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GB2RS Christmas arrangements

Next Sunday, the 26th, will see the final GB2RS script for 2021. The deadline for news is being brought forward to 10am on Tuesday the 21st of December, instead of the usual Thursday. The news reading on the 26th is optional, as the RSGB appreciates that not all newsreaders will be available, but the script will be on the RGSB website so all can see it. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the newsreaders who read the news on a variety of platforms for their service to their fellow amateurs throughout the year.
We’d also like to remind amateurs that there has been a long-standing convention to keep 145.525MHz free of traffic at 10am on Sundays, to allow the news reading to go ahead without interference. Thank you to all those who listen on Sunday mornings, and the other times that the news is read, to those who call in afterwards to speak to the newsreaders, and to everyone who listens via platforms. There will be no script prepared for broadcast on Sunday the 2nd of January 2022 due to RSGB HQ being closed. Newsreaders may, of course, choose to run a net at their normal transmission time, but under their own callsign only.


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Volunteers sought for Board and Regions

We’d like to remind Members that the RSGB is looking for volunteers for roles in the Regional Team and on the Board. The deadline for completed nominations is 23:59 on 31 January 2022. There are eight vacancies for Regional Representatives and one for an elected Board Director. You can see further details about the roles and about how to apply on the website.
https://rsgb.org/main/agm-2021/


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Having listened to feedback, the RSGB is delighted to announce that from the January 2022 issue onwards, it has been making RadCom available online for Members to read in the same week that the hard copy arrives through the letterbox. The January 2022 RadCom is now on the website.

Have you ever thought of becoming a GB2RS Newsreader? The team to the north-west of Manchester is looking for someone to join them, to broadcast on Sunday morning and/or evening on 2m and 4m. Applicants must be Members of the RSGB and hold a Full or Intermediate licence. For more information, please contact the north-west team via Annick, M0HDE, email annickmorris@gmail.com For general guidance about joining the GB2RS service, please contact the GB2RS Manager, Steve, G4HPE, via gb2rs.manager@rsgb.org

To mark 100 years of British broadcasting, the BBC will be putting on special events throughout 2022. As part of the celebrations, the staff amateur radio club, the BBC Radio Group, will be active throughout the year using the special callsign GB100BBC. Ofcom has kindly permitted operation from club members’ home stations, as well as from BBC premises around the UK, and locations associated with BBC broadcasting such as transmitter sites. In addition to online QSL options, a traditional commemorative QSL card will be available via the bureau. View the GB100BBC page on QRZ.com for more information and look for GB100BBC on all bands and modes. Operations will commence on New Year’s Day from the club shack in Broadcasting House, London.

The winners of the RSGB and ARRL 160-Meter Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party are Rick Niswander, K7GM and Bob Barden, MD0CCE. They receive a quaich, a traditional Scottish drinking cup representing friendship, from the GMDX Group of Scotland. For more information see the RSGB website.

Gwyn Williams, G4FKH has decided to stop running the Predtest.uk website. It will cease on the 22nd of December 2021. The site has been running for a few years now after Gwyn worked with numerous programmers to give a more user-friendly and graphical output to the ITU’s ITURHFPROP propagation prediction program. Predtest has been a very useful tool in the HF user’s armoury, allowing point-to-point and area coverage predictions among others. The RSGB Propagation Studies Committee would like to thank Gwyn for all his hard work on Predtest over the years. Users are being encouraged to move over to James Watson’s Proppy tool, which offers a similar experience to Predtest and is also based on ITURHFPROP. You can find Proppy on the website. Alternatively, VOACAP.com offers a similar experience and is based on the well-known VOACAP software.

RSGB HQ will close for the Christmas and New Year period from 4.30pm on the 23rd of December. It opens again at 8.30am on the 4th of January. During that time, if you need information about amateur radio, exams or RadCom you’ll find lots of information on the RSGB website.


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It is the final week of activation for GB21YOTA for Youngsters on the air. Today, the 26th, and again on the 28th, M0YTE will supervise M7FED using the callsign. On the 27th and 29th, Hilderstone Radio Society will be on the air. Then, on the 30th M0BOY will supervise M7OMY operating the YOTA callsign. Finally, on the 31st, it is M0YTE and M7FED operating on the last day of Youngsters on the Air for this year.

The Sudan Amateur Radio Association supports National Day on Saturday the 1st of January from 0000UTC to 2359UTC with amateur radio activity. Some amateur clubs team up to make a big splash with lots of activities, radios and antennas, offering a variety of modes to experience. For others, National Day provides an opportunity to coach a smaller group of amateurs and to just have fun talking on the radio. You can email sudanamateur195662@yahoo.com for more details.

RSGB HQ is closed for the holidays until 8.30am on the 4th of January. During that time, if you need information about amateur radio, exams or RadCom you’ll find lots of information on the RSGB website, www.rsgb.org. You could also contact your Regional Representative if you need local help, you can find their contact details on the RSGB website at rsgb.org/regional-team


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RSGB HQ will be closed for the holidays from 16.30 on Thursday, 23 December 2021 until 08.30 on 4 January 2022.

During that time, if you need information about amateur radio, exams or RadCom you’ll find lots of information here on the RSGB website.

You can also contact your Regional Representative if you need local help, you can find their contact details at rsgb.org/regional-team.



The RSGB would like to wish you all a very happy 2022 - let's hope we have more of a 'normal' year and can plan to meet in person again as they used to!


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The RSGB HF Contest Calendar for 2022, with all the rules for our contests, has been published—go to rsgbcc.org/hf and for VHF go to rsgbcc.org/vhf. Please put all your favourite contests into your diary for this year.

The WSJT development group has released an updated version of WSJT-X, version 2.5.4, that it’s calling a “bug fix”. The primary fix repairs a defect that caused occasional crashes when contacting stations with non-standard call signs. It also allows MAP65’s “best-fit Delta Phi” solution to be displayed to the user.

The RSGB’s 2022 Tonight @ 8 webinar series starts Monday, 10 January 2022 with a look at amateur radio software construction by Heather Lomond, M0HMO. There is still time to be inspired and create something for the RSGB Construction Competition! You can join the free webinar and ask questions on the RSGB YouTube channel. For more information go to rsgb.org/webinars.

The Belgian IARU society (UBA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022. There will be 64 different special event stations active until 28 February 2022. Each special event station will be using the prefix ON75 followed by a three letter suffix. Full details on QRZ.com under the call sign ON75DIG.

Members of the DXpedition planned for Comoros Islands, AF-007, in January 2022 have now postponed their operation due to the current COVID-19 situation. They are planning to travel later in 2022 when, they say, hopefully things get quieter again.

The EZNEC antenna modelling software by Roy Lewallen, W7EL is now available for free download at eznec.com.


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RSGB Director resigns
RSGB Director Andy Mace M0MUX, whose portfolio covered Youth, Innovation, ARISS and RSGB Tech, resigned on Thursday, December 6

Andy tweeted:
"Time to move onto the next chapter in life. I resigned as an RSGB Director on Thursday due to pure frustration. As I was elected by you lovely people, I feel it’s only right I share my resignation email. It’s a shame. The org has so much potential and I couldn’t change it. #hamr"

His letter of resignation can be seen at
https://twitter.com/m0mux/status/1479742709447471104

The latest resignation follows the sudden departure of Paul Devlin G1SMP in December 2021. Andy M0MUX had taken over the Board responsibility for Youth, Innovation and ARISS after Director Mark Jones G0GMX suddenly departed from the board in 2019.

Directors Simone Wilson M0BOX and Chris Callicott G4DJJ also left the board in 2019, while Philip Willis M0PHI and Mike Bruce M0ITI were among those leaving the Board in 2020.

The RSGB is looking for new Board and Regional volunteers, details at
https://rsgb.org/main/blog/news/gb2rs/h ... rs-wanted/

Companies House record of RSGB Directors
https://find-and-update.company-informa ... 1/officers


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Recent changes in the Regional Team and RSGB Board have brought new members to RSGB Nominations Committee.

Tony Miles, MM0TMZ joins as the Regional Forum Nominee and David Hills, G6PYF is the Nominated Director representative.

We’d like to welcome them to their new roles.


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RSGB Construction Competition
There are just six weeks left until the deadline for entries for the RSGB Construction Competition.
The Society has received entries already so don't miss out!

If you're new to amateur radio there is a special category for you, so why not enter? The four categories are Beginners, Construction Excellence, Innovation, and Software and there is a prize for the winner of each section.

Full details are on the RSGB website at www.rsgb.org/construction-competition and the closing date is 1 March.


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