Also in GB2RS this week…

| September 4, 2015

The RSGB Convention takes place over 9 to 11 October at Kent’s Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. The provisional programme for Saturday and Sunday is now on the RSGB website. There will be a wealth of lectures on a very wide range of subjects. We are looking forward to welcoming some favourite lecturers back this year as well as new ones from both the UK and overseas. Day tickets are available online and savings are available until 30 September. Places are still available at the RSGB Buildathon that takes place on the Saturday at the Convention. Go to for all the information.

The Supplemental 2015 White Paper on Proposed RSGB Contest Rules Changes is now available on the RSGB website. It gives details of the proposed new scoring system for the UK Activity Contest series, and a proposal to permit the use of Machine Generated Modes, or MGM, in most VHF UHF contests. These two rule changes were suggested at the President’s Review of Contesting Workshop held in July 2015. Comments on these proposals are invited. Instructions on how to submit your response to these proposals are contained within the document, which can be downloaded from (12-page/261.5KB PDF).

Churches and Chapels on the Air will take place next weekend on Saturday, 12 September from 10am to 4pm. Stations mainly use the 40 and 80m bands, SSB. A full list of CHOTA stations can be found on the WACRAL website.

The first DMR repeater in Malta has been operating for some time and now has a new call sign, 9H1DMR. The frequencies of operation are 438.525MHz input and 430.925MHz output. It is hosted by C Bridge DMR UK, Colour Code 1 with slots TS1 and TS2. Amateurs visiting Malta are welcome to use the repeater using their allocated Maltese call signs, which are obtainable free of charge on application to the Malta Communications Authority (MCA)—the Maltese equivalent of the UK’s Ofcom.

Channel 5 is looking for a venue with 1960s-style radio equipment to film some scenes for a documentary. They hope to film on Tuesday, 8 September, so there is very little time to get in touch if you can help. Please contact Will Steel on 020 7308 5470 if you think your shack or other kit might be suitable.

The field strength calculation program ICNIRPcalc has been updated to Version 1.3. You can calculate the distance persons need to stay clear from a given antenna so that European exposure limits are not exceeded. The new version has no changes in the program itself, but the antenna database has been enlarged. You can download the program from the IARU Region 1 website.

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