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Weekly Bulletin – September 22 2019

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


Unfortunately last week I was unable to attend the meeting, but other members have said that the video/lecture on FT8 was much better produced than previous RSGB offerings and the presenter knew his subject well. It was a bit heavy at times and it appears that one lesson learnt is that it’s important to have ALC levels set correctly to avoid interference, which FT8 can be prone to.

Thanks to Roger and Ian for holding the fort and opening the doors.

This coming Tuesday, by popular demand, we’ve slotted in a talk by Jonathan, G4KLX on the QO-100 satellite setup. Please try to support our talks, even if they’re not always on your favourite subject.

Obviously it won’t affect us until next year, but Roger, G7VBR reports that ILLW (Lighthouses Weekend) has moved slightly from its traditional date and will be held on the weekend of 22nd/23rd August 2020. Please make a note in your diary.

ARRL have reported that the French air representation has dropped its bid to acquire a ‘share’ of our 2 metre band. It’s great news that they’ve finally come to their senses, but it does not mean that we can become complacent and the band still needs us to keep it occupied as much as possible.


  • 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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Even though band conditions are mostly rather poor (especially on HF) it’s important that we all try to get on the air as much as possible. There are outside interests who have covetous eyes on our frequency allocations. I’m sure that none of us would want to find out the hard way that it could be a case of “use it or loose it”!


Alan. G4GNX