Sunday 16th October 2016
The news headlines:
HS1A, King of Thailand, SK
More people at RSGB Convention
Ofcom launches Graduate Scheme
As has been widely reported by mainstream media, The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, HS1A, became a Silent Key on Thursday 13 October. Our thoughts are with his family and the people of Thailand at this most difficult time.
The RSGB Convention last weekend was the most successful ever, with visitor numbers up 20% on last year. A total of 542 people attended the world-class event, which attracted top-class lecturers from around the globe. Many of the talks were recorded and will be made available to RSGB Members in due course. Each will be announced as it becomes available.
Ofcom have opened applications for their 2017 Graduate Scheme. The programme sees young graduates embarking on a series of intensive job placements, moving regularly between projects and divisions to give the widest possible exposure to different departments. A Graduate Scheme open day will be held on Friday 4 November on Ofcom’s London office. For more information or to register your interest, email email@example.com.
Leicester Radio Society will be hosting an RSGB Train the Trainers event on Saturday the 19th of November. If you are an RSGB Member and already train people for Foundation, Intermediate of Advanced – or would like to do so – this may be the event for you. The course must be pre-booked and there are a maximum of 25 places, allocated on a first coms first served basis. It runs from 9am to 5pm, with a break for you to eat your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. For more information, or to book your place, contact John, G0IJM via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many Jamboree on the Air stations are active this weekend around the country and around the world, putting members of the Scouting movement on the air. Around thirty JOTA special event callsigns were published in the October edition of RadCom, and there are likely to be many more. If you hear one please give them a call and be patient with young operators, as you could be their first-ever contact on the air.
Members of the RSGB Board, the General Manager, the Exam Quality Manager and several Committee Chairs have all been involved in meetings with Ofcom in the last week. This was to establish more effective working relationships and to help develop a common understanding of amateur radio issues. The meetings have included senior Directors at Ofcom, Spectrum and Policy Managers, Engineers and new Call Centre staff who are engaged with amateur radio issues on a daily basis.
Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017 and National, regional and local events will take place throughout the year. Radio Amateurs of Canada announced that it has secured permission for all Canadian Radio Amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate this landmark. At the discretion of the operators concerned, VAs will be able to sign CF, VEs will be able to sign CG, VO may use CH and VY stations will be able to use CI. For instance, VE4RAC will be able to use CG4RAC. For more information on Canada150 visit tinyurl.com/gb2rs-1610
Polish radio amateurs are supporting UNICEF in its fight against child malnutrition. It is the intent of the Hams4KIDS initiative to help children in need, particularly in Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, by focusing the collective efforts of the global radio amateur community to provide meaningful financial support to UNICEF’s anti-malnutrition program. The initiative’s radio station, SN4KIDS, is on the air until the 13th of November on all the HF bands plus 6m. For every unique QSO with the station, the organisers will donate 2 cents to UNICEF. So, the more QSOs, the more money gets raised. For more information take a look at facebook.com/hams4kids/ or www.hams4kids.org
And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
The Holsworthy Radio Rally takes place today, Sunday the 16th of October in Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6JD. Doors open at 10am. There will be traders, a Bring & Buy and catering. The venue has disabled access. Details from Howard, M0MYB by email to M0OMC@yahoo.co.uk.
The Carrickfergus Amateur Radio Group Radio Rally takes place on Saturday the 22nd at Downshire Community School, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DA. Doors open at 11.30pm and admission is £3. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. The venue has disabled facilities. Refreshments will be available. Contact Liz Forde, MI6GHA, on 07855 442 839, or via email to email@example.com
The G-QRP Club Mini-Convention also takes place next Saturday, the 22nd, at Rishworth School, Ripponden, Halifax HX6 4QA. Doors open at 10am and admittance is £3.50. There will be a trade stands, a Bring and Buy sale, an RSGB Book Stall and on-site catering. Contact Graham Firth, G3MFJ, on 01132 671 070, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday the 23rd the Galashiels Rally takes place at the Volunteer Hall, St Johns Street, Galashiels TD1 3JX. Opening time is 11.15am, and admission is £2.50. There will be traders, a Bring and Buy, and refreshments. Details from Jim, GM7LUN, on 01896 850 245, or email email@example.com
Finally, sad news that the North Wales Rally planned for the 23rd of October has had to be cancelled.
If you have any rally or event information you’d like to appear in future editions of GB2RS News, in RadCom and on the RSGB website, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org
And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
GM3WOJ and GM4YXI will be operating V6Z on the Chuuk Islands, IOTA reference OC-011 from the 17th October to the 1st of November. They are using LoTW and ClubLog, QSL direct or ARRL bureau via N3SL. See also www.v6z2016.com
The Selvagens Islands, AF-047 are on the air as CQ9GXC courtesy of CT1GXC from the 19th to the 25th of October. QSL via home call.
JA1NLX, JI1CNA are activating Mana, OC-121 as 3D2YA from the 21st to the 25th of October. QSL OQRS and LoTW.
Ivan, PV8IG will be active on the HF bands from Fernando de Noronha Island, SA-003 from the 18th to the 21st of October as PY0F/PV8IG. QSL via PT7WA direct.
Rado, S59ZZ, Peter, S54W and Janko, S57L will be active from Ghana from the 19th to the 26th of October as 9G5AM. They will operate on 160 to 10m. QSL via S59ZZ
3W2R will be on the air from Vietnam, operated by EA1ACP, EA5HPX, EA7FTR, US7UX, EB7DX from the 20th to the 28th of October on 160 to 6m. QSL via EB7DX.
Also from Vietnam, Michael, N0ODK will operate as 3W2DK from the 20th October to the 5th of November. He will be using 40 – 10m with CW, SSB and digital modes, and will participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest on the 29th and 30th October. QSL via home call, LOTW.
From the 19th to the 28th of October TL0A will be on the air from Central African Republic, courtesy of F4WBN, F9IE, TR8JLD and F5DUX. Using all bands from 80m to 6m, including 60m, expect to find them using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F4WBN direct.
Now the special event news
As mentioned earlier there will be many JOTA stations on the air this weekend so please don’t hesitate to give them a call if you hear therm.
Special event radio ON4CLM is marking the anniversary of the Canadian Liberation March. This was a 33km march by Canadian troops to liberate the town of Knokke in 1944. This is the 35th year that the callsign has been used, and it will be active until the 14th of November. Details, including how to claim a free award, are at qrz.com/db/on35clm
VI50CC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Cooby Creek satellite tracking station throughout October. The station used leading-edge technology for its day including liquid helium cooled low noise amplifiers, and was the first to transmit and receive 6GHz TV signals across the Pacific. More information is at www.ddrci.org.au
Now the contest news
The Worked All Germany contest is ending its 24 hour run at 1500UTC today. Using CW and SSB, on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report and serial number. German stations will also send DOK.
Today, Sunday the 16th, the RoLo CW contest runs from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using CW only on the 80m band, the exchange is signal report and locator received.
Also today, the 50MHz AFS contest runs from 0900 to 1300UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
Finally for today, the ON Contest runs from 0600 to 1000UTC. Using phone and CW on the 144MHz band, the exchange is signal report and serial number. SN stations also give their club code.
Next weekend the UKEICC DX contest takes place, starting at 1200UTC on Saturday and ending at 1200UTC on Sunday. Using CW and SSB on the 3.5-28MHz contest bands, RST, serial number and district code form the exchange.
Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday 14th October
The solar flux hovered around the 100 mark and, as predicted, HF propagation showed a big improvement earlier in the week thanks to more settled geomagnetic conditions. There were many reports of DX being worked from the UK including H40GC in Temotu, Solomon Islands, and T31T in Central Kiribati.
The Kp index was in the range one to three up until Wednesday, but then hit five on Thursday, due to incoming plasma from a coronal mass ejection that took place on October 9th. The initial positive phase of this disturbance saw good 10 metre F2 layer propagation on Thursday, with Kuwait, Bahrain, Puerto Rico and Chile easily workable. There was also evidence of 10 metre Sporadic-E on Wednesday and early Thursday with low power beacons romping in from France, Spain, Austria and Italy.
Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will decline slowly to 85 by Saturday the 22nd. The weekend will then be very unsettled geomagnetically with a Kp index of up to five. The second half of the week may be more settled before the onslaught of higher Kp numbers again across the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd. Midweek may therefore be best with more settled geomagnetic conditions and the chance of DX contacts up to 21MHz or even higher. With the longer autumn nights the low bands are also starting to come into their own.
And now the VHF and up propagation news
It’s a rain-scatter start to the coming week with a continuation of the unsettled showery weather and a trough of low pressure over the country. Gigahertz bands enthusiasts should be on the lookout for short rain scatter openings in the showers. From about the middle of the week, pressure will rise as an area of high pressure builds in from the west, offering the chance of some weak Tropo conditions. That said, there is some uncertainty as to whether the new high favours southern or northern Britain.
We’re currently passing through the stream of debris left behind by Comet Halley, the parent comet of the Orionids meteor shower. The shower is expected to peak before dawn on Friday the 21st, so look for a peak in meteor bursts on the lower VHF bands.
It’s a good week for EME with increasing moon declination giving long moon windows. The Moon reaches perigee, its closest point to the earth, this evening Sunday 16th, so EME path losses are at their lowest this week.
And that’s all for this week from the propagation team.