Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 03 Mar 2019


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Content provided by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 04 March 2019, 0125 UTC, Post 887.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period 28 February 2019 through 03 March 2019.

News for Sunday 3 March

QSO Today – Jay Slough – K4ZLE
Jay Slough, K4ZLE, has over 60 years in the amateur radio hobby and still enjoys CW as his primary operating mode

WIA providing free Foundation training books
To encourage newcomers into Amateur Radio the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is now providing the Foundation Training Books to affiliated clubs Free of Charge

Canada: Amateur radio statistics
It is reported that The Canadian Amateur (TCA) magazine published by the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) contains an update on the number of amateurs as at December 2018

Education grants for SSA affiliated clubs
To address the sharp decline in new radio amateurs, Sweden’s national society, the SSA, is to give grants to affiliated clubs that implement a planned and pre-announced training program

Celebrating 100 years of WWV
Welcome to the WWV Centennial Celebration!
We’re glad you’ve joined us to help celebrate the World’s oldest continually broadcasting radio station, WWV, as it turns 100 this year  

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


News for Saturday 2 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio #195
All the power in the world and not enough battery 
The transceiver you use to get on air and make noise needs power to operate.
The traditional voltage for our amateur equipment is 13.8 Volts. Why not 12 Volts you ask.
The short answer is chemistry, but let’s move on, there is lots to cover

DARC to participate in Germany’s largest Maker event
On March 2-3, radio amateurs will promote the hobby at ‘MakeMunich‘, a major trade fair for the Makers and Do-It-Yourself scene in the Bavarian state capital

Essex Ham Foundation Online
With the new syllabus coming into effect in September the Essex Ham free ‘Foundation Online’ course will be taking a break from July

Revised version of amateur radio exam syllabus available
A new version of the 2019 RSGB Syllabus for the three Amateur Radio exams is now available for download

A month without sunspots
The sun has just passed an entire calendar month with no sunspots

70th Anniversary of FM in Europe
Last Thursday marked 70 years since the first FM transmitter went on air in Europe

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the AR-Cluster Network for for the week of Sunday, 17th February, through Sunday, 1st March there were 240 countries active

Propagation de K7RA
At 2256 UTC on February 28 the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a Geomagnetic Disturbance Warning. “The Earth is currently under the influence of strongly elevated solar wind speed associated with a coronal hole. A period of significant southward Bz component could produce an isolated Minor Storm period.”


News for Friday 1 March

Highest-ever SOTA activation
The highest referenced peak in SOTA – Summits on the Air, at the time of writing, is Aconcagua LUM/PH-001, 6962m ASL, in the relatively new Argentina (Mendoza) association

BYLARA’s new Bulletin launch
BYLARA is delighted to produce its first all colour ‘Bulletin’, coming out each month throughout it’s 40th Ruby Anniversary Year and beyond…

2019 State of the Hobby Survey
Dear Friend in Amateur Radio, Dustin N8RMA here – I am once again hosting the State of the Hobby Survey for 2019!  If you haven’t looked at the results from 2018, I highly recommend you head over to my blog and check it out

Clear, honest information before you buy broadband
Broadband shoppers must be told how fast their new service will be, before they sign a contract, under new Ofcom protections from today (1 March)

Earth’s magnetic field is shaking in response to a solar wind stream
A fast-moving stream of solar wind is engulfing Earth today, with speeds near 600 km/s (1.2 million mph)

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 28 February

World Radio Teamsport Championships 2018 film released
Co-ordinated with the Oscars (not the Satellites) in the US, the WRTC 2018 group have released their official film of the championships last year in Wittenberg, Germany

Use of 1850-1900 MHz in Iceland
The Icelandic national society, IRA, reports authorization has been received to use 1850-1900 kHz in international radio amateur competitions during 2019

Group hope to use LTE in ham radio bands
Austria’s national society ÖVSV reports on possible amateur radio use of the mobile communications standard LTE

Tony’s 10m Band Report
This is becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy. I think it will be poor and so conditions are poor. It’s my fault Ten Metres is rubbish at the moment. So there!

DX of the week XX9D (China, Macau Is).
I spent a long weekend there a few years back, wow!. I’ve never been to Vegas but I guess it’s the Chinese equivalent

ISWL callsigns for March
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of March 2019

Neil G0WPO – SOTA Mountain Goat
Neil Griffiths G0WPO, from Rochdale in Lancashire, has attained SOTA (Summits on the Air) Mountain Goat status for reaching 1000 activator points

Digital ATV co-ordination on Es’hail-2
AMSAT-DL has agreed to a proposal by the BATC for the use of the bottom 100 kHz of the wideband transponder (10491 – 10491.1 MHz) for ATV co-ordination purposes

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

Krishnamurthy Nagarajan VU2KNN SK
Telengana Today reports radio amateur Krishnamurthy Nagarajan VU2KNN passed away on Saturday, he was one of the early users of SSB in Hyderabad

Arcep: Welcome to the language of Shakespeare
France’s Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (Arcep) are adopting the language of Shakespeare to communicate with the world beyond their national borders

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section