New experimental digital mode, FT4 for digital contesting.

Introduction: FT4 is an experimental digital mode designed specifically for radio contesting. Like FT8, it uses fixed-length transmissions, structured messages with formats optimized for minimal QSOs, and strong forward error correction. But with 6 second sequences.

Further information regarding this new mode is attached.

General relaese of WSJT-X RC5 thats supports this mode will be on the 29th April 2019.

JS8 QSO Party

Saturday, 13 April 2019

All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF


The JS8 QSO Party is a chance to get on the air with JS8 and make some contacts every month. Whether you like a quick exchange or a long rag-chew, this event is for you. We have a lot of great, patient operators in the group, so the environment should be very welcoming!

The event will be held monthly on the Second Saturday of the month (unless the schedule is modified for a particular event). Each month will have a theme or goal. 

April 2019: Hey Ponzi! Get On The Air!

The April JS8 QSO Party happens shortly after the 1.0 release of JS8. Let’s use this as an opportunity to help other operators get on the air with JS8!

Q: What does this mean? Are there points involved?
A: For every QSO you make during the event, you get 1 point. For every QSO made by a station you recruited to get on the air with JS8, they get 2 points and you get 2 points.

Q: What is the exchange?
A: SNR, QTH, Your name and the Callsign of the operator who recruited you to JS8 (if any).

Q: Since there are points involved, is this a contest? 
A: No. The rules are made up and the points don’t matter. This is solely a fun opportunity to get on the air and make a bunch of contacts using JS8. 

Remember, JS8 QSO Party events are not contests, so all amateur bands are open for use. Now might be the time to break out your 30m delta loop or 17m hamstick or 12m bed springs!

Sticking to the theme is nice, but remember that with JS8 we have the freedom of free-text. So, feel free to QSY toward a clear frequency and talk about anything you want.

TT accommodation request.

Dear club members,

Thanks in advance for reading my note…..

In June this year (along with the xyl) I once again hope to visit your beautiful island for a few days during the TT festival.

Unfortunately, as we always only stay a few days every year, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find accommodation as many/most options through the normal homestay route, etc, understandably now give preference to those staying for a full 7 or 14 days – I wish I could get that much time off 🙂 – and we are struggling even to get a response to our calls/emails.

We had considered camping again this time around, however I had grand plans this year, after many years of contemplating it, to bring with me my portable 2m and 20m homebrew portable QRP CW equipment for some exploration of the bands between racing. I’ve went the camping route on the island a couple of times and had some monumental soakings, so not sure this option would mix well with the radio gear.

Hence my appeal, if anyone in your club who might know of someone who may be willing to contemplate renting some accommodation for 4 nights to an honest radio geek, his missus, and a small and rather slow Triumph Bonneville (oh, and a couple of pocket rigs for good measure), I would greatly appreciate their details.

Many thanks again, and 73s de GI7INR

Andrew R. Greer.        MEng, M.I.E.T.

Tarraco Triumphalis Award

Dear colleagues:

The Local Section in TARRAGONA of the UNION DE RADIOAFICIONADOS ESPAÑOLES (URE) and the RADIO CLUB DEL TARRAGONES, are pleased to organize the permanent award “TARRACO TRIUMPHALIS” in Latin, with the aim of boosting radio activity of our members and promoting knowledge of the historical heritage of Tarragona. WORLD HERITAGE SITE . We hope to inform your associates for their knowledge and to participate in this activity. For full details click here.



EA3BDE Diploma Manager.

Cricket Cup Marathon


I am writing to you as the RSGB team in Region 3 to ask for your support for the Cricket World Cup Marathon that we are organising. Cricket is hugely influential in the North West, with Old Trafford being used of several of the World Cup matches. This means that an opportunity to have lots of fun on the radio should not be missed!

We are also looking for support from the Isle of Man and have already sent some requests to local amateurs there but a waiting to hear what they are able to do. There is a specific callsign GB19CIM that can only be activated from there.

Please forward this email to all Affiliated Clubs in your Region or District. We are looking for RSGB members to take part. Of course you could take one or both of the roles described below if you wished.


The RSGB Contest Club is organising an International Amateur Radio Marathon on the HF bands to celebrate the Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales this summer.

·       The Marathon will run from 30 May 2019 to 14 July 2019.

·       Special UK and International callsigns will be active on 9 HF bands using SSB, CW and Digital modes.

·       The Marathon will encourage HF operation and provide an opportunity for all operators to enjoy being a sought after callsign.

·       Award certificates will be offered to participants based on the number of QSOs they achieve with the Special stations.

·       We are using the Hamlogs system that allows logs from activating stations to be uploaded to a central database. Participants will be able to track their progress towards the available awards.

·       From the UK we will be activating 31 special callsigns including eleven for the Cricket Grounds that will be used in England and Wales and ten for the teams that are participating. We also have callsigns for Scotland, Northern Ireland Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. All UK callsigns will all have the prefix GB19 with a two or three letter suffix.

We have had detailed discussions with Ofcom who have encouraged this project as it fulfils many of the aims of amateur radio licensing. They also recognise that this is an international activity rather than being public-facing, although of course it will be appropriate for showcasing the hobby to newcomers.


We are looking for volunteers who can help coordinate the marathon by recruiting and helping operators, assisting with log uploads and providing local technical advice. This role could be shared by two or more people.

We are using a page for each callsign with a calendar keeping a record of who is activating or supervising the use of the callsign during the event. We will use the venue callsigns on an RSGB region basis; most RSGB regions in England and Wales have a cricket ground that is being used. For regions and countries that don’t have a ground there are other special callsigns to activate.

Each coordinator will have plenty of opportunity to operate.


This is an excellent opportunity for some really fun radio operating. All full licensees who are RSGB members can join the RSGB Contest Club and as club members can operate, either in a local radio club or group, or simply operate from home. You don’t have to be a cricket fan to take part and you don’t need a “super station”. You can also just operate for a few hours.

Foundation and intermediate licence holders may operate supervised from a club or the station of a full licence holder. We want to encourage those who have good stations to allow others to operate them.

Full details for Coordinators and Activators can be found on the RSGB website under the Radio Marathons topic. 

Please contact us at the email address with your details, including your RSGB region, if you would like to get involved.

More details will be sent to you next month.

Kind Regards,

Nick Totterdell G4FAL,

RSGB HF Contest Committee Chair

Cambridge Hams Visit

14 of the Camb Hams will be on the island from 4-10 May at Ballacain Courtyard Cottages in Onchan. We’ll probably have antennas for most bands from 80m up, including several VHF bands and satellites.

We hope to have something for Eshail as well. There will probably be some SOTA and WAB activity as well as the fixed station at Ballacain. Hope some of the IOMARS members will be able to drop in while we are there.

73  – Martin G3ZAY

JS8Call 1.0.0 General Release

For those interested in this particular data mode, this new release might be of interest, details below.

“Hey Folks! This is not a test, this is not a joke, it’s actually happening. The public release of JS8Call version 1.0 is here! You’ll find all of the public releases (now and future version) of JS8Call downloadable from this page:

For those following along at home, there were a few fixes from RC3 to 1.0 GA. I also added in one last feature…a “Check for Updates” on startup (by default) so we all know when a new version is released. There’s a full changelog below. 

I want to thank all of the thousands of folks who have stuck around through the development of JS8Call. It has been a fun journey and there’s tons more to come! Stick around in the list if you want to have “early access” to any of the new features developed.”

GB2RS News

Beautiful day so later this afternoon why not finish it off by listening to GB2RS bought to you this evening by Mike GD6ICR at 18:30 on the GB3IM repeater network.