Southgate Amateur Radio News, 26 September 2018


Accessed on 26 September 2018, 1429 UTC, Post #706.


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Comment:  Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories and events compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Wednesday 26 September

FCC Enforcement Advisory on two-way VHF/UHF radios
On September 24, 2108 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued Enforcement Advisory No. 2018-03 aimed at sales of two-way VHF/UHF radios that do not comply with the FCC’s rules

Hurricane Season readiness
Cuban radio amateurs started the 2018 Hurricane Season readiness back in May, with the Meteoro 2018 training drill

Smartphone performance compared
The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has released a report showing the performance (Data) of 71 mobile handsets

G3SMT works Cape Verde Islands to set new 144 MHz Tropo record
On Tuesday the 25th of September 2018, Peter Torry G3SMT set a new IARU Region 1 tropo record on 144 MHz when he worked D4Z in the Cape Islands Island off the coast of Africa

Radio hams responded to typhoon Mangkhut
The ARRL report the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) activated HEROfor Typhoon Mangkhut

LCFE Course HL050
Despite members of LRC manning a stand at the information evening and providing equipment, insufficient numbers showed interest in attending the Limerick College of Further Education ‘taster’ course HL050 on Introduction to Amateur Radio Technology/Transmitters. Sadly this course has now been cancelled

New Ofcom rules to better protect consumers come into force on 1 October
Consumers will be better protected against nuisance calls, and vulnerable customers treated more fairly, when new strengthened rules are introduced on Monday 1 October 2018


News for Tuesday 25 September

Swedish amateur radio regulation changes
Sweden’s SSA has published an update on the changes to amateur radio exemption regulations that come into effect on November 1, 2018, this includes an 80% reduction in power level

Home-construction is alive and kicking in the Netherlands
The Dutch national society VERON promotes the active involvement of radio amateurs in innovation, home-construction and experimentation

ExseedSat ham radio FM transponder satellite
The Hindu interviews radio amateur Gurudatta Panda VU3GDP about the ExseedSat CubeSat built by an eight-person team at Hyderabad-based Exseed Space Private Limited co-founded by Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE

Help ARISS raise funds for critical ISS radio upgrades
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio

VP6D Ducie Island 6m EME DXpedition
Hello 6m DXers! As you have undoubtedly heard, VP6D is planning to be QRV on 6m EME starting next month

RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from Amateur Radio clubs across the country for our Liability Insurance Program for 2019

Madagascar trip looking for ops!
Alex, K2BB, announced this past week that he and his friend Paul, UU0JR, will be active as 5R8R (TBD) from Nosy Be Island (IOTA AF-057), Madagascar, between November 19-29th


News for Monday 24 September

Enigma Reloaded
The main goal of the enigma event is to promote as much amateur radio activity as possible all over the world, celebrating the history of the Enigma cipher machine and its crucial role in the outcome of World War II, and spreading the knowledge of those key people who contributed to its decryption

Irish National DMR net
Steve, EI5DD of the IECRO radio club in Mullingar in Ireland, is planning to hold a National DMR net tonight, Monday the 24th of September at 8:30 pm sharp on the Ireland Calling Channel TG 2722

Importance of Amateur Radio
During a natural disaster when the power is out and the phone towers are down, how can first responders communicate? By using ham radios!

Vi Barrett W6CBA – 70 years a radio ham
One of the FBI’s first female dispatchers continues to bust stereotypes from her Fullerton living room

AMSAT President upcoming Ham Nation interview on Sept 26th
AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO will be featured on Ham Nation’s September 26th episode #369

IberRadio 2018
IberRadio is the most important ham radio fair in Spain. Fernando, EC1AME has photographed the event

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th September, through Sunday, 23rd September there were 214 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin


A big ‘Thankyou’ to Graham Kemp, VK4BB of the WIA National News Service for his very kind words about Southgate Amateur Radio News in this week’s WIA news bulletin.
Read the text version of the WIA news bulletin (the first item) here
Listen to WIA National News here
Richard G4TUT

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The final round of Amateur Radio Technician Class License classes begins on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau (Hawaii Island).  The VE-administered test will be given on 06 December 2018. A test fee of $15.00 in exact cash will be collected at the time of each exam.  For details, contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) at

You can still sign up for the QTH.NET (http://QTH.NET) Email Listserve.  According to coordinator Les Hittne (K)BAD), “the main advantage of using such a listserve is that you do not have to individually maintain a list of club-member email addressed in order to enter into important conversations related to club operations.”  Les adds that “The listserve provides a secure means of sending club email.”  For more information , contact Les at The listserve has been quite active over the past few months, including the most recent edition, where Hawaii Island has acquired two more repeaters–one of them built by Les (K0BAD).

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,

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section