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Bandplan released for 146 MHz

Friday, October 31 is the formal start of the 146-147 MHz 'experiment' for Full licence holders with NoV's, the RSGB has released a bandplan

The bandplan has an allocation for digital modes with up to 500 kHz bandwidth and 12.5 kHz channels for narrowband digital modes including digital voice.

Users of wideband modes may need to use bandwidth tailoring to ensure no RF extends into the weak signal satellite segment at 145.8-146.0 MHz (the Lunar 4M JT65B beacon uses 145.980 MHz) or goes above 147.0 (or 146.93750 where applicable).

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1942 October 31 2014

Ham radio payloads lost in a Orbital Sciences Antares launch mishap
Indonesia hams may play a part in that nations Ebola prevention plan
Islands on the Air program to freeze all actions involving the Crimea
Flea power pico balloon launched down-under is heard in the USA
Sunspot AR2192 says goodbye by sending two X-class flares our way

Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

The RACE and GOMX-2 CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried Amateur Radio payloads. The Antares is a new medium-class launch vehicle developed by OSC. The rocket exploded about 6 seconds after launch, sending a huge ball of fire hurtling toward the ground, which set a massive fire at the NASA launch site.

15 year-old radio ham helps save the day

The Hindu reports how Tom K. Jose VU3TMO traveled to a cyclone-hit city and used his amateur radio skills to contribute to disaster management

When Hudhud swept through Visakhapatnam disrupting its communication network and a team of amateur radio (Ham) operators from the city were sought, the 15-year-old student of Little Flower Junior College, Uppal, volunteered for the task.

Ofcom: Packet radio systems and beacons

The Ofcom website carries a statement regarding the replacement of RSGB 'Letters of Authority' for packet radio systems and beacons

Ofcom say:
In past years, a number of variations were issued to individual Amateur Radio licensees via the Radio Society of Great Britain (“RSGB”).
The letters that the RSGB sent suggested that it was the RSGB who was authorising the use of radio apparatus.

Towards a new RAYNET

The RSGB website carries a statement regarding the structure of amateur radio emergency communications in the UK

The Board of the RSGB and the Committee of Management of RAEN have agreed to the formation of a Joint Working Group to facilitate a closer working relationship between the two organisations.

It will also explore ways in which RAYNET could become a single, unified body that would support and co-ordinate the work of all groups and members.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1941 October 24 2014

Hams in the Philippines to assist in Manila crime watch
The Sun unleashes an X class flare on October 22
China launches a ham radio payload to circle the moon
CQ clarifies policy statement in regard to Crimea in contest scoring
VA announces plans for its own High Frequency radio network
Russia plans to launch newly designed smart mini satellites
How to collect cosmic rays on a smart phone

Ingen sändning från Grimeton FN-dagen den 24 oktober

Den planerade sändningen under FN-dagen i morgon, 24 oktober, från Grimeton SAQ på 17,2 kHz är inställd. Antennerna används av andra system.

The planned transmission from Grimeton SAQ on 17.2 kHz is cancelled. The antennas are in use by other systems.


//Erik SM7DZV

Grimeton sänder på FN-dagen den 24 oktober

Grimeton/SAQ kommer troligen att sända med sin Alexanderson alternator den 24 oktober, på FN-dagen. Vi är inte hundraprocentigt säkra på att ha tillgång till antennen, eftersom en annan organisation använder den.

– Sändningen kommer som vanligt att ske på 17,2 kHz klockan 10:00 UTC. Start och avstämning börjar 09:30 UTC. Meddelandet som sänds har skrivits av danska studenter. Denna gång efterfrågas inga lyssnarrapporter. QSL kommer inte att besvaras.


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