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WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Andy, M6RFE continues to progress, but his condition is more serious than we initally thought so his stay in hospital will be longer than first predicted.

Last Wednesday’s meeting was a Tea and Chat, with some lively and friendly discussion amongst those present.

If you want to know more about plastics and other aspects of Normans (M0EBI) work, we made two films a few years ago so do please check these out:

Jonathan Hare talks to Professor Norman Billingham about his life in science:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwL-naxxlW8&feature=youtu.be

Is there life in your PC?:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5gb4x7gMb0&feature=youtu.be

** Brian Spiby talk is next week “I was a cold war spy” **

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Talk – I was a cold war spy – Brian Spiby – Wednesday 11th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 18th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Outside event – Bring Radios/Antennas – Meet at Mill Hill, Shoreham – 2nd Car Park – Wednesday 25th April – 7.30pm-9.30pm – Lions Hall will be closed!
Talk on Algeria trip – Chris, M0VUE – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 2nd May – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Moon Bounce talk – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 9th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm (see WADARC web site for details)

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

15 April 2018 Yeovil ARC QRP Convention
Digby Hall, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA.
Admission £3. Open 09:30 to 15:00. Regrettably only guide dogs can be admitted.
Traders. B&B. Club stands. Talks programme (see website). Trader bookings via
the website. Supported by RSGB, RAFARS & BYLARA.
Details: http://yeovil-arc.com/QRPconvention.php

15 April 2018 West London Radio & Electronics Show
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.
Open 10:00/09:50. Talkin. Free on-site parking. Trade. B&B. SIGs. Lectures.
Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, info@radiofairs.co.uk http://www.radiofairs.co.uk

29 April 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally [Rescheduled from 4 March]
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B bookin – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

Propagation News – 1 April 2018
rsgb | March 29, 2018

As we move into April 2018 it is time to think about updating the latest smoothed sunspot number if you are using a VOACAP-based propagation prediction program.

There are a number of different methods used to smooth or average sunspot numbers, but VOACAP recommends the adjusted SSN from the Solar Influences Data Centre in Belgium. So we’ll settle for an SSN of eight. This tells us that solar activity is very low and the predicted solar flux index of 68-70 for this week basically says we are likely to continue to have no sunspots at all. But that doesn’t mean we will have no HF propagation. We can expect to see daytime openings up to 18MHz, with occasional openings on 21MHz as well. It is a little too early for the main sporadic E season, so openings on 12 metres and 10 metres will be few and far between, but not impossible. This time of year does favour north-south paths for F2 layer openings on the higher bands so do check 12 and 10 metres.

The good news is that the NOAA longer-term forecast for next week is for quieter geomagnetic conditions. This often involves crystal ball gazing as the Solar Dynamics Observatory cannot see around the edge of the Sun, but quieter geomagnetic conditions, shown by lower K-indices, could spell better conditions on the HF bands.
Eighty metres remains a mainly night time band and 40 metres may provide 24 hour contacts, with longer paths opening up after dark. It might also be a good time to try a new mode such as FT8, which is getting rave reviews for its ability to secure DX contacts with low power and compromise antennas.

VHF and up

This week is a rather long range tropo forecast due to the Easter break and this week’s GB2RS deadline having been brought forward.

In the run up to Easter, it’s been very unsettled again, so there is little chance of enhanced tropo. There will be periods of wet and windy weather and some risk of snow in the north. This Easter weekend there is a hint of a weak high developing over Scotland, which will transfer east over the North Sea. The end result is that the UK is still under low pressure with rain or April showers and early signs that there may be more significant low developing towards the following weekend with a chance of severe gales. It’s a long way off, but it is a flag to check the forecasts carefully as we get closer. In the odd quieter days beforehand, it may be worth checking those mast guys before the end of the second week.

So what modes are options? You can try rain scatter on the microwave bands from April showers, sporadic E on 10m and 6m, especially on weak signal digital modes at the end of next week as strong jet streams arrive, but sadly no strong signal for tropo.

Moon declination is negative again and at minimum next Saturday. Apogee is only seven days away so losses are high and increasing and moon windows are shortening.

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

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
UR4NWW, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

AGALEGA AND ST. BRANDON ISLANDS, 3B6,7. A large group of operators
are QRV as 3B7A from Saint Brandon Island, IOTA AF-015, until April
17. Activity is on the HF bands with five stations active using CW,
SSB and RTTY. QSL via F5CWU.

KENYA, 5Z. Kees, 5Z4ZC is QRV on 40 to 10 meters using PSK31, JT65
and FT8. QSL via PA3CPK.

CROATIA, 9A. Dusan, S52DG will be QRV as 9A/S52DG/p from Krk
Island, IOTA EU-136, from April 12 to 15. Activity will be holiday
style on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

BHUTAN, A5. Zorro, JH1AJT, Jin, JF1IST and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as
A5A until April 11 while meeting with an official from the ministry
of health, sports federations and the BOC National Olympic
Committee. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via JH1AJT.

THE GAMBIA, C5. C5WP is QRV until April 13 while performing charity
work. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using SSB and
FT8, with some activity on 60 meters a well, and listening for
sporadic-E openings on 10 meters. QSL via ON7WP.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Mike, CT1IUA is QRV as D4IA from Sal Island, IOTA
AF-086, until April 9. Activity is on the various HF bands using
mostly CW. QSL to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0. Operators PA2HGJ, PA2RDK, PA3CNO, PA3DRF,
PE0MGB and PE1FLO will be QRV as HB0/home calls from April 7 to 14.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using mostly CW with some SSB
and various digital modes. QSL all calls via PE1FLO.

OGASAWARA, JD1. JN2AMD is QRV as JN2AMD/JD1. His length of stay is
unknown. QSL to home call.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5/6. Rick, AI5P will be QRV as PJ5/AI5P from
April 9 to 16. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

FRANZ JOSEF LAND, R1/F. Eugeny, UA4RX is QRV as RI1FJ from Heiss
Island until September 2018. Activity is generally on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via UA2FM.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9. Helio, CT1ENW is QRV as S92HP from Sao
Tome City, and is here until January 31, 2019. Activity is on the
HF bands, and 6 meters, using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL to home call.

TUVALU, T2. Antoine, 3D2AG will be QRV as T2AR from Funafuti, IOTA
OC-015, from April 8 to 15. Activity will be in his spare time on
160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65 and FT8. QSL to home
call.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event stations UE57G, UE12APR, R12APR,
and R108M are QRV until April 15 to commemorate Yuri Gagarin’s first
flight. QSL UE12APR and R12APR via R3LO, R108M via RK3LC, and UE57G
via R3LD.

UKRAINE, UR. Special event call EM30N is QRV until December 31,
2018 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the International
Radioamateur Club WW. QSL via UR4NWW.

AUSTRALIA, VK. Andy, VK5MAV will be QRV as VK5MAV/9 from Cato Reef,
IOTA OC-265, from April 9 to 18. QSL via RN3RQ.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American SSB Sprint Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, LZ Open 40-Meter CW Sprint
Contest, PODXS 070 Club 20-Meter PSK 31 Flavors Contest, SARL
VHF/UHF Digital Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Mississippi
QSO Party, Missouri QSO Party, Texas State Parks on the Air, Florida
State Parks on the Air, SP DX Contest and the EA RTTY Contest are
all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The 144 MHz Spring Sprint and 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday
Sprint are scheduled for April 9.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship,
Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for April 11.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

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

 

VHF/UHF:

10th April – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

10th April – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

12th April – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

12th April – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

15th April – 1st 50MHz Contest – 09.00-12.00

19th April – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

19th April – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

21st/22nd April – 1st MGM Contest – 14.00-14.00

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

The “Search and Rescue” trip arranged by Alex, 2E0UMD was a great success, according to reports from those who attended. Members spent several hours at the facility and despite the crew being on a “shout”, there was a very informative tour of the facility.

Last Wednesday’s meeting was a talk on plastics by Norman, M0EBI who obviously knows his subject very well. Norman covered a brief history of how plastics came to be developed, followed by a trip into molecular science, showing how different plastics with varying capabilities can be made, sometimes by changing one small but significant component.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 4th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Talk – I was a cold war spy – Brian Spiby – Wednesday 11th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 18th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Outside event – Bring Radios/Antennas – Meet at Mill Hill, Shoreham – 2nd Car Park – Wednesday 25th April – 7.30pm-9.30pm – Lions Hall will be closed!
  • Talk on Algeria trip – Chris, M0VUE – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 5th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

15 April 2018 Yeovil ARC QRP Convention
Digby Hall, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA.
Admission £3. Open 09:30 to 15:00. Regrettably only guide dogs can be admitted.
Traders. B&B. Club stands. Talks programme (see website). Trader bookings via
the website. Supported by RSGB, RAFARS & BYLARA.
Details: http://yeovil-arc.com/QRPconvention.php

15 April 2018 West London Radio & Electronics Show
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.
Open 10:00/09:50. Talkin. Free on-site parking. Trade. B&B. SIGs. Lectures.
Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, info@radiofairs.co.uk http://www.radiofairs.co.uk

29 April 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally [Rescheduled from 4 March]
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B bookin – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

RARE SOLAR MINIMUM SUNSPOT: Almost every day this month, the face of the sun has been utterly blank. Today, however, a new sunspot is growing near the sun’s southeastern limb, pocking the surface of our star with several Moon-sized dark cores.

Only on the eve of Solar Minimum would such a puny sunspot attract attention–and that is exactly where we are. Sunspot numbers are plummeting toward a deep nadir of the solar cycle expected to hit bottom in 2019-2020. For the foreseeable future, every sunspot is a rarity worthy of note.

This sunspot will probably remain small and quiet. But we could be wrong. Occasionally, potent sunspots emerge during Solar Minimum, unleashing powerful flares. Astronomers with backyard solar telescopes are encouraged to monitor this one … just in case.

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

ARLP011 Propagation de K7RA

At 2332 UTC on March 22 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for this weekend, March 24 and 25.

“Expect the geomagnetic activity to increase to mostly Active levels with isolated periods of Minor to Major Storm levels due to a high speed solar wind stream associated with a negative polarity coronal hole becoming geo-effective”.

In last week’s report, ARLP011, there were no sunspots over the reporting week. On March 15 one new sunspot appeared for a sunspot number of 11, which is the minimum non-zero sunspot number. The next day it was gone, then a new sunspot appeared March 17. Sunspot numbers on March 17 and 18 were 15 and 13, then none for the rest of our reporting week, March 19 to 21. So the average daily sunspot number increased from 0 over the previous week to 5.6 over the most recent 7 days, ending Wednesday March 21.

Average daily solar flux over the same two periods increased from 67.7 to 69.3. Geomagnetic indices about doubled, with average planetary A index changing from 7.1 to 14.4, and mid-latitude A index increasing from 5.7 to 11.3.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on March 23 through April 2, 69 on April 3 and 4, 70 on April 5 to 15, 69 on April 16 and 17, 68 on April 18 to 29, 69 on April 30 through May 1, and 70 on May 2 to 6.

Predicted planetary A index is 8, 22, 24, 18 and 8 on March 23 to 27, 5, 15, 10 and 8 on March 28 to 31, then 5 on April 1 to 9, then 8, 15 and 20 on April 10 to 12, then 15 on April 13 and 14, then 8 and 12 on April 15 and 16, 18 on April 17 to 19, 15 and 8 on April 20 and 21, and 5 on April 22 to 25, 8 on April 26 and 27, and 5 on April 28 through May 6.

The spring equinox began at 1615 UTC on Tuesday, March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere. At that moment solar radiation was equally distributed between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Except for the low solar activity, the beginning of spring should be an ideal time for worldwide HF communication.

VHF/UHF:

Monitoring ON0VHF has produced varying results from ‘unheard’ to 5/2/9 and back into the noise. This pattern can sometimes repeat may times in an hour. This could be due to ‘aircraft flutter’ or to changes in the Troposphere. There have been no enhancements this week due to temperature inversions.

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 The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

MALAWI, 7Q. Members of the EIDX Group are QRV as 7Q7EI from the shores of Lake Malawi until April 2. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with four stations active. QSL via M0OXO.

GHANA, 9G. Richard, 9G5AR is now licensed and QRV from Accra. He is generally active on 20 meters using SSB during his weekdays and weekends. QSL via N4GNR.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Mike, CT1IUA plans to be QRV as D41A from Santa Maria, Sal Island, IOTA AF-086, from April 1 to 9. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. QSL to home call.

NORTHERN IRELAND, GI. Special event station GB106TBC will be QRV from April 2 to 9 to commemorate the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. QSL direct to MI0MOD.

THAILAND, HS. Members of the Digital Thailand DX Association are QRV as HS8JCV/p from Lipe Island, IOTA AS-126, until April 2. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via HS8JCV.

ARGENTINA, LU. Special event station AZ36H is QRV until April 2 to recognize the 36th anniversary of the Falkland Islands War. QSL via operators’ instructions.

BULGARIA, LZ. Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik are QRV as LZ362ME during April to honor the memory of Bulgarian Saints. QSL via bureau.

NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PF2018SLO is QRV from Sloten during April during the context of the 11th Cities Marathon. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via PA0MBD.

EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event stations UE12APR, R12APR, R108M and UE57G will be QRV from April 1 to 15 to mark Cosmonauts Day to commemorate the first flights in space. QSL via operators’ instructions.

CANADA, VE. Special call VD1BOOM is QRV on Saturdays and Sundays during April to mark the 40th anniversary of a mysterious explosion called the Bell Island Boom that happened April 2, 1978 on Bell Island, IOTA NA-198, one of Newfoundland’s coastal islands. Activity is on 20 meters. QSL direct to VO1IDX.

TURKS AND CAICOS, VP5. Bernie, KD5QHV plans to be QRV as VP5/KD5QHV until April 2. Activity is on 40, 20, 17 and 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC is QRV as XW1IC until March 31. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters. QSL to home call.

KOSOVO, Z6. Gab, HB9TSW is QRV as Z68GB until April 19. Activity is on 80 to 17 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

GIBRALTAR, ZB. Special Event Station ZB2RAF will be QRV from April 1 to July 29 to honor the first Centenary of the Royal Air Force. QSL via G8FC.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Special event station ZM50GW will be QRV during April to commemorate the loss 50 years ago of the ferry TEV Wahine. QSL via bureau.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Russian World Wide MultiMode
Contest, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
Feld Hell Sprint, UK/EI DX CW Contest and the RSGB 80-Meter RoLo SSB
contest are all on tap for this weekend.

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon and RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship
are scheduled for April 2.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for April 3.

The UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW
Test are scheduled for April 4.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see March 2018 QST, page 85, April QST, page 84, and the ARRL
and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

1st April – 1st 70MHz Contest – 09.00-12.00

3rd April – 144MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

3rd April – 144MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

10th April – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

10th April – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

12th April – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

12th April – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

15th April – 1st 50MHz Contest – 09.00-12.00

19th April – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

19th April – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

21st/22nd April – 1st MGM Contest – 14.00-14.00

FINALÉ

During Norman’s lecture on plastics, he mentioned that the new Dreamliner aircraft is made from just two plastic mouldings, which makes it light and fuel efficient. I wonder how this affects its resistance to turbulence. Is it more likely to be bounced around the sky? Has anyone travelled on one yet?

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday’s talk and practical demonstration of APRS was by Dorian, 2E0FSI and was well attended. Dorian covered all aspects of the APRS system and there were plenty of questions and discussion from members.

Thanks to our Club President Chris, G3UFS for providing some more of WADARC’s history. All of the offerings so far will be used for a historical article, soon to be published on the club website. Any further club history will be gratefully received, but don’t leave it too long.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Sunday Breakfast – Goring Cafe – Sunday 25th March – 9.00am-10.00am – NOTE: This replaces the following Sunday meeting as it’s Easter Day.
  • Use of modern plastics – talk – Norman, M0EBI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 4th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Talk – I was a cold war spy – Brian Browby – Wednesday 11th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

15 April 2018 Yeovil ARC QRP Convention
Digby Hall, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA.
Admission £3. Open 09:30 to 15:00. Regrettably only guide dogs can be admitted.
Traders. B&B. Club stands. Talks programme (see website). Trader bookings via
the website. Supported by RSGB, RAFARS & BYLARA.
Details: http://yeovil-arc.com/QRPconvention.php

15 April 2018 West London Radio & Electronics Show
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.
Open 10:00/09:50. Talkin. Free on-site parking. Trade. B&B. SIGs. Lectures.
Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, info@radiofairs.co.uk http://www.radiofairs.co.uk

29 April 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally [Rescheduled from 4 March]
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B bookin – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

AURORAS EXPLODE OVER FINLAND: Earth is entering a stream of solar wind flowing from a sprawling hole in the sun’s atmosphere. First contact with the gaseous material on March 22nd sparked a bright display of auroras over Scandinavia. “The sky literally exploded right above our heads,” says Didier Van Hellemont, who sends this picture from Luosto, Finland:

“We enjoyed fine auroras for several hours as we walked through the woods from a snow-covered mountain in northern Finland,” says Van Hellemont. “And I hope there will be more in the nights ahead.”

Indeed there will be. Earth is only in the outskirts of the stream now. Our planet is about to move deeper into the stream where we will experience faster-moving rivulets of solar wind, with speeds exceeding 600 km/s (1.3 million mph). NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms on March 24th and 25th.

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

ARLP012 Propagation de K7RA

At 2332 UTC on March 22 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued
a geomagnetic disturbance warning for this weekend, March 24 and 25.
“Expect the geomagnetic activity to increase to mostly Active levels
with isolated periods of Minor to Major Storm levels due to a high
speed solar wind stream associated with a negative polarity coronal
hole becoming geo-effective”.

In last week’s report, ARLP011, there were no sunspots over the
reporting week. On March 15 one new sunspot appeared for a sunspot
number of 11, which is the minimum non-zero sunspot number. The
next day it was gone, then a new sunspot appeared March 17. Sunspot
numbers on March 17 and 18 were 15 and 13, then none for the rest of
our reporting week, March 19 to 21. So the average daily sunspot
number increased from 0 over the previous week to 5.6 over the most
recent 7 days, ending Wednesday March 21.

Average daily solar flux over the same two periods increased from
67.7 to 69.3. Geomagnetic indices about doubled, with average
planetary A index changing from 7.1 to 14.4, and mid-latitude A
index increasing from 5.7 to 11.3.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on March 23 through April 2, 69 on April
3 and 4, 70 on April 5 to 15, 69 on April 16 and 17, 68 on April 18
to 29, 69 on April 30 through May 1, and 70 on May 2 to 6.

Predicted planetary A index is 8, 22, 24, 18 and 8 on March 23 to
27, 5, 15, 10 and 8 on March 28 to 31, then 5 on April 1 to 9, then
8, 15 and 20 on April 10 to 12, then 15 on April 13 and 14, then 8
and 12 on April 15 and 16, 18 on April 17 to 19, 15 and 8 on April
20 and 21, and 5 on April 22 to 25, 8 on April 26 and 27, and 5 on
April 28 through May 6.

The spring equinox began at 1615 UTC on Tuesday, March 20 in the
Northern Hemisphere. At that moment solar radiation was equally
distributed between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Except
for the low solar activity, the beginning of spring should be an
ideal time for worldwide HF communication.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period March 23 to April 17,
2018 from F. K. Janda, OK1HH.

“Geomagnetic field will be:

Quiet on April 3, 7 to 9
Mostly quiet on March 28, 30, April 6
Quiet to unsettled on March 26 and 27, 31, April 1 and 2, 4 and 5,
16 to 18
Quiet to active on March 23 to 25, 29, April 10 and 11, 13, 15
Active to disturbed on March 26, April 12, 14

Solar wind will intensify on March 25 to 28, (31,) April (6 to 8,)
10 to 18.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions have been variable. Last Tuesday saw a small ‘lift’ in conditions and some distant repeaters in the West of the UK were heard whilst out mobile in the Shoreham/Steyning areas. Auroral contacts are also likely this week.

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, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Mart, DL6UAA will be QRV as 3B8MM from March 27 to
April 11. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, various
digital modes and some SSB. QSL to home call.

VIET NAM, 3W. Yuri, RA0FU plans to be QRV as 3W9CI from Cham
Island, IOTA AS-163, from March 24 to 27. Activity will be on 40 to
10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home
call.

GEORGIA, 4L. Mamuka, 4L2M will be QRV in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB
contest as a Single Op on 40 meter entry. QSL via EA7FTR.

MALAWI, 7Q. Members of the EIDX Group will be QRV as 7Q7EI from
March 24 to April 2. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY with four stations active. QSL via M0OXO.

CHINA, B. Look for B1Z to be a Multi/Op entry in the CQ World Wide
WPX SSB contest. QSL via EA7FTR.

TAIWAN, BV. Operators BM2AAV, BV2DD, BV2KS and BV3UB will be QRV as
BP0P in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL via bureau.

BAHAMAS, C6. Operators Joe, W8GEX and Janet, W8CAA are QRV as C6ADX
and C6AYL, respectively, from the Exuma Islands, IOTA NA-001, until
March 26. Activity is on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and various
digital modes. QSL direct to home calls.

MOROCCO, CN. A group of operators will be QRV as CN2AA in the CQ
World Wide WPX SSB contest as a Multi/Single entry. QSL via UA2FM.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Luca, HB9OBD is QRV as D44KIT from Sal Island, IOTA
AF-086, until March 25. Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters using
SSB and FT8. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Operator DU1KIR plans to be QRV as 4H1K in the CQ
World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9. Members of the Amateur Radio Union of Ceuta
will be QRV as ED9E in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL
direct to EA9ACD. In addition, look for Jorge, EA9LZ to be QRV as
EF9R in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL direct to EA5KB.

ISLE OF MAN, GD. Gordon, MM0GOR will be QRV as MD1E in the CQ World
Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL via M0OXO.

THAILAND, HS. A group of operators plan to be QRV as HS0AC in the
CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via HS5NMF.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Operators K1ZE, KE0UI and WA0ROI are QRV as
KP2/home calls from St. Croix. They will also be active as NP2N in
the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest as a either a Multi 2 or
Multi/Single entry. QSL NP2N to home call and all others to home
calls.

PERU, OA. Special call OC4PS will be QRV from the Pachacamac
Archaeological Sanctuary near Lima on March 23 and 24. Activity
will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL via OA4O.

ARUBA, P4. Andy, AE6Y will be QRV as P49Y from Pos Chiquito, IOTA
SA-036, in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest as a Single Op/All Band
entry. QSL to home call.

CAMEROON, TJ. Members of the IDXT are now QRV with new call TJ2TT
until March 29. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL direct to I2YSB.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP from Blackman Eddy until
March 27. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. This includes being an
entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Nobu, JA0JHQ is QRV as V73NC from Majuro,
IOTA OC-029, until March 26. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
mostly SSB and some FT8. This includes being an entry in the CQ
World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

BURKINA FASO, XT. Max, DK1MAX is QRV as XT2MAX until April 2.
Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters using mostly CW and some
FT8. QSL via LoTW.

CAMBODIA, XU. Li, BG4HRM is QRV as XU7AKL until March 28. Activity
is on 40 to 10 meters. This includes being active as a Multi/Single
entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL to home call. In
addition, look for members of the Haiyan Contest Club to be QRV as
XU7AEY in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL via BG9XD.

VIET NAM, XV. Igor, RW0BG is QRV as XV9BG from Phu Quoc Island,
IOTA AS-128, until March 26. Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using
CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Hans, YB2DX will be QRV as a Single Op/All Band/High
Power entry in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL direct to
home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest, QRP
80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, FOC CW QSO
Party and the UBA Spring 6-Meter Contest are all on tap for this
upcoming weekend.

The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray, QRP
40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for March 28.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see March 2018 QST, page 85, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

1st April – 1st 70MHz Contest – 09.00-12.00

3rd April – 144MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

3rd April – 144MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

10th April – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

10th April – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

12th April – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

12th April – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

15th April – 1st 50MHz Contest – 09.00-12.00

19th April – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

19th April – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

21st/22nd April – 1st MGM Contest – 14.00-14.00

FINALÉ

We now have a fairly full programme of events, including special event stations. Please keep an eye on the website for details and/or changes.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Due to Dorian being unwell, last Wednesday’s APRS talk was moved to next week. However, all was not lost and the Wednesday meeting turned into a friendly Tea and Chat, with lots to talk about. Several members said they thoroughly enjoyed it and the atmosphere was good. I wonder how many people bought “Swar Grees”? Also, thanks to Ian, M0IAD for bringing his IC7100 remote setup for 2M/70cm.

Following my request for historical anecdotes about the Club, Pete-G4LKW is the only one to respond so far (thanks Pete) with a box of ancient photos and papers. It would be good if other members can relate personal tales of Club history. Please send what you have to me by email. If you prefer to stay anonymous, I don’t need to include your name or callsign.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Committee meeting – at G7VBR QTH – Tuesday 20th March – 7.30pm-9.30pm
  • Talk on APRS – Dorian, 2E0FSI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 21st March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Sunday Breakfast – Goring Cafe – Sunday 25th March – 9.00am-10.00am – NOTE: This replaces the following Sunday meeting as it’s Easter Day.
  • Use of modern plastics – talk – Norman, M0EBI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 4th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Talk – I was a cold war spy – Brian Browby – Wednesday 11th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

15 April 2018 Yeovil ARC QRP Convention
Digby Hall, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA.
Admission £3. Open 09:30 to 15:00. Regrettably only guide dogs can be admitted.
Traders. B&B. Club stands. Talks programme (see website). Trader bookings via
the website. Supported by RSGB, RAFARS & BYLARA.
Details: http://yeovil-arc.com/QRPconvention.php

15 April 2018 West London Radio & Electronics Show
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.
Open 10:00/09:50. Talkin. Free on-site parking. Trade. B&B. SIGs. Lectures.
Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, info@radiofairs.co.uk http://www.radiofairs.co.uk

29 April 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally [Rescheduled from 4 March]
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B bookin – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

THE SOLAR WIND HAS ARRIVED: Earth is entering a stream of high-speed solar wind on March 15th, and this is causing auroras around the Arctic Circle so bright that some observers are seeing them even before nightfall. Visit Spaceweather.com for more information about this intensifying display and–bonus!–a must-see aurora movie.

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

ARLP011 Propagation de K7RA

No sunspots were observed between March 2 and March 15. One sunspot
made a brief appearance on March 2, after a blank sun on March 1.
Average daily sunspot number dropped from 1.6 to zero this week, and
average daily solar flux rose fractionally from 67.6 to 67.7. We’ll
be watching the latest sunspot appearance to see if it is as
fleeting as the March 2 sunspot.

Geomagnetic indicators rose slightly, with planetary A index
increasing from 5.1 to 7.1, and mid-latitude A index rose from 4.6
to 5.7.

Predicted solar flux is 69 on March 16 to 23, 72 on March 24 to 29,
70 on March 30, 68 on March 31 through April 11, 70 on April 12, 72
on April 13 to 25, 70 on April 26, and 68 on April 27 to 29.

Predicted planetary A index is 15 on March 16 to 18, 10 on March 19,
5 on March 20 to 22, then 8, 5, 8 and 20 on March 23 to 26, 5 on
March 27 to 29, 8 on March 30 and 31, 5 on April 1 to 9, then 8, 10,
14, 16 and 20 on April 10 to 14, 5 on April 15 and 16, then 12, 18,
10, 5, 8 and 20 on April 17 to 22, then 5 on April 23 to 25, 8 on
April 26 and 27, and 5 on April 28 and 29.

Carl Luetzelshwab, K9LA has a comment about solar flux and an
observation from N0JK in last week’s bulletin ARLP010:

“Jon Jones, N0JK said Sometimes the solar flux numbers don’t
correlate well to the actual ionization.

What Jon said is more the norm than the exception, as solar
radiation is not the only factor that contributes to the amount of
ionization at any given location. There are two other factors. One
is geomagnetic field activity (the K index), which can modify the
amount of ionization. The other is an event in the lower atmosphere
that couples up to the ionosphere, which also can modify the amount
of ionization and which is a very hot topic with researchers
nowadays.

The bottom line is if today’s solar flux is higher than yesterday’s,
it does not necessarily mean that the ionosphere is better today –
it could be worse. The result of all of this is that we have
monthly median propagation predictions (they are statistical over a
month’s time frame), not daily propagation predictions.”

VHF/UHF:

Conditions have been average to poor. Due to intense solar activity, auroral contacts are very likely. Listen on the SSB/CW end of 2 metres for strange sounding voices and people keying “bath wastes”.

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
KK9A, ON4EI, W2TT, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News,
DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and
WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y. Rich, KE1B and Anna, W6NN will be QRV as
9Y4/home calls from March 19 to 31 from Tobago, IOTA SA-009.
Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and PSK. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide
WPX SSB contest. QSL to home calls.

BHUTAN, A5. Zorro, JH1AJT, Jin, JF1IST and Champ, E21EIC are QRV as
A5A until March 18. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB
and RTTY. There is a focus on using FT8 as well. QSL via JH1AJT.

IRELAND, EI. Oliver, ON4EI will be QRV as EI8GQB from March 18 to
28. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using mainly green energy.
He will be active as EI7T in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB
contest. For QSL see QRZ.com .

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Alex, 5B4ALX will be QRV as FK/5B4ALX from March
20 to April 4. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY and JT65. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide
WPX SSB contest. QSL via IZ4AMS.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY. Hartwig, DL7BC is QRV as FY/DL7BC/p near Cayenne
until March 26. He plans to be active as TO2BC in the BARTG RTTY
contest and the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL to home
call.

JERSEY, GJ. Kazu, JK3GAD is QRV as MJ0CFW until March 18. He will
be active as MJ5Z in the Russian DX contest. QSL via LoTW.

HONDURAS, HR. Dave, VE3VSM is QRV as VE3VSM/HR9 from Roatan Island,
IOTA NA-057, until March 19. Activity is holiday style on 20 and 15
meters using CW. This includes being an entry in the Russian DX
contest. QSL direct to home call.

MINAMI TORISHIMA, JD1. Take, JG8NQJ is QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 for three
months. Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using CW and
RTTY. QSL via JA8CJY.

AUSTRIA, OE. Operators RW3AH and HB9RB will be QRV as 4U1A in the
Russian DX contest from one of the stations at the Vienna
International Centre. QSL through UA3DX.

ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. While preparing for the 2018 World Radio Team
Championship, operators OH6KZP and OH6UM will be QRV as OH0X in the
Russian DX contest. QSL via OH2TA.

CURACAO, PJ2. Andreas, DK5ON is QRV as PJ2/DK5ON until March 27.
Activity is on 80 to 6 meters, and possibly 160 meters, using CW,
SSB, RTTY and other digital modes. This includes being an entry in
the Russian DX contest and the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB
contest. QSL to home call.

BONAIRE, PJ4. John, KK9A will be QRV as PJ4/KK9A from March 19 to
25. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. He
plans to be QRV as PJ4R in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX SSB
contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL via WD9DZV.

CAMEROON, TJ. A group of operators are QRV as TJ3TT until March 29.
Activity is on the HF bands. QSL direct to I2YSB.

REPUBLIC OF CONGO, TN. Members of the Tifariti Gang and DXFriends
are QRV as TN5R from Brazzaville until March 19. Activity is on 160
to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via EA5RM.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Ross, W2TT and John, AF3K will be
QRV as VP5/home calls from Caicos, IOTA NA-002, from March 20 to 27.
Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FT8 and MSK
on 6 meters. This includes being active as VP5P in the upcoming CQ
World Wide WPX SSB contest. QSL VP5P via W2TT.

INDIA, VU. Special call AU2ODI is QRV until March 19 to celebrate
the 2018 East India Ham Meet at Puri Beach, Odisha. Activity is on
40, 20 and 15 meters. QSL via VU2GIN.

MEXICO, XE. Special event station 6E3MAYA will be QRV from March 17
to 21 from several regions in Mexico to commemorate Maya culture.
QSL via XE3N.

BURKINA FASO, XT. Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as XT2AW from March 19
to April 10. Max, DK1MAX will join him and be active as XT2MAX from
March 23 to April 2. Activity will be on the HF bands, including 6
meters, using CW and FT8. QSL XT2AW via M0OXO and XT2MAX direct to
DK1MAX.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The BARTG HF RTTY Contest, Russian DX
Contest, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
AGCW VHF/UHF CW Contest, Louisiana QSO Party, Virginia QSO Party,
Feld Hell Sprint and the UBA 80-Meter Spring SSB Contest are all on
tap for this upcoming weekend.

The Bucharest Contest and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are
scheduled for March 19.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt
are scheduled for March 21.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see March 2018 QST, page 85, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

For those interested in seeing what can be worked on 144/432MHz CW – a friendly contest on Saturday afternoon.

FINALÉ

Just a reminder that Dorian, 2E0FSI’s talk on APRS is this coming Wednesday 21st.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

I’m pleased to say that the boiler in Lions Hall has been repaired and we were all back to being warm for last Wednesday’s meeting. We had a couple of videos on HF antennas by Dave Casler, KE0OG, which provoked some discussion. The rest of the evening was taken up with chat on all manner of subjects and I was able to get some rust removed from small metal brackets – thanks to Jonathan, G1EXG for bringing the ultrasonic bath.

I’ve also made a request of all members for historical anecdotes about the Club. I’m willing to collate the info, but so far nothing yet. Please send what you have to me by email. If you prefer to stay anonymous, I don’t need to include your name or callsign.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Talk on APRS – Dorian, 2E0FSI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 14th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 21st March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Use of modern plastics – talk – Norman, M0EBI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

11 March 2018 Dover Radio Club Rally
Whitfield Village Hall, Sandwich Road, Manley Close, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3LY.
Open 10:00. Entry £2. Talkin. Catering. Trade. Auction at 12:30.
Details: Aaron Coote, 2E0FQR, 07714-654267, aaroncoote@hotmail.co.uk
Web: http://www.darc.org.uk

5 April 2018 Yeovil ARC QRP Convention
Digby Hall, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AA.
Admission £3. Open 09:30 to 15:00. Regrettably only guide dogs can be admitted.
Traders. B&B. Club stands. Talks programme (see website). Trader bookings via
the website. Supported by RSGB, RAFARS & BYLARA.
Details: http://yeovil-arc.com/QRPconvention.php

15 April 2018 West London Radio & Electronics Show
Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ.
Open 10:00/09:50. Talkin. Free on-site parking. Trade. B&B. SIGs. Lectures.
Raffle. On-site catering.
Details: Paul, M0CJX, 0845-165-0351, info@radiofairs.co.uk http://www.radiofairs.co.uk

29 April 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally [Rescheduled from 4 March]
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B bookin – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

THE SUN IS BLANK: For the 6th day in a row, the sun is blank–no sunspots. Almost half of the days in 2018 have been this way. Extended stretches of spotlessness are a herald of Solar Minimum. This “quiet” phase of the solar cycle brings extra cosmic rays, pink auroras, and a slight dimming of the sun. Cooling and contraction of Earth’s upper atmosphere can also postpone the orbital decay of Chinese space stations. Stay tuned as the pendulum swings.

EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD RINGING LIKE A BELL: Yesterday, a solar wind stream grazed Earth’s magnetic field. Keyword: graze. The off-center impact of the solar wind caused something unusual to happen. Earth’s polar magnetic field rang like a bell. Rob Stammes recorded the phenomenon from his magnetic observatory in Lofoton, Norway:

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

ARLP008 Propagation de K7RA

Average daily sunspot number dropped from 24 during the previous
seven days, to 5.6 in the current reporting week, February 15-21.
That average is so low because no sunspots have been seen since
February 17, and no new sunspot regions were observed since February
4. Average daily solar flux dropped to 70.1 in the current period
from 77.4 in the previous week.

Based on the latest 45-day prediction for solar flux, I expect
sunspots to re-appear by March 2 or 3, when solar flux is expected
to increase suddenly.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on February 23 to March 1, 69 on March 2,
76 on March 3-12, 74 on March 13-14, 72 on March 15, 70 on March
16-25, 72 and 74 on March 26-27, and 76 on March 28 through April 8.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on February 23-25, then 12, 16 and
8 on February 26-28, 5 on March 1-3, 8 on March 4, 5 on March 5-13,
then 10, 8, 12, 16, 14 and 12 on March 14-19, 8 on March 20-22, 5 on
March 23-30, 8 on March 31 and 5 on April 1-8.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions have been very poor. Even ON0VHF failed to climb out of the noise most days.

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
PY2WAS, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

SPRATLY ISLANDS. A large group of operators are QRV as 9M0W from
Layang Layang Island, IOTA AS-051, until March 13. Activity is on
160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via
YT1AD.

MAURITIUS, 3B8. Nigel, G3TXF will be QRV as 3B8XF in the RSGB
Commonwealth CW contest. QSL via Club Log.

ANNOBON, 3C0. Operators YL2GM, YL1ZF and YL2KL are QRV as 3C0W from
Annobon, IOTA AF-039, until March 27. Activity is on 160 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to YL2GN.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 9Y. Operators Arkadiy, UA4CC and Arunas, LY2IJ
are QRV as 9Y4/UA4CC and 9Y4/LY2IJ, respectively, from Tobago
Island, IOTA SA-009, until March 12. Activity is holiday style on
the various HF bands using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY and FT8. QSL
to home calls.

BHUTAN, A5. Look for A5A to be QRV from March 14 to 18. Activity
will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via
JH1AJT.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Jacek, SP5APW will be QRV as DU1/SP5APW from
Palawan Island, IOTA OC-129, from March 12 to 18. Activity will be
holiday style on 40, 20, and 17 meters using SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8.
QSL to home call.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Will, W0ZRJ and Bill, KH6OO will be QRV as
TX5X from Tahiti, IOTA OC-046, from March 10 to 17, Activity will
be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, JT9, JT65 and FT8. QSL via LoTW.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Taka, JA8COE is QRV as HL4/JA8COE/5 from
Namhae Island, IOTA AS-081, until March 9. Activity is on the HF
bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

AUSTRIA, OE. Operators OE3DMB and OE8AIR will be QRV with special
calls OE100DMB and OE100AIR, respectively, from March 11 to November
13 to celebrate Austria’s declaration of becoming a democratic
republic on November 12, 1918. QSL to home calls.

CURACAO, PJ2. Ben, DL1RNT is QRV as PJ2/DL1RNT until March 15.
Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW with
some RTTY and PSK. QSL to home call.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. Operators SP2FUD, SP2GCJ and SP9FIH will
be QRV as PJ5/home calls beginning March 12. Activity is on the HF
bands. They will be QRV as PJ5T in the upcoming CQ World Wide WPX
SSB contest as a Multi Op entry. QSL via operators’ instructions.

PALAU, T8. Kiyoshi, JA0EKI is QRV as T88XH from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until March 14. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL to home call.

CAMEROON, TJ. A group of operators will be QRV as TJ3TT from March
15 to 29. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL direct to I2YSB.

CONGO, TN. Members of the DX Friends Team are QRV as TN5R from
Pointe Noire until March 19. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via EA5RM.

BENIN, TY. A group of operators are QRV as TY7C until March 18.
Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, and various digital modes
including FT8, with four stations active. QSL via F5GSJ.

MACAO, XX9. A group of operators are QRV as XX9B until March 17.
Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SB, RTTY and FT8 with three
stations active. QSL via PP1CZ.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Operators K0NR and KB9DPF will be QRV as ZF2NR
and ZF2PF, respectively, from Grand Cayman Island from March 10 to
17. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and
FT8. This includes some FM Satellite activity from grid square
EK99. QSL to home calls.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The Stew Perry Topband CW Challenge,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, SARL
VHF/UHF Analogue Contest, RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest, SKCC Weekend
CW Sprintathon, F9AA SSB Cup, South America 10 Meter Contest, AGCW
QRP CW Contest, Oklahoma QSO Party, EA PSK63 Contest, TESLA Memorial
80-Meter HF CW Contest, QCWA QSO Party, Idaho QSO Party, QRP ARCI
Spring Thaw SSB Shootout, North American RTTY Sprint, UBA Spring
2-Meter Contest, Wisconsin QSO Party and the WAB 3.5 MHz Phone will
certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for March
12.

The CLARA Chatter Party is scheduled for March 13.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test,
Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for March 14.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see March 2018 QST, page 85, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

13th March – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

13th March – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

15th March – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

15th March – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

FINALÉ

Please keep an eye on the WADARC website at www.wadarc.org.uk to keep up with events and changes. The website will always reflect the club’s current situation.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

This week:

Roger (G7VBR) and Alan (G4GNX) collected the HF aerial, the collinear and two poles from Lancing Parish Hall last Monday. They are now residing in the WADARC store until needed.

WADARC are going to have a special sale (donations only) to allow club (only) members to pick up a few goodies, including components left over by G8FMJ. This will be in a few months time when the weather is warmer and we can have a good tidy of the store without freezing!.

Last evening’s meeting at Lions Hall was short-lived. Unfortunately, when Alan got there, it was obvious there was something wrong with the heating system. Despite efforts to get the boiler to work, we had to abandon it and switched it off for safety. Ten of us then decided to have a cup of tea and biscuits, keeping our overcoats and hats on and chatted for an hour before returning home.

The planned “Antennas” videos were not shown and will be shown NEXT Wednesday 7th March instead.

Hopefully the weather will be better and more people will turn out.

One member has reported that when accessing GB3CC (Chichester) he was also accessing GB3WO. The two repeaters are only 12.5KHz apart and as many rigs (especially older ones) are on 25KHz spacing with the inherent wider deviation, it’s not really too surprising. If you have a narrow setting for 70cms, please use it. If not, reduce your deviation (preferably check using a deviation meter).

Although HF conditions have not been great I have worked a bit on 15m band with my new rotatable dipole (heard 9X9PJ strong, but could not beat the pile-up) … so I am keeping any eye on that band despite the low sun-spot numbers …. (my neighbours with the horrid plasma TV are away for three weeks so I can hear the RF world again all day long – horray!)

73’s Jonathan, G1EXG

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Videos and discussion on Antenna Types – Wednesday 7th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 21st March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Use of modern plastics – talk – Norman, M0EBI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 4th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

4 March 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B booking – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

11 March 2018 Dover Radio Club Rally
Whitfield Village Hall, Sandwich Road, Manley Close, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3LY.
Open 10:00. Entry £2. Talkin. Catering. Trade. Auction at 12:30.
Details: Aaron Coote, 2E0FQR, 07714-654267, aaroncoote@hotmail.co.uk
Web: http://www.darc.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

Propagation

4th March 2018 RSGB | March 2, 2018

HF

As we move into March, HF conditions should be well under way to being more spring-like. As the days gets longer and the nights get shorter, the LF and MF bands can become less attractive and the HF bands can show a little more life for a little longer into the evening. March is also good month for north-south paths such as UK to South Africa and South America.

Last week saw a mixed bag, propagation-wise, with a K-index of 5 on Tuesday the 27th Feb. but there were otherwise calmer geomagnetic conditions later in the week. There were some HF highlights, including TY1TT in Benin being very audible on Tuesday on 20m. There were also some loud east coast US CW stations on 20m near sunset, which bodes well.

NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the high 70s next week and geomagnetic conditions will be largely settled due to a predicted lack of coronal hole activity. As this report was being prepared, there were some coronal holes, but only at the solar poles. This means their associated high-speed solar wind may not be Earth-directed. So a solar flux index of 78, settled geomagnetic conditions and equinox-type propagation could throw up one or two surprises on 20, 17 or 15m, hopefully just in time for the Commonwealth Contest on the weekend of the 10th and 11th March. But we will have to wait a few more weeks yet before the start of the sporadic E season, so 10m openings may be more elusive.

VHF and up …

Last week saw some good snow scatter propagation on the microwave bands, coinciding—for once—with the SHF UKAC contest. Paths up the eastern side of the UK were particularly good as the snow barrelled in from the continent.
The cold, Siberian blast from the East last week is being displaced by slightly less cold weather from the south. These transitions can often involve strong winds, ruling out any tropo propagation, at least to begin with. Many weather models get us into positive daytime temperatures next week, with a complex pattern of weak lows around Britain. Not exactly ideal for tropo either, even though winds will be lighter. However, with such large amounts of snow on the ground, there will be periods when it’s very misty, and warmer air overlaying the cold snow fields could produce slightly lifted conditions for limited paths.

The long winter wait for the return of Northern hemisphere sporadic E season continues, so the best opportunity for DX on the lower VHF bands still lies in early morning random meteor scatter contacts.

Last week’s lunar perigee and high declination brought good EME conditions, but declination went negative again today and the Moon is heading out to its apogee next Sunday. Get your EME contacts in early this week, as path loses will increase and Moon windows shorten as the week progresses.

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

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

SPRATLY ISLANDS. A large group of operators will be QRV as 9M0W
from Layang Layang Island, IOTA AS-051, from March 6 to 13.
Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via YT1AD.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA, 3C. Operators YL2GM, YL1ZF and YL2KL are QRV as
3C3W from Bioko, IOTA AF-010, until March 27. Activity is on 160 to
10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to YL2GN.

ANNOBON, 3C0. In addition to their Equatorial Guinea operation,
operators YL2GM, YL1ZF and YL2KL are also QRV as 3C0W from Annobon,
IOTA AF-039, until March 27. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to YL2GN.

VIET NAM, 3W. Wolf, DL5MAE is QRV as 3W2MAE until March 6. He has
been active on 30 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

BARBADOS, 8P. Tom, W2SC will be QRV as 8P5A in the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest as a Single Op/All Band/High Power
entry. QSL direct to HA1AG.

CROATIA, 9A. Members of the Radio Club Croatian Flora Fauna are QRV
as 9A200S during all of 2018 to commemorate the commissioning 200
years ago of the Savudrija Lighthouse, ARLHS CRO-134. QSL via
9A2MF.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0. A group of operators are QRV as XR0YD until
March 15. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and
FT8. QSL via DL4SVA.

ECUADOR, HC. Bill, W0OR is QRV as HC1DW from Cotacachi. Activity
is on 80 to 10 meters. This includes being an entry in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL to home call.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. A group of operators are QRV as PJ0DX from Beacon
Hill until March 5. This includes being an entry in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL via IZ1MHY.

SUDAN, ST. Members of the Khartoum Sea Scouts National Radio Club
are QRV with special call ST60JOTA. Activity of late has been on 20
meters using SSB. QSL direct to ST2M.

EGYPT, SU. Jovica, E78A is now QRV as SU9JT until the end of 2018.
Activity is on the HF bands. QSL via E73Y.

COSTA RICA, TI. Operators WJ1B, W6PNG, W6HFP and K0BBC are QRV as
TI7/home calls from Las Villas del Guayabo until March 6. Activity
is on the HF bands. They will be active as TI7/WJ1B in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL to home calls.

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS, VU4. John, G4IRN is QRV as VU4G from
Lower Andaman Island, IOTA AS-001, until March 5. Activity is
mainly on 80 to 10 meters with an emphasis on CW. QSL to home call.

REVILLAGIGEDO, XA4. Mark, XE1B is QRV as 4B4B from Socorro Island,
IOTA NA-030, during all of March. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
using only SSB. QSL direct to home call.

VANUATU, YJ. Michael, G7VJR is QRV as YJ0GB from Efate Island, IOTA
OC-035, until March 19. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10
meters. QSL via M0OXO.

ZIMBABWE, Z2. Rune, LA7THA, Arne, LA7WCA and Thor, LA9VPA are QRV
as Z2LA until March 11. Activity is holiday style on 160 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO.

KOSOVO, Z6. Look for Z60A to be QRV in the ARRL International DX
SSB contest.

CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF. Dan, N6MJ is QRV as ZF2MJ from Grand Cayman
Island, IOTA NA-016, until March 5. Activity is on 160 to 10
meters. This includes being a Single Op/All Band entry in the ARRL
International DX SSB contest. QSL via N6MJ.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL International DX SSB Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, Wake-Up.
QRP CW Sprint, Open Ukraine RTTY Championship, UBA Spring CW
Contest, NSARA 80-Meter Contest and SARL Hamnet 40-Meter Simulated
Emergency SSB Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this
upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for March 5.

The AGCW 80-Meter YL-CW Party and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are
scheduled for March 6.

The UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, NRAU
10-Meter Activity Contest, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt
are all scheduled for March 7.

AWA John Rollins Memorial DX CW Contest is scheduled for March 7 to
8, and March 10 to 11.

The Novice Rig Roundup runs from March 3 to 11.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

We’re all very pleased to hear that Ron, G3SKI is home and recovering well from his recent argument with the pavement! Ron appreciates visits and a ragchew, but please phone first.

A test was carried out at Lions Hall last Wednesday by Ian, M0IAD to check the effectiveness of new remote control technology, using his IC7100 with a link back to his home QTH, where the TX/RX unit is connected to an antenna. This proved highly successful and opens up possibilities for WADARC to operate real radio, without large antennas at Lions Hall.

Lancing Parish Council have agreed to have our aerials returned to us and they have now been removed from the building and will be collected and put in store on Monday.

We have outline permission to re-site our 70cm repeater, GB3WO at Worthing Town Hall. Fortunately the antenna that we used there previously is still in place and Phil has checked that the feeder’s still connected and is working. We’re working towards moving the repeater as soon as conveniently possible.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • Video and discussion on Antenna Types – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 7th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Talk on APRS – Dorian, 2E0FSI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 14th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 21st March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Use of modern plastics – talk – Norman, M0EBI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

25 February 2018 BRATS Medway Radio Rally
Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5JB.
Open 10:00/09:30 to 14:00. Entry £2.50. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books. Talk-in 145.550 MHz by GB4RRR. On-site catering.
Details: Hugh H, G0BRC, 07825 838877, Secretary@bratsqth.org

4 March 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B booking – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

11 March 2018 Dover Radio Club Rally
Whitfield Village Hall, Sandwich Road, Manley Close, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3LY.
Open 10:00. Entry £2. Talkin. Catering. Trade. Auction at 12:30.
Details: Aaron Coote, 2E0FQR, 07714-654267, aaroncoote@hotmail.co.uk
Web: http://www.darc.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

THE SUN IS BLANK: For the 6th day in a row, the sun is blank–no sunspots. Almost half of the days in 2018 have been this way. Extended stretches of spotlessness are a herald of Solar Minimum. This “quiet” phase of the solar cycle brings extra cosmic rays, pink auroras, and a slight dimming of the sun. Cooling and contraction of Earth’s upper atmosphere can also postpone the orbital decay of Chinese space stations. Stay tuned as the pendulum swings.

EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD RINGING LIKE A BELL: Yesterday, a solar wind stream grazed Earth’s magnetic field. Keyword: graze. The off-center impact of the solar wind caused something unusual to happen. Earth’s polar magnetic field rang like a bell. Rob Stammes recorded the phenomenon from his magnetic observatory in Lofoton, Norway:

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

ARLP008 Propagation de K7RA

Average daily sunspot number dropped from 24 during the previous
seven days, to 5.6 in the current reporting week, February 15-21.
That average is so low because no sunspots have been seen since
February 17, and no new sunspot regions were observed since February
4. Average daily solar flux dropped to 70.1 in the current period
from 77.4 in the previous week.

Based on the latest 45-day prediction for solar flux, I expect
sunspots to re-appear by March 2 or 3, when solar flux is expected
to increase suddenly.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on February 23 to March 1, 69 on March 2,
76 on March 3-12, 74 on March 13-14, 72 on March 15, 70 on March
16-25, 72 and 74 on March 26-27, and 76 on March 28 through April 8.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on February 23-25, then 12, 16 and
8 on February 26-28, 5 on March 1-3, 8 on March 4, 5 on March 5-13,
then 10, 8, 12, 16, 14 and 12 on March 14-19, 8 on March 20-22, 5 on
March 23-30, 8 on March 31 and 5 on April 1-8.

VHF/UHF:

Conditions have been average to poor. No enhancements are predicted for the coming week. Due to the lack of solar activity, auroral contacts are unlikely.

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 AA3B, EA5GL, WB0TEV, WE9V, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

ROTUMA ISLAND, 3D2. A group of operators are QRV as 3D2EU until March 16. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via DK2AMM.

TANZANIA, 5H. John, KB7LBY will be QRV as 5H2LBY while ascending Mount Kilimanjaro from February 25 to March 2. Activity will be limited during his climb to 40 and 20 meters using QRP power. QSL via LoTW.

NEPAL, 9N. Charles, KE5GD is QRV as 9N7CR until March 1. He is active on 20 meters using SSB from around 1200 to 1400z. QSL to home call.

ETHIOPIA, ET. Mike, OM2DX is QRV from Addis Ababa from the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society station ET3AA. QSL via N2OO.

MARTINIQUE, FM. A group of operators are QRV as TO972A until March 2. Activity is on all HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. This includes being active in the REF contest. QSL via F5RXL.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Yves, FK4RD and Arnaud, FK/JG1XMV are QRV from Lifou Island, IOTA OC-033, until February 26. They will then be QRV from Mare Island, IOTA OC-033, from February 26 to March 2. QSL to home calls.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Chungki, VA7YM will be QRV as H44YM from Honiara, IOTA OC-047, from February 24 to 26. QSL via EA5GL.

TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40. After his Honiara operation, Chungki, VA7YM will be QRV as H40YM from Lata in Nendo Island, IOTA OC-100, from February 27 to March 12. QSL via EA5GL.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Will, AA4NC and Ronald, AA4VK are QRV as KH0/home calls from Saipan, IOTA OC-086, until February 28. QSL direct to home calls.

ARUBA, P4. Paul, K9PG, Mike, K9NW, Chad, WE9V and John, W6LD will be QRV as P40L from February 25 to March 9. Activity will be on all HF bands. This includes being a Multi/2 entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL via WA3FRP.

GUATEMALA, TG. Chris, PA2CHR and Jos, PA3FYC are QRV as TD9CHR and TD9FYC, respectively, until March 3. Activity is on 2 meters, and 70 and 23 centimeters using EME. QSL via PA3FYC.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Bud, AA3B will be QRV as V26K from Antigua from February 28 to March 5. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being a Single Op/Assisted/All Band/High Power entry in the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL direct to home call.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV and Michael, K5MDK will be QRV as V31VP and V31MK, respectively, from Blackman Eddy from March 1 to 5. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters. This includes being active as V31VP in the upcoming ARRL International DX SSB contest. QSL to home calls.

INDIA, VU. Members of the Gujarat Institute of Amateur Radio and Mount Abu International Ham Radio Club will be QRV with special call sign AT7BK from Ajad Tapu Island, IOTA AS-175, until February 25. QSL via VU2BK.

VIET NAM, XV. Sookun, HL1AHS and Jinho, HL1LUA will be QRV as XV9HL from Ho Chi Minh City from February 26 to March 6. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via HL1AHS. In addition, some members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club will be QRV as XV9DLH from Phu Quoc Island, IOTA AS-128, beginning February 24. QSL via DK8ZZ.

NICARAGUA, YN. Operators Jim, WB2REM and Mark, WY1G will be QRV as H72DX from Granada from February 26 to March 6. Activity will be on various HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL direct to WY1G.

SERBIA, YU. Special event stations YU100WWI and YT100SF are QRV until December 31, 2018 to commemorate the 100 years since the end of World War I and the 100 years since the breakthrough of the Salonika Front. QSL via operators’ instructions.

KOSOVO, Z6. Mome, Z32ZM is QRV as Z68M until March 6. QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest, North American RTTY QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, REF Contest, UBA DX CW Contest, South Carolina QSO Party, High Speed Club CW Contest, SARL Digital Contest and the North Carolina QSO Party will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend.

The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt and SKCC CW Sprint are all scheduled for February 28.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see February 2018 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

3rd/4th March – 144/432MHz VHF Championship – 14.00-14.00

6th March – 144MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

6th March – 144MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

8th March – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

8th March – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

13th March – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

13th March – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

15th March – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

15th March – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

FINALÉ

Please keep an eye on the WADARC website at www.wadarc.org.uk to keep up with events and changes. The website will always reflect the club’s current situation.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday was cold and damp, so those members who did venture out were appreciative that Lions Hall was warm and dry. The RSGB lecture by E51LYC on his DXPedition to Pukapuka Atoll (OC-098) in North Cook Islands was very informative and gave an insight into the trials and tribulations of operators on remote sites. Fortunately most of the info was in the audio presentation, as the camera work was up to the usual poor RSGB standard (editing non-existent)!

Vandals Destroy Repeater In UK

STEPHEN/ANCHOR: It’s tough enough when equipment failure knocks a repeater off the air, but in the UK presumed criminal activity has destroyed a popular SSTV repeater. Ed Durran DD5LP has those details.

ED’S REPORT: Security had been high but it apparently was not enough to protect the MB7TV repeater used by the Martello Tower Group for SSTV. Following reports that the repeater had gone off the air, the group’s chairman Tony G0MBA visited the site on Feb. 3 and discovered vandalism and theft had destroyed it.

The cables had been cut and the repeater itself was stolen – a laptop, a Kenwood TM-D700E radio, SSTV interface, wi-fi interface, thermostatic controlled heater, PSU, 20ft pole, aerial and coax, according to Keith G6NHU.

Keith told Amateur Radio Newsline that there are no suspects. He said [quote] “nobody outside the group knew the exact location of the repeater as the information on the website said it was located somewhere completely different. As far as we know there are no bad feelings between the group and other local hams so the only conclusion we can draw is that it’s some chancers who have seen it on the wall and decided to break it open and steal the contents.”

The Bouvet Island DXpedition is hopefully back on. A team of eastern European amateurs who had planned their activation in late 2017 has put the trip back on the calendar. Southgate Amateur News reported that Dominik 3Z9DX, Stanislaw SQ8X, Leszek SP3DOI, Branko YU4DX and Frans J69DS have put their trip back on the agenda with what they describe as [quote] “a matter of urgency.” [endquote] The team had cancelled its plans late last year at the request of the 3Y0Z DXpedition that had to be unexpectedly aborted earlier this month after reaching its destination.

Although no dates for the trip have been made public, reports indicate that the radio license has been renewed and the Norwegian Polar Institute has also issued a landing permit that is good through February of 2019. The team has indicated they want the expedition to occur during the Southern Hemisphere’s sub-Antarctic summer.

So if you’re still looking to get Bouvet Island in your logbook, you may get your chance after all. The team’s plans will be to sail from South Africa to the island where they will set up a camp and radio on the glacier plateau.

Until then, you can listen for Three Why Zero Eye (3Y0I) on the bands, watch for updates on their web page at https://bouvetoya.org in Polish or a Google translated version is at tinyurl.com/Bouvet-3Y0I

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

G3WOR on the air (CW ops bring your own key) + tea and chat – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 21st February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Video and discussion on Antenna Types – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Tea and chat night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 7th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm
Talk on APRS – Dorian, 2E0FSI – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 14th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

18 February 2018 Audiojumble
The Angel Leisure Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF.
Vintage & modern hifi, valve & transistor amps, speakers, turntables, components etc will be on sale. See website for entry details and costs.
http://audiojumble.co.uk

25 February 2018 BRATS Medway Radio Rally
Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5JB.
Open 10:00/09:30 to 14:00. Entry £2.50. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books. Talk-in 145.550 MHz by GB4RRR. On-site catering.
Details: Hugh H, G0BRC, 07825 838877, Secretary@bratsqth.org

4 March 2018 Exeter Radio & Electronics Rally
America Hall, De La Rue Way Pinhoe, Exeter, EX4 8PW.
Open 10:30/10:15 disabled & B&B bookin – may open earlier in inclement weather.
Admission £2. Trade. B&B. Catering.
Details: Pete, G3ZVI, 07714-198374, g3zvi@yahoo.co.uk

11 March 2018 Dover Radio Club Rally
Whitfield Village Hall, Sandwich Road, Manley Close, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3LY.
Open 10:00. Entry £2. Talkin. Catering. Trade. Auction at 12:30.
Details: Aaron Coote, 2E0FQR, 07714-654267, aaroncoote@hotmail.co.uk
Web: http://www.darc.org.uk

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

LATEST SOLAR NEWS: Feb 15 1455UTC) A CME impact is underway. The eruption 3.5 days ago has arrived and is increasing pressure on earth’s magnetic field. Thus far disruptions have been minor but instability is building and a Kp4 event is expected soon. When the coronal hole stream arrives in the coming 4-24 hours it will likely trigger Kp5 or Kp6 (minor/moderate geomagnetic storm) events. For further info please visit: http://spaceweather.com

Thursday morning propagation was certainly unstable. EI, F and within Sussex were strong most of the time, but with sporadic drop-outs. Elsewhere inter-G was non-existent.

VHF/UHF:

Tuesday’s 2 metre contest brought out a few stations, with PA, D, ON and a few locals heard from our area. Conditions weren’t anything special, so most DX was from stations /P on hilltops.

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 The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

KUWAIT, 9K. Special event station 9K57NLD is QRV until February 28 to mark Kuwait’s 57th National and Liberation Day. QSL via Clublog.

RWANDA, 9X. Christian, M0UPL is QRV as 9XSDA from Kigali until February 18 while here with the Seventh Day Adventist church. Activity is on 40 and 20 meters using mainly SSB. QSL direct to home call.

TAIWAN, BV. Randson, BV2DQ, Terry, BU2CC, James, BV2EL and Steven, VK2HSL, who is QRV as BW/VK2HSL, are all QRV until February 18 to mark the Chinese New Year. Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Michael, DF8AN will be QRV as CE0Y/DF8AN from February 21 to 28. Activity will be on the HF bands, concentrating mainly on RTTY, PSK, JT-modes and FT8. QSL to home call.

CUBA, CO. Members of the Las Tunas Contest Crew will be QRV as T48K in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via DK1WI.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Henning, OZ1BII is QRV as D44EE from Santiago Island, IOTA AF-005, until February 20. Activity is on the HF bands using CW. This includes being an entry in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Arnaud, JG1XMV plans to be QRV as FK/JG1XMV from Grande Terre, IOTA OC-032, Lifou and Mare, both IOTA OC-033, from February 17 to March 3. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. Yves, FK4RD will accompany him. QSL to home call.

OGASAWARA, JD1. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as JD1BOW from Chichijima Island, IOTA AS-031, from February 21 to 24. Activity will be on 160 to 15 meters using CW and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

GUAM, KH2. Operators Toshinobu, JI3ERV and Mikawa, JR7OMD will be QRV as AH2R in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL via LoTW.

ARUBA, P4. Bruce, AA5B, Steve, AA7V, Ray, K9RS and Art, N3DXX will be QRV as P40E in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Multi/Single entry. QSL this operation via K9QVB.

BRAZIL, PY. Members of the CDR Group will be QRV as PX2S from the Boqueirao Beach Lighthouse, ARLHS BRA-284, in the 10th South American Lighthouse Weekend. QSL via PY2CAT.

SLOVENIA, S5. Special event station S510SOTA is QRV during 2018 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the S5 SOTA Association. QSL via bureau.

PALAU, T8. Will, AA4NC will be QRV as T8NC in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL to home call.

COSTA RICA, TI. Nathan, N4YDU is QRV as TI5/N4YDU. He will be active as TI7W in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL TI7W via W4FS and TI5/N4YDU direct to home call.

BENIN, TY. Wim, ON6DX will be QRV as TY1TT from February 20 to 28. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Alan, N3AD is QRV as V26M from Antigua until February 19. This includes being an entry in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL via W3HNK.

BELIZE, V3. Operators Torsten, DG7RO and Alexandra, DO5ALX are QRV as V31TF and V31RU, respectively, until February 25. Activity is on the various HF bands using SSB, RTTY and some FT8. This includes being active in the ARRL International DX CW contest and the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB contest. QSL to home calls.

KOSOVO, Z6. Look for Z60A to be active in the ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL via OH2BH.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Randy, WW6RG plans to be QRV as ZD8RA on February 20. Activity will be from 0830 to 1100z and again from 1730 to 1930z. QSL to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Operators ZL3PAH, ZL3GA and ZL3AB will be QRV as ZL3X in the ARRL International DX CW contest as a Mutli/2 entry. QSL via LoTW.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL International DX CW Contest, 10th South American Lighthouse Weekend, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, SARL Youth Day 40-Meter SSB Sprint, Russian PSK World Wide Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, AWA Amplitude Modulation QSO Party and Classic Phone Exchange will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest is scheduled for February 19.

The AGCW 80-Meter Semi-Automatic Key CW Evening, Phone Fray, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, and CWops Mini-CWT Test are scheduled for February 21.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see February 2018 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

22ndFebruary – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

22nd February – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

FINALÉ

Just a reminder to committee members that our next meeting is on Skype, this coming Tuesday (20th). Please let me have any items you want to pursue, ASAP.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC now meets at new premises – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Wednesday evening was an ‘on the air’ event combined with tea and chat. Unfortunately the club’s K3 exhibited some DSP error codes when powered up, but they didn’t prevent the rig from functioning. The errors should be corrected over the weekend, but there’s no clue yet as to why they occurred – perhaps a Jonah left over from the LPH fire alarm debacle when the rig was last used! Thanks to Ian, M0IAD who provided a portable antenna in the form of a fishing pole with long length of wire and some dubious co-ax. Amazingly, the K3 was able to match the antenna very well on Top Band and on 20 metres. SWR of 1.7:1 was just about acceptable on 40 and 80!
Possibly due to antenna deficiencies (sorry Ian, no offence) the general background noise level seemed to be a couple of ‘S’ points down on the LPH site. Hopefully a good omen? Usable signals were heard (Fone and CW) on 160, 80 and 40 metres, although G3WOR did not log any QSOs.

Whilst there will almost certainly be microphone with any of the club rigs, it can’t always be guaranteed that a Morse key will be provided. If you want to work CW, you need to bring a key. Both the IC7300 and the K3 take a 1/4” jack plug for a straight key.

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

  • RSGB Lecture – E51LYC brings Pukapuka Atoll (OC-098) in North Cook Islands on the air – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 14th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • On the Air + Tea and Chat – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 21st February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Video and discussion – Antenna Types – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 28th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Tea and Chat – bring your own projects – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 7th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm

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

9-11 February 2018 The 72nd Orlando HamCation [Friday-Sunday]
Central Florida Fairgrounds & Expo Park, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32808, USA
Open 09:00 to 17:00 Friday/Saturday & 09:00 to 14:00 Sunday. Admission $17 at the gate/$15 online.
Talkin. Free parking. Trade. Swap meet. Car boot sale. Forums. SIGs. Family attractions. Draw.
http://www.hamcation.com

18 February 2018 Audiojumble
The Angel Leisure Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF.
Vintage & modern hifi, valve & transistor amps, speakers, turntables, components etc will be on sale. See website for entry details and costs.
http://audiojumble.co.uk

25 February 2018 BRATS Medway Radio Rally
Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5JB.
Open 10:00/09:30 to 14:00. Entry £2.50. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books. Talk-in 145.550 MHz by GB4RRR. On-site catering.
Details: Hugh H, G0BRC, 07825 838877, Secretary@bratsqth.org

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

HF:

LATEST SOLAR NEWS (Courtesy of Spaceweather News):

A SOLAR MINIMUM SUNSPOT: With Solar Minimum right around the corner, sunspot counts are at an almost 10-year low. So it came as a surprise yesterday when a relatively large sunspot emerged near the sun’s eastern limb. AR2699 has a primary dark core larger than Earth with many smaller magnetic condensations trailing behind it, in all stretching more than 75,000 km across the sun’s surface. Rare “solar minimum sunspots” are capable of intense explosions just like sunspots during more active phases of the solar cycle.

Not sure how this may have affected HF but there was very erratic propagation on 40 metres yesterday, with distant stations sounding as if they were ‘next door’, then disappearing below the noise for a minute or so, only to become very strong again.

VHF/UHF:

As is often the case, the Tuesday activity/contest event was quite well patronised, with the /P guys on hilltops having a definite advantage. Propagation on 2 metres wasn’t particularly good, but stations were heard from PA, ON, DK as well as locals. Not much from further north in the UK. Beacons were also relatively quiet.

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
The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks
to all.

GEORGIA, 4L. Furkan, TA7AOF and Golkem, TA7AZC are QRV as 4L/TA7AOF
and 4L/TA7AZC, respectively, until February 12. Activity is on the
HF bands with a focus on various digital modes. This includes being
entries in the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY contest. QSL to home calls.

JAMAICA, 6Y. Yuri, VE3DZ will be QRV as 6Y2T from February 13 to
20. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes being an entry
in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5. Alan, G4DJX, Jessica, M6LPJ, Polly, M6POG, Morgan,
M6MXD and Stan, M6SQO are QRV as C5DX until February 16 while
visiting the Senior High School in Farafenni. QSL direct to G4DJX.

MOROCCO, CN. A group of operators will be QRV as CN2DF and CN2FR
from February 13 to 20. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31 with two stations active. QSL via DL7DF.

CAPE VERDE, D4. Henning, OZ1BII will be QRV as D44EE from Praia
Santa Maria, Santiago Island, IOTA AF-005, from February 15 to 20.
Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using only CW. This includes
being active in the upcoming ARRL International DX CW contest as a
Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL to home call.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Dindo, DU1UD is QRV as DX8TT from Tawi-Tawi, IOTA
OC-174, and DX8MAP from Cagayan De Sulu Island, IOTA OC-105, during
2018. Activity is on the HF bands in his spare time, and on short
notice. QSL via operator’s instructions.

ISLE OF MAN, GD. Billy, GM0OBX, Jonathan, MM0OKG and Stevie, MM0VPY
are QRV as MT0IXD from Scarlett Point on the Isle of Man, IOTA
EU-116, until February 12. Activity is on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the CQ World Wide WPX
RTTY contest. QSL via M0OXO.

SARDINIA, IS0. Simone, IS0AFM is QRV with special call sign IR0FOC
from Cagliari until December 31 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of
the First Class CW Operators’ Club, or FOC. QSL direct to home
call.

ST. LUCIA, J6. Charles, KG9N will be QRV as J6/KG9N from Saint
Lucia Island, IOTA NA-108, from February 13 to 27. Activity will be
on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming ARRL
International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

JAPAN, JA. Special event station 8J3B is QRV until June 26 during
the 100th anniversary of the Lake Biwa Rowing Song. QSL direct to
JK3IJQ.

AUSTRIA, OE. The United Nations ARCDXC will be QRV as 4U0R on World
Radio Day, which is February 13. QSL via UA3DX.

NETHERLANDS, PA. A group of operators are QRV as PA2018BP until
March 9 to commemorate Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Scout
Movement. QSL via PA3EFR.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Paul, VA3ZC will be QRV as V26PE from
Jolly Harbour on Antigua, IOTA NA-100, from February 13 to 27.
Activity will be on 40, 30 and 20 meters using JT65, FT8, and some
SSB. QSL to home call.

BELIZE, V3. Torsten, DG7RO and Alexandra, DO5ALX are QRV as V31TF
and V31RU, respectively, until February 25. Activity is on the HF
bands using SSB, RTTY and some FT8. This includes being active in
the CQ World Wide WPX RTTY contest, and the upcoming ARRL
International DX CW and CQ World Wide 160 Meter SSB contests. QSL
to home calls.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. Pat, K0PC will be QRV as VP5/K0PC
from Caicos, IOTA NA-002, from February 13 to 20. Activity is on
the HF bands. This includes being active as VP5K in the upcoming
ARRL International DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

VIET NAM, XV. BJ, WA7WJR is QRV as XV9WJR from Bien Hoa until
February 14. Activity is mainly on 40 and 20 meters using primarily
CW. QSL direct to home call.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operation is
approved for DXCC credit: Palestine, E44WE, operation from March
23, 2017 to March 23, 2018.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.

The CQ World Wide RTTY WPX Contest, YLRL
YL-OM Contest, SARL Field Day Contest, Asia-Pacific Spring CW
Sprint, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, KCJ Topband CW Contest, Dutch
PACC Contest, OMISS SSB QSO Party, FISTS Winter Unlimited CW Sprint,
RSGB 1st 1.8 MHz CW Contest and the Balkan HF Contest will certainly
keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from February 12 to 16.

The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, and CQC Winter QSO CW
Party are scheduled for February 12.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test,
QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Fray, NAQCC CW Sprint and PODXS 070
Club Valentine Sprint are scheduled for February 14.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

Please see February 2018 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

13th February – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

13th February – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

15th February – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

15th February – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

22ndFebruary – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

22nd February – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

FINALÉ

From last Wednesday’s meeting it’s obvious that we still have issues between those who wish to operate on the air and those who want to chat. Nobody’s fault as such, but we need to come up with a viable solution. Headphones are not the entire answer, due to the vicious circle effect. Some form of temporary audio shielding is needed – nothing expensive as we may eventually get a shack! Ideas on a postcard please or via WADARC Discuss.

73,

Alan. G4GNX

WADARC now meets at a new premises – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.

THE PAST WEEK

Last Wednesday meeting was a busy, industrious and fun evening – thanks to everyone for setting everything up. Chris M0VUE set-up loads of gear to allow people to make various things including: building a dummy load kit, a EFHW antenna and also a low pass filter. I asked Phil to bring along his RIGOL DSA815 spectrum Analyser to check out a 23cm antenna I had made (to go onto a 1.2m dish) and Ian also checked out a 144 MHz band-band pass filter. Both worked well, the analyser provided rapid and useful information.

Wi-fi battery
This week in Computer-Active magazine (well worth reading by the way) they describe a new wi-fi charged battery that is being developed. Presumably it trickle-charges by rectifying the RF from your wi-fi signal. The idea is that the batteries could be put into remote controls and fire alarms for example, so you never need to take them out to change them. I wonder what 100 Watts of RF from a nearby radio amateur station would do to them …

Top-band prop.
I saw a very interesting PDF article recently about top band propagation called “The 160-meter band: an enigma shrouded in mystery”. It’s not a new article but interesting non-the-less, see what you think at the link here:
http://solar.spacew.com/cq/cqmar98.pdf

73’s Jonathan, G1EXG

CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tea and Chat Night – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 7th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
RSGB Lecture – E51LYC brings Pukapuka Atoll (OC-098) in North Cook Islands on the air – Lions Hall, Lancing – Wednesday 14th February – 8.00pm-10.00pm
G3WOR on the air night – Lions Hall Wed 21st 8:00 to 10:00 pm – one of the club radios will be available for members to use.

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

4 February 2018 33rd Canvey Radio & Electronics Rally. The Paddocks Community Centre, Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 0JA (Southern end of A130).
Open 10:30. Trade. Refreshments. Disabled facilities. Free parking.
Details: Vic Rogers, G6BHE, 07957-461694, nvr1945@btinternet.com
http://www.southessex-ars.co.uk

9-11 February 2018 The 72nd Orlando HamCation [Friday-Sunday]
Central Florida Fairgrounds & Expo Park, 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32808, USA
Open 09:00 to 17:00 Friday/Saturday & 09:00 to 14:00 Sunday. Admission $17 at the gate/$15 online.
Talkin. Free parking. Trade. Swap meet. Car boot sale. Forums. SIGs. Family attractions. Draw.
http://www.hamcation.com

18 February 2018 Audiojumble
The Angel Leisure Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF.
Vintage & modern hifi, valve & transistor amps, speakers, turntables, components etc will be on sale. See website for entry details and costs.
http://audiojumble.co.uk

25 February 2018 BRATS Medway Radio Rally
Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 5JB.
Open 10:00/09:30 to 14:00. Entry £2.50. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books. Talk-in 145.550 MHz by GB4RRR. On-site catering.
Details: Hugh H, G0BRC, 07825 838877, Secretary@bratsqth.org

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

RAGCHEW

Winter 2017 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-201718

PROPAGATION

Check out the RSGB’s new ITURHFProp Prop. Prediction tool info. at:
http://rsgb.org/main/about-us/committees/propagation-studies-committee/projects/iturhfprop-propagation-prediction-engine/

VHF/UHF:

As usual, if you’re there at the right time, enhancements may be observed. ON0VHF rose out of the noise several times last week, up to around S5 and long enough to indicate that the band was good for DX.

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

DX News from the ARRL
2 February, 2018
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV,
The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
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VIET NAM, 3W. Chuck, W0DLE is QRV as 3W9DLE from Ho Chi Minh City until April 30. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.
This includes being entries in the upcoming ARRL DX and Russian DX contests. QSL direct to home call.

BOUVET, 3Y. A group of operators will be QRV as 3Y0Z until February 28. Activity will be on 160 to 2 meters with multiple stations using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8, with EME on 6 and 2 meters. QSL via N2OO.

SAMOA, 5W. Dick, AD7AF will be QRV as 5W0LR from February 4 to 22. Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters, and possibly 80 meters, using primarily CW and FT8 with some SSB, depending on band conditions. This includes being active in the upcoming ARRL DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

BAHAMAS, C6. Operators Tim, N4UM, Bob, N4BP and Mike, K4RUM will be QRV as C6ARU, C6AKQ, and C6AUM, respectively, from Great Abaco Island, IOTA NA-080, from February 6 to 20. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters with a focus on CW, and the upcoming CQ WPX RTTY and ARRL DX CW contests. QSL direct to home calls.

COMOROS, D6. Giovanni, IK5BCM, Giuseppe, IK5CBE and Giovanni, IK5CRH are QRV as D68I until February 10. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via IK5CRH.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Chris, F4EBK is QRV as DU3/F4EBK from Baliuag on Luzon, IOTA OC-042, during the month of February. Activity is on 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.

ESTONIA, ES. A number of amateur radio operators are active with an ES100 prefix until March 31 to mark the 100th birthday of the Estonian Republic.

SOLOMON ISLANDS, H4. Bernard, DL2GAC is QRV as H44MS until May 2. QSL to home call.

ITALY, I. Various members of the Amateur Radio Club of United Nations Global Service Centre are QRV as 4U13FEB from Brindisi until March 31 to promote United Nations World Radio Day. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL via 9A2AA.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2. Haru, JA1XGI is QRV as P29VXG from New Britain Island, IOTA OC-008, until February 7. Activity is on 160, 80, 40, 30 and 20 meters. QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8. Mitsuhiko, JL3WXS is QRV as T88XS from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until February 5. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

MALI, TZ. Youma is now QRV as TZ5YL. She has been active on 17 meters using CW. QSL to home call.

BELIZE, V3. Victor, WB0TEV and Scott, KK7JS will be QRV as V31VP and V31CQ, respectively, from Blackman Eddy from February 8 to 12. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters. This includes being active as V31VP in the upcoming CQ WPX RTTY contest. QSL to home calls.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Bernie, W3UR is QRV as V47UR from St. Kitts, IOTA NA 104, until February 12. Activity is holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and some FT8 from grid square FK87. QSL via NR6M.

CANADA, VE. Pierre, VE3KTB and Alex, VE1RUS will be QRV as VY0ERC from Nunavut, Ellesmere Island, IOTA NA-008, from February 4 to April 1. Activity will be in their spare time mostly on 40 and 20 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.

KOSOVO, Z6. Station Z60A is QRV on the HF bands. In addition, Z61DX has been active on 20 meters using CW and SSB at various times. QSL via OH2BH.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The AM Rally, NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, Vermont QSO Party, 10-10 International SSB Winter Contest, Mexico RTTY International Contest, Black Sea Cup International, F9AA CW Cup, Minnesota QSO Party, FYBO Winter QRP Sprint, AGCW 80-Meter CW Straight Key Party, British Columbia QSO Party, FISTS Winter Slow Speed CW Sprint and North American CW Sprint will certain keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club SSB Championship is scheduled for February 5.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for February 6.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest, Phone Fray and QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for February 7.

The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.

VHF/UHF:

All times – Local

6th February – 144MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

6th February – 144MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

13th February – 432MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

13th February – 432MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

15th February – 50MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

15th February – 50MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30

22ndFebruary – 70MHz FMAC – 19.00-20.00

22nd February – 70MHz UKAC – 20.00-22.30