Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


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Accessed on 21 July 2019, 1510 UTC, Post 1047.

This report covers the period of 18 July 2019 through 21 July 2019.


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News for Sunday 21 July

QSO Today – Phil Erickson – W1PJE
Phil Erickson, W1PJE, sits on a million watt UHF transmitter, where he is a group leader at the MIT Haystack Observatory. There he studies the atmosphere and radio propagation

The IARU represents Amateur Radio at CEPT meetings
The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 reports that a further meeting to address the topic of Wireless Power Transmission (WPT) took place earlier this month.
A subgroup of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) Committee SE24, charged with work on a report on generic WPT devices, met in Copenhagen, Denmark in early July.

School teachers and students take ham radio exams
48 students and two teachers at the Telangana State Model School have passed their amateur radio exams

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 21st July has a focus on New Amateurs, with hints and tips from Andres, Peter, Bob and  Jeff, and of course we have Roy blasting off with helpline

Radio amateurs help sick man
Ham radio enthusiasts from Bihar have been instrumental in uniting an elderly person from Jalpaiguri with his family members.

AMSAT is proud to announce the relaunch of its AMSAT Ambassador Program
The AMSAT Ambassador Program is an opportunity for AMSAT members to share what they’ve learned about amateur radio in space with others, and, in the process, help inspire the next generation of AMSAT’ers

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


News for Saturday 20 July

ILLW nears 300 entrants
Entries for the 2019 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend are nearing the 300 mark with recent rarer entries from Serbia,  Malaysia, Cuba, Hawaii, Market Reef and Mexico.

Foundations of Amateur Radio #215
What’s allowed on our bands?
Recently there was a discussion on social media about the legality of various types of transmissions. Before I get into the specifics, it’s worth looking at some of the rules around this. I will point out that this isn’t exhaustive, but it gives you an idea of what I’m talking about

144 MHz threat: SSA meets regulator
On July 11 Sweden’s national amateur radio society, the SSA, met the communications regulator PTS to discuss the threats to the amateur bands

New ham radio regulations for Peru
IARU Region 2 reports new Amateur Radio regulations have come into effect in Peru. Novices are no longer forced to upgrade within 3 years

FCC Podcast interviews Dale Hatfield
Dale Hatfield ex-W0IFO, former chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, is interviewed in the latest FCC Podcast

IRA purchase APRS and Qatar Oscar 100 equipment
The Board of Directors of Iceland’s nation society, the IRA, has authorized the purchase of amateur radio equipment to operate via the QO-100 geostationary satellite

Radio enthusiast invented ‘Black Box’ flight recorder
On the 9th anniversary of his death BBC News published an article on radio enthusiast David Warren who invented the “Black Box” aircraft flight recorder

Propagation de K7RA
Very low solar activity continues. Over the past week, average daily solar flux changed insignificantly from 67.1 to 67. There were no sunspots



News for Friday 19 July

New video: ‘Overview of the Icom IC-9700 SDR VHF/UHF Transceiver’
Following on from our initial ‘Introduction to the IC-9700 VHF/UHF/1200 MHz Base Station SDR Transceiver’ video, we have put together a more in-depth, video called ‘Overview of the Icom IC-9700 SDR VHF/UHF Transceiver

Cuban FT8 user CO8LY records more than 60000 contacts
Cuban radio amateur Eduardo Somoano CO8LY has made more than 60000, yes, sixty thousand FT8 contacts, and requested applications for many awards and diplomas using the log of his FT8 contacts

2m band robbery high-visibility vest
Veron have designed a formidable vest that can be put on virtually

The Space Weather Woman
A Cycle 25 Storm Launch & Aurora Highlights – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

New URL for RSGB Trainer information
The RSGB provides a resources page aimed at those involved in training new radio amateurs

Radio ham in Golden Book of World Records
The New Indian Express reports that radio amateur Sanil Deep VU3SIO has been Controller of the BC-DX Net, aimed at shortwave broadcast station dxers, since 1990. The net meets every Sunday on 7085 kHz

Call for nominations for the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame
Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes deserving Amateurs by appointments to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.  A Call for Nominations is issued annually in the July/August issue ofThe Canadian Amateur magazine

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 18 July

Tony’s 10m Band Report
GB19 stations did well, I did another GB19LL slot. It was OK but I enjoyed the Spanish King’s competition more and the Spanish AM70URE also.

There are still plenty of special events going on. I did manage to work OJ0Z (Market Reef) but on 20m. They were on 10m but not when I was on.

Dutch 2 meter propagation experiment on local television
On Friday July 19 the local television station Omroep Flevoland will pay attention to the 2 meter propagation experiment held on July 20.
In a full hour broadcast, free to air and internet, Johan PA3JEMwill explain why it is important that the 2 meter band must stay exclusive for the radio amateur services 

Call for nominations for the RAC Amateur of the Year Award 
To qualify for the title ‘“Amateur of the Year‘, an individual should have made an outstanding contribution to Amateur Radio in the past year, or have contributed consistently to the welfare of Amateur Radio over several years

Amateur Radio Kids Day in Elizabeth
Members of the Tri-County Radio Association and the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club will jointly conduct a special Ham Radio Day for Kids activity on Saturday, July 27, 2019

Manchester radio hams take up story of Peterloo Massacre
The Manchester Messenger reports the South Manchester Radio and Computer Club will be running a Special Event Station GB200PLMto commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre

Radiation doubles around the Moon
A NASA radiation sensor in orbit around the Moon has detected a doubling of cosmic rays, making 2019 one of the worst years of the Space Age for astronauts to travel into deep space

MP uses Morse code to wish happy birthday to GCHQ
The Irish News report morse code sounded in the Commons as an MP wished happy birthday to a British intelligence agency. Conservative MP Alex Chalk held his phone up to a microphone in the chamber to allow the long and short beeps spelling out the message to be heard 

Joanna Lumley to host 40th Anniversary event for Transglobe expedition – powered by HF radio
Conceived by the Lady Ginnie Fiennes, wife of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, this extraordinary surface travelling circumnavigation of the Globe via both poles started in 1979 and concluded successfully in 1982

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The annual Hawaii QSO Party will be held from 23 August 2019 through 25 August 2019. You can download the rules and procedures here:

“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 revised contest package here:

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

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

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