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This report covers the period of 06 October 2019 through 08 October 2019.

News for Tuesday 8 October

From amateur radio buff to NASA’s go-to guy
ABC News article about radio amateur Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI says ‘NASA considers this 80-year-old radio buff part of the astronaut family’

Coaxial cables summary
All radio amateurs use coax and often quite a bit of it. Not only is it used for connecting between units in the shack, but it is also used, normally as the feeder of choice for taking the transmitter power to the antenna and conversely the received signals from the antenna to the receiver.

AO-7 to enter full illumination period October 9, 2019
On or about October 9, AO-7 will enter a period of full illumination that will last until approximately December 2

OL19CAMP – YOTA Subregional camp
The Czech radioclub ‘CRC’ organized a subregional YOTA camp called ‘Weekend of Experiencies’ from September 27-29

The QRPersNZ Group is alive and well, and operating a weekly net on Thursday nights at 0800 UTC on 3.690mHz

RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from Amateur Radio clubs across the country for our Liability Insurance Program for 2020

Melbourne QRP by the Bay
Melbourne QRP by the Bay is coming up next month – Saturday 2 November at 3pm. It’s an occasional gathering of homebrewers, QRPers and portable operators


News for Monday 7 October

ISS SSTV Oct 9 and 10
Russian cosmonauts are expected to activate Slow Scan Television (SSTV) image transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM from the International Space Station on October 9 and 10

IARU Region 2 agrees to 15m satellite allocation
The 20th General Assembly of IARU Region 2 in Lima, Peru ended on Wednesday, October 3, 2019

GB3JV TV repeater for London
Justin, G8YTZ is delighted to announce that the from 14:50 on 6th October 2019 the GB3JV Amateur TV repeater is now on the air in beacon mode. The new repeater is located in Petts Wood, Kent, and transmits on 3404MHz

ICQPodcast – Rola Masts and Handheld Radio Programming Guide
In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB/W9ICQ) reviews headphones from BHI Noise Cancelation Products, A Handheld Radio Programming Guide and we speak to Chris Taylor from Moonraker regarding Rola Masts, Network Radio and a Dual Band DMR Radio with Bluetooth Connectivity to any device

What time is it?
Chris Tran GM3WOJ / ZL1CT wrote an article about getting accurate time on your PC for the GMDX Digest

The Spring QRP Sprint on 12 October
The last QRP Contest in South Africa for 2019 is on the air from 12:00 to 15:00 UTC on Saturday 12 October 2019 with CW and phone activity using 5 Watts or less

DX Féile 2019
The 20th and 21st September saw DX Féile 2019 in full swing again from Inishmore, Aran Islands

Amateur Station Licence Examination
The next Amateur Station Licence Examination will be held on Thursday 14th November in the ComReg Offices in Dublin and at other centres if warranted by the numbers

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th September, through Sunday, 6th October there were 214 countries active

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


News for Sunday 6 October

LAPAN-A2 satellite used during earthquake disaster
Indonesia’s national amateur radio society ORARI reports Joko Santoso YC8NYJ was the first person to successfully communicate during the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Palu, Central Sulawesi in September 2018

Get ready for BACAR on Saturday, Oct 12
South Africa’s SARL reports on the amateur radio balloon flight planned for Saturday, October 12, that will carry two linear transponders, SSTV, APRS and LoRaWAN

FCC takes decisive action against deliberate interference
The ARRL report a New York Radio Amateur — Harold Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill — is facing a $17,000 fine imposed by the FCC. Guretzky was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on October 3 for causing intentional interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio amateurs from using it.

QSO Today – Frank Howell – K4FMH
Frank Howell, K4FMH, has a love for radio and electronics that goes back over 60 years, but is only now a recent licensee

WRC-19: ITU Preparatory report released
The Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) Report on technical, operational and regulatory/procedural matters to be considered by WRC-19 is available for download

The AWA SSB Valve QSO Party this afternoon
The SSB Valve QSO Party runs from 13:00 to 17:00 UTC this afternoon with activity on 40 and 80 meters

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The National Weather Service will conduct Skywarn Storm Spotter Training on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo. To register, go here:  https://www.evenbright.com/e/nws-skywarn-storm-spotter-training-tickets-7455633111.

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  The next class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  Contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section