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RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for April 11th 2021.
Sunday the 11th of April 2021
The news headlines:
RSGB Patron, Silent Key
Friendship on the Air
RSGB online AGM
It is with great sadness that we heard that the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Patron, His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, died on Friday the 9th of April.
He was the RSGB’s Patron from 1952 and joined the Society on several occasions. These included special event stations, anniversary events and exhibitions. In 1988, he attended the 75th Anniversary Convention at the NEC. After touring the display of amateur equipment through the ages, he exchanged a short greetings message with Windsor Castle. His opening address was included in a special edition of GB2RS that was carried live from the NEC.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s continuing commitment to help young people to develop new skills were demonstrated through the message he sent on the occasion of YOTA 2017: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to welcome everyone who is participating in The Radio Society of Great Britain’s youth event ‘Youngsters on the Air 2017’. The skills involved in amateur radio are a valuable foundation for careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. I hope that all those taking part in this event will gain valuable experience for their chosen career. I wish all participants a very enjoyable week, and trust that the friendships formed will last long after the conclusion of the camp.”
Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the whole Royal family at this sad time.
The RSGB has launched the Friendship on the Air Award to support the radio amateur community as restrictions lift over the coming months. There will be monthly and annual awards for individuals, clubs and the highest-scoring club in each region. The points system is simply an encouragement to get on the air, represent your club and have a proper chat with radio amateurs across the airwaves. The award is part of the RSGB and NHS ‘Get on the air to care’ campaign, and links with the chosen theme of ‘Home but never alone’ for this year’s World Amateur Radio Day. To find out how to take part, visit rsgb.org/friendship-award.
The RSGB is holding its AGM online this year on Saturday the 24th of April. The event will include both the formal AGM business and a presentation by John Rogers, M0JAV on the new EMF licence regulations. If you are an RSGB Member you can submit written questions for Board Directors in advance through a form on the AGM web pages at rsgb.org/agm.
We are saying farewell to a couple of our long-standing newsreaders. Tony, G1JPV has decided to stand down and we would like to thank him for his dedication to GB2RS. We’re also saying goodbye to Colin, G3ISB/DJ0OK, a stalwart of the 40m broadcasts from Germany alongside Günter, M0DXM/DJ2XB. Thank you Colin for your work on behalf of other amateurs. We wish both Tony and Colin well for the future.
Two new GB2RS news broadcasts begin this weekend. Mick, MI0HOZ will transmit over the Brandmeister DMR network using talk group TG2354, time slot 2, at 12 noon each Sunday. The transmission is being made via five interlinked DMR repeaters in Northern Ireland. Thank you to the repeater keepers who have kindly granted permission for this. George, MM0JNL is starting a new service for the Scottish Borders and north Northumberland, from his station near Berwick-upon-Tweed. The broadcast starts at 12 noon using FM on 145.525MHz.
A reminder that Tonight @ 8 will be at 8 pm this Monday, the 12th of April. Alan, W2AEW will give an introduction to VNAs and the NanoVNA. You can watch and ask questions live on the RSGB YouTube channel. For more information about all the Tonight@8 webinars see rsgb.org/webinars.
The MicroHAMS Digital conference 2021 will be held on Saturday the 24th of April. There are plans for a section on FreeDV by Walter Holmes,
RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for April 4th 2021.
Sunday the 4th of April 2021
The news headlines:
Tonight@8 on 12th April
Vote in RSGB Elections
Free Emergency Comms Training
Tonight @ 8 in April has moved back a week and will be at 8 pm on Monday the 12th of April. Alan, W2AEW will give an introduction to VNAs and the NanoVNA. You can watch and ask questions live on the RSGB YouTube channel. For more information about all the Tonight@8 webinars see the Society’s website at rsgb.org/webinars.
Have you voted yet in the RSGB elections? You can find voting guidance and read statements from all the candidates on the RSGB website at rsgb.org/agm. Both candidates for RSGB President have also been part of an interview with Callum, M0MCX on YouTube at youtube.com/dxcommander.
A Radio Emergency Communications Training Event will take place on the 10th and 11th of April between 1600 and 2359UTC each day. Previously an in-person event in Seattle, this year it will be virtual. The event’s theme is Disasters Here, There, and Everywhere – Are We Prepared? The two days of training, talks and information on emergency communications and amateur radio are free to attend, register at commacademy.org.
The latest episode of ICQ Podcast features an in-depth interview with three senior RSGB representatives. They are Board Director John, M0JAV; Exam Standards Committee Chair Tony, G8PBH; and General Manager Steve, M1ACB. Listen to an explanation about the new EMF regulations, an update on exams, an overview of the RSGB in 2020 and a look forward to 2021. Go to rsgb.services/gb2rs/008 and the RSGB piece starts at 1 hour and 2 minutes.
Chelmsford Civic Society has a Zoom talk by Chris Neale of the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society on Wednesday the 14th of April at 7.30 pm. Entitled RDF to RADAR, my parent's contribution to Hitler’s downfall and how I came to be! it is a free event to attend. This talk highlights the roles played by two of the many hundreds of RAF personnel who helped deliver this initially primitive radar capability to a level that ensured that a German invasion was thwarted. To book a place, search for Chelmsford Civic Society and click on the Events tab.
SOS Radio Week starts at 0000UTC on the 1st of May and runs until the 31st to coincide with the RNLI’s own Mayday fundraising month. Stations are encouraged to register to become an official station. For further details of the event please visit sosradioweek.org.uk.
Now the DX news
Toni, EA5RM is in Bolivia working on a non-governmental organisation’s project until the 27th of April. In his spare time, he will operate SSB and digital modes as CP1XRM. QSL via EA5RM and Logbook of The World.
Stationed at Casey Station in Antarctica until at least November, Paul, VK2PAD is active as VK0PD in his spare time. Currently, he has a 20/40m dipole 10m above ground level and so far he has some contacts on 20m. QSL via EB7DX.
Now the Special Event news
Celebrating World Amateur Radio Day, DA21WARD will operate from the 1st of April until June. QSL via the bureau, or direct to DK5ON.
John, MW1CFN will be active as GB1004FTS from Anglesey, IOTA reference EU-005, until the 8th of April. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the HF bands, 6 and 2m. QSL via Logbook of The World or direct.
The Wireless Institute of Australia is celebrating the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force with two callsigns. VI100AF will operate until the 29th of May. It will be used by radio amateurs that are either current or veteran military personnel; some activities may be from military bases. VK100AF will be active until the 31st of August. Full details are on QRZ.com.
Now the contest news
With different part of the UK having different lockdown restrictions, please make sure you follow the appropriate rules. Several contests now accept portable entries, so please check the contest rules. Above all, please follow releva
RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for March 28th 2021.
Sunday the 28th of March 2021
The news headlines:
Ham Radio Friedrichshafen cancelled
In-person exams to resume
18th April is World Amateur Radio Day
The in-person Ham Radio international amateur radio exhibition held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, has once again been cancelled. With the Covid-19 pandemic maintaining a firm grip on world events, the venue has been forced to postpone the event until 2022. The dates for 2022 will be the 24th to 26th of June. Details of any online activities in place of this year’s event will be released nearer the time.
The RSGB remote invigilation exams have been a great success during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Society can now plan to resume exams for candidates who prefer to sit them in a club setting with in-person invigilation. The RSGB will start accepting bookings from club Examination Secretaries from the date when the Government lifts all Covid-19 restrictions in their part of the UK. The Society will release further details shortly. The online remote invigilation exams will continue in parallel. Mandatory practical assessments at Foundation level will remain suspended pending an ESC/ESRG-led review and consultation on their long-term future.
The 18th of April will be World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris. The theme for 2021 will be ‘Home but never alone’. Due to Covid-19, many gatherings and amateur radio events have been cancelled, however, amateur radio kept us connected. Listen out for special event stations around the world that will be on the air that day.
The RSGB is holding its AGM online this year on Saturday the 24th of April and will live-stream the event. You can submit written questions for Board Directors in advance through a form on the Society’s website at rsgb.services/gb2rs/007. After the formal business part of the meeting, EMC Chair John Rogers, M0JAV will give an update on Ofcom’s new EMF regulations.
In the UK, the clocks went forward one hour at 1 am today, the 28th of March. This means we are on British Summer Time. Please note that many contests and other events often state the timings in UTC or GMT, which will be one hour behind the local clock time here in the UK.
The next edition of RadCom Basics is now available. It includes articles on Using a Multimeter – both digital and analogue, tracking down sources of interference and part two of Making Small Metal Boxes. RSGB Members can read previous editions of RadCom Basics by going to rsgb.org/radcom-basics. You can also register to receive notification of subsequent issues as they become available at the same address.
At the request of the European Commission, the IARU met with representatives of the automotive industry, standards bodies and the Commission on the 25th of March. It was to review the current position on the development of an emission standard for Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles. There was a frank exchange of views and the Commission determined that further joint tests should be arranged. The IARU confirmed it was content to participate and welcomed the initiative. A further meeting will take place once the relevant tests have been completed, with a view to making progress towards an emission standard. Read the full news item at iaru-r1.org.
There is an IET webinar about Amateur Radio on the 12th of May starting at 7.30 pm. Phil Gould will give you an appreciation of amateur radio, a hobby that puts science and technology into action. You can register on the IET website at theiet.org, then go to the events tab. Registration is open to non-members as well as members of the IET.
Lee, M0RLE started a net at the beginning of the first lockdown. It is every Monday evening on GB3RF and GB3PF and usually attracts over 20 people. He has been working most of the lockdown but has kept the
RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for March 21st 2021.
Sunday the 21st of March 2021
The news headlines:
Get ready for Summer time
RSGB Youth Award
Blue Ham this weekend
In the UK, the clocks go forward one hour at 1 am next Sunday, the 28th of March. This means we will be on British Summer Time. Please note that many contests and other events often state the timings in UTC or GMT, which will be one hour behind the local clock time here in the UK.
The RSGB Youth team has created a new award, aimed at younger people but it is also open for anyone to try. Called the Radio Surfer Award, it encourages experimentation with all types of radio communications. There is a list of possible activities, each with a points value. All you have to do is get the same number of points as your age. You don’t have to be licensed to take part although having a licence will give you more options. For more information about this and the RSGB Youth Award, see rsgb.org/youth-award.
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets Exercise Blue Ham 21-1 is on the MoD 5MHz shared band this weekend. RAFAC and other MoD Cadet formations will be on air over the period of operation using SSB and data modes. The Exercise Blue Ham website is at alphacharlie.org.uk.
Voting for the RSGB elections is now open. The Calling Notice, Resolutions, candidate statements and voting process are on the Society’s website at www.rsgb.org/agm. Voting ends at 9 am on Thursday the 22nd of April. The RSGB will be holding its AGM online this year, on Saturday the 24th of April, and will live-stream the event. RSGB Members will be able to submit written questions for Board Directors in advance through a form on the AGM web pages. The election details are also in the April RadCom, which RSGB Members will have started to receive in the last few days.
The RSGB has published an update to the RSGB EMF calculator on the website at www.rsgb.org.uk/emf. This version has had the front sheet changed in response to comments and suggestions from people who have tried using it. We are grateful for all the helpful suggestions received. Further work is needed to update the frequency dependant antenna data and would appreciate volunteers to help with this exercise. It has also been updated to use the Ofcom calculator v0.1.2 published on their website. This does produce separations for frequencies less than 10MHz. We continue to work on the calculator including producing a version that works with the newer ICNIRP2020 limits.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station is once again operational, following a spacewalk on the 13th that worked on the Columbus module cabling. The Columbus amateur station, which typically uses the callsign NA1SS, is the primary ARISS amateur radio station used for school contacts and other activities.
Trowbridge & District ARC and Leyland & District Amateur Radio have shared their stories of running nets during the pandemic to support their members. You can read about them on the RSGB’s ‘Get on the air to care’ clubs and groups web page, rsgb.services/gb2rs/006
Now the DX news
Mats, RM2D will be active holiday style as 8Q7MS from the Maldives, IOTA reference AS-013, from the 28th of March to the 10th of April. He will operate CW with some SSB, mainly on the 40 to 15m bands. QSL via Logbook of The World, or EA5GL.
Barring Covid-related restrictions, Janusz, SP9FIH will be active as TO1K from Saint Martin, NA-105, between the 22nd of March and the 5th of April. QSL via Club Log’s OQRS, or via his home call.
Now the Special Event news
John, MW1CFN will be active as GB1004FTS from Anglesey, EU-005, between the 25th of March and the 8th of April. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the HF bands, 6 and 2m. QSL via Logbook of The World or direct. The special callsign celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force’s No 4 Flying Training School, which opened on the 1st of April 1921.
GB2VAX will be
RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for March 14th 2021.
Sunday the 14th of March 2021
The news headlines:
New Ofcom EMF guidance
Direct to Full – respond NOW
Blue Ham next weekend
Ofcom has just published specific advice to amateurs about the new EMF Licence condition. It is based around an FAQ type of document. It attempts to address common questions that Ofcom and the RSGB have been asked since the original announcement on the 1st of March. It contains some worked examples to help to understand. Go to ofcom.org.uk/emf. The RSGB will continue to publish advice through the EMF pages at rsgb.org/emf.
You have just a few hours left to share your views in the RSGB’s Direct Entry to Full licence consultation. The background, draft syllabus and the link to the survey are on the Society’s website at rsgb.org/direct-to-full. The survey closes at midnight tonight, the 14th.
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets will conduct Exercise Blue Ham 21-1 on the MoD 5MHz shared band over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of March. RAFAC and other MoD Cadet formations will be on air over the period of operation using SSB and data modes. The Exercise Blue Ham website can be found at alphacharlie.org.uk.
CQ magazine has introduced a contest category to enable a multi-operator team entry during the Covid-19 pandemic. This new category will be permanent, not just for the duration of the pandemic. Basically, the Multi-Distributed category allows up to six single operators, each in a different location within the same country, to form a team. Each station uses the same callsign but must operate on different bands. Scores are added together. Ofcom has confirmed that operating a club station in different locations using the same callsign simultaneously by club members is permissible. Only club members who hold a Full Licence in their own right may operate the club stations. Please read the rules at CQWPX.com. The next such contest is the CQ World Wide SSB contest on the 27th and 28th of March.
Although 2020 brought devastation across the world, the RSGB rose to the challenge of supporting radio amateurs both in the UK and around the world. It also provided new ways for people to get started in, or come back to, amateur radio. The March RadCom included an article that looked back at this great amateur radio success story. You can read the feature and see the striking infographic on the RSGB website at https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/rsgb-notices/2021/03/07/2020-a-year-in-numbers/
As part of the RSGB’s continuing Get on the air to care campaign with the NHS, and to link with British Science Week, the Society has launched a series of videos. Whether you’re a new Foundation, Intermediate or Full licence holder, the six videos will introduce you to some useful practical skills to help you make the most of your licence. Take a look at rsgb.org/practical-skills.
Amateur radio operators are invited to take part in a free emergency communications training weekend. Taking place on the 10th and 11th of April, this virtual event will involve video presentations, including Q&A sessions, by communications and emergency response experts. To find out more, go to commacademy.org.
The RSGB is delighted that more than 3,000 people have now passed their Foundation licence via the remote invigilation exam process. Congratulations to them – and welcome to everyone who has become a radio amateur over the last year. The RSGB provides a range of resources to support new licensees, so take a look at rsgb.org/beyond-exams.
Now the DX news
Bodo, HB9EWU expects to be active as 9J2BG while spending one year on a humanitarian mission at the St Paul's Mission General Hospital in Kashikishi, northern Zambia. QSL via his home call either direct or via the bureau. Please note that requests will be processed in 2022 when he is back home.
Philippe, F1DUZ will be active as FG4KH from Guadeloupe, IOTA reference NA-102, fr
RSGB GB2RS News Bulletin for March 7th 2020.
Sunday the 7th of March 2021
The news headlines:
350 days of Covid-19 net
Ofcom EMF Notification news
NHS lauds Get on the air to care
On Thursday the 4th of March, Hambleton ARS passed the 350th consecutive day of a daily net on 2m. It started on day one of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown. Its aim was to keep members and amateurs in the area in touch and able to summon help or assistance if required. The net starts at 11 am on the calling frequency and usually moves to S18 if clear. The net is now looking forward to a full year of operating, which occurs on the 18th of March. All amateurs are invited to join and topics are wide and varied. So far, over 70 different stations have called in. A Cabin Fever award is available for any station taking part. It’s issued by Tim, G0TYM via email, see QRZ.com for details.
On the 1st of March, Ofcom published a General Notification on their website that proposes to vary all amateur radio licences. It requires licensees to comply with the ICNIRP general public limits of EMF. Licensees have until the 18th of April to make any representations to Ofcom. They have also informed us that they are contacting all licensees, either via email or letter, to make them aware of this process. More information on the variation process and EMF conditions can be found on both the Ofcom website at ofcom.org.uk/emf, or the RSGB website at rsgb.org/emf.
A report about the hugely successful RSGB and NHS 'Get on the air to care' campaign has been publicised in a blog on the NHS Networks website this week. The RSGB has committed to keeping 'Get on the air to care' running as long as the restrictions exist. The aim is to support radio amateurs and to share the benefits of amateur radio with the general public. The Society is about to launch several new initiatives and resources as part of the campaign. Look out for announcements shortly. To read the NHS Networks blog, use the link from the RSGB website at rsgb.services/gb2rs/005.
Have you given your views in the RSGB’s consultation on a proposed new, Direct to Full licence exam? Over 1,000 people have responded already so make sure your voice is heard by completing the Society’s survey. The consultation closes on Sunday the 14th of March. The background to this consultation as well as links to the proposed syllabus and the survey are on the RSGB website at rsgb.org/direct-to-full.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is inviting eight members of the public to join him on a trip around the Moon. The journey, planned for 2023, will be the first civilian mission to the Moon, not to mention the first human visit for over 50 years. According to his website, dearmoon.earth, anyone can apply, and the trip will be financed entirely by Maezawa. There is no word about whether amateur radio operation will be possible on the flight, but it is an interesting possibility.
Sadly, another rally has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Dartmoor Radio Rally, planned for Monday the 3rd of May Bank Holiday, will not take place this year.
US Army researchers have built a so-called quantum sensor. It can analyse the full RF spectrum and real-world signals, a report on Physics.org says. The quantum sensor can sample the RF spectrum from 0 to 20GHz and is able to detect AM and FM radio signals, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other RF communication protocols. The peer-reviewed Physical Review Applied published the researchers’ findings.
Now the DX news
Bill, K9HZ Dan, W0CN and Kyle, WA4PGM will be active from St Lucia operating as J68HZ, CN and PG respectively. They will be there until the 11th of March. QSL via Logbook of The World or direct to home callsigns.
Andy, DK5ON is in Curaçao until the 23rd of March. He plans to operate SSB, CW and digital modes on the 80 to 6m bands as PJ2/DK5ON. QSL via Logbook of The World, Club Log's OQRS,
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It's really good that a volunteer is prepared to make up for the limitations of the RSGB, who don't really care that their previous provision was broken when they "improved" their web site. OK, so there's a spelling mistake in the word bulletin but at least the news is there for those who can't hear it over the air.
Very good podcast. Is a reading of the weekly RSGB news GB2RS but in podcast format for those who can't listen to the station on the air