Amateur radio in West Sussex - Training, Exams, Contests and Special Event Stations

Weekly Bulletin – January 20 2019

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


Unfortunately, due to a horrible cold type virus, I was unable to attend the first meeting at TS Vanguard, but from all reports it was very successful and we gained new members from it. Roger, G7VBR acted as MC and sorted out parking, tea and anything else that needed sorting. There was a brief coming-together of all members for some short discussion, then folks were able to explore the site, under the watchful eye of Captain Minter. The club’s antenna analyser was put to use, but it proved impossible to determine resonance of on-site antennas, due to water ingress in the co-ax feeders. It’s generally thought that what antennas are there will require complete replacement. Fortunately, WADARC has sufficient materials and expertise to carry this out without great expense and a working party will be formed in the near future. It was noted that there was one unidentified vehicle in the car park, which we will aim to have removed, but parking was also made slightly more difficult by members not parking between the designated lines. Please be more thoughtful in future.

The ‘other’ major highlight of this week is the Special Event Station running at Sussex University under the callsign GB5WOR, to commemorate 70 years of WADARC. They were QRV on 160m, 80m, 40m and sometimes 20m and achieved in excess of 1000 QSOs over the 48 hour operating period 19th/20th January, with 9 members taking it in turns to operate two simultaneous stations throughout most of the event. From the Cluster, contacts were widespread across Europe, Russia, South Africa and Sussex. No doubt any rare DX will be reported in a forthcoming article in Ragchew. Many thanks to Graham, G4FNL for organising the event and to the remainder of the crew of volunteers.


Discussion meeting to make plans for our new shack – Tuesday 22nd January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Club Evening – On the Air with GX1WOR – An attempt to use existing antennas – Tuesday 29th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 3rd February – 9.00am-10.00am – Morrisons, Worthing

Talk on Front Panel Design – Making cases and panels – Tuesday 5th February – 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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Please try to make next Tuesday’s meeting. We will be discussing plans for our new shack and making (hopefully copious) notes on ALL members’ ideas and preferences.


Alan. G4GNX