Also in GB2RS this week

| July 11, 2014

According to the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand new rules to govern amateur radio include the opening of the 6m band from 50 to 54 MHz; the expansion of two metres to 146.5 MHz and giving Thai advanced class license holders privileges that will allow power output levels of up to 1kW. Additional spectrum will also be authorised in the 160 and 80 metre bands with more club stations and contest callsigns to be issued as well.

The RSGB’s Youngsters on the Air event at Wolverhampton on 19 and 20 of July has been granted a NoV to use the callsign GB1YOTA on site. Activities at the UK event include workshops on Summits on the Air, satellite working, digital modes, Intermediate practical assessments and Centenary PSK receiver building, a barbecue and an ARDF contest, all of which have been arranged by young amateurs, for young amateurs. Bookings for YOTA UK are still being taken via the RSGB Shop and you can follow YOTA UK on Twitter using @yota_uk

On 26 and 27 July, the village of Codford near Warminster in Wiltshire will be commemorating the centenary of the start of WW1. This event will fill the village hall and its adjacent recreation field with a rich mixture of memorabilia and other exhibits from the time, including a full-scale section of a front-line trench. In the trench dugout will be an earth-mode telegraph station, which will communicate with a similar station on the far side of the field. Reproduction telegraph equipment is being constructed by members of the Trowbridge and District ARC, but there is a critical shortage of CW operators to demonstrate the stations. Any willing volunteers would be most welcome. Please contact G0GRI via the Trowbridge and District ARC website at

GB3SSS is back on air on its spot frequency of 144.407MHz. The beacon keeper has requested that reception reports should go to presents an accurate picture of microwave and VHF/UHF beacons in Europe, plus 6m beacons worldwide. Data may be retrieved for a particular beacon, for analysis and maps show beacon distribution by band, and spots coverage of every beacon.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association will hold its 2014 PARA Kids Day on 19 July. It is an opportunity to introduce youngsters to the fun world of amateur radio. Based on similar initiatives in other countries it is a family oriented event aimed at introducing youngsters aged 15 or under to amateur radio and how it can benefit them in the future.

The level of public liability cover provided under the RSGB insurance policy offered free to affiliated clubs and RAYNET groups has been doubled from £5m to £10m with immediate effect. See the RSGB website for full details.

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