Index Page Last Updated: 27 Feb 2014
W.A.B. Contest Reminder
The W.A.B. 3.5 MHz Phone takes place on Sunday 16th March 2014.
See the Contest page for details.
NEW AWARD FOR 2014
2014 is W.A.B.'s 45th (Sapphire) Anniversary. To commemorate this, an award based loosely on the number '45' will run for 2014 only. See the Sapphire Award page
SNIPPETS FROM COMMITTEE MEETING, FEB 2014
A brief outline of decisions made at the Committee Meeting on 16th February is now available. See the Snippets Feb 2014 page
Welcome to the Worked All Britain web site. We hope you find the site useful and easy to use.
Please click on a heading to the left, or across the top, to proceed. Menu items ending '>>' will expand/contract when you click on them.
DEFINITION OF A WORKED ALL BRITAIN SQUARE: The W.A.B. Square is the 10Km small square and the Country, e.g. “SP87 England”, “NN90 Scotland” etc. (see Definitions page)
REMINDERS TO MEMBERS
- All official W.A.B. correspondence must go via the Honorary Secretary. For contact details, please see the Committee Page.
- The published W.A.B. Net Frequencies do not 'belong' to W.A.B. - If a frequency is not in use, then anyone can use them.
- QSL Cards are not required to claim any W.A.B. Awards. However, if a report on a QSO is received from an SWL by any means (e-mail, QSL Card, eQSL etc.), any Book Numbers they have may be claimed by the station
receiving the report.
- The W.A.B. Callsigns (G4WAB & G7WAB) are available for W.A.B. members to use (for a specified limited period of time), BUT YOU MUST CONTACT THE LICENCE HOLDER FOR PERMISSION FIRST to avoid clashes and illegal callsign use.
Contact G7GJU to use G4WAB or G0AKH to use G7WAB
'NETIQUETTE' - A SHORT GUIDE FOR ALL MEMBERS, NEW & OLD
(The following has been collated from various comments received - good and bad. They are not aimed at any particular station(s), and will hopefully assist in easing the smooth running of nets)
- All nets are controlled by one station acting as Net Controller, who may occasionally appoint backup controllers. Note the one station as net controller. The system of appointing a backup was shown to work to good effect with a very busy net early this year. Chipping in to "Help" often does not.
- Only call into the net when the controller asks for check-ins. Unfortunately, experienced WAB’ers often call in during a run-down. This is not really a good example for the newcomer to follow. On very busy nets, check-ins should be asked for once. It is very frustrating if you are a mobile waiting to be picked up if check-ins are asked for three or four times for the previous mobile.
- Ensure that you are netted on to the net controller’s frequency. This is very important at all times.
- Do not give your W.A.B. information when you work a mobile that is being run down the net. The mobile will want to move on to the next square as soon as possible.
- Always repeat back the report given to you by the station you are working. This is a check that you have received your report correctly. Signal reports cannot be relayed but other information can. This applies to all W.A.B. activity. There have been occasions recently where this has not happened. It is more often than not the casual visitor or the newcomer to the net. It doesn't take lot to point this out tactfully and it only needs to be done once. Please don't guess at reports, it's hardly a valid QSO. It was commented on net recently that a net controller told a member to do this!
- The report has no minimum acceptable value. However, signals can never be zero.
- Always make a list of stations in the net so you know which station to pass transmission to, after working the station that is being run down the net. This is very important for a good flowing run down. Once the run down is started, there should be no need for it to come back to net control, unless it's due to poor propagation between adjacent net members. This can sometimes be rectified by a slight re-ordering of the list.
- Do not take offence if the controller misses you out in error. Mistakes do happen and remember you could take over net control.
- Never break in while a mobile is being run down the net. The controller will ask for check-ins at the end of the list. See the first comment above.
- Do not ask a mobile about the square. The net controller will give the square at the beginning and end of the list.
- Mobiles take preference over fixed stations, especially those that have given prior notice of the intended activity. Portable stations may also take preference dependent on the situation.
- Each net member is allowed two attempts at exchanging reports with the station being run down. If this proves unsuccessful, the station will be allowed a further attempt at the end of the list. It is quite important to stick to this on a busy net with several mobiles. Often a mobile has to get somewhere, sometimes for business, sometimes for pleasure. They don't want to wait around. The net controller may use their discretion to allow further attempts on a less busy net, if it is OK with the mobile. Please remember that the more attempts that are allowed, the more likely it is that the report will be obtained by chance.
- When there is a gap in mobile activity, the controller will pass down the list to allow members to make calls with other net members. Two calls are generally allowed. If you do not wish to make a call always give your W.A.B. information for the benefit of any S.W.L.s who may be listening.
- Never waste time with idle chat unless all the other net members have worked the stations they wish to call. This often happens at the start of a time-limited award. Everyone will want to work everyone else and this should take precedence over chat. There will be plenty of days to come when the net controller will be grateful for a bit of waffle to hold the frequency.
- Remember that above all W.A.B. is a hobby designed to give enjoyment to all. Be prepared to do a spell of net control, log for mobiles and use your local knowledge to navigate mobiles.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMANT - SAPPHIRE AWARD
Following requests from members and in view of the high level of activity and achievements in the early part of this year, the W.A.B. Committee have decided to increase the levels of the award attainable beyond the initial trophy.
To this end, further trophies can be claimed for attaining multiples of 45 points, with the required squares increasing by the same factor.
2nd Trophy = 90 points & 900 squares required UK HF or 450 squares VHF/Outside Europe & Mobile
3rd Trophy = 135 points & 1350 squares required UK HF or 675 squares VHF/Outside Europe & Mobile
It is statistically very doubtful whether a 4th level could be achieved, but if so it would be:
180 points & 1800 squares required UK HF or 900 squares VHF/Outside Europe & Mobile
W.A.B. LOG BOOKS & MOBILE LOG BOOKS FOR SALE
W.A.B. have produced special Log Books, with columns for recording the W.A.B. Square of stations. There is an A4 sized home station version, and a new small Mobile version. For details, see
the Log Books page.
NEW CONTEST & CONTEST RULES FOR 2014
The W.A.B. Contest Rules have been amended for 2014 (see the Contest Rules page), and a new Data Modes Contest has been introduced at the request of members.
NEWSLETTER EDITOR & NEWSLETTER NAMING COMPETITION
Ken Porter G0FEX has taken over as Newsletter Editor. Our thanks to the 'retiring' editor Geoff Darby G7GJU, who will still remain as Secretary. Please send any newsletter copy/suggestions to Ken (see the Committee page).
CUMULATIVE AWARD WINNERS FOR 2013
President's Trophy - (winning overall single operator contest entrant)
- Winner: G0FVH, David Dolling with 30 points
- Joint Runners up: G8XTJ, John Fitzgerald ↦ M6KVJ, David Boyes with 16 points
- Fourth: M0BKV, Damian Kamm with 12 points
The Keith Robson, GM3VTY, Memorial Trophy - (winning overall multi-operator contest entrant)
- Winners: G6LD, Denby Dale ARS with 50 points
- Runners up: G8BUN, Ossett ARO with 10 points
- Joint Third: G3FYQ, Pontefract ARS & G0AXC, Norman Lockyer Radio Group with 8 points
These will be presented at the 2014 W.A.B. A.G.M. which will be held at the Spalding Rally on 1st June 2014
We would like to welcome Ken Porter G0FEX & Geoff Birch G0GWY onto the committee.
Due to county boundaries no longer being shown on Ordnance Survey 1:50000 maps, and varying definitions of what constitutes a 'county' since Government administrative boundary changes some years ago, the W.A.B. Counties Award is no longer considered a practicable proposition.
New Version of BookFinder program
Roger G0HZK has released an updated version of his BookFinder program. See the BookFinder Program page for more details.
W.A.B. are pleased to announce to that we have made following donations:
- £500 to R.A.I.B.C.
- £500 to Pump Aid
- £500 to the National Search & Rescue Dogs Association
- £500 to R.N.L.I.
- £500 to Cancer Research UK
Letter of thanks from the National Search & Rescue Dogs Association in recognition of the £500 donation made by W.A.B. (Click on image to view larger version)
Steve G6TEL (left) presents a cheque for £500 to the R.N.L.I. in the crew room at Poole lifeboat station
At the request of members, an award has been instigated for working/hearing W.A.B. Members, to run alongside the Book-Holders Award. Claims can be back-dated to 1st January 1970. See the Members Award page for further details.
RSGB 100th ANNIVERSARY CALLSIGNS
The RSGB 100th anniversary callsigns do count towards our Special Event Stations award. For further clarification, please see the Special Event Stations Award page.
From the start of 2013, Timed/Annual Awards may only be claimed up to a maximum of 6 months after the end of the qualifying period. For example, the 2013 Decade Award can be claimed until the end of June 2014. This applies to TIMED AWARDS ONLY.
To progress from one award level to another for an Annual Award (e.g. from Bronze to Silver for the Decade Award), each subsequent claim must be for the same band as the first. Claims for a different band will be annotated as Basic level. If a year is missed, the level will return to Basic.
Don't forget that if you would like to join the Committee, please complete a Committee Nomination form (download from the link at the bottom of the Committee page).
W.A.B. Donates to ShelterBox
Worked All Britain has donated £590 to purchase a ShelterBox. You can find more details about ShelterBox here, and track the actual box we have bought by using the tracking number UK0066271 here.
Click on the image on the right to read the letter of thanks.
Update December 2012: Our Shelterbox has been sent to Northern Iraq to shelter refugees from Syria.
CLAIMING AWARDS FROM YOUR ARMCHAIR!
A PayPal "donate" button has been added to each page of the web site. This was not the original intention of it, but it's very suitable to use in claiming awards without leaving home.
Firstly - email your claim to the Awards Manager (see Committee page), secondly - hit the "Donate" button and submit the amount relevant to your claim.
G8PUT LOGBOOK PROGRAM
Chris G8PUT has released a new version of his Logbook Program which will allow record keeping for W.A.B. Awards. More details can be seen on his web site, along with a download facility.
See the G8PUT Logbook Program page for details.
W.A.B. BADGES FOR SALE
W.A.B. have produced enamel badges with the W.A.B. round logo in either Dark Blue or Magenta. See the Price List for your location.
(Please Note: Due to the reflective nature of the badges,
they are difficult to photograph to get a true representation)
W.A.B. QSL CARDS FOR SALE
W.A.B. have two designs of QSL Cards printed for sale. For details, see the QSL Cards page.
G3ABG QSL Card to G3JAS 6 June 1970
Another G3ABG QSL Card