Amateur radio in West Sussex - Training, Exams, Contests and Special Event Stations







The net-via-repeater on Saturday was a matter of sevens:  7pm ,70 cms,  7 participants and Dorian is seeking stand-in net controllers for forthcoming Saturdays. The technical repeater performance itself is truly excellent.


.Late-night 40m and sunrise 20m were so good last weekend that some members stayed up so late on Saturday that they were too tired to get out of bed for the net next morning so…..


: No-one turned out for the 80m net on Sunday !!   🙁


Conditions became scrambled after the Wed. arrival of bad stuff spewed out by the sun four days earlier


The club is grateful to BOB G3OOU for his excellent talk and demonstrations of measurement techniques and equipment.  Much of the gear costs more than an individual might want to invest and there was talk of club owned test-gear being available for testing peoples radios but that brings us back, as ever, to::




One might have hoped a  whole year of committee talking would have produced something concrete by now but …….Hello ?  Committee ? Wassup? !.




None around the South-East  but get geared up for KEMPTON PARK RALLY  next weekend.




The CQ Worldwide SSB DX Contest, (a huge opportunity to work new countries.)


NCCC CW Sprint


Nov 2


The UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest,

CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray

see October QST, and WA7BNM contest web sites for details



Upcoming Club Events





TUNISIA, 3V. Special event station TS16WTSA is QRV until November 3 to recognize the World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly being held in Hammamet. QSL via operators’ instructions.


SAMOA, 5W. Hiro, JF1OCQ and Taka, JH1BED will be QRV as 5W7X and 5W0ST, respectively, from October 31 to November 9. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home calls.


DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, 9Q. Fernando, EA4BB is QRV as 9Q6BB from Goma during the next three years. QSL via W3HNK.


QATAR, A7. Members of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society and the Danish Contest Academy will be QRV as A73A in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via A71A.


TAIWAN, BV. A large group of operators will be QRV as BV2A/3 in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via BV2A.


ANDORRA, C3. Members of the Unio de Radioaficionats Andorrans will be QRV as C37NL in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.


EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Ignacy, NO9E is QRV as CE0Y/NO9E until November 3. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.


CAPE VERDE, D4. A group of operators will be QRV as D4C in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.


PHILIPPINES, DU. A group of operators will be QRV as DX2R in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest as a Multi/Single entry. QSL via W3HNK.


HAITI, HH. Jim, VA3MPG is QRV as HH2/VA3MPG while here on a 1-year mission that ends on November 27. He is active in his spare time during his evenings after 2100z on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB, PSK31 and JT65L. QSL direct to VE3NLS.


MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. A group of operators will be QRV as AH0K in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via OH6GDX.


BENIN, TY. Francois, F6AJL is QRV as TY5AA until November 30. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.


CANADA. VE. Operators Martin, VA2AMH, Marc-Andre, VE2MBT, Pascal, VE2WHZ and Marc-Andre, VE2EVN will be QRV as VB2W in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.


LAOS, XW. Champ, E21EIC is QRV as XW1IC until November 1. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. QSL to home call.


INDONESIA, YB. Burkhard, DL3KZA and Amiruddin, YB9IPY/8, will be QRV as YB8/DL3ZKA from Salayar Island, IOTA OC-236, from November 1 to 14. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via DL3KZA.


ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Oliver, W6NV will be QRV as ZD8W in the CQ World Wide SSB DX contest. Before and after the contest he is QRV on 160 to 10 meters. QSL to home call.


CHATHAM ISLANDS, ZD7. A group of operators are QRV as ZL7G until November 9. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with three to four stations active. QSL via G3TXF.


Propagation forecast


HF   Outlook:


(valid from 1230 UT, 27 Oct 2016 until 29 Oct 2016)

27 Oct 2016 10.7-cm Flux: 078 / Ap: 026
28 Oct 2016 10.7-cm Flux: 077 / Ap: 031
29 Oct 2016 10.7-cm Flux: 077 / Ap: 013


Solar Flares:
Quiet conditions (<50% probability of C-class flares)
Minor storm expected (A>=30 or K=5)
Solar Proton Event:

Comment from the SIDC (RWC Belgium): Flaring activity remained well below the C-class level during the period. NOAA 2603 was stable, with another small sunspot region developing at N09W45. No earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were observed.

(Comments issued on 27 Oct 2016, 1230 UT)




Warning.  Expect extensive flutter and Doppler-shift effects on Halloween night due to flying broomsticks




You hear a rare DX station and you’d love to work him (but so would a hundred and seventy-three other stations – all at the same time). As always, listen, listen then listen. Never mind what he claims, on what frequency are the stations whom he is actually answering ?, Place your TX on that frequency (You will need to work “split”. ) Imagine yourself in the DX operators shoes. What does he hear ? The moment he sends or says, QRZ ? He (and you) hear a total cacophony from 173 stations for six seconds while they send their call-signs then go quiet to listen for a reply while his brain struggles to consider whether he did or did not hear a complete call-sign. The deep silence in that second six-second period extends all the way to planet Mars. NOW is your moment, clearly and calmly send your call. It will ring clear as a bell all across the world. DX operator brain will relax, he has a complete call to answer, (yours) 45 seconds later you have exchanged reports, confirmed the contact and said thank you.

The air will now smoke and reek with garlic as thwarted Italians shout  even louder, but you, cool,  sang-froid Englishman,  will turn down the audio , smooth the creases in your trousers and saunter down to tea  on the lawn with cucumber sandwiches. I know that it works ……….because I have been there..



Bryan – (Formerly VS2FD )