Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 31 May 2018, 0345 UTC, Post #577.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 28 May through 31 May 2018 from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Andy, M0HLT, says, “Hi Tony and gang. (Richard G4TUT, are you a gang?)
Well whatever the rest of the week brings, today (Monday, 28th) 10 has come alive, more so then recent weeks, as many will know there’s been fantastic inter “G” propagation

Solder-up PL259 connectors for RG174
RG174 is a thin co-axial cable that is popular for lightweight portable HF antennas. However finding solderable connectors for this cable is often quite a challenge 

17-year-old radio ham makes own integrated circuits
The IEEE reports 17-year-old radio amateur Sam Zeelof KD2ENL has turned his parent’s garage into a 1970s-era chip fab

Ham radio promotional video now in Norwegian
The RSGB’s promotional video ‘Amateur Radio: A Hobby for the 21st Century’ has been translated into Norwegian

China Microsatellite Symposium 2018
The China Microsatellite Symposium (CMS2018), will be held at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an China on 18th – 20th November 2018

NASA tv to air return of one space station crew, launch of another
Three of the current International Space Station crew members are scheduled to end their mission on Sunday, June 3. A few days later, another trio of space travelers will depart for the station on a launch scheduled for Wednesday, June 6 

Noctilucent cloud season begins
NASA’s AIM spacecraft has just spotted electric-blue clouds floating at the edge of space over the Arctic Circle

ARES activated in eight Maryland counties for severe flooding
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers in the Maryland-DC Section activated in the wake of regional flash flooding on May 27

Invitation to the 2018 NASA AAQ Workshop
The event targets academics (faculty, researchers, students) involved with space related activities such as cube sat, small sat, high altitude balloon, rocket and more. It is also designed for those wishing to be involved with NASA space related projects. The event will feature speakers and a poster session

The VE3HLS Grand Finale Rove!
Satellite grids to be activated
Ken, VE3HLS, reports, ‘Get out your highlighter and circle June 15th, 16th and 17th on your calendars! You don’t want to miss ‘The VE3HLS Grand Finale Rove!‘  

9X, Rwanda DXpedition
Members of the Italian DX Team will be active as 9X0T between September 27th and October 10th


News for Tuesday 29 May

IARU at Ham Radio 2018
IARU will be at Ham Radio 2018 in Friedrichshafen from June 1-3, 2018 at stand A1-449 in the main hall.

At the stand, we are scheduling a few informal discussions on important amateur radio matters.

If you are at Friedrichshafen, please come and see us, to discuss IARU initiatives on the future of amateur radio

IARU R1 highlights threat to higher ham radio bands
In issue 77 of the free IARU Region 1 VHF newsletter, the Chair of VHF-UHF-uW committee Jacques Verleijen ON4AVJ highlights the threats to vital amateur radio spectrum

Comments sought by IRTS Sub-Committee
At the last Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) Committee Meeting, a sub-committee was convened to develop band plans and propagation beacons for additional spectrum included in a new spectrum award

Digital Communications Conference (DCC) call for papers
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) and publication in the Conference Proceedings

NCDXF elects two new directors
The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new Directors to fill vacancies created by retiring board members

ARRL to show off Ham Radio at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018
With support from member volunteers, ARRL will put Amateur Radio on display for visitors to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 — the giant, annual airshow July 23 – 29 in Wisconsin, organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association

Irish Islands IOTA Tour 2018
Beginning June 1st 2018, the EIDX Group will activate all Irish IOTA Groups.
Using the ‘Echo Juliet’ prefix, EJ0DXG will be QRV from IOTA EU-006, EU-007, EU-103 and EU-121 this summer  

Green Party 2018 Event
The YOFF team of SRR (The Romanian Society of Radio-amateurs) and ARER (The Romanian Association of Environmentalists Radio-amateurs) are inviting all the radio amateurs to join them in the Green Party 2018 event, between 0600z on June 9th, to 0559z, June 10th

Elettra Back On Air!
In conjunction with ‘Museum Ships Weekend Event’, members of the A.R.I. Fidenza Radio Club (A.R.I. Italian Amateur Radio Association, IARU affiliated), will activate the callsign II4AMP

Hamvention used AM information radio station
WIA News report that whilst most VK hamfests, and usually the WIA AGM host clubs, use 2 meters to provide an information hub for attendees, in an effort to avoid the first-day traffic tangles of Hamvention, they utilized a low-power Information Radio Station on 1620 kHz AM to get out the word on traffic, parking, and event details to visitors as they approached the city


News for Monday 28 May

More Members, More Skills, More Inspiration
In the June issue of the free Hackspace magazine radio amateur Jenny List G7CKFdescribes how to grow a hackspace by attracting members from a wide variety of backgrounds

ICQ Podcast Episode 267 – Dummies Guide to DMR
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is – Dummies Guide to DMR

Expulsion of members from the WIA
Many of you will have read with concern reports regarding the ‘expulsion’ of members from the WIA

Football World Cup Marathon
Many special call signs from countries participating in the Football World Cuptournament in Russia, as well as from other FIFA member countries that did not qualify for the finals, will be active between 1 June and 15 July. The call signs have either ‘FIFA‘ or ‘FWC‘ as suffix

Canberra runs arguably VK’s best ‘new comers net’
To our knowledge, Summerland Amateur Radio Club conducted VK’s first net for new hams. (Under the catchy ‘moniker’ of F-TROOP.) Well in Canberra their Foundation of F net is attracting newbies far and wide

VK6WIA NewsWest
We start the news this week with the Wireless Institute of Australia who have started controversial expulsion proceedings towards several members and the news that members of Amateur Radio Victoria are extremely unhappy at the treatment of one of their members by the WIA

Bundestag member told of radio interference from consumer devices
Bundestag member Alois Rainer (CSU-Straubing) attended the 10th international radio amateur meeting, held Saturday, May 12 at the local association of Straubing radio amateurs in Grandsberg

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

According to Barbara (NH7FY) and Dean (KH6B), the next informal ham radio breakfast meeting will take place this Saturday, 02 June 2018, 0800 HST, at the Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano Village.

Darren (Stacy) Holbrook (KH6OWL) is looking for human interest stories involving Hawaii radio amateurs who live in the Lower Puna area impacted by the Kilauea Volcanic eruption and the ongoing lava flow emergency. He would like to do an article with those ham radio operators who have experienced the current emergency and were asked to evacuate their homes or witnessed the destruction of their property.  You can contact Darren through his facebook page– or by filling out a contact form at the bottom of his website–

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

Just a reminder–The ARRL Field Day is set for 23-24 June 2018.  Please let me know where your club will be setting up for this event.  You can leave me a note at

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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