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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 31 August 2018 to 02 September 2018 compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Sunday 2 September

QSO Today – Kevin Parmenter – KG5Q
Kevin Parmenter, KG5Q, caught my attention from an article that he published in QST Magazine, August 2017 about the Flightaware system

UK Amateur Radio Licensing history
UK Licensing has evolved enormously over time – both regulators as well as the terms. The RSGB has made available a history page that tracks those changes

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this broadcast – it’s CLUB FOCUS week. We hear from Steve with a wrap-up of the 2018 NCRG Hamfest.. plus lots more

Clock changes: EU backs ending daylight saving time
The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it

AmateurLogic 120: Raspberry Pi for PC and Mac
George installs Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac. Tommy visits John Amodeo on the new set of Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing. Watch it come together

Many unanswered questions about last weekend’s solar disturbance
The South African Radio League (SARL) say the past weekend, Radio Amateurs reported that they experienced periods of radio black-out which lasted 24 hours

AMSAT announces new store on Zazzle
AMSAT is pleased to announce a new storefront on Zazzle

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


News for Saturday 1 September

Live streaming of EMF Camp talks this weekend
Radio amateurs are operating three separate Special Event Stations from the EMF Camp event being held at Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire Aug 31-Sept 2

Foundations of Amateur Radio #169
Nothing like the standard of Morse Code …
Morse Code is a way of communicating with people across the globe using dits and dahs and the spaces between them to convey a message. It’s no longer required to get an Amateur License, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not useful, in fact, far from it, Morse is still heavily used in this hobby

Korean postage stamp recognizes ARDF championships
ARRL reports Korea Post has issued a postage stamp in recognition of the 19th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, being held September 2–8 in Sokcho City, Gangwon Province, Korea.
The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will host the event

Goonhilly 32-meter dish on Moonbounce Sept 1-2
A team of moonbounce enthusiasts expect to activate the 32-meter antenna GHY-6 at Goonhilly, on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall (IO70jb) in the UK on September 1-2, operating as GB6GHY

Annual maintenance shutdown of the MSF 3-12 September 2018
The annual maintenance shutdown of the MSF service to allow safe maintenance of the masts and antennas, including greasing of the stays, will take place between 3 – 12 September 2018

Morse code’s vanquished competitor: The Dial Telegraph
The IEEE Spectrum website carries a fascinating article by Allison Marsh about the early needle telegraphs

Up, up and away: Amateur radio enthusiasts will track weather balloon
Members of the Rowan Amateur Radio Society, located in Salisbury NC, will launch, track and recover a weather balloon Sept. 22, starting at Dan Nicholas Park

The bladeRF 2.0 – the next generation Software Defined Radio
The bladeRF 2.0 micro xA4 is the next generation Software Defined Radio (SDR) offering a frequency range of 47MHz to 6GHz, 61.44MHz sampling rate, and 2×2 MIMO streaming

Propagation de K7RA
We just saw 15 straight days with visible sunspots, but it ended on Wednesday, August 29 with a sunspot number of zero. There were also no sunspots seen on Thursday, the following day


News for Friday 31 August

EMF Camp features Raspberry Pi and LimeSDR GSM network
Jenny List G7CKF writes on Hackaday about the GSM Phone Network at the Electromagnetic Field event EMF Camp that’s been built using Raspberry Pi’s and LimeSDRs

Radiosport hits teen’s wavelength
The New Zealand Herald reports high-school student Xenia Berger ZL4YL had a contact with King Juan Carlos I, of Spain

Free Magazine Download
CQ-DATV issue 63 the online ATV magazine is now available for free download (no login required)

New amateur radio regulations proposed for Malta
The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) is planning to introduce new amateur radio regulations but the proposal appears to ban use of popular Amateur-Satellite Service allocations

WIA website re-vamp
The WIA’s website has served us well for many years under the experts Rob VK3DN and Marc VK3OHM. Having done such a great job maintaining and developing it over the years, it has become time to undertake a refresh in the vision of 2020 and beyond 

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 Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness 2018 is coming Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Repeater Club sponsors the annual 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 details, please visit

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily and monthly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section