Amateur/Ham Radio News, 24-25 Feb 2019


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

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club, The Big Island Amateur Radio Club, and the ARRL Members Only Web site.

Accessed on 25 February 2019, 0355 UTC, Post 878.

Before we look at international Amateur/Ham Radio news, here are some news articles for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

Online CW course begins in April 2019.

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is taking registrations for his April 2019 online CW class.  The current class runs until the end of February 2019.  According to Alan, the class “is an on-line video chat meeting twice a week for eight weeks for an hour each.  Exact days and time could change depending on student availability.  Since this is an internet based virtual classroom, no commute is needed.  You can do this from home.  Technician class hamss can participate and practice their skills on their 80, 40, 15, and 10M CW allocations.”  For more information visit this site:

Free Tech License courses on Hawaii Island.

Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) is offering a new series of free Technician License courses on Hawaii Island.  The current class is underway at Hilo’s Aupuni Center.  The next class is set for 14 March 2019 at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona. According to Doug, “The six-week classes include five training sessions, with licensing exams given on the final week.”  For details, contact Doug at

Radio operators needed for Big Island International Marathon in March.

The Puna Emergency Radio Club needs licensed Hawaii island radio amateurs to provide communications support for the 17 March 2019 Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii.  Comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF) says the event 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 more information, contact Sean at 430-1884 or via email at

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News.

Accessed on 25 February 2019, 0359 UTC, Post 878.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club and its correspondents.  This post coves the period of 21 February 2019 through 24 February 2019.

News for Sunday 24 February

Qatar OSCAR-100 web receiver now live
The BATC and AMSAT-UK 10 GHz Narrowband WebSDR and Wideband Spectrum Viewer for the amateur radio transponders on the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite are now available online

Radio ham who revolutionized the video game industry
IGN Entertainment have published an article about the African-American radio amateur Jerry Lawson WA6LVN who revolutionized the video game industry

Tate Gallery features Ham Radio as art
The impressive artwork ‘Ten Minute Transmission‘, featuring the amateur radio Kenwood TS-2000 transceiver and the International Space Station, is once again on display at the Tate Gallery in London

QSO Today – Andre Hansen, K6AH
Andre Hansen, K6AH, and his team of open source developers have taken amateur radio mesh networking to a new level with AREDN, that allows commercial low cost WIFI routers and access points to be used to build out local and regional broadband networks in the amateur bands above 2 GHz

Andre and I discuss this technology and its possibilities for the amateur radio community in this QSO Today

Ham radio club offers fun hobby, emergency capabilities
The Fort Polk Guardian asks What do you know about radio airwaves?
If you’re like most people, it’s probably not a lot

National Inwards QSL Bureau Volunteers sought (or is that SORT)
The WIA National Inwards Bureau, located at the WIA offices in Bayswater, is seeking expressions of interest from WIA members who would be willing to assist in the sorting and distribution of incoming QSL cards received at the Bureau

50th Anniversary AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award (Limited Edition) starts March 3rd
Get those uplinks ready! Much like the regular AMSAT OSCAR Satellite Communications Achievement Award, the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is unique in that the award certificates will be printed on one of the original goldenrod paper stock certificates and signed by AMSAT’s founding President, Perry Klein, K3JTE (now W3PK)


News for Saturday 23 February

Enter the InnovAntennas XR7 & XR7C
After the success of the XR6, InnovAntennas announce today the release of the new XR7 models

Foundations of Amateur Radio #194
More WSPR adventures – Previously I’ve spoken about the joy of making something out of not much. On that theme I’ve covered WSPR, the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, a mechanism to use a modest station to report signals received, which is something any suitably interested person can participate in, no license required

WIA Board Comment WRC-19
In WIA News, Board Director Marcus Berg VK5WTF discusses preparation for the World Radio Conference WRC-19 which takes place in October and November

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, first recipient of educational award
ARRL congratulates Amateur Radio educator Carole Perry, WB2MGP, for being the first recipient of the newly established Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award, presented on February 9 by Orlando HamCation

Eire mobile phone coverage map
ComReg has released an online outdoor mobile phone coverage map allowing consumers to check mobile phone coverage and signal levels at locations throughout Eire

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest is the Amateur Radio news that’s all about Amateur Radio, and it’s always about Amateur Radio in or of interest to Western Australia

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots are visible since January 30. The lack of sunspot activity has persisted for over 3 weeks, as of February 21


News for Friday 22 February

Golden Globe Race: Penalty given for ham radio use
My Sailing reports a sailor in the Golden Globe around the world race has been given a penalty after using amateur radio to ask for weather routing information

World JOTA-JOTI 2018 Report published
With a goal of increasing JOTA-JOTI participation to three million, what were the numbers for 2018?  But as importantly, how were Scouts engaged in the largest annual Scouting event in the world?

Update on the Conference Preparatory Meeting for WRC-19
Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is once again in Geneva, Switzerland attending the latest Preparatory Meetings for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19)

Winter Section Manager election results announced
Four new ARRL Section Managers have been declared elected in the just-concluded winter election cycle, and one incumbent Section Manager was re-elected to a new term

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

Atmospheric radiation update: Cosmic rays continue to increase
New data released by the Earth to Sky Calculus/Spaceweather.comhigh-altitude ballooning program show that atmospheric cosmic rays are intensifying for the 4th year in a row–an ironic side-effect of the decaying solar cycle

AO3MWC: Mobile World Congress 2019
21 February – 3 March this special event station will be on air thanks to Ràdio Club Barcelona, EA3RKB, echoing this first class international event hosted by the mobile world capital

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 21 February

Tony’s 10 Metre Band Report
A pretty poor week except for the weekend as there was a contest.
Even so Ten was not exactly swamped with contesters.
Best DX was V84SAA (Brunei) , ZV8FC (Brazil Lighthouse) and ZW7O (Another Brazil Lighthouse)

Receiving the Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite
George Smart M1GEO has published an article about his experiences in receiving the amateur radio transponders on the Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite

ARRL adds JO-97, FO-99, QO-100 to LoTW configuration file
The ARRL has released version 11.7 of the Logbook of the Worldconfiguration file adding the ability to confirm QSOs made through JO-97, FO-99, and QO-100 via LoTW

NASA to provide coverage of SpaceX commercial crew flight test
NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the SpaceX Demo-1 flight test to the International Space Station for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. aerospace industry to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil for the first time since 2011

Digital Communications Conference – call for papers
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), to be held September 20-22 at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport Hotel

West Rand Amateur Radio Club flea market
The West Rand Amateur Radio Club is hosting its next flea market on Saturday 23 February 2019 at their clubhouse in Kroton Street, Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort

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

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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