Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

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

This post cover the period 28 June 2019 through 30 June 2019.

Accessed on 01 July 2019, 0325 UTC, Post 1024.


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News for Sunday 30 June

144 MHz trans-Atlantic path opens up again
On the 16th of June 2019, the Atlantic was spanned for the first time on 144 MHz when D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe using the FT8 digital mode

QSO Today – Steven Bible – N7HPR
Steven Bible, N7HPR, made a career in the US Navy, spending almost two years under water on a Trident submarine

Foundation Online course statistics released
Essex Ham have published the statistics for their popular free Foundation Online amateur radio courses

AMSAT SA Dual Band Yagi
South Africa’s SARL reports the AMSAT SA Dual Band Yagi is now available for export

4S7AB gets a 7el 50MHz LFA-WOS antenna
G8BCG who uses G0KSC designed OP-DES Yagis on 6m received a QSL card today from 4S7AB who recently received a 7el 50MHz LFA-WOS courtesy of the The UK Six Metre Group, Kerry Rochester, G8VR and InnovAntennas

Walmart Parking Lots on the Air 2019
It’s like déjà vu all over again! The 2nd Annual WMPLOTA will take place starting July 6, 2019 at 00:00 UTC and ending July 7 at 23:59 UTC

2m-band – campaign at
I want to draw your attention to this actual international campaign on

AO-85 update: Do not access while in eclipse
The auto Safe mode was disabled on June 24 and the transponder was turned on. A few QSOs were made to verify that it would drop with inactivity

ARISS International delegates meet in Montreal
This week, ARISS held it’s 2019 ARISS International Face-to Face Meeting of international delegates in Montreal, Canada



News for Saturday 29 June

Foundations of Amateur Radio #212
The Regulator
From time to time our hobby changes. While the idea that we’re all a bunch of old men playing with spark gap transmitters, or using strange noises to the annoyance of others, the reality of amateur radio is markedly different from that stereotype

New 40 MHz ham radio band sought in USA
The FCC has put on public notice for comment a Petition for Rulemaking (RM-11843) that seeks the creation of a new 8-meter Amateur Radio allocation on a secondary basis

WIA Amateur Radio magazine editor
The Board of the Wireless Institute of Australia advises that the services of the Editor of AR Magazine have been terminated, effective immediately

Two and three letter callsigns for new Advanced exam holders
On November 28, 2018 the UK regulator Ofcom clarified that those who pass the Advanced exam can apply for an available callsign with any valid Full licence prefix including “short” calls e.g. M5xx or even G2xx

VK6WIA NewsWest
Today we discuss important announcements from the Wireless Institute of Australia and the ACMA

Rare sunset solar eclipse
Residents of Chile and Argentina are about to witness a rare total eclipse of the sun

Your elected officials trying to ban 5G
Just when you thought it was safe to run 400 watts, a group of misinformed MPs waste time discussing junk science

Propagation de K7RA
A new sunspot group emerged on June 24, but don’t count on it persisting much longer. It emerged already far along the western limb, and is about to rotate off the visible solar disc. Sunspot numbers on June 24-27 were 24, 12, 11 and 11


News for Friday 28 June

Petition: 2 metre amateur band must be kept
Chris Garrod has created an online petition to the UK Government and Ofcom to save the vital 144 MHz amateur radio band which is under threat

Television, film, and music star John Schneider salutes ham radio operators and other volunteers
Twice a year for the past 32 years cars have blasted down 150 miles of closed, high desert, roadway.  This is the Silver State Classic Challenge and it’s sister race the Nevada Open Road Challenge, certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Fastest Race on a Public Highway

LightSail 2 launches, will transmit CW beacon
The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 CubeSat, launched on June 25, will transmit Morse code from space

The Space Weather Woman
The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW – A Meteor Explodes and A Total Solar Eclipse

CWIC 2019: Ofcom talks about 2.39 GHz
The Cambridge Wireless International Conference was held on Wednesday June 26 at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton. The conference was attended by Ofcom’s Chief Technology Officer Mansoor Hanif

HamSphere 4.0 French DX contest 2019
This contest is dedicated to French National Bastille Day 14 of July

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) will hold one more free Technician License Class this year.  The class begins on 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, contact Doug at

“Grid Madness 2019”, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can download the complete contest package plus changes at

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section