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Weekly Bulletin – January 19 2020


It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Robin Bellerby, GM3ZYE. Many of you will remember Robin for his activities over the years, promoting and operating Amateur Radio. Robin was also a past member of WADARC and was heavily involved in setting up the various stations at the Brighton Hotel Metropole for the IARU Conference in 1981.

I’m reproducing a private message from Tamsin, Robin’s daughter, with funeral details etc.,

Robin’s funeral has been set for 12 noon on Friday 31st January, at Roucan Loch Crematorium, Collin, Dumfries, DG1 4JF.

We will be returning to Dad’s house (Glenamour, Newton Stewart, DG8 7AE) for refreshments and to reminisce over the colourful and varied life that he led.

In the spirit of this, we would like anyone who wants to attend to try and incorporate a splash of colour into their outfit – as Dad loved bright colours!

We understand that it is not possible for everyone to be able to attend, so we have set up a page in his memory in case anyone would like to donate:-

If the preference is to send flowers, please ensure that they reach our Funeral Directors by 4pm on Thursday 30th January:-
Co-op Funeralcare Girvan
12 Dalyrmple Street
KA26 9AE


Last Tuesday we viewed the 2nd podcast discussing Growing, Merging or Disbanding your club. I rather felt that at least one of the guys in the podcast could do with some training on better PR, instead of playing with his phone and not paying attention to the subject. I also felt that some of the guys was trying to use modern phrases/words to describe something that has always existed as if it was something new. At least two WADARC members seemed to agree, during the subsequent discussion.

After the previous discussion about the possibility of contacting past members to see if they will re-join, I have contacted one past member, with positive results and a promise that they will visit us at TS Vanguard. It would be really helpful if other members can do the same.

Please put the word round as much as possible that Phil, G4UDU will be giving a talk on Flex radio and other SDR, with a practical demonstration, next Tuesday. Guests/non-members are welcome.


  • Talk and Demonstration of Flex Radio by Phil, G4UDU – Tuesday 21st January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Practical Evening – Installing and setting up Log4OM version 2 – Tuesday 28th January – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Tea and Chat evening – Tuesday 4th February – 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:


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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There’s recently been some “chatter” on the WADARC reflector regarding communicating via the QO-100 satellite. It has also been mentioned previously that this could make for a popular club project. If you’re interested in a fairly cheap method of achieving this, please let either me or one of the committee know and we’ll try to get the ball rolling.


Alan. G4GNX