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

Weekly Bulletin – May 6 2019

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


Last Tuesday, most members present took part in a practical evening, run by Chris, M0VUE which involved building HF transmitting loop antennas. This was a great success for all concerned, especially as the antennas actually worked!

Bryan, G0SIU and Graham, G8BZL had a discussion about the club shack and formed a plan of action to get started on re-building the shack and securing equipment. This will also involve replacing some of the poles, which support current antennas, as well as replacing the lanyards. We will be approaching the Sea Cadets to ask if they would mind us storing the FT101 series of equipment and maybe installing them at a later date if required. We will also be asking to install a suitable SDR, so that the Sea Cadets can explore all bands.

The committee also met last Wednesday with a very full agenda. Of immediate interest to some members, we have purchased a new (at a very favourable knock-down price) Icom Desk Microphone for use with the club’s IC-7300 and one of our members has purchased and donated an Icom IC-910 all-mode transceiver for VHF/UHF. Please note that this particular rig does not contain the 23cms module. We will be looking to install suitable antennas for VHF/UHF in due course.

Whilst Chris’ team were testing out antennas last week, they also discovered a source of RF noise, emanating from the sensor loop that feeds the fire alarm. We will be approaching Captain Minter to see what can be done about this.


  • Talk and Demo of the new Icom IC-9700 transceiver, G4GNX – Tuesday 7th May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • 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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Summer is fast approaching and it usually heralds the season for meeting outside, perhaps on local hillsides. Please let Chris, M0VUE or the committee know of any particular place you’d like to meet for an outside event. Preferably not an RF black hole!


Alan. G4GNX