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 25 November 2019, 0220 UTC, Post 1213.



Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period between 22 November 2019 and 24 November 2019.

News for Sunday 24 November

Upgrading of LA8W contest station
The NRRL report on a major upgrade to the amateur radio contest station LA8W located in Rakkestad, Norway

QSO Today – Clark Stewart – W8TN
Clark Stewart, W8TN, started in amateur radio over 55 years ago, and has worked every country but North Korea

Proposed FCC auction of C-Band increases competition for allocations
In an IARU News Release by Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and posted by Rick Lindquist, WW1ME on November 18 via the ARRL-IARU@groups.arrl.org list he reports that the Plenary session to approve texts to be included in the Final Acts was scheduled to end at noon Thursday, November 21 and delegates at WRC-19 faced a daunting workload as the conferees tried to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC

After an epic move a few months ago, M0HFC ‘HFDXARC’ is now open for visitors. To celebrate this we are having an Open Day on Sat 30th Nov, 10:00hrs – 16:00hrs

Gather here
The WIA Annual Conference is only six months away and it will be held in Hobart Tasmania over the 8th to 10th May 2020

AA Radio Services, Zetron to provide Antarctic consoles
Zetron’s ACOM Command and Control system has been selected to provide
communications solutions to and between Australia’s research stations in Antarctica

Starlink satellites photobomb a meteor shower
Astronomers monitoring the skies for an outburst of alpha Monocerotid meteors on Nov. 22nd were surprised when their cameras filled instead with an outburst of satellites

November 18 marked 2nd anniversary for AMSAT-OSCAR 91
Happy 2nd Anniversary, AMSAT-OSCAR 91
At 09:47:36 UTC on November 18, 2017, RadFxSat (Fox-1B) launched on a Delta II rocket from SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base and became AMSAT-OSCAR 91

Changes in SARL Hamnet leadership
This week’s SARL News report that at the Council meeting held on Tuesday 12 November, the resignation of Glynn Chamberlain, ZS6GLN as National Director of SARL Hamnet and as a Councillor was accepted


News for Saturday 23 November

Foundations of Amateur Radio
What’s in a Whisper?
A while ago I set up a WSPR, or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter at home. Before I go into the details, WSPR is an amateur radio protocol that allows stations to transmit their callsign, location and power level and for receivers around the globe to decode those and upload the results to a central database. It’s a great way to see what you can hear and what propagation is like

WRC-19 Day-20: And Finally!
Friday, November 22 saw WRC-19 conclude its month long biggest ever conference. Many of the 3,300 delegates had started to travel home even before the release of the ‘Provisional Final Acts’ and closing ceremony

RAC appoints new Deputy Community Services Officer
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, as its Deputy Community Services Officer (CSO) effective immediately

Jason recently represented RAC at the International Amateur Radio Union’s General Assembly Emergency Communications Workshop in Lima, Peru

WRC-19 Days 16+17+18: Satellites and 23cm
In the final week meetings at WRC-19 have been running until 3am in the morning in an attempt to get the work completed

4U1UN news update
On FaceBook, the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (4U1UN) reports the following on November 20th

Halfords make radio signals travel ‘super-fast’
Gareth Corfield writes on The Register about how Halfords can apparently defy the laws of physics

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 24th November 2019 is the contesting edition.  We bring you news of contests coming up soon, and not so soon.
You’ll hear our regular items like Roy’s Helpline, Over the Back Fence, and which Amateur Radio Club meetings and activities are happening around Western Australia in the next week

Ham Radio Day aboard the Queen Mary
AMSAT will be supporting the ‘Ham Radio Day Aboard the Queen Mary‘, an on-air event which will include satellite operations from the RMS Queen Mary, on Saturday, 14 December 2019. The Queen Mary is at the Port of Long Beach in California, grid DM03vs

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 15th November, through Friday, 22nd November there were 225 countries active

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


News for Friday 22 November

50 MHz band in Region 1
IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ reports on the 50 MHz allocation agreed at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Imperial College Space Society 434 MHz balloon
The Imperial College Space Society will be launching a pico balloon with a 434 MHz payload on Saturday, Nov 23 from Fryent Country Park, London

New ham radio antenna bill being drafted
The ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee is drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas

Happy Birthday FUNcube-1 (AO73)
Thursday, November 21, 2019, saw the sixth birthday of the launch of the amateur radio CubeSat, FUNcube-1 (AO73)

Amateur Radio on the ISS
WFIT 89.5 FM carried a report on a project that enables Amateur Radio contact with the International Space Station

The Space Weather Woman
Fast Wind Storms and Europa Plumes – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

CWops 10th Anniversary Celebration
The CWops 10th Anniversary Celebration is rapidly approaching and we’re looking forward to a spectacular event!

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

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section