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Subj: RSGB Main News - 26 Nov 2023
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GB2RS Main News for Sunday the 26th of November 2023

The news headlines:

* 2023 ITU World Radiocommunication Conference
* RSGB 2023 Convention presentation on Ofcom consultation
* Tonight@8 webinar

The first week of the 2023 ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 
has seen discussions get underway on a wide variety of agenda items. 
Notably for amateur radio, IARU Region 1 reports that new ITU 
Recommendation M.2164 on guidance for amateur and amateur satellite 
usage in the 1240 to 1300MHz range has now been published online. The 
IARU has also published an accompanying guide on its website – to 
read it visit  The recommendation is the 
culmination of a challenging four-year development period. It now 
forms a key component of the WRC-23 discussions, which are ongoing, 
relating to WRC-23 agenda item 9.1b. The RSGB special focus web page 
has regular reports and background on both 23cm and other frequency 
bands. To read more, visit  

In the latest RSGB 2023 Convention presentation to be released, RSGB 
Spectrum Forum Chair Murray Niman, G6JYB provides another informative 
session on the Ofcom Consultation. He also looks ahead to other 
changes in prospect across HF to microwaves from the IARU and WRC-23. 
He outlines the RSGB's response to the Ofcom Consultation and takes 
questions about the next steps. Work by specialist RSGB volunteers is 
integral to the RSGB's strategic focus on spectrum and licensing. You 
can watch the presentation on the RSGB YouTube channel at

Put the date in your diary for the final RSGB Tonight@8 webinar of 
2023. On Monday the 11th of December there will be a focus on amateur 
radio construction. Previous category winners Jenny Curtis M7JNY, 
Colin Murray GM4EA and David Law G0LBK, will talk about their 
construction projects and what they gained from entering the RSGB 
Construction Competition. Join the presentation and ask questions 
live on the RSGB's special BATC channel or the RSGB YouTube channel 

There is a great programme of live webinars lined up for early in 
2024. We begin on Monday the 15th of January with an update on WRTC 
2026 which is going to take place in the UK. Chairman and Project 
Manager Mark Haynes, M0DXR, and other members of the WRTC 2026 team, 
will join us live for this presentation. They will explain what WRTC 
is about and provide an overview of what the UK's Organising 
Committee are planning for the 2026 event. Find out how you can be 
part of this once-in-a-lifetime event – either as a spectator, 
volunteer, competitor or referee. If you saw Mark's RSGB 2023 
Convention presentation, this Tonight<at>8 webinar will tell you what 
has been happening since! Find out more about this and the other 
webinars in the spring programme on the RSGB website at

The November issue of RadCom Basics is now available. Among others, 
it contains articles on getting started with SOTA and building a 2m 
band antenna. To find out more, visit

Don't forget that Youngsters on the Air month is taking place 
throughout December. The month is aimed at helping youngsters get 
active on the amateur bands. It could be giving a demonstration at a 
local school or youth club or helping a young person to send a 
greetings message. Callsign GB23YOTA will be active for the duration 
of the month. Cambridge University Wireless Society is the first 
group to use the callsign. Listen out for them on Friday the 1st and 
Saturday the 2nd of December. Cray Valley Radio Society will be 
following them on Sunday the 3rd of December. A full list of 
operating slots can be found on These slots will be 
first-come, first-served, so check your calendars and reserve your 
place as soon as possible. To find out more about YOTA month visit  You can also email Jamie, M0SDV at 
yota.month<at> to register your interest, or simply ask 
for further information.

The RSGB shop's Black Friday sale is on now and ends on Thursday the 
30th of November. Members, and non-Members alike, will find bargains 
on a large number of books with up to 50% off the usual retail price. 
Check out

A recent Ofcom investigation has resulted in the conviction of a man 
who was deliberately causing interference to amateur radio users in 
the Hull area. The investigation involved the use of automatic 
monitoring equipment as well as ground-based engineers who monitored 
live transmissions. The case went to court and the defendant was 
found guilty of the unlicensed use of radio equipment, illegal 
possession of radio apparatus, and causing deliberate interference to 
wireless telegraphy – all of which are offences under the Wireless 
Telegraphy Act. To read more on this story visit

And now for details of rallies and events

The Bishop Auckland Radio Amateur Club Rally will take place on 
Sunday the 3rd of December. The event will be held at Spennymoor 
Leisure Centre, High Street, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6DB. The 
doors open at 10.30am for visitors, with disabled access from 10am. 
For more information, contact bdingle<at>

Mid Devon Amateur Radio and Computer Fair will take place on Saturday 
the 9th of December. The venue will be Winkleigh Sports and 
Recreation Centre, Mid Devon, EX19 8HZ. The event will run from 9am 
to 2pm. Entry is GBP 3 but there is no charge for partners and under 
16s. for more information, or to book a table, contact Phil, G6DLJ 
via email at philbridges<at>

The Sparkford Wireless Group Tabletop Rally, in aid of the RAIBC, 
will take place on Thursday the 28th of December from 9.30am to 1pm. 
The event will be held at Davis Hall, Howell Hill, West Camel near 
Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7QX. Entry is GBP 3 and free parking and 
refreshments will be available. For more information, email Bob via 

Now the Special Event News

LA100K is the special callsign in use by the Akademisk [AKA-DEM-ISK] 
Radioklubb, LA1K to celebrate the 100th anniversary since its 
foundation. Based in Trondheim, it is the oldest amateur radio club 
in Norway. The special callsign will be in use until the 31st of 

The Turkish Radio Amateurs Association is celebrating the 100th 
anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey on the 29th 
of October 1923. A number of special callsigns, including TC100YEAR, 
will be in use until the end of 2023.

Now the DX news

Tom, VK2WN will be active as AX37EUDXF until the 30th of November to 
celebrate the 37th anniversary of the European DX Foundation. QSL via 
Logbook of the World, eQSL or Club Log's OQRS. He does not use the 

Take, JI3DST will be active from the Miyako [MY-AH-COE] Islands, 
AS-079, until the 19th of December. He will be operating SSB, CW and 
FT8 using a variety of callsigns including JS6RRR. QSL via Club Log 
and Logbook of the World.

Now the contest news

The CQ World Wide DX CW Contest started at 0000UTC on Saturday the 
25th of November. It ends at 2359UTC today, Sunday the 26th of 
November. Using CW on the 160 to 10m bands, where contests are 
permitted, the exchange is signal report and CQ zone. The UK is in 
zone 14.

On Monday the 27th of November, the RSGB FT4 Contest runs from 2000 
to 2130UTC. Using FT4 on the 80, 40 and 20m bands, the exchange is 
your report.

On Tuesday the 28th of November, the SHF UK Activity Contest runs 
from 1930 to 2230UTC. Using all modes on the 13cm band, the exchange 
is signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the 29th of November the UK and Ireland Contest Club 80m 
Contest will run from 2000 to 2100UTC. Using CW on the 80m band, the 
exchange is your six-character locator.

The UK Six Metre Group's Winter Marathon runs from Friday the 1st of 
December 2023 to Wednesday 31st of January 2024. Using all modes on 
the 6m band, the exchange is signal report and locator.

The ARRL 160m Contest starts at 2200UTC on Friday the 1st of December 
and ends at 1600UTC on Sunday the 3rd of December. Using CW on the 
160m band, the exchange is a signal report. American and Canadian 
stations also send their ARRL or RAC section.

On Sunday the 3rd of December, the 144MHz Affiliated Societies 
Contest runs from 1000 to 1400UTC. Using all modes on the 2m band, 
the exchange is signal report, serial number, and locator.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA, and G4BAO 
on Thursday the 23rd of November 2023

What a difference a week makes! Last week the solar flux index was at 
118 but, by Thursday the 23rd, it had climbed up to 190 with the 
Sun's surface covered in spots with up to nine groups showing.

The maximum useable frequency over a 3,000km path was estimated at 
more than 40MHz at times. This, coupled with a Kp index of around two 
to three, was quite good for HF.

But it isn't all good news. There has been quite a bit of solar flare 
activity, and the promise of more to come. A significant eruption was 
recently observed beyond the northeast limb. This may result in a 
coronal mass ejection, but this will likely be directed away from 

Active regions 3490 and 3492 remain the main regions of focus and are 
listed as the most likely to produce a noteworthy solar flare. The 
current flare threat stands at 55% for a moderate M-Flare and 10% for 
a strong X-Flare.

DX this week included 4W8X in Timor-Leste and Don, ??3B8/G3XTT in 

The 10m band was good last week with the KQ2H repeater on 29.620MHz 
FM coming in strongly in the afternoon. There were plenty of SSB 
signals to work between 28.4 and  28.5MHz as well.

A scan from 28.200MHz to 28.300MHz around 2pm on the 23rd revealed 
plenty of beacons being received including IQ8CZ, IQ8BB and IZ8RVA in 
Italy; SV6DBG and SV2RSS in Greece; WW2BSA in New Jersey; K4PAR in 
Georgia; KA3JOE in Pennsylvania; and K5AB in Texas. All of these run 
less than 20W. For a full list of 10m beacons choose ‘Beacons and 
Repeaters' from the ‘On the air' tab at

Next week NOAA predicts that the solar flux index may decline to be 
in the range of 145 to 155. Geomagnetic conditions may be reasonably 
settled with a Kp index of two to three, although a coronal mass 
ejection or two could soon alter that! 

So, make the most of the good HF conditions while you can, especially 
in this weekend's CQ World Wide DX CW Contest.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

Weather patterns are settling and, with the current cold 
north-westerly wind, there are signs of something useful for eastern 
areas in the form of potential rain-scatter from heavy showers 
running down the North Sea.  

In the west, we have an area of high pressure with a chance of Tropo 
but, in cold low-level air near the surface, this may not be very 

The chance of high pressure building is probably limited and we are 
already seeing a return to more changeable weather.

The bulk of the coming week will be controlled by low pressure with 
rain or showers.

So, we have the possibility of further rain scatter, but little 
chance of significant Tropo, except perhaps if high pressure tries to 
make a comeback in the north the following weekend.  

The November Orionids meteor shower is making an appearance on the 
28th with a low Zenithal Hourly Rate, or ZHR, of three per hour for 
meteor scatter operators.  

Keep checking for auroral modes and don't forget that this can give 
LF bands a flutter to the signal, as was heard on 40m CW on Wednesday 
evening. In really strong events with a Kp index above, say, six then 
check the usual places for activity on the 6, 4 and 2m bands.

For EME operators, Moon declination is positive and rising to maximum 
on Wednesday the 29th. Path losses are low to start the week but 
rising. 144MHz sky noise is low to moderate all week. 
And that's all from the propagation team this week.

And that's the end of the main news for this week prepared by the
Radio Society of Great Britain.  Items for inclusion in subsequent
bulletins can be emailed to  radcom<at> to arrive by
10:00 on the Thursday before transmission.

Our thanks to Andy G4TNU for providing this RSGB feed.
-- g4apl@gb7cip.#32.gbr.euro

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