Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


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.

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

Accessed on 07 November 2019, 0535 UTC, Post 1193.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period  of 04 November 2019 through 06 November 2019.

News for Wednesday 6 November

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Some good DX about but it was not all at the weekend. VP6R was favourite, with D68CCC (Comoros), VK9NG (Norfolk Is) and ZS6S (South Africa)

RSGB WRC-19 update: 23cms and A Long Day
The RSGB WRC-19 team had posted an update on activities at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference during Tuesday, November 5

Australian Foundation Manual Supplement
Australia’s WIA has released a free PDF supplement to the Foundation training manual following the removal of unnecessary restrictions from the licence

IARU Region 1 ban alcohol at YOTA events
IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ reported to the IARU Administrative Council meeting in Lima about the decision to ban alcohol at future YOTA amateur radio events

Statue to commemorate Fern Blodgett Sunde and the Battle of the Atlantic
A volunteer steering committee, along with its community partner, the Cobourg Museum Foundation, will erect a life-sized bronze statue commemorating Fern Blodgett Sunde (1918-1991), the first Canadian woman to earn a professional radio operator’s licence, and the first female radio operator  –  a ‘Sparks’  –  to work at sea

Our goal is to bring together Amateur Radio operators who enjoy communicating by Morse Code (CW).   CWops encourages the use of CW in Amateur communications, and it supports CW activity through planned events. CWops promotes goodwill among Amateurs throughout the world, and it fosters the education of young people and others in matters related to Amateur Radio

Ofcom makes new rules for mobile phone repeaters
Ofcom has today made changes to the technical requirements for using mobile phone repeaters in vehicles

IOTA chasers should note that updates for the Honour Roll and the Annual Listing 2020 must be made before the end of January 2020. Due allowance should be made for postal delivery

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


News for Tuesday 5 November

Encrypted or Encoded ham radio messages
The ARRL reports the FCC has been asked to clarify Amateur Rules governing Encrypted or Encoded messages

ARISS educational school contacts week 4-10 November 2019
For these contacts, downlink signals will not be in reach of Europe, but live video web streaming is provided

A class-leading lightweight carbon-fibre mast from SOTABEAMS
Portable specialist SOTABEAMS has launched a new carbon-fibre portable telescopic mast. The Carbon-6 has an extended length of 6 metres (19.6 ft).
Its packed length is only 43 cm (17 inches)

WRC-19 Day-6: Work resumes on all fronts
The RSGB WRC-19 team report Week-2 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference started with both 50 MHz and other items – inc a new arrival from afar

PocketQube Workshop videos available
The 3rd PocketQube Satellite Workshop, hosted by Alba Orbital, was held Sept 5-6, 2019, in Glasgow

Get Ready for the Transit of Mercury
One of the biggest astronomy events of the year is just one week away: The Transit on Mercury


News for Monday 4 November

WRC-19: Don’t count your chickens…
The RSGB WRC-19 team have released an update on the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from Oct 28 until November 22

TU2R activity
A group of Belgian operators will be active as TU2R from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on March 23 – April 3 2020 with participation in the CQ WPX SSB 2020

QO-100 geostationary satellite with just 100 milliwatts
Radio amateurs in Sweden are limited to just 100 mW on 2.4 GHz. In this article Christer SM0NCL shows how they can still send CW and SSB signals via the QO-100 / Es’hail-2 narrowband transponder 

3Y0I Bouvet Island DXpedition news – preparations resumed
Excerpts from an announcement on the 3Y0I Bouvet Island Web page, under “NEWS”, reports the following interesting facts and details of the second attempt to go to Bouvet Island

The beginning of the long dash: Happy 80th anniversary to CBC Radio’s longest running segment
For 80 years, the National Research Council official time signal has helped keep Canadians in sync. It celebrates a milestone anniversary on November 5

When the world got its news from shortwave radio
From the mid-1930s to 2004, Switzerland’s international service was Swiss Radio International (SRI). The first few decades of SRI’s existence were the heyday of shortwave – it was often the only way of getting news directly from other countries

AREN Training and Social weekend
On the 9th and 10th of November, AREN will hold a national training and development weekend in Dromineer, County Tipperary

AMSAT seeks webmaster, website content managers
AMSAT-NA is in the process of redesigning its website and is looking to immediately fill key volunteer member additions to its digital communications team

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th October, through Sunday, 3rd November there were 223 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

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

The ARRL Pacific Division Members Meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 1730 HST, at the KMC Cafeteria.  A buffet dinner will be served.  The highlight of the evening will be a series of briefings from ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra (K6JAT).  Please RSVP by Saturday, 09 November 2019, 1500 HST.  Contact Bob (AH6J) at 808-345-6390.

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

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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