GB2RS News for Sunday, 9 December 2012

| December 9, 2012

Default RSGB graphicGB2RS News during the holiday season

There will be no GB2RS news readings on 23 or 30 December this year. Normal service will be resumed on Sunday 6 January 2013.

Distance learning for the Advanced exam

The Bath Based Advanced Distance Learning team are busy enrolling for the next course, which starts in January. The course will run for twenty weeks, aiming for the July exam. The course works by the team e-mailing weekly work packages. Students submit answers to practice questions and other assignments to an e-tutor. Worked answers are provided to those who submit work. There is no charge for the training or the tutor support, but all students pay a deposit which is refunded to those who actively take part in the learning. Those that do not regularly submit work agree to donate their deposit to a radio charity. The pass rate for those completing the course has been over 90% at every sitting so far, so it seems to work. Past students have studied in France, Kenya, Croatia and all over the UK. For more details, please contact Steve Hartley, G0FUW, who is in the RSGB Yearbook, on and can be contacted via email to

Successful contact from Cuba to Spain on FO-29

Radio amateurs in Cuba face a number of challenges but recently Hector, CO6CBF, successfully completed a transatlantic contact between Cuba and Spain using the FO-29 amateur radio satellite. You can read more at

Also in GB2RS this week…

Anthorn time and frequency signal off-air for maintenance

The MSF 60kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on Thursday 13 December from 1000 to 1400UTC. The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work to be carried out in safety. The time signal is used by radio controlled clocks to set the time, so during this maintenance period such clocks may not function correctly.

New address for Canada QSL Bureau

The address for the Canadian QSL bureau has changed. All QSL cards for Canada should be sent to RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau, Box 51, Saint John, NB E2L 3X1, Canada.

RSGB Christmas and New Year closing dates

The RSGB will close for the Christmas and New Year holiday at close of business on 21 December. It will re-open at 08.30am on 2 January. Last orders from the RSGB Shop for Christmas delivery will be 11am on 20 December.

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