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 19 May 2019, 1545 UTC, Post 976.  This post covers the period 16 May 2019 through 19 May 2019.



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News for Sunday 19 May

CQ Contest Hall of Fame
CQ magazine has just announced the induction of three new members to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, which honors those contesters who not only excel in personal performance but who also ‘give back’ to the hobby in outstanding ways

QSO Today – Bill Brown – WB8ELK
Exploration of the edge of space, first by astronaut Jordan Kittinger in Project Highman, began Bill Brown’s, WB8ELK’s, fascination with, adaptation of amateur radio to high altitude weather balloons and later to smaller pico balloons

Annual Amateur Radio Survey
Essex Ham have launched their annual Amateur Radio Survey. It is open to everyone regardless of where they live

Sydney Conference
The Sydney Conference is now less than a week away.
As part of the conference weekend the WIA AGM will be held on the Saturday morning.
The agenda for the AGM was in the March /April edition of AR magazine

Radio Amateurs of Canada appoint two new officers
The RAC Board of Directors is pleased to welcome two new officers to the RAC Executive: Doug Schultz, VE1IOU and Al Masse, VE3CWP

Sangster Shield Contest this weekend 
Hams in New Zealand know it as the longest-standing amateur radio contest held by the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels
Please Note: There will be no news update on Monday, 20th May
Please accept my apologies   73 de Richard g4tut


News for Saturday 18 May

Photos of the new Elecraft K4
We’ve posted a number of photos of two engineering prototypes of the new Elecraft K4 direct-sampling SDR on the SWLing Post

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this edition of NewsWest, we turn our attention to newcomers to the hobby, both to welcome them and to give some helpful hints to get them on their way

BBC extends 5G broadcast radio trial
The Orkney islands were selected for the BBC’s broadcast radio and broadband access trial because the region has poor digital radio coverage and limited fixed and mobile broadband connectivity

NXP MRF100 design challenge
NXP is hosting an RF power amplifier design contest. Applicants will record a video or create an article describing their power amplifier/demo using NXP’s new 50 V, 100 W MRF101AN or 300 W MRF300AN RF power LDMOS transistor

New CQ Hall of Fame inductees
CQ magazine has announced the induction of one individual and one group to the CQ DX Hall of Fame, which honors those DXers who not only excel in personal performance but who also “give back” to the hobby in outstanding ways

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspot activity continues, and this reporting week, the average daily sunspot number rose from 16.1 to 22.7, while average daily solar flux went from 73.5 to 75.7


News for Friday 17 May

Foundations of Amateur Radio #206
SDR: How many colours inside a Software Defined Radio?
If you were asked to make an image of the Sydney harbour bridge and only use four dots, the viewer might struggle to determine what was the bridge, the sky, the water and the Sydney Opera House 

RASA proposes 60m trial in VK
The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) has written to the Australian radio regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, proposing a trial allocation in the 60m (5 MHz) band

Updated RSM website goes live
Following months of user interviews, feedback and advice, New Zealand’s RSM team are pleased to announce that the new RSM Website is now live

‘Cincinnati Liars Lager’ June 15 fundraiser will benefit National VOA Museum of Broadcasting
Grainworks Brewing Company
 of West Chester will help the National VOA Museum of Broadcasting have fun and raise funds by tapping the first keg of its “Cincinnati Liars Lager” at a June 15 fundraiser

SARC Annual Fox Hunt
Canada’s Surrey Amateur Radio Communications sponsors an annual fox hunt and barbecue

Essex Ham’s Anniversary video
Essex Ham are 8 years old this month and to celebrate they have released a video of highlights from the past 8 years

Vintage NFD video released
The RSGB have released archive footage of the National Field Day held June 7-8, 1947, (mostly around SE England)

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 16 May

Tony’s 10m Band Report
What a super, super Sunday.
The rest of the week wasn’t too bad either.

Yet again there were some AM70s around I still need a few to get the gold certificate.

LU9DCE got in on the act on Saturday. The elusive 4U1A also appeared on Sunday, just Sunday!

ILLW reaches 200
The 200th registration for this year’s International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend has just been received and it is from Latvia which is a rare country for the event and a new lighthouse as well

Parliamentary question to the EU Commission answered
On February 26 a question from the EU Parliament concerning pollution of the radio spectrum by Powerline modem (PLT) devices was submitted to the EU Commission

ICQPodcast – WOLFWave Audio Processor
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Frank Howell K4FMH and Dan Romanick KB6NU to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is the WOLFWave Audio Processor by Martin Butler M1MRB

The Space Weather Woman
Solar Storm Slam Dance – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Photo tour of the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station
I recently visited the Edward R. Murrow Transmitting station near Greenville, NC and posted a photo tour on the SWLing Post

ICQPodcast more orange for Hamvention 2019
The largest ever ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast team of presenters will be attending Hamvention on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2018

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering two more free Technician License Classes this year on Hawaii Island:  23 May 2019 in Waimea (location TBA) and 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center.  For details, please contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

Hawaii Island radio amateurs are encouraged to sign up for the new ARRL EMCOMM Course (EC-001).  To register, contact Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), Clem Jung (KH7HO) 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