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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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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 https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.
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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.
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