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

News for Sunday 8 April

Special callsigns mark year of tragedy and bravery
1968 was a tragic year for New Zealand shipping, with the loss of the ferry Wahine and the grain ship Maranui plus a fire at sea aboard the liner Gothic

VK6WIA NewsWest
Welcome to NewsWest. It’s been a week since we devoured more hot cross buns and easter eggs than were good for us. Doesn’t time fly?

Germany – up to 10 million people could be hit by threatened radio shut down
The airwaves across many parts of Germany could fall silent next week due to a financial dispute between radio stations and an FM broadcasting provider

QSO Today Fred Cady KE7X
Fred Cady, KE7X, took his love of radio and electronics as far as he could go – that was to a PHD in Electronic Engineering where he settled into teaching at Montana State University

Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club to partner with the National Park Service for amateur radio special event station W2E
The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) will partner with the National Park Service with a special event amateur radio station to be held at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, NJ

SARL Electronic Voting System now available to test
The new SARL Electronic Voting System is now online and available for testing by SARL members

5G is coming
BBC Click reports that the next generation of wireless technology will give us self-driving cars, smart cities and could even teach you to score a goal like Messi

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 7 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio #148
Experience comes from doing …
During the week a friend reminded me that the process of determining what’s happening within a shack comes with experience

Movie features ham radio
The ARRL report the movie ‘A Quiet Place’, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, features amateur radio

Photo: Scene from “A Quiet Place”

A hole in the sun’s atmosphere
An unusually wide hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind toward our planet. Estimated time of arrival: April 9th

Major Rove Announcement!
Announcing a major rove for satellite operators; the Springtime Rove to The Great White North!

VK Shires Contest manager needed
The March 2018 meeting of the WIA Board has just been finalised. At that meeting the board accepted this committee’s recommendations to conduct the Trans-Tasman Contest and the VK Shires contests under the banner of the WIA

National Seashore to host events commemorating Titanic, Marconi
The Cape Cod National Seashore will host two events commemorating wireless communication and the role it played to rescue survivors from the sinking of the Titanic

N.Z.A.R.T. Conference
Otago Branch 30 are your hosts for this year’s annual N.Z.A.R.T. Conference and cordially invites members and partners to join with us to celebrate the 92nd conference and also our own 90th year of operation

Propagation de K7RA
We only saw sunspots over two days of this past week, March 30 and 31 when the daily sunspot numbers were 11 and 12. There were no sunspots during the previous week, so the average daily sunspot number rose from 0 to 3.3


News for Friday 6 April

First UK 136 kHz ham radio transatlantic contact with USA
The ARRL reports UK radio amateur Chris Wilson 2E0ILY made what may be the first 136 kHz (2200m) transatlantic contact with a radio ham in the USA operating under FCC Part 97

End of mission for PicSat satellite
PicSat, launched January 12, carried an amateur radio FM transponder. Unfortunately following a loss of communications in March the team has had to announce the end of the mission

Could ham radio clubs embrace ‘Hour of Circuits’ program?
Dan Romanchik KB6NU shares his thoughts on what an amateur radio club might do as part of its public service remit

ARRL seeks new CEO
The ARRL is looking for what will be its 3rd Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in just over 2 years

RSGB supporting clubs to encourage growth and participation
Clubs around the country are doing great things to encourage new people into amateur radio and to help current radio amateurs to develop their skills at all levels. The RSGBprovides a range of services to support clubs in these activities

Customer left with unwanted antenna after company collapse
Stoke-on-Trent newspaper The Sentinel reports on a radio enthusiast, Simon Blight, who found himself stuck with an antenna he doesn’t want

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:


Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) March 2018 Newsletter.

Everyone is invited to the HPP Radio Day from 0900 to 1600 UST on Saturday, 28 April 2018, at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center, 17th and Maku’u Drive in the Puna District.  For details, contact Mike Stratton (KH6PAC) at

You still have time to sign up for the 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.”  Les adds that “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.

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