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Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  The report covers the period 01 June 2018 through 03 June 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

IARU Region 1 VHF Manager warns of the danger of VHF/UHF/Microwave spectrum grabs
The chairman of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) VHF/UHF and Microwave Committee, Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ, has highlighted extant threats to the Amateur Radio spectrum above 30 MHz

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this broadcast: It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham College and the NCRG, and of course – what’s been going on at WA Amateur Radio news

High-Altitude Balloon launch
Tom, ZSL5341 reports that Binaryspace is doing another High-Altitude Balloon Launch from about 07:00 CAT on 9 June from the Leeukop Farm Airfield in Deneysville in South Africa’s Free State

HMAS Gladstone on-air this weekend
The Observer newspaper reports radio amateur Ray Mulder VK4FRAL is using the call sign VK4GLA from HMAS Gladstone for International Museum Ships Weekend

ARRL on The Weather Channel
The ARRL’s Emergency Preparedness Manager speaks about the work of radio amateurs in past hurricanes and about preparations for the coming hurricane season

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Currently there is a single sunspot visible that can be the source of M-class solar flares


News for Saturday 2 June

Foundations of Amateur Radio #156
The Internet of Digital Radio – The topic of how radio evolves and embraces available technology is one that describes the hobby itself. From spark-gap through AM, SSB and FM our community picked up or invented solutions to make communication possible

School STEM projects use Amateur Radio
An Amateur Radio-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative at an Arizona elementary school culminated on May 22, as youngsters competitively deployed their own radio-controlled rovers to explore a simulated planet set up in the Sonoran Desert

Receive CubeSat signals for just $25
Eric Evenchick VA3EVK writes on Hackaday about the low-cost approach to CubeSat reception used by Thomas Cholakov N1SPY

All Hands On Deck…
This weekend you don’t need to ‘go down to the sea in ships’ to participate in a fun ‘world wide event.’

Back to homebrew
Banbury Amateur Radio Society (BARS) has started a program to boost homebrew. This is in two parts, understanding components and practical understanding and building radio equipment

Russian CubeSats to be deployed during spacewalk
It is planned that two Russian CubeSats will be deployed from the International Space Station in August during a spacewalk (EVA)

Summer rover announcement
Robert, KE4AL writes on the Amsat BB: As part of my plans to activate 43 grids this Summer, I will be operating from EN37 26-31 July, holiday style

NASA selects mission to study solar wind boundary of outer solar system
NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space

BBC Radio 4 – The Bottom Line
Will 5G revolutionise our lives?
The next generation of mobile technology – 5G – will be rolled out from 2019. It will enable faster streaming on our mobile phones and tablets and speed up the ‘internet of things’, allowing thousands of computers to ‘talk’ to each other  

In last week’s WIA News, we told you of probably VK’s first Foundation Members net using the catchy moniker ‘F-TROOP.’ Now from the west wing comes news of VK’s longest RUNNING ‘new comers net.’

Propagation de K7RA
On May 30 at 0005 UTC the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a warning: On 1 June geomagnetic activity is expected to increase to Active and Minor Storm levels due to arrival of the co-rotating interaction region and high-speed solar wind streams associated with the recurrent trans-equatorial coronal hole


News for Friday 1 June

Threat to key part of 70cm ham radio band in Belgium
UBA report the Belgium Regulator BIPT is consulting on a proposal to restrict Amateur Radio access to 433.050 – 434.790 MHz in such a way that it will hardly be usable anymore

Virgin Island residents get ham radio licenses
The Virgin Islands Daily News reports residents have got amateur radio licenses ahead of 2018 hurricane season

Hamvention Forum videos available
ARRL reports videos of some Hamvention 2018 forums are available in the YouTube Dayton Hamvention 2018 videos playlist

Upcoming Canadian Hamfests and Fleamarkets
The following events are featured on the RAC Events Database as of May 31, but please check the site frequently as new events are added and/or updated

Ofcom awards two new community radio licences
Ofcom has today announced the award of two new community radio licences in England

RAST has booth at Friedrichshafen Ham Fair
This year’s international amateur radio exhibition takes place from June 1 to 3 at the fairgrounds in Friedrichshafen under the motto “Radio Scouting – The Adventure of Youth Amateur Radio.”

Submissions received for 5G spectrum
The New Zealand regulator, RSM, report submissions for the 5G discussion document have been published on the RSM website

SIERA collaborating with Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for radio event
A local amateur radio group is collaborating with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Eastside Memorial Park in Minden, Nevada, for an event that will run from Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3

Solar wind alert
NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on June 1st, increasing to 65% on June 2nd, when a stream of high-speed solar wind is expected to reach Earth

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

You can find the latest Kilauea eruption and lava flow reports here:

Hawaii Island radio amateur should monitor the VOAD Repeater atop Mauna Kea (146.72 MHz, 100 Hz tone) and the 40 meter interisland net frequency of 7.088 MHz (LSB).  These frequencies can be used to send emergency traffic if the need arises.  Please keep up to date by listening to Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency messages broadcast over Hawaii Island radio stations and through the social media.

Darren (Stacy) Holbrook (KH6OWL) wants to write a human interest story about Hawaii Island radio amateurs who have first hand experience with the ongoing eruption and lava flow disaster.  If you have lost your home or business to the lava flows or have evacuated from an endangered area, please contact Darren at his facebook address: or by using the comment form at the bottom of his blog:  Also, Darren has published a preliminary list of Hawaii State Field Day sites in his blog.  You can find that article by scrolling through the right hand sidebar of this blog.

The Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair is coming to Waimea (Hawaii Island) on Saturday, 25 August 2018, from 0800 – 1200 HST.  The public event is free and will be offered at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall across from the Kahilu Theatre.  Event coordinator Jim Sugg (AH6AE) needs ham radio operators “to demo how ham radio works.”  If you can help, please call Jim at (808) 747-4500.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section