It is with deep regret we report the passing of Clifford Moore G6CZS, who with his wife Ruth, supported RAYNET for most of his later life. In the 1980s, he was a founder member of the Forest Heath Group, serving at many events including the Mildenhall Air Shows. He was never afraid to speak his mind. He moved on to the North Anglia Group, operating at many Sandringham Flower Show events, even managing to get on TV with the Queen Mother. He will be much missed by all who knew him.
The National Training Team (NTT) have added new dates to their Train the Trainers workshops schedule.
30 September & 1 October - Portsmouth
2 & 3 December - Cardiff
2 & 3 February - Winchester
7 & 8 April - Lisburn
2 & 3 June - Edinburgh
1 & 2 September - London
1 & 2 December - Gloucester
To apply for a place on one of these workshops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack or download a pack from www.raynet-uk.net/documents.html
2017 Summer Leave
Due to summer leave no logos will be produced between July 19th and September 4th, any requests in this period will be processed in order, post leave period. Each request is logged and will be processed in order. Please remember that everyone involved in RAYNET-UK are volunteers and other commitments sometimes may slightly delay response.
International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU R1) President Don Beattie, G3BJ, told an audience at Ham Radio 2017 (Friedrichshafen) that he is "deeply concerned about our ability to maintain a usable radio spectrum in some parts of suburban Europe." Beattie said that Amateur Radio spectrum allocations are of little value if they are "made unusable by the presence of multiple sources of interference -- be it electrical interference or intruders in the amateur bands." Beattie said the IARU "is deeply involved in the work of the international standards organizations, arguing for common sense in the setting of emission standards for electrical and electronic devices." He cited solar photovoltaic arrays, wind generators, digital devices, VDSL+ and wireless power transfer technology as areas of current concern. "Some would say that even with the work we are involved in on standards, much of the radio spectrum is becoming unusable in the suburban environment," Beattie said, "and I have sympathy with this view."
Credit: Southgate Amateur Radio News
In 2014, Ofcom announced in the wake of a year-long "consultation" -- a rule making proceeding -- that it was ending Amateur Radio access to significant portions of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands, where Amateur Radio is secondary. The consultation followed the release by the Ministry of Defence of 40 MHz of spectrum at 2.3 GHz and 150 MHz of spectrum at 3.4 GHz.
"The 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum is needed to provide additional capacity to meet growing consumer demand for mobile broadband," Ofcom said in a statement. "It is important that the frequencies are made available as quickly as possible for the benefit of consumers and industry."
Ofcom also has published a decision to draft regulations allowing Wi-Fi use in the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services 5,725-5,850 MHz band. "To make connections faster, we are making regulations to open an additional 125 MHz of spectrum in a 'sub-band' within the 5 GHz frequency range for Wi-Fi -- while ensuring protection for other users, such as satellite services," Ofcom said. The additional sub-band increases the number of 80-MHz channels available for Wi-Fi from four to six.
In 2015, Ofcom said it was considering the Amateur-Satellite Service allocations at 10.475 GHz and 47.0 GHz for 5G use. Ofcom published an update on spectrum bands above 6 GHz that might be suitable for next-generation mobile, often referred to as "5G."