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.
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
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
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.
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
RAFARS C4FM FUSION ‘ROOM’ ESTABLISHED
Are you operating Yaesu C4FM Fusion? The Webmaster (G0DNI) is now operating a Digital Voice (DV) Fusion 70cm Gateway MB6ISH (Shotatton) located approximately half-way between Shrewsbury and Oswestry on the England/Wales border. The Gateway will have limited range and will only be directly accessible from the immediate area, however, if you are in coverage of a Fusion repeater linked to the Wires-X network, then you will be able to access the node/gateway via the network.
Each Wires-X node also has a ‘chat’ room which acts just like a network node. Stations connected to the chat room can communicate with others in that room by digital voice. A RAFARS room has been setup and is named:
DTMF ID: 41107
Use your Yaesu C4FM handheld or mobile radio to search for the room, or enter the DTFM ID directly to locate it. If you have a DV Node or Gateway of your own, check the Wires-X software dashboard Room-Info window to find the RAFARS-ROOM
The node/gateway will be ‘Attended Use Only’ and therefore will only be on the air when the keeper is present.
Do not forget RAFARS QRV JOURNAL requires content from you, the Members.
Without your submissions QRV will not have enough content to keep it interesting. Why not pen an article? The membership would no doubt enjoy reading about your experiences in AmateurRadio; illustrated by your photos that would that would be an excellent bonus. Please continue to send your stories, articles, events, pictures, personal profiles, your shack, letters. Digital jpg photos should be sent as attachment to Word documents. Please do not import them into the text.
You submission doesn’t have to be the length of ‘War and Peace’ so don’t be put off by thinking that you have to write pages and pages. And don’t worry if you have lost your copy of the Oxford English Dictionary (or even JSP101) as it’s the Editors job to proof read and – well – edit the submissions.
Send to David G8TEB RAFARS 4405 QTHr in Call Book, email firstname.lastname@example.org and see also http://www.qrz.com
If the News Desk receives any correspondence/pictures/stories which are not relevant to the News Letter they will be forwarded to David for consideration for the QRV Journal.