RARC Xmas Social 2015


The club Xmas social will be on Thursday 4th December 2014. This is a regular club evening at the Acorn Centre.
Ann M6RWJ is undertaking to put on a range of nibbles although there will only be non-alcoholic drinks. This is due to the AC rules so please do not bring your own supplies.

All will be welcomed.

SOS Radio Week 2015

RARC will be running a special event station in Jan 2015 in support of SOS Radio Week. This event highlights the important work done by the RNLI and the maritime emergency services.

We will be running from the Acorn Centre and have been awarded the SE call of GB4TLB
(Torbay Life Boat). The event will be scheduled for Sat 24th Jan 2015, starting around 10 am.

The club would like to express their grateful thanks to Ian G6TEQ for his donation towards the operating costs for this event. It was much appreciated.


MB7VT digipeater

Steve Daniels G6UIM is setting up an APRS Igate / Digipeater for the South Devon area. A NoV has been obtained by Bill G8XST for 2 metre operation and a further app for 70cm ops is in the vetting stage.

Once testing has been completed the node will be co-located at GB3TR and will be run on a Raspberry Pi using an FT 1900 and when / if the 70 cms passes vetting, an FT 7900.

This will enable APRS signals to be repeated further afield and also via the Internet.




Temporary allocation of 146 – 147 MHz to Full licencees

Ofcom recently opened a consultation about re-use & re-allocation of spectrum in the 143 – 169 MHz bands after the release of frequencies formerly used by the Emergency Services.

The formal document is available at http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/vhf-143-169mhz/statement/VHF_Release_statement.pdf

As a result Ofcom has decided to temporarily offer the 1 MHz chunk between 146 & 147 MHz to radio amateurs on a non-protected non-interference basis subject to some geographic restrictions to try to prevent any interference to neighbouring countries. This will become available from 31st October 2014, via a NoV to individual licences.

If any interference is caused then the extra spectrum will be immediately withdrawn.

The NoV will only be available to Full licencees and the NoV will be time-limited to 12 months at a time. Ofcom reserves the right to reclaim this piece of the spectrum should it later be needed although they have said they intend to give 12 months notice should this be going to occur.

The NoV can be applied for through the RSGB website in the normal way.