RAF Amatuer Radio

ROYAL AIR FORCE COSFORD
WOLVERHAMPTON WV7 3EX
ENGLAND

VOICE ON THE AIR G8FC/G8RAF
WEBSITE www.rafars.org

RAFARS NEWS LETTER BY E-MAIL, WEBSITE, NATIONAL NET, ROYAL MAIL

April 2018

Issue No 239


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

4902 M0IRS David
4903 DL4KE Juergen

SILENT KEYS:

1221 SWL Peter

CALL-SIGN CHANGES:

4789 M0SKT David

Vacancy for RAFARS SMR & QRV journal Editor

Vacancy now for a RAFARS Serving Members Representative.
A vacancy for a RAFARS QRV Journal Editor. Volunteer required to fill these posts. Contact if you are interested, Vince G4DQP RAFARS Secretary.

RAF100 Centenary 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

For Information on the above event see NL238 Feb 2018
If any Members wishes to put a SES on the air for RAF Centenary inform the RAFARS SES Co-ordinator email Michael RAF100@rafars.org or by Post to HQRAFARS.
SES Call-signs available (subject to availability) GB100RAF G3RAF, G4RAF, G6RAF, G7RAF, G8FC, GB1RAF, VP8RAF and ZB2RAF.
For a list of SES see the RAFARS website www.rafars.org/raf100 or the official MoD RAF100 website www.raf.mod.uk/raf100

RAFARS Members Contest RAF 100 Year Celebration Update

Date Time- 0001 hrs UTC, 1 April 2018 to 2359 hrs UTC, 31 March 2019.
Freq- All HF bands (except WARC) plus V/UHF. Advised to check RAFARS net QRGs.
Modes- SSB, CW, Data, (plus FM on V/Uhf).
Exchange- RS(T) Serial number and RAFARS Number.

Scoring points-
5 pts per QSO within your country
10 pts per QSO outside your country
10 pts per V/UHF QSO
10 Pts per overseas member contacting UK member
Note UK stations. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are classed as separate countries.

Bonus Points-
25 pts per QSO with GB100RAF (once per distinct location).
25 pts VP8RAF/100, ZB2RAF.
20 pts per RAF call: G0RAF, G1RAF, G3RAF, G4RAF, G6RAF, G7RAF, G8RAF, GB1RAF, GB2RAF, G8FC (HQ) (once per distinct location.

Log Submission and Adjudication-
Logs shall contain date; time; band; callsign; RS(T) and serial number sent; RS(T), serial number and RAFARS number received; points claimed.
Entries may be submitted in any reasonable format (not postcards or small pieces of paper) to the Contest Manager, G3ZDW (QTHr in QRZ) or by email to: contests@rafars.org preferably as an attachment.
Entries to arrive no later than 21 April 2019.

Supplementary Rules-The serial number sent shall start at 001.
Points may to be claimed for QSOs with members on different bands and/or modes providing there are at least 10 minutes between each QSO.
Keep checking www.rafars.org, website news and the monthly newsletter for the latest information on scheduled activity.

Declaration- By entering any RAFARS contest you declare that:
(a) Your station was operated strictly in accordance with the rules and spirit of the contest and within the conditions of your licence.
(b) The submitted log is a true copy of an extract from the entrant’s station log.
For updates also see www.rafars.org

For all amateur radio stations. RAF100 award certificate/rules.

The Royal Air Force is celebrating 100 years on the 1st April 2018.
The Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS) G8FC is inviting all Amateur Radio Stations to take part in the RAF100 Award Certificate.

The aim is to contact RAFARS members and Affiliated Clubs. The Award Certificate will be presented to Amateur Radio Stations who collect a minimum of 250 points. The Award period is from the 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 and any mode may be used.
As part of the RAFARS celebrations there will be three Special Special Event Stations (SSES) and a number of Special Event Stations (SES). These Stations attract bonus points, defined below.

a) SSES: GB100RAF, VP8RAF/100, ZB2RAF = 30 points. Note: GB100RAF will be using various locations during the year and claims can be made for different locations, log to show QTH.
b) SES: using G0RAF, G1RAF, G3RAF, G4RAF, G6RAF, G7RAF, G8RAF, GB1RAF, GB2RAF = 20 points. These stations may be using various locations during the year and claims can be made for different locations, log to show QTH.
c) RAFARS Members = 10 points.
d) Your station to operate strictly in accordance with the rules and spirit of the Award.


The proposed SSES and SES operating schedules can be seen at www.rafars.org.
RAF100 Award Certificate claims to be forwarded to RAF100award@rafars.org the log to be an attached document. Proof of contact(s) may be required. QSLs not required.
Successful claims will receive their Certificates via email.

QSL Card System for GB100RAF - 1 Apr 2018 to 31 Mar 2019

For all the information on the above see March 2018 NL238.
Also see www.rafars.org/raf100/
Note: GB100RAF QSL Cards are not using the RSGB Bureau.

LIST OF KNOWN SES PARTICIPATING IN RAF 100 CENTENARY

FROMTOCONTACTEVENTRAFARSACTIVITYCALL SIGN IN USE QSL VIA
30th MARCH2nd APRILG0JYLRAF KEMBLEYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
31st MARCH1st APRILG3VCARAF BINBROOKYESSTATIONG0RAFG0RAF
31st MARCH1st APRILG4DQPRAF METHERINGHAMYESSTATIONGB1RAFG4DQP
1st APRIL1st APRILG0TBICOSFORD HQYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL1st APRILG6ZRLMPA FALKLAND ISLDYESSTATIONVP8RAF/100G8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL1st APRILM0JWSRAF WYTONYESSTATIONGB0WYM0JWS
1st APRIL1st APRILG4KCFYORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUMYESSTATIONGB0YAMG4KCF
1st APRIL1st APRILG0NVYHOME QTHYESSTATIONG7RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL1st APRILG7VRTRAF HALTONYESSTATIONG1RAFG1RAF
1st APRIL7th APRIL2D0YLXRAFARS ISLE OF MANYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL8th APRILKE2EHPOCONO LAKE. PAYESSTATIONK2RKE2EH
1st APRIL14th APRILMM0RDTRAF GRANGEMOUTHYESSTATIONGM8RAFG8FC DIRECT
7th APRIL7th APRILM0JWSRAF WYTONYESSTATIONGB0WYM0JWS
8th APRIL8th APRILG8VHIINDIVIDUAL ACTIONYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
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1st APRIL29th JULYZB2JKRAF GIBRALTERYESSTATIONZB2RAFG8FC DIRECT
3rd APRIL29th APRILGM3RGU1740 (CLYDEBANK) SQN RAFAC YESSTATIONGM3RAFG8FC DIRECT
15th APRIL21st APRILG3RSIHOME QTHYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
16th APRIL22nd APRILGM4JPZHOME QTHYESSTATIONGM7RAFG8FC DIRECT
21st APRIL21st APRILG0JCQSADARC. MARCONI DAYYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
22nd APRIL22nd APRILG8VHIINDIVIDUAL ACTIONYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
29th MAY29th MAYM1AYIRAF HARROWBEER DARC.YESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JUNE10th JUNEG0TBICOSFORD AIRDAYYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
23rd JUNE24th JUNEG4XKHRAF HALDON,RIVIERA ARCYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JULY10th JULYG6ZRLMPA FALKLAND ISLDYESSTATIONVP8RAF/100G8FC DIRECT
13th JULY26th JULYG0SWOHOME QTHYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
22nd JULY22nd JULYG7OOD1855 ROYTON AIR CADETSYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
27th JULY29th JULYG0SWOHULL VETERANS DAYSYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
8th AUGUST9th AUGUSTM0YCQMACH LOOP WALESYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
18th AUGUST25th AUGUSTG4DQPRAF SYERSTONYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st SEPTEMBER2nd SEPTEMBERMI1AIBPORTRUSH AIR SHOWYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
29th SEPTEMBER30th SEPTEMBERG0JYLRAF KEMBLEYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT

See the RAFARS website for the list and map of events. Note: Some stations may also be operating under AOTA as well as RAF100.

AOTA Airfields on the Air 24 Mar to 8 Apr 2018

RAFARS ongoing AOTA event with operator certification based upon contacting RAF Air Stations activated on all of the amateur bands, runs annually 1st January to 31st December. In addition to ad hoc activations, the anniversary weekend of the RAF’s formation will be a specific RAFARS AOTA weekend. During 2018 the prime activity period will be from Saturday 24th March until Sunday 8th April, covering three weekends / two full weeks, but with the emphasis on the 1st April. The three week period hopefully will allow once again more stations to be active during that period.

For full details see www.rafars.org or http://www.qsl.net/g4dqp/Activations.html

Also see list for RAF 100 Centenary for AOTA as some Stations are combining RAF100 with AOTA.

RAFARS QRV JOURNAL

Once again we have a vacancy for a QRV Editor, Names to our Secretary Vince G4DQP. In the meantime continue to send your news and items for inclusion in the QRV Journal to QRV@rafars.org

Do not forget RAFARS QRV JOURNAL requires content from you, the Members.
Without your submissions QRV will not have enough content to keep it interesting. Why not pen an article? The membership would no doubt enjoy reading about your experiences in Amateur Radio; illustrated by your photos that would that would be an excellent bonus. Please continue to send your stories, articles, events, pictures, personal profiles, your shack and letters.

Digital jpg photos should be sent as attachment to Word documents. Please do not import them into the text.

Send to the QRV Editor at QRV@rafars.org

If News Desk receives any correspondence/pictures/stories that are not relevant to the News Letter they will be forwarded to the editor to be considered for the QRV Journal.

Radio Rallies For 2018 With Planned RAFARS Stands

ConfirmedDATERALLYCONTACT
YES11th FebruaryHarwellMartyn G4SOH
YES29th AprilBlackpool (NARSA)Vince G4DQP
YES15th AprilYeovil QRP Conv.Michael M0MJG
NO15th AprilKempton ParkMartyn G4SOH
YES29th AprilExeter Radio rallyMichael M0MJG
YES7th MayDartmoor Radio Club.Michael M0MJG
YES10th JuneCosford Air DayMichael M0MJG
24th JuneNewbury Boot SaleMartyn G4SOH
YES27th JulyMcMichael David G3RZF
YES27th/ 29th JulyHull Veterans daysBernard G0SWO
YES12th AugustFRARS HamfestMichael M0MJG
26th AugustTorbay Michael M0MJG
YES16th SeptemberWeston-super-MareMichael M0MJG
YES28/29th SeptemberNational Hamfest Roger G3ZDW
12/14th OctoberRSGB convention
14th OctoberHornseaBernard G0SWO
YES20th OctoberRAFARS AGMMichael M0MJG
25th NovemberBishop AucklandMike G0NRK

RAFARS Contests

DATE CONTEST SPONSOR VENUE
1 Apr 2018 - 31 Mar 2019 RAFARS RAF100 Members Contest RAFARS Various Worldwide
Sat-Sun 2-3 Jun 2018 NFD RSGB Metheringham Lincs
Sat-Sun 1-2 Sep 2018 SSB Field Day RSGB Metheringham Lincs
Thur 6 Sep 2018 Rolling 3 CW RAFARS N/A
Sun 2 Dec 2018 Christmas Concert RAFARS N/A

All Contest Volunteers/Queries and Contest log sheets to Roger G3ZDW QTHr.

COUNCIL MEETINGS 2018

Next meeting 11:00 hrs 10 Apr, then 11 Jun, 11 Sep, 20 Oct and 20 Nov at RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford.

Any member may attend Council meetings but travel costs cannot be paid. Members wishing to attend (and applying by snail mail) must contact Vince G4DQP, General Secretary by letter one month prior to the meeting or two weeks prior by e-mail or telephone.

AIR DEFENCE RADAR MUSEUM, RAF NEATISHEAD - GB2RAF RAFARS PERMANENT S.E.S.

GB2RAF will be back On the Air 14 April 2018 after the winter break.
Operating 2nd Sat of the Month 1000-1600L. Station may also be on the air on Tue,Wed,Thurs and Saturdays When/if RAFARS Members are available. Contact Terry on email terry@g4psh.co.uk or www.qrz.com if any RAFARS paid up Members wish to operate the Station.
GB2RAF is also on the RAF 100 RAFARS Contest list for 20 points.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU IS YOUR CALL-SIGN BELOW

As of 25/03/2018 outstanding QSL Cards await SSAEs NIL THIS MONTH.
Send 2nd Class Stamped SAE to Andrew 2E0NDZ RAFARS QSL Bureau Manager, at 44, Bishops Close, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 9ED. alternatively, contact Andrew by Letter or E-mail to inform him of what you wish him to do with your cards.
If nothing is heard your QSL Card/s will be destroyed 6 months after arrival and your call sign removed from the NLs List. Cards will not be forwarded to the RSGB Bureau after the 6 months.

Airshow Events and Fly-ins for 2018

DATE EVENT LOCATION
6 May 2018 Abingdon Air and County Show Oxen OX13 6JG
26-27 May 2018 Duxford Air Festival Cambs CB2 4QR
27 May 2018 SKYLIVE Airshow DURHAM - **CANCELLED** Durham Tees Valley Airport

RAFAC (Royal Air Force Air Cadets)

Next Exercise Blue Ham will be taking place on the 13/14 Oct 2018.

For any information relating to the RAFAC or if you are interested in joining as a member of staff contact amateurradio@aircadets.org or Terry at RAFARS News Desk who is a Squadron Radio Officer and HF National Net Controller with the RAFAC. Also see www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

RAF HALTON RADIO SOCIETY G1RAF RAFARS 1666

If you are interested in joining the RAF Halton RS, please contact Malcolm G7VRT QTHr, or the Chairman, Derf G8ZGK, QTHr in RAFARS Call Book and on qrz.com.
The E-mail address is RAFHaltonRS@outlook.com or look up G1RAF on qrz.com.

SIGNALS MUSEUM RAF HENLOW - GB4SMH RAFARS PERMANENT S.E.S

GB4SMH RAFARS 1214 is on the air each Tuesday and on the first Saturday of each month from the RAF Signals Museum at RAF Henlow and welcomes a call from RNARS, RSARS and RAFARS Members. QSL cards for GB4SMH via the RAFARS Bureau .
If you wish to operate the Station or obtain further information contact Roy G0TAK QTHr or email g0tak.walker@btinternet.com The Museum website is www.rafsignalsmuseum.org.uk
No reports received this month.

NEW MEMBERS ROYAL AIR FORCE AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY

All Radio Amateurs, no need to be Ex RAF, are invited to apply for RAFARS Membership providing that you have an interest in the RAF, Military aviation and are prepared to help the society achieve its published aims and objectives.
Categories of membership are listed on our website. Check your eligibility for membership by logging onto www.rafars.org/join Print the application form (PDF file format), fill it in, enclose the appropriate fee* and then post it to the General Secretary for approval and processing.

*To transfer funds by telephone/on-line banking, RAFARS bank details are available from our Treasurer, Michael M0MJG by E-mail to Treasurer@rafars.org or telephone 01305-816362.

If you require more information, please contact: The General Secretary G4DQP, RAFARS HQ, DCAE Cosford, Wolverhampton, WV7 3EX. Tel: 01902-372722 (Answerphone only) or e-mail Vince at Secretary@rafars.org also on www.qrz.com
HQ will be checked at least twice weekly by G7JPN for mail & messages. E-mails are handled daily at home.

RAFARS NEWS DESK

Send your RAFARS EVENTS at LEAST one month in advance for the Monthly RAFARS News Letter. The cut off date is the 25th of the previous month or send a News Flash to Terry G4PSH, RAFARS 306, e-mail address Newsdesk@rafars.org or by letter see QTHr, International Call Books or see www.qrz.com
A News Flash has to be authorised by a RAFARS Council Member.
• This Newsletter was produced by Terry G4PSH RAFARS News Desk.
• Editor - Gary G0DNI
• E-mailed Bcc as a PDF Attachment & mailed direct to 100 Members by News Desk (at your request). If you require the NL by Royal Mail send 2nd Class Stamps to News Desk.
• Uploaded on to RAFARS Website by Gary G0DNI Webmaster@rafars.org under News Letters.
• Second Sunday of the Month by G4PSH at 1900hrs (local) on RAFARS Net 3.710Mhz. The RAFARS Website has links to Facebook, Yahoo Group, Twitter.


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