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locked South Bristol Amateur Radio Club - Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 3) #sbarc-posts

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Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 3) By Andy (G7KNA)

Second callsign!

Richard has obtained his new callsign. Like Kevin M7AWX he found that the combinations he was hoping for were already allocated so he also accepted the next available being issued M7AXU.

So if you hear Mike Seven Alpha X-Ray Uniform on air please welcome him to the hobby

So that’s dah-dah dah-dah-di-di-dit di-dah dah-di-di-dah di-di-dah!

Richard spent most of Thursday learning how to program his rig with the GB3WR repeater details of output frequency, offset and CTCSS tone, but he mastered this in time to join the Clubs weekly Thursday night net where he was warmly welcomed to the air.


Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 2)

More news!

Kevin has obtained his new callsign, after a bit of a battle with the OfCom licencing portal he elected to take the next available call and was granted M7AWX, which I think sounds pretty good.

So if you hear Mike Seven Alpha Whisky X-Ray on air please welcome him to the hobby

So that’s dah-dah dah-dah-di-di-dit di-dah di-dah-dah dah-di-di-dah!

Kevin is still deciding on what his set up will look like and has already received telemetry from orbiting satellites. At the moment his transmitting capability is restricted to a 2m/70cm handheld but an external antenna is already on the cards. As we all know it’s a slippery slope from there!


Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 1)

The Club commenced a traditional classroom based evening course for the Foundation exam in February 2020, there are 4 students on this course:

  • David;
  • Kevin;
  • Norman; and
  • Richard.

The course is being run by David G0DPW, and Andy G7KNA.

The imposition of "lockdown" in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the latter half of March, not unsurprisingly, caused a degree of disruption! After a little bit of research and testing "virtual classrooms" were implemented with all 4 students joining a JITSI-MEET video conference every Thursday night, just as they would have if the Club were still open, right after monitoring the Club Net.

The trainers: Dave G0DPW and Andy G7KNA, had to quickly convert the handout style notes to presentation slides which could be displayed in the virtual classroom using the "shared screen" capability.

Initially, to both test the application and to allow the students time to adapt to the new format, the previous classroom sessions were recapped but as the "lockdown" continued the new topics were taught entirely within the "virtual classroom".

Once all of the modules had been covered, the course adapted to mock exams and recap sessions to focus on areas of group or individual weakness.

Initial uncertainty as to how the Practical Assessments and Exam would be handled was quickly resolved when the RSGB introduced the Remote Invigilated On-Line Foundation Exams. This extremely practical response to the unprecedented restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed a record number of people to complete their Foundation Exam and obtain their Foundation Licence and the initiative has now been extended to include the Intermediate Exam.

As and when our students felt prepared enough to take the exam; they have individually applied for their exam slot and followed the remote invigilators advice and direction. To date this is how things have transpired:

9 July 2020

Kevin sat his On-Line Remote Invigilated Foundation Exam.

Handicapped by a number of long work shifts leading up to the day of the exam, despite his tiredness he was still able to pass with a reasonable margin.

21 July 2020

Richard sat his On-Line Remote Invigilated Foundation Exam.

Clearly well prepared, Richard managed a clean sweep in the exam his 100% pass mark giving indisputable evidence of his preparation.

As and when we know what callsigns they have chosen or we have information on the other students we will update the news post.

The Remote Invigilated Exams have been an unqualified success, the numbers sitting and passing since this initiative was launched has been beyond expectations. Whilst the COVID-19 and Furloughing has undoubtedly created a high demand the increase compared to the same time in recent years cannot be solely attributed to the unusual circumstances. There is no doubt that the availability of on-line Remotely Invigilated Exams has made access to the hobby easier and more attractive to a large number of people and we look forward to its continuance.

locked South Bristol Amateur Radio Club - Planned SSTV Activity From the ISS 4 – 5 August 2020 #sbarc-posts

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Planned SSTV Activity From the ISS 4 – 5 August 2020 By Andy (G7KNA)

There is an official European Space Agency (ESA) video about receiving SSTV from the ISS using the web SDR at Goonhilly for those who don’t have a capability to receive on 145.800MHz. You can see the video here: ESA ISS SSTV Video.

Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020 by ariss-sstv.blogspot.com.

MAI-75 SSTV activity planned for Aug 4 and 5, 2020

The final crew schedule for the week of Aug 3-9 was released recently and it showed a MAI-75 activity scheduled for Aug 4 and 5. This is soon after the Space X Demo-2 undock so changes to that event could impact the schedule.

The current dates and times of the activity are as follows:

  • Aug 4 (12:25-18:10 UTC) is setup and day 1 operations; and
  • Aug 5 (11:15-18:45 UTC) is day 2 operations and close out.

A table of approximate pass times, durations and directions is provided in the table at the bottom of this post. The table is based on the Clubhouse as its location but it should be accurate enough for most people in and around Bristol. The further you are from the Clubhouse the greater the error. At the moment it’s too early to get pass predictions for 5 August but these will be available in a day or two at most and will be updated here when available.

This is the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment that is activated for orbital passes over Moscow, Russia. It has traditionally been PD-180 or PD-120 and transmitting on 145.800 MHz. Most recent SSTV activity has employed PD-120 but many SSTV programs have an auto-detect mode facility.

Advice on how to receive SSTV signals can be found on the AMSAT Website. This page is aimed at those who haven’t used SSTV before particularly for images from the ISS but has useful information irrespective of your level of knowledge and expertise. SSTV Programs are available for all platforms so no matter what you use there’s probably something to decode the image:

  • Linux including Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi – QSSTV can be found at users.telenet.be/on4qz/qsstv/index.html if you want the absolute latest version. However Debian based distros such as Ubuntu, Mint and others almost certainly will have QSSTV in its repositories as will other mainstream distros.
  • Windows – MMSSTV can be found at hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php.
  • Mac OSX – MultiScan can be found at www.qsl.net/kd6cji.
  • Android – Robot36 can be installed from the PlayStore and now includes both PD180 and PD120. Not sure what version of Android it wants but I have no problems running it on Android 6 which is reasonably long in the tooth since they’re up to 10 now.
  • iOS – Black Cat Systems sstv-slow-scan-tv.
Table of ISS Passes SBARC Clubhouse – Novers Park Community Association

Latitude (degrees N-S where North is +ve): 51.425400°
Longitude (degrees E-W where East is +ve): -2.593882°
Elevation (metres Above Ordnance Datum AoD): 64m

Notes:

In the table below:

  1. Table Entries with no background colour indicate passes where: 0° < Maximum Elevation ≤ 30°
  2. Table Entries with a yellow background indicate passes where: 30° < Maximum Elevation ≤ 45°
  3. Table Entries with a green background indicate passes where: 45° < Maximum Elevation ≤ 90°
Pass No. Date (UTC) Acquisition of Signal “AoS” Maximum Elevation Loss of Signal “LoS” Pass Duration
(Hr:Min:Sec)
Time (UTC) Azimuth or Bearing
(Degrees c’wise from North)
Degrees Above
the Horizon
Azimuth or Bearing
(Degrees c’wise from North)
Time (UTC) Azimuth or Bearing
(Degrees c’wise from North)
 1   04/08/2020   12:41:40   189   10   149   12:50:17   83   00:08:37 
 2   04/08/2020   14:16:43   232   40   139   14:27:24   76   00:10:41 
 3   04/08/2020   15:53:14   263   87   309   16:04:10   84   00:10:56 
 4   04/08/2020   17:30:02   280   77   197   17:40:57   107   00:10:55 
 5  No Viable Pass Data
 6  No Viable Pass Data
 7  No Viable Pass Data
 8  No Viable Pass Data
 9  No Viable Pass Data
 10  No Viable Pass Data
 11  No Viable Pass Data
 12  No Viable Pass Data
 13  No Viable Pass Data
 14  No Viable Pass Data
 15  No Viable Pass Data
 16  No Viable Pass Data
 17  No Viable Pass Data
 18  No Viable Pass Data
 19  No Viable Pass Data
 20  No Viable Pass Data
 21  No Viable Pass Data
 22  No Viable Pass Data
 23  No Viable Pass Data
 24  No Viable Pass Data
 25  No Viable Pass Data
 26  No Viable Pass Data
 27  No Viable Pass Data
 28  No Viable Pass Data
 29  No Viable Pass Data
 30  No Viable Pass Data
 31  No Viable Pass Data
 32  No Viable Pass Data
 33  No Viable Pass Data
 34  No Viable Pass Data
 35  No Viable Pass Data
 36  No Viable Pass Data
 37  No Viable Pass Data
 38  No Viable Pass Data
 39  No Viable Pass Data
 40  No Viable Pass Data
 41  No Viable Pass Data
 42  No Viable Pass Data
 43  No Viable Pass Data
 44  No Viable Pass Data
 45  No Viable Pass Data
 46  No Viable Pass Data
 47  No Viable Pass Data
 48  No Viable Pass Data
 49  No Viable Pass Data
 50  No Viable Pass Data

locked South Bristol Amateur Radio Club - RSGB Photo Friday #sbarc-posts

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RSGB Photo Friday By Andy (G7KNA)

In a recent TWEET by the RSGB the society ask:

If you’ve been able to be out and about safely with amateur radio since the lockdown restrictions started to lift, send your photos and a brief explanation to comms@... and we’ll try to share some in future Photo Fridays or via our other comms channels

So here’s the challenge how many members can get a photo published?

South Bristol Amateur Radio Club - Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 2) #sbarc-posts

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Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 2) By Andy (G7KNA)

More news!

Kevin has obtained his new callsign, after a bit of a battle with the OfCom licencing portal he elected to take the next available call and was granted M7AWX, which I think sounds pretty good.

So if you hear Mike Seven Alpha Whisky X-Ray on air please welcome him to the hobby

So that’s dah-dah dah-dah-di-di-dit di-dah di-dah-dah dah-di-di-dah!

Kevin is still deciding on what his set up will look like and has already received telemetry from orbiting satellites. At the moment his transmitting capability is restricted to a 2m/70cm handheld but an external antenna is already on the cards. As we all know it’s a slippery slope from there!


Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 1)

The Club commenced a traditional classroom based evening course for the Foundation exam in February 2020, there are 4 students on this course:

  • David;
  • Kevin;
  • Norman; and
  • Richard.

The course is being run by David G0DPW, and Andy G7KNA.

The imposition of "lockdown" in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the latter half of March, not unsurprisingly, caused a degree of disruption! After a little bit of research and testing "virtual classrooms" were implemented with all 4 students joining a JITSI-MEET video conference every Thursday night, just as they would have if the Club were still open, right after monitoring the Club Net.

The trainers: Dave G0DPW and Andy G7KNA, had to quickly convert the handout style notes to presentation slides which could be displayed in the virtual classroom using the "shared screen" capability.

Initially, to both test the application and to allow the students time to adapt to the new format, the previous classroom sessions were recapped but as the "lockdown" continued the new topics were taught entirely within the "virtual classroom".

Once all of the modules had been covered, the course adapted to mock exams and recap sessions to focus on areas of group or individual weakness.

Initial uncertainty as to how the Practical Assessments and Exam would be handled was quickly resolved when the RSGB introduced the Remote Invigilated On-Line Foundation Exams. This extremely practical response to the unprecedented restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed a record number of people to complete their Foundation Exam and obtain their Foundation Licence and the initiative has now been extended to include the Intermediate Exam.

As and when our students felt prepared enough to take the exam; they have individually applied for their exam slot and followed the remote invigilators advice and direction. To date this is how things have transpired:

9 July 2020

Kevin sat his On-Line Remote Invigilated Foundation Exam.

Handicapped by a number of long work shifts leading up to the day of the exam, despite his tiredness he was still able to pass with a reasonable margin.

21 July 2020

Richard sat his On-Line Remote Invigilated Foundation Exam.

Clearly well prepared, Richard managed a clean sweep in the exam his 100% pass mark giving indisputable evidence of his preparation.

As and when we know what callsigns they have chosen or we have information on the other students we will update the news post.

The Remote Invigilated Exams have been an unqualified success, the numbers sitting and passing since this initiative was launched has been beyond expectations. Whilst the COVID-19 and Furloughing has undoubtedly created a high demand the increase compared to the same time in recent years cannot be solely attributed to the unusual circumstances. There is no doubt that the availability of on-line Remotely Invigilated Exams has made access to the hobby easier and more attractive to a large number of people and we look forward to its continuance.

South Bristol ARC (Region 11) #Calendar of Events #calendar

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

We are changing our calendar format.

We will no longer be producing the PDF calendar sheets.

Steve G0UQT and I are working on a calendar plugin to the website.  This is progressing well and although we still have a few areas to adjust to make it sit right within our website theme you can now quickly find out what is planned by looking at the website home page (www.sbarc.co.uk).

Some services still require physical information and for this reason we are currently still issuing both a Comma Separated Variable text file containing calendar information and an ICS Calendar input file.

The former CSV file is best suited to being imported into spreadsheets and databases, the second is a calendar format accepted by many calendar applications including Google Calendar, Outlook and others.  If you are a user of either system you will know how to handle the attached information, otherwise simply visit the website and click on the day of interest in the calendar.

73

Andy
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Hon. Sec.
for and on behalf of South Bristol Amateur Radio Club
Novers Park Community Centre
Rear of 122 - 124 Novers Park Road
Bristol BS4 1RN
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South Bristol Amateur Radio Club - Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 1) #sbarc-posts

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Remote Invigilation Foundation Exam(s) (Update 1) By Andy (G7KNA)

The Club commenced a traditional classroom based evening course for the Foundation exam in February 2020, there are 4 students on this course:

  • David;
  • Kevin;
  • Norman; and
  • Richard.

The course is being run by David G0DPW, and Andy G7KNA.

The imposition of "lockdown" in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the latter half of March, not unsurprisingly, caused a degree of disruption! After a little bit of research and testing "virtual classrooms" were implemented with all 4 students joining a JITSI-MEET video conference every Thursday night, just as they would have if the Club were still open, right after monitoring the Club Net.

The trainers: Dave G0DPW and Andy G7KNA, had to quickly convert the handout style notes to presentation slides which could be displayed in the virtual classroom using the "shared screen" capability.

Initially, to both test the application and to allow the students time to adapt to the new format, the previous classroom sessions were recapped but as the "lockdown" continued the new topics were taught entirely within the "virtual classroom".

Once all of the modules had been covered, the course adapted to mock exams and recap sessions to focus on areas of group or individual weakness.

Initial uncertainty as to how the Practical Assessments and Exam would be handled was quickly resolved when the RSGB introduced the Remote Invigilated On-Line Foundation Exams. This extremely practical response to the unprecedented restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed a record number of people to complete their Foundation Exam and obtain their Foundation Licence and the initiative has now been extended to include the Intermediate Exam.

As and when our students felt prepared enough to take the exam; they have individually applied for their exam slot and followed the remote invigilators advice and direction. To date this is how things have transpired:

9 July 2020

Kevin sat his On-Line Remote Invigilated Foundation Exam.

Handicapped by a number of long work shifts leading up to the day of the exam, despite his tiredness he was still able to pass with a reasonable margin.

21 July 2020

Richard sat his On-Line Remote Invigilated Foundation Exam.

Clearly well prepared, Richard managed a clean sweep in the exam his 100% pass mark giving indisputable evidence of his preparation.

As and when we know what callsigns they have chosen or we have information on the other students we will update the news post.

The Remote Invigilated Exams have been an unqualified success, the numbers sitting and passing since this initiative was launched has been beyond expectations. Whilst the COVID-19 and Furloughing has undoubtedly created a high demand the increase compared to the same time in recent years cannot be solely attributed to the unusual circumstances. There is no doubt that the availability of on-line Remotely Invigilated Exams has made access to the hobby easier and more attractive to a large number of people and we look forward to its continuance.

Tonight @ 8 RSGB Webinars

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

I'm sure you're all aware that the RSGB has a series of bi-weekly webinars planned, the first was on the Raspberry Pi on 15 June 2020 and is still available on the RSGB YouTube Channel.

Forthcoming events are:
  1. 20:00 on 29/06/2020 - Antennas for Small Gardens by Steve Nichols G0KYA
  2. 20:00 on 13/07/2020 - How to check for VDSL Interference by John Rogers M0JAV
  3. 20:00 on 27/07/2020 - Getting started with QO-100 by Dom Smith M0BLF
The RSGB YouTube Channel is at: http://www.youtube.com/theRSGB and the interactive BATC page can be found at: https://batc.org.uk/live/RSGB

Both the YouTube and BATC pages will allow you to watch and listen to the video presentation however via YouTube you only have the opportunity to consume the information whereas on the BATC page you can ask questions via the keyboard that the speaker will be informed of and can answer either during the presentation or in a Q&A segment at the end of the presentation.

73

Andy
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Hon. Sec.
for and on behalf of South Bristol Amateur Radio Club
Novers Park Community Centre
Rear of 122 - 124 Novers Park Road
Bristol BS4 1RN
http://www.sbarc.co.uk
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Re: Get on the Air to Care #gota2c

 

I did a bit of digging around the BBC Sounds website and got the details of the Amateur Radio interview on BBC Somerset on 31 May 2020.

Our own Dean Brice G0UIL (RSGB Regional Rep for Region 11), who is based in Taunton the home of BBC Radio Somerset, was interviewed by Mel Everett on the afternoon programme. The interview can be found at the URL below from 1:37:40 - 1:46:40 sandwiched between 'Chain Reaction' by Diana Ross and 'You're my first, the last, my everything' by Barry White, so in good company!

Take a listen at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08dp5hg.


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Hon Sec
for and on behalf of South Bristol ARC
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Re: Radio Licence

 

Dennis,

Nice to hear from you, hope you're keeping well in the current situation

As set out in the terms of your licence you MUST revalidate your licence via the OfCom on-line portal at least every 5 years.

There used to be a "VALIDATE LICENCE" button but in the re-vamped portal this function has been dropped I noticed when I last validated mine.  I got in touch with OfCom to ask them what the process was now that the portal has been re-vamped and they very kindly Validated both my licence and the Clubs licence for me.  However they did tell what the process is now, which is as follows:

To revalidate your licence in the future, you will need to log into the online portal and select ‘Manage personal details’. Here you will need to select ‘Edit’, check that all of the contact details are correct, then select ‘confirm’ or ‘update’. This will revalidate your account for a further 5 years. 

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the Spectrum Licensing Team on 020 7981 3131 or via email at spectrum.licensing<AT>ofcom.org.uk, replacing the <AT> with @

Reagrds

Andy G7KNA
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73
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Radio Licence

Dennisslade@...
 

Hi, Thank you for allowing me to join his group and hope you are all keeping safe and well, it’s been a long time since I was a member of the club and achieve my radio licence with the help of your excellent tuition.

Have just looked up my licence and cannot believe it was so long ago that I got it, so would like to know if I need to notify Ofcom and update my records.

Thank you,

D Slade ( 2E0DSB) 

Re: Get on the Air to Care #gota2c

 

Reposted from the Region 11 Mailing List. If you are in the South West of England, or anywhere else for that matter but specifically the South West of England, (defined as Cornwall, Scilly Isles, Channel Islands, Devon including Plymouth and Torbay, Somerset, Dorset including Poole and Bournemouth or Avon (as was)) please apply for membership of this Group.

Heather Parsons, the RSGBs Communications Manager, reports that the BBC continues to cover our national 'Get on the Air to Care' campaign with the NHS and the increasing interest in amateur radio.

On Tuesday 12 May 2020, Anita Richards from Whythall Radio Club had a chat with Daz Hale on the BBC Radio WM Breakfast Show: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08bsp7r. The chat starts at 1:55:42 and Heather will be sharing it more widely shortly.

Thanks to Whythall Radio Club which also has details of the GOTA2C campaign on the homepage of its website, including our remote invigilation exams, as well as a link to the BBC online feature that we worked to create with the BBC journalist – great support!

Andy G7KNA


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Re: Get on the Air to Care #gota2c

 

Reposted from the Region 11 Mailing List. If you are in the South West of England, or anywhere else for that matter but specifically the South West of England, (defined as Cornwall, Scilly Isles, Channel Islands, Devon including Plymouth and Torbay, Somerset, Dorset including Poole and Bournemouth or Avon (as was)) please apply for membership of this Group.

Video

Heather Parsons the RSGB COmmunications Manager has just shared a video clip the RSGB were given on 12 May 2020 by the NHS as part of the 'Get on the Air to Care' campaign. It features Nicki Pointer who is a Queen's Award winner, the Crowborough Community First Responders' Team Leader as well as a Ward Manager/Senior Sister at Tunbridge Wells Hospital. Nicki talks about visiting the NRC, our #GOTA2C campaign and, importantly for the 12 May, International Nurses Day (IND) which is observed around the world on 12 May each year to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. This year's IND commemorates the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Heather was asked by the NHS to share it immediately so she wasn't able to give advance notice and I only discovered her e-mail this morning (13/05/2020) hence the posting delay. However, you can follow these links to see it (even if you don’t have a FACEBOOK account) and it will be the RSGB website and YouTube Channel in due course:

Radio

As a follow-up to the BBC news online feature last week, BBC Radio Manchester also mentioned amateur radio at the weekend on the breakfast show with Eamonn O’Neal. The piece featured a chat with a member of the Stockport ARS who talked generally about amateur radio, how the hobby is seeing a resurgence at the moment, our Remote Invigilation (RI) exams and how amateur radio is helping wellbeing at this time: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08bs0ry. The full interview starts at 1:08:25 and lasts about ten minutes. The RSGB didn't facilitate this interview but are pleased that the BBC continues to see amateur radio as a topic worth air time!

Your support

Both of these will be out on social media and on the RSGB website and the video will ultimately go on YouTube as well – if you have a TWITTER or FACEBOOK account, please do like/share these and all of the great examples of what the Society is doing as part of 'Get on the Air to Care' and use the hashtag #GOTA2C. There is great interest in the hobby as you will know, both with people wanting to join and rejoin the amateur radio community, as well as a lot of external media interest. We have large numbers of volunteers who are active on social media and if every one of those shared/liked/retweeted our posts and tweets, the awareness of amateur radio would naturally be even greater!

Andy G7KNA


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Re: Get on the Air to Care #gota2c

 

The RSGB/NHS "Get on the Air to Care" #gota2c Campaign has received press and media coverage, South Bristol has been doing a little to help promote this.

Following the announcement of the initiative SBARC have:

  1. Posted details of the #gota2c initiative here on the Club's private members only Groups.io mailing list and e-mailed details to those within the Club who do not participate in this system
  2. Created a News Post detailing and explaining the #gota2c initiative on the Club website which was posted through:
  3. Some club members have sent photos of themselves in their shacks, their shacks or the projects they are working on to Elaine Richards the RadCom Managing Editor in response to a request for images so that a montage of activity could be included on the cover of RadCom and within if there is sufficient material
  4. TWEETED through the Clubs TWITTER Channel the RSGB request for photographs that was "LIKED" by the RSGB themselves and retweeted by some Club members and followers on the Clubs TWITTER channel
  5. Started a Thursday evening "net" on GB3WR commencing at 19:30 local time each week, which is being masterfully managed by our "net controller" Paul G4PDC
  6. Thanks to Steve G0UQT, we have altered our AutoTWEET announcements to announce the Club net on our TWITTER channel in place of our usual calendar announcements
  7. Created a "Thank You NHS"/"Get on the Air to Care" banner and placed on the Club homepage (www.sbarc.co.uk)
  8. Made this graphic available for download and reuse in SVG, HTML and PNG format via the Clubs DropBox Public Downloads Folder (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i8jdu3xmmcagcir/AAAUHj3GC4qtxYfb693ui2G5a?dl=0)
  9. Collated all of the regional "net" information being shared by Clubs in the South West through the Region 11 Mailing List, which you are all welcome to join, and created a web-page to make all of the "net" information available to all at https://www.sbarc.co.uk/about/nets/
  10. The current Foundation Course, which had completed 4 out of the 8 topics before the current restrictions on movement and social gatherings were imposed, has moved on-line to a virtual classroom every Thursday at 20:00 using the JITSI-MEET platform, thanks to Dave G0DPW for helping get everyone set up to use the system which employs either a browser or an Android/iOS app
  11. Prepared this update as another News post on the Club website and announced it through the same social media channels as the original announcement: TWITTER, FACBOOK, LinkedIn

National press and media coverage has been secured by Heather Parsons the RSGB Communications Manager and you make like to review:

  1. Steve Thomas and Paul Devlin were interviewed on the morning of 17/04/2020 on BBC Three Counties radio – you can listen online now, their interview starts at 1:23:48 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p088bpbc
  2. On 5 May the BBC posted a front page news story on their website about the #gota2c campaign the preparation of which took about a week of work between the journalist and Heather and even though the final published piece was shorter than originally hoped it was important publicity for the hobby. You can read the full storey here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-52442553
  3. The BBC Midlands Region did a TV piece following the previous story line, it can be found on iPlayer (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hzdv/midlands-today-evening-news-05052020). According to Heather they cut the recorded piece that Jim did by over half but his enthusiasm for amateur radio still shines through and he mentions both the RSGB and the RI exams
  4. The RSGB had some great coverage of 'Get on the air to care' and amateur radio generally in the media. The BBC online news feature was also picked up by other media outlets across the world, has caused some radio amateurs to get in touch with the RSGB to renew their licences and has generated lots of chat and interest. You'll find a round-up of (most) of the media coverage on the RSGB special webpage: www.rsgb.org/gota2c-media. There's still a few pieces to add but they will be added soon
  5. The campaign, amateur radio, GB1NHS and the RSGB were mentioned on the British Forces Broadcasting Service breakfast show on 7 May 2020 in an interview with Paul Devlin, G1SMP – NHS England Emergency Care Improvement Support Team and also RSGB District Representative. BFBS radio broadcasts nationally across the UK and in 20 countries, 10 of which have permanent radio stations. They operate wherever British Forces are deployed. The show's presenter also hosts an international radio show for BFBS with the BBC on Saturdays and will play the interview on there probably on 9 May 2020. Another excellent audience to reach. This will be announced on the RSGB website and on social media later and will be included on the RSGB GOTA2C media page
  6. RSGB Board Director, Stewart Bryant has recorded a short video explaining how the RSGB Operating Team is supporting GOTA2C. This will go live 8 May 2020 to link in with VE Day and the VE/VJ day radio marathon so look out for that on the RSGB YouTube channel, website and across social media

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Radio Society of Great Britain

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Re: Get on the Air to Care #gota2c

 

You'll have seen emails and other social media posts asking you to support the "Get on the air to care" campaign by sending the RSGB your photos, video clips and reports of how you’re supporting #GOTA2C. The intention has always been to use them on the website and in a special RadCom feature this month.

However, Elaine (RadCom Editor) in conjunction with the RSGB would like to use a different montage on the front cover to emphasise the fact that radio amateurs are rising above the challenges of the current pandemic and using the pastime they love to help them through. So... Elaine needs a lot more photos!

Please can you take a photo of yourself in your shack/on the radio and send it to radcom<AT>rsgb.org.uk replacing "<AT>" with "@" by this Thursday morning (30/04/2020). Short notice I know, but hopefully you won't have too many other things to distract you at the moment :-). If there are too many for the front cover then Elaine will use them throughout the magazine.

With thanks in advance for your help.


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Email DR113

Radio Society of Great Britain

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Re: New Radio Marathon to Commemorate the75th Anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day

 

OK, apologies, cut and paste went a bit awry so let's try that again...

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day, the RSGB has organised the VE/VJ Day amateur radio marathon on the HF bands and 6m using SSB, CW and digital modes. Three special UK call signs GB75PEACE, GB1945PE and GB1945PJ will be on the air from 1-31 May 2020 and 1-31 August 2020.

The special stations have their own QRZ.com pages that give details of the activation schedule. If you wish to participate and transmit using a VE/VJ Day radio marathon call sign, please contact Ian, G0FCT at csc.chair<AT>rsgb.org.uk, replacing "<AT>" with "@"

Full details of radio marathon and the five awards are on the RSBG website: www.rsgb.org/ve-vj-marathon

This is another great initiative that links with the RSGB's “Get on the air to care” campaign.


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Radio Society of Great Britain

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New Radio Marathon to Commemorate the75th Anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day

 

From: Heather Parsons
Sent: 27 April 2020 11:54
To: Volunteer Leadership Team; District Representatives
Subject: New radio marathon to commemorate the75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day

Hi

 

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day, the RSGB has organised the VE/VJ Day amateur radio marathon on the HF bands and 6m using SSB, CW and digital modes. Three special UK call signs GB75PEACE, GB1945PE, GB1945PJ will be on the air from 1-31 May 2020 and 1-31 August 2020.

The special stations have their own QRZ.com pages that give details of the activation schedule. If you wish to participate and transmit using a VE/VJ Day radio marathon call sign, please contact Ian, G0FCT at csc.chair<AT>rsgb.org.uk, replacing "<AT>" with "@"

Full details of radio marathon and the five awards are on our website: www.rsgb.org/ve-vj-marathon

This is another great initiative that links with our “Get on the air to care” campaign so do encourage people to get involved. If you wish to tell them about it, please point them to our web page which has all the information they will need, rather than using this email which is for your attention only.

I will be sharing the news over all our usual comms channels over the coming days.

Best wishes

Heather

 

 

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Get on the Air to Care #gota2c

 

On 17 April 2020, the Radio Society of Great Britain, working in partnership with the NHS, launched a new campaign called "Get on the air to care" to support the emotional health and wellbeing of 75,000 licensed UK radio amateurs – just some of the 3,000,000 worldwide.

Paul Devlin, NHS England Emergency Care Improvement Support Team and RSGB District Representative, says: "Now, more than ever, we need to optimise all modes of communication to help reduce loneliness and isolation within communities. Amateur radio provides a wonderful, unprecedented opportunity to help make this a reality".

World Amateur Radio Day on Saturday 18 April 2020 celebrates this innovative, global community. Whilst amateur radio evolves continually to include technologies which are at the forefront of modern radio communications, radio amateurs can "Get on the air to care" with a simple handheld device.

Steve Thomas, M1ACB, General Manager of the RSGB explains: "Please help to increase amateur radio activity through club and repeater group nets, chatting with your friends or just by calling CQ. If you’d like to show your support for the NHS at the same time, Ofcom is happy for radio amateurs to add '/NHS' to the end of their call signs."

Our new "Get on the air to care" web page includes our launch video so go to www.rsgb.org/gota2c and take a look.

As you get involved in "Get on the air to care" by being more active on the radio, please share your photos, video clips and news with the RSGB via comms@... and also on social media using the hashtag #GOTA2C

GB1NHS, the UK's National Health Service radio communications station will be on the air as part of this campaign so listen out for it!

As you would expect, the RSGB is sharing details of this with the national and local media as well as the amateur radio media in the UK and across the world.

HQ hopes that you are excited by this special campaign and that not only will you get involved in the campaign yourselves, but that you will encourage your clubs and groups to get involved too.

Steve Thomas and Paul Devlin were interviewed on the morning of 17/04/2020 on BBC Three Counties radio – you can listen online now, their interview starts at 1:23:48 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p088bpbc


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Radio Society of Great Britain

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Yaesu Fusion and DMR Gateways in Trowbridge

 

Shaun G0BKU, the secretary of the Trowbridge and District ARC (TDARC), advises that Peter M0JVY, a TDARC member, has established a new Gateway in the Trowbridge area, the details of the new simplex digital voice gateway are:

  • Running Yaesu Fusion & DMR Gateways on 144.8250Mhz.
  • No CTCSS tone required.
  • DMR Colour Code: - 5
  • Time Slot: - 2
  • Running as a gateway to both BrandMeister and DMR+ Networks

BrandMeister - Dial up the talkgroup you desire when connecting not forgetting to unlink using TG 4000.

DMR+ - Put an 8 in front of the talkgroup you wish to use on DMR+ and get access to Phoenix reflectors. Monitor using TG8. Unlink using TG 4000.

Yaesu Fusion - Connect using wires-x to dial up the reflector you desire.

Please disconnect after you've finished.

Regards

Andy G7KNA


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Re: Connecting Bristols Around the World

 

A little research has revealed that the net is still active.  The start time is 21:30 EST (Eastern Standard Time) and the room is now all digital for those who understand those things.
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