Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 11 April 2018, 2049 UTC, Post #522.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from Monday, 09 April 2018, to Wednesday, 11 April 2018, compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Tony’s 10m Band Report
It seems to me that conditions are getting worse.
This last week not even the weekend produced the usual increase in activity.
I worked the odd Eu station but I’ve been mainly on 18MHz. 

Most popular DX 7Q7EI (Malawi), 5V7SM (Togo), FY5KE (French Guiana) and a few others

ISS ham radio link-up for UK school
A contact between Kings High School for Girls in Warwick and the International Space Station is planned for Thursday, April 19 at 1205 UT (1305 BST).
We strongly encourage our girls to develop their interests both inside and outside the classroom. This culture of empowerment led one of our girls to apply to ARISS Europe for a highly prestigious link-up to the International Space Station

Contest events at Dayton
Tim, K3LR, reports the following updates/information for the HamVention

Ofcom confirms start of spectrum auction assignment stage
Ofcom has confirmed bidding in the assignment stage of its auction to release airwaves for 4G mobile and future 5G services has just started

Australian Callbook
Australian amateurs might be interested in a new callbook program from Tim at MapAbility (home of the Global Overlay Mapper)

It takes the latest VK licensing data and georeferences it to create an up-to-the-minute callbook that can be visualised on Overlay and Online maps

Israel 70th anniversary special event
Look for special event stations 4X70A, 4X70E, 4X70I, 4X70L, 4X70R, 4X70S and 4Z70IARC to be active between April 19th and June 27th. Activity is to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary

Austrian special event
The Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archive Radio Communications/QSL Collection will operate for 72 hours only, a special event station with the callsign OE18M on Friday, April 20th to Sunday, April 22nd

Geomagnetic storm in progress
A minor G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on April 11th as Earth moves through a high speed stream of solar wind

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


News for Tuesday 10 April

Intercosmos – 40th year of international human flights – SSTV Award
SSTV from the International Space Station is expected to be active April 11-14 worldwide as part of Cosmonautics Day, which takes place on April 12

Ham Radio in Sunday Times Home Help
The April 8 Sunday Times newspaper Home Help section featured Amateur Radio, but not in a flattering way

World Amateur Radio Day
Every April 18th, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day

Free IARU Monitoring System newsletter
The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports on reception of Over The Horizon Radar (OTHR) from the Far East in the new 5 MHz (60m) allocation

MUARC on-the-air from historic Navan Fort
Following on from our recent exam successes the Mid Ulster Amateur Radio Clubcontinues with the promotion, education and enjoyment of amateur radio

Broadcasting pioneer Clyde Haehnle dies at 95
The eyes of broadcast engineer Clyde Haehnle always glowed like an old radio tube when he talked about the Voice of America complex on Tylersville Road or WLW-AM’s unprecedented 500,000-watt transmitter under WLW’s tower down the road


News for Monday 9 April

Russian SSTV event to celebrate Cosmonautics Day
ARISS Russia is planning a special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) event from the International Space Station in celebration of Cosmonautics Day

Tracking aircraft with a Raspberry Pi
Essex Ham describes how to turn the RaspberryPi with a £10 USB dongle into a receiver capable of decoding live transponder data from nearby aircraft and showing them on a map

Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK will be AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker
Entrepreneur and electrical engineer Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK will be guest speaker at the AMSAT/TAPR banquet which takes place during Hamvention 2018 in May 

Photo: Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK

Space lightning over Europe
Red sprites (a.k.a. “space lightning”) are dancing over thunderstorms in Europe

The secret of success on VHF, UHF and microwaves
We could learn from radio astronomy when, after the war, the first large 76 metre parabolic dish was constructed at Jodrell Bank in the UK

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st April, through Sunday, 8th April there were 226 countries active

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


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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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