The Blog is finally back…

Saturday, 25 February 2012 18:17 by g7eix

Its time to get back to the fun of Amateur radio.   I have updated the blog software, updated the header image and I have updated quite a bit of the code behind.  So now its all about getting back into the fun of Amateur Radio.

I will be posting general updates, photos, recordings and other nice things (that I consider to be nice things anyway) that bring me enjoyment and hopefully will do the same for the readers (how ever few or many that may be).

Things have changed very little here in Seabrook.  I still operate on HF with a Flex 5000 and a Yaesu FT-2000D – but I have dumped the Yaesu FT-857D in favor of a new ID-880H D*Star radio.


And I have to say I am absolutely loving it.   I wish I could talk more on it during the day, but work seems to get in the way.    You can see the radio above in the site header.   A nice little radio, even if the fan does get a little noisy at times.


I also have the new ICOM ID-31A 70cm’s handy talky too, but not much to say about it yet as I have not used it in anger.  That will come next month when I make a trip to North Carolina with Robbi to hunt for our new home!

Ok.  That’s enough for now, lots more behind the scenes things to fix and I also need to look at redesigning the homepage too.   It’s also a little outdated and needs a tweak!

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Special temporary call signs for Royal Wedding

Friday, 15 April 2011 11:52 by G7EIX

Special temporary call signs that Radio Amateurs may use subject to prior authorization, from 29 April to 9 May 2011—signifying the marriage of H.R.H. Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton

RSGB has agreed with Ofcom arrangements for all UK radio amateurs to be able to use special call signs for a period of eleven days beginning on the date of the marriage of HRH Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, 29 April 2011. Use of the special prefix, MR, 2R or GR, according to your license type, is conditional on allocation of a Notice of Variation that can be quickly obtained via a simple process on the Society’s website, where full details of the arrangements can also be found. UK amateurs wishing to use the special prefix should visit and follow the guidance there.

The last date and time for application is 6pm on 26 April 2011. All NoVs will be provided by close of business on 28 April. Please note that no postal applications can be accepted and all NoVs will be sent by e-mail.

Following a request from the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), Ofcom has decided to permit Amateurs holding valid UK; Full Licenses, Full (Reciprocal) Licenses, Intermediate Licenses and Foundation Licenses to apply for and receive authorization for the use of individual special temporary call signs which are linked to their existing licensed call sign.

The duration for use of these special temporary call signs will be from 29 April 2011 through to 9 May 2011 inclusive only.


G0ABC is amended to GR0ABC
GM0ABC is amended to GR0ABC
2E0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
2W0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
2J0ABC is amended to 2R0ABC
M1ABC is amended to MR1ABC
MI0ABC is amended to MR0ABC
MD6ABC is amended to MR6ABC
MU3ABC is amended to MR3ABC

This of course means that your local neighborhood limey will be using the call of":


for periods on 2m and HF over the coming weeks. So keep listening if you want to work a unique call.

Richard W5/GR7EIX

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