Ham Radio Update


Welcome to the “Ham Radio Update” on 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 22 December 2019, 2325 UTC, Post 1249.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period 21-22 December 2019.

December 22, 2019

WIA President recaps on WRC-19

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The WIA continues its long-term commitment to international representation of the Australian Radio Amateur Service with its attendance at the most significant RF Spectrum allocation global event where the loss of Radio Amateur spectrum is ALWAYS on the agenda

Where are the nominations?

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Part of the SARL Nation Convention is the AGM and the Awards Dinner. To date, the SARL Secretary has received no nominations for any SARL Awards and Trophies and no motions for discussion at the AGM

SpaceX gets OK to re-space Starlink orbits

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX’s request to increase the number of lanes its Starlink satellites can orbit, a modification the company said would accelerate service rollout across the United States

SolderSmoke Podcast

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Episode 216 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

RASA launches national six metre initiative

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) has launched a national six metre activity program

Radio amateurs aid in rescue in remote NZ park

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Just days before the volcanic tragedy, a team effort to rescue an injured man in a remote New Zealand park, which included radio amateurs, took place

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Yoram Rotbach – 4Z1YR

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – If you want to get stuff done, you give it to a busy person. Yoram Rotbach, 4Z1YR, is the busy ham who has become the repeater tzar for the Israel Amateur Radio Club

CW contest on HamSphere 4.0

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Winter CW contest 2019 on HS4, 28 december 2019 to 29 december 2019

CAMSAT CAS-6 satellite launched

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – CAMSAT’s amateur radio payload CAS-6 piggybacked on a technology test satellite TIANQIN-1 was successfully launched on December 20, 2019 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center of China using a CZ-4B launch vehicle

AMSAT CW Day, January 1, 2020 is just ahead!

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – You are cordially invited to take part in AMSAT CW Activity Day 2020 sponsored by AMSAT for all radio amateurs throughout the world

95 years old and going strong

December 22, 2019 10:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The SARL (South African Radio League) will be 95 years old in 2020 and is still going strong, every year we are reliving the magic of radio, a technology that has transformed the world and is still doing so every day. As Radio Amateurs we are privileged to be part of this

ICQ Podcast Episode 314 – Low Band VHF

December 22, 2019 08:57 AM – ICQ Podcast -In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell – M0SGL, 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 – Low Band VHF.


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– Ham Radio to Encourage Student Interest in Science – FT4 and JS8 Added to the RFzero – African Parks-on-the-Air Programme – Library artwork honours STEM teacher Barbara Ranson formerly AAØI – ARRL Reshapes its Podcast Offerings for 2020 – DRM Tests from Hungary on 26 MHz continue into 2020 – TM70TAAF Special Event – Australian 70cms Digital Record Extended to 2806 kms!

CAMSAT CAS-6 Amateur Radio Satellite Launched Successfully

December 22, 2019 12:00 AM – ARRL -CAMSAT has announced that the CAMSAT CAS-6 amateur radio payload launched successfully on December 20, piggybacked on a TIANQIN-1 technology test satellite.

“The satellite is currently in orbital testing,” CAMSAT’s Alan Kung, BA1DU, told ARRL on December 20. “The amateur radio payload is expected to be operational in about 3 days.”

The microsatellite will be known as CAS-6/TIANQIN-1, and the call…

December 21, 2019

Roanoke Division Director Interviews Oldest US Radio Amateur

December 21, 2019 06:05 PM –

Christmas Carols to be Broadcast on HF from Antarctica

December 21, 2019 05:56 PM –

Propagation de K7RA

December 21, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Still no sunspots, and it’s been the same for 37 consecutive days. Geomagnetic conditions remained quiet, until “a minor stream of solar wind” (according to hit us on December 18

Short-term management rights in 3.5 GHz band for 5G

December 21, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – New Zealand’s regulator RSM reports: In December 2019 the Government approved the allocation, via auction, of short-term rights to an unused portion of 3.5 GHz spectrum

Sail to a Radio and Electronics Convention

December 21, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The WIA says: Are you coming to the WIA Radio and Electronics Convention here in Tasmania in May? Then why not choose sea over sky and sail from Melbourne to Devonport?

VK6WIA NewsWest

December 21, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – NewsWest for Sunday 22nd December 2019 looks at contesting, and of course we have also added a festive season flavour to the programme

Future of Amateur Radio programme

December 21, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The ACMA has asked, and the WIA has agreed, to put in place a mechanism for seeking credible feedback from all amateur users in Australia

Foundations of Amateur Radio

December 21, 2019 10:13 AM – Southgate ARC – During the week I received an email from a fellow amateur who described that they were feeling deeply disturbed by the decline of the core knowledge underlying the education and certification of today’s new amateurs

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

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/Kamuela.  For details, please contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section (breaking amateur/ham radio news).

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