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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 post covers the period of 05 November 2018 to 07 November 2018.
News for Wednesday 7 November
Tony’s 10m Band Report Locally GB100RAF is on air on any band that is open until next Sunday. I did a rather poor FT8 few hours on Tuesday.
The current version of FT8 does not like the long callsign. New versions will soon be available. On FT8 I am using G1RAF, I’m on Thursday so listen out Things have been lean again.
The usual suspects VP6D and Z23MD have been popular plus YL100V (Latvia).
Thanks to Mark, 9Z4Y, for pointing out last week’s (deliberate?) error, VP6D is of course NOT Bermuda but Ducie Is
YASME honors JH1AJT
The INDEXA Executive Committee reports: One of INDEXA’s members, Zorro Miyazama, recently was the recipient of the Yasme Excellence Award
Ethiopian Youngsters On The Air
December is Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) month. The idea is to show the amateur radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands
European-built service module arrives in U.S. for first Orion moon mission
The powerhouse that will help NASA’s Orion spacecraft venture beyond the Moon is stateside. The European-built service module that will propel, power and cool during Orion flight to the Moon on Exploration Mission-1 arrived from Germany at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday to begin final outfitting, integration and testing with the crew module and other Orion elements
Tinus Lange 7066 Technical Excellence Award
Do you enjoy building pieces of equipment to use in or outside the Shack? Or writing software to use for amateur radio? Well then how about entering for the Tinus Lange 7066 Technical Excellence Award?
On November 1st, the Great Lakes Division (GLD) amateurs were informed by Stan Arnett II, AC8W, GLD DXAC Representative, of the following regarding the new FT8 mode
Growth of SDR receivers
One of the more recent innovations to the technology we use is the software defined radio and apart from offering decoding of so many forms of transmission, it can also allow the development of radios that are versatile across modes and frequencies and, in the first responder range, are field programmable
European DX Council conference report
The British DX Club (BDXC) have released a two-part report on the European DX Council (EDXC) 2018 conference held August 31 to September 3 in Bratislava and Vienna
HMS Belfast special callsign
The HMS Belfast Radio Group has obtained the special callsign GB100ARM to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended fighting in World War I on the 11th of November 1918
Second leg of the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest
The second leg of the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contesttakes place from 10:00 UTC on Saturday 10 November to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 11 November 2018 with FM, SSB and CW activity on 6, 4 and 2 metres, 70 and 23 cm and higher
India gets 3 new bands – 60, 630 and 2300m
The Indian Government’s Telecommunications regulator has published a 2018 Update to the Indian National Frequency Plan, effective 25th October 2018, which lists new bands at 5 MHz/60m, 472 kHz/630m and 135 kHz/2300m
SOS for lost Morse code message
The North Wales Chronicle reports a Holyhead man has put out an SOS for a lost morse code message which played an important role in heralding the end of the First World War
Geomagnetic storm in progress
Earth is entering a stream of high speed solar wind and this is causing minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on Nov. 4th
SARL VHF workgroup select a Coordinator Dick Coates, ZS6BUN was selected as the Coordinator for the SARL VHF/UHF/ Microwave workgroup. The formation of the workgroup resulted from discussions at the recent joint SARL/AMSATSA workshop held at the NARC
Alan (AD6E/KH6TU) is starting another CW class online. The online video chat will be held January-February 2018, most likely Monday and Thursday at 1800 HST for an hour each. The class is free and is offered under the auspices of the CW Academy. You can sign up here: https://cwops.org/cw-academy-2/cw-academy-student-sign-up/ The new class is an excellent opportunity to acquire a new skill with a one-on-one instructor.
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