Category: RSGB

via the RSGB: Access to 71MHz driving innovation

UK amateurs continue to make remarkable progress with innovative technology in the experimental 71MHz band. The BATC forum reports contacts of reduced bandwidth digital amateur TV of between 59 and 87km, using the latest high efficiency video coding. This follows the initial short range contacts when simplified NoV access to 70.5-71.5 MHz was introduced by Ofcom and […]

via the RSGB: Kraftwerk jams with astronaut on ISS

Pioneering 1970s electronic music band Kraftwerk performed an extremely unusual duet last week, playing live on stage in conjunction with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst aboard the International Space Station. The event took place as part of Stuttgart’s Jazz Open Festival on 20 July 2018. After introductions, they played a special duet version of the track Spacelab, […]

RSGB: Ham Radio May Be at “the Dawn of its Greatest Era”

The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) believes that Amateur Radio innovation is alive and well. “Amateur research and innovation is far from over; indeed, we may well be at the dawn of its greatest era,” the UK’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society concluded in an RSGB 2022 strategy narrative posted on its website. “In an […]

via the RSGB: WRTC 2022 venue announced

After the recent successful World Radiosport Team Championship in Germany it has been announced that the 2022 event will be hosted by Bologna in Italy. The invitation-only event pits the world’s greatest DXers against each other in over 60 teams. They compete with each other using similar stations in similar terrain to level the playing field. As […]

via the RSGB: New service to replace AROS

Following an extensive review of the Amateur Radio Observation Service, AROS, the RSGB has decided to create a new service to provide guidance to operators who experience misuse of the amateur bands by others. This service will be known as the Operating Advisory Service, or OAS, and will replace AROS. The change will come into effect […]

via the RSGB: Ham-designed comms support cave rescue

The dramatic rescue of twelve young footballers and their coach from a cave in Thailand was facilitated, in part, by communications technology developed by British radio amateur John Hey, G3TDZ. Ordinary radio signals don’t penetrate the solid rock surrounding caves, but very low frequency signals can do. Around the turn of the Millennium John designed […]

via the RSGB: World Radiosport Team Championship looms

The World Radiosport Team Championship takes place this week, running from Thursday the 12th to Monday the 16th. This invitation-only event pits the world’s elite contesters against each other in two-person teams. To level the playing field, all the contesters use similar stations with similar antennas, all within a relatively small geographical operating area to […]

via the RSGB: International Youth at Sea begins

A new cultural exchange-based radio activity, International Youth at Sea, has been organised by the Finnish Lighthouse Society, the Amateur Radio League of Finland, the OH-DX-Foundation and DX University. The first team will activate Market Reef Lighthouse as OJ0C, from the 21st to the 28th of July. The 2018 youth team members are Nuuti, OH1UBO; […]

via the RSGB: Schoolboy makes silicon chips at home

We normally think of silicon chip fabrication as being a cutting-edge practice, requiring huge investments and hundreds of people. However, we learned recently of Sam Zeloof, a 17-year-old high school student in the USA, who is making his own chips in his garage. Using ingenuity and equipment purchased via eBay, including things like an electron […]

via the RSGB: Details of FIFA World Cup stations

The Russian National Society, RRC, has organised an amateur radio marathon to commemorate the FIFA World Cup finals. It runs from 1 June to 15 July 2018. Five awards are available, some of which are achievable at several different levels. Most bands from Top Band to 70cm can be used, on all modes. A full list […]

via the RSGB: Guide to Ofcom online licensing portal

The February edition of RadCom included a helpful article by Ofcom about their Licensing Portal, Registration and Revalidation, which are all on the Ofcom website. The RSGB has now made the article available on its website as an easy reference for every one, whether or not they are an RSGB Member. You can download it directly from tinyurl.com/GB2RS-0520A. via Radio […]

via the RSGB: NHS amateur radio callsign launches

GB1NHS is the new National Health Service amateur radio station. The RSGB’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park is hosting the launch event on Tuesday, 8 May 2018. National Radio Centre Coordinator Martyn Baker, G0GMB, will make the initial transmission using the call sign at 10.45am and the event will run to 2pm. The launch is part of […]