Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 09 Dec 2018


Accessed on 09 December 2018, 1531 UTC, Post 798.


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Comment:  Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club. This post covers the period 05 December 2018 to 09 December 2018.  Views expressed in this amateur radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Sunday 9 December

Students’ ham radio balloon attempts round the world flight
On Dec 8 Jefferson Intermediate School’s 5th grade science classes assisted in the launch of an amateur radio 144.390 MHz FM APRS balloon in an attempt to fly around the world

Fox-1Cliff/AO-95 Commissioning Status
Following the launch of Fox-1Cliff/AO-95, AMSAT Engineering began the commissioning process, with the help of AMSAT Operations, on Tuesday December 4

QSO Today – Riki Klein – K7NJ/4X4NJ
Riki Kline, K7NJ, has a long and interesting ham radio career, from humble beginnings in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a teenage ham, to his current QTH on over 40 rural acres in Utah.
Riki also lives in Israel, part time, in the village of Na’aleh, overlooking Israel’s coastal plain and the Ben Gurion, Airport

ARISS contact planned for students in Thiviers, France
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT with College Léonce Bourliaguet, Thiviers, France

SARL Day of the Radio Amateur
The Boland Amateur Radio Club will be hosting the 2019 SARL Day of the Radio Amateur at two venues in Stellenbosch on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April 2019

The CWops Award for advancing the art of CW
CWops is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for this prestigious award for the year 2019

Satellites activation from the Queen Mary on December 15
Patrick WD9EWK will be part of a day of satellite operating from a deck on the RMS Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach in southern California, Saturday 15 December 2018

WIA Hot Issues
The ‘Current WIA Hot Issues’ section on the website gives you a view into some of the major pressure points that the WIA stays across on your behalf

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


News for Saturday 8 December

Es’hail-2 ham radio transponders in TX Factor show
In Episode 22 of the popular amateur radio show TX Factor, AMSAT-UK’s Graham Shirville G3VZV explains what to expect when the geostationary satellite Es’hail-2 is in full operation

China’s mission to the farside of the Moon
China is going where no one has gone before–the farside of the Moon

Knacksat team request telemetry reports
Tanan Rangseeprom HS1JAN has requested radio amateurs to help with receiving telemetry data from the Knacksat CubeSat that was launched on December 3

Coverage set for Russian spacewalk at International Space Station
Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 11, to conduct a six-hour spacewalk.

Live coverage will begin at 10 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website

JY1Sat now Jordan-OSCAR 97 (JO-97)
On December 3rd, 2018, JY1Sat was launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A: Smallsat Express launch, JY1Sat is a project of the Crown Prince Foundation of Jordan

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this edition of NewsWest we look at the history of Amateur Radio, and we have history old and relatively new

FRS Holiday Season broadcast
Sunday December 30th FRS-Holland will be on air with its annual Holiday Season broadcast

ExseedSat granted VO-96 OSCAR number
ExseedSat was built by a team of Indian radio hams and launched on a Falcon 9 vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

CubeSats to launch from New Zealand
Terry Osborne ZL2BAC has provided some information on the upcoming launch from New Zealand of 10 CubeSats on the Rocket Labs Electron ELaNa-19 mission, a number of the satellites carry amateur radio payloads


News for Friday 7 December

Introducing the RS-BA1 Version 2 Dualwatch Remote Control Software
The RS-BA1 remote control software gained popularity by allowing Amateur radio operators to operate selected Icom radios from a PC via IP. 
The RS-BA1 offers real-time operation with low latency, high-quality audio allowing you to use an Icom radio installed in another room using your home network, or even from a remote location over the Internet

Foundations of Amateur Radio #183
How do I get a better antenna?
The question that new amateurs most often ask after “What radio should I buy?” is “How do I get the best antenna?”

Amateur Radio Training – Essex Ham videos
Essex Ham have created some short videos giving an overview of an amateur radio training course, some of the Foundation Practicals and what to expect when you do the multiple-choice exam

YOTA 2018 video released
The RSGB have released a video of the YOTA 2018 event held August 8-15 in South Africa

‘Aurora Phoenixes’ fly over Norway
Last month, a stream of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field, sparking a memorable display of Phoenix-shaped auroras over Norway

Changes to FUNcube Warehouses
The FUNcube team are busy commissioning JY1Sat and assisting with ESEO. To this end we have instigated a new data warehouse which will aggregate all the data generated by FUNcube payloads

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/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 02 February 2019, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  The event is open to the public from 0930 HST to 1400 HST.  Programs include a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, and VE testing for new and upgraded amateur radio licenses.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at

Alan (AD6E/KH6TU) will begin a new online CW class in January 2019.  According to Alan, the CW class “is an on-line video chat meeting twice a week for eight weeks, most likely Monday and Thursday at 6 pm for an hour each.” You can sign up here:

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and events, 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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