Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 10, 2020

An article has just been published in Nature about the first amateur radio communication system in lunar orbit, Longjiang-2, also known as Lunar-OSCAR 94 or LO-94. It was built by students at the Harbin Institute of Technology—thanks to the Spectrum Forum for this information.

Despite the closure of many amateur radio events, you can still visit the online QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on 8 and 9 August 2020. Attendance is free and registration is now open. There will be around 70 speakers over the weekend including Ward Silver, N0AX, speaking on grounding and bonding; Glen Johnson, W0GJ, talking DXpeditions, and John Portune, W6NBC, on building slot antennas. Go to to learn more and register.

John Armstrong, GW3EJR will be celebrating his 100th birthday on 18 July 2020. He told us that, “It has been a long journey since 1920, although a rather shorter one from when I got my call sign, G3EJR, in 1948. I am still active, using a very ancient Icom IC-706, with a full size G5RV on HF and a Yagi on the 2m band. When I go out and about, I go on 2m with a Baofeng UV-5R5.” Many happy returns John.

Ofcom have advised the RSGB that their online licensing portal will be down between 4.30am and 11.30am on Saturday, 11 July 2020.

Mid-Ulster ARC have been holding online talks during the COVID-19 pandemic. These talks are available for everyone to view on the club’s YouTube channel. Last week, RSGB Region 8 representative Philip Hosey, MI0MSO made a presentation, which was followed by a Q&A session with RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB. They have also had talks by Dom, M0BLF on QO-100, George, GI4SJQ on coaxial cable and connectors and Tony, G2NF speaking about urban QRM, amongst several others.

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