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GB2RS NEWS for Sunday 9th December 2012
 
The news headlines:

* GB2RS News during the holiday season
* Distance learning for the Advanced exam
* Successful contact from Cuba to Spain on FO-29

There will be no GB2RS news readings on 23 or 30 December this year. 
Normal service will be resumed on Sunday 6 January 2013. 

The Bath Based Advanced Distance Learning team are busy enrolling for 
the next course, which starts in January. The course will run for 
twenty weeks, aiming for the July exam. The course works by the team 
e-mailing weekly work packages. Students submit answers to practice 
questions and other assignments to an e-tutor. Worked answers are 
provided to those who submit work. There is no charge for the 
training or the tutor support, but all students pay a deposit which 
is refunded to those who actively take part in the learning. Those 
that do not regularly submit work agree to donate their deposit to a 
radio charity. The pass rate for those completing the course has been 
over 90% at every sitting so far, so it seems to work. Past students 
have studied in France, Kenya, Croatia and all over the UK. For more 
details, please contact Steve Hartley, G0FUW, who is in the RSGB 
Yearbook, on QRZ.com and can be contacted via email to 
g0fuw<at>tiscali.co.uk.

Radio amateurs in Cuba face a number of challenges but recently 
Hector, CO6CBF, successfully completed a transatlantic contact 
between Cuba and Spain using the FO-29 amateur radio satellite. You 
can read more at www.uk.amsat.org/?p=11766.

The MSF 60kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio 
Station will be shut down on Thursday 13 December from 1000 to 
1400UTC. The interruption to the transmission is required to allow 
maintenance work to be carried out in safety. The time signal is used 
by radio controlled clocks to set the time, so during this 
maintenance period such clocks may not function correctly. 

The address for the Canadian QSL bureau has changed. All QSL cards 
for Canada should be sent to RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau, Box 
51, Saint John, NB E2L 3X1, Canada.

The RSGB will close for the Christmas and New Year holiday at close 
of business on 21 December. It will re-open at 08.30am on 2 January. 
Last orders from the RSGB Shop for Christmas delivery will be 11am on 
20 December. 


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

The final rally of the year takes place today, 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.

The first rally of the 2013 will be the Red Rose Winter Rally on 13 
January in the George H Carnell Leisure Centre. 


Now for the news of special events

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.

Ian, M0IAA will be operating GB1WH from 11 to 18 December. The 
station is on the air to raise awareness and funds for Wakefield 
hospital. Ian is hoping to work as many stations as possible. More 
details are on QRZ.com.


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

H44RK will be active as 5W0RK from Samoa between 8 December and 3 
March. Operations will be on 10 to 20 metres using SSB and the 
digital modes. The IOTA reference is OC-097. QSL via NR6M.

W8YCM will be on the air as W8YCM/6Y5 from Jamaica, IOTA NA-097, 
until the New Year. He's been heard on the 10 to 17m bands using SSB. 
QSL via his home callsign.

Zorro, JH1AJT will be in Cambodia until 17 December. He will use the 
callsign XU1A and be on the air on all bands from 10 to 160m using CW 
and SSB. QSLs go via the JA bureau.

Haru, JA1XGI will be active from the island of Yap in Micronesia, 
IOTA OC-012, until 12 December. His call is V63XG and he will be on 
the 6 to 40m bands using CW, SSB and digital. QSL to his home 
callsign.

Norman, 5B4AIF will be active as E51E from Aitutaki in the South Cook 
Islands from 10 December to 5 January. The IOTA reference for the 
island is OC-083. He will operate SSB and RTTY and possibly some QRS 
CW, on the 6 to 160m bands. QSL via EB7DX and Logbook of the World. 


Now the contest news

The 48 hour ARRL 10m Contest finishes at 2359UTC today, 9 December. 
Everyone works everyone in this CW and Phone event. The ARRL event 
has numerous entry categories, so please check the rules online to 
find an appropriate one for you. The exchange is signal report and 
serial number, although W, VE and XE stations will send their State 
or Province code too.

Tuesday 11 December sees the 432MHz UK Activity Contest taking place 
between 2000 and 2230UTC. Using all modes on the 70cm band, the 
exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.


And now the solar factual data for the period from Friday the 30th of 
November to the 6th of December compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on 
Friday the 7th of December.

Three small new sunspot groups appeared during the period. Solar 
activity was low and only small occasional C class solar flares took 
place. These had very little effect on propagation. In total only 9 C 
class solar flares took place during the period. Solar flux levels 
declined from 111 units on the 30th to 96 by the 4th and the 5th. The 
average was 100 units. The 90 day solar flux average on the 6th was 
120 units, that's three units down on last week. X-ray flux levels 
also declined, from B3.4 units on the 30th to B1.2 by the 6th. The 
average was B1.8 units. Geomagnetic activity was quiet every day, the 
Ap index on the 5th and the 6th was only one unit. The most disturbed 
day was the 2nd with an Ap index of 7 units. The average was Ap 3 
units. Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds 
vary between 290 and 460 kilometres per second. Particle densities 
were at elevated levels during most days with 23 particles per cubic 
centimetre on the 30th, 40 on the 2nd and 22 on the 4th. Only the 5th 
and the 6th were levels below 10 particles per cubic centimetre. As 
expected with a quiet geomagnetic field, Bz showed only modest 
fluctuations throughout the period.


And finally the solar forecast for the coming week. This week the 
active side of the Sun is expected to be rotating into view. Solar 
activity is expected to be low, with only C class solar flares taking 
place. There are no indications that activity would increase any 
higher than moderate levels on the occasional day. Solar flux levels 
should increase and be in the 120's for most of the week. Geomagnetic 
activity should be quiet today but then a small recurring coronal 
hole is expected for the next couple of days. However, the 
disturbance is expected to be very weak. Activity should then decline 
to quiet levels for the remainder of the week. MUFs during daylight 
hours at equal latitudes should be around 25MHz for the south and 
22MHz for the north. Darkness hour lows should be around 8MHz. Paths 
this week to South America should have a maximum usable frequency 
with a 50 per cent success rate of around 30MHz. The optimum working 
frequency with a 90 per cent success rate will be about 24MHz. 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>rsgb.org.uk to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.


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