Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 17 June 2018, 1501 UTC, Post #595.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 14 June 2018 to 16 June 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 Saturday 16 June

ITU officially confirms: Z6 prefix is illegal
In a repost by YT9TP (Serbia) it would appear that the International Telecommunication Union has officially confirmed use of the Z6 prefix is illegal

QSO Today – Raul Midon – AE3RM
Bad ass and blind is how my guest on QSO Today describes himself on his website and the release of his new jazz music album of the same name

The Reverse Beacon Network and FT8
A few weeks ago, several prolific Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) nodes began spotting FT8 signals, using the combination of WSJT-X and an unreleased Aggregator Version 5

Free book SDR for Engineers
Analog Devices has recently released a new 375 page text book for free called ‘Software-Defined Radio for Engineers, 2018

Portable Ham Radio design fosters experiments
On Hackaday Al Williams WD5GNR writes again about the work of Charlie Morris ZL2CTM

VK6WIA NewsWest
New to Amateur Radio, this show is for YOU! This week, new amateur calls on air, a new FreeDV on-air net, courses, contests and calendar updates and that’s just to whet your appetite

Beware of scammers on the Swap Shop
Tom Adams, ZS6OMT from Potchefstroom notified SARL News that he advertised on the SARL Swap Shop for an Electronic Morse keyer and got a response from a Graham Mckinnon from Bredasdorp in the Western Cape with mobile number 083 338 0586

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


News for Saturday 16 June

Get the most up to date cloning/programming files of Icom D-STAR radios and data files of UK D-STAR repeaters and reflectors

The most up to date cloning/ programming files for Icom D-STAR radios and data files of UK D-STAR repeaters and reflectors can be found on the Icom UK D-STAR microsite

Foundations of Amateur Radio #158
Get a Contesting Buddy 
There is a solitude about amateur radio. Sitting in your shack, listening to the bands, trying to locate an elusive station and if you’re doing a contest then even that can be something that you do alone. Don’t get me wrong, I like my own company as much as the next introvert, but there is much joy to be found in finding a companion

Easier access to 70.5 MHz experimental band
The RSGB reports a new much faster online process is now available for all Full Licensees to access the 70.5-71.5 MHz experimental band

EURAO Newsletter June 2018
The EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website

The Cass Awards
Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH, has won the 2017 Single-Operator Cass Award. ‘The Cass Awards encourage DXpedition operating excellence.’

Quake Contesters bound for Niue
Members of the Quake Contesters will be active as E6Y at Turtle Lodge in the Makefu area on Niue Island (OC-040) between October 6-16th

W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet
Dear fellow radio amateur: It’s our hope that you might help us spread the word about the 66th annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet on Sept. 14-15th, 2018, in Schaumburg, Illinois

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots returned a few days ago after a 7-day absence. Average daily sunspot number dropped from 12.9 in last week’s report to 4 this week. Average daily solar flux dropped from 73.2 to 69.4


News for Friday 15 June

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Yes folks a really good week when the entry point for the list was raised from three to four. It’s been a long time since that happened.

Anyway, most popular DX of the week was, AO18FWC who cracked 6 days out of 7 as top dog although there were quite a few more 18FWCs on air and some 18FIFAs too. There was plenty more DX out there

ISS 2.4 GHz Ham Video transmitter defective
Around mid April, the 2.4 GHz Ham Video transmitter onboard the ISS Columbus module stopped working

Morse biggest challenge for Thai Intermediate candidates
Radio Amateur Society of Thailand President Jakkree (Jack) HS1FVL has provided an update on results of May 2018 intermediate class amateur radio exam

SA tech site reports on YOTA
South African Technology site MyBroadband reports on the upcoming Youngsters On The Air event being held in August

City celebrates Emergency Preparedness
Mercer Island Radio Operators (MIRO) will be participating in the annual ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day over the weekend of June 23 to 24 at Luther Burbank Park

RAC AGM at the annual Red Deer Picnic and Hamfest
The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Red Deer, Alberta as part of RAC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

Ofcom consults on recovering costs for satellite filings work
Ofcom has today published proposals on recovering the costs of its satellite filings work from industry

Mock drill exercise by State Disaster Management Authority
Pandit, VU2DCT says: Yesterday I was called up by Maj Gen (Retd) V K Dutta ji convener National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) from New Delhi regarding to participate in Mock drill exercise which was being organised at UPSDMA head quarters Lucknow (India)

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 14 June

ML&S Training Academy packed on a Tuesday evening at ML&S for Advanced Exam
A family of three travelled some 120 miles from Norfolk, another individual from Wiltshire and one from West Sussex to take their Amateur Radio Advanced Exam at Martin Lynch’s Training Academy in Staines-upon-Thames.  In total, 11 people took the exam and the pass rate was extremely high with only 2 just missing the grade on line

Essex Skills Night and Tabletop Sale at Danbury Monday
On Monday, June 18, both Essex Skills Night and the CARS Radio and Electronics Tabletop Sale will take place in the Danbury Village Hall

RSGB release Wireless Power Transmission information
IARU WRC-19 briefing slides on Wireless Power Transmission for Electric Vehicles WPT(EV) and Ofcom measurements are now available from the RSGB site

ARISS contact planned for school in Serbia
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Ricky Arnold KE5DAUwith Tehnicka Skola Zajecar, Zajecar, Serbia

Huge dust storm on Mars
Yesterday, NASA lost contact with the Opportunity Mars rover as a ferocious dust storm spreads around the Red Planet

K8CX’S 2018 Dayton HamVention Photo Gallery
This is Tom’s 22nd consecutive year for the gallery, and it contains 392 photos taken this year at the Crowne Plaza, various events and hospitality suites. There are now close to 5692 Dayton photos on HamGallery

Ofcom review of directory enquiries
Ofcom has published a consultation on directory enquiry (118) numbers, following a review of how people use these services, and the cost of calling them

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

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

Jim Sugg (AH6AE) needs a patient radio amateur “to demo how ham radio works at (the) upcoming emergency preparedness fair in Waimea (Hawaii Island)” on Saturday, 25 August 2018, 0800-1200 HST, at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall in Waimea.  For details, call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news items to for inclusion in this blog and for submission to Hawaii Island radio stations and social media.

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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