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THE PAST WEEK

Due to “current events” we did not meet at TS Vanguard, but instead we had a net on GB3WO last Tuesday and this is expected to continue every Tuesday until the crisis is over. There were in fact 14 members who took part, which is good for a net, but it’s even more important now for us to keep in touch, so if you haven’t already, please join us on Tuesday at 8.00pm.

George, G0UCF has suggested that there may be members who need help either setting up their rig for GB3WO or who need a rig to get onto 70cms. If you know of anyone who needs help, please email via the Discuss reflector and we’ll see what we can do. If you have a spare rig etc., that someone could use, also please let us know. Obviously we are going to be limited in our actions, as we must comply with government advice and keep ourselves safe.

I have subscribed WADARC/G3WOR to BATC (British Amateur Television Club) who are hosting a streaming service for clubs. I’m submitting details to a couple of committee members to help setup the account and hopefully we may be able to hold some virtual meetings, albeit you’ll have to make your own tea!

Chris, M0VUE is running an evening net on 3.712MHz every weekday evening. Please watch the reflector for changes in times. Last Wednesday the net started at 6.00pm and I was able to hear Chris contacted by Kenn, G0NKZ who is one of our members who doesn’t live in Sussex. Unfortunately, due to a config screw-up, I was unable to make myself heard due to lack of power – all fixed now.

We actually have a new club member who joined recently. Please welcome Chris, LA6OHA who is a ‘Worthing lad’ and currently lives in Norway. Chris does his best to join in on the Thursday 40 metre net.

Be safe and keep in touch, especially on the airwaves. You can’t catch viruses over the radio!

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS – All suspended for the time being and replaced by nets.

  • Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 24th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Net each evening on 3.712MHz – 6.00pm onwards
  • Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 31st March – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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)

Tuesday – 70cms on GB3WO, FM, 8.00pm (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)

Weekday evenings – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 6.00pm (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/2020/03/20/propagation-news-22-march-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

Sitting here under self-isolation but feeling quite well, I sincerely hope that all WADARC members are safe and well. Please take good care of yourselves and hopefully we’ll ride out yet another World crisis, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Vy 73,

Alan. G4GNX

ANNOUNCEMENT

There has been some discussion on the club Discuss reflector, as you might expect, regarding the Covid 19 virus and there have been a few sensible suggestions. I’ve also been contacted by one Committee member who is more concerned. It would seem to be the sensible thing to do is to follow Government guidelines and add a few sensible ‘extras’ of our own. For the time being, regular Tuesday meetings at TS Vanguard will continue, but of course this may change if necessary. As many of our members are in an upper age group and therefore vulnerable, we must take some precautions.

Meetings:

If you have ANY of the symptoms of Covid 19 i.e. A recent persistent cough, a sore throat, a high temperature or fever or any recent breathing difficulties, PLEASE STAY AWAY. If ANYONE turns up with any of those symptoms, they will be asked to leave and not return for ONE MONTH. I hope that all of our members are sensible and care about other members, so this won’t be necessary. If you have a common cold, please stay away – the rest of us don’t want it! Finally (and obviously) if you’ve been abroad in the last two weeks or been in contact with anyone with the virus, PLEASE STAY AWAY.

When you enter the building, please immediately go to the appropriate toilet and WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WARM WATER FOR 20 SECONDS. If you have to go outside again and come back in, please repeat the process. If you have the need to occasionally cough or sneeze, please TURN AWAY from anyone near you and USE A TISSUE, which should then be put in the nearest waste bin. DO NOT SHAKE HANDS – “Hello” is sufficient! If you touch any metal surfaces e.g. Door handles, door ‘plates’ and even spoons, with your hands, WASH YOUR HANDS afterwards ASAP. Unless you are directly involved in making tea, please STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN.

As TS Vanguard is a semi-public building, some extra care will need to be taken regarding ‘surfaces’. I will be bringing some wipes to clean the door handles and any tables we may use. Unfortunately it’s just too big a task (and probably unnecessary) to sanitise every chair and other surface. The sensible thing to do is for each member to get their own chair out from under the stairs, only use that chair and only return your own chair afterwards. After any handing of chairs, HAND WASHING is a good idea.

Finally, if you know of a club member who is unlikely to be able to read this notice, please try to print a copy and give it to them. Care for yourself and everyone else is the key to the Club continuing to function with all of its members intact.

73, Alan – G4GNX – Chairman.

THE PAST WEEK

Apart from the antics of some people and the hoarding of toilet rolls (no Club members implicated!) it’s been fairly uneventful, excepting that yours truly has braved the kitchen roof and finally installed a single dipole for 4 metres, with good results. NOT a WADARC net, but Tony, G8XRX runs a Worthing area 4 metre net every Friday evening at 7.30pm on 70.400 MHz FM, vertical polarisation.

Last Tuesday’s meeting saw the commencement of the construction of the Club’s new KPA500 linear amplifier. We worked through a few pages of instructions and mounted parts on the bottom and side panels. This coming Tuesday, we will continue where we left off, with construction of the rear panel and other parts as time permits. Once again, all are welcome to either take part or just watch. Thanks to all those who helped last week, especially Alex for taking time out to make the tea.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS – All subject to change at short notice

  • Construction Night – Building Elecraft KPA500 Kit – Tuesday 17th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Podcast or Video – TBA – Tuesday 24th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – Tuesday 31st March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/03/13/propagation-news-15-march-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

Because of the utter lunacy of some members of the great unwashed public and the great 2020 toilet paper famine, it may be a good idea for those attending TS Vanguard, to listen carefully in case someone attempts to sneak through the unlocked door to steal the bog rolls! <grin>

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

In preparation for this week’s meeting, last Tuesday we went through the KPA500 Kit Installation Manual, piece by piece on the projector screen. From comments, some members hadn’t realised what might be involved and were pleasantly surprised. Hopefully this week there will be a good attendance of those wanting to do some hands-on installation and those who just want to watch.

Spaceweather.com reports “A ‘RADIO-ACTIVE’ SUNSPOT FROM THE NEXT SOLAR CYCLE: A new sunspot is emerging in the sun’s southern hemisphere. Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 25. Although the spot is relatively small, it is also dynamic, and has produced one of the first loud shortwave radio bursts of the new solar cycle”. Let’s hope that this really is the start of an upward trend in better HF propagation.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Construction Night – Building Elecraft KPA500 Kit – Tuesday 10th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Podcast or Video – TBA – Tuesday 17th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/03/06/propagation-news-8-march-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

I expect that most of us are fed-up with the media scaremongering and miss-reporting of the Corona virus. That said, we should follow good advice and wash our hands frequently. If the situation does worsen, we make a decision not to meet for a while, but that has not happened yet and hopefully won’t. We’ll keep you informed via this bulletin and the WADARC website – http://www.wadarc.org.uk

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s talk by Jonathan, G1EXG was as expected – highly entertaining and informative. We were treated to models of chemical construction and explanations of “Bucky Balls”. There were of course some questions, but I’m not sure that everyone understood the answers! Jonathan had done extensive work on the subject, especially for his PhD, at Sussex University – all clever stuff. There was mention of eating some of the production to perhaps prolong life, cure ills or combat viruses – Hmmmm………..

The Elecraft KPA500 HF Linear kit has duly arrived and the contents checked against the parts lists. All components are present, plus a few ‘spares’ which are provided in case of loss. I will be bringing the kit to TS Vanguard on Tuesday 10th, along with all appropriate tools and instructions. It would be good if some of you who have not built anything before, could turn up and help with some of the construction.

This coming Tuesday (3rd) is a Tea and Chat. We will also be connecting some of the gear in the shack and hopefully some QSOs will ensue.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat Night – Tuesday 3rd March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Construction Night – Building Elecraft KPA500 Kit – Tuesday 10th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Podcast or Video – TBA – Tuesday 17th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/02/28/propagation-news-1-march-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

More biscuits were donated last week (thanks Ian, M0IAD) but we could still do with some more. C’mon peoples – two or three packets would be well appreciated from any of our members.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Vic, G8MUQ gave a most interesting talk accompanying a DVD about Gerry Wells, his life (especially as a child) and his Dulwich Radio Museum. You could tell that there was a lot of interest, as we were all watching the credits at the end of the DVD, in the hope that there might be further snippets. Vic knew Gerry very well and was happy to answer questions about him. Thanks Vic.

The Club’s new HF Linear Amplifier, an Elecraft KPA500, has been ordered and is on its way. Hopefully it will be with us by Tuesday. We are designating one or more club nights to building the kit, as a communal effort.

Jonathan, G1EXG will be giving a talk next Tuesday (see below) and guests will be welcome.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Buckminsterfullerene & the carbon revolution – Jonathan, G1EXG – Tuesday 25th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 1st March – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing
  • Tea and Chat Night – Tuesday 3rd March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Construction Night – Building Elecraft KPA500 Kit – Tuesday 10th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/02/21/propagation-news-23-february-2020/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

We had some biscuits donated last week (thanks Roger, G4TNT) but we could do with some more and they will be much appreciated from any of our members.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

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

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

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

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

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

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

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

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

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

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

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

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

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

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

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

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

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

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

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

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

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

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

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

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

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

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

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

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

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

73,

Alan. G4GNX

ANNOUNCEMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE PAST WEEK

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

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

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

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

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

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

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

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

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

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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

VHF/UHF:

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

FINALÉ

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

73,

Alan. G4GNX