Also in GB2RS this week…

| June 3, 2016

A 2m signal from the UK was heard across the Atlantic on 2 May. It had been reflected off the structure of the International Space Station. Following two weeks of preparation, Tim, G4LOH, in Cornwall and Roger, VE1SKY, in Nova Scotia attempted a FSK441 contact. With a mutual window of less than one minute, VE1SKY was able to copy G4LOH at a distance of 4,441km. This was the first signal received via ISS-bounce from Europe to North America, and the first intentional signal heard via ISS reflection in any direction across the North or South Atlantic.

Thanks to the Brazilian Amateur Radio League (LABRE) radio amateurs who will visit Brazil for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be able to get on the air easily. During August and September any foreign amateur will be able to operate in Brazil, regardless of whether there is a reciprocal agreement. No IARP or CEPT licence is necessary and no fees are required. You just need to send a scan of your passport identification pages and licence, a list of the cities you intend to operate in and when, plus an email address, to

The MSF 60kHz time and frequency signal broadcast from Anthorn Radio Station will be shut down on 9 June from 10am to 2pm. The interruption to the transmission is required to allow maintenance work to be carried out in safety—more details online.

Registration is open for the 3rd International Air Ambulance activity, a nine day special event. The 2016 dates are 19 to 27 September. To register your station, go to

The marine buoy ZL1SIX with its low powered transmission on the 30m band is now floating around the Pacific Ocean. Bob, ZL1RS reports that the solar powered buoy is transmitting the weak signal WSPR and JT9 modes on the 30m band. The yacht Windflower launched the buoy in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean with its last location being south of Fiji and Tonga. Data sent hourly shows the buoy travelling at about 1.8km per hour in a north-nor-east direction. More details, including tracking progress being mapped, are online.

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