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Weekly Bulletin – May 12 2019

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


Last Tuesday’s club meeting was a demonstration of the new Icom IC-9700 by myself, with thanks to Ian, M0IAD for providing a portable stand and collinear. The rig has been well-received by most users, with a couple of issues found by a few weak signal/digital users. With good sensitivity and high quality audio, it is certainly the best VHF and above multimode that I have ever owned.

Whilst my demonstration was to a certain extent interactive, I did receive a couple of complaints that I could not be properly heard, because some members of the audience had decided to hold their own private conversation/s. Not only is this downright bloody rude, it’s also disrespectful to the rest of the members who are trying to hear. If you really must chat when someone is giving a talk, please go into the tea area and shut the door. I don’t want WADARC to get a bad name amongst prospective speakers!

This weekend, some of our members supported the annual Mills On The Air event, from Salvington Mill, with thanks to Pete and Pete, Ed, Alex, Roger, Phil, Philip and any others I’ve missed, for running the station – GB0HSM – and for assistance in setting up etc., Roger reported that it was quite cold inside the base of the windmill on Saturday, but I must say that it had warmed up by the time I visited on Sunday. The station made around 140 contacts on HF, many of these being windmill sites and 5 QSOs on 70cm using Edmund’s portable setup. Fortunately, the weather was very kind to us and there seemed to be a lot of visitors. I’m sure that the High Salvington Mill Trust found that WADARC made a valuable contribution to the Mill’s 60th Anniversary open day. Ed, M0MNG has made a short video of this years event which you can see by following this link:

Please support our meeting on Tuesday. This will be a talk (see below) on one of the rare occasions we manage to secure an ‘outside’ speaker.


  • Talk – Public Safety Communications Past and Present, G3ZPS – Tuesday 14th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • On the Air with Computers plus Tea and Chat – Tuesday 21st May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat evening (this may change) – Tuesday 28th May – 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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Although many gaps in the 2019 programme have been filled, we can still do with more speakers. If you can give a talk at a club meeting, or know of someone else who is willing (preferably radio related) please contact Chris, M0VUE.


Alan. G4GNX