Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 29 Oct 2018


Accessed on 29 October 2018, 1322 UTC, Post #746.


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Comment:  Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news items compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period 27 October 2018 to 29 October 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

OP prefix for Belgian radio amateurs in November
The UBA reports radio amateurs in Belgium can use the OPprefix during November as part of the 100th anniversary of WWI commemorations

WRC-19: 5 GHz and the impact on amateur radio
SARL News say the next World Radio Conference will take place in the last quarter of 2019, and there are a number of agenda items that may impact amateur radio

Ham College 46
Ham College episode 46 is now available for download.
General Amateur Radio Exam part 17. Solar Propagation Effects, Delta Loop and Log Periodic Antennas

2018 AMSAT Space Symposium named in honor of Bill Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT has announced that the 2018 AMSAT-NA 36th Annual Space Symposium and General Meeting has been named in honor of Bill Tynan, W3XO

VHF/UHF workshop fired up new enthusiasm for beacons
SARL News reports that Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ presented a paper entitled Beacon Coordination to gain maximum benefit. In his paper, he highlighted the need for setting up a proper coordinated beacon system which should include an automated monitoring system much like the HF noise floor monitoring system which automatically uploads data to a central server

8 meter band operation
Phil EI9KP (ON4TA) is back in Ireland for the next few weeks.
Following tests with Dominic EI9JS, he is now fully QRV on the 40 MHz 8 meter band with a converted FT 857 in CW, SSB and FM

What’s my WAI Square?
During the recent Irish 40-metre Counties Contest, a number of contesters were asked which Worked All Ireland square they were operating in, which led to some enquiries about the WAI Awards Scheme

Satellite operation from the RMS Queen Mary
A day of satellite operating from a deck on the RMS Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach in southern California, is slated for December 15


News for Sunday 28 October

LED lighting can disrupt radio communications
Dutch amateur radio society VERON reports the current EMC standard, developed in the last century, no longer suffices

Australian Armistice Centenary special event callsigns
The WIA’s Roger Harrison VK2ZRH has an update on special Event callsigns for the Centenary of the Armistice that ended World War 1

QSO Today – Arnold Ziegel – W2HDI
After running maritime mobile from his 40 foot sailboat for many years, Arnold Ziegel, W2HDI, switched to power boats and all of the challenges to amateur radio brought on by the new boat

SSTV from the International Space Station
Amateur radio Slow Scan TV pictures were sent from the ISS on Saturday, the session ended early in the afternoon. 

John Brier KG4AKV was one of many amateurs around the world who received pictures during the special ARISS event which is being held with NASA On-The-Air 

Image: ISS SSTV image received by John Brier KG4AKV October 27, 2018

Ham radio on Galicia TV
Members of the Alpha Charlie Radio Club EA1RKF in Fene located in the north of Galicia managed to get extensive TV publicity for amateur radio

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 28th October is the contesting edition. We talk about contests coming up, and talk about contesting. Dan discusses his effort chasing DX in a recent contest

CQ DX C4FM Party
WIRESLINK-EA as Group of Friendly Stations C4FM of Spain organized the first Super Fiesta C4FM in the air, this time with : “DX en C4FM”

Ducie Island update
We continue to operate on all bands that are are open
– Earlier today we took the N1MM log, merged all the FT8 logs, and uploaded to our log server

Portuguese AM event
The Portuguese Amateur Radio Association of Litoral Alentejano (ARLA) will sponsor its traditional AM event over the November 3-4 weekend

RAC monitoring Canada Post service interruptions
Radio Amateurs of Canada is continuing to monitor the service interruptions to mail delivery as a result of the Canada Post strike action


News for Saturday 27 October

Foundations of Amateur Radio #177
Get on air and make some noise …
Get on air and make some noise is a phrase I use often to encourage amateurs to be active on-air and use the bands that are available to us

Introducing the Thermosphere Climate Index
There’s a new data feed on – -the daily Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI)

Keeping on top of interference
WIA news carries on a report by Chris Fosten, Manager, Communications Infrastructure, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on cases of interference

Ducie Island update/correction
We made an error in yesterday’s report.
– DXA does catch up after a network outage, DXA is reflecting the N1MM log. There still may be some FT8 contacts that didn’t get uploaded, this is work in progress

Logging presentation
South Africa’s Sandton Amateur Radio Club is giving a presentation on Logging. This presentation is aimed at all those who want to find out more about where and how to log those QSOs

Propagation de K7RA
We saw no sunspots during the reporting week, October 18-24, so average daily sunspot number dropped from 12.6 to 0. The dearth of sunspots continued on Thursday, October 25

New sample edition of NZART Break-In magazine
New Zealand’s national amateur radio society, NZART, has made the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of their magazine Break-Inavailable as a free PDF

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 19th October, through Friday, 26th October there were 228 countries active

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

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 will be collected at the time of the exam.  For more information, please contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) 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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