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Weekly Bulletin – December 22 2019


Our annual Christmas Party took place at Casa Ciro Restaurant (Worthing) last Tuesday and seems to have been well enjoyed by those who were able to be there. We had asked to be in their upstairs room and they obliged by giving us exclusive use of it, along with our own bartender/waitress. The food was good and well cooked and there was sufficient time to chat between courses. WADARC Awards were given out (list below) and the customary raffle also took place. My thanks to Casa Ciro who donated two bottles of wine for the raffle and of course thanks to all WADARC members who donated prizes. Special thanks to Alison (Mrs 2E0RKO) for organising the sale of raffle tickets. Thanks also to Martin (son of Ron – G3SKI) for providing us with a traditional Christmas cake, which went down very well.

Unfortunately 3 people were unable to attend the Christmas party (one due to unforeseen work and two who were ill with cold/flu bugs) I hope recovery is swift and your Christmas is not disturbed.

I’ve heard from Phil, G0PAW that ex-WADARC member Derick Browne, G4XKF is now residing in a care home in Brighton. Phil visits Derick quite often and says that he is in good spirits and satisfied with his life. Despite Derick’s suffering from dementia, they are able to reminisce over past Amateur Radio happenings. I’m sure we all wish Derick the best for the future and thanks for his contribution to WADARC – especially the annual barbecues at his home in Hove.

Our next meeting at TS Vanguard is billed as a Tea and Chat, but we will also be planning for the future (discussion) and hopefully the final work will be completed on the Tambour Door installation in the Shack.

There will be no 40 metre net on Thursday next week as it’s Boxing Day.

There will be a “Santa Claus” Christmas Eve net run by Phil, G4UDU at 9.30pm on 80 metres – 3.712MHz +- QRM.
There will also be a Christmas Day 2 metre net between 11.00am and 12.00pm on S21 – 145.525MHz

AWARDS for 2019

Awards for 2019 (up until the last AGM) are as follows:

Winner – Construction Contest 2019 – Ray Chandler, G4XUZ
G8HY Merit Award – for promotion of WADARC via GX1WOR – Edmund Spicer, M0MNG
WADARC Merit Award for services to WADARC equipment store and the Shack – Bryan Durrant, G0SIU
WADARC Merit Award for best efforts in producing “Ragchew” – Roger Hall, G4TNT
WADARC Merit Award for major contribution to special event stations – Pete Head, G4LKW
WADARC Merit Award for major contribution to special event stations – Edmund Spicer, M0MNG
Over all Winner – John Slater Foxhunt Award 2019 – Ian MacDonald, M0IAD
Chairman’s Award for services beyond the call of duty – Roger Ferrand, G7VBR


  • NO MEETING – 24th December – TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • NO MEETING – 31st December – TS Vanguard will be closed.
  • Planning for the future + Tea and Chat – 7th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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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May I take this opportunity to wish all WADARC members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year AND the best of health throughout the coming year and beyond.


Alan. G4GNX