SPECIAL EVENTS ON THE AIR
GB2RS Celebrates 50 Years
The Radio Society of Great Britain is planning a series of celebratory
news broadcasts to mark the 50th anniversary of its GB2RS news service.
The broadcasts will start on 25 September 2005 – exactly 50 years after
the first GB2RS transmission was made by G6MB – and continue at regular
intervals over the subsequent five weeks.
To mark this special occasion, the RSGB is hoping to include a greeting
from its patron - HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – within the
broadcasts. The RSGB has also requested that communications regulator
Ofcom allows the society to use a special event station callsign - GB50RS
- during the celebratory period.
ICOM SUPPORTS HAM COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
Icom is lending its support to a special event celebrating the Bi-Centenary commemoration of the Battle of
Trafalgar. This by supplying most of the gear to a special event station which is being run by the Cray
Valley Radio Society . The station will operate from the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich in
South East London for an 8-day period from October 17th to the 24th. Icom will provide the main operating
equipment comprising four base stations providing the means for the team to communicate worldwide.
The battle of Trafalgar fought in 1805 is considered by many as one of the most decisive naval engagements
in history, both tactically and strategically. It not only eliminated Napoleon's plans to invade England, but also
destroyed French naval power and ensured the dominance of the British navy throughout the world.
The Cray Valley Radio Society is no stranger to operating high profile special event stations. The club
manned the highly successful Millennium special event station M2000A, making 48,000 QSOs in two months.
For more details of the society, please visit www.cvrs.org on the World-Wide-Web. (Icom America)
ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service to add spam filtering, virus scanning
The popular and free ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service will get even better starting in early September. In
response to users' requests, the ARRL E-mail Forwarding Service will be adding spam filtering and virus
scanning on messages sent to <call sign>@arrl.net addresses for forwarding to League members'
established e-mail accounts. Best of all, the service will continue to be available to ARRL members at no
additional cost. The ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service provides members with a uniform e-mail address
that remains the same even if they switch e-mail service providers. A switch in vendors has made it
possible for ARRL to include these important new features, which will help to reduce the amount of spam
that arrives via ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service addresses as well as provide members an additional layer
of protection from malicious, virus-laden messages. "Unfortunately, no single spam or virus filter is
guaranteed to catch 100 percent of undesirable e-mail traffic," cautions ARRL Chief Financial Officer Barry
Shelley, N1VXY. "Everyone should always protect their own personal computer with appropriate security
software, but these new features should help reduce the amount of spam and viruses our members taking
advantage of this service have to deal with." The new features are being made possible through a switch to
Interbridge, the League's corporate Internet Service Provider. This means members using the ARRL E-Mail
Forwarding Service now will get the same spam filtering and virus scanning League Headquarters
receives from Interbridge. Currently more than 65,000 ARRL members and clubs use the ARRL E-Mail
Forwarding Service. Members can sign up for this service by visiting the ARRL Members Only Web Page
and clicking on "The ARRL E-Mail
DXCC Desk approves operations
for DXCC credit
The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved these
operations for DXCC credit: KH9/AH8H,
Wake Island, for operations in 2003 and 2004;
TT8BZ, Chad, March 31-August 23, 2005;
5X1B, Uganda, August 3-12, 2005. For more
information, visit the DXCC Web page http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/.
"DXCC Frequently Asked Questions" can answer most questions about the DXCC program
ARRL DX bulletins are available on the W1AW DX Bulletins page
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