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

December 2018

Issue No 247


MEMBERSHIP NEWS.

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

  • 4931 Mark M1EOP
  • 4932 Ronald G4DVF
  • 4933 Stephen M0ECS
SILENT KEYS:
  • 2424 James G0FVO
  • 4869 Steve M0SKL
CALL-SIGN CHANGES: None Notified

BEST WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS 2018 AND THE NEW YEAR 2019.

From All RAFARS Council Members/Posts and News Desk to all past and present RAFARS Members including your XYL, OM, YL or Partner.
Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year with Health, Happiness and Good Fortunes for the year 2019, particularly those of you who may be on Overseas Postings/Detachments/ On Active Service or on Duty Commitments, and to those of you who maybe Sick or also on your own over the holiday period.

RAFARS CHRISTMAS CONTEST AND GREETINGS.

Sunday 2nd December 2018 Christmas Contest and Greetings 1400 to 1600hrs See Autumn 2018 QRV Pages 13/14 for Rules. Logs to G3ZDW by the 8 Jan 2019.

HF AFS CONTEST-MAJOR CHANGES.

  • Saturday 5 January CW
  • Sunday 13 January DATA
  • Saturday 19 January SSB

The RSGB have changed the rules to this contest and one of them is very much in our favour. As you know in the past we have entered teams from different locations, mainly ‘RAFARS Waddington’ with team members being within 50 miles of RAF Waddington. We can now enter as ‘RAFARS’ and any member in the UK&CD can enter, the more members who enter the better. The RSGB will split them into team of 4. If in the past you have thought it not worth entering because you would be the only one, this is not the case now. So please consider entering either, CW, SSB or Data, better still all 3! The full Rules can be seen under General Category at: https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/hfreadcal.pl?year=2019
Any queries contact the Contest Manager Roger G3ZDW g3zdw@btinternet.com

VACANCY FOR RAFARS SMR.

Vacancy now for a RAFARS Serving Members Representative. Volunteer required to fill this post. Contact if you are interested, Vince G4DQP RAFARS Secretary.

RAF (100 yrs) CENTENARY 1 APRIL 2018 TO 31 MAR 2019.

For All Information on the above event see NL239 Apr 2018 and the RAFARS website. Here-with Latest list for GB100RAF S/SES: NIL up to 25 Nov 2018.
If any members who wish to put a SES on the air for RAF Centenary inform the RAFARS SSES 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 S/SES also see the RAFARS website https://www.rafars.org/raf100
Note: All QSL Cards for GB100RAF are to be sent to G8CF HQRAFARS RAF Cosford and not the RSGB QSL Bureau. Also see www.qrz.com GB100RAF.

RAFARS MEMBERS CONTEST RAF 100 YEARS CELEBRATIONS - SEE NL239 April for all rules/details or see RAFARS Website https://www.rafars.org/raf100

FOR ALL AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS. RAF100 AWARD CERTIFICATE/RULES. For all details see April NL239 and the RAFARS Website hppts://www.rafars.org/raf100

RAFAC (ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS) G1RAF RAFARS 1666.

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.

NEW RAFARS QRV JOURNAL EDITOR.

Stan G6HPP has volunteered to undertake the role of RAFARS QRV Journal editor. RAFARS Council welcomes Stan and greatly appreciates his support. Stan can be contacted at QRV@rafars.org

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.

RAFARS CONTESTS, RALLIES WITH RAFARS STANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2018.

FOR GB100RAF SEE SEPARATE LIST.

Date SES/EVENT/VENUE CO-ORDINATOR
2 Dec RAFARS Christmas Contest/Greetings. G3ZDW
5 Jan 2019 AFS 80/40 CW Contest. See above New Rules G3ZDW
13 Jan AFS Data HF Contest. See above New Rules G3ZDW
19 Jan AFS 80/40 HF Contest. See above New Rules G3ZDW

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

COUNCIL MEETINGS 2018

Next meeting 11:00 hrs, 5 Feb 2019, 9 Apr (location TBC), 10 Jun, 10 Sep, 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

GB2RAF will be OFF the Air December 2018 to March 2019 Inclusive due to Closure of the Museum for the Winter period. De-brief 10 Nov 2018. Conditions: Fair. 21 Stations worked, RAFARS on 1100 Net GB100RAF/G1RAF, G0SYF, G7BQM GW4DWX G3LMO . Specials GB100MPD GB2LWF GB1WWO GB1WAR. On 14.055 K2TQC (not rafars).
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.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU IS YOUR CALL-SIGN BELOW

As of 25/11/2018 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.

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 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 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 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.

  • Newsletter produced by Terry G4PSH RAFARS News Desk.
  • Editor- Gary G0DNI.
  • E-mailed Bcc as a PDF Attachment & e-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 Nov NL was not sent out at 1900hrs Sun 11 Nov due to 80m white out
  • The RAFARS Website has links to Facebook, Yahoo Group, Twitter.

END OF NEWS LETTER 247