Also in GB2RS this week…

| February 7, 2014

Ahead of the September 2014 IARU Region 1 Conference, the RSGB has opened a new set of Discussion Boards so that UK amateurs can suggest topics, on matters such as operating procedures, technical standards and band plans. The initial phase is an open call and will be followed by further opportunities as UK papers are developed, or subsequently when all Conference papers are available. There are separate boards covering HF and VHF/Microwave matters, as well as more generic topics. Current topics under discussion include QSLing and poor operating. Full details and links are on the RSGB website and all amateurs and short wave listeners are invited to participate.

Two radio amateurs with close IARU ties are among the winners of Dayton Hamvention 2014 awards. Named as Amateur of the Year is Larry E. Price, W4RA, President Emeritus of the ARRL and of the International Amateur Radio Union. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, will receive the Special Achievement Award.

Two new bands are available to Polish radio amateurs from 18 February. The 472-479kHz band may be used with up to 1W EIRP and the 122.25-123.00GHz band may also be used. Both are allocated to the Polish amateur service on a secondary basis.

The RSGB Board has announced plans to sponsor a team of four young people to visit the IARU Youngsters on the Air event in July, hosted this year by the Finnish Radio Amateur League. All RSGB members between 15 and 25 years old have been sent a personal invitation to apply for an expenses-paid place on the UK team and there’s still time to apply. RSGB Membership is free to people under 21 and to students under 25 in full-time education. The RSGB is also looking for a suitable person to lead the team. They may be over 25, and will preferably be a young teacher or other type of experienced youth leader. Applications for this position must be sent to to reach the chairman of the Training and Education Committee Chair by 14th of February.

The winter 2013-14 edition of the 5MHz Newsletter is now available, As well as the latest news, there’s also an article on the supremacy of 5MHz as a communication bridge, the new South African ZS6KTS Beacon plus items on Digital Voice and the latest update of the worldwide 5MHz amateur allocations chart – now with a total of 31 countries. You can find the 5MHz Newsletter at

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