Also in GB2RS this week…

| September 9, 2016

The RSGB 2016 Convention takes place 7 to 9 October at Kents Hill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. One of the highlights will be a talk on space weather by Professor Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG. Space weather bombards the Earth, sometimes with dramatic effects on our technology. Many people will already be familiar with solar events disrupting our HF communications and Cathryn will describe why space weather is important to the UK and how we are building resilience for our infrastructure. She will discuss the question what happens if we have a really big solar storm? Are we prepared? Go to for bookings and details of the event. The provisional programme is on the website, along with a detailed list of lectures and descriptions on the various talks.

The G5RP Trophy is an annual award to encourage newcomers to HF DXing. The award is not limited to youngsters or the newly-licensed; it is open to any one who has recently discovered and made significant progress in HF DXing. If you are an established HF DXer and want to recommend some one to be awarded the G5RP Trophy for 2016, now is the time to send in your nomination. Please send your nominations to Ian Greenshields, G4FSU by email to to arrive no later than Friday, 16 September 2016.

The annual RSGB Construction Competition is to encourage home construction, experimentation, design and innovation. Any Member of the RSGB, or group of Members, is eligible to enter. The closing date for entries is 30 September 2016 and judging will take place at the RSGB Convention. This year the competition is being sponsored by Martin Lynch and Sons with prizes of £50 of vouchers for each category winner and £100 for the winner of the prestigious Pat Hawker G3VA Trophy that will be awarded to the best overall entry. See the RSGB website for full details of the various categories, where you will also find an entry form.

Free and unbureaucratic short-term cross-border amateur radio operation is set to be expanded to more countries outside Europe: non-CEPT countries can now join the framework of the CEPT licence and the CEPT Novice licence in a much simplified process thanks to an initiative of IARU Region 1 to change the relevant recommendations. Full details of these changes can be read at

The Grimsby UHF FM repeater, GB7GBY, operated by the Grimsby Amateur Radio Society for the last 30 years, was turned off at the end of August. It was removed because the multi-storey flats where it was sited are due to be demolished next year. The new licence for a site in Cleethorpes is awaited. The new NoV holder is Dave, M0KWK. If you have D-Star in the north-east of Lincolnshire, try the new D-Star repeater GB7GC while GB7GY is off the air.

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