Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 20 May 2018, 1458 UTC, Post #564.


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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.

News for Sunday 20 May

Ham radio heads to the Moon
DSLWP is a lunar formation flying mission led by Harbin Institute of Technology for low frequency radio astronomy, amateur radio and education. It consists of a pair of 47 kg microsatellites, to be launched into a lunar transfer orbit UTC this Sunday evening, and finally enter a 300 x 9000km lunar elliptical orbit

Historic entry for ILLW
25 years ago on 28th August 1993 the very first Northern Lighthouse Weekend Activity took place managed by Mike Dalrymple GM4SUC of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group

CEPT RF Spectrum Interference and Enforcement questionnaire
The result of a questionnaire on interference and enforcement issues for Amateur Radio and other services covering the UK and other CEPT countries is available

Foundations of Amateur Radio #154
How does a waterfall display work?
With computers becoming more and more ensconced within the confines of our radio shack the variety of information available is increasing regularly. The introduction of a waterfall display has dramatically simplified the process of detecting what the activity level is on a particular band

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Back to the olden, golden days of 4 or 5 years ago. Although conditions had dipped when the weekend arrived. 

Most popular DX, TZ4AM (Mali), OZ18ICE (Denmark), 9X9PJ (Rwanda) and many others I worked Algeria and Oman using FT8. 

We are now busy preparing for the visit of the Australian branch of the family

Essex Skills Night Monday
Hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Training Team, Skills Nights are Inter-Club events attended by amateurs and SWL’s from across Essex and beyond. They provide an opportunity to try something new, share ideas, get help and advice, and socialise with others interested in the hobby

IRTS bandplans for new 8m and 5m ham radio bands
The IRTS have released bandplans for the new Amateur Radio 30-49 MHz (8m) and 54-69.9 MHz (5m) allocations

Andy Blank, N2NT, and Tom Wagner, N1MM, inducted into CQ Contest Hall of Fame
CQ magazine today announced the induction of two new members to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, which honors those contesters who not only excel in personal performance but who also ‘give back’ to the hobby in outstanding ways

Study of ham radio in Sweden
A study of the distribution and usage profiles of Amateur Radio stations in Sweden written in English is available for download

‘Hams’ hail from around the globe
Traveling from across the country and around the world, thousands of amateur radio operators or “hams” braved the rain at the Greene County Fairgrounds May 18 for the first day of Hamvention

Radio hams help with RNLI fundraising
The Wirral Globe newspaper report the Wirral Amateur Radio Club helped raise money for the national RNLI campaign Mayday

VK6WIA NewsWest
Are you new to the hobby of Amateur Radio? This week, Newswest welcomes newcomers to Amateur Radio 

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

QSL Royal wedding on HamSphere
To celebrate the Royale Wedding Of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle i have decided to make spécial QSL cards for QSO on HamSphere 4.0

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at very low levels

General Comments:

During the current Kilauea volcano eruption and ongoing lava flow emergency, Hawaii radio amateurs should monitor the VOAD Repeater on Mauna Kea (146.72 MHz, 100 Hz tone) and the interisland 40 meter frequency (7.088 MHz–LSB).  These frequencies can be used to send emergency traffic.  The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency sends updated eruption information to Hawaii Island broadcast stations and social media.

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russ Roberts

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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