Southgate Amateur Radio News


Welcome to the weekend Amateur/Ham Radio News update from “Big Island ARRL News”.

Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by, 10 February 2019.

Accessed on 11 February 2019, 0520 UTC, Post 866.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period 08 February 2019 to 10 February 2019.  Following the post, I’ll have a few announcements of general interest to Hawaii Island radio amateurs.

News for Sunday 10 February

Es’hail-2 / QO-100 Teleport Inauguration Day – February 14
Following the successful launch of Es’hail-2, the new Es’hailSat teleport will be inaugurated on February 14, 2019

Philippines ham radio Class D seminar
In 2018 ‘Gadget Addict‘ was invited by the Philippine Amateur Radio Association to make a video of their one-day seminar to get the 50 watt 144 MHz Class D amateur radio license

Cricket World Cup Amateur Radio Marathon
The RSGB is organising an International Amateur Radio Marathon on the HF bands to celebrate the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup which is being held in England and Wales between 30 May and 14 July 2019

QSO Today – Richard Dillman – W6AWO
Richard Dillman, W6AWO, is the founding member of the Maritime Radio Historical Society, where they preserve the skills, traditions, and folklore of maritime telegraph operators, from the California Bay Area coastal station, KSM

The “Summer of Love” brought Richard to California, in the Sixties, to pursue broadcast engineering and a 30 year career with Greenpeace

New IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available
IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Russian coastal radar “Sunflower” located East of Vladivostok is audible at night on 3716 kHz (center)

Toledo man reflects on 50 years in radio business
The Toledo Blade interviews radio amateur Jerry O’Reilly W8JOR. What other people might call a museum, Jerry O’Reilly calls a hobby. Mr. O’Reilly has been fixing, building, and collecting radios for nearly his entire life

Uganda DXpedition – callsign update
The Italian Dxpedition Team (IDT) will be using the following callsigns for their DXpedition to Uganda between March 13-25th: 5X3C (not 5X0T) for CW,SSB and RTTY, 5X3E (not 5X0X) for FT8

A trans-Neptunian comet is approaching Earth
In only a few days, newly-discovered Comet Iwamoto will split the orbits of Earth and Mars, making a relatively close approach to our planet visible through small telescopes

AMSAT VP leads Villanova University CubeSat Club
Villanova University’s College of Engineering has formed a new student organization this year — the CubeSat Club

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


News for Saturday 9 February

WIA hands-over exams to UTAS/AMC
Australia’s WIA News report the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) have congratulated the University of Tasmania and Australian Maritime College (AMC) in being selected by the ACMA as the preferred provider for the delivery of amateur radio examination, callsign management and associated services

ARRL Board gives the go-ahead to Lifelong Learning Initiative
ARRL is undertaking a new initiative to provide online educational opportunities to a broad range of radio amateurs

NKOM now issuing PDF license documents
Norway’s communications regulator NKOM now issues PDF’s to radio amateurs instead of the old license letter and plastic license card

VERON reports 2018 membership number
The Netherlands amateur radio society VERON reports the number of members fell by 0.8% (52) in 2018

QSL cards from the former Portuguese possessions in Africa and Asia
This page aims to be the most complete repository of QSL cards from stations of the former Portuguese possessions in Africa and Asia

Ofcom guidance on operating in other countries
Ofcom have released a revised version of their guidance document ‘Advice to UK radio amateurs operating in other countries’

VK6WIA NewsWest
This week’s theme is history. We have items on an early radio club in the Perth Hills, a search for German aviators and a story on ‘number stations’

Propagation de K7RA
Solar wind pushed geomagnetic indicators higher last week (on February 1-2), and average planetary A index rose from 7 (for the seven days ending January 30) to 11.6 on January 31 through February 6


News for Friday 8 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio #192
How effective is your station?
We tend to spend most of our energy looking at antennas and power to evaluate how well our station works. Based on a better antenna or more power, you’re likely to make more contacts is the general gist of the process

New IOTA on Ice DXpedition
We are proud to announce that a new IOTA island will be activated for the first time by a small international team during this very cold winter with local temperatures on the island dropping to around -20C

HamRadioNow Elmercast 1: From the Ground Up!
Ward Silver N0AX joins Jim Aspinwall NO1PC and David Goldenberg W0DHG for the first of the ElmerCast Series to talk about Grounding!

US Navy provides ham radio training
Can learning amateur radio make for better engineers and software developers?

BFI Archive: Radio Servicing
This film offers a fascinating glimpse back to a time when radios and other electrical items were repaired, rather than just replaced

AOxWRD: World Radio Day 2019
This year, the theme of the Day, February 13, is: ‘Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace’

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;

Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) has begun another series of free Technician License classes on Hawaii Island.  The Hilo class began on 08 February 2019 at Hilo’s Aupuni Conference Center.  The next class is set for 14 March 2019, 1830 HST, at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona.  For details, please contact Doug via email at

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is taking registrations 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.  Technician class hams can participate and practice their skills on their 80, 40, 15, and 10 M CW allocations.”  For details, visit this site:

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.  According to comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF), the race 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, call Sean at 430-1884 or send an email to

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

%d bloggers like this: