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Weekly Bulletin – May 19 2019

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


I found last week’s talk by Steve Shorey, G3ZPS to be highly interesting and entertaining. Steve gave us a comprehensive history of Police communications, including dispelling the myth that the first device used was the whistle, although we’re still not sure where the term “Old Bill” really comes from, as there appear to be at least 16 versions of its origin.

Thanks to Norman and co. for re-boxing the FT101 series and to Bryan for clearing the operating area of the shack and preparing to install cable tidies and a cable tray.

This weekend was the Hamvention (Dayton) in Ohio and several WADARC members have attended. Last Thursday, Phil called into the 40 metre SSB net using his Flex radio and Butternut antenna at home, controlled by his tablet, whilst standing in the breakfast queue near Dayton!

Ed, M0MNG has fulfilled a dream to hear a fully loaded jukebox playing golden oldies, in a diner in the USA. Ham radio does have its alternative uses!


On the Air with Computers plus Tea and Chat – Tuesday 21st May – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
Tea and Chat evening (this may change) – Tuesday 28th May – 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 – 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:


Winter 2018 edition published –


HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info 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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Although last week’s talk was a good ‘un, I can’t help noticing that it could have been better attended. I realise that some may have already departed for the USA, but there could have been many more members at the club. Club meetings are only as good as the members who turn up, so even if it’s not exactly ‘your subject’, please make an attempt to support WADARC by turning up for meetings more often.


Alan. G4GNX