WADARC WEEKLY BULLETIN – OCT 28 2016
THE PAST WEEK
The net-via-repeater on Saturday was a matter of sevens: 7pm ,70 cms, 7 participants and Dorian is seeking stand-in net controllers for forthcoming Saturdays. The technical repeater performance itself is truly excellent.
.Late-night 40m and sunrise 20m were so good last weekend that some members stayed up so late on Saturday that they were too tired to get out of bed for the net next morning so…..
: No-one turned out for the 80m net on Sunday !! 🙁
Conditions became scrambled after the Wed. arrival of bad stuff spewed out by the sun four days earlier
The club is grateful to BOB G3OOU for his excellent talk and demonstrations of measurement techniques and equipment. Much of the gear costs more than an individual might want to invest and there was talk of club owned test-gear being available for testing peoples radios but that brings us back, as ever, to::
WE NEED OUR OWN PREMISES
One might have hoped a whole year of committee talking would have produced something concrete by now but …….Hello ? Committee ? Wassup? !.
RALLIES THIS WEEKEND
None around the South-East but get geared up for KEMPTON PARK RALLY next weekend.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The CQ Worldwide SSB DX Contest, (a huge opportunity to work new countries.)
NCCC RTTY Sprint
NCCC CW Sprint
The UKEICC 80-Meter SSB Contest,
CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and Phone Fray
see October QST, and WA7BNM contest web sites for details
Upcoming Club Events
- Club Evening – Wed 2nd November – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Sunday Breakfast – a good nosh from the buffet – Sun 6th November – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
- Quiz Night – Wed 9th November – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Club Evening – Wed 16th November – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Construction Competition – Wed 23rd November – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Club Evening – Wed 30th November – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Sunday Breakfast – Sun 4th December – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
- Test or Practical Evening – Wed 7th December – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Christmas Party – Wild ! Wed 14th December – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
- Club Evening – Wed 21st December – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Repeater net. – Wed 28th December – 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
- Sunday Breakfast – Sun 1st January – 9:00 am – 10:00 am
(valid from 1230 UT, 27 Oct 2016 until 29 Oct 2016)
27 Oct 2016 10.7-cm Flux: 078 / Ap: 026
28 Oct 2016 10.7-cm Flux: 077 / Ap: 031
29 Oct 2016 10.7-cm Flux: 077 / Ap: 013
Quiet conditions (<50% probability of C-class flares)
Minor storm expected (A>=30 or K=5)
Solar Proton Event:
Comment from the SIDC (RWC Belgium): Flaring activity remained well below the C-class level during the period. NOAA 2603 was stable, with another small sunspot region developing at N09W45. No earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were observed.
(Comments issued on 27 Oct 2016, 1230 UT)
Warning. Expect extensive flutter and Doppler-shift effects on Halloween night due to flying broomsticks
You hear a rare DX station and you’d love to work him (but so would a hundred and seventy-three other stations – all at the same time). As always, listen, listen then listen. Never mind what he claims, on what frequency are the stations whom he is actually answering ?, Place your TX on that frequency (You will need to work “split”. ) Imagine yourself in the DX operators shoes. What does he hear ? The moment he sends or says, QRZ ? He (and you) hear a total cacophony from 173 stations for six seconds while they send their call-signs then go quiet to listen for a reply while his brain struggles to consider whether he did or did not hear a complete call-sign. The deep silence in that second six-second period extends all the way to planet Mars. NOW is your moment, clearly and calmly send your call. It will ring clear as a bell all across the world. DX operator brain will relax, he has a complete call to answer, (yours) 45 seconds later you have exchanged reports, confirmed the contact and said thank you.
The air will now smoke and reek with garlic as thwarted Italians shout even louder, but you, cool, sang-froid Englishman, will turn down the audio , smooth the creases in your trousers and saunter down to tea on the lawn with cucumber sandwiches. I know that it works ……….because I have been there..
Bryan – (Formerly VS2FD )