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Accessed on 12 June 2019, 0345 UTC, Post 1001.

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Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This article covers the period 09 June 2019 through 11 June 2019.

News for Tuesday 11 June

ARISS school contact planned for Claygate, United Kingdom
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Nick Hague KG5TMV with participants at Rowan Preparatory School, Claygate, UK

France’s REF calls for meeting with regulator
On June 5. REF President Jean-Louis Truquet F5DJL called for a meeting between France’s Amateur Radio Associations and the regulatory authorities

Petition calls on Ofcom to issue Vanity Call Signs
Rob Styles M0TFO has started a petition on change.org calling on Ofcom to allow radio amateurs to be issued with Vanity Call Signs

France proposes 144-146 MHz for Aeronautical Mobile Service
The next meeting of the CEPT WRC-19 Conference Preparatory Group takes place June 17-21 in Prague

144 MHz DX – FT8 signal received over 5102 km path
The VHF DX site Many More Miles on VHF (MMMonVHF) reports that on June 9, 2019, D41CV in Cape Verde was received on 144 MHz FT8 in Austria a distance of 5102 km

AMSAT Field Day on the Satellites
Most hams know about the ARRL Field Day event each June, and most who have participated in an ARRL Field Day in recent years are aware that a satellite contact will gain 100 bonus points for a participating station. However, all may not be aware that there is a parallel event sponsored by AMSAT that is geared exclusively to satellite operation

Radio hams help sheriff’s office in emergencies
Members of the Greene County Virginia Amateur Radio Club are now working with the sheriff’s office to help folks during an emergency

UK vanity call sign petition
Sign the petition to allow vanity call signs to be requested by UK amateur radio operators from Ofcom

India’s ham radio change of location fee to end
The Millennium Post reports that the charge imposed on radio amateurs if they changed location is to be abolished

Cyprus Special Event
Special event station 5B19CWC is now active. The special callsign is being used by the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society to celebrate the Cricket World Cup which began May 30th and will end July 14th

How to find hidden cameras in your Airbnb, and anywhere else
Stephen, G7VFY has found this interesting article which says ‘in recent months there’s been a number of alarming reports of Airbnbhosts installing hidden cameras in their properties but not disclosing them to the guests staying there’


News for Monday 10 June

QSO Today – Glenn Johnson – W0GJ
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, began his ham radio journey as a teenager and from his love for chasing DX, has since been to many DX entities around the world

AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2019 second call for speakers
We invite speakers, to cover topics about Amateur satellites, CubeSats, Nanosats, Space, High Altitude Balloons and associated activities, for this event.

IARU-R1 Vienna interim recommendations released
IARU Region 1 has released the interim recommendations made at the Vienna meeting held April 27-28, 2019

ICQPodcast – EQUINOX review and 40 years of BYLARA
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is a double feature, a fictional book featuring amateur radio called Equinox and 40 years of BYLARA

Radio Special Award
Special event for the 94th birthday of composer Mikis Theodorakis
From 20 to 29 July 2019

Huge outbreak of noctilucent clouds
The best season for noctilucent clouds in years is underway, and last night it intensified with a huge display over the United States

Ofcom sets annual licence fees for UK Broadband’s 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHZ spectrum
Ofcom has today set the annual licence fees that will apply to UK Broadband’s spectrum in the 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz bands

Ham radio equipment donation in Dominica
Dominica News reports four amateur radio handheld transceivers have been donated to the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD)

PW contest used to publicise ham radio
Andy G7UHN used the June 9 Practical Wireless magazine 144 MHz QRP contest to promote amateur radio to passers-by

Amateur Radio Field Day demonstrates science, skill and service
Members of the Auburn Area Emergency Communications Team (AAECT) participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 22-23 at Game Farm Wilderness Park

May IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available
The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a new kind of Over The Horizon Radar (OTHR) has been operating in the amateur radio 14 MHz primary allocation

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd June, through Sunday, 9th June there were 213 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin


News for Sunday 9 June

ITU-R Study Group 1 discusses Wireless Power Transmission
IARU Region 1 reports the May/June ITU-R Study Group 1 meeting, together with its Working Parties has just completed its 2019 meeting in Geneva

IARU at Ham Radio 2019
IARU will be at Ham Radio 2019 in Friedrichshafen from June 21-23, 2019

Norfolk operates GB19AUS for the Cricket World Cup
Members of Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) have been operating GB19AUS (Australia) as part of the Cricket World Cup celebrations

WIA VP highlights crisis facing ham radio
“The amateur community has felt a heightened awareness that the hobby of Amateur Radio is in the grips of a material existential crisis unlike the hobby has seen before whereby extinction is a very definite possibility…”

Hammies Sprint
The Hammies Sprint is a fun activity to promote contacts between Hammies and radio amateurs in Southern African countries with an emphasis on ZU stations and will run from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC this afternoon

Possible CME impact sparks geomagnetic storm
A dense cloud of plasma brushed against Earth’s magnetic field on Saturday, June 8th, sparking a minor G1-class geomagnetic storm

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) is offering his final free Technician License Class for this year.  The course is set for 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com

“Grid Madness 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex contest is coming Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  For the complete program package, please visit https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.  Also, you can contact Stan (AH6KO), the event coordinator, at ah6ko@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.  Of special note is a series of articles by Stacy Holbrook (KH6OWL), who has profiled several Hawaii Island radio amateurs in his column.  You can find Stacy’s articles in the right hand sidebar of this blog.  His current article discussed DMR repeaters available on Hawaii Island…excellent article.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section