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RSGB Regional Winner (Region 3 Large Clubs) Club of the Year 2015, 2016 and 2017


SRS Trip to Bletchley Park on May 19, 2018 (21.05.18)

Hi All  –  Please see the link below for the images from Bletchley Park.!AkeMMU0BmPiUowHyTbGzcrXaOU5Z

Heather Stanley – M6HNS

Friday Nets on 70cm/2m – Cancelled (21.05.18)

It has been decided that the weekly Friday afternoon nets from today have now been suspended until further notice.  This will be reviewed later in the year as will all the nets that are run on behalf of Stockport Radio Society.

Kind regards AL G0ROW   Net Manager

PLEASE NOTE – JB Room Walthew House / Signing in and Out (16.05.18)

No member is to enter Walthew House unless a Stockport Radio Society Committee member key holder is present.  The Signing in book Must Be AVAILABLE as a FIRST Priority.

ALL MEMBERS including VISITORS MUST sign IN on arrival to the JB room.  ALL MEMBERS including VISITORS MUST sign OUT on vacating the premises.  These are Walthew House Fire Regulations and must be adhered to at all times.

There are still members omitting to follow the above. Remember in case of fire it is the nominated committee member key holders responsibility to make sure all SRS members have vacated the premises, and do a roll call in accordance with the register.  So if you have not signed IN or signed OUT you could jeopardise your own safety.

SRS Committee.

Stockport Radio Society Meeting 15 May- Radio Night; Demo of FT8 digital mode (12.05.18)

Nigel 2E0NGE will be firing up one of the stations in order to demonstrate the digimode that is taking the bands by storm: FT8.  Also, we may make contact with our members John and Elaine, operating as GB5BOH from the remote Scottish island of Barra.  Morse practice will be at 7pm, as normal.

Hope to see you there.   73  Evan M0TJU

Thursday 2m Net – 10 May 2018 – 7.30pm (08.05.18)

M0SAV Tony will be running the Thursday 2 metre net on 145.375 at 19.30 local time.  Callsign in use will be G3LX

7.25pm – 145.375 is occupied please QSY to 145.500 call sign will be G3LX –  2 Meter net on 145.525. Call sign G3LX

UPDATE – Members on the net were – 2E0NGE Nigel. M6URD Jim, M0OGG Chris, 2E0JPY Keith, M6HNS Heather, 2E0CKA Nigel, 2E0CFM Ed,  G8HCB Chris, M0CPP Robert, M0TJU/P Evan, G0RXA Nigel, M6NAE Neil, M1PTR Peter, M6MZV Tony and G3LX

Tuesday 6m Net – 8 May 2018 – 7.30pm (07.05.18)

Dear members  I will be running a net on 51.550MHz +/- QRM in the 6m band at 19.30 local time on Tuesday 8th May 2018 call sign G3LX

All welcome.  –  Kind regards AL G0ROW

UPDATE – Members on the net were – Les M0LPB, Tony M0SAV, Keith 2E0JPY, Bob M0CPP,  Heth M6HNS, Evan M0TJU, Nige 2E0CKA,  Jim M6URD, and Nige G0RXA

Friday Net 3 May (03.05.18)

If you get chance please come and join the net today on:- 2m Net 145.375 +/- Callsign in use M5MDX May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

73’s and talk soon  Les – M0LPB

UPDATE – Members on the net were –   Alan M6KOY, Tony M0SAV, Keith 2E0JPY, Paddy 2E0TWD and myself Les using the callsign M5MDX

SRS Meeting 1 May  ‘How To Use a Microphone Correctly’  (30.04.18)

Using a microphone is simple, isn’t it? Just hold it up to your mouth and talk, sing, whatever. Not quite. Getting the best results involves the careful setting up of the mic, as Roland Myers G8LUL, an experienced musician as well as radio amateur, will demonstrate with live studio equipment. Expect an illuminating – and entertaining – presentation.  Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU

News just in – RSGB New President from May 2018 (27.04.18)

New just received from the RSGB Facebook page

The Society (RSGB) has received one nomination for President and so is pleased to announce that Dave Wilson, M0OBW has been duly elected as President of the RSGB until the 2020 AGM. The Society would like to place on record its thanks to Nick Henwood G3RWF for the excellent work he has done during his term as President. Dave’s term of office will start on 12 May.

On behalf of the SRS Committee and all members, we wish Dave all the very best in his new position with the RSGB



We have just been informed by the Norbreck that the hotel car park is now controlled by a 3rd party company called Smart Parking.  They have installed ANPR cameras on all entrances and exits.  As you can see from the attached you can have 15 minutes free parking but if you want to park for, say, 6 hours, the cost is £7.

It is not all gloom and doom as all hotel guests, traders and exhibitors can park for free.  We will have to supply a list of registration numbers to the hotel so that those vehicles are exempt from charges.  So it is important that all LEGITIMATE club members register their vehicle (we will do this on the NARSA stand) otherwise they will have to pay or, worse still, they will receive a penalty notice in the post!

As you can imagine we are not happy with this situation but at this late stage there is little we can do!!!  Note that the system only recently went live (it was not in force when we visited the hotel 3 weeks ago).


73s  –  Chris

P.S. Hopefully this will mean that the car park will be empty but the streets surrounding the hotel are likely to fill up very quickly.


NARSA Update – SRS (26.04.18)

The NARSA team are all packed and ready for Sunday.  Please come and say hi on Sunday.  We have items on the stand from ‘the old valves’ to ‘small kits for you to guess what they are’.  Below is the room map.  If you need to see who is going to be there, please go the website and click on the relevant tab.

Stockport Radio Society FRIDAYS NET 70CM 433.525 2PM (25.04.18)

Good Evening All  –  Neil M6NAE will be standing in for Les M0LPB on the Friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525.  Neil will be using his own callsign M6NAE.  This Friday’s subject ham radio rally’s you have been to. and your best purchases..

Speak to you all on Friday afternoon  –   7.3 Neil M6NAE

Stockport Radio Society 2m Net Wednesday 25 April 7.30pm (25.04.18)

Afternoon All  –  Just to let you know that Nigel 2E0CKA will be running the 2m net tonight at 7.30pm using his own callsign on 145.375 +/-.

Give us a shout, and don’t forget all the QSO’s you make go forward to your Sapphire awards and also the centenary awards.

73 Heth – M6HNS

Skills Night…. bring in your “bits and bobs Tuesday 24 April (23.04.18)

It’s Skills Night again and we’ll be continuing with the psk31 interface project.  Hopefully I’ll have mine up and running to give those interested an idea of what’s needed in the way of connections between individual transceivers and laptops. See you there.

Also, if you have any unfinished projects, eg the superhet kit…do bring it in if you need a bit of help setting it up.  More than likely there will be someone around willing to offer a bit of help.

Cheers,  Tom M0DCG

….and don’t forget the Morse practice at the usual time: 7pm.

73 – Evan M0TJU

RSGB Regional 3 Winners – Large Club of the Year 2017 (21.04.18)

I am pleased to announce that at the recent RSGB AGM, Stockport Radio Society were named Region 3 Large club of the year 2017 for the third year running.

Congratulations to all at SRS, and a big thanks you to all those that assisted with the application.

Heth M6HNS

DXpedition to Saltee Island (17.04.17)

Pete M1PTR, Tom M0DCG & Kieron M5KJM will be on air from the Republic of Ireland for the next three days. This morning they will be erecting their antenna. Unfortunately the weather is not good, wind and rain could hamper their progress. Wx should be clear later this afternoon.
Tonight we will try to link up with them – Bands to be updated later today.  Call Sign from Ireland is EI6KP.
If you have entered the SRS Centenary award you can log their contact. Also can count for the Double Sapphire Award and the HF ladder.
73 de Tony M0SAV

Talk Night – What Digital Interface Should I Buy (16.04.18)

If you’re looking at getting into the HF digital modes (PSK, RTTY, FT8, etc.) – or you want to enhance your digimode operating performance -come along and find out what type of PC-radio interface suits you best.  Morse practice will be at 7pm, as normal.

Hope to see you tonight.   73  Evan M0TJU

SRS Special Events 2018 (12.04.18)

Stockport Radio Society
Special Events 2018
Date Event Address
June 16, 2018 Marple Carnival Marple Forces Club, Lime Kiln Lane, Stockport SK6 6BX All Day Event
June 30 – July 1, 2018 Transport and Aviation Festival Runway Visitors Park, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham WA15 8XQ 2 Day Event
July 8, 2018 Avro Air Festival Woodford Aerodrome, Chester Road, Woodford, Stockport SK7 1AG All Day Event
July 28, 2018 IOTA Contest contacting  SRS Contest Group in Aaronmore and Open Day Walthew House, Shaw Heath, Stockport, SK2 6QS All Day Event



ISS amateur radio link-up for UK school (12.04.18)

by m5aka

A contact between Kings High School for Girls in Warwick and the International Space Station is planned for Thursday 19th April at 1205 UT (1305 BST).

The school says:

We strongly encourage our girls to develop their interests both inside and outside the classroom. This culture of empowerment led one of our girls to apply to ARISS Europe (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) for a highly prestigious link-up to the International Space Station.

This student-led initiative has resulted in a whole-school focus on Space Science, both in the classroom – from Engineering to English Literature – as well as co-curricular activities, including our ‘Mars Society.’

To support this programme, we have appointed our own Space Scientist in Residence – a unique position, we believe, for any school in the country.

Excitement is building for our live link-up to the International Space Station, when pupils from King’s High and Warwick Prep will talk with the astronauts on board.

King’s High And Beyond! – Adventures in Space

John McGuire, Space Scientist in Residence, has joined forces with Stratford Astronomical Society to organise a Stargazing Live event for students and parents of King’s High and Warwick Prep next Friday night. They will enjoy an Introduction to Astronomy, Telescope Talks, and ‘Ask an Astronomer’ sessions, before viewing the skies for themselves. This follows months of Space activity, from the very youngest pupils of Warwick Prep creating Mars models, to King’s students developing their own Amateur Radio Licensing Club, to set up a link between King’s and the International Space Station.

Live Link-Up to the International Space Station

When King’s High student, Eleanor Griffin was selected to hold a space conversation with an astronaut, she was inspired to set up the Warwick Mars Project, for students across the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation, to further interest in Space Science. Eleanor says: ‘The moon landings belong to the generation of our grandparents, and the International Space Station to our parents’. What will happen in our generation? Will Mankind travel to another planet?’ She will lead students in a live Q and A session with astronauts on the International Space Station on 19 April – the actual date depends on where the ISS is in orbit at the time.

From one girl’s interests and ambitions, a generation of King’s High and Warwick Prep pupils will benefit from an extraordinary range of opportunities and life-experience. We are also delighted that pupils from other local schools will be able to share in the excitement, by joining us for a ‘Space Day’ and the link-up itself. All power to our pupils!

The exciting journey pupils take at King’s High has expanded to a whole new dimension this academic year, as we explore the wonders of Space Science, with students from across the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation. At King’s, pupils have studied Space in lessons, from Engineering to English Literature, and developed a programme of student-led activities, including Space Blogs, an Astro-Photography competition, and a Space-themed dinner.

We recently appointed our own Space Scientist in Residence – a unique position, we believe, for any school in the country. Excitement is building for our live link-up to the International Space Station in April, when pupils from Warwick Prep and King’s High will talk with the astronauts on board.

There will be a live web stream from the event further details, will be published closer to the time at

King’s High School Warwick

m5aka | April 10, 2018 at 9:50 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, ARISS, Ham Radio, ISS | Categories: Daily Updates | URL:


Over a Half-Century with Computers: a Very Personal Perspective – Stockport College (12.04.18)

Professor Peter Excell, Emeritus Professor of Communications at Wrexham Glyndwr University  –  The speaker will give a very personal view of the evolution of computing that he has experienced over the last 54 years. This will cover the development of mainframe computers, their general replacement by personal computers, excepting the continuing mainframe-like specialism of supercomputers, with which he has also had significantexperience. Beyond hardware, he will discuss changes in the philosophical approach to computing devices. In particular, he will discuss the rise of entertainment applications and the decline of “big government” applications, factors which have greatly coloured the post-cold war era. He will also discuss the way in which the mobile phone and its derivatives have risen to challenge the personal computer paradigms and will speculate about the future.

6m Net – Tuesday 10 April 2018 (08.04.18)

On Tuesday 10 April  Alan G0ROW will be running a net in the 6m band at 19.30 local time on FM 51.550MHz +/- QRM,

l will be using my own call G0ROW,   All members welcome,   73 AL

Update – Dear all a big thank you to all the members that joined the 6m net tonight  M0CCP  2E0JPY  G8WPL  M0LPB  2E0CFM  M6HNS  M0SAV  2E0NGE EX M6YKK  old my old mate G0RXA see you all soon,

Best 73 AL G0ROW

SRS Meeting Tuesday, 3 April: Radio Night (02.04.18)

Hope you’ve had a great Easter.

Just letting you know that, owing to the long weekend, tomorrow’s meeting will be a Radio Night.  (Morse practice will be on, as normal, at 7pm.)  We are expecting to make some contacts on the 40m band (7MHz) using various modes. Those who have been on the HF bands over the Easter Weekend would have noticed the smooth conditions on the lower bands, owing to stability in Earth’s geomagnetic environment – a state that is expected to continue over the next couple of days.

This month’s presentation night will be in a fortnight’s time, on 17 April, when I’ll be offering my tips for determining what digital mode interface is right for you. (“What Digital Interface Should I Buy?”)

Hope to see you tomorrow night.  73  Evan M0TJU

Skills Nights – Bring your Kits Tuesday 27 March 2018 (26.03.18)

Hi Fellow Burnt Finger Enthusiasts!

As the 27th is the fourth Tuesday of the month, we’ll be having our usual skills night, so don’t forget to bring in your unfinished kits and soldering irons etc. with you.

The plan for tonight was to focus on getting the superhetrodynes going but if you have any other unfinished jobs, or kits that might need a bit of “tweaking” bring these as well.  As well as the Chinese radios, if time allows we’ll also be taking a preliminary look at building a soundcard/laptop interface for datamodes such as PSK31.

Do come along and have fun!    Tom M0DCG

NARSA Briefing and Radio Night – Tuesday 20 March 2018 (20.03.18)

Tomorrow night’s meeting will start off with a presentation hosted by Pete M1PTR about our society’s stall at the upcoming NARSA rally, to be held at Blackpool on Sunday, 29 April. For many a year SRS has been a major presence at NARSA, which is easily the North West’s biggest and busiest amateur radio buy/sell/swap event. The rally is an opportunity to showcase Stockport Radio Society as well as being a fun day out, as Pete will demonstrate.

After Pete’s presentation, we will be firing up at least one of the stations and getting on the air on the 40-metre band (7MHz). With daylight now lasting into the evening, expect this band to be humming with traffic from continental Europe.

The Morse practice session will be on, as usual, at 7pm. The main meeting will kick off at 7:45pm.

Hope to see you there.  73  Evan M0TJU

SRS 70cm Net 433.525mhz – Friday 16 March 2pm (15.03.18)

Please do not forget that we have the 70cm Net FM 433.525mhz Callsign in use G6UQ today.  So if you can come and join us, see you there.

73 and talk soon  Les – M0LPB

SRS 2m Net 145.375 – Thursday 15 March 2018 (14.03.18)

Thursday’s 2m net will be using the call sign M5MDX.  The net will start at 1930 hrs local on 145.375 + or – QRM. In the chair will be Tony M0SAV.  All members welcome, don’t hold back come and join in. Just shout “Break” between overs and you will be acknowledged.

New Members to SRS (12.03.18)

Welcome to Pauline and Craig (SWL’s) until May when they take their FLC, and Richard G3CWI (Sotabeam).  We hope you enjoy what SRS has to offer.  Have a look at our Members page, and put a face to the name/callsign Meet Our Current Members

2m Net – 2pm Friday 9 March 2018 (08.03.18)

Todays net is on 2m Net 145.375 +/- . From 2pm till 3pm.   Callsign in use is G8SRS.  So if you can please come and join us on the net.

Talk soon – Les – M0LPB

Talk NIght – Tuesday 6 March – C4FM Fusion (03.03.18)

At the next meeting, on Tuesday 6 March, SRS members Neil Rydings M6NAE and Dennis Crinson G7DSV will be demonstrating Yaesu’s flagship VHF digital radio technology: C4FM Fusion.

Fusion facilitates the transmission of high-quality voice – even better than analogue FM – as well as text data and images either directly to other C4FM transceivers, through repeaters or over the Internet.

Dennis’s segment will show a Yaesu FT1-XDE Fusion-enabled handheld make use of a Shark RF ‘openspot’; the latter gadget will allow him to link his handie to the Web and communicate world wide. Neil, meanwhile, will demonstrate the WiRES-X (‘Wide-Coverage Internet Repeater Enhancement’) system, which enables the operator to link repeaters and/or stations together using nothing more than a laptop.

Neil and Dennis will connect to CQ.UK, one of the busiest C4FM digital networks, to get some live Fusion action. Also, Stuart M0SGS, a well known UK Fusion operator, will be standing that evening to enable meeting attendees to have real QSOs.

If you think that only the big-power big-antenna HF ops have all the long-distance communications fun, Dennis’s and Neil’s presentation will make you think again.

Skills Night Tuesday 27 Feb 18 (26.02.18)

Just a reminder Tues 27th Feb is Skills Night at Walthew House once again.

The plan is for work to continue with the construction of the superheterodyne kit, for those who have it still to finish off.  Or if you have any other kits to work on, why not bring those in as well.

We’ll also be testing the radio kits constructed as part of the current ILC course.  If you are on this course and feel yours is ready, do bring it in for testing.  Don’t forget Monday 5th March is the cut-off for the project.

Tom Spence M0DCG


Broadband DSL Super and Ultrafast Broadband Presentation (26.02.18)

Broadband DSL – technology, standards and evolution


Kevin Foster and John MacDonald will describe BT’s access network and the evolution of Digital Subscriber Line technology that has had a profound effect on the way we live our lives in the digital age.  They both have over 30 years’ experience with the DSL technology that is used by BT and Openreach to deliver superfast and ultrafast broadband to over 95% of the UK.  They will also cover aspects of their work in national and international standards in support of creating global economies of scale and interoperability for DSL.


Kevin Foster CEng. FIET is responsible for Broadband standardisation and ecosystems in BT’s Technology, Service and Operations line of business.  He is Chairman of the global Broadband Forum ( and Chairman of the UK’s NICC DSL Task Group (


John MacDonald CEng. FIET is responsible for the design and specification of superfast and ultrafast DSL systems in Openreach.  He is Vice Chairman of Europe’s ETSI ATTM TM6 standards committee ( closedown (26.02.18)

Information supplied by RSGB closedown

The RSGB’s web-hosting service for clubs will be closing down for good on 29 March 2018 when the hosting company we use discontinue their services.

We emailed clubs using the service on 6 January 2016 to explain our plans and to give them sufficient notice to arrange a different way of hosting their club website. Only a small number of clubs still use, which now requires extensive redevelopment to bring it up to modern web design standards.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hope that having two years’ notice will have helped clubs that are affected to have put something else in place.

If your club is still operating a website please read the Q&A on the closedown we have placed on the RSGB website at This provides guidance on how to migrate a website and how to contact us for further help and advice.

Best wishes
Radio Society of Great Britain


SRS Meeting Tuesday 20 February – Radio Night (19.02.18)

With spring nearly upon us (finally) and the sun setting later, we hope to take advantage of the lingering daylight to make contacts on the higher MF bands – 7MHz, in particular – using voice (single sideband).

Those who have yet to experience much operation on the shortwave bands may want to pay attention to what’s going on and, should they feel confident, have a go on the mic themselves.

73  Evan Duffield M0TJU

Club Nets – Thursday 15 February 2018 – 2m (11.02.18)

The normal 2m net will be running on Thursday 15 February 2018 on 145.375 +/- from 7.30pm.  All welcome, come on and say hi, and dont forget these all go towards your Double Sapphire Awards and Cententary awards.

Club Nets – Tuesday 13 February 2018 – 6m (11.02.18)

Just a quick reminder that I will be running a 6m Net at 19.30 local time on FM 51.550MHz +/- QRM,  Club call M5MDX will be used.  All welcome,  we have some new M6 calls please give me a call it will be nice to meet you on the air.

Alan G0ROW

SRS Meeting Tuesday 6 February: Video of the 2006 Peter I Island DXpedition (04.02.18)

The showing of this video was intended to wet people’s appetite for the present ‘DXpedition’ (i.e. amateur radio expedition) to Bouvet, an isolated and inhospitable volcanic island in the Antarctic region of the South Atlantic.

Like the present trip to Bouvet, the 2006 venture to Peter I (‘Peter the First’) involved the sailing into polar seas near Antarctica and depositing/removing equipment and operating crew by helicopter. Atrocious weather conditions – low cloud, blizzards and the ‘wrong’ type of snow – made Peter I 2006 one of the most challenging DXpeditions of all time, and it’s arguably the most dramatic of those recorded on film.

In disappointing news just in, the landing on Bouvet has been abandoned….

Despite the sighting of the island on the morning of 31 January, high winds, poor visibility and rough seas over the subsequent couple of days had made landing on the island – which can only be done by chopper – impossible. Adding to the inclement weather was the development of a mechanical issue with one of the ship’s engines. So, a decision was taken yesterday to abort the DXpedition completely and sail back to the point of departure, in southern South America.

As the Peter I video will make clear, a landing on an island like Bouvet should be attempted only when all necessary conditions – both weather and mechanical – are met. Even then. it’s dangerous enough….

P.S. The 7pm Morse practice will be on, as usual.

73  Evan M0TJU

Silent Key – Julian Niman G8GAJ (29.01.18)

It is with deep sadness that we have to report the passing on G8GAJ.  Julian had been a member of Stockport Radio Society for many years, and although we did not see Julian that often, he did keep in contact with us, and enjoyed receiving his QUA magazine on a regular basis.  Our SK Liaison Nigel 2e0CKA who received the email from Eileen (PA at Nimans) passed on the club’s deepest sympathy to Julian’s family and everyone who worked for him.  There is a just giving site that has been set up – if you are interested in giving to it please see the information below.  Please also see the press release from Nimans –

The British Heart Foundation:

The Christie Charitable Fund:

Epilepsy Action:

Foundation Licence Course/Examination 29.01.18

9 candidates have recently taken the training of the Foundation Course at Stockport Radio Society, and we are pleased to announce that all passed the course with an indicative mark.  We look forward to seeing you at the club in the coming weeks.

Kosovo (Z6) a DXCC Entity 23.01.18

The ARRL Board of Directors approved a motion to amend the DXCC Rules, when it met January 19-20. Section II, Subsection 1 of the DXCC Rules now will include a new Subsection (d): The entity has a separate IARU member society and is included on the US State Department Independent States in the World.

“The discussion during the Board meeting and the rule change did not address any specific entity,” ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, said. “The amendment could allow some additions to the current DXCC List of entities. It’s a good thing not only for DXCC but for all active hams.”

In fact, the Republic of Kosovo (Z6) has been added to the DXCC List of current entities, increasing the total number of current DXCC entities to 340. The addition of Kosovo raises to 331 the required number of current entities confirmed to qualify for DXCC Honor Roll; Top of Honor Roll is 340. DXCC award accounts are being tabulated to reflect the change.

This change qualifies as an “event,” effective on January 21, 2018, at 0000 UTC. Nothing is retroactive.

A new Logbook of The World (LoTW) TQSL configuration file (v.11.4) will be released on January 23. TQSL will detect when this file has been released and will install the update automatically. Radio Amateurs outside of Kosovo should continue to upload their logs to LoTW in the usual manner. LoTW users within Kososvo (either with a Z6 call sign or reciprocal call sign Z6/<home call sign>) will use TQSL to request a new call sign certificate for their call sign. The request will use Republic of Kososvo as the DXCC entity, and the QSO Begin date will be January 21 or later. LoTW will reject call sign certificate requests for the Republic of Kosovo with a QSO Begin date prior to January 21. Z6 users requesting call sign certificates may e-mail a copy of their Amateur Radio license.

Kosovo’s IARU member society SHRAK and its president Vjollca Caka, Z61VB, are hosting a 10th-anniversary activation to celebrate Kosovo’s independence in February, 2008. SHRAK Headquarters station Z60A now is active on several bands with multiple guest operators. Club Log will be used for this activation, while QSLs are via OH2BH

Skills Night Tues 23rd Jan…construct the superhet kit….INVITATION to Skills Night… (21.01.18)

It’s the 4th Tues of the month and Skills Night once again.  This time we’re going to tackle a medium wave superhet kit, so dig out your soldering tools and Elastoplast and come along to Walthew House for some construction fun.  Morse practice will also be running from 7pm.

See you there! – Tom Spence M0DCG

Updated Contest Dates – SRS Contest Group (19.01.18)

Our Contest group has just issued some new dates for 2018.  All the dates below are on the calendar of events.  If you are interested in contesting with the group, please contact Bernard G3SHF via  Dates are below

17-18 March – 24 Hour Russian DX SSB & CW – Midday to Midday

24-25 March – 48 Hour WPX SSB – midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday

26-27 May – 48 Hour WPX CW – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday

2-3 June – 24 Hour NFD CW – 3.00pm to 3.00pm

29-30 July – 24 Hour IOTA SSB & CW – Midday to Midday

29-30 Sept – 48 Hour CQWW RTTY – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday

27-28 Oct – 48 Hour CQWW SSB – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday

24-25 Nov – 48 Hour CQWW CW – Midnight Friday to Midnight Sunday

Stockport Repeaters Update (16.01.18)

GB3MN GB3MR status update.  –  Between the high winds and heavy snow eventually a visit to the Bowstone site was possible on the 30th December 2017.

A busy day was planned and lived up to expectations in the cold damp conditions on this exposed hilltop which has a spectacular view over Cheshire, Greater Manchester, beyond into North Wales. It was a long day, work on site took over six hours to complete.

GB3MN has had major work done to the antenna filtering/duplexer system, normal receiver sensitivity has been restored and the transmit power increased by 4dB’s.

GB3MR also had a good looking at! Repeater hardware was found to be still in good working order not requiring any adjustments. The transmit antenna is now omnidirectional once again from a higher location on the mast and a return to normal coverage should be found. Special thank you to Darren G7LWT for the loan of a RF filter.

Reception reports and any comments please to the group web site or myself are welcome.

73’s  John G8LZO  Repeater keeper GB3MN/GB3MR


AO73/FUNcube-1 Illumination – Update January 15, 2018

by m5aka   

The time when AO73 enters continuous sunlight, for the first time, is fast approaching. Current estimates show that this will commence on February 6th and last through until March 13th.

Obviously, the autonomous switching system that the spacecraft has been using to switch between amateur mode, with the transponder on in eclipse and educational mode with high power telemetry only in sunlight, will no longer work.

Already the periods of eclipse are reducing quite rapidly and we are therefore planning for manual mode switching to take be undertaken. This will start from the week beginning Jan 21st and will follow this initial plan.

Wednesday evening (UTC) or Thursday morning – switch to full time amateur mode – ie transponder on with low power telemetry.

Sunday evening (UTC) or Monday morning – switch to full time educational mode with high power telemetry only.

So if you are planning school demonstrations or particular DXpeditions please take this new schedule into account.

The team may have to flex this plan with experience as this situation was not allowed for in the original mission plan!

AO-73 / FUNcube-1 spin period and illumination

FUNcube Website

FUNcube Yahoo Group

FUNcube Forum

m5aka | January 15, 2018 at 4:24 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, AO-73, CubeSat, FUNcube-1, Ham Radio | Categories: Daily Updates | URL:


Ham radio CubeSat launch success  (12.01.18)

CNUSail-1 Credit KARI-Blog

CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads were among the 31 satellites successfully launched on January 12 at 0359 UT on an Indian ISRO PSLV rocket.

Two of the CubeSats, Fox-1D and PicSat, carry amateur radio FM transponders, but neither is yet available for general amateur use. The PicSat FM transponder is unusual in that instead of a CTCSS tone it requires a 1750 Hz tone burst to activate it. The 1750 Hz tone burst used to be popular on IARU Region 1 FM repeaters in the 1980s and 90s before the widespread use of CTCSS.

CNUSail-1, built by students at the Chungnam National University in Korea, carries a deployable sail. The students have requested the help of radio amateurs in receiving the 437.100 MHz beacon, further information is available at

Shankar A65CR/VU2SWG reported coping the Fox-1D satellite voice beacon on the morning pass at 30 deg elevation in Dubai using a TH-F7 with standard rubber duck. YL voice with satellite identifier. Very short burst with fluctuating carrier.

Madhu A65DE also copied Fox-1D from Fujairah, North of Dubai.

AMSAT North America has issued a statement formally designating Fox-1D as AO-92:

Fox-1D, a 1U CubeSat, is the third of AMSAT’s five Fox-1 CubeSats to reach orbit, being preceded by AO-85 (Fox-1A) and AO-91 (RadFxSat / Fox-1B). Fox-1D carries the Fox-1 U/v FM transponder, with an uplink of 435.350 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink of 145.880 MHz. In addition, Fox-1D carries several university experiments, including a MEMS gyro from Pennsylvania State University – Erie, a camera from Virginia Tech, and the University of Iowa’s HERCI (High Energy Radiation CubeSat Instrument) radiation mapping experiment. Fox-1D also carries the AMSAT L-Band Downshifter experiment which enables the FM transponder to be switched to utilize an uplink of 1267.350 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS).

Fox-1D was sent aloft as a secondary payload on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s PSLV-XL rocket as part of the PSLV-C40 mission. Fox-1D was one of thirty-one satellites successfully deployed on this launch.

Since Fox-1D has met all of the qualifications necessary to receive an OSCAR number, I, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT President, do hereby confer on this satellite the designation AMSAT-OSCAR 92 or AO-92. I join amateur radio operators in the U.S. and around the world in wishing AO-92 a long and successful life in both its amateur and scientific missions.

I, along with the rest of the amateur community, congratulate all of the volunteers who worked so diligently to construct, test and prepare for launch the newest amateur radio satellite.

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator

Further information on the Fox-1D launch, deployment and designation at

Information on PicSat is available via

Report on the five Korean satellites that were launched

m5aka | January 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, AO-92, CNUSail-1, CubeSat, Fox-1D, Ham Radio, ISRO, PicSat, PSLV | Categories: Daily Updates | URL:

BBC TV to show Michael Portillo moonbounce (05.01.18)


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BBC TV to show Michael Portillo moonbounce

by m5aka

Noel Matthews G8GTZ, Michael Portillo, Brian Coleman G4NNS, Matthew Crosby Chief Scientist Goonhilly, Ian Jones CEO Goonhilly, Tim Fern G4LOH at Goonhilly August 2017

The former MP for Enfield Southgate, Michael Portillo, used 5.6 GHz amateur radio to bounce a signal off the surface of the moon.

In 2017, a team led by Noel Matthews G8GTZ and Brian Coleman G4NNS made several visits to Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall to use the 32m GHY6 dish for 3.4 GHz and 5.6 GHz EME operation using the call sign GB6GHY. During one of the visits, Michael Portillo and the Great British Railway Journeys team visited and filmed a sequence including EME operation.

The show will be broadcast on Friday, January 12 at 6:30pm on BBC2.

Described as “Going to the moon by way of the Cornish Riviera” the sequence will show Michael talking to Brian G4NNS and operating his station under supervision to “talk to the moon” and hear his echos coming back.

The BBC description reads:

Steered by his early 20th-century Bradshaw’s railway guide, Michael Portillo boldly goes to the moon by way of the Cornish Riviera Express! On the trail of an historic achievement made at the dawn of the Edwardian era, he investigates the first radio signal to be sent across the Atlantic. In Plymouth, Michael uncovers what happened to surviving crew members of the most famous ocean liner in history, the Titanic. And at Fowey, he rediscovers a lost literary figure known as Q, who immortalised the town in his novels.

The show will be available online for 30 days from January 12 at

GB6GHY – Hello Moon, this is Goonhilly calling!

This was not Michael Portillo’s first encounter with amateur radio, in 2014 he send Morse code at Chelmsford, Essex under the guidance of Peter Watkins M0BHY

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Our Secretaries Birthday today (06.01.18)

We wish our Secretary Heather M6HNS a very Happy Birthday. Have a great day celebrating.  All the very best from all at SRS.

January 6m and 2m Nets (05.01.18)

The following two nets will be run this month.  6m net on Tuesday 9 January 2018 19.30 local  on FM- 51.550MHz +/- QRM, and on Thursday will be our 2m net Thursday 11 January 2018 19.30 local on 145.375+/- QRM.  Please feel free to join in the nets, and dont forget these QSO’s all go towards your Double Sapphire Awards, and the Centenary Award.  Details of all our nets are on the diary on the right hand side of the home page.

Weekly 70cm Net (04.01.18)

Tomorrows 70cms net which be run by Les M0LPB due to a technical issue Neil M6NAE will unable to be on air.

Affiliated Societies Contests (AFS) (04.01.18)

All – The RSGB Affiliated Societies contests take place over the next 3 weekends.  They are 4 hour contests for 80 & 40m.

The first weekend sees the CW contest from 2.00pm on Sunday.  The second sees the SSB contest from 2.00pm on Saturday.  The third sees the Data modes contest from 2.00pm Sunday.

In the past SRS has had enough members entering to make up 2 and sometimes 3 teams on CW and SSB so if you are geared up to operate on 80 and/or 40m please join in and have a go.

The rules are here RULES.

Regards  Bernard G3SHF

Radio Night – Tuesday 2 January 2018 (01.01.18)

I hope that you had a great Xmas and New Year, and were able to get on the air during the Holiday Season.  Given its proximity to New Year’s Day, Tuesday night will be a Radio Night. (The January Society Night will be on the 16th.)   Both stations will be ‘plugged in’ and ready for use.

Given the interest in logger32 and Clublog expressed in recent posts to the SRS Members’ email address, I am happy to explain (to the extent of my knowledge) these applications. I will also be spending some of the evening programming the ‘macros’ for the digital modes on logger32, so those interested in PSK and RTTY may want to observe what’s going on and ask questions.

In terms of the operating, given that winter mid-evening propagation on HF can be limited, we will be trying to make contacts using a variety of modes (i.e. SSB, CW and digi).  Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.

Hope to see you there  –  73  Evan M0TJU

Scheduled SRS Nets for January 2018 (30.12.17)

Below is a list of scheduled nets for January 2018 and the relevant Net Controllers.  Please feel free to come on and say hello.

Every Friday 2pm 433.525 (70cms) Neil M6NAE  or Les M0LPB

6m Net 7.30pm 51.550 FM – 9  January – Provisionally Alan G0ROW

2m Net 7.30pm 145.375 – 11  January – Tony M0SAV or  Nigel M6YKK

2m Net 7.30pm 145.375 – 31 January – Heather M6HNS or Nigel 2E0CKA

Further details will be posted a few days prior to the date of the net.

Christmas and New Year Special 26 December 2017 (25.12.17)

Dont forget tomorrow nights Christmas and New Year Special at Walthew House.  Look forward to seeing you all at the club.

70cm Net Friday 28 December 2017 – 433.525 +/- (25.12.17)

I hope you all have had a great christmas.  Please don’t forget this fridays net at pm on 433.525 +/- qrm.  This week’s topic – The last 12 months at Stockport Radio Society, where have we been and what have we done.  Below is a few things we have done at Stockport Radio Society in the last year.

SRS club rally, Bletchley Park, Manchester Airport event, Avro Heritage Museum, SRS Contest Group, Kit Building Projects, Talk NIghts, Radio Nights, Yota etc.


Which one did you like the best or did you attend them all.  I’m sure 2018 will be even better.

Neil m6-nae


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (24.12.17)

Festive greetings to all the members of Stockport Radio Society, and to all our colleagues at other Radio Clubs.  May you all have a lovely christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous 2018.

SRS Committee


Announcement: VHF/UHF DXCC Ladder (24.12.17)

The Stockport Radio Society committee is pleased to announce the creation of a VHF/UHF DXCC Ladder to be known as the ‘2 & 70 ladder’.

This new annual competition is open to all members and runs from 1st January to 30th November (see note 1 below) each year.

The ‘2 & 70′ ladder’ uses the same Clublog DXCC slot calculation rules as the existing HF ladder particularly including QSOs made on 2m and 70cm using Internet based digital phone modes (e.g. D-Star & Fusion).

Certificates for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places will be awarded to the highest slot scores in the ‘2 & 70’ ladder regardless of licence class.

A snapshot of both the ‘HF & 6’ (see note 2 below) and ‘2 & 70’  ladder standings will be included in our ‘QUA’ magazine throughout the year.

To join either the ‘HF & 6’   and / or ‘2 & 70’  ladder members must first sign up to clublog and request to join the Stockport Radio Society Club League.  Your log of QSOs can uploaded as often as you like and Clublog calculates the scores.

If you need assistance getting started, Neil Rydings, M6NAE will help you else feel free to contact the SRS Ladder Manager Pete, M1PTR.


  1. The closing date of the annual competition is to be confirmed when the date of the SRS award meeting is known.
  2. The existing  ‘HF Ladder’ will continue unchanged and run in parallel covering 160m to 6m but be renamed to the  ‘HF & 6 Ladder’

Pete M1pTR

Christmas and New Year Special – Wednesday 27 December 2017 (22.12.17)

Just a little reminder that SRS will be on air from Walthew House on the 27th December from 19.30 hrs.  Frequencies will be published on the night via web and Facebook.  These will be dependent of local conditions.

I would like to wish all our members a very Happy and Merry Christmas, also, just in case I do not see you beforehand, a Prosperous and Healthy 2018.  Hoping the bands are more favorable all modes and frequencies.

All the very Best – Tony  M0SAV SRS Chairman


70cm Net 2pm 433.525mhz Friday 22 December 2017 (21.12.17)

Please don’t forget this Friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525 mhz. +/- qrm.  This week’s topic is going to be the high’s and the low’s of amateur radio, what do you like in amateur radio and what don’t you like in amateur radio, and if you had the chance to do it all again would you still be a amateur radio operator.

Also I’m looking to see how many member’s would be interested in joining a vhf / uhf club ladder for logging your contacts on vhf / uhf or digital d-star or yaesu c4fm fusion,  as some member’s have only vhf / uhf radio’s.. Pete M1-PTR . Has kindly put his free time into possibly creating the club ladder,  but it would not be worth while just for two member’s . so please can you let me know if you would be willing to take part  –  many thanks. neil m6nae


Talk Night Tuesday 19 December 17 (18,12.17)

I hope that you can come along tonight, as I will be giving a presentation about the Aurora – what it is, how and when to see it and how it is useful for amateur radio operators.  Morse practice will be at 7pm, as usual.

See you there – 73 – Evan M0TJU


70cm Net Friday 15 December 17 (14.12.17)

Please don’t forget fridays afternoon net on 433.525mhz +/- qrm at 2pm.  This weeks topic..swr meter’s . do you have one inline with your antenna, or do you use a antenna analyzer from time to time to check your antenna. your views please..

7.3 neil

SRS 2m Net Thursday 14 December 17 7,30pm (13.12.17)

Don’t forget Thursday 14th December  2m Net 145.375mhz December 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  SRS Chairman’s question time. Do you have a question for your chairman ?  73  Tony  M0SAV  SRS Chairman


GEO Quarterly Magazine Posted on behalf of Amsat (12.12.17)

GEO Quarterly magazine available for download

by m5aka

The December PDF of the weather satellite magazine GEO Quarterly produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download.

The Group for Earth Observation’s aim is to enable amateur reception of weather and earth imaging satellites that are in orbit or planned for launch in the near future.

GEO recently changed from a paid subscription to an optional sign-up to the GEO-Subscribers Yahoo group.

Download December 2017 GEO Quarterly at

Group for Earth Observation

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Radio Night at SRS – 12 December 2017 (11.12.17)

After the AGM, it’s back to the normal routine.  We will be getting out the stations and playing around on digimodes, especially PSK.   We may, also, take some time to ‘listen’ to Geminid meteors. (The shower peaks on Wednesday night.)  There is Morse practice, as usual, at 7pm.

See you there.  Evan M0TJU

70cm Net 433.525 +/- 8 December 2017 2pm (07.12.17)

Good Afternoon All  –  Please don’t forget this friday’s 70cm net at 2pm on 433.525 +/- qrm.  This week’s topic.. how to get on the air as cheaply as possible or on a budget. or if you live in a flat how can you play radio without the use of antenna’s. but you have a laptop or android tablet with the use of these cheap programs you can play radio..for around £30 . per year or echolink which is free..

cq-100 – QsoNet – Virtual Ionosphere For Amateur Radio

hamsphere – Ham Radio for your PC and Smartphone –

echolink – Introducing EchoLink

SRS AGM 5 December 2017 (04.12.17)

Tuesday will be the annual AGM at Stockport Radio Society with our Social Evening following the AGM.  All members and partners are invited.  Also there will not be a Morse practice session tomorrow night (5 December), owing to the AGM & Social. However, we will host them on all of the other meeting nights in December: the 12th, 19th and 27th.

Please note that 19 December will be a society night, with a presentation on the Aurora; the meetings on the 12th and 27th will be radio nights.

Hope to see you tomorrow night.

HF Ladder – final updates by 30 November 2017 Midnight (29.11.17)

Just a reminder that the HF Ladder 2017 closes at midnight UTC on Thursday 30th Nov.  If you have outstanding log updates then please upload them to Clublog or email them to me before the deadline.  The results and winners will be announced at the AGM.

73 de Pete, M1PTR

Slow Scan TV from Space Dec 5-6 – posted via AMSAT (30.11.17)


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Slow Scan TV from Space Dec 5-6

by m5aka

ISS SSTV MAI-75 image 9/12 received by Chertsey Radio Club on Baofeng handheld

The 145.800 MHz FM Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station Dec 5-6 should be receivable by radio amateurs around the world.

The MAI-75 SSTV system in the Russian Service Module will be put through some extended testing from December 5 starting around 15:00 UTC and running until 09:00 UTC on December 6. Test images will be used during this period. This will provide near global coverage if all works well on 145.800 MHz FM.

In the past images have been sent using the SSTV mode PD180, with a 3-minute off time between each image.

All you need to receive SSTV pictures direct from the space station is to connect the audio output of a scanner or amateur radio transceiver via a simple interface to the soundcard on a Windows PC or an Apple iOS device, and tune in to 145.800 MHz FM. You can even receive pictures by holding an iPhone next to the radio loudspeaker.

The ISS puts out a strong signal on 145.800 MHz FM and a 2m handheld with a 1/4 wave antenna should be enough to receive it.

Many FM rigs can be switched been wide and narrow deviation FM filters. For best results you should select the filter for wider 5 kHz deviation FM. Handhelds all seem to have a single wide filter fitted as standard.


ISS Slow Scan TV information with links to Apps and ISS tracking

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New 2m Net Wed 29 November 2017 (29.11.17)

The new 2m net starts tonight at 19.30 local on FM  145.375MHz +/- QRM.  This net will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from January 2018 with Nigel 2E0CKA or Heth M6HNS in the chair.  This net is being run by Alan Call sign G0ROW

Skills Night & Morse Practice – Tuesday 28 November 2017 (27.11.17)

Just to remind everyone this Tuesday night is Skills Night once again, so do come along and have some fun soldering.  This time we’re having another “catch-up” night so do bring along any unfinished or no-working kits or other projects. These needn’t be units obtained through the club.  If you have something which doesn’t work someone present may be able to provide a bit of useful advice.

Also, we hope to roll out a nice little superhetrodyne radio project to work on in coming weeks.  The kits are very reasonably priced and the idea is we take those interested through the functions of various parts of the circuit before we start.  During the evening we’ll discuss the project and Les Brown will be available to take orders from those wanting kits.

Do join us for a bit of fun!   Tom Spence M0DCG

CQWW CW Contest Update – Sat/Sun 25-26 November 2017 (27.11.17)

This last weekend saw the SRS Contest Group enter the 48 hour CW contest.  While HF conditions were not at their best but we felt we had an enjoyable and successful contest in  weather conditions that were at best challenging.   High winds, heavy rain, snow and sleet. Yes typical contest weather!

Tom’s photo of our aerials gives some indication of Saturday mornings greetings!

We made 5021 QSOs and scoring 5.5M points compared with 3646 QSOs and 3.5M points last year, 10m activity was small with 11 QSOs while 80m generated 1025 QSOs, more than we have made on this band in the last 10 years.  The major bands of course were 20 and 40m, with 40 generating 200 more QSOs than 20m.

Plenty of DX about and it’s always a thrill to BE CALLED by VK, ZL, China or Japan.  Today we started the ‘Tear Down’ that will take a couple of days.

My thanks to the operators Kieron M5KJM,  Evan M0TJU, Carsten G0SYP, Dave G0LZL, Tom M0DCG and returning group member Pawel M0DSL   Our thanks also go to Pete M1PTR who not only set up our computers and network but also spent considerable time  assisting with the station build/tear down without the pleasure of some operation.

Regards  Bernard G3SHF

70cm Net Friday 24 November 2pm 433.525 (22.11.17)

This week’s topic of conversation will be on coax. which have you found to be the best rg58, aircell 7, rg213 or westflex 103 and which coax is extremely lossy on 430mhz.  Also has anyone seen this new coax  MESSI & PAOLONI ULTRAFLEX 7 – better than RG213 but near to the size of Mini 8,  but at £13.05 per meter .. is it worth it.. and would you buy it..

Speak to you all Friday  –  7.3 neil m6nae

FUNcube-1 celebrates its 4th birthday posted on behalf on AMSAT (22.11.17)

Final gluing of FUNcube-1 bolt by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Image credit Gerard Aalbers

Final gluing of FUNcube-1 bolt by Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG – Image credit Gerard Aalbers

Today, November 21st 2017, marks the fourth birthday for FUNcube-1 (AO-73) in orbit.

FUNcube-1 was launched at 07:10 UTC on November 21st 2013 and its first signals were received immediately after deployment over the Indian Ocean by amateurs in South Africa. Since then it has been operating continuously in either its education mode or, with the transponder active, in amateur mode when in eclipse and at weekends.

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch Rev4 20100609

AMSAT-UK FUNcube Mission Patch

The spacecraft has spent the four years in space orbiting the earth at between 640 and 580 km and has now traveled around the earth more than 20,000 times. That represents a distance traveled of approaching 500 million miles.

Up to now, each of the orbits has been spilt approximately 65% in sunlight and 35% in eclipse. This has resulted in the temperatures inside the small spacecraft varying by about 25° C during each orbit.

During the recent AMSAT-UK Colloquium, Wouter Weggelaar, PA3WEG, in his presentation about the FUNcube projectmentioned that the power available from the solar panels has been slowly increasing since launch. This observation led the team to do some further investigations as to the cause.

Although the launch was into a nominally Sun Synchronous orbit, over time this has drifted and the spacecraft is now entering a period when it will be in the sun for longer periods during each orbit. The exact details are still being determined, but it seems likely that, starting from January 2018, there will be periods when the spacecraft will be in the sun for all, or almost all, of its orbits.

FUNcube-1 temperature rise

FUNcube-1 temperature rise

This means that the on-board temperatures will be much higher than we have previously experienced in flight, although we have some test records from pre-flight thermal air testing that were undertaken after integration.

The key will be to discover what the equilibrium temperature will be internally. For comparison, AO85 has already “enjoyed” periods of full sun and its internal temperatures have reached up to around 55° C.

So the next few months will be quite an exciting time for the team! We remain extremely grateful to everyone is using the spacecraft for both its educational and amateur missions. Of course we are also very very grateful to those who are downloading the telemetry and uploading the data to the Data Warehouse. It continues to provide a unique record of “life on board” a 1U CubeSat in space.

SRS Meeting – EGM (Members only) and Radio Night (All) Tuesday 21 November 17 (20.11.17)

Following the EGM, we’ll be getting at least one of the stations fired up, to do CW (i.e. Morse Code). If we have time, we’ll demonstrate each type of key: straight, single paddle and dual paddle.  Morse practice will be at 7pm.

Hope to see you there.  Evan M0TJU

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT OSCAR 91 (AO-91) 19.11.17

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launched, Designated AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91)

by m5aka

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) signal received by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN

The Delta II rocket carrying RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched at 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat

Following a picture-perfect launch, RadFxSat was deployed at 11:09 UTC. Then the wait began. At 12:12 UTC, the AMSAT Engineering team, watching ZR6AIC’s WebSDR waterfall, saw the characteristic “Fox Tail” of the Fox-1 series FM transmitter, confirming that the satellite was alive and transmitting over South Africa. Shortly after 12:34 UTC, the first telemetry was received and uploaded to AMSAT servers by Maurizio Balducci, IV3RYQ, in Cervignano del Friuli, Italy. Initial telemetry confirmed that the satellite was healthy.

After confirmation of signal reception, OSCAR Number Administrator Bill Tynan, W3XO, sent an email to the AMSAT Board of Directors designating the satellite AMSAT-OSCAR 91 (AO-91). Bill’s email stated:

“RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was launched successfully at 09:47 UTC today November 18, 2017 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and has been received by several amateur stations.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B), a 1U CubeSat, is a joint mission of AMSAT and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt package is intended to measure the effects of radiation on electronic components, including demonstration of an on-orbit platform for space qualification of components as well as to validate and improve computer models for predicting radiation tolerance of semiconductors.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) signal received at 12:12 GMT, Nov 18 by the ZR1AIC WebSDR in South Africa

AMSAT constructed the remainder of the satellite including the spaceframe, on-board computer and power system. The amateur radio package is similar to that currently on orbit on AO-85 with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz. Experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using the FoxTelem software.

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) was sent aloft as a secondary payload on the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 mission. RadFxSat (Fox-1B) is one of four CubeSats making up this NASA Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the JPSS-1 mission.

Since RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has met all of the qualifications necessary to receive an OSCAR number, I, by the authority vested in me by the AMSAT President, do hereby confer on this satellite the designation AMSAT-OSCAR 91 or AO-91. I join amateur radio operators in the U.S. and around the world in wishing AO-91 a long and successful life in both its amateur and scientific missions.

I, along with the rest of the amateur community, congratulate all of the volunteers who worked so diligently to construct, test and prepare for launch the newest amateur radio satellite.

William A. (Bill) Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT-NA OSCAR Number Administrator”

AMSAT Engineering reminds stations that the satellite will not be available for general use until the on-orbit checkouts are complete. Please continue to submit telemetry to assist the Engineering team in completing the commissioning process.

Source AMSAT News Service

m5aka | November 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm | Tags: Amateur Radio, AO-91, CubeSat, Fox-1B, Ham Radio, RadFxSat | Categories: Daily Updates | URL:


RadFXSat posted on behalf of Amsat (12.11.17)

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Telemetry Reception Challenge

by m5aka

RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat

Get FoxTelem set up and ready to go on Tuesday! The first amateur radio operator that successfully receives RadFxSat (Fox-1B) telemetry and uploads it to the AMSAT server will receive a commemorative 3D printed QSL card.

RadFxSat is scheduled for launch at 1:47am PST (09:47 UTC) on Tuesday, November 14th from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The first transmission from RadFxSat is expected to occur around 12:07 UTC. Due to a lack of prelaunch Keplerian elements, it is not known exactly where the satellite will be when it makes it’s first transmission.

For further details regarding the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of RadFxSat operations, please see:

Source AMSAT News Service

Follow the launch day chat on the #CubeSat IRC channel

AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB)

Surplus Equipment Sale – Tuesday 7 November 2017 (06.11.17)

Just a reminder about tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s equipment sale. Details are below.  Morse practice is on, as usual, at 7pm.

This event is for SRS members, like a normal meeting; it is not for the general public (e.g our annual rally).  SRS members can ‘hire’ (6-foot x 2-foot) tables for the night and sell their wares. Tables will be provided; sellers must not bring their own.

The cost of a single table will be £5, included in which is the hirer’s entry to Walthew House. This is to be paid on the night. Attendees not hiring tables will pay the usual £2 per person door charge. (It is a assumed that there will be one person per hired table; additional persons brought along by a hirer would need to pay £2 per person for entry.)   SRS will take no ‘commission’ from sales proceeds.

People wanting tables need to let me know of their interest (by replying to this message); the number of tables needed must also be outlined.
The event will officially start at 7:45pm, but those hiring tables are advised to arrive at 7pm, to enable set up.

73  –  Evan M0TJU  SRS Programme Co-ordinator

70cm net Friday 3 November 2017 (01.11.17)

Our weekly 70cm net is on Friday 3 November on 433.525mhz. +/- . at 2pm.  Topic of conversation this week will be baluns and toroids, and making your own longwire antenna’s for HF,  or any other antenna’s you have built and worked. Please share your idea’s with us on the radio net.                       Neil . M6-NAE



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