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

January 2020

Issue No 260


MEMBERSHIP NEWS

RAFARS welcomes the following new and re-joining members:

4951 Colin M6CJA
4952 Mathew M0LYI

SILENT KEYS: None Notified

CALL-SIGN CHANGES:

353 Richard G3MRT (Original Membership Number reissued)

RSGB AFFILIATED SOCIETIES CONTEST (AFS)
The Society are entering the RSGB’s Affiliated Societies Contest (AFS) this year and hopefully we can get a few more entries. In previous years, except for last year, we just submitted a regional entry centred on RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire.

With a change in the rules a couple of years ago we can now enter a UK entry. Anyone in the UK can submit an entry for the Society but must submit the entry on the drop down list to RAFARS. Care will be required not to enter RAFARS Waddington or RAFARS Cosford or any of the other RAFARS location listed on the dropdown list.

There are 3 contests, you can enter anyone or all 3 if you wish, they are as follows: CW Sat 4 Jan, Data Sun 12 Jan, SSB Sat 18 Jan. Please look at the full rules which also explain how to enter:

https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2020/rafs.shtml

If you have any queries please drop me an email on: contests@rafars.org

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) 7-8 March 2020 Exercise Blue Ham
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 2020

Date SES/EVENT/VENUE CO-ORDINATOR
4 Jan 2020 AFS CW Contest RSGB G3ZDW
12 Jan AFS Data Contest RSGB G3ZDW
18 Jan AFS SSB Contest RSGB G3ZDW
7-8 March Exercise Blue Ham RAFAC 5 Mhz M0SKT
6-7 June Exercise Blue Ham RAFAC 5Mhz M0SKT
17-18 Oct Exercise Blue Ham RAFAC 5Mhz M0SKT
17 Oct RAFARS AGM and Dinner G4DQP

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 2020
Next meeting 4 Feb 2020 at RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford. Meetings for the remainder of 2020:

  • 7 Apr 2020
  • 15 Jun 2020 (Monday, post RAF Cosford Airshow)
  • 8 Sep 2020
  • 17 Oct 2020 (Not a Council meeting, AGM and Dinner)
  • 17 Nov 2020

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 Museum will be closed from Nov to April 2020 for the Winter period. GB2RAF will be back on the air in May 2020.

RAFARS QSL BUREAU
As of 23/12/2019 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 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 https://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..
  • News for Nov was not sent to the Controller due to very poor conditions.
  • The RAFARS Website has links to Facebook, Yahoo Group, Twitter.

END OF NEWS LETTER 260