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

Weekly Bulletin – September 15 2019

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

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The WADARC Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th October between 8.00pm and 10.00pm. Fully paid up members only at TS Vanguard, 9a Broadwater Road, Worthing. BN14 8AD. Any changes to the Constitution/Club Rules etc. to be lodged in writing (email is OK) to the Chairman by Tuesday 1st October.


Last week’s meeting was an on-the-air evening which was popular with several members. Bryan, G0SIU brought along his KX3 and managed to make it ‘talk’ to the dipole that’s on site. They concentrated on 40m and 80m using just 15 watts and found that the antenna favours mostly North/South. Stations worked: EA8JK Manuel La Palma Island Canary Isles 7.178 Mhz received 59 sent 59. DK7LJ Christian Per received 44 sent 59 Nr Kiel NW Germany 7.161Mhz. G0LOU Tony Poole, 3.784 Mhz. Good reception on No 5 ant position on ant switch:- CW 7.030 using KX3 internal ATU loaded to 1 to 1. CW 3.500 to 3.510 1 to 4. SSB 3.600 to 3.700 1 to 1. Plenty of stations and not any more than usual QRM.

We also checked out the feasibility of using a pump-up mast on the outside balcony/roof. We will probably purchase a new mast in due course, but have been informed that we can’t install it yet, due to the roof having a leak and needing repair. This should be carried out by Sea Cadets organisation fairly soon.

Unfortunately GB3WO remains off the air for the time being. It’s developed a receiver fault (it’s gone deaf) but plans are in place to get it fixed ASAP.

Alastair, M0OAL has reminded us that the annual Remembrance Day Parade will take place on November 10th and it would be good for as many members as possible to get involved. Alastair has set up a Doodle Poll for members to indicate their availability (or not). Please visit:

A report from Edmund, M0MNG on 2 metre activity today (15th): 2 metres was alive today… thank you to everybody who called me, and apologies if you tried but I simply didn’t hear you! Propagation seemed rather odd at times. I made 27 contacts altogether, from Dieppe to Essex to the Dorset / Devon border. 23 of them were using FM, 4 were using SSB, and no repeaters at all! I could even have had a contact with Dave G7RAU in Cornwall if I had taken my Morse key with me! Highlights included working a Special Event Station at Stone Cross Windmill near Eastbourne, a newly-formed radio club in Essex, and a chap in Dieppe where I used to go on holiday with my parents for very many years. I also heard (but didn’t contact) a German station on FM, and a balloon launched from the Netherlands with a 2m/70cms transponder on board. If anybody tells you that VHF is dead… don’t believe ’em! 73 from Ed M0MNG / GX1WOR.


  • RSGB Video lecture on FT8 – 17th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on QO-100 by Jonathan, G4KLX – 24th September – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Talk on the life of Charles Wheatsone by Ray, G4XUZ – 1st October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Quiz – All Welcome – bring brains – 8th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat Night – 15th October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual Construction Contest – 22nd October – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Annual General Meeting – 29th October – 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 – 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:


Spring 2019 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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It’s almost certain that I will be unavailable for tomorrow evening’s 2 metre FM net. I’m sure that those interested can manage without me.


Alan. G4GNX