ARISS contact with River Ridge High School


Welcome to the Big Island ARRL News update.

Top Story:  An International Space Station contact has been scheduled with students at River Ridge High School in Florida.

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

Content supplied by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 02 March 2020, 0145 UTC, Post 1334.

This post covers the period of 29 February 2020 through 01 March 2020.


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News for Sunday 1 March

ARISS contact with River Ridge High School, New Port Richey, FL
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at River Ridge High School, FL. The contact should be audible over the state of Florida

Chelmsford Talk: Marconi and the invisible universe
At 2pm on Tuesday, March 31 in Chelmsford Professor Danielle George MBE will give a talk  on Marconi and the invisible universe. Tickets are Free, register now!

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Glen Jenkins – WB4KTF
Glen Jenkins, WB4KTF, grew up on US Marine bases in the 50’s and 60’s, and was no stranger to starting over in new places

Ham College 62
Extra Class Exam Questions – Part 1
Operating Standards: frequency privileges; automatic message forwarding; stations aboard ships or aircraft; power restriction on 630 and 2200 meter bands

New Zealand club seeks newcomers for HamCram course
New Zealand’s Herald reports Whanganui Amateur Radio Society is looking for newcomers to take the HamCram course to get their 1 kW CEPT Class 1 equivalent license in just 2 days

The March-April 2020 Communicator
The March-April Communicator is now available on-line

Upcoming SpaceX CRS-20 launch
The spouse of ARISS Hardware team member Ed Krome, K9EK, pointed out that the ARISS next generation radio system, the InterOperable Radio System (IORS) is prominently described as a primary payload, not secondary, on the SpaceX CRS-20 mission which will be launched no earlier than March 6, 2020 (ET)

New QO-100 Band Plan announced
Just in time for the 1-year anniversary of the successful commissioning of the two transponders of Qatar-OSCAR 100, an encore is pending: The capacity of the NB transponder will be expanded from about 250 KHz to almost 500 KHz

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 – You can find 1,000s of interesting Ham Radio stories in our News Index

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News for Saturday 29 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio
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  

Ofcom EMF Consultation: RSGB release briefing paper
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

The Space Weather Woman
Solar Wind Pockets and Solar Orbiter Surprise – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

A working scale model of a HF curtain
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

The surprising way solar storms beach whales
Space weather isn’t just for humans. Whales are experiencing it, too

Cardiff Microwave Roundtable March 7
The schedule of talks for the amateur radio Microwave Roundtable to be held in Cardiff on Saturday March 7 is now available

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 1st March 2020 is the Club Focus edition, and we have news from several Western Australian clubs

Global Shortwave Coordination
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

NEWS – You can find 1,000s of interesting Ham Radio stories in our News Index

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, 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.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator.

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

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