Cracking Talk on Parks on the Air from Andy 2E0UAW

Parks on the Air LogoWe had a cracking talk from Andy 2E0UAW who is the English administrator for POTA (Parks on the Air).

Parks on the Air, little known in the UK but appears to be taking the USA by storm.

POTA was born from an National Event to activate all the National Parks in the US.

Once that event ended the large number of people involved wanted more and this is where POTA evolved from.

Parks on the Air looks very accessible and there are few rules, you can operate from a motor vehicle making this more accessible to those who like getting outdoors but have restrictive mobility.

First off you will need to register at the main website which is at https://parksontheair.com/

I recommend that you read the help and rule section and then register. they also have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/parksontheair/ They are also active on other social media such has twitter. Other things like up coming activation and spots can be found on Slack, once you registered on the POTA Site there is a handy button to connect to slack.

Up coming activation and spots are also on the main website and if you are using CW then you can use the RBN to send out a Spot. Self spotting is allowed I understand.

Detail of the parks in England can be found at https://stats.parksontheair.com/reports/park-info-select.php?entity=England

Shortly there will be an interactive map, which is currently work in progress.

I am very excited about Parks on the Air, and can see it taking off in the UK and elsewhere, whats not to like? plenty for Activator and Hunter!

Parks on the Air Talk July 2019

Parks on the Air LogoParks on the Air, Talk 20:00 to 21:00 25th July 2019

Parks on the Air was originally based in the USA and Canada but more countries are now being added.

This is similar in some ways to Summits on the Air (SOTA) scheme for Amateur Radio.

Andy Wragg, 2E0UAW (who is POTA English administrator) will give us an insight into POTA and how to get started

July 2019 Great News if you like FT4

NEW FT4 CONTEST ANNOUNCED

The RSGB HF Contest Committee:

Have made the following announcement. – New FT4 Contest Announced.

Please check the RSGB HF Contest Calendar for three new events that have just been added.

We are running a short series of one hour, “experimental”, FT4 Contests over the autumn. These are not part of the 80m Autumn Series but are slotted between Autumn Series weeks. The rules are available here. The first event is on Monday 2 September.

Note that the scoring is based on total QSO distance, rather than the number of QSOs, with a maximum distance score of 1,250kms. This is similar to many RSGB VHF contests.

We will have bonus points for working each of two HQ stations but there will be some strategic decisions to make if you are entering: do you try to work the bonus stations first with the danger of a long delay to make a QSO, or leave them until later in the hour? Is “running” or “S&P” the best way to operate? Lots to think about!

This will be an opportunity for us to assess FT4 in the context of domestic HF contests and a chance for you to try something different.

If you have any questions about the rules then please contact the RSGB HF Contest Committee Char

RSGB HF Contest Committee Chair

HFCC[dot]Chair[at]rsgbcc.org

World Scout Jamboree 2019

World Scout Jamboree LogoThe World Scout Jamboree takes place every four years and first took place in London in 1920. Some of you will be aware of the article in Radcom July 2019 by Remko (PE1MEW).

Its call sign this year is NA1WJ, the Jamboree take place in North America, Following the opening of the Jamboree, they will be operating ten stations on Echolink, D-Star, UHF, VHF, and HF.

They plan to try and introduce around 3000 young people (Scout and Guides) who are attending/visiting the event to amateur radio.

I am sure you would agree with me that inspiring the next generation of Radio Amateurs is very important to us all. This is where we can all get involved.

The Jamboree runs from 11th July to the 2nd or August, although I am advised that the first transmission from a Radio point of view will be starting on the 18th July, the station will be active from 12:00 to 21:00UTC. Contact with the station may be possible outside of these hours as volunteer staff are hoping to be on hand.

As many of you will be aware from JOTA, that there are a number of ‘Scout Frequencies’ These are: 3.940MHz, 7.190MHz, 14.290MHz, 18.140MHz, 21.360MHz, 24.960MHz, and 50.160MHz

For D-Star, I understand that Reflector REF033A will be in use. You may also find activity on DMR Talk Groups (TG 907 9071 9072). Not Forgetting Echolink!

If you have the time please try and make contact, keep in mind that is will be about demonstrating Amateur Radio and you may be talking to a young person on the radio for their first time. Please try and have some open questions (by which I mean can’t be answered yes or no)  if possible ask questions about Scouting / the Jamboree and maybe add some of your own personal experience of Scouting.

Other Radio Activities planned at the Jamboree are ARDF fox hunting using 2m and 80m, they have planned for contact with the ISS and will be trying to work some LEO satellites. Also, some pico balloons with WSPR payloads are being launched – I am sure you will be able to pick up details on https://tracker.habhub.org/ – If would be good to ask any young people you talk to if they have been involved in any of these activities.

VHF Field Day 2019

G3RCW VHF Field Day 2019This year G3RCW returned to IO93EP for VHF Field Day.

The event was attended by 30 members of the Worksop Amateur Radio Society over the weekend, many of them choosing to camp on-site for what turned out to be a warm sunny weekend with good levels of activity on the VHF Bands.

The main point of Field Day is that you come together as a group and set up an Amateur Radio Station in a field that relies on off-grid power, this gives us chance to put into practice the skills needed if we were required to set up an Amateur Radio Station in an Emergency. Field Days are not just a UK event and they happen around the globe, however not all at the same time or using the same Amateur Radio Bands.

The Amateur Radio station is then ‘tested’ by operating in an Amateur Radio Contest for 24 hours, this involves the exchange of certain information, such as Call Sign, Serial Number, Signal Report and Maidenhead Locator.

We were able to Operate on the following bands 2m, 70cms, 23cms, 6m (Saturday only) and 4m on Sunday. We had a noticeable increase in activity on 23cms this year.

We also welcomed a number of visitors on-site, some from other local Radio Clubs and others just interested in what we were doing.

VHF field day setup 2019

VHF Field Day Setup 2019

It’s VHF Field Day weekend, we are setting up for VHF field day again.

The setting up its the most important part, it’s all about a group of people coming together to setup a Radio Station. Very much like what you might have to do in an emergency, and demonstrate that it can function. This is achieved buy a 24 hour radio contest.

We are hoping to be active on 6m, 4m, 2m, 70cms, and 23cms. From 14:00 UTC Saturday 6th July to Sunday 7th July at 14:00.