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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club. This report covers the period 29 June 2018 to 01 July 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

QSO Today – Kai Siwiak – KE4PT
One of the best kept secrets of amateur radio is the amazing QEX Magazine published by the ARRL and edited by my guest today, Kai Siwiak, KE4PT

VK6WIA NewsWest
Welcome to NewsWest, and to the new fiscal year. Today is the Club Focus edition of Newswest, where we give over the programme to clubs to promote what they are doing

Mayor Hannelore Brendel supports the WRTC
With respect to our world championship, the World Radiosport Team Championship-WRTC-, organizers require that the communities in which the 65 competition stations are to be set up, be fully informed

Space Comms is for beginners
John Brier KG4AKV‘s YouTube channel has videos aimed at beginners to amateur radio space communications

RAC welcomes new Section Manager
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the election of Dave Hull, VE1HUL, as Section Manager of the Maritime Section effectively immediately

Consultation on varying UK Broadband’s licence for spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band
Ofcom has just published a consultation on UK Broadband’s request to vary its licence for use of spectrum in the 3.6 GHz band

South African Radio League Newbie Party
The SARL Newbie Party is a fun activity to encourage all new radio amateurs to become active and the first leg takes place from 08:00 to 20:00 UTC on Saturday 7 July 2018 with phone activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres

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


News for Saturday 30 June

Foundations of Amateur Radio #160
How to get the best Amateur Radio gear?
A recurring question for new entrants to our hobby, and truth be told, some experienced ones as well, is: ‘What’s the best hand held to buy?’, or the best antenna, or the best base station, the best coax, the best mount, the best software, the best something

MacLoggerDX Version 6.19 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.19 of MacLoggerDX has been released

ARISS contact planned for school in Bonn, Germany
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with Kardinal Frings Gymnasium, Bonn, Germany

RSGB release Board Proceedings for Jan-April
The RSGB Board Proceedings for the January-April 2018 meetings have been released

Monitoring compliance with the EU Net Neutrality regulation
Ofcom has published its second annual report to the European Commission on monitoring open internet access, also known as ‘net neutrality’

Amateur enthusiasts tune in to Newbury radio rally
The Newbury Weekly News reports nearly 1,000 amateur radio enthusiasts descended on Newbury Showground for the town’s 30th radio rally at the weekend on Sunday, June 24

Propagation de K7RA
Conditions were good for Field Day weekend, with no major geomagnetic disruptions, while solar flux and sunspot numbers were relatively high for this part of the solar cycle


News for Friday 29 June

Hamvention attendance fell by 900
The ARRL reports attendance at 2018 Hamvention® fell by 900 compared to 2017

How many Space Hams have there been?
Ever wondered how many radio amateurs have been in Space, is it 20, 40, 60?  This list of Space Hams from ARISS may surprise you!

Celebrate Canada’s Birthday with us: Sunday, July
Each year on July 1, the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, Radio Amateurs of Canada sponsors the Canada Day Contest and Amateurs all over the world are invited to Canada’s Birthday Party on the air

French national societies support ham radio Entry Level License
REF, DR@F and other national Societies in France want an amateur radio Entry Level License (ELL)

ISWL callsigns for July
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of July 2018

Galt children enjoy Amateur Radio Kids Day
The Galt Herald reports that on Saturday, June 16, a group of Amateur Radio operators held a ham radio event at the Galt library called ‘Kids Day

Upcoming ARISS contact schedule for Indian schools
The schedule of ARISS programme for Indian schools are as follows

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 a “patient” radio amateur “to demo how ham radio works at (the) upcoming emergency preparedness fair in Waimea (Hawaii Island)…on Saturday, August 25, from 8am-12pm.”  The free event will be held at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall near the Kahilu Theatre.  For details, call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Event is coming on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors the yearly event, which is designed for FUN, and “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm.” For more information, please visit

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section