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Accessed on 12 December 2019, 0900 UTC, Post 1233.  This post covers the period of 09 December 2019 through 11 December 2019.



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News for Wednesday 11 December

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Oh dear me, not much happening this past week. Again!

Best DX VP8NO (Falklands), FO5QB (French Polynesia), XW4XR (Laos), VK5KV (Australia) and VK2ZMT (Australia)

(pic) LVK2ZMT looks like a nice spot

Belgium UBA – the OR0YAL Award
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

WIA Board elections
The Constitution of the WIA specifically sets down the requirement for an election of half of the WIA Board every year. The next election is to be held in February 2020

Ofcom invites applications for new shared spectrum licences
Small businesses will be able to access the airwaves they need to set up their own wireless networks, as Ofcom invites applications for new shared spectrum licences from today

VK7 Social Scene in 2020
The year 2020 is going to be huge for Australia’s VK7 community, with three big events on the calendar: Meet the Voice in March, WIA Conference in May and the HamFest in November

VP6R Pitcairn Island photo book
Nodir, EY8MM, has put together a spectacular photo book of the recent VP6R Dxpedition

South Orkney Islands DXpedition news
The following update was sent out by Gene, K5GS, on the VP8/VP8DXU South Orkney Islands (AN-008) DXpedition

New QSL Manager
QSL Manager Vasiliy, RW6HS, has informed OPDX that he is now the QSL Manager for the following station: CN19JIM (International Mountain Day, December 21-22nd, 2019), CN8YM and EC6FK

Music to our ears
Look for German special event station, DL250BTHVN, to be active between December 16th, 2019 and December 17th, 2020


News for Tuesday 10 December

Recent 3000km+ opening on 144 MHz between New Zealand and Australia reported
On the 1st of December 2019, there was an extensive Sporadic-E opening on 144 MHz in the south-eastern part of Australia

Iranian radar in 40m ham radio band
The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a radar in northern Iran has been operating on the 7 MHz amateur band

Radio Caroline North December
Join us on the River Blackwater for the final Radio Caroline North broadcast of 2019 over the weekend 14th – 15th December

African Parks-on-the-Air programme
At present there are 545 Parks registered for Southern Africa on the Worldwide Fauna and Flora database – 8 in Eswatini, 7 in Lesotho, 13 in Botswana, 10 in Mozambique, 26 each in Namibia and Zimbabwe and 455 in South Africa

SARL Unlocking Amateur Radio Technology Symposium – first call for papers
This is the first call for papers to be presented at the second SARL Unlocking Amateur Radio Technology Symposium to be held at the Wanderers Conference Centre in Johannesburg on Friday 3 April 2020


News for Monday 9 December

ARRL calls for New York University Petition to be dismissed
ARRL has asked the FCC to dismiss a Petition filed by New York University (NYU) seeking Declaratory Ruling on the encoded message rule

Ham College 59
General Amateur Radio Exam part 30. General questions pool updates 2 of 3

ICQPodcast – CW Invaders Game / Training Aid
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Matthew Nassau M0NJX, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ruth Willet KM4LAO to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is – CW Invaders Game / Training Aid

Rules announced for January 2020 AM QSO Party in Europe
AM Amateur Radio Europe Facebook Group recently announced their very first operating event, namely AM QSO Party 2020

Day-Xenia Hamvention price rises
The ARRL Web page and Letter reports that the Day-Xenia Hamvention is increasing the cost of admission and its booth fees

Zorro back in Bhutan
As always, Zorro cannot operate for long time as he has many duties, but good operators in his team will do their best for world-wide contacts. They look forward to seeing you on the air!

December is YOTA month
The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report that throughout the month of December EI0YOTA will once again be on the air with the aim of getting youngsters involved in our hobby

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st December, through Sunday, 8th December there were 215 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 Big Island Amateur Radio Club will host its annual potluck Christmas lunch and meeting on Saturday, 14 December 2019, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 25 January 2020, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section