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Asunto:[dxcolombia] GB2RS NEWS BROADCAST
Fecha:Viernes, 15 de Julio, 2005  10:26:25 (-0500)
Autor:Oscar A. Gaviria <hk6dos>

RSGB - News - GB2RS



Listen To The Main News In Real Audio (G4NJH)


The script of the weekly GB2RS News

Sunday 17 July 2005

The main news headlines:

The news in detail:

N.B. When sending an e-mail to any of the addresses given please remove the "<no spam>" before sending.

Raynet Groups on Standby after London Terrorist Attacks

Several Raynet groups in south-east England were put on standby by their emergency planning units, following the terrorist bomb blasts in London on Thursday 7 July. Groups in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and East Sussex were alerted during the morning and stood down in the late afternoon. Mobile phone coverage was badly affected and many groups operated listening watches on designated frequencies and local repeaters. Other groups were kept informed of developments via e-mails from Government Offices in their respective regions.

The Southgate Amateur Radio Club has created a page on its website where messages of sympathy may be uploaded.

Special Guest Speaker at AMSAT-UK Colloquium

At the International Space Colloquium to be held at the University of Surrey from 29 – 31 July, AMSAT-UK is pleased to have Professor John Zarnecki giving the keynote presentation. On Friday 29 July, Professor Zarnecki, Principal Investigator for the Surface Science Package on Huygens, will describe the journey of the Huygens probe as well as its final dramatic plunge to the surface of Titan. More details are available from Sophie Haigh, on 01483 689 888, or by e-mail to s.haigh<no spam>

Six Radio Amateurs Aboard the Space Shuttle

Radio amateurs will comprise six of the seven crew members of the STS-114 space shuttle due for launch by the end of this month. They are:

Mission Commander - Eileen Collins, KD5EDS; Mission Specialist - Wendy Lawrence, KC5KII; Mission Specialist - Charles Camarda, KC5ZSY; Mission Specialist - Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP; Mission Specialist - Andrew Thomas, KD5CHF / VK5MIR and Pilot - James Kelly, KC5ZSW

The shuttle will also be carrying the latest amateur satellite – PCSAT2. [AMSAT-UK]

FCC Fines 'Law & Order'

Producers of the hit crime series ‘Law and Order’ have been fined $10,000 by the Federal Communications Commission. This is a result of the show’s film crew using unlicensed walkie-talkies that interfered with transmissions of the New York Police Department. Universal Television is expected to appeal. [AR Newsline]

Special Event News

Central Lancs Amateur Radio Club will be operating GX0FDX/P from Hoghton Tower on 17 July for the 15th Annual Classic Car Show as part of the 20th anniversary of the Central Lancs club.

GB4ON, commemorating Operation Neptune, is on the air now until 28 July.

Look for special event station PA2000N to be active from 8 to 23 July in celebration of the 2000th anniversary of the city of Nijmegen.

Worthing Museum is holding a special event on Tuesday 19 July. Called ‘An Introduction to Amateur Radio’, it tells the story of radio communications from Marconi to the 21st century. There are talks, video presentations and some Morse involvement for the children. Worthing & District Amateur Radio Club is running the special event station, and will encourage visitors to send greetings messages under supervision. The museum opens at 10am.

More than a hundred sailing ships, 3000 sailors and half a million visitors are expected in Cherbourg-Octeville harbour for the tall ships race, one of the most important marine events of 2005. At least half of the sailors are aged between 15 and 25. In connection with this event, North Cotentin amateurs are operating as TM1TSR on all bands and modes from 9 to 22 July.

On 18 / 19 July, special event station W1V will be operating from the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Pleasant Garden, Randleman County, North Carolina, USA. The station will operate from 1345 to 1630UTC and from 1900 to 2130UTC, both days, on the HF bands 10, 17, 20, 40 and 80 metres. The Victory Junction Gang Camp enriches the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. W1V will QSL with a special card. For more information and operating frequencies see the website.

DX News

compiled from the 425 DX News, Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin and other sources:

FR5ZL will be active as FW5ZL from Wallis and Futuna between 13 July and 13 August. Activity will be on 40, 30, 20 and 15 metres CW and SSB, and possibly RTTY and PSK31.

OL200BA and a number of other special stations are on the air from 1 July until the end of the year to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Napoleonic ‘Battle of the Three Emperors’ that took place at Austerlitz in the present-day Czech Republic on 2 December 1805.

9A7K will operate as YL/9A7K from Latvia, between 13 and 19 July. He plans to be operate on all HF bands.

Contest News

RSGB Low Power Field Day takes place on 80 and 40 metres CW on 17 July between 0900 and 1600UTC. Exchange an RST report, serial number and your power.

The RSGB 80-metre Club Championship continues on Thursday 21 July. This is a datamodes session between 2000 and 2130UTC. Exchange an RST report and serial number.

On VHF, an RSGB 144MHz Backpackers session is on 17 July from 1100 to 1500UTC. This is an all-mode contest and the exchange is an RS or RST report, serial number and Locator.

The RSGB 1.3 and 2.3GHz Activity Contest is on Tuesday 19 July from 1900 to 2130UTC. Activity is on all modes and the exchange is an RS or RST report, serial number and locator.

The complete RSGB HF and VHF / UHF 2005 Contest Calendars are published in the January RadCom. Details of RSGB HF contests are at: and VHF/UHF contests at:

Suitable freeware logging programs for RSGB HF and VHF contests is available from a number of sources - see the ‘Links’ section of the VHF Contest Committee website.

Propagation News

The solar factual data for the period from 4 to 10 July , prepared by Neil Clarke, G0CAS.

Solar activity was moderate with M-class solar flares taking place on the 7th and the 9th, the remaining day’s activity being low with a number of C-class flares taking place. The largest solar flare was an M4 on the 7th. An earthward coronal mass ejection accompanied this flare and a short-wave fadeout that lasted 43 minutes. Solar flux levels dropped from 127 units on the 5th to 102 by the 10th, averaging 117 units. The 90-day solar flux average on the 10th was 97, three units greater than last week. X-ray flux levels reduced slightly from B3 units to B1.9 by the 10th, with an average of B2.6 units. Geomagnetic activity started at quiet levels with the Ap index in single figures. Late on the 9th, due to the effects of the coronal mass ejection from the 7th and a small coronal hole, activity increased to sub-storm levels with an Ap index of 47 units. The average was Ap 14 units. The ACE spacecraft showed solar wind speeds dropping from 500 kilometres per second to 300 by the 9th. Speeds returned to 500 kilometres per second on the 10th. Particle densities were low but increased to 22 per cubic centimetre during the magnetic storm of the 10th. Bz varied between minus and plus 4 nanoTeslas on the quiet days and between minus 22 and plus 19 nanoTeslas on the 10th.

HF propagation was similar to recent weeks, better for those who get up early or go to bed late. 28MHz and 50MHz saw some good openings most days. Also on 28MHz, the New York beacon, 4U1UN, which belongs to the world-wide beacon network was heard in Germany. 50MHz was reported to be still open at 0100UTC a few mornings ago. An aurora was reported during the afternoon of the 10th.

And finally the solar forecast. This week should see the quiet side of the Sun facing us. Solar activity is expected to be very low to low. Solar flux levels for most of the week should be in the 80s. Geomagnetic activity should start at quiet levels but by midweek, due to a recurring coronal hole, activity should increase. Quiet conditions should return during next weekend. MUFs during daylight hours at equal latitudes are expected to be around 19MHz for the south and 16MHz for the north. Darkness-hour lows should be around 10MHz. Paths this week to India should have a maximum usable frequency of about 23MHz, with a 50% success rate. The optimum working frequency should be around 18MHz, with a 90% success rate. The best time to try this path should be between 0800 and 1600UTC. This week should still see sporadic-E openings taking place.

The RSGB propagation news is also available in a Saturday update, posted every Saturday evening and for more on propagation generally, see

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