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RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 18th. June 2017.

Posted on June 16th, 2017


Sunday 18th of June 2017

The news headlines:

  • Exam syllabus reviews published

  • YOTA 2017 volunteers sought

  • Jamaica gets 5MHz

A complete review of the syllabus for all three levels of the amateur radio examinations has been completed. The draft of the new syllabus is now available for consultation together with a survey for any comments you may wish to make. Please visit to access the syllabus draft document and learn how to make your comments.

There’s just seven week to go before the RSGB host the IARU Region 1 Youngsters on the Air activity week. Activities during the week will include Summits on the Air, ARDF, construction, and operating a special event station – amongst many other topics. We are still looking for volunteers from RSGB affiliated clubs to help with various aspects of the event, particularly SOTA, construction, exams and assessments. If you can help, please send an email to whether you can offer just a day or maybe even more. Donations are welcome and still coming in to support the event from clubs and individuals. If you can spare something and would like to join the ranks of supporters, please go to

Hot on the heels of now being Morse code-free, Jamaica also has access to 5MHz. In a recent update to their National Frequency Allocation Table published by the regulator, the WRC-15 60m Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5kHz has been granted under ITU Footnote 5.133B, which in the case of Jamaica means a maximum power of 25W EIRP. The Jamaican Amateur Radio Association is advocating use of the new IARU Region 2 60m band plan.

Garden City Amateur Radio Club will sponsor the Boy Scouts of America K2BSA/8 special event station at the Michigan Crossroads Council D-Bar-A Scout ranch, locator EN82ix. The station will be on the air from 0300UTC on the 25th of June to 0500UTC on the 28th of June. They will start out using 3.840, 7.270 and 14.330MHz. This camp is an opportunity for older Scouts to earn merit badges toward their Eagle Scout award and the radio merit badge.

The recent Hamvention® 2017, at its new venue in Xenia, Ohio, attracted 29,296 attendees. That is the second-largest reported attendance in the history of the event. A flavour of the event can be seen in the July RadCom.

Hundreds of amateur radio stations have reported receiving the WSPR signal being transmitted by CG3EXP on 20, 30, and 40m from the Canada C3 expedition. The expedition is part of Canada’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The 220-foot long Polar Prince, a former Canadian Coast Guard vessel, is a research icebreaker is sailing from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. Website contains a live link.

Taking place from the 13th to the 15th of October at Kents Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, the RSGB Convention lecture programme is, once more, catering for all aspects of amateur radio. We have confirmed talks from the A25UK DXpedition to Botswana and the ZL7G DXpedition to Chatham Island. Professor Hugh Griffiths, G4CNV will speak on Reflections on the History of Radar, making use of recently declassified material from the Public Records Office at Kew. This year, the AMSAT-UK Colloquium is combined with the RSGB Convention and, amongst other space and satellite talks, we are delighted that Professor Monica Grady, who many of you will have seen on television talking about the Rosetta mission, has agreed to come and talk. Monica is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University and has previously presented the prestigious Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on the subject of A Voyage in Space and Time. Booking for the event is now open and you can book everything from the whole weekend to a single day ticket, go to for full details.

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

Today, the 18th, the 30th Newbury radio Rally takes place at the Newbury Showground, next to the junction of the M4 and A34 in Berkshire. There is free parking on site and entry is £2.50, or £12.30 for those trading in the car boot area. There will be a display area of an amateur radio station, exhibits, special interest groups, clubs and societies. There is on site catering and disabled facilities. The site is open to sellers from 8am and to the public from 9am.

The West Of England Radio Rally takes place next Sunday, the 25th of June, at the Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE. Doors open from 10am to 2pm, with admission priced at £3 for adults and children under 14 free. There will be inside & outside traders, free car parking, a café, RSGB bookstall, facilities for disabled. 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 full details to

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

A team of seven German operators will be active as DL0DFF from Hallig Hooge, IOTA reference EU-042, between the 22nd and the 24th of June. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on the 80 to 10m bands as well as 2m. QSL via DL3HBZ, either direct or via the bureau, or use OQRS on Club Log.

Ralph, DL9MWG will be active from Sao Miguel, EU-003, in the Azores until the 1st of July. He will operate mainly CW on the 80 to 10m bands. QSL via is home callsign, direct or via the bureau.

Dave, GM0LVI will be active holiday style as SV8/GM0LVI/p from the island of Zakynthos, EU-052, until the 6th of July. He will operate QRP. QSL via GM0LVI, direct or via the bureau.

Ken, KH6QJ will be on the air as T32AZ from Eastern Kiribati, OC-024 from the 28th of June to the 4th of July. Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Look for David, KG5CCI to be active as V31CI from Ambergris Caye, NA-073, in Belize from the 21st to the 27th of June. Listen for him on satellites, 6m and possibly on the HF bands. QSL direct to KG5CCI.

Now the special event news

South Essex ARS will be operating from The Bay Museum, Canvey Island today, the 18th of June, for Museums on the Air, and to commemorate the two B17s that crashed at Canvey Point in 1944. Next weekend, on the 24th, they will be attending the Paddocks Community Centre, Long Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 0JA for Armed Forces Day.

Rhondda Amateur Radio Society will be running GB0BTB today, 18th of June, for the historic Beating The Bounds. Members will be active on all bands and modes, including data.

Burnham Beeches Radio Club celebrates its 80th birthday this year. As part of the celebrations GB8OBB will be active on the 24th and 25th of June from the historic Burnham Beeches woodland, located approximately 25 miles west of Central London The nearest postcode is SL2 3LB. The event is timed to coincide with the ARRL field day contest, so visitors should see and hear plenty of activity on the HF bands. Planned interactive activities for the public involve direction finding and Morse decoding.

GB2CM will be on the air from Crossness Engines Trust at Crossness Museum, The Old Works, Thames Water STW, Bazalgette Way, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9AQ on the 25th from 10.30am to 4pm. The museum admittance is £7.

Leicester Radio Society will be running GB0APS from the Museums Leicester Vintage Festival for International Museums on the Air on the 24th and 25th. Activity will be from 1pm to 5pm. Admittance to the museum is £3.50 and it is at Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX.

On the 18th, the 21st and the 24th of June, a group of Essex Hams will be operating GB1JSS for the June Summer Solstice. Stations will be operating on multiple bands from Galleywood Common near Chelmsford, and on Wednesday, the longest day of the year, stations will be operating from sunrise to sunset. More details at

GB2NWA is activated again next weekend for another International Museums Weekend. There will be multiple stations running a mixture of HF & VHF/UHF frequencies on the 24th and 25th.

Llanelli ARS will be running GB1BAF, for British Armed Forces Day. The event will run from the 19th to the 27th of June. Activity will be on HF and 2m. QSL is via the bureau, see

Now the contest news

The 50MHz trophy ends its 24 hour run at 1400UTC today, the 18th. Using all modes on the 6m band, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The All Asian DX contest ends its 48 hour run at 2359UTC today, the 18th. Using CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and age.

Today, the 18th, the UK Microwave Group High Band contest runs from 0900 to 1700UTC. Using all modes on the 24-248GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The Worked All Britain 50MHz phone contest takes place today, the 18th of June, from 0900 to 1500UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and, for UK stations, their WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by the 9th of July. See for more information.

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 run from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using SSB only, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

Next Sunday, the 25th, the UK Microwave Group contest runs from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using all modes on the 5.7 and 10GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Also in the 25th, from 0900 to 1200UTC it’s the 50MHz CW contest. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Finally for next Sunday the 70MHz Cumulative contest 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, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 6th of June.

Last week, the solar flux index stayed steadfastly in the mid-70s. After Sunday the 11th, geomagnetic conditions were also reasonably settled, with the K index mainly around one or two.

The big HF news this week has been the ongoing Sporadic-E openings. These have affected all the HF bands, but are particularly noticeable on 10 metres. A Sporadic-E cloud over the UK on the 9th resulted in G0KYA in Norfolk even working Mike, G4XRR in Weymouth on 10m SSB. This is very short skip, even for a Sporadic-E opening.

Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the low 70s, but geomagnetic conditions may be unsettled this weekend due to a series of coronal holes. Conditions should be more settled as the week progresses.

Apart from Sporadic-E openings, do keep an eye on 14MHz, especially during late evening, as the band often throws up some interesting DX via F2 layer openings. In summer, 20m stays open much longer than in winter and can often be better in the evening, once D-layer absorption has died down.

JT65 is also proving very popular for DX, especially for amateurs who can’t put up extensive antennas or who prefer to run low power.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

Early next week will be dominated by high pressure, lasting until at least midweek. The main emphasis is for the south of the country to be closer to the high initially, but in one model this transfers to northern Britain by the end of the week. This will offer many areas some summer Tropo conditions and, in particular, fair prospects within the UK overnight and first thing in the morning until the daytime heating breaks down the surface temperature inversion. The bias of the high to the south should also offer some paths from southwest Britain across Biscay to northern Spain.

The point of doubt in the coming week would appear to be the security of the high after midweek. One of the models brings in a showery trough, and eventually a slow-moving area of low pressure, which could mean thunderstorms and some rain scatter on the GHz bands if it turns out to be correct.

As we said in the HF report, June is high season for Sporadic-E. There have been some good openings in the last week and should be again next week, although as the high builds, prospects may quieten down a bit.

EME prospects improve this week, with declination going positive today and losses falling as the week progresses.

The June Bootids and Beta-Taurids meteor showers are active this week but the zenithal hourly rate, a measure of the shower’s meteor rate, is fairly low from both.

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