Ham Sat Ops from Isle of Lewis

Camb-Hams will be operating on the amateur radio satellites using the call sign GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis (IO68UL, EU-010) on April 26 to May 3, 2014

The Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since 2008 and will be travelling to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in 2014. Thirteen operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m & 70cm for Satellites and 2m & 23cm for EME.

The HF bands will be covered by five simultaneous stations, while the 6m & 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island’s northern tip in IO68 square. 2m and 23cm EME will be available with a portable low-ERP Yagi system, mainly focussed on JT modes. 2m and 70cm will be available for portable satellite operations.......

Isle of Lewis Satellite Ops

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Low Cost DX-peditions - 2 April 2014

Paul Weir VK4FPDW will give a talk about a DX-pedition that he helped organise and participate in. The goal was to do it for a low cost. Paul will share his experiences which will prove that it's possible to go on a DX-pedition without breaking the bank.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, 2nd of April 2014, commencing at 7.30 PM. The venue is the rooms of The St George Amateur Radio Society, Donnelly Park, Kyle Parade, Connells Point.
Entry to this event is free and visitors are welcome. For more information about this event, amateur radio or SGARS, email

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International Marconi Day At Sandford Mill

Sandford Mill, Chelmsford's former waterworks, is primarily a museum collections store and science education resource, however it is open to the public for special events during the year.

Sandford Mill has featured in TV programmes such Great British Railway Journeys and The Wave Messengers. The building houses an extensive radio collection, with some equipment dating back to the 1890’s.

There is a series of five ship’s radio room displays representing different decades including some very rare Marconi equipment from ships contemporary with the Titanic.

The first public open day of 2014 will be held on Saturday, 26 April from 10am to 5pm to celebrate the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi who was born 25 April, 1874.................

IMD April

Data Modes At Thurrock Acorns

The newest club in Essex, the Thurrock Acorns Amateur Radio Club, held its third get-together on Tuesday the 18th of March.

The theme for the night was ‘Data Modes’ with two of the club’s active data users, Neil G0RNU and Ricky M6DII working alongside Pete M0PSX from Essex Ham.

Attendees learned about the benefits of working the world using modes such as WSPR, JT65 and PSK31, discussed experiences of getting set-up, looked at the structure of a data contact, and saw a demo data station being set up using a Yaesu FT857 with the Digimaster ProPlus data interface......

New Essex ARC

Bletchley Park: Colossus At 70

On February 5, 2014, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park celebrated the 70th anniversary of the world's first electronic computer Colossus

Radio amateur Tony E. Sale, who passed away August 28, 2011, started the project to rebuild Colossus in 1993 and it was completed in 2007.

In the early 1950's Tony was a research assistant at Marconi’s laboratories at Great Baddow, Essex, where he was an assistant to Peter Wright (author of Spycatcher) on research into Doppler radar.

Tony Sale was a member of the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) and the first edition of their newsletter CQ-TV, published October 1949 carries a report by Tony. It is understood he was issued a no-Morse G3K?? TV amateur licence in 1955 when he was living in Rayleigh, Essex, prior to him joining MI5. If anybody has an old callbook from that era and can find the call sign please let us know.......

Bletchley Park

VIARC Welcomes New Prefixes

The Vienna International Amateur Radio Club (VIARC) proudly announces that the VIARC will operate stations under the newly released callsigns of C7A and 4Y1A as a host institute.

The callsign block C7A-C7Z is allocated to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and 4YA-4YZ is allocated to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). VIARC is operating a UN amateur radio station with the callsign 4U1VIC at Vienna International Centre which hosts numerous UN organizations and other international organizations.

VIARC welcomes the new prefixes, C7 and 4Y, which are allocated to the UN organizations. Activations of these new callsigns will attract attention from all over the world, which will assist promotion of these organizations, as well as a whole UN system.

The new callsigns, C7A and 4Y1A, will be activated in special occasions
related to the organizations as commemorative operations, such as World Meteorological Day or International Civil Aviation Day.................

New UN Organisation Calls

Southern Ireland Repeater Network

A new 70cm repeater has been added to the Southern Ireland Repeater Network in the North Cork area.
The project has been completed by East Cork Amateur Radio Group.

It is located near Bweeng at about 410m ASL. The repeater callsign is EI7BWR and it operates on 430.875 with a shift of +7.6 MHz (Channel RU-70) and an access tone of 103.5 Hz.

The repeater was installed on Saturday March 22nd by Neil EI3JE, John EI8JA and special thanks to Gareth EI7FZB, who braved the elements on an extremely cold day to install the antennas and cables. This brings the number of repeaters on the network to six.....

New EI 70cm Repeater

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