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RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 15th. October 2017.

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 15th of October 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • BBC DG to open G8BBC shack

  • Upcoming Train the Trainers courses

  • Exercise Blue Ham on 5MHz

On Wednesday the 18th, BBC Director General Tony Hall will cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new G8BBC radio shack at Broadcasting House, London. The station, home of the recently formed London BBC Radio Group, will move on from test transmissions to full operation following a watch period of a few months during which the Master Control Room at BH were checking for any interference issues. It is hoped that the Director General will be able to pass a greetings message over the air to GB3RS at the RSGB's National Radio Centre in Bletchley Park, or GB2RN on HMS Belfast, depending on propagation conditions on the day. G8BBC will be active on HF bands and VHF, and hopes to expand operations further in the near future. 

Train the Trainers is free to any RSGB Member teaching at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level. It is especially designed for anyone who does not already have a professional background in teaching. Courses must be pre-booked. One is planned for the 18th of November at Worksop Amateur Radio Club. Contact Steve Hambleton, by email to g0eaksteve@gmail.com to book your place. Then on the 9th of December there will be a training session at Thames Amateur Radio Group in Southend on Sea. Email nigel.m0ich@gmail.com to book a place.

Cadet Radio Exercise BLUE HAM 17-2 is an HF radio exercise on the MOD/Amateur shared 5MHz band. It takes place on 21-22 and 28-29 October from 0800 to 2000UTC. Feedback received from previous Exercises has resulted in changes to the scoring system. Details are at https://alphacharlie.org.uk/exercise-blue-ham

The RSGB Examination Standards Committee Report 2017 is available for download. It includes a submission about the Air Cadets Organisation Foundation equivalent exam. A comparison of the 2016 RSGB exam passes with the RCF figures for 2015 shows a fall in the number of passes at both Foundation and Intermediate levels. You can download the full 2017 Examination Standards Committee Report from tinyurl.com/GB2RS-1715a

The DXCC Most Wanted entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of the first of October. The top ten entities remain unchanged, with the top three being P5, North Korea, also known as DPRK, 3Y/B, Bouvet Island, and FT5/W Crozet Island. The complete DXCC Most Wanted lists is at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-1715b and island-chasers will be pleased to hear that a team is planning to activate Bouvet Island, IOTA reference AN-002, early next year. We will report more news as it becomes available.

British Railways Amateur Radio Society is holding its AGM on Saturday 28th October at the Brunswick Inn at 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU. This is almost opposite the railway station car park. Starting with an informal chat at noon, the AGM will commence at 1.15pm. The AGM is in a private, ground floor room. Ian G4EAN, the BRARS secretary, says that the BRARS committee is hoping that a good number of members will attend. For more information contact Ian Brothwell, G4EAN, via email to g4ean@brars.info or on 0115 926 2360. Membership of BRARS is open to anyone with an active interest in amateur radio and details are at www.BRARS.info

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

Today, the 15th, the Holsworthy ARS Rally takes place at Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6JD. There is free car parking on site, with disabled access. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. Catering is available on site. Contact Howard, M0MYB by email to holsworthyarc@gmail.com for more details.

Today also sees the Hornsea Amateur Radio Rally at Floral Hall, 7 The Esplanade, Hornsea HU18 1NQ. There is car parking at the venue. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2, with under-14s free. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstand. A raffle will take place. There is catering on site. Details from Rick, M0CZR, 01964 533712 or by email to R106221@aol.com

A WADARC Junk Sale takes place on Wednesday 18th October starting at 7.30pm in the Jubilee Hall, Lancing Parish Hall, South Street, Lancing. There will be NO ENTRANCE FEE to non-WADARC members. All are welcome. The sale will include items from the estate of the late Bryan Philips, G3GVB. Most items can be viewed in advance on the club website at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-1715c

On Saturday the 21st Carrickfergus Amateur Radio Club is holding its rally at Downshire Community School, Downshire Road, Carrickfergus BT38 7DA. Doors open 11am and admission is £3. Light refreshments will be available. All will be welcome. Details from Elizabeth Forde, via email to elizabethforde64@yahoo.com.

Next Saturday also sees Yeovil Amateur Radio Club’s 71st anniversary event at Sparkford Village Hall, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7ED. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. There will be displays, computer controlled radio, SDR, Morse, spy sets and more. Ex members are welcome. For more information contact Bob on 01963 440 167.

Next Sunday, the 22nd, the Galashiels Rally takes place at The Volunteer Hall, Galashiels TD1 3JX. Doors open 11.15am, fifteen minutes earlier for disabled visitors. There will be trade stands, a bring and buy and refreshments. Admission is £2.50 – and please note that round pounds are no longer acceptable.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Janusz, SP9FIH, will be active again as E44WE from Palestine on 18-29 October. He will be active on 30, 15, 12 and 10m SSB, PSK63 and RTTY. He will participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest on 15m. QSL via Club Log's OQRS or SP9FIH. See www.e4.dxpeditions.org for more information.

Flavio, IW2NEF will be active holiday style as 3B8/IW2NEF from Mauritius Island, IOTA reference AF-049, on the 16th to the 23rd of October. QSL via IK2DUW.

Martti, OH2BH and others will be active as 4S7BHG from Sri Lanka from 25 October to 1 November. They will focus on the low bands, and will participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest. QSL via OH2BH.

Steve, N6SJ will be active as A52SJ from Paro, Bhutan from the 12th to the 19th of October and again for one night on the 26th of October. This will be a Top Band-only operation, with activity on 1826.5kHz CW, or 1840kHz FT8 if conditions are marginal. QSL via home call; log search on Club Log.

Now the special event news

On 21st October, Members of Wrexham Amateur Radio Society will put on a Special Event Station during the open day at the Brymbo Heritage Project. Using the callsign GB1BSW they will be active on HF and VHF, looking for contacts in this country and all around the world. Feel free to pop along and have a go at talking to the world without wires, whether or not you’re licenced.

Solihull Amateur Radio Society will be running two Jamboree on the Air stations on 21 October. GB1NSS will be on the air for Nelson Sea Scouts in Solihull and GB0SDB will be active in Birmingham.

From the 20th to the 22nd Watcombe Radio Club is running JOTA station GB3TBS for Torbay Borough Scouts at the Torbay District Scout Camp in Torquay. Celebrating 60 years of Jamboree on the Air, the station will operate on Friday, before the official start of JOTA, from 7am to midnight. Saturday hours will be 9.30am to 8pm and on Sunday it’s 10am to 1pm. Scouts are expected to attend all three sessions and pass greetings messages. There will also be an amateur television station thanks to local members of the British Amateur Television Club. The first event in 1957 included an ATV station so this seems rather appropriate.

Grey Point Fort Amateur Radio Society will be operating JOTA and Jamboree on the Internet, JOTI, with Bangor West Explorer Scouts. Activity will be from 10am to 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Grey Point Fort, Fort Road, Helen's Bay, Crawfordsburn, Co Down BT19 1PU. There will be a talk-in station and attractions include family activities and special interest groups. Contact Stephen McFarland, GB0GPF, on 028 9263 4315 or email greypointfort@hotmail.co.uk.

Perth Repeater Group is running a JOTA event with 1st Perthshire Pitlochry Scout Group next Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Operations will be at Atholl Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5BX. Contact Martin Hobson, GS0PRG, on 01796 472 140 or email martin.hobson@btinternet.com.

Coventry Amateur Radio Society is taking part in JOTA next Saturday and Sunday, supporting the Coventry Minotaur Unit. GB0CMU will be on the air from The Scout Headquarters, Partidge Croft, Coventry.

Now the contest news

The Oceania DX CW Contest ends its 24 hour run at 0800UTC today, the 15th. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Tuesday it’s the 1.3GHz UKAC from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes on the 23cm band, RST, serial number and locator forms the exchange.

On Wednesday the 80m Autumn Series Data leg takes place from 1900-2030UTC. Using data modes only on the 3.5MHz band, the exchange is RST and serial number.

Thursday sees the 70MHz UKAC from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes on the 4m band, the exchange is RST, serial number and locator.

The Worked All Germany contest takes place from 1500UTC Saturday to 1500UTC Sunday. Using CW and SSB on 80 to 10m, the exchange is RST and serial number, with DLs sending DOK.

Next Sunday sees three events. The 50MHz AFS contest takes place on 6m from 0900 to 1300UTC. All modes can be used, and the exchange is RST, serial number and locator.

Also starting at 0900UTC next Sunday, the UKuG 24-76GHz contest runs until 1700UTC. All modes can be used on the bands between 24 and 76GHz. RST, serial number and locator forms the exchange.

Finally for this week, the RoLo 2 contest runs from 1900 to 2030UTC on Sunday 2030UTC, using CW only on the 3.5MHz band. The exchange is RST plus the rolling locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 13th of October.

Last week saw a mixed bag in terms of HF propagation. At the beginning, quiet geomagnetic conditions saw the HF bands alive with DX. With the K index hovering between zero and one, the ionosphere was showing what it can do during a typical Autumn day. There were openings up to and including 12 metres, with DX being worked as far afield as India, Cocos Keeling Island, the Falkland Islands, and Sao Tome and Principe off the west coast of Africa.

Unfortunately, and as we predicted, it didn’t last as a high-speed solar wind stream from a coronal hole, moving at more than 500 kilometres per second, impacted the earth on Wednesday the 11th. This sent the K index soaring to five and, after a brief ionospheric enhancement, maximum useable frequencies started to plummet.

By Thursday the MUF over a 3,000km path was struggling to exceed 14MHz as the geomagnetic storm continued. However, another pre-auroral enhancement, probably due to a surge in the incoming solar wind stream, saw 10 metres open to DX briefly on Thursday afternoon, with Saudi Arabia booming in.

Next week, the solar flux index is predicted to remain in the range 74 to 80, reflecting where we are in the declining solar cycle. Ionospheric conditions may be unsettled this weekend following the final throes of the coronal hole solar wind stream, but should then improve.

Geomagnetic conditions are forecast to be quite settled after Tuesday the 17th, with a maximum K index of two. If correct this means that reliable HF DX may return, giving good openings up to 21MHz, perhaps even 24MHz, for the rest of the week.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

We are stuck in a very unsettled weather pattern and it seems like the north-west of the country is most likely to experience the more disturbed weather conditions with strong winds and a risk of gales. None of these things are good for Tropo, but we may see some good options for rain scatter on the gigahertz bands.

We have nearby high pressure over the continent and this should be a player at first over this weekend. It will decline early next week and any temporary Tropo is only likely to be available from southern Britain, favouring paths towards the Continent.

Meteor scatter conditions should be better this week, with the Epsilon-Geminids shower on Wednesday and the larger Orionids, peaking sometime in the early hours of Saturday. Interestingly, the Orionid meteor shower is one of the showers created by debris from Comet Halley.

You’d better get your QSOs in with the 3DA0MB eight-band EME DXpedition to Swaziland early next week. Moon declination goes negative again on Wednesday and the moon reaches apogee on Thursday, with highest losses. As the sun and moon are close on Thursday, noise will also be an issue on VHF. At least it’s a daytime moon and gigahertz band dish feed changes can be done without a torch!

More details of 3DA0MB are available on the HB9Q logger and moon net.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 8th. October 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 8th of October 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • Foundation and Intermediate exams going online

  • Please keep emergency frequencies clear

  • Two Train the Trainers courses announced

An online option for Full examinations was launched in March 2017. Clubs, exam centres and candidates have all given very positive feedback. A recent Exam Group meeting approved the roll-out of online Foundation and Intermediate exams. From the 1st of November, the RSGB HQ Exams Department will accept applications for online Intermediate exams and, from the 2nd of January 2018, you will be able to apply for an online Foundation exam. To bring consistency to the application process, a notice period of ten working days will apply to every exam from the 1st November, regardless of level or whether it is online or paper-based. All examinations, both online and paper, will still be held at Exam Centres and invigilated in exactly the same way as now. When applying for an exam you must state whether electronic, paper or a mix of examination type is required. Online exams reduce paperwork for invigilators and provide immediate feedback to the candidates. More online administrative tools are in the pipeline to assist Examination Secretaries. Applications for paper examinations will continue as before.

Tropical Storm Nate is now threatening to dump flooding rains over portions of Central America, according to the National Hurricane Center. An amateur radio emergency net has been activated in Costa Rica. Amateurs not involved in the storm emergency are asked to avoid interfering or operating near storm nets. The frequencies likely to be used are 3.752MHz, 7.24MHz and 14.302MHz. 40m is the main HF band for traffic. Other nets active in the region could be using 7.117MHz, 7.090MHz and 7.098MHz.

Train the Trainers is free to any RSGB Member teaching at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level. It is especially designed for anyone who does not already have a professional background in teaching. Courses must be pre-booked. Each has a maximum of 25 places, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. One RSGB Train the Trainers event is planned for the 18th of November at Worksop Amateur Radio Club. Contact Steve Hambleton, by email to g0eaksteve@gmail.com to book your place. On the 9th of December there will be a training session at Thames Amateur Radio Group in Southend on Sea. Email nigel.m0ich@gmail.com to book a place. Courses run from 9am to 5pm, with a break for you to eat your own packed lunch. Tea and coffee are provided.

GB17YOTA returns this December for YOTA month. Applications are coming in from clubs across the country so apply soon if you want to be involved. Allocations will be made by the end of October. Email yota.month@rsgb.org.uk to find out more or to receive the application form.

The VHF Contest Committee has opened a consultation to help set the rules for the 2018 series of contests. Through its earlier consultation, it has already agreed to change the scoring system for the UK Activity Contests to the Nordic System, but this exercise asks some wider questions. If you are a VHF Contest participant, please find a few minutes to complete the survey. It is online at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0810A and remains open until 2359UTC on the 29th of October. Your help will be much appreciated.

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

Today, the 8th, the 44th Blackwood ARS rally will be held at Rougemont School, Newport, Gwent NP20 6QB. There is free parking on site, including disabled spaces. Doors open at 10am and entry is £2.50. There will be trade stands, special interest groups, an RSGB bookstall and a Bring & Buy. A raffle will be held. There are talks and lectures during the day, and catering is available on site. Contact Mike Rackham, GW4JKV, on 01495 226 149.

The RSGB Convention, sponsored by Martin Lynch & Sons, takes place on Friday to Sunday of this week, the 13th to the 15th. If you haven’t already pre-booked, tickets will still be available on the door at Kent’s Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Swallow House, Timbold Drive, Kent’s Hill Park, Milton Keynes MK7 6BZ. There are talks for all interests and a full programme is available on the website, www.rsgb.org/convention

Next Sunday, the 15th, the Holsworthy ARS Rally takes place at Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6JD. There is free car parking on site, with disabled access. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. Catering is available on site. Contact Howard, M0MYB by email to holsworthyarc@gmail.com for more details.

On Sunday the 15th, the Hornsea Amateur Radio Rally will be held at Floral Hall, 7 The Esplanade, Hornsea HU18 1NQ. There is car parking at the venue. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2, with under-14s free. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstand. A raffle will take place. There is catering on site. Details from Rick, M0CZR, 01964 533712 or by email to R106221@aol.com

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Jose, EA5IDQ will be active as S9CQ from Sao Tome, IOTA reference AF-023, from the 12th to the 21st of October. He will operate SSB and RTTY on the 80 to 6m bands. QSL via his home call, either direct, via the bureau or Logbook of The World.

Craig, VK5CE will be active as VK5CE/8 from North Island, OC-198, on the 12th to the 15th of October. He will operate SSB on 40, 20, 17 and 15 metres with a large array of vertical and beam antennas. QSL via Club Log's OQRS or via VK5CE, either direct or via the bureau. The log will be uploaded after the DXpedition, as Craig won’t have phone or internet access while on the island. See https://oc198.wordpress.com for details.

John, MM0VEG will be active as 8Q7BI from the Maldives, AS-013, until the 16th of October. He will operate exclusively on 20 metres, using SSB if conditions are good, or PSK31 if they are poor. QSL via his home call, direct or bureau, and Logbook of The World or logsearch on Club Log.

Nicola, I0SNY will be active on the HF bands as BY1DX/I0SNY until the 18th of October. QSL via IZ3KVD direct or 9A5URI via the bureau.

Stan, LZ1GC will be active as H40GC from Temotu Province, Nendo, OC-100, until the 20th of October. He is on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK on the 160 to 10m bands. QSL via Club Log’s OQRS, his home call either direct or via the bureau and Logbook of The World. See www.c21gc.com/ for more information.

Now the special event news

Members of the Scarborough Amateur Radio Society will again be attending the North Yorkshire Moors Railway annual World War II weekend at Pickering. This year the event is on the 13th, 14th and 15th of October. All are welcome to come along to the marquee in the station yard, where period radio equipment will be on display. Special event station GB2YMR will also run throughout the weekend on 40 and 80 metres.

Now the contest news

The Oceania DX SSB contest ends at 0800UTC today, the 8th. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The 432MHz to 245GHz contest ends at 1400UTC today, the 8th. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The IARU 432MHz to 245GHz contest ends at 1400UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Ending at 1900UTC today, the 8th, is the Worked All Britain HF Phone contest. Using the 14 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number, WAB area and Book number.

Today, the 8th, the DX Contest runs from 0500 to 2300UTC. Using CW and SSB on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Monday, the 80m Autumn Series runs from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using CW only the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Tuesday the 432MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC. It is immediately followed by the 432MHz UK Activity Contest until 2130UTC, using all modes this time. The exchange is the same for both, signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday, the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend, from 0800UTC on the 14th to 0800UTC on the 15th, the Oceania DX CW Contest uses the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 6th of October.

Last week saw sunspot activity remain fairly stable, with the solar flux index hovering in the upper 80s. There were no solar flares and so no associated coronal mass ejections either. On the whole, geomagnetic conditions were a little more settled than they have been of late and other than a K index of four on Monday the dial sat mostly between one and three.

These more settled conditions, coupled with the expected seasonal uplift in ionospheric propagation, meant there was DX to be had. Maximum usable frequencies climbed to more than 24 MHz at times, although 21MHz was perhaps a little more reliable.

A quick look at the International Beacon Project frequency on 21.150MHz saw the South Africa, Israel and New York beacons audible at times. The Russian and Madeira beacons also made a good showing on both 14.100MHz and 18.110MHz. The five watt ED6YAJ beacon in Majorca on 28.235MHz was even audible for hours on Thursday, with few other signals on the band. Beacons are always useful tools to get a quick snapshot of HF conditions.

Critical frequencies over the UK have struggled to get much above 6.2MHz at times, which means 80 and 60 metres remain the main bands for near vertical incidence skywave or short skip contacts around the UK.

Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will decline further into the low 70s as the current crop of sunspots rotate off the disk. Stormy geomagnetic conditions are predicted for Wednesday the 11th to Sunday the 15th of October, thanks to a recurrent coronal hole. If this comes to pass we would expect the best DX to occur in the first half of the week.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The next week or two looks very much like an autumn sequence of unsettled weather, with low pressure dominating the charts throughout this week and next. There may be brief periods when a ridge puts in an appearance in southern Britain, but this is likely to be transient and not a strong Tropo signature. Of course, such conditions become a test of all those summer antenna jobs, so this is a good time to check that all the ropes and guys are secure.

The strong jet stream at times over the coming week would have been useful for Sporadic-E in the summer season, but is of little value at this time of the year.

There are three minor meteor showers this week. The Draconids is today, the Southern Taurids on Tuesday and the delta-Aurigids on Wednesday. All of them have just single-digit zenithal hourly rates, so continue to look before dawn for the best random meteor scatter contacts on the lower VHF bands.

The moon reaches perigee on Monday and maximum declination on Thursday, so a good week for EME. Look out for OK1VVT, QRV from Morocco on 144MHz as CN2R, and OK1DFC in Ceuta operating from the QTH of EA9LZ, on 70, 23, 3 and 6cm. More details on the HB9Q logger and moon.net.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 1st. October 2017.

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 1st of October 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • IARU Conference report now online

  • Enter the RSGB Construction Competition

  • VDSL interference survey extended

 

The Report for the 24th Region 1 IARU General Conference, held in Landshut Germany from 16 to 23 September, is available on the Region 1 website at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-1001a The papers for C3, C4, C5 and C7 are also available in zipped format on this page.

The RSGB annual Construction Competition is still open for entries. The aim of the competition is to encourage home construction, experimentation, design and innovation. The competition can be entered by individual members or groups of members where the build team will be treated as a single entrant. The closing date has been extended to 6 October and any project that you have built, other than one that was a previous winner in this competition, may be entered. Judging will take place at the RSGB Convention on the 14th of October. Full details are at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0924c

The RSGB EMC Committee has been investigating VDSL broadband interference on the HF amateur bands for three years now. To increase the amount of evidence available, the Committee set up a survey at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0309A to collect current signal levels at the frequencies of VDSL band transitions. There are still lots of responses being received so the deadline has been extended; it will remain open this week. Please fill it in, or persuade your fellow amateurs to do so. If you have part-filled in the survey, you should be able to re-open and complete it, or you can make a new entry and the earlier version will be deleted. Thanks to everyone who has participated. Some people found they had VDSL RFI that they were previously unaware of. The survey results will be presented at the RSGB Convention and published on the RSGB website.

A valve workshop will be held on the 14th of October at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park MK3 6EB. If you have a basic knowledge of electronics and can read an electronic circuit diagram then they will show you how electronics began, following its critical components for its first 50 years. Find out about valve history, how to handle and test valves and how valves are used in amplifiers, radios and computers. Full details can be found at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0309B

The RSGB has recently responded to two Ofcom consultations affecting amateur microwave bands, as part of its ongoing strategy to protect amateur spectrum. The latest input in a series regarding 5GHz has been made in relation to Ofcom’s consultation to liberalise Fixed Wireless Access channels. This would affect amateur narrowband and particularly satellite reception. Additionally, at even higher frequencies there has been a response to an Ofcom Call for Input regarding future fifth generation smartphone handset and base stations. In a marked change from current systems these are expected to use new frequencies in or near our 24 and 47GHz Primary amateur bands. Both consultation inputs were developed in the RSGB Spectrum Forum with assistance from special interest groups including UK Microwave Group and AMSAT-UK. Details can be found at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-1001b

Saturday the 7th of October will see the 1st DX Féile take place on Inis Mór Island, Aran Islands, for a DX filled-convention. DXpeditioners Kenneth, LA7GIA, Nigel, G3TXF and IOTA Deputy Manager Cezar, VE3LYC along with Declan, EI6FR and Jeremy, EI5GM will host a day of DX-related talks, followed by a dinner and social evening, amongst other activities. Two HF stations will be on the air for the weekend, signing EJ1D and giving IOTA reference EU-006. Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Full information is available on their website, www.dxfeile.ie

Do you have some spare time to support fellow radio amateurs? Are you passionate about the future of amateur radio? The RSGB currently has a number of volunteer vacancies within the Regional representation structure and would like to hear from you. There are Deputy Regional manager vacancies in Regions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10 and 13. Details can be found at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-1001c

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

The Hack Green Hanger Sale is on today, the 1st of October, at the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, French Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8AL. Doors open at 10am. Sales will include amateur gear, electronic equipment, components, military radio sets and vehicle spares. Refreshments are available on site. More details from Lucy Siebert on 01270 623 353.

Next Sunday, the 44th Blackwood ARS rally will be held at Rougemont School, Newport, Gwent NP20 6QB. There is free parking on site, including disabled spaces. Doors open 10am and entry is £2.50. There will be trade stands, special interest groups, an RSGB bookstall and a Bring & Buy. A raffle will be held. There are talks and lectures during the day. Catering is available on site. Contact Mike Rackham, GW4JKV on 01495 226 149.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Witek, SP9MRO and Danuta, SP9PX will be active as 9H3I and 9H3QQ respectively from Malta, IOTA reference EU-023, until the 9th of October. They will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on the 12 to 40m bands. QSL both callsigns via SP9SX and Logbook of The World.

From the 6th of October, several amateurs will be active from Guantanamo Bay, NA-015. Henry, W2DZO will operate as KG4HH until the 9th, Jeff, KQ4LA as KG4LA until the 13th, Bill, W4WV as KG4WV until the 20th and Al, W6HGF as KG4HF until the 20th. QSL via their home callsigns. KG4LA and KG4HF will upload their logs to Logbook of The World.

Look for Tina, HB0/DL5YL and Fred, HB0/DL5YM to be active from Liechtenstein until the 7th. They will operate mainly CW, with some SSB and RTT on the 160 to 6m bands. QSL via their home calls, direct or via the bureau.

The RI1F DXpedition team plan to be on the air from the never-before-activated Victoriya Island between the 1st and 7th, depending on weather and ice conditions. They will operate CW and SSB on all bands, including EME and satellite activity. QSL via Club Log’s OQRS, where you should search for RI1F/EU-190. Victoriya Island is new one for IOTA, EU-190, but DXCC-wise is part of Franz Josef Land.

Oliver, DK7TX will be active as SV5/DK7TX from the Dodecanese islands of Kos, Kalymnos, Nisyros and Telendos, EU-001, between the 3rd and the 13th. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.

A regular air service from Johannesburg to St Helena Island, AF-022, is due to start on the 14th and Bill, G0VDE hopes to be on the first commercial flight. He plans to be active as ZD7VDE for one week, and to operate SSB and some data modes. See www.sthelenadx.com/ for more information.

Now the special event news

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, special callsign R60SAT will be active from the 1st to the 8th. QSL via R4AS direct.

Now the contest news

The UK EI DX contest ends its 24-hour run at 1200UTC today, the 1st. Using SSB on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and District Code. Please note that the signal report is optional in this contest.

On Tuesday the 144MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC, it is immediately followed until 2130UTC by the 144MHz UK Activity Contest, where all modes are acceptable. The exchange for both is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the UK EI Counties Contest runs from 2000 to 2100UTC. Using SSB on the 80m band the exchange is your 4 character locator.

There is lots going on next weekend. On Saturday the 7th from 1400 to 2200UTC the 1.2/2.3GHz Trophy takes place. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

From 0800 on the 7th to 0800UTC on the 8th, the Oceania DX SSB contest uses the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

From 1400UTC on the 7th to 1400UTC on the 8th, the 432MHz to 245GHz contest takes place. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Also from 1400UTC to 1400UTC on the 7th and 8th is the IARU 432MHz to 245GHz contest. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

From 1900 to 1900UTC on the 7th and 8th is the Worked All Britain HF Phone contest. Using the 14 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number, WAB area and Book number.

On the 8th, the DX Contest runs from 0500 to 2300UTC. Using CW and SSB on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 29th of September.

Last week was a mixed bag in terms of HF propagation. With the solar flux index just into the 90s, amateurs were able to take advantage of the improving autumnal conditions. At times, maximum usable frequencies over a 3,000km path were stretching up to and beyond 21MHz, with openings to the US being reported on 15 metres. But a geomagnetic disturbance due to a coronal hole on the sun saw the K index soar to six on Wednesday, with associated auroral warnings.

At noon on Wednesday the critical frequency over the UK managed to hit 8.125MHz, as measured at RAF Fairford. But an incoming solar wind stream above 600km/s, with a south-facing Bz magnetic component, took its toll. By late evening Wednesday predicted MUFs over 3,000km were below 14MHz. If the solar wind has a south-facing Bz magnetic component it is more likely to couple with the earth’s magnetic field and cause disruption. An even more unsettled ionosphere saw this continue on Thursday as the K index hit a very stormy seven.

Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the mid 90s and geomagnetic conditions may be more settled. This could mean more fun on the HF bands.

As we move into October we can expect HF conditions to improve on east-west paths. Make sure you are using the latest smoothed sunspot number of 22 with VOACAP-based prediction programs for the best results.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The weekend and beginning of the coming week looks likely to be affected by low pressure, with potentially windy conditions in the north. The unsettled weather will also mean that GHz bands rain scatter could be possible.

High pressure is set to move in towards midweek and should place Tropo at the top of the operating list through to the end of the week. Models differ slightly in the exact placement of the high, but most allow the centre to drift east across southern Britain, while leaving a linking ridge back to another large high north of the Azores. What this means for the VHF bands from the UK is some fairly good Tropo, especially into the near continent and across Biscay towards Spain and perhaps farther south. Unfortunately, northern Britain remains closer to low pressure and probably misses out on the main Tropo action, although recent activity from CMEs highlights the possibility of aurora if the sun continues to be disturbed.

There are no significant meteor showers, this week, so continue to look before dawn for the best random meteor scatter contacts on the lower VHF bands.

Moon declination goes positive again on Thursday, so expect lengthening Moon windows and falling losses this coming week as the Moon heads for perigee a week tomorrow.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 24th. September 2017.

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 24th of September 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • IARU honours Colin, G3PSM

  • Book for Convention Buildathon

  • 4m NoV procedure streamlined

 

We’re delighted to announce that RSGB Past President Colin Thomas, G3PSM has been given the prestigious Roy Stevens G2BVN Memorial Award by IARU Region 1. It is particularly appropriate, given that Roy was Colin’s mentor in his international work. Colin retires as Chairman of the External Relations Committee this year after a period of exemplary service to amateur radio, and in particular to the International Amateur Radio Union in Region 1. You can read the full story at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0924a

Over the last few years the RSGB Convention has included a Buildathon, where attendees build a kit with help from mentors from the Bath Buildathon Crew. This year the kit will be an Arduino-based Morse tutor supplied by Kanga UK. The tutor is ideal for those learning Morse code or looking to improve their receive speed. It also makes an ideal Intermediate assessment project. All necessary tools and test equipment will be provided, and the Bath team will be there to assist. This year’s Buildathon at the RSGB Convention takes place on the 14th of October in Milton Keynes. Buildathon places cost no more than the kit, which is just under £40. Places can be booked online via the RSGB Shop Convention Booking Office. If you need any further details, please contact Steve Hartley, G0FUW, via email to g0fuw@rsgb.org.uk

The RSGB is pleased to announce that a more streamlined process is now available for digital experiments in the 70.5-71.5MHz range. Amateurs who successfully apply via the Ofcom Special Research Permit process are now able to confirm their details and download their Notice of Variation from the RSGB website in a similar manner to the 146-147MHz NoVs. Further details are at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0924b

A video created by the RSGB was used by Don Beattie, President of IARU Region 1, at the IARU Conference in Landshut to spark discussion about the future of amateur radio. Filmed at YOTA 2017, five young radio amateurs from different countries explain what they think the future of amateur radio should look like. They are optimistic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Take a look at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0924c to see the video he showed.

The GB2RS news team for Region 8, Northern Ireland, is appealing for new readers. You need to hold a Full licence and be an RSGB Member. For DMR broadcasts you will need to be able to access one of the TG8 / S2 enabled repeaters, currently GB7LY, GB7UL, GB7HB or GB3OM. If you’re interested, or want to know more, please contact RSGB Regional Manager Philip Hosey, MI0MSO via email to rm8@rsgb.org.uk or call him directly on 0784 902 5760.

DXCC card checking will be available at the National Hamfest, on the 29th and 30th of September at the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground. Situated on the UK 6m Group stand, they can also check your documents for your Logbook of the World, so bring your licence and original photo ID such as photo driving licence or passport, with the same name on both. These documents don’t have to be sent to the USA. If you plan to bring a lot of cards, more than 25, please drop them off as soon as you arrive. Please note the paper application forms are no longer used: you must use the online tool to make your application and bring the resulting printout with the cards.

The RSGB annual Construction Competition is open for entries. The aim of the competition is to encourage home construction, experimentation, design and innovation. The competition can be entered by individual members or groups of members where the build team will be treated as a single entrant. The closing date is the end of September and any project that you have built, other than one that was a previous winner in this competition, may be entered. Judging will take place at the RSGB Convention in October. Full details are at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0924c

The IARU Region 1 Conference concluded on Thursday with the final plenary adopting a wide range of recommendations for current and future amateur radio, from HF to microwaves. Having made a substantial number of proposals, the RSGB was pleased to see many of these being adopted in some form in the final plenary. Note that those changes affecting band plans will be discussed in the forthcoming RSGB Spectrum Forum meeting, prior to the update of RSGB band plans in early 2018.

The RSGB Legacy Sub-Committee makes recommendations to the RSGB Board on requests for funding from the £180,000 Legacy Fund. The Board wishes to appoint a new Chairman of the Legacy Sub-Committee and also a further sub-committee member. Information about the fund is on the RSGB website and further details of these appointments are available from the General Manager, Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via email to gm.dept@rsgb.org.uk

Following the recent ARISS-Europe Board elections, four candidates were elected unopposed for a term of two years. Oliver, DG6BCE is chairman, Emanuele, I0ELE is technical director, Bertus, PE1KEH and Jean Pierre, F6DZP are counsellors. They take office on the 1st of October.

At the IARU Region 1 Conference, in recognition of their outstanding and ongoing contributions, Graham Shirville, G3VZV, Lisa Leenders, PA2LS and Gregg Mossop, G0DUB have been awarded the IARU Region 1 Medal for their work on Satellite Coordination, Youth and Emergency Communications respectively.

Doug Fraser has decided to stand down as DRM 21 in Region 2. We would like to thank him for his service to his fellow amateurs. There is now a vacancy in the area for an RSGB Member to take on the role of Deputy Regional manager. If anyone is interested in applying for the role of DRM 21, Highlands, please contact Andy Burns, MM0CXA via email to rm2@rsgb.org.uk.

The RSGB EMC Committee has been investigating VDSL broadband interference on the HF amateur bands for three years now. To increase the amount of evidence available, the RSGB EMC Committee has set up a survey at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0309A to collect current signal levels at the frequencies of VDSL band transitions. The survey closes on 30 September and everyone is invited to contribute their findings, whether or not they believe they suffer VDSL interference.

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

The Pencoed ARC Table Top Sale is today, the 24th, at Pencoed Rugby Football Club, The Verlands, Felindre Road, Pencoed CF35 5PB. Doors open at 10am for the public and entry is £2. Refreshments, including hot food, will be available. Details from Madeline Roberts on 01639 767056.

The National Hamfest takes place this week on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th of September at the Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 2NY. The venue has extensive free car parking and disabled facilities. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, car boot area, flea market, special interest groups and a huge RSGB bookstall. There will also be representatives from the RSGB Services and Committees. Morse proficiency test will be available. The venue has catering outlets and a seating area. See www.nationalhamfest.org.uk for details.

The Hack Green Hanger Sale is on the 1st of October at the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, French Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8AL. Doors open 10am. Sales will include amateur gear, electronic equipment, components, military radio sets and vehicle spares. Refreshments are available on site. More details from Lucy Siebert on 01270 623 353 or by email to lucy@hackgreen.co.uk.

Finally, we understand that the Dambusters Hamfest that takes place in early May has changed its name and will henceforth be known as the Thorpe Camp Hamfest.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Hal, JR4OZR will be active as A35W from Tongatapu, IOTA reference OC-049, Tonga until the 26th of September. He will operate RTTY and FT8, and will participate in the CQ WW DX RTTY Contest. QSL via JJ2VLY and Logbook of The World or logsearch on Club Log.

JA3KIO as T88XA and JA3JND as T88ON will be active from Koror, OC-009, Palau, until the 28th of September. QSL via home calls, direct or bureau.

JR1FKR as V63FKR and JH1MLO as V63MLO will be active from Pohnpei, OC-010, in Micronesia between the 27th September and the 2nd of October. They will operate SSB and RTTY. QSL via home calls, direct or bureau. They do not use Logbook of The World.

AT7M is the callsign for the IOTA DXpedition to St Mary Islands, AS-096. A large team will operate on all modes with a multi transceiver station from the 30th of September to the 1st of October. QSL via VU3NPI.

Now the special event news

Stations for Railways on the Air will be active this weekend including Coventry ARS from the Coventry Model railway club with GB6CMR. Loughton and Epping Forest ARS will be activating GB2RGM at the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey, although public access is not permitted to the site. Riviera ARC will operate GB4BCR from Babbacombe Cliff Railway.

Enigma Reloaded takes place from the 22nd to the 30th of September. The main goal is to promote as much amateur radio activity as possible all over the world, celebrating the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in the outcome of World War II. From the 22th to the 29th, Italians and others registered as Activator Stations will ensure the activation of their radio stations in order to allow the participants to get their scores for the Enigma Award Contest. Full details are online at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0924e

Now the contest news

The CQ World Wide RTTY DX Contest ends its 48 hours at 2359UTC on the 24th. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and Zone, which is 14 for the UK.

Today, the 24th, 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.

The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest runs from 1200 to 1600UTC today, the 24th. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes on the 2.3 to 10GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the UK EI Counties Contest runs from 2000 to 2100UTC. Using CW only, the exchange is your 4 character Locator square.

On the 30th of September and the 1st of October, the UK EI DX contest takes place between 1200 and 1200UTC. Using SSB on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and District Code. Please note that the signal report is optional in this contest.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 22nd of September.

Last week saw sunspot numbers decline, but geomagnetic conditions become more settled. This, plus the fact we are heading into autumn, resulted in better HF conditions, with 21MHz opening to DX for short periods. The CS3B Madeira and 4X6TU Israel beacons on 21.150MHz were both audible at times and Jim, G3YLA reports working S01WS in Western Sahara on the band.

Not to be outdone, the lower bands have also been active, with UK operators on the DXpedition to St Pierre and Miquelon being worked from the UK on 160, 80, 40 and 30 metres. The better critical frequencies and therefore higher MUFs mean 40 metres has also been open to shorter skip at times, perhaps with a minimum of about 500km.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index may increase slowly up to and beyond 100 once again. However, there is a strong possibility that geomagnetic conditions may be unsettled all week due to coronal hole activity and the potential for coronal mass ejections from the active sunspots that are predicted.

Currently, VOACAP Online suggests that reasonably-equipped UK stations have around a 50% chance of working New York on 20 metres CW from around 1800 to 2030hrs. This should improve to about 70% as we head into mid-October, with 17 and 15 metres both offering better reliability too.

With the better autumnal HF conditions coming, it is worth playing with the online tools at VOACAP.com and www.predtest.uk to get a better understanding of the best times to work various parts of the world on HF.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

It’s been a good week for rain scatter on the GHz bands, with daily propagation over to the Netherlands and Belgium and intra-UK. Sadly this has not been matched by activity, but a few good QSOs were reported by those who were aware.

This week sees a welcome return of high pressure nearby, to the east of the UK. This will allow stations in the south and east of the country to enjoy slightly enhanced conditions. The position of the high would favour Tropo paths up the east coast and across the southern North Sea. This will probably be a brief period of Tropo before low pressure from the Atlantic drifts in towards the UK in the second half of the week. The high remains nearby over Scandinavia, with a ridge extending southwest across France into Spain. This may possibly offer some Tropo options to the south for stations on the south coast.

There is a low rate meteor shower, the daytime Sextantids, on Wednesday, so continue to look before dawn for the best random meteor scatter contacts.

The Moon is at maximum negative declination and apogee on Wednesday so losses are at their greatest and Moon windows short. So this is a good week to catch up on antenna maintenance for the autumn.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 17th. September 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 17th of September 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • Latest RadCom Plus now available

  • Please keep clear of hurricane nets

  • Tunisia legalises individual amateur licences

 

The latest issue of RadCom Plus is now available. It contains features on vertical phased arrays, an APRS tracker and looks at how to get a professional finish to your home-made printed circuit boards. A tailored PDF version is available, as a trial for this issue, in addition to the ePUB version. Both of these options enable you to download RadCom Plus to read offline if you wish. For those who prefer to read it online you can still use the Flipbook version that is also available. RadCom Plus is a members’ benefit so just log into the RSGB membership portal and then you can access both versions from the RadCom Plus page of the RSGB website.

In view of the arrival of Hurricane Max on the coast of Guerrero, Mexico, the FMRE National Emergency Net has activated. The net is operating on 7.060 MHz and 14.120MHz so please avoid causing interference on or around those frequencies.

The Ministry of Telecommunications of Tunisia has approved and issued a decree organising amateur radio activity in Tunisia. It is now possible for Tunisian amateurs to apply, pass an exam and get their own amateur radio licences. Those who already have a foreign licence can be granted licences without passing an exam. Resident foreigners can also apply. See iaru-r1.org for full details.

Today, the 17th of September, sees the start of the IARU Region 1 Conference. Delegates will consider around 140 papers covering many aspects of the future of amateur radio. Amongst the latest inputs are RSGB papers on noise floor measurements and YOTA 2017. Watch out for media updates during the week.

The latest RSGB Convention promotional video is the About the RSGB section of the video portal on the RSGB website. You’ll hear a range of people explaining why they go to the Convention and see highlights of what you can expect during a Convention weekend. Tickets and weekend packages are still available; go to www.rsgb.org/convention to find out more.

Enigma Reloaded takes place from the 22nd to the 30th of September. The main goal is to promote as much amateur radio activity as possible all over the world, celebrating the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in the outcome of World War II. From the 22th to the 29th, Italians and others registered as Activator Stations will ensure the activation of their radio stations in order to allow to the participants getting their scores for the Enigma Award Contest. Full details are online at www.enigma-reloaded.it/index_eng.html

ML&S has launched a video of the new Kenwood TS-590sg 70th anniversary edition. It’s on their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfUcts3Fdl4

IARU Region 1, DARC and RSGB volunteers attended the latest CEPT meeting that is preparing for WRC-19. Key items of interest to amateur radio included 50-54MHz, high power wireless charging of electric vehicles and increased use of the 5GHz bands for Wi-Fi and transport.

RADIO DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and short wave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6070kHz for Europe. DARC will broadcast during the 24th IARU Region 1 Conference being held in Landshut, Germany. Until the 22nd of September 2017, RADIO DARC will report current news on the conference in six daily special short wave transmissions.

Icom Inc will be holding a D-STAR QSO party between 0000UTC on the 22nd and 2359UTC on the 24th of September. For more information visit the D-Star QSO Party website at www.icom.co.jp/world/dqp

SOS Radio Week is moving from January to May so that it, once again, falls in line with the RNLI’s own fund-raising event. Like the RNLI’s event, SOS Radio Week will actually last a month so stations can choose to operate on any of four or five weekends. You can register your station now for SOS Radio Week 2018, via the website www.sosradioweek.org.uk.

Thames Amateur Radio Group is hosting an RSGB Train the Trainers event on Saturday the 9th of December from 9am to 5pm. Training open to candidates from any club and is delivered free to RSGB Members, but the organisers are requesting a £5 donation per candidate towards hall hire, buffet lunch and other refreshments. To book contact nigel.m0ich@gmail.com

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

The Weston-Super-Mare Rally takes place today, the 17th of September, at The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare BS24 7DX. The venue has a large car park. Doors open from 10am and admission is £3 for adults. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, lectures, and an auction at the end of the day. There will also be amusements and activities for all the family including competitions, fun activities and interactive displays. Catering will be available on site. Enquiries to 01278 786 684.

The WACRAL Conference and Fellowship Weekend takes place from the 22nd to the 24th of September at the Elim International Conference Centre, West Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 4DF. Nick Henwood, G3RWF, the RSGB President, will be speaking on Where is amateur radio going?

The Pencoed ARC Table Top Sale is on Sunday the 24th at Pencoed Rugby Football Club, The Verlands, Felindre Road. Pencoed CF35 5PB. Doors open at 10am for the public and entry is £2. Refreshments including hot food will be available. Details from Madeline Roberts on 01639 767056.

The Belgium Amateur Radio & Computer Rally is on the 24th at Hall Louvexpo, rue Michel Debauque/Arthur Delaby, La Louvière, Belgium. It has direct access from the motorway, just 50km south of Brussels. Open from 9am to 4pm, there will be talk-in on local FM repeaters on 145.600MHz. There will be trade stands from the UK, Holland, Germany, France and a flea market. For details, see www.on6ll.be

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

David, G4NRT will be on the air as Z21NRT in Zimbabwe until the 29th of September. He will be on the 80 to 6m bands using SSB, CW and digital. QSL to his home callsign.

E6AG will be operating until the 25th of September on the island of Niue, IOTA reference OC-040. It will be holiday-style and QSLs go via Club Log OQRS to M0OXO.

JW/OM6TC will be on from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, EU-026, until the 20th of September. QSL to his home callsign.

A group of Russian amateurs will operate as A25BI, A25SP and A25BE from Kasane in north-eastern Botswana until the 25th of September and they hope to be on all bands from 160 to 6m using CW and SSB.

A number of Czech operators will operate at 5T5OK in Mauritania until the 29th of September. They will run 100W on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL manager is OK6DJ and logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

Al, K7AR will be operating as 5W0RA from Apia, Samoa, IOTA OC-097, from the 19th to the 29th of September. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly FT8. QSL to his home callsign.

Now the special event news

Rugby ARTS will operate GB0RRS until the 22nd of September to celebrate the historic Rugby Radio Station, which operated from 1926 to 2007 at a site near Hillmorton, Rugby.

Today, the 17th of September Chatham Historic Dockyard will again be hosting their 1940s weekend. During the event Brian, G0TAR and some Medway ARTS members will be operating GB2CAV from the ship’s radio room.

Coventry Amateur Radio Society will be active from the Coventry Model railway club for railways on the air at Unit 3, Coventry Canal Basin Warehouse, Leicester Row, Coventry, CV1 4LH on the 23rd and 24th of September. The callsign likely to be GB6CMR but they are awaiting the NOV.

On the 23rd and the 24th of September, Loughton and Epping Forest ARS will be activating GB2RGM at the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey for Railways on the Air. It has a narrow gauge railway that was used to transport explosives around the site. There is no public access during the activation.

Riviera ARC will operate GB4BCR as part of Railways on the Air on the 23rd of September. Babbacombe Cliff Railway is a funicular railway that takes people up and down the cliffs to Oddicombe at the bottom of the Babbacome Downs. e-QSLs will be available for this event.

Now the contest news

The 2nd 70MHz contest takes place today, the 17th, from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The UK Microwave Group contest runs from 0900 to 1700UTC today. Using the 24 to 26GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The BARTG Sprint 75 contest is on today, from 1700 to 2100UTC. Using 75 baud RTTY on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands the exchange is just the serial number.

On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the 80m Autumn Series runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using CW only, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Thursday the 70MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC. It is immediately followed by the UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange is the same for both events, signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend is the CQ World Wide RTTY DX Contest. It runs for 48 hours over the 23rd and 24th on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and Zone, which for the UK is 14.

On Sunday the 24th 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.

The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest runs from 1200 to 1600UTC on the 24th. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 15th of September.

After the solar chaos of last weekend, things looked a little more settled at first. However, following last Sunday’s X8.2 solar flare, material from a coronal mass ejection impacted the Earth on Wednesday. The Solar Flux Index declined to 75 by Thursday, but we were seeing the geomagnetic effects of yet another coronal hole as this report was being written.

All this activity makes it hard to be precise about conditions next week, but NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the mid 80s, with unsettled geomagnetic conditions at times. Look for a low K index over a couple of days for the best results on HF.

It is worth pointing out that a better indicator of real-time HF conditions can be the smoothed or averaged smoothed sunspot number, which is currently 17 or 22 according to which method is used. Smoothed numbers are used by VOACAP and G4FKH’s own predtest.uk prediction tool.

Propagation Studies Committee member Marcus, G0IJZ reminds us that sunspot numbers and solar flux levels can be chaotic in the short term, but over the long term (that is, months), there is good correlation between the smoothed indices and ionospheric characteristics.

As we move into autumn, this can also be a good time to look for openings on the lower bands. Quite a lot of DX has been reported on 40m, especially around greyline times. The band is definitely worth checking.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Early last week we saw more of the predicted auroral propagation in the UK, so keep a check on the lower VHF bands in case the sun flares up again.

After a windswept and showery last week, there are signs that we start this weekend with the legacy of a cool northwesterly winds and scattered showers, possibly thundery. This means continuing good rain scatter on the GHz bands from any of the heavier showers.

Last week, the weather models were hinting at high pressure building by this weekend, but it has been knocked back to early in the coming week. It’s still on the agenda for the southern half of the country and possibly the north at times.

By the end of the week, there should be a large high near south-west Britain. This could bring Tropo into play for many areas by the time we get past mid-week and it looks good into the following weekend.

There are no meteor showers this week, so continue to look before dawn for the best random meteor scatter contacts.

Moon declination goes negative on Thursday and losses are climbing as the Moon moves away from us, so get your EME contacts in early this week for the best results.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 10th. September 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 10th of September 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • Keep hurricane frequencies clear

  • Report VDSL interference NOW

  • 100kW IARU news bulletins

 

Hurricane Irma is getting widespread news coverage and will affect many countries in the Caribbean. There are the usual American nets on 14.265 and 14.325MHz to gather information on the storm. Several other frequencies will be used and amateurs in IARU Region 1 are asked to please take steps to avoid interference with emergency operations. You can find out which frequencies are most used in which country on the IARU Region 1 website, www.iaru-r1.org

The RSGB EMC Committee has been investigating VDSL broadband interference on the HF amateur bands for three years now. This has generated a lot of historic data. However, despite active lobbying, Ofcom and Openreach contend that the 150 or so reports from 50,000 amateurs do not indicate a major problem, when viewed from the perspective of 9.5 million VDSL installations. To increase the amount of evidence available, the RSGB EMC Committee has set up a survey at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0309A to collect current signal levels at the frequencies of VDSL band transitions. These measurements indicate the presence and strength of interference. Please fill in the survey with your current readings, even if you have reported them before, and encourage your friends to do so. The EMC Committee plans to present its findings at the RSGB Convention in October, then use them to persuade Openreach to take further action. The survey closes on 30 September. This is the last chance we have to prove how many people are affected by this interference. Your report could make all the difference to cleaning up the bands.

Following a request from the Radio Society of Kenya, the Kenya state radio regulator has advised that a new 60m allocation has been granted between 5275kHz and 5450kHz on a secondary basis. All modes are permitted, with a maximum power of 400W PEP.

From the 16th to the 22nd of September, the IARU Region 1 Conference will take place in Germany. 130 delegates from the 96 member societies will discuss issues related to the amateur radio service. RADIO DARC will report current news on the conference in six daily special short wave transmissions. These will be made in partnership with the Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation. The programmes will be in English. In Western Europe, listen out between 1800 and 1830UTC on 9540kHz between the 17th and 22nd. The broadcast power will be 100kW.

Discount rates are available for taking the UK amateur radio exams at the RSGB Convention on 14-15 October. The Foundation and Intermediate, taken together on the 14th, are £45 instead of £60, while the Intermediate and Full exams on the 14th and 15th are £52 together instead of £70. For the adventurous and well-prepared, you can take all three exams for £73 instead of £97.50. Foundation and Intermediate candidates must have had their Practical Assessment signed off before the Convention. Those wanting to take an FCC test for an US licence can do so on the Sunday. Full details of all of these exam offers are at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0910A and it is important to note that the booking deadlines are quite soon. The Advanced deadline is 22 September, while the Foundation and Intermediate must be booked by 29 September.

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California will host the 18th annual Route 66 On The Air special event between the 9th and the 17th of September. The event offers radio amateurs a chance to perhaps relive their own Route 66 memories and to celebrate the famed highway’s 91st anniversary. There will be 21 stations, two of them rovers, operating in or around the major cities along Route 66. Using the callsigns W6A to W6U, details of frequencies can be found at http://w6jbt.org Please be aware that some of the stations may have to move their operating frequencies to accommodate hurricane traffic. Radio amateurs who operate while driving on Route 66 may take part in the event by using the designations mobile 66 or /66 after their callsigns. Each participating club will issue its own commemorative QSL card to celebrate this event. Certificates are available.

The DXCC Most Wanted entities list has been updated on ClubLog. The top three are P5, North Korea, 3Y/B, Bouvet Island and FT5/W, Crozet Island. The complete list is at https://secure.clublog.org/mostwanted.php

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

The British Amateur Television Convention takes place this weekend at Finningley Amateur Radio Society, The Hurst Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster DN8 5SX.

The Torbay Annual Communications Fair is on today, the 10th of September, at The Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 3AF. There is plenty of free parking on site. Doors open at 10am, with disabled visitors gaining access at 9.45am. Entry is £2. There will be a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstand. Catering is available on site. There will be a raffle held on the day. Details from Pete, G4VTO on 01803 864 528.

The Weston-Super-Mare Rally takes place on the 17th of September at The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-Super-Mare BS24 7DX. The venue has a large car park. Doors open from 10am and admission is £3 for adults. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, an auction at the end of the day and lectures. There will also be amusements and activities for all the family including competitions, interactive displays and fun activities. Catering will be available on site. Enquiries to 01278 786 684.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

The 7163 Group will be active as HD8M from Isabela Island in the Galapagos, IOTA reference SA-004, between the 14th and 21st of September. Activity is planned for the 160 to 6 metre bands using CW, SSB and digital modes, primarily FT8. QSL via ClubLog OQRS, direct to WB2REM with an SASE or via the bureau through KG0YL. Upload will be made to LoTW and eQSL after the DXpedition.

John, G4LTH will be operating as GM4LTH/P when he activates a number of Scottish islands from the 15th to the 18th of September. His route is subject to weather conditions. He will use a KX2, with an FT-817ND as a backup, plus dipoles for 80, 40 and 20 metres. He hopes to work as many stations as possible from these unusual locations, ranging from Eilean Mor Island to the Isle of Skye.

Frank, G8PQH will be active as G8PQH/p from the Isles of Scilly, EU-011, until the 16th of September. QSL direct via his home callsign.

Claudio, HB9OAU will be active as SV5/HB9OAU from Karpathos, EU-001, until the 22nd of September. He will operate SSB, RTTY and PSK on the 40 to 10m bands. QSL via his home callsign either direct or via the bureau, Logbook of The World and eQSL.

Now the special event news

Rugby ARTS will operate GB0RRS until the 22nd of September to celebrate the historic Rugby Radio Station, which operated from 1926 to 2007 at a site near Hillmorton, Rugby.

On the 16th and 17th of September Chatham Historic Dockyard will again be hosting their 1940s weekend. During the event Brian, G0TAR and some Medway ARTS members will be operating GB2CAV from the ship’s radio room.

On the 16th of September at Cordwainers Community Garden, Hackney, East London GB2LUH will be on the air for the London Urban Harvest. GB2LUH will be active on HF and 2m FM to promote the event and encourage people to visit their local community garden and take part.

GB1BOB will be on the air on the 15th and 16th of September commemorating the hard work and sacrifices of all those who fought in or served during the Battle of Britain.

Now the contest news

The WAE DX SSB contest ends its 48 hour run at 2359UTC today, the 10th. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number. Note EU stations only work non-EU stations.

On Monday the 80m Autumn Series runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using SSB on the 3.5MHz bands the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Tuesday the 432MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC. It is immediately followed by the 432MHz UK Activity contest that uses all modes until 2130UTC. The exchange is the same for both, signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 2nd 70MHz contest take place on the 17th from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The UK Microwave Group contest runs from 0900 to 1700UTC on the 17th. Using the 24 to 26GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The BARTG Sprint 75 contest is on the 17th from 1700 to 2100UTC. Using 75 baud RTTY on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is just the serial number

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 8th of September.

Last week the sun caught everyone out. While NOAA predicted the solar flux index would be in the mid 70s, the sudden appearance of a large number of sunspots pushed it up to 183 on Tuesday, although it had calmed down to 122 by Wednesday. This had a major impact on the bands, with openings up to 10 metres being reported, though many or all of these may have been due to Sporadic-E. To be fair to NOAA, these spots were only just appearing around the edge of the sun as last week’s report was being prepared.

Unfortunately, this new sunspot activity also resulted in numerous X-class solar flares, their associated coronal mass ejections and a proton storm. The K index was pushed up to five on Tuesday and four on Wednesday and Thursday, impacting HF conditions adversely. Next week the larger spots will have rotated off the sun’s visible surface, so the question is: what will follow them?

At the time of writing it looks like the Sun may calm down a little, although there is evidence of some new spots growing. NOAA predicts the solar flux index may decline into the 80s or 90s by the end of the week, with unsettled geomagnetic conditions from around the 13th to the 17th.

The good news is that each week we edge closer to better autumnal HF propagation, so expect higher maximum usable frequencies and better DX. October should be even better, so make sure your antennas are ready.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

After last week’s class X9.3 solar flare, keep your beams to the north and look for any auroral propagation on six, four and two metres. The big sunspot group will have rotated off the sun’s visible surface by now, but, as we said, it may not be the last one we see during this period.

The 2017 Sporadic-E season struggled into the first week of September, but we sense we must be near the end now. That leaves Tropo as the next best option for some DX at VHF. Unfortunately, for much of the next week the UK weather pattern is dominated by low pressure, bringing unsettled and windy weather – so Tropo also looks like a non-runner. Such changeable weather, often showery, may produce some rain scatter on the GHz bands, otherwise it’s thin pickings for weather-related propagation modes.

With only minor meteor showers this week, continue to look around dawn for the best random meteor scatter contacts.

We have positive Moon declination all this week. So, combined with low losses as we approach perigee on Wednesday, it’s a good week for EME with long morning and daytime Moon windows.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 3rd. September 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 3rd of September 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • Report VDSL interference NOW

  • ARDF team heads to Lithuania

  • Valve Workshop at Computing Museum

 

For three years the RSGB EMC Committee has been investigating the problems of interference from VDSL broadband on the HF amateur bands and lobbying for action to reduce the problem. It has a lot of historic data, but both Ofcom and Openreach contend that 150 reports from 50,000 amateurs are not indicative of a major problem when there are 9.5 million VDSL installations deployed. RSGB EMC Committee has set up a survey at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0309A to collect current signal levels at the frequencies of VDSL band transitions, which indicate the presence and strength of interference. Please fill in the survey with your current readings, even if you have reported them before, and encourage your friends to do so. The EMC Committee plans to present its findings at the RSGB Convention in October and then use them to persuade Openreach to take further action. The survey closes on 30 September. This is the last chance we have to prove how many people are affected by this RFI. You could make the difference.

The RSGB Direction Finding team, which is entirely self-funded, is flying out to Lithuania this weekend for the 21st Region 1 ARDF Championships. There is a strong team in the M50 category, that is men aged from 50 to 59, with individuals competing in the M60 and M70 categories. Four separate competitions make up the Championships. There are Classic races on 2m and the other on 80m, where five transmitters send in sequence on a common frequency. FoxOring competitors receive a map giving approximate locations of the very low power transmitters, which are only audible for 100m or so. They use a combination of orienteering and radio direction finding skills to find the hidden transmitters. The event runs from Tuesday to Sunday and you can follow progress by looking for ardf2017 in your favourite search engine.

A Valve Workshop will be held on the 14th of October at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park MK3 6EB. If you have a basic knowledge of electronics and can read an electronic circuit diagram then they will show you how electronics started for its first 50 years. Find out about valve history, how to handle and test valves and how valves are used in amplifiers, radios and computers. Full details, including those on a project for purchase can be found at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0309B

The RSGB HF Contest Committee plays a key role in the enjoyment of amateur radio by many RSGB Members. It is responsible for deciding the HF contesting strategy, organising the HF contesting calendar, setting the rules and providing clarification of the rules to the contest adjudicators. The current Chair of the committee, Nick Totterdell, G4FAL, is approaching the end of his agreed term and has stated that he is not seeking to be reappointed. Any RSGB Member may volunteer to take over the position of Contest Committee chair, which is a three-year appointment. If you would like to be considered, please write to RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via email to gm.dept@rsgb.org.uk providing details of your amateur radio and other relevant experience.

The cross-band voice repeater aboard the International Space Station has been set up by the Russian team to help get telemetry from their satellites. Although some amateurs report communicating via the repeater, ARISS would like to remind amateurs that it has not officially been activated for amateur contacts. When the ARISS voice repeater is active and authorised for general amateur voice contacts the uplink frequency is 437.800MHz FM, downlinking on 145.800MHz FM downlink. Meanwhile, if you would like to try receiving the Tanusha telemetry, technical details are on the Southwest State University Space Activity page at http://eng.swsu.ru/space

The National Hamfest takes place at the Newark & Nottingham Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY on 29 and 30 September. The site will open at 9.30am each day, with the exhibition hall opening 30 minutes later at 10am. If you want to operate the Hamfest Special Event Station, GB17NH, run by Camb-Hams, please bring your current licence with you.

The new Islands on the Air programme website is planned to launch officially in early September, when the current RSGB-sponsored website will be taken offline. According to IOTA IT Manager Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX, the new website is presently undergoing fine tuning. Software developers should be aware that the change to a new website may affect any application using data from the current www.rsgbiota.org website.

The RSGB Convention is at Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre, MK7 6BZ from the 13th to the 15th of October. Discounted ticket will continue on sale until 8 October. Under 21s get free admission with suitable identification, although those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Weekend packages or mix and match deals are still at www.rsgb.org/convention and you can also see a provisional programme there.

Thames Amateur Radio Group is pleased to be hosting the RSGB Train the Trainers event on Saturday the 9th of December. Training open to candidates from any club and is delivered free to RSGB Members but the Group will be asking for a £5 donation per candidate towards hall hire, buffet lunch and refreshments. To book contact Nigel.m0ich@gmail.com

The ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Labor Day, the 4th of September, and there will be no ARRL bulletin or code practice transmissions that day.

The top-level domain name .radio is now available to the radio industry and amateur radio enthusiasts. It is reserved for individuals and companies with active interest in the radio sector. The .radio domain can be used for web and e-mail addresses and is managed by the European Broadcasting Union with support from other world broadcasting unions. There is a cost for individual radio amateurs. For details, visit https://register.radio/

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

The Telford Hamfest takes place at the Enginuity Technology Centre, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire today, Sunday the 3rd of September. There will be trade stands, a flea market and special interest groups. Lectures will be from Dave, G3YXM on 21 years of LF, Dom, M1KTA on QRP and making antennas when in DX and Paul, M0XPD on The Little Rigs That Could. The evening before, at the Holiday Inn, Telford, the G QRP Buildathon will take place, led by RSGB Director Steve Hartley, G0FUW, who will also be at the G QRP Convention. Details are at www.telfordhamfest.org.uk and www.gqrp.com/convention.htm

The Caister Lifeboat Radio Rally takes place on Saturday the 9th of September at Caister Lifeboat Station, Tan Lane, Caister on Sea, Norfolk NR30 5DJ. Doors open to the public at 9.30am. There will be a raffle and there is a cafe and gift shop on site. Contact Zane on 0771 1214 790 for more details.

The British Amateur Television Convention takes place next Saturday and Sunday at Finningley Amateur Radio Society, The Hurst Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster DN8 5SX.

The Torbay Annual Communications Fair is on the 10th of September at The Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 3AF. There is plenty of free parking on site. Doors open at 10am, with disabled visitors gaining access at 9.45am. Entry is £2. There will be a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstand. Catering is available on site. There will be a raffle held on the day. Details from Pete, G4VTO on 01803 864 528.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Doug, W6HB will make a return trip to Rarotonga in the South Cook Islands, IOTA reference OC-013, until the 8th of September. This is mainly a holiday but he will get back on the air with his E51DLD callsign. Operation will be on the 10 to 160m bands using SSB. QSL to his home callsign.

Hans, PA3HGT will be operating as 3B8/PA3HGT from the 5th to the 22nd of September in Mauritius, AF-049. Activity will be holiday style on the 40, 20 and 10m bands using SSB and possibly various digital modes. QSL to his home callsign.

Tony, KQ2I will be on the air from Vanuatu, OC-035 using the callsign YJ0AT until the 13th of September. Tony is a CW-only operator and QSLs go via NR6M.

Alex, IW5ELA will be operating as A25AL in Botswana from the 7th to the 15th of September. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using mostly CW. QSL to his home callsign.

Members of the Radio Club of Djelfa will activate the island of Rachgoun off the Mediterranean coast of Algeria until the 10th of September. The callsign will be 7Y94I and the reference number for the Islands on the Air Programme is AF-094. QSL manager is 7X2DD.

GB5TAM is will be on the air from the HMS Tern Naval Air Station Museum on Orkney Island, IOTA EU-009, during the month of September. QSL via MM5DWW.

Now the special event news

Llanelli ARS will be running special event station GB1PCA, for Prostate Cancer Awareness, until the 28th of September. Activity will be on HF and 2m. QSL is via the bureau; details are on QRZ.com

Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club will be active from the 9th to the 17th of September during International Air Ambulance Week using the call GB4UAS.

MN0GKL will be on the air on the 9th of September for Churches And Chapels On The Air from 10.30am to 4pm from Dungiven Parish Church, Main Street, Dungiven, Co Londonderry BT47 4LB. This event is part of the Dungiven Parish Church Vintage Fete. There will be lots of very interesting vintage tractors and cars on display, plus the usual fete stalls. Admission is £3.

Grey Point Fort Amateur Radio Society will operate from the 9th to the 17th of September for International Air Ambulance Week from Grey Point Fort, Fort Road, Helen's Bay, Crawfordsburn, Co Down BT19 1PU. The museums will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, and admittance is free.

The Museum Amateur Radio Station will be in operation from its premises at Kiln Corner, Kirkwall during the 27th Orkney International Science Festival between the 7th and 13th of September. Probable operating periods will be weekdays and Sunday afternoons between 2 and 4.30pm and Saturday morning between 10am and 12.30pm. Operation will be primarily on HF SSB.

Now the contest news

The RSGB SSB Field Day ends its 24 hour run at 1300UTC today, the 3rd. Using SSB only on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The 144MHz Trophy contest ends its 24 hours at 1400UTC today, the 3rd. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Ending at 2359UTC today, the 3rd, the All Asian DX contest runs for 48 hours, using SSB only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands. The exchange is signal report and age, though ladies can send 00.

The IARU 144MHz contest ends at 1400UTC today, the 3rd, after a 24 hour run. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 5th 144MHz Backpackers contest ends its 24 hour run a 1500UTC today, the 3rd. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The Worked All Britain 2m QRO phone contest is on today, the 3rd, from 1000 to 1400UTC. Using SSB and FM, the exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square.

On Tuesday the 144MHz UK FM Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC. It is immediately followed by the UK Activity Contest, when all modes are available on the 144MHz band. The exchange is the same for both events: signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the UK EI Counties Contest runs from 2000 to 2100UTC. Using SSB only on the 3.5MHz band, the exchange is your 4-character locator square.

Next weekend from 0000UTC on the 8th to 2359UTC on the 10th, the WAE DX SSB contest takes place on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands. The exchange s signal report and serial number. Note EU stations only work non-EU stations.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 1st of September.

Last week saw the solar flux index climb into the high 80s. Our prediction that the weekend’s ionosphere might be unsettled was partly correct, as the effects of a coronal hole pushed the K index to three on Sunday, but this quickly recovered. We are now seeing a shift from predominantly summer ionospheric conditions to autumnal. As the ionosphere starts to cool it experiences a shift away from predominantly diatomic molecules to more monatomic species. These are easier to ionise and, as a result, we can expect to see better conditions and potentially higher maximum usable frequencies as we move into September and October.

Roger, G3LDI reports that 15 metres was open to the US on Wednesday afternoon, which bodes well for the future. And G0KYA’s tests with 5W and WSPR on 20 metres resulted in him being picked up in Alaska around UK sunset, which was also very positive.

Now the bad news. A very large coronal hole on the Sun threatens to push the K index higher this weekend as a high speed solar wind impacts the Earth. This may result in noisy bands and suppressed MUFs, which could impact this weekend’s HF SSB Field Day operations.

NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the low to mid 70s next week. Once the coronal hole effects die away we may then get some more settled conditions. Either way, keep an eye on HF as you might be pleasantly surprised.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The end of the main Sporadic-E season is approaching rapidly now and, despite some 6m and 4m openings last Wednesday to Eastern Europe, such events will become much rarer in September. Check the beacons on 10m and perhaps 6m, but in general it’s back to meteor scatter for DX on the lower VHF bands now.

The prospects of Tropo should improve as we head into the quieter mellow days of autumn and high pressure becomes more commonplace. We should see a ridge of high pressure lasting until mid-week when the patterns flip to become dominated by low pressure. This means that Tropo will be worth investigating at first and with the ridge extending over much of the country most parts of the UK will get something out of this period. The changeover to low pressure-dominated weather patterns from mid-week is less useful, although if there are any significant spells of heavy rain or thundery showers, then rain scatter on the GHz bands is a possibility.

At this time of the year, very humid ex-tropical moisture from the States can become part of the train of low pressure systems that cross the Atlantic and make heavy rain more likely.

There are only minor meteor showers this week, so continue to look around dawn for the best random meteor scatter contacts

Moon declination is increasing again, going positive on Friday. Losses fall and Moon windows get later and longer as the week progresses, with the best operating times very late at night or early morning.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 27th. August 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday the 27th of August 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • Abuse causes repeater shutdowns

  • UKAC Scoring vote result announced

  • Train the Trainers in West Dumbartonshire

 

The RSGB have been made aware that due to continuing and sustained repeater abuse, GB3DY at Wirksworth and GB3EE at Chesterfield have been required by Ofcom to close down for 14 days. The RSGB’s Amateur Radio Observation Service and the Emerging Technology Coordination Committee are working to formalise an agreed process for dealing with unfortunate situations like this and will be contacting all Repeater Keepers once this is finalised. The RSGB would emphasise that if a repeater is suffering abuse it is essential that users do no react or attempt to communicate with the abusers as doing so inevitably makes the situation worse. Guidance on combating abuse can be found on the ETCC website at www.ukrepeater.net/abuse.htm

The results of the vote on changes to UKAC scoring arrangements have been announced. 77% were in favour of the Nordic method, where the first contact with every new square attracts a bonus of 500 points. The B3 method, a variant of the current scheme with reduced overall bonus scores and some additional high bonus squares, received just 23% of the votes. The decision affects all UKAC events from 6m to 23cm and will be implemented in 2018. Full details of the results, including a frequently asked questions page, are on the RSGB website at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-2708a

Lomond Radio Club is hosting a Train the Trainers day on the 2nd of September at their radio shack in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. The RSGB will be providing instructors to inform volunteer trainers on the latest methods of presentation and updates on the many changes that are occurring in the hobby. The course is designed to suit all levels of training and presentation, ranging from those who are just thinking about starting training and those who have been giving courses for many years. Places are limited, so for further information please contact Barrie, GM0KZX on 01389 764 401 or Bill, MM0ELF on 01389 755 758.

The major papers and speeches from the HamRadio 2017 show in Friedrichshafen have been made available by DokuFunk. You can find the information on the website www.dokufunk.org along with material from 2016 and previous years.

At the National Hamfest on 29 and 30 September, the UK Six Metre Group has agreed to host Fred, G4BWP so he can facilitate DXCC checking. The National Hamfest takes place at the Newark & Nottingham Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY.

Mainstream media this week has told the story of an M6 amateur in the Bristol area taking an emergency contact, which helped rescue a young girl having a seizure in a remote part of Exmoor. A fuller report is on the BBC website at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-2708b or you can see the original Bristol Evening Post article at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-2708c

The RSGB Convention is at Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre, MK7 6BZ from the 13th to the 15th of October. Extended Early Bird discounts for the RSGB Convention expire on the 31st of August so book now to take advantage of the lower rates. The Convention website www.rsgb.org/convention contains full details, including a provisional Programme. Under 21’s get free admission.

This year's International Air Ambulance event will take place from the 9th to the 17th of September. The event covers two weekends, giving amateurs a great chance to get involved and support the event. Registration is mandatory and all stations taking part will be issued a registration number that will be listed on the website. Awards will be available for those who support the event. Claims for the awards will need to be made to the Award Manager by email to de3ear@darc.de including an excerpt from the log as proof of a valid claim. To register your special event station, go to www.radio-amateur-events.org/IAW/Registration.htm

The Radio Amateur Old Timers' Association is holding its AGM on Wednesday the 6th of September at the Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU. The meeting will commence with an informal get-together at noon and the AGM will commence at 1.30pm. For more information contact Ian, G4EAN by email to GenSec@RAOTA.org or 0115 926 2360. Membership of RAOTA is open to anyone with an active interest in amateur radio, see www.RAOTA.org for details.

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

The Milton Keynes ARS Rally takes place on today, the 27th, at The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford, Bletchley MK2 2HX, just opposite Dobbies Garden Centre. Doors open at 10am. Contact Tim Cowell, G6GEI on 07976 262 497 or email renegade62@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the 28th, the Huntingdonshire ARS Rally takes place at Ernulf Academy, Barford Road, St Neots PE19 2SH. Doors open at 7am for traders and 9am for the public. Admission is £3, with free parking. Catering including hot meals and drinks are available on site. There will be an RSGB bookstall. More from Malcolm, M0OLG on 01480 214 282 or by email to events@hunts-hams.co.uk

The Telford Hamfest takes place at the Enginuity Technology Centre, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire on Sunday the 3rd of September. There will be trade stands, a flea market and special interest groups. Lectures will be from Dave, G3YXM on 21 years of LF, Dom, M1KTA on QRP and making antennas when in DX and Paul, M0XPD on The Little Rigs That Could. The evening before, at the Holiday Inn, Telford, the G QRP Buildathon will take place. Details at www.telfordhamfest.org.uk

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Prefix hunters may be interested in the special event station ZY158CAT that is active from Brazil until the 30th of August. The station commemorates 158 years of the city of Catalao in the state of Goias. The QSL manager is PP2BO.

Peter, GW4UWD will be on the air as 9A/GW4UWD/P from Zlarin Island, IOTA reference EU-170, until the 2nd of September. Activity will be on the HF bands using only SSB. QSL to his home callsign.

Doug, W6HB will be operating holiday-style as E51DLD from the South Cook Islands, OC-013, until the 8th of September. Activity will be on the 10 to 160m bands using SSB only. QSL to his home callsign, but see notes on QRZ.com for more information.

Members of the Russian Lighthouse Society are on the air as ES/RX3AMI until the 31st of August from EU-034, EU-149, and EU-178. QSL via RX3AMI.

Bert, CX3AN will be operating as YJ0CX from Efate Island, OC-035, until the 3rd of September. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to his home callsign. In addition, Tony, KQ2I will be on the air as YJ0AT from Efate Island until the 13th of September. Activity will be on 40 to 10 metres using only CW. QSL via NR6M.

Han, DS2GOO will be operating as DS2GOO/4 from Pogil Island, AS-085, until the 28th of August. Activity will be on 40 to 6 metres using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to his home call.

Now the special event news

SGB4GHF will be on the air on the 2nd of September from 9.30am from Gloucester Life Museum, formerly the Gloucester Folk Museum, on Lower Westgate Street, Gloucester. Operating on the 80, 40, 20 and 15m bands as well as 2m, visitors are welcomed. The station will be run by Alan, G4MGW.

Now the contest news

Today, the 27th, sees the UKuG contest from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using all modes on the 5.7 and 10GHz bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The ITTS Counties contest takes place on 2m SSB and FM today, the 27th, from 1300 to 1500UTC. The exchange is signal report and serial number, with all stations on the island of Ireland also giving their County.

Next weekend, the 2nd and 3rd of September, is a really busy one for contests with six different events taking place.

The RSGB SSB Field Day runs from 1300UTC on the 2nd to 1300UTC on the 3rd. Using SSB only on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The 144MHz Trophy contest runs from 1400UTC on the 2nd to 1400UTC on the 3rd. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Starting at 0000UTC on the 2nd and finishing at 2359UTC on the 3rd, the All Asian DX contest uses SSB only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, The exchange is signal report and age, though ladies can send 00.

The IARU 144MHz contest starts at 1400UTC on the 2nd and ends at 1400UTC on the 3rd. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 5th 144MHz Backpackers contest runs from 1100UTC to 1500UTC on the 3rd. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The World All Britain 2m QRO phone contest is on the 3rd from 100 to 1400UTC. Using SSB and FM, the exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday 25th August.

Last week saw the solar flux index touch 90 as large sunspot group 2671 rotated into the centre of the solar surface. But, unfortunately, the predicted unsettled geomagnetic conditions, caused by a high-speed coronal hole solar wind stream, pushed the K index up to six early in the week. This hampered DX by pushing maximum useable frequencies downward. The unsettled conditions continued until at least Wednesday the 23rd.

Sporadic-E did put in an appearance for last weekend’s International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, bringing short skip to the 40m band. This meant that many UK amateurs were able to contact special event stations on 7MHz that would have otherwise been unworkable, other than by ground wave. This was a good example of how Sporadic-E clouds over the UK can often bring advantages on the lower HF bands, such as 40, 30 and 20MHz, while we normally associate Sporadic-E with 28MHz and above.

This weekend there is a chance that a small coronal hole may threaten us with more unsettled geomagnetic conditions. Conditions may also be unsettled mid week due to the effects of another coronal hole, but could improve for next weekend’s HF SSB Field Day.

Next week sunspot 2672 will be fully facing Earth. This has already produced an M-class solar flare and a number of lesser C-class flares, so we may be in for a bumpy ride. However, NOAA predicts the Solar Flux Index will decline to the high 70s.

Maximum useable frequencies over a 3,000km path are still peaking around 17MHz during the day, with occasional DX openings on the 17m band.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

For this week there is still a chance of limited Tropo options as a ridge of high pressure develops over southern Britain. As usual for Tropo conditions it is the higher VHF, UHF and GHz bands that fare best and, unlike with Sporadic-E, the openings can be long lasting, especially over sea paths. Night-time is often best over the land, since there will sometimes be a shallow surface temperature inversion to add to the one brought by the high pressure, giving longer paths.

The second half of the week may see the return of low pressure in the north particularly, but it will increase the chances of some rain scatter on the GHz bands.

Sporadic-E is now nearing the end of its main season and at the moment the jet streams look to be fairly weak, meaning Sporadic-E will struggle to make many appearances.

As we head into the week, a new Atlantic jet stream will appear over Scotland and Scandinavia, giving a chance of northern Sporadic-E paths into Scandinavia and across to the States. About this time there will also be a broad upper ridge over France and Germany, which may also help with Sporadic-E.

There are only minor meteor showers this week, so continue to look around dawn for the best random meteor scatter contacts. We have negative Moon declination this week and apogee on Wednesday. The moon doesn’t get above 20 degrees elevation after Monday and path losses will be high. For VHF operation, the low moon elevation means high ground noise in the beam of the antenna.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 20th. August 2017.

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 20th of August 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • Anomalous callsigns issued

  • Listen to ICQ Podcast YOTA Special

  • Solar Eclipse QSO Party on Monday

 

Ofcom has informed the RSGB that a small number of two-letter suffix call signs have been issued in error recently. These short-form call signs are anomalous and stem from an IT problem, which Ofcom is addressing. We understand that although these call signs are not invalid, per se, licensees who have been issued with one should contact Spectrum Licensing at Ofcom on 0300 123 1000 or spectrum.licensing@ofcom.org.uk to discuss changing it for a normal format callsign.

There is a special ICQ Podcast about YOTA 2017. It can be downloaded from tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0818a and is well worth a listen. Among other things you’ll hear interviews with some of the young people who took part, sharing their infectious enthusiasm for amateur radio. If you worked the special event station GB17YOTA then you may be eligible for an Award. Check out tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0818b for details. Finally, for a quick summary of what happened, go to www.rsgb.org/yota-dd for the YOTA 2017 Daily Diary videos.

On Monday a solar total eclipse will sweep across the USA and many radio experiments will be conducted, taking advantage of the expected anomalous propagation conditions. The August RadCom described the Solar Eclipse QSO Party that will take place from 1400 to 2200UTC on Monday the 21st. Activity will be on several bands from 160m to 6m. Stations outside the USA are warmly encouraged to participate, and full details are at www.hamsci.org

The Malta Communications Agency has authorised a Secondary allocation covering 5.3515 to 5.3665MHz with 15W EIRP, adding to the growing number of countries with a 60m allocation.

The National Hamfest is coming ever closer. This year’s event takes place on the 29th and 30th of September and is the UK’s largest exhibition and gathering of amateur radio enthusiasts. Among all the usual rally attractions like a big RSGB bookstall, traders, flea market and Bring and Buy, the winners of the Club of the Year, sponsored by Waters and Stanton, will be announced. You can get full details of the event and Fast Track advance entry tickets at www.nationalhamfest.org.uk

The RSGB Convention is at Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre, MK7 6BZ from the 13th to the 15th of October. There will be a vast array of talks and demos, and the chance to rub shoulders with the giants of amateur radio. Early Bird discounts for the RSGB Convention have just been extended to the 31st of August. So you still have a few days left to get your ticket for this flagship event at a lower price. Details, including a provisional Programme, are at www.rsgb.org/convention – and don’t forget, under 21’s get free admission.

No 6m GB2RS reading took place on Sunday the 6th of August because both current Newsreaders were unavailable. They have asked if any other volunteers might consider acting as standby Newsreaders for future occasions. The reading takes place at 9am via GB3WY, near Wakefield, so you’ll need to be within its range. If you can help, please email gb2rs.manager@rsgb.org.uk with your details. GB3WY has recently undergone significant upgrades to increase its range. Reception requests are sought, which should be emailed to michael.g1xcc@outlook.com.

The RSGB annual Construction Competition is open for entries and judging will take place at the RSGB Convention in October. The aim of the competition is to encourage home construction, experimentation, design and innovation. The competition can be entered by individual Members or groups of Members. The closing date is the end of September and any project that you have built may be entered, other than one that was a previous winner in this completion. Details are at online at www.rsgb.org/construction-competition

On Wednesday the 23rd, Kenwood will present a Webinar on their TH-D74 D-Star, FM and APRS dual band handheld transceiver. Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions by email, Facebook and Twitter, for instance on the radio’s GPS, or Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The webinar starts at 7pm UK time, that’s 1800UTC, and you can find full details on the Kenwood website via tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0818c

Finally, advance notice that on Saturday the 2nd of September, a team from Hi-Impact will be launching a high altitude balloon from a site in Welshpool. The launch will be at noon, UK time, and it will transmit telemetry on 434.650MHz USB, 50 baud, 425Hz shift, 7N2 format. Its callsign will be HIIMPACT.

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

The Rugby ATS Radio Rally takes place today, the 20th, at Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, Rugby, CV23 9PY. Doors open from 10am to 4pm and admission is £3. Sellers can gain access from 8am. There will be a car boot area. Catering is available on site. Details from Tony, G0OLS on 0775 968 4411.

Next weekend, the Milton Keynes ARS Rally takes place on Sunday the 27th at The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford, Bletchley MK2 2HX, just opposite Dobbies Garden Centre. Doors open at 10am. Contact Tim Cowell, G6GEI on 07976 262 497 or email renegade62@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the 28th, the Huntingdonshire ARS Rally takes place at Ernulf Academy, Barford Road, St Neots PE19 2SH. Doors open at 7am for traders and 9am for the public. Admission is £3, with free parking. Catering including hot meals and drinks are available on site. There will be an RSGB bookstall. More from Malcolm, M0OLG on 01480 214 282 or by email to events@hunts-hams.co.uk

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

The great Solar Eclipse QSO Party mentioned earlier is sure to bring some interesting DX, if only because of the sheer number of stations expected to be experimenting with the anomalous propagation conditions. Listen out for them on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6m. Other bands are not being used.

If you’re quick, you may catch the activation of Robben Island, IOTA reference AF-064, which will be on the air as ZS9V until 21 August at 0000UTC. Bands in use will be from 80 to 10m and the operators are ZS1V, ZS1VDV, ZS1AN and ZS1REX. QSL manager is M0OXO, direct or OQRS.

Sao Miguel, EU-003, is being activated this weekend until 1900 today as CR1FF. Operators are CU2GC and CS8ABY. QSL direct via CS5NRA or via the bureau.

Kasado, AS-117 will be on the air next Saturday as JA4GXS/4. Bands in use will be 40, 20 and 17m, CW and SSB. QSL direct or bureau to JA4GXS.

Now the special event news

The 19th and 20th is International Lightships and Lighthouses weekend, with numerous special event stations active around the world. We gave details of a number of stations in last week’s bulletin, which we won’t repeat today. The official list of all 436 entrants, including around 25 UK Special Event Stations, is at www.illw.net

A wide range of special event stations are also expected to be on the air to mark, or experiment with, the solar eclipse that will cross the USA on Monday.

A special event station will be active from The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre Open Day from 10am-4pm on 26 and 27 August. Contact Ewan Cameron, MM0BIX, on 01674 676 740 for more details.

Rugby Amateur Radio Transmitting Society will operate GB0RRS from 10am on Saturday 26th August until 12:00 on Friday 22nd October, celebrating Rugby Radio Station.

Now the contest news

The SHF UKAC takes place on Tuesday from 1900 to 2130UTC. Activity is on all modes on all bands from 2.3 to 10GHz. RST, serial number and locator form the exchange.

Next Sunday, the 27th, sees the UKuG contest from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using all modes on the 5.7 and 10GHz bands, the exchange is RST, serial number and locator.

Finally, the ITTS Counties contest takes place on 2m SSB and FM next Sunday from 1300 to 1500UTC. The exchange is RST and serial number, with all stations on the island of Ireland also giving their County.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday 18th August.

Last week saw the solar flux index in the low to mid 70s. Geomagnetic conditions were generally quiet earlier in the week, with some choice DX to be had. Andy, M0NKR reported working the Marshall Islands in the Pacific on 20m CW at 0700UTC on Wednesday, while Del, W8KJP in Florida, USA, was heard by G0KYA on 40m CW at 2221UTC using a simple wire antenna. But the good conditions didn’t last and the ionosphere became disturbed on Thursday 17th due to the effects of a high-speed solar wind stream from a large high-latitude coronal hole on the sun. This had a very strong south-facing magnetic field component that meant it more easily coupled with the Earth’s magnetic field. The K index surged to five and remained like that for at least nine hours, driving maximum usable frequencies down to around 14MHz and causing very noisy bands. Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the high 60s and, after an unsettled start, geomagnetic conditions may settle for the rest of the week.

Monday the 21st brings a total solar eclipse, which will be visible across the USA. A QSO Party is planned so many US stations may be active. The partial eclipse starts at 1546UTC and ends at 2104 UTC. Totality will move east across the US, starting at 1648UTC and ending in the Atlantic at 2001UTC. A feature on the eclipse appeared in the August edition of RadCom, but there is a lot more information on the web. It is not known whether any propagation effects will be observable from the UK, but it is a rare opportunity to check.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The unsettled weather crossing the country this weekend will contain some remnants of Hurricane Gert. This means some very warm and moist tropical air could produce some heavy rain. Gigahertz band rain scatter may be an option, but as the next high pressure builds in from the west towards mid-week, Tropo should become available. This should be to the south and south-west across southern UK and Biscay. The rest of the week will probably see high pressure remaining just to the west of the UK, so any Tropo will be biased to that side of the country, with showery activity over the east, closest to the low pressure over Denmark.

Sporadic-E is still looking viable, with a strong jet stream over the UK and near continent, although this may weaken after mid-week, meaning better Sporadic-E prospects before then. The end of the main Sporadic-E season is not far off now, so every event is worth chasing. Check beacons on 10m or look for short skip on 20m, then probe that direction on 6m for any Sporadic-E. If you don’t call, the DX may not know the band is open.

Even though the Perseids shower is well behind us, random meteor rates are still at their highest of the year so don’t give up on meteor scatter just yet. Moon declination goes negative on Thursday and losses are increasing so get your EME QSOs in early this week before the Moon gets too low in the sky.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 13th. August 2017.

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 13th of August 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • YOTA 2017 wraps up

  • Nominate an upcoming DXer

  • RSGB site adds dynamic updates

This weekend sees the end of a fabulous YOTA 2017 week. It has been action-packed and a great success. Eighty young radio amateurs from 26 countries have enjoyed trying out new aspects of amateur radio as well as making new friends. After a tense start at the ISS contact on Tuesday, twelve young radio amateurs were able to put their questions to astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA. It was truly a night to remember for all the participants, everyone present at the YOTA event itself, plus those watching from around the world via the BATC internet video stream. IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ and Hilary Claytonsmith, G4JKS visited the YOTA camp and were impressed by the skills and enthusiasm shown by the YOTA teams. You can see a snapshot of the huge range of activities that have been happening via the YOTA 2017 Daily Diaries at www.rsgb.org/yota-dd

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 nominations to Ian Greenshields, G4FSU, by e-mail to ian.greenshields@gmail.com to arrive no later than Friday the15th of September.

This week the RSGB has launched its new dynamic updates page. It brings together in one place the live RSGB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube content as well as the latest news feed. This week the news is focusing on YOTA 2017 but in the future it will show the RSGB’s latest breaking news.

From the 16th to the 27th of August, Medway Amateur Receiving and Transmitting Society will be holding their annual field event at Milton & District Scout Camp, Bexon Lane, Bredgar, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8HD. Over the two weeks the club will be on the air on the 80m to 70cm bands using their three callsigns G2FJA/P, G5MW/P and G8MWA/P. Anyone who contacts all three callsigns by SSB, data or CW over the two weeks will receive a commemorative certificate either by eQSL or email. On the weekend of the 19th and 20th of August there will be specialised demonstrations at the field using microwaves, antennas, WSPRlite and data. For further updates please visit www.marts.org.uk

Ofcom has issued frequency clearances for four microwave beacons. These are GB3FNM at Farnham on 2.3GHz, GB3LPC at Bampton on 3.4GHz, a move of GB3KEU to Finningley on 5.7GHz and a change to GB3KBQ in Taunton on 10GHz. These are all secondary allocations where RSGB supports and encourages activity.

The end of the Early Bird discount for bookings at the RSGB’s Convention is fast approaching. The deadline is the 18th of August and the event takes place on the 13th to the 15th of October. The provisional programme is now available on the website, so visit www.rsgb.org/convention for all the latest information.

Marcus Hazel-McGown, MM0ZIF has decided to step down as Regional Manager for Scotland South and the Western Isles. The RSGB would like to thank Marcus for his hard work during his term as Regional Manager. We are of course seeking a replacement Regional Manager and would welcome applications from anyone living in the Region who is keen to represent the Society and help support and develop amateur radio in the area. For further details, please contact RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB via email to gm.dept@rsgb.org.uk

YOTA 2017 ends this weekend and the 80 young radio amateurs from 26 countries will make their way home after a week of operating, visits and construction projects. A quick preview of the amazing CW transceiver that Hans, G0UPL designed for the YOTA teams to build is at www.rsgb.org/yota-vlogs There was lots of activity in the shack on GB17YOTA and, at the time this script was prepared, over 8,000 QSOs were in the log. They also had the first FT8 mode transatlantic contact on 6m on Thursday. More information is at www.rsgb.org/yota-dd

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

Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest takes place today, the 13th of August, at Cobham Sports and Social Club Ground, Merley, near Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3DA. There will be a talk in station on S22 and the venue has free car parking. Doors open at 10am and admission is £3.50. There will be trade stands, a car boot area and indoor and field pitches for traders. Lectures will take place during the day. There is catering and a licensed bar on site. Camping is available, on Saturday night only, in an adjacent field. More information from hamfest@frars.org.uk

Next Sunday, the 20th, the Rugby ATS Radio Rally takes place at Princethorpe College, Princethorpe, Rugby, CV23 9PY. Doors open from 10am to 4pm and admission is £3. Sellers can gain access from 8am. There will be a car boot area. Catering is available on site. Details from Tony, G0OLS on 0775 968 4411.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Special station 4A2MAX from St Maximilian Maria Kolbe Temple in Monterrey on the 13th to the 19th of August. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 metres SSB, CW and digital modes. Born in 1894, Father Kolbe, SP3RN died on 14 August 1941 at Auschwitz. QSL via Logbook of The World, eQSL and Club Log.

YB72RI is a special callsign celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia until the 17th of August. Activity takes place from all Indonesian provinces and ORARI districts, using YB72RI/0 to YB72RI/9. See YB2RI on QRZ.com for details.

Two Alaskan IOTA islands will be activated by Mike, VE7ACN. He will be operating as AL3/AA7CH from Hinchinbrook Island, NA-042, until the 15th of August and as NL6/AA7CH from Kayak Island, NA-157, from the 18th to the 28th. All QSLs to his Canadian call.

Alex, F4GHS will be operating holiday style from two different locations in the South Cook Islands until the 25th of August. He will use the callsign E51GHS. QSLs go via his home call.

Martti, OH2BH and Henri, OH3JR, signing as OJ0BH and OJ0JR, respectively, will be on the air until the 19th of August, using the new FT8 digital mode from Market Reef.

Now the special event news

Grey Point Fort ARS club station will be transmitting at the 204 NI Field Hospital Family Fun Day at Grey Point Fort today, the 13th of August. All the museums will be open with other attractions such as a climbing wall, military displays, stalls and a band. Everyone is welcome.

Llanelli ARS will be running GB1BPL for this year’s International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend from 0000UTC on the 19th until 2359UTC on the 20th. Activity will be on HF and 2m. QSL is via the bureau. Details on QRZ.com

Fareham & District ARC will be operating GB1GL from the Mary Mouse 2, an automated light vessel moored in Portsmouth Harbour as part of International Lighthouses and Lightships Weekend on the 19th of August. Two stations will be active on HF and VHF from 9am to 6pm. The Lightship is open to the general public for food and drink. The Shack will be in the wardroom on the foredeck if you would like to visit in person.

After being invited by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Humber Fortress DX ARC will be activating GB2SL on the 19th and 20th from Spurn Head Lighthouse for International Lighthouses and Lightships Weekend. This will be only the third activation in the last 10 years and coincides with the full renovation of the Spur High Lighthouse.

Loughton & Epping Forest ARS is all set to activate GB0TBW at the Trinity Buoy Wharf for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on the 19th and 20th. This lighthouse is the only lighthouse on the Thames. Visitors are most welcome and there are refreshments available on site. The postcode is E14 0JY, but space for parking is limited.

Colchester Radio Amateurs will be activating GB6NT at Naze Tower at Walton on the Naze on the 19th and 20th of August for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Planned operation is 11am on the 19th to 5pm on the 20th using HF, VHF and UHF. All stations in the log will receive an eQSL card; paper cards will be QSLR only. Details are on QRZ.com

Now the contest news

The WAE DX CW contest ends its 48 hour run at 2359UTC today, the 13th of August. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number. EU stations work non-EU stations only.

Today, the 13th, the fifth 70MHz Cumulative Contest runs from 1400 to 1600UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

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 70MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800UTC to 1900UTC. It is immediately followed by the 70MHz UK Activity Contest until 2130UTC. The exchange is the same for both: signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G3SVW, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 11th of August.

Last week, the solar flux index continued in the mid 70s, with a single sunspot group making its way across the visible disk. Compare and contrast this with the same week last year, when there were actually five sunspot groups visible. This confirms, as it we didn’t know, that Solar Cycle 24 continues to decline. The current estimates for sunspot minimum place it around 2019 to 2020, so get used to more of the same.

The good news last week was that conditions were more geomagnetically stable, with the K index mostly around one after Monday the 7th. This meant that there was DX to be had, including some short-lived openings to the Far East on 20 and 30 metres around 1800hrs. Milton, ZP9CTS in Paraguay was also worked by Tony, G4CJC on Tuesday using the new digital mode FT8 on 10 metres.

Next week may start off unsettled due to another solar coronal hole, which became Earth-facing on Wednesday. This suggests unsettled geomagnetic conditions could occur from Friday the 11th and run in to this weekend. This could spark auroral conditions, but may ultimately result in depressed maximum useable frequencies.

Once the weekend is over, next week should be more settled and conditions may settle. Look for DX openings on 30, 20, and 17 metres, with occasional Sporadic-E openings on higher bands at times.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The big problem with multiple weather models is that they usually predict ridges of high pressure and troughs across the country at different times. It’s best therefore, to provide generalised operating guidance for the different weather types.

This week, the ridges of high pressure will tend to favour the south of the country for Tropo, principally into the continent and across Biscay to Spain. The troughs and lows usually bring rain scatter and there’s been some good examples with the heavy thundery downpours lately. Look for heavy rain, shown as bright colours on the many online rainfall radars, to get the best from any large storm events.

The Perseids passed their peak at the weekend, but activity will still be high over the next few days for meteor scatter enthusiasts.

Sporadic-E is still hanging on into the last part of the season with a few openings on most days, but not necessarily reachable from the UK. It’s quite likely that the unsettled weather currently bodes well for Sporadic-E, since the powerful upper atmosphere jet streams that drive the rainy weather are also good for Sporadic-E.

The lunar cycle continues on its predictable way. Now, and for the next few years, lowest path losses are coinciding with highest declination in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that Moon windows are longest when losses are at their lowest. This week should be good for EME, with falling losses as we move towards perigee and maximum declination on Friday.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 6th. August 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 6th of August 2017

 

The news headlines:

  • ARISS contact for YOTA 2017

  • RSGB comments on Ofcom VDSL report

  • 12-year-old activates all 214 Wainwrights

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned for astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA and the Youngsters on the Air event, which takes place at Gilwell Park this week. The ARISS contact is scheduled for Tuesday the 8th of August at approximately 1838UTC. This will be a direct radio contact, operated by GB4YOTA, and downlink signals will be audible in many parts of Europe on 145.800MHz narrowband FM. Paolo, IZ0JPA will operate the HamVideo transmitter. The Goonhilly receiver will be activated sometime on the 4th of August and will remain active over the weekend, continuing to track the ISS until the morning of the 9th. Two internet video streams will be available. The main YOTA event stream is at https://ariss.batc.tv/ and the ISS contact stream, starting at around 1740UTC on Tuesday, will be at https://ariss.batc.tv/hamtv You can also watch the ISS contact live on the RSGB’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/theRSGB

Ofcom published a research report that the RSGB contends came to the mistaken conclusion that no electromagnetic disturbance capable of causing harmful interference was found at three sites tested, all of which had reported interference from VDSL. The RSGB EMC Committee has analysed in detail the results obtained by Ofcom and converted them to standard units for this type of measurement. Ofcom results were then found to be within a few decibels of RSGB’s earlier measurements at these sites. We believe these constitute Harmful Interference and so we presented these results at a meeting with Ofcom in June 2017. Slides from presented by RSGB at the meeting are at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0608a Ofcom now proposes to conduct further tests at other sites using a different test setup. We are discussing with them test methods that will find what is and what is not receivable because of the VDSL RFI. Currently, Ofcom propose to measure only what is receivable despite the RFI.

Congratulations to Lauren, M6HLR, who completed the Wainwrights on the Air challenge this week. She has climbed all 214 Wainwrights within two years and been portable on amateur radio from each one. At just 12 years old she is the youngest person to complete the challenge. BBC News caught up with her on Monday after her 213th Wainwright and the programme aired after she completed the challenge on Tuesday. The BBC report is online at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0608b She is a great advocate for amateur radio and an enthusiastic role model for encouraging others of her age to get involved.

Online voting is now open to determine which scoring system will be used in the UKAC contests from 6m though to 23cm for 2018. Online voting on this consultation will remain open until 2359 BST on the 20th of August. Those eligible to vote are current RSGB Members who have taken part in an RSGB VHF, UHF or SHF contest in the past five years either as single operators, or as members of a multi-operator entry, as verified against the Contest Committee database. If you have changed your callsign since entering your last VHF Contest, please include both your old and new callsigns. The vote can be reached by going to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UKAC_Vote

The MSF radio signal is a dedicated time broadcast that provides an accurate and reliable source of UK civil time, based on the NPL time scale UTC. The annual shutdown of the MSF time signal service to allow safe maintenance of the masts and antennas, including greasing of the stays, will take place between the 14th and the 31st of August. The service will be off-air from 8am to 7pm each day, including weekends. If the weather is unsuitable for work to be carried out, then the service will not be turned off. If the work is completed sooner than 7pm on any day, the service will be restored as soon as possible.

GB2RS newsreader Reg, G8VHI will be away on the 13th of August so there will be no 2m SSB transmission at 2030 on 144.250MHz. There will only be the 145.525MHz FM broadcast, with a slightly reduced coverage, as the reserve reader Jim, G4AEH will be reading. SSB will return on the 20th of August.

The Danish national society, EDR, celebrates its 90th anniversary in August. Danish radio amateurs will, throughout 2017, be active with OZ90EDR, OX90EDR and 5P90EDR. On the 15th August from 0000UTC until 2359UTC there will be extensive activity with these callsigns and the special Headquarters station, OZ90HQ, and also the Joker station, OV90EDR, will be active. On the 19th, OZ90HQ will be active again. After the 19th, the HQ station will go back to using OZ1HQ. All contacts on the 15th and 19th will be valid for the EDR 90 Anniversary Award. Read more about the award on www.OZ90EDR.dk

Alan Betts, G0HIQ recently stepped down as chair of the Examinations Group. His successor has been announced as Professor Peter Richmond, M0HBL. Peter has been interested in amateur radio since his schooldays and this interest in electricity and magnetism led to a career with Unilever looking into the effectiveness of washing powders and the nature of food. A lengthy career in research and general management followed, including a post in Trinity College Dublin applying his physics skills to problems in economics and social science, which continues to this day. On retirement, Peter obtained his licence and joined the Examinations Group. You can read more about Peter and the work of the Examinations Group at tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0608c

Thames Amateur Radio Group is hosting an RSGB Train the Trainers event on Saturday the 9th of December between 9am and 5pm. Training is open to candidates from any club and is delivered free to RSGB Members, but the club will be asking for a £5 donation per candidate towards hall hire, buffet lunch and refreshments. To book send an email to Nigel.m0ich@gmail.com

The annual Churches and Chapels on the Air event takes place on the 9th of September, between 10am and 4pm. Most operation is on 40m SSB. If you are putting a station on please register your event with John, G3XYF by email to g3xyf@btconnect.com A list of CHOTA stations will be on www.wacral.org

Ofcom has updated the conditions of the 2300-2302MHz microwave NoV. Operation from Jersey and Guernsey is now also permitted under the latest terms. As many of the existing 3-year NoVs are due to expire, all holders are encouraged to renew online, free, from www.rsgb.org/nov to benefit from the latest terms. Separately, Ofcom has issued frequency clearances for four microwave beacons. These are GB3FNM at Farnham on 2.3GHz, GB3LPC at Bampton in 3.4GHz, a move of GB3KEU to Finningley on 5.7GHz and a change to GB3KBQ in Taunton on 10GHz. These are all Secondary allocations where RSGB supports and encourages activity.

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

The 28th King's Lynn ARC Great Eastern Radio Rally takes place today, the 6th of August, at Gaywood Community Centre, Gayton Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 4DZ. Car parking on site is free and talk in will be provided on 145.550MHz. Doors open at 9am, with admission £2. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. There are amateur radio pitches outside as well as tables inside. On site catering will be available. Details from Ted, G4OZG, on 01553 768 701, 0794 683 8656.

The Lorn Radio Rally takes place today, the 6th of August, at Crianlarich Village Hall, Main Street, Crianlarich, Perthshire FK20 8QN. Doors open at 10.30am and entry is £2. There will be trade stands as well as a Bring & Buy. A raffle will be drawn at 1.30pm. Catering is available on site. Details, by email, to lornradioclub@gmail.com

The 24th Cockenzie and Port Seton ARC Annual Mini Rally Night takes place on the 11th of August at Port Seton Resource Community Centre, South Seton Park, Port Seton, East Lothian EH32 0BQ. Doors are open from 6pm to 9pm and entry is £2. A raffle will be held on the night and refreshments will be available. Bring along your own junk and sell it yourself. There is no charge for a table but they are only available on a first come first served basis. More information from gm4uyz@csparc.com

Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest takes place next Sunday, the 13th of August, at Cobham Sports and Social Club Ground, Merley, near Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3DA. There will be a talk in station on S22 and the venue has free car parking. Doors open at 10am and admission is £3.50. There will be trade stands, a car boot areas and indoor and field pitches for traders. Lectures will take place during the day. There is catering and a licensed bar on site. Camping is available, on Saturday night only, in an adjacent field. More information from hamfest@frars.org.uk

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Gianluca, IK4LZH and Teresa, IU4ICT will be active as 4O/IK4LZH and 4O/IU4ICT from Montenegro between the 6th and 15th of August. They will operate SSB on 40 and 20 metres. QSLs via Logbook of The World, eQSL or via IK4LZH, bureau preferred.

Alex, F4GHS will be active holiday style as E51GHS from Aitutaki, IOTA reference OC-083, between the 7th and 16th of August, then from Rarotonga, OC-013, until the 25th. QSL via his home callsign.

Giovanni, IK1WEG will be active as 9A/IK1WEG from Rab Island, EU-136, between the 7th and 19th of August. He will operate mainly CW on the HF and VHF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or bureau.

S9V will be active from Robben Island, AF-064, between the 9th and 13th of August. The team of operators plan to operate SSB and CW with two stations. QSL via M0OXO’s OQRS; traditional QSLs direct only to M0OXO.

Geoff, G8OFQ will be working as a volunteer at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center on Isla Isabela, Galapagos, SA-004, until the 31st of October. He will be mostly on the air /MM from his yacht the Blue Aurora moored in Puerto Villamil. QSL direct only. He will upload his logs to Logbook of The World and Club Log.

Now the special event news

We start with details of Regional Youngsters On The Air activities. GB17YOTA will be a big signal on many bands this week, marking the RSGB international YOTA event at Gilwell Park. Listen out for them and give them a call – there will be a mixture of operators in the age range from 15 to 25 visiting from around the world.

Meirion ARS will be running a YOTA event over this weekend at Maes Y Neuadd, Talsarnau Gwynedd LL47 6YA. The event is being hosted by the 1st Porthmadog Scout Group who are holding a weekend YOTA camp where Explorer Scouts, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers will all be going for their communications awards. All visitors are welcome to this event and a talk-in station will be operating on 145.475MHz.

There will be a YOTA station in Sussex operating as GB2HAY from the Thursday the 10th to Saturday the 12th of August from noon to 6pm. The venue is Gummies, Beacon Hill Campsite, Tower Road, Faygate RH12 4SX. Contact Mick, G4EFO on 0785 526 8666, for more information.

Members of Bredhurst RATS will be activating Rochester Castle on the 11th and 12th of August and they believe it will be the first time the location has been activated.

Dundee Amateur Radio Club is holding a YOTA2017 Day on Saturday the 12th of August between 10am and 4pm from Monikie Scout Hut, Panmure Road, Monikie, Angus DD5 3QA. The 53rd Angus 1st Newbigging Scout Group will be joining them for a day of radio activity. Details from Jim, MM0DXD on 0772 032 1824.

Grey Point Fort ARS club station will be transmitting at the 204 NI Field Hospital Family Fun Day at Grey Point Fort on the 12th and 13th of August. All the museums will be open with other attractions such as a climbing wall, military displays, stalls and a band. Everyone is welcome.

Now the contest news

The 432MHz Low Power contest takes place today, the 6th, running from 0800 to 1200UTC. Using all modes on 70cm, the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

On Tuesday the 432MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC. It is immediately followed by the 432MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange is the same for both contests, signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday, the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 144MHz Meteor scatter Sprint Contest takes place during the maximum of the Perseids meteor shower. Running from 2200UTC on Friday the 11th to 2159 on Sunday the 13th, you can find the necessary rules, scoring system and award details at www.mmmonvhf.de/ctestinfo.php

Running from 0000UTC on Saturday the 12th to 2359UTC on Sunday, the 13th the WAE DX CW Contest uses the 3.5 to 28MHz bands. Europe works non-Europe only and the exchange is signal report and serial number.

Next Sunday, the 13th, the fifth 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 G3SVW, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 4th of August.

Last week was characterised by reasonably settled geomagnetic conditions and a solar flux index in the low 70s. The settled conditions meant that, despite the ionosphere still suffering from the summer doldrums, there was HF DX to be had. Andy, M0NKR reports working Z81D South Sudan and TX5EG Marquesas Island on Monday as well as a string of North and South American stations on 20m in the early evening. This shows that at this point in the solar cycle quiet geomagnetic conditions can make all the difference.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the mid seventies, but we may suffer from the tail end of the geomagnetic disturbance that started on Friday the 4th. This is due to solar matter from a large Earth-facing coronal hole on the Sun. At the time this is being written we don’t know the magnetic characteristics or speed of the incoming solar wind stream so it is hard to be precise. Nevertheless, if its magnetic component is south-facing we can expect it to couple more easily with the Earth’s magnetic field and the K index could soar as particles are channelled towards the poles.

After a potential initial positive phase we might see maximum usable frequencies to decline and the bands to be noisy, perhaps until Tuesday the 8th. The good news is that a new sunspot has just rotated into view and the rest of next week is predicted to be more settled.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The unsettled weather of the past week will continue through this weekend and into the first half of next week. This means that, like last week, rain scatter is one mode of choice for the GHz bands. As Sunday’s UK Microwave Group contest showed, even light patchy rain can improve 10GHz propagation so be alert, check the beacons and announce activity.

Around the middle of next week there are signs that a weak ridge of high pressure will build towards southern Britain, offering a hint of tropo across southern UK and into the continent. Paths of maximum range are probably going to be across the ridge over Biscay to Spain, Portugal and perhaps even the Canaries or the Azores.

As we approach the end of the Sporadic-E season, August offers decreasing chances. That said, there have been some very good days well into the second half of the month, especially when the weather is more unsettled and is driven by strong jet streams. Subjectively, these late season events can pop up at odd times, quite often biased towards the middle of the day rather than the morning and evening splits of mid-season Sporadic-E.

EME path losses start to fall again this week and Moon declination is rising but stays negative until Friday. UK Moonrise gets later in the evening as the week progresses, so EME will be a late night or early morning activity all week.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 30th. July 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 30th of July 2017

The news headlines:

  • 146-147 MHz digital TV progress

  • Exam Chair steps down

  • One week to YOTA 2017

Slides and video are now available on the Ofcom website from the latest RSGB and BATC presentation to Ofcom’s Business Radio Interest Group. The meeting was held on the 30th of June. Ongoing advances in Reduced Bandwidth TV by radio amateurs at 146 to 147MHz were presented by VHF Manager John Regnault, G4SWX. The video clip shows robust reception of colour digital video transmissions over 15km on 146.5MHz with a reduced bandwidth of just 470kHz. You can view the presentation at https://tinyurl.com/ycotnpsz

Alan Betts, G0HIQ has recently chosen to step down from his long-standing and much-valued role as Chair of the Examination Group. He will continue as part of the Group and to contribute to the examination system in numerous ways, not least being the lead tutor at his local amateur radio group. The RSGB thanks Alan for his 15 years as Chairman and the incalculable help he has provided in shaping the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced exams, and look forward to benefiting from his experience in the future.

It is just one week until YOTA 2017 when we will welcome 80 young radio amateurs from across the world. Father-and-daughter-team Kevin, G0PEK and Lauren, M6HLR will speak to YOTA teams during the week about their experiences on the UK hills and mountains. Following that, team members will build a portable antenna and take it up the nearest official summit. Before the event, 11-year-old Lauren plans to have just finished activating all 214 Wainwrights in the Lake District – a great achievement that will give her lots of experiences to share. Our latest vlog features . You can see our latest VLOG – which features Kevin and Lauren – and all the other YOTA vlogs and info on the RSGB website, www.rsgb.org/yota

A vacancy has arisen or a Deputy Regional Manager in District 132, which is the South Nottinghamshire South Derbyshire area of Region 13. If you are an RSGB Member who resides in or around that area and are interested in finding out more about this role, please contact the Regional Manager, Jim, G0EJQ by email to rm13@rsgb.org.uk

The end of the Early Bird discount for bookings at the RSGB’s Convention is fast approaching. The deadline is the 18th of August and the event takes place on the 13th to the 15th of October. The provisional programme is now available on the website, so visit www.rsgb.org/convention for all the latest information.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the UK Six Metre Group will be held at 10am on the 5th of August. It takes place in conjunction with the G3WOS 50MHz barbecue in Farnborough, Hampshire. For full details of the barbecue part of the day visit www.gare.co.uk/bbq2017.htm

Chertsey Radio Club is raising money to help purchase a simple UK Business Radio Licence for The National Autistic Society. For full details of how they are doing this, go to https://tinyurl.com/yb2zf5ue where you will also find details of how and why the Business Radio Licence will be useful.

The Polar Prince has been making its way northward along the Labrador Coast visiting communities and places of interest. It is interesting to access the live camera feed to observe the coastline at https://canadac3.ca/en/expedition/live-feed While daytime propagation at this time is limited, the CG3EXP beacon receptions are being uploaded by the receiving stations at a rate of up to 800 in a 12-hour period. Some of these stations have requested QSL cards and TCA columnist Robert Mazur, VA3ROM, has volunteered to be the CG3EXP eQSL Manager. eQSL cards are available via the online eQSL service or on request via direct email sent to cg3exp@gmail.com. To join the stations that are using WSPR to track the Canada C3 Expedition in the remaining 95 days of the voyage, you only need a standard SSB HF receiver, an inexpensive USB sound adapter and a PC running WSPR 2.0 software. You can download the software free from http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wspr.html.

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

The Chippenham & District ARC Rally takes place today, the 30th of July at Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road, Kington Langley SN15 5NJ. Talk in will be on S22, 145.550MHz. There are disabled facilities and on site parking. Doors open 10am to 1pm. Entry is £2, with under 16s free. Car boot pitches are £6 for cars and vans, payable on entry. Tables inside are £8 each. Access is available from 7am for set up. Hot food and drinks are available on site. Details from Brian by email to g6huim3hui@gmail.com

The 28th King's Lynn ARC Great Eastern Radio Rally takes place on the 6th of August at Gaywood Community Centre, Gayton Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 4DZ. Car parking on site is free and talk in will be provided on 145.550MHz. Doors open at 9am, with admission £2. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy. There are amateur radio pitches outside as well as tables inside. On site catering will be available. Details from Ted, G4OZG, on 01553 768 701, 0794 683 8656.

The Lorn Radio Rally is on the 6th of August at Crianlarich Village Hall, Main Street, Crianlarich, Perthshire FK20 8QN. Doors open at 10.30am and entry is £2. There will be trade stands as well as a Bring & Buy. There will be a raffle drawn at 1.30pm. Catering is available on site. Details, by email, to lornradioclub@gmail.com

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Roly, ZL1BQD will be active as 5W0RR from Samoa, IOTA reference OC-097, until the 15th of August. He will operate mainly JT65 and possibly the new FT8 mode. QSL via ZL1BQD.

Janez, S53V will be active as 9A8CV from Krk Island, EU-136, in Croatia until the 3rd of August. QSL via eQSL, or direct to S53V

Alan, KE4TA will be on the air as 9X0TA from Kimihurura, Kigali, starting on the 5th of August and remaining for the next three years. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. He is currently active on 20 and 17 metres using SSB and digital modes as well as some CW. QSL via N4GNR.

Several operators will be on the air as TX5EG from Hiva Oa Island, OC-027, until the 6th of August. Activity will be on the 80 to 12m bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via F6BCW.

Geoff, G8OFQ will be active as HC8/G8OFQ from Isabela Island, IOTA SA-004, from the 1st of August to the 30th of October. Activity will be on 160 to 6 metres. QSL to his home call sign.

Now the special event news

The Martello Tower Group will be operating as GB5RC from the 3rd to the 7th of August from the MV Ross Revenge, home of Radio Caroline. Moored in the Blackwater Estuary, GB5RC is celebrating five decades of offshore broadcasting and will be mainly operating on 80m, 40m, 20m, 2m and 70cm, with the capability to run 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m as well. For more details, please see www.QRZ.com.

Sheffield Amateur Radio Club will operate GB0RFC from the Transport Club, Norton, from the 1st to the 28th of August, celebrating a centenary of this airfield. The site was chosen as an Aeroplane Repair Depot, becoming No 2 (Northern) Aeroplane Repair Depot in 1917.

GB8NCI will be on the air on the 5th and 6th of August from the National Coastwatch Institution station at Exmouth from 0900 to 1900UTC. Operating on the 40 to 10m bands using SSB and CW, choice of bands will be subject to propagation conditions. There will also be VHF operation. The GB8NCI station will be open to members of the public in the building adjacent to the NCI watchtower.

Denby Dale ARS will be running a special station for Yorkshire Day, on the 1st of August. GB6YD will be active from 10am at the club site at Farnley Tyas, and everyone is welcome.

SC40VIC may be of interest to prefix chasers. This is a special event station to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria. The station will be on the air until the end of 2017. The QSL manager is SM6JSM.

Members of the Barry ARS will be on the air with special event station GB4RME until the 5th of August from the Royal Mint at Llantrisant. Activity will be on 80 to 6 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65, and on various satellites. QSL via GW0ANA.

Now the contest news

The RSGB’s flagship HF contest, the IOTA Contest, ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 30th. Please note that this year there are changes to the rules, so make sure you check before entering. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and IOTA reference.

Today, the 30th, the UK Microwave Group contest runs from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using the 5.7 and 10GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Tuesday the 144MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC and is immediately followed by the 144MHZ UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Saturday the 5th the fourth 144MHz Backpacker contest runs from 1300 to 1700UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

The 144MHz Low Power Contest is also on the 5th, from 1400 to 2000UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

The Worked All Britain 144MHz Low Power Phone contest takes place on the 5th of August from 1400 to 1800UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square for UK stations. Entries need to be with the contest manager by the 26th of August 2017. Please note that the maximum power for this contest is 10 watts input to the antenna. Full details at www.worked-all-britain.org.uk

It’s the turn of the 432MHz band on Sunday the 6th with the Low Power contest running from 0800 to 1200UTC. Using all modes on 70cm, the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G3SVW, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 28th of July.

For most of last week there were no sunspots on the Earth-facing solar disc. A single small sunspot, number 2668, appeared on Tuesday, but had gone by Wednesday. Solar activity was very low and flux stayed at 69 and 70 all week. The K-index however was mainly at 3 and 4, and only briefly dropped to 1 by Thursday. The disruptive south-pointing Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field reached a maximum negative value of minus 6 nanoteslas. The solar wind on that day impacted the ionosphere at 637 kilometres per second. The highest solar wind of the week, 707 kilometres per second, occurred on Monday.

Maximum useable frequencies for long paths were depressed throughout the period. Short range daytime propagation on 28MHz to several European countries was confirmed by the reception of numerous amateur station beacons, particularly from Spain. The 7MHz band proved its usual consistent role of being a main DX frequency at night-time. Many stations were on from Canada, USA and South America.

This weekend has been the Islands on the Air contest. Propagation may not have been conducive to high scores, although contests do have a habit of opening up bands thought to be closed.

Next week one or two old sunspots could rotate into view if they still exist. These were large on their first passage. If they do turn up, then we could see increased flux and a rise in maximum useable frequencies. Any solar flares arising may bring unsettled geomagnetic activity.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

We have a particularly unsettled period of weather over the country driven by low pressure systems crossing Britain until a weak ridge arrives at the end of the week. This means that GHz bands rain scatter is likely to be the best option for DX interest. It’s a good idea to use one of the many online weather radar displays to follow the heavier showers and point your dishes at them to look for beacons to alert you of possible rain scatter paths.

Staying with the unsettled part of the story, the strong jet stream, which is pushing all these lows across the country, will also be useful for Sporadic-E as it moves a bit farther into the continent, since the turbulence these jet streams create is one of the components for generating Sporadic-E.

The search for Tropo will be a fruitless one as low pressure and breezy weather tend to prohibit the development of useful temperature inversions required for a good lift.

We’re back to high EME losses this week as we approach Apogee on Wednesday and maximum negative declination on Friday. So there will be short Moon windows and poor conditions for EME in the coming week.

In all it looks like a week to do some nice, reliable, satellite operating, with the ‘birds’ unaffected by the vagaries of the weather and the lunar cycle.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 23rd. July 2017

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 23rd of July 2017

The news headlines:

  • Youngsters on the Air flag handed to the RSGB

  • Ofcom’s licensing portal offline until Monday

  • New 23cm IARU Region 1 record claimed

Last weekend, the IARU Region 1 International Youth meeting took place at the HAM Radio exhibition in Friedrichshafen. An enthusiastic group of young people and youth workers attended. Then on Saturday afternoon the official YOTA flag was brought to the RSGB accompanied by the loud cheering of a group of youngsters. With a ceremony at the RSGB booth, the flag and Morse key where handed over from the Austrian youngsters to the British youngsters. YOTA UK is only 2 weeks away when we are looking forward to welcoming more than 80 participants from around 30 IARU member societies.

Ofcom has informed the RSGB that over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of July their payment system is getting upgraded. As a result of this the online licensing portal will be down until Monday the 24th of July at 6am.

Terry M0VRL reports that on the 14th of July he completed a QSO of 2662km, from IO70PO to IL28FC, with Pedro EA8AVI in the Canary Islands that breaks the UK and Region 1 23cm tropo records. Terry runs an Icom IC-910X, a Gemini 23 power amp and a 67 element Wimo Yagi. Pedro runs an Icom 910X to a 23 element Tonna Yagi. Reports of 51 both ways were exchanged on SSB. The QSO was completed at 2021UTC with an exchange of reports and locators.

Paul Whatton, G4DCV has been appointed as Chair of the RSGB’s Training and Education Committee . Paul previously held the post of Vice Chair within TEC and is the Project Leader for the Train the Trainers scheme, which recently trained its 200th tutor.

On the 28th July, Ofcom will be opening the radio monitoring station at Baldock to visitors as part of the IET’s Engineering Open House Day. It’s part of the IET’s engineer a better world campaign to showcase engineering as a career. Places are limited so people need to book a place. Further information can be found at www.engineer-a-better-world.org/whats-on/.

The Orkney 5MHz Beacon, GB3ORK, is back on the air on 5290kHz after repairs and an upgrade by Andy, G4JNT. Its new synthesiser now transmits JT9A, in addition to the original sequence of stepped power levels. On 50MHz, the Mid-Cornwall Beacon, GB3MCB, has been reconfigured to join the IARU Region-1 Synchronised Beacon Program. It sequentially transmits on its new frequencies of 50.005 and 50.443MHz, sending both CW and the PI4 digital mode. For the shared 50.005 frequency, its callsign is modified to GB3MCB/S to assist reception reports. 

Ofcom have updated their guidance notes relating to the UK Amateur Radio Licence. The new edition dated July 2017, replaces the previous April 2016 version and includes changes associated with the introduction of the new Ofcom online licensing system last summer. The document should be read in conjunction with the licence, and is intended to help licensees understand and comply with the licence terms and conditions. The 26 page, 240KB pdf document can be downloaded from the Ofcom website at https://tinyurl.com/y7eeshkr

DXCC card checking will be available at the National Hamfest in September this year. Thanks to the UK Six Metre Group who will be hosting Fred, G4BWP on their stand.

This year's International Air Ambulance Week will take place between the 9th and 17th of September, with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world. Registration will be mandatory and all stations taking part will be issued a registration number which will be listed on this website. The registered number needs to be quoted by each station regularly. Register at www.radio-amateur-events.org

The latest 2016 RSGB Convention lecture to be added to the RSGB Members' area is The new world of amateur satellites by Graham Shirville, G3VZV. You'll find this, other convention lectures and a host of other exciting videos in the RSGB video portal www.rsgb.org/video The 2016 Convention lectures are a Members’ benefit, but the other videos are available for anyone to view.

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

Today, the 23rd, the Finningley ARS Rally will take place at The Hurst Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster DN8 5SX. Doors open at 10:30am. There is free parking and a large indoor /outdoor traders area. Hot food and drinks are available all day. Admission is £3. Contact Kevin, G3AAF on 07831 614640.

The Chippenham & District ARC Rally takes place on the 30th of July at Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road, Kington Langley SN15 5NJ. Talk in will be on S22, 145.550MHz. There are disabled facilities and on site parking. Doors open 10am to 1pm. Entry is £2, with under 16s free. Car boot pitches are £6 for cars/vans payable on entry, tables inside £8 each. Access available from 7am for set up. Hot food and drinks are available on site. Details from Brian by email to g6huim3hui@gmail.com

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

A large team from Cockenzie and Port Seton ARC will be active from the Isle of Tiree, EU-008, from the 28th to the 30th of July. They will participate in the IOTA Contest as GM2T, and might be on the air as MM0CPS before the contest. QSL via GM4UYZ either direct or via the bureau, Club Log, Logbook of The World and eQSL.

Iain, G4SGX will be active as GM4U/P from the Isle of Jura, EU-008, from the 28th of July to the 1st of August. QSL via his home callsign.

P40X will be active from Aruba, SA-036 until the 5th of August. They will participate in the IOTA Contest. QSL via DL8UD, direct or via the bureau; the log will be uploaded to Club Log.

Dieter, DF2SD will be active as OZ/DF2SD from Fano Island, EU-125, until the 4th of August, including participation in the IOTA Contest. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the 6 to 80m bands. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, Logbook of The World and eQSL, or via his home callsign either direct or via the bureau.

Bill, VK4FW will be active holiday style as 3D2T from Viti Levu, OC-016, in Fiji until the 27th of July. He will operate mainly CW on 40, 30, 20, 17 and 15 metres. QSL via his home callsign.

Juri, ES8GP will be active as ES0GP from Manilaid Island, EU-178, from the 24th to the 31st of July, IOTA Contest included. QSL via ES8GP, direct or via the bureau.

Now the special event news

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.

Until the 30th of July, a big Scout Jamboree will take place near the town Sonderborg in Denmark. The Scout Jamboree will be active with the special call sign OZ17SJ and the QSL Manager is OZ1ACB. No IRCs or paper cards please, use Club Log OQRS. More details at https://qrz.com/db/oz17sj

GB1AFV will be operated by Scunthorpe Steel ARC starting the 30th of July commemorating the first use of wireless in a British armoured fighting vehicle at the 3rd Battle of Ypres on the 31st of July 1917. Based on the radio club’s room at the Appleby-Frodingham Sports Club, Brumby Hall, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire DN16 1AA, there’s lots of interesting information on qrz.com

Chester & District RS will be running a Special Event Station, from the Visitor Centre at Llyn Brenig Reservoir on the 29th of July to publicise amateur radio and the work of Welsh Water. The callsign of the station will be GB2DWR.

South Essex ARS will put GB2BOX on the air from Boxted Airfield Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, Essex CO4 5NW for Airfields On The Air on the 30th of July. Admission to the museum is £3, children free.

GB4RME will operate from inside the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Wales. The special event station will operate from the 30th of July until the 5th of August. More information available on www.bars.btil.com

Now the contest news

On Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2230UTC using the 2.3GHz and up bands. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday the data leg of the 80m Club Championships runs from 1900 to 2030UTC. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

The RSGB’s flagship HF contest, the IOTA Contest, takes place on the weekend of the 29 and 30th. Please note that this year there are changes to the rules, so make sure you check before entering. The 24 hour run starts at 1200UTC on the 29th. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and IOTA reference.

On Sunday the 30th the UK Microwave Group contest runs from 0600 to 1800UTC. Using the 5.7 and 10GHz bands the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G3SVW, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 21st of July.

Last week, space-weather was dominated by sunspot number 2665 that was twenty times larger than any recent sunspot - the largest since number 2529 in April 2016. It disappeared on Wednesday as the Sun’s rotation took it out of our view. Solar flux held at 92 before fading back to the low seventies.

Conditions were unsettled due to C2 and C3 flares. Strong geomagnetic storms occurred. The south-pointing Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field reached a maximum negative value of minus 23 nanotesla.

Maximum useable frequencies rose briefly to just over 24MHz for the longer paths. Stations in Japan were worked from Europe around mid-day on 18MHz. European and Russian activity was plentiful on 28MHz for most days in the week. Many stations in the International Beacon Project network were copied on 14 and 18MHz. It is always worth listening on their spot frequencies as indicators of conditions. At 2300UTC on Thursday the 14 and 18MHz bands were still open to USA. The W1AW Morse practice runs were copied on both bands. South America produced a contact from Peru on 14MHz at 2330.

NOAA is forecasting more of the very low solar activity we have become used to. Propagation we may enjoy is likely to be disrupted by further flares. Moderate geomagnetic storms continue to threaten. At the closing of this HF report there are no visible sunspots on our side of the sun and the solar flux is 70.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Last week saw record breaking Tropo from South West UK down to the Canary Islands with 144MHz and 432MHz QSOs and a claimed new 1.3GHz Region 1 record of 2662km. At this time of year, fortunately placed stations in the South West can couple in to the ducts caused by the ‘Azores High’ giving some super DX. The rest of the country did not fare as well but next week there may be some brief spells with a ridge of high pressure near to southern areas, but not looking like a strong feature. Tropo is an option, but relatively weak and typically found overnight and first half of the morning, before the sunshine warms out any overnight temperature inversion. A weak area of low pressure covers much of Britain at first with some scattered showers, possibly heavy and thundery will give options for more rain scatter on the GHz bands.

Sporadic-E has found new legs recently with some good openings across Europe and beyond. It is still within the prime time for Es and should provide days of activity well into August. As usual the best times are late morning and late afternoon and early evening.

Moon declination is positive but falling and goes negative on Friday, with losses increasing as the week progresses. We are still a week or more away from Apogee so use the early part of the week for best results on EME.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 16th. July 2017

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 16th of July 2017

The news headlines:

  • 40m GB2RS broadcasts back next week

  • Technical parameters from Ofcom for Wi-Fi on 5.7GHz

  • Latest episode of TX Factor out now

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

Ofcom have issued a statement confirming the technical parameters for the extension of Wi-Fi in the 5.7GHz amateur band. Following extensive inputs, the RSGB welcomes the conservative approach that Ofcom are taking and look forward to this being properly enforced. The new regulations are effective from the 7th of August. Full details can be read at https://tinyurl.com/y98356n9

The summer edition of TX Factor is out now and includes a trip to Norwich where Pete, M0PSX spends a day with the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club at their recent annual Field Day 'Radio Active'. He also chats to RSGB President Nick Henwood, G3RWF about his Club Initiative. TX Factor goes digital as Mike, G1IAR gives Bob, G0FGX an introduction to operating on DMR, Yaesu Fusion and D Star. They also visit a Devon amateur who has set up a Fusion Gateway to find out how he went about it. The new episode of TX Factor, sponsored by the RSGB and ML&S, is available at www.txfactor.co.uk and on You Tube and as it is professionally produced in HD looks great on a full size TV but works equally well on a PC, Mac, Tablet or smartphone.

Due to essential maintenance, the Ofcom Licensing Portal will be unavailable from 15:30 Friday, 14th July 2017 until 06:00 Monday, 17th July 2017

At this year’s RSGB Convention there will be the opportunity to sit the FCC tests for a US licence at 1pm on Sunday the 15th of October. Please contact Martin, G3ZAY at g3zay@btinternet.com before the event if you would like to sit an exam. This is important as he wants to ensure there are enough exam papers available and that candidates have the correct paperwork.

The latest YOTA 2017 vlog features Steve Bunting, M0BPQ who is the Station Manager for GB2GP at Gilwell Park. During the YOTA camp there will be a five-band SES running from morning to night with the call sign GB17YOTA. The RSGB has provided an award for those who make contact, so listen out for the youngsters on air that week! You can see all the vlogs via www.rsgb.org/yota-vlogs

In further microwave-related news, Ofcom have also confirmed the final details for their forthcoming auction of 2.3 and 3.4GHz spectrum that was removed as part of the 2014 Licence Review. The auction documents include an information memorandum with considerable detail of amateur and Primary User usage in these bands. The auction link can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yc8frb8e

The resurrected 25MHz signal of time and frequency standard station WWV is now emanating a 2kW signal from a circularly polarised turnstile antenna. It’s hoped that the latest antenna change to circular polarisation might be helpful to anyone studying propagation during next month’s total solar eclipse, which will be visible across the US. WWV has invited listeners’ comments and reports on its 25MHz signal by email to wwv@nist.gov

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

Today, 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.

Next Sunday, the 23rd, the Finningley ARS Rally will take place at The Hurst Communications Centre, Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster DN8 5SX. Doors open at 10:30am. There is free parking and a large indoor /outdoor traders area. Hot food and drinks are available all day. Admission is £3. Contact Kevin, G3AAF on 07831 614640.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

The Kuala Lumpur DX Team will be active as 9M4IOTA from Pangkor Island, AS-072, in West Malaysia from the 22nd to the 24th of July. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on the 10 to 80m bands. QSL direct to 9M2OOO.

Philip, G4PWO will be active as 8Q7PW from the Maldives, AS-013 for two weeks starting on the 18th of July. He is likely to concentrate on 40, 20, 17 and 15 metres using SSB if conditions are good, digimodes if bad. QSL via his home callsign via the bureau, Logbook of The World and eQSL or log search on Club Log.

Four German operators will be active as P40X from Aruba, SA-036, from the 22nd of July to the 5th of August. QSL via DL8UD, direct or via the bureau; the log will be uploaded to Club Log.

Vlad, UA0LCZ will be active as R66IOTA from Popov Island, AS-066, from the 25th to the 30th of July. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.

Dieter, DF2SD will be active as OZ/DF2SD from Fano Island, EU-125, from the 23rd of July to the 4th of August. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the 6 to 80m bands. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, Logbook of The World and eQSL, or via his home callsign either direct or via the bureau.

John, W5JON will operate as V47JA from the island of St Kitts until the 5th of August. He operates SSB on 160m to 6m. QSLs go to his home address in Texas.

Pierre, VE3KTB will be operating as VY0ERC from the Eureka Amateur Radio Club station located on Ellesmere Island until the 22nd of July. This will count as NA-008 for the IOTA award. QSL manager is M0OXO.

Now the special event news

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.

Between the 22nd and the 30th of July, a big Scout Jamboree will take place near the town Sonderborg in Denmark. The Scout Jamboree will be active with the special call sign OZ17SJ and the QSL Manager is OZ1ACB. No IRCs or paper cards please, use Club Log OQRS. More details at https://qrz.com/db/oz17sj

Now the contest news

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

Also today, the 16th, the Low Power contest runs from 0900 to 1600UTC using CW on the 3.5 to14MHz bands. The exchange is signal report, serial number and power.

On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday the 70MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC and is immediately followed by the 70MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC where you can use all modes. The exchange for both is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 14th of July.

Sunspot number 2665 caught NOAA by surprise last week. As we wrote the last report it was only just rotating into view, but ultimately turned out to be very large indeed. It helped push the solar flux index up to 91 during the week, although it was the only sunspot group visible.

We got the geomagnetic prediction about right though with solar material from a coronal hole pushing the K index up to five on the Sunday the 9th. The unsettled conditions continued until midweek, but then started to calm down after that.

Otherwise, it was business as usual with the summer ionosphere as the upper bands struggled to open to F2 layer DX at times. Maximum usable frequencies were around 14 to 18MHz over a 3,000km path, although daytime summer D layer absorption meant that at times there was little DX to be heard.

Next week, NOAA has the solar flux index in the range 85-90 with the chance of unsettled geomagnetic conditions midweek due to coronal hole activity. So it looks as if this weekend may offer the best HF conditions.

As always, keep an eye on the 40, 30 and 20m bands in the early morning and late evening, as they may still bring the odd surprise. Sporadic-E openings are still possible on HF, but not as prevalent as they were in May and June.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The start of the week is dominated by weak high pressure over southern Britain, but it may provide some temporary night-time and early dawn Tropo. As midweek approaches, the models are keen to bring an area of thundery rain northwards from France into southern Britain, so rain scatter on the GHz bands is a good mode to look out for. The latter part of the week sees high pressure returning to bring the Tropo back, so again look for overnight lifts or perhaps some DX to the south across Biscay to northern Spain.

It's worth noting that in the high holiday season in the Mediterranean region, there is potential for Tropo on most days pretty much from one end of the Med to the other, so pack that VHF handheld. These paths are so long that some of the QSOs may get labelled incorrectly as Es rather than Tropo on the clusters. Usually Tropo lasts for extended periods, whereas Es will be very transitory.

On the lower bands, some minor meteor showers are active around the end of July, but they don’t peak this coming week.

We still have some time to go with the Sporadic-E season and weak jet streams mean some options on 10m, even if the higher bands are not well supported.

Moon declination is positive and increasing this week and with falling losses as we approach another perigee on Friday, there’s a good week in prospect for EME.

And that’s all from the propagation team this week

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 9th. July 2017

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GB2RS NEWS

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 ian.greenshields@gmail.com 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 http://tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0907A

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 www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T2HJGFR

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 www.g0ghk.com and www.facebook.com/g0ghk

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 www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/ham-en/

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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 QRZ.com 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.

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 2nd. July 2017.

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 2nd of July 2017

The news headlines:

  • New places at YOTA 2017

  • Hongkongers celebrate with VR20 prefix

  • Youngsters to launch eclipse balloon

Two countries are no longer able to send representatives to the RSGB IARU Youth On The Air 2017 event. There are six places to fill, and all countries involved are being invited to nominate additional team members. If you’re a young radio amateur in the UK aged 15-25, are free from 5-12 August 2017, and might like to attend this fun-filled week, contact yota@rsgb.org.uk to find out more.

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s reunification with China, Hong Kong licensed radio amateurs are being allowed to use the special prefix VR20 on a voluntary basis from the 1st of July 2017 to the 30th of June 2018.

The two daughters of Winston, KI7CSK, Rebecca and Kimberley, are planning to launch a new high-altitude Balloon mission with APRS tracking for the North American solar eclipse on the 21st of August. The sisters will be working alongside other citizen scientists in a campaign called the Eclipse Ballooning Project, which will be gathering high-altitude data during the total phase of August’s eclipse. Video and photos from the flights will be shared with NASA and the world. The full story can be found at http://tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0702a

Hundreds of radio amateurs have attended RSGB Conventions and had a great time. If you've never been, take a look at our new video at www.rsgb.org/convention and find out why some people come back year after year. The dates for the 2017 event are the 13th to 15th of October and it takes place at Kents Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. Bookings are now open. For details go to www.rsgb.org/convention

The RSGB’s latest vlog introduces the second member of the UK YOTA 2017 team – Jonathan Sawyer, 2E0UAR. He is 23 and belongs to the Reading and District Amateur Radio Club. You can view this and the previous vlog at www.rsgb.org/yota-vlogs The event doesn’t only include those young people attending the event at Gilwell Park: many clubs around the UK are putting on evens for young amateurs in their area.

The consultation on VHF-UHF UK Activity Contest future scoring schemes is now available. Online voting on this consultation will be available between 29 July and 20 August. RSGB Members who are active VHF/UHF contesters are encouraged to read the consultation document at www.rsgb.org/ukac-consult and vote.

The IARU HF Championship takes place on the 8th and 9th of July. As well as being a contest for individuals around the world there is a team element, with teams representing national societies. For the past few years the callsign used by the RSGB HQ team has been GR2HQ and it will be on the air again this year. GR2HQ stations will be spread across the country, at some of the best equipped contesters’ QTHs. Those people open up their shacks to other top contesters, each forming a sub team. Each GR2HQ station concentrates on one band and mode, for example 80m SSB, but some of the bigger stations will be active on more than one band and mode. They are all linked live via the internet, so if you want to know what frequency any of them is on you can ask any of the others. So why might you want to do this? To make as many band and mode QSOs as you can, to qualify for one of the free awards. There are several available. See http://gr2hq.webs.com/ for details.

The latest RSGB Convention 2016 lecture to be released on video is by RSGB President, Nick Henwood, G3RWF. Entitled ‘DX fun without spending loads of money’, he talks about some of his solo overseas trips as an economy class DXer. It is in the RSGB video portal and is only available to RSGB Members. Go to www.rsgb.org/video to find out more.

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

The Barford Norfolk Radio Rally is on today, the 2nd of July, at Barford Village Hall & Green, Barford, Norwich NR9 4AB. Talk-in is on S22 and car parking is free. Doors open at 8am for traders and 9am for visitors. There will be trade stands, a car boot sale, a Bring & Buy, raffle, repeater group representatives and catering. Entry costs £2 per person, with under 16s free. Contact radio@dcpmicro.com for details.

LAMFEST takes place on the 8th of July at Elsecar Heritage Centre, Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley S74 8HJ. Doors open from 10am to 4.30pm and admission is £2. Tables are free. The event is entirely in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Contact Clair Marsh on 01226 361 700.

On the 8th of July, Stockport Radio Society Rally will be held at Walthew House, 112 Shaw Heath, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 6QS. Doors open from 10am to 3pm. Admission is £2 and there will be catering on site. There will be trade stands, special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. There will be a raffle held on the day. Contact Heather Stanley, M6HNS on 07506 904 422.

On the 8th and 9th of July 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 www.g0ghk.com and www.facebook.com/g0ghk

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.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Gil, 4F2KWT will be active as 4G1L from Palawan Island, IOTA reference OC-128, between the 7th and 9th of July. He will operate CW and RTTY on the 30 and 20m bands. QSL via his home callsign.

John, G4IRN will be operating holiday-style from the Maldive Islands until the 6th of July. He plans to use 100 watts to wire antennas and his callsign will be 8Q7RN. QSL via Club Log OQRS. Logs will also be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

Chris, W3CMP and Dale, N3BNA will be visiting Haiti until the 6th of July. In their spare time they will be operating as 4V1G, with a major focus on 6 and 4 metres. QSL via W3HNK.

Eric, KV1J will be on the air as FP/KV1J from Miquelon Island, IOTA NA-032, from the 4th to the 18th of July. Activity will be on the 160 to 6m bands using primarily SSB and RTTY with some CW and other digital modes. He plans to be active on the linear satellites as well as the upcoming IARU, NAQP RTTY, and CQ VHF contests. QSL to home call.

Gary, K9AW is on the air as J68GD from St Lucia until the 16th of July while on holiday. Activity is on the 10 to 80m bands. This includes being an entry in the upcoming IARU HF World Championship contest. QSL to his home callsign.

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 QRZ.com for full details. QSL via the bureau and eQSL, with SWL reports welcome.

Durham & District ARS is participating as one of the bonus stations in the 13 Colonies special event. GB13COL will run 24 hours a day from 1300UTC on the 1st of July to 0400UTC on the 7th. The primary focus of the event will be the HF bands, as well as VHF and UHF using SSB, CW and digital modes for contacts. More info at www.13colonies.info and QRZ.com.

II2FIST will be active until the end of the year, CW only, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FIST Club, the International Morse Preservation Society. QSL direct or via the bureau via IZ2FME.

Chertsey Radio Club will be running special call sign GB8SSD until the 2nd of July at 1159UTC to celebrate 33 years since Space Shuttle Discovery’s initial flight.

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

Mid Ulster ARC will operate a special event station at Coney Island from the 8th to the 30th of July. Operation will be from 9am to 5pm and the address is Maghery Country Park, Co Armagh BT71 6NS.

The commemorative callsign OF100HQ will be on the air during the IARU HF World Championship event July 8-9 to mark Finland’s 100th anniversary.

Now the contest news

The RSGB VHF National Field Day ends its 24 hour run at 1400UTC today, the 2nd, using the 50 to 1296MHz bands. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Today, the 2nd of July, the 3rd 2m Backpackers contest runs from 1100 to 1500UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Monday the 80m Club Championships will run from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using CW only the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Tuesday the 144MHZ FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC. It is followed immediately from 1900 to 2130UTC by the 144MHz UK Activity Contest, when all modes are available. The exchange for both is signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend is the IARU HF Championships running from 1200 to 1200UTC. 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.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 30th of June.

This week NASA confirmed that we are heading for solar minimum, with the low point expected in 2019-2020. It also said that this may bring more long-lived coronal hole activity. This should come as no surprise to radio amateurs as we have been reporting near-minimum solar flux index levels and the ongoing effects of coronal holes for many months. Last week, the solar flux index hovered around the low 70s, but geomagnetic conditions were relatively settled with a K index in the range zero to two.

Nevertheless, as we are in the summer HF doldrums, F2 layer maximum usable frequencies for amateurs often struggled to get above 18MHz during daytime.

A quick listen on the 14.100MHz International Beacon Network frequency on Thursday afternoon showed RR90 coming in from Russia and OH2B from Finland, and that was about it. OH2B was also audible on 18.110MHz. However, some better-equipped stations reported they had worked the B7CRA IOTA DXpedition in China on 20m, so there is always DX to be had if you know where to look.

Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will remain in the mid 70s and geomagnetic conditions should be settled. A view of the Sun in extreme ultraviolet showed no earth-facing coronal holes, so make the most of the quieter conditions and continuing Sporadic E openings.

It might also be an opportunity to head for the hills and try some portable HF DXing, with the added benefit of lower noise levels.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The coming week starts with low pressure nearby over Scandinavia and another low moving towards northwestern Britain. In the south of the country a weak high may give some Tropo conditions at the end of the weekend and for part of next week, although there is a chance it will collapse before mid-week. The principal Tropo directions are to the south into France and northern Spain.

We had some good rain scatter on 10GHz last week with paths open across southern England and over to Northern France, but sadly little UK activity to take advantage of it. The tendency for low pressure in the north, and perhaps later in the south, will mean that more rain scatter should be possible in any summer thundery showers.

The Sporadic-E season still offers opportunities for the bands from 28 to 144MHz to suddenly spring into action. Prime times to check are late morning and again late afternoon and early evening. A 144MHz opening is likely to be a rare event, but 28, 50, and 70MHz openings are commonplace at this time of the year.

An encouraging number of UK stations turned out for the UK Microwave Group’s 10GHz contest and a few took part in the Dubus moonbounce contest on the band. There are a growing number of UK stations active on moonbounce above 1GHz, where there is good activity and plenty of DX to work.

The upcoming week has negative Moon declination and high losses due to its apogee, or furthest point from Earth, on Thursday, so activity will be lower, making it a good week to further optimise those EME systems using solar noise.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 25th. June 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 25th of June 2017

The news headlines:

  • Maintenance takes SAQ off the air

  • Asteroid named after radio amateur

  • What would you ask an astronaut?

There will be no Alexanderson Day over-the-air VLF transmission on the 2nd of July from SAQ, the Alexanderson alternator station in Sweden. SAQ periodically schedules transmissions with the nearly century-old behemoth that operates on 17.2kHz from the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station. SAQ said the event was cancelled due to ongoing maintenance work at the site. The station will still observe Alexanderson Day with activities that include two startups of the Alexanderson alternator and a ‘local’ transmission. These events will be streamed via YouTube. The site will be open to visitors.

The International Astronomical Union has named a celestial body after a radio amateur. Space physicist and radio amateur Asta Pellinen Wannberg, SM3UHV, is a professor at the Department of Physics at Umeå University. She has made a ground-breaking effort to use scattering radar when studying meteors that are activated when small particles penetrate the atmosphere. The name given is Asteroid 11807 Wannberg.

There’s just six weeks 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 mini-bus drivers on some days. If you can help, please send an email to yota@rsgb.org.uk – whether you can offer just a day or maybe more.

YOTA teams across the world have been invited to submit questions for the planned contact with the International Space Station during YOTA 2017. Linking with the theme of the amateur radio event, questions should focus on communications, which can include amateur radio, mobile phones, data links, satellites, etc. YOTA team members have been asked to try and think of questions no-one else has asked before. What would you ask? We won’t know when the ISS contact will take place until one week before the event, but the plan is to have it streamed live over the internet so people everywhere will be able to watch the buildup and the contact itself. Please email any suggested questions to yota@rsgb.org.uk

The RSGB is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Anthony Kent, G8PBH, as Chair of the RSGB Examinations Standards Committee. Tony obtained his callsign, G8PBH, in 1978 and has been active on the bands continuously since. His interests in that time have included home construction, mobile and portable operation and, most recently, DX chasing. His favourite band is 6m and, in particular, the Sporadic-E mode of propagation on that band. He uses mostly SSB and data modes. Tony is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

For those attending the HAM Radio show in Friedrichshafen, Germany between the 14th and 16th of July, Saturday is Summits on the Air – or SOTA – day. Starting at 12 noon there will be a get-together, lecture, activation and the annual dinner, so check reflector.sota.org.uk for details.

A paper by IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, for the Landshut Conference in September, that the longer term financial outlook for Region 1 is poor. It says that the general fund will be entirely depleted by 2021, and total reserves exhausted by 2023, rendering IARU Region 1 insolvent. The paper suggests a number of changes to address the problem, including refocussing the YOTA programme and devolving some activity or increasing participant contributions. You can download the paper from tinyurl.com/GB2RS-2506B

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

The West Of England Radio Rally takes place today, 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 and disability facilities. Details from Shaun, G8VPG on 01225 873 098.

Bangor & District Amateur Radio Society’s 50th Annual Rally will be held on Saturday the 1st of July in Donaghadee Community Centre, The Parade, Donaghadee, County Down BT21 0HB. The venue is signposted, easily found, and has free parking. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, bookstall and RSGB stand. Refreshment will be available. Doors will open at 11.30am and admission is free in celebration of the 50th anniversary. RSGB president, Nick Henwood, G3RWF, will be attending. Further details from Harry Squance, GI4JTF, on 0777 594 2174.

The 1st Houghton Le Spring ARC Rally will be at the Dubmire Royal British Legion Club, Britannia Terrace, Fencehouses DH4 6LJ on the 1st of July. Doors open from 10.30am until 3pm. Entry is free. There will be traders, club and private stands. Tea & coffee will be available, and a licensed bar will open from 11am. Details from Ken, on 0795 146 0290.

The Barford Norfolk Radio Rally is on the 2nd of July at Barford Village Hall & Green, Barford, Norwich NR9 4AB. Talk-in is on S22 and car parking is free. Doors open at 8am for traders and 9am for visitors. There will be trade stands, a car boot sale, a Bring & Buy, raffle, repeater group representatives and catering. Entry costs £2 per person, with under 16s free. Contact radio@dcpmicro.com for details.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Members of the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club are taking part in a DXpedition to Yongxing Island in the Xisha Archipelago from the 26th of June to the 2nd of July. The callsign will be B7CRA and they will operate on the 80m to 6m bands using CW, SSB and digital. The IOTA reference is AS-143 and the QSL Manager is BA4TB.

Sookun, HL1AHS will operate as VK9AA on Christmas Island, OC-002 until the 1st of July. He will be on all bands 80m to 10m CW, SSB and digital. The QSL Manager is HL2UVH.

Eddy, DM5JBN will be active as 9A/DM5JBN from the islands of Hvar, EU-016, from the 28th of June to the 2nd of July, and Brac, EU-016, between the 4th and the 9th. He operates mainly CW and RTTY. QSL via his home call, direct or bureau, plus Logbook of The World and eQSL.

John, GW4SKA will be active as GD4SKA from the Isle of Man, EU-116, from the 29th of June to the 9th of July. He will operate only RTTY and JT65 on the HF bands. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS at www.m0oxo.com or direct only to M0OXO.

Keith, G3TTC plans to operate holiday style as GM3TTC/P from several islands in IOTA groups EU-123 and EU-008 until the 1st of August. He says no paper QSLs please as IOTA credit will be given through Club Log matching.

Peter, LA7QIA will be active as JW7QIA from Spitsbergen, EU-026, Svalbard until the1st of July. He will operate CW, SSB and digital modes, with a focus on 6m. QSL via his home call.

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 QRZ.com for full details. QSL via the bureau and eQSL, with SWL reports welcome.

Burnham Beeches Radio Club celebrates its 80th birthday this year. As part of the celebrations GB8OBB will be active today, the 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 today, 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 today, the 25th. Activity will be from 1pm to 5pm. Admittance to the museum is £3.50 and it is at Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX.

GB2NWA is being activated at North Weald Airfield for International Museums Weekend. There will be multiple stations running a mixture of HF & VHF/UHF frequencies on the 25th.

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

Grey Point Fort Amateur Radio Society will be taking part in Armed Forces Day today, the 25th, from 10am to 5pm at Grey Point Fort, Fort Road, Helen's Bay, Crawfordsburn, Co Down BT19 1PU. All Museums will be open and the club station on the air using MN0GPF, GB0GPF and GN0URN. The Restored 6 inch coastal guns dated 1899 will be fired at 1 pm.

Durham & District ARS is participating as one of the bonus stations in the 13 Colonies special event. GB13COL will run 24 hours a day from 1300UTC on the 1st of July to 0400UTC on the 7th. The primary focus of the event will be the HF bands, as well as VHF and UHF using SSB, CW and digital modes for contacts. More info at www.13colonies.info and QRZ.com.

Now the contest news

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

Finally for today, the 70MHz Cumulative contest runs from 1400 to 1600UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2100UTC. Using all bands between 2.3 and 10GHz the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend, from 1400UTC on the 1st to 1400UTC on the 2nd, the RSGB VHF National Field Day will take place on the 50 to 1296MHz bands. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

On the 2nd of July the 3rd 2m Backpackers contest runs from 1100 to 1500UTC. 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 23rd of June.

Last week the solar flux index remained steadfastly in the mid 70s. There was only one very minor S class solar flare, on Sunday the 18th of June. As predicted, geomagnetic conditions were unsettled on the Sunday, but improved as the week went on.

During a week when we had the solar solstice, HF conditions were subdued. This is pretty much par for the course this time of year. A change in the ionospheric chemistry with more diatomic molecules and fewer monatomic species means it is harder to ionise. So, paradoxically, despite having more sunlight, maximum useable frequencies are lower during summer days. But, as we keep saying, you may find that 20m remains open much later in the evening. If we had some sunspots it might have even remained open all night.

Next week NOAA predicts more of the same with the solar flux index in the range 70-74. Monday may be a little unsettled geomagnetically, but then the rest of the week should be better with a K index of around two.

At the moment, maximum useable frequencies over a 3,000km path are around 14MHz, with occasional openings up to 18MHz. After dark, 30m and 40m will remain the best bands for DX, with 20m probably closing in the late evening and usually before midnight. Sporadic-E openings on the higher bands should also remain prevalent as we head towards the end of June.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

Sporadic-E is still the main DX mode through to August, and on the 16th of June we had one of the best events for a long time. Thousands of 144MHz QSOs were reported to the Make more miles on VHF website, including contacts from South Wales into the Balkans.

The best policy to catch Sporadic-E is to maximise your chances by checking the bands late morning and late afternoon or early evening to capture the traditional two peaks of activity. Also look for late-evening openings towards Iceland, Greenland and beyond. Check the beacons and clusters for signs of activity, remembering that an opening will build up in frequency as it develops – first 10m, then through 6m and 4m, to perhaps 2m.

Despite the heatwave, Tropo conditions didn’t seem to materialise last week, with no cluster reports of 144MHz or above Tropo QSOs over 600km from the UK.

Over the next week or so, it looks as if the changeover to low pressure will be completed and for much of the time there will be low pressure over Britain or nearby. This means that rain scatter will be the best GHz bands DX option. Tropo will not feature strongly again this week, but some short-lived overnight and dawn lifts are possible before the heat of the day breaks down any surface temperature inversion.

Today shows high and falling Moon declination, with low and increasing losses, so get your EME QSOs in the early part of the coming week.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 18th. June 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

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 www.rsgb.org/syllabus_review 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 yota@rsgb.org.uk 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 www.rsgb.org/yotasupporter

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 www.qrp-labs.com/c3.html 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 www.rsgb.org/convention 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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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 www.essexham.co.uk.

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 QRZ.com.

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 www.worked-all-britain.org.uk 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.

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 11th. June 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 11th of June 2017

The news headlines:

  • Real-time propagation tool goes online

  • Jamaica removes Morse requirement

  • New 122 and 241GHz UK records

A new graphing tool has been developed by Jim, G3YLA of the Propagation Studies Committee to show the near real-time critical frequency over the UK and the predicted maximum usable frequency over different paths. A feature on how to use the free tool appears in the July issue of RadCom. But if you want to try the critical frequency tool on your own it can be found at www.convectiveweather.co.uk/ionosphere and there are useful help files to get you going.

Amateur radio operators and technicians in Jamaica will no longer be required to be proficient in Morse code, as a result of changes to the regulations for the two pieces of legislation that govern radio and telegraph control services.

The existing 122GHz and 241GHz UK distance records were both extended to new distance of 6.8km with two-way contacts in CW between John Hazell, G8ACE, operating from his home, to Ian Lamb, G8KQW/P located at Shroner Wood, Winchester. The contact took place on Sunday the 21st of May. Transmit power levels were around 200 microwatts at both ends on both bands, and the antennas were 30cm dishes with separate 122GHz and 241GHz feed horns. RST was 539 each way on both bands. You can see the contacts thanks to the video uploaded to YouTube by John. See https://youtu.be/k6ZkNyYJb_Qa for details.

A three-page briefing note from the UK Activity Contest workshop on the 3rd of June is now available. It can be downloaded as a PDF from www.rsgb.org/vhf-contest-update and describes what was discussed, plus the workshop group’s unanimous proposals for the further development of these successful contests.

European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas, KG5FYG, returned to Earth on the 2nd of June after a 6-month duty tour on the International Space Station. It took more than 3 hours to descend to Earth in a Soyuz MS-03 transporter. During his time on the ISS he participated in several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station school contacts. Italian astronaut and amateur Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA will head to the ISS in July.

Grimsby ARS has upgraded the D-Star UHF repeater GB7GC with new antennas and a UHF preamp on receive. These improvements will help with better coverage of the area. They will be doing the same for GB3GY, the UHF FM repeater based in Cleethorpes. Visit www.grimsbyars.uk for more details.

The callsign of the Perth City internet gateway on 145.2125MHz is now MB7APT-L. The station is part of the Echolink system, with a new node number of 866340. The gateway station is located on Kinnoull Hill, on the outskirts of Perth. It has good coverage both of the city and a swathe of its hinterland to the North and West. Access is with a CTCSS tone of 94.8Hz. 

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

Today, the 11th of June, the Junction 28 Amateur Radio Rally will take place at Bowls Hall Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton DE55 7BD. Contact the rally secretary for details on 01159 307 322

Also on today, the 11th, the East Suffolk Wireless Revival, otherwise known as the Ipswich Rally, will take place at the new venue of Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton, IP10 0PW, just off the A14. Doors open at 9.30am, with free car parking and an entry fee of £2. There will be trade stands, a car boot sale, Bring & Buy, special interest groups, GB4SWR HF station on the air and an RSGB bookstall. Catering is available on site. Contact Kevin, G8MXV, on 0771 0046 846.

Next Saturday, the 17th, the South Lancs ARC Summer Rally will be held at Bickershaw Village Community Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan WN2 5TE. There is car parking on site and doors open at 9am for the public. Entry is £2.50. There are a limited number of pitches available. There will be a Bring & Buy, special interest groups and trade stands. Catering is available on site. Details from Jason, G0IZR on 01942 735 828.

On Sunday the 18th, the 30th Newbury radio Rally will take 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 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.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

Four operators will be active as DL/OO6P and DL/ON4IPA from Fehmarn Island, IOTA reference EU-128, from the 17th to the 23rd of June. They will operate SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and PSK63 with two stations. QSL via ON6ZV, direct or bureau. More details on QSL.net

Ryosei, JH0IXE will be on the air from Koror Island in the Republic of Palau. He will use the callsign T8CW from the 9th to the 18th June. Palau is in the western Pacific Ocean and the IOTA reference is OC-009. Activity will be on all bands from 80m to 6m and on CW, SSB and digital. QSL manager is JA0FOX.

Stefan, DF8HS will be active from Fehmarn Island, EU-128 from the 16th of June to the 1st of July. QSL via the bureau.

Didier, F5PLR will be active as HI9/F5PLR from Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic, NA-096, between the 6th of June to the 4th of July. He will be using the 30, 20 and 15m bands.

JA0JHQ will be active as AH0C/KL7 from near Anchorage, Alaska from the 17th to the 19th of June. Main activity will be on 160, 80, 40 and 20 metres during the All Asian DX CW Contest on the17th and 18th. QSL via JA0JHQ, bureau or direct, and Logbook of The World; logsearch on Club Log.

Now the special event news

South Essex ARS will be operating from The Bay Museum, Canvey Island on Sunday the 18th of June for Museums on the Air, and to commemorate the two B17s that crashed at Canvey Point in 1944.

Crystal Palace Radio & Electronics Club will be activating GX2LW on HF and VHF at a street party in Overhill Way, Beckenham, Kent on Saturday the 17th of June. The station will be accessible to the public.

As part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend event, GB8CCG will be on the air from a temporary radio shed on the 17th from 11am to 3.30pm at 182 Mare St, London E8 3RE

Rhondda Amateur Radio Society will be running GB0BTB on the 17th and 18th of June for the historic Beating The Bounds. Members will be active on all band's and modes, including data.

Now the contest news

The IARU ATV contest ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 11th. Using the 432MHz and up bands the exchange is picture grade, four-digit code, serial number and locator.

The REF DDFM 6m contest ends its 24 hour run at 1600UTC today, the 11th. Using SSB, CW and FM on the 50MHz band, the exchange is signal report, serial number and four digit locator.

Today, the 11th, the 144MHz Backpackers contest runs from 0900 to 1300UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Lasting three hours longer, from 0900 to 1600UC today, the 11th, the Practical Wireless 2m QRP contest uses all modes on the band. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. Note the maximum power for this contest is 5 watts.

On Tuesday the 432 FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC with the 432MHz UK Activity Contest following from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange is the same for both: signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the 80m Club Championship is on from 1900 to 2030UTC. This is the CW leg and the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Thursday the 70MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC and is followed from 1900 to 2130UTC by the 70MHz UK Activity Contest. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The 50MHz trophy runs from 1400UTC on the 17th to 1400UTC on the 18th. Using all modes on the 6m band the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

The All Asian DX contest runs from 0000UTC on the 17th to 2359UTC on the 18th. Using CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report and age.

Next Sunday, 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 next Sunday, the 18th of June, from 0900 to 1500UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square for UK stations. Entries need to be with the contest manager by the 9th of July. Details at www.worked-all-britain.org.uk

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 9th of June.

Last weekend’s National Field Day saw only average HF propagation, with a geomagnetic disturbance on the Saturday evening sending the K index to four. Nevertheless, there was DX to be had, even if most of it was on 20 metres. G4ARN/P in Norfolk reported working Brazil on 20m using five watts, but the majority of their other contacts were mostly European.

Sporadic-E did manage to cause some excitement up to 28MHz, but you had to be in the right place at the right time. The rest of the week was characterised by relatively-settled geomagnetic conditions and a solar flux index in the seventies.

Twenty metres threw up some interesting openings in the evenings. As the sun began to set, D layer absorption dropped and David, G3YYD reported working the USA, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, and Barbados on 20m SSB from 2100 to 2330UTC. This backs up what we have been saying about 20m remaining open longer as we head towards the summer.

Next week, the solar flux index is predicted to remain around 78 to 80. Geomagnetic conditions may be good until the 14th of June, when they may then become unsettled until the 18th. We suggest the best DX may be available this weekend and early next week, with F2 layer openings up to 20m and occasionally 17m.

Sporadic-E openings could occur from as low as 80m and up to 10m, although D-layer absorption may hide them on the lower bands during daylight.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The unsettled weather has lasted into this weekend with further spells of rain or showers. This type of weather is good for rain scatter on the GHz bands, but not much else.

Early next week, high pressure starts to build across southern Britain and is later expected to form a small detached high over the country. This should be good for tropospheric opening prospects, which should improve as the week progresses.

Sporadic-E is well under way now, with good QSOs being made, including multi-hop transatlantic and Japanese QSOs on 50MHz. Even small stations are benefitting from the upsurge in digimode activity, but please try to spread out from 50.276MHz and keep to the correct time slot for your direction to avoid QRM. Most of all, please don’t run ‘attended JT beacons’ on this frequency: leave it free for QSOs and calling CQ. Follow the clusters and beacons to get an early advantage and select the late morning and late afternoon prime times for checking the bands from 10m up to 2m.

The openings tend to move across Europe from east to west, so don’t fix your beam in one direction only. This is not the Sporadic-E patch moving, but different areas becoming active as the earth turns. There is often a lull during early afternoon and move up to the higher bands as they open to get maximum range.

This is another poor week for EME, with negative moon declination and high losses due to the apogee on the 8th, so keep tweaking those systems on sun noise to optimise your performance.

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

 

RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 4th. June 2017.

Posted by gb2rs in Ham Radio, RSGB, GB2RS
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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 4th of June 2017

The news headlines:

  • Aeronautical Mobile circumnavigation begins

  • WSPR reports Canadian North West Passage

  • New GB2RS VHF SSB broadcast starts

On the 1st of June Brian Lloyd, WB6RQN left from Miami to recreate Amelia Earhart’s around-the-world flight on its 80th anniversary. He will be using HF SSB and automatic link establishment, ALE, from his single-engine plane named Spirit. He is communicating /AM while flying. The two month flight will follow Earhart’s historic route to circumnavigate the world at the equator. Using the callsign WB6RQN/AM while aeronautical mobile, he will operate on 14210.0kHz USB, 14346.0kHz USB, 18117.5kHz USB, or 7130.0 Hz LSB. His HF radio is a Mobat Micom-3 transceiver, with a maximum power of 125 watts. The antenna is under the fuselage. Brian Lloyd’s radio schedule is posted on the project’s website http://projectameliaearhart.org/ham-radio

An amateur radio WSPR, or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network, beacon has been installed and activated on board the vessel Canada C3. The ship departed Toronto, Ontario, on the 1st of June on a 150-day expedition to Victoria, British Columbia, via the Northwest Passage as part of the Canadian Sesquicentennial celebration. This provides an opportunity to track the vessel on its 150-day sailing voyage around the Canadian coast, which is the longest coastline in the world. The WSPR beacon identifies as CG3EXP. A live tracking link, generated by the supplier of the tracking hardware, QRP Labs, has been activated, hosted by Jeff Milne, VE3EFF. It generates a series of dots, one for each Maidenhead grid square the vessel traverses. It can be found at www.qrp-labs.com/c3.html and much more information about the project can be found by searching for Canada C3 on the Radio Amateurs of Canada website, http://wp.rac.ca

From today, 4th of June, there will be a news reading of GB2RS on 144.250MHz SSB at 8.30pm by G8VHI. These will be in addition to his reading on 145.525MHz, which is now transmitted from a vertical at 70 feet that is audible over a large part of UK. You can hear the broadcast from Manchester in the north to Lincoln also out to Cambridge and west to Telford. He will also transmit on 433.525MHz at 200 watts ERP with a vertical at 25 feet AGL and 144.250MHz SSB using a 2 times 4 element DK7ZB antenna fixed north west and east at 50 feet AGL running 400W ERP.

This week’s YOTA 2017 vlog features Sara, 2I0SSW. She was the UK team leader for YOTA 2016 in Austria and is part of the project team for this year’s YOTA event in the UK. Sara is co-ordinating the regional activities that will support the main YOTA 2017 week and that we hope will encourage even more young people to try amateur radio. Do you know what your region has planned? Detail and a link to the vlog are at www.rsgb.org/yota

The Bath-based team who run Advanced distance learning classes are recruiting candidates again. Their next course will run from July to December with weekly study packages being circulated via a Virtual Learning Environment, which is like a private website. They provide additional notes to guide students through the RSGB textbook, some videos to watch and revision quizzes to check on progress. The team are awaiting news of their 500th successful candidate since they started in 2011. Throughout their history their average exam pass rate has been 85% or better. The team and students have also donated £9,000 to radio charities in the last five years. If you would like to know how to enrol, contact the course leader, Steve Hartley, G0FUW via e-mail to g0fuw@tiscali.co.uk

Durham & District ARS would like to thank all the visitors who attended their first rally for making it a fantastic day. Special thanks go to the traders, clubs and the staff of Bowburn Community Centre.

There will be no Alexanderson Day VLF transmission on the 2nd of July from SAQ, the Alexanderson alternator station in Sweden. SAQ periodically schedules transmissions with the nearly century-old behemoth that operates on 17.2 kHz from the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station. SAQ said the event was cancelled due to ongoing maintenance work at the site. The station will still observe Alexanderson Day with activities that include two startups of the Alexanderson alternator and a ‘local’ transmission. These events will be streamed via YouTube. The site will be open to visitors.

More than two dozen QB50 constellation CubeSats have been deployed from the International Space Station, including three carrying amateur radio transponders. These included LilacSat-1, ON02CN, which includes a VHF/UHF FM to Codec2 BPSK digital voice transponder, APRS digipeater and a camera; X-CubeSat, ON01FR, and SpaceCube, ON05FR. LilacSat-1’s transponder’s FM uplink is 145.985MHz with a 67Hz CTCSS tone; the Codec2 9600 bps BPSK downlink is 436.510MHz. The uplink frequency for both X-CubeSat and SpaceCube is 145.860MHz with a 210.7Hz CTCSS tone. Downlinks are 437.020MHz for X-CubeSat and 436.880MHz for SpaceCube.

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

Today, 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 today, 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 hall 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. For details, contact Les Jackson, G4HZJ on 01942 870 634.

On Saturday the 10th of June, Antrim & District is holding its Bring & Buy Surplus Sale at Muckamore Community Centre, Ballycraigy Road, Antrim, Co Antrim , BT41 2DH. Doors open 12.30 to 5pm, with sellers gaining access from 12 noon. Entry is £2 for buyers and the table charge for sellers is £5. Refreshments are available and a raffle will be drawn on the day.

Next Sunday the 11th of June the Junction 28 Amateur Radio Rally will take place at Bowls Hall Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton DE55 7BD. Contact the rally secretary for details on 01159 307 322

Also on the 11th the East Suffolk Wireless Revival will take place at the new venue of Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton, IP10 0PW, just off the A14. Doors open at 9.30am, with free car parking and an entry fee of £2. There will be trade stands, a car boot sale, Bring & Buy, Special interests groups, GB4SWR HF station and an RSGB bookstall. Catering is available on site. Contact Kevin, G8MXV, on 0771 0046 846.

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 radcom@rsgb.org.uk.

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

A group of Scottish amateurs who are members of Stirling & District ARS will operate as HB0/GM4UYE from Liechtenstein from the 1st to the 6th of June. QSL manager is M0OXO.

Thomas, F4HPX will operate holiday style as FR/F4HPX from St Denis on Reunion Island, IOTA AF-016, from the 4th to the 16th of June. He will use digital modes and possibly some CW.

John, G4IRN is on the air as 8Q7RN during the month of June from the Maldives, AS-013. His activity is on the HF bands. QSL to home call.

Members of the Castres DX Gang and IDRE will be on the air as TM5FI from Ratonneau Island, Frioul Archipelago, IOTA EU-095, from the 5th to the 12th of June. Activity will be on 80 to 10m using CW, SSB and various digital modes, with four stations active. QSL via F5XX.

Didier, F5PLR will be operating as HI9/F5PLR from Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic, NA-096, from the 6th of June to the 4th of July. Activity will be on 30, 20 and 15 metres. QSL via operator’s instructions.

Waldi, SP7IDX plans to operate holiday-style from Vannoya Island, EU-046, between the 1st and 10th of June. Transmitting as LA/SP7IDX on 40-10m using SSB and RTTY, the QSL route is via SP7IDX both direct and via the bureau.

Graham, MM0GHM will be signing his call /p and /m in a holiday-style activation of Arran, EU-123, between the 3rd and 17th of. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or via the bureau.

Now the special event news

GB1SCW will be on the air from Shoreham National Coastwatch Institute Lookout today, the 4th of June between 11am and 4pm. The location is near Shoreham Beach car park, postcode BN43 5HY. Due to its beach location, access for the disabled is restricted. Shoreham Fort will also be open for visitors. 

Today, 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, IQ4FE, in conjunction with the annual Museum Ships Weekend event today the 4th of June. A special QSL card will be sent.

Now the contest news

The CW National Field Day ends its 24 hour run at 1500UTC today, the 4th. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The South East Asia NETwork, or SEANET contest ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 4th. 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 ends its 24 hour run at 1300UTC today, the 4th. Using all modes on 6m, the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and UKSMG membership number if you have one.

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

On Monday the 80m Club Championships runs from 1900 to 2300UTC. Using data only, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Tuesday the 144MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC and it’s followed by the 144MHz UK Activity Contest, which uses all modes, from 1900 to 2130UTC. Both have the exchange of signal report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday the 50MHz UK Activity Contest takes place between 1900 and 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Next weekend, the IARU ATV contest runs from 1200UTC on the 10th to 1300UTC on the 11th. Using the 432MHz and up bands the exchange is picture grade, four-digit code, serial number and locator.

The REF DDFM 6m contest takes place from 1600UTC on the 10th to 1600 on the 11th. Using SSB, CW and FM on the 50MHz band, the exchange is signal report, serial number and four digit locator.

On Sunday the 11th, the 144MHz Backpackers contest runs from 0900 to 1300UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Lasting three hours longer, from 0900 to 1600UC on the 11th, the Practical Wireless 2m QRP contest uses all modes on the band and the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. Note the maximum power for this contest is 5 watts.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 2nd of June.

Last week the solar flux index declined from the low 80s to 74. The sun was spotless, but propagation was dominated by strong geomagnetic storming on Sunday the 28th of May. Sky watchers across many northern locations reported visible aurora. This was due to the south-pointing Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field, which coupled more strongly with the Earth’s, allowing solar particles to flow into the poles.

The K index soared to a high of seven on the 28th, bringing a brief HF enhancement before auroral conditions with suppressed maximum useable frequencies ensued. HF conditions were described as “abysmal” by one GB2RS reader – we thought you should know why!

Next week the solar flux index is predicted to remain around 70, although a new sunspot is heading around the eastern limb of the sun and has already been producing C-class solar flares.

A small solar coronal hole was also facing Earth on Wednesday. This may cause unsettled geomagnetic conditions around Friday the 2nd of June, and through this weekend. With National Field Day this weekend, this could potentially result in an elevated K index, noisy bands and subdued maximum usable frequencies. Otherwise, for field day we expect 20 metres to be the main daytime band, with occasional short-skip Sporadic-E openings on 7MHz to 28MHz. Forty metres may be good in the morning and evening, with 80 metres, and perhaps even 160m, coming alive at night.

We don’t expect much daytime F2 layer DX on 21MHz and higher, but do take a look.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

The next week or so is dominated by a tendency for low pressure on the charts, mainly just to the northwest of Britain. This is expected to produce a showery south-westerly weather pattern, so good for rain scatter on the GHz bands, but it gives limited options for tropospheric openings. That leaves us to hope for some Sporadic-E propagation, especially for the 6m and HF CW NFD contests this weekend.

The good news is that we are firmly in the Sporadic-E season. Since one of the key weather contributors to Sporadic-E, jet streams, are likely to be present for much of the week, if we have low K index figures there should be some Sporadic-E to work on VHF bands from 10m through 6m and 4m, and perhaps even 2m. The jet streams are likely to be over the near continent during this contest weekend, albeit as a weak feature, but may offer a good direction for paths into Europe. There is also a slight bias towards Scandinavia and the Baltic. Later in the weekend a new Atlantic jet stream will reach Spain and may promote some Sporadic-E activity to Spain early next week, moving east to support paths to Italy and Balkans midweek onwards.

This is a poor week for moonbounce, with low moon declination in the northern hemisphere and high degradation, peaking Thursday and Friday. This may be a good time to check out your antenna and receiver systems on sun noise.

This week sees one of the summer low points in terms of meteor showers. There are no substantial showers forecast, with just the low count Northern June Aquilids due around the 10th June. But there are always random meteors to enhance those quiet days.

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

 

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