Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 17 Feb 2019


Welcome to an 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 the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 17 February 2019, 1555 UTC, Post 872.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period of 14 February 2019 to 17 February 2019.

News for Sunday 17 February

QSO Today – Kristen McIntyre – K6WX

Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, is the president of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Club, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, and an ARRL Pacific Division Vice DirectorTrained as an MIT electronic engineer, she was an entrepreneur for many years in Japan.

Kristen is a much sought after speaker at amateur radio conventions and forums.

Antenna design, digital modes, and just getting on the air is key to Kristen’s amateur radio success.

K6WX, is my QSO Today

AmateurLogic 127: Winter Projects
Emile and the Ozone ARC participate in Winter Field Day. Winter is the perfect time to catch up on projects. Tommy shows how to update the firmware of a DVMega. After six years, George revisits Echolink on the Raspberry Pi. SVXlink part-1. Plus your viewer email

ZS4A first to receive signals from Qatar OSCAR-100
SARL reports Rickus de Lange, ZS4A in Bethlehem was the first station in South Africa to report having monitored QSOs on Qatar OSCAR 100

New Exam/Callsign provider for Australia’s radio hams
The University of Tasmania (UTAS) and Australian Maritime College (AMC) are to take over from the WIA as preferred provider for delivery of Amateur Radio examination, call sign management, and associated services

Digital mode OPERA used on Es’hail-2
Luis EA5DOM and Iban EB3FRN have successfully completed the first contact using OPERA via the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

VK6WIA NewsWest
This week’s theme is new amateurs. Dan has an intriguing segment on how to improve your audio that should be of interest all new to the hobby or old timers and Bob and I bring you items relating to new hams as well

QO-100 released by QARS
Following the successful launch of Es’hail-2, the new Es’hailSat teleport was inaugurated on February 14, 2019. The QO-100 NB Transponder was opened for experimental use on February 12. The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) invited radio amateurs worldwide to make good use of the NB transponder and make contacts with each other

NZ QRPers Group
Membership of this New Zealand-based group is free, just send your Callsign, first name, QTH, and to receive Newsletters and other QRP information

AMSAT / ARISS Fundraising Campaign
AMSAT and ARISS are currently supporting a FundRazr campaign to raise $150,000 for critical radio infrastructure upgrades on the ISS. The upgrades are necessary to enable students to continue to talk to astronauts in space via Amateur Radio


News for Saturday 16 February

WIA Board comment
Since the announcement that UTAS/AMC are the preferred providers, the WIA has begun the process of transitioning-out. This process has been documented by the WIA and ACMA and involves the transfer of Commonwealth Intellectual Property back to the ACMA as per then previous Deed and Transition-Out Plan

Live video from Wyong
With just a week to go – we have something NEW happening at the Wyong Field Day!

Propagation de K7RA
Another week passed with no sunspots, and as of February 14 it has been over two weeks since any sunspots were observed, the last on January 30. February 7 through 13 saw average daily solar flux decline from 71.1 to 70.4, compared to the previous seven days

The RSGB Commonwealth Contest 2019
The RSGB’s Commonwealth Contest is one of the oldest radio contests in existence, having been first run back in 1931 when it was known as “British Empire Radio Week” and lasted for six days!

Macao DXpedition news
The XX9D team is once again active from Grand Coloane Resort, Macao (AS-075), until February 26th

The Gambia op
Don, G3XTT, will be in The Gambia from March 5-12th. He will mainly operate in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest over the weekend of March 9-10th

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 8th February, through Friday, 15th February there were 211 countries active

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


News for Friday 15 February

Space Station Slow Scan TV Event Feb 15-17
ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events from the International Space Station on February 15-17

Foundations of Amateur Radio #193
Modern Tools for a Modern Hobby 
The hobby we call amateur radio is enormous. One amateur called it a thousand hobbies in one and that just about sums it up for me. Being bored inside this hobby is not an option, because there is just so much to do and see

Radio Ham lone yachtswoman
At 16:33 GMT on 14th February 2019, radio ham Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS reached another milestone that no other seventy-year olds have. The 76-year old passed the longitude of Cape Agulhas 20°00´E, in her yacht SV Nereida. She never saw the most southern tip of Africa, 330 miles to the North, as she ploughed on towards Australia and New Zealand

SSO-A Solar Sails deployed – may be visible to naked eye
The solar sails on the SSO-A mission ‘Free Flyer’ deployers, launched December 3, 2018 with many amateur radio satellites, are believed to have deployed and may now be quite bright to the naked eye

Essex Skills Night Monday
Skills Night takes place at 7pm on Monday, February 18 in Danbury Village Hall, Essex, this free event is open to all. Hosted by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Training Team, Skills Nights are Inter-Club events attended by amateurs and SWL’s from across Essex and beyond

Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB – SK
Former Colorado Section Manager Tim Armagost, WB0TUB, of Colorado, died on February 4 after a lengthy illness. An ARRL Life Member, he was 75

Big activity on the sun
Sunspot numbers remain very low as Solar Minimum continues. Nevertheless, there is some big activity on the sun today. Really big

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


News for Thursday 14 February

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Yet another dull week with little to shout about.

On Monday, an historic winter storm pounded Hawaii with hurricane force winds, massive waves, and snow in some unusual places

At the 10,023-foot summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, many world-class telescopes were frozen solid

FCC invites comments on Amateur Radio-related Petition for Rule Making
The FCC has invited public comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11826) from an Ohio radio amateur seeking to amend the Part 97 station identification rules to better accommodate and simplify station identification during an emergency net, drill, or activation

‘Hello CQ, Hello CQ it’s International Radio Day’
Pete Wood M7PNW writes in Design Spark about his journey from kid with a Walkie Talkie to Dad with a new hobby

VOA White House Bureau Chief to speak on ‘Covering the White House and the World’ at VOA Museum March 6
Steve Herman is a native Cincinnatian and attended elementary school here, but he’s traveled the world throughout his journalism career

Now the White House Bureau Chief for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C., Herman will speak on “Covering the White House and the World” on Weds, March 6

Radio hams to distribute radios
Radio amateurs in West Bengal planned to distribute radio sets free of charge on World Radio Day, February 13

Radio hams transfer Crypto Currency on 40m band
CryptoVibes reports amateur radio was used to send Bitcoin from Toronto to Michigan on 7.077 MHz using the digital mode JS8Call

The Space Weather Woman
The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov


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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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