Also in GB2RS this week…

| May 5, 2017

SOTA operators have planned their next Europe to North America – Summit to Summit activity for Saturday the 13th of May between 1200 and 1800UTC. Likely bands are 20m and 17m CW and SSB. Alerts of which summits are expected to be activated, plus real time spotting, will be available at nearer to the date.

Bookings for the RSGB Convention are now open online at Whether you want to book a single day ticket or a weekend package, all options are available. Details on lectures will be available soon with a variety of subject matter from DXpeditions to the latest technology and space matters to contesting.

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD has confirmed that the plans are in place for an ARISS contact during YOTA 2017 week in August. He will be visiting Gilwell Park soon as part of the preparations and the ARISS team from the Principia mission will be available to run the contact in August.

Bletchley Park is to celebrate the centenary of Bill Tutte’s birth. There will be a series of lectures exploring the life and works of the renowned mathematician and codebreaker on the 14th of May from 10am to 3.30pm. Guest speakers include: Bletchley Park Research Historian Dr David Kenyon, BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera, Claire Butterfield from the Bill Tutte Memorial Fund, GCHQ Historian Tony Comer and Dr David Bedford, School of Computing and Mathematics, Keele University. See the Bletchley Park website at for booking details.

The Camb-Hams will be active as GS3PYE/P from Islay Island between the 6th and 12th of May. Ten or more operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 80m to 4m as well as 2m and 70cm for satellites and 2m and 23cm for moonbounce. The HF bands will be covered by four simultaneous stations while the 6m and 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe. All stations will be able to run at the full UK power limit. EME operations will use 150W to 55 elements on 23cm and 400W to 17 elements on 2m, primarily on JT65. All the up-to-date plans, progress and sked info will be online at

According to an article in Taipei Times, the National Communications Commission in Taiwan has proposed to abolish the amateur radio Morse code requirement and to permit operation on 432-440MHz on a secondary basis, among other changes to the amateur radio rules there. Although the NCC has approved the amendments, it must put them on public notice for two months and then make any changes it considers necessary, before they take effect.

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