Accessed on 04 March 2018 1514 UTC, Post #482.


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Here are today’s  top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Sunday 4 March
Veteran long distance walker to use 2m on his latest walk
Fifty-nine year old Paul Truswell, M3WHO, of Macclesfield, Cheshire, will shortly be starting a 900-mile walk south to north across Great Britain

Amateur transponder satellites selected for NASA launch
AMSAT reports GOLF-TEE and GOLF-1 have been selected for NASA’s CubeSat launch initiative

SOTA summit to summit Europe to Australia and beyond
In Summits on the Air (SOTA), one of the more difficult and therefore challenging actions is to communicate from one summit to another usually using low power and a simple antenna at both ends. Add to that distance and poor propagation and the challenge is enormous

VK6WIA NewsWest
It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham College, F-Troop, the SEG, the RAOTC, the NCRG, and of course – what we’re up to here at WA Amateur Radio news

SARL Hamnet 40-metre Simulated Emergency Contest
The popular Hamnet 40m contest is on the air from 12:00 to 14:00 UTC this afternoon with phone activity between 7 063 to 7 100 kHz and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz

People invited to Southampton club AGM
The Daily Echo reports the Southampton Amateur Radio Club invites people to attend its AGM on Wednesday, March 21

Elettra Marconi interview
“When the young have some new ideas, there is this sort of badness that wants to stop the young” – Princess Elettra

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


News for Saturday 3 March

2018 State of Ham Radio Survey
Dustin Thomas N8RMA is conducting his second State of Amateur Radio survey

Foundations of Amateur Radio #143
What improbable antenna solution works?
There is some truth in simplicity. I’ve mentioned in the past that “suck it and see” is a perfectly valid solution to figuring out if something is going to work or not 

Surrey BC Sat Show venue change
In view of the expected interest and the enquiries already, we have decide to move our March meeting to larger premises

MacLoggerDX Version 6.17 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.17 of MacLoggerDX has been released

The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that Gary Dixon, K4MQG, will be the keynote speaker at the 33rd annual DX dinner

November and December RSGB Board Proceedings
The RSGB Board Proceedings for November and December have been released

Propagation de K7RA
We’ve seen many days with no sunspots over the past year, especially in more recent times. Periods with more than three days of blank Sun include January 4-11, 2017, March 6-20, 2017, May 9-15, 2017, June 9-12, July 18-24, October 8-14, October 16-20, November 1-13, November 19-24, December 1-5, December 13-19, December 28, 2017 through January 3, 2018, January 20-29, 2018, and February 18-25. Sunspots have been visible every day, starting on February 26

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 24th February, through Saturday, 3rd March there were 217 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio events:

Source:  Big Island Amateur Radio Club March 2018 Newsletter.

All licensed amateur radio operators on Hawaii Island are invited to volunteer their time for the 18 March 2018 Hilo Marathon.  Hams are assigned to positions along the 26.2-mile course which extends into Keaukaha and up the North Hilo coastline from the start/finish line near the canoe hale on the Hilo Bayfront.  With the net control station at Onekahakaha Park, the radio volunteers ensure coordination between aid stations and race officials, and assist with health and safety when needed.  If you want to provide radio support, please contact WH6EXS at 1-443-9272 or send a message to the PERC Facebook page:  @KH6PRC.

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

Don’t forget to sign up for the QTH.NET Email Listserve.  To register, contact Les Hittner (K0BAD) at

General Comments:

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Please send your Hawaii Amateur/Ham 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.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section