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THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s meeting was about the NanoVNA, with a YouTube video, followed by an ICQ Podcast. There was some discussion about the device and the general consensus was that it is a piece of kit that’s well worth acquiring and at a very affordable price (£30 on eBay).

Last week also saw the aftermath of the previous storm, which had unfortunately brought down the flag mast at TS Vanguard. Fortunately nobody was injured and there was no related damage, except to the mast itself. Thanks to Ian, M0IAD and Roger, G7VBR for removing the mast and shifting it to a safer place.

Please try to put the word round about our meetings, especially when a guest speaker has been invited. Guests are always welcome.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Talk on Gerry Wells (Radio Museum) by Vic, G8MUQ – Tuesday 18th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Buckminsterfullerene & the carbon revolution – Jonathan, G1EXG – Tuesday 25th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 1st March – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
  • Tea and Chat Night – Tuesday 3rd March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2019/2020 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2019-2020

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/02/14/propagation-news-16-february-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

Many thanks to those who have previously donated biscuits for our weekly meetings. That time has returned and we’re nearly out again, so further donations of biscuits would be much appreciated from any of our members.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Despite not too many people turning up last Tuesday, those who did enjoyed a lively discussion about future equipment in the Club Shack. We took a straw poll and the majority were all for purchasing a Flex 6600 transceiver along with it’s companion Maestro controller. As there is provision for transverters, we will likely add them at a later date. At the following committee meeting, the decision was ratified along with new antennas for HF and VHF/UHF/SHF.

Bryan, G0SIU has now completed the locks on the Tambour Doors, which are now fully lockable allowing us to securely store equipment.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Podcast, NanoVNA, are they any good? – Tuesday 11th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on Gerry Wells (Radio Museum) by Vic, G8MUQ – Tuesday 18th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2019/2020 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2019-2020

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/02/07/propagation-news-9-february-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

I do hope that everyone has survived the storm this weekend. I must admit to having luffed my mast to save damage to the VHF antennas, although the winds weren’t as heavy as expected in my area of Shoreham.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s event was something of a voyage of discovery, when we installed Log4OM version 2 on the Club’s laptop. Although I have installed the logging program several times on different PCs at home, there were a few differences in where some necessary data was stored by Log4OM v1 and one API key was not to be found! There were several questions, one being “What are the differences between v1 and v2?” Something I could not fully answer and really needs a full read of the manual, followed by a hands-on session. Log4OM is an excellent logging program and fully integrates with most rigs that allow CAT control and or serial data output input/output.

Next Tuesday, we hope to finally finish off the full installation of the Shack’s Tambour Doors. This will also be a Tea & Chat session and perhaps we can discuss member’s preference for some of the equipment we might install.

Following last week’s report of my purchase of a NanoVNA, we will be viewing a podcast on the device, at Tuesday 11th’s meeting. I hope this will prove interesting to many of our members, especially those who like to know what their antennas and filters are really doing, without having to spend 100s of pounds.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat evening – Tuesday 4th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Committee meeting – Wednesday 5th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Podcast, NanoVNA, are they any good? – Tuesday 11th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2019/2020 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2019-2020

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/01/31/propagation-news-2-february-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

Now that we’re out of the EU, do we now count as DX from “Yerp”? I’ve seen one report of someone hearing a call for DX not in Europe and the reply from a British station saying that we are now DX as we’re not in Europe?

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s talk on Flex, by Phil G4UDU proved to be very interesting and informative. It does seem that SDR is the way that Amateur Radio is going, although preceding radios are not dead yet. The audience number was improved over previous weeks (around 20 people) although those who didn’t bother to turn up missed a darned good talk and subsequent discussion.

The South Coast 4 metre net (NOT a WADARC net) has moved its start time to 7.30pm every Friday on 70.400MHz FM. Quite a popular net. Look out for net controller G8XRX.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Practical Evening – Installing and setting up Log4OM version 2 – Tuesday 28th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat evening – Tuesday 4th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2019/2020 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2019-2020

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/01/24/propagation-news-26-january-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

I recently had a very favourable report of a cheap vector analyser – the NanoVNA, available via eBay. This one covers up to 1296MHz (although the official spec is only 900MHz) making it suitable for 23cms and below. At 1 penny under £30, it’s worth considering. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NanoVna-50KHz-900MHz-Vector-Network-Analyzer-UHF-VNA-UV-VHF-Antenna-Analyze-C8R8/401915858705?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

73,

Alan. G4GNX

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Robin Bellerby, GM3ZYE. Many of you will remember Robin for his activities over the years, promoting and operating Amateur Radio. Robin was also a past member of WADARC and was heavily involved in setting up the various stations at the Brighton Hotel Metropole for the IARU Conference in 1981.

I’m reproducing a private message from Tamsin, Robin’s daughter, with funeral details etc.,

Robin’s funeral has been set for 12 noon on Friday 31st January, at Roucan Loch Crematorium, Collin, Dumfries, DG1 4JF.

We will be returning to Dad’s house (Glenamour, Newton Stewart, DG8 7AE) for refreshments and to reminisce over the colourful and varied life that he led.

In the spirit of this, we would like anyone who wants to attend to try and incorporate a splash of colour into their outfit – as Dad loved bright colours!

We understand that it is not possible for everyone to be able to attend, so we have set up a page in his memory in case anyone would like to donate:-

https://tributefund.battersea.org.uk/In-Memory/RobinBellerby

If the preference is to send flowers, please ensure that they reach our Funeral Directors by 4pm on Thursday 30th January:-
Co-op Funeralcare Girvan
12 Dalyrmple Street
Girvan
KA26 9AE

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday we viewed the 2nd podcast discussing Growing, Merging or Disbanding your club. I rather felt that at least one of the guys in the podcast could do with some training on better PR, instead of playing with his phone and not paying attention to the subject. I also felt that some of the guys was trying to use modern phrases/words to describe something that has always existed as if it was something new. At least two WADARC members seemed to agree, during the subsequent discussion.

After the previous discussion about the possibility of contacting past members to see if they will re-join, I have contacted one past member, with positive results and a promise that they will visit us at TS Vanguard. It would be really helpful if other members can do the same.

Please put the word round as much as possible that Phil, G4UDU will be giving a talk on Flex radio and other SDR, with a practical demonstration, next Tuesday. Guests/non-members are welcome.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Talk and Demonstration of Flex Radio by Phil, G4UDU – Tuesday 21st January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Practical Evening – Installing and setting up Log4OM version 2 – Tuesday 28th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat evening – Tuesday 4th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2019/2020 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2019-2020

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/01/17/propagation-news-19-january-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

There’s recently been some “chatter” on the WADARC reflector regarding communicating via the QO-100 satellite. It has also been mentioned previously that this could make for a popular club project. If you’re interested in a fairly cheap method of achieving this, please let either me or one of the committee know and we’ll try to get the ball rolling.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Graham and Roger continued work on the shack last Tuesday and the timber framework round the new Tambour Doors is complete. Just some painting to do to tidy it all up. Unfortunately, due to adverse traffic (bloody road works again) Bryan was unable to get to the Club, so the door locks are not yet complete.

Members who could get to TS Vanguard enjoyed a discussion about the Club’s future programme of events, with several useful ideas put forward, and some suggestions for talks. However, we do still need more people to come forward and either offer a talk/demo or put someone else’s name forward that is willing to help.

We also discussed the possibility of contacting past members to see if they will re-join and we will invite the Sea Cadets to one or two of our future talks, to attempt to recruit some new members and hopefully train some new licensees.

Please put the word round as much as possible that Phil, G4UDU will be giving a talk on Flex radio and other SDR, with a practical demonstration, on Tuesday 21st January. Guests/non-members are welcome.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • ICQ Podcast Grow, Merge or Disband your AR Club – Part 2 – Tuesday 14th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk and Demonstration of Flex Radio by Phil, G4UDU – Tuesday 21st January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Practical Evening (TBA) – Tuesday 28th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/01/10/propagation-news-12-january-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

According to reports, the Sun Spot Cycle seems to be changing (very slightly) for the better. Well worth checking the bands whenever you can and more importantly, call CQ a few times. If you don’t call CQ and nobody else does, we get back to the “licensed listener” syndrome and everyone assumes that the bands are dead!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Again, no meeting to report on this week. However, the bands seem to have been busy. There was a massive lift on 2 metres last weekend and DX distance records were broken. Edmund, M0MNG has been promoting WADARC via GX1WOR and has worked many distant stations on 2 metres and 70cms. He even managed a QSO via an Irish repeater, with a station in Spain – in Spanish!

80 metres has also been quite busy, with a European contest helping to put up the QSO count.

If you can’t make it to this Tuesday’s meeting, please think about a talk or practical demonstration that you could give, or know someone else who could fill the bill, please let someone on the committee know, so that we can add it to our planning programme.

Work will also be continuing on Tuesday, to complete the work in the shack, prior to installing some radios.

Please also put the word round as much as possible that Phil, G4UDU will be giving a talk on Flex radio and other SDR, with a practical demonstration, on Tuesday 21st January. Guests/non-members are welcome.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Planning for the future + Tea and Chat – 7th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Podcast (subject TBA) – Tuesday 14th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk and Demonstration of Flex Radio by Phil, G4UDU – Tuesday 21st January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/01/03/propagation-news-5-january-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

Once again a Happy New Year to all, with good health and prosperity. See you all at TS Vanguard.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Obviously nothing to report from meetings last week, but we did have a couple of nets over the holiday period. There was also a 4 metre FM net on Christmas morning, run by Tony, G8XRX.

Phil, G4UDU ran the Santa Claus net on 80 metres on Christmas Eve. I counted at least 10 participants whilst I joined in, as follows:

G4UDU. G4GNX. G8MUQ. GX1WOR. G4LKW. G3EUE. M0VUE. 2E0RKO. G0BHK. G0NKZ.

The 4 metre FM net, although not a WADARC net, is reported here because it’s run for people in the Worthing area and at least two of its members are also WADARC members. The net commenced at 10.00am on Christmas morning, as follows:

G4NSJ. 2E1EOO. G4GNX. G4JEI. G0DWZ. G8XRX. There may have been others after I left the net.

The traditional WADARC Christmas Morning net was run by yours truly at between 11.00am and 12.00pm on Christmas Day. There were 14 participants as follows:

G4GNX. G3UFS. G4LKW. 2E0RKO. GX1WOR. M0HJF. G0TLU. M0TVV. G3POQ. M0LJK. M0RDV. G4FFE. M6WHH. G4WCP.

Thanks to all who took the trouble to join in the festivities.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • NO MEETING – 31st December – TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • Planning for the future + Tea and Chat – 6th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

No RSGB propagation information this week.

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

A very Happy New Year to all, with good health and prosperity. See you all in 2020.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Our annual Christmas Party took place at Casa Ciro Restaurant (Worthing) last Tuesday and seems to have been well enjoyed by those who were able to be there. We had asked to be in their upstairs room and they obliged by giving us exclusive use of it, along with our own bartender/waitress. The food was good and well cooked and there was sufficient time to chat between courses. WADARC Awards were given out (list below) and the customary raffle also took place. My thanks to Casa Ciro who donated two bottles of wine for the raffle and of course thanks to all WADARC members who donated prizes. Special thanks to Alison (Mrs 2E0RKO) for organising the sale of raffle tickets. Thanks also to Martin (son of Ron – G3SKI) for providing us with a traditional Christmas cake, which went down very well.

Unfortunately 3 people were unable to attend the Christmas party (one due to unforeseen work and two who were ill with cold/flu bugs) I hope recovery is swift and your Christmas is not disturbed.

I’ve heard from Phil, G0PAW that ex-WADARC member Derick Browne, G4XKF is now residing in a care home in Brighton. Phil visits Derick quite often and says that he is in good spirits and satisfied with his life. Despite Derick’s suffering from dementia, they are able to reminisce over past Amateur Radio happenings. I’m sure we all wish Derick the best for the future and thanks for his contribution to WADARC – especially the annual barbecues at his home in Hove.

Our next meeting at TS Vanguard is billed as a Tea and Chat, but we will also be planning for the future (discussion) and hopefully the final work will be completed on the Tambour Door installation in the Shack.

There will be no 40 metre net on Thursday next week as it’s Boxing Day.

There will be a “Santa Claus” Christmas Eve net run by Phil, G4UDU at 9.30pm on 80 metres – 3.712MHz +- QRM.
There will also be a Christmas Day 2 metre net between 11.00am and 12.00pm on S21 – 145.525MHz

AWARDS for 2019

Awards for 2019 (up until the last AGM) are as follows:

Winner – Construction Contest 2019 – Ray Chandler, G4XUZ
G8HY Merit Award – for promotion of WADARC via GX1WOR – Edmund Spicer, M0MNG
WADARC Merit Award for services to WADARC equipment store and the Shack – Bryan Durrant, G0SIU
WADARC Merit Award for best efforts in producing “Ragchew” – Roger Hall, G4TNT
WADARC Merit Award for major contribution to special event stations – Pete Head, G4LKW
WADARC Merit Award for major contribution to special event stations – Edmund Spicer, M0MNG
Over all Winner – John Slater Foxhunt Award 2019 – Ian MacDonald, M0IAD
Chairman’s Award for services beyond the call of duty – Roger Ferrand, G7VBR

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • NO MEETING – 24th December – TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • NO MEETING – 31st December – TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • Planning for the future + Tea and Chat – 7th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/12/20/propagation-news-22-december-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org
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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=2020

FINALÉ

May I take this opportunity to wish all WADARC members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year AND the best of health throughout the coming year and beyond.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday was a Tea and Chat night. Work continued in the shack to install the new Tambour Doors and they are now functional but not yet lockable. Bryan, G0SIU will be bringing his router to the next meeting to rout a groove for the lock plate and Graham and Roger should be fitting the pelmet and doing some partition work. It’s really good progress as observed by those who left their seats last week to pass through the Shack for a quick look.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 17th) is the Christmas Party at Casa Ciro. Please bring any donations of raffle prizes to the restaurant on the night. No club meeting at TS Vanguard.

There will be a Christmas Eve net run by Phil, G4UDU at 9.30pm on 80 metres – 3.712MHz +- QRM.
There will also be a Christmas Day 2 metre between 11.00am and 12.00pm on S21 – 145.525MHz

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Christmas Party – 17th December – 7.00pm-10.00pm – Casa Ciro Restaurant – Note: TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • NO MEETING – 24th December – TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • NO MEETING – 31st December – TS Vanguard will be closed.

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/12/13/propagation-news-15-december-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020

FINALÉ

Despite a bit of a cold (gone now) I hope to see many of you at tomorrow night’s Christmas Party. Happy Christmas to all Club Members.

73,

Alan. G4GNX