Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 12 August 2018, 1528 UTC, Post #653.


Please scroll down to read your selections.


Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 10 August 2018 through 12 August 2018 from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents;

QSO Today – Tony Hutchison – VKZAI
Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, who, from his interest in satellite communications, became an important backup communications link in South Australia for the NASA space shuttle missions, the Mir Space Station, and the International space station when crewed by amateur radio operators

Norwegian ham radio license changes
Changes to Norway’s Amateur Radio license came into effect on August 10, 2018.
1,000 watts can now be used at VHF/UHF for moon bounce (EME) and Meteor Scatter without needing individual permission

YOTA 2018 off to a great start
YOTA 2018 hosted by the SARL got off to a great start. Young radio amateurs from 23 countries arrived throughout Wednesday until late into the night but were eager to get started on Thursday morning

ARISS contact with DLR school in Braunschweig, Germany, to be webcast
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with DLR_School_Lab Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

HamSphere 4.0 Four years have passed!
Summer 2014 on August 15 exactly, a UFO arrives in the world of radio amateurs and radio enthusiasts, this new program happens to simulate the propagation on the amateur bands radio 10 to 160 meters

SARL HF Digital Contest next Sunday
The second of the SARL HF Contests, the HF Digital Contest, is on the air between 14:00 and 17:00 UTC on Sunday 19 August 2018 with digital activity between 14 070 and 14 099 kHz with FT8 on 14 074 kHz; 7 040 and 7 060 kHz with FT8 on 7 074 kHz and 3 580 and 3 600 kHz with FT8 on 3 573 kHz

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend next Saturday and Sunday
South Africa’s SARL News report the ILLW takes place over the weekend of 18 and 19 August and, according to the entry list, Namibia has two lighthouses registered and South Africa has thirteen lighthouses registered for the event

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at very low levels. Currently there are no sunspots visible


News for Saturday 11 August

Foundations of Amateur Radio #166
The mysterious three phase power …
There are times when you realise that you’ve always nodded your head when a particular topic came up and after doing that for long enough, you think you know what’s going on

Big turnout to hear radio hams at DEF CON Wireless Village
Thanks to Balint Seeber VK2FUNK the video of the talks given at the DEF CON 26 Wireless Village Special on August 9 is now on YouTube

VK6WIA NewsWest
This week, NewsWest takes a look at a bit of Amateur Radio History, the impending Remembrance Day Contest, the NewsWest Dinner and raffle, the Armistice Day Centenary, and a look into the Amateur Radio crystal ball

VERON invoke Grim Reaper in digital debate
Following the publication of an article attacking modern digital modes such as FT-8, the Dutch amateur radio society VERON is using Facebook to engage with members and solicit their views

The new RSGB amateur radio exam syllabus
The RSGB say it is estimated that the changeover from the old to new syllabus examinations will begin in August 2019

A group of radio amateurs in Australia have started a Facebook group to investigate the roll out of a Decentralised Amateur Paging Network, based on a German application called DAPNET

Ex-RAF radio operator – ‘I loved the Morse code’
The Belfast Telegraph – Ex-RAF radio operator recalls operation which shortened Second World War

Propagation de K7RA reported on August 8, 2018 that ‘Solar minimum’ conditions are in effect. The sun has been without sunspots for 39 of the past 42 days


News for Friday 10 August

Past AMSAT President Bill Tynan, W3XO, SK
A giant of the Amateur Radio satellite world has fallen. William A. “Bill” Tynan, W3XO, of Kerrville, Texas, died on August 7, following a lengthy illness

IARUMS reports Kiwi-SDR can locate intruders in ham radio bands
IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the online Kiwi-SDR (TDoA) bearing system is an excellent tool to find out the location of intruders in the amateur radio bands

2018 ARRL/TAPR DCC – Call for Technical Papers and Presentations
The ARRL and TAPR DCC is an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques

Solar eclipse this weekend
The Moon is about to take a bite out of the sun.
On Saturday, August 11th, there will be a partial solar eclipse visible from locations around the Arctic Circle and across much of Asia

All India Radio shortwave external service in doubt
The Hindustan Times reports there are questions over future of All India Radio (AIR) shortwave external service

NRRL celebrates 90th anniversary
Yesterday, the Norwegian national society, Norsk Radio Relae Liga, celebrated its 90th anniversary

Morocco special callsign
Operators Jose EA1ACP, Gen EA5EL, Francisco EA7FTR and David EB7DX will be active with the special callsign 5E5A during four different periods

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:

Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the Puerto Rico ARRL Section Manager,will hold two public discussions on Hawaii Island.  On Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 2 p.m./6 p.m., Resto will be speaking at the LDS Church in Orchidland.  On Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 6:30 p.m., Resto will be speaking at the NHCH (Waimea Hospital) in the Mauna Kea conference room. Presentations will focus on a general description of what happened to Puerto Rico during the passing of Hurricane Maria.  Resto will discuss how Amateur/Ham Radio responded to provide emergency communications for the Commonwealth during the disaster.  Those wanting to attend the Tuesday, 28 August 2018, meetings at the Orchidland LDS Church should RSVP to Pascal ( so we can have a head count for event planning.

The 2018 edition of the annual Hawaiian Grid Madness is coming Sunday 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors the fun VHF/UHF simplex contest “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. Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section