Worthing and District Amateur Radio club weekly up-date – Saturday 13th August 2016
*** Club diary for the coming weeks ***
- Club BBQ – Wed 17th August – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 24th August – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Fox Hunt – Wed 31st August – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 7th September – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 14th September – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 21st September – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Lecture by Rob Mannion, G3XFD – Wed 28th September – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Annual General Meeting – Wed 5th October – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • The Year Ahead Discussion – Wed 12th October – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Junk Sale – Wed 19th October – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Lecture by Bob, G3ODU – Wed 26th October – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 2nd November – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Quiz Night – Wed 9th November – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Club Evening – Wed 16th November – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Lecture by Bodie 2E0VRM – Wed 23rd November – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 30th November – 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
more info on the WADARC web site: www.wadarc.org.uk
*** Other news ***
SSB Field Day: Fri 2nd – Sun 4th September (location and times TBC) check out WADARC web-site for up-dates: www.wadarc.org.uk
This weeks summary radio prop. news from the RSGB solar forecast (by G0KYA, G3YLA & G4BAO):
Propagation News – 14 August 2016
Last week the solar flux index climbed as NOAA had predicted, hitting 95 by Thursday evening.
This was largely due to a new large crop of sunspots on the sun’s surface.
These will rotate across the sun over the next few days and, as long as they don’t fade away, they should help the solar flux index remain high.
The week also saw some very unsettled geomagnetic conditions due to ongoing coronal hole activity, with the K index hitting three and four.
Coronal holes are areas of the sun with lower energy and open magnetic fields that allow plasma to flow out.
When these are in line with the earth the plasma can arrive in a couple of days.
NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the range 90-95 over the next week, tailing off to 75 by next Sunday.
The beginning of next week may once again be subject to unsettled geomagnetic conditions due to coronal holes, with the K index predicted to hit four again.
HF is showing some signs of improvement with the Chilton ionosonde measuring the critical frequency as 5.875MHz at noon on Thursday.
This means that we may see 18 and 21MHz opening to DX at times.
The prospects for VHF and UHF are looking pretty good for the start of the week with high pressure over Britain, later moving eastwards across the North Sea.
This means there are likely to be some good opportunities for Tropo this weekend and into the first half of the week.
Paths to the south across Biscay to Spain, Portugal and the Azores and Canaries look worth trying initially, and then along the east coast from East Anglia to Shetland early in the week.
The midweek period onwards looks more unsettled with the potential for some thunderstorms and perhaps rain scatter from the large cumulonimbus thunder clouds.
Sporadic-E has been good recently for some parts of the country, but it’s important to realise that it is very rare for all areas to have openings at the same time.
The unsettled weather means that there should continue to be some jet stream activity, so check for late morning and late afternoon Sporadic-E.
The tail end of last week’s Perseids meteor shower should still give enhanced meteor scatter conditions for the next day or so.
The Moon is at minimum declination today, so short, but lengthening low-elevation Moon passes are the order of the day.
These will lengthen and losses will reduce as the week progresses.
And that’s all for this week from the propagation team.
NOTE: WADARC 40 metre Thursday morning net starts at 11:00 (local time) Frequency 7.106MHz +-QRM
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keep listening on the bands … good luck, low noise, good DX 🙂
ARLD032 DX news
(I know its last weeks but this weeks does not seem to be out yet)
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
SWAZILAND, 3DA0. Mike, SQ3PMM is QRV as 3DA0MS. Activity is during his spare time on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.
LIBYA, 5A. Abubaker, 5A1AL is currently active on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his new manager W5UE.
NIGERIA, 5N. Martin, LW9DTR will be QRV as 5N/LW9DTR on August 6 and 7. Activity will be on 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB and JT65.
QSL direct to home call.
JAMAICA, 6Y. Armin, DK9PY will be QRV as 6Y6N from St. Elizabeth, IOTA NA-097, from August 10 to 14. Activity will be on the HF bands. This includes an entry in the upcoming Worked All Europe DX CW contest. QSL to home call.
CROATIA, 9A. Operator GW4UWD is QRV as 9A/GW4UWD/p from Zlarin Island, IOTA EU-170, until August 9. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and QRP power mostly during his mornings and evenings. QSL direct to home call.
MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Johannes, PD0JBH is QRV as C91PA from Maputo and plans to be here until March 2017. Activity of late has been on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via operator’s instructions.
CHILE, CE. Scott, K0MD is QRV as CE2/K0MD from Vina del Mar until August 8. Activity is on 20 and 17 meters, and possibly 40 and 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
SARDINIA, IS0. Giuseppe, IZ4JUK will be QRV as IS0/IZ4JUK from Porto Ottiolu, IOTA EU-024, from August 6 to 25. Activity will be on 20 and 15 meters using SSB, and on 40 meters if conditions permit. QSL direct to home call.
ALAND ISLANDS, OH0. Ismo, OH2IS will be QRV as OH0/OH2IS from August 6 to 11. Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using only CW. QSL to home call.
MARKET REEF, OJ0. Operators Dietmar, DL3DXX, Rene, DL2JRM and Robin, DO2XX will be QRV as OJ0DX from August 11 to 16. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming Worked All Europe DX CW contest. QSL via DL3DXX.
BRAZIL, PY. Members of the Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Radio Emissao are QRV using the special call ZV2016RIO from Rio de Janeiro until August 21. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters, except 30 meters, using CW, SSB, FM, PSK, D-Star, and some satellites as well. QSL via PY1AA.
SUDAN, ST. Magdi, ST2M is QRV using the special call sign ST2AC from Khartoum for the 18th Arab League Conference. Activity is on various HF bands. QSL to home call.
ICELAND, TF. Mike, ON2MVH plans to be QRV as TF/ON2MVH from August
6 to 21. He plans to be active using mostly QRP during his 5 AM and
9 PM local times. QSL via operator’s instructions.
MALI, TZ. Laurent, F5IXR is QRV as TZ5XR from Kidal City until February 2017. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via F5MXH.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event station R15RTRN is QRV during August to call attention to the numerous awards concerning the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network that was inaugurated 15 years ago. QSL via R7AA. In addition, special event station R31RIO is QRV until August 21 during the time of the Olympic Games in Brazil. QSL via RQ7L.
CAMBODIA, XU. Operators Steff, HB9FXL and Rolf, HB9MUQ will be QRV as XU7AKB and XU7AKD, respectively, from August 7 to 18. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB. QSL XU7AKB via HB9FXL and XU7AKD via HB9MUQ.
ALBANIA, ZA. Nicola, IU7GSN plans to be QRV as ZA3/IU7GSN from Sarande from August 9 to 23. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The North American CW QSO Party, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, TARA Grid Dip Shindig, 10-10 International Summer SSB Contest, European HF Championship, WAB 144 MHz Low Power Phone, SARC Summer Fieldday, August UHF Contest and the SARL HF Phone Contest will keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Sprint, Phone Fray, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and NAQCC CW Sprint are all scheduled for August 10.
The ARRL National Parks on the Air event runs during all of 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Please see August QST, page 83, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web sites for details.