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 provided by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 28 July 2019, 1510 UTC, Post 1056.

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News will follow the news update.


Please scroll down to read your selections.  The report covers the period of 25 July 2019 through 28 July 2019.

News for Sunday 28 July

QSO Today – Jeanne Socrates – VE0JS
Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS, who, once her current voyage ends hopefully at the end of August, will have the distinction of being the oldest person to sail solo around the World without touching land or getting any help of any kind while underway

VE Exams in Australia
The VE Exams Australia Session held for the first time in Osborne Park, Perth this month was a success

Meteor Scatter
Meteor scatter is a form of propagation mode that is used for medium distance ham radio communications, especially on bands like 144 MHz

SARL HF Phone, Digital and CW Contests in August
The aim of the SARL HF Contests (the League’s Premier Contest) is for participants to contact as many amateurs in Southern Africa as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands

Fourteen lighthouses registered for ILLW
To date, fourteen Southern African Lighthouses have been registered on for the 2019 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend taking place on 17 and 18 August

Bletchley Park and the NRC
Where in the UK can you take youngsters that’s fun, educational and free?
Bletchley Park, the former top-secret home of Britain’s Codebreakers, is now a vibrant museum and has a packed calendar of interactive exhibitions and events that tell the story of this historic site


News for Saturday 27 July

Foundations of Amateur Radio #216
How far can I talk on radio? 
A question that regularly hits the enquiring minds of people who are not (yet) radio amateurs is one about distance. For both amateurs and those who are not yet) inducted into our community the concept of distance speaks in ways that other parts of our hobby don’t. It’s a simple concept, between these two points, how far can you talk?

Two ISS SSTV events during July 29 – August 4
ARISS Russia is planning Slow Scan Television (SSTV) image transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM from the International Space Station

Radio hams raised money for hospice
The South Wales Argus reports an amateur radio society has made a donation to St David’s Hospice to support a member receiving treatment

Unusual opening from Europe to Australia on 50 MHz – 24th July 2019
Over the last few weeks, there have been some really good openings from Europe to Japan on 50 MHz with many stations being worked by the FT8 digital mode

Ofcom fines RT £200,000
Ofcom has fined the news channel RT £200,000 for serious failures to comply with our broadcasting rules – and required the channel to broadcast a summary of our findings to its viewers

AMSAT-CE working on CESAR-1 FM transponder satellite
The Radio Club de Chile has announced the reactivation of theAMSAT-CE Foundation

VK6WIA NewsWest
Welcome to NewsWest for Sunday 28th July 2019. Today we focus our attention on Contesting, and we’ll have information about contests that have been and gone, and those that are yet to happen

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 19th July, through Friday, 26th July there were 199 countries active

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


News for Friday 26 July

ARISS school contact planned for 24th World Scout Jamboree, USA
International Space Station school contact has been planned for Drew Morgan KI5AAA with participants at 24th World Scout Jamboree, Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve

ARISS – RS0ISS – SSTV activity
ARISS Russia is planning SSTV test transmissions

FT4 contests announced
The RSGB Contest Committee have announced a series of contests using the new digital mode FT4

CAS-7B with FM transponder launched
The Amateur Radio satellite CAS-7B (BP-1B), carrying an FM transponder, was successfully launched at 05:00 GMT on July 25, 2019 and the FM transponder and Telemetry Beacon have been received

Commemorating 100 Years of Royal Air Force Halton

The special event callsign GB100HA has been issued to be used within the boundaries of Royal Air Force Halton in conjunction with the many events which are taking part celebrating the anniversary

The Current War
Rob Mannion, G3XFD has written to tell us about a new film which has just gone on general release. Called ‘The Current War‘, the film features the ‘war’ between the rival promoters of D.C. and A.C. ….Edison and Westinghouse

The Space Weather Woman
Goodbye Sunspot, Hello Coronal Hole – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Ofcom: Airwaves opened up to support wireless revolution
Farmers, factories and business parks are some of the groups that could benefit from a revolution in wireless technology, following a decision by Ofcom to open up airwaves to enable innovation and support new services

ISWL callsigns for August
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of August 2019

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 25 July

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Mediocre weekday activity but the weekend was a boomer. There was still some DX about even during the week.
I worked Monaco and Lebanon. I failed with Jordan and Malta. A couple of ‘MOON’ stations still about, TM1MOON (France) and AO50MOON (Spain). I worked him but on 40m. GB100BM (Bentley Motors) was about. I also worked GB100HAL (RAF Halton) on 10m. I’m a member there but this was not a scheduled contact.

144 MHz opening from Cape Verde Islands to Germany – 23rd July 2019
On Tuesday the 23rd of July 2019, there was another remarkable opening on 144 MHz from Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa to Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France in Europe

Using diversity reception to cancel local interference
RTL-SDR reports on a demonstration showing how the new RSPduo diversity feature in SDRUno can be used to cancel local interference

RSGB release Board Minutes for March and April
The RSGB Board Minutes for the March and April 2019 meetings have been released

Chat N Show
In news from the North West of Tasmania we learn that Shirley VK7HSC‘s Chat N Show Bi monthly meeting is next set for September 4

ILLW down-under
The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is an annual event attracting nearly 500 registrations for operations throughout the world, One Aussie group that do it well is the Summerland Amateur Radio Club

Small asteroid explodes over Canada
Material from the asteroid belt landed on Earth yesterday, July 24th, when a small space rock exploded over Ontario, Canada

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Please save the dates 24 August-25 August 2019 for the Hawaii QSO Party.  According to Alan (AD6E/KH6TU), HQP Chairman, “The HQP will run from 0400Z 24 August to 0359Z 26 August.  Translated, that’s 6 pm HST FRIDAY through 5:59 pm Sunday.  Work as many stations on as many bands and modes as you can.  You can find the complete set of rules here:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  That class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keauu, Hawaii Island.  Contact Dough 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 revised contest package here:

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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