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. […]

The IARU represented in Turkey

The IARU was represented in Turkey, where committee SE24 on Short Range Devices met to undertake further work concerning Wireless Power Transmission, or WPT. SE24 is considering both WPT for electric vehicles and also generic WPT applications. The IARU has made extensive input on the potential impact on radio communications from spurious emissions from WPT […]

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 […]

DX News – 21 April 2019

Max, DK1MAX will operate as XT2MAX from Burkina Faso until the 25th of April. He will be on CW and FT8. Please note that he will not be issuing paper QSLs. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of the World. Anders, SM0HPL is on the air from Kampala, Uganda until the 27th of April. He […]

Special Events News – 21 April 2019

Special callsigns 4Z64EURO, 4X64S, 4X64O, 4X64N and 4X64G will be active from the 18th of April to the 18th of May for the 64th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel between the 14th and 18th of May. QSL via Logbook of The World and eQSL. Certificates will be available for […]

Contest News – 21 April 2019

This weekend the First Machine Generated Mode Contest ends its 24 hour run at 1400UTC today, the 21st. Using MGM on the 50 and 144MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and four-character locator. On Monday the IRTS 70cm Counties Contest runs from 1200 to 1300UTC. It is immediately followed by the IRTS 2m Counties […]

Rallies and Events News – 21 April 2019

There are no rallies in the diary for the Easter weekend. On the 28th of April the Northern Amateur Radio Societies Association Exhibition will take place at the Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre, Blackpool FY2 9AA. There will be a talk-in station and plenty of car parking. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy, […]


On Monday Llanelli Amateur Radio Society is closed for the bank holiday. Details from Steve Williams, MW6CCG, on 0787 849 4337. On Wednesday Cardiff University Amateur Radio Society has its regular shack night. Contact Derek, MW0LNA, via email to officers@cardiffars.org.uk. On Thursday Aberystwyth & District Amateur Radio Society has a club net, beginning on 145.500MHz […]


Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society has shack activity nights today, Wednesday and next Sunday. Details from Sue, M0PSZ, via email to info@frars.co.uk. On Monday Weston Super Mare Radio Society has a club night. Contact M0JOG, on 0750 066 8674/ On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club has an open house and on air night. Contact […]

Peter Smith, G4JNU, 23 December 2018

Peter Smith, G4JNU died aged 81 on December 23rd 2018. He was a very skilled electrical engineer and a fine mechanical engineer as well. Peter grew up in an engineering household in Reading.  Peter’s father was a machine workshop instructor with the REME at Arborfield and Peter was proud that, with a lathe and other […]

Owen Garriott, W5LFL, 15 April 2019

Owen Garriott, W5LFL, the US astronaut who operated the world’s first amateur radio station from Space was reported a Silent Key on Twitter, Monday April 15; according to his family, he passed away at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88 years old.     Press release from Johnson Space Center, Houston (lightly edited): […]

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 […]

Special Events News – 14 April 2019

A special event station to commemorate the Battle of Culloden will be on the air on 16 and 17 April from the Highland Astronomical Society, Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Inverness IV2 5EU. Using the call sign GB0BOC, the station will be on the air from 9am to 8pm. GB0GKA, operated by Tony, G3ZRJ, and GB0GKB, […]

DX News – 14 April 2019

Mart, DL6UAA will be on the air as OH0UA from the Aland Islands, IOTA reference EU-002, until 19 April. He will operate on CW and digital and QSLs go via his home call sign. Chris, VK3FY and Dindo, DU1UD will be active as 4E8T from Tawi Tawi Island, OC-174, from 19 to 23 April. They […]

Rallies and Events News – 14 April 2019

We have been asked to clarify definitively that the Andover Rally is on 28 April and NOT on the 18th, as has been reported incorrectly by some non-RSGB sources. This Sunday, the 14th, the West London Radio and Electronics Show will take place at Kempton Park Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5AQ. A talk-in […]

ElectroJumble at TNMOC

The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park will be holding its first-ever ElectroJumble on Sunday, 21 April 2019. Over the years they have accumulated many pieces of electronic apparatus and components that are surplus to requirements. Items for sale include test equipment, military items, domestic radios, telecommunication equipment and vintage components. More details […]

News for England South-East – 14 April 2019

We start with advance info that Marsham ARS will start its next Intermediate course on Sunday, 19 May. If you would like to join the course, or for more information, contact Steve, M0SSR on 07581 305 310. Note that you must have passed the Foundation before you can take the Intermediate exam. The club meets […]

News for England North – 14 April 2019

We start with clubs that have several events this week. Central Lancs Amateur Radio Club has nets this Sunday and next Sunday on 1.940MHz LSB from 11am and then around 70.450MHz from 8pm. Details from Peter, G3UCA, via email to g3uca@blueyonder.co.uk. Denby Dale Radio Club has its net via GB3HD from 10.30am this Sunday, plus […]

News for Scotland – 14 April 2014

West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society has its FM contest this Sunday. Wednesday sees a Solder Group meeting and there’s no meeting on Friday. Contact Jack, GM4COX, via tinyurl.com/wosars. On Monday Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio Club has an operating evening. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192. On Tuesday Inverness and District Amateur Radio […]

News for England South-West – 14 April 2019

Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society has a shack activity night today, Wednesday and next Sunday. Details from Sue, M0PSZ, via email to info@frars.co.uk. On Monday Weston-super-Mare Radio Society has its main meeting. Contact M0JOG, on 0750 066 8674. On Thursday Cornish Radio Amateur Club is having a social evening. Details from Steve, G7VOH, on 01209 […]

News for Wales – 14 April 2019

On Monday Dragon Amateur Radio Club is having a talk by Peter, GW4UWD Marconi in Wales. More information from John Pritchard, MW0JWP, on 0751 503 1025. On Monday Llanelli Amateur Radio Society is having a DVD night. Contact Steve Williams, MW6CCG, on 0787 849 4337. On Wednesday Cardiff University Amateur Radio Society has its regular […]

Ken Hatton, G3VBA, 5th April 2019

Ken Hatton, G3VBA became Silent Key on 5 April 2019. He became GB2RS Manager in January 2014 and dealt with the paperwork for volunteer newsreaders. He became interested in amateur radio as a schoolboy and had been licensed for 53 years. A member of Warrington ARC, he served as their secretary for a number of […]

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.

DX News – 7 April 2019

John, W5JON will be on the Caribbean island of St Kitts, IOTA reference NA-104, throughout April. He will activate his V47JA callsign on all bands from 160 to 6m on SSB and FT8. QSL directly to his home call. A group of Dutch operators will sign HB0/homecall from Liechtenstein until the 13th of April. The […]

Rallies and Events News – 7 April 2019

Today, the 7th, the Cambridge Repeater Group Rally takes place at Foxton Village Hall, Hardman Road, Cambridge CB22 6RN. There will be a talk-in station and car parking is free. Doors open 9.30am and entry is £2. There will be traders, a Bring & Buy and an RSGB bookstall. A burger van has been booked […]

Special Events News – 7 April 2019

The Windmill Amateur Radio DX Group will put GB1RY on the air today, the 7th of April. Operating from RAF Ramsbury near Marlborough in Wiltshire, they are taking part in Airfields on the Air over the weekend. Details are at www.rafars.org/rafaota/ Special event station OL75CLAY will be active from the 12th of April to the […]

Contest News – 7 April 2019

The 24 hour SP DX contest ends its 24 hour run at 1500UTC today, the 7th. Using CW or SSB on 1.8 to 28MHz, the exchange is signal report and serial number. SP stations also send their Province code. Today, the 7th, the First 70MHz contest runs from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes on […]

Propagation News – 7 April 2019

Last week saw more of the same as we head towards solar minimum, which is now expected to be some time in 2020. There was a slight increase in the solar flux index later in the week as a new embryonic sunspot appeared on the visible disk. A group of three solar coronal holes threatened […]