Also in GB2RS this week…

| March 11, 2016

The MB6IRH wires-x simplex gateway located in Northwich, Cheshire is now live. Located at IO83SG on 431.150MHz simplex, more details can be found by email to

The Arfon Repeater Group has announced an upgrade to their 70cm repeater, GB3AN. It is located on the north east coast of Anglesey near the town of Amlwch. The repeater has a change of operation with the recent installation of a Yaesu DR-1X Fusion repeater system, and following an NoV, it became operational in dual mode. Digital voice mode of C4FM together with normal FM is now available. The operating channel is RB08, an output frequency of 433.2000MHzRX and receive frequency of 434.8000MHz with a CTCSS access tone of 110.9Hz. Report on the coverage would be very welcomed via the website.

Stephen Purser, G4SHF has indicated that he wishes to stand down as Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee and the RSGB is looking for his successor. The successful applicant will have experience of the planning process, preferably in a professional capacity, and will head up a small team of advisers. The post will not involve the preparing planning applications for members, only advising members on their preparation. If you are interested in applying for this post, please contact Len, GM0ONX at

Coming up at the end of March is an opportunity to work the sixth most-wanted DXCC entity according to the Club Log DXCC Most Wanted List. Juan de Nova is a small island located between Mozambique and Madagascar with the IOTA reference AF-012. It was last activated in 2003 but FT4JA should be on the air starting on the 29 March. Leading up to the DXpedition, two of its operators, F2DX and F6BEE, will head to Mayotte Island, AF-027, which is northeast of Juan de Nova, and be active as FH/ using their home call signs from the 18 to 24 March, when they will focus on the six to 40m bands. The other eight FT4JA operators will join them later.

The first UK amateur radio contact on the 241GHz band took place on the 19 February at 1500UTC between Roger, G8CUB and Chris, G0FDZ. The distance was 30 metres and the CW signals were 559 and 589. The transmit power at each end was in the order of one microwatt and the antennas used were 250mm and 300mm dishes. This contact has been made on the highest frequency allocation available to amateurs in the UK.

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