ROYAL AIR FORCE COSFORD
WOLVERHAMPTON WV7 3EX
VOICE ON THE AIR G8FC/G8RAF
RAFARS NEWS LETTER BY E-MAIL, WEBSITE, NATIONAL NET, ROYAL MAIL
Issue No 239
RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:
4902 M0IRS David
4903 DL4KE Juergen
1221 SWL Peter
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
|FROM||TO||CONTACT||EVENT||RAFARS||ACTIVITY||CALL SIGN IN USE||QSL VIA|
|30th MARCH||2nd APRIL||G0JYL||RAF KEMBLE||YES||STATION||G3RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|31st MARCH||1st APRIL||G3VCA||RAF BINBROOK||YES||STATION||G0RAF||G0RAF|
|31st MARCH||1st APRIL||G4DQP||RAF METHERINGHAM||YES||STATION||GB1RAF||G4DQP|
|1st APRIL||1st APRIL||G0TBI||COSFORD HQ||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|1st APRIL||1st APRIL||G6ZRL||MPA FALKLAND ISLD||YES||STATION||VP8RAF/100||G8FC DIRECT|
|1st APRIL||1st APRIL||M0JWS||RAF WYTON||YES||STATION||GB0WY||M0JWS|
|1st APRIL||1st APRIL||G4KCF||YORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUM||YES||STATION||GB0YAM||G4KCF|
|1st APRIL||1st APRIL||G0NVY||HOME QTH||YES||STATION||G7RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|1st APRIL||1st APRIL||G7VRT||RAF HALTON||YES||STATION||G1RAF||G1RAF|
|1st APRIL||7th APRIL||2D0YLX||RAFARS ISLE OF MAN||YES||STATION||G6RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|1st APRIL||8th APRIL||KE2EH||POCONO LAKE. PA||YES||STATION||K2R||KE2EH|
|1st APRIL||14th APRIL||MM0RDT||RAF GRANGEMOUTH||YES||STATION||GM8RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|7th APRIL||7th APRIL||M0JWS||RAF WYTON||YES||STATION||GB0WY||M0JWS|
|8th APRIL||8th APRIL||G8VHI||INDIVIDUAL ACTION||YES||STATION||G6RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|1st APRIL||29th JULY||ZB2JK||RAF GIBRALTER||YES||STATION||ZB2RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|3rd APRIL||29th APRIL||GM3RGU||1740 (CLYDEBANK) SQN RAFAC||YES||STATION||GM3RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|15th APRIL||21st APRIL||G3RSI||HOME QTH||YES||STATION||G6RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|16th APRIL||22nd APRIL||GM4JPZ||HOME QTH||YES||STATION||GM7RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|21st APRIL||21st APRIL||G0JCQ||SADARC. MARCONI DAY||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|22nd APRIL||22nd APRIL||G8VHI||INDIVIDUAL ACTION||YES||STATION||G6RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|29th MAY||29th MAY||M1AYI||RAF HARROWBEER DARC.||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|10th JUNE||10th JUNE||G0TBI||COSFORD AIRDAY||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|23rd JUNE||24th JUNE||G4XKH||RAF HALDON,RIVIERA ARC||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|10th JULY||10th JULY||G6ZRL||MPA FALKLAND ISLD||YES||STATION||VP8RAF/100||G8FC DIRECT|
|13th JULY||26th JULY||G0SWO||HOME QTH||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|22nd JULY||22nd JULY||G7OOD||1855 ROYTON AIR CADETS||YES||STATION||G3RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|27th JULY||29th JULY||G0SWO||HULL VETERANS DAYS||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|8th AUGUST||9th AUGUST||M0YCQ||MACH LOOP WALES||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|18th AUGUST||25th AUGUST||G4DQP||RAF SYERSTON||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|1st SEPTEMBER||2nd SEPTEMBER||MI1AIB||PORTRUSH AIR SHOW||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|29th SEPTEMBER||30th SEPTEMBER||G0JYL||RAF KEMBLE||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC 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
|YES||11th February||Harwell||Martyn G4SOH|
|YES||29th April||Blackpool (NARSA)||Vince G4DQP|
|YES||15th April||Yeovil QRP Conv.||Michael M0MJG|
|NO||15th April||Kempton Park||Martyn G4SOH|
|YES||29th April||Exeter Radio rally||Michael M0MJG|
|YES||7th May||Dartmoor Radio Club.||Michael M0MJG|
|YES||10th June||Cosford Air Day||Michael M0MJG|
|24th June||Newbury Boot Sale||Martyn G4SOH|
|YES||27th July||McMichael||David G3RZF|
|YES||27th/ 29th July||Hull Veterans days||Bernard G0SWO|
|YES||12th August||FRARS Hamfest||Michael M0MJG|
|26th August||Torbay||Michael M0MJG|
|YES||16th September||Weston-super-Mare||Michael M0MJG|
|YES||28/29th September||National Hamfest||Roger G3ZDW|
|12/14th October||RSGB convention|
|14th October||Hornsea||Bernard G0SWO|
|YES||20th October||RAFARS AGM||Michael M0MJG|
|25th November||Bishop Auckland||Mike G0NRK|
|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 email@example.com 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
|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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
END OF NEWS LETTER 239