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

February 2019

Issue No 249


MEMBERSHIP NEWS.

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:
3309 Steve G7JHU
4934 Jonathan 2M0KNZ
4935 Kenneth G7BPN

SILENT KEYS:
127 John G3WBP
3087 Harold G1UHO
4314 Ken G0MZJ

CALL-SIGN CHANGES:
None notified

VACANCY FOR RAFARS SMR.

Vacancy now for a RAFARS Serving Members Representative. Volunteer required to fill this post. Contact if you are interested, Vince G4DQP RAFARS Secretary.

RAF (100 yrs) CENTENARY 1 APRIL 2018 TO 31 MAR 2019.

For All Information on the above event see NL239 Apr 2018 and the RAFARS website.
If any members who wish to put a SES on the air for RAF Centenary inform the RAFARS SSES 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. 16-24 Feb GB100RAF RAF Halton Contact G0KUC.
Also see the RAFARS website https://www.rafars.org/raf100
Note: All QSL Cards for GB100RAF are to be sent to G8CF HQRAFARS RAF Cosford and not the RSGB QSL Bureau. Also see www.qrz.com GB100RAF.

RAFARS MEMBERS CONTEST RAF 100 YEARS CELEBRATIONS - SEE NL239 April for all rules/details or see RAFARS https://Website www.rafars.org/raf100

FOR ALL AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS. RAF100 AWARD CERTIFICATE/RULES. For all details see April NL239 and the RAFARS Website https://Website www.rafars.org/raf100

RAFAC (ROYAL AIR FORCE AIR CADETS) G1RAF RAFARS 1666.

EXERCISE BLUE HAM 16-17 Mar. 8-9 June. 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 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.
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.

RAFARS CONTESTS, RALLIES WITH RAFARS STANDS AND OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS IN 2019.

Date SES/EVENT/VENUE CO-ORDINATOR
16-24 Feb GB100RAF RAF Halton G0KUC
16-17 Mar RAFAC EXERCISE BLUE HAM M0SKT
13 to 28 Apr AOTA Airfields on the Air G4DQP
01/02 Jun RSGB NFD CW Contest Metheringham Lincs G3ZDW
08-09 June RAFAC EXERCISE BLUE HAM M0SKT
5 Sep Thurs RAFARS 3 CW Contest G3ZDW
7/8 Sep RSGB SSB Field Day Metheringham Lincs G3ZDW
12-13 Oct RAFAC EXERCISE BLUE HAM M0SKT
1 Dec RAFARS Christmas Contest and Greetings. 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 11:00 hrs, 5 Feb 2019, 9 Apr (location TBC), 10 Jun, 10 Sep, 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

GB2RAF will be OFF the Air December 2018 to March 2019 Inclusive due to Closure of the Museum for the Winter period. Normally Operating 2nd Sat of the Month 1000-1600L. Station may also be on the air on Tue, Wed, Thurs and other 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.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU IS YOUR CALL-SIGN BELOW

As of 25/01/2019 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.

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. The Museum website is https://www.rafsignalsmuseum.org.uk No report 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 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 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.

  • Newsletter produced by Terry G4PSH RAFARS News Desk.
  • Editor- Gary G0DNI.
  • E-mailed Bcc as a PDF Attachment & e-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.

END OF NEWS LETTER 249