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Here’s a summary of this weekend’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news from the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporter and correspondents.

Sunday, March 18, 2018
News for Sunday 18 March

China’s DSLWP-A1/A2 satellites to transmit Amateur Radio data from the Moon
China is planning to launch the Chang’e 4 lander and rover which is slated to land on the far side of the moon in December. The lander configuration will use a relay satellite for a control and data link with Earth

AmateurLogic 115: Hamfest Acadian Style
Tommy, George and Emile visit the 2018 Acadiana Hamfest in Rayne, LA. Good food, good friends and good times in South Louisiana. We visit with vendors and attendees to find out what makes this event so special. Emile teaches Tommy and George the proper way to eat Crawfish

Top 10 reasons to come to AMSAT at the Hamvention
10. Rub shoulders with 25,000 of your best friends at the largest hamfest in the United States, including all of the AMSAT Directors and senior officers. See the latest equipment from Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, Flex, Alinco, M2, Arrow, and many other manufacturers of amateur radio equipment and accessories. Take advantage of discounted pricing you won’t find anywhere else.. Now, read the other 9 reasons…

80 young radio hams to attend YOTA event in South Africa
The SARL will be hosting 80 young radio amateurs between 16 and 25 years old, representing 34 countries, at the 2018 YOTA summer event to be held in Gauteng from August 8-15

E-licensing for ham radio in Indonesia
The world-wide shift to online amateur radio exams and licensing continues to gather pace, the latest country to adopt it is Indonesia

VK6WIA NewsWest
It’s John Moyle weekend, and it would be safe to say you’re chasing those last few contacts, packing up, or recovering from the Field Day operations – depending on when you’re listening to this broadcast here in VK6, or around Australia

Spectrum above VHF is where the future for radio communications lies
Radio communications started off on long and medium wavelengths, first on Maritime Mobile spark transmissions and years later followed by AM Broadcasting

QSO Today: Glen Popiel, KW5GP
Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of  two popular books on Arduino for amateur radio and a book on mesh networking for amateur radio joins QSO Today once again

Canadian Radio Amateurs of the Year for 2017
Through the Amateur of the Year Award, Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes the outstanding contributions made by Canadian Amateurs to Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally

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 17 March

No WiMo at Friedrichshafen
Antenna company WiMo have announced they will not be attending the Ham Radio 2018 event in Friedrichshafen on June 1-3

Essex Skills Night Monday
Skills Night takes place at 7pm on Monday, March 19 in Danbury Village Hall, Essex, this free event is open to all

‘It’s not real Ham Radio!’
Chris G7DDN describes the resistance to change by some radio amateurs over the years and asks ‘Do we need an exam anymore to get a licence?’

GatesAir suspends sale of AM transmitters
When a prominent radio engineer passed along word to Radio World that he’d sought a quote from the manufacturer on a new transmitter but was told the company had discontinued the model and was assessing its AM line, they sought to learn more

International Space Station astronauts are calling CQ students
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is seeking proposals from US schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host radio contacts with an orbiting crew member aboard the International Space Station (ISS) between January 1 and June 30, 2019

Ofcom publishes new guide to upcoming spectrum auction
Ofcom have just published a guide to how the upcoming spectrum auction will work

Early-bird bookings for AMSATSA Space Symposium
Bookings for the annual AMSATSA Space Symposium which will be held on 19 May 2018 at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria are now open

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots were observed between March 2 and March 15. One sunspot made a brief appearance on March 2, after a blank sun on March 1


News for Friday 16 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio #145
Coax Loss vs Connector Loss
A question that comes up regularly is one about loss, specifically loss in the coax and connectors between your radio and your antenna. The general wisdom is that better coax gives you better results and more connectors is bad

K7AGE FT8 video
Bob N2OML learned about FT8 during one of the forums at Quartzfest. He downloaded the software and started making contacts. He had lots of fun

RSGB 2017 Full Accounts submission released
The PDF of the 2017 full account submission from the Radio Society of Great Britain is now available for download from the Companies House site

Help needed for Radio Luxembourg film documentary
Were you an avid listener and fan of the legendary Radio Luxembourg?
If so, maybe you can help local film producers with an upcoming film documentary

‘BAMS in Space’
The Express reports Bellefonte Area Middle School students used amateur radio to contact the International Space Station

NASA TV coverage of space station crew launch and docking
Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are ready for their journey to the International Space Station that begins on Wednesday, March 21. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website

Past Louisiana Section Manager Jim Molan, KD5IGG, SK
Past ARRL Louisiana Section Manager Jim Molan, KD5IGG, of Bunkie, Louisiana, died on March 8 after suffering a severe head injury in a fall. He was 84

The solar wind has arrived
Earth is entering a stream of high-speed solar wind on March 15th, and this is causing auroras around the Arctic Circle so bright that some observers are seeing them even before nightfall

Updated list of bidders for the upcoming spectrum auction
Ofcom has today published an updated list of bidders that will be taking part in the upcoming auction of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz band

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


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio events:

Source:  Big Island Amateur Radio Club March 2018 Newsletter.

Everyone is invited to the HPP Radio Day, Saturday, 28 Aprils 2018, 0900 to 1600 HST, at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center, 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…Out plan is to have several different radios set up…There will be lots of activities and demonstrations.”  For details, contact Mike at

The second round of free Technician License prep classes will be held at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona, beginning on 22 March 2018, with the final exam set for 26 April 2018.  A test fee of $15.00 in exact cash will be collected at the time of the exam. For more information, please contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) at

You still have time to sign up for the Big Island Amateur Radio Club’s new QTH.NET Email Listserve.  For details, 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.

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.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section