Welcome to the latest “Ham Radio Update” from Big Island ARRL News.

Today’s post examines some of today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by John Woodstock (K1DWU).

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

Content supplied by John Woodstrock (K1DWU).

Accessed on 22 February 2020, 0445 UTC, Post 1326.



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February 21, 2020

VP8PJ South Orkney Islands DXpedition Anticipates Being on the Air on Sunday, February 23

February 21, 2020 06:44 PM – ARRL -The VP8PJ DXpedition to South Orkney Islands now anticipates being on the air sometime on Sunday, February 23, a couple of days behind the projected schedule. “The process of assembling the camp continues,” the DXpedition team reported on February 21. “[G]oing well, but will continue throughout today and tomorrow.” And in a follow-up report, “The ice has cleared enough to get the equipment asho…

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

February 21, 2020 06:26 PM – ARRL -Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at http://www.blubrry.com/arrlaudionews/. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.


Emergency Communication Exercise Set in Northern Florida

February 21, 2020 04:07 PM – ARRL -On Sunday, March 1, dozens of amateur radio volunteers from several states will take part in a 3-hour exercise in the northern Florida city of Gainesville. The exercise is designed to test and evaluate skills, assets, and strategies for emergency communication, such as those that might be needed in the aftermath of a hurricane. The exercise is being organized by the North Florida Amateur Radio …

France Authorizes Use of 60-Meter Band

February 21, 2020 04:01 PM –

New World Distance Record Claimed on 122 GHz

February 21, 2020 03:59 PM – ARRL -A new world distance record of 139 kilometers (86.2 miles) is being claimed by radio amateurs in northern California. This tops the record of 114 kilometers set in 2005 by WA1ZMS and W4WWQ, according to the Distance Records on the ARRL website.

The February 17, 2020, contact was between Mike Lavelle, K6ML, on Mount Vaca (CM88WJ75ON) at 835 meters (2,739.5 feet) above sea level, and Oliver Barret…

Mississippi ARES® Emergency Coordinator Credits Training for Effective Tornado Response

February 21, 2020 03:57 PM – ARRL -Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers in DeSoto County, Mississippi, devoted several days in January to assisting local emergency managers in responding to tornado damage in the region. Desoto County Emergency Coordinator Ricky Chambers, KF5WVJ; Assistant EC Gene Adams, KF5KVL; Tate County EC Brad Kerley, KG5TTU, and Andy Luscomb, AG5FG, reported at 3 AM on January 11 to the DeSot…

The K7RA Solar Update

February 21, 2020 02:56 PM – ARRL -The most recent sunspot appearance was on February 1, nearly three weeks ago.

Average daily solar flux over the past week declined just barely from 71.1 to 70.9.

Average daily planetary A index changed from 8.3 to 7, and mid-latitude A index went from 6.7 to 5.1. Solar activity remains very low.

Predicted solar flux is projected to remain very low, at 70 on February 20-27, and 71 on February 28 th…

The Space Weather Woman

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – A Mini Solar Storm with a Fast Wind Chaser – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

9J2LA Zambia DXpedition news

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Some good news have to be shared. After an endless long process to get our Zambian license we are finally there. A big thanks to Mario/9J2MYT (IK1MYT) and Brian/9J2BO in Lusaka who helped us achieving this important goal. The license has been received just before the weekend

Yasme Foundation Grants and Excellence Awards

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation announces that it has made the following grants at its board meeting in Orlando, Florida

Puerto Rico TV features ham radio

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – On February 18 the 4 PM newscast of TV station WAPA highlighted the importance of amateur radio for emergency communications in Puerto Rico

Historian Wanted

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) is looking for a Historian

NEMO-1 Ham Radio Buoy report

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – On January 30 at noon, AMSAT ARGENTINA launched the NEMO-1 buoy into the Atlantic sea, callsign LU7AA. It was transported 70 km east of Mar del Plata by the fishing vessel ‘Porteño’, from Sandokan

Ham radio club gets free publicity on TV station

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – WBNG News reports the Binghamton Amateur Radio Association met for one of their regular meetings Wednesday night- something this organization has been doing locally for decades

Coronavirus outbreak postpones DXpedition

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The ARRL report the W8S DXpedition to Swains Island in the Pacific, set to take place in mid-March, has been postponed until Fall due to coronavirus travel restrictions

ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The Great Lakes Division Convention will be held in conjunction with the Toledo Mobile Radio Association’s annual hamfest in Perrysburg, OH, on March 14th and 15th

DX News from the ARRL

February 21, 2020 09:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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 Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) needs volunteers to provide communications support for the 15 March 2020 Hilo Marathon.  PERC also is looking for a ham with a vehicle equipped with a mobile radio to serve as “runner” between aid stations.  For details, please contact Bob Gomez (KB6EGA) at bbg691@yahoo.com

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator.

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section.



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