RAFARS Newsflash

Belgian Air Force Radio Amateurs (BAFARA) Event

At the occasion of the  Belgian Nationale day (21 july) the Belgian Air Force radioamateurs (BAFARA) will organise their first activity WE.

Click here to see further details

73, Lode/ON6KL

Special Event Station GB5RAF - 20 May 2017

The Pembrokeshire Radio Society will be operating GB5RAF from Carew Cheriton Control Tower, which has had a renovation recently. The control tower is hosting Mil-Fest a celebration of military vehicles on the 20th of this Month. We intend to operate HF and VHF, both CW and voice.

This is the first time we have operated a special event station and would welcome any contacts with RAFARS. If you have any thoughts and advice - please drop me an email QTHR GW0SXS


Website Structure Changes

The structure of the RAFARS website has been tided up a little.  Users shouldn't notice any difference, but the directory structure has been revised so if you have bookmarked particular pages on the site, then these bookmarks will no longer work.

It's always a good idea to access the website via the front (home) page at www.rafars.org and then to use the menu to access the appropriate page.  If you do get any '404' errors saying that the page doesn't exist. Go back to the home page and 'refresh' your browser.  This will ensure that the menu points to the correct page in the new site structure.

14 Mar 2017

The 'Members' Chat' now has its own page on the RAFARS Website.

This is a fairly simple system that allows members to post and read messages and to 'private message' anybody who has posted a message.   No additional registration or login is required, as long as you already have a password for the Member Area and are logged in, just go to the 'Members' Chat' under the Member Area menu and post your message.

Although the Webmaster doesn't monitor this page on a 24hr basis, you can post questions here and they will be answered as soon as they are seen.

This isn't meant to be a full 'bulletin board' system as previous experiments have shown that members do not require this in addition to the existing social media contact methods.

Please take a look and do post a 'Hello' message to prove that there really are members out there looking at the website!23 Feb 2017

RAFARS Contact Email Addresses Revised

The RAFARS email addresses have been revised to make it easier to get in touch with the correct council member.  A full description of the responsibilities of each post with email links are listed on the ‘Contact RAFARS‘ page.

Awards@rafars.org - RAFARS Awards
Chairman@rafars.org - RAFARS Chairman
Clubs@rafars.org - Affiliated Clubs
Contests@rafars.org - RAFARS Contest Manager
CosfordLiaison@rafars.org - RAFARS RAF Cosford Liaison Officer
Database@rafars.org - RAFARS Database Manager
FieldReps@rafars.org - Field Representatives Manager
Membership@rafars.org - RAFARS Membership Manager
Newsdesk@rafars.org - RAFARS Newsdesk Manager
QRV@rafars.org - RAFARS QRV Journal Editor
QRZ@rafars.org - RAFARS QRZ Callbook Editor
QSLbureau@rafars.org - QSL Bureau Manager
Sales@rafars.org - RAFARS Commodities
Secretary@rafars.org - RAFARS Secretary
ServingMembers@rafars.org - RAFARS Serving Members Rep
Treasurer@rafars.org - RAFARS Treasurer
Webmaster@rafars.org - RAFARS Webmaster

13 Feb 2017

RAFARS Forum Closed Down


A number of years ago I was asked to implement an online forum to allow RAFARS members and other amateurs to communicate and to discuss ideas and opinions online. The forum that I set up failed due to the number of spam postings received and the time it took to moderate the forum and to remove all the rubbish.

Last year (2016) I thought that I'd have another go at setting up a forum. However, it would appear that with the multitude of different platforms that have developed since I set up the original forum, there is no longer a demand for yet another system.

The RAFARS website remains the primary source of information for members and other interested parties, and there are Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo groups available for members to use for communication. Please note that none of these alternative means are managed by me. Links to Facebook and Twitter are on the front page of the RAFARS website www.rafars.org

Thank you all for taking part in this experiment. I wish you all a happy New Year and hope to continue contact with you either via the airwaves or by alternate means.

Webmaster 2 Jan 2017

The RSGB Contest Committee major revamp of all contest rules

The new rules for NFD and SSB Field Day are available at the link below. Note, it is now one set of rules covering both contests.


As far as RAFARS are concerned there are no major changes affecting us. We will enter the 'Low Power Unassisted Portable' which is the same as we have done previously but under a different name.

I have noted that if a log error is found, as well as losing the contact points, 2 additional points will be deducted, not good for NFD! I now have to submit the log within 5 days, so no hanging around!

Please put the dates in your Diaries the two contest dates:-
NFD 3/4 June - If you know of any member(s) who are proficient at CW we are still recruiting! SSB Field Day 2/3 September

Any queries please let me know and I will try to answer. Regards Roger, G3ZDW RAFARS Contest Manager


Following receipt of the NoV, Simplex DV (Fusion) Gateway MB6ISH is now operational on 70cm and is connected to the Wires-X network.

Tx/Rx: 431.1125 Mhz

Preset Search Frequency: 438.6125 Mhz

Loc: IO82MT approx 2.5km WNW Ruyton XI Towns

The gateway will default to the UK-NET-HUB after 10 minutes of inactivity.

This is a low-power gateway so coverage will be limited to the immediate area, however, as the gateway is connected to the Wires-X network, it can be accessed remotely. The RAFARS-ROOM (See previous post below) associated with this gateway can be accessed via the Wires-X network and Wires-X enabled Fusion Repeater, gateway or node. If you have any questions, please contact the Webmaster for further information.

Note: The gateway is 'Attended Use Only' so will not necessarily be available on a 24hr basis.


Are you operating Yaesu C4FM Fusion? The Webmaster (G0DNI) is now operating a Digital Voice (DV) Fusion node, soon to become 70cm DV Gateway MB6ISH (Shotatton) located approximately half-way between Shrewsbury and Oswestry on the England/Wales border. The Gateway will have limited range and will only be directly accessible from the immediate area, however, if you are in coverage of a Fusion repeater linked to the Wires-X network, then you will be able to access the node/gateway via the network.

Each Wires-X node also has a 'chat' room which acts just like a network node. Stations connected to the chat room can communicate with others in that room by digital voice. A RAFARS room has been setup and is named:


DTMF ID: 41107

Use your Yaesu C4FM handheld or mobile radio to search for the room, or enter the DTFM ID directly to locate it. If you have a DV Node or Gateway of your own, check the Wires-X software dashboard Room-Info window to find the RAFARS-ROOM

The node/gateway will be 'Attended Use Only' and therefore will only be on the air when the keeper is present.

Use of the Fusion Wires-X system is part of the Webmaster's self-learning and experimentation process, so any comments or advice will be gratefully received.