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Weekly Bulletin – August 12 2018

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


Some enhancements on the 2 metre band with ‘lift’ conditions, but quite localised – mostly to North Western France. French beacons were heard very strongly for a couple of days, but the Belgian beacon was barely detectable.

Last Wednesday’s meeting was an outside event at Chantry Hill car park, Storrington. Attending were Bryan – G0SIU, Terry – G0BRP, Roger – G7VBR, Alex – 2E0UMD, Vic – G8MUQ, Phil – G4UDU and Alan – G4GNX. Two others tried to attend but got lost and didn’t find the site!
Although Bryan had his KX3 and a portable HF vertical, it was a bit too windy for that particular antenna, so he stuck to 2 metre FM and worked several stations in several counties, which just proves that 2 metres is still popular but it would seem not in our immediate area!

Roger and I spent most of the time replacing the motor on my 2M/70cm antenna on the top of my car. Now working well again and able to be raised and lowered for car parks and low barriers.

Next Wednesday’s meeting, Pete – G4LKW will be looking for volunteers for Lighthouses on the Air and explaining any special requirements. Please try to help out as much as you can for and during the event, especially as we are one man down this year (Pete, ‘FVL can’t make it). It’s also a good opportunity to get on the end of 400 watts and work some DX with a decent aerial. If you want to operate, don’t be shy, just ask.


  • Lecture – RFI – Wednesday 15th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Change of event.
  • Lighthouses on the Air – Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th August – All day both days – Shoreham Lighthouse
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 22nd August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Outside Event (to be announced) – Wednesday 29th August – 7.30pm-10.00pm
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 2nd September – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Road Cafe
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 5th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall

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:


Spring 2018 edition published –


HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link:

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:


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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Lighthouses on the Air takes place next Saturday/Sunday at the Shoreham Lighthouse site. Please try to support it by helping to erect and remove the station and by doing an hour or two of operating.


Alan. G4GNX