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

Weekly Bulletin – September 14 2018

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.


The Annual General Meeting for 2018 will take place on Wednesday 31st October, 8.00pm sharp at the Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.
Any proposals appropriate to the AGM MUST be with the Hon. Secretary BY Wednesday 10th October 2018.
A full agenda will be available to members on the night.

THE PAST WEEK (or two!)

The past couple of weeks have been varied, with the temperature dropping, although there’s been no need to turn up the heat at Lions Hall yet.
We’ve had a tea and chat night with everything from Amateur Radio to the weather discussed and quite a fair turnout.

On the following Saturday, Philip – G4KIL ran a special event station to mark the opening of a community and youth hall in Hangleton. The club’s IC7300 was used for HF and mostly behaved well, except for use of one antenna for 40 metres where the PTT was pressed and the rig promptly turned itself off. RF in the shack? Who knows! Thanks to Philip and to Roger – G7VBR for providing support.

Last Wednesday was a podcast from the ARRL describing use and types of antennas for field days – American style. It was interesting to note the difference in requirements between the USA and the UK and NO, towers and massive beams are not the order of the day!


Club subscriptions are now due – £35 for the coming year.


You will see (below) that our annual Junk Sale will take place in around 11/2 weeks. Also note that the start time is 7.30pm. If you have items to sell that you need to unload, on arrival at Lions Hall you will be directed to reverse your vehicle up to the front doors and you will be assisted to unload. You will then be asked to drive to the nearest available on-street parking space, or to the nearby public car park. When the sale is finally over, please leave the venue quietly – it’s a residential street.


  • On the Air (HF) – Wednesday 19th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Annual Junk Sale – Wednesday 26th September – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall – Note: Early start time
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 3rd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Club Lecture (Subject TBA) – Wednesday 10th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Tea and Chat – Wednesday 17th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Practical Evening – Wednesday 24th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 31st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall

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:


Summer 2018 edition published –


HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link:

VHF/UHF Beacons often heard in our area:


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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A further reminder that club subscriptions are now due – £35 for the coming year. Please make payments directly to the Hon. Treasurer – Roger, G7VBR. Cash is OK, but cheques and bank transfers should always contain your name AND callsign, so that we can identify who has paid their sub.


Alan. G4GNX