Amateur radio in West Sussex - Training, Exams, Contests and Special Event Stations

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THE PAST WEEK

This past week we met in the bar area of the Jubilee Hall, where we all sat round the table layout in the centre of the room. I think all agreed that the it was easier to hear each other without the echo from the main auditorium and the room layout provided a more friendly atmosphere. Next week we will probably use the club screen with the projector in the same room, to see how that works out.

Last Wednesday was our annual Construction Competition and it was pleasing to see a number of entries, all different. Thanks to all who participated. The over all winner was Chris, G3UFS with his 400W dummy load, constructed from a modified PW design, using 100W resistors, mounted on a suitable heatsink.

Discussion also took place on the next JOTA event and the Remembrance Day parade marshalling, with the need for volunteers to man these worthy events. Further details to be published via the club reflectors.

There were also comments that the last Sunday Breakfast was non-existent. This will only work if members turn up for the event.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Breakfast at the Lancing Harvester – Sunday 1st October – 9.00am – 10.00am
  • WADARC AGM and after meeting chat – Wednesday 4th October – 8.00pm sharp
  • Foundation Training – Saturday 7th October – email: training@wadarc.org.uk to book.
  • Foundation Exam – Monday 9th October – 7.15pm – 8.30pm
  • Lecture – The Rampion Windfarm – Wednesday 11th October – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Junk Sale (including radios etc from G3GVB) – Wednesday 18th October – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

September 2017

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday]
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market.
RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering.
Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

October 2017

1 October 2017 Hack Green Hangar Sale
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, French Lane, Nantwich, Ches. CW5 8AL.
Open 10:00. Sale of amateur & electronic equipment, comps, military radio
sets and vehicle spares. Refreshments on-site.
Details: Lucy Siebert, 01270-623353, lucy@hackgreen.co.uk

13 to 16 October 2017 The RSGB Convention [Friday to Monday]
Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive,
Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK7 6BZ.
Details: http://www.rsgbevents.org

15 October 2017 Holsworthy ARC Rally
Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6JD.
Trade. B&B. Catering. Free on-site parking. Disabled access.
Details: Howard, M0MYB, holsworthyarc@gmail.com

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
(Sep 17 1847UTC) FARSIDE UPDATE: A powerful double-eruption, likely in the X class range, has occurred on the far side of the sun from the big sunspot that gave us our flares last week. It is still very active, and the flare/CME are visible on STEREO A/SOHO coronagraphs.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Some enhanced propagation during the past week, due to variations in temperature and subsequent inversions. This behaviour is likely to continue and it’s worth checking the beacons frequently, as well as looking out for sea mists, which usually indicate that there’s a ‘lift’ on. Distances in excess of 750Km are highly likely. Autumn auroral activity highly likely.

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 WB0TEV, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,  Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

BARBADOS, 8P. Dean, 8P6SH plans to be QRV as 8P50B on 20 meters in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via KU9C.

NEPAL, 9N. Gerhard, OE3GEA is QRV as 9N7GE. Activity of late has been on 30 and 17 meters using CW. His length of stay is unknown.
QSL to home call.

TAIWAN, BV. A group of operators will be QRV as BV2A/3 from SaXi, Tao Yuan City in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via
operators’ instructions.

BOTSWANA, A2. Operators Paul, R2AD, Elena, RC5A, and Yuri, RM0F are QRV as A25SP, A25BE, and A25BI, respectively, from Chobe National Park until September 25. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

TONGA, A3. Hal, JR4OZR will be QRV as A35W from Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL direct to JJ2VLY.

OMAN, A4. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will be QRV as A44A in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via A47RS.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9. Jorge, EA9LZ will be QRV as EF9R in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via EA5KB.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Alain, F8FUA is QRV as FR/F8FUA until September 30. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

JERSEY, GJ. Kazu, M0CFW will be QRV as MJ5Z in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest on all bands. Before and after the contest he is
active as MJ0CFW. QSL to home call.

GUERNSEY, GU. A group of operators are QRV as MU/ON4ANN until September 24. Activity is on 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters using CW,
SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0URX.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event station HL50NWPF is QRV until September 24 to celebrate the 5th Nakdong River World Peace Culture Festival. QSL via HL5FXP.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Take, JA1UII is QRV as JD1BON until September 30. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE. Special event station OE6YHOTA will be QRV on September 23 and 24 to draw attention to the Young Helpers on the Air activity. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters. QSL via OE6SWG.

ARUBA, P4. Operators Jim, K8JH and Mike, KB8KB will be QRV as P40N and P40M, respectively, from September 27 to October 3.  Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and FT8. QSL both calls for this activity direct to home calls.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Leo, PP1CZ is QRV as PY0F/PP1CZ until September 27. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using mainly CW, with some RTTY, JT65 and FT8 as well. QSL direct to home call.

CRETE, SV9. Joerg, DM1OS will be QRV as SV9/DM1OS from Gavdos Island, IOTA EU-187, from September 23 to 25. Activity will be
holiday style on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Katsumi, JA3KIO is QRV as T88XA from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until September 26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call. In addition, Toshi,
JA3JND is QRV as T88ON from Koror Island until September 28. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. QSL to
home call.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP from Blackman Eddy until September 25. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using some SSB. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC is QRV as XW1IC from Vientiane until September 25. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters. This includes being a Single Op/Single Band on 20 meter entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. A group of operators will be QRV as ZF1A in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via operators’  instructions.

GIBRALTAR, ZB. Robert, M0TTT will be QRV as ZB2TT in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via M0URX.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, Railways on the Air, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Maine QSO Party, Texas QSO Party and the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The 220 MHz Fall Sprint is scheduled for September 22. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for September 27.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

7th – 8th October – 432MHz/2.45GHz Contest – 14.00-14.00

7th October – 1.2GHz/2.3GHz Trophy – 14.00-22.00

22nd October – 50MHz AFS Contest – 09.00-13.00

FINALÉ

Thanks to all who have renewed their membership for the coming year. For those who haven’t yet managed it, please try to renew ASAP and certainly before the AGM. Methods include cash to any committee member, cheque, bank standing order, BACS direct transfer. Details can be obtained by sending an email to membership@wadarc.org.uk or to treasurer@wadarc.org.uk
If you make a direct transfer, please inform the membership secretary. Current subscription is £35 per annum.

If anyone has difficulty in getting payment to us, please contact Roger, G7VBR who will attempt to discretely resolve the situation.

Membership renewal is not just about the money, although it does come in handy! The committee need to know of everyone who is supporting the club and who/where to send club information. It also helps the club to plan ahead for future events.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, Ron – G3SKI gave a very informative talk on his dealings with the opening of the IBA (Independent Television) in the 1950s. Unfortunately the event wasn’t especially well attended, so those who weren’t there missed one of the best lectures of the year. Ron, at the age of 94+ continues to amaze with his wealth of knowledge.

Next week is our annual Construction Contest. Please think about bringing along an item that you’ve made. It can be anything radio related and it’s OK if you’ve entered it in a previous contest.

We’ve discovered that there’s a serving hatch area in the Jubilee Hall, which can be used as a temporary shack on club nights. It has shutters that can be pulled down, which will isolate the area from noise in the rest of the hall. Although this is unlikely to be a permanent arrangement for a club shack, it’s a start!

We’re also finding that although the big screen is easier to see and requires no setup, we may think about using the WADARC screen in the bar area in future, because the acoustic is far less ‘lively’.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Intermediate Training – email training@wadarc.org.uk to book – Sat 16th – Sun 17th September – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
  • Intermediate Exam – Monday 18th September – 7.15pm – 9.00pm.
  • Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • AGM and after meeting chat – Wednesday 4th October – 8.00pm sharp.

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

September 2017

17 September 2017 Weston-Super-Mare Rally The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 7DX. Open 10:00. Admission £3. Large car park. B&B. Trade. Auction. Lectures. Family amusements, competitions & contests, interactive displays and fun activities. On-site catering. Details: 01278-786684, mjones129@btinternet.com http://www.G4WSM.club

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday] Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY. Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market. RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering.
Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website:

http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
(Sep 14 1831UTC) The northern coronal hole has impacted earth’s magnetic field. A Level 2 geomagnetic storm storm is underway. Aurorae are likely tonight!
(Sep 13 1136UTC) The faint edge of the CME shockwave from the X8 solar flare impacted earth yesterday. Since the bulk mass of the CME missed earth only a low-level geomagnetic storm was produced. We are awaiting solar wind impact from the northern coronal hole in the coming days.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

40 metre UK propagation on Thursday was extremely difficult, with only Phil, GM4UDU/M being heard consistently in Sussex and via the Hack Green SDR. Stations across the rest of the country could not contact each other, but would occasionally pop up out of the noise, only to disappear again within seconds. Ground wave was not as badly affected and the path between Shoreham and Bramber was mostly good.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions were average for the time of year. A couple of contacts were possible between Shoreham and a couple of low power handhelds at sea level in Brighton. Nothing to indicate tropospheric propagation, so the signals probably just got lucky and dodged between the buildings etc.,

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

GEORGIA, 4L. Dmitry, R4WW will be QRV as 4L/R4WW from September 17 to 29. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, and possibly SSB and RTTY. This may include an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY contest. QSL direct to home call.

SAMOA, 5W. Al, K7AR will be QRV as 5W0RA from Apia, IOTA OC-097, from September 19 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8. QSL to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T. A group of operators are QRV as 5T5OK until September 29. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY with several stations active simultaneously. QSL via OK6DJ.

ALGERIA, 7X. Rodrigo, EA7JX will be QRV as 7U1X from Djelfa from September 18 to 25. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Members of the Kuala Lumpur DX Team will be QRV as 9M4IOTA from Indah Island, IOTA AS-074, from September 16 to 18. QSL direct to 9M4IOTA.

BOTSWANA, A2. Operators Pavel, R2AD, Yuri, RM0F and Elena, RC5A are QRV as A25BE, A25BI and A25SP, respectively, from Kasane until September 25. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

TONGA, A3. Hal, JR4OZR will be QRV as A35W from Nuku’alofa from September 20 to 26. Activity will be on the HF bands using RTTY and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via JJ2VLY.

NIUE, E6. Grant, VK5GR is QRV as E6AG until September 25 while on vacation. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using mainly digital modes but also some CW and SSB. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via M0OXO.

ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP. Operators G7VJR, G3ZAY, DH5FS, M0BLF, M0WUT, M0ZXA and M0INN will be QRV as FP/homecalls from Ile aux Marins from September 18 to 22. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters
using all modes, including FT8, with four stations active simultaneously. QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. Members of the 7163 Group are QRV as HD8M from Isabela Island, IOTA SA-004, until September 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes, including FT8. QSL direct to WB2REM.

GRENADA, J3. Wayde, KD2NOP is QRV as J3/KD2NOP until September 20. Activity is on various HF bands using JT65, FT8 and possibly other digital modes. QSL to home call.

WAKE ISLAND, KH9. Terry, K7ASU is QRV as K7ASU/KH9 until September 17 while on work assignment. His activity is sporadic, but is generally active on 40 and 20 meters at various times. QSL direct to home call.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Operators DK2DO, DL1ZBO and DL5FF will be QRV as OH0JWL from September 19 to 25. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL CW contacts via DK2DO, and RTTY contacts via DL5FF. In addition, special event callsign OF100FI/0 will be QRV from Brando Island during the SAC CW contest to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Finland. QSL via OH2BAD.

CZECH REPUBLIC, OL. Special event station OL100SV is QRV until September 23 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Signal Forces of the Czech Army. QSL via bureau.

LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC will be QRV as XW1IC from September 21 to 25. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home call.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. David, G4NRT is QRV as Z21NRT from Harare until September 29. Activity is on 80 to 2 meters using CW, SSB, PSK, JT65, JT69, FT8 and FM on 2 meters. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, North American RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, AGB 80-Meter NEMIGA Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest,
Scandinavian Activity CW Contest, All Africa International DX Contest, Iowa QSO Party, New Hampshire QSO Party, New Jersey QSO Party, QRP Afield, Washington State Salmon Run, Feld Hell Sprint and BARTG Sprint 75 are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The 144 MHz Fall Sprint and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for September 18.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for September 20.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

17th September – 70 MHz Contest # 2 – 09.00-12.00

FINALÉ

Is WADARC going ‘down the pan’, or is the lack of attendance a pre-AGM lull? I do hope it’s the latter. In the past couple of weeks, attendance has been poor and even the Fox Hunt was avoided by most. As the Fox Hunt was the last meeting in South Hall and there were more people there than out on the road, is the drop-off due to a dislike of the Jubilee Hall, or is it that the subject matter only interested a very few? I also wonder if some people didn’t turn up because they’d not paid next year’s membership? Please don’t stay away because of that. There’s is leeway in payment times and we don’t want to lose members because they’re a bit late in paying. If anyone feels financially embarrassed, please contact Roger, G7VBR who will discretely sort it out for you. Although WADARC is not paying for most of it, a lot of money and effort is being spent to move the club antennas and to provide improved meeting facilities for us all. I hope that it will all be worth it and attendances will greatly improve. Also, please try to promote membership of WADARC to non-members and past members. Members don’t need to be licenced and can find the Club a useful stepping stone to gaining knowledge and obtaining an Amateur Radio Licence.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The RSGB NFD took place last weekend, with a lot of activity throughout the HF bands. Unfortunately there was no Club interest in taking part in the event, so Graham, G4FNL and his friend Peter G4BVH took part in the restricted section and report that they may have won it. Well done guys. Some club members reported finding G4FNL and giving away a few points, whilst others like myself did try to find the station and failed.

Wednesday evening saw the move into the Jubilee Hall at LPH. Fortunately we did some preparation the day before, so there were no nasty surprises and we knew where everything was. The acoustic in the main part of the hall was a bit lively, but it’s envisaged that we would only use that section when the projector screen’s in use. If we find that the acoustic is too objectionable, we still have our own projector screen, which can be setup in the bar area, with its carpeted floor. It’s just a shame that a few more members didn’t bother to turn up to support the club; it wasn’t as if the weather was bad!

Chris, M0VUE gave his final demonstration in his filters and baluns series, with diagrams and charts on the ‘big screen’ and members set about constructing some test filters. Although the high-pass filter didn’t work as expected, we think that some components were either u/s or marked incorrectly. However, members said that they enjoyed it and that it was a very successful evening.

We now have the go-ahead from the Parish Council to have our aerials and cables moved to the Jubilee Hall and this is being paid for by the Council. We envisage the work being carried out in the next couple of weeks or so.

Andrew reported that we are heading closer to the AGM and although we have prospective volunteers for Chairman and Treasurer, we are desperately looking for a candidate for Secretary. If this position is not filled at the AGM, the club will cease to function. Roger, G7VBR has been acting as temporary Secretary, but will definitely NOT be standing for this office next year. Of course officers have to be voted in, but we really do need at least one volunteer for Secretary, so please think about it yourself and consider that you could become an ordinary committee member.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Band III – a talk by Ron, G3SKI – Wed 13th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
Intermediate Training – email training@wadarc.org.uk to book – Sat 16th and Sat 23rd September – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Intermediate Exam – Monday 25th September – 7.15pm – 9.00pm.
Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

September 2017
10 September 2017 Andover ARC’s Wildhern Rally
Village Hall, Wildhern, just north of Andover, SP11 0JE. Map reference: SU350510
Open 10:00/Sellers 09:00. Admission £2. Tables in the hall £10, £8 per boot.
Free Raffle.
Details: arac@arac.org.uk Club Website http://www.arac.org.uk

10 September 2017 Torbay Annual Communications Fair
Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, TQ12 3AF.
Open 10:00/09:30. Admission £2. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. On-site parking
and catering.
Bookings: Pete, G4VTO, 01803-864528 or Mike, G1TUU, 01803-557941
rally@tars.org.uk

17 September 2017 Weston-Super-Mare Rally
The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 7DX.
Open 10:00. Admission £3. Large car park. B&B. Trade. Auction. Lectures.
Family amusements, competitions & contests, interactive displays and fun
activities. On-site catering.
Details: 01278-786684, mjones129@btinternet.com http://www.G4WSM.club

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday]
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market.
RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering. Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING: A CME has just hit Earth’s magnetic field (Sept. 7th at ~2300 UT). This is the debris from Wednesday’s decade-class X9 solar flare. It arrived earlier than expected, confirming that the solar storm cloud is both fast and potent. The CME appears to contain strong south-pointing magnetic fields that typically do a good job of igniting geomagnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras in bright moonlight.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

40 metre UK propagation on Thursday was particularly fickle with stations popping up out of the noise with 9+20 signals, then disappearing again in as many minutes. Hack Green SDR was showing the same symptoms and was more noisy than usual. Even ground wave between Shoreham and Sompting was degraded at times.

VHF/UHF:

The past week has shown variable propagation as usual. The weekend contests produced distant stations into PA, OZ, HB9, EA, DK, F etc., but QSB was a constant problem making QSOs very difficult. In view of recent solar storms, auroral activity has been reported over the USA and it’s highly likely that we could see enhanced auroral propagation from Sussex to the extreme north of UK and Scandinavia.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

SENEGAL, 6W. Ronald, VE3REV is QRV as 6W1SU from Dakar and is here for the next 2 to 3 years. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB. QSL direct to M0URX.

ALGERIA, 7Y. Bodo, DF8DX will be QRV as 7Y0A from Bechar from September 11 to 22. Activity will be on the various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.

BOTSWANA, A2. Alex, IW5ELA is QRV as A25AL from various locations until September 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using mostly CW. QSL direct to home call.

MOROCCO, CN. Tev, TA1HZ and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as CN2HZ and CN2ZC, respectively, until September 13. Activity is on the HF bands. This includes being active in the Worked All Europe SSB DX contest. QSL CN2HZ via LZ3HI, and CN2ZC direct to home call.

NIUE, E6. Grant, VK5GR will be QRV as E6AG from September 13 to 25. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY contest. QSL via M0OXO.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Emanuele, IZ1UKX is QRV as EA8/IZ1UKX from Lanzarote Island, IOTA AF-004, until September 17. Activity is holiday style on 30 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Heinz, DF1YP is QRV as FO/DF1YP from Moorea, IOTA OC-046, until October 1. Activity is on 20, 17 and 15 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Kasimir, DL2SBY will be QRV as HB0/DL2SBY from September 9 to 15. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB with a concentration on RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

DENMARK, OZ. Jens, OZ0JD will be QRV as OZ0JD/p from Laesoe Island, IOTA EU-088, from September 10 to 15. Activity will be on the HF bands using RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Sebastian, SQ1SGB is QRV as HF0ARC from the Polish Antarctic Station H. Arctowski on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 10 meters at various times using JT9/65 and some SSB. QSL direct to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Claudio, HB9OAU will be QRV as SV5/HB9OAU from Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, from September 9 to 22. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from September 14 to 19. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and possibly RTTY and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. Lance, W7GJ will be QRV as VK9CGJ from September 12 to 30. This is a 6-Meter EME operation. QSL direct to home call.

VANUATU, YJ. Rod, YJ8RN will be QRV as YJ8RN/p from Loh Island, IOTA OC-110, from September 11 to 29. Activity will be in his spare time on 80, 40 and 20 meters using SSB. He may be active from IOTAs OC-035 and OC-104 as well. QSL via NZ4DX.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. David, G4NRT will be QRV as Z21NRT from Harare from September 9 to 29. Activity will be during his spare time on 80 to 6 meters, and 2 meters FM, using CW, SSB, PSK, JT9/65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as Z38/DL1CW from Orhid from September 11 to 13. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA. Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as ZA/DL1CW from Pogradec on September 9 and 10. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL September VHF Contest, ARRL EME Contest, North American CW Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Worked All Europe SSB DX Contest, Kulikovo Polye 20-Meter CW Contest, FOC CW QSO Party, SARL Field Day Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Ohio State Parks on the Air, Russian Cup Digital Contest and the Classic CW Exchange will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80m Autumn SSB Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for September 11.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for September 13.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

17th September – 70 MHz Contest # 2 – 09.00-12.00

FINALÉ

Scenario: Middle of NFD – 40 metres:

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

UA2ABC yoooah fifeah ninah, 73….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

G3XYZ….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

G3XYZ…..

No Europah, only Asia contestah, I callah DeeExah….

G3XYZ – then you really need to state which contest when you call CQ, 73….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

G4GNX rapidly loses interest and QSYs up the band!

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73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Friday I received an email from Lancing Parish Council, telling us that we must vacate the South Hall at Lancing Parish Hall permanently as of today (1st September)! Absolute panic and mayhem ensued, with emails flying backwards and forwards, until it was pointed out that we had been informed of this by email, some months ago, except for the actual date. It would seem that the Council’s email (which DOES exist) had gone astray. Further phone calls to the Clerk to the Council by Andrew and myself and a meeting was arranged between Helen Plant and myself on Wednesday afternoon. The meeting was very fruitful and we have agreed to move our meeting place to the Jubilee Hall, still within the confines of Lancing Parish Hall. Apart from the odd occasion when we can’t use the hall, we may be actually better off and more comfortable in the new venue. Movement of our aerials, feeds and GB3WO are being arranged.

Wednesday evening saw the next stage of the G8FMJ Foxhunt Competition, but unfortunately was VERY poorly patronised with only 4 people taking part, including the ‘Fox’! Dorian, Roger and I left the LPH car park just after 7.15pm, but NOBODY else asked to team up with us or attempted to go-it-alone. When we all finally returned, there were quite a few very able members in the hall, who had not ventured out to support the event.
Ian, M0IAD acted as the ‘fox’ making periodic transmissions throughout the evening. Dorian, 2E0FSI was first to find the fox’s hiding place – well done. Roger, G4TNT and Alan, G4GNX came a close 2nd, albeit with over an hour between sightings! Thank you Ian for your encouragement and patience.

An announcement has already been made about our move of meeting room, but to re-iterate:
As of and including Wednesday September 6th, WADARC meetings will take place in the Jubilee Hall at Lancing Parish Hall. The entrance to Jubilee Hall is next to the rear reception counter, where the caretaker normally sits.
Wi-fi is still available, but you’ll need to connect to a different ‘hot spot’. Details are on the wall inside the reception area.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Sunday Breakfast @ Lancing Harvester – 3rd September – 9.00am – 10.00am.
  • Building and testing RF Filters, on a budget – Wed 6th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Band III – a talk by Ron, G3SKI – Wed 13th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Intermediate Training – email training@wadarc.org.uk to book – Sat 16th – Sun 17th September – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
  • Intermediate Exam – Monday 18th September – 7.15pm – 9.00pm.
  • Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

September 2017

10 September 2017 Andover ARC’s Wildhern Rally
Village Hall, Wildhern, just north of Andover, SP11 0JE. Map reference: SU350510
Open 10:00/Sellers 09:00. Admission £2. Tables in the hall £10, £8 per boot.
Free Raffle.
Details: arac@arac.org.uk Club Website http://www.arac.org.uk

10 September 2017 Torbay Annual Communications Fair
Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, TQ12 3AF.
Open 10:00/09:30. Admission £2. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. On-site parking
and catering.
Bookings: Pete, G4VTO, 01803-864528 or Mike, G1TUU, 01803-557941 rally@tars.org.uk

17 September 2017 Weston-Super-Mare Rally
The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 7DX.
Open 10:00. Admission £3. Large car park. B&B. Trade. Auction. Lectures.
Family amusements, competitions & contests, interactive displays and fun
activities. On-site catering.  Details: 01278-786684, mjones129@btinternet.com http://www.G4WSM.club

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday]
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market.
RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering. Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
GEOMAGNETIC UNREST: Our planet’s magnetic field should remain unsettled on Sept. 1st as Earth continues its passage through a stream of fast-moving solar wind. The expected arrival of a CME fragment later today could re-kindle G1-class geomagnetic storms that sparked bright auroras over Alaska on Aug.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

The past week has shown variable propagation enhancements, with more possible due to current temperature changes and consequent inversions. Distances in excess of 750Km are highly likely. No auroral activity at present.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

MAURITIUS, 3B. Hans, PA3HGT will be QRV as 3B8/PA3HGT from September 5 to 22. Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20 and 10 meters using SSB and possibly various digital modes. QSL to home call.

ALGERIA, 7X. A group of operators are QRV as 7Y94I from Rachgoun Island, IOTA AF-094, until September 10. QSL via 7X2DD.

BOTSWANA, A2. Alex, IW5ELA will be QRV as A25AL from September 7 to 15. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using mostly CW. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Michael, W6QT is QRV as DU3/W6QT from Luzon Island, IOTA OC-042, until the end of the year. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. QSL direct to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as E51JHQ from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, until September 4. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters. This includes being active in the All-Asian DX Phone contest. QSL to home call.

BELARUS, EU. Special event station EV500S is active until September 20 to celebrate the Quincentenary of the town of Schuchin. QSL via DL7VFM.

SCOTLAND, GM. Station GB5TAM is QRV from the H.M.S. Tern Naval Air Station Museum on Orkney Island, IOTA EU-009, during the month of September. QSL via MM5DWW.

COLOMBIA, HK. Special event station 5K300PF will be QRV from September 5 to 9 during his Holiness Pope Francis’ visit. QSL via HK1X.

ITALY, I. Members of the Strange Radio Team will be QRV as IQ8OM/p from the Capo d’Orso Lighthouse, ARLHS ITA-019, on September 2. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL via IK8WEJ.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Operators K9HZ, K0UM and K8SD are QRV as J68HZ from September 1 to 16. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to K9HZ.

BULGARIA, LZ. Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are QRV with special event call sign LZ100SK during September to honor Bulgarian Saints. QSL via bureau.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Jukka, OH2BR will be QRV as OJ0/OH2BR for a week beginning September 2. Activity will be on the HF bands including 60 meters. QSL to home call.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Wilko, PA3BWK is QRV as PJ4/PA3BWK until September 16. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 30 meters, using mainly CW with some RTTY and occasional SSB, QSL to home call.

FRANZ JOSEF LAND, R1/F. Eugene, UA4RX is QRV as UA4RX/1 from Heiss Island and is here until July or August 2018. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to UA2FM.

GREECE, SV. Dave, GM0LVI is QRV as SV8/GM0LVI/p from Zakynthos, IOTA EU-052, until September 19. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.

UKRAINE, UR. Special event station EO25P is QRV until December 31, 2017 to mark the 25 years of the Volyn Amateur Radio League. QSL via operators’ instructions.

VIET NAM, XV. BJ, WA7WJR is QRV as XV9WJR from various locations until September 17. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW. QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Bert, PD1SA plans to be QRV as YB1/PD1SA from September 2 to October 2. QSL to home call.

ROMANIA, YO. A group of operators are QRV as YP0F from Insula Fericirii Island, IOTA EU-191, until September 3. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and may run QRP power as well, using mostly SSB. QSL via YO9RIJ.

PRINCE EDWARD AND MARION ISLANDS, ZS8. David, ZS1BCE is QRV as ZS8Z from Marion Island, IOTA AF-021, until May 2018. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to ZS1LS.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The All-Asian DX Phone Contest, IARU Region 1 SSB Field Day, RSGB SSB Field Day, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key CW Contest, Russian RTTY World Wide Contest, CWOps CW Open, Wake-Up. QRP CW Sprint, Colorado QSO Party, AGCW Straight Key 40-Meter CW Party, PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80-Meter PSK31 Sprint, WAB 144 MHz QRO Phone and the Tennessee QSO Party will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint is scheduled for September 4. The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for September 5. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, UKEICC 80-Meter Contest, and Phone Fray are all scheduled for September 6.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

2nd – 3rd September – 144 MHz Trophy Contest – 14.00-14.00

3rd September – 144 MHz Backpackers # 5 – 11.00-15.00

17th September – 70 MHz Contest # 2 – 09.00-12.00

FINALÉ

I was going to write about lack of club interest, but decided that being pessimistic and grumpy only serves to turn people away. Sure the occasional kick up the a*se can provoke activity, but not today.

OK philosophy over, now the bright side. There’s still plenty of opportunity for members to enjoy the hobby but those who ‘do things’ need to know if they’re doing the right things and how improvements can be made.
There’s also expertise in many radio matters amongst experienced club members, but I suspect that quite a few people are afraid to ask or make suggestions. There are also those who are more forthright and whilst well-intentioned, may ‘get up the nose’ of the person/s being asked to do something.
To this end, Roger, G7VBR has offered to become a WADARC ‘Agony Uncle’! He’s a good listener and a very fair arbiter and is even happy to ‘take flack’ if necessary. Members can make their suggestions or gripes to Roger, who will then evaluate them and pass info to the committee or other relevant person. You can ask for your comments to be passed on anonymously and Roger will honour that, or you can ask for them to be made public, the choice is yours. Please let us know if you support this idea in principle, either by a direct private email to Roger, Andrew or myself, or by a ‘public’ comment via WADARC Discuss reflector.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last weekend the Lighthouses On The Air event took place at Shoreham Lighthouse (Kingston Buci) using special callsign GB8SL. Setup and removal went smoothly, with no major hiccups. Thanks to all who gave their time to help. Despite very variable band conditions and really bad QRM from the Southwick broadcast station, there were in excess of 300 QSOs over the period, mostly on 20m/40m, with a few on 70cm. We probably hold the record for the most German stations worked in one session, thanks to Edmund, M0MNG’s fluent German language skills! Some heavy rain during the night, but no thunder storms or heavy growling, so we presume Bryan, G3GVB wasn’t presiding from above! There is some video of the event on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buDpNPSIew8

Wednesday evening saw a further discussion about the Lighthouses event. The major downside was the RF ‘swamping’ and other QRM from the rather sick Southwick broadcast transmitter. The broadcast RF was so strong that it was impossible to use antenna analysers, which showed more RF coming back than was going out (an impossibility of course). Whilst there’s probably not much we can do about the transmitter other than pray that either it breaks or outlives its usefulness, as always there are things we can do to combat it. It was generally agreed that as the club’s K3 rejects the broadcast QRM very well, it should probably be used at Shoreham, instead of the IC7300. There was also discussion about the possibility of connecting a good quality hi-pass filter into the RX feed. The committee are looking into all of the ramifications of this.

Discussion also considered recent Ofcom blunders regarding issue of M0+2 letter callsigns.

Those present were reminded that the next stage of the G8FMJ Foxhunt Competition takes place NEXT Wednesday. Suggested starting place is Lancing Parish Hall around 7.15pm, so that teams can be formed for those who don’t want to ‘go it alone’. The hall will also be open for non-participants, with tea being served as usual.

The club’s K3 was in operation during the evening, with some CW and some French and German contacts.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

2 metres Fox Hunt. Lancing Parish Hall open for those who can’t make it onto the road – Callsign: G3WOR/P, Freq: 145.425MHz – Wed 30th August – 7:30pm – 10:00pm.

Sunday Breakfast @ Lancing Harvester – 3rd September – 9.00am – 10.00am.

Building and testing RF Filters, on a budget – Wed 6th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

Band III – a talk by Ron, G3SKI – Wed 13th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

Intermediate Training – email training@wadarc.org.uk to book – Sat 16th – Sun 17th September – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Intermediate Exam – Monday 18th September – 7.15pm – 9.00pm.

Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

August 2017

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

 

September 2017

10 September 2017 Andover ARC’s Wildhern Rally
Village Hall, Wildhern, just north of Andover, SP11 0JE. Map reference: SU350510  Open 10:00/Sellers 09:00. Admission £2. Tables in the hall £10, £8 per boot. Free Raffle. Details: arac@arac.org.uk Club Website http://www.arac.org.uk

10 September 2017 Torbay Annual Communications Fair Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, TQ12 3AF. Open 10:00/09:30. Admission £2. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. On-site parking and catering. Bookings: Pete, G4VTO, 01803-864528 or Mike, G1TUU, 01803-557941
rally@tars.org.uk

17 September 2017 Weston-Super-Mare Rally
The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 7DX. Open 10:00. Admission £3. Large car park. B&B. Trade. Auction. Lectures.
Family amusements, competitions & contests, interactive displays and fun activities. On-site catering. Details: 01278-786684, mjones129@btinternet.com http://www.G4WSM.club

 

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday] Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY. Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market. RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering. Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
Solar activity is low, and it is likely to stay that way through the weekend. NOAA forecasters say there is a slight 15% chance of M-class solar flares for the next 3 days.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Predictions show no enhancements for the UK, but given the nature of the Troposphere, this could change on an hourly basis. No auroral activity at present.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

CROATIA, 9A. Peter, GW4UWD will be QRV as 9A/GW4UWD/p from Zlarin Island, IOTA EU-170, from August 27 to September 2. Activity will be on the HF bands using only SSB. QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Special event station 9M29SEAKL is QRV until August 29 during the context of the 29th SEA GAMES 2017 being held in Kuala Lumpur. QSL via bureau.

TAIWAN, BV. Special event station BV0FISU is QRV until August 30 to draw attention to the 29th Summer Universiade sporting event being held in Taipei. QSL via BV2FP.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Stefan, DF8HS will be QRV from two different locations on Fehmarn from August 28 to September 14. QSL to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Doug, W6HB will be QRV as E51DLD from August 27 to September 8. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using only SSB. QSL to home call.

ESTONIA, ES. Members of the Russian Lighthouse Society are QRV as ES/RX3AMI until August 31 from IOTAs EU-034, EU-149, and EU-178. QSL via RX3AMI.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Han, DS2GOO will be QRV as DS2GOO/4 from Pogil Island, IOTA AS-085, from August 26 to 28. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

JAPAN, JA. Members of the Tokyo Bay Ham Club are QRV with special event call sign 8J1ZIU until the May of 2018 to celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary. QSL via bureau.

ALASKA, KL7. Mikhail, VE7ACN is QRV as NL6/AA7CH from Kayak Island, IOTA NA-157, until August 28. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

CORSICA, TK. Frans, DJ0TP is QRV as TK/DJ0TP until September 8.
QSL to home call.

MICRONESIA, V6. Toshi, JA6REX will be QRV as V63KS from Chuuk Island, IOTA OC-011, from August 28 to September 3. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

VIETNAM, XV. William, WA7WJR will be QRV as XV9WJR from August 26 to September 17. Activity will be from various locations, and QRV mainly on 40 and 20 meters using primarily CW. QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Champ, E21EIC is QRV as YB2/KY1A until August 26 from the Borobudur Central Java Amateur Radio Fair. QSL to E21EIC.

VANUATU, YJ. Bert, CX3AN will be QRV as YJ0CX from Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, from August 27 to September 3. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call. In addition, Tony, KQ2I will be QRV as YJ0AT from Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, from August 28 to September 13. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL via NR6M.

U. K. SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. Adrian, G0KOM has renewed his license and is active as ZC4MK for the next 12 months. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint Ladder, Hawaii QSO Party, ALARA Contest, YO DX HF Contest, SCC RTTY Championship, W/VE Islands QSO Party, Kansas QSO Party, Ohio QSO Party, CVA SSB DX Contest, 50 MHz Fall Sprint and the SARL HF CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for August 30.

Please see August QST page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

2nd – 3rd September – 144 MHz Trophy Contest – 14.00-14.00

3rd September – 144 MHz Backpackers # 5 – 11.00-15.00

17th September – 70 MHz Contest # 2 – 09.00-12.00

FINALÉ

Last Wednesday’s club meeting was rather poorly patronised, with only just over a dozen people taking part, including one visitor. Whilst not every evening’s events are of interest to all club members, please think about supporting the club by attending. Hopefully this lull is just a ‘Summer thing’ and as the evenings draw in, there will be less to attract members elsewhere.

When there is no formal talk or outside event, one of the club’s HF rigs is usually available and contrary to some peoples’ view, they can be and are being used for Wednesday evening QSOs. Also, if requested, 2m and 70cm radios can be made available.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU

This week

Shoreham lighthouse Weekend GB8SL – setup Friday – operating Saturday and Sunday – take down 3pm Sunday

Come along and operate – Antenna up at 45-48ft, Icom 7300 and amplifier – station working well and a decent pileup with Ed on the mike at 1100 this Saturday morning.

Radio band conditions

Can we have some reports from club members please, it would be good to hear what the membership is working on the bands

Club Program

Tea and Chat Evening – 23rd Aug

DF Hunt on 2m – 30th Aug

Breakfast at 0900 – Lancing Harvester – 3rd Sept

Practical evening, building and testing RF filters – 6th Sept

Club on the air nets, all times local

Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz

Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz

Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)

Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz

Propagation Report

ARLP033 Propagation de K7RA

Averages for the various indicators we track were all wrong last week. Average daily sunspot number was 12.1 instead of 5, although the rest of the text in the bulletin was correct. Likewise, average daily solar flux was 73.2 instead of 71.

Average daily planetary A index was 11.3 instead of 5, and mid-latitude A index was really 6.9 instead of 6.

The current (most recent) week, August 10-16 showed average sunspot numbers at 15.3 and average solar flux at 72.

Predicted solar flux is 78 and 77 on August 18-19, 76 on August 20-24, 72 on August 25, 68 on August 26-28, 70 on August 29, 72 on
August 30 through September 8, 70 on September 9, 68 on September 10-24, 70 on September 25, and 72 on September 26 to October 1.

Predicted planetary A index is 24, 18, 16, 14 and 12 on August 18-22, 8 on August 23-24, 5 on August 25-29, then 12, 24, 18, and 14
on August 30 through September 2, 5 on September 3-7, 10 on September 8, 8 on September 9-10, then 5, 10, 20, 25, 15, 12, 10, 8
and 6 on September 11-19, 5 on September 20-25, and 12, 24, 18, and 14 on September 26-29, then 5 on September 30 and October 1.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period August 18-24, 2017:

“Quiet: Aug 22-24
Unsettled: Aug 20-22
Active: Aug 18-19
Minor storm: Aug 18

Geomagnetic activity summary

We expect an active minor storming episode within the next 24 hours. Expect active conditions August 18-19. Friday (August 18), the K-index may reach 5 (minor storming event). Saturday, August 19, we expect at most unsettled to active conditions.

“The following two days August (20-21), we expect at most unsettled conditions with one isolated active event.

“The rest of the forecast week (August 22-24), we expect quiet to unsettled conditions.

Solar eclipse mania

http://bit.ly/2tG6njO

On Monday, don’t miss the total solar eclipse and the related Solar Eclipse QSO Party: http://hamsci.org/seqp

Sunspot numbers for August 10-16, 2017 were 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 21, and 30, with a mean of 15.3. 10.7 cm flux was 71, 69.8, 70.3, 68.2, 73, 74.2, and 77.3, with a mean of 72. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 7, 11, 7, 5, 4, and 6, with a mean of 6.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7, 7, 12, 9, 5, 3, and 5, with a mean of 6.9.

DX News

ARLD033 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by HL4CCM, RW6HS, SP8TK, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SAMOA, 5W. Bert, CX3AN will be QRV as 5W0HA from Upolu Island, IOTA OC-097, from August 19 to 26. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

LESOTHO, 7P. Quintus, ZS2KU and Vaughan, ZS2VR are QRV as 7P8QM and 7P8VRR, respectively, from the Sani Pass Region until August 21. Activity is on 20 and 15 meters. QSL to home calls.

CUBA, CO. A group of operators will be QRV as T45FM from the Faro Puta Maya Lighthouse, ILLW CU-005, during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be with six stations active on all bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL
direct to RW6HS.

PORTUGAL, CT. A group of operators from the Nucleo de Radioamadores da Armada will be QRV as CR1FF from the Farol da Ponta Ferraria Lighthouse on Sao Miguel Island, IOTA EU-003, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity is on the HF
bands using CW and SSB. QSL via CS5NRA.

SABLE ISLAND, CY0. Aaron, VA1AXC is QRV as CYO/VA1AXC until the end of August. He is active on 20 meters using SSB. QSL via
JE1LET.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Operators DH3WO, DJ2HD, DJ2BQ and DL3DXX will be QRV as DA2017LH from Fluegge Lighthouse during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via DJ2HD.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Dale, KE0BRZ, is QRV as DU1/KE0BRZ from Palawan until August 22. Activity is holiday style on 20 meters using SSB and QRP power. QSL direct to home call.

SPAIN, EA. A group of operators will be QRV as EG1LWV from the Faro Cabo Vilano Lighthouse during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via EA1HNP.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Operators F6BCW and F6DTZ are QRV as TX5EG from Moorea until September 5. They may also be active as FO/F6BCW and FO/F6DTZ, respectively. Activity is on 80 to 12 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via operators’ instructions.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Members of the Gwangju DX Club are QRV as D73G from Ap’ae Island, IOTA AS-060, until August 20. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via 6L0NJ.

PANAMA, HP. Members of the Radio Club de Panama will be QRV as 3E1L from the Canal Miraflores Lighthouse during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via HP1RCP.

POLAND, SP. Special event station HF700LUB is QRV until August 2018 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the city Lublin. Activity is
on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via SP8AB. In addition, look for 3Z20ILLW to be QRV from the
Jaroslawiec Lighthouse, ILLW PL-0014, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via bureau.

ANTARCTICA. Raj, VU3LBP is QRV as VU3LBP/p from the Bharati Station, Larsemann Hills, IOTA AN-016, until November 2017. QSL via I1HYW.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Atoll from August 21 to 24. Activity will be on 14205 kHz using SSB between 0300 and 0730z. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Members of the Goa Radio Amateurs Society will be QRV as AU2LH from the Betul Lighthouse during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to VU2YQ.

MEXICO, XE. Members of the Radioexperimentadores de Campeche will be QRV as 4A3AA from the Isla Aguada Lighthouse during the
International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via XE3AA.

CAMBODIA, XU. Rene, F6CTW is QRV as XU7AEZ from Phnom Penh until August 29. Activity is on 20 meters using CW. QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Special event station YB67TJG will be QRV from August 20 to 27 to mark the founding of the province Jawa Tengah 67
years ago. This includes operations from the Borobudur Central Java Amateur Radio Fair 2017. QSL via operators’ instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL Rookie Roundup RTTY, ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, SARTG World Wide RTTY Contest, Russian District Award Contest, Keyman’s Club of Japan CW Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, North American SSB QSO Party, CVA DX CW Contest and SARL HF Digital Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for August 21.

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

Please see August 2017 QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday was rescheduled as a Tea and Chat/On The Air night.

A brief discussion about the forthcoming club barbecue next Wednesday. The event is at Derek, G4XKF’s QTH around 7.00pm start. Please indicate if you will be attending by visiting the Doodle Poll – https://doodle.com/poll/k3m8zsw9nzqiw4a4 or email Andrew at g1vup@justshout.co.uk The club will be providing burgers, hot-dogs and soft drinks.

Pete, G4LKW announced the Lighthouses On The Air event, which takes place at Shoreham Lighthouse. All volunteers welcome between 4.00pm Friday 18th August (to setup the station) and (approx) 4.00pm Sunday 20th August (to dismantle the station). Licenced operators can either turn up on Saturday/Sunday or contact Pete, G4LKW or Pete, 2E0FVL – QTHR, to operate the special event callsign GB8SL.

Initial discussion was about progress over the club QTH, after which, Roger, 2E0TES and Jonathan, G1EXG discussed and demonstrated Roger’s new mag-loop antenna, with some really good results, which proved that mag-loops work very well when noise reduction is the aim.

After tea, Phil gave a detailed demonstration of FT8 digital transmission mode, using his Elecraft KX3 controlled by his newly acquired (el-cheapo) tablet computer.

The club’s IC7300 was in operation during the evening.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Foundation examination at Lancing Parish Hall – Mon 14th August – 7:15pm – 8:30pm.
Club annual barbecue at Derek, G4XKF’s QTH. Details will be announced via WADARC Announce reflector – Wed 16th August – 7:00pm – 10.00pm. LPH CLOSED.
Lighthouses On The Air at Shoreham Lighthouse – Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August – See the Past Week report above for times.
Tea and Chat night, a chance to discuss anything Amateur Radio related or just socialise – Wed 23rd August – 8:00pm – 10:00pm.
2 metres Fox Hunt. Lancing Parish Hall open for those who can’t make it onto the road – Wed 30th August – 7:30pm – 10:00pm.
For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

 

NETS

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

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

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

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

 

RALLIES

August 2017

13 August 2017 Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest
Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3DA.
Open 10:00. Admission £3.50. Free parking. Talkin S22. Car boot sale. Trade
at Indoor and outdoor pitches. Lectures. Catering with bar. Adjacent camping
available Saturday night only. Details: http://frars.org.uk/cgi-bin/render.pl?pageid=1448

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

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
All space weather is calm. The next solar wind stream is expected Friday-Saturday and is expected to produce geomagnetic storms.
Solar wind is calming now and will not intensify again until the end of the week. Solar flaring is also expected to remain low.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Predictions for today show possibilities of 2 metre contacts up to 500Km across the UK, with contacts in excess of 750Km to Northern Spain.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Martti, OH2BH and Henri, OH3JR signing OJ0BH and OJ0JR, respectively, will be QRV from August 12 to 19, using the new FT8 digital mode. They will also be active in the Worked All Europe DX Contest as well as make appearances on the traditional modes during any audible propagation.

ISRAEL, 4X. Udi, 4X6ZM and friends plan to activate the Baram National Park (Synagogue section Sn-02, Church section Ch-05, Holyland M-03-ZF, 4XFF-0005, WW Loc. KM37rb) for the HOCOTA programme on August 11. They will be QRV as 4X0B on HF using SSB and CW. QSL via 4X6ZM direct via the bureau or LoTW.

ALGERIA, 7X. Bodo, DF8DX is currently QRV as 7Y0A until August 26 from Bechar using SSB and CW. QSL via ClubLog OQRS.

ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB4RFR operates around the Flight Refueling Hamfest on August 13.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, K. K7I is the call of a special event station commemorating the birth of the first IBM-PC. They are QRV until August 14. This is one in a series of activities for marking historic milestones in air and spacecraft technology. For QSL information see www.qrz.com.

RUSSIA, UE. UE80AR draws attention to the founding of the Archangelsk Oblast 80 years ago and is QRV until the end of September. An award is available as well. QSL via RN1ON.

INDIA, VU. Madhukar, VU2MUD plans to use the call AT5M in the WAE contest from Bengaluru. QSL via VU2MUD, ClubLog.

MALTA, 9H. Oliver, DF6MS will be operating holiday-style from Gozo as 9H3BW until August 19 on 40 to 15 meters, using CW only, running a QRP rig. QSL via DF6MS.

SVALBARD, JW. Look for Volkmar, DL4AOJ signing JW/DL4AOJ on the HF bands, using SSB and CW, until August 14. QSL via home call.

MAYOTTE, FH. Heye, DJ9RR is QRV as FH/DJ9RR until August 14. Look for him using CW and RTTY on 80 to 10 meters. QSL direct or via the DARC QSL Bureau and LoTW.

FEDERAL STATES OF MICRONESIA, V6. Chusuke, JR1FKR will be operating as V63FKR while on vacation from September 27 to October 2, using SSB and RTTY on 40, 20, 17, 15, 10 and 6 meters. QSL direct only to JR1FKR.

VANUATU, YJ. Adam, K7ST will be QRV as YJ0ST from several different islands until mid October, before sailing on to Australia. QSL via EA5GL.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Tina, DL5YL and Fred, DL5YM will be QRV as HB0/home calls from September 21 to October 7. Look for them on 160 to 30 meters. Tina will be emphasizing low band activity towards JA, VK and ZL on the long path.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Hans, PA3HGT will be QRV as 3B8/PA3HGT from September 5 to 22. Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20 and 10 meters using mainly SSB and sometimes the digital modes. QSL via his home call sign, via the Bureau, direct or LoTW.

GUINEA, 3YX. Operators Alain, F5OZC and Sebastien, F8DQZ will be active as 3XY3D from November 1 to 30. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW. QSL via F5OZC, by the REF Bureau or direct.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Alex, F4GHS will be active as E51GHS from two of the South Cook Islands during August. He will be QRV from Aitutaki Island (OC-083) until August 16 and from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) from August 16 to 25. Activity will be holiday style on various HF bands. QSL via his home call.

LIGHTHOUSE OPERATIONS. GB0BLH will operate from Berwick Lighthouse (ILLW UK0077) from August 14 to 21, including the ILL weekend on August 19 and 20. QSL only via bureau and eQSL. Operators Moses, CM2YV, Bob, CO2KL, Amed, CO2AME and possibly others will be active as T45FM from the Faro Puta Maya Lighthouse (ILLW CU-005) during the ILL weekend. They plan to have six stations active on all bands using CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via RW6HS, direct only.

MELLISH REEF, VK9M. Operators Dietmar, DL3DXX, Morten, LB8DC, Robert, N7QT, Brian, N9ADG, Eric, SM1ALH, Hawk, SM5AQD, Lasse, SM5GLC and David, W5XU will be active as VK9MA from November 3 to 16. They will be QRV on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have five stations on the air. QSL via N7QT, direct, via the Bureau, ClubLog’s OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The WAE DX Contest, CW, SKCC Weekend Sprintathon and Maryland-DC QSO Party are on tap for this weekend.

The MMMonVHF/DUBUS 144 MHz Meteorscatter Sprint is on August 11.

Please see August QST page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

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

FINALÉ

Question: What’s the difference between a duck?
Answer: One of its legs are both the same!

Riddle: Is Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday Chris, M0VUE setup a small buildathon to construct a transformer/balun centred for the 20 metre band. Several members made a team effort and the device was duly produced. Tests showed a good frequency plot, with a low SWR, although this took some fine adjustment of the tuning capacitor. The final device is installed in a moisture proof standard electrical box, with a choice of in and out connectors. This makes it highly portable and suitable for temporary antennas.

The bands have been variable as usual, although the club nets have had slightly better patronage. Thursday saw 6 metres open up and once more the ‘magic band’ saw a flurry of activity.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and chat/on the air night – Wed 9th August – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Foundation examination at Lancing Parish Hall – Mon 14th August – 7:15pm – 8:30pm.
Club annual barbecue at Derek, G4XKF’s QTH. Details will be announced via WADARC Announce reflector – Wed 16th August – 7:00pm – 10.00pm. LPH CLOSED.
Tea and Chat night, a chance to discuss anything Amateur Radio related or just socialise – Wed 23rd August – 8:00pm – 10:00pm.
2 metres Fox Hunt. Lancing Parish Hall open for those who can’t make it onto the road – Wed 30th August – 7:30pm – 10:00pm.
For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

VHF NFD RESULTS

Rather than reproduce the massive amount of info here, please visit:

http://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/vhfresults.pl?Contest=VHF%20NFD&year=2017

for the full report.

RALLIES

August 2017

13 August 2017 Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest
Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3DA.
Open 10:00. Admission £3.50. Free parking. Talkin S22. Car boot sale. Trade
at Indoor and outdoor pitches. Lectures. Catering with bar. Adjacent camping
available Saturday night only. Details: http://hamfest@frars.org.uk
27 August 2017 Milton Keynes MKARS Rally
The Irish Centre, Manor Fields, Watling Street, Bletchley, Bucks. MK2 2HX.
(Opposite Dobbie’s Garden Centre.) Entrance fee £3.00. Free parking.
Further details: https://www.mkars.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

Old sunspot AR2665, will turn back toward our planet in early August, possibly bringing a new round of geomagnetic storms and auroras. Some enhancements are likely on the lower HF bands.
10 metres may also see increased activity due to the Perseids meteor showers (see below).

VHF/UHF:

THE PERSEID METEOR SHOWER IS BEGINNING: This week, Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Specks of dusty debris hitting the top of Earth’s atmosphere faster than 110,000 mph are burning up in the night sky, producing a spray of shooting stars from the constellation Perseus. Meteor rates are relatively low now, but they will increase sharply in the nights ahead. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Aug. 11-13 with perhaps dozens of meteors per hour visible in bright moonlight and highly enhanced propagation on 6 metres and above.

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 DL7AFS, LU4AAO, US7IGN, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

GEORGIA, 4L. Armen, 4L6DL, Sergo, 4L6QC, Alex, UR5EAW, Antoine, F5RAB, and Luc, F5RAV are QRV as 4L0GF near Batumi until August 13. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via F5RAV.

MONTENEGRO, 4O. Gianluca, IK4LZH and Teresa, IU4ICT will be QRV as 4O/home calls from August 6 to 15. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters using only SSB. QSL via IK4LZH.

LESOTHO, 7P. Dennis, ZS4BS will be QRV as 7P8DG from Roma during the SARL HF Phone Contest. Activity in the contest is limited to 80, 40 and 20 meters. QSL to home call.

CHINA, BY. Zhao, BD7IHN is QRV as B7/BD7IHN from Hainan Island, IOTA AS-094. Activity is on the HF bands using mostly CW. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Look for Babs, DL7AFS and Lot, DJ7ZG to be QRV as DK0DFF from a variety of World Flora and Fauna sites for about a week beginning August 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via bureau.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Alex, F4GHS will be QRV as E51GHA from Aitutaki Island, IOTA OC-083, from August 7 to 16. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

KERGUELEN ISLANDS, FT/X. Gildas, TU5KG is currently QRV as FT5XT. Activity is on 20 and 15 meters using SSB. QSL via F4DXW.

ENGLAND, G. Various members of the RSGB will be QRV as GB17YOTA and GB4YOTA from the summer camp at Gilwell Park from August 5 to 12 during the 7th Youngsters On The Air event. QSL via operators’ instructions.

SARDINIA, IS0. Gil, IZ2DLV is QRV as IS0/IZ2DLV from Portobello di Gallura until August 25. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL direct to home call.

ALASKA, KL7. Mikhail, VE7ACN will be QRV as AL3/VE7ACN from Hinchinbrook Island, IOTA NA-042, from August 9 to 15. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 160 and 80 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

ARGENTINA, LU. Special event station LU4AAO/A will be QRV from the Argentine Federal Tiro of Buenos Aires to celebrate its anniversary on August 5 and 6. Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters using CW, SSB, JT65 and FT8 at various times both days. QSL via LU4AAO.

BRAZIL, PY. Special event station ZY158CAT is QRV until August 30 to commemorate the 158 years of the city of Catalao. Activity is on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to PP2BO.

SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS. Alex, RI1ANO has been QRV on 30 meters CW around 1900z. QSL via RN1ON.

POLAND, SP. Special event stations SN1944W and SN0MPW are QRV until October 3 to commemorate the Warsaw Uprising 73 years ago. QSL via bureau.

TURKEY, TA. Vlad, US7IGN will be QRV as TA4/US7IGN from Kargicak from August 7 to 17. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and QRP power. This includes an entry in the upcoming Worked All Europe CW contest. QSL to home call.

COSTA RICA, TI. Bryant, KG5HVO is QRV as TI5/KG5HVO until August 8 during the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure. Activity is on most HF bands. QSL via operator’s instructions.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Members of the Russian Robinson Club will be QRV as RI0LI from Bear Island, IOTA AS-022, from August 7 to 12. QSL via R7AA.

INDONESIA, YSOUTH AFRICA, ZS.B. Special event station YB72RI is QRV with ten stations as YB72RI/0 to YB72RI/9 from various locations until August 17 to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Republic. Activity is on all HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via bureau.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as ZD8RA on August 8. Activity will be on 20 meters using SSB and QRP power around 0800 to 1030z and then between 1530z to 2000z. QSL to home call.

A group of operators will be QRV as ZS9V from Robben Island, IOTA AF-064, in the Western Cape Province from August 9 to 13. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest, North American CW QSO Party, 10-10 International 10-Meter Summer SSB Contest, European HF Championship, WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone and SARL HF Phone Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for August 8.
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for August 9.

Please see August 2017 QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

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

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

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

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

FINALÉ

Another visit from ‘Mr Ofcom’ with no result! It seems that the field guys have a certain amount of time to spend on a case and despite no positive result, they are closing the case. “Don’t worry” said the man, “I won’t forget you and may be back in October”. Yeah right!!!

Having spent several thousand pounds on equipment and many hours building gear and setting up antennas, I really object to the fact that a neighbour can buy a cheap wall-wart which farts all over the bands and Ofcom are apparently powerless to get it replaced, despite my offer to buy them a new device.

Answers on a postcard please!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Saturday was the special event station at Worthing Fire Station. The club’s new gazebo was successfully tested and many QSOs took place. The event was well attended by the general public. Thanks to Pete and Pete for organising.

Last Wednesday was a Tea and Chat night. Main subjects discussed were the lack of 2 metre and 70 cm activity on all modes, in our area whereas a call put out north of the Downs will nearly always get a reply.
The possibility of obtaining sides for the new club gazebo – since located in the club store. The possibility of a paper list of all members, callsigns and phone numbers. Committee to investigate.
Phil gave a more detailed explanation of the popularity of the new FT8 digital transmission mode.

Thursday was the G3GVB SK Sale at Bryan’s QTH. Not especially well attended but those who did attend left with some real bargains and made in excess of £100 for club funds.

Congratulations to Roger Tuffin on his new callsign – now 2E0TES. If you’ve recently changed your callsign, please let us know for Club records.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Building and testing Baluns and Transformers. Including a transformer for a 20m EFHW antenna – Wed 2nd August – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
One of our monthly lectures. Subject yet to be chosen. Watch this space – Wed 9th August – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Foundation examination at Lancing Parish Hall – Mon 14th August – 7:15pm – 8:30pm.
Club annual barbecue at Derek, G4XKF’s QTH. Details will be announced via WADARC Announce reflector – Wed 16th August – 7:00pm – 10.00pm. LPH CLOSED.
Tea and Chat night, a chance to discuss anything Amateur Radio related or just socialise – Wed 23rd August – 8:00pm – 10:00pm.
2 metres Fox Hunt. Lancing Parish Hall open for those who can’t make it onto the road – Wed 30th August – 7:30pm – 10:00pm.
For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: www.wadarc.org.uk

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

July 2017

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

August 2017

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

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

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

MASSIVE EXPLOSION ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN: On July 23rd, NASA and European spacecraft observed a massive explosion on the far side of the sun. A spectacular CME tore through the sun’s atmosphere and it now appears to be en route to Mars. Earth will not feel the effects of the blast because of its location on the opposite side of the sun. However, the source of the eruption, old sunspot AR2665, will turn back toward our planet in early August, possibly bringing a new round of geomagnetic storms and auroras.

The lower HF bands have seen some improvement for short skip and even groundwave, although the QSB is still quite marked, making for longish drop-outs.

VHF/UHF:

Predictions today are: No enhancements for the UK and towards Europe. NW France may see contacts up to 250Km and 250-500Km over much of Italy and parts of Spain. Contacts of 750Km or more may be possible North/South over central Germany.

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
GW0ANA, IZ8EGM, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily
DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

FIJI, 3D2. Wes, ZL3TE plans to be QRV as 3D2SE from Viti Levu, IOTA
OC-016. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and RTTY.
This includes being an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home
call.

CROATIA, 9A. Operators Brani, OM1BD, Branislav, OM2FY and Radovan,
OM2ZZ will be QRV as 9A/OM2ZZ from Pag Island, IOTA EU-170, as a Low
Power entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via OM2FY.

RWANDA, 9X. Alan, KE4TA will be QRV as 9X0TA from Kimihurura,
Kigali beginning August 5 for the next three years. Activity will
be holiday style on the HF bands. He is currently active on 20 and
17 meters using SSB and digital modes as well as some CW. QSL via
N4GNR.

CHINA, BY. Operators Dale, BA4TB, Yu, BG4TMC, Tao, BG4TRN and Zhou,
BG4TVT will be QRV as BG4TMC from Chongming Island, IOTA AS-136, in
the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via BG4TMC. In addition, members of the
Fuzhou Amateur Radio Club will be QRV as BG5UDN from Pingtan Island,
IOTA AS-138, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via M0OXO.

MOROCCO, CN. Rachid, CN8RAH will be QRV with special event call sign
5E4RAH from July 29 to 31 to commemorate the Feast of the Throne.
QSL via EA7FTR.

ESTONIA, ES. Members of the Radio Club V will be QRV as ES0V from
Saaremaa Island, IOTA EU-034, as a Multi/Single entry in the RSGB
IOTA contest. QSL via ES3VI.

MARQUESAS ISLANDS, FO. Operators Didier, F6BCW, Dominique, F6DTZ,
Le, F1TCV and David, K3EL will be QRV as TX5EG from Hiva Oa Island,
IOTA OC-027, from July 29 to August 6. Activity will be on 80 to 12
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via F6BCW.

WALES, GW. Members of the Barry ARS will be QRV with special event
station GB4RME from July 30 to August 5 from the Royal Mint at
Llantrisant. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY, JT65, and on various satellites. QSL via GW0ANA.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. Geoff, G8OFQ will be QRV as HC8/G8OFQ from
Isabela Island, IOTA SA-004, from August 1 to October 30. Activity
will be on 160 to 6 meters. QSL to home call.

THAILAND, HS. Operators E21IZC, E27EK and HS7UCQ are QRV as E29AU
from Chang Island, IOTA AS-125, until August 1. Activity is on the
HF bands using CW. They will be active as E2T in the RSGB IOTA
contest. QSL direct to E21IZC.

ITALY, I. A group of operators are QRV as IL7P from Pedagne Island,
IOTA EU-091, until July 30. Activity is on the HF bands using all
modes. This includes being an entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL
via IZ8EGM.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Koji, JI1LET will be QRV as JD1BOI from Komagari,
Chichijima Island, IOTA AS-031, from August 3 to 12. Activity will
be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE. Special event station OE17BEACH is QRV until August 6
during the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship 2017. QSL via
bureau.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Operators Doug, CO8DM and Pekka, OH2TA will be
QRV as OH0X from Brando Island, IOTA EU-002, as a Multi/2 entry in
the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via OH2TA.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM. Members of the Secondary School of Electrical
Engineering in Kosice are QRV with special event station OM50SPSEKE
until the end of 2017 to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary.
QSL via bureau.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as S79NH from Praslin
Island, IOTA AF-024, until July 31. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters
using CW and RTTY, and possibly SSB. This includes being an entry
in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Efstathios, SV5DKL will be QRV active as SX5R from
Rhodes Island, IOTA EU-001. He will be a Single Op/Assisted/CW
Mode/24 Hrs/High Power entry in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL direct
to home call.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Vladimir, UA0LCZ is QRV as R66IOTA from Popov
Island, IOTA AS-066, until July 31. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters
using CW. He will be active in the RSGB IOTA contest using CW and
SSB. QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE. Operators Martin, VA2AMH, Marc, VE2MBT, Jean-Pierre,
VE2SSS, Pascal, VE2WHZ and Remi, VE2YAG will be QRV as VY0/VA2NDX
from Nunavut, IOTA NA-173, in the RSGB IOTA contest. QSL via F4BHW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The RSGB IOTA Contest, QRP 20-Meter CW
Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Feld Hell Sprint and ARS
CW Flight of the Bumblebees are on tap for this weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for August 2.

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

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

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

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

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

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

FINALÉ

Following Andrew’s comments in the Summer edition of Ragchew, I would urge EVERY club member to consider what you might be able to do for OUR club. If nobody puts themself forward for the Committee at the next AGM, we will be so short of officers/committee members that WADARC will fold – that is there will be no WADARC!!!

Committee duties need not be burdensome, but attendance of committee meetings once per month is desirable.

ISTM that the club has become very apathetic. The same few organising and attending events and others with plenty of ideas but no action. Can you honestly look inwards and say “I have the best interests of WADARC at heart”?

73,

Alan. G4GNX