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GB2RS NEWS Sunday 11th December 2011 | Radioaficion Ham Radio

GB2RS NEWS Sunday 11th December 2011

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GB2RS NEWS

Sunday 11th December 2011


The news headlines:

  • Distance Learning for the Advanced Exam
  • AMSAT-UK net news
  • GB2RS news broadcasts over Christmas

 

 

Following the successful conclusion of the June to December distance learning course with the Advanced exam last Monday evening the Bath-based team are planning to do it all over again. There are over 40 names on the waiting list already, but there is room for more; the last course started with 64 students and eight tutors. The next virtual course will start at the end of January and head for the July exam. The exam can be sat either in Bath or at a local exam centre. There are no fees for the classes but students will need a copy of the RSGB Advance! textbook and will, of course, need to pay the exam fee of £37.50. The team are considering changing a deposit that will be refunded to those
that see the course through to the end; those that drop out donate their deposit to a radio charity. How does it work? Each week, students will receive guided reading instructions and revision questions to test recollection and/or understanding. Tutors will mark e-mailed answers

and will provide worked solutions in return. Tutors will also provide points of clarification on request. The material is supplemented by additional exercises and video demonstrations on YouTube. Further details can be had from Steve Hartley, G0FUW, who is QTHR, listed on www.QRZ.com and can be emailed via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The AMSAT-UK net is held every Sunday morning at 10am local time on 3.780MHz LSB plus or minus QRM. The net is open to all and anyone wishing to find out more about amateur satellite operating is welcome to call in. Recording of previous nets can be heard at

http://tinyurl.com/AMSATnet.

The last GB2RS script for this year will be dated 18 December 2011.
There will be no GB2RS scripts prepared for 25 December and 1 January,
although some newsreaders may wish to conduct news nets with their
regular listeners. GB2RS News will recommence on 8 January 2012. The
RSGB would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated band of
newsreaders for another year of service to the amateur radio community.

It looks like the AO-51 amateur radio satellite that was in orbit and

serving the world-wide amateur radio community for the better part of 7
years has finally gone QRT. The last telemetry data received had
indicated that the third of six batteries that power AO-51 was
approaching a short circuit condition. Further observation indicated
the voltage from three remaining cells was insufficient to power the
UHF transmitters. The command team will regularly attempt
communications with the satellite over the coming months as there is
always the possibility that a cell will open from its short circuited
state and make AO-51 useful once again. And now for the details of
rallies and events for the coming week

Saturday 17 December sees the 10th Waters and Stanton annual Christmas

open day, which is sponsored by Yaesu UK Ltd. Chelmsford Amateur Radio
Society, Essex CW Club, RSGB rep Mark Sanderson and staff from Yaesu
will be in attendance.

Friskney & East Lincolnshire Communications Club's mid-winter tabletop

sale and auction will take place on 3 January at the Friskney Village
Hall, Church Road, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8RR. The event includes
the special event station GB2YR. Doors open 7pm and entry is £1.50.
Tables are 2 for 1 at £4 and there will be free tea & coffee. Details
from Ian Donnelly, 2E0XOD, 07554 362 020.

Now for the news of special events


We have no details of special events for the forthcoming week.


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


AH0AJ will be active as KG4AJ from Guantanamo Bay for the next two

years. QSL only via his home callsign.

Pierre, HB9AMO is back in Haiti until 8 January. He will be active as

HH2/HB9AMO. The operation will be CW only using a TS-50 into a wire
antenna and tuner. QSL info is via PA7FM.

Peri, HB9IQB will be active as E44PM from Palestine for a couple of

weeks starting on 16 December. He plans to operate CW, SSB and RTTY on
10 to 40 metres with a focus on CW and 12, 17 and 30 metres. QSL via
his home callsign, direct or bureau and LoTW. Further information, log
search included, can be found at www.hb9iqb.ch/palestine.html.

Now the contest news


The 432MHz UK Activity Contest takes place on 13 December from 2000 to

2230UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number
and locator.

The RAC Canadian Winter Contest takes place on the 17th. There are nine

entry categories with various power levels, single- and multi-op, CW-
and phone-only, multi-single and multi-multi. A certificate is awarded
to the top scoring station in each DXCC entity, so several could be
awarded to UK stations. Running for the full 24 hours using CW and
`phone only on the 1.8 to 144MHz bands, the exchange is signal report
and serial number, although Canadian stations will give their Province
code as well.

On 20 December, the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest takes place from 2000 to

2230. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and
locator. And now the solar factual data for the period from the 28th of
November to the 4th of December, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on the
5th of December.

The solar disc had numerous sunspot groups visible every day, some

small and others larger that produced small C class solar flares every
day. Interestingly, the majority of sunspot groups for the last few
months have been located in the northern hemisphere. Several erupting
filaments also took place and produced coronal mass ejections, but none
headed our way. Solar flux levels increased steadily from 138 units on
the 28th to 164 by the 4th. The average was 151. The 90 day solar flux
average on the 4th was 144, that's three units up on last week. X-ray
flux levels varied little day to day and averaged B5.5 units.
Geomagnetic activity was quiet to just unsettled every day. The most
disturbed day was the 30th with an Ap index of 10 units. The average
was Ap 7 units. Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind
speeds 370 and 500 kilometres per second. Particle densities increased
to 24 particles per cubic centimetre on the 29th and 20 on the 2nd. The
remaining days densities were low. Bz varied no more than between minus
12 and plus 10 nanoTeslas.

And finally the solar forecast. Looking at the latest images from the

STEREO Behind spacecraft shows a large `active region' that will be in
view by the time this report is broadcast. Therefore, solar activity
could be at least moderate levels or even higher provided the group is
still active. Solar flux levels should be around the 170's for most of
the period. Geomagnetic activity is expected to be quiet every day
unless a coronal mass ejection heads our way. MUFs during daylight
hours at equal latitudes should be well above 30MHz for the whole of
the UK. Darkness hour lows should be a around 10MHz. Paths this week to
South America should have a maximum usable frequency with a 50 per cent
success rate of approaching 40MHz. The optimum working frequency with a
90 per cent success rate will be about 32MHz. 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.


Next, the Local News:


Please note that details of all RSGB-affiliated clubs and societies


can be found on the RSGB website, including email addresses


and website links where known.


[Note to Newsreaders: Please read the local news items appropriate to

the service area of your

transmission.]


NEWS FOR THE MIDLANDS On Monday 12 December Gloucester Amateur Radio &

Electronics Society is holding its Christmas draw & Leta's buffet.
Contact Anne, 2E1GKY, on 01452 548 478, daytime.

On Monday 12 December South Birmingham Radio Society is having a field

day planning meeting. Contact Don, on 01214 581 603.

On Monday 12 December Stratford Upon Avon District Radio Society is

holding a test equipment evening with John, G0JUQ. Contact G0CHO, on
01608 664 488.

On Monday 12 December Sutton Coldfield Amateur Radio Society is holding

a general meeting with discussions and is on the air. More information
from Robert Bird, by email to spirit.email@anonym.

On Tuesday 13 December Derby & District Amateur Radio Society is

holding a committee meeting. Contact Richard Buckby, by email to
email@anonym.

On Tuesday 13 December Forest of Dean Amateur Radio Group is having a

talk on CASHOTA and delta loops by Chris, M0DOL. Details from Adrian
Lane, 2E0SDR, on 01594 549 110.

On Tuesday 13 December Loughborough & District Amateur Radio Club is

having a fun quiz night. More information from Chris, G1ETZ, on 01509
504 319.

On Tuesday 13 December Mid-Warwickshire Amateur Radio Society is

holding its Christmas meeting. Details from Don, G4CYG, on 01926 424
465.

On Tuesday 13 December Worcester Radio Amateurs Association is having

its Christmas meal. Details from Rich Moles, M0UVA, via email to
email@anonym.

On Tuesday 13 December Wythall Radio Club is holding a committee

meeting. Details from Colin, M0GJM, on 07598 540 507.

On Wednesday 14 December Lincoln Short-Wave Club is hosting a Bob Heil

Workshops, to be carried out via a live video link from Bob's home in
the States on to a large screen in Aisthorpe Village Hall. There will
be a microphone provided to ask Bob questions. Visitors are welcome,
Light refreshments will be provided and there will be a cover charge of
£1. For more information contact Pam Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356.

On Wednesday 14 December Midland Amateur Radio Society is holding its

Christmas party and 80th birthday exhibition. Details from Norman,
G8BHE, on 07808 078 003. On Wednesday 14 December South Kesteven
Amateur Radio Society is having its last informal evening of the year.
Contact Nigel, M0CVO, on 01476 402 550.

On Thursday 15 December South Birmingham Radio Society is having

training classes with Dave Murphy, G8OWL. Contact Don, on 01214 581
603.

On Friday 16 December Bromsgrove & District Amateur Radio Club is

having a review of the year. Contact Chris, M0BQE on 01905 776 869.

On Friday 16 December Coventry Amateur Radio Society is having a curry

night. Contact John, G8SEQ, on 07958 777 363.

On Friday 16 December Leicester DX Group is having its Christmas party

at the Winstanley Arms. Contact Ellen, M0HEL, on 07902 626 920.

On Friday 16 December South Birmingham Radio Society is holding its

Christmas party. Contact Don, on 01214 581 603.

On Friday 16 December Worcester Radio Amateurs Association is having a

beer and skittles night at Good Rest Tavern. Details from Rich Moles,
M0UVA, via email to email@anonym.

On Saturday 17 December Lincoln Short-Wave Club is in the shack. For

more information contact Pam Rose, G4STO, on 01427 788 356.

NEWS FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND On Monday 12 December Sheffield Amateur

Radio Club is holding its Christmas dinner. More information from Peter
Day, G3PHO, by email to email@anonym.

On Monday 12 December Thornton Cleveleys Amateur Radio Society is

holding an auction. More information from J Duddington, G4BFH, on 01253
853 554.

On Tuesday 13 December Chester & District Amateur Radio Society is

having its Christmas social. Contact Bruce Sutherland, M0CVP, on 01244
343825.

On Tuesday 13 December Halifax & District Amateur Radio Society is

having a talk on how not to be a Tony Hancock by Paul, G8SJA from the
Calderdale RAYNET group. Details from Anthony Vinters, G0WFG, on 01422
822636.

On Tuesday 13 December Stockport Radio Society is holding its AGM. More

information from Nigel Roscoe, on 07973 312 699.

On Wednesday 14 December Hambleton Amateur Radio Society is holding a

junk sale. More information from Tony Wilson, G3MAE, on 01609 881 530.

On Wednesday 14 December Hornsea Amateur Radio Club is having its

Christmas party. Contact Gordon MacNaught, G3WOV, on 01377 240 573.

On Thursday 15 December Ripon & District Amateur Radio Society is on

the air and having a club night. Details from Rob Hall, M0RBY, on 07876
085 631. On Thursday 15 December South Manchester Radio and Computer
Club is having a talk on GPS vehicle tracking by Chris, G8KRG. Details
from Ron, G3SVW, on 01619 693 999.

On Friday 16 December East Cleveland Amateur Radio Club is on the air.

For more information contact Alistair, G4OLK, on 01642 475 671.

NEWS FOR NORTHERN IRELAND On Monday 12 December Greenisland Electronics

Amateur Radio Society is on the air on 2m. Details from Peter Lowrie,
MI5JYK, by email to email@anonym.

On Tuesday 13 December Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club is holding its

Christmas dinner. Contact Brian, MI0TGO, via email to
muarc.email@anonym.

NEWS FOR SCOTLAND On Tuesday 13 December Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur

Radio Club is having a club night. Contact Graham, MM3GDC, by email to
email@anonym.

On Tuesday 13 December Livingston & District Amateur Radio Society is

having an operating evening. Details from Norman, on 07740 946 192.

On Wednesday 14 December Lothians Radio Society is having its Christmas

meal. Contact Andy Sinclair, by email to
email@anonym.

On Thursday 15 December Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society is having five

minute talks. More information from Lewis, GM4AJR, on 01224 575 663.

On Friday 16 December Ayr Amateur Radio Group is having its Christmas

dinner. Details from Tom Ferguson, GM1OST, on 01292 532 088.

On Friday 16 December Borders Amateur Radio Society is having its

Christmas dinner. Details from MM0YLG on 07944 912 751.

NEWS FOR THE SOUTH EAST and EAST ANGLIA On Monday 12 December

Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society is holding a committee meeting at
Danbury Village Hall. Contact Martyn, G1EFL, on 01245 469 008.

On Monday 12 December Coulsdon Amateur Transmitting Society is holding

its AGM. Details from Steve Beal, G3WZK, by email to
email@anonym.

On Monday 12 December Felixstowe & District Amateur Radio Society is

having its Christmas noggin, video & mince pies. More information from
Paul, G4YQC, by email to email@anonym.

On Monday 12 December West Kent Amateur Radio Society is holding its

Christmas social, to which non members are welcome to attend. Details
from Keith, G4JED, via email to email@anonym. On Tuesday
13 December Brede Steam Amateur Radio Society is at the shack. For more
information contact Steve, on 01424 720 815.

On Tuesday 13 December Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society is holding its

club net from 8.30. Contact Martyn, G1EFL, on 01245 469 008.

On Tuesday 13 December East Kent Radio Society is having its Christmas

dinner. Details from Karl Davies, M1DFM, on 01227 710 120.

On Tuesday 13 December Harwell Amateur Radio Society is holding its

AGM. Contact Malcolm, G8NRP, on 01235 524 844.

On Tuesday 13 December Verulam Amateur Radio Club is having its

Christmas bun fight. Ralph, G1BSZ, 01923 265572, email@anonym

On Wednesday 14 December Chesham & District Amateur Radio Society is

holding its Christmas party at the QTH or Roger, G3MEH. More details
from Terry, G0VFW, on 01442 831 491.

On Wednesday 14 December Fareham & District Amateur Radio Club is

visiting the HMS Collingwood radio museum. More information from Derek
Clarkson, G4JLP, on 01329 823 405.

On Wednesday 14 December Norfolk Amateur Radio Club is holding its

Christmas party. Details from Chris Danby, G0DWV, on 01603 898 678.

On Wednesday 14 December South Essex Amateur Radio Society Club is

having a social and radio night. Details from Dave, G4UVJ, on 01268 697
978.

On Wednesday 14 December Southgate Amateur Radio Club is holding its

AGM. Contact David Sharp, M0XDS, by email to david.email@anonym.

On Wednesday 14 December Worthing & District Amateur Radio Club is

holding its Christmas party. Contact Phil, G4UDU, on 01903 816 684.

On Thursday 15 December Colchester Radio Amateurs are having their

Christmas social. More information from Kevan, 2E0WMG, on 07766 543
784.

On Thursday 15 December Cray Valley Radio Society is having Christmas

drinks. Details from Malcolm Bryan, G8MCA, on 07906 433 965.

On Thursday 15 December Horndean & District Amateur Radio Club is

having a natter night and social evening. Contact Stuart, G0FYX, on
02392 472 846.

On Thursday 15 December Horsham Amateur Radio Club is having a social

evening at The Red Lyon, Slinfold. Details are on the web at
www.harc.org.uk.

On Thursday 15 December Lowestoft & District PYE Amateur Radio Club is

having a club night at the shack. Details from Lee, 2E1LJL, on 01502
564 242.

On Friday 16 December Mid-Sussex Amateur Radio Society is holding its

Christmas quiz. Contact Peter, G4AKG, on 01444 239 371.

On Friday 16 December Radio Society of Harrow is having its Christmas

social. More information from Linda, G7RJL, on 02083 868 586. On Friday
16 December Wey Valley Amateur Radio Group Club is having its Christmas
jolly. Details on the web at www.weyvalleyarg.org.uk.

On Saturday 17 December Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society

is having its Christmas buffet. Contact Marc Litchman, G0TOC, on 02085
021 645.

NEWS FOR THE SOUTH WEST On Tuesday 13 December Mid Somerset Amateur

Radio Club is having a mince pies and quiz evening. Contact Nick,
M6NJB, on 01749 346 320.

On Tuesday 13 December Plymouth Radio Club is having its traditional

Christmas dinner. Details from Chris, M0ZCP, on 07834 767 161.

On Tuesday 13 December West Devon Radio Club is holding its Christmas

party & quiz night, to which non members are welcome. Further
information from Jules Cuddy, M1AGY, on 01752 291 588.

On Wednesday 14 December Exeter Amateur Radio Society is holding its

Christmas party at the Moose Centre. Contact Nick, 2E0NRJ, on 01363 775
756.

On Wednesday 14 December Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur

Radio Club is on the air. Contact Tony, G0WMB, on 01454 417 048.

On Thursday 15 December Cornish Radio Amateur Club is holding a

workshop evening and Christmas party. Details from Steve, G7VOH, on
01209 844 939.

On Thursday 15 December South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is holding its

Christmas social. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

On Thursday 15 December Swindon & District Amateur Radio Club is

holding an activity night. Contact Den, M0ACM, on 07810 317 750.

On Thursday 15 December Yeovil Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on

the Eddystone 888 amateur radio receiver by G7LNJ. Contact Steve Crask,
G7AHP, by email to email@anonym.

On Friday 16 December North Bristol Amateur Radio Club is having a

video evening. More information from Dick on 01454 218 362.

On Friday 16 December Torbay Amateur Radio Society is holding its

Christmas party. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to
email@anonym.

NEWS FOR WALES On Tuesday 13 December Wrexham Amateur Radio Society is

having its Christmas meal. Details from Carl Morris, MW0TBB, by email
to email@anonym.

On Friday 16 December Newport Amateur Radio Society is having its

Christmas buffet and is on the air. More information from Ross Clare,
GW3NWS, on 01633 880 146.

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