RAF Centenary April 1st 2018

April 1st 2018 marks the centenary of the formation of the RAF whilst coincidentally on this date RAFARS will be marking its 80th year; we would like to commemorate both in the strongest possible way.

The extent to which we can achieve this objective will depend very much on what out members can, or wish to do, in the way of participation with Council providing where possible the necessary backing.

The good news is that with Ofcom approval and the support of the RAF100 office we have now secured the Special Special Event Station callsign GB100RAF which we would like to be on air as much as possible, at as many events and locations as can be accommodated.

If you have any thoughts, ideas and comments relating to RAFARS possible activities, please contact RAF100@rafars.org or send to RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford.

Updates
This page will be updated as further information becomes available regarding RAFARS activities taking place in conjunction with the RAF100 event.  For more information on RAF100  events, visit the MoD website by clicking on the RAF100 logo above. For a diary of confirmed RAFARS events please see the table below.

RAFARS On The Air

GB100RAF QRV 22/23 Sept 1000 to 1600L RAF100 from RAF Neatishead Radar Museum.


Calendar of RAFARS Events

If you wish to activate a RAFARS SES or SSES, please contact the RAFARS RAF100 Event Coordinator (M0MJG) at RAF100@rafars.org

Members of RAFARS may request the use of any of the Society callsigns to operate as part of the RAF Centenary commemorations, G3RAF, G4RAF, G6RAF, G7RAF, G8RAF, G8FC, GB1RAF, VP8RAF and GB100RAF

Operators who wish to use these callsigns should be aware that all contacts will need to be logged and that QSLs will be handled by the RAFARS bureau (see below for full details)

Note that these callsigns may be used with the appropriate UK Regional Designator

Confirmed RAFARS Radio Activity Commemorating the Centenary of the RAF

FROMTOCONTACTEVENTRAFARSACTIVITYCALL SIGN IN USE QSL VIA
30th MARCH2nd APRILG0JYLRAF KEMBLEYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
31st MARCH1st APRILG3VCARAF BINBROOKYESSTATIONG0RAFG0RAF
31st MARCH1st APRILG4DQPRAF METHERINGHAMYESSTATIONGB1RAFG4DQP
1st APRIL1st APRILG0TBICOSFORD HQYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL1st APRILG6ZRLMPA FALKLAND ISLDYESSTATIONVP8RAF/100G8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL1st APRILM0JWSRAF WYTONYESSTATIONGB0WYM0JWS
1st APRIL1st APRILG4KCFYORKSHIRE AIR MUSEUMYESSTATIONGB0YAMG4KCF
1st APRIL1st APRILG0NVYHOME QTHYESSTATIONG7RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL1st APRILG7VRTRAF HALTONYESSTATIONG1RAFG1RAF
1st APRIL7th APRIL2D0YLXRAFARS ISLE OF MANYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL8th APRILKE2EHPOCONO LAKE. PAYESSTATIONK2RKE2EH
1st APRIL14th APRILMM0RDTRAF GRANGEMOUTHYESSTATIONGM8RAFG8FC DIRECT
7th APRIL7th APRILM0JWSRAF WYTONYESSTATIONGB0WYM0JWS
8th APRIL8th APRILG8VHIINDIVIDUAL ACTIONYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
3rd APRIL29th APRILGM3RGU1740 (CLYDEBANK) SQN RAFAC YESSTATIONGM3RAFG8FC DIRECT
15th APRIL21st APRILG3RSIHOME QTHYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
16th APRIL22nd APRILGM4JPZHOME QTHYESSTATIONGM7RAFG8FC DIRECT
21st APRIL21st APRILG0JCQSADARC. MARCONI DAYYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
22nd APRIL22nd APRILG8VHIINDIVIDUAL ACTIONYESSTATIONG6RAFG8FC DIRECT
29th MAY29th MAYM1AYIRAF HARROWBEER DARC.YESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st APRIL29th JULYZB2JKRAF GIBRALTERYESSTATIONZB2RAFG8FC DIRECT
2nd JUNE2nd JUNEG3ZDWRAF METHERINGHAMYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JUNE10th JUNEG0TBICOSFORD AIRDAYYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
23rd JUNE24th JUNEG4XKHRAF HALDON,RIVIERA ARCYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JULY10th JULYG6ZRLCOSFORD HQYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
10th JULY16th JULYG4DQPHOME QTHYESSTATIONG4RAFG8FC DIRECT
13th JULY26th JULYG0SWOHOME QTHYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
22nd JULY22nd JULYG7OOD1855 ROYTON AIR CADETSYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
27th JULY29th JULYG0SWOHULL VETERANS DAYSYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
28th JULY29th JULYG0JYLKINGTON LANGLEY CDARSYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
6th AUGUST6th AUGUSTM0YCQMACH LOOP WALESYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
18th AUGUST25th AUGUSTG4DQPRAF SYERSTONYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st SEPTEMBER1st SEPTEMBERG4HCKORSETT SHOWYESSTATIONG3RAFG8FC DIRECT
1st SEPTEMBER2nd SEPTEMBERMI1AIBPORTRUSH AIR SHOWYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
3rd SEPTEMBER3rd SEPTEMBERG4KCFFORMER RAF ELVINGTONYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
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14th SEPTEMBER15th SEPTEMBERG4XKHHOME QTHYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
22nd SEPTEMBER23rd SEPTEMBERG4PSHRAF NEATISHEADYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
29th SEPTEMBER30th SEPTEMBERG6HUIRAF KEMBLEYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT
3rd NOVEMBER11th NOVEMBERG0KUCRAF HALTONYESSTATIONGB100RAFG8FC DIRECT

GB100RAF
RAFARS HQ RAF Cosford: 1 April 2017
RAF Cosford Airshow: 10 June 2018

G0RAF
RAF Binbrook: 31 March 2018

GB6BK

RAF Binbrook: 31 March 2018

GB1RAF
RAF Metheringham: 31 March - 1 April 2018

G6RAF
Isle of Man: 1-7 April 2018

G7RAF
Ruskington: 1-2 Apr 2018

GM8RAF
RAF Grangemouth: 1-14 April 2018

GB100RAF
RAF Syerston: 3-4 April 2018 and 18-25 August 2018

GB100RAF
Riviera Club, Devon: 23-24 June 2018

GB100RAF
Portrush: 1-2 September 2018

K2R
Ponoco Lake, PA, USA: 1-8 April 2018

VP8RAF/100
Mount Pleasant Airport Falkland Islands: 1 April and 10 July 2018

G6RAF
8 April 2018 and 22 April 2018

G1RAF
RAF Halton: 1 April 2018 and most Saturdays

GB0WY
RAF Wyton: 1 April 2018

G3RAF
RAF Kemble: 30 March 2018

ZB2RAF
RAF Gibraltar: 1 April to 29 July 2018

GB100RAF
Hull Veterans Day: 27-29 July 2018

GB100RAF
Mach Loop Wales: 8-9 August 2018

GM3RAF
Clydebank: 29 May 2018

GB100RAF
SADARC Marconi Day: 21 April 2018

GB100RAF
RAF Harrowbeer DARC: 21 April 2018

GM7RAF
Dundee: 16-22 April 2018

RAF100 QSL and Logging procedure to be used with all call signs marking the RAF Centenary

Logging Instructions for Operators of RAFARS Club Callsigns

All centenary QSO’s involving RAFARS Club call signs G3RAF, G4RAF, G6RAF, G7RAF, G8RAF, G8FC, ZB2RAF and VP8RAF are to be logged in the usual way using the operators preferred method with a hard paper copy being sent, after the event, to the RAFARS RAF100 Event Coordinator (M0MJG) who will forward it to the holder of each particular call. This is standard practice with the use of any club call sign at any time.

QSL Instructions

If QSL is requested operators are to confirm QSL DIRECT via G8FC (RAFARS HQ)

  • RAF100 QSL cards will only be sent in response to cards received together with a S.A.E. or a postal fee
  • All operators are to confirm the QSL procedure during the contact
  • Following receipt at Cosford HQ all QSL cards will be forwarded to the RAFARS QSL Manager (2E0NDZ)
  • The QSL Manager will record and bank all receipts
  • The RAFARS RAF100 Event Coordinator (M0MJG) will maintain for the QSL Manager a log identifying operator/callsign/dates
  • The QSL Manager will forward the QSL cards plus S.A.E. where available to the appropriate callsign operator
  • All operators will deal with QSL cards in respect of the contacts they have made
  • Operators will reclaim outgoing postal costs directly from the Treasurer

RAFARS HQ
RAF Amateur Radio Society
Royal Air Force Cosford
Wolverhampton
WV7 3EX