Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 25 April 2018, 1456 UTC, Post #536.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 23 April 2018 to 25 April 2018, compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the contributors.

Brand new lighthouse for the ILLW event
Four months to go until our 21st annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend and our 153rd entry just arrived from Portugal with a brand new lighthouse for the event

Ponta da Piedade lighthouse was built in 1913 and will be activated by the Nucleo Radioamadores da Armada group using the callsign CR5PP

LED Bulb RF Pollution – Elektor Magazine investigates
DARC, the German national amateur radio society, are requesting amateurs to send LED bulbs which pollute the RF spectrum to the magazine Elektor for investigation

ARISS contact planned for three schools in Poland – Update
As already announced, an International Space Station school contact has been planned for three schools in Poland. The contact will be handled by US astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU

The Royal Mint Experience
Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be active from ‘Her Majesty’s Royal Mint’ at Llantrisant, South Wales, UK, signing GB4RME (Royal Mint Experience) between June 1st and 2nd

RSGB 2018 Convention
Bookings for the RSGB 2018 Convention are now open.
The event takes place between October 12-14th, 2018, and there will be topics to cater for all tastes and at all levels across five lecture streams

UBA celebrates 70th anniversary
The following stations are going to celebrate the founding of the Royal Union of Belgian Radioamateurs (UBA) 70 years ago during May

WIA Annual Radio and Electronics Convention
Over on the Gold Coast the Commonwealth Games have drawn to a close just in time for the WIA Annual Radio and Electronics Convention (Including the WIA AGM) which is to be held on the 18th to 20th of May, 2018

First, there was Mills On The Air, then Summits on The Air. Now, just when you thought it was safe to come out, comes.. wait for it – WMPLOTA – Walmart Parking Lots On The Air

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


News for Tuesday 24 April

Possible ISS SSTV on Wednesday
The latest ARISS schedule notes that the 145.800 MHz FM Slow Scan Television on the International Space Station may be tested on April 25

Sunday Times publishes RSGB response
On April 8, the Sunday Times newspaper published a misleading item about amateur radio in their Home Help section

Get Icom Radio News delivered to your inbox
Icom UK put emphasis on publishing useful and informative Icom news as quickly as possible via its various websites and social media channels. Did you know that the company have a quarterly email newsletter that features details about the latest Icom products, competitions, special offers and company news? 

Marconi day at Oxford museum
The Oxford Mail reports children and parents turned out and tuned in to help transform one of Oxford’s museums into an amateur radio station

Japanese Special Event
Look for special event station, 8J1ITU, to be on the air from Japan between 1500z, on April 30th, and 1459z, on May 31st

SWODXA DX Forum at Hamvention
Details of the SWODXA DX Forum for the 2018 Day-Zenia Hamvention have been posted

Canadian radio hams celebrate Marconi day
CBC report on the Prince Edward Island amateur radio operators who celebrated International Marconi Day on Saturday, April 21

‘Girls Can Do ICT!’
‘Girls Can Do ICT!’ is the theme of International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies (ICT) Day on 26 April


News for Monday 23 April

Caister Marconi radio station contacts more than 100 amateurs in 26 countries
Radio hams at Caister Lifeboat in Norfolk managed to contact 116 other radio amateurs in 23 different countries on Saturday 22 nd April 2018 when they took part in the annual International Marconi Day (IMD) event to mark the inventor’s birthday
Photo: Chris Danby G0DWV on the mic while Roger Cooke G3LDI looks on

Warwick students’ ham radio space link-up
The ARISS Operations UK Team have released a video of the amateur radio contact between students at King’s High School in Warwick and astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU on the ISS

G3PSM receives the G2BVN Memorial Trophy
The 2017 Region 1 Conference agreed the award of the Roy Stevens, G2BVN, memorial trophy to Colin Thomas, G3PSM

ARISS contact planned for three schools in Poland
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Scott Tingle KG5NZAwith three schools in Poland
The contact should be audible in parts of Europe on the 145.800 MHz FM downlink

3B7A Saint Brandon – Thank you everyone
I’m writing these words now the entire team is safe back in Mauritius. Of course our very first priority has been to give news to our family after 2 weeks without any exchange

Salado students use ham radio to call astronaut
“NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over. NA1SS, this is K5LBJ, over,” 12-year-old Morgan Morrealesaid, and on the fourth “ring,” astronaut Scott Tingle KG5NZA picked up

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th April, through Sunday, 22nd April there were 225 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 events:

Source:  Big Island Amateur Radio Club April 2018 Newsletter.

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

Don’t forget to sign up for the Big Island Amateur Radio Club’s QTH.NET Email Listserve.  To register, contact Les Hittner (K0BAD) at

The next round of Technician License prep classes begins on 03 May 2018 at the HOVE Community Center in Ocean View, with the VE-administered exam set for 07 June 2018.  For details, contact Doug 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)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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