Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 23 July 2018, 1551 UTC, Post #630.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 20 July 2018 through 23 July 2018 from the UK-base Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

International Convention of CW Operators
The U-QRQ-C are holding an ‘ International Convention of CW Operators‘ on August 24-27, 2018 near Moscow, Russia

DXpedition team hit multiple snags
The V6J team in Micronesia report: You may have already noticed that V6J suddenly went to QRT last night around 14 GMT

Large hole in the sun’s atmosphere faces Earth
A large hole has opened in the sun’s atmosphere and it is spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth

An American in Dublin
Jarad KE8GBF from Northern Michigan will be visiting Dublin and surrounding areas. He would like to talk over the airwaves to as many hams in the country as possible

CommsDay pick-up on WIA disappointment
The professional web e-zine Communications Day has picked up the news story from the WIA that expressed disappointment with ACMA’s response to implementation of the Five Year Spectrum Spectrum Plan for amateurs

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th July, through Sunday, 22nd July there were 205 countries active

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


News for Sunday 22 July

Thailand 3rd largest ham radio nation
As of February 2018, Thailand had the third highest number of licensed radio amateurs in the world with a total of 101,763

IARU Region 3 Conference documents available
The 17th IARU Region 3 Conference takes place in Seoul, Korea, September 10-14. The agenda and some discussion documents are now available for download

Upcoming ARISS contact with Shinoda Elementary School, Izumi City, Japan
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Shinoda Elementary School, Izumi City, Japan on 23 July

VK6WIA NewsWest
Welcome to NewsWest for 22nd July 2018. In this Contesting edition we’ll tell you about contests coming up, remind you about the ‘NewsWest Dinner on the Hamfest weekend, in fact we’ll be reminding you ABOUT Hamfest

QSO Today – Mike Mussler – AI8Z
Mike Mussler, AI8Z, is one of the early pioneers in the 630 Meter band experimental trials in 2007 that resulted in the band being opened for amateur radio exploration much later

Scotland site selected as launch base for Lockheed Martin, Orbex
Two companies — U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and British start-up Orbex — seeking to carve out a share of the burgeoning small satellite launch market, plan to fly their rockets from a remote site on the northern shore of Scotland, British government and industry officials announced Monday

RAC President attends annual ARRL Board meeting: July 21-22
The annual Board of Directors meeting of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), is underway in Windsor, Connecticut and will conclude today, Sunday, July 22

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


News for Saturday 21 July

Essex Heights Primary School ISS contact
Former WIA Director Robert Broomhead VK3DN reports on the contact between the ISS and students at the Essex Heights Primary School in Melbourne

Foundations of Amateur Radio #163
The Contesting Coin Toss for the rest of us 
If you’ve been part of the amateur community for a while and have heard me talk on matters of contesting, you’ll know that I’m an avid contester and that for me, it’s better than sliced bread. Of course, I’m me and you’re not.

More ARRL contest award certificates now available for download
The ARRL Contest Branch has announced that more contest award certificates are now available for download from the ARRL website in PDF and JPEG formats. Just enter the call sign used

Spiders and space weather
Did you know that spiders can fly? New research shows that arachnids can launch themselves into the air using electric fields as a form of propulsion

France to slash public broadcasting budgets by €190m
The French government said Thursday that it would demand 190 million euros of spending cuts

Norfolk Island operation
Operators Takao JO7GVC and Hirokazu JK7LXU will be active as VK9/homecall from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between October 9-14th

Mayotte DXpedition
Members of the Czech DXpedition team (CDXP) will be active as TO6OK from Mayotte (AF-027) between September 20th and October 6th

Propagation de K7RA
Over three weeks of blank sun! reported 22 consecutive days with no sunspots as of Thursday, and there is nothing to indicate when sunspots will return

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

The final round of free Amateur Radio Technician License prep classes begins on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center on Hawaii Island.  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 some radio amateurs to help with the upcoming Emergency Preparedness Fair, set for Saturday, 25 August 2018, from 0800 to 1200 HST.  The event will be held at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall near the Kahilu Theatre. For details, call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

The 2018 edition of the Hawaiian 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 this FUN event “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm…”  For details, 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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