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RSGB GB2RS NEWS BULLETIN for 14th. May 2017.

Posted on May 12th, 2017



Sunday 14th May 2017

The news headlines:

  • RSGB Strategy now online

  • KH4 and KH7K back on DXCC list

  • Latest 5MHz Newsletter available

The RSGB’s new strategy for the next five years was launched at the 2017 AGM, following a detailed consultation with the Board, Regional Council, Committee Chairs, Honorary Officers and HQ staff, as well as the wider RSGB Membership and amateur radio community. You can read the synopsis and the strategy narrative on the RSGB website via Each committee will be working to set goals for 2018 based on this new strategy and the Board will report back to Members over the next few months.

On 31 March this year, the DXCC desk announced the deletion of Midway Island and Kure Island from the DXCC entities list. After further review, the two entities, KH4 and KH7K, will return to the DXCC list as separate entities. See for full details

The latest edition of The 5MHz Newsletter is now available for free pdf download from the RSGB 5MHz page, accessible via This bumper edition includes 14 new allocations, European 60m availability, 5MHz from a ‘postage-stamp’ garden, a report on the Blue Ham 2 exercise and beacon news.

The International Amateur Radio Union has approved a proposal to admit a new representative of the radio amateurs of Belize to IARU membership. As of the 9th of May, the deadline for voting, 77 member-societies had voted in favour of admitting the Belize Amateur Radio Club, with none opposed. There were no abstentions. An affirmative votes of 55 member-societies were required for approval.

Beacon EI0SIX is now on the air from Enniskerry in County Wicklow. Its operating frequency is 50.005MHz. You should set your dial on USB to 50.004.2MHz and listen for tones using PI4 software, available free from the OZ2M website. The beacon transmit period is the first 60 seconds of every 5 minute time slot. CW is towards the end of the period.

On the evening of the 19th and 20th of May, Bletchley Park is joining Museums at Night, a UK-wide festival of late night openings in museums and galleries. Running from 5 to 9pm you can explore the grounds, codebreaking huts and Mansion house as the daylight fades, just as workers would have done during World War Two. There will be the option to join one of the special guided tours that will give you a deeper insight into the history of the Park and add to the atmosphere of the evening. See the website at for more information.

If you are lucky enough to be going to the Dayton Hamvention next weekend, take a QSL card with you. The Hamvention is borrowing a tradition from Friedrichshafen, Germany’s Ham Radio event, and there will be a QSL wall in Building 1 where visitors can tack up their QSL cards for all to see.

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

The 36th Lough Erne ARC rally takes place today, the 14th of May, at the Share Centre, Smiths Strand, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh BT92 0JZ. Doors open at 11.30am. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstand. Catering is available on site. Details from Mark Mullaney, EI4HDB, by email to

Next weekend the Dayton Hamvention takes place on the 19th to 21st at a new venue, the Greene County Fair & Exposition Center, Xenia, Dayton, USA. Doors open at 8am. There will be trade stands and a huge flea market as well as special interest groups and an RSGB bookstall. See for information.

On Saturday the 20th the Rochdale & District ARS Flea Market and Indoor Sale takes place at St Vincent de Paul's, Caldershaw Road, Norden, Rochdale OL12 7QR. Doors open at 10.30am, with disabled visitors gaining access 15 minutes earlier. Admission is £2.50, with those under 12 years free. There will be a Bring & Buy as well as commercial traders, a junk stall and amateur radio sellers. Traders can set up from 8am. There will be refreshments available including bacon and sausage butties. Details from Dave, G3RIK by email to

The Moray Firth ARS Surplus Equipment Sale takes place on Saturday the 20th at the Forces Reserve Centre, Edgar Road, Elgin IV30 6YQ. Doors open 12 noon and entry is £2 for buyers. Tables cost £3 and access is available at 10am for set up. Refreshments are available on site. A raffle will be held. Details from Victor, 2M0JVR on 01343 820 489.

The 34th Dunstable Downs RC Annual National Amateur Radio Car Boot Sale takes place at Stockwood Park, London Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 4LX in Luton on Sunday the 21st of May. Entry is £3, including car park fee. All the usual facilities will be there. See 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

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

Krish, W4VKU and Pai are planning another VU7 activity holiday style from the 15th to the 19th of May. Operating as VU2VKU and VU2PAI respectively, they will have two complete stations with KPA500 amplifiers and verticals by the beach.

Tom, KC0W will be active as 8R1/KC0W from Guyana until the 8th of June. He will operate CW only on the 40 to 10m bands. QSL via KC0W direct only and logsearch on Club Log. He does not use Logbook of The World.

Walter, DL3LBP will be on the air as DL3LBP/p from Helgoland Island, IOTA reference EU-127, until the 21st of May. QSL via DL3LBP either direct or via the bureau, Logbook of The World and eQSL.

Three operators will be active as HD2RRC/4 from Salango Island, SA-033, and as HD2RRC/p from Puna Island, SA-034 between the 21st and the 30th of May. They will mainly be on 40, 30 and 20 metres. QSL via Club Log OQRS, or via RZ3FW.

JI5RPT/1 and JI5USJ/1 will be on the air from Shikine Island, AS-008, on the 20th and 21st of May. They will operate CW, RTTY and PSK31 on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL via their home callsigns.

Now the special event news

Burton Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in Mills on the Air today, the 14th, from Claymills Pumping Station, operating as GB3NFC on 40m, 20m and 2m FM and SSB.

South Essex Amateur Radio Society will operate from Rayleigh Windmill, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7ED today, the 14th, from 10am to 4pm.

GB2SMP will be on the air today from Solihull Mill Pool, Solihull, for Mills on the Air.

Worthing and District Amateur Radio Club and High Salvington Mill Trust will be activating High Salvington Windmill for Mills on the Air 2017 under the callsign GB0HSM. The station will be operating today, when the Mill and grounds will also be opening to the visiting public.

GB5RAF will be active on Saturday the 20th of May at the Carew Cheriton Control Tower, on the site of a former RAF airfield. Members of the Pembrokeshire Radio Society will be operating HF and VHF at the Carew Cheriton Mil-Fest a festival of ex-military equipment and nostalgia, open to the public from 10.30am.

Now the contest news

Today, the 14th the 70MHz CW contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

The Worked All Britain 40m phone contest takes place today, the 14th of May, from 1000 to 1400UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and WAB square. Entries need to be with the contest manager by the 4th of June. Full details are at

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 there are three contests. The 70MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. This is followed by the 70MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC. Again the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. Also starting at 1900 but only running to 2030UTC is the 80m Club Championships. This leg is CW only and the exchange is signal report and serial number.

Next weekend the 144MHz May Contest runs from 1400 on the 20th to 1400UTC on the 21st. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number, locator and postcode.

On Sunday the 21st, the 144MHz Backpackers contest runs from 100 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 12th of May

Last week the solar surface was pretty much bare, other than a tiny speck of a sunspot at mid latitude. This sent the solar flux index down below 70 – the first time it has been there for some time. Given that it never drops much below about 66, even at sunspot minimum, this gives you an idea of how little sunspot activity there is. Luckily, the low solar flux index was coupled with better geomagnetic conditions, with the K index never worse than three and often zero.

The more settled conditions meant the ionosphere had time to recover and there was DX to be had. Dick, GU4CHY reported he worked all continents, including many strong Japanese stations, on 20m around 2030UTC on the 10th. Don’t forget that 20 metres will be staying open longer as we head into summer, and the band may even remain open late into the night by June and July.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will increase, perhaps up 80. Unfortunately, this will be accompanied by poor geomagnetic conditions at times due to the return of a recurrent coronal hole. The K index could rise to four or five midweek.

Sporadic-E may offer some respite. Don’t forget that it can affect all HF bands, not just 28MHz. Martin, MW0CND in Swansea was very loud in East Anglia last week on 40m CW during daytime on an otherwise flat band as a Sporadic-E cloud formed over the UK.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

It looks like a week of unsettled weather is coming up as we had some locally heavy rainfall at the end of last week, extending into this weekend. But as we progress through the week high pressure begins to appear, initially in the south of Britain.

As next week draws to a close, the trend in several models is for a larger high to develop west of Ireland and slowly move east to be over the country by the weekend. Therefore, there is an increasing chance of Tropo developing later in the week.

Sporadic-E deserves a mention too, since there have been some openings already and now through to August represents good hunting for those elusive QSOs on 10m, 6m, 4m and 2m. Check the beacons and clusters as usual, with late morning and late afternoon being the best times.

This is a good VHF/UHF set of options for most regions this next week, although typically the far north of Scotland does seem to be on the northern fringe of any Tropo.

Moon declination is negative all this week, so there are short moon windows for EME. Last Friday the moon was at apogee – its furthest point away from Earth – so losses are still high, but falling as the week progresses.

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