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

August 2019

Issue No 255


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

None this month

SILENT KEYS:

2618 Thomas G0MFV

CALL-SIGN ADDRESS CHANGES:

None this month

RAFARS NEWS 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 3.710 AT 1900HRS.
News Desk has decided that it would be much better to give out the RAFARS News on the FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. There are many reasons, but the main one is that by the time the Second Sunday of the month arrives quite a lot of the news is out of date.
As you are all aware News Desk is not permitted to Broadcast the RAFARS News as per licence conditions but can send the News Letter direct to a person on the net such as the Net Controller.
The NL will be read out in Aug on the 1st Sun of the Month and the 2nd Sun and then Every 1st Sun of the month thereafter . All has been approved by Council and our Controllers.
Reminder: 3710Mhz is now the Primary RAFARS National Net Freq for 1100 and 1830Hrs (local) If Nothing heard on 3.710 then QAP on 7.155 the RAFARS Secondary Frequency.

VACANCY FOR RAFARS SERVING MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE
There is a Vacancy for a RAFARS Serving Members Representative. Volunteer required to fill this post. Contact Vince G4DQP RAFARS Secretary if you are interested.

RAFAC (ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS) - EXERCISE BLUE HAM 12-13 Oct
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 https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets 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

RAFARS QRV JOURNAL
Please 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.
Talking QRV is available in the Members Area of the RAFARS Website https://www.rafars.org/tqrv/

RAFARS CONTESTS, RALLIES WITH RAFARS STANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2019

Date SES/EVENT/VENUE CO-ORDINATOR
5 Sep Thurs RAFARS 3 CW Contest G3ZDW
7/8 Sep RSGB SSB Field Day Metheringham Lincs LN4 3BQ G3ZDW
12-13 Oct RAFAC EXERCISE BLUE HAM M0SKT
19 Oct RAFARS AGM -
1 Dec RAFARS Christmas Contest and Greetings. G3ZDW

All Contest Volunteers/Queries and Contest log sheets to Roger G3ZDW QTHr. Contest Rules can be found in your RAFARS QRV Journal, QRZ Call Book or on the RAFARS Website: https://www.rafars.org/contests/

COUNCIL MEETINGS 2019
Next meeting 10 Sept, 19 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 & GB100RAF
De-brief Thu Jun 18 Operator Henry M0ZAE. 16 Contacts made . RAFARS on 80m net MW0OZI 2E1TAF G0SYF G3LMO Conditions Poor. Closed 1343Z
De-brief Thu 11 Jul Operator Terry G4PSH. 2 Contacts made on 80m RAFARS G0SYF and none RAFARS GM0OFQ Conditions very poor due to heavy noise levels even on 40m. Closed 1400z. Due to other commitments G4PSH could not Operate GB2RAF on the 13 Jul.
Normally Operating 2nd Sat of the Month 1000-1600L. Station may also be on the air on Tue, Wed, Thurs and other Saturdays When/if RAFARS Members are available. Contact Terry on email terry@g4psh.co.uk or www.qrz.com if any RAFARS paid up Members wish to operate the Station. The SES will operate on 3,710 or 7.155Mhz +/- depending on Propagation.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU
As of 25/07/2019 outstanding QSL Cards await SAEs- 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.

MAJOR AIRSHOW EVENTS AND FLY-INS FOR 2019 WITH POST CODES
(Phone before you go)

Date Event Location
8-11 Aug Bristol International Balloon Fiesta BS8 3TQ
10-11 Blackpool Air Show On seafront FY1 4BJ
15-18 Airborne International Air Show Eastbourne BN23 6NS
17/18 Biggin Hill Festival of Flight TN16 3BN
22/23 Clacton Air Show CO15 1NW
23 Sidmouth Air Display TBC. EX10
24/25 Rhyl Air Show LL18 3YP
29-31 Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta TQ6 9YY
29- 01 Sep Bournemouth Air Festival On seafront BH1 3AD
31/1 Sept Northern Ireland International Air Show West Bay Portrush N1---
06-08 Southport Air Show Merseyside PR8 1SB
12 Jersey International Air Display Channel Is
21/22 Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Cambs CB2 4QR

That ends the Major Air Shows List for 2019.

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. The Museum website is https://www.rafsignalsmuseum.org.uk
No report 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 https://www.rafars.org/join Print the application form, 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 email 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 G0TBI for mail & messages. Emails 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 23rd 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.

  • Newsletter is produced by Terry G4PSH RAFARS News Desk.
  • Editor- Gary G0DNI.
  • E-mailed Bcc as a PDF Attachment & e-mailed direct to 83 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.
  • FIRST Sunday of the Month by News Desk G4PSH at 1900hrs (local) on RAFARS Net 3.710Mhz.see RAFARS NEWS Column above .
  • Due to other commitments News Desk was unable to read out the NL on 14 Jul. .
  • The RAFARS Website has links to Facebook, Yahoo Group, Twitter.

END OF NEWS LETTER 255