Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 15-18 April 2018


Accessed on 19 April 2018,0441 UTC, Post #529.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 15-18 April 2018 from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

AMRO Weekend
Hi everyone I’m Nic VK7BEE and I’d just like to let you know that the weekend of April 28th/29th will see our military radio enthusiasts hosting the inaugural Australian Military Radio Operators Weekend

Radio pirate sentenced to 21 months
A man who broadcast spurious and potentially harmful calls on Victoria Police radio channels has been sentenced to 21 months’ jail

Thelma Souper Memorial Contest
Thelma Souper worked to establish amateur radio as a hobby for women and to have women accepted as equals. She was instrumental in creating WARO, Women Amateur Radio Operators in New Zealand in 1962

Amateur radio: A hobby, social service
Telangana Today reports every year, April 18 becomes a rallying point for amateur radio operators worldwide, and even a few from India, who take to the airwaves to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day

Rodrigues Island
Members of the Association Réunionnaise des Radio Amateurs (ARRA) [FR4KM] Radio Club will be active as 3B9RUN from Rodrigues Island (AF-017) between May 11-16th

Results of the Hamnet 40m Simulated Emergency Contest
The results of the Hamnet 40m Simulated Emergency Contest held on Sunday 4 March 2018 have been released

Christmas Island
Operators Chris G3SVL, Nigel G3TXF, David G3WGN, Mike G3WPH and Tony G2NF (all 6Gs Group members) will be active as VK9XG from Christmas Island between October 16-30th

Nasa’s Tess planet-hunter: What stars sound like
Part of Nasa’s Tess telescope mission is to analyse the frequencies that stars emit

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


News for Tuesday 17 April

WSJT author K1JT at RSGB AGM
The RSGB have announced that Joe Taylor K1JT will be talking about WSJT at the Society’s AGM in Birmingham on Saturday, April 21

EMF event tickets on sale today
Tickets for the bi-annual Electromagnetic Field (EMF) event which features an Amateur Radio Village will be on sale at 20:00 BST on Tuesday, April 17

K6KPH will be active for International Marconi Day
K6KPH, the amateur station of the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS), will be active for International Marconi Day (IMD) 2018 to help celebrate the birthday of the Great Man

Package from PackTenna
Some time ago, I received a nice message from PackTenna. The offer was simple, try them out, then tell them what I think. What makes this exciting, is not having featured a trail friendly, ultralight antenna system on the channel before

AmateurLogic 116: Friday the 13th
Emile completes the ‘Cheap Old Loop’, Peter loves his FRG-7, Tommy & George experiment with the D-Star apps for iOS and Android with an Icom ID-4100 and Kenwood TH-D74A, Mike joins us for a look at his Inverted VE3MIC OCF Antenna, plus more lots fun and information

First Kosovo Z60A QSL card arrives
Following the LoTW upload of April.01, the first Kosovo, Z60A QSL card arrived in the U.S. during the past week to 92-year old Frank, K4BVQ, allowing him to reach the DXCC sticker #385

SAQ on Air on May 1st
World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station participates in the ERIH event WORK it OUT – Industrial culture, on May 1 and as part of the event we plan for the first SAQ transmission since 2016

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition
We are now in the implementation phase of the project; equipment is being consolidated in Fremont, California. Customs brokers in the USA and New Zealand have been selected, and the New Zealand Government issued us an import / export license to ship the equipment to and from the country

Oregon radio hams prepare for disaster
Amateur radio operators could be a lifeline in a major disaster reports the Komo News

VK9X, Christmas Island
James Brooks, 9V1YC/N1YC, and Wilbert Knol, PE7T, are now active from Christmas Island (OC-002) until approximately April 21st



News for Monday 16 April

Upcoming ARISS contact with Central Islip Union Free School District, Central Islip, NY
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Central Islip Union Free School District, Central Islip, NY on 18 April

Revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations now includes additional 15 kHz for 60 Metre Band
In August 2017, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) issued “Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations”. These proposed changes followed decisions made at the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2015 (WRC-15) that included a 15 kHz-wide allocation for the Amateur Service in the 60 metre band

Ham radio at Oxford Museum
The Oxford Mail reports there will be an amateur radio day on Saturday, April 21 at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

Live stream of ARISS contact with school in Warwick, UK
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Ricky Arnold KE5DAU with Kings High School, Warwick, UK this Thursday at approximately 12.05 UTC

Amateur radio thrives in Bartow
The Daily Tribune reports on the success of the Etowah Valley Amateur Radio Club and the Bartow County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

First Class CW Operators Club 80th anniversary
Iain, M0PCB, FOC Activity Coordinator, informs: In May 2018 the First Class CW Operators Club, FOC, will be celebrating its 80th anniversary

Baker Island DXpedition news
The 2018 DXpedition to Baker Island is proud to announce the addition of Neil King, VA7DX to our team

Surprise asteroid flyby
With little warning, on Sunday, April 15th, a ‘Tunguska-class’ asteroid about the size of a football field flew through the Earth-Moon system

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th April, through Sunday, 15th April there were 208 countries active

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Activities:

Source:  Big Island Amateur Radio Club April 2018 Newsletter.

Everyone is invited to HPP Radio Day on Saturday, 28 April 2018, 0900-1600 HST, at the Hawaiian Paradise Park Community Center, 17th and Maku’u Drive in the Puna District.  According to coordinator Mike Stratton (KH6PAC), “We want everyone know that the event is open to all hams, especially the newest ham operators…Our plan is to have several different radios set up…There will be lots of activities and demonstrations…”  For details, contact Mike at

You still have time to join the Big Island Amateur Radio Club’s (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.”  For more information, please contact Les at

Free classes to prepare students for the Amateur Radio Technician License are underway, with VE testing for all license classes set for 26 April 2018.  The next round of Technician prep classes will begin on 03 May 2018 at the HOVE Community Center in Ocean View. The VE-administered exam will be held on 07 June 2018.  The final round of Technician prep classes begins on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center in Keeau. The VE-administered test will be given on 06 December 2018.  A test fee of $15.00 in exact cash will be collected at the time of each exam.  For details, contact Dough Wilson at

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)

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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