Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio News from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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 Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

This report covers the period 29 July 2019 through 31 July 2019.

Accessed on 31 July 2019, 2300 UTC, Post 1059.


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News for Wednesday 31 July

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Not a bad week on Ten Metresoverall. I worked a lot of European stations but SU9JG (Egypt) and OH0V (Aland Is) stand out.
There have been some shocking distorted signals about on FT8. One was +27 with me and had 6 simultaneous spots in the band activity screen! 
Plenty of DX about, just check the lists below to see if you’re there

St. Paul Island DXpedition news update
Helicopter has been repaired overnight and is in the air on the way to Dingwall, NS, and was expected to arrive late afternoon Tuesday, 30th July

SSTV event planned for early August
ARISS plans to celebrate the life and accomplishments of astronaut, scientist and ham radio pioneer Owen Garriott with a commemorative SSTV event featuring images from Garriott’s work with ham radio during his missions in space

Winter YOTA – Let’s go PA
Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, reports Winter-YOTA is a sub-regional Youngsters On The Air event, in The Netherlands

ARISS next generation radio system completes critical flight certification tests
The Interoperable Radio System (IORS), ARISS’ next generation radio system successfully completed a battery of stressful tests required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station

Rugby Radio Station 1963 video
Rugby was not a conventional radio station but a communications hub transmitting radio telephony, including the now obsolete telex service that later gave way to fax

CAS-7B designated BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 (BO-102)
On July 25, 2019, the CAS-7B (BP-1B) microsatellite was launched on a Hyperbola-1 launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Space Center, China

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


News for Tueday 30 July

St. Paul Island DXpedition news update
This morning the helicopter scheduled to fly today from New York to Nova Scotia needed to turn back to base at early start of flight due to an instrument failure

Ham radio event at Corfe Castle, Dorset
The Bouremouth Echo events page reports the Poole Radio Society will be transmitting from Corfe Castle in Dorset throughout the weekend of September 7-8

New rules to protect people in TV and radio shows
Ofcom is proposing new rules to ensure that people who take part in television and radio shows are properly looked after by broadcasters

Distracted driving measure among many new state laws effective Aug. 1
Several transportation rule changes are among new Minnesota laws passed during the 2019 regular and special legislative sessions that take effect Aug. 1

Giffgaff fined £1.4m for overcharging customers
Ofcom has today fined mobile company Giffgaff £1.4m for overcharging millions of customers

Somalia operation
Ken, LA7GIA, will once again return to Somalia and be active as 6O7O in September. His last activity was in January 2018 as 6O6O

NASA TV to air launch, docking of Russian space station cargo ship
A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station Wednesday, July 31

FT8 Digital Mode Club 2nd anniversary
To commemorate the 2nd anniversary, eight special event stations will be on air during the ‘FT8DMC Activity Days‘ between August 10-24th

World Wide Digital DX Contest – upcoming webinars
Extending the World Wide DX Contest into the Brave New World of Digital Communication — This webinar will first review the impetus behind creating a fourth World Wide DX Contest


News for Monday 29 July

Ham College 55
General Amateur Radio Exam part 26. RMS Voltage, Power Supply Filtering, Tower Safety.

South Orkney Island DXpedition
Tent Weekend — During the weekend of July 12th seven team members and three volunteers met in Placerville, California, to prepare the tents for use on South Orkney Island

Ham radio in Greece 1972
In 1972 British Pathe News released a film report on amateur radio in Greece

N1MM Logger+ in another language
Al, AB2ZY is a new member of the N1MM Logger+development team who are focused on preparing the popular logging program to support other languages beyond English

Ham radio in West Bengal
The Telegraph newspaper reports on the West Bengal Radio Club which has over 200 members

St. Paul Island Dxpedition
All is on schedule. Three vehicles loaded with equipment and supplies each are on the way from different locations headed for Dingwall, NS, the takeoff point for helicopter transport to St. Paul Island. The helicopter will be flying to Dingwall from New York on Monday, 29th

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

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 Keaau, Hawaii Island. For more information, please contact Doug at

The Hawaii QSO Party is coming 24 August 2019 through 26 August 2019.  Here’s the information from Alan (AD6E/KH6TU), the 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 rules 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:

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section