Monday 9th of December 2019
Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society
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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.
The West Midlands Trophy is sponsored by web hosting solutions at www.intermip.net

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GB2RS Christmas schedule
Because of the way Christmas and New Year falls there will be no GB2RS News script for Sunday, 29 December 2019. An abbreviated script will be prepared for Sunday, 5 January 2020 for those newsreaders who are able to read that day. Normal service resumes 12 January 2020. The RSGB would like to take the […]

YOTA Month news
YOTA Month is in full swing and thanks to local clubs, schools and Scout groups it has already introduced large numbers of youngsters to amateur radio. Hilderstone Radio Society used GB19YOTA to give 40 children aged seven to eight the chance to speak to Santa, and chat to him about what they would like for […]

Sweden to discontinue 2.3 and 3.4GHz permits
Amateurs in Sweden have been able to apply for temporary permits to allow operation in 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands. Their regulator, the PTS, has announced these temporary permits will no longer be issued from 1 January 2020. The reason is 5G. Swedish amateurs are presently permitted by their regulations to run a maximum of 100mW […]

Also in GB2RS this week?
Following a tutors’ Syllabus 2019 presentation on software defined radio earlier in the year, the RSGB has now published three short videos to help tutors teach this aspect of the new Syllabus. You will need your Membership Services login to access the presentations. They were filmed by members of the exam team to accompany the […]

GB2RS News Script for 8 December 2019
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ARRL News Feed

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 http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

ARRL's 12 Days of Deals Start on Monday!

ARRL Asks FCC to Dismiss Petition Seeking Declaratory Ruling on Encoded Message Rule

The K7RA Solar Update

No sunspots again this week. This run of zero sunspots has persisted for over three weeks.

In last week's bulletin, we erroneously said that average daily sunspot number for the week was 70.4, but as KB8W pointed out this was the value of average daily solar flux. Average daily solar flux for this week, November 28 through December 4, was 70.2.

Geomagnetic indicators were very quiet, with average...

FCC Amending Amateur Radio RF Exposure Safety Rules

The FCC is amending its Part 97 Amateur Service rules relating to RF exposure safety. In a lengthy document in ET Docket 19-226 released on December 4 that addresses a broad range of RF safety issues, the FCC said current amateur radio RF exposure safety limits will remain unchanged, but that the amateur-specific exemption from having to conduct an RF exposure evaluation will be replaced by the...

Dayton Hamvention Admission, Fees to Increase in 2020

Dayton Hamvention® is increasing the cost of admission and its booth fees. Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, announced this week that general admission would rise by $4 per ticket to $26 in advance or $31 at the gate for all 3 days. The cost of flea market spots will go up by $5 per space, and inside exhibitors will pay $30 more.

?Hamvention has always strived to produce a very high-q...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

ARISS Contact with Pennsylvania School to be Streamed Live

An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contact with astronaut Dr. Drew Morgan, MD, KI5AAA, and students at Council Rock High School in Pennsylvania will be livestreamed. The contact will take place at approximately 1756 UTC on Thursday, December 5. Morgan is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Several Warminster Amateur Radio Club members, including Michael Shanbla...

Oldest Known US Ham Receives ARRL Centurion Award

The oldest known US radio amateur, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, received his ARRL Centurion Award plaque in November. The award recognizes hams who have achieved centenarian status. Kayhart, who lives in White Rock, South Carolina, is 108. The ARRL Board of Directors conferred the award on Kayhart at its July 2019 meeting.

At the November meeting of the Dutch Fork Amateur Radio Group in Little Mountain...

UN Headquarters? 4U1UN has been Back on the Air

The United Nations Amateur Radio Club, 4U1UN, at UN Headquarters in New York has been on the air recently. Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, recently was on site to replace and test a serial cable, and, while there, made some 100 contacts.

?Now that all works, we should hear the 4U1UN more often on the air,? he commented. QSL via HB9BOU.

4U1UN is a separate DXCC entity. The 4U1UN Facebook page reported th...

Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from International Space Station Taking Place until December 6

Russian cosmonauts were expected to activate VHF FM Slow Scan TV (SSTV) image transmissions from the International Space Station, starting Wednesday, December 4, until Friday, December 6 (UTC). December 4, until 1650 UTC; December 5, from 1125 until 1715 UTC, and December 6, 1020 UTC until 1640 UTC. Transmissions will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM (5-kHz deviation) using SSTV mode PD-120. Once rece...

US State Department Seeks Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists ? Radio

Boy Scouts Report Increased JOTA 2019 Station Participation

The Boy Scouts of America report that, although overall JOTA 2019 participation was down slightly from 2018, ?our calculations show that each station averaged an additional 13 people in attendance over 2019. This shows an aggregate increase of 24% attendance per station, even with our reported stations being down from 266 in 2018 to 201 in 2019."

The Scouts reported that 13,783 individuals took ...

SKYWARN Recognition Day Participation Webinar Set for December 4

A webinar will held on Wednesday, December 4, at 8:30 PM EST (December 5 at 0130 UTC) for those interested in participating in SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD), which marks its 20th anniversary this year. On Saturday, December 7, 0000 to 2400 UTC, radio amateurs will be on the air from National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices across the country, celebrating the long relationship between the...

YOTA Month Expanding into the Americas

December is Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month, when stations operated by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the Americas.

During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on ...