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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

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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

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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

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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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