Also in GB2RS this week…

| October 4, 2019

Regrettably, two items were stolen from the Martin Lynch & Sons stand at the National Hamfest last Saturday. A Kenwood TH-D74E, serial number B6B10239, complete with the battery and antenna was removed from the stand. Additionally a Nissei digital SWR/power meter type RS-70 was removed. If you are offered either of these items, please contact Martin Lynch & Sons.

The RSGB Convention takes place in Milton Keynes from 11 to 13 October 2019. It is kindly sponsored by Martin Lynch & Sons. The programme of lectures and workshops is now online at The closing date for online discount day tickets is 7 October 2019. Weekend package bookings can be made until midnight on 6 October 2019 at If you have tickets for the Gala Dinner on Saturday and wish to reserve a table with friends, send your name and call sign details to

From 8am to 5pm on 12 and 13 October 2019, UK Army, Navy and Air Cadet units will be carrying out Exercise Blue Ham 19. Operations will be on the 5MHz shared band. Amateurs may claim a certificate if they contact 10 or more stations over the weekend and submit a copy of their log sheet. QSO exchange details and claim info are on the Air Cadet radio website. This is the last chance of 2019 to make contact with cadets.

John Rogers, M0JAV and David Lauder, G0SNO will be running an RFI clinic at the RSGB Convention on Saturday at 4.45pm. The session will consist of a short presentation on the tools and techniques used to locate and identify RFI sources. Then a number of test setups and live demos will be available using radios, SDRs and spectrum analysers to let you see and hear some of these common RFI sources. If you have an unusual source, then please bring it along for them to investigate.

Due to essential maintenance work, the GB3RS radio room at the RSGB’s National Radio Centre (NRC) at Bletchley Park will be closed on Wednesday, 9 October 2019. The NRC itself will remain open to visitors but, with the radio room closed, it will be unavailable for visiting radio amateurs to operate the station GB3RS. We apologise for any inconvenience and anticipate the station to be fully operational again on Thursday morning.

There will be two Raspberry Pi workshops held on Saturday, 12 October 2019 at the RSGB Convention. Raspberry Pi owners that are new to Linux and the Pi who would like to understand more about its capabilities in amateur radio should bring along their own Pi; the workshop will supply other equipment. There are limited spaces, but plenty of room for observers, and handouts will be provided—see for timings.

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