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 242
RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:
4916 M0RZX Ben
4917 G4KWW James
4918 G1CQP Timothy
4919 G3TBI Anne
4885 M6OFV Paul
Vacancy for RAFARS SMR & QRV journal Editor
Vacancy now for a RAFARS Serving Members Representative. Also, there is a vacancy for a RAFARS QRV Journal Editor. Volunteer required to fill these posts. Contact if you are interested, Vince G4DQP RAFARS Secretary.
NFD G8FC/P DEBRIEF 2/3 JUNE. GB100RAF 2 JUNE 2018.
Compared to last year the most notable differences, we had about 30 more contacts but the increase in the number of 160M QSOs is up by 13, it might not sound a lot but 160M is double points. Looking at the points scored per hour the best period by far was between 2200Z & 0100Z when we were on 160M for 95% of the time. This shows how important Top Band is to the tally of points. Roger would like to thank all those who came along to Metheringham to help set up/operate the stations and take it down. The members involved were G4HNQ, G4HIV, M0CES, M6WMS also G4DQP, G4OSB and Contest Manager G3ZDW who also covered the 24 hour contest period as well. A special thank you goes to Ben M0ORY who brought and returned all our larger and heavier equipment. Ben travelled from Derbyshire to do this for us. We now await in anticipation the Results from the RSGB.
RAF100 Centenary 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
For Information on the above event see www.rafars.org/raf100
|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|
|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|
|1st APRIL||29th JULY||ZB2JK||RAF GIBRALTER||YES||STATION||ZB2RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|2nd JUNE||2nd JUNE||G3ZDW||RAF METHERINGHAM||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||COSFORD HQ||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|10th JULY||16th JULY||G4DQP||HOME QTH||YES||STATION||G4RAF||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|
|28th JULY||29th JULY||G0JYL||KINGTON LANGLEY CDARS||YES||STATION||G3RAF||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|
|14th SEPTEMBER||15th SEPTEMBER||G4XKH||HOME QTH||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|22nd SEPTEMBER||23rd SEPTEMBER||G4PSH||RAF NEATISHEAD||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|29th SEPTEMBER||30th SEPTEMBER||G6HUI||RAF KEMBLE||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
|3rd NOVEMBER||11th NOVEMBER||G0KUC||RAF HALTON||YES||STATION||GB100RAF||G8FC DIRECT|
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
For all amateur radio stations. RAF100 award certificate/rules.
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, 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.
De-brief 9 June 2018. Conditions very poor on 40 80m. Only 11 Stations worked.
RAFARS Stations worked MW0OZI G7BQM.
No RAFARS heard on CW 14.055 1400Z (KE2EH receiving us 3/4 No Contact).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or www.qrz.com if any RAFARS paid up Members wish to operate the Station.
GB2RAF is also on the RAF100 RAFARS Contest list for 20 points.
23 Sept 2018 GB100RAF will be on the air from RAF Neatishead who are holding a RAF100 Event at the Radar Museum with Friends of the Museum. We will also use GB2RAF on request for RAF100 Award Points (20).
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
|6-8 Jul 2018||Southport Air Show||Merseyside PR8 15B|
|7 Jul 2018||Yeovilton International Airshow||RNAS Yeovilton BA22 8HT|
|10 Jul 2018||RAF100 Parade and Flypast||The Mall London SW1A 1AA|
|13-15 Jul 2018||Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT)||RAF Fairford GL7 4EG|
|14-15 Jul 2018||Flying Legends Airshow||Duxford CB2 4QL|
|16-22 Jul 2018||Farnborough International Airshow||Hants GU14 6AZ|
|27-29 Jul 2018||Sunderland International Airshow||Tyne & Wear SR6 8AB|
|11-12 Aug 2018||Blackpool Sea Front Airshow||FY1 4BJ|
|16-19 Aug 2018||Airbourne International Airshow||Eastbourne BN23 6NS|
|18-19 Aug 2018||Biggin Hill Festival of Flight||TN16 3BN|
|23-24 Aug 2018||Clacton Airshow||CO15 1NW|
|25-26 Aug 2018||Rhyl Airshow||LL18 3YP|
|30 Aug-2 Sep 2018||Bournemouth Air Festival||BH1 3AD|
RAFAC (Royal Air Force Air Cadets) G1RAF RAFARS 1666
Next Exercise Blue Ham will be taking place on the 13/14 Oct 2018.
3 to 11 Nov 2018 RAF Halton ARC will be operating under GB100RAF contact G0KUC RAFARS 2442 if you wish to attend the RAF100 Event. For any information relating to the RAFAC or if you are interested in joining as a member of staff contact email@example.com 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 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.
3 to 11 Nov 2018 RAF Halton ARC will be operating under GB100RAF contact G0KUC RAFARS 2442 if you wish to attend the Radio Club RAF100 Event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 NETWORK RADIO CHANNEL
If you have read the recent articles in RadCom and Practical Wireless, then you will be aware of the growing popularity of Network Radio, or PTT over Cellular. RAFARS now has its own channel on Zello https://zello.com so install the app on your phone, tablet, OC or cellular PTT device and search for the RAFARS channel. For more details, see the Latest News section on the RAFARS website at https://www.rafars.org/blog/
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.
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