Also in GB2RS this week…

| November 15, 2013

Amateur radio was featured on the front page of the BBC News website this week. Video journalist Neil Meads joined Chorley and District Amateur Radio Society for Castles and Stately Homes on the Air at Astley Hall, Lancashire. The report paints amateur radio in a very positive light and even mentions RAYNET and how amateurs are contributing to the international relief effort in the Philippines.

Steve Hartley, G0FUW and Martin Wheeler, G5FM have produced a new online resource, the Training and Assessment Guide, which can be found at The guides describe the procedures that are to be followed for the provision of training and assessment as part of the RCF/RSGB scheme for people to become eligible for a UK amateur radio licence.

Graham Shirville, G3VZV was interviewed about the FUNcube-1 CubeSat on BBC Three Counties Radio this week. FUNcube is an educational spacecraft project with the goal of enthusing and educating young people about radio, space, physics and electronics. The launch is planned for 21 November at 0710UTC.

GM100RSGB, the special event callsign celebrating the RSGB Centenary, will be operated today by Cockenzie and Port Seton ARC running SSB on the 80, 40, 20, 15 and10 metre bands. Monday to Wednesday sees Lothians RS operating SSB, CW and data on the 10 to 160m bands. On Thursday and Friday, Livingston and District ARS take over on 20 to 80m as well as 2m using SSB, CW and FM. Next weekend, Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club will be running HF, VHF and UHF using SSB, CW and data. Details of how to get your QSL card are on the RSGB website.

The First Class CW Operators Club awarded the Al Slater, G3FXB, Memorial Award to Bob Whelan, G3PJT, the President of the RSGB. The award is presented annually to an individual, group or society that has made an outstanding contribution to amateur radio. In particular the recipient will have shown exemplary and considerate operating standards together with a high level of encouragement, friendship and support to other radio amateurs.

The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available. As well as the latest 5MHz news, there are also features on a variety of 5MHz topics. It’s downloadable free from

The K9W Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition has been approved for DXCC credit. If a request for DXCC credit for this operation has been rejected in a prior application, contact ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, to be placed on the list for an update to your record.

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