Also in GB2RS this week…

| July 31, 2020

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, the RSGB has organised a VJ Day amateur radio marathon on the HF bands and 6m using SSB, CW and digital modes. Three special UK call signs GB75PEACE, GB1945PE, GB1945PJ will be on the air from 1 to 31 August 2020. The special stations have their own pages with details of the activation schedule. If you wish to participate and transmit using a VJ Day radio marathon call sign, contact Ian, G0FCT, via email to Full details of the radio marathon and the five awards can be found at

Around 80 papers are now available online for the IARU Region 1 Virtual General Conference that will be held in October 2020. Several inputs on a variety of topics are by a team of RSGB volunteers, covering HF-UHF modernisation, support for innovation, and the WRC-23 challenge in the 23cm band. The RSGB band plans may also be updated to take account of the outcome in January 2021. Full information can be found at

A Facebook group promoting special event stations within the UK now has over 1,000 members. Any radio amateur or SWL with an interest in organising, operating or working special event stations is welcome. The group is run by Mark, G1PIE, Martyn, MM0XXW, and Pam, 2E1HQY—see

Milton Keynes ARS tells us that their training team has been part of the remote invigilating of exams. Over 300 candidates have been invigilated by Francis, M0UKF and Nigel, M0NYG since the online scheme started in April. The club thanks them for their efforts. Francis is taking a well-earned break to focus on other projects.

The objective of the AMSAT-UK OSCAR Satellite QSO Party is to encourage all radio amateurs to make contacts via satellites during northern hemisphere summer. The event runs until 2359UTC on 22 September 2020. Prizes will be awarded to the leading entries.

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