Ham Radio Update


Welcome to the “Ham Radio 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 John Woodstock (K1DWU).

Accessed on 26 November 2019, 1540 UTC, Post 1215.


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November 26, 2019

SARL contest results

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Here are the results of the ZS5 Sprint and the SARL VHF/UHF Digital Contest

VHF-UHF FT8 activity

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The QSO BANAT Association YO2KQT is happy to announce an open contest to promote FT8 activity on the 144 and 430 MHz amateur radio bands

SolderSmoke Podcast – Regen Madness

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Episode 215 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Short-term restricted service licences – application window opens for 2020 period of high demand

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Ofcom has opened an application window for Short-term restricted service licence applicants hoping to broadcast on any dates between Monday 20 April 2020 and Tuesday 26 May 2020 inclusive

Radio amateur’s half century on the air

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The Shropshire Star reports on a ‘Ham radio’ enthusiast who celebrated 50 years on the airwaves by taking part in an international competition at the weekend

Proposed changes to quality of service regulation of Openreach

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – To help broadband companies upgrade customers to faster broadband products more efficiently, Ofcom has today proposed changes to certain regulations requiring Openreach to install new broadband connections within a set timeframe

NASA Radar tests – radio hams asked to help

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Radio amateurs have been asked to listen out for any emissions in the 50-54 MHz band from the 48 MHz Tropospheric Doppler Radar Wind Profiler (TDRWP) at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC)

Germany’s DARC faces an aging membership

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The USKA say aging of the membership of Germany’s amateur radio society DARC is well advanced and threatens to reduce the number of members significantly within a few years

First 134 and 241 GHz QSO in Austria!

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – GHz-Europe reports on November 8, Rudi OE5VRL and Gerald OE2IGL made the first-ever 134 and 241 GHz contacts in Austria

CubeSat satellite talks now online

November 26, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Videos of the talks given at the Open Source Cubesat Workshop 2019 held in Athens Conservatoire, Greece are now available on YouTube

November 25, 2019

New General Availability Release of WSJT-X Announced

November 25, 2019 09:13 PM – ARRL -The WSJT Development Group has announced the release of WSJT-X version 2.1.1. This is the free software suite that includes the FT4 and FT8 protocols. “WSJT-X 2.1.1 is a bug-fix release that addresses regressions in version 2.1.0,” the announcement said. “The new version executes properly on Macintosh machines running macOS 10.15 (Catalina).”

The Release Notes detail program changes made since W…

ARRL to Oppose Proposal to Eliminate 3.3 – 3.5 GHz Amateur Allocation

November 25, 2019 09:09 PM –

ARRL Invites So Now What? Podcast Listeners to Take Survey

November 25, 2019 08:57 PM –

ARRL Headquarters Closed Thursday and Friday

November 25, 2019 01:00 PM – ARRL -ARRL Headquarters will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for Thanksgiving. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will not be available on those days. The next editions will be on December 5 and 6, respectively. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Monday, December 2, at 8 AM ET.

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

Russian WW MultiMode 2019, 30 November – 1 December

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to: 6th Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2019 – BPSK63, CW, RTTY, SSB – 12.00 UTC on Saturday 30 November till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 1 December, 2019

Radio hams help in Festival of Lights

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Los Altos Town Crier reports on the amateur radio involvement in the Festival of Lights parade

New officers for MVDX/CC

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club (MVDX/CC) is an ARRL affiliated Amateur Radio club in the St. Louis, Missouri, and Southern Illinois area

More countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East gain access to 50 MHz

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – In the past week, the World Radio Communication Conference WRC-19 has just approved an allocation in the 50 MHz band for radio amateurs in Region 1 which includes Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The LCARC new call sign EI4LCR was aired on Saturday 16th and Thursday 21st of November from the Shannon Aviation Museum, Shannon

ICQPodcast – Bob Allison WB1GCM

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Frank Howell K4FMH, Ed Durrant DD5LP and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Bob Allison WB1GCM

FCC seeks to clear radio amateurs out of 3.4 GHz

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – An FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to remove the existing non-federal allocations in the 3.3-3.55 GHz band

Closing down old FUNcube data servers

November 25, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The server addresses and are no longer operational

Kennedy Space Center Testing Improved Wind Profiler, Seeks Assistance from Hams

November 25, 2019 03:01 AM – ARRL -NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) will be testing an improved waveform on the 48-MHz Tropospheric Doppler Radar Wind Profiler (TDRWP) from Monday, November 25 through Sunday, December 2. The purpose of the test is to improve the instrument’s resolution and still operate within the assigned bandwidth.

The TDRWP is used to assess and evaluate upper-level winds for launches from KSC and Cape Canavera…

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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