According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th October, through Sunday, 19th October there were 224 countries active
Source: SouthGate Amateur Radio News

The first SSB contest organised by the UK and Ireland Contest Club takes place on Wednesday 22nd October
Source: SouthGate Amateur Radio News

Scouts at Kingston Ridge Campsite in Essex had something special at their Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) – High altitude balloon launches
Source: SouthGate Amateur Radio News