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Comment: Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club. This report covers the period 17 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.
News for Thursday 20 December
Tony’s 10m Band Report Dreadful conditions this past week.
Not much to say really
WSJT-X 2.00 is working out fine but mainly on 17m. SX60RAAG (Greece) gave JTAlert a bit of a hiccup because of its unusual length and form. Laurie (the software author) very quickly amended it
Germany on 70 MHz in 2019
German radio amateurs may operate from their home with all modes in the frequency segment 70.150 to 70.200 MHz from now (19 december) until the end of 2019
New ISS ham radio packet equipment awaiting unpacking
The ARRL reports new Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet equipment awaits unpacking and installation on board the station after arriving in November as part of the cargo transported via a Russian 71P Progress resupply vehicle
EU Directive on car radios
A new EU Directive requires all new car radios sold in the European Union to be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio
Ofcom fines Radio Ikhlas £10,000
Ofcom has imposed a £10,000 financial penalty on Radio Ikhlas Limited, after material broadcast on its community radio station broke our rules
Amateur Radio Day 2018
Thailand’s regulator, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) hosted the fourth annual Amateur Radio Day on its grounds at the NBTC Secretariat on Phaholyothin Soi 8 on Saturday, December 15 which was well attended and which saw amateur radio associations from all regions of the country participating
The mystery of Ultima Thule NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is about to make history–again. The distant probe is less than two weeks away from ‘Ultima Thule,’ a strangely elongated object in the distant reaches of the solar system
Ham Jam sessions in Seattle
The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club has been holding Ham Jam sessions to help nearly licensed amateurs get started
There is a huge amount of terminology and jargon associated with electronics and also in our case ham radio. As always happens many people get hold of the jargon and use it at every opportunity to sound knowledgeable or to fill some technical literature, etc
Belgium 621 kHz to close down
Ydun’s Medium Wave Info carries a report from Vincent F4HPZthat Medium Wave broadcasts from Belgium on 621 kHz will cease on December 31
Worked All Postcodes
UK amateur radio dealer Moonraker has announced a fun award that aims to increase activity on the 70/144/430 and 1296 MHz bands
Getting rural areas connected
Mobile and broadband coverage are improving in the UK, but too many rural areas still get a poor signal – according to Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report, published today
The 100th entry for the 2019 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, ILLW, has just been received from DL1SWB who will be operating from Dahmeshoved Lighthouse in Germany
Located in the village of Dahmeshöved, about 400 m (1/4 mi) north of the cape of that name, about 6 km (4.5 mi) south of Dahme and 70 km (45 mi) northeast of Lübeck.
See the list of entrants so far for next year’s event to be held on 17-18 August
AmateurLogic 124: 2018 Christmas Special Part 2 of George’s enhanced DTMF Radio Control and Monitoring project. Tommy’s quick and easy PiStar hot spot build instructions. Emile celebrates Skywarn Appreciation Day. Mike’s back with his Photoshop collection and a holiday ALTV Retrospect
Good news for ZT1T
The South African state-owned power company has given an undertaking that there will be no rolling blackouts until the New Year (03 January 2019). This means that ZT1T will be onperating as usual between Xmas and New Year without the threat of power being switched off without warning mid-operation!
Sweden – radio station Asfalttelegrafen
On December 26th 2018 to January 8th 2019, Asfalttelegrafen is back on air on 1476 kHz with 330 watt with plenty of rock music in a medium wave radio near you!
Attention LoTW users
The latest version of the LoTW’s Trusted QSL program (TQSL v2.4.3) is now available
The weekly Big Island Amateur Radio Club luncheon will be held Friday, 21 December 2018, at the Ponds Restaurant in Hilo. To reserve your place, please call Barbara (NH7FY) at 936-3377.
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 venue includes a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, and VE testing for news and upgraded amateur radio licenses. For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan (AD6E/KH6TU) is enrolling students for his online CW class, beginning in January 2019. The format will be a video chat “meeting twice a week for eight weeks, most likely Monday and Thursday at 6 pm HST.” For more information, please visit https://cwops.org/cw-academy-2/
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