Also in GB2RS this week…

| October 17, 2014

The Dominica National Telecommunications Regulator has permitted amateur operation on five 3kHz-wide channels in the 5MHz band for General and Advanced licensees only. These are 5330.5, 5346.5, 5355.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5 kHz at 50W pep SSB. Please note that the Dominica, J7, 5MHz allocation should not be confused with the Dominican Republic, HI, which also has a 5MHz allocation.

The RAYNET Convention and Network AGM takes place at the SkillZone Centre, Tuffley Road, Gloucester GL4 0AS on 25 October. Details of the day can be found on the Convention and AGM website. Members of all RAYNET affiliations are most welcome to attend. A booking form to indicate attendance, as places are limited, is on the site.

The RSGB have been made aware that some amateurs appear to be using personal digital hotspots to pass third party traffic. Everyone is reminded that in order to use a hotspot or internet gateway for anything other than your own use then you must be the holder of a Notice of Variation or NoV to your licence. You may apply for an NoV via the ETCC website at

The RSGB has appointed Philip Willis, M0PHI as the new Chair of the RSGB Training and Education Committee to succeed Steve Hartley, G0FUW. Philip was already a member of the Committee and Steve will be handing over Committee tasks in the coming days and weeks, so you can expect a little parallel running for a short time.

There’s still time to apply for a place on the RSGB’s Youth Committee. Applicants must be under 26 years of age and be Members of the Society, which includes Junior and Student Members. Applications should be sent to the General Manager no later than 31 October at

In the UK the clocks go back one hour at 2am on 26 October. When the clocks go back, the UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a Russian high power “Over the Horizon” radar system centered around 21MHz recently which affected the entire band. Added to this, a Russian voice scrambler nicknamed Yakhta has been transmitting daily on 21.0MHz on USB using voice encryption that also contains a frequency shift keyed synchro signal with a 100 baud rate and 150Hz shift. Meantime, a spurious emission from Voice of Iran is also causing interference on 21.249MHz. An in depth report including charts compiled by DK2OM can be found at (19-page/1.2MB PDF).

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