Welcome to the Sunday edition of “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” 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.



Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 13 September 2019 through 15 September 2019.

News for Sunday 15 September

QSO Today – Burt Fisher – K1OIK
Burt Fisher, K1OIK, raised a stir and perhaps the ire of many hams with a 2008 YouTube video critical of amateur radio operators and their operating practices

Montana’s Dept of Justice to issue 200 ham radios
The Havre Daily News reports Montana’s Havre and Hill County Local Emergency Planning Committee intend to take up a Department of Justice offer of amateur radio equipment

Makrothen RTTY Contest
The Makrothen is coming! The Makrothen RTTY Contest is 1 month away!
Originally conceived by Waldemar Kebsch, DK3VN and now sponsored by Pizza Lovers 259 (PL259), the contest takes place each year during the second full weekend in October

Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest
The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest takes place on Sunday 22nd September 13:00 to 16:00 UTC

The SARL RF Noise Workshop 28 September
The workshop at the NARC on 28 September starts with a panel discussion about various ways to solve mains induced noise. The panel will present a case study and will show how, with a few simple measures, a reduction in mains noise can be achieved.

Amateur Radio Is There When All Else Fails
Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) interviews Joe Bassett W1WCN and Steve Bosbach KW5V about the role of amateur radio in a natural disaster

FT4 Contest results released
The RSGB Contest Committee have released the results of the first 80m FT4 one hour contest

NO-104 camera will be ‘live’ this week
Controllers for NO-104 (PSAT-2) announced on September 13 that they have commanded the camera to take a picture and store it into memory every 10 minutes. This mode should last for 7 days or at least to next commanding session on Monday

Two contests this coming weekend
The second leg of the The South African Radio League (SARL) VHF/UHF Digital Contest is on the air from 10:00 UTC on Saturday 21 September to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 22 September 2019 with activity from 6 metres and up

YOTA 2019 Summer Camp in Bulgaria spawns sub-regional camps
Most of those attending the recent Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) summer camp in Bulgaria were first-timers, observed Monty Schebesta, OE3VVU, a participant this year

IARU Region 3 approves new 15m satellite allocation
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) – Region 3 (Asia-Pacific Region) Directors meeting was held in Tokyo September 2-3

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

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 14 September

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Planning for an outing
Recently I had the opportunity to use a new radio whilst I was far away from my shack. It wasn’t unexpected, I took the radio with me, planned for the experience and packed light with intent

Taurus-1 with Codec-2 transponder launched
Taurus-1 (Jinniuzuo-1) carrying an amateur radio FM to Codec-2 transponder was launched on a CZ-4B rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on Thursday, September 12 at 0326 GMT

FCC seeks to streamline its hearings process
The FCC is asking for public comments on procedural changes that, if adopted, would streamline many administrative hearings under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended

University CubeSat Club members get ham radio licenses
Students at the Villanova University College of Engineering started a CubeSat Club in the fall of 2018 and have since got their amateur radio licensesImage: Some of the CubeSat Club members – credit Villanova University

The Space Weather Woman
Sound the All Clear After Aurora – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Satellite, GNU Radio and SDR talks released
Mark M5BOP reports the complete set of amateur radio technical talks from this year’s Martlesham Microwave Round Table is now available to watch on YouTube

Local commercial radio update: Communicorp UK Limited
Ofcom has approved requests from commercial radio group Communicorp UK Limited to change the formats of two stations in Peterborough and Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough

SSTV on BBC’s ‘The Capture’
Whilst watching a recording of episode 2 of ‘The Capture‘ on BBC 1 a couple of nights ago, I suddenly heard a familiar sound

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots this week. Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 3.4 to 0. At the same time, average daily solar flux rose from 67.4 to 69.4


News for Friday 13 September

AMSAT-LU PicoBalloons travel around the globe
The WSPR Picoballoon on 14.0956 USB released August 31 is about to complete its first circumnavigation of the globe after traveling 33,000 km in 12 days

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) awards generous grant to ARISS
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a very generous grant to ARISS for the Next Generation radio system. ARDC is the owner and manager of the Internet network known as the AMPRNet

IARU Region 3 approves new bandplan
The IARU Region 3 Directors meeting was held in Tokyo September 2-3. A modified interim Region 3 bandplan was approved which included an Amateur-Satellite Service allocation in the 15m band

RAC planning meeting underway
The biennial Planning Meeting of Radio Amateurs of Canada is now underway in Moncton, New Brunswick just ahead of the RAC Annual General Meeting which will be held on Saturday, September 14

100 years of radio from Königs Wusterhausen
On December 22, 1920, something remarkable happened in Königs Wusterhausen

September GEO Newsletter available for download
The September PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

A possible interstellar comet enters the solar system
A new comet just discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is rocketing through the solar system too fast for the sun’s gravity to hang onto it. Indeed, it appears to be a visitor from the stars

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 15th September 2019 is the New Amateurs edition, and we’re giving our attention to New Amateurs, with hints, tips and recognition of those who have gained a new license or new callsign

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:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free

Technician License Class this year.  The new class

begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau

Community Center. For details: douscelle@aol.com

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Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section