Also in GB2RS this week…

| January 19, 2018

The DP0GVN WSPR beacon now is in operation from Antarctica. It is in the German Neumayer III Research Station of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. The installation is part of a scientific project of the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with the University of Bremen and the German national amateur radio society, DARC. The technology consists of a multiband WSPR receiver that can simultaneously monitor up to eight bands from 160 to six metres and feed several hundred receive reports per hour to WSPRnet. The 5W multiband transmitter also has been commissioned and is working into a vertical antenna.

The RSGB has responded to a consultation in the Isle of Man regarding licensing additional spectrum in the 3.4GHz band for commercial use. This is immediately adjacent to the UK amateur allocation. Details of the consultation and the RSGB response can be found on the RSGB website.

The Australian licensing authority will permit all Australian radio amateurs to substitute the VK prefix with AX on Australia Day, 26 January 2018. Australia Day commemorates the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 at Sydney Cove and the establishment of a European settlement at Port Jackson.

WITCH Takeover takes place on Thursday, 15 February 2018 from 12 noon to 5pm at the National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park MK3 6EB. This event will be a tie-in with a visit and speech by artist John Yeadon, creator of the paintings Portrait of a Dead WITCH and Portrait of a Live WITCH. The day will involve an in-depth speech from John Yeadon on the creation of his painting of the Harwell Dekatron, or WITCH computer, 35 years on, followed by the chance for visitors to get their hands dirty and create their own masterpieces with a variety of practical art activities for kids. Tickets cost from £8.67 and can be booked online.

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