THE PAST WEEK
The nets seem to be retaining popularity but we are considering having an online lecture/demonstration, perhaps once a month. This will involve setting up a video link and sourcing lecturers/demonstrators who have the equipment to do it from home, so it will take a little while to get it going. Obviously this will only be available to those who have access to the Internet, which I hope is the majority of Club members.
Graham, G4FNL is still in need of individual shack photos to pass on to Roger for Ragchew. If you haven’t already contributed, please try to do so ASAP. You don’t need to write any description unless you want to, but it would be helpful if you can send your photo/s and your contact phone number to Graham: email@example.com
I’m pleased to report that the Committee met last Wednesday via Zoom and the entire Committee was in attendance. Despite a few initial hiccups, we were all able to hear each other and most of us were able to see each other, thanks to the use of webcams. Thanks to Alastair, M0OAL for providing the Zoom facility from his private account.
One thing that the Committee have decided upon is that all non=WADARC members will now be removed from the Announce reflector. This is not being done for any personal reasons, but for confidentiality and security. We may wish to publish announcements that are confidential to Club members only and the Announce reflector is where we wish to do it. This will not affect fully paid-op members of WADARC who are already subscribed to the reflector.
Speaking of reflectors, one Committee member was unsubscribed from one of our reflectors recently, through no fault of his own. It’s believed that his ISP bounced an email sent to him and groups.io (our reflector provider) threw him off for that reason. Unfortunately, some ISPs have automatic systems that falsely detect some messages as spam and refuse to deliver them. If you ever have this problem, please send me a direct email and I’ll re-subscribe you.
Some Worthing news – Roy, G4WTV has applied for an NOV to run a 2 metre repeater, initially from his home. It is on the old GB3SR frequency of 145.000/145.600 MHz, but has no logic at present. I’ve had the pleasure of working through GB3RW and it works very well, albeit mostly on reduced power. The repeater is only available intermittently at present, when Roy is in his shack, so it’s a bit of pot-luck for now. Roy is also often available on 70.450MHz if you want to check for availability and give the repeater a try.
Stay home – stay safe……………….
CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS – All suspended for the time being and replaced by nets.
- Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 14th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
- Net each evening (Mon-Thurs) on 3.712MHz – 6.00pm onwards
- Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 21st April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
- Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 28th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website: http://www.wadarc.org.uk
Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)
Tuesday – 70cms on GB3WO, FM, 8.00pm (local)
Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)
Saturday – 70cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)
Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 7.30am – 8.00am (local)
Weekday evenings – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 6.00pm (local)
Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website: http://www.g4rga.org.uk/All.html
Winter 2019/2020 edition published – http://www.wadarc.org.uk/ragchew/winter-2019-2020
HF and VHF
RSGB propagation information can be found by following this link: https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/propagation-news/2020/04/09/propagation-news-12-april-2020/
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
F5XBA – JN18KF – 432.830 MHz
GB3UHF – JO01EH – 432.430 MHz
ON0UHF – JO20ET – 432.567 MHz
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The RSGB VHF/UHF Contest and Activity calendar is available via this link: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl?year=2020
There is at least one activity that we can indulge in, outside without worrying about social distancing. Antenna construction, installation and maintenance on our own premises. I now have an HB9CV installed for 4 metres and I’ve repaired a faulty connector on the HF vertical, which I ‘suddenly’ found time to do!