Southgate is a great website for the latest Amateur Radio News. If it’s not on your list of sites you should pop over and bookmark it. http://www.southgatearc.org/index.htm
The International Space Station now has a voice repeater on board. Probably the world’s most expensive amateur radio repeater.
The input (transmit) frequency is 145.990mhz and the output (receive) frequency is 437.800mhz. A CTCSS tone of 67hz is required to wake it up.
To successfully contact the ISS repeater you will need to know where it is. For that you will need this URL; https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/
The Government has announced that there will be a new auction for the 700mhz frequency band. The band was previously used for services like Freeview.
5G services occupy a number of frequencies and different devices will support different ranges.
Your licence conditions mean that your licence needs to be re-validated at least every five years. You can do this sooner. You need to make sure your name, address and contact details are all up to date on Ofcom’s licence portal.
If you don’t do this your right to use your callsign lapses. Keep your licence up to date here; https://ofcom.force.com/LicensingComLogin
Radcom is the official publication of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). It is normally included as part of the membership subscription. However, during lockdown you can pick up a copy for free online.
RadCom Basics is the bi-monthly digital version. Radio Amateurs can get copies here; https://rsgb.org/main/publications-archives/radcom-basics/
ANARC is expanding its virtual online training. If you want to join in and learn with Anarc please contact the secretary for details of dates and times for Anarc Online.
We now have virtual club nights using video conferencing. The secretary has sent out information in an email bulletin. If you want to join in please contact the secretary for an invite. The secretary’s contact details are on this page.
Meanwhile, our Foundation Licence classes have gone virtual. If you want to join a class please let the secretary know.
The weekly ANARC net is also still running. Join us on Tuesday’s for that.
UK Government advice is that public meetings of more than two people, not in the same household, should not take place. Therefore the club is not meeting right now.
Stay at home. Government Advice Website.
Radio amateurs are in a good position to retain regular contact. The repeater website at http://tynelink.net has all the information on the 4 local repeaters running on 2m and 70cm.
The club will be running it’s regular net on GB3HA at 20:00 hours on Monday nights.
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The Angel of the North Amateur Radio club will no longer meet on Mondays. The club will be closed due to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. This closure has no time period due to the nature of the crisis.
As amateur radio is all about communication we will be shifting our ‘Net meetings on the air to 8pm on Mondays via the GB3HA repeater on 145.750mhz. Repeater details can be found here.
Social media will continue to used as well as email to communicate to members.
On Monday 23rd March there will be an amateur radio exam at the club at 7.30pm. Only candidates and invigilators will be present. This is a one off event . No club members will be admitted.