Index Page Last Updated: 24 May 2023
W.A.B. Contest Reminder
The W.A.B. 50 MHz Phone Contest takes place on Sunday 18th June 2023.
See the Contest page for details.
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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 & G3ABG) 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. Due to licence limitations, the W.A.B. Callsigns will not be available for use on 5MHz.
Contact G0AKH to use any of the three callsigns
- If you don't have a bank account or access to PayPal or a credit card, don't forget that Postal Orders can still be purchased and used for Books & Award Claims
'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 has been shown to work to good effect. Chipping in to "Help" often does not.
- Only call into the net when the controller asks for check-ins. Unfortunately, experienced WABers sometimes 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 when 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 is not a valid QSO. Please do not ask the net controller if a report was correct, for example "Was that a 5 & 7?". You should QSL a report, the net controller will tell you whether you have it correct or not. If you are given a report back that is identical to the one you sent, for example "You are also 3 & 3" please do not reply, "QSL the also". This does not acknowledge the actual report, given.
- 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 comment point 2 above.
- Mobiles take preference over fixed stations, especially those that have given prior notice of the intended activity. Mobile stations often have a schedule and should not be delayed. Portable stations also take preference over fixed stations. There may be occasions where a portable station should take priority over a mobile due to their physical working conditions. Such circumstances may be due to weather, tides, battery power, limited time availability etc. Which station takes priority is the decision of the net controller, having given due consideration to the circumstances.
- Do not ask a mobile about the square. The net controller will give the square at the beginning and end of the list.
- 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. Signal reports must be received without assistance. Assistance includes on the air QSPs, relays by any other means (e.g. phone, email, texts etc.), and the use of repeaters, satellites, remote SDR receivers and remote station operation. 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.
- When poor band conditions make things difficult on a W.A.B. Net, please try to keep calm on air and have patience with all stations. The Net Controller may not be able to hear mobiles or other stations on the net very well. Please do not break in to say that a contact was Valid or Not Valid. At the end of a run down, let the Net Controller know that you may have better copy on stations and ask if they would like you to act as a backup Net Controller.
- 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.
(See the W.A.B. Nets page for further details, and the Guidelines for W.A.B. Net Controllers)
Rockall Expedition announcement
As you may be aware, a planned DXpedition to Rockall will shortly be under way. They are due to leave from Inverkip at high tide this Friday, 26th May 2023.
Unfortunately, the 40m frequency they have chosen to use is 7155 kHz, working split frequencies and listening up 5 to 10 kHz. Should the propagation be favourable, this will doubtless cause mayhem from 7160 to 7170 kHz. (No doubt also on 7155 for those that don't understand split frequency working!).
It was felt by several that for the duration of the Dxpedition, that it would be prudent to establish W.A.B. working away from these frequencies in the first instance. To that end, in consultation with Steve, G4HPE, who in turn has been in touch with regular net members and monitoring suitable frequencies, it is suggested that a frequency of 7140 +/- is used. It is appreciated that 7144 is often used for W.W.F.F. activations, but this is not in constant use and a 4 kHz spacing should be adequate.
There were of, course, many suggestions of where we should try, but we should take a consolidated approach so that at least we have a common starting point!
The bottom line is that it could well be futile trying to run on the usual nominal frequency and for the duration of the activation, members should be prepared to tune much further from it than usual to find a suitable spot.
Published operating times are a bit vague, but it is suggested that this comes into effect from this coming Saturday, 27th May 2023.
Earlier listings suggested that on 80m a frequency of 3755 kHz would be used, with the same frequency split. This has not appeared on later ones, but we should be prepared to make similar arrangements on that band.
A reminder that in common with Les Minquires in the Channel Islands, Rockall does not appear on an official OS map with a grid reference. Previously it was decided that both would only count as an island for W.A.B. purposes, but does not have a valid W.A.B. square. Nothing has changed on that score.
W.A.B. A.G.M. Calling Notice
Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Worked All Britain Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) shall be held at the J28 Radio Rally, Alfreton Leisure Centre Bowls Hall, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD, on Sunday 11th June 2023 at 1200hrs.
With grateful thanks to the rally organisers for accommodating us.
If you wish to attend and make a weekend of it, there is a choice of local accommodation, as well as the attractions of the J28 Outlet Centre close by to entertain the XYL on the Saturday, and plans are also being made for an evening social on the Saturday evening, in much the same vein as past A.G.M.s.
Further details of the A.G.M. will be published shortly and included in the forthcoming Newsletter, as well as details nearer the time regarding possible online attendance for those unable to attend in person.
73, Paul M1AIB, Hon. Secretary and President.
Proposed Constitutional Changes
The following proposed changes to the Worked All Britain Constitution will be voted on at the 2023 Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.):
- Section 3. Membership
Any reference to "Worked All Britain Record Book or CD" is removed, to be replaced with:- "Worked All Britain Book Package"
- Section 4. Officers of the Group
"Officers may hold more than one appointment concurrently" to be expanded to "Officers may hold more than one appointment concurrently, equally, duties in some cases may also be shared. However, the committee should be in majority agreement that such duties will be dealt with or handled appropriately on behalf of the group. (e.g. In the absence of a rally manager those duties may be shared or dealt with amongst those who regularly attend the various rallies)"
- Section 8. Meetings
In recognition of the continued use of remote attendance
facilities, a paragraph e. shall be added to section 8 to
cover online attendance at A.G.M. or E.G.M. as follows:-
"e. For the purposes of attendee numbers and voting rights at A.G.M. or E.G.M., (paragraphs b. and c. above), the term 'those present' shall be deemed to include ALL those in attendance whether in person or virtually via any
recognised online meeting platform such as Zoom or Teams etc."
- All except section 7
In recognition of the almost exclusive use of email over postal communications, the following paragraph (12) to be added:-
"12. With the exception of Section 7-Dismissal of Officers. Wherever this constitution calls for submission to the Hon. Secretary 'in writing', such submissions shall be acceptable via post or electronically, via email, either as attachments or direct message content, but shall not extend to messages via social media groups such as WhatsApp, Facebook or Groups.io."
W.A.B. are pleased to announce that we are able to make a further £4000 of donations this year as follows:
- £500 to R.A.I.B.C.
- £500 to a charity of our Auditor's choice (The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust)
- £500 to Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
- £500 to the Anthony Nolan Trust
- £500 to Cancer Research UK
- £500 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association
- £500 to Prostate Cancer UK
- £500 to the British Heart Foundation
PRESENTATION TO GEOFF DARBY G7GJU
Paul M1AIB presents Geoff G7GJU with a glass and silver clock as a leaving gift for his many years of work on the W.A.B. committee.
TWO NEW AWARDS STARTED 1st JANUARY 2023
TWO new awards started on 1st January 2023. The Net Controller's Award is a permanent award designed to reward those new to Net Control and is FREE. The King Charles III Coronation Award is the latest of our annual awards and runs along similar lines to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Award. Both awards have tracker spreadsheets which have been designed to reduce the amount of typing required by transferring information automatically between different elements of the award where possible. See the two links for full details.
NEWSLETTER TO BE EMAIL ONLY
Due to increasing printing and postage costs, it has been reluctantly decided that the W.A.B. Newsletter will now be exclusively available via email at £3-00 for 4 issues. Those people with existing printed version subscriptions will have their subscription extended to the equivalent number of email issues. Please contact the Newsletter Editor (see the Committee page), or subscribe using the appropriate price list (blue buttons near the top of this page)
2022 CUMULATIVE CONTEST WINNERS
The President's Trophy (for Single Operator Stations)
- Winner: G4HPE Steve Richards (38 points)
- Second: G8XTJ John Fitzgerald (28 points)
- Third: 2E0FEH Karl Kruger (22 points)
The Keith Robson Memorial Trophy (for Club & Multi-Operator Stations)
- Winner: G3FYQ Pontefract & District ARS (42 points)
- Second: G3WKS West Kent ARS (20 points)
The G3ABG trophy for mobile stations in all contests
- Not awarded (no station entered more than one contest)
LF Contest Cumulative Trophy (for Fixed/Portable UK Single Operator Stations)
- Winner: G4HPE Steve Richards (30 points)
- Second: G0AJH John Hornsby (16 points)
- Third: G0VIM Malcolm Rivers (8 points)
LF Contest Cumulative Trophy (for Mobile UK Stations)
- Not awarded (no station entered more than one contest)
Other Contest Trophies (Not Cumulative):
160m Club Contest Trophy - M0YOK Yorkshire Operators Brigade
2m QRO Trophy - G8XTJ John Fitzgerald
2m QRP Trophy - G4EFE/P Martin Peters
LAUNCH A MEMORY - STEVE MAYER G6TEL
One of last year's donations was made to the R.N.L.I. in memory of Steve Mayer G6TEL, previous W.A.B. Membership Secretary. We have recently received a thank you email and this certificate from the R.N.L.I. Click on the image for a larger view.
THANK YOU FROM THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
We have recently received a thank you card from the British Heart Foundation for our £500 donation to them (images attached).
We have recently been sent some images of Worked All Britain founder John Morris G3ABG by kind permission of Ken Johansson SM4EMO. See the G3ABG Photo Archive page
G3ABG CALLSIGN REISSUED TO WORKED ALL BRITAIN
The callsign of Worked All Britain founder John Morris G3ABG has been reissued to W.A.B. by kind permission of John's sons Brian G3VBG and Geoffrey. W.A.B. club callsigns can be booked for use by full UK licence holders who are members of W.A.B. and count for extra points for some W.A.B. awards (including the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Award)
W.A.B. CONTEST DETAILS ON U.S. WEBSITES
We have found that some U.S. Contest Websites are not correctly reflecting our rule changes for W.A.B. Contests this year. Please ensure you use only the rules/categories published on this website.
W.A.B. 7th SERIES BOOK PACKAGE ANNOUNCED
W.A.B. is pleased to announce that its book package will now include a USB flash drive, rather than two CDs.
In common with significant changes to the book package in the past, a new (7th series) of books will be introduced to mark this change. This series commenced at book 24000. Any book numbers reserved up to this number will be honoured as a 6th series number.
Existing members can obtain a 7th series book number only, at the usual cost from the Membership Secretary. See the Price List for your area (buttons at the top of this page) to purchase via PayPal.
W.A.B. ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO GREEN
At the recent W.A.B. committee meeting, the subject of trying to be more environmentally friendly was discussed. We encourage you to think about this yourselves, and one way of helping is to consider receiving your award claims in PDF format, rather than as a printed certificate. Doing so has a double impact - it helps save resources, and possibly better still - it saves you money!
COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to join the committee and help run W.A.B. You don't have to be licensed - SWLs would be most welcome. New ideas are always required. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Secretary. See the Committee page for contact details
W.A.B. Q.S.L. CARD DISCOUNT
W.A.B. Q.S.L. card stocks are being sold off at half price. See the Price List for details (sorry - due to high postal charges, this offer is U.K. only).
DATA MODES REQUIREMENTS
It has been decided that award entries for Data Modes will have the same requirements as VHF/UHF entries.
W.A.B. PENS BACK IN STOCK
We have just received a new batch of W.A.B. Pens, in a nice golden colour. Ideal for writing up your claim for W.A.B.'s 50th Anniversary awards! Available at our rally stands, but due to postage costs, they are only available by post if ordering with a W.A.B. Log Book.
A query was raised recently about the status of Spurn Head as an island, as due to erosion, it is surrounded at high tide by the sea. The W.A.B. definition of an island states that it must be named, or be part of a named group, on a 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map (see W.A.B. Definitions). As this is not the case yet, it is not currently being accepted as an Island. This will be kept under review when new editions of the 1:50,000 O.S. map involved is available.
'W.A.B. REPORTER' LIVE SPOTTING FACILITY
This is a quick way to report current W.A.B. activity without the need to sign up to any social media. It is written by Steve Richards G4HPE and hosted by Google but you do not need a Google account nor any passwords. It's ready to use the moment you go to https://tinyurl.com/wabreporter3. Anything entered on this page will be instantly seen by everyone connected to it. It is recommended that you download the WAB REPORTER QUICK GUIDE which can be found in the file section of the WAB IO Groups resource.
VHF ACTIVITY PERIODS
National VHF SSB Activity Periods will run on Mondays 2000-2200, Wednesdays 1000-1200 and Fridays 2000-2200 (all clock time). These are activity periods, not contests, with the idea of promoting friendly contacts and having a chat, rather than the frenetic contest formats. They will provide an ideal opportunity to work W.A.B. squares, spread the word about W.A.B., and maybe assist stations to work out their square if they don't know it.
GIVING TALKS ON W.A.B. TO CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
Talks on Worked All Britain do not have to be given by W.A.B. Committee Members. If you would be prepared to give a talk to your radio club (or a nearby one), we can provide a Powerpoint presentation plus supporting leaflets etc. Please contact the Secretary (see the Committee page) for more details.
WORKED ALL BRITAIN CLOTHING
Our previous supplier of Polo shirts, Sweatshirts is no longer trading, so we have sourced an alternative supplier. T-shirts, Polo shirts, Sweatshirts & Hoodies are available direct from the supplier Salix Embroidery & Graphics. See the Merchandising page for more details & pictures.
AWARD & BOOK PRICING
Award Pricing: We apologise for the high costs of Awards for stations outside the UK, but our postal service has decided to classify a single certificate as a parcel! However a pdf version is available to anyone for only £1 or €2/$2. You may then print the certificate yourself. Payment for this method can only be accepted in Sterling coin or via PayPal. Non-UK coins cannot be accepted.
For the printed certificate we accept Sterling, Euro or US Dollar currency or a sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank.
Book/USB Key Pricing: We have managed to absorb the last 4 postal increases, but we may have to increase the cost of the W.A.B. Book/USB Key package at the next postage price rise
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.
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.
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)