A little update on the GB3VHF situation. Following the announcement last week, there was an outpouring of views. It would appear that attempts are being made to recover the situation and keep the beacon on the air. Here's the latest press release from Chris, G0FDZ.
GB3VHF closedown – new moves by the RSGB
I have today received a letter from the GM at RSGB HQ stating that the
Board has asked him to enter into discussions with the site owner, with
regard to seeking the possibility of a more realistic site rental for
This is good news indeed and I have been asked that until discussions
are completed that I keep GB3VHF on the air. This I am happy to do and I
am grateful that the Board has intervened on this matter.
The society acknowledges the historical position of the beacon and its
advanced technical parameters.
On the question of access to the site for emergency close down, I have
been approached by a colleague who has suggested a satisfactory
technical solution enabling the possibility of remote shutdown. This
would overcome the access problems that could arise ‘out of hours’.
Tests will be conducted to prove the methodology, and if satisfactory
the system will be enabled once authorisation has been obtained.
I have been assured by the RSGB that I will be kept informed of progress
and when I have any news, I will pass that onto you the users, via the
beacon website and the UK-beacons Yahoo group.
So in the meantime, please continue to enjoy using GB3VHF for your VHF
DX-ing, propagation studies and scientific tests.
Thank you and kind regards to all users.
Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ
Beacon Keeper GB3VHF