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Here are the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the contributors and reporters.

News for Wednesday 28 March

Tony’s 10m Band Report
The weekend was pretty full on as there was a popular contest.

TJ2TT (Cameroon), 7Q7EI (Malawi), YV1KK (Venezuela) were probably top DX with VP8LP (Falklands) and 3C0W (Annobon Is) earlier in the week

Sun: No Spots but watch out for China’s space station re-entering and burning up

ISS SSTV active on 145.800 MHz FM in April
The International Space Station (ISS) amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM are expected to be activated over several days in April

LF/MF mode with Synchronous Decoder
A new version of WSQCall, a specially designed ‘chat’ mode for LF/MF has been released

HamRadioNow on the road to the race
The l atest edition of Ham Radio Now show features an interview with John Rosica KA2FND of NVIS Communications

Powerpole adapter for the FT-817/818
The FT-817 is one of the most popular HF radios ever made. It does have some weaknesses though and in particular the DC power socket is prone to failure 

ISWL callsigns for April
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of April 2018

AMSAT-UK Colloquium call for speakers
This is a call for speakers for the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 2018which, will be held this year on 13-14 October, in conjunction with the RSGB Convention at Kents Hill Park Conference Centre, Milton Keynes, MK7 6BZ, United Kingdom

Youngsters display amateur radio DF transmitters
Randy Hall K7AGE video from Quartzfest 2018 in which students from the local school display and describe their direction finding transmitters

Local radio stations fined for using FM
The Radio NYTT site reports the Norwegian Media Authority has fined two local radio stations because they have continued broadcasting in FM

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


News for Tuesday 27 March

ARISS contact with schools in Freeport, NY, USA 
As already announced, an International Space Station school contact has been planned for Scott Tingle KG5NZA with Freeport Public Schools, Freeport, NY, USA

China’s doomed space station returns to Earth this week
China’s Tiangong-1 space station is about to return to Earth – as a massive fireball

Rule changes to protect consumers and aid enforcement
New rules announced today will strengthen Ofcom’s powers to deal with companies that ‘persistently misuse’ the telephone numbers that we allocate to them

7Q, Malawi
By the time you read this, members of the EIDX Group will be active as 7Q7EI from the shores of Lake Malawi until April 2nd

NASA TV to air launch of next space station resupply mission
NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX now is targeting its 14th resupply mission to the International Space Station for no earlier than 4:30 p.m. EDT Monday, April 2. Live coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website Sunday, April 1, with pre-launch events

SolderSmoke Podcast
Episode 203 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Central Kiribati Islands
Members of the ‘Rebel DX Group‘ will once again be active as T31T from Kanton Island (OC-043) starting sometime in May


News for Monday 26 March

WWII role of the RSGB and Voluntary Interceptors
A new RSGB web page highlights the role of Voluntary Interceptors in the Second World War and the crucial involvement of the Society

Ham College 39
General Amateur Radio Exam questions part 10. Digital Modes pt 2, Interference

Radio hams train for storm season
The Coloradoan reports storm spotters use ham radio to communicate from bases of storms

Search and Rescue finds body on banks of Canterbury river during exercise
Rangiora Police Senior Sergeant Paul Reeves confirmed Search and Rescue teams discovered the body while Canterbury Police district was running a training exercise

Ham with a mission
A High Court lawyer, holder of six post-graduate degrees, and currently pursuing a PhD in Law. But, what satisfied him the most is amateur radio, also known as Ham

’tis the season for strange auroras (named ‘STEVE’)
Last night, a river of hot ionized gas surged through the upper atmosphere above Alaska, creating a luminous arc in the sky that rivaled the nearby Moon

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 to 1600 HST, at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center, 17th and Maku’u Drive in the Puna District.  For details, email Mike Stratton (KH6PAC) at

You still have time to sign up for the Big Island Amateur Radio Club’s QTH.NET Email Listserve.  So far, 25 Hawaii Island radio amateurs have joined the secure messaging group.  To register, please send an email to Les Hittner (K0BAD) at

General Comments:

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section