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Weekly Bulletin – June 10 2017

Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU
This week:
Meeting on the 7th was an outside radio evening that took part at the carpark in Honeysuckle  Lane High Salvington.
Andrew G1VUP with his 2m beam – fighting with the QRM from the local paging transmitter !
Chris with the fibreglass poll and a multi linked dipole – pick the band you want with the connecting clips – using this with the clubs IC-7300
I had an 8m fibreglass fishing pole with a helically wound non resonant wire – easy to tune with the KX3 internal ATU and worked from 60m – 6m – this was mounted above the bed of the truck using the metal as a ground plane.
We all had QSO’s – time limited only by the rain front blowing in that arrived around 9pm.

Last week Graham G4FNL with Peter G4BVH was active on the downs to the East of Ditchling Beacon for the RSGB HF NFD In the “Low power unassisted multi operator portable section”  there used to be just a single event class but they have now generated several different ways of doing the contest to encourage greater participation.  We will have to ask Graham when he is next at a club meeting if he thinks this has been successful – as a participant for many years he has seen all the different sets of contest rules come and go.
Writing this on Saturday morning – remember tomorrow is the PW 2m QRP contest and WADARC will be at the car park on Kithurst Hill to the west of Storrington – please try and help/operate – this coincides with the 2m Backpackers contest to generate extra 2m operators – activity will be using all modes at 5W (up from last years 3W ) to match the BP contests rules.
Access is from a turning off the B2139 – setup is from 0900 on site, if you are helping with the setup, please arrive on time to allow everything to be done with no last minute panics !

Club Programme:

Please note the important EGM on the next meeting
14th June EGM to discuss possible changes in the club meeting venue to include possible permanent radio facility.
21st June Graham G4FNL with a talk about his recent DX operating visit to Botswana callsign A25UK
28th June Practical evening – please contact a committee member if there is any particular subject/measurement process you would like demonstrated
2nd July Club Breakfast – Lancing Harvester

Club on the air nets, all times local:


Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz
Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz
Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)
Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz
Propagation Report:
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 23  ARLP023
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  June 9, 2017
To all radio amateurs 
ARLP023 Propagation de K7RA
Big event this week was multiple sporadic-E linkups on 6 meters
Average daily sunspot number rose this week from 15.6 to 19.3. This
was largely due to the fact that there was one zero-sunspot day last
week, and no days with zero sunspots this week.
Average daily A index, planetary and mid-latitude were both 5.6 this
week. Last week they were 13.3 and 10.6.
Predicted solar flux is 72 on June 9 and 10, 75 on June 11 to 13, 72
on June 14 and 15, 78 on June 16 to 26, 80 on June 27 to July 1, 78
on July 2 to 8, 80 on July 9, and 78 on July 10 to 23.
Planetary A index is predicted at 5 on June 9 to 11, 8 on June 12
and 13, 5, 12, 25 and 10 on June 14 to 17, 8 on June 18 and 19, 5 on
June 20 to July 10, then 10, 12, 25 and 10 on July 11 to 14, 8 on
July 15 and 16, and 5 on July 17 to 23.
Field Day weekend, June 24 and 25 shows a changed prediction for
June 23 to 25 with a solar flux at 78, and planetary A index of 5 on
all three days. This is improved from last week’s forecast in
ARLP022 which projected a higher geomagnetic (A index) forecast and
lower solar flux.
Our usual Czech source for geomagnetic forecasts is away this week,
so here is another Czech resource with predictions for only the next
“Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period June 9 to June 15,
Quiet:        Jun 9 to 12, 14 and 15 
Unsettled:    Jun 13 and 14 
Active:       Jun 14 and 15 
Minor storm:  possible Jun 15 
Major storm:  0 
Severe storm: 0 
Geomagnetic activity summary:
Except the last days, we expect at most quiet to unsettled
conditions till the next week. From June 13 and 14 the unsettled
conditions may be more frequent but the general activity forecast
should remain at the quiet to unsettled level.
Because the last flare occurred at the central part of solar disk,
we expect an active episode at the end of the forecast period. About
June 15, active conditions can also reach minor storm level.
Tomas Bayer 
RWC Prague 
Institute of Geophysics of the ASCR, Prague 
Department of Geomagnetism 
Budkov observatory (BDV)” 

DX News:

ARLD023 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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.
MALTA, 9H.  Haru, JA1XGI is QRV as 9H3XG until June 12.  Activity is
on 40 to 15 meters using CW and RTTY.  QSL direct to home call.
BAHAMAS, C6.  Operators Kenny, K2KW, Russ, K6KLY and David, K8CC are
QRV as C6ATA, C6ALY, and C6ACC, respectively, until June 16.
Activity is on 6 meters, 2 meters, 70 cm and 23 cm, including
possibly some HF activity.  QSL to home calls.
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Shirley, VK5YL will be QRV as E51XYL from
Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013, from June 10 to 17.  Activity will be
on 20 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.
BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, E7.  Members of the radio club from Zenica are
QRV as E770BAB until the end of 2017 to its 70th anniversary.  QSL
via E71EZC.
FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO.  Operators Didier, F6BCW, Dominique, F6DTZ,
Serge, F6IPT, Pascal, F1MNQ and Pierre, F1TCV will be QRV as TX5EG
from Atoll Ahe, King George Islands, IOTA OC-131, from June 11 to
19.  Activity will be on 80 to 12 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via
REUNION ISLAND, FR.  Thomas, F4HPX is QRV as FR/F4HPX from various
locations on Reunion Island until June 16.  Activity is on 40 to 15
meters using possibly CW, with SSB, RTTY, PSK31, JT65 and JT9.  QSL
to home call.
SCOTLAND, GM.  Graham, MM0GHM is QRV as either MM0GHM/p or MM0GHM/m
from Arran, IOTA EU-123, until June 17.  Activity is holiday style
on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.
BELGIUM, ON.  Special event station OS500RD is QRV until the end of
June to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Flemish
physician and botanist Rembert Dodoens.  QSL via bureau.
FAROE ISLANDS, OY.  Bill, K2HVN will be QRV as OY/K2HVN from June 13
to 26.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL
to home call.
GREENLAND, OX.  Bo, OZ1DJJ will be QRV as OX3LX from Tasiilaq
Island, IOTA NA-151, grid square HP15eo from June 12 to 26.
Activity will be in his spare time on 6 and 4 meters, and possibly
HF as well during his morning and evening hours.  QSL to home call.
ST. MAARTEN, PJ7.  Operators K9UK, KK9N, W9AEB and W9KXQ will be QRV
as PJ7/home calls from June 14 to 28.  Activity will be on 80 to 10
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with two stations active.  Look for
PJ7/W9DR to be QRV on 6 meters as well.  QSL to home calls.
GREECE, SV.  Oliver, DK7TX will be QRV as SV8/DK7TX from Ereikoussa
Island, IOTA EU-052, on June 10 and 11.  Activity will be on 40 to 6
meters.  QSL to home call.
PALAU, T8.  Ryosei, JH0IXE is QRV as T8CW from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until June 18.  Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB,
RTTY, PSK31 and JT65.  QSL direct to home call.
COSTA RICA, TI.  A group of operators are QRV as TE8DX from Chira
Island, IOTA NA-116, until June 12.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters,
including 6 meters.  QSL via TI2CDA.
MALI, TZ.  Fredo, TZ4PR is QRV until October.  Activity is casual on
the HF bands.  QSL direct to F1UIJ.
UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EO25P is QRV until December 31
to celebrate the 25 years of the Volyn Amateur Radio League.  QSL
via operators’ instructions.
Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, HA3NS Sprint Memorial CW Contest, DRCG World
Wide RTTY Contest, VK Shires Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, SKCC
Weekend CW Sprintathon, Portugal Day Contest, GACW WWSA DX CW
Contest, REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest and Cookie Crumble QRP Contest
will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.