decoder finds and decodes all FT8 signals in passband
– Optional auto-sequencing and auto-reply to a CQ response
– Operational behaviour similar to JT9, JT65

We plan to implement signal subtraction, two-pass decoding, and use of a priori (AP) information in the decoder. These features are not yet activated in v1.8.0.

We haven’t yet finalised what the three extra bits in the message payload will be used for. Suggestions are welcome!

— Joe, K1JT, for the WSJT Development Team
At the time of the v1.8.0-rc1 release the following tasks are yet to be completed:
1. Updates to WSJT-X User Guide.
2. Sample files for FT8.
3. Enhanced FT8 decoding using AP (“a priori”) information.
4. Signal subtraction and multi-pass decoding for FT8.
5. Option for FT8 to Auto-respond to the weakest responder to your CQ.

Announcement from Dorking Radio Club

If you want some “Outside radio” on the 25th July

The South Downs Evening

On Tuesday 25 July 2017 we will continue our annual tradition of radio experimentation on Devil’s Dyke above Brighton.

The aim will be to establish and run a 2 m station, commencing at 6 pm and operating until about 9 pm using G7DOR/P. All are encouraged to participate or to operate other stations on other frequencies.

Please come to Devils Dyke to participate in whatever way you wish. There is a pub with good food for sustenance.

David Browning – M6DJB
Programme Secretary
Dorking and District Radio Society (DDRS)
djb.abraxas@btinternet.com

Club on the air nets, all times local:

Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz

Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz

Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)

Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz

Propagation Report:

Average daily sunspot number this week declined just 1.7 to 26.6,
even though there were two days in the reporting week with no
sunspots, July 18 and 19. The blank sun condition continued at
least one more day on Thursday, July 20 which lands it on the first
day of the next reporting week, July 20 to 26.

Average daily solar flux was 85.9, down 1.1 from the previous week.

Average planetary A index rose 3.9 points to 13, average
mid-latitude A index rose from 9.6 to 10.9.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) on July 16 struck at 0545 UTC driving
the planetary A index to 41, and 27 the following day.

Predicted solar flux is 70 on July 21 to 27, 75 on July 28, 90 on
July 29 through August 11, 85 on August 12 and 13, 80 on August 14,
74 on August 15 to 19, 75 on August 20 to 24, and 90 on August 25 to
September 3.

Predicted planetary A index is 8, 12 and 8 on July 21 to 23, 5 on
July 24 through August 4, then 25, 10 and 8 on August 5 to 7, 5 on
August 8 to 14, 8 on August 15 and 16, then 15 and 12 on August 17
and 18, 5 on August 19 to 31, and 25, 10 and 8 on September 1 to 3.

F. K. Janda, OK1HH of the Czech Propagation Interest Group sent us
this geomagnetic activity forecast for the period July 21 to August
8, 2017

“Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on July 25 and 26, August 1 and 2
Mostly quiet on July 24, 27, 30 and 31, August 4, 8
Quiet to unsettled July 23, August 3
Quiet to active on July 21 and 22, 28 and 29, August 7
Active to disturbed on August 5 and 6

Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on
July 21, (23 and 24, 28 and 29), August 6 to 8.

DX News:

ARLD029 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KI1U, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites. Thanks to all.

FIJI, 3D2. Bill, VK4FW is QRV as 3D2T from Viti Levu, IOTA OC-016,
until July 27. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 15 meters using
mainly CW. He plans to be active from some World Wide Flora and
Fauna areas as well. QSL to home call.

SAMOA, 5W. Roly, ZL1BQD will be QRV as 5W0RR from Apia from July 26
to August 15. Activity will be on the HF bands using mostly JT65
and possibly the new mode FT8. QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Members of the Kuala Lumpur DX Team will be QRV
as 9M4IOTA from Pangkor Island, IOTA AS-072, from July 22 to 24.
Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL direct to 9M2OOO.

OMAN, A4. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society are QRV
as A43FD until July 22 during their Field Day event from Al Jabal Al
Akhdar. QSL via A47RS.

ANGOLA, D2. Paulo, CT1FJZ is QRV as D2FJZ from Luanda. Activity of
late has been on 20 meters using SSB. His length of stay is
unknown. QSL to home call.

LIBERIA, EL. Dickson, EL2DT has been active on 20 meters using CW
around 1900z. QSL to home call.

ECUADOR, HC. Special event station HD086QRC is QRV until July 23 to
celebrate the Quito Radio Club’s 86 years. Activity is on the HF
bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HC1QRC.

WAKE ISLAND, KH9. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as WW6RG/KH9 on July 24
on 20 meters using SSB and QRP power around 0330 to 0730z. QSL
direct to home call.

POLAND, SP. Special event station HF6TWG is QRV from Wroclaw until
July 30 during the 10th World Games. QSL via SP6PKO.

EGYPT, SU. Christian, DM4DX is currently living in Cairo until at
least November, and is QRV as SU0ERA from the Egyptian Radio
Amateurs Society station. He is also active as SU/DM4DX. Activity
is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.

DODECANESE, SV5. Georgia, SV1QXU is QRV as SV5/SV1QXU from Rhodes,
IOTA EU-001, until July 24. Activity is holiday style on the HF
bands. QSL via operator’s instructions.

PALAU, T8. Ted, JA7XBG will be QRV as T88GA from July 22 to 30.
Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters. QSL to home call.

ICELAND, TF. Special event station TF15MOOT will be QRV from July
25 to August 2 during the 15th World Scout Moot from the Scout
Activity Centre in Ulfljotsvatn. QSL via operators’ instructions.

CAMEROON, TJ. Dan, TJ3PD has been active on 20 meters using SSB
around 1600 to 1700z. QSL via N2OO.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. A group of operators will be QRV as R66IOTA
from Popova Island, IOTA AS-066, from July 25 to 30. Activity will
be on 80 to 10 meters using only CW. This includes being an entry
in the upcoming RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via UA0LCZ.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Tim, VE6SH will be QRV as V29SH from
Jumbay Bay Island, IOTA NA-100, from July 23 to August 7. Activity
will be on 30 and 17 meters. QSL direct to home call.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. After his Wake Island activity, Randy, WW6RG
will be QRV as V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein on July 26 from around 0330
to 0800z on 20 meters using SSB and QRP power. QSL direct to home
call.

CANADA, VE. Mike, KI1U will be QRV as KI1U/VE9 from Grand Manan
Island, IOTA NA-014, from July 23 to 30. Activity will be on 40 to
10 meters using CW and various digital modes, including possibly the
new mode FT8, as well as possible activity on the FM satellites.
QSL to home call.

SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Diya, YI1DZ is QRV as Z81D from Juba. Activity of
late has been on 40 meters using SSB. QSL via OM3JW.

PRINCE EDWARD AND MARION ISLANDS, ZS8. David, ZS8Z is QRV from
Marion Island, IOTA AF-021, until May 2018 and has been active on 20
meters using SSB between 1200 to 1300z. QSL via ZS1LS.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Scottish DX Contest and SA Sprint Contest
are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled
for July 26.

Please see July 2017 QST, page 82, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
web sites for details.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, Chris M0VUE arranged a series of videos on baluns and noise reduction. The noise reduction techniques using active loop antennas and phased signal methods was quite an eye opener as to what can be achieved in some of the worst circumstances imaginable. A follow up will take place in 2 week’s time and we will be able to build our own kit.

Congratulations to Russell Shulver – M6HQM, Jim Dunn – M6MPF, Roger Tuffin – M6CJK, Mark Shepherd – M6GMV who all passed their intermediate exams last Monday night and are waiting for their new call-signs.

Listen out on all bands for Edmund (M0MNG) in the guise of special event call GB6CRA to celebrate 60 years of World Association of Christian Radio Amateurs. Ed is happy to make contacts with anyone, you don’t have to be religious!

I’m trying to drum up some activity on 4 metres, but at present I only have the groundplane working so it tends to be used for FM contacts. If anyone wants to arrange a sked, please feel free to email me – g4gnx@g4gnx.com

 

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Outside On The Air, club rigs will be available or bring your own – Chantry Lane Car Park, BN13 3XJ – Wed 19th July – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. No meeting at Lancing Parish Hall this week.
Building and testing Baluns and Transformers. Including a transformer for a 20m EFHW antenna – Wed 26th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Exclusive SALE of Bryan, G3GVB’s surplus kit – WADARC members only – 77, Buckingham Road, Shoreham – THURSDAY 27th July – 8.00pm
Tea and Chat night, a chance to discuss anything Amateur Radio related or just socialise – Wed 2nd August – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

July 2017

14-16 July 2017 Hamtronic Show, Friedrichshafen, Germany [Friday-Sunday]
Messe, Friedrichshafen, 88046, Germany
Open 09:00-18:00. Admission €9.00, (other ticketing formats available). SIGs. Trade.
IARU Member Societies’ stands. Lectures, some in English. Large flea market. RSGB books.
Details: http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de

16 July 2017 McMichael Rally
Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane, Sonning-on-Thames,
Reading RG4 6ST.
Open 09:30. Entry £3. Talk-in S22. Tables & car boot spaces £10. Trade. SIGs.
Catering/bar on site. No dogs allowed – venue rules (assistance dogs excepted).
Details: Andy, 07775-940016 or Min, 07715-771665 http://www.mcmichaelrally.org.uk/

30 July 2017 Chippenham and District Amateur Radio Club Rally [Update]
Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road Kington Langley, SN15 5NJ.
Open 10:00 to 13:00/07:00 Sellers. Entry £2/kids free. Talk-in S22-145.55 MHz.
On-site parking. Disabled facilities. Tables inside £8, car-boot pitches £6
for cars & vans, payable on entry. On-site catering.
Details: Brian, g6huim3hui@gmail.com Club Website: http://G3VRE.org.uk

August 2017

13 August 2017 Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest
Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3DA.
Open 10:00. Admission £3.50. Free parking. Talk-in S22. Car boot sale. Trade
at Indoor and outdoor pitches. Lectures. Catering with bar. Adjacent camping
available Saturday night only. Details: http://hamfest.frars.org.uk

27 August 2017 Milton Keynes MKARS Rally
The Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, Bletchley, Bucks. MK2 2HX.
(Opposite Dobbie’s Garden Centre.) Entrance fee £3.00. Free parking.
Further details: https://www.mkars.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

STRONG SOLAR FLARE AND CME: After days of suspenseful quiet, huge sunspot AR2665 finally erupted on July 14th (0209 UT), producing a powerful M2-class solar flare. The explosion was under way for more than two hours and hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) toward Earth. Geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras are likely when the CME arrives this weekend. Visit Spaceweather.com for images and updates.

There has been solar activity leading up to the above event, which is probably responsible for the very poor short haul propagation on the lower bands.

Rather than try to put predictions into words, please follow this link for predictions and charts: http://www.stroobandt.com/propagation/en/index.html

VHF/UHF:

Conditions have been ‘normal’ over the past week although there was a possible ‘lift’ in conditions towards the south west when the Lannion beacon was S9+ for part of the day, last Friday 7th. Other beacons continue to pop out of the noise from time-to-time. ON0VHF (Belgium) and GB3VHF (Fairseat) were audible most days but not especially strong.

6 metre ‘Es’ is still active.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

GEORGIA, 4L. David, DL7ZM is QRV as 4L/DL7ZM until July 20.
Activity is on 6 meters from grid square LN11. QSL via AD0PY.

KENYA, 5Z. Nick, LZ4NM is QRV as 5Z4/LZ4NM until June 30, 2018.
Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital
modes. QSL via bureau.

ALGERIA, 7X. Members of the Algerian Radio Amateur Union are QRV as
7V5J until July 30 in celebration of Algerian National Day.
Activity is on all bands, depending on propagation. QSL via 7X2DD.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Philip, G4PWO will be QRV as 8Q7PW from Fonimagoodhoo
Island, IOTA AS-013, beginning July 18 for two weeks. Activity will
be on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters using mostly SSB and various digital
modes. QSL to home call.

BOTSWANA, A2. Neven, LZ1COM is QRV as A25NPD until July 16.
Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using SSB between 1800 to 2200z.
QSL to home call.

NORTH COOK ISLAND, E5. Warwick, E51WL is QRV from Penrhyn Atoll,
OC-082, and is occasionally active using JT65. QSL to home call.

BALEARIC ISLANDS, EA6. Andreas, DK5ON will be QRV as EA6/DK5ON from
Cala Ratjada on Mallorca, IOTA EU-004, from July 17 to 31. Activity
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, JT65, PSK and other digital
modes. He also plans to activate the Lighthouse Cap de Pera, ARLHS
BAL-010. QSL to home call.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Michael, K5MDK is QRV as HL/K5MDK until
August 10 while currently on temporary assignment. Activity is in
his spare time and mostly weekends from Changwon-ski on the HF bands
using SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

CZECH REPUBLIC, OK. Special event station OL60SIENEL is QRV until
July 23 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Joseph Sienel
Observatory in Losov. QSL via bureau.

SWEDEN, SM. Special event station SC40VIC is QRV until the end of
2017 to celebrate the 40th birthday of Crown Princess Victoria. QSL
via SM6JSM.

CRETE, SV9. Jurg, HB9DQL is QRV as SV9/HB9DQL until July 23.
Activity is holiday style on 40, 20 and 10 meters using CW. QSL to
home call.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Operators Vasily, R7AL, Vasily, RA1ZZ, Sergey,
RW5D, Vladimir, RK8A and Stan, UA3LMR will be QRV as RI0C from Iony
Island, IOTA AS-069, from July 18 to 22. Activity will be on 40 to
10 meters using CW, SSB, various digital modes and satellites. QSL
via R7AL.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. John, W5JON is QRV as V47JA from Calypso
Bay, IOTA NA-104, until August 5. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters,
including 60 meters. This includes being active in the upcoming
RSGB IOTA contest. QSL direct to home call.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. Andy, VK9CC is active on 160 and 80
meters using CW at various times. QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Special event station YB0JARF is QRV on July 15 and
16 to draw attention to the Jakarta Amateur Radio Fair 2017 being
held in Ancol Beach City. In addition, look for operators N7BHK,
KJ6UZK and KY1A to be QRV as YB0/home calls from Jakarta during the
Fair. QSL via operators’ instructions.

VENEZUELA, YV. Special event station YW450ARV is QRV during the
month of July to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the founding of
the city of Caracas. QSL via operators’ instructions.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Operators Mike, NA6MB and Gayle, K6GO are QRV
as ZF2NA and ZF2GO, respectively, from Grand Cayman Island until
July 16. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters. QSL both calls via K6GO.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American RTTY QSO Party, CQ
Worldwide VHF Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint,
NCCC CW Sprint, Russian Radio Team Championship, Trans-Tasman
Low-Bands Challenge, DMC RTTY Contest, Feld Hell Sprint and RSGB Low
Power CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for July 17.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for July 19.

Please see July 2017 QST, page 82, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
web sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

16th July – 70 MHz Trophy Contest – 10.00-16.00

5th August – 4th 144 MHz Backpackers – 13.00-17.00

5th August – 144 MHz QRP Contest – 14.00-20.00

6th August – 432 MHz QRP Contest- 08.00-12.00

13th August – 70 MHz Cumulatives #5 – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

After last Wednesday’s video series, watch out for frantic mag-loop building – a la LZ1AQ recommendations, in Littleworth, Shoreham and beyond……………….

73,

Alan. G4GNX

Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU

I would normally have this posted Friday evening – but I was out walking on the downs last night looking for and finding “Glow Worms” (beetles) – now there’s another story !

This week:

This weeks meeting was a general discussion night, Andrew brought us up to date with the training program plus the quest for a club shack location is still ongoing.

The meeting schedules now organised by Chris M0VUE have been planned for most of this year, this includes some outside events please check the website schedule for details.

Over the next few weeks we have outside public event days at Worthing fire station, Selsey lifeboats and lighthouses on the air weekend Shoreham, and the last big outside event is the RSGB SSB Field day which takes part in the same location as last year at Adversane.

Radio band conditions:

Last weekend the RSGB VHF field day was giving activity on 6m through to 23cms – as usual higher than normal QSO numbers were possible due to all the contest stations being active throughout Europe.

6m continues to have openings with sporadic E unfortunately we have not seen the same on 2 m. HF conditions have continued with daytime openings on 10m and 12m with some good DX available on the lower bands if you are prepared to look for it, unfortunately the DX cluster continues to be a nuisance for those of us that want to find the real stations because as soon as they are worked they get spotted and then you end up with very poor operators causing total QRM rendering the station unworkable – that’s what you call progress!

Some of us still remember the DX news sheets that were posted out telling us what was available on up and coming DXpeditions – you then relied on your operating skills to find them.

Club Program:

12th July Video Night by Chris Suddell. Video’s on Baluns, Chokes and Reducing RFI Noise. Including post video discussion

19th July VHF & HF Evening, location Chantry Lane Car Park, BN13 3XJ. Starts at 7:30pm, tea and coffee provided.

26th July Practical Evening – Building and testing Baluns and Transformers. Including a transformer for a 20m EFHW antenna.

Club on the air nets, all times local:

Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz

Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz

Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)

Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz

Propagation Report:

ARLP027 Propagation de K7RA

At 0057 UTC on July 7 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning: “Expect an increase in geomagnetic activity late on UT day, 08 to 09 July due to influence of geoeffective coronal hole.”

Our sun showed no sunspots on July 3 and 4, so average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 20.3 on June 22 to 28 to 8 during the current reporting week, June 29 through July 5. Average daily solar flux went from 73.6 to 71.7.

Average daily planetary A index went from 6.9 to 7.1 and average mid-latitude A index went from 7.4 to 8.3, barely any change.
Predicted solar flux is 76 on July 7, 78 on July 8 to 13, 75 on July 14, 71 on July 15, 72 on July 16 to 19, 71 on July 20 to 27, 70 on July 28 through August 2, 71 on August 3 to 11, 72 on August 12 to 15 and 71 on August 16 to 20.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on July 7, then 8, 25, 18 and 12 on July 8 to 11, then 8, 5, 13 and 11 on July 12 to 15, 5 on July 16 to 20, 11 on July 21 and 22, 5 on July 23 to 31, 7 on August 1 and 2, 5 on August 3 to 8, then 23, 13 and 11 on August 9 to 11, 5 on August
12 to 16, 11 on August 17 and 18 and 5 on August 19 and 20.

Max White, M0VNG of Worcester, England sent this very interesting
space weather audio dispatch from the UK Met Office:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/mostly-weather/episode11

Check this:

https://www.space.com/37330-solar-minimum-coronal-holes-space-junk.html

Sunspot numbers for June 29 through July 5, 2017 were 12, 11, 11, 11, 0, 0, and 11, with a mean of 8. 10.7 cm flux was 71.8, 71.5, 70.7, 71.2, 71.7, 71.8, and 73, with a mean of 71.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 4, 11, 18, 5, 4, and 3, with a mean of 7.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 6, 4, 14, 20, 7, 5, and 2, with a mean of 8.3.

DX News:

ARLD027 DX news

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

CHINA, BY. Members of the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club (CRAC) and
the Amateur Radio Branch of Xi’an Radio are going to team up as B9HQ
for the IARU HF World Championship. They will be QRV on 160 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL via BA4EG.

SPAIN, EA. The EA Digital Federation (FEDI-EA) celebrates its 25th
anniversary during July with the call AM25FEDIA. Spanish stations
may substitute their prefix as follows: AM for EA, AN for EB, AO for
EC, together with the additional numerals 25. QSL for AM25FEDIA
only via EuroBureauQSL.

FRANCE, F. TM007TF will operate from July 8 to 22 in the context of
the Tour de France. Likewise, TM39TDF is QRV until July 10 and then
again from July 16 to 23. QSL for TM39TDF via F8GGZ.

HUNGARY, HA. Members of the radio club FMV (HA5FMV and HG7F)
celebrate their club’s 60th anniversary until June 30, 2018 with the
call HA60FMV. QSL via bureau.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Gary, K9AW is QRV as J68GD until July 16. He is QRV
on 80 to 10 meters and will join in the IARU HF World Championship.
QSL via K9AW.ST. LUCIA, J6. Gary, K9AW is QRV as J68GD until July 16. He is QRV
on 80 to 10 meters and will join in the IARU HF World Championship.
QSL via K9AW.

BERMUDA, VP9. Bob, N2OO and Steve, KU9C will be QRV until July 11
as N2OO/VP9 and KU9C/VP9, respectively. Look for them on HF, 6
meters and the satellites. During the IARU HF World Championship
they will be active as VP9HQ. QSL for VP9HQ via KU9C, others via
home calls.

LAOS, XW. Bruce, 3W3B is QRV as XW4XR until July 14 on 40 to 6
meters using CW, RTTY and JT65. QSL via E21EIC, LoTW. Also, XW1IC,
operator E21EIC, will be QRV from July 7 to 11, including the IARU
HF World Championship. Before and after the contest he will focus
on 6 meters. Champ suggests you request a QSL using OQRS at Club
Log. Paper QSLs may go via E21EIC, or use LoTW.

VANUATU, YJ. Geoff, ZL3GA plans to operate holiday-style until July
13 from Efate (OC-035) as YJ0GA. He will focus on his local sunrise
and sunset periods for Western Europe on 20 and 30 meters, as well
using RTTY and JT65. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, LoTW and via ZL3GA.
NICARAGUA, YN. Rafael, NN3RP will be active as YN2RP from July 8 to
August 4 on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via
NN3RP.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Max, N5NHJ is going to operate holiday-style
from July 8 to 15 as ZF2NH. He will be QRV on 20 to 6 meters, using
mostly CW with some RTTY and PSK31. QSL via N5NHJ, ClubLog OQRS or
LoTW.

BOTSWANA, A2. Pavel, R2AD, Yuri, RM0F, and Elena, RC5A are planning
to operate as A25BE, A25BI, and A25SP, respectively, from September
15 to 25 on 160 to 6 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via home call,
ClubLog OQRS, LoTW.

BALKANS TOUR. Throughout the month of August, Costa, IZ7GXB plans
to be QRV as 4O7GXB, ZA/IZ7GXB and Z38/IZ7GXB from Montenegro,
Albania and Macedonia, respectively. Activity will be primarily on
6 meters (50.150 MHz).

DENMARK, OZ. OZ17SJ will be QRV from July 22 to 30 at a big Scout
Jamboree in Snoderborg. QSL via bureau or direct to OZ1ACB or use
LoTW, eQSL or OQRS.

ARCTIC OCEAN WATER GRIDS. The RRS James Clark Ross is heading to
the Arctic. The shipboard station manned by Mike, GM0HCQ, should be
workable from water grids JP, JQ, KQ and KR over the next few weeks.
KQ and KR are probably the rarest ones. The ship is under way but
specific dates for the particular grids are not known, due to the
variables of ocean voyages in the Arctic. There is a daily update
page: http://www.gm0hcq.com/jcr_update.htm.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The IARU HF World Championship, FISTS
Summer Unlimited Sprint, SKCC Weekend Sprintathon, CQC Great
Colorado Gold Rush and the QRP ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint are all
on tap for this weekend. The RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship, SSB
is on July 12.

THE PAST WEEK

We have now officially notified Lancing Parish Council that we will not be requiring the room at the Parish Hall that we were considering for use as a shack, due to access restrictions. The committee are actively seeking an alternative.

Last Wednesday evening Andrew, G1VUP demonstrated assembly of an HB9CV antenna for the 4 metre band, assisted by Alan, G4GNX who drove the club’s new antenna analyser and associated software. Andrew explained how the Gamma Match was applied and Bob, G3VXJ gave a very good explanation of why the Gamma Match is necessary and how it works. Roger, G4TNT also assembled his own HB9CV for 2 metres. The proceedings were recorded by webcam and by connecting the analyser to a laptop computer, we were able to project the images onto the ‘big screen’ along with a short video presentation of the basics of the Rig Expert AA-600 Antenna Analyser.

VHF DXers are reminded that today (Saturday) and tomorrow is VHF NFD. Even if you aren’t a contestant, please consider getting on the air and giving a few points away.

NETS

Monday – 2metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)
Thursday – 40metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)
Saturday – 70cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)
Sunday – 80metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

July 2017

14-16 July 2017  Hamtronic Show, Friedrichshafen, Germany  [Friday-Sunday]
Messe, Friedrichshafen, 88046, Germany
Open 09:00-18:00. Admission €9.00, (other ticketing formats available). SIGs. Trade.
IARU Member Societies’ stands. Lectures, some in English. Large flea market. RSGB books.
Details: http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de

16 July 2017 McMichael Rally
Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane, Sonning-on-Thames,
Reading RG4 6ST.
Open 09:30. Entry £3. Talkin S22. Tables & car boot spaces £10. Trade. SIGs.
Catering/bar on site. No dogs allowed – venue rules (assistance dogs excepted).
Details: Andy, 07775-940016 or Min, 07715-771665 http://www.mcmichaelrally.org.uk/

30 July Chippenham and District Amateur Radio Club Rally
Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road Kington Langley, SN15 5NJ.
Open 10:00 to 13:00/07:00 Sellers. Entry £2/kids free. Talkin S22-145.55 MHz.
On-site parking. Disabled facilities. Tables inside £8, car-boot pitches £6
for cars & vans, payable on entry. On-site catering.
Details: Brian, g6huim3hui@gmail.com Club website: http://G3VRE.org.uk

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

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Sunday Breakfast – Join other members for an informal breakfast at the Lancing Harvester – Sun 2nd July – 9:00 am – 10:00 am.
  • Tea and Chat Night – Wed 5th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • Monthly Lecture – Subject TBA – Wed 12th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • Outside On The Air – Venue TBA – Wed 19th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. No meeting at Lancing Parish Hall this week.
  • Practical Evening or Workshop Demonstration – Wed 26th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

 RAGCHEW

Spring 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

Rather than try to put predictions into words, please follow this link for predictions and charts: http://www.stroobandt.com/propagation/en/index.html

VHF/UHF:

Conditions have been ‘normal’ over the past week with no ‘lifts’ reported. Beacons continue to pop out of the noise, only to disappear again.
6 metres is still active, but appears to be ‘tailing off’ a little.
Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz
GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz
F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz
F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz
GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz
ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz
GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz
ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KV1J, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites.  Thanks to all.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  John, G4IRN is QRV as 8Q7RN from Kureda Beach Resort until July 6. Activity is holiday style on 30, 20 and 17 meters using CW.  QSL to home call.

BOLIVIA, CP.  Antonio, EA5RM is QRV as CP1XRM until August 14 while working as a NGO volunteer doing maintenance to the emergency radio network that both Solidaridad Medica and the Radioamateur Without Frontiers have on duty.  Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL direct to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Members of the Grupo DX Teide are QRV as AM8TID until July 2.  This activation also marks the 10th anniversary of the national park Teide.  QSL direct to EA8NQ.

ST PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP.  Eric, KV1J will be QRV as FP/KV1J from Miquelon Island, IOTA NA-032, from July 4 to 18.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using primarily SSB and RTTY with some CW and other digital modes.  He plans to be active on the linear satellites
as well as the upcoming IARU, NAQP RTTY, and CQ VHF contests.  QSL to home call.

HAITI, HH.  Chris, W3CMP and Dale, N3BNA are QRV as 4V1G until July 6 with activity on 6 and 4 meters.  QSL via W3HNK.

ST. LUCIA, J6.  Gary, K9AW is QRV as J68GD until July 16 while on vacation.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters.  This includes being an
entry in the upcoming IARU HF World Championship contest.  QSL to home call.

LUXEMBOURG, LX.  Gerben, PG5M and Johannes, PA5X will be QRV as LX/homecalls from July 6 to 9 while testing their stations. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and JT65.  QSL to home calls.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  A group of operators will be QRV as OJ0V from July 1 to 7.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via ON5TC.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM.  Special event station OM2017WYAC is QRV until July for the first World Youth ARDF Championships being held in Tucianske Teplice.  QSL via OM3CND.

CRETE, SV9.  Ron, WB2GAI will be QRV as SV9/WB2GAI/p from July 2 to September 29.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32.  Ken, KH6QJ is QRV as T32AZ from Kirimati, IOTA OC-024, until July 4.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA, V2.  Bill, KG4ZXN is QRV as V21XN during the month of July. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  Rich, KE1B and Anna, W6NN are QRV as V4/homecalls from Nevis, IOTA NA-104, until July 9.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming the IARU HF World Championship.  QSL to home calls.

BERMUDA, VP9.  Operators Bob, N2OO and Steve, KU9C will be QRV as N2OO/VP9 and KU9C/VP9 from July 6 to 11.  Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 meters and various satellites.  This includes being active as VP9HQ in the upcoming IARU HF World  Championship. QSL to home calls and this 2017 contest operation via KU9C.

LAOS, XW.  Bruce, 3W3B will be QRV as XW4XR from Vientiane from July 3 to 14.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW, RTTY and JT65.  QSL via E21EIC.

VANUATU, YJ.  Geoff, ZL3GA will be QRV as YJ0GA from the Benjor Beach Club on Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, from July 6 to 13. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and JT65 if operating conditions deteriorate.  He will also be an entry in the upcoming IARU HF World Championship.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, RAC Canada Day Contest, Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, FISTS Summer Slow Speed CW Sprint, DL-DX RTTY Contest, Marconi Memorial HF CW Contest, Original QRP CW Contest and the PODXS 070 Club 40-Meter Firecracker Sprint are all on tap for this weekend.

RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship is scheduled for July 3.  The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for July 4.  The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for July 5.

Additionally, the 10-10 International Spirit of 76 QSO Party runs from July 3 to 9.  The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from July 3 to
July 9.

Please see July 2017 QST, page 82, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web site for details.

VHF/UHF:

1st/2nd July – VHF NFD – 14.00-14.00 (Local)

2nd July – 3rd 144 MHz Backpackers – 11.00-15.00 (Local)

16th July – 70 MHz Trophy Contest – 10.00-16.00 (Local)

FINALÉ

The club’s Rig Expert AA-600 aerial analyser has proved invaluable in setting up my 4 metre groundplane, especially as my own analyser doesn’t cover 70 MHz.
I should be finished with it in a week or so (weather permitting), then it will be available for use by other members. Please contact Andy, M6RFE if you want to borrow it.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

 

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday Graham, G4FNL gave a most interesting talk on his recent Botswana DXpedition, callsign A25UK. In particular, in excess of 44,000 QSOs in 10 days is quite remarkable and the group are to be congratulated. Follow up/QSL information can be obtained on the A25UK website: www.A25UK.com

 Chris, M0VUE has been busy arranging events for our weekly meetings and there are some interesting talks to come. See the WADARC website for continuing updates. www.wadarc.org.uk

Chris has also submitted a Doodle Poll to gauge interest for a variety of subjects presented on DVD. Please support Chris’ efforts by visiting the poll – http://doodle.com/poll/ygzeik2arccg92vp#table

Following the recent EGM and the Committee’s decision to pursue shack premises for the club, we have hit a major snag, where the Parish Council will only allow severely restricted access. We have therefore decided not to follow up on the LPH room and we’re now actively seeking an alternative, with 24/7 access and hopefully more favourable terms.

The bands have been quite lively, with good DX to be had for those dedicated to chasing it. 6 metres has been very good from time to time and even 40 metres has had its moments, usually in the early evening. Also, 80 metres suddenly came alive on Thursday with many stations taking part in the RSGB 80m Club Championship, on SSB. Perhaps the club could consider entering this contest next year?

 Waters and Stanton have announced that F9FT/Tonna have quit the Amateur Radio side of their business. If you need spares, probably a good idea to make a list and approach any of the UK dealers who may have some stock.

NETS

Monday – 2metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)
Thursday – 40metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)
Saturday – 70cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)
Sunday – 80metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 8.00am (local)

RALLIES
June 2017

25th June 2017  West of England Radio Rally
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Admission £3, kids free. Open 10:00 to 14:00. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books.
Café. Disabled facilities.
Details: Shaun, G8VPG, 01225-873098,
http://www.westrally.org.uk

July 2017

14-16 July 2017  Hamtronic Show, Friedrichshafen, Germany  [Friday-Sunday]
Messe, Friedrichshafen, 88046, Germany
Open 09:00-18:00. Admission €9.00, (other ticketing formats available). SIGs. Trade.
IARU Member Societies’ stands. Lectures, some in English. Large flea market. RSGB books.
Details:
http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de


16 July 2017  McMichael Rally

Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane, Sonning-on-Thames,
Reading RG4 6ST.
Open 09:30. Entry £3. Talkin S22. Tables & car boot spaces £10. Trade. SIGs.
Catering/bar on site. No dogs allowed – venue rules (assistance dogs excepted).
Details: Andy, 07775-940016 or Min, 07715-771665
http://www.mcmichaelrally.org.uk/

August 2017

13 August 2017 Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest
Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3DA.
Open 10:00. Admission £3.50. Free parking. Talk-in S22. Car boot sale. Trade
at Indoor and outdoor pitches. Lectures. Catering with bar. Adjacent camping
available Saturday night only.
Details:
http://hamfest@frars.org.uk

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

 

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Some evening meetings may be subject to change. Please see the club’s website for up-to-date info. www.wadarc.org.uk
Lancing Parish Hall meeting times: 8.00pm – 10.00pm – doors open after 7.00pm
  • Practical Evening Wed 28th June – If you have a pet project needing assistance, please contact the committee beforehand to arrange test gear etc.
  • Club Tea and Chat Night – Wed 5th July – A chance to have a friendly discussion about anything radio related.
  • Lecture – Wed 12th July – Subject to be announced. If you know of a good lecturer or are willing to give a talk yourself, please contact the committee.
  • Outside on the air event – Wed 19th July – Venue to be announced shortly. How about Devil’s Dyke, specially for the VHF/UHF DXers, with HF thrown in?

RAGCHEW

Roger, G4TNT is now looking for articles to help fill the Summer edition of Ragchew, which is due to be published soon. If you have something that you’d like published or would like to write something specially, please contact Roger: ragchew@wadarc.org.uk

PROPAGATION

HF:

Conditions continue to be variable with 80 and 40 metres favouring Europe during the mornings and inter-G in mid-evenings, although 40 has been quite good towards the middle of the UK, during the Club’s Thursday net. Occasional openings on 10 and 15 metres, with some quite strong DX on 17 and 20 metres using digi-modes.

VHF/UHF:

2 metre/70 cm conditions have been variable with a few enhancements, despite the heatwave and possible temperature inversions. Although they don’t transmit continuously, with a little patience, repeaters can also be useful as a propagation indicator.
6 metres continues to bring in good DX due to Sporadic E. Still worth a check as often as possible.
Don’t just tune around and listen. If nobody calls ‘CQ’ everyone will think that the band is dead!
Beacons often heard in our area:
 VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

 UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

 

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VIET NAM, 3W.  Megumu, JA6QGF, is now active as 3W9A from Ho Chi
Minh City.  His length of stay is currently unknown.  Activity has
been on 17 and 6 meters SSB.  QSL via his home call sign.

AZERBAIJAN, 4J.  Alex, 4J3DJ is QRV as 4JF1EU until June 25 during
the context of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Baku.  QSL direct to home
call.

MONTENEGRO, 4O.  Giuseppe, IK5WWA is QRV as 4O7GD until June 28.
Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

CYPRUS, 5B.  Felix, DL6JF, Jaroslav, OK4MM and Dieter, DL1AWD are
QRV as 5B/home calls until June 25.  Activity is on the HF bands
using only CW.  QSL to home call.

JAMAICA, 6Y.  Ali, EP3CQ is now licensed as 6Y5CQ.  He plans to be
QRV in the Jamaica Amateur Radio Association annual Field Day
exercise.  QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Tak, JE1SCJ and Tex, 9M2TO will be QRV as
9M4DXX/p from Pulau Perhentian Kecil, IOTA AS-073, from June 24 to
26.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and JT65.  QSL via
9M2TO.

CHINA, BY.  Members of the Chinese Radio Amateur Club will be QRV as
B7CRA from Yongxing Island, IOTA AS-143, from June 26 to July 2.
Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital
modes with two to three stations active.  QSL via BA4TB.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Special event station DB125PTB
celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Pressnitz Valley Narrow
Gauge Railway running between Steinbach and Joehstadt.  QSL via
bureau.

SVALBARD, JW.  Peter, LA7QIA will be QRV as JW7QIA from Spitsbergen
Island, IOTA EU-026, from June 24 to July 1.  Activity will be on
the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL to home call.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM.  Special event station OM2017WYAC will be QRV
from June 26 to July 9 during the 1st World Youth ARDF Championship.
QSL via OM3CND.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7.  Operators David, W9DR, John, W9KXQ, Kenneth,
KK9N, David, K9UK and Thomas, W9AEB are QRV as PJ7/home calls until
June 28.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to
home calls.

GREECE, SV.  Dave, GM0LVI is QRV as SV8/GM0LVI from Zakynthos, IOTA
EU-052, until July 6.  Activity is holiday style on the HF bands
using QRP power.  QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8.  Yutuka, JH1MLO and Chusuke, JR1FKR will be QRV as T88HR
and T88TJ, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from June
28 to July 2.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and
RTTY.  QSL to home calls.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA.  During the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup being
held in Russia, special event stations R17RUS, R17DEU, R17AUS,
R17CHL, R17MEX, R17NZL, R17PRT and R17CMR are QRV until July 2.  QSL
via operators’ instructions.

KALININGRAD, UA2.  Special event station UE08F is QRV during the
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.  QSL via UF2F.

BELIZE, V3.  David, KG5CI is QRV as V31CI from San Pedro on
Ambergris Caye Island, IOTA NA-073, until June 27.  Activity is
holiday style on the HF bands, including 6 meters and various
satellites.  He will also be active during ARRL Field Day.  QSL to
home call.

MICRONESIA, V6.  Hid, JA3KGF, Tosy, JA3FGJ, Sanny, JJ3CIG and Mami,
JP3AYQ will be QRV as V6J from Mwoki Island, IOTA OC-226, from June
24 to 29.  Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY,
PSK and JT65.  QSL direct to JP3AYQ.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X.  Operator HL1AHS will be QRV as VK9AA from
June 24 to July 1.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB
and various digital modes.  QSL via HL2UVH.

OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT.  The following operations are
approved for DXCC credit:  Libya, 5A5A, April 2017 operation; Andaman
Islands, VU4YC, 2017 operation.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  ARRL Field Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC
CW Sprint, Battle of Carabobo International Contest, UFT QRP CW
Contest, Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest and His Majesty King of Spain SSB
Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are
scheduled for June 28.

Please see June 2017 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
web site for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times are local:
22nd June – 70 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30
25th June – 70 MHz Cumulatives #4 – 14.00-16.00
25th June – 50 MHz CW Contest – 09.00-12.00
1st/2nd July – VHF NFD – 14.00-14.00
2nd July – 3rd 144 MHz Backpackers – 11.00-15.00
16th July – 70 MHz Trophy Contest – 10.00-16.00
5th August – 4th 144 MHz Backpackers – 13.00-17.00
5th August – 144 MHz QRP Contest – 14.00-20.00
6th August – 432 MHz QRP Contest – 08.00-12.00

FINALÉ

For those interested in keeping a weather-eye (pun intended) on the likelihood of electrical storms in our area and elsewhere, here are links to two different sites:

http://www.isleofwightweather.co.uk/live_storm_data.htm is situated on the Isle of Wight, so in terms of storms, it’s close enough to be useful to us and you can sign up for email storm alerts.

https://www.lightningmaps.org/ This site uses sensors all over the World, but allows ‘zooming-in’ with enough detail to get right down to street level.

 

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last weekend saw the PW 144MHz QRP Contest. Chris, M0VUE and Andrew, G1VUP operated GB3WOR from Kithurst Hill and reported some fairly brisk business until conditions deteriorated.

Perhaps the club highlight of the week was the recent EGM to decide on the future of a club shack. Although the original proposal was defeated by secret ballot, after a vote of confidence from the attending members, the committee have decided to rent the proposed room on favourable terms, and pay the rental fee from existing club funds, for a limited period (possibly up to 1 year) to see if the shack proves to be popular. If it does not, we will terminate the rental and cut our losses. The club acceptance of the rental terms depend on us obtaining permission to erect a tower, complete with rotator and suitable antennas.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Lecture – Botswana DXpedition, by Graham G4FNL – Wed 21st June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Not to be missed.
Practical Evening – Wed 28th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. If you have a pet project needing assistance, please contact the committee beforehand to arrange test gear etc.
Club Tea and Chat Night – Wed 5th July – A chance to have a friendly discussion about anything radio related.
Lecture – Wed 12th July – Subject to be announced. If you know of a good lecturer or are willing to give a talk yourself, please contact the committee.

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, 8.00am (local)

RALLIES

June/July 2017

17th June 2017 South Lancs ARC Summer Rally [Saturday]
Bickershaw Village Community Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan, WN2 5TE.
Open 09:00/07:30 for traders. Entry £2.50. Trade. SIGs. B&B. On-site parking
and catering.
Details/Bookings: Jason, G0IZR, 01942 735828.

18th June 2017 30th Newbury Radio Rally
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Newbury, Berks. RG18 9QZ.
Next to M4 motorway at J13.
Open 09:00 visitors/08:00 sellers. Admission £2.50 visitors/£12.50 sellers.
Free parking. Exhibits. SIGs. Amateur radio display. Clubs & societies.
On-site catering and disabled facilities available.
Contact details and discounted advance bookings via the website:
http://www.nadars.org.uk/rally.asp

25th June 2017 West of England Radio Rally
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Admission £3, kids free. Open 10:00 to 14:00. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books.
Café. Disabled facilities.
Details: Shaun, G8VPG, 01225-873098, http://www.westrally.org.uk

14-16 July 2017 Hamtronic Show, Friedrichshafen, Germany [Friday-Sunday]
Messe, Friedrichshafen, 88046, Germany
Open 09:00-18:00. Admission €9.00, (other ticketing formats available). SIGs. Trade.
IARU Member Societies’ stands. Lectures, some in English. Large flea market. RSGB books.
Details: http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de

16 July 2017 McMichael Rally
Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane, Sonning-on-Thames,
Reading RG4 6ST.
Open 09:30. Entry £3. Talkin S22. Tables & car boot spaces £10. Trade. SIGs.
Catering/bar on site. No dogs allowed – venue rules (assistance dogs excepted).
Details: Andy, 07775-940016 or Min, 07715-771665 http://www.mcmichaelrally.org.uk/

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: Spewing a stream of solar wind as fast as 700 km/s (1.6 million mph), a hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth. Forecasters expect the stream to reach our planet on June 15th or 16th with a 40% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms when it arrives. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras in the nights ahead, especially in the southern hemisphere where deepening autumn darkness favours visibility.

It’s likely that the solar stream has been affecting HF once again with some very erratic QSB and raised noise levels. Some enhancement also on 15,17 and 10 metres.

VHF/UHF:

2 metre contacts were good for the weekend PW contest, although conditions deteriorated drastically around lunch time last Sunday. Conditions seemed to pickup again on Monday evening, with strong signals from GW being heard in Shoreham. Strangely, the beacons didn’t indicate anything special, but perhaps that’s because the enhancements seemed to mainly affect signals coming from the West.

For those with beams and modest power, 2 metre auroral contacts could be favourable during the next few days.

6 metres continues to bring in good DX due to Sporadic E. Well worth a check as often as possible.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

BELIZE, V3. Look for David, KG5CCI to be active as V31CI from
Ambergris Caye (NA-073), from June 21 to 27, including Field Day.
Listen for him on Satellites, 6 Meters (digital and SSB) and
possibly on the HF bands. QSL direct to KG5CCI.

ISLE OF MAN, GD. John, G4SKA will be QRV as GD4SKA on the HF bands
using RTTY and JT65 from June 29 to July 9. QSL via M0OXO (OQRS) or
direct to his postal address.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Tim, VE6SH will be QRV from July 23 to
August 7 as V29SH. Listen for his vacation style operation mostly
on 30 and 17 meters. QSL via VE6SH and LoTW.

SINT MAARTEN, PJ7. K9UK, KK9N, W9AEB, W9KXQ and W9DR will be QRV as
PJ7/home calls, until June 28. Listen for them on 80 through 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They will also be on 6 meters as
PJ7/W9DR. QSL via home calls.

ALBANIA, ZA. Roumen, LZ4IR is QRV as ZA1IR. Look for him on 40 and
20 meters using PSK-31, JT65, RTTY, SSB and CW. QSL direct only.

GREECE, SV. Dave, SV8/GM0LVI/p will be operating holiday style from
June 16 to July 6 and August 31 to September 19. He will be QRP.
QSL direct or bureau to GM0LVI.

PALAU, T8. Ops T88FM (JM1LIG), T88HY (JL1HYH), T88MK (JO3LVG),
T88NC (JI6NCY), T88RR (JA6UBY) and T88VV (JH6DUL) will be active
from June 16 to 23. Look for them on HF and 6 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL direct only, to the individual home call of the ones
you work.

POLAND, SN. SN0RX will be an entry in the IOTA Contest July 29 and
30, with DJ0IF operating from EU-132, Wollin Island. QSL via
SP8BXL.

AZERBAIJAN, 4J. Alex, 4J3DJ is active as 4JF1EU until June 25.
This is a special call sign being used to celebrate the running of
Formula 1 Grand Prix in Baku, June 23 to 25. QSL direct only to
4J3DJ.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Shirley, VK5YL will be active as E51XYL
from Rarotonga (OC-013) from June 10 to 17. Activity will be on 20
meter SSB. QSL via VK5YL.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Operators Janusz, SP9FIH, Bogdan, SP2FUD and
Zenon, SP2GCJ will be active as HB0/home calls until June 24.
Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and digital modes.
QSLs will be available via ClubLog.

EASTERN KIRIBATI, T32. Ken, KH6QJ will be QRV as T32AZ from June 28
to July 4. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using
SSB. He will also be in the RAC Canada Day Contest on July 1. QSL
via his home call sign, direct or by the bureau.

CORSICA, TK. Operators Alex, IZ5CMI and Alex, IW5ELA will be active
as TK/IZ5CMI from June 18 to 24. Activity will be holiday style on
40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via IZ5CMI, direct or by the
bureau.

THAILAND, E2. E2HQ will be on 6 meters until July 17, including the
CQWW VHF Contest. The national association, RAST, got special
permission to operate on the 6 meter band.

CRETE, SV9. Mike, SV9/YO9GVW will operate from his hotel until June
23. This is IOTA EU-015. QSL to home call.

FRANZ JOSEF LAND, RI1. Eugene, UA4RX will be active as RI1FJ from
Heiss Island (EU-019) starting sometime in July until August 2017.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and digital
modes. QSL via UA2FM, direct, ClubLog’s OQRS or LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The All Asian DX Contest, CW, SMIRK
Contest, Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest, ARR BPSK63 Contest, AGCW
VHF/UHF Contest, IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest, Stew Perry Topband
Challenge, West Virginia QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint, WAB 50 MHz
Phone, Kid’s Day Contest are all on tap for this weekend. The Run
for the Bacon QRP Contest is June 19. Please see June 2017 QST,
page 87 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

17th/18th June – 50 MHz Trophy Contest – 14.00-14.00 (Local)

22nd June – 70 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

25th June – 70 MHz Cumulatives #4 – 14.00-16.00 (Local)

25th June – 50 MHz CW Contest – 09.00-12.00 (Local)

1st/2nd July – VHF NFD – 14.00-14.00 (Local)

FINALÉ

Mr Ofcom has paid a 2nd visit to ‘GNX Towers and thinks he’s found the source of the local QRM. It appears to be from a neighbouring building and is possibly a very nasty wall wart. Gaining access to it with a view to replacement may be more difficult than actually finding it. Watch this space…………….

73,

Alan. G4GNX

Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU
 
 
 
This week:
 
Meeting on the 7th was an outside radio evening that took part at the carpark in Honeysuckle  Lane High Salvington.
 
Andrew G1VUP with his 2m beam – fighting with the QRM from the local paging transmitter !
 
Chris with the fibreglass poll and a multi linked dipole – pick the band you want with the connecting clips – using this with the clubs IC-7300
 
I had an 8m fibreglass fishing pole with a helically wound non resonant wire – easy to tune with the KX3 internal ATU and worked from 60m – 6m – this was mounted above the bed of the truck using the metal as a ground plane.
 
We all had QSO’s – time limited only by the rain front blowing in that arrived around 9pm.
 

Last week Graham G4FNL with Peter G4BVH was active on the downs to the East of Ditchling Beacon for the RSGB HF NFD In the “Low power unassisted multi operator portable section”  there used to be just a single event class but they have now generated several different ways of doing the contest to encourage greater participation.  We will have to ask Graham when he is next at a club meeting if he thinks this has been successful – as a participant for many years he has seen all the different sets of contest rules come and go.
 
 
Writing this on Saturday morning – remember tomorrow is the PW 2m QRP contest and WADARC will be at the car park on Kithurst Hill to the west of Storrington – please try and help/operate – this coincides with the 2m Backpackers contest to generate extra 2m operators – activity will be using all modes at 5W (up from last years 3W ) to match the BP contests rules.
 
Access is from a turning off the B2139 – setup is from 0900 on site, if you are helping with the setup, please arrive on time to allow everything to be done with no last minute panics !
 
 

 
 
Club Programme:


Please note the important EGM on the next meeting
 
 
14th June EGM to discuss possible changes in the club meeting venue to include possible permanent radio facility.
 
 
21st June Graham G4FNL with a talk about his recent DX operating visit to Botswana callsign A25UK
 
 
28th June Practical evening – please contact a committee member if there is any particular subject/measurement process you would like demonstrated
 
 
2nd July Club Breakfast – Lancing Harvester
 
 
 

Club on the air nets, all times local:

 

Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz
 
Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz
 
Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)
 
Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz
 
 
 
Propagation Report:
 
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 23  ARLP023
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  June 9, 2017
To all radio amateurs 
 
SB PROP ARL ARLP023
ARLP023 Propagation de K7RA
 
Big event this week was multiple sporadic-E linkups on 6 meters
yesterday.
 
Average daily sunspot number rose this week from 15.6 to 19.3. This
was largely due to the fact that there was one zero-sunspot day last
week, and no days with zero sunspots this week.
 
Average daily A index, planetary and mid-latitude were both 5.6 this
week. Last week they were 13.3 and 10.6.
 
Predicted solar flux is 72 on June 9 and 10, 75 on June 11 to 13, 72
on June 14 and 15, 78 on June 16 to 26, 80 on June 27 to July 1, 78
on July 2 to 8, 80 on July 9, and 78 on July 10 to 23.
 
Planetary A index is predicted at 5 on June 9 to 11, 8 on June 12
and 13, 5, 12, 25 and 10 on June 14 to 17, 8 on June 18 and 19, 5 on
June 20 to July 10, then 10, 12, 25 and 10 on July 11 to 14, 8 on
July 15 and 16, and 5 on July 17 to 23.
 
Field Day weekend, June 24 and 25 shows a changed prediction for
June 23 to 25 with a solar flux at 78, and planetary A index of 5 on
all three days. This is improved from last week’s forecast in
ARLP022 which projected a higher geomagnetic (A index) forecast and
lower solar flux.
 
Our usual Czech source for geomagnetic forecasts is away this week,
so here is another Czech resource with predictions for only the next
week:
 
“Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period June 9 to June 15,
2017
 
Quiet:        Jun 9 to 12, 14 and 15 
Unsettled:    Jun 13 and 14 
Active:       Jun 14 and 15 
Minor storm:  possible Jun 15 
Major storm:  0 
Severe storm: 0 
 
Geomagnetic activity summary:
 
Except the last days, we expect at most quiet to unsettled
conditions till the next week. From June 13 and 14 the unsettled
conditions may be more frequent but the general activity forecast
should remain at the quiet to unsettled level.
 
Because the last flare occurred at the central part of solar disk,
we expect an active episode at the end of the forecast period. About
June 15, active conditions can also reach minor storm level.
 
Tomas Bayer 
RWC Prague 
Institute of Geophysics of the ASCR, Prague 
Department of Geomagnetism 
Budkov observatory (BDV)” 

 
 
DX News:

ARLD023 DX news
 
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
 
MALTA, 9H.  Haru, JA1XGI is QRV as 9H3XG until June 12.  Activity is
on 40 to 15 meters using CW and RTTY.  QSL direct to home call.
 
BAHAMAS, C6.  Operators Kenny, K2KW, Russ, K6KLY and David, K8CC are
QRV as C6ATA, C6ALY, and C6ACC, respectively, until June 16.
Activity is on 6 meters, 2 meters, 70 cm and 23 cm, including
possibly some HF activity.  QSL to home calls.
 
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Shirley, VK5YL will be QRV as E51XYL from
Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, from June 10 to 17.  Activity will be
on 20 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.
 
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, E7.  Members of the radio club from Zenica are
QRV as E770BAB until the end of 2017 to its 70th anniversary.  QSL
via E71EZC.
 
FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO.  Operators Didier, F6BCW, Dominique, F6DTZ,
Serge, F6IPT, Pascal, F1MNQ and Pierre, F1TCV will be QRV as TX5EG
from Atoll Ahe, King George Islands, IOTA OC-131, from June 11 to
19.  Activity will be on 80 to 12 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via
F6BCW.
 
REUNION ISLAND, FR.  Thomas, F4HPX is QRV as FR/F4HPX from various
locations on Reunion Island until June 16.  Activity is on 40 to 15
meters using possibly CW, with SSB, RTTY, PSK31, JT65 and JT9.  QSL
to home call.
 
SCOTLAND, GM.  Graham, MM0GHM is QRV as either MM0GHM/p or MM0GHM/m
from Arran, IOTA EU-123, until June 17.  Activity is holiday style
on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.
 
BELGIUM, ON.  Special event station OS500RD is QRV until the end of
June to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Flemish
physician and botanist Rembert Dodoens.  QSL via bureau.
 
FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Bill, K2HVN will be QRV as OY/K2HVN from June 13
to 26.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL
to home call.
 
GREENLAND, OX.  Bo, OZ1DJJ will be QRV as OX3LX from Tasiilaq
Island, IOTA NA-151, grid square HP15eo from June 12 to 26.
Activity will be in his spare time on 6 and 4 meters, and possibly
HF as well during his morning and evening hours.  QSL to home call.
 
ST. MAARTEN, PJ7.  Operators K9UK, KK9N, W9AEB and W9KXQ will be QRV
as PJ7/home calls from June 14 to 28.  Activity will be on 80 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with two stations active.  Look for
PJ7/W9DR to be QRV on 6 meters as well.  QSL to home calls.
 
GREECE, SV.  Oliver, DK7TX will be QRV as SV8/DK7TX from Ereikoussa
Island, IOTA EU-052, on June 10 and 11.  Activity will be on 40 to 6
meters.  QSL to home call.
 
PALAU, T8.  Ryosei, JH0IXE is QRV as T8CW from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until June 18.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY, PSK31 and JT65.  QSL direct to home call.
 
COSTA RICA, TI.  A group of operators are QRV as TE8DX from Chira
Island, IOTA NA-116, until June 12.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters,
including 6 meters.  QSL via TI2CDA.
 
MALI, TZ.  Fredo, TZ4PR is QRV until October.  Activity is casual on
the HF bands.  QSL direct to F1UIJ.
 
UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EO25P is QRV until December 31
to celebrate the 25 years of the Volyn Amateur Radio League.  QSL
via operators’ instructions.
 
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL June VHF Contest, NCCC RTTY
Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, HA3NS Sprint Memorial CW Contest, DRCG World
Wide RTTY Contest, VK Shires Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, SKCC
Weekend CW Sprintathon, Portugal Day Contest, GACW WWSA DX CW
Contest, REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest and Cookie Crumble QRP Contest
will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday’s highlight was the 1st leg of the G8FMJ Fox Hunt Cup on 70cm. Three teams took part, whilst several of us monitored proceedings at LPH and signals were heard from the ‘fox’ whilst I was using a simple handheld and indifferent antenna. The fox was Andrew, G1VUP who was ‘hiding’ in his van at Humphrey’s Gap, Shoreham behind a building (much further South and he’d have had to get the oars out!) Transmissions started at 19.30.

And the winner is: Ian, M0IAD, time 20.42 – followed by Dorian, 2E0FSI, time 20.45 – not sure if Roger, G4TNT and Terry, G0BRP found the fox, but thanks to all for taking part. Rumour has it that Ian will conduct the next fox hunt through the club repeater – GB3WO. Not as stupid as it sounds – think about it!

Also on Wednesday preparations were being made for the Shoreham Coast Watch event, which takes place on Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th June. Look out for GB1SCW between 11.00 and 16.00 both days.

The club’s IC7300 was checked out at LPH and will be used in conjunction with the Carolina Windom, which has been found to work well in the past.

Also on Saturday/Sunday is National Field Day – all bands 160 thru 10 metres – CW only. Computer CW is permitted so those who can’t ‘play it by ear’ can still take part. Graham, G4FNL and Peter, G4BVH will be operating on the Downs near Brighton and would appreciate a call – format is RST and serial number. If you hear them, please consider spotting them on the Cluster.

The fruits of Norman and Phil’s labours in the USA have paid off as I’ve used all of the parts brought back from Dayton, to upgrade the club’s K3. It now has all of the advantages of the K3S, minus the USB interface and extra internal pre-amps. Initial comments at LPH were that the audio is much more readable and noise performance is much better than before. Rumour has it that one member was so impressed that he’s going to upgrade his K3 too (name withheld in case his XYL reads this!)

Congratulations to Sally and Andrew, G1VUP on their 1st wedding anniversary last weekend.

Last evening (Thurs) something affected 40 metres, possibly solar activity. Inter-G was the best I’ve heard it for over a year. Stations in Scotland, Yorkshire, Wales, Ireland and most of the rest of the UK as well as parts of Europe were easily workable with typical signals of S9+40dB and over relatively long periods. Later last night 40 metre signals sounded as if they were just starting to go ‘auroral’ with tonal break-up, despite being S9+. Maybe the curse has finally been broken?

 

FREEBIES

There are some poles (antenna support) going for free at Peter, G8MSQ’s old QTH at Lancing. Please contact Frances directly on the phone number published in the last Member’s Directory for Peter, G8MSQ, to arrange your own visit. Don’t ask Frances for a technical description, just take pot luck that they will be useful to you.

 

NETS

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

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

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

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

Tuesday – This is NOT a WADARC net but there’s no reason why WADARC members can’t join in. Most Tuesday evenings on 144.310 MHz, SSB, 8.00pm (local). Please note: Polarisation is VERTICAL, due to stations being in different directions.

 

RALLIES
June 2017

4th June 2017  21st Red Rose QRP Festival
The Rose Centre, (Lowton Civic Hall), Hesketh Meadow Lane,
Lowton, Warrington, Ches. WA3 2AH.
Easy access from all directions. M6, M61, M60, A580.
Open 11:00 to 15:00. Admission £2.00 Children under 14 free.
Trade & individual stalls. Club stands. RSGB. GQRP.

Contact: Les Jackson, G4HZJ, 01942-870634, g4hzj@ntlworld.com

4th June 2017  Spalding & DARS Rally  [Update]
Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 2EF.
Open 10:00. Free on-site parking. Trade. Outside car boot area. On-site catering.
Details: John, G4NBR, 07946-302815 or Graham, G8NWC, 07754-619701
or email rally-secretary@sdars.org.uk  Club website: http://www.sdars.org.uk

11th June 2017  Junction 28 Amateur Radio Rally   [Update]
Bowls Hall Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbys. DE55 7BD.
Contact: Rally Secretary, 01159-307322
Website: http://www.snadarc.com

11th June 2017  East Suffolk Wireless Revival (Ipswich Rally)
*NEW VENUE: Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton, Ipswich, IP10 0PW.
Venue is just off the A14. Open 09:30. Entry £2. Free parking. Trade stands.
Car boot sale. Bring-and-Buy. SIGs. GB4SWR HF station and an RSGB bookstall.
Catering is available on site.
Contact: Kevin G8MXV, 07710-046846,  http://www.eswr.org.uk

17th June 2017  South Lancs ARC Summer Rally [Saturday]
Bickershaw Village Community Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan, WN2 5TE.
Open 09:00/07:30 for traders. Entry £2.50. Trade. SIGs. B&B. On-site parking
and catering.
Details/Bookings: Jason, G0IZR, 01942 735828.

18th June 2017  30th Newbury Radio Rally
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Newbury, Berks. RG18 9QZ.
Next to M4 motorway at J13.
Open 09:00 visitors/08:00 sellers. Admission £2.50 visitors/£12.50 sellers.
Free parking. Exhibits. SIGs. Amateur radio display. Clubs & societies.
On-site catering and disabled facilities available.
Contact details and discounted advance bookings via the website:
http://www.nadars.org.uk/rally.asp

25th June 2017  West of England Radio Rally
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Admission £3, kids free. Open 10:00 to 14:00. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books.
Café. Disabled facilities.
Details: Shaun, G8VPG, 01225-873098, http://www.westrally.org.uk

 

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

 

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

 

  • Outside on the Air – Meeting at Devil’s Dyke car park – Wed 7th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. NO MEETING AT LANCING THIS WEEK.
  • EGM to discuss possible Club Shack plus tea and chat – Wed 14th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This is an important decision for the Club, please make every effort to attend or submit a proxy vote.
  • Lecture – Botswana DXpedition, by Graham G4FNL – Wed 21st June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Practical Evening – Wed 28th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. If you have a pet project needing assistance, please contact the committee beforehand to arrange test gear etc.

 

RAGCHEW

Spring 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2017-ragchew

 

PROPAGATION

HF:

ACTIVE SUNSPOT: On June 1st, a small but surprisingly active sunspot rotated over the sun’s eastern limb. In less than 24 hours, it has unleashed nearly a dozen C-class solar flares and hurled a pair of CMEs into space–an impressive display of fireworks. So far, none of the explosions have targeted Earth, but this could change in the days ahead as the active region rotates toward our planet. Visit www.Spaceweather.com for more information and updates.

It’s possible that Thursday’s 40 metres enhancement was affected by this sunspot, as the nature of the strong signals could not be attributed to Sporadic-E.

 

VHF/UHF:

Once again the beacons continue to provide valuable propagation information, although there hasn’t been much activity or enhanced propagation on 2 metres or 70cms.

Chris, G3UFS reports that in the past, the 4 metre beacon GB3BAA – 70.016 MHz – Tring, Herts has been readable in Lancing and it should be possible to hear GB3WSX in Yeovil.

 

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

 

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

 

DX NEWS

 

HF:

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

UGANDA, 5X.  Kazuo is QRV as 5X2B.  He is active on the HF bands.
QSL via operator’s instructions.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  John, G4IRN is QRV as 8Q7RN during the month of June.
His activity is on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

MALTA, 9H.  Haru, JA1XGI will be QRV as 9H3XG from Sliema, IOTA
EU-023, from June 7 to 12.  Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters
using CW and RTTY.  QSL to home call.
FRANCE, F.  Members of the Castres DX Gang and IDRE will be QRV as
TM5FI from Ratonneau Island, Frioul Archipelago, IOTA EU-095, from
June 5 to 12.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes with four stations active.  QSL via F5XX.

GUADELOUPE, FG.  Reiner, DL2AAZ is QRV as FG/DL2AAZ from Sainte
Rose, IOTA NA-105, until June 7.  Activity is holiday style on 30 to
10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0.  Members of the Stirling District ARS and the
GMDX group are QRV as HB0/GM4UYE until June 6.  Activity is on 80 to
6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via M0OXO.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HI.  Didier, F5PLR will be QRV as HI9/F5PLR from
Las Terrenas from June 6 to July 4.  Activity will be on 30, 20 and
15 meters.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  Pasi, OH3WS is QRV as OJ0W until June 3.
Activity is in his spare time mostly on 60 to 30 meters using CW.
QSL to home call.

GREECE, SV.  Members of the Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean are
QRV as J48GEO from the Geo Park on Lesvos, IOTA EU-049, until June
23.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes.  During the Geopark weekend they will be located at
the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest.  QSL
direct to SZ8LSV.

CONGO, REPUBLIC OF, TN.  Ken, LA7GIA is QRV as TN5E from Brazzaville
until June 4.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 6
meters.  QSL via M0OXO.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V.  Kevin, K6TOP is QRV as VP2V/K6TOP
until June 5.  Activity is holiday style on the HF bands.  QSL via
NR6M.

ZIMBABWE, Z2.  Tom, KC0W is QRV as Z25DX until June 18.  Activity is
on 80 to 6 meters using CW.  QSL direct to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA.  Operators IK7JWX, I0SNY, I8LWL and IK8GQY will be QRV
as ZA/IK7JWX from June 10 to 20.  Activity will be on the HF bands
using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via IK7JWX.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 10-10 International Open Season PSK
Contest, Geopark Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, PVRC
Reunion, DigiFest, Wake-Up! QRP CW Sprint, SEANET Contest, UKSMG
Summer 6-Meter Contest, Dutch Kingdom Contest, IARU Region 1 CW
Field Day, RSGB National CW Field Day and Alabama QSO Party are all
on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for June 5.
The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for June 6.  The Phone Fray
and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for June 7.

Please see June QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web
sites for details.

 

VHF/UHF:

6th June – 144 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

11th June – 2nd 144 MHz Backpackers – 09.00-13.00 (Local)

13th June – 432 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

15th June – 50 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

17th/18th June – 50 MHz Trophy Contest – 14.00-14.00 (Local)

22nd June – 70 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

25th June – 70 MHz Cumulatives #4 – 14.00-16.00 (Local)

25th June – 50 MHz CW Contest – 09.00-12.00 (Local)

1st/2nd July – VHF NFD – 14.00-14.00 (Local)

 

FINALÉ

Having struggled once or twice recently to read the callsign/s of a calling station, I would encourage all operators to use ‘alternative’ phonetics. For instance, ‘Foxtrot’ and ‘Oscar’ can sound surprisingly similar when buried in noise and partly broken up by other stations’ QRM, whereas ‘Florida’ made it clear that the required letter was ‘F’ not ‘O’. It’s not made any easier when operators gabble their callsign and keep repeating the same phonetics, especially when their accent is not the same as ours.

 

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

 Saturday/Sunday 20th/21st many members visited Salvington Mill for Mills On The Air. An initial issue with the club’s IC7300, but insertion of a manual tuner sorted it out and GB0HSM was on the air. Stations were setup for HF, VHF and UHF with Edmund, M0MNG managing a good QSO rate on 70cms with a semi-portable setup on FM.

Wednesday 24th was our annual social gathering at The Tollgate, Bramber. Despite rumours to the contrary, it was very well attended and was a light hearted affair. It was good to see Bryan, G3GVB’s family joining in with us and a good exchange of information took place. One of Bryan’s sons has even said that he may wish to become a Radio Amateur – nice guy too!

Propagation on the HF bands went from poor to unbelievably good, probably in as many minutes. There were some openings in the upper frequency bands throughout the week and evidence of Sporadic-E. Those listening on 40 metres on Thursday evening would have had their pleasure spoiled by what appeared to be Russian OHR (Over the Horizon Radar) manifesting itself as a massive signal, spreading across a significant portion of the band, sound like a buzz-saw. Reminds me of the days of battling Radio Tirana, when the only thing that made it through was CW.

VHF/UHF observation of the beacons revealed a mixed-bag of propagation with no major enhancements, despite the improved weather. There were however some worthwhile Sporadic-E openings into Europe on 6 metres. Worth a check on 6m as often as possible, as it looks like the season is upon us – one reason 6m is called the ‘Magic Band’.

NETS

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

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

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

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

Tuesday – This is NOT a WADARC net but there’s no reason why WADARC members can’t join in. Most Tuesday evenings on 144.310 MHz, SSB, 8.00pm (local). Please note: Polarisation is VERTICAL, due to stations being in different directions.

 

RALLIES


June 2017

4th June 2017  21st Red Rose QRP Festival
The Rose Centre, (Lowton Civic Hall), Hesketh Meadow Lane,
Lowton, Warrington, Ches. WA3 2AH.
Easy access from all directions. M6, M61, M60, A580.
Open 11:00 to 15:00. Admission £2.00 Children under 14 free.
Trade & individual stalls. Club stands. RSGB. GQRP.

Contact: Les Jackson, G4HZJ, 01942-870634, g4hzj@ntlworld.com

 

4th June 2017  Spalding & DARS Rally  [Update]
Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 2EF.
Open 10:00. Free on-site parking. Trade. Outside car boot area. On-site catering.
Details: John, G4NBR, 07946-302815 or Graham, G8NWC, 07754-619701
or email rally-secretary@sdars.org.uk  Club website: http://www.sdars.org.uk

 

11th June 2017  Junction 28 Amateur Radio Rally   [Update]
Bowls Hall Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbys. DE55 7BD.
Contact: Rally Secretary, 01159-307322

Website: http://www.snadarc.com

 

11th June 2017  East Suffolk Wireless Revival (Ipswich Rally)
*NEW VENUE: Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton, Ipswich, IP10 0PW.
Venue is just off the A14. Open 09:30. Entry £2. Free parking. Trade stands.
Car boot sale. Bring-and-Buy. SIGs. GB4SWR HF station and an RSGB bookstall.
Catering is available on site.
Contact: Kevin G8MXV, 07710-046846,  http://www.eswr.org.uk

 

17th June 2017  South Lancs ARC Summer Rally [Saturday]
Bickershaw Village Community Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan, WN2 5TE.
Open 09:00/07:30 for traders. Entry £2.50. Trade. SIGs. B&B. On-site parking
and catering.
Details/Bookings: Jason, G0IZR, 01942 735828.

 

18th June 2017  30th Newbury Radio Rally
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Newbury, Berks. RG18 9QZ.
Next to M4 motorway at J13.
Open 09:00 visitors/08:00 sellers. Admission £2.50 visitors/£12.50 sellers.
Free parking. Exhibits. SIGs. Amateur radio display. Clubs & societies.
On-site catering and disabled facilities available.
Contact details and discounted advance bookings via the website:
http://www.nadars.org.uk/rally.asp

 

25th June 2017  West of England Radio Rally
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Admission £3, kids free. Open 10:00 to 14:00. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books.
Café. Disabled facilities.
Details: Shaun, G8VPG, 01225-873098, http://www.westrally.org.uk

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

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Fox Hunt – Wed 31st May – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – 2m, 70cm or both. G1VUP will announce on the night. Meet at LPH. Tea and biccies as usual.
  • Outside on the AirMeeting at Devil’s Dyke car park – Wed 7th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. NO MEETING AT LANCING THIS WEEK.
  • EGM to discuss possible Club Shack plus tea and chat – Wed 14th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This is an important decision for the Club, please make every effort to attend or submit a proxy vote.
  • Lecture – Botswana DXpedition, by Graham G4FNL – Wed 21st June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Practical Evening Wed 28th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. If you have a pet project needing assistance, please contact the committee beforehand to arrange test gear etc..

RAGCHEW

URBAN MYTH DISPELLED

The definitive reason that Bryan, G3GVB disliked (hated) Germans: Many of us were led to believe that this was due to a school friend of Bryan’s being blown up in WWII. This is partly true, but not for the reasons you may think! In 1942 Bryan’s father had been strongly encouraging him to study and prepare to attend a local grammar school in Swansea, where they lived. At the impressionable age of 10, Bryan was looking forward to this and was quite excited and motivated. Unfortunately, a German bomber flew over the area and removed his intended school before he even got there!

PROPAGATION

HF:

From the SIDC (RWC-Belgium) dated May 25:
Over the past 24 hours solar activity has been low. No significant flares have been recorded.NOAA Active Region (AR) 2660 has been most active, producing two B-class flares.No Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) have been detected in coronagraph observations.The greater than 10MeV proton flux remained at background levels over the past 24 hours. Solar activity is expected to remain low over the next 24 hours with a small chance for C-class flares. The greater than 10MeV proton flux remained at background levels over the past 24 hours. No Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) have been detected in coronagraph observations.The greater than 10MeV proton flux remained at background levels over the past 24 hours. Solar activity is expected to remain low over the next 24 hours with a small chance for C-class flares. Solar wind speed decreased from about 475 km/s to values around 370 km/s. Solar wind speed decreased from about 475 km/s to values around 370 km/s. Solar wind speed decreased from about 475 km/s to values around 370 km/s. The total interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) strength, as recorded by the DSCOVR satellite, was around 3.5 nT. Bz fluctuated between -2 and +3 nT. Geomagnetic conditions (K Dourbes between 0 and 3; NOAA Kp between 0 and 1) were ranged from quiet to unsettled level in the past 24 hours. Solar wind speed is expected to decrease even more today. In response geomagnetic conditions are likely to experience mostly quiet to unsettled conditions today (25-May-2017 April) and tomorrow (26-May-2017). Active conditions with a small chance for minor geomagnetic storm are possible on the day three (27-May-2017) due to possible arrival of 23-May 2017 coronal mass ejection.

VHF/UHF:

 With weather conditions constantly changing, it’s difficult to predict enhanced propagation (ducting) more than a few hours in advance. Watch the weather reports for pressure changes and temperature inversions. Also, look out of your window – if you observe sea mist, it’s likely that DX conditions will be enhanced. Listen out for beacons and make a note of what you hear under ‘flat’ conditions, so that you can compare when you hear a new beacon or one or more of your ‘regular’ beacons are being received with increased strength. Bear in mind that brief enhancements over just a few minutes may be due to reflections from aircraft and don’t indicate enhanced conditions. Beacons mostly use horizontal polarisation and transmit their ident in CW, some also transmit digital information. You don’t have to be proficient in CW to recognise a beacon, as long as you can recognise that CW is being transmitted, you can work out which beacon you’re hearing from its frequency and beam heading.
Beacons often heard in our area:
VHF:
F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz
F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz
GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz
ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz
UHF:
F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz
GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz
ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:


This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
KUWAIT, 9K. Abdallah, 9K2GS will be QRV as 9K2K in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest as an All Band entry.  QSL direct to home call.MADEIRA ISLANDS, CT3.  Serge, R7KW and Oleg, YL3JM are QRV as
CT9/home calls from Madeira Island, IOTA AF-014, until May 28.  They
will be QRV as CT9/R7KW in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL
both calls via K2PF.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Jack, R2AA will be QRV as EG8AA from AF-004 in
the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via RW3RN.

FRANCE, F. Special event station TM500LH is QRV until May 31 to
celebrate the 500th anniversary of Le Havre.  QSL via F6KOH.

ENGLAND, G. Paul, M0XDX and Mark, M0NCG are QRV as GB1HMB until
June 2 to provide points for the Beaches on the Air award program.
Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters, and possibly 10 and 6 meters
if conditions permit.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS will be QRV as OJ0W from May 27 to
June 3.  Activity will be in his spare time mostly on 30 and 60
meters using CW.  QSL direct to home call.

ARUBA, P4. Operators DJ4MZ, DL5KUT, DL5RMH and DL6RAI are QRV as
P4/home calls until May 28.  They will be QRV as P44X in the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi Operator entry.  QSL P44X via
DO4MX and all others to home calls.

NETHERLANDS, PA. A group of operators are QRV with special event
call sign PA150LIM until June 10 to mark the 150th anniversary of
the province Limburg.  Activity is on the HF and V/UHF bands.  This
includes an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via
PD0MHZ.

GREECE, SV. Members of the Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean are
QRV as J48GEO from the Geo Park on Lesvos, IOTA EU-049, until June
23.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes.  During the Geopark weekend they will be located at
the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest.  QSL
direct to SZ8LSV.

PALAU, T8. Naoki, JS3LSQ is QRV as T88WJ until May 29.  Activity is
on 80 to 6 meters using mostly RTTY.  QSL to home call.

CONGO (REPUBLIC OF), TN. Ken, LA7GIA is QRV as TN5E from
Brazzaville until June 4.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and
possibly 6 meters.  QSL via M0OXO.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Vlad, UA0FAM will be QRV as UA0FAM/p from
Kunashir Island, IOTA AS-025, for one week beginning on May 29.
Activity will be on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE. Bob, VE1RSM is QRV with special call sign XM1150CAN and
will be active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest on all bands.
QSL via bureau.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. George, K2DM is QRV as VP2MDG until May 29.  This
includes being active as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Kevin, K6TOP will be QRV as
VP2V/K6TOP from May 28 to June 5.  Activity will be holiday style on
the HF bands.  QSL via NR6M.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Art, KZ5D is QRV as VP5/KZ5D until
May 31.  He will be active as VQ5D in the CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

MEXICO, XE. A group of operators will be QRV as XF2L from Isla de
Lobos, IOTA NA-221, in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. Tom, KC0W is QRV as Z25DX until June 18.  Activity is
on 80 to 6 meters using CW.  QSL direct to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA. Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as ZA/OU2I from Golem until May
29.  Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on 30, 17 and 12
meters.  This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in
the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via OU2I.

ST. HELENA, ZD7. Peter, ZD7FT has been active on 17 and 15 meters
at various times.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, SARL Digital Contest and QRP ARCI
Hootowl CW Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming
weekend.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for May 31.

Please see May QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web
sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

 

28nd May – 70MHz Cumulatives #3 – 14.00-16.00 (Local)
11th June – 2nd 144MHz Backpackers – 09.00-13.00 (Local)
17th/18th June – 50 MHz Trophy Contest – 14.00-14.00 (Local)
25th June – 70MHz Cumulatives #4 – 14.00-16.00 (Local)
25th June – 50MHz Contest CW – 09.00-12.00 (Local)

 

FINALÉ

 

Finally a tale of friendship and co-operation. The WADARC Committee agreed to upgrade the club’s K3, so wheels were set in motion to obtain the necessary parts. We decided to wait until the recent Dayton Hamvention, so that one of our club members could bring the parts back with him and save quite a good sum in shipping costs. Elecraft could not carry the parts direct to Dayton, so I arranged for them to be sent to one of our friends, Tyler, N4TY in Kentucky, who offered to carry them to Dayton and hand them to Norman, 2E0RKO. Unfortunately, a few days before the Hamvention, Tyler got sick and was unable to travel. Fortunately Phil, G4UDU had to make a 160 mile trip south from Dayton to visit a friend, so offered to travel an extra 40 miles to collect our parts from Tyler’s home. A good example of selflessness where both Norman and Phil were happy to go the extra mile for the sake of the club, despite the fact that they may not personally use the K3 very much themselves.

 

 

73,

Alan. G4GNX