Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 19 August 2018, 1529 UTC, Post #661.


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Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period 17 August 2018 to 19 August 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  I’ve also added some news which may interest radio amateurs on Hawaii Island.

QSO Today – Justin Johnson, G0KSC

Justin Johnson, G0KSC, tells his ham radio story and how it led to the founding of his company, Innovantennas, and his approach to antenna designs, that maximize signal to noise, rather than gain, to produce amazing results. If you are re-considering your antenna system, then you will enjoy this QSO Today with G0KSC

Finland: New frequencies for radio hams planned
Finland’s national society the SRAL reports the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority plans to make changes to the national frequency table

Belgium Council of Ministers July 13
Belgium’s UBA reports on the approval of a decree that will require possession of an operating certificate before using maritime or radio amateur stations

ICASA quick to act on Inverter interference
South Africa’s national amateur radio society SARL reports the communications regulator ICASA has been quick to act in a case of interference to the amateur bands from an inverter

ARISS contact planned for school in India
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Ricky Arnold KE5DAUwith Vidya Mandir Inter College, Meerut, India
The downlink signals will be audible in Europe

YOTA 2018 – a mind-blowing experience
‘YOTA 2018 was a mind-blowing experience’ –  This was the comment from the participants who represented 23 countries in Europe and Africa

Former Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG (SK)
Former Wisconsin ARRL Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, of Madison, died on August 11. He was 77

Propagation de K7RA
Australia’s Space Weather Services issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning at 0022 UTC on August 16: “Geomagnetic activity is expected to be at Quiet to Active levels due to coronal hole effects. A period of significant southward Bz component could produce isolated Minor Storm levels.”

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


News for Saturday 18 August

Foundations of Amateur Radio #167
Getting Started
Don’t get me started, Let’s start this thing, Where do I start, Start me up, I could go on, but I have better things to do today, like starting a podcast

Raspberry Pi at Cray Valley ARS
In his OneNewHam blog Andrew 2E0ONH writes about his visit to S.E London for a Raspberry Pi talk at the Cray Valley Radio Society given by Essex Ham’s Pete M0PSX

ARISS contact planned for school in Parchim, Germany re-scheduled
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with Friedrich-Franz-Gymnasium Parchim, Parchim, Germany

Ham Radio Speaker Wire Antenna
This video from Jerry KG6HQD shows you don’t need an expensive antenna to get on-the-air

UK Amateur Radio Foundation syllabus changes
Essex Ham have published their initial impressions of the new 2019 exam syllabus and how it may affect the teaching of the Foundation course

Portuguese lighthouses ‘On The Air’ for ILLW 2018
Look for the following Portuguese Lighthouses to be on the air for the upcoming International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (August, 18-19th)

Pictured here is the Ponta da Piedade lighthouse in Portugal

Parachute Mobile Mission 32
Two missions completed, two more to go. Come join us! Make a contact with a skydiver

A large coronal hole turns toward Earth
A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere (a ‘coronal hole’) is turning toward Earth, spewing solar wind toward our planet

KTVZ report on new ham radio emergency coordinator
KTVZ TV News reports a new emergency coordinator has been appointed for the Deschutes County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (DCARES)

VK6WIA NewsWest
In the bulletin this week we bring you news of a new FT8 mode, an update for micro-bit-x users, as well as updates from the ACMA, RASA, the NewsWest dinner and raffle and more


News for Friday 17 August

25th anniversary of ‘Lighthouse Weekend’

The International Lighthouse and Lightships Weekend is happening this weekend, August 18-19th. ILLW is one of the largest operating events in the amateur radio calendar, with more than 400 lighthouse/lightship activations in 40 countries, and tens of thousands of amateur stations wanting to work them (Photo: Ian Cowe)

FT8CALL it’s FT8 but with chat
FT8Call is a derivative of the WSJT-X application, restructured and redesigned for keyboard-to-keyboard message passing. It is not supported by, nor endorsed by, the WSJT-X development group

RAC Amateur of the Year Award to be presented on September 11
Don Studney, VE7DS, of the Delta Amateur Radio Society and Keith Witney, VE7KW, of the North Shore Amateur Radio Club will be presented with the RAC Amateur of the Year award on September 11 at a dinner meeting of the ORCA DX and Contest Club at River House Restaurant in Delta, British Columbia

New 10 watt 10 Band HF kit on the way from QRP Labs
At the recent Youngsters on the Air event in South Africa, participants got to construct and build a new 10 watt 40m SSB/CW transceiver kit from QRP-LABS in the UK

The design by Hans Summers is a SDR based transceiver which he hopes to eventually sell for €75

Heavier duty guying accessories for lightweight telescopic masts
Following on from the successful launch of the Tactical 7000hds telescopic mast, SOTABEAMS has designed some new guying hardware to compliment the mast

New Acting Section Manager for Saskatchewan: Dave Scarfe, VE5UO
I am pleased to announce that Dave Scarfe, VE5UO, has accepted the role of Acting Section Manager of the Saskatchewan Section effective immediately. Welcome aboard Dave!

ARISS contact planned for school in Parchim, Germany
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with Friedrich-Franz-Gymnasium Parchim, Parchim, Germany. The downlink signals will be audible in Europe

Review of the 070 number range
Ofcom has today published a draft statement on the regulation of telephone numbers beginning with 070, following a review of this market

Inverhuron ham radio club to activate lighthouse
The Kincardine News report on plans to activate the Kincardine Lighthouse on Saturday, August 18 for International Lighthouse and Light Ship Weekend

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 Kohala Hamakua Radio Club has invited Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager, to speak to Hamakua and Kohala residents on hurricane preparedness on Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 6:30 p.m. HST, at the North Hawaii Community Hospital conference room in Waimea (Hawaii Island).  The event is free but hospital seating is limited.  Please RSVP to Norm (

On Tuesday, 28 August 2018, Oscar Resto (KP4RF) will be speaking about hurricane preparedness and emergency communications at the LDS Church in Orchidland with presentations set for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. HST.  Please RSVP to Pascal ( if you plan to attend these meetings.  We need a head count for event planning.

The 2018 edition of the Hawaiian Island Grid Madness VHF/UHF simplex event is coming Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Repeater Club sponsors the fun contest “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm…”  For details, visit

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 8 a.m. to 12 p.m…”The community event is free and will be held at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall near the Kahilu Theatre. For details, call Jim at (808) 747-4500 (mobile).

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.

Until next time,

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section