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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 2nd December 2012

The news headlines:

* Mid Severn Valley RAYNET called out in support of flood preparations 
* Only four weeks to the start of the RSGB Centenary
* South African radio amateurs to reapply for licences next year

Available members of Mid Severn RAYNET group were tasked by the 
Worcestershire County Council County Volunteers Emergency Committee, 
or CVEC, during the afternoon of Sunday 25 November. This was at very 
short notice for the volunteers. Due to the rising waters of the 
River Severn, the Emergency Planning Officers were concerned at the 
potential for flooding of adjacent residential properties in parts of 
Worcester city centre, some of which had been constructed after the 
floods of 2007. Multi agency teams from CVEC were tasked with 
notifying homeowners of the threat, issuing warnings advice and 
leaflets, and reporting back to the Social Services details of 
residents who might be unable to self help and evacuate, and those 
who could require rest centre assistance. Tony, G8WOX, Paul, G6DQM 
and Max, M0VNG deployed with the teams. The teams completed the task 
into the early evening and stood down, with residents most 
appreciative of the efforts made to alert them.

With only four weeks to go to the start of the RSGB Centenary 
activities, the website has details of how you 
can get involved. RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW will start 
activity with G100RSGB operating with the Runcorn and Widnes ARS on 1 
and 2 January. Contacts and loggings of the special event callsign 
will count towards the RSGB Centenary Award. Follow activity in both 
RadCom and on the website throughout 2013.

A South African law stipulates that an amateur radio licence can only 
be renewed for up to five years, after which a new application has to 
be submitted. Because of this, all of that country's radio amateurs 
will be required to re-apply for their licence for the period of 1 
April 2013 to 31 March 2018. No action is needed now, and further 
details are expected to be made public in the next few weeks.

The national amateur radio society of Luxembourg has changed its name 
to Radioamateurs du Luxembourg. The address and other details remain 
unchanged. Please update your records accordingly.
The fix for the Logbook of The World bug was implemented on 28 
November, thanks to the efforts of Michael Keane, K1MK. If you 
uploaded your logs by e-mail they won't need to be re-submitted. If 
your most recent upload via the website was made before 2100UTC on 25 
November and it has not yet been processed, the file should be 
resubmitted. There should be no need to resubmit logs uploaded since 
2100UTC on November 25, which would include all CQWW CW DX Contest 
logs submitted after the end of the contest.

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

Today, 2 December, the Bishop Auckland Radio Amateurs Club Rally will 
take place at Spennymoor Leisure Centre, Co Durham DL16 6DB. Doors 
open at 10.30am and entry is GBP 2 with accompanied under-14s free. 
There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy and a talk-in station. More 
details can be obtained from Mark, G0GFG on 01388 747 497.

The final rally of the year takes place next weekend, on 8 December. 
The South Lancs Winter Rally will be held in the Bickershaw Labour 
Club, Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw, Wigan. Doors open at 10am for the 
public and entry is GBP 1.50. There will be a talk-in station and a 
Bring & Buy as well as special interest groups. More details from 
Allan, 2E0RAG on 07533 970 841.

Now for the news of special events

Wakefield District Radio Society will be operating GB0IDD for the UN 
International Day of Persons with Disabilities this weekend until 3 
December from the Wakefield 23rd Troop Scout HQ. The aim of the Day 
is to raise awareness and understanding of disability issues. 
Operation will be mainly on SSB on the 14 to 28MHz bands. QSL via only.

5G12ITD is on the air until 16 December in Morocco to commemorate UN 
Day for Tolerance. They will be active all bands and all modes. QSL 
via RW6HS.

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

Robert, AK4BM/C6AGT will be operating from Green Turtle Cay, which is 
IOTA reference NA-080, from 12 December to 1 January. He hopes to 
activate other small islands in the group during the day and Green 
Turtle Cay in the evenings, local time. 

A rare DXCC entity will be on the bands from 28 November until 9 
December. This will be a multi-national group operating from Campbell 
Island, OC-037, using the callsign ZL9HR. They will be QRV on all 
bands and the QSL manager is EB7DX. 

A large Polish group will activate the West African country of 
Mauritania from now until 10 December. The callsign to look out for 
is 5T0SP and the QSL manager is SP6FXY. They will be on 6 to 160m 
using CW, SSB and RTTY.

Retu, OH4MDY is returning to Vietnam where he will reactivate his 
XV2RZ callsign until 10 December. He will operate on 6 to 20m using 
CW and SSB. He requests direct QSLs to his home address in Finland.

Now the contest news

The third event in this season's Super League series takes place 
today, 2 December. The 144MHz AFS contest runs from 0900 to 1700UTC. 
Using all modes on the band the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator.

The ARRL 160m Contest finishes its 42 hours stint at 1600 today, 2 
December. Work the USA, US Territories and Canada only in this CW 
event. The rules say the segment 1830 to 1835 should be used for 
intercontinental QSOs only. The exchange is signal report, although W 
and VE stations also send their ARRL or RAC section.

Tuesday 4 December sees the 144MHZ UK Activity Contest taking place 
from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, 
serial number and locator.

Next weekend, on 8 and 9 December the ARRL 10m Contest takes place 
from 0000 to 2359UTC. In this CW and phone event everyone works 
everyone. ARRL event has numerous entry categories, so please check 
the rules online to find an appropriate one for yourself. The 
exchange is signal report and serial number, although W, VE and XE 
stations will send their State or Province code too.

And now the solar factual data for the period from Friday the 23rd to 
the 29th of November compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on Friday the 
30th of November

Several large and magnetically complex sunspot regions appeared 
during the period and most produced a number of C class solar flares 
every day. However, solar activity increased to moderate levels on 
the 27th and the 28th when two M class solar flares took place on the 
27th and one on the next day. Solar flux levels declined from 126 
units on the 23rd to 113 by the 29th. The average was 119 units. The 
90 day solar flux average on the 29th was 123 units, that's one unit 
up on last week. X-ray flux levels increased to peak at B5.8 units on 
the 26th but then declined to B3.9 by the end of the period. The 
average was B3.9 units. Geomagnetic activity was quiet every day 
except for the 24th, when a coronal mass ejection arrived and a weak 
geomagnetic disturbance took place during the first half of the day. 
The Ap index for the day was 15 units The average was Ap 5 units. 
Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds 
increase from 300 kilometres per second on the 23rd to 550 by the 
26th. Speeds then gradually declined to 330 kilometres per second by 
the end of the period. Particle densities increased to 22 particles 
per cubic centimetre on the 23rd and then increased further the next 
day to 44 particles per cubic centimetre. Densities then returned to 
low levels for the remainder of the period. Bz varied between minus 
11 and plus 13 nanoTeslas during the disturbance and between minus 
and plus 3 nanoTeslas on the quiet days. 

And finally the solar forecast for the coming week. This week the 
quiet side of the Sun is expected to be looking our way. There are 
though a couple of regions that will remain visible. Solar activity 
should be at low levels on most days but could increase to moderate 
levels on some days. Solar flux levels should be around 110 units but 
could start to increase after midweek. Geomagnetic activity should be 
at active levels at first due to a recurring coronal hole. However, 
from midweek activity should have returned to quiet levels. MUFs 
during daylight hours should be around 26MHz for the south and 23MHz 
for the north. Darkness hour lows should be about 8MHz. Paths this 
week to Australia should have a maximum usable frequency with a 50 
per cent success rate of around 27MHz. The optimum working frequency 
with a 90 per cent success rate will be about 22MHz. The best time to 
try this path will be between 0900 and 1300 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> to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.

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