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Worthing and District Amateur Radio club weekly up-date – Saturday 8th October 2016

Worthing and District Amateur Radio club weekly up-date – Saturday 8th October 2016


Dear all, I am stepping down from the WADARC committee and Brian is taking over the weekly e-mail up-dates (thank you Brian!).

I sent out about 100 weekly up-dates and I always meant to include more fun things but it was often difficult to find enough time and that goes for committee too

– my best wishes and inspiration to the new committee – Thank you 🙂


*** Club diary for the coming weeks ***


*** Please do come along to The Year Ahead Discussion next Wed (12th

October) ***


  • The Year Ahead Discussion – Wed 12th October – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Junk Sale – Wed 19th October – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Lecture by Bob, G3ODU – Wed 26th October – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 2nd November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 6th November – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Quiz Night – Wed 9th November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 16th November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Construction Competition – Wed 23rd November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 30th November – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 4th December – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Test or Practical Evening – Wed 7th December – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Christmas Party – Wed 14th December – 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm • Club Evening – Wed 21st December – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • No Meeting – Wed 28th December – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 1st January – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Club Evening – Wed 4th January – 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 5th February – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 5th March – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 2nd April – 9:00 am – 10:00 am • Sunday Breakfast – Sun 7th May – 9:00 am – 10:00 am


more info on the WADARC web site:





Propagation News – 9 October 2016

rsgb | October 7, 2016

Last week the solar flux index didn’t behave as predicted and rose to 99 by Thursday. This was mainly due to the appearance of large sunspot groups 2598 and 2599. There were no major solar flares, only minor C-class events, but unsettled geomagnetic conditions continued thanks to ongoing coronal hole activity.


The K-index hit four and five earlier in the week, although conditions improved by Thursday. Next week looks to be quite settled, geomagnetically, with the SDO spacecraft’s extreme current ultraviolet image showing no Earth-facing coronal holes. NOAA predicts the highest K-index reading will be two early in the week, rising to four on Sunday the 16th. The US Air Force predicts the solar flux index should remain in the range 95-102. Sunspot group 2599 appears fairly settled, so we don’t expect any M or X-class solar flares.


If the forecast holds true it looks like HF conditions may be good next week. Maximum usable frequencies have been subdued, but if the settled conditions can continue we may expect openings up to 21MHz or higher at times. The best HF paths will still be north-south, but don’t ignore greyline contacts on 40 and 80 metres at dawn.


VHF and up propagation

There’s one strong message and one very weak message in the tropo forecast for next week. The strong message is that the high, which gave some fair tropo conditions in the last 144MHz UK activity contest, will decline after the weekend and gradually become displaced to the north of Scotland. At the same time, pressure will fall over southern Britain as it turns more showery and the north-easterly breeze picks up a little.

So, not a good sign for tropo in the coming week.


The weaker part of the forecast message is that prediction models diverge as we head towards the end of the week. One version rebuilds the high from the north of Scotland to bring a renewed chance of tropo by the weekend, but other versions remain in the showery regime through to the end of the week and offer no potential return of tropo. As we are talking about 7-10 days ahead, uncertainty at this range is not unusual.


There are no meteor showers this week so keep looking in the early mornings for random contacts on the lower VHF bands. Moon declination increases this week, going positive on Friday, so EME moon windows lengthen. Losses are low and falling this week.




NOTE: WADARC 40 metre Thursday morning net starts at 11:00 (local time) Frequency 7.106MHz +-QRM


PDF of the latest Ragchew is available at (Thank you Roger):


RSGB newsletter:


keep listening on the bands … good luck, low noise and good DX 🙂


*** Let me know if you would like to borrow my LZ1AQ active loop antenna to test out in your location *** … it should help tackle noise on receive … something we should probably all have








ARLD041 DX news




DX Bulletin 41  ARLD041

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT  October 6, 2016

To all radio amateurs



ARLD041 DX news


This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by WB0TEV, 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.


FIJI, 3D2.  Nob, JF2MBF and Ken, JA2FJP will be QRV as 3D2GG from October 11 to 13.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL direct to JF2MBF.


NIGERIA, 5N.  Tom, PA3TG is QRV as 5N/PA3TG from Lagos and Port Harcourt until October 20.  Activity is limited to his spare time during most evenings on 20 meters.  His operations from Lagos are with CW and SSB, while from Port Harcourt using SSB.  QSL to home call.


MALDIVES, 8Q.  Uwe, DJ9HX is QRV as 8Q7HX from Bandos Island, IOTA AS-013, until October 13 while on a diving and radio holiday.

Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSL to home call.


MALTA, 9H.  Members of the Calabria DX Team are QRV as 9H3LH until October 9.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL direct to IK8YFU.


TEMOTU PROVINCE, H40.  Stan, LZ1GC is QRV as H40GC from Lata, Nendo Island, IOTA OC-100, until October 17.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL direct to home call.


HUNGARY, HA.  Special event station HG30EUDXF is QRV until the end of 2016 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the European DX Foundation.  QSL via HA0HW.


PANAMA, HP.  Robby, VY2SS is QRV with his new call sign HP3SS.  He is active on 80 to 6 meters using CW and RTTY.  He will also be participating in various contests.  QSL via AC2OV.


SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, S9.  Peter, DL1RPL, Soeren, DL3RKS, Dieter, DL1AWD, Hans, DL1AOB, Rocco, DG5AA and Rich, DK8YY will be QRV as S9YY from Sao Tome Island, IOTA AF-023, from October 8 to 23.

Activity will be on the HF bands, including 2 meters and 70 cm, using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL to DH7WW.


POLAND, SP.  Special event station SN1923AXL is QRV until November

25 to commemorate the setup of Poland’s Trans-Atlantic Radio-Telegraphic Station in Babice 93 years ago.  QSL via SP5KAB.


TUVALU, T2.  Nob, JF2MBF and Ken, JA2FJP are QRV as T2J until October 10.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSL direct to JF2MBF.


CENTRAL KIRIBATI, T31.  Members of the Rebel DX Group are QRV as T31T from Kanton Island, IOTA OC-043, and are active for about 6 weeks.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and some digital modes.  QSL via 3Z9DX.


UKRAINE, UR.  Special event station EM20UCRF will be QRV from October 10 to 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies.  QSL via UT3UZ.


BELIZE, V3.  Victor, WB0TEV is QRV as V31VP from Blackman Eddy until October 11.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using mostly SSB and RTTY, with some CW.  This includes an entry in the North American SSB Sprint and portions of the Makrothen RTTY contest.  QSL to home call.


INDIA, VU.  A group of operators will be QRV as AT2SL from Gujarat State East Group, IOTA AS-176, from October 12 to 17.  Activity will be with 2 to 3 stations on 40 to 15 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.

QSL via operators’ instructions.


THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The Makrothen RTTY Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint, Oceania DX CW Contest, Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest, SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon, Arizona QSO Party, Pennsylvania QSO Party, FISTS Fall Unlimited CW Sprint, PODXS 070 Club 160-Meter Great Pumpkin PSK31 Sprint, North American SSB Sprint Contest and the UBA ON 80-Meter CW Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.


The 10-10 International 10-10 Day Sprint is scheduled for October 10.


The RSGB 80-Meter Club CW Sprint, CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for October 12.


The ARRL National Parks on the Air event runs during all of 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.


Please see October QST, page 95 and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.





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