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THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday’s club meeting was designated as a Tea and Chat evening, but this was enhanced by an impromptu on-air period, so that we could test out the HF antenna, now that it’s been moved.
Well, the antenna worked OK but transmission was interrupted by the noise of the fire alarm going off, accompanied by the intruder alarm, which wasn’t even armed! No absolute proof that RF was the culprit, even the caretaker and the Fire Brigade Officer didn’t think it was, but if it recurs it needs to be fixed. There have been previous problems and the council were warned, but appear to have done nothing to RF proof what is a wired system.

The new antenna for GB3WO was inspected for missing parts (there were none) and is now ready for installation on Monday morning.

Thursday morning’s 40 metre net was in excellent shape with signals exceeding S9 and almost no QSB.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Sunday Breakfast – Lancing Harvester – Sunday 5th November – 9.00am-10.00am
RSGB Lecture – Cleaning Up Your Shack (Noise and RFI removal) by GM3SEK – Wednesday 8th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Used Equipment Sale – GUILDFORD and District Radio Society – Friday 10th November – 8..00pm sharp. Guildford Model Engineer’s Building, Stoke Park, Guildford GU1 1TU.
Remembrance Day marshalling – Worthing Town – Sunday 12th November – 08.45am-12.30pm
On the air evening with the club’s IC7300, plus tea and chat – Wednesday 15th November – 8.00pm-10.00pm
On the air at home nets Phil, G4UDU net controller – Wednesday 22nd November – 8.00pm-9.30pm – Note: LPH CLOSED.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: 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 – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

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

RALLIES

5 November 2017 West London Radio & Electronics Show (Kempton Rally)
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ. Open 10:00/09:50. B&B. SIGs. Talkin. On-site parking. Lectures. Raffle. Catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, info@radiofairs.co.uk http://www.radiofairs.co.uk

19 November 2017 40th CATS Electronic Radio Bazaar
Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Homefield Road, Old Coulsdon, CR5 1ES. Open 10:00-13:00. Admission £1.50. Disabled facilities. Parking. B&B. Flea market. On-site catering.
Details: Andy Briers, G0KZT, 07729-866600, bazaar@catsradio.org

19 November 2017 Plymouth Radio Club Radio Rally
Harewood House, Ridgeway, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 2AS. Open 10:00/09:50 to 14:30. Admittance £2. Trade. SIGs. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. Parking. Disabled facilities. Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: David Beck, 2E0DTC, 0777-7664822, d.beck123@outlook.com

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Autumn 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/autumn-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
SOLAR MINIMUM RETURNS: Yesterday the sunspot number was zero as the sun resumes its transition to Solar Minimum. Images from NASA’s Dynamics Observatory show no dark cores on the face of the sun.

This development continues a years-long trend of decreasing sunspot numbers — with a notable interruption in September 2017, which brought a surprising outburst of large sunspots and intense solar flares. The disappearance of sunspots signals a weakening of the sun’s magnetic field and a change in the character of space weather. During Solar Minimum, space weather is dominated by solar wind streams and cosmic rays, not sunspots and solar flares. Bonus: Solar Minimum auroras are gorgeous!

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

There have been considerable enhancements across the UK and much of Europe as well as Ireland, in the past few days, but unfortunately although there was the occasional QSO and distant beacons were heard, there wasn’t a great deal of activity.

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by Z36W, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V. Mik, HB9FSA is QRV as 3V8TD from Djerba Island, IOTA AF-083. Activity is on the various HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as 4W6RR from Dili, IOTA OC-148, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW and JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Peter, HB9DVG is QRV as 9X9PJ, and possibly later as 9X9PJ/p, from Kigali for the next two years. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as A5A until October 8. The main purpose of this trip is to support the launch of the Paralympic Committee in Bhutan with the Bhutan Olympic Committee. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JH1AJT.

SPAIN, EA. Special event station AN92EXPO commemorates the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Seville Universal Exposition, operating in conjunction with the fifth centennial of the Discovery of America.
QSL via bureau.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Gust, ON6KE is QRV as FR/ON6KE until October 10. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and FT8. QSL via operator’s instructions.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Stan, LZ1GC is QRV as H40GC until October 20.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. A group of operators are QRV as S9YY from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until October 12. Activity is on the HF bands, possibly including 60 meters, using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via DH7WW.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Peter, DD1GG is QRV as S79PT from Mahe Island, IOTA AF-024, until October 15. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Operators JA6BMB, JA6KYU and JR6DRH are QRV as T88CS, T88HS and T88RH, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until October 11. In addition, operators JA6EGL, JQ6FQI and JH7IPR will be QRV as T88SM, T88WM and T88UW, respectively, from October 11 to 17. Both operations are expected to be active on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65, JT9 and FT8. QSL to home calls.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84K50GJ is QRV until October 15 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. Activity is on all bands and modes. QSL via QRZ.com.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. A group of operators are QRV as VK9XI until October 10. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes an entry in the Oceania DX SSB contest. QSL via M0OXO.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. After their Christmas Island operation, the group will be QRV as VK9CI from October 10 to 17.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming Oceania DX CW contest. QSL via M0OXO.

VIET NAM. XV. Laurent, F5TMJ is living in Ho Chi Minh City and is QRV as XV9JM. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters at various times. QSL via F6ITD.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Members of the Radio Club Nikola Tesla are QRV as Z370M until December 31 to celebrate the club’s 70 years. QSL via Z37M.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL EME Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest, TRC DX Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, Oceania DX Phone Contest, The Russian World Wide Digital Contest SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, FISTS Fall Slow Speed CW Sprint, WAB HF Phone, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter CW Contest and the UBA ON 6-meter Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for October 9.

The 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint is scheduled for October 10.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for October 11.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

4th – 5th November – 144MHz CW Marconi Contest – 14.00-14.00

3rd December – 144MHz Affiliated Societies Contest – 10.00-16.00

26th – 29th December – 50/70/144/432MHz Christmas Cumulatives Contest – 14.00-16.00

FINALÉ

Please try to support our efforts to provide adequate marshals for the Remembrance Day Parade in Worthing. We are currently short of our target by 4-5 members and a few hours of your time would be greatly appreciated.
Hi-vis jackets and PMR radios will be provided, so you don’t even need to be licensed. Please indicate that you can attend by adding your name to our Doodle Poll: https://doodle.com/poll/fzbh4cip74s3mtxn

73,

Alan. G4GNX

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:

Wednesday 25th was the 2m DF Hunt

Dorian 2E0FSI (The Fox) was the transmitting station and at 1930 the first transmission was to be made.

That morning I was talking with Chris M0VUE and we decided to give it a go – I have a HB9CV with a switchable attenuator and Chris brought along a handheld to help with the close in stuff, so at the first transmission we were down almost opposite Brooklands on the sea front, good signal on the handheld and a bearing looking towards Worthing hospital on the beam.

Next proceed to the road on the North side of the hospital, 19:45 and the signal is a lot stronger and I needed 60dB of attenuation to get a heading – this time beam was pointing over towards Morison’s car park and towards the area where SMC models is located, Chris had a very much stronger signal on the handportable.

Next over to Georgia Avenue – opposite side of the A24 from SMC models that is on Queens St. 20:00 transmission and massive signal – attenuator had no effect – so into close hunting mode – take the antennas off the portables, and I ran Northwards, Chris South and East – both resulted in weaker signals so West it had to be ! Over the road transmission ended and there outside of the Audi Dealership ( should have guessed ! ) was Dorian 20:03 33 minutes from the start and we had won – YES !

First Phil G4UDU Chris M0VUE

Next in Ian & Alex @ 2104 (94 mins in) M0IAD 2E0UMD

followed by Alan, Roger, Vic @ 2122 (112 mins in) G4GNX G4TNT G8MUQ

So the winners are the fox for the next event – that should prove to be interesting !

 

This weekend on the HF Bands

it is the CQWW: International contest and enormous amount of activity – work DXCC 100 countries – easy.

 

Club Program:

1st Nov Tea and Chat Evening

5th Nov Breakfast at 0900 – Lancing Harvester

8th Nov Lecture – no details on the website ?

 

Club on the air nets, all times local:

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

 

Propagation Report:

Solar activity increased over the past couple of weeks, with average daily sunspot numbers at 13.4 on October 19-25, compared to 1.7 over
the previous seven days. Average daily solar flux increased from 70.5 to 76.7 over the same two weeks.

The reason for the radically different averages is because this past week there were just two days with no sunspots, and the previous
week had no sunspot activity on six of the seven days.

Average daily planetary A index was 11.6, declining from 21.1 to 11.6, and average daily mid-latitude A index decreased from 16.7 to
9.1.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 78 on October 27, 77 on October 28-30, 76 on October 31 through November 2, 77 on November
3, then 84 and 82 on November 4-5, 80 on November 6-17, 82 on November 18-19, 84 on November 20, 85 on November 21-30, then 84 and
82 on December 1-2, and 80 on December 3-10.

Predicted planetary A index is 16, 12 and 8 on October 27-29, 5 on October 30-31, then 8 and 16 on November 1-2, 15 on November 3, 5 on
November 4-6, then 28, 30, 40, 28, 26 and 8 on November 7-12, 5 on November 13-14, then 12, 10, 8, 6 and 5 on November 15-19, then 18,
45, 40, 18 and 12 on November 20-24, then 10, 8, 5, 8 and 10 on November 25-29, then 5 on November 30 through December 3, then 28,
30, 40, 28, 26 and 8 on December 4-9, and 5 on November 10.

information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/

Sunspot numbers for October 19 through 25, 2017 were 0, 0, 11, 13, 23, 23, and 24, with a mean of 13.4. 10.7 cm flux was 73.4, 75.7,
76.5, 77.3, 78, 77.5, and 78.8, with a mean of 76.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 12, 8, 10, 6, 6, 18, and 21, with a mean of 11.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 9, 5, 13, 6, 3, 13, and 15, with a mean of 9.1.

 

DX News:

ARLD043 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V. Operators Ash, 3V/KF5EYY and Ludovic, HB9EOU will be QRV as 3V8SS from the Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts in
Sousse in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Multi/Single/Low Power entry. QSL via LX1NO.

GUINEA, 3X. A group of operators are QRV as 3XY3D/p from Tristao Island, IOTA AF-096, until October 31. Activity is on 80 to 10
meters using mainly CW. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. Afterwards, they will be active as 3XY3D from Kassa
Island, IOTA AF-051, from November 2 to December 1. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using mostly CW. This includes being an entry
in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL both calls direct to F5OZC.

GEORGIA, 4L. Mamuka, 4L2M will be QRV as a Single Op/Single Band on 20 meters entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via
EA7FTR. In addition, Gia, 4L4WW will be QRV as 4L0A from Obcha as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via LoTW.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Thomas, OZ1AA will be QRV as 4W/OZ1AA from Dili, IOTA OC-148, from November 1 to 7. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW and some FT8. QSL via OZ1ACB.

CYPRUS, 5B. Members of Nicosia Contest Group will be QRV as C4A as
a Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via 5B4KH.

TONGA, A3. Hiro, JA6WFM will be QRV as A31MM from Nuku’alofa on Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, as a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. This activity does not include 160 or 80 meters, however. QSL via EA4GL.

OMAN, A4. A large group of operators will be QRV as A44A as a Multi/Multi entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via
A47RS.

TAIWAN, BV. Look for operators JL3RDC, JP3PZG and JN3MXT to be QRV as BW/home calls on all bands in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home calls.

CHINA, BY. Members of the Chinese Radio Amateur’s Club will be QRV as B9K from Hangyashan, Gansu Province as a Multi/2 entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via BA4EG.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Rafal, SQ9CNN will be QRV as D4Z from Sao VicenteIsland, IOTA AF-086, in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest on 15 meters. QSL direct to HB9DUR.

PALESTINE, E4. Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E44WE from Bethlehem until October 29. Activity is on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using SSB,
PSK63 and possibly RTTY. He will be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/Single Band/Assisted/Low Power entry on
15 meters. QSL to home call.

LIBERIA, EL. A group of operators will be QRV as 5L3BI from Baiyah Island, IOTA AF-111, from October 31 to November 4. Activity will
be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO.

MONGOLIA, JT. A group of operators will be QRV as JT5DX in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to JT1CO.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. A group of operators will be QRV as AH0K from Tinian Island, IOTA OC-086, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via OH6GDX.

PALAU, T8. Tetsuya, JA7XBG is QRV as T88GA from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until October 31. Activity is on the HF bands. He will be
active as T8ED in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL both calls direct to home call.

CORSICA, TK. Salvatore, IK8UND will be QRV as TK9R from Ajaccio, IOTA EU-014, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. Activity will be on all bands. QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. A group of operators will be QRV as V26B om Antigua, IOTA NA-100, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL direct to KA2AEV.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP from Blackman Eddy until October 31. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using SSB and RTTY. He will also be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/All band/High Power/Assisted entry. QSL direct to home call.

NAMIBIA, V5. Tev, TA1HZ is QRV as V51/TA1HZ until October 30. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. QSL via LZ3HI.

HONG KONG, VR. Members of the FUN Amateur Radio Club will be QRV as VR20FUN in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via VR2FUN.

INDONESIA, YB. A group of operators will be QRV as YE2A in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via LoTW.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. Adrian, G0KOM will be QRV as ZC4MK from Avdimou Beach in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Stan, K5GO will be QRV as ZF9CW from Cayman Brac Island, IOTA NA-016, in the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ Worldwide DX SSB Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint and NCCC CW Sprint are scheduled for this weekend. The Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT Test and UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest are scheduled for November 1.

THE PAST WEEK

The junk sale was well attended on Wednesday. There was lots of good stuff, a few bargains to be had but it must be said there was also a lot of junk too (some of which I brought … although a few other poor souls could not see radio gear ultimately being thrown away in the skip either!).

GB3WOR our 70cm repeater was moved to a new position at Lancing parish hall, last Wednesday. The antenna was also moved to a slightly higher position, but unfortunately needed to be repaired as it literally fell in half when being moved. This is of course a temporary situation and we will be replacing the antenna as soon as possible. Our HF Windom antenna has also been moved to a new higher position in the clear and away from the roofs. The vertical radiator should also benefit from being away from the buildings. We will be evaluating its performance at the next meeting on Wednesday 1st November. Many thanks to Graham, G8BZL and Roger, G7VBR as well as the crew from A&S Aerials, for making it all a smooth transition.

COMING UP

JOTA takes place on Saturday 21st Oct at 1st Findon Valley Scouts, Parham Close, Findon. 9am to 4pm but Al and helpers will be there from much earlier on to set things up (good luck with the weather).
All helpers welcome. They will be operating HF and VHF. Contact Alastair, M0OAL.

The Fox Hunt takes place next Wednesday at 7.30pm. Frequency is S21 – 145.525 MHz. The Parish Hall is CLOSED. We will meet in the bar at The Harvester in Lancing from after the fox has been found. Non-participating members can also meet there earlier from (say) 8.00pm, so that they can chat and monitor activity.

** If like me you are late paying your WADARC subs (I have only just paid!) remember you can pay on-line: £35 for a year’s membership please pay by October 31st 🙂 **

EXTRA BITS

Alan G4GNX mentioned there were some good conditions on 2m and 70cm last Saturday, so it’s always worth keeping an eye on activity, especially at the weekends. There are people ‘out there’ listening / monitoring, so its worth giving the odd call on the calling frequency.

Noise is a problem for many of us. In the ‘short circuits’ in the next RagChew I will be writing about how you can make simple receive loop antennas for a few quid that can really help cut down on the noise (if they are correctly set up). Although these simple loops can give good performance they are very narrow band. For an interesting and effective wideband loop antenna its really worth checking out LZ1AQ’s devices, see my link for many of the details and an example in use:
http://www.creative-science.org.uk/loop_lz1aq.html

A few Junk Sales ago there was a rather interesting piece of electronics from Peter Dodds collection that no one could work out what it was and no one bid on. I think Phil paid a nominal amount and gave it to me to play with, so look out for my article about it in the next Ragchew.

Details of GB2RS the news service of the Radio Society of Great Britain can be found here: http://rsgb.org/main/gb2rs/

73, good listening and then good DX!
Next newsletter from me in a month …

Jonathan
G1EXG

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • JOTA – 1st Findon Valley Scouts, Parham Close, Findon – Saturday 21st October – 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.
  • Club Tea and Chat Night – Wednesday 1st November – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Sunday Breakfast – Lancing Harvester – Sunday 5th November – 9.00am – 10.00am

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: 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 – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

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

RALLIES

21 October 2017 Yeovil ARC 71st Anniversary Event [Saturday] Sparkford Village Hall, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7ED.
Open 10:00. Admission free. Also celebrating El Alemein with radios from that era plus 1920s on. Secret Listener radios.
Light refreshments available. Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by K2DM, ON4EI, 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.

ANNOBON ISLAND, 3C0. Operators Yuris, YL2GM and Kaspars, YL3AIW are QRV as 3C0L until October 22. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via YL2GN.

SRI LANKA, 4S. Alex, UT5UY and Roman, UR0MC will be QRV as 4S7AYG from October 22 to 31. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0URX.

LESOTHO, 7P. Pista, HA5AO is QRV as 7P8AO until October 28. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Look for 9M2SJM to be QRV by members of the Scout Melaka group during the 60th Jamboree On the Air.

BOTSWANA, A2. Andre, NJ0F is QRV as A25A until November 5. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Johannes, PA5X is QRV as C93PA from Beira and is here for the next few months. Activity is on various HF bands using SSB, JT65, WSPR and FT8. QSL to home call.

PALESTINE, E4. Janusz, SP9FIH is QRV as E44WE from Bethlehem until October 29. Activity is on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. This includes being active in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest as a Single Op/Single Band on 15 meters entry.
QSL to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Members of the Grupo DX Teide are QRV as EH8FA from the Lighthouse Anaga, ARLHS CAI-001, until October 22. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.
QSL direct to EA8NQ.

IRELAND, EI. Oliver, ON4EI will be QRV as EI8GQB from October 21 to November 1 from a caravan using mainly green energy. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters. He will be QRV as EI1A in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via PA3249.

MOLDOVA, ER. Ben, DL7UCX is QRV as ER/DL7UCX until October 22.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as P29RR until November 6. Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters using CW, JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. A group of operators will be QRV as PY0FW from October 22 to 27. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB and vTagsarious digital modes. QSL via PP1CZ.

BANGLADESH, S2. Operators G3KHZ, G4EDG, DL6KVA, S21ED and S21TV will be QRV as S21ZDC from Saint Martins Island, IOTA AS-127, from October 21 to 25. Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via SM6CVX.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Kasimir, DL2SBY is QRV as S79KB from Mahe, IOTA AF-024, until November 1. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB with a focus on RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

EGYPT, SU. Look for SU60J to be QRV during the 60th Jamboree On The Air. QSL via SM5AQD.

TUVALU, T2. Tony, 3D2AG will be QRV as T2AR from Funafuti, IOTA OC-015, from October 21 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 and 2 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA. Look for TC68JOTA to be QRV during the 60th Jamboree On The Air. QSL via operators’ instructions.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. Keith, GM4YXI and Chris, GM3WOJ will be QRV as VK9CZ from October 24 to November 7. Activity will be on the HF bands with two stations. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via N3SL.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M. Operators K2DM and N0SMX will be QRV as VP2MDG and VP2MMX, respectively, from October 26 to 30. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. This includes being a Multi/Single entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home calls.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
Scouts Jamboree On The Air, the Stew Perry Topband Challenge, JARTS World Wide RTTY Contest, Araucaria World Wide VHF Contest, 10-10 International Fall CW Contest, RCB XYL Test, New York QSO Party, Worked All Germany Contest, South Dakota QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint, Illinois QSO Party and the RSGB RoLo 80-Meter CW are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for October 25.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

22nd October – 50MHz AFS Contest – 09.00-13.00

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday’s lecture was given by Chris Tomlinson from EON/Rampion, on the Rampion Wind Farm, which as most will be aware, is in its late stages of development. A highly informative talk, with slides despite minor issues between our projector and Chris’ laptop. Further to Chris’ talk, technical questions have been invited and Chris will do his best to have them answered. Please forward any questions for Chris to G4GNX via chairman@wadarc.org.uk

Next week is the Autumn Junk Sale and images of Bryan, G3GVB’s equipment are still available on the WADARC website – follow this link (or copy and paste) to view:

www.wadarc.org.uk/weekly-updates/sk-g3gvb-equipment-at-the-next-junk-sale

Please also note that the start time of the Junk Sale has been brought forward to 7.30pm, as there are quite a lot of ‘GVB pieces as well as members’ own items.

Next week, Jonathan – G1EXG will be composing the Weekly Bulletin and will continue to do so once per month. Watch this space for some excellent content.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Junk Sale (including radios etc from G3GVB) – Wednesday 18th October – 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.
Club Tea and Chat Night – Wednesday 1st November – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Sunday Breakfast – Lancing Harvester – Sunday 5th November – 9.00am – 10.00am

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: 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 – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

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

RALLIES

13 to 16 October 2017 The RSGB Convention [Friday to Monday]
Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive,
Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK7 6BZ.
Details: http://www.rsgbevents.org

15 October 2017 Holsworthy ARC Rally
Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6JD.
Trade. B&B. Catering. Free on-site parking. Disabled access.
Details: Howard, M0MYB, holsworthyarc@gmail.com

21 October 2017 Yeovil ARC 71st Anniversary Event [Saturday]
Sparkford Village Hall, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7ED.
Open 10:00. Admission free. Also celebrating El Alemein with
radios from that era plus 1920s on. Secret Listener radios.
Light refreshments available.
Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
FRIDAY THE 13TH, A LUCKY DAY FOR AURORAS: NOAA forecasters say there is a 70% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on Oct. 13th, marking the third day in a row such storms have circled Earth’s poles. In fact, Friday the 13th could be the best day yet as Earth enters a faster-moving stream of solar wind, with wind speeds topping 600 km/s. Arctic sky watchers should remain alert for auroras.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

Low K-index and solar disturbances continue to plague the lower HF bands. 40 metres has been good in the evenings with contacts to North America and good signal strengths, quite frequent.
Bob, G3VXJ reports QSOs with a great many parts of the globe, on the upper HF bands, using just 5 Watts!

VHF/UHF:

This weekend (14th/15th) conditions are predicted to be favourable for what is described as a “mega-lift”, due to temperature inversions and “mirroring”. Autumn auroral activity is highly likely throughout the month.

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by NT5V, 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.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Flavio, IW2NEF will be QRV as 3B8/IW2NEF from October 16 to 23. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands.QSL to IK2DUW.

SWAZILAND, 3DA. A group of operators are QRV as 3DA0MB until October 18. This is an EME DXpedition, with activity on 6 and 2 meters, and 70, 23, 13, 9, 6, and 3 cm using CW and JT65. QSL via PA3CMC.

UGANDA, 5X. Kazuo, 5X2B is QRV from Kampala until July 2019. Activity is on 30 to 12 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to JA1PBV.

BHUTAN, A5. Steve, N6SJ is QRV as A52SJ from Paro until October 19. Activity is on the HF bands with a focus on 160 meters. QSL to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Steve, KL7SB is QRV as E51RAT from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, until October 18. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to NI5DX.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ. Damien, F4AZF is QRV as FJ/F4AZF until October 20, or possibly until October 27, while working here. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time. QSL to home call.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ will be QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 beginning October 15 and will be here for two months. Activity will be in his spare time on the HF bands using CW and RTTY. QSL direct to JA8CJY.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Look for OH0B to be QRV in the Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest. QSL via OH2BH.

MARKET REEF, OJ0. Henri, OH3JR is QRV as OJ0JR until October 14. Activity is on 40 to 4 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

BELGIUM, ON. Special event station OP36CLM will be QRV from October 16 to November 15 to commemorate the liberation of the town of Knokke by Canadian forces in November 1944. QSL via ON3AIM.

BONAIRE, PJ4. Operators Vernon, NN5E and Jim, NT5V will be QRV as PJ4/NN5E and PJ4/NT5V, respectively, from October 15 to 22. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home calls.

BANGLADESH, S2. A group of operators are QRV as S21ZDC from Bhola Island, IOTA AS-140, until October 18. Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via G3KHZ.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Jose, EC5AC is QRV as S9CQ from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until October 21. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

CRETE, SV9. Mirko, DJ1AA is QRV as SV9/DJ1AA/p from Sisi, IOTA EU-015, until October 13. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Operators JH7IPR, JA6EGL and JQ6FQI are QRV as T88UW, T88SM, and T88WM, respectively, until October 18. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home calls.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Bill, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from Calypso Bay, IOTA NA-104, from October 15 to November 7. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters, including 60 meters, using SSB. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ Word Wide DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84K50GJ is QRV until October 15 to mark the present Sultan’s Golden Jubilee. QSL via operators instructions.

INDIA, VU. Special event stations AT1FI, AT2FI, AT3FI and AT4FI are QRV until October 28 during the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via VU2SMS.

LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS, VU7. A group of operators are QRV as VU7T from Kavaratti, IOTA AS-011, until October 20. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes, with up to three stations active. QSL via VU2CPL.

ST. HELENA, ZD7. Bill, G0VDE plans to be QRV as ZD7VDE for one week beginning October 14. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes. QSL via G3SWH.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The Oceania DX CW Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Makrothen RTTY Contest, Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest, QRP ARCI Fall CW QSO Party, Pennsylvania QSO Party, Arizona QSO Party, FISTS Fall Unlimited CW Sprint, PODXS 070 Club 160-Meter Great Pumpkin Sprint, Asia-Pacific Fall CW Sprint and the UBA ON 2-Meter Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from October 16 to 20.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for October 16.

The Telephone Pioneers QSO Party is scheduled for October 16.
The Phone Fray, RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Data Series and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for October 18.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

22nd October – 50MHz AFS Contest – 09.00-13.00

FINALÉ

Hopefully we will soon to be able to operate HF again from within Lancing Parish Hall, but this time instead of operators and “chatters” being crammed into the same space, we will be using the tea-bar area in Jubilee Hall to place the K3 or IC7300, with the shutters lowered to keep the mutual noise out. Those who want to chat can continue to do so in the carpeted area, where we have met for the past few weeks.

I’m hoping to formulate a questionnaire, once the committee have met, so that we can tailor the club meetings to the interests of all members, within the cloak of Amateur Radio. Any thoughts you may have in advance can be sent to any committee member for consideration.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

 

THE PAST WEEK

A highlight of the week was on Monday when there was an opening of the HF bands, with all bands seeing propagation improvement, right up thru 10 metres, with some good DX reported.
Band conditions continued to be fair and 40 metres was very much improved for our Thursday morning net, although there weren’t many ‘takers’!

In case you hadn’t noticed, the AGM took place last Wednesday and I’m pleased to say that it went very well, with around 30 members attending, despite there being an overall membership decline.
Further accurate details will be published as soon as Andy and Roger compare notes and compile the info.
For the time being, here’s an abbreviated list of officers and committee for 2017/2018:

Chairman – Alan, G4GNX
Vice-Chairman – Les, G3JSU
Secretary – Andy, M6RFE
Treasurer – Roger, G7VBR

Committee members:
Ian, M0IAD
Norman, 2E0RKO
Ray, M6IKO
Alex, M6UMD

A further reminder that the Junk Sale is not far away, images of Bryan, G3GVB’s equipment are now on the WADARC website – follow this link (or copy and paste) to view:

www.wadarc.org.uk/weekly-updates/sk-g3gvb-equipment-at-the-next-junk-sale

Please also note that the start time of the Junk Sale has been brought forward to 7.30pm, as there are quite a lot of ‘GVB pieces as well as members’ own items.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Foundation Training – Saturday 7th October – email: training@wadarc.org.uk to book
Foundation Exam – Monday 9th October – 7.15pm – 8.30pm
Lecture – The Rampion Windfarm – Wednesday 11th October – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Junk Sale (including radios etc from G3GVB) – Wednesday 18th October – 7.30pm – 10.00pm
Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: 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 – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

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

RALLIES

13 to 16 October 2017 The RSGB Convention [Friday to Monday]
Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive,
Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK7 6BZ.
Details: http://www.rsgbevents.org

15 October 2017 Holsworthy ARC Rally
Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6JD.
Trade. B&B. Catering. Free on-site parking. Disabled access.
Details: Howard, M0MYB, holsworthyarc@gmail.com

21 October 2017 Yeovil ARC 71st Anniversary Event [Saturday]
Sparkford Village Hall, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7ED.
Open 10:00. Admission free. Also celebrating El Alemein with
radios from that era plus 1920s on. Secret Listener radios.
Light refreshments available.
Details: Bob, 01963-440167, wjh069@gmail.com

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
(Oct 5 1147UTC) Solar has intensified but only slightly. The southern coronal hole stream has mostly missed our planet and will be only lightly felt in the magnetosphere.
(Oct 4 1155UTC) The solar wind is late. Telemetry shows no impacts thus far and so the stream may be weaker than the last one (which produced level 3 geomagnetic storms). If the stream does not impact in the next 24 hours it has likely missed our planet.
(Oct 3 1200UTC) An intensification of solar wind is expected within ~24 hours due to the earth-facing coronal hole. Aurorae and geomagnetic storms are expected. Solar flaring is expected to remain low as the sunspots are weak, turning out of view, and few appear ready to replace them.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Occasional enhancements over 750Km have occurred during the past week right across Europe, but are rather short lived. These are likely to continue. Autumn auroral activity also likely.

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by Z36W, 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.

TUNISIA, 3V. Mik, HB9FSA is QRV as 3V8TD from Djerba Island, IOTA AF-083. Activity is on the various HF bands. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Roly, ZL1BQD is QRV as 4W6RR from Dili, IOTA OC-148, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using CW and JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

RWANDA, 9X. Peter, HB9DVG is QRV as 9X9PJ, and possibly later as 9X9PJ/p, from Kigali for the next two years. Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as A5A until October 8. The main purpose of this trip is to support the launch of the Paralympic Committee in Bhutan with the Bhutan Olympic Committee. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JH1AJT.

SPAIN, EA. Special event station AN92EXPO commemorates the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Seville Universal Exposition, operating in conjunction with the fifth centennial of the Discovery of America.
QSL via bureau.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Gust, ON6KE is QRV as FR/ON6KE until October 10. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and FT8. QSL via operator’s instructions.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Stan, LZ1GC is QRV as H40GC until October 20.
Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. A group of operators are QRV as S9YY from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023, until October 12. Activity is on the HF bands, possibly including 60 meters, using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via DH7WW.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Peter, DD1GG is QRV as S79PT from Mahe Island, IOTA AF-024, until October 15. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Operators JA6BMB, JA6KYU and JR6DRH are QRV as T88CS, T88HS and T88RH, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until October 11. In addition, operators JA6EGL, JQ6FQI and JH7IPR will be QRV as T88SM, T88WM and T88UW, respectively, from October 11 to 17. Both operations are expected to be active on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65, JT9 and FT8. QSL to home calls.

BRUNEI, V8. Special event station V84K50GJ is QRV until October 15 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebration of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. Activity is on all bands and modes. QSL via QRZ.com.

CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. A group of operators are QRV as VK9XI until October 10. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes an entry in the Oceania DX SSB contest. QSL via M0OXO.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. After their Christmas Island operation, the group will be QRV as VK9CI from October 10 to 17.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with a beacon on 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming Oceania DX CW contest. QSL via M0OXO.

VIET NAM. XV. Laurent, F5TMJ is living in Ho Chi Minh City and is QRV as XV9JM. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters at various times. QSL via F6ITD.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Members of the Radio Club Nikola Tesla are QRV as Z370M until December 31 to celebrate the club’s 70 years. QSL via Z37M.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL EME Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary Contest, TRC DX Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, Oceania DX Phone Contest, The Russian World Wide Digital Contest SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, FISTS Fall Slow Speed CW Sprint, WAB HF Phone, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter CW Contest and the UBA ON 6-meter Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for October 9.

The 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint is scheduled for October 10.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for October 11.

Please see October QST, page 94, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

7th – 8th October – 432MHz/2.45GHz Contest – 14.00-14.00

7th October – 1.2GHz/2.3GHz Trophy – 14.00-22.00

22nd October – 50MHz AFS Contest – 09.00-13.00

FINALÉ

There was considerable discussion at last Wednesday’s AGM regarding the decline in WADARC membership and the direction in which YOUR club is going. Whilst it was realised that part of the decline is due to members passing away, that’s really quite a small proportion of the overall membership. As a club we need to think up new ideas and activities to attract people into Amateur Radio and to join WADARC, whilst catering for the varied interests of existing members. There was also talk of moving our meeting place, preferably to somewhere where we can have a dedicated shack, storeroom and workbench.

I would ask all members to consider the above and to try to come up with suggestions to submit to the Committee.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The recent Intermediate training and subsequent exam was successful, last Saturday. Congratulations to Ninesh, Bruce and Alex on passing the exam. Looking forward to hearing you on the air with your new callsigns.

Last Wednesday we confined ourselves to the bar area in Jubilee Hall and as there were no complaints, I presume that everyone was happy with this.

There was a better attendance than previous weeks, hopefully because some fool volunteered to give a talk on Digital Modes. Despite the best efforts of Murphy, everything finally worked and my thanks go to Bryan, G0SIU for lending me his iMic sound card interface, due to mine having died the night before! Thanks also to those who ‘filled in the gaps’ where my knowledge failed.
Last but not least, thanks to Roger, G7VBR for coming down specially to make the tea, at short notice.

Bearing in mind that the Junk Sale is not too many weeks away, images of Bryan, G3GVB’s equipment are now on the WADARC website – follow this link (or copy and paste) to view:

www.wadarc.org.uk/weekly-updates/sk-g3gvb-equipment-at-the-next-junk-sale

Please also note that the start time of the Junk Sale has been brought forward to 7.30pm, as there are quite a lot of ‘GVB pieces as well as members’ own items.

Don’t forget the Sunday Breakfast this Sunday morning at Lancing Harvester (see below).

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Breakfast at the Lancing Harvester – Sunday 1st October – 9.00am – 10.00am
  • WADARC AGM and after meeting chat – Wednesday 4th October – 8.00pm sharp
  • Foundation Training – Saturday 7th October – email: training@wadarc.org.uk to book
  • Foundation Exam – Monday 9th October – 7.15pm – 8.30pm
  • Lecture – The Rampion Windfarm – Wednesday 11th October – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Junk Sale (including radios etc from G3GVB) – Wednesday 18th October – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: 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 – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

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

RALLIES

September 2017

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday]
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market.
RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering.
Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

October 2017

1 October 2017 Hack Green Hangar Sale
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, French Lane, Nantwich, Ches. CW5 8AL.
Open 10:00. Sale of amateur & electronic equipment, comps, military radio
sets and vehicle spares. Refreshments on-site.
Details: Lucy Siebert, 01270-623353, lucy@hackgreen.co.uk

13 to 16 October 2017 The RSGB Convention [Friday to Monday]
Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive,
Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK7 6BZ.
Details: http://www.rsgbevents.org

15 October 2017 Holsworthy ARC Rally
Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6JD.
Trade. B&B. Catering. Free on-site parking. Disabled access.
Details: Howard, M0MYB, holsworthyarc@gmail.com

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
(Sep 27 1157UTC) The 2nd coronal hole stream this week has impacted earth. A geomagnetic storm is underway this morning and should proceed nice auroral activity around high latitudes. Solar flares remain absent but three sunspot groups exist on the disk and we’ll monitor them as well.

(Sep 28 1152UTC) Level 3 geomagnetic storms are underway this morning as the speed of the coronal hole stream surged to high levels. Electrical/Health alerts are in play at moderate to high levels. New sunspots were born behind the formerly grand sunspot group but solar flaring remains low for now.

For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Some enhanced propagation during the past week, but sustained higher temperatures haven’t produced anything remarkable. Currently distances of 250Km are highly possible in the direction of Paris towards the south and the Netherlands towards the north east. Autumn auroral activity also likely.

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

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.

ALGERIA, 7X. Members of the Radio Club of Djelfa will be QRV as
7Y7AI from Ile du Cavallo, IOTA AF-104, from September 30 to October
10. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters. QSL via 7X2DD.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC
are QRV as A5A until October 8. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. The main objective of this visit is to
support the Bhutan Olympic Committee in its setup of a Paralympic
Committee. QSL via JH1AJT.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Gust, ON6KE will be active from September 29 to
October 10 as FR/ON6KE on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and FT8.
QSL via ClubLog, LoTW or eQSL.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. Stan, LZ1GC returns to Nendo Island as H40GC
from September 30 to October 20. He will focus on the low bands
using SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK. QSL via LZ1GC.

DODECANESE, SV5. Oliver, DK7TX will be active holiday-style from
the islands Kos, Lalymos, Nisyros, and Telendos, IOTA EU-001, from
October 3 to 30 as SV5/DK7TX on 40 to 6 meters, with a focus on 20,
15 and 10 meters. QSL via home call.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. R60SAT will be QRV to commemorate the first
Sputnik from October 1 to 8. An award is available as well. QSL
via R4AS direct.

MICRONESIA, V6. Chusuke, JR1FKR and Yutaka, JH1MLO will be QRV from
September 27 to October 2. They will sign V63FKR and V63MLO on SSB
and RTTY. QSL V63FKR via JR1FKR and V63MLO via JH1MLO.

INDIA, VU. The team of VU3NPI, VU2GTI, VU3EDG, VU3ESV, VU3GDS,
VU3YPP, VU3SXH, VU3ZLS, VU2DEV, VU2RCT, VU3DEW and VU3ZNG will be
QRV as AT7M from St. Mary’s Island, IOTA AS-096, from September 30
to October 1 on 40 and 20 meters and possibly other bands depending
on conditions. QSL via VU3NPI.

BURKINA FASO, XT. Listen for Harald, DF2WO from September 29 to
October 30 as XT2AW on HF including 60 meters using digital modes
such as JT65 and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.

INDONESIA, YB. Special event station YE72JB marks the 72nd
anniversary of the West Java Province. They will be QRV on
September 29 and 30 on the HF bands using SSB, CW and digital modes.
QSL via LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog.

PALESTINE, E4. SP9FIH will be QRV at E44WE from October 18 to 29.
This will include a single-op single band 15 meter assisted low
power effort in the CQ WW DX Phone Contest. Outside the contest
activity he will be on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using SSB, PSK and
possibly RTTY. QSL via SP9FIH.

NEPAL, 9N. Gerhard, OE3GEA is now active as 9N7GE. His length of
his stay is unknown. His activity has been on various HF bands
using CW. QSL via his home call sign, direct or by the Bureau.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Leo, PP1CZ will be active as PY0FW from
October 22 to 27. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters
with some tries on 6 meters if he has propagation, using CW, RTTY,
some SSB, and possibly JT65 and FT8. QSL direct or to ClubLog’s
OQRS.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW
Ladder, Feld Hell Sprint, UK/EI SSB DX Contest, Russian World Wide
MultiMode Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter SSB Contest, Classic Phone
Exchange and the Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this
weekend.

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from October 2 to 8. The German
Telegraphy Contest and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduled for
October 3. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, 432 MHz Fall Sprint, UKEICC
80-Meter SSB Contest and Phone Fray are all scheduled for October 4.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, October QST, page 94, and
the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

7th – 8th October – 432MHz/2.45GHz Contest – 14.00-14.00

7th October – 1.2GHz/2.3GHz Trophy – 14.00-22.00

22nd October – 50MHz AFS Contest – 09.00-13.00

FINALÉ

Membership fees continue to trickle in. Thanks to all who have re-joined. For those who haven’t quite got round to it, or have been away, please try to re-join before next week’s AGM or at least let Ian, M0IAD know that you intend to do so when you return.

Where is everybody??? Although there were an increased number at last Wednesday’s meeting, the meetings are not being as well attended as several months ago. Also, the Club nets are dwindling out of existence. Whilst there are obvious issues with HF propagation affecting 80m and 40m, 2 metres is as good as it ever was, but lately very few people contribute.

Whilst it’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time, is the Club format to blame as well as the way the nets are run? Can all members bear this in mind when attending next week’s AGM, so that perhaps we can discuss it after the main AGM business is completed. If you prefer to make your comments anonymously, please contact Roger, G7VBR who will pass comments to the Committee, but without revealing your name if that’s what you want.

Apart from thinking what the Club can do for you, please think about what you can do for the Club. The Committee needs new members, especially from the younger generation and most of all we need new ideas.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

This past week we met in the bar area of the Jubilee Hall, where we all sat round the table layout in the centre of the room. I think all agreed that the it was easier to hear each other without the echo from the main auditorium and the room layout provided a more friendly atmosphere. Next week we will probably use the club screen with the projector in the same room, to see how that works out.

Last Wednesday was our annual Construction Competition and it was pleasing to see a number of entries, all different. Thanks to all who participated. The over all winner was Chris, G3UFS with his 400W dummy load, constructed from a modified PW design, using 100W resistors, mounted on a suitable heatsink.

Discussion also took place on the next JOTA event and the Remembrance Day parade marshalling, with the need for volunteers to man these worthy events. Further details to be published via the club reflectors.

There were also comments that the last Sunday Breakfast was non-existent. This will only work if members turn up for the event.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Breakfast at the Lancing Harvester – Sunday 1st October – 9.00am – 10.00am
  • WADARC AGM and after meeting chat – Wednesday 4th October – 8.00pm sharp
  • Foundation Training – Saturday 7th October – email: training@wadarc.org.uk to book.
  • Foundation Exam – Monday 9th October – 7.15pm – 8.30pm
  • Lecture – The Rampion Windfarm – Wednesday 11th October – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Junk Sale (including radios etc from G3GVB) – Wednesday 18th October – 8.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Fox Hunt – final stage – Wednesday 25th October – 7.30pm onwards – meet in pub afterwards – Note: LPH CLOSED.

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: 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 – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

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

RALLIES

September 2017

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday]
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market.
RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering.
Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

October 2017

1 October 2017 Hack Green Hangar Sale
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, French Lane, Nantwich, Ches. CW5 8AL.
Open 10:00. Sale of amateur & electronic equipment, comps, military radio
sets and vehicle spares. Refreshments on-site.
Details: Lucy Siebert, 01270-623353, lucy@hackgreen.co.uk

13 to 16 October 2017 The RSGB Convention [Friday to Monday]
Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive,
Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK7 6BZ.
Details: http://www.rsgbevents.org

15 October 2017 Holsworthy ARC Rally
Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6JD.
Trade. B&B. Catering. Free on-site parking. Disabled access.
Details: Howard, M0MYB, holsworthyarc@gmail.com

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

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
(Sep 17 1847UTC) FARSIDE UPDATE: A powerful double-eruption, likely in the X class range, has occurred on the far side of the sun from the big sunspot that gave us our flares last week. It is still very active, and the flare/CME are visible on STEREO A/SOHO coronagraphs.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

VHF/UHF:

Some enhanced propagation during the past week, due to variations in temperature and subsequent inversions. This behaviour is likely to continue and it’s worth checking the beacons frequently, as well as looking out for sea mists, which usually indicate that there’s a ‘lift’ on. Distances in excess of 750Km are highly likely. Autumn auroral activity highly likely.

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV, 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.

BARBADOS, 8P. Dean, 8P6SH plans to be QRV as 8P50B on 20 meters in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via KU9C.

NEPAL, 9N. Gerhard, OE3GEA is QRV as 9N7GE. Activity of late has been on 30 and 17 meters using CW. His length of stay is unknown.
QSL to home call.

TAIWAN, BV. A group of operators will be QRV as BV2A/3 from SaXi, Tao Yuan City in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via
operators’ instructions.

BOTSWANA, A2. Operators Paul, R2AD, Elena, RC5A, and Yuri, RM0F are QRV as A25SP, A25BE, and A25BI, respectively, from Chobe National Park until September 25. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

TONGA, A3. Hal, JR4OZR will be QRV as A35W from Tongatapu Island, IOTA OC-049, in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL direct to JJ2VLY.

OMAN, A4. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will be QRV as A44A in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via A47RS.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9. Jorge, EA9LZ will be QRV as EF9R in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via EA5KB.

REUNION ISLAND, FR. Alain, F8FUA is QRV as FR/F8FUA until September 30. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

JERSEY, GJ. Kazu, M0CFW will be QRV as MJ5Z in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest on all bands. Before and after the contest he is
active as MJ0CFW. QSL to home call.

GUERNSEY, GU. A group of operators are QRV as MU/ON4ANN until September 24. Activity is on 160, 80, 40 and 30 meters using CW,
SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0URX.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Special event station HL50NWPF is QRV until September 24 to celebrate the 5th Nakdong River World Peace Culture Festival. QSL via HL5FXP.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Take, JA1UII is QRV as JD1BON until September 30. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE. Special event station OE6YHOTA will be QRV on September 23 and 24 to draw attention to the Young Helpers on the Air activity. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters. QSL via OE6SWG.

ARUBA, P4. Operators Jim, K8JH and Mike, KB8KB will be QRV as P40N and P40M, respectively, from September 27 to October 3.  Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and FT8. QSL both calls for this activity direct to home calls.

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F. Leo, PP1CZ is QRV as PY0F/PP1CZ until September 27. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using mainly CW, with some RTTY, JT65 and FT8 as well. QSL direct to home call.

CRETE, SV9. Joerg, DM1OS will be QRV as SV9/DM1OS from Gavdos Island, IOTA EU-187, from September 23 to 25. Activity will be
holiday style on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Katsumi, JA3KIO is QRV as T88XA from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until September 26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call. In addition, Toshi,
JA3JND is QRV as T88ON from Koror Island until September 28. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT65. QSL to
home call.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP from Blackman Eddy until September 25. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using some SSB. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC is QRV as XW1IC from Vientiane until September 25. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters. This includes being a Single Op/Single Band on 20 meter entry in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL to home call.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. A group of operators will be QRV as ZF1A in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest. QSL via operators’  instructions.

GIBRALTAR, ZB. Robert, M0TTT will be QRV as ZB2TT in the CQ World Wide DX RTTY contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via M0URX.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, Railways on the Air, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Maine QSO Party, Texas QSO Party and the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The 220 MHz Fall Sprint is scheduled for September 22. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for September 27.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

7th – 8th October – 432MHz/2.45GHz Contest – 14.00-14.00

7th October – 1.2GHz/2.3GHz Trophy – 14.00-22.00

22nd October – 50MHz AFS Contest – 09.00-13.00

FINALÉ

Thanks to all who have renewed their membership for the coming year. For those who haven’t yet managed it, please try to renew ASAP and certainly before the AGM. Methods include cash to any committee member, cheque, bank standing order, BACS direct transfer. Details can be obtained by sending an email to membership@wadarc.org.uk or to treasurer@wadarc.org.uk
If you make a direct transfer, please inform the membership secretary. Current subscription is £35 per annum.

If anyone has difficulty in getting payment to us, please contact Roger, G7VBR who will attempt to discretely resolve the situation.

Membership renewal is not just about the money, although it does come in handy! The committee need to know of everyone who is supporting the club and who/where to send club information. It also helps the club to plan ahead for future events.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday, Ron – G3SKI gave a very informative talk on his dealings with the opening of the IBA (Independent Television) in the 1950s. Unfortunately the event wasn’t especially well attended, so those who weren’t there missed one of the best lectures of the year. Ron, at the age of 94+ continues to amaze with his wealth of knowledge.

Next week is our annual Construction Contest. Please think about bringing along an item that you’ve made. It can be anything radio related and it’s OK if you’ve entered it in a previous contest.

We’ve discovered that there’s a serving hatch area in the Jubilee Hall, which can be used as a temporary shack on club nights. It has shutters that can be pulled down, which will isolate the area from noise in the rest of the hall. Although this is unlikely to be a permanent arrangement for a club shack, it’s a start!

We’re also finding that although the big screen is easier to see and requires no setup, we may think about using the WADARC screen in the bar area in future, because the acoustic is far less ‘lively’.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Intermediate Training – email training@wadarc.org.uk to book – Sat 16th – Sun 17th September – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
  • Intermediate Exam – Monday 18th September – 7.15pm – 9.00pm.
  • Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
  • AGM and after meeting chat – Wednesday 4th October – 8.00pm sharp.

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

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, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

September 2017

17 September 2017 Weston-Super-Mare Rally The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 7DX. Open 10:00. Admission £3. Large car park. B&B. Trade. Auction. Lectures. Family amusements, competitions & contests, interactive displays and fun activities. On-site catering. Details: 01278-786684, mjones129@btinternet.com http://www.G4WSM.club

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday] Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY. Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market. RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering.
Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website:

http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html

RAGCHEW

Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
(Sep 14 1831UTC) The northern coronal hole has impacted earth’s magnetic field. A Level 2 geomagnetic storm storm is underway. Aurorae are likely tonight!
(Sep 13 1136UTC) The faint edge of the CME shockwave from the X8 solar flare impacted earth yesterday. Since the bulk mass of the CME missed earth only a low-level geomagnetic storm was produced. We are awaiting solar wind impact from the northern coronal hole in the coming days.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

40 metre UK propagation on Thursday was extremely difficult, with only Phil, GM4UDU/M being heard consistently in Sussex and via the Hack Green SDR. Stations across the rest of the country could not contact each other, but would occasionally pop up out of the noise, only to disappear again within seconds. Ground wave was not as badly affected and the path between Shoreham and Bramber was mostly good.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions were average for the time of year. A couple of contacts were possible between Shoreham and a couple of low power handhelds at sea level in Brighton. Nothing to indicate tropospheric propagation, so the signals probably just got lucky and dodged between the buildings etc.,

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

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.

GEORGIA, 4L. Dmitry, R4WW will be QRV as 4L/R4WW from September 17 to 29. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW, and possibly SSB and RTTY. This may include an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY contest. QSL direct to home call.

SAMOA, 5W. Al, K7AR will be QRV as 5W0RA from Apia, IOTA OC-097, from September 19 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8. QSL to home call.

MAURITANIA, 5T. A group of operators are QRV as 5T5OK until September 29. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY with several stations active simultaneously. QSL via OK6DJ.

ALGERIA, 7X. Rodrigo, EA7JX will be QRV as 7U1X from Djelfa from September 18 to 25. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home call.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Members of the Kuala Lumpur DX Team will be QRV as 9M4IOTA from Indah Island, IOTA AS-074, from September 16 to 18. QSL direct to 9M4IOTA.

BOTSWANA, A2. Operators Pavel, R2AD, Yuri, RM0F and Elena, RC5A are QRV as A25BE, A25BI and A25SP, respectively, from Kasane until September 25. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

TONGA, A3. Hal, JR4OZR will be QRV as A35W from Nuku’alofa from September 20 to 26. Activity will be on the HF bands using RTTY and FT8. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via JJ2VLY.

NIUE, E6. Grant, VK5GR is QRV as E6AG until September 25 while on vacation. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using mainly digital modes but also some CW and SSB. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via M0OXO.

ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP. Operators G7VJR, G3ZAY, DH5FS, M0BLF, M0WUT, M0ZXA and M0INN will be QRV as FP/homecalls from Ile aux Marins from September 18 to 22. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters
using all modes, including FT8, with four stations active simultaneously. QSL to home call.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. Members of the 7163 Group are QRV as HD8M from Isabela Island, IOTA SA-004, until September 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes, including FT8. QSL direct to WB2REM.

GRENADA, J3. Wayde, KD2NOP is QRV as J3/KD2NOP until September 20. Activity is on various HF bands using JT65, FT8 and possibly other digital modes. QSL to home call.

WAKE ISLAND, KH9. Terry, K7ASU is QRV as K7ASU/KH9 until September 17 while on work assignment. His activity is sporadic, but is generally active on 40 and 20 meters at various times. QSL direct to home call.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Operators DK2DO, DL1ZBO and DL5FF will be QRV as OH0JWL from September 19 to 25. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL CW contacts via DK2DO, and RTTY contacts via DL5FF. In addition, special event callsign OF100FI/0 will be QRV from Brando Island during the SAC CW contest to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Finland. QSL via OH2BAD.

CZECH REPUBLIC, OL. Special event station OL100SV is QRV until September 23 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Signal Forces of the Czech Army. QSL via bureau.

LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC will be QRV as XW1IC from September 21 to 25. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home call.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. David, G4NRT is QRV as Z21NRT from Harare until September 29. Activity is on 80 to 2 meters using CW, SSB, PSK, JT65, JT69, FT8 and FM on 2 meters. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, North American RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, AGB 80-Meter NEMIGA Contest, SARL VHF/UHF Analogue/Digital Contest,
Scandinavian Activity CW Contest, All Africa International DX Contest, Iowa QSO Party, New Hampshire QSO Party, New Jersey QSO Party, QRP Afield, Washington State Salmon Run, Feld Hell Sprint and BARTG Sprint 75 are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The 144 MHz Fall Sprint and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for September 18.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for September 20.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

17th September – 70 MHz Contest # 2 – 09.00-12.00

FINALÉ

Is WADARC going ‘down the pan’, or is the lack of attendance a pre-AGM lull? I do hope it’s the latter. In the past couple of weeks, attendance has been poor and even the Fox Hunt was avoided by most. As the Fox Hunt was the last meeting in South Hall and there were more people there than out on the road, is the drop-off due to a dislike of the Jubilee Hall, or is it that the subject matter only interested a very few? I also wonder if some people didn’t turn up because they’d not paid next year’s membership? Please don’t stay away because of that. There’s is leeway in payment times and we don’t want to lose members because they’re a bit late in paying. If anyone feels financially embarrassed, please contact Roger, G7VBR who will discretely sort it out for you. Although WADARC is not paying for most of it, a lot of money and effort is being spent to move the club antennas and to provide improved meeting facilities for us all. I hope that it will all be worth it and attendances will greatly improve. Also, please try to promote membership of WADARC to non-members and past members. Members don’t need to be licenced and can find the Club a useful stepping stone to gaining knowledge and obtaining an Amateur Radio Licence.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

THE PAST WEEK

The RSGB NFD took place last weekend, with a lot of activity throughout the HF bands. Unfortunately there was no Club interest in taking part in the event, so Graham, G4FNL and his friend Peter G4BVH took part in the restricted section and report that they may have won it. Well done guys. Some club members reported finding G4FNL and giving away a few points, whilst others like myself did try to find the station and failed.

Wednesday evening saw the move into the Jubilee Hall at LPH. Fortunately we did some preparation the day before, so there were no nasty surprises and we knew where everything was. The acoustic in the main part of the hall was a bit lively, but it’s envisaged that we would only use that section when the projector screen’s in use. If we find that the acoustic is too objectionable, we still have our own projector screen, which can be setup in the bar area, with its carpeted floor. It’s just a shame that a few more members didn’t bother to turn up to support the club; it wasn’t as if the weather was bad!

Chris, M0VUE gave his final demonstration in his filters and baluns series, with diagrams and charts on the ‘big screen’ and members set about constructing some test filters. Although the high-pass filter didn’t work as expected, we think that some components were either u/s or marked incorrectly. However, members said that they enjoyed it and that it was a very successful evening.

We now have the go-ahead from the Parish Council to have our aerials and cables moved to the Jubilee Hall and this is being paid for by the Council. We envisage the work being carried out in the next couple of weeks or so.

Andrew reported that we are heading closer to the AGM and although we have prospective volunteers for Chairman and Treasurer, we are desperately looking for a candidate for Secretary. If this position is not filled at the AGM, the club will cease to function. Roger, G7VBR has been acting as temporary Secretary, but will definitely NOT be standing for this office next year. Of course officers have to be voted in, but we really do need at least one volunteer for Secretary, so please think about it yourself and consider that you could become an ordinary committee member.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Band III – a talk by Ron, G3SKI – Wed 13th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
Intermediate Training – email training@wadarc.org.uk to book – Sat 16th and Sat 23rd September – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Intermediate Exam – Monday 25th September – 7.15pm – 9.00pm.
Construction Competition – Wednesday 20th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.
Setting Up Your Laptop for Digital Modes, talk – Wednesday 27th September – 8.00pm – 10.00pm.

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

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, 7.30am-8.00am (local)

RALLIES

September 2017
10 September 2017 Andover ARC’s Wildhern Rally
Village Hall, Wildhern, just north of Andover, SP11 0JE. Map reference: SU350510
Open 10:00/Sellers 09:00. Admission £2. Tables in the hall £10, £8 per boot.
Free Raffle.
Details: arac@arac.org.uk Club Website http://www.arac.org.uk

10 September 2017 Torbay Annual Communications Fair
Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon, TQ12 3AF.
Open 10:00/09:30. Admission £2. B&B. RSGB books. Raffle. On-site parking
and catering.
Bookings: Pete, G4VTO, 01803-864528 or Mike, G1TUU, 01803-557941
rally@tars.org.uk

17 September 2017 Weston-Super-Mare Rally
The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare, BS24 7DX.
Open 10:00. Admission £3. Large car park. B&B. Trade. Auction. Lectures.
Family amusements, competitions & contests, interactive displays and fun
activities. On-site catering.
Details: 01278-786684, mjones129@btinternet.com http://www.G4WSM.club

29 & 30 September 2017 National Hamfest [Friday & Saturday]
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts. NG24 2NY.
Trade. B&B. Free parking. Disabled facilities. SIGs. Car boot sale. Flea market.
RSGB books. Morse tests. Catering. Details: http://www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

NEW Summer 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/summer-2017-ragchew

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):
GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING: A CME has just hit Earth’s magnetic field (Sept. 7th at ~2300 UT). This is the debris from Wednesday’s decade-class X9 solar flare. It arrived earlier than expected, confirming that the solar storm cloud is both fast and potent. The CME appears to contain strong south-pointing magnetic fields that typically do a good job of igniting geomagnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras in bright moonlight.
For further info please visit: http://spaceweathernews.com/

40 metre UK propagation on Thursday was particularly fickle with stations popping up out of the noise with 9+20 signals, then disappearing again in as many minutes. Hack Green SDR was showing the same symptoms and was more noisy than usual. Even ground wave between Shoreham and Sompting was degraded at times.

VHF/UHF:

The past week has shown variable propagation as usual. The weekend contests produced distant stations into PA, OZ, HB9, EA, DK, F etc., but QSB was a constant problem making QSOs very difficult. In view of recent solar storms, auroral activity has been reported over the USA and it’s highly likely that we could see enhanced auroral propagation from Sussex to the extreme north of UK and Scandinavia.

Beacons often heard in our area:

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:

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.

SENEGAL, 6W. Ronald, VE3REV is QRV as 6W1SU from Dakar and is here for the next 2 to 3 years. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB. QSL direct to M0URX.

ALGERIA, 7Y. Bodo, DF8DX will be QRV as 7Y0A from Bechar from September 11 to 22. Activity will be on the various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.

BOTSWANA, A2. Alex, IW5ELA is QRV as A25AL from various locations until September 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using mostly CW. QSL direct to home call.

MOROCCO, CN. Tev, TA1HZ and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as CN2HZ and CN2ZC, respectively, until September 13. Activity is on the HF bands. This includes being active in the Worked All Europe SSB DX contest. QSL CN2HZ via LZ3HI, and CN2ZC direct to home call.

NIUE, E6. Grant, VK5GR will be QRV as E6AG from September 13 to 25. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY contest. QSL via M0OXO.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Emanuele, IZ1UKX is QRV as EA8/IZ1UKX from Lanzarote Island, IOTA AF-004, until September 17. Activity is holiday style on 30 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Heinz, DF1YP is QRV as FO/DF1YP from Moorea, IOTA OC-046, until October 1. Activity is on 20, 17 and 15 meters using SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Kasimir, DL2SBY will be QRV as HB0/DL2SBY from September 9 to 15. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB with a concentration on RTTY. QSL direct to home call.

DENMARK, OZ. Jens, OZ0JD will be QRV as OZ0JD/p from Laesoe Island, IOTA EU-088, from September 10 to 15. Activity will be on the HF bands using RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. Sebastian, SQ1SGB is QRV as HF0ARC from the Polish Antarctic Station H. Arctowski on King George Island, IOTA AN-010, until October 10. Activity is on 40 and 10 meters at various times using JT9/65 and some SSB. QSL direct to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Claudio, HB9OAU will be QRV as SV5/HB9OAU from Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, from September 9 to 22. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from September 14 to 19. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and possibly RTTY and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND, VK9C. Lance, W7GJ will be QRV as VK9CGJ from September 12 to 30. This is a 6-Meter EME operation. QSL direct to home call.

VANUATU, YJ. Rod, YJ8RN will be QRV as YJ8RN/p from Loh Island, IOTA OC-110, from September 11 to 29. Activity will be in his spare time on 80, 40 and 20 meters using SSB. He may be active from IOTAs OC-035 and OC-104 as well. QSL via NZ4DX.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. David, G4NRT will be QRV as Z21NRT from Harare from September 9 to 29. Activity will be during his spare time on 80 to 6 meters, and 2 meters FM, using CW, SSB, PSK, JT9/65 and FT8. QSL direct to home call.

MACEDONIA, Z3. Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as Z38/DL1CW from Orhid from September 11 to 13. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

ALBANIA, ZA. Arno, DL1CW will be QRV as ZA/DL1CW from Pogradec on September 9 and 10. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL September VHF Contest, ARRL EME Contest, North American CW Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, Worked All Europe SSB DX Contest, Kulikovo Polye 20-Meter CW Contest, FOC CW QSO Party, SARL Field Day Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Ohio State Parks on the Air, Russian Cup Digital Contest and the Classic CW Exchange will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The RSGB 80m Autumn SSB Series and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint are scheduled for September 11.

The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for September 13.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

17th September – 70 MHz Contest # 2 – 09.00-12.00

FINALÉ

Scenario: Middle of NFD – 40 metres:

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

UA2ABC yoooah fifeah ninah, 73….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

G3XYZ….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

G3XYZ…..

No Europah, only Asia contestah, I callah DeeExah….

G3XYZ – then you really need to state which contest when you call CQ, 73….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew contest, Zeekew DeeExa, eeesa EetalyWunaXYZ….

G4GNX rapidly loses interest and QSYs up the band!

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73,

Alan. G4GNX