Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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

Accessed on 17 March 2019, 0515 UTC, Post 900.



This report covers the period of 14 March 2019 through 16 March 2019.

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News for Saturday 16 March

ARRL supports no change to Table of Allocations for 45.5 – 47 and 47 – 47.2 GHz bands
The FCC has opened a brief window for public comment on recommendations approved by the World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC). Comments are due March 18 on International Bureau Docket 16-185

Photo tour of the 2019 Charlotte Hamfest
Last weekend, we attended the 2019 Charlotte (North Carolina) Hamfest. This regional hamfest was well-attended and flea market vendors had a wide variety of radio items for sale

FCC moves to open 95 GHz to 3 THz
The FCC is creating a new category of experimental licenses for use of frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz

St. Patrick’s Day Special Events
Ireland’s South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will be active in the St Patrick’s Day Award which takes place 12 noon on the 16th March to 12 noon on the 18th March UTC Click here

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   Click here

23-24 March Activity Days – 5th Anniversary of RDRC
We invite you to the Birthday of RDRC – activity days Made in Russia 2019. Our club was founded on March 21, 2014

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 17th  March 2019, New Hams edition NewsWest is the news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs

Ofcom confirms approach to recovering costs for satellite filing work
Ofcom has just published a statement on recovering the costs for its satellite filing work from industry

Amateur radio in UK Spectrum Policy Forum report
The UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) have released the report Valuing the impact of radio spectrum use on the UK economy which features amateur radio

Commenting electronically on FCC proceedings
Those interested in posting brief comments on Petitions for Rulemaking (PRMs) to the FCC, such as the ARRL Technician Enhancement proposal (RM-11828) using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) should access FCC Electronic Comment Filing System Express

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots reemerged for 8 days on March 5-12. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 4.4 in last week’s bulletin to 9.9 this week (March 7-13). Average daily solar flux barely changed, from 70.6 to 70.9. Average planetary A index declined from 12.6 to 5.1, and average middle latitude A index from 9.7 to 3.9


News for Friday 15 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio #197
What’s in a Chirp?
On Thursday the 3rd of July 2008 at 6 minutes to 7 at night a developer called Dan KK7DS started to scratch an itch and published the results. The next morning before breakfast Dan added more. Since then about a hundred people from around the globe have contributed to that project

FCC requesting comments on two ham radio license proposals
The ARRL reports the FCC has invited public comments on two separate proposals on amateur radio licensing

Pay your amateur radio licence fee to ICASA
The amateur radio licence renewal process in South Africa is on the go and you can select one of five options

GNU licensed KLog Logbook software v.0.9.7 released
Jaime, EA4TV, released KLog v.0.9.7, a multiplatform free hamradio logging program which is able to run in Linux, Windows and macOS

AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary
2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space

Keyless chaos in Joondalup as drivers mysteriously locked out of cars
9 News in Perth say more than 100 have been stuck in recent days, all within 150 metres of the Lakeside shopping centre

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 March

Tony’s 10m Band Report
HD8M (Galapagos Is) was of course popular with quite a lot of activity from LU, PY and EA8/9

LilacSat-1 (LO-90) Commemorative Competition
The amateur radio satellite LilacSat-1 is expected to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn-up later this month

Intermediate Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs on Kindle
The Syllabus 2019 edition of the RSGB Intermediate Licence Manual for Radio Amateurs is now available in the Amazon Kindle electronic format

National VOA Museum of Broadcasting Director to speak on History of VOA-Bethany Station
Event is second in the “The Voice of Truth in America” series with MidPointe Library System 
If you’ve ever wondered why the VOA-Bethany Station needed a secured, square mile of land surrounding its 1944 art deco building in West Chester, Jack Dominic has the answers

Radio hams help isolated settler
IARU Region 2 reports on a short story with a happy ending

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

Request to change Radio Faza’s ‘key commitments’
Ofcom is today consulting on a request submitted by Radio Fiza, broadcasting as ‘Radio Faza’ to communities in Nottingham, to change its ‘key commitments’

Tongan op
Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tonga. This time he will activate Tongatapu Island (OC-049) between March 16-27th

EIDX Group in Togo
Members of EIDX Group will be active as 5V7EI from Main Street, Togo, between March 14-26th

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) is offering a series of free Technician License classes throughout 2019. The current class began 14 March 2019 at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona, Hawaii.  The next class is set for 23 May 2019 in Waimea at a location to be announced later.  The six-week classes include five training sessions, with licensing exams given on the final week.  The classes are free, with the normal $15 testing fee to ARRL volunteer examiners representing the FCC. Current licensees who want to upgrade to General or Extra Class Licenses can also test at the end of each Technician License class.  For more information, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

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 times could change depending on student availability…Technician class hams can participate and practice their skills on their 80, 40 15, and 10M CW allocations.  For more information, please visit this website:


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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section