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Here are the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news articles compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  The report covers the period 08 June 2018 to 10 June 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Consultation on amateur radio qualifications
The Australian regulator ACMA is holding a public consultation on new approaches to amateur radio qualification arrangements

QSO Today – John Stanley, K4ERO
My QSO Today is with John Stanley, K4ERO, a frequent contributor of articles about antenna design and performance to QST, QEX, the ARRL Antenna Book, and the ARRL Handbook

Try Thailand’s ham radio exams online
Thailand’s communications regulator NBTC has made the sample amateur radio exams available online for you to try

The great FT8 debate
In his blog Dominic Smith M0BLF gives his take on the great FT8 debate

EURAO Party Spring 2018: discover the WARC bands: 12m
The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ‘discover the WARC bands: 12m’

Revised fees for mobile operators to use 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum
Ofcom has published a consultation to revise the annual licence fees which mobile operators have to pay for use of the 900 and 1800 MHz mobile spectrum

Hammies Sprint this afternoon
The Hammies Sprint is a fun activity to promote contacts between Hammies and radio amateurs in Southern African countries with an emphasis on ZU stations and takes place from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC this afternoon with phone activity between 7 063 to 7 100 and 7 130 to 7 200 kHz

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

AMSAT Facebook Group moves to new Facebook Group page
The AMSAT-NA group that has existed for over a decade, no longer serves as the official Facebook group of AMSAT. Join them at their new page…


News for Saturday 9 June

Amateur radio society’s agreement with Dominican Civilian Defense
On May 30, Radio Club Dominicano, represented by Mr. Hugo Ramón, accompanied by a group of RCD members, signed a cooperation agreement with the Civilian Defense entity of the Dominican Republic

ILLW reaches 200 mark
It has been a very interesting week in our journey towards this year’s International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event, which is now only two and a half months away

Foundations of Amateur Radio #157
We as radio amateurs log things. We log our contacts, we log our progress towards an award, we log how many different countries we’ve contacted, which stations we heard with WSPR, how many kilometres we managed per watt, which stations were in a net, what callsigns received a QSL card, what location we’re in when we made a contact. You get the point, we log things, many things and for many different reasons

International Air Ambulance Week 2018
This year’s International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 8th-16th september with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world.
The event covers two weekends, giving amateurs a great chance to get involved and support the event

Planning permission for amateur radio mast rejected
A Suffolk radio amateur has been inexplicably denied permission for a very modest slim, retractable mast just 10 metres high

VK6WIA NewsWest
A sky full of satellites, musings on the lot of the YL and the ACMA engaging us in a consultation. Not a bad mix. Welcome to NewsWest, the Amateur Radio news programme for the VK6 call area and beyond 

Mars approaches Earth, outshines Sirius
Mars is approaching Earth for an almost once-in-a-generation close encounter in late July. This week, the brightness of Mars surpassed that of Sirius, making the Red Planet brighter than any star in the sky


News for Friday 8 June

Sailor grateful for Maritime Mobile Service Network assistance
ARRL report Phoenix sailor and radio amateur Timothy Henning, KE7WMZ, has expressed his gratitude to the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) for intercepting and handling his distress call on 14.300 MHz

EU RSPG WRC-19 public consultation
The EU Radio Spectrum Policy Group is holding a Public Consultation on the Draft RSPG Opinion on the ITU-R World Radiocommunication Conference 2019

Ofcom Consultation: World Radiocommunication Conference 2019
Ofcom has published a consultation on the UK’s preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union

Amateur radio Field Day in the press
The Journal Tribune reports amateur radio Field Day demonstrates science, skill, service

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:

The Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) will participate in the ARRL Field Day event on 23-24 June 2018 at Hilo’s Reed’s Bay Hotel.  The communications exercise is free and open to the public.

Jim Sugg (AH6AE) is asking for “a ham radio operator to demo how ham radio works” at the Saturday, 25 August 2018, Emergency Preparedness Fair in Waimea (Hawaii Island).  The fair will be held at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall across from the Kahilu Theatre.  If you would like to help, please call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

Darren (Stacy) Holbrook (KH6OWL) wants to write an article about Hawaii Island radio amateurs who have been impacted by the ongoing eruption and lava flow emergency.  If you had to evacuate or had lost your home to the lava, please contact Darren.  You can reach him at these addresses: and (just fill in your information on the comment form at the bottom of the website).

For the latest Hawaii Island 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