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Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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

Accessed on 09 September 2019, 0115 UTC, Post 1109.

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News for Sunday 8 September

QSO Today – Ralph Fedor, K0IR
Ralph Fedor, K0IR, has participated in at least 15 DXpeditions to the most remote parts of the World

Good news for the two-metre band
This week’s WIA News report: When CEPT met in Turkey it finalised its positions on a wide range of WRC-19 Agenda Items, including proposals for WRC-23

FT8 used for Australian 3.4 GHz record
The WIA reports a new Australian DX record in the 3.4 GHz band was made using the digital mode FT8

West Malaysian special event
Members of the Kelab Radio Amateur Jalan Klang Lama, the 9MDXC and MARTS will be activating the special event callsign 9M16KING from Kuala Lumpur between now and September 30th

HamRadioNow: Emergency Communications, Hurricanes and Elmers
In this edition of Ham Radio Now David Goldenberg W0DHG and Jim Aspinwall NO1PC talk Ham Radio: EmComm, Dorian, Elmering, etc

AMSAT Board of Directors election ballots due September 15
Votes must be received no later than Sunday, September 15, 2019 in order to be counted in the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election

Contest activity in September
Each weekend in September, the South African Radio League (SARL) has some contesting activity to keep you busy

DM02 Satellite Expedition
Alex, N7AGF, and Ron, AD0DX, are planning to activate DM02 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 on FM and Linear satellites

We’re taking a short break
Southgate News will be taking a short break from Monday, 16 September

We’ll be back again on Friday, 20th of September. I hope to see you all again then.
Thanks – Richard g4tut


News for Saturday 7 September

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Boating adventures
The other day I was on a boat. That’s right, me, on a floating thing, on the water, the ocean actually, steering and everything. I should confess that when I was younger I spent most weekends sailing as a sea scout in Holland.

Ham radio company wins big
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the strategic partnership between FlexRadio and Raytheon to develop an HF radio for the US Air Force based on the existing SmartSDR/Flex-6000

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 8th September is the History of Amateur Radio edition.  Today we look back on Amateur Radio History. What I enjoy most about reading amateur Radio History is that so much never changes. Stay tuned to find out why

Ham radio continues on the Hi-Line
The Havre Daily newspaper interviews Lloyd Stallkamp NO7G about ham radio and the Hi-Line Amateur Radio Club

New amateur radio maps
EI8IC has released a number of new amateur radio maps: CQ Zones, ITU Zones, UK/EI Contest District Codes

Propagation de K7RA
Old Solar Cycle 24 sunspots returned this week, but for only two days (Sunday and Monday) with a sunspot number of 12. Average daily solar flux increased from 66 reported in last week’s Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP035 to 67.4 this week


News for Friday 6 September

2m Threat: Radio DARC broadcast
This Sunday morning at 0900 GMT the Radio DARC broadcast on 6070 kHz AM will cover the role of the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) in the recent French threat to 144-146 MHz

Hurricane Dorian: Ham radio important in emergencies
WVLT TV news reports amateur radio operators are helping during Hurricane Dorian

The Space Weather Woman
Our Sun and the Hurricane Create a Perfect Storm – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Radio hams track interfering signals
ARRL report volunteers from the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club (SARECC) in Anacortes, Washington, recently assisted the US Coast Guard in tracking the source of interference on VHF Marine Channel 5A (156.250 MHz)

International Air Ambulance Week 2019
This year’s International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 7th and 15th September with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world.
The event covers two weekends, giving amateurs a great chance to get involved and support the event

The superheterodyne radio
The superhet or superheterodyne radio has been in use for over a hundred years and it is still one of the most popular formats for a receiver

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted‘ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of August 30th

GJ, Jersey
Bob, GU4YOX, will be active in this year’s CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as GJ4YOX

STEVE returns during Labor Day geomagnetic storm
Last weekend polar skies lit up brightly in response to a geomagnetic storm. But not all the lights in the sky were auroras. STEVE was there, too

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 5 September

Tony’s 10m Band Report

Strangely during the week was better than the weekend, Sunday was especially poor.Top chased after DX was OH73ELK (Finland). ~Also TM17FFF (France), 5T5PA (Mauritania)and S55G (Slovenia) showed up well. But there were others.

Check below to see where you were. And just so you know, the first shown on any day is the most contacted.

Hurricane Dorian: Radio hams help connect with families in Bahamas
WINK TV news reports communication is key after a devastating storm. Families across Southwest Florida are trying to make sure families in the Bahamas are safe. That’s when ham radios come in handy

Hurricane Dorian: Storm watch continues
ARRL reports as of 1500 UTC Sep 4, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) was reporting that a hurricane warning has been extended northeastward along the North Carolina coast

Key role of radio hams in natural disasters
WBRC TV News reports on the important role radio amateur undertake during hurricanes or tornadoes

Foundation Licence course on the London/Essex border
Loughton and Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society ( LEFARS ) will be running a weekend Foundation Level Course and Exam over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October at All Saints Church Hall, Romford Road, Chigwell

2019 Syllabus Foundation in Braintree
The Braintree and District Amateur Radio Society in Essex is one of the first clubs to announce a 2019 syllabus Foundation course

IARU attends ITU Inter-Regional Workshop
As part of its strategy to support the topics of interest to the amateur service at WRC-19, IARU is present at the third inter-regional workshop in Geneva this week

WSPR explained: How to get started with one-way ham radio
Geoff Fox writes on Extreme Tech about how radio amateurs transmitting as little as one milliwatt can be heard on the other side of the world

Amateur radio opens the world
Krugersdon News reports on Clarissa Clarke ZS6LIS who was one of the South African representatives at the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) event in Bulgaria

EURAO Party – Autumn 2019: claiming for 2m
The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ‘claiming for 2m’

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

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.  For details, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com

The Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness 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

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