Sunday 19th October 2014
The news headlines:
Last call for Ofcom Consultation
NoVs available for extension to 2m band
New Secondary Prefix for Cornwall
All radio amateurs are reminded that the closing date for responses to the Ofcom consultation paper Updating the Amateur Radio Licence is tomorrow, 20th October 2014. It is vital that anyone with an opinion on the proposals takes the time to put their views online. The RSGB has published detailed guidance about the key questions on the website should radio amateurs require any further information. Please note the RSGB’s opinion counts as one vote, just like yours, so please go online and register your opinion before the deadline. See www.rsgb.org/licencereview/ for full details.
Ofcom will be releasing 1MHz of additional spectrum to radio amateurs on the 2m band on a temporary basis. The frequencies, from 146 to 147MHz, will be available via a Notice of Variation to Full licence holders only from 31st October. Applications for Notices of Variations can be made via the RSGB website.
Ofcom have advised the RSGB that they have agreed in principle to the use of the secondary locator K for Cornwall, but that details of how this will be implemented have yet to be determined. We expect further information after Ofcom have considered the responses to the current licence review consultation.
The Dominica National Telecommunications Regulator has permitted amateur operation on five 3kHz-wide channels in the 5MHz band for General and Advanced licensees only. These are 5330.5, 5346.5, 5355.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz at 50W pep SSB. Please note that the Dominica, J7, 5MHz allocation should not be confused with the Dominican Republic, HI, which also has a 5MHz allocation.
The RAYNET Convention and Network AGM takes place at the SkillZone Centre, Tuffley Road, Gloucester GL4 0AS on 25th October. The Convention and AGM website, containing details of the day, is at http://agm.raynet-uk.net/ Members of all RAYNET affiliations are most welcome to attend. A booking form to indicate attendance, as places are limited, is on the site.
The RSGB have been made aware that some amateurs appear to be using personal digital hotspots to pass third party traffic. Everyone is reminded that in order to use a hotspot or Internet gateway for anything other than your own use then you must be the holder of a Notice of Variation or NoV to your licence. You may apply for an NoV via the ETCC website at www.ukrepeater.net
The RSGB has appointed Philip Willis, M0PHI as the new Chair of the RSGB Training & Education Committee to succeed Steve Hartley, G0FUW. Philip was already a member of the Committee and Steve will be handing over Committee tasks in the coming days and weeks, so you can expect a little parallel running for a short time.
There’s still time to apply for a place on the RSGB’s Youth Committee. Details have been posted on the RSGB website under Committees. Applicants must be under 26 years of age and be Members of the Society, which includes Junior and Student Members. Applications should be sent to the General Manager no later than 31 October at email@example.com
In the UK the clocks go back 1 hour at 2am on 26 October. When the clocks go back, the UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a Russian high power “Over the Horizon” radar system centered around 21MHz recently which affected the entire band. Added to this, a Russian voice scrambler nicknamed Yakhta has been transmitting daily on 21.0MHz on USB using voice encryption that also contains a Frequency Shift Keyed synchro signal with a 100 baud rate and 150Hz shift. Meantime, a spurious emission from Voice of Iran is also causing interference on 21.249MHz. An in depth report including charts compiled by DK2OM can be found at tinyurl.com/k3nskk8
And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
The Chippenham & District ARC mini indoor rally will be held today, 19th October, at Neston Village Hall, Pool Green, Neston, Corsham, Wilts SN13 9SN. Sellers have access from 9am, buyers from 10am. Details on the day from 07584 054 924.
Also on the 19th the Galashields & District ARS rally will be held in the Volunteer Hall, St Johns Street, Galashiels, TD1 3JX. Doors open at 11.30am and admission is £2. There is a Bring & Buy as well as trade stands. More from Jim, GM7LUN on 01896 850 245.
The Holsworthy Amateur Radio Rally takes place today, 19th October, at Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy EX22 6JD. Details from Howard, M0MYB, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fog on the Tyne Rally is being held on 25 October, opening at 10.30am at the Whitehall Road Methodist Church Hall, Bensham, Gateshead NE8 4LH. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy as well as an RSGB bookstall. Details from Nancy, G7UUR on 07990 760920.
The GQRP Club Convention takes place on 25th October at Rishworth School, Ripponden, West Yorkshire, not far from Junction 22 of the M62 Motorway. A growing feature is the Bring-a-Book-Buy-a-Book-event. Visitors are invited to bring with them at least one book for re-sale and to, perhaps, buy another to take away. Last year this raised several hundred pounds for the BBC Children in Need Appeal thanks to the donation of some rare and many quality books.
Poole Radio Society Table Sale will be held on 25th October in the Old Chapel Hall, Cabot Lane, Creekmoor, Poole, Dorset BH17 7BX. Doors open from 9.30am to 1pm and entry is 50p. More information from Bill Coombes, G4ERV on 01202 246515.
The 24th Great Northern Hamfest takes place on 26th October in Barnsley Premier Leisure Complex, Queens Road, Barnsley S71 1AN or follow the brown Metrodome signs. Doors open at 10.30am and there will be trade stands and special interest groups in attendance. More from Ernie, G4LUE on 07984 191 873
The North Wales Rally will be held on 26 October in Abergele Leisure Centre, Faenol Avenue, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 7HT. Doors open from 10am to 4pm and entry is £4.50. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. Information from Gordon, MW0GBR by e-mail to email@example.com.
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 e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for the news of special events
2nd Herrington Scouts are on the air for Jamboree on the air today, the 19th, with GB2SHG. They will be on all HF bands as well as 2m and 70cm and PSK31 from their Scout headquarters Crow Lane, Herrington, Sunderland, SR33TE. Details are on QRZ.COM or contact Ian G7MFN on 07581 0608 065 or via email G7MFN@HOTMAIL.CO.UK.
On 19th October, GB1GLO will be in operation over the JOTA weekend for Gloucester District Scouts to be on the air, run by members of Gloucestershire RAYNET from the Murray Hall, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester.
Scouts in the Forest of Dean will be using GB1ALS and GB0FOD, operating from Lydney on 19th October.
GB0GMT will be on the air on the 25th and 26th October to commemorate the start of GMT. Transmitting from Mount St Bernard Abbey, Coalville, Leicestershire the station will be mainly operating on 40m SSB, around 71.760MHz, and 20m.
And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
KD6XH will be operational from Samoa as 5W0XH between 23rd to 28th October. Activity will take place before, during and after the CQ World Wide DX SSB contest. QSL via his home callsign.
M5RI and G8DX will be operational as GJ8DX from Jersey between 29th October and 4th November. Activity will be on all bands using CW, SSB and RTTY with a focus on the 30, 17 and 12m bands. QSL using Logbook to the World, Club Log Oh-QRS or direct to G8DX. Cards sent to the bureau will not be answered.
Now the contest news
Sunday the 19th sees the 50MHz AFS contest taking place from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.
The first SSB leg of the UK and EI Contest Club’s 80m Contest takes place on Wednesday 22nd. It lasts one hour and at the end of it you have just one hour to submit your entry. The exchange is the 4 character location, for example IO63.
On Thursday it’s the 80m Club Sprint, SSB leg running from 1900 to 2000UTC. The exchange is serial number and name.
Next weekend, from 0000 on the 25th to 2359UTC on the 26th, the CQ Worldwide SSB contests takes place on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is the signal report and Zone, which for the UK is 14.
Now the solar factual data for the period from Friday the 10th to Thursday the 16th of October, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on Friday the 17th of October.
Sunspot groups decayed and disappeared or rotated out of view and by the 12th only two groups remained visible. Since then new groups appeared but there are two sunspot groups about to rotate into view that are already producing M class solar flares. Solar activity was at very low levels on the 11th and the 13th but increased to moderate levels during the evening of the 14th when an impulsive M1 class solar flare took place but within three hours a long duration M2 class flare occurred. A further impulsive M4 class flare took place on the 16th. Solar flux levels declined from 121 units on the 10th to 111 by the 12th but then increased to 139 units by the 16th. The average was 120 units. The 90 day solar flux average on the 16th was 131 units, that's one unit up on last week. X-ray flux levels increased from B2.9 units on the 12th to C1.3 by the 15th. The average was B5.5 units. Geomagnetic activity was quiet everyday except for the 14th which increased in response to a weak coronal hole disturbance to 17 units. The average was Ap 8 units. Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds increase from 300 kilometres per second on the 10th to 590 early on the 15th. Particle densities were moderate on some days but on the 12th increased to 80 particles per cubic centimetre. Bz varied between minus 9 and plus 12 nanoTeslas on the most disturbed day and between minus 3 and plus 4 nanoTeslas on the quietest day.
Now the solar forecast for the coming week. This week the more active side of the Sun is expected to be looking our way. Solar activity could be moderate or even higher on some days. Solar flux levels are expected to increase into the 160s. Geomagnetic activity is expected to start at quiet levels but is expected to increase from midweek onwards. MUFs during daylight hours at equal latitudes should be about 34MHz. Darkness hour lows should be around 10MHz. Paths this week to Australia should have a maximum usable frequency with a 50 per cent success rate of around 31MHz. The optimum working frequency with a 90 per cent success rate will be about 25MHz. The best time to try this path will be between 0800 and 1200 hours UTC.
And that’s all for another week from the propagation team.