WADARC – Boldly we lead, that others may follow.
WEEKLY BULLETIN – 14 January 2017
THE PAST WEEK –
Bad News. !
We are threatened with incineration by a Red Giant .
More Bad News.!
The committee have made no preparations for finding heat-proof premises.
Good News !
It won’t happen for 117 million years …….
but at the current rate of progress in finding new premises , it may actually _take_ 117 million years….. 🙁
All this we learned on Wed. evening and thus owe ChrisVUE a vote of thanks for his informative presentation of slides and video clips concerning the history and prognosis of the Sun’s behaviour. It gave each of us a more realistic view of his personal importance in the general scheme of things. Someone was rash enough to ask why it runs through 11 year and 22 yr. cycles. “..torsion stress arising from differential rotational displacement between layers at different solar latitudes…..” or [In G0 terms :] The sun gets its knickers in a twist then the elastic slowly untwists them back again ! ]
Thurs. participants in the 40m net were again restricted to locals as conditions kept our more distant members out in the cold.
Rallies this weekend
None in SE England but get yer gumboots ready for 5th February…..
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
Our local Castles ?
The following is reproduced verbatim: :
Hello dear Friends!
– On January, 14th will be eight years sharp since the date of World Castles Award Program foundation.
In connection with this event on January, 14th and 15th, will take place activity radiohams from castles and fortresses of the world – WCA Happy Birth Day (WCA HBD).
At present we have support from radiohams of some countries who will be active from castles and fortresses their own countries during these days.
73 & 11!
de Andrew RN1CW
Comment: Is knowing us any radiohams near Bramber Castle living ? To actuate it ??
( better than nothing, even a G4 would it doing be.)
Other stuff on the radio this weekend
North American CW QSO Party,
AWA Linc Cundall Memorial CW Contest,
NCCC RTTY Sprint,
QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, ( WADARC should do this !)
NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
Old New Year Contest,
UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest,
NRAU-Baltic SSB Contest and NRAU-Baltic CW Contest
are happening this weekend.
Please see January QST, page 85, and WA7BNM web site for details and practice your morse
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz
Currently in the News
AS-004; 5B/ZC, Cyprus Island: Steve/G0SGB will operate from the UK Base Area as ZC4SB between Jan. 11 and 25. QRV on 80, 40, and 20m (SSB, CW), running 100W and dipoles. QSL via G0SGB .
Activated long ago by G3GVB
NA-096; HH/HI, Hispaniola: Dale/N3BNA and Harry/N3FMO will be operating as HH8/N3BNA and HH8/N3FMO from Haiti between Jan. 13 and 25. QSL via homecalls LoTW.
History still untold
SA-002; VP8, Falkland Islands: Dave/VP8CLE and Carol/VP8DKW will be active from Saunders Island between the 15th and 22nd on 160 and 80m (maybe also other bands) on RTTY, PSK, CW, and SSB. QSL via G1OCN
Talk to Jesus on CW
SA-072; PR8, Maranhao State East group: A group of Brazilian hams (Robert/PT2GTI, Daniel/ PT7BI, Junior/PS8DX, Jesus/PS8ET, and Ilo/PS8JIF) are going to activate Poldros Island (WW Loc. GI97cg, PYFF- 0024, DIB MA-03) on all bands (SSB, CW, digital modes) between Jan. 14 and 18. QRV with the call ZZ8P. QS
CHANCE OF STORMS, UPDATED: NOAA forecasters have lowered the odds of polar geomagnetic storms on Jan.13th to 25% as they wait for the late arrival of a solar wind stream. The stream was originally due to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Jan. 12th. Even a day late, it could still light up the Arctic Circle. The stream is preceded by a CIR (co-rotating interaction region) (as any G3 could tell you ) –a transition zone between fast- and slow-moving solar wind. Plasma piles up in CIRs, producing density gradients and shocks that often do a good job sparking auroras.
SURPRISE, IT’S A SUNSPOT: Breaking a string of 8 consecutive spotless days, a new sunspot (AR2625) has emerged over the sun’s eastern limb. It announced itself on Jan.12th with a C4 class solar flare. The explosion hurled a plume of plasma into space, photographed by extreme ultraviolet cameras onboard NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory:
Earth will feel no effects from this relatively minor flare. Material billowing away from the blast site is moving too far off the sun-Earth line to intersect our planet.
During years of Solar Maximum, a C-class flare issuing from a small sunspot like AR2526 would have been beneath the notice of busy space weather forecasters tracking more potent explosions. Now, however, sunspot numbers have dropped so low that even a small sunspot attracts attention. Sunspots and solar flares will recede in numbers in the years ahead as Solar Minimum takes hold.
- Wed, 18th On the air evening
- Wed. 25th January: Soldering teach-in
Wed 1st Feb. Club night.
Spontaneous,! Unstructured,! Uninhibited ! ,Indefatigable !
Your very own! …Free Discourse and Activity. **
Wed. 8th Feb. JonathanEXG “The BBC micro:bit ” (is that the one in reception ?)
** Okay Ok.Ok . so I’ve been watching ” The Good Old Days ”
DX opportunities until 2018
Last updated: Friday, 13-Jan-2017 15:00 GMT
[Currently Active Operations]
|2017 Jan03||2017 Jan21||Laos||XW4XR
|By AA4XR fm Vientiane; 160-10m; CW RTTY JT65; QSL also OK via E21EIC|
|2017 Jan05||2017 Jan17||Temotu||H40DA
|By VK4FEDX fm Nendo I (IOTA OC-100); 80 40 15 10m|
|2017 Jan06||2017 Jan13||Palau||T88AQ
|By JH6WDG fm Koror I (IOTA OC-009, PJ77fi); 160-6m; CW SSB + digital; QSL also OK via JH6WDG|
|2017 Jan06||2017 Jan16||Laos||XW4ZW
|By K4ZW fm Vientiane; focus on low bands; QSL also OK via K1SE (see link at call sign for details)|
|2017 Jan06||2017 Feb28||South Shetland Is||LU1ZI
|By LU4CJM fm Carlini Antarctic Scientific station; also using LU4CJM/z; 80 40 20m; CW; 100w; G5RV; spare time operation|
|2017 Jan07||2017 Jan30||PE & Marion Is||ZS8Z
|By ZS1BCE; HF; SSB + digital; broadband dipole; operation to continue for 17 months; start date uncertain|
|2017 Jan08||2017 Jan25||Bonaire||PJ4B
|By PA8A; 40-40m; 100w; end-fed; holiday style operation; include US$2 (no IRCs) + SAE w/ QSL request|
|2017 Jan09||2017 Jan27||South Cook Is||E51WWA
|By AD7AF fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m; CW SSB; inverted L; holiday style operation|
|2017 Jan09||2017 Jan31||Belize||V31AX||Club Log||DXNews
|By VE3AXT fm Corozal; HF; 100w; G5RV; operation to continue until Mar 7|
|2017 Jan09||2017 Feb06||Belize||V31RF
|By K8NDS fm Placencia; 40 20 17m; SSB|
|2017 Jan11||2017 Jan25||Cyprus SBA||ZC4SB
|By G0GSB fm the Akrotiri area; mainly 80 40 20m; SSB CW; 100w; dipoles; include US$3 + SAE w/ QSL request|
|2017 Jan11||2017 Feb06||North Cook Is||E51ADD
|By K7ADD fm Manihiki Atoll (IOTA OC-014); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL|
|2017 Jan13||2017 Jan25||Haiti||HH8
|By N3BNA as HH8/N3BNA; HF|
|2017 Jan14||2017 Jan21||Br Virgin Is||VP2VAW
|By W4KDN W4KZK WA5FAC fm Tortola; focus on 160 75m JT65 PSK31, 40m SSB, 30m CW, also 60m (5357 KHz); 3 stations; QSL also OK via LotW and eQSL (2 stations); holiday style operation|
|2017 Jan14||2017 Jan22||Cayman Is||ZF2PG||LotW||TDDX
|By K8PGJ; QRV for NAQP; QSL also OK via K8PGJ|
|2017 Jan15||2017 Jan19||Bangladesh||S21ZBA
|By JH1NBN; 75 40m; SSB; limited spare time operation|
|2017 Jan15||2017 Jan22||Falkland Is||VP8||G1OCN Direct||TDDX
|By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Saunders I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative|
|2017 Jan19||2017 Mar09||Guadeloupe||TO7D||LotW||TDDX
|By F6ITD fm Baie Mahaut, Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102); 160-6m; SSB CW + digital; 500w; dipoles; also FG/F6ITD; QSL also OK via F6ITD|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Feb22||Guam||KH2||JL3RDC Direct||JL3RDC
|By JL3RDC as NH0DX/NH2; SSB|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Feb23||Vanuatu||YJ||See Info||JA2NQG
|By JH2BNL as YJ0AA, JI2UAY as YJ0FM, JA2NQG as YJ0WW (all requested); 160-10m; CW SSB FM RTTY; 2 500w stns 1 200w stn; Inverted L, dipoles, CrankIR, HB9CV; QSL LoTW for YJ0AA, others via home_calls|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Jan26||Iceland||TF||LotW||DXNews
|By PY2SEX as TF/DL1NX fm IOTA EU-021; 80-10m; QRP; Buddipole; spare time operation|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Mar03||Guinea Bissau||J5UAP||LotW||HA3AUI
|By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Mar03||Senegal||6W2SC||LotW||HA3AUI
|By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 500/100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct|
|2017 Jan22||2017 Feb02||Ivory Coast||TU5MH||LotW||DXW.Net
|By DF3FS DJ7JC DJ9RR DL8JJ; 80-10m; CW RTTY SSB; 1kw; verticals, arrays; QSL also OK via DJ5BWD (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|2017 Jan23||2017 Jan30||Falkland Is||VP8||G1OCN Direct||TDDX
|By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Bleaker I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative|
|2017 Jan24||2017 Jan31||Tonga||A35W
|By JE1CKA JJ2VLY JQ2GYU A31MM fm Tongatapu I (IOTA OC-049); 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; may also use A35NN; QRV for CQWW 160m Contest|
|2017 Jan25||2017 Feb01||Dominican Republic||HI1UD||LotW||N2WB
|By HI3MPC HI3TT HI3CC HI3RWP HI8RD HI8K HI8C HI3Y HI3MRV HI8EES fm Beata I (IOTA NA-122, FK47fn); all bands; CW SSB; QSL also OK via Club Log (preferred) or W2CCW direct (w/ $US2 + SAE)|
|2017 Jan27||2017 Jan29||Azores||CU9AB||LotW||HB9CRV
|By CU9AS fm Corvo I (IOTA EU-089); QRV for CQ 160m CW Contest; SOHP; QSL also OK via HB9CRV; 1st 50 QSOs automatically QSLed fm Corvo post office|
|2017 Jan31||2017 Feb04||Falkland Is||VP8||G1OCN Direct||TDDX
|By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Stanley (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative|
|2017 Feb01||2017 Feb14||Central African Rep||TL8TT||LotW||IK7JWY
|By I1HJT I2YSB IK2CIO IK2CKR IK2DIA IK2HKT JA3USA; 160-6m; CW SSB, RTTY on 1 band; 3 stations; 24hr/day; QSL also OK via OQRS (no card required)|
|2017 Feb02||2017 Feb08||Guadeloupe||FG
|By KB1TCD as FG/KB1TCD; 40 17 15m; low power|
|2017 Feb03||2017 Mar11||Rwanda||9X2AW||DF2WO Direct||TDDX
|By DF2WO fm Kigali; QSL also OK via M0OXO|
|2017 Feb08||2017 Feb18||South Cook Is||E51AMF||LotW||DXW.Net
|By K7ADD fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB + digital; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL|
|2017 Feb10||2017 Feb22||Panama||HP||LotW||AA1M
|By W1USN as HP/W1USN and AA1M as HP/AA1M; HF; SSB CW + digital; QSL also OK via home_call (Buro or direct)|
|2017 Feb13||2017 Feb26||Macao||XX9D||LotW||TDDX
|By XX9LT DJ9KH DL2AWG DL2HWA DL2RNS DL3HRH DL4SVA DL5CW DM2AUJ DM2AYO DL7VEE; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY; 3 stations 24/7; focus on NA; QSL also OK via DL4SVA (DARC Buro or direct)|
|2017 Feb13||2017 Feb27||San Andres & Providencia||5J0NA||LW9EOC||LW9EOC
|By LW9EOC; 160-6m, focus on low and WARC bands; CW SSB RTTY; QRV for ARRL DX CW|
|2017 Feb13||2017 Mar03||Austral Is||FO/a||TBA||TDDX
|By VE7KW VA7DX W5RF fm IOTA OC-114; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; hexbeams and spiderpoles|
|2017 Feb13||2017 Mar07||San Andres & Providencia||HK0||AA4NC||AA4NC
|By AA4NC as HK0/AA4NC; QRV for ARRL DX CW and SSB using a 5K0 call sign|
|2017 Feb15||2017 Feb21||Fernando de Noronha||PY0F||PY2QI Direct||DXW.Net
|By PY2QI as PY2QI/PY0F fm IOTA SA-003; 40-10m; CW|
|2017 Feb17||2017 Feb21||Palau||T88DT
|By JH1OLB fm Koror I (IOTA OC-009); 160-6m; SSB CW RTTY PSK31 SSTV JT65A|
|2017 Feb17||2017 Feb25||Sint Maarten||PJ7||LotW||TDDX
|By OH2IS as PJ7/OH2IS fm Philipsburg; 80-10m; mainly CW, perhaps some SSB RTTY; 1kw; vertical, dipoles|
|ARRL International DX Contest, CW (Feb 18-19, 2017) Check here for pericontest activity too.|
|2017 Feb22||2017 Mar07||Barbados||8P9AL||LotW||DXNews
|By KG9N fm IOTA NA-021; HF; wire verticals, dipoles, longwires; QSL also OK via KG9N (for this operation only – reissued call sign)|
|ARRL International DX Contest, Phone (Mar 4-5, 2017) Check here for pericontest activity too.|
|2017 Mar07||2017 Mar21||Ghana||9G5X||LotW||DXW.Net
|By G3XAQ G3VMW G4BWP 5B4AGN M0PCB G6MC fm 1,000 feet ASL; 160-10m; CW SSB RTTY; 3 high power stns; QSL also OK Club Log|
|2017 Mar08||2017 Mar21||Niger||5U5R||EA5RM||TDDX
|By F9IE F8ATS HK6F UT7CR RU1WM IN3ZNR EA1SA EA2RY EA5KM EA7AJR EA7KW EA5RM fm Niamey; 160-10m, also 5.360 MHz; SSB CW RTTY|
|2017 Mar09||2017 Mar19||Ivory Coast||TU
|By 12 op team as TBA fm Grand Bassam; 160-6m; CW SSB RTTY PSK; 5 stations; QSL also OK via F1ULQ (Buro or direct) and Web page OQRS|
|2017 Mar10||2017 Mar19||South Cook Is||E51KTA||TDDX
|By M1KTA fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); will try low bands; QRV for BERU Contest|
|2017 Mar14||2017 Apr04||Tuvalu||T2||LotW||DXW.Net
|By SP5EAQ as T2AQ and SP7DQR as T2QR fm IOTA OC-015; 80-10m; CW SSB RTTY; dates and call signs tentative; QSL also OK via SP7DQR|
|2017 Mar14||2017 Apr12||Tanzania||5H3MB||LotW||TDDX
|By IK2GZU fm Ilembula; 80-10m; SSB CW RTTY; spare time operation; QSL also OK via IK2GZU (Buro or direct), Club Log, eQSL|
|2017 Mar20||2017 Mar24||Cayman Is||ZF2CJ||LotW||TDDX
|By JJ2RCJ fm ZF1A club station; 80-6m; mainly RTTY; QSL also OK via JJ2RCJ|
|CQ WW WPX Contest, SSB (Mar 25-26, 2017) Check here for pericontest activity too.|
|2017 Mar29||2017 Apr17||Guam||AH2P||LotW||DXW.Net
|By EA4AK; QRV on most needed bands and modes; auto-QSL via Buro, QSL also OK via Club Log, eQSL|
|2017 Apr01||2017 Apr30||Nepal||9N1MD||IZ1BVZ||DXW.Net
|2017 Apr28||2017 May13||South Cook Is||E51||TDDX
|By W6HB as E51AND, KG7MXL as E51JD, KI7DLK as E51BQ fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 160-10m; SSB|
|2017 Apr29||2017 May06||Cayman Is||ZF2AB||WA3EOP||DXNews
|By KZ3AB fm IOTA NA-016; HF|
|2017 May01||2017 May15||St Martin||FS||K9EL||TDDX
|By K9EL as FS/K9EL; 160-6m; 500w; verticals, dipoles, yagi on 6m|
|2017 Jun14||2017 Jun28||Sint Maarten||PJ7||Home Call||W9AEB
|By W9DR as PJ7/W9DR, W9KXQ KK9N K9UK W9AEB likewise; PJ7/W9DR on 6m, w/ beacon 50.115.7; 80-10m (2 stations); CW SSB + digital|
|2017 Jul04||2017 Jul18||St Pierre & Miquelon||FP||LotW||TDDX
|By KV1J as FP/KV1J; 160-6m; SSB RTTY, some CW + digital; QSL also OK via KV1J (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|2017 Jul20||2017 Jul24||Russia (Asia)||RI0C
|By RA7L RA1ZZ RW5D RK8A fm Iony I (IOTA AS-069); 40-10m; CW SSB + digital; most needed Russian island, 2nd most needed Asian island|
|2017 Aug01||2017 Aug31||Galapagos||HC8||LotW||TDDX
|By G8OFQ as TBA Isabela I (IOTA SA-004, EI49mb); 160-6m; SSB; QSL also OK via G8OFQ direct or Club Log; operation to continue until Oct 31|
|2017 Sep01||2017 Sep14||Baker & Howland Is||KH1||TBA||DXW.Net
|By YT1AD N6PSE K3LP UA4HOX + team as TBA fm Baker I (IOTA OC-089); planned for Sep-Oct timeframe; more info in May 2016|
|2017 Sep14||2017 Sep21||Galapagos||HD8M
|By WB2REM VK2BXE KG0YL N1MWJ G8OFQ fm Isabela I (IOTA SA-004); 160-6m|
|2018 Jan20||2018 Feb28||Bouvet I||3Y0Z||N2OO||DXW.Net
|By K0IR K4UEE LA6VM + team; exact dates TBD|
Re: reference to Falkland Islands above. I have often sought, but never found, accurate account of the covert communications between RN ships offshore and on-shore radio amateurs and also to UK, during Argentinian intrusion. I once had a brief conversation with a VP8 but all I could get out of him was that the “published account” was a whole lot of B^^^^cks” – his words.
Does anyone have information ? I would dearly love to read it.
On a train (ha ha ) or underground journey, scan the advertisements, Bovril is Best, or whatever. Then silently in your mind transmit the message. NOT dash dot stuff but “dah ditditdit dah dah dah ditditdit dah etc. I say silently because you get some very funny looks otherwise. You will soon find you can rattle it off in your head and it will make more sense when you trawl the first 50 kHz of each band.