Southgate Amateur Radio News


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Top Story:  Latest Amateur/Ham Radio News and Events from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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

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Accessed on 24 February 2020, 0625 UTC, Post 1327.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period 21 February 2020 through 23 February 2020.

Thanks for joining us today.

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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News for Sunday 23 February

Go Green For St Patricks Day
With less than a month to go and Stations from across the world signed up to take part, we will once again be on air to turn the bands green as part of the St Patrick Award

WIA Annual Conference takes place May 8-10
Justin VK7TW from WIA Annual Conference Organising Committee says “There is no fear of this conference being cancelled due to coronavirus! Even though we did have 130 cruise ships stop in Hobart over the 2019/20 season!”

Electromagnetic Compatibility – evaluation of the EU Rules
The European Commission has announced a Published Initiative on the Electromagnetic Compatibility – evaluation of the EU Rules

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Janis Carson – AB2RA
Janis Carson, AB2RA, first licensed in 1959,has been an active ham since childhood, has an interest in the restoration and repair of older tube type amateur rigs, is a frequent contributor to Electric Radio Magazine, and documents her projects on her own website

NASA selects proposals for student aeronautics, space projects
NASA has awarded more than $39.8 million through the agency’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Project to increase student and faculty engagement in STEM at community colleges, technical schools and universities across the nation

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. This 1-hour-long programme is repeated on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Please click the link above for times and frequencies


News for Saturday 22 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio
The chicken and the egg, which comes first, the antenna or the radio?
In my day to day activities as a radio amateur I come in contact with people across all parts of their amateur journey. Some who don’t yet know that they’re amateurs, through to those who’ve just passed their test and are waiting for their callsign

Ofcom consultation on EMF compliance
Ofcom is holding a public consultation on proposed measures to require compliance with international guidelines for limiting exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF)

Distracted Driving in Canada update
Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time

State law protects ham radio operator
The York Dispatch reports on the case of radio amateur Lindsey Fowler K0WXT who installed a short mast at her home

Low Cost HF Portable Antennas
In this Waters and Stanton video Peter Waters G3OJV looks at simple low-cost HF portable antennas

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 23rd February 2020 is the contesting edition, and we take a look at a few contests coming up in the near future, including a roundup of where locals will be during the John Moyle Field Days

Propagation de K7RA
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

Down Under Amateur Radio Special Event
Over the March 14 – 15 weekend, members of the Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club (SADARC) in Australia will be on the air as VI3RA (Radio Australia), connecting their transceivers to the curtain array and rhombic antennas at the former Radio Australia site in Shepparton. Radio Australia ceased transmitting from the site in 2017

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels
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News for Friday 21 February

Coronavirus outbreak postpones DXpedition
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

Puerto Rico TV features ham radio
On February 18 the 4 PM newscast of TV station WAPA highlighted the importance of amateur radio for emergency communications in Puerto Rico

NEMO-1 Ham Radio Buoy report
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

The Space Weather Woman
A Mini Solar Storm with a Fast Wind Chaser – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

9J2LA Zambia DXpedition news
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

ARRL Great Lakes Division Convention
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

Yasme Foundation Grants and Excellence Awards
The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation announces that it has made the following grants at its board meeting in Orlando, Florida

Ham radio club gets free publicity on TV station
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

Historian Wanted
The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) is looking for a Historian

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

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