Saturday 29th of February 2020
Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society
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Regional Winner

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.
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RSGB News Feed

Guidance for limiting exposure to EMF
Following last week's launch of an Ofcom Consultation on EM field exposure, the RSGB has released a briefing paper for all UK amateurs. This gives more details as the proposals involve a change to licence conditions for any station operating with greater than 10W EIRP. The Society has formed a team to prepare a considered […]

US amateurs respond to 3.4GHz threat
A proposal by the FCC in the USA to remove the entire amateur 3.4GHz allocation without compensation has seen strong opposition as ARRL, AMSAT and hundreds of individual amateurs have filed comments in response to a current consultation. The ARRL highlighted decades of active usage and experimentation including mesh networks, amateur television, weak signal long-distance […]

Ofcom's policy on two-letter call signs
Ofcom has recently updated its website to clarify its policy relating to the issuing of call signs with two-letter suffixes. The notes can be found on the Ofcom website'select “Amateur radio call sign allocation”.

Also in GB2RS this week?
The first lecture as part of the Marconi Centenary 2020 has been announced by the Chelmsford Civic Society. Professor Danielle George has kindly agreed to speak at Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ on Tuesday, 31 March at 2pm. The lecture is free to everyone but must be pre-booked. The coronavirus has […]

GB2RS News Script for 1 March 2020
Tap or click the link below to download this week's GB2RS news script GB2RS News Script for 1 March 2020 (12-page/162KB Microsoft Word document) Problems downloading the GB2RS news script? Try this alternative link.

ARRL News Feed

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham Radio Gear

The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built four flight units, and the first will be installed in ...

UK Telecoms Regulator Ends Policy of Granting Two-Letter Call Sign Suffixes

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has said it no longer will issue two-letter suffix call signs to Full Licence holders. Since mid-2018, radio amateurs attaining the highest-class license have been able to apply for 'short?call signs such as M5xx. The policy has provided a major incentive to upgrade. Ofcom said call signs with only two letters in the suffix are only available to applicants ...

The K7RA Solar Update

Still no sunspots through all of February, except for the first day of the month. I keep watching for possible sunspot activity over the solar horizon on . Recently I noticed a promising looking white area, and in the past few days at they pointed out two new regions just over the horizon.

As of Thursday night, both areas still appear to be transi...

ARRL Seeks a New Chief Executive Officer

ARRL is seeking an experienced radio amateur to be Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The CEO is the top compensated employee in ARRL's management structure and oversees all operations in collaboration with the President and the Board of Directors, in accordance with ARRL's Articles of Association, Bylaws, and Board policies. The successful candidate wi...

Interruption to Internet Access at ARRL Headquarters Scheduled for March 4

As part of ARRL Headquarters? transition to new internet service providers, an interruption of internet access at ARRL Headquarters is set for Wednesday, March 4, starting at 2300 UTC. The interruption will last no longer than 4 hours.

During the work period, these services will be unavailable:

  • Logbook of The World (LoTW)
  • Online DXCC
  • International Grid Chase Archive
  • National Parks on the Air Arch...

Coronavirus Fears Postpone Another DXpedition

Partially Submerged NEMO-1 WSPR Buoy Retrieved by Fishing Boat

The NEMO-1 WSPR buy buoy launched by AMSAT-Argentina (AMSAT-LU) on January 30 was retrieved 12 days later by a fishing vessel. The buoy transmitted WSPR on 14.095.6 MHz and APRS on VHF FM using the call sign LU7AA. The captain of the tuna vessel Juan Pablo II considered that the buoy was partially submerged, decided to retrieve it, and informed AMSAT-LU.

The NEMO-1 traveled another 8 days aboard...

FCC Turns Down Amateur Licensee's Appeal

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released on February 20, the FCC turned down an appeal by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, of Diamond Springs, California, of an Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) dismissal of Crowell's amateur radio license renewal application. Chief ALJ Richard L. Sippel, ruled in 2018 that Crowell ?failed to prosecute his application by refusing to attend a hearing scheduled...

AMSAT Cites Need for Adequate Spectrum in Opposing Deletion of 3.4 GHz Band

ARRL Opposes FCC Plan to Delete the 3.4 GHz Band

St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society Reports Continued ?Smart Meter? RFI

The St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Amateur Radio Society (SKNAARS) reports continued interference to St. Kitts radio amateurs from so-called power company 'smart meters.? SKNAARS, an IARU member-society, took its complaint to the national telecommunications regulator last year, and the regulator issued a cease-and-desist order last October 7.

SKNAARS said this week that Saint Kitts amateur radio opera...

IARU Region 3 Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Camp Set for this Fall in Thailand

It's Never Too Late to Upgrade

ARRL Website, Other Services to be Offline on February 28

The ARRL website and other online services will be offline on Friday, February 28, for up to 8 hours in order to conduct necessary maintenance. The outage will begin at 0500 UTC and should end by 1300 UTC. Affected will be the main ARRL website, the ARRL Store, and the ARRL contesting-related pages, including the log submission page. Logbook of The World (LoTW), email, and all ARRL Headquarters...