Sunday 23rd April 2017
The news headlines:
International Girls in ICT Day
Volunteers sought for Scottish event
G4DDK to speak at the Dayton Hamvention
International Girls in ICT Day takes place on the 27th of April. It is an opportunity for girls and young women to see and experience technology in a whole new light. The initiative, backed by all ITU Member States, aims to create a global environment that encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies. Check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ITUGirlsInICT to see if any events are taking place near you.
CQScotland.com will be coordinating a group kit building event and Micro:Bit showcase for young persons at Braehead Arena, Glasgow G51 4BN on the 7th of May. A group of volunteers will guide the building of a simple electronic project or BBC Micro:Bit Morse code transceiver. Parents or guardians with young persons wanting to join in the fun, should register their initial interest at the CQScotland.com website. Radio amateurs, electronics enthusiasts or fans of the BBC Micro:Bit are invited to join the Volunteer Team. You will help guide a young person to successfully complete their electronic project in about an hour. Please register your initial interest at CQScotland.com This initiative is supported by the Radio Society of Great Britain and the Micro:Bit Educational Foundation.
Sam Jewell, G4DDK, winner of the 2016 RSGB Construction Competition, has been invited to speak at the Dayton Hamvention in May, He will be talking about transverters at the VHF Forum.
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact is planned for a school in France on the 27th at approximately 0852UTC. The radio contact will be operated by F8KGY. Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800MHz narrowband FM. HamTV will be activated and video will be visible at www.batc.tv/iss/
York Radio Club has taken over management of the GB3HG Repeater. Output is 145.625MHz with the input at -600kHz and a CTCSS of 88.5Hz. The new repeater keeper is Arthur, G8IMZ who can be contacted via the York Radio Club website at www.yorkradioclub.uk The group would like to thank Harrogate Repeater Group for all their hard work with this repeater in the past.
In 2017, the Youth Contesting Program of IARU Region 1 will continue. Youth members from IARU Region 1 member societies are invited to take part in a contest from so called ‘Top-Gun’ stations. These young amateurs will learn how to operate the contest station, improve their contest skills and will aim for the best results together as a team. A youngster will probably be coming for the first time to the host country and will get the chance to experience this country and share amateur radio knowledge with local youngsters. See the IARU Region 1 YOTA website at www.ham-yota.com
SOTA operators have planned their next Europe to North America Summit to Summit, activity for Saturday 13th of May between 1200 and 1800UTC. Likely bands are 20m and 17m CW and SSB. Alerts of which summits are expected to be activated and real time spotting will be available at sotawatch.org nearer to the date.
ANZAC Day takes place on the 25th of April. Amongst events taking place that day an AM and CW event organised by VK4MIK and the Tablelands Radio Group of Far North Queensland will be on the air to honour service personnel from Australia and New Zealand in earlier wars and those serving today. It will include the Gnarly Net on 3600kHz with CW from 1930UTC and AM from 2030UTC and the Friendly Afternoon Net on 7120kHz from 0600UTC in Northern Queensland.
And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
Today, the 23rd, the Ripon Radio Rally takes place at Hugh Ripley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2PT. Doors open to stallholders at 7.30am and to the general public at 10am. Entry is £2 on the door, under 16s are free. Enquiries can be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also today, the 23rd, the Yeovil QRP Convention will be held in Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA. There are disabled facilities at this venue. The doors will be open between 9.30am and 3pm. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, RSGB bookstall and stands for RSARS and RAFARS. A programme of talks will take place on the day. Refreshments are available on site. Details from Bob Harris by email to email@example.com
The Andover Radio Amateur Club Spring Boot Sale takes place today, the 23rd of April, at Wildhern Village Hall, Tangley, Andover SP11 0JE. Doors open from 10am to 4pm, with disabled visitors gaining access earlier. Admittance is £2. There are tables in the hall and outside pitches. Hot food and drinks will be available. Contact Paul, G4KZY on 07775 738 200.
Next Sunday, the 30th, The Cambridge Repeater Group Rally will be held at the Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Foxton, Cambridge, Cambs CB22 6RN. Doors open at 9.30am with traders gaining access from 7.30am. Entry is £2. There will be a talk in station and car parking is free on site. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, car boot area and RSGB bookstall. The usual burger van will be in attendance. Contact Lawrence M0LCM on 0794 197 2724.
Also on the 30th, the West London Radio and Electronics Show will take place at Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 5AQ. There will be a talk in station and on site car parking is free. Doors open at 10am with disabled visitors gaining access 10 minutes earlier. There will be trade stations, a Bring & Buy and special interest groups. Other attractions are lectures, a raffle and catering on site. Details from Paul, M0CJX on 0845 165 0351.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club is away on another IOTA trip, this time to the Isle Of Mull, EU-008, until the 28th of April. They will be operating as GS0NWM on the 10 to 80m bands using most modes with four HF stations. In addition they will have a VHF/UHF station. Full details of the trip are already on QRZ.COM
Following a successful trip to Lundy last year, three members of the Virtual Amateur Radio club of North Kent are off again on another IOTA DX trip, this time to Holy Island, EU-124. They will operate as MC0VRC from the 30th of April to the 6th of May. They will be running on all open bands with SSB, Data and CW. Details are on QRZ.com.
JP7MBO will activate XV9G from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam until the 9th of May. Operation will be mainly 40 and 20m with a possibility of 15m.
A group of operators will be on the air as A25UK from the 25th of April to the 5th of May. Activity will be on the 10 to 160m bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via M0OXO.
Ari, OH3KAV will be operating as OF0KA from the 22nd to the 27th of April. Activity will be holiday style on the 10 to 80m bands using CW, JT9 and JT65. He may also try to be active on 60m. QSL to his home callsign.
Now the special event news
GB0STG and GB4STG will be on air today, the 23rd, for St George's Day. See www.PhoenixARC.org.uk for more details
A group of Essex Hams will once again be operating a special-event station for St. George's Day today, the 23rd of April. Operations will be from Galleywood Common near Chelmsford using the callsign GB1STG.
Now the contest news
The 23rd SP DX RTTY contest ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 23rd. Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands the exchange is signal report and serial number with SP stations sending their Province code too.
The UK/EI DX CW contest also ends its 24 hour run at 1200UTC today, the 23rd. Using all HF contest bands except 160m, there are 24 hour and 12 hour sections. UK and Irish stations send a 2 letter district code as part of their exchange. These are multipliers for the rest of the world. Full details at www.ukeicc.com
The UK Microwave Group 2nd Low Band contest runs from 1000 to 1600UTC today, the 23rd, on the 1.3 to 3.4GHz bands. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
Also today, the 23rd, the BARTG Sprint 75 will take place from 1700 to 2100UTC. Using RTTY on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands the exchange is just your serial number.
On Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes on the 2.3GHz and up bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
On Wednesday the UK EI Counties Contest runs from 2000 to 2100UTC on the 80m band. Using CW only the exchange is your 4 character locator.
On Thursday, the 80m Club Championships RTTY leg takes place from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using PSK only the exchange is signal report and serial number.
Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 21st April.
HF propagation last week was good in parts. There were days when even 20 metres seemed almost devoid of signals. But others when the band really shone. For example, for well-equipped stations 3D2AG on Rotuma Island near Fiji was workable on both CW and RTTY at times on twenty metres. This was remarkable considering the signals go right over the North Pole and geomagnetic conditions were often unsettled.
Solar matter from a coronal hole pushed the K index up to 5 on Wednesday, and again up to six on Thursday. This did impact HF and conditions were lacklustre on Thursday morning with all the bands being poor.
Next week, NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be in the mid eighties, thanks mainly to returning sunspot number 2651. This has already been responsible for solar flares and coronal mass ejections and we have no reason to believe this won’t continue. This, coupled with recurring coronal holes, means NOAA predicts very unsettled geomagnetic conditions through to the end of next week, with only next weekend showing some signs of a reprieve.
We don’t really expect maximum usable frequencies to rise much above 14MHz, and even that might be a struggle at times. There is always the chance of pre-auroral enhancements in amongst the mayhem, so keep an eye on HF.
And now the VHF and up propagation news.
We had a prolonged spell of high pressure over the last week, although not necessarily a major Tropo event. There were some modest enhancements at times, so it is worth checking the VHF and UHF bands nonetheless.
This coming week is looking broadly similar on the charts, but there are signs that with the main high being displaced to the west of the UK for much of the time, many parts will be under the influence of a cool northerly flow from around Tuesday on. This could mean that the bulk of the week is more notable for some April shower activity, wintry in the north, but with a risk of some hail or thunder in eastern areas.
So, it feels like there will be the opportunity for rain scatter on the Gigahertz bands rather than a week of tropo openings.
But wait, there is more!
We are getting very close to the start of the Sporadic-E season, and a check of the beacon bands on 10m and 6m could pay dividends, especially in the late morning and late afternoon/early evening.
This week sees the new moon on the 26th and moon perigee, or closest approach, on the 27th. Path degradation will be low and the moon will be relatively high in the sky from the UK. This may be a good opportunity to give EME a try even with a relatively small system. However, it is a mainly daytime pass so many people will be at work.
The Lyrids meteor shower activity should have peaked on the night of the 22nd, so we will now see a gradual reduction in rates through the 25th.
And that’s all from the propagation team this week.