Category: RSGB

via the RSGB: Frequency measurement festival for WWV

HamSCI and the Case ARC will sponsor a Festival of Frequency Measurement on WWV’s centennial, 1 October 2019, from 0000 to 2359UTC. The event invites radio amateurs, short wave listeners, and others capable of making high quality frequency measurements on HF to participate and publish their data to the HamSCI community on the Zenodo open-data sharing site. Read about how to get […]

via the RSGB: Good news for the two-metre band

The past week has seen CEPT meet in Turkey, where it finalised positions on a wide range of WRC-19 Agenda Items, including proposals for WRC-23. So let’s look at the matters that interest radio amateurs. At 144MHz, after a major effort, the 144 to 146MHz frequency range was successfully withdrawn from the French WRC-23 aeronautical proposal. This […]

via the RSGB: 146MHz band gets extra year

Ofcom has agreed to extend for a further year the Notice of Variation (NoV) for 146-147MHz to encourage radio amateurs to experiment and test new communications schemes and systems. The current NoVs expire on 31 October 2019. Any Full licence holder may apply for an experimental NoV for the 146-147MHz band: go to www.rsgb.org/nov for details. In […]

via the RSGB: IARU prepares for Key CEPT meeting

The final CEPT Conference Preparatory Group meeting prior to WRC-19 takes place from the 26th of August. Most of its papers are now available, including on current hot topics in the 6m, 2m and 23cm bands, where RSGB volunteers have been working hard to support the IARU. In summary:- At 50MHz IARU hopes that the […]

via the RSGB: WRC-19: request to support 50MHz

As the run-up to WRC-19 gathers pace, the UK Six Metre Group has also written to Ofcom in support of a positive approach to Agenda Item 1.1 concerning the future of the 50MHz band in ITU Region 1. At present, harmonisation and activity is impeded by the lack of a formal 50MHz ITU Region 1 amateur allocation. Whilst seeking positive UK […]

via the RSGB: Learn how to build a medium wave radio receiver

On 6 August 2019, the RSGB invites young people—and an accompanying adult if the child is under 16—to join them at the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park for a fun and hands-on workshop where they can learn more about radio and electronics. The workshop offers a short introduction to wireless communications before moving on to the […]

via the RSGB: ARISS Russia SSTV test transmissions

A Russian MAI-SSTV event is planned from the International Space Station for Monday, 29 July 2019 from 1315 to 2125UTC. There will be a second session on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 from 1350 to 1950UTC. Transmissions are expected to be on 145.800MHz FM in SSTV mode PD120. The call sign in use will be RS0ISS. […]

via the RSGB: Excerpts from RSGB President’s letter to Ofcom regarding 144-146 MHz

After due consideration, and as reported in GB2RS news on Friday 5 July, RSGB President Dave Wilson, M0OBW wrote to Ofcom strongly expressing the RSGB’s concerns about the proposed WRC-23 aeronautical Agenda Item that includes 144-146 MHz. The President’s letter started by stating that the RSGB “shares the concerns of the global amateur community and views the […]

via the RSGB: 144 MHz and the WRC process

RSGB has been a key part of a joint International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) effort and are working hard on both national and international levels to ensure a positive outcome for World Radio Conference-19 (WRC-19) items (50 MHz, Wireless Power, microwave bands etc) and WRC-23 Agenda proposals (144-146 MHz and 23cms). With regard to 144-146 MHz, for the avoidance […]

via the RSGB: SAQ transmission next weekend

The annual SAQ VLF transmission on Alexanderson Day on 17.2kHz from the Alexanderson Alternator will take place Sunday, 30 June 2019. Two transmissions are scheduled. Tuning will start at 0830UTC for the message at 0900UTC, then 1130UTC for the transmission at 1200UTC. Both transmission events will be broadcasted live on YouTube. via Radio Society of Great Britain – Main […]

via the RSGB: Update on 144MHz and 23cm threats

The IARU was represented this week at the meeting of CEPT Project Team A—one of the groups leading WRC-19 preparations—which finished in Prague on Friday, 21 June 2019. Of particular interest were discussions on two proposed agenda items for WRC-23, concerning the sharing of the 1240-1300MHz band with the Galileo satellite navigation system and the proposal from France to study […]

via the RSGB: Historic IARU congress film now on website

A newly-digitised classic film of the 25th Anniversary Congress of the IARU is now on the RSGB YouTube channel. Taking place in 1950, the Congress was attended by many well-known amateurs from around the world. The silent film also includes some marvellously authentic street scenes—and some decidedly odd motor vehicles. In the Film Archive on the RSGB website you can also […]

via the RSGB: High altitude balloon launches on 20th at 27th

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, @hiimpactconsult. Both flights are HABDuino […]

via the RSGB: Emergency Comms meeting at Friedrichshafen

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. […]

via the RSGB: New propagation prediction tool released

The RSGB’s Propagation Studies Committee (PSC) has released a new propagation tool for amateurs, based on the ITU’s ITURHFPROP program. The tool is the work of programmer and PSC member James Watson, HZ1JW, and can be found at rsgb.org/proppy. The new tool gives you hour-by-hour monthly median propagation predictions from a location you specify to one […]

via the RSGB: IARU supporting 50MHz monitoring trial

This year the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) takes place, and there is an important motion on the agenda to consolidate and extend access to 50MHz in IARU Region 1, which covers Europe, Africa and Asiatic Russia. One of the national telecoms administrations that is actively supporting the proposal is the Czech Republic; unfortunately some other administrations […]

via the RSGB: RSGB Convention 2019 – booking now open!

Join us between 11 to 13 October at Kents Hill Park, Milton Keynes for this year’s RSGB Convention. The programme is being finalised and will feature streams including HF, VHF, AMSAT-UK and general interest. The Convention will include the annual Construction Competition, an SMD Buildathon, the Contest University and a Pi workshop. Our after-dinner speaker will be […]

via the RSGB: An introduction to QOscar 100

Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, Dave Crump, G8GKQ and Phil Crump, M0DNY gave a presentation at AGM 2019 on Qatar Oscar 100, the geostationary amateur transponder on the Es’hail-2 commercial satellite. QOscar 100 was launched in February 2019 and has seen stations making contacts across a third of the globe on the narrow band and wide band DATV transponders. The presentation […]