Archive for February, 2016
The IARU has run a Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) international summer camp every year since 2011. It has been hosted in Romania, Belgium and the Netherlands, Estonia, Finland, Italy and Austria. The RSGB Board has agreed to submit a bid to host the 2017 YOTA summer camp in the UK. If successful, this will […]
Ofcom has announced that it will release so-called ‘special special’ call signs to support the Scouts’ centenary celebrations. These call signs will be prefixed GB100, GB1OO and GB1O0, and have up to eight characters in total. An example might be GB100CSD. These call signs will be available for special events by Cub Scout district and […]
The date of the next ISS school contact has been confirmed by NASA. On Saturday, 5 March, students from Powys Combined Schools will get their chance to speak to Tim Peake as he flies overhead. The pass is around 10.55 in the morning. Amateurs all over northern Europe will be able to listen to the […]
Financial institutions are starting to see radio as a higher speed alternative to fibre optic networks. Making deals faster than others can bring huge benefits to traders, and every microsecond counts. A recent article in the Times reveals that a financial services consortium is seeking permission to build a 1,000 foot mast in Kent. The […]
Interference from VDSL, the very high bitrate digital subscriber line technology used for superfast broadband to the home, is an increasing concern to amateurs. This problem, and other EMC-related matters, will be the subject of discussions between the RSGB and Ofcom at meetings in March 2016.
Papers are now available for the April IARU Region 1 interim meeting. Proposals cover a wide range of HF, VHF, microwave and EMC matters. These include band plans, contest rules, and interference issues. Comments from UK amateurs are invited via the RSGB consultations forum, which includes guidance and links to the papers. Comments are also […]