Welcome to the “Ham Radio Update” from 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) and the sources specified in each article.

Accessed on 02 February 2020, 1600 UTC, Post 1304.



Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period 01 February 2020 through 02 February 2020.

February 02, 2020

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

February 02, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

The AWA CW Activity Day this afternoon

February 02, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The Antique Wireless Association CW Activity Day takes place in South Africa this afternoon from 13:00 to 15:00 UTC, with the aim of contacting as many amateurs as possible on the 20, 40 and 80 m amateur bands

SolderSmoke Podcast

February 02, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Episode 217 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Radio hams in Turkey support earthquake response

February 02, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – ARRL report a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the province of Elazig on January 24, radio amateurs assisted in the response

Radio Amateurs – An endangered species

February 02, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – TV station Saarländischer Rundfunk broadcast a news item about radio amateur Harald Zeisig DL8EA

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast – Fred Schramm – K2HA

February 02, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Fred Schramm, K2HA, visited Israel a few weeks ago and contacted me to meet with him in Jerusalem. Howard, 4X1ZZ, and I visited Fred at his hotel and recorded this interview with him

Germany: Ham radio decline continues

February 02, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – German regulator BNetzA reports the number of Radio Amateurs slumped in 2019 falling by 1406

ICQ Podcast Episode 317 – NanoVNA are they any Good?

February 02, 2020 08:31 AM – ICQ Podcast -In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, 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 – NanoVNA are they any good?


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– Radio hams Rescue Teenage Girl from Kidnappers – Barry Shelley (N1VXY) – Interim ARRL CEO – Continued Access to 3GHz spectrum – New IARU Region 1 record on 134 GHz – 65km – Australian Bushfires Causing Major Telecommunication Outages – Maine Bicentennial Special Event – YOTA Matching Fund Drive – Greenland and Denmark Special Event

February 01, 2020

Propagation de K7RA

February 01, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

Joe Spier, K6WAO, resigns as AMSAT President

February 01, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Joe Spier, K6WAO, has tendered his resignation as AMSAT President, citing personal reasons

Foundations of Amateur Radio

February 01, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

ANFR newsletter released

February 01, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – France’s National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has published the January 2020 edition of their newsletter Frequency News
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