Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 21, 2017

Paul Whatton, G4DCV has been appointed as Chair of the RSGB’s Training and Education Committee. Paul previously held the post of Vice-Chair within TEC and is the project leader for the Train the Trainers scheme, which recently trained its 200th tutor.

On the 28 July 2017, Ofcom will be opening the radio monitoring station at Baldock to visitors as part of the IET’s Engineering Open House Day. It’s part of the IET’s Engineer A Better World campaign to showcase engineering as a career. Places are limited so people need to book a place—further information at

The Orkney 5MHz Beacon, GB3ORK, is back on the air on 5290kHz after repairs and an upgrade by Andy, G4JNT. Its new synthesiser now transmits JT9A, in addition to the original sequence of stepped power levels. On 50MHz, the Mid-Cornwall Beacon, GB3MCB, has been reconfigured to join the IARU Region-1 Synchronised Beacon Program. It sequentially transmits on its new frequencies of 50.005 and 50.443MHz, sending both CW and the PI4 digital mode. For the shared 50.005 frequency, its call sign is modified to GB3MCB/S to assist reception reports.

Ofcom have updated their guidance notes relating to the UK Amateur Radio Licence. The new edition dated July 2017, replaces the previous April 2016 version and includes changes associated with the introduction of the new Ofcom online licensing system last summer. The document should be read in conjunction with the licence, and is intended to help licensees understand and comply with the licence terms and conditions. The document can be downloaded from the Ofcom website at (26-page/240KB PDF).

DXCC card checking will be available at the National Hamfest in September this year. Thanks to the UK Six Metre Group who will be hosting Fred, G4BWP on their stand.

This year’s International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 9 and 17 September, with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world. Registration will be mandatory and all stations taking part will be issued a registration number which will be listed on this website. The registered number needs to be quoted by each station regularly. Register at

The latest 2016 RSGB Convention lecture to be added to the RSGB Members’ area is The New World of Amateur Satellites by Graham Shirville, G3VZV. You’ll find this, other convention lectures and a host of other exciting videos at  The 2016 Convention lectures are a Members’ benefit, but the other videos are available for any one to view.

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