Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 24, 2015

The RSGB’s Youth Committee DXpedition, DX-15, will be active as MC0RYC from the Brecon Beacons in Wales until 30 July. Throughout the course of the DXpedition, they will be taking part in a range of activities including operating SOTA summits. Please work the young team if you can, including during the IOTA contest that is taking place this weekend. The RSGB would like to thank Kenwood for their sponsorship as well as SOTA, the RCFand the RSGB Legacy Fund for their support.

Ofcom are publishing an FAQ on variations for Full licensees only. It tidies up an anomaly whereby a few Intermediate licence holders have historically been granted a notice of variation to their licence to operate an internet gateway. This practice will be phased out. Exceptions will still remain such as where a variation is made available to support a national celebration, for example the 2012 Olympic Games.

The RSGB Convention takes place over 9 to 11 October at Kent’s Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. Dr Paul Darlington, M0XPD will be speaking about how Arduinos and DDS chips, cooperating as programmable RF sources, have become useful and important in and around the shack. Paul will show how these inexpensive devices can be used on the test bench and as the building blocks of beacons and rigs, with plenty of proven, practical examples of hardware and software. Mike Richards, G4WNC will be looking at the Raspberry Pi in the shack and explaining how you can make the most of the Raspberry Pi both at home and when out and about with your radio. Details of the other lectures as well as weekend packages and day tickets can be found at

After a long service to the American Radio Relay League and the IARU, Dave Sumner, K1ZZ has announced he is to retire in May next year at the age of 67. He’s been on the ARRL full-time staff for 44 years.

A group of Clacton radio amateurs have been working with Icom UK to put on the first D-Star 2m repeater in Essex. Icom donated the repeater modules and the Martello Tower Group supplied the server, cavities, broadband and site. The repeater went on air on 19 July and is working very well. Signal reports would be gratefully received via the contact link on the website.

For some years the 70cm repeater in Haywards Heath, GB3HY, has been off the air. The Mid-Sussex Repeater Group, led by Gavin, G6DGK, is in the course of restoring it to service. A meeting, open to any one who is interested in the plans for the repeater, is to be held at the Mid-Sussex Amateur Radio Society club house. It is at lower back ground floor, Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX. There is a public car park behind Cyprus Hall. The meeting will be on 31 July and will start at 7.45pm.

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