Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 09 July 2018, 1522 UTC, Post #616.


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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 of 06 July 2018 to 09 July 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

434 MHz balloon launch from Goonhilly
Phil M0DNY is planning to launch a balloon or two on Tuesday, July 10 from Goonhilly Earth Station on the Lizard in Cornwall, nearby to the Marconi Wireless Testing Station

RADIO DARC special coverage of WRTC 2018
With 300kW from Wittenberg via Vienna to North America
On the occasion of WRTC 2018 RADIO DARC will broadcast two special programs 

ILLW gathering pace
Entries for the 2018 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW, are on schedule with 250 being listed so far

Kingstown Regatta Centenary
In the late 19th century the Kingstown Regatta was a big annual social event in Dublin. Wireless telegraphy was in its infancy when in July 1898 the Dublin Expressnewspaper invited Marconi to set up a wireless station aboard the Flying Huntress anchored at the race finish line

HF spectrum pollution: IEEE publish paper
The IEEE have published ‘Measurement Methology and Results of Measurements of the Man-made Noise Floor on HF in The Netherlands’

ICQ Podcast – Network Radio
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Matthew Nassau M0NJX and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Network Radio

YOTA 2018 – a few weeks away
With only a few weeks to go to YOTA 2018 in South Africa, the SARL YOTA Events Team is hard at work to conclude preparations for a 7-day programme filled with a range of amateur radio related activities, excursions and lots of fun!

When No News means Good News
We’re in touch with DX Foundations we have applied to (eg. NCDXF, Indexa). We have received a big number of questions out of their application forms we had to answer to in details. We understand all of that, of course. The most recent project didn’t succeed and they’re simply cautious

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st July, through Sunday, 8th July there were 211 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin


News for Sunday 8 July

ISS SSTV transmissions continue
SSTV transmissions from the Russian Service module on the International Space Station started June 29 on 145.800 MHz FM and they are still continuing

There may well be further transmissions up until July 13 when the equipment being used for the SSTV will be required for a school contact
ISS SSTV image received by David Boult G7HCE 

CubeSats to deploy from ISS July 13
Masa JN1GKZ reports JAXA has announced that nine CubeSats will deploy from the International Space Station on Friday, July 13

QSO Today – Rick Tavan – N6XI
Rick Tavan, N6XI, is a Silicon Valley high-tech veteran who loves to contest from his two Northern California contest stations, one in the “valley” and the other in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe

Codec2 HF digital voice at 450 bps
David Rowe VK5DGR reports Thomas Kurin, a student at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, has developed a version of Codec2 that encodes speech at just 450 bps

The RaDAR Challenge next Saturday
The RaDAR Challenge is a unique event aimed at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations

IARU HF Championships and WRTC-2018
The IARU HF Championships and the WRTC-2018 will be on the air from 12:00 UTC Saturday 14 July and ending at 11:59 UTC Sunday 15 July 2018

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

VK6WIA NewsWest
Spies, Lies and Callbooks, Letters, Linear Amplifiers, The Top of the Wazza Radio, bequests, radio knobs are all part of this week’s History Edition of the news looking back at 50 years

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 Saturday 7 July

Australian ham radio exam system under review
WIA Director Greg VK2GPK describes how changes proposed by regulator ACMA may impact the AOCP amateur radio exam process and callsign management

Powerpole Adapters for the Elecraft KX2 and KX3
Most radio amateurs are aware of the advantages of Powerpole connectors for DC distribution

Foundations of Amateur Radio #161
Which repeaters should I put into my hand held radio?
A regular question from people who go on holiday is: “Which repeaters should I put into my hand held radio?”

2 Earth-directed solar storms launched in 1 day
Tamitha Skov, the Space Weather Woman, reported yesterday:
Our Sun wakes up today launching 2 Earth-directed solar storms. Its a 1,2-punch!

RADIO, TECHNO, FOSSIL on Radio Tonka 92.0
Radio amateurs Sophie Dyer M6NYX and Sasha Engelmann M6IOR were guests on the Radio Tonka 92.0 FM show ‘The Darkest Hour’

Amazon purchasing points can benefit National VOA Museum of Broadcasting
Public asked to ‘Smile’ for VOA museum projects, exhibits
Purchasing items online on Amazon can give volunteers at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting a lot to smile about

Night-shining clouds sighted over the USA
High above Earth, bright clouds of frosted meteor smoke are spilling over populated areas of Europe and – for the first time this season – the USA

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots have appeared since June 26. If we use predicted solar flux as a proxy, flux is expected to be less than 70 until July 8, this Sunday, so I would not expect sunspot activity to resume perhaps until July 13 to 23 when solar flux is expected to rise above 70


News for Friday 6 July

Cuba achieves 96% pass rate in ham radio exams
Joel Carrazana Valdés CO6JC of the Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) has posted the results of the amateur radio exams in Cuba

ARISS contact to be streamed live to the Internet
Essex Heights Primary School in Melbourne Australia is due for a scheduled contact with the ISS some time over the week of the 16th to 20th of July 2018

Maiden Islands
On Sunday the 8th July, a crew of 6 from the Bushvalley Amateur Radio Club – MN0GKL will be leaving Carrickfergus harbour bound for the Maiden Islands 13 miles off the north coast of Northern Ireland

Interview about ISS SSTV on local TV station
James M0JFP of the Chertsey Radio Club was interviewed by That’s Surrey TV, about the recent Slow Scan TV transmissions from the International Space Station

Licence free use of 57-66 GHz
Ofcom say they are taking immediate steps to enable use of the 57-66 GHz band for a range of use cases without the need for a licence

Amsat Field Day submissions
Time is drawing near. If your group has not submitted your results for Field Day, Monday, July 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time is the deadline. This is earlier than the due date for the ARRL

NASA TV to air launch, docking of Russian cargo delivery to Space Station
A Russian cargo ship loaded with almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies is set to launch to the International Space Station Monday, July 9. Live coverage of the spacecraft’s launch and docking will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website

Ham radio spans generations
The Beacon describes how amateur radio spans the generations and saves lives

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

Jim Sugg (AH6AE) needs radio amateurs “to demo how ham radio works at (the) upcoming emergency preparedness fair in Waimea (Hawaii Island)…on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 8am-12pm…”  The free community 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 is coming on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST. The Aulani Hui Repeater Club sponsors the VHF/UHF Simplex Event “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meter and 70 cm.”  For more information, visit

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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