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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 16th December 2012
The news headlines:

* GB2RS News during the holiday season
* Bath Buildathon 2013
* Two new national societies join IARU
This is the last GB2RS broadcast of 2012. There will be no news 
readings on 23 or 30 December. But we will be back in the New Year, 
bringing you the all the latest amateur radio news. Transmissions 
re-start on Sunday 6 January. We would like to take this opportunity 
to send warm season's greetings to all our listeners and wish 
everyone a prosperous New Year. The RSGB HQ will close for the 
Christmas and New Year holiday at close of business on 21 December. 
It will re-open on 2 January. You will be pleased to know that the 
National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park will continue to be open on 
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December and January. We 
would like to thank those volunteers who continue to give their free 
time to keep the NRC open and on the air. 

The 6th Bath Buildathon will take place on Saturday 12 January. The 
event will run from 9am to 5pm. Tea and coffee, supervision, tools 
and test equipment will be provided, but bring your own packed lunch. 
There is just one, or maybe two, places left for the main build, the 
40m Sudden Receiver kit from the G-QRP Club, and several places for 
the ‘absolute beginner' build, a medium wave receiver kit. Both are 
suitable for the Intermediate project assessment and the team will be 
running an Intermediate exam at the end of the day. The exam is open 
to anyone who has completed the practical assessments, or would 
finish them by doing the Buildathon. As a result of a generous 
donation, there are a few free places for young builders (under 18). 
Send an email nominating worthy youngsters to Steve Hartley via 
G0FUW<at> Steve can also supply booking forms for the 
Buildathon from the same email address.

The Federation of Radio Sport of Azerbaijan and the St Vincent and 
the Grenadines Amateur Radio Club, with 50 and 21 members 
respectively, are the two newest members of the International Amateur 
Radio Union. The IARU now has 164 members.

Following the recent news from Ofcom concerning 5MHz changes, the 
Autumn/Winter edition of The 5MHz Newsletter is now available in 
Google Drive Docs at This edition also 
includes latest news on the WRC15 5MHz Agenda item preparations, a 
Short Coaxial Antenna design for the band from John Pegler, G3ENI and 
the 5MHz beacon spot this time features GB3RAL.

The 2012 edition of the ITU Radio Regulations, which includes the 
results of WRC-12, is now available at The electronic version is free of 
charge, at least until mid-2014 as per ITU Council 2012's decision. 
You have to pay for the paper or DVD versions.

The January 2013 RadCom includes an article on a folding Yagi antenna 
for 2m. Unfortunately, due to an editorial error, the dimensions 
shown in the article are incorrect. A corrected version will be put 
on the RadCom Plus website as soon as possible and the corrections 
will also appear in the February RadCom.

Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs around the world celebrate 
World Amateur Radio Day. On that day in 1925 the International 
Amateur Radio Union was founded. In 1913, the first recorded instance 
of amateur radio being used to provide communications in a natural 
disaster, during severe flooding in the Midwest of the United States. 
Accordingly, the theme of the event for 2013 is Amateur Radio: 
Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications. Activities on 
the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a great 
opportunity to spread the word about what amateurs are doing in the 
field of disaster communications in the 21st Century.

Peter Martinez, G3PLX is among those to receive the Yasme Excellence 
Award, given to those who have made a significant contribution to 
amateur radio. Peter, along with Pawel Jalocha, SP9VRC, received the 
award for the development of PSK31, a widely used digital mode 
entirely invented by amateurs that is enabling many amateurs to 
successfully use HF with very modest stations.

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

There are no more rallies taking place this year. The first rally of 
2013 is the Red Rose Winter Rally on 13 January in the George H 
Carnell Leisure Centre. 

Now for the news of special events

Ian, M0IAA will be operating GB1WH until 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

Now for a special event station with a sense of humour. According to 
one of the three Mayan Calendars, the End of the World will occur on 
21 December 2012. To celebrate this literally once in a lifetime 
event, Special Event Station N0D, Now Zero Days, will be activated 
for three days starting on 20 December. More information is available 
on the official N0D website,

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

DD0VR and DE3BWR will be active from Vietnam until 4 January as 
XV0VR. During their stay they also plan to operate from Cat Ba 
Island, IOTA reference AS-132, from 18 to 20 December and Phu Quoc 
Island, IOTA reference AS-12, from 30 December until 2 January. QSL 
these operations via DD0VR.

ZS6RI will be active from Lesotho for 20 weeks beginning on 17 
December using the call 7P8RI. Operations will be on all HF bands 
using CW, SSB and the digital modes. QSL via details are at

Ralph, H44RK will be active as 5W0KR from Apia, Samoa, IOTA reference 
OC-097, until 1 March. He will operate SSB and digital modes on the 
10 to 20 metre bands. QSL via NR6M.

Norman, 5B4AIF will be active as E51E from Aitutaki, IOTA reference 
OC-083, South Cook Islands until 5 January. He will operate SSB and 
RTTY, and possibily some QRS CW, on the 6 to 160 metre bands. QSL via 
EB7DX and LoTW.

Now the contest news

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

The Christmas Cumulatives take place between 26 and 29 December on 
the 6m to 70cm bands. To do well in this you'll need to be agile and 
alert, because to work as many as you can in two hours you need to 
keep hopping between the four bands. Running from 1400 to 1600UTC 
each day, you can use all modes. The exchange is signal report, 
serial number and locator.

On 1 January the 144MHz UK Activity Contest takes place between 2000 
and 2230UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator. 

The IRTS 80m Counties Contest takes place on New Year's Day, and it's 
held at a time of day when Ireland is eminently workable from 
Britain. It's an SSB-only or CW/SSB event with five sections and 
awards for the leading non-EI stations. Multipliers are all 32 Irish 
counties. Running from 1400 to 1700UTC the exchange is signal report 
and serial number.

The ARRL RTTY Roundup will be making the datamode portions of the HF 
bands busy on the weekend of 5 and 6 January. Activity is on all 
datamodes. In this event you can work everyone, but bear in mind that 
entrants are limited to operating no more than 24 of the 30 hours 
that run from 1800 to 2359UTC. There are low- and high-power 
categories for single- and multi-operator stations, but no 
single-band entries. Entrants are limited to a single transmitter, 
irrespective of section. Send a signal report and serial number. US 
stations will send a signal report and their 2-letter State code, 
while Canadian stations will send a signal report and their 3-letter 
Province code. 

And now the solar factual data for the period from Friday the 7th to 
Thursday the 13th of December compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on 
Friday the 14th of December.

A rather quiet week all round considering the active side of the Sun 
was looking our way and solar maximum is approaching. On some days 
only two sunspot regions were visible but this increased to four 
towards the end of the period. Solar activity was very low on the 8th 
and the 11th with no C class solar flares taking place and low on the 
rest of the days when only one C class solar flare took place each 
day. Solar flux levels increased slightly from 97 units on the 7th to 
117 by the 13th. The average was 106 units. The 90 day solar flux 
average on the 13th was 119 units, that's one unit down on the 
previous week. X-ray flux levels averaged B1.7 units and varied 
little day to day. Geomagnetic activity was very low every day. The 
most disturbed days were the 9th and the 13th with an Ap index of 
only 3 units. The average was Ap 2 units. Solar wind data from the 
ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds vary between 260 and 340 
kilometres per second. Particle densities were low except for a sharp 
rise to 80 particles per cubic centimetre early on the 9th. Bz showed 
only slight variation every day. 

And finally the solar forecast for the coming week. Two ‘active 
regions' still on the far side of the Sun which are producing solar 
flares are expected to rotate into view. Therefore, this week solar 
activity is expected to be at low levels, however, activity could 
increase to moderate levels on some days depending on how active 
these regions are once they are in view. Solar flux levels could 
increase to the 130's. Geomagnetic activity is expected to be mostly 
quiet but could increase after midweek. MUFs during daylight hours at 
equal latitudes should be around 24MHz for the south and 21MHz for 
the north. Darkness hour lows should be about 8MHz. The short but 
reliable winter sporadic-E season should take place during the 
Christmas and New Year period. This leads me on to thank all the 
organisations from where we receive solar data to produce these 
weekly reports and to wish them the best of Seasons Greetings. Also, 
the Propagation Studies Committee would like to wish all the staff at 
RSGB HQ, the GB2RS news readers and the listeners a peaceful 
Christmas and best DX for 2013. Finally, for those who would like to 
keep up to date with the latest solar events on a daily basis can do 
so by typing ‘spots and flares', as one word into your favourite 
search engine.

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

And that's the end of the main news for this week prepared by the
Radio Society of Great Britain.  

Please note that there will be no RSGB News for the next two weeks; 
the next scheduled bulletin will be for Sunday 6 January 2013.  Items 
for inclusion in that bulletin can be emailed to gb2rs<at> 
to arrive no later than 10:00 on the Tuesday before transmission.

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