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Weekly Bulletin – April 16 2019

WADARC meets at – TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD.


We were supposed to be finding a noise source in TS Vanguard, on VHF/UHF last week, but there was nothing conclusive to work on. Dave’s portable spectrum analyser showed a spike around 149MHz, but that was steady and likely to be legitimate and certainly wasn’t within an Amateur band. Another possibility is that because some of us were using unshielded handhelds (plastic cases) the noise was getting into the IF part of the rig and not down the aerial. That said, it was interesting to watch Jonathan, G1EXG nulling out HF noise, using his homebrew loop antenna – indoors!

Bryan, G0SIU managed to get his KX3 to match the HF dipole that feeds the shack right now. Not sure if any actual QSOs took place, but there was a lot of CW to be heard.

For my part, I concentrated on trying to get the FT101ZD to transmit. The reason it didn’t TX last time we tried it is because the link to the PA heaters was not made on the rear accessory plug. There’s a cable coming out of the plug which is terminated in a DIN plug, but we don’t yet know what it should be plugged in to. Linear? Transverter? Tuner? We will find out when Roger brings the rest of the boxes that came with it, probably in a week or so. In the meantime, I found some solder and formed a crude link and was able to get transmit power out of the rig.

This coming Tuesday is the first leg of the annual Foxhunt. Dorian, 2E0FSI will be the fox and will be transmitting on 145.425MHz FM at regular intervals, starting at 7.30pm local time. There is no fixed starting place for fox hunters, so it is probably a good idea to find a high spot to define the first bearing. If you get lost or can’t hear the Fox, please use talk-back via GB3WO.

For those not taking an active part in the Foxhunt, we will be meeting as usual at TS Vanguard at 8.00pm (no earlier) and it should be possible to follow progress from there. Tea and biscuits will be available.
Further details and rules for the Foxhunt have already been posted on the club reflectors, please read your emails.


  • 1st leg of our annual Foxhunt – Tuesday 16th April – 1st transmission at 7.30pm – Meet at TS Vanguard from 8.00pm onwards
  • Tea and Chat with On the Air FTCALL – Tuesday 23rd April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Practical – Building a Co-Ax based transmitting loop – Tuesday 30th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website:


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)


Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website:


Winter 2018 edition published –


HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link:



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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Thanks to Chris – G3UFS, Roger – G4TNT, Jonathan – G1EXG, and Roger – G7VBR for donations of biscuits for our weekly meetings. We should now be good for a few weeks.


Alan. G4GNX