Also in GB2RS this week…

| October 11, 2019

The RSGB is pleased to announce that Rob Evered, G2RE has taken up the volunteer post of Youth Champion. Rob will work closely with the Youth Team to ignite interest; develop links with schools, Scouts and Guides, universities and the general public; and motivate young people to get involved in amateur radio.

A special WRC-19 issue of ITU News is now available (96-page/20.1MB PDF). It is a large file but provides an excellent overview of the conference and its agenda items, including an article on the IARU objectives for the conference by IARU Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ. WRC-19 takes place over a full month starting on 28 October 2019, concluding on 22 November 2019. The relevant RSGB volunteers plan to attend as part of the Ofcom-led UK delegation, whilst some other amateurs will be embedded in other national delegations. The IARU will also be present as it has official observer status. The RSGB’s social media and special focus page at will feature regular postings whilst the conference is underway.

From 8am to 5pm on 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 Exercise Blue Ham 19 website. This is the last chance of 2019 to make contact with cadets.

There are two ARISS school contacts with the International Space Station planned for this week. An Italian school is booked for 17 October 2019 around 0849UTC with the contact conducted in Italian. Then, on Friday, the 18th, at around 0937UTC, an English language contact has been arranged with participants at a science and technology event in Germany. The downlink signals for both contacts will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800MHz FM.

The GB3JV amateur TV repeater is now on the air in beacon mode. It is located in Petts Wood, Kent and transmits on 3404MHz. The Tx antenna is a slotted waveguide design and gives an ERP of 150 watts. Receiver inputs are available on 1249MHz and the repeater output is streamed on the BATC website. To receive the repeater all that’s required is a tuneable DVB-S2 satellite receiver, or a BATC Minitiouner, a small dish and a C-Band LNB. Coverage predictions show reception possibilities across the heavily populated area of South-East and East London as well as parts of Essex. This repeater is on the air due to the work of many people and the repeater keeper thanks them all—information and updates at

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