Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, Saturday, 17 February 2018


Big Island ARRL News, 17 February 2018, 1512 UTC, Post #465.


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Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news headlines from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  The Southgate Amateur Radio Club provides a unique international perspective on events impacting radio amateurs worldwide.

News for Saturday 17 February

SARL President to meet Bouvet DXpedition team in Cape Town
SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL will meet with the crew of the Bouvet Island DXpedition in Cape Town today during a function arranged by the local radio amateurs

Ham radios offered lifeline to Puerto Rico after Maria
WESH News reports on the Orlando HamCation and the key role amateur radio played in the aftermath of hurricane Maria

Foundations of Amateur Radio #141
What do you know now that you would have liked to have known when you started in amateur radio?

Students to use ham radio to link to ISS
The Centre Daily Times reports on Bellefonte Area Middle School students who are working on an out-of-this-world project

Propagation de K7RA
Solar activity increased over the last reporting week (February 8-14).
Average daily sunspot number rose from 10.3 to 24, while average daily solar flux increased from 72.5 to 77.4. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index changing from 4.4 to 4.1, and average mid-latitude A index going from 3.6 to 3

SARL Digital Contest next Sunday
The aim of the SARL Digital contest on Sunday 25 February is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using the FT8 / RTTY modes

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 9th February, through Friday, 16th February there were 227 countries active

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels


News for Friday 16 February

A44A cancels youth participation in CQWW 160m contest
The IARU Region 1 site reports the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) has canceled the youth participation in the CQWW 160m contest

Ada Lace book features ham radio
Emily Calandrelli’s latest book aimed at young people Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader, features amateur radio

Upcoming ARISS contact with University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines on 17 Feb

EURAO Newsletter February 2018
EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

HPP Radio Day

Source:  BIARC February 2018 Newsletter.

Everyone is invited to the HPP radio Day from 0900 to 1600 (HST), Saturday, 28 April 2018, at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center at 17th and Maku’u in the Puna District.  According to coordinator  Mike Straton (KH6PAC), “We want to let everyone know that the event is open to all hams, especially the newest ham operators…Out plan is to have several different radios set up…There will be lots of activities and demonstrations.”  For more information on this islandwide event, contact Mike at

Sign up for the QTH.NET Email Listserve

Source:  BIARC February 2018 Newsletter.

You still have time to register for the new Big Island Amateur Radio Club email Listserve.  According to coordinator Les Hittner (K0BAD), “The main advantage of using such a listserve is that you do not have to individually maintain a list of club-member email addresses in order to enter into important conversations related to club operations.”  Les adds that the QTH.NET Listserve “provides a secure means of sending club email.”  If you want to join the listserve, please contact Les by email–

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Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our local print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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