Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


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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 01 February 2020, 1925 UTC, Post 1303.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period 30 January 2020 to 01 February 2020.

News for Saturday 1 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio
How I host a weekly amateur radio net for new and returning amateurs

If you’ve ever had the pleasure or misfortune to hear an on-air net, you might have considered, however briefly, how that net came to be, how it’s run and what’s involved behind the scenes to make it happen

Joe Spier, K6WAO, resigns as AMSAT President
Joe Spier, K6WAO, has tendered his resignation as AMSAT President, citing personal reasons

ANFR newsletter released
France’s National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has published the January 2020 edition of their newsletter Frequency News

Propagation de K7RA
This week we finally saw the return of sunspots, over seven of the last eight days, January 24-30. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 0 to 11.1, while average daily solar flux jumped from 71.2 to 72.9.

Southgate News is now on ShortWaveRadio
We now have a regular Sunday morning news broadcast on
So tune in every Sunday at 10am UTC on 3975 and 6160 kHz.
The programme is repeated at 14:00 UTC on 6160 kHz and at 16:00 and 21:00 UTC on 3975 kHz


News for Friday 31 January

ARRL expands its roster of online discussion groups for members
The ARRL’s Committee on Communication with ARRL Members, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance and improve communications between the ARRL leadership and ARRL members and prospective members, has launched three new online discussion forums

AM QSO PARTY in Europe – Thank you!
A big thank you to all who took part in last weekend’s AM QSO PARTY.
I hope that those who took part enjoyed the challenge!

Maine Bicentennial Special Event
Briefly, the Maine Bicentennial Special Event committee, formed from members of the Wireless Society of Southern Maine, along with KB1ZUN and AB1YO from the PenBay ARC, have organized an amateur radio Special Event that recognizes the Original 9 Counties of the State of Maine.

Margate RNLI teams up with Hilderstone Amateur Radio Society
Thanet-based Hilderstone Amateur Radio Society recently operated a Special Event Station from Margate lifeboat station aimed at publicising the work of the RNLI

HuskySat-1 with VHF/UHF linear transponder set to deploy
ARRL reports University of Washington’s HuskySat-1 3U CubeSat, launched November 2, 2019, is set to deploy January 31 after the vehicle that carried it to the ISS undocks

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


News for Thursday 30 January

Tony’s 10m Band Report
An absolutely rubbish week on ten metres. Sunday was the best day with loads of /B stations about. On Thursday J68GD (St Lucia) was on 10m, probably the best of the DX
Yesterday I worked VP5D (Turks and Caicos Is) using FT8 Fox & Hounds on 17m. Incredible. David’s QRZ page has a full set of instructions for using that mode. Most excellent and helpful. I commend that page to you

Ham radio Buoy to transmit 20m WSPR and 2m APRS
On Thursday, January 30 at 1400 GMT AMSAT Argentina will deploy a WSPR / APRS drifting Buoy on South Atlantic Seas

Quartzfest Hams of YouTube video
Quartzfest, a week-long ham radio, camping, learning and living event, took place January 19-25 in the Sonoran Desert, near Quartzsite, Arizona

New IARU website
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has completed the transformation of their website

ISWL callsigns for February 2020
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of February 2020

ATV on the Microwave bands video
At the 2019 Microwave Roundtable hosted by the Cardiff University Amateur Radio Society (CUARS), Noel Matthews G8GTZ gave a presentation on Amateur Television (ATV)

Past ARRL Southeastern Division Director H. Dale Strieter, W4QM (SK)
Past ARRL Southeastern Division Director Harmon “Dale” Strieter, W4QM (ex-W4DQS), of Cocoa Beach, died on January 6. An ARRL Life Member, he was 92 and a founding member of the Maxim Society

Sand dune-shaped Auroras discovered in the Arctic
There’s a new kind of aurora rippling through Arctic skies. It looks so much like a desert sand dune that investigators have nicknamed it “The Dunes.”  

EURAO Party – Winter 2020: local QSOs, essential
The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ‘local QSOs, essential’

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).

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