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 provided by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

This report covers the period 25-26 December 2019.

Accessed on 26 December 2019, 1505 UTC, Post 1253.



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News for Boxing Day, Thursday 26 December
Origin of Boxing Day:
Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s and has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. The name comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants, and the day when they received a special Christmas box from their masters.

Europe 1 on 183 kHz closure confirmation
Europe 1 has announced its intention to cease its long-wave transmissions from the end of this year

SARL registered as a Club on ClubLog
Thanks to the initiative of Nickus de Vos, ZS6J, the SARL (South African Radio League) has registered as a Club on ClubLog which will allow our members to measure their standings against their peers

Possible fifth force of nature found
Over the years, humans have come up with four forces that can be used to describe every single interaction in the physical world

Algeria on the air
Operators from the Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens (ARAT) join forces with members of the Amateurs Radio Algeriens (ARA) for a low-band DXpedition as 7X7T from Bejaia (WW Loc. JM26ms)

Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club
This is Bruce VK3UV, and on behalf of the president and committee of the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club, I would like to wish our listeners and supporters all the best for the Christmas and New year festive occasions, and I thank you all for your continued support during 2019

Canadian operation
Chris VE3FU/VO2AC, Frank/VO1HP, and Dave VE9CB/VO2AAA will be activating Point Amour Lighthouse, located in CQ zone 2, during the CQ WW DX 160m CW Contest

Cuban centennial
Members of the Radio Club of Caibarien will be active with the callsign T46W form Dec. 29 to 31 on 80 to 10m on SSB, CW, and FT8

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


News for Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December

ARISS SSTV Transmissions
ARISS will be supporting SSTV transmissions worldwide in memory of cosmonauts Alexei Leonov, Valery Bykovsky and Sigmund Jaehn. The transmissions are scheduled from December 28 until January 1

See you on the dark side of the moon: China’s lunar radio observatory
For nearly as long as there has been radio, there have been antennas trained on the sky, looking at the universe in a different light than traditional astronomy

A Ham’s Night Before Christmas
Need a little more Christmas cheer in the hamshack ? Revisit this ham radio Christmas classic, A Ham’s Night Before Christmas

Tony’s 10m Band Report

Whichever way you look at it this was a bad, bad week. Best to let it go and move on.
Having said that the predictions don’t look great for 2020, 10m wise.
Strangest DX of the week TG9AWS (Guatemala) gets top spotter on Thursday.
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Volcano in the background

Reverse-polarity sunspots appear on the sun
A new solar cycle is coming. Today, two sunspots emerged on the solar disk. Their reversed magnetic polarity marks them as members of new Solar Cycle 25

Christmas at prisons 2019
Another year, a special Christmas Day radio program to the Catalan Political Prisoners will be broadcasted on December 25th. The program has been recorded by a team of volunteers who work at FM radio stations

HAM radios have wider reach at lower costs
The Hindu newspaper reports: Amateur radio operators or HAMs, who have proved to be a lifeline in times of natural calamities, are of limited use during government-enforced communication shutdowns

Encouraging seniors to join ham radio
Ian G3HI writes: In the UK we have 11 million seniors, 4 million live alone, 1 million say they often feel lonely. We should aim our efforts at getting these people to join in ham radio

Ham radio in Antarctica
Marcus Heger DL1MH writes about the amateur radio station at the Neumayer-Station III research base in Antarctica

Amateur Radio Rallies and Hamfests for 2020
We’ve just added 10 new rallies to the list, so check it out and find a rally near you

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 wh6n@arrl.net.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section