Hawaii Island Amateur Radio News, 10-11 Mar 2019


Welcome to the “Hawaii Island Amateur 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 March 2019 “BIARC Newsletter” and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 11 March 2019, 0155 UTC, Post 893.

Sources:  March 2019 “BIARC Newsletter” and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club (

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) needs licensed Hawaii Island radio amateurs to provide communications support for the 17 March 2019 Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii.  According to comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF), the race is “a prime opportunity to practice in-the-field-radio skills, learn news operating techniques and network with fellow hams and others who help with the marathon…”  For details, contact Sean at 430-1884 or via email —

Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) is offering a series of free Technician License classes on Hawaii Island,  The next class begins on 14 March 2019 at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona, Hawaii.  The six-week classes include five training sessions, with licensing exams given on the final week.  For more information, please contact Doug at

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is taking registrations for his April 2019 Online CW course.  According to Alan, “This 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 hams can participate and practice their skills on their 80, 40, 15, and 10M CW allocations.”  For details, visit

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News:


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This report covers the period 08 March 2019 through 10 March 2019.

News for Sunday 10 March

QSO Today – George Allison, K1IG
Sputnik and an uncle inspired George Allison, K1IG, to become a radio amateur

MIT ham radio videos
MIT’s Amateur Radio Society W1MX has released videos of their recent radio technology lectures that include presentations by Dr. Mary Knapp KB1WUAKristina Collins KD8OXT and Dr. Anthea Coster

New IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available
IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Russian OTH Radar “Contayner” caused severe problems on 14 MHz. Sometimes three signals were active at the same time, each with 14 kHz bandwidth and splatter

Wednesday 80 metre Club Sprint
This is a CW and Phone sprint and the scores of individual operators are added together to get the Club score – the Club station may not participate

CME glancing impacts possible on March 11th
Yesterday, tiny sunspot AR2734 surprised forecasters with a long-duration solar flare

March GEO Newsletter available for download
The March PDF of the weather satellite publication GEO Newsletter produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

Help support a ham
Mike, V51MA, has been a very active ham in Namibia and he has been through a lot of difficulty. We should help to get him back on the air soon

Reunion Island
Croatian operators from the Radio Club Marjan (9A1CBM) and Radioclub Kastilac (9A1CIG) will use the special callsign, TO19A, between April 27th and May 8th

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

How to support AMSAT
AMSAT relies on the support of our members and the amateur radio community to Keep Amateur Radio in Space


News for Saturday 9 March

Wormwood Scrubs 434 MHz balloon launch today
Medad Rufus reports two balloons with 434 MHz transmitters built by Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (ICSEDS) will launch from Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday, March 9

UK radio ham to give Deep Space talk in Belgium
Belgium’s national society the UBA reports UK radio amateur Paul Marsh M0EYT will be giving a talk to the ON Microwave Group in Zillebeke

IARU attends ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting
IARU delegates from around the world attended the ITU Conference Preparatory meeting for WRC 2019, which took place in February 2019

Radio hams activate following California flooding
ARRL report Amateur Radio volunteers with the Sonoma County, California, Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) rallied to assist in February after heavy rain led to flooding in the region

NASA coverage for next Space Station crew launch and docking
Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, March 14. The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 10th  March 2019, History of Amateur Radio edition. NewsWest is the VK6 news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs

Propagation de K7RA
After no sunspots over the entire month of February, sunspot group 2734 appeared on March 5. So far the new sunspot numbers are 14, 17, and 14 on March 5-7. I believe this was the longest consecutive period (33 days) with no sunspots on this declining side of Cycle 24


News for Friday 8 March

WIA position on outcomes of the Approach to Market for Examination Services
In a letter from the President of the WIA on behalf of the WIA board a detailed look at the pricing of the new examinations is analysed

Foundations of Amateur Radio #196
Creativity comes with practice 
I grew up with Lego, plastic blocks that you can put together in infinite variety. My oldest Lego kit hails from 1964, kit 324: House with Garage and it’s still in pretty good nick today. It’s missing the tree and the car and the garage door is broken and a few blocks have vanished, but putting it together the other day reminded me of the art of building

Space meeting streaming via ham radio geostationary transponder
The 2nd Amateur Radio Space meeting at Nanterre, Paris, March 9-10, will be streamed live via the Digital Amateur TV transponder on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

Radio amateurs to launch balloon at Young Researchers Congress
On March 21, an APRS balloon transmitting on 433.000 MHz, callsign DL9II-11, will launch from the Youth Hostel Münster on the occasion of the 20th Young Researchers Congress

St. Patrick’s Day Special Event
Members of the West Tyrone Amateur Radio Club which is based in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, will activate the special event station, GB1SPD, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the weekend of March 16th and 17th

The station will be operational from approximately 0930-1800 hrs Saturday and from 1000-1600 hrs on Sunday.

Change of address Canadian Incoming QSL Bureau
Effective May 1st, 2019 the address for the RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau for Canada will change

WFF Israeli DXpedition to Ghana
Members of the Accra Amateur Radio Club from Israel, will be active as 9G2DX between March 9-20th

Somalian op
Ali, EP3CQ, who works for United Nations in African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), in Mogadishu, is once again active as 6O1OO between now and March 24th

Joint action plan on nuisance calls
Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office have today published an update on our joint action plan to tackle nuisance calls and text messages

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


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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