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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 11th November 2012
The news headlines:
* Norway gets new allocations
* RSGB voting deadlines approaching
* New VHF Manager
The Norwegian P & T Authority has made changes to the Norwegian
amateur licence regulations. The major changes are that permission
has been given to use 472 to 479kHz with a maximum 1W EIRP. The
former permission to use 493 to 510kHz has been stopped. Permission
has been given to use 70.1875 to 70.2625MHz, except in the three
Norwegian southwest counties of Hordaland, Rogaland and West-Agder,
where there still is commercial traffic within this frequency
segment. Other segments allowing 100W transmitter power and maximum
16kHz bandwidth include 70.0625 to 70.0875MHz, 70.3625 to 70.3875MHz
and 70.4125 to 70.4625MHz
RSGB Members are reminded that the deadline for voting online or by
post on the new governance arrangements for the Society is noon on 15
November. Votes can be cast in person at the EGM in Stratford upon
Avon on 17 November. Following the EGM and a free lunch there will be
a presentation on the RSGB Centenary plans and an opportunity to dip
into the archives to hear about the work going on to preserve the
history of the Society. If you are planning to attend the EGM, you
can register your interest on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/egm.
The RSGB is pleased to announce the appointment of John Regnault,
G4SWX as the new RSGB VHF Manager. John is an active amateur on the
VHF/UHF bands, a long standing designer and home constructor of VHF
equipment and antennas, has contributed in the past to RadCom and the
Yearbook, and has presented lectures at a number of RSGB Conventions.
In addition, he is a winner of a number of RSGB VHF contests and was
the winner of the Courtney Prize for best Radio Communications
article in 1996. Our thanks go to David Butler, G4ASR who agreed to
take on this role once again on a temporary basis following the death
of Terry Stevens, G8DKS earlier in the year.
Call it Veterans Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day, but today,
November 11 holds a special place in the pantheon of annual national
holidays as a time to honour all of those who have served in their
countries' armed forces. At least 20 countries around the world
celebrate the day. The Straight Key Century Club holds an event for
24 hours today, 11 November, to mark this day. Full details are on
their website, www.skccgroup.com.
At the IARU Region 3 Conference held last week, delegates heard that
at the IARU Administrative Council meeting held earlier, the Michael
J Owen VK3KI Award was established to recognise an individual or
individuals that best exemplify the dedication and hard work of IARU
volunteers. It was further proposed at the conference by the WIA that
an annual award or trophy be introduced in his name for the highest
IARU Region 3 individual operator score in the IARU HF Contest. It
was warmly received and the details are to be announced later.
Last week the Logbook of The World system was out of action, although
it should be back in use by the time of this news broadcast. The ARRL
assure users that no data was lost and everyone's records are intact.
And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
Today, 11 November, the West London Radio & Electronics Show,
otherwise known as the Kempton Rally, will be held at Kempton Park
Racecourse, Staines Road East, Sunbury on Thames TW16 5AQ. There is
free car parking and the doors open at 10am. Visitors will find trade
stands, a Bring & Buy, special interest groups as well as a lecture
programme. Details from Paul, M0CJX on 08451 650 351.
The Halton & District Radio Amateurs Rally will take place on 17
November at The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn, Cheshire
WA7 4QX. Doors open at 10.30am and admission is free. There will be
trade stands and a Bring & Buy. More information from George Low,
G0RLF on 01928 897 591, daytime only please.
The Mayo Radio Experimenters Network Radio Rally will take place on
18 November at the Welcome Inn, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Doors open at
11am and admission is €5 per person (children are free). The usual
traders will be in attendance. For those staying at the hotel for the
weekend there is a Saturday evening lecture programme. IRTS Contest
Manager, Thos Caffrey, EI2JD will speak on contesting and working DX
and John Tait, EI7BA will have some interesting and practical topics
in his lecture. More information about the rally can be found on the
clubs website www.ei7mre.org.
Now for the news of special events
GB4WLR will be on air today, 11 November, as part of the Remembrance
Sunday commemorations. A World War One locomotive is expected to be
in steam on the West Lancashire Light Railway at Hesketh Bank. The
locomotive served behind the front lines during WW1 and is named
Joffre. Also taking place that day is the annual BBC Children in
Need, fund raising day. QSL direct to Pam 2E1HQY or via the RSGB
Bureau. More info on qrz.com.
And now the DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
JH1AJT will be on the air from Bhutan until 15 November as A5A. He
will be active on all bands between 10 and 40m using various modes.
QSL via home callsign.
Frank Pulfer, HB9BXU and a team of Swiss amateurs will activate the
island of Aitutaki, IOTA OC-083, from 12 to 30 November. This island
belongs to the Cook Islands and is situated in the Polynesian
Triangle of the Southern Pacific area. They plan to be active on all
bands from 10m to 80m, including WARC bands, using SSB, CW and PSK31.
The DXpedition is holiday-style.
Paul Evans will be active as VP9KF in Bailey's Bay, Bermuda, IOTA
NA-005, from 5 to 19 November. He has been active in Bermuda twice a
year since 2006 and has built up a total of almost 20,000 QSOs. QSL
info is direct to his address in Tampa, Florida. See QRZ.COM for full
Eric, SM1TDE will be holidaying in Kenya from 5 to 22 November. He
will operate CW only as 5Z4/SM1TDE on all bands from 10 to 40m. QSLs
go via his home callsign and logs will also be uploaded to Logbook of
Now the contest news
The WAE DX RTTY Contest finishes at 2359 tonight, 11 November. It
should keep the RTTY parts of the HF bands buzzing. Everybody can
work everybody on RTTY. In WAE events reports of a previously
conducted contest QSOs can add significantly to your total score, so
it's well worth investigating in advance of the event how they work.
Using the 3.5 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and
The 432MHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 2000 to 2230UTC on 13
November. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial
number and locator.
The following day, 14 November, it's the ever-popular 80m Club Sprint
from 2000 to 2100. Using SSB the exchange is serial number and name.
Finally for this week, the weekend of 17 and 18 November sees the 2nd
1.8MHz contest take place starting at 2100UTC on the 17th and
finishing at 0100 on the 18th. Using CW only, the exchange is signal
report, serial number and District code.
And now the solar factual data for the period from Friday the 2nd to
the 8th of November compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on Friday the 9th
Solar activity was mostly very low but increased to low on the 5th
when a single C class solar flare took place, and moderate on the 8th
when a M1 solar flare took place rather unexpectedly. Solar flux
levels declined to 93 units on the 3rd but then increased every day
to 104 units by the 8th. The average was 98 units. The 90 day solar
flux average on the 8th was 117 units, that's three units down on
last week. X-ray flux levels varied little day to day and the average
was B2 units. Geomagnetic activity was quiet every day except for the
7th, when a small coronal hole disturbance took place. The Ap on the
7th was 11 units and the average was Ap 5 units. Solar wind data from
the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds around 300 kilometres per
second until speeds increased to 540 kilometres per second on the
7th. Particle densities were low but increased to 24 particles per
cubic centimetre on the 6th. Bz showed little variation whilst the
magnetic field was quiet, but fluctuations of minus and plus 12
nanoTeslas took place on the 7th during the disturbance. For an
explanation of the terms used in this report, refer to page 136 of
the 2013 RSGB Yearbook.
And finally the solar forecast for the coming week. This week the
slightly more active side of the Sun is expected to rotate into view.
Solar activity should increase to low levels most days with also a
chance of moderate levels on some days. Solar flux levels should
increase and be in the 120s later in the week. Geomagnetic activity
is expected to be quiet every day, however later in the week a
coronal hole disturbance could take place. MUFs during daylight hours
at equal latitudes should be around 33MHz for the south and 30MHz for
the north. Darkness hour lows should be about 9MHz. Paths this week
to Japan should have a maximum usable frequency with a 50 per cent
success of around 24MHz. The optimum working frequency with a 90 per
cent success rate will be about 20MHz. The best time to try this path
will be between 0700 and 1000 hours UTC.
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>rsgb.org.uk to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.
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