Sunday 25th January 2015
The news headlines:
RSGB launches corporate Facebook page
Thinking Day on the Air
RSGB publishes guidance on Ofcom interference consultation
The RSGB is delighted to announce the launch of its new Facebook Page. Please do Like our Page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/theRSGB. You can get up-to-date news as well as information about events and Member offers in your newsfeeds. You’ll also be able to see photos and videos and receive updates about special event stations, contests and much more. We know many people have been looking forward to this Page, which will provide an additional way to communicate with the Society. We’ll be starting the weekend, every week, with Photo Friday. We’ll take a look at two old photos and ask if you know who, what, when, where and why! See if you can help with the details and share some memories with others.
Stations planning to participate in Thinking Day on the Air on 21st & 22nd February are asked to send in a report, no matter how short, to Liz, M0ACL, via email@example.com. Report forms will be available from the website www.guides-on-the-air.co.uk. It is hoped that this year there will be a station operating from the World Association on Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Centre in London, and some stations on air from Brazil. If you are operating a station, please also send details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th February for inclusion the Sunday 15th February GB2RS news script.
Further to our news story two weeks ago, the RSGB has now published its guidance to the Ofcom consultation on interference. More information on the consultation, and the work that the RSGB is doing to respond to it, can be found on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/conresponse. All amateurs are encouraged to respond to the consultation and details of how to do so are on the same RSGB webpage. The Ofcom consultation closes on Monday 16th February.
GB7SC is now operational from the south coast at Bognor Regis. It is on 439.4750 Rx and 430.475 colour code 3. GB7SC is the first digital repeater on the south coast connected to the world wide MARC network where two QSOs can go through the repeater system at a time. The repeater is also connected to the London and southern roaming group talk group 8, slot 2, where continuous coverage is obtained by the repeaters giving out a beacon signal and radios will lock onto the strongest beacon signal enhancing coverage. Coverage reports to the repeater keeper would be appreciated on talk group 9 slot 2.
In 2015, Romania has been a member of the IARU for 77 years and it is also the 90th anniversary of the IARU. Romania will be active with YO90IARU, YP90IARU, YQ90IARU and YR90IARU from 1st February to 31st December. Contact with these stations can count towards the IARU-90 diploma, details of which can be found at www.iaru-r1.org/
The websites for International Museums Weekends and International Air Ambulance Week are open for registration. Dates for the diary are 20th and 21st and 27th and 28th June for the Museums event and 19th to 27th September for Air Ambulance. More details about the events can be found at www.radio-amateur-events.org/
QRZ Logbook now recognises contact confirmations from ARRL’s Logbook of The World and users now can download their contacts from Logbook of The World directly into their QRZ Logbook. QRZ.com has posted an LoTW Dowload Quick Start Guide. The QRZ.com User Support Center can provide help with any problems or answer questions.
And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
Today, the 25th, the Horncastle Winter Rally will take place at Horncastle Youth Centre, Lincolnshire LN9 6DZ. Doors open at 10.30am and admission is £1.50. There will be free car parking and refreshments. More information from Tony, G3ZPU on 01507 527 835.
The GB3JS repeater group will be holding a table top and junk sale on 30th January at the Star Hotel, Great Yarmouth NR30 1HG, starting at 7pm. It’s free entry for buyers; tables cost £5 for traders and £2.50 for individuals. The junk sale starts at 8.30pm. Refreshments will be available and the bar and restaurant will be open. Talk in is via GB3JS. For further information, or to book a place, please visit www.gb3js.co.uk
The 30th Canvey Radio & Electronics Rally will take place on 1st February at The Paddocks, Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 0JA. There is free car parking and the doors open at 10.30am. There will be trade stands and refreshments available. More detail from Vic Rogers, G6BHE on 01702 308 562.
And now a correction. The Laugharne Radio Rally takes place on Saturday 21st March and not Sunday 22nd as found in the latest edition of RadCom. Apologies to the organisers for the error.
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 email@example.com.
Now for the news of special events
Today, the 25th, Chelmsford ARS will be on its second day operating GX0MWT in support of the RNLI SOS Radio Weekend. The stations should be on the air on HF and 144MHz using SSB, data and CW from 10.30am to 5pm from the Marconi Sailing club at Steeple in Essex on the river Blackwater.
Riviera ARC in Torquay will be running GB4TLB in support of SOS Radio Week. Plans are to be mainly active on 40m and 2m and depending on band conditions, they may also use 17m and 15m.
Edmund Spicer, M0MNG is taking part in the SOS Radio Week, active mainly on weekday evenings on 40m SSB, with some activity also on 2m SSB and FM in Southern England. More details can be found on his QRZ.com page.
Farnborough and District Radio Society is celebrating half a century of support and promotion of amateur radio. G50FRS will be operating until 30th November including the nets every Monday on 1995kHz at 8pm and Friday on 144.675MHz at 8pm. All are welcome to call and join in. For more information visit www.farnboroughradio.org.uk/
Wearside Electronics Amateur Radio Society will be operating on 31st January from Marine Walk SR6 0PP for SOS weekend under the callsign GB2SLB. Operation will be on HF only.
The Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be continuing their support of SOS Radio Week for the RNLI by activating the Club callsign today, 25th January. MN0VFW will be on air from before sunrise to late afternoon on most bands as propagation allows. All local amateurs are encouraged to call in on 145.500 and say hello or to get directions to arrange a visit to the shack.
OU0POLIO will be on the air until 31st December 2016 using all band and all modes in celebration of the 110th anniversary of Rotary International. The activities will be from various QTHs and in various contests. QSL and other information is on QRZ.com
And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
The Rockall DX Group are in Iran to put Kish Island, EP6T, on the air until 31st January. This is IOTA reference AS-166. They will have five high-powered stations on the air. QSLs go via M0URX.
VE7BV will be active stroke TG9 from Guatemala until 17th February. He plans a holiday style operation on 20, 17 and 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the bureau or electronically using Logbook of the World.
TC100GLB is to be operational until 30th April to commemorate the Battle of Gallipoli 100 years ago. Activity is on the HF bands using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via TA1CM.
KC0W will be in Haiti operating stroke HH5 until 3rd February. This is a CW-only expedition on 160, 80 and 40m. QSLs go directly to his home callsign.
Jon, W5JON will be visiting his home at Calypso Bay on St Kitts, NA-104, until 1st March. QSLs go to his W5JON Texas address.
Richard, AD7AF will be active from East Kiribati as T32RL until 9th February. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.
Now the contest news
The CQ WW 160m DX Contest ends its 48 hours of operation today, the 25th, at 2200UTC. Work everyone. Non-US/VE stations send RST+ CQ Zone, which is 14 for the UK, while US/VE stations send RST + State/Province code. This is the CW leg of the contest and the SSB leg takes place next month.
On Tuesday the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 2000 to 2230UTC using all modes on the band. The exchange is the usual signal report, serial number and locator.
Also on Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contests runs from 2000 to 2230UTC on the 2.3 to 10GHz bands. Please note 13cm activity starts 30 minutes later than all the other bands. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. This year the M5 multiplier rule is being replaced by M7. The difference will be that Locator squares containing UK stations will be worth two multipliers, whereas Locator squares containing non-UK stations will be worth one multiplier. Don’t worry if your logging program doesn’t score the contest correctly, because the entry robot on the RSGBCC web site will rescore it for you.
On 28th January the UK-EI Contest Club 80m event runs from 2000 to 2100UTC. Using SSB only on the band the exchange is your 4 character locator.
Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA and G4BAO on Friday the 23rd of January.
Solar conditions were largely settled this week with the A index remaining firmly in single figures. NOAA’s prediction that the solar flux index would be around 130 last week appears to have been fairly spot on, with the SFI at 124 as this report was being prepared.
The prediction this week is for more of the same, although there are signs of a large new sunspot coming around the solar rim. This, sunspot region 2268, may provide some surprises as it appears to be quite large.
Now on to HF propagation. The short path to Japan could reach 28MHz around 8am this week, although the probability of success is only around three to five per cent. A better band at that time might be 15 metres, that’s 21MHz. Or you could look for JA on 17 metres, 18MHz, between 1500 and 1800UTC, with a maximum probability of around 60%.
Next week, we will take a closer look a propagation predictions for the much-awaited K1N DXpedition to Navassa Island near Haiti, which is due to start shortly.
And now the VHF and up propagation news.
Meteorologist Jim, G3YLA reports that we did get a little tropo encouragement from a weak ridge of high pressure last week, but all of that is in the past and the next week is back to very breezy changeable weather, so largely flat VHF/UHF tropo conditions.
There is an occasional opportunity for a weak ridge in the south, in between lows, but these rarely deliver any substantial lift conditions.
There have been Southern Europe to South Africa 50MHz Trans Equatorial contacts in the last week so look out for propagation from the extreme Southwest of the UK.
For EME operators, the Moon’s declination continues to increase throughout the coming week, giving longer Moon windows and after last week’s loss minimum, next week we’ll see a daily increase in loss.
Again, there are no significant meteor showers predicted and Sporadic-E openings are still very unlikely. So it looks like a good week to try aircraft scatter on the higher bands and random meteor scatter on 50 through 144MHz.
And that's all this week from the propagation team.