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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 22nd May 2016

The news headlines:

* G3KMA in CQ DX Hall of Fame
* Distance Learning course news
* Navassa DXpedition video online

The RSGB is delighted that Roger Balister, G3KMA is one of the 2016 
inductees in the CQ DX Hall of Fame. As manager of the Islands on the 
Air programme since 1985, Roger has seen IOTA grow from a few hundred 
early participants to more than 10,000 today, making it one of the 
most popular award programmes in amateur radio. The CQ DX and Contest 
Halls of Fame honours those amateurs who not only excel in personal 
performance in these major areas of amateur radio but who also 
‘give back' to the hobby in outstanding ways. 

The Bath Based Advanced Distance Learning team are now enrolling for 
their next course that will run from early July to December. The 
course has weekly work packages to guide students through the RSGB 
textbook with regular revision questions to check on progress. There 
are no fees to pay but students pay a deposit of GBP 30 that is 
refunded to active students in time to pay for the exam. Exams can be 
arranged at any RSGB registered centre. The course has been running 
for nearly five years and has had almost 500 passes so far. Full 
details can be obtained from Steve, G0FUW, via email to 

Glenn Johnson, W0GJ was a member of the K1N DXpedition to Navassa 
Island, which was voted DXpedition of the Year 2015. It was a 
once-in-32-year DXpedition and the number one Most Wanted Entity in 
Europe. In October 2015, he was the keynote speaker at the RSGB 
Convention. If you weren't able to visit the Convention to hear the 
lecture, RSGB Members can go to and click the RSGB 
2015 Convention link. In 2016, the Convention is looking forward to 
welcoming Mike, K9AJ from the Intrepid DX Group DXpedition to the 
remote British territories of South Georgia and the South Sandwich 
Islands earlier this year. He will describe the challenges, hardships 
and problems they faced and the experience of operating 
round-the-clock from some of the wildest parts of the planet in order 
to make around 140,000 contacts. Booking information can be found at where you can click on the Convention logo to 

Amateurs are advised that updates to a small number of band plans 
will occur on the 1st of June. This follows approval of proposals 
agreed at the recent IARU Region 1 Interim meeting. The updates to 
80m, 30m and VHF will provide greater flexibility for narrowband 
modes. The RSGB website and RadCom will be updated to carry details 
in due course.

A team of five Australian radio amateurs will activate Norfolk 
Island, IOTA reference OC-005, until the 31st of May to coincide with 
the Wireless Institute of Australia 2016 Annual General Meeting and 
Conference, also being held on Norfolk Island. The VK9NT crew plans 
to operate on the 160 to 10m bands using SSB, CW and RTTY. Activity 
on RTTY will be confined to just a couple of bands to maximise 
all-time new ones. The WIA Commemorative Station, VI9ANZAC, also will 
be active from Norfolk Island over the AGM weekend.

The Hubble Space Telescope has produced another of its stunning 
portraits of Mars. The red planet and Earth are nearing what is 
called opposition, when their orbits line them up with the Sun and 
put them very close to each other. This occurs every 780 days or so. 
The actual moment of opposition is today, the 22nd at 1110UTC; the 
two planets' closest approach follows just a few days later on the 
30th. There will be just 75 million kilometres between the two 
planets on that day. Astronomers with smaller telescopes than Hubble 
will be grabbing the chance to view Mars in the week ahead. The 
planetary alignment means the Red Planet's disc, as well as being 
larger in the sky than usual, is also fully illuminated. The images 
can be found on the website. 

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

Today, the 22nd, the Black Country Radio Rally Mark 2 will be held in 
the Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands 
B69 1HE. Doors open at 10am and the admission is GBP 2. A raffle will 
be drawn at 2pm.

Also on the 22nd, the 33rd Dunstable Downs Radio Club Annual Amateur 
Radio Car Boot Sale will take place at Stockwood Park, Luton. Details 

Next weekend, on the 28th, it's the Waters and Stanton Open Day at 22 
Main Road, Hockley SS5 4QS. Doors will be open from 10am to 4pm with 
free refreshments for visitors. Reps from the major manufacturers 
will be in attendance as well as local clubs. The presentation of the 
Region 12 Club of the Year plaque will take place during the day. 
There will be several talks including Nigel Booth, M0CVO on antennas 
and Murray Niman, on 5G Future Telecoms and amateur radio. A charity 
raffle with good prizes in aid of the British Wireless for the Blind 
Association will also be held.

If you have any rally or event information you'd like to appear in 
future editions of GB2RS News, in RadCom and on the RSGB website, 
please email details to radcom<at> 

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

Merv, N6NO is using the callsign VK9OL while working from Lord Howe 
Island, OC-004. He will be there until the 29th. He is using mainly 
CW and focusing on the WARC bands. QSL direct to N6NO.

John, AI6Y will be on the air as E51XYZ from Rarotonga Island, 
OC-013, from the 23rd to the 28th of May. Activity will be on the 10 
to 40m bands. QSL via operator's instructions. Frank, VK3ADT is also 
on the air as E51ADT from Rarotonga until the 27th. QSL to his home 

Olli, OH0XX will be on the air as PZ50X in Surinam until the 1st of 
June. Activity will be on the 160 to 10m bands using mainly CW. QSL 
direct to his home callsign.

Laci, HA0HW will be on the air as SW8WW from Thassos Island, IOTA 
EU-174, from the 26th of May to the 6th of June. Activity will be on 
the 40 to 6m bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes an entry in 
the CQ World Wide WPX CW contest as a Single Op All Band entry. QSL 
to his home callsign.

Randy, WW6RG will be transmitting as VQ9RA from Diego Garcia, IOTA 
AF-006, from the 25th to 30th of May. Activity will be on the HF 
bands. QSL direct to his home callsign.

Now the special event news 

The Radio Club of Haïti is activating the special callsign 4V1G 
until the 30th of August to commemorate the three generals of their 

On the 28th and 29th of May, members of the Lough Erne Amateur Radio 
Club will put GB2MAC on the air from the Marble Arch Caves Geopark in 
County Fermanagh. This is part of European Geoparks Week. They will 
be operating SSB on all the HF bands. Send QSL cards via LoTW, eQSL 
and Bureau.

Now the contest news

The 144MHz May Contest ends its 24 hours run at 1400UTC today, the 
22nd. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number, 
locator and postcode.

Today, the 22nd, the first 144MHz backpackers contest runs from 1100 
to 1500UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator.

On Tuesday, the 50MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2130UTC. 
Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and 

Also on Tuesday the SHF UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 
2230UTC. Using all modes on the 2.3 to 10GHz bands the exchange is 
signal report, serial number and locator.

On Sunday the 29th the third 70MHz Cumulative contest runs from 1400 
to 1600UTC. Using all modes the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator.

Next weekend, running for 48 hours, is the CW World Wide WPX CW 
contest. It starts at 0000UTC on the 28th. Using the 1.8 to 28MHz 
bands the exchange is signal report and serial number.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO 
on Friday 20th May.

This week the solar flux index managed to remain mostly above 100, 
thanks in part to large sunspot number 2546. The region appears to be 
quite stable and not a likely threat for any significant solar 
flares. Geomagnetic conditions remained unsettled with the K index 
hitting four at times and often hovering between two and three. This 
was due to ongoing coronal hole activity and the associated high 
speed solar wind streams. This is likely to continue as a coronal 
hole positioned near the solar equator was threatening to send the K 
index higher on Friday the 20th.

As we head towards mid summer, heating in the northern hemisphere, 
coupled with a change in the ionospheric chemistry, will see daytime 
critical frequencies reduce from their spring highs. We can see this 
by looking at the noon-time critical frequencies as measured by the 
Chilton ionosonde near Harwell. In mid April the critical frequency 
was exceeding 7MHz on good days. This month it is struggling to get 
past 6MHz. However, night time critical frequencies are remaining 
higher, which is a signature of summer HF propagation. By June we may 
see 20 metres remaining open all night.

Contacts via Sporadic-E on 10m should be abundant, but keep an eye on 
20m at night as it might throw up a few surprises after dark.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

There are conflicting views of the weather story for the next week. 
However, one common theme in the model outputs is that for brief 
period we will find a weak ridge of high pressure nearby during the 
first part of the week. This may produce limited Tropo, especially 
overnight and in the early mornings. From about mid-week, the high 
weakens and a slack pressure pattern remains. This will mean a more 
showery weather type with options for rain scatter on the GHz bands 
from any heavy thundery showers.

Sporadic-E is always a viable option any day during the summer months 
from May to August, so it's worth checking first on 10m for short 
skip conditions within Europe and then moving up to higher bands as 
any opening develops. Quite often, the greater ranges are found as 
each band opens. This is because over time, the Sporadic-E patch will 
usually slowly descend within the E region, shortening the path 

For EME operators, the Moon's declination is at its lowest on Tuesday 
so there will be short windows, but losses are decreasing all week as 
the Moon's orbit brings it closer to the earth. 
Remember that as well as our natural satellite there is always VHF DX 
potential using the many operational man-made satellites. Look on the 
AMSAT-UK website for details.

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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