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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

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

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

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

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

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday was our 1st Foxhunt of the year, with Chris, M0VUE and Phil, G4UDU taking it in turns to be the Fox. They were parked at the public weighbridge on the A27 by Shoreham Airport and Dorian – 2E0FSI was the winner being first to find the Fox by DF alone. Others who took part were Ian – M0IAD with Alex – 2E0UMD and Ray – M6IKO in one vehicle and Roger – G4TNT with Vic – G8MUQ in another vehicle. About 8 members listened-in from Lions Hall. I listened from home on a handheld and realised that the Fox couldn’t be too far away and once the clues were given I was able to work out the location. Interestingly the signal was almost unreadable with my aerial vertical, so I had to turn it horizontal to be able to hear their transmissions. I’m assured that the Fox antenna was vertically polarised.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Sunday Breakfast – Goring Cafe – Sunday 3rd June – 9.00am-10.00am
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 6th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Outside On The Air, bring rigs and antennas – 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

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

FINALÉ

Next week’s WADARC meeting (Tea and Chat) will be chaired by Chris, G3UFS – our President, as I will not be available. I’m having major neck surgery on Tuesday and hope to be in hospital overnight, but possibly 2 nights.
Jonathan, G1EXG will be producing next week’s Weekly Bulletin.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was supposed to be some practical work on antennas, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it had to be called off, so we had Tea and Chat instead. Although there was no actual work on antennas, there were two different antenna analysers available for members to become familiar with. There were reports on the Dayton Hamvention and advice was given on how to attach the steel rope to my new mast winch. Comment was also made on the ill-founded online petition that’s circulating, regarding removing the need for planning permission for Radio Amateurs’ antennas.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • 1st Bi-Annual Fox Hunt – Lions Hall open for those who can’t travel – Wednesday 30th May – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Note: Early start time.
  • Sunday Breakfast – Goring Cafe – Sunday 3rd June – 9.00am-10.00am
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 6th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Outside On The Air, bring rigs and antennas – 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

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

1-3 June 2018 Ham Radio Show, Friedrichshafen [Friday-Sunday]
Neue Messe 1, 88046 Friedrichshafen, Germany. GPS 47.678150N 9.505990E.
Trade. IARU Member Societies’ stands. Trade. Large flea market. Lectures (some
in English). RSGB books. Parking €5. Entry: daily-€11/10; 3-day-€23/20; concessions;
lower entry price is for online tickets. Open: Fri/Sat 09:00-18:00; Sun 09:00-15:00.
Contact: http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de Tel 0049-7541-708-405.

17 June 2018 15th West of England Radio Rally [Was listed for 24 June]
Cheese & Grain Venue, Market Yard, Bridge St, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE.
Open 10:00-14:00. Admission £3/kids free. Inside & outside traders. RSGB books.
Free parking. Disabled access. Café.
Details: Shaun G8VPG, 01225-873098 rallymanager@westrally.org.uk
http://www.westrally.org.uk

24 June 2018 31st Newbury Radio Rally
Newbury Showground, Jcn 13/M4, Chieveley, Berks. RG18 9QZ.
Open 09:00/08:00-sellers. Entry £2.50-visitors, £12.50-boot sale seller’s pitch.
Discounted advance bookings via http://www.nadars.org.uk/rally.asp
Free parking. Display area. Exhibits SIGs. Clubs & Societies. On-site catering
Disabled facilities. Amateur radio station.
Contact: NewburyRally@nadars.org.uk http://www.nadars.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

A glancing blow from a high-speed solar wind stream caused the K-index to rise to three on Wednesday. This was a little unexpected as it came from a polar coronal hole on the Sun that didn’t look like it would impact the Earth. This brought mixed blessings as an initial positive phase saw the maximum usable frequency over 3,000km exceed 18MHz. But conditions soon dropped back and 20 metres became the highest viable band for F-layer propagation.

Sporadic E has been bringing some good short skip to the higher bands so do make the most of it, with the peaks generally around mid-to-late morning and again in the late afternoon and early evening.

The good news is we are seeing some sunspot activity, albeit very weak. At the time of writing there were two small visible regions and another coming around the sun’s limb. Nevertheless, NOAA predicts the solar flux will remain around 70.

Geomagnetic conditions are set to be settled this week, at least until Friday the 1st when NOAA has the K index rising again. This is due to another coronal hole, which may cause unsettled conditions over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd with a maximum predicted K index of six.

So better HF conditions may occur in the first half of the week, but the weekend might not be the best time for DX. A high-speed solar wind may also not be conducive to stable Sporadic E cloud formation either, although this is an area that needs some more research.

VHF/UHF:

The next week carries on in similar fashion with low pressure close to southern Britain, offering a chance of rain scatter in any showers. The north of the country remains close to high pressure over Scandinavia with a chance of further patches of enhanced tropo across the North Sea.

The southern half of the country will be nearer to low pressure over the continent and will have an enhanced risk of showers, some thundery. This will make rain scatter a possibility for the microwave bands.

Sporadic E is amongst us and hopefully this next week will continue to provide options. However, since jet streams are often implicated in the formation of sporadic E, the news is not so good in that the main Atlantic jet stream is displaced well to the north of Europe.

The main operating rules are to check the clusters and beacons for activity, initially on 10m, but then upwards through 6m to 4m and 2m as the opening develops. Conditions may only happen for brief moments, so keep the overs short with report and locator in case the path fades.

Moon declination is negative this week, and apogee just a week away so losses are approaching their highest and moon windows will be at their shortest. This means low antenna elevations and increasing noise at VHF and 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:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA0HW, CS5CRE, SV2CLJ, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

TUNISIA, 3V. Ash, KF5EYY will be QRV as 3V8SS in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op entry. QSL via LX1NO.

AZERBAIJAN, 4K. Alim, 4K6FO will be a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via DC9RI.

GEORGIA, 4L. Mamuka, 4L2M will be QRV in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/Single Band entry on 160 meters. QSL via EA7FTR.

MALTA, 9H. Thomas, SV2CLJ is QRV as 9H3SV until May 27. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

KUWAIT, 9K. Abdallah, 9K2GS will be QRV as 9K2K in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest on all bands. QSL via EC5AC.

EAST MALAYSIA, 9M6. Saty, JE1JKL is QRV as 9M6NA from Labuan Island, IOTA OC-133, until June 11. He will be active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL to home call.

BOTSWANA, A2. Dave, VE7VR is QRV as A25VR until June 3. Activity is holiday style on 40, 30 and 20 meters. QSL to home call.

PORTUGAL, CU. Members of the Clube Radioamadores do Entroncamento will be QRV with special call CS2JU from May 31 to June 2 from the Juromenha Fortification. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via operators’ instructions.

ECUADOR, HC. Alexey, HC2AO plans to be QRV as HC2GRC as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.

THAILAND, HS. Champ, E21EIC will be QRV as E2A as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

SVALBARD, JW. Karl, LA8DW will be QRV as JW8DW from Spitsbergen, IOTA EU-026, from May 26 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

GUAM, KH2. Operators JI3ERV and JO1RUR will be QRV as AH2R as a Multi Op entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Matti, OH4SS and Voitto, OH3JVE are QRV as OH0/OH4SS until May 27. Activity is on 80, 40, 30, 20 and 6 meters using mostly FT8. QSL direct to OH4SS.

ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD will be QRV as P44W in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as an All Band entry. QSL direct to N2MM.

SURINAME, PZ. Olli, OH0XX is QRV as PZ5XX from Lelydorp until May 29. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

GREECE, SV. Laci, HA0HW is QRV as SW8WW from Thassos Island, IOTA EU-174, until June 5. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using CW, some SSB, RTTY and PSK. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

SOMALIA, T5. Baldur, DJ6SI is now QRV as 6OX from Hargeisa until June 6. Activity is on 20 meters. QSL to home call.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Kevin, K6TOP is QRV as VP2V/K6TOP from Tortola until June 1. Activity is on 40, 30, 20, and 17 meters using only CW from 0000 to 0200z, and then from 1000 to 1200z. QSL via NR6M.

MEXICO, XE. Members of the Radioclub Cancun are QRV as 6E6RM until June 1 in celebration of the Rally Maya Mexico 2018. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB, RTTY, FT8, along with some satellite activity. QSL via XE3N.

MACEDONIA, Z3. A group of operators will be QRV as Z3Y in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi/Single/Low Power entry. QSL via Z37Y.

KOSOVO, Z6. Joe, K7JOE will be QRV as Z6/K7JOE from May 28 to 30. Activity will be on 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters using CW. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint and the NCCC CW Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The QRP ARCI Hootowl CW Shootout is scheduled for May 28. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 30.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see May QST, page 83, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

27th May – 70Mhz Cumulatives # 3 – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

Having already started to get my affairs in order – getting a Will drawn up, then having an impending operation dumped on me at short notice, tends to focus the mind somewhat. Without wishing to be morbid, I’d like to remind all members that WADARC has a ‘policy’ (course of action) should your executors require it. However, you should make it quite clear in your Will that WADARC are to be charged with selling your Amateur Radio equipment on your estate’s behalf and of course mentioned in any donations you may wish to make.

WADARC is mentioned in my Will, is it in yours?

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last weekend was Mills On The Air when GB0HSM was setup at Salvington Mill. There wasn’t sufficient time to buy a new club laptop and set it up, so Roger, G7VBR’s laptop was dragged into service and with the IC7300 working fine, logging was once again fairly straightforward. Pete, G4LKW reported that many QSOs took place mainly on 80 and 40 metres.

Wednesday’s Tea and Chat did just what it said on the tin, with some discussion regarding Mills On The Air and various other chatterings. There was even some Morse Code practice – well done Ray, keep it up!

Please note: Although there was talk about the forthcoming Foxhunt, it DOES NOT take place NEXT Wednesday, it’s the Wednesday after that – 30th May!

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Practical Evening-Antennas – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 23rd May – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • 1st Bi-Annual Fox Hunt – Lions Hall open for those who can’t travel – Wednesday 30th May – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Note: Early start time.
  • Sunday Breakfast – Goring Cafe – Sunday 3rd June – 9.00am-10.00am
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 6th June – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Outside On The Air, bring rigs and antennas – 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

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

17-20 May 2018 Dayton Hamvention [Thursday-Sunday]
Greene County Fair & Exposition Centre, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, 45385, USA.
Coordinates: 39.702N – 83.9420W
Open 08:00. Flea market. Trade. RSGB books. SIGs. Daily lectures. Catering &.
Family pastimes on-site. Raffle. US exams.
Further details: international@hamvention.org http://www.hamvention.org

20 May 2018 35th Dunstable Downs RC Car Boot Sale
Stockwood Park, Farley Hill, Luton, LU1 5PP.
Entrances: Visitors-51.869155N 0.428050W Traders-51.865229N 0.417671W
Open 09:00/Traders 07:30. Entry/Car park £3.00 per vehicle.
5m x 5m plots available; one vehicle per plot £7.50 prebooked, £10 on
the day. All unsold items and scrap must be taken off the site.
Details/bookings: bootsale-web@magstripe.co.uk http://www.ddrcbootsale.org

1-3 June 2018 Ham Radio Show, Friedrichshafen [Friday-Sunday]
Neue Messe 1, 88046 Friedrichshafen, Germany. GPS 47.678150N 9.505990E.
Trade. IARU Member Societies’ stands. Trade. Large flea market. Lectures (some
in English). RSGB books. Parking €5. Entry: daily-€11/10; 3-day-€23/20; concessions;
lower entry price is for online tickets. Open: Fri/Sat 09:00-18:00; Sun 09:00-15:00.
Contact: http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de Tel 0049-7541-708-405.

17 June 2018 15th West of England Radio Rally [Was listed for 24 June]
Cheese & Grain Venue, Market Yard, Bridge St, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE.
Open 10:00-14:00. Admission £3/kids free. Inside & outside traders. RSGB books.
Free parking. Disabled access. Café.
Details: Shaun G8VPG, 01225-873098 rallymanager@westrally.org.uk
http://www.westrally.org.uk

24 June 2018 31st Newbury Radio Rally
Newbury Showground, Jcn 13/M4, Chieveley, Berks. RG18 9QZ.
Open 09:00/08:00-sellers. Entry £2.50-visitors, £12.50-boot sale seller’s pitch.
Discounted advance bookings via http://www.nadars.org.uk/rally.asp
Free parking. Display area. Exhibits SIGs. Clubs & Societies. On-site catering
Disabled facilities. Amateur radio station.
Contact: NewburyRally@nadars.org.uk http://www.nadars.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

Last week continued with zero sunspots after the 13th and a solar flux index of around 70. NOAA had forecast poorer geomagnetic conditions from Thursday, the 17th. The solar wind speed, as measured at the ACE spacecraft, did increase on Thursday morning but the K-index hadn’t got above three by Thursday afternoon.

Overall, HF conditions were average with daytime critical frequencies tending to be in the range 4 to 5MHz. This translates to an F-layer maximum usable frequency over a 3,000km path of about 15-17MHz. This means that the most reliable daytime DX band remains 20 metres, 14MHz.

As we move towards more summer-like ionospheric conditions the higher HF bands are remaining open later. The 30 and sometimes even 20 metre bands are staying open longer after sunset, although 20m is still closing by late evening.

Sporadic E is still bringing some interest to the upper HF bands, particularly 10 metres, but you can see the short-skip effects down to 20 meters as well.

The FT8 frequency of 28.074 MHz is now a good first check point for band openings. The 10m beacons are also worth checking because SR5TDM, a three watt low-power Polish beacon on 28.215MHz, was audible during the week. You can find a 10 and 6m beacon list by searching on the web for G3USF beacons.

Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain around 70. A lack of coronal hole activity means the K-index may only reach a maximum of two.

In summary then, it’s more of the same for HF!

VHF/UHF:

The charts show a lot of high pressure over the next week and this means a good chance of some tropo. The best paths will be over the surrounding seas, especially the North Sea at first. There may be a trend for drier air to remove some of the low-level moisture after this weekend, so paths won’t necessarily be good all of the time. The overnight conditions under high pressure can also produce temporary nocturnal lifts over land, but these paths tend to decay quickly after sunrise, when the heating breaks down any surface inversion.

Since it looks like a largely dry spell of weather, there may be a shortage of rain scatter clouds about for the microwave bands. All is not lost and there is some hope that sporadic E will continue to put in an appearance now and again. However, one of the main ingredients, a strong jet stream over Europe, may be hard to find in this fine, settled weather. This means the fall-back option of upper ridge patterns may be the trigger to watch. Check the daily sporadic E blogs on propquest.co.uk to see the current location of jet streams and ridges.

The Moon is past perigee, but losses are still low and will fall as the week progresses. Similarly, declination is falling but still in double figures until Wednesday, so another good week for EME with moon visibility from late morning through to after midnight most days.

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
W1UE, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

CYPRUS, 5B. Bob, 5B4AGN and Nick, G3RWF are QRV as 5B80FOC during
May in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the FOC. QSL via
M0URX.

BOTSWANA, A2. Dave, VE7VR will be QRV as A25VR from May 24 to June
3. Activity will be holiday style on 40, 30 and 20 meters. QSL to
home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DQ2018KTMS
is QRV until the end of the year to mark the 101st gathering of
German catholics in Muenster. QSL via bureau.

IRELAND, EI. A group of operators will be QRV as EJ7NET from
Inisheer Island, IOTA EU-006, from May 19 to 23. Activity will be
on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via operators’ instructions.

ENGLAND, G. Special event station GR9RW will be QRV from May 19 to
23 to celebrate the marriage of Great Britain’s Prince Harry to
Meghan Markle. Activity will be on 80 meters to 70 centimeters
using mainly CW and SSB and some FM with three stations active. QSL
via G4DFI.

ISLE OF MAN, GI. Bob, MD0CCE will be QRV with special event call
MR0CCE from May 19 to 21 to celebrate the marriage of Great
Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Afterwards, he will be
active as GT4FOC from May 21 to 25 to celebrate the 80th anniversary
of the FOC. QSL MR0CCE via MD0CCE and GT4FOC via G3SWH.

HONDURAS, HR. Rudy, N2WQ, Paul, K1XM, Charlotte, KQ1F and Dennis,
W1UE will be QRV as homecalls/HR9 from Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057,
from May 19 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands. They will be
active as HQ9X in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a
Multi-2 entry. QSL HQ9X via KQ1F and all others to home calls.

FINLAND, OH. Operators DL2VFR, DL2YBG and DL7UXG will be QRV as
OH1/homecalls from Reposaari, IOTA EU-173, from May 20 to 23, and
then from Parainen-Pargas, IOTA EU-096, from May 23 to 26. Activity
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, PSK and FT8. QSL to home
calls.

DENMARK, OZ. Special event station OU7G will be QRV from May 19 to
21 from a vintage technology fair that will be held on Sjaelland
Archipelago, IOTA EU-029. Activity will be on 80 to 20 meters using
CW and SSB, and daily from 0800 to 1600z. QSL via OU7G.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Zorro, JH1AJT and Nao, JN1RVS will be QRV as PJ8Z
and PJ8RV, respectively, from May 20 to 27. Activity will be on 40
to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL PJ8Z via
JH1AJT and PJ8RV via JA1HGY.

EGYPT, SU. Nacho, EA1AK is QRV as SU9JG from Gezira Island in the
Nile River. Activity is on 30 to 10 meters using FT8. QSL via
EA5GL.

GREECE, SV. Members of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece are
QRV with special event call SX60RAAG to celebrate their 60th
anniversary. QSL via bureau.

SOMALIA, T5. Baldur, DJ6SI is in Hargeisa and plans to be QRV as
6O0X until June 6. QSL this current operation via DJ6SI.

INDONESIA, YB. Yosuke, JJ1DQR will be QRV as YB9/JJ1DQR from Bali,
IOTA OC-022, from May 18 to 21. Activity will be on the HF bands
only SSB. QSL to home call.

GIBRALTAR, ZB. Michael, DF8AN is QRV as ZB2/DF8AN and is active on
6 meters, 4 meters, 2 meters, and 70 centimeters. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Portuguese Navy Day Contest,
Slobozhansky Sprint Contest, UN DX Contest, NZART Sangster Shield
80-Meter CW Contest, EU PSK DX Contest, Aegean RTTY Contest, Feld
Hell Sprint and the Baltic 80-Meter Contest are all on tap for this
upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for May 21.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are
scheduled for May 23.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see May QST, page 83, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

13th May – 70MHz CW Contest – 09.00-12.00

19th/20th May – 144MHZ VHF Championship – 14.00-14.00

20th May – 1st 144MHZ Backpackers – 11.00-15.00

27th May – 70Mhz Cumulatives # 3 – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

Sometimes on the Thursday morning 40 metre SSB net, reception can be impossible due to high noise levels, unless the required station is quite strong and there’s no QSB. It often pays to use an online SDR in parallel with the K3S. I normally use the Hack Green SDR, but I recognise that it’s a bit too far up country to be sure that my signal may be heard from Shoreham, although it can be an aid to propagation checks if I can hear my transmitted signal coming back from the SDR, which means that I can be heard further up-country.

However, I was searching for an online SDR that’s much closer to home and eventually found one, located at Farnham in Surrey, which although not ideal, is good enough for now. The software and display is different to some of the other SDRs, but works well and is easy to use. Fortunately it also has memory facilities so favourite frequencies can be stored for later recall. Another nice feature is that when you specify a label for your saved memory, it’s displayed on the waterfall, when the memory’s recalled.

Although the SDR is labelled as a Top Band facility, it will also receive 80 and 40 metres. Here’s the link: http://topband.ddns.net:8901/

Online SDRs are particularly useful because their antennas are generally situated in optimum positions away from man-made noise. They do have some limitations such as not being great with handling adjacent strong signals and may suffer dropouts etc., if your Internet connection isn’t good. However, they are a useful tool and can be regarded as a remote receiver on the end of a 100 mile cable to home, with no losses!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s meeting was mainly about preparation for Mills On The Air. The IC7300 is working fine but unfortunately the club’s laptop is fu no longer viable. Although it’s only used for logging, Log4OM has withdrawn support for Windows XP, so it just won’t run without falling over. Fortunately there were sufficient committee members present to form a (committee) quorum, so a quick vote unanimously agreed to purchase a new laptop. Roger, G7VBR will make the purchase with advice on what to buy from Chris, M0VUE. It’s hoped to have everything setup on a Windows 10 machine by the time ‘Mills’ starts tomorrow.

Ron, G3SKI is getting about now and would like WADARC members to visit him at home. Please phone Ron first to arrange a meeting.

Andy, M6RFE is also faring better and has been spotted in his workshop.

My leg, arm and back problems are on-going. More after I see a consultant next Tuesday. Thanks to all members who have helped out/are helping out with meetings and tea.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Mills On The Air – Salvington Windmill – Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th May – Contact Pete, G4LKW for details and times.
  • Tea and Chat – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 16th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Practical Evening-Antennas – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 23rd May – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • 1st Bi-Annual Fox Hunt – Lions Hall open for those who can’t travel – Wednesday 30th May – 7.30pm-10.00pm – 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

17-20 May 2018 Dayton Hamvention [Thursday-Sunday]
Greene County Fair & Exposition Centre, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, 45385, USA.
Coordinates: 39.702N – 83.9420W
Open 08:00. Flea market. Trade. RSGB books. SIGs. Daily lectures. Catering &.
Family pastimes on-site. Raffle. US exams.
Further details: international@hamvention.org http://www.hamvention.org

20 May 2018 35th Dunstable Downs RC Car Boot Sale
Stockwood Park, Farley Hill, Luton, LU1 5PP.
Entrances: Visitors-51.869155N 0.428050W Traders-51.865229N 0.417671W
Open 09:00/Traders 07:30. Entry/Car park £3.00 per vehicle.
5m x 5m plots available; one vehicle per plot £7.50 prebooked, £10 on
the day. All unsold items and scrap must be taken off the site.
Details/bookings: bootsale-web@magstripe.co.uk http://www.ddrcbootsale.org

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

ARLP019 Propagation de K7RA

Sunspots reappeared this week, after none on April 28 through May 3. Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 3.6 (last week) to 14.6 (May 3-9).

So far in 2018 56% of days were spotless. For all of 2017 the rate was about half or 28%, for the whole year, a total of 104 days. These numbers are according to http://www.spaceweather.com . Seemingly counter-intuitively considering the slight rise in sunspot numbers, yet not unusual, average daily solar flux declined one point from 69.3 to 68.3.

Solar activity continues to decline, and we’ve been expecting (over the past few years) solar minimum to arrive about two years from now in 2020.

But some have suggested that perhaps the decline is currently faster than anticipated. I like to imagine a sooner minima could precede a faster rise in the next cycle! What if the upcoming Cycle 25 echoes Cycle 19? Sorry, no scientific evidence, but I like to dream this could happen.

Cycle 19 was the largest in recorded history, and I would be glad to see another one, just so it isn’t accompanied by a Carrington Event. The Carrington Event happened in September 1859 and produced solar flares so powerful that telegraph offices, connected by long lines acting as antennas, caught fire. But the peak of Cycle 19 happened about 100 years later.

Spaceweather.com reports this week that the American Geophysical Union (agu.org) in a paper published May 10, researchers from the University of Birmingham use Extreme Value Theory to estimate the average time between “Carrington-like flares.”

See https://bit.ly/2G6J2sR

Tough to predict, but they estimate one every 100 years. Of course, this means we are long overdue, but perhaps this is like the gambler’s fallacy: don’t bet on red just because the last five spins of the wheel landed on black:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambler%27s_fallacy

According to http://legacy-www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly/pdf/prf2227.pdf on page 11, smoothed solar flux numbers around 63 are predicted toward the end of 2019. But when we observe numbers around the last solar minimum (right now I am looking at the 109 days ending on October 9, 2008 as an example) there were numerous consecutive periods of no sunspots (average daily sunspot number during that time was only 1.046) but average daily solar flux was 66.4, several points higher than values predicted for the end of 2019.

These long term predictions are updated about every four weeks, but I have no idea when predictions for 2020 will appear.

Predicted solar flux is 69 on May 11-12, 68 on May 13-15, 67 on May 16-18, 72 on May 19-25, 70 on May 26, 68 on May 27 through June 8, and 70 on June 9, 72 on June 10-21, 70 on June 22 and 68 on June 23-24.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on May 11, 5 on May 12-16, 12 on May 17-18, 8 on May 19, 5 on May 20-31, then 18, 25, 20, 16, 12 and 8 on June 1-6, 5 on June 7-12, then 42, 12, and 8 on June 13-15 and 5 on June 16-24.

VHF/UHF:

There have been some reasonable tropo conditions recently, but mainly limited to coastal and sea paths. A UK amateur television record-breaking 5.6GHz contact using low power video senders was made last Wednesday, between the Norfolk and Yorkshire coasts, using a shallow surface duct. This can be a relatively-common feature in the summer, but they can be very shallow; climbing the cliffs may just make you too high.

This coming week, with high pressure nearby, there will continue to be options for more tropo, but keep in mind that nocturnal cooling inversions that give some good overnight tropo soon disperse after sunrise. Looking for the high-microwave-band beacons overnight often shows them appearing after a hot day.

Tropo is not guaranteed this week since the high pressure is rather weak and often replaced by shallow areas of low pressure with an attendant risk of thundery showers, giving some possibility of rain scatter on the microwave bands.

The sporadic E season is well under way. We need to look at the location of jet streams within Europe this week, which can influence the location of sporadic E. A north-westerly jet stream over the Pyrenees could help paths to EA and CT. As usual the best advice to capture sporadic E is to remember to check 10m and 6m when you get home from work. Checking beacons, the Reverse Beacon Network and clusters should be your first tasks before having your evening meal!

The Moon reaches perigee, its closest point to Earth, on Thursday and maximum declination on Friday, so it’s a good week for EME.

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 AK5Q, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

RODRIGUEZ ISLAND, 3B9. Operators Jacky, FR4NP, Bruno, FR4PF, Emile, FR4PM, Jean, FR5CB and Patrick, FR5FC will be QRV as 3B9RUN from May 11 to 16. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via EA7FTR.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Members of the Lions DX Team are QRV as C8T from Bilene-Macia, Gaza until May 15. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters, including 60 meters and 2 meter EME, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via ON1DX.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Press, N6SS is QRV as DU6/N6SS from Sibalom, Antique Province, Panay Island, IOTA OC-129, until May 17. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and FT8. QSL to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Bruce, WB7OTC is QRV as E51OTC from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, Aitutaki Island, IOTA OC-083, and Atiu Island, IOTA OC-083, until May 18. Activity is on the HF bands using QRP power. QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Members of the Union de Radioaficionados de Las Palmas are QRV with special call EG8CID until May 30 to commemorate Canary Islands Day that occurs on May 30. QSL via EA8URL.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. A group from the Ynomy DX Club will be QRV as HB0/PG8M/p and HB0/PH0NO/p from various World Flora-Fauna sites and nature reserves on May 12 and 13. Activity will be on 80 to 2 meters, including 60 meters, using CW and SSB with two stations. QSL via operators’ instructions.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event station HL50IARU is QRV until the end of October 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IARU Region III.

ITALY, I. Special event station 4U29MAY is QRV until the end of June 2018 to commemorate the International Day of UN Peacekeepers that occurs on May 29. QSL via 9A2AA.

JAPAN, JA. Take, JI3DST will be QRV with special call sign, 8J3XXIII/3 from Tanga Island, IOTA AS-117, on May 12 and 13. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. Operations may vary based on local conditions. QSL via the bureau.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM. Members of the radio club Horec are QRV with special event call OM75TESLA until the end of the year to commemorate Nikola Tesla’s death 75 years ago. QSL via OM3KHT.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PB18MILL will be QRV on May 12 and 13 for the Mills on the Air event. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL direct to PB7Z.

CURACAO, PJ2. Savvas, SV2AEL is QRV as PJ2/SV2AEL until May 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

FRANZ JOSEF LAND, R1/F. Eugeny, RI1FJ has been QRV using CW on 30 and 20 meters at various times. QSL via UA2FM.

AUSTRALIA, VK. Special event station VI50IARU3 is QRV until August 31 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of IARU Region III.

LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L. Operators Chris, VK3QB, Brenton, VK3YB and Luke, VK3HJ are QRV as VK9LI until May 18. Activity is on 160 to 17 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via VK2CA.

TURKS AND CAICOS, VP5. Mickey, AK5Q is QRV as VP5/AK5Q from Providenciales, IOTA NA-002, until May 14. Activity is holiday style on 20 meters using FT8. QSL to home call.

KOSOVO, Z6. Emir, 9A6AA and Robert, 9A5RBJ will be QRV as Z68AA and Z68RBJ, respectively, from Peja from May 14 to 21. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home calls.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ-M International DX Contest, Dutch National Windmill and Waterpump station Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, VOLTA World Wide RTTY Contest, SKCC Weekend CW
Sprintathon, Arkansas QSO Party, FISTS Spring Unlimited CW Sprint, 50 MHz Spring Sprint and the WAB 7 MHz Phone are all on tap for this weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for May 14.

The RSGB 80-meter Club Data Championship, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for May 16.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see May QST, page 83, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

13th May – 70MHz CW Contest – 09.00-12.00

19th/20th May – 144MHZ VHF Championship – 14.00-14.00

20th May – 1st 144MHZ Backpackers – 11.00-15.00

27th May – 70Mhz Cumulatives # 3 – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

The rather long article at this link: http://www.ei5di.com/jt.html should provide some interesting food for thought and discussion.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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

THE PAST WEEK

Chris (M0VUE) gave a great talk on Wednesday about his travels over land, sand and ‘creme brulee’ from UK to Morocco .. along with some possibly dodgy navigation into Algeria in extreme wipe-out sandstorm conditions! Thank you Chris.

As you probably know Maplin Electronics is closing down. The web site is no longer functioning but the shops are still open for a few more weeks. Some gear is selling off at low prices.
I picked up two ‘cable access kit’ packs. These are ten x 30cm reinforced rods with brass threads to join them together for cable routing in difficult places (A77QW).
I thought they might come in handy for portable antennas experiments – e.g. made up into loops, two could be joined together at right angles to make a support for loop antennas etc.

We heard at the Wed meeting that the ‘Moon Bounce’ talk could not be arranged so next Wednesday will be an on-air night with the IC7300 and we’re interfacing it with the club laptop for logging at Mills On The Air.

In the Propagation section below there is an explanation why 40m is currently a good band to use in the daytime (re. Alan’s recent e-mail about the Thursday ee40m net).
There is also useful info. on the start of the Sporadic E season (“first place to check out will be along the lines of jet streams ….”).

Andy, M6RFE is feeling much better but still has a little way to go.

Good DX to you !
Jonathan, G1EXG

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Sunday Breakfast – Goring Cafe – Sunday 6th May – 9.00am-10.00am
Moon Bounce talk – TALK CANCELLED – On Air Night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 9th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Mills On The Air – Salvington Windmill – Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th May – Contact Pete, G4LKW for details and times.
Tea and Chat – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 16th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Practical Evening-Antennas – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 23rd May – 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

7 May 2018 Dartmoor Radio Rally [Bank Holiday Monday]
Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DD.
Open 10:30/10:15. Admission £2, kids free-with adult. Free parking. On-site catering.
Trade and club stands. B&B.
Details: Viv Watson, G7AWG, 01752-823427, vivwatsondrc@aol.com

17-20 May 2018 Dayton Hamvention [Thursday-Sunday]
Greene County Fair & Exposition Centre, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, 45385, USA.
Coordinates: 39.702N – 83.9420W
Open 08:00. Flea market. Trade. RSGB books. SIGs. Daily lectures. Catering &.
Family pastimes on-site. Raffle. US exams.
Further details: international@hamvention.org http://www.hamvention.org

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

Propagation News – 29 April 2018

RSGB | April 27, 2018
Last weekend’s poor HF conditions, which made for a quieter than normal International Marconi Day on the 21st, were largely caused by incoming material from a large solar coronal hole. A lack of sunspots didn’t help either.
The incoming solar wind pushed the K-index up to six at one point, but conditions settled as the week went on. By Thursday the 26th the K-index was down to zero or one.

A small sunspot group pushed the solar flux index to a maximum of 77 and the sunspot number to 34. But even this had declined to 69 and 17 by Thursday.
As a result maximum usable frequencies struggled to exceed 14MHz at times and skip on the lower bands, particularly 40 metres, tended to be longer.
The Space Weather Prediction Center says we might expect another geomagnetic disturbance this weekend due to a high-speed solar wind stream.

But after that, next week’s geomagnetic conditions are predicted to be fairly settled with a maximum K-index of two. NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the low to mid seventies.
One positive is that the lower solar flux means D layer absorption is also weakened. This means 40m is often open to paths around Europe during the day—do take a look at the band as it is often open to France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, for example, when 20m is largely closed.
Putting this all together, we might expect slightly better daylight HF conditions next week with band openings on 40, 30 and up to 20, with occasional surprises on 17 metres.
We are still seeing a slight uplift in the critical frequency after sunset, and the ionosonde data show that 20 metres may remain open to DX over a 3,000km path until about 21.30 UTC.
As always, these are predictions and you need to get on the air to find out if they come true!

VHF and up

The pressure will remain low close to the British Isles and therefore tropo is unlikely to feature much, other than transient openings around dawn.
With heavy showers and thunderstorms in the forecast, it could be a good spell for rain scatter on the gigahertz bands, so radar sites such as Patrick, TK5EP’s SCP map will be your friend for setting up QSOs.

Sporadic E is coming into its time now, and there have already been some openings across Europe using FT8.
Be prepared for some more traditional openings for CW and SSB signals soon. The earlier FT8 events have been linked to the positions of jet streams, but it’s very hard to be precise, since they happen most days.
For the CW and SSB signal levels it is likely that the first place to check out will be along the lines of jet streams, especially where they intersect with mountain ranges like the Alps and Pyrenees. The upper air forecast charts do show a good deal of jet stream activity over the next week, so it’s time to set up a listening watch on the beacons and clusters.

Moon declination is negative and falling all week, reaching minimum next Saturday. This coincides with apogee, so peak Moon elevations are at a minimum and losses are highest at the same time.
This is a week to check out your antenna and receiver performance using Sun-to-cold-sky noise measurements as the Sun is getting to a good maximum elevation now.

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
SV2CLJ, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

QATAR, A7. Rasto, OM6AA is QRV as A75GR while living in Doha. QSL
via M0OXO.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. A group of operators are QRV as C8T until May 15.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and possibly
PSK and FT8 with four stations. This may include a fifth station
running 2 meter EME. QSL via ON1DX.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Press, N6SS is QRV as DU6/N6SS from Sibalom,
Antique Province, Panay Island, IOTA OC-129, until May 17. Activity
is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and FT8. QSL to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Bruce, WB7OTC will be QRV as E51OTC from
Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, Aitutaki Island, IOTA OC-083, and
Atiu Island, IOTA OC-083, from May 6 to 17. Activity will be on the
HF bands using QRP power. QSL to home call.

BELARUS, EW. Special event station EV73K will be QRV from May 5 to
10 to commemorate the 73 years since victory in the great patriotic
war. QSL via EW8EQ.

PANAMA, HP. A group of operators are QRV as 3F6IC from Cebaco
Island, IOTA NA-071, until May 6. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters
using SSB and various digital modes. This includes being active on
60 meters. QSL via HP1AVS.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Ari, OH3KAV will be QRV as OH0KA from May 6 to
10. Activity will be on the HF bands, including 60 meters, using CW
and FT8. QSL to home call.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Operators Tonny, PD1TV and Henri, PA4HM will be
QRV with special call sign PH00GEVEEN from may 5 to 22 during the
annual Wings and Wheels event held at Hoogeveen Airfield. Activity
will be on the various HF bands using SSB. QSL via bureau.

CURACAO, PJ2. Savas, SV2AEL will be QRV as PJ2/SV2AEL from May 10
to 15. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL direct
to home call.

TURKEY, TA. Col, MM0NDX, Max, IK8LOV and Bjoern, ON9CFG will be QRV
as TA0/home calls and as TC0AX from May 7 to 11. Activity will be
holiday style on 80 to 2 meters. QSL to home calls and TC0AX via
M0SDV.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. A number of Russian stations will switch to
the RP73 prefix from May 5 to 9. The P in the prefix stands for the
Russian word pobeda, or victory, in the English language. And the
73 stands for the number of years since the end of World War II.

MACQUARIE ISLAND, VK0. Norbert, VK5MQ is QRV as VK0AI and will be
here with the next winter team for one year. Activity has been on
30 and 20 meters using FT8 between 0400 to 0630z. QSL to home call.

SERBIA, YU. Special event station YU100APV is QRV through December
31, 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the unification of
Vojvodina and Serbia.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. New England QSO Party, 10-10
International Spring CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
MIE 33 Contest, Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest, SBMS 2.3 GHz and
Up Contest and Club Challenge, Microwave Spring Sprint, ARI
International DX Contest, 7th Call Area QSO Party, Indiana QSO
Party, Delaware QSO Party and the FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint are
all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship is scheduled for May 7.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for May 8.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 9.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see May QST, page 83, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

13th May – 70MHz CW Contest – 09.00-12.00

19th/20th May – 144MHZ VHF Championship – 14.00-14.00

20th May – 1st 144MHZ Backpackers – 11.00-15.00

27th May – 70Mhz Cumulatives # 3 – 14.00-16.00