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Weekly Bulletin – December 1 2019


Rather than a formal talk, Bryan, G0SIU gave a demonstration on the use of manual antenna tuners, in the shack, at last Tuesday’s meeting. Despite disturbance from those of us concerned with the new tambour doors, Bryan managed to match the rather indifferent HF antenna at TS Vanguard, using mostly his Palstar tuner. It just goes to show that the slightly older techniques are still viable and in use.

The new Tambour Doors (roller shutters) were duly delivered and work has commenced on getting them installed.

Jonathan, G1 EXG has proposed a club project, which we can all make and costs only £9.50. We may even get it cheaper if we order in bulk. The item is an E-Field Active Antenna Kit and is featured on page 14 of latest December RadCom. We will be promoting this at future club meetings, so you can find out more then.

We’re going back to a previous system with the Club Programme, staring in January. There will be alternating regular slots of Tea and Chat (including on-air nights), Podcasts/Videos (with discussion), Talks/Lectures, Practical Evenings.
We now need to fill the slots, so if you can give a talk or demo or know of a good lecturer who would be willing to give us a talk (we are willing to pay them a reasonable rate + expenses), please let any of the Committee know.

The Christmas Party has now been finalised with Casa Ciro and all menu selections have been sent to the restaurant. I have a spreadsheet which will be available on the night, in case you forget what food you’ve asked for.
Ron, G3SKI will be bringing one of his excellent cakes to be served to those present and we have permission to run a raffle. Please bring any donations of raffle prizes to the party on the 17th. If you’re not booked for the party and would like to donate a prize, please give it to any committee member by 16th December.


  • Tea and Chat – 3rd December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Shack Night plus Tea and Chat – 10th December – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Christmas Party – 17th December – 7.00pm-10.00pm – Casa Ciro Restaurant – Note: TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • NO MEETING – 24th December – TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • NO MEETING – 31st December – TS Vanguard will be closed.

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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Thanks to Isabel Knox for a generous donation of a few packets of biscuits for future meetings. That said, donations of biscuits are always welcome from other members.


Alan. G4GNX