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Weekly Bulletin – August 18 2019

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


The meeting at Kithurst Hill attracted quite a few members, including Roger, G7VBR who provided refreshments – thanks Roger. Unfortunately there wasn’t much activity on 70cms FM and nobody had any gear for SSB, although there was some SSB and CW activity on HF from Alex, 2E0UMD and Bryan, G0SIU. I was able to open the GB3SN repeater at Four Marks (Hants) with just a few watts from a handheld, which proves that the location is good for VHF and UHF.

On Friday, Pete, G4LKW led a team of helpers and the temporary QTH for GB8SL (tent) was erected and the station set up at Shoreham Lighthouse. Unfortunately the trap dipole gave some trouble, even before it was raised in the air, with the wire parting company with one of the traps. Fortunately we had mains power by then, so Roger’s trusty soldering iron was put to work and a repair was made. The antenna was erected and appeared to tune OK, but over the next few hours, using higher power, intermittent SWR issues were experienced and Pete went off to fetch the Carolina Windom to erect in place of the dipole. Unfortunately, part of the Windom is vertically polarised and this led to severe QRM from the nearby broadcast station, which rendered 40 metres more or less useless, so the station operated mainly on 20 metres for a while and some rare stations were worked. Fortunately, Phil – G4UDU came to the rescue and took the dipole home to repair it, returning it a few hours later. Dipole re-installed and lower HF bands were usable again. Despite some rather strong winds and some lack of sleep, Pete and Ed (M0MNG) aided and abetted by various others, managed to work over 280 stations, including many lighthouses, over the two day Lighthouses event. No doubt a further full report will appear in Ragchew in the near future. Many thanks to all who took part, especially those who helped to setup and pull down and to Roger, G7VBR for providing much needed food for the operators.

Further details of the forthcoming Foxhunt will appear in next week’s Bulletin.

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  • Tea and Chat – Tuesday 20th August – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • 3rd leg, VHF Foxhunt – Tuesday 27th August – 7.30pm-9.30pm – TS Vanguard WILL be open as usual at 8.00pm

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 – 70cms 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:


Spring 2019 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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Please note that although there doesn’t seem to be much happening with the club’s programme, this is only due to us waiting for confirmation and as soon as an event is confirmed, it will be listed here and on the club website. We do have interesting events planned for the future!


Alan. G4GNX