Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 14 October 2018


Accessed on 14 October 2018, 2314 UTC, Post #727.


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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.  This report covers the period 12 October 2018 through 14 October 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Sunday, October 14, 2018
News for Sunday 14 October

QSO Today – Ken Oelke – VE6AFO
Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, stepped up to the plate for his local amateur radio club and ended up making leadership in local and national Canadian amateur radio organizations the major focus of his ham radio activity

Special callsign to commemorate the end of World War 1
At approximately 05:00 on Monday 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage of Marshall Foch’s special train located in the forest at Rethondes in France on the western front

Earth just dodged a meteor storm
On Oct. 8-9, European sky watchers were amazed when a flurry of faint meteors filled the sky at midnight. It was an outburst of the annual Draconids meteor shower. Turns out, that outburst was just the tip of the iceberg

ARISS contact planned for schools in Kuenzelsau, Germany
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with Ganerben-Gymnasium Kuenzelsau + Georg-Wagner-Schule, Kuenzelsau, Germany

AO-92 L-band demo by N8HM at Hamvention
John Brier, KG4AKV, has produced a video showing Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, working AMSAT-OSCAR 92 (Fox-1D) in L/v mode (1267.359 MHz uplink, 145.880 MHz downlink) using AMSAT’s club callsign, W3ZM/8, at the 2018 Dayton Hamvention

ISS FundRazr campaign
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on ISS

VK6WIA NewsWest
This is our History of Amateur Radio edition, and we’ve delved into the past to tell you how Amateur Radio was way back when

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


News for Saturday 13 October

Interview with Howard Michel, WB2ITX, the ARRL’s new CEO
Dan KB6NU, publisher of the ‘No Nonsense’ amateur radio podcast writes: I’m very excited about this episode. After reading about the selection of the new ARRL CEO, I kind of joked with my co-host Tom, KB5RF, that we should get him on our podcast. Tom said, “Well, why not?” So, I asked, and he agreed! 

New FREE RS-R30 remote control software available for the IC-R30 Communications receiver
After recently being demonstrated at the Tokyo Hamfair, we are pleased to announce that the new RS-R30I (for iOS)/RS-R30A (for Android) remote control software for the IC-R30 Communications Receiver is now available to download for FREE from the App Store and Google Play

Radio hams assist in Hurricane Michael aftermath
WFLA TV News reports on how amateur radio operators provide hurricane aid through the airwaves and interviews Lee Paulet KK4VNZ

RSGB release Board Proceedings for May-July
The RSGB Board Proceedings for the May, June and July 2018 meetings have been released

A village of amateur radio
The tourist office of Saint-Malo in Brittany are promoting ‘a village of amateur radio’

EURAO Party – Autumn 2018: discover the 60m band
The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air NOW, this time with the motto: “discover the 60m band”

Australian scouts prepare for JOTA/JOTI
A reminder that next weekend 20th and 21st is Jamboree On the Air. It is anticipated there will be more than 8000 Scouts and Girl Guides participating in Australia and more than 1 million world-wide  

Propagation de K7RA
Last week this bulletin reported a return of sunspot activity on September 29 after a 16 day absence from September 13-28, but the new activity only lasted 6 days. As of Thursday night (October 11) we are now at 7 days with no sunspots visible


News for Friday 12 October

Rocket carrying radio ham KG5TMV to ISS fails
A Soyuz rocket booster failed during the launch of a capsule carrying radio amateur Nick Hague KG5TMV and Alexey Ovchininto the International Space Station 

The capsule made a “ballistic landing” and rescue teams recovered the pair, who are reportedly in “good condition,” NASA says

AMSAT-UK talks web streamed this weekend
Watch this weekend’s talks at the AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium in Milton Keynes live on the web

Scouts to swap a badge by radio – JOTA with SSTV, from GB2GP
Jamboree on the Air is coming! And GB2GP is getting ready… This year we’ll be swapping badges – by radio!

Foundations of Amateur Radio #175
Everything you know about dipole (calculators) is wrong …
The other day I did an experiment. I searched for ‘dipole calculator’ and using the first 20 results I calculated the length of a dipole suitable for 7.130 MHz

Wireless electricity transmissions in Texas
KWTX reports scientists are studying wireless electricity transmission in Central Texas

EchoLink now connected to Irish DMR Network
The Irish digital radio community continues to grow with more stations registering for DMR numbers every month. New digital repeaters and gateways have been established around Ireland to allow various users talk to each other

Polar battle under the northern lights – this Saturday
The Scandinavian Activity Contest (SAC) is a matter of equality when some two-hundred Polar Contesters gather, gaze under the Aurora Borealis and flex their muscles under somewhat equal conditions

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 final round of Amateur Radio Technician 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

Don’t forget to sign up for the QTH.NET (http://QTH.NET) Email Listserve.  According to coordinator Les Hittner (K0BAD), “The main advantage of using a listserve is that you do not have to individually maintain a list of club-member email addresses 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

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

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