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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 www.rsgb.org/centenary 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
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
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>rsgb.org.uk to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.
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