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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This post covers covers news through Sunday, 16 September 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Sunday 16 September

US Hurricane Watch Net stands-down
The ARRL reports the Hurricane Watch Net has stood down after nearly 40 hours of operation

United Nations grants EURAO special consultative status
Last May, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations recommended special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations toEURAO

FoI request to Ofcom on high power CB amplifiers
When Peter Sampson asked Ofcom if they’d do anything about CB users running 34 times permit power level Ofcom replied “it is not considered to be a proportionate use of resources”

HamRadioNow: N2RJ for Hudson Division!
David Goldenberg W0DHG talks with Ria Jairam N2RJ‏ about her run for ARRL Hudson Division Director

How many UK radio amateurs are there?
Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom has now issued what is believed to be the correct figure for the number of individual radio amateurs in the UK

Equinox cracks are opening in Earth’s magnetic field
The northern autumnal  equinox is less than a week away. As a result #equinox cracks’ are opening in Earth’s magnetic field, allowing solar wind to penetrate our planet’s magnetosphere

We’re taking a short break
Southgate News will be taking a five-day break from Tuesday, 18th September.

We’ll be back again on Sunday, 23rd of September. I hope to see you all again then.
Thanks – Richard g4tut


News for Saturday 15 September

Foundations of Amateur Radio #171
The term NVIS, or Near Vertical Incidence Skywave is in my short experience as an amateur heaped with scorn and ridicule. Terms like cloud-warmer come to mind when people discuss the principles associated with NVIS, but that does happen in the context of where I live, that is, one of the most isolated cities on the planet, Perth in Western Australia

The first SSTV radio party in Portugal – ‘SSTV 4080’
SSTV 4080‘ will be the first SSTV radio party in Portugal. This event is part of a wider package of happenings called “2018 Anno Digitalae”, organized by ARLA – Asssociação de Radioamadores do Litoral Alentejano for the 2018’s calendar of activities 

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this broadcast – we have news and reminders for the amateur radio community – starting with results from the manager of the 2018 Remembrance Day Contest, and Bob celebrates the result for one of our F-calls

Murrow transmitting station plans to broadcast through Florence
Personnel at the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station outside Greenville, N.C., are battening down the hatches ahead of Hurricane Florence’s expected Thursday night impact

Propagation de K7RA
We observed a return of sunspot activity during the past reporting week (September 6-12), with spots on four days, but not consecutive. Sunspots were visible on September 8-9 and 11-12. Average daily sunspot numbers increased to 7.6, compared to zero over the previous seven days


News for Friday 14 September

Hurricane Florence: Radio hams help during disasters
WBRC TV News reports amateur radio operators play vital role in hurricane response

Hurricane Florence: ARRL Hurricanes page
The ARRL 2018-Hurricanes page provides information and news summarizing the preparations and response by Amateur Radio volunteers who are supporting emergency communications

Radio Nepal back on short-wave
Radio Nepal is back on short-wave after six years by adding 5005 kHz to augment its national transmission grid broadcasting on MW and FM. According to a station official, Radio Nepal resumed short wave broadcasts from 02.00 – 5.00 p m Nepali time using a 10 kw transmitter at Khumaltar, Lalitpur in Kathmandu

IARU’s crucial work for Amateur Radio
Geoff Emery VK4ZPP of WIA News gives his thoughts on the importance of the International Amateur Radio Union that has been meeting in Korea this week

W1AW suspending scheduled transmissions today
As part of the ongoing communication efforts with Hurricane Florence, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will suspend its regular bulletin and code practice transmissions on Friday, September 14

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:

Don’t forget to participate in the ARRL SET (Simulated Emergency Test) on Saturday, 13 October 2018, from 0800 to 1200 HST.  Joseph Speroni (AH0A), the ARRL Pacific Section Manager has sent all ARRL members in the Pacific Section a link to the SET operational plan.  I’ll post a reminder in a few days.

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