Also in GB2RS this week…

| September 20, 2013

The RSGB Centenary Convention looks to be more popular than ever. Rooms on Saturday evening at Horwood House are sold out, as is the Gala Dinner. Listeners may be interested to know that rooms are still available for Friday evening and the Technical Dinner, with speaker George Dobbs, G3RJV, on Saturday night. Day tickets will only be available on the door from 8.30am each day. Details of the programme are available at

A new UK distance record on 76GHz of 102km was achieved recently between Chris, G8BKE and John, G8ACE at Batcombe Hill in Dorset and Ian, GW8KQW on Eglwysilan Mountain in Gwent. This is also believed to be the first 76GHz contact between Wales and England.

Northampton Radio Club is hosting the National Final of the British Top-Band Direction Finding Association competition on Sunday 29 September. In this the national final, competitors will be required to locate three hidden transmitters, operated using CW and AM; in the 1.8MHz band and with a maximum carrier level of 9dBW. The event will start at 12.50 and conclude at 16.30. For further information please refer to the BTBDFA website at

A reminder to constructors, designers and programmers that the closing date of the end of September for registering an entry for the competition, is fast approaching. Entries don’t have to be complex or innovative, and help will be available if your project is selected for publication in RadCom.  We have a great panel of judges – Eben Upton (Raspberry PI Foundation), Joe Taylor, K1JT, Olof Lundberg, G0CKV and Steve Hartley, G0FUW. In part, the competition is all about recognising that a unique aspect of amateur radio is our freedom to innovate and to use home-constructed equipment on the amateur bands. Let us celebrate this with this once in a century competition! Full details can be found on the RSGB website.

G100RSGB, the special event callsign celebrating the RSGB Centenary, will be operated today, 22 September,  from Chesterfield running on the 80m, 40m, 20m and 6m bands as well as 2m to 23cm. On Monday, Loughborough and DARC will operate from Shepshed using the 40m, 20m, 2m and 70cm bands running SSB, FM and Data. On Tuesday and Wednesday The Thorpe Camp Gang will be near Horncastle operating on the 10 to 40m bands using SSB. Thursday is the turn of Worksop ARS operating on the 70cm to 80m bands using CW, SSB and FM. On Friday and Saturday the Cambridgeshire Repeater Group will be operating from the National Hamfest at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground on the 4 to 80m bands as well as 2m, 70cm and 23cm. Next Sunday, the 29th, Worksop ARS will again be on the air using the 70cm to 80m bands running CW, SSB and FM. Details of how to get your QSL card are on the RSGB website.

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