Ham Radio Update 10/09/2019


Welcome to the latest edition of “Ham Radio Update” from Big Island ARRL News.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 09 October 2019, 2155 UTC, Post 1151.

Editor:  John Woodstock (K1DWU).


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October 09, 2019

Hawaii ARES Leverages Contest Station and Winlink for 2019 Simulated Emergency Test

October 09, 2019 04:56 PM – ARRL -ARES volunteers in Hawaii took the opportunity of the 2019 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 6 (UTC) to test Winlink radio messaging to the US mainland, using the KH6YY (KH6J) contest station on O’ahu. One of the premier contest stations in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, KH6YY offers a commanding propagation path over an expanse of saltwater.

“You have to start with digital modes somew…

New Amateur Radio License Conditions in Effect for Australian Radio Amateurs

October 09, 2019 04:53 PM – ARRL -The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published changes to the Amateur Radio license conditions, effective on September 21. According to the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), all restrictions on emission modes have been removed for all licensees, and restrictions on permitted transmission bandwidths have been lifted for all licensees on all bands allowed for each lic…

Ohio Sheriff Observes and Participates in ARES Simulated Emergency Test

October 09, 2019 04:42 PM – ARRL -In Greene County, Ohio, one public official not only observed the ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) this month but participated in it with Greene County ARES (GCARES). Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS (“Greene County Sheriff”), checked in when the Resource Net Control, Bob Baker, N8ADO, of Beavercreek, called for volunteers. Although the suggested scenario called for only using simp…

World Wide Radio Operators Foundation to Sponsor CQ WW Webinar

October 09, 2019 04:32 PM –

Tokelau Islands ZK3A DXpedition Ceases Operation Early

October 09, 2019 11:32 AM – ARRL –[UPDATED 2019-10-09 @ 1647 UTC to reflect that individual was not a member of the DXpedition team.] Due to the illness of an Island resident, the ZK3A Tokelau Islands DXpeditionthe operation has shut down a couple of days ahead of schedule.

“ALL TEAM MEMBERS ARE FINE!” said an announcement on the ZK3A website. “A person on the island is ill. So, they have sent the boat there early to get this pe…

Vital work of WWV at Fort Collins, Colorado

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Broadcaster KUNC reports that a little-known radio station in Fort Collins might one day save the world

Arctic aurora surprise

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Who needs sunspots? Yesterday, the spotless sun sparked an outburst of Arctic auroras right in the middle of Solar Minimum

Raspberry Pi Ham Radio Remote reviewed

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the MFJ amateur radio RigPi Station Server

New UK Entry Level Licence proposed

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX has set out his proposal for a new Entry Level amateur radio licence

Devon school’s ISS contact

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Essex Ham reports on the successful Amateur Radio contact between Bampton School in Devon (GB4BPS) and astronaut Drew Morgan KI5AAA (NA1SS) on the ISS that took place on October 8

BBC Television received in South Africa

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Norman G4AYU wrote: Just been posted on the BBC Archive twitter account. It’s an old video from 1949 featuring G8IG and ZS1PK

Help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Voice of America – Bethany Relay Station

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Her six massive transmitters may be quiet, but she is far from silent. Amateur radio operators routinely talk to the world from station WC8VOA in West Chester, Ohio, located about 25 miles north of Cincinnati. This former VOA relay station is now a museum with collections from the Gray History of Wireless Radios; Powel Crosley Jr., and Cincinnati radio and TV broadcasting history; and the Voice of America

IOTA news from the DARC

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

October 08, 2019

Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club Celebrates Centennial of ARRL Affiliation

October 08, 2019 05:08 PM –

Lynyrd Skynyrd Founding Member Larry Junstrom, K4EB, SK

October 08, 2019 03:24 PM – ARRL -Southern Rocker Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB, died on October 6. He was reported to be 70.

Junstrom was a founding member and bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, although he left the group before it recorded its first album. He’s better known as a member of another Southern Rock band, 38 Special, with which he performed from 1977 until retiring in 2014.

“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,” said a sta…

RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

OL19CAMP – YOTA Subregional camp

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The Czech radioclub ‘CRC’ organized a subregional YOTA camp called ‘Weekend of Experiencies’ from September 27-29

From amateur radio buff to NASA’s go-to guy

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – ABC News article about radio amateur Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI says ‘NASA considers this 80-year-old radio buff part of the astronaut family’

AO-7 to enter full illumination period October 9, 2019

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – On or about October 9, AO-7 will enter a period of full illumination that will last until approximately December 2


October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The QRPersNZ Group is alive and well, and operating a weekly net on Thursday nights at 0800 UTC on 3.690mHz

Melbourne QRP by the Bay

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

Coaxial cables summary

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The National Weather Service will offer Skywarn Storm Spotter Training on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo.  To register, go here:

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

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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