Also in GB2RS this week…

| May 25, 2018

A formation of two satellites was launched on Monday on a lunar orbit mission. The 47kg microsatellites each carry two SDR VHF/UHF transceivers to provide command, telemetry, image transmission and a GMSK-JT4 repeater. The project is led by Harbin Institute of Technology and has low frequency radio astronomy, amateur radio and educational goals. More information and further links at

Darenth Valley Radio Society will be holding a Foundation Course on the 9th and 16th of June at the Crockehill Village Hall, Swanley, Kent. The cost of the course will be £55 including the exam fee. More details can be obtained by emailing as soon as possible.

Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE was inducted into the CQ magazine Hall of Fame at the Hamvention in Xenia, USA last weekend. He is the only living Indian amateur in the elite group. He was recognised for his work designing and popularising the Bit-X low power, open-source transceiver semi-kits. He estimates that at least 15,000 of these exist around the world. Their low cost and simple construction opened up the world of amateur radio to a large number of people in a very affordable way. Congratulations to Ashhar Farhan on his induction. The only other Indian in the CQ Hall of Fame was Kalpana Chawla. In 1997 she became the first Indian woman in space, but sadly died in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Due to the ongoing serious illness of a key staff member, it has again not been possible to prepare Local News this week. We are taking steps to cover their absence and restore the full GB2RS service as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has sent in club calendar information, which we will include in RadCom as normal. However, we are running significantly late on acknowledging those contributions.

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