GB2RS News for Sunday, 16 December 2012

| December 17, 2012

GB2RS News during the holiday season

Default RSGB graphicThis is the last GB2RS broadcast of 2012. There will be no news readings on 23 or 30 December. But we will be back in the New Year, bringing you the all the latest amateur radio news. Transmissions re-start on Sunday 6 January. We would like to take this opportunity to send warm season’s greetings to all our listeners and wish everyone a prosperous New Year. The RSGB HQ will close for the Christmas and New Year holiday at close of business on 21 December. It will re-open on 2 January. You will be pleased to know that the National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park will continue to be open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December and January. We would like to thank those volunteers who continue to give their free time to keep the NRC open and on the air.

Bath Buildathon 2013

The 6th Bath Buildathon will take place on Saturday 12 January. The event will run from 9am to 5pm. Tea and coffee, supervision, tools and test equipment will be provided, but bring your own packed lunch. There is just one, or maybe two, places left for the main build, the 40m Sudden Receiver kit from the G-QRP Club, and several places for the ‘absolute beginner’ build, a medium wave receiver kit. Both are suitable for the Intermediate project assessment and the team will be running an Intermediate exam at the end of the day. The exam is open to anyone who has completed the practical assessments, or would finish them by doing the Buildathon. As a result of a generous donation, there are a few free places for young builders (under 18). Send an email nominating worthy youngsters to Steve Hartley via Steve can also supply booking forms for the Buildathon from the same email address.

Two new national societies join IARU

The Federation of Radio Sport of Azerbaijan and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Amateur Radio Club, with 50 and 21 members respectively, are the two newest members of the International Amateur Radio Union. The IARU now has 164 members.

Also in GB2RS this week…

Autumn/Winter edition of The 5MHz Newsletter

Following the recent news from Ofcom concerning 5MHz changes, the Autumn/Winter edition of The 5MHz Newsletter is now available in Google Drive Docs at This edition also includes latest news on the WRC15 5MHz Agenda item preparations, a Short Coaxial Antenna design for the band from John Pegler, G3ENI and the 5MHz beacon spot this time features GB3RAL.

ITU Radio Regulations 2012 edition

The 2012 edition of the ITU Radio Regulations, which includes the results of WRC-12, is now available at The electronic version is free of charge, at least until mid-2014 as per ITU Council 2012’s decision. You have to pay for the paper or DVD versions.

January 2013 RadCom: Correction to folding Yagi article

The January 2013 RadCom includes an article on a folding Yagi antenna for 2m. Unfortunately, due to an editorial error, the dimensions shown in the article are incorrect. A corrected version will be put on the RadCom Plus website as soon as possible and the corrections will also appear in the February RadCom.

World Amateur Radio Day

Each year on 18 April, radio amateurs around the world celebrate World Amateur Radio Day. On that day in 1925 the International Amateur Radio Union was founded. In 1913, the first recorded instance of amateur radio being used to provide communications in a natural disaster, during severe flooding in the Midwest of the United States. Accordingly, the theme of the event for 2013 is Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications. Activities on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2013 can be a great opportunity to spread the word about what amateurs are doing in the field of disaster communications in the 21st Century.

Yasme Excellence Award

Peter Martinez, G3PLX is among those to receive the Yasme Excellence Award, given to those who have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. Peter, along with Pawel Jalocha, SP9VRC, received the award for the development of PSK31, a widely used digital mode entirely invented by amateurs that is enabling many amateurs to succes

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