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Subj: RSGB Main News  - 13 Jan 2019
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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 13th January 2019

The news headlines:

* Volunteers invited for National Radio Centre
* IARU Region 1 consolidates project groups
* RSGB Board and Regional Representative nominations open

With over 55,000 visitors to the RSGB's National Radio Centre at 
Bletchley Park in 2018, we are looking to recruit new volunteers to 
engage with the public and give radio demonstrations. If you're 
interested in becoming an NRC volunteer you should be passionate 
about meeting people, feel confident explaining the hobby, as well as 
operating the NRC's radio station, GB3RS. You should be a licensed 
amateur, an RSGB Member and be prepared to work a minimum of one 
(preferably two) days per month. You will be joining a team of 
enthusiastic, friendly and dedicated volunteers and full training 
will be given. Travel expenses are paid to volunteers living within 
reasonable travelling distance and NRC volunteers enjoy numerous 
benefits associated with volunteering at Bletchley Park. Please email<at> for further information.

At the IARU Region 1 General Conference in Landshut in 2017, it was 
agreed to create three project groups to address issues of the future 
direction and growth in amateur radio across the Region. These groups 
have undertaken some of the planned work, but because of other 
commitments of the project leaders, progress has not been as rapid as 
the IARU Region 1 had hoped. It was decided to bring the three 
project groups together under a single project manager. Mark Jones, 
G0MGX, has agreed to take this role. Mark is already deeply involved 
in ‘future and growth' issues in RSGB, where he is a Board Member. 
Mark can be contacted via email to mark.g0mgx.r1<at> We 
wish Mark every success in this key role.

RSGB Members are reminded that nominations are open for RSGB Board 
and Regional Representatives. Details are in the January RadCom and 
on the RSGB website via These roles offer a 
good opportunity to help the RSGB develop and to promote amateur 
radio. Nominations close on the 31st of January.
[Note to Newsreaders: the full URL is]

In America, the FCC is not processing any US amateur radio 
applications as the partial government shutdown approaches its fourth 
week. For radio amateurs, the shutdown means that while the Universal 
Licensing System continues to accept applications for all valid 
purposes, the FCC will not review or act upon them until the funding 
stalemate is resolved. Newcomers who have passed the required 
examinations will have to wait until the shutdown concludes to 
receive a callsign and authorisation to operate. License upgrades are 
also on hold. 

Please note that the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park 
will be closed for a private event on Tuesday the 15th of January. 
Outside of this, volunteers look forward to welcoming visitors seven 
days a week, especially RSGB Members, who can download a free entry 
voucher for Bletchley Park from the RSGB website.

On the 27th of December a Soyuz launch deployed two German 
satellites, D-Star ONE – Sparrow and D-Star ONE – iSat. The 
beacons have been successfully received from both satellites, which 
each carry a D-Star repeater. They uplink on 437.325MHz and downlink 
on 435.525MHz. The December Soyuz flight also deployed the UWE-4 1U 
CubeSat carrying a 70cm AX.25 digipeater, with an uplink/downlink 
frequency of 437.375MHz. AMSAT Germany has reported that in-orbit 
testing of the P4-A amateur radio transponders on Es'hail-2 has begun 
but amateurs should not attempt to transmit on the Es'hail-2 uplink. 
When all in-orbit testing has been successfully completed, the 
satellite will be moved to its final orbital position at 26° East 
and availability announcements will be made.

Club Log's latest Most Wanted List, generated on the 28th of 
December, can be found at 
The information is derived from the half-billion or so QSOs uploaded 
to Club Log and available for analysis. To improve quality, only QSOs 
that have QSLs confirmed are considered to be worked. The most wanted 
charts are rebuilt once per month, on average.

And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week 

The next rally in the diary is on the Horncastle Amateur Radio and 
Electronics rally on the 27th of January. It takes place at the 
Horncastle Youth Centre, Cagthorpe Buildings, Willow Row, Harncastle 
LN9 6DZ. Doors open at 10am.

Advance notice now of the CW Boot Camp, which will be run by the GMDX 
Group. It takes place on Sunday the 10th of March at Stirling & 
District ARS, Unit 68, Bandeath Industrial Estate, Throsk FK7 7NP. 
This event is open to all however places are limited, so it is 
important that you pre-register your interest by email to 

To get your event into RadCom, onto GB2RS and on the RSGB website, 
please send details as early as possible to radcom<at> – 
we need to know about four months in advance for RadCom. 

And now the DX news from 425 DX News and other sources

A group of operators will be active as H33J from Volcan in the 
Chiriqui Province of Panama, between the 13th and the 31st of 
January. They will operate CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on the 160 to 10m 
bands, with a focus on the low bands FT8. QSL via Logbook of The 
World, Club Log's OQRS or via JA1HGY.

Jean-Pierre, F6ITD will be active as FG/F6ITD from La Desirade 
Island, IOTA NA-102, in Guadeloupe from the 14th of January to the 
13th of March. Activity will be on the 80 to 6m bands using CW, SSB 
and various digital modes. He will also be active as TO7D in various 
contests. QSL direct to his home call.

Willy, KB8YRX will be on the air as 8P9CA from Barbados between the 
15th of January and the 4th of February. Activity will be focused on 
20m and FT8. QSL to his home call.

Gerhard, OE3GEA will be on the air as HC8GET from Santa Cruz, 
Isabela, and San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Islands from the 
13th to the 25th of January. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL to 
his home callsign.

Now the special event news 

Worthing & District ARC will be running a special event station to 
commemorate its 70th anniversary. This will be on the weekend of the 
19th and 20th of January, using callsign GB5WOR. The station will be 
on the air on all HF bands, possibly 2m and 70cm. Further details 
from the club website,

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Sweden's National Society for the 
Active Visually Impaired will be active as SF50CG throughout 2019. 

Please send special event details to radcom<at>, as early 
as possible, for free publicity on GB2RS, in RadCom and online. 
Remember that UK special event stations must be open to the public, 
so our free publicity can help make your efforts more widely known. 

Now the contest news

Today, the 13th, the Datamodes AFS contest runs from 1300 to 1700UTC. 
Using data only on the 3.5 and 7MHz bands, the exchange is signal 
report and serial number.

On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest runs from 2000 to 2230UTC. 
Thursday sees the 70MHz UK Activity Contest, also from 2000 to 
2230UTC. Both use all modes on the respective band and the exchange 
is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Saturday the 19th the SSB AFS contest runs from 1300 to 1700UTC. 
Using the 3.5 and 7MHz bands only, the exchange is signal report and 
serial number.

Also on Saturday the 19th, the Worked All Britain 1.8MHz Phone 
contest runs from 1900 to 2300UTC. The exchange is signal report, 
serial number and the WAB square.

The UK Six Metre Group Marathon continues until the 31st of January. 
Using all modes on the 50MHz band, the exchange is signal report and 

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO 
on Friday the 9th of January. 

This week saw relatively-settled HF conditions after the effects of a 
geomagnetic storm that impacted Earth at the weekend had passed. The 
Kp index was mostly around one or two thanks to a reduced solar wind. 
A small solar coronal hole did become Earth-facing on Wednesday the 
9th, but its effects, if any, won't be felt until around Friday the 
11th. The sun's disk remained spotless, with the solar flux index 
around 71-72. 

The site shows that daytime critical frequencies 
remain around 3.5-5MHz, although there have been some high spots 
where it has hit more than 6MHz. These can spark short-term 
long-range HF propagation at maximum usable frequencies of more than 
18MHz, so it is worth keeping an eye on the higher bands. Otherwise, 
the upper bands have been fairly lacklustre with mostly contacts 
around Europe, as can be expected at this point in the sunspot cycle.

Next week NOAA has the solar flux remaining around 70 with settled 
geomagnetic conditions, other than around the 16th when the K index 
may rise to four due to recurrent coronal hole activity.

A check with the new animation facility at shows that the 
upper HF bands currently favour one-hop contacts into Southern Europe 
with occasional openings to North Africa. Forty metres should be open 
to Europe both day and night with the possibility of some weaker 
longer paths opening up around sunset and after dark.

Eighty metres remains a good evening and night-time band, but make 
the most of it now as the nights are starting to get shorter.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The weekend started with a residual high pressure area, by now 
displaced to the southwest of Britain. This means that the bulk of 
the country is under a weaker ridge. This will obviously favour the 
western side of the country, which is closest to the high, for any 
Tropo activity.

As the week progresses, the high weakens further and the pattern 
becomes more like a showery north-westerly with little chance of 
Tropo and rather more breeze, especially over the north and down the 
eastern side of the country. This type of weather can produce an 
opportunity for rain scatter on the Gigahertz bands as big reflective 
shower clouds drift past the coasts.

We are in the quiet period of the year for meteor activity with few 
major showers until April. There are, though, always opportunities 
for random meteor scatter contacts peaking around dawn when the earth 
is rotating towards the main orbital flux of meteoric particles.

Lunar declination is positive again, so moon windows will lengthen as 
the week progresses, and path losses will fall. Early in the week, 
moonrise will be around lunchtime, and getting later over the coming 

And that's all from the propagation team this week.

And that's the end of the main news for this week prepared by the
Radio Society of Great Britain.  Items for inclusion in subsequent
bulletins can be emailed to  radcom<at> to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.

Our thanks to Andy G4TNU for providing this RSGB feed.
-- g4apl@gb7cip.#32.gbr.euro

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