Friday 4th of December 2020
Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society
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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.
The West Midlands Trophy is sponsored by web hosting solutions at www.intermip.net

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GB2RS News Script for 6 December 2020
Tap or click the link below to download this week's GB2RS news script GB2RS News Script for 6 December 2020 (12-page/223KB Microsoft Word document) Problems downloading the GB2RS news script? Try this alternative link.

?Get on the air to care? campaign wins international award
We?re delighted that this year's Amateur Radio Newsline's International Newsmaker of the Year Award has been presented to the ?Get on the Air to Care? project operated jointly by the Radio Society of Great Britain and the UK’s National Health Service. The idea was conceived by Paul Devlin, G1SMP who is a member of the […]

New IARU VHF handbook
The new VHF Handbook, version 9.00, is available on the IARU Region 1 website. You can download it directly from https://tinyurl.com/gb2rs-vhfhandbook It contains all decisions made during the last virtual General Conference.

RSGB mounts Christmas charity auction
The RSGB is running a charity auction as part of its ‘Get on the air for Christmas’ campaign with the NHS. Roy Bailey, G0VFS won the Lockdown Category in the RSGB’s annual Construction Competition and has donated his beautifully-engineered VirusPerpleXed Bug CW Key to raise money for NHS Charities Together. The auction will run from […]

Also in GB2RS this week?
Listen out for Youngsters On The Air stations around the world. GB20YOTA will be operating throughout December. G8IXK will operate the station today, the 6th; then M0WJE on Monday. Tuesday sees the callsign under G4DJX's guidance with M0NCG taking over on Wednesday. M0MUX will be operating on Friday and then M0SDV takes over for the […]


ARRL News Feed

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot Cycle 25 is 1 year old, and increasing solar activity continues to surprise and amaze.

Average daily sunspot numbers more than doubled every week over the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, we reported average daily sunspot numbers of 12. Last week, the average was 27.9. This week the average daily sunspot number at sits at 57.6.

In the past week the highest ...

WX1AW and WX4NHC will be On the Air for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020

Launch Window for AMSAT's RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E Opens on December 19

The launch that will carry AMSAT's RadFxSat-2 / Fox-1E CubeSat into orbit will likely take place later this month. Virgin Orbit has announced that the launch window for their LauncherOne Launch Demo 2 mission, which will carry the AMSAT spacecraft into orbit, opens on December 19. RadFxSat-2 is the fifth and final Fox-1 satellite built by AMSAT.

Like RadFxSat / Fox-1B (now AMSAT-OSCAR 91RadFxSat...

ARRL to Award John Devoldere, ON4UN, Memorial Plaque for ARRL 160-Meter Contest

FCC to Require Email Addresses on Applications

Amateur radio licensees and candidates will have to provide the FCC with an email address on applications, effective sometime in mid-2021. If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as defective.

The FCC is fully transitioning to electronic correspondence and will no longer print or provide wireless licensees with hard-copy authorizations or registrations by mail.

A Repo...

December is YOTA Month

The month of December has been designated as YOTA month. The annual initiative sponsored by Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) initially focused on International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1 (Europe, the Mideast, and Africa), with young radio amateurs taking to the air with YOTA-suffix call signs. YOTA (Youth on the Air) in Region 2 (the Americas) is following step, and K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A ...

Arecibo Observatory Instrument Platform Falls into Iconic Dish

[UPDATED 2020-12-02 @1609 UTC] The 900-ton instrument platform of the 305-meter radio telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell some 400 feet Tuesday morning, crashing into the huge, already-damaged dish below, the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported in a December 1 Tweet. ?No injuries were reported,? NSF said, adding that it is still assessing the situation. ?Our top priority...

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Departing Commission

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to leave the Commission on January 20, 2021, as the Biden Administration comes into office. The FCC chairman is appointed by the president.

?It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve at the Federal Communications Commission, including as Chairman of the FCC over the past 4 years,? Pai said. ?I am grateful to President Trump for giving me the...

RadioShack Purchased by Online Retailer

RadioShack® is back as an online retailer of electronics, offering some parts in its inventory that largely consists of radios, batteries, telephone gear, drones, computer accessories, and even cameras. The iconic company was recently purchased from General Wireless by Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV).

No plans are in place to reopen RadioShack-owned stores, although some 400 brick-and-mortar out...

Powerful Solar Flare, Coronal Mass Ejection Occur on November 29

A solar flare from massive solar region 2786 at 1311 UTC on Sunday, November, 29, was the most powerful solar flare and coronal mass ejection (CME) so far during the new Solar Cycle 25.

The sun's activity is now rapidly increasing after a slow increase in activity this year following solar minimum a year ago.

While the flare and CME, which erupted from just behind the southeast solar limb, was no...

ARRL Invites Members to Participate in #GivingTuesday on December 1

ARRL is taking part in #GivingTuesday on December 1. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and creating change in their communities and their world. Many ARRL programs and services are not covered by membership fees alone. Your contributions have a tremendous impact on ARRL's ability to promote amateur radio and better serve its members.

Onl...

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Over the past week our sun has been quite active, with rising sunspot numbers and solar flux showing strong evidence that Solar Cycle 25 is progressing.

Average daily sunspot number rose from 12 last week to 27.9 in the current week, while solar flux rose to a high of 103.7, bringing average daily solar flux up from 79.8 to 90.1.

Average daily planetary A index r...

ARRL Asks FCC to Allow 3.4-GHz Operation until Spectrum is Occupied

In comments to the FCC, ARRL has argued that radio amateurs be allowed to continue shared operation in the 3.4 GHz band until 5G licensees who purchase the spectrum when the FCC puts it up for auction initiate incompatible operations. In its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) in WT Docket 19-348, the FCC had proposed to sunset the band for amateur radio in two phases, governed by whe...

Yasme Foundation Announces Excellence Awards

The Yasme Foundation has announced the latest recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award. They are Brett Ruiz, PJ2BR, and Helena Ruiz, PJ2ZZ; Bob Wilson, N6TV; Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG, and Jim Brown, K9YC. The Yasme Excellence Award recognizes individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. This may b...

Coast Guard Proposes to Discontinue HF Voice Watchkeeping

The US Coast Guard has invited comments by January 21, 2021, on a proposal to discontinue HF voice watchkeeping. The proposal appeared on November 20 in the Federal Register. The USCG proposes to cease monitoring 4125, 6215, 8291, and 12,290 kHz, in the contiguous US and Hawaii, due to a lack of activity.

?We believe this change would have a low impact on the maritime public, as commercial satel...