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

Weekly Bulletin – June 29 2018

WADARC meets at – Lions Hall, 21 Roberts Road, Lancing. BN15 8AR.


Report on GB1SCW Coast Watch special event station – Sunday 24th June, by Howard – M0HJF

Bryan and myself had a good day in the sunshine with most activity on 20m for CW and SSB, 17m for WSJT-X and 2m FM for voice. The noise levels found on 40m made it unusable, possible due in some part to interference from the MW transmitter to the north of Shoreham Harbour. The vertical OUTBACKER aerial preformed well , helped by a good ground plane due to the proximity of the sea. We also rigged an inverted V dipole with balun. Although this provided some entertainment, while being set up from the watching crowd at the life boat open day, it was not so effective as the ground plane aerial. In fact when running a station again in the harbour, vertical ground plane aerial designs would be my choice. The transceivers used were my TS-590SG (50w) and a KX3 15w) and a 2m rig (20w) both supplied by Bryan.

Over 50 QSOs were made on the HF bands and several on 2m including Jim 2E0EKY and Adam M6BQV, who worked us as part of the Summits on the Air weekend. Thanks to the Amateurs that visited the station including Simon G7RFR, ED M0WTO, Leon G4FEE.

Report on last Wednesday’s Fox Hunt, by Roger – G7VBR

Where were you all?

Dorian, 2E0FSI, set up his coffee stall so all the participants could have a tea or coffee when they found him and started transmitting at the normal times. Unfortunately Roger TNT and Vic began with two of everything but only one aerial connector which decided to part company from the coax so they decided to drop out and went to the Lions Hall. Roger VBR started a bit late but after a few locations he found the fox and had a really nice cup of coffee. Dorian carried for a few more transmissions but nobody arrived so he knocked the event on the head and went home.
The next hunt will be in a months time so please dig out your DF kit and come and find me.
Roger VBR

FWIW Dorian was using 5 watts from Findon Gallops car park and was heard fairly well by our handhelds at Lions Hall. From the last clue, Les – G3JSU worked out where the fox was.
Unfortunately Ian – M0IAD was called away for work at the last minute and Phil – G4UDU was on holiday in France, or there would have been at least two more ‘contestants’.


  • Sunday Breakfast – Sunday 1st July – 9.00am-10.00am – Goring Road Cafe
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 4th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Club Barbecue – Wednesday 11th July – 7.30pm-9.30pm – Goring Gap BBQ site
  • Tea and Chat Evening – Wednesday 18th July – 8.00pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall
  • Fire Services Day – Saturday 21st July – 10.00am-4.00pm – Worthing Fire Station, Broadwater Green
  • Fox Hunt 3rd (final) leg – Wednesday 25th July – 7.30pm-10.00pm – Lions Hall open for those who can’t take part

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 – 70 cms on GB3WO, 7.00pm (local)

Sunday – 80 metres 3.712 MHz +/- QRM, SSB, 7.30am-8.00am (local)


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Spring 2018 edition published –


HF and VHF:

RSGB propagation info can be found by following this link:

VHF/UHF 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



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Looks like the Russians are messing us about again. Apparently the downlink of an Amateur repeater sited on ISS, has been outputting on 145.50 MHz – most of Europe’s FM calling frequency. Oops!
You may wish to listed out as ISS passes by.


Alan. G4GNX