Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio News” update.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content supplied by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 10 October 2019, 2140 UTC, Post 1152.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.

Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 08 October 2019 to 10 October 2019.

Tony’s 10m Band Report
The most popular DX was undoubtedly mounted by the Italian DXpedition Team, A82X for CW + SSB and A82Z for Digital, both Liberia. The other most sought after DX was ZK3A, Tokelau Is.
Me, I’ve spent a fair bit of time getting to grips with DXLab suite of programs. I have been using Ham Radio Deluxe but something seems awry with the support site


News for Thursday 10 October

Pitcairn Island DXpedition
We are pleased to announce our pilot station network for the Pitcairn Island DXpedition. Our pilot station system is in place to relay your reports, concerns, and advise to us through our pilot stations

SARL Day of the Radio Amateur
The Sandton and Hammies ARCs are hosting the SARL Day of the Radio Amateur over the weekend of 3 to 5 April 2020

2019 AMSAT Symposium on-line registration open until October 11
An on-line registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through October 11, 2019 per the following schedule

Comoros Island DXpedition
Members of the Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC) will be active as D68CCC from Comoros Island (AF-007) between October 21st and November 2nd

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted‘ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 2nd

Mobile Matters: new Ofcom research on how people use their mobile phones
Ofcom research on how people use their mobile phone sheds new light on people’s experiences of making calls and getting online on the move. Ofcom’s Mobile Matters report analyses how around 150,000 people used their Android phone between 1 January and 31 March 2019 – helping Ofcom to understand mobile users’ changing needs


News for Wednesday 9 October

New UK Entry Level Licence proposed
RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX has set out his proposal for a new Entry Level amateur radio licence

Devon school’s ISS contact
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

Vital work of WWV at Fort Collins, Colorado
Broadcaster KUNC reports that a little-known radio station in Fort Collins might one day save the world

Arctic aurora surprise
Who needs sunspots?
Yesterday, the spotless sun sparked an outburst of Arctic auroras right in the middle of Solar Minimum

BBC Television received in South Africa
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
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

Raspberry Pi Ham Radio Remote reviewed
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the MFJ amateur radio RigPi Station Server

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


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


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The National Weather Service is offering 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 class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, 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