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WEEKLY BULLETIN  17 February  2017

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

Sunday net on 80m:  just the hard core faithful. Some think it should move to 160m, others fear that the outliers will be unable to make themselves heard. Yet others fear that we will lose even those participants that we have. And yet,and yet.. the one experiment conducted  on 160m before Christmas brought in 3 times more participants than support the existing net. !

 

Wednesday

 

Hush! Hush! WSPR who dares…..

PHIl, IP, U, D, U is sending his prayers……

(Thanks to A.A.Milne)

 

And to some effect, moreover, because , following a 190 second 200mw prayer via the club’s HF antenna on 20m, (he told us) his prayers were answered by numerous reception stations all over europe or ,to be more precise, symbolic blobs were produced on a computer screen displaying an outline map.

Phil’s explanations were necessarily intermittent and spasmodic because interspersed with attention to the equipment but some understanding was gained by those who plied him with questions behind his back.

 

Am I the only one to have shivered inwardly on hearing that….

 No human participation is needed, either at the transmitter or the receiver ; the whole thing can be left to operate itself. It will auto-record the results for some future humanoid to access and then act. 

 

Still reeling from this Jules Verne scenario  I engaged in conversation with our gallant contest manager and apologised for my rough sending, compared with his impeccable fist, during a recent contest  contact. “Oh, that ” he said  “ of course, during contests all sending is done by the computer”     H E L P !

 

 

NEW PREMISES

 

AlanGNX  told us  that the rumoured potential premises at a secret location in Southwick are were now unlikely to happen. Speculation is rife about why the committee does not favour ‘ Norman’s ‘  “ideal”  place in Lancing. The reason for all this secrecy is itself a closely guarded secret but is giving rise to ‘restlessness’ among we humble spear-carriers.

Why all the secrecy?

Is it time for the Chairman to make a progress statement ?

 

On the reflector….keep up instant reporting of any unusual stations  as and when you hear them. Stuart’s report of EG5ANT coming in like a ton of bricks from the Antarctic on 20m today was a classic example of how each of us can help the rest.

 

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Rallies this weekend.

 

No amateur radio but lots of space-filling stuff and nostalgia.

 

19 February 2017  Audiojumble


The Angel Leisure Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF
Secondhand and vintage hifi event. Vintage & modern hifi, valve amps,
speakers, turntables, tuners, tape-recorders, CD players, records,
components, books &
vintage radios,  Norman..

Details: http://www.audiojumble.co.uk/12 February 2017  Harwell Radio & Electronics Rally

 

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THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO


The ARRL International DX CW Contest, 

 

NCCC RTTY Sprint,

 

SARL 40-Meter Youth Day SSB Sprint,

 

South American Lighthouse Weekend,

 

The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest,

 

DX News

17 February, 2017

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JAMAICA, ( No she was quite willing ) 6Y. Yuri, VE3DZ is QRV as 6Y2T until February 21.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will be a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

 

BARBADOS, 8P. Tom, W2SC will be QRV as 8P5A in the ARRL International DX CW contest as Single Op/All Band/High Power entry.
QSL direct to NN1N.

 

BAHAMAS, C6. Operators N4UM, K4RUM and N4BP are QRV as C6ARU, C6AUM and C6AKQ, respectively, from Abaco Island, IOTA NA-080, until February 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using mainly CW with some RTTY, other digital modes, and possibly SSB. Each operator will be QRV in the ARRL International DX CW contest as Single Band entries on 20, 40, and 80 meters, respectively. QSL direct to home calls.

 

  1. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Felipe, NP4Z will be QRV as V43Z in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL via operator’s instructions.

 

AUSTRALIA, VK. Members from the Darwin Amateur Radio Club will be QRV with special event call sign VI8BOD from February 18 to March 28 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the World War II bombing of Darwin by the F Japanese.. QSL via bureau.

 

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Members of the Minnesota Wireless Association will be QRV as VP5K from Providenciales Island, IOTA NA-002, during the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Multi Single/High Power entry. Look for VP5/K0PC and VP5/AC0W to be active outside the contest until February 22. QSL VP5/K0PC and VP5K via K0PC and VP5/AC0W via AC0W.

 

BURKINA FASO, XT. Elvira, IV3FSG is here working on the project of Informatici Senza Frontiere ONLUS and QRV in her spare time as XT2SE
until March 13. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via IK3GES.

 

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Dan, N6MJ is QRV as ZF2MJ. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters. He will be active in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/High Power en

 

UPPER BEEDING, WADARC sunday morning 80 m NET ON 3712 kc/s at 07.30  GMT February 19

 

Starting tonight in USA is the Novice Rig Roundup, which is an on-air activity concentrating on operating old Novice ham transmitters from the 1950’s and 1960’s, which was all crystal controlled and 75 watts or less, CW only (except for AM on 2 meters).

 

Check ARRL website for more details:

 

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Programme of club events 

 

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Solar conditions

Were :

In the last reporting week (February 9 to 15) average daily sunspot numbers declined from 21.3 to 17.6, and average daily solar flux rose from 73.5 to 75.1. Average planetary A index dropped from 12.9 to 4.7, and mid-latitude A index from 9.9 to 2.9.

 

Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 17 to 19, then 77, 80, 83, 85 and 80 on February 20 to 24, 78 on February 25 and 26, 76 on February 27 and 28, 75 on March 1 and 2, 73 on March 3 and 4, 72 on March 5 to 7, 73 and 74 on March 8 and 9, 75 on March 10 and 11, 78 on March 12 to 15, 80 on March 16 to 18, then 82, 85 and 82 on March 19 to 21, 80 on March 22 and 23, 78 on March 24 and 25, 76 on March 26 and 27, 75 on March 28 and 29 and 73 on March 30 and 31.

 

Predicted planetary A index is 12, 10 and 8 on February 17 and 19, 5 on February 20 and 21, 8 and 14 on February 22 and 23, 10 on February 24 and 25, then 5, 25, 30, 25 and 20 on February 26 through March 2, 15 on March 3 to 5, 8 on March 6, 5 on March 7 to 12, then 8, 12 and 10 on March 13 to 15, 8 on March 16 and 17, 5 on March 18 to 20, then 10 and 15 on March 21 and 22, then 10 on March 23 and 24 and 5, 25, 30, 25 and 20 on March 25 to 29, and 15 on March 30 through April 1.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period February 17 to March 15, 2017 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH:
Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on February 21, 24, 26, March 8, 11 and 12 Mostly quiet on February 19 and 20, March 9 and 10 Quiet to unsettled February 17, March 4, 7, 13 to 15 Quiet to active on February 18, 25, March 3, 6 Active to disturbed on February (22 and 23,) 27 and 28, March 1 and 2, 5
Increases in solar wind from coronal holes are expected on February 16 and 17, (18 to 22, 26 and 27,) March 2 to 5
Remark:
– Brackets above means lower probability of activity enhancement.

 

Check ARRL website

 

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Weekly Comment

 

Only 1 week to go to the CQ world-wide 160m SSB contest. Are you top-band-antenna-ready ?

 

DO WE NEED A BUS ? OZ Youth take up amateur radio

ABC reports Australian youth are taking up amateur radio from inside a central Victorian bus in the bush

Castlemaine student Kezia Hamilton is a product of radio communications, so to speak — her parents met while talking on CB radio as teenagers.

The 17-year-old is part of a group of eight Castlemaine Venturers learning amateur radio in a converted bus located on a bush block on the outskirts of town.

“It’s pretty cool talking to other people! We once had someone from France and we talked to a couple of people in New Zealand,” Kezia said.

“I really like the idea that you can talk to people in space — that sounds really exciting.”

Kezia is referring to the time a group of Nepalese students were able to chat with UK astronaut Tim Peake while he was aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last year.

But it is not just the fun factor of amateur radio that appeals to Kezia.

“I think it could be very useful in emergencies and stuff because sometimes the phone towers break down,” she said.

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The weekly message:

 

Freebie table.

 

Respect the Freebie Table (or sometimes it’s just the freebie shelf.)  Do not put your valuables on it for even nano-seconds. Members will assume it is free for the taking, with risk of accusations/misunderstandings and possibly immoderate verbal exchanges. Park your stuff elsewhere; ANYTHING on the freebie table is treated as FREE.

 

 

 

BryanGVB

WEEKLY BULLETIN  10 February  2017

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

Sat. net via GB3WO was….. Spartan.!

 

Sunday net on 80m:  just a few hard core faithful. The stalwarts think it should move to 160m in order to, at very least,  discuss small-space-antenna  experimentation.

 

Sunday breakfast about 7% of club members turned up to eat and had a small but lively meeting with discussions including “the real-man’s motor-bike I had when I was 23 was faster then the cissy motor-bike you had when you were 23 ………”  One longed for Bodie to show up and  tell us how, for only 6000 quid, we could send a self-driving robot motor-bike out for a ride all by itself while staying in bed watching it in HD on a qPad via GreenTeeth or some such.

 

Wednesday

 

AlanGNX spoke of a possible new So***wick HQ (with an unspeakable ex-bar) [ GVB thinks ..”Ah Ha ! The Pilot?” ], which was recently visited by the  committee and which is so secret that nobody is allowed to know anything about it.  Speculation is rife!  Room 40 in the Cricketers ? Southwick Green underground bunker?  Clandestine aerial over the lock-gates. Small back room in Carats Cafe? Secret war-time  rooms deep inside the Lighhouse?

 

Confession: “I thought arduino was a tough alcoholic from ‘ackney ” until I met Jonathan ………G1EXG that is,  giving an llluminating talk about the new small and cheap BBC Computer  Or to be more precise the Programmable Integrated Circuit now associated with the BBC . One would have hoped the very first application to be demonstrated would be its use as a hearing aid , but no such luck. TLA’s flew fast and furious …one needs a DDS – and that’s not a degree in dental surgery – but a cunning device to generate accurately , any sub-multiple of 125 MHz  – or so the guru tells me. Some will know that I have a broad-banded IC 7000 which receives happily on 70 MHz but not transmit. It does transmit on 50 megs however. and even I can take 50 from 70 to come up with 20 to be generated by the Dentist (sorry; the DDS )  and, working split with the IC7000. and a simple mixer and mini-linear would see me on 4 metres . [Yes Bodie , I know I can buy a ready-made plug’n play machine for only  £x00 but ……………? Aw! what’s the use …?]

 

On the reflector….keep up instant reporting of any unusual stations  as and when you hear them.

 

 

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Rallies this weekend.

 

12 February 2017  Harwell Radio & Electronics Rally


Didcot Leisure Centre, Mereland Road. Didcot, Oxon. OX11 8AY
3 miles from A34 between Oxford and Newbury
Entry £3 (under 12s free). Talk-in by GX3PIA 145.550 MHz.

Easy parking.
Disabled facilities (including lift). All-day refreshments (sandwiches,
homemade cakes and hot drinks). Well signposted. Trade exhibitors.
Details: Ann Stevens, ann.stevens@btinternet.com

 

Go there. !

 

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THIS WEEKEND ON THE Radio

 

The CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest,

SARL Field Day Contest,

Asia-Pacific CW Spring Sprint,

SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon,

KCJ Topband CW Contest,

Dutch PACC Contest,

OMISS SSB QSO Party,

FISTS Winter Unlimited CW Sprint,

AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party and the :

Balkan HF Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

 

WADARC SUNDAY MORNING 80 m NET ON SUNDAY  – really ! who writes this stuff ? –  February 12 will conduct a REFERENDUM about unilaterally declaring itself to be the Sunday morning Top Band net.  Be there to express your views.

 

The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from February 13 to 17.
The CQC Winter CW QSO Party is scheduled for February 13.
Male chauvinism or dedicated ‘ham’ ? 

The PODXS 070 Club Valentine PSK31 Sprint is scheduled for February 14.

( aw gee !  How romantic can one get )

 

See the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

 

ISLANDS

 

NN7A will be QRV as V31JZ/p from:

South Water Cay, IOTA NA-180, from February 15 to 21. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, including the newer bands, using mostly CW. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the upcoming ARRL DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

 

 

EASTER ISLAND, German Michael, DF8AN is QRV as CE0Y/DF8AN until February 17. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and various digital modes.

 

MACAO, XX9. A group of operators will be QRV as XX9D from February 13 to 26. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, and 160 and 6 meters if local conditions permit, using CW, SSB and RTTY with up to three stations active. QSL via DL4SVA.

 

ARUBA, P4. John, W2GD is QRV as P40W from Santa Cruz until February 20. Activity is on the HF bands, including the newer bands, using CW and SSB. This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in the upcoming ARRL DX CW contest. QSL direct to N2MM.

 

MALTA, 9H. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as 9H3NH from Slima until February 12. Activity is mostly on 40, 30 and 20 meters using CW and RTTY. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY WPX contest. QSL to home call.

 

ABACO ISLAND (Bahamas) Operators Tim, N4UM, Mike, K4RUM and Bob, N4BP will be QRV as C6ARU, C6AUM and C6AKQ, respectively, from Abaco Island, IOTA NA-080, from February 7 to 21. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW and some RTTY. This includes an entry in the upcoming ARRL DX CW contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.

 

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Programme of club events 

 

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The Sun (remember it ? )

HAS BEEN :

 

Average daily sunspot numbers dropped from 31.6 to 21.3 last week, and average daily solar flux declined from 78.2 to 73.5. The sunspot number was zero on February 8, but recovered to 15 on February 9, with the appearance of one new sunspot group.

Average planetary A index went from 15.6 to 12.9, and average mid-latitude A index from 11.4 to 9.9.

 

Will be : 

Predicted solar flux is 74 on February 10-12, 78 on February 13-17, 80 on February 18-19, 82 on February 20-21, 81 and 79 on February 22-23, 77 on February 24-25, 75 on February 26 through March 1, 74 on March 2-3, 73 on March 4, 72 on March 5-9, 75 on March 10-13, then 76, 77 and 78 on March 14-16, 80 on March 17-18, 82 on March 19-20 then 81 and 79 on March 21-22.

 

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on February 10-13, 10 on February 14, 8 on February 15-18, 5 on February 19-21, then 10, 15, 10 and 10 on February 22-25, then 5, 25 and 30 on February 26-28, then 25, 20, 15 and 12 on March 1-4, 10 on March 5-7, 8 on March 8, 5 on March 9-12, 15 on March 13, 10 on March 14-15, 8 on March 16-17, 5 on March 18-20, and 10 and 12 on March 21-22. The index then jumps to 25 on March 26.

F.K. Janda, OK1HH sends this geomagnetic activity forecast for the period February 10-March 9, 2017:
“Geomagnetic field will be:
Quiet on February 10-11, 13-14, 21, 23-24, 26, March 8-9 Mostly quiet on February 12, 15, 19, March 7 Quiet to unsettled-sometimes, hardly to be forecasted Quiet to active on February 17, 20, 22, 25, 27, March 3-6 Active to disturbed on February 16, 18, 28, March 1-2

“Amplifications of the solar wind from coronal holes are expected on February 16-21, (22,) 26-27.

 

 

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Weekly Comment

 

Only 2 weeks to go to the world-wide 160m SSB contest. Are you top-band-antenna-ready ?

 

Next weekend is big event ARRL WW CW contest. Get beer in ready.

 

                                                      

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The weekly message:

 

A few snowflakes are falling as I write so:

 

FOC Operator  available at 10 minutes notice to be general dogsbody on any DXpedition south of latitude 30 N or north of latitude 30 S. No pay or food  required,  just Beer.

 

 Apply to :

BryanGVB

WEEKLY BULLETIN  – 27 January 2017

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

Nets 

 

Some improvement but must try harder.!

 

Wednesday.

 

Just a lot of hot air.

 

Soldering ….as it is done in 21st century was a very instructive affair on Wednesday .

AlanGNX was infinitely patient demonstrating hot air gun soldering of 2mm size components which your humble scribe had not seen demonstrated before. “Blown away” was an apt description of several early attempts but perseverance earned its own reward.

 

I came away with two thoughts – “Stick to valve gear soldering, Bryan” and – “Andy’s not here tonight….. hope he’s not ill, he looked a bit peaky last week……. if anything happened to him we’d be silent under a pile of  solid state gear not working or – worse – in thrall to some anti-competition monopoly conglomerate or other     …..   maybe buy Andy some vitamin and tonic pills”

 

But then I cheered up.” I have enough valve gear to get on the air without a transistor in sight…..”  .so I saved my money and didn’t buy the pills but the AR88 is not now for sale .

 

On the reflector….the valuable practice of members instantly reporting interesting stations being heard, is growing. PhilUDU and KennNDZ both deserve our thanks for this.

 

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Rallies this weekend.

 

Nil around here but  get limbered up for next weekend ….

 

  32nd Canvey Radio & Electronics Rally

  Sunday Feb 5th

 

The Paddocks Community Centre, Long Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0JA.
Open 10:30 (08:30-traders). Trade. SIGs.  Free parking.
Refreshments, including Mark’s famous bacon baguettes.
Details: Vic Rogers, G6BHE, 07957-461694 or Dave Speechley, G4UVJ, 01268-697978, g4uvj@btinternet.com

 

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THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO


Not for nothing have you all been urged to get QRV for 160m and preliminarily tested over Christmas. Probably one of the more “Fun” events of the year is :-

 

The CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW Contest starts tonight at 22.00 

(next month is the ‘fone’ version)

 

also

 

NCCC RTTY Sprint,

QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,

NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,

Montana QSO Party,

REF CW Contest,

BARTG RTTY Sprint,

UBA SSB DX Contest

Winter Field Day

 

are all on this weekend.

 

See the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

 

More on 160

 

Are you looking for an operating challenge? If so, we’ve got a double dose for you! Operating “top band” — 160 meters — is always a challenge, but with the promise of great DX when you “get it right.” Operating a contest is always a challenge as well, competing with other stations for every contact and then competing again for the highest score. The CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest combines both as one of the most challenging operating events on the ham radio calendar each year, but with great opportunities to work new stations in new places and improve your operating skills. Your goal is simple — contact as many stations as you can in as many countries as you can within the 48-hour contest period (single-operator entries are limited to 30 hours of on-air time; multi-ops, 40). The CW weekend comes first, from 2200 UTC on Friday, January 27, through 2200 UTC on Sunday, January 29. The SSB weekend is a month later, from Friday, February 24 through Sunday, February 26, also from 2200-2200 UTC. Remember to abide by any frequency or power restrictions imposed by your country’s radio regulations.

,The contest exchange (the information you exchange with the other station) is also simple: A signal report in RS(T), and your location — either U.S. state or Canadian province, or CQ zone for stations outside the U.S. and Canada. (If you’re not sure of your CQ zone, visit .) There are several operating categories: Single-operator/high power (up to your country’s legal limit); single-op/low power (up to 150 watts); single-op QRP (no more than 5 watts); single-op assisted (high power only), and multi-operator (high power only). Single-op assisted and multiop stations may use passive spotting assistance such as a DX Cluster, spotting nets, or a CW Skimmer; all other single-op categories must be unassisted, using only what you hear on the band to locate and identify stations. Self-spotting or asking someone to post a spot for you is never allowed and may be grounds for disqualification. (Additional definitions and restrictions may be found in the complete rules, along with rules for remote operation.) Scoring is based on the number of contacts you make and where they’re located, as well as your number of multipliers, the total of states, provinces, and DX countries that you contact. If you’re a casual contester, don’t even worry about your score as it will be calculated for you by the contest robot when you upload your log. Serious competitors will want to find the right balance of contacts and multipliers to maximize their scores. (The complete rules have more details about points and multipliers.) After the contest, we encourage you to submit your log, even if you don’t think you have a chance of winning anything (you might be wrong!), as it will help our log-checking process. If you’ve used a logging program, it’s easy —just have the program output a Cabrillo file and email it either to <160CW@cq160.com> or <160SSB@cq160.com>, depending on the weekend in which you’ve been operating. If there are problems with your log, the robot will send you an email telling you what needs attention; otherwise it will send you an email with a tracking/confirmation number. If you’ve logged on paper or don’t have internet access, paper/disk logs may be mailed to: CQ 160 Meter Contest, 17 W. John St., Hicksville, NY 11801 USA. Indicate CW or SSB on the envelope. Mailed logs must be postmarked by the deadline (see below). Logs must be submitted/postmarked within five (5) days after the end of the contest, February 3 and March 3, respectively. Hardship cases that require more time for log submission will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email your request and reasons to <director@ cq160.com=”” id=”yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1485515085066_17100″>. See the complete rules on the CQ website or the CQWW 160 website .

 

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 Island activities : Malaya

 

Note : Prior to “Merdeka” (independence) Malaya stations used the prefix VS2. G3GVB was licensed as VS2FD for several years. It was wonderful to be a desirable DX station.

 

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. A group of operators will be QRV as 9M4LI from Lalang-Lalang Island, IOTA AS-072, from February 3 to 5. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL direct to 9W2NDQ.

 

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Programme of club events 

 

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The Sun

 

Ever since the ChrisVUE talk, his favourite star has been waking up :-

SUNSPOT SURPRISE: Barely visible only 24 hours ago, a new sunspot group big enough to swallow Earth is bubbling up through the solar surface. So far the active region poses no threat for strong solar flares, but this could change if its rapid growth continues.

HIGH-LATITUDE AURORA WATCH: A hole in the sun’s atmosphere is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the stream arrives on Jan. 27-28. 

 

 

Above: New sunspot AR2629 photographed on Jan. 25th by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Earth inset for scale.

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Propagation

 

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions

 

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Weekly Comment

 

You can’t beat ‘proper’ radio. 0

New £3.8bn emergency communications network ‘could put lives at risk’ if it flops, report warns

Govt. ministers have embarked on a ‘high-risk’ scheme to replace the current Airwave radio system used by fire, police and ambulance crews.

In future, 999 crews will share a super-fast commercial 4G network run by mobile phone firm EE with the public.

But in a scathing report, the Commons’ Public Accounts Committee expressed concern about moving on to the controversial Emergency Services Network (ESN) because the ‘unproven technology’ risked potentially dangerous failures.

MPs are concerned that ENS, which will be used by the 105 police, fire and ambulance services in the UK, may not meet security needs.

The committee urged the Government to address ‘real security concerns’ about the communications network’s ability to function on the London Underground – to avoid the risk of call blackouts.

 

Radio Broadcasting

 

Caroline North is back this weekend live from the MV Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater Estuary near Bradwell, Essex.

Relayed on 1368 kHz with a transmitter power of 20kw from the Isle of Man.

According to Manx Radio’s website as well as being heard in the Isle of Man,

 the AM service is also audible in Southern Scotland, in the North West, in North Wales and in the West of Ireland and Northern Ireland. With suitable loops it should be possible in Sompting and Lancing. Also online worldwide.

 

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Weekly message

 

160m, 160m, 160m

 

 

BryanGVB

 

(PS.  As I watched ALOAL stagger into the hall on Wed, with heavy boxes of demo gear, this thought came to me  : “God bless the committee for all their hard work” )

WEEKLY BULLETIN  3 February  2017

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

The CQWW 160m CW contest saw that band with wall-to-wall  stations throughout the weekend. PhilUDU was our principal activist and he reported happy contacts from as far afield as Arizona. Phil has no more than the average domestic garden space so if he can “do” antennas on 160 then so can the rest of you; all it takes is a modicum of I N G E N U I T Y !

 

NOTE: The 160m SSB contest begins three weeks from now.

 

Sat. net via GB3WO was well supported

 

Sunday net on 80m scarcely at all. The stalwarts think it should move to 160m to, at least,  encourage experimentation.

 

Apology. For the remainder of the week your reporter was either ‘out of town’ or wholly tied up with obligations towards visitors from VK land and is unable to report .

 

On the reflector….the valuable practice of members instantly reporting interesting stations being heard, is growing –  but all-too-slowly. PhilUDU, KennNDZ and TedEUE are showing the way but we need more.

 

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Rallies this weekend.

 

  32nd Canvey Radio & Electronics Rally

  Sunday Feb 5th

 

The Paddocks Community Centre, Long Road, Canvey Island, SS8 0JA.
Open 10:30 (08:30-traders). Trade. SIGs.  Free parking.
Refreshments, including Mark’s famous bacon baguettes.
Details: Vic Rogers, G6BHE, 07957-461694 or Dave Speechley, G4UVJ, 01268-697978, g4uvj@btinternet.com

 

Go there. !

 

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THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

 

Islands 

 

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. A group of operators will be QRV as 9M4LI from Lalang-Lalang Island, IOTA AS-072, from February 3 to 5. Activity will be on various HF bands and modes. QSL direct to 9W2NDQ.

 

Contests this weekend

 

The North American CW Sprint,

10-10 International SSB Winter Contest,

Mexico RTTY International Contest,

 

 

YLRL YL-OM Contest,

 

Triathlon DX Contest,

Black Sea Cup International,

F9AA CW Cup,

Minnesota QSO Party,

FYBO Winter QRP Sprint,

AGCW 80-Meter Straight Key Party,

British Columbia QSO Party

FISTS Winter Slow Speed CW Sprint

 

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The RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship is scheduled for February 6.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for February 7.

 

See  ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for full info.

 

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DX News

 

CYPRUS, 5B. Members of the Paphos Radio Club are QRV with special event station H2017PFO during all of 2017 for Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2017. Activity is on the HF bands using all modes. QSL direct to 5B4AIE.

 

BAHAMAS, C6A. Operators Tim, N4UM, Mike, K4RUM and Bob, N4BP will be QRV as C6ARU, C6AUM and C6AKQ, respectively, from Abaco Island, IOTA NA-080, from February 7 to 21. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW and some RTTY. This includes an entry in the upcoming ARRL DX CW contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.

NB certificate chasers… 

If you are seeking contacts with these C6A stations for DXCC or some IOTA award, check to make sure they are actually on-shore.  I once operated a great deal from Abaco only to have stations worked telling me it didn’t count for them because I was in a boat.!  Even when tied to the quay it still didn’t count , it had to be with a station onshore. !  I even offered to stand on the dock and lean into the cockpit with an extra long mic. lead but no-one knew if that would pass some awards committee or other and at which stage the bar was due to open snd I rather lost patience and interest ….

 

URUGUAY, CX. Henry, LU4DXU will be QRV as CX/LU4DXU from Lobos and Goritti Islands, both IOTA SA-039, from February 4 to 11. QSL to home call

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FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Leo, PP1CZ is QRV as PY0F/PP1CZ until February 8. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SB and RTTY.
QSL direct to home call.

 

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Programme of club events 

 

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The Sun (remember it ? 

 

 

 

Above: Sunspot AR2629 photographed on Jan. 31st . Earth inset for scale.

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Propagation

 

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions

 

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Weekly Comment

 

BITX-40

 

Amateur radio gear takes up far too much beer-money.

(G3GVB says so)  so it is interesting to learn of  an Indian outfit which is producing a 7 – 20 watt 40m SSB transciever kit for less than 50 US dollars.

 

I have no knowledge except what I read;  so caveat emptor.

Technical info

The BITX40 is a very clean, crisp and quite receiver. The front-end has a triple tuned circuit that cuts out-of-band signals from getting inside, a diode ring mixer front-end with a very low phase noise, all analog oscillator makes this a crisp receiver that doesn’t overload easily. The all analog signal path to your ear makes provides outstanding signal clarity that is to be heard to be believed.

7 to 20 watts of SSB provides you with enough juice to have thousands of contacts on 40 meters, daily rag chew and occasional DX chasing. Any common 2 ampere 12 linear volts supply will provide enough juice for this transceiver. Or you could simply run it from a battery!

Hackable

The BITX40 will inspire you to experiment. Modify it, mount it, tweak it, change it.

The PCB uses all analog large sized SMD components that are laid out on an easy to understand manner on a double sided board with broad tracks. This can be your main module around which you can start experimenting. There are jump-points from where you can add more modules like the DDS, more bands, better audio amplifier, etc. Imagination is your limit. You can separately increase the power amplifier’s supply voltage to 25 volts to be more than 20 watts of power : You will have to add a better heat sink. The mods are on the way!

The board can be installed inside any box that you like. Make your own station rigs, man-packs, trail radios or mount it in a cigar box and leave it on your bedside table. The tuning capacitor has been replaced by a varactor tuning so you can place the tuning knob anywhere as it only carries a DC voltage. Watch the instructions video.

Box Contents

We have tried to include connector/hardware you might possibly need to build a full radio. However, we also had to balance the shipping weight to keep the overall cost down. You will have to supply your own box, power supply and earphones/headphones/speaker.

  • 4-1/2 inches by 5 inches tested SSB transceiver module, covering any 150 KHz segment of the 7 MHz band
  • Small electret microphone
  • High quality BNC connector for the antenna
  • Two earphone style audio jacks for the mic and the earphones/speaker
  • A set of DC power socket and plug
  • Volume control with on/off switch
  • 100k linear pot for tuning
  • 4 Brass stand-offs with mounting nuts and bolts
  • Connectors with wires for all connections on the board

* Note : A speaker is not included in the kit as earphones/headphones/speakers are easily available locally. No cabinet is included to save on the postage cost. Almost any box maybe used.

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The weekly message

 

160m antenna. , 160m ant., 160m ant.

 

 

BryanGVB

 

WADARC

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN  – 20 January 2017

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

Nets 

 

All are thinly populated these days, Sat via GB2WO had just two participants. Sunday 80m was very sparse   Monday 2m  saw five peeps. There was more interest in 40m on Thursday but peculiar ionospheric conditions made for a somewhat dis-jointed affair. There is talk of moving Sunday morning to 160m which might give outliers more of a chance via groundwave. Comments via the reflector are welcome.

 

Breakfast : an off-schedule gathering at the Lancing Harvester proved the venue to be more agreeable than that at the Downlands so by mutual acclaim it was decided on Wed. that “first Sunday of the month” breakfasts will henceforward be at the ” Harvester/ Britannia ”  98 Grinstead Lane, Lancing.

 

“On the air” evening on Wed. was an amiable gathering and, later on,  Europe on 40m provided signals loud enough to overcome the high noise threshold which will go on be-devilling our operations until we move to the new premises in the quest for which our committee is, we would like to believe, so earnestly engaged. .

 

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Rallies this weekend

 

None in SE England but keep yer gumboots ready for 5th February at Canvey Island which was spared the recent threat of flooding only by a fortuitous sudden windshift.

 

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THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL January VHF Contest,

North American SSB QSO Party,

The NCCC RTTY Sprint,

QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,

NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,

LZ Open CW Contest, (Bulgaria)

Hungarian DX Contest

 

………..are all on during this weekend.

 

See the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

 

 Island activities this weekend :

 

IOTA-QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

 

Currently in the News

 

AS-004; 5B/ZC, Cyprus Island: Steve/G0SGB will operate from the UK Base Area as ZC4SB between Jan. 11 and 25. QRV on 80, 40, and 20m (SSB, CW), running 100W and dipoles. QSL via G0SGB .

 

Activated long ago by G3GVB

 

NA-096; HH/HI, Hispaniola: Dale/N3BNA and Harry/N3FMO will be operating as HH8/N3BNA and HH8/N3FMO from Haiti between Jan. 13 and 25. QSL via homecalls  LoTW.

 

History still untold

 

SA-002; VP8, Falkland Islands: Dave/VP8CLE and Carol/VP8DKW will be active from Saunders Island between the 15th and 22nd on 160 and 80m (maybe also other bands) on RTTY, PSK, CW, and SSB. QSL via G1OCN

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Programme of future club events 

 

 

 

DX opportunities 
[Currently Active Operations]
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2017
January
2017 Jan06 2017 Feb28 South Shetland Is LU1ZI
[spots]
LU4AA TDDX
20170106
By LU4CJM fm Carlini Antarctic Scientific station; also using LU4CJM/z; 80 40 20m; CW; 100w; G5RV; spare time operation
2017 Jan07 2017 Jan30 PE & Marion Is ZS8Z
[spots]
ZS1LS TDDX
20161124
By ZS1BCE; HF; SSB + digital; broadband dipole; operation to continue for 17 months; start date uncertain
2017 Jan08 2017 Jan25 Bonaire PJ4B
[spots]
PA8A Direct PA3GVI
20160930
By PA8A; 40-40m; 100w; end-fed; holiday style operation; include US$2 (no IRCs) + SAE w/ QSL request
2017 Jan09 2017 Jan27 South Cook Is E51WWA
[spots]
AD7AF TDDX
20170105
By AD7AF fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m; CW SSB; inverted L; holiday style operation
2017 Jan09 2017 Jan31 Belize V31AX

[spots]

Club Log DXNews
20170109
By VE3AXT fm Corozal; HF; 100w; G5RV; operation to continue until Mar 7
2017 Jan09 2017 Feb06 Belize V31RF
[spots]
K8NDS Direct TDDX
20170106
By K8NDS fm Placencia; 40 20 17m; SSB
2017 Jan11 2017 Jan25 Cyprus SBA ZC4SB
[spots]
G0GSB Direct TDDX
20161122
By G0GSB fm the Akrotiri area; mainly 80 40 20m; SSB CW; 100w; dipoles; include US$3 + SAE w/ QSL request
2017 Jan11 2017 Feb06 North Cook Is E51ADD
[spots]
LotW DXW.Net
20160730
By K7ADD fm Manihiki Atoll (IOTA OC-014); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL
2017 Jan13 2017 Jan25 Haiti HH8
[spots]
LotW DXNews
20170103
By N3BNA as HH8/N3BNA; HF
2017 Jan14 2017 Jan21 Br Virgin Is VP2VAW
W4KZK Direct DXW.Net
20170108
By W4KDN W4KZK WA5FAC fm Tortola; focus on 160 75m JT65 PSK31, 40m SSB, 30m CW, also 60m (5357 KHz); 3 stations; QSL also OK via LotW and eQSL (2 stations); holiday style operation
2017 Jan14 2017 Jan22 Cayman Is ZF2PG LotW TDDX
20161129
By K8PGJ; QRV for NAQP; QSL also OK via K8PGJ
2017 Jan15 2017 Jan22 Falkland Is VP8 G1OCN Direct TDDX
20170102
By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Saunders I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative
2017 Jan19 2017 Mar09 Guadeloupe TO7D LotW TDDX
20161215
By F6ITD fm Baie Mahaut, Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102); 160-6m; SSB CW + digital; 500w; dipoles; also FG/F6ITD; QSL also OK via F6ITD
2017 Jan20 2017 Feb22 Guam KH2 JL3RDC Direct JL3RDC
20170106
By JL3RDC as NH0DX/NH2; SSB
2017 Jan20 2017 Feb23 Vanuatu YJ See Info JA2NQG
20161211
By JH2BNL as YJ0AA, JI2UAY as YJ0FM, JA2NQG as YJ0WW (all requested); 160-10m; CW SSB FM RTTY; 2 500w stns 1 200w stn; Inverted L, dipoles, CrankIR, HB9CV; QSL LoTW for YJ0AA, others via home_calls
2017 Jan20 2017 Jan26 Iceland TF LotW DXNews
20161215
By PY2SEX as TF/DL1NX fm IOTA EU-021; 80-10m; QRP; Buddipole; spare time operation
2017 Jan20 2017 Mar03 Guinea Bissau J5UAP LotW HA3AUI
20161201
By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct
2017 Jan20 2017 Mar03 Senegal 6W2SC LotW HA3AUI
20161201
By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 500/100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct
2017 Jan22 2017 Feb02 Ivory Coast TU5MH LotW DXW.Net
20161119
By DF3FS DJ7JC DJ9RR DL8JJ; 80-10m; CW RTTY SSB; 1kw; verticals, arrays; QSL also OK via DJ5BWD (Buro or direct) and Club Log
2017 Jan23 2017 Jan30 Falkland Is VP8 G1OCN Direct TDDX
20170102
By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Bleaker I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative

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HF forecasting 

 

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions

 

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Weekly comment.

 

New call sign cut-off ?

 

Until the summer of 2015 Ofcom permitted radio amateurs to change their call signs but the policy was then changed suddenly.

It now seems there is a degree of flexibility for amateurs who are willing to change sex.

In a recent response to a radio amateur, Ofcom issued this ‘clarification’ of their policy:

We assign each amateur radio station a unique identifier – its call sign.  This helps us to meet our obligations under the Radio Regulations (the rules on the use of radio agreed by the international community at the ITU) which require stations to be clearly identifiable and which expressly prohibit misleading identities.  In order for a station’s identity to remain unique, these call signs may not be changed, other than in truly exceptional circumstances. 

 

Weekly message

 

I’ll never complain about my call sign again.

 

BryanGVB

WADARC  –  Boldly we lead, that others may follow.

WEEKLY BULLETIN  – 14 January 2017

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

Wed.

 

Bad News. !

We are threatened with incineration by a Red Giant .

 

More Bad News.!

The committee have made no preparations for finding heat-proof premises.

 

Good News !

It won’t happen for  117 million years …….

 

Wry Comment:

but at the current rate of progress in finding new premises , it may actually _take_ 117 million years…..  🙁 

 

All this we learned on Wed. evening and thus owe ChrisVUE a vote of thanks for his informative presentation of slides and video clips concerning the history and prognosis of the Sun’s behaviour. It gave each of us a more realistic view of his personal importance in the general scheme of things. Someone was rash enough to ask why it runs through  11 year and 22 yr. cycles. “..torsion stress arising from differential rotational displacement between layers at different solar latitudes…..”  or   [In G0  terms :]  The sun gets its knickers in a twist then the elastic slowly untwists them back again ! ]

 

Thurs. participants in the 40m net were again restricted to locals as conditions kept our more distant members out in the cold.

 

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Rallies this weekend

 

None in SE England but get yer gumboots ready for 5th February…..

 

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THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

 

Our local Castles ?

 

The following is reproduced verbatim: :

 

Hello dear Friends!

 

– On January, 14th will be eight years sharp since the date of World Castles Award Program foundation.

In connection with this event on January, 14th and 15th, will take place activity radiohams from castles and fortresses of the world – WCA Happy Birth Day (WCA HBD).

At present we have support from radiohams of some countries who will be active from castles and fortresses their own countries during these days.

73 & 11!
de Andrew RN1CW
WCA Co-ordinator
http://www.wcagroup.org

RZ1CWC team

Домашняя страничка RZ1CWC

Домашняя страничка RZ1CWC

RZ1CWC Team DXpedition

 

Comment: Is knowing us any radiohams near Bramber Castle living  ? To actuate it ??

 

( better than nothing,  even a G4 would it doing be.)

 

Other stuff on the radio this weekend

 

North American CW QSO Party,

AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest,

NCCC RTTY Sprint,

QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, ( WADARC should do this !)

NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,

Old New Year Contest,

UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest,

NRAU-Baltic SSB Contest and NRAU-Baltic CW Contest

are happening this weekend.

 

 

Please see January QST, page 85, and WA7BNM  web site for details and practice your morse 

 

Island activities:

 

IOTA-QRGs
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

 

Currently in the News

 

AS-004; 5B/ZC, Cyprus Island: Steve/G0SGB will operate from the UK Base Area as ZC4SB between Jan. 11 and 25. QRV on 80, 40, and 20m (SSB, CW), running 100W and dipoles. QSL via G0SGB .

 

Activated long ago by G3GVB

 

NA-096; HH/HI, Hispaniola: Dale/N3BNA and Harry/N3FMO will be operating as HH8/N3BNA and HH8/N3FMO from Haiti between Jan. 13 and 25. QSL via homecalls  LoTW.

 

History still untold

 

SA-002; VP8, Falkland Islands: Dave/VP8CLE and Carol/VP8DKW will be active from Saunders Island between the 15th and 22nd on 160 and 80m (maybe also other bands) on RTTY, PSK, CW, and SSB. QSL via G1OCN

.

Talk to Jesus on CW

 

SA-072; PR8, Maranhao State East group: A group of Brazilian hams (Robert/PT2GTI, Daniel/ PT7BI, Junior/PS8DX, Jesus/PS8ET, and Ilo/PS8JIF) are going to activate Poldros Island (WW Loc. GI97cg, PYFF- 0024, DIB MA-03) on all bands (SSB, CW, digital modes) between Jan. 14 and 18. QRV with the call ZZ8P. QS

 

 

 

 

Space weather

 

CHANCE OF STORMS, UPDATED: NOAA forecasters have lowered the odds of polar geomagnetic storms on Jan.13th to 25% as they wait for the late arrival of a solar wind stream. The stream was originally due to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 12th. Even a day late, it could still light up the Arctic Circle. The stream is preceded by a CIR (co-rotating interaction region)  (as any G3 could tell you ) –a transition zone between fast- and slow-moving solar wind. Plasma piles up in CIRs, producing density gradients and shocks that often do a good job sparking auroras. 

 

SURPRISE, IT’S A SUNSPOT: Breaking a string of 8 consecutive spotless days, a new sunspot (AR2625) has emerged over the sun’s eastern limb. It announced itself on Jan.12th with a C4 class solar flare. The explosion hurled a plume of plasma into space, photographed by extreme ultraviolet cameras onboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:

 

Earth will feel no effects from this relatively minor flare. Material billowing away from the blast site is moving too far off the sun-Earth line to intersect our planet.

During years of Solar Maximum, a  C-class flare issuing from a small sunspot like AR2526 would have been beneath the notice of busy space weather forecasters tracking more potent explosions. Now, however, sunspot numbers have dropped so low that even a small sunspot attracts attention. Sunspots and solar flares will recede in numbers in the years ahead as Solar Minimum takes hold.

 

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  •  Forthcoming CLUB EVENTS  
  • Wed, 18th On the air evening
  • Wed. 25th  January:  Soldering teach-in

Wed  1st Feb.  Club night.

Spontaneous,! Unstructured,!  Uninhibited ! ,Indefatigable !

Your very own!  …Free Discourse and Activity.        **

 

Wed. 8th Feb. JonathanEXG  “The BBC micro:bit ” (is that the one in reception ?)

 

 

 

**  Okay Ok.Ok . so  I’ve been watching  ” The Good Old Days ”

 

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DX opportunities until 2018

 

Last updated: Friday, 13-Jan-2017 15:00 GMT
[Currently Active Operations]
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Start
Date
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Date
DXCC
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Reported
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December  
2017  
January  
2017 Jan03 2017 Jan21 Laos XW4XR
[spots]
LotW TDDX
20161209
By AA4XR fm Vientiane; 160-10m; CW RTTY JT65; QSL also OK via E21EIC
   
2017 Jan05 2017 Jan17 Temotu H40DA
[spots]
VK4FEDX TDDX
20170106
By VK4FEDX fm Nendo I (IOTA OC-100); 80 40 15 10m
2017 Jan06 2017 Jan13 Palau T88AQ
[spots]
LotW DXNews
20170102
By JH6WDG fm Koror I (IOTA OC-009, PJ77fi); 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via JH6WDG
2017 Jan06 2017 Jan16 Laos XW4ZW
[spots]
LotW WB6RSE
20161208
By K4ZW fm Vientiane; focus on low bands; QSL also OK via K1SE (see link at call sign for details)
2017 Jan06 2017 Feb28 South Shetland Is LU1ZI
[spots]
LU4AA TDDX
20170106
By LU4CJM fm Carlini Antarctic Scientific station; also using LU4CJM/z; 80 40 20m; CW; 100w; G5RV; spare time operation
2017 Jan07 2017 Jan30 PE & Marion Is ZS8Z
[spots]
ZS1LS TDDX
20161124
By ZS1BCE; HF; SSB + digital; broadband dipole; operation to continue for 17 months; start date uncertain
2017 Jan08 2017 Jan25 Bonaire PJ4B
[spots]
PA8A Direct PA3GVI
20160930
By PA8A; 40-40m; 100w; end-fed; holiday style operation; include US$2 (no IRCs) + SAE w/ QSL request
2017 Jan09 2017 Jan27 South Cook Is E51WWA
[spots]
AD7AF TDDX
20170105
By AD7AF fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m; CW SSB; inverted L; holiday style operation
2017 Jan09 2017 Jan31 Belize V31AX

[spots]

Club Log DXNews
20170109
By VE3AXT fm Corozal; HF; 100w; G5RV; operation to continue until Mar 7
2017 Jan09 2017 Feb06 Belize V31RF
[spots]
K8NDS Direct TDDX
20170106
By K8NDS fm Placencia; 40 20 17m; SSB
 
2017 Jan11 2017 Jan25 Cyprus SBA ZC4SB
[spots]
G0GSB Direct TDDX
20161122
By G0GSB fm the Akrotiri area; mainly 80 40 20m; SSB CW; 100w; dipoles; include US$3 + SAE w/ QSL request
2017 Jan11 2017 Feb06 North Cook Is E51ADD
[spots]
LotW DXW.Net
20160730
By K7ADD fm Manihiki Atoll (IOTA OC-014); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL
2017 Jan13 2017 Jan25 Haiti HH8
[spots]
LotW DXNews
20170103
By N3BNA as HH8/N3BNA; HF
2017 Jan14 2017 Jan21 Br Virgin Is VP2VAW
W4KZK Direct DXW.Net
20170108
By W4KDN W4KZK WA5FAC fm Tortola; focus on 160 75m JT65 PSK31, 40m SSB, 30m CW, also 60m (5357 KHz); 3 stations; QSL also OK via LotW and eQSL (2 stations); holiday style operation
2017 Jan14 2017 Jan22 Cayman Is ZF2PG LotW TDDX
20161129
By K8PGJ; QRV for NAQP; QSL also OK via K8PGJ
2017 Jan15 2017 Jan19 Bangladesh S21ZBA
JH1NBN DXW.Net
20170112
By JH1NBN; 75 40m; SSB; limited spare time operation
2017 Jan15 2017 Jan22 Falkland Is VP8 G1OCN Direct TDDX
20170102
By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Saunders I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative
2017 Jan19 2017 Mar09 Guadeloupe TO7D LotW TDDX
20161215
By F6ITD fm Baie Mahaut, Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102); 160-6m; SSB CW + digital; 500w; dipoles; also FG/F6ITD; QSL also OK via F6ITD
2017 Jan20 2017 Feb22 Guam KH2 JL3RDC Direct JL3RDC
20170106
By JL3RDC as NH0DX/NH2; SSB
2017 Jan20 2017 Feb23 Vanuatu YJ See Info JA2NQG
20161211
By JH2BNL as YJ0AA, JI2UAY as YJ0FM, JA2NQG as YJ0WW (all requested); 160-10m; CW SSB FM RTTY; 2 500w stns 1 200w stn; Inverted L, dipoles, CrankIR, HB9CV; QSL LoTW for YJ0AA, others via home_calls
2017 Jan20 2017 Jan26 Iceland TF LotW DXNews
20161215
By PY2SEX as TF/DL1NX fm IOTA EU-021; 80-10m; QRP; Buddipole; spare time operation
2017 Jan20 2017 Mar03 Guinea Bissau J5UAP LotW HA3AUI
20161201
By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct
2017 Jan20 2017 Mar03 Senegal 6W2SC LotW HA3AUI
20161201
By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 500/100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct
2017 Jan22 2017 Feb02 Ivory Coast TU5MH LotW DXW.Net
20161119
By DF3FS DJ7JC DJ9RR DL8JJ; 80-10m; CW RTTY SSB; 1kw; verticals, arrays; QSL also OK via DJ5BWD (Buro or direct) and Club Log
2017 Jan23 2017 Jan30 Falkland Is VP8 G1OCN Direct TDDX
20170102
By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Bleaker I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative
2017 Jan24 2017 Jan31 Tonga A35W
JJ2VLY DXW.Net
20170112
By JE1CKA JJ2VLY JQ2GYU A31MM fm Tongatapu I (IOTA OC-049); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; may also use A35NN; QRV for CQWW 160m Contest
2017 Jan25 2017 Feb01 Dominican Republic HI1UD LotW N2WB
20161207
By HI3MPC HI3TT HI3CC HI3RWP HI8RD HI8K HI8C HI3Y HI3MRV HI8EES fm Beata I (IOTA NA-122, FK47fn); all bands; CW SSB; QSL also OK via Club Log (preferred) or W2CCW direct (w/ $US2 + SAE)
2017 Jan27 2017 Jan29 Azores CU9AB LotW HB9CRV
20170106
By CU9AS fm Corvo I (IOTA EU-089); QRV for CQ 160m CW Contest; SOHP; QSL also OK via HB9CRV; 1st 50 QSOs automatically QSLed fm Corvo post office
2017 Jan31 2017 Feb04 Falkland Is VP8 G1OCN Direct TDDX
20170102
By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Stanley (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative
February  
2017 Feb01 2017 Feb14 Central African Rep TL8TT LotW IK7JWY
20161011
By I1HJT I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT JA3USA; 160-6m; CW SSB, RTTY on 1 band; 3 stations; 24hr/day; QSL also OK via OQRS (no card required)
2017 Feb02 2017 Feb08 Guadeloupe FG
KB1TCD DXW.Net
20170109
By KB1TCD as FG/KB1TCD; 40 17 15m; low power
2017 Feb03 2017 Mar11 Rwanda 9X2AW DF2WO Direct TDDX
20161214
By DF2WO fm Kigali; QSL also OK via M0OXO
2017 Feb08 2017 Feb18 South Cook Is E51AMF LotW DXW.Net
20160730
By K7ADD fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB + digital; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL
2017 Feb10 2017 Feb22 Panama HP LotW AA1M
20161225
By W1USN as HP/W1USN and AA1M as HP/AA1M; HF; SSB CW + digital; QSL also OK via home_call (Buro or direct)
2017 Feb13 2017 Feb26 Macao XX9D LotW TDDX
20161130
By XX9LT DJ9KH DL2AWG DL2HWA DL2RNS DL3HRH DL4SVA DL5CW DM2AUJ DM2AYO DL7VEE; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY; 3 stations 24/7; focus on NA; QSL also OK via DL4SVA (DARC Buro or direct)
2017 Feb13 2017 Feb27 San Andres & Providencia 5J0NA LW9EOC LW9EOC
20160927
By LW9EOC; 160-6m, focus on low and WARC bands; CW SSB RTTY; QRV for ARRL DX CW
2017 Feb13 2017 Mar03 Austral Is FO/a TBA TDDX
20161111
By VE7KW VA7DX W5RF fm IOTA OC-114; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; hexbeams and spiderpoles
2017 Feb13 2017 Mar07 San Andres & Providencia HK0 AA4NC AA4NC
20161014
By AA4NC as HK0/AA4NC; QRV for ARRL DX CW and SSB using a 5K0 call sign
2017 Feb15 2017 Feb21 Fernando de Noronha PY0F PY2QI Direct DXW.Net
20161222
By PY2QI as PY2QI/PY0F fm IOTA SA-003; 40-10m; CW
2017 Feb17 2017 Feb21 Palau T88DT
JH1OLB DXNews
20170109
By JH1OLB fm Koror I (IOTA OC-009); 160-6m; SSB CW RTTY PSK31 SSTV JT65A
2017 Feb17 2017 Feb25 Sint Maarten PJ7 LotW TDDX
20161206
By OH2IS as PJ7/OH2IS fm Philipsburg; 80-10m; mainly CW, perhaps some SSB RTTY; 1kw; vertical, dipoles
ARRL International DX Contest, CW (Feb 18-19, 2017) Check here for pericontest activity too.
2017 Feb22 2017 Mar07 Barbados 8P9AL LotW DXNews
20161129
By KG9N fm IOTA NA-021; HF; wire verticals, dipoles, longwires; QSL also OK via KG9N (for this operation only – reissued call sign)
March  
ARRL International DX Contest, Phone (Mar 4-5, 2017) Check here for pericontest activity too.
2017 Mar07 2017 Mar21 Ghana 9G5X LotW DXW.Net
20161223
By G3XAQ G3VMW G4BWP 5B4AGN M0PCB G6MC fm 1,000 feet ASL; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; 3 high power stns; QSL also OK Club Log
2017 Mar08 2017 Mar21 Niger 5U5R EA5RM TDDX
20161208
By F9IE F8ATS HK6F UT7CR RU1WM IN3ZNR EA1SA EA2RY EA5KM EA7AJR EA7KW EA5RM fm Niamey; 160-10m, also 5.360 MHz; SSB CW RTTY
2017 Mar09 2017 Mar19 Ivory Coast TU
LotW DXW.Net
20170111
By 12 op team as TBA fm Grand Bassam; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY PSK; 5 stations; QSL also OK via F1ULQ (Buro or direct) and Web page OQRS
2017 Mar10 2017 Mar19 South Cook Is E51KTA   TDDX
20160818
By M1KTA fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); will try low bands; QRV for BERU Contest
2017 Mar14 2017 Apr04 Tuvalu T2 LotW DXW.Net
20160620
By SP5EAQ as T2AQ and SP7DQR as T2QR fm IOTA OC-015; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY; dates and call signs tentative; QSL also OK via SP7DQR
2017 Mar14 2017 Apr12 Tanzania 5H3MB LotW TDDX
20170103
By IK2GZU fm Ilembula; 80-10m; SSB CW RTTY; spare time operation; QSL also OK via IK2GZU (Buro or direct), Club Log, eQSL
2017 Mar20 2017 Mar24 Cayman Is ZF2CJ LotW TDDX
20160927
By JJ2RCJ fm ZF1A club station; 80-6m; mainly RTTY; QSL also OK via JJ2RCJ
CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB (Mar 25-26, 2017) Check here for pericontest activity too.
2017 Mar29 2017 Apr17 Guam AH2P LotW DXW.Net
20161003
By EA4AK; QRV on most needed bands and modes; auto-QSL via Buro, QSL also OK via Club Log, eQSL
April  
2017 Apr01 2017 Apr30 Nepal 9N1MD IZ1BVZ DXW.Net
20161229
By 9N1AA
2017 Apr28 2017 May13 South Cook Is E51   TDDX
20161129
By W6HB as E51AND, KG7MXL as E51JD, KI7DLK as E51BQ fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 160-10m; SSB
2017 Apr29 2017 May06 Cayman Is ZF2AB WA3EOP DXNews
20161129
By KZ3AB fm IOTA NA-016; HF
May  
2017 May01 2017 May15 St Martin FS K9EL TDDX
20170103
By K9EL as FS/K9EL; 160-6m; 500w; verticals, dipoles, yagi on 6m
June  
2017 Jun14 2017 Jun28 Sint Maarten PJ7 Home Call W9AEB
20160816
By W9DR as PJ7/W9DR, W9KXQ KK9N K9UK W9AEB likewise; PJ7/W9DR on 6m, w/ beacon 50.115.7; 80-10m (2 stations); CW SSB + digital
July  
2017 Jul04 2017 Jul18 St Pierre & Miquelon FP LotW TDDX
20170105
By KV1J as FP/KV1J; 160-6m; SSB RTTY, some CW + digital; QSL also OK via KV1J (Buro or direct) and Club Log
2017 Jul20 2017 Jul24 Russia (Asia) RI0C
Club Log RA1ZZ
20170108
By RA7L RA1ZZ RW5D RK8A fm Iony I (IOTA AS-069); 40-10m; CW SSB + digital; most needed Russian island, 2nd most needed Asian island
August  
2017 Aug01 2017 Aug31 Galapagos HC8 LotW TDDX
20161223
By G8OFQ as TBA Isabela I (IOTA SA-004, EI49mb); 160-6m; SSB; QSL also OK via G8OFQ direct or Club Log; operation to continue until Oct 31
September  
2017 Sep01 2017 Sep14 Baker & Howland Is KH1 TBA DXW.Net
20160307
By YT1AD N6PSE K3LP UA4HOX + team as TBA fm Baker I (IOTA OC-089); planned for Sep-Oct timeframe; more info in May 2016
2017 Sep14 2017 Sep21 Galapagos HD8M
WB2REM TDDX
20170109
By WB2REM VK2BXE KG0YL N1MWJ G8OFQ fm Isabela I (IOTA SA-004); 160-6m
2018  
January  
2018 Jan20 2018 Feb28 Bouvet I 3Y0Z N2OO DXW.Net
20160608
By K0IR K4UEE LA6VM + team; exact dates TBD

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HF forecasting 

 

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions

 

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Weekly comment.

 

Falklands 1982

Re: reference to  Falkland Islands above. I have often sought, but never found,  accurate account of the covert communications between RN ships offshore and on-shore radio amateurs  and also to UK, during Argentinian intrusion. I once had a brief conversation with a VP8 but all I could get out of him was that the “published account” was a whole lot of B^^^^cks” – his words.

 

Does anyone have information ? I would dearly love to read it.

 

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Weekly Message.

 

On a train (ha ha ) or underground journey, scan the advertisements, Bovril is Best, or whatever. Then silently in your mind transmit the message. NOT dash dot stuff but “dah ditditdit   dah dah dah    ditditdit dah   etc.   I say silently because you get some very funny looks otherwise. You will soon find you can rattle it off in your head and it will make more sense when you trawl the first 50 kHz of each band.

 

BRYANGVB

WADARC  –  Boldly  we lead so that others may follow.

 

 

WEEKLY BULLETIN  – 6 January 2017

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

*

Wed. Saw a cheerful return to normality with a well attended club meeting..

 

Thurs. Conditions for the 40m net were ‘frustrating’ as our more distant members faded in and out.

 

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Rallies this weekend

 

None Known to me.

 

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THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO


The ARRL RTTY Roundup,

 

Kid’s Day SSB Contest,

 

 EUCW 160-Metre CW Contest, ( details at  EuCW 160m )

 

EuCW 160m

 

NCCC RTTY Sprint,

 

QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,

 

NCCC CW Sprint,

 

PODXS 070 Club PSKFest,

 

SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon,

 

World Wide PMC Contest

 

Original QRP Contest

 

are all arranged for your interest and cw practice  for this first weekend of the new year. see  WA7BNM website for details

 

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  •  CLUB EVENTS in January 
  • Wed. 11th Talk about “The Sun” by Chris Suddell . 7.30 for 8 [  Whether  tabloid or  spheroid is a secret.! maybe a Coronal Eruption on page 3 ? ]
  • Wed, 18th On the air evening
  • Wed. 25th  January:  Soldiering teach-in

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By way of a change, those of you who “collect”  islands may be interested in

 

Island On The Air activities: (IOTA)

 

Note : IOTA-preferred frequencies are :


CW
: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz

 

 

AN-010, various, South Shetland Islands: OA0MP will be operating from the Machu Picchu Antartic Base (King George Island) during the 24th Peruvian Research Expedition. More information to follow. QSL via OA4O.

 

SA-028; PY2, Sao Paulo State East group: Willian/PY2XIZ, Francisco/PY2ALC, and Luiz/PU2ULN will be activating Couves Island (DIB SP022) between Jan. 7 (11z) and Jan. 8 (14z) with the call ZV2CV. QRV on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10m (SSB, CW, digital modes). QSL via PY2XIZ (d) or bureau, LoTW (after 6 months).

 

SA-043; CE7, Alsen Region North group: Domingo/CE1DY, Mauricio/CE7KF, Marco/CE1TBN, Cesar/CA5GRF, and Bruno/CE7PGO are going to operate from Ascension Island, Guaitecas Archipelago (WW Loc. FK36dc) with the call XR7T between the 10th and 17th. QRV on HF on SSB and digital modes. QSL via CE7PGO (d/B), LoTW, OQRS.

 

DX opportunities in January

 

January
2017 Jan02 2017 Jan11 Maldives 8Q7AZ DL8AZ DXNews
20161212
By DL8AZ fm Meeru I (IOTA AS-013, MJ64uk); 40-10m; SSB
2017 Jan03 2017 Jan21 Laos XW4XR LotW TDDX
20161209
By AA4XR fm Vientiane; 160-10m; CW RTTY JT65; QSL also OK via E21EIC
2017 Jan04 2017 Jan22 Micronesia V63 DXW.Net
20160912
By JA3ARJ as V63ARJ, JH3LSS as V63LSS, JA3AVO JH3PBL W7AYA likewise fm Pohnpei; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital
2017 Jan05 2017 Jan09 South Cook Is E51AMF LotW DXW.Net
20160730
By K7ADD fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL

 

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HF forecasting 

 

Try :

 

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions

 

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Radio Broadcasting News

 

Norway is to become the first country to shut down its FM radio network, despite concerns that millions are not ready for the switch to digital.

Critics have warned it is both risky and unpopular, not least because an estimated two million cars on Norwegian roads are not equipped with DAB receivers.

There are also fears that elderly and vulnerable people, often cut off by fjords and mountains, may be left unable to receive emergency warnings – traditionally broadcast on FM.

OPRESSION.!  A poll by a national newspaper in December found that 66% of Norwegians were opposed to the switchover, and only 17% were in favour.  The change is being pushed through regardless, !

The northern city of Bodoe will be first to go DAB-only on Wednesday.

Norway’s parliament voted in favour of switching off FM radio after hearing it would lead to a greater choice of radio stations, as well as clearer sound. But Ib Thomsen, an MP from the Progress Party, said:

 

“We are simply not ready for this yet.  “There are two million cars on Norwegian roads that don’t have DAB receivers, and millions of radios in Norwegian homes will stop working when the FM network is switched off. So there is definitely a safety concern.”

 

Ole Joergen, head of Digital Radio Norway, has admitted that cars will be the “biggest challenge” because a good digital adapter for an FM car radio costs about 1,500 Norwegian crowns (£142).

Other countries will be watching with great interest, with Switzerland planning to retire its FM network in 2020.

Bad idea.

 The UK government says it will consider a switchover once 50% of listeners are using a digital radio – a milestone which analysts say ( how do they know? ) could be reached by the end of this year.

Comment: I’m still on Long Wave ! If You Use a DAB radio DO NOT tell anyone !. (G3GVB)

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Of course, you’ll need DAB  🙁  to listen to  LBC  – Why LBC ? Read on.:

 

Posted by Roy Martin

Nigel Farage has signed up for a daily radio show on Global’s LBC, starting next week.

He’ll be on-air Monday to Thursday from 7pm for one hour with The Nigel Farage Show, including opinions, callers, reaction to the stories of the day and Farage’s nightly Final Thought.

Nigel will also be taking the show on the road, broadcasting from across the UK, Europe and the USA as he invites listeners to share their views.

Nigel is no stranger to the station, having covered shows in the past and appeared with Nick Ferrari on Breakfast over the last couple of years.

James Rea, LBC’s Managing Editor, added: “With Brexit and the inauguration of President Elect Trump, Nigel Farage is the man at the centre of the two biggest stories this year. He is a powerful communicator and has proved himself as a natural broadcaster. With his new nightly show, we look forward to him joining the LBC team next week.”

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio

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The weekly message:

Get out of bed, you lazy so-and-so’s, to join the Sunday morning 80 m net at 07.30 on 3712 .

 

BRYANGVB

Hello Everyone,

I and the committee hopes everyone had an amazing Christmas and fun New Year’s Eve.

I want to thank everyone for their support to the club during 2016.

May 2017 bring everyone happiness and prosperity.

Regards

Andrew Cheeseman, G1VUP

 

WADARC  –  Boldly  we lead so that others may follow.


WEEKLY BULLETIN  –  30 December 2016

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

Your scribe was in faraway Kent on a family visit for several days so everything went to pot around here.   .;-(

Sloth and frivolity everywhere, nothing much happened

 

The SAQ transmission on 17.2 kHz was not well received by the only member who tried. Other clubs reported clear reception as far away as USA , Alaska, Seychelles ….(you’d think Lancing UK could make an effort)

 

Grimeton Radio/SAQ Transmission on 24 December: 

 

vvv vvv vvv de saq saq saq ……
cq cq cq de saq saq saq =
this is grimeton radio/saq in a transmission using the alexanderson 200 kw alternator on 17.2 khz =
we sincerely wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year=
signed : the world heritage at grimeton and the alexander-grimeton veteranradios vaenner association a^r =
for qsl info please read our website : http://www.alexander.n.se ii http://www.alexander.n.se =
de saq saq saq s^k

 

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Wed. It was disappointing that 160 m net was so thinly supported in view of the success a week previously

.

Thurs. ditto on 40m .

 

 

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Rallies this weekend

 

None

 

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On the radio this weekend

 

 Beware the period 00.05 to 01.00 Sunday  in each time zone.

 

(drunks send very peculiar messages )

 

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  • Forthcoming CLUB EVENTS
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS
  • Sunday Hungover Breakfast  (Don’t  talk too loudly)- Sun 1st January 2017 – 9:00 am
  • Club Evening – ( Note : this is Committee-speak for ‘can’t think of anything’)   Wed 4th January – 7.30 for 8
  • Club Evening –  Wed 11th January – 7.30 for 8
  • Talk about “The Sun” by Chris Suddell Wed. 18th Jan. 7.30 for 8 (We still don’t know if this is the tabloid or the spheroid)
  • Wed. 25th  January:  Soldiering teach-in

After that is still the subject of some cogitation.

 

 

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Danish Amateur Radio group active from Greenland

 

Members of the Experimenterende Danske Radioamatører (EDR) [ why can’t our club have a romantic name like that] will be active as OZ90EDR, OX90EDR and 5P90EDR from Greenland (NA-018) throughout the year 2017.

The special event callsigns are to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Danish Amateur Radio organization.

Even though activity will take place throughout 2017, the main activity will be during February 15th-May 15th 2017, and August 15th-November 15th, 2017.

Operations will be on all bands including the WARC bands and on all modes.

On JT modes the callsign OZ7D will be used. ONLY QSOs with OZ7D in JT modes are valid for the EDR award. Sometime during the year one may work the special “joker” call OV90EDR. This is also valid for the EDR award.

QSL Manager is OZ1ACB. All QSOs will be verified via LoTW and eQSL. NO BUREAU QSLS.

 

DX opportunities in January

 

January  
2017 Jan01 2017 Jan07 Qatar A70X M0OXO DXW.Net
20161123
By a team fm Al Safliyah I (IOTA AS-088); HF; SSB CW + digital
2017 Jan01 2017 Jan09 Aruba P49X LotW TDDX
20161221
By W0YK; HF; CW SSB RTTY; QRV for ARRL RTTY Roundup; QSL also OK via Club Log
2017 Jan02 2017 Jan11 Maldives 8Q7AZ DL8AZ DXNews
20161212
By DL8AZ fm Meeru I (IOTA AS-013, MJ64uk); 40-10m; SSB
2017 Jan03 2017 Jan21 Laos XW4XR LotW TDDX
20161209
By AA4XR fm Vientiane; 160-10m; CW RTTY JT65; QSL also OK via E21EIC
2017 Jan04 2017 Jan22 Micronesia V63   DXW.Net
20160912
By JA3ARJ as V63ARJ, JH3LSS as V63LSS, JA3AVO JH3PBL W7AYA likewise fm Pohnpei; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital
2017 Jan05 2017 Jan09 South Cook Is E51AMF LotW DXW.Net
20160730
By K7ADD fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL

 

 

 

HF forecasting 

 

Until someone points out a better site, I continue to recommend  :-

 

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions

 

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HNY.  Peace be upon your noise floor. [ If the Black Hole don’t getcher * see below] I’ve checked with NASA and it’s directly over Partridge Green !

 

 

HERE COMES THE SOLAR WIND (AGAIN):

2016 might get one more blast of Arctic auroras before the year is over.  Another stream of solar wind is heading for Earth, and it could arrive before New Year’s Eve.

 

 

The incoming solar wind stream is flowing from a coronal hole (CH) in the sun’s atmosphere, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

 

….  -.  -.–    -..  .

 

BRYANGVB

WADARC  –  Boldly  we lead so that others may follow.

WEEKLY BULLETIN  –  23 December 2016

 

THE PAST WEEK  – 

 

Highlight of the week was the ‘on the radio’ meeting on wednesday 21st.

The preliminary via GB3WO was fair, the later 40 m was predictably covered with European stuff,  80m was better than 40 but the success story was 160………..

Fifteen, yes fifteen members found they really could get on to 160m if they made the effort. Signals were Q5 from almost everyone, including ‘Our Kenn’ in the wild west.

 

It has to be said tho,  that some people are real masochists, 4 watts to a big antenna is ok, a makeshift antenna with 50 watts is ok, but one hardy soul was using 4 watts to a makeshift antenna  and was only just readable.

 

Listen again on 1848 kHz. next Wednesday 28th at 1930

 

BTW  Where was Ron ?

 

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Rallies this weekend

 

Ho! Ho!

 

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

 

note the ionospheric forecast 

Auroras for Christmas

Earth is about to enter a solar wind stream flowing from a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere.

Polar G1-class geomagnetic storms are expected to begin on Dec. 21st with magnetic unrest continuing through Dec. 25th as Earth slowly crosses the broad stream of solar wind.

Santa, be alert for Northern Lights!

 

Santa Claus DX

 

Here is the Santa Claus info for those who are true believers.

 

Santa Claus’  call sign is OF9X /He has keen Elves helping on phone and Licensed Reindeer on CW.  His ops. can spring up with their funny red hats on all modes and frequencies. OF9X will always be the call  used but each

elf will give his personal ID / name  during the QSO  –

 

Arto, OH2KW (ART); Arttu, OH2FB (ATU); Jyri, OH2KM (JYR); Martti, OH2BH (MAR);Niko, OH2GEK (NIK); Paul OH5BQ (PAU); Pekka, OH2TA (PEK);

Pertti, OH2BEE (PER);

Raimo, OH2BCI (RAI);Tom, OH6VDA (TOM); Pertti, OH2PM (SIM) and

Erik, OH2LAK (LAK)

 

Grimeton Radio/SAQ Transmission on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016

Message from Lars Olsen SM6NM

 

We are now planning for the traditional transmission with the Alexanderson 200 kW alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz on the morning of Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24. The message transmission will take place at 08:00 UTC and the transmitter will be tuned up from around 07:30 UTC.

Since the plant is old, there is always the risk that the transmission will be cancelled with short notice. An updated information will be published on our website www.alexander.n.se.

There will be activity on Amateur Radio Frequencies with the call SK6SAQ.
Frequencies: – 7,035 CW or 14,035 CW

QSL-reports on the SAQ transmission or SK6SAQ are kindly received via:
– E-mail to: info@alexander.n.se
– or via: SM bureau
– or direct by mail to:
Alexander – Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
Radiostationen Grimeton 72
SE-432 98 GRIMETON
S W E D E N

The radio station will be open to visitors.

Welcome!

Yours
Lars SM6NM

 

 

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  • Forthcoming CLUB EVENTS
  • Club Evening on the RADIO ONLY.   28 Dec.  at 19.30  tune to 1848  Tell the jokes from your Christmas crackers
  •  –
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR
  • Sunday Hungover Breakfast  (Don’t  talk too loudly)- Sun 1st January 2017 – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Club Evening – ( this is Committee-speak for ‘can’t think of anything’)   Wed 4th January – 7.30 for 8
  • Club Evening –  Wed 11 th January – 7.30 for 8
  • Talk about “The Sun” by Chris Suddell Wed. 18th Jan. 7.30 for 8
  • Wed. 25th   Soldering teach-in

After that is still the subject of some cogitation.

 

 

DX News

 

KENYA, 5Z. Sila, AK0SK is QRV as 5Z4/AK0SK from Taveta until January 6, 2017. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

SENEGAL, 6W. Vlad, UA4WHX is currently QRV as 6W/UA4WHX/p from Carabane Island, IOTA AF-078. Activity of late has been on 17 meters using CW, SSB and other digital modes. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

LESOTHO, 7P. Chris, ZS1CDG is QRV as 7P8GOZ from Teyateyaneng until December 31. Activity is holiday style on 20 meters using PSK31, and possibly 15 meters. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Chris, VK3FY, Nik, VK3FNIK and Dindo, DU1UD are QRV as DX8DX from Luzon Island, IOTA OC-042, until December 29.
They may also be active from IOTAs OC-130, OC-235, and possibly others. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 160 and 80 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via operators’ instructions.

NORTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Warwick, E51WL is QRV from Penrhyn Atoll, IOTA OC-082, and has been active using JT65 on 80, 40, 30, 20 and 15 meters between 1200 to 1600z and then from 0000 to 0800z. QSL via operator’s instructions.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Milan, OK1DWC is QRV as E51DWC from Rarotonga Island until early next year. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Georg, NZ1C is QRV as HB0/NZ1C until December 25. QSL to home call.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HI. Ez, NK4DX is QRV as HI3AA until December 30. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

  1. LUCIA, J6. Steve, NY3B plans to be QRV as J6/NY3B from Rodney Bay from December 24 to 31. Activity is holiday style on 40 and 20 meters using mostly CW with some SSB. QSL to home call.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Hiroyuki, JG7PSJ is QRV as JD1BMH from Chichi-Jima Island, IOTA OC-031, until January 1, 2107. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

PALAU, T8. Ryosei, JH0IXE will be QRV as T8CW from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from December 26 to January 6, 2017 Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. QSL direct to home call. In addition, Tetsuya, JA7XBG will also be QRV as T88GA from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from December 25 to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and some digital modes. QSL direct to home call.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. Herbert, DE1ZHB is QRV as Z21LS from Harare until January 2017. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Jeff, K5WE is QRV as ZF2WE from Cayman Brac until December 30. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using mostly CW with some RTTY. QSL to home call.

PRINCE EDWARD AND MARION ISLANDS, ZS8. David, ZS1BCE is stationed on Marion Island, IOTA AF-021, until May 2018 and plans to be QRV as ZS8Z during his spare time. QSL via ZS1LS.KENYA, 5Z. Sila, AK0SK plans to be QRV as 5Z4/AK0SK from Taveta from December 22 to January 6, 2017. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

 

 

HF forecasting 

 

Truly, I can still do no better than direct you to the best site known to me… thus :-

 

VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions

 

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A lesson for all………

 

The author of this bulletin is sometimes criticised for being “Details withheld” in various directories. He  takes the view that the less people know the less the harm they can do. The following item seems to vindicate this approach……

 

Destruction of RSGB Callbook 2017

 

The UK communications regulator Ofcom has admitted it released radio amateurs’ private home addresses  instead of their mailing address

This information was published in the RSGB Yearbook 2017 and the 2017 Callseeker Plus CD and Flash Drive.

Ofcom has asked the RSGB to destroy all the unsold copies of the RSGB Yearbook 2017 and replace those that have already been issued with a corrected edition.
.…so that’s alright then ?  ……….

 

 

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Ham Radio – Avoid These Mistakes

[ Shamelessly copied with just  a little editing ]

 

Here is a list of mistakes that most new radio hams make when they launch themselves into our hobby, but don’t worry, we all make mistakes.

 

New transceivers are packed full with many features and benefits, some benefit certain area’s and others just make life more complex, the majority of new hams buy a two metre transceiver either a mobile or handheld to get onto the local repeater. Problems start when you try to upload too many frequencies onto your handheld, after all there are usually just a couple of VHF repeaters in your vicinity and a number on UHF

Trying to load up with hundreds all around the land is a big mistake and will lead to confusion.

 

Access tones are often problematic to the newbie, C.T.C.S.S. tones were introduced many years ago to prevent operators unwittingly raising repeaters in other parts of the country during lift conditions.

Take your time and find out what your local repeater tone is. In this area of Sussex it is 88.5 Hz  C.T.C.S.S. adds a sub audible tone to your transmission to open the repeater and sometimes it is needed on receive. C.T.C.S.S. stands for Constant Tone Coded Squelch System.

Check through your radio manual and research how to set whichever  C.T.C.S.S. tone you need,  to quickly access your local network and allow you to engage in your first contacts.

Repeaters use two frequencies an input and output, make sure to learn what the frequency shift is between your transmit and your recieve frequency On two metres your transmit  600 kHz down from your recieve.  Your UHF transmit may be either 1.6 or 7.6 mHz higher than your recieve frequency.

Speak a couple of inches away from the microphone holding it sideways on to your mouth.

 

Don’t expect too much from a handheld transceiver, it  is designed as a pocket set and often arrive with a short rubber duck  helically wound stub, Checking these on sophisticated sweep generators has shown many to be less than ideal on two metres, due to the shortening involved.  430 megs. seems to be where most rubber duck aerials are optimised, however better, longer,  hand-held aerials are available to solve this problem.

 

Listening is of great benefit to the new radio Ham, one can learn a great deal by simply listening. Find out who the best HF operators in your area are,   [modesty forbids, GVB ]   take particular note of how they conduct themselves. Listening for local nets will also help your understanding, join in and make new friends and above all ask lots of questions and before long you will be making regular contacts and gaining confidence.

 

Remember : if you give your call sign at the end of an over, then utter it _last_

 

 

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Note for Newbies…Those who revel in the warm glow of filaments and cathode heaters of valves  glowing in the gloaming are sometimes known as “Glowbugs” .

 

The following sentimental song can be sung (if desired) to the tune of “These are my favourite things ” from ‘The sound of music’

 

 

A Glowbug’s Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas
And all through the shack
Not a heater was glowing
In all of the rack.

Sitting totally silent and quiet that night
The old HRO shedding nary a light.
The Johnson exciter and its homebrew final
Felt cold as leftovers, or seat-cover vinyl,

I drowsed at my workbench feeling tired and weary,
The print in the Handbook looked fuzzy and smeary.
I thought, “I’ll make coffee”, and groaned to my feet
When I heard a loud clatter outside in the street.

What the–? I wondered and turned on the lights
And there I beheld a wondrous sight:
A battered old van heaped high with components
And a grizzled old ham with a bagful of doughnuts.

I noted his callsign– can’t recall it today–
But a patch on the side read “FMLA”.
I opened the door and hollered “Come in!
The coffee pot’s heating,  we’ll sit down and chin!”

He spoke not a word but whistled in Morse
A “GE OM”, and “By golly, I’m hoarse.
Too many contacts, and hot resin smoke.”
I nodded and poured him a mug of jamoke.

He emptied the doughnuts in a pile on a plate
And explained in a whistle, “I’m running real late.
I’ve new 6L6s and fine 211s, 6146s and good ‘SN7s.
And 866s and 0B2s, type 45s and mil-spec 807s.”

“For the regennie crowd, 201s by the score
And good ol’ type 30s and 19s galore.
I haven’t neglected the passive-parts run
There’s lots of good iron by old Thordarson.”

I nodded and smiled, suppressing a chortle
As he reached in his pack for a 304TL.
He whistled, “I’m leaving, the coffee was great,
But I’m overdue in the neighboring state.”

“Keep everyone building the rigs of their choosing
Or we’ll lose the bands that we’re lazy in using.
Transistors or tubes– any project is fine–
Just keep on constructing and sharing on line.”

He leaped to his feet and waved a gloved hand
As he sprang for the door and his rusty old van.
I heard him exclaim as he drove off from me………….
……….”Merry Christmas, you Glowbugs, best 73!”

 

 

BRYANGVB