RAFARS Website RSS News Feed

The ‘News Flash’ page on the RAFARS website has now been replaced with a ‘blog’ type ‘Latest News” page.  The advantage over the previous news flash page is that it is now possible to subscribe to the RSS feed to be alerted when a new item is posted.

Visit the RAFARS website and click on the RSS button either on the new ‘Latest News’ page or at the bottom right of the front page of the website.

Note that although this WordPress blog will remain, the RAFARS website will be the primary source of up to date information.

RAFARS Webmaster


‘Talking’ QRV now available on RAFARS Website

The RAFARS QRV Journal is published on the RAFARS website in the Member Area.  A recent request from a member for the audio version of QRV, read and recorded by George G3TQX and provided on request on CD, made me wonder about making Talking QRV available on the website.

Working with George, this has now been implemented and Talking QRV now has its own page on the RAFARS website in the Member Area.  Only the current edition of the journal will be available in its audio version, although the PDF archive of previous editions will remain.

The CD version of Talking QRV is still available on request on CD from George G3TQX.  The website version is published to compliment the CD version and not to replace it.

Take a look (or should that be a listen?) and let me know what you think.

RAFARS Webmaster

Special Event Station GB5RAF from Carew Cheriton Control Tower

The Pembrokeshire Radio Society will be operating GB5RAF from Carew Cheriton Control Tower, which has had a renovation recently. The control tower is hosting Mil-Fest a celebration of military vehicles on the 20th of this Month. We intend to operate HF and VHF, both CW and voice.

This is the first time we have operated a special event station and would welcome any contacts with RAFARS.

If you have any thoughts and advice – please drop me an email QTHR GW0SXS


QRV Journal Editor Post

The History of the RAFARS QRV Journal

In 1935 a group of RAF radio amateurs stationed at the Electrical and Wireless School at RAF Cranwell began regular meetings to discuss their activities and technical problems. It was decided to form a Society with representation at Air Ministry level and in 1936 the Cranwell Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (CARTS) was founded.

In 1937 the CARTS journal ‘QRV’ was inaugurated to keep members at home and overseas in the picture and reduce the load of correspondence to the Secretary.

In the early months of 1938 membership increased rapidly and it was recognised that a Royal Air Force Society was needed and following authorization by the Air Ministry, the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (RAFARS) was founded, based at RAF Cranwell.

‘QRV’ continued to be published regularly in locally produced A4 format until the Summer 1985 edition when the change to commercial printing in A5 format was made, with two editions per year being published. The journal is also produced in audio format for members who have difficulty reading the printed edition.

‘QRV’ is recognised as a source of historical material and is archived by the Ministry of Defence Central Library, the RAF Museum, the Imperial War Museum and by the Radio Society of Great Britain.

Can you help?

The post of QRV Editor has now become vacant and the Society are looking for a volunteer to take over this vitally important role with immediate effect. The biannual journal is produced as Spring and Autumn editions and other than the Website and monthly news letters, it remains the primary means of communication with the members.

With a worldwide membership of over 600, QRV is a high profile publication. It is distributed to all members by post; the current edition and a selected archive going back to 2002 is published on the RAFARS Website. The content of QRV is largely driven by submissions from the membership and includes topical, historical and technical articles in addition to the routine business of the Society.

The QRV Editor Post

In its simplest form, the role of the QRV editor consists of being a point of contact for all submissions for the journal, editing these submissions as appropriate and forwarding them to the commercial publishers for printing and distribution.

In order to be able to conduct this role, the minimum qualifications are the ability to be able to receive and edit both traditional and electronic manuscripts and photographs and to present these to the publishers in a form that allows the journal to be produced.

Notwithstanding the above, the editor may if they wish, produce a finished publication which would then be submitted for printing and distribution. The editor will work closely with the Council who will provide advice and guidance as appropriate.

If you are interested in taking up the role of QRV editor, or wish to discuss the post in more detail, contact the RAFARS General Secretary Vince G4DQP

Website Structure Changes

Website Structure Changes

The structure of the RAFARS website has been tided up a little.  Users shouldn’t notice any difference, but the directory structure has been revised so if you have bookmarked particular pages on the site, then these bookmarks will no longer work.

It’s always a good idea to access the website via the front (home) page at http://www.rafars.org and then to use the menu to access the appropriate page.  If you do get any ‘404’ errors saying that the page doesn’t exist. Go back to the home page and ‘refresh’ your browser.  This will ensure that the menu points to the correct page in the new site structure.

RAFARS Members’ Chat

The ‘Members’ Chat’ now has its own page on the RAFARS Website.

This is a fairly simple system that allows members to post and read messages and to ‘private message’ anybody who has posted a message.   No additional registration or login is required, as long as you already have a password for the Member Area and are logged in, just go to the ‘Members’ Chat’ under the Member Area menu and post your message.

Although the Webmaster doesn’t monitor this page on a 24hr basis, you can post questions here and they will be answered as soon as they are seen.

This isn’t meant to be a full ‘bulletin board’ system as previous experiments have shown that members do not require this in addition to the existing social media contact methods.

Please take a look and do post a ‘Hello’ message to prove that there really are members out there looking at the website!

RAFARS Members’ Chat

RAFARS Webmaster

RAFARS Member Messaging on Website

Yet another messaging system.

This time not requiring any additional registration or separate logging in! As long as you are a member of RAFARS and you are logged in to the Member Area, then you can post messages on the page. Depending on the uptake, this may be moved to its own page in due course. All the previous attempts at providing messaging functionality have failed miserably, but I’m not one to give up easily.

Type your message in the box and click on the ‘Send’ button. You won’t be able to edit your message, but you will be able to delete it if you wish.

A ‘private’ message can be sent to the poster by clicking on their callsign

The new messaging system is currently hosted on the ‘Member List’ page of the RAFARS Website at the link below – note that you have to have registered for access to the RAFARS Website Member Area to access this page.

RAFARS Website Members List

RAFARS Webmaster

Is your email address correct in QRZ?

Is your email address correct in QRZ?

A Webmaster newsletter to members resulted in 82 of the emails being ‘bounced’ because the address no longer existed.  Please check your email in the last edition of QRZ and let the RAFARS Database Manager know if it needs updating.  The new edition of QRZ will be published to members soon, so now is a good time to check.

If you are a RAFARS member and you did not receive the email newsletter sent out on Wednesday 18th January 2017 then that might indicate that the society does not have the correct email address for you.

RAFARS Contact Email Addresses Revised

The RAFARS email addresses have been revised to make it easier to get in touch with the correct council member.  A full description of the responsibilities of each post are listed on the ‘Contact RAFARS‘ page on the main website.

Awards@rafars.org – RAFARS Awards

Chairman@rafars.org – RAFARS Chairman

Clubs@rafars.org – Affiliated Clubs

Contests@rafars.org – RAFARS Contest Manager

CosfordLiaison@rafars.org – RAFARS RAF Cosford Liaison Officer

Database@rafars.org – RAFARS Database Manager

FieldReps@rafars.org – Field Representatives Manager

Membership@rafars.org – RAFARS Membership Manager

Newsdesk@rafars.org – RAFARS Newsdesk Manager

QRV@rafars.org – RAFARS QRV Journal Editor

QRZ@rafars.org – RAFARS QRZ Callbook Editor

QSLbureau@rafars.org – QSL Bureau Manager

Sales@rafars.org – RAFARS Commodities

Secretary@rafars.org – RAFARS Secretary

ServingMembers@rafars.org – RAFARS Serving Members Rep

Treasurer@rafars.org – RAFARS Treasurer

Webmaster@rafars.org – RAFARS Webmaster