GB2RS News - 14th October 2018

Oct 16 19:42 [raw]

GB2RS NEWS Sunday 14th October 2018 The news headlines: • RSGB Past President GI3KYP SK • VHF Contest Consultation Now On • Do you want to activate GB18YOTA? RSGB Past President Alexander Davidson Patterson OBE, FIEE, GI3KYP, died on October 10, 2018, peacefully, at home, surrounded by his family. Better known as Barney, he was RSGB President in 1967. Barney travelled widely during his Presidency and, among many other achievements, oversaw the purchase of 28 Little Russel Street, London, as the then-new RSGB HQ. Also holding the callsign EI4BC, he served as President of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society in 1971 and 1972, the only person ever to have held both posts. His funeral is on Monday at 1pm in Roselawn Crematorium. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. The RSGB Contest Committee has opened the 2018 edition of the RSGB VHF Contesting Consultation for comments at to help set the rules for 2019. They are specifically looking for your views around the AFS contests, FM Activity Contests, possible new MGM contests, Christmas Cumulatives, 432MHz Low Power, and the SHF UK Activity Contests, but are also really open to hearing your broader views about what’s right, and where you think things could be different. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday the 29th of October. This year the RSGB has secured the callsign GB18YOTA for the December YOTA month event. Clubs, groups, and individuals from all over the country are needed to set up stations and host the callsign over the 31 days of December. The RSGB is particularly looking for stations with a passion for running events aimed at engaging youngsters in the hobby. So, if you think your club or group is up for the exciting challenge of hosting young people and operating a Special Event Station, please see for further information and application details. For any questions, email The deadline for applications is Monday the 29th of October. This year’s Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet take place from the 19th to the 21st of October. About 1.8 million Scouts will be participating from around the world. Some 20,000 licensed amateur radio operators put 12,000 radio stations on the air. Over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of October, Hartlepool ARC will be among many station joining in. Using GB0TVS from the Hartlepool Scout Centre, Stockton Road, Hartlepool, they plan to be active on HF SSB and CW, plus VHF/UHF FM. A full programme of activities run jointly with Leaders from Tees Valley Scouts will enable local Cub Scouts to obtain the Cub Communications Activity badge. The 3rd Limerick Scout Group will also participate using the callsign EI1K. For full details of the event, see The national association of Icelandic Radio Amateurs has announced that access to the 70MHz band in Iceland has been extended to 70.250MHz. Also, applicants are now are granted a two year licence. This new frequency extension means that Icelandic radio amateurs can now make full use of the international calling frequency 70.200MHz. Access is still granted on secondary basis with a maximum bandwidth of 16kHz and a power limit of 100W. An International Space Station school contact has been planned between Alexander, KF5ONO and a school in Belgium. The event is scheduled for Tuesday the 16th of October at approximately 1204UTC. The conversation will be conducted in English and German. The contact will be a direct operated by ON4NOK and downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800MHz FM. However, plans may be disrupted by last Thursday’s failed Soyuz launch. The Isle of Wight Radio Society will be active at the Noel Turner Physics Festival on the 18th of October at Cowes Enterprise College on the Isle of Wight. The club will be explaining about the use of satellites by radio amateurs and schools supporting young people to learn about science, technology, engineering and maths, and the important part amateur radio can play in this. The club has also arranged for the FUNcube satellite, AO73, to beam a greetings message saying "Greetings to all at the Noel Turner Physics Festival Cowes Isle of Wight”. The event is open to the public from 4 to 6pm on the 18th. And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week Today, the 14th of October, the Hornsea Amateur Radio Rally will take place in The Floral Hall, Hornsea HU18 1NQ. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2, with under 14s free. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy run by the Hornsea ARC and an RSGB book stall. Hot and cold food is available in the café. More from Les, 2E0LBJ on 01377 252 393. The Holsworthy Radio Rally takes place today, at Holsworthy Community College, Victoria Hill, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6JD. There will be traders, a Bring & Buy and catering. Doors open at 10am. More information from Howard, M0MYB, by email to The Carrickfergus ARC rally will take place next Saturday, the 20th of October, at Downshire Secondary School, Downshire Road Carrickfergus. The doors open at 11am and all are welcome More details from Liz, MI6GHA by email to On the 21st, the Galashiels Radio Rally will take place at Volunteer Hall, St Johns Street, Galashiels TD13JX. Doors open at 11.15am with disabled visitors gaining access at 11am. There will be traders, a Bring & Buy, and refreshments available on site. Admission is £2.50. The British Railways ARS is holding its AGM at the Brunswick Inn in Derby on Tuesday the 23rd of October. BRARS members are invited from 11am for an informal meet and greet and chat. The formal AGM commences at 1.15pm. For details, go to and follow the link from the front page. To get your event into RadCom and GB2RS, please send details as early as possible to – we need to know at least three months in advance to get your information into RadCom. And now the DX news from 425 DX News and other sources Look for P4/NN5E and P4/NT5V to be active from Aruba, IOTA reference SA-036, until the 19th of October. They will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on the 10 to 80m bands. QSLs via Logbook of The World, or their home calls. Philippe, F1DUZ will be active as FG4KH from Guadeloupe, NA-102, from the 16th of October to the 7th of November. He will operate SSB and FT8 on the HF bands. QSL via Logbook of The World, eQSL, or to F1DUZ either direct or via the bureau. Shige, JH1GNU, Kaz, JH1HRJ and Tack, JE1SCJ will be active as ZL7X from the Chatham Islands, OC-038, from the 16th to 22nd of October. They will operate CW, SSB and FT8 on the 160 to 10m bands. More information on, search on ZL7X. QSL via Logbook of The World and eQSL; traditional cards via JA0VSH, direct or bureau, or Logsearch on Club Log. Haru, JA1XGI will be active as EA9/W1XGI from Melilla between the 16th and the 22nd of October. He will operate mainly CW and FT8 on various HF bands. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, Logbook of The World or via JA1XGI. EA1ACP, EA1DVY, EA7FTR, EB7DX, HH2JR and HH2MK will be active as 4V7R from Haiti, NA-096, between the 19th and 29th of October. They will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on the 160 to 6m bands. QSL via EB7DX. Tony, G2NF, Nigel, G3TXF, Chris, G3SVL, David, G3WGN and Mike, G3WPH will be active as VK9XG from Christmas Island, OC-002, between the 17th and 30th of October. They will operate CW, SSB, FT8 DXpedition mode and perhaps RTTY on the 160 to 10m bands with four stations. QSL via Logbook of The World, Club Log’s OQRS or via G3TXF. Now the special event news Scarborough ARS will be operating GB2YMR at Pickering War Weekend today, the 14th of October, from the North Yorks Moors Railway Station in Pickering. Operations will include some modern and military radios. A warm welcome is extended to all visitors and those they contact on the air. We are very happy to publicise your event on GB2RS, in RadCom and on the RSGB website. Please send details to as early as possible. One condition for getting a special event callsign is that the station must be open to the public, so our free publicity can help make your efforts more widely known. Now the contest news The Oceania DX CW contest ends its 24 hour run at 0800UTC today, the 14th. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz contest bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number. Today, the 14th, the IRTS 40m Counties contest runs from 1200 to 1400UTC. Using CW and SSB on the 7MHz band, the exchange is signal report and serial number, with EI and GI stations also sending their County. On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. On Wednesday the 80m Autumn Series contest runs from 1900 to 2030UTX. Using data only, the exchange is signal report and serial number. On Thursday the 70MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1900UTC, using FM only. It is immediately followed by the all-mode 70MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC. The exchange for both contests is signal report, serial number and locator. Next weekend the Worked All Germany contest runs from 1500UTC on the 20th to 1500UTC on the 21st. Using CW and SSB on the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and serial number, with German stations sending DOK as well. On Sunday the 21st the 50MHz AFS takes place from 0900 to 1300UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. The UK Microwave Group’s 24 to 76GHz contest runs from 0900 to 1700UTC on the 21st of October. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator. The RSGB’s Second RoLo contest runs from 1900 to 2030UTC on Sunday the 21st. Using CW only on the 3.5MHz band, the exchange is signal report and the rolling locator. Now the radio propagation report by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO on Friday the 11th of October. Last week was not very good for HF propagation, with the effects of an enormous solar coronal hole, and its associated high-speed solar wind, sending the K index soaring. There were, however, some upsides. The initial positive phase of a geomagnetic storm saw maximum useable frequencies rise to more than 21MHz during the afternoon and early evening of Sunday the 7th of October. These positive phases are very hard to predict, but it is always worth checking, as a rise in the solar wind speed and pressure, coupled with a southward facing Bz or interplanetary magnetic field, can be signals that something is about to happen, often before the three-hourly K index changes. The propagation charts at include near real-time output from the ACE spacecraft, which can show these effects, or go to where you’ll also find information. HF conditions this weekend may be unsettled again. Another large equatorial coronal hole is moving across as the Sun rotates and became Earth-facing on Thursday. This means we may expect unsettled geomagnetic conditions from perhaps Saturday the 13th. According to NOAA, conditions may again become unsettled on Thursday the 18th through to Saturday the 20th. Barring any surprises, we will likely see no sunspots this week, with the solar flux index hovering around 69. Unfortunately, this will probably remain the pattern for the next few months, although now we are into October we are seeing more DX available when conditions allow. Kenneth, TT8KO in Chad has been a strong CW signal on 15 metres at times, although the E6Y DXpedition on Niue in the South Pacific has proved a little more elusive for many. And now the VHF and up propagation news. This is going to be a much more autumnal week, with the best of the recent Tropo having declined by now. That leaves us with predominantly low pressure near or just to the north of the British Isles and, at times, rather windy weather, especially in the north of the country. Tropo will not be so likely next week, but there may be options for rain scatter perhaps, but we are not very convinced that this would be a major outcome. I guess it's a good time to check the antennas before the winter gales become the norm, and perhaps try your luck on the VHF/UHF frequencies in case of any short Tropo or rain-scatter events. Or why not make a winter resolution to learn Morse for the UHF and microwave bands, or perhaps set up your station for digital modes, where such QSOs can make use of bands that may be dead or marginal to voice modes. The Moon is at minimum declination tomorrow and at apogee on Wednesday so it’s a poor week for EME, with short, low-elevation passes and high losses. October continues to produce meteor showers, with the Eta Geminids, a small one, peaking on Thursday followed by the Orionids a week today. But neither are much to get excited about due to low meteor rates. And that’s all from the propagation team this week.

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