Also in GB2RS this week…

| November 14, 2014

The Mid-Cornwall beacon, GB3MCB, on 432.970MHz, was switched off on 8 November in order to comply with the latest NoV issued by Ofcom. The new GB3MCB beacon frequency will be 432.470MHz. Because of the lead times for some specialist parts, the beacon is expected to be out of service for about 10 weeks. The Mid-Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group will try to improve on this lead time and thank everyone for their patience whilst the changes are made.

The International Space Station is currently without a resident licenced amateur following the return to earth this week of Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO and Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT. The next licensed amateur on the station will be Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, who heads to the ISS on the 23 November. Next year will see a number of amateurs visit the station, including Gennady Padalka, RN3DT and Mikhail Kornienko, RN3BF, who arrive in March. Kjell Lindgren, KO5MOS and Kimiya Yui, KG5BPH will head to the ISS next May. Tim Kopra, KE5UDN, and Tim Peake, KG5BVI, will be there a year from now. Tim Peake, who is from the UK, may use the callsign GB1SS.

The Al Slater, G3FXB Memorial Award is in memory of G3FXB who became a silent key in 1992 and was a member of the First Class Operator’s Club. The award is presented once a year to an individual, group or society that has, in the judgement of the Committee, made an outstanding contribution to the hobby that reflects the attitudes and approach of Al Slater. This year the FOC Committee received three excellent nominations but has unanimously decided to present the award to Michael Wells, G7VJR and the Club Log team for their valuable contribution to the world of HF operating.

The MSF 60kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be off during the day for maintenance work on 18 and 19 November between 09.00UTC to 16.00UTC. The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work to be carried out in safety.

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