THE PAST WEEK
Last Wednesday Graham, G4FNL gave a most interesting talk on his recent Botswana DXpedition, callsign A25UK. In particular, in excess of 44,000 QSOs in 10 days is quite remarkable and the group are to be congratulated. Follow up/QSL information can be obtained on the A25UK website: www.A25UK.com
Chris, M0VUE has been busy arranging events for our weekly meetings and there are some interesting talks to come. See the WADARC website for continuing updates. www.wadarc.org.uk
Chris has also submitted a Doodle Poll to gauge interest for a variety of subjects presented on DVD. Please support Chris’ efforts by visiting the poll – http://doodle.com/poll/ygzeik2arccg92vp#table
Following the recent EGM and the Committee’s decision to pursue shack premises for the club, we have hit a major snag, where the Parish Council will only allow severely restricted access. We have therefore decided not to follow up on the LPH room and we’re now actively seeking an alternative, with 24/7 access and hopefully more favourable terms.
The bands have been quite lively, with good DX to be had for those dedicated to chasing it. 6 metres has been very good from time to time and even 40 metres has had its moments, usually in the early evening. Also, 80 metres suddenly came alive on Thursday with many stations taking part in the RSGB 80m Club Championship, on SSB. Perhaps the club could consider entering this contest next year?
Waters and Stanton have announced that F9FT/Tonna have quit the Amateur Radio side of their business. If you need spares, probably a good idea to make a list and approach any of the UK dealers who may have some stock.
25th June 2017 West of England Radio Rally
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.
Admission £3, kids free. Open 10:00 to 14:00. Free parking. Trade. RSGB books.
Café. Disabled facilities.
Details: Shaun, G8VPG, 01225-873098, http://www.westrally.org.uk
14-16 July 2017 Hamtronic Show, Friedrichshafen, Germany [Friday-Sunday]
Messe, Friedrichshafen, 88046, Germany
Open 09:00-18:00. Admission €9.00, (other ticketing formats available). SIGs. Trade.
IARU Member Societies’ stands. Lectures, some in English. Large flea market. RSGB books.
16 July 2017 McMichael Rally
Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane, Sonning-on-Thames,
Reading RG4 6ST.
Open 09:30. Entry £3. Talkin S22. Tables & car boot spaces £10. Trade. SIGs.
Catering/bar on site. No dogs allowed – venue rules (assistance dogs excepted).
Details: Andy, 07775-940016 or Min, 07715-771665 http://www.mcmichaelrally.org.uk/
13 August 2017 Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest
Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3DA.
Open 10:00. Admission £3.50. Free parking. Talk-in S22. Car boot sale. Trade
at Indoor and outdoor pitches. Lectures. Catering with bar. Adjacent camping
available Saturday night only.
CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS
Practical Evening – Wed 28th June – If you have a pet project needing assistance, please contact the committee beforehand to arrange test gear etc.
Club Tea and Chat Night – Wed 5th July – A chance to have a friendly discussion about anything radio related.
Lecture – Wed 12th July – Subject to be announced. If you know of a good lecturer or are willing to give a talk yourself, please contact the committee.
Outside on the air event – Wed 19th July – Venue to be announced shortly. How about Devil’s Dyke, specially for the VHF/UHF DXers, with HF thrown in?
Beacons often heard in our area:
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
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
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.
VIET NAM, 3W. Megumu, JA6QGF, is now active as 3W9A from Ho Chi
Minh City. His length of stay is currently unknown. Activity has
been on 17 and 6 meters SSB. QSL via his home call sign.
AZERBAIJAN, 4J. Alex, 4J3DJ is QRV as 4JF1EU until June 25 during
the context of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Baku. QSL direct to home
MONTENEGRO, 4O. Giuseppe, IK5WWA is QRV as 4O7GD until June 28.
Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB. QSL to home call.
CYPRUS, 5B. Felix, DL6JF, Jaroslav, OK4MM and Dieter, DL1AWD are
QRV as 5B/home calls until June 25. Activity is on the HF bands
using only CW. QSL to home call.
JAMAICA, 6Y. Ali, EP3CQ is now licensed as 6Y5CQ. He plans to be
QRV in the Jamaica Amateur Radio Association annual Field Day
exercise. QSL to home call.
WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2. Tak, JE1SCJ and Tex, 9M2TO will be QRV as
9M4DXX/p from Pulau Perhentian Kecil, IOTA AS-073, from June 24 to
26. Activity will be on 40 to 10 meters using CW and JT65. QSL via
CHINA, BY. Members of the Chinese Radio Amateur Club will be QRV as
B7CRA from Yongxing Island, IOTA AS-143, from June 26 to July 2.
Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital
modes with two to three stations active. QSL via BA4TB.
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA. Special event station DB125PTB
celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Pressnitz Valley Narrow
Gauge Railway running between Steinbach and Joehstadt. QSL via
SVALBARD, JW. Peter, LA7QIA will be QRV as JW7QIA from Spitsbergen
Island, IOTA EU-026, from June 24 to July 1. Activity will be on
the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL to home call.
SLOVAK REPUBLIC, OM. Special event station OM2017WYAC will be QRV
from June 26 to July 9 during the 1st World Youth ARDF Championship.
QSL via OM3CND.
ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Operators David, W9DR, John, W9KXQ, Kenneth,
KK9N, David, K9UK and Thomas, W9AEB are QRV as PJ7/home calls until
June 28. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL to
GREECE, SV. Dave, GM0LVI is QRV as SV8/GM0LVI from Zakynthos, IOTA
EU-052, until July 6. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands
using QRP power. QSL to home call.
PALAU, T8. Yutuka, JH1MLO and Chusuke, JR1FKR will be QRV as T88HR
and T88TJ, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from June
28 to July 2. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and
RTTY. QSL to home calls.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. During the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup being
held in Russia, special event stations R17RUS, R17DEU, R17AUS,
R17CHL, R17MEX, R17NZL, R17PRT and R17CMR are QRV until July 2. QSL
via operators’ instructions.
KALININGRAD, UA2. Special event station UE08F is QRV during the
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. QSL via UF2F.
BELIZE, V3. David, KG5CI is QRV as V31CI from San Pedro on
Ambergris Caye Island, IOTA NA-073, until June 27. Activity is
holiday style on the HF bands, including 6 meters and various
satellites. He will also be active during ARRL Field Day. QSL to
MICRONESIA, V6. Hid, JA3KGF, Tosy, JA3FGJ, Sanny, JJ3CIG and Mami,
JP3AYQ will be QRV as V6J from Mwoki Island, IOTA OC-226, from June
24 to 29. Activity will be on 40 to 15 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY,
PSK and JT65. QSL direct to JP3AYQ.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. Operator HL1AHS will be QRV as VK9AA from
June 24 to July 1. Activity will be on 80 to 6 meters using CW, SSB
and various digital modes. QSL via HL2UVH.
OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT. The following operations are
approved for DXCC credit: Libya, 5A5A, April 2017 operation; Andaman
Islands, VU4YC, 2017 operation.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. ARRL Field Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC
CW Sprint, Battle of Carabobo International Contest, UFT QRP CW
Contest, Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest and His Majesty King of Spain SSB
Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.
The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray and SKCC CW Sprint are
scheduled for June 28.
Please see June 2017 QST, page 87, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
web site for details.
For those interested in keeping a weather-eye (pun intended) on the likelihood of electrical storms in our area and elsewhere, here are links to two different sites:
http://www.isleofwightweather.co.uk/live_storm_data.htm is situated on the Isle of Wight, so in terms of storms, it’s close enough to be useful to us and you can sign up for email storm alerts.
https://www.lightningmaps.org/ This site uses sensors all over the World, but allows ‘zooming-in’ with enough detail to get right down to street level.
73, Alan. G4GNX