Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 08 October 2018


Accessed on 09 October 2018, 0239 UTC, Post #720.


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Comment:  Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  This report covers the period of 05 October 2018 through 09 October 2018.

News for Monday 8 October

Special event station GB0AUK
The special event station GB0AUK will be active on the amateur satellites at the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part of the RSGB Convention, in Milton Keynes Oct 13-14

The station will be operational, as time permits, from Friday, October 12 until Sunday, October 14

Ham radio satellite list
Mineo Wakita JE9PEL has made available a table of all amateur radio satellites in Word and Spreadsheet formats

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted‘ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 6th. The list contain 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities

Local radio enthusiasts tune in to Clark County Amateur Radio Club
The Columbian reports it’s hard to miss the Yassons’ house — just look for the tall radio mast coming out of the roof, with long, thin aerials extending like bare tree branches

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 30th September, through Sunday, 7th October there were 214 countries active

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


News for Sunday 7 October

Cassini-Huygens: Odyssey to Saturn and Titan
At 10:45am on Sunday, October 14, the Chair of the UK Space Agency Steering Board Professor David Southwood will give a presentation on the Cassini-Huygens mission to the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Milton Keynes

The AMSAT-UK Colloquium is part of the RSGB Convention being held in Milton Keynes

SO Today – Stephen Hicks – N5AC
Stephen Hicks, N5AC, is vice president of engineering for Flex Radio, is deep in to SDR or software defined radio, likes to chase grid squares in his microwave rover, and observes the growth and trends in our amazing amateur radio hobby

VK6WIA NewsWest
In today’s broadcast, we bring you:
News from the NZART, along with Promotion of the November VKFF Activation Weekend.
Onno brings us the impending death of FT8 Call – with the introduction on JS8, while Bob re-boots the FreeDV net

SARL Spring QRP Contest
The SARL Spring QRP Contest is on the air from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC on Saturday 13 October 2018 and you may use phone and CW with power output of 5 watts (PEP) output or less

NASA Television to air launch of NASA astronaut on first space mission
Astronaut Nick Hague KG5TMV, who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013, is preparing to launch Thursday, Oct. 11, on his first space mission – a six-month stay on the International Space Station. The launch and arrival at the space station will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website


News for Saturday 6 October

Foundations of Amateur Radio #174
Random bits of wire …
One topic that is longer than all other topics combined is that of antennas. Designing, planning, sourcing, building, tuning, using, you name it, all of this is regular fare in the day of a radio amateur. I’ve discussed the topic here regularly and no doubt I’ll revisit that when the mood or necessity takes me. One topic that is rarely discussed is that of failure

New ham radio satellite forum aims to help newcomers
AMSAT-DL President Peter Gülzow DB2OS reports on a new amateur radio satellite forum that aims to help newcomers become active on the satellites

Ham Talk Live! Portable Satellite Operation
In episode 135 of the Ham Talk Live! show Patrick Stoddard WD9EWK/VA7EWKanswered questions about operating amateur radio satellites on the road

Presentations of the HAMNET Conference online
The DARC report on September 29, the 4th Hamnet Conference took place at the Hochschule Bremen and the presentations are now available for download

WIA News: Board highlight diversity and inclusion
Australia’s national amateur radio society, the WIA, say they aim to build a culture of inclusion for all groups within our community so, they feel part of this great hobby

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots finally returned on September 29, after over two weeks with none

Coronal canyon faces Earth
A large canyon-shaped hole is bisecting the sun’s atmosphere, spewing a stream of solar wind toward Earth


News for Friday 5 October

ARRL, FCC discussing issue of uncertified imported VHF/UHF transceivers
ARRL report they have taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing and sale of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to resolve the matter

It’s a ham radio thing
This event may be ahead of its time or a bust. On Saturday October 6, 2018, starting at 9 AM and ending at 1:00 PM. We will have an informal get together to talk about ham radio

SARL and AMSAT-SA VHF/UHF workshops
The first in the series of VHF/UHF workshops will be held at the SARL National Amateur Radio Centre on Saturday 20 October

Iceland: Ham radio course canceled
The national amateur radio society in Iceland, the IRA, had been hoping a training course would be run in Reykjavik in October but its been canceled due to lack of interest

HH2AA on the air
The Radio Club D’Haïti together with the team will have a special event remote station on the air on a 6700′ (2042m) mountain in Obleon Haiti

Quake Contesters on Niue
Members of the Quake Contesters will be active as E6Y at Turtle Lodge in the Makefu area on Niue Island (OC-040) between October 6-15th

Christmas Island operation
Operators Chris G3SVL, Nigel G3TXF, David G3WGN, Mike G3WPH and Tony G2NF (all 6Gs Group members) will be active as VK9XG from Christmas Island between Oct 16-30th

NYT: London’s radio pirates changed music. Then came the Internet
The New York Times reports Free Radio broadcasting in London is in decline as broadcasting moves online

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

Don’t forget the 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday, 13 October 2018, from 0900 to 1200 HST.

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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