Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” update from Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 20 October 2019, 0305 UTC, Post 1168.



Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This summary covers the period 17 October 2019 through 19 October 2019.

News for Saturday 19 October

Foundations of Amateur Radio
World Wide Radio Operators Foundation
The other day I accidentally learnt something new. I know, it’s crazy, sometimes I surprise myself

Brazil: High school students shown amateur radio
Brazilian radio amateurs participated in a Science Fair at Gonçalves Dias School, Boa Vista on October 16

JOTA down-under
This year JOTA celebrates 62 years of connecting scouts and guides by radio. A few things to note, with the change of DMR talk groups for JOTA this weekend, the Tasmania Wia news is on TG3807 this weekend at 9:30 am advises VK7ZCR

New Zealand Net (NZ Net)
The New Zealand Net (NZ Net) is an 80-metre CW net operating every Monday-Friday evening

DX-World.net reports that operators Johannes PA5X (5T5PA) and Evert PA2KW (5T2KW) will be active from a special location somewhere in Mauritania between the evening of October 19th until the morning of the 26th

Marquesas Island DXpedition
The Can-Am DXpedition Team will arrive in French Polynesia on November 3rd. While in Tahiti (FO), there will be some activity – including low bands — for a couple of days/nights….

Propagation de K7RA
Solar activity remains very low. At the bottom of the sunspot cycle, any sunspot activity is fleeting. Again, another week passes with no sunspots at all. Spaceweather.com reports no sunspots for the past two weeks, and the total number of spotless days this year is now 213 days, or 73%, matching the percentage of spotless days in 2008


News for Friday 18 October

French national ham radio societies meet
The URC, AMSAT-F, DR@F, VE-France, FFBRA and REF met on September 22 and October 13 in Nanterre to define the working methods and priorities of the Inter Associations Radioamateur Group (GIAR)

Will a Beginners licence cure the slump in new radio amateurs?
The number getting their UK Foundation licence has slumped in the past 13 years. In this YouTube video RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX discusses his proposal for a Beginners Amateur Radio Licence

SC0UT on-the-air for JOTA
Scouts in Sweden have got an appropriate call sign for this weekend’s Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) – it’s SC0UT

Pitcairn Island DXpedition
I experienced a sudden and relatively severe, acute illness and was hospitalized for a number of days. I am recovering at home, but the risk of compromising the DXpedition to Pitcairn Island is too great for me to make the trip with the team. My friend Glenn, W0GJ, will take on my responsibilities and the DXpedition will proceed as otherwise planned. Ralph K0IR

The Space Weather Woman
Two Coronal Holes Keep Us in Suspense – The latest space weather forecast from
Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

ARRL ham radio magazine aimed at Beginners-to-Intermediate
ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication

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


News for Thursday 17 October

Tony’s 10m Band Report
I’ve been software smoothing, i.e. sorting out the wrinkles in a spotting programme.
I did chase a Vietnamese station for 2 hours but he didn’t work any UK stations that I could see. Most popular A82X and Z (Liberia), TT8SN (Chad), and 5T5PA (Mauritania) again.
But there was plenty more DX about

Image: Tony Dixon G4CJC

Emergency simulation tests ham radio equipment
“We have had a number of simulated disasters, from the standard tsunami and earthquake emergencies.” — Bob Pine K6RMP, ARES

AMSAT Board of Directors announce 2019 Officers
These are the results of the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors meeting vote for Officers

Australian Authority looks to end HF for maritime distress communications
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recommended that jurisdictions cease high-frequency (HF) radio monitoring of distress and safety communications in Australia. The authority is seeking comment on the proposal by 29 November

ARISS contact Tenningen, Germany re-scheduled
Science & Technologie e.V. / event: Science Days, Teningen, Germany, has been modified

Ofcom fines Ben TV £25,000 for promoting ‘miracle cure’ product
Ofcom has imposed a £25,000 financial penalty on Greener Technology Limited after material broadcast on its satellite television channel, Ben TV, broke our broadcasting rules

ARISS Italian contact re-scheduled
The ARISS contact for Istituto Comprensivo Statale Diego Valeriâ, Campolongo Maggiore, Italy, direct via IQ3RW and Istituto Comprensivo Ladispoli1, Ladispoli, Italy has been re-scheduled

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The next National Weather Service Skywarn Storm Spotter Training is set for Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 1000-1200 HST, at the W.M. Keck Observatory Headquarters in Waimea, Hawaii Island.  Seating is limited to the first 19 applicants, so register now at:


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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section