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Subj: RSGB Main  News  - 17 June 2018
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GB2RS Main News for Sunday 17th June 2018

The news headlines:
* Three balloons go up on Thursday
* 70MHz experimental NoVs now easier
* RBN adds FT8 spots

Three high altitude balloon launches will take place from a site in 
Welshpool on Thursday 21st of June, conditions permitting. Starting 
between 10.30 and 11.30am, the balloons will have a number of 
experiments on to look at various aspects of space flight. Involving 
a number of schools in the north west, the launches are by a team 
from Hi-Impact Consultancy, based on the Wirral, as part of their 
SpaceCamp event, and take place in association with AirProducts UK. 
The organisers ask as many amateurs and SWLs to get involved and 
track the flight using FL-DIGI. The balloons will transmit on 
434.650MHz USB with callsign SPACECAMP. They use 50 baud RTTY, 450Hz 
shift, 7N2. Details about the flights will be posted via Twitter 
<at>hiimpactconsult and on 

Following agreement with Ofcom, the RSGB is pleased to announce that 
a new much faster online process is now available for all Full 
Licensees to access the 70.5-71.5MHz experimental band. Applications 
can now be made online for a new, annually-renewable Notice of 
Variation. It works in a similar way to the 146-147MHz NoV. This 
replaces the previous Special Research Permit process  and is 
expected to spur digital innovation at VHF. Prospective applicants 
should ensure they read the supplementary information and must 
observe the NoV power and geographic restrictions. See for details.

The Reverse Beacon Network is beta-testing a separate Telnet feed for 
FT8 spots. You can find it at port 7001. 
This is in addition to the existing feed on port 7000, which has been 
re-purposed as CW-only. Also, Aggregator version 5 has been developed 
as a beta that can handle FT8 spots received from WSJT-X. This will 
be available, with instructions, from the Reverse Beacon Network 

Preparations for the next World Conference in 2019 have continued 
over the past few weeks with meetings at ITU in Geneva and CEPT 
Project Team D in Estonia. Volunteers from IARU and Member Societies 
have been engaged on two key agenda items of interest to amateur 
radio; regarding a potential 50MHz allocation for Region 1, and 
Wireless Power Transfer for charging electric vehicles. For the 
latter topic, the RSGB has provided further information on Wireless 
Power Transfer, including IARU briefing slides and links to Ofcom 
measurements, on our WRC-19 focus page at
[Note for Newsreaders: the original, full URL is]

The Chinese amateur satellite organisation, CAMSAT, has released more 
details about their satellites planned for launch later this year. 
CAS-5A will carry two HF and two VHF-UHF transponders. CAS-6 will 
include a CW telemetry beacon on VHF, a 20kHz wide UHF-VHF linear 
transponder and AX.25 4.8k baud GMSK telemetry. Meanwhile, two 
Russian CubeSats will be deployed during a spacewalk from the 
International Space Station. SiriusSat-1, callsign RS13S, will beacon 
on 435.570MHz and SiriusSat-2, callsign RS14S, will beacon on 

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

The West of England Radio Rally takes place today at the Cheese & 
Grain, Market Yard, Bridge St, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE. This, the 
fifteenth occurrence of the event will see inside & outside traders, 
free car parking, disabled access, a caféplus an RSGB bookstall. 
Doors open from 10am to 2pm and admission is GBP 3, with accompanied 
under 14s free. Details from Shaun, G8VPG, on 01225 873 098.

On Thursday Quantum Amateur Radio & Technology Society is holding a 
sell and swap night. It takes place from 8pm at Cottage Lane Mission, 
Cottage Lane, Ormskirk L39 3NE. Everyone is welcome to bring 
electronic, computer, amateur radio and Maker items to sell, give 
away or swap. There is free parking but see their website for 
details. Public admission is GBP 3 and there are refreshments and 
pizza available. The organisers ask those planning to attend to say 
so in advance via 

Next Sunday the Newbury Radio Rally runs for the thirty-first time. 
It takes place at Newbury Showground next to junction 13 of the M4, 
where it crosses the A34 in Berkshire. There will be a display area 
of an amateur radio station, exhibits, special interest groups, clubs 
and societies. The grounds open to sellers at 8am and to visitors at 
9am. There is free parking. Entry is GBP 2.50 for visitors, GBP 12.50 
for a car boot sellers pitch. There is on-site catering and disabled 
facilities. Discounted advance pitch bookings can be made via and for other details, email 

To get your rally or event information into GB2RS News, RadCom and on 
the RSGB website, email details as early as possible to 

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

John, W5JON will be operating as V47JA from St Kitts, IOTA reference 
NA-104, from the 22nd of June. Active on 160 to 6m, including 5MHz, 
he will be using SSB. QSL to home call or Logbook of the World.

The Cayman Islands, NA-016 play host to Lawrence, K8HTC operating as 
ZF2LT on HF from the 18th to the 24th of June. QSL to his home call.

Haru, JA1XGI will be active from Honiara, Solomon Islands from the 
21st to the 27th. Operating as H44XG on 40m to 10m he will mostly be 
on CW, with some FT8 DXpedition mode. QSL to his home call.

Tatsuko, JJ1BDT will be active as T88YL from Koror Island, OC-009, 
from the 22nd to the 27th of June. She will operate on 40, 17 and 14m 

Now the special event news 

Many stations are active around the world this weekend, and next 
weekend, for Museums on the Air. Some UK examples include GB4CTM from 
Coventry Transport Museum, GB1MSM from Manston Spitfire Museum and 
GB2RRM at Ramsey Rural Museum. Well over fifty stations have 
registered to take part. A comprehensive list is at 

Next Sunday, Shoreham Coast Watch Special Event Station GB1SCW will 
be operating from the National Coast Watch Lookout on Shoreham Beach, 
BN43 5HY. This will be to mark the work of coastal watch communities. 
Activity will be centred on HF and VHF bands. 

A large number of special event stations remain on the air worldwide 
celebrating FIFA World Cup 2018. Many awards are available for 
working various numbers and types of station. Details are at 

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the first American woman to fly 
in space, NN4ASA will be on the air from NASA Marshall Space Flight 
Center Amateur Radio Club in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. Operating from 
0000UTC on the 18th until 2359UTC on the 24th, activity is expected 
on 7.195, 14.235 and 21.295MHz. A special QSL card is available. 

Lincoln Short Wave Club is running GB6CGC next Saturday and Sunday 
from The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth Airfield LE17 6JJ, 
commemorating the 65th anniversary of Coventry Gliding Club. 

If you're planning a special event station, please remember to send 
advance publicity to radcom<at> . we are very happy to 
help publicise your event, for free, but unless you tell us about it 
we can't help.

Now the contest news

The All Asian DX contest finishes its 48-hour run at 2359UTC today, 
Sunday. This CW-only event uses all the HF contest bands from 1.8 to 
30MHz and the exchange is serial number plus the operator's age. 
Today is busy on 6m, with the WAB 6m Phone contest running from 
0800UTC to 1400UTC. Using phone on the 50MHz band, the exchange is 
signal report, serial number and WAB square.

Commencing at 0900UTC today and running to 1200UTC, the 50MHz CW 
contest has an exchange of signal report, serial number and locator.

Finally for today, the 70MHz Cumulative #4 runs from 1400UTC to 
1600UTC. Using all modes on the 4m band, the exchange is signal 
report, serial number and locator. 

Tuesday sees the 1.3GHz UKAC from 1900UTC to 2130UTC. Using all modes 
on the 23cm band, the exchange is signal report, serial number and 

On Thursday it's the 70MHz FMAC from 1800UTC to 1900UTC, followed 
immediately after by the all-mode 70MHz UKAC from 1900UTC to 2130UTC. 
The exchange for both is the same, signal report, serial number and 

Next Sunday the UKuG High Band contest takes place from 0600UTC to 
1800UTC. Using all modes on the 5.7 and 10GHz bands, the exchange is 
signal report, serial number and locator.

Also next Sunday the 50MHz CW contest runs from 0900UTC to 1200UTC. 
Using CW only on the 6m band, signal report, serial number and 
locator forms the exchange.

Running from 1400UTC to 1600UTC, the 70MHz Cumulative #4 is also next 
Sunday. All modes are valid on the 4m band, and the exchange is the 
usual signal report, serial number and locator. 

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA and G4BAO 
on Friday 15th June.

It was more of the same last week with virtually zero sunspots, but 
some Sporadic-E to keep us amused on HF. We say virtually zero 
sunspots as a group had just appeared over the sun's limb, pushing 
the sunspot number to 16 as the time of writing. This represents 10 
for the single group and six for the number of visible spots in that 

On Thursday afternoon the solar flux index was just 74 as the 
sunspots have not yet moved into an earth-facing position to have any 
real effect. NOAA doesn't think they will not do too much for HF 
propagation, estimating the maximum solar flux index as 75 on 
Thursday 21st. The good news is geomagnetic conditions are predicted 
to remain fairly settled this week with a maximum K index of two.

As we head towards the summer solstice the upper HF bands are 
remaining open later, which is the norm. The Chilton ionosonde 
suggests that 20 metres may be remaining open on 3,000km paths until 
around 11pm. But with the current low solar flux you may find 30 
metres more reliable after dark on distant paths.

Meanwhile, Sporadic-E continues to impress, but may decline slightly 
as we head into July. So make the most of it. For those not familiar 
with Sporadic-E, it can generate very strong, localised, but often 
fleeting openings on HF up to 2,200km on all bands up to 10 metres. 
Also look out for rarer multi-hop Sporadic-E that can take your 
signals even further afield, as we'll discuss in the VHF section.

Don't miss the Sporadic-E openings, as it may be some time before we 
see reliable 10m band propagation again once the season has ended.

And now the VHF and up propagation news.

It looks as though there will be plenty of opportunity to talk about 
tropospheric openings during the next week, but northern Britain will 
have to cope with occasional periods of low pressure and stronger 
winds. On the positive side this may offer some rain scatter on the 
microwave bands. It is worth checking for this over this first 
weekend, even in the south where we may have some heavy showers 

Back to the Tropo now, and as a new ridge of high pressure builds in 
across southern Britain during next week, it will be a good option 
for longer VHF/UHF paths across Biscay and across the southern North 

Stations in the far south-west should be alert for those rare but 
exciting openings down to EA8 and D4 if this tropo couples in to the 
Azores duct system.

Sporadic-E is still in full season, and last week saw many QSOs from 
the UK into the Caribbean on six metres on both digital and CW. With 
the Atlantic jet stream over the country and a strong upper ridge 
over the near continent, there are good reasons to hope for some 
Sporadic-E into Europe and at times across the Atlantic. It may well 
be the turn for paths to Scandinavia as the jet stream over the UK 
moves over the Norwegian mountains by mid-week. If time is limited, 
check on 10m and 6m late morning and early evening.

June is one of the best periods of the year for meteor activity, so 
keep looking for meteor scatter in between the Sporadic-E openings.

The moon's declination goes negative on Thursday, and the Moon is 
heading away from us again, but EME conditions will continue to be 
good throughout the week.

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.

Our thanks to Andy G4TNU for providing this RSGB feed.
-- g4apl@gb7cip.#32.gbr.euro

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