Black Country Radio Rally – Sunday 31 May 2015

The first “Black Country Radio Rally” will be held on Sunday 31 May 2015, at, The Portway Lifestyle Centre, Newbury Lane, Oldbury, B69 1HE

Doors open to the public at 09:30. Entry £2.

Parking., Amateur Radio Talk-In,. Special Interest Groups,. Bring & Buy, Trade.Stands, Catering,. Disabled facilities,. Raffle,. RSGB books.

Details:from Martin,

This is an event primarily aimed at the amateur radio community but available also to the general public who may wish to have a look-see and browse.

Ian Leitch, G0PAI, will have a fine selection of local West Midlands honey on sale at this event.

UKEICC 80m SSB Contest – 27 May 2015 – 20:00 to 21:00 UTC

The final in the present series of The United Kingdom and Ireland Contest Club (UKEICC) 80m contests takes place on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

The contest runs from 2000 to 2100 UTC (2100 to 2200 UK and Ireland local time)

Contacts with and entries from stations outwith the UK and Ireland are welcomed.

Modes / Frequencies –  SSB  3700-3775 kHz

Exchange – 4-character Grid locator – main square e.g. IO91, IO64, etc only (No RST should be sent)

Full Rules at


Graham Mercer GM4BES – Silent Key

It is with great sadness we learned today of the passing of
Graham Mercer GM4BES.

Our thoughts are with Graham’s wife Pat and their family at this time.

Graham’s funeral will be held on Saturday 23rd May at 11:15 at Masonhill Crematorium, Ayr KA6 6EN

Graham was one of the long-time Radio Officers at Portpatrick Radio GPK and also licenced and active on the Amateur Radio bands as GM4BES.

Living in the small community of Portpatrick in Wigtownshire, Scotland, Graham also became involved with Portpatrick Lifeboat as it’s Honorary Secretary from 1998 and retiring from lifeboat duties in 2011 as the station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager.

Graham was a very valued and respected member of the team at Portpatrick Lifeboat Station and in the wider community of Portpatrick and beyond, including being an honorary member of the Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Society

Graham was a true radio enthusiast, both as an operator of radio equipment, a communicator and in technical aspects.

For many years Graham lived in the Radio Station/CoastGuard Houses close to the radio station and at one point was able to arrange to have an Amateur Radio antenna suspended from one of GPK’s tall masts and connected into his house. With this antenna he became a very big signal on the Topband, the 160 meter Amateur Radio band around 1.8MHz!

Graham was also well known for his weather station, originally located at Portpatrick and more recently at Stranraer.

Indian “Good Evening” Net – 14.250MHz

In March this year Indian Radio Amateurs Hams started the ‘Good Evening Net‘ on 14250 khz

The time for the net is  from 1500 GMT until 1530 GMT which equates to 2030 to 2100 Indian Standard Time.

In order to cover all of India, the net is controlled from four corners of India with net controllers  using 200 watts and beam antennas.

The Indian net controller report that many DX stations have reported into the Good Evening net, something they welcome, and they have issued an invitation to stations from other parts of the world to call into the net


Central Scotland Mini Ham Radio Convention 2015

A mini convention will be held on Sunday 7th June 2015 in Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Livingston EH54 6DG.

The Convention opens at 1000 hours.

During the convention the Central Scotland FM Group will hold its Annual General Meeting for 2015 and this will commence at 1300 hours.

More information about the Central Scotland mini convention can be obtained from John, MM0JRR, 01 506 437 908,


Central Scotland FM Group AGM 2015

The Annual General Meeting of the Central Scotland FM Group, which operates many FM repeaters across Scotland, will be held during the Central Scotland Mini Ham Radio Convention to be held in Livingston on 7th June 2015.

The AGM will be at 1300 hours. The Convention opens at 1000 hours.

The venue for both events is Crofthead Farm Community Education Centre, Templar Rise, Livingston EH54 6DG

International Museums Weekends 2015

An Amateur Radio Special Event Taking Place on the Weekends of
20th – 21st and 27th – 28th June

The intention of this event is to set up amateur radio special event stations at as many of the museums as possible throughout the whole of the world. I would hope for an HF, VHF, and if at all possible, a Ui-View (APRS) packet station to be set up at each museum site, but the scope of your station is entirely up to you. The choice of museum is also left very much up to you, however aim for the largest and/or most unusual site you can find.

The museums taking part over the years have included ships, castles, air museums, Napoleonic forts, pumping stations, wireless museums, racing museums and many others. For the purposes of the event, the word ‘museum’ is loosely interpreted. There really is no shortage of venues in which such an event can be staged, no matter where in the world you might live.

During the first IMW in 2002′ over 80 museums from all over the world took part. The museums varied from tiny local village museums manned by a single lone operator, to some of the worlds most prestigious ones. These were accompanied by a great number of military museum sites, such as HMS Belfast in London, the Battleship New Jersey in the US, RAF museums as well as very many non-military types (see the Museums List).

The event has proven itself to be extremely popular and well supported special event particularly amongst the UK radio amateur population. It also went down very well at the museums which were used as the venues for the event, and invitations have again been extended for the coming June. It has shown itself to be a tremendous public relations exercise, as well as all of us having lots of fun over the IMW weekends.

At least part of the intention for this event, is to present modern amateur radio to members of the public and to help us loose some of the stuffy anorak image. What better place to do this than in the very public and well visited areas of the many museums which can be found in most parts of the world?

Those clubs and museums which do decide to take part, should please use the free on-site ‘Registration’ facility. The ‘Registration’ is simply to assist us in administration of the event and provide those taking part with an indication of how many and exactly where the museums taking part are located. We also send out a participation award to all stations that register.



NOTE THAT THIS IS NOW AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT – registrations are invited from museum stations all over the world.

GB1AFP – Ulster American Folk Park
Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

West Tyrone Amateur Radio Club (WTARC) will this year be taking part in the International Museums on the Air Weekend. The event will be located at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland 2 stations will be operated in separate locations within the Museum complex, one in the main entrance car park and another operating within the museum grounds.

The club will be operating on HF, VHF/UHF, Echo Link and Digital Modes.
We will be operating from 10am on the 20th June until 1700hrs on the 21st June, continuously during this period. The call sign will be GB1AFP.
Special Event QSL cards will be available to those who wish to have a conformation of the QSO.
Details available on and

Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share. This offers a great day out for all the family.

IRTS Counties Contest

IRTS Counties Contest

The IRTS 40 Metres Counties Contest is on Sunday next, 17th May from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC.

This contest provides a good opportunity to test equipment and operating skills, and indeed to meet up with old friends.

The objective for EI and GI stations is to make as many contacts as possible during the 3 hour period (work everyone), and for those outside Ireland, to make as many contacts as possible with EI and GI stations. EI and GI counties are multipliers.

The contest has Fixed and Portable sections, and two mode options: SSB Only or SSB/CW. There is also an SWL section.

See for the full rules, note in particular the specified frequency ranges within the 40 metre band for this contest. Awards are
available in each section for the leading Irish station and for the leading station outside Ireland.

European IOTA News

IE9B EU-051  from Ustica Island active until May 16th

TM5U EU-074. from Ile Brehat, France until May 16th.  QSL via ON8AZ.
Web site at:

GS3PYE/P EU-008; GM, MM, Inner Hebrides: The Camb-Hams group is going to  activate Mull (IOSA NH15, SCOTIA CN10, WW Loc. IO76EJ) from the 15th to 21st May . QRV on 80-10m on SSB, CW, RTTY, and PSK; also on 6m, 4m, and 2m, and on satellites: AO-7 (Mode B), VO-52, FO-29, SO-50, and AO-73. The group also hopes for short trips to Iona (EU-008) and Treshnish Island (EU-108), see their website  for updates.

MM0MWW EU-009. Members of Orkney Amateur Radio Club will be active from Flotta Island (IOSA OR13) July 17th to 19th. OARC Web page

OZ 0FR/P EU-029. Ric will be active from Mon Island July 11th – to 31st including IOTA Contest July 25-26th . QSL via DL2VFR.

DJ7MH/P EU-047. Mario will be active from Baltrum Island (DID/GIA N-06) May 22nd to 24th. Activity on 40, 30 & 20 CW QRP.

SW8WW EU-174. from Thassos Island May 29th to June 8th. QSL via HA0HW

IJ7V EU-073. from San Pietro Island during IOTA Contest July 25 to 26th.  QSL via IK7IMO.