RAFARS Monthly Newsletter

ROYAL AIR FORCE COSFORD
WOLVERHAMPTON WV7 3EX
ENGLAND

VOICE ON THE AIR G8FC/G8RAF

BY E-MAIL, WEBSITE, NATIONAL NET, ROYAL MAIL

July 2021

Issue No 278


MEMBERSHIP NEWS.

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

4991 Howard 2E0GKC
4992 Gregory 2E0GGP

SILENT KEYS:

3541 Richard G0RPX

CALL-SIGN CHANGES: None notified

RAFARS AGM & DINNER 2021

The arrangements for the 2021 RAFARS AGM & Dinner were discussed at length at the last Council meeting. With the Covid situation and restrictions evolving from day to day, it was difficult to predict the appetite for a normal AGM at RAF Cosford. So, it was decided that for the second year running, the AGM will be held as a ‘Virtual’ meeting using the Zoom video conferencing software at 13:30 hrs on Saturday 16th October 2021.
A registration form for virtual attendance will be included in the Autumn edition of QRV and will also be available as an online form on the RAFARS website.
Any AOB item must be sent to the Secretary by 17th September 2021. Only updates of reports will be discussed at the AGM.
Due to the virtual nature of the AGM, there will be no Annual Dinner this year.

RAFARS WEEKLY ZOOM NET

RAFARS will be running an experimental weekly Zoom Net on a Friday between 1400-1800hrs. This has been requested by the membership and it has been agreed to run the net to allow members to get together for a virtual chat. This net is not meant to replace the traditional nets but hopefully will allow for the pursuit of one of our aims which is communication.
The Net controller will vary depending on who is available during the period.
Further details will be posted in the RAFARS website Latest News section and joining details will be published in the Member Area. If you have not yet registered for a password for the Member Area, then see the website for details.

VACANCY AND DESPERATE FOR A RAFARS CONTEST MANAGER

If any member is interested in taking over as Contest Manager, please contact the RAFARS Secretary by email at Secretary@rafar.org
In the meantime all Contest correspondence is to be sent to contest@rafars.org
As Contest Manager can be a demanding Council Post it would be ideal if a Member of the Contest Team could take the job on.

AIR DEFENCE RADAR MUSEUM, RAF NEATISHEAD GB2RAF RAFARS PERMANENT S.E.S.

GB2RAF will still be operating from the QTH of G4PSH as per Ofcom NoV Licence 1-68D2038 until the Museum re-opens on the 18 May 2021. (Government has approved). Antenna Tests and SES Shack Covid19 Rules to be assessed and approved before the station goes back on the air from the museum. The Radio (small) Radio Room will be out of bounds to the public but the Station can be heard and viewed through a large window by the visiting public.
For more information regarding the museum see https://www.radarmuseum.co.uk

RAFARS CONTESTS, RALLIES WITH RAFARS STANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2021

Owing to The Coronavirus. Events may be still cancelled, check before you attend or take part.

Date SES/EVENT/VENUE CO-ORDINATOR
05 Feb 2021-04 Feb 2022 GB80ATC 80 Years of the Air Training Corps RAFAC M0SKT
3-5 Jul VK100AF Australian Air Force 100yrs. Perth (not rafars) VK6AKR
16 Oct RAFARS Virtual AGM/No Dinner this year

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

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 QRV editor to be considered for the QRV Journal.
Talking QRV is also available in the Members Area of the RAFARS Website https://www.rafars.org/tqrv/

COUNCIL MEETINGS 2021

  • 7 September
  • 16 October (Not a council meeting, Virtual AGM & no Dinner due to virtual AGM)
  • 16 November

Until further notice, the RAFARS council meetings will be conducted via video conference at mutually agreed dates and times that may or may not correspond with the dates previously published. Members who wish to attend a virtual Zoom council meeting should contact G0DNI by email at webmaster@rafars.org at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to confirm the time and to provide an email address for joining instructions. Please note that RAFARS is unable to offer technical advice on the installation and use of the Zoom video Conferencing software. Further details for Zoom can be found at https://zoom.us

RAFAC (ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS) GB80ATC MARKING 80 YEARS OF THE AIR TRAINING CORPS

(Now referred to as the Royal Air Force Air Cadets - RAFAC) Ofcom have approved SSES GB80ATC - 80 Years of the Air Training Corps with NoV to David M0SKT (RAFARS 4789).
Operating from the 05 Feb 2021 to the 4 Feb 2022 (Pending when Operators available). Permission has also been obtained for RAFAC Staff (CFAV) who hold a valid full UK Amateur Licence to operate the station from their home QTH by approval of David M0SKT only. The Station will be operational on 2m and HF Bands on Voice Data and CW depending on the Operators choice of Bands and Propagation at the time.
Due to the Current COVID19 conditions there will be NO QSL Cards issued out however details are available on QRZ.com and QRZCQ pages.
Note: During the period of the NoV Ofcom may change policy relating to the NoV and working from home depending on the COVID19 Pandemic situation.
Any information relating to the RAFAC or if you are interested in joining as a member of staff contact 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 QSL BUREAU

As of 23/05/2021 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.

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 74 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.

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