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The 92nd RSGB AGM will be held at Jurys Inn, 24 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ on Saturday the 27th of April, commencing at 12 noon. Details for the 2019 AGM appeared in the April RadCom. Arrangements have been made for Members who are unable to attend the AGM to cast their votes by proxy. […]

Also in GB2RS this week… 21 April 2019

The May RadCom includes a report that an authentic World War 2 Spy Set was recently donated to the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. We are delighted to announce that it is now on display in the reception area, providing a focal point to engage visitors’ interest from the moment they enter the […]

GB2RS Manager Ken Hatton, G3VBA, SK

Sad news next. Ken Hatton, G3VBA, the GB2RS Manager, became silent key at the end of last week. He was appointed as GB2RS Manager on 1 January 2014, taking over from Gordon Adams, G3LEQ. Ken will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

ML&S sponsors Radio Caroline

Over the Easter Weekend of 18 to 21 April 2019, Martin Lynch of ML&S is sponsoring broadcasts transmitted from Radio Caroline in memory of his old employee Graeme Platts, G4XOF, who passed away last November due to cancer. One of Graeme’s last ‘bucket list’ visits was to the ship itself arranged by Martin. The history […]

Artistic SSTV from Iceland ***Updated***

Until 29 April 2019, as part of an art installation in Iceland by Lucy Helton, KD2MFV, SSTV images will be transmitted by TF3JA. The images, appropriated from the Reykjavik Museum of Photography’s collection, are of Icelandic glaciers photographed many years ago. Amateur radio operators who receive these transmissions are being asked to print out the […]

New Syllabus tutorial slides available

The RSGB has released SDR and digital model tutorial slides (3.2MB Microsoft PowerPoint presentation) to assist tutors prepare for the new 2019 syllabus, which is expected to be used for amateur radio exams from September. The slides were first presented to tutors at the SDR and Digital Syllabus Matters meeting, held on 17 March 2019.

Work GB2DAY at Bletchley Park

GB2DAY is a special event station to celebrate and promote the opening of the Teleprinter Building at Bletchley Park, which houses a fantastic D-Day exhibition entitled Interception/Intelligence/Invasion. The new exhibition is open from Wednesday, 11 April 2019 as part of the general admission to Bletchley Park museum, located near Milton Keynes. Operating from the RSGB’s […]

New videos from the RSGB

Two new videos are now available on the RSGB YouTube channel. They are Improving Your Morse Code Skills by Ray Burlingame-Goff, G4FON and FT8 Performance Secrets by Neil Smith, G4DBN.

Special Contest Call NoV updates

In consultation with Ofcom, the RSGB has reviewed the Special Contest Calls (SCC) Notice of Variation (NoV). We are pleased to announce the following updates: • We have extended the validity of SCC NoV granted since 1 January 2019 from three to five years • Contest entries up to five years old may now be […]

Join Cricket World Cup Marathon

The RSGB is hosting an international amateur radio marathon event on the HF bands to celebrate this year’s Cricket World Cup, which is being held in England and Wales. The marathon will run from the 30 May 2019 to the 14 July 2019. The RSGB Contest Club is looking for more volunteers to help co-ordinate […]

5MHz Newsreader wanted

A vacancy has arisen for a GB2RS newsreader on the 5MHz team. Transmissions are on a rota basis, each Sunday afternoon at 1500 UTC, on 5398.5kHz USB. If you are interested, please contact the RSGB GB2RS News Service Manager, Ken Hatton, G3VBA, via email to gb2rs.manager@rsgb.org.uk. Note that a Full licence is required for 5MHz […]

Storm delays Bouvet Island DXpedition

The much-anticipated 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition has run into difficulties before having a chance to approach the island. Winds as high as 170km/h, that’s 105 mph, caused damage to their ship, the MV Atlantic Tuna, which is now heading back to Cape Town for assessment and repairs. The team is stressing that this setback represents […]

Want to shape the direction of the RSGB?

We are currently looking to a recruit a new Director to the RSGB Board. Could this role be for you? From the four vacancies we sought to fill at the 2019 AGM, two candidates have been re-elected unopposed, and a third is being offered for endorsement at the AGM. This leaves one nominated Board Director […]

NRC radio room closed to visitors on Sat 30th

On Saturday 30 March, GB3RS and the radio room at the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park will be not be available to visiting radio amateurs. This is because they will be in use for training and practical assessment purposes as part of an Arkwright Academy Foundation License event. Whilst GB3RS will still be operational, it […]

Bouvet Island DXpedition now en route

The much-anticipated 3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition is presently at sea en route to its destination. They set sail from Cape Town 19 March 2019 on board the MV Atlantic Tuna. All being well, the team expects to land at the remote Antarctic island around Tuesday, 26 March 2019 and hopes to be on the air […]

Australians set new microwave records

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) reports that new records have been set on the 47GHz and 122GHz bands. Operating 47GHz mobile, David, VK5KK and Wayne, VK5APN set a new record of 20.8km on 11 March 2019. At 122GHz, Matt, VK2DAG and David, VK2JDS set a new VK2 state record of 100m. Although this is […]

Smithsonian Institution call sign revived

Historic American call sign NN3SI is being reactivated under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution Amateur Radio Group. Although presently lacking a permanent station location and unable yet to support guest operation, the group’s president, John Weise, N4NPG, told ARRL. “This this is the start to Amateur Radio slowly coming back at the Smithsonian. We […]

Syllabus 2019 – SDR presentation to tutors

On 17 March, a Syllabus 2019 presentation on Software Defined Radio for tutors took place at Jury’s Inn, East Midlands Airport. Over 50 tutors, representing clubs from all over the country, attended the meeting and saw presentations by Alan Betts, G0HIQ and Mike Bruce, M0ITI on the essential learning and tutorial slides for Software Defined Radio. […]

Train the Trainers in Cambridgeshire

There is a Train the Trainers course being organised and hosted by Huntingdon Amateur Radio Society for 30 March 2019 in Buckden, St Neots, Cambridgeshire. For more information or to reserve a place, contact the organiser, David Howlett, via email to secretary@hunts-hams.co.uk.

RSGB AGM online voting is open

Voting is open for the RSGB 2019 AGM that takes place on 27 April 2019 in Birmingham. Members will find the Resolutions and other details in the April issue of RadCom and at rsgb.org/agm2019.

Amateur Radio Development Leader

The RSGB is looking to recruit to a voluntary leadership position in the newly-formed Amateur Radio Development Committee (ARDC). The post holder will play a key role in contributing towards meeting strategic priorities under Strategy 2022, especially Growth, Participation and Diversity. As well as leading on existing elements within the committee, the Chair will develop […]

Contact Cadets on 60m

Next weekend, 16 and 17 March 2019, Army, Navy and Air cadet units in the UK will be carrying out Exercise Blue Ham 19. Operating on the 5MHz shared band, the expected period of operation will be from 8am to 5pm both days. QSO exchange details can be found at alphacharlie.org.uk/exercise-blue-ham. Amateur operators may claim […]

DXCC Most Wanted list updated

The DXCC Most Wanted entities list has been updated on Club Log. It contains 340 entities. The top five most wanted are P5 North Korea, 3Y/B Bouvet Island, FT5/W Crozet Island, BS7H Scarborough Reef and CE0X San Felix Islands. Scarborough Reef and San Felix Islands switched places in the fourth to fifth position.

Commonwealth Contest next weekend

The Commonwealth Contest, RSGB’s longest-running contest, takes place for 24 hours over the weekend of 9 and 10 March 2019. As mentioned in Propagation News, you should not expect much propagation on the upper HF bands, but some hardy travellers will undoubtedly activate countries that don’t appear on the air every day, so make the […]

Suggest talks for RSGB 2019 Convention

Planning has begun for the RSGB 2019 Convention, which will take place from Friday, the 11th, to Sunday, 13 October 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. The organising committee would like to encourage suggestions for this year’s lectures. Please email convention@rsgb.org.uk, in particular, if you are able to suggest a […]

Ham radio artwork returns to Tate Gallery

The artwork Ten Minute Transmission, featuring the Kenwood TS-2000 transceiver and the International Space Station is again on display at the Tate Gallery in London. Made of wire and attached to the TS-2000, this sculpture receives radio signals from the ISS and transmits them into the gallery space. The title of this work, Ten Minute […]

IARU active at WRC-19 preparation

The ITU Conference Preparation Meeting for WRC-19 has been running this week and will continue into next week. Taking place in Geneva, the IARU has been present for agenda items on 50MHz, wireless power and other matters of importance to amateur radio.

Still time to enter Club of the Year

There is still time to put in an entry for the RSGB Club of the Year competition. Entries are welcome from all RSGB affiliated groups, and there is just one size category this year so the size of your club doesn’t matter. The theme is Meeting RSGB Strategy 2022. Entries must be received by 28 […]

Could you be RSGB Company Secretary?

The RSGB is looking to recruit an RSGB Member to the voluntary position of Company Secretary. The position plays a key role in the Society’s governance and provides vital support in the running of Board meetings and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). For full information on the role, please go to rsgb.org/volunteers. If you feel […]

Geostationary satellite transponder active

The geostationary amateur radio narrowband transponder on the Es’hail-2/QO-100 was made available for amateur experimental use on the afternoon of Tuesday, 12 February 2019. The 250kHz bandwidth transponder uses the 2.4GHz band for the uplink with the downlink in the 10.45GHz band and should provide communications over a wide portion of the globe. Potentially both […]

ITU emergency comms document update

The ITU has updated a key recommendation for cross border usage of Emergency Communications Equipment. The new 2019 edition of ITU Recommendation M-1637 is clearer regarding countries facilitating the use of radio equipment that may be physically brought by visiting relief personnel into the territory where there is a disaster or emergency. The recommendation is […]

Could your club host Train the Trainers?

The RSGB is in the process of organising Train the Trainers courses for this year. If your club would like to host one then please contact tec.chair@rsgb.org.uk. Further details and the list of requirements for hosting the course can be found at rsgb.org/train-the-trainers.

Cambridgeshire Train the Trainers

A Train the Trainers course is being organised and hosted by Huntingdon Amateur Radio Society for 30 March 2019. It will take place in Buckden, St Neots, Cambridgeshire. If you wish to reserve a place then please contact the organiser, David Howlett, by email to secretary@hunts-hams.co.uk. He will be able to give you further details […]

Next weekend it’s Thinking Day on the Air

Thinking Day on the Air takes place next weekend, 16 and 17 February 2019. A list of known stations is displayed on the website. Currently, as well as UK stations, Guides and Scouts are taking part from Canada, USA, and the Netherlands. Please send in station details via the website or to lizowl@gmail.com. If you […]

Membership Services currently offline

There is an issue with the security certificate on RSGB Membership Services at rsgb.org/members and the site is displaying warning messages in some browsers. Please be reassured there is no risk to your device. It appears the renewal of the security certificate has not gone ahead as scheduled, although this is an automated process. We […]

Enter RSGB Club of the Year

This year’s RSGB Club of the Year competition has just one category for entrants. As well as being open to clubs of all sizes, entries are welcome from all RSGB affiliated groups. The theme is Meeting RSGB Strategy 2022. Entries must be received by 28 February 2019, so there’s still time to put in an […]

Fifty years of news reading

Victor Gracey, GI3WEM is stepping down as one of the GB2RS newsreaders for Northern Ireland after around 50 years of news reading. The RSGB would like to thank Victor for his service to his fellow amateurs and wish him well in his retirement. The RSGB is therefore looking to finds a replacement news reader in […]

Nominate for CWops Award

CWops is now accepting nominations for the CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW. The purpose of the award is to recognise individuals, groups, or organisations that have made the greatest contribution or contributions toward advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code. Any one can make a nomination and it […]

Board and Regional nominations

There is just under one week left for RSGB Members to make nominations for the Board and Regional Representative vacancies. These roles offer a great opportunity to help the RSGB develop and to promote amateur radio. For more details see rsgb.org/nominations. Nominations close 31 January 2019.