Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club 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 UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 31 March 2019, 2335 UTC, Post 917.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period of 29 March 2019 through 31 March 2019.

News for Sunday 31 March

BIPT repeals ham radio power reduction
Belgium’s amateur radio society, the UBA, informed the Regulator BIPT of their objections to the Decision of BIPT Council that cut Basic license (ON3) power from 50w to 10w and withdrew the 18 and 50 MHz bands

QSO Today – Bob Sumption, W9RAS
Bob Sumption, W9RAS, was raised on Popular Electronics and Popular Mechanics magazines, learned how to fix anything from his father, and became a ham radio operator in the 1950s

Bouvet Island DXpedition news
OPDX report: SAD NEWS. Excerpts from a very long press release dated March 26th, the 3Y0I team was just 70 nautical miles off Bouvet Island when the ship was hit by a series of 11+ meters (36+ ft) tall waves + wind exceeding 83 knots/h (approx. 160 km/h)

Ham radio APRS payload to launch April 1
An APRS payload from AMSAT INDIA will be flown on the PSLV-C45 mission expected to launch on April 1, 2019 at 03:57 GMT

Ham radio in the Arctic
Nunatsiaq News features an article by Beth Brown about Amateur Radio in the High Arctic and specifically the Eureka Amateur Radio Club, VY0ERC

SARL 80m QSO Party
The first leg of the SARL 80 m QSO Party will take place from 17:00 to 20:00 UTC on Thursday 4 April 2019 with phone activity between 3 603 to 3 650 and 3 700 to 3 800 kHz. Please note that the segment 3 651 to 3 699.99 kHz is contest free


News for Saturday 30 March

IC-9700 VHF/UHF SDR transceiver, now available from your local authorised Icom amateur radio dealer
Icom UK
 are pleased to announced that they are now shipping limited quantities of the IC-9700 VHF/UHF Base Station Amateur SDR Transceiver to its network of Amateur radio dealers

Radio ham receives Viking Sky communications
Norwegian and Swedish broadcasters report a radio amateur managed to capture the communication between the distressed cruise ship Viking Sky and the coast guard

Ham radio issue of MagPi magazine promoted overseas
The German and Spanish national amateur radio societies have promoted to their members the new issue of the UK’s Raspberry Pi magazine MagPi which features articles on amateur radio

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest is the news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs

Propagation de K7RA
During our reporting week (March 21-27) solar activity increased while geomagnetic indicators were lower, compared to the previous seven days. This is a nice combination for the first week of spring

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 22nd March, through Friday, 29th March there were 231 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin


News for Friday 29 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio #199
Overcoming Microphone Anxiety
If the thought of keying up a microphone has you break out in a cold sweat, or the notion of making a mistake sends you into fits of anxiety, the idea of performance in public makes your heart pound, this is for you

Raspberry Pi magazine MagPi features Ham Radio
The Raspberry Pi magazine MagPi issue 80 is an Amateur Radio Special that features articles by Dave Honess M6DNT and Rob Zwetsloot. The PDF is available Free

ARISS contact planned for students in Northern Canada
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for David St-Jacques KG5FYIwith Ulluriaq Secondary in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Canada

The Space Weather Woman
The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

NASA TV to broadcast launch, docking of space station cargo ship
A Russian Progress cargo ship is scheduled to launch on a three-hour flight to the International Space Station Thursday, April 4. Live coverage of the spacecraft’s launch and arrival will begin at 6:45 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website

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


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

Registration is now being taken for the new ARRL Hawaii EC-001 Course.  According to ARRL Pacific Section Manager Josephe Speroni (AH0A), “The new EC-001 course addresses Hawaii’s situation as an island state.  Students will be assigned mentors in Hawaii who are knowledgeable in relationships with our local served agencies.  Course mentors will be assigned in the same county as the student whenever possible.”

“The syllabus is available at

“The first class scheduled for Hawaii will begin in June. Then, the program will be rolled out throughout the Pacific Section as quickly as additional local mentors become available.”

“Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), Clem Jung (KH7HO) will handle student registration for the EC-001 course and coordinate with the ARRL Education department.  The course is being offered free of charge by the ARRL to all Amateur Radio operators.  To register, send an email to Clem Jung (KH7HO) at”

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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