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Archive Posts December 2015

SRS Christmas and New Year Net – 27 December 2015 (27.12,15)

My apologies to those who came on the HF band and could not hear us or we hear them. We had QRM and QSB to the tune of S9++. Hopefully the next time maybe the noise will have receded.  Thank you to those who came to Walthew today.
All the very best for 2016 and good DXing.
Tony M0SAV SRS Chairman

Walthew House Presentation at the SRS AGM (23.12.15)

As you know SRS presented a cheque for £100.00 to Walthew House along with a case of wine, at the December AGM.

The attached file and  email below have been received from the Executive and Staff.

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Hello Bernard,

Thank you so much for the Proseco  a man after my own heart,

Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the team.

Hope you all have a merry Christmas and a healthy new year.

Thank you once again.

Teresa

Kind regards

Teresa Wild, Office Assistant. Walthew House

AO-73 in continuous transponder mode (21.12.15)

The amateur radio satellite AO-73 will be operating in continuous transponder mode throughout the festive season until the evening of Sunday, January 3.

Why not take full advantage of this activation and get your 73 on 73 Award, details at http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/73-on-73-award/

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) website http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/funcube-website/

FUNcube Yahoo Group http://amsat-uk.org/funcube/yahoo-group/

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Harry Arnfield Trophy Presentation at AGM 15.12.15 (17.12.15)

In memory of our previous President Harry Arnfield G3LX who passed away last year.

The committee have decided to have a new shield which is being presented at the AGM. The first recipient of the trophy for ‘Outstanding Long Service to the Society’  was Nigel Roscoe G0RXA.

SRS AGM and Social Evening (15.12.15)

Please click on the link below to see the pictures from our AGM and also the donation made to Walthew House,

AO-85 Slow Scan TV (14.12.15)

On Sunday, December 13, Roland Zurmely PY4ZBZ received a Slow Scan Tv (SSTV) image from the amateur radio CubeSat Fox-1A / AO-85.

Roland says he was not prepared and the antenna was misguided but even so he managed to receive a recognizable image.

AO-85 was launched October 8, 2015 and transmits 5 kHz deviation FM on around 145.980/.975 MHz. In the UK rigs are set to default to narrow FM filters (2.5 kHz deviation). If possible you should select your rigs wider FM filter designed for 25 kHz channel spacing.

AO-85 information http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/communications/ao-85-fox-1a/

Hints on how to receive Slow Scan TV from space are at
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/iss-sstv/

Roland PZ4ZBZ http://www.qsl.net/py4zbz/fox.htmhttp://www.qsl.net/py4zbz/fox.htm

m5aka | December 13, 2015 at 10:32 pm | Tags: Amateur RadioCubeSatFox-1AHam RadioSSTV | Categories: Daily Updates | URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-78N

Helen Sharman (GB1MR) and Amateur Radio (14.12.15)

The UK’s first astronaut Helen Sharman was asked about Amateur Radio on the BBC Radio 4 show Saturday Live broadcast December 12.

When asked by a listener, Brian, whether she still uses her amateur radio licence, she said:

“My amateur radio license was given to me very specially. I didn’t pass the tests in order to get it and I was only allowed to use it while I was in space, but I made friends all over the world. You can’t talk to a lot of people in Europe because there’s so many people trying to communicate with the space station but in parts of the world we’re it’s less populated, for instance in Australia, the astronauts do make friends that they’ve only ever met through the radio… it’s lovely.”

Read the full Essex Ham story and listen to the show at
http://www.essexham.co.uk/news/helen-sharman-amateur-radio-in-space.html

Read about Helen Sharman’s amateur radio operation from the Mir Space Station at
http://amsat-uk.org/about/history/first-uk-astronaut-helen-sharman-gb1mir/

m5aka | December 13, 2015 at 11:06 pm | Tags: Amateur RadioGB1MIRHam RadioHelen SharmanMIR space station | Categories: Daily Updates | URL:http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-794

The Tim Peake Launch (14.12.15)

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI / GB1SS should launch on a Soyuz to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1103UT on Tuesday from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Launch events are taking place at in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London as well as at 17 Science and Discovery centres around the UK.

The RSGB will be represented at the Cardiff launch event by the Region 12 (England East & East Anglia) Manager Steve Thomas M1ACB along with theYouth Committee Chair Michael Jones 2E0MLJ.

During his 6 month mission to the ISS, Tim will be undertaking a wide range of science experiments, some of which have been designed by students from around the UK. Additionally he has committed to take part in a large range of educational outreach activities with schools and colleges around the country.

A number of UK schools will have the opportunity to speak directly to Tim Peake during his mission using amateur radio. This will enable live interaction between pupils and Tim and is anticipated to be one of the highlights of the Principia STEM outreach programme. The pre-arranged schools contacts will take place between January and April 2016 and students will be able to put a number of questions directly to Tim using amateur radio equipment specially installed at the school for the occasion.

The ARISS team of licensed UK Radio Amateurs is planning a world first by also receiving live video from the ISS during the school contact. The HamTV transmitter has recently been commissioned on board the ISS, Tim will be the first astronaut to use this equipment during a two way schools contact.

BBC One will be televising the launch starting at 10.30 with a special one off Blast Off Live: A Stargazing Special programme presented by Professor Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain from the Science Museum London. The hatch opening and Tim’s first moments on the International Space Station will be shown on BBC Two from 7pm.

Watch the launch on BBC One
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/schedules/bbcone/20151215
or on NASA TV http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

Find a launch event near you
https://principia.org.uk/events/tim-peake-launch/

UK students to have direct contact with astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI during Principia mission
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/12/09/uk-students-tim-peake-amateur-radio/

m5aka | December 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm | Tags: Amateur RadioHam RadioISSTim Peake | Categories: Daily Updates| URL: http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-79c

Tim Peake KG5BVI Principia Mission – Are you ready for launch?  (10.12.15)

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI has finished his training and has now entered the quarantine period before his launch, on Tuesday, December 15.

Have you decided how you will celebrate the launch? You can join in at events around the country or tune in at home, in school or at work.

There are four national launches in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London with 16 local Science and Discovery centres holding launch events around the UK.

BBC One will be televising the launch starting at 10.30 with a special one off Blast Off Live: A Stargazing Special programme presented by Professor Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain from the Science Museum London. The hatch opening and Tim’s first moments on the International Space Station will be shown on BBC Two from 7pm.

You can watch also all the key moments throughout day online at Livestream, ESA TV, NASA TV and BBC.

UK students to have direct contact with astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI during Principia mission
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/12/09/uk-students-tim-peake-amateur-radio/

AGM & Social Evening including Buffet – 15 December 2015 (07.12.15)

I am sure you are all aware that we are fast approaching the 2015 Annual General Meeting.  The format will be as in previous years and as per our constitution.  This last year seems to have flown by, as we the committee have been extremely active on your behalf.

I hope that you will be able to attend, we have another prize draw lined up plus the buffet afterwards.  This also is a social event where members XYL’s are welcome.  If you could please confirm your attendance to Heather onsrswebsite@g8srs.co.uk or call her on 07506 904422.

I do hope you can attend

73 de Tony M0SAV  Chairman

Advanced Examination (07.12.15)

Good luck to all the candidates that are taking their full licence this evening.  We wish you the best of luck.

ARRIS contact planned for school in Poland (03.12.15)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at approximately 8.15 UTC, which is 9.15 CEWT, an ARISS contact is planned for Konstanty Ildefons Gałczynski Junior High School in Swietajno, Poland. Amateur radio station LU1CGB, located in Argentina, will operate the contact. The ARISS HAM radio station NA1SS on the board of the International Space Station will be operated by Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS.

Konstanty Ildefons Gałczynski Junior High School in Swiętajno is attended by approximately 170 pupils, aged 13-15. The school is situated in the picturesque Land of Thousand Lakes in Szczytno County (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in the northeastern part of Poland). The school counts seven grades and  employs twenty well-qualified teachers. Mazurian Amateur Radio Club SP4YWM has been established in the school; seventeen school members (among which there are three primary school pupils and one pre-school girl, all from Swietajno) run the Club.

To prepare for the amateur radio contact with the ISS, the students – under  guidance of their teachers – improved their English and  got familiar with the life and work on the ISS. They had a great opportunity to learn everyday English in order to ask an astronaut questions during the ISS contact. They also studied specialized science language and visited space agencies pages. The students learned geography with the use of modern technologies and photographed the Earth from the ISS (EarthKAM). The school cooperated with the Olsztyn Planetarium to organize an observation. The planetarium visited Swietajno, supporting one of the school events. Consequently, the Astronomical Mobile Laboratory called Astrolabium was at the school’s disposal. Last year, the ARISS participants from Swietajno attended the 4th Polish-Wide Conference of ARISS Contributors and Supporters, which took place in the central part of Poland. They focused on interesting topics concerning the ISS and learned how other Polish schools had prepared for ARISS contacts in the past.

The pupils also performed an experiment in near space as a part of the miniSAT balloon project. They sent peas, bubble wrap and a watch to near space at the altitude of about 30 000 meters. The conditions in near space  differ significantly from those on the surface of the Earth: the atmospheric pressure is much lower, UV radiation is higher and the temperature is below zero degrees Celsius. Experimenters from all over Poland, including the pupils from Swiętajno, took part in the event. The balloon was marked “CP26”. The near space experiment was made possible thanks to HAM radio operators and other volunteers from a non-governmental organization called Copernicus Project Foundation (near Torun, Poland). Their two flagship projects are MiniSAT and Near Space Program in Poland. Since 2005, they have organized over 30 balloon flights to  near space.

In March 2013, the school started public relations activities related to the HAM radio contact between an astronaut on the International Space Station and students from Konstanty Ildefons Gałczynski School. The ARISS program in Swiętajno was officially inaugurated and the presentation was covered by TVP Olsztyn, Radio Olsztyn and other local mass media. As a follow up of the EarthKAM program, an exhibition of the photographs taken by the students was organized during the inauguration. Before that, Swiętajno primary school pupils (ages 5 to 12) had been invited to participate to the preparations of the ARISS contact. As a result, some of them are going to ask questions to the astronaut, together with their older friends from the junior high school.

The ARISS contact will be conducted in English.
It  will probably be broadcast on  EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377), as well as on
http://ariss.pzk.org.pl/live

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.

1. Kasia (5): Can you eat ice cream on the ISS?
2. Ola (8): How often do you observe the Earth and try to find your house?
3. Oliwia (8): How long can an astronaut stay on the ISS?
4. Natalia (8): How old must be a person to become an astronaut?
5. Julka S. (15): Can you stop or change the direction of the ISS flight?
6. Kinga (15): How do you spend your free time in space?
7. Julia K. (15): What time zone is used on the International Space Station?
8. Magda (15): Do you sometimes have a party on the ISS?
9. Mateusz (15): Can an astronaut catch a cold or flu on the ISS?
10. Cezary (15): What was your most difficult task in space?
11. Klaudia (14): What is the most impressive thing you’ve seen from space?
12. Roksana (14): Can you see New Year’s Eve fireworks from space?
13. Emilia (13): How long does it take to get from Earth to the space station?
14. Kornel (15): What do you miss most from Earth you don’t have in space?
15. Martyna (13): Do you do the laundry on the ISS to clean your clothes?
16. Zuzanna R. (13): Have you ever seen any unidentified flying objects?
17. Zuzanna D. (13): Can you take your pet to the International Space Station?

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology and learning.

73,
Armand Budzianowski
ARISS mentor

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Archive Posts November 2015

AGM & Social Evening including Buffet – 15 December 2015 (25.11.15)

I am sure you are all aware that we are fast approaching the 2015 Annual General Meeting.  The format will be as in previous years and as per our constitution.  This last year seems to have flown by, as we the committee have been extremely active on your behalf.

I hope that you will be able to attend, we have another prize draw lined up plus the buffet afterwards.  This also is a social event where members XYL’s are welcome.

I do hope you can attend

73 de Tony M0SAV  Chairman

6m Nets (24.11.15)

Hello all members.

As you will be aware we tried a 6 Meter net a couple of weeks back. This proved to be an interesting event so we will be running another net in the near future.  Notification will be published via SRS web site and Social media.

For anyone wanting to try 6 Meters her is the link to Evans M0TJU article that was published in QUA.

https://gx8srs.wordpress.com/an-introduction-to-operating-on-six-metres-50mhz/

There is also the dedicated 6 Meter group which has its own web site and social media page.

73 de Tony M0SAV  Chairman

2nd Birthday of Funcube (21.11.15)

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) was launched into space two years ago on November 21, 2013.

We are delighted to be able to report that more than 900 stations, including many schools around the world, have received the telemetry from the spacecraft since launch. Our Data Warehouse is storing more than 750 MB of data from almost 1 million data packets. We are very grateful to everyone who has been contributing to the success of this mission. Please continue to keep the data flowing as it will provide a valuable resource for students in the future.

The stats continue – speeding along at around 17,500 mph, FUNcube-1, which had a launch mass of just 982 grams, has completed more than 10,500 orbits of the earth. This means a total distance travelled of more than 260 million miles.

All telemetry sensors continue to provide valid data, real time, whole orbit and high resolution channels alike. The flight code is really robust and we have only had three unexpected “events” since launch. Two of these we believe to have been caused by noise of the command receiver being incorrectly interpreted as a command and only one appears to have been caused by a RAM error. The battery and solar panels also continue to work perfectly and provide a very positive power budget.

We have sent out many Fitter messages for school and other similar events. Earlier this week there was a demonstration at Thorne Green Top School in Yorkshire. Here is a report from Dave Ryan EI4HT/M0GIW:

AO-73 (FUNcube-1) – Image credit Wouter Weggelaar PA3WEG

Good Morning All  

Firstly -thanks to all for your help, we had a great morning at Green Top and the highlight was FUNcube.

I started with a slide show talking about communications from cave paintings all the way up to smartphones, we looked at space communications and travel from Sputnik to Astra and Apollo to the Millennium Falcon! We spoke about satellites and how they are used every day and how we all got to watch “I’m A Celebrity” via Satellite last night from Australia.

I brought in lots of props too, some old Motorola MX330 radios, some PMR 446, and a marine band radio .I also had a small model of a CubeSat that I knocked up over the weekend, I also passed around some NOAA images from last week’s Abigail storm and I had a few QSL cards from ISS and MIR from years ago when I lived in Ireland.  

The FUNcube pass was great, really strong signals, I had my turnstile and FCD set up and had audio through speakers and used the class projector to show Satpc32 and the Dashboard.  

There was a great buzz of excitement when we got the first packet and even more when the Fitter messages came through. The kids were fascinated to see the signal arrive just as the software predicted and then hear the telemetry and the decode.  

After the pass we were able to look at the Warehouse online and print off the QSL card and certificate.

 I didn’t get a chance to take many pics but Mrs Overson will update the School Blog and she took lots of pics.

http://greentopschool.co.uk/blog

Once again thanks to all at FUNcube, looking forward to Tim Peake on the ISS in the New Year and planning another visit to the School then.

Regards

Dave EI4HT / M0GIW

PS: I was back dropping my own kids off this morning and Mrs Overson told me they have printed a QSL card and Certificate for each of the students and they have used them for their class journals.

As well providing a great educational resource, FUNcube-1 operates at night and generally at weekends with the linear transponder active for radio amateurs to use for communications. The transponder continues to provide an excellent service. As users will be aware, the transponder uplink frequencies vary with receiver temperature. The RX temp telemetry channel is the best one to use for tracking this effect. This does make it quite difficult to use full computer control for transponder operations and we have already developed new oscillator circuits to improve this performance for future missions.

For the telemetry uplinked to the Data Warehouse, it is possible to download special Certificate or QSL Card herehttp://amsatuk.me.uk/on/funcube_qsl.php and, for transponder users, the “73 on 73 award” continues athttp://amsat-uk.org/funcube/73-on-73-award/

The Nayif-1 CubeSat mission, which includes a full FUNcube payload, is expected to be launched into a similar orbit in the first half of next year and will provide an additional level of service to the community.

Meanwhile we hope everyone will continue to have fun with FUNcube-1!

FUNcube on Twitter https://twitter.com/FUNcubeUK
AMSAT-UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/AmsatUK
Facebook https://facebook.com/AmsatUK
YouTube https://youtube.com/AmsatUK

Manchester Top Band DF Group – Events schedule for 2016 (14.11.15)

The Manchester Top Band DF Group has just published its schedule of events for 2016 and we would welcome new participants from other radio clubs – DF is a niche within the hobby and many clubs find they are unable to generate adequate internal interest to organise events of their own.
If anyone is interested in joining us please get in touch.

Sunday 13th December 2015  /  Sunday 24th January 2016  /  Sunday 28th February 2016  /  Sunday 20th March 2016  /  Sunday 24th April 2016  /  Sunday 15th May 2016  /  Sunday 26th June 2016  /  Sunday 31st July 2016  /  Sunday 28th August 2016  /  Sunday 18th September 2016  /  Sunday 30th October 2016  /  Sunday 20th November 2016  /  Sunday 4th December 2016.

Dates aren’t absolute but have been chosen to fit around local school holidays and proposed national event dates – a number of confirmations have already been received for events scheduled pre-summer holidays, so there’s low risk that those dates will change.

Events start at 1000, from the Broad Road entrance to Clarendon Crescent Sports Field, in Sale, Greater Manchester. Access via junction 6 of the M60, here –

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.4252946,-2.3059186,17.25z

Transmissions end 1230, followed by pub lunch at a location convenient to the transmitter site.

Map – Manchester, sheet 109.   Manchester Group Facebook page is here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/ManchesterDF/

The group is a closed group in order to keep the spammers at bay – if anyone is interested in joining the group please apply online AND EMAIL ME TO KET ME KNOW WHO THAT YOU HAFVE APPLIED AND YOU ARE. Unfortunately spammers periodically apply to join, so unannounced applications from people who aren’t clearly radio amateurs are declined.

Forthcoming Nets / Double Sapphire and HF Ladder (04.11.15)

SRS are running the following nets over the next week.  We are also asking members to join us on the Double Sapphire award https://gx8srs.wordpress.com/double-sapphire-award/ and HF Ladder – see the information below

Members NETS will take place on the following,

TUESDAY 10th November 20.00 Hrs – 6 Meters Freq 51.750  FM  Mode. –  In the Chair for this trial Net will be Al G0ROW  The net will start at  20:00 UTC on a frequency of 51.750 MHz  + or – QRM, please note + = 51.775 MHz or – =51.725 MHz.

THURSDAY 12th November 19.30 Hrs  –  2 Meters Freq 145.375  FM Mode  –  In the chair will be Tony M0SAV

Don’t forget to keep a record of member contacts by downloading the members DOUBLE SAPPHIRE AWARD log sheet from  gx8srs.wordpress.com/double-sapphire-award/

Also while you are getting those DX QSO’s enter the clubs HF LADDER again another member only award.gx8srs.wordpress.com/hf-ladder-2/

All details on how to enter these club events are on the web site, or contact Al G0ROW for Double Sapphire Award.or Pete M1PTR for the HF LADDER AWARD.

REMEMBER these awards are open to any licence class.

6m Net on Tuesday 10 November 2015 (03.11.15)

Al G0ROW has offered to chair a 6 meter FM net on Tuesday 10th November 2015.  Starting at 20.00 GMT on a frequency to be announced later.

Any member wishing to join in please watch media for frequency to be used.

Amateur Radio Licence – Ofcom publishes updated guidance for licensees (03.11.15)

http://licensing.ofcom.org.uk/radiocommunication-licences/amateur-radio/licensing-updates/guidance-oct2015/

DXCC Country/Entity Report (02.11.15)

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th October, through Sunday, 1st November there were 233 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y,

A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR,

V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS

PLEASE NOTE: The report “could” contain “Pirate/SLIM” operations or more likely a “BUSTED CALLSIGN”. As always, you never know – “Work First Worry Later” (WFWL).

OPDX

Multiple stations on one antenna (02.11.15)

In this video Randy K7AGE shows how W1AW/6 at Pacificon ran multiple stations using a single antenna. See how Rick engineered the radio system

W1AW/6 Pacificon Special Event Station – All On One Antenna

ARRL Pacific Division Ham Radio Convention – Pacificon
http://www.pacificon.org/

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Archive Posts October 2015

Peak Contest Group (contesting arm of SRS) CQWW SSB Contest 24/25 October – Message from Bernard G3SHF (31.10.15)

Last weekend the Peak Contest Group (SRS Contest Group) entered this years CQWW SSB contest.  The 48 hour event saw 4522 QSOs with 666 Multipliers, scoring just 6M points by the G5O station.  This compared well with last years figures:- 3625 QSOs, 647 Multipliers giving 4.8M points.

The contest group operators were Dave G0LZL, Tom M0DCG, Evan M0TJU, Kieron M4KJM and myself.

We were pleased to be joined by visits from SRS by Nigel G0RXA and Tony M0SAV who were quickly pointed towards a operating ‘hot seats’  on both Saturday and Sunday, plus on Sunday Heather M6HNS and Nigel 2E0CKA who, after a brief introduction to the station  and the contest rules, also found themselves in ‘hotseats’ making QSOs with a little supervision and support.

My thanks to all involved with the event and particularly to our visitors who were game to join in with the operating and will hopefully be “visiting” us again in future events.

Our next contest is the CQWW CW 48 hour contest over the weekend of 28/29 November.  While CW is not to everyone’s taste, SRS members are encouraged to visit the station during the weekend and indeed beforehand if they wish to join in with the station build activities in the days prior to the contest.

PS  While Nigel G0RXA and Tony M0SAV have been contesting for some time now and were able join in very quickly, for Heather M6HNS and Nigel 2E0CKA this was their first experience of contesting and with a little help they were soon contributing to our score.

So if anyone is interested giving contesting a try please do not be put off because you lack experience. We can help with this.   Our next SSB contest is the WPX contest another 48 hour event over the last weekend of March.

Birthday Greeting to Tom M0DCG (31,10.15)

SRS would like to wish Tom M0DCG a very happy birthday and I am sure we will raise a glass to you tonight.

Presentation – Tuesday 3rd November – Digimodes & RTTY (29.10.15)

On Tuesday 3rd November Evan M0TJU is presenting a talk and demonstration using DigiMode. Evan is a keen DigiMode and RTTY operator. Venue is Walthew House SRS Headquarters. Starting at 7.45pm. Visitors Welcome entrance fee £2.

Drone stopper developed (28.10.15)

The new technology of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, which often carry cameras, has administrations trying to grapple with their use.

The DroneDefender has emerged to attack drones which use ISM and GPS radio signals.

Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio USA, a private non-profit
applied science and technology development company, has a point-and-shoot device. It emits radio signals to stop drones before they can pose a threat to military or civilian safety.

Some administrations may deem them to be an outlawed, or a highly restricted radio jammer. Of concern could be other ISM band users, and ubiquitous GPS that controls movement and location of law enforcement, emergency service vehicles, taxis and others.

A YouTube video of the DroneDefender, which has a yagi-type antenna, has been released

Read the full story here:
http://www.htxt.co.za/…/battelles-dronedefender-allows-you…/

WIA

New PLC Standard announced (24 October 2015)

The new standard for Power Line Communications (PLC) using frequencies above 30 MHz has now been completed. PLC devices can cause severe pollution of the precious radio spectrum

CENELEC Committee TC210 WG 11 has completed the standard for in-house PLC devices which operate above 30 MHz. The first standard in the family – the now in-force EN 50561-1 – covers the frequency range up to 30 MHz and was debated heavily amongst radio users. It does safeguard the broadcast, amateur and aeronautical frequencies, but spoils the rest of the spectrum for local use. The reason for that is the fairly high emission limit of 110 dBµV.

The now positive voted EN 50561-3 covers measurement setup and limits for frequencies above 30 MHz, while devices which also operate on the low band (which is the usual case) still need to comply with EN 50561-1 or show compliance via an alternative route. A fairly low emission limit value between 85 and 80 dBµV (depending on frequency) was set in EN 50561-3, and additionally the amateur bands (50 – 52 MHz and 70.0 – 70.5 MHz) were notched down to 55 dBµV. This coming standard will again help to stabilize the situation of PLC coexistence and at least to keep the amateur spectrum clean.

Source: IARU Region 1 http://iaru-r1.org/

The EN 50561-3 standard is mentioned on the Interference website at
http://interference.org.uk/forum/showthread.php?tid=342

The UKQRM Yahoo discussion group is at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UKQRM/

Astro Pi launch changed (20.03.15)

by m5aka

Two specially augmented Raspberry Pi’s called Astro Pi‘s were planned to fly with UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15.

On the ISS the Astro Pi’s are planned to run experimental Python programs written by school-age students; the results will be downloaded back to Earth and made available online for all to see. It is hoped that subsequently one of them will be used to provide a video source for the amateur radio HamTV transmitter in the ISS Columbus module.

It appears the amount of cargo on Tim’s Soyuz flight was overbooked so the Astro Pi’s will instead fly to the ISS on an Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo freighter. The launch is currently planned for December 3 at 22:48 UT.

Read the full story on the Raspberry Pi site
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/astro-pi-mission-update-7-launch-vehicle-changed/

HamTV http://amsat-uk.org/satellites/hamtv-on-the-iss/

Members Surplus Equipment Sale (13.10.15)

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SRS Club Net Thursday 15 October 2015 (13.10.15)

This month’s net will be chaired by Nigel 2E0CKA starting at 7.30 on 145.375 +/-.  All members are welcome to join the net.

We are also looking for members to chair the forthcoming nets in 2016.  If you are interested in chairing one of the nets, please let me have the month you wish to do and I will book this on the diary of events.  Email me on srswebsite@g8srs.co.uk

Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker Rally Sunday 11 October (13.10.15)

Here are some images from the rally at Hack Green last Sunday – Heth M6HNS, Nigel 2E0CKA, Lee M0ZPZ and Andy 2E0GCL met up there and had a look around the bunker.

Images from the Vulcan Fly Be and a Video (13.10.15)

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 These were taken at Warton BAE base.  Please have a look at the video taken by Nigel 2E0CKA

IARU Agree New Satellite Guidelines (13.10.15)

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The IARU Administrative Council meeting in Bali, Indonesia has stressed the importance of antenna systems for Amateur Radio and agreed in principle to new guidelines for amateur satellite coordination.

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on 9 & 10 October 2015 in Bali, Indonesia in association with the IARU Region 3 Conference. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

Here is a summary of the discussions and actions.

Recognizing that an antenna is an integral part of any radio communications system, the AC adopted a new Resolution which urges IARU Member Societies to use their efforts to encourage their national governments to recognise the importance of the Amateur Radio Service and an amateur radio antenna; to advocate for planning and development regulations that properly recognise the importance of an amateur radio antenna and do not place undue restrictions on erection of antennas; and to discourage fees for the use of an amateur antenna, particularly in view of the non-pecuniary nature of amateur radio and its popularity in the student and senior communities.

The AC completed preparations for the representation of amateur radio at the World Radio communication Conference to be held in Geneva during November 2015. The final composition of the IARU WRC-15 team was confirmed. The IARU positions and strategies for each of the WRC-15 agenda items that may impact amateur radio were reviewed, including proposals for a secondary amateur allocation near 5.3 MHz. Possible future agenda items for the next WRC, anticipated in 2019, include an amateur allocation at 50 MHz in Region 1 and global harmonization of the 1800 – 2000 kHz allocation. It is anticipated that a significant effort by IARU will be needed in preparation for WRC-19 to defend the amateur allocations between 137 and 960 MHz in light of the pressure for spectrum for small non-amateur satellites. Close coordination of regional efforts will be required.

The growing demand for coordination of satellites in the amateur bands led the AC to adopt revised Terms of Reference for the IARU Satellite Adviser and to agree in principle to new guidelines for satellite coordination. A Deputy Satellite Adviser has been appointed to assist with the work.

The AC agreed that a more proactive approach is needed to international standards bodies in order to achieve IARU objectives to reduce radio spectrum pollution from unwanted radio frequency emissions.

The President updated the AC on the actions of the Board of the ITU’s Smart Sustainable Development Module of which the IARU is a founding member. The Board recently released its final report which contains a number of references to the amateur services and the role they play in emergency communications. A copy of the report can be found at the ITU website: http://www.itu.int/

The IARU Member-Society Relations Project Team reported on its work to date. The AC determined that the next step is to draft possible revisions to the IARU Constitution and By-Laws to introduce some degree of flexibility in dealing with second societies.  Any revision will require approval of the Member Societies.

A group consisting of a representative of each regional organization was established to work with a member of the International Secretariat (IS) staff to recommend how to create a more consistent image and clearer expression of the mission of the IARU.

The strategic plan for the development of support for amateur radio frequency allocations and the 2014 version of the IARU Spectrum Requirements working document were reviewed and updated. Further updating will be required after WRC-15.

The AC received the report of the International Beacon Project, which included some thoughts on how the beacon system might be combined with other means of assessing HF propagation in real time. The AC will consider the implications of the technological advances that have occurred in this field in recent years.

In a departure from recent practice, the AC decided to adopt a continuing theme for the annual World Amateur Day of “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.” If appropriate in future, a special theme may be adopted for any given year.

The budget for the years 2016-2018 as presented by the IS was reviewed and adopted. The budget is based upon anticipated financial contributions from the three regional organizations to defray a portion of the expenses, in accordance with previously adopted policy.

A plan to collect consistent data on amateur radio licensing from Member Societies was formulated and agreed.

The AC discussed the environmental impact and burden on the international QSL Bureau system of unsolicited and unwanted QSL cards and will revisit the issue at a future meeting.

Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD; regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ, Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, José Arturo Molina, YS1MS, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, Shizuo Endo, JE1MUI and recording secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ. Also present as observers were Jay Bellows, K0QB, from Region 2 and Wisnu Widjaja, YB0AZ and Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, from Region 3.

It was determined that a virtual meeting will be held early in 2016. The next scheduled in-person meeting of the AC will be held in the vicinity of Viña del Mar, Chile, in October 2016 in conjunction with the IARU Region 2 Conference.

Source IARU http://iaru.org/

IARU Region 3 Conference papers
http://iaru-r3.org/16th-triennial-conference-of-the-iaru-r3-documents/

IARU Region 3 to act on band plan satellite allocations
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/08/21/iaru-region-3-act-on-band-plan-satellite/

Amateur Radio and Antennas – Parity Act
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/october/now_clarity_on_parity_the_video.htm

RSGB Club Newsletter (12.10.15)

The latest issue of the RSGB Club Newsletter is now available online

RSGB Clubs Newsletter November 2015 (14-page/1MB PDF)

UKFMGW –REPEATER GROUP (12.10.15)

Are staging a DRUG (Digital Radio User Guidelines) session on the morning of Saturday 7th November,2015 at the Warrington Amateur Radio Club, Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall, Warrington, WA4 2SG  (1 mile north of the Junction M6 & M56 motorways – follow A50 towards Warrington)

DStar – DMR – Fusion   etc 

User Friendly advice and ‘hands on equipment’ sessions, questions and answers dealt with.

To reserve a place contact  Paul Carter G7ODJ – 07847094805

or pfcarter@virginmedia.com

Now, ‘Clarity on Parity’ – the video! (12.10.15)

In August, the ARRL acted to address objections and concerns being raised by representatives of community and neighbourhood associations regarding the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R. 1301 and S. 1685

“Clarity on Amateur Radio Parity” made it clear that the bill would not create new federal policy with respect to outdoor amateur antennas, nor would it require homeowners associations to approve huge radio towers.

Now, a new video — “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — Separating Fact from Fiction” — doubles down on the arguments contained in the League’s August statement. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, said the video will be made available on Capitol Hill to make sure that Members of Congress have correct information, instead of misrepresentations.

“This short video is a companion piece for the “Clarity on Parity” statement on the ARRL website,” President Craigie said. “The video not only explains what H.R. 1301 and S. 1685 are all about but knocks down specific misinformation that opponents have been circulating on Capitol Hill.”

Watch The Amateur Radio Parity Act: Separating Fact from Fiction
https://youtu.be/AMY-5U1cJ6E

http://www.arrl.org/news/now-clarity-on-parity-the-video

The Future of IOTA – RSGB General Manager | October 10, 2015 (10.10.15)

The RSGB Islands on the Air (IOTA) programme celebrated its 50th anniversary as a premier DX programme in July 2014. The last fifty years have seen the programme grow to 2,500 active island chasers and approximately 15,000 more casual participants. It is perhaps second in scale and scope to the DXCC award; indeed, many would argue it is even more challenging than that programme.

Last year the Board identified a number of challenges that the programme faced, not least of which was the need to provide an IT system that would allow online island credit submission akin to Logbook of the World (LoTW). Since that time, a small group of IOTA enthusiasts has been working with the Society to ensure that the IOTA programme continues to grow and play the prominent role that it has done in Amateur Radio DXing and contest activity for the last fifty years.

That work has now come to fruition and we are pleased to announce that a new organisation will be formed, to be called the IOTA Foundation. It will be run by IOTA enthusiasts and will manage the IOTA programme in partnership with the Society. One major task for the new organisation will be to develop a new online credit system that is due to be completed in 2017.

Roger Balister, G3KMA, Bob Barden, MD0CCE, Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC and Johan Willemsen, PA3EXX, are the team who will implement the IT changes and form the IOTA Foundation, with representation from radio amateurs at home and abroad.

Category: Front Page News, GB2RS Headlines, RSGB Notices

ARISS contact for school in US audible in Europe  (08.10.15)

An International Space Station contact is planned for Bay View Elementary School, Burlington, Washington, USA.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday 14 October at 19:41 UTC, which is 21.41 CEST. This will be a telebridge contact between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. Signals from the ISS will be audible in Europe.

School Information:
Bay View School in Burlington, Washington has been serving kindergarten through eighth grade students in the Burlington-Edison School District for 22 years. Named after the small community of Bayview, which was later incorporated by the town of Burlington, it serves mainly in-district neighbourhood students. This year 562 students are enrolled. The town of Burlington is 66 miles north of Seattle, Washington. Located at the intersection of two major highways, Burlington serves as a retail and commercial hub for the region. Industry is mainly agricultural, retail, and commercial.

Over the past three years, Bay View has committed to becoming a school of inquiry. Through inquiry and collaboration, Bay View’s purpose is to nurture compassionate, creative, knowledgeable growth-minded world citizens, who pursue dreams and positively impact the future. Bay View continually inquires to understand one essential question. What do we need to understand, commit to and implement to prepare students to be career, college, and/or world ready for the 21st century? This journey has led them to begin creating concept-based units of inquiry at each grade level. Multi-disciplinary and intra-disciplinary units support school-wide connections through inquiry. The opportunity to ask questions of astronauts on the ISS was pursued as an experience that could spark students’ interest in space, engineering, technology, mathematics, and support a school-wide inquiry.

Geomagnetic Storming – Evan M0TJU (07.10.15)

Folks, there has been substantial geomagnetic storming (i.e. Earth’s magnetic field being highly disturbed, Kp=6) from the early hours of this morning following Earth’s interaction with a high-speed particle stream from the Sun. [A hole in the Sun’s corona (the dark area to the right of centre in the photo) is the source of the stream.] As a consequence, aurora should be visible as far south as Edinburgh and Glasgow. This evening, amateur stations across Europe – including those in England – have been making contacts on 50, 70 and 144MHz by bouncing signals off the auroral ‘front’. The HF bands have also been affected, with maximum useable frequencies (MUFs) for intra-European paths drastically lower than normal: Whereas, normally,7MHz (40m) is the band for contacting western Europe in the early evening, 3.5MHz (80m) has been the star tonight. Some CW signals on both 40 and 80 metres have been a little fluttery, a consequence of their interaction with the aurora. Don’t be surprised if the PSK and RTTY signals that you hear are decoding poorly. SSB signals may sound a little distorted. The particle stream should be with us till early next week. 73.

On the Air from Members QTH – Thursday 15 October with Nigel 2E0CKA (07.10.15)

The next SRS net will be on Thursday 15 October with Nigel 2E0CKA in the chair starting at 7.30 on 145.375 +/-.  All members are welcome to join in the net.  If you are interested in hosting the net (normally for about 1.5 hrs, please let Heather know on srswebsite@g8srs.co.uk)

PCG – CQ WW DX SSB 48hr Contest Sat 24 & Sun 25 October 2015 (05.10.15)

PCG’s next contest will be CQ Worldwide DX SSB, over the 48 hours covering the final full weekend in October: 0000z 24 Oct to 2359z 25 Oct. QTH will be our usual spot: Whitegates Field, nr. Macclesfield, in the Peak District. If you are interested in either operating or helping out (or both), send us a message.

Lightweight Miniature Antenna Traps (05.10.15)

Portable radio specialists SOTABEAMS has introduced a new range of lightweight antenna traps. Antenna traps provide an easy way to make multi-band resonant antennas.

Pico Traps are the smallest and lightest commercially available traps.  They make use of a unique tuning method to make them easy to use.

The traps are packed with features making it simple to incorporate them into antennas. Pico Traps weigh in at less than 5 grams (0.2 ounces).

Pico Traps are rated at 10 Watts and complement SOTABEAMS 20 Watt and 100 Watt traps.

Details at:   http://www.sotabeams.co.uk/hf-antenna-traps-pair/

Committee Meeting  – Committee Members Only – 8 October 2015 – (05.10.15)

Just a reminder that Thursday 8 October is a Committee Meeting – this is for Committee Members ONLY.  If any committee members is unable to attend, please let Tony know.

Society Meeting Tuesday 5 October 2015 – 3D Printing with Carl Stone (05.10.15)

Tomorrows meeting with be on 3D Printing with Carl Stone we look forward to welcoming Carl to Stockport Radio Society for an enjoyable presentation.

December is YOTA month (05.10.15)

The IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group Chair Lisa Leenders, PA2LS reports on Youngsters On The Air month which takes place in December

The entire month of December, several youngsters will become active with YOTA as suffix in the callsign. The idea for this is to show the amateur radio hobby to youth and to encourage youngsters to be active on the ham radio waves. Give a demonstration on a school or local club, gather together with your friends, grab a pizza and make some QSO’s or enjoy a great pile-up. Let us all show this great hobby to the world!

Feel free to make a QSO with the youngsters, they are happy to get some attention and exchange information. Licensed and unlicensed youth will be making QSO’s, be aware this could be their first radio contact ever and give them a chance to experience a possible new hobby.

Or apply for a YOTA callsign. To apply for this you need to follow some rules:

1- Follow the rules. Although this is a friendly activity, some rules are needed.
2- Have a callsign with YOTA in suffix. For example: PA6YOTA
3- Maximum of 2 callsigns per country. If you are willing to make an exception, for example your country has several prefix districts, feel free to contact us with your request.
4- Applicants must ensure that the callsign is used primarily to get Youngsters On The Air (Youngsters are defined by IARU R1 as ‘under-26’)
5- We kindly ask to upload the ADIF log on a daily basis. At least all QSO’s must be sent as ADIF file before 10 January 2016.
6- All QSO’s must be made in December 2015.
7- This is NOT a contest, we are trying to spread the word! Talk to people about what we do, not only quick 5/9’s. Admitting, a pile-up is always fun and off course we all love it
8- All participating callsigns must apply!
Deadline for registration will be closed on 20 November 2015.

*we are aware that it is not possible to have a callsign with YOTA in suffix in all countries. Is this also your case and would you like to take part, contact us.
*all applicants applying for a YOTA callsign should be a member of an IARU member society.

More info:
http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/

Registration page:
http://www.ham-yota.com/december-yota-month/register/

Source: IARU Region 1 http://iaru-r1.org/

UK YOTA Month information
http://rsgb.org/…/youth-com…/projects/youngsters-on-the-air/

Skills Night – Members Surplus Equipment Sale – 27 October 2015 (02.10.15)

On Tuesday 27th October this would normally be a Skills Night, we have decided to have a “Members Surplus Equipment Sale.”  You stay with your own surplus gear to sell it.

Time to make some money in readiness for Christmas.  Any members with surplus ham radio equipment etc bring it along on the night and sell it. The cost to you is a small donation to club funds.

We will open the JB room at 7pm for those bringing equipment to sell.  Please email me if you intend to bring equipment to sell so that I can arrange tables.

73 Tony M0SAV

SRS Chairman

SARL 80 metre QSO Party  (01.10.15)

On Thursday evening 1 October, you can participate in the second leg of the South African Radio League’s 80 metre QSO Party.

The contest runs from 17:00 to 20:00 UTC in the band segments 3 603 to 3 650 and 3 700 to 3 800 kHz. The exchange is a RS report, your call sign and name. Contacts with South African stations count 10 points and contacts with stations outside South Africa count 15 points.   Log sheets must be submitted by 8 October by e-mail to zs5lp@vodamail.co.za

Archive Posts September 2015

Advanced Tutorials – Evening 3 of 6 Monday 5 October 2015 (28.09.15)

For all those students starting the Advanced tutorials – the first tutorial starts on Monday 14 September at 7pm.  Please contact Bernard if you are unable to attend

New Foundation Pass – Our Webmaster Heather (25.09.15)

ArchivePosts2015_image016 Congratulations to Heather our web master and committee member on obtaining her FLC.  M6HNS. Lets hear you on air soon. Well done.

Extra Net – Tuesday 29 September 2015 ( 25.09.15)

Alan G0ROW will be running an extrra club net on Tuesday 29 September as there is no club night.  Call with go out at 7,30 on 145.375 +/-.  Look forward to hearing you all on the air.

Skills Night – Tuesday 22 September 2015 (17.09.15)

Antenna Building/2m Net, HF, & Morse start 7pm

Advanced Tutorials – Evening 2 of 6 Monday 21 September 2015 (17.09.15)

For all those students starting the Advanced tutorials – the first tutorial starts on Monday 14 September at 7pm.  Please contact Bernard if you are unable to attend

Society Meeting – Tuesday 15 September (12.09.15)

Don’t forget to attend Tuesdays meeting – general social evening

Advanced Tutorials – Evening 1 of 6 Monday 14 September 2015 (12.09.15)

For all those students starting the Advanced tutorials – the first tutorial starts on Monday 14 September at 7pm.  Please contact Bernard if you are unable to attend.

Archive Posts August 2015

Society Meeting – September 1st (30.08.15)

Don’t forget to come over to the Society Meeting on 1st September at Walthew House.

NFD 2015 – PCG take 1st place in the Open Section (24.08.15)

Congratulations for all involved (both operating and supporting) with this years NFD entry where  G3LX/P won the ‘Open Section’ for the 3rd time in 4 years.

Interestingly G6MC/P, winners of the Restricted section, scored the most points!

Take a look at  RSGB Contest Results NFD 2015 for the details.

Newark Hamfest 26th September (24.08.15)

Due to a low response for this event, we have not sufficient members to  book a minibus.  We needed a minimum of twenty members to make this a viable coach trip.  I would therefore suggest that car share is the alternative option.

The following members have shown interest,

Bob M6TMA  Marple  /  Jack 2E0JEH Marple  /  Evan M0TJU Stockport  /  Allen G6UQC Stockport  /  Eric G3GHM  Brereton Green Sandbach  /  Tom M0DCG Warrington

Tony M0SAV Stockport   ( I am driving to Newark and can accommodate 3 passengers in comfort.)

Do we have any other members who are going who could arrange car share???

If you are driving to Newark and can accommodate an SRS member please email  that member direct to make arrangements. But also please let me know then we are not duplicating emails,  and that those interested are accommodated.

73  Tony  M0SAV  –  Chairman

September Foundation Course – CANCELLED (24.08.15)

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the September Foundation course has been cancelled.  If you are interested in our next course in January, please email courses@g8srs.co.uk.  Have a look at our courses page for further details.  https://gx8srs.wordpress.com/training-courses/

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Archive Posts July 2015

Letter from Walthew House 

The last date to book the Foundation course for September is August 21st. If you are interested, or your know someone who maybe interested in doing the course please email courses@g8srs.co.uk. A deposit of £20 will hold your place.

13th July 2015

Dear Tony, and all members of the Stockport Radio Society

I am writing to thank you allowing Walthew House to have a tombola stand at your annual rally last Saturday. I am happy to say the tombola raised £88.45 on the day. On behalf of everybody at the charity your support is very much appreciated – you have allowed us to raise both funds and awareness. Thank you also to your members enthusiastically helping me to flog a few more tombola tickets, and of course the tidying up effort at the end of the day!

As you know, we are a small independent charity which relies entirely on donations and fundraising to support the 250 people who access one or more  of the volunteer led services we provide each week. Dedicated support from people and groups like yourselves is very much appreciated.

Thank you again for your support and generosity.

Kind Regards

David Bond – Fundraiser

Stockport Radio Society Rally – Images and Videos (15.07.15)

Video 1 – John M0PEK with his Humber Radio Vehicle  –  http://youtu.be/7J_unrso2NM

Video 2 – Team Holgate looking after the catering  –  http://youtu.be/piWoEk-yQhA

Video 3 – Room 1 at the Rally  –  http://youtu.be/fn9FYxZi4uw

Video 4 – Room 2 at the Rally –  https://youtu.be/j7AMcTW6e6s

Video 5 – Room 3 at the Rally – https://youtu.be/jGZHfYvR68A

Images – Rally – http://1drv.ms/1M3WTRc

Images – Debriefing – http://1drv.ms/1TtkfB0

Stockport Radio Society Annual Rally – Saturday 11th July 2015 (14.07.15)

Thank you to all the traders who attended our Rally yesterday.  Without your support we wouldn’t have one.  Also Thank You to all members who turned up to help not only on the day but also Friday evening.

Thank you also to Walthew House who entrust the whole building to us for the Rally.  Apart from the odd light shower, a nice sunny day to view John M0PEK and his Ex Army truck.  Till next year all the best from SRS

73 Tony M0SAV
SRS Chairman

Stockport Radio Society Annual Rally – NOW FULLY BOOKED (08.07.15)

We are very pleased to say that all the tables for the above rally have now been booked.  We look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday.

Stockport Radio Society Annual Rally – Saturday 11th July 2015 (07.07.15)

As always we are hoping for a good day on Saturday with weather to match. Team Holgate will be ensuring the smell of bacon will be present around the building to attract the punters. There are still tables available @ £10 should anyone have any surplus gear they’d like to part with. If you’d like a table please drop me a line before Thursday at the latest or call the “bat phone” on 07506 904422.

I am sure it goes without saying that to make a rally successful we will need the help of our members with marshalling, guarding doors, looking after the car park and then returning the building to as it was and as if we’d never been!! So, if you can spare any time on Saturday please come along and report to Tom M0DCG who is looking after the marshalling.

If you are coming and have a 2 metre handie talkie, please charge up the batteries and bring it along. Also, if you have a high viz jacket please dust it off and bring it along.

So, with that I wish you a pleasant evening and I look forward to seeing you Friday/Saturday.  For directions to the event, please click on the locations page link

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Archive Posts June 2015

Extraordinary General Meeting for Members – Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (25.06.15)

This is a request to all members that Stockport Radio Society will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting for Members – Proposed Amendment to Constitution.  This meeting will take place on Tuesday August 4th at Walthew House.  We would request that all members try and get to this meeting.

Foundation Course Successes (20.06.15)

On behalf of the club, we would like to congratulate those candidates that have just passed their foundation course.  Well Done.  We will look forward to seeing you at the club meetings, and possibly becoming a member of SRS.  Dont forget if you are interested in taking the next stage – Intermediate, please send courses@g8srs.co.uk an email to show you interest.  £20 deposit will secure you place on the course.

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Archive Posts May 2015

Silent Key (22.05.15)

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of  Raymond Gerrard – G3NOM, and on behalf of Stockport Radio Society would like to send our condolences to all his family at this sad time.  Best Regards Tony M0SAV Stockport Radio Society Chairman

The IET (Stockport College) are having Gordon Bartley ARPS  to provide a Presentation about Concorde on May 28th (22.05.15)

This is an early notification.  The IET are having Gordon Bartley ARPS, over from Southport, to provide a presentation about Concorde.  May 28th, Greek Street entrance.

Gordon is a Photographic Lecturer and Aviation Photographer.  He is also a Technical Guide for Concorde G-BOAC & Nimrod MR2P  (XV231) at Manchester.  I saw his Presentation at Barton Aerodrome on 29th Jan 2014……..very good indeed!  (That was about Supersonic Aircraft from the 1940’s   up to, and including Concorde)

So, if of any interest, you may wish to attend, with all of your flying friends! Please click on IET SUPERSONIC to see the poster of the event.

Stewart

Archive Posts April 2015

Below are all the posts from April 2015 that were on our home page.

Message from Mike M6MPC – TNX QSO (29.04.15)

This is a QSO that took place recently

Hi Mike, tnx fer nice QSO on 20 meters, You surprised me with your 3 Watts I´m in little town (San Martín de los Andes) in north west Patagonia, in the Andes mountains, near the Chilean volcano that has erupted days ago.   My Rig is K3 + FL7000 (500W) antenna Sommer XP50. Congratulations for your solid QRP signal!!!  QRP is not only low power, its a real art!!!  73 es DX de Sergio LU7YS

Hi Sergio,

Many, many thanks for that nice email. You were coming in here loud and very clear, in fact, the best qrp contact I have ever had to Argentina and South America. This will go down on my calender as my best contact.  I think I have worked you before, but if not, somebody else in the vicinity of San Martin de los Andes.  I try to use the lowest amount of power possible at all times, and have been usin g qrpp into low milli watts too.  Last night I think I could have got you on 500 mw or even less as conditions on 14 mhz were great. Perhaps next time I hear you will give you a call on milli watts hi hi”.

Keep on tapping the key ~Sergio, and just to let you know, I, and other hams are doing a commemoration to the sinking of RMS Lusitania/MFA, torpedoed 100 years ago off Ireland. My grandfather was a survivor – played his cello in the band, otherwise, I would not be here!! We start on the 1st May, this Friday, all bands, working out of the “Planet light vessel” in Liverpool. I am staying on board this weekend, and then doing 2 days every week operating until the end of May when we finish. Hope to hear you in the evenings.

All the very best and 73′,  Mike M6MPC

Mikes comment to the club

Hi all,
I just thought it might be a bit of encouragement to all the QRO boys in the club to what can happen sometimes if good conditions prevail.  I happened to be using 3 watts but could have used a lot less in this instance.  Tintwistle to San Marten de los Andes in Patagonia, near the Chilean border, Argentina – 14 mhz. 2238gmt – distance 7666 miles.
Best SA contact ever!!

The IET (Stockport College) are having Gordon Bartley ARPS  to provide a Presentation about Concorde on May 28th (26.04.15)

This is an early notification.  The IET are having Gordon Bartley ARPS, over from Southport, to provide a presentation about Concorde.  May 28th, Greek Street entrance.

Gordon is a Photographic Lecturer and Aviation Photographer.  He is also a Technical Guide for Concorde G-BOAC & Nimrod MR2P  (XV231) at Manchester.  I saw his Presentation at Barton Aerodrome on 29th Jan 2014……..very good indeed!  (That was about Supersonic Aircraft from the 1940’s   up to, and including Concorde)

So, if of any interest, you may wish to attend, with all of your flying friends!  I’m hoping for a ‘Poster’ about it, closer to the event.

Stewart

Nayif-1 – a new mission for FUNcube (Supplied Via AMSAT) 25.04.15)

AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL are delighted to announce that a FUNcube communications package has been selected as a major payload for the Nayif-1 CubeSat mission. This 1U mission is intended to provide Emirati students with a tool to design and test systems in space. It is being developed by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) in partnership with American University of Sharjah (AUS).

It is expected that this payload will provide a large amount of valuable environmental data from space together with  a new, enhanced, UHF to VHF linear transponder.

The AMSAT team will be working closely with the Emirati students, in collaboration with support partner, ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. from the Netherlands, to develop this new system in time for the launch which is scheduled to take place towards the end of this year.

This exciting news was announced on the 25th of April during the Dutch “Interessedag Amateursatellieten”  or “Satellite Interest Day” event in Apeldoorn.

More information, with details of frequencies and planned operating schedules, will be made available as soon as possible.   

ISS SSTV in the Press (Supplied via AMSAT) 17.04.15)

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Andrew Garratt M0NRD got some good publicity for Amateur Radio from the recent ISS Slow Scan Television transmissions.

The SSTV pictures were sent in celebration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to reach space, on April 12, 1961. The Russian cosmonauts on board the station transmitted images from Gagarin’s life which were received by radio hams worldwide. Andrew said he hoped it would encourage more people to become interested in radio.

Read the full story at
http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/A-message-from-space-picked-up-in-Newark

Local newspapers are generally only too glad to publish stories like this if someone takes the time to get in touch and tell them about it. Andrew made sure the newspaper were aware of his local clubs website URL and Facebook page enabling those reading the story to contact the club.

Follow M0NRD on Twitter http://twitter.com/nerdsville

ISS Slow Scan TV Active on Weekend of April 11 http://amsat-uk.org/2015/03/31/iss-sstv/

Using WebSDRs Worldwide for the ISS http://amsat-uk.org/2015/04/14/using-websdrs-for-iss/

Best Stand Award at Narsa 2015 – Peter M1PTR receiving the award (16.04.15)

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Best Website Award at Narsa 2015 – Heather – Media Manager receiving the award (16.04.15)

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Images from Narsa 2015 (15.04.15)

Here are some of the images from Narsa 2015 – click on the relevant links

Dates Finalised for 2 new Foundation Courses and 1 Intermediate Course (03.04.15)

If you are interested in taking your Foundation exam, and advancing onto your intermediate exam, please have a look at the dates below and book by filling in the form SRS COURSES APPLICATION FORM and emailing it to courses@g8srs.co.uk or give us a call on the ‘bat fone’ 07506 904422.

Foundation Course (takes place over two weekends)

Saturday & Saturday 13 &14 June 2015 and Saturday 20 June 2015

Saturday & Sunday 5&6 September 2015 and Saturday 12 September 2015

Saturday & Sunday 16&17 January 2016 and Saturday 23 January 2016

Intermediate Course (takes place over 6 weeks)

Saturday & Sunday 6&7 February 2016

Monday 15, 22, 29 February 2016

Monday 7 & 14 (Exam) February 2016

New Talks set for May and June (03.04.15)

We have just had two new talks confirmed for May and June – may sure you come along – these are not to be missed.

May 19th  –  HF Air Traffic Control with Evan M0TJU

June 16th  –  Car Radios… asynchronous vibrators…  with John 2E0GCX

If you fancy something a little different, then do attend this event at Stockport College, given by Professor Ian Morison of Jodrell Bank (G0DMU), on 16th April.  (03.04.15)

Prof Ian has now retired from Jodrell Bank and has many fine photos taken during his time there, where he achieved a very senior position.  IET JODRELL Bank

Message to all Members of SRS from Giorgio SWL IV3 57306 (02.04.15)

HAPPY EASTER 2015 TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

WE HAVE SUNSHINE HERE TODAY, BUT IT WILL BE BAD AT WEEKEND. 

BEST REGARDS,

    Giorgio (George)

                                                               SWL IV3 – 57306

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Mike Carter M6MPC’s grandfather was a survivor of this great passenger ship, which went down in the Irish Sea within 18 minutes of a torpedo hit.  (25.03.15)

The leaflet that the ROA has produced is to the left.

Why not have a trip to Liverpool over the Easter holidays, it’s well worth while.

73s

Mike M6MPC

 Astronaut issues challenge for UK students to “make that call” by M5AKA (19.03.15)

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Tim Peake KG1BVI, the first British ESA astronaut, has issued an invitation to UK school pupils to contact him via amateur radio whilst he is in space.

Tim will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in November of this year and will spend 6 months working and living on the ISS. Thanks to a collaboration between Amateur Radio on the International Space Stations (ARISS), the UK Space Agency, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the European Space Agency (ESA), UK school pupils will be able to contact him whilst he is on board the ISS via a scheduled amateur radio link-up.

The selected schools/organisations will host a direct link-up with the International Space Station during a two-day, space related STEM workshop. ARISS UK will provide and set up all necessary radio equipment (for example, low earth orbit satellite tracking antennas and radios) to establishing a fully functional, direct radio link with the International Space Station from their very own premises. In a ten-minute window when the ISS will be over the UK, an amateur radio contact will be established with Tim, and students will be able to ask him questions about his life and work on board the ISS.

During the contact with Tim the students will be able to hear and potentially see his response immediately. Tim will be using the amateur radio callsign GB1SS whilst he is talking to UK based schools.

Schools throughout the United Kingdom are being invited to host one of a limited number of these in-flight calls, which will include space workshops where students can explore space, space related technologies, the relevance of space to our digital lives and even analyse data being sent down from orbiting satellites.

The students taking part in the link-up will have to obtain their full amateur radio licence to be eligible to operate the radio and one lucky student at each of the selected schools will be responsible for making contact with the ISS.

An RSGB team and the ARISS UK Operations team will work with the chosen schools to prepare them for this exceptional opportunity during the mission of the first British ESA Astronaut.

Tim Peake said:

“I hope to share as much of my mission as possible and am delighted that I will be able to talk to UK students when the ISS flies over Britain, thanks to the radio amateur equipment on board the International Space Station and the ARISS programme.”

Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, added:

“Both Tim’s space mission and amateur radio have the power to inspire young people and encourage them into STEM subjects. By bringing them together we can boost their reach and give young people around the UK the chance to be involved in a space mission and a hands-on project that will teach them new skills.”

Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, R.S.G.B. Lead for ARISS and ARISS Operations in the UK, said:

“Tim Peake, and his Principia mission to the ISS, offers students a unique insight to space and amateur radio. ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is delighted to be able to help UK students connect with Tim whilst he is in space, using only amateur radio equipment on the ISS and in schools, to help inspire our future generations of scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians.”

John Gould, G3WKL, President of the RSGB said:

“The RSGB is delighted to be able to support the UK Space Agency and Tim’s journey into space, and looks forward to working with the selected schools.”

How to Apply

The opportunity to be involved in this exciting project opens 20 March 2015. Eligible institutions are invited to apply in order to register their interest.

Stage 1 application forms, available from the European Space Education Resource Office web site at http://tinyurl.com/ariss-timpeake must be returned no later than Friday 24 April 2015.

Schools/Institutions that are to be invited to proceed to Stage 2 will be notified in the week commencing 11 May 2015.

Stage 2 applications must be submitted and received by 26 June 2015.

There will then be a selection process involving the UK Space Agency, ESA, ARISS and the RSGB. The successful schools will be announced at the UK Space Conference on 14 July 2015.

UK National STEM Centre – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/elibrary/media/500/ariss

Supplied via AMSTAT Website

Evan M0TJU on Stargazing Live Thursday 19 March 2015 (20.03.15)

Evan was at Jodrell Bank on the Stargazing Live programme on Thursday stood two rows behind Professor Brian Cox.

Solar eclipse radio experiments, Friday March 20th 2015 (18.03.15)

With the solar eclipse now less than two weeks away, the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee is keen to make sure that everyone is aware of the activities taking place on the morning of Friday March 20,2015.

The partial eclipse starts in the Midlands at about 08:25 GMT on Friday March 20th and ends at 10:41 GMT. Maximum eclipse will be at about 09:30 GMT.  The path of totality will pass north of the UK, over the Faroe Islands, but the UK will experience up to 89% totality (depending upon where you live).

This is a great opportunity to try some experiments to see how the sun’s ultra violet output affects our ionosphere and how some radio waves are propagated.

On the morning of Friday March 20th 2015 the D layer above the UK may not be as strong due to the eclipse, and you may be able to hear stations on the lower bands – 1.8 MHz, 3.5 MHz and perhaps 7 MHz that would otherwise be inaudible during the day.

To this end a number of activities are planned, including:

  • A simple medium wave (AM) experiment designed for schools
  • Other more detailed medium wave experiments using SDR receivers covering the whole spectrum, in conjunction with the Medium Wave Circle.
  • A RSGB QSO Party on 160, 80 and 40m, using CW and PSK63.
  • CW skimmers on 160, 80 and 40m to capture the signal/noise ratio of participants in the QSO party.
  • WSPR, including participants from other countries, including Thor TF4M in Iceland who will transmit on 160m. Andy G4JNT, near Southampton, will also run a 160m WSPR beacon
  • Opera transmissions on 477kHz
  • A CW beacon on 160m will be run by Derek G3RAU on 1810.05KHz, from 0815 to 1115UTC from his QTH at Gainsborough, just north of Lincoln (IO93RJ).

All radio enthusiasts are encouraged to take part, either by trying the medium wave experiment, monitoring the many WSPR and CW beacons that will be active or taking part in the QSO party.

Details of all these activities, including links to more information and a PDF of the schools experiment can be found at:   150121-eclipse-2015

http://forums.thersgb.org/index.php?threads/partial-solar-eclipse-propagation-experiment-march-20th-2015.125/

Steve G0KYA – Chairman,
RSGB Propagation Studies Committee

New Starters Morse Class (18.03.15)

If any members of the club or those who have just passed the Foundation or Intermediate exams, and who wish to delve into radio communication via a morse key, (my way), then I will start another morse class for slower starting speeds on a skills night starting at 7pm.

Please let me know tomorrow evening (Tuesday) if anyone is interested, or by email.   Mike M6MPC

April Edition of the RSGB Newsletter (18.03.15)

Please find below a link to the April 2015 RSGB Clubs Newsletter, which as always we hope you find useful and informative.  Check out the Region sections and see a small article about our club.

RSGB Clubs Newsletter April 2015 (15-page/696KB PDF)

434 MHz balloon launch at BBC Stargazing event by m5aka (via AMSAT) (16.03.15)

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SSDV picture from a PIE balloon – Image credit Dave Akerman M6RPI/2E0LTX/M0RPI

Radio amateur David Akerman M0RPI will be launching a 434 MHz balloon from the BBC Stargazing Live solar eclipse event in Leicester on March 20.

The flight is to primarily to take photographs during the partial solar eclipse. Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV), RTTY and LoRa telemetry beacons will be transmitting from the balloon in 434 MHz, so plenty of stuff to tune in to.

The launch activities will be recorded and some of the footage will be transmitted on the special BBC Stargazing show from 9am to 10am on that day.  There will also be a couple of very brief live segments where, hopefully, I get to show some pretty live images.  Also, assuming we get to recover the flight, some of the recorded video should end up on the main Stargazing show in the evening (9pm-10pm, BBC2).

There will be 2 Raspberry Pi trackers each sending telemetry and SSDV using both RTTY and LoRa modulation.

Pi #1 (camera with solar film):
MARVIN:  434.300 MHz, RTTY, 910Hz shift, USB, 300 baud 8 N 2
ZAPHOD:  434.350 MHz, LoRa, Implicit mode, Bandwidth 20.8 kHz, Error coding 4:5, SF6

Pi #2 (bare camera):
KRYTEN:  434.400 MHz, RTTY, 910Hz shift, USB, 300 baud 8 N 2
RIMMER:  434.450 MHz, LoRa, Implicit mode, Bandwidth 20.8 kHz, Error coding 4:5, SF6

Launch time 8am Friday, March 20, 2015

As well as the TV stuff, the BBC are running a “spectacular live event” from the racecourse, open to the public from 9am to 3pm and then 6pm to 9pm.  Entry is free to please do come along if you can.  They have a real astronaut, Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA, and plenty else of interest – see
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/stargazing-live-leicester

Radio hams will be at BBC Solar Eclipse event
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/03/02/radio-hams-will-be-at-bbc-solar-eclipse-event/

The 434 MHz signals transmitted by High Altitude Balloons can have a range of up to 800 km. The path of the balloons can be tracked in real-time athttp://spacenear.us/tracker/

Useful links for tracking, receiving and decoding the telemetry from 434 MHz balloons can be found at
http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/

Candidates on the Intermediate Course – Examination Monday 16 March 2015 (15.03.15)

Just a quick email to wish all the candidates on the Intermediate course taking their exam tomorrow

Good Luck from Myself and all at Stockport Radio Society

73s  Nigel Stanley 2E0CKA

On the Air from Home QTH with Andy 2E0GCL Thursday 12 March 2015 (13.03.15)

Just a quick email to thank Andy for tonight’s net

Thank you to Tony M0SAV, Ed 2E0CFM, Rob M0TKT,Evan M0TJU,Ben M6FCF,Darren M6FCJ,Lee M0ZPZ and anyone else that I have forgot!!

See you all at the club next week  If anyone would like to chair a home qth net using their own call sign please shout up as we still have a few to fill (May to December)

Regards

Nigel 2E0CKA (Membership liason)

Listen to FUNcube-1 during Solar Eclipse by M5aka Provided by AMSAT UK (10.03.15)

Listen to FUNcube-1 during Solar Eclipse

by m5aka

Solar Eclipse – March 20, 2015

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There will be a total solar eclipse on March 20, 2015 which tracks across the North Atlantic and eventually covers a lot of the Arctic.

Path of Solar Eclipse March 20 2015

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It would seem that this will affect most spacecraft that are in a polar orbit to some extent as, at that sort of time, they would expect to be in sunlight at the time and location.

On FUNcube-1 (AO-73) we have a good power budget which means that we should be able to maintain our normal autonomous operation schedule for the day but, of course, if the spacecraft does go fully into darkness it should switch autonomously to transponder and low power telemetry.

It will be interesting to see what actually happens and we hope that as many listeners as possible will upload the data they receive between 0740 and 1150 UT on that morning. Our Whole Orbit Data will show the solar currents, battery voltage and external temps clearly during this period so we should get a clear understanding of the effects on board.

If anyone has some software that can model the satellite’s track and the expected impact of the solar eclipse it would be great to hear about it!

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Telemetry:
• Dashboard App http://funcube.org.uk/working-documents/funcube-telemetry-dashboard/
• Data Warehouse Archive http://warehouse.funcube.org.uk/

This website has a good animation of the eclipse
http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2015-march-20

Information on the Solar Eclipse from Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society member Peter Meadows M0ZBUhttp://www.southgatearc.org/news/2015/march/partial_solar_eclipse_march_20.htm

Essex Partial Solar Eclipse Friday March 20, 2015
http://www.petermeadows.com/Essex_Partial_Solar_Eclipse_Mar15.pdf

Radio hams will be at BBC Solar Eclipse event
http://amsat-uk.org/2015/03/02/radio-hams-will-be-at-bbc-solar-eclipse-eventt

m5aka | March 9, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Tags: Amateur RadioEclipseFUNcubeHam RadiosatelliteSolar | Categories: Daily Updates | URL:http://wp.me/p2Mn4x-6un

Information provided by AMSAT UK

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Diary of Events – March 2015 (09.03.15)

Please see below our new format for our Diary of Events.  This covers all society meetings, on the air events, contesting events, and rallies around the country.

CQWW WPX SSB Contest  Sat Sun 28/29 March 2015 (09.03.15)

Our contest group (PCG) will be operating from Whitegates Farm near Rainow in the above contest at the end of this month.  If you are interesting in trying you hand at contesting or you could spare a couple of hours on the Wednesday through to Friday 25-27 March or Monday/Tuesday 30/31st March to help the team assemble the kit and aerials and/or dismantle the kit after the contest, please speak to a member of the team at the next meeting on 17th March (Tom M0DCG, Bernard G3SHF, Kieron M5KJM or Evan M0TJU), or email us srsnets@g8srs.co.uk and we will forward onto the team.  Your help would be appreciated.

If you have any friends outside of SRS that are HAMS that maybe interested in joining PCG, please forward this email onto them

Thursday 12 March – On Air from Home QTH with Andy 2E0GCL (09.03.15)

On Thursday evening we will be running our monthly club net with Andy 2E0GCL in the chair.  We operate on 145.375 +/- and start at 7.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in.

We are also looking for members to chair the forthcoming months.  If you are interested, please speak to Nigel S at a club meeting, or email on srsnets@g8srs.co.uk.  If you do not have a 2m rig, speak to one of the team, and see you are able to operate from their QTH.

Look forward to hearing you on Thursday.

Have you had a Signal Generator repaired by John S 2E0GCX (08.03.15)

Nigel 2E0CKA is holding a signal generator for a member of our club which has been repaired by John S, but he can’t remember who it was that it was repaired for

Is anyone missing this nice unit?  If this belongs to you,please contact me  srsnets@g8srs.co.uk  with a brief discription and i can pass it back to its rightful owner.

RSGB 144/432 MHZ Contest (05.03.15)

I thought I’d drop a line to the mailing list as this weekend sees a 24 hour contest take place which some of you may want to have a go at or even just get on the air to give a few points away.

The contest is the RSGB March 144/432 MHz event which gets under way at 2pm local time on Saturday 7th March and finishes at 2pm 24 hours later on the Sunday.

This is an event which takes place in the SSB portions of 2 metres and 70 centimetres i.e. around 144.300 MHz and 432.200 MHz and usually involves antennas which are horizontally polarised and rotatable which I am sure a few of you out there have. That said, its perfectly possible to make some contacts with the more popular vertical antenna but a yagi or something like that will be an advantage as will height. So, if you have the advantage of living on some high ground or are able to go portable to a high spot that would be good.

Of course, an all mode transceiver covering 2 metres and 70 centimetres will be needed. Whilst not a world beater, the FT817, or even an old FT290 with perhaps one of Richard G3CWI’s 2 metre SOTAbeam’s will allow you to obtain some good contacts on 2 Metres either from home in the back garden or from a local high spot.

Being a contest, the required exchanges will be short giving a signal report, serial number of the contact and your IARU locator.

Unlike HF the signal reports given in VHF/UHF contests tend to be genuine, so don’t expect the standard 59. The serial number begins at 001 for the first contact, then 002 and so on.  The IARU Locator, or Grid Square is a 6 digit reference which pinpoints your station or location if portable. Briefly it is based on your latitude and longitude but it is possible to obtain it from your National Grid Reference by following this link.

Contests on VHF/UHF are more laid back than those on HF and the regular participants will usually help you along if you are not sure what is needed. Sometimes it can be amazing the distances which can be worked especially with the advantage of some height and conditions are good.

So, if you have some time spare over the weekend, why not give it a go.

To view the rules of the contest, please follow this link.

Nigel G0RXA

Manchester Top Band DF Group (05.03.15)

Apologies that it’s a bit short notice:

The Manchester Top Band DF Group holds its next event on Sunday 8th March, starting from the playing fields to the east of Clarendon Crescent, off Dane Road, in Sale. The group is a resurrection of the DF group which operated as a sub-group of the South Manchester Radio Club for some decades. Many of the original members retired or moved away from the area and with amateur radio no longer having the level of interest it had two or three decades ago, we have decided to approach other radio clubs around the Manchester area in an attempt to attract fresh blood.

Transmitter sites are located on the ‘Manchester’ Ordnance Survey map, sheet 109. Typically, teams meet at the start point, in Sale, take initial bearings from a transmission at 1000hrs, then drive in the direction of, but at a tangent to, the direction of the transmitter, in order to take a second bearing twenty minutes later. Further transmissions are then used to triangulate the transmitter, taking teams to a point where they are close enough to get out of their respective cars to locate the transmitter operator, on foot. The event ends with lunch, at around 1300hrs, at a pub located somewhere near to the transmitter location.

We run events monthly, on a ‘family friendly’ basis, with many competitors treating events as a family morning out with lunch.

For those who are new to direction finding we can team people up with experienced competitors and the group has a number of spare receivers, which new entrants can borrow in order to give it a go.

Medium term, the intention is to construct some new receivers, which competitors can build for themselves.

We have links to the British Top Band DF Association, which organises national events between March and  October, see –http://www.topbanddf.org.uk/index.htm

If anyone is interested in having a go at direction finding, please contact:  Roger, G0BSU  roger@g0bsu.net

Stargazing Live Solar Eclipse Event March 20th (03.03.15)

Two radio amateurs, Dave Akerman M0RPI and Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA, will be at the BBC Stargazing Live solar eclipse event at Leicester on March 20.

Dave Akerman M0RPI is well known for many High Altitude Balloon flights. These have carried the Rapsberry Pi computer board as part of the payload and produced spectacular pictures some of which were transmitted in the 434 MHz band using the amateur radio Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV) mode.

Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA was on the October 2007 Shuttle STS-120 mission to the International Space Station. In 2010/11 he was flight engineer for ISS Expeditions 26 and 27 and installed amateur radio equipment in the Columbus module of the space station.

The Leicester Mercury newspaper reports the BBC is staging a spectacular show at the racecourse in Leicester to coincide with the solar eclipse on March 20.

It says Leicester was chosen by the BBC because it is home to the National Space Centre and Leicester University which are at the forefront of space exploration and were involved in the Beagle 2 mission to Mars in 2003.

Paolo Nespoli IZ0JPA said: “I’ve never been to Leicester and I’m really looking forward to visiting.”
“It will be great to interact with the kids and share my enthusiasm of space, science, maths and technology”.

The free event will be open from 9am until 3pm and from 6pm until 9pm on March 20.

Read the Leicester Mercury story at http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/BBC-live-event-Leicester-racecourse-mark-solar/story-26096057-detail/story.html

BBC Stargazing Live event details http://www.bbc.co.uk/stargazing

Information provided by AMSAT UK

Club Subs Due for Payment (31.01.15)

To all members that have not paid their subs for the following year, please can you make sure that they are paid as soon as possible.  Those of you who haven’t paid will be receiving an email from Nigel (2E0CKA) asking for payment, so that he does not have to put you on the ‘naughty step’ next time he sees you.  You can pay in cash at a club meeting, or directly into the bank – details are available on request.

Next Meeting – Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – New Foundation Candidates Nights (31.01.15)

Tuesday night is dedicated to the recent successful candidates that passed their foundation exam.  The night is open to all members and non members, and anyone who wishes to see what we do or would like to join.

Come and have a brew, biscuit and chat with our members.

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Bylara – British Young Ladies Amateur Radio Association  (25.01.15)

For you all ladies out there that are radio hams, why not look at joining Bylara.

If you are interested in joiining and are based in Greater Manchester or Lancashire, contact valerie.bates@talk21.com or cheshire based contact Elaine 2e1bvs@gmail.com

www.bylara.org.uik

Rathlin Island on the One Show Monday 12 January 2015 (18.01.15)

With members of the society planning a trip in July, did anyone see Rathlin Island on the One Show on Monday night?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04xm4md/the-one-show-12012015

Follow the link and fast forward to 22 minutes.

Manchester Top Band DF Group Supplied by Roger Thawley – roger@g0bsu.net (12.01.15)

The Manchester Top Band DF Group holds its next event on Sunday 15th February, starting from the rugby grounds to the east of Clarendon Crescent, off Dane Road, in Sale. The group is a resurrection of the local DF group which has operated as a sub-group of the South Manchester Radio Club for some decades. Many of the original members have retired or moved away from the area and with amateur radio no longer having the level of interest it had a couple of decades ago, we have decided to approach other radio clubs around the Manchester area in an attempt to draw in fresh blood.

Typically, teams meet at the start point, in Sale, take initial bearings from a transmission at 1000hrs, then drive in the direction of but at a tangent to the direction of the transmitter, in order to take a second bearing twenty minutes later. Further transmissions are then used to triangulate the transmitter, taking teams to a point where they are close enough to get out of their respective cars to locate the transmitter operator, on foot. The event ends with lunch, at around 1300hrs, at a pub located conveniently to the transmitter location.

The group has a number of spare receivers, which new entrants can borrow in order to give it a go.

If anyone is interested in giving Top Band DF a go, please contact:  Roger, G0BSU  roger@g0bsu.net

Powerline Transmission Units (Article from The Telegraph) 08.01.15

Article comes from

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Thousands of homeowners could face prosecution if their broadband persistently interferes with radio signals, under Ofcom proposals published after lobbying by intelligence agency GCHQ.

The Government agency has become increasingly concerned in recent years about “power line” networking equipment. This allows people to use the mains wiring in their homes to transmit data, as an alternative to a Wi-Fi network, and has been distributed to BT and TalkTalk customers to connect their television set-top boxes to broadband.

Ofcom, the communications watchdog, published a consultation on Monday on new regulations that would allow its officials to issue enforcement notices to shut down such networks when the electromagnetic radiation they can emit interferes with radio signals. Those who fail to comply will face criminal prosecution.

An Ofcom spokesperson said: “Ofcom’s proposals are designed to update existing regulations to take account of developments in technology. They are not in response to requests from any organisation.”

As well as interference causing security issues, regulators also want to ensure that police and ambulance, and air traffic control, services are able to communicate clearly. The BBC has previously said DAB radio broadcasts are affected by power line technology.

Ofcom said: “Communications networks form an important part of the UK’s national infrastructure, both directly and as an input to other services including safety and security services, utilities and industry (e.g. banking).

“Communications networks are a key aspect on which these services depend for their organisation and operation, and therefore it is important to protect their correct function from undue interference.”

GCHQ is particularly sensitive to interference because part of its role involves monitoring international military radio signals that can be very weak when they reach its receivers.

As well as networking adapters, Ofcom said that in the past two years it had received complaints of electromagnetic interference from TV aerial amplifiers, electrical transformers, high voltage power cables and lighting, among other equipment.

Under the regulator’s proposals, those who do not comply with an order to stop their equipment causing “undue interference” face prosecution and fines of up to £5,000 in England and Wales in the most serious circumstances, where lives could be threatened. In Scotland and Northern Ireland the worst offenders face up to three months in prison.

Current legislation blocks the sale of equipment likely to cause interference but Ofcom said the rules do not account for problems once devices are in use caused by deterioration, poor installation, maintenance or improper use. The regulator received 114 complaints of electromagnetic interference last year but had powers to resolve only three, it said.

GCHQ declined to comment on the proposed clampdown. The agency has lobbied for stricter enforcement of anti-interference legislation for several years and in 2011 warned in a rare public intervention, later withdrawn, that power line networking “is likely to cause a detrimental effect to part of the core business of this department”.