Index Page Last Updated: 25 Jun 2021
W.A.B. Contest Reminder
The W.A.B. 144 MHz Low Power Contest takes place on Saturday 31st July 2021.
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)
144MHz Low Power W.A.B. Contest Date Change
Due to the R.S.G.B. moving the date of their 2m Contest, we have moved the date of the W.A.B. 144MHz Low Power Contest to Saturday 31st July to improve the chance of activity. See the Contest Dates page
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
MOBILE AND PORTABLE OPERATION TO RESUME FOR W.A.B. CLAIMS
As we start so see increasing relaxation of lockdown rules across the UK, with some Scottish restrictions being lifted early, the committee felt it time to review the current embargo on claims for /M and /P.
Despite our last statement suggesting this would remain in place until all restrictions were fully lifted equally across UK and Crown Dependencies territories, it is recognised that, with these relaxations and with SOTA, HEMA and WWFF etc. activations already taking place within the current Covid-19 rules, there is an understandable increase in frustration amongst W.A.B. members that associated squares cannot at the moment be counted toward awards claims.
The committee has therefore decided to lift the current /M & /P restrictions at the same time as the restrictions in Northern Ireland are eased on April 30th. At this stage however, you are reminded that some regional variations remain and members are asked to think very carefully about any Mobile or Portable activity and reminded that any such activity must be carried out within the local/regional rules applicable to the area of activation.
W.A.B. are pleased to announce that we are able to make a further £2500 of donations this year as follows:
- £500 to R.A.I.B.C.
- £500 to a charity of our Auditor's choice
- £500 to the Stroke Association
- £500 to Cancer Research
- £500 to the British Heart Foundation
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 Cycle 25 Award)
CABIN FEVER 2021 AWARD ENDS
Due to varying movement restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, we introduced a new temporary award for the period, similar to last year's Cabin Fever Award.
The award started on 1st January 2021 and finished on 30th April 2021. Please get your claims to the Awards Manager as soon as you can.
For more details, see the Cabin Fever Award 2021 page.
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.
NEW AWARD FOR 2021 - THE CYCLE 25 AWARD
The Award will mark the beginning of Solar Cycle 25 and so we will be basing it on the number 25.
Having listened to members' feedback, the squares element of this award may again be worked monthly for credit and as suggested we are introducing credit for working members, again on a monthly basis.
Overseas members will also have a heavy weighting.
Contacts with Squares xx25, Trig Points therin, Large Squares, and with the W.A.B. Club Calls will also form part of the award.
The award started on 1st January 2021.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to /M & /P operation being curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions, an adjustment has been made to the end date for this award to 30th April 2022.
For more details, see the Cycle 25 Award page.
2020 CUMULATIVE CONTEST WINNERS
The President's Trophy (for Single Operator Stations)
- Winner: G0AJH John Hornsby (38 points)
- Second: G8FMC David Keston (36 points)
- Third: G4HPE Steve Richards (18 points)
The Keith Robson Memorial Trophy (for Club & Multi-Operator Stations)
- Winner: M0YOK York's Operators Brigade (40 points)
- Second: G3FYQ Pontefract & District ARS (14 points)
The G3ABG trophy for mobile stations in all contests
- Not awarded due to Coronavirus restrictions
LF Contest Cumulative Trophy (for Fixed/Portable UK Single Operator Stations)
- Winner: G0AJH John Hornsby (20 points)
- Second (Joint): 2E0FEH Karl Kruger (10 points)
- Second (Joint): G3XYF John Wresdell (10 points)
LF Contest Cumulative Trophy (for Mobile UK Stations)
- Not awarded due to Coronavirus restrictions
N.B. Many Stations entered only one contest and are therefore not eligible for the cumulative awards.
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.
FREE W.A.B VIRTUAL A.G.M. NEWSLETTER DOWNLOAD
Due to being unable to hold an Annual General Meeting at our normal time of year due to the Coronavirus situation (but watch this space - we may be able to hold a get-together and trophy presentation event later in the year) our newsletter editors Paul & Sharon have produced a free PDF version of a special A.G.M. Newsletter. Download a copy here.
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!
The 6 month restriction on the time limit for claiming Timed/Annual Awards has been lifted, so trawl back through all those old log books and see if you qualify for any of the earlier timed/annual awards (Decade etc.).
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.
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 Geoff Darby G7GJU. 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.
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 (see the Committee page), or subscribe using the appropriate price list (blue buttons near the top of this page)
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/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.
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)