Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 07 May 2018, 0237 UTC, Post #549.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 04-06 May 2018 compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents:

News for Sunday 6 May

Kyrgyzstan to issue 2m and 70cm licences
SARL News reports a South African amateur working in Kyrgyzstan is keen on VHF and indicates that country will soon get 2m and 70 cm licences

SolderSmoke Podcast
Episode 204 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Morse Telegraph Club says goodbye to an era
The Surrey Now-Leader reports the British Columbia Morse Telegraph Club signals its end as elderly telegraphers consign it to history

QSO Today – Jim Millner – WB2REM
Jim Millner, WB2REM, has traveled and operated amateur radio in 72 countries including Cuba and Guantanamo Bay

NASA, ULA launch mission to study how Mars was made
NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet

Geomagnetic storm in progress
A minor G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on May 5th as Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind

VK6WIA NewsWest
In the news this week the Austravel Safety Net, the Friday Night Tech Net, something about French Renards, Ham College, a Homebrew club proposal and a brand new amateur club on Christmas Island

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports there have been no sunspots visible for approximately 60% of 2018


News for Saturday 5 May

Additional Spectrum in EI – Clarification
Seán EI7CD writes: Thank you for publishing in full our news release of 30 April regarding additional spectrum in EI and thanks also to Paul G4MWO for bringing it to your attention. The analysis of the situation published in your issue of 1 May perhaps has caused some confusion and the following is an attempt to ‘clarify’ the situation

Threat to HF from solar panel change
The creator of APRS Bob Bruninga WB4APR says “I don’t want to be an alarmist, but we need the Hams with the proper knowledge to get involved in this disturbing news”

Foundations of Amateur Radio #152
Preparation for an outing … Previously I’ve talked about leaving your shack and setting up your station in a different location. I have my car configured as a mobile shack of sorts, that is, it’s got a radio, an antenna mount and wiring to manage the location of the speaker, the head-unit and the microphone

Special RSL for Royal Wedding
The RSGB reports UK radio amateurs wishing to celebrate the royal wedding can apply for a Notice of Variation to do so

HamRadioNow: HamStudy
David Goldenberg W0DHG talks to Richard Bateman KD7BBC owner of HamStudy.orgabout the HamStudy product, a newly released set of mobile applications, and

ARRL releases Executive Committee minutes
The ARRL Executive Committee minutes for the meeting held on April 21, 2018 are now available for download

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots disappeared again this week, with a blank Sun on April 28, and continuing on every day since


News for Friday 4 May

Nevada Governor issues proclamation
The State of Nevada has once again publicly recognized the value of her amateur radio operators in the form of a Governors Proclamation issued on April 30th by Governor Brian Sandoval naming June 2018 as ‘Amateur Radio Month in Nevada

Radio Amateur among crash victims
The ARRL report a radio amateur engaged in the Puerto Rico recovery is among the Hercules C-130 crash victims

Michigan Radio interviews Ruth Willet KM4LAO
In a world of Skype and FaceTime, a Kettering (Michigan) student and amateur satellite enthusiast Ruth Willet KM4LAO is bringing back the university amateur radio club

Martello Tower Get-together May 18
The Martello Tower Group in Essex are planning a new informal monthly get together and everyone is welcome to attend, no matter what aspect of radio you are interested in

Pacific Tour
Dave, WJ2O, has announced his plans to activate a few islands in the Pacific before and after he joins the KH1/NH7Z Baker Island DXpedition

LoTW News
The ARRL Web page reports: Logbook of The World (LoTW) now has a full-time status monitor

European Tour
Rick NE8Z/HC1MD is on a European tour until June 6th. Activity will be on all bands using CW, SSB and FT8

Custom chips as a service
Ages ago, making a custom circuit board was hard. Either you had to go buy some traces at Radio Shack, or you spent a boatload of money talking to a board house. Now, PCBs are so cheap, I’m considering tiling my bathroom with them

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 and weekly.

Just a reminder to all Hawaii Island Radio Amateurs:  Please stay informed about the Kiluaea eruption and lava flows impacting the Leilani Estates subdivision and the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.  As of Sunday, 06 May 2018, 26 homes have been destroyed by lava flows.  Two more fissures have opened in the subdivision, spreading even more lava.  Hawaii County Civil Defense bulletins are broadcast over Hawaii Island radio stations and through the social media.  For more information on the current eruption, please visit my Hawaii Island news site:

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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