RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for January 3rd 2021.

December 31, 2020


Sunday the 3rd of January 2021

The news headlines:

  • Get on the air for Christmas continues

  • Austrians get new bands

  • Tonight @ 8 spring programme

Get on the air for Christmas continues until the 9th of January and there are still many activities you can take part in. The special construction competition encourages hardware, software or kit-based entries and in particular simple projects that other radio amateurs could try. The Christmas Hope QSO Parties are also in full swing with different modes for each day. For more details about these and special holiday nets, at

Claus, OE6CLD, the HF Manager of the Austrian National Amateur Radio Society, informs us that the Austrian regulator has granted access to the 60m and 630m bands for all CEPT Class 1 licensees. The 60m, or 5MHz changes are in line with the WRC-15 Amateur Secondary Allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5kHz at 15W EIRP. For the 630m band, it is the MF Secondary Allocation from the previous WRC-12 of 472 to 479kHz at 1W EIRP. The maximum bandwidth is per the provisions of the Austrian Amateur Licence. You can read more at

The RSGB’s Tonight @ 8 Spring programme starts on Monday the 11th of January with a webinar on amateur radio construction. Steve Hartley, G0FUW and Pete Juliano, N6QW will talk about both hardware and software construction, giving ideas on what to do, how to do it and why you should try it. For further information see the Society’s website at

RSGB HQ reopens tomorrow, at 8.30 am on the 4th of January. Staff will continue working from home. As always, information about amateur radio, exams or RadCom is on the RSGB website, The RSGB’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now the special event news

From the 1st to the 28th of January, GB4BLC will be operational from the QTH of G8GMU. The operation will take place on most bands and will include digital modes. This station is promoting the work of Lions Clubs International and amateur radio.

Now the contest news

Please remember to check before the contest for any new rules due to lockdown and social distancing, which may differ around the world. The RSGB strongly advises obeying your national and local government’s advice.

Look out for the RSGB Hope QSO Parties. There are two series, which run until the 14th of January. You can find out details at

On Tuesday the 5th of January the 144MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 1955UTC. It is immediately followed by the all-mode 144MHz UK Activity Contest from 2000 to 2230UTC. The exchange is the same for both, that’s signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the 6th of January, the UK EI Contest Club 80m contest runs from 2000 to 2100UTC. Using SSB only on the 80m band, the exchange is your 4-character locator.

On Sunday the 10th, the Datamodes AFS runs from 1300 to 1700UTC. Using the 3.5 and 7MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number.

The Worked All Britain Christmas party runs until the 6th of January. Using all modes on the amateur contest bands, the exchange is the WAB book number.

The UK Six Metre Group Winter Marathon runs until the end of January 2021. Just exchange a signal report and locator.

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