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 12 August 2019, 0455 UTC, Post 1072.


Following the news update, I’ll mention a few items of interest for Hawaii Island radio amateurs.

Please click the above link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 09 August 2019 to 11 August 2019.

News for Sunday 11 August

YOTA Summer Camp – Bulgaria 2019
Today Sunday, August 11, 80 youngsters from 28 countries are meeting near Sofia, Bulgaria, because it’s again time for the YOTA Summer Camp hosted by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA)

QSO Today – Nathaniel Frissell – W2NAF
Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, is the 2019 Dayton Ham of the Year because of this contribution to the amateur radio art though his combined professional interest in ionospheric physics and the amateur radio modes, such as WSPRnet and FT-8, that build big data bases of propagation data. HamSCI is an organization founded by Nethaniel on this concept

Vintage Night
Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club invites local amateurs to participate on the air as part of ‘Vintage Night’ on Friday, August 16th

‘Ham in a Day’ returns
In the USA the complete training course and exam for the 1.5 kW Technician amateur radio license can be done in just 7 hours with a 95% pass rate

50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet speakers announced – tickets now available
AMSAT is pleased to announce that the AMSAT Symposium Saturday 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

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on 17 and 18 August is not a contest, there are no prizes, certificates or other enticements to participate and therefore, participation is free. Each station’s operators decide how they will operate their station regards modes and bands

The SARL HF Digital Contest
The second contest in the SARL HF Contest series is the Digital contest taking place from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC on Sunday 18 August 2019 with RTTY and PSK activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres


News for Saturday 10 August

Foundations of Amateur Radio
It broke and now what?
Imagine you’re a new amateur. You’ve woken up in the middle of the night because insomnia seems like a good way to use amateur radio as an excuse to get on air and make some noise. You turn on the radio, key up the transmitter and the next thing you know it’s dark

Ofcom database of callsigns Not Available for issue
Short calls are available for those radio amateurs who pass Intermediate or Advanced exams but for Advanced it may not be clear which short G2 or G3 calls are available, this database may help

Es’hail-2 / QO-100 talk at FRARS Hamfest Sunday
The Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest takes place this Sunday, August 11 at the Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset

VK6WIA NewsWest
In NewsWest for Sunday eleventh August 2019, we look at Amateur Radio History, and because next weekend is the Remembrance Day contest, our history segments will focus on Amateur Radio during and just after World War Two

A new source of space radiation
As if astronauts didn’t have enough to worry about. Researchers at UCLA using NASA’s THEMIS spacecraft have identified a new source of space radiation

Les Barclay G3HTF Silent Key
Well known Essex radio amateur Professor Les W. Barclay G3HTF, OBE, BSc, FREng, FIET passed away on July 31, 2019 aged 85

WIA Board Comment
The last week has seen much activity in the preparation of the submission to put to ACMA in relation to any proposed changes to the Amateur LCD

Propagation de K7RA
A new sunspot group appeared only briefly this week, on August 7 and 8. It was sunspot 2747, from current cycle 24. Sunspot numbers on Monday and Tuesday were 11 and 12


News for Friday 9 August

HAREC amateur radio exams at the HAMEXPO show
Passing an amateur radio HAREC exam enables the holder to apply for a CEPT Class 1 license in any signatory country. REF reports an exam session will be held at the HAMEXPO on October 12

VK3DX active for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
The Standard newspaper reports Warrnambool radio amateurs will be operating VK3DX from Portland’s Whalers Bluff lighthouse on August 17-18 as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

ARRL Dayton Hamvention videos available
Video recordings of presentations made by several ARRL officials at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention® and ARRL National Convention are now available for viewing on YouTube

Ham radio eviction on TV news
Teleponte TV News broadcast a report about the planned eviction of radio amateurs from their headquaters in Teramo

The Space Weather Woman
Sunspots Blossom & Sailing the Solar Winds – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Ham radio banned at Airpower 19
Austria’s ÖVSV reports the communications regulator BMVIT has banned the carrying or use of Amateur Radio equipment at the Airpower 19 event taking place in Zeltweg on September 6-7

Bright Jupiter + Moon conjunction
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look south.
The waxing gibbous Moon is approaching Jupiter for a beautiful conjunction alongside the red giant star Antares

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

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), 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 complete rules of the event 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 find the revised contest rules here:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class for this year.  The class begins Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, 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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