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British Science Week Special Event Station

The James Clerk Maxwell Radio Society will be operating their Amateur Radio Special Event Station from Parton Kirk in Dumfries and Galloway as part of the British Science Week over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of March 2019. They will be using the GB2JCM call sign and invite anyone on the air to have a chat with them. The society also extends an invitation to everyone to visit them during the event if they want to meet the gang. If you want to know more about them or follow what they do you can visit their Facebook page here.

RSGB Cricket World Cup Marathon

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.

The club will use the Hamlogs system that allows logs from activating stations to be uploaded to a central database.
Hence, participants will be able to track their progress towards the available awards.

From the UK the club will be activating 31 special callsigns, including eleven for the Cricket Grounds that will be used in England and Wales as well as ten for the teams that are participating. They 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.

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. The club wants to encourage those who have good stations to allow others to operate them.

The full details and some additional information on Radio Marathons can be found on the RSGB website. While the full details for Coordinators and Activators are not currently there they should soon be updated to the site. You can contact the contest club under the email address with your details, including your RSGB region, if you would like to get involved. More details should be available soon.


It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the loss of a stalwart member of our club. John Shankland, GM3CSO became a silent key on Tuesday the 8th of January 2019. John passed away peacefully. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Frances and family at this sad time. John was a loyal, hard working supporter of AARG over many years and will be sadly missed by us all.

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