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Sunday 13 November 2011
The news headlines:
Voting deadline approaches for RSGB EGM
Intruder Watch reports taxis on 28MHz
New QSL Managers for G6 and G8 2-letter calls
The RSGB EGM takes place at the Hilton Metropole, NEC, B40 1PP on Saturday 19 November. Electronic and postal voting closes at 12 noon on 16 November. If you plan to attend the EGM, it would help if you let us know via the website at www.rsgb.org/attend. Registration opens at 11am and tea and coffee will be available on arrival. The EGM starts promptly at 12 noon. Tickets for a light sandwich lunch will be available for purchase on the day. Unfortunately, car parking at the NEC is regulated by the NEC at a standard price. The RSGB has negotiated a small discount and parking will be £7 per vehicle. There is a free courtesy bus from Birmingham International train station. You will need to call the bus using a courtesy telephone. The phone, which has a Hilton logo on it, is inside the station arrivals hall, next to the Subway restaurant.
Following the flood of low power FM transmissions across the 28MHz amateur band, the RSGB Intruder Watch has provided the Ofcom Monitoring Station at Baldock with a number of recordings. It has been confirmed that these transmissions are from taxi operators and this will form the basis of a complaint by Baldock to the Russian authorities. The timing of this complaint is fortunate as Uli Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, the Joint Coordinator of the IARU Monitoring System, has recently had a reply to a written complaint that he made directly to the Russian authorities. They have agreed to monitor the 28-29.7MHz band with the intention of stopping transmissions from CB and taxi operators. It remains to be seen how this works in practice but there is now a real possibility that this problem is going to be tackled at source.
Frank Harris, G4IEY, the long-time QSL sub manager for both the G6 and G8 2 letter calls is retiring. The Society thanks him for his help and support. Whilst both of these call groups are small, they remain quite active as they are used by clubs and as re-issued calls to relatives. The bureau is most grateful to Miles Hall, G4GSB and Dave Helliwell, G6FSP, who currently manage the G6 and G8 three letter groups, for agreeing to include all two letter calls with their existing workload. Cards and envelopes are being transferred and sub groups will now simply be known as G6 and G8 Series, respectively. More details are available on the RSGB website.
There is some good and some bad news coming out of the Czech Republic. The use of the band 70.1-70.3MHz will be extended throughout 2012 but, unfortunately, the 5MHz experiments will come to an end by the end of 2011.
The OJ0X DXpedition to the Aland Islands finished with more than 66,000 QSOs in the log. All in all, OJ0X contacted 26,873 individual stations and 141 stations made it on all 9 bands offered. The updated log search page is now online at www.qrz.com/db/OJ0X.
The log processing delay for Logbook of The World remains at approximately 60 hours, with approximately 8000 logs queued for processing. The ARRL IT Manager asks that users do not upload the same log more than once. The ARRL has implemented an interim fast lane for processing logs and, since these changes have been put into place, the number of logs waiting to be processed has been reduced by approximately 20 percent.
Two more countries have closed their QSL bureaux. The first is TU, Cote d'Ivoire, and the other is V7, Marshall Island. If you work one of these countries, make sure you get QSL route information or QSL direct.
And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
A D-Star Digital Workshop will be held today, 13 November, at County Hall, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4UW. Doors open from 10am to 5pm. Bring a copy of your licence to operate the D-Star station on the day. There will be help with operating D-Star, programming radios, repeater and reflector use and navigating your radio. Newcomers are most welcome. Contact Dave, 2W0RUH by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The Mayo Radio Experimenters are holding their annual Radio Rally on Sunday 20 November at the Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo, where the doors will open at 11am. There will be the usual range of traders, club stands, demonstrations and extensive catering facilities. On Saturday evening, at 7pm, Pat Fitzpatrick, EI2HX will give a talk and demonstration on amateur television and at 9pm Dave Deane, EI9FBB will give a talk on the ARRL DXCC Program and also on the Logbook of the World system. He also took part in the recent T32C DXpedition. Full details of the hotel packages, the lecture programme and rally information is online at www.ei7mre.org.
Also on 20 November, the 34th CATS Radio & Electronics Bazaar will take place at 1st Coulsdon Scout HQ, at the rear of the Council Car Park, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Surrey. Doors will be open from 10am to 1pm and admission is £1. There will be a Bring & Buy.
Plymouth Radio Club Rally will be held on 20 November at Elm Community Centre, Leypark Walk, Estover, Plymouth PL6 8UE. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. More information from Bob Griffiths, G7HNB on 017523 431 277.
Now for the news of special events
Caddington Scout and Cub group is holding a communication week starting on 14 November at Caddington Scout HQ, Dunstable Road, Caddington, Bedfordshire using the callsign GB1CSC. Using the 40m, 20, and 2m bands they are hoping for lots of contacts.
Today, Sunday 13 November, GB4WLR will be on the air from the West Lancs Railway as part of the Children in Need fund raising event.
Paul Godley, 2ZE was sent to Ardrossan in December 1921 by the ARRL as part of the transatlantic tests. This resulted in the first short wave transatlantic amateur radio signals being received in Scotland. The Scots, Crocodile Rock Amateur Group will put GB2PG on the air to commemorate the 90th anniversary from 18 November until 15 December. More details at www.gb2pg.blogspot.com.
And now the HF DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
DK9PY will be in Guadeloupe until 25 November using the callsign FG/DK9PY. He plans to be active on CW on all bands from 10 to 80m.
Ascension Island will see activity by K7ZZ as ZD8ZZ and W6HGF using ZD8F. They will be there until 22 November using CW, RTTY and some SSB. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World.
T2T will be on the air from the Pacific Island of Tuvalu until 8 December. They will be active on all bands from 6 to 160m and will try to have three stations on the air as often as possible. The QSL manager is VK4FW.
Karel, ON5TN will be staying at the Belgian Antarctic base Princess Elisabeth between 16 November and late February 2012. He plans to operate again as OR4TN in his spare time. Updates will be posted on qrz.com under OR4TN. QSL via ON5TN.
Now the contest news
The RTTY leg of the WAE DX Contest finishes at midnight tonight, 13 November. Everybody works everybody, although single operator stations are limited to 36 hours out of 48. The exchange is signal report and serial number.
Tuesday 15 November sees the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest take place from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes on the band, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
Next weekend, 19 and 20 November, the 2nd 1.8MHz Contest will take place from 2100 to 0100UTC, this is one of the HF Championship events. Using CW, the exchange is signal report, serial number and District code.
Thursday 22 November sees both the 50MHz UK Activity Contest and the SHF Activity Contest take place, both between 2000 and 2230UTC. On 50MHz, it’s all modes with the exchange of signal report, serial number and locator. For SHF it’s the 2.3 to 10GHz amateur bands using all modes and the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
And now the solar factual data for the period from the 31st of October to the 6th of November, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on the 7th of November
On the 1st, a large sunspot group rotated over the north-east limb into view. Even before this, the STEREO Behind spacecraft saw this region producing solar flares. Once in view this continued, a total of 9 M class solar flares took place. On the 3rd this group produced an X class flare, which was the fourth largest flare so far this sunspot cycle. Numerous C class flares also took place, including some from other regions. No coronal mass ejections took place that were directed towards Earth. Solar flux levels increased from 138 units on the 31st to 177 by the 6th. The average was 158. The 90 day solar flux average on the 6th was 128, that’s four units up on last week. X-ray flux levels varied little day to day and averaged B9 units. Geomagnetic activity was initially quiet on the 31st but during the 1st a coronal mass ejection arrived and lasted into the next day. The Ap index was 21 units on the 1st. Quiet conditions returned on the 3rd and lasted to the end of the period. The average was Ap 8 units. Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds decline from 460 kilometres per second on the 1st to a slow 260 by the 5th. Particle densities were low every day. Bz fluctuated between minus 13 and plus 10 nanoTeslas during the CME disturbance and between minus and plus 2 nanoTeslas when the field was quiet.
And finally the solar forecast. The recent increase in solar activity is expected to continue this week. Solar activity is expected to be low but could increase on almost any day. Solar flux levels will be determined in part by the size of the visible sunspot groups but should be around the 150’s. Geomagnetic activity is expected to be quiet every day with no coronal hole disturbances expected, but beware, with the present level of solar activity a coronal mass ejection could head our way and increase activity substantially. MUFs during daylight hours at equal latitudes should be around 35MHz. Darkness hour lows should be about 11MHz. Paths this week to Japan should have a maximum usable frequency with a 50 per cent success rate of around 25MHz. The optimum working frequency with a 90 per cent success rate will be about 19MHz. The best time to try this path will be between 0800 and 1000 hours UTC.
And that’s all for this week from the propagation team.