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Weekly Bulletin – May 12 2017

OK so this week I had my arm twisted to do the Weekly Bulletin.  Those who know me will know that I have not been a member of the club that long or even into radio so quite a bit of the news is a bit over my head but here goes.

For those who don’t know me, I was first introduced to Amateur Radio through being recommend to purchase a Baofeng UV-5R HT, that many of us have, for a running event.  I passed my Foundation (M6FSI) in October 2015 and passed my Intermediate (2E0FSI) in August 2016 both with WaDARC and am mainly using VHF/UHF repeaters while out on the road for work.

Anyway enough about me, on with the news.


Please note that on the 24th May there will be no meeting at the Parish Hall due to the evening meal at The Tollgate.

This weekend (13th/14th) is Mills On The Air, our first special event of the year. The venue is open to club members on the Saturday and members of the public on the Sunday.

We will be operating as GB0HSM – Location: High Salvington Mill,  BN13 3AT.  I believe there will be the opportunity to run 100 Watts on 2m. Grab the chance M6’s there will also be an HF setup with the Club IC7300.



On Tuesday a Net was held on 80m to remember Brian G3GVB which was held due to the fact his funeral was a small affair, as he was laid to rest at sea.  I’m sure you will all agree that he will be missed around the club.

Wednesday was a DVD night which was quite well attended.  I had to leave early due to work but hope everyone enjoyed it.



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, 8.00am (local)

Tuesday – This is NOT a WADARC net. It was originally setup by Amateurs in Seaford and Worthing to maintain contact and was later joined by Graham, G8BZL and Alan, G4GNX. The net is very informal and is mostly for rag chewing. Others occasionally join in. Although we endeavour to maintain regularity, sometimes other commitments take priority, so the net may not take place. We can be heard most Tuesday evenings on 144.310 MHz, SSB, 8.00pm (local). Please note: Polarisation is VERTICAL, due to stations being in different directions.

Another non-WADARC NET:

If you live in London, Essex, Herts, Surrey, Kent and elsewhere…then please join in on the Essex & Beyond 4M net
Every Wednesday evening from 8pm on 70.475MHz FM
On a good night we get about 10 people on the net!
Please don’t be shy! The 4m band is getting busier and more people on than ever before!




19th – 21st May – DAYTON HAMVENTION – Greene County Fair and Exposition Center, Xenia, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Doors open 8.00am. Details:

21st May – DUNSTABLE DOWNS RC ANNUAL NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO CAR BOOT SALE – Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX. Admission £3.

28 May 2017 – Durham & District ARS Radio Rally – Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, Co Durham, DH6 5AT – Admission £2

28 May 2017 – Causeway Coast Glens ARC Rally – Bushmills Community Centre, 14 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills, Co Antrim BT57 8QG – Entry £3

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



  • Practical Evening/Workshop Demo – Wed 17th May – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Meal and Social GatheringThe Old Tollgate, Bramber West Sussex – Wed 24th May – 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm – NOTE: NO MEETING AT LANCING THIS WEEK. You must reserve a place at the Tollgate by contacting Alastair, M0OAL and paying £7.50 deposit (per person). Please do this early to avoid disappointment.  Due to the passing of Bryan G3GVB, our now annual social evening at The Old Tollgate, Bramber is now going to be a memorial evening celebrating Bryan’s life. We have also asked friends and family of Bryan to attend the evening,  members are welcome to bring a guest.
  • Fox Hunt, 70cm. The first of the fox hunts this year – Wed 31st May
  • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 4th June
  • Club Tea and Chat Night – Wed 7th June
  • Lecture – Botswana DXpedition – Wed 14th June



Spring 2017 edition published –



Alan passed me this template for doing the news (a copy from a previous week) but the below is probably still relevant.  If every member did one bulletin then you would probably only have to do it once every year. ☺

We desperately need more members to produce the Weekly Bulletin. Surely there are other members who can spare a little time once every few weeks to lighten the load on our current (3) volunteers? Obviously Bryan will not be returning to the task, so we need to help each other to preserve continuity. Technically, it’s not a particularly difficult task, just takes a little time to get the contents all together. If you can compose an email and send it, you can produce a Weekly Bulletin.





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Solar-terrestrial indices for 11 May follow. Solar flux 69 and estimated planetary A-index 6. The estimated planetary K-index at 1800 UTC on 12 May was 1. No space weather storms were observed for the past 24 hours. No space weather storms are predicted for the next 24 hours.


ALERT CONDITION: WHISKY ( WHITE ) – Friday, May 12, 2017 – 18:46 GMT – UPDATE # 36



GEOMAGNETIC FIELD. The geomagnetic field is expected to remain quiet all three days (12-14 May) under the influence of a nominal solar wind regime. .- SOLAR ACTIVITY. Solar activity is expected to remain very low all three days (12-14 May), with a slight chance for C-class flares on days two and three (13-14 May).


Beacons often heard in our area:


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


DX NEWS – From Phil G4UDU, Thanks

ARLD019 DX news



DX Bulletin 19  ARLD019

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT  May 11, 2017

To all radio amateurs:


This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by

AD8J, WB6Z, 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.



Members of the World Djelfa Radio Club will be QRV with special call sign 7Y9TWD from May 15 to 18 to celebrate World Telecommunication Day.  Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via 7X2DD.


MALTA, 9H.  

Mek, SQ3RX will be QRV as 9H3SQ from Gozo, IOTA EU-023, from May 15 to 24.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL to home call.



Operators BD4TS, BH4TVU and BU4SCC are QRV as home calls/5 from Dongfu Island, IOTA AS-137, until May 15.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home calls.



Harald, DF2WO is QRV as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago Island, IOTA AF-005, until June 2.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters. QSL to M0OXO.



SP5APW is QRV as DU9/SP5APW Siargao Island, IOTA OC-235, until May 16.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.



Janusz, SP9FIH plans to be QRV as E44WE from May 16 to 30.  Activity will be on 17, 10 and 6 meters.  QSL to home call.



Tim, LW9EOC is QRV as HC8/LW9EOC until May Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with a focus on 30, 17 and 12 meters.  QSL to home call.



John, AD8J will be QRV as AD8J/HR9 from Dunbar Rock Island, IOTA NA-057, from May 13 to 27.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands with an effort on 160 and 80 meters using mostly CW with some SSB.  QSL to home call.



Special event station 8J1ITU is QRV until May 31 to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the ITU and Information Society Day.  This activity counts for Honshu Island, IOTA AS-007, as well as Kasumigaura City.  QSL via bureau.



Take, JG8NQJ will be QRV as JG8NQJ/JD1 from May 15 to July 15.  Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW and RTTY.  QSL via JA8CJY.



Roman, RN5M is QRV as JT5MA from Zuunburen until the end of May.  Activity has been on 20 meters using SSB between 1600 and 1730z.  QSL to home call.



Operators 7X2RO, 7X2UV, 7X5FG, 7X2DF and 7X2OR are QRV as S07X from Bir Lehlou until May 15.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and various digital modes.  QSL via operators’ instructions.



Jun, OE1ZKC will be QRV as S21ZBD from Dhaka from May 14 to 17 while on work assignment.  Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters in his spare time.  QSL to home call.



Special event station HF79TG is QRV until May 23 to celebrate the pilot Tadeusz Gora and his historic gliding flight with the Shark in 1938.  QSL via SP5PPK.


PALAU, T8.  

Operators Akira, JH0CKF, Kay, JJ0RIK and Kunio, JA8VE are QRV as T88MZ, T8KA and T8VE, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until May 19.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL to home calls.



Ben, DL7UCX is QRV as TA0/DL7UCX from Saraylar on Marmara Island, IOTA AS-201, until May 14.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mainly CW.  QSL to home call.



Roland, F8EN will be QRV as TR8CR from May 18 to June 3. Activity will be on 30 and 20 meters using only CW.  QSL via F6AJA.



Krish, VU2VKU and Pai, VU2PAI will be QRV as VU7KP from Bangaram Island, IOTA AS-011, from May 15 to 19. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via W4VKU.



Chris, ZL2DX and Catherine, ZL2QT are QRV as as ZL7DX and ZL7QT, respectively, for the next three years.  QSL direct to home calls.



The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Jakarta 40-Meter SSB DX Contest, Portuguese Navy Day Contest, VOLTA World Wide RTTY Contest, CQ-M International DX Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, HPC World Wide DX Contest, MARAC County Hunters Contest, Arkansas QSO Party, FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint, 50 MHz Spring Sprint and the WAB 7 MHz Phone will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint is scheduled for May 15.


The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray are scheduled for May 17.


Please see May QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.



Not much else I can say really, I have been pretty busy with an 11 month old and plenty of work on so not much time for getting on the air.  I hope to be getting on HF a bit more now that the shack (Shed) is a bit warmer now that Spring is here.

The club repeater GB3WO does seem to be monitored a bit more these days as I often have a QSO while driving from home to Shoreham-by-Sea where I am currently working on a project.  Must get my full license so that I can use /MM ☺


Thanks to Phil, G4UDU  for passing on the DX news and Alan G4GNX for giving me a great starting point for this bulletin.

Have a great week