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

ANNOUNCEMENT

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

THE PAST WEEK (or two!)

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

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

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

SUBSCRIPTIONS

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

JUNK SALE

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

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

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

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

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

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018

FINALÉ

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

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

The 40 metre band was very much alive and kicking last Monday evening, with some stations (not Italians!) reading 5/9+60! There were similar conditions on Thursday morning, but they were short-lived with some QSB.

Last Weekend’s ILLW event seems to have gone well. No major hiccups and a lot of help from members. Some 481 QSOs, which is something of a record. Thanks to all who took part, especially Roger, G7VBR for keeping the crew fed.

Last Wednesday’s meeting was on practical matters and Bryan, G0SIU ably demonstrated ways of determining which screws to use and various tools to be used when joining wires and connectors.

There was also some discussion on the recent changes to the Foundation Licence Exam syllabus and a set of questions that “Essex Ham” had provided. It’s clear that some of the questions and answers are either ambiguous or just plain wrong!

From Spaceweather News: Surprising forecasters, a strong and unexpected G3-class geomagnetic storm is underway during the early hours of August 26th. The storm may have been caused by a coronal mass ejection (CME) that arrived with little fanfare 24 hours ago. Auroras mixed with moonlight have been reported from Scandinavia, Canada and northern-tier US states, such as New York and Michigan.
There will no doubt be effects on the HF bands – it will be interesting to see reports.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Outside Event – Wednesday 29th August – 7.30pm-9.30pm – Kithurst Hill Car Park, Storrington (see WADARC website for directions) – (Lions Hall Closed)
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 2nd September – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Road Cafe
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 5th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Club Lecture – Wednesday 12th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 19th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Annual Junk Sale – Wednesday 26th September – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Early start time

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-3-june-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018

FINALÉ

In case you haven’t read the Discuss reflector or the Summer edition of Ragchew, GB3WO our analogue 70cm repeater has now been re-sited at Worthing Town Hall. Reports to Ian, M0IAD will be welcome.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Some enhancements on the 2 metre band with ‘lift’ conditions, but quite localised – mostly to North Western France. French beacons were heard very strongly for a couple of days, but the Belgian beacon was barely detectable.

Last Wednesday’s meeting was an outside event at Chantry Hill car park, Storrington. Attending were Bryan – G0SIU, Terry – G0BRP, Roger – G7VBR, Alex – 2E0UMD, Vic – G8MUQ, Phil – G4UDU and Alan – G4GNX. Two others tried to attend but got lost and didn’t find the site!
Although Bryan had his KX3 and a portable HF vertical, it was a bit too windy for that particular antenna, so he stuck to 2 metre FM and worked several stations in several counties, which just proves that 2 metres is still popular but it would seem not in our immediate area!

Roger and I spent most of the time replacing the motor on my 2M/70cm antenna on the top of my car. Now working well again and able to be raised and lowered for car parks and low barriers.

Next Wednesday’s meeting, Pete – G4LKW will be looking for volunteers for Lighthouses on the Air and explaining any special requirements. Please try to help out as much as you can for and during the event, especially as we are one man down this year (Pete, ‘FVL can’t make it). It’s also a good opportunity to get on the end of 400 watts and work some DX with a decent aerial. If you want to operate, don’t be shy, just ask.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Lecture – RFI – Wednesday 15th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Change of event.
  • Lighthouses on the Air – Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th August – All day both days – Shoreham Lighthouse
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 22nd August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Outside Event (to be announced) – Wednesday 29th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 2nd September – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Road Cafe
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 5th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-3-june-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018

FINALÉ

Lighthouses on the Air takes place next Saturday/Sunday at the Shoreham Lighthouse site. Please try to support it by helping to erect and remove the station and by doing an hour or two of operating.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday meeting was quite well attended. I brought in a lightening detector I had made from a few op-amps and Phil brought in a tube of 50 or so op-amps asking for ideas for things to do with them!
so if anyone wants a fun circuit to build to detect lightening within a ca. 50-100 mile range, drop me a line and I can send you the circuit … and Phil will be happy to supply the chips 🙂 (he has lots more!)

10m has been good this last month for sporadic-E. I worked an F5 station running 150 W into a 10 element Yagi on 10m – Have not even got this on 2m (yet .. although I am working on it) !!

Note: Some of the 2m beacons have been ‘up’ recently: for example F5ZSF (IN88) was S9 one night (usually its audible but does not give an S-meter reading),
so its worth checking out 144MHz SSB (or CW of course) for tropo in the evenings / mornings (temperature inversions etc.).

Good DX, keep listening
Jonathan, G1EXG

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 5th August – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Cafe
  • Outside on the Air – Wednesday 8th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Chantry Lane Car Park
  • Lecture – RFI – Wednesday 15th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall  – Note: Change of event.
  • Lighthouses on the Air – Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th August – All day both days – Shoreham Lighthouse
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 22nd August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Outside Event (to be announced) – Wednesday 29th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-3-june-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

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

UHF:

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

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018

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

THE PAST WEEK

No direct report from the Worthing Fire Station Event crew, but rumour has it that the event went fairly well, apart from two guys on the marquee being cut over-night by some ill-intentioned pillock.

Last Wednesday’s Fox Hunt was quite well attended, with Roger – G7VBR acting as Fox, somewhere close to the Lancing/Sompting Cemetery. First to find the fox was Dorian, 2E0FSI followed by all others who took part – Roger, G4TNT/Vic, G8MUQ – Ian, M0IAD/Alex, 2E0UMD – George, G0UCF/XYL. The rest of us kept tabs on things, from Lions Hall.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 1st August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 5th August – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Cafe
  • Outside on the Air – Wednesday 8th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Chantry Lane Car Park
  • Lecture – RFI – Wednesday 15th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Change of event.
  • Lighthouses on the Air – Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th August – All day both days – Shoreham Lighthouse
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 22nd August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Outside Event (to be announced) – Wednesday 29th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-22-july-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018

FINALÉ

Please note that the annual barbecue at Derrick’s QTH has been permanently cancelled, due to ill health. We wish Derrick well and hope to see him at the club soon.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting at Lions Hall was well attended, with much discussion taking place, right up till almost 10.00pm. Jonathan, G1EXG demonstrated his ‘bat detector’ and Phil, G4UDU brought along his 23cm transverter. 25W into an antenna with a little gain makes a good device to keep your coffee warm!

The final leg of the Foxhunt takes place this coming Wednesday. Please try to support Roger, G7VBR – the Fox. Details and rules on the WADARC website.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Fox Hunt 3rd (final) leg – Wednesday 25th July – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall open for those who can’t take part
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 1st August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 5th August – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Cafe
  • Outside on the Air – Wednesday 8th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Chantry Lane Car Park

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-15-july-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018

FINALÉ

Hopefully, the special event station at Worthing Fire Station was successful. Report in the next bulletin.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday evening’s barbecue at Goring Gap seems to have gone well and was popular with those who managed to attend. Unfortunately 2 members had to drop out at short notice due to health issues and a family crisis, however 18 people enjoyed Alastair’s cooking of burgers, hot dogs and the occasional steak and rashers of bacon. I’m sure everyone will wish to join me in thanking Alastair for his efforts, buying and preparing the food, setting up the BBQ and doing an excellent job as outdoor chef.

Despite the club’s K3 with an antenna and mast being available, nobody was sufficiently interested to use them, but fortunately we were represented by Bryan, G0SIU who set up a 40 metre station with his KX3 and borrowed antenna – 10 Watts to a dipole. Stations worked (CW & SSB): GM0CME , GM3XX, UA2VTY, DL3YP, S57DX

With donations on the night and the money we saved not using Lions Hall, we were able to offer members free food, which eventually only cost the club £20 – good value for money for an excellent evening.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 18th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Fire Services Day – Saturday 21st July – 10.00am-4.00pm – Worthing Fire Station, Broadwater Green
  • Fox Hunt 3rd (final) leg – Wednesday 25th July – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall open for those who can’t take part
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 1st August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 5th August – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Cafe
  • Outside on the Air – Wednesday 8th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Chantry Lane Car Park

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-3-june-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018

FINALÉ

Rumour has it that Andy, M6RFE has managed to lose a large sausage in the shape of a Salami. Anyone finding said item should report it on one of the club nets or on GB3WO, then post it in a plain envelope to WADARC Hon. Sec. c/o Lancing Treacle Mine.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Report on GB1SCW Coast Watch special event station – Sunday 24th June, by Howard – M0HJF

Bryan and myself had a good day in the sunshine with most activity on 20m for CW and SSB, 17m for WSJT-X and 2m FM for voice. The noise levels found on 40m made it unusable, possible due in some part to interference from the MW transmitter to the north of Shoreham Harbour. The vertical OUTBACKER aerial preformed well , helped by a good ground plane due to the proximity of the sea. We also rigged an inverted V dipole with balun. Although this provided some entertainment, while being set up from the watching crowd at the life boat open day, it was not so effective as the ground plane aerial. In fact when running a station again in the harbour, vertical ground plane aerial designs would be my choice. The transceivers used were my TS-590SG (50w) and a KX3 15w) and a 2m rig (20w) both supplied by Bryan.

Over 50 QSOs were made on the HF bands and several on 2m including Jim 2E0EKY and Adam M6BQV, who worked us as part of the Summits on the Air weekend. Thanks to the Amateurs that visited the station including Simon G7RFR, ED M0WTO, Leon G4FEE.

Report on last Wednesday’s Fox Hunt, by Roger – G7VBR

Where were you all?

Dorian, 2E0FSI, set up his coffee stall so all the participants could have a tea or coffee when they found him and started transmitting at the normal times. Unfortunately Roger TNT and Vic began with two of everything but only one aerial connector which decided to part company from the coax so they decided to drop out and went to the Lions Hall. Roger VBR started a bit late but after a few locations he found the fox and had a really nice cup of coffee. Dorian carried for a few more transmissions but nobody arrived so he knocked the event on the head and went home.
The next hunt will be in a months time so please dig out your DF kit and come and find me.
Roger VBR

FWIW Dorian was using 5 watts from Findon Gallops car park and was heard fairly well by our handhelds at Lions Hall. From the last clue, Les – G3JSU worked out where the fox was.
Unfortunately Ian – M0IAD was called away for work at the last minute and Phil – G4UDU was on holiday in France, or there would have been at least two more ‘contestants’.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 1st July – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Road Cafe
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 4th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Club Barbecue – Wednesday 11th July – 7.30pm-9.30pm – Goring Gap BBQ site
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 18th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Fire Services Day – Saturday 21st July – 10.00am-4.00pm – Worthing Fire Station, Broadwater Green
  • Fox Hunt 3rd (final) leg – Wednesday 25th July – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall open for those who can’t take part

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-3-june-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

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FINALÉ

Looks like the Russians are messing us about again. Apparently the downlink of an Amateur repeater sited on ISS, has been outputting on 145.50 MHz – most of Europe’s FM calling frequency. Oops!
You may wish to listed out as ISS passes by.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Report from Roger, G7VBR:
The outdoor event organised by Alex on Wednesday 13th was quite well attended with chat and some radio activity. Chris M0VUE was unable to make it at the last moment due to work commitments so activity was down to Phil G4UDU, Alex 2E0UMD, Roger G7VBR, George G0UCF and Edmund M0MNG with a selection of wire, whip antennas and handhelds. Edmund used his handies to work 17 stations with 2 via a repeater. He also tried 4m which was ‘quiet’ but 10m offered an Italian and a Slovakian station but unfortunately neither heard him.
Also appearing were Bodie 2E0VRM on 2 wheels, Roger G4TNT, Ian M0IAD, Vic G8MUQ, George’s XYL Isabel and Demelza M3DKX. There was a flow of members during the evening with some arriving early until the wind turned cold and those remaining went home. An enjoyable evening in the fresh air with excellent company.

Sorry I couldn’t make it but was not long out of hospital and not quite up to it. I did manage to work GX1WOR on 2 metres from home.

TRAINING

Andrew, G1VUP will be holding training sessions at his Brighton premises in the coming months. He’s looking for would be Foundation licensees and those wishing to progress to Intermediate.
If you know of anyone who wants to join a course, please give their details to any committee member or direct to Andrew.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat Evening – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 20th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Fox Hunt 2nd leg – Wednesday 27th June – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall open for those who can’t take part
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 4th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-3-june-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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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=2018

FINALÉ

Next week’s WADARC meeting (Tea and Chat) will be chaired by Chris, G3UFS – our President, as I will not be available.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

** Note: the club will be meeting at Bignor Hill on Wednesday 13th June:
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/search/bignor+hill/@50.9074215,-0.6186826,493m/data=!3m1!1e3

THE PAST WEEK

I haven’t been able to get along to the club for a few weeks and also missed this weeks meeting so I haven’t got much to pass on club-wise.
I didnt get any feedback about last wed meeting so in this weeks newsletter there are the usual WADARC updates, club activity information and a few amateur radio related thoughts from me:

* Alan G4GNX – has been in hospital (removed 3 discs from neck, steel plate fitted and some vertebrae were fused together) he still has some difficulty in swallowing, but he says things are improving – we all wish him a speedy recovery 🙂
He hopes to be on the Monday 2m net, but it will depend how he manages the stairs over the weekend.

* 10m band has been ‘rocking and rolling’ – 10m was great on Monday 4th june and seems to have been ‘huming’ with activity up-to last night 8th June . There were I, IZ, AO18 (Spain), SP’s, SV’s, OZ’s, EA’s, HB, F’s, I recently built a rotatable dipole for 15m and 18m bands so I slid the concentric tubes into the center to re-tune it for the 10m band … I was ‘on air’ in a jiffy 🙂 One strong Italian who wasn’t using an echo box mic (his audio was normal when 59) had a definite echo on the very strong 59++ peaks, which was interesting to hear. I have heard this effect on longer paths but not on such a short ‘skip’.

* Win 10 woes – I have a second hand Win10 PC that I use as a back-up (and for Amateur radio software and PIC work) which recently started created a pop-up asking for a OS product key – the five way five digit code. It suggested my PC would eventually fail to work without it. As it was a windows 8 upgrade I didn’t have, and never had a product key for the Win10! I went back to the computer shop where I brought it and the owner said it was one of the many ‘April update’ issues that have plagued a lot of computers over the last few weeks (he had a dozen PC’s in his shop with ‘Aprilupdateitis’ he was currently trying to sort out). The Win 10 OS is assigned to the particular mother board on the PC, and didn’t come with a cd and product code sticker which I could use. So he said, there was not a lot he could do. He suggested I buy a product code from e-bay for £15 (a completely new Win 10 OS is ca £70-80). I did this and now my PC seems happy. What a strange world …

73 & Good Dx,
Jonathan.
G1EXG

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Outside On The Air, bring rigs and antennas (see link above) – Bignor Hill Car Park, Bignor – Wednesday 13th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Note: Lions Hall CLOSED.
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 20th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Practical Evening – Subject TBA- Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 27th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 4th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

Rather than sifting through a lot of data and reproducing it, you can find rally info by following this link to an excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Spring 2018 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2018

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link: http://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2018/06/01/propagation-news-3-june-2018/

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

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

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

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2018