Also in GB2RS this week…

| June 30, 2017

Hundreds of radio amateurs have attended RSGB Conventions and had a great time. If you’ve never been, take a look at our new video and find out why some people come back year after year. The dates for the 2017 event are 13 to 15 October 2017 and it takes place at Kents Hill Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. Bookings are now open—for details go to

The RSGB’s latest vlog introduces the second member of the UK YOTA 2017 team—Jonathan Sawyer, 2E0UAR. He is 23 and belongs to the Reading and District Amateur Radio Club. You can view this and the previous vlog at The event doesn’t only include those young people attending the event at Gilwell Park; many clubs around the UK are putting on events for young amateurs in their area.

The consultation on VHF-UHF UK Activity Contest future scoring schemes is now available. Online voting on this consultation will be available between 29 July and 20 August. RSGB Members who are active VHF/UHF contesters are encouraged to read the consultation document at (25-page/3.1MB PDF) and vote.

The IARU HF Championship takes place on 8 and 9 July 2017. As well as being a contest for individuals around the world there is a team element, with teams representing national societies. For the past few years the call sign used by the RSGB HQ team has been GR2HQ and it will be on the air again this year. GR2HQ stations will be spread across the country, at some of the best-equipped contesters’ QTHs. Those people open up their shacks to other top contesters, each forming a sub-team. Each GR2HQ station concentrates on one band and mode, for example 80m SSB, but some of the bigger stations will be active on more than one band and mode. They are all linked live via the internet, so if you want to know what frequency any of them is on you can ask any of the others. So why might you want to do this? To make as many band and mode QSOs as you can, to qualify for one of the free awards. There are several available—see for details.

The latest RSGB Convention 2016 lecture to be released on video is by RSGB President, Nick Henwood, G3RWF. Entitled DX Fun Without Spending Loads of Money, he talks about some of his solo overseas trips as an economy class DXer. It is in the RSGB video portal and only available to RSGB Members.

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