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THE PAST WEEK

 Saturday/Sunday 20th/21st many members visited Salvington Mill for Mills On The Air. An initial issue with the club’s IC7300, but insertion of a manual tuner sorted it out and GB0HSM was on the air. Stations were setup for HF, VHF and UHF with Edmund, M0MNG managing a good QSO rate on 70cms with a semi-portable setup on FM.

Wednesday 24th was our annual social gathering at The Tollgate, Bramber. Despite rumours to the contrary, it was very well attended and was a light hearted affair. It was good to see Bryan, G3GVB’s family joining in with us and a good exchange of information took place. One of Bryan’s sons has even said that he may wish to become a Radio Amateur – nice guy too!

Propagation on the HF bands went from poor to unbelievably good, probably in as many minutes. There were some openings in the upper frequency bands throughout the week and evidence of Sporadic-E. Those listening on 40 metres on Thursday evening would have had their pleasure spoiled by what appeared to be Russian OHR (Over the Horizon Radar) manifesting itself as a massive signal, spreading across a significant portion of the band, sound like a buzz-saw. Reminds me of the days of battling Radio Tirana, when the only thing that made it through was CW.

VHF/UHF observation of the beacons revealed a mixed-bag of propagation with no major enhancements, despite the improved weather. There were however some worthwhile Sporadic-E openings into Europe on 6 metres. Worth a check on 6m as often as possible, as it looks like the season is upon us – one reason 6m is called the ‘Magic Band’.

NETS

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

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

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

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

Tuesday – This is NOT a WADARC net but there’s no reason why WADARC members can’t join in. Most Tuesday evenings on 144.310 MHz, SSB, 8.00pm (local). Please note: Polarisation is VERTICAL, due to stations being in different directions.

 

RALLIES


June 2017

4th June 2017  21st Red Rose QRP Festival
The Rose Centre, (Lowton Civic Hall), Hesketh Meadow Lane,
Lowton, Warrington, Ches. WA3 2AH.
Easy access from all directions. M6, M61, M60, A580.
Open 11:00 to 15:00. Admission £2.00 Children under 14 free.
Trade & individual stalls. Club stands. RSGB. GQRP.

Contact: Les Jackson, G4HZJ, 01942-870634, g4hzj@ntlworld.com

 

4th June 2017  Spalding & DARS Rally  [Update]
Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 2EF.
Open 10:00. Free on-site parking. Trade. Outside car boot area. On-site catering.
Details: John, G4NBR, 07946-302815 or Graham, G8NWC, 07754-619701
or email rally-secretary@sdars.org.uk  Club website: http://www.sdars.org.uk

 

11th June 2017  Junction 28 Amateur Radio Rally   [Update]
Bowls Hall Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbys. DE55 7BD.
Contact: Rally Secretary, 01159-307322

Website: http://www.snadarc.com

 

11th June 2017  East Suffolk Wireless Revival (Ipswich Rally)
*NEW VENUE: Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton, Ipswich, IP10 0PW.
Venue is just off the A14. Open 09:30. Entry £2. Free parking. Trade stands.
Car boot sale. Bring-and-Buy. SIGs. GB4SWR HF station and an RSGB bookstall.
Catering is available on site.
Contact: Kevin G8MXV, 07710-046846,  http://www.eswr.org.uk

 

17th June 2017  South Lancs ARC Summer Rally [Saturday]
Bickershaw Village Community Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan, WN2 5TE.
Open 09:00/07:30 for traders. Entry £2.50. Trade. SIGs. B&B. On-site parking
and catering.
Details/Bookings: Jason, G0IZR, 01942 735828.

 

18th June 2017  30th Newbury Radio Rally
Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Newbury, Berks. RG18 9QZ.
Next to M4 motorway at J13.
Open 09:00 visitors/08:00 sellers. Admission £2.50 visitors/£12.50 sellers.
Free parking. Exhibits. SIGs. Amateur radio display. Clubs & societies.
On-site catering and disabled facilities available.
Contact details and discounted advance bookings via the website:
http://www.nadars.org.uk/rally.asp

 

25th June 2017  West of England Radio Rally
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Admission £3, kids free. Open 10:00 to 14:00. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books.
Café. Disabled facilities.
Details: Shaun, G8VPG, 01225-873098, http://www.westrally.org.uk

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

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Fox Hunt – Wed 31st May – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – 2m, 70cm or both. G1VUP will announce on the night. Meet at LPH. Tea and biccies as usual.
  • Outside on the AirMeeting at Devil’s Dyke car park – Wed 7th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. NO MEETING AT LANCING THIS WEEK.
  • EGM to discuss possible Club Shack plus tea and chat – Wed 14th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This is an important decision for the Club, please make every effort to attend or submit a proxy vote.
  • Lecture – Botswana DXpedition, by Graham G4FNL – Wed 21st June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Practical Evening Wed 28th June – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. If you have a pet project needing assistance, please contact the committee beforehand to arrange test gear etc..

RAGCHEW

URBAN MYTH DISPELLED

The definitive reason that Bryan, G3GVB disliked (hated) Germans: Many of us were led to believe that this was due to a school friend of Bryan’s being blown up in WWII. This is partly true, but not for the reasons you may think! In 1942 Bryan’s father had been strongly encouraging him to study and prepare to attend a local grammar school in Swansea, where they lived. At the impressionable age of 10, Bryan was looking forward to this and was quite excited and motivated. Unfortunately, a German bomber flew over the area and removed his intended school before he even got there!

PROPAGATION

HF:

From the SIDC (RWC-Belgium) dated May 25:
Over the past 24 hours solar activity has been low. No significant flares have been recorded.NOAA Active Region (AR) 2660 has been most active, producing two B-class flares.No Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) have been detected in coronagraph observations.The greater than 10MeV proton flux remained at background levels over the past 24 hours. Solar activity is expected to remain low over the next 24 hours with a small chance for C-class flares. The greater than 10MeV proton flux remained at background levels over the past 24 hours. No Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) have been detected in coronagraph observations.The greater than 10MeV proton flux remained at background levels over the past 24 hours. Solar activity is expected to remain low over the next 24 hours with a small chance for C-class flares. Solar wind speed decreased from about 475 km/s to values around 370 km/s. Solar wind speed decreased from about 475 km/s to values around 370 km/s. Solar wind speed decreased from about 475 km/s to values around 370 km/s. The total interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) strength, as recorded by the DSCOVR satellite, was around 3.5 nT. Bz fluctuated between -2 and +3 nT. Geomagnetic conditions (K Dourbes between 0 and 3; NOAA Kp between 0 and 1) were ranged from quiet to unsettled level in the past 24 hours. Solar wind speed is expected to decrease even more today. In response geomagnetic conditions are likely to experience mostly quiet to unsettled conditions today (25-May-2017 April) and tomorrow (26-May-2017). Active conditions with a small chance for minor geomagnetic storm are possible on the day three (27-May-2017) due to possible arrival of 23-May 2017 coronal mass ejection.

VHF/UHF:

 With weather conditions constantly changing, it’s difficult to predict enhanced propagation (ducting) more than a few hours in advance. Watch the weather reports for pressure changes and temperature inversions. Also, look out of your window – if you observe sea mist, it’s likely that DX conditions will be enhanced. Listen out for beacons and make a note of what you hear under ‘flat’ conditions, so that you can compare when you hear a new beacon or one or more of your ‘regular’ beacons are being received with increased strength. Bear in mind that brief enhancements over just a few minutes may be due to reflections from aircraft and don’t indicate enhanced conditions. Beacons mostly use horizontal polarisation and transmit their ident in CW, some also transmit digital information. You don’t have to be proficient in CW to recognise a beacon, as long as you can recognise that CW is being transmitted, you can work out which beacon you’re hearing from its frequency and beam heading.
Beacons often heard in our area:
VHF:
F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz
F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz
GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz
ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz
UHF:
F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz
GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz
ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:


This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
KUWAIT, 9K. Abdallah, 9K2GS will be QRV as 9K2K in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest as an All Band entry.  QSL direct to home call.MADEIRA ISLANDS, CT3.  Serge, R7KW and Oleg, YL3JM are QRV as
CT9/home calls from Madeira Island, IOTA AF-014, until May 28.  They
will be QRV as CT9/R7KW in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL
both calls via K2PF.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Jack, R2AA will be QRV as EG8AA from AF-004 in
the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via RW3RN.

FRANCE, F. Special event station TM500LH is QRV until May 31 to
celebrate the 500th anniversary of Le Havre.  QSL via F6KOH.

ENGLAND, G. Paul, M0XDX and Mark, M0NCG are QRV as GB1HMB until
June 2 to provide points for the Beaches on the Air award program.
Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters, and possibly 10 and 6 meters
if conditions permit.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Pasi, OH3WS will be QRV as OJ0W from May 27 to
June 3.  Activity will be in his spare time mostly on 30 and 60
meters using CW.  QSL direct to home call.

ARUBA, P4. Operators DJ4MZ, DL5KUT, DL5RMH and DL6RAI are QRV as
P4/home calls until May 28.  They will be QRV as P44X in the CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest as a Multi Operator entry.  QSL P44X via
DO4MX and all others to home calls.

NETHERLANDS, PA. A group of operators are QRV with special event
call sign PA150LIM until June 10 to mark the 150th anniversary of
the province Limburg.  Activity is on the HF and V/UHF bands.  This
includes an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via
PD0MHZ.

GREECE, SV. Members of the Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean are
QRV as J48GEO from the Geo Park on Lesvos, IOTA EU-049, until June
23.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes.  During the Geopark weekend they will be located at
the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest.  QSL
direct to SZ8LSV.

PALAU, T8. Naoki, JS3LSQ is QRV as T88WJ until May 29.  Activity is
on 80 to 6 meters using mostly RTTY.  QSL to home call.

CONGO (REPUBLIC OF), TN. Ken, LA7GIA is QRV as TN5E from
Brazzaville until June 4.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters, and
possibly 6 meters.  QSL via M0OXO.

ASIATIC RUSSIA, UA0. Vlad, UA0FAM will be QRV as UA0FAM/p from
Kunashir Island, IOTA AS-025, for one week beginning on May 29.
Activity will be on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE. Bob, VE1RSM is QRV with special call sign XM1150CAN and
will be active in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest on all bands.
QSL via bureau.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. George, K2DM is QRV as VP2MDG until May 29.  This
includes being active as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World
Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, VP2V. Kevin, K6TOP will be QRV as
VP2V/K6TOP from May 28 to June 5.  Activity will be holiday style on
the HF bands.  QSL via NR6M.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Art, KZ5D is QRV as VP5/KZ5D until
May 31.  He will be active as VQ5D in the CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

MEXICO, XE. A group of operators will be QRV as XF2L from Isla de
Lobos, IOTA NA-221, in the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. Tom, KC0W is QRV as Z25DX until June 18.  Activity is
on 80 to 6 meters using CW.  QSL direct to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA. Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as ZA/OU2I from Golem until May
29.  Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on 30, 17 and 12
meters.  This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in
the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL via OU2I.

ST. HELENA, ZD7. Peter, ZD7FT has been active on 17 and 15 meters
at various times.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC
RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, SARL Digital Contest and QRP ARCI
Hootowl CW Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming
weekend.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for May 31.

Please see May QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web
sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

 

28nd May – 70MHz Cumulatives #3 – 14.00-16.00 (Local)
11th June – 2nd 144MHz Backpackers – 09.00-13.00 (Local)
17th/18th June – 50 MHz Trophy Contest – 14.00-14.00 (Local)
25th June – 70MHz Cumulatives #4 – 14.00-16.00 (Local)
25th June – 50MHz Contest CW – 09.00-12.00 (Local)

 

FINALÉ

 

Finally a tale of friendship and co-operation. The WADARC Committee agreed to upgrade the club’s K3, so wheels were set in motion to obtain the necessary parts. We decided to wait until the recent Dayton Hamvention, so that one of our club members could bring the parts back with him and save quite a good sum in shipping costs. Elecraft could not carry the parts direct to Dayton, so I arranged for them to be sent to one of our friends, Tyler, N4TY in Kentucky, who offered to carry them to Dayton and hand them to Norman, 2E0RKO. Unfortunately, a few days before the Hamvention, Tyler got sick and was unable to travel. Fortunately Phil, G4UDU had to make a 160 mile trip south from Dayton to visit a friend, so offered to travel an extra 40 miles to collect our parts from Tyler’s home. A good example of selflessness where both Norman and Phil were happy to go the extra mile for the sake of the club, despite the fact that they may not personally use the K3 very much themselves.

 

 

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC Weekly News 20th May 2017

 

Hello WADARC Member, I have the honour this week of compiling the weekly new for the club.

I did wonder if I should take the President of the United States press core and produce FAKE news, but no, we are British and we do not do that sort of thing.

 

Due to Bryan Phillips G3GVB not having a funeral that the members could attend, we decided that the 24th May meal at the Tollgate would double as an opportunity to remember Bryan.

This mean there will not be any meeting at the Parish Hall this week.

 

PAST WEEK

 

Mills on the Air, weekend just past, the WADARC station went well, well on the most part. The guys did have some ATU / antenna issues.

On Wednesday I did a presentation on WANNACRY ransom software. Which I hope people enjoyed.

 

Phil and Norman are now in Dayton at the worlds biggest Ham Rally, hoping they will both give us a presentation on they return.

 

UP AND COMING

 

We are having a fox hunt on the 31st May some have asked if we could switch to 2 meter http://doodle.com/poll/wt2m4rruucxpsn9x this link is  poll to help decide which band to use.

For those participating please vote.

 

June 2017

Lancing Harvester, Lancing  Sun 4th 9:00 am – 10:00 am  Join members of the club for an informal breakfast.

Lancing Parish Hall, Lancing West Sussex Wed 7th 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm An informal club evening with an open floor for members to discuss, demonstrate or present anything radio related.

Lancing Parish Hall, Lancing West Sussex Wed 14th 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm A talk with pictures by our own Graham, G4FNL on his recent DXpedition.

Lancing Parish Hall, Lancing West Sussex Wed 21st 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Location to be determined but this will be an an outside operating evening.

Lancing Parish Hall, Lancing West Sussex Wed 28th 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

 

Rallies

 

19-21 MAY 2017 DAYTON HAMVENTION® (new venue)
Greene County Fair & Exposition Center, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Doors open at 8am. There will be trade stands and a huge flea market as well as special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. A lecture programme will take place each day. There are multiple catering outlets and family attractions on site. US exams are available and there is a raffle. Details by email to international@hamvention.org. [www.hamvention.org].

 

20 MAY 2017 RADARS FLEA MARKET INDOOR SALE
St Vincent de Paul’s, Caldershaw Rd., off Edenfield Rd (A680), Norden, Rochdale OL12 7QR
Doors open at 10.30am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Admission is £2.50 with those under 12 years free. There will be a Bring & Buy as well as commercial traders, a junk stall and amateur radio sellers. Traders can set up from 8am. Pitches must be booked at least 2 weeks beforehand with prices starting at £5. There will be refreshments available including bacon and sausage butties. Dave, G3RIK by email to rally@radars.me.uk [www.radars.me.uk]

 

20 MAY 2017 MORAY FIRTH ARS SURPLUS EQUIPMENT SALE
Forces Reserve Centre, Edgar Road, Elgin IV30 6YQ
Doors open 12 noon and entry is £2 for buyers. Tables cost £3 and access is available at 10am for set up. Refreshments are available on site. A raffle will be held. Details from Victor, 2M0JVR on 01343 820 489 or by email to jvr911@yahoo.co.uk

 

21 MAY 2017 34TH DUNSTABLE DOWNS RC ANNUAL NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO CAR BOOT SALE
Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 4LX in Luton on Sunday 21st May 2017. Entry/car park fee is £3. All the usual facilities will be there. [www.ddrcbootsale.org]

 

28 MAY 2017 DURHAM & DISTRICT ARS RADIO RALLY
Bowburn Community Centre, Co Durham, DH6 5AT
The venture has disabled facilities and car parking on site. Doors open from 10.30am to 2.30pm with disabled visitors gaining access from 10.15am. Admission is £2. There will be trade stands, Bring & Buy, talk in and catering on site. There will be an RSGB bookstall. More details from Michael, G7TWX on 0782 692 4192 or by email to dadars@gmx.com

 

28 MAY 2017 CAUSEWAY COAST GLENS ARC RADIO RALLY
Bushmills Community Centre, 14 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Co Antrim BT57 8QG
There is car parking and disabled facilities at this venue. Doors open at 11am and entry is £3. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstall. There is catering on site. Stevie Morrow, MI0ULK on 07544 923 956 or email stephen769@talktalk.net.

 

4 JUNE 2017 SPALDING & DARS ANNUAL RALLY
The Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincs PE11 2EF.
There is free car parking on site. Doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands, an outside car boot area and there is catering on site. Details from John G4NBR 0794 630 2815 or Graham, G8NWC 0775 461 9701 or email rally-secretary@sdars.org.uk [www.sdars.org.uk]

 

4 JUNE 2017 21st RED ROSE QRP FESTIVAL
The Rose Centre (Lowton Civic Hall), Hesketh Meadow Lane, Lowton, Warrington WA3 2AH
There is easy access from all directions ¬M6, M61, M60 and A580. The venue has a large spacious halls at ground level with free car parking. There are disabled facilities. Doors open from 11am to 3pm and admission is £2 with children under 14 free. There will be trade and individual stalls as well as Club stands, including the RSGB and GQRP. There will be a Bring & Buy. Catering is available on site. Some tables are available at £8 but please book early. Contact Les Jackson, G4HZJ by email to g4hzj@ntlworld.com or 01942 870 634.

 

10 JUNE 2017 ANTRIM & DARS BRING & BUY SURPLUS SALE
Muckamore Community Centre , Ballycraigy Road , Antrim , Co.Antrim , BT41 2DH
Doors open 12.30 to 5pm with sellers gaining access from 12 noon. Entry is £2 for buyers and a table charge for sellers is £5. Refreshments available to purchase and a raffle will be drawn.

 

11 JUNE 2017 JUNCTION 28 AMATEUR RADIO RALLY
Bowls Hall Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton DE55 7BD
Contact rally secretary for further details on 01159 307 322

 

11 JUNE 2017 EAST SUFFOLK WIRELESS REVIVAL (Ipswich Radio Rally)
NEW VENUE: Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton. IP10 0PW just off the A14.
Doors open at 9:30, free car parking, entry fee £2. There will be trade stands, car boot sale, Bring & Buy, Special interests groups, GB4SWR HF station and an RSGB bookstall. Catering is available on site. Contact Kevin, G8MXV,0771 0046 846 [www.eswr.org.uk]

 

17 JUNE 2017 SOUTH LANCS ARC SUMMER RALLY
Bickershaw Village Community Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 5TE
There is car parking on site at this venue. Doors open 9am for the public and 7.30am for traders. Entry is £2.50. There are a limited number of pitches available. There will be a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and trade stands. Catering is available on site. To book call Jason, G0IZR on 01942 735 828.

 

18 JUNE 2017 30th NEWBURY RADIO RALLY
Newbury Showground, next to Jcn 13 of M4, Berkshire.
There is free parking on site and entry is £2.50 or £12.30 for those in the car boot area. There will be a display area of an amateur radio station, exhibits, special interest groups, clubs and societies. There is on site catering and disabled facilities. Open to sellers at 8am for set up and to the public from 9am. Advance bookings (with discount) can be made via www.nadars.org.uk/rally.asp

 

25 JUNE 2017 WEST OF ENGLAND RADIO RALLY
Cheese & Grain venue, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Doors open from 10am to 2pm with admission priced at £3 for adults and children under 14 free. There will be inside & outside traders, free car parking, café, RSGB bookstall, accessible & facilities for disabled. Details from Shaun, G8VPG on 01225 873 098 www.westrally.org.uk

 

1 JULY 2017 BANGOR & DISTRICT ARS ANNUAL RALLY
Donaghadee Community Centre, Parade, Donaghadee BT21 0HB
Doors open at 11.30am. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstall. Catering is available on site. A raffle will be held on the day. Contact: Harry Squance, GI4JTF on 0777 594 2174 or by email to gi4jtf@gmail.com.

 

1 JULY 2017 1st HOUGHTON LE SPRING ARC RALLY
The Dubmire Royal British Legion Club, Britannia Terrace, Fencehouses DH4 6LJ
Doors open 10.30am until 3pm. Entry is free. There will be traders, club and private stands. Table space is limited (and free) and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Tea & coffee will be available and a licensed bar from 11am. Details from Ken, M6ELL by email m6ellken@aol.com or on 0795 146 0290.

 

2 JULY 2017 BARFORD NORFOLK RADIO RALLY
Barford Village Hall & Green, Barford, Norwich NR9 4AB
Doors open 9am (traders from 8am) with Talk in on S22. There will be trade stands, car boot sales, a Bring & Buy, raffle, repeater groups, catering and free car parking.
Entry £2 per person / under 16s free. Pitches £8, indoor tables £10
Contact radio@dcpmicro.com [www.norfolkamateurradio.org]

 

 

DX Expeditions May 2007

 

Start End Location Call Sign Owner  
2017 May01 2017 May30 Philippines DU3 TDDX By F4EBK as DU3/F4EBK fm Baliuag, Bulacan, Luzon I (IOTA OC-042); 40-10m; SSB; 100w; G5RV and dipole
2017 May04 2017 May23 Kosovo Z68BG HB9TSW TDDX By HB9TSW fm Slatina Air Base; 40-10m; mainly CW; 100w; ground plane, dipole; not valid for DXCC
2017 May09 2017 May31 Mongolia JT5MA LY5W Direct LY5W By RN5M; HF; spare time operation fm JT5DX station
2017 May09 2017 Jun02 Cape Verde Is D44TWO M0OXO DXW.Net By DF2WO fm Praia, Santiago I (IOTA AF-005); 40-10m; CW (slow) SSB + digital; holiday style operation
2017 May11 2017 May23 North Cook Is E51LYC VE3LYC DXNews By VE3LYC fm Pukapuka Atoll (IOTA OC-098); 40-10m; CW SSB; verticals, wires
2017 May15 2017 May24 Malta 9H3SQ LotW DXW.Net By SQ3RX fm Gozo I (IOTA EU-023); 40-10m; CW SSB RTTY; inverted V, vertical wires; QSL also OK via SQ3RX (Buro or direct) and Club Log
2017 May15 2017 May29 Galapagos HC8 LotW DXW.Net By LW9EOC as HC8/LW9EOC fm Isabela I (IOTA SA-004); 160-6m, focus on WARC bands; CW SSB RTTY; QSL also OK via LW9EOC direct
2017 May15 2017 Jul15 Minami Torishima JD1 JA8CJY DXNews By JG8NQJ as JG8NQJ/JD1 fm IOTA OC-073 (QL64xg); 80-6m; CW RTTY; begin and end dates approximate
2017 May16 2017 May30 Palestine E44WE SP9FIH SP9FIH By SP9FIH fm KM71oq; 17 10 6m; 100w; QSL also OK via Club Log
2017 May17 2017 Jun03 Honduras HR9 LotW TDDX By AD8J as AD8J/HR9; fm Dunbar Rock (IOTA NA-057); 160-15m; mainly CW, some SSB; 100w; dipole over water; focus on JA at SR/SS; QSL also OK via AD8J direct (w/ SASE)
2017 May18 2017 May21 Ceuta & Mellila ED9T EA4PN DXNews By EA4PN EA3NN EA3HSJ EA4GMX EA5UF EA5IHK EA4JJ EA3CV EA8ZT EA2CW for the King of Spain CW Contest; will be EG9TOR before contest; HF; mainly CW
2017 May18 2017 Jun03 Gabon TR8CR F6AJA TDDX By F8EN; 30 20m; CW
2017 May19 2017 May23 Sint Maarten PJ7 LotW PH2M By PH2M as PJ7/PH2M; 40-10m; SSB WSPR; 100w (200mw WSPR); end fed wires; QSL also OK via PH2M (Buro or direct)
2017 May19 2017 May29 Eritrea E31A JH1AJT JA1NRH By JH1AJT DJ9ZB E21EIC RA9USU; mainly 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY
2017 May20 2017 May21 Luxembourg LX44FF PH0NO PH0NO By PD77YY PG8M PH0NO fm various nature reserves; 80-10m; CW SSB; QSL also OK via Club Log
2017 May20 2017 May25 Faroe Is OY See Info DXW.Net By DF3MC as OY/DF3MC (QSL via DARC Buro) and DL8JJ as OY/DL8JJ (QSL via DL8JJ) fm IOTA EU-018; HF; primarily SOTA activity
2017 May22 2017 Jun07 Guadeloupe FG DL2AAZ TDDX By DL2AAZ as FG/DL2AAZ fm Saint Rose (FK96di); 30-10m; SSB CW; 300w; ground planes; QSL OK via DARC Buro or direct (w/ US$2 + SAE)
2017 May23 2017 Jun18 Zimbabwe Z25DX KC0W Direct DXNews By KC0W; 80-6m; CW
2017 May24 2017 May28 Saba & St Eustatius PJ6 LotW PH2M By PH2M as PJ6/PH2M fm Saba I; 40-10m; SSB WSPR; 100w (200mw WSPR); end fed wires; QSL also OK via PH2M(Buro or direct)
2017 May25 2017 Jun04 Congo TN5E LotW DXW.Net By LA7GIA fm Brazzaville (JI75pr); 80-10m, perhaps 6m; 400w; dipoles; 5 ele on 6m; QSL also OK via Club Log

 

 

NETS

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Tuesday – This is NOT a WADARC net. It was originally setup by Amateurs in Seaford and Worthing to maintain contact and was later joined by Graham, G8BZL and Alan, G4GNX. The net is very informal and is mostly for rag chewing. Others occasionally join in. Although we endeavour to maintain regularity, sometimes other commitments take priority, so the net may not take place. We can be heard most Tuesday evenings on 144.310 MHz, SSB, 8.00pm (local). Please note: Polarisation is VERTICAL, due to stations being in different directions.

 

Another non WaDARC NET

If you live in London, Essex, Herts, Surrey, Kent and elsewhere…then please join in on the Essex & Beyond 4M net
Every Wednesday evening from 8pm on 70.475MHz FM
On a good night we get about 10 people on the net!
Please don’t be shy! The 4m band is getting busier and more people on than ever before!

 

 

 RSGB News

 

  • RSGB AGM
  • New RSGB Honorary Vice President
  • RSGB Board Meeting
  • 60m news
  • Contest trophy presentations
  • RSGB club insurance
  • NRC volunteers sought
  • Contest report update
  • VHF contesting scoring
  • TX Factor
  • Club of the Year regional results
  • President joins Dorking and District RS
  • Beacon and repeater insurance
  • RSGB Convention 2017
  • Plus News and Around Your Region

 

Link to RSGB news //rsgb.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=acc8d476eba710615541e5667&id=405a7ca89b&e=21c17e88fb

 

 

DX NEWS

 

SB DX @ ARL $ARLD020
ARLD020 DX news

ZCZC AE20
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 20  ARLD020
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 18, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD020
ARLD020 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
K2DM, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites.  Thanks to all.

KENYA, 5Z.  Thomas, OZ1AA is QRV as 5Z4/OZ1AA until June 15.
Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL direct to OZ1ACB.

PORTUGAL, CT.  Members of the Clube Radioamadores do Entroncamento
are QRV as CS2SA from the Castle Sortelha in the Province of Guarda
until May 20.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various
digital modes.  QSL direct to CS5CRE.

ERITREA, E3.  Zorro, JH1AJT, Franz, DJ9ZB, Champ, E21EIC and Dima,
RA9USU are QRV as E31A until May 29.  Activity is on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via JH1AJT.

PALESTINE, E4.  Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E44WE until May 30.
Activity is on 17, 10 and 6 meters using mostly SSB but also PSK63
or JT65.  QSL to home call.

NORTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Cezar, VE3LYC is QRV as E51LYC from
Pukapuka Island, IOTA OC-098, until May 23.  Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9.  Members of the Tortugas CW Team will be QRV
as ED9T from Melilla during the His Majesty King of Spain CW
contest.  QSL via EA4PN.

FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Operators DF3MC and DL8JJ are QRV as OY/DF3MC
and OY/DL8JJ, respectively, from IOTA EU-018, until May 25.  They
may also be active with /P after their calls while activating
summits from various areas on the island.  Activity is on 40 to 15
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  Tony, PD1TV and Henry, PA4HM will be QRV as
PH00GEVEEN from May 21 to June 6 during the context of an annual
Wings and Wheels event.  QSL via PA4HM.

SWEDEN, SM.   Members of the Gotlands Radioklubb are QRV with
special callsigns 7S1GRK and SK70BL from Gotland Island, IOTA
EU-020, until December 31 to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary.
Activity is on various HF bands.  All QSOs will be confirmed
automatically via the bureau.

GREECE, SV.  Laci, HA0HW will be QRV as SW8WW from Thassos Island,
IOTA EU-174, from May 24 to June 11.  Activity will be on 40 to 6
meters using mainly CW with some SSB, RTTY and PSK.  He may be
active as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the upcoming CQ
World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL to home call.

TUVALU, T2.  John, KK7L will be QRV as T2R from Funafuti, IOTA
OC-015, from May 23 to 29.  Activity is on the HF bands.  This
includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW
contest.  QSL via N7SMI.

PALAU, T8.  Munehiro, JR6DRH is QRV as T88RH from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until May 23.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL to home call.

CAMEROON, TJ.  Dan, AA9WO is now QRV as TJ3PD from Yaounde.
Activity is when his time, the weather, and available electricity
permit, on 40, 20, and 10 meters using SSB.  He plans to eventually
be QRV on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL via operator’s instructions.

CONGO (REPUBLIC OF), TN.  Ken, LA7GIA will be QRV as TN5E from
Brazzaville from May 25 to June 4.  Activity will be on 80 to 10
meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW and SSB.  QSL via M0OXO.

GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR until June 3.  Activity is
on 30 and 20 meters using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M.  George, K2DM will be QRV as VP2MDG from May 25 to
29.  This includes begin active as a Single Op/All Band entry in the
upcoming CQ World Wide WPX CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.

ZIMBABWE, Z2.  Tom, KC0W will be QRV as Z25DX from May 23 to June
18.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW.  QSL direct to
home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  His Majesty King of Spain CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Slobozhansky Sprint Contest, UN DX
Contest, NZART Sangster Shield 80-Meter CW Contest, EU PSK DX
Contest, Aegean RTTY Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, Baltic 80-Meter
Contest and the UA2 QSO Party are all on tap for this weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is scheduled for May 22.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are
scheduled for May 24.

Please see May QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web
sites for details.
NNNN
/EX

OK so this week I had my arm twisted to do the Weekly Bulletin.  Those who know me will know that I have not been a member of the club that long or even into radio so quite a bit of the news is a bit over my head but here goes.

For those who don’t know me, I was first introduced to Amateur Radio through being recommend to purchase a Baofeng UV-5R HT, that many of us have, for a running event.  I passed my Foundation (M6FSI) in October 2015 and passed my Intermediate (2E0FSI) in August 2016 both with WaDARC and am mainly using VHF/UHF repeaters while out on the road for work.

Anyway enough about me, on with the news.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please note that on the 24th May there will be no meeting at the Parish Hall due to the evening meal at The Tollgate.

This weekend (13th/14th) is Mills On The Air, our first special event of the year. The venue is open to club members on the Saturday and members of the public on the Sunday.

We will be operating as GB0HSM – Location: High Salvington Mill,  BN13 3AT.  I believe there will be the opportunity to run 100 Watts on 2m. Grab the chance M6’s there will also be an HF setup with the Club IC7300.

 

THE PAST WEEK

On Tuesday a Net was held on 80m to remember Brian G3GVB which was held due to the fact his funeral was a small affair, as he was laid to rest at sea.  I’m sure you will all agree that he will be missed around the club.

Wednesday was a DVD night which was quite well attended.  I had to leave early due to work but hope everyone enjoyed it.

 

NETS

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

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

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

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

Tuesday – This is NOT a WADARC net. It was originally setup by Amateurs in Seaford and Worthing to maintain contact and was later joined by Graham, G8BZL and Alan, G4GNX. The net is very informal and is mostly for rag chewing. Others occasionally join in. Although we endeavour to maintain regularity, sometimes other commitments take priority, so the net may not take place. We can be heard most Tuesday evenings on 144.310 MHz, SSB, 8.00pm (local). Please note: Polarisation is VERTICAL, due to stations being in different directions.

Another non-WADARC NET:

If you live in London, Essex, Herts, Surrey, Kent and elsewhere…then please join in on the Essex & Beyond 4M net
Every Wednesday evening from 8pm on 70.475MHz FM
On a good night we get about 10 people on the net!
Please don’t be shy! The 4m band is getting busier and more people on than ever before!

 

RALLIES THIS MONTH

 

19th – 21st May – DAYTON HAMVENTION – Greene County Fair and Exposition Center, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Doors open 8.00am. Details: www.hamvention.org

21st May – DUNSTABLE DOWNS RC ANNUAL NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO CAR BOOT SALE – Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX. Admission £3.

28 May 2017 – Durham & District ARS Radio Rally – Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, Co Durham, DH6 5AT – Admission £2

28 May 2017 – Causeway Coast Glens ARC Rally – Bushmills Community Centre, 14 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills, Co Antrim BT57 8QG – Entry £3

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

 

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Practical Evening/Workshop Demo – Wed 17th May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Meal and Social GatheringThe Old Tollgate, Bramber West Sussex – Wed 24th May – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – NOTE: NO MEETING AT LANCING THIS WEEK. You must reserve a place at the Tollgate by contacting Alastair, M0OAL and paying £7.50 deposit (per person). Please do this early to avoid disappointment.  Due to the passing of Bryan G3GVB, our now annual social evening at The Old Tollgate, Bramber is now going to be a memorial evening celebrating Bryan’s life. We have also asked friends and family of Bryan to attend the evening,  members are welcome to bring a guest.
  • Fox Hunt, 70cm. The first of the fox hunts this year – Wed 31st May
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 4th June
  • Club Tea and Chat Night – Wed 7th June
  • Lecture – Botswana DXpedition – Wed 14th June

 

RAGCHEW

Spring 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2017-ragchew

 

WHINGE CORNER

Alan passed me this template for doing the news (a copy from a previous week) but the below is probably still relevant.  If every member did one bulletin then you would probably only have to do it once every year. ☺

We desperately need more members to produce the Weekly Bulletin. Surely there are other members who can spare a little time once every few weeks to lighten the load on our current (3) volunteers? Obviously Bryan will not be returning to the task, so we need to help each other to preserve continuity. Technically, it’s not a particularly difficult task, just takes a little time to get the contents all together. If you can compose an email and send it, you can produce a Weekly Bulletin.

 

PROPAGATION

 

HF:

Copied from http://www.cleanairwithultraviolet.com/bandconditions/NOISE.htm

CURRENT PROPAGATION CONDITIONS.:

Solar-terrestrial indices for 11 May follow. Solar flux 69 and estimated planetary A-index 6. The estimated planetary K-index at 1800 UTC on 12 May was 1. No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours. No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.

 

ALERT CONDITION: WHISKY ( WHITE ) – Friday, May 12, 2017 – 18:46 GMT – UPDATE # 36

 

OPERATIONAL FORECAST. –

GEOMAGNETIC FIELD. The geomagnetic field is expected to remain quiet all three days (12-14 May) under the influence of a nominal solar wind regime. .- SOLAR ACTIVITY. Solar activity is expected to remain very low all three days (12-14 May), with a slight chance for C-class flares on days two and three (13-14 May).

 

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

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 – From Phil G4UDU, Thanks

ARLD019 DX news

ZCZC AE19

QST de W1AW

DX Bulletin 19  ARLD019

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT  May 11, 2017

To all radio amateurs:

 

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

AD8J, WB6Z, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX,

DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and

WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

 

ALGERIA, 7X.  

Members of the World Djelfa Radio Club will be QRV with special call sign 7Y9TWD from May 15 to 18 to celebrate World Telecommunication Day.  Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via 7X2DD.

 

MALTA, 9H.  

Mek, SQ3RX will be QRV as 9H3SQ from Gozo, IOTA EU-023, from May 15 to 24.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.

 

CHINA, BY.  

Operators BD4TS, BH4TVU and BU4SCC are QRV as home calls/5 from Dongfu Island, IOTA AS-137, until May 15.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home calls.

 

CAPE VERDE, D4.  

Harald, DF2WO is QRV as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island, IOTA AF-005, until June 2.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to M0OXO.

 

PHILIPPINES, DU.  

SP5APW is QRV as DU9/SP5APW Siargao Island, IOTA OC-235, until May 16.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

 

PALESTINE, E4.  

Janusz, SP9FIH plans to be QRV as E44WE from May 16 to 30.  Activity will be on 17, 10 and 6 meters.  QSL to home call.

 

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8.  

Tim, LW9EOC is QRV as HC8/LW9EOC until May Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with a focus on 30, 17 and 12 meters.  QSL to home call.

 

HONDURAS, HR.  

John, AD8J will be QRV as AD8J/HR9 from Dunbar Rock Island, IOTA NA-057, from May 13 to 27.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands with an effort on 160 and 80 meters using mostly CW with some SSB.  QSL to home call.

 

JAPAN, JA.  

Special event station 8J1ITU is QRV until May 31 to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the ITU and Information Society Day.  This activity counts for Honshu Island, IOTA AS-007, as well as Kasumigaura City.  QSL via bureau.

 

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1.  

Take, JG8NQJ will be QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 from May 15 to July 15.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW and RTTY.  QSL via JA8CJY.

 

MONGOLIA, JT.  

Roman, RN5M is QRV as JT5MA from Zuunburen until the end of May.  Activity has been on 20 meters using SSB between 1600 and 1730z.  QSL to home call.

 

WESTERN SAHARA, S0.  

Operators 7X2RO, 7X2UV, 7X5FG, 7X2DF and 7X2OR are QRV as S07X from Bir Lehlou until May 15.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and various digital modes.  QSL via operators’ instructions.

 

BANGLADESH, S2.  

Jun, OE1ZKC will be QRV as S21ZBD from Dhaka from May 14 to 17 while on work assignment.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters in his spare time.  QSL to home call.

 

POLAND, SP.  

Special event station HF79TG is QRV until May 23 to celebrate the pilot Tadeusz Gora and his historic gliding flight with the Shark in 1938.  QSL via SP5PPK.

 

PALAU, T8.  

Operators Akira, JH0CKF, Kay, JJ0RIK and Kunio, JA8VE are QRV as T88MZ, T8KA and T8VE, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until May 19.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL to home calls.

 

TURKEY, TA.  

Ben, DL7UCX is QRV as TA0/DL7UCX from Saraylar on Marmara Island, IOTA AS-201, until May 14.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mainly CW.  QSL to home call.

 

GABON, TR.

Roland, F8EN will be QRV as TR8CR from May 18 to June 3. Activity will be on 30 and 20 meters using only CW.  QSL via F6AJA.

 

LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS, VU7.  

Krish, VU2VKU and Pai, VU2PAI will be QRV as VU7KP from Bangaram Island, IOTA AS-011, from May 15 to 19. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via W4VKU.

 

CHATHAM ISLANDS, ZL7.  

Chris, ZL2DX and Catherine, ZL2QT are QRV as as ZL7DX and ZL7QT, respectively, for the next three years.  QSL direct to home calls.

 

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  

The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Jakarta 40-Meter SSB DX Contest, Portuguese Navy Day Contest, VOLTA World Wide RTTY Contest, CQ-M International DX Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, HPC World Wide DX Contest, MARAC County Hunters Contest, Arkansas QSO Party, FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint, 50 MHz Spring Sprint and the WAB 7 MHz Phone will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

 

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for May 15.

 

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 17.

 

Please see May QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

 

FINALÉ

Not much else I can say really, I have been pretty busy with an 11 month old and plenty of work on so not much time for getting on the air.  I hope to be getting on HF a bit more now that the shack (Shed) is a bit warmer now that Spring is here.

The club repeater GB3WO does seem to be monitored a bit more these days as I often have a QSO while driving from home to Shoreham-by-Sea where I am currently working on a project.  Must get my full license so that I can use /MM ☺

 

Thanks to Phil, G4UDU  for passing on the DX news and Alan G4GNX for giving me a great starting point for this bulletin.

Have a great week

73

Dorian

2E0FSI

WADARC News
 
A summary of what is happening at the club – opinions and comments are those of the writer and not necessarily official policy
 
 
 
Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU
 
 
 
This week:
 
Meeting on the 3rd was a general chat evening, plus Alan G4GNX organised a general tidying process to sort the books and paperwork plus some surplus items in the kitchen cupboards so that the “Tea Apparatus” could be stored 
 
Graham G4FNL is in the last few days of his DX’Pedition to Botswana A25UK – they continue to be active on all of the bands using CW SSB & DATA – they obviously have a low noise threshold as it is amazing how they can be worked even if signals seem to be very low, they are leaving Saturday morning.  
 
This is Graham’s first full blown operation of this type, he has experience of running and winning various contests and operating on special stations but this will be different in many ways. I hope he can put an overview of the event into a talk for us one evening at the club.
 
 
Club Programme:
 
Well this seems to be missing out on both content and speakers planned for meetings, it is not a particularly difficult task –  I have arranged this before and consider “I have done my time” spanning many years and it is down to some other members to step forward and put some input into the club. – If there is someone who wants assistance doing this, I will help.
 
 
7th May Sunday breakfast at the Lancing Harvester at 0900
 
10th May DVD Evening – Change from the published event
 
13th/14th Mills on the air at High Salvington – there should be both VHF and HF
stations operational – setup is from 0830 on the Saturday morning – I will be
there, help is always appreciated. Please come along and operate.
 
17th May Practical Evening – Workshop demonstration – who is organising ?
 
24th May Dinner at the Old Tollgate Bramber – this is a special evening to remember Bryan G3GVB who always enjoyed this type of event – please book your place with the online webpage at : http://doodle.com/poll/k6pt3298kc3t6385

31st May DF Fox Hunt on 70cms ? Confirmation to follow.

Here are the details of the programme for other clubs in the area – they have active programmes – I would like to see the same at WADARC – can the membership comment if there is anything interesting they would like put on the WADARC calendar – if so I am sure this can be arranged.

 
 
Nearby Club Events Diary
 
 
Mid Sussex  
Future lectures and events:
 
Fri 05 May Talk: Guide Dogs for the Blind 
Fri 12 May Prep for Mills on the Air 
Sat 13 May Mills on the Air 
Sun 14 May Mills on the Air 
Fri 19 May “On Air Night” 
Fri 26 May NFD How to do logging Evening 
Fri 02 June Construction Contest 
Fri 09 June Open Evening for Burgess Hill Summer Festival. Shack open to Public 7pm – 9pm. 
Sun 11 Jun Burgess Hill Summer Fayre held at St John’s Park 
Fri 16 Jun Radio Night and Table Top Sale 
Fri 23 Jun OUT: Windmills Evening at Jack and Jill Car Park. 
Fri 30 Jun NFD Preparation 
Fri 07 Jul Chairman’s Barbeque 
Fri 14 Jul Radio Night 
Fri 21 Jul Radio Night and Table Top Sale 
Fri 28 Jul Fox Hunt: Walking Burgess Hill – Start from Cyprus Road Car Park
 
Wings Museum
Now open for the summer months every Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm.
 
Sat 06 May – Bomber Boys – Veterans of RAF Bomber Command will be attending at the Wings Museum, for a special signing event signing items of memorabilia, prints & books in aid of The International Bomber Command Memorial. A £10 donation to the Bomber Command Memorial is requested to secure ALL the signatures of these unique men. First signing is at 10.30am – second signing is at 2.30pm.
 
Guildford
Future lectures and events:
 
Fri 12 May “History of the Magnetron – Radar to the Kitchen” by Prof Mike Underhill G3LHZ
Fri 26 May On Air/Practical Evening.
Fri 09 Jun TBC
Fri 23 Jun On Air night from Newlands Corner.
Fri 30 Jun Practical Evening/On Air Night.
 
West Kent
Future lectures and events:
 
Mon 08 May ‘999 Emergency’, by Steve Shorey FIET G3ZPS
Mon 12 Jun Demonstration of RF test equipment by Bob Burns G3OOU.
Mon 14 Aug – TBA 
 
CARC
Future lectures and events:
 
Wed 24 May VHF propagation, by Mike, G0KAD
Wed 28 Jun Talk by Nick, G3RWF, RSGB President
Sun 10 Sep Microwave Round Table
 
HARC
Future lectures and events:
 
Thu 04 May Vive La Difference : Life and Amateur Radio in France – Mike G8CKT/F8VON 
Thu 11 May Social – The Fountain – Ashurst  
Thu 18 May Thursday Evening Fox Hunt – Adrian G4LRP      
Thu 01 Jun DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) Dennis Stanton G0OLX 
Thu 15 Jun Social – The Frog and Nightgown – Wimlands Road 
Thu 29 Jun Thursday Evening Fox Hunt      
Thu 06 Jul Pirate Radio – Mick Senior G4EFO 
Thu 14 Jul Social – The Sportsman – Amberley  
Thu 03 Aug FPGAs by Rahil Chaudery 
Thu 17 Aug Social – The Bricklayers Arms – Shamley Green
 

  


WADARC Club on the air nets:

Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz
 
Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz
 
Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)
 
Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz
 
 
 
DX News:
 
ARLD018 DX news
 
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
 
LAOS, XW.  Champ will be QRV as XW1IC on May 8, 9 and 10 with an
emphasis on RTTY on 20, 17 and 15 meters.  QSL via OQRS on Club Log,
or paper QSL, via E21EIC.  You can also confirm using LoTW.
 
CAPE VERDE, D4.  Harald, DF2WO (XT2AW, 9X2AW) is QRV until June 8 as
D44TWO.  He is operating on 80 to 6 meters with a hex beam and
vertical antennas.  QSL via M0OXO.
 
NORTHERN IRELAND, GI.  Special event call GB0GLS (Gilnahirk
Listening Station) draws attention to this radio station’s role in
WWII.  They will be QRV from May 5 to 13.  QSL via MI0WWB (d/B).
 
MALDIVES, 8Q.  Jim, G3VDB is QRV as 8Q7EJ until May 7.  Activity is
on 30, 20 and 17 meters using mostly CW with some SSB, PSK and RTTY.
QSL via OQRS.
 
WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Luca, IK2PFL will be QRV as 9M2/IK2PFL from
Perhentian Besar, IOTA AS-073, until May 8.  Activity will be
holiday style on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.
 
QATAR, A7.  Martin, MW0BRO will be QRV as A7/MW0BRO until May 18 on
80 to 10 meters using CW only.  QSL via MW0BRO (d), eQSL.
 
RUSSIA, UA.  More than 150 different stations will be active with
the prefix RP72 between May 5 and 9 to commemorate the end of WWII.
See http://pobeda.srr.ru/ for a list of the calls.
 
UKRAINE, UR.  EM2017UEV will operate around the Eurovision Song
Contest 2017 from May 9 to 13.  For qsl information see qrz.com.
 
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Art, KZ5D plans to be QRV as
VP5/KZ5D from May 25 to 31, including the CQ WPX CW Contest with
special call VQ9D.  QSL via LoTW.
 
BOTSWANA, A2.  A group of operators are QRV as A25UK until May 6.
Activity is on the low bands with an emphasis on RTTY.  QSL via
M0OXO.
 
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Doug, W6HB and Bruce, AD7MM will be QRV as
E51DLD and E51BAS, respectively, from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013,
until May 12.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL
direct to home calls.
 
MARQUESAS ISLAND, FO.  Max, IZ2ZTQ is QRV as FO/IZ2ZTQ from Fatu
Hiva, IOTA OC-027.  Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using SSB, RTTY,
PSK and JT65 with solar panels and a wind generator.  He will be
active from other islands as well.  QSL direct to home call.
 
VIET NAM, 3W.  Peter, DF7DQ will be QRV as 3W9DQ until May 10.
Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW
with some digital modes.  QSL to home call.  In addition, Yuri, RM0F
will be QRV as 3W9FU from Nha Trang while on vacation until May 10.
Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  He also plans to be active as 3W9FU/p from
IOTA AS-157 for two or three days.  QSL to home call.
 
JAPAN, JA.  Special event stations 8J4VLP, 8J6VLP, 8J8VLP and 8J9VLP
are QRV until June 30 to commemorate World QRP Day on June 17.  All
stations will be active on the HF bands using 5 watts.  QSL all
calls via bureau.
 
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  Jan, PY4NY will be QRV as PY0NY from May
5 to 15 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Smoke Squadron, the
Brazilian Air Force’s Official Squadron.  Activity will be on the HF
bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and various digital modes.  QSL to home
call.
 
SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ivan, LZ1PJ will be QRV as S79J from Mahe, IOTA
AF-024, until May 10.  Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters
using only CW.  He welcomes calls from SKCC members.  QSL to home
call.
 
POLAND, SP.  Special event station SN74GETTO is QRV until May 16 to
commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  QSL direct to SP5PDB.
 
LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L.  Christoph, DL1YAF plans to be QRV as
DL1YAF/VK9L until May 8.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.
 
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Al, KZ3AB and Tony, W1FHN will be QRV as ZF2AB
until May 6.  Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20, 15 and 10
meters using SSB.  QSL via WA3EOP.
 
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 10-10 International Spring Contest,
CW, SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest, Microwave Spring Sprint, ARI
International DX Contest, F9AA Cup, PSK, 7th Call Area QSO Party,
Indiana QSO Party, FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint, Delaware QSO
Party and the New England QSO Party are all on tap for this weekend.
Please see May QST, page 87 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites
for details.

Hello,

As you know we are operating a rota for the weekly bulletin until a volunteer can be found on a full-time basis.  If anyone wants to take on the role to produce the bulletin please let the committee know. You can probably tell due to it being 3 days late, I’m not always around.  My apologies for being tardy.  Anyway, here we go warts and all. If you don’t make it to the end of this update.

73, Chris, M0VUE

P.S. It would be nice if you tough it out.

THE PAST WEEK

The club meeting was held as per normal on the 26th unfortunately I was not there (in Canada) and therefore I do not know how the antenna building workshop went.  I can only assume it was an awesome outstanding success and the club’s new antenna analyser made a brief and startling appearance and was beheld by everyone.  I’m personally looking forward to seeing what was built and what will be used at the 70cm DF hunt.

One thing that did happen last week was Graham G4FNL setup shop in Botswana as A25UK for a DX expedition   This week 20m and 15m propagation has not been too bad and he has been possible to reach on 100w SSB.  I hope you have been keeping an ear open for him.  Also, the Kempton rally took place, some of us went, and bargains were to be had.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and Chat Evening – Wed 3rd May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Breakfast is on Sunday the 7th at the Britannia Harvester Lancing, 9am

Lecture (Subject TBA, any clues yet?) – Wed 10th May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Practical Evening/Workshop Demo (still not agenda for this one) – Wed 17th May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Meal and Social Gathering – The Old Tollgate, Bramber West Sussex – Wed 24th May – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – NOTE: NO MEETING AT LANCING THIS WEEK. You must reserve a place at the Tollgate by contacting Alastair, M0OAL and paying £7.50 deposit (per person). Please do this early to avoid disappointment.

Mills on the air, 13th and 14th May operating as GB0HSM from High Salvington Windmill 9am to 5pm.  A good opportunity to get some Mills in the log if your not attending.

RAGCHEW

We need more articles from members, even if you think what you have to offer is completely un-interesting please submit it.  You will be surprised how often what people think is mundane is interesting.  Spring 2017 edition has been published – www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2017-ragchew  Please can we have some more articles.

WHINGE CORNER

Why do cyclists always stop on the entrance and exits to roundabouts these days?  It’s very dangerous and annoying.

Why do Italians on 20m when told not to call when I’m having a chat with someone in Oman?

PROPAGATION ON HF

Well it is what is it now with the SFU still heading down and not due to pick up on average for a few years we will have to put up with the following forecast for the next week;

#UTC                     Radio Flux           Planetary             Largest

#Date                    10.7 cm                A Index                Kp Index

2017 May 01              77                           12                           4

2017 May 02              75                           8                             3

2017 May 03              75                           12                           4

2017 May 04              73                           12                           4

2017 May 05              75                           8                             3

2017 May 06              75                           8                             3

2017 May 07              75                           5                             2

2017 May 08              75                           8                             3

I’ve noticed a lot of people on the nets are getting QRM and QRN mixed up when discussing conditions on the 40 & 80 meter nets and complaining about the conditions.  I can always hear you all from my home QTH so the QRN is often not that bad and propagation is ok, it’s your local QRM that’s the issue.  So “top tip” it might be worth investing some time into your reception antennas and not into expensive radios.

 

Lastly, Inter G is not working well now (due to Brexit no doubt) and probably won’t for a few months; however, this does not mean you must give up on the club nets.  VHF & UHF should be ok give them a go even if it is little wavelengths that do not require 100m of copper wire. You could also try to build an NVIS antenna.

PROPAGATION VHF UHF

Alan G4GNX published a useful list of beacons last week, see below.  I would strongly recommend having a listen to them on each for the frequencies you propose to use with 2m and 70cm, when there is a list it can be amazing just how far you can get under good random conditions VHF and UHF can provide from nowhere.  Again, the list is;

 

VHF:

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

CLUB NETS

For those of you who can’t find the net times and frequencies on the website here they are.

 

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

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

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

 

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

DX News (RLD017 DX news)

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by KZ3AB, PY4NY, W3UR, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W.  Peter, DF7DQ will be QRV as 3W9DQ from South Viet Nam from May 1 to 10.  Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW with some digital modes.  QSL to home call.  In addition, Yuri, RM0F will be QRV as 3W9FU from Nha Trang while on vacation from May 1 to 10.  Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  He also plans to be active as 3W9FU/p from IOTA AS-157 for two to three days.  QSL to home call.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  Jim, G3VDB is QRV as 8Q7EJ until May 7.  Activity is on 30, 20 and 17 meters using mostly CW with some SSB, PSK and RTTY.

QSL via OQRS.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Luca, IK2PFL will be QRV as 9M2/IK2PFL from Perhentian Besar, IOTA AS-073, from May 1 to 8.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.

EAST MALAYSIA, 9M8.  A group of operators will be QRV as 9M8RC from Satang Besar, IOTA OC-165, from April 29 to May 1.  Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters.  QSL via 9W8KIF.

 

BOTSWANA, A2.  A group of operators are QRV as A25UK until May 6. Activity is on the low bands with an emphasis using RTTY.  QSL via M0OXO.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (DX Really?), DA.  Members of the DARC club Pfronten Fuessen will be QRV with special callsign DL60TELF from May 1 to April 30, 2018 to celebrates its 60th anniversary.  QSL via bureau,

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Doug, W6HB and Bruce, AD7MM will be QRV as E51DLD and E51BAS, respectively, from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, from April 30 to May 12.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL direct to home calls.

MARQUESAS ISLAND, FO.  Max, IZ2ZTQ will be QRV as FO/IZ2ZTQ from Fatu Hiva, IOTA OC-027, beginning May 1.  Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters using SSB, RTTY, PSK and JT65 using solar panels and a wind generator.  He will be active from other islands as well.  QSL direct to home call.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event stations 8J4VLP, 8J6VLP, 8J8VLP and 8J9VLP are QRV until June 30 to commemorate World QRP Day on June 17.  All these stations will be active on the HF bands using 5 watts.  QSL all calls via bureau.

OGASAWARA, JD1.  Hiroyuki, JG7PSJ will be QRV as JD1BMH from Chichi Jima from April 30 to May 5.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.

GREENLAND, OX.  Michael, 5P1KZX is QRV as OX/5P1KZX from Nuuk until May 5.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using various digital modes. QSL to home call.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  Jan, PY4NY will be QRV as PY0NY from May 5 to 15 to celebrate the 65 years after the creation of the Smoke Squadron, the Brazilian Air Force’s Official Squadron.  Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and various digital modes.  QSL to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ivan, LZ1PJ will be QRV as S79J from Mahe, IOTA AF-024, from May 2 to 10.  Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters using only CW.  He welcomes calls from SKCC members.  QSL to home call.

POLAND, SP.  Special event station SN74GETTO is QRV until May 16 to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. QSL direct to SP5PDB.

CRETE, SV9.  Seppo, OH1VR is QRV as SV9/OH1VR until May 3.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using only CW.  QSL direct to home call.

LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L.  Christoph, DL1YAF plans to be QRV as DL1YAF/VK9L from May 1 to 8.  Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Al, KZ3AB and Tony, W1FHN will be QRV as ZF2AB from April 29 to May 6.  Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB.  QSL via WA3EOP.

CALLSIGN CORRECTION.  As reported in DX news ARLD016, Denis, F8DAK is QRV as TZ8TM, NOT TZ6BB, for 18 months.  QSL via W3HNK.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 10-10 International Digital Spring Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Feld Hell Sprint, Helvetia Contest and Florida QSO Party are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship and AGCW QRP/QRP CW Party are scheduled for May 1.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for May 2.

The MIE 33 Contest, 432 MHz Spring Sprint, Phone Fray and CWops

Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for May 3.

Please see April QST, page 92, May QST, page 87, and the ARRL.

 

RALLIES

6th May – Southern Electronics and Radio Fair – Eastbourne Radio Rally. – CANCELLED

19th – 21st May – DAYTON HAMVENTION – Greene County Fair and Exposition Center, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Doors open 8.00am. Details: www.hamvention.org

21st May – DUNSTABLE DOWNS RC ANNUAL NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO CAR BOOT SALE – Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX. Admission £3.

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

RSGB VHF/UHF Contest:

 

2nd May – 144 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

9th May – 432 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

11th May – 50 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

18th May – 70 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

On the 24th of May we are holding an evening at the Tollgate, I am going to suggest that we make this the evening for us to remember Bryan, by sharing stories and eating food, two of the things that we know Brian loved. Please can I ask you to sign up for the evening by going to http://doodle.com/poll/k6pt3298kc3t6385#table and please bring along your stories and any photographs you have of a greatly missed friend and fellow member.

Regards

Andrew Cheeseman

G1VUP

G3GVB – SK

As you will know by now from Andrew’s announcement, Bryan, G3GVB passed away a few days ago and will be sadly missed. Bryan was cajoled into producing your Weekly Bulletin and he made a remarkably good job of it. Bryan’s daughter and son visited the club last Wednesday to bring us the sad news. At least some of us were able to meet them and offer our sympathies. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as we have them.

Bryan has left quite an act to follow, but here goes with the 2nd offering in the new series of Weekly Bulletins:

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday 19th saw our Surplus Equipment Sale. Lots of good bargains, some really fine pieces of equipment and some junk of course. Over 30 people attended and seemed to have had a good time and a good laugh, whilst helping to swell the club coffers a little. Of course Bryan, G3GVB was missed as he would probably have bid on at least 50% of the items!

Propagation on the HF bands continued to be mostly mediocre to outright dire. Even ground wave on 40 metres was difficult in some areas and our weekly SSB net suffered as a consequence. There was the occasional DX to be had, especially around midnight on 40 metres. It’s also surprising how well the ‘digi’ modes can do, when SSB and CW are almost unreadable.

VHF/UHF fared a bit better with occasional ‘lift’ conditions and beacons being heard as far away as Portugal and Northern Spain. It’s a shame there wasn’t more activity on SSB/CW, although I did manage a 2 metre SSB contact with a station in Cornwall – to the un-initiated, that’s DX on 2 metres from our local area!

NETS

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

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

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

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

Tuesday – This is NOT a WADARC net. It was originally setup by Amateurs in Seaford and Worthing to maintain contact and was later joined by Graham, G8BZL and Alan, G4GNX. The net is very informal and is mostly for rag chewing. Others occasionally join in. Although we endeavour to maintain regularity, sometimes other commitments take priority, so the net may not take place. We can be heard most Tuesday evenings on 144.310 MHz, SSB, 8.00pm (local). Please note: Polarisation is VERTICAL, due to stations being in different directions.

RALLIES

23rd April – ANDOVER ARC’s 17th WILDHERN RALLY – Village Hall, Wildhern, just north of Andover, SP11 0JE. Doors open 10:00am. Admission £2. Details: www.arac.org.uk

23rd April – 33rd YEOVIL QRP CONVENTION – Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA. Doors open 9.30am to 3.00pm. Details: yeovil-arc.com/qrpconvention

30th April – WEST LONDON RADIO & ELECTRONICS SHOW (KEMPTON RALLY) – Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ. Doors open 10:00am. Free parking. Details: www.radiofairs.co.uk

1st May – 33rd DARTMOOR RADIO RALLY – Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DD. Doors open 10.30am. Admission £2. Ample free car parking.

6th May – Southern Electronics and Radio Fair – Eastbourne Radio Rally. – CANCELLED

19th – 21st May – DAYTON HAMVENTION – Greene County Fair and Exposition Center, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Doors open 8.00am. Details: www.hamvention.org

21st May – DUNSTABLE DOWNS RC ANNUAL NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO CAR BOOT SALE – Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX. Admission £3.

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

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Construction Evening – Wed 26th April – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – 70cm direction finding antenna construction ahead of 70cm Fox Hunt
Tea and Chat Evening – Wed 3rd May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Lecture (Subject TBA) – Wed 10th May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Practical Evening/Workshop Demo – Wed 17th May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Meal and Social Gathering – The Old Tollgate, Bramber West Sussex – Wed 24th May – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – NOTE: NO MEETING AT LANCING THIS WEEK. You must reserve a place at the Tollgate by contacting Alastair, M0OAL and paying £7.50 deposit (per person). Please do this early to avoid disappointment.

RAGCHEW

Spring 2017 edition published – www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2017-ragchew

WHINGE CORNER

We desperately need more members to produce the Weekly Bulletin. Surely there are other members who can spare a little time once every few weeks to lighten the load on our current (3) volunteers? Obviously Bryan will not be returning to the task, so we need to help each other to preserve continuity. Technically, it’s not a particularly difficult task, just takes a little time to get the contents all together. If you can compose an email and send it, you can produce a Weekly Bulletin.

The evening meal at the Tollgate, Bramber on May 24th is at present rather under-subscribed. It would be helpful if others who intend to go could enter their names on the Doodle Poll that has been setup for you.

PROPAGATION

HF:

From the SIDC (RWC-Belgium) dated April 19:

A partial halo CME was seen at 19:48 UTC on April 18 (LASCO-C2) directed towards the east, with speeds around 900 km/s. It erupted from NOAA AR 2651, as this region rotated into view from the east limb. It was associated with a C5.5 flare peaking at 20:10 UT on April 18. Due to the location of the source region, only a shock could be expected to arrive at the Earth on April 21. The solar wind at the Earth is showing signs of compression preceding the expected high speed stream, with KDourbes reaching only 3 but Kp going to 5. Disturbed geomagnetic conditions can be expected in the next 48 hours.

VHF/UHF:

With weather conditions constantly changing, it’s difficult to predict enhanced propagation (ducting) more than a few hours in advance. Watch the weather reports for pressure changes and temperature inversions. Also, look out of you window – if you observe sea mist, it’s likely that DX conditions will be enhanced. Listen out for beacons and make a note of what you hear under ‘flat’ conditions, so that you can compare when you hear a new beacon or one or more of your ‘regular’ beacons are being received with increased strength. Bear in mind that brief enhancements over just a few minutes may be due to reflections from aircraft and don’t indicate enhanced conditions. Beacons mostly use horizontal polarisation and transmit their ident in CW, some also transmit digital information. You don’t have to be proficient in CW to recognise a beacon, as long as you can recognise that CW is being transmitted, you can work out which beacon you’re hearing from its frequency and beam heading.

Beacons often heard in our area:

VHF:

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KI1U, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites. Thanks to all.

TOGO, 5V. David, OK6DJ and Petr, OK1FCJ are QRV as 5V7P until April
27. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with two
stations active. QSL via OK6DJ.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Mike, UA1QV is QRV as 8Q7QV from Fihalhohi Island,
IOTA AS-013, until April 25. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL to home call. In addition, Jim, G3VDB will be QRV
as 8Q7EJ from Vilamendhoo from April 24 to May 7. Activity will be
on 20 meters, and possibly 30 and 17 meters using CW, and possibly
SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

BOTSWANA, A2. A group of operators will be QRV as A25UK from April
25 to May 5. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL via M0OXO. Note: This is the one that our own Graham, G4FNL will be taking part.

MOROCCO, CN. Special event station 5C12SIA is QRV until April 23 to
commemorate the 12th International Exhibition of Agriculture in
Meknes city. QSL via LoTW or direct.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Operators Andy, 4F1GNW, Ed, 4F1OZ, Gil, 4F2KWT,
and Nani, DU1COP are QRV as DZ4C from Tinaga Island, IOTA OC-202,
until April 23. Activity is on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL via VE7DP.

BELARUS, EU. Special event station EV145O (Oh) is QRV until June 22
to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the Belarusian Society of
Rescue on the Waters. QSL via operators’ instructions.

SCOTLAND, GM. Mike, KI1U will be QRV from Scotland and from Iona
Island for a day or two as MM/KI1U, IOTA EU-008, from April 22 to
29. Activity will be as his time permits on 40 and 20 meters using
CW. QSL to home call.

SWITZERLAND, HB. Special event station HB600NVF is QRV until the
end of 2017 to mark the 600 years since the patron saint of
Switzerland Niklaus von Flue was born. QSL via HB9JOE.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Ari, OH3KAV will be QRV as OF0KA from April 22
to 27. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW,
JT9 and JT65. He may also try to be active on 60 meters. QSL to
home call.

CRETE, SV9. Seppo, OH1VR will be QRV as SV9/OH1VR from April 27 to
May 3. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using mainly CW. QSL
direct to home call.

MAIL, TZ. Denis, F8DAK is QRV as TZ6BB from Bamako and is here for
about 18 months. Activity is on 20 meters. QSL to home call. In
addition, Jeff, TZ4AM is QRV from Bamako. He is active on the HF
bands, and possibly on 6 meters as well. QSL to W3HNK.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event stations R1961GP and R1961AG are
QRV until April 30 to commemorate the April 12, 1961 first manned
space flight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. QSL R1961AG via RA4DR and
R1961GP via OQRS.

NAMIBIA, V5. Stefan, HB9JAB is QRV as V51/HB9JAP until May 8 while
caravanning around Namibia. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to
home call.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as V73/WW6RG from
Kwajalein, IOTA OC-028, on April 26. Activity will be on 40 and 20
meters using SSB at various times. QSL to home call.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84SWA is QRV until April 24 to
commemorate the 92nd World Amateur Radio Day. Activity is on the HF
bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via V85TL.

VIET NAM, XV. Jesus, WP4JBG is QRV as XV9G from Ho Chi Minh City
until May 9. Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW. Bruce, XW4XR has been active on 20 meters using RTTY
around 1400z. QSL via E21EIC.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
QRP to the Field, SP DX RTTY Contest, UK/EI DX CW Contest, Nebraska
QSO Party and the BARTG Sprint 75 are all on tap for this upcoming
weekend.

The 222 MHz Spring Sprint is scheduled for April 25. The UKEICC
80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and SKCC CW
Sprint are scheduled for April 26
call.

VHF/UHF:

2nd May – 144 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

9th May – 432 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

11th May – 50 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

18th May – 70 MHz UKAC Contest – 20.00-22.30 (Local)

FINALÉ

I often look up a callsign on QRZ.com and sometimes find that a callsign is either not listed, or details are out of date. Whilst it’s not mandatory to have a presence on QRZ.com it is helpful to others if you do, so that they can verify QSL information. Also, leaving your details out of date leaves you open to accusations of being a pirate, if heard on the air from what is obviously a different address than that listed. You don’t have to own a computer to subscribe or update your info. QRZ.com allows you to designate a ‘manager’ so that one of your friends with a PC can do it for you.

Heard on the air:

On HF – “Would the weaker of the two stations calling me, please transmit first”!

On GB3IW (IOW 70cms repeater using Echolink) – “Wow, you’re a very strong signal here, from South Africa. That’s pretty good for 2 metres”.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

Hello WADARC club members

 

I thought I would start of with a weekly news bulletin – I have not been officially asked to do so – but I volunteered, so here goes.

 

First comment is we need some more people to do this and spread the workload – the chairman and committee have a number of IT people – you know they do “Computer Stuff” and they say it is hard work – but the issue is we have a lot of retired club members all of which say they have never been so busy – there are tasks that need to be done and “Volunteers are better than pressed men/women”  ( notice how I made it gender neutral – you have to do that today ! ) so have a go.

 

 

Whats on …………

 

 

Club Nets:-

 

I know we have the 2m 145.425 on Monday evening

 

I believe there is something 2m SSB on Tuesday

 

40m SSB on Thursday morning at 1100

 

80m SSB on Sunday morning at 0730

 

There was a repeater net on 70cms Saturday ?

 

I am sorry for limited detail – but life above 30 MHz is all short frequencies – someone  better skilled in that department may comment next week

 

 

Club Events:-

 

Wednesday 19th is the “Surplus Equipment” JUNK sale

 

Wednesday 26th is a practical construction night – building antennas for a 70cms DF hunting evening

 

Wednesday 3rd May – general chat evening

 

 

 

 

On the radio:-

 

This weekend there are some contests as usual on the HF bands – a YU and an Estonian contest both SSB & CW so all the bands will be busy

 

There is an interesting contest if only propagation was good – a “Work all Provinces of China” – that could be a bit difficult, but I will listen

 

 

All of the contests are listed on

 

http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/weeklycont.php

 

 

There is the usual bunch of Expeditions – remember Graham G4FNL is of to Botswana soon, I will see if I can put a best frequency and time table on here nearer the event and taking into account the current solar conditions.

 

So to finish – here is a list of the more unusual DX to look for – I am sure there is some VHF/UHF DX stuff about – wait for an expert to post that on another Friday

 

 

 

73 Phil G4UDU

 

 

 

 

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

MAURITANIA, 5T.  Jean, 5T0JL will be active with the call 5T3MM
between April 12 and 18, including the CQMM DX Contest.  QSL via
PY4KL.

MOROCCO, CN.  Special event station 5C12SIA operates around the 12th
International Exhibition of Agriculture in Meknes from April 18 to
23.  QSL via CN8WW, direct.

ALGERIA, 7X.  Toufik, 7X2DE who is now a member of the CWJF group,
plans to participate in the CQMM DX Contest.  QSL via PY4KL.

PALESTINE, E4.  Janusz, SP9FIH will be active from Bethlehem during
the second half of April with the call E44WE.  He will be QRV on 17,
10 and 6 meters.  QSL via ClubLog OQRS, SP9FIH.

FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM17CV from Chatelaillon-Plage
will be active from April 15 to 17 to celebrate the Festival de
Cerf-Volant et du Vent (Kite and Wind Festival).  QSL via F8FZC.

ST LUCIA, J6.  Steve, WF2S and Ralph, K1ZZI will be operating with
calls J68SL and J6/K1ZZI from Gros Islet (NA-108) from April 17 to
28.  QSL via LoTW.

ST. VINCENT, J8.  Brian, GW4DVB will be back on the air as J88PI
from Palm Island (NA-025, WW Loc. FK92ho) from April 14 to 23.  He
will be QRV on 40, 20, 17, 15, and 10 meters.  QSL via GW4DVB (d/B).

JAPAN, JA.  The Japan Ladies Radio Society (JLRS) celebrates its
60th anniversary with the call 8N60JLRS until the end of March 2018.
QSL via bureau, JQ6FQI, direct.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, K.  N7S commemorates the first launch of
the Space Shuttle, with operations until April 17.  This is one in a
series of activities for marking historic milestones in air and
spacecraft technology.

BULGARIA, LZ.  LZ38GI, LZ38NR, and LZ38SATURN commemorate the first
flight of a Bulgarian cosmonaut (Georgi Ivanov) into space 38 years
ago.  They are QRV until the end of April.  An award is also
available.  QSL via LZ1ZF.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Jim, K3NK and Joe, W3HNK will be
signing VP5/K3NK and VP5/W3HNK from Providenciales Island (NA-002)
until April 18 on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL to home calls.

GUADELOUPE, FG.  Dirk, DM1DZ is QRV as FG/DM1DZ until April 24.
Listen for him on the HF bands, using SSB and possibly PSK31.  He
will be posting his logs to Club Log.  QSL via DM1DZ.

ERITREA, E3.  Zorro, JH1AJT will be joined by DJ9ZB, E21EIC and
RA9USU, from  May 19 to 29, on the air with the call signs E31AA and
E39DI.  Look for them on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via JH1AJT.

VIETNAM, XV.  Jesus, WP4JBG/JP7MBO will be QRV as XV9G from April 19
to May 9 on 40, 20 and 15 meters, using mostly CW with SSB
occasionally.  QSL to WP4JBG.

CORSICA, TK.  Alex, TK/F4GHS plans to be on the air from the west
coast of the main island, on the HF bands, from May 23 to 28.  Look
for him on 40 and 20 meter SSB.  QSL via the bureau or direct to his
home call.

MONTENEGRO, 4O.  Giuseppe, IK5WWA will be QRV as 4O7GD from June 18
to 28.  Look for him on 80 to 6 meters using SSB, and possibly 2
meters.  QSL to his home call, direct or bureau.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9.  Ten ops from the Tortugas CW Group will be
QRV as EG9TOR from Melilla May 18 to 22, switching to the ED9T call
sign for the King of Spain CW 2017 Contest, May 21 and 22.  Most of
their activity will be on CW though they will do some SSB and
digital mode operating as well, on all HF bands.  QSL via EA4PN or
use OQRS for a direct or bureau card, or LoTW or eQSL.

TOGO, 5V.  Operators David, OK6DJ and Petr, OK1FCJ will be active as
5V7P from April 21 to 28.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters
using CW, SSB and digital modes.  QSL via OK6DJ, ClubLog’s OQRS or
LoTW.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8.  Tim, LW9EOC will be active as HC8/LW9EOC
from  May 15 to 29.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters, with a
focus on 30, 17 and 12 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via his
home call, direct or LoTW.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  Pasi, OH3WS will be active as OJ0W on May 6 and
7.  Activity will be on 20 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  Pasi will
try 60 meters on both CW and SSB, on 5354 kHz.  QSL via his home
call.

SAN MARINO, T7.  Mike, DF8AN will be active as T7/DF8AN/P from April
14 to 18.  Activity will be VHF/UHF only using mainly JT65 and
CW/SSB.  QSL via his home call sign, direct or by the Bureau.  No
LoTW.

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