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

October 2018

Issue No 245


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

4921 Alain G1IBP
4922 Adam TBN

SILENT KEYS:

3298 Gordon G4HEV
254 Peter G3ESY
729 Roy G3MPB

CALL-SIGN CHANGES:

None Notified

RAFARS AGM/Dinner Saturday 20 October 2018

All of you should now have received the Autumn QRV Journal enclosed is all the information (Forms) you will require to attend. Note: That this year the AGM and Dinner will be held at the Ramada Hotel. Forge Gate, Telford TF3 4NA. (M54 J5). AGM at 1330hrs Dinner at 2000hrs. All are reminded that items for AOB should have been received by RAFARS General Secretary before Friday 21 September 2018.

Goose Bay VO2VC 27 September to 4 October 2018

Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada as VO2VC between 27 Sep to 04 Oct 2018. I will be operating SSB, (RTTY Contest) and FT8 mainly 40-10m. Station will be Kenwood TS 480SAT 100w, 20m Delta Loop and OCF Dipole. For award collectors Goose Bay is in CQ Zone 2. QSL to the home call VE6CMV www.qrz.com/db/VE6CMV
Chris VE6CMV 3458

Exercise Blue Ham 13-14 Oct 2018

For the second time this year during the weekend of 13 & 14th October the Cadet Forces will be operating on the UK 5MHz (60Mtrs) Band using the allocated frequencies for the purpose of Exercise Blue Ham 100. We will have all the usual live logging and map plotting taking place on the Alphacharlie web portal this will allow participants to see up to date information of contacts and call-signs on the air. Upon conclusion of the exercise amateurs who have met the requirement for the number of contacts can submit their log sheet to the Blue Ham Ex Co-Originator at blueham@alphacharlie.org.uk for your certificate to be issued.
Please note once again the exercise has different QSL exchange information plus the PSK31 mode on 5.363MHz will be in use, all the details can be viewed on https://alphacharlie.org.uk/exercise-blue-ham

RAFARS Talking QRV

An audio CD of the QRV Journal is available for members who are registered blind or partially sighted. The Audio version is also available on the Members Only section of the RAFARS Website.
If any member knows of a person who has poor eyesight please advise them of the CD facility availability. Contact George G3TQX QTHr or email georgeg032@hotmail.com our Talking QRV CD Provider for further information.

SSB Field Day Report 1-2 Sep 2018

Short de-brief- Well done G8FC/P FD Team for putting G8FC/P on the Amateur Radio Contest map once again. We seem to have done quite well, but we will know the outcome when the RSGB produce the results.
A full report may appear in the QRV Journal or Website in due course with pictures.
Members involved were Roger G3ZDW, Vince G4DQP, Keith M0DZB, and Paul M6OFV as operators and supported by Brian G4HIV, Fred G4HNQ, Don M0CES, Tom G4OSB, Barry G4DBS, and Mark M6WMS.

No Internet at RAFARS News Desk

On the 25th August at 1204hrs RAFARS News Desk lost the Internet due to a major BT Landline fault to a BT underground cable break. The BT landline was restored at 1707hrs 30 Aug 2018. If any email correspondence was sent to the RAFARS News Desk and has not been acknowledged during this period please send again.
The Sept NL244 was sent to our Webmaster by other means and was displayed on the RAFARS Website Monthly News Page. It was sent out to Members on the News Desk email list on the 30 Aug.

Vacancy for RAFARS SMR and QRV Journal Editor

Vacancy now for a RAFARS Serving Members Representative. Also, there is a vacancy for a RAFARS QRV Journal Editor. Volunteers 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 www.rafars.org/raf100

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
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
1st APRIL29th JULYZB2JKRAF GIBRALTERYESSTATIONZB2RAFG8FC DIRECT
2nd JUNE2nd JUNEG3ZDWRAF METHERINGHAMYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JUNE10th JUNEG0TBICOSFORD AIRDAYYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
23rd JUNE24th JUNEG4XKHRAF HALDON,RIVIERA ARCYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JULY10th JULYG6ZRLCOSFORD HQYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JULY16th JULYG4DQPHOME QTHYESSTATIONG4RAFG8FC DIRECT
13th JULY26th JULYG0SWOHOME QTHYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
22nd JULY22nd JULYG7OOD1855 ROYTON AIR CADETSYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
27th JULY29th JULYG0SWOHULL VETERANS DAYSYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
28th JULY29th JULYG0JYLKINGTON LANGLEY CDARSYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
6th AUGUST6th AUGUSTM0YCQMACH LOOP WALESYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
18th AUGUST25th AUGUSTG4DQPRAF SYERSTONYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st SEPTEMBER1st SEPTEMBERG4HCKORSETT SHOWYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st SEPTEMBER2nd SEPTEMBERMI1AIBPORTRUSH AIR SHOWYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
3rd SEPTEMBER3rd SEPTEMBERG4KCFFORMER RAF ELVINGTONYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
14th SEPTEMBER15th SEPTEMBERG4XKHHOME QTHYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
22nd SEPTEMBER23rd SEPTEMBERG4PSHRAF NEATISHEADYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
29th SEPTEMBER30th SEPTEMBERG6HUIRAF KEMBLEYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
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3rd NOVEMBER11th NOVEMBERG0KUCRAF HALTONYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT

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

See the RAFARS Website for full details www.rafars.org/raf100

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

See the RAFARS Website for full details www.rafars.org/raf100

RAFAC (ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS) G1RAF RAFARS 1666.
EXERCISE BLUE HAM. GB100RAF AND AIR CADET RENDEZVOUS

13/14 Oct 2018 Exercise Blue Ham See www alphacharle.org website for Details.
3 to 11 Nov 2018 RAF Halton ARC will be operating under GB100RAF contact G0KUC RAFARS 2442 if you wish to attend the RAF100 Event.
3 to 11 Nov Air Cadet Rendezvous will be Operating from RAF Halton G1RAF this is to encourage Air Cadets who hold an Amateur Radio Licence to attend or contact G1RAF and Radio Amateurs on 80 40m (RAFARS Nets).
GB100RAF will be used on Air Cadet Rendezvous during the time slot 1930-2000H Local Mon Wed and Thur on 5.403.5. Your contact for this Event is Dave M5AGW or amateurradio@aircadets.org
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 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.

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, 20 Oct (Ramada Hotel Telford prior to the AGM) 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 OFF the Air December 2018 to Match 2019 Inclusive due to Closure of the Museum for the Winter period. (Last Day on the air Sat 10 Nov 2018)
De-brief 8 Sept 2018. Number of contacts 19 . RAFARS Stations on- G7BQM, G8UUG, MW0OZI, G1RAF. G0SYF, G3LMO, GW4DWX,
RAFARS on 14.055 1400Z.. No RAFARS but worked a K4 UA1 and RA4.
22/23 Sept 2018 GB100RAF Operators Henry M0ZAE and Terry G4PSH. 116 Stations worked with a few doubles. Just for once conditions were good and we remained on 3.710 throughout the two days and we worked 22 RAFARS Members. Approximately 500 Friends of the Museum attended the museum so we also had quite a lot of PR to take care of, including quite a number of radio amateurs who signed the Visitors Book. It was a good two days of radio and PR.
Normally Operating 2nd Sat of the Month 1000-1600L. Station may also be on the air on Tue, Wed, Thurs and other 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 RAF100 RAFARS Awards list for 20 points (last change 10 Nov 2018).

RAFARS QSL BUREAU IS YOUR CALL-SIGN BELOW

As of 25/09/2018 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.

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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