Welcome to the Sunday edition of Big Island ARRL News.  In today’s post, we’ll explore the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period of 18 April 2019 through 21 April 2019.  Content provided by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 21 April 2019, 1558 UTC, Post 944.



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News for Sunday 21 April

Chair of ARISS-Europe interviewed by BRUZZ
To mark World Amateur Radio Day, BRUZZ paid a visit to the Chair of ARISS-Europe, 91-year-old, Gaston Bertels ON4WF

Caister to echo to sound of Morse code once again
Norfolk’s radio hams will once again be trying to contact other amateurs around the world from Caister on Saturday 27 April 2019 as part of the International Marconi Day celebrations

QSO Today – Jack Worth, WA0QZK
Jack Worth, WA0QZK, is a retired pastor with over 50 years of amateur radio operating experience who likes to QSO on CW from the Warsaw Telegraph Office

Foundations of Amateur Radio #202
Antennas out of sight and out of mind …
Previously I’ve spoken about the dynamic nature of your station. Even if from day to day use, nothing changes, things around you are always in flux. Propagation changes, power fluctuates and the environment in which your antenna operates is dynamic. Mobile stations even more so

5:5 Amateur Radio Activity Session
Every May 5 is the festival of amateur radio enthusiasts in China – the 5:5 amateur radio festival – on Sunday, May 5

ZS4 Sprint this afternoon
The ZS4 Sprint will run from 14:00 to 16:00 UTC this afternoon, Sunday 21 April with phone activity during the first hour and CW activity during the second hour

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


News for Saturday 20 April

ARISS contact planned for students in Czech Republic
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Nick Hague KG5TMV with House of Children and Youth, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Ham radio satellite ground station article in HackSpace magazine
The May edition of HackSpace magazine, issue 18, featuring articles by radio amateur Jo Hinchliffe MW6CYK is available as a free PDF

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 21st April 2019 is now available.NewsWest is heard across Western Australia and the rest of Australia and in other interesting places around the world

NepaliSat-1 launched to ISS
The Kathmandu Post reports Nepal’s first satellite NepaliSat-1was launhed to the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, April 17

Free entry to Hamvention on final day
The ARRL reports Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without charge, on the final day of the annual gathering at Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio

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


News for Friday 19 April

FUNcube Data Warehouse URL change
Dave G4DPZ reports on a change to the URL used for Data Warehouse for the FUNcube amateur radio satellites

Making a simple AM Radio
Trainee electronics engineer Chelsea Back writes in Design Spark about her first experiences with radio frequency circuits

FreeDV Global QSO Party April 27/28
WIA News reports the digital voice mode FreeDV Global QSO Party takes place Saturday April 27/28

Ofcom consults on 3.4 GHz band changes
BT-EE, Hutchison-3, Telefónica-O2 and Vodafone asked Ofcom to vary their 3.4 GHz band licences, this includes higher total radiated power (TRP) in-block and out-of-block power limits

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 18 April

IARU argues for protection from WPT spurious emissions
IARU was again represented at the meeting last week in Ankara, Turkey, where committee SE24 (Short Range Devices) met to undertake further work on the Work Item concerning Wireless Power Transmission

ARRL ‘Radio Communications’ billboard promotes Ham Radio
on I-40

The ARRL reports amateur radio is being promoted on a billboard that’s passed by 6 million vehicles a year

Foundation training manual released in Kindle format
The RSGB Foundation Licence Manual is now available in the convenient electronic Kindle format

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Plenty of AM70s about from Spain but actually quite a good week with 3 reported contacts needed to get into the lists at the weekend.

C5DL (Gambia) was pretty hot all week as were quite a few others.

Unusual call of the week 4Z1MOON (Israel). This special event station will be on the air in honour of “Beresheet” – The Israeli probe to the moon. If you didn’t get it, tough! It’s now finished


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is continuing his free Technician License Classes on Hawaii Island.  The current class is underway at Discovery Harbor in Ka’u.  Here are the remaining classes for the year:  23 May 2019 in Waimea (location TBA) and 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

Hawaii Island radio amateurs/hams are encouraged to sign up for the new ARRL EMCOMM Course (EC-001).  Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Clem Jung will handle registration for the EC-001 course and will coordinate scheduling with the ARRL Education Department.  To  register, contact Clem at kh7ho@arrl.net.

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