Also in GB2RS this week…

| September 29, 2017

A valve workshop will be held on 14 October 2017 at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park MK3 6EB. If you have a basic knowledge of electronics and can read an electronic circuit diagram then they will show you how electronics began, following its critical components for its first 50 years. Find out about valve history, how to handle and test valves and how valves are used in amplifiers, radios and computers—full details at

The RSGB has recently responded to two Ofcom consultations affecting amateur microwave bands, as part of its ongoing strategy to protect amateur spectrum. The latest input in a series regarding 5GHz has been made in relation to Ofcom’s consultation to liberalise fixed wireless access channels. This would affect amateur narrowband and particularly satellite reception. Additionally, at even higher frequencies there has been a response to an Ofcom call for input regarding future fifth generation smartphone handset and base stations. In a marked change from current systems these are expected to use new frequencies in or near our 24 and 47GHz primary amateur bands. Both consultation inputs were developed in the RSGB Spectrum Forum with assistance from special interest groups including UK Microwave Group and AMSAT-UK—details at

Saturday, 7 October 2017 will see the first DX Féile take place on Inis Mór Island, Aran Islands, for a DX filled-convention. DXpeditioners Kenneth, LA7GIA, Nigel, G3TXF and IOTA Deputy Manager Cezar, VE3LYC along with Declan, EI6FR and Jeremy, EI5GM will host a day of DX-related talks, followed by a dinner and social evening, among other activities. Two HF stations will be on the air for the weekend, signing EJ1D and giving IOTA reference EU-006. Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Full information available at

Do you have some spare time to support fellow radio amateurs? Are you passionate about the future of amateur radio? The RSGB currently has a number of volunteer vacancies within the Regional representation structure and would like to hear from you. There are Deputy Regional manager vacancies in Regions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10 and 13. Details at

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