Also in GB2RS this week…

| December 20, 2013

The KW Radios Yahoo group is dedicated to restoring and using equipment made by KW Electronics. It is planning its first KW Weekend on 4 and 5 January. This offers a chance to bring some of those shack and barn finds back into use, keep the shack warm and have a little fun on the first winter weekend of 2014. Weekend centres of activity will be plus or minus 10kHz of 7.1 and 14.3MHz for phone and FISTS activity centres for CW. Owners are encouraged to use all bands, and to share KW serial numbers to help the group build up a better picture of KW ownership in the 21st century.

The RSGB Board has appointed Ken Hatton, G3VBA as GB2RS Manager with effect from 1 January. Ken first became interested in amateur radio as a schoolboy and has been licensed 47 years. He told GB2RS that he is proud to become GB3RS manager following on from Gordon, G3LEQ, whose contribution to the news service has been immense.

The special event callsign celebrating the RSGB Centenary will be operated today by MI0MSR Ballymoney using PSK 31 and RTTY on the 20, 17, 15 and 10m bands. On Monday and Tuesday, Hilltop Radio Group will operate from Castlederg using the 10 to 40m bands with SSB and PSK signals. On Christmas Day and Boxing Day it’s the turn of MI0WJC in Coleraine using SSB, FM and PSK on the 40m, 20m & 2m bands. Friday and Saturday sees Grey Point Fort ARS operating from Helens Bay using CW, SSB, FM and PSK on the 10 to 160m bands as well as 2 m and 70cm. The penultimate day of operation is by the Castles & Stately Homes on the Air team from Milltown using CW, SSB and PSK on the 15, 20, 40 and 80m bands. Finally for this Centenary year, on 31 December, GI0AZB will operate from Dungiven using SSB and FM on 10 to 40m as well as 2m and 70cm. Details of how to get your QSL card are on the RSGB website,, under the Operating drop down menu, clicking on Centenary Station. The RSGB would like to thank every operator who has taken part in the Centenary Year, making it better than was ever hoped.

Brian Justin, WA1ZMS/4 is an active participant in the ARRL’s WD2XSH 600 meter experimental project and will transmit voice and music on 486kHz as WG2XFQ on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and again on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Transmissions will begin at 0001UTC and end at 2359UTC. Justin will use an AM audio loop modulating his vintage-style, homebrew transmitter to honour Reginald Fessenden’s Christmas Eve 1906 AM voice transmission.

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