Bulletin: 3rd October 2015

Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight

Mike Colton from the Allied Special Forces Association has informed the branch of a new memorial commemorating the landings at Pegasus Bridge on D-Day to be known as the Pegasus Bridge Memorial Flight.  Currently a mock up the memorial is described at the memorial grove website linked to the picture below.

 GARDEN 7 - PEGASUS BRIDGE MEMORIAL FLIGHT & AIRBORNE FORCES Funds are being collected to enable the memorial to be constructed at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Part of the memorial will include a list of all the Royal Engineers who participated in Operation Deadstick which was the mission to remove the explosives from the bridges.

Jack G3PWK reminded us on Net today how close the gliders got during the raid as he a had a first hand account.  This is also illustrated in the photo below.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia (See link above)

REA Matters

REA HQ have published the Minutes of the 67th Meeting of the REA Council.  This provides information about; finance, funding, welfare and updates on corps sports, future events and deployments.

On Net today

Radio conditions on HF fully supported the national radio net which six members took part in today.  Listen here.  audio icon

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Bulletin: 23rd September 2015

Corps Memorial Weekend (CMW) and

Radio Branch REA Annual General Meeting 2015

Branch Standard with Presidents Award

The branch management made a pilgrimage to the corps memorial weekend at Brompton Barracks on Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th of September.

On the Friday evening Regimental Sergeant Major Crossen, 1RSME his senior NCOs, Soldiers and Civilian Mess staff made REA Members from all over the UK most welcome in the WO’s and Sgt’s mess.

The evening had an air of excellence about it as the Band of the Medway Branch entertained us for the evening with a very professional and well played concert.

The weekend had a full and varied program of events.

One of the main purposes of attending the CMW was to hold our AGM and for Tom Milne to parade the branch standard at the memorial service.

Branch Annual General Meeting

At the AGM we were both delighted and surprised to be joined by Dave Barker, who normally lives in Florida.  Dave is a founder member of the branch and while serving started the RE Radio Society.

Dave Barker, Spike Bernard and Tom Milne

Dave Barker, Spike Bernard and Tom Milne

Dave provided the photographs for this bulletin.  A full set of minutes for the meeting are posted here

Presidents Award

The photo below shows the presidents award being presented to Stuart Dixon, the branch secretary for his work re-designing the website and transforming the branch.

SAMSUNGStuart Said “It was an honour to receive this award, there were very few people who had received it during its lifetime.  I look forward to seeing it presented again in a year, perhaps to a newer member of the branch.”

During the AGM a vote of thanks was given to Maj M Bernard BEM RE.  Spike has done an excellent job of raising the branch and keeping it going for well over a decade.

Photo:  Stuart Dixon with Spike Bernard

 

Sapper 300 (1716 – 2016)

RE300LogoDuring the weekend we also picked up details of the celebrations for 300 years of the Corps of Royal Engineers and a list of venues, dates and open days where this will be celebrated is tagged onto the minutes of the AGM – for planning purposes.

 

 

 

 

See you on air?  de Stu

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2015 REA Radio Branch Annual General Meeting

newsletter thumbnailAGM Papers

The 2015 AGM will be held at the RE Museum in Gillingham ME4 4UG at 2pm on Saturday 12th September.

The papers are at this link

Corps Memorial Weekend

Also a reminder this is Corps memorial weekend.  For those attending both events we look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Bulletin: 5th September 2015

newsletter thumbnailBranch AGM

Our AGM takes place next Saturday at the RE Museum at 2pm during Corps Memorial Weekend

The agenda will be as already advised.

 

Radio Nets this Week

HF Radio conditions remain interesting.   For the second week in succession we changed frequency from Eighty Meters to Sixty meters at 8AM and lost communications due to ionospheric conditions on the sixty meter band.  See bulletin 29th August 2015.  We have also experienced poor conditions on forty meters on Wednesday evenings.

It was fair to say that from 7:30 to 8AM on 80 Meters all stations were Readability Nine and Strength Five Plus 20db via HackGreen SDR.  I gave all stations reports of  “5&9 plus 20” (well they had to be on the fifth of the ninth 2015 didn’t they?)

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HF. 0730 to 0900 Today

Long Skip on 40 and 60m.  A recording of the Saturday Net is at the link to the left.  Shortly after the change, on 60 Meters Gordon, G3RE and Net controller was contacted by LB6BG in Stavanger, Norway.  A very strong signal.  He was 700 Km from G3RE and approx 800Km from my receiver, (web SDR) in Cheshire.  The prediction for the band was indicating no short skip i.e. no comms under 400Km.  True to that everyone under that range, me, Mike G4ICC and Jack G3PWK were unable to contact G3RE.

It was interesting to note we moved back to eighty meters and carried on the net until it closed at 8:30AM.  After that I also did a recce on forty meters and found conditions very similar where stations in Shetland and Norway were booming in.  You can hear this in the recording above towards the end.

40M on Wednesdays.  I did call CQ on 7.075Mhz and had a short skip QSO with PD3MGA in Utrecht at 300Km before going over to 60M for a short QSO with Tom G4CMG.  We are now looking for a better frequency and perhaps a different time as the frequency is very crowded.

73 de Stu

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Bulletin: 29th August 2015

newnetInteresting HF Conditions This Week

On Net today

G3WOV net controller, Mike G4ICC, Derek G3XWD and G4IYK

Recording of 80 and 60 Meter Radio Net

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Propagation Services – Prediction Charts Do What it Says on the Tin.  

The value of propagation prediction services was illustrated this morning.  The net started off on 80 Meters with good quality audio via the internet and software defined radio receiver at Hack Green in Cheshire.  All signals were readable quality so reports were five and nine with the exception of G3XWD who was slightly more difficult to read.  I could hear my own signal coming back at good quality.

QSY

At 8AM the net normally changes frequency (QSY) to 60 Meters (5Mhz) (mid way through the recording above) Just before going I reviewed the propagation prediction the frequency where we were heading.

290815 Prediction

The chart above was showing me that while conditions on 80M ((3.8 Mhz) were reasonable at our ranges,  On 60 Meters (5.3Mhz) – normally quite good at this range and time of day, it would clearly not support the net this week.

The chart is created from data from ionospheric sounders (Ionosondes) that tests  the F2 Layer of the ionosphere across a range of radio frequencies.  This layer reflects high angle signals back to earth when it is sufficiently ionised.  The data are used to predict the next few hours.  (With thanks to IPS Radio and Space Services the Australian Government Propagation Service.)

We changed frequency and it was precisely as predicted.  Signals were difficult between here and G3WOV in Yorkshire but nothing heard from those stations in between.

We reverted to 80M and closed the net at 8:20.

73 de Stu,  G4IYK

 

 

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Bulletin: 26th August 2015

Branch AGM

10690275_1378615902428556_4234109176682742449_nThe branch is holding its Annual General Meeting at the RE Museum at 2pm on 12th September as part of Corps Memorial Weekend.  Details and an Agenda are contained in the Calling Notice here.

 

Radio Nets – 19th to 22nd August

Due to band conditions the 40 Meter Net on Wednesday 19th reverted to 80 Meters where conditions were much better.  Please note the 40m frequency is 7.074 Mhz (this is up by 4Khz than previously advertised).  The details of all radio nets are here together with information about operating and band conditions.

A recording of the Saturday AM Net for 22nd August is availableaudio icon.

New Members

The branch welcomes Andrew Stephens who joined last week and is licensed as M6HMF

Subscriptions

Details of how to pay subscriptions are here.

73 de Stu –

Branch Secretary

 

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A Signaller in the Great War 1914 – 1918

By Mike Gater

This is an account of Mike’s fathers service as a signaller in the great war, first published in the Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society Journal.

Mike is G4ICC and served as an officer in the Royal Engineers in 1954

Gunner C.R.C. Gater

64631 Gunner Gater RFA – 1911

My father  joined the Royal Regiment of Artillery at Woolwich on the 17th  February 1911 and as  Gunner  Gater  64631 RFA he was trained  in all aspects in the use of  the 18 pounder field gun, which included horsemanship.  He also qualified as a signaller with flags (semaphore and morse ) and as a telegraphist.

 

 

Battery Organisation and Order of Battle

Six field guns made up a battery and each gun had a crew of ten, six to operate the gun and the remainder to look after the horses, assist with the supply of ammunition and to replace casualties. The 18 pounder could fire 30 rounds a minute. They were used in rapid deployment to support the infantry, which required them to be in close proximity to the front line and were often in exposed positions.

Signalling

The detailed signaller would go forward with his officer to observe enemy positions and send back instructions to the guns using flags.  These observation parties were very vulnerable to attack and many signallers lost their lives.  Later on, when the opposing armies were established in systems of trenches the field guns were positioned in gun pits a mile or so from the front and messages from forward observation posts were passed using telephone or telegraphy.  Miles of wire was run out and maintained by the signallers. This was a never ending task as the wire was frequently broken by enemy shelling, parted by our own vehicles moving to and from the front line or broken where it crossed a network of trenches.

Battlefield Conditions

By the autumn of 1914 the battlefield had been reduced to a wilderness with only the stumps of trees sticking out of a sea of mud and the remains of buildings reduced to rubble by constant shelling. The whole area was a quagmire with flooded shell craters making the movement of vehicles and guns a hazardous operation if they strayed off a recognized track.  Horses, mules and men were drowned and guns lost in deep shell holes concealed by liquid mud.

Tactical Signalling

In order to pinpoint enemy strong points or guns, signallers had to go out into no man’s land under cover of darkness, seek shelter in a shell crater and look for the flashes of enemy guns.  Co-ordinates were sent back to the gunners by means of a buzzer.  The connection was made with a single wire to the equipment and with a short spike to the earth to complete the circuit.  In the quiet of the night the sound of the buzzer could be heard over a wide area and the drill was to send the message and withdraw as quickly as possible.  Sometimes, enemy flares and bursts of machine gun fire made it impossible to return to friendly lines and it was necessary to remain hidden in the crater until it was safe to emerge.

It was not unknown for the observer to spend the remainder of the night and the following day in a crater  until he could return to his own lines under cover of darkness. Often the crater was occupied with the putrefying remains of dead bodies, both men and horses, and rats that infested the trenches and surrounding battlefield.

Early Electronic Countermeasures

It was discovered that the enemy were able to intercept messages sent by the crude system of signalling used in the early months of the war and the generals were dismayed when notes of British signals were found in a German trench by one of our raiding parties.  Induction enabled signals to be intercepted and the use of the earth as a return was replaced by two wires twisted together (twisted pairs).

Signalling Equipment Development

During the latter part of 1915 the Fullerphone was invented by Captain (later Major General) A.C.Fuller, Royal Engineers and this was a great improvement over earlier equipment.  Further developments were carried out on the original Fullerphone and by the end of the war these devices were in use by most units of the British Army.

Historical Deployment

My father was in the British Expeditionary Force which landed in France on the 9th September 1914.

It moved north into Belgium to support the French Army in the area of Mons, but had to retreat due to superior German forces which had broken through the French lines.  The BEF covered over 200 miles in 13 days and their retreat ended at the River Marne.  After a short period of rest the BEF withdrew from the line and moved to Ypres.

From October 1914 until the end of the war, Ypres was never more than seven miles from the front line.

Conditions on the Front Line

Some of the fiercest battles of the war were fought in this part of Flanders. The first gas attack was made by the Germans on the 22nd April 1915.  Both sides made small gains at various periods and extensive networks of trenches were established by the opposing armies. The whole area became a quagmire of mud, shell craters, barbed wire entanglements, broken equipment, stumps of trees and ruined buildings.

No man’s land, the ground between the front line of opposing armies, varied in width from about half a mile to as little as 50 yards and was an area of total devastation littered with shell craters filled with water or liquid mud, the decomposing bodies of men whose temporary graves had been exposed by further shelling, dead horses and barbed wire entanglements.

It was relatively quiet during the day, but could be a hive of activity under the hours of darkness with both sides sending out patrols to reconnoitre and probe for weak points in enemy positions and working parties reinforcing the barbed wire defences.  Patrols were sent out to take prisoners in an attempt to discover enemy plans which might be revealed under interrogation.  All those entering no man’s land were given specific instructions regarding the precise position where they were return to the trenches.  Failure to do so could result in them being fired on by their own men as they could be mistaken for a German patrol.

As a gunner, my father served with the 38th  Brigade  and Canadian 6th Brigade, but he spent most of the war  in the Ypres salient.   Hellfire Corner and Hill 60 saw some of the fiercest fighting although neither side gained much ground.  He used to tell me about the conditions in the trenches which became the homes of the fighting units.  The front line trenches were deep enough to hide any troop movement from the enemy and had stepped firing positions at various points for sentries.  Crude periscopes were used to observe the German lines.  Dugouts were cut into the sides of the network of trenches to provide living accommodation for the troops.  Some were quite extensive and the sides and roofs were strengthened with any suitable material that was available.  Most were strong enough to withstand a direct hit from a mortar, but a heavy shell from a German howitzer would destroy the whole bunker and any troops inside.  Beds were made from wire netting stretched over timber frames and rough furniture was made from boxes. At night the entrance to each dugout had to be covered by blankets.  Lighting was provided by candles or hurricane lanterns and spirit stoves were used for cooking.  The atmosphere inside the dugouts was fetid from the combined smells of candles, tobacco and sweat.  The smell from latrines and the odour of putrefaction added to the general discomfort.  Trenches were flooded quite frequently and duckboards were provided to bridge the liquid mud in an attempt to keep feet dry, but many soldiers suffered from trench foot and trench fever.  If a man slipped off the duckboards during the night he risked drowning in the mud before his comrades could retrieve him.

German Battle Positions ad Tactics

Some of the German trenches were extremely elaborate and connected to underground shelters 40 feet or so deep.  A heavy artillery bombardment preceded and indeed gave notice of a forthcoming attack and the German troops merely took refuge in their deep shelters until the bombardment ceased, which indicated that our infantry were about to advance.  Then the Germans emerged and manned their machine guns which caused wholesale slaughter of our troops.

Trench Life

The whole network of trenches was infested by rats who found ample food from corpses of horses and mules and those of men buried in temporary graves in the trench sides and in no man’s land.  Rats could be killed quite easily, but the living quarters were infested with lice that bit their victims and caused sores and blood poisoning.  They lived in the clothing of their victims and although disinfectant was used when troops were given leave and able to visit the bath houses set up behind the lines they were a constant problem.   The eggs could be killed by running a candle flame along the seams of garments, but it was impossible to get rid of them all.  Swarms of blow flies added to the discomfort.

Service Support and Communications

Communication trenches connected the various sectors and were used to carry up ammunition, rations, including drinking water, parcels and letters from home, evacuate casualties to forward dressing stations and to enable the movement of troops to and from the front.  The main communication trenches were built in a zig-zag shaped configuration in an attempt to safeguard it from the enemy shellfire, but with the increased use of balloons and aircraft for observation it is doubtful if it was very effective.

Food was very basic.  Bully beef and a hard almost inedible biscuit was the main source of sustenance.  Bread was in short supply and often the men were obliged to eat mouldy loaves.  Sometimes, pea soup containing lumps of horse meat was an alternative.  During sustained periods of enemy shelling which could last for 24 hours or more, it was not possible to obtain fresh rations and forward troops had to rely on the hard tack biscuits. They were rendered edible by boiling them in water often obtained from a shell crater !   Sometimes cart grease from the wagons was applied to make them softer.  Food parcels from home were welcome additions to the basic rations and were shared amongst comrades.

Yuletide
Christmas Card 1915 2

All members of the BEF received a Christmas present from Princess Mary which contained a greetings card, tobacco and cigarettes.

Christmas Gift 1914

These were greatly prized and some soldiers kept them to give to their loved ones.  I still have the one my father received.

 

 

Christmas Card 1915 1

Rest and Recuperation

After their period of duty in the front line, units would be moved back from the war zone where welcome bath houses were provided and they could enjoy a brief time in fresh air and relax with the civilian population before returning to the trenches.

 

Continual Readiness

During the day the troops who were not on duty would sit outside in the trenches, but were always on call in the event of an enemy attack.  Even during relatively quiet periods, there was the danger from mortars or the occasional howitzer shell.  A direct hit could kill outright, but flying shrapnel could be just as lethal and caused many casualties.

Maintaining Communications

Communication wires were constantly being broken both by enemy shelling and by our own troops, horses and equipment and the signallers had to trace the breaks and carry out repairs under cover of darkness.  At the beginning of the war, the wires were pegged to the sides of the trenches, but they were frequently broken and cables had to be buried to a minimum depth of 18 inches which was increased to three feet.

Communications Security, Accuracy and Timeliness

All messages to and from the trenches had to be treated as secret and signallers had strict orders only to reveal their contents to the officer designated to receive them.  Accuracy was essential as errors could be very costly.  Indeed serious errors could result in punishment by court-martial.  Fast and accurate signallers were highly valued.

252696 Sapper Gater  R.E – 1917

In April 1917 my father was transferred to a signal company in The Royal Engineers as a telegraphist and he became Sapper 252696 R.E.  He was disabled near Ypres in July 1917 and sent home to England where he spent some time in various military hospitals.  He stayed at Quarr Abbey on The Isle of Wight, part of which was used as a convalescent home.  Robert Graves author of “Goodbye to all that” spent some time there and mentions it in his book.

Returning to Civvy Street

Eventually my father was discharged with a pension and, in addition to his medals, was awarded the war badge which was given to all soldiers who were disabled and honourably discharged.  In civilian life he qualified as a Chartered Secretary and worked for The BTH (British Thomson–Houston Company) in Rugby where he was very much involved with the Company’s Ex-service Association.   He served on the Committee for all his working life, both as Honorary Auditor and Vice President.


He used to tell me about his experiences in the war, but would never talk about the circumstances of how he came to be disabled as Sapper 252696 RE.   Indeed he never mentioned that he had served in The Royal Engineers when I was commissioned into The Corps in 1954 and it was only after he had passed away and I obtained his Service Record that I discovered this fact.

Discharge Citation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bulletin: 15th August 2015

In On Netnewnet this week:

 

A new member has joined.

We are still trying to establish communications on the forty meter band.

A freely available web radio receiver is being used for communications.

Windows TEN arrives and there is a view of its impact on various age groups.

We discuss Lego and its use in our living rooms, therapy and engineering (and look back to mechano).

BRANCH ACTIVITY

One new member this week.  Welcome to Andrew Longsden.

An extensive newsletter was sent out last week.  Work continues on our web shop and we are preparing for the AGM on 12th September.

RADIO ACTIVITY

Wednesday 12th August – 40 Meter Net

Both G3PWK and G4IYK reported listening around 7.070 Mhz on Wednesday evening from 7PM.  No members were contacted.

Radio Conditions.  At the time the frequency was suitable for longer distances- with no shortage of continental stations being heard throughout the band but alas no local stations (like us) being heard.  It was also noted that the eighty meter band was open for the type of short range communications we use (NVIS).

Going forward.  Tom G4CMG will activate G3RE and call CQ at 7PM on 19th August on 7.070 and we will fall back to 3.722 Mhz if nothing heard.

Saturday 15th August – 80 and 60 Meter Net

G3RE Tom (G4CMG)

Gordon, G3WOV.  Jack, G3PWK and me, G4IYK.

Our guest was M0ZAE – Henry from Bedford who belongs to the RAF ARS and RN ARS.

Radio Conditions.  60 Meters slightly better than 80 Meters.  The net commenced on 80M – where signals were poor to average via the direct route.  Here in Gravesend, noise levels were defeating my local receiver but at Hack Green (in Cheshire) all stations were being received 59+ with good quality all round.  (See link at bottom of the page).  I dispensed with Hack Green for most of the net after 8AM when we changed over to 60M as signal quality was much higher all round on the local receiver.

RSGB HF Noise Measurement Campaign

A report on page 42 of Radcom September 2015, Vol. 91, presents an interim view of the results of the monitoring activity to determine average radio noise levels in UK.  A group of stations are studying the NOISE levels in various sites with a view to a full report next year and Gwynn Williams, G4FKH presents some data and a view of the approach.  It will be interesting to map our own experiences against these results but I can already see areas where the experiences concurr.

More background Here

Easy Listening, the Hack Green Experience and Windows TEN

As most of us were using Hack Green SDR to get over local noise, part of my experience this week was using the new Edge Browser which came with Windows TEN on the Hack Green Site.  I wanted to see how it performed in terms of Audio.  (it did well).  During this test I set up a recording which usually the site performs very well and this downloads OK in Google Chrome when we finish the net.  Using Edge I stopped the recording expecting to be offered a download link.  None.  Recording lost.

Windows TEN Experience

Various mixed results.   Most people On Net reported issues with Windows TEN but mixed results.  For me, it works but I am cynical about its commercial advantage and why it was free – and I have some reservations about what was changed and how various people will adapt to it.

I noticed it didn’t help us when they removed various features off the Windows Seven Start Button in order to make room for stuff that will earn Microsoft money, resulting in the features we were use to seeing being hidden.  Now, in Windows TEN to find devices and printers you have to right click the start button,  – choose control panel and run it there before you can adjust the printer for example.  In due course it will be easier to put this back where it came from – by right clicking it and pinning it to the start menu but the point is most people who make the change will have some sort of learning curve and reconfiguring experiences to regain control of Windows. Us silver surfers (!) will be the hardest hit. I notice this wasn’t mentioned in the Windows TEN advertising which wasn’t designed for us:)

Lego

The main topic today was a fun conversation about LEGO and young Luke Ball from Hornsea who has designed the latest addition to the lego range of models – a very realistic design of a car ferry as posted on the virtual legoBBC Website.

The young at heart On Net enjoyed this conversation and recalled various mixed results and health and safety concerns – From Cathedrals to piles of lego rubble to keeping it away from small children and how painful it is to the soles of your feet if you forget to wear your safety boots…

MineCraft – A Virtual World made of what vaguely resembles Lego is now with us.

 

Best Wishes and 73 de Stu

 

 

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Bulletin: 1st August 2015

Operation Musketeer Recalled

Image: Airbourne Assault Duxford

Image: Airbourne Assault Duxford

On net today Jack, G3PWK reminded us of the forthcoming 60th Anniversary of Operation Musketeer and a parachute operation to capture El Gamil Airfield in November 1956.

 

New Licences and New Branch Members.  

The branch welcomes two new veteran members:  Paul Evans and Mark Poland.

Bill G4NRE Came up today with interesting news about his XYL Teresa who has the new callsign M6TIB.  Congratulations Teresa. Look forward to working you on net.

 

On Net:

G3WOV, G3PWK, G4NRE and G4IYK

Holiday Season

holiday rigJuly brings the main holiday season and corresponding absence of regular contacts.

I packed a PRC320 for my week away.

This old rig is very useful for amateur radio (a large portion of the clansman fleet ended up on the surplus market).

It gave me a couple of interesting contacts on 60 meters with stations at a range of 600 (Isle of Arran) and 825 Km (Banff) using the issued dipole

The holiday location in Falmouth was fairly quiet in terms of radio noise and the test gave the opportunity to compare noise levels in a rural environment against those in the urban environment.  The photo shows my holiday rig with an LDG Automatic ATU.

Wednesday 40M Net

Chartweds290715Throughout the month effort has been put into developing a forty meter net with interesting results.  Mike, G4ICC and Tom, G4CMG both report variable conditions.  Another member station – John MW3SBH – located in Mold, Clwyd has been worked on 15th and 22nd.

On Wednesday  29th July I listened out but band conditions would not support communications at our sort of ranges.  I took a snapshot of the prediction chart for the day (above) which shows the frequency bands around 7Mhz supporting communications at well over 600km at the time we were operating – but not at frequencies below.  That was certainly the experience – our ears were telling us.  Signals from Spain and the Northern Mediterranean were coming in on the adjacent channels and no inter UK traffic.

I noted 60m (5Mhz) was open at the time.

We will be listening out again next Wednesday especially for RE Radio stations in Scotland.

 

73 de G4IYK

 

 

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Radio Communication Schedules

Shortwave (HF) Nets (Local Times)

Please note we have moved onto winter timings.  Due to conditions the 80m net will start at 0800 Local from 23rd December 2017.

DayTimeDurationFrequencyModeNotes
Saturday073030Mins3.722 MhzLSB1
Saturday080030Mins5.371.5 MhzUSB2
Weekdays PM13004 Hr +/-7.040 MhzPSK313, 4 and 5
Weekdays Evening19003Hrs +/-3.580 MhzPSK313, 4 and 5

Notes:

1.  Free Web Based Shortwave Receiver at this link

2.  Alternatively use 5.3985.5 Mhz

3.  On Week days Schedules should be arranged within these times by emailing members @ reasignals.net.  Best day being Wednesday.

4.  Alternatively LSB may be used on 7.090 +/- during the day and 3.722+/- in the evening.

5.  Stations using PSK31 are advised:

  • To use www.PSKreporter.info to automatically upload reports, track band occupancy and radio conditions. This is a feature of most PSK31 Software.  (your PC will need to be connected to the internet to use this feature).
  • Call CQ occasionally if no other RE stations appear to be on the band.  This will enable your callsign to appear in the heard list of others and make it easier to locate you.

VHF

As at 20th Feb 2016 G3RE is registered with the D-Star Network – No pre-arranged schedule as yet – Please check last heard list and call directly.

Band Conditions

An up to date prediction of band conditions can be found at the link above.  This chart can be used to determine the chances of communication at your range and frequency for the time of day.

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