GB7SE now licensed.

The NoV has now been issued for GB7SE a new DMR repeater which covers Thurrock, Havering and North Kent areas. Please keep an eye on our site, twitter etc as we will be keeping you up to date with progress and when the repeater is live on the air. This is expected to happen in the next week or two.

For those looking for more information on DMR please visit UK DMR‘s site.

For a Ham friendly radio dealer selling DMR radios please visit HAM DMR. Andy will be happy to help you with any questions.

There are also a number of DMR related Facebook pages and forums about which are also a good source of information.

More Slow Scan Television (SSTV) activity from the International Space Station

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has announced another round of amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV) activity from the International Space Station (ISS) will take place. Continuous operation, using the call sign RS0ISS, is expected to start at 1000 UT on Saturday, April 11 to commemorate the anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin which took place on April 12, 1961.

Twelve different images will be sent on 145.800 MHz FM using the SSTV mode PD180, with a 3-minute off time between transmissions.


Huw goes /MM

The Chance of going on a one night cruise does not come around to often, but it does mean a night to get together with some family members for a drink or two (and Im thinking play radio.)

The XYL was not overly impressed so I tucked away my Yaesu FT60 and thought yep I`m going to go marine mobile.

Now as we all know THE 2MTR AND 70CM bands are not overly active on any Friday afternoon but at least wifey does not know this.

Boarding the MV Magellan (Pictured) at Tilbury Dock I was eager to get the handheld going. As per the conditions of our Licence you have to gain the Ships masters permission to operate on the vessel. Running off, I go the the reception and ask them to contact the Captain for my authority to transmit.

Two and a bit hours later I return to the Reception and good news, permission granted. Intending to use the club call sign MX0XYD, I’m now fit & ready to use /MM (Marine Mobile)

Huw 1

Refueling problems meant the ship delayed its departure until 4PM some 3hrs later than scheduled (no need for my spare battery) Only wanting to use the /MM suffix for the day meant having to wait until we was under way heading east along the Thames Estuary.

So on the top deck and at the stern of the Magellan I managed to get just five contacts using VHF and the repeaters GB3DA & GB3ER. The cold wind, shed loads of QRM that Friday, Sunset and a double Rum calling meant that it was time to stop being a Ham and revert to being Hubby again for the remainder of the voyage.

Was it worth the hassle from the XYL? Was it worth the trouble getting the ship masters permission for 1hr 10Mins of radio operations?

Dam right it was…

PS, A big hello to the G6 station who come and said hello whilst I was operating, Sorry I did`nt catch the remainder of the call sign or even your name, but if he reads this he will know who he is.

Logbook entries as follows;

Date Call Sign Time Freq
27/03/2015 M1DUC 16:20 2m
27/03/2015 G4HCK 16:59 2m
27/03/2015 M6PRT 17:14 70cm
27/03/2015 M6KDG 17:14 70cm
27/03/2015 M6EWL 17:15 2m

G7BNZ Huw. 73`s

434 MHz balloon launch at Stargazing event !

Radio amateur David Akerman M0RPI will be launching a 434 MHz balloon from the BBC Stargazing Live solar eclipse event in Leicester on March 20.

The flight is to primarily to take photographs during the partial solar eclipse.

Slow Scan Digital Video (SSDV), RTTY and LoRa telemetry beacons will be transmitting from the balloon in 434 MHz, so plenty of stuff to tune in to.

Full Details on the Amsat uk website

World Amateur Radio Day 2015

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters.  Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio.

Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.  From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions.

IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia.

Region 2 covers the Americas.

Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

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