The K7RA Solar Update

Each of the average solar and geomagnetic indices rose last week (April 20-26) over the previous seven days.

Average daily sunspot number rose from 8.6 to 35.7, and solar flux rose from 76.5 to 81.4.

Average daily planetary A index went from 8 to 26.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index from 6.3 to 18.4.

The day with the most geomagnetic activity was April 22 when the planetary A index was 54....

28-Apr-2017, 15:00:00 (

AGM changes in RSGB Board

At the RSGB AGM held last Saturday, the 22nd, in Cardiff, Sara McGarvey, 2I0SSW, was elected to the RSGB Board of Directors. Steve Hartley, G0FUW, stood down as Chairman but has been co-opted by the Board to oversee YOTA 2017 and the introduction of the RSGB’s new strategy, which was launched at the AGM. Graham […]
28-Apr-2017, 14:15:50 (

G3LTF appointed Honorary Vice President

We’re delighted to announce that Peter Blair OBE, G3LTF has been elected by the RSGB Board as Honorary Vice-President. Peter has been an inspiration to over three generations of radio amateurs, not only by his own achievements but also by communicating his enthusiasm and technical expertise to thousands of others around the world. In his […]
28-Apr-2017, 14:11:14 (

RSGB representation at Lord Rix memorial

RSGB President, Nick Henwood, G3RWF will represent the RSGB at the memorial service for Brian Rix, G2DQU at The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden on 3 May 2017 at 3pm. Known formally as The Lord Rix, Brian Rix, Baron Rix, Kt, CBE, DL, G2DQU, he passed away on 20 August 2016 and you can find […]
28-Apr-2017, 14:06:56 (

Insurance for clubs, beacons and repeaters

RSGB club insurance and beacon and repeater insurance has now been renewed for the year to April 2018. Club insurance certificates can be downloaded from the RSGB website, where your Membership Services login will be required. Beacon and repeater insurance costs £10 and you may renew on the RSGB shop. Please allow a couple of […]
28-Apr-2017, 14:04:42 (

Also in GB2RS this week…

We have been informed that the Ofcom amateur radio licencing portal is down for maintenance from 6pm on Thursday, 27 April until 8.30am on Tuesday, 2 May. The US Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests on 13 May to mark the 66th annual Armed Forces Day, […]
28-Apr-2017, 14:01:44 (

Inaugural AM Rally a Hit! Participants Log Nearly 1,500 Contacts

The numbers are in, and the first AM Rally April 1-3 was a huge success, with nearly 1,500 contacts reported on the 72 logs submitted. Unique call signs logged numbered 665. Event co-organizer Clark Burgard, N1BCG, feels the actual number of contacts was quite a bit larger, because not all participants submitted logs, although logs continue to trickle in past the entry deadline. Burgard said he...

27-Apr-2017, 18:10:00 (

Upcoming Army MARS Communication Exercises Highlighted at Regional Conference

US Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, reviewed the upcoming calendar of communication exercises planned for the remainder of 2017, when he spoke via video link to attendees at the Army MARS Region 3 Conference April 6-8 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hosting the event was Pennsylvania Army MARS, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

Addressing the fi...

27-Apr-2017, 17:54:00 (

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“End-Fed Antennas” is the topic of the latest episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel H...

27-Apr-2017, 15:00:00 (

Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test is May 13

The US Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard will sponsor the traditional military/amateur radio communication tests on Saturday, May 13 to mark the 66th annual Armed Forces Day (AFD). Armed Forces Day is May 20, but the AFD Crossband Military-Amateur Radio event will take place a week earlier in order to avoid schedule conflicts with those attending Hamvention. 

Complete information, including...

27-Apr-2017, 01:41:00 (