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

February 2018

Issue No 237


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

None this month

SILENT KEYS:

None this month

CALL-SIGN CHANGES:

None this month

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 RAF100@rafars.org 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 Members Contest RAF 100 Year Celebration

To celebrate the RAF 100 years Anniversary a special RAFARS Contest is being held for members and it will take place over the year.

Date: 1st April 2018 to 2359 hours 31st March 2019
Bands: All HF bands (except WARC bands) and U/VHF
Modes: SSB, CW, DATA, plus FM on U/VHF

Scoring:
- HF contacts within own continent 5 points
- HF outside own continent 15 points
- VHF/UHF 10 points
- RAFARS Special Event calls will attract bonus points:
- GB100RAF = 25 points, can be contacted from different locations.
- VP8RAF = 25 points.
- G3RAF, G4RAF, G6RAF, G7RAF, G8RAF, GB1RAF, GB2RAF = 20 points, can be contacted from different locations.

Note:
1. Points may be claimed for contacts with members on different bands.
2. Points may be claimed for contacts with the same callsign, using different modes, SSB, CW, FM or Data, providing there are more than 10 minutes between each contact.
Logs: Date, Time, RS(T) and serial number sent, (serial number starting at 001 and continuing through the year) RAFARS number sent. RS(T) and serial number received, RAFARS number received, points claimed. Log to Contests@rafars.org or snail mail to: Contest Manager G3ZDW, address in QRZ. Paper logs will be received in any reasonable form (please not postcards or small pieces of paper) and must be declared as a true copy of the entrants’ logbook. Entries should be sent to arrive no later than 21st April 2019.

This will be updated from time to time, see www.rafars.org/raf100

QSL Card System for GB100RAF - 1 Apr2018 to 31 Mar 2019

QSL Cards will only be sent in response to cards received together with  ‘Stamped Addressed Envelope’  or other postal payment. Incoming cards should be addressed to G8FC (The RSGB Bureau will not be used) All Operators who operate GB100RAF have to inform all stations worked to QSL SAE  only to G8FC RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford WV7 3EX England also see QRZ.COM or QTHr .

Once HQRAFARS receives the QSL Cards with SAE enclosed they will be sent to our RAFARS QSL Manager Andrew who will then send it to the person who holds GB100RAF for that/those date/s, that person will then confirm and write out the GB100RAF QSL Card  (See your Station Log book) and post it to the relevant address.

Those operating GB100RAF must inform all stations not to QSL Via the Bureau/s but direct to G8FC HQRAFARS with SAE or postal payment if they require a QSL Card. This also applies to World Wide Stations.

RAFARS Stations who use the other RAF Call-signs in respect of RAF100 events are also advised to use this method of receiving and Sending QSL Cards.

The Persons who applies for the RAF Call-signs is  responsible for that station.
A list is displayed on the RAFARS Website of HQRAFARS RAF Call-sign Stations taking part and this will be updated from time to time. See www.rafars.org/raf100

RAFAC Exercise Blue Ham 17-18 Mar and 13-14 Oct 2018

Exercise Blue Ham will be taking place on the 17/18 Mar and on the 13/14 Oct 2018 (24hrs) on 5Mhz only. Air, Army and Sea Cadets and Staff will be able to communicate with Radio Amateurs using Cadet Radio Call-signs (Three Letters and two numbers).

Amateur Radio Operators Details to be given over the air is:
Your Call-sign, Name, Signal Report, QRA Locator, TX power and your Antenna type.

Cadets are not allowed to give Personal Names or Geographical Locations over the air so the County will be given in place of the QRA Locator with power output and Antenna type .

Some cadets may have never even heard of Amateur Radio before so bear with them if they are a bit slow with replies. Cadets will use the Collective call-sign of AC not CQ but cadets will be aware of CQ also. A PC Logging system will be available on for the Exercise like last year..

All are reminded that the RSGB GB2RS News will be on 5.398.5Mhz on the Sun 1500hrs (local).

Also see www.rafars.org under News for latest information.

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 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.

60m Tri-Services Net

The 60m Tri-Services Net is held every Sunday morning at 0900hrs local on 5.403.50 or 3.598.5. The net may also be active on a Tuesday evening at 1900hrs local, but Sunday morning is the preferred time.

RAFARS CONTESTS, RALLIES WITH RAFARS STANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

Note: See www.rafars.org/raf100 for complete list of all RAF100 Centenary SSES and SES.

DATE EVENT LOCATION CO-ORDINATOR
2-3 Jun 2018 CW National Field Day (RSGB) Metheringham, Lincs LN4 3BQ G3ZDW
10 Jun 2018 RAF Cosford Airshow plus RAF100 Activation RAF Cosford WV7 3EU G0TBI
1-2 Sep 2018 SSB Field Day (RSGB) Metheringham, Lincs LN4 3BQ G3ZDW
6 Sep 2018 Rolling 3 CW (RAFARS) G3ZDW
2 Dec 2018 Christmas 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, then 10 Apr, 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.

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.
GB2RAF is also on the RAF100 RAFARS Contest list for 20 points.

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.

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)

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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