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October 25, 2019

The ARRL Foundation Announces Four Additional Scholarship Recipients

October 25, 2019 08:55 PM – ARRL -The ARRL Foundation has announced for additional recipients of scholarships that it manages.

The Albemarle Scholarship was awarded to Dalton Southerland, W1DGS, of Louisburg, North Carolina; the Atlanta Radio Club Scholarship was award to Emily Wilbourn, KM4JXB, of Buford, Georgia; the Cordel Scholarship was awarded to Collin Pike, KJ4AXB, of Roanoke, Alabama, and the Winscot Scholarship was awa…

UK Special Event GB1NHS and GB1CFR to Honor Community First Responders

October 25, 2019 08:40 PM – ARRL -Members of the UK National Health Service Emergency Care Improvement Support Team (ECIST) will launch a special event operation starting on Monday, October 28, from the Radio Society of Great Britain’s National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. GB1NHS and GB1CFR will recognize the life-saving role of community first responders.

The date corresponds with National Community First Responder Day in t…

The Lastest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

October 25, 2019 08:04 PM – ARRL -Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

MARS Members to Work with Radio Amateurs during SET and DOD COMEX 19-4

October 25, 2019 05:48 PM – ARRL -During October and corresponding with the ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will be reaching out to the amateur radio community to continue building working relationships and improving interoperability. As part of this effort, MARS will be promoting the use of a serial phase-shift keying protocol, Military Standard 188-110 (M110), on the 60-mete…

Pitcairn Island DXpedition Offers Tips on Working VP6R on FT8

October 25, 2019 05:36 PM – ARRL -The contact count for the VP6R Pitcairn Island DXpedition was approaching 50,000 as of October 24. Stormy weather put a bit of a damper on things, however.

“Late yesterday, we were hit with a tropical storm with torrential rain and gale force-plus winds,” DXpedition leader Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, reported on Thursday. “We had several antennas come down, but they are repairable and will be back up w…

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Special Event Set

October 25, 2019 05:30 PM – ARRL -The Egyptian Radio Amateur Society (ERASD) and Egypt’s National Telecommunications Radio Authority (NTRA) have announced a special event for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). SU8X and SU8WRC will be on the air from Sharm el-Sheikh in southern Egypt, the venue of WRC-19. Operation will begin October 26 UTC as SU8X participates in the CQ World Wide DX Contest SSB. Special event s…

The K7RA Solar Update

October 25, 2019 11:40 AM – ARRL -Over the past week, on Monday, October 21, 10.7 cm solar flux sunk to possibly the lowest level in recorded history. Solar flux was 64, which is even lower than the 64.4 value recorded way back on July 2, 1954 at the start of solar cycle 19, by far the biggest solar cycle ever recorded. I understand that solar flux dipped to 64.2 in 1906.

The average solar flux this past week was lower than the …

WRC-19 opens on October 28

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 is due to open in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Monday, October 28

West Point cadets use ham radio to contact ISS

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point had the opportunity to talk to the ISS using amateur radio

The OR0YAL Award

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – On the occasion of Princess Elisabeth’s eighteenth birthday, from October 25 to December 25, 2019, more than thirty UBA club stations will use the special prefix OR18. The UBA also offers a commemorative Award

Radio Luxembourg

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – A blue plaque will be unveiled this morning Friday 25th October at 10am at 38 Hertford Street, London W1. This was the London base of Radio Luxembourg. Expect some celebs to attend

VP6R Pitcairn Island DXpedition – update

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – As of 0000Z on 25th October, we have approximately 47,000 contacts in the log. Late yesterday we were hit with a tropical storm with torrential rain and gale force plus winds. We had several antennas come down, but they are repairable and will be back up when it is safe to go outside, probably not until tomorrow morning

ISWL callsigns for November 2019

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of November 2019

HackSpace magazine Antenna article

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Edition 24 of the free HackSpace magazine features a 4 page article ‘Making and tuning antennas’ by Jo Hinchliffe MW6CYK

Annual report on the BBC, and review of BBC news and current affairs

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Ofcom has today published its annual report on the BBC, and the findings of our review of BBC news and current affairs. Ofcom’s annual report on the BBC assesses the corporation’s performance over the period April 2018 to March 2019

DX News from the ARRL

October 25, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

October 24, 2019

Saudi Arabia and Seychelles Join International Amateur Radio Union

October 24, 2019 05:53 PM – ARRL -Member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) have voted to admit the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) and Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to IARU membership. SARS was founded on June 25, 2018, and is legally registered and recognized to represent the amateurs of Saudi Arabia. As of January 2019, there were 66 members out of a total of 479 radio amateurs in the …

Arizona Club Takes Advantage of Low Bands to Support 100-Mile Endurance Run

October 24, 2019 02:45 PM –

Annual ARRL Online Auction Ends Tonight

October 24, 2019 02:34 PM – ARRL –Tick-tock! Time is running short to bid on the more than 230 Amateur Radio items on the block in the 14th annual ARRL Online Auction. Bidding ends at 10 PM EDT on Thursday, October 24 (Friday, October 25, at 0200 UTC).

Auction items include lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items. Some of the premier “Product Review” items on the block includ…

World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 Gets Under Way on October 28

October 24, 2019 12:22 PM – ARRL -World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) opens on Monday, October 28, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. WRC-19 is sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some 3,000 delegates from most countries around the world will attend the international meeting, which lasts 4 weeks, and will discuss and agree to changes to the ITU Radio Regulations.

The International Amateur Radio Un…

The Doctor Will See You Now!

October 24, 2019 12:01 PM –

Proposed variation to talkSPORT’s national analogue licence

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Ofcom has today published a consultation on a proposed variation to talkSPORT’s national analogue radio licence

Saudi Arabia and Seychelles join IARU

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The IARU member-societies have voted to admit the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) and Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to membership

Radio Caroline 648 transmitter maintenance report

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – On Friday 11 October our engineers made a long planned visit to our 648 transmitter site to give the equipment a general tuneup and service

VP6R Pitcairn Island DXpedition – update

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Things are going well with the remaining team and the propagation has been wonderful to just about everywhere. We have had a lot of activity on 12M and some on 10M, including more EME contacts. We now have about 35,000 contacts in the log after 4½ days of operation

Loop Antenna Amplifier released

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The Loop Antenna Amplifier from Cross Country Wireless contains all the electronics needed for home DIY construction of an active loop low noise receiving antenna covering 10 kHz to 30 MHz

Annual amateur radio fees rise in the Netherlands

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The UK doesn’t impose any fees for the amateur radio licence but other countries such as the Netherlands are not so fortunate

AM Amateur Radio Europe announce the AM QSO Party 2020

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – What is AM Amateur Radio Europe? AM Amateur Radio Europe is a growing Facebook community of European radio amateurs

A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – A large hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind in our direction

Tony’s 10m Band Report

October 24, 2019 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – A dismal week lifted only partly by Saturday and Sunday. Most sought after DX 5T5PA (Mauritania), T88UW (Palau), FY5KE (French Guiana) , 5K0K (San Andres), T30GC (Kiribati) and more, well just a couple more
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