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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 24-27 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 27 May

South Africa gets 100 kHz at 5 MHz (60m)
On Friday, May 25, ICASA published the National Radio Frequency Plan 2018 in which amateur radio was allocated 100 kHz on a shared basis in the 60 metre band as well as channel 5290 kHz for the 5 MHz propagation research project

ARRL Field Day
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 40,000 Radio Amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations

A raspberry pi-powered HF radio in an ammo can go box
Topic of the day is the Raspberry Pi 3B+, and how I’m using it for amateur field communications. During May 18-21, I spent some days near the Arctic Circle, trying to answer a few important questions

QSO Today – Adam Farson, VA7OJ and AB4OJ
Adam Farson, VA7OJ and AB4OJ, began his ham radio journey over 60 years ago as a youngster inspired by electronics and eventually ham radio in his native South Africa

Heilongjiang Radio Management Network describe EMC Control for Chang’e 4
In this announcement, the Radio Management Network for the Northern Chinese Province of Heilongjiang describe their QRM/EMC checks for the Jiamusi deep space ground station in preparation for the Change’e 4 Lunar satellite

Statement on World Cup 2018 (Listed Events)
Ofcom has approved requests from the BBC and ITV to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018, which takes place from 14 June to 15 July 2018

Help requested to monitor for signals from Chinese Lunar sats
After their launch on 2018-05-20 at 21:28 UTC, LJ 1 and LJ 2 were maneuvered onto a track to the Moon. Several amateurs received telemetry from the satellites. But now LJ 1 appears to have encountered problems

Ofcom publishes proposed guidance for landline providers on customer access to emergency services during a power cut
Ofcom has just published proposed guidance to ensure landline providers continue to enable customers to reach emergency services when there is a power cut at their home or premises, with providers moving to new call technology in the coming years


News for Saturday 26 May

Foundations of Amateur Radio #155
How to find other Amateurs on Air
Where are all the Amateurs is a question that I am asked regularly by new entrants into our community

Breakthrough Starshot video
In Zurich on May 9, 2018, radio amateur Zac Manchester KD2BHC gave a presentation on Breakthrough Starshot to the WORLD.MINDS MOBILITY conference

GDPR: Closure of AuroraWatch UK email alert system
The popular AuroraWatch email alert system has closed with immediate effect,  the EU GDPR data regulations and the significant financial penalties are given as a reason

GDPR: Amateur radio wiki site forced to close
One of the casualties of GDPR on May 25 was the popular amateur radio site Amateurfunk-wiki

Jellyfish sprites over Oklahoma
On Thursday night in Oklahoma, a swarm of jellyfish sprites flashed above an intense thunderstorm approaching Oklahoma City

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspot activity resumed this week, after no sunspots for seven consecutive days. Average daily sunspot number was 7.7, rising from 6.4 in the previous reporting week. Average daily solar flux was 70.1, changed little from 70.2 last week

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 18th May, through Friday, 25th May there were 222 countries active

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


News for Friday 25 May

HAMNET amateur radio network is growing
Hamnet is a high-speed digital radio network that interconnects automated ham radio stations and its services, such as Packet Radio, Allstarlink/Echolink/ IRLP, APRS, Paging and Amateur Television using radio links on the higher bands like 13 cm, 6 cm and 3 cm

Radio hams head to Kosovo and Albania
DARC reports Martti, OH2BH / Z68BH, and Pertti, OG2M / Z68MM are traveling to Kosovo this week

EmComm antenna supports mounted at Wahkiakum HS
Monday afternoon the County Sheriff’s Department of Emergency Services teamed up with the Wahkiakum School District, Wahkiakum County PUD and the Wahkiakum Amateur Radio Club to get us one step closer to being able to deal effectively with “the big one.”

Lunar eclipses and climate change
Strange but true: You can learn a lot about climate change by watching lunar eclipses

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


News for Thursday 24 May

New Section Managers elected in five ARRL sections
Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected to begin their first terms of office on July 1

Amateur Radio transponders on planned Chinese satellites to include HF
China’s Amateur Radio Satellite organization, CAMSAT, has released some details of three new Amateur Radio satellites that could be launched as early as September. Two of the satellites, CAS-5A and CAS-6, will carry transponders, and one of them will have HF capability

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

ARRL Articles Of Association and By Laws
ARRL has released a ‘white paper’ that provides some context to explain proposed alterations to the Articles Of Association and By Laws that the Executive Committee (EC) of the Board of Directors recommended for full Board passage at its April 21 meeting

DKARS Magazine April/May 2018
The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month

Brown University CubeSat now in space
WPRI TV reports the EQUiSat satellite built by students at Brown University in Rhode Island has been launched to the International Space Station

Ham kids build, learn tech skills
The Xenia Gazette reports young people were taught how to solder and built their own technology kits at Hamvention

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

During the current Kilauea Volcano eruption and lava flow emergency, please monitor the VOAD Repeater atop Mauna Kea (146.70 MHz, 100 Hz tone) and the 40 meter interisland net on 7.088 MHz (LSB).  These frequencies can be used to send emergency traffic if the need arises.  East Rift Zone Eruption Updates are issued by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and broadcast over Hawaii Island radio stations and through the social media.  Be sure your “go-kit” and emergency supplies are packed in your vehicle if you are asked to evacuate a lava-threatened area.

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

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section