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Comments:  Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Monday 22 October

Montreal’s ‘radio doctor’
CBC reports on Montreal’s ‘radio doctor’, Joseph Hovsepian, who says he is part of the last generation that knows how to repair electronics

Scouts in Langley learn how to communicate during emergencies
Weekend event at Camp McLean part of worldwide Jamboree On The Air and Jamboree On The Internet

Latvia’s 100th birthday
The special amateur radio callsign prefix YL100 has been created to celebrate Latvia’s 100th birthday. Latvia will celebrate this centenary on 18th November 2018

Ducie Island report
Good morning from Ducie Island. We are progressing well.
– The main camp and kitchen are fully established and supplied with food / water.
– The generator sites are built and supplied with fuel.
– The SSB camp, located at the main camp, is setup with 4 stations

Holy Land DX Group at Masada Fortress
Members of the Holy Land DX Group will operate from the heart of ‘Masada Fortress’ as 4X0M (M=Masada) between January 4-6th, 2019

Bouvet Island DXpedition news
This past week the Rebel DX Group announced their 3Y0I band plan – frequencies and modes they will use while operating from Bouvet Island

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th October, through Sunday, 14th Oct there were 228 countries active

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


News for Sunday 21 October

Ham radio training – Assesors rule change
WIA Director and Company Secretary Peter VK8ZZ reports on planned changes to the rules for amateur radio training assessors

JY1SAT pre-launch integration video
JY1SAT is a one unit CubeSat, dedicated to the memory of His Majesty the late King Hussein, the first founder of the HAM Radio in Jordan and holder of call sign JY1. This will be Jordan’s first satellite

South African Ham Radio exam results
The results of the October 13, 2018 Radio Amateurs Exam (RAE) are now available on the South African Radio League (SARL) site. The exams are held twice a year, in May and October

QSO Today – Mark Rosenberg – 4X1KS
While exposed to amateur radio at an early age, it was not until Mark Rosenberg, 4X1KS, got his first license and upgraded quickly within a few short months, in Memphis, Tennessee

Radio hams ready to respond in Alaska
TV broadcaster KTUU reports a hobby that helped save Alaskans during the 1964 earthquake is still keeping communications online when natural disasters shut them down

Reciprocal ham radio callsigns in the UK
In response to FoI request Ofcom released a list of Reciprocal amateur radio callsigns issued between January 2010 and December 2017, it included G4, G5+2 letters, G5+3 letters, G6, G8 and M0 calls

SSTV from space for JOTA and Space Station NA1SS active
Adil Namakoe YD3HNL has released a video of the Slow Scan TV pictures he received during Jamboree On The Air from the amateur radio satellite IO-86

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

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News for Saturiday 20 October

JOTA-JOTI FUNcube Challenge
During Jamboree On The Air this weekend, a special, coded, Enigma message will be transmitted from the FUNcube-1 (AO73) satellite

Short ‘Practice Contest’ set for ARRL RTTY Roundup participants planning to use FT8
A 1-hour ‘practice contest‘ will be held next week on Thursday, October 25, 0200 – 0300 UTC (Wednesday, October 24, in North American time zones)

Ofcom FoI on Interference
Radio amateur Gary Myers M0PLT submitted a Freedom of Information request to Ofcom regarding use of the Control of Interference from Apparatus Statutory Instrument

VK6WIA NewsWest
Welcome to the Newswest Bulletin for Sunday 21st October 2018. This edition is aimed at new hams. That of course isn’t just Foundation Licencees but also those who have gained increased privileges and responsibilities or who are returning to the hobby after an absence

Propagation de K7RA
Solar activity increased last week. Compared to the previous seven days, average daily sunspot number increased from 1.6 to 12.6, while average daily solar flux rose from 68.9 to 71. After six days with sunspots making a re-appearance (October 12-17), there were no sunspots on Thursday, October 18

The Orionid meteor shower is underway
Right now, specks of dust from Halley’s comet are disintegrating in Earth’s atmosphere, kicking off the annual Orionid meteor shower

JOTA/JOTI at the Voice of America Museum
Some 450 sites in the USA are among nearly 3,000 locations around the world that are hosting Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) or Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) stations over this weekend, October 19 – 21. One site that will be activated for JOTA is the Voice of America (VOA) Museum in Ohio

BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries
The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT (03:45:28 CEST) on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System’s innermost planet

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

The 2018 Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF event was held Sunday, 16 September 2018, was a huge success. The fun event drew 152 participants from around the state.  Stan Froseth (AH6KO) and the Aulani Hui Repeater Club have compiled an in-depth report for your review.  You can find all the data here:

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