Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 14, 2017

Due to essential maintenance, the Ofcom Licensing Portal will be unavailable from 15.30 on Friday, 14 July 2017 until 06.00 Monday, 17 July 2017.

At this year’s RSGB Convention there will be the opportunity to sit the FCC tests for a US licence at 1pm on Sunday, 15 October 2017. Please contact Martin, G3ZAY at before the event if you would like to sit an exam. This is important as he wants to ensure there are enough exam papers available and that candidates have the correct paperwork.

The latest YOTA 2017 vlog features Steve Bunting, M0BPQ who is the Station Manager for GB2GP at Gilwell Park. During the YOTA camp there will be a five-band SES running from morning to night with the call sign GB17YOTA. The RSGB has provided an award for those who make contact, so listen out for the youngsters on air that week! You can see all the vlogs via

In further microwave-related news, Ofcom have also confirmed the final details for their forthcoming auction of 2.3 and 3.4GHz spectrum that was removed as part of the 2014 Licence Review. The auction documents include an information memorandum with considerable detail of amateur and Primary User usage in these bands. The auction link can be found at

The resurrected 25MHz signal of time and frequency standard station WWV is now emanating a 2kW signal from a circularly polarised turnstile antenna. It’s hoped that the latest antenna change to circular polarisation might be helpful to any one studying propagation during next month’s total solar eclipse, which will be visible across the US. WWV has invited listeners’ comments and reports on its 25MHz signal by email to

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