Wednesday 28th of June 2017
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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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

G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm in progress
A G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm is in progress as of 08:14 UTC on April 4, 2017, due to Earth's proximity to the heliospheric current sheet (HCS) and weak influences of the southern polar, negative coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Geomagnetic K-index of 5...... Read more

Moderately strong M5.8 solar flare erupts from Region 2644
A moderately strong solar flare measuring M5.8 (R2 - Moderate) erupted from Region 2644 at 14:29 UTC on April 3, 2017. The event started at 14:19 and ended at 14:34 UTC. This is the 7th and the strongest M-class solar flare since late April 1, 2017. It is also the...... Read more

Seven M-class solar flares erupt from Region 2644
Departing Active Region 2644 erupted with seven M-class solar flares since late April 1, 2017. The series started with M4.4 on April 1 and was followed by M5.3, M2.3, M2.1 and M5.7 on April 2, and M1.2 and M5.8 on April 3. Multiple coronal mass ejections were...... Read more

Geomagnetic storms begin as potent coronal hole becomes geoeffective
A recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole is affecting our planet, causing geomagnetic storming. A G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for March 28 and 29. A high speed solar wind stream produced by a recurrent, negative-polarity (potent) coronal...... Read more

CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storming, G2 warning issued
Earth is under the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is causing geomagnetic storming. G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm threshold was first reached at 16:12 UTC on March 21, 2017. A G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm warning was...... Read more

Earth under the influence of polar-connected CH HSS
A negative polarity, polar-connected coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) is affecting Earth for the second day in a row, sparking geomagnetic storms reaching G2 Moderate levels. Over the past 24 hours, the solar wind environment was elevated due to the passage...... Read more

Negative polarity CH HSS sparks G1 geomagnetic storm
Earth is under the influence of a recurrent, polar-connected coronal hole which has sparked G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storming today. Unsettled to active conditions, with G1 storming likely, are expected to continue through March 2. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor...... Read more

CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storm reaching G1 levels
Our planet is under the influence of a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream since around 20:48 UTC on February 23. This is causing G1 geomagnetic storming. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was first reached at...... Read more

G1 geomagnetic storm in progress
A recurrent, negative polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS) is affecting our planet causing isolated periods of G1 Minor geomagnetic storming and vivid auroras. High-speed solar wind speed hit Earth late January 31, 2017. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 -...... Read more


Southgate News Feed

US radio hams may retain full 76-81 GHz band
The ARRL reports Amateur Radio is poised to retain the full 76-81 GHz Band, sharing with vehicular radars

Additional YOTA 2017 places
The RSGB reports two countries are no longer able to attend YOTA 2017 and there are now 6 places to fill for the event aimed at young radio amateurs aged 15-25

New Codec2 Digital Voice Mode
David Rowe VK5DGR creator of Codec2 for narrowband amateur radio HF Digital Voice is developing a 'wideband' variant

Brandmeister ? DMR Radio
For the last two months, a Brandmeister Master server based in Ireland has been on test. This week it has been made public

IRTS Contest News
This weekend we have another Field Day contest, this time the IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day, which runs for 24 hours from 14:00 UTC on Saturday 1st July

DXpedition preparations
As a preparation for future DXpeditions, Johannes PA5X (also C91PA) and Gerben PG5M will be testing their two-station setup when operating LX/home call from July 6-9

Mobile call termination market review 2018-21
Ofcom has today published a consultation on proposals for regulating the wholesale ?mobile call termination? market for the period 1 April 2018 ? 31 March 2021

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

Proposed changes to Foundation syllabus
Essex Ham have produced a summary of proposed changes to the syllabus for the UK amateur radio Foundation exam

'Ice' work if you can work him
This story we weren't too sure where to slot, it is of Special Interest, yet not too many would have the fortitude - it's a story of real " I can do that radio amateur spirit."

RAC Annual General Meeting at the 2017 Ottawa Hamfest
The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa, Ontario. The AGM event will be hosted by the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club and will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Ottawa Hamfest which is being held at the same location

Ham radio exams in Cuba
IARU Region 2 reports that amateur radio exams will be held in Cuba on July 22

South African Radio League Newbie Party
This is a fun activity to encourage all new radio amateurs to become radio active. The first Newbie Party will be held from 08:00 to 20:00 UTC on Saturday 01 July 2017

EURAO Boulevard at HAM RADIO 2017 in Friedrichshafen
Here is the detailed plan of EURAO Boulevard inside the HAM RADIO exhibition, to be held in Germany this year on 14-16 July

Hammies ARC present RAE Courses
The Hammies Eastern Cape Amateur Radio Club, ZS2ZU, will once again be holding a 'Boot Camp'

Next SDR Workshop planned for August
The date for the joint SARL/AMSAT SA workshop about enhancing the SDR experience has been set for Saturday 12 August 2017 at the National Amateur Radio Centre

Amateur radio has role in digital age
The Daily Courier reports that even in the rapidly advancing world of technology, radio remains a valuable means of communication


RSGB News Feed

Maintenance takes SAQ off the air
There will be no Alexanderson Day over-the-air VLF transmission on 2 July 2017 from SAQ, the Alexanderson alternator station in Sweden. SAQ periodically schedules transmissions with the nearly century-old behemoth that operates on 17.2kHz from the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station. SAQ said the event was cancelled due to ongoing maintenance work at the site. […]

Asteroid named after radio amateur
The International Astronomical Union has named a celestial body after a radio amateur. Space physicist and radio amateur AstaPellinen Wannberg, SM3UHV, is a professor at the Department of Physics at Ume University. She has made a ground-breaking effort to use scattering radar when studying meteors that are activated when small particles penetrate the atmosphere. The […]

Can you help out with YOTA?
There's just six weeks to go before the RSGB host the IARU Region 1 Youngsters on the Air activity week. Activities during the week will include Summits on the Air, ARDF, construction, and operating a special event station?amongst many other topics. We are still looking for volunteers from RSGB affiliated clubs to help with various […]

Also in GB2RS this week?
YOTA teams across the world have been invited to submit questions for the planned contact with the International Space Station during YOTA 2017. Linking with the theme of the amateur radio event, questions should focus on communications, which can include amateur radio, mobile phones, data links, satellites, etc. YOTA team members have been asked to […]

GB2RS News Script for 25 June 2017
Please click the link below to download this week’s news script* GB2RS News Script for 25 June 2017 *If you are used to the script downloading automatically, please click the link above as that feature is not currently working?our apologies!


ARRL News Feed

ARRL Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

Starting in 2018, the ARRL Foundation will offer two new scholarships for radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education. They have been established by the Medical Amateur Radio Council (MARCO) and by the Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club (SVARC).

The MARCO scholarship will provide financial assistance for the educational expenses of a radio amateur pursuing higher education in the healing ...

W8CDX Takes Field Day Back to its Roots

Some younger radio amateurs may not realize that ARRL Field Day has been a staple operating event for more than 80 years. Former ARRL Communications Manager F. E. Handy, W1BDI, is credited with conceiving ?International Field Day? in 1933, although it wasn?t until the following year that he described it as the ?test of the emergency availability of portable stations and equipment? we know today...

ARRL Headquarters to be Closed on July 3 and 4

ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. There will be no ARRL bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days.

ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Wednesday, July 5, at 8 AM ET. We wish everyone a festive and safe holiday!

"Germany Welcomes the World" to Friedrichshafen's Ham Radio 2017

?Germany Welcomes the World? is the theme of the 2017 edition of Europe's major annual Amateur Radio gathering, known simply as Ham Radio but more commonly called ?Friedrichshafen,? the city on the shores of Lake Constance where it takes place each summer. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, will head a League contingent to the event, which this year runs from Friday, July 14, until Sunday, Ju...

Pikes Peak ARES at Right Place, Right Time

ARRL Still Seeking Vintage DXpedition Logs for Archive

ARRL continues to solicit paper logs of prominent DXpeditions that took place predominantly in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, for inclusion in The DX Log Archive Endowed by JA1BK. The DXLog Archive program was created, thanks to an endowment established by Kan Mizoguchi, JA1BK, to obtain, preserve and utilize paper logs from rare and significant DXpeditions. The archive can include pre-1950 pape...

Amateur Radio Poised to Retain Full 76-81 GHz Band, Sharing with Vehicular Radars

In a draft Report and Order (ET Docket No. 15-26) to be considered at its July 13 open meeting, the FCC is proposing to lift a nearly 2-decade-old suspension of Amateur Radio access to 76-77 GHz, giving the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services access to the full 76-81 GHz band on a secondary basis. The FCC also reduced Amateur Radio's status from primary to secondary in the 77-77.5 GHz segmen...

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend Registrations Top 200 and Rising

Registrations for the 2017 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) have topped the 200 mark for the August 19-20 event. The ILLW is 20 years old this year, and with some 8 weeks to go, 220 planned operations have registered throughout the world, including 26 in the US (Germany is leading registrations with 45. Australia has 30 so far). During the annual event, Amateur Radio stations w...

OF100HQ Will Celebrate Finland's Centennial in IARU HF World Championship Event

The commemorative call sign OF1HQ will be on the air during the IARU HF World Championship event July 8-9 to mark Finland's 100th anniversary.

?Finland has been under Swedish and Russian rule, and has had to fight her way to her own destiny of freedom in securing her identity during the World War II,? well-known Finnish radio amateur Martti Laine, OH2BH, pointed out in announcing the HQ multip...

Region 1 Intruder Watch Reports the Usual Suspects

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.

Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6

Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.

Predicted solar flux...

ARRL to Sponsor 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar

The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.

Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, SK

Sacramento Valley Section Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Norm Lucas, WB6RVR, died on June 19, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Lucas had been an OO since 1989 and OOC since 2003.

Licensed in 1964, Lucas was a past president of the Northern Amateur Relay Council of California (NARCC) and actively lobbied for the revision of California's distracted driving bill. He was a ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

?Generators? is the topic of the new (June 22) 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 ...

ARISS Commemorative SSTV Activity Planned for Mid-July

To commemorate its 20th anniversary, ARISS is planning to transmit a set of 12 slow-scan television (SSTV) images that capture the accomplishments of ARISS over the years. SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station will take place on 145.800 MHz FM around the July 15-16 weekend.

?We are planning for at least a 2-day operation, but are working for a potentially longer operation,? AR...


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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