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Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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Accessed on 08 April 2019, 0100 UTC, Post 927.



Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period 05 April 2019 through 07 April 2019,


WOLFWAVE advanced audio processor
WOLFWAVE is an audio processing system designed to improve reception on SSB, CW and data modes. It includes sophisticated digital band-pass filtering, noise reduction and even age-related hearing correction! All these facilities have been designed to help users increase the performance of their radio systems

QSO Today – Howard Bernstein – WB2UZE
Howard Bernstein is the co-founder of the Long Island CW Club along with Rich Collins K2UPS, where they train amateurs of every age to be CW operators over Zoom video conferencing

Spain: General authorization for 2.4 GHz
Spain’s national amateur radio society URE reports the regulator has agreed to allow amateur use of 2400.050 to 2409.500 MHz to access the E’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

Buy Swap Sell and Wanted – is it actually a breach of Regulations?
Last week Australia’s WIA News mentioned it is ‘against the law’ for operators discussing buying and selling of equipment on Amateur Radio frequencies

Ham radio 5 MHz band in ACMA consultation draft
Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the WIA’s Spectrum Strategy Committee reports on the spectrum management plan that has been published by the regulator ACMA

International Air Ambulance Week 2019
This year’s International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 7th and 15th September with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world

Help needed to broadcast Amateur Radio Today
Following the closure of the Bloemendal Shortwave Broadcasting station on 30 March 2019, Amateur Radio Today is no longer broadcast on 7 205 and 17 760 kHz on Sundays or on 4 895 kHz on Monday evenings

Rockets dump powder into Northern Lights, creating ‘blue squids’
Last night in northern Norway, scientists launched two sounding rockets into an ongoing display of Northern Lights

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


News for Saturday 6 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio #200
When you hear a distress call … 
When you get your amateur radio license you become part of a select group of humans who are required to notify authorities if you happen to hear an emergency transmission. Not only that, you’re required to offer assistance

FCC agrees to 90-day pause in consideration of WT Docket 16-239
The ARRL reports on the latest development in the attempt to scrap the archaic Part 97 symbol rate restriction that has crippled experimentation with amateur radio digital modes for nearly 40 years

Digital Modes Petition RM-11831 generates debate
Technology news site The Register has published an article about the proposal to restrict amateur radio digital modes to just those available as open source

AMSAT files comments in FCC Orbital Debris Mitigation proceeding
AMSAT believes several of FCC’s proposed rule changes concerning orbital debris would have an extremely detrimental affect on the amateur satellite service

RSGB release vintage ARDF ham radio video
The RSGB has released a vintage silent black and white video of an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) field day held in 1947 at Chipping Barnet which was then in Hertfordshire

VK6WIA NewsWest
It’s club focus this week and as well as the usual reports we have an intriguing piece on the role radio amateurs play in car rally safety

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots have been coming and going, and now this week they returned.
No sunspots were seen from January 31 through March 4, then from March 13 to 17, and again March 25 to 30. They returned on Sunday, March 31 but only lasted four days


News for Friday 5 April

Promoters Committee: ten years ago..
On April 5, 2009, the presidents of the three first member associations decided to establish themselves as a Promoters Committee with the aim of legalizing EURAO

Historic ham radio publications preserved on Internet Archive
The archivist Jason Scott has helped preserve some historic issues of the RSGB publication T&R Bulletin from as early as 1925 by uploading them in PDF format to the Internet Archive

New episode of ham radio newcomers podcast released
‘Covering the Rules on Calling CQ’ is the focus of the new (April 4) episode of the ‘So Now What?‘ podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers

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

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:

According to Pacific Section Manager Joseph Speroni (AH0A), the ARRL has “reconstructed the practical aspects of radio communication…to better serve local communities in emergencies.”  A reflection of this EMCOMM shift is the creation of a new EMCOMM training course (EC-001).  The first class is set for Hawaii in June 2019.  Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator Clem Jung (KH7HO) will handle student registration for the EC-001 course “and will coordinate scheduling with the ARRL Education department.”  To register, please send an email to Clem at kh7ho@arrl.net.

Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) is continuing his free Technician License classes on Hawaii Island.  Here are the upcoming class dates:  19 April 2019, 6:30 p.m., at Discovery Harbor in Ka’u; 23 May 2019 in Waimea (location TBA); and 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau.  For details, email Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section