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| April 26, 2013

Latest G100RSGB operations

G100RSGB, the special event callsign celebrating the RSGB Centenary, will be operated by CDXC from Maplehurst today using the 10 to 160m bands. Monday sees Horndean & District running HF and 2m from Cosham, then on Tuesday Brede Steam ARS will transmit from Rye on the 10 to 80m bands and 2m. On Wednesday, Crawley ARC will run from Top Band to 23cm and will include datamodes. On 2 and 3 May, Mid Sussex ARC will run 15 to 80m plus 2m from Burgess Hill. Saturday sees Hasting Electronics RC running 10 to 80m plus 2m and 70cm. Finally for this week, Horsham ARC will transmit from St Leonards next Sunday and Monday on the 10 to 80m bands plus 2m and 70cm. Details of how to get your QSL card are on the website, under the Operating drop down menu, clicking on Centenary Station.

GB3AR back on Echolink

The Arfon Repeater Group 2m repeater, GB3AR, is once again connected to the Echolink system following the issue of an NOV to Brian, GW4KAZ. The GB3AR logic requires either CTCSS or tone burst for access from RF, plus audio of about 7 seconds to allow the logic to initiate. This period of audio is also required from internet access. Reports and constructive comments would be welcomed and further information on the Arfon Repeater Group can be found at

Antares rocket finally launches CubeSats
The twice-delayed maiden flight of the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket carrying three CubeSats launched on 21 April. All three of the Phonesat based Cubesats carry an amateur radio payload downlinking on 437.425MHz. Each Cubesat transmits during individual time slots using AFSK modulation at 1200bps, AX.25 packet coding and have vertical linear polarisation. The orbit of the PhoneSat satellites are very low and they are only expected to remain on-orbit for two weeks.

Bath Distance Learning Team planning next course

The Bath based Advanced Distance Learning Team are starting to plan for their next course, which will run from June to December 2013. There are no fees for the classes but students will need a copy of the RSGB Advance! textbook and will, of course, need to pay the exam fee. Full details can be had from Steve Hartley, G0FUW, via

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