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WEEKLY BULLETIN – 30 December 2016


WADARC  –  Boldly  we lead so that others may follow.

WEEKLY BULLETIN  –  30 December 2016




Your scribe was in faraway Kent on a family visit for several days so everything went to pot around here.   .;-(

Sloth and frivolity everywhere, nothing much happened


The SAQ transmission on 17.2 kHz was not well received by the only member who tried. Other clubs reported clear reception as far away as USA , Alaska, Seychelles ….(you’d think Lancing UK could make an effort)


Grimeton Radio/SAQ Transmission on 24 December: 


vvv vvv vvv de saq saq saq ……
cq cq cq de saq saq saq =
this is grimeton radio/saq in a transmission using the alexanderson 200 kw alternator on 17.2 khz =
we sincerely wish you all a merry christmas and a happy new year=
signed : the world heritage at grimeton and the alexander-grimeton veteranradios vaenner association a^r =
for qsl info please read our website : ii =
de saq saq saq s^k




Wed. It was disappointing that 160 m net was so thinly supported in view of the success a week previously


Thurs. ditto on 40m .




Rallies this weekend






On the radio this weekend


 Beware the period 00.05 to 01.00 Sunday  in each time zone.


(drunks send very peculiar messages )





  • Forthcoming CLUB EVENTS
  • Sunday Hungover Breakfast  (Don’t  talk too loudly)- Sun 1st January 2017 – 9:00 am
  • Club Evening – ( Note : this is Committee-speak for ‘can’t think of anything’)   Wed 4th January – 7.30 for 8
  • Club Evening –  Wed 11th January – 7.30 for 8
  • Talk about “The Sun” by Chris Suddell Wed. 18th Jan. 7.30 for 8 (We still don’t know if this is the tabloid or the spheroid)
  • Wed. 25th  January:  Soldiering teach-in

After that is still the subject of some cogitation.






Danish Amateur Radio group active from Greenland


Members of the Experimenterende Danske Radioamatører (EDR) [ why can’t our club have a romantic name like that] will be active as OZ90EDR, OX90EDR and 5P90EDR from Greenland (NA-018) throughout the year 2017.

The special event callsigns are to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Danish Amateur Radio organization.

Even though activity will take place throughout 2017, the main activity will be during February 15th-May 15th 2017, and August 15th-November 15th, 2017.

Operations will be on all bands including the WARC bands and on all modes.

On JT modes the callsign OZ7D will be used. ONLY QSOs with OZ7D in JT modes are valid for the EDR award. Sometime during the year one may work the special “joker” call OV90EDR. This is also valid for the EDR award.

QSL Manager is OZ1ACB. All QSOs will be verified via LoTW and eQSL. NO BUREAU QSLS.


DX opportunities in January


2017 Jan01 2017 Jan07 Qatar A70X M0OXO DXW.Net
By a team fm Al Safliyah I (IOTA AS-088); HF; SSB CW + digital
2017 Jan01 2017 Jan09 Aruba P49X LotW TDDX
By W0YK; HF; CW SSB RTTY; QRV for ARRL RTTY Roundup; QSL also OK via Club Log
2017 Jan02 2017 Jan11 Maldives 8Q7AZ DL8AZ DXNews
By DL8AZ fm Meeru I (IOTA AS-013, MJ64uk); 40-10m; SSB
2017 Jan03 2017 Jan21 Laos XW4XR LotW TDDX
By AA4XR fm Vientiane; 160-10m; CW RTTY JT65; QSL also OK via E21EIC
2017 Jan04 2017 Jan22 Micronesia V63   DXW.Net
By JA3ARJ as V63ARJ, JH3LSS as V63LSS, JA3AVO JH3PBL W7AYA likewise fm Pohnpei; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital
2017 Jan05 2017 Jan09 South Cook Is E51AMF LotW DXW.Net
By K7ADD fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL




HF forecasting 


Until someone points out a better site, I continue to recommend  :-


VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions



HNY.  Peace be upon your noise floor. [ If the Black Hole don’t getcher * see below] I’ve checked with NASA and it’s directly over Partridge Green !




2016 might get one more blast of Arctic auroras before the year is over.  Another stream of solar wind is heading for Earth, and it could arrive before New Year’s Eve.



The incoming solar wind stream is flowing from a coronal hole (CH) in the sun’s atmosphere, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.


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