Also in GB2RS this week…

| December 11, 2015

During December, groups from schools, universities and local clubs will activate call sign G15YOTA and its regional variations. Many of the operators will be experiencing amateur radio for the first time, so if you hear the station, please give them a call. On Wednesday the Priory Academy LSST School Amateur Radio Society will put the call sign on the air. They will be followed on Thursday by Stirling and District ARS. Friday and Saturday sees Silcoates School Amateur Radio Club on the air and on Sunday, the 20th, Worksop Amateur Radio Society will be giving young people the chance to get on the air.

The next Bath Buildathon is to be held on Saturday, 9 January 2016. The aim of the event is to encourage newcomers to have a go at homebrewing radio equipment under the watchful eye of some experienced radio constructors. The kit chosen for the 2016 Bath Buildathon is the Acorn II software-defined radio receiver from Kanga UK, which comes ready to go on 40m but can be configured to work on another bands after the event. The Buildathon is planned to run from 9am to 5pm. All soldering and test equipment will be made available on the day. The cost of the day will be £30 to include the cost of the kit, room hire, use of tools, tea, coffee, biscuits, etc. You just need to bring yourself and a packed lunch. Due to the generosity of the Trowbridge and District ARC there are two free places for youngsters that would like to build the kit. For further details, please contact Steve Hartley, G0FUW, by email to

The RSGB Training and Education Committee invites expressions of interest from clubs who wish to host a Train the Trainers event during 2016. This fun one-day Saturday course is aimed especially at course tutors who are not already professional teachers. The RSGB asks the host club to provide a suitable venue and to provide tea and coffee for delegates during the day. The Society provides the course instructors and teaching materials. If your club is interested in hosting an event in 2016 please email Paul, G4DCV via

Five years ago, the RSGB undertook a comprehensive online survey of amateur radio in the UK. The data was used in the development of a Vision and Strategy for the Society. A new survey was launched in September and all UK radio amateurs are invited to complete the online questionnaire. The survey will close at the end of the year to allow the data to be analysed. Add your views at

Over the Christmas and New Year period there will be GB2RS news readings on 27 December and the 10th of January 2016. There will be no news reading on 3 January as the RSGB HQ is closed. We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all those that read the news, in whatever format, for their tireless dedication to their fellow amateurs.

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