Accessed on 08 August 2018, 0512 UTC, Post #648.


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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 05 August 2018 through 07 August 2018 from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club:

Indonesia – Lombok Earthquake
As Radio Amateurs in Indonesia respond for the second time to an Earthquake in the Lombok area, please take care to avoid causing QRM to their activities on 7.110 MHz and emergency activities on satellite IO-86

IARU speaks for the Region’s amateur radio community
Don Beattie G3BJ reports the past three months have been a busy time for IARU’s Region 1 team involved in spectrum issues of interest to the Amateur Radio service, as we work towards the ITU World Radio Conference 2019

The Perseid meteor shower is underway
Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower

Low-Speed Binary Telemetry System RS41
Mark Jessop VK5QI reports the RS41 mode offer significant benefits for amateur radio balloon flights achieving around 6dB better packet-error-rate performance than RTTY

Amateur radio operators play key role in triathlon
KRTV reports on the amateur radio operators whose job is to provide communications during the Race Montana Triathlon in Great Falls

INDEXA 2018 Summer Newsletter
John Scott, K8YC, INDEXA V.P. and Editor, reports that “the following URL link will allow you to read and/or download the Summer 2018 issue of the INDEXA newsletter (#122)

Indonesia Special Event
Members of the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia will activate the following callsigns from 10 different call areas between August 10-17th. Activity is to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, and the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018

Broadcast-quality audio processor donated for news
Those of us working in the Broadcast world know the name ‘OPTIMOD.’
Well now Orban Labs, has donated a state-of-the-art audio processor – the all-digital 9300 OPTIMOD-AM – to the ARRL


News for Monday 6 August

EI3KD works Cape Verde Islands on 144 MHz to set new DX record
On Sunday the 5th of August 2018, Mark Turner EI3KD managed to work D4Z on the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of of Africa on 144 MHz, a distance of some 4163 kms

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition
We are honored to have received a grant from the ARRL’s Colvin Award Committee.
The Colvin Award is funded by an endowment established by Lloyd D. Colvin, W6KG (SK)

VOACAP propagation prediction wheel returns
VOACAP (Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program) is free professional high-frequency (HF) propagation prediction software from NTIA/ITS, originally developed for Voice of America (VOA)

Swedish national societies make magazines available
Sweden’s societies the SSA and ESR both make older issues of their magazines available for free download

9M61, Malaysian special event
Look for the special event callsigns with the prefix ‘9M61‘ to be active (as of August 1st) through September 1st

WIA sponsor special event callsigns
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is sponsoring several special event callsigns that will be available between now and the end of 2018. There are time slots available for operators to make use of the callsigns to commemorate the special events

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th July, through Sunday, 5th August 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 5 August

Youngsters On The Air kicks-off this Wednesday
28 teams from various countries in IARU Region 1 as well as one young radio amateur from Region 2 will be arriving in South Africa for the start of YOTA 2018 on Wednesday 8 August

Australia: 83% support 50 watt Foundation
WIA News reports results of the amateur radio license survey which show 83% supported increasing Foundation power level from 10 watts to 50 watts

AMSAT-DL announces IARU coordinated frequencies for P4-A, Es’hail-2
Es’hail-2 is a commercial geostationary broadcasting satellite which will also provide the first amateur radio Phase 4 transponders. The satellite will be positioned at 26 degrees east

SARL HF Phone Contest this afternoon
The SARL HF Phone Contest will be run from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC this afternoon with activity between 14 125 and 14 300 kHz; 7 063 and 7 100; 7 130 and 7 200 kHz; 3 603 and 3 650 and 3 700 and 3 800 kHz

QSO Today – Jim Forkin – WA3TFS
Jim Forkin, WA3TFS, started contributing to QST and Ham Radio Magazine as far back as 1983 with his series on A Modular Two Band Receiver

VK6WIA NewsWest
It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham and of course – what’s been going on at WA Amateur Radio news

HRN 399 7/8 ZumSpot Setup
Darren and David setup a ZumSpot. We also made some changes in the studio in order to bring you better audio. This is the first episode to use the Wirecast Rendezvous feature, and it worked great!

Are you planning to communicate with a small satellite or CubeSat?
Australia’s communications regulator ACMA have released a self-help guide, aimed at people and organisations without amateur radio licences who wish to develop or communicate with a satellite

Wisconsin residents embrace Amateur Radio hobby
US News reports amateur radio is more than a hobby — it’s a professional relationship built on camaraderie

CQ. CQ. CQ. GB5RC calling!
If these letters make sense to you along with QRM and QRT and 73’s (means best regards) then you have some insight in to amateur radio. Thus you will also know what a SINPO is and that the best one of these comes in at 55555

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the Puerto Rico ARRL Section Manager, will be speaking at the LDS Church in Orchidland on Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 2 p.m./6 p.m. HST.  Oscar will focus on a general description of what happened when Hurricane Maria passed over the Commonwealth. He will also discuss how radio amateurs responded to the emergency and provided communications in and out of Puerto Rico.  Please RSVP to Pascal ( if you are interested in attending so we can have a head count for event planning.

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness is coming on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST. The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors the fun VHF/UHF Simplex Event “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm.  Contact as many stations as you can in as many Grid Squares as you can, using SIMPLEX ONLY.  For a complete set of rules and procedures, please visit

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section