Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 25 March 2018, 1530 UTC, Post #505.


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Here is the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news summary from the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this article are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Sunday 25 March

Satellite Show in Palm Springs May 15, 2018
ARRL-registered Instructor Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be presenting his ‘Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT’ multimedia session at the May 15, 2018 regular monthly meeting of the Desert RATS amateur radio club of Palm Springs, California. All are welcome to attend

India releases ham radio license figures
India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released the amateur radio license figures for 2017-18

QSO Today – DuWayne Schmidlkofer, KV4QB
DuWayne Schmidlkofer, KV4QB, is one of the amazing creators of homebrew projects from conception to the finished package.  He uses microcontrollers combined with RF circuitry to make some pretty cool and mostly inexpensive projects

Three SA contests for the start of April
The first leg of the popular SARL 80 metre QSO Party is on the air from 17:00 to 20:00 UTC on Thursday 5 April 2018 with phone activity between 3 603 and 3 650, and 3 700 and 3 800 kHz

Regina’s radio hams look to the future
The Leader Post talks to radio amateurs Stan Ewert VE5SC and Daniel Dion VE5DLDabout the hobby

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition
Joining the team is Ken Karr, NG2H. A CW enthusiast, Ken was most recently a member of the VK0EK Heard Island 2016 DXpedition team

Mission Goodwill Kosovo story at Visalia
The Mission Goodwill Kosovo is ever thankful and delighted to have been invited to present the heartbreaking – and regrettable – story of “The Republic of Kosovo and Z60A” at the Visalia International DX Convention over the weekend of April, 20 thru 22

Rallies and Hamfests
Check-out the latest additions to G4RGA’s comprehensive rally and hamfest guide

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 24 March

Icom ID-31E PLUS – A great entry point into D-STAR
The ID-31E UHF digital D-STAR handportable provides a great jumping-on point into the fabulous world of D-STAR Digital Amateur Radio

Foundations of Amateur Radio #146
Coax Loss vs Connector Loss – now with more coax
Recently I spent some time discussing the losses associated with connectors between your radio and your antenna. The traditional wisdom, and I use the word “wisdom” ironically, says that each connector introduces loss into the feed line. There is an understanding that the more connectors you have the worse it is and the more loss you have

Israeli 60m permits now available on yearly basis
For several years Israeli Amateurs have had access to 8 three kilohertz-wide channels at 5 MHz by means of personal permits. Permission was initially valid from the application approval date until mid March 2014. Permits are now renewable in April of each year

Good news for Thai contest operators
Tony, HS0ZDX, RAST Liaison Officer, reports 
to members and friends of the RAST: There is good news for contest operators

Maker community in Shenzhen
Future Cities, a full-length documentary strand from WIRED video, looks inside the bustling city of Shenzhen

Attracting more women to Amateur Radio
Following International Women’s Day, Kimberly Olsen VK2KMI spent some time researching how to attract more women to amateur radio

9-year-old radio ham in ISS link-up
Keen radio amateur Archie Toy VK3FTOY encouraged his school to arrange a link-up with the International Space Station (ISS)

Ham radio uptake and retention
Wireless Institute of Australia Board Director David Ford VK4MZ suggests ways we can improve amateur radio uptake and retention

Young Amateurs Radio Club launched
Sterling Coffey N0SSC has announced the launch of a new radio club made by the youth, for the youth

Propagation de K7RA
At 2332 UTC on March 22 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for this weekend, March 24 and 25

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 16th March, through Friday, 23rd March there were 224 countries active

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


News for Friday 23 March

Introducing CATSync – The new CAT tool for WebSDRs
Oscar, DJ0MY, has developed a new software tool for radio amateurs and SWLs

VB18FIFA: World Cup 2018 Football Amateur Radio Marathon
The special call sign VB18FIFA will be on the air from June 1 to July 15 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

New HackSpace magazine available for download
Issue 5 of the free magazine HackSpace has an article about Limor Fried AC2SN (aka LadyAda) of electronics company Ada Fruit as well as a Dr Lucy Rogers M6CME article “Share the knowledge”

Ofcom allow use of mobile phone repeaters
Ofcom has confirmed the making of regulations that will allow people to use certain types of ‘mobile phone repeaters’, without the need for a licence

2018 WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and AGM
Don’t forget that registrations are now open for the 2018 WIA Radio and Electronics Convention and AGM. You can register today via the online registration form on the WIA website

Essex Ham in the press
The Southend Standard and Basildon Standard newspapers report radio amateurs from Essex Ham were at the Raspberry jam event to celebrate the computer’s birthday

Mills On The Air
You could help bring some life back into Australia’s heritage mills by joining the mills-on-the-air scheme. Once thought of as a mainly UK event, the scheme has spread to Europe, and since last year, has Australia as a member  

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 activities:

Source:  Big Island Amateur Radio Club March 2018 Newsletter.

Everyone is invited to the HPP Radio Day on Saturday, 28 April 2018, 0900-1600 HST, at the Hawaii Paradise Park Community Center, 17th and Maku’u Drive 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.”  For details, email Mike at

You still have time to sign up for the Big Island Amateur Radio Club’s (BIARC) QTH.NET 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…the listserve provides a secure means of sending club email.”  To register for the listserve, please send an email to

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. You can find HQ ARRL press releases in the right hand sidebar of this blog.

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

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