Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


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

Content supplied by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 04 November 2019, 0505 UTC, Post 1189.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 01 November 2019 to 03 November 2019.

News for Sunday 3 November

Australia: Spectrum management reform
The WIA reports the communications regulator ACMA is changing its approach to modernising Australia’s spectrum management framework

QSO Today – Andrew Barron – ZL3DW
Andrew Barron, ZL3DW, is an active ham, loves to discover what’s new in ham radio, and is the author of four amateur radio books, one on SDR or software defined radio, and 3 user guides on the latest Icom transceivers

Solar Cycle 25 is slowly coming to life
There’s a sunspot (AR2750) on the sun today. That doesn’t happen often during a deep Solar Minimum like the one we’re experiencing now. AR2750 is a sign that Solar Minimum won’t last forever

NASA science, cargo heads to space station on Northrop Grumman mission
A crowd watches from a safe distance as Northrop Grumman launches its 12th cargo resupply mission to the ISS from Pad-0A of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Nov. 2, 2019

SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest next weekend
The second leg of the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest will be on the air from 10:00 UTC on Saturday 9 November to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 10 November 2019 with SSB, FM and CW contacts on 6, 4 and 2 m, 70 and 23 cm and higher

The November/December Communicator
The November/December SARC Communicator is now available. This month 60 pages of projects, news, views, and reviews from the SW corner of Canada

New local digital radio services for the Channel Islands
Listeners in the Channel Islands will soon be able to tune in to a broad range of new local digital radio stations, Ofcom has confirmed

SolderSmoke Podcast
Episode 214 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

The 2020 SARL Blue Book
The Contest team is busy working on the 2020 SARL Blue Book and requests Clubs hosting contests to submit any changes they would like to make as well as confirm e-mail addresses for log submissions

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


News for Saturday 2 November

Foundations of Amateur Radio
In pursuit of a challenge
An interesting question came up the other day. It’s there such a thing as a solo contest? At the time I answered with examples like talking to a hundred countries to achieve the DXCC, or doing that on every band. I gave other examples too, but today I’d like to come at this from a different angle

Early progress, contention on difficult issues mark first week of WRC
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, November 1, 2019 – Week 1 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference saw agreement reached on several issues on which discussions prior to the conference had revealed consensus

FUNcube-1 satellite: Why does spin direction flip?
Since launch of the amateur radio FUNcube-1 (AO-73) CubeSat in 2013 the team have observed the spin of the satellite based on the panel temperatures

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest VK6 Amateur Radio news for Sunday November third, 2019  is the Club focus edition, where we have invited local clubs to tell you about what they are up to

Candidates with 100% CW copy receive an award
In August Thailand’s amateur radio society RAST conducted an Intermediate amateur radio exam along with the compulsory 8 WPM Morse code test

Ham radio involvement following L’Aquila earthquake
Salvatore Raccampo 9H1SR / IT9ARO has released a video about the response of radio amateurs in the aftermath of the L’Aquila earthquake in Italy on April 6, 2009

MacLoggerDX Version 6.25 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.25 of MacLoggerDX has been released

Medical Pager information livestreamed
Reports say a radio enthusiast has been livestreaming sensitive Medical Patient Information that was being sent to Pagers

Amateur Radio at the World Scout Jamboree – Free PDF
Article in December 2019 issue of ARRL’s QST magazine covers amateur radio at the World Scout Jamboree. Scouts made contacts via the amateur satellites and spoke with an astronaut on the International Space Station

Propagation de K7RA
Still no sunspots, but average daily solar flux rose this week from 65.3 to 68.5. Yet there have been surprising reports of HF stations heard and worked over long distances


News for Friday 1 November

Community First Responders Day at National Radio Centre
Crowborough Community First Responders (CFR) were involved with the launch of International Community First Responders Day at the RSGB National Radio Centre (NRC) in Bletchley Park.

CFR Team Leader, Nicki Pointer alongside Leigh Westwood (SCFRTL) and Bloss Spink attended an event held at Bletchley Park, the ‘Home of the Codebreakers’ in Milton Keynes

TX Factor – Hamfest 2019
Episode 24 of TX Factor is a Hamfest 2019 special, reporting on some of the eye-catching products and services on display at this year’s event in Newark

The Space Weather Woman
Three Times a Charm for Aurora – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter now available for download
The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter (No 23 – Spring/Autumn 2019) is now available for free pdf download from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page or the RSGB 5 MHz page

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

The next meeting of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club will be held Saturday, 09 November 2019, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news, events, and information, please visit this blog daily.  News feeds are updated daily.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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