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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.



   

GB2RS NEWS BROADCAST

Good morning / evening. It's Sunday the 24th of January [1999] and here is the GB2RS news broadcast, prepared by the RSGB and intended for all radio amateurs and short-wave listeners.

This weekend sees the last opportunity to work the multi-national DXpedition to Campbell Island, ZL9CI, which is due to remain on the air until today, Sunday the 24th. By Wednesday the 20th of January - as this GB2RS script was being collated - the team had amassed more than 76,000 QSOs. The group, which includes Andrew Williamson, GI0NWG, and Declan Craig, EI6FR, among its members, has up to six stations operating simultaneously.
For further information about ZL9CI visit the ZL9CI web site at: www.qsl.net/zl9ci, all in lower case letters.
More details can also be found in the February issue of RadCom, which is due to be posted to all RSGB members this week.

Last weekend, the 16th and 17th of January, amateurs attempted to span the Atlantic on 136kHz. Members of the Amateur Radio Research and Development Corporation set up a multi-receiver listening station at Nag’s Head, North Carolina, to log LF broadcast and commercial stations from Europe and Africa. They also listened on the 136kHz band for amateurs and made a number of recordings for later computer analysis.
About a dozen stations, running between half and one watt ERP, participated from the UK, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland. Some were using normal CW, whilst others used extremely slow Morse with, dots several seconds long, for DSP-aided reception. Early indications are that, although European broadcasters were heard, no amateur transmissions were received.
This is the first of several tests and, since many European contacts have been made at just under 2000km, it may well be that amateur LF signals will be heard across the pond during the next 12 months.

Staying with LF, we have the good news that German amateurs are now permitted to use the 136kHz band. Although a specially licensed station - DA0LF - made some of the first ever transmissions on the band, this licence was withdrawn several months ago and Germans have had to be content with listening.

The RSGB has organised a regional meeting for amateur radio groups providing emergency communications. The meeting will take place on Saturday the 6th of February, between 10am and 4pm, at the Cardiff City Council Headquarters, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff.
The meeting is open to all members within a reasonable travelling distance. The Council Headquarters can be reached by following the A4232 off Junction 33 of the M4. The road leads directly to the building. There is plenty of parking, and access by public transport. Teas and coffee will be available but lunch is not available on site.
All attendees should have appropriate identification and will be required to sign in. Please contact Simon Lloyd Hughes, GW0NVN, as soon as possible with numbers and details. Simon can be contacted on
01 446 743 370, after 4pm, or by e-mail at: derlo@rsgb.org.uk
Other regional meetings are scheduled to take place around the country during 1999, and details of these will be reported in GB2RS as soon as they are known.

A new RSGB QSL Sub Manager has been appointed for the G0JAA to JZZ series. He is Barry Addis, M0ART, and his address is: 30 Deneside, Seghill, Cramlington NE23 7ER, and his telephone number is: 01 912 374 554.

Tonight’s BBC World Service programme ‘Waveguide’ will include an item on the special event station which marked the closure of coastal radio station Scheveningen {{pronounced Skave-en-in-gen}} Radio, PCH, in Holland. There will also be mention of a similar event being organised in April in the UK by David Barlow, G3PLE. The programme, which is presented by Richard Lambley, G8LAM, can be heard tonight, Sunday the 24th, at 2105UTC on 3.955, 6.195 and 9.41MHz, and also in the south east of England on 648kHz medium wave.

The annual Guides Thinking Day on the Air takes place over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of February. A pack is available from the RSGB containing a list of participating special event stations. If you would like a pack, send an SASE - an A4 size envelope with 38p in stamps - to Catherine Liston at RSGB Headquarters.

Ursuline College Radio Club will be operating the special event call GB2STA on Wednesday, the 27th of January, the mark the Feast Day of St Angela. She founded the Ursuline order in 1535, after St Ursula, the patroness of youth. For more details contact John, G7OHO, on 01 843 603 981.


   

DX News:

DX News:
From Marquesas Island, FO0AWI and FO0XUU will be operational from Nuka Hiva until the 30th of January, mostly using CW on 10 to 160 metres. They will also be using some RTTY and SSTV. This counts as OC-027 for the RSGB Islands On The Air Award Programme.
From Solomon Island, H44MS will be active from the 24th to the 27th of January, using CW mainly on 30 to 160 metres, and some SSB.
From Temotu Island, H40FN will be operational from the 28th of January until the 6th of February, using CW mainly on 30 to 160 metres. This counts as OC-065 for IOTA.
And from Ecuador, HC/DL6FBK will be active until the 3rd of February, using CW and SSB on 10, 15, 20 and 40 metres.
These DX news items came from the weekly RSGB DX News Sheet, edited by Chris Page, G4BUE.

Contest News:
There are three sessions in the RSGB LF Cumulative contests this week. On Thursday the 28th of January, the session is on 160 metres CW between 2000 and 2200UTC. On Saturday the 30th, there is a 40 metre session on CW between 1000 and 1200UTC, whilst on Sunday the 31st there is an 80 metre session on CW between 1600 and 1800UTC.
Next weekend, the CW leg of the CQ World Wide 160 metre DX Contest takes place. The contest starts at 2200UTC on Friday the 29th and lasts until 1600UTC on Sunday the 31st.
And on VHF, the second session of the RSGB 70MHz Cumulatives takes place next Sunday, the 31st of January, from 1000 until 1230UTC.
The full rules of all RSGB contests may be found in the October 1998 RadCom.


   

LATEST CALLSIGNS

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


   

PROPAGATION NEWS

{{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 11th to the 17th of January, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS:
Solar activity was low, but between the 14th and the 16th activity increased to moderate. The largest flare of the week was a M3/SN on the 14th. Solar flux levels increased every day from 112 on the 11th to 161 by the 17th. The average was 136. The 90 day solar flux average on the 17th was 138 - that's the same level as last week. X-Ray flux levels also increased as the sun became more active. Levels increased from B2 on the 11th to B7.4 by the 17th, the average was B4.8. Geomagnetic activity started at 'quiet' levels but increased to 'active' on the 13th and the 14th, with an Ap index of 28 on both days. The probable cause for this disturbance was a disappearing filament on the 9th. Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds below 500 kilometres per second. However, speeds increased to above 500 kilometres per second from the 14th to the end of the period. Particle densities were below 10 particles per cubic centimetre except for the 13th which increased to 43. Bz varied between minus 10 and plus 10 nanoTeslas except for the 13th and the 14th which had fluctuations to minus 18 and plus 12 nanoTeslas.
Now the ionospheric data for Chilton, southern England. Levels increased slightly to 8.9MHz early in the afternoon on the 13th. With the aurora taking place later that day levels collapsed. On the 14th only 6.2MHz was recorded but levels then increased to 9.4MHz by the 17th. The average was 8.7MHz. The darkness hour low averaged 2.2MHz and varied little.

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

And now the solar forecast. At the start of this week the active side of the sun is expected to be rotating away as the quieter side of the sun comes into view. Solar activity may be moderate at first but then decline to low levels from midweek. Solar flux levels should decline and be around the 120s by next weekend. Geomagnetic activity could be 'unsettled' for the next couple of days, but then decline to 'quiet' levels for the remainder of the week. MUFs during daylight hours at equal latitudes are expected to be about 30MHz for the south and 27MHz for the north. The darkness hour lows are expected to be around 7MHz. Paths this week to Japan should have a maximum usable frequency with a 50 per cent success rate of 25MHz. However, the optimum working frequency, with a 90 per cent success rate, will be about 21MHz. The best time to try this path will be around 0900UTC. And that’s the end of the solar information.

For more on propagation see http://www.rsgb.org/society/psc.htm

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