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


December 2017. Issue No 235

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

2029 G4FDR Dennis
4897 M6VMF Joseph
4898 G8LOY Ian
4899 G/LA8NGA Trevor

SILENT KEYS:

4679 G3HSU Ken
3350 G3GRQ Colin
3225 GM3RTJ Graham
3523 G0SDZ Jack

CALL-SIGN CHANGES: None Notified

RAFARS Christmas Contest 3 Dec 2017

RAFARS Christmas Contest takes place on Sunday 3rd December 1400 - 1600 GMT. The full rules are available in the Autumn QRV pages 14 15 or on our Website www.rafars.org  
This contest has been struggling in recent years with low entry numbers. I'm hoping this year that we can see an increase so please come on the bands - we use 160M, 80M 40M both CW and SSB. You can work the same station on both modes on one band to count for points.
Please come on and have a go even if it is only for an hour. You never know you might like contesting! It is also an opportunity to work members you may not have heard for sometime.
If you don’t have to take part in the contest but just come up with your greetings and a Serial number.
Roger G3ZDW RAFARS Contest Manager

Best Wishes for Christmas 2017 and the New Year 2018

From All RAFARS Council Members/Posts and News Desk to all past and present RAFARS Members including your XYL, OM, YL or Partner.
Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year with Health, Happiness and Good Fortunes for the year 2018, particularly those of you who may be on Overseas Postings/Detachments or on Active Service or Duty commitments, and to those of you who are Sick or also on your own over the holiday period.

RAF100 Centenary 2018

April 1st 2018 marks the centenary of the formation of the RAF whilst coincidentally on this date RAFARS will be marking its 80th year; we would like to commemorate both in the strongest possible way. The extent to which we can achieve this objective will depend very much on what out members can, or wish to do, in the way of participation with Council providing where possible the necessary backing.
The good news is that with Ofcom approval and the support of the RAF100 office we have now secured the ‘Special’ Special Event Station callsign GB100RAF which we would like to be on air as much as possible, at as many events and locations as can be accommodated. Members of RAFARS may request the use of any of the Society callsigns to operate as part of the RAF Centenary commemorations, G3RAF, G4RAF, G6RAF, G7RAF, G8RAF, G8FC, GB1RAF, VP8RAF and GB100RAF. Operators who wish to use these callsigns should be aware that all contacts will need to be logged and that QSLs will be via the RAFARS bureau.
If you have any thoughts, ideas and comments relating to RAFARS possible activities, please contact rafars.secretary@gmail.com or send to RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford. For the latest information and a list of events, see the RAFARS website https://www.rafars.org/raf100 or the official MoD RAF100 website https://www.raf.mod.uk/raf100

RAFARS QRV JOURNAL

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 Tony G0WFV email QRV@rafars.org also see QTHr RAFARS QRZ Call book.
If News Desk receives any correspondence/pictures/stories that are not relevant to the News Letter they will be forwarded to Tony to be considered for the QRV Journal.

RAFARS CONTESTS, RALLIES WITH RAFARS STANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2017/18.

DATEEVENT/VENUECO-ORDINATOR
1-31 Dec 2017GB17HCC Hull City of Culture, Amy Johnson 1903-1941G0SWO
3 Dec 2017RAFARS Christmas Contest/Greeting (RAFARS)G3ZDW
14 Jan 2018AFS CW RSGBG3ZDW
20 Jan 2018AFS SSB RSGBG3ZDW
1 Apr 18GB0RAF 100 Years of the RAFG0NRK
1 Apr 2018GB100RAF 100 Years of the RAF - RAFARS HQ CosfordCouncil
2-3 Jun 2018CW National Field Day (RSGB) - Metheringham LN4 3BQG3ZDW
1-2 Sep 2018SSB field Day (RSGB) - Metheringham LN4 3BQG3ZDW
6 Sep 2018Rolling 3 CW (RAFARS)G3ZDW
2 Dec 2018Christmas Contest/Greetings (RAFARS)G3ZDW

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

COUNCIL MEETINGS 2018

Next meeting 11:00 hrs 6 Feb 2018 at RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford. Council meetings for the remainder of 2018 will be 10 Apr, 11 Jun, 11 Sep, 20 Oct and 20 Nov.
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.

NOTE: As from Nov 2017 to March 2018 GB2RAF will be Off the Air as the Museum will be closing down for the winter months. GB2RAF will be back on the Air 14 April 2018.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU IS YOUR CALL-SIGN BELOW

As of 20/10/2017 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.

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.

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 104 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. Due to very poor conditions on Sun 12 Nov 2017 the news was not sent out at 1900hrs.
• The RAFARS Website has links to Facebook, Yahoo Group, Twitter.


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