Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 05 Feb 2019


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Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period between 03 February 2019 to 05 February 2019.

News for Tuesday 5 February

Announcing ARISS / NOTA Slow Scan TV Event – revised operating time
ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin at Friday, Feb. 8 at 14:00 UTC (and not 18:35 UTC as previously stated), and will run through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 18:30 UTC

Dutch Novice: Working group discusses draft report
The Netherlands amateur radio societies VRZA and VERON have issued an update on the N-Recalibration Working Group’s progress in revising the Novice amateur radio license

1979-1982 Transglobe expedition – Syncal30 TRA921 wanted for London exhibition
In Early September The 1979-1982 Transglobe expedition, the only world’s first continuous circumpolar navigation via surface transport via both Poles will celebrate 40 years since the start of the expedition

Electronics Notes opens a Ham Radio store
Electronics Notes has opened a ham radio store. This offers some really excellent bargains which do not appear with many other amateur radio stores

Niagara Peninsula Radio Club ready for local emergencies
The Standard newspaper says ham radio operators aren’t huddled in basements

PMSE funding scheme now open for applications
Owners of wireless programme making and special events (PMSE) equipment can now register for funding to help cover the costs of replacing their equipment, due to the 700 MHz clearance programme

The February 2019 Communicator
The February 2019 Communicator is now available, and includes an in-depth look at digital mode FT8, plus Amateur Radio News from the SW corner of Canada and elsewhere

Revisions to Digital Radio Technical Codes
Ofcom has today published a consultation proposing changes to the technical rules that digital radio (DAB) broadcasters need to follow

EURAO Newsletter February 2019
The EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website

AMSAT announces 50th Anniversary Space Symposium in Washington, DC
The 2019 AMSAT 50th Anniversary Symposium will be held at The Hilton Arlington in Arlington, VA, in the Washington, DC Metro Area on October 18, 19. and 20, 2019


News for Monday 4 February

Ham College 49
General Amateur Radio Exam part 20. More on modulation. Coaxial cable loss explored

Two milestones in Distance Learning
The Bath-Based Advanced Distance Learning Team (BBADL) have announced that their 700th student has passed the Advanced amateur radio exam. They have also just passed the £15,000 mark for donations to radio charities

Chelmsford Talk: Data Modes for all Occasions
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Dave Cutts M0TAZ will talk to the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society about the wide variety of Data modes now available. The meeting is Open To All

Review of the CommRadio CTX-10 QRP transceiver
In the past two years few QRP transceivers have generated the interest of the CommRadio CTX-10

The CTX-10 transceiver is based on the excellent and well-regarded CommRadio CR-1/CR-1A receiver

ICQPodcast – Peanut the D-Star App
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Peanut the Dstar App

Consultation on Amateur Satellite Service – Your input needed
An open consultation aims to discover what services radio amateurs would like to be provided on CubeSats

Ham radio course cancelled due to lack of interest
Iceland’s amateur radio society, the IRA, reports only four people registered to take the Amateur Radio course and exam planned to run from February to May

Cuban special event
Members of the Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) in Las Tunas Province and the Grupo DX de Cuba (GDXC) will be active with the callsign T40SC between February 4-10th

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th January, through Sunday, 3rd February there were 216 countries active

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


News for Sunday 3 February

Announcing ARISS / NOTA Slow Scan TV Event
ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 8 at 18:25 UTC and run through Sunday, Feb. 10 at 18:30 UTC

QSO Today – Dan Gravereaux – N1ZZ
Dan Gravereaux, N1ZZ, began his ham radio story as a kid leading to a career in electronics, a stint at the CBS Labs working on quadraphonic sound, and later founding West Mountain Radio creators of the Rigblaster interfaces for HF digital modes

European Astro Pi Challenge 2018/19: Mission Zero
Mission Zero offers students and young people the chance to have their computer programs run in space on the ISS!

ARISS contact planned for students in Luzern, Switzerland
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for David St-Jacques KG5FYI with Kantonsschule Musegg, Luzern, Switzerland

SA amateur radio license fee increase
South Africa’s regulator ICASA has informed the SARL that the amateur radio licence fee will be increased by 4.7% on 1 April 2019

Don’t miss this Saturday’s VHF and Above workshop
One of the many facets of Amateur Radio is exploring the spectrum above 30 MHz. It is much more than just talking on a repeater. This frequency region has so many opportunities for exploration

Es’hail-2/P4A designated Qatar-OSCAR 100 (QO-100)
On November 15, 2018, Es’hail-2/P4A was launched on a Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida

Panama special event
Look for special event callsign H31A to be active until August 15th. Activity is to commemorate 500th anniversary of the foundation of Panama City, PANAMA

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

2019 Visalia Top Band Dinner
Announcing the Top Band Dinner at the 2019 Visalia International DX Convention

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is now taking reservations for his April 2019 online CW class.  According to Alan, the class “is  an on-line video chat meeting twice a week for eight weeks for an hour each.  Since this is an internet based virtual classroom, no commute is needed. You can do this from home…”  For more information, please visit this site:


Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) will begin another series of free Technician License classes on Hawaii Island.  The six-week classes include five training sessions, with licensing exams given on the final week.  The first class meets this Friday, 08 February 2019, 1830 HST, at Hilo’s Aupuni Conference Room.  Classes in other Hawaii Island areas will be announced in succeeding articles in this blog.  For details, contact Doug via email–

The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) needs licensed Hawaii Island radio amateurs to provide communications support for the Sunday, 17 March 2019, Big Island International Marathon.  If you can help, please call Sean Fendt (KH6SF) at 430-1884 or contact him via email–

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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