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THE PAST WEEK

The Remembrance Day marshalling went well and we had just enough members to cope with the task. No major disasters or serious incidents, although there were one or two “highlights”! The local ‘traveller’ (read ‘pikey’) who apparently lives in one of the flats (???) tried to cause trouble by barging some cones and actually succeeded in ruining one. We’re thinking of sending him a bunch of grapes to crush, along with a pram so he can throw them out when finished. Obviously his colouring book isn’t enough to keep him fully occupied.

The new antenna for GB3WO was installed last Monday and is working to specification. Propagation reports have been varied, where some have reported an improvement in their area, others see no apparent change and there are one or two who think it may possibly be slightly worse for them. Our published coverage area is well served, although we’re doing our best to push the limits to outlying areas.

Wednesday’s club meeting was supposed to be an ‘on the air’ evening, but unfortunately soon after the first 40 metre transmissions were made, the LPH fire alarm went off again! To keep the peace for that evening and not inconvenience others in the building, we agreed not to transmit and reverted to listening only and somewhat of a lively discussion event. There was also some discussion with the Clerk to the Council, where we made it quite clear that the fault is firmly with the fire/intruder alarm and this must be rectified. We are a radio club and transmitting is what we do, so we’re not prepared to compromise, although we could re-site the HF antenna, provided it costs us nothing to do so.

The Doodle Poll for our Christmas Dinner on December 13th, at the Old Tollgate Hotel, Bramber, is now closed. If you need to book a place and don’t already have your name down, you’ll need to contact the restaurant directly and arrange to pay your £10 deposit to them. For those who are already booked in, please pay your £10 deposit directly to Roger, G7VBR at the next club meeting on 29th November or contact Roger by email to: treasurer@wadarc.org.uk to make arrangements.

Note that LPH is closed next Wednesday 22nd and we will have a 3 or 4 band HF net starting at 8.00pm. Details will be published in the next couple of days via WADARC Announce reflector.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

On the air at home nets Phil, G4UDU net controller – Wednesday 22nd November – 8.00pm-9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Annual club quiz, bring brains! – Wednesday 29th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday Breakfast at the Lancing Harvester – Sunday 3rd December – 9.00am-10.00am
Tea and chat night – Wednesday 6th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Annual Christmas Party and Awards at the Old Tollgate, Bramber – Wednesday 13th December – 7.30pm onwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Discussion night – what is the future for WADARC – bring ideas – Wednesday 20th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Christmas Day 2 metre net – 145.525 MHz/S21/V38 Simplex – 10.00am-12.00pm – all welcome
Multi-band nets – further details nearer the date – Wednesday 27th December – 8.00pm-9.30pm – 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

19 November 2017 40th CATS Electronic Radio Bazaar
Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon, CR5 1ES. Open 10:00-13:00. Admission £1.50. Disabled facilities. Parking. B&B. Flea market. On-site catering. Details: Andy Briers, G0KZT, 07729-866600, bazaar@catsradio.org

19 November 2017 Plymouth Radio Club Radio Rally, Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 2AS. Open 10:00/09:50 to 14:30. Admittance £2. Trade. SIGs. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. Parking. Disabled facilities. Raffle. On-site catering. Details: David Beck, 2E0DTC, 0777-7664822, d.beck123@outlook.com

29 December 2017 Yeovil ARC Tabletop Rally [Friday] Sparkford Village Hall, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7JN. Open 10:00 to 15:00. Admission £3. Free parking. Light refreshments. Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

Not much reported this week. No sunspots of significance and the HF bands appear to have been average for the time of year although morning propagation across the UK and Europe has been good, with some minor QSB. Stu, G4WCP reports that 60metres tends to completely close around 6.00pm each evening.

VHF/UHF:

According to real-time propagation maps, there are often openings into Europe on 2 metres. Hourly monitoring is essential if you want to take up every opportunity.

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 AA3B, AJ9C, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

VIETNAM, 3W. Tom, KC0W is QRV as 3W9CW from Con Son Island, IOTA AS-130, until November 28. QSL direct to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T. Operators A92AA and A61M will be QRV as 5T1A and 5T1R, respectively, from Nouakchott from November 20 to December 20. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8. QSL via operators’ instructions.

GHANA, 9G. A group of operators will be QRV as 9G5W from Kokrobite from November 20 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via S59ZZ.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ in Freetown while on work assignment. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time using CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as 9X2AW from Kigali until November 30. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Serge, RZ3FW and Sergei, R4WAA will be QRV as DU9/home calls from Sarangani Island, IOTA OC-175, from November 21 to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home calls.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ. A group of operators are QRV as TO2SP until November 30. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via SP6IXF.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Members of the Yaguarete DXers Group are QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, until November 25. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. A group of operators are QRV as J5T from Bubaque Island, IOTA AF-020, until November 26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active. QSL via I2YSB.

CURACAO, PJ2. Alex, KU1CW is QRV as PJ2/KU1CW until November 20. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW.

SURINAME, PZ. Members of the Voodoo Contest Group will be QRV as PZ5V from November 19 to 28. This includes being a Multi/2 entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via M0URX.

SUDAN, ST. Sergey, R4PBW is QRV as ST/R4PBW from Khartoum. Activity is on the HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via operator’s instructions.

ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from November 22 to 27. Activity will be on the HF bands using primarily CW and possibly RTTY on November 27. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

FALKLAND ISLANDS, VP8. Eberhard, DL7JLL is QRV as VP8JLL until November 25. QSL to home call.

CHAGOS, VQ9. Yasu, JO1GWT is QRV as VQ9KA. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Special event station AU2JCB will be QRV from November 23 to December 11 to celebrate the 159th anniversary of the birth of India’s great scientist and inventor Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, and FM on 10 and 6 meters as well. QSL direct to VU2DSI.

VANUATU, YJ. Tom, JA1VND is QRV as YJ0JA from Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, until November 20. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

NICARAGUA, YN. Mike, AJ9C will be QRV as YN2CC from November 21 to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL SSB Sweepstakes Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, YO International 80-Meter PSK31 Contest, LZ DX Contest, All Austrian 160-Meter CW Contest, REF 160-Meter CW Contest, Homebrew and Oldtime Equipment CW Party, Feld Hell Sprint and the RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz CW Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for November 20.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn SSB Series, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for November 22.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

As per last Wednesday’s impromptu discussion, we are looking at an alternative QTH for WADARC. Although there are a few reservations, the Lions Hall in Lancing looks very promising and members at the meeting were very positive that we should actively pursue this venue, especially as they are happy for us to erect a structure to act as a shack and have even asked us if there is sufficient space in the designated area for us – a bit different to the usual ‘hmmm…. not sure about that’ – they actually want us there! The committee meets again next Tuesday and will be discussing all the possibilities.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The new antenna for GB3WO was supposed to be installed last Monday but the aerial installers cancelled at the last minute, due to lack of staff. The installation has been re-scheduled for next Monday (13th). 9.30am onwards. Hopefully it won’t take more than an hour or so.

Wednesday’s club meeting was a lecture by Ian, GM3SEK on behalf of the RSGB, entitled “Clean Up Your Shack”. This lecture was first given at an RSGB Convention in 2015 and is still very relevant today. Some useful tips into the use of ferrite ‘clamp-ons’ to help prevent RFI, both on transmit and receive. Following this lecture, the club will be making a bulk purchase of ‘mix 31’ clamp-on cores. If you want to be included, please send an email to chairman@wadarc.org.uk Normal single price is around £16 each, but we should be able to get it down to maybe £10 if we order enough of them.

Sunday is the Remembrance Day Parade at Worthing. If you still want to help and haven’t entered the Doodle Poll, please just turn up around 08.45am to the Gordon Room, Worthing Town Hall. PMR radio and hi-vis jacket will be provided.

We’re collecting names for the Christmas Dinner on December 13th, at the Old Tollgate Hotel, Bramber. I now need to finalise the list to reserve all seats, so please ensure that your name/partner’s name is entered on our Doodle Poll https://doodle.com/poll/spa9cxrxg6nzzs38 Deposit will be £10 which can be handed to Roger, G7VBR at any club meeting or by bank transfer (contact treasurer@wadarc.org.uk for details). The cost for a 3 course meal is £22 and they are offering a 2 course meal for £16.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Used Equipment SaleGUILDFORD and District Radio Society – Friday 10th November – 8..00pm sharp. Guildford Model Engineer’s Building, Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1TU.
Remembrance Day marshalling – Worthing Town – Sunday 12th November – 08.45am-12.30pm
On the air evening with the club’s IC7300, plus tea and chat – Wednesday 15th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
On the air at home nets Phil, G4UDU net controller – Wednesday 22nd November – 8.00pm-9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Annual club quiz, bring brains! – Wednesday 29th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

19 November 2017 40th CATS Electronic Radio Bazaar
Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon, CR5 1ES. Open 10:00-13:00. Admission £1.50. Disabled facilities. Parking. B&B. Flea market. On-site catering. Details: Andy Briers, G0KZT, 07729-866600, bazaar@catsradio.org

19 November 2017 Plymouth Radio Club Radio Rally
Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 2AS. Open 10:00/09:50 to 14:30. Admittance £2. Trade. SIGs. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. Parking. Disabled facilities. Raffle. On-site catering. Details: David Beck, 2E0DTC, 0777-7664822, d.beck123@outlook.com

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
GEOMAGNETIC ‘SPIKES’ HINT AT A SUBTERRANEAN MYSTERY: Evidence is growing that Earth’s magnetic field can suddenly change in unexpected ways. About 3000 years ago, a bundle of magnetic flux erupted from our planet’s crust in the Middle East, intensifying the local magnetic field by more than 100% in less than 30 years, before it subsided again. A similar geomagnetic ‘spike’ may have occurred in Texas around the same time. These events, which are preserved in the magnetization of ancient copper slag and ferromagnetic crystals, suggest that Earth’s liquid iron core may not be as well behaved as previously thought.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

There have also been reports that the ‘K’ index has been ‘spiking’ causing some great openings on the lower bands into many distant parts of the World. Certainly worth listening on all bands and at all times of the day.

VHF/UHF:

One or two openings on VHF, mostly detected using FM modes and occasional distant repeaters. Not a great deal of SSB/CW activity.

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

LIBYA, 5A. Abubaker, 5A1AL has been active using FT8 on 30 meters. QSL to home call.

UGANDA, 5X. Jonathan, KK7PW is QRV as 5X1O until November 20. Activity is in his spare time on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB, WSPR and possibly JT65 and FT8. QSL via EA5GL.

SIERRA LEONE, 9L. Mark, KW4XJ is QRV as 9L/KW4XJ from Freetown. He is waiting for his permanent 9L call sign. His length of stay is unknown. Activity is on the HF bands using mainly CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

BURUNDI, 9U. Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club are QRV as 9U4M until November 17. Activity is with five stations on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via IK2VUC.

NAURU, C2. Kuni, JA8VE, Mat, JA1JQY and Kaoru, JA3MCA are QRV as C21VE, C21JY and C21MA, respectively, until November 14. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home calls.

QATAR, A7. Justin, NE5JK is living and working in Doha and QRV as A71/NE5JK until he receives his A75 call. He’s currently running QRP power on the HF bands. QSL via operator’s instructions.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Mike, DF8AN is QRV as DU7/DF8AN from Negros Island, IOTA OC-129, until November 16. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, RTTY, PSK and FT8. QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Giovanni, IZ2DPX will be QRV as EA8/IZ2DPX from Lanzarote, IOTA AF-004, from November 13 to 20. Activity is on the HF bands using only SSB. QSL via IK2DUW.

SAN ANDRES AND PROVIDENCIA, HK0. Members of the Yaguarete DXers Group will be QRV as 5K0T from San Andres Island, IOTA NA-033, from November 12 to 25. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via LU1FM.

HONDURAS, HR. Dennis, W1UE, Paul, K1XM and Charlotte, KQ1F will be QRV as HR9/home calls from Roatan Island, IOTA NA-057, beginning November 12. They will be active as HQ9X in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via KQ1F.

GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. A group of operators will be QRV as J5T from Bubaque Island, IOTA AF-020, from November 13 to 26. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations active. QSL via I2YSB.

SVALBARD, JW. Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as JW/DL2JRM from Spitsbergen Island, IOTA EU-026, until November 13. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Scott, NE9U will be QRV as NE9U/KP2 from November 11 to December 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. He will be active as NP2X in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW and ARRL 160-Meter contests. QSL via NE9U and NP2X via K5WW.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Operators Olli, DH8BQA, Paul, DL5CW and Tom, DL5LYM are QRV as PJ4/home calls until November 29. They will be active as PJ4Y in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home calls, and PJ4Y for this contest via DL5CW.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Gary, G0FWX is QRV as V47FWX from Calypso Bay, IOTA NA-104, until November 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via M0URX.

MICRONESIA, V6. Shu, JA1FMN will be QRV as V63PSK from Moen Island, IOTA OC-011, from November 14 to 18. Activity will be on 20 to 10 meters using PSK, JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

MELLISH REEF, VK9M. A group of operators are QRV as VK9MA until November 16. Activity is with five stations on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL via N7QT.

SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Members of the Bo-Karoo Amateur Radio Club are QRV during November with special event call sign ZS40VDK to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the commissioning of the Van-derkloof Dam. QSL via the operators’ instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Worked All Europe DX RTTY Contest, 10-10 International Fall Digital Contest, Japan International DX Phone Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, OK/OM DX CW Contest, Kentucky QSO Party, CQ-WE Contest, North American SSB Sprint Contest and the 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series is scheduled for November 13.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for November 15.

Please see November QST, page 93, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

3rd December – 144MHz Affiliated Societies Contest – 10.00-16.00

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

After the previous schemozzle with the LPH fire and intruder alarms going off, the latest rumour is that the Council, using all of its expertise and wisdom, is considering asking us to have the HF antenna moved back to the South Hall, unfortunately with the feed still ending up in the Jubilee Hall. My attitude is that it probably won’t do any harm, but as it cost £700 for the recent move (they paid for it) it will cost them a similar amount to shift it back. WADARC are certainly not paying for it, especially as we were forced to move against our will.

A better solution would be for the fire alarm to be fixed so that it doesn’t respond to RF (it’s a wired system so it shouldn’t). It may mean that as there have been problems in the past and they’ve failed to fix it, we need a concerted effort with a couple of mobiles operating as much power as we can legally muster, right outside the doors of LPH. It might just sink in that the problem is theirs and moving our antenna won’t fix it!!! Watch this space……………..

 

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday’s club meeting was designated as a Tea and Chat evening, but this was enhanced by an impromptu on-air period, so that we could test out the HF antenna, now that it’s been moved.
Well, the antenna worked OK but transmission was interrupted by the noise of the fire alarm going off, accompanied by the intruder alarm, which wasn’t even armed! No absolute proof that RF was the culprit, even the caretaker and the Fire Brigade Officer didn’t think it was, but if it recurs it needs to be fixed. There have been previous problems and the council were warned, but appear to have done nothing to RF proof what is a wired system.

The new antenna for GB3WO was inspected for missing parts (there were none) and is now ready for installation on Monday morning.

Thursday morning’s 40 metre net was in excellent shape with signals exceeding S9 and almost no QSB.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Sunday Breakfast – Lancing Harvester – Sunday 5th November – 9.00am-10.00am
RSGB Lecture – Cleaning Up Your Shack (Noise and RFI removal) by GM3SEK – Wednesday 8th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Used Equipment Sale – GUILDFORD and District Radio Society – Friday 10th November – 8..00pm sharp. Guildford Model Engineer’s Building, Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1TU.
Remembrance Day marshalling – Worthing Town – Sunday 12th November – 08.45am-12.30pm
On the air evening with the club’s IC7300, plus tea and chat – Wednesday 15th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
On the air at home nets Phil, G4UDU net controller – Wednesday 22nd November – 8.00pm-9.30pm – 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

5 November 2017 West London Radio & Electronics Show (Kempton Rally)
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ. Open 10:00/09:50. B&B. SIGs. Talkin. On-site parking. Lectures. Raffle. Catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, info@radiofairs.co.uk http://www.radiofairs.co.uk

19 November 2017 40th CATS Electronic Radio Bazaar
Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon, CR5 1ES. Open 10:00-13:00. Admission £1.50. Disabled facilities. Parking. B&B. Flea market. On-site catering.
Details: Andy Briers, G0KZT, 07729-866600, bazaar@catsradio.org

19 November 2017 Plymouth Radio Club Radio Rally
Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 2AS. Open 10:00/09:50 to 14:30. Admittance £2. Trade. SIGs. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. Parking. Disabled facilities. Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: David Beck, 2E0DTC, 0777-7664822, d.beck123@outlook.com

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
SOLAR MINIMUM RETURNS: Yesterday the sunspot number was zero as the sun resumes its transition to Solar Minimum. Images from NASA’s Dynamics Observatory show no dark cores on the face of the sun.

This development continues a years-long trend of decreasing sunspot numbers — with a notable interruption in September 2017, which brought a surprising outburst of large sunspots and intense solar flares. The disappearance of sunspots signals a weakening of the sun’s magnetic field and a change in the character of space weather. During Solar Minimum, space weather is dominated by solar wind streams and cosmic rays, not sunspots and solar flares. Bonus: Solar Minimum auroras are gorgeous!

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

There have been considerable enhancements across the UK and much of Europe as well as Ireland, in the past few days, but unfortunately although there was the occasional QSO and distant beacons were heard, there wasn’t a great deal of activity.

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 Z36W, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V. Mik, HB9FSA is QRV as 3V8TD from Djerba Island, IOTA AF-083. Activity is on the various HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as 4W6RR from Dili, IOTA OC-148, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW and JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Peter, HB9DVG is QRV as 9X9PJ, and possibly later as 9X9PJ/p, from Kigali for the next two years. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as A5A until October 8. The main purpose of this trip is to support the launch of the Paralympic Committee in Bhutan with the Bhutan Olympic Committee. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JH1AJT.

SPAIN, EA. Special event station AN92EXPO commemorates the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Seville Universal Exposition, operating in conjunction with the fifth centennial of the Discovery of America.
QSL via bureau.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Gust, ON6KE is QRV as FR/ON6KE until October 10. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and FT8. QSL via operator’s instructions.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Stan, LZ1GC is QRV as H40GC until October 20.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. A group of operators are QRV as S9YY from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until October 12. Activity is on the HF bands, possibly including 60 meters, using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via DH7WW.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Peter, DD1GG is QRV as S79PT from Mahe Island, IOTA AF-024, until October 15. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Operators JA6BMB, JA6KYU and JR6DRH are QRV as T88CS, T88HS and T88RH, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until October 11. In addition, operators JA6EGL, JQ6FQI and JH7IPR will be QRV as T88SM, T88WM and T88UW, respectively, from October 11 to 17. Both operations are expected to be active on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65, JT9 and FT8. QSL to home calls.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84K50GJ is QRV until October 15 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. Activity is on all bands and modes. QSL via QRZ.com.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. A group of operators are QRV as VK9XI until October 10. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes an entry in the Oceania DX SSB contest. QSL via M0OXO.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. After their Christmas Island operation, the group will be QRV as VK9CI from October 10 to 17.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming Oceania DX CW contest. QSL via M0OXO.

VIET NAM. XV. Laurent, F5TMJ is living in Ho Chi Minh City and is QRV as XV9JM. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters at various times. QSL via F6ITD.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Members of the Radio Club Nikola Tesla are QRV as Z370M until December 31 to celebrate the club’s 70 years. QSL via Z37M.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL EME Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest, TRC DX Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, Oceania DX Phone Contest, The Russian World Wide Digital Contest SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, FISTS Fall Slow Speed CW Sprint, WAB HF Phone, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter CW Contest and the UBA ON 6-meter Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for October 9.

The 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint is scheduled for October 10.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for October 11.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

4th – 5th November – 144MHz CW Marconi Contest – 14.00-14.00

3rd December – 144MHz Affiliated Societies Contest – 10.00-16.00

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

Please try to support our efforts to provide adequate marshals for the Remembrance Day Parade in Worthing. We are currently short of our target by 4-5 members and a few hours of your time would be greatly appreciated.
Hi-vis jackets and PMR radios will be provided, so you don’t even need to be licensed. Please indicate that you can attend by adding your name to our Doodle Poll: https://doodle.com/poll/fzbh4cip74s3mtxn

73,

Alan. G4GNX

A summary of what is happening at the club – opinions and comments are those of the writer and not necessarily official policy

Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU

This week:

Wednesday 25th was the 2m DF Hunt

Dorian 2E0FSI (The Fox) was the transmitting station and at 1930 the first transmission was to be made.

That morning I was talking with Chris M0VUE and we decided to give it a go – I have a HB9CV with a switchable attenuator and Chris brought along a handheld to help with the close in stuff, so at the first transmission we were down almost opposite Brooklands on the sea front, good signal on the handheld and a bearing looking towards Worthing hospital on the beam.

Next proceed to the road on the North side of the hospital, 19:45 and the signal is a lot stronger and I needed 60dB of attenuation to get a heading – this time beam was pointing over towards Morison’s car park and towards the area where SMC models is located, Chris had a very much stronger signal on the handportable.

Next over to Georgia Avenue – opposite side of the A24 from SMC models that is on Queens St. 20:00 transmission and massive signal – attenuator had no effect – so into close hunting mode – take the antennas off the portables, and I ran Northwards, Chris South and East – both resulted in weaker signals so West it had to be ! Over the road transmission ended and there outside of the Audi Dealership ( should have guessed ! ) was Dorian 20:03 33 minutes from the start and we had won – YES !

First Phil G4UDU Chris M0VUE

Next in Ian & Alex @ 2104 (94 mins in) M0IAD 2E0UMD

followed by Alan, Roger, Vic @ 2122 (112 mins in) G4GNX G4TNT G8MUQ

So the winners are the fox for the next event – that should prove to be interesting !

 

This weekend on the HF Bands

it is the CQWW: International contest and enormous amount of activity – work DXCC 100 countries – easy.

 

Club Program:

1st Nov Tea and Chat Evening

5th Nov Breakfast at 0900 – Lancing Harvester

8th Nov Lecture – no details on the website ?

 

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:

Solar activity increased over the past couple of weeks, with average daily sunspot numbers at 13.4 on October 19-25, compared to 1.7 over
the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux increased from 70.5 to 76.7 over the same two weeks.

The reason for the radically different averages is because this past week there were just two days with no sunspots, and the previous
week had no sunspot activity on six of the seven days.

Average daily planetary A index was 11.6, declining from 21.1 to 11.6, and average daily mid-latitude A index decreased from 16.7 to
9.1.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 78 on October 27, 77 on October 28-30, 76 on October 31 through November 2, 77 on November
3, then 84 and 82 on November 4-5, 80 on November 6-17, 82 on November 18-19, 84 on November 20, 85 on November 21-30, then 84 and
82 on December 1-2, and 80 on December 3-10.

Predicted planetary A index is 16, 12 and 8 on October 27-29, 5 on October 30-31, then 8 and 16 on November 1-2, 15 on November 3, 5 on
November 4-6, then 28, 30, 40, 28, 26 and 8 on November 7-12, 5 on November 13-14, then 12, 10, 8, 6 and 5 on November 15-19, then 18,
45, 40, 18 and 12 on November 20-24, then 10, 8, 5, 8 and 10 on November 25-29, then 5 on November 30 through December 3, then 28,
30, 40, 28, 26 and 8 on December 4-9, and 5 on November 10.

information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/

Sunspot numbers for October 19 through 25, 2017 were 0, 0, 11, 13, 23, 23, and 24, with a mean of 13.4. 10.7 cm flux was 73.4, 75.7,
76.5, 77.3, 78, 77.5, and 78.8, with a mean of 76.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 12, 8, 10, 6, 6, 18, and 21, with a mean of 11.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 9, 5, 13, 6, 3, 13, and 15, with a mean of 9.1.

 

DX News:

ARLD043 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V. Operators Ash, 3V/KF5EYY and Ludovic, HB9EOU will be QRV as 3V8SS from the Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts in
Sousse in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Multi/Single/Low Power entry. QSL via LX1NO.

GUINEA, 3X. A group of operators are QRV as 3XY3D/p from Tristao Island, IOTA AF-096, until October 31. Activity is on 80 to 10
meters using mainly CW. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. Afterwards, they will be active as 3XY3D from Kassa
Island, IOTA AF-051, from November 2 to December 1. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW. This includes being an entry
in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL both calls direct to F5OZC.

GEORGIA, 4L. Mamuka, 4L2M will be QRV as a Single Op/Single Band on 20 meters entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via
EA7FTR. In addition, Gia, 4L4WW will be QRV as 4L0A from Obcha as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via LoTW.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Thomas, OZ1AA will be QRV as 4W/OZ1AA from Dili, IOTA OC-148, from November 1 to 7. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW and some FT8. QSL via OZ1ACB.

CYPRUS, 5B. Members of Nicosia Contest Group will be QRV as C4A as
a Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via 5B4KH.

TONGA, A3. Hiro, JA6WFM will be QRV as A31MM from Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. This activity does not include 160 or 80 meters, however. QSL via EA4GL.

OMAN, A4. A large group of operators will be QRV as A44A as a Multi/Multi entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via
A47RS.

TAIWAN, BV. Look for operators JL3RDC, JP3PZG and JN3MXT to be QRV as BW/home calls on all bands in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home calls.

CHINA, BY. Members of the Chinese Radio Amateur’s Club will be QRV as B9K from Hangyashan, Gansu Province as a Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via BA4EG.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Rafal, SQ9CNN will be QRV as D4Z from Sao VicenteIsland, IOTA AF-086, in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest on 15 meters. QSL direct to HB9DUR.

PALESTINE, E4. Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E44WE from Bethlehem until October 29. Activity is on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using SSB,
PSK63 and possibly RTTY. He will be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/Single Band/Assisted/Low Power entry on
15 meters. QSL to home call.

LIBERIA, EL. A group of operators will be QRV as 5L3BI from Baiyah Island, IOTA AF-111, from October 31 to November 4. Activity will
be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO.

MONGOLIA, JT. A group of operators will be QRV as JT5DX in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to JT1CO.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. A group of operators will be QRV as AH0K from Tinian Island, IOTA OC-086, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via OH6GDX.

PALAU, T8. Tetsuya, JA7XBG is QRV as T88GA from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until October 31. Activity is on the HF bands. He will be
active as T8ED in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL both calls direct to home call.

CORSICA, TK. Salvatore, IK8UND will be QRV as TK9R from Ajaccio, IOTA EU-014, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. Activity will be on all bands. QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. A group of operators will be QRV as V26B om Antigua, IOTA NA-100, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL direct to KA2AEV.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP from Blackman Eddy until October 31. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using SSB and RTTY. He will also be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/All band/High Power/Assisted entry. QSL direct to home call.

NAMIBIA, V5. Tev, TA1HZ is QRV as V51/TA1HZ until October 30. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. QSL via LZ3HI.

HONG KONG, VR. Members of the FUN Amateur Radio Club will be QRV as VR20FUN in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via VR2FUN.

INDONESIA, YB. A group of operators will be QRV as YE2A in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via LoTW.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. Adrian, G0KOM will be QRV as ZC4MK from Avdimou Beach in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Stan, K5GO will be QRV as ZF9CW from Cayman Brac Island, IOTA NA-016, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ Worldwide DX SSB Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint and NCCC CW Sprint are scheduled for this weekend. The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test and UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest are scheduled for November 1.

THE PAST WEEK

The junk sale was well attended on Wednesday. There was lots of good stuff, a few bargains to be had but it must be said there was also a lot of junk too (some of which I brought … although a few other poor souls could not see radio gear ultimately being thrown away in the skip either!).

GB3WOR our 70cm repeater was moved to a new position at Lancing parish hall, last Wednesday. The antenna was also moved to a slightly higher position, but unfortunately needed to be repaired as it literally fell in half when being moved. This is of course a temporary situation and we will be replacing the antenna as soon as possible. Our HF Windom antenna has also been moved to a new higher position in the clear and away from the roofs. The vertical radiator should also benefit from being away from the buildings. We will be evaluating its performance at the next meeting on Wednesday 1st November. Many thanks to Graham, G8BZL and Roger, G7VBR as well as the crew from A&S Aerials, for making it all a smooth transition.

COMING UP

JOTA takes place on Saturday 21st Oct at 1st Findon Valley Scouts, Parham Close, Findon. 9am to 4pm but Al and helpers will be there from much earlier on to set things up (good luck with the weather).
All helpers welcome. They will be operating HF and VHF. Contact Alastair, M0OAL.

The Fox Hunt takes place next Wednesday at 7.30pm. Frequency is S21 – 145.525 MHz. The Parish Hall is CLOSED. We will meet in the bar at The Harvester in Lancing from after the fox has been found. Non-participating members can also meet there earlier from (say) 8.00pm, so that they can chat and monitor activity.

** If like me you are late paying your WADARC subs (I have only just paid!) remember you can pay on-line: £35 for a year’s membership please pay by October 31st 🙂 **

EXTRA BITS

Alan G4GNX mentioned there were some good conditions on 2m and 70cm last Saturday, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on activity, especially at the weekends. There are people ‘out there’ listening / monitoring, so its worth giving the odd call on the calling frequency.

Noise is a problem for many of us. In the ‘short circuits’ in the next RagChew I will be writing about how you can make simple receive loop antennas for a few quid that can really help cut down on the noise (if they are correctly set up). Although these simple loops can give good performance they are very narrow band. For an interesting and effective wideband loop antenna its really worth checking out LZ1AQ’s devices, see my link for many of the details and an example in use:
http://www.creative-science.org.uk/loop_lz1aq.html

A few Junk Sales ago there was a rather interesting piece of electronics from Peter Dodds collection that no one could work out what it was and no one bid on. I think Phil paid a nominal amount and gave it to me to play with, so look out for my article about it in the next Ragchew.

Details of GB2RS the news service of the Radio Society of Great Britain can be found here: http://rsgb.org/main/gb2rs/

73, good listening and then good DX!
Next newsletter from me in a month …

Jonathan
G1EXG

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • JOTA – 1st Findon Valley Scouts, Parham Close, Findon – Saturday 21st October – 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.
  • Club Tea and Chat Night – Wednesday 1st November – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Sunday Breakfast – Lancing Harvester – Sunday 5th November – 9.00am – 10.00am

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

21 October 2017 Yeovil ARC 71st Anniversary Event [Saturday] Sparkford Village Hall, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7ED.
Open 10:00. Admission free. Also celebrating El Alemein with radios from that era plus 1920s on. Secret Listener radios.
Light refreshments available. Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@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

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 K2DM, ON4EI, 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.

ANNOBON ISLAND, 3C0. Operators Yuris, YL2GM and Kaspars, YL3AIW are QRV as 3C0L until October 22. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via YL2GN.

SRI LANKA, 4S. Alex, UT5UY and Roman, UR0MC will be QRV as 4S7AYG from October 22 to 31. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0URX.

LESOTHO, 7P. Pista, HA5AO is QRV as 7P8AO until October 28. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Look for 9M2SJM to be QRV by members of the Scout Melaka group during the 60th Jamboree On the Air.

BOTSWANA, A2. Andre, NJ0F is QRV as A25A until November 5. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Johannes, PA5X is QRV as C93PA from Beira and is here for the next few months. Activity is on various HF bands using SSB, JT65, WSPR and FT8. QSL to home call.

PALESTINE, E4. Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E44WE from Bethlehem until October 29. Activity is on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/Single Band on 15 meters entry.
QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Members of the Grupo DX Teide are QRV as EH8FA from the Lighthouse Anaga, ARLHS CAI-001, until October 22. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.
QSL direct to EA8NQ.

IRELAND, EI. Oliver, ON4EI will be QRV as EI8GQB from October 21 to November 1 from a caravan using mainly green energy. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters. He will be QRV as EI1A in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via PA3249.

MOLDOVA, ER. Ben, DL7UCX is QRV as ER/DL7UCX until October 22.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as P29RR until November 6. Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters using CW, JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. A group of operators will be QRV as PY0FW from October 22 to 27. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and vTagsarious digital modes. QSL via PP1CZ.

BANGLADESH, S2. Operators G3KHZ, G4EDG, DL6KVA, S21ED and S21TV will be QRV as S21ZDC from Saint Martins Island, IOTA AS-127, from October 21 to 25. Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via SM6CVX.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Kasimir, DL2SBY is QRV as S79KB from Mahe, IOTA AF-024, until November 1. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB with a focus on RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

EGYPT, SU. Look for SU60J to be QRV during the 60th Jamboree On The Air. QSL via SM5AQD.

TUVALU, T2. Tony, 3D2AG will be QRV as T2AR from Funafuti, IOTA OC-015, from October 21 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA. Look for TC68JOTA to be QRV during the 60th Jamboree On The Air. QSL via operators’ instructions.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. Keith, GM4YXI and Chris, GM3WOJ will be QRV as VK9CZ from October 24 to November 7. Activity will be on the HF bands with two stations. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via N3SL.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Operators K2DM and N0SMX will be QRV as VP2MDG and VP2MMX, respectively, from October 26 to 30. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being a Multi/Single entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home calls.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
Scouts Jamboree On The Air, the Stew Perry Topband Challenge, JARTS World Wide RTTY Contest, Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest, 10-10 International Fall CW Contest, RCB XYL Test, New York QSO Party, Worked All Germany Contest, South Dakota QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint, Illinois QSO Party and the RSGB RoLo 80-Meter CW are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for October 25.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s lecture was given by Chris Tomlinson from EON/Rampion, on the Rampion Wind Farm, which as most will be aware, is in its late stages of development. A highly informative talk, with slides despite minor issues between our projector and Chris’ laptop. Further to Chris’ talk, technical questions have been invited and Chris will do his best to have them answered. Please forward any questions for Chris to G4GNX via chairman@wadarc.org.uk

Next week is the Autumn Junk Sale and images of Bryan, G3GVB’s equipment are still available on the WADARC website – follow this link (or copy and paste) to view:

www.wadarc.org.uk/weekly-updates/sk-g3gvb-equipment-at-the-next-junk-sale

Please also note that the start time of the Junk Sale has been brought forward to 7.30pm, as there are quite a lot of ‘GVB pieces as well as members’ own items.

Next week, Jonathan – G1EXG will be composing the Weekly Bulletin and will continue to do so once per month. Watch this space for some excellent content.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Junk Sale (including radios etc from G3GVB) – Wednesday 18th October – 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Club Tea and Chat Night – Wednesday 1st November – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Sunday Breakfast – Lancing Harvester – Sunday 5th November – 9.00am – 10.00am

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

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

21 October 2017 Yeovil ARC 71st Anniversary Event [Saturday]
Sparkford Village Hall, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7ED.
Open 10:00. Admission free. Also celebrating El Alemein with
radios from that era plus 1920s on. Secret Listener radios.
Light refreshments available.
Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@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):
FRIDAY THE 13TH, A LUCKY DAY FOR AURORAS: NOAA forecasters say there is a 70% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Oct. 13th, marking the third day in a row such storms have circled Earth’s poles. In fact, Friday the 13th could be the best day yet as Earth enters a faster-moving stream of solar wind, with wind speeds topping 600 km/s. Arctic sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

Low K-index and solar disturbances continue to plague the lower HF bands. 40 metres has been good in the evenings with contacts to North America and good signal strengths, quite frequent.
Bob, G3VXJ reports QSOs with a great many parts of the globe, on the upper HF bands, using just 5 Watts!

VHF/UHF:

This weekend (14th/15th) conditions are predicted to be favourable for what is described as a “mega-lift”, due to temperature inversions and “mirroring”. Autumn auroral activity is highly likely throughout the month.

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 NT5V, 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, 3B8. Flavio, IW2NEF will be QRV as 3B8/IW2NEF from October 16 to 23. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands.QSL to IK2DUW.

SWAZILAND, 3DA. A group of operators are QRV as 3DA0MB until October 18. This is an EME DXpedition, with activity on 6 and 2 meters, and 70, 23, 13, 9, 6, and 3 cm using CW and JT65. QSL via PA3CMC.

UGANDA, 5X. Kazuo, 5X2B is QRV from Kampala until July 2019. Activity is on 30 to 12 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to JA1PBV.

BHUTAN, A5. Steve, N6SJ is QRV as A52SJ from Paro until October 19. Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on 160 meters. QSL to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Steve, KL7SB is QRV as E51RAT from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, until October 18. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to NI5DX.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ. Damien, F4AZF is QRV as FJ/F4AZF until October 20, or possibly until October 27, while working here. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time. QSL to home call.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ will be QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 beginning October 15 and will be here for two months. Activity will be in his spare time on the HF bands using CW and RTTY. QSL direct to JA8CJY.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Look for OH0B to be QRV in the Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest. QSL via OH2BH.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Henri, OH3JR is QRV as OJ0JR until October 14. Activity is on 40 to 4 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

BELGIUM, ON. Special event station OP36CLM will be QRV from October 16 to November 15 to commemorate the liberation of the town of Knokke by Canadian forces in November 1944. QSL via ON3AIM.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Operators Vernon, NN5E and Jim, NT5V will be QRV as PJ4/NN5E and PJ4/NT5V, respectively, from October 15 to 22. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home calls.

BANGLADESH, S2. A group of operators are QRV as S21ZDC from Bhola Island, IOTA AS-140, until October 18. Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via G3KHZ.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Jose, EC5AC is QRV as S9CQ from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until October 21. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

CRETE, SV9. Mirko, DJ1AA is QRV as SV9/DJ1AA/p from Sisi, IOTA EU-015, until October 13. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Operators JH7IPR, JA6EGL and JQ6FQI are QRV as T88UW, T88SM, and T88WM, respectively, until October 18. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home calls.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Bill, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from Calypso Bay, IOTA NA-104, from October 15 to November 7. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using SSB. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ Word Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84K50GJ is QRV until October 15 to mark the present Sultan’s Golden Jubilee. QSL via operators instructions.

INDIA, VU. Special event stations AT1FI, AT2FI, AT3FI and AT4FI are QRV until October 28 during the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via VU2SMS.

LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS, VU7. A group of operators are QRV as VU7T from Kavaratti, IOTA AS-011, until October 20. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes, with up to three stations active. QSL via VU2CPL.

ST. HELENA, ZD7. Bill, G0VDE plans to be QRV as ZD7VDE for one week beginning October 14. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via G3SWH.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The Oceania DX CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Makrothen RTTY Contest, Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest, QRP ARCI Fall CW QSO Party, Pennsylvania QSO Party, Arizona QSO Party, FISTS Fall Unlimited CW Sprint, PODXS 070 Club 160-Meter Great Pumpkin Sprint, Asia-Pacific Fall CW Sprint and the UBA ON 2-Meter Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from October 16 to 20.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for October 16.

The Telephone Pioneers QSO Party is scheduled for October 16.
The Phone Fray, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for October 18.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

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

FINALÉ

Hopefully we will soon to be able to operate HF again from within Lancing Parish Hall, but this time instead of operators and “chatters” being crammed into the same space, we will be using the tea-bar area in Jubilee Hall to place the K3 or IC7300, with the shutters lowered to keep the mutual noise out. Those who want to chat can continue to do so in the carpeted area, where we have met for the past few weeks.

I’m hoping to formulate a questionnaire, once the committee have met, so that we can tailor the club meetings to the interests of all members, within the cloak of Amateur Radio. Any thoughts you may have in advance can be sent to any committee member for consideration.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

 

THE PAST WEEK

A highlight of the week was on Monday when there was an opening of the HF bands, with all bands seeing propagation improvement, right up thru 10 metres, with some good DX reported.
Band conditions continued to be fair and 40 metres was very much improved for our Thursday morning net, although there weren’t many ‘takers’!

In case you hadn’t noticed, the AGM took place last Wednesday and I’m pleased to say that it went very well, with around 30 members attending, despite there being an overall membership decline.
Further accurate details will be published as soon as Andy and Roger compare notes and compile the info.
For the time being, here’s an abbreviated list of officers and committee for 2017/2018:

Chairman – Alan, G4GNX
Vice-Chairman – Les, G3JSU
Secretary – Andy, M6RFE
Treasurer – Roger, G7VBR

Committee members:
Ian, M0IAD
Norman, 2E0RKO
Ray, M6IKO
Alex, M6UMD

A further reminder that the Junk Sale is not far away, images of Bryan, G3GVB’s equipment are now on the WADARC website – follow this link (or copy and paste) to view:

www.wadarc.org.uk/weekly-updates/sk-g3gvb-equipment-at-the-next-junk-sale

Please also note that the start time of the Junk Sale has been brought forward to 7.30pm, as there are quite a lot of ‘GVB pieces as well as members’ own items.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

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 – 7.30pm – 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

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

21 October 2017 Yeovil ARC 71st Anniversary Event [Saturday]
Sparkford Village Hall, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7ED.
Open 10:00. Admission free. Also celebrating El Alemein with
radios from that era plus 1920s on. Secret Listener radios.
Light refreshments available.
Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@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):
(Oct 5 1147UTC) Solar has intensified but only slightly. The southern coronal hole stream has mostly missed our planet and will be only lightly felt in the magnetosphere.
(Oct 4 1155UTC) The solar wind is late. Telemetry shows no impacts thus far and so the stream may be weaker than the last one (which produced level 3 geomagnetic storms). If the stream does not impact in the next 24 hours it has likely missed our planet.
(Oct 3 1200UTC) An intensification of solar wind is expected within ~24 hours due to the earth-facing coronal hole. Aurorae and geomagnetic storms are expected. Solar flaring is expected to remain low as the sunspots are weak, turning out of view, and few appear ready to replace them.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Occasional enhancements over 750Km have occurred during the past week right across Europe, but are rather short lived. These are likely to continue. Autumn auroral activity also 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 Z36W, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V. Mik, HB9FSA is QRV as 3V8TD from Djerba Island, IOTA AF-083. Activity is on the various HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as 4W6RR from Dili, IOTA OC-148, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW and JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Peter, HB9DVG is QRV as 9X9PJ, and possibly later as 9X9PJ/p, from Kigali for the next two years. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as A5A until October 8. The main purpose of this trip is to support the launch of the Paralympic Committee in Bhutan with the Bhutan Olympic Committee. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JH1AJT.

SPAIN, EA. Special event station AN92EXPO commemorates the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Seville Universal Exposition, operating in conjunction with the fifth centennial of the Discovery of America.
QSL via bureau.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Gust, ON6KE is QRV as FR/ON6KE until October 10. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and FT8. QSL via operator’s instructions.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Stan, LZ1GC is QRV as H40GC until October 20.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. A group of operators are QRV as S9YY from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until October 12. Activity is on the HF bands, possibly including 60 meters, using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via DH7WW.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Peter, DD1GG is QRV as S79PT from Mahe Island, IOTA AF-024, until October 15. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Operators JA6BMB, JA6KYU and JR6DRH are QRV as T88CS, T88HS and T88RH, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until October 11. In addition, operators JA6EGL, JQ6FQI and JH7IPR will be QRV as T88SM, T88WM and T88UW, respectively, from October 11 to 17. Both operations are expected to be active on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65, JT9 and FT8. QSL to home calls.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84K50GJ is QRV until October 15 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. Activity is on all bands and modes. QSL via QRZ.com.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. A group of operators are QRV as VK9XI until October 10. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes an entry in the Oceania DX SSB contest. QSL via M0OXO.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. After their Christmas Island operation, the group will be QRV as VK9CI from October 10 to 17.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming Oceania DX CW contest. QSL via M0OXO.

VIET NAM. XV. Laurent, F5TMJ is living in Ho Chi Minh City and is QRV as XV9JM. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters at various times. QSL via F6ITD.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Members of the Radio Club Nikola Tesla are QRV as Z370M until December 31 to celebrate the club’s 70 years. QSL via Z37M.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL EME Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest, TRC DX Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, Oceania DX Phone Contest, The Russian World Wide Digital Contest SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, FISTS Fall Slow Speed CW Sprint, WAB HF Phone, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter CW Contest and the UBA ON 6-meter Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for October 9.

The 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint is scheduled for October 10.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for October 11.

Please see October QST, page 94, 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

There was considerable discussion at last Wednesday’s AGM regarding the decline in WADARC membership and the direction in which YOUR club is going. Whilst it was realised that part of the decline is due to members passing away, that’s really quite a small proportion of the overall membership. As a club we need to think up new ideas and activities to attract people into Amateur Radio and to join WADARC, whilst catering for the varied interests of existing members. There was also talk of moving our meeting place, preferably to somewhere where we can have a dedicated shack, storeroom and workbench.

I would ask all members to consider the above and to try to come up with suggestions to submit to the Committee.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The recent Intermediate training and subsequent exam was successful, last Saturday. Congratulations to Ninesh, Bruce and Alex on passing the exam. Looking forward to hearing you on the air with your new callsigns.

Last Wednesday we confined ourselves to the bar area in Jubilee Hall and as there were no complaints, I presume that everyone was happy with this.

There was a better attendance than previous weeks, hopefully because some fool volunteered to give a talk on Digital Modes. Despite the best efforts of Murphy, everything finally worked and my thanks go to Bryan, G0SIU for lending me his iMic sound card interface, due to mine having died the night before! Thanks also to those who ‘filled in the gaps’ where my knowledge failed.
Last but not least, thanks to Roger, G7VBR for coming down specially to make the tea, at short notice.

Bearing in mind that the Junk Sale is not too many weeks away, images of Bryan, G3GVB’s equipment are now on the WADARC website – follow this link (or copy and paste) to view:

www.wadarc.org.uk/weekly-updates/sk-g3gvb-equipment-at-the-next-junk-sale

Please also note that the start time of the Junk Sale has been brought forward to 7.30pm, as there are quite a lot of ‘GVB pieces as well as members’ own items.

Don’t forget the Sunday Breakfast this Sunday morning at Lancing Harvester (see below).

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • 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 27 1157UTC) The 2nd coronal hole stream this week has impacted earth. A geomagnetic storm is underway this morning and should proceed nice auroral activity around high latitudes. Solar flares remain absent but three sunspot groups exist on the disk and we’ll monitor them as well.

(Sep 28 1152UTC) Level 3 geomagnetic storms are underway this morning as the speed of the coronal hole stream surged to high levels. Electrical/Health alerts are in play at moderate to high levels. New sunspots were born behind the formerly grand sunspot group but solar flaring remains low for now.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Some enhanced propagation during the past week, but sustained higher temperatures haven’t produced anything remarkable. Currently distances of 250Km are highly possible in the direction of Paris towards the south and the Netherlands towards the north east. Autumn auroral activity also 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
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.

ALGERIA, 7X. Members of the Radio Club of Djelfa will be QRV as
7Y7AI from Ile du Cavallo, IOTA AF-104, from September 30 to October
10. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters. QSL via 7X2DD.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC
are QRV as A5A until October 8. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. The main objective of this visit is to
support the Bhutan Olympic Committee in its setup of a Paralympic
Committee. QSL via JH1AJT.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Gust, ON6KE will be active from September 29 to
October 10 as FR/ON6KE on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and FT8.
QSL via ClubLog, LoTW or eQSL.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Stan, LZ1GC returns to Nendo Island as H40GC
from September 30 to October 20. He will focus on the low bands
using SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK. QSL via LZ1GC.

DODECANESE, SV5. Oliver, DK7TX will be active holiday-style from
the islands Kos, Lalymos, Nisyros, and Telendos, IOTA EU-001, from
October 3 to 30 as SV5/DK7TX on 40 to 6 meters, with a focus on 20,
15 and 10 meters. QSL via home call.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. R60SAT will be QRV to commemorate the first
Sputnik from October 1 to 8. An award is available as well. QSL
via R4AS direct.

MICRONESIA, V6. Chusuke, JR1FKR and Yutaka, JH1MLO will be QRV from
September 27 to October 2. They will sign V63FKR and V63MLO on SSB
and RTTY. QSL V63FKR via JR1FKR and V63MLO via JH1MLO.

INDIA, VU. The team of VU3NPI, VU2GTI, VU3EDG, VU3ESV, VU3GDS,
VU3YPP, VU3SXH, VU3ZLS, VU2DEV, VU2RCT, VU3DEW and VU3ZNG will be
QRV as AT7M from St. Mary’s Island, IOTA AS-096, from September 30
to October 1 on 40 and 20 meters and possibly other bands depending
on conditions. QSL via VU3NPI.

BURKINA FASO, XT. Listen for Harald, DF2WO from September 29 to
October 30 as XT2AW on HF including 60 meters using digital modes
such as JT65 and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

INDONESIA, YB. Special event station YE72JB marks the 72nd
anniversary of the West Java Province. They will be QRV on
September 29 and 30 on the HF bands using SSB, CW and digital modes.
QSL via LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog.

PALESTINE, E4. SP9FIH will be QRV at E44WE from October 18 to 29.
This will include a single-op single band 15 meter assisted low
power effort in the CQ WW DX Phone Contest. Outside the contest
activity he will be on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using SSB, PSK and
possibly RTTY. QSL via SP9FIH.

NEPAL, 9N. Gerhard, OE3GEA is now active as 9N7GE. His length of
his stay is unknown. His activity has been on various HF bands
using CW. QSL via his home call sign, direct or by the Bureau.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Leo, PP1CZ will be active as PY0FW from
October 22 to 27. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters
with some tries on 6 meters if he has propagation, using CW, RTTY,
some SSB, and possibly JT65 and FT8. QSL direct or to ClubLog’s
OQRS.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW
Ladder, Feld Hell Sprint, UK/EI SSB DX Contest, Russian World Wide
MultiMode Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter SSB Contest, Classic Phone
Exchange and the Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this
weekend.

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from October 2 to 8. The German
Telegraphy Contest and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduled for
October 3. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, 432 MHz Fall Sprint, UKEICC
80-Meter SSB Contest and Phone Fray are all scheduled for October 4.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, October QST, page 94, 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

Membership fees continue to trickle in. Thanks to all who have re-joined. For those who haven’t quite got round to it, or have been away, please try to re-join before next week’s AGM or at least let Ian, M0IAD know that you intend to do so when you return.

Where is everybody??? Although there were an increased number at last Wednesday’s meeting, the meetings are not being as well attended as several months ago. Also, the Club nets are dwindling out of existence. Whilst there are obvious issues with HF propagation affecting 80m and 40m, 2 metres is as good as it ever was, but lately very few people contribute.

Whilst it’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time, is the Club format to blame as well as the way the nets are run? Can all members bear this in mind when attending next week’s AGM, so that perhaps we can discuss it after the main AGM business is completed. If you prefer to make your comments anonymously, please contact Roger, G7VBR who will pass comments to the Committee, but without revealing your name if that’s what you want.

Apart from thinking what the Club can do for you, please think about what you can do for the Club. The Committee needs new members, especially from the younger generation and most of all we need new ideas.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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