Also in GB2RS this week…

| May 27, 2016

An International Space Station radio contact has been planned for Jeff, KD5TVQ with participants at a school in Ontario, Canada. The event is scheduled for Monday, 30 May at approximately 1901UTC. The contact will be a telebridge contact operated by IK1SLD in northern Italy. The downlink signals should be audible over parts of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on 145.800MHz narrowband FM.

The Dayton Hamvention is over for another year. Around 25,000 visitors were at the show, including the RSGB President, Nick Henwood, G3RWF. He was interviewed along with Chip Margelli K7JA, A71EZ of the Qatar Amateur Radio Society and Vicki Mate K8VGM of the 3905 Century Club for the Amateur Radio Newsline report.

Nigel, G3TXF will be at the helm of the Kosovo Amateur Radio Association station Z60A during the CQ WPX CW contest this weekend. The Association is the newest International Amateur Radio Union member society. The operation will be in preparation for their debut as an official headquarters station for the IARU HF Championship on the 9th and 10th of July when Z60A will operate from multiple stations around the country.

A radio relic from the second world war has just come out of the shadows. It’s a wireless station just outside Norwich that operated in obscurity, its access hidden behind a fake bookcase. The station also had a nearby escape tunnel. Civilian volunteers were dispatched there to transmit and receive messages for the Army, trading information to help ward off an invasion. The station, which finally came to public light in 2012, was recently granted Heritage Protection by Historic England. It is known as the Pinebanks Station and is located at Thorpe St Andrews near Norwich, one of three underground wireless stations similarly protected.

Midland ARS will be celebrating the 85th anniversary of the society in June. They are inviting ex-members and anyone else who is interested to the shack for an exhibition of the club’s history and a buffet on 8 June. If any ex-members have any memorabilia that could be borrowed for the exhibition, please contact Norman, G8BHE on 0780 807 8003.

Affiliated amateur radio clubs need to be getting information together for the next RSGB Yearbook and should recently have received a letter to this effect. Information such as contact details, meeting places and examination information is being collected. The deadline for submitting information on the club is 6 June.

GB3WW and GB3WG have recently been repaired and upgraded. These are co-located at 370m ASL on a 180ft mast above Port Talbot. GB3WG has changed frequency to RU70, wide split, on 430.875 and 434.475MHz with 94.8Hz CTCSS. The repeater keeper, John, GW4FOI would appreciate reports from any and all areas.

IARU Region 1 has produced an updated VHF Managers’ Handbook. All relevant decisions of the IARU R1 Conference 2014 in Varna Bulgaria have been taken into account as well as recommendations proposed in the Vienna meeting 2016. A completely new version of the VHF handbook will be published after the 2017 Conference in Munich. To download your copy, go to

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