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 2017. Issue No 233

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcome the following new and re-joining members:

3543 GD0IFU WILFRED
4896 2E0GTT MICHAEL

SILENT KEYS:

1496 G3ZRP ROY
1526 G4LIB STAN

CALL-SIGN CHANGES: NONE THIS MONTH

RAFARS AGM & DINNER RAF COSFORD SAT 21 OCT 2017

All AGM information was incorporated in your QRV Journal Autumn 2017 Issue.
All those attending should have returned the required Forms. Also all those not attending should have returned the attendance Form which will act as an Apology for not attending.
Anyone who has mislaid their AGM document and would like to attend the dinner, please contact Vince Lewis, RAFARS Gen. Sec. ASAP.

Anyone who has mislaid their AGM document and would like to attend the dinner, please contact Vince Lewis, RAFARS Gen. Sec. ASAP.

CADETS ON AIR RENDEZVOUS
22 OCT 2017 0900 TO 1200L ON 3.710Mhz +/-

Cadet on Air Rendezvous is being run again this year on Sunday 22nd October 2017 and is an opportunity for Cadets from the ATC, SCC, ACF, and CCF that have passed their amateur radio module during their radio training and now hold a foundation or higher amateur licence, and are looking to hone their operating skills and air their own personal call signs with a like-minded group of operating.
The proposed operating period starts at 0900Hours local and is planned to continue till 1200 hours using a frequency on or around 3.710 Mhz. This is one of the Royal Air Force amateur radio society calling frequencies. RAFARS members will be taking part and this should be an opportunity to get on the radio either from home, the squadron or a local radio club and talk to cadets and a few old timers from RAFARS, who with their wealth of experience and stories should make for an interesting and rewarding experience.
Listen out for the Air Cadet amateur radio society call sign G3ATC this will be used from a station located in North London using a full size T2FD Aerial and running approximately 100w.
At 1100L The RAFARS Net Controller will be G0SYF Bob G4AYD Terry or GI4SAM Sam who
will run the RAFARS Net pending how many station are on net and conditions.

EXERCISE BLUE HAM 21, 22, 28, 29, OCT 2017 5MHZ

Once again we have Exercise Blue Ham organised by the ATC (RAFAC) on Sat/Sun 21 22 Oct and 28 29 Oct 2017. On 5Mhz (Amateur Radio 60m band).
All amateur radio persons are invited to work as many ATC/CCF/SCC/ACF stations as possible as per your amateur radio Licence conditions and the RSGB guidelines.
The ATC/CCF/SCC/ACF Call-signs will consist of 3 letters and 2 numerals. Due to security Cadet Stations are unable to give their location over the air, but will be able to give the County or AA00AA. The information required by Cadets is your Signal report, Name, QRA Locator, Power and antenna type .
Cadet stations will be on the air mainly between 0900 to 2100L but the Exercise is for 48hrs
on the 2 weekends.
Also See website https://alphacharlie.org.uk/exercise-blue-ham for Rules and Instructions.

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 would be an excellent bonus. Please continue to send your letters, stories, articles, events, pictures, your shack and personal profiles. 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 correspondence/pictures/stories which 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
Oct-Dec 2017GB17HCC Hull City of Culture, Amy Johnson 1903-1941G0SWO
15 Oct 2017Hornsea ARSG0SWO
21 Oct 2017RAFARS AGM & DINNER RAF Cosford See Autumn QRV 2017
22 Oct 2017ATC ACF SCC CCF. On Air Rendezvous 0900-1200L 3.710 M5AGW
26 Nov 2017Bishop Auckland Radio RallyG0NRK
3 Dec 2017Christmas Contest RAFARSN/A
14 Jan 2018AFS CW RSGBN/A
20 Jan 2018AFS SSB RSGBN/A
1 Apr 18GB0RAF 100 Years of the RAFG0NRK

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

COUNCIL MEETINGS 2017

21 Oct AGM, 21 Nov. All at HQ, no virtual.
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, one month before the due date by letter, or two weeks by e-mail or telephone.

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

De-Brief for 9 Sept 2017. Operator G4PSH. Number of contacts only 8. RAFARS Net on 80m stations worked Nil, all stations on net unreadable at GB2RAF .
Once again Very Poor Conditions on 80 and 40m due to so much noise, but managed to work 5 Churches on the Air. Same problems for months now all round, stations 5/9 one minute then to unreadable.
No contacts made on 14.055 1400z CW DX.
NOTE: As from Nov 2017 to March 2018 GB2RAF will be Off the Air as the Museum will be closing down for the winter break.
GB2RAF will be operational, generally every 2nd Sat of the Month and on Tues/Thurs on CW if Roger G4GVR is free from Museum Duties.
Primary frequencies SSB 7.155 and 7.080, CW 7015MHz. If 40m is down we will be on 3.710.
At 1400Z GB2RAF will give out some CQ RAFARS calls on 14.055 CW (if G4PSH is operating).
GB2RAF is for RAFARS Members to operate whenever you wish. The equipment is an IC736/ATU (with instruction manual) 100w output into an Inverted V Trap Dipole for 20 40 80m EtoW.
Any RAFARS Member with a Full Licence can operate the station but first contact Terry G4PSH
(GB2RAF Licence holder) to clear it with HQRAFARS and the Museum Curator. Only Paid up RAFARS Members are allowed to operate the Station as per Ofcom PSES terms and conditions.
QSL via RSGB Bureau, Services, EQSL or direct to G4PSH SAE QTHr and see qrz.com under GB2RAF.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU IS YOUR CALL-SIGN BELOW

REMINDER: When you contact other stations. Make sure you ask them if they require a QSL Card and if so, make sure they are a RAFARS Member with SAE at RAFARS QSL Bureau or likewise a RSGB Member who can use the RSGB QSL Bureau. This is also very important if you put on a RAFARS Special Event Station. The person who holds the LoV is responsible for the QSL system.
As of 20/08/2017 outstanding QSL Cards await SSAEs from 3 Members. Call signs are:

G1LKJ G4XKH/GB4BCR, G7HPI.

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.
If you are in contact with any of the callsigns listed above, please advise them to contact the RAFARS QSL Bureau Manager, Andrew e-mail address is andrewhumphriss@tinyworld.co.uk
All QSL Cards should not be any larger than 140mmx90mm as per the RSGB QSL Bureau.

RAFAC. (ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS)

Cadet On Air Rendezvous is being run again this year on Sunday 22nd October 2017
0900 to 1200 local on 3.710. See above for details.
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.

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.
• Edited by Mike G7JPN.
• E-mailed Bcc as a PDF Attachment & mailed direct to 106 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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