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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This news summary covers the period 21-23 May 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Wednesday 23 May

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Another good week with Monday being top day. Most sought after DX was Z64EEF, Z68AA, Z61KR all from Kosovo plus others including EA9KB (Ceuta and Melilla).For those of you who don’t know, the tiny Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla sit on the northern shores of Morocco’s Mediterranean coast. Together they form the European Union’s only land borders with Africa

Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN in Geneva for WRC Preparatory Meetings
Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is in Geneva, Switzerland attending the latest Preparatory Meetings for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19)

Radio ham recognized for Skywarn work
The Daily Sun reports on Harold Lloyd W4OE who serves as a volunteer amateur radio operator with Sumter County Emergency Management

German astronaut to make second trip to ISS
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, will be launched into space on 6 June at 11:12 GMT (13:12 CEST) alongside Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor.

This will be Alexander’s second spaceflight. He is also the second ESA astronaut to take over command of the ISS

50 Mhz Sporadic E
I’m SWL since 1971 and since 1988 listening to the Magic band and since the last year also decoding the digital modes (JT65 and FT8). But I prefer USB and CW

Bob Colyard RIP
Bob Colyard who created and maintained the website has passed away

Call for nominations – AMSAT Board of Directors
It’s time to submit nominations for the upcoming AMSAT-NA Board of Directors election. Three directors’ terms expire this year: those of Tom Clark, K3IO; Mark Hammond, N8MH; and Bruce Paige, KK5DO


News for Tuesday 22 May

2018 IARU HF World Championship Contest
The 2018 IARU HF World Championship Contest takes place the second full weekend of July, beginning 1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday (14-15 July 2018)

ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ (SK)
ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, of Colchester, Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness

Unicorn-2A to launch from Alaska
A new UK built PocketQube satellite has been developed by radio amateurs at Glasgow company Alba Orbital.
Radio amateurs Constantin Constantinides MM6XOM, Sajimon Chacko 2M0DSY and Alejandro González Garrido EA7KDU worked on Unicorn-2A which will have downlinks in the 437 MHz and 2400 MHz bands

Map of German radio hams
A Google map is available that shows radio amateurs in Germany as at June 5, 2017

Latham ham radio family at Hamvention
The Xenia Gazette reports if you’re a member of the Latham Family from Greencastle, Penn., operating amateur radio is almost a given

RAC’s first Gold Maple Leaf Operator member: IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH
At the Dayton Hamvention on Friday, May 18, RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, presented Tim Ellam, VE6SH, International Amateur Radio Union President, with RAC’s first Gold Maple Leaf Operator Membership 

Image: Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA (left) and Tim Ellam, VE6SH

Summer 2018 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide now available at Amazon
Older ham radio operators and radio listeners might remember a time when shortwave radio stations broadcast a nearly constant drumbeat of political propaganda during the Cold War years

GACW Contest
The GACW (Argentinian Group of Radiotelegraphy – Grupo Argentino de CW) have the pleasure to invite you to a new edition of WWSA Contest (World Wide South America Contest)

Reunion Island
Thomas, F4HPX, will once again be active as FR/F4HPX from various locations on Reunion Island (AF-016) between May 25th and June 15th

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


News for Monday 21 May

ARISS contact planned for school in Poland
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Ricky Arnold KE5DAU with Janusz Kusocinski Primary School No. 71, Poznan, Poland. The event is scheduled Wednesday 23 May 2018 at approximately 11:06 UTC

beaconspot change of domain name
The EU has said that .eu domains held by UK registrants may be revoked when the United Kingdom leaves the EU (March 29, 2019). As a result, has been moved to

Ham radio exam held in Xi’an
The Chinese Amateur Radio Club (CRAC) organised the first Class C exam in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province, on May 12, 2018. 56 candidates took the exam and 35 passed

Electronics still thrives as a hobby
Lou Frenzel W5LEF writes though the tools and components have changed radically since its hobbyist beginnings, the fascination and passion for electronics remains

Hyderabad radio ham receives world recognition
On Friday, May 18, the international magazine CQ Amateur Radio inducted Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE along with 11 others to its 2018 Hall of Fame, with Farhan being the only living Indian on the list

QSO Today – Jack Mandelman – K1VT
Dr. Jack Mandelman is on the short list for holding the most patents, over 700 Worldwide, in the area of semiconductor physics, while at the same time a successful ham radio operator working DX and CW

Radio hams prepare for natural disaster
Events happen frequently around the globe that serve as reminders how life as we know it can suddenly change as a result of a catastrophic event

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio information:

During the current eruption and lava flow emergency, Hawaii Island radio amateurs should monitor the VOAD Repeater (146.70 MHz, 100 Hz tone) and the 40 meter interisland frequency (7.088 MHz–LSB).  These frequencies can be used to send emergency traffic.  The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency issues daily eruption updates over Hawaii Island radio stations and through the social media.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news items to for inclusion in this blog and on publications released by local print and broadcast media.

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section