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Comment:  Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news articles compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report includes updates from 30 November 2018 through 03 December 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Monday 3 December

Neil Carleton, VE3NCE, appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame
The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Neil Carleton, VE3NCE, of Almonte, Ontario has been named to the Hall of Fame

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition news
3Y0I to invite additional operators – Some fresh news from Cape Town, South Africa.

Ham College 47
General Amateur Radio Exam part 18. SSB, Speech Processors, ALC and Beverage Antennas

THE 2018 ARRL 10 Metre Contest this weekend
The object is for Amateurs worldwide to exchange QSO information with as many stations as possible on the 10 metre band using phone and CW

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted‘ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of November 28th. The list contains 340 entities and here are the top 10 entities 

December 2018 is YOTA Month
December is YOTA Month when several youngsters from IARU Region 1 Member Countries will become active on the air with YOTA as suffix in the call signs

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th November, through Sunday, 2nd December there were 227 countries active

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


News for Sunday 2 December

FUNcube Payload Telemetry Dashboards
Sunday, December 2, should see two more satellites carrying FUNcube payloads launched into orbit. With that launch, JY1Satand ESEO will join FUNcube-1 (AO-73) and Nayif-1 (EO-88)

JOTA reports 36% growth in Scout participation
ARRL say Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) 2018 reports that total USA Scout participation in the annual fall event jumped by 36% from 2017

SARL meets ham radio regulator ICASA
South Africa’s ICASA/SARL Liaison committee met last week to discuss various regulatory issues affecting Amateur Radio

Additional amateur radio communication Cubesats to launch on SSO-A
JY1SAT is a one unit CubeSat, dedicated to the memory of His Majesty the late King Hussein, the first founder of the HAM Radio in Jordan and holder of call sign JY1.

This will be Jordan’s first satellite

Image: His Majesty the late King Hussein of Jordan, JY1

Australia aims for quicker entry into Ham Radio
WIA Education Group aims to reduce barriers to entry with cost reduction, immediate delivery, quicker processing times as well as automating the process to ensure a smooth and quicker entry into Amateur Radio

QSO Today – Paul Gacek – W6PNG
Along with a successful career in California hightech, Paul Gacek, W6PNG, became an amateur radio operator

CQ-DATV Magazine issue 66 free download
CQ-DATV 66 magazine is now available for free download

Turkey gets two Christmas presents
Turkey’s telecom regulator, BTK, in a government gazette notice of 29th November 2018, released two new Amateur Radio allocations

AMSAT web adds Donation portal
AMSAT relies on your donations to Keep Amateur Radio in Space. Please consider a donation to the AMSAT General Fund, the GOLF Program, or ARISS today!

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


News for Saturday 1 December

Radio ham honoured with ARCIA award
Each November, Melbourne plays host to Comms Connect, Australia’s premier radio and wireless communications industry conference, during which the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association– ARCIA – hold their annual Gala dinner and awards presentation

Radio hams unite man with family
The Times of India reports that, after reuniting a man with his family in south Tripura and tracing out the sister’s family of a 90-year-old woman from Kanchrapara, amateur radio operators of West Bengal have done it again!

Ofcom fines Cloud M £50,000 for breaking number porting rules
Ofcom has fined business telecoms provider Cloud M Limited£50,000 for breaking rules that entitle customers to take their telephone number with them when they switch providers – a process known as ‘number porting’

NASA TV to air next International Space Station crew launch, docking
Three space travelers, including two astronauts on their first flight, are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on Monday, Dec. 3 for a six-and-a-half month mission.

Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website

VK6WIA NewsWest
The theme for the NewsWest edition for the 2nd December is our club focus, as usual there’s lots more!

Limited edition RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin: Available until December 31
In May 2018, Radio Amateurs of Canada was pleased to introduce the special RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin as part of its year-long celebrations.  The coin was designed by Mike Hutchison and was custom-designed and manufactured by KingPins for RAC

Propagation de K7RA
At 2335 UTC on November 28 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for December 1. “The effect of a high speed solar wind stream from a large and recurrent coronal hole may raise the geomagnetic activity to minor storm levels on December 1 and 2.”


News for Friday 30 November

WX1AW at ARRL headquarters will be SKYWARN Recognition Day bonus station
SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2018 takes place on Saturday, December 1, from 0000 until 2400 UTC, and Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be active as bonus station WX1AW, the call sign of The HQ Doods Recreational Deployment Team

Foundations of Amateur Radio #182
When does knowing more make it harder? 
The other day one of my non amateur friends asked for some help. His question was about hooking up an antenna

ICQ Podcast: National Radio Centre video
Martin M1MRB/W9ICQ and Colin M6BOY of the ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast visited the RSGB’s UK National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park

Brigg & District Amateur Radio Club (BDARC) install an InnovAntennas XR5, 5 band compact HF Yagi

The XR5 has a very short boom of only 11′ (3.4m) but full sized elements for each of the 5 HF bands between 20m and 10m making it the most compact ‘Full sized’ HF multibander in the World

Software defined doppler radar with LimeSDR Mini
Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday about the work of Luigi Freitas PU2SPY who shows how even beginners can experiment in the spectrum above 1 GHz with the LimeSDR-Mini transceiver

ORF Radio FM4 interviews radio amateur
In an interview with the Austrian state broadcaster ORF, Erich OE3EMB describes intercepting shortwave communications between the German Federal Intelligence Service and the UK’s GCHQ

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet and Ham Fest is coming to the Waimea Community Center on Saturday, 02 February 2019.  The event will run between 0930 HST and 1400 HST.  The venue includes vendor sales, a swap meet of electrical and ham radio equipment, an EMCOMM Forum, discussion groups, and a VE testing session for new and upgrade Amateur Radio Licenses.  Contact Steve Milner (WH6N) for details (

The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Christmas dinner on 08 December 2018 at the Keaau Community Center, beginning at 1400 HST.  The club will provide the ham and turkey.  The rest of the dinner will be potluck.

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

Russ Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section