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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.


Good morning / evening. It's Sunday the 23rd of May [1999] and here is the GB2RS news broadcast, prepared by the RSGB and intended for all radio amateurs and short-wave listeners.

It has been reported that the 136kHz distance record has been broken again. On the 12th of May, OH1TN had a CW contact with IK5ZPV at a distance of 2120km. This may well be a world record for amateur LF operation, surpassing the best results of New Zealand operators on 181kHz.
Last week we said that France now has access to the 136kHz LF band. It now appears that this exaggerated the case, because only a handful of French stations have been granted special experimental low power permits at present.

The sporadic E season has got off to a good start on six metres. On Sunday the 16th of May 5B4, OD5, Z2, ZS, 7Q7, LU and CX were all worked from the UK. Beacons in PY and ZD8 were also reported. Monday the 17th continued with openings to UR, 5H and OY. Some of this propagation was probably mixed mode, with F2 involved on the longer hauls.

Last week we announced that the Radiocommunications Agency is to move back to its London Docklands site during the Bank Holiday weekend from the 27th to the 31st of May. The RA has now informed us that the move will not take place until later in the summer. Until further notice, the RA will remain at: New King’s Beam House, 22 Upper Ground, London SE1 9SA.

A reminder that this bulletin is also available on the RSGB web site at: The web site adresses of groups and organisations mentioned in this broadcast can also be found by visiting the RSGB site.

An updated list of stations participating in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend on the 21st and 22nd of August can be found on the organiser’s web site.

Last week we reported that a programme entitled ‘Morse Story’ was to be broadcast on BBC Radio Four on Thursday, the 20th of May. This was incorrect - the programme will be broadcast on Thursday the 10th of June at 11.30pm.

The Military Wireless Amateur Radio Society is closing down on the 29th of May. Founder John F H Taylor-Cram would like to thank all those who gave their support over the years.

Next weekend Aberdeen Amateur Radio Society is staging a nation-wide event to promote activity on the VHF and UHF bands, from 1400 UTC on Saturday the 29th of May until 1400 UTC on Sunday the 30th.
Club stations who register before the event will stand the chance of winning one of two trophies - one will go to a Scotland club, and the other to a club south of the border. Certificates will also be available to those who participate. For more details contact Duncan, MM1BUO, whose address is:
1 Rossiebank Crescent, Westmuir, Kirriemuir, Angus DD8 5LB or e-mail him at:

And now special event news:
Special event station GB0LNK will be on the air next Sunday, the 30th of May, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first Link Trainer flight simulator. The station will be on the air from Manston History Museum. For more details contact Audrey, G0CTQ, on 01 843 845 312.
Brickfields Amateur Radio Society is operating GB5YL next weekend, the 29th and 30th of May. This is to commemorate both the 175th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the 75th anniversary of the first lifeboat at Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. GB5YL will be on the air from 10am until 4pm each day. For more details contact Alan, G0NTH, on 01 983 525 474.
Halton Radio Club will be operating GB0LHT on Monday the 31st of May at the Runcorn Town Park Show. The club will also be putting on demonstrations and a display of amateur radio equipment. For more details contact Paul Jones, G7IZX, on 01 928 770 974.
HMS Belfast, based at the Pool of London, Tower Bridge, is setting off for Portsmouth on the 4th of June for a refit. GB2RN will be operate on board the ship as it makes its way down the Thames. The station should be active from noon until 7pm, when the ship is expected to reach Tilbury. GB2RN will operate on 14052, 7020, using CW for DX, and 7055 and 145.350, using SSB and FM for UK and European contacts. For further details contact Bob, G0FEK, on 0181 220 0388.

Now we come to the short wave broadcast section: Radio Yugoslavia is transmitting in English every day, except Sundays, on 9580kHz from midnight until 0030 UTC. They can also be heard every day on 6100kHz and 9720kHz at 1830 and on 5100kHz and 6185kHz at 2100 UTC. Radio Budapest, in Hungary, broadcasts in English every day on 6025kHz and 7170kHz at 1900, on 6025kHz only at 2100 and on 3975 at 2130. Finally, we mentioned Radio Vilnius, Lithuania last week. They can be heard in English every day on Medium Wave 666kHz at 2130 hours, on 9855kHz at 0030 hours with a repeat of the same programme next day on 9710kHz at 0930. They can be e-mailed at
Those of our listeners who do not have Internet access may be interested to know that a new low-cost silicon chip has just been announced, which could pave the way for Internet operation using a standard TV set and telephone line.

DX News:
From Malta, 9H3UT is operational until the 3rd of June from Comino Island. This counts as EU-023 for the RSGB Islands on the Air Awards Programme.
From Svalbard, JW4CJA is on the air until the 31st of May from Bear Island. This counts as EU-027 for IOTA.
From Iran, EP/RA6LGM will be active for several weeks, using SSB on 10 to 160 metres.
And from South Korea, HL0IHQ/2 will be on the air from Paengnyong Island on 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 metres. This counts as AS-122 for IOTA.
These DX news items came from the weekly RSGB DX News Sheet, edited by Chris Page, G4BUE.

Contest News:
Next Sunday, the 30th of May, the RSGB 70MHz Contest runs from 0900 until 1200 UTC.
The first session of the RSGB 10GHz Cumulative contest takes place next Sunday, the 30th of May, from 0900 until 2100 UTC.
The full rules of all RSGB contests may be found in the October 1998 RadCom.


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

This bulletin is also available on the RSGB web site at: where you will also find links to a number of groups and organisations mentioned in this broadcast..


{{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 10th to the 16th of May, compiled by Neil Clarke, G0CAS:
The increase in solar activity continued, with moderate levels on the 10th and the 16th. On the remaining days activity was low. The largest flare of the week was a M2/2N on the 10th. Solar flux levels declined from 170 on the 10th to 144 by the 14th. However, levels increased to 152 units on the 16th. The average was 153. The 90 day solar flux average on the 16th was 130, that's 2 units down on last week. X-Ray flux levels declined from C1.8 on the 10th to B4.1 by the 16th, with an average on B6.7 units. Geomagnetic activity was mostly 'quiet' but on the 13th levels increased to 'active' with an Ap index of 24 units. A small aurora was reported on the 50 and 144MHz bands. The average was Ap 10 units. Solar wind data from the ACE spacecraft saw solar wind speeds vary between 350 and 500 kilometres per second. Particle densities were low, but increased to 23 particles per cubic centimetre during the morning of the 13th. Bz varied between minus 5 and plus 5 nanoTeslas, except for the 13th which saw fluctuations between minus 10 and plus 9 nanoTeslas.
Now the ionospheric data for Chilton, Southern England. The F2 daytime critical frequencies increased to 10MHz by the 12th, but then declined to 8.4MHz by the 16th. The average was 8.9MHz. The darkness hour lows increased from 4.1MHz on the 11th to 6.2MHz on the 16th. 20 metres was reported to stay open all through the night. The daytime highs were between 1600 and 2000 UTC, except for the 10th which occurred very early at 0800. The darkness hour lows were between 0100 and 0400 UTC.

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

Now the solar forecast. This week the quieter side of the sun is expected to be rotating out of view. Solar activity is expected to be low but could increase towards next weekend. Solar flux levels should gradually increase throughout the week and be around the 140s by next weekend. Geomagnetic activity is expected to be 'quiet' but become more disturbed from midweek onwards. MUFs during daylight hours at equal latitudes are expected to be about 24MHz for the south and 21MHz for the north. Paths this week to South Africa are expected to have a maximum usable frequency, with a 50 per cent success rate of about 29MHz. However, the optimum working frequency, with a 90 per cent success rate, will be about 25MHz. Sporadic E is expected to take place on the 28 and the 50MHz bands some days. And that's the end of the solar information.

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