Snips – News For Scotland – 27th December

The news headlines:

  • Thanks and seasonal greetings
  • Charity auction raises over £1000
  • New GB2RS News Manager appointed

GB2RS (inc 3rd Jan) Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS

GMDX Group –  Member Neil G0JHC reports that fellow member Ian Brown GM4YSN has become SK following a long illness. Ian was a member and regular at the convention over the years, always a big signal from his impressive station in the Borders. (Gavin GM0GAV)

And also: the GMDX announces the January Activity Challenge 2021.The Challenge shall start at 0001z on 1st January 2021 and end at 2359 on 31st January 2021. The Challenge is open to all current members of GMDX. The challenge is to work as many different DXCCs during the time period. For further details checkout the GMDX Website.

Also Checkout the WoSARS RADIO NETS Page for ‘On-Air’ Nets taking place.

144Mhz TEP Openings

There have been some remarkable contacts made on 144 MHz recently via Trans-Equatorial Propagation (TEP) from the Caribbean to South America with many in the region of 4000 to 5000 kms. One of the most impressive was a contact between P41E on the island of Aruba and LU2EPO near Buenos Aires in Argentina, a distance of just over 5400 kms……………….CLICK for more.

Funding Award Keeps Fife Museum Communicating

Museum of Communication volunteers Ian Archibald (Burntisland), Dave Pack (Edinburgh) and Andrew Starling (Kirkcaldy) react to news of the award by Museums Galleries Scotland.

The Museum of Communication in Burntisland is pleased to announce an award in excess of £5,000 from the Recovery and Resilience Fund of Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS).

Museum of Communication Chairman Prof. Tom Stevenson said, “2020 has been a very lean year for us. The MGS award will help our entirely volunteer-run museum to survive through the winter as well as enabling us to upgrade our digital presence and prepare for reopening in2021. We’re eagerly looking forward to the day when we can once again offer everyone a fascinating visitor experience here in Burntisland.”

MGS has established the Recovery and Resilience Fund to secure the future of Scottish independent museums put at risk by the pandemic, thus safeguarding the vital role they play in their communities. MGS benefitted from a £4 million allocation from a £97 million package of Scottish Government funding to protect Scotland’s culture and heritage sectors from the impacts of Covid-19.

Lucy Casot, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland said: “We are delighted to support the Museum of Communication through the Recovery and Resilience Fund. They have responded to the challenges of the pandemic, and subsequent temporary closure, with plans for increased online activities, which will continue to welcome their community and visitors from around the world to explore this fascinating museum.

The Museum of Communication’s responsive forward thinking is a credit to the volunteers who run the museum. We wish them every success as they work to deliver lectures to supporters across the world and safely reopen the museum in 2021 for their community.”

By David Brown – (e-mail dwbrown384@sky.com tel. 07886 915721)

  • The Museum of Communication is a registered museum based at 131 High Street, Burntisland KY3 9AA. It is run entirely by volunteers.
  • It was established in Bo’ness in 1992 and later moved to Burntisland, opening in 2005.
  • It has an outstanding collection of communications-related material and offers lectures and other activities, currently online.
  • For further information about the Museum of Communication see www.mocft.co.uk .

TX Factor – Episode 27 Available Soon

Extract off GB2RS (29th November)

Episode 27 TX Factor will soon be available.

In this latest episode the RSGB’s General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB explains how the Society’s positive response to the spring and summer lockdown helped to boost awareness of amateur radio in the UK.Steve stresses the importance of the ongoing work needed to maintain the impetus.

Bob, G0FGX and Mike, G1IAR get to grips with using an RF Shark openSPOT Hostspot for some mobile DMR action.

Bob visits Don Field, G3XTT at his new QTH near Wells to see how the editor of Practical Wireless created some simple antennas to swiftly resume his on-air activities. TX Factor episode 27 is proudly sponsored by the Radio Society of Great Britain and can be viewed at www.txfactor.co.uk.

Snips – News For Scotland – 22nd November

The news headlines:

  • Spectrum Forum meeting details published
  • Help wanted for eclipse propagation tests
  • GB1NHS on the air over Christmas

GB2RS Script – HERE .

NEWS

Details of all known nets in Scotland are collated by RSGB Region 1 Regional Representative Tony, MM0TMZ in association with Jack GM4COX, and the West of Scotland ARS—they are published at wosars.club/radio-nets.

The GB2RS service is looking for newsreaders in the Scottish Borders and the Aberdeen area. There are also vacancies for standby readers in and around Elgin and Caithness. If you would like to volunteer then please contact Regional Representative Tony Miles by email on rr1@rsgb.org.uk. Newsreaders must be members of the RSGB.

Newsreader Rolfe, in Aylth, Scotland, who was the standby reader for the Perth area has recently become the primary reader. He has obtained good reports from the Dundee area for his 9am broadcasts, so filling the gap for a reader there. Gordon, 2M0PIJ from Clydebank has also been getting good reports for his newly introduced GB2RS broadcasts at 10am on DMR talk group 23559 in the west of Scotland.

CLUB NEWS (and Nets)

In the absence of club meetings, West of Scotland ARS has a daily net from 11am on 145.425MHz. Wednesday sees a net from 8pm on 433.425MHz, and on Friday, there’s an  open net on 145.425MHz, also from 8pm. More details at wosars.club.

The Viking Amateur Radio Net runs on Sundays from 6pm on 3660 or 3639kHz. Details are on their Facebook page.

Ayr Amateur Radio Group has a CW net on Sundays on 144.295MHz from 7pm, and on 145.450MHz FM from 7.30pm. There are daily nets around 7.035MHz from 10.15am, moving to 7.065MHz and 145.450MHz at 10.30am. Friday sees a Zoom meeting, which may include a presentation. For details, email derek.secaarg@gmail.com.

Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has a net on Sundays from 2pm around 3.720MHz SSB, later moving to around 3.540MHz for a CW net. Tuesday sees a net on 145.475MHz FM from 7.30pm. For details, email klarcinfo@gmail.com.

Mid-Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society has a net on Sundays from 9pm on 28.475MHz. Wednesday sees the DMR Scotland net on talk group 23550 from 8pm, and on Friday there’s a private club Zello chat from 7pm, which later moves to 2m. Details at mlars.co.uk.

Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Society has a net on Sundays from 7.30pm on GB3DG, which usually moves to Zoom at around 8pm. Thursday sees a net on GB3DG from 7pm. There is also an open RAYNET net daily on GB3DG from noon. See gm4riv.org.

Dundee Amateur Radio Club has nets on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm on GB3AG and GB3DD. There’s a Skype meeting on Tuesday. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU on 0776 370 8933.

Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society has a net from noon on Sundays, this week on GB3OH as GB3FE is currently down. Monday and Thursday see nets on GB3OH and 145.550MHz from 7pm. Email secretary@gm6nx.com for further information.

The Loch Lomond Sunday net takes place on 144.9625MHz in the Vale of Leven and surrounding areas and via Echolink on gateway MB7 IBH-L from 8pm, moving to DMR talk group 23559 from 9pm. Contact Paul, MM3DDQ via email to mm3ddq@yahoo.co.uk.

Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio Club has its net on Monday from 8pm on 433.525MHz FM. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

Glenrothes and District Radio Club has open nets from 10am on 3.790MHz every day except Sunday. There are also nets on Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm on 145.425MHz. Morse training is available. Further details from Tam on 0775 352 6498.

Paisley Amateur Radio Club has a net on Mondays from 8pm on 144.550MHz and Zello. Tuesday sees a DMR net in room 4415 from 8pm. On Thursday there’s a net on 144.550MHz FM and on Zello from 7.30pm.

Livingston and District Amateur Radio Society has a net on Tuesdays from 7.30pm on 145.575MHz FM. Wednesday sees a net on DMR Scotland talk group 23550 from 8pm. Contact Cathie, 2M0DIB on 01506 433 846.

On Wednesday, Lothians Radio Society has a net on 144.350MHz SSB from 8pm. Email secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com.

Caithness Amateur Radio Society has nets on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2pm on 3.740MHz LSB, ±QRM. Details at qsl.net/ms0fnr.

Lomond Radio Club has a net on Thursdays from 7.30pm using MB7IBH and EchoLink. Contact gm0kzx@googlemail.com.

On Friday, Strathclyde Park Amateur Radio Club has a net from 7.30pm on 145.400MHz, and also on the BATC channel from 8pm. Email Bill, MM0SFB at gm0syv@btinternet.com.

Snips – News For Scotland – 15th November

The news headlines:

  • Hope QSO Parties over Christmas period
  • RSGB responds to Ofcom’s second EMF consultation
  • RCF help is available to schools and colleges

GB2RS Script – HERE .

GENERAL NEWS

Details of all known nets in Scotland are collated by RSGB Regional Representative Tony, MM0TMZ in association with Jack GM4COX and the West of Scotland ARS, and they are published at https://wosars.club/radio-nets.

The GB2RS service is looking for newsreaders in the Scottish Borders, Dundee, and the Aberdeen area. There are also vacancies for stand-by readers in and around Elgin and Caithness. If you would like to volunteer then please contact Regional Rep Tony Miles via email to rr1@rsgb.org.uk. Newsreaders must be a Member of the RSGB and be at minimum Intermediate operators.

Don’t forget new Newsreader Gordon Wilson, 2M0PIJ from Clydebank will now be providing West of Scotland Sunday GB2RS broadcasts at 10am on DMR Talk Group TG23559. This is in addition to regular broadcasts on 70.425, 145.525, and 433.525MHz from the other Glasgow Newsreaders.

CLUB NEWS

In the absence of club meetings, West of Scotland ARS has a daily net from 11am on 145.425MHz. Wednesday sees a net from 8pm on 433.425MHz and on Friday there’s an open net on 145.425MHz, also from 8pm. More details are at https://wosars.club.

The Viking Amateur Radio Net runs from 6pm on 3660 or 3639kHz. Details are on their Facebook page.

Ayr Amateur Radio Group has a CW net on 144.295MHz from 7pm and on 145.450MHz FM from 7.30pm on Sundays. There are daily nets around 7.035MHz from 10.15am, moving to 7.065MHz and 145.450MHz at 10.30am. Contact Derek on 07447 931 941.

Kilmarnock & Loudoun Amateur Radio Club has a net on Sundays from 2pm around 3.720MHz SSB, later moving to around 3.540MHz for a CW net. Tuesday sees a net on 145.475MHz FM from 7.30pm. For details, email klarcinfo@gmail.com.

Mid Lanarkshire Amateur Radio Society has a net on Sundays from 9pm on 28.475MHz. Wednesday sees the DMR Scotland net on TG23550 from 8pm and on Friday there’s a private club Zello chat from 7pm, which later moves to 2m. Details are at https://mlars.co.uk.

Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Society has a net on Sundays from 7.30pm on GB3DG, which usually moves to Zoom at around 8pm. Thursday sees a net on GB3DG from 7pm. There is also an open RAYNET net daily on GB3DG from noon. See www.gm4riv.org for further details.

Dundee Amateur Radio Club has nets on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm on GB3AG and GB3DD. A Skype meeting on Tuesday replaces the normal club night. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU on 07763 708 933.

Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society has replaced club meetings with a net on Sundays from noon via GB3FE and 145.550MHz. Monday and Thursday also see nets on GB3FE and 145.550MHz from 7pm. Email secretary@gm6nx.com for further information.

The Loch Lomond Sunday night net takes place on 144.9625MHz in the Vale of Leven and surrounding areas and via Echolink on gateway MB7 IBH -L from 8pm, moving to DMR TG 23559 from 9pm. Contact Paul, MM3DDQ via email to mm3ddq@yahoo.co.uk.

On Monday Edinburgh & District Amateur Radio Club has its net from 8pm on 433.525MHz FM. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192.

Glenrothes & District Radio Club has open nets from 10am on 3.790MHz every day except Sunday. There are also nets on Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm on 145.425MHz. Morse training is available. Further details from Tam on 07753 526 498.

Paisley Amateur Radio Club has a net on Mondays from 8pm on 144.550MHz and Zello. Tuesday sees a DMR net in room 4415 from 8pm. On Thursday there’s a net on 144.550MHz FM and on Zello from 7.30pm.

Livingston & District Amateur Radio Society has a net on Tuesdays from 7.30pm on 145.575MHz FM. Wednesday sees a net on DMR Scotland TG23550 from 8pm. Contact Cathie, 2M0DIB on 01506 433 846.

On Wednesday Lothians Radio Society has a net on 144.350MHz SSB from 8pm. Email secretary@lothiansradiosociety.com for further information.

Caithness Amateur Radio Society has nets on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2pm on 3.740MHz LSB, ±QRM. Details are at www.QSL.net/ms0fnr.

Lomond Radio Club has a net on Thursdays from 7.30pm using MB7IBH and EchoLink. Contact gm0kzx@googlemail.com for further information.

On Friday Strathclyde Park Amateur Radio Club has a net from 7.30pm on 145.400MHz, and also on the BATC channel from 8pm. Details from Bill, MM0SFB via email to gm0syv@btinternet.com.

On Fridays, Ayr Amateur Radio Group hosts Zoom meetings, some of which include presentations. Contact Derek, MM0OVD, via email to derek.secaarg@gmail.com.

Snips – News For Scotland – 8th November

The news headlines:

  • RSGB preps reply to 2nd EMF consultation
  • Convention: Learn More About… stream on YouTube
  • ARRL opposes new $50 licence fee

GB2RS Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS (No significant difference from the previous Sunday – 1st Nov)

Details of all known nets in Scotland are collated by RSGB Regional Representative Tony, MM0TMZ in association with Jack GM4COX and the West of Scotland ARS, and they are published at wosars.club/radio-nets.

New Newsreader Gordon Wilson, 2M0PIJ from Clydebank will now be providing fill-in to the broadcasts in the west of Scotland and re-broadcasting the west of Scotland Sunday GB2RS broadcasts at 10am on DMR talk group 23559.

In the absence of club meetings, West of Scotland ARS has a daily net from 11am on 145.425MHz. There’s an experimental SSTV net at noon this Sunday on 144.500MHz FM. Wednesday sees a net from 8pm on 433.425MHz and on Friday there’s an open net on 145.425MHz, also from 8pm. More details are at wosars.club

And again for further information as to individual club nets checkout the link above.

UK Amateur Radio Exam Report Released

Colin Butler

The RSGB Examinations Standards Committee (ESC) report covering 2019 is now available to DOWNLOAD .

The report contains statistics for the both the RSGB amateur radio exams and the Air Cadets Organisation (ACO) exam which Ofcom considers to be equivalent to the RSGB Foundation.

Ofcom has been concerned about the participation of women in amateur radio and STEM disciplines. They requested the ESC to publish figures for the number of women taking the exams. Unfortunately, the results are disappointing with only 9.9% of all exams being taken by women.

Snips – News For Scotland – 9th August

The news headlines:

            Remote Invigilation helps hundreds

            Check RSGB news online

            Could you write for children?

GB2RS Script – HERE .

CLUB NEWS

During the COVID crisis a list of known club nets, and activities, is now being published on the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society (WoSARS) web site. They have a table listing times and frequencies and this can be found at
https://wosars.club/radio-nets/

With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, we are now including meeting details where advised. However, this information should be regarded as optimistic, it is strongly advised that you to check with organisers well before travelling. Above all, please observe any national or local restrictions, including social distancing.

Stirling Club has resumed normal Club meetings on Thursdays and Sundays, and is running an ARDF day on 16th August. (On WoSARS Calendar)

Also a new AR Net from Shetland & South Uist

“We are delighted to announce the Viking Amateur Radio Net started last Saturday, 25th July. The Net is based in Scotland and is dedicated to promoting friendly Amateur Radio chat on the Amateur Radio Bands of 80m & 40m. Our Facebook & Net is open to all licenced amateur operators & SWL’s from any country. The current MORNING band is on 80-metre from 05:00 to 06:00 UTC (06:00 to 07:00 local UK time) seven days a week. The base frequency is 3.770MHz. The 40-metre band Net time/frequency is yet to be announced. https://www.facebook.com/groups/VikingAmateurRadioNet/ “

 

And, as noted in last Sunday’s GB2RS the following:

CANCELLATION – the Cockenzie and Port Seaton Mini Rally/Junk Night on Friday 14th August has been cancelled.

CANCELLATION – GMDX Conventition – Bannockburn – 17th October.

CANCELLATION – Galashiels  Rally – 25th October.

And New This Sunday:

CANCELLATION GMRT – Scotland’s Microwave Round Table & Dinner – 7th November. (On CALENDAR )