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

Weekly Bulletin – March 1 2020


Last Tuesday’s talk by Jonathan, G1EXG was as expected – highly entertaining and informative. We were treated to models of chemical construction and explanations of “Bucky Balls”. There were of course some questions, but I’m not sure that everyone understood the answers! Jonathan had done extensive work on the subject, especially for his PhD, at Sussex University – all clever stuff. There was mention of eating some of the production to perhaps prolong life, cure ills or combat viruses – Hmmmm………..

The Elecraft KPA500 HF Linear kit has duly arrived and the contents checked against the parts lists. All components are present, plus a few ‘spares’ which are provided in case of loss. I will be bringing the kit to TS Vanguard on Tuesday 10th, along with all appropriate tools and instructions. It would be good if some of you who have not built anything before, could turn up and help with some of the construction.

This coming Tuesday (3rd) is a Tea and Chat. We will also be connecting some of the gear in the shack and hopefully some QSOs will ensue.


  • Tea and Chat Night – Tuesday 3rd March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Construction Night – Building Elecraft KPA500 Kit – Tuesday 10th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard
  • Podcast or Video – TBA – Tuesday 17th March – 8.00pm-10.00pm – TS Vanguard

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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)


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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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More biscuits were donated last week (thanks Ian, M0IAD) but we could still do with some more. C’mon peoples – two or three packets would be well appreciated from any of our members.


Alan. G4GNX