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)

New Club Officers.

The summer Sprat carries the news that we have a new chairman - Steve Hartley G0FUW. Also joining the team is Tex Swann G1TEX as assistant Sprat editor and Nigel Flatman G0EBQ who takes on the sourcing of the awards and trophies that we give to members.

The Summer 2018 Sprat is now shipping. <more info here >

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 175 - 14/7/2018 - From G4WIF

Sprat 173The current Issue 175 (Summer 2018) is now in the post. When you get it you might find that the content of page 38 & 39 is reversed. Now that you know this, it is easy to read Chris Page's Member News column.
I will not be sending out replacement copies. The circuit diagrams on pages 5 and 8 came out a bit tiny. I will have PDF copies available on the Sprat web page shortly.

Panic emails to club officers often suggest that Sprat is late. It is not. It is the Summer issue and Summer is very much happening in the UK. Some years the Summer Sprat arrives in June 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 1st week in August. The UK deliveries should be complete by the 3rd week of July. If you joined the club after the end of October 2017, your first subscription Sprat will be the Spring issue as you are a "2018" member. If your Spring Sprat arrived marked "membership expired" (and you ignored it), then you probably won't be getting a Summer Sprat.

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.