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Comment:  Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news items for the period 22 November 2018 through 25 November 2018 from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Suniday 25 November

Fox-1Cliff launch scheduled for 28-Nov-2018 at 18:32 UTC
SpaceX has announced that the SSO-A: Smallsat Express mission is scheduled for launch on November 28, 2018

IARU represents Amateur Radio at key ITU meetings
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radiocommunication (R) Study Groups continued their preparations in the past three weeks in Geneva for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19)

QSO Today – David Malin – AA6RV
David Malin, AA6RV, spent over 20 years working for the City of Los Angeles as its Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Administrator for the Port of Los Angeles

Donation to boost ham radio emergency capability
ABC Eyewitness News reports on a radio equipment donation which the Salvation Army says will improve disaster response

FCC rejects AMSAT orbital debris petition
The FCC has rejected a Petition for Reconsideration that AMSAT filed 14 years ago, seeking to exempt Amateur Radio satellites from the FCC’s satellite orbital debris mitigation requirements

What is Amateur Radio?
Telangana Today reports on a new amateur radio promotional video

Diwata 2 satellite carries ham radio
The Philippines satellite Diwata 2 is coming alive – How a satellite is deployed, located, and tested

Robert Bankston, KE4AL, elected AMSAT Vice-President of User Services
AMSAT President Joe Spier, K6WAO recently forwarded the name of Robert Bankston, KE4AL of Dothan, AL, to the AMSAT Board of Directors

2019 is AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary!
Get ready to help celebrate with us at the Hamvention Symposium 2019, it promises to be a special event

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


News for Saturiday 24 November

FCC filing claims digital modes raise national security concerns
Ted Rappaport N9NB submitted a filing to FCC, Nov 10, saying FCC’s NPRM 16-239, on amateur radio digital modes symbol rate, is viewed as a direct threat to the national security

RSGB at UK Spectrum Policy Forum
The RSGB reports three representatives of the Society attended a UK Spectrum Policy Forum meeting held in London on November 13

InnovAntennas add to 70MHz/144MHz Dual Band range
InnovAntennas have added new dual band Yagi models to their 70MHZ/144MHz dual band range 

Image:Prototype of the 18el version on the tower at G8FJG

Girl Guides shown ham radio
Searchlight reports that, thanks to radio amateur Donald De Riggs J88CD, 20 Girl Guides received basic training in wireless communication

VK6WIA NewsWest
In the NewsWest edition for 25th November 2018 the theme is Contesting but there’s much more! 

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 16th November, through Friday, 23rd November there were 223 countries active

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


News for Friday 23 November

Radio hams intercept suspicious signals
Teangana Today reports amateur radio operators have intercepted suspicious signals in and around Kolkata. West Bengal

Foundations of Amateur Radio #181
Are you an Elmer?
In our hobby there is a term ‘Elmer’, referring to someone who helps new amateurs find their way inside the community, locate resources, understand techniques, etc. It’s part of what we might consider the folklore of amateur radio 

UWE-3 News: Awaiting UWE 4 …
Dieter Ziegler reports the UWE-3 CubeSat, developed at the University of Wuerzburg and launched Nov. 21, 2013, performs well and is celebrating its 5th birthday in orbit

‘Musical’ waves detected in Earth’s magnetic field
This week in Norway, a space weather observatory detected sine waves of exceptional purity rippling through Earth’s polar magnetic field

Radio hams at Guantánamo workshop
The Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba (FRC) took part in a workshop in Guantánamo city ‘Guantánamo in the World’ that was attended by the press who reported favorably on the work of radio amateurs

2019 SARL Day of the Radio Amateur
The 2019 SARL Day of the Radio Amateur will be held over the weekend on 12 to 14 April 2019 in Stellenbosch


News for Thursday 22 November

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Another very poor week. Hope things improve for next weekend for the CQWW contest.

I worked a few Europeans. I also worked VP2 Anguilla but unfortunately it was on 18MHz. It’s the go to band when 10m is dead.
ZY6V (Abrolhos Is, Brazil) pulled in quite a few contacts as did the YL100 specials

AU2JCB – Special event call sign from India
AU2JCB is a special event call-sign to commemorate the birth date (30 NOV) and to pay homage and to tell about the great INDIAN scientist Acharya JAGADISH CHANDRA BOSE– the “Father of Wireless Communication”

ESEO Dashboard now available
The launch of the ESEO spacecraft has now been confirmed to be on board the SSO-A flight from Vandenberg

CT1BAT new Vice-president of EURAO
José Machado, CT1BAT, has just been elected unanimously new Vice-president of EURAO by its Board of Directors, after the resignation of F1SXC before the summer

Happy 5th Birthday FUNcube-1
Five years ago, on November 21, 2013, FUNcube-1 launched into space. Soon, we hope to welcome ESEO (FUNcube-4) and JY1SAT (FUNcube-6) into space.

A remarkable achievement by the radio amateur volunteers of AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-NL 

Image: First signals received from FUNcube-1

Solar Minimum conditions are in effect
The sun is blank again today–the 191st day of 2018 that the sun has been without spots. To find a similar stretch of blank suns, you have to go back to 2009 when the sun was experiencing the deepest solar minimum in a century

93-year-old WWII veteran still taps out Morse code
CBC News reports radio amateur Merle Taylor VE1VCI, 93, still practices Morse code in her basement outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands


News for Wednesday 21 November

ARRL Director, Vice Director election results announced
ARRL has announced the results of contested elections for Director and Vice Director. Ballots were opened and counted on November 16 in seven contests within five ARRL Divisions

Digital Mode Ham Radio Hat for the Raspberry Pi
For the digital ham radio operator using a Raspberry pi, there are quite a few components going in to getting on the air. Audio Interface or sound card, CAT control cable, GPS if we want to run FT8 and WSPR off grid and without internet, nevermind the cable mess

Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, appointed as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has named Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director. Wareham will serve the remaining term of Jeff Ryan, K0RM, who assumed the position of Rocky Mountain Director upon the resignation of Dwayne Allen, WY7FD

RAC supports Canadian National Parks on the Air event
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce its support of the Canadian National Parks on the Air (CNPOTA) event which will be held next year from January 1 to December 31

Drone Antenna Measurements
In this lecture given to the 2018 RSGB Convention Jenny Bailey G0VQH describes how to measure the radiation pattern of an antenna using a drone

Ham radio operators communicate behind scenes on national network
In a crisis, communication is vital and during some natural disasters, there is no telephone service or internet access

Ham radio on Swedish TV
Reino Larsson SM6YED was interviewed on Sveriges Television (SVT) about the role of radio amateurs in a possible emergency. The interview featured a contact with Mike G0WSB

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


News for Tuesday 20 November

Ham radio operators answer call
The Journal Gazette reports in disasters, radio amateurs can make a difference, but hobby needs youth

Australia – Labor commits $2million to resurrect ABC shortwave radio
If elected next year, Federal Labor say it will provide the ABC with $2 million in funding to help re-establish shortwave radio services across the Northern Territory

Kettering resident’s radio tower request upsets neighbors who say it would be eyesore
Ohio’s Dayton Daily News report a Kettering resident wants to put up an amateur radio tower on property along Mad River Road and some residents who live on the road don’t want the tower built in their neighborhood

A sunspot from the next solar cycle
Over the weekend, a magnetically reversed sunspot appeared in the sun’s northern hemisphere. Its high latitude and ‘backwards’ magnetic polarity mark it as a member of the next solar cycle

The SARL Newbie Party
The Newbie Party is a fun activity to encourage all new radio amateurs to become active and takes place from 08:00 to 20:00 UTC on Saturday 24 November 2018

A44A from Oman
Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society(ROARS) will activate their contest station, A44A, in Muscat during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-Multi entry

NP2J full-time from U.S. Virgin Islands
Dan, K8RF, informs us he is now full-time as NP2J from St. Croix and will be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry


News for Monday 19 November

Straight Key Night
New Zealand Straight Key Night – normally held on the first Sunday in November – will be held this year on the first Sunday in December, from 9pm to 10pm on 80 metres

Bouvet Island DXpedition news
The only thing to report this week is that the members of the 3Y0I team continued to assemble in Cape Town, South Africa, for their anticipated Bouvet Island DXpedition

Irish Digital Voice Net
Following the installation of the the Galway DMR Repeater and Multimode Digital Gateway it was decided to run a net on Monday evenings in the Galway area at 8:30 pm for test purposes

NZART Portable Activity Day – New Years Day
The Christmas/New Year holiday period is a great chance to get on the air. Accordingly, New Zealand’s national society NZART is promoting New Years Day, 1 January 2019, as a portable activity day

IECRO Radio Club
IECRO Ireland Radio Club would like to congratulate all of the recently licensed operators this month in the United Kingdom whom were trained as a combined effort between itself and its sister club IECRO UK

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th November, through Sunday, 18th November there were 226 countries active

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

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17 November Rochdale & District RADARS Traditional Radio Rally
18 November 41st Coulsdon ATS – CATS Bazaar
18 November 2018 Plymouth Radio Rally
25 November Bishop Auckland Radio Amateurs’ Club Rally
1 December 2018 South Lancashire ARC Winter Rally
29-30 December Hamfest India

For more information on any of these events, or for the full listing, please click here
Solar X-Rays
Geomagnetic Field

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is coming to the Waimea Community Center on Saturday, 02 February 2018.  The community center is next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  Doors open to the public at 0930 HST and will close at 1400 HST.  There will be a $10.00 donation per table per seller and a $5.00 donation per attendee at time of registration.  Events include a swap meet, an EMCOMM forum, discussion groups, and a VE testing session for new and upgraded Amateur Radio Licenses.  For details, contact Steve Miller (WH6N) at

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section