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 18 August 2019, 1555 UTC, Post 1079.

This report covers the period of 16 August 2019 to 18 August 2019.


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News for Sunday 18 August

VRT withdraws slur against radio amateurs
Belgium’s Flemish broadcaster VRT falsely said radio amateurs were likely responsible for the transmission of fictional traffic information to vehicle dashboard screens

QSO Today – John Nowacki – W3NA
John Nowacki, W3NA, was a teenager in the early sixties when he won a contest to name a popular amateur radio line of antennas that are still sold today

FCC dismisses ARRL, AMSAT requests in Small Satellite proceeding
An FCC Report and Order (R&O) released August 2 in the so-called ‘small satellite’ rulemaking proceeding, IB Docket 18-86, failed to address concerns expressed by ARRL and AMSAT

SARL RF Noise Workshop
The SARL RF Noise Workshop will be held at the National Amateur Radio Centre on Saturday 28 September. This workshop is presented in partnership with AMSAT SA

Pirates On US Navy Satellites – UHF SatCom
Here we take a look at how to listen to the Brazillian Pirates on UHF SatCom

SARL HF Digital Contest this afternoon
The second contest in the SARL HF Contest series is the Digital Contest taking place from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC this afternoon (Sunday) with RTTY and PSK activity on 80, 40 and 20 meters

BBC increases Kashmir service on shortwave
The BBC World Service has stepped up shortwave broadcasts to Jammu and Kashmir during the media shutdown in the region

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


News for Saturday 17 August

Foundations of Amateur Radio
What’s in a Watt?
We need more power. I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain! She cannae take anymore.
I’m sure your Scottish ancestors are rolling in their graves right now, but in our community of radio amateurs we have a tendency to advocate the use of more power. More power fixes all problems and hides all sins

Threat to Amateur Radio 23cm band
A joint paper to be submitted to the CEPT CPG meeting in Ankara by France, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia and The Netherlands attacks the continued use by Radio Amateurs of our 1240-1300 MHz band

France: National societies send joint statement to regulator
France’s national Amateur Radio societies AMSAT-FDR @ FURCand REF have written to ANFR’s International Affairs Department regarding the 50, 144, 1240 MHz and 5 & 47 GHz Amateur Radio bands

WIA Director highlights ham radio spectrum threats
WIA Director Aidan VK4APM highlights the threats the Amateur Radio and Amateur Satellite Services face from commercial interests keen to grab our spectrum

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 18th August 2019, is the New Amateurs Edition where we give our attention to new Amateurs, and those seeking to join the hobby

In the regular New Hams segment Bob talks about wire antennas for beginners

144 and 1240 MHz threats: IARU submits papers
The IARU has submitted two papers to the CEPT ECC Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) meeting which takes place in Ankara, Turkey on August 26-30, 2019

QO-100 geostationary satellite talk at Hamfest 2019
Paul Marsh M0EYT gave a presentation titled ‘All you need to know to get going on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite’ at Hamfest 2019 in Dorset on Sunday, August 11

Radio amateur adventure weekend of Western Slavs
We are happy to announce an additional YOTA Sub-regional event for 2019. The camp is mostly meant to get to know each other

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, August 8 through 14


News for Friday 16 August

World’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz
Roland Lang, VK4FB, and Stefan Durtschi, VK4CSD, completed what is being claimed as the world’s first FT8 contact on 122 GHz

The spectacular end of Longijang-2 moon mission
The last commands to Longijang-2 Moon Orbiting Satellite were sent from the from OM Reinhard, DK5LA, during a thunderstorm with lightning strikes nearby his antennas before the satellite crashed on to the moon surface!!

The Space Weather Woman
A Coronal Hole Blows, A Perseid Shower, & Mars – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Amazon Forest operation
Daniel ‘JD’, IK2SGL, and his XYL have moved to a location in the Amazon Forest, Peru. They are international volunteers in a world-wide education program which contacst and helps the indigenous people of the region: the Awajun people

Radio hams combine hobby with serving the community
KOMU TV carried a news item about the public service role of radio amateurs in Jefferson City

RSGB-Workshop email reflector
A new email group has been created for supporting, discussing and developing technical content based around RadCom and related published articles

INDEXA Newsletter
The Summer 2019 Issue of the INDEXA Newsletter is now available to download

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Rel
ay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Alan (AD6E/KH6TU) reminds us about the Hawaii QSO Party from 24 – 25 August 2019. “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 rules here:

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