CERT Radios-Amateur Radio News


Welcome to a Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news update.  This post contains two messages:  one from Mel Uchida (KH6EKD) and some news highlights from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content supplied by Mel Uchida (KH6EKD) and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 13 May 2019, 2325 UTC, Post 968.

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Please click link or scroll down to read Mel’s message:

CERT radios



6:05 AM (7 hours ago)

to MoKyraChrisJimTripDavidChrisTheresaGaryPaigeme
It was brought to my attention at a meeting yesterday that those of you with CERT radios might be reluctant to use them for non-CERT activities.  I’ve been told by upper management that this is absolutely incorrect.  CERT members MAY use their issued radios for any ham radio activity.  How else would you gain the experience necessary for an actual emergency.

CERT radio channel #1 is where we’ll be tonight at 7PM.  (Have pen and paper ready.)

Note:  This test will be conducted tonight, Sunday, 12 May 2019.

Mel Uchida

——– Forwarded Message ——–

OK, so a few of us were able to make contact last Sunday evening for a short chat.
We’ll be there again this Sunday evening….same Bat time, same Bat channel:
7PM on Cert radio channel #1, or 146.490 (simplex)
Attached is some general information for radio operation.  This is just to assist you, and there will be no pop quizzes.
If you are a husband and wife team with only one radio between you, you can take turns so both have the benefit of practicing.
See ya’ if you’re inclined to join in.  Have your batteries charged.
Mel Uchida
In this section, we’ll check out some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period of 10 May 2019 through 12 May 2019.
Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.
News for Sunday 12 May

Record number of candidates for Radio Amateur Exam
South Africa’s SARL reports, there are 167 candidates who have registered for the RAE on May 18, a record number

QSO Today – Vi Barrett, W6CBA
Vi Barrett, W6CBA, celebrates 70 years as a radio amateur.Vi’s love for radio began with an uncle getting back on their air after the Second World War

Live Hamvention webcast
Our live Hamvention 2019 webcast starts this week. 50 Hours of live streaming of Hamvention with thousands of dollars of prizes for our viewers. Watch on W5KUB.COM

International Air Ambulance Week
This year’s International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 7th – 15th September 2019, with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world.
The event covers two weekends, giving amateurs a great chance to get involved and support the event

SDR: Digital Signal Processing article
An article by Alan Messenger G0TLK titled Digital Signal Processing – A simplified introduction with no maths, is now available for free download

Geomagnetic storm sparks rare blue auroras
A CME arrived during the late hours of May 10th, rattling Earth’s magnetic field and sparking a G1-class geomagnetic storm

VK6WIA NewsWest
Our focus for this edition is on history and we have some interesting snippets on amateur radio assessment, Funding for conference travel, the Lynwood Scout Hall and its Radar history as well as the first satellite transmission from VK6


News for Saturday 11 May

Foundations of Amateur Radio #205
SDR Sample Rates: How fast is fast enough? 
If you measure the voltage at the base of an antenna and record the readings, you end up with a collection of numbers that represent the voltage over time. These numbers, or samples, can be used to represent the antenna signal inside a computer

ITU-R Working Party 5A Report
David Court EI3IO reports the ITU Working Party 5A1 has completed a draft new report concerning the amateur service at 50 MHz

The Space Weather Woman
Direct Hit After a Long Wait – Solar storm forecast
The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

VOA Museum to host 75 th anniversary commemoration of D-Day on June 6
The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester will host a 75th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landing on Thursday, June 6 at 9 a.m. on the museum’s front lawn

High frequency radio ‘essential’ in emergency: amateur operators
The Kenora Daily Miner reports if disaster strikes in northwest Ontario, amateur radio operators like Woody Linton VE3JJA are ready to spring into action

The Farnham WebSDR: DC to Microwaves on your smartphone
The presentation by Noel Matthews G8GTZ on the Farnham WebSDR given to the 2018 RSGB Convention is now available on YouTube

April IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available
The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports on a PRC-16 system located near Shanghai that has been transmitting in the primary amateur radio 14 MHz band


News for Friday 10 May

UK Spectrum Policy Forum May 16
The UK Spectrum Policy Forum has announced that RSGB Microwave Manager Barry Lewis G4SJH will be attending the Plenary meeting in London on May 16

Eleanor M6NWZ interviewed on BBC Earth Podcast
The BBC Earth podcast reports on the amateur radio contact between students at King’s High School Warwick and ISS astronaut Ricky Arnold KE5DAU

WMRC Red Rose Summer QRP Rally
It’s that time again to come and meet up at St Joseph’s in Leigh and enjoy the 23rd WMRC Red Rose QRP Summer Rally

World Castles Award 
In June 2019, an interesting event will take place in the world of radio amateurs. ‘World Castles‘ Award program celebrates the 10th anniversary from the foundation day this year

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

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 Russ (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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