GB2RS News Sunday the 23rd of January 2022 The news headlines:  Callsigns get Q for Queen’s Jubilee  University amateur radio clubs  National Radio Centre to re-open Ofcom has kindly agreed to an RSGB request that radio amateurs licensed by Ofcom may celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen by using the special regional secondary locator letter Q. This will be available for use throughout June 2022 and will require a Notice of Variation that will be available shortly via the RSGB website. The Society is also working on other events and activities that it hopes will appeal to a wide range of people. Further details will be released over the coming weeks. Are you a member of a university amateur radio club? Would you like to find one to join? Or are you keen to revive or even start a new one? The RSGB has created a web page to help university radio amateurs contact each other. You could also use the page if you’re interested in learning more about amateur radio while you’re at university. To see the list and find out how to add your details, visit the RSGB website at rsgb.org/university-corner The National Radio Centre will re-open to visitors, commencing on Monday the 31st of January. It is planned to open 7 days a week. Visitors will be encouraged to wear face masks, though this will not be mandatory, and the number of people accessing the radio room will be limited. We regret that for the time being visiting amateurs will not be able to operate the GB3RS station. The voucher system for RSGB Members to gain free admission to Bletchley Park is being reinstated and there is no longer a necessity to book an arrival time at the Park. Copyright © RSGB 2021 Part of the GB2RS News broadcast Page 1 of 14 The RSGB Board is pleased to confirm the appointment of Chris Wood, GD6TWF as Honorary Treasurer, with immediate effect. Chris is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has spent many years as a senior accountant within the banking industry, with roles including director level responsibilities and audit. Chris lives on the Isle of Man and continues to enjoy his long interest in yachting as a volunteer with the Isle of Man Sailing for the Disabled Charity. He joined the RSGB and became licenced whilst still at school and has maintained his interest since. Jonathan Groves, M0VRI has been co-opted to the RSGB Board until the AGM 2022 to carry out a three-month review of RSGB youth activities and opportunities. He has been an active member of the Examinations and Syllabus Review Group for some time and will be presented to the membership for endorsement as a Nominated Director at the forthcoming RSGB AGM. Sad news now. We learned this week that the founder and President of the Bangladesh Amateur Radio League, Saif D Shahid, S21A / KF6WJZ / G1NWJ, has become a silent key at the age of 73. Over in the USA, the Federal Communications Commission has announced that amateur radio operations in the upper 500MHz of the 9cm band must cease on the 14th of April. The affected spectrum, 3.45 to 3.5GHz, was auctioned for around 22 billion dollars and will be used for 5G. And now for details of rallies and events The Red Rose Rally, originally planned for the 6th of February, has unfortunately had to be cancelled. Please let us know your rally and event news as soon as possible. Email details to [email protected] and we’ll publicise your event for free in RadCom, on GB2RS, and online. The deadline for the March RadCom is tomorrow, the 24th of January. Now the DX news Matthias, DK4MN will be active from Aruba as P4/DL4MM from today until the 1st of February. He will focus on the low bands and WARC, operating CW, FT8 and SSB. QSL via DL4MM. Thomas, DL1TPA will soon be active as 8Q7TP from Raa Atoll in the Maldives. He will be running very low power on 20 & 10m and be on the air until the 29th of January 2022. QSL via his home call. Copyright © RSGB 2021 Part of the GB2RS News broadcast Page 2 of 14 Rag, LB3RE will be on the air on CW from the Svalbard Club Station JW5E from the 28th to the 30th of January. QSL via his home call. Paul, 3B8HE/G8AFC will be operational from Pereybere on the North coast of Mauritius island until early April. Activity will be mostly daytime, principally on 7 and 14MHz SSB, with 28 and 50MHz when propagation permits. QSL details are on QRZ.com. Look also for YC5YC/7 today and tomorrow, where EA7FTR will be operating from Kalimantan, Borneo Island. Activity

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