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GB2RS NEWS Sunday 25th March 2012
Sunday 25th March 2012
The news headlines:
* AROS Coordinator appointments
* Questions for the RSGB AGM
* British Legion Special Event
Following the vacancy advertised in RadCom and the RSGB website, Keith
Bassett, G7NBU has been appointed as the new AROS Coordinator. Mario
Brashill, G2DPA has been appointed as a deputy. Together they bring
significant experience and skill to the Amateur Radio Observation
Service with its broad challenges of investigating matters that might
bring the amateur services into disrepute, The Board would like to
thank the other candidates who applied for the position and also John
Rogers, M0JAV for his temporary role in managing AROS whilst the
vacancy was filled.
For those unable to attend the RSGB AGM on 21 April in Bedford, it is
now possible to table a question for the meeting. Whether you would
like to ask a question at the AGM or the afternoon discussion session
you can now submit the question online. The questions will be tabled,
subject to available time, and you will receive a personal reply after
the AGM. To place your question, go to www.rsgb.org and click on the
appropriate heading under RSGB Articles and Statements. If you are able
to attend and wish to stay for lunch, you can also register an interest
The British Legion was founded on 1 July 1921 and members of South
Derbyshire and Ashby Woulds Amateur Radio Group are planning a special
event station to mark the event. They are looking for other amateur
radio groups to join in. Any club that is interested should contact
Jacqui, 2E0JQY by e-mail to .
On 9 March the RSGB learnt that Bluefin, also known as Amateur Radio
Insurance Services, was leaving the amateur radio insurance market. The
RSGB has no direct involvement with amateur radio insurance and this
announcement was unexpected. The RSGB is aware that other brokers are
interested in offering amateur radio insurance and hopes that an
announcement on a new insurance provider might be made by 31 March when
Bluefin ceases to take on new business. Any developments will be
announced on the RSGB website www.rsgb.org.
The Hermes SDR project that was detailed in RadCom in May 2010 by Phil
Harman, VK6APH and Steve Ireland, VK6VZ is one step closer to fruition.
There is now an interest list so that the number of boards to be
manufactured can be determined. Hermes is a Direct-Down Conversion
receiver, a Direct-Up-Conversion 500mW transmitter and a gigabit
Ethernet interface all on one board. Also on board is an RF-quiet
switch- mode power supply, which allows Hermes to run from a single
13.8V DC source. You can register your interest at www.hansdr.com.
1 And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
Spring Militaria & Electronics & Radio Amateur Hangar Sale will he held
today, 25 March, at the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich,
Cheshire, CW5 8AL. Doors open at 10am and there will be, civil,
military & vintage radio equipment, vehicle spares & more. Contact Rod
Siebert, 01270 623 353.
The Devon & Cornwall HAMFEST also takes place today, 25 March, at The
Engine House, Compton Park, Callington PL17 8EA. There will be trade
stands and special interest groups. Compton Park is a peaceful, simple
unspoilt site formerly the site of an old Cornish tin mine, with the
old Cornish steam engine house and the Engine House Tea Rooms. More
information from Dereck, M0YDW, via e-mail to
The Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club Annual Rally will take place on 1
April at The Share Holiday Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh BT92 0EQ.
Doors open at 11.30am. There will be trade stands and a Bring & Buy.
Details from Iain on 02866 326 693.
Also on 1 April the South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Rally will be
held in the Scout Activity Centre, Woodhouse Park, Almondsbury, Bristol
BS32 4LX. Doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands as well as a
Bring & Buy. Talk in is on S22. More details from Stan Goodwin, G0RYM
on 07833 517 370.
Now for the news of special events
The Medway Amateur Receiving & Transmitting Society will be on air from
Tuesday 27 March to Saturday 31 March activating Fort Amherst in
Chatham Kent. This is part of their 90th birthday celebrations and they
will be using special callsign GB5MW. More details can be found at
www.cashota.co.uk or www.g5mw.org.uk/.
And now the HF DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
Hartwig, DL7BC will operate as TO7BC from the Indian Ocean island of
Mayotte until 6 April. QSLs go via his home callsign.
An international team will activate the callsign E51M from the North
Cook Islands from 28 March to 10 April. They will operate on all bands,
6 to 160m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. The QSL manager is DJ8NK.
Kevin, 2E0WMG/P, will be active in SSB on 10 to 80m from Lundy Island,
which is Worked All Britain square SS14, from 27 to 31 March. QSL via
his home callsign either via the bureau or direct.
Retu, OH4MDY will be active as XV2RZ from Vietnam until 16 April. He
says that this time he will pay special attention to digital modes. QSL
via his home callsign, direct only.
Nine operators from the Verona DX Team will be active from the
Franciscan mission at Cumura, Guinea- Bissau until 6 April. The
operation will concentrate on 144MHz EME using the callsign J52EME, but
a couple of stations will be active on 10 to 80 metres using the
callsign J52HF. There will also be 6m activity. HF activity will
concentrate on RTTY and CW. QSL via I3LDP, direct or via the bureau.
2 Now the contest news
This weekend is the SSB leg of CQWW WPX. The 48 hour contest finishes
at 2359UTC today, 25 March. Everybody works everybody exchanging a
report and serial number. Expect the contesting bands to be congested
and some pretty large serial numbers to be exchanged across the 1.8 to
28MHz bands. The 50MHz UK Activity Contest takes place on 27 March from
2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal
report, serial number and locator.
Also on 27 March the SHF UK Activity Contest take place from 2000 to
2230UTC. Using all modes on the 2.3 to 10GHz bands, the exchange is
signal report, serial number and locator.
At 90 minutes in duration it may be a short contest, but make no
mistake, the 1st RoPoCo contest on 1 April is quite challenging. The
maximum permitted power is 100 watts with no QRP or high power
categories and the basic format is that in your first QSO you send your
full postcode and for all subsequent QSOs you send the postcode you
received in your previous QSO. If you receive a postcode that you know
is erroneous, for example a corrupted version of your own postcode,
record it as received and give it to your next QSO partner as is.
Provided you are not the person to introduce an error, you'll get
points for the QSO, because it is the accuracy of the exchange that is
important. This all takes place on the 3.5MHz bands from 1900 to
Activity on 70MHz continues to grow with the 1st 70MHz contest taking
place on 1 April from 0900 to 1200UTC. Last year 156 stations took part
from six different call areas. It's a race to accumulate as many
kilometres worked as possible, with no multipliers. Using all modes the
exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
And now the solar factual data for the period from Friday the 16th to
the 22nd of March, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on Friday the 23rd of
This week was much quieter than recent weeks. Most of the sunspots
groups visible were small and mostly quiet. However, some groups did
produce several C class solar flares and on the 17th an impulsive M1
solar flare took place which had very little effect on propagation.
Solar flux levels varied little and averaged 101 units. The 90 day
solar flux average on the 22nd was 122, that's three units down on last
week. X-ray flux levels for the period averaged B2.1 units with very
little daily variation. Geomagnetic activity started at `active' levels
with an Ap index of 21 and 22 units on the 16th and the 17th
respectively. Activity then declined to quiet levels for the remainder
of the period. The average was Ap 11 units. Solar wind speeds declined
from 720 kilometres per second on the 17th to 360 by the 22nd. Particle
densities were low throughout the period. Bz during the disturbance
varied between minus and plus 7 nanoTeslas and on the quieter day
between minus and plus 3 nanoTeslas. MUFs tended to fall short of
expectations during the past week. For seasonal reasons north-south HF
paths held up reasonably well but east-west paths were relatively poor.
And finally the solar forecast. During the second half of the week the
return of old region 1429 which produced 14 M class and 2 X class solar
flares on its last rotation is expected to rotate into view. Solar
activity is expected to be low to moderate at first but could then
increase to higher levels later in the week. Solar flux levels should
increase from around the 110 mark to into the 130's by next weekend.
3 activity is expected to be mostly quiet but a slight increase around
midweek could take place due to a small coronal hole. Any Earth
directed coronal mass ejections would increase activity. MUFs during
daylight hours at equal latitudes should be about 26MHz for the south
and 23MHz for the north. Darkness hour lows should be around 9MHz.
Paths this week to the Middle East should have a maximum usable
frequency with a 50 per cent success rate of about 25MHz. The optimum
working frequency with a 90 per cent success rate will be around 20MHz.
The best time to try this path will be between 1000 and 1600 hours.
And that's all for this week from the propagation team. 73 de Neil,
Next, the Local News:
Please note that details of all RSGB-affiliated clubs and societies
can be found on the RSGB website, including email addresses
and website links where known.
[Note to Newsreaders: Please read the local news items appropriate to
the service area of your
NEWS FOR THE MIDLANDS On Sunday 25 March Lincoln Short-Wave Club is
taking part in the CQ World Wide WPX Contest All Day. For more
information contact Pam Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356.
On Sunday 25 March Worcester Radio Amateurs Association is taking part
in the CQ WW PX contest. Details from Rich Moles, M0UVA, via email to
On Monday 26 March Friskney & East Lincolnshire Communications Club is
having a net on 144.165MHz at 7pm. Details on 0755 4362 020.
On Monday 26 March Gloucester Amateur Radio & Electronics Society is
holding a construction competition. Contact Anne, 2E1GKY, on 01452 548
On Monday 26 March Leicester Radio Society is showing an RSGB video
called Winning on the Hill. Details from John, G0IJM, on 07939 121 132.
On Monday 26 March South Birmingham Radio Society is holding an aerial
inspection and repairs evening. Contact Don, on 01214 581 603.
On Monday 26 March Stratford Upon Avon District Radio Society is having
a talk on transceiver remote control by Jon, G4URH. Contact G0CHO, on
01608 664 488.
On Tuesday 27 March Derby & District Amateur Radio Society is on the
air. Contact Richard Buckby, by email to .
On Tuesday 27 March Friskney & East Lincolnshire Communications Club is
having a VHF SSTV at 7.30pm. Details on 0755 4362 020.
On Tuesday 27 March Lincoln Short-Wave Club is taking part in the 50MHz
UK Activity Contest in the shack. For more information contact Pam
Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356.
On Tuesday 27 March Loughborough & District Amateur Radio Club is
having a practical evening. More information from Chris, G1ETZ, on
01509 504 319.
On Tuesday 27 March Worcester Radio Amateurs Association has a project
night planned. Details from Rich Moles, M0UVA, via email to
5 On Tuesday 27 March Wythall Radio Club is having a talk by Barry,
M0DGQ on A Beginner's Guide to Valves. Details from Chris, G0EYO, on
07710 412 819.
On Wednesday 28 March Friskney & East Lincolnshire Communications Club
is having a net for M3 and M6 operators on GB3FR at 7.30pm. Details on
0755 4362 020.
On Wednesday 28 March Lincoln Short-Wave Club has a talk by Keith,
G8BBP on RF Lightening Protection. For more information contact Pam
Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356.
On Wednesday 28 March Midland Amateur Radio Society is planning the
spring and summer socials. Training classes will also take place.
Details from Norman, G8BHE, on 07808 078 003.
On Wednesday 28 March Telford & District Amateur Radio Society is
holding its AGM. Contact Mike, G3JKX, on 01952 299 677.
On Thursday 29 March Friskney & East Lincolnshire Communications Club
is having a NA1SS contact day. Details on 0755 4362 020.
On Thursday 29 March Lincoln Short-Wave Club is holding a simplex net
on 145.375MHz. For more information contact Pam Rose, G4STO, on 01427
On Thursday 29 March Salop Amateur Radio Society is having a natter
night. Details on the club website at www.salop-ars.org.uk.
On Thursday 29 March South Birmingham Radio Society is holding training
classes with Dave Murphy, G8OWL. Contact Don, on 01214 581 603.
On Friday 30 March Coventry Amateur Radio Society is having a Project
2012 construction night. Contact John, G8SEQ, on 07958 777 363.
On Friday 20 March Friskney & East Lincolnshire Communications Club is
having a net on Gb3FR at 8pm. Details on 0755 4362 020.
On Friday 30 March Hucknall Rolls Royce Amateur Radio Club is having a
talk and demonstration of ARDF map reading. More information from Dave
Wilde, G1YAI, on 0845 4639 640.
On Friday 30 March South Birmingham Radio Society is having a
construction evening. Contact Don, on 01214 581 603.
On Saturday 31 March Lincoln Short-Wave Club is in the shack. For more
information contact Pam Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356.
NEWS FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
On Sunday 25 March Hambleton Amateur Radio Society is having a talk on
valves by Tony, G8FLV. More information from Tony Wilson, G3MAE, on
01609 881 530.
On Monday 26 March Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club is on the air.
Contact Nancy Bone, G7UUR, on 01914 770 036.
On Monday 26 March Sheffield Amateur Radio Club is holding its Annual
General Meeting & Review of Past Year. More information from Peter Day,
G3PHO, by email to .
On Monday 26 March Thornton Cleveleys Amateur Radio Society is having a
talk on Safety in the Shack by G8RDP. More information from J
Duddington, G4BFH, on 01253 853 554.
On Tuesday 27 March Chester & District Radio Society Radio is holding
an operating evening. Contact Bruce Sutherland, M0CVP, on 01244 343
On Tuesday 27 March Morecambe Bay Amateur Radio Society is holding a
junk sale. Contact Sheila, on 07867 516 836.
On Wednesday 28 March Denby Dale Radio Club is having a night on the
air. Details from Richard, M0RBG, on 07976 220 126.
On Wednesday 28 March Durham and District Amateur Radio Society is
having an operating evening. Contact David, M0BPM on 0191 3888113
On Wednesday 28 March Hornsea Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on
the fear of flying by M0GAP. Contact Gordon MacNaught, G3WOV, on 01377
On Wednesday 28 March Mid-Cheshire Amateur Radio Society is looking at
setting up HF antennas. Contact Peter Paul Fox, G8HAV, on 01606 553
On Wednesday 28 March Wirral & District Amateur Radio Club is having a
talk on Antennas the Army Way by John Langdon. G0KKO. Details from
Simon, G6XHF on 0151 601 3269.
On Thursday 29 March Wakefield & District Radio Society is holding a
social evening and night on the air from the club shack. Contact Ken,
2E0SSQ, on 07900 563 117.
On Friday 30 March East Cleveland Amateur Radio Club is having a radio
components catalogues evening. For more information contact Alistair,
G4OLK, on 01642 475 671.
On Friday 30 March Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club is holding a Bring &
Buy for good quality junk. Contact Bob, M6KLO, by email to
On Saturday 31 March Wakefield & District Radio Society is holding a
Foundation exam at 2pm. Contact Dr David Lockwood, G4CLI, on 07748 221
NEWS FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
RAOTA, the Radio Amateur Old Timers Association, is looking for more
members and will have a stand at the Lough Erne Rally on Sunday 1
April. RAOTA seeks to keep alive the pioneer spirit and traditions of
the past in today's amateur radio. Its friendly local gatherings and
nets on the bands, the hundred issues to-date of its quarterly journal,
OT News and RAOTA's other publications make an important, historic and
technical treasure of amateur radio lore that remains pertinent today.
NEWS FOR SCOTLAND
On Tuesday 27 March Livingston & District Amateur Radio Society is
having a club evening. Details from Norman, GM1CNH, on 07740 946 192.
On Wednesday 28 March Glenrothes & District Radio Club is having a
round-table discussion involving members' radio-experiences and raising
radio problems. Details from Laurie, MM0LJA, via email to
On Wednesday 28 March Lothians Radio Society is having a talk on
homebrew microwave construction by Dr. John Cooke GM8OTI. Contact Andy
Sinclair, by email to .
On Thursday 29 March Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society is On the Air as
well as a Morse class. Contact Fred Gordon, MM0ODL, on 01975 651 365.
On Thursday 29 March Paisley Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on
rigging by 2M0BZZ. Contact Bill Anderson, 2M0BZZ, on 01505 613 633.
NEWS FOR THE SOUTH EAST and EAST ANGLIA Advance news from The Lymington
Community Centre Radio Club. An Intermediate training course will be
starting at the Lyminton Community Centre, New Street, Lymington SO41
9BQ on Wednesday 18 April at 7pm. For further information please
contact Keith Cromar, G8MZF by e-mail to .
On Sunday 25 March Bromley & District Amateur Radio Society continues
its Foundation course. Details from Andy, G4WGZ, on 01689 878 089.
On Monday 26 March Bedford and District Amateur Radio Club is holding a
club net on GB3BF from 8.30pm. Details from Bob Leask, G3XNG, by email
On Monday 26 March Maidstone YMCA Amateur Radio Society is having a
training and discussion evening. More information from Howard Vicary,
G0RJN, by email to .
8 On Monday 26 March Norfolk Amateur Radio Club is holding a club net
from 7.30pm on GB3NB, everyone is welcome. Details from Chris Danby,
G0DWV, on 01603 898 678.
On Tuesday 27 March Bedford and District Amateur Radio Club is having a
wireless workshop on making an antenna. Details from Bob Leask, G3XNG,
by email to .
On Tuesday 27 March Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society is in the shack.
For more information contact Steve, on 01424 720 815.
On Tuesday 27 March Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society is holding a club
net from 8.30pm. Contact Martyn, G1EFL, on 01245 469 008.
On Tuesday 27 March Dorking & District Radio Society is having a talk
on the Aspects of valve audio amplifiers design and performance by
Keith Thrower. Contact Garth, G3NPC, on 01737 359 472.
On Tuesday 27 March Harwell Amateur Radio Society is having a shack
activity night Details from Malcolm, G8NRP on 01235 524 844.
On Tuesday 27 March Home Counties ATV Group is having a talk on the
Analogue to Digital Television switchover at Crystal Palace by Noel
G8GTZ. Details from Pete, G8FRC on 01189 695697.
On Wednesday 28 March Chesham & District Amateur Radio Society Club is
having a setup and demonstration of the FT-726. More details from
Terry, G0VFW, on 01442 831 491.
On Wednesday 28 March Hastings Electronics and Radio Club is holding a
talk on The Talking Newspaper by Graham, G4NTB. Details from Gordon, on
01424 431 909.
On Wednesday 28 March Havering & District Amateur Radio Club is having
an informal evening. More information from John, M0UKD, on 07890 222
On Wednesday 28 March Newbury & District Amateur Radio Society Radio
has a presentation on the 2012 Olympics by Tom Grady, G6IGA. Contact
Rob, G4LMW, on 01635 862 737.
On Wednesday 28 March Norfolk Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on
T32C and the story of Christmas Island and the biggest ham radio
expedition in history by Michael Wells, G7VJR. Details from Chris
Danby, G0DWV, on 01603 898 678.
On Thursday 29 March Bedford and District Amateur Radio Club is holding
a club net on GB3BF from 8.30pm. Details from Bob Leask, G3XNG, by
email to .
On Thursday 29 March Bredhurst Receiving and Transmitting Society is
holding a club night. Details from Andrew, M6AAE, on 07403 325 075.
On Thursday 29 March Lowestoft & District PYE Amateur Radio Club is
having a club night at the shack. Details from Lee, 2E1LJL, on 01502
On Thursday 29 March Shefford & District Amateur Radio Society is
watching a video on The Secrets Of Bletchley Park. Details from John
Burnett, M6JBU, on 07860 804 793.
On Friday 30 March Fort Purbrook Amateur Radio Club is having a RAYNET
presentation by Mark Elbourn, 2E0EFA. Details from Mick Ponsford, M0GWD
on 02392 366699
9 On Friday 30 March Wimbledon & District Amateur Radio Society is
having a talk entitled Our Visit to Namibia by Jim, G4WYJ. Contact
Andrew Maish, G4ADM, on 02083 353 434.
NEWS FOR THE SOUTH WEST On Monday 26 March Bristol RSGB Group is having
a talk by Roger Davis, G3IUZ on 60 years in and out of radio. Details
from Robin, G3TKF, on 01225 420 442.
On Monday 26 March Exeter Amateur Radio Society is having a club night
at the Moose Centre. Contact Nick, 2E0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.
On Monday 26 March Weston Super Mare Radio Society is holding a Morse
class. Details from Paul, G3SDH, on 01761 221 206.
On Wednesday 28 March Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio
is planning the club rally with Stan, G0RYM. Contact Tony, G0WMB, on
01454 417 048.
On Thursday 29 March South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is having a South
Gloucestershire rally briefing. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on
07838 695 471.
On Thursday 29 March Swindon & District Amateur Radio Club is holding
an activity night. Contact Den, M0ACM, on 07810 317 750.
On Friday 30 March Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a
presentation night. Entry is by ticket only. For more information
contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to .
NEWS FOR WALES On Thursday 29 March Aberystwyth & District Amateur
Radio Society is having a club night on the Air on 145.500 then
145.550. Details from Ray, GW7AGG, on 01970 611 853.
On Friday 30 March Newport Amateur Radio Society is closed for school
holidays. More information from Ross Clare, GW3NWS, on 01633 880 146.
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