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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 11th December 2011

The news headlines:

* Distance Learning for the Advanced Exam 
* AMSAT-UK net news
* GB2RS news broadcasts over Christmas 

Following the successful conclusion of the June to December distance 
learning course with the Advanced exam last Monday evening the 
Bath-based team are planning to do it all over again. There are over 
40 names on the waiting list already, but there is room for more; the 
last course started with 64 students and eight tutors. The next 
virtual course will start at the end of January and head for the July 
exam. The exam can be sat either in Bath or at a local exam centre. 
There are no fees for the classes but students will need a copy of 
the RSGB Advance! textbook and will, of course, need to pay the exam 
fee of GBP 37.50. The team are considering changing a deposit that 
will be refunded to those that see the course through to the end; 
those that drop out donate their deposit to a radio charity.

How does it work? Each week, students will receive guided reading 
instructions and revision questions to test recollection and/or 
understanding. Tutors will mark e-mailed answers and will provide 
worked solutions in return. Tutors will also provide points of 
clarification on request. The material is supplemented by additional 
exercises and video demonstrations on YouTube. Further details can be 
had from Steve Hartley, G0FUW, who is QTHR, listed on and 
can be emailed via G0FUW<at> 

The AMSAT-UK net is held every Sunday morning at 10am local time on 
3.780MHz LSB plus or minus QRM. The net is open to all and anyone 
wishing to find out more about amateur satellite operating is welcome 
to call in. Recording of previous nets can be heard at 

The last GB2RS script for this year will be dated 18 December 2011. 
There will be no GB2RS scripts prepared for 25 December and 1 
January, although some newsreaders may wish to conduct news nets with 
their regular listeners. GB2RS News will recommence on 8 January 
2012. The RSGB would like to take this opportunity to thank the 
dedicated band of newsreaders for another year of service to the 
amateur radio community. 

It looks like the AO-51 amateur radio satellite that was in orbit and 
serving the world-wide amateur radio community for the better part of 
7 years has finally gone QRT. The last telemetry data received had 
indicated that the third of six batteries that power AO-51 was 
approaching a short circuit condition. Further observation indicated 
the voltage from three remaining cells was insufficient to power the 
UHF transmitters. The command team will regularly attempt 
communications with the satellite over the coming months as there is 
always the possibility that a cell will open from its short circuited 
state and make AO-51 useful once again.

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

Saturday 17 December sees the 10th Waters and Stanton annual 
Christmas open day, which is sponsored by Yaesu UK Ltd. Chelmsford 
Amateur Radio Society, Essex CW Club, RSGB rep Mark Sanderson and 
staff from Yaesu will be in attendance. 

Friskney & East Lincolnshire Communications Club's mid-winter 
tabletop sale and auction will take place on 3 January at the 
Friskney Village Hall, Church Road, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8RR. 
The event includes the special event station GB2YR. Doors open 7pm 
and entry is GBP 1.50. Tables are 2 for 1 at GBP 4 and there will be 
free tea & coffee. Details from Ian Donnelly, 2E0XOD, 07554 362 020.

Now for the news of special events

We have no details of special events for the forthcoming week.

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

AH0AJ will be active as KG4AJ from Guantanamo Bay for the next two 
years. QSL only via his home callsign.

Pierre, HB9AMO is back in Haiti until 8 January. He will be active as 
HH2/HB9AMO. The operation will be CW only using a TS-50 into a wire 
antenna and tuner. QSL info is via PA7FM.

Peri, HB9IQB will be active as E44PM from Palestine for a couple of 
weeks starting on 16 December. He plans to operate CW, SSB and RTTY 
on 10 to 40 metres with a focus on CW and 12, 17 and 30 metres. QSL 
via his home callsign, direct or bureau and LoTW. Further 
information, log search included, can be found at

Now the contest news

The 432MHz UK Activity Contest takes place on 13 December from 2000 
to 2230UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator.

The RAC Canadian Winter Contest takes place on the 17th. There are 
nine entry categories with various power levels, single- and 
multi-op, CW- and phone-only, multi-single and multi-multi. A 
certificate is awarded to the top scoring station in each DXCC 
entity, so several could be awarded to UK stations. Running for the 
full 24 hours using CW and ‘phone only on the 1.8 to 144MHz bands, 
the exchange is signal report and serial number, although Canadian 
stations will give their Province code as well.

On 20 December, the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 2000 
to 2230. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator.

And now the solar factual data for the period from the 28th of 
November to the 4th of December, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on 
the 5th of December.

The solar disc had numerous sunspot groups visible every day, some 
small and others larger that produced small C class solar flares 
every day. Interestingly, the majority of sunspot groups for the last 
few months have been located in the northern hemisphere. Several 
erupting filaments also took place and produced coronal mass 
ejections, but none headed our way. Solar flux levels increased 
steadily from 138 units on the 28th to 164 by the 4th. The average 
was 151. The 90 day solar flux average on the 4th was 144, that's 
three units up on last week. X-ray flux levels varied little day to 
day and averaged B5.5 units. Geomagnetic activity was quiet to just 
unsettled every day. The most disturbed day was the 30th with an Ap 
index of 10 units. The average was Ap 7 units. Solar wind data from 
the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds 370 and 500 kilometres per 
second. Particle densities increased to 24 particles per cubic 
centimetre on the 29th and 20 on the 2nd. The remaining days 
densities were low. Bz varied no more than between minus 12 and plus 
10 nanoTeslas. 

And finally the solar forecast. Looking at the latest images from the 
STEREO Behind spacecraft shows a large ‘active region' that will be 
in view by the time this report is broadcast. Therefore, solar 
activity could be at least moderate levels or even higher provided 
the group is still active. Solar flux levels should be around the 
170's for most of the period. Geomagnetic activity is expected to be 
quiet every day unless a coronal mass ejection heads our way. MUFs 
during daylight hours at equal latitudes should be well above 30MHz 
for the whole of the UK. Darkness hour lows should be a around 10MHz. 
Paths this week to South America should have a maximum usable 
frequency with a 50 per cent success rate of approaching 40MHz. The 
optimum working frequency with a 90 per cent success rate will be 
about 32MHz. The best time to try this path will be between 1100 and 
1600 hours. 

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

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  gb2rs<at> to arrive by
10:00 on the Tuesday before transmission.

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