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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 02 July 2018 through 04 July 2018 from  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Wednesday 4 July

FCC and N. Huntingdon man settle over alleged radio disruption
A well-known Westmoreland County ham radio operator has agreed to pay $7,000 to the federal government to settle allegations he intentionally interfered with communications among other amateur radio operators

China Microsatellite Symposium 2018
The China Microsatellite Symposium (CMS2018), will be held at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an China on 18th – 20th November 2018

YL achieves 100 SOTA activator points
Congratulations to Magda Swart, ZS6MMS, who has become the second YL in South Africa to achieve 100 points for activating summits

KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition news
KH1/KH7Z continues to be active from Baker Island (OC-089) until July 7th. Activity is on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8

Lithuanian and Polish special event
Members of the Vytautas Magnus University Radio Club in Kaunas, Lithuania, and Mysliborz Radio Club in Mysliborz, Poland, will commemorate the 85th anniversary of Lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas flight across the Atlantic Ocean

GB3LV IRLP and Echolink nodes down for maintenance
GB3LV IRLP (5600) and Echolink (155403) systems will be down for essential maintenance for approximately two weeks from today

NASA awards contract for continued operation of Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to continue operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena

St. Pierre and Miquelon
Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between July 3-17th. This is his 12th trip to the island

Live in Essex? Fancy a pint?
A few radio hams living in and around the Rayleigh area thought it might be a nice idea to organise a Ham Radio social evening. They are planning to meet at The Half Moon pub in Rayleigh High Street on Monday evening, 16th July from about 8.30pm onwards. Why not come and join us – the more, the merrier!


News for Tuesday 3 July

2018 UKHAS Conference
Announcing the 2018 UKHAS (UK High Altitude Society) annual conference and general HAB (High Altitude Balloon) get together

Interference a key issue for ACMA
Each year, Australia’s communications regulator, the ACMA, sets its priority compliance area (PCA) program for radiocommunications, which takes a strategic approach to their overall scheme and operational activities

Ham College 42
General Amateur Radio Exam part 13. Digital Modes part 5, HF Antennas part 3

The legacy of Iraq’s Amateur Radio operators lives on
Sofia Barbarani writes in The National newspaper about the community of radio enthusiasts that remains active inside Iraq

Society break down? NERDS to the rescue
The Courier reports on the participation of the New England Radio Discussion Society (NERDS) in the Field Day national disaster drill June 23-24

Chertsey radio club on local TV
James M0JFP of the Chertsey Radio Club was interviewed by That’s Surrey TV, about the Benidorm or Bust drive

Massive dust storm alters the appearance of Mars
A martian dust storm that started in late May, silencing NASA’s Opportunity rover, has now wrapped itself around the entirety of Mars, radically transforming the appearance of the Red Planet

HRN 399 1/2 CQ Field Day from WA6P
Gwen and David talk about their 2018 Field Day from San Vicente Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. We had a great time at Field Day, and hope that you did too. Please let us know in the comments what you did for Field Day!


News for Monday 2 July

13 Colonies Special Event
Once again the annual (the 10th) ‘13 Colonies Special Event‘ will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 8th

Danish Headquarters Award
Make contact with OZ1HQ on either SSB or CW (or both) between July 14th 12:00 UTC and July 15th 12:00 UTC

EI8GQB – EI7T next activation
After many European SSB successes during the CQ WW WPX, CQ WW DX and the IARU World Champions contests in single operator low power category, Olivier ON4EI is back again to activate EI8GQB (8th-18th July) and EI7T (14th-15th July) during the IARU World Championship

The IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day takes place over the weekend of 7th/8th July. The contest is on 5 bands 50, 70, 144, 432 and 1296 MHz

Digital Communications Conference (DCC) Call for Papers
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) and publication in the Conference Proceedings. Annual conference proceedings are published by the ARRL

K4R Dry Tortugas EL84 roving trip on schedule for July 6
Robert KE4AL, Rich N4ESS, and Matthew, NJ4Y will be arriving on Garden Key, EL84np in the Dry Tortugas mid-day on Friday July 6, staying all day Saturday, and then leaving Sunday morning July 8

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 24th June, through Sunday, 1st July there were 221 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 Barbara (NH7FY) and Dean (KH6B) the next Hawaii Island radio amateur breakfast will be held this Saturday, 07 July 2018, 0800 HST, at the IHOP Restaurant in the Prince Kuhio Plaza (Hilo, Hawaii).  Drop buy and enjoy a good meal and stimulating conversation about all things ham-radio related.

Jim Sugg (AH6AE) needs a few radio amateurs “to demo how ham radio works at (the ) upcoming emergency preparedness fair in Waimea (Hawaii Island)…on Saturday, August 25, 2018, 8am-12pm…”  The fair is a free community event which will be held at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall near the Kahilu Theatre. For more details, call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness 2018 is coming on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST. The VHF/UHF Simplex Event “is designed for FUN, and to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm.  For details, visit  Also, you can contact event coordinator Stan Froseth at

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

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

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section