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GB2RS Main News for Sunday the 3rd of December 2023

The news headlines:

* ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 update
* Youth country representatives sought
* YOTA month has begun

The 2023 World Radio Conference has reached the halfway point in its 
four-week deliberations. After numerous meetings, the 23cm topic has 
made progress at the sub-working group level, and the outcome is 
expected to progress up the WRC committee structure for 
adoption. Meanwhile, attention is also being paid to a wide variety 
of other current and future agenda proposals where amateur frequency 
allocations are in scope, from HF and VHF upwards into the microwave 
bands. IARU President Timothy Ellam, VE6SH arrived to support the 
amateur radio team at the Conference and was able to record an ITU 
interview which is available online. The RSGB special focus 
page continues to have regular updates and additional detail. You 
can find the page at

The RSGB is looking for four licensed radio amateurs to help raise 
the profile of wireless communication amongst young people. 
Initially, we're looking for RSGB members based in England, Northern 
Ireland, Scotland and Wales to engage young people in the hobby. 
Volunteers in these new roles will represent the RSGB at externally 
organised events and will plan and deliver outreach events. If you 
have plenty of ideas, a passion for getting young people involved in 
amateur radio and experience of running small-scale events, we would 
be very keen to hear from you. For full details of these roles visit and for an informal discussion please email RSGB 
Board Director, Ben Lloyd, GW4BML via gw4bml<at>

Youngsters on the Air month has now begun. Callsign GB23YOTA is 
active for the duration of the month, with a range of groups, clubs 
and individuals having reserved operating slots. Cray Valley Radio 
Society is active with the callsign between 12pm and 6pm today, the 
3rd. Tomorrow, Monday the 4th of December, Wick High School is the 
first of several schools this week to be operating GB23YOTA. It will 
be on the air between 8am and 5pm. Sandringham School will be active 
on Wednesday the 6th of December between 8am and 4pm, as well as 
Mallaig High School who will be hosting the callsign on Thursday the 
7th of December between 8am and 3pm. Finally, for this week, the 
RSGB National Radio Centre will be operating as GB23YOTA on Saturday 
the 9th of December between 9am and 5pm. Remember to listen out and 
have a QSO with a young radio amateur on the air. If you'd like to 
get involved, you've still got time. Email Jamie, M0SDV at 
yota.month<at> to register your interest or ask for 
further information. 

The latest RSGB 2023 Convention video to be released is three 
presentations in one, on the topic of the 23cm band. Barry Lewis, 
G4SJH talks about amateur and RNSS coexistence in the 23cm band, then 
John Worsnop, G4BAO considers how the possible RNSS changes will 
affect narrow band DX and Earth Moon Earth operation. Finally, Dave 
Crump, G8GKQ looks at the future of ATV on the 23cm band. These 
presentations were given before the WRC23 conference, and final 
arrangements will depend on the WRC23 outcome. You can watch the 
presentation on the RSGB YouTube channel at

The last of the RSGB's Tonight<at>8 webinars for 2023 is on Monday 
the 11th of December. It focuses on amateur radio construction and 
the RSGB Construction Competition. Jenny Curtis M7JNY, Colin Murray 
GM4EAU, and David Law G0LBK will talk about the projects they worked 
on and why they decided to submit them to the RSGB Construction 
Competition in recent years. If you're interested in trying something 
new, or are wondering whether to submit your construction project to 
the RSGB competition, this webinar is for you! Watch live on the RSGB 
YouTube channel or special BATC channel and ask questions via the 
live chat. To find out more go to the RSGB website at

The RSGB Emerging Technology Coordination Committee members will be 
taking a break from processing Notices of Variation and enquiries 
from the 20th of December until the 3rd of January. They will reply 
to emails after that but please be patient as they work through any 

When G-QRP Club Secretary Dick, G0BPS, heard about the Radio 
Communications Foundation initiative to pay for 60 RSGB Foundation 
exams taken by young people in full-time education, he asked if the 
Club could help out. The Club Committee, minus Chairman Steve G0FUW, 
who is also an RCF Trustee, agreed to sponsor an additional ten 
exams. The RCF now has the funds and awaits applications from young 
people who would benefit from a little help in getting started in 
amateur radio. The G-QRP Club is devoted to low power communications 
and has over 4,000 members, mostly in the UK, but also in pretty much 
every corner of the world. Further information can be found at 

And now for details of rallies and events

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

Also taking place today, the 3rd, is the Royal Wootton Bassett 
Swapmeet and Auction in Swindon, Wiltshire. There will be 
approximately 25 tables of items available from private sellers as 
well as bring-and-buy tables. The auction will include around 300 
lots. Location details and event times are on the Event Location page 

The 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. It 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

Datta [DAH-TAH], VU2DSI is active as AU2JCB until the 11th of 
December to commemorate the birthdate of Indian physicist and radio 
pioneer Jagadish Chandra Bose who was born on the 30th of November 
1858. He will operate SSB on the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10m bands, and FM 
on the 10 and 6m bands. QSL direct to his home call. 

A60WRC is the special callsign in use by members of the Emirates 
Amateur Radio Society during the ITU World Radiocommunication 
Conference 2023 which is ongoing until the 15th of December. 
Individual operators may append a serial number to the special 
callsign, and operate as, for example, A60WRC/1. See for more 

Special event station VP8FLY is operating throughout the month of 
December to mark the 75th anniversary of the Falkland Islands 
Government Air Service. For more information visit

Now the DX news

Burkhard, DL3KZA is active as YB9/DL3KZA from Sumbawa [SOOM-BAA-WUH] 
Island, OC-150, until tomorrow, the 4th of December. QSL via home 
call, direct or via the bureau.

Maurizio, IK2GZU is active as 5H3MB in Tanzania until the 8th of 
December while doing volunteer work at the Ikelu [EE-KAH-LOO] 
Hospital and Ilembula [EH-LEM-BUE-LAH] Orphanage. In his spare time, 
he operates SSB, CW and digital modes on the 80 to 10m bands. QSL via 
Club Log's OQRS, Logbook of the World, eQSL, via IK2GZU directly or 
via the bureau.

Now the contest news

Today, the 3rd, 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.

On Tuesday the 5th of December the 144MHz UK Activity Contest runs 
from 2000 to 2230UTC. Using all modes on the 2m band, the exchange is 
signal report, serial number and locator.

Also on Tuesday the 5th of December, the 144MHz FM Activity Contest 
runs from 1900 to 1955UTC. Using FM on the 2m band, the exchange is 
signal report, serial number and locator.

On Wednesday the 6th, the 144MHz FT8 Activity four-hour Contest runs 
from 1700 to 2100UTC. Using FT8 on the 2m band, the exchange is 
report and four-character locator. Also on Wednesday the 6th, the 
144MHz FT8 Activity two-hour Contest runs from 1900 to 2100UTC. Using 
FT8 on the 2m band, the exchange is report and four-character 
locator. Stations entering the four-hour contest may also enter the 
two-hour contest.

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

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

The ARRL 10m Contest starts at 0000UTC on Saturday the 9th of 
December and ends at 2359UTC on Sunday the 10th of December. Using CW 
and Phone on the 10m band, the exchange is signal report and serial 
number. American, Canadian and Mexican stations also send their state 
or province code.

Now the radio propagation report, compiled by G0KYA, G3YLA, and G4BAO 
on Thursday the 30th of November 2023
We were lucky last week – the solar flux index remained quite high 
and, after the geomagnetic upsets around the 25th, we had settled 
conditions, with the Kp index below two.

Unfortunately, it looks like that is all about to change. 
On Tuesday the 28th, two M-class solar flares and associated coronal 
mass ejections caused a plasma cloud to be directed towards Earth. It 
is expected to catch up with an earlier coronal mass ejection, or 
perhaps arrive shortly thereafter. 

Moderate G2 storming with a chance for strong G3 storming can 
therefore be expected, with an increased Kp index. 
If this wasn't bad enough, a very large coronal hole is rotating into 
an Earth-facing position as well.

This became geo-effective on the 2nd of December, and we can 
therefore expect any associated plasma in the solar wind early next 
week. Just how bad it will be is hard to say as it will largely 
depend on the interplanetary magnetic field of the plasma coming off 
the Sun. If it's north facing we might just dodge the bullet but, if 
it is south facing, we can expect significant auroral displays and 
propagation to match.

Either way, it will be worth keeping an eye on and also 
the upper HF bands for signs of auroral-type activity. After an 
initial surge in the MUF we can expect band conditions to decline for 
at least a day or two.

So, all in all then, we can expect the bands to be disrupted at the 
end of this weekend ending the 3rd of December.

Next week NOAA predicts the worst will be over by the 8th of 
December, but we are in uncharted territory and can expect anything 
to happen. So, work the HF DX if and when you hear it!
On a side note, we are now heading towards winter propagation 
conditions so expect to hear DX activity on Top Band and 80m at night 
and especially around sunrise. The 40m band may also throw up some 
surprises during late afternoon.

And now the VHF and up propagation news

The weak-but-cold easterly pattern is providing some sharp frosts, 
and scattered showers suggest that Tropo is not likely. However, the 
overnight cooling temperature inversion inland, or anywhere away from 
the east coast, could see temporary Tropo develop overnight and up to 
about mid-morning. The showers themselves are mostly fairly shallow 
and don't look wonderful from a rain scatter perspective.

All of this changes by mid-week as low pressure starts to dominate 
again and really takes control for the rest of the coming week. This 
will bring stronger winds, spells of heavy rain and a return to 
milder air again. It does not, however, encourage thoughts of Tropo 
becoming a big player next week!

Don't forget to check in the early mornings for random meteor scatter 
opportunities and keep an eye on the Kp index for possible aurora. 
This is the better option with such an active Sun at the moment and, 
as we said earlier in the HF report, seems to be a strong player as 
we finish this first weekend of December.

For EME operators, Moon declination is positive and falling, going 
negative on Thursday the 7th. Monday the 4th is apogee when the Moon 
is furthest away so expect path losses to be at their highest. 144MHz 
sky noise is low 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.

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