Monday 6th of April 2020
Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society
Founded in 1922 | Call sign G8TA

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Regional Winner

COTY Regional winner

Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society winner of the RSGB West Midlands Regional club of the year 2012 and 2013.
2012 was a fantastic year for Wolverhampton ARS, a year of rejuvenation as well as our 90th Birthday. We have seen a steady growth in our membership and with a full program of events we have become more active than in recent years and went on to win the Regional award for 2013.
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Henry Pinchin, G3VPE, 31st March 2020
Henry was licenced in 1966 and was operational from Spennymoor, County Durham. He became an enthusiastic member of RAYNET soon afterwards, initially with Mid Severn Valley RAYNET Group, then Solihull and Chelmsley Wood RAYNET Group around 1979, and West Midlands County RAYNET Group. From July 1975 to December 1981 he was the RSGB Regional Representative […]

G2HCG becomes centenarian this week
A good news story to start this week's news. The RSGB would like to wish Bill Sykes, G2HCG a happy 100th birthday for Wednesday, 8 April 2020. Bill is well-known for his involvement with JBeam aerials and for his in-depth knowledge of aerials in general. He is still active, mostly on 80m slow scan television.

Remember to vote in RSGB elections
Don?t forget that voting for the RSGB elections is still open. If you?ve struggled to find your Membership number, the Society has made it easier for you by adding it to the righthand sidebar of your Members? page when you log into Membership Services. This is your opportunity to choose who you want to be […]

Foundation exams online during pandemic
On the 20 March 2020, the RSGB stopped accepting new exam bookings as part of its response to the government's guidance concerning coronavirus. Since then, it has been exploring ways in which it can use the online exams platform to enable new people to access amateur radio and obtain their licence. Following rigorous tests, the […]

Also in GB2RS this week?
To help and support radio amateurs who are isolated at home and would appreciate contact with other people, the RSGB Contest Committees are launching a new six week initiative: the Hope QSO Party. Starting on 6 April 2020 and open to every radio amateur, not just RSGB Members, this contest will also welcome international participation. […]

ARRL News Feed

Icom Announces Delay in Delivery of New IC-705 Transceiver

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, Named as Interim CQ WPX Contest Director

Randy Thompson, K5ZD, is filling in as CQ WPX Contest Director. CQ's Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced the appointment of Thompson as interim director following the resignation of Terry Zivney, N4TZ, who had been the director for 7 years. Thompson previously served as director of the CQ World Wide Contest and is a long-time CQ Contest Committee member. Anyone interested in taking on the WPX Directo...

Japan to Expand Access to 160 Meters

The May Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

Past ARRL Treasurer Jim McCobb, K1LU, SK

Past ARRL Treasurer James E. ?Jim? McCobb, Jr., K1LU (ex-K1LLU, W1LLU), of West Newbury, Massachusetts, died on April 1. An ARRL Life Member, he was 77. McCobb served as ARRL Treasurer, a volunteer post, for nearly 32 years, from 1980 until 2012, when he was succeeded by current ARRL Treasurer Rick Niswander, K7GM. An active DXer and contester, McCobb was active from Belize, where he held the c...

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

The K7RA Solar Update

A new sunspot appeared on the last day in March and the first days of April, with daily sunspot numbers of 12, 13 and 12. Total sunspot area increased on each day from 10 to 20 to 30 millionths of a solar hemisphere.

Fortunately, this was a Cycle 25 spot, according to the magnetic signature.

Prior to this no sunspots were seen since earlier in March, when daily sunspot numbers were 13 and 12 on M...

Some Countries Permitting ?STAYHOME?-Suffix Call Signs during COVID-19 Pandemic

Some countries around the world are allowing radio amateurs to use special ?STAYHOME? call sign suffixes. For example, listen for 8A1STAYHOME from Indonesia, and A60STAYHOME/# call signs from the United Arab Emirates.

In Canada, Michael Shamash, VE2MXU, is using VC2STAYHOM ?to raise awareness for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.? Canada limits call sign suffixes to seven character...

Spain Grants Unlicensed Individuals Permission to Use Amateur Stations During Lockdown

Spain's International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society URE has obtained temporary permission from the country's telecommunications regulator for unlicensed people to use amateur stations during the coronavirus lockdown.

?The main objective of the request is to disseminate and promote amateur radio among schoolchildren who must be confined at home,? the announcement from the Ministry of ...

To All ARRL Members and ARRL VEC Accredited Volunteer Examiners

We know many examiners have canceled amateur radio license exam sessions to meet the requirements and recommendations of national and local government and of health officials. The health and safety of examinees and our Volunteer Examiners (VEs) is first and foremost in any decision-making process. The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) does not offer video-supervised online amateur radio...

WB2REM Wins the April QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the April 2020 QST Cover Plaque award is ?HD8M DXpedition to the Galapagos Islands? by Jim Millner, WB2REM.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the May issue today.


Contest Entry Features Multiple Operator Locations and Remote Transmitter-Receiver Site

Western Pennsylvania ARES Group Conducts District-Wide Simplex Drill

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Western Pennsylvania Southwest District, which includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties, conducted a district-wide simplex practice drill on March 21. The exercise lasted about 4 hours, with all participants meeting on their local ARES county repeaters.

Each county Emergency Coordinator s...

Circuit Board for Bare-Bones Ventilator Moves Toward Production with Radio Amateurs? Help

Problem Resolved: Digital Editions of QST and On the Air Now are Available

The digital editions of QST and On the Air magazine once again are available online as well as via the iOS, Android, and Kindle apps.