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WADARC weekly up-date – Friday 14th October 2016

Worthing and District Amateur Radio club weekly up-date – Friday 14th October 2016


club members are welcome to borrow my loop antenna to see if it improves for your local signal-to-noise, see my web page:


*** Club diary for the coming weeks ***


  • Junk Sale – Wed 19th October – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Lecture by Bob, G3ODU – Wed 26th October – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 2nd November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 6th November – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Quiz Night – Wed 9th November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 16th November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Construction Competition – Wed 23rd November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 30th November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 4th December – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Test or Practical Evening – Wed 7th December – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Christmas Party – Wed 14th December – 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 21st December – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • No Meeting – Wed 28th December – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 1st January – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Club Evening – Wed 4th January – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 5th February – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 5th March – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 2nd April – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 7th May – 9:00 am – 10:00 am


more info on the WADARC web site:





Propagation News – 16 October 2016

rsgb | October 14, 2016

The solar flux hovered around the 100 mark and, as predicted, HF propagation showed a big improvement earlier in the week thanks to more settled geomagnetic conditions. There were many reports of DX being worked from the UK including H40GC in Temotu, Solomon Islands, and T31T in Central Kiribati.


The Kp-index was in the range one to three up until Wednesday, but then hit five on Thursday, due to incoming plasma from a coronal mass ejection that took place on 9 October. The initial positive phase of this disturbance saw good 10 metre F2 layer propagation on Thursday, with Kuwait, Bahrain, Puerto Rico and Chile easily workable. There was also evidence of 10 metre sporadic E on Wednesday and early Thursday with low power beacons romping in from France, Spain, Austria and Italy.


Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will decline slowly to 85 by Saturday the 22nd. The weekend will then be very unsettled geomagnetically with a Kp-index of up to five. The second half of the week may be more settled before the onslaught of higher Kp numbers again across the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd. Midweek may therefore be best with more settled geomagnetic conditions and the chance of DX contacts up to 21MHz or even higher. With the longer autumn nights the low bands are also starting to come into their own.


VHF and up propagation

It’s a rain scatter start to the coming week with a continuation of the unsettled showery weather and a trough of low pressure over the country.

Gigahertz bands enthusiasts should be on the lookout for short rain scatter openings in the showers. From about the middle of the week, pressure will rise as an area of high pressure builds in from the west, offering the chance of some weak tropo conditions. That said, there is some uncertainty as to whether the new high favours southern or northern Britain.


We’re currently passing through the stream of debris left behind by Comet Halley, the parent comet of the Orionids meteor shower. The shower is expected to peak before dawn on Friday the 21st, so look for a peak in meteor bursts on the lower VHF bands.


It’s a good week for EME with increasing moon declination giving long moon windows. The Moon reaches perigee, its closest point to the earth, this evening Sunday 16th, so EME path losses are at their lowest this week.




NOTE: WADARC 40 metre Thursday morning net starts at 11:00 (local time) Frequency 7.106MHz +-QRM


PDF of the latest Ragchew is available at (Thank you Roger):


RSGB newsletter:


keep listening on the bands … good luck, low noise and good DX 🙂


*** Let me know if you would like to borrow my LZ1AQ active loop antenna to test out in your location *** … it should help tackle noise on receive … something we should probably all have







ARLD042 DX news


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

Thanks to all.


VIET NAM, 3W.  Mike, N0ODK plans to be QRV as 3W2DK from October 15 to November 5.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and some digital modes.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest.  QSL to home call.


CYPRUS, 5B.  Gordon, MM0GOR is QRV as 5B/MM0GOR from Cyprus, IOTA AS-004, until October 19.  QSL via M0OXO.


LESOTHO, 7P.  Pista, HA5AO will be QRV as 7P8AO from October 15 to

29 while working there on a humanitarian aid project and a new orphanage.  Activity will be in his spare time on 80 to 6 meters using only CW.  QSL to home call.


NEPAL, 9N.  Zenek, SP2GCJ, Bogdan, SP2FUD, Kazik, SP6AXW and Janusz, SP9FIH will be QRV as 9N7ZT, 9N7FD, 9N7XW and 9N7WE, respectively, from October 15 to 29.  Activity will be on the HF bands with a focus on North and South America.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest.  QSL 9N7ZT via SP2GCJ, 9N7FD via SP2FUD, 9N7XW via SP6AXW and 9N7WE via SP9FIH.


EASTER ISLAND, CE0.  Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as CE0Y/JA0JHQ until October 17.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.


NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Sam, FK8DD plans top be QRV as TX8JOTA from Noumea, IOTA OC-032, in the Jamboree on the Air.  Activity is on the preferred JOTA frequencies from 80 to 10 meters, with a focus on 2 meters.  QSL via bureau.


PANAMA, HP.  Jacek, SP5APW is QRV as H84JK from Colon Island, IOTA NA-088, until October 18.  Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL to home call.


  1. LUCIA, J6. Steve, WF2S, Bob, WB2YQH and Norm, W3IZ will be QRV as J68SL, J6/WB2YQH and J6/W3IZ, respectively, from Gros Islet, IOTA NA-108, from October 18 to 27. Activity will be holiday style on

80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via operators’ instructions.


GREECE, SV.  Operators Yannis, SV8FCU, Isidoros, SV8GXQ, Christos, SV8GXT and Fotis, SV8GXW will be QRV as SX8HOMER from October 15 to December 15.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and PSK.

QSL direct to SV8GXQ.


MICRONESIA, V6.  Keith, GM4YXI and Chris, GM3WOJ will be QRV as V6Z from Chuuk Island, IOTA OC-011, from October 17 to November 1. This includes being a Multi/2 entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide SSB DX contest.  QSL via N3SL.


TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Jay, AA4FL will be QRV as VP5/AA4FL from Middle Caicos, IOTA NA-002, from October 16 to November 2.

Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters, as well as various satellites.  QSL to home call.


BURKINA FASO, XT.  Harald, DF2WO is QRV as XT2AW until November 20.

Activity is on the HF bands using CW and various digital modes. In addition, Hermann, DL2NUD is QRV as XT2AFT and is active on 2 meters, 70cm, 23cm and 13cm using EME.  QSL via operators’



INDONESIA, YB.  Arfan, YB8UTI will be QRV from Miangas Island, IOTA OC-209, beginning October 15.  His length of stay is unknown.

Activity will be on the HF bands using mostly CW.  QSL via operator’s instructions.


  1. HELENA, ZD7. Bill, G0VDE will be QRV as ZD7VDE from October 18 to 30. QSL via G3SWH.


THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The 59th Jamboree-On-The-Air, The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, JARTS World Wide RTTY Contest, 10-10 International Fall CW Contest, New York QSO Party, Iowa QSO Party, Worked All Germany Contest, South Dakota QSO Party, Feld Hell Sprint, Asia-Pacific Fall CW Sprint, UBA ON 2-Meter Contest, Illinois QSO Party and the RSGB RoLo 80-Meter CW contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The Telephone Pioneers QSO Party and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for October 17.  The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for October 19.


The ARRL School Club Roundup runs from October 17 to 21.


The ARRL National Parks on the Air event runs during all of 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.


Please see October QST, page 95 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.






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