GQRP Club News

Any news, of club or members activity, will go here. Most things are allowed providing it's not waiting to go in Sprat. The reason being that there is no point in reading Sprat if you have read half of it here! Please send all website copy to G4WIF (and Sprat copy to G3RJV)

News for German members. We now have a new local representative. Dirk Krause, DL1GKD who has kindly agreed to take over from Dieter DL2BQD. It would be nice if you were to send him an email to thank him for volunteering.

The Winter 2017 Sprat has now started to be delivered to members. <more info>

There is a new Sprat DVD. See here for more info.


Subscription underpayments.

If members underpay we will hold your Sprats until we receive the balance. There will be a message indicating any underpayment on your Spring Sprat label. Once you have sent me (or your DX representative) the missing dues your remaining Sprats (to date) will be despatched. Please do not send me coins in non UK currencies, the bank will not change them. UK coins you send at your own risk. Please do not just paypal the money without contacting me as I will need to advise you of the correct extra charge to cover paypal administration costs. (G4WIF)


Popular antenna book from Ian G3ROO returns and is now available from

Sprat 173 - 21/12/2017 - From G4WIF

Sprat 173The current Issue 173 (Winter 2017) is now in the post.

Panic emails to club officers often suggest that Sprat is late. It is not. It is the Winter issue and Autumn is barely over in the UK. Some years the Winter Sprat arrives in Depember and in other years later. That's just the way it works out getting a slot in the printer/distributor schedule. Please understand that bulk mail can be unpredictable so overseas members, please be patient and do not contact G4WIF before the third week in January. The UK deliveries should be complete by the 1st week of December. If you join the club after the end of October, your first subscription Sprat will be the Spring issue as you are a "2018" member.

If your neighbour's Sprat arrives before yours please do not assume that yours would have travelled with it. They were probably packed in separate boxes, stacked on the loading dock of Brighton Sorting Office in a different pile and entered the postal system on completely separate days - or maybe different weeks. Overseas members Sprats may travel on different airplanes, ships, mule etc.

Bottom line, it can take weeks and writing to the club in the early weeks can't speed the process at all.

Remember: If your Sprat doesn't eventually arrive - or arrives with pages missing, please contact Tony G4WIF and do not contact other club officers as you will only cause them extra work passing the message back to G4WIF.