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

April 2019

Issue No 251


MEMBERSHIP NEWS.

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:
2458 Robin G0UVP
4937 Christopher GW4MHR

SILENT KEYS:
3850 Charles GM1MCN
4520 Brian M0WSR

CALL-SIGN CHANGES: None Notified

AOTA AIRFIELDS ON THE AIR 13 TO 28 APRIL 2019.

List of stations taking part as up to 25 Mar 2019.

Date. Call-sign. Location. Bands. Co-Ordinator.
6/7 Apr GB1LBA RAF Yeadon 80 40 20m M0TLL
6/7 Apr GB4GTC RAF Greenham Common 80 40 20m M0TDW
13 Apr GB2RAF RAF Neatishead 80 40m G4PSH
13-28 Apr GB0HAF RAF Hunsdon 80 40 20m HADARS G0MGU
13-28 Apr GB1RY RAF Ramsbury 80 40 20 2m G1OQV
13-28 Apr GB4UAS RAF Longkesh 80 40 20 2m 70cm 2I0SJV
20/21 Apr GB0WY RAF Wyton 80 40 2m 70cm RAFAC/HARC M0WJS
13-28 Apr GX3EFX RAF/USAF Bushey 80 40 20 HARS G3YXZ
6/7 Apr GB2NWA RAF North Weald 80 40 60 4 2 70cm LFARS G0TOC
6 Apr GB0DM RAF Downham Market 80 40 20 2 KLSRC M0KKM

RAFARS 80/40m DAILY NATIONAL NETS 1100 AND 1830L.

Due to Data QRM on 7.080Mhz Primary Freq for RAFARS National Net (Sun to Sat) 80m 1100 and 1830L is 3,710Mhz, if 3.710Mhz Net is Down, 7.155Mhz will now be the Secondary Frequency on 40m. Replace 7.080Mhz to read 7.155Mhz . The above is on Trial and will be approved by Council/Controllers in due course. Note: Your Controllers are G0SYF GI4SAM and MWOOZY

VACANCY FOR RAFARS SMR.

Vacancy now 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 - 8-9 June and 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. The audio version of the Spring 2019 edition of QRV ‘Talking QRV’ produced by George G3TQX is now available in the Member 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
13 to 28 Apr AOTA Airfields on the Air (see list above) G4DQP
3 to 5 May GB4HTH Help the Hero’s Catterick Army Camp. 80/40m ssb/am G0NRK
01/02 Jun RSGB NFD CW Contest Metheringham Lincs. LN4 3BQ G3ZDW
08-09 June RAFAC EXERCISE BLUE HAM M0SKT
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
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 09:30hrs, 9 Apr RAF Henlow, 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 Back on the Air after the winter break 13 Apr 2019 with AOTA. 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 IS YOUR CALL-SIGN BELOW

As of 25/03/2019 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.

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 https://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 https://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 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.
  • 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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