Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


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

QSO Today: Homebrewers not out to pasture
Mike Bohn, KG7TR, has been building his own amateur radio equipment since he first entered the ham radio hobby over 50 years ago

Major meteor shower season starts this month
SARL News report there are 10 major meteor showers with visible trails of 15 per hour or more starting in April and ending at the beginning of January next year

CQ-DATV Magazine download
There is a new issue of CQ-DATV (issue 58) available for free download

Indian newspaper interviews teenager about ham radio
Telangana Today reports on 19-year-old Koduru Nagasainath VU3JVW one of the youngest radio amateurs in the State of Telangana, southern India

The April 2018 Communicator Newsletter
Attached is the link for the April 2018 SARC Communicator newsletter. This month 40+ pages of news, events, projects and more

This spacecraft will get closer to the Sun than any before it – without melting
It has taken 60 years, but scientists and engineers are finally ready to reach for the stars – our star, that is. And they’re confident they won’t get burned

A DAB outlet for Radio Caroline
Mark Hawkins just reported on the Caroline Yahoo group:
No doubt there will be a ‘proper’ announcement before long but Radio Caroline has appeared on the London Trial DAB mux, a great Easter present

Ofcom awards eight new community radio licences
Ofcom has recently announced the award of eight new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland

‘Who can I trust to give me the real news?
Where and how should American citizens access trustworthy news, how do journalists determine real from fake news, and how can the average citizen identify fake news and avoid accidentally promoting it through social media?


News for Saturday 31 March

Work the World with WSJT-X
Video of the talk given by Professor Joe Taylor K1JT about the FT-8 and WSPR modes at the 2018 MicroHAMS Digital Conference on March 24

New award for CW and Digimode on HS4
On HamSphere 4.0 we use Phone SSB but also CW ( Morse code ) and digital modes: RTTY, SSTV and PSK. There are a lot of awards for SSB but now 4 new awards for digimodes. They are not easy to win…

New revolutionary logic for GB3PI
Over the years, how to ensure that every user has a fair crack of the whip while operating through one of the UK’s most popular 2m repeaters has been a difficult question to answer

The Reality of Amateur Radio in 2018
Chris Rolinson G7DDN asks what is the greatest hobby on earth? Now there’s a question! For many of you reading this article, the answer will be clear – Amateur Radio. It’s a hobby that delights, excites and, at times, frustrates in probably equal measures!

HAARP Spring research campaign – April 6-14
Researchers will explore the physics of scintillations, magnetic field-aligned irregularities, artificial and natural atmospheric airglow, stimulated electromagnetic emissions, plasma waves and radio-enhanced ionization

DKARS Magazine March 2018
The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month

FCC takes action against Pirate Broadcasters
The US communications regulator FCC seized transmission equipment from two pirate radio stations in Boston on March 26

VK6WIA NewsWest
In the club focus edition of the news we have updates from amateur radio clubs who use the first Sunday of the Month to share their exploits, their adventures, activities and updates for members

Get Radio Active in a different way
The SARL will soon be featuring a 3-minute slot on LM Radio. It will be broadcast mid-morning on a Saturday on 702 kHz AM from Johannesburg

Propagation de K7RA
We saw no sunspots during this reporting week, March 22-28. The previous week had sunspots on only three days, with an average of 5.6

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 Friday 30 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio #147
You and the IARU
Have you ever considered the infrastructure that exists to make it possible to tune to 7.090 MHz, call CQ and make contact with anyone on the planet?

The Threats to Radiocommunication
IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ looks at the threat to the RF Spectrum posed by pollution from Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles equipment

Radio Sawa to scale back regional broadcasts
To save $9.5 million in 2019, the U.S. government’s Arabic language broadcaster Radio Sawa plans to restrict its FM and AM transmissions to Iraq. This will mean the end of Radio Sawa’s radio service, AM and FM, to the rest of the Middle East

The journey of BETANZOS to Bouvet Island
Joerg writes: In 2016 we (DR0F) became a Antennapartner on Island Neuwerk and the ability to receive AIS-Data on 2m Band worldwide

WIA 2018 Radio and Electronics Convention
The time for the WIA 2018 Radio and Electronics Convention is rapidly approaching and we would like to draw your attention to two new technical discussions that will be held on Saturday the 19th of May at Sea World Resort

Out-of-control Chinese space station set to plummet to Earth
An out-of-control Chinese space station moving at 17,000 mph was set to plummet to Earth over this Easter weekend, leaving space experts scrambling to guess where

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

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

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