Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio 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 26 May 2019, 0320 UTC, Post 983.  This post covers the period of 23 May 2019 through 25 May 2019.

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News for Saturday 25 May

ISS Slow Scan TV June 5-6
A Russian MAI-SSTV event is planned from the International Space Station for Wednesday, June 5 from 12:00-16:00 GMT and June 6 from 11:30-15:30 GMT

New book on the Icom IC-7300
I am pleased to announce that my new book, ‘The Radio Today guide to the IC-7300‘ is now available from Amazon, Kindle, and the RSGB bookshop. In Amazon just search for ‘IC-7300 book’. Before you buy a copy, check out the reviews on Amazon

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this Contesting edition of NewsWest, we have information on the Trans-Tasman, the IARU HF, the Winter VHF/UHF field day, the VK Shires, Remembrance  Day and the International Lighthouse lightship weekend, a full bag

The taurid meteoroid swarm is approaching Earth
Earth is about to have a close encounter with a meteoroid swarm

ESEO satellite update
AMSAT-UK reports their amateur radio payload on the ESEOsatellite has been activated


News for Friday 24 May

Springtime Section Manager election results announced
In the only contested Section Manager election this spring, ARRL members in Utah have re-elected Mel Parkes, NM7P, as Section Manager for a new 2-year term of office that starts on July 1

Opera Beacon/QSO mode over Es’hail-2 / QO-100 Geostationary Satellite
The first Opera contact, via QO-100, reported by EA5DOM. Probably, the first Opera transmission on this bird, Works like a charm

Radio interference from solar panels
VERON reports the Netherland’s communications regulator Agentschap Telecom has given tips on preventing interference from solar panels

Radio amateurs supported North West 200
The BBC reports that at the North West 200 event there were more than 150 medical and amateur radio personnel on the ground

Eric Megaw 6MU / GI6MU and 1920s Amateur Wireless Transmissions
The IET Archives tell the story of Belfast’s Eric C.S. Megaw 6MU / GI6MU in the field of amateur radio during the 1920s

Radio News magazine
WN.com reports Radio News was an American monthly technology magazine published from 1919 to 1971

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 23 May

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Not a bad week at all. Still the Spanish AM70 stations are dominating things. I’m up to 65 th in the UK, still needing AM70L and AM70P on ten metres (on FT8 of course). A couple of weeks to go yet. Just got my Gold certificate, some way to go for the Platinum!

Moonraker becomes MFJ distributor
Moonraker is pleased to announce that it has secured an agreement with MFJ Enterprises to distribute its products in the UK and Europe

Rothammel’s Antenna Book available in English
At the 2019 Hamvention, DARC announced the availability of the wonderful Rothammel’s Antenna Book into English

Polar Mesospheric Summer Echoes
Around the Arctic Circle, VHF radio signals are starting to echo from Earth’s upper atmosphere–a phenomenon called ‘Polar Mesospheric Summer Echoes.’

Ham radio emergency communications in Odisha
The Hindu reports members of Amateur Radio Society of Odisha (ARSO) want the state government to promote amateur radio

ARISS school contact with Costa Rica web streamed
The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD, located in northern Italy. The contact will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz. Moreover, the event will be web streamed by the telebridge station

175th Anniversary of Morse Code
Newsweek reports Morse Code is 175 years old and still as useful as ever

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) has begun a new Technician License Class in Waimea.  There is only one more Technician License Class for 2019–17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  The classes are free, with the normal $15 testing fee to the ARRL, whose volunteer examiners (VEs) conduct the testing for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Current licensees wanting to upgrade also may take the test for advanced licenses at that time.  For more information, please contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

Hawaii Island radio amateurs are encouraged to register for the new ARRL EMCOMM Course (EC-001).  According to Joseph Speroni (AH0A), the ARRL Pacific Section Manager, “The ARRL has restructured its EmComm program to address the practical aspects of radio communications as well as the skills needed to better serve local communities in emergencies…The new EC-001 course addresses Hawaii’s situation as an island state.”  To sign up for the course, please contact Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator, Clem Jung (KH7HO), who will handle registration for the EC-001 course and coordinate scheduling with the ARRL Education Department.  You can reach Clem at kh7ho@arrl.net.  The course will begin sometime in June 2019.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section