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GB2RS Main News for Sunday the 9th of August 2020

The news headlines:

* Remote Invigilation helps hundreds
* Check RSGB news online
* Could you write for children?

The RSGB remote invigilation exams continue to help hundreds of 
people join the world of amateur radio and progress to the 
Intermediate licence level. From youngsters who have decided to learn 
a new skill whilst being off school during lockdown to older people 
who have overcome their fear of exams, they have wanted to share 
their stories in the hope of inspiring others to take the plunge! You 
can read some of these on the RSGB's website at 
www.rsgb.org/gota2c-licensee-stories.

This is a really busy time for amateur radio and the Radio Society of 
Great Britain is supporting members and non-members alike during 
these changing times. Remember that you can see the RSGB's main news 
on its website, and its RSGB Notices page in particular. Check there 
for updates to the Board, Volunteer Leadership Team and Regional Team 
as well as news about ‘Get on the air to care', new initiatives and 
activities, exams and the syllabus, support and general services. 
It's all at www.rsgb.org. 

Have you ever written a book for children in the 11-13 age range? The 
RSGB is looking for an author of a book aimed at Key Stage 3 school 
children. This is intended to be an appropriately illustrated 
technical book, so experience of working with an illustrator will be 
very useful. We already have a suitable manuscript for the topic but 
it needs to be re-written for the intended audience. If you have 
relevant experience writing for young people we'd like to hear from 
you. Send details of yourself and your experience to 
authors<at>rsgb.org.uk. 

The RSGB has released two more 2019 Convention presentations to its 
YouTube channel. In I can hear it, why won't it decode?, Neil Smith, 
G4DBN explains choosing the best digital mode for Tropo DX at VHF and 
above. He also investigates multipath, scintillation, scatter modes 
and radio characteristics on signal coherence and decodability. In 
the second presentation, 122GHz and up, well-known microwaver Chris 
Whitmarsh, G0FDZ covers the challenges and equipment used on the 122, 
134, 241GHz and higher bands. To see both of these presentations go 
to the RSGB YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/theRSGB.

The vintage SAQ Alexanderson alternator in Grimeton, Sweden, 
conducted its transmissions on 17.2kHz on the 5th of July as part of 
SAQ Alexanderson Day. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the transmitter 
hall was empty except for the five members of the Alexander 
Association who would make the transmissions. Visitors were directed 
towards the Visitor Centre. The planned two transmissions took place 
at 0900UTC and at 1200UTC and were livestreamed to their YouTube 
channel. They have received 630 unique listener reports from all over 
the world – a new record for SAQ Anderson Day. For QSL information, 
see www.alexander.n.se. 

The Youth Working Group within the IARU Region 1 created a new 
programme called YOTA Online. In these monthly gatherings a team of 
active youngsters have presented different topics, while answering 
questions from the youth community. You can see the previous 
broadcasts at www.youtube.com/hamyota.


Now the special event news

Since the change of regulations applying to special event stations in 
the UK, many activations are now able to go ahead. UK amateurs would 
like to thank Ofcom for their help in making this happen.

Fort Purbrook ARC will put GB1PF on the air from member's homes 
between the 14th and 17th of August. They will operate using CW, SSB 
and data across the HF/VHF/UHF bands. More information on QRZ.com.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the RSGB has organised 
a VJ Day amateur radio marathon on the HF bands and 6m using SSB, CW 
and digital modes. Three special UK callsigns GB75PEACE, GB1945PE, 
GB1945PJ will be on the air from the 1st to the 31st of August. The 
special stations have their own QRZ.com pages with details of the 
activation schedule. Full details of the radio marathon and the five 
awards are on the Society's radio marathon web page, 
www.rsgb.org/ve-vj-marathon.

August sees two GB80 Special Event Stations on the air to mark the 
critical role that radar played in the Battle of Britain 80 years 
ago. GB80BRS will be operated to commemorate Bawdsey Radar Station in 
Suffolk, where radar was developed in the late 1930s and was the 
location of the world's first operational radar station. Activity 
will be on 80 to 10m using SSB, CW and FT8. GB80CH will be operated 
from Chelmsford in Essex, which has the most complete surviving radar 
tower from the Battle of Britain. The BAE Systems Great Baddow 
Amateur Radio, club with amateur colleagues in local clubs, will be 
operating across the HF and 6m bands.


And now the DX news

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Korea on the 
15th of August 1945, members of the Korean Amateur Radio League will 
be active as HL75V until the end of August. QSL via 6K0MF.

Commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli during 
World War I, special event stations TC3GP and TC3GS will be active 
until the 23rd of August. QSLs via YM3KCN.


Now the contest news

Please remember to check before the events for new rules due to 
lockdown and social distancing, which may differ around the world. 
The RSGB strongly advises obeying your own government's advice first 
and foremost.

The WAE DX CW contest ends its 48 hour run at 2359UTC today, the 9th. 
Using the 3.5 to 28MHz contest bands, European stations work 
non-Europeans only. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

Today, the 9th, it's the 5th 70MHz Cumulative contest from 1400 to 
1600UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator. 

On Tuesday the 432MHz FM Activity Contest runs from 1800 to 1855UTC. 
It is followed by the all mode 432MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 
to 2130UTC. The exchange is the same from both contests, signal 
report, serial number and locator.

On Thursday it's the 50MHz UK Activity Contest from 1900 to 2130UTC. 
Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and 
locator.


Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO 
on Friday the 7th of August.

The week started with a geomagnetic disturbance caused by a 
high-speed stream from a coronal hole, which moved past the Earth at 
a speed in excess of 500 kilometres per second. This was not 
predicted by NOAA, but it was from a long coronal hole limb that 
stretched towards the solar equator. It pushed the Kp index to four 
in the early hours of Monday, causing a depletion of the F2 layer 
that impacted HF for much of the morning. MUFs over a 3,000km path 
struggled to get up to 14MHz until 0930hrs. Meanwhile, we are seeing 
some more activity on the sunspot front. A new Cycle 25 region 
numbered 2770 rotated into view, pushing the sunspot number to 13 and 
the solar flux index to 73. While this isn't too exciting, it is 
another step in the right direction. This sunspot region has been 
emitting a lot of B-class solar flares and we expect that to 
continue. Next week, NOAA predicts that the solar flux index will 
return to 69-71 with a maximum Kp index of two. At the time of 
writing, there were no coronal holes looking to threaten Earth.

The Sporadic-E season is now well past its peak, but there is always 
hope for openings on 10m, especially with high-efficiency modes like 
FT8. We expect daytime F2-layer MUFs to peak above 14MHz, with 
occasional openings on 18MHz. Night-time MUFS over a 3,000km path 
should remain above 10MHz after paths on 20m close at around 2200hrs.


And now the VHF and up propagation news.

The VHF highlight next week is the annual Perseids meteor shower, 
peaking on the 12th with a huge ZHR of 100. This is the big 
opportunity to try meteor scatter on digimodes, with a very good 
chance of results. Read up on the procedures, bands and modes before 
you dive in, to avoid disappointment. 

It's a mixed selection of propagation weather this week. The south 
and east had some Tropo options last week and will do again into 
early next week, with a particularly strong indication from northern 
Britain across the North Sea at the end of this weekend.  It also 
looks likely that a developing ridge from high pressure over the 
Atlantic will give a return of Tropo potential at the end of the 
week, especially in the north and west. In between these two Tropo 
periods the weather is essentially unsettled, with a tendency to 
produce slow-moving areas of showers. It's quite likely that some 
will be heavy and thundery. This bodes well for GHz rain scatter 
opportunities, especially from the heavier showers. 

It's still worth a shout out for Sporadic-E, which is not over yet, 
although events are harder to find using CW or SSB. It's not looking 
like a good set of jet stream charts, so as we said earlier FT8 is a 
good first place to look.

Moon declination is positive and rising this week so peak Moon 
elevations and visibility windows will follow suit. Combined with 
falling path losses, it's an improving week for EME. 144MHz sky noise 
is low, peaking on Friday at 500K.  


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>rsgb.org.uk to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.



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