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

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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
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

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

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday was a Tea and Chat night, whilst work continued in the shack to install the new Tambour Doors. Graham and Roger have been making a good job of it, despite my attack on Roger’s glasses with the vacuum cleaner and the installation instructions seemingly from MFI (remember them?).

Jonathan’s suggestion of a club project was put to those present and several people said that they’d like to take part, so we will be collecting more numbers and ordering several kits.

Next Tuesday’s meeting will also be a Tea and Chat, but without the shack in use. This is because we decided to abandon unfinished work on the shack last week, because time ran out and there’s still a bit to do. This meeting will be the last meeting at TS Vanguard before 2020!

The following Tuesday (17th) is the Christmas Party at Casa Ciro. Please bring any donations of raffle prizes to the restaurant on the night.

It is hoped that club nets will be run over the holiday period. Details will be published next week.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat – 10th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • 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/2019/12/06/propagation-news-8-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=2019

FINALÉ

Regarding the club project of an E-Field Active Antenna – details can be found at: https://ukraa.com I hope to start a Doodle Poll to collect names of all members who want to build one. Club members only but the Club will be paying for the kits and we’ll have some building sessions at the Club QTH, so those of you who don’t have the necessary tools will be able to use other members’ gear.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Rather than a formal talk, Bryan, G0SIU gave a demonstration on the use of manual antenna tuners, in the shack, at last Tuesday’s meeting. Despite disturbance from those of us concerned with the new tambour doors, Bryan managed to match the rather indifferent HF antenna at TS Vanguard, using mostly his Palstar tuner. It just goes to show that the slightly older techniques are still viable and in use.

The new Tambour Doors (roller shutters) were duly delivered and work has commenced on getting them installed.

Jonathan, G1 EXG has proposed a club project, which we can all make and costs only £9.50. We may even get it cheaper if we order in bulk. The item is an E-Field Active Antenna Kit and is featured on page 14 of latest December RadCom. We will be promoting this at future club meetings, so you can find out more then.

We’re going back to a previous system with the Club Programme, staring in January. There will be alternating regular slots of Tea and Chat (including on-air nights), Podcasts/Videos (with discussion), Talks/Lectures, Practical Evenings.
We now need to fill the slots, so if you can give a talk or demo or know of a good lecturer who would be willing to give us a talk (we are willing to pay them a reasonable rate + expenses), please let any of the Committee know.

The Christmas Party has now been finalised with Casa Ciro and all menu selections have been sent to the restaurant. I have a spreadsheet which will be available on the night, in case you forget what food you’ve asked for.
Ron, G3SKI will be bringing one of his excellent cakes to be served to those present and we have permission to run a raffle. Please bring any donations of raffle prizes to the party on the 17th. If you’re not booked for the party and would like to donate a prize, please give it to any committee member by 16th December.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat – 3rd December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Shack Night plus Tea and Chat – 10th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • 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

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/2019/11/29/propagation-news-1-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=2019

FINALÉ

Thanks to Isabel Knox for a generous donation of a few packets of biscuits for future meetings. That said, donations of biscuits are always welcome from other members.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

A very interesting discussion took place after the ICQ podcast, last Tuesday. Some interesting suggestions for attracting new members to the club, especially the possible use of a Flex (or other) radio that can be remote controlled from a computer or phone, which the younger people tend to favour these days. Of course anything we install in the shack must have real knobs and dials for the rest of us who need them.

The new Tambour Doors (roller shutters) are being delivered on Tuesday and Graham, G8BZL will be making a start on installing them. We should soon be able to install usable radio equipment in the shack.

The Christmas Party Doodle Poll has now closed and I’m waiting for your choice of food from the menu, which was circulated last week. The closing date is December 2nd, so if you haven’t already done it, please let me know your choice ASAP to chairman@wadarc.org.uk

Please note that this coming Tuesday’s meeting has changed from a Tea and Chat evening to a talk on Antenna Tuners by Bryan, G0SIU. There will of course be time for tea and some chat.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Manual Antenna Tuners – Bryan, G0SIU – 26th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Sunday Breakfast – 1st December – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
Tea and Chat – 3rd December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Shack Night plus Tea and Chat – 10th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
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/2019/11/22/propagation-news-24-november-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=2019

FINALÉ

No response to last week’s bulletin request for biscuits! Our stock of biscuits for club meetings is starting to get depleted. Any donations of biscuits will be welcome. Just bring them along to any club meeting.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s Junk Sale was not as well attended as expected, despite us informing several other clubs about it. Those who did attend managed to bag a few interesting bargains and Graham, G8BZL was kept busy auctioneering and keeping us entertained. Thanks Graham.

The Christmas Party Doodle Poll has now closed. Thanks to all 24 people who have taken part. The club has paid deposits for everyone and you’ll be contacted soon to choose from the menu, which was sent out a couple of weeks ago. For anyone who has missed the deadline and still wishes to attend, you may be able to make a private booking by contacting the restaurant directly, but knowing that the restaurant set the deadline (not WADARC) this seems a little doubtful.

Donations of raffle prizes for the Christmas Party will be gratefully received. Please contact any committee member with you donation. Ron, G3SKI and son are making a special cake for the occasion. Going on past years, this is a treat to look forward to.

There will be a committee meeting on 27th November, where a future programme of events for the year will be the main priority for discussion. If you have a particular topic you’d like to see covered, please let me know ASAP. Offers of lectures, demos, Amateur Radio related videos will be most welcome.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • ICQ Podcast – Grow, Merge or Disband your Amateur Radio Club! + discussion – 19th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat – 26th November – 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/2019/11/15/propagation-news-17-november-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=2019

FINALÉ

Our stock of biscuits for club meetings is starting to get depleted. Any donations of biscuits will be welcome. Just bring them along to any club meeting.

73,

Alan. G4GNX