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Weekly Bulletin – August 26 2018

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


The 40 metre band was very much alive and kicking last Monday evening, with some stations (not Italians!) reading 5/9+60! There were similar conditions on Thursday morning, but they were short-lived with some QSB.

Last Weekend’s ILLW event seems to have gone well. No major hiccups and a lot of help from members. Some 481 QSOs, which is something of a record. Thanks to all who took part, especially Roger, G7VBR for keeping the crew fed.

Last Wednesday’s meeting was on practical matters and Bryan, G0SIU ably demonstrated ways of determining which screws to use and various tools to be used when joining wires and connectors.

There was also some discussion on the recent changes to the Foundation Licence Exam syllabus and a set of questions that “Essex Ham” had provided. It’s clear that some of the questions and answers are either ambiguous or just plain wrong!

From Spaceweather News: Surprising forecasters, a strong and unexpected G3-class geomagnetic storm is underway during the early hours of August 26th. The storm may have been caused by a coronal mass ejection (CME) that arrived with little fanfare 24 hours ago. Auroras mixed with moonlight have been reported from Scandinavia, Canada and northern-tier US states, such as New York and Michigan.
There will no doubt be effects on the HF bands – it will be interesting to see reports.


  • Outside Event – Wednesday 29th August – 7.30pm-9.30pm – Kithurst Hill Car Park, Storrington (see WADARC website for directions) – (Lions Hall Closed)
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 2nd September – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Road Cafe
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 5th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Club Lecture – Wednesday 12th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 19th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Annual Junk Sale – Wednesday 26th September – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Early start time

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:


Summer 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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In case you haven’t read the Discuss reflector or the Summer edition of Ragchew, GB3WO our analogue 70cm repeater has now been re-sited at Worthing Town Hall. Reports to Ian, M0IAD will be welcome.


Alan. G4GNX