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Comment:  Here are some of the 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 Wednesday 24 October

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Monday and Sunday were good days but the rest were sadly lacking. Best DX or most popular anyway, were 9Z4Y (Mark still hanging in there, Trinidad and Tobago), CE2WNW (Chile), P4/NT5V (Aruba), FY5KE (French Guiana) and quite a few others

Mexico’s FMRE requests clear frequencies for Hurricane Nets
ARRL report the Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE), Mexico’s IARU member-society, is asking radio amateurs to avoid 7.060, 7.130, and 14.120 MHz, where Category 4 Hurricane Willa emergency nets are operating (in Spanish)

Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK Pacificon keynote talk released
Randy Hall K7AGE has released a video of the keynote talk given by Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK at Pacificon 2018

CEPT Novice License in Belgium
At a meeting with Belgium amateur radio associations, the communications regulator, BIPT, announced it wants to introduce the CEPT Novice license and reduce Basic license power level

SARL Hamnet Deputy National Director
At the SARL Council meeting held on 9 October, the appointment of Grant Southey, ZS1GS as the new SARL Hamnet Deputy National Director was approved. Grant will also continue as Regional Director for SARL Hamnet Western Cape as well

Exam success for Lana now ON3LNA
The Belgium IARU member-society UBA reports 13 year-old Lana has passed her amateur radio exam

Kanton Island DXpedition
Guenter DL2AWG, Hans DL6JGN, Heye DJ9RR, Wolf DM2AUJ, Joe DK5WL, and Ronald PA3EWP are announcing plans for a DXpedition to Kanton Island for February 16 to March 5 next year

CQ World Wide DX Contest
The weekend of Oct. 27/28 sees the SSB leg of this year’s CQ World Wide DX Contest

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


News for Tuesday 23 October

ARISS joins NASA On-The-Air for a special SSTV event
Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) is planning a very special Slow Scan Televison (SSTV) event during October 27-29 on 145.800 MHz FM using PD-120

FRC expands its presence on social media
Recently, Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) activated its official Twitter site

Ham radio spacecraft signal decoded after bouncing off Moon
Radio amateur Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ / M0HXM reports decoding a JT4G signal from the LO-94 (DSLWP-B) spacecraft that was reflected off the Moon

CB1H installs 4el G0KSC OWA Yagi
Nick, XQ1KZ contacted me through my website and asked for a 40m 4 element Yagi design which I provided to them.

The attached photos show the finished antenna and SWR results with comments from Nick

Ducie Island report
The Ducie Island DXpedition team report:
– Rain last night, expecting occasional rough WX over the next few days.

– No EME today, expect to be up in 48 hours.
– Antenna work coming along nicely.
– Pileups have been deep, energetic and generally well behaved THANK YOU  

Inferior conjunction of Venus
This week, something strange and wonderful is happening to the shape of Venus

Sinking of the S.S. Dundalk
The Dundalk Amateur Radio Society are activating a Special Event Station EI100SSD to commemorate the sinking of the S.S. Dundalk which occured 14th Oct, 1918

Daring spies who broadcast from behind enemy lines
An ITV News report says: Owning just one of them in World War Two carried the death penalty, but Ian Keyser, G3ROO has more than a dozen – ensuring a piece of secret history is brought out into the open. So what are they?

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 results of the 16 September 2018 Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Event are now history.  Thanks to Stan Froseth (AH6KO) and the Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club for sponsoring this fun event with a serious purpose.  You can find complete results, maps, graphs, and event highlights 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