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

May 2018

Issue No 240


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

4904 M6NRV Iain
4905 G1ORC Oldham ARC
4906 G6HUI Brian

SILENT KEYS:

4057 G3IYU Ken

CALL-SIGN CHANGES:

None this month

Vacancy for RAFARS SMR & QRV journal Editor

Vacancy now for a RAFARS Serving Members Representative.
A vacancy for a RAFARS QRV Journal Editor. Volunteer required to fill these posts. Contact if you are interested, Vince G4DQP RAFARS Secretary.

RAFARS National Radio Net 40m & 80m

Your Net Controller Terry G4AYD has decided after long thoughts to give Radio a rest. Terry has been a controller for about 3 years . A vote of thanks from Council and Members for all his time as a Net Controller will not go amiss.
Good news is that Colin MW0OZI is replacing Terry as a Controller on 40 or 80m weekdays nets. Would all members amend their RAFARS QRZ Call book accordingly.
Being a Net Controller is quite demanding as Members expect a Controller to be on Net at all times, so if ever our regular Controllers are not available then any Member can act as controller to keep the Net going.
7.080 1100 or 3.710 1830L. As you are all aware the net can now be on 80 or 40m due to band conditions over the many months.

RAF100 Centenary 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019

For Information on the above event see NL238 Feb 2018
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

See the RAFARS Website for full details www.rafars.org/raf100

For all amateur radio stations. RAF100 award certificate/rules.

See the RAFARS Website for full details www.rafars.org/raf100

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

ConfirmedDATERALLYCONTACT
YES11th FebruaryHarwellMartyn G4SOH
YES29th AprilBlackpool (NARSA)Vince G4DQP
YES15th AprilYeovil QRP Conv.Michael M0MJG
NO15th AprilKempton ParkMartyn G4SOH
YES29th AprilExeter Radio rallyMichael M0MJG
YES7th MayDartmoor Radio Club.Michael M0MJG
YES10th JuneCosford Air DayMichael M0MJG
24th JuneNewbury Boot SaleMartyn G4SOH
YES27th JulyMcMichael David G3RZF
YES27th/ 29th JulyHull Veterans daysBernard G0SWO
YES12th AugustFRARS HamfestMichael M0MJG
26th AugustTorbay Michael M0MJG
YES16th SeptemberWeston-super-MareMichael M0MJG
YES28/29th SeptemberNational Hamfest Roger G3ZDW
12/14th OctoberRSGB convention
14th OctoberHornseaBernard G0SWO
YES20th OctoberRAFARS AGMMichael M0MJG
25th NovemberBishop AucklandMike G0NRK

RAFARS Contests

DATE CONTEST SPONSOR VENUE
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 Jun, 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 14 April 2018. Only 27 Stations worked, Conditions Fair on 80m . Contest on at 1200A.
RAFARS on 80n Net GW0OZI G7BQM G8QZ GOSYF G3LMO GB0RAF GW4TWX G7FEQ GM8RAF.
No RAFARS heard on CW 14.055 1400Z on 20m

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 terry@g4psh.co.uk or www.qrz.com if any RAFARS paid up Members wish to operate the Station.
GB2RAF is also on the RAF 100 RAFARS Contest list for 20 points.

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

DATE EVENT LOCATION
6 May 2018 Abingdon Air and County Show Oxen OX13 6JG
26-27 May 2018 Duxford Air Festival Cambs CB2 4QR
27 May 2018 SKYLIVE Airshow DURHAM - **CANCELLED** Durham Tees Valley Airport
2-3 Jun 2018 Torbay Airshow Paignton TQ4 6BW
9 Jun 2018 Queens Birthday Flypast The Mall London SW1A 1AA
10 Jun 2018 RAF Cosford Airshow TF11 8UP
16-17 Jun 2018 Great Yarmouth (sea front - new venue) Air Show Norfolk NR30 2EN
23-24 Jun 2018 Weston super Mare (sea front) Air Festival Somerset BS23 1BE
30 Jun 2018 Plymouth Armed Forces Day Plymouth Hoe Devon PL1 2NY
30 Jun 2018 Llandudno Armed Forces Day Conway N Wales LL30
30 Jun - 1 Jul 2018 Wales National Air Show Swansea Bay SA1

RAFAC (Royal Air Force Air Cadets)

Next Exercise Blue Ham will be taking place on the 13/14 Oct 2018.

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 www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets

RAF HALTON RADIO SOCIETY G1RAF RAFARS 1666

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.

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 g0tak.walker@btinternet.com 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 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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