Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 22 April 2018, 1558 UTC, Post #533.


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Here are today’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.

Royal Wedding – Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle
The first use of the ‘GR9’ prefix in the U.K.

Ofcom has issued this unique ‘Special Event Callsign’ to be used from 19th to 23rd May inclusive, and we believe it may be the first time that the ‘GR9’ prefix has ever been active

The special callsign GR9RW will be active for five days in May to mark the occasion of the Royal Wedding between HRH. Prince Harry and Ms. Megan Markle

SDR Workshop at NARC on 5 May
The SDR Workshop at the National Amateur Radio Centre on 5 May will address antenna issues for the SARL RF Noise Monitoring Project

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this Contesting edition of the news we look at upcoming contests and recent past experiences. There’s a reminder for HARGfest, notifications from Ham College, the WA VHF Group, and the Broadcaster get together with the NewsWest Team, plus more

Understanding DX Clusters
The Ham Radio Deluxe Team have posted a very interesting article on the workings of DX Clusters

ZS4 Sprint this afternoon
The ZS4 Sprint is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in the Free State and radio amateurs in Southern African countries and takes to the air from 14:00 to 16:00 UTC on Sunday 22 April 2018

QSO Today – Ryhor Greg Harbacheuski – W3NW
Dr. Ryhor “Greg” Harbacheuski, W3NW, began his ham radio story in Belarus, a republic of the former Soviet Union

Lyrid meteor shower
Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower

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 21 April

HF Propagation could be poor for International Marconi Day
The arrival of a high speed stream (HSS) from a solar coronal hole could cause problems for HF on International Marconi Day on Saturday 21st April

Beijing authorizes 60m from July 1
CRAC report the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Beijing has announced that on July 1 radio amateurs will have access to the 5 MHz (60m) WRC-15 band 

dogparkSDR Version 1.12 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 1.12 of dogparkSDR has been released

International Marconi Day, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Kerry Amateur Radio Group based in Co. Kerry Ireland will participate as an Award Station in this year’s International Marconi Day event on Saturday 21st April 2018

Foundations of Amateur Radio #150
Last week during F-troop something very interesting happened. If you’re not familiar with F-troop, it’s a weekly net for new and returning amateurs and every Saturday we welcome callers to the one hour net to discuss anything and everything amateur radio

Ham radio enthusiasts promote the Wild Atlantic Way
County Clare broadcaster Clare FM has featured an item about radio amateurs who have been promoting the Wild Atlantic Way

HackSpace Magazine free PDF
Issue 6 of HackSpace magazine mentions amateur radio and provides links to the RSGB and ARRL

Consultation on World Cup 2018
Ofcom has received requests from the BBC and ITV for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018

Propagation de K7RA
At 0631 UTC on April 20 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning


News for Friday 20 April

King’s High School ARISS contact on BBC TV
On April 19 student Eleanor Griffin led the live question and answer session between King’s High School (GB4KHS) and astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU on the International Space Station (OR4ISS) 

Image: Nicola Beckford reporting on the contact for the BBC – credit KHS

Radio ham makes contacts in all 29 bands
The ARRL reports Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, in Virginia, has completed contacts on all 29 US amateur radio bands

Network Radio channel on Zello
Ian Abel G3ZHI reports there is now a channel dedicated to Network Radio on the Zello walkie talkie smartphone App as well as a dedicated Facebook Group

Replacement speaker for the FT-817
SOTABEAMS is now stocking a replacement speaker for the FT-817.
The stock speaker is easily damaged if you use the radio in wet weather. This dulls the sound of the radio

Telford radio club’s expedition to the Welsh coast to celebrate Marconi’s work
Telford and District Amateur Radio Society will set up a radio station on the West Coast of Wales to join a global celebration of Guglielmo Marconi, born on 25th April 1874 and vital to the history of communications

New book about amateur radio and other small satellites
My new book ‘Amsats and Hamsats‘ hit the shelves today. You can buy a copy at Amazon (print and Kindle) or from the RSGB with a discount for RSGB or AMSAT-UK members

Radio ham pitches solar plan
Radio amateur Evan Cameron VE6BIC pitched two ideas to Sturgeon county councillors during their April 10 meeting

International Marconi Day: GB4IMD
International Marconi Day celebrates the huge part Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio. International Marconi Day (IMD) is a 24-hour Amateur Radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi on April 25, 1874 

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, events, 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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