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Three balloons go up on Thursday

fre, 15/06/2018 - 16:29
Three high altitude balloon launches will take place from a site in Welshpool on Thursday, 21 June 2018, conditions permitting. Starting between 10.30 and 11.30am, the balloons will have a number of experiments on board to look at various aspects of space flight. Involving a number of schools in the north west, the launches are […]

70MHz experimental NoVs now easier

fre, 15/06/2018 - 16:24
Following agreement with Ofcom, the RSGB is pleased to announce that a new much faster online process is now available for all Full Licensees to access the 70.5-71.5MHz experimental band. Applications can now be made online for a new, annually-renewable Notice of Variation. It works in a similar way to the 146-147MHz NoV. This replaces […]

RBN adds FT8 spots

fre, 15/06/2018 - 16:18
The Reverse Beacon Network is beta-testing a separate Telnet feed for FT8 spots. You can find it at telnet.reversebeacon.net port 7001. This is in addition to the existing feed on port 7000, which has been re-purposed as CW-only. Also, Aggregator version five has been developed as a beta that can handle FT8 spots received from WSJT-X. […]

WRC-19 preparations underway

fre, 15/06/2018 - 16:06
Preparations for the next World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) have continued over the past few weeks with meetings at ITU in Geneva and CEPT Project Team D in Estonia. Volunteers from IARU and member societies have been engaged on two key agenda items of interest to amateur radio; regarding a potential 50MHz allocation for Region […]

Upcoming satellite launches

fre, 15/06/2018 - 16:05
The Chinese amateur satellite organisation, CAMSAT, has released more details about their satellites planned for launch later this year. CAS-5A will carry two HF and two VHF-UHF transponders. CAS-6 will include a CW telemetry beacon on VHF, a 20kHz wide UHF-VHF linear transponder and AX.25 4.8k baud GMSK telemetry. Meanwhile, two Russian CubeSats will be […]

DX News – 17 June 2018

fre, 15/06/2018 - 15:39
John, W5JON will be operating as V47JA from St Kitts, IOTA reference NA-104, from 22 June. Active on 160 to 6m, including 5MHz, he will be using SSB. QSL to home call or Logbook of the World. The Cayman Islands, NA-016 play host to Lawrence, K8HTC operating as ZF2LT on HF from 18 to 24 June. QSL […]

Special Events News – 17 June 2018

fre, 15/06/2018 - 15:34
Many stations are active around the world this weekend, and next weekend, for Museums on the Air. Some UK examples include GB4CTM from Coventry Transport Museum, GB1MSM from Manston Spitfire Museum and GB2RRM at Ramsey Rural Museum. Well over 50 stations have registered to take part. Next Sunday, Shoreham Coast Watch special event station GB1SCW […]

Contest News – 17 June 2018

fre, 15/06/2018 - 15:26
The All Asian DX contest finishes its 48 hour run at 2359UTC this Sunday. This CW-only event uses all the HF contest bands from 1.8 to 30MHz and the exchange is serial number plus the operator’s age. This Sunday is busy on 6m, with the WAB 6m Phone contest running from 0800UTC to 1400UTC. Using […]

Propagation News – 17 June 2018

fre, 15/06/2018 - 15:22
It was more of the same last week with virtually zero sunspots, but some sporadic E to keep us amused on HF. We say virtually zero sunspots as a group had just appeared over the sun’s limb, pushing the sunspot number to 16 as the time of writing. This represents 10 for the single group […]

News for England Midlands – 17 June 2018

fre, 15/06/2018 - 15:17
We start with news from clubs that have several events this week. Lincoln Short Wave Club is running GB4CTM from Coventry Transport Museum as part of Museums on the Air Weekend this Sunday. Monday sees an open net from 8pm on 145.375MHz FM and or 7.16MHz ± QRM SSB and on Thursday there’s an open […]

The role of the Regional Team

tor, 14/06/2018 - 17:11
The majority of RSGB work is conducted by volunteers, coordinated by a recently refocused Volunteer Leadership Team (VLT). The VLT comprises Regional Representatives elected by Members in their regions, Committee Chairs, Honorary Officers, senior HQ staff and the Board. The 13 Regional Representatives (RRs) are elected by local members to represent those Members’ views in […]

The RSGB Board – stronger strategy links and responsibilities

tor, 14/06/2018 - 17:10
The RSGB’s Strategy 2022 has been in place for a year now and is already affecting various aspects of what we do. With major changes to the Board we now have three new Directors, including a new Chair, and we also have a new President. There has also been a major rethinking of the Volunteer […]

South Africans get 100kHz on 60m

fre, 08/06/2018 - 17:37
The South African regulator, ICASA, recently published their 2018 National Radio Frequency Plan. In this, amateur radio was allocated 100kHz on a shared basis in the 60 metre band. 5.350 to 5.450MHz is now available to all licensed radio amateurs on a shared, non-interference basis, with a power limit of 15W EIRP. The South African […]

UK prepares for WRC-19

fre, 08/06/2018 - 17:25
As the next World Radio Conference approaches in 2019, Ofcom has launched a consultation regarding its positions and priorities on a range of agenda items. These include next generation 5G wireless broadband and Wi-Fi, small satellites, amateur radio at 50MHz and wireless power transfer. The Society’s response will be coordinated by the RSGB Spectrum Forum, […]

New HEMA Activity Day award

fre, 08/06/2018 - 17:23
A new, and some might say oddly named, SOTA-like awards programme has been launched to encourage chasing and activating a subtly different kind of summit. HEMA—HuMPs Excluding Marilyns Award—is for summits or hilltops that have a prominence between 100 and 150 metres. The HEMA Activity Day is Saturday, 16 June 2018. Most activity will take […]

GB2RS News Script for 10 June 2018

fre, 08/06/2018 - 17:14
Please click the link below to download this week’s news script GB2RS News Script for 10 June 2018

Also in GB2RS this week…

fre, 08/06/2018 - 17:11
The Chelsea Pensioners Radio Club, with permanent special event call sign GB4CP, will be— on the air on the 12th, 19th and 26th of June from 4pm to 6pm. They will mainly be setting up chats on 2m FM, but also on 20m where possible. Visits may now be arranged, in advance only, which will […]

Rallies and Events News – 10 June 2018

fre, 08/06/2018 - 16:56
This Sunday, the 10th, sees the East Suffolk Wireless Revival, also known as the Ipswich Radio Rally, at Kirton Recreation Ground, Back Road, Kirton IP10 0PW. The site is just off the A14 and there is free car parking. Doors open at 9.30am and entry is £2. There will be trade stands, car boot sale, bring-and-buy, […]

DX News – 10 June 2018

fre, 08/06/2018 - 16:53
MD/ON6KX is on the air from the Isle of Man, IOTA reference EU-116, marking the TT Races. He will also be activating Snaefell, GD-001. See QRZ.com for more information. Pasi, OH3WS will be active as OJ0W from Market Reef, EU-053, until the 16th He will operate on HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his […]

Special Events News – 10 June 2018

fre, 08/06/2018 - 16:51
Next weekend sees Museums on the Air, with somewhere in the region of 50 stations active in the UK and around the world. A list of registered stations can be found at www.radio-amateur-events.org/IMW/stations.htm and examples include GB4GLM from Gloucester Life Museum, GB2MOF from the Museum of Flight, East Fortune, GB3PIT at the Lancashire mining Museum […]