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RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 9th. July 2017

Posted on July 7th, 2017



Sunday 9th of July 2017

The news headlines:

  • Newsreader G4NZQ retires after nearly 23 years

  • No GB2RS from Germany next week

  • YOTA handover at Friedrichshafen

Phillip Brooks, G4NZQ has been looking after the GB2RS News Service in Norwich since the 20th of November 1994, which makes it almost 23 years of newsreading. Together with support from the local stand-in news readers, he has provided an unbroken service over that period. Phillip has decided it is time to retire, although the others in the team, David, G7URP, Roger, G3LDI and Mike, G4DYC are going to keep the service going, probably on a rota basis, so all will be well! The RSGB would like to thank Phillip for his many years of service to GB2RS and has recognised this commitment with a Certificate of Appreciation.

On Sunday the 16th of July there will be no News broadcast on 40m from Germany because both newsreaders are attending Ham Radio show at Friedrichshafen, Germany. They will resume reading the following Sunday, the 23rd.

Some members of the UK YOTA Team will be at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Exhibition, which takes place on the 14th to 17th of July. They will be there to receive the YOTA key and official YOTA flag from last year’s hosts. If you are attending, please make your way to the RSGB Stand on Saturday at 3.30pm local time. Everyone is welcome to visit the RSGB stand at any time. The President and General Manager will be there, along with some HQ staff members and several RSGB volunteers, all looking forward to meeting Members and non-Members alike.

The G5RP Trophy is an annual award to encourage newcomers to HF DXing. The award is not limited to youngsters or the newly-licensed; it is open to anyone who has recently discovered and made significant progress in HF DXing. If you are an established HF DXer and want to recommend someone to be awarded the G5RP Trophy for 2017, now is the time to send in your nomination. This prestigious award will be presented this year at the RSGB Convention on the 13th to 15th October. Please send your nominations to Ian Greenshields, G4FSU, by e-mail to to arrive no later than Friday the15th of September.

To commemorate its 20th anniversary of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. The SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800MHz FM around the 15th and 16th of July.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, three Canadians are flying a helicopter all round the world, visiting major historical sites. Today, the 9th of July, the helicopter is visiting Poldhu in Cornwall, which follows its visit to Signal Hill, Newfoundland where Marconi received the first transatlantic signal sent from Poldhu. It is hoped that two-way contact will be made between the radio amateurs at both sites during the helicopter’s visit.

Several countries’ amateurs have recently gained a 60m allocation. The new Belize Amateur Radio Club website carries information that the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary 60m allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5kHz has become available, with a maximum power limit of 25W EIRP. The Cyprus telecom regulator issued a Gazette notice updating the national frequency table to include the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary 60m allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5kHz with a maximum power limit of 15W EIRP. There was also a note on the Amateur Secondary MF allocation of 472 – 479kHz, with a maximum power limit of 1W EIRP. Finally, for now, the Philippines Telecom Regulator has permitted access to the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary 60m allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5kHz under ITU footnote 5.133B, with a maximum power limit of 15W EIRP.

Radio Amateurs of Canada has announced an award for radio amateurs and short wave listeners that involves using HF radio to track the 150-day Canada C3 voyage of the Polar Prince from Toronto, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia, via the Northwest Passage. Part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration, Canada C3 is aimed at raising awareness of Canada’s coastline and inspiring a deeper understanding of Canada’s land and peoples. The voyage of the Polar Prince will continue until around the 28th of October. The vessel is transmitting a WSPR signal on 40, 30, and 20 meters, using the callsign CG3EXP. Full details of the award are at

Bletchley Park holds collections of around 500,000 items, from diaries and photographs to codebreakers’ working papers and Enigma machines. You can see some of these in the exhibitions, but most are stored behind the scenes. They want to make the collections more accessible by making photographs and descriptions available online, but want to know which parts of the collection the public would be interested in exploring. You can take part in the survey at

The amateur radio 70cm repeater GB3LV, located in Enfield, is off the air for the rest of the week at least, and maybe longer. This also means IRLP node 5600 and Echolink node 155403, which operate via GB3LV on 70cm, are also unavailable. There is currently no published timescale for a return to full operation.

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

This weekend, the 2017 Microwave Round Table will be held at Finningley ARS, The Hurst Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster DN8 5SX. The two-day event will have presentations, demos, test lab, and Buildathon of a nanowave optical transceiver. Updates are on and

On the 9th, the Cornish Radio Amateur Club Rally takes place at Penair School, Truro, Cornwall TR1 1TN. Car parking is available on site. Doors open 10.30am and admission £2. There will be traders, Bring & Buy and club stalls. Catering is available. Contact Ken, G0FIC 01209 821 073 for more information.

Between the 14th and 16th of July, the Ham Radio show will take place at Friedrichshafen in Germany. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and IARU Member Societies with stands in the main hall. The show is known for its large flea market. Lectures take place each day, some in English. There will be a large RSGB book stall. Details are at

On Sunday the 16th, the McMichael Rally takes place at Reading Rugby Football Club, Holme Park Farm Lane, Sonning Lane, Sonning on Thames, Reading RG4 6ST. Talk in will be on S22. Parking is free. Doors open at 9.30am and entry is £3. Tables and car boot spaces are £10. There will be trade stands and special interest groups. Catering and a licensed bar will be available on site. Due to venue rules, no dogs are allowed other than assistance dogs. Details from Andy on 0777 594 0016.

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 full details to

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

Geoff, ZL3GA will visit Vanuatu in the Pacific, IOTA reference OC-035, until the 13th of July. He will be using YJ0GA and operating holiday style. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World and also to Club Log.

Weather permitting, Gert and Jan will be active MM/ON4GS and MM/OS5A respectively from Hirta, the largest island in the St Kilda Archipelago, EU-059, from the 10th to 14th of July. The Outer Hebrides, EU-010, might be activated as well as an alternative, or during travel to and from the archipelago. They will operate SSB and CW on the HF bands. QSL via home calls with the bureau preferred and Logbook of The World.

Tony, PY2DY will be active as SY8APQ from Lesvos Island, EU-049, until the 2nd of August. QSL via PY2DY direct and Logbook of The World.

Pierre, VE3KTB hopes to be active again as VY0ERC until the 22nd of July. This is the Eureka Amateur Radio Club station located in the environs of the weather station on Ellesmere Island, NA-008. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

Now the special event news

Dennis, G7AGZ will operate GB6BEN on the 50, 145 and 433MHz bands as he climbs Ben Nevis in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care around the 8th of July onwards. See for full details. QSL via the bureau and eQSL, with SWL reports welcome.

GB0IS will be on the air as part of a meet and greet at the Theydon Bois Donkey Derby traditional fun day, on the 9th of July. Operations will be VHF/UHF only.

Mid Ulster ARC will operate a special event station at Coney Island until the 30th of July. Operation will be from 9am to 5pm and the address is Maghery Country Park, Co Armagh BT71 6NS.

Plymouth Radio Club will operate GB0ST for the Shark Trust to celebrate shark awareness day on the 14th of July between 8am and 8pm. The radio caravan will be located at the National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF.

Now the contest news

The IARU HF Championships ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 9th. It’s SSB only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and ITU zone, which for the UK is 27.

On Tuesday there are two contests on 432MHz. The first is the FM Activity Contest at 1800 to 1900UTC and the second is the UK Activity Contest using all modes from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange is the same for both contests, signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday it’s the 50MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2103UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Sunday the 16th, the 70MHz trophy contest runs from 1000 to 1600UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 7th of July.

Earlier last week the sun’s surface looked clear. There were no sunspots at all and the solar flux index remained in the low 70s. However, settled geomagnetic conditions helped make up for this with the K index often at zero.

Daytime D-layer absorption didn’t really help with the summer HF doldrums, but there were highlights in the evening with 40m and 20m becoming more lively as the sun started to set. For example, Doug, ZP6CW in Paraguay was workable with 5 watts CW on 20m on Wednesday evening and 40m was alive with signals from around Europe. The Reverse Beacon Network is often a guide to DX stations calling CQ, many of which go unanswered.

However, this weekend, the 8th and 9th, may see unsettled geomagnetic conditions again as a large coronal hole became geocentric on Thursday. This may allow solar material to escape from the Sun and head towards Earth. If so, the subsequent geomagnetic storming may see the K index rise this weekend, with the possibility of an initial ionospheric enhancement and then subdued maximum useable frequencies, auroral conditions and noisy bands thereafter.

Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the low 70s, although a new sunspot was just appearing over the south-east limb of the sun on Thursday. NOAA predicts geomagnetic conditions may be very unsettled again from Thursday the 13th.

The 20, 30 and 40m bands remain the best for F2-layer DX fun, with the HF bands also benefitting from occasional Sporadic-E openings. However, these may become slightly less prevalent as we move into mid and late July.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Humid weather with a weak ridge of high pressure can often bring some summer Tropo conditions and this week will continue to offer occasional lifts, especially overnight.

There is a sign in the models for some slow-moving areas of low pressure during the week and these may bring a risk of thundery downpours, but equally the opportunity of some good rain scatter on the GHz bands. There are always plenty of aircraft over Europe, so look for aircraft reflection contacts on 1.3 and 2.3GHz up to 800km to work some new squares and make the bands more interesting.

With no major meteor showers peaking in the upcoming week, we’ll be relying on Sporadic-E on the low VHF bands. The season is still giving some occasional good days from the UK, although the present period of rather weak jet streams, which are often a good indicator of where Sporadic-E may develop, means that the Sporadic-E events may be limited both in scope and the highest band available.

We are past this Moon cycle’s apogee again but with minimum declination occurring only yesterday it is still negative for the upcoming week. Losses will continue to be high, so EME opportunities will be short.

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