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Weekly Bulletin – April 19 2020


Last week Graham, G4FNL was asking for shack photos and articles. Although more would still be welcome, Roger, G4TNT now has sufficient material for a new edition of Ragchew. Many thanks to those who have contributed and to those who intend to contribute further.

FWIW I now know why Elecraft products are so popular. I certainly don’t regret buying my lineup, even if some is being superseded. I recently had an issue which involved my HF linear, tuner and antenna. One of the Elecraft support team asked me to submit a fault log from the amplifier, which he analysed and sent me a very detailed report with recommendations, which is nothing short of a well researched essay.  Despite my problem almost certainly being with the antenna, the report was given free of charge.

I also want to thank GWhip antennas for their prompt attention. I don’t have the parts in stock to make a new high-power balun and they have agreed to sell me one of theirs, without the rest of the antenna. This will be a 1500W version so that my 400W won’t drive it close to its upper power limit. This is due to arrive tomorrow – the Post Office willing.

Thanks to all of you who are joining in on the club nets. It’s a really good way of keeping in touch with each other and helps to promote WADARC activities.

Meanwhile, I expect that most folks are getting a bit jaded with all of the Covid 19 reports, government and media briefings etc., so all I will ask right now is that if you know of anyone who’s alone and isolated, whether or not they’re a club member, if you think that WADARC can help, please let one of the Committee know.

Stay home – stay safe……………….

CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS – All suspended for the time being and replaced by nets.

  • Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 21st April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Net each evening (Mon-Thurs) on 3.712MHz – 6.00pm onwards
  • Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 21st April – 8.00pm-10.00pm
  • Net on GB3WO – Tuesday 28th April – 8.00pm-10.00pm

For further information as it occurs, please visit the WADARC website:


Monday – 2 metres 145.425 MHz, FM, 7.30pm (local)

Tuesday – 70cms on GB3WO, FM, 8.00pm (local)

Thursday – 40 metres 7.106 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 11.00am (local)

Saturday – 70cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 7.30am – 8.00am (local)

Weekday evenings – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +- QRM, SSB, 6.00pm (local)


Local, national and some international rallies can be found by visiting this excellent website:


Winter 2019/2020 edition published –


HF and VHF

RSGB propagation information 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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I thought I’d end up this time by joining with the Queen and with Vera Lynn during this time of lockdown by quoting some of “The Eskimo Song”:
Whale meat again, don’t know where don’t know when………….. <groan>

Vy 73,

Alan. G4GNX