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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 13 July 2018 through 16 July 2018.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Kenwood ham radio transceiver in Die Hard movie
ARRL have made available an article on the vintage movie Die Hard that featured an amateur radio transceiver believed to be the Kenwood TH-41BT 144/220/440 MHz HT

BIRDS-2 constellation CubeSats transported to ISS for August deployment
The second generation of CubeSats in the BIRDS constellation now is on board the International Space Station (ISS) and set for deployment in early August using the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) module’s remote manipulator arm

Opening times at Bergen Broadcaster
Close to the city of Bergen in western Norway, the old MW broadcasting transmitter and building from 1938 forms the basis of a museum at Erdal, on Askøy

19th World ARDF Championships
The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will be hosting the IARU World ARDF Championships this year (2018) in the beautiful mountainous and seaside surroundings of Sokcho City, Gangwon Province

IARU HF Championship logs
To help with log cross-checking, the organisers have asked everyone who has operated this weekend in the IARU HF Championship as a competitor to upload their Cabrillo log to the WRTC web site immediately after the contest

Nunavut operation
Mike will be active from Iqaluit, Nunavut as VY0BRR using all modes and all bands except 160m for several months, at least until Xmas 2018

ARN has launched interactive advertising technology ‘ShakeMe‘ across iHeartRadio, via an audio ad format launched in December last year by Californian tech company AdsWizz


News for Sunday 15 July

WRTC 2018
cq contest cq test …
Bands are full – mood very good. 
The contest has been running for some hours now and the competitors are wrestling each other for points. The bands are “very busy” and finding a free frequency is exhausting 

Image: Irina (DL8DYL) and Maddin (DL4NAC) feeling happay – with one hour to go until the contest starts

ACMA 5-year spectrum outlook paper ‘disappointing’
WIA News reports on the draft 2018-2022 spectrum outlook paper published by the communications regulator ACMA

VK6WIA NewsWest
It’s our NEW AMATEURS week, where we celebrate new, upgraded and returning calls. We’ll also discuss about gear and portable operations. Onno talks QRP and where you need to go, in order to obtain your license

QSO Today – David Finell – N7LRY
David Finell, N7LRY described himself to his future wife as a mad scientist, coming from a ham radio family that encouraged deep learning of the subjects that interested him

The SARL Winter QRP Contest on Saturday
The QRP contests are intended to be fun activities to promote QRP operation between radio amateurs

IARU HF Championship
On behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada I would like to wish Claude, VE2FK, Frank, VO1HP and Brent, VE9EX, good luck in the IARU HF Championship this weekend. Thank you all for carrying the RAC flag in this contest

The ZS2 Sprint on Sunday
This is a fun activity to promote contacts between radio amateurs in the Eastern Cape and radio amateurs in Southern African countries and is on the air from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC on Sunday 22 July 2018

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

Ham Radio Social Evening
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, 16th Julyfrom about 8.30pm onwards. Why not come and join us – the more, the merrier!


News for Saturday 14 July

Foundations of Amateur Radio #162
Programming Repeaters … Revisited. 
It seems that when you categorically state something, like I did recently, you get emails and feedback, almost immediately, pointing out the folly of your assertion

Only 24 hours to work the special Y8 call signs
The ex-DDR (East Germany) call-sign group from Y81A through Y89U, not used for 28 years, has been issued especially for the WRTC Championship in Wittenberg, Germany

Ham Talk Live! from WRTC
Episode 123 of Ham Talk Live! hosted by Neil Rapp WB9VPG covers the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) taking place in Germany

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Well it was good Friday to Sunday but I didn’t have chance to get going. Maybe next week. Most popular DX KH1/KH7Z

IRTS update proposed 40MHz and 60 MHz band plans
Following an initial survey of Irish radio amateurs and interested parties, the Irish Radio Transmitters Society has now updated their proposed plans for the 40 MHz and 60 MHz bands

Shortwave radio links for financial trading
Earlier this year Bob Van Valzah KE9YQ looked at the use of Shortwave Radio by Financial Traders for long distance, low latency links

A green flash on Mars
The Red Planet is now so bright, it is experiencing forms of atmospheric optics normally reserved for objects like the sun and Moon

IARU HF Championship
This weekend (July 14th-15th) there will be the IARU HF Championship. A good occasion to contact as many other amateurs, especially HQ stations from the IARU Societies, as possible around the world using all the HF amateur bands (except WARC) on SSB and CW 

Ofcom Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18
Ofcom has just published its 2017/18 Annual Report and Accounts, plus its Section 400 Accounts

Propagation de K7RA
As of Thursday, July 12, there have been no sunspots visible for 16 days consecutively

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 6th July, through Friday, 13th July there were 201 countries active

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


News for Friday 13 July

ILLW and old lighthouses
A recent entry from a German amateur, DL1BWU, related to what could possibly be the oldest lighthouse entered in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW since its inception 21 years ago

ARRL urges regulatory regime to keep non-amateur satellites off amateur spectrum
ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97 Amateur Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules

IARUMS reports on intruders in ham radio spectrum
IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports Iranian radars continue to intrude in the Amateur Radio primary 28 MHz band and a digital signal from Sevastopol, Crimea causes interference on 7032 kHz

Coverage set for departure of US cargo ship from ISS 
Nearly two months after Orbital ATK, now part of Northrop Grumman, delivered several tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station aboard its Cygnus cargo spacecraft, the spacecraft is set to depart the orbiting laboratory Sunday, July 15. Live coverage of unberthing and release will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website

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

Delay in delivery of The Canadian Amateur : July-August 2018
The distribution of the print version of the July-August 2018 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine has been unexpectedly delayed

IARU HF Championship
This weekend July 14-15 the IARU HF Championship takes place

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 some radio amateurs “to demo how ham radio works at (the) upcoming emergency preparedness fair…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 more information, call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

The 2018 Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Event will be held on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors this annual event “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm…”  For details, visit

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section