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


A summary of what is happening at the club – opinions and comments are those of the writer and not necessarily official policy
Here is the latest update, Phil G4UDU
This week:
Meeting on the 3rd was a general chat evening, plus Alan G4GNX organised a general tidying process to sort the books and paperwork plus some surplus items in the kitchen cupboards so that the “Tea Apparatus” could be stored 
Graham G4FNL is in the last few days of his DX’Pedition to Botswana A25UK – they continue to be active on all of the bands using CW SSB & DATA – they obviously have a low noise threshold as it is amazing how they can be worked even if signals seem to be very low, they are leaving Saturday morning.  
This is Graham’s first full blown operation of this type, he has experience of running and winning various contests and operating on special stations but this will be different in many ways. I hope he can put an overview of the event into a talk for us one evening at the club.
Club Programme:
Well this seems to be missing out on both content and speakers planned for meetings, it is not a particularly difficult task –  I have arranged this before and consider “I have done my time” spanning many years and it is down to some other members to step forward and put some input into the club. – If there is someone who wants assistance doing this, I will help.
7th May Sunday breakfast at the Lancing Harvester at 0900
10th May DVD Evening – Change from the published event
13th/14th Mills on the air at High Salvington – there should be both VHF and HF
stations operational – setup is from 0830 on the Saturday morning – I will be
there, help is always appreciated. Please come along and operate.
17th May Practical Evening – Workshop demonstration – who is organising ?
24th May Dinner at the Old Tollgate Bramber – this is a special evening to remember Bryan G3GVB who always enjoyed this type of event – please book your place with the online webpage at :

31st May DF Fox Hunt on 70cms ? Confirmation to follow.

Here are the details of the programme for other clubs in the area – they have active programmes – I would like to see the same at WADARC – can the membership comment if there is anything interesting they would like put on the WADARC calendar – if so I am sure this can be arranged.

Nearby Club Events Diary
Mid Sussex  
Future lectures and events:
Fri 05 May Talk: Guide Dogs for the Blind 
Fri 12 May Prep for Mills on the Air 
Sat 13 May Mills on the Air 
Sun 14 May Mills on the Air 
Fri 19 May “On Air Night” 
Fri 26 May NFD How to do logging Evening 
Fri 02 June Construction Contest 
Fri 09 June Open Evening for Burgess Hill Summer Festival. Shack open to Public 7pm – 9pm. 
Sun 11 Jun Burgess Hill Summer Fayre held at St John’s Park 
Fri 16 Jun Radio Night and Table Top Sale 
Fri 23 Jun OUT: Windmills Evening at Jack and Jill Car Park. 
Fri 30 Jun NFD Preparation 
Fri 07 Jul Chairman’s Barbeque 
Fri 14 Jul Radio Night 
Fri 21 Jul Radio Night and Table Top Sale 
Fri 28 Jul Fox Hunt: Walking Burgess Hill – Start from Cyprus Road Car Park
Wings Museum
Now open for the summer months every Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm.
Sat 06 May – Bomber Boys – Veterans of RAF Bomber Command will be attending at the Wings Museum, for a special signing event signing items of memorabilia, prints & books in aid of The International Bomber Command Memorial. A £10 donation to the Bomber Command Memorial is requested to secure ALL the signatures of these unique men. First signing is at 10.30am – second signing is at 2.30pm.
Future lectures and events:
Fri 12 May “History of the Magnetron – Radar to the Kitchen” by Prof Mike Underhill G3LHZ
Fri 26 May On Air/Practical Evening.
Fri 09 Jun TBC
Fri 23 Jun On Air night from Newlands Corner.
Fri 30 Jun Practical Evening/On Air Night.
West Kent
Future lectures and events:
Mon 08 May ‘999 Emergency’, by Steve Shorey FIET G3ZPS
Mon 12 Jun Demonstration of RF test equipment by Bob Burns G3OOU.
Mon 14 Aug – TBA 
Future lectures and events:
Wed 24 May VHF propagation, by Mike, G0KAD
Wed 28 Jun Talk by Nick, G3RWF, RSGB President
Sun 10 Sep Microwave Round Table
Future lectures and events:
Thu 04 May Vive La Difference : Life and Amateur Radio in France – Mike G8CKT/F8VON 
Thu 11 May Social – The Fountain – Ashurst  
Thu 18 May Thursday Evening Fox Hunt – Adrian G4LRP      
Thu 01 Jun DMR (Digital Mobile Radio) Dennis Stanton G0OLX 
Thu 15 Jun Social – The Frog and Nightgown – Wimlands Road 
Thu 29 Jun Thursday Evening Fox Hunt      
Thu 06 Jul Pirate Radio – Mick Senior G4EFO 
Thu 14 Jul Social – The Sportsman – Amberley  
Thu 03 Aug FPGAs by Rahil Chaudery 
Thu 17 Aug Social – The Bricklayers Arms – Shamley Green


WADARC Club on the air nets:

Monday at 1930 on 145.425 MHz
Thursday at 1100 on 7.106 MHz
Saturday at 1900 on GB3WO (Club repeater)
Sunday at 0730 on 3.712 MHz
DX News:
ARLD018 DX news
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.
LAOS, XW.  Champ will be QRV as XW1IC on May 8, 9 and 10 with an
emphasis on RTTY on 20, 17 and 15 meters.  QSL via OQRS on Club Log,
or paper QSL, via E21EIC.  You can also confirm using LoTW.
CAPE VERDE, D4.  Harald, DF2WO (XT2AW, 9X2AW) is QRV until June 8 as
D44TWO.  He is operating on 80 to 6 meters with a hex beam and
vertical antennas.  QSL via M0OXO.
NORTHERN IRELAND, GI.  Special event call GB0GLS (Gilnahirk
Listening Station) draws attention to this radio station’s role in
WWII.  They will be QRV from May 5 to 13.  QSL via MI0WWB (d/B).
MALDIVES, 8Q.  Jim, G3VDB is QRV as 8Q7EJ until May 7.  Activity is
on 30, 20 and 17 meters using mostly CW with some SSB, PSK and RTTY.
WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  Luca, IK2PFL will be QRV as 9M2/IK2PFL from
Perhentian Besar, IOTA AS-073, until May 8.  Activity will be
holiday style on the HF bands.  QSL to home call.
QATAR, A7.  Martin, MW0BRO will be QRV as A7/MW0BRO until May 18 on
80 to 10 meters using CW only.  QSL via MW0BRO (d), eQSL.
RUSSIA, UA.  More than 150 different stations will be active with
the prefix RP72 between May 5 and 9 to commemorate the end of WWII.
See for a list of the calls.
UKRAINE, UR.  EM2017UEV will operate around the Eurovision Song
Contest 2017 from May 9 to 13.  For qsl information see
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5.  Art, KZ5D plans to be QRV as
VP5/KZ5D from May 25 to 31, including the CQ WPX CW Contest with
special call VQ9D.  QSL via LoTW.
BOTSWANA, A2.  A group of operators are QRV as A25UK until May 6.
Activity is on the low bands with an emphasis on RTTY.  QSL via
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5.  Doug, W6HB and Bruce, AD7MM will be QRV as
E51DLD and E51BAS, respectively, from Rarotonga Island, IOTA OC-013,
until May 12.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL
direct to home calls.
Hiva, IOTA OC-027.  Activity is on 40 to 15 meters using SSB, RTTY,
PSK and JT65 with solar panels and a wind generator.  He will be
active from other islands as well.  QSL direct to home call.
VIET NAM, 3W.  Peter, DF7DQ will be QRV as 3W9DQ until May 10.
Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mostly CW
with some digital modes.  QSL to home call.  In addition, Yuri, RM0F
will be QRV as 3W9FU from Nha Trang while on vacation until May 10.
Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes.  He also plans to be active as 3W9FU/p from
IOTA AS-157 for two or three days.  QSL to home call.
JAPAN, JA.  Special event stations 8J4VLP, 8J6VLP, 8J8VLP and 8J9VLP
are QRV until June 30 to commemorate World QRP Day on June 17.  All
stations will be active on the HF bands using 5 watts.  QSL all
calls via bureau.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PY0F.  Jan, PY4NY will be QRV as PY0NY from May
5 to 15 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Smoke Squadron, the
Brazilian Air Force’s Official Squadron.  Activity will be on the HF
bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and various digital modes.  QSL to home
SEYCHELLES, S7.  Ivan, LZ1PJ will be QRV as S79J from Mahe, IOTA
AF-024, until May 10.  Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters
using only CW.  He welcomes calls from SKCC members.  QSL to home
POLAND, SP.  Special event station SN74GETTO is QRV until May 16 to
commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  QSL direct to SP5PDB.
LORD HOWE ISLAND, VK9L.  Christoph, DL1YAF plans to be QRV as
DL1YAF/VK9L until May 8.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10
meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.
CAYMAN ISLANDS, ZF.  Al, KZ3AB and Tony, W1FHN will be QRV as ZF2AB
until May 6.  Activity will be holiday style on 40, 20, 15 and 10
meters using SSB.  QSL via WA3EOP.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The 10-10 International Spring Contest,
CW, SBMS 2.3 GHz and Up Contest, Microwave Spring Sprint, ARI
International DX Contest, F9AA Cup, PSK, 7th Call Area QSO Party,
Indiana QSO Party, FISTS Spring Slow Speed Sprint, Delaware QSO
Party and the New England QSO Party are all on tap for this weekend.
Please see May QST, page 87 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites
for details.