Welcome to an “Amateur/Ham Radio News” update from Big Island ARRL News.  Views expressed in this ham radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content provided by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 25 March 2019, 0215 UTC, Post 910.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.  Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period between 22 March 2019 and 24 March 2019.

News for Sunday 24 March

FCC adopts new rules for spectrum above 95 GHz in branded ‘Spectrum Horizons’ initiative
The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage development of new communication technologies and expedite the deployment of new services above 95 GHz. The action was the latest move in the Commission’s “Spectrum Horizons” branded initiative


QSO Today – Neil King – VA7DX
Neil King, VA7DX, shares his ham radio story that began as a kid when is father introduced him to the Morse code


EURAO Party – Spring 2019: Meteor Scatter on 6m
The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ” Meteor Scatter on 6m”


AMSAT activities at Hamvention 2019
Come joins us the day before Hamvention, for AMSAT Academy – a unique opportunity to learn all about amateur radio in space and working the FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit


NASA on the Air
In a surprising and touching turnout, tens of thousands of people around the world turned on their ham (or amateur) radios to participate in several ‘NASA on the Air’ events held over the past year


Bloemendal shortwave station’s final transmission
The South African Radio League report Sentech will close its Bloemendal Shortwave Broadcasting station on 30 March, which means that today’s Amateur Radio Today will be the last programme to be transmitted on the 7 and 17 MHz broadcast bands



News for Saturday 23 March

ESEO satellite commissioning starts
On Monday, December 3, 2018, the 50kg ESA Education Office satellite ESEO was launched by Space-X on the Spaceflight SSO-A SmallSat Express mission 

Image: Artist’s impression of ESEO flying over Europe


Foundations of Amateur Radio #198
The Station Log 
A topic that rarely if ever gets any serious air-time is the humble station log. It’s a process where you track what contacts you’ve made with whom, when and what conditions prevailed at the time.


WIA stops selling books
Australia’s national amateur radio society, WIA, will stop selling books as companies like Amazon offer a superior service. WIA now provide a ‘curated list’ of recommended books


New QRM Guru site from RASA
The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) has announced the availability of the QRM.guru site that aims to help resolve radio interference issues


Maritime Radio Day 2019
As part of the MRD2019 activity, callsigns GB0GKA (operated by Tony, G3ZRJ) and GB0GKB (operated by Larry, G4HLN) will be representing Portishead Radio/GKA, the UK’s long-range maritime radio station which closed in 2000


Big sunspot AR2736 crackling with flares
Sunspot AR2736, which hurled a CME toward Earth yesterday, is growing larger and crackling with C-class solar flares


VK6WIA NewsWest
In NewsWest for Sunday 24th March,  we take a look at contesting, including a wrap of the John Moyle Contest, and we tell you what’s happening around the traps in the coming week, and of course there’s Roy’s Helpline


Propagation de K7RA
Following a month of no sunspots in February, solar activity returned on March 5-12, then disappeared over five days, returning last week on March 18-20



News for Friday 22 March

Commemoration of the 900 years of Knights Templar in Portugal
In order commemorate the 9 centuries’ of the Templars presence in Portugal a diploma will be granted to all the Ham radio stations who made contact with, at least, 4 of the castles on the air, next weekend, on 22nd, 23rd and 24th of March 2019


Two thousandth KNH Round
Members of the Netherlands national amateur radio societies VERON and VRZA will be taking part in the 2,000th KNH Round on 145.225 MHz FM


Canadian artist to use HAARP to transmit SSTV
Concordia transmission artist Amanda Dawn Christie will use the world’s most capable high-power, high-frequency transmitter HAARP in Alaska to send art around the world and into outer space using Slow Scan TV


Special event call EI-100-YXQ marks 100th Anniversary of first voice transmission across the Altantic
On Tuesday the 19th of March 2019, the Marconi ‘100 Years Celebrations’ in Ballybunion marked the 100th anniversary of the first voice radio transmission across the Atlantic


New HackSpace magazine available for download
Issue 17 of the free magazine HackSpace features Long-range radio communications made easy with LoRa


Geomagnetic storm warning for March 23
NOAA forecasters say that moderate G2-class geomagnetic storms are possible on March 23 when a coronal mass ejection (CME) is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field


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

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Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section