Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 07 June 2018, 0700 UTC, Post #585.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period of 04 June 2018 to 06 June 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Best of the DX, EH1EH (Spain), FY5KE (French Guiana, YB725SBY (Indonesia), AO18FWC (Spanish World Cup).

There was quite a lot of DX about with Friday and Saturday needing 4 contacts to get into the list.

Current regulations remain in force!
The South African Radio League (SARL) report the publication of the National Radio Frequency band plan has created some confusion and a lot of speculation

Role of HF in military communications
An article in Signal magazine describes a role HF can play in military communications and highlights the vulnerability of satellite communications

Russian WWF ops
A group of radio amateurs from Russia will be active as RZ9SFF from specially protected natural areas in Orenburg and Bashkiria regions between June 23rd and July 3rd

FIFA special event from Kosovo
Members of the Kosovo Amateur Radio Society (SHARK) will activate the special callsign, Z60FIFA, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup event between June 1st and July 15th

EL58hx Grid Expedition
The activation of maidenhead grid square EL58hx by W5PFG & AC0RA is just one day away – 7-9 June

New WRTC Awards – WAWRTC
The World Radiosport Team Championship takes place from July 14 (12z) until July 15 (12z) in parallel to the IARU HF Championship. 63 teams will be competing from identical sites south of Berlin

Arctic Legends Tour 2018
Many of our readers will recall the activity from Ushakova Island in 2001 as RI0B. During September 2018 RI0B will be active in the Arctic Legends Tour 2018 from the following IOTA groups

New transmitter installed on Glenada Hill
Communication is central to human success on Planet Earth. The ability to share information from one individual to another, and between groups of people in different places, has elevated our species to a position of dominance and control around the world

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


News for Tuesday 5 June

ISS SSTV active this week
The International Space Station (ISS) amateur radio Slow Scan Television (SSTV) transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM are expected to be activate June 6 and 7

Student grilled for carrying VHF radio in Hyderabad
Telangana Today reports a 19-year-old radio amateur was detained at Nagole Metro Station and questioned for almost one hour

Hungary back on 60m / 5 MHz
The Hungarian telecoms regulator, NMHH has published in the Hungarian National Gazette No.7 of 29 May 2018 an update to the National Frequency Allocation table 7/2015 on the use of frequency bands (X1.13),  which initiates the WRC-15 Allocation of 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz with 15W EIRP maximum power

QSO Today – Eric Guth, 4Z1UG
In celebration of the 200th episode of the QSO Today podcast, the QSO Today is with Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, creator of the QSO Today podcast and is guest hosted by Jim Wilson, K5ND

NASA to host live discussion on new Mars science results
The media and public are invited to ask questions during a live discussion at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 7, on new science results from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover

The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

GB6GEO Special Event station
Radio stations from around the world will exchange greetings with GB6GEO over the airwaves at the English Riviera Global Geopark during the special communications weekend between June 9-10th

Are you a True Blue DXer?
If watching a computer make contacts for you is not your idea of DX…
If you are decoding by human ears and brain power… you are a True Blue DXer!

Upcoming IRTS Meetings
The Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) would like to remind all affiliated clubs to nominate a member of their club who is also a member of IRTS to act as the club’s representative for this year

DXCC’s Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted‘ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of May 28th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities 


News for Monday 4 June

Over-the-horizon communication on Mars
ARRL highlights a post by The Space Weather Woman, Dr. Tamitha Skov, that notes the role amateur radio technology could play in over-the-horizon radio communications on Mars

RAC Annual General Meeting
The Radio Amateurs of Canada AGM event will be hosted by the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club and will be held in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Red Deer Picnic and Hamfest which is being held at the same location

Book now for amateur radio Advanced distance learning course
GB2RS News reports enrollment for the Bath Based Advanced Distance Learning course is now open. It “may be last course of this type for some time” so demand is expected to be high

Nauru 6m EME DXpedition
Lance, W7GJ, reported last week of the following: I apologize for the delay in getting back to you after posting the poll last fall asking for the ‘most wanted’ locations for a 6m EME DXpedition

Mozambique DXpedition video
A video on the May 2018 C8T Mozambique DXpedition by the Lions DX Team is now available on YouTube

Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum on the air for Museums Weekend
Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio will take part in the International Museums Weekend event on Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th of June from the Martello Tower in Howth, Ireland, using the callsign EI0MAR

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th May, through Sunday, 3rd June there were 213 countries active

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

According to the June 2018 BIARC Newsletter, the Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its ARRL Field Day event on 23-24 June 2018 at Reed’s Bay Hotel in Hilo.

Jim Sugg (AH6AE) says “a patience” (sic) ham radio operator is needed “to demo how ham radio works” at the Saturday, 25 August 2018, Emergency Preparedness Fair in Waimea (Hawaii Island).  The event will be held at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall across the Kahilu Theatre.  If you can help, please call Jim at 9808) 747-4500 (mobile).

Darren (Stacy) Holbrook (KH6OWL) wants to write a human interest article focusing on Hawaii Island radio amateurs who have had first-hand experience with the current Kilauea eruption and lava flow disaster.  If you have lost your home or business to the lava flows or had to evacuate to a Red Cross shelter, please contact Darren at his facebook address: or by completing the contact form at the bottom of his website:

Please 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) during the eruption and lava flow emergencies.  These frequencies can be used to send emergency traffic if needed.

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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