Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 31 Dec 2018


Accessed on 31 December 2018, 0412 UTC, Post 820.


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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 28 December 2018 to 31 December 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Izzy’s videos
Izzy M6TZI has produced some introductory videos on amateur radio. She has made two so far, one on Waves and one on AM and FM Modulation

Amateur satellites on Ham Talk Live show
The Ham Talk Live show, broadcast December 28, featured AMSAT Vice-President Operations Drew Glasbrenner KO4MA

AMSAT SA Space Symposium – Proposals for papers
Some interesting subjects will be presented at the 2019 AMSAT SA Space Symposium to be held on Saturday 16 March 2019 in Gauteng

United States Special Event
To celebrate the 20th annual Ham Radio University educational conference and 2019 ARRL New York City Long Island Section Convention, look for club station W2HRU to be on-the-air from Sunday, December 30th, through the day of the event, Saturday, January 5th, 2019

Togo DXpedition
Members of EIDX Group will be active as 5V7EI from Main Street, Togo, between March 14-26th, 2019

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 23rd December, through Sunday, 30th December there were 214 countries active

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


News for Sunday 30 December

AMSAT SA 2 m / 70 cm dual band Yagi antenna is now available
AMSAT SA have made available a new dual-band 145/435 MHz Yagi antenna for amateur satellite operation
The Yagi has a unique element called an ‘Open Sleeve’ which is a director very close to the driven element

ISS Fan Club closing down on January 1st 2019
After almost 17 years of service to the amateur radio community, the site will shut down on January 1st 2019

QSO Today – Jonathan Naylor – G4KLX
Jonathan Naylor, G4KLX, pioneered the opening, to amateur radio operators, of D-Star and later other digital repeater modes including DMR and Yaesu system fusion by writing software that could be implemented on Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware for the creation of multi-mode repeater and hotspot controllers

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 30th December 2019 is the final edition for 2018. It’s a special programme to look at what we got up to and what’s ahead of us

Soyuz flight deploys amateur radio satellites
The Soyuz flight on December 27th carrying a pair of Kanopus V remote sensing satellites also deployed two German Orbital Systems D-Star ONE satellites: D-Star ONE – Sparrow and D-Star ONE – iSat

In-Orbit test (IOT) of Es’hail-2 AMSAT P4-A transponders
AMSAT-DL notes that the In-Orbit testing (IOT) of the P4-A ham radio transponders on Es’hail-2 have started

Ham Talk Live podcast featuring KO4MA
If you missed the Ham Talk Live show featuring Amsat’s Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, on December 27 you can play back a recording of this episode

Satellite op from the Azores (HM58)
Pedro, CU2ZG, will spend the long New Year’s weekend in HM58. Pedro will operate holiday style on FM and linears

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


News for Saturday 29 December

AM stations fall silent
Chris Greenway has tweeted about the closure of AM Medium Wave stations in Belgium and the Netherlands on December 31

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 30th December 2019 is the final edition for 2018. It’s a special programme to look at what we got up to and what’s ahead of us

Spotless sun sparks geomagnetic storm
Solar Minimum is in full swing. No sunspots? No problem

January-February 2019 eTCA now avaliable
The Canadian Amateur  (TCA), Canada’s premiere national magazine devoted to Amateur Radio, is published six times per year and is the membership journal of the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots over our reporting week, December 20-26, so compared to the previous seven days average daily sunspot number declined from 3.4 to 0


News for Friday 28 December

Foundations of Amateur Radio #186
QRP EME project update #1 
Over the past year and a half I’ve been working on a secret project. Today I’d like to share what I’ve been up to

Ham Radio Kids Day January 5
The Times News report on amateur radio Kids Day that takes place Saturday January 5

HRN 408: PhasingRadioLineNow
Marty KC1CWF is in the house! We talk Ham Radio, his visit to Los Angeles and plans for 2019!

WIA Board Comment
Although some 3 broadcasts since our last WIA Board Comment, when President Justin VK7TW brought us up to speed on WIA activity a Christmas Message from the board was posted on the main site

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:

Alan (AD6E/KH6TU) is still taking registrations for his January 2019 online cw class.  For more details, go here”

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet / Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 02 February 2018, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field, off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  The event will be open to the public from 0930 HST to 1400 HST.  The venue includes 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

All licensed radio amateurs are invited to volunteer for the Sunday, 17 March 2019, Big Island International Marathon.  According to comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF), the marathon is “a prime opportunity to practice in-the-field radio skills, learn new operating techniques and network with fellow hams and others who help with the marathon.”  For details, contact Sean (KH6SF)–

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.  “See you next year!

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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