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GB2RS News

GB2RS is the weekly news service of the RSGB, broadcast by radio amateurs.

News items from this week's script may be reproduced freely, provided the source - the Radio Society of Great Britain - is clearly identified.
News for GB2RS must be sent in by 0900UTC on the Tuesday before the broadcast. You can use post, phone, fax or e-mail.




Good morning / evening. It's Sunday the 22nd of November [1998] and here is the GB2RS news broadcast, prepared by the RSGB and intended for all radio amateurs and short-wave listeners.

Last week’s Leonids meteor showers resulted in some spectacular signals on VHF. Geoff Brown, GJ4ICD, reported that MS activity peaked in Europe between zero hundred and 0400UTC of the 17th. He said that, ‘signals were so good many thought they had night-time Es!’ He added that ionisation burns were very long and were ‘obviously due to the massive number of meteors arriving in the atmosphere, confusing many that they were Es’. In Japan the results were reported as poor.
Meanwhile, in South Africa, conditions were not as good as anticipated. Hal, ZS6WB, reported that after a ‘fantastic morning opening on the 17th’, conditions turned out to be a ‘total washout’, with only a few very brief periods of MS propagation.

RSGB members are reminded that ballot papers for the Council Election must reach RSGB HQ no later than noon this coming Friday, the 27th of November.
And the RSGB’s Annual General Meeting takes place at 2pm on Saturday the 5th of December at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Scientific Lecture Theatre, New Burlington Place, in London. Doors open at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, although only current RSGB members may vote. A map showing the location of the venue can be found in the November issue of RadCom.
Immediately after this year’s AGM - at the same venue - an informal reception will be hosted by the RSGB’s incoming President, Hilary Claytonsmith, G4JKS. This will take place from 4.30 to 6.30pm. Those wishing to attend the reception should send a stamped, addressed envelope to Fay Huxley at RSGB HQ, requesting complimentary tickets. Tickets will be issued on a ‘first come’ basis.

The London Amateur Radio and Computer Show Two takes place next weekend, the 28th and 29th of November, at the Lee Valley Leisure Centre, Picketts Lock Lane, Edmonton, in north London. There will be a large trade show, a bring and buy sale, along with national society, local club and special interest group stands. Doors open at 10am, or 9.30am for disabled visitors. Talk-in is on 145.550MHz and 433.550MHz. For further details telephone 01 923 893 929. For directions of how to get to the venue visit the web site

An unexpected opening occurred on 50MHz on Sunday the 15th when Geoff, GJ4ICD, managed to make a contact with E30GA, the Space A DXpedition Group in Eritrea, via CW. This marks GJ4ICD’s 166th country on the band.

A new world distance record for the 136kHz LF band was set last weekend when Steve Rawlings, GW4ALG, worked OH1TN at a distance of 1,916km. GW4ALG used 400 watts of CW to a 45ft vertical antenna to make the contact.

The Radio Society of Thailand has been asked to provide back-up support to the Communications Authority of Thailand during the Asian Games. A nationwide network will be set up using HF, mainly 7060kHz SSB plus the two metre band, and packet. The event is being held in Thailand from the 6th to the 20th of December, and 43 countries will be taking part. Special event station HS98AG will be operational during the Games.

Hilderstone Radio Society and the Thanet Radio Group will be activating GB2NFL from North Foreland Lighthouse, in Kent, from the 26th to the 29th of November. The station marks the automation of North Foreland, England’s last remaining manned lighthouse. For more details contact Chris, G0VUT, on 01 843 603 065.

Leeds and District Amateur Radio Society has cancelled its Christmas Rally which was due to take place on the 13th of December. For further information contact M1ASR whose address is correct in the RSGB Yearbook.

And now an announcement about the GB2RS news broadcasts over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. GB2RS will be broadcast on Sunday as normal, but please note that the deadline for contributions for the broadcasts on the 20th and 27th of December broadcasts is noon on Tuesday the 15th of December. There will be no GB2RS broadcast on the 3rd of January. Things return to normal the following week, with a Tuesday midday deadline for the broadcast on Sunday the 10th of January.


DX News:

From Tromelin, FR5ZQ/T is once more operational, using SSB. The length of his stay is not known. This counts as AF-031 for the RSGB Islands on the Air Award.
From Micronesia, V63HO, V63HC and V63YP are active from the 22nd to the 30th of November from Pohnpei Island using CW, SSB and RTTY. This counts as OC-010 for IOTA.
And from Turks and Caicos Island, VP5/K5GN will be active from the 24th of November until the 1st of December, including the WARC bands on request. This counts as NA-002 for IOTA.
These DX news items came from the weekly RSGB DX News Sheet, edited by Chris Page, G4BUE.

Contest News:
There are no RSGB HF contests this weekend. Next weekend, the CQ World Wide DX CW contest runs for 48 hours from zero hundred hours UTC on Saturday the 28th of November. The contest exchange is an RST signal report and the CQ zone, and Great Britain is zone 14.
On Wednesday the 25th of November the fourth session of the RSGB 432MHz Cumulative Contest takes place between 2000 and 2230UTC.
The fifth session of the 1.3 / 2.3GHz Cumulative Contest takes place on Monday the 30th of November from 2000 to 2230UTC.
The full rules of all RSGB contests may be found in the September 1997 RadCom.



SSL has informed the Society that as of last Wednesday morning, the latest callsigns allocated were in the M0 Charlie Bravo -- and M1 Delta Mike -- series, and Novice calls in the 2 0 Alfa Sierra -- and 2 1 Golf Zulu -- series.



{{Newsreaders: The historical Solar Factual Data to be read only by HF newsreaders. VHF / UHF newsreaders: you may read this section after the Regional News, providing you do not exceed your 30 minute time-slot.}}

And now the solar factual data for the period from the 9th to the 15th of November, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS:
Solar activity was low but increased to moderate on the 10th, 11th and the 12th. The largest solar flare of the week was a M1/1N on the 12th. Solar flux levels declined from 162 on the 9th to 126 by the 15th. The average was 142. The 90 day solar flux average on the 15th was 132, the same level as last week. X-Ray flux levels also declined from C1.5 on the 9th to B4.5 by the 15th. The average was B9.1. Geomagnetic activity started at 'major storm' levels with an Ap index of 78. Activity quickly declined to 'quiet' levels by the next day. Activity remained 'quiet' until the 13th when 'major storm' conditions took place again with an Ap of 60. Levels subsided to 'active' on the 14th and 'unsettled' on the 15th. The average was Ap 26 units. Solar wind data saw solar wind speeds vary between 320 and 480 kilometres per second. Particle densities were low, except for the 9th and 13th, which saw densities at 20 and 31 particles per cubic metre respectively. Bz fluctuated between minus 15 and plus 12 nanoTeslas on the 9th and between minus 21 and plus 5 nanoTeslas on the 13th and 14th.
Now the ionospheric data. The F2 daytime critical frequencies at Chilton, Oxfordshire, increased from 10.4MHz on the 9th to 12.4MHz by the 13th. Levels then declined to 9.4MHz on the 15th, due to the ionospheric storm. The average was 10.7MHz. The darkness hour lows varied little and averaged 2MHz. The daytime highs took place between 1100 and 1400UTC.

{{Newsreaders: The Solar Forecast to be read by ALL newsreaders.}}

And now the solar forecast. This week the quieter side of the sun is expected to be looking our way. Solar activity is expected to be low. Very low levels could take place, more especially during the next few days. Solar flux levels should be just above the 100 mark, but start to increase by next weekend. Geomagnetic activity is expected to be mostly 'quiet' to 'unsettled'. MUFs during daylight hours at equal latitudes are expected to be above 30MHz. The darkness hour lows should be around 9MHz. The daytime highs should take place around midday and the darkness hour lows should take place just before sunrise. Paths this week to the east coast of North America should have a maximum usable frequency, with a 50 per cent success rate of 30MHz. However, the optimum working frequency with a 90 per cent success rate will be about 24MHz. The best time to try this path will be between 1300 and 1600UTC. And that's the end of the solar information.

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