Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 08 November 2018, 0533 UTC, Post #759.


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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

The INDEXA Executive Committee reports: One of INDEXA’s members, Zorro Miyazama, recently was the recipient of the Yasme Excellence Award

Ham radio operators to conduct major emergency test
On Thursday, the Oregon Amateur Radio Emergency Service(ARES) will conduct a challenging Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

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

Did an alien light sail just visit the solar system?
It sounds like a tabloid headline, but in this case it could be real

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

They learn English by hearing the news on radio
The Hindu reports the news broadcasts from All India Radio are being used to teach students English

New application process for short-term restricted service licences
Ofcom has outlined a new application process for short-term restricted service licences (SRSLs). Under the new process, applications should now be submitted by email


News for Tuesday 6 November

Amateur Radio Experimenters Group’s balloon success
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group released a high altitude balloon carrying transmitters for APRS and SSTV, and a crossband FM repeater

Sweden: 60m band now available
The Swedish amateur radio society, SSA, reports radio amateurs gained access to the new WRC-15 60m (5 MHz) band on November 1

Video of Es’hail-2 geostationary amateur radio transponder satellite talk
More videos from the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part of the RSGB Convention, held at Milton Keynes Oct 13-14 are now available on the AMSAT-UK YouTube Channel

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

Fox-1Cliff launch membership drive
Free digital copy of ‘Getting Started with Amateur Satellites’ for new or renewing Members

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

Looking to set new records
Looking for help in establishing some new records are Hayden VK7HH and Leigh VK2KRR

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


News for Monday 5 November
Olivier ON4EI/EI8GQB – No show at CQ WW DX SSB Contest with EI7T
Oliver ON4EI/EI8GQB did not take part in the CQ WW DX SSB contest with EI7T due to a computer crash at the beginning of contest, causing him to lose everything he had prepared for the occasion

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

EME 2018 conference videos available
Videos of the talks given at the EME 2018 conference are now available to view on YouTube

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

Clydebank Air Cadets make radio waves
Clydebank Air Cadets have completed an Amateur Radio course which saw them achieve qualifications and their own call signs

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

VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition news
In order to achieve a safe departure from Ducie Island – at 1537z the skipper directed the team to shut down on October 31st

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted’ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 30th

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th October, through Sunday, 4th November there were 235 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:

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: The new class is an excellent opportunity to acquire a new skill with a one-on-one instructor.

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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