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Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club in the UK.

Accessed on 23 September 2019, 1525 UTC, Post 1128.

This post covers the period of 20 September 2019 through 23 September 2019.


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News for Monday 23 September

State of emergency in Nevada
Wes AC8JF contacted Southgate News to say:
Reports so far are that a few hundred people turned up at the gate of the “Area 51″ military reservation, and there was no confrontation. A few thousand people came for other events

Upcoming Satellite Presentations
ARRL instructor Clint Bradford, K6LCS, will be giving his ‘Working Amateur Satellites With Your HT’ presentation at the following clubs and hamlets in the next few weeks

ACMA release final 5 year spectrum outlook
Australia’s communications regulator the ACMA has released its final 5 year spectrum outlook

Ad hoc legislative advocacy committee to meet with lawmakers
ARRL’s Ad Hoc Legislative Advisory Committee will meet with several members of Congress later this month in Washington to introduce new Committee members, reacquaint the lawmakers with Amateur Radio’s most-pressing issues, seek their input on the best ways to achieve ARRL’s objectives in Congress, and request their continuing support

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st/September, through Sunday, 8th/September there were 217 countries active

African tour
Pista, HA5AO, is once again active as 3DA0AO from the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland) until September 30th. He will be active from the Mountain Inn Resort at Mbabane

Tokelau Islands DXpedition
The following four updates were posted on the ZK3A DXpedition’s Web page September 18th

Tonga operation
Operators Andrew/VK5AK, Grant/VK5GR (Team Leader), Oly/VK5XDX and Steve/VK5SFA will be active as A35JT from Tonga between September 22nd and October 7th

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


News for Sunday 22 September

QSO Today – Paul Andrews – W2HRO
Paul Andrews, W2HRO, re-entered amateur radio, after a 35 year break, by working FM satellites with a Yaesu portable and a dual band antenna

A different type of storm: Nevada ARES/RACES now deployed during declared State of Emergency
Common knowledge tells us that storms knock out communications. Tornadoes, blizzards, hurricanes, typhons, and tsunamis have all disrupted communications

New book on the Icom IC-9700
I am pleased to announce that my new book, ‘The Radio Today guide to the IC-9700‘ is now available from the RSGB bookshop, Amazon, and Kindle

Australian government commits to join NASA in lunar exploration and beyond
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his nation’s intention to join the United States’ Moon to Mars exploration approach, including NASA’s Artemis lunar program

The SARL RF Noise Workshop postponed to November
The workshop at the NARC planned for 28 September has been postponed, and some of the discussions will now be incorporated in the next scheduled workshop on 23 November

ZS SOTA Day on 24 September
Sid, ZS5AYC reports that Tuesday 24 September is Heritage Day and will also be the second ZS SOTA Day of 2019

New Zealand Net (NZ Net)
All CW operators are invited to check into the net on at 3535.0 kHz 9pm NZT, Monday-Friday. The net is “formal, but friendly.”

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

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


News for Saturday 21 September

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Going on an outing
After my fun and games working out how to manage power for a temporary radio set-up, away from my shack and normal infrastructure, I had the pleasure of actually going out to get on air and make some noise

AmateurLogic 134: Friday The 13th – II
In this episode, George found some neat items at the Huntsville Hamfest. Emile builds the COMM Pi CD Archiver with remote control. Tommy creates an IP address Emailer to keep track of your IP address when you are away. Plus we announce the details of the AmateurLogic.TV 14th Anniversary Contest

Saltwater and Plastic Antenna
A new antenna that uses saltwater and plastic has been developed by Lei Xing and her colleagues at the College of Electronic and Information Engineering at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China

Database of ham radio stations in Japan
JJ1WTL’s English language License Data Search enables you to look up the license details of over 421,000 Amateur Radio stations in Japan

Mirko Mandrino YT7MM SK 
With sadness I report that Mirko Mandrino YT7MM (ex YU1NQM, YU7NQM) passed away in Pancevo Serbia on 19 September

2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election results
As a result of the 2019 Board of Directors Election, Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK; and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV; will serve on the board for two years

VK6WIA NewsWest
In NewsWest for Sunday 22nd September 2019  we talk about contests and contesting, with a summary of some of the contests coming up soon, and we take a closer look at the Remembrance Day Contest results

Radio Caroline live this weekend
We’re climbing ‘aboard the Love Ship’ this weekend 21st/22nd September for another fabulous RADIO CAROLINE NORTH broadcast LIVE from Ross Revenge

ICQPodcast – Sherwood Engineering
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ruth Willet KM4LAO to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Rob Sherwood from Sherwood Engineering

Ontario considering permanent two-way radio exemption for Amateurs
Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time


News for Friday 20 September

Tony’s 10m Band Report
A fairly quiet week on Ten Metres. I have not had much time to switch the IC7600 on.

At the forefront were OY1R (Faroe Is), 5T5PA (Mauritania), CN2CO (Morocco) and EH1SDC (Spain)

Antuino featured on Hackaday
Danie Conradie writes on Hackaday about the Antuino, a compact Radio Lab for antennas and radio circuits

ILLW breaks with tradition
Since its inception in 1998 the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend has been held on the 3 rd full weekend in August. The founders selected this weekend as it was the most suitable for the European and UK stations that made up the bulk of entries for the event

22nd IARU Region 1 ARDF Championships 2019
This year’s Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championship was held September 2-8 in Rogla, Slovenia. The United Kingdom won a Silver medal in the category for Men aged 70 years and over

ARISS school contact planned for Boulder, CO, USA
International Space Station school contact has been planned for Nick Hague KG5TMV with participants at University of Colorado Amateur Radio Club, Boulder, CO, USA

Elecraft K4 – UK First!
Waters & Stanton are delighted to announce that Eric Swartz WA6HHQ, co-founder of Elecraft, will be flying over in person to give the first UK live demonstration of the Elecraft K4 Transceiver

Norway to close Long Wave transmitter
NRK has announced the long wave transmitter on 153 kHz is to close but the medium wave transmitter in Svalbard on 1485 kHz is to be upgraded

The Space Weather Woman
Pockets of Fast Wind & Stealthy Solar Storms – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

CEPT SE24 and SRD/MG meet in Romania
The latest meeting of the CEPT SE24 and SRD/MG took place in Romania this week. IARU was there and had submitted three papers for discussion

Another ARRL filing on ham radio symbol rate restriction
ARRL renews its request for the FCC to replace the amateur radio license Symbol Rate restriction with a Bandwidth limit

Pirate DAB multiplexes take to the air in Ireland
Pirate radio stations are appearing on unlicenced DAB digital multiplexes in Dublin and Cork, and more are planned for other cities in Ireland

Remarkable opening on 144 MHz from the Azores results in several contacts over 3,000kms
On the evening of the 14th and the morning of the 15th of September 2019, there was a remarkable opening on 144 MHz from the Azore Islands in the Atlantic Ocean to parts of the UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

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


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