Also in GB2RS this week…

| November 4, 2016

If your radio club is working with a school for British Science Week in 2017, make sure they know that grants of up to £700 are available for schools in challenging circumstances. Applications for creative cross-curricular events are welcome, especially events that reach members of the local community who don’t usually come to science events. Grants close on the 21st of November at 5pm. See for details.

Following last week’s Spectrum Forum meeting over twenty reports on a wide-range of topics are now available in the Spectrum Forum section on the RSGB website.

Registration is now open for this year’s Scottish Microwave Round Table, which will be held at the Museum of Communication, Burntisland from 9.30am on Saturday, the 12th of November. Organised by the Lothians Radio Society, there will be a program of talks, a constructors’ contest and an equipment test facility. Microwave component and surplus items will also be on sale. Refreshments and lunch will be provided by the Museum. After the Round Table, there is an option of an evening dinner at the nearby Kingswood Hotel including the traditional musical break. Further event details and registration information can be found at

The Bath Based Advanced Distance Learning team have opened enrolment for their next course, which will run from mid-January, aiming for exams in late June or early July. The course guides students through the RSGB Advance textbook with lots of revision questions, exercises and videos to watch. Students have access to an on-line tutor who will provide advice and can answer any questions that might arise. There are no charges for the training but students pay a refundable deposit which is paid in return for seeing the course through. Those that do not complete the course agree to donate the deposit to a radio-related charity. If you would like to know more, full details and enrolment forms are available from Steve, G0FUW, via

The RSGB has released a briefing paper on amateur activity at 47GHz. This was prompted by the band being in scope of ITU and CEPT studies for next generation, 5G smartphones. It is just one of the many examples of RSGB spectrum defence work from LF to the millimetre waves. The paper may be found on the Spectrum Forum section of the RSGB website Other emerging developments such as Wireless Power Transmission are also being monitored.

Repeater GB3CF has implemented a dual mode Fusion repeater using Yaesu equipment coupled with Arcom logic. Users can look forward to full internet connectivity soon. GB3LEX, the 10GHz beacon, has been taken out of service for investigation following reports that although it was audible locally, listeners further away were unable to hear it. Further info will be available in due course at or via G4AFJ on 01455 823344.

The RSGB Propagation Studies Committee is looking for an additional member to focus on studies of abnormal VHF propagation. One of the tasks to be undertaken will be to study all information concerning exceptional contacts and reception reports in order to establish if there are patterns of linked propagation modes that might have previously been missed. A further aspect of the role is to be able to communicate the results of it to RSGB Members and beyond via presentations and articles in RadCom. A really good working knowledge of VHF propagation and communication skills are important for this role. If you are interested please email Steve Nichols, G0KYA, via email to including a brief resume of what you would bring to the role.

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