Also in GB2RS this week…

| December 8, 2023

The RSGB Board is delighted to announce that Bob Beebe, GU4YOX has been appointed as the new Nominations Committee Chair. The Board would like to thank Stephen Purser, GW4SHF for his work in this role over a number of years, and it is pleased that he will continue in his other role as Company Secretary. You can find out more about the Nominations Committee on the RSGB website at, and you can email Bob via

Don’t forget that the last RSGB Tonight @ 8 webinars of 2023 is at 20.00 on Monday, 11 December. It focuses on amateur radio construction and the RSGB Construction Competition. Jenny Curtis M7JNY, Colin Murray GM4EAU, and David Law G0LBK will talk about the projects they worked on and why they decided to submit them to the Construction Competition in recent years. Watch live on the RSGB YouTube channel or special BATC channel and ask questions via the live chat. You can find out more about this talk on the RSGB website.

EIRSAT-1 launched on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA at 1819UTC on Friday, 1 December 2023. EIRSAT-1 stands for Educational Irish Research Satellite. A team of students at University College Dublin—with support from academic and professional staff—has designed, built, tested, and will operate Ireland’s first satellite; a 2U CubeSat. It has a downlink on the IARU coordinated frequency of 437.100MHz. For more information about the project visit

The UK Six Metre Group Winter Marathon is underway. The objective is to work as many four digit grid squares as possible—between 0000UTC on 1 December 2023 and 2359UTC on 31 January 2024—on the 6m band. Logs can be submitted until 12 February 2024. For more information visit

It is now the second week of Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) month. Special callsign GB23YOTA has already been operated by a range of schools, universities and radio societies. The RSGB National Radio Centre is active on Sunday, 10 December 2023 using GB23YOTA between 9am and 5pm. On Monday, 11 December 2023 Hilderstone Radio Society will be on the air with St Peter-in-Thanet School in Kent between 12pm and 6pm. Mallaig High School will be hosting the special callsign for the second time this month between 12pm and 3pm on Thursday, 14 December 2023. Tommy M7OMY, who was involved with YOTA month in 2022, is back again this year and will be operating GB23YOTA supervised by M0BOY for the whole of Saturday, 16 December 2023. Remember to listen out for all these young operators on the air and help make them feel welcome to the world of amateur radio. If you’d like to get involved and operate GB23YOTA, there is still time. Email Jamie, M0SDV at to register your interest or ask for further information.

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