Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 15 April 2018, 1441 UTC, Post #526.


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

News for Sunday 15 April

2018 State of Ham Radio Survey
The results of the State of Amateur Radio survey conducted by Dustin Thomas N8RMA have been published

Renown Pahrump radio host ​Art Bell W6OBB (4F1AB) is silent key
A Nevada ham radio operator, who was as famous locally for his five acre loop antenna as he was for being the host of the most listened-to night time radio program in the country, has died

Canada – new 100w ham radio 5 MHz allocation
Canada has updated its National Frequency Allocation Table to show a new 100 watt ERP 5351.5-5366.5 kHz allocation (WRC-15) but amateurs are not yet authorized to use it

Essex Skills Night Monday
Skills Night takes place at 7pm on Monday, April 16 in Danbury Village Hall, Essex, this free event is open to all

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this New Amateur edition of the news we look at getting on air, antennas, power connectors and learning the ropes. There’s an update on HARGfest, some contest updates and more

HamRadioNow: Field Radio Podcast
John Jacobs W7DBO from the Field Radio Podcast joins me to talk about his podcast, Comms to Go, and his other video offerings… The Field Radio Podcast comes out about every two weeks and is dedicated to amateur radio in the outdoors

HARS achievements
During a Club meeting back in May 2017, several members of the Huntingdonshire Amateur Radio Society (HARS) got together as a small group and agreed to take part in the On-Line Bath Distance Learning Course to see if they could gain the next level of radio operator licence and be the holder of the elusive Mike Zero callsign

QSO Today – Vjollca Belegu, Z61VB
Out of the ashes of ten years of ethnic repression and the Kosovo War in 1998, the amateur radio service in Kosovo was reborn in 2012

Two local SARL contests next weekend
The Autumn QRP Contest runs from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC on Saturday 21 April 2018 with SSB and CW activity and power of 5 watts (PEP) output or less

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

14 April 1912 – RMS Titanic
106 years ago: CQD, SOS transmitted by RMS Titanic. A memory through stamps and postcards from my blog ‘La radio di carta’

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 14 April

YOTA Subregional Camp Italy 2018
YOTA Italia as part of ARI, and local clubs based in Rome Region, is organising a YOTA Subregional Camp for up to 40 young people

Foundations of Amateur Radio #149
Shakespeare and Coax Stub Filters
If you read it on the Internet, it must be true. but what happens if you read it and there are 700 different answers?

Ofcom publishes final results of spectrum auction
Ofcom has published the final outcome of its auction to release more airwaves for 4G mobile and future 5G services

New matching SP-41 speaker for the IC-7610
The SP-41 is a new matching external speaker for the IC-7610 SDR transceiver.

Icom say: The SP-41 will allow received calls to your station to be clearly heard, giving extra comfort to the enthusiasts for prolonged distant communications.

If you are a lucky owner of this new radio and want to complete your station, this would be a fine addition

Web stream of Microwave talks
The talks given at the Martlesham Microwave Round Table on Sunday, April 15 will be streamed live to a global audience

An updated guide to making an APRS RX iGate using a Raspberry Pi and an RTL-SDR
Back in early 2017, Keith G6NHU created an image that can be downloaded and written to a Raspberry Pi to make an APRS RX iGate. Since then, the image has been downloaded over 2,000 times

AnyTone AT-D868UV DMR Handheld review
Essex Ham have published a review of the AnyTone AT-D868UV Dual-band DMR Handheld by Paul G7BHE who bought one at the Canvey Rally

WIA meets regulator ACMA
At the beginning of April the Australian amateur radio society the WIA had one of their regular meetings with the Australian Communications and Media Authority

Ham Radio on BBC Wiltshire
James Patterson M1DST was invited to talk about Amateur Radio with BBC Wiltshire presenter Graham Seaman on Friday, April 13

Variation to Absolute Radio’s national analogue licence
Ofcom has approved a variation to Absolute Radio’s national analogue radio licence, following a consultation

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots were seen over the past reporting week, April 5-11, so average daily sunspot number declined from 3.3 to 0. Average daily solar flux declined from 68.6 to 67.7. Average daily planetary A index increased from 5 to 9.4, and average daily mid-latitude A index went from 4 to 8.1

Holyland Contest 2018
This year’s the Holyland Contest is dedicated to the 70 years Anniversary of Israel and IARC


News for Friday 13 April

Live streaming of UK school ISS contact
Live web stream schedule now available for the contact between Kings High School for Girls in Warwick (GB4KHS) and the International Space Station (OR4ISS)

Satellite tracking software for Mac
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that MacDoppler Version 2.28 has been released

UK Business Radio License look-up
Russ Garrett, co-founder of London Hackspace and EMF Camp organiser, has created a site to browse the full dataset of Ofcom business radio licenses

How Relevant is Construction Today?
On the Essex Ham site Ed G8FAX gives his thoughts on the relevance of construction to the radio amateur today

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

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily.  A list of current ARRL press releases are in the right hand sidebar.

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.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section


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