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

November 2019

Issue No 258


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:
3115 Nick G0HFL
2742 Gary G1ZXH
4357 Reginald M0RRR
4943 John GW3OIN
4944 Lee M0LDR
4945 David G8PGO
4947 Das MW6TMQ

SILENT KEYS:
3554 Gerald G4SXY

CALL-SIGN ADDRESS CHANGES:
None notified

RAFARS AGM AND DINNER SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2019 The RAFARS AGM and Annual Dinner took place on Saturday 19 October 2019. The AGM was hosted in No 1 Radio School courtesy of the Wg Cdr OC. The OC was unable to attend but his representative stated that the OC was keen to foster closer links between RAFARS and the Radio School and to provide support as required.
The minutes of the previous AGM were approved and reports were given including the Treasurer’s report which confirmed that the Society’s accounts were in good order. Member subscriptions remain at the current rate.
The results of the Constitution ballot was announced. There were 66 returns, roughly 10% of the membership, and all returns supported the change in wording of the Constitution as promulgated to members with the Autumn 2019 Journal QRV. Membership remains strong with 700 members in total including affiliated clubs.
The Annual Dinner was held in the Ramada Ironbridge Hotel in the evening and was a most convivial event. The 2020 AGM and Dinner will take place on Saturday 17 October 2020.

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)
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. The QRV Editor is inviting submissions for the Spring and Autumn editions.
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
24 Nov Bishop Auckland RAC Rally RAFARS Stand G0NRK
1 Dec RAFARS Christmas Contest/Greetings. Rules in Autumn QRV G3ZDW
4 Jan 2020 AFS CW Contest RSGB G3ZDW
12 Jan AFS Data Contest RSGB G3ZDW
18 Jan 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.
Note: The Musuem will be closed from Nov to April 2020 for the Winter period.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU
As of 23/10/2019 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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