Also in GB2RS this week…

| August 8, 2014

The Wireless Institute of Australia has been facing a series of spectrum losses in the 70cm, 2.3GHz and most recently 3.4GHz bands. Their most recent submission to their regulator is now online at

The annual UK High Altitude Society meeting will take place on 16 August at the University of Greenwich. Some of the topics in the programme are WebSDR, Advanced superpressure balloon technology and Predictor. The conference attracts those interested in learning about building and flying High Altitude Balloons or in tracking their 434MHz signals. For full details see

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO is to take up the position of Chair of Surrey Space Centre. The Centre has been steadily expanding its staff and activities and the new role as Chair will enable him to better help with the strategic research planning and external relations, as well as mentoring staff and students. It was also announced that Professor Aglietti will take on the role of Director of the Centre.

Following the advertisement in RadCom for someone to lead the Club Relay event next year, Dan Trudgian, M0TGN, has been appointed. Dan is a great enthusiast for amateur radio and has relevant experience of getting events off the ground and getting people enthused. The Club Relay builds on the success of the RSGB Centenary Station, G100RSGB, and will be touring the country throughout the year, hosted by local clubs. The RSGB plans to go live with bookings for the callsign around October.

The RSGB Convention takes place between 10 and 12 October and will be held at the Kent’s Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. The RSGB has extended the Early Bird discount until 1 September so there’s still time to get a bargain. Go to to book your place. The programme is almost finished and will be on the RSGB website soon. One of the highlights will be the talk by Bob Allphin, K4UEE who was a member of the successful 2014 FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition, the sixth most-wanted DXCC. Their story is a very interesting one and many UK station got a ‘new one’ from their DXpedition. The cost of this DXpedition was almost half a million dollars, the sea trip across the South Atlantic was dire and participants put in a lot of their own money. Also confirmed is Mike Richards, G4WNC who asks is your Raspberry Pi collecting dust? Mike will show you how to get it doing something useful in the shack and starting working datamodes amongst other things. Free fact sheets will be available at the end of the talk.

Thanks to the volunteers from the British Amateur Television Club, videos of the presentations given to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium held in Guildford on 26 and 27 July are now available to view online or download. Links to the presentation videos, slides and the schedule are at

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