Also in GB2RS this week…

| May 6, 2016

For those with an interest in World War II history, an auction of a D-Day Museum’s storage is due to take place on the 21st and 22nd of May at the Auction House in Caen, France. Around 800 lots are in the catalogue with items from British troops to French resistance as well as US and German troops. Lots 1 to 418 will be auctioned from 2pm on the 21st, the remaining lots on the 22nd. Public viewing is from the 16th. You’ll find a copy of the catalogue online at

The International Museums Weekends are the 18th and 19th and the 25th and 26th of June. Registration is now open at

Sad news now that long-time newsreader George, GM7GMC became silent key recently. He has been involved with GB2RS news reading for over 25 years, 16 of which he was the sole newsreaders for the Caithness and Orkney area. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

The QTT hour idea has the aim of increasing contacts and friendships between former professional CW operators as well as between the many CW clubs all over the world. The actual QTT Hour is easily remembered and determined by the date in UTC. On the 1st of the month it’s at 0100Z, on the second at 0200Z and so on. The centre of activity frequency will be the same number of kHz from lower band edge. So, on the 17th of the month activity is at 1700Z on 1817, 3517, 7017 and 10117kHz. Full details are at

Today, the 8th of May, there will be no 7127kHz news broadcast from Germany, as both readers are unavailable. News broadcasts will be back to normal on the 15th.

Radio amateurs have been asked to listen out for the SamSat-218D CubeSat in a post on the Hackaday website. The satellite was launched on the 28th of April. SamSat-218D has a Morse beacon on 145.870MHz, which transmits ‘SamSat-218D’. Full details are online at, which also includes details of where to send any reception reports.

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider went into standby mode after an electrical transformer suffered a short circuit at the end of April. A small wild animal, believed to be a weasel, had been gnawing on a power cable. Sadly, the weasel did not survive the event, but the LHC should be back online soon. The power outage came just as the LHC was preparing to resume collecting data.

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