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Here are the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 22-24 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 Sunday 24 June

QSO Today – Mike Marsh – G1IAR
Mike Marsh, G1IAR, is in love with mastering sound and owes his interest in ham radio to enhancing his professional career in the recording industry

French ham radio statistics 1997 to 2017
The Passion-Radio site has published figures for French amateur radio licenses from 1997-2017 and exam passes from 2010-2017

ZS5 Sprint next Sunday
The ZS5 Sprint is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in KwaZulu-Natal and radio amateurs in Southern African countries and will be run from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC on Sunday 1 July 2018

West Kimberley Prison Radio Hour
WIA News reports a remote high-security prison in the Kimberley has created a weekly prison radio program, presented entirely by inmates of the West Kimberley Regional Prison

SolderSmoke Podcast 205
Episode 205 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Ofcom consults on updated radio ‘localness’ guidelines
Ofcom is consulting on proposed updates to the ‘localness’ guidelines for local commercial radio broadcasters

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


News for Saturday 23 June

Foundations of Amateur Radio #159
The Power for your Radio – A question that occurs more often than you might think is one related to powering your radio

Amateur radios crackle to life
The Truro Daily reports Bruce Harvey VE1II was just 15 or 16 when he heard a surprising sound on the radio he received for Christmas

France: Entry Level License
French national society REF has requested the regulator DGE support the Entry Level License proposal made by IARU to CEPT’s Radio Amateur Forum Group (RAFG)

Australian Ham Radio Licence Conditions Determination
In WIA News Robert VK3ARM provides an update on submissions to the ACMA consultation on amateur radio Licence Conditions Determination

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this contest broadcast, we bring you: The upcoming Trans Tasman Low Bands Challenge. Bad news from the Japan Amateur SSTV Associations Contest. Andrew gives us the heads-up on the RD, Bob chats to us about the WIA Contest Champion Award, and Onno brings us the All Asia DX Contest from the JARL, as well as contesting tips from Scott – K9JY

Propagation de K7RA
On Wednesday, June 20 reported the sudden emergence of Sunspot AR2715. The sunspot number on that day shot up to 54, and it was 53 the next day. Average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (June 14-20) was 25.7, up from 4 the previous week. Average daily solar flux rose from 69.4 to 74. Solar flux was 82.1 on June 20


News for Friday 22 June

Introducing the Icom IC-R30 Digital/Analogue Wideband Communications Receiver
The IC-R30 is Icom’s latest wideband handheld receiver. Not only does it receive over a wide (0.1 to 3304.999 MHz) frequency range in AM, FM, WFM, USB, LSB and CW, but it can also decode digital modes including P25, NXDN, dPMR, D-STAR and Japanese domestic DCR

With 300kW from Wittenberg via Vienna to North America
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is to be covered in two special broadcasts by Radio DARC. The radio show of the German Amateur Radio Club e.V. will broadcast a program in English on Saturday, July 14 from 11.00 to 12.00 UTC using the 49m short-wave band on 6070 kHz

2m Tape Measure Antenna in free HackSpace magazine
To help his 8-year-old nephew get an amateur radio license, Chris Ormsby went looking for a project that was “easy, fast, and required few tools or skills”

ARISS contact planned for two schools in Germany
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with two schools in Germany:
Downlink signals will be audible in Europe

EURAO Frequency Guide: a useful and interactive tool
As a result of data collected for EURAO Parties, a kind of QSO events held once in each season, a database has been created with most popular frequencies, modes and applications

Sierra Leone operation
Mark, KW4XJ, who is now active as 9L1YXJ from Freetown (WW Loc. IJ38jk), informed OPDX that his overseas assignment is for 3 years and he has been there for 9 months now

New HF Managers Handbook available
IARU Region 1 have released version 9 of the HF Managers Handbook PDF

Building an RF Direction Finding Robot
The RTL-SDR site highlights the work of Humpelstilzchen in getting a robot to drive towards a 433 MHz beacon transmitter

ED8RY: Drago de Gáldar 300th Anniversary
On July 7 and 8, the GDXGC and Radio Amateurs of the Northwest Gran Canaria Island will activate the special call sign ED8RY (Canary Islands)

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:

Jim Sugg (AH6AE) needs Amateur Radio volunteer “to demo how ham radio works at (the) upcoming emergency preparedness fair in Waimea (Hawaii Island)…on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8 am -12 pm…”The event will be held at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall near the Kahilu Theatre.  For information, please call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

The final round of free Amateur Radio Technician’s License classes will begin on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau.  The VE-administered test will be given on 06 December 2018.  A test fee of $15.00 n exact cash will be collected at the time of each exam. For details, contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) at

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

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section