Also in GB2RS this week

| October 28, 2016

Videos of the talks at the recent British Amateur Television Club Convention are now available on YouTube.  Among the many talks are Receiving and Presenting HamTV from the ISS by Noel, G8GTZ, VHF/UHF Propagation by Mike, G0MJW and A Practical Operators Guide to 146MHz Reduced Bandwidth TV by Shaun, G8VPG.

As many listeners will know the RSGB is seeking support for the International Youth event, YOTA 2017, that is being held at Gilwell Park in August 2017. We are pleased to say that delegates to the RSGB Convention in October were very generous and donated hundreds of pounds to the appeal. Members of the RSGB Youth Committee spent the Saturday of the event waving the donation box, handing out flyers about the event and were very grateful for the positive response they got from the delegates. We would like to thank everyone who gave – your support is much appreciated. The YOTA 2017 appeal still has a long way to go, so if you can help by donating a few pounds, or even many pounds, you can do so today by visiting

The UKFM Group Western are holding a further Digital Radio User Guidelines session Saturday 12 November. It takes place at the Warrington Amateur Radio Club, Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall WA4 2SG. The event starts at 10am and will include user friendly advice and hands-on equipment sessions, question and answers on all matters D-Star, DMR, Fusion and the like. To reserve a place, contact the group’s Membership Secretary, Kath Wilson, M1CNY on 01270 761 608 or email

Applications for the Ofcom Graduate Scheme are open until January 2017. Ofcom is holding a Graduate Scheme open day on Friday the 4th of November at their London office. At this event you can find out about working at Ofcom, their Graduate Scheme pathways and information about the application process from current Graduates and senior colleagues across the organisation. For more information and to register your interest, email and to find out more about the Ofcom Graduate scheme, go to

Three crew members, including radio amateurs KG5FYJ and KF5LKS are set to depart the International Space Station on the 29th of October. They should land in Kazakhstan at 0359UTC on Sunday. Once the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 50 will begin aboard the ISS under the command of NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD. Two more amateurs, KC5ZTD and KG5FYG, are scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan in November.

October saw the Summits on the Air, Australia to Europe Summit to Summit event and between 0630 and 0830UTC seventy three summits were activated – 22 more than expected. Contacts were made between continents as well as within each of the regions. A similar event is being discussed between European and North American SOTA activators.

The ARI Tuscany Regional Committee is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Tuscan flood that happened on the 4th of  November 1966. The event will be held from 0000UTC on the 29th of October until 2359UTC on the 6th of November. A special event station, II5ALL, will be active amongst many other and an award is available. Go to and scroll down for the English version of the rules.

The latest edition of the ARRL publication Radio Waves, aimed at instructors and science educators, is now available for download. It includes items on building blocks to illustrate basic electronics and ARISS news. You can download the publication from the ARRL website.

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