Tuesday 24th of October 2017
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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.
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Moderate M1.1 solar flare off eastern limb, old Region 2673 returns
A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 at its peak erupted at 23:28 UTC on October 20, 2017 from the vicinity of old Region 2682, numbered 2673 two rotations ago. Radio signatures suggested and coronagraph imagery confirmed, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was...... Read more

Powerful double solar eruption beyond the east limb
A powerful double solar flare eruption took place beyond the Sun's east limb early October 18, 2017. The responsible region is now rotating into Earth view and will be visible in a couple of days. The eruption was associated with a Type II (estimated velocity 1...... Read more

Geomagnetic storming reaches G2 - Moderate levels
Our planet is under the influence of coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) for the third day in a row. The geomagnetic field was unstable, with isolated periods of G1 - Minor storm levels during the past two days and then increased to G2 - Moderate levels at 14:59...... Read more

Spotless Sun, CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storms
Geomagnetic storming reaching G1 - Minor levels is underway as our planet moves through a stream of high-speed solar wind. At the same time, solar activity is at very low levels with no flare activity and a spotless Sun on its Earth-facing side. Over the past 24...... Read more

Large solar storm sparks global aurora and doubles radiation levels on Martian surface
When charged particles from a solar storm reached Mars this month, they set off an aurora 25 times brighter and surface level radiation readings twice as high as any previous measurements. An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by...... Read more

G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm levels reached
A recurrent, polar-connected, positive-polarity coronal hole is affecting our planet since September 27. G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm levels were reached at 08:48 UTC on September 27, followed by G2 - Moderate levels at 20:24 UTC and then increased to G3 - Strong...... Read more

CH HSS sparks G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storming
A stream of high-speed solar wind coming from a recurrent, polar-connected, positive-polarity coronal hole is affecting our planet today and causing geomagnetic storming. G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm levels were reached at 08:48 UTC and increased to G2 - Moderate...... Read more

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm in progress
Our planet is under the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is causing isolated periods of G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storming. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor) geomagnetic storm threshold was reached at 15:43 UTC. G2 -...... Read more

Glancing blow expected from CME produced by major X8.2 solar flare
A major X8.2 solar flare that erupted at 16:06 UTC on September 10, 2017 from Region 2673, produced a powerful asymmetric full halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) and it appears one part of it is heading toward Earth. A glancing blow is expected late on September 13....... Read more

S3 - Strong solar radiation storm in progress, active alert for aircrews and pregnant passengers
A powerful X8.2 solar flare erupted from Region 2673, located just around the visible disk, at 16:06 UTC on September 10, 2017, causing R3 - Strong radio blackout and a rapid increase in relativistic proton levels. Within just 3 hours, solar radiation storm reached...... Read more

4th X-class flare: X8.2 erupts from Region 2673, second strongest of the cycle
A major solar flare measuring X8.2 (R3-Strong radio blackout) at its peak time erupted from Active Region 2673 at 16:06 UTC on September 10, 2017. The event started at 16:44, peaked at 16:06 and ended at 16:31 UTC. This is the 4th X-class solar flare from this...... Read more

Strong M8.1 solar flare erupts from Region 2673
A strong solar flare measuring M8.1 at its peak erupted from Active Region 2673 at 07:49 UTC on September 8, 2017. The event started at 07:40 and ended at 07:58 UTC. This is the third M-class solar flare of the day and the 18th since September 4, when the first...... Read more

G4 - Severe geomagnetic storming observed as CME from X9.3 flare impacts Earth
A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) produced by the X9.3 solar flare on September 6, 2017, reached our planet at 23:04 UTC on September 7, 2017, a full day earlier than it was expected. G3 - Strong geomagnetic storming started 23:25 and increased to G4 - Severe at 23:50...... Read more

3rd X-class solar flare: Major X1.3 flare erupts from Region 2673, CME produced
A major solar flare measuring X1.3 at its peak time erupted from Region 2673 at 14:36 UTC on September 7, 2017. The event started at 14:20, peaked at 14:36 and ended at 14:55 UTC. This is the third X-class solar flare since X2.2 at 09:10 UTC and X9.3 at 12:02 UTC on...... Read more

Impulsive M7.3 solar flare erupts from Region 2673
An impulsive solar flare measuring M7.3 at its peak time erupted from Region 2673 at 10:15 UTC on September 7, 2017. The event started at 10:11, peaked at 10:15 and ended at 10:18 UTC. It comes a day after two major X-class solar flares erupted from the same region....... Read more

Shock arrival from September 4 Coronal Mass Ejection
The coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by the M5.5 solar flare on September 4, 2017 arrived at the DSCOVR spacecraft on September 6 at 23:08 UTC and at Earth 30 minutes later. The impact did not spark a geomagnetic storm, but the potential still exists as the CME...... Read more

Major X-class flare: X9.3 from geoeffective AR 2673, CME produced - the strongest flare of the current cycle
A major X-class solar flare erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2673 peaking as X9.3 at 12:02 UTC on September 6, 2017. The event started at 11:53, peaked at 12:02 and ended at 12:10 UTC. This is the second X-class solar flare of the day. It comes just hours...... Read more


Southgate News Feed

Summary Record of IARU Administrative Council Meeting
The IARU have released published a Summary Record of the 42nd meeting of the Administrative Council which note "...no agenda items for new or harmonized spectrum allocations should be sought at WRC-19"

Caution urged in using high duty cycle digital modes via satellite
As a result of on-the-air observation other satellite users planning to try FT8 or MSK144 modes via satellite are encouraged use caution using these modes and possibly avoid their use completely in light of problems

Radio ham's HAARP experiment
The IEEE Spectrum reports on the Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions made from Alaska's HAARP facility by radio amateur Chris Fallen KL3WX

ICQPODCAST ? G8BBC the official launch
In this special episode, Colin M6BOY, Chris M0TCH and Martin M0SGL visit Broadcasting House in London for the official launch of G8BBC

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th October, through Sunday, 22nd October there were 230 countries active

Bad weather prompts GB1BSW postponement
As you're probably aware, a large chunk of North Wales was subjected to the remnants of Hurricane Brian yesterday!

Aussie pico balloon series restarts
After an absence since March this year, a tiny high altitude balloon PS-72 launched from Melbourne was right on track to head north in Victoria before turning west into South Australia. Andy Nguyen VK3YT put up PS-72 on Sunday 15th, a solar powered party foil-like balloon measuring 90-cm across, filled with hydrogen

New venue for Cape Town SDR Workshop
Due to problems on the CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) campus, the venue for the SDR Workshop to be held in Cape Town on 4 November has been changed

International Space Station crew invites public along for photographic trip around world
NASA astronaut and Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik will spend one full orbit photographing Earth from the International Space Station on Monday, Oct. 23, and he is inviting people around the globe to share images from their Earth-side vantage point on social media

The Terahertz spectrum
Most radio amateurs are only active on the bottom 30 MHz of the entire radio spectrum, which covers in total 300 000 MHz (300 GHz)

Weekend meteors from Halley's Comet
Earth is entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, source of the annual Orionid meteor shower

J-Codes
J-Codes are designed to enable very basic communication between Scouts that do not share a common language

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels


RSGB News Feed

New NoVs for 146-146MHz
All current 146 to 147MHz band Notices of Variation expire on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Ofcom has agreed that the band will be made available for another year. However, to continue to use the frequencies you must obtain a new NoV. These are available, free of charge, from the RSGB website at rsgb.org/nov.

500th GB2CW transmission for G3UKV
Martyn, G3UKV will be making his 500th GB2CW transmission this coming Thursday, 26 October 2017. He made his first transmission under GB2CW in February 2007, and comes on 80m on a frequency of 3605kHz every Thursday at 9am local time. He would welcome as many call-ins following the half hour Morse transmission as possible to […]

60th Jamboree on the Air
This weekend will see many international call signs on the air for the 60th Jamboree on the Air, where amateur radio and the Scouting movement get on the air. This year they are expecting around one million participants from around 150 countries. If you hear these young people on the air, please give them a […]

Also in GB2RS this week?
Train the Trainers is free to any RSGB Member who is currently?or will be starting?teaching at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced level and is especially designed for any one who does not already have a professional background in teaching. There are two workshops in the near future, one at Worksop ARC on 18 November 2017 and […]

GB2RS News Script for 22 October 2017
Please click the link below to download this week's news script GB2RS News Script for 22 October 2017


ARRL News Feed

VY1AAA is a Go for ARRL November Sweepstakes

The often-elusive Northern Territories (NT) multiplier for ARRL November Sweepstakes will be on the air this year, as Gerry Hull, W1VE, takes the helm of VY1AAA, remotely operating the station of J Allen, VY1JA, in Yukon Territory. Hull and Allen have done a lot of work on the system on their respective ends of things.

?J has done a lot of work on the station, moving it to an outer building, so ...

New IOTA Website is Up and Running

The new Islands on the Air (IOTA) website and the software system that will run the IOTA program in the future are up and running, and users will be redirected from the old site to the new one and log in using their existing credentials. In preparation to the website move, IOTA had to disable user logins on the old (RSGB) IOTA website on September 12.

Direct help requests or comments via e-mail....

Bidding is Now Open for the 12th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction!

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher Carl Smith, N4AA, SK

QRZ DX and The DX Magazine Publisher and Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, of Asheville, North Carolina, died on October 20. An ARRL member, he was 77 and had been a radio amateur and DXer for more than 6 decades. Smith and his late wife Miriam, KB4C, bought

the two publications? parent DX Publishing in 1997

?Carl was a ham's ham, as he dabbled in many aspects of our great hobby,? The Daily DX Editor Ber...

The K7RA Solar Update

The past reporting week (October 12-18) saw very little solar activity, with a sunspot number of 12 on October 15, meaning the average daily sunspot number was only 1.7, down from the already low average of 8.4 over the previous seven days.

Over the same two periods, average daily solar flux declined from 76.8 to 70.5, while average daily planetary A index increased from 8.9 to 21.1 and average ...

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) FM Satellite Set to Launch in November

The next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 0947 UTC. RadFxSat (Fox-1B), which will carry a 435/145 MHz FM transponder, is one of four CubeSats making up the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) mission. JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif...

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Wins G3AAJ Trophy

ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, has been honored with the Ron Broadbent, G3AAJ, Trophy. The presentation came during the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium this past weekend.

?AMSAT-UK totally shocked me yesterday at the colloquium with the Ron Broadbent Trophy,? Bauer reacted. ?I was nearly speechless when asked to come up and receive the trophy for ARISS work. I mentioned t...

Reminder: This is JOTA Weekend

With nearly 600 stations in the US registered to take part in Scouting's 60th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) October 20-22, and many more planning to operate around the world, expect some additional activity on the bands. Listen for JOTA stations and help to introduce some Scouts to Amateur Radio. JOTA uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in communitie...

Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders Activated

The Amateur Radio linear (SSB/CW) inverting transponders on the CAS-4A and CAS-4B satellites were activated on October 18. CAMSAT's Amateur Radio payloads piggybacked on the optical remote-sensing micro-satellites OVS-1A (CAS-4A) and OVS-1B (CAS-4B), launched on June 15.

CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) has a CW telemetry beacon on 145.855 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry on 145.835 MHz. The uplink is 435...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

?Dirty Transmitters? is the topic of the current 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, J...

California Fire Situation Improves

San Francisco Section District Emergency Coordinator Len Gwinn, WA6KLK, in the Redwood Valley told ARRL this week that Amateur Radio volunteers in Mendocino and Lake counties have stood down, and things are ?kind of back to normal, in that no emergency stations are being operated.? Gwinn, who spent more than 3 decades with Cal Fire and a few more years as a volunteer, said the sound of the wild...

Focus on Emergency Communication at Pacificon 2017

Emergency communication will be a prominent part of the program at Pacificon 2017, the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, October 20-22 in San Ramon, California, sponsored by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club.

National SATERN Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, will speak on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday session will cover ?SATERN and Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in the 21st Century,? whi...

?Force of 50? Volunteers? Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery Mission Ends

The 22 ?Force of 50? radio amateurs who deployed to Puerto Rico earlier this month as American Red Cross volunteers have ended their mission and will be back on the US mainland by week's end. They had been in Puerto Rico for about 3 weeks.

?The Force of 50 volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary range of skills possessed by this accomplished team,? said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. ?There wa...

David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, Confirmed as Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy

The US Senate today confirmed ARRL member David Trachtenberg, N4WWL, of Burke, Virginia, as the next Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Trachtenberg, 60, is the president and CEO of Shortwaver Consulting LLC, a national security consultancy. He is National Planning Coordinator and Northeast Division Director for USAF MARS, and is active in the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club (P...

New Ham Bands Spring to Life; Veteran LF Experimenter Denied Amateur Access to 2200 Meters

Amateur Radio's two newest bands came to life on Friday the 13th. Both 630 meters (472-479 kHz) and 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz) now are available to radio amateurs who have notified the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate and did not hear anything back during the ensuing 30 days.

?Many of us filed notices with the Utilities Technology Council on September 15, the d...


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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