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-base Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 06 July 2019, 1545 UTC, Post 1029.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.

This report covers the period 04 July 2019 through 06 July 2019.

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News for Saturday 6 July

SARL position on French WRC-2023 proposal
The SARL (South African Radio League) have received several requests for clarification and more information regarding the recent French proposal for expansion of frequencies for aeronautical mobile services including the 2m amateur band

Foundations of Amateur Radio #213
The Software Defined Radio vs. Traditional Radio choice 
For some time I’ve been explaining how some of the internal workings of a Software Defined Radio operate with a view to getting into the nitty gritty of the why and the how

144 MHz band – RSGB President writes to Ofcom
The RSGB reports its President, Dave Wilson M0OBW, has written to Ofcom regarding the recent World Radio Conference WRC-23 aeronautical proposal

ACMA proposes ham radio licence changes
WIA News reports the Australian regulator ACMA has opened their consultation period on proposed changes to amateur radio licence conditions

Ham radio club features in LifeIn magazine
The Chippenham & District Amateur Radio Club got good publicity for their training courses in the Wiltshire magazine LifeIn

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 7th July is the Club Focus edition, where we give space to clubs to shamelessly promote themselves

Rammstein concert in the UK today
The famous German rock band Ramstein, who recently released a new single called RADIO, will be performing live in Milton Keynes tonight for one-night only

Hundreds of new digital radio stations for local listeners
Hundreds of new local digital radio stations could start broadcasting in the UK from next year, under proposals outlined by Ofcom


News for Friday 5 July

REF and EURAO meeting on 2m crisis
The president of REF, F5DJL, visited the EURAO booth at HAM RADIO 2019 and met its Secretary-General, EA3CIW, who, a week before, had sent an email offering support and collaboration in the 144-146 MHz affair before French Administration

RAC Website shutdown
The Radio Amateurs of Canada website will be shutting down as of 1700hrs (5:00pm) on Friday, July 5, 2019 to facilitate the switch over to a new server and operational software

US Exams in VK
To mark the updated General question pool, Oz VE ran what appears to have been the first exam session in the world to use a paper drawn from this pool

ACRUX-1 launched
ACRUX-1, the Melbourne Space Program’s inaugural cube satellite, has taken off for orbit

Worked All RST special event
Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA club K7ICE) will be on HF celebrating their 5th Annual ‘Worked All RST‘ special event starting Jan. 1, 2020, running through February 28th

Zambia DXpedition
Members of the Z2LA and 7P8LB team are planning a trip to Zambia between March 5-15th (2020). A preliminary departure date is 4th of March 2020. The license application form has been received and will shortly be forwarded with requests for the 9J2LA callsign


News for Thursday 4 July

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Not a great week, Sunday was about the best day.

Best DX: Again plenty of GB19s about but also ZD7BG (St Helena), ZB2BU/P (Gibraltar) and EV19ROW (Belarus special)

10-10 International have seen fit to change the power requirements for their QSO parties. Basically Data modes have half the power compared to other modes – More

Cathryn Mitchell M0IBG honoured for Ionospheric imaging research
The ARRL reports Professor Cathryn Mitchell, M0IBG, academic director of the University of Bath Doctoral College, has received the 2019 Edward Appleton Medal and Prize for her pioneering research in tomography and data assimilation

NI radio ham to rescue
The Belfast Telegraph reports how amateur radio enthusiast Esther Harper GI0AZA from Co Londonderry helped rescue a man more than 300 miles away in Wales

Two Metres: Re-Allocation?
Radio Amateurs of Canada has received several requests for more information in response to reports on some websites and discussions on email lists of a proposal to reallocate 144 MHz -146MHz from the Amateur Radio Service to the Aeronautical Mobile Service

Ham Radio for Emergency Communications
Clay Today report amateur radio technology is still the modern way to communicate after an emergency

RAC Annual General Meeting 2019
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Riverview, New Brunswick just outside of Moncton

African tour
Pista, HA5AO, reports that he will arrive in Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) on September 15th, and plans to stay until October 1st

AM3WRG – World Roller Games
Members of the Mike Delta Victor DX Group will be operating the special event station AM3WRGaround the World Roller Games in Barcelona from July 4 to 14

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

According to ARRL Pacific Section Manager Joseph Speroni (AH0A), the next Hawaii QSO Party will be held on 23-25 August 2019.  Joe adds that “There will be a lot of activity out there to work.  Hawaii stations work everyone. Everyone else works Hawaii.  Exchange is a signal report and your Hawaii district.”  You can find all the rules and procedures here:  http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/.

“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 a revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.

Just a reminder:  The monthly test of the Mauna Kea repeater (WH6FIU–146.72 MHz-PL100.0) will be held today, Saturday, 06 July 2019, from 1200 to 1300 HST.

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