Also in GB2RS this week…

| December 2, 2016

In the December RadCom Club Calendar, some club calendar information had events for January accidentally mixed in. Unfortunately this was not noticed until after the magazine had been printed, and we apologise for the error. The GB2RS local news in December should not be affected, as it is extracted from our database in a different way.

Goran, SM7DLK and Torleif, SM6YOR, report that the Swedish post and telecom regulator has been issuing temporary, six month experimental licenses for 5351.5-5366.5kHz with 15W EIRP. This replaces the previous four 3kHz segments used in past years, which have now all expired. There is still no decision on whether Post and Telecom will implement the WRC-15 recommendation in their national band plan. It is considered unlikely to happen before January 2018, or until a new national band plan is released.

David Honess, M6DNT, has been given the prestigious Sir Arthur Clarke award for Space Achievement, Industry/Project Individual. David was the driving force behind the Astro Pi project, which saw two Raspberry Pi computers installed on the International Space Station whilst Tim Peake—also a Clarke award-winner—was aboard. The award was presented at the British Interplanetary Society’s Reinventing Space dinner at the Royal Society.

The origins of Silicon Valley spring from the early efforts of amateur radio enthusiasts, according to a newly released video. Paul Wesling, KM6LH tells of the interesting events in San Francisco early in the 20th century, as early radio was being developed, and how hams designed new devices and equipment to address steamship traffic plying the Pacific Ocean. Their efforts before World War II, including extending the state-of-the-art into the microwave region, formed the basis of what became Silicon Valley—the video is on YouTube.

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