RSGB GB2RS News Broadcast for Sunday 28th. June 2015

June 26, 2015
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 28th June 2015

The news headlines:

  • MBE for radio amateur

  • RSGB Convention news

  • Nine satellites to be launched

Congratulations to Ray Aldous, G8CBU who was awarded the MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for his service to Scouting. Ray became interested in radio whilst he was a student at Luton Technical College and he joined the RAF in 1951 as a wireless mechanic. He was posted to Egypt and it was there that he became a leader in the Scout movement. After leaving the RAF he continued as a Scout leader with the 7th Luton troop. His interest in radio was re-kindled when he accompanied his Scouts to the 1966 JOTA station in Luton and 2 years later he gained his amateur licence. Ray has been involved in JOTA since 1966 and over the years has inspired a number of Scouts and leaders into becoming licenced – and influenced a few amateurs to get involved with Scouting.

The RSGB Convention takes place over the 9th to the 11th of October at Kent’s Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. More lectures have been confirmed. Steve Nichols, G0KYA will be speaking on Understanding HF Propagation with a look at the sun, sunspots, solar flares, coronal mass ejections and their effects on HF. He will also discuss propagation prediction programs and where amateurs can get solar information. Ian White, GM3SEK will help visitors to clean up their shack by showing how you can reduce your noise levels on receive, and reduce risks of causing interference. Details can be found at www.rsgb.org/convention

Nine satellites, designated CAS-3A to CAS3i, with payloads operating in the amateur bands, are expected to be launched on 20 July on the new CZ-6 rocket. The Chinese amateur satellite group CAMSAT says that six of the satellites, CAS-3A to CAS-3F, are equipped with substantially the same amateur radio payloads. This will be a 20kHz bandwidth 435/145MHz 100mW linear transponder for SSB/CW communications, a CW telemetry beacon and an AX.25 19.2k/9.6k bps GMSK telemetry downlink. CAS-3G has 9k6 GMSK AX25 downlinks on 145MHz and 437MHz; CAS-3H carries 145MHz APRS, an FM transponder and a 437MHz CW beacon while CAS-3i has a 9k6 FSK telemetry downlink on 437MHz.

Ofcom has published a statement giving effect to policy decisions to extend Recognised Spectrum Access for Receive-Only Earth Stations to two new frequency bands. These are ground based terminals that are used to receive signals from meteorological satellites, earth exploration satellites and space missions, but do not transmit. This now extends to the 7850 – 7900MHz band and the 25.5 – 26.5GHz band and will come into force on the 10th of July.

The CISPR 11 standard with the catchy title of ‘Industrial, scientific and medical equipment – Radio disturbance characteristics – Limits and methods of measurement’ covers power electronic devices such as solar inverters. Although there were voltage limits for conducted emissions at the mains port in the past, limits for the connections to the solar cells were missing. After a positive vote of the international standard bodies, CISPR 11 Ed.6.0 is about to appear officially. In this new version, limits finally apply for the DC terminals, in particular for systems up to 2kVA in residential environments. These limits are 74dBµV between 500kHz and 30MHz. The IARU has worked with the standardisation bodies over the last 5 years to achieve this but the work in terms of photovoltaic does not end here. With the current limit, however, a reasonable protection for short wave reception has already been achieved. Ofcom have published details on their website.

Ofcom has published a policy on temporary callsigns and callsign enhancements and the subject was discussed at a recent meeting between the RSGB and Ofcom. The RSGB has asked for clarification about two issues. The first is that all clubs in England must now use the Regional Secondary Locator ‘X’ in the callsign at all times, although this would appear to differ from the licence conditions. The second point is that the structure of temporary callsigns for special events is such that some very recent approvals do not follow the policy and, as written, this will restrict Ofcom’s ability to accommodate some requests in future. For example, G100RSGB would not now be allowed. Ofcom agreed to look again at these points but, nevertheless, the policy is now a public document and thus in force. The RSGB will report any further communication from Ofcom.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, Sunday the 28th of June, the West of England Radio Rally will be held at the Cheese & Grain, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE. Doors open from 10am to 2pm and admission is £2.50. There will be trade stands, including an RSGB bookstall, as well as disabled facilities. Details from Shaun, G8VPG on 01225 873 098.

On Saturday the 4th of July the Bangor and District Amateur Radio Society annual rally will be held in the Donaghadee Community Centre, located just 100m from the harbour. Doors will be open at 11am sharp and there will be a small entrance fee. All are welcome.

Next Sunday, the 5th of July, British Vintage Wireless Society Swapmeet and Auction will take place at the Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8EN. Doors open at 10am and the auction starts at around 1pm. Details from Mike Barker on 01380 860 787.

Also next Sunday, the 19th Red Rose QRP Festival will be held in Formby Hall, Alder Street, Atherton, Manchester M46 9EY. There is free car parking and the doors open at 11am with £2 admission. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy and special interest groups. Details from Les Jackson, G4HZJ on 01942 870 634.

The Barford Norfolk Radio Rally will be held in the Barford Village Hall & Green, Barford, Norwich NR9 4AB on the 5th of July. Doors open at 9am. There will be trade stands, a car boot area, a Bring & Buy as well as special interest groups and catering on site. Admission is £2 with under 16s free. See www.norfolkamateurradio.org.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Today, the 28th of June, Martin, G7MRV and Bob, M1BBV are walking the Lyke Wake Walk challenge, whilst operating GB0MAG. Operation will be at quite low power on 2m FM only with an ultra lightweight rucksack mounted antenna to increase the range. See QRZ.com for more information.

The 16th Island Games will be held in Jersey until the 3rd of July. Jersey ARS will be active with GJ15IG using SSB and CW. Logs will be uploaded the Logbook of the World and paper QSLs should be requested using the OQRS facility provided by Club Log.

Bush Valley ARC will be taking part in the Museums on the Air from The Green Lane Museum in The Roe Valley Country Park today, the 28th of June, using GB8GLM. Two stations will operate HF, VHF and D-Star.

Banbury Amateur Radio Society is operating GB8OOM until mid-July to celebrate 800 years of the signing of the Magna Carta. Operation is on HF, VHF and UHF, with days given for modes other than voice. The club will have a special 48 hour event for the weekend of the 4th of July including a barbecue and will also enter VHF Field Day under the club call of G0BRA. Further information is at www.banburyarc.org

Durham & DARS is participating as one of the bonus stations in the 13 Colonies special event, operating GB13COL. The event will run from 1300UTC on 31 June until 0400UTC on 6 July. The primary focus of the event will be the HF bands except the WARC bands and 60 metres, as well as VHF & UHF for local QSOs using SSB, CW and digital modes. Every year there is a different certificate theme for amateurs who make contact with either one or all participating stations, including the bonus stations. See www.13colonies.info

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

G8OFQ will be active stroke HC8 from the Galapagos Islands, SA-004, from the 1st of July to the 30th of September. Operations will be on the 160 to 6m bands. QSL via HA3JB.

ON8VP, ON6QQ and ON5TQ will be operating as OJ0V from Market Reef from the 28th of June to the 4th of July. Activity will be on the 40 to 10m bands using CW and SSB. QSL via ON5TC.

PJ5A will be active from St Eustatius Island, IOTA NA-145, until the 6th of July. Their emphasis will be on 6m but there will be some HF and low band activity as well. QSL via M0URX.

T88MZ will be active from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, from the 30th of June to the 3rd of July. Activity will be holiday style on the 80 to 6m bands using SSB. QSL to home call.

Kouchi, JR2GAG will be QRV as V63GG from Pohnpei Island, IOTA OC-010, from the 29th of June to the 5th of July. Activity will be on the 20 to 6m bands and possibly the lower bands as well. QSL to his home callsign.

VK7NSE and VK2HV are on the air as VK7FG from Flinders Island, IOTA OC-195, until the 2nd of July. Activity is on the 6 to 160m bands. QSL via M0OXO.

Now the contest news

The 50MHz CW contest takes place today, the 28th of June, from 0900 to 1200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 4th 70MHz Cumulative contest runs from 1400 to 1600 today, the 28th of June. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Finally for today, the UK Microwave Group contest runs from 0600 to 1800. Using all modes on the 5.7 to 10GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Tuesday the 70MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.

The first VHF contest of July is VHF National Field Day, which runs for 24 hours from 1400UTC on Saturday the 4th of July. There are station inspections in this contest so if you have registered and decide not to take part for any reason, please contact the Contest Committee in case an inspector wastes time trying to locate a station that’s not active. Bands in use are 50MHz to 1296MHz and all modes can be used. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Sunday the 5th of July the 3rd 2m Backpackers contest will take place from 1100 to 1500UTC. Using all modes in the 144MHz band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. It is helpful is portable and mobile stations in this contest also know their WAB square for the contest taking place at the same time.

The Worked All Britain 144MHz Low Power contest takes place next Sunday the 5th of July from 1000-1400UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by the 26th of July. The power limit is 10 watts for this contest. Details from the WAB website, www.worked-all-britain.org.uk

The UK Six Metre Group’s Summer Marathon continues throughout July. With no particular operating times, just try to work every Locator square you can, whenever you can. The exchange is your 4 character locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 26th of June.

What a week it has been in terms of solar activity and its effects on HF propagation. We've had everything thrown at us. On Sunday we started with a series of strong M-class X-Ray flares. One of these resulted in a full halo coronal mass ejection. The halo effect observed means the CME was coming straight towards earth.

On Monday we had a proton radiation storm, which impacted HF radio propagation through the polar regions, a so-called Polar Cap Absorption Event. And on Tuesday we had the big one with the arrival of the CME from Sunday's flare. This pushed the Kp index to eight, with dire effects on the F2 layer and ionospheric propagation, with aurora and depressed critical frequencies.

The Chilton Ionosonde struggled to get any returns from the F2 layer on Tuesday morning and all that could be heard were a few weak European signals on 20m. By early afternoon the critical frequency was 4.350MHz, giving a maximum usable frequency of about 16.8MHz on 3,000km paths. By Thursday the K index hit six again thanks to another CME.

So, this week has been characterised by dismal HF conditions with Sporadic-E being disrupted as well. Next week is predicted to be more settled with a solar flux index in the 120s and quieter geomagnetic conditions, so HF propagation may improve.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

We are still in the peak period for Sporadic-E and the weather triggers, chiefly jet streams in the upper atmosphere, are still likely to be present for the coming week. There was more good Sporadic-E across Europe last week with some 6 metre openings to the Caribbean and the Americas, plus Auroral Es to Scandinavia and 2 metre paths to southern Italy. Expect more of the same.

Longer-term weather models are showing good potential for enhanced Tropo conditions in the coming week. A ridge of high pressure should develop across southern England today, and soon build to form a large high over southern UK which moves into the North Sea and Scandinavia by mid-week. By this time, a trough may bring some heavy thundery showers into southwestern Britain from France to give a chance of rain scatter on the gigahertz bands.

Remember that Tropo paths across the sea can remain active throughout 24 hours, but inland stations may benefit during night-time and early morning, before the sun breaks down any temperature inversion. Often Tropo tends to be better on the higher bands, like 70cm and 23cm, and is often long-lasting compared with the fleeting lower band QSOs via Sporadic-E.

And that’s all from the propagation team for this week.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 21st. June 2015.

June 19, 2015
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 21st June 2015

The news headlines:

  • Chris Budd, G4NBG - OBE

  • RSGB Convention lectures announced

  • Medium wave experiments in US

Professor Chris Budd, G4NBG has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to science and maths education. He has been a radio amateur and RSGB Member since his teens, when he was introduced to the hobby by his grandfather who held a licence in the 1920s and was a radio scientist during the war. Professor Budd was active first under G8OPB and then G4NBG and, as a student, was President of G6UW, the Cambridge Wireless Society. He joined the University of Bath in 1995, has published over 100 research papers and is also the creator of Bath Taps into Science, a major hands-on science festival that has won several national prizes in the 14 years it has been running. Congratulations.

The RSGB Convention takes place over the weekend of the 9th to the 11th of October at Kent’s Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. We are please to announce that Glenn Johnson, W0GJ will be speaking about the K1N DXpedition, a once in 32 year from Navassa Island, that was number 1 in the Most Wanted Entity in Europe. Dave Powis, G4HUP will be looking at digital and analogue scopes, how each type of instrument works and how they can be used. This will be followed by a workshop to give visitors hands on experience of scopes. Details can be found at www.rsgb.org/convention

A group of US medium wave experimental licensees will transmit greetings on 630m during the ARRL Field Day weekend on the 27th and 28th of June. While the 472 to 479 kHz band is not yet available for amateur radio use in the US, these greetings messages are allowed. See http://www.arrl.org/news for details of callsigns and frequency of those planning to pass greetings messages.

With the new UK amateur licence now in place, the exams need to change to reflect the current licence conditions. The RCF gave notice that the new rules will be examined from the 1st of October. The RSGB is now working on updates to the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced training books and a further announcement will be made as soon as the ‘Extras’ are available. These should enable anyone preparing for an exam after the 1st of October to have the current rules clear in their mind. It is worth noting that the old licence conditions will continue to be examined until the end of September. If anyone has any questions about these changes, please contact Philip Willis, M0PHI, who is chair of the RSGB Training & Education Committee tec.chair@rsgb.org.uk

The RSGB Propagation Studies Committee is seeking someone to develop a web program that graphically displays HF propagation predictions. The propagation information will be obtained by running ITURHFProp and utilising its text-based output. No prior experience in propagation is expected only a good web programming background. Interested parties should contact Gwyn Williams, G4FKH at g4fkh@sky.com.

Every year, the BBC broadcasts a special programme to the scientists and support staff in the British Antarctic Survey Team. Music requests and special messages are sent to the small team of 40+ located at various Antarctic research stations. The frequencies to be used for the BBC Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast today, the 21st of June are 5985kHz, 5905kHz and 9590kHz at 2130UTC.

The RSGB Convention takes place over the weekend of the 9th to the 11th of October at Kent’s Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. We are please to announce that Glenn Johnson, W0GJ will be speaking about the K1N DXpedition, a once in 32 year from Navassa Island, that was number 1 in the Most Wanted Entity in Europe. Dave Powis, G4HUP will be looking at digital and analogue scopes, how each type of instrument works and how they can be used. This will be followed by a workshop to give visitors hands on experience of scopes. Details can be found at www.rsgb.org/convention

Professor Chris Budd, G4NBG has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to science and maths education. He has been a radio amateur and RSGB Member since his teens, when he was introduced to the hobby by his grandfather who held a licence in the 1920s and was a radio scientist during the war. Professor Budd was active first under G8OPB and then G4NBG and, as a student, was President of G6UW, the Cambridge Wireless Society. He joined the University of Bath in 1995, has published over 100 research papers and is also the creator of Bath Taps into Science, a major hands-on science festival that has won several national prizes in the 14 years it has been running. Congratulations.

The next British inland Waterways on the air event will be held over the August bank holiday week end of the 29th to the 31st of August. The event is open to all amateurs who are boaters, cyclists, walkers and other users of the canals, rivers, towpaths, riverbanks for work or recreation. The primary band will be 40m. More details can be found on the RSGB website, search BiWota. http://rsgb.org/main/clubs/special-interest-groups/biwota-british-inland-waterways-air/

On the 28th of June, Martin, G7MRV and Bob, M1BBV are walking the Lyke Wake Walk challenge, a 40mile route across the North Yorkshire moors, to be completed in under 24 hours with 5,000ft of ascent. They are fundraising for MAG International, a landmine and UXO clearance and awareness education charity. As if the strenuous nature of the walk wasn’t enough, they decided to operate amateur radio en route. Ofcom has been very supportive and have issued them with a SES NoV to operate under the callsign GB0MAG on that day during they walk. The NoV is not fixed to a single operating location, but rather a 40mile long and 20meter wide operational corridor! Operation will be at quite low power on 2m FM only with an ultra lightweight rucksack mounted antenna to increase the range. See QRZ.com

The British Amateur Television Club is helping to organise an ATV Convention at the Hamradio exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany on 26 June. Entitled Digital Amateur TV: State Of The Art And Trends, it will run for four hours. It will give an overview of current ATV activity in European countries and will cover the move from analogue to digital operation by ATV operators

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The Newbury and District Amateur Radio rally takes place today, Sunday the 21st of June at the Newbury Showground. Owing to essential roadworks on the M4 Junction 13, the roundabout is closed. This means that diversions are in place for most visitors to the rally. Visitors should check the NADARS website www.nadars.org.uk before setting off for details of the diversions. Talk-in will be available on S22. The rally opens at 9am for visitors and 8am for sellers, with trade stand and a car boot area including a demonstration marquee with a display of amateur radio on the air. Details from Phill on 07771 504 738.

The Barnsley LAMFEST Radio Rally will take place today, the 21st of June, in Building 21, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Elsecar, Barnsley S74 8HJ. The event is held in aid of The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Doors open at 10am and there will be trade stands as well as family entertainment. Details from Claire on 01226 361 700.

The Hamtronic Show will take place in Friedrichshafen in Germany next weekend the 26th to 28th of June. There will be trade stands including a large RSGB bookstall and the RSGB President will be attending the show and associated meetings.

On Sunday the 28th of June the West of England Radio Rally will be held at the Cheese & Grain, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE. Doors open from 10am to 2pm and admission is £2.50. There will be trade stands, including an RSGB bookstall, as well as disabled facilities. Details from Shaun, G8VPG on 01225 873 098.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Cambridge Museum of Technology is hosting GB1CMT, operated by members of the Cambridge & District Amateur Radio Club, today the 21st of June. On air from 11am to 5pm, the museum including the radio operating area is open to the public from 2pm to 5pm.

Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will operate GB1JSS from Galleywood Common on the Summer Solstice, today the 21st of June. Several stations will be active through the day including 40m SSB and 2m for local contacts. The event runs from 7am until 9pm and all are welcome to visit, operate and/or assist, further details at http://g0mwt.org.uk/

Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club is operating GB2PHC at Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre today the 21st of June. This is a Museums on the Air station operating on 70cm, 2, 10, 20 and 40m mainly voice.

The 16th Island Games will be held in Jersey between the 27th of June and the 3rd of July. To mark this occasion, members of the Jersey Amateur Radio Society will be active with GJ15IG and plan to have 2 or 3 stations on the air, using SSB and CW. Logs will be uploaded the Logbook of the World and paper QSLs should be requested using the OQRS facility provided by Club Log

Wearside Electronics Amateur Radio Society will operate from Shildon Railway Museum on Saturday the 27th of June using GB4SRM. Operation will be on HF, VHF/UHF and all are welcome. Details at www.wears.org.uk

On the 27th of June, Llanelli ARS will operate GB1BAF for British Armed Forces Day.

Bush Valley Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in the Museums On The Air from The Green Lane Museum in The Roe Valley Country Park on the 27th and 28th of June using GB8GLM. Two stations will operate HF, VHF and D Star station.

Riviera ARC will be participating in National Armed Forces Day on the 27th of June using GB8AFD. They aim to be work mainly 40m and 2m but may consider other bands. Special event QSLs will be available.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Peter, VE3IKV will be active from the Bahamas from the 22nd June to the 6th of July using C6AUX. He will be mainly on 6m with some HF, both CW and SSB. QSL to his home callsign.

Two Japanese operators will be on the air from Timor Leste, East Timor, OTA reference OC-148, from the 25th to the 29th of June. Callsigns will be 4W/JA7LU and 4W/JI1AVY. Activity will be on all bands from 6 to 160m.

Peter, ZL2HM will operate holiday style on the Pacific island of Niue, OC-040, as E6AB from the 24th of June to the 4th of July. He will be on the 10 to 80m bands, mainly SSB.

The 6M6M team will be active until the 31st of July on 6m only with high power stations, from the Gyeonggi Province, HL2. QSL via HL2UVH.

Tim, VK7NSE and Paul, VK2HV will be active as VK7FG from Flinders Island, OC-195 for around two weeks. They will be on the 10 to 160m bands with possibly some 6m. QSL via M0OXO using OQRS or www.m0oxo.com for direct and bureau cards.

Now the contest news

The biggest VHF contest of the month, the 6m Trophy, ends its 24 hours at 1400UTC today the 21st. It has 6-hour and 24-hour sections for ‘single op fixed’ and ‘single op others’, as well as a 24-hour Open (multi-op) section. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The CW leg of the All Asian DX Contest ends its 48 hours at 2359 today, the 21st. Exchange a signal report and your age, with YL operators sending 00. It will be using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands.

The IRTS 80m Counties contest runs from 1400 to 1700UTC today, the 21st of June. Using SSB and CW, the exchange is signal report and serial number with EI and GI stations also giving their county.

The Worked All Britain 50MHz Phone contest takes place today, the 21st of June, from 0900 to 1500UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Full details of the rules and logsheets from worked-all-britain.org.uk.

On Tuesday the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator. The SHF UK Activity Contest also takes place on Tuesday at the same time, Using the 2.3 to 10GHz bands, the exchange is also signal report, serial number and locator.

The 50MHz CW contest takes pace on the 28th of June from 0900 to 1200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 4th 70MHz Cumulative contest runs from 1400 to 1600 on the 28th of June. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Finally for the 28th of June, the UK Microwave Group contest runs from 0600 to 1800. Using all modes on the 5.7 to 10GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 19th of June.

The sun has been relatively clear this week, apart from sunspot group 2367 that pushed the solar flux index to 136. Geomagnetic conditions have been reasonably quiet with the Kp index mostly at two to three, with two instances of it hitting four. Nevertheless, summer conditions in the northern hemisphere have taken their toll with lower maximum usable frequencies during the day, plus noisy conditions on 80m and 40m, thanks to solar absorption.

The poor HF conditions are quite normal and are believed to be due to a change in ionospheric chemistry with a shift towards more diatomic molecular components and fewer monatomic ones. These are harder to ionise due to the tighter bonding of their electrons, hence the lower overall ionisation and maximum useable frequencies during daylight hours.

This week keep a look out on 20m and 17m, with occasional F2 openings on 15m. Ten metres should continue to show Sporadic-E activity at times. There is DX to be had, but you will have to work at it.

The solar flux index is predicted by the USAF to be in the 120s next week, probably thanks to sunspot group 2371, which is rotating around the sun's limb and shows some promise.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Tropo is often to the fore at this time of the year as warm, dry continental air drifts out across a cool sea and forms sea fog overlain by dry warm air aloft. These are ideal conditions for Tropo, since this can form lengthy surface ducts particularly across the North Sea or down to the south across Biscay to Spain and beyond. Night-time cooling and the effect of onshore sea breezes can couple inland stations to these enhanced Tropo conditions, although tends it to break down as daytime heating gets under way soon after sunrise.

The first part of the week may see elevated inversions due to an area of high pressure extending towards southern Britain from the Azores, so look for Tropo down towards the South West. After midweek, an area of low pressure will introduce more unsettled, showery weather providing some possibility for rain scatter.

Sporadic-E has been good during the past week and strong jet stream activity over Europe has probably helped greatly with this.

During next week, the jet stream activity will be weaker and probably favour more northern paths, check the propagation blog on the RSGB forums for daily updates.

And that’s all from the propagation team for this week

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 14th. June 2015.

June 13, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 14th June 2015

The news headlines:

  • RadCom Basics launched

  • Enrol now for Distance Learning Advanced course

  • New RD3000 repeater in Malta

Following the launch of the RSGB’s technical e-Supplement, RadCom Plus in May, the RSGB is delighted to announce that the electronic New Starters’ Newsletter has been re-branded as RadCom Basics. Designed to help newly-qualified amateurs get started in amateur radio, RadCom Basics is currently sent to the 2,300 Members who have subscribed to it. If you are not on the circulation list but would like to receive RadCom Basics please sign up on the web page www.rsgb.org/radcom-basics. Over 4000 RSGB Members have downloaded the first edition of RadCom Plus. If you would like to be notified when the next edition is available, planned for September, go to www.rsgb.org/radcom-plus.

Enrolment for the next Bath-Based Advanced Distance Learning Course closes on the 19th of June. There are plenty of places remaining. The course comprises of around 20 weekly work packages that include revision questions, lecture notes, exercises, videos and mock exams, heading for the December exam. There are no fees for the training but students must provide their own textbook, have access to the internet and pay the exam fee at the end of the course, which can be sat at any local Exam Centre. A £30 deposit is taken to secure a place on the course and the deposit is refunded to those who stick with the training in time to help pay for the exam. Those that do not play an active part in the course agree to donate their deposit to charity. Further details can be obtained from Steve Hartley, G0FUW, by e-mailing g0fuw@ tiscali.co.uk

A new DR3000 repeater has gone on air in Malta. The repeater forms part of the 9H1BBS repeater system, which consists of two analogue Kenwood repeaters running on VHF and UHF each with a dedicated EchoLink System and now joining the setup is a DMR repeater which is directly linked to the UK c-Bridge. The repeater group would like to thank G0OLX, G0RDI and G4EML for their help in getting it all set up. If you are visiting the island for a holiday, full technical details can be found at www.9h1bbs.zoomshare.com/

If you hear the call CQ Kids Day next weekend, it will be part of the ARRL’s Kids Day on Sunday the 21st of June. Kids Day is a way to introduce young people to the magic of amateur radio in the USA by getting them on the air and this year it’s on Father’s Day on both sides of the Atlantic. Young people will be getting on the air from amateur stations all over the USA, so please give them a call and help these potential new recruits into the hobby.

An RSGB and RCF examinations workshop will be held Saturday the 4th of July at the BAE Systems site in Great Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex. Attendees can learn more about exams and question writing. The event is aimed at all tutors and other interested parties. Please note that prior registration is required for site access on the day. For further details or to book your place, please e-mail workshop@niman.org.uk

Icom UK have announced the latest generation of high end HF transceiver, called the IC-7851. It has a host of new features and upgrades and you can read full details on Icom UK’s website at http://www.icomuk.co.uk/News_Article/3508/18475/

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, on the 14th of June, the Junction 28 QRP Rally will be held at the Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BD. The venue is 10 minutes from M1 junction 28 and the A38. There will be talk-in on S21 and the doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and refreshments on site. Details from Anya, 2E0BQS on 0115 930 7322.

Today, the 14th of June, the East Suffolk Wireless Rally will be held at the Orwell Crossing Lorry Park, A14 Eastbound, Nacton, Ipswich, IP10 0DD. There will be a car boot sale, Bring & Buy as well as special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. Doors open at 9.30am and admission is £2. Details from Kevin, G8MXV on 07710 046846.

The South Lancs Summer Rally will be on the 20th of June at Bickershaw Labour Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw WN2 5TE. Doors open at 7.30am for traders and 9am for customers, with admission costing £2. There will be trade stands, a Bring and Buy as well as special interest groups and catering. Details from Jason, G0IZR on 01942 735 828.

The Newbury and District Amateur Radio rally takes place next Sunday the 21st of June. This year, essential roadworks on the M4 Junction 13 have closed the roundabout normally used as the main entry and exit point. This means that there are diversions in place for all visitors coming from the M4 Westbound, A34 North- and Southbound. Visitors travelling Eastbound on the M4 can take the slip road to the showground. All visitors leaving the showground will have to follow diversion routes. Full details of all these diversions can be found on the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society website, www.nadars.org.uk – follow the rally links. Talk-in will be available on S22. The rally opens at 9am for visitors and 8am for sellers, with trade stand and a car boot area including a demonstration marquee with a display of amateur radio on the air. Details from Phill on 07771 504 738.

The Barnsley LAMFEST Radio Rally will take place on the 21st of June in Building 21, Elsecar Heritage Centre, Elsecar, Barnsley S74 8HJ. The event is held in aid of The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Doors open at 10am and there will be trade stands as well as family entertainment. Details from Claire on 01226 361 700.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Riverway ARS will be operating GB200W, Golf Bravo Two Hundred Whiskey, to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. Operation will take place until the 28th of June and will be active on all bands from 80m to 70cm where possible. QSLs will be accepted via EQSL only. Full information about the station may be found on QRZ.com.

Furness ARS will put GB8CMC on the air to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta from the 12th to the 26th of June on the HF bands using a high power station. More information at QRZ.com

The Phoenix Radio Group will also be commemorating the Magna Carta until the end of the month. Operating as MX0PHX from The Vale of Belvoir, [pronounced "beever”] the station will be on the HF and VHF bands; times will vary. Up to date information can be found at www.M0PHX.org.uk

GM150CM will be on the air on the 21st of June from 9.30am to 5pm at The Crossness Engines Trust, The Old Works, Thames Water STW, Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ. Admission is £6. It is recommended that visitors wear flat shoes and trousers to explore the venue. Details from Richard, G7GLW on 020 73 78 87 96.

During June, Furness ARS will be operating GB125SL to celebrate what would have been Stan Laurel’s 125th birthday. The main activity will be on his birthday, Tuesday 16th June, with a high power station on the HF bands, followed by a weekend of activity on Saturday 27th and Saturday 28th June. More details can be found at www.fars.org.uk/GB125SL

Gloucester AR&ES will be on the air with GB4FMG on Saturday the 20th of June from Gloucester Folk Museum as part of the Museums on the Air event. They plan to operate on HF and 2m.

Thornbury & South Gloucestershire ARC will be on the air from Thornbury and District Museum on the 20th & 27th of June.

The Five Bridges Cluster will be operating from Segedunum Roman Fort on the 20th and 21st of June from 10am to 4pm as part of the Museums on the Air event.

Nigel, G0GDA will be operating GB8HMC to celebrate the signing of the Magna Carta for 7 days from the 15th of June.

GB4WIV will be on the air for the Wartime in the Vale event, a military vehicle display and wartime re-enactment show at Ashdown Camp near Badsey in Worcestershire. The event will be on the 20th and the 21st of June and they plan to use the 10 to 160m bands as well as 6m, 4m, 2m and 70cm.

West Tyrone ARC will be taking part in the International Museums on the Air weekend from the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone with GB1AFP. They will be operating with two stations on HF, VHF/UHF, Echo Link and digital modes from 10am on the 20th of June until 5pm on the 21st.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Strumble Head DX & Contest Group is travelling to Ramsey Island, IOTA EU-124 from 19 to 22 June with three stations on the air. The usual DX Code of Conduct rules will be adhered to and the regular QSL route is via M0URX. Please do not send your card to them via the bureau as they do not need your card, but use Tim's online request service, OQRS, to get your card sent this way free of charge – or request direct and donate a couple of dollars to assist with their costs.

A group of four US amateurs will operate as VP2MKV from Montserrat, NA-103, from the 10th to the 18th of June. They will be active on all bands from 80m to 2m on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSLs go to N0KV

Chris, F4WBN has returned to the Niger Republic and is on the air as 5U5U. Look for him until the 16th of June on the 6 to 40m bands, mainly SSB with some RTTY. QSL via his home call.

A team of three operators will be on the air as D4C from Sao Vicente Island, IOTA AF-086, from the 15th to the 22nd of June. QSL via IZ4DPV.

A group of operators will be on the air as 6M6M from the Gyeonggi Province in the Republic of Korea from the 19th of June to the 31st of July. Activity will be on 6 meters using CW, SSB, FM and digital modes. QSL via HL2UVH.

John, WA4PSO and Sean, N5PV will be on the air as KP2/homecalls from St Croix in the US Virgin Islands from the 16th to the 23rd of June. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via N5PV.

Now the contest news

Today, the 14th, the second 144MHz Backpackers contest runs from 0900 to 1300UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The Low Power contest organised by Practical Wireless takes place for 8 hours today, running from 0900 to 1600UTC. The maximum power in this one is 3 watts, so if you are intending to take part in the 3 watt section of the 2m Backpackers’ contest you might like to carry on for an additional three hours at the end to do the full seven hours of the PW event. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The French REF DDFM 6m Contest ends its 24 hour run at 1600UTC today, the 14th. Multipliers are French Departments and French Locator squares. The exchange is signal report, serial number and the first four digits of your locator.

On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday the 80m Club Championships runs the SSB leg from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is the usual signal report and serial number.

The biggest VHF contest of the month, the 6m Trophy, runs for 24 hours over next weekend, the 20th and the 21st of June, from 1400 to 1400UTC. It has 6-hour and 24-hour sections for ‘single op fixed’ and ‘single op others’, as well as a 24-hour Open (multi-op) section. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The CW leg of the All Asian DX Contest takes place for the full 48 hours of the 20th and the 21st. Exchange a signal report and your age, with YL operators sending 00. It will be using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands.

The IRTS 80m Counties contest runs from 1400 to 1700UTC on the 21st of June. Using SSB and CW, the exchange is signal report and serial number with EI and GI stations also giving their county.

The Worked All Britain 50MHz Phone contest takes place next Sunday, the 21st of June, from 0900 to 1500UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by the 12th of July. Full details of the rules and logsheets may be obtained from the WAB website worked-all-britain.org.uk or from the contest manager Tony Beardsley G3XKT by e-mail aebbooks@ntlworld.com. A note to mobiles, please try to find out your Locator in addition to your WAB Area, as this contest coincides with part of an RSGB contest.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 12th of June.

HF propagation during last weekend's field day was pretty much as predicted. Conditions were settled, but there wasn't an awful lot of DX to be had, with F2 layer openings topping out at 21MHz at times. This was mainly due to summer HF conditions with lower daytime MUFs.

The beginning of the week saw the very unsettled geomagnetic conditions we warned you about, with the Kp index hitting five due to the effects of a solar wind stream from a coronal hole. What no-one really predicted was the sharp increase in the solar flux index, due to some new sunspots.

Next week should see the solar flux index sitting around the 120 mark and reasonably settled geomagnetic conditions with a Kp index of about two. Nevertheless, the optimum working frequency on paths around 3,000km may remain at about 14MHz. Forty metres may also be poor during the day due to high levels of absorption and lower critical frequencies.

The only bright spot will be the continued seasonal Sporadic-E openings on 10m. But, as always in the summer, do check the HF bands after dark as you may find 20m remaining open all night and 15m offering openings to South America in the late evening.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The 5th of June saw 5.7 and 10GHz rain scatter propagation into the continent for those in the Southeast of England, with QSOs well into Germany.

The main weather feature this coming week will be a new area of high pressure to the West of Britain. Later in the week, the models suggest it will be more centrally placed over the UK. Initially, Tropo paths are more likely down the western side of Britain and across Biscay to the Azores, Canaries and western Spain, with a weaker Tropo event closer to home with possible paths into the near Continent from Monday.

The Sporadic-E season is now well under way, with almost daily openings on 50MHz and extensions up to 70 and 144. There was a widespread opening on 144MHz on the 9th of June that allowed a few UK stations to work as far as the Balkans, Italy and Portugal.

At this season peak, expect openings outside the traditional late morning and late afternoon periods and look on 6 and 4m in the late evening for northerly paths to OY, TF, OX and beyond.

Also don’t rule out Es occurring when the K index is higher than three. While not be so secure, there have been some quite acceptable Es openings recently with a K index of 4.

And that’s all from the propagation team for this week.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 7th. June 2015.

June 5, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 7th June 2015

The news headlines:

  • Examinations Workshop

  • Churches and Chapels on the Air

  • Train the Trainers events roundup

An RSGB and RCF examinations workshop will be held Saturday, the 4th of July at the BAE Systems site in Great Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex. Attendees can learn more about exams and question writing. The event is aimed at all tutors and other interested parties. Please note that prior registration is required for site access on the day. Further details are in the Trainers section of the RSGB website.

Now a reminder to all groups and individuals who are planning to put a station on the air for the popular Churches and Chapels on the Air. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 12th of September from 10am to 4pm. Please see the WACRAL website www.wacral.org for details. Any individual or group wishing to have their station details included on the WACRAL website should send details to Steve, G0JFM via s.nicholls@gmx.co.uk.

The remaining RSGB Train the Trainers events for 2015 are taking place on 13 June in Badsworth and 11 July in Merthyr Tydfil. These events continue to be popular and places are limited to ensure those attending can be given full attention by the delivery team. Early enquiries and booking are recommended. These events are an RSGB Member benefit so are available for free to any RSGB member involved with delivering RCF exam training. More information is available in the Trainers section of the RSGB website.

Now is the time to start planning your entry in the RSGB’s annual construction competition. The competition is to encourage home construction, experimentation, design and innovation. Any Member of the RSGB is eligible to enter. The closing date for 2015 entries is 30 September and judging will take place at the RSGB Convention in October. The competition is again being sponsored by Martin Lynch and Sons and the RSGB is very grateful for their support. The prestigious Pat Hawker, G3VA Trophy will be awarded to the best overall entry. Projects must have an amateur radio context, be home-constructed, tested, complete and working. There are four classes of entry and the full details may be found on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/construction-competition

The RSGB Board has agreed that next year’s AGM should be held in Scotland. Whilst the venue has yet to be agreed, it is likely to be in Edinburgh or Glasgow. The date of the AGM will be Saturday 23 April 2016. Details of the venue will be published later and all paperwork for the 2016 AGM will appear in the March 2016 RadCom.

The MSF 60kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on the 11 of June from 10am to 2pm. The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work to be carried out in safety. See www.npl.co.uk/time for details.

Work has been going on updating the Eddystone Users website and it has now gone live. The content has not changed, it is still the same invaluable library of information as it was before, but the layout is updated to give it a more modern feel. The URL is still the same, www.eddystoneusergroup.org.uk and don’t forget to press F5 in case your cache needs updating to view the new pages.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The Central Scotland Mini Ham Radio Convention takes place today, the 7th of June, at the Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Livingston EH54 6DG. Doors open at 10am, with disabled visitors gaining access 10 minutes earlier. There will be trade stands, lectures and an RSGB bookstall. Contact John, MM0JRR on 01506 437 908 for further details.

The Spalding & DARS Annual Rally will be held today, the 7th of June, at the Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2EF. Doors open at 10am, and there will be talk in on S22 and free car parking. The opening time is 10am. More details from John, G4NBR on 07946 302 815.

Today, the 7th of June the British Vintage Wireless Society Swapmeet will take place at the Cinema Museum, The Masters House, 2 Dugard Way, Kennington, London SE11 4TH. Doors open at 10am to 4pm and admission is £5. The nearest tube station is Elephant and Castle. Details are at www.bvws.org.uk

Next weekend, on the 14th of June, the Junction 28 QRP Rally will be held at the Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BD. The venue is 10 minutes from M1 junction 28 and the A38. There will be talk in on S21 and the doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and refreshments on site. Details from Anya, 2E0BQS, on 0115 930 7322.

On the 14th of June the East Suffolk Wireless Rally will be held at the Orwell Crossing Lorry Park, A14 Eastbound, Nacton, Ipswich, IP10 0DD. There will be a car boot sale, Bring & Buy as well as special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. Doors open at 9.30am and admission is £2. Details from Kevin, G8MXV on 07710 046846.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Today, the 7th of June, Coventry ARS, supported by Coventry Gliding Club, will take part in Youth Aviation Day at the Gliding Centre, Husbands, Bosworth LE17 6JJ. This will include special event station GB4YAD. It will be a fun packed day promoting various youth activities including amateur radio.

The Riverway Amateur Radio Society, in Stafford, will be operating a special event station to commemorate the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, GB200W, that’s Golf Bravo Two Hundred Waterloo. This event is being carried out in conjunction with the Stafford & Rugeley Sea Cadets. Operation will take place until the 28th of June and will be active on all bands from 80m to 70cm where possible. QSLs will be accepted via EQSL only. Full information about the station may be found on QRZ.com.

2015 marks 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta and at least three clubs are putting on special event stations to mark the anniversary. Furness Amateur Radio Society in Cumbria has secured the callsign GB8CMC for 8 Centuries Magna Carta. The station will be on the air from the 12th to the 26th of June on the HF bands using a high power station so listen for and work this unique station. More information at QRZ.com. The Phoenix Radio Group will also be commemorating the 800th Anniversary, from the 10th of June until the end of the month. Operating as MX0PHX from The Vale of Belvoir, the station will be on the HF and VHF bands, and times will vary depending on local circumstances. Up to date information can be found at www.M0PHX.org.uk. Finally, MX0YHA will be on the air from the Barony of Skipton in Yorkshire between the 10th and 30th of June to commemorate the same event. The station will be on the HF bands and 6m at various times over the three weeks. A special commemorative QSL certificate is available to all contacts. More information can be found at www.YHARG.org.uk.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Sigi, DL7DF along with DJ6TF, DK1BT and DL7UFR, will operate as OX/homecall from Greenland until the 12th of June. They will operate all bands from 6 to 160m using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31.

Nobby, G0VJG will sign 8Q7CQ from the Maldives, IOTA AS-103, until the 18th of June. While he will be on the HF bands, he will also hope to work many stations on 6m. QSL Manager is G4DFI.

9N7CW is the callsign issued to Jacky, ZL3CW who is working in Nepal with the UN World Food Programme. For the time being his licence is good for 40, 30, 20 and 17 metres. QSL via ZL3CW, direct only, or OQRS and Logbook of the World when he returns home.

Fred, PA1FJ will be active as SV8/PA1FJ/p from Chios, EU-049, from the 8th to 21st of June. He will operate SSB and CW on the 6 to 40m bands. QSL via his home callsign, bureau preferred.

Now the contest news

This weekend is the CW National Field Day, running until 1500UTC today, the 7th of June. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The South East Asia Network Contest takes place for 24 hours this weekend, ending at 2359UTC today. If you’re not busy taking part in one of the other contests that weekend, it’s a good opportunity to work stations in CQ zones 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Basically that’s a triangle that extends from India in the West to Japan in the North East and Australia in the South East. Using CW and SSB only on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The UK Six Metre Group’s annual Summer Sporadic-E Contest ends its 24 hour run at 1300UTC today. Although there’s no guarantee of Sporadic-E propagation, the first weekend of June was chosen to coincide with the peak of the season. You don’t need to be a member of UKSMG to participate or enter. The exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and UKSMG membership number if you have one.

Today, Sunday 7th, the UK Microwave Group is holding another of their Low Band contests, from 1000 to 1600UTC. Using the 1.3, 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

A new annual HF contest is scheduled to take place this weekend ending, at 1500UTC today, the 7th. The date and time of this Dutch contest are simultaneous to the IARU CW Field day and the contest exchange is the same, signal report and serial number. Rules are available in English on the www.dkars.nl website, where you can also upload your log via their robot.

Starting on 1 June and ending on 30 September, the UBA contest is designed to promote VHF DXing during the Sporadic-E season as well as encouraging meteor scatter contacts. The Belgian Society, UBA, invite every VHF DXer to participate in this contest and so promote the use of the bands. More info about the rules can be found on the UBA website, www.uba.be

On Tuesday the 432MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday it’s the CW leg of the ever popular 80m club championships running from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

Next weekend, on the 14th, the second 144MHz Backpackers contest runs from 0900 to 1300UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Also next weekend, but running for 24 hours, the French REF DDFM 6m Contest runs from 1600 to 1600UTC. Multipliers are French Departments and French Locator squares. The exchange is signal report, serial number and the first four digits of your locator.

The Low Power contest organised by Practical Wireless takes place for 8 hours on Sunday the 15th, running from 0900 to 1600UTC. The maximum power in this contest is 3 watts, so if you are intending to take part in the 3 watt section of the 2m Backpackers’ contest you might like to carry on for an additional three hours at the end to do the full seven hours of the PW event. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 5th of June

We are now truly into the summer propagation season in the northern hemisphere, which is characterised by lower maximum usable frequencies during the day, compared with winter, but higher MUFs at night. Solar activity has continued to be low, with a solar flux index of around 100. There have been no major flares of note this week and geomagnetic conditions have remained relatively calm.

At the time of writing the forecast for this weekend’s field day was for reasonable, settled conditions, an SFI of about 110 and a low Ap index of about five. If this pans out then it should lead to a good Field Day with F2 layer openings to the south up to around 21MHz with occasional Sporadic-E openings on 10m.

The eighth, ninth and tenth may see more unsettled geomagnetic conditions with a Kp index hitting five due to another recurrent coronal hole and its associated high speed solar wind stream. This may knock MUFs down considerably and bring auroral conditions.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

Be on the lookout for good VHF propagation next week as both Sporadic-E and tropo look like delivering the goods.

Next week will see high pressure becoming a dominant feature on the weather charts. A large high will develop just to the west of Britain on Sunday and should remain nearby until the end of the week, when a small thundery low may spread northwards into the country from France.

It’s likely that there will be enhanced VHF conditions for some parts of the country until near the end of the coming week. The best direction to look will be along the axis of a ridge of high pressure extending propagation into Northern Europe and the Baltic.

Sporadic-E continues to deliver, primarily because we currently have a strong jet stream over northern Europe, but as the high develops, the jet stream will be displaced farther north and openings into Europe may have to rely upon different weather triggers like thunderstorms and upper air ridge patterns. The high will mean less chance of rain scatter on the upper GHz bands than last week.

The moon reaches positive declination and perigee this week with consequent lengthening moon windows and low path degradation.

And that’s all from the propagation team for this week.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 31st. May 2015.

May 29, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 31st May 2015

The news headlines:

  • Long-serving GB2RS Newsreader retires today

  • New SDR display at National Radio Centre

  • Work Experience placements wanted for Arkwright Scholars

John Kelly, GM3TCW retires today after 40 years as a newsreader and the RSGB would like to thank him for his long service to his fellow radio amateurs. The GB2RS Manager and team hope John enjoys his retirement. Because of John’s retirement the RSGB looking for a volunteer newsreader for 80m. Please contact the GB2RS Manager, Ken, G3VBA via gb2rs.manager@rsgb.org.uk

The RSGB is pleased to announce that there is a new interactive display at the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. With visitors numbers continuing to climb it is important to give visitors something new within the NRC from time to time. The three low cost tablets and associated SDR Touch software currently demodulates various modes between 25MHz and 1750MHz. The RSGB would like to thank Professor Ben Allen and SDR Touch for their ideas and support of this project.

Could your company help show bright young people what the radio industry has to offer? Many radio amateurs think the Radio Communications Foundation just looks after the UK’s radio exams but, every year, it sponsors two Arkwright scholars who have an interest in radio or electronics. The RCF Trustees are also often asked if they can help to find radio-related work experience places for these Scholars. James Russ, 17, is an Arkwright Scholar and described his week’s experience at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Guildford as “a truly incredible experience and…an invaluable insight into the diversity of the jobs that engineers perform.” If you think you can help to provide experience for other young people, please contact Marilyn Slade via secretary@commsfoundation.org

The Herzliya Science Center is inviting stations with the ability to send compressed APRS packets to take part in testing the Duchifat-1 CubeSat. The satellite will collect packets worldwide and downlink them from time to time over the ground station. Participants must register in advance to have their packets identified on the map at
www.h-space-lab.org. Received packets will be displayed on a map on the Science Center’s website, and QSL cards will be sent via the bureau. The uplink is 435.220MHz, the downlink is 145.980MHz. The satellite’s beacon callsign is 4X4HSL. The APRS compressed digipeater uses AFSK 1200 baud on the UHF uplink and BPSK 1200 baud on the VHF downlink.

Earlier this week, the Alberta Amateur Radio Emergency Service requested priority access to 14.135, 7.135, and 3.675MHz due to fires in Alberta, Canada. Volunteers responded to assist with communication during the wildfire emergency that has caused the evacuation of thousands of residents. The emergency service has advised that they no longer need priority access to those frequencies and thank everyone for their consideration.

The RSGB has begun an online photo archive containing images of RSGB and amateur radio history going back over 100 years. Additional material will be added regularly. The images are provided for Members’ interest and for them to use as they wish, subject to our conditions of use. Check out the first galleries of QSL cards, NFDs and AGM photos at www.rsgb.org/photo-archive/

At the recent RSGB AGM, it was announced that Rex Moncur, VK7MO was awarded the Fraser Shepherd Award for research into microwave applications for radio communication. Rex is the holder of the new ~2700km terrestrial 10GHz distance record and a range of other highly creditable DX/EME achievements. Rex has also been awarded the Technical Excellence Award from the Wireless Institute of Australia.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, the 31st, the first Black Country Radio Rally takes place at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 1HE. There is talk-in and car parking, and the opening time is 9.30am. There will be trade stands, a Bring and Buy, special interest groups, catering, disabled facilities and an RSGB book stall. For information, email Martin via radio-circle@live.co.uk.

On the 6th of June, Martin Lynch & Sons will be holding an Open Day and launch party for the new store in Staines-Upon-Thames near Heathrow. The store will be open from 8am until 4pm and everyone is welcome, see their hamradio.co.uk website for full details.

The Sussex Electronics and Radio Fair will take place on the 6th of June at Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne BN21 2UF, The main hall doors will be open from 10am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. The fair closes at 4pm. Visitor entry is £2 per person, with children under 16 free. Disabled facilities are available throughout the building. GB6SRF will be on the air throughout the day and also as a talk-in station. Please bring a copy of your licence if you would like to operate.

The Central Scotland Mini Ham Radio Convention takes place on 7 June at the Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Livingston EH54 6DG. Doors open at 10am, with disabled visitors gaining access 10 minutes earlier. There will be trade stands, lectures and an RSGB bookstall. Contact John, MM0JRR on 01506 437 908 for further details.

The Spalding & DARS Annual Rally will be held on the 7th of June at the Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2EF. Doors open at 10am, and there will be talk in on S22 and there is free car parking. The opening time is 10am. More details from John, G4NBR on 07946 302 815.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June, the Italian Amateur Radio Association Fidenza group will operate a radio station located close to the yacht Elettra, which is kept at the museum using the callsign II4MB. Elettra was the moving laboratory of Marconi and he conducted many experiments onboard. 

The Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society will be running special event station GB6COD on Saturday 6th June at their HQ station in HMS Collingwood, Fareham. The station will be up and running from 0900. Main operation will be on SSB on the HF bands, mostly on the RNARS Centre of Activity frequencies. These are listed on www.rnars.org.uk/ The station will be open to visitors of all ages and you are encouraged to visit while you are at the event. Morse tests, for reading CW plain language will be available at 15, 20, 25 and 30 wpm for 3 minutes and a certificate awarded for successful applicants. During the Open Day there will be many attractions, entertainment and displays designed to capture the imagination of everyone.

On the 7th of June Coventry ARS, supported by Coventry Gliding Club, will take part in Youth Aviation Day at the Gliding Centre, Husbands, Bosworth LE17 6JJ. This will include special event station GB4YAD. It will be a fun packed day promoting various youth activities including amateur radio.

A special event station, DF0RI, will operate from the German U-boat U10 during the 2015 Museum Ship weekend on the 6th and 7th June. This will be a first for U10 since it was decommissioned. The first QSO is scheduled to be with GB2RN, aboard HMS Belfast, where a message from the last commander of the sub will be transmitted in CW.

The Riverway Amateur Radio Society, in Stafford, will be operating a special event station GB200W (Golf Bravo Two Hundred Whiskey) to commemorate the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. This event is being carried out in conjunction with the Stafford & Rugeley Sea Cadets. Operation will take place until the 28th of June and will be active on all bands from 80m to 70cm where possible. QSLs will be accepted via EQSL only. Full information about the station may be found on QRZ.com.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

The 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition team will be on Tioman Island, AS-046, from 0400 on the 5th June to 0000 on the 7th. The 10-strong team plan to operate on the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m bands.

M0NPT will be operating from Crete, EU-015, as SV9/M0NPT/P until the 12th of June. He will be active on the 10 to 80m bands using SSB and digital modes.

Erik, N5WR will operate holiday style in the Cayman Islands, NA-016, until the 7th of June. He will use the callsign ZF2WA and will operate mainly CW. QSLs go via his home call.

Rob, VK4AAC, returns to Kangaroo Island, OC-139, until 25 August, operating on SSB as VK4AAC/5 on 40 & 20m. QSL via VK4AAC, see also qrz.com.

Now the contest news

This weekend sees the CQWW WPX CW 48 hour contest end at 2359UTC today, the 31st. Using all of the HF contest bands, CW only, RST and serial number form the exchange.

Today, the 31st, also sees the UK Microwave Group contest take place from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using the 5.7 to 10GHz bands, the exchange is RST plus serial number and Locator.

On Monday the 80m Club Championships has the data leg running from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is the usual signal report and serial number.

On Tuesday it’s the 144MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend is the CW National Field Day running from 1500UTC on the 6th to 1500UTC on the 7th. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The South East Asia Network Contest takes place for 24 hours on the weekend of 6th and 7th of June. If you’re not busy taking part in one of the other contests that weekend, it’s a good opportunity to work stations in CQ zones 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Basically that’s a triangle that extends from India in the West to Japan in the North East and Australia in the South East. Using CW and SSB only on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On the same weekend the UK Six Metre Group’s annual Summer Sporadic-E Contest takes place for 24 hours from 1300 to 1300UTC. Although there’s no guarantee of Sporadic-E propagation, the first weekend of June was chosen to coincide with the peak of the season. You don’t need to be a member of UKSMG to participate or enter. The exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and membership number if you have one.

On Sunday 7th the UK Microwave Group are holding another of their Low Band contests, from 1000 to 1600UTC. Using the 1.3, 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

A new annual HF Contest is scheduled to take place on the 6th and 7th of June from 1500UTC to 1500UTC. The date and time of this Dutch contest are simultaneous to the IARU CW Field day and the contest exchange is the same, signal report and serial number. Rules are available in English on the www.dkars.nl website, where you can also upload your log via their robot.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 29th of May.

As predicted, the sun was a little more settled this week, with the solar flux index being below 100. There were no X-class solar flares to black out HF either. Geomagnetic conditions were also settled with the Ap index at middle latitudes remaining in single figures. The Kp index, which is a better indicator of real-time conditions as it is updated every three hours, was also mostly at one or two.

So, overall, HF conditions were settled and long-distance DX was possible, although we are now entering the summer doldrums when maximum usable frequencies tend to be poorer than in winter during daytime.

To confirm this, the noon ionosonde plot taken at Chilton on Wednesday showed a critical frequency of 6.4MHz and a predicted maximum usable frequency over a 3,000km path of less than 20MHz. This means that 20m and 17m might remain the optimum bands for DX, while Sporadic-E will offer short skip on higher bands. It also shows that 7MHz might not always support close-in inter-UK contacts and 5MHz might be a better bet.

For the coming week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be around 110-125 with unsettled geomagnetic conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday when the K index may hit four, due to a recurrent coronal hole and high speed solar wind.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Sporadic-E was fairly active last week, with 70MHz openings as far as the Canaries and a brief appearance of 144MHz Es to Portugal on Wednesday. This was probably due to an abundance of useful jet streams, which can generate the wind shear required. The jet stream pattern will become confined to the northern fringes of Europe in the week ahead, so paths to Scandinavia may bear fruit.

Next week is historically one of the best weeks of the Sporadic-E season, with good openings to the Americas often reported around June 6th, so be vigilant and you should work some nice DX.

As for tropo, next week will start with an area of low pressure over the country, so we are unlikely to see any enhancement until after mid-week when a ridge of high pressure will develop making it worthwhile checking the VHF/UHF bands for lift conditions especially overnight and early mornings.

There is the potential for some thundery showers up to mid-week, so look out for rain-scatter on the upper GHz bands. No significant meteor showers this week, and the Moon reaches its most southerly declination on Wednesday so this is a week to focus on Sporadic E on the low VHF bands.

And that’s all from the propagation team for this week.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 24th. May 2015.

May 22, 2015
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 24th May 2015

The news headlines:

  • Nepal amateur radio earthquake relief response again suspended

  • Certificate for Exam Secretary Carol, M6MUP

  • South Africans get 1kW plus new 8 metre band

Amateur Radio emergency operations on 20 metres, resumed in the aftermath of the second Nepal earthquake, have now been suspended again, according to Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, the Amateur Radio Society of India National Coordinator for Disaster Communication. He said he discussed the situation on the 17th of May with Satish Kharel, 9N1AA, and that the decision was based on the fact that all systems in the affected region are quoted as working normally.

RSGB Exam Secretary Carol Meredith, M6MUP, has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club for the “hard work, support and ‘extra mile’ she goes to support both Exam Secretaries and candidates alike”. About 3,000 amateur radio examinations are held each year and Carol processes all of the paperwork. Part of her job is advising candidates whether they have passed or not and, thankfully, in 80% of cases its good news! A photo of Carol receiving the Certificate can be seen on the RSGB Facebook page, www.facebook.com/theRSGB

Amateurs in the Republic of South Africa have been given a new 8 metre band, 40.675 to 40.685MHz, for propagation studies. The allocation is for up to 400W and all emissions are permitted except pulse and fast scan TV. At the same time, the power limits for most of the other amateur bands have been raised to 1kW for A licensees and the 160m band has been extended up to 2MHz.

RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL and General Manager Graham Coomber, G0NBI represented the RSGB at a garden party at Buckingham Palace recently. They were formally presented to the Society’s Patron, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT.

On Wednesday a super-secret US military unmanned spaceplane was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Also aboard the rocket were a number of CubeSats, some of which included amateur radio payloads. BRICSat-P, designed to test a novel propulsion system, carries an APRS transponder with a 145MHz uplink and 457MHz downlink. It also has a PSK32 transponder that has a 10m uplink and UHF downlink. The Planetary Society’s LightSail-A has a 9600bps FSK AX.25 packet radio downlink on 437.435MHz. Amateurs are asked to forward any data they collect from this satellite to the contact details at tinyurl.com/JD-lightsail. More information on all of the CubeSats aboard the launch can be found at tinyurl.com/20-may-launch

While on the subject of space, the RSGB understands that it is unlikely there will be any contacts with the Columbus module station on the International Space Station until after a crew change, which will probably occur in June or July.

This year’s International Museums Weekends take place on 20/21 and 27/28 June. More information about the event, including how to register, can be found at www.radio-amateur-events.org

Fans of Laurel and Hardy will be delighted to learn that Furness Amateur Radio Society are planning a special event station to commemorate what would have been Stan Laurel’s 125th birthday. He was born on 16 June 1890 in Ulverston – then in Lancashire, but now Cumbria. Special special callsign GB125SL will be on HF SSB from 1 to 28 June. Main activations, with a high power HF station, will be on the 16th, Stan’s birthday, plus the weekend of the 27th and 28th. More information, including some interesting facts about Stan Laurel, are at www.fars.org/gb125sl.php

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

We have no information on any rallies taking place today.

Next Sunday the Black Country Radio Rally takes place at Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 1HE. There is talk-in, car parking, and the opening time is 9.30am. There will be trade stands, a Bring and Buy, special interest groups, catering, disabled facilities and an RSGB book stall. For information, email Martin via radio-circle@live.co.uk.

Advance notice now about the Newbury Radio Rally on the 21st of June at the Newbury Showground. Access to the Showground will be affected by essential roadworks that will be taking place at M4 junction 13. Diversions will be in place, and details will appear nearer the time on the Newbury and District ARS website, www.nadars.org.uk.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

On the 29th of May 1815, over 6,000 British cavalry gathered for an inspection beside the river Dender before the battle of Waterloo. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the inspection and the crossing of the river to battle, the Belgian Amateur Radio Society, UBA, will operate special event station OT200GBN. On Friday the 29th, operation will be in CW on 80 to 10m from the nearby town of Schendelbeke. On Saturday the station moves to Onkerzele and switches to SSB. A special QSL card is available.

Pentland Firth Radio Hams are operating GB2GEO today for Geoparks On The Air weekend. The station is at Durness in the North West Highlands Geopark, WAB square NC46. Operations commence at 10am and will be on the HF bands as conditions permit. For further information contact Rona Morrison on 07801 535 320.

Members of the RNARS London Group are in their final week of operating GB70VE, Victory in Europe, from the Bridge Wireless Office of HMS Belfast. Details are at www.GB2RN.org.uk and you can read about HMS Belfast in the June RadCom.

25 May marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the St Lawrence River. The vessel collided with a freighter and sank just 14 minutes later, taking the lives of 1012 of the 1477 people on board. Nathan, KC9HYY will be active as KC9HYY/EOI, for Empress of Ireland, from 0000UTC on the 25th of May until 2359 on the 2nd of June. Please look for Nathan on bands 10m-40m operating SSB and various modes of digital, including PSK31, RTTY and JT65. Details are at QRZ.com/db/kc9hyy.

PA125VVG is on the air until 7 June to celebrate Vincent Van Gogh. Activity is on HF and VHF in different modes. A special QSL card is available direct or via the Bureau. EQSL and LoTW are not being used. More information, including details of a special Award, are online at QRZ.com/db/pa125vvg

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Paulo, CT1FJZ, is currently active from the Congo Republic as TN/CT1FJZ. He has been active so far on 20 metres SSB. No other information or length of stay is available. QSL via the home call. 

Alan, G3XAQ will be active from Brusubi, The Gambia, as C56XA, from 16 May until 4 June. Operation will be holiday-style on the HF bands and will include a Single-Op, All-Band, Low-Power entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest on 30 and 31 May. QSL via G3SWH

A DXpedition from Italy led by Stafano, I2YSB, is expected to be in Nairobi, Kenya, using the special call 5Z0L. They are staying until 31st May and operations are expected to feature 6m band quite heavily, at it has only recently been authorised in Kenya. There will be three stations in total, active from 80m to 6m. A real time online log is at www.i2ysb.com/joomla5/

Lastly, G8OFQ has announced he will be active stroke HC8 from the Galapagos Islands from July 1st to September 30th. Operations will be on 160 through 6 metres but no times or modes have been mentioned. QSL via HA3JB.

Now the contest news

On Sunday the 24th of May, 3rd 70MHz Cumulative runs from 1400 to 1600UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Tuesday, the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.

Also on Tuesday, the SHF UKAC takes place from 1900 to 2230UTC. Using all modes on the 2.3 to 10GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The UKEI Contest Club 80m Contest SSB leg takes place on Wednesday from 2000 to 2100UTC. Operating on 80m SSB only, the exchange is your 4-character Locator: no RS report should be sent.

The weekend of the 30th and 31st sees the CQWW WPX CW 48 hour contest from 0000 to 2359UTC. Using all of the HF contest bands, CW only, RST and serial number form the exchange.

Finally, next Sunday sees the UKuG contest from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using the 5.7 to 10GHz bands, the exchange is RST plus serial number and Locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 22nd of May.

This week has been a mixed bag in terms of solar activity. As predicted, the beginning of the week was unsettled with the Kp index hitting six on the 19th.

The solar flux index started the week at 120, but by Thursday it had declined to around 106. Next week it is expected to remain in the range 100-110, with the Kp index ranging around two to three. In other words, solar activity will be subdued, but geomagnetic conditions will remain quite settled. This means that the lower HF bands, including 14MHz and 18MHz should be quite lively, but other than Sporadic-E openings we shouldn't expect too much from 21MHz and above.

We are now heading towards summer propagation conditions, where maximum useable frequencies during the day will be lower than they are in winter. But twenty metres, in particular, may stay open longer in the evening. It is possible that by the summer solstice 14MHz may remain open all night.

This is mainly due to a change in the chemical composition of the ionosphere, with more diatomic than monatomic elements that are harder to ionise. These summer doldrums are only alleviated by the prospect of strong Sporadic-E openings, although these will be mostly short skip.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Last week we underestimated the potential for stations in the South and West for the intense area of ducting from Portugal down the West coast of Africa. There were some good tropo contacts reported from the UK and Ireland via its Northerly extension.

The weather patterns for this week seem to be locked into a persistent pattern of high pressure to the southwest of Britain with a ridge of high pressure extending eastwards across southern Britain and Biscay. We’ll be more optimistic about their potential for the Southern UK with the possibility of tropo openings over southern Britain and down the west coast of France towards northern Spain or perhaps as far as the Canaries and Azores.

Some weather models show a more active low arriving over the UK later in the week, which may remove the chance of tropo and perhaps replace it with thundery showers and hence offer rain scatter opportunities on the higher bands.

We are well into the Sporadic-E season now, and Brazil was worked on 50MHz as far East as JO02 and North to IO93 last week, so check 6m and 4m for Es in the late morning and late afternoon and around 2000 for Sporadic-E enhanced Trans Equatorial propagation to South America.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 17th. May 2015.

May 15, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 17th May 2015

The news headlines:

  • RSGB AGM prize photos now available

  • Brits inducted to CQ Hall of Fame

  • Business Radio Interest Group notes posted by Ofcom

Photographs from the RSGB AGM are now available for Members to view in the new photo archives section of the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/photo-archive. Members and clubs receiving prizes can download the relevant images for their club newsletters or other local publicity. Usage permission details are on the site. The RSGB photo archive contains images of amateur radio history stretching back over 100 years and the online content is expanding on a regular basis.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honours those individuals who have made significant contributions to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet. UK interest in the 2015 inductees include Olof Lundberg, G0CKV, a leader of the communications satellite industry for a quarter of a century, who has been inducted into the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. At the same time, Michael Wells, G7VJR, the founder of Club Log, has been installed into the DX Hall of Fame. Congratulations to both and all the other inductees whose details appear online at www.cq-amateur-radio.com

Ofcom has now posted the files from the Business Radio Interest Group meeting on the 30th of April at which John Regnault, G4SWX gave a short presentation on the first six months of progress with the 146MHz experimental amateur allocation. Reduced Bandwidth Digital Amateur Television was a topic that interested many of the attendees and John played a couple of video clip examples with help from Noel, G8GTZ and colleagues from BATC. The files are at tinyurl.com/brig300415

Amateur radio relief activity in Nepal had begun to wind down before a magnitude 7.3 earthquake again shook parts of the Himalayan nation on the 12th of May, collapsing buildings and killing dozens in a region that’s still trying to recover from the much stronger earthquake on the 25th of April. The latest quake revived the ham radio effort. Although there is no apparent need for amateur radio emergency communications at this time, everyone is reminded that IARU Emergency Centres of Activity along with 14.210MHz may be in use, so please listen carefully before transmitting. There is however no need to call and ‘keep a frequency clear’ as this may affect communications that are happening local to the disaster area eg in Afghanistan and India.

Kenwood UK has launched new Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay in touch with those interested in the their product range, including information on new products and firmware released when available. They will also include general amateur radio news. For Twitter the details are kenwoodhamradio, all one word, and for Facebook its Kenwood Ham Radio, three words.

The Bath-based radio training team have been running classroom courses for over 15 years but in 2011 they started running distance learning courses for the Advanced exam. The courses have since proved to be far more popular than the Team ever envisaged, with hundreds signing up to join. Not all of those who start complete the course but, so far, the average pass rate is over 85%. The June exam should see the number of successful candidates pass the 300 mark. The Team are now enrolling students for their next course that will run from July to the December exam. A £30 deposit is taken to secure a place on the course, and the deposit is refunded to those sit the exam. Those that do not finish the course agree to donate their deposit to charity. In reality, many of the successful students also donate their deposits and the Team has so far raised over £4,000 for radio-related good causes. Recent donations include the Radio Communications Foundation, RAIBC and the British Wireless for the Blind Fund. Further details can be obtained from Steve Hartley, G0FUW, by e-mailing G0FUW@tiscali.co.uk

Kandersteg International Scout Centre is a not-for-profit campsite situated in a small Swiss Alpine village. It gives Scouts and Guides from around the world the chance to experience international friendship. They are looking for any robust PMR-type hand portable radios that can be used on a daily basis. If you can help, please contact programme@kisc.ch

Last week Sarah Brightman announced that she is postponing her trip to the International Space Station. However, planning for Major Tim Peake’s forthcoming mission is progressing well. He is planning to contact selected schools via amateur radio during his stay on the ISS. The first stage of the selection process ended recently and an announcement is expected soon of the shortlist from which the final choice will be made.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The Dayton Hamvention ends its 3-day run today. The RSGB has been represented by the President, John Gould, G3WKL, plus an RSGB book and Membership stand. Details are at www.hamvention.org

Today, the 17th of May, the 32nd Dunstable Downs Radio Club National Amateur Radio Boot Sale will take place at Stockwood Park, Luton. See www.ddrcbootsale.org for all the necessary information.

Also today, the 17th of May, the Weston Radio Rally will be held at the Old Pumping Station, Westonzoyland, Somerset TA7 0LS from 10am to 7pm. There will be a Bring & Buy as well as events for all the family at the Steam on the Levels event. More details from Mark, M0VLN on 01278 786 684.

The Rochdale & District ARS Summer Flea Market Indoor Sale is on the 23rd of May at St Vincent de Paul's, Caldershaw Road, Norden, Rochdale OL12 7QR. Doors open at 10.30am, with disabled visitor gaining access 15 minutes early. Admission is £2.50, with under 12s free. Details from Dave, G0PUD on 0161 285 1600.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Mark, G3ZRR has organised GB50LBC to celebrate the London Borough of Croydon's 50th birthday. Starting from about 16th May, he intends to operate the station at venues throughout the borough, during the Council’s 50th anniversary. The idea is to include Croydon’s parks, educational establishments, Scout, guide, military and Cadet Force installations.

On the 18th of May, the paddle steamer The Medway Queen will be towed from Gillingham Kent to Ramsgate harbour to take part in the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation, Operation Dynamo. The Medway Queen is one of the Dunkirk Little Ships and she carried over 7000 allied troops to safety. A joint venture with Bredurst Receiving and Transmitting Society and Hilderstone Radio Club will operate a special event from the ship as part of the 75th commemoration event. An HF station will be operational from the 23rd to 31st of May.

2015 is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta and one of the 25 barons who signed it was John de Lacy from Pontefract. In recognition of this, Pontefract & District ARS will be operating GB800MC from the 20th of May to the 16th of June, mainly at weekends, but hopefully also midweek if circumstances allow. Full details are on QRZ.com.

5B70VE is the special callsign that members of Pafos Radio Club will use in May to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day and the end of World War II. QSL via 5B4AHO.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Iain, G4SGX will operate holiday style as FG/G4SGX from Guadeloupe until the 19th of May. He will use dipoles on an EU-facing beach on 40, 30, 20 and 15m CW. QSL via his home callsign and Logbook of The World.

Three Japanese operators will be on Niue Island, OC-040, until the 25th of May. Look for the callsigns E6ZS, E6NZ and E6TE on all bands from 160 to 6m CW, SSB and RTTY.

The Camb-Hams group is activating Mull, EU-008, as GS3PYE/P until the 21st of May. They are on the 80 to 10m bands using SSB, CW, RTTY, and PSK, and also on 6m, 4m, and 2m, plus satellites AO-7, VO-52, FO-29, SO-50, and AO-73. The group also hopes for short trips to Iona, EU-008 and Treshnish Island, EU-108. QSL via Club Log OQRS or the bureau.

Hans, DK3PZ, will be active as SM7/DK3PZ from Oland, EU-037, until the 23rd of May. He will be on the air on the 80 to 10m bands. QSL via his home callsign, either direct, bureau or via eQSL.

BA4TB and BD4TR are members of the Chinese rescue team deployed in Nepal after the earthquake. In their spare time they are active as 9N7TB and 9N7TR on the HF bands. QSL via home calls.

Alan, G3XAQ will be active holiday style as C56XA from The Gambia until the 4th of June. He will operate CW on the HF bands, and will participate in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest. QSL via G3SWH.

Now the contest news

The 144MHz May Contest ends its 24 hours of operation at 1400UTC today, the 17th. This contest is part of the VHF Championship series. With 6- and 24-hour sections for Single-Op Fixed and Single-op Open stations, plus an Open section for multi-op stations, there are convenient categories for everyone. The exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

Today, the 17th, the first of this year’s 144MHz Backpacker events runs for four hours, the first three of them overlapping the final three hours of the 24-hour contest. Taking place between 1100 and 1500UTC the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The Worked All Britain 7MHz Phone contest takes place today, the 17th, from 1000 to 1400UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by 7th June 2015. Full details of the rules and logsheets may be obtained from the WAB website www.worked-all-britain.org.uk or from the contest manager Tony Beardsley, G3XKT, via email to aebbooks@ntlworld.com

Also today, starting at 1200UTC and running for three hours, the IRTS 40m Counties Contest runs along similar lines to their 80m contest in January using SSB and CW only. Exchange a signal report and serial number, with EIs and GIs also giving their county.

On Tuesday, the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest runs rom 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.

Thursday sees the CW leg of the popular 80m Club Championships running from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Sunday the 24th of May, 3rd 70MHz Cumulative runs from 1400 to 1600UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 15th of May.

It looks like we got the HF forecast for last week about right. The Kp index stormed up to six on Wednesday 6th, remaining at four for the whole day. This was due to an enhanced solar wind stream above 700 km/s and a southward-facing Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field. This negative Bz means the solar wind coupled more easily to the earth's magnetic field, allowing charged particles to flow towards the polar regions. The end result was visible and radio aurora and depressed maximum usable frequencies worldwide.

The estimated maximum usable frequency over a 3,000km path at noon on Monday, based on the Chilton ionosonde data, was 20.1MHz. But at noon on Wednesday it was just 18.4MHz.

The solar flux index was in the range 150-167, which would have brought lots of DX if it had not been for the geomagnetic disturbance.

With the sun currently peppered with lots of spots, next week may be a mixed bag. NOAA/USAF predicts a solar flux index of 145, declining to 115 by the end of the week. The geomagnetic prediction is for more settled conditions, which may lead to better conditions on the higher HF bands, although solar flares and incoming solar particle streams may have a sting in their tail.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

An intense area of ducting from Portugal down the west coast of Africa brought transatlantic reception of the Cape Verde 144MHz beacon in the Caribbean (PJ4) on the 6th of May. While still present, this will sadly be out of range for most UK stations who will have to put up with mainly poor tropo again.

Of course, if Sporadic-E enables UK stations to couple into this duct, it could be a different story. Early in the week, stations in the south might take advantage of ducting in the Bay of Biscay area. To compensate, 50 and 70MHz Sporadic-E is really taking off now with stations in the UK working Israel on 50MHz last Thursday lunchtime.

Be on the lookout for more frequent openings, with lunchtime and early evenings generally the best time in this early part of the season.

There are no meteor showers this week. The moon reaches maximum declination this week so for EME operators there will be longer moon windows with increasing losses as the week progresses.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 10th.. May 2015.

May 8, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 10th May 2015

The news headlines:

  • BATC special edition covers digital ATV

  • TX Factor Episode 8 arrives

  • Greek amateurs plan high altitude balloon launch

The British Amateur Television Club has just published a special edition of CQ-TV devoted to reduced bandwidth digital amateur television. A lot has been happening, particularly on the new 1MHz allocations at 70 and 146MHz. The CQ-TV RB-TV Special contains a round-up of recent on-air tests, a new Award and exciting details of DigiThin, a new homebrew digital ATV transmitter based on a Raspberry Pi. It provides remarkable image quality in a very narrow bandwidth. Full details, including a free download of the CQ-TV RB-TV Special, are at www.batc.org.uk/cq-tv/

Episode 8 of TX Factor is now available for download. It features interviews with Don, G3XTT, the editor of PW magazine and Dave Stockley, G4ELP, who runs Icom UK. There’s a trip round Broadcasting House with help from Jim, G4AEH and Jonathan, M5AEO and also a chance to win a FUNcube Dongle Pro+ courtesy of its inventor, Howard Long, G6LVB. Go to www.txfilms.co.uk/txfactor/ for full details.

AEOLUS team, a group of Greek radio amateurs, will make a second attempt to send a payload carrying amateur radio equipment to the stratosphere. The special callsign granted for this is J43VHF and the flight name is AEOLUS-2WAY. The balloon launch is scheduled for the 10th of May at 0800UTC. Radio amateurs will be able to communicate with the control station, J43VHF, on 144.220MHz USB. Another possibility is 7.120MHz LSB. The control team will have an uplink to the HAB in the 23cm band. The balloon’s 150mW APRS beacon will be operating as J43VHF-11 on 438.100MHz, though at 1200bps instead of the 9600bps more commonly used at UHF. For more details look for J43VHF on QRZ.com

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL have announced that a new FUNcube communications package, based on the British-designed FUNcube-1, has been selected as a major payload for the Nayif-1 CubeSat mission. This 1U mission is intended to provide Emirati students with a tool to design and test systems in space. It is being developed by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology in partnership with American University of Sharjah. It is expected that this payload will provide a large amount of valuable environmental data from space together with a new, enhanced, UHF to VHF linear transponder. The launch is scheduled to take place towards the end of this year.

Thanks to the efforts of the Computer Association of Nepal-USA, a repeater that the group had donated to Tribhuvan University in Nepal was released from customs on the 5th of May and now is at the University in the care of Sanjeeb, 9N1SP. As Nepal responds to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, amateur radio has been playing a key role in the recovery effort. This role has been to provide communication for responders working in more remote regions as well as to help in locating missing people. It also has served to convey information about casualties.

The Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group have entered for the 2015 Aviva Community Fund awards and need as many votes as possible for their Solar Power Project to get a funding award, so they are asking you to help. The Group runs six beacons and five repeaters, and needs to offset their electricity bill by using solar power. One of the repeaters is for the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team and the Aviva Fund entry highlights the rescue team using this repeater. Everyone has ten votes, and you can give them all to this project by following the link on their website at www.gb3nc.org.uk before voting closes on the 30th of May. 

ATDI is running its annual competition that will give engineering graduates and undergraduates the opportunity to show their knowledge as well as the chance to win valuable prizes, including paid internships at ATDI. The theme of this year's contest is white space network deployments. The competition opened on the 1st of May and will be judged by an international panel of experts. First prize is 10,000 euros, a one-year licence for ATDI's leading planning and modelling software, an internship with ATDI and an opportunity to become an ATDI certified trainer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. All the information you need to enter is at www.atdi.co.uk/student-competition/

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The British Vintage Wireless Society National Vintage Communications Fair takes place today, the 10th of May, at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa CV31 1XN. Doors open from 10.30am to 4pm and admission is £8, with under-14s free. Early entry from around 9am is available for £25.

Today, the 10th of May, the 34th Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club Annual Rally takes place in the Share Centre, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh BT92 0EQ, Northern Ireland. Doors open at 11.30, and there will be a Bring & Buy as well as trade stands and special interest groups. Details from Michael on 028 6862 1436.

The Dayton Hamvention takes place next weekend from the 15th to 17th of May in Ohio, USA. The RSGB will be represented with a bookstall. QRP columnist George Dobbs, G3RJV will receive the Technical Excellence Award 2015. Details at www.hamvention.org

On the 17th of May, the 32nd Dunstable Downs Radio Club National Amateur Radio Boot Sale will take place at Stockwood Park, Luton. See www.ddrcbootsale.org for all the necessary information.

Also on the 17th of May, the Weston Radio Rally will be held at the Old Pumping Station, Westonzoyland, Somerset TA7 0LS from 10am to 7pm. There will be a Bring & Buy as well as events for all the family at the Steam on the Levels event. More details from Mark, M0VLN on 01278 786 684.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Terry, G4POP will operate GB4FED, a special event call sign for VE day. It will be active between the 1st and 28th of May from The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch, Essex. The main activity will be today, the 10th of May, to coincide with the yacht club’s VE Day anniversary events

Saturday the 9th of May marks the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey after five years of occupation by the German forces. To commemorate this historic event, Guernsey Amateur Radio Society will be operating a special event station from the Albert Pier, St Peter Port, Guernsey using the callsign GU70LIB, until this afternoon, the 10th. Operations will be on all bands, as conditions allow, on SSB and CW, and a special QSL card is available.

GB2RWM will take part in the National Mills on the Air weekend today, the 10th of May, from 10am to 4pm from Rayleigh Windmill, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7ED.

Mark, G3ZRR has organised a special event station, GB50LBC, to celebrate the London Borough of Croydon's 50th birthday. Starting from about 16th May, he intends to operate the station at venues throughout the borough, during the Council’s 50th anniversary. The idea is to include Croydon’s parks, educational establishments, scout, guide, military and cadet force installations.

Special callsign PA125VVG will be activated between the 11th of May and the 7th of June to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the passing of Vincent van Gogh. All of the QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau; direct cards should be sent to PA1CPA. See QRZ.com for more information and award rules.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

A team of 13 operators will be active as YB5M from Pasumpahan Island, which has been confirmed to count for IOTA group OC-262, from the 14th to 17th of May. They plan to be QRV on 40, 20, 17, 15 and 10 metres using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSLs are via Logsearch and OQRS on Club Log. Further information is on the web at www.yb5m.com

Hans, DK3PZ will be active as SM7/DK3PZ from Oland Island, EU-037, from the 16th to 23rd May. QSL via his home callsign, with the bureau being preferred along with eQSL.

Three members from the DX Interceptors ARC will be active as MT0IXD from the Isle of Man, EU-116, from the 8th to 11th of May. They will operate SSB, CW and RTTY on 80-10 metres with two stations. QSL via M0OXO and Logbook of The World or logsearch on Club Log.

IK5BCM and IU5BLZ will be active as IE9B from Ustica Island, EU-051, until the 16th of May. They will operate SSB, CW and digital modes on 80-10 metres. QSL via IU5BLZ, direct or bureau, plus Logbook of The World and eQSL.

Dan, N8YSZ will be active holiday style as C6ASZ from Long Island, NA-001, in the Bahamas until the 16th of May. Plans are to be QRV on 40-10 metres, with a focus on digital modes and SSB. QSL via N8YSZ, with bureau and Logbook of The World preferred.

TM2BIG will be on the air from Stagadon Island, EU-105 from the 14th to 18th of May. They will operate SSB and RTTY on 40-6 metres with three stations. QSL via F4FET, direct or bureau or OQRS on Club Log.

Now the contest news

Today, the 10th, the 70MHz CW contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

On Tuesday, the 432MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday it’s the data leg of the popular 80m Club Championships. It runs from 1900 to 2030 and the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The 144MHz May Contest runs for 24 hours over the weekend of 16-17th. This contest is part of the VHF Championship series. With 6- and 24-hour sections for Single-Op Fixed and Single-op Open stations, plus an Open section for multi-op stations, there are convenient categories for everyone. Running from 1400 to 1400UTC the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

On Sunday 17th the first of this year’s 144MHz Backpacker events runs for four hours, the first three of them overlapping the final three hours of the 24-hour contest. Taking place between 1100 and 1500UTC the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The Worked All Britain 7MHz Phone contest takes place next Sunday from 1000-1400UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by 7th June 2015. Full details of the rules and logsheets may be obtained from the WAB website www.worked-all-britain.org.uk or from the contest manager Tony Beardsley, G3XKT, via email to aebbooks@ntlworld.com

Also next Sunday, starting at 1200UTC and running for three hours, the IRTS 40m Counties Contest runs along similar lines to their 80m contest in January using SSB and CW only. Exchange a signal report and serial number, with EIs and GIs also giving their county.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 8th of May.

This last week has not been a good one for HF. On Sunday 3rd there were solar flares and an earth-facing coronal mass ejection, with further flares on Tuesday. Later on Tuesday evening there was a massive X-class solar flare that blocked out HF in the Pacific region. This was followed on Wednesday by a geomagnetic disturbance, with the Kp index hitting five. These combined to give poor HF conditions at times, despite the solar flux index rising to 136.

Looking ahead, large sunspot region 2339 was coming around the eastern limb of the sun at the time of writing. This was the region that brought the X-class flare, so we may be in for a rough ride next week.

The solar flux index is predicted to be in the range 140-150, but we can expect unsettled geomagnetic conditions, especially in the latter half of the week when the Kp index could hit five again. This may help depress maximum usable frequencies and generally disrupt long-range HF paths. The good news is that we are now in the Sporadic-E season, which may bring good short skip on the upper HF bands, especially 28MHz, but more of that later.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Next week, expect fairly flat tropo conditions. There will be a weak ridge of high pressure close to Southeast England at first, which may provide some slight enhancement to the near Continent, but it’s not expected to last long.

Last week we saw some Sporadic-E from the UK, but at the time of writing this was very marginal. It’s widely accepted that weather events play a role in determining some of the locational properties of Sporadic-E. To keep up to date with possible weather triggers for Sporadic-E, the RSGB Forum discussion group contains a section called Radio Propagation Questions. In there you will find the threads, Jet Stream Weather Charts For Es Research – Chart Drawer, containing daily postings of jet stream weather charts plus commentary, and Jet Stream Weather Charts For Es Research – Discussion for your feedback and questions. These charts may help you to look in the right directions for the DX. It’s not a forecast of Sporadic-E, but a new tool to encourage further research and discussion, so feedback is welcomed.

This resource can be found at www.rsgb.org, go to the main site and then select Forums.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 3rd. May 2015.

May 1, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 3rd May 2015

The news headlines:

  • Amateurs provide Nepal emergency comms

  • New online magazine RadCom Plus launched

  • QB50p1 CubeSat tests successful

The situation in Nepal, hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake last weekend, seems to be getting worse as time passes. Many people are still buried in collapsed buildings and caught in rubble from landslides, and there are fears that the death toll will continue to rise. Amateur radio has been active throughout the emergency and many relief teams who travelled to the area from India, Turkey, China and many other countries have radio amateurs as part of their teams. Nets have been established on HF to support Nepal. Operators have been involved in passing health and welfare messages for families, and sending SSTV images to assist the relief effort. The IARU is collating information, and posts frequent updates on the IARU Region 1 website, www.iaru-r1.org, which is also shared directly with RSGB and linked to our Twitter feed. The RSGB via the Region 1 AROS has been working with the relevant authorities to monitor and remove DQRM on the frequencies being used for this emergency. Whilst the emergency frequency of 14.300MHz has now been closed, all amateurs are asked to give priority to any emergency traffic.

The first edition of the new RSGB online magazine RadCom Plus is now available to RSGB Members via the RSGB website at rsgb.org/radcom-plus. It contains construction projects for a high performance 2m masthead preamp, a 1.8 to 146MHz Z-match and a PLL that provides an accurate and stable frequency source. There are theoretical articles on research into predicting Sporadic-E; how screening stops stages interacting and oscillating, and a detailed exploration of the common mode choke. There are over 40 pages of detailed technical reading, with many photographs and diagrams to help you understand or build the various projects. Feedback and discussion of the articles is welcome to radcom@rsgb.org.uk

AMSAT-NL says that an initial series of tests of the FUNcube transponder payload aboard the QB50p1 CubeSat have been successfully completed. QB50p1 is one of two QB50 precursor spacecraft that were launched from Yasny in Russia in June 2014. The primary science payloads are still being extensively tested but it has now been possible to undertake a short test of the transponder payload as well. After spending ten months in space, the transponder was commanded ‘on’ for short periods during each of the three morning passes over Europe on Monday 27th April. A number of FUNcube team members in the Netherlands and in the UK were standing by to run through a predefined test plan. The transponder has a similar performance to that of FUNcube-1 but the passband is nominally 5kHz wider by design. More information about the QB50 project can be found at https://www.qb50.eu/

Christian, OZ8CY has decided to stand down from his role as Chairman of the IARU Region 1 EMC Committee. Christian has held this role for 22 years and the Region 1 President, Don Beattie, G3BJ, would like to place on record IARU's gratitude to him for all his work over that extended period and wish him well for the future. As a result of this change, the Region 1 Executive Committee has decided to appoint Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, currently vice-chairman of the Committee.

Registration for the RSGB’s VHF National Field Day on 4th and 5th July is now open. The online registration form is available via the VHF pages of the RSGB Contest Committee website, www.rsgbcc.org

RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL, would like to thank all those contesters who have volunteered to join the group set up to review aspects of contest management, following disquiet about the adjudication of a RSGB contest. The review has now started and should complete its final session on 1st August.

The latest edition of The 5MHz Newsletter is now available for free download in pdf format from the RSGB 5MHz webpage or tinyurl.com/q7uqrqw. This copy, Number 13, features 5MHz news from the Czech Republic, UK, Uruguay, South Africa and Australia, plus 5MHz Eclipsed, the official ITU Agenda booklet for WRC15, the HB9AW RX Project and Readers’ Feedback.

Several ANZAC commemoration stations remain on the air until 8th May. Listen out on the HF bands for VK100ANZAC, VI2ANZAC, VI4ANZAC and VI5ANZAC. Please check the cluster for operating and propagation such as DX Summit, VK-logger and others. More information can be found on the WIA website, www.wia.org.au

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, the 3rd, the Scottish Highland Radio Rally takes place at Aviemore Primary School and Community Centre, Muirton, Aviemore PH22 1SF. Doors are open from 10.30am to 4pm. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. More details from Roy, GM4VKI on 01563 850 976.

Also today, the 3rd, the Dambusters Hamfest takes place at Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Coningsby, Lincs LN4 4PE. Talk in will be on S22 and GB3FR and admission to the Hamfest is £3. Doors open 10am. E-mail tony.nightingale@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the 4th, the Dartmoor Radio Rally will take place at Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon. PL19 8DD. Doors open at 10.30am, with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Admission is £2, with free car parking. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy as well as special interest groups. More details from Roger Hann, 2E0RPH on his new number, 01822 840 723.

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VE day, North Norfolk Amateur Radio Group will be holding an event on the 9th of May under the banner Radios That Helped Win The War. This will be based on their own collection of WW2 military radios, many of which will be operational using the call GB2VE. The event is at East Runton village hall, near Cromer in North Norfolk. To enhance the day, other owners of WW2 radios are invited to bring them along. B2 and other spy radios would be especially welcome. As there will be limited space, it is recommended that booking of tables to display visitors’ radios is done well in advance as it will be on a first come basis. Tables, and entry to the event, are free. For further information see www.nnarg.co.uk

The British Vintage Wireless Society National Vintage Communications Fair will take place on the 10th of May at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1XN. Doors open from 10.30am to 4pm and admission is £8, with under-14s free. Early entry from around 9am is available for £25.

On 10th of May, the 34th Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club Annual Rally takes place in the Share Centre, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh BT92 0EQ, N Ireland. Doors open at 11.30, and there will be a Bring & Buy as well as trade stands and special interest groups. Details from Michael on 028 6862 1436.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Terry, G4POP will operate GB4FED, a special event call sign for VE day. It will be active between the 1st and 28th of May from The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch, Essex. The main activity will be on the 8 to 10th May to coincide with the yacht club’s VE Day anniversary events

Saturday the 9th of May will mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey after five years of occupation by the German forces. To commemorate this historic event, Guernsey Amateur Radio Society will be operating a special event station from the Albert Pier, St Peter Port, Guernsey using the callsign GU70LIB, from the evening the 8th until the afternoon of the 10th. Operation will be on all bands, as conditions allow, on SSB and CW, and a special QSL card is available.

This year also marks 70 years since the liberation and the end of WWII for Denmark. The callsign OZ5MAY will be on the air on the 4th and 5th of May in memory of those in the Resistance who risked their lives. Activity will be after 1730UTC. There is also a certificate associated with the callsign. For details go to www.ddxg.dk/awards/underground.htm

GB2RWM will take part in the National Mills on the Air weekend on 10th May from 10am to 4pm from Rayleigh Windmill, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7ED.

Unfortunately, the Bedworth Lions Club event supported by The Coventry Amateur Radio Club with GB4BLC that was due to take place on the 9th May has been cancelled.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

The DX Interceptors will be on the air from Scarlett Point on the Isle of Man as MT0IXD from the 8th to 11th of May on the 80 to 10m bands. Two HF stations will be combined with homebrew hex beam and multiband vertical dipole and a dipole antenna for 80 to 30m. Modes will be CW SSB and Data. People are encouraged to add any band or mode requests on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/MT0IXD. QSL via M0OXO and Logbook of The World or logsearch on Club Log.

Dan, N8YSZ will be active holiday style as C6ASZ from Long Island, NA-001, in the Bahamas from the 9th to 16th of May. Plans are to be on the air on the 10 to 40m bands with a focus on digital modes and SSB. QSL via N8YSZ; bureau and Logbook of The World are preferred.

TM2BIG will be active from Stagadon Island, EU-105, on 14th to 18th May. They will operate SSB and RTTY on the 40 to 6m bands with three stations. QSL via F4FET, direct, via the bureau or OQRS on Club Log.

Dave, GM0LVI will be active as GM0LVI/p from the Isle of Barra, EU-010, until 9th May, and from Tanera Mor, EU-092, on 25th to 31st July. QSL via home call, direct or bureau.

Now the contest news

Starting on Saturday the 2nd of May and ending on the 2nd of August, the UK Six Metre Group’s Marathon is a contest without fixed operating times. The object of the exercise is to work as many locator squares as possible across three months of the Sporadic-E season. Entrants can upload their logs repeatedly during the Marathon, to update the online League Table. Using all modes on the 50MHz band, the exchange is your 4-character locator.

The Italian National Society ARI International DX Contest ends its 24 hour run at midday on Sunday the 3rd. This event is unusual in that there are sections for single-op CW, SSB, RTTY, mixed, and Multi-single. For non-Italians the exchange is a signal report plus serial number, but Italians give a signal report and a 2-letter Province code – and there are 110 to collect. There are no points for working your own country but 1 point for working your own continent, 3 for other continents and 10 points for working Italy. There are no single band entries and only one power category – high! Multipliers are DXCC entities, except I and IS0, plus Italian Provinces.

The UK Microwave Group’s Low Band Contest ends today, Sunday 3rd. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. Also ending today, at 1400UTC, is the RSGB 432MHz to 248GHz Trophy.

On Tuesday, the 144MHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend, on the 10th, the 70MHz CW contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 1st of May.

What a difference a week makes. Last week we said the solar flux index was predicted to hit the 130s. This week, apart from one tiny spot in the lower western quadrant, the sun is now looking very bare. At the time of writing the solar flux index was 104, and the USAF prediction for the bank holiday week is for an SFI of 100 at the beginning, rising to 135 at the end. The maximum predicted K index is two.

While not stunning, this could bring reasonably settled conditions and some DX on the lower HF bands. Please note that as we have now entered May you should be using the latest smoothed sunspot number of 60 with your VOACAP-based prediction programs. That is down very slightly on last month.

This week we have a reminder to check the bands regardless of what the predictions suggest. Chris, G0DWV worked a string of stations in the USA on 12m on Monday at around 1730UTC, even though the VOACAP Online prediction was quite pessimistic.

And finally, we are now entering the Sporadic-E season so keep an eye on ten metres for openings out to around 1000-1500 miles, especially mid-morning, afternoon and early evening.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Early next week expect flat tropo conditions with large areas of low pressure nearby to the west of Britain and frontal troughs moving into Western Europe. But there are indications of high pressure building again towards the end of the week, and this may produce some enhanced conditions later.

Earlier this week we had Sporadic-E over the Czech Republic, Eastern Germany and Western Poland, a classic start-of-season cluster, which correlated very well with a southerly jet stream over that part of Europe. There is every reason to hope that the Sporadic-E season has started from our latitudes and with jet streams pushing across the Pyrenees and Alps there is a possibility that these weather ‘triggers’ will be producing the necessary wind shear in the upper atmosphere and hence the chance of some Es.

Check the late morning and late afternoon for 10 and 6m beacons to get to the bands as they open. A lot of ingredients need to be right for Es to happen, so it’s a ‘heads-up’ and not a promise!

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks around Wednesday May 6th with a small broad peak, so look out for enhancements to the usual random MS conditions.

The Moon reaches its lowest declination on Wednesday so short Moon windows for EME, but with low loss on the GHz bands.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 26th. April 2015.

April 24, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 26th April 2015

The news headlines:

  • Emergency nets support volcano disaster relief

  • Kenyan amateurs gain 6m band

  • Can you help identify Portishead equipment?

Southern Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted this week for the first time in more than 40 years, forcing the evacuation of an area of some 12 miles around the volcano. Approximately 5,000 residents have been relocated and ash, which measures nearly seven miles, has been reported from as far away as Argentina. IARU Region 2 reports that emergency nets are in operation primarily on 7050kHz, with 14250kHz and 3738kHz as alternate frequencies. They have requested that other users keep those frequencies clear for emergency traffic.

Following representations by the Amateur Radio Society of Kenya, the Communications Authority of Kenya has allocated 50 to 52MHz to the amateur service. Authorisation is on a Secondary, non-interference, basis and has been made possible by the migration of television services from analogue to digital. Permitted power is 150 watts DC input or 400 watts PEP for A3E and J3E emissions.

A film production company is looking for help from radio amateurs, particularly those who had a career in the maritime industry. A large portion of their film’s props are themed around radios, transmitters, receivers and all the other equipment that is related to maritime radio. Portishead Radio Station is one of the sets that is being re-created. There are a series of photos on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/deepwater. They are looking for help to identify the equipment in use. If you can assist, please send an email to radcom@rsgb.org.uk

The RSGB’s Twitter name has been changed to @theRSGB. Follow us at that account for regular amateur radio news, images, events and Member offers. Take a look at the profile header picture and see the winning photo from our Twitter photo competition, submitted by Adam, MM0KFX. Congratulations to Adam and to the two runners-up, Vaughan, M0VRR and Charles, M0OXO. The RSGB Youth Committee has also changed its Twitter name this week. You can follow them @theRSGByouth to find out what they’re getting up to in amateur radio.

One of the participants in the just-ended DX0P DXpedition to Spratly Islands was airlifted from Pag Asa Island after suffering a medical emergency. Chito Pastor, WW6CP, became ill just as the DXpedition was starting to wrap up on the 20th April and was evacuated on the 23rd. We wish him well. The DXpedition operated for about 5 days, logging around 5000 contacts.

RSGB Train the Trainers days are for you if you are delivering training for the amateur examinations and do not already have a professional educational background. The purpose is to give you some insights in how to prepare and deliver your material, to improve the learning skills of your class and hopefully inject some fun into the experience for everyone. The next Train the Trainers day is on the 9th of May, in Norwich. You can still book a place on the RSGB Train the Trainers day in Badsworth, Yorkshire on 13th June. To book, please email info@theradioclub.co.uk.

The window to apply for ARRL Centennial Points Challenge and W1AW Worked All States awards has been open for a month now, and the initial rush of applications has been processed. Participants’ Centennial Points Challenge logs must already have been submitted via Logbook of The World (LoTW) – the cut-off date was January 22 – but the League will continue to accept award applications indefinitely. With little to no backlog in the queue, it’s anticipated that processing will be prompt. The ARRL Centennial QSO Party and W1AW/portable activities in 2014 resulted in more than 3.5 million Centennial event contacts recorded in LoTW. W100AW operation accounted for some 70,000 contacts.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, the 26th, the Cambridge Repeater Group Rally will take place in Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, CB22 6RN. Doors open at 10am, with traders gaining access from 7am. Admission is £2 and there will be a Bring & Buy and RSGB bookstall. More information from Lawrence, M0LCM on 07941 972 724.

Next weekend on the 3rd, the Scottish highland radio Rally will take place in Aviemore Primary School and Community Centre, Muirton, Aviemore PH22 1SF. Doors open from 10.30am to 4pm. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. More details from Roy, GM4VKI on 01563 850 976.

Also on the 3rd, the Dambusters Hamfest takes place at Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Coningsby, Lincs LN4 4PE. Talk in will be on S22 and GB3FR and admission to the Hamfest is £3. Doors open 10am. E-mail tony.nightingale@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

On the 4th, which is bank holiday Monday, the Dartmoor Radio Rally will take place at Tavistock College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon. PL19 8DD. Doors open at 10.30am with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Admission is £2 with free car parking. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy as well as special interest groups. More details from Roger Hann, 2E0RPH on 01822 852 871.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

The Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be airing the Club callsign MN0VFW / P today, the 26th, from Navan Fort, Armagh, Northern Ireland. They will be active on HF SSB and 2m FM from the Club's exhibition trailer that will be parked up in the Visitors Centre carpark. Visitors are welcome. 

Members of Barry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from Flatholm Island, EU-124, until the 27th April. Operation will be mainly HF but they also anticipate satellite operations using limited portable equipment during the stay. QSL via MW0DHF.

G8ALB intends to operate GB0PAW from the Wirral in support of Parkinson’s Awareness Week today the 26th. The station will operate from approximately 10am to 4pm on 80, 40, 30 and 10m as well as 2m and 70cm.

Terry, G4POP will operate GB4FED, a special event call sign for VE day. It will be active between the 1st and 28th May from The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch, Essex. The main activity will be on the 8 to 10th May to coincide with the yacht clubs VE Day anniversary events

Saturday 9th May will mark the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey after five years of occupation by the German forces. To commemorate this historic event, Guernsey Amateur Radio Society will be operating a special event station from the Albert Pier, St Peter Port, Guernsey using the callsign GU70LIB from the evening the 8th until the afternoon of the 10th. Operation will be on all bands SSB and CW as conditions allow and a special QSL card is available.

The Lusitania Radio Club will be running a special event station with the callsign EI100MFA to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania on 7th May 1915. The station will operate from 6th to 10th May from a site near the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, County Cork or from the Lighthouse itself.

A special event station will be run on the 2nd to 4th May from a narrow boat at the Loughborough wharf. GB2LWW will be part of the Loughborough Wharf Weekend to celebrate the saving of the wharf basin from being filled in and built on. All are welcome aboard the dandelion disabled boat, where teas and coffees will be served.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Mark, M0TVV will be operating holiday portable from the 2nd to the 14th May as EA5/M0TVV on the 10, 20 and 40 metre bands QRP portable. This will be his first time operating outside the United Kingdom under his new Full licence and he hopes to be able to be on the air as often as possible during his two week stay in Murcia in Spain. Calls will be welcome.

Dave, WJ2O will be in Nicaragua until 30th April. He will operate as YN/WJ2O from the station of YN2N.

A group of 4 Australian operators will be active from Norfolk Island as VK9NT until to 4th May. They plan to be QRV on all bands from 10 to 160m using SSB and CW. QSLs can be requested by using the Club Log OQRS facility.

Gordon, G3USR will be operating holiday style from Freeport on Grand Bahama Island from until 27th April. His callsign will be C6AGM. He requests that QSLs are sent directly to his home call.

Two German amateurs will be active from Armenia until 5th May. Look for EK/DL7UCX and EK/DK7AO on the 10 to 160m bands using CW, SSB and RTTY.

Now the contest news

The 24 hours of the SP DX RTTY Contest ends today at 1200UTC today, the 26th. Non-SP stations can work anyone and there are multiples for DXCC entities and continents worked. The exchange is signal report and serial number with SP stations sending their Province code.

The BARTG Sprint 75 runs for four hours this evening, the 26th, from 1700 to 2100UTC. All activity is on 75 baud RTTY. The contest exchange is a serial number only.

On Tuesday the 50MHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.

Also on Tuesday is the SHF UK Activity Contest, again taking place from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using the 2.3GHz band and up, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Starting on Saturday 2nd May and ending on the 2nd August, the UK Six Metre Group’s Marathon is a contest without fixed operating times. The object of the exercise is to work as many Locator squares as possible across three months of the Sporadic-E season. Entrants can upload their logs repeatedly during the Marathon, to update the online League Table. Using all modes on the 50MHz band the exchange is your 4-character locator.

The Italian National Society ARI International DX Contest runs for 24 hours from midday on Saturday 2nd. This event is unusual in that there are sections for Single-op CW, SSB, RTTY, mixed, and Multi-single. For non-Italians the exchange is a signal report plus serial number, but Italians give a signal report and a 2-letter Province code, and there are 110 to collect. There are no points for working your own country but 1 point for working your own continent, 3 for other continents and 10 points for working Italy. There are no single band entries and only one power category – high! Multipliers are DXCC entities (except I and IS0), plus Italian Provinces.

The UK Microwave Group’s Low Band Contest is on Sunday 3rd. It coincides with the RSGB events taking place the same weekend. The 432MHz to 248GHz Trophy takes place from 1400 to 1400UTC. The 432MHz Trophy runs from 1400 to 2200UTC and, finally, the 10GHz Trophy runs from 1400 to 2200UTC. The exchange is the same for all contests, signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4DDK on Friday the 24th of April

Last week we said that the NOAA prediction was for a solar flux index of up to 135, but we thought this was pessimistic. We were proved right as the SFI soared to 154 on the 21st. However conditions remained very unsettled with the Kp index hitting four at times and with many M-class solar flares.

This week looks like it will be very similar with the predicted solar flux index around 135, but with continued unsettled geomagnetic conditions due to coronal mass ejections and high-speed solar wind streams.

On HF, this is a good month to look for long path openings to Australia. Peter, VK6APZ can often be heard around 0900-1000UTC around 18.120MHz, just before his sunset. This is at a time when there is no 20m opening and casual listeners could miss the opening on 17m. A similar opening to New Zealand can occur on 17m or 15m at around 0700UTC.

Propagation can vary dramatically, even on adjacent bands, and it is worth playing with a prediction tool like VOACAP Online to see where paths might exist.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

This week starts with low pressure back on the charts and unsettled weather over the country for much of the week. This will mean a return to mainly flat tropo conditions until midweek. Towards the end of the week a new high will drift east and may provide some limited tropo enhancement as it reaches the UK by Friday.

There will probably be some large showers and thunderstorms in the first half of the week, so rain scatter will be a possibility; a good hint is to follow the more intense echoes from the various rainfall radars on the web.

The Es season has already produced some limited activity on 10m and 6m and should only grow in coming weeks. In view of the potential for jet streams to contribute to the locational properties of Es, this next week offers some good jet stream potential, suitable for Es paths into Europe and Scandinavia.

After last week’s Lyrids meteor shower it’s back to random meteors, the early morning being the best time.

Moon declination is falling and moving away this coming week, meaning increasing losses for EME. But moon windows are still long in the UK.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 19th. APRIL 2015.

April 17, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 19th April 2015

The news headlines:

  • FUNcube-1 fails but gets restarted

  • Saturday 25th April is International Marconi Day

  • Amateurs to mark ANZAC day next weekend

On the evening of 15th April, amateur satellite FUNcube-1 stopped transmitting. During a later pass over Europe, PA3WEG commanded it back to nominal mode with full automatic mode switching. A restart has now taken place so the satellite, also known as AO-73, is transmitting telemetry once again.

Saturday 25th April is International Marconi Day, when special event stations connected to the inventor get on the air all over the world. The Cornish Radio Amateur Club offers two special Award Certificates for working authorised International Marconi Day Award Stations. One is for Transmitting Stations and the other for Short Wave Listeners. The Award Classes and required standards to be achieved are summarised on the internet at www.gb4imd.com

ANZAC day is commemorated on 25 April each year, with 2015 being the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli. Listen out for the VK100WIA broadcast from Canberra. In Australia eight different ANZAC callsigns are to be on air. Additionally, radio amateurs are able to substitute their normal VK prefixed with AX on both 25th and 26th April. The New Zealand ANZAC callsigns will be on the air for a month. In Turkey, look out for TC100 stations on the air.

The RSGB AGM is taking place on 25th April at 12 noon in the Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG. Doors will be open from 11am until 11.45am for registration and refreshments will be available. Lunch will be available from 1pm at a small charge. All business will be concluded by 4pm. The proceedings will be recorded and made available on the RSGB website. Please pre-register your attendance online at www.rsgb.org/attendagm to help with calculating numbers.

Beacon and repeater insurance arranged via the RSGB is due for renewal on the 29th April. The RSGB is in discussions with the insurers on the renewal terms for the forthcoming year and will advise all current policy holders via email when they are available. The emails will include a link to the RSGB shop to renew. If you do not have any insurance at the moment and wish to purchase it than you may do so via the RSGB website.

Following the report in last week’s GB2RS on the HB9AW 60m propagation beacon success, news has now come in that the HB9AW club are looking for participation from amateurs across Europe to set up a network of unified receiving stations. Each of these stations consists of a loop antenna, an SDR receiver and a data collection computer that sends back the received signal strength information to a central server in Switzerland via the internet. By using standardised stations, the data becomes comparable and will give a more accurate picture of 60 metre propagation across Europe. The complete receiving station costs 220 Swiss Francs, that’s around £160. Those willing to help can find all details on the club website at www.HB9AW.ch

A film production company is looking for help from radio amateurs, particularly those who had a career in the maritime industry. A large portion of the films props are themed around radios, transmitters, receivers and all the equipment that is subsequently related to maritime radio. Portishead Radio Station is one of the sets that is being re-created. There are a series of photos on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/deepwater they are looking to identify the equipment in use. Separately, we have received another request for any information on the Marconi Kestrel transmitter/receiver and the Shannon Mark 3. If you can help with any of these requests, please send an email to radcom@rsgb.org.uk

The amateur radio section of ORF, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Documentary Archive Radio Communications QSL Collection will operate OE15M for International Marconi Day. The operation will be from 0000UTC on 24th April to 2359UTC on the 26th. As this is an official International Marconi Day station, contacts made on 25th April are valid for the IMD Award. QSL via OE1WHC via the bureau.

The 432MHz beacon GB3ANG, located just north of Dundee, changed frequency on 13th April to 432.453MHz to comply with the new IARU Region 1 432MHz band plan. The opportunity was taken to replace the old beacon transmitter built by GM8BJF that had been in continuous service for 33 years. The other beacons located at GB3ANG on 70, 144 and 1296MHz remain the same. The installation was done by the beacon keeper, GM4ZUK, with the kind assistance of GM4FEI.

Finally, some news of nets for current and ex Services personnel and their supporters. The Tri-Service Net takes place on Sunday mornings at 9am on 5.403MHz and on Tuesday evenings at 7pm on 5.3985 or 5.395MHz. The Northern Net is at 10am on Sundays on 7.065MHz. RN Nets takes place on Sunday mornings at 8am on 3.667MHz and on Mondays at 7pm on 3.743MHz or 7.065MHz. The DX Net is on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 14:30UTC on 21.410MHz, followed by a CW session. The Stand Easy net is on Wednesdays at 2pm on 7.088MHz. The G0DLH Memorial Net is at 8am on Saturdays on 3.743MHz AM or 7.088MHz. Finally, the Bubblies Net runs every Monday to Saturday morning at 10.30am on 7.065MHz.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, the 19th, the Andover Radio and Computer Boot Sale will be held at Wildhern Village Hall, near Andover, Hampshire SP11 0JE. Doors open at 9am for sellers and 10am for buyers. Email arac@arac.org.uk for more details.

Also today, the 19th, the West London Radio & Electronics Show will take place at Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5AQ. There is free car parking and the doors open at 10am with disabled visitors gaining access 10 minutes earlier. As well as trade stands there will be a Bring & Buy and special interest groups plus a RSGB bookstall. Details from Paul, M0CJX on 08451 650 351.

Next weekend, on the 26th, the Cambridge Repeater Group Rally will take place in Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, CB22 6RN. Doors open at 10am, with traders gaining access from 7am. Admission is £2 and there will be a Bring & Buy and RSGB bookstall. More information from Lawrence, M0LCM on 07941 972 724.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Members of Barry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from Flatholm Island, EU-124, from the 24th to 27th April. GB4MBC operations on 25th April will be part of the International Marconi Day operations. Operation will be mainly HF but they also anticipate satellite operations using limited portable equipment during the stay. QSL via MW0DHF.

One of the war graves and memorials for fallen Australians is Polygon Wood in Belgium. To honour those at Polygon Wood, a commemorative callsign OP0PPY will be activated on 25th April, ANZAC Day. See QRZ.com for more details.

Chelmsford ARS will operate GB1STG on St George’s Day, 23rd April, from Galleywood Common, CM2 8TR from 10am to 4pm. operation will be on 40 and 20m.

G8ALB intends to operate GB0PAW from the Wirral in support of Parkinson’s Awareness Week on the 20th to 26th April. The station will operate from approximately 10am to 4pm each day on 80, 40, 30 and 10m as well as 2m and 70cm.

Vince, VK7VH will be operating the Anzac commemorative callsign VI7ANZAC for 7 days, commencing 25th April.

VI4AE2 will operate from the 25th to 30th April to honour of the only Australian naval vessel to serve in the Dardanelles and to breach the Sea of Marmara, the submarine HMAS AE2. More details on QRZ.com.

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the IARU, the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society will be active with 9K90IARU until the end of April.

On 25 April, Chelmsford ARS will operate GX0MWT from the historic 2MT Marconi broadcasting hut at Sandford Mill, CM26NY. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

9M2RDX and others will be active as 9M4TI from Redang Island, IOTA reference AS-073, in West Malaysia from the 23rd to 26th April. They will operate CW, SSB and BPSK on the 10 to 80m bands. QSL via 9M2RDX, direct only.

Dave, WJ2O will be active as YN/WJ2O from Nicaragua on the 22nd to 30th April. He will operate CW only with a focus on 6m, 160m and the WARC bands. QSL via N2ZN.

Aaron, VA1AXC is will operate as CY0/VA1AXC until the first week of June while on work assignment on Sable Island, IOTA reference NA-063. He is generally active using SSB mainly on 20, 17 and 15 meters, and possibly 60 meters, in his spare time. QSL via JE1LET.

Alexander, HB9FDT is on the air as D44TDK from Sal Island, IOTA referenceAF-086, until 24th April. Activity is on 20, 15 and 10 meters using SSB. QSL to his home callsign.

Now the contest news

Today, the 19th, the UK Microwave Group 2nd Low Band Contest runs from 1000 to 1600UTC. Using all modes on the 1.3 to 3.4GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 2015 YU DX Contest takes place this weekend in two sections. The first session ended at 0459 today, the 19th, and the second session is from 0900UTC to 1659UTC. The object is to work as many YT and YU stations as possible using CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and serial number. Full rules are online at www.yudx.yu1srs.org.rs/2015/

On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Thursday sees the data leg of the 80m Club Championships running from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is the usual signal report and serial number.

For 24 hours over the weekend of 25th and 26th, the SP DX RTTY Contest takes place. Non-SP stations can work anyone and there are multiples for DXCC entities and continents worked. The exchange is signal report and serial number with SP stations sending their Province code.

The BARTG Sprint 75 runs for four hours on the evening of Sunday 26th from 1700 to 2100UTC. All activity is on 75 baud RTTY. The contest exchange is a serial number only.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4DDK on Friday the 17th of April

The last week saw some very unsettled conditions in terms of geomagnetic disturbances, just as we predicted. The 14th, 15th and 16th were particularly bad, with the planetary K index hitting five and the solar wind speed exceeding 600 kilometres per second, sparking reports of visible aurora.

The solar flux index leapt up to 155 on the 16th, thanks to a number of sunspot groups appearing on the western limb of the sun. NOAA has the solar flux index forecast for next week in the range 115-135, but it could go higher than this. Continue to expect unsettled geomagnetic conditions with a strong risk of solar flares and associated coronal mass ejections.

On International Marconi Day, the 25th, your best bet to work the UK-based stations is probably 40 metres, 7MHz. If 7MHz doesn't work for you, after dark, revert to 80m or 3.5MHz. There will be lots of Italian stations to work and 20 metres, 14MHz, will be the best band during the day. Look at 7MHz after sunset. To work the stations on the east coast of the USA and Newfoundland, again, 20m or 17m, which is 18MHz, are optimum.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

The long run of high-pressure dominated weather is set to continue, although there are indications of a more unsettled theme at the end of the week.

The main area of high pressure will be focused near northern Scotland and this will mean the feed of air across the country, especially in the south, may be dry and less likely to produce good lifts despite the high pressure. However, there are indications that some moister air will flow around the top of the high at times, so it is definitely worth checking the VHF/UHF bands for enhanced conditions.

The Sporadic-E season is under way now and may provide openings on 10m and 6m on occasions during the week. Late morning and late afternoon are the best times to look.

For EME, throughout the coming week the sky temperature is relatively low, but with degradation rising as the moon moves away from the earth towards its apogee. The Moon will be highest in the sky on the afternoons of the 22nd and 23rd.

For meteor scatter enthusiasts the Lyrids meteor shower will peak on the night of the 22nd of April, through to the morning of the 23rd. This is the first significant shower of the spring season.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 12th. April 2015.

April 10, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 12th April 2015

The news headlines:

  • New Licences

  • World Amateur Radio Day

  • HF National Field Day

All Amateurs are reminded that, if they have not received their new licence from Ofcom by next Tuesday, 14th April, they should either check that their licence details on the Ofcom online portal are correct or contact Ofcom by e-mail on ARL2015@ofcom.org.uk

On Saturday 18th April, radio amateurs worldwide will take to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2015. It was on 18th April 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was founded in Paris. The primary purpose of World Amateur Radio Day is to highlight amateur radio and its benefits to countries and communities. Special event stations will be on the air over the 18th and 19th April weekend to highlight World Amateur Radio Day and the IARU’s 90th anniversary. Special event stations will include A43WARD in Oman, KP4FD in Puerto Rico, AU2ARD & VU2MQT in India, W4SNC in the US and CS2015WARD in Portugal

Registration for the RSGB’s HF NFD is now open. From this year, registration will be performed online via the RSGB Contest Committee website. Registration remains open until 10th May. All regulars, previous entrants and first timers are welcome.

The RSGB AGM is taking place on 25th April at 12 noon in the Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, Russell Square, London WC1H 0DG. Doors will be open from 11am until 11.45am for registration and refreshments will be available. A Society bookstall will be open from 11am to 12 noon and again during lunch. Lunch will be available from 1pm at a small charge. Please pre-register your attendance online at www.rsgb.org/attendagm to help with calculating numbers. All business will be concluded by 4pm. The proceedings will be recorded and made available on the RSGB website. There is a link on the front page of the RSGB website and the Society would encourage all those attending to register online.

ANZAC day is commemorated on 25 April each year, with 2015 being the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli. An official opening broadcast on ANZAC Day from Canberra will primarily involve the national societies of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. The VK100WIA broadcast will be heard at 4.30am New Zealand time on HF if possible, and via the Internet if propagation conditions do not allow a contact. All ANZAC-suffixed callsigns are expected to remain silent until after the broadcast. In Australia eight different ANZAC callsigns are to be on air. Additionally, radio amateurs are able to substitute their normal VK prefixed with AX on both 25th and 26th April. The New Zealand ANZAC callsigns will be on the air for a month. In Turkey, look out for TC100 stations on the air.

Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, has issued an invitation to UK school pupils to contact him via amateur radio whilst he is in space. Tim will launch to the International Space Station in November of this year and will spend 6 months working and living on the ISS. UK school pupils will be able to contact him whilst he is on board the ISS via a scheduled amateur radio link-up. Schools throughout the United Kingdom are being invited to host one of a limited number of these in-flight calls, which will include space workshops. Eligible institutions are invited to apply in order to register their interest. Stage 1 application forms, available from the European Space Education Resource Office website at http://tinyurl.com/ariss-timpeake must be returned no later than Friday 24th April.

HB9AW, a 60m beacon project, is a CW transmitter that sends its callsign at 10W followed by 5 dashes. Each dash is sent for 5s. The first dash is sent at 10W, the second at 5W, then at 1W, at 100mW and the fifth dash at 10mW. The frequency is 5291kHz, occupying a narrow bandwidth of about 100Hz. So far just over 2000 reports have been received from all over Europe, and the 60m beacon has also been heard in America. Reports can be simply entered at the projects website www.hb9aw.ch

A few places are still available on the RSGB Train the Trainers course being run in Norwich on Saturday 9th May. The course will be held at the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club. Train the Trainers is free to any RSGB member who is currently teaching at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level and is especially designed for anyone who does not already have a professional background in teaching. For further details or to book a place, please e-mail David, G7URP via radio@dcpmicro.com

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The 31st Yeovil QRP Convention takes place today, 12th April, at Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA. There will be talk-in on S22 and the doors open at 9.30am. Admission is £3 and there will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy as well as a lecture stream. More details from Steve, G7AHP, on 01803 666 407.

Also today, the 12th, the 52nd Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association Exhibition will be held at Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, Blackpool FY2 9AA. Doors open from 10.30am, with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy as well as an RSGB bookstall. The RSGB understands that roadworks to improve the A585 Windy Harbour junction may impact travel to the rally. We have been advised that the best route is to use M55 junction 4, not junction 3, in order to avoid temporary signals and a 30mph speed limit. Details from Dave, M0OBW on 01270 761 608.

Next weekend, on the 19th, the Andover Radio and Computer Boot Sale will be held at Wildhern Village Hall, near Andover, Hampshire SP11 0JE. Doors open at 9am for sellers and 10am for buyers. E-mail arac@arac.org.uk for more details.

Also on the 19th, the West London Radio & Electronics Show will take place at Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5AQ. There is free car parking and the doors open at 10am with disabled visitors gaining access 10 minutes earlier. As well as trade stands there will be a Bring & Buy and special interest groups. Details from Paul, M0CJX on 08451 650 351.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Leicester Radio Society will be running a special event station on HF from about 10am until 5pm using GX3LRS at the Hobbies and Pastimes Steam Day today, 12th April. This takes place at the Abbey Pumping Station, LE4 5PX.

One of the war graves and memorials for fallen Australians is Polygon Wood in Belgium. To honour those at Polygon Wood, a commemorative callsign OP0PPY will be activated on 25th April, ANZAC Day. See qrz.com for more details.

Today, 12th April, Coventry Amateur Radio Society will be taking part in Airfields on the Air from Coventry Gliding Club Husbands Bosworth Airfield Leicestershire, as GX2ASF/P.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

The DX0P DXpedition to Spratly Island will take place from the 15th to 20th April. The operators will arrive on site on the 14th and take down will be late afternoon on the 20th. Full details at www.DX0P.ORG

Brian, GW4DVB will be operating a mini DXpedition using callsign J88PI from Palm Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which is IOTA reference NA-025 from the 13th to 21st April. He will be using an Elecraft KX3 and KXPA100 power amp for 100W into a 10m vertical antenna and an off centre fed dipole. Details, including QSL information, at www.g4dvb.co.uk/

The Puerto Rico Field Day Group once again will be on the air, this time as KP4FD/IARU, to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on Saturday, 18th April.

Amine, 7X2VB will be on the air as 7U7WARD from the 17th to 19th April to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.

Charlie, VK3ZD is active as VK9NW from North West Island, OC-142, in the Coral Sea until 20th April. Activity will be mainly on 20 metres, but also on 40 and 15 metres. QSL via home call direct, eQSL or LoTW.

Dino, VE7NX will be active as P4/VE7NX from Aruba, SA-036, until 24th April. He will be working mostly CW, but may switch to SSB if needed. QSL via VE7NX.

Now the contest news

Today, 12th April, the first 50MHz Contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

The Worked All Britain Data contest takes place today, 12th April, from 1200-2200UTC. This is on 3.5, 7 and 14MHz bands and the exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by 3rd May. Full details of the rules and logsheets may be obtained from the WAB website, www.worked-all-britain.org.uk

On Tuesday the 432MHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the SSB leg of the 80m Club Championships will take place from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is the usual signal report and serial number.

On Sunday the 19th the UK Microwave Group 2nd Low Band Contest runs from 1000 to 1600UTC. Using all modes on the 1.3 to 3.4GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 2015 YU DX Contest takes place next weekend in two sections. From 2100UTC on the 18th to 0459 on the 19th, then from 0900UTC to 1659UTC on the 19th. The object is to work as many YT and YU stations as possible using CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and serial number. Full rules at www.yudx.yu1srs.org.rs/2015/

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4DDK on Friday the 10th of April.

Last week we said that the sun was virtually clear, but spots have a habit of popping up from nowhere. This is exactly what did happen, pushing the solar flux index to a high of 126. Geomagnetic conditions were relatively settled, helping to improve HF propagation. This high declined as the week went on and was down to 106 at the time of writing. So once again the western edge of the sun is looking blank.

This week NOAA has its solar flux index prediction at around 135 with geomagnetic conditions remaining settled for the first half of the week an A index of only five. Conditions may deteriorate later in the week with the A index increasing to 20 on the 16th. There remains a chance of moderate flares and radio blackouts.

The optimum working frequency on paths from the UK to South Africa will be 28MHz, with a reliability of around 90% from noon to late afternoon. Ten metres may also open to Brazil with a reliability of about 75%, although 24MHz may be better.

Sixty metres, or 5MHz, and forty metres, or 7MHz, remain the bands of choice for HF contacts around the UK, with 80m, or 3.5MHz, taking over after sunset.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Last week’s tropo lift provided some activity on the VHF and UHF bands. These openings are not that frequent, but this time of year can be useful as large areas of sea fog around the coasts provide ideal 'tropo bridges’ into the Continent.

After a couple of cold fronts over this weekend disrupt the lift, the coming week will see a return of high pressure in the south, but there are signs of this one being shorter duration and less developed, so take advantage when you can.

The countdown to the Sporadic-E season is under way and it is well worth checking 10m for beacon activity and then 6m, typically from mid April. Remember late morning and late afternoon are the two peak times in the day for Es.

Moon declination will increase during the week, which will increase available moon time for EME. Degradation will decrease as the moon waxes and also moves closer to the Earth at perigee.

The Lyrids meteor shower peaks on the 23rd. From Thursday expect the meteor count to slowly start rising.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 5th. April 2015.

April 2, 2015
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 5th April 2015

The news headlines:

  • New spectrum available for digital experiments

  • Website helps find training and exams

  • Amateurs to mark Gallipoli centenary

Ofcom has agreed the use of 70.5MHz to 71.5MHz by radio amateurs for digital experimentation. Use will be permitted only via a Special Research Permit. Additional information regarding the specific conditions are on the News section of the RSGB website. Further details of the application process will be published in due course.

The RSGB is pleased to announce the launch of a new service on its website. The UK Course and Exam Finder allows you to search for specific courses, or for exam centres, in your area. Please go to www.rsgb.org/find-courses and enter your town or postcode.

To mark the Centenary of the World War I battle at Gallipoli, three IARU member societies will remember the original Australian and New Zealand Army Corp and the Ottoman Empire soldiers who did battle at Gallipoli in Turkey. In Turkey at least two commemorative callsigns have been allocated. TC100GLB is for Battle of Gallipoli while TC100GP is the Centenary of Gallipoli. In Australia on ANZAC Day, the 25th April, there will be eight ANZAC-suffixed callsigns from each state or territory and the national capital of Canberra. The WIA website www.wia.org.au has nearly 40 events listed. All VK radio amateurs may also use the alternative callsign prefix AX on the 25th and 26th April. Across the Tasman Sea the NZART will have ZL100ANZAC on air for a month. A team of 20 DXers will be on air in DX-style from ANZAC Day.

Following disquiet about the adjudication of a recent RSGB Contest, the Board has asked RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL, to conduct a broad review of the key aspects of contest management. In addition the Board has asked the Contest Committee to suspend and then revisit the disputed results after the review has concluded. The Board has considerable confidence in the Contest Committee, and is sure that together with representatives of the contest community they will rise to the challenge of ensuring that RSGB Contests continue to be well respected and attract top contesters as well as new entrants. John would like to draw together a review team of up to 20 people with a range of interests within the UK contesting community. If you would like to be part of the review team, and have the time commitment for participating in this work, please contact John via g3wkl@rsgb.org.uk 

The RSGB’s EMC committee currently needs an advisor coordinator to moderate the emc-matters forum, help members with their EMC enquiries and collate short summaries to aid in other aspects of the work. The committee is also looking for a committee secretary to coordinate the meetings and minutes. If you already have specialist EMC skills you could help with the standards work, lobbying, lead some investigations or help with publications. For more details about what the committee does, visit the Technical section of the RSGB website plus if you can help, please contact John Rogers, M0JAV on 07836 731 544 or via email to emc.chairman@rsgb.org.uk

The RSGB has launched a photo competition. The winning photo will be used as the profile picture for the RSGB’s Twitter account that will be updated in a few weeks. There is only a short time to take part and the deadline for entries is 12th April, so please encourage your friends and colleagues in amateur radio to enter. We will launch it on Twitter and then on Facebook, but further details and the terms and conditions are on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/photocomp

The annual Mills on the Air weekend takes place on the 9th and 10th May. Any individual or club taking part should register their stations on the Denby Dale ARS website www.g4cdd.net or www.mills-on-the-air.net

Amateur Radio Roundtable is a live weekly amateur radio webcast that can be seen at W5KUB.com every week at 0100UTC on Wednesdays. The show covers all aspects of ham radio, such as balloon launches, satellite, go-kits, emergency communications, SDR, digital modes, DXing, homebrewing, and much more. To watch Amateur Radio Roundtable go to W5KUB.com, click on Live Events and sign in with your existing User Name and Password. If you don’t have a user name and password, just enter your call or name, leave the password blank and hit sign in.

The current IOTA Honour Roll and Annual Listings have been updated on the IOTA website. 168 participants have more than 1000 IOTA references confirmed, another 484 more than 750. Details at www.rsgbiota.org/info/

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

There are no rallies taking place over the Easter weekend, the 3rd to 6th April. The next is the 31st Yeovil QRP Convention, which will take place on 12th April at Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA. There will be talk-in on S22 and the doors open at 9.30am. Admission is £3 and there will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy as well as a lecture stream. More details from Steve, G7AHP, on 01803 666 407.

Also on 12th April the 52nd Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association Exhibition will be held at Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, Blackpool FY2 9AA. Doors open from 10.30am, with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy as well as an RSGB bookstall. The RSGB understands that roadworks to improve the A585 Windy Harbour junction may impact travel to the rally. We have been advised that the best route is to use M55 junction 4, not junction 3, in order to avoid temporary signals and a 30mph speed limit. Details from Dave, M0OBW on 01270 761 608.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Bushvalley ARC will be active as GB8RAF from two locations for the RAF Airfields on the Air activation period until 12th April. The two weekends will be split between RAF Eglinton for one day and RAF Ballykelly for one day. More information is on QRZ.com.

West Manchester radio club is holding a special event on Bank Holiday Monday 6th April using the callsign GB2EFD. The event is being hosted by the Tyldesley Town Partnership at Astley Street Park, Astley Street, Tyldesley, Manchester M29 7BB. All are welcome to this local community event. Starting at 11am they will be working HF, 2m, 70cm and D-Star.

Leicester Radio Society will be running a special event station on HF from about 10am until 5pm using GX3LRS at the Hobbies and Pastimes Steam Day on 12th April. This takes place at the Abbey Pumping Station, LE4 5PX.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Anja, DH2AK and Torsten, DL1THM will be on holiday on Curacao Island, IOTA reference SA-099, until 23rd April. They will operate as PJ2/homecall, mostly on SSB/RTTY on the high bands. QSL via their home callsign either direct or via the bureau.

3A90IARU is the special callsign for the Association of Radio Amateur of Monaco to use until 30th June in celebration of the 90th anniversary of IARU. QSL via 3A2ARM, direct or via the bureau, and Logbook of The World.

Look for 5W0JY, 5W0KJ, 5W0MA and 5W0VE to be active from Apia, Samoa, OC-097, from the 9th to 15th April. They will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on all bands with a couple of stations. Individual QSL information is on QRZ.com.

Alex, IW5ELA will be active holiday style as TK/IW5ELA from Calvi, Corsica, EU-014, until the 9th April. He will operate mainly CW using the 10 to 40m bands. All of the QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.

Now the contest news

Today, the 5th, the first RoPoCo contest takes place from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using SSB on the 3.5MHz band you send a signal report plus, for your first QSO, your own full postcode. In subsequent QSOs you send the postcode that you received in each of your previous QSOs. Should you receive a postcode that is obviously corrupted, which is not unusual, pass it on as received. This contest is all about logging accuracy and as long as you aren’t the person who introduces the error you won’t lose points. Bear in mind that some Continental postcodes also creep into the proceedings. This is a surprisingly challenging contest, with the same power limit for everyone – 100 watts.

Also on 5th April the first 70MHz contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The first of this year’s SP DX Contests ends its 24 hour operation at 1500UTC today, the 5th. The modes in this one are CW and SSB on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. Only contacts with SP stations count for points. Send a signal report and expect to receive a signal report and single-letter Province code, with 16 to collect. There are lots of sections, mostly for single-op stations.

The CW leg of the 80m Club Championships takes place on 6th April from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is the usual signal report and serial number.

The IRTS 2m Counties Contest takes place on Easter Monday afternoon, the 6th, from 1300 to 1500UTC. The exchange is signal report and serial number with EI and GI stations also sending their county.

On 12th April the first 50MHz Contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

The Worked All Britain Data contest takes place next Sunday, 12th April, from 1200-2200UTC. This is on 3.5, 7 and 14MHz bands and the exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by 3rd May. Full details of the rules and logsheets may be obtained from the WAB website, www.worked-all-britain.org.uk

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4DDK on Thursday the 2nd of April

First, as we are now into April, please ensure that you are using the correct smoothed sunspot number of 61 with your VOACAP-based propagation programs.

Over the past week the solar flux index continued in the range 120-130. The prediction for the coming week is for ‘more of the same’, with the SFI around 135-145. This may look a little optimistic as the current image of the sun shows no new sunspots appearing around the western limb. However, as recent experience has shown us, new sunspots can pop out of nowhere so time will tell.

Geomagnetic conditions are predicted to be settled, which could bring good HF conditions.

As we move into April, HF conditions decline a little on the upper bands as we move towards summer. For example, on the path between the UK and New York, the optimum working frequency is now around 18MHz, whereas last month it was 21MHz. But on more southerly paths, such as the UK to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the optimum working frequency continues to be 24MHz.

The end of the month should see the return of Sporadic-E conditions, predominantly on 28MHz and 50MHz, although Sporadic-E affects all HF bands from 14MHz upwards.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

At long last there are indications of a prolonged period of high pressure over the British Isles, which will be great news for VHF and UHF folk, as well as good news for those having the Easter week off as holiday. The area of high pressure will probably produce sustained lift conditions after a few days, as a temperature inversion becomes established and produces the ducting conditions necessary for VHF and UHF openings.

As we said earlier, we are also near the start of the Sporadic-E season, especially in southern Europe and on the upper HF / lower VHF bands like 10m, and 6m, so it is always worth checking the beacons. This rule also applies for VHF / UHF tropo. Beacons are important tools, so thank you to the beacon keepers for a great resource.

For EME, the Moon declination decreases to a minimum on the 10th, with sky noise and degradation increasing during the coming week. There are no major meteor showers due in the coming week.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 29th. March 2015.

March 27, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 29th March 2015

The news headlines:

  • RSGB Eclipse Experiment yields data

  • G3TXF wins Cass Award for ZD9XF DXpedition

  • Amateurs run community broadcast radio station

The RSGB’s solar eclipse radio experiments on 20th March were deemed a great success. Radio amateurs took part in a wide range of experiments on many bands, including a QSO party on 160, 80m and 40m. The use of the reverse beacon network and Morse code meant that the received signal to noise ratios of those taking part could be automatically logged. Other stations, including some in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, used WSPR, the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, to test propagation on paths around Europe. All this data is now available for RSGB Members to download and analyse themselves on the RSGB’s Radio Propagation Questions forum on the RSGB website. A lot of analysis can now be done to look at specific paths and times using the data that were collected and Propagation Studies Committee Chair, Steve Nichols, G0KYA, would like to thank everyone who took part in the experiments. A full report will appear in a future edition of RadCom.

The Cass Award encourages DXpedition operating excellence and the 2014 Single-Operator Cass Award has been won by Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF. Congratulations Nigel. It was awarded for his DXpedition to the island of Tristan da Cunha as ZD9XF in September 2014 where he worked 9314 unique stations during the first 14 days of his one-man DXpedition. The award states that it demonstrated an outstanding effort to log as many DXers as possible and set a new Single-Operator Cass Award record. Club Log founder Michael, G7VJR presented Nigel with his plaque and prize at the CDXC Annual Dinner is on 21st March.

Community broadcast radio station Cambridge 105 is a voluntary organisation with over ten radio amateurs involved. On Good Friday, 3rd April, they are going back to the days of pirate radio and setting up a completely analogue studio on the Riverboat Georgina, moored on the River Cam. The day's music will cover the whole pirate radio era, from the 60s to early 90s when the final stations closed. However they have also teamed up with the DARC team who took over Deutsche Welle's short wave licence on 6070kHz and, for the duration of the broadcast, Cambridge 105 will be relayed across Europe on their 10kW transmitter in southern Germany, near Munich. Dom, M0BLF will be managing QSL cards for any SWLs who hear them on 6070kHz on the day. Anyone wanting to listen can do so on 105MHz FM, online at http://cambridge105.fm or, between 10am and 10pm on Good Friday, on 6070kHz.

Three more RSGB Train the Trainers days will take place in the coming months. Available free to any RSGB Member involved with training, these events are for those with no professional background in teaching. You will learn additional skills for working with a class and find the best way to help individuals understand the material. The next Train the Trainers day is on 9th May in Norwich. In order to book a place, please email David, G7URP via radio@dcpmicro.com. The second is in Badsworth, Yorkshire on 13th June and is now open for bookings. To claim your place at this location, please email info@theradioclub.co.uk. Finally, another RSGB Train the Trainers day event will take place in Merthyr Tydfil, on Saturday 11th July. Please contact Jimmy, MW0EQL, via mw0eql@googlemail.com for bookings and further details.

The 2015 reunion of the Radio Security Service will take place at Bletchley Park on 10th May. Registration will be from 10am and the meeting starts promptly at 10.30am. The venue for the meeting will be in a different building this year, the Teleprinter Hall. Please contact rssreunion@aol.com for further information if you wish to attend.

To celebrate the 90th anniversaries of the International Amateur Radio Union and French national Society as well as the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunications Union, several special event stations from different French areas or entities will be on the air. The first is TO90IARU that will be on the air from the 4th to the 18th April from Martinique.

Shortwave Radio in World War II is a 59-minute version of the 1944 film Voice of Victory that tells the story of how Hallicrafters developed the WWII SCR299 military shortwave radio from the pre-war HT-4 amateur radio set. You can watch Shortwave Radio in World War II: Voice of Victory 1944 Hallicrafters at www.tinyurl.com/GB2RS-329

The ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to Vanuatu following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 tropical storm that hit the archipelago on 13th March. They dispatched 40 satellite phones, 10 broadband global area network terminals and 35 solar panels to the island nation to support relief coordination efforts. Cyclone Pam slammed into the Vanuatu archipelago. Winds are estimated to have reached 250km/h, with gusts peaking at around 320km/h, causing damage to the infrastructure, impacting services such as electricity. The idyllic location is a haven for tourists and DXpeditioners, with all who had been there struggling to recognise damaged landmarks shown on TV news.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, the 29th, the Devon & Cornwall Repeater Group and Callington ARS Rally will be held in the Callington Town Hall, Callington, Cornwall PL17 7BD. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2,. There will be a Bring & Buy. Details from Roger by email to 2e0rph@gmail.com

The Ripon Radio Rally will take place in Hugh Ripley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 2PT, 100m west of the High Skellgate traffic lights on the B6265 today, the 29th of March. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2. There will be a Bring & Buy as well as refreshments available. The organisers warn prospective visitors that the Bring & Buy is upstairs, so if you can't carry it, don't bring it! Email rally@ripon.org.uk for further details.

There are no rallies taking place over the Easter weekend, the 3rd to 6th April. The next is the 31st Yeovil QRP Convention, which will take place on 12th April at Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA. There will be talk-in on S22 and the doors open from 9.30am to 3pm. Admission is £3 and there will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy as well as a lecture stream. More details from Steve, G7AHP, on 01803 666 407.

Also on 12th April the 52nd Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association Exhibition will be held at Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, Blackpool FY2 9AA. Doors open from 10.30am, with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy as well as an RSGB bookstall. Details from Dave, M0OBW on 01270 761 608.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Bushvalley ARC will active as GB8RAF from two locations during the RAF Airfields On The Air activation period of 28th March to 12th April. They will be at RAF Ballykelly today, the 29th. The following two weekends will be split between RAF Eglinton for one day and RAF Ballykelly for one day. More information is on QRZ.com.

West Manchester radio club is holding a special event on Bank Holiday Monday 6th April using the callsign GB2EFD. The event is being hosted by the Tyldesley town partnership at Astley Street Park, Astley Street. Tyldesley, Manchester M29 7BB. All are welcome to this local community event. Starting at 11am they will be working HF, 2m, 70cm and D-Star.

The GM0RAY event organised by Glasgow and Clyde RAYNET Group for 5th April in Gourock has had to be cancelled.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please email details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Marc, DU9/ON5SM will visit the Philippines until 25th April operating from Mindanao, IOTA reference OC-130. Using a Kenwood TS480SAT and 300W PA, Signalink DIGImodem into a GB5RV, 6 band Hexbeam and a 10m vertical with CG3000 antenna tuner he plans to be as active as possible. A special QSL card for these contacts can be sent via the bureau to those who wish.

A short operation from the Brazilian island of Trindade, SA-010, will take place from 2nd to 4th April. Trindade is a separate DXCC entity and is normally inhabited by a small detachment of Brazilian naval personnel. The callsign will be PQ0T and they hope to be active on the 6 to 160m bands. QSL manager is PP5BZ.

The Pacific island of Nauru, OC-031, will be on the air until 4th April. A team of 4 operators will sign C21EU and be on 40 – 10m bands using CW, SSB and digital modes. QSLs go via DL2AWG.

A holiday-style activation will be on the air until 2nd April from the Maldive Islands, AS-013, by Ben, DL1RNT, who will sign 8Q7NT. Operation will be mainly CW on 40 – 10m. QSLs go via the home call.

Keith, GM4YXI/GM5X and Chris, GM3WOJ/GM2V will be on the air from Weno Island, OC-011, as V6Z until 9th April. A part time entry in the CQ WW WPX SSB contest in the M/2 category is planned. QSL via N3SL.

Now the contest news

Please note that contest times are given as UTC, which is an hour behind local clock time in the UK now that British Summer Time came in at 1am on the 29th.

The second – and final – major American contest is the SSB leg of CQWW WPX running for 48 hours ending at 2359UTC tonight, the 29th. Everybody works everybody, exchanging a report and serial number. Expect the contesting bands to be heaving and some large serial numbers to be exchanged. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

Next weekend, on the 5th, the first RoPoCo contest takes place from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using SSB on the 3.5MHz band you send a signal report plus, for your first QSO, your own full postcode. In subsequent QSOs you send the postcode that you received in each of your previous QSOs. Should you receive a postcode that is obviously corrupted, which is not unusual, pass it on as received. This contest is all about logging accuracy and as long as you aren’t the person who introduces the error you won’t lose points. Bear in mind that some Continental postcodes also creep into the proceedings. This is a surprisingly challenging contest, with the same power limit for everyone – 100 watts.

Also on 5th April the first 70MHz contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The first of this year’s SP DX Contests takes place for 24 hours over the weekend of 4-5th, that’s the Easter weekend, from 1500 to 1500UTC. The modes in this one are CW and SSB on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. Only contacts with SP stations count for points. Send a signal report and expect to receive a signal report and single-letter Province code, with 16 to collect. There are lots of sections, mostly for single-op stations.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 27th of March.

Last week’s solar eclipse was a great opportunity to try out some propagation experiments. Many listeners reported the enhanced reception of distant medium wave stations at the time of maximum eclipse as the D layer of the ionosphere became less absorbing. The other data are currently being analysed for a feature in RadCom.

This week has shown how hard it can be to accurately predict solar conditions. NOAA had indicated that it expected the solar flux index to be around 100-110. In fact, at the time of writing, it was edging towards 140, thanks to a host of new sunspots. These, coupled with relatively quiet geomagnetic conditions with the K index often around two, have brought excellent HF conditions with the bands wide open to many parts of the world.

This week, predictions place the solar flux index in the range 130-140, but with continuing unsettled geomagnetic conditions. The K index could reach as high as five on Sunday 29th, due to a particle stream from a recurrent coronal hole, and four towards the end of the week. This suggests that HF conditions could be variable, with auroral-type conditions at times, which could impact signals on polar paths. Maximum usable frequencies are likely to be depressed as well.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

This week is starting fairly windy and unsettled, with high pressure to the south of the UK, which is almost good enough, but unfortunately insufficient to develop a robust temperature inversion, and certainly not in the northern half of the UK; so expect initially marginal to flat tropo conditions.

Any hopes of slightly better conditions rest upon a weak ridge developing over southern England in the second half of the week. A recent model predicts a stronger high over Britain by Friday, with some prospect of lift conditions. So don’t give up on this week, and remember there’s always aircraft scatter to give us DX on the higher bands.

The 2015 Es season should be getting underway soon, typically in mid April from the UK on the lower VHF bands, and the 22nd to 23rd April Lyrids meteor shower is only three weeks away.

The Moon reaches apogee on Thursday meaning highest path losses and declination is decreasing giving shorter Moon windows for UK EME operators in the coming week.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 22nd. March 2015.

March 20, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 22nd March 2015

The news headlines:

  • RSGB supports ISS work in schools

  • Technical Excellence Award for George Dobbs

  • GB3PY celebrating 40 years of UHF speech repeaters

The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced its participation in a programme designed to enthuse and encourage young people throughout the United Kingdom into Amateur Radio and a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, will launch to the International Space Station in November of this year and will spend six months working and living on board the ISS. Tim has issued a challenge to school pupils to contact him on board the ISS via Amateur Radio through a scheduled Amateur Radio on the International Space Station or ARISS contact.

The RSGB is delighted to announce that schools, who apply successfully to be part of this exciting programme, will be able to put forward students to represent them by making the radio call to Tim on orbit. These students will have to obtain their Full Amateur Radio Licence to be eligible to operate the radio and one lucky student at each ARISS Amateur Radio contact will be responsible for making contact with the Space Station.

The RSGB will assist schools taking part in this programme by providing training courses to help students obtain their Amateur Radio licence and, in partnership with ARISS, will provide all necessary technical support.

RadCom author and famous QRPer George Dobbs, G3RJV has been awarded the Dayton Hamvention Technical Excellence Award for a lifetime of work for QRP. He has helped many amateur radio operators build their own equipment as well as writing columns in both Practical Wireless and RadCom and books on the subject. Congratulations George. Other winners are Tim Duffy, K3LR who was awarded Amateur of the Year and Thomas Medlin, W5KUB who received the Special Achievement Award.

The UHF repeater GB3PY turns 40 years old in March and to celebrate this anniversary of the first ever UHF voice repeater in the UK being licensed, GB3PY will be using the callsign GB40PY for the rest of the year, with immediate effect. Ofcom have issued an NoV and Cambridgeshire Repeater Group will be running a number of events to commemorate the anniversary of PY's "birth".

Category 5 Cyclone Pam caused severe damage when it hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu last weekend. Recovery is expected to take a very long time. The idyllic location is a haven for tourists and DXpeditioners, with all those who have been there in the past struggling to recognise damaged landmarks now being shown on TV news. Like other countries in the region very few local radio amateurs exist, and no communication has been heard from many islands.

The FUNcube team are pleased to announce that the Data Warehouse has received two million packets of telemetry data from ground stations around the world. FUNcube-1 (AO-73) was launched on 21st November, 2013 and since then radio amateurs and schools have been receiving the telemetry packets transmitted by the satellite and passing them to the AMSAT-UK Data Warehouse for analysis and storage.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The Hack Green Bunker Rally takes place today, 22nd March, from the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AL. It is a sale of electronic equipment, amateur gear, components, military radio sets and vehicle spares. Doors open at 10am. Details from Lucy on 01270 623 353.

Reading & District Amateur Radio Club has one of their twice yearly junk sales on Thursday 26th March. The rules are on their website www.radarc.org

Next Sunday, the 29th, the Devon & Cornwall Repeater Group and Callington ARS Rally will be held in the Callington Town Hall, Callington, Cornwall PL17 7BD. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2,. There will be a Bring & Buy. Details from Roger by e-mail to 2e0rph@gmail.com

The Ripon Radio Rally will take place in Hugh Ripley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 2PT, 100m west of the High Skellgate traffic lights on the B6265 on Sunday 29th March. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2. There will be a Bring & Buy as well as refreshments available. The organisers warn prospective visitors that the Bring & Buy is upstairs, so if you can't carry it, don't bring it! E-mail rally@ripon.org.uk for further details

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be activating Slieve Gallion in the Sperrin Mountains on Sunday 22nd March. This field day type event, using the callsign MN0VFW, will allow members the opportunity to work stroke portable from the view point carpark. Those more willing and able will make the short trek to the top at 528m ASL to activate the actual summit. The SOTA reference is GI/SM 007. They plan to be on air between 10am and early afternoon on HF, VHF and UHF.

RAF Air Cadets from No2 Welsh Wing will have two stations operating on this year’s RAFARS Airfields on the Air. GB6RAF will be active on various dates until 29th March from RAF Hawarden in Flintshire using the 10 to 40m bands as well as 2m and 70cm. Then GB6RAF will be active on various dates between the 30th March and 26th April from RAF Rednal in Shropshire using the 10 to 40m bands.

Woody's Top Youth Hostel in Lincolnshire will be the venue for the 2015 GB1BST Special Event Station, celebrating the start of British Summer Time. Operating from the 27th to 29th March the site is on the Greenwich Meridian between Louth and Horncastle. Radio operations are scheduled to start late on the 27th with test transmissions on the 40m, 20m, 17m and 2m bands, which will be used during the weekend event. GB1BST has been organised by the Youth Hostels Amateur Radio Group and the Phoenix Radio Group with help from several clubs in the region. Local radio hams are invited to visit the station, and to help run it over the weekend.

Riviera ARC will take part in Airfields on the Air on 28th and 29th March from the ex RAF airfield at Haldon just outside of Teignmouth using the callsign GB4AOA. The station will comprise a Kenwood TS-590S and an offset Carolina Windom. The station will concentrate mainly on 40m SSB and 2m FM. Special QSLs are available and contacts with GB4AOA count towards the RAFARS awards for this event.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please e-mail details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Joe, LA5UF will operate from Easter Island, SA-001, as CE0Y/LA5UF until the 31st March. He hopes to be on the 10 to 40m bands using CW. QSLs should go directly to his home address.

Guy, F5MNW, returns to Reunion Island, AF-016, as FR/F5MNW until 14th April. QSL via his home callsign either direct or via the bureau.

Joe, LU1FM, will be active as 5J0B from San Andres Island, NA-033, until 4th April. Using the 6 to 160m bands on SSB and digital modes he will also be on during the WPX contest. QSL via LU1FM using ClubLog OQRS.

Hannes, OE1SGU, will be active as DU1/OE1SGU from Luzon Island, OC-042, between 24th March and 21st April. Operation will be holiday-style on the 6 to 40m bands using CW and digital modes. QSL via OE1SGU using Logbook of the World and OQRS.

Now the contest news

The BARTG HF RTTY Contest ends its 48 hour run at 0200UTC on Monday 23rd. It is on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands. Exchange a signal report, serial number and the time.

The Russian DX Contest runs for 24 hours ending at 1200UTC on today, the 22nd. There are lots of entry categories, mostly for single ops. Running on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number with Russian stations adding the Oblast code.

On Tuesday the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes the exchange is the usual signal report serial number and locator.

Also on Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contest takes place from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using the 2.3 to 10GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The UK EI Contest Club 80m contest series continues on Wednesday 25th. This month it’s a CW session. These monthly one hour contests are different. They are timed to coincide with the hours of darkness over most of the UK, Ireland and Europe. They are open to all stations anywhere to enter, and the scoring is distance based. Taking place from 2000 to 2100UTC the exchange is just your 4-character locator.

The second – and final – major American contest is the SSB leg of CQWW WPX on 28th and 29th. Everybody works everybody, exchanging a report and serial number. Expect the contesting bands to be heaving and some large serial numbers to be exchanged. Running from 0000UTC on the 28th to 2359 on the 29th the exchange is signal report and serial number.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 20th of March.

Last week we warned you of more potential solar flares and coronal mass ejections hitting the Earth and it looks like we were right. On Tuesday 17th a major geomagnetic storm took place, pushing the Kp index to eight.

The immediate reaction was an increase in signal levels on 10m with many Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian stations workable, albeit with QSB, as the maximum useable frequency headed towards 29MHz. Scotland was audible in southern UK on 10m too. Signals then turned auroral with characteristic Dalek-sounding USB signals and hissing CW on both 2, 6 and 10m. This was one of the best auroral openings on VHF for some time.

The following day the K index was still at five and MUFs were very depressed.

The other highlight of the week was the eclipse on Friday 20th. There were lots of radio activities planned, but at the time of writing it was too early to say what the outcomes were.

This week the solar flux index should remain in the range 100-110. Unsettled geomagnetic conditions will continue, with K indices of four forecast for Monday. Next weekend could be just as bad, so look out for pre-auroral enhancements on HF, followed by auroral conditions on 6m and 10m, perhaps even 2m.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Watch out for further auroral conditions on VHF if the sun is still active.

We start the week with an area of high pressure over the south of the country declining, along with any lift conditions, as a cold front crosses from the west today. A new high will build from the west across northern Britain by midweek, but this may only produce a temporary lift as it sinks south and into the continent. Indeed other models are less enthusiastic about this second high. So some chances for lift conditions, but not a 'dead cert'.

The good news is that it’s not long to wait now for the new Es season to get under way, possibly from mid to late April, and definitely from May onwards, from the UK on 10m and 6m.

No meteor showers this week, so keep looking for random MS contacts on the lower bands in the early mornings. The Moon’s declination continues to increase this week giving longer Moon windows for UK EME operators in the coming week with losses starting low but reaching maximum next weekend.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 15th. March 2015.

March 13, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 15th March 2015

The news headlines:

  • Notice of Variation to the Amateur Radio Licence published

  • Eclipse radio plans refined

  • RSGB Youth Committee news

Following the recent notification sent to licensees of the proposal to vary the Amateur Radio Licence, Ofcom has now published a Notice of Variation to the Amateur Radio licence. The new licence document, which will have effect from 7th April 2015 has also been published on the Ofcom website. Licensees who received a notification dated 30th January are not covered by this. Their licences will be the subject of a separate Notice, which Ofcom will publish in the course of the next couple of weeks. The RSGB is informed that Ofcom will send new licences to all the above licensees in the week of 23rd March. Where Ofcom have an e-mail address (about 60,000 licensees) the licence will go by e-mail. In other cases, licences will be posted. If new licenses have not been received by 14th April please contact Ofcom via ARL2015@ofcom.org.uk or via the online licensing system. For more information please go to the RSGB website www.rsgb.org/novlicence

With the solar eclipse now less than a week away, we should start with an apology. When we last mentioned the various experiments we said that the UK would experience up to 89% totality. Of course, in Shetland, they will experience 97% totality. Our apologies to all those living there, we really hope that they have a cloudless day for their visual observations. The RSGB Propagation Studies Committee is keen to make sure that everyone is aware of the activities taking place on the morning of Friday 20th March. The partial eclipse starts in the Midlands at about 0825UTC on the 20th and ends at 1041UTC. Maximum eclipse will be at about 0930UTC. This is a great opportunity to try some experiments to see how the sun’s ultraviolet output affects our ionosphere and how some radio waves are propagated. A wide range of experiments are planned and details can be found at http://tinyurl.com/GB2RS-1515. There will be an RSGB QSO Party on 160, 80 and 40m, using CW and PSK63, as well as experiments using CW skimmers and WSPR. Other experiments will involve Opera transmissions on 477kHz and beacons. All radio enthusiasts are encouraged to take part.

Three young people have been chosen by the Youth Committee to represent the RSGB at the Italian YOTA event in July. They are Dan, M0WUT, Cristos, M0WCK and Ricky, MW6GWR. Sadly, the leader for the event has had to pull out and so the RSGB is looking for a replacement. You should ideally be a teacher or someone with experience in working with young people. E-mail youth.chairman@rsgb.org.uk for further details.

A team of amateur radio astronomers from around the world have been making observations of hydrogen spectra using the G4NNS EME system near Andover as an L band radio telescope. By studying hydrogen spectra it is possible to gain insights into the shape and motion of our Galaxy. It is the unexpected motion of the galaxy that gave rise to the discovery of dark matter. As part of British Science Week, between the 13th and 22nd March, the observatory will be open twice daily for live observations and a presentation of how the galaxy's shape and motion can be revealed using radio astronomy. This event is free but as space in the shack is limited, it must be booked in advance by e-mail or phone . Contact brian-coleman@tiscali.co.uk or 01264 773342.

While World War 1 centenary activities began in 2014, the focus by the Australian community has always been on ANZAC Day, celebrated on the 25th April each year. ANZAC Day initially honoured the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp, or ANZAC, soldiers who took part in WWI, and has since been extended to commemoratively reflect on all conflicts involving Australian and New Zealand forces. The Wireless Institute of Australia, WIA is supporting the many community events being held in Australia and the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, with its own ANZAC Centenary Award, special callsigns and other activities. The ANZAC 100 program coordinator is Fred Swainston, VK3DAC, who can be contacted via vk3dac@wia.org.au and further programme details are on the WIA website at www.wia.org.au

Lambda-Sat, the first Greek CubeSat, was released from the International Space Station on 4th March and its developers have invited radio amateurs around the world to listen for its signal and to file reports. The 1U CubeSat transmits AX.25-protocol UI packets at 1200bps AFSK on 437.462MHz. The 1W transmitter identifies as KK6DFZ. Lambda-Sat was constructed entirely by young volunteers from Greece, who travelled to Silicon Valley to participate in this project. More details are online at www.cyhams.org

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The Dover Radio Rally will take place today, 15th March in Whitfield Village hall, Sandwich Road, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3LY. Doors open at 10am and the auction starts at 12.30pm. The rally ends at 1pm. Entrance price for visitors is £2. Details are online at www.darc.org.uk.

The 40th Dutch National Radio Flea market takes place on 21st March at Rosmalen, just off the A59 motorway in Holland. Talk-in is available on PI4SHB, 145.500MHz, and the doors open at 9am. See www.radiovlooienmarkt.nl for details.

The Laugharne Radio Rally takes place on 21st March in the Millenium Memorial Hall, Laugharne SA33 4QG. Doors open at 10am with disabled visitors gaining access at 9.30am. More from Matthew, GW6KOA on 01994 427 581.

The Hack Green Bunker Rally takes place on 22nd March from the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AL. It is a sale of electronic equipment, amateur gear, components, military radio sets and vehicle spares. Doors open at 10am. Details from Lucy on 01270 623 353.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Farnborough and District Radio Society is celebrating half a century of support and promotion of amateur radio. G50FRS will be operating until 30th November this year. They run club nets every Monday on 1995kHz and Friday on 144.675MHz both at 8pm and welcome anyone to join in. 

GB0SGS will be on air on the 16th and 17th March from St. Georges School, Wrotham Kent as part of British Science Week. The station will be run by Kevin, G0PEK along with 9 year old Lauren, M6HLR. The two days will be split into two sessions of two hours each and have a theme of ‘how far can we instantly send a message?’ They plan to use PMR446 around the school field before moving on to 145MHz, 7 and 14MHz. Lauren will be keeping a diary of the event and reporting back to her own school who have also expressed an interest in running a similar project in the near future.

MX0YHA will be used by Kevin, M0XLT between the 15th and 30th March at Gargrave near Skipton, which is approximately 6 miles from the YHA youth hostels at Malham and Earby in the Yorkshire Dales.

RAF Air Cadets from No2 Welsh Wing will have two stations operating on this year’s RAFARS Airfields on the Air. GB6RAF will be active on various dates between the 20th and 29th March from RAF Hawarden in Flintshire using the 10 to 40m bands as well as 2m and 70cm. Then GB6RAF will be active on various dates between the 30th March and 26th April from RAF Rednal in Shropshire using the 10 to 40m bands.

West Tyrone ARC will be running a special event station on 17th March to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. They will be located on the 3rd floor of the Strule Arts Centre, Townhall Square, Omagh, BT78 1BL. Operating from 10am until 5pm, the callsign for the day is GB1SPD.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please e-mail details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Lukas, HB9EBT will be active as D44TEG from Sao Tiago, IOTA reference AF-005, from the 15th to 27th March. He will operate CW on the 10 to 40m bands. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or via the bureau.

Marc, ON5SM will be active as DU9/ON5SM from Mindanao in the Philippines, OC-130, from 16th March to 25th April. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or via the bureau.

Bob, G3PJT, is in Grenada, NA-024, as J34G from the 12th to the 25th March using the 10 to 80m bands, mostly on CW. QSL via G3PJT, or Logbook of the World.

Watch out for Rob, N7QT, operating from Montserrat Island, NA-103, until the 25th March. He will be using the 10 to 80m bands on CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via N7QT wither direct or via the bureau and Logbook of the World.

Chas, NK8O is on Bonaire Island, SA-006, from the 17th March until 13th April. He will be on the air as PJ4/NK8O with a QRP rig on 20-10m on CW, maybe also on 40m. QSL via Logbook of the World, eQSL.

Now the contest news

The Commonwealth Contest ends its 24 hours run at 10am today, the 15th. As ever there are DXpeditions to some countries that you don’t hear on the bands every day, so for most of us – even if we are not making a serious entry – there are some new or rare ones to work. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands and CW only, the exchange is signal report and serial number, although HQ stations will also send HQ.

Today, the 15th, the second 70MHz Cumulative contest takes place from 1000 to 1200UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The Africa All Mode International DX Contest ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 15th. Both single and multi-operator stations may operate for the entire 24 hour period. Using the 10 to 160m bands with CW, RTTY and SSB, the exchange is signal report and serial number. Full rules are at www.africadxcontest.org/

The 2nd Tesla Memorial HF Contest ends at 0800UTC today, the 15th. Everyone works everyone on the 80m band only using CW. Points are based on distance between stations. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. Details at www.radiosport.org.rs/HFTeslaMemorial/

The Worked All Britain 3.5MHz Phone contest takes place today, the 15th March, from 1800-2200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by 5th April 2015. Details at www.worked-all-britain.org.uk

On Thursday the 80m Club Championships runs the SSB leg from 2000 to 2130UTC. The report is the usual signal report and serial number.

The BARTG HF RTTY Contest starts at 0200UTC on Saturday 21st. It runs for 48 hours on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands. Exchange a signal report, serial number and the time.

The Russian DX Contest runs for 24 hours starting 1200UTC on Saturday 21st. There are lots of entry categories, mostly for single ops. Running on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number with Russian stations adding the Oblast code.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 13th of March.

Last week we said that the sun's surface was looking a little bare, but that was before sunspot region 2297 erupted. This new area has helped keep the solar flux index around 120-130, but has spawned a number of solar flares. This region has so far produced an X2.2 flare, along with four moderate M-class flares.

These had the effect of severely affecting the ionosphere on the sunlit side of the earth, causing massive absorption, especially on the lower HF bands. The Colorado Digisonde shows the X-class flare event on Wednesday 11th wiped its plots completely up to around 10MHz for about 30 minutes. At the time of writing no associated coronal mass ejection had hit the earth. Region 2297 will be with us for a while yet, so expect more flare activity and possible CMEs, which can have the effect of reducing maximum usable frequencies.

Looking ahead to next week, the solar flux index should remain around the 120 mark according to NOAA, with increasing risk of geomagnetic disturbances.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

This week, the somewhat enhanced VHF/UHF conditions are likely to continue, especially at first, with a seasonally typical large high over Scandinavia extending a ridge across the British Isles and giving some lift conditions in most areas.

The Scandinavian high will slowly decline and propagation will become flatter again over the UK as a more unsettled weather type takes over from midweek; probably with an early ‘April showers’ flavour so there may be some daytime rain scatter options available from afternoon cumulonimbus clouds.

Some models do keep the tropo hope alive by rebuilding a new high from the south-west temporarily. The (TEP) openings from Southern Europe on 50MHz continue in the early evening so stations in the extreme south-west of the UK should keep alert for any brief extensions northward.

Again, no meteor showers this week, so keep looking for random meteor scatter contacts on the lower bands in the early mornings. The Moon is at minimum declination today, so there will be short but increasing Moon windows for UK EME operators in the coming week with losses at a minimum Wednesday through Friday.

Overall, it’s a week of opportunity for the VHF/UHF/Microwave bands. And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 8th. March 2015.

March 6, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 8th March 2015

The news headlines:

  • Places still available on Youth Dxpedition

  • Eclipse QSO Party announced

  • Commonwealth Contest prompts DXpeditioners

5 places remain on the DXpedition to Wales from the 23rd to 30th July, organised by the RSGB Youth Committee. If you are under 26 and an RSGB Member why not join the group and take part in a week of radio? It only costs £50 for the whole week and the RSGB will cover travel costs. To apply, or to find out more, please e-mail the youth coordinator, Mike Jones, via youth.chairman@rsgb.org.uk by the 10th of March.

Recently, the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee announced the Eclipse Propagation Experiment for the morning of 20th March. The UK will experience up to 89% totality on that day, which is likely to reduce the effect of the D layer of the ionosphere above the UK. This could mean that stations may be heard on the lower HF bands that would otherwise be inaudible during the day. As part of the experiment, an Eclipse QSO Party is being organised for the 1.8, 3.5 and 7MHz bands. This is not a contest, but some of the RSGB Contest Committee software and web facilities will be used to collect and display activity reports. Any radio amateurs who are available are invited to take part – more details will be published over the next two weeks. Current information is at www.g0kya.blogspot.com

A number of RSGB members are heading off on trips for the Commonwealth Contest next weekend. Look out for G3LET as VY2GQ from Prince Edward Island, IOTA NA-029, G3VYI/VP9 from Bermuda, NA-005, G4CWI as ZF2CA from Cayman, NA-016, G3RWF as 5Z4LS from Kenya, G3XAQ as 5X1XA from Uganda and G3PJT as J34G from Grenada, NA-024. The contest is on the 14th and 15th of March.

Starting today, the 8th of March, the GB2RS transmission at 1000 on 40m from Germany will move to a new frequency of 7.127MHz. This change is being made to accommodate contest activity that competes for spectrum on the band. Our thanks go to G3SIB/DJ0OK and M0DXM/DJ2XB for their continued support of the GB2RS news service. The 1030 reading of the news from Stornaway by GM3JIJ will continue on 7.150MHz as normal.

The Chiltern DX Club holds its annual dinner on the 21st March at the Calcot Hotel, Reading, Berkshire. The event starts at 2pm with a session on remote operation. This will include talks and demonstrations on the reasons for setting up a remote station or operating your home station remotely. There is no charge for the afternoon event but numbers are limited so booking is essential. A three course dinner follows at 7:30pm with the after dinner talk being Nick, G3RWF with Tales of an Amateur Amateur. Again, booking is essential. All of the details are on the CDXC website at www.cdxc.org.uk

Spanish amateur radio society URE has told us that all Spanish licence holders have been granted a special prefix celebrating the 90th anniversary of IARU during April 2015. EA stations will use the AM prefix. EB stations will use the AN prefix. EC stations will use the AO prefix. ‘90’ will be added after the call area number. URE club stations in the mainland will share, not simultaneously, the call EG90IARU. URE club stations outside the mainland (6, 8 and 9 call areas) will share, not simultaneously, the call EH90IARU.

An interview is now available with Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, co-team leader of the K1N Navassa DXpedition, made at the end of the DXpedition. Glenn spoke to DokuFunk on the experience of operating from one of the world’s rarest DX spots. The audio file is at www.dokufunk.org/navassa-e

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, the 8th, the 30th Wythall Radio Club Rally will be held. It is at a new venue this year, the Wythall Radio Club HQ at Wythall Park, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ. Doors open at 10am, or 9.30 for disabled visitors. Admission is £3. There will be trade stands, catering and a licensed bar. Contact John on 07428 055 931 for more details.

A Science Week Convention will be held on 14th March from 2 to 6pm at St John the Baptist Church, Grainger Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Organised by The Five Bridges Cluster, the theme of the event is Amateur Radio in the Era of Social Media and Instant Communication. Speakers include RSGB President John Gould, G3WKL. Details from Nancy, G7UUR on 07990 760 920, or e-mail nancybone2001@yahoo.co.uk.

The Dover Radio Rally will take place on 15th March in Whitfield Village hall, Sandwich Road, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3LY. Doors open at 10am and the auction starts at 12.30pm. The rally ends at 1pm. Entrance price for visitors is £2. Details on the website www.darc.org.uk.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Listen out for Science Week special event stations, usually working within schools or other educational establishments. If you hear these young people on the air, please give them a call.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please e-mail details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Seven members of the Portable Operating Group, based in Stafford, will be operating from a base camp North Anglesey from the 7th to 14th of March. Using the club callsign MC0POG they will be operating all modes and some of the more energetic will be operating SOTA from various locations around the island.

Toshi, JA8BMK will be on the air as XV7BM in Vietnam until the end of March. QSL to his home callsign.

Nick, G3RWF will be active as 5Z4LS from Nairobi until 18th March. The preferred QSL route is via Club Log OQRS.

Jacek, SP5APW will be active as 3W2JK from Con Son Island, AS-130 from the 11th to 17th March. He will operate SSB, PSK31 and RTTY on the 40 to 10m bands. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or via the bureau.

Alan, G3XAQ will be active as 5X1XA from Uganda from the 11th to 18th March. He will operate CW mostly on the high bands and especially in the new SARL Africa DX Contest on 14th and 15th. QSL via G3SWH.

A team will be active as 9K2F from Faylakah Island, AS-118, from the 11th to 16th March. QSL via 9K2HN using OQRS on Club Log.

Now the contest news

This weekend the 144/432MHz contest ends its 24 hours run at 1400UTC today, the 8th. Using all modes in both bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The ARRL International DX contest ends it 48 hours of operation at 2359UTC today, the 8th. It is an SSB contest using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and transmitted power, with American and Canadian stations sending their State or Province code.

The first in this year’s series of five low band contests organised by the UK Microwave Group takes place today, Sunday the 8th, from 1000 to 1600UTC, Using all modes on the 1.3 to 3.4GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Tuesday the 432MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the 11th the 80m Club Championships is on the CW leg. Running from 2000 to 2130UTC, the exchange is the usual signal report and serial number.

The Commonwealth Contest runs for 24 hours from 10am on Saturday 14th. Last year the sunspot cycle was around its peak, conditions were good and the event enjoyed a record entry of 309 stations. As ever there are DXpeditions to some countries that you don’t hear on the bands every day, so for most of us – even if we are not making a serious entry – there are some new or rare ones to work. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands and CW only, the exchange is signal report and serial number although HQ stations will also send HQ.

Next Sunday, the 15th, the second 70MHz Cumulative contest takes place from 1000 to 1200UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The Africa All Mode International DX Contest runs from 1200UTC on the 14th to 1200UTC on the 15th. Both single and multi-operator stations may operate for the entire 24 hour period. Using the 10 to 160m bands with CW, RTTY and SSB, the exchange is signal report and serial number. Full rules at www.africadxcontest.org/

The 2nd Tesla Memorial HF Contest will be held on 14th and 15th March, from 1800UTC to 0800UTC. Everyone works everyone on the 80m band only using CW. Points are based on distance between stations. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. Details at www.radiosport.org.rs/HFTeslaMemorial/

The Worked All Britain 3.5MHz Phone contest takes place next Sunday, the 15th March from 1800-2200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by 5th April 2015. Details at www.worked-all-britain.org.uk

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 6th of March.

Last week saw the solar flux index remain in the range 123-130. The beginning of the week saw rather unsettled geomagnetic conditions, with the planetary A index up to 23 at middle latitudes. Solar wind speeds remained elevated above 500km/s due to a geomagnetic storm that brought widespread aurora around the arctic circle.

The solar disk now looks quite bare compared with last week, and NOAA predicts the solar flux will decline to around 115 at the beginning of the week, rising to perhaps 130 at the end. In fact, the long-range forecast predicts these kind of numbers right through to mid April.

Geomagnetic conditions are predicted to remain fairly settled, with the Ap index lower in the second half of the week with a maximum of around five. This should bring reasonable HF conditions.

The Chilton Ionosonde at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford has been showing critical frequencies, where signals fired straight up are still just reflected back to earth, reaching highs of around 8-9.5MHz around lunchtime. This means that 7MHz remains useful for inter-G contacts during the day with maximum usable frequencies on a 3,000km path reaching 25MHz, and more than 28MHz on geomagnetically quiet days.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

With high pressure on the charts continuing to play a role throughout the next week, albeit with a few exceptions, the conditions for VHF/UHF tropo propagation look fairly good and certainly worth checking the bands from time to time. The exceptions are mainly due to a small low crossing the country on Monday and a weakening cold front on Thursday. Outside these two events, the pressure remains high and capable of producing lift conditions, especially in the southern half of Britain and into the continent.

Stations in southern Europe are enjoying almost daily 50MHz Trans-Equatorial propagation (TEP) openings in the early evening so stations in the extreme south west of the UK should keep alert for any brief extensions northward.

We are still in the January to April lull in meteor showers, so keep looking for random MS contacts on the lower bands in the early mornings and aircraft scatter on the higher bands.

The Moon’s declination continues to fall all next week so UK EME operators will get increasingly shorter moon windows with reducing path losses.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 1st. March 2015.

February 27, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 1st March 2015

The news headlines:

  • GB2RS broadcast from Germany to QSY

  • Train the Trainers days in May and June

  • RSGB response to Ofcom UHF consultation

Starting next Sunday, the 8th of March, the GB2RS transmission at 1000 on 40m from Germany will change frequency. Currently on 7.150MHz, the new frequency will be 7.127MHz. This change is being made to accommodate contest activity that competes for spectrum on the band. Our thanks go to G3SIB/DJ0OK and M0DXM/DJ2XB for their continued support of the GB2RS news service. The 1030 reading of the news from Stornaway by GM3JIJ will continue on 7.150 as normal.

RSGB Train the Trainers days are for you if you are delivering training for the amateur examinations and do not already have a professional educational background. The purpose is to give you some insights in how to prepare and deliver your material, to improve the learning skills of your class and hopefully inject some fun into the experience for everyone. Train the Trainers days are available to RSGB members and there is no charge. Places at each venue are limited so apply soon if you are interested. The next Train the Trainers day is on May 9th, in Norwich. In order to book a place, please email David, G7URP at radio@dcpmicro.com. A further Train the Trainers day will be held in Badsworth, Yorkshire on 13th June. To book for that location, please email info@theradioclub.co.uk

The RSGB has prepared a response to Ofcom’s call for input on a strategic review of the UHF spectrum at 420-470MHz. You can read the response, in full, in the News section of the RSGB website.

On the 26th February, GB2RAF at RAF Neatishead Air Defence Radar Museum made contact with GB8ORE, a station commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the radar located at the Birth of Radar Memorial Stone in Northamptonshire. This contact on 40m SSB at 1504UTC was rather special as the Museum Curator exchanged a greetings message to and from Eddie Izzard, who was a special guest at the Memorial Stone. The contact was made possible by Terry, G4PSH and Brian, G8GMU. The event was reported on the local news.

IARU Region 1 has released issue 65 of the VHF-UHF-microwave Newsletter. It covers WRC-15, which could affect a number of amateur radio bands such as the 5MHz, 5GHz, 10GHz, 24GHz and 77GHz bands. You can read the newsletter at http://tinyurl.com/IARU-R1-VHF-65

Radio amateurs from Poland have created a diploma commemorating the SSTV activity from the International Space Station that celebrated the 80th anniversary of Gagarin's birthday. For more information contact the coordinator via email to koordynator.ariss@gmail.com. As a subject please mention SSTV3ISS, your callsign and locator.

A group of German radio amateurs have taken over a former broadcast transmitter and have been granted a commercial licence for 10kW on 6070kHz. As part of their programming, they will be broadcasting GB2RS News. For more detail please go to their website at www.channel292.de.

During March, April and May, the Union of Radio Amateurs from Andorra, URA, will be arranging a series of events to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the organisation. For further information, visit www.ura.ad and click on 35th anniversary. There is an English version of the website.

The Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group tell us that 70cm beacon GB3MCB on is back on the air on its new frequency of 432.470MHz. It is using an 8 element Yagi at 1050 feet ASL beaming north east towards the centre of the UK from IO70OJ. Reports are welcome at www.gb3nc.org.uk or at www.beaconspot.eu

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Today, 1st March, the Exeter Radio and Electronics Rally will be held in America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PW. Doors open at 10.30am, with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Entry is £2 and there will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. Details from Pete, G3ZVI, on 07714 198 374.

Also on 1st March the British Vintage Wireless Society is holding a Swapmeet and Auction at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden AL5 1PD. Doors open at 9.30am, with tickets on sale from 9am. The event is for members only so contact Mike Barker on 01380 860 787 for more information.

Next weekend, on the 8th, the 30th Wythall Radio Club Rally will be held. It is at a new venue this year, the Wythall Radio Club HQ at Wythall Park, Silver Street, Wythall B47 6LZ. Doors open at 10am, with disabled visitors gaining access half an hour earlier. Admission is £3. There will be trade stands, catering and a licensed bar. Contact John on 07428 055 931 for more details

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

This weekend, listen out for GB0PAS on air for the Pontefract Astronomy Society.

GB100BVU will be on the air from Llandudno celebrating 100 Years of St Dunstan's from the 6th to the 14th March.

If you have news of any future special event stations, please e-mail details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

The DXpedition to Robinson Crusoe Island, IOTA reference SA-005, in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago is scheduled to run until 4th March. The multi-national team comprises of 23 operators from 7 countries using the callsign 3G0ZC.

ZD8D will be on the air from Ascension Island, AF-003, until 6th March. The three operators will focus on the LF bands.

FP/KV1J will be active until 10th March from Miquelon Island, NA-032, and QSLs go via his home callsign.

Michael PA5M will be signing 3XY5M from Guinea in West Africa until around 10th April.

Marcel, PD5MVH will use the special callsign PD38EU from Ameland Island, EU-038, from until 14th March, including the ARRL DX SSB Contest. QSLs go via PD5MVH wither direct or via the bureau.

Howard, WA2NHA will be on the air from Aruba, SA-036, from 1st to 15th march with a CW only station using the callsign P4/WA2NHA. QSL via WA2NHA.

Now the contest news

This weekend is the CQ WW 160m DX contest. It started at 2200UTC on Friday 27th and ends its 48 hour run today, the 1st. It’s SSB only and the exchange is signal report and CQ Zone, which for the UK is 14.

On Monday, the data leg of the 80m Club Championships runs from 2000 to 2130UTC. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Tuesday, the 144MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend the 144/432MHz contest runs for 24 hours from 1400UTC on the 7th. Using all modes in both bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Also next weekend is the ARRL International DX contest running for 48 hours from 0000UTC on the 7th. It is an SSB contest using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and transmitted power, with American and Canadian stations sending their State or Province code.

The first in this year’s series of five low band contests organised by the UK Microwave Group takes place on Sunday 8th from 1000 to 1600UTC, Using all modes on the 1.3 to 3.4GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 27th of February.

We are now into March with the spring equinox just a few weeks away. With equal illumination on both hemispheres, this is traditionally a good time for north-south contacts on HF, such as UK to South Africa and South America. A detailed analysis using VOACAP Online shows a few more factors to consider when planning what bands to use.

In February, a path from the UK to the eastern seaboard of the US had a twelve per cent maximum chance of success on 10m. But in March you may need to drop down to 12m to make the contact. It is a similar story on paths to the west coast of the US.

In other words, 10m propagation to the United States is now on the wane as we head towards summer. But on paths to South America, 10m should be open with an 80-85% probability of success, pretty much as it was in February.

If you are using a VOACAP-based prediction program don't forget to change the smoothed sunspot number to 62, down slightly from last month.

Finally, we are not in the summer HF doldrums just yet so there is still plenty of DX to be worked. And don’t forget the Commonwealth Contest on 14th and 15th March.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

This next week the windy and generally unsettled theme continues, but there are some quite positive signals for a large high to develop over Ireland from midweek and slowly drift eastwards to be over the country by next weekend.

These winter cold highs are not such strong providers of tropo initially, since the air near the surface is also very dry at first. However, as the high edges away to the east and declines slightly, there is a good chance of some moisture getting trapped under the temperature inversion, especially over western Britain as the weekend approaches.

This may give another period of tropo to get March off to a good VHF/UHF start. As March goes on, the chance of early Sporadic-E events increases, as do the very rare North-South propagation on 50MHz from the extreme South West of the UK.

We are still in the January to April lull in meteor showers, so keep looking for random meteor scatter contacts on the lower bands in the early mornings and aircraft scatter on the higher bands.

The Moon’s declination is falling all next week so UK EME operators will get increasingly shorter moon windows and losses will reach a maximum on Thursday and Friday.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 21st. December 2014.

February 25, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 21st December 2014

The news headlines:

  • Christmas and New Year arrangements

  • Youngsters on the Air news

  • Island DXpedition to Iran announced for January

This is the penultimate GB2RS broadcast of 2014 and the RSGB sends its seasonal greetings to all listeners. There will be no news readings on 4 January. The RSGB HQ will close for the Christmas and New Year holiday at noon on 24 December. It will re-open on 5 January. The National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park will be open until the end of the day on the 22nd; it will re-open on 2nd January. We would like to thank those volunteers who continue to give their time to keep the NRC open and on the air.

December is Youngsters on the Air month and 37 stations will be operating all around Europe, Africa and the Middle East getting young people involved in amateur radio. There are even two stations from Asia and the Caribbean that are part of this event. In the UK, the callsign G14YOTA is moving around the country throughout December. Today, the 21st, Wirral & District ARS will operate the callsign and on the 27th and 28th it will be Wolverhampton ARS. If you hear young people on the air at these stations, please take the time to speak to them.

The Rockall DX Group are planning a new challenge for January – activating Kish Island, Iran, which is IOTA AS-166 and number 33 on ClubLog’s DXCC Most Wanted list. EP6T should be on the air from 16th January, operating from 160m to 10m. Emphasis will be on 160m, and the operation is expected to continue until 26 January. According to the ARRL, of Iran’s 80 million citizens only 13 are licenced amateurs, although 60 students have recently passed their exams and should be able to receive an EP callsign in the near future. Details of the EP6T DXpedition can be found at www.rockall.be

The RSGB Board is delighted to announce the co-option of Barrie Palin, G4AHK, to the vacant Nominated Director vacancy. Barrie is the chairman of the Bromsgrove and District Amateur Radio Club in the West Midlands and is active on the HF and VHF bands. He will initially take the lead role on the Board for the implementation of the Promotional Plan that is currently being finalised.

Scottish Memories is a monthly nostalgia magazine and in an upcoming issue they are planning to publish a wartime special feature focusing on World War Two. As part of this they are hoping to write a feature about the huge impact of radio on ordinary families during the war. Deputy Editor, Rachel Bellerby, would like to hear from amateurs who were involved in radio during the war years or whose family were. Please e-mail her via rachelb@warnersgroup.co.uk

There is a small group of RSGB Members in Poland who are trying to form a group so they can keep in touch and generally form a virtual radio club based around their common interest as Members of the RSGB. Anyone in Poland, any Polish radio amateurs living in the UK, or anyone who has a connection with Poland is invited to e-mail radcom@rsgb.org.uk, marking the e-mail RSGB-PL for SQ8PDP. All e-mails will be forwarded.

2015 will see a new IRTS award available, the Worked all Ireland Counties Award. It is designed to encourage activity and is based on working or hearing a combination of squares and counties in Ireland. The detailed rules are available atwww.irts.ie/wai15

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

The first rallies of the New Year are on 18th January when the Hatherleigh Rally will open in Devon at 10am and the Red Rose Winter Rally will open at 11am in Manchester. More details will be in 2015.

As a prelude to the move to larger premises in the New Year, ML&S will start a post-Christmas sale from 27 to 31 December. As well as the usual fare, there will be older kit that he doesn’t want to take with him, which sounds like a club junk sale night.


The latest list of rallies is on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/ukevents and if your rally isn't there, please e-mail details to radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now for the news of special events

WW1USA will be on the air on 27th and 28th December to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914. Details are on QRZ.com.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

Special callsigns in the format E50x have been issued to the seven resident amateurs in the Cook Islands, OC-194, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Self Governance. They may be used at the operator's discretion between 1st January and 31st December 2015.

RV3ARY is planning to operate from Mount Vinson in Antarctica between 24th December and 3rd January. He will use battery power and take Windom and Yagi antennas for 20 metres. Listen out or him on 7.045, 14.260 and 21.260MHz.

F2VX and F9IE will be active stroke FM from Martinique, NA-107, until 8th January. Operations will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB from FM5WD’s station. QSL via their home callsigns.

Bruce, 3W3B will be in Laos operating as XW4XR until 2nd January. He operates CW and RTTY and his QSL manager is E21EIC.

Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will sign JA0JHQ/VK9N from Norfolk Island, OC-055 until 22nd December. He expects to be mainly active on 17 and 15m SSB. QSLs go via the home call.

Now the contest news

The UK Six Metre Group’s Winter Marathon began on the 1st and continues for two months. The Winter Marathon isn’t a contest in the traditional sense; it’s basically a way of promoting activity on 6m during the winter. There are no points for individual QSOs; just for working as many Locator squares as possible. You can claim the squares worked in any 6m contest over the period, as well as non-contest QSOs. The exchange is simply signal report and locator.

For anyone wanting a good excuse to disappear into the shack on Boxing Day – and the three following days – the Christmas Cumulatives run for 2 hours on the 26th to the 29th. 6m, 4m, 2m & 70cm are in use each day, so band hopping is essential if you want to do well. Operations take place from 1400 to 1600UTC each day and the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The DARC Christmas Contest runs for 2½ hours on Boxing Day morning. There isn’t likely to be much propagation between the UK and Germany on 80m at this time of day, so 40m will carry most of the traffic for participating UK stations. Starting at 0830UTC the exchange is signal report and serial number, with DL stations sending DOK or NM.

Finally, the RAC Canada Winter Contest is on Saturday 27th from 0000 to 2359UTC. There are numerous entry categories and everyone can work everyone, but concentrate on working Canada because Canadian Provinces and Territories are where the multipliers are. Certificates are on offer to the winner of each category in each DXCC entity. You can use the 1.8 to 144MHz bands, either CW or phone. The exchange is signal report and serial number, with VE stations also sending their Province code.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 19th of December

The sun remains peppered with a large number of spots. This has kept the solar flux index up in the 160s, even peaking at 192 on the 18th. This has also brought a lot of M and C class solar flare activity with associated short-term blackouts, although there have been no mammoth X-class events.

Continuing high solar wind speeds has kept the K index at 2 or 3, which has not helped HF conditions. But despite this there has been much DX to be worked, with 12m and 10m being wide open during daylight hours.

Christmas Eve sees a rare opportunity to hear the Swedish Grimeton SAQ VLF station, which will be transmitting a Christmas message in CW on 17.2kHz from 0800UTC. The massive 200kW Andersson alternator will be tuned up on air from 0740. The special event station SK6SAQ will also be on air from the site, with CW and SSB transmissions on 80m, 40m and 20m. All of these may be suitable for reception in the UK.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

Season’s greetings to all the VHF/UHF DXers from meteorologist Jim Bacon, G3YLA, who reports that, like last week, the weather is still not playing ball.

Low pressure will be nearby for the whole week and we’re unlikely to see much scope for high pressure driven lifts, but there are some hints that the south of the country may get onto the northern flank of a ridge over France, Biscay and Iberia later.

So in the south – look south, and perhaps in the north, looking north could work if the sun produces any significant auroral activity.

Last week’s Geminids meteor shower was a good one and not long to wait until the Quadrantids, which run from January 1st to 5th. It peaks on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th.

In the UK, it’s a daytime Moon, reaching its lowest declination today, but it will be at perigee – that’s the closest point – on Wednesday, meaning lowest path losses, but increasing moon time this week.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLITEN FOR 22nd. February 2015.

February 20, 2015
00:0000:00

GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 22nd February 2015

The news headlines:

    Opportunities for enthusiastic young amateurs

    New SSTV transmissions from ISS

    More news on eclipse experiment

Applications for the IARU YOTA event in Italy this year close on 1st March. The RSGB is seeking four people to take part. Three participants must be under 26, plus a leader who can be over that age. The team will represent the RSGB at the IARU event, which will host 75 participants from all over IARU Region 1. There is a separate opportunity for a group of young people to take part in a DXpedition to the Brecon Beacons from the 23rd to 30th July. The cost to participants will be just £50 for the whole week. To apply, or to find out more about either of these events, please e-mail the youth coordinator, Mike Jones, via youth.chairman@rsgb.org.uk

A continuous SSTV transmission is planned from the International Space Station from 1030UTC on the 21st to 2130UTC on the 23rd. It is expected that 12 different photos will be sent on 145.800MHz FM, using the SSTV mode PD180, with 3-minute off periods between transmissions. One of the photos will show the commemorative diploma created by PZK, the national Polish Amateur Radio society, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the birth of first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. The equipment used will be the Kenwood D710 transceiver located in the Russian Service Module.

In last week's news, the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee announced the Eclipse Propagation Experiment for the morning of 20th March. The UK will experience up to 89% totality, which is likely to reduce the effect of the D layer of the ionosphere above the UK. This could mean that stations may be heard on the lower HF bands that would otherwise be inaudible during the day. As part of the experiment, an Eclipse QSO Party is being organised for the 1.8MHz, 3.5MHz and 7MHz bands. This is not a contest, but some of the RSGB Contest Committee software and web facilities will be used to collect and display activity reports. Any radio amateurs who are available are invited to take part and more details will be published over the next two weeks. Current information is at www.g0kya.blogspot.com

VLF enthusiasts are planning some experiments during the solar eclipse on March 20. A number of VLF observers will be paying particular attention to received signal strengths during this period and comparing results afterwards, with the aim of compiling reports. Of particular interest will be the NRK signal on 37.5kHz from Grindavik, Iceland. They are also interested in any results from other VLF (and LF) stations. Measurements should be prepared in a .CSV format and with accurate time stamps. The exact arrangements are still to be agreed but will probably involve measurements for the same period the day before and the day after the eclipse. For more information, or if you would like to participate in this study, please contact Paul Hyde, G4CSD via g4csd@yahoo.co.uk

The last major phase of the RSGB Events Planner project is now live on the RSGB website. It allows affiliated clubs to edit their existing events and, if necessary, remove them. If you want full information, type Manage Club Events into the search bar on the RSGB website.

Malta has allocated 70-70.5MHz to radio amateurs on a secondary basis and included it in the National Frequency Plan. There are quite a few local stations interested in being active on 4m.

The RSGB Training and Education Committee has organised another Train the Trainers event following on from the pilot course in Tamworth. The next event will be in Norwich on 9th May. In order to book a place, please email David via radio@dcpmicro.com. The RSGB subsidises the day so it is free to Members. It is aimed at those who help with training people for the exams but who are not themselves professional teachers or otherwise well-versed in teaching methods.

Bletchley Park is developing an exhibition of WWI Signals Intelligence that is due to open this summer and are trying to locate a WWI-era Marconi wireless set. If you knew of anyone or any collections that might have any Marconi equipment dating to this period, please e-mail radcom@rsgb.org.uk

The March edition of RadCom is now available online to Members. You will need your RSGB Membership Services login. Go to www.rsgb.org.uk, click on Publications then RadCom and follow the instructions.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week

Hull and District ARS is holding a Bring and Buy Auction today, the 22nd, in the Maurice Rawlings Centre, 41 Bean Street, Hull HU3 2PU. Doors open from 10.30am and the Bring and Buy starts at 12 noon. The auction starts at 1pm. There is talk-in on 145.400MHz.

Also today, the 22nd, the BRATS Rainham Radio Rally will be held in Rainham School for Girls, Derwent Way, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent ME8 0BX. Doors open at 10am, with disabled visitors gaining access from 9.30am. There will be trade stands and special interest groups in the hall. More from David, 2E0DCN by e-mail to dfilby191@yahoo.com.

Pencoed ARC is holding a table top sale today, the 22nd, at Pencoed RFC, The Verlands, Felindre Rd, Pencoed CF33 5PB, off the M4 at junction 35. Tables are £5 and sellers can gain access from 8.30am. Doors open for buyers at 9.30am and admission is £2. Refreshments will be available. More details from Madeline on 01639 885 126.

Next weekend, on 1st March, the Exeter Radio and Electronics Rally will be held in America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PW. Doors open at 10.30am, with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Entry is £2 and there will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. Details from Peter, G3ZVI on 07714 198 374.

Also on 1st March the British Vintage Wireless Society is holding a Swapmeet and Auction at Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden AL5 1PD. Doors open at 9.30am, with tickets on sale from 9am. The event is for members only so contact Mike Barker on 01380 860 787 for more information.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

Now the special event news

Australia and New Zealand are commemorating 100 years since the landing of troops at Gallipoli in WWI. This is a significant commemorative event and amateurs in Australia will have special event callsigns in operation for most of 2015. The next ANZAC event will continue until 3rd March, which is the Darwin Amateur Radio Club using VI8ANZAC.

World Cultural Heritage site Himeji Castle, in Japan, has undergone large scale repair works for more than four years. It will be re-opened for public access on 27 March. The Himeji Amateur Radio Club will run a special event station to commemorate this event. 8N3HC or 8N3HC/3 will be on the air from 1 March to 31 May using the 160m to 70cm bands with CW, phone or digital signals. QSLs should not be sent for this station.

GB8ORE, standing for Original Radar Experiment, will be operated on 26th February from the Birth of British Radar Memorial, Northampton Road, Litchborough. There is no postal address although the nearest postcode is NN7 4SE and the map reference is NGR SP650 557. Brian, G8GMU intends to operate mainly on 40m SSB with some 2m FM operation. You can contact Brian on 07801 862 686.

And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources

CV5A will be on the air from Flores Island, IOTA reference OC-151, between 21st and 23rd February. Activity will be on all high frequency bands and modes. QSL via CX2ABC.

Two German amateurs will be on the air from Kenya as 5Z4/DF3FS and 5Z4/DL9OLI until 8th March. Activity will be on the 10 to 80m bands using SSB and CW. QSLs go via DF3FS.

JH1NBN will operate as C21BN from the Pacific island of Nauru, OC-031, until 28th February. He will use SSB and QSL info is via his home callsign.

ZD8D will be on the air from Ascension Island, AF-003, between 24th February and 10th March. They will be on the 160 to 6m bands using CW, RTTY and SSB, with a focus on the low bands. QSL via DL9HO either direct or via the bureau.

F6HMQ and F6GWV will be on the air from Guadeloupe Island, NA-102, until 8th March, transmitting as FG/homecalls and as TO66R during the ARRL contest. QSL TO66R via F6HMQ and the others via home callsigns either direct or via the bureau.

Now the contest news

The first in the 2014 series of 4m Cumulatives takes place this morning, the 22nd, from 1000UTC to 1200UTC. Between February and August there will be five sessions. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 48 hour ARRL International DX Contest ends at 2359 today, the 22nd. This is the CW leg, with the SSB leg next month. Work Ws and VEs only, exchanging a signal report and your transmit power. US and Canadian stations send State/Province code, instead of power.

The 36 hour REF French contest also takes place on SSB ending at 1800UTC today, the 22nd. Work France and French overseas territories only. Send a signal report and serial number. French stations send a 2-digit Department code instead of serial number.

On Tuesday the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 2000 to 2230UTC using all modes. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Also on Tuesday it’s the SHF UK Activity Contest from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes on the 2.3 to 10GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend is the CQ WW 160m DX starting at 2200UTC on Friday 27th and running for 48 hours. It’s SSB only and the exchange is signal report and CQ Zone, which for the UK is 14.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 20th of February.

While the solar flux index declined to the 120s this week, geomagnetic conditions became quite unsettled. The Kp index reached five around 18th February, spawning an aurora that was visible from northern parts of the UK. This didn’t help HF conditions, which had been sparkling recently due to a long period of quiet conditions.

For the next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the range 125-135. Geomagnetic conditions are expected to be unsettled with the Kp index predicted to reach four at times.

This last week had seen excellent conditions on 12m, even way after sunset. Paths have been open to many western US states in the late afternoon, including New Mexico and Utah. If geomagnetic conditions manage to remain settled it may worth checking 12m again. Ten metres has also remained very lively despite the solar flux index declining from its earlier highs.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The weather in the week ahead is likely to be driven by deep low pressure systems from the Atlantic passing by the north of Scotland. It will often be windy and unsettled with blustery showers giving gusty winds at times, particularly in the north.

There are small signs for a weak ridge of high pressure over southern areas at the end of the week, but in all probability not a tropo-producing event.

So this may be time to look for random MS contacts on the lower bands in the early mornings and aircraft scatter on the higher bands without the distractions from VHF/UHF tropo openings. There is still a low probability of Sporadic-E openings this week and no meteor showers.

Thursday and Friday this week sees the moon at its highest declination, so UK EME operators will get long moon windows starting at lunchtime and extending into the early hours of the following day. This will be coupled with losses increasing, reaching a peak a week today, Sunday the 22nd.

And that's all this week from the propagation team.

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