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

Top Story:  Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by John Woodstock (K1DWU).

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

Content supplied by John Woodstock (K1DWU).

Accessed on 29 February 2020, 1600 UTC, Post 1333.



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This report covers the period of 28 February 2020 through 29 February 2020.

February 29, 2020

The Space Weather Woman

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – Solar Wind Pockets and Solar Orbiter Surprise – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

The surprising way solar storms beach whales

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – Space weather isn’t just for humans. Whales are experiencing it, too

Ofcom EMF Consultation: RSGB release briefing paper

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – Following the launch of an Ofcom public consultation on Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure the RSGB has released a briefing paper for all UK radio amateurs

VK6WIA NewsWest

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – NewsWest for Sunday 1st March 2020 is the Club Focus edition, and we have news from several Western Australian clubs

Global Shortwave Coordination

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – The A20 Global Shortwave Coordination Conference was this week in Kuala Lumpur, from 24-28 February. The conference provided an important forum to resolve or minimize instances of mutual interference among shortwave transmissions for the Summer (A20) season

Foundations of Amateur Radio

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – The impersonal nature of digital and other myths The other day I bumped into a concept that I’ve heard repeated before. The so-called “impersonal nature” of digital modes

Cardiff Microwave Roundtable March 7

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – The schedule of talks for the amateur radio Microwave Roundtable to be held in Cardiff on Saturday March 7 is now available

A working scale model of a HF curtain

February 29, 2020 09:17 AM – Southgate ARC – A working scale model of an HF curtain array antenna is on display at the National Voice of America (VOA) Museum of Broadcasting in West Chester, Ohio

February 28, 2020

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

February 28, 2020 09:43 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.

International Space Station Resupply Mission to Carry New ARISS Ham Radio Gear

February 28, 2020 06:15 PM – ARRL -The scheduled March 7 SpaceX CRS-20 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the initial Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Interoperable Radio System (IORS) flight unit. The IORS is the foundation of the ARISS next-generation amateur radio system on the space station. The ARISS hardware team built four flight units, and the first will be installed in …

UK Telecoms Regulator Ends Policy of Granting Two-Letter Call Sign Suffixes

February 28, 2020 06:13 PM – ARRL -UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has said it no longer will issue two-letter suffix call signs to Full Licence holders. Since mid-2018, radio amateurs attaining the highest-class license have been able to apply for “short”call signs such as M5xx. The policy has provided a major incentive to upgrade. Ofcom said call signs with only two letters in the suffix are only available to applicants …

The K7RA Solar Update

February 28, 2020 02:31 PM – ARRL -Still no sunspots through all of February, except for the first day of the month. I keep watching for possible sunspot activity over the solar horizon on  https://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/ . Recently I noticed a promising looking white area, and in the past few days at Spaceeweather.com they pointed out two new regions just over the horizon.

As of Thursday night, both areas still appear to be transi…


February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – PerthTech is a premiere annual Australian Amateur Radio event. The day of technical presentations is on Saturday 2nd May, with practical workshops on Sunday 3rd May

Ofcom stops issuing short Full Calls

February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Since the middle of 2018 those passing the RSGB exam for the Full licence have been able to apply for short call signs such as M5xx, this has provided a major incentive to upgrade to Full

Can mobile networks connect first responders in remote areas?

February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published an article that looks at the challanges of providing communications in remote areas

Royal Netherlands Army’s Belize operation

February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Look for the 11 Airmobile Brigade from the Royal Netherlands Army and Radiosquad to be active as V31FX

AMSAT cites need for adequate spectrum in opposing deletion of 3.4 GHz band

February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – AMSAT has commented on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 that proposes to delete the 3.3 – 3.5 GHz (9 centimeter) amateur band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations

AM QSO PARTY in Europe, the results are in!

February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The results are in for last month’s very first AM Europe QSO PARTY Congratulations to the winners of each section and thank you to those who submitted a log. There were over a 100 stations heard or worked in the event, but few logs submitted

2020 National Convention Booklet

February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The SARL 2020 National Convention Booklet is available for download from the League web site. Click on the link on the front page or visit the AGM Documents page

DX News from the ARRL

February 28, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands
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