2014 will see the Brownies celebrate their 100th birthday, with various exciting activities and challenges available. Ofcom has agreed that stations may apply for the special GB100 prefix to their usual Thinking Day On The Air callsigns. The NoV applications will need to be accompanied by a supporting letter from one of the Girlguiding leaders also involved with the event. You can download a template at www.guides-on-the-air.co.uk. Thinking Day is an opportunity for the members of the Guide Association from the youngest Rainbow to the oldest Trefoil Guild member to talk to other members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world via amateur radio. The 2014 event will be on 15 and 16 February 2014.
A couple of changes have been made to the GW100RSGB schedule for Region 6, North Wales. The Meirion ARS will now operate on Monday 19th August in addition to Sunday 18th August. With these changes, and possibly others taking place, it is worthwhile keeping an eye on the Centenary News area on our website, www.rsgb.org/main/about-us/rsgb-centenary-2013/.
South Yorkshire Repeater Group has announced that GB7YD port A, 23cm Digital Data has been granted an NoV, making the South Yorkshire Repeater Group the first ‘amateur’ radio group to implement the complete Icom A, B, C, G2 system in the UK. You can access GB7YD port A on 1241.0750MHz. Details are on the ukrepeater.net website and on the repeater website at www.syrg.net.
GW100RSGB, the special event callsign celebrating the RSGB Centenary will be operated today and tomorrow, 18th & 19th, by Meirion ARS operating in Barmouth. Tuesday sees M0UTD operating from Holy Island, which is EU-124, on the 10 to 40m bands using both SSB and digital modes. On Wednesday the RSGB President, G3PJT, will be operating from Comberton in Region 9 using CW and SSB on the 40m band. On 24 August, Powys ARC will be operating from the Berriew Show, Nr Welshpool on HF & 2m using CW, SSB and FM. Details of how to get your QSL card are on the RSGB website, www.rsgb.org.uk, under the Operating drop down menu, clicking on Centenary Station.
Top DXer Martti Laine, OH2BH, was a speaker at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio exhibition in June 2013. His keynote lecture, Changing Times in DX Hunt, is now available, both slides and audio, at www.dokufunk.org/laine.
There are two amateur radio discussion reflectors that might interest listeners. The first is RSGBtech, which is a technical forum to discuss amateur radio related technical matters. If it is technical and amateur radio, it’s ‘On Topic’ at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rsgbtech/. The second reflector is RSGBforum, which is a recent addition for the discussion of general, non-technical, radio related topics. The Group is open to all radio amateurs and SWLs at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rsgbforum/. Both groups are ‘light touch’ moderated and follow RSGB online usage guidelines.
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