Index Page Last Updated: 08 Oct 2018
W.A.B. Contest Reminder
Entries for the W.A.B. HF Phone Contest should be with the Contest Manager by Sunday 28th October 2018.
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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) 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 G7GJU to use G4WAB or G0AKH to use G7WAB
- 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)
W.A.B. 50th ANNIVERSARY UPDATE
We have produced a flyer about W.A.B.'s 50th Anniversary in 2019. You can view a pdf file of the flyer here, and more details about the special awards will be announced soon. Watch this space!
W.A.B. COMMITTEE UPDATE
Judith Brooks G4IAQ is the 2018/19 W.A.B. President, and we would like to welcome Graham Cowan G7LMF on to the committee.
COMMITTEE AWARDED TROPHIES PRESENTED AT THE A.G.M.
The following trophies & certificates were awarded by the committee at the 2018 Annual General Meeting:
- Frank Parkhurst Trophy (for net control): Brian Stocks G0BFJ
- Bound Skerries Trophy (for mobile/portable activity) awarded jointly to: John Allan G4LTH & Andy Swiffin GM8OEQ
- Certificate of Merit: Steve Richards G4HPE
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. are pleased to announce to that we have made the following donations this year:
- £500 to Methodist Homes for the Aged (a charity of our Auditor's choice)
- £1000 to the British Heart Foundation
W.A.B. GOLDEN JUBILEE MUGS NOW AVAILABLE
In celebration of W.A.B.'s 50th Anniversary, we are now selling W.A.B. Golden Jubilee mugs. These bone china mugs are available from rallies priced at just £5-00. They are also available by post (U.K. only), with postage discounts for buying more than one mug at a time (see the UK Price List).
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 the Going For Gold award in time for W.A.B.'s 50th Anniversary in 2019! 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.
2017 CUMULATIVE CONTEST WINNERS
Trophies were presented at the 2018 A.G.M.
The President's Trophy (for Single Operator Stations)
- Winner: 2E0KVJ David Boyes (44 points)
- Second: G8XTJ John Fitzgerald (38 points)
- Third: G3PRI David Quigley (26 points)
The Keith Robson Memorial Trophy (for Club & Multi-Operator Stations)
- Winner: G6LD Denby Dale ARS (66 points)
- Second: M0VCT Vecta Contest Group (28 points)
The G3ABG trophy for mobile stations in all contests
LF Contest Cumulative Trophy (for Fixed/Portable UK Single Operator Stations)
- Winner: 2E0KVJ David Boyes (28 points)
- Second: G0AJH John Hornsby (16 points)
- Third: G0FVH David Dolling (10 points)
LF Contest Cumulative Trophy (for Mobile UK Stations)
N.B. Many Stations entered only one contest and are therefore not eligible for the cumulative awards.
NEW CONTEST FOR 2018
The W.A.B. HF Phone Contest will be replaced in 2018 by a new W.A.B. DX Contest. The contest length is now shorter, it includes the 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m & 10m bands, the W.A.B. Book Number exchange has been removed, and Inter UK contacts are now valid. See the Contest Rules page for details.
NEW AWARD STARTED ON 1ST JULY 2017
2019 will be W.A.B.'s 50th Anniversary, so a new award has been introduced to try to encourage activity on a daily basis, especially with band conditions likely to be deteriorating as we reach the sunspot minimum. Squares can be worked multiple times throughout the next 18 months, but can only be claimed once per day. A Tracker spreadsheet is be available to make logging the award very simple. See the Going For Gold Award page for full details.
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' ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION TRIAL
G4HPE Steve has been testing this method of spotting W.A.B. activity for a while.
This is a new way to report on W.A.B. activity. It is much quicker than the reflector and is suitable for people who don't like using social media. We would be grateful if this method could be tried out to ascertain its viability.
You will find the web page at https://tinyurl.com/wabreporter. There is a link from this page to a form for you to enter your own spots, but you will need a validation code which can be obtained from the W.A.B. Yahoo Reflector or any committee member. Please do not misuse the system.
There can be a few minutes delay, usually less than 5, from sending the form until it appears on W.A.B. Reporter. The page updates every 10 seconds, so you do not need to refresh the page. Feedback on the system would be much appreciated.
NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL
The W.A.B. Newsletter is now available via email at £3-00 for 4 issues. The traditional printed version is still available for those that prefer it. Please contact the Newsletter Editor Ken Porter G0FEX (see the Committee page), or subscribe using the appropriate price list (blue buttons near the top of this page)
VHF ACTIVITY PERIODS
New 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/CD 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/CD package at the next postage price rise
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.
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.
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).
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