Amateur radio in West Sussex - Training, Exams, Contests and Special Event Stations

Weekly Bulletin – August 19 2017

Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU

This week

Shoreham lighthouse Weekend GB8SL – setup Friday – operating Saturday and Sunday – take down 3pm Sunday

Come along and operate – Antenna up at 45-48ft, Icom 7300 and amplifier – station working well and a decent pileup with Ed on the mike at 1100 this Saturday morning.

Radio band conditions

Can we have some reports from club members please, it would be good to hear what the membership is working on the bands

Club Program

Tea and Chat Evening – 23rd Aug

DF Hunt on 2m – 30th Aug

Breakfast at 0900 – Lancing Harvester – 3rd Sept

Practical evening, building and testing RF filters – 6th Sept

Club on the air nets, all times local

Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz

Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz

Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)

Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz

Propagation Report

ARLP033 Propagation de K7RA

Averages for the various indicators we track were all wrong last week. Average daily sunspot number was 12.1 instead of 5, although the rest of the text in the bulletin was correct. Likewise, average daily solar flux was 73.2 instead of 71.

Average daily planetary A index was 11.3 instead of 5, and mid-latitude A index was really 6.9 instead of 6.

The current (most recent) week, August 10-16 showed average sunspot numbers at 15.3 and average solar flux at 72.

Predicted solar flux is 78 and 77 on August 18-19, 76 on August 20-24, 72 on August 25, 68 on August 26-28, 70 on August 29, 72 on
August 30 through September 8, 70 on September 9, 68 on September 10-24, 70 on September 25, and 72 on September 26 to October 1.

Predicted planetary A index is 24, 18, 16, 14 and 12 on August 18-22, 8 on August 23-24, 5 on August 25-29, then 12, 24, 18, and 14
on August 30 through September 2, 5 on September 3-7, 10 on September 8, 8 on September 9-10, then 5, 10, 20, 25, 15, 12, 10, 8
and 6 on September 11-19, 5 on September 20-25, and 12, 24, 18, and 14 on September 26-29, then 5 on September 30 and October 1.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period August 18-24, 2017:

“Quiet: Aug 22-24
Unsettled: Aug 20-22
Active: Aug 18-19
Minor storm: Aug 18

Geomagnetic activity summary

We expect an active minor storming episode within the next 24 hours. Expect active conditions August 18-19. Friday (August 18), the K-index may reach 5 (minor storming event). Saturday, August 19, we expect at most unsettled to active conditions.

“The following two days August (20-21), we expect at most unsettled conditions with one isolated active event.

“The rest of the forecast week (August 22-24), we expect quiet to unsettled conditions.

Solar eclipse mania

On Monday, don’t miss the total solar eclipse and the related Solar Eclipse QSO Party:

Sunspot numbers for August 10-16, 2017 were 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 21, and 30, with a mean of 15.3. 10.7 cm flux was 71, 69.8, 70.3, 68.2, 73, 74.2, and 77.3, with a mean of 72. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 7, 11, 7, 5, 4, and 6, with a mean of 6.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7, 7, 12, 9, 5, 3, and 5, with a mean of 6.9.

DX News

ARLD033 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by HL4CCM, RW6HS, SP8TK, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

SAMOA, 5W. Bert, CX3AN will be QRV as 5W0HA from Upolu Island, IOTA OC-097, from August 19 to 26. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL direct to home call.

LESOTHO, 7P. Quintus, ZS2KU and Vaughan, ZS2VR are QRV as 7P8QM and 7P8VRR, respectively, from the Sani Pass Region until August 21. Activity is on 20 and 15 meters. QSL to home calls.

CUBA, CO. A group of operators will be QRV as T45FM from the Faro Puta Maya Lighthouse, ILLW CU-005, during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be with six stations active on all bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL
direct to RW6HS.

PORTUGAL, CT. A group of operators from the Nucleo de Radioamadores da Armada will be QRV as CR1FF from the Farol da Ponta Ferraria Lighthouse on Sao Miguel Island, IOTA EU-003, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity is on the HF
bands using CW and SSB. QSL via CS5NRA.

SABLE ISLAND, CY0. Aaron, VA1AXC is QRV as CYO/VA1AXC until the end of August. He is active on 20 meters using SSB. QSL via

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Operators DH3WO, DJ2HD, DJ2BQ and DL3DXX will be QRV as DA2017LH from Fluegge Lighthouse during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via DJ2HD.

PHILIPPINES, DU. Dale, KE0BRZ, is QRV as DU1/KE0BRZ from Palawan until August 22. Activity is holiday style on 20 meters using SSB and QRP power. QSL direct to home call.

SPAIN, EA. A group of operators will be QRV as EG1LWV from the Faro Cabo Vilano Lighthouse during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via EA1HNP.

FRENCH POLYNESIA, FO. Operators F6BCW and F6DTZ are QRV as TX5EG from Moorea until September 5. They may also be active as FO/F6BCW and FO/F6DTZ, respectively. Activity is on 80 to 12 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via operators’ instructions.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA, HL. Members of the Gwangju DX Club are QRV as D73G from Ap’ae Island, IOTA AS-060, until August 20. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via 6L0NJ.

PANAMA, HP. Members of the Radio Club de Panama will be QRV as 3E1L from the Canal Miraflores Lighthouse during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via HP1RCP.

POLAND, SP. Special event station HF700LUB is QRV until August 2018 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the city Lublin. Activity is
on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via SP8AB. In addition, look for 3Z20ILLW to be QRV from the
Jaroslawiec Lighthouse, ILLW PL-0014, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via bureau.

ANTARCTICA. Raj, VU3LBP is QRV as VU3LBP/p from the Bharati Station, Larsemann Hills, IOTA AN-016, until November 2017. QSL via I1HYW.

MARSHALL ISLANDS, V7. Randy, WW6RG will be QRV as V73/WW6RG from Kwajalein Atoll from August 21 to 24. Activity will be on 14205 kHz using SSB between 0300 and 0730z. QSL to home call.

INDIA, VU. Members of the Goa Radio Amateurs Society will be QRV as AU2LH from the Betul Lighthouse during the International
Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to VU2YQ.

MEXICO, XE. Members of the Radioexperimentadores de Campeche will be QRV as 4A3AA from the Isla Aguada Lighthouse during the
International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. QSL via XE3AA.

CAMBODIA, XU. Rene, F6CTW is QRV as XU7AEZ from Phnom Penh until August 29. Activity is on 20 meters using CW. QSL direct to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Special event station YB67TJG will be QRV from August 20 to 27 to mark the founding of the province Jawa Tengah 67
years ago. This includes operations from the Borobudur Central Java Amateur Radio Fair 2017. QSL via operators’ instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The ARRL Rookie Roundup RTTY, ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, QRP 20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW Ladder, SARTG World Wide RTTY Contest, Russian District Award Contest, Keyman’s Club of Japan CW Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, North American SSB QSO Party, CVA DX CW Contest and SARL HF Digital Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for August 21.

The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, SKCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are scheduled for August 23.

Please see August 2017 QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.