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Worthing and District Amateur Radio club weekly up-date – Saturday 25th June 2016

*** Club diary for the coming weeks ***


Wednesday 29th June at Widewater, Lancing Meet from 7pm on the South side of the footbridge from Brighton Road.

Their is a car park off West Beach Road but it has a height restriction and I’m unsure of charges if any.

If you would like to cover anything in particularly or are able to bring any equipment (including masts and antennas) please do reply to this post on the discussion list. We’ll be bringing the club radio down and hope to also have 12V and 240V power but everything else depends on what people want to do or can bring.

Roger, G4TNT, recommends visiting Kings Fishbar in Brighton Road for your order.

In the event of poor weather check the announce list on the day – the club room will not be open.


Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th at Yaxham Scout Hut We’re hoping to operate at least 2 HF stations at this event and would like to do some workshops/ practical events.

Again, please post to the discussion list if you have any requests or are able to help with equipment or content for this weekend.

You’ll be able to camp/stay over at the hall/field over the weekend and we’re planning on a BBQ on the Saturday evening.


  • Outside On the Air – Wed 29th June – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 3rd July – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Club Evening – Wed 6th July – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • On the Air Weekend – Fri 8th – Sun 10th July – 3:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 13th July – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Outside On the Air – Wed 20th July – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 27th July – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Outside On the Air – Wed 3rd August – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 7th August – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Club Evening – Wed 10th August – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Club BBQ – Wed 17th August – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 24th August – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Fox Hunt – Wed 31st August – 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm • Club Evening – Wed 7th September – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Club Evening – Wed 14th September – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Club Evening – Wed 21st September – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Lecture by Rob Mannion, G3XFD – Wed 28th September – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Annual General Meeting – Wed 5th October – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm • The Year Ahead Discussion – Wed 12th October – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


more info on the WADARC web site:


*** Other news ***


Special Event Stations

Fire Station Open Day, Ardshell Road, Worthing – 10am to 4pm, Sat 23rd July


Up-coming contests

VHF Field Day: Fri 1st – Sun 3rd July (location and times TBC) SSB Field Day: Fri 2nd – Sun 4th September (location and times TBC) check out WADARC web-site for up-dates:


Band-plan changes (1 june 2016):


This weeks summary radio prop. news from the RSGB solar forecast (by G0KYA, G3YLA & G4BAO):



solar flux index droped below 80 .. ongoing coronal hole activity pushed the K-index to five on Wednesday 22nd.

Noisy electrical storms across most of northern Europe didn’t help the bands either.


USAF predicts the solar flux index will be in the range 70-80, with the potential for unsettled geomagnetic conditions on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday, 3 July.

As the solar flux index at sunspot minimum doesn’t fall below about 66, this gives you some idea of the current state of the sun.


As it is mid-summer we can’t expect fantastic HF conditions either, with lower maximum usable frequencies during the day, compared with the autumn and winter, but higher MUFs at night.


If you want a challenge, try listening for the Alexanderson alternator at station SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden on 17.2kHz CW at 0900 and 1200UTC on Sunday, 3 July.

The Twente SDR on the web can cover 17.2kHz, or you can hook an antenna up to your sound card and use some specialist software. Amateur station SK6SAQ will also be active on 80m SSB and 40, 20 and 15m CW during the day.


VHF and up propagation news

Sporadic-E may be poorer next week as the main Atlantic jet stream activity has already migrated north, leaving much of central Europe under a much slacker pattern. The absence of active jet streams over Europe probably means that one of the main sporadic E triggers, gravity waves, may be missing or reduced. These waves propagate up from the turbulence of the jet stream at 12km height to the E region at 120km.


This absence will make sporadic E hard to come by except perhaps for the more northern paths across to Scandinavia where the jet stream may be slightly more active.


Next week we will find a big high with a very large east-west extent just north of the Azores and covering much of the Atlantic. This could give some interesting tropo paths down the western side of Europe from the UK to Spain and Portugal and onwards to the Canaries or Cape Verde.


It may also be a tempting week for those seeking the more unlikely options of transatlantic tropo. This is very much a long shot, since there are fronts involved which can easily break any ducts.


Moon declination goes positive on Monday and losses are falling with perigee on Friday, so EME conditions will improve as the week progresses.





NOTE: WADARC 40 metre Thursday morning net starts at 11:00 (local time)

Frequency 7.106MHz +-QRM


Note: for an MP3 version of the RSGB Bulletin search for “G4NJH + RSGB”

on Google.

Or listen to the bulletin on 145.525 MHz 09:30 on Sunday mornings from

WADARC members

G8MSQ or G0TLU. After the broadcast why not call in to let them know you

were listening.


If you have any news that you would like to be included in these weekly

e-mails please let me know.


The latest Ragchew is available on the Club’s website at:


RSGB Clubs Newsletter:


check out these World’s Best Ever Dronies (Drone Selfies):


keep listening to the bands … good luck, low noise and good DX 🙂









DX Bulletin 26 ARLD026

>From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT June 23, 2016

To all radio amateurs



ARLD026 DX news


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.


JAMAICA, 6Y. Larry, WO7R is part of the VHF Pirates DXpedition and

active as 6Y7R until July 8. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands.

They are active as 6Y5AZ on 6 and 2 meter EME. QSL via operators’



MALDIVES, 8Q. Wolfgang, DK1HW is QRV as 8Q7HW from the Safari Island

Resort on Mushimasgali Island, IOTA AS-013, until June 28.

Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL

to home call.


CAPE VERDE, D4. Harald, DF2WO is QRV as D44TWO from Praia, Santiago

Island, IOTA AF-005, until July 13.

Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various

digital modes. QSL via M0OXO.



and Zik, DK8ZZ are QRV with special event call sign DR160TESLA until

June 14,

2016 to commemorate Nikola Tesla’s 160th birthday. QSL via DK8ZZ.


HAITI, HH. A group of operators are QRV with special call 4V1G until

June 27. They have a 6-meter beacon on 50105.6 kHz and are active on

this frequency as well.

QSL via W3HNK.


REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. A group of operators are QRV as 6M6M from Cheju

Island, IOTA AS-026, until June 26.

Activity is on 6 meters only using CW, SSB, FM and various digital modes.



HONDURAS, HR. Dan, HR2DMR is QRV as HQ8S from Swans Island, IOTA NA-035,

until June 30.

Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL

via KD4POJ.


DOMINICA, J7. Howard, WB4WXE is QRV as J79XE until July 11. Activity is

on 40 to 10 meters,

but concentrates on 6 meters when conditions allow. QSL to home call.


JAPAN, JA. Members of the JARL Okinawa Branch are QRV with special call

8N655HAM until July 31 to

celebrate its 55th anniversary. QSL via JS6PSH.


FAROE ISLANDS, OY. Roger, SM7RYR is QRV as OY/SM7RYR until June 27.

Activity is holiday style on 20 to 10 meters using only CW.

QSL direct to home call.


GREECE, SV. Juergen, DK3SJ is QRV as SV8/DK3SJ from Eresos/Lesbos

Island, IOTA EU-049,

until July 24. Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters using CW and


QSL via bureau.


PALAU, T8. Naoki, JS3LSQ will be QRV as T88WJ from June 25 to 29.

Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using mostly RTTY.

QSL to home call.


EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Special event station R270SR is QRV until September

12 to celebrate the town of Rychovka’s 270th anniversary.

Activity is on 160 to 10 meters, and various VHF bands. QSL via UA9SIV.


  1. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Gary, G0FWX will be QRV as V4/G0FWX from

Calypso Bay from June 29 to July 6.

QSL via M0URX.


CANADA, VE. Operator VA3CCO will be QRV from the Point Abino Lighthouse,

ARLHS CAN-385, during the ARRL Field Day.

Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3CX.


LAOS, XW. Bruce, 3W3B will be QRV as XW4XR from Vientiane from June 30

to July 12. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters,

and possibly 6 meters, using mainly RTTY and JT65 and possibly CW. QSL

via E21EIC.


NICARAGUA, YN. Rafael, NN3RP is QRV as YN2RP until July 22 while

traveling to various parts of the country.

Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW and SSB, with some activity on

Satellites FO-29 and SO-50. QSL to home call.



Sprint, Battle of Carabobo International Contest, UFT QRP CW Contest,

South African Radio League Top Band QSO Party, His Majesty King of Spain

SSB Contest and the Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest will certainly keep

contesters busy this upcoming weekend.


The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for June 29.


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 June QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web sites

for details.




Source: W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL.



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