Sunday 9th October 2011
The news headlines:
RSGB announces Extraordinary General Meeting
5MHz station in Greece
ISS astronaut to join in Jamboree on the Air
The Society has announced that it will be convening an Extraordinary General Meeting on 19 November
2011. The meeting will allow members the opportunity to comment on proposals to address issues
surrounding the governance of the Society. Full details will be in the November issue of RadCom, but the
editorial from that issue has been pre-released and can be read on the RSGB website, www.rsgb.org.
After three years of negotiation the Radio Amateur Association of Greece has been given permission for its
headquarters club station, SZ1SV, to use the channel centred on 5400kHz. SZ1SV is permitted to use
5398.5 to 5401.5kHz for SSB, CW and digital modes, with a maximum power of 100W. Since the permission
is based upon propagation studies, the Greek association is planning to operate a beacon, somewhat similar
to our own 5MHz chain, when the station is not being used for contacts. The RSGB has been working
closely with Manos, SV1IW, President of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece, on their planned usage
of this channel for beaconing, so that this can exist alongside our and others usage of the channel for QSOs.
Plans for the beacon have yet to be finalised, but it will likely operate every 15 minutes, with an alternating
CW and PSK31/PSK63 identifier. The beacon may be capable of being remotely switched as a further
measure to minimise interference to other users of the channel.
This year’s Jamboree On The Air takes place on 15 and 16 October. NA1SS, which is the International
Space Station, is going to be on the air throughout the JOTA weekend. Astronaut Mike Fossum, KF5AQG,
who is also a Scoutmaster, is going to be on the air during breaks from his work schedule. He should be
available on most of the passes around the world. The uplink is 145.200MHz and the downlink is
145.800MHz, both plus and minus Doppler shift as the ISS passes overhead. Within this year's JOTA, an
emergency communications exercise will take place on Saturday, 15 October in the afternoon, European
time zone. This simulated emergency test will include the Headquarters station, HB9S, of the World
Organization of the Scout Movement, which will be operated by amateurs from five different countries.
The MM0RAI/P Rockall DXpedition was a success. The amateurs managed to land on the rock, IOTA
reference EU-189, and set up the station. Operation started on 1 October at 1545UTC and they stopped
transmitting on 2 October at 0652UTC. Online logs will be available soon. For more information, including
photographs, check out the website at www.rockall.be.
India’s latest amateur radio satellites, SRMSAT and JUGNU, are now at the Indian Space Research
Organisation spaceport at Sriharikota, ready to launch on 12 October. VU2WMY says he used an AMSAT-
UK FUNcube Dongle SDR to receive telemetry from SRMSAT and JUGNU during environmental tests.
Bletchley Park Trust has been granted 4.6 million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the
regeneration of Bletchley Park. The investment will enable the restoration of iconic Codebreaking Huts 1, 3
and 6, and create a world-class visitor centre and exhibition in the currently derelict Block C as soon as £1.7
million in match funding has been raised. Not only will this development allow the conservation of buildings
of highly significant heritage value, it will considerably improve the educational offering and visitor experience
at Bletchley Park.
The next Advanced revision course run by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society starts on Thursday 27
October. This short revision course is aimed at those who have already studied at home or elsewhere. It will
be held on Thursday evenings between 7 and 9pm at Danbury Village Hall from 27 October to 1 December.
The exam will be held on Monday, 5 December. For more details on this or the other CARS training courses
speak to Clive, G1EUC, on 01245 224 577.
Entries for the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society's annual SOS Radio Week are now being accepted. SOS
Radio Week 2012 is nine days of sponsored operating from 21 to 29 January. It is open to individuals,
groups and clubs. Participants can operate from home, their club HQ, the local shopping centre, a Lifeboat
Station, in fact anywhere they like. There's no minimum time you need to dedicate, just as much time as you
can spare. All money raised goes to the RNLI. In the past two years, amateur radio operators taking part in
SOS Radio Week have raised over £7,200. If you'd like to take part, please register on the website,
And now for the details of rallies and events for the coming week
Today, 9 October, the Autumn Militaria & Electronics & Radio Amateur Hangar Sale takes place at Hack
Green Secret Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 8AL. Doors open at 10am and admission is £2.50.
There will be civil, military and vintage radio equipment plus vehicle spares and more. Contact Rod Siebert
on 01270 623 353.
On Sunday 16 October the Blackwood and District ARS Rally takes place at Coleg Gwent, Risca Road,
Cross Keys, NP11 7ZA. Doors open at 10.40 and admission is £2. There will be trade stands, special
interest groups and a Bring & Buy. More details from Dave, GW4HBK on 01495 228 516.
The Hornsea Amateur Radio Club Rally takes place on 16 October at the Floral Hall, 7 The Esplanade,
Hornsea, East Yorkshire, HU18 1NQ. Doors open at 10am. There will be trade stands, a Bring & Buy as well
as special interest groups. Details from Rick, M0CZR by e-mail to R106221@aol.com.
Now for the news of special events
Bedford and District Amateur Radio Club will be operating GB4BMA from Broham Mill on National Apple
Day, 16 October.
There will be many special event stations on the air for JOTA on 15 and 16 October. The October RadCom
contains a list of over 20 special event stations that have issued for the event.
And now the HF DX news compiled from 425 DX News and other sources
DJ7RJ will be operating as FR/DJ7RJ from Reunion Island, which is IOTA reference AF-016, until 26
October. He will operate CW and SSB on 160 to 10 metres, with a focus on the low bands, using a 500 watt
amplifier into an inverted L antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.
IZ4AMS/P will be active from Tinetto Island, IOTA reference EU-083, from 9 to 10 October. He will be using
the 80, 40 and 20 metre bands. QSL via his home callsign.
After just four days, the T32C DXpedition has passed the 50,000 QSO milestone. It has turned out to be
something of an unplanned Field Day style operation and they now have no expectations of the container of
equipment arriving while they are on Christmas Island. Instead, the team hand-carried just over one metric
tonne of equipment to the island. They are extremely grateful to all those who loaned equipment at short
notice to help enable the DXpedition to take place and be successful. They will continue to make regular
updates on the website and Michael, G7VJR will no doubt update Twitter while he is there. The online log on
ClubLog is getting a very high hit rate and they are uploading logs twice a day, at 7am and 7pm local time.
More information at www.t32c.com.
Now the contest news
Tuesday 11 October sees the 432MHz UK Activity Contest take place from 1900 to 2130UTC. Using all
modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
The 80m Club Sprint takes place on 12 October from 1900 to 2030UTC. Using CW, the exchange is serial
number and name.
The second 50MHz contest takes place on 16 October from 0900 to 1200UTC. Using all modes the
exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.
And now the solar factual data for the period from the 26th of September to the 2nd of October,
compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS on the 3rd of October.
First, before a busy period to report, the latest smoothed monthly sunspot numbers. For December 2010,
January and February 2011 they are 28.8, 31.0 and 33.4 respectively.
A couple of large groups dominated the solar disc during the period and were responsible for the eight M
class solar flares that took place. Other groups were visible but were small and quiet. Numerous C class
solar flares took place every day. Sudden ionospheric disturbances and coronal mass ejections
accompanied some of the larger solar flares. Solar flux levels declined slightly from 148 units on the 26th to
131 units by the 2nd. The average was 138 units. The 90 day solar flux average on the 2nd was 112 units,
that’s four units up on last week. X-ray flux levels declined from C1.4 units on the 26th to B3.8 units by the
28th, though a small increase was made by the end of the period. The average was B5.6 units. Geomagnetic
activity started at quiet levels on the 26th, but around midday a coronal mass ejection arrived and shortly
after a major storm was in progress. Two of the 3 hourly Kp indices reached 8 later that day. The storm
continued until the afternoon of the 29th. The only quiet days were the 30th and the 1st when the Ap index of
8 and 9 units were recorded respectively. The average was Ap 23 units. That’s the highest weekly average
since December 2006. Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds increase rapidly
from 320 kilometres per second to 700 as the disturbance arrived on the 26th. Speeds then erratically
declined to 420 kilometres per second by the 2nd. Particle densities reached 38 particles per cubic
centimetre on the 26th, otherwise densities were low. Bz fluctuated between minus 30 and plus 28
nanoTeslas on the 26th and between minus and plus 5 nanoTeslas on the quietest day. MUFs dropped
sharply – though, as suggested in last week’s report, there were also periods when HF propagation was
enhanced. Many auroral contacts were made on 6, 4 and 2 metres, at least as far south as the south coast.
And now the solar forecast. The present level of solar activity looks set to continue. Solar activity should be
at least moderate on some days with a slight chance that activity could increase to high on the occasional
day. Solar flux levels should be around the 120’s. That figure is a guide and could be lower with a quiet Sun
or higher with an active Sun. Geomagnetic activity should be at active levels today due to the effects of a
coronal hole, but as in recent weeks a coronal mass ejection could arrive on any day this week. If, however,
none arrive, then activity should be quiet for the rest of the week. MUFs during daylight hours at equal
latitudes should be around 30MHz for the south and 27MHz for the north. Darkness hour lows should be
around 10MHz. As always these figures are based on quiet geomagnetic levels and will be somewhat lower
if activity increases. Now a look at the predications for the low frequency bands to the T32C DXpedition to
Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean. Top Band will be very difficult to work but the best time will be around
0400 and 0630. The best time on 80 metres will between 0530 and 0630 but may be open an hour before
and after that on the better days. Unlike Top Band and 80 metres, which will need the path in total darkness,
40 metres could be worked with a longer window for at least up to an hour after sunrise. The best times will
be between 0400 and 0830 with a peak around 0530. All times are UTC.
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
NEWS FOR THE MIDLANDS
On Sunday 9 October Midland Amateur Radio Society is at the RSGB Convention. Details from Norman,
G8BHE, on 07808 078 003.
On Sunday 9 October South Birmingham Radio Society is at the RSGB Convention. Contact Don, on 01214
On Monday 10 October Gloucester Amateur Radio & Electronics Society is holding a DF hunt. Contact Anne,
2E1GKY, on 01452 548 478, daytime.
On Monday 10 October South Birmingham Radio Society is painting the shack and doing other renovation
work. Contact Don, on 01214 581 603.
On Monday 10 October Stratford Upon Avon District Radio Society is having a talk on transceiver remote
control by Jon, G4URH. Contact G0CHO, on 01608 664 488.
On Monday 10 October 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 email@example.com.
On Tuesday 11 October Derby & District Amateur Radio Society is holding a committee meeting. Contact
Richard Buckby, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday 11 October Forest of Dean Amateur Radio Group is having a talk on mobile phone forensics by
Nick Gleed. Details on 01594 549110.
On Tuesday 11 October Loughborough & District Amateur Radio Club is holding its AGM, starting at 8pm
prompt. More information from Chris, G1ETZ, on 01509 504 319.
On Tuesday 11 October Mid-Warwickshire Amateur Radio Society is having a homebrew and construction
evening. Details from Don, G4CYG, on 01926 424 465.
On Tuesday 11 October Worcester Radio Amateurs Association is holding an equipment and rig tune up
night. Details from Rich Moles, M0UVA, via email to email@example.com.
On Wednesday 12 October Midland Amateur Radio Society is holding a committee meeting and training
classes. Details from Norman, G8BHE, on 07808 078 003.
On Wednesday 12 October Telford & District Amateur Radio Society is looking at DIY measurements.
Contact Mike, G3JKX, on 01952 299 677.
On Thursday 13 October Salop Amateur Radio Society is having a natter night. Details on the club website
On Thursday 13 October South Birmingham Radio Society is having training classes with Dave Murphy,
G8OWL. Contact Don, on 01214 581 603.
On Friday 14 October Coventry Amateur Radio Society is holding its AGM. Contact John, G8SEQ, on 07958
On Friday 14 October South Birmingham Radio Society is having a construction evening. Contact Don, on
01214 581 603.
On Friday 14 October Worcester Radio Amateurs Association commences its weekend event for JOTA at
Kinver Scout and Guide camp ground. Details from Rich Moles, M0UVA, via email to
NEWS FOR THE NORTH OF ENGLAND
On Sunday 9 October Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club is holding an Advanced examination. Contact
Nancy Bone, G7UUR, on 01914 770 036.
On Monday 10 October Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club is on the air. Contact Nancy Bone, G7UUR,
on 01914 770 036.
On Monday 10 October Bolton Wireless Club is having an activity night plus members' show and tell
evening. For details, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday 10 October Sheffield Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on making your own equipment by
Peter Day, G3PHO. More information from Peter Day, G3PHO, by email to email@example.com.
On Monday 10 October Thornton Cleveleys Amateur Radio Society is holding its AGM, starting at 8pm
prompt. Details on the web at www.tcars.org.uk.
On Tuesday 11 October Chester & District Amateur Radio Society is holding a committee meeting. Details
from Barbara Green on 07957 870 770.
On Tuesday 11 October Halifax & District Amateur Radio Society is having a club meeting. Contact Martin,
M0GQB, on 01422 341 317.
On Wednesday 12 October Hambleton Amateur Radio Society (Northallerton) is having an operating night.
More information from Tony Wilson, G3MAE, on 01609 881 530.
On Wednesday 12 October Hornsea Amateur Radio Club is taking part in the CW Sprint and preparing for
the rally. Contact Gordon MacNaught, G3WOV, on 01377 240 573.
On Thursday 13 October Ripon & District Amateur Radio Society is looking at VHF contesting. Details from
Rob Hall, M0RBY, on 07876 085 631.
On Thursday 13 October South Manchester Radio and Computer Club is having a talk on contesting by Ron,
G3SVW. Details from Ron, G3SVW, on 01619 693 999.
On Friday 14 October East Cleveland Amateur Radio Club is having a radio magazines evening. For more
information contact Alistair, G4OLK, on 01642 475 671.
On Saturday 15 October Denby Dale Radio Club commences its weekend event operating GB2WYS for
Jamboree on the Air. Details from Richard, M0RBG, on 07976 220 126.
On Sunday 16 October Hornsea Amateur Radio Club is running the Hornsea Rally at Floral Hall. Contact
Gordon MacNaught, G3WOV, on 01377 240 573.
NEWS FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
On Sunday 9 October Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Club is having its monthly meeting at 3pm. For more
information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday 10 October Greenisland Electronics Amateur Radio Society is on the air on 2m. Details from
Peter Lowrie, MI5JYK, by email to email@example.com.
NEWS FOR SCOTLAND
On Tuesday 11 October Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. Contact Graham,
MM3GDC, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday 11 October Livingston & District Amateur Radio Society is having an operating evening. Details
from Norman, on 07740 946 192.
On Wednesday 12 October Ayr Amateur Radio Group is having a talk on oil exploration in the Mediterranean
Sea. Details from Tom Ferguson, GM1OST, on 01292 532 088.
On Thursday 13 October Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society is having a talk on lighthouses by Geoff,
MM5AHO. More information from Lewis, GM4AJR, on 01224 575 663.
On Friday 14 October Borders Amateur Radio Society is holding an EGM and AGM commencing at 8pm.
More information from Danny, 2M0CDO, on 01890 882 850.
NEWS FOR THE SOUTH EAST and EAST ANGLIA
On Monday 10 October Coulsdon Amateur Transmitting Society is having a talk on radio in the Scouting
movement by G6CJR and M0NDJ. Details from Steve Beal, G3WZK, by email to email@example.com.
On Monday 10 October West Kent Amateur Radio Society is having a talk by Dave Green, G4OTV on the
club's radio DXpedition to Ireland. Details from Keith, G4JED, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday 11 October Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society is having a club net night. Contact Martyn,
G1EFL, on 01245 469 008.
On Tuesday 11 October Harwell Amateur Radio Society is having a talk by Tim, G4VXE, on his world of
VHF. Contact Malcolm, G8NRP, on 01235 524 844.
On Wednesday 12 October Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society is holding a committee meeting at Danbury
Village Hall. Contact Martyn, G1EFL, on 01245 469 008.
On Wednesday 12 October Chesham & District Amateur Radio Society is holding a members' forum and
invites members to bring along their radio equipment. More details from Terry, G0VFW, on 01442 831 491.
On Wednesday 12 October Norfolk Amateur Radio Club is taking part in the RSGB 80m Club Sprint CW
contest and having an informal, construction and shack evening. Details from Chris Danby, G0DWV, on
01603 898 678.
On Wednesday 12 October South Essex Amateur Radio Society is having a talk on power supplies by Philip,
G8LHW. Details from Dave, G4UVJ, on 01268 697 978.
On Wednesday 12 October Southgate Amateur Radio Club is planning for 2012. Contact David Sharp,
M0XDS, by email to email@example.com.
On Wednesday 12 October Worthing & District Amateur Radio Club is holding its AGM. Contact Phil,
G4UDU, on 01903 816 684.
On Thursday 13 October Bittern DX Group is having an informal club meeting at Pinewood Park Leisure
Club, NR26 8TU. Details from Linda, G0AJJ, on 01692 404 154.
On Thursday 13 October Echelford Amateur Radio Society is having a talk on Bletchley Park by Brian
Oakley. Contact John, G4GSC, on 01784 451 898.
On Thursday 13 October Lowestoft & District PYE Amateur Radio Club is holding its AGM at the Railway
and Bowls Club. Details from Lee, 2E1LJL, on 01502 564 242.
On Thursday 13 October Reading & District Amateur Radio Club is having a talk by Prof Colin Bayliss,
G3WKZ on smart grids. Details from Pete, G8FRC, on 01189 695 697.
On Thursday 13 October Shefford & District Amateur Radio Society is holding its autumn junk sale. Details
from David, G8UOD, on 01234 742 757.
On Friday 14 October Cambridge & District Amateur Radio Club is having a discussion evening on test
equipment, and invites members to bring theirs along. Contact Ron, G3KBR, on 01223 501 712.
On Friday 14 October Mid-Sussex Amateur Radio Society is having a radio night. Contact Peter, G4AKG, on
01444 239 371.
On Friday 14 October Radio Society of Harrow is having a talk on the RSGB by Dr Alison Johnson, G8ROG.
More information from Linda, G7RJL, on 02083 868 586.
On Friday 14 October Wimbledon & District Amateur Radio Society is on the air. Contact Andrew Maish,
G4ADM, on 02083 353 434.
On Saturday 15 October Crystal Palace Radio and Electronics Club continues its Foundation training course.
Contact Bob, G3OOU, on 01737 552 170.
On Saturday 15 October Loughton & Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society is running Jamboree on the Air
station GB1HS for 1st Hainault Scout. Contact Marc Litchman, G0TOC, on 02085 021 645.
NEWS FOR THE SOUTH WEST
On Monday 10 October Exeter Amateur Radio Society is having a club night at the Moose Centre. Contact
Nick, 2E0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.
On Tuesday 11 October Mid Somerset Amateur Radio Club is holding its AGM. Contact Nick, M6NJB, on
01749 346 320.
On Tuesday 11 October Plymouth Radio Club is holding a Bring & Buy sale. Details from Chris, M0ZCP, on
07834 767 161.
On Wednesday 12 October Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is on the air. Contact
Tony, G0WMB, on 01454 417 048.
On Thursday 13 October South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is holding its autumn table top sale. Details from
Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.
On Thursday 13 October Swindon & District Amateur Radio Club is having an activity night. Contact Den,
M0ACM, on 07810 317 750.
On Thursday 13 October Yeovil Amateur Radio Club is looking at practical projects & soldering techniques.
Contact Steve Crask, G7AHP, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday 14 October North Bristol Amateur Radio Club is having a talk on antennas for small spaces by
Dick, G0XAY & Tony, G8CKK. More information from Dick on 01454 218 362.
On Friday 14 October Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a natter night. For more information contact
Dave, G6FSP, by email to email@example.com.
On Saturday 15 October Appledore & District Amateur Radio Club commences its weekend JOTA event at
the QTH of G4SOF. Contact Brian Jewell, M0BRB, on 01237 473 251 for more information.
NEWS FOR WALES
On Thursday 13 October Aberystwyth & District Amateur Radio Society is holding its AGM. Details from Ray,
GW7AGG, on 01970 611 853.