Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” from Big Island ARRL News.

Today’s post focuses on the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 08 February 2020, 1655 UTC, Post 1311.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 06 February 2020 through 08 February 2020.

News for Saturday 8 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio
How I care for my connectors
If you’ve ever found yourself in the position of attempting to screw a PL259 into an SO239, or an N-type plug into an N-type socket you’ll have likely come across the situation where the thread doesn’t quite fit.   If it does, you might have issues attempting to undo the connection, even if you didn’t particularly do anything strenuous in relation to mating the two in the first place.

EMF Camp to contact the ISS via ham radio
The ARISS-UK Team have announced that the Electromagnetic Field 2020 event is to host contact with the International Space Station during the weekend of July 23-26

RSGB Train the Trainers course in Telford, Shropshire
RSGB are running a Train the Trainers course hosted by Telford and District Amateur Radio Society (TDARS) in Telford, Shropshire – the first one of 6 organised for 2020

WIA News Discussion Point
In this week’s WIA News Geoff Emery VK4ZPP notes “the majority of people enjoying this hobby appear to be from a couple of generations ago”

Former ARRL East Bay Section Manager, Ti-Michelle Connelly, NJ6T – SK
Ti-Michelle Connelly, NJ6T, of Yuma, Arizona, who served as ARRL East Bay Section Manager from 2003 until 2007, died last week. An ARRL Life Member, she was 72

VK6WIA NewsWest
In NewsWest for Sunday 9th February we look at Amateur Radio history.
We have news items from a couple of clubs, and a report from Glenn vk4du, the president of the Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) on his recent meeting with the ACMA

UK digital listening share has increased
UK digital listening share has increased to a new record of 58.5%, increasing by 11% from 52.6% in Q4 2018

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 7 February

The Galileo GNSS constellation and 1296 EME operation
Bob Atkins KA1GT has documented his recent observations of interference to 1296 EME from the Galileo navigation satellites’ E6 mode

AO#WRD: World Radio Day 2020
This year, the theme of the Day, February 13, is: ‘Pluralism, Representation, Diversity’.

Amateur radio can connect you with the world
Home Town Focus interviews Roger Kochevar K0HGN about his hobby of the past 63 years – Amateur Radio

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 6 February

Icom IC-705
Ray Novak, N9JA came for a visit with a great new QRP Radio that’s soon to be released.

TyQSL – a Web based Logbook that started as little project
When i got my Ham radio License in 2018, my search for a simple and modern Logbook Solution ended without any decent result. So i started to make my own Little web Application to log my QSOs, that had Features I missed in other Solutions so far

Undersea expedition planned to retrieve Titanic’s radio gear
The company with sole rights to salvage artifacts from the RMS Titanic has gone to court to gain permission to carry out a “surgical removal and retrieval” of the Marconi radio equipment on the ship, a Washington Post article reports

The Space Weather Woman
One Storm Down, One to Go – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

New draft ARRL HF Bandplans
The HF Bandplanning committee has been looking at the HF digital mode segments and has issued a new draft bandplan

Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, elected AMSAT President
At a special meeting held via teleconference, the AMSAT Board of Directors elected Clayton Coleman, W5PFG, President

High-altitude balloon photos of polar stratospheric clouds
Last month, traveled with students to the Arctic Circle to launch a series of cosmic ray balloons into the polar stratosphere. During the trip something lucky happened. Rare polar stratospheric clouds appeared over the launch site

World Radio Day: 7S6WRD active from Grimeton
Sweden’s national amateur radio society SSA report on the activities at the World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station to celebrate World Radio Day on February 13

Blackout-causing ‘super’ solar storms happen more often than we thought
Powerful solar storms pose a great danger to our technologies here on Earth, and space weather scientists just determined that we see these storms far more often than we thought, possibly up to once every 25 years

NEWS – You can find a full listing of this month’s news items in our News Index

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Each year, the Puna Emergency Radio Club coordinates communications between aid stations for the annual Hilo Marathon. This year, the 26.2 mile run will be held on Sunday, 15 March 2020.  PERC needs volunteers to help with communications support.  Also, PERC is looking for a ham with a vehicle equipped with a mobile radio to serve as “runner” between aid stations.  If you can help, please contact Bob Gomez (KB6EGA) 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.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section (breaking Amateur/Ham Radio News).

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