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WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

What a great talk that was by Jonathan, G4KLX on the QO-100 satellite setup, last Tuesday. Very informative, with physical examples which seemed to hold the interest of those present and spur some of us on to dip our toes in the water and have a go. I’m hoping that we can erect a satellite dish, with appropriate gear in the Club Shack, by way of a club project.

GB3WO’s original hardware has given us problems and some (now obsolete) FETs are being sought to effect a repair. In the meantime, Ian – M0IAD has worked hard to get the repeater back on the air and has installed a Yaesu derived set of hardware, which is now running on low power. The original logic was not transferred, so there are some small limitations in the way the repeater works. The callsign ident is still transmitted as usual, albeit slightly slower than previously and with tone at a different pitch. When users drop carrier, there is no customary ‘K’, but there is sufficient carrier to trip the user’s squelch, so you will hear the repeater drop carrier, which is your invitation to transmit. Anyone breaking in, should do so immediately after the last user drops carrier. Actually it’s just like using simplex and is very easy to grasp.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Talk on the life of Charles Wheatsone by Ray, G4XUZ – 1st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/09/27/propagation-news-29-september-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

Moonraker are awarding prizes for their “Worked all Postcodes” competition. A suggestion has been made that Wednesday evenings can be used for this on 2 metres SSB. Visit the Moonraker website for further details and rules.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

Unfortunately last week I was unable to attend the meeting, but other members have said that the video/lecture on FT8 was much better produced than previous RSGB offerings and the presenter knew his subject well. It was a bit heavy at times and it appears that one lesson learnt is that it’s important to have ALC levels set correctly to avoid interference, which FT8 can be prone to.

Thanks to Roger and Ian for holding the fort and opening the doors.

This coming Tuesday, by popular demand, we’ve slotted in a talk by Jonathan, G4KLX on the QO-100 satellite setup. Please try to support our talks, even if they’re not always on your favourite subject.

Obviously it won’t affect us until next year, but Roger, G7VBR reports that ILLW (Lighthouses Weekend) has moved slightly from its traditional date and will be held on the weekend of 22nd/23rd August 2020. Please make a note in your diary.

ARRL have reported that the French air representation has dropped its bid to acquire a ‘share’ of our 2 metre band. It’s great news that they’ve finally come to their senses, but it does not mean that we can become complacent and the band still needs us to keep it occupied as much as possible.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Talk on QO-100 by Jonathan, G4KLX – 24th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on the life of Charles Wheatsone by Ray, G4XUZ – 1st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/09/20/propagation-news-22-september-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

Even though band conditions are mostly rather poor (especially on HF) it’s important that we all try to get on the air as much as possible. There are outside interests who have covetous eyes on our frequency allocations. I’m sure that none of us would want to find out the hard way that it could be a case of “use it or loose it”!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The WADARC Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th October between 8.00pm and 10.00pm. Fully paid up members only at TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD. Any changes to the Constitution/Club Rules etc. to be lodged in writing (email is OK) to the Chairman by Tuesday 1st October.

THE PAST WEEK

Last week’s meeting was an on-the-air evening which was popular with several members. Bryan, G0SIU brought along his KX3 and managed to make it ‘talk’ to the dipole that’s on site. They concentrated on 40m and 80m using just 15 watts and found that the antenna favours mostly North/South. Stations worked: EA8JK Manuel La Palma Island Canary Isles 7.178 Mhz received 59 sent 59. DK7LJ Christian Per received 44 sent 59 Nr Kiel NW Germany 7.161Mhz. G0LOU Tony Poole, 3.784 Mhz. Good reception on No 5 ant position on ant switch:- CW 7.030 using KX3 internal ATU loaded to 1 to 1. CW 3.500 to 3.510 1 to 4. SSB 3.600 to 3.700 1 to 1. Plenty of stations and not any more than usual QRM.

We also checked out the feasibility of using a pump-up mast on the outside balcony/roof. We will probably purchase a new mast in due course, but have been informed that we can’t install it yet, due to the roof having a leak and needing repair. This should be carried out by Sea Cadets organisation fairly soon.

Unfortunately GB3WO remains off the air for the time being. It’s developed a receiver fault (it’s gone deaf) but plans are in place to get it fixed ASAP.

Alastair, M0OAL has reminded us that the annual Remembrance Day Parade will take place on November 10th and it would be good for as many members as possible to get involved. Alastair has set up a Doodle Poll for members to indicate their availability (or not). Please visit: https://doodle.com/poll/3i6iq3y86mx8n8w7

A report from Edmund, M0MNG on 2 metre activity today (15th): 2 metres was alive today… thank you to everybody who called me, and apologies if you tried but I simply didn’t hear you! Propagation seemed rather odd at times. I made 27 contacts altogether, from Dieppe to Essex to the Dorset / Devon border. 23 of them were using FM, 4 were using SSB, and no repeaters at all! I could even have had a contact with Dave G7RAU in Cornwall if I had taken my Morse key with me! Highlights included working a Special Event Station at Stone Cross Windmill near Eastbourne, a newly-formed radio club in Essex, and a chap in Dieppe where I used to go on holiday with my parents for very many years. I also heard (but didn’t contact) a German station on FM, and a balloon launched from the Netherlands with a 2m/70cms transponder on board. If anybody tells you that VHF is dead… don’t believe ’em! 73 from Ed M0MNG / GX1WOR.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • RSGB Video lecture on FT8 – 17th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on QO-100 by Jonathan, G4KLX – 24th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on the life of Charles Wheatsone by Ray, G4XUZ – 1st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/09/13/propagation-news-15-september-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

It’s almost certain that I will be unavailable for tomorrow evening’s 2 metre FM net. I’m sure that those interested can manage without me.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

Not nearly as many people expected turned up for last Tuesday’s meeting to discuss where the Club is going and what kind of programme members want for the coming months. It seems that many members have paid their membership, but have no interest in what the Club does! Thanks to those who did bother to turn out and for some ideas for our forthcoming programme. Those present decided that we will have an on-air evening this coming Tuesday. The K3 will be available and some members will be trying out their own receivers. We will also be trying out the feasibility of using a pump-up mast, as permanent support for VHF antennas.

Unfortunately GB3WO, our 70cm club repeater has thrown a small wobbly and is refusing to act as a repeater. Although the repeater is sending is ident at regular intervals and it’s been proved that its receiver is working, it is not re-transmitting signals heard on its input. If you can’t access the repeater, it’s not likely to be a fault with your equipment. Please be patient, whilst the fault is being investigated.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • On-the-air evening in the club shack – 10th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/09/06/propagation-news-8-september-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

For those enjoying our weekly tea, a small plea for donations of biscuits as we’re running rather low on stock. Thanks to those who have donated biscuits in the past.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

Monday evening saw a busier than usual 2 metre net, with more stations on the air than usual. Just goes to prove that many members do have the necessary equipment, but don’t always seem inclined to use it (or lose it)!!!

The foxhunt went ahead as planned last Tuesday, with Dorian, 2E0FSI as the Fox. There were only two club members chasing the fox – Roger, G7VBR and Ian, M0IAD who was the winner for this event. The fox was located near Dogs Trust at Shoreham, which is probably why those of us at TS Vanguard found reception poor to non-existent. We rally do need a collinear at the club QTH!

This coming Tuesday will be a discussion evening to decide where the Club is going and what kind of programme members want for the coming months. Please try to get along and join in. It’s your chance to help YOUR club and contribute to an ideas pool, to include items of interest to YOU.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Discussion evening + Tea and Chat – 3rd September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/08/30/propagation-news-1-september-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

FWIW VHF/UHF conditions have been in the past week. Ed, M0MNG reported a 70cm FM contact from Worthing to Herne Bay using relatively low power and another contact across the channel, using low power PMR.
That said, 40 metres was also very lively on Thursday morning, but unfortunately there were no WADARC members on the air to take advantage of it! I now wonder if it’s worth running the 40 metre net if nobody can be bothered to join in???

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

Last week’s Tea and Chat meeting was mostly taken by reports of the previous weekend’s Lighthouses On The Air event at Shoreham. There was also a live demonstration on how to correctly re-fold the club’s tent and some discussion on parts needed to ensure that the tent doesn’t try to ‘take off’ next time it’s used when it’s windy.
This Tuesday sees the 3rd leg of the 2 metre foxhunt. TS Vanguard will be open for all members who are not taking part on the road. Here are instructions from the ‘Fox’ (Dorian, 2E0FSI):

I will start transmitting at 7:30pm on 145.425 MHz FM. I will transmit the 1st 3 calls at 10 minute intervals, the next six at 5, on the 6th call I will reduce power from 5w to 1w and transmit every 2 minutes. I will be using a basic antenna. This is in line with the previous format to help people find me. Clues will start at the end of hour 1. I will be in a car. The North boundary will the Top of the Downs, East – Portslade, West – Angmering.

There have been some enquiries from members who have received an online payment request for their club subscription, although they think they may have already paid it. This can be due to several reasons:

  1. You actually haven’t paid it.
  2. You have set up a bankers order, which has not been paid out yet.
  3. You have paid by some other means and it has not yet been recorded by Roger/Ian. This will happen soon!

Subscriptions are not actually due immediately and you will not be thrown out of the club for non-payment. Please ensure that your payment has actually been made and if you still receive reminders, let Roger or Ian know.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • 3rd leg, VHF Foxhunt – Tuesday 27th August – 7.30pm-9.30pm – TS Vanguard WILL be open as usual at 8.00pm
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 1st September – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrison’s, Worthing
  • Subject of meeting TBA in the next ‘Bulletin’ and on WADARC website – 3rd September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/08/23/propagation-news-25-august-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

I’m pleased to report that after a short discussion at last week’s meeting, I have solved the issue of successfully fitting the heavy duty 45 amp and 70 amp Anderson Power Pole connectors. Despite using the approved crimping tool, I found that the larger cable needs some extra pressure to crimp it successfully. If the crimp lugs are not sufficiently flattened, the contacts will not pass through the orifice in the outer housing and the end of the contact is unable to fully engage the pressure spring. I hope this info will help others who use Power Pole connectors for construction.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

The meeting at Kithurst Hill attracted quite a few members, including Roger, G7VBR who provided refreshments – thanks Roger. Unfortunately there wasn’t much activity on 70cms FM and nobody had any gear for SSB, although there was some SSB and CW activity on HF from Alex, 2E0UMD and Bryan, G0SIU. I was able to open the GB3SN repeater at Four Marks (Hants) with just a few watts from a handheld, which proves that the location is good for VHF and UHF.

On Friday, Pete, G4LKW led a team of helpers and the temporary QTH for GB8SL (tent) was erected and the station set up at Shoreham Lighthouse. Unfortunately the trap dipole gave some trouble, even before it was raised in the air, with the wire parting company with one of the traps. Fortunately we had mains power by then, so Roger’s trusty soldering iron was put to work and a repair was made. The antenna was erected and appeared to tune OK, but over the next few hours, using higher power, intermittent SWR issues were experienced and Pete went off to fetch the Carolina Windom to erect in place of the dipole. Unfortunately, part of the Windom is vertically polarised and this led to severe QRM from the nearby broadcast station, which rendered 40 metres more or less useless, so the station operated mainly on 20 metres for a while and some rare stations were worked. Fortunately, Phil – G4UDU came to the rescue and took the dipole home to repair it, returning it a few hours later. Dipole re-installed and lower HF bands were usable again. Despite some rather strong winds and some lack of sleep, Pete and Ed (M0MNG) aided and abetted by various others, managed to work over 280 stations, including many lighthouses, over the two day Lighthouses event. No doubt a further full report will appear in Ragchew in the near future. Many thanks to all who took part, especially those who helped to setup and pull down and to Roger, G7VBR for providing much needed food for the operators.

Further details of the forthcoming Foxhunt will appear in next week’s Bulletin.

Most of you should have received an email informing you that WADARC Annual Subscriptions will soon be due. Please consider re-joining – your club needs you!

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat – Tuesday 20th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • 3rd leg, VHF Foxhunt – Tuesday 27th August – 7.30pm-9.30pm – TS Vanguard WILL be open as usual at 8.00pm

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/08/16/propagation-news-18-august-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

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VHF/UHF:

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FINALÉ

Please note that although there doesn’t seem to be much happening with the club’s programme, this is only due to us waiting for confirmation and as soon as an event is confirmed, it will be listed here and on the club website. We do have interesting events planned for the future!

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

Our last meeting was a Tea and Chat with usual lively discussion taking place. We decided that we would visit Kithurst Hill (Storrington) this coming Tuesday (13th) for some on-air activity. Whilst members are free to use whichever bands that they wish, please bear in mind that the RSGB run activity nights on Tuesdays and this week’s event is on 70cm. Start time for 70cms FM is 7.00pm and for 70cm SSB it’s 8.00pm. It would be good if we can get a few contacts for the club on 70cms and any other bands that you have equipment for. Roger, G7VBR will be providing tea and coffee, etc., but you MUST bring your own mug if you want any! Please note that if the weather is really bad, we will meet at WADARC QTH (TS Vanguard, Worthing) and an announcement will be made to this effect on the club Announce reflector, possibly at short notice.

Pete, G4LKW gave some details of Lighthouses On The Air, which takes place next Saturday/Sunday (17th/18th). All help for setting up and pulling down will be much appreciated. For setting up, Pete aims to be on site at Shoreham Lighthouse by 2.00pm on Friday 16th. Striking camp usually takes place just after 4.00pm on Sunday. GB8SL will be on-air on Saturday and Sunday and it’s a good chance for members to get on the HF bands with a decent antenna and full legal power.

Most of you should have received an email informing you that WADARC Annual Subscriptions will soon be due. Please consider re-joining – your club needs you!

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Outside Event at Kithurst Hill (Storrington) – Tuesday 13th August – 7.00pm – 9.30pm – Kithurst Hill. Note: TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • Lighthouses On The Air – Saturday 17th/Sunday 18th August – All day – Shoreham Lighthouse
  • Tea and Chat – Tuesday 20th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/08/09/propagation-news-11-august-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

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FINALÉ

For those paying your WADARC annual subscription by bank transfer or cheque, please ensure that you identify who you are by CALLSIGN (or name for SWLs). Either write it in the Reference box online, or on the back of your cheque.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday, Chris – M0VUE gave an excellent talk on setting up the logging program Log4OM along with its USB interface OmniRig. Even if you already use Log4OM, as I do, there are always new things to learn. We need more of this kind of demonstration, even if they’re treated as a refresher course.

Other discussion took place as well, as Chris has been trying to keep our programme of events on track. As he pointed out, this is almost impossible at times, especially when possible speakers are contacted and they don’t even have the courtesy to reply! We are desperately looking for new speakers – we can’t exist with just tea and chat evenings, however attractive they are to some.

Also last week, Bryan – G0SIU delivered sheets of plywood to be used as crawling boards when accessing antennas. Volunteers moved them onto the roof/balcony area and they’re now ready for Phil and team to be able to work on the antennas. Thanks guys.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Tea and Chat – Tuesday 6th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/08/02/propagation-news-4-august-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

We’re probably going to have another outdoor event on a nearby hilltop. Please let me know which hill you prefer, either by direct email or via the WADARC Discuss reflector. Devil’s Dyke has been mentioned – is that too far out for members? It is an excellent VHF spot to the North.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD

THE PAST WEEK

Last Tuesday’s meeting on Chantry Hill was quite well attended for an outdoor event. Fortunately it turned out to be a fine evening and with a slight breeze, it wasn’t too hot. Several stations were setup, with various antennas on several bands and Ed, M0MNG reported some VHF/UHF DX with contacts in Milton Keynes and Southampton, amongst others.

Chris, M0VUE had a small problem with RF getting back into his IC7100 on 80 metres, but fortunately he’d brought a spare choke, which was easily connected and acted as a braid breaker, which cured that issue.

Thanks to Roger, G7VBR for providing tea, coffee and cake to keep our inner persons going.

Congratulations to one of our newer members, Andy who now sports his new callsign M7AJW and is now working towards his Intermediate licence.

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS

  • Setting up your computer for Omnirig, Log4OM and connecting to a USB radio, M0VUE – Tuesday 30th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat – Tuesday 6th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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

NETS

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

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

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

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

RALLIES

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

RAGCHEW

Spring 2019 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/spring-2019

PROPAGATION

HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2019/07/26/propagation-news-28-july-2019/

BEACONS

VHF:

GB3WSX – IO80QW – 70.007 MHz

GB3BAA – IO91PS – 70.016 MHz

F1ZXK – JN18KF – 144.438 MHz

F5ZSF – IN88GS – 144.409 MHz

GB3VHF – JO01EH – 144.430 MHz

ON0VHF – JO20HP – 144.418 MHz

UHF:

F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz

GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz

ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz

DX NEWS

HF:

WADARC members (and others) can subscribe to the DX News service without joining ARRL.
Send an email to this address: w1aw-list-request@arrl.org

In the subject line put the word Subscribe followed by your email address

ARRL will send an acknowledgement and you will receive the weekly DX News as an email, usually on a Friday

VHF/UHF:

The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2019

FINALÉ

Last week’s meeting just goes to prove that there is activity on 2 metres and 70cms. A couple of our members put out calls on the FM calling channels and received quick replies. It’s also well worth using SSB on the appropriate calling frequencies, even if beacons can’t be heard.

73,

Alan. G4GNX