Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 1, 2016

As we announced last week, GB2RS newsreader Peter Robinson, G8MSQ passed away last week. His funeral will take place on 5 July at Kingswood Chapel, Worthing Crematorium, Horsham Road, Findon, Worthing, BN14 0RG at 12.20pm. If you plan to attend please email

Chris Smith is a cub leader in Dronfield, Derbyshire at the 5th Dronfield Hilltop Troop. He is trying to find out if there is a local radio amateur who might be interested in setting up and running a JOTA station over the weekend of 14 to 16 October. If you are interested, please contact Region 13 Manager Jim Stevenson, G0EJQ, via email to

The RSGB Board has agreed to co-opt a new regional manager for South Wales, Region 7. Glyn Jones, GW0ANA has been appointed as Regional Manager for Region 7 and the Board would like to thank him for stepping forward. The post will become due for election at the 2017 RSGB AGM.

This year’s AMSAT-UK Colloquium takes place at the Holiday Inn in Guildford on 29 to 31 July. A full programme of presentations, covering all aspects of the amateur satellite world has been developed for the Saturday and Sunday and a beginners session is scheduled for the Friday afternoon. There will be a session on how to develop software receivers using GNU radio, reviews of the Tim Peake ARISS contacts and the educational results achieved, information about a new 76GHz satellite project, a review of how to operate in the field and lots more. Libby Jackson, from the UK Space Agency, with whom the ARISS UK team worked closely during the Tim Peake mission, will be speaking during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening—more details online.

Radio amateurs in the south of England are asked to look out for schools and youth groups taking part in the Boscombe Down Balloon Challenge and to provide any help and encouragement that they can. The challenge invites teams of budding engineers and scientists to compete for three £1,000 prizes. Entrants will launch their own high-altitude balloon that will carry a radio telemetry payload operating in the licence-free portion of the 434MHz band. This is a great opportunity to promote science, technology, engineering and maths, but many would-be competitors will lack the radio communications know-how that most licensed amateurs take for granted. Any offers of help in this area are likely to be most welcome. This is also a very good opportunity to show off amateur radio to young people. Full details of the Balloon Challenge can be found at and competition flights can take place at any time up to and including 31 December 2016.

The ARRL reports the US Geological Survey has posted a presentation entitled Challenges and Lessons Learned during Gorkha Earthquake of 2015, which focuses on amateur radio’s role in the 2015 Nepal earthquake response. You can view the presentation at

Two long-serving volunteers in IARU Region 1 were recognised for their work for IARU at the Friedrichshafen HamRadio event last week. Christian Verholt, OZ8CY, former Chair of the EMC Working Group and former EMC Advisor to the IARU International Secretariat, was awarded the IARU President’s Diamond Award by Tim Ellam, VE6SH, IARU President, and Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, IARU Vice-President. The award is a new reward to recognise exceptional volunteer contribution over many years. Christian was also awarded the Region 1 Medal by Region 1 President Don Beattie in recognition of his work on EMC matters in the region for more than 20 years. Wolfgang Hadel, DK2OM, was awarded the Region 1 Medal by IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, to recognise his ongoing exceptional leadership of the successful IARU monitoring system. Congratulations to both for their commitment to the work of IARU.

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