Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 20 Dec 2018

Accessed on 20 December 2018, 1619 UTC, Post 809.


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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

Call for application: Youngsters On The Air Bulgaria 2019
The 9th Youngsters On The Air will be held in Bulgaria, close to the capital city Sofia. BFRA (Bulgarian Federation of Radioamateurs) will be hosting the event, which will take place in the summer of 2019

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

ISWL callsigns for January
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of January 2019

Increased protection for consumers against call connection or signposting ‘bill-shock’
Ofcom has announced strengthened protection for consumers against information, call connection or signposting services (ICSS)


News for Wednesday 19 December

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

First ship-to-ship radio contact
The maritime radio club Marine Funker Club Austria (MFCA) commemorates the first ship-to-ship radio contact on Dec. 21,1898

CUFF Activation
Watch out for CU2/OH2IO operating from Reserva Florestal de Recreio do Viveiro do Nordeste (CUFF-0140) on Dec. 19 and from Area Protegida Marinha da Costa Este (CUFF-0118) on Dec. 20

Bahamas op
Heli, DD0VR, (along with XYL Bigi, DE3BWR) will be active as C6A/DD0VR from Bahamas between January 21st and February 2nd, 2019

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


News for Tuesday 18 December

K9YA Telegraph – The good news about Amateur Radio celebrates its 16th anniversary
The K9YA Telegraph is a free, monthly, general interest amateur radio magazine read by hams in more than 100 countries

Ham Jam sessions in Seattle
The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club has been holding Ham Jam sessions to help nearly licensed amateurs get started

Technobabble Generator
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

Ofcom fees highlight value of UHF / Microwave spectrum
Ofcom has announced new annual licence fees for mobile operators, £1.093m per MHz at 900 MHz, £0.805m per MHz at 1800 MHz and £0.358m per MHz for 3.4 GHz

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


News for Monday 17 December

ILLW reaches 100 entries for 2019

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 

Refund of unused 3Y0Z DXpedition funds
We are pleased that we can now offer refunds to ALL those that helped support the 2018 Bouvet DXpedition (3Y0Z)

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

Announcing 2019 Dayton Contest University – celebrating 13 years
I am proud to announce that student registration is now open for the 2019 Dayton ConTest University (“CTU”) to be held all day on Thursday May 16, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton, Ohio.This is the day before Hamvention opens in Xenia, Ohio

Change of date for next IRTS Committee Meeting
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of the next IRTS Committee meeting has been changed to 19th January 2019

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th December, through Sunday, 16th December there were 216 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:

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

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

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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