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THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s Junk Sale was not as well attended as expected, despite us informing several other clubs about it. Those who did attend managed to bag a few interesting bargains and Graham, G8BZL was kept busy auctioneering and keeping us entertained. Thanks Graham.

The Christmas Party Doodle Poll has now closed. Thanks to all 24 people who have taken part. The club has paid deposits for everyone and you’ll be contacted soon to choose from the menu, which was sent out a couple of weeks ago. For anyone who has missed the deadline and still wishes to attend, you may be able to make a private booking by contacting the restaurant directly, but knowing that the restaurant set the deadline (not WADARC) this seems a little doubtful.

Donations of raffle prizes for the Christmas Party will be gratefully received. Please contact any committee member with you donation. Ron, G3SKI and son are making a special cake for the occasion. Going on past years, this is a treat to look forward to.

There will be a committee meeting on 27th November, where a future programme of events for the year will be the main priority for discussion. If you have a particular topic you’d like to see covered, please let me know ASAP. Offers of lectures, demos, Amateur Radio related videos will be most welcome.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • ICQ Podcast – Grow, Merge or Disband your Amateur Radio Club! + discussion – 19th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat – 26th November – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/11/15/propagation-news-17-november-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org
In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address
ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

Our stock of biscuits for club meetings is starting to get depleted. Any donations of biscuits will be welcome. Just bring them along to any club meeting.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC WEEKLY BULLETIN – November 10 2019

THE PAST WEEK

At last Tuesday’s Tea and Chat Bob, G3VXJ reported having worked some DX on 30 metres FT8, despite the band being apparently dead! Various discussions took place on other topics and Bryan, G0SIU setup a station in the shack, with his KX3. Here’s a brief summary:

Worked – E72R CW (Bosnia Herzegovina) Sent 579 received 559 with 15 watts
Worked – EA2OR CW Spain Sent 589 received 559

Six members visited the shack and were given demos of SWR of the dipole antenna. Quite a lot of appreciation of how quiet reception is. Showed that the existing antenna loaded 1:1 on 20m, 40m & 80 metres.
Did not use the 2m rig as was not sure whether the antenna was working.

The 2nd Surplus Equipment Sale is on Tuesday 12th November and other clubs have been invited, so hopefully there will be plenty of bargains. Graham, G8BZL has agreed to be our auctioneer. For those bringing equipment, please try to unload, then if the car park gets full, park your vehicle in one of the nearby streets. Please leave the top space clear for any disabled person.

Another reminder about the Christmas Party – we will be at the Casa Ciro Restaurant. 30-31 Marine Parade, Worthing. BN11 3PT. We have their upstairs room. The Club will be paying for members’ (only) meals. Please use the Doodle Poll here: https://doodle.com/poll/4dfzhc5pth2ifkzf to indicate that you’ll be attending. Member’s partners/guests will also be welcome. Deposits for guests MUST be paid before Friday 15th November. The Doodle Poll will also be closed on Friday, so if you haven’t got your name/guest name down, you need to do it soon. There will be no further bookings taken after that!

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Surplus Equipment Sale – 12th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • ICQ Podcast – Grow, Merge or Disband your Amateur Radio Club! + discussion – 19th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/11/8/propagation-news-10-november-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org
In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address
ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

Further to last week’s report about the Farnham SDR – http://farnham-sdr.com – I’m happy to report that on 2 metres, results are consistent under flat conditions, both using SSB and FM

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

I’m pleased to say that a goodly number of members turned out for the AGM last Tuesday. The Constitution was updated and you can find the amended current Constitution at: http://www.wadarc.org.uk/about/constitution

The officers and committee for 2019/2020 can be viewed at: http://www.wadarc.org.uk/about/committee

Next Tuesday’s meeting is listed as Tea and Chat and Bryan, G0SIU will be running a station from the club shack. All are welcome to join in.

The 2nd Junk Sale Surplus Equipment Sale will be on Tuesday 12th November and other clubs have been invited, so hopefully there will be plenty of bargains. Graham, G8BZL has agreed to be our auctioneer.

In case you haven’t seen the recent announcement about the Christmas Party – we will be at the Casa Ciro Restaurant. 30-31 Marine Parade, Worthing. BN11 3PT. We have their upstairs room. The Club will be paying for members’ (only) meals. Please use the Doodle Poll here: https://doodle.com/poll/4dfzhc5pth2ifkzf to indicate that you’ll be attending. Member’s partners/guests will also be welcome.

Please consider helping out at the Worthing Remembrance Parade next Sunday (10th). More marshals are still needed. Contact Alastair, M0OAL.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Tea and Chat Night – 5th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Surplus Equipment Sale – 12th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
ICQ Podcast – Grow, Merge or Disband your Amateur Radio Club! + discussion – 19th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/11/1/propagation-news-3-november-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

The Farnham SDR was mentioned at a recent club talk and I decided to set it up on my shack PC to find out what could be heard. I started off with 2 metres SSB and transmitted from home, not expecting much to happen. Imagine my surprise upon hearing my own signal at S5, despite there being a big lump of chalk in the way and quite a few miles between antennas. This is going to prove a useful indicator of propagation, as well as the beacons. Farnham SDR can be found at: http://farnham-sdr.com

There’s a useful setup guide and if you run into issues getting sound to work, please read the guide – the suggestions do work!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Thanks to those who took the trouble to submit the several entries to the Construction Contest last Tuesday. Jonathan, G1EXG – several items including a lightning detector and a 3D printed shower head holder (as a fun item). Alan, G4GNX – 2 metre solid state linear amplifier. Ray, G4XUZ – a compact QRP transceiver. Bryan, G0SIU – a modified Cubical Quad for 2 metres, with homebrew boom adaptor.
The worthy winner was Ray, G4XUZ. Well done.


Ray’s QRP rig.

Spaceweather reports that the Sun is spewing out solar debris towards the Earth. Disturbances to the HF bands are expected, as well as possible auroras.

This coming Tuesday is the AGM where your support will be much appreciated. There will also be an exciting announcement, which you will not want to miss. We also hope to find time for a discussion on venues for our annual Christmas party.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 5th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/10/25/propagation-news-27-october-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

Another appeal for able members to act as marshals at the Worthing Remembrance Parade on Sunday 12th November. Please try to get along and help. Contact Alastair, M0OAL.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

A very interesting talk was given by the CO of Worthing Sea Cadets, Dave Jackson. Much about the differences between Military and Amateur Radio communications. A convoluted but understandable callsign structure and very short, to the point messages. They don’t seem to go in for rag-chewing! They’re also keen to be able to use the HF bands as well as their VERY short range handhelds, and we really need to get the shack setup, so we can all partake.

We’ve purchased a new Hytera repeater to eventually replace GB3WO and this should be online fairly soon.

This coming Tuesday is the annual Construction Contest. Please bring along any item that you have constructed, or just turn up to enjoy the fun. Knitted radios and wooden or plastic antennas are permitted!

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/10/18/propagation-news-20-october-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

For those interested in Meteor Scatter, as Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor shower.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Unfortunately last Tuesday turned out to be a non-quiz!!! Bob, G3VXJ and Phil, G4UDU put a lot of work into compiling a “quiz for everyone”, despite Phil being out of the country for most of the time. ONLY 8 PEOPLE BOTHERED TO TURN UP, so the quiz was abandoned at Phil and Bob’s request, for hopefully another time. I hope that we had just picked a day when several members were either working, on holiday or away on business. Otherwise, I wonder what members actually do want from the Club?

Thanks to Bob and Phil for your work and to the members who did turn up.

OK rant over, but please DO TRY to get to this coming Tuesday’s meeting, which is a talk by Dave Jackson (one of the Sea Cadets organisers) who will be talking on some of what the Sea Cadets do and their involvement in radio. There will also be some interaction between us, where suggestions will be put forward for possible interaction between WADARC and the Sea Cadets for transmitting and receiving. Dave is one of our ‘landlords’ and keen to develop communications between us. Sea Cadets are a possible source of recruits into Amateur Radio and hopefully into WADARC, so please make the effort to attend and support the talk.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • A talk by Dave Jackson on behalf of Sea Cadets – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/10/11/propagation-news-13-october-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

Once again a plea to all able members to volunteer to help marshal the annual remembrance parade in Worthing on Sunday 10th November. It’s only a few hours, once a year and If you are physically able to a marshalling stint that morning, please consider doing so, as we really do need marshals and it’s one of the justifications for keeping GB3WO on Council property.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Another great talk was given by Ray, G4XUZ on the life and inventions of Charles Wheatstone. Most of us will have heard of the Wheatstone Bridge, but I’m guessing that many of us didn’t know of his other numerous inventions. As for Ray, I don’t think anyone in WADARC realised what a talent there is in their midst, on the Concertina (another of Wheatstone’s inventions). Ray gave us an entertaining talk, accompanied by the best in British music.

Both our Treasurer and our Membership Secretary have pointed out that several members have not re-joined the club, by paying their annual subscription. Most of these are probably an oversight, but you really do need to get your sub up to date NOW. There will be a very exciting announcement at the AGM and I’m sure you will not want to miss out, because you are no longer a member. If anyone is suffering hardship, please send me a private email and I’ll try to help, with utmost confidentiality.

This Tuesday’s meeting is Quiz Night. I’ve heard that at least one member feels that they may make a fool of themselves by being unable to answer questions. There is no need to feel awkward – we’ll make it a self-checking event, with scores for your personal satisfaction.

The following Tuesday’s meeting has been changed from a tea and chat to a talk by Dave Jackson (one of the Sea Cadets organisers) who will be talking on some of what the Sea Cadets do and their involvement in radio. There will also be some interaction between us, where suggestions will be put forward for possible interaction between WADARC and the Sea Cadets for transmitting and receiving.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • A talk by Dave Jackson on behalf of Sea Cadets – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/10/04/propagation-news-6-october-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

Please remember that the annual remembrance parade takes place in Worthing on Sunday 10th November. If you are physically able to a marshalling stint that morning, please consider doing so, as we really do need marshals and it’s one of the justifications for keeping GB3WO on Council property.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

What a great talk that was by Jonathan, G4KLX on the QO-100 satellite setup, last Tuesday. Very informative, with physical examples which seemed to hold the interest of those present and spur some of us on to dip our toes in the water and have a go. I’m hoping that we can erect a satellite dish, with appropriate gear in the Club Shack, by way of a club project.

GB3WO’s original hardware has given us problems and some (now obsolete) FETs are being sought to effect a repair. In the meantime, Ian – M0IAD has worked hard to get the repeater back on the air and has installed a Yaesu derived set of hardware, which is now running on low power. The original logic was not transferred, so there are some small limitations in the way the repeater works. The callsign ident is still transmitted as usual, albeit slightly slower than previously and with tone at a different pitch. When users drop carrier, there is no customary ‘K’, but there is sufficient carrier to trip the user’s squelch, so you will hear the repeater drop carrier, which is your invitation to transmit. Anyone breaking in, should do so immediately after the last user drops carrier. Actually it’s just like using simplex and is very easy to grasp.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Talk on the life of Charles Wheatsone by Ray, G4XUZ – 1st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/09/27/propagation-news-29-september-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:

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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

Moonraker are awarding prizes for their “Worked all Postcodes” competition. A suggestion has been made that Wednesday evenings can be used for this on 2 metres SSB. Visit the Moonraker website for further details and rules.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Unfortunately last week I was unable to attend the meeting, but other members have said that the video/lecture on FT8 was much better produced than previous RSGB offerings and the presenter knew his subject well. It was a bit heavy at times and it appears that one lesson learnt is that it’s important to have ALC levels set correctly to avoid interference, which FT8 can be prone to.

Thanks to Roger and Ian for holding the fort and opening the doors.

This coming Tuesday, by popular demand, we’ve slotted in a talk by Jonathan, G4KLX on the QO-100 satellite setup. Please try to support our talks, even if they’re not always on your favourite subject.

Obviously it won’t affect us until next year, but Roger, G7VBR reports that ILLW (Lighthouses Weekend) has moved slightly from its traditional date and will be held on the weekend of 22nd/23rd August 2020. Please make a note in your diary.

ARRL have reported that the French air representation has dropped its bid to acquire a ‘share’ of our 2 metre band. It’s great news that they’ve finally come to their senses, but it does not mean that we can become complacent and the band still needs us to keep it occupied as much as possible.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Talk on QO-100 by Jonathan, G4KLX – 24th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on the life of Charles Wheatsone by Ray, G4XUZ – 1st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/09/20/propagation-news-22-september-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:

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

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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

Even though band conditions are mostly rather poor (especially on HF) it’s important that we all try to get on the air as much as possible. There are outside interests who have covetous eyes on our frequency allocations. I’m sure that none of us would want to find out the hard way that it could be a case of “use it or loose it”!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The WADARC Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th October between 8.00pm and 10.00pm. Fully paid up members only at TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD. Any changes to the Constitution/Club Rules etc. to be lodged in writing (email is OK) to the Chairman by Tuesday 1st October.

THE PAST WEEK

Last week’s meeting was an on-the-air evening which was popular with several members. Bryan, G0SIU brought along his KX3 and managed to make it ‘talk’ to the dipole that’s on site. They concentrated on 40m and 80m using just 15 watts and found that the antenna favours mostly North/South. Stations worked: EA8JK Manuel La Palma Island Canary Isles 7.178 Mhz received 59 sent 59. DK7LJ Christian Per received 44 sent 59 Nr Kiel NW Germany 7.161Mhz. G0LOU Tony Poole, 3.784 Mhz. Good reception on No 5 ant position on ant switch:- CW 7.030 using KX3 internal ATU loaded to 1 to 1. CW 3.500 to 3.510 1 to 4. SSB 3.600 to 3.700 1 to 1. Plenty of stations and not any more than usual QRM.

We also checked out the feasibility of using a pump-up mast on the outside balcony/roof. We will probably purchase a new mast in due course, but have been informed that we can’t install it yet, due to the roof having a leak and needing repair. This should be carried out by Sea Cadets organisation fairly soon.

Unfortunately GB3WO remains off the air for the time being. It’s developed a receiver fault (it’s gone deaf) but plans are in place to get it fixed ASAP.

Alastair, M0OAL has reminded us that the annual Remembrance Day Parade will take place on November 10th and it would be good for as many members as possible to get involved. Alastair has set up a Doodle Poll for members to indicate their availability (or not). Please visit: https://doodle.com/poll/3i6iq3y86mx8n8w7

A report from Edmund, M0MNG on 2 metre activity today (15th): 2 metres was alive today… thank you to everybody who called me, and apologies if you tried but I simply didn’t hear you! Propagation seemed rather odd at times. I made 27 contacts altogether, from Dieppe to Essex to the Dorset / Devon border. 23 of them were using FM, 4 were using SSB, and no repeaters at all! I could even have had a contact with Dave G7RAU in Cornwall if I had taken my Morse key with me! Highlights included working a Special Event Station at Stone Cross Windmill near Eastbourne, a newly-formed radio club in Essex, and a chap in Dieppe where I used to go on holiday with my parents for very many years. I also heard (but didn’t contact) a German station on FM, and a balloon launched from the Netherlands with a 2m/70cms transponder on board. If anybody tells you that VHF is dead… don’t believe ’em! 73 from Ed M0MNG / GX1WOR.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • RSGB Video lecture on FT8 – 17th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on QO-100 by Jonathan, G4KLX – 24th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on the life of Charles Wheatsone by Ray, G4XUZ – 1st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://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 – 70cms 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

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/09/13/propagation-news-15-september-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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

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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 almost certain that I will be unavailable for tomorrow evening’s 2 metre FM net. I’m sure that those interested can manage without me.

73,

Alan. G4GNX