Also in GB2RS this week…

| January 5, 2018

In 2017, a team led by Noel, G8GTZ and Brian, G4NNS made several visits to Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall to use the 32m GHY6 dish for 3.4GHz and 5.6GHz EME operation. During one of the visits, Michael Portillo and the Great British Railway Journeys team visited and filmed a sequence including EME operation. The program schedule has now been confirmed and it will be shown on Friday, 12 January 2018 at 6.30pm on BBC2. Described as “Going to the moon by way of the Cornish Riviera”, the sequence will show Michael talking to Brian, G4NNS and operating his station under supervision to “talk to the moon” and hear his echoes coming back.

During the Winter Olympic Games, until 28 February 2018, all South Korean licensed stations and operators may change the number in their call signs to 23.

History was made on Friday, 29 December 2017 when what is believed to be the first ever Wainwrights on the Air activation and chase were made using Yaesu’s C4FM mode. Mark, M0NOM, activated Orrest Head using the more normal FM mode and also C4FM—commonly known as Fusion—simplex. Contact was made at around 1.30pm with Sue, G1OHH, who was at her home in Lancaster using DN/C4FM mode. Mark, M0NOM was using a Yaesu FT1 handset and Sue, G1OHH was using her FTM400XDE. Both Mark and Sue are members of the North West Fusion Group who aim to promote the use of the mode throughout the north-west of England. The contact wasn’t specifically prearranged but made in the same way that operators would on FM. The group uses 144.6875 DN simplex as a frequency of choice and welcome any contacts on that frequency and mode. North West Fusion Group can also be found on Facebook.

The Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society is inviting two youngsters from IARU Region 1 to join the A44A contest team. These two young radio amateurs will have the opportunity to join the CQ World Wide 160 metre contest in SSB or CW in the beginning of 2018. The Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will cover flight and accommodation costs for both youngsters. Apply online at as soon as possible if you are interested in taking part. A participant must be under the age of 26 years.

The RSGB assists HF DXpeditions to the rarer countries through a fund that is supported each year from proceeds of the raffle, which is held at the annual RSGB Convention, as well as income from legacies and donations. The Society is looking to appoint a fifth trustee for the HF DXpedition Fund who, given the increasing number of applications, will also act as Secretary to the group. Details of duties can be found on the RSGB website. Applicants should be enthusiastic HF DXers with an interest in DXCC and IOTA. RSGB Members who wish to be considered for appointment to this important role should contact Steve Thomas, M1ACB, RSGB General Manager, via email to providing details of their amateur radio and other relevant experience.

During January 2018, Ofcom is holding public meetings in Belfast, Cardiff, London and Edinburgh to gain feedback on its proposed annual plan, which outlines Ofcom’s planned areas of work for the next financial year. Those with an interest in Ofcom’s work are encouraged to attend one of the meetings, which offer an opportunity to comment on Ofcom’s approach to TV, radio, telecoms, postal and wireless communications services.

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