DX News – 25 October 2015

DX News – 25 October 2015

| October 23, 2015

The Mediterraneo DX group will be travelling to Vietnam and plan to be on the air as 3W3MD from the 31st of October to the 10th of November on all bands and modes. Additional information is on QRZ.com.

John, ZS5J and Beth, 2W0VOW will be active until the 3rd of November as C91B. Activity will be on all HF bands from 160 to 6 metres using CW and SSB. Daily logbook uploads will be done to Logbook of the World and Club Log. Information is on QRZ.com.

A team of Cuban and US operators will operate as T42US from Havana from the 21st to 28th of October. Direct QSLs go via WB2REM and bureau QSLs via K9DIG.

Masa, JA0RQV will be active as A35JP/p from Vava’u Island, OC-064, from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November. He will operate CW and SSB on 40 to 6 metres, running 100 watts into verticals. Prior to that, he will be on the air as A35JP from Tongatapu, OC-049, until the 29th of October. QSL via JA0RQV, direct or bureau using OQRS on Club Log, and Logbook of the World.

Godoi, PY4NY will be active as PY0NY from Fernando de Noronha, SA-003, from the 28th of October to the 5th of November. He will operate CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY on 40 to 10 metres, and maybe also on the 80 and 6m bands. See QRZ.com for more information. QSL is direct to his home call.

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GB3NC Interference – Source identified

GB3NC Interference – Source identified

From: Roger Gregory
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:42 AM

Subject: GB3NC Interference

Ladies and gents
For some months we have received reports that CW is being heard on the output of GB3NC and despite the groups best efforts, been unable to trace the source of the CW as it vanishes almost as quickly as it arrives.

Yesterday a breakthrough occurred in that we finally found the offending cause of the interference, a Chinese micro satellite XW-2B that has a CW beacon on GB3NC output frequency. To make matters worse, China has launched a number of micro-sats that have beacons on the output of region 1 repeaters. The other day I was monitoring GB3JL and heard CW, switched the radio to the CW position and copied morse complete with doppler shift, so we are not the only users who are suffering with this problem.

I have attached a link for you to click on, with data and pictures of the offending birds.

http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?page_id=29535

As a group we a quite aware of other sources of interference and are actively trying to locate the offending source, the enviroment is chanleging with beacons and repeaters on the same mast, hence a very slight problem with any asset can cause problems.

So in short, if your FM squelch is opening in an irregular pattern, switch over to sideband and you might just here the offending beacon from micro-sat XW-2B. Because of there orbits, you will hear interference at least twice a day and if I remember correctly low earth orbit is about every 90 mins or so.

Looking on the positive side, they are in low earth orbit and lets hope there life is short and burn up in the atmosphere sooner rather than later!

73

Roger G4OCO

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News for Wales – 25 October 2015

News for Wales – 25 October 2015

| October 23, 2015

On Monday Llanelli Amateur Radio Society is holding a junk sale. Contact Craig, MW0MXT, on 01269 845 773.

On Thursday Aberystwyth & District Amateur Radio Society has a club net on 145.500 then 145.550MHz. Details from Ray, GW7AGG, on 01970 611 853.

On Thursday North Wales Radio Society is holding a quiz. Contact Ceri Jones, 2W0LJC, via email to 2w0ljc@mail.com.

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News for England South West – 25 October 2015

News for England South West – 25 October 2015

| October 23, 2015

We start with news from clubs that have several events this week. North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its open 70cm net from 7pm to 8pm on GB3BS today and next Sunday. On Friday there’s a Bring and Buy evening. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

Exeter Amateur Radio Society has a talk on printed circuit board manufacture and repair by Michal, M0HRJ/SQ2CFG. The 2m net is on Tuesday from 7.45pm on 145.575MHz . Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is on the air on Wednesday. Friday sees the 2m net, commencing on 145.500MHz at 8pm. For details, email tsgarc@gmail.com.

Now we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday Bristol RSGB Group is having a chat night. Contact Robin Thompson, G3TKF, via email to robin@g3tkf.co.uk.

On Monday Weston Super Mare Radio Society is having a natter night. Details from Paul, G3SDH, via email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Wednesday Riviera Amateur Radio Club has its 2m net at 8pm on 145.425MHz. For details, email rivieraarc@gmail.com.

On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is holding an open house and on the air night. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

On Thursday Yeovil Amateur Radio Club is having a problem solving and on the air night. Details from Rodney Edwards, M0RGE, on 01935 825 791.

On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a club night with monthly speaker. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk.

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News for Wales – 18 October 2015

News for Wales – 18 October 2015

| October 16, 2015

On Monday Dragon Amateur Radio Club is having a talk by GW8NZN on the life and achievements of Marconi. Details from Stewart Rolfe, GW0ETF, on 07833 620 733.

On Monday Llanelli Amateur Radio Society is having a social evening & DVD. Contact Craig, MW0MXT, on 01269 845 773.

On Thursday North Wales Radio Society is having a technical topics evening. Contact Ceri Jones, 2W0LJC, via email to 2w0ljc@mail.com.

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The Future of IOTA

The Future of IOTA

| October 10, 2015

The RSGB Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme celebrated its 50th anniversary as a premier DX programme in July 2014. The last fifty years have seen the programme grow to 2,500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants. It is perhaps second in scale and scope to the DXCC award; indeed, many would argue it is even more challenging than that programme.

Last year the Board identified a number of challenges that the programme faced, not least of which was the need to provide an IT system that would allow online island credit submission akin to Logbook of the World (LoTW). Since that time, a small group of IOTA enthusiasts has been working with the Society to ensure that the IOTA programme continues to grow and play the prominent role that it has done in Amateur Radio DXing and contest activity for the last fifty years.

That work has now come to fruition and we are pleased to announce that a new organisation will be formed, to be called the IOTA Foundation. It will be run by IOTA enthusiasts and will manage the IOTA programme in partnership with the Society. One major task for the new organisation will be to develop a new online credit system that is due to be completed in 2017.

Roger Balister, G3KMA, Bob Barden, MD0CCE, Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC and Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX, are the team who will implement the IT changes and some of these will form the IOTA Foundation, with representation from radio amateurs at home and abroad.

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News for England South West – 18 October 2015

News for England South West – 18 October 2015

| October 16, 2015

We start with news from clubs that have several events this week. North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its open 70cm net from 7pm to 8pm on GB3BS today and next Sunday. On Friday there’s a training, relax and chat evening. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

Exeter Amateur Radio Society has its HF Monday net on 3.675MHz from 7.45pm. The 2m net is on Tuesday from 7.45pm on 145.575MHz . Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is working on the club project on Wednesday. Friday sees the 2m net, commencing on 145.500MHz at 8pm. For details, email tsgarc@gmail.com.

Yeovil Amateur Radio Club is holding Morse Practice on Thursday with G3MYM. On Saturday there’s a special event station to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Tiger Moth. Details from Rodney Edwards, M0RGE, on 01935 825 791.

Now we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday Appledore & District Amateur Radio Club is holding an open meeting. Details from Alan Fisher, M6CCH, on 01237 422 833.

On Monday Weston Super Mare Radio Society is having a photographic history of Weston Radio Society. Details from Paul, G3SDH, via email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Wednesday Burnham on Sea Amateur Radio Club is having a club night. Contact Brian, G4RGY, on 01278 683 645.

On Wednesday Exmouth Amateur Radio Club is having the final of its build any kind of receiver contest. Details from Mike, G1GZG, on 01395 274 172.

Riviera Amateur Radio Club has its 2m net on Wednesday from 8pm on 145.425MHz. For details, email rivieraarc@gmail.com.

On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is holding its AGM. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a club night. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk.

 

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Jamboree on the Air 2015 – GB4CCS

Jamboree on the Air 2015 – GB4CCS

GB4CCS ( Cornwall County Scouts)

We were pleased to be invited back to Nine Ashes Scout Activity Centre in Bodmin to run a JOTA station again this year.

The activity will take place on the 17th and 18th October.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again for another successful event.

We will be very busy with around 300 youngsters passing through our hands with the objective of each of them having a contact both on VHF and on HF so no chance of warm hands as we will not be sitting on them hi hi.

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There are some basic rules that should be followed:

  • All radio operators must operate their stations strictly in accordance with their national licensing regulations;
  • Stations should call “CQ Jamboree” or answer Scout stations calling to establish a contact;
  •  Any authorised frequency may be used. It is recommended that stations use the agreed World Scout Frequencies listed below.

To avoid congestion, other frequencies close by can be used as well.

World Scout Frequencies

HF SSB Voice
Band WOSM Calling Frequencies

80m 3.940 & 3.690

40m 7.190 & 7.090

20m 14.290

17m 18.140

15m 21.360

12m 24.960

10m 28.390

6m 50.160

HF CW – Band

WOSM Calling Frequencies
80m 3.570

40m 7.030

20m 14.060

17m 18.080

15m 21.140

12m 24.910

10m 28.180

6m 50.160
The JOTA is not a contest.

The idea is not to contact as many stations as possible during the weekend. It is about Scout to Scout conversations
to learn about one another and the country where they reside.

All participating groups are asked to send a report of their activities to their National JOTA Organizer (NJO) after the event.

NJO’s are requested to send a National JOTA Report to the World Scout Bureau, for inclusion in the World JOTA Report.

 

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News for England South West – 11 October 2015

News for England South West – 11 October 2015

| October 9, 2015

We start with news from clubs that have several events this week. North Bristol Amateur Radio Club has its open 70cm net from 7pm to 8pm on GB3BS today and next Sunday. On Friday there’s a talk on QSLing by Phil, G3SWH. Details from Mat, G7FBD, via email to g7fbd@gb3bs.co.uk.

Exeter Amateur Radio Society is having an open evening on Monday with Skip, M0TCH. The 2m net is on Tuesday from 7.45pm on 145.575MHz . Contact Nick, M0NRJ, on 01363 775 756.

Riviera Amateur Radio Club has its 2m net on Wednesday from 8pm on 145.425MHz. Thursday sees a club night. For details, email rivieraarc@gmail.com.

Thornbury & South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club is on the air on Wednesday. Friday sees the start of three days operating a JOTA station. For details, email tsgarc@gmail.com.

Now we return to the traditional listing in date order. On Monday Weston Super Mare Radio Society is having a natter night. Details from Paul, G3SDH, via email to g3sdh@btinternet.com.

On Tuesday Plymouth Radio Club is preparing for the rally. More information from David Beck, 2E0DTC, via email to d.beck123@btinternet.com.

On Thursday Cornish Radio Amateur Club is having a club evening. Details from Steve, G7VOH, on 01209 844 939.

On Thursday Saltash & District Amateur Radio Club is operating on HF. More information from Mark Chanter, M0WMB, on 01752 215 546.

On Thursday South Bristol Amateur Radio Club is considering its calendar for 2016. Details from Andrew Jenner, G7KNA, on 07838 695 471.

On Friday Torbay Amateur Radio Society is having a club night. For more information contact Dave, G6FSP, by email to g6fsp@tars.org.uk.

 

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