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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 16th June 2019

The news headlines:

* IARU addresses 2m & 23cm threats
* High altitude balloon launches on 20th at 27th
* Emergency Comms meeting at Friedrichshafen

As October's World Radio Conference, WRC-19 draws closer, proposals 
that would need to be agreed for the future WRC-23 agenda are also in 
progress. On Monday the 10th of June, IARU Region 1 provided detailed 
background and serious concerns it has regarding two proposals under 
discussion in CEPT/Europe that may potentially impact important 
amateur bands at 144-146MHz and 1240-1300MHz on a global basis if 
initially adopted and eventually agreed at the 2023 conference. The 
2m band has a proposal for a Primary Aeronautical Mobile service 
allocation, whilst 23cm faces potential restrictions with respect to 
the European Galileo and similar satellite navigation services. RSGB 
and IARU volunteers are actively involved with the CEPT meetings and 
other fora considering these initial proposals. The RSGB's own 
special focus page is at Whilst IARU and 
RSGB wish to draw this information to the attention of the amateur 
community, we urge restraint in pubic and social media comments until 
further progress has been made in the regulatory discussions. More 
details can found at 

hi-impact will be launching two high altitude balloon flights this 
month, on the 20th and 27th of June. Working alongside Altrincham 
Prep School and South Wirral High School, they plan to launch from 
Welshpool at 11am, subject to any operational changes, which will 
appear on their Facebook and Twitter feeds, <at>hiimpactconsult. Both 
flights are HABDuino equipped, and assistance from amateurs and SWLs 
in receiving the data and feeding it into HABHUB via DL-FLDigi is 
appreciated. The HABduino is set up on 434.650MHz USB, RTTY, 50 Baud, 
425Hz Shift with 7 Bits, No Parity and 1 Stop Bit, or 7N1, for both 
flights. The callsign for the 20th is ALTRIPREP and for the 27th it 
is SWHS_HAB. Mark, MW1MDH will be on site, and will try to be on S22, 
but as he's part of the launch team, this may not happen!

IARU Region 1 will be hosting a meeting for radio amateurs interested 
in Emergency Communications in Friedrichshafen on Friday the 21st of 
June, starting at 12 noon. There will be talks on new technology, 
satellite use, drills, data networks and responding to a power grid 
failure. The working language for this meeting will be English.

The second Midlands ARDF event takes place today, the 16th of June, 
at Cademan Wood near Whitwick. The assembly area is in the small car 
park at the Eastern end of the wood. The event is designed for 
members of radio clubs in RSGB Regions 5 and 13, although anyone is 
welcome to participate. Registration opens 10am and there will be 
tuition on how to operate the 80m DF receiver. Details are at

There are two International Space Station contacts with schools 
planned for this coming week. On Wednesday the 19th of June a contact 
has been planned for David St-Jacques, KG5FYI with participants at 
King Island District High School in Australia. It will begin at 
approximately 0849UTC and will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD, 
located in northern Italy. The downlink signals will be audible in 
parts of Europe on 145.800MHz. The International Space Station school 
contact for Nick Hague, KG5TMV with participants at Rowan Preparatory 
School in Surrey is planned for Thursday the 20th of June at 
1248UTC.That contact will be a direct link between NA1SS and GB4RPS. 
The downlink signals will be audible in many parts of Europe on 

A new APRS iGate and Digipeater has come online in Aylesbury, 
callsign MB7UDJ. It is planned that it will be operational 24 hours a 
day 7 days a week, in order to fill a gap in APRS coverage in the 
Aylesbury area. For further information, please contact the keeper, 
John Gascoigne, M5ET, via email to m5et<at>

The May/June ITU-R Study Group 1 meeting, together with its Working 
Parties, has just completed its 2019 meeting in Geneva. The IARU was 
represented for the whole seven days of meetings by Region 1 
President Don Beattie, G3BJ. The meetings spent a large amount of 
time discussing the emerging Wireless Power Transmission technologies 
and their applications. Work was advanced on Reports on WPT at 
100-148.5kHz for low power charging of portable devices, for WPT for 
electric vehicles at high power around 20, 60 and 85kHz and for 
wirelessly beamed WPT for remote charging. All these technologies, 
particularly their harmonics, have the potential for harmful 
interference to radio communications services, if not carefully 
managed. The IARU has submitted formal studies on the impact on the 
amateur service and these have been incorporated into one completed 
report and will inform a new Recommendation being developed on 
emissions from WPT. The IARU is advocating proper emission limits to 
protect radio services and is working with other spectrum users and 
administrations which share its concerns. The ITU meetings discussed 
the emerging CISPR proposals for WPT-EV emission limits, where there 
is a level of concern that they fall short of providing the necessary 
protection to radio communications services.

The RSGB Cricket World Cup Radio Marathon has been running for 13 
days and has already exceeded the UK QSO total of the 2013 RSGB 
Centenary activation, making this the biggest UK amateur radio event 
ever, measured by QSO count. Thirty-one GB19 series callsigns are 
active, with 200 volunteer operators having made over 132,000 QSOs so 
far. Nine International stations are taking part and they have made 
an additional 21,000 QSOs. Awards are available for numbers of QSOs 
with the activating special stations. Alek, SP2EWQ, the leading award 
chaser, has already made over 500 QSOs with Cricket World Cup 
stations, all on different bands and modes, and has been awarded the 
first Platinum Certificate. It is not too late for you to take part, 
either activating one of the GB19 callsigns or chasing awards by 
calling the GB19 and International stations. Full details are on the 
RSGB website at

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

Today, the 16th, the sixteenth West of England Radio Rally will take 
place at the Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Bridge Street, Frome, 
Somerset BA11 1BE. Doors open at 10am. The event will feature inside 
and outside trade stands, an RSGB book stall, a café and car 
parking. Further information from Shaun, G8VPG, on 01225 873 098, or 
email rallymanager<at>

Today, the 16th, the Scottish Amateur Radio and Electronics Rally 
will take place at INTU Braehead Centre, Glasgow. Doors open at 10am. 
There will be traders, radio clubs and a Bring & Buy, and areas for 
clubs to operate from. Talks and presentations will be running 
throughout the day. Refreshments are available on-site. For more 
information call Tony Miles on 07702 134 188.

The Ham Radio Exhibition in Friedrichshafen will take place between 
the 21st and the 23rd of June. The RSGB will be represented by its 
usual large book stall, with volunteers and staff to answer queries, 
and some will attend the various meetings that take place. The IARU 
will be in the main hall, also with staff and volunteers available 
for informal discussions on important amateur radio matters.

On Saturday the 22nd of June, the Bangor & District ARS Rally will be 
held in The Hub, Hamilton Road, Bangor. A Council pay car park is 
nearby. Doors open 11am and entry is GBP 3 including a raffle ticket. 
There will be traders, a Bring & Buy and a bookstall. More from 
0289 042 2762 or by e-mail to samanumi11<at>

On Sunday the 23rd of June, the Newbury Radio Rally and Boot Sale 
takes place at Newbury Showground, next to M4 J13. There will be 
talk-in on S22. Car parking is free. Traders can gain access from 8am 
and visitors at 9am. Admission is GBP 2.50, car boot sale pitches are 
GBP 12.50. There's a huge radio, electronics and computing boot sale, 
plus demo marquee with amateur radio on air, plus clubs and national 
society stands. There's catering on site. Contact Phill, G6EES on 
0777 150 4738 or by email to NewburyRally<at> 

To get your event into RadCom, onto GB2RS and on the RSGB website, 
please send details as early as possible to radcom<at> – 
we need to know four months in advance to get your info into RadCom. 

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

Gildas, FG/F6HMQ and Michel, FG/F6GWV will be active from Guadeloupe, 
IOTA reference NA-102, until the 25th of June. QSL via home calls. 
They will also operate as TO1T. QSL via F6HMQ.

Nobu, JA0JHQ will be active as T88PB from Koror, Palau, OC-009 until 
the 23rd of June. QSL via Logbook of The World, preferred, or direct 
to JA0JHQ.

Matteo, IZ4YGS is on the air as 9G5GS from Sanzule, West Takoradi in 
Ghana until the 2nd of July while there on work assignment. He is 
active in his spare time during his evenings on 160 to 6m using 
mostly FT8 and SSB. QSL direct to home call.

Special event station CB2E is on the air in Chile until the 2nd of 
July to mark their total solar eclipse. Activity is on the HF bands 
using SSB and FT8. QSL via the bureau.

Now the special event news 

On Thursday the 20th of June, Tom, M0HYE is running GB19RG from noon 
until 6pm using the HF bands for the Cricket World Cup Marathon 2019.

Members of the Government Communication ARC will be operating two 
special event stations in celebration of the centenary of Government 
Communication Headquarters, or GCHQ. Operation will be from 
approximately 0800 to 1600UTC on Friday the 21st. GB100GCHQ will 
operate from the organisations' HQ in Cheltenham and GB100GCB will 
operate from their station in Bude, Cornwall. Operation will be 
primarily on HF using a mixture of voice, CW and datamodes. All 
contacts will be confirmed via eQSL and Logbook of The World. 
GB1SCW, operated by members of Worthing & District ARC, will be on 
the air from the National Coast Watch Institution lookout at Shoreham 
By Sea, Sussex BN43 5HY on the 23rd of June using 40, 20 and 2m from 
10am to 4pm. QSL via bureau or eQSL. More information on

Christian Vision for Men holds an annual event called The Gathering, 
attended by some 2000 men. From the 21st to the 23rd, special event 
station GB0CVM will be operating on 80, 40 and 20 metres. 

Please send special event details to radcom<at> as early 
as possible so we can give you free publicity. Remember, it's a 
licensing condition that stations using UK special event must be open 
to the public. 

Now the contest news

The 50MHz Trophy ends its 24 hour run at 1400UTC today, the 16th. 
Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and 

The All Asian DX contest ends its 48 hour run at 2359UTC today, the 
16th. Using CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz contest bands, the exchange 
is signal report and your age.

Today, the 16th, the UK Microwave Group 24 to 248GHz band contest 
runs from 0900 to 1700UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal 
report, serial number and locator. 

The Worked All Britain 50MHz phone contest takes place today, the 
16th, from 0800 to 1400UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial 
number and, for UK stations, their WAB square. Entries must be with 
the contest manager by the 7th of July. Full details are at 

On Tuesday the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest will run from 1900 to 
2130UTC. Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial 
number and locator.

On Wednesday the 80m Club Championship CW leg runs from 1900 to 
2030UTC. The exchange is signal report and serial number.

On Thursday the 70MHz UK Activity Contest runs from 1900 to 2030UTC. 
Using all modes, the exchange is signal report, serial number and 

Next Sunday, the 23rd, the 50MHz CW contest runs from 0900 to 
1200UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Also on the 23rd, the 70MHz Cumulative Contest runs from 1400 to 
1600UTC. The exchange is signal report, serial number and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO 
on Friday 14th June 2019.

We had another quite settled week. The Kp index rose to four on the 
8th thanks to a glancing blow from an earlier coronal mass ejection. 
It rose to three again on Thursday the 13th due to an enhanced solar 
wind stream. The solar flux index remained around 70 thanks to a 
total lack of sunspots. It is hard to believe we are heading for the 
summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere, especially with last 
week's weather! Summer solstice is characterised by lower daytime 
maximum useable frequencies than winter, but higher night-time MUFs. 
Don't write off 20 or 30 metres in the evening as the bands may well 
be open all night. Otherwise, the highlights are likely to be due to 
Sporadic-E, with June perhaps offering some of the best, with 
openings from 40 through to 10 metres.

Next week, NOAA predicts more of the same with the solar flux index 
pegged at 68-70 with the Kp index averaging around two. There is the 
risk of an increase in the Kp index this weekend thanks to an 
Earth-facing coronal hole, but this is unlikely to be long lasting.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

We ended the week with the last of the very wet unsettled weather, 
but high pressure is making an appearance in the far south, which 
could well put Tropo back on the agenda again for the coming week. 
The regions most likely to benefit are southern England into the 
continent and across Biscay to Spain. These improved conditions may 
extend into northern Britain later.

The heavy thunderstorms last week brought almost daily GHz bands rain 
scatter conditions for those fortunate enough to be around to catch 
them. These showers should still be present in some northern areas at 
first next week, again providing a potential source for rain scatter.

As we said earlier, it's high season for Sporadic -E and the jet 
stream distribution suggests that there will be some options for 
Sporadic-E because of the placement of these jet streams, although 
the strength looks weaker as we move through the coming week.

The Moon is at minimum declination this coming Tuesday and with 
apogee just a week away the Moon is only up for a few hours either 
side of midnight and path losses increase all week.

June has three daytime meteor showers. Two are over, but the Bootids 
shower, associated with comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke and peaking on June 
the 27th, produced high activity in 1998 and 2004. The last 
perihelion passage of the comet was in 2015, and no unusual activity 
is predicted for 2019.

And that's all from the propagation team this week.

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  radcom<at> to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.

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