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Weekly Bulletin 6 January 2017

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WEEKLY BULLETIN  – 6 January 2017




Wed. Saw a cheerful return to normality with a well attended club meeting..


Thurs. Conditions for the 40m net were ‘frustrating’ as our more distant members faded in and out.



Rallies this weekend


None Known to me.





The ARRL RTTY Roundup,


Kid’s Day SSB Contest,


 EUCW 160-Metre CW Contest, ( details at  EuCW 160m )


EuCW 160m




QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt,


NCCC CW Sprint,


PODXS 070 Club PSKFest,


SKCC Weekend CW Sprintathon,


World Wide PMC Contest


Original QRP Contest


are all arranged for your interest and cw practice  for this first weekend of the new year. see  WA7BNM website for details



  •  CLUB EVENTS in January 
  • Wed. 11th Talk about “The Sun” by Chris Suddell . 7.30 for 8 [  Whether  tabloid or  spheroid is a secret.! maybe a Coronal Eruption on page 3 ? ]
  • Wed, 18th On the air evening
  • Wed. 25th  January:  Soldiering teach-in



By way of a change, those of you who “collect”  islands may be interested in


Island On The Air activities: (IOTA)


Note : IOTA-preferred frequencies are :

: 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530 kHz
SSB: 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3760 kHz



AN-010, various, South Shetland Islands: OA0MP will be operating from the Machu Picchu Antartic Base (King George Island) during the 24th Peruvian Research Expedition. More information to follow. QSL via OA4O.


SA-028; PY2, Sao Paulo State East group: Willian/PY2XIZ, Francisco/PY2ALC, and Luiz/PU2ULN will be activating Couves Island (DIB SP022) between Jan. 7 (11z) and Jan. 8 (14z) with the call ZV2CV. QRV on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10m (SSB, CW, digital modes). QSL via PY2XIZ (d) or bureau, LoTW (after 6 months).


SA-043; CE7, Alsen Region North group: Domingo/CE1DY, Mauricio/CE7KF, Marco/CE1TBN, Cesar/CA5GRF, and Bruno/CE7PGO are going to operate from Ascension Island, Guaitecas Archipelago (WW Loc. FK36dc) with the call XR7T between the 10th and 17th. QRV on HF on SSB and digital modes. QSL via CE7PGO (d/B), LoTW, OQRS.


DX opportunities in January


2017 Jan02 2017 Jan11 Maldives 8Q7AZ DL8AZ DXNews
By DL8AZ fm Meeru I (IOTA AS-013, MJ64uk); 40-10m; SSB
2017 Jan03 2017 Jan21 Laos XW4XR LotW TDDX
By AA4XR fm Vientiane; 160-10m; CW RTTY JT65; QSL also OK via E21EIC
2017 Jan04 2017 Jan22 Micronesia V63 DXW.Net
By JA3ARJ as V63ARJ, JH3LSS as V63LSS, JA3AVO JH3PBL W7AYA likewise fm Pohnpei; 160-6m; CW SSB + digital
2017 Jan05 2017 Jan09 South Cook Is E51AMF LotW DXW.Net
By K7ADD fm Rarotonga I (IOTA OC-013); 80-10m, perhaps 160m; SSB RTTY; 1.5kw; verticals and wires near salt water; QSL also OK via K7ADD direct, Club Log, eQSL



HF forecasting 


Try :


VOACAP Online – professional-grade high-frequency (3-30 MHz) point-to-point propagation predictions



Radio Broadcasting News


Norway is to become the first country to shut down its FM radio network, despite concerns that millions are not ready for the switch to digital.

Critics have warned it is both risky and unpopular, not least because an estimated two million cars on Norwegian roads are not equipped with DAB receivers.

There are also fears that elderly and vulnerable people, often cut off by fjords and mountains, may be left unable to receive emergency warnings – traditionally broadcast on FM.

OPRESSION.!  A poll by a national newspaper in December found that 66% of Norwegians were opposed to the switchover, and only 17% were in favour.  The change is being pushed through regardless, !

The northern city of Bodoe will be first to go DAB-only on Wednesday.

Norway’s parliament voted in favour of switching off FM radio after hearing it would lead to a greater choice of radio stations, as well as clearer sound. But Ib Thomsen, an MP from the Progress Party, said:


“We are simply not ready for this yet.  “There are two million cars on Norwegian roads that don’t have DAB receivers, and millions of radios in Norwegian homes will stop working when the FM network is switched off. So there is definitely a safety concern.”


Ole Joergen, head of Digital Radio Norway, has admitted that cars will be the “biggest challenge” because a good digital adapter for an FM car radio costs about 1,500 Norwegian crowns (£142).

Other countries will be watching with great interest, with Switzerland planning to retire its FM network in 2020.

Bad idea.

 The UK government says it will consider a switchover once 50% of listeners are using a digital radio – a milestone which analysts say ( how do they know? ) could be reached by the end of this year.

Comment: I’m still on Long Wave ! If You Use a DAB radio DO NOT tell anyone !. (G3GVB)


Of course, you’ll need DAB  🙁  to listen to  LBC  – Why LBC ? Read on.:


Posted by Roy Martin

Nigel Farage has signed up for a daily radio show on Global’s LBC, starting next week.

He’ll be on-air Monday to Thursday from 7pm for one hour with The Nigel Farage Show, including opinions, callers, reaction to the stories of the day and Farage’s nightly Final Thought.

Nigel will also be taking the show on the road, broadcasting from across the UK, Europe and the USA as he invites listeners to share their views.

Nigel is no stranger to the station, having covered shows in the past and appeared with Nick Ferrari on Breakfast over the last couple of years.

James Rea, LBC’s Managing Editor, added: “With Brexit and the inauguration of President Elect Trump, Nigel Farage is the man at the centre of the two biggest stories this year. He is a powerful communicator and has proved himself as a natural broadcaster. With his new nightly show, we look forward to him joining the LBC team next week.”

Hear more radio industry news like this at the top of the hour on inRadio


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