Saturday 19th of August 2017
Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society
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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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CH HSS sparks isolated periods of G1 geomagnetic storming
Our planet is under the influence of a coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is causing isolated periods of G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming over the past 2 days, August 17 and 18, 2017. Meanwhile, solar activity is very low. There is only one numbered active...... Read more »

Major solar flare erupts near the eastern limb, no Earth-directed CMEs
A pair of solar flares erupted near the eastern limb of the Sun at about 00:55 and 03:25 UTC on July 23, 2017 and were observed in STEREO-A EUVI 195 imagery. The source is Active Region 2665 which produced a long-duration M2.4 solar flare and Earth-directed CME on...... Read more »

Positive polarity CH HSS sparks G1 geomagnetic storm
A positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) is affecting our planet and will continue to do so over the next three days. Over the past 24 hours, by 12:30 UTC on July 22, solar wind parameters as measured by DSCOVR spacecraft reflected the influence...... Read more »

CME hits Earth, sparks G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm
A coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by the July 14th M2.4 long-duration solar flare hit Earth's magnetic field at 06:01 UTC on July 16, 2017. G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storming started 9 hours later. The S1 Minor solar radiation storm that started at 09:00...... Read more »

Long-duration M2.4 solar flare erupts, Earth-directed CME
Active Region 2665 produced a long-duration solar flare measuring M2.4 at its peak time on July 14, 2017. Today's event lasted for more than 2 hours; it started at 01:07, peaked at 02:09 and ended at 03:24 UTC. The eruption produced a coronal mass ejection (CME)...... Read more »

CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storms reaching G1 levels
Our planet is under the influence of a positive polarity CH HSS which is causing geomagnetic storms reaching G1 - Minor levels. During the past 24 hours, solar wind parameters reflected the onset of a co-rotating interactive region (CIR) followed by the influence of...... Read more »

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts from big Region 2665
Big sunspot region 2665 (beta) erupted with an impulsive solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time on July 9, 2017. The event started at 03:09, peaked at 03:18 and ended at 03:37 UTC. The last time our star unleashed an M-class solar flare was on July 4, 2017....... Read more »

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts near the west limb
Solar activity was at moderate levels on July 3, 2017, with 14 B-class and one impulsive M1.3 solar flare observed at 16:15 UTC. The M-class event started at 15:37 and ended at 16:18 UTC. The last time our star unleashed an M-class solar flare was on April 3, 2017....... Read more »

Partial-halo CME impact sparks G1 geomagnetic storm
A partial-halo coronal mass ejection (CME) produced on June 28, 2017 hit Earth's magnetic field at 17:12 UTC on July 1, almost 24 hours earlier than expected. The impact was weak but managed to spark a G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm 17 hours later. G1 Watch...... Read more »

Recurrent CH HSS sparks G1 geomagnetic storming
Earth is under the influence of a recurrent, negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) today which is causing G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming. Solar wind speed increased to 548 km/s at 08:08 UTC while total field reached a maximum of 16 nT at 07:16...... Read more »

CME impact sparks G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm
A coronal mass ejection (CME) produced during the early UTC hours of May 23, 2017 hit Earth's magnetic field at 15:36 UTC on May 27, more than 24 hours after it was expected. Although the solar wind speed is relatively slow, the embedded magnetic field had a...... Read more »

CME headed toward Earth, impact expected around 12:00 UTC on May 26
An eruption near the center of Earth-facing side of the Sun produced a partial HALO CME (coronal mass ejection) during the early UTC hours of May 23, 2017. The CME is weak, but it has an Earth-directed component. Arrival at Earth is expected around 12:00 UTC on May...... Read more »

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storms expected
Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate levels are expected over the next 48 hours due to the influence of a geoeffective coronal hole in combination with an Earth-directed component of coronal mass ejection (CME) produced on May 13. The first effects are expected...... Read more »

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm, aurora seen as far south as Colorado
A potent coronal hole has become geoeffective and possibly in a combination with an April 18 CME is causing geomagnetic storms reaching G2 levels. This is the second of two geoeffective coronal holes to affect Earth this week. The effects are expected to persist...... Read more »

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm level reached
A G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm conditions were reached at 04:33 UTC on April 20, 2017. This activity is a result of continued coronal hole effects, the first of two expected to affect our planet this week. The geomagnetic field reached G1 - Minor levels during...... Read more »

Geomagnetic storms reaching G1 level expected
Earth is under the influence of a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). A G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm began at 05:59 UTC today. Solar wind parameters, as measured by the DSCOVR spacecraft, continued at mostly nominal levels over the...... Read more »

Filament eruption, glancing blow possible on April 15
An approximate 14 degree solar filament eruption began at 20:25 UTC on April 9, 2017, from the northeast quadrant of the Sun. The event generated a coronal mass ejection (CME) and a glancing blow is possible on April 15. The CME was first observed in SOHO/LASCO C2...... Read more »


Southgate News Feed

Revised NCVEC Form 605 must be used at exam sessions starting on August 21
The revised NCVEC Form 605 must be used at exam sessions starting on August 21. Both the new FCC and NCVEC forms ask applicants if they have been convicted of a felony in any state or federal court. This conforms with FCC requirements to evaluate an applicant's qualifications to hold any FCC-issued license

Eclipse Day: Ham radio communication resources to be available
ARRL, the American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) will partner on Monday, August 21, to provide a nationwide communication link for local and regional American Red Cross units should a communications failure occur during the solar eclipse

MacLoggerDX Version 6.13 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.13 of MacLoggerDX has been released

Suzan PD3SZN established ARDF record at YOTA 2017
The Netherlands amateur radio society VERON reports Suzan PD3SZN established a record for the fastest time among women in the ARDF competition at YOTA 2017 in Gilwell Park

Diversity in amateur radio
RSGB President Nick Henwood, G3RWF, said when he first attended an amateur radio meeting "No one spoke to me"

Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 115
How does PSK or Phase Shift Keying actually work?

Ofcom - When ding dongs go wrong
When Wendy Macbean discovered customers at her gym in Londonderry were unable to lock or unlock their car doors she called Ofcom

Digital sign of the times
The move towards the use of digital modes for entry level licences is being considered in at least three major countries as a means of making Amateur Radio more relevant and attractive

An HF beacon system that fits in your pocket!
The WSPRlite portable HF beacon/antenna testing system has been enhanced with the the release of 'WSPRlite-to-go'.

Propagation de K7RA
Several readers pointed out those averages for the various indicators we track were all wrong last week. Average daily sunspot number was 12.1 instead of 5, although the rest of the text in the bulletin was correct. Likewise, average daily solar flux was 73.2 instead of 71

This weekend for lighthouses
The 20th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend has so far attracted 430 registrations from throughout the world and a few more may be received

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 2017
The upcoming weekend sees this year's edition of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), with close to 400 activations already registered

International lighthouse on the air - GB2SL Spurn Lighthouse
This year the Humber Fortress DX ARC have been invited by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, to put on a station during International Lighthouse on the air weekend

Portuguese lighthouses 'On The Air' for ILLW 2017
Look for the following Portuguese Lighthouses to be on the air for the upcoming International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (August, 19-20th)

Russian Cosmonauts deploy satellites
On Thursday, July 17, ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy manually deployed 5 satellites during a spacewalk

Ham radio operators to monitor roadways
Forty amateur radio operators will be providing three days of volunteer service beginning Saturday morning and concluding whenever Monday's outbound traffic rush subsides following the Great American Solar Eclipse

Australia - Senate slams ABC cut to shortwave radio
The ABC has been slammed by all sides of politics over its 'foolish' decision to cut the transmission of shortwave radio to remote Australia and the Pacific Islands

Icom Inc. announce dates for D-STAR QSO Party 2017
We are pleased to inform you that Icom Inc. will be holding once again a D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party this year

AmateurLogic 12th Anniversary Sweepstakes
It's just about time to celebrate another birthday at ALTV. We?ve teamed up with Icom and MFJ for another great giveaway

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands


RSGB News Feed

Anomalous call signs issued
Ofcom has informed the RSGB that a small number of two-letter suffix call signs have been issued in error recently. These short-form call signs are anomalous and stem from an IT problem, which Ofcom is addressing. We understand that although these call signs are not invalid, per se, licensees who have been issued with one […]

Listen to ICQ podcast YOTA special
There is a special ICQ podcast about YOTA 2017?it is well worth a listen. Among other things you?ll hear interviews with some of the young people who took part, sharing their infectious enthusiasm for amateur radio. If you worked the special event station GB17YOTA then you may be eligible for an award. Finally, for a […]

Solar eclipse QSO party on Monday
On Monday a solar total eclipse will sweep across the USA and many radio experiments will be conducted, taking advantage of the expected anomalous propagation conditions. The August RadCom described the solar eclipse QSO party that will take place from 1400 to 2200UTC on Monday, 21 August 2017. Activity will be on several bands from […]

Also in GB2S this week?
The Malta Communications Agency has authorised a Secondary allocation covering 5.3515 to 5.3665MHz with 15W EIRP, adding to the growing number of countries with a 60m allocation. The National Hamfest is coming ever closer. This year's event takes place on 29 and 30 September 2017 and is the UK's largest exhibition and gathering of amateur […]

GB2RS News Script for 20 August 2017
Please click the link below to download this week's news script* GB2RS News Script for 20 August 2017 *If you are used to the script downloading automatically, please click the link above instead as that feature has now been discontinued


ARRL News Feed

Internet Access to ARRL Headquarters to be Disrupted on August 22

Internet access to ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, will be disrupted for up to 6 hours on Tuesday, August 22 (0400-1000 UTC). Affected systems include, but are not necessarily limited to e-mail, bulk mail, reflectors, Logbook of The World (LoTW), DXCC, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA), and the ARRL Development page.

The outage is necessary for AT&T maintenance, and ARRL has no cont...

The K7RA Solar Update

Several readers pointed out those averages for the various indicators we track were all wrong last week. Average daily sunspot number was 12.1 instead of 5, although the rest of the text in the bulletin was correct. Likewise, average daily solar flux was 73.2 instead of 71.

And average daily planetary A index was 11.3 instead of 5, and mid-latitude A index was really 6.9 instead of 6.

The current...

ARRL Audio News Announces New Extra Edition Service

ARRL Audio News is proud to announce the debut of our Extra Edition service. Extra Editions are longer, uninterrupted audio segments devoted to particular topics. They will be posted on the ARRL Audio News web page. Just go to the page and then scroll down to Audio News Extra Edition. The Extra Edition will also be distributed on iTunes and Stitcher as part of the ARRL Audio News podcast channe...

High-Speed Telegraphy Competition Set for September 8-12 in Hungary

The 14th High-Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship will take place September 8-12 in Esztergom, Hungary. The event's date was shifted this year to avoid conflicting with the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) General Conference.

The Hungarian Radio Amateur Society (MRASZ) is organizing the 2017 HST, which is sponsored by IARU. Hungary was the site of the first HST in 1995....

Cosmonauts Manually Deploy Three Nanosatellites with Amateur Radio Payloads

ARRL Radiosport Department Debuts New Honor Roll, Top of Honor Roll Plaques

The ARRL Radiosport department has unveiled two newly designed plaques for the coveted DXCC Honor Roll and Top of Honor Roll awards.

?These plaques feature a stunning graphic of the Earth transitioning toward sunset as viewed from space. After explaining grayline propagation to our graphic artist, Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, we think she really captured the concept with her design,? said ARRL Radiosport ...

Amateur Radio Communication Resources to be Available during Eclipse Day

Revised NCVEC Form 605 Must Be Used at Exam Sessions Starting on August 21

Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response. With the area suffering under record 108° heat, the ARRL Los Angeles Section's ARES Northwest District Emergency Coordinator Roozy Moabery, W1EH, had no idea that an actual emergency would erupt just 6 hours after his ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

?S-Units? is the topic of the the latest episode of the ?ARRL The Doctor is In? podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, ?ARRL The Doctor is In? is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas...

Pirates on the Air!

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Will Facilitate Real Science

Ham Hoping to Crowd-Fund Experimental Time at HAARP Facility

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory® has sold out.

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory®, introduced in April, has sold out. Some ARRL publication dealers and online resellers may have remaining copies of the current edition, which was the first edition to use data supplied from ?crowdsourcing? technology. Crowdsourcing is a means of using data gathered from public resources. Data for the Repeater Directory was supplie...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August 3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 71 to 73.2.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30 through Septemb...


Amateur Radio Newsline Feed

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2052 February 24 2017

  • NEW AMATEUR RADIO ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
  • ARISS: BOOK EARLY, DON'T GET LOST IN SPACE
  • NAVAL HONORS FOR AUSTRALIAN AMATEURS
  • RADIO SCOUTING
  • NEWFOUNDLAND HAM BECOMES RAC'S ATLANTIC DEPUTY DIRECTOR
  • CONTACT WITH THE CONCORDE
  • HAMS HELP CELEBRATE RADIO STATION'S 95 YEARS
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • IN SEARCH OF YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR 2017

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2051 for February 17, 2017

  • NO RADIO SILENCE IN ANTARCTICA
  • THIS 'COMEBACK KID' IS AN OM
  • HONORING A HEROIC HAM AND HIS CREW
  • SHORTWAVE FEST LONG ON AMBITION
  • NEWEST RADIO INTERFERENCE UNDER THE SUN?
  • TWO SILENT KEYS FOR THE CENTURY
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • A VERY MERRY "CHRISTMAS HAM"

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2050 February 10 2017

  • TAKING 630 METERS FOR A TEST DRIVE
  • DISTINCTION FOR A YOUNG DXer
  • SCOUT CAMPS GET ON THE AIR
  • WORLD OF DX
  • HISTORY ON THE USS HORNET
  • SAILING TOWARD SIGNALS IN SYDNEY
  • ROUNDING UP CONTACTS FOR SCHOOL HAM CLUBS
  • A SPECIAL REQUEST FOR A FRIEND'S SPECIAL PROJECT

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2049 for February 03, 2017

  • IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HAIL TO THE HAMS!
  • SILENT KEY: NYC MARATHON'S ALLAN STEINFELD W2TN
  • A WORLD RADIO DAY PREVIEW IN LONDON
  • HONORS FOR HAM IN MAUI
  • HAM RADIO GOES IVY LEAGUE
  • NETS OF NOTE: THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
  • AUSTRALIAN HAMS MARK HISTORIC WW2 BOMBING
  • WORLD OF DX
  • NOT-SO-POETIC LICENSE

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2048 for January 27, 2017

  • AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT PASSES IN HOUSE
  • MISSOURI LAWMAKERS CONSIDER STATE PARITY ACT
  •  NEW CHAIRMAN AT HELM OF FCC
  • D-STAR BECOMES FIREFIGHTING TOOL
  • HAM AND EGGS, BUT MOSTLY HAMS
  • STRONG TALK ON WEAK SIGNALS FROM NOBEL LAUREATE
  • AN HF HOMECOMING ACROSS THE MILES
  • MORE ACTIVATIONS FOR K2BSA
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • USING CODE IN A FLASH

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2047 for January 20, 2017

 

  • BREAKING NEWS: DISCUSSIONS ATTEMPT TO SAVE LONG ISLAND REPEATER
  • U.S. HOUSE GETS AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT
  • HISTORIC SHORTWAVE SITE TO BE CLEARED
  • PORT ELIZABETH CONTEST A 44-HOUR RADIO FEST
  • THE 60 METER COMMUNITY GROWS
  • ESSEX RAYNET ANSWERS FLOOD OF REQUESTS
  • NOVICE RIG ROUNDUP NOT JUST FOR OLDTIMERS
  • AN IDEA WORTH SCOUTING OUT
  • ZANE GREY EVENT
  • AN AUSSIE HAM BY ANY OTHER NAME....
  • REMEMBERING HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST'S CHARLIE EMERSON N4OKL, SK

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2046 for January 13, 2017

  • LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK REPEATER IMPERILED
  • MEMORIAL PLAQUE NAMED FOR POPULAR UK CONTESTER
  • NETS OF NOTE: THE YL SYSTEM
  • RADIO CLUB OF AMERICA SPOTLIGHTS 'WIRELESS WOMEN'
  • SCOUTS GETTING PREPPED FOR JAMBOREE ON THE AIR
  • 100 YEARS' WORTH OF ISLAND CELEBRATION
  • KAZAKHSTAN GETS 60 METER BAND
  • 80-METER COUNTIES CONTEST LOGS ARE DUE
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • POLITICS ASIDE, INAUGURATING THE AIRWAVES

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2045 for January 06, 2017

  • GENEROSITY'S IN ORBIT WITH THE ISS
  • HAMS ASSIST AT HINDU GATHERING
  • BACK TO SCHOOL AT HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY
  • NEW LF FREQUENCY EYED FOR FRENCH LICENSEES
  • AUSTRALIAN HAMS AWAIT 60 METER BAND
  • AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBES HOST FIRST NET
  • AMATEUR RADIO SISTERHOOD HONORS COFOUNDER
  • CANADA CELEBRATES COMING OF AGE IN BATTLE
  • THE WORLD OF DX
  • U.S. WINTER FIELD DAY IS HOT, HOT, HOT!

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2044 for December 30, 2016

  • HAMS RESPOND TO SUPER TYPHOON IN PHILIPPINES
  • RADIO AUSTRALIA ENDING SHORTWAVE BROADCASTS
  • NO WALK IN THE PARK
  • SILENT KEY: ALAN HEATHER  G0PQA
  • SILENT KEY: CANADA'S WILLIAM JAMES 'BILL' GILLIS VE1WG
  • HAMS KEEP PACE IN PARADISE
  • NO QTH TO CALL THEIR OWN
  • VIRGINIA FONE NET, AN 'OM' AMONG NETS
  • THAT'S THE SPIRIT! LOOK OUT FOR INTREPID DX AWARDS
  • SCOUT MERIT BADGE FINDS NEW DIRECTION
  • WORLD OF DX
  • A NET GAIN FOR THE SANTA NET

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2043 for December 23, 2016

  • MISSOURI AMATEURS RENEW PARITY ACT PUSH
  • AUTHOR DECIPHERS SDR -- AGAIN
  • DRUMMING UP A LICENSE UPGRADE
  • CELEBRATING RADIO HISTORY AND A LITTLE OF HIS OWN TOO
  • NORWAY'S RADIO GOES DIGITAL
  • UK TESTS GO ONLINE, THEN ON THE AIR
  • HAMS KEEP PACE IN PARADISE
  • UK STUDENT-BUILT BALLOON REACHES ALASKA
  • WORLD OF DX
  • 'TWAS THE END OF THIS WEEK'S NEWSCAST

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