Friday 18th of August 2017
Wolverhampton Amateur Radio Society
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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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Major solar flare erupts near the eastern limb, no Earth-directed CMEs
A pair of solar flares erupted near the eastern limb of the Sun at about 00:55 and 03:25 UTC on July 23, 2017 and were observed in STEREO-A EUVI 195 imagery. The source is Active Region 2665 which produced a long-duration M2.4 solar flare and Earth-directed CME on...... Read more »

Positive polarity CH HSS sparks G1 geomagnetic storm
A positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) is affecting our planet and will continue to do so over the next three days. Over the past 24 hours, by 12:30 UTC on July 22, solar wind parameters as measured by DSCOVR spacecraft reflected the influence...... Read more »

CME hits Earth, sparks G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm
A coronal mass ejection (CME) produced by the July 14th M2.4 long-duration solar flare hit Earth's magnetic field at 06:01 UTC on July 16, 2017. G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storming started 9 hours later. The S1 Minor solar radiation storm that started at 09:00...... Read more »

Long-duration M2.4 solar flare erupts, Earth-directed CME
Active Region 2665 produced a long-duration solar flare measuring M2.4 at its peak time on July 14, 2017. Today's event lasted for more than 2 hours; it started at 01:07, peaked at 02:09 and ended at 03:24 UTC. The eruption produced a coronal mass ejection (CME)...... Read more »

CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storms reaching G1 levels
Our planet is under the influence of a positive polarity CH HSS which is causing geomagnetic storms reaching G1 - Minor levels. During the past 24 hours, solar wind parameters reflected the onset of a co-rotating interactive region (CIR) followed by the influence of...... Read more »

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts from big Region 2665
Big sunspot region 2665 (beta) erupted with an impulsive solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time on July 9, 2017. The event started at 03:09, peaked at 03:18 and ended at 03:37 UTC. The last time our star unleashed an M-class solar flare was on July 4, 2017....... Read more »

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupts near the west limb
Solar activity was at moderate levels on July 3, 2017, with 14 B-class and one impulsive M1.3 solar flare observed at 16:15 UTC. The M-class event started at 15:37 and ended at 16:18 UTC. The last time our star unleashed an M-class solar flare was on April 3, 2017....... Read more »

Partial-halo CME impact sparks G1 geomagnetic storm
A partial-halo coronal mass ejection (CME) produced on June 28, 2017 hit Earth's magnetic field at 17:12 UTC on July 1, almost 24 hours earlier than expected. The impact was weak but managed to spark a G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm 17 hours later. G1 Watch...... Read more »

Recurrent CH HSS sparks G1 geomagnetic storming
Earth is under the influence of a recurrent, negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) today which is causing G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming. Solar wind speed increased to 548 km/s at 08:08 UTC while total field reached a maximum of 16 nT at 07:16...... Read more »

CME impact sparks G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm
A coronal mass ejection (CME) produced during the early UTC hours of May 23, 2017 hit Earth's magnetic field at 15:36 UTC on May 27, more than 24 hours after it was expected. Although the solar wind speed is relatively slow, the embedded magnetic field had a...... Read more »

CME headed toward Earth, impact expected around 12:00 UTC on May 26
An eruption near the center of Earth-facing side of the Sun produced a partial HALO CME (coronal mass ejection) during the early UTC hours of May 23, 2017. The CME is weak, but it has an Earth-directed component. Arrival at Earth is expected around 12:00 UTC on May...... Read more »

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storms expected
Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate levels are expected over the next 48 hours due to the influence of a geoeffective coronal hole in combination with an Earth-directed component of coronal mass ejection (CME) produced on May 13. The first effects are expected...... Read more »

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm, aurora seen as far south as Colorado
A potent coronal hole has become geoeffective and possibly in a combination with an April 18 CME is causing geomagnetic storms reaching G2 levels. This is the second of two geoeffective coronal holes to affect Earth this week. The effects are expected to persist...... Read more »

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm level reached
A G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm conditions were reached at 04:33 UTC on April 20, 2017. This activity is a result of continued coronal hole effects, the first of two expected to affect our planet this week. The geomagnetic field reached G1 - Minor levels during...... Read more »

Geomagnetic storms reaching G1 level expected
Earth is under the influence of a recurrent, positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). A G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm began at 05:59 UTC today. Solar wind parameters, as measured by the DSCOVR spacecraft, continued at mostly nominal levels over the...... Read more »

Filament eruption, glancing blow possible on April 15
An approximate 14 degree solar filament eruption began at 20:25 UTC on April 9, 2017, from the northeast quadrant of the Sun. The event generated a coronal mass ejection (CME) and a glancing blow is possible on April 15. The CME was first observed in SOHO/LASCO C2...... Read more »

G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm in progress
A G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm is in progress as of 08:14 UTC on April 4, 2017, due to Earth's proximity to the heliospheric current sheet (HCS) and weak influences of the southern polar, negative coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Geomagnetic K-index of 5...... Read more »


Southgate News Feed

This weekend for lighthouses
The 20th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend has so far attracted 430 registrations from throughout the world and a few more may be received

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend 2017
The upcoming weekend sees this year's edition of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), with close to 400 activations already registered

International lighthouse on the air - GB2SL Spurn Lighthouse
This year the Humber Fortress DX ARC have been invited by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, to put on a station during International Lighthouse on the air weekend

Portuguese lighthouses 'On The Air' for ILLW 2017
Look for the following Portuguese Lighthouses to be on the air for the upcoming International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (August, 19-20th)

Russian Cosmonauts deploy satellites
On Thursday, July 17, ISS Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy manually deployed 5 satellites during a spacewalk

Ham radio operators to monitor roadways
Forty amateur radio operators will be providing three days of volunteer service beginning Saturday morning and concluding whenever Monday's outbound traffic rush subsides following the Great American Solar Eclipse

Australia - Senate slams ABC cut to shortwave radio
The ABC has been slammed by all sides of politics over its 'foolish' decision to cut the transmission of shortwave radio to remote Australia and the Pacific Islands

Icom Inc. announce dates for D-STAR QSO Party 2017
We are pleased to inform you that Icom Inc. will be holding once again a D-STAR (Digital Amateur Radio) QSO party this year

AmateurLogic 12th Anniversary Sweepstakes
It's just about time to celebrate another birthday at ALTV. We?ve teamed up with Icom and MFJ for another great giveaway

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Tony's 10 Metre Band Report
Not a good week at all with Thursday being particularly poor

New owner for Practical Wireless and RadioUser magazines
Practical Wireless and RadioUser magazines have been bought by Warners Group Publications, a Lincolnshire-based multi-million-pound turnover publishing company that specialises in producing magazines, websites and events for niche hobbies

Three ELaNa CubeSats delivered to Space Station
NanoRacks reports on a delivery of payloads to the ISS including three CubeSats which are part of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission

New predictions for the solar eclipse
Next Monday, Aug. 21st, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun producing an historic solar eclipse over the USA

Ofcom licensing issue - short call signs
The RSGB reports that Ofcom has issued in error, a small number of two-letter suffix call signs

Blackburn stops Radio Rovers after 23 years
The UK's longest running annual RSL at Blackburn Rovers Football Club has ceased broadcasting this season

Today! - NASA TV to air six-hour spacewalk at ISS
Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station Thursday, Aug. 17, to deploy several nanosatellites, collect research samples and perform structural maintenance

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


RSGB News Feed

Diversity in amateur radio
What was your earliest encounter with amateur radio? There are probably almost as many stories as there are RSGB Members. Perhaps it was early contact with your local club. I remember looking mine up in the RSGB Bulletin (yes, I know!) and going to a meeting. Fortunately, I was already nuts about radio or that […]

Ofcom licensing problem ? short call signs
Ofcom has informed us that a small number of two-letter suffix call signs have been issued in error recently. These short-form call signs are anomalous and stem from an IT problem, which Ofcom is addressing. Ofcom advise us that, although these call signs are not invalid, per se, licensees who have been issued with one […]

YOTA 2017 wraps up
This weekend sees the end of a fabulous YOTA 2017 week. It has been action-packed and a great success. Eighty young radio amateurs from 26 countries have enjoyed trying out new aspects of amateur radio as well as making new friends. After a tense start at the ISS contact on Tuesday, twelve young radio amateurs […]

Nominate an upcoming DXer
The G5RP Trophy is an annual award to encourage newcomers to HF DXing. The award is not limited to youngsters or the newly-licensed; it is open to any one who has recently discovered and made significant progress in HF DXing. If you are an established HF DXer and want to recommend some one to be […]

GB2RS News Script for 13 August 2017
Please click the link below to download this week's news script* GB2RS News Script for 13 August 2017 *If you are used to the script downloading automatically, please click the link above instead as that feature has now been discontinued.


ARRL News Feed

Amateur Radio Communication Resources to be Available during Eclipse Day

Revised NCVEC Form 605 Must Be Used at Exam Sessions Starting on August 21

Plane Crash Drill Turns to Major Fire Response

Over the course of a single day, ARES® Los Angeles (ARES LAX) Northwest District operators on July 8 pivoted from a plane crash mass-casualty drill to a real major fire response. With the area suffering under record 108° heat, the ARRL Los Angeles Section's ARES Northwest District Emergency Coordinator Roozy Moabery, W1EH, had no idea that an actual emergency would erupt just 6 hours after his ...

The Doctor Will See You Now!

?S-Units? is the topic of the the latest 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, Joel Hallas...

Pirates on the Air!

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Will Facilitate Real Science

Ham Hoping to Crowd-Fund Experimental Time at HAARP Facility

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory® has sold out.

The 2017-2018 edition (46th ed) of the ARRL Repeater Directory®, introduced in April, has sold out. Some ARRL publication dealers and online resellers may have remaining copies of the current edition, which was the first edition to use data supplied from ?crowdsourcing? technology. Crowdsourcing is a means of using data gathered from public resources. Data for the Repeater Directory was supplie...

The K7RA Solar Update

Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August 3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 71 to 73.2.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30 through Septemb...

Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) a Success in Mexico

For the second year in a row, ARRL, IARU Region 2, and the Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE) have presented the Amateur Radio Administration Course (ARAC) in Mexico City. The course was held August 7-9 at Mexico City's World Trade Center. The ARAC is aimed at the people in charge of administering the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite services within the participants? respect...

Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia Still Battling on 40 Meters

It was a now-familiar story in the July edition of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter, which reports that Radio Eritrea and Radio Ethiopia are still slugging it out i the 40-meter phone band. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.

?The hostile brothers were daily active on 7,150 and 7,175 kHz,? said I...

KM4LAO Wins the August QST Cover Plaque Award

The winning article for the August 2017 QST Cover Plaque award is ?Youth DX Adventure on the Caribbean Island of Saba? by Ruth Willet, KM4LAO.

The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the September issue today.

 

Youth DX Adventure Wraps Up

Solar Eclipse QSO Party Signup So Far Has Attracted More Than 250 Eclipse Enthusiasts

Radio Arcala to Leverage FT8 Digital Mode in Market Reef Activation

Radio Arcala (OH8X), the consortium of serious Finnish contesters, has heaped more praise on Nobel Laureate and software developer Joe Taylor, K1JT, for the recent beta release of FT8 mode. OJ0BH/OJ0JR will be active August 12-19 from Market Reef and expects to make use of FT8 and other modes that are part of Taylor's WSJT-X suite of Amateur Radio digital software.

?Tuning the poor 20-meter band...


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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