Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 25, 2014

The UK 2m transatlantic beacon GB3WGI has recently been permitted a higher power by Ofcom. Located at Derrygonnelly, Northern Ireland, the beacon now has an ERP of 1000W, beaming on a heading of 280°.

The Brendan Awards Committee has named Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, to receive the first Triennial Brendan Medal. This award is for his work on setting up and maintaining his 2 metre transatlantic beacon system. The medal was presented to Justin by Irish Radio Transmitting Society President Séamus McCague, EI8BP, during the recent ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.

Ofcom has recently published a call for inputs on promoting investment in the Internet of Things. The document is informative and may have some practical implications for the shared sections of the 433MHz and 2.4GHz bands. Details are at

Grey Point Fort Amateur Radio Society, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Irish Arms have created a full weekend of event for the long weekend from Friday 1 August to Monday 4 August. The highlight will be the firing of a Vickers Sons and Maxim six inch breech loading coastal gun at about 12.30 on the afternoon of Monday 4 August. The gun is dated 1897, so is 117 years old, and has not fired since 1939. It was restored by members of Grey Point Fort Amateur Radio Society over the past three years. In addition to the firing of the gun there will be activities over the weekend including military vehicles and a visit by the current Department of the Environment Minister and his dignitaries on Monday to take part in the firing of the gun.

The July-August 2014 issue of the free professional publication Sat Magazine features stories on TechDemoSat, UKube-1 with its FUNcube-2 boards and DX-1. Also included is the publication OSCAR News produced quarterly by AMSAT-UK. The publication is available for download in PDF format at (73-page/23.6MB PDF).

The BBC is staging another of their series of World War 1 At Home events on 1 and 2 August in the City Square, Dundee. Keep an eye on the RSGB website for details.

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