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

Weekly Bulletin – July 1 2017


We have now officially notified Lancing Parish Council that we will not be requiring the room at the Parish Hall that we were considering for use as a shack, due to access restrictions. The committee are actively seeking an alternative.

Last Wednesday evening Andrew, G1VUP demonstrated assembly of an HB9CV antenna for the 4 metre band, assisted by Alan, G4GNX who drove the club’s new antenna analyser and associated software. Andrew explained how the Gamma Match was applied and Bob, G3VXJ gave a very good explanation of why the Gamma Match is necessary and how it works. Roger, G4TNT also assembled his own HB9CV for 2 metres. The proceedings were recorded by webcam and by connecting the analyser to a laptop computer, we were able to project the images onto the ‘big screen’ along with a short video presentation of the basics of the Rig Expert AA-600 Antenna Analyser.

VHF DXers are reminded that today (Saturday) and tomorrow is VHF NFD. Even if you aren’t a contestant, please consider getting on the air and giving a few points away.


Monday – 2metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)
Thursday – 40metres 7.106 MHz +/-QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)
Saturday – 70cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)
Sunday – 80metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)


July 2017

14-16 July 2017  Hamtronic Show, Friedrichshafen, Germany  [Friday-Sunday]
Messe, Friedrichshafen, 88046, Germany
Open 09:00-18:00. Admission €9.00, (other ticketing formats available). SIGs. Trade.
IARU Member Societies’ stands. Lectures, some in English. Large flea market. RSGB books.

16 July 2017 McMichael Rally
Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane, Sonning-on-Thames,
Reading RG4 6ST.
Open 09:30. Entry £3. Talkin S22. Tables & car boot spaces £10. Trade. SIGs.
Catering/bar on site. No dogs allowed – venue rules (assistance dogs excepted).
Details: Andy, 07775-940016 or Min, 07715-771665

30 July Chippenham and District Amateur Radio Club Rally
Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road Kington Langley, SN15 5NJ.
Open 10:00 to 13:00/07:00 Sellers. Entry £2/kids free. Talkin S22-145.55 MHz.
On-site parking. Disabled facilities. Tables inside £8, car-boot pitches £6
for cars & vans, payable on entry. On-site catering.
Details: Brian, Club website:

Details of other UK rallies can be found on this excellent website:


  • Sunday Breakfast – Join other members for an informal breakfast at the Lancing Harvester – Sun 2nd July – 9:00 am – 10:00 am.
  • Tea and Chat Night – Wed 5th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • Monthly Lecture – Subject TBA – Wed 12th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
  • Outside On The Air – Venue TBA – Wed 19th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. No meeting at Lancing Parish Hall this week.
  • Practical Evening or Workshop Demonstration – Wed 26th July – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.


Spring 2017 edition published –



Rather than try to put predictions into words, please follow this link for predictions and charts:


Conditions have been ‘normal’ over the past week with no ‘lifts’ reported. Beacons continue to pop out of the noise, only to disappear again.
6 metres is still active, but appears to be ‘tailing off’ a little.
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



This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KV1J, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL,
Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web
sites.  Thanks to all.

MALDIVES, 8Q.  John, G4IRN is QRV as 8Q7RN from Kureda Beach Resort until July 6. Activity is holiday style on 30, 20 and 17 meters using CW.  QSL to home call.

BOLIVIA, CP.  Antonio, EA5RM is QRV as CP1XRM until August 14 while working as a NGO volunteer doing maintenance to the emergency radio network that both Solidaridad Medica and the Radioamateur Without Frontiers have on duty.  Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL direct to home call.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8.  Members of the Grupo DX Teide are QRV as AM8TID until July 2.  This activation also marks the 10th anniversary of the national park Teide.  QSL direct to EA8NQ.

ST PIERRE AND MIQUELON, FP.  Eric, KV1J will be QRV as FP/KV1J from Miquelon Island, IOTA NA-032, from July 4 to 18.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using primarily SSB and RTTY with some CW and other digital modes.  He plans to be active on the linear satellites
as well as the upcoming IARU, NAQP RTTY, and CQ VHF contests.  QSL to home call.

HAITI, HH.  Chris, W3CMP and Dale, N3BNA are QRV as 4V1G until July 6 with activity on 6 and 4 meters.  QSL via W3HNK.

ST. LUCIA, J6.  Gary, K9AW is QRV as J68GD until July 16 while on vacation.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters.  This includes being an
entry in the upcoming IARU HF World Championship contest.  QSL to home call.

LUXEMBOURG, LX.  Gerben, PG5M and Johannes, PA5X will be QRV as LX/homecalls from July 6 to 9 while testing their stations. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and JT65.  QSL to home calls.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  A group of operators will be QRV as OJ0V from July 1 to 7.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  QSL via ON5TC.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM.  Special event station OM2017WYAC is QRV until July for the first World Youth ARDF Championships being held in Tucianske Teplice.  QSL via OM3CND.

CRETE, SV9.  Ron, WB2GAI will be QRV as SV9/WB2GAI/p from July 2 to September 29.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32.  Ken, KH6QJ is QRV as T32AZ from Kirimati, IOTA OC-024, until July 4.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

ANTIGUA, V2.  Bill, KG4ZXN is QRV as V21XN during the month of July. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  Rich, KE1B and Anna, W6NN are QRV as V4/homecalls from Nevis, IOTA NA-104, until July 9.  This includes being an entry in the upcoming the IARU HF World Championship.  QSL to home calls.

BERMUDA, VP9.  Operators Bob, N2OO and Steve, KU9C will be QRV as N2OO/VP9 and KU9C/VP9 from July 6 to 11.  Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 meters and various satellites.  This includes being active as VP9HQ in the upcoming IARU HF World  Championship. QSL to home calls and this 2017 contest operation via KU9C.

LAOS, XW.  Bruce, 3W3B will be QRV as XW4XR from Vientiane from July 3 to 14.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters, and possibly 6 meters, using CW, RTTY and JT65.  QSL via E21EIC.

VANUATU, YJ.  Geoff, ZL3GA will be QRV as YJ0GA from the Benjor Beach Club on Efate Island, IOTA OC-035, from July 6 to 13. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and JT65 if operating conditions deteriorate.  He will also be an entry in the upcoming IARU HF World Championship.  QSL to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, RAC Canada Day Contest, Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, FISTS Summer Slow Speed CW Sprint, DL-DX RTTY Contest, Marconi Memorial HF CW Contest, Original QRP CW Contest and the PODXS 070 Club 40-Meter Firecracker Sprint are all on tap for this weekend.

RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Championship is scheduled for July 3.  The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for July 4.  The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for July 5.

Additionally, the 10-10 International Spirit of 76 QSO Party runs from July 3 to 9.  The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from July 3 to
July 9.

Please see July 2017 QST, page 82, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web site for details.


1st/2nd July – VHF NFD – 14.00-14.00 (Local)

2nd July – 3rd 144 MHz Backpackers – 11.00-15.00 (Local)

16th July – 70 MHz Trophy Contest – 10.00-16.00 (Local)


The club’s Rig Expert AA-600 aerial analyser has proved invaluable in setting up my 4 metre groundplane, especially as my own analyser doesn’t cover 70 MHz.
I should be finished with it in a week or so (weather permitting), then it will be available for use by other members. Please contact Andy, M6RFE if you want to borrow it.


Alan. G4GNX