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GB0YAA Special Event Station

GB0YAA is the Special Event Station callsign of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service. The station is operated  by the Otley Amateur Radio Society.

 

 

This year, GB0YAA will be on air 19.30 TO 2130  (Local) on Tuesday 20th September 2016 We are hoping to be operating HF, possible VHF.

Otley Amateur Radio Society actively supports the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service, an airborne medical emergency team that relies solely on charitable donations and sponsorship to keep it operational.

Further information about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service can be found at

http://www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/

Freqencies depending on conditions = 7106/7103 +/-  14280 +/-  144.130 +/- 145.325 +/-

 

IARU/MADENHEAD LOCATOR = IO93DW

WORKED ALL BRITAIN (WAB) = SE14

CQ ZONE = 14

IOTA = EU005

ALL CARDS WILL BE VIA THE BUREAU AND ONLY SENT OUT IF REQUESTED AND IN RETURN FOR YOUR CARD .

 

GB4EVA

GB4EVA

Otley Amateur Radio Society will be celebrating the work of Edward Victor Appleton, operating the special event station  GB4EVA from Clifton Village Hall on 10th September 2016 10.00 till 1600.

We hope to run some other events, from 6th September (Appleton’s birthday) subject to availability of operators. Please see the dedicated page for more information here.

We plan to be operating on the following frequencies:

SSB = 7.160/7.103 +/- , 14280 +/-  145.325 +/-

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Contact with Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station

The ARISS UK Operations team are delighted to announce that the amateur radio contact between Ashfield Primary School in Otley, West Yorkshire has now been confirmed for Thursday, May 5 at 0808 GMT (9:08 am BST) with Tim Peake GB1SS on the International Space Station

The contact should be receivable on 145.800 MHz FM over the British Isles and Western Europe and webcast on the ARISS Principia website.

The event is a coup for the school which is the only one in Yorkshire to be selected for the Amateur Radio on ISS link-up.

Ashfield was chosen following a lengthy application process involving schools across the country. Its bid was led by staff member Michael Ross M6FFK, through his links with Otley Amateur Radio Society (OARS) and supported by BBC One Show scientist – and Otley resident – Dr Marty Jopson.

Otley Amateur Radio Society members have worked extremely hard to support this bid, going into school to work with children on several occasions and backing the overall submission and it is very much appreciated by the school.

The contact can also be watched livestreamed https://principia.ariss.org/live/

 

Fixing a bricked Baofeng

Based on experience solving a little problem, I have gathered together the instructions and web resources you’ll need if you find yourself in the same pickle.

 

Symptoms of a “bricked Baofeng” can vary but the most common one seems to be inoperative receive mode after downloading a file via Chirp (or other software) to try to update channels and settings.  On the UV-5RC kindly given to me the squelch was locked, regardless of the programmed setting and you had to press the “Monitor” button to force it to receive at all.  Transmit worked fine.

 

The most likely cause is loading an image file FROM ANOTHER BAOFENG as a quick way to update the channels.  Unless the internal firmware is the same revision you may “brick it”.  Once you have done this, no amount of downloading and editing will fix it – don’t bother.  The only way is to restore the factory image.

 

Solution:

1)      Find the firmware revision number of your Baofeng.  Hold down the “3” button and switch on.  The display shows the firmware number briefly.  If the top line says “REV” then the firmware revision is the bottom line.  If the bottom line says ”BFB297” then the firmware revision is the top line.  Don’t ask why, it just is.  Mine said “BFB307 / BFB297”.

2)      Visit the site http://kc9hi.dyndns.org/uv5r/programming/CHIRPrecovery/

3)      Find the file that corresponds to your firmware number, in my case BFB307(factory).img, and download it.

4)      Use your good friend CHIRP to load this file to the radio and your main problem is solved.

5)      Once you’ve checked it works then you can begin the task of updating the channels BUT YOU MUST START FROM THIS FILE and avoid the temptation to just copy from another radio.  Unless the firmware number matches you’ll most likely just brick it again.

6)      There is also a “reset” option file available that fixes the problem and leaves all the channels blank.

 

There are plenty of other sites about Baofengs but this site seems to have all the image files for all Baofengs and similar handies conveniently gathered together in one place.  Before I found it I wasted a lot of time being referred from one site to another, often with broken links.

Contact with Tim Peake aboard the ISS

The ARISS UK Operations team are delighted to announce that the amateur radio contact between Ashfield Primary School in Otley, West Yorkshire has now been confirmed for Thursday, May 5 at 0808 GMT (9:08 am BST) with Tim Peake GB1SS on the International Space Station

The contact should be receivable on 145.800 MHz FM over the British Isles and Western Europe and webcast on the ARISS Principia website.

The event is a coup for the school which is the only one in Yorkshire to be selected for the Amateur Radio on ISS link-up.

Ashfield was chosen following a lengthy application process involving schools across the country. Its bid was led by staff member Michael Ross M6FFK, through his links with Otley Amateur Radio Society (OARS) and supported by BBC One Show scientist – and Otley resident – Dr Marty Jopson.

Otley Amateur Radio Society members have worked extremely hard to support this bid, going into school to work with children on several occasions and backing the overall submission and it is very much appreciated by the school.

The contact can also be watched livestreamed https://principia.ariss.org/live/

Foundation Training

We are looking to run a Foundation level training course starting in November 2015.

If you are interested in starting out in Amateur Radio and need to complete your Foundation licence, this is the ideal time to start it.

Please come along on a Tuesday evening, or Contact us for more information.