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

October 2019

Issue No 257


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members: None this month

SILENT KEYS: None notified

CALL-SIGN ADDRESS CHANGES: None this month

RAFARS AGM AND DINNER SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2019
The RAFARS AGM will once again be held in No 1 Radio School RAF Cosford in Flowerdown Hall at 13.30 hrs, courtesy of OC No.1 Radio School. The agenda will be introductions and report updates only, followed by a coffee break, Trophy presentations and Member's activity talks/presentations.
If you are not attending the AGM, to register apologies please complete the booking form Para 4 a, c and d or by email to rafars.secretary@gmail.com
Full details and the booking form for the AGM and dinner are included with the Autumn edition of the RAFARS Journal QRV. Outline details are shown on the RAFARS website https://www.rafars.org/agm/

RAFARS NEWS 1st SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 3.710 AT 1900HRS
The Monthly NL is now read out on the 1st Sun of the Month at 1900L on 3.710.

VACANCY FOR RAFARS SERVING MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE
There is still 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 http://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
All Members should have now received the Autumn 2019. 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
To Dec 2019 GB100HAL 100yrs of RAF Halton G7VRT
12-13 Oct RAFAC EXERCISE BLUE HAM M0SKT
19 Oct RAFARS AGM/Dinner. Return form and details are in the Autumn QRV G4DQP
24 Nov Bishop Auckland RAC Rally RAFARS Stand G0NRK
1 Dec RAFARS Christmas Contest/Greetings. Rules in Autumn QRV G3ZDW
4 Jan 2020 TBC AFS CW Contest RSGB G3ZDW
12 Jan TBC AFS Data Contest RSGB G3ZDW
18 Jan TBC AFS SSB Contest RSGB 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, 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
Note: The Musuem will be closed from Nov to April 2020 for the Winter period.
De Brief 7 Sept Operator Terry G4PSH. Conditions very poor and a heavy local noise level, only 9 stations worked which included G1RAF No one heard on the RAFARS 1000Z Net.
De-brief 12 Sept Operator Henry M0ZAE 12 Contacts. Conditions Fair. RAFARS Net MW0OZI M0RBI and GOVVY . De-brief 21 Sept (Friends of the Museum day) Operator Terry G4PSH 10 Contacts. Conditions Fair RAFARS Net G4BGX . A museum visit by York ARC who all signed the GB2RAF Visitors book.
Operating when Operators available on a Tue, Wed, Thurs or Saturdays.
Contact Terry on email terry@g4psh.co.uk or www.qrz.com if any RAFARS paid up Members wishes to operate the Station and who holds a Full Amateur Radio Licence.
Equipment consists of an IC736 (Operating Manual in R/H Drawer ) 13.5Vdc 25amp Power supply, Inverted V trap dipole for 80/40/20m, PL259 plug. Sign in at the Entrance Room.
Log pages in Drawer to be filled in and left in the drawer after use.
The SES will operate on 3,710 or 7.155Mhz +/- depending on Propagation.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU
As of 25/09/2019 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.

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..
  • The RAFARS Website has links to Facebook, Yahoo Group, Twitter.

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