NOV Update …. the NOV application for the ‘V’ Prefix is now available to apply for online (see link below) although it cannot be used until the 5th of July.
It was announced in the RSGB magazine that all UK radio amateurs will be able to apply to use the special V prefix, such as GV, MV and 2V starting July 5th, 2013, until the end of the month of July.
These special prefixes will be used to celebrate 100th anniversary of the
Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).
Further details on this will be announced nearer to the time of the event.
Finally an update on the events of March 13th when we aired G100RSGB. The main operator was Bob, G8DRQ, and all of the contacts were on 80m but covered a large part of the UK. We did scan 20 and 40m but a combinations of local noise level, band conditions and our mediocre loft mounted bent G5RV antenna (or should that be aerial) meant we had no sucess, so if you did call us to no avail many apologies. The operating style was rag-chew rather than contest style so in comparison with many other club stations our QSO rate was very modest. We only operated for about 2 hours during our weekly club meetings but it was very enjoyable and many thanks to the team at RSGB HQ for giving us the opportunity. For G150RSGB we will make sure we have learnt the lessons from this!
This is planned to be a country-wide event, with individual clubs arranging lunchtime BBQs and fun events, linked by radio with SSB operation centred on 144.250 MHz or FM on 144.550 MHz and nearby simplex channels
Saturday, 6 July is the nearest day to the Anniversary day of our Centenary and by coincidence will take place as many clubs and contest groups set up for the Centenary VHF National Field Day contest. Of course we recognise that some groups will be too focused and busy setting up their contest station, but we hope that others will be able to widen the participation and have some fun over lunchtime exchanging greetings, etc, with those nearby holding similar BBQs.
Further details and venue to be announced nearer the date.
2013 World Amateur Radio Day — April 18 — Celebrates 100 Years of Disaster Communications
This year marks the 88th anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). To mark this occasion, the IARU and its more than 160 Member Societies will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. For many years, the IARU Administrative Council has declared a theme for each World Amateur Radio Day. The theme for 2013 is Amateur Radio: Entering Its Second Century of Disaster Communications.