Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” updated from Big Island ARRL News.

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Content supplied by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 08 August 2019, 1510 UTC, Post 1068.



Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period 05 August 2019 through 08 August 2019.

News for Thursday 8 August

Tony’s 10m Band Report
As if to copy Stoke City this week, Ten Metres has been poor, very poor. The odd bit of DX but really a good showing by F4CXO as top spotter. His shack looks particularly tidy and organised for a Radio Ham!

How to apply for short ‘two-letter’ Intermediate and Full callsigns
Matt M6CEB has released a video describing how those who’ve passed their Intermediate or Advanced exam can get short callsigns such as 2E0PS or M5ET

ICQPodcast reaches 300 show milestone
Back in 2008, a father and son team decided to experiment with a new publishing technology -podcasting. They committed to publishing ten shows and see if anyone was listening

HamSphere 4.0 5 years later
HamSphere 4.0 Five years have passed !
Summer 2014 on August 15 exactly, a UFO arrives in the world of radio amateurs and radio enthusiasts, this new program happens to simulate the propagation on the amateur bands radio 10 to 160 meters

Operation Market Garden special event
Look for special event station PA75OMG to be active between September 12-22st

Liberian DXpedition dates confirmed
The Italian DXpedition Team will be active from Liberia between September 28th and October 11th


News for Wednesday 7 August

Ofcom release propagation measurement data
UK Communications regulator Ofcom has released UK radiowave propagation measurement data for frequencies between 449 MHz and 5850 MHz

FreeDV via geostationary satellite ham radio transponder
Gerhard OE3GBB is transmitting the digital voice mode FreeDVthrough the amateur radio narrowband transponder on the Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

ARISS school contact planned for Adelaide, Australia
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Luca Parmitano KF5KDP with participants at Loreto College, Adelaide, South Australia

LZ19YOTA from the 9th YOTA summer camp
LZ19YOTA is the call sign that will be used during the 9th Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Camp, to be hosted by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) between 11 and 17 August

TV News: Radio hams practice for emergencies
Mississippi’s WLOX TV News reports amateur radio operators with the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center made sure they’re prepared for the worst

Perseid Meteor Shower
The Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on Tuesday 13 August 2019

UK becomes a nation of streamers
UK becomes a nation of streamers… but traditional broadcast TV leads the way on UK content

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


News for Tuesday 6 August

FT8 Digital Mode Club 2nd anniversary
Eight special event stations will be active from August 10-24 to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the FT8 Digital Mode Club (FT8DMC)

BRICSAT2 and PSAT2 designated Navy-OSCAR 103 (NO-103) and Navy- OSCAR 104 (NO-104)
On June 25, 2019, the United States Naval Academy PSAT2 and BRICSAT2 cubesats were launched on a Falcon Heavy launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. PSAT2 and BRICSAT2 were developed by Naval Academy students in the USNA Satellite Lab and operated in cooperation with the USNA Amateur Radio Club

Manchester’s Lost University Amateur Radio Societies
The first of a new mini documentary series by Lewis M3HHY covers the history of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) Electronics and Amateur Radio Society G3CXX

Midsummer auroras in the USA
This morning a fast-moving stream of solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field. First contact produced a G1-class geomagnetic storm and auroras in northern-tier US states visible even through city lights

50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium banquet speakers announced, tickets now available
AMSAT is pleased to announce that the AMSAT SymposiumSaturday Evening Banquet on Saturday, October 19th will feature a panel of guest speakers presenting “The Foundations of AMSAT” followed by a question and answer period

Kerry Amateur Radio Group active for ILLW
Ireland’s Kerry Amateur Radio Group (KARG) will be QRV from Cromwell Point Lighthouse on ILLW weekend again this year for the 16th year in a row



News for Monday 5 August

MacLoggerDX Version 6.24 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.24 of MacLoggerDX has been released

19th Global Symposium for Regulators
Small-Satellites, High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) and 47 GHz were among the topics discussed at the ITU-D 19th Global Symposium for Regulators in Port Vila, Vanuata, July 9-12

First UK 288 GHz CW contact
Video of the first UK two-way CW contact at 288 GHz which took place at Higham in Kent on August 2, 2019, between Roger Ray G8CUB/P and Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ/P

World Scout Jamboree ham radio balloon crosses Atlantic
An APRS amateur radio balloon, callsign NA1WJ-5, was launched from the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and floated across the Atlantic Ocean

AMSAT in special 300th edition of ICQ Podcast
The popular ICQ Amateur Radio Podcast has been running for over 11 years and on August 4, 2019, the ICQ Podcast team released their 300th edition which features an interview with Treasurer and Past President of AMSAT Keith Baker KB1SF

St. Paul Island DXpedtion
Many JAPANESE Hams are trying to contact CY9C on FT8 in Normal Mode; CY9C cannot contact you unless the FT8 WSJT-X Software is set to DXpedition Mode — Fox Hound.

Bouvet Island DXpedition video
3Y0I Team member Mietek, SP3CMX, has put together a 27:19 video on the team’s first attempt to go to the island called ‘The Road To Bouvet’. They say ‘Buckle up’ to view it

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted‘ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of July 29th. The list contains 340 entities

ICQPodcast Episode 300 – AMSAT US with Keith Baker KB1SF
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is AMSAT US with Keith KB1SF

The following operations have been approved for DXCC credit

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th-July, through Sunday, 4th-August there were 209 countries active

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The Hawaii QSO Party will run from 0400Z 24 August to 0359Z 26 August.  For Hawaiian radio amateurs, that means 6 pm HST Friday through 5:59 pm Sunday.  Work as many stations on as many bands and modes as you can.  You cn find the complete rules here: http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/Rules/HQP/HQPRules-2019-A.html

“Grid Madnesss 2019”, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can find the revised contest package here: https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  The class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island. For details, please contact Doug Wildson at douscelle@aol.com

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section