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RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 28th. May 2017.

Posted on May 26th, 2017


Sunday 28th May 2017

The news headlines:

  • Ofcom licensing portal weekend outage

  • New vlog features YOTA Super Supporter

  • TX Factor 16 released

Ofcom has advised the RSGB that its online licensing portal will be unavailable from 6pm on Friday the 26th of May until 8am on Tuesday the 30th of May because of related systems work.

On Thursday the 11th of May, the Polish Government published a Gazette notice amending regulations in the National Frequency Allocation Table. Polish amateurs are now permitted access to the WRC-15 60m amateur secondary allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz under ITU Footnote 5.133B – ie with 15W EIRP. They also now have access from 70.0 to 7.30MHz on a Secondary basis with 20W EIRP. According to the Gazette notice, these regulations come into force 14 days following its publication, so we should expect to be hearing Polish stations on the band soon.

The RSGB is delighted to have seven Super Supporters for Youngsters on the Air, YOTA 2017 and the latest vlog features one of them – Martin, G4HKS – from Martin Lynch & Sons. In the vlog he chats about being a radio amateur for most of his life and explains why ML&S chose to support YOTA 2017. You can hear this and all the other vlogs and read latest YOTA 2017 news on the RSGB website

TX Factor Episode 16 is now available. In episode 16, new team member, Pete Sipple, M0PSX, looks forward to Youngsters on the Air 2017 and chats to some key players at this summer’s YOTA UK event. Pete also finds time to take an eager look at the new Kenwood TH-D74E dual-band handheld that includes D-Star. Bob chats to Bob Inderbitzen, N1QR from the ARRL about the Leagues’ worldwide presence, and Mike investigates two clever devices from SOTABeams that will help to improve the filtering of your FT-817 and check the efficiency of your HF antenna respectively, as detailed in this month’s RadCom. Go to to view the video TX Factor is sponsored by the RSGB and Martin Lynch & Sons.

Following the co-option of the current Chair, Philip Willis, M0PHI to the RSGB Board, applications are invited for the role of Chair of TEC, the RSGB Training and Education Committee. The Committee covers most aspects of radio-related training, other than those within the remit of the Examinations Standard Committee. Its interests range from encouraging new entrants into the amateur service, training trainers, syllabus review and roll-out, helping disabled amateurs and working with schools. Full details of the Committee, current projects and members may be found at Applications by CV should be sent by email to RSGB General Manager, Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via email to to arrive by the 1st of July.

The RSGB Regional Council has elected Ian Douglas, G7MFN as Chairman and Mick Senior, G4EFO as Secretary for the coming year. The Regional Council comprises the elected Regional Managers and the President, and is responsible for the representation of Members’ interests, promotion and co-ordination of the Society’s activities in the Regions.

From next Sunday, 4th of June, there will be a news reading of GB2RS on 144.250MHz SSB at 8.30pm by G8VHI. Reg will be transmitting northwest and east from his location in Nuneaton using separate antennas.

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

Today, the 28th, the Durham & District ARS Radio Rally takes place at Bowburn Community Centre, County Durham, DH6 5AT. The venture has disabled facilities and car parking on site. Doors are open from 10.30am to 2.30pm, with disabled visitors gaining access from 10.15am. Admission is £2. There will be trade stands, Bring & Buy, talk in and catering on site, plus an RSGB bookstall. More details from Michael, G7TWX on 0782 692 4192 or by email to

Today, the 28th, the Causeway Coast Glens ARC Radio Rally takes place at Bushmills Community Centre, 14 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Co Antrim BT57 8QG. There is car parking and disabled facilities at the venue. Doors open at 11am and entry is £3. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, an RSGB bookstall and catering on site. Contact Stevie Morrow, MI0ULK on 07544 923 956 or email

Next Sunday, the 4th, the Spalding and District ARS Rally takes place at The Sir John Gleed Technology School, Halmer Gardens, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2EF. There is free car parking on site. Doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands, an outside car boot area and there is catering on site. Details from John, G4NBR, on 0794 630 2815.

Also on the 4th, the 21st Red Rose QRP Festival will be held at The Rose Centre, also known as Lowton Civic Hall, Hesketh Meadow Lane, Lowton, Warrington WA3 2AH There is easy access from all directions including the M6, M61, M60 and A580. The venue has a large, spacious halls at ground level and free car parking. There are disabled facilities. Doors open from 11am to 3pm and admission is £2, with children under 14 free. There will be trade and individual stalls as well as club stands, including the RSGB and G QRP. There will be a Bring & Buy. Catering is available on site. Contact Les Jackson, G4HZJ on 01942 870 634 for details.

If you have any rally or event information for future editions of GB2RS News, in RadCom and on the RSGB website, please email full details to The GB2RS deadline is 10am on Thursday.

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

Thomas, OZ1AA is active as 5Z4/OZ1AA from Kenya until the 15th of June. He plans to visit Lamu Island, IOTA reference AF-040 until the 29th. QSL via Club Log’s OQRS and Logbook of The World, or via OZ1ACB.

Jean-Pierre, F6CTF will be active as TX5X from the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands in French Polynesia between late May and early August. He will be using the 10 to 80m bands SSB, CW and JT65. Look out for him operating /MM too.

Max, ON5UR will be active holiday style as HB0/ON5UR from Liechtenstein from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. QSL via his home callsign.

Kevin, K6TOP will be active again VP2V/K6TOP from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, NA-023 from 28 May to 5 June. He operates almost exclusively using CW on 40, 30, 20, 17, 15 and 10 metres. QSL via Logbook of The World or direct to NR6M.

Bruce, K5TEN will be active as K4D from Dog Island, NA-085, from the 3rd to the 11th of June. He will operate SSB and CW on the 6 to 40m bands. QSL via his home callsign, see for instructions.

Now the special event news

GB1SCW will be on the air from Shoreham National Coastwatch Institute Lookout on the 3rd and 4th of June. The location is near Shoreham Beach car park, postcode BN43 5HY. Operation will be between 11am and 4pm in the Lookout compound. Try your hand at Morse and explore amateur radio. Due to its beach location access for the disabled is restricted. Shoreham Fort will also be open for visitors.

The Yorkshire Dales Contest Group will be active from Friday the 26th to Monday the 29th of May from the Yorkshire Dales. The activity is for World Flora & Fauna, WAB Squares, World Castles and the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark. Activity will be on HF, VHF and UHF, and they will be at high locations in the evenings and night-time. The Itinerary can be found on the MX0YCG page on

GB6GEO will be on the air from the English Riviera Global Geopark during the 2nd and 3rd of June, transmitting from Kent's Cavern, Torquay. See for the latest updates.

Mid Ulster ARC will be at the Lurgan Agricultural Show with a demonstration station on the 3rd of June from 9am to 5pm. Visitors are welcome to Lurgan Park, Windsor Avenue, Lurgan BT67 9BG.

On the 4th of June, Coventry ARS will be supporting Youth Aviation Day by putting GB4YAD on the air from The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire.

The resting place of the keel from Marconi’s floating lab, the yacht Elettra, will be the site of a special event in conjunction with the annual Museum Ships Weekend event on the 3rd and 4th of June. The Elettra station, sponsored by the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, will use the call sign IQ4FE. A special QSL card will be sent.

Now the contest news

The CQWW WPX CW contest ends its 48 hour run at 2359UTC today, the 28th. CW is the only mode to use, with activity on all contest bands from 1.8 to 28MHz. RST and serial number forms the exchange.

Today, the 28th, sees two contests on higher bands. From 0600UTC to 1800UTC the UKuG contest is open on all modes on all bands from 5.7 to 10GHz. The 70MHz Cumulative #3 runs from 1400UTC to 1600UTC using all modes on the 70MHz band. The report for both contests is RST, serial number and locator.

The CW National Field Day takes place next weekend from 1500UTC on the 3rd to 1500UTC on the 4th. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report and serial number.

Also next weekend is the SEANET, or South East Asia NETwork, contest running from 1200TTC on the 3rd for 24 hours. Using CW and SSB on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The UK Six Metre Group’s Summer Es contest runs from 1300UTC on the 3rd to 1300UTC on the 4th. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and UKSMG membership number if you have one.

Finally for next weekend, the UK Microwave Group’s Low Band Contest is on 1000UTC to 1600UTC on the 4th. Using all modes on the 1.3, 2.3 and 3.4GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 26th of May.

Last week’s forecast of unsettled geomagnetic conditions at the beginning of the week and more settled conditions later was fairly accurate. The K index at high latitudes rose to five on Monday, but settled down to two and three by Thursday. At middle latitudes it was very settled after Wednesday. The solar flux index was in the range 74 to 78, with just one single sunspot group visible on the solar surface.

As a result, HF conditions were not outstanding, although there were F2-layer openings up to 17 metres and even occasionally 15 metres at times. As we move towards having summer HF conditions, the maximum usable frequency over a 3,000km path is often staying above 7MHz through the night, with occasional night-time F-layer openings up to 14MHz.

Sporadic-E is also proving worthwhile, with good short skip openings on HF, predominantly around late morning and late afternoon, although these can also occur at other times.

Next week we may see similar conditions, with the solar flux index in the low to mid seventies. Uncharacteristically, we expect to see more settled geomagnetic conditions next week, which should bode well for HF. As a result there may be some good daytime F2-layer DX to be had, and don’t ignore the daytime Sporadic-E openings, plus the possibility of late evening and night-time DX on 20 to 40 metres.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

There is some uncertainty in the weather models for the week ahead and no real agreement between them. They predict alternating periods of high and low pressure. The high pressure period predicted for the beginning of the week has some agreement, so should provide some Tropo opportunities.

In the summer these favourable conditions are quite often to be found throughout the day and night across the seas around Britain, but only briefly around dawn over the land. Mist and fog are good indicators that there may be some lift conditions.

There have been some very good Sporadic-E openings recently, including some transatlantic JT65A QSOs. These openings are associated with activity produced near jet streams in the upper atmosphere at 10km, which can couple with the E region 100km higher to produce the right conditions for Sporadic-E. Check the RSGB Forum, Propagation Q&A, for a daily blog on the prospects for these favoured conditions. The low-pressure periods may produce some heavy showers, and associated rain scatter on the GHz bands.

The Omicron – Cetids daytime meteor shower continues until the 2nd of June, but is past its peak so stick to early mornings for random meteor scatter QSOs.

The Moon reached perigee last Friday and is at maximum declination today, so the early part of the week is best for EME. Losses will increase and windows shorten as the week progresses.

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