RAF Centenary April 1st 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.

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.

This page will be updated as further information becomes available regarding RAFARS activities taking place in conjunction with the RAF100 event.  For more information on RAF100  events, visit the MoD website by clicking on the RAF100 logo above. For a diary of confirmed RAFARS events please see the calendar.

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Calendar of Events

For full details of an event, see the RAF100 Website. If you wish to activate a RAFARS SES or SSES at one of these events, please contact the RAFARS Secretary at rafars.secretary@gmail.com

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 handled by the RAFARS bureau.

29 Nov 2017RAF100 Parliamentary ReceptionWestminster London---
Mar 2018The Big BangNEC Birmingham---
Mar 2018Norfolk Airfields Heritage Trail40 airfields around Norfolk---
Apr 2018RAF100 Concert Royal Albert HallLondon SW7 2AP---
Apr 2018Vintage Hangar Big Band & Tea DanceNorth Weald CM16 6HR---
1 Apr 2018Stow Maries RAF100 CelebrationMaldon, Essex CM3 6RN---
2 Apr 2018RAF Graves TourExeter EX1 2PX---
7 Apr 2018RAF100 Celebration ConcertHowden Minster---
7 Apr 2018Sunset Ceremony and BallDouglas Isle of Man---
8 Apr 2018RAF100 Thanksgiving ServiceBodmin PL31 2DP---
12 Apr 2018International Bomber Command Centre Opening ceremonyLincoln---
29 Apr 2018Centenary Service St Anne’s CathedralBelfast NI BT1 2HB---
17 May 2018RAF100 BanquetCity Hall Cardiff---
24 May 2018RAF100 Charity ConcertLincoln Cathedral---
19 May 2018Birchan Newton Veteran’s DayKing’s Lynn PE31 6RB---
10 Jun 2018RAF Cosford AirshowRAF Cosford---
21 Jun 2018RAF Museum Re-LaunchHendon NW9 5LL---
23 Jun 2018RAF100 Name a TrainNewcastle---
23 Jun 2018NE Salute to the RAF at 100Durham---
24 Jun 2018Wisbech Armed Forces DayMarket Place Wisbech---
Jul 2018Royal Welsh ShowBuilth Wells LD2 3SY---
10 Jul 2018Flypast, Parade, Service and New Colour PresentationLondon---
12 Jul 2018Defence Academy Music & FireworksShrivenham SN6 8LA---
13 Jul 2018R.I.A.T. FairfordRAF Fairford---
Aug 2018Edinburgh Military TattooEdinburgh---
25-27 Aug 2018Rhyl AirshowRhyl N Wales---
30 Aug 2018RAF Boulmer Engagement DayAlnwick---
Sep 2018Scampton AirshowRAF Scampton---
Sep 2018Braemar Highland GamesBraemar---
18 Sep 2018Air Waves PortrushPortrush NI BT56 8JQ---
21 Sep 2018STEM Scotland Programme LaunchGlasgow---
14 Oct 2018Scouts Air Explorer Badge LaunchRAF Cosford---