Also in GB2RS this week…

| June 2, 2017

This week’s YOTA 2017 vlog features Sara, 2I0SSW. She was the UK team leader for YOTA 2016 in Austria and is part of the project team for this year’s YOTA event in the UK. Sara is co-ordinating the regional activities that will support the main YOTA 2017 week and that we hope will encourage even more young people to try amateur radio. Do you know what your region has planned? Detail and a link to the vlog are at

The Bath-based team who run Advanced distance learning classes are recruiting candidates again. Their next course will run from July to December with weekly study packages being circulated via a Virtual Learning Environment, which is like a private website. They provide additional notes to guide students through the RSGB textbook, some videos to watch and revision quizzes to check on progress. The team are awaiting news of their 500th successful candidate since they started in 2011. Throughout their history their average exam pass rate has been 85% or better. The team and students have also donated £9,000 to radio charities in the last five years. If you would like to know how to enrol, contact the course leader, Steve Hartley, G0FUW via e-mail to

Durham & District ARS would like to thank all the visitors who attended their first rally for making it a fantastic day. Special thanks go to the traders, clubs and the staff of Bowburn Community Centre.

There will be no Alexanderson Day VLF transmission on the 2nd of July from SAQ, the Alexanderson alternator station in Sweden. SAQ periodically schedules transmissions with the nearly century-old behemoth that operates on 17.2 kHz from the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station. SAQ said the event was cancelled due to ongoing maintenance work at the site. The station will still observe Alexanderson Day with activities that include two startups of the Alexanderson alternator and a ‘local’ transmission. These events will be streamed via YouTube. The site will be open to visitors.

More than two dozen QB50 constellation CubeSats have been deployed from the International Space Station, including three carrying amateur radio transponders. These included LilacSat-1, ON02CN, which includes a VHF/UHF FM to Codec2 BPSK digital voice transponder, APRS digipeater and a camera; X-CubeSat, ON01FR, and SpaceCube, ON05FR. LilacSat-1’s transponder’s FM uplink is 145.985MHz with a 67Hz CTCSS tone; the Codec2 9600 bps BPSK downlink is 436.510MHz. The uplink frequency for both X-CubeSat and SpaceCube is 145.860MHz with a 210.7Hz CTCSS tone. Downlinks are 437.020MHz for X-CubeSat and 436.880MHz for SpaceCube.

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