Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, Sunday, 11 March 2018

Accessed on 12 March 2018, 0101 UTC, Post #490.


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

HuskySat-1 145/435 MHz linear transponder cubeSat
A 3U Cube Satellite, dubbed the HuskySat-1, is being developed by an interdisciplinary team at the University of Washington and will be launched into Low Earth Orbit to become the first amateur satellite from Washington state

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this edition of the news we look at 48 years of news history, the making and transmitting of the news that you’re listening to right now. In case you’re wondering, we’ve been at it since 1931, that’s 87 years of news history and we’re still at it today

QSO Today: Richard Newstead, G3CWI
Richard Newstead, G3CWI, as an avid outdoor radio enthusiast, co-founded SOTA or the Summits on the Air program

Richard’s story includes operating from a research station in Antarctica during the Falklands war to the founding of Sotabeams

March GEO Newsletter available for download
The March PDF of the weather satellite publication GEO Newsletter produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

How do newcomers become radio amateurs
WIA Board Director Brian VK2GCE recalls how a visit by Geoffrey Booth G8DZJ in 2002 helped put Australia on the road to the Foundation license

Engaging women in Amateur Radio
International Women’s Day on March 8 prompted Sterling Coffey N0SSC to think about how ham radio needs to be more engaging and welcoming to women

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 10 March

Farewell weekend from Z60A
Since the original activity from Kosovo was much hampered by a high noise level at both locations particularly on low-bands, a team led by Pertti, OG2M, Miro, OM5RW and Rudy, OM3PC and Driton, Z61DX has put all its effort into hoisting full size verticals for this weekend from a quiet location beyond the city noise

RAOTA Diamond Jubilee
GB6ØOT is being activated to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee year of the RADIO AMATEUR OLD TIMERS’ ASSOCIATION

Foundations of Amateur Radio #144
Amateur Radio Minimalism
The ultimate radio shack is a nirvana that most amateurs I’ve met strive for all their life. One of the many views I’ve heard on the topic keeps speaking to me, one of minimalism, less is more, what is the absolute minimum that you can use and still call yourself an amateur?

IARUMS: Beijing OTH Radar in 40m
The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports on interference in the amateur radio 7 MHz band caused by one of Beijing’s Over The Horizon Radars (OTHR)

Students’ ham radio contact with astronaut
The Daily Journal reports on San Bruno students amateur radio contact with an astronaut on the International Space Station

John Moyle Memorial Field Day
This year the contest will occur over the weekend of Saturday the 17th to Sunday 18th March, 2018, the duration of the contest will be from UTC 0100 Saturday to 0059 on Sunday

Propagation de K7RA
Only one day (March 2) showed any sunspot activity over the past reporting week, with a daily sunspot number of 11 so average daily sunspot activity declined from 6 to 1.6. Average daily solar flux went from 68.3 to 67.6. No sunspots have been seen since March 2

Ofcom plans for improving mobile coverage and supporting 5G
Ofcom has published updates on their work to improve mobile services and support the rollout of 5G in the UK

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

Please send your Hawaii Island 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.

Don’t forget the HPP Radio Day, set for Saturday, 28 April 2018, at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center, 17th and Maku’u in the Puna District.  Contact Mike Stratton at

Hawaii Island radio amateurs are urged to help support the 18 March 2018 Hilo Marathon.  For more information, call WH6EXS at 1-443-492-9272.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73,

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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