Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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Content, including text, photos, images, and video, provided by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 23 June 2019, 0720 UTC, Post 1015.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

Please scroll down to read your selections.  This post cover the period 20 June 2019 through 22 June 2019.

News for Saturday 22 June

144 and 1240 MHz bands – WRC-23 Agenda Items update
IARU was represented at the meeting of CEPT Project Team A (responsible for some aspects of the CEPT position for WRC-19), which has just finished in Prague

Review of Novice license for radio amateurs
The Netherlands is moving towards a realistic power level (100 watts) and improved band allocations for their Novice license holders

UK amateur radio exam statistics for 2018 released
On June 20 the RSGB released the Examinations Standards Committee (ESC) report which covers 2018 and has some limited data for the first 3 months of 2019

Celebrating the 100 years of WWV
We’re glad you’ve joined us to help celebrate the World’s oldest continually operating radio station, WWV, as it turns 100 on October 1, 2019 –  less than 5 months!

Using AIS metadata to monitor propagation in the 2m band
Prognosis, monitoring and analysis of propagation conditions are a basis for kilometres and points in DX competition. As a new tool to monitor propagation in the 2m band, D4C has started receiving vessel AIS data

The Space Weather Woman
The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW – All Quiet at Earth, New Crater on a Stormy Mars

Chicago RAIN to cease
This week’s WIA News reports that Hap Holly, KC9RP, who’s been producing the The RAIN Report Amateur Radio newscast every week for 30 years, has announced that he’s retiring and closing down

The sun is so spotless, it looks like a giant orange billiard ball
The sun has just crossed 33 days without a sunspot, marking the longest stretch of blank suns in the current solar cycle


News for Friday 21 June

Video highlights RF pollution from electrical devices
When Argentina was plunged into darkness by a nationwide power cut Luciano Petruccelli LU3DX made a video showing just how much RF pollution is produced by electronic devices

President congratulates URE on 70th anniversary
Don Beattie G3BJ, President of IARU Region 1, wrote to Spain’s national amateur radio society URE to congratulate them on their 70th anniversary

How to use a Spectrum Analyzer
Spectrum analysers are one of the most important test instruments for the RF designer. Rather than displaying amplitude against time as with the case of the oscilloscope, these test instruments display amplitude against frequency giving a plot of the signals

Upcoming ARISS contact with Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI on 28 June

Behind the scenes of an ARISS contact
On June 20, 2019, anyone in the UK with access to a 2m receiver had the opportunity to listen to a contact between a UK school and astronaut Nick Hague KG5TMV aboard the International Space Station

Amateur radio and TAPR feature in Hackspace mag
Hackspace magazine #20 (PDF is free) has an article by Cameron Norris on how radio amateurs started the Open-Source Hardware movement, also has articles by Jo MW6CYK & Lucy M6CME

UK Foundation Licence and its impact
Essex Ham looks at the impact of the introduction of the Foundation licence in the UK

Caroline North June
We are counting down the days to another fabulous Radio Caroline North broadcast – LIVE from our historic radio-ship  Ross Revenge this weekend

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

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


News for Thursday 20 June

Tony’s 10m Band Report
A most excellent week, except I was in China and couldn’t get in front of a radio. Couldn’t even get BBC news or sport so no cricket commentary. Funny because Sky News was ok. This website, SARN (Southgate Amateur Radio News), was OK on a laptop but not available on a smart phone. Why?

Radio amateur to lose license
ARRL report New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action

Montana to get new Section Manager
Paul Stiles, KF7SOJ, will become ARRL Montana Section Manager on October 1. Stiles, of Billings, was the only candidate after nominations for the position were re-solicited this Spring, and will serve an 18-month term

ARISS school contact planned for Claygate, United Kingdom
The event is planned today June 20, 2019. It is scheduled to begin at approximately 12.48 UTC, which is 13.48 BST and 14:48 CEST.

The contact will be a direct between NA1SS and GB4RPS. The downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz

When disaster strikes, engineers provide comms and power
EE Times reports engineers outfitted a truck to provide support for search-and-rescue operations through needed communications and power

First ham radio Class C exam of 2019
CRAC reports that the first amateur radio Class C exam of the year was held on June 15 in Changchun City. Class C is the highest class permitting 1 kW output

AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary
2019 marks AMSAT’s 50th Anniversary of Keeping Amateur Radio in Space

2019 JOTA/JOTI event
Richard, ZS6RKE, the National JOTA/JOTI Coordinator reports that the 2019 JOTA/JOTI event will be held on the weekend of 18 to 20 October

Gibraltar Special Event
Members of the Gibraltar Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will activate ZB2IG19 between July 1-31st

Afghanistan operation
Robert, S53R, will once again be in Kabul starting June 24th, and will be there for two years working with the UN World Food Program

Mysterious moisture in the mesosphere
The 2019 season for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) has been remarkable, maybe the best ever, with NLCs appearing as far south as Los Angeles CA and Albuquerque NM. What’s going on?


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

“Grid Madness 2019”, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300-1700 HST. You can download the complete event package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section