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Weekly Bulletin – March 8 2020


In preparation for this week’s meeting, last Tuesday we went through the KPA500 Kit Installation Manual, piece by piece on the projector screen. From comments, some members hadn’t realised what might be involved and were pleasantly surprised. Hopefully this week there will be a good attendance of those wanting to do some hands-on installation and those who just want to watch. reports “A ‘RADIO-ACTIVE’ SUNSPOT FROM THE NEXT SOLAR CYCLE: A new sunspot is emerging in the sun’s southern hemisphere. Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 25. Although the spot is relatively small, it is also dynamic, and has produced one of the first loud shortwave radio bursts of the new solar cycle”. Let’s hope that this really is the start of an upward trend in better HF propagation.


  • Construction Night – Building Elecraft KPA500 Kit – Tuesday 10th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Podcast or Video – TBA – Tuesday 17th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70cms 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 2019/2020 edition published –


HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information 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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I expect that most of us are fed-up with the media scaremongering and miss-reporting of the Corona virus. That said, we should follow good advice and wash our hands frequently. If the situation does worsen, we make a decision not to meet for a while, but that has not happened yet and hopefully won’t. We’ll keep you informed via this bulletin and the WADARC website –


Alan. G4GNX