Also in GB2RS this week…

| November 20, 2015

Do you think the VHF bands are quiet, well think again. Earlier this year Thurrock Acorns ARC arranged a 2m activity afternoon that proved successful. The next activity afternoon is planned for 28 November between 1pm and 5pm. The club’s own callsign GX4HKO will start calling at 1pm. Over in Northern Ireland, Bushvalley ARC chairman Jack, Mi0JPD and some fellow club members have formed a VHF net on Tuesday evenings. Jack operates from Slieve Gallion, at approximately 1,800 feet ASL and other club members are stationed on available high ground. So far contacts have been made into North Wales, Lincolnshire, Scotland as well as plenty of contacts within Northern Ireland. The net listens on the calling channel, 145.500MHz, before moving to a suitable frequency. If your club is doing something to keep the levels of activity high on the bands, drop us a line at

Sadly, the RSGB has to announce that Peter Dodd, G3LDO became a Silent Key. For many years Peter shared his vast knowledge of antennas through the medium of RadCom and his many RSGB books. His writing will be sadly missed by the amateur community and our thoughts go to his family and friends at this difficult time.

DX Magazine has announced that it will no longer solicit input or publish its traditional, annual Most Wanted DXCC survey. The last survey was conducted in the autumn of 2014. The list typically has appeared in the newsletter’s January-February issue. The Club Log website survey and Most Wanted DXCC List is now the best place to find this sort of information. See

Between 6.50pm on Sunday, 15 November and 7am on the 16th, the main GB7HM DMR digital voice repeater and back-ups were stolen from the repeater site six miles north of Wrexham. Details of the items and their serial numbers are on the repeater’s website. If you have any information leading to the return of these units, please contact them as soon as possible.

Following the work of Essex Ham and Chelmsford ARS, interest in the highly successful Amateur Radio Skills Nights is spreading. These events are themed evenings aimed at helping attendees to gain confidence, develop skills, and progress in the hobby. For more information to enable your club to stage a similar event, go to A skills night will be held at the Felixstowe and District ARS HQ in Suffolk on Wednesday, 2 December and all are welcome.

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