Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 7, 2017

The G5RP Trophy is an annual award to encourage newcomers to HF DXing. The award is not limited to youngsters or the newly-licensed; it is open to any one who has recently discovered and made significant progress in HF DXing. If you are an established HF DXer and want to recommend some one to be awarded the G5RP Trophy for 2017, now is the time to send in your nomination. This prestigious award will be presented this year at the RSGB Convention on 13 to 15 October 2017. Please send your nominations to Ian Greenshields, G4FSU by email to, to arrive no later than Friday, 15 September 2017.

To commemorate its 20th anniversary of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. The SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800MHz FM around 15 and 16 July 2017.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, three Canadians are flying a helicopter all round the world, visiting major historical sites. On Sunday, 9 July, the helicopter is visiting Poldhu in Cornwall, which follows its visit to Signal Hill, Newfoundland where Marconi received the first transatlantic signal sent from Poldhu. It is hoped that two-way contact will be made between the radio amateurs at both sites during the helicopter’s visit.

Several countries’ amateurs have recently gained a 60m allocation. The new Belize Amateur Radio Club website carries information that the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary 60m allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5kHz has become available, with a maximum power limit of 25W EIRP. The Cyprus telecom regulator issued a Gazette notice updating the national frequency table to include the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary 60m allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5kHz with a maximum power limit of 15W EIRP. There was also a note on the Amateur Secondary MF allocation of 472 – 479kHz, with a maximum power limit of 1W EIRP. Finally, for now, the Philippines telecom regulator has permitted access to the new WRC-15 Amateur Secondary 60m allocation of 5351.5 – 5366.5kHz under ITU footnote 5.133B, with a maximum power limit of 15W EIRP.

Radio Amateurs of Canada has announced an award for radio amateurs and short wave listeners that involves using HF radio to track the 150-day Canada C3 voyage of the Polar Prince from Toronto, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia, via the Northwest Passage. Part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration, Canada C3 is aimed at raising awareness of Canada’s coastline and inspiring a deeper understanding of Canada’s land and peoples. The voyage of the Polar Prince will continue until around 28 October. The vessel is transmitting a WSPR signal on 40, 30, and 20 metres, using the call sign CG3EXP. Full details of the award at

Bletchley Park holds collections of around 500,000 items, from diaries and photographs to codebreakers’ working papers and Enigma machines. You can see some of these in the exhibitions, but most are stored behind the scenes. They want to make the collections more accessible by making photographs and descriptions available online, but want to know which parts of the collection the public would be interested in exploring. You can take part in the survey at

The amateur radio 70cm repeater GB3LV, located in Enfield, is off the air for the rest of the week at least, and maybe longer. This also means IRLP node 5600 and Echolink node 155403, which operate via GB3LV on 70cm, are also unavailable. There is currently no published timescale for a return to full operation.

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