Sunday 24th April 2016
Peake contact on Monday
at the Olympics
Calendar error in RadCom
next planned school contact with Tim Peake on the ISS is tomorrow,
Monday 25 April from The Derby High School in Bury at 1202UTC. This
contact will be webcast on the ARISS Principia website and Tim’s
transmissions will be audible over most of Western Europe on the
usual downlink frequency, 145.800MHz.
to the Brazilian Amateur Radio League, LABRE, radio amateurs who will
visit Brazil for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be able to get on
the air easily. During August and September any foreign amateur
will be able to operate in Brazil, regardless of whether there is a
reciprocal agreement. No IARP or CEPT licence is necessary
and no fees are required. You just need to send a scan of your
passport identification pages and licence, a list of the cities you
intend to operate in and when, plus an email address, to
like to make you aware that the Club Events Calendar printed in the
May edition of RadCom
is incorrect. Due to a clerical error, the February information was
repeated. A revised version of the Affiliated Clubs Newsletter for
May 2016 has been sent out to clubs, and the electronic versions of
on the RSGB website will be issued with errata bearing the correct
information. The RadCom
editorial team apologises for any inconvenience this error may cause,
and has taken steps to reduce the chances of the same thing happening
agreement with the RSGB Board, management of the Islands on the Air
program has transitioned to Islands Radio Awards Ltd, a new,
not-for-profit company. This entity will assume full responsibility
for all aspects of the program, which it will run in partnership with
the Society. The company has been registered in the names of its
current directors, Roger Balister, G3KMA, and Stan Lee, G4XXI, and a
full Board of Directors will established. The new company is fully
committed to completing the paperless QSLing project that will allow
electronic confirmation of contacts and no significant policy changes
Monday, the 25th, ANZAC Day remembers those who died in 1915 in the
fighting at Gallipoli. To commemorate this, amateurs in New Zealand
and Australia will be on the bands using the same older modes once
employed by radio operators in the military. This AM & CW event
has become a popular annual ANZAC Day activity with those
participating using older, crystal-locked transceivers or former
Instrument 2016 No. 426, The Wireless Telegraphy (Control of
Interference from Apparatus) Regulations 2016 are now in effect.
There is a brief summary in the May RadCom
and in June there will be a longer article from the EMC committee.
The legislation can be read at www.legislation.gov.uk/2016/426
RSGB Board is embarking on a review of the Society’s strategic
vision and goals and a Member with group facilitation skills is
sought to work with the Board and others during the process. Please
contact the General Manager via firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able
QSL bureau is pleased to welcome Andy Hood, GM7GDE, as the new
volunteer for GM4-8 series cards. Our thanks go to Tom Wylie, GM4FDM
the retiring manager and for his help, in ensuring a smooth
transition. For details, see the RSGB website.
five used ex BBC local radio cars are being sold on behalf of the BBC
by Cambridge Broadcast. These have a professional technical
installation of a pneumatic mast. The vehicles are all Peugeot based
on either 806 or 807 models and ages range from 2001 to 2006. Most
have technical battery fit-outs with split charging from engine, and
external mains inputs, with 19” equipment racks, and audio
monitoring. Details are on the cambridgebroadcast.com website
now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
Ripon & District ARS Rally takes place today, the 24th, in the
Hugh Ripley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 2PT. Doors open at 10am,
with entry costing £2. Details are online at www.ripon.org.uk
the 24th, the Cambridge Repeater Group Rally will be held at Foxton
Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, Cambridge CB22 6RN. Car parking
is free at the venue, which also has disabled facilities. The doors
open at 9.30am. Admission is £2. A talk-in station will be on air to
assist visitors. There will be trade stands, a car boot area, a Bring
& Buy and an RSGB bookstall. Catering will be available on site
and this year sees new caterers booked. Contact Lawrence, M0LCM, on
0794 197 2724.
Dambusters Hamfest takes place on the 1st of May at Thorpe Camp
Museum, Tattershall Thorpe, near Coningsby, Lincolnshire LN4 4PE.The
venue is all on one level and doors open at 10am. Admission is £3
and includes entry into the museum. Hot food will be available in
addition to the NAFFI. This is mainly an outdoor rally but some
limited space is available indoors, with a small charge for tables.
More information by email to email@example.com
Radio Club Rally will take place on the 2nd of May at Tavistock
College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon PL19 8DD. The venue has
free car parking as well as disabled facilities but please note there
is no talk-in station. Doors open at 10.30am with disabled visitors
gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Admission is £2. There will be
trade stands, a Bring & Buy and special interest groups. Catering
is available on site. Contact Roger Hann, 2E0RPH on 01822 840 723.
you have any rally or event information you’d like to appear in
future editions of GB2RS News, in RadCom
and on the RSGB website, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
VK4ADX will operate holiday style from Norfolk Island from the 23rd
of April to the 2nd of May. While there he will use the callsign
VK9NU and be on SSB only. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The
IV3FSG will be active from the Democratic Republic of Congo for one
month. She will operate SSB, RTTY and PSK31 on 80 to 10 metres. Her
callsign will be 9Q0HQ/1 from the 22nd to 30th of April and 9Q0HQ
from the 1st to the 22nd of May. QSL via IK3GES. Logsearch on Club
JI1LET, will be active as JD1BOI from Chichijima, AS-031, Ogasawara
from 26 April to 6 May. He will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 80 to 6
metres. QSL via JI1LET, direct or bureau.
DL1AS, Martin, DM4IM and Erwin, DK4BX will be active from Belize as
V31DL, V31IM and V31BX respectively from the 20th of April to the
20th of May. QSL V3V via V31BZ, others via home calls and LoTW.
VO1OK will also be active from Belize as V31OK.. He will start on 25
April from Belize City, and then will move to Ambergris Caye, NA-073,
from the 28th of April to the 3rd of May. QSL via home call.
will be operated by Bob, M0KLO, Glenn, G0SBN, and Chris, GM3WOJ from
the Isle of Barra, EU-010between April 24 and 30. The locator is
IO67ga, which is WAB NF71. They will be active on 80 to 10m, CW, SSB
and digital modes. QSL via M0URX, OQRS.
M1LOL and Ray, M1REK will be operating as MM1LOL from the Isle of
Muck, EU-008, from the 1st to the 7th of May. Look for them on 80 to
10m, SSB and data.
the special event news
Essex ARS will operate GB2BOX today, the 24th, from 10am to 4pm at
RAF Boxted Airfield Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, Essex CO4 5NW for
Airfields on the Air. Admission to the museum is £3, accompanied
children are free.
ARG will be operating a station at the Shanes Castle Steam Traction
Rally on the 1st and 2nd of May. This will be a station in the
Castles and Stateley Homes on the Air award scheme. the Traction
rally takes place at Shanes Castle, Randalstown Rd, Antrim BT41 4NE.
Contact Hugh Kernohan, GI0JEV, on 028 2587 1481.
the contest news
SP DX RTTY contest ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 24th.
Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and
serial number, with SP stations sending their Province code too.
the BARTG Sprint 75 runs from 1700 to 2100UTC. Using 75 baud RTTY
only on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is just the serial
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.
on Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contest takes place on the 2.3GHz
bands and up. Running from 1900 to 2130UTC and using all modes, the
exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
Wednesday the UK EI CC takes place for an hour between 2000 and
2100UTC. Using CW only, the exchange is your 4-character locator
the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on
Friday the 22nd of April.
has been week of mixed HF propagation, good at times and lousy at
others. The solar flux index declined from 102 on Sunday to 83 on
Thursday, as only one lonely little sunspot remained visible.
K index, which is the three-hourly measure of geomagnetic disturbance
due to incoming plasma from the Sun, has also risen and fallen,
starting off at four last Sunday, and declining to one at times
during the week.
ahead, the solar flux index is predicted to be between 85-98,
according to the US Air Force, rising as sunspot 2533 comes into play
over the next few days.
is bad news on the geomagnetic disturbance front. The Solar Dynamics
Observatory’s extreme ultraviolet image showed a massive coronal
hole looking straight at us on Thursday. The associated high-speed
solar wind stream from this may hit the earth on Saturday, just in
time for International Marconi Day. NOAA predicts the K index could
rise to four in the early hours of Saturday morning, tailing off to
two by late afternoon. This may not bode well for HF propagation.
conditions are expected to continue until 26 April with isolated
active periods likely. Mostly quiet conditions are expected from 27
to 28 April.
now the VHF and up propagation news.
some high pressure during last week produced a little bit of Tropo
for stations in the North of England, we are returning to low
pressure over the North Sea. This may eventually drift across
southern England later in the week. The result is a return of a cool
northerly wind and means that April showers will continue to be a
theme this week, and hence give options for rain scatter on the
week, Sporadic-E was reported on 10 metres and 6 metres and, with the
continued presence of a jet stream blowing down across the UK into
southern Europe, there is plenty of scope for further Sporadic-E
events this coming week.
2016 Lyrids meteor shower has passed its peak so it is back to random
meteor scatter contacts in the early mornings.
the next few years, the Moon is entering a phase when high
declination is combined with the moon being at perigee or closest to
the earth. This means long, high-elevation moon windows will occur
when path loss is at its lowest, improving EME conditions. This week,
lowest declination occurs on Wednesday so expect short Moon passes in
the early hours of the morning.
that’s all for this week from the propagation team.
Next, the Local News:
note that details of all RSGB-affiliated clubs and societies
be found on the RSGB website, including email addresses
website links where known.
to Newsreaders: Please read the local news items appropriate to the
service area of your transmission.]
FOR THE MIDLANDS
for news from clubs that have several events this week. Leicester
Radio Society concludes its CQ LRS weekend of activity today. On
Monday there’s a table top sale. Details from Alex, G8FCQ, on 07531
Radio Club has its club net from 8pm on 145.225MHz or GB3WL tonight
and next Sunday. Monday sees a curry night at the Monsoon. On Tuesday
there’s a Morse class plus a club night and a talk. The regular
nibbles night in the shack is on Friday. Details from Chris, G0EYO,
on 07710 412 819.
Amateur Radio Society has an open net on Monday and Thursday from 8pm
on 145.375MHz FM and/or 7.16MHz ± QRM. On Friday there’s a
skittles evening at Brandon Social Club. Contact John, G8SEQ, on
07958 777 363.
Amateur Radio & Electronics Society is having an informal and
general operating evening on Monday. Wednesday and Thursday see club
nets, starting at 7.30pm on 145.550MHz. Contact Anne, 2E1GKY, on
01242 699 595, daytime.
Birmingham Radio Society is planning for outside events on Monday.
The regular coffee morning in the shack is on Tuesday from 11am.
Thursday sees training classes with Dave Murphy, G8OWL. On Friday
there’s an open meeting and ragchew. Contact Gemma Gordon, M6GKG,
via email to email@example.com.
Monday Sutton Coldfield Amateur Radio Society has a club meeting.
Tuesday sees a DMR open net on GB7FW slot/local2 from 7.30pm. More
information from Robert Bird, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short-Wave Club is taking part in the UK Club Contests on Tuesday. On
Wednesday there’s a used equipment sale in Aisthorpe Village Hall,
LN1 2SJ. The club net is on Thursday from 8pm on 145.325MHz. Saturday
sees shack activities plus G5FZ on the air. For more information
contact Pam Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356.
Tuesday Salop Amateur Radio Society Club has its CW net from 4.30pm
on 144.070MHz. Wednesday sees the club voice net on GB3LH from
8.30pm. On Thursday there’s a natter night. For details, email
we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday RAF
Waddington Amateur Radio Club has its net on 145.325MHz from 8pm.
Details from Bob, G3VCA, on 07971 166 250.
Tuesday Cheltenham Amateur Radio Association has a slow CW net on
3540-3550kHz from 8pm. More information from Derek Thom, G3NKS, on
01242 241 099.
Tuesday Derby & District Amateur Radio Society is on the air.
Contact Richard Buckby, by email to email@example.com.
Tuesday Loughborough & District Amateur Radio Club is having a
practical evening. More information from Chris, G1ETZ, on 01509 504
Tuesday Mid-Warwickshire Amateur Radio Society is having a technical
topics and homebrew evening. Details from Don, G4CYG, on 01926 424
Wednesday Malvern Hills RAC is having an informal evening. Contact
Dave, G4IDF, on 01905 351 568.
Wednesday Midland Amateur Radio Society is having a general meeting,
along with the shack on the air and training classes. Details from
Norman, G8BHE, on 07808 078 003.
Wednesday South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society has its net on
145.525MHz at 8pm. More information from Andrew, M0NRD, on 07969 062
Wednesday Telford & District Amateur Radio Society is looking at
power supplies, including QRM from them. Contact John Humphreys,
M0JZH, on 07824 737 716.
Saturday Central Radio Amateur Circle has a shed work evening and
group meeting. Details from Martin Hallard, G1TYV, on 07948 027 994.
FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
Manchester Radio and Computer Club is holding a technical forum on
Monday. On Thursday there’s a talk on the science of surfing by Bob
Marsh. Details from Ron, G3SVW, on 01619 693 999.
Tuesday Chester & District Radio Society is having a visit by
Paul Darlington of Kanga Products. Wednesday sees an inter club quiz
with Wirral & District Radio Society at Irby Cricket Club.
Contact Bruce Sutherland, M0CVP, on 01244 343 825.
& District Amateur Radio Society has its net on Wednesday on
145.400MHz. Thursday sees a net in association with the West
Yorkshire branch of RAFARS on 145.350MHz from 7pm. Details from
Martin, M0GQB, on 01422 341 317.
Monday Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club is on the air. Contact
Nancy Bone, G7UUR, on 01914 770 036.
Monday Bolton Wireless Club is having a social evening at Tavern
Fayre. For details, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Macclesfield & District Radio Society is watching the WWFF
44 film. For details, email email@example.com.
Monday Sheffield Amateur Radio Club is having a shack night operating
M0RCU. Contact David, G6DCT, via email to
Monday Thornton Cleveleys Amateur Radio Society is having a video
night. Details form John E Rodway, G4FRK, on 01253 862 810.
Tuesday Stockport Radio Society has a skills night. More information
from Heather Stanley, M6HNS, on 07506 904 422.
Wednesday Denby Dale Radio Club is having a night on the air. Details
from Darran, G0BWB, on 07974 423 227.
Wednesday Mid-Cheshire Amateur Radio Society is testing the HF
contest equipment. Contact Peter Paul Fox, G8HAV, on 01606 553 401.
Wednesday Sheffield & District Wireless Society is having a
social night. Contact Krystyna, 2E0KSH, on 07884 065 375.
Thursday Bishop Auckland Radio Amateur Club is having a normal club
night with training classes. Contact Mark, G0GFG, on 01388 747 497.
Thursday Ripon & District Amateur Radio Society is holding a club
night. More information from David Cutter, G3UNA, on 01423 860 778.
Friday East Cleveland Amateur Radio Club is on the air. For more
information contact Alistair, G4OLK, on 01642 475 671.
FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Tuesday Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club is erecting the new Antennae
A4, with the first call to be carried out by club chairman Jimmy,
GI0OND. Details from Dave, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday and Monday Ballymena Amateur Radio Group is running a Castles
and Stately Homes on the Air station at Shanes Castle, Randalstown
Rd, Antrim BT41 4NE. The special event station is part of the steam
traction rally at Shanes Castle. There will be catering, family
attractions, disabled facilities, car parking and access by public
transport. Contact Hugh Kernohan, GI0JEV, on 02825 871 481.
and District Amateur Radio Society has training, construction and
projects from 10.30am till 2pm today and next Sunday. Thursday sees
operating, training and presentations from 7 until 9pm. Contact Myles
Williamson, MM0MYL, on 07890 477 516.
and District Amateur Radio Society is having an operating and
training evening on Monday. Thursday sees an operating evening. For
more information contact Cathie, 2M0DIB, on 01506 433 846.
Wednesday Glenrothes & DRC is holding a club night. More
information from Tam, MM0TGB, on 0775 3526 498.
Wednesday Lothians Radio Society has a club night at Braid Hills
Hotel. Contact Mike Burgess, MM0MLB, via email to
Thursday Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society is having a construction and
on the air evening. More information from Fred Gordon, GM3ALZ, on
01975 651 365.
Friday West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has its regular club
night from 8pm at Garnethill Multicultural Centre. For details, email
FOR THE SOUTH EAST and EAST ANGLIA
start with news from clubs that have several events this week.
Cambridge & District Amateur Radio Club has nets today and next
Sunday from 8.30am on 144.180MHz USB, from 10.30am on 7.0875MHz or
3.620MHz LSB, and from 11.30am on 145.550MHz FM. Thursday sees a club
net from 8pm on 145.550MHz FM. More information from Ian, M0HTA, via
email to email@example.com.
Radio Contact Club has a net today and next Sunday on 1905kHz from
9.30am. On Thursday there’s a net from 8pm on 70.300MHz and Friday
sees a net on 145.350MHz, also from 8pm. Details from John, G8IYS, on
020 8657 0454.
& District Amateur Radio Club has a Top Band net from 7.30pm on
1967kHz LSB on Monday. The 2m net is on Tuesday on 145.475MHz. On
Wednesday there’s a video night, and Thursday sees a Top Band net
from 7.30pm on 1967kHz. For more information contact Steve Ellis,
G7HEP, on 01329 663 673.
Amateur Radio Society has its regular schedule of multiple nets and
meet-ups on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday on various bands. For
details contact Andy, M6GND, on 01323 486 924.
we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday
Eastbourne Electronics & Radio Club is having a talk. Contact
Peter, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday New Forest Amateur Radio Society is having a presentation by
Richard, M0RBF on mobile installation and operation. More information
from Richard, M0RBF, on 01425 612 612.
Tuesday Dorking & District Radio Society is having a talk on
digital amateur radio by Denis Stanton, G0OLX. Contact David
Browning, M6DJB, via email to email@example.com.
Tuesday Leiston Amateur Radio Club has its 2m and 70cm contest.
Details by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Bracknell Amateur Radio Club has its net from 8pm on
145.375MHz. Contact Andy, M0HAK, via email to email@example.com.
Wednesday Bromley & District Amateur Radio Society has its net,
commencing on 145.500MHz at 9pm. Contact Andy, G4WGZ, on 01689 878
Wednesday Crawley Amateur Radio Club is having a surplus equipment
sale. More information from John, G3VLH, on 01342 714 402.
Wednesday Darenth Valley Radio Society is holding its AGM. Contact
Mike, G8AXA, on 01689 856 935.
Wednesday Norfolk Amateur Radio Club is having an informal and Bright
Sparks evening. Details from Chris Danby, G0DWV, on 01603 898 308.
Thursday Echelford Amateur Radio Society is holding its AGM and
watching the Saba Island - Dutch Caribbean PJ6A DXpedition video.
Contact John, G4GSC, on 01784 451 898.
Thursday Edgware & District Radio Society is discussing G3ASR/P
operations for 2016, led by Bill, G0STR. More information from Mike,
G4RNW, on 02089 500 658.
Thursday Hilderstone Radio and Electronics Club is having a talk on
DMR by Matt, M1CMN. Contact Ian, 2E0DUE, via email to
Thursday Horsham Amateur Radio Club is having a social evening at The
Bax Castle, Two Mile Ash. More information from Alistair, G3ZBU, on
07855 268 666.
Thursday Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society has its
net on 144.725MHz from 8pm. The Field Weekend at The Rainbow and Dove
Public House, Hastingwood also commences on Thursday. For more
information contact Marc Litchman, G0TOC, on 0774 345 6058.
Thursday Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society is having a
talk by David, 2E0GBG about World Scout Jamboree 2015 in Japan.
Contact Rob, G4LMW, on 01635 862 737.
Thursday Norfolk Coast Amateur Radio Society is having a talk on
restoring the CR100. Details from Steve, G3PND, via email to
Thursday Reading & District Amateur Radio Club is having a talk
on the Chilton Ionosonde by Dr Ruth Bamford of Rutherford Appleton
Laboratory. Details from Pete, G8FRC, on 01189 695 697.
Thursday Thames Amateur Radio Group has its net on GB3DA. For more
information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club has an open net on 2m FM
simplex from 7.30pm. Details from Gordon, 2E0ELI, via email to
Friday Fort Purbrook Amateur Radio Club is having a presentation on
transmission lines. Details from Graham Yoxall, M0CYX, on 0785 040
Friday Itchen Valley Amateur Radio Club has a net on 145.525MHz from
8pm. More information from Quintin Gee, M1ENU, on 023 8078 7799.
Friday Mid-Sussex Amateur Radio Society is having a quiz and cakes
night. More information from Stella Rogers, M6ZRJ, on 01273 844 511.
Sunday Worthing & District Amateur Radio Club has its regular net
on 3.172MHz from 7.30am, followed by the regular breakfast meeting at
9am. Details from Al, M0OAL, via email to email@example.com.
FOR THE SOUTH WEST
start with news from clubs that have several events this week. We
start with news from clubs that have several events this week. Today
and next Sunday North Bristol Amateur Radio Club is holding an open
net on GB3BS from 7pm. On Friday there’s a relax and chat evening
plus operating and training classes. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SouthWest Cluster is holding further experimental nets on the DMR
Network, Slot 2, Talk Group 950, from 6pm tonight and next Sunday.
Amateur Radio Society is having an SDR dongles workshop on Monday.
Tuesday sees the club net on 145.575MHz from 7.45pm. Contact Nick,
M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.
& South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is on the air on
Wednesday. The club net is on Friday. Saturday sees the start of the
weekend field event. For details, email night email@example.com.
we return to the traditional listing in date order. Tonight, Flight
Refuelling Amateur Radio Society has its Spring auction sale, open to
all who enjoy bargains. Details from John, G4POF, via email to
Monday Bristol RSGB Group is having a talk by Roger Dixon, G4BVY on
complex impedance matching. Details from Robin Thompson, G3TKF, via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday Weston Super Mare Radio Society is having a construction,
operating and natter night. Contact Paul, G3SDH, via email to
Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is having an open house and
on the air night. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695
Thursday Yeovil Amateur Radio Club has the club station on the air.
Details from Rodney Edwards, M0RGE, on 01935 825 791.
Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society has its auction and 90/10 sale.
For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to
Monday Llanelli Amateur Radio Society has a junk sale. Contact Craig,
MW0MXT, on 01269 845 773.
Thursday Aberystwyth & District Amateur Radio Society has its net
on 145.500 then 145.550MHz. More information from Ray, GW7AGG, on
01970 611 853.
Thursday North Wales Radio Society is having a natter night. Details
from Ceri Jones, 2W0LJC, via email to email@example.com.
Friday Blackwood and District Amateur Radio Society is having a
teaching session on D-Star by Andy, MW0MWZ. Details are online at