Contribute to ARRL through Your IRA

Time is running short to contribute to ARRL from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The federal government has now made permanent the ability for those age 70-1/2 or older to contribute up to $100,000 per year from an IRA directly to qualifying charities without having first to declare the donation as income. This means, for example, that you can donate your annual required minimum distr...

03-Dec-2016, 00:14:00 (

The K7RA Solar Update

SWS Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning 16/53 issued at 2301 UTC/01 December 2016 by the Australian Space Forecast Centre.

A small coronal hole will move into a geoeffective position around 4-Dec. This could result in brief active to minor storm periods from late 3-Dec or early 4-Dec.

Increased geomagnetic activity expected due to coronal hole high speed wind stream from 03-04 December 2016


02-Dec-2016, 19:54:00 (

A70X – Al Safliyah Island, AS-088

NEWS UPDATE – A70X website now online NOVEMBER 23 – Team is: A71AM, A71AV, A71BI, A71EM, A71GO, A75GM, A75GT, E76AA, E78AA, EI5GM, EI9FBB & MM0NDX Previously, Juma, A71EM informed DX-World with the following info: “Very glad to announce that Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) will be active starting from 01-7 January 2017 from Al-Safliyah Island AS-088 […]
02-Dec-2016, 16:36:43 (

Sandringham kicks off GB16YOTA

Sandringham School in St Albans activated the special callsign GB16YOTA for the first time on the first of December. Over 100 students visited the station and a number of young licensees operated during the event. Although conditions were poor and copy was difficult in many cases, they made 97 contacts in 24 countries across the […]
02-Dec-2016, 15:40:53 (

Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI, to Chair Powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee

US Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who championed the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) as the chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, will chair the US House Energy and Commerce Committee when the 115th Congress convenes in January. Energy and Commerce is considered one of the most powerful congressional panels on Capitol Hill.

Walden defeated the more senior Rep. John Sh...

02-Dec-2016, 15:39:00 (

RAIBC seeks readers

RAIBC, the charity working for radio amateurs with disabilities, produces spoken word recordings of many publications. These include equipment manuals, radio magazines such as RadCom, licence documents, and much more. All recordings are made by volunteers. Only ordinary computer equipment is used, and all that is required is enthusiasm and a clear speaking voice. If […]
02-Dec-2016, 15:26:32 (

Shake-up for RSGB contests

Starting in the New Year, some significant changes are being made to RSGB contests. This is as a result of the Presidential Review of Contesting and detailed consultation with the contest community. A summary of the changes is in the January edition of RadCom, which should start arriving with RSGB Members from Wednesday onwards. The […]
02-Dec-2016, 15:10:15 (

Also in GB2RS this week…

In the December RadCom Club Calendar, some club calendar information had events for January accidentally mixed in. Unfortunately this was not noticed until after the magazine had been printed, and we apologise for the error. The GB2RS local news in December should not be affected, as it is extracted from our database in a different […]
02-Dec-2016, 15:02:56 (

Join the Innovations Working Group

The RSGB is looking for people interested in joining the Society’s new Innovation Working Group. The required qualifications are simply an open and inquiring mind together with an enthusiasm to look for the new and the different within amateur radio.
02-Dec-2016, 15:01:24 (

5T5TI – Tidra Island, AF-050

UPDATE – Now QRV from Tidra Island..and an update by Jean, 5T0JL: I had the immense pleasure of giving the road departure to the island of TIDRA to our friends 5T2AI (9K2AI) / Ahmad and UA4HWX / SU9VB / 5T9VB / Wladimir on morning 01 December 2016 towards 1000Z. Tidra will be of interest to […]
02-Dec-2016, 14:05:23 (