WEEKLY BULLETIN – 20 January 2017
THE PAST WEEK –
All are thinly populated these days, Sat via GB2WO had just two participants. Sunday 80m was very sparse Monday 2m saw five peeps. There was more interest in 40m on Thursday but peculiar ionospheric conditions made for a somewhat dis-jointed affair. There is talk of moving Sunday morning to 160m which might give outliers more of a chance via groundwave. Comments via the reflector are welcome.
Breakfast : an off-schedule gathering at the Lancing Harvester proved the venue to be more agreeable than that at the Downlands so by mutual acclaim it was decided on Wed. that “first Sunday of the month” breakfasts will henceforward be at the ” Harvester/ Britannia ” 98 Grinstead Lane, Lancing.
“On the air” evening on Wed. was an amiable gathering and, later on, Europe on 40m provided signals loud enough to overcome the high noise threshold which will go on be-devilling our operations until we move to the new premises in the quest for which our committee is, we would like to believe, so earnestly engaged. .
Rallies this weekend
None in SE England but keep yer gumboots ready for 5th February at Canvey Island which was spared the recent threat of flooding only by a fortuitous sudden windshift.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The ARRL January VHF Contest,
North American SSB QSO Party,
The NCCC RTTY Sprint,
QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,
NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
LZ Open CW Contest, (Bulgaria)
Hungarian DX Contest
………..are all on during this weekend.
Island activities this weekend :
CW: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz
Currently in the News
AS-004; 5B/ZC, Cyprus Island: Steve/G0SGB will operate from the UK Base Area as ZC4SB between Jan. 11 and 25. QRV on 80, 40, and 20m (SSB, CW), running 100W and dipoles. QSL via G0SGB .
Activated long ago by G3GVB
NA-096; HH/HI, Hispaniola: Dale/N3BNA and Harry/N3FMO will be operating as HH8/N3BNA and HH8/N3FMO from Haiti between Jan. 13 and 25. QSL via homecalls LoTW.
History still untold
SA-002; VP8, Falkland Islands: Dave/VP8CLE and Carol/VP8DKW will be active from Saunders Island between the 15th and 22nd on 160 and 80m (maybe also other bands) on RTTY, PSK, CW, and SSB. QSL via G1OCN
Programme of future club events
[Currently Active Operations]
|2017 Jan06||2017 Feb28||South Shetland Is||LU1ZI
|By LU4CJM fm Carlini Antarctic Scientific station; also using LU4CJM/z; 80 40 20m; CW; 100w; G5RV; spare time operation|
|2017 Jan07||2017 Jan30||PE & Marion Is||ZS8Z
|By ZS1BCE; HF; SSB + digital; broadband dipole; operation to continue for 17 months; start date uncertain|
|2017 Jan08||2017 Jan25||Bonaire||PJ4B
|By PA8A; 40-40m; 100w; end-fed; holiday style operation; include US$2 (no IRCs) + SAE w/ QSL request|
|2017 Jan09||2017 Jan27||South Cook Is||E51WWA
|By AD7AF fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m; CW SSB; inverted L; holiday style operation|
|2017 Jan09||2017 Jan31||Belize||V31AX||Club Log||DXNews
|By VE3AXT fm Corozal; HF; 100w; G5RV; operation to continue until Mar 7|
|2017 Jan09||2017 Feb06||Belize||V31RF
|By K8NDS fm Placencia; 40 20 17m; SSB|
|2017 Jan11||2017 Jan25||Cyprus SBA||ZC4SB
|By G0GSB fm the Akrotiri area; mainly 80 40 20m; SSB CW; 100w; dipoles; include US$3 + SAE w/ QSL request|
|2017 Jan11||2017 Feb06||North Cook Is||E51ADD
|By K7ADD fm Manihiki Atoll (IOTA OC-014); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL|
|2017 Jan13||2017 Jan25||Haiti||HH8
|By N3BNA as HH8/N3BNA; HF|
|2017 Jan14||2017 Jan21||Br Virgin Is||VP2VAW
|By W4KDN W4KZK WA5FAC fm Tortola; focus on 160 75m JT65 PSK31, 40m SSB, 30m CW, also 60m (5357 KHz); 3 stations; QSL also OK via LotW and eQSL (2 stations); holiday style operation|
|2017 Jan14||2017 Jan22||Cayman Is||ZF2PG||LotW||TDDX
|By K8PGJ; QRV for NAQP; QSL also OK via K8PGJ|
|2017 Jan15||2017 Jan22||Falkland Is||VP8||G1OCN Direct||TDDX
|By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Saunders I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative|
|2017 Jan19||2017 Mar09||Guadeloupe||TO7D||LotW||TDDX
|By F6ITD fm Baie Mahaut, Desirade Island (IOTA NA-102); 160-6m; SSB CW + digital; 500w; dipoles; also FG/F6ITD; QSL also OK via F6ITD|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Feb22||Guam||KH2||JL3RDC Direct||JL3RDC
|By JL3RDC as NH0DX/NH2; SSB|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Feb23||Vanuatu||YJ||See Info||JA2NQG
|By JH2BNL as YJ0AA, JI2UAY as YJ0FM, JA2NQG as YJ0WW (all requested); 160-10m; CW SSB FM RTTY; 2 500w stns 1 200w stn; Inverted L, dipoles, CrankIR, HB9CV; QSL LoTW for YJ0AA, others via home_calls|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Jan26||Iceland||TF||LotW||DXNews
|By PY2SEX as TF/DL1NX fm IOTA EU-021; 80-10m; QRP; Buddipole; spare time operation|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Mar03||Guinea Bissau||J5UAP||LotW||HA3AUI
|By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct|
|2017 Jan20||2017 Mar03||Senegal||6W2SC||LotW||HA3AUI
|By HA3AUI; 20-10m, other bands on request; CW; 500/100w; Spiderbeam; QSL also OK via HA3AUI direct|
|2017 Jan22||2017 Feb02||Ivory Coast||TU5MH||LotW||DXW.Net
|By DF3FS DJ7JC DJ9RR DL8JJ; 80-10m; CW RTTY SSB; 1kw; verticals, arrays; QSL also OK via DJ5BWD (Buro or direct) and Club Log|
|2017 Jan23||2017 Jan30||Falkland Is||VP8||G1OCN Direct||TDDX
|By G1OCN as VP8CLE plus 2nd op VP8DKW fm Bleaker I (IOTA SA-002); 160 80m, possibly higher bands; RTTY, PSK, CW, SSB; kite vertical on low bands, Hexbeam on higher bands; dates tentative|
New call sign cut-off ?
Until the summer of 2015 Ofcom permitted radio amateurs to change their call signs but the policy was then changed suddenly.
It now seems there is a degree of flexibility for amateurs who are willing to change sex.
In a recent response to a radio amateur, Ofcom issued this ‘clarification’ of their policy:
We assign each amateur radio station a unique identifier – its call sign. This helps us to meet our obligations under the Radio Regulations (the rules on the use of radio agreed by the international community at the ITU) which require stations to be clearly identifiable and which expressly prohibit misleading identities. In order for a station’s identity to remain unique, these call signs may not be changed, other than in truly exceptional circumstances.
I’ll never complain about my call sign again.