Welcome to the latest edition of Big Island ARRL News.

This post features a summary of recent Amateur/Ham Radio news and events from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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

Accessed on 13 February 2020, 0025 UTC, Post 1315.  This post covers the period of 10 February 2020 through 12 February 2020.



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News for Wednesday 12 February

Tony’s 10m Band Report
HU1DL wins the most popular DX this week but with all due respects there was not too much else about. What was good was that he/they also did some spotting too. Kudos to them!

I worked no one on any band, so many other things to do.

Other DX ZW86LABRE (Brazil special), 5I5TT (Tanzania, Italian DXpedition)

Municipal tax on masts and pylons
Belgium’s national amateur radio society UBA reports the number of cities and municipalities that levy a tax on masts and pylons has risen sharply in recent months

QARMAN and Phoenix CubeSat upcoming deployment
Several CubeSats are expected to be deployed from the International Space Station into orbit next week, among them are QARMAN and Phoenix

Free testing comes to Wilson, NC
Free testing administered by the Laurel VEC and Five County VE Team comes to Wilson, North Carolina

Successful 47 GHz ham radio moon bounce test
Mitsuo JA1WQF was able to successfully decode Al W5LUA’s 47088.1 MHz QRA-64D signal that was bounced off the Moon on Feb 10, 2020. More tests are planned

Not an everyday find: German Archaeologists came across a Russian spy radio
Not an everyday find: Archaeologists from the Rhineland Regional Council were amazed when they came across a Russian spy radio instead of Roman traces in the Hambach open-cast mine during excavations. Hidden in a large metal box

New TCXO breakout board for the ADALM Pluto SDR
Oscar, DJ0MY and his 11 year old son Daniel have been busy over the past weeks designing a TCXO breakout board for the Pluto SDR

Ham radio course just takes one day
The High Desert Amateur Radio Group is offering a new course that will assist you in obtaining a ham radio license in one day

Ham radio club can provide emergency communications
Since 1977, the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club has been a part of Smiths Falls and surrounding regions with the home base in Smiths Falls, Ontario

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


News for Tuesday 11 February

French look at 3-Tier CEPT ham radio structure
One of the French national amateur radio societies URC has expressed its desire for a 3 licence class structure as described in CEPT recommendations rather the the single class available at the present time

ARRL release January Board minutes
The ARRL has released the minutes of the Board meeting held January 17-18 at which they  approved the raising of the eligibility age for reduced full ARRL membership dues from 22 to 26

Florence RadioFest 2020
The Florence RadioFest is the hamfest that attracts the most part of Italian radio amateurs from central Italy, based on a large flea market, it is totally dedicated to amateur radio enthusiasts

ACMA consultation on 3.4 GHz ham radio band
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is consulting on proposed changes to amateur access to the 3400-3575 MHz band to help facilitate the ACMA’s preferred planning option for the band

Bletchley Park: Build a Radio Receiver
Bletchley Park is hosting another workshop with the RSGB on March 14 where you can build your own radio receiver

Secret role of Beaumanor Hall
The Leicester Mercury reports on the top secret wartime listening station role of a Leicestershire mansion

IARUMS January newsletter now available
The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter is the first to be published by Peter Jost HB9CET since he took over the IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator role on January 1

DIY Radio Telescopes Hack Chat
Join us on Wednesday, February 12 at noon Pacific for the DIY Radio Telescopes Hack Chat with James Aguirre!

Radio Caroline North – February
Radio Caroline North returns to our radio ship Ross Revenge for the second live broadcast of 2020.


News for Monday 10 February

M1CJE – SOTA Mountain Goat
Congratulations to Andrew Eastland, M1CJE (pictured on the right of the photo), who has achieved the accolade of SOTA Mountain Goat.

This is the principal award in the Summits on the Air scheme, and marks passing through 1000 activator points

Ham College 61 – Extra Class Begins
Ham College episode 61 is now available. Are you ready for Amateur Extra?  Our 1st Extra Class episode. What’s on the exam?

VI250, Australian Special Event
Members of the Cairns Amateur Radio Club (Cairns, Far North Queensland) will activate the special event call-sign VI250COOK between May 1st and August 31st.
Activity is to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook sailing up the east coast of Australia from what is now Sydney to what is now Cooktown in Far North Queensland

GB60, England
Members of the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG) will be celebrating the club’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’ (60th anniversary of supporting the data modes) with the special callsign GB60ATG until June 30th

Solar Orbiter launch takes solar science to new heights
Solar Orbiter, a new collaborative mission between ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA to study the Sun, launched at 11:03 p.m. EST Sunday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

St. Pierre and Miquelon
Operators Chris/VO1IDX (Co-Teamleader), Jim/WB2REM (Co-Teamleader), Chris/VO1CH (TO5T-License Holder), Mike/W0VTT, Woody/WW1WW and Steve/W4SJT will be active as TO5T from the island of Ile Aux Marins (NA-032) between August 10-17th

Italian special event station
Members of the A.R.I. Sezione Brunico/Sektion Bruneck will be using the special event callsign II3BIA to be active between February 12-23rd

Indonesian special event
Look for special event station 8A17BJR between February 19-21st.
Activity is to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the local ORARI Kota Banjar radio club

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd February, through Sunday, 9th February there were 215 countries active.

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news:

The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) needs volunteers for the 15 March 2020 Hilo Marathon.  Each year, PERC coordinates communications between aid stations along the 26.2-mile route and headquarters at the Hilo Bayfront.  PERC is also looking for a ham with a vehicle equipped with a mobile radio to serve as “runner” between aid stations.  For details, contact Bob Gomez (KB6EGA) at bbg691@yahoo.com

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and events, 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



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