Also in GB2RS this week…

| October 24, 2014

Exam secretaries and invigilators can now download checklists to help ensure consistency of exam provision between exam centres, which help to ensure that essential requirements don’t get forgotten or overlooked. They are available from the Trainer Information section of the RSGB website and all print on a single side of A4 paper. The Training and Education Committee welcomes feedback on the checklists and suggestions for similar aids for any other aspects of the training and examination system via

The Manfred Memorial Moon Mission was launched into space on 23 October, carrying an amateur radio payload with a WSJT JT65B 145.980MHz beacon. The first telemetry from the JT65B beacon was received at 19.18UTC on that day. Radio amateurs are encouraged to receive and report the signals. Details on how to hear the beacon can be found on the mission website.

The Radio Communications Foundation is pleased to announce two new volunteer appointments that will fulfill its quality management requirements. Dave Wilson, M0OBW, is appointed RCE Quality Assurance Manager and Ian Shepherd, G4EVK, is appointed RCE Standards Manager. The full terms of reference of these new posts, which replace the former Quality Manager role, can be found on the RCF website. The RCF would like to congratulate Dave Wilson and Ian Shepherd on their appointments to these important roles. The development and assurance of robust and clear procedures are critical for the harmonious running and probity of the RCE.

Ofcom has confirmed that the callsign GB1SS will be made available for issue to UK astronauts who wish to operate from the ISS. After a gap of 24 years it looks as though two more UK astronauts may be flying to the International Space Station in 2015. In September 2015 Sarah Brightman hopes to become the second UK astronaut, flying on a 10 day mission, and Tim Peake hopes to go to the ISS in November 2015.

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

The ARRL has announced that the operation of E30FB from Eritrea sponsored by the Foundation for Global Children that took place from 17 to 22 September has been approved for DXCC credit.

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