Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

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.

Accessed on 30 December 2019, 0015 UTC, Post 1257.

This report covers the period of 27 December 2019 through 29 December 2019.


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News for Sunday 29 December

New tropo world record contact between Cape Verde Islands and Scotland made at 432 MHz
Tropo conditions over the eastern part of the North Atlantic were exceptional over the weekend allowing many stations in the UK and Ireland to make contacts with D41CV on the Cape Verde Islands on 144 MHz. Conditions however were not just confined to the 2-metre band as some excellent contacts were made on 70cms as well

First element of ARISS next generation radio system readied for launch on SpaceX CRS-20
During this Holiday Season, when the spirit of giving and receiving gifts reigns high, ARISS received a special gift and delivered a phenomenal gift to the international community. This occurred on Thursday December 19, 2019

FT8 used for record-breaking 432 MHz contacts
On Saturday morning, Dec 28, there were at least two record-breaking 432 MHz contacts of 4163 km and then 4544 km using the popular digital mode FT8

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 29th December 2019 is a special edition, as it’s the last news programme for 2019. We look back at some of the highlights of the year, and also getting into the Happy New Year thing with a New Year Resolution for Amateur Radio.  We wish all of our listeners a very happy and radio-active New Year

SARL News on 80 metres on Sunday
The SARL News Team has received a request that the SARL News bulletins at 08:15 and 08:30 CAT on Sunday mornings must also be transmitted on 80 metres because the 40 metre transmission is plagued by propagation problems

Satellite built by students to beam anthem from space
A satellite built by engineering students of NRI Institute of Technology (NRIIT) at Agiripalli in Krishna district is all set to beam the country’s national anthem from space, once placed in orbit

All About Amateur Radio
All About Amateur Radio, a book by S Suri VU2MY which was released recently, talks about wireless communication technologies in detail

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels


News for Saturday 28 December

Foundations of Amateur Radio
What does Amateur Radio mean to you?
Over the years I’ve been asked what the hobby of amateur radio is all about.
My response has evolved over time, but it started with the lure of simple point-to-point communications. The antidote against such an example is that a mobile phone does that and more. Of course if you’re already in the hobby you know that there is a massive difference between the two, but if you’re an onlooker that is not nearly as obvious

A21EME Moonbounce video
Chris PA2CHR has released a video of the A21EME eight band Moonbounce and QO-100 satellite DXpedition to Botswana in October 2019

MacLoggerDX Version 6.26 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.26 of MacLoggerDX has been released

New Section Manager will take over in North Carolina on April 1
Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, of Boone, North Carolina, will take the reins as Section Manager of the North Carolina ARRL Field Organization this spring. Hoffman was the sole nominee to succeed incumbent Section Manager Karl Bowman, W4CHX, of Raleigh, who decided not to run for a new term after serving since 2014

Dutch call for greater visibility for ham radio
One of the Netherland’s national amateur radio societies VERON has called on radio amateurs to come out of the shack and show people the radio hobby

Satellite constellations: Astronomers warn of threat to view of Universe
This story, from the BBC website, refers to the increasing optical interference of the night sky by planned satellite systems – this to improve internet connections

Meteor-M2-2 satellite ‘struck by micrometeoroid’
Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday that the Meteor-M2-2 weather satellite may have been hit by a chunk of rock and radio amateur Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB was among the first to notice

98th anniversary of successful ARRL transatlantic tests
A group of radio amateurs gathered earlier this month at W1AW to mark the 98th anniversary of the successful ARRL Transatlantic Tests


News for Friday 27 December

Ham Radio – Getting Practical
In this video Peter Waters G3OJV considers how the amateur radio hobby would benefit from greater exposure on the newsagents shelves

WIA Annual Conference
The WIA Annual Conference will be held in Hobart Tasmania over the 8th to 10th May 2020 and registrations are open and selling fast

Scouts get trained to be Ham Radio operators
Scouting magazine reports on how two assistant scoutmasters are training scouts to become radio amateurs

The End of a Radio Legend
I was saddened to recently learn that the wonderful nonprofit charity dedicated to shortwave radio everywhere,, will be going the way of the Silent Key

Commemorative ARISS slow-scan TV transmissions
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will support slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions worldwide in memory of cosmonauts Alexei Leonov, Valery Bykovsky & Sigmund Jaehn

2020 IOTA Honour Roll – Annual Listing
IOTA enthusiasts, if you have been planning to submit an application for IOTA, consider doing it now before the December / January rush

RSGB release Board Proceedings
The RSGB has released the missing Board proceedings for July as well as the proceedings for September and October

Boston Marathon
FCC proposes a Marathon fine for unlicensed broadcasting by Radio TeleBoston

January 2020 Radio ZS
The January 2020 issue of Radio ZS will be uploaded to the South African Radio League website by Friday 27 December

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is coming to the Waimea Community Center on Saturday, 25 January 2020.  The Waimea Community Center is located near the ball field just off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly. Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

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