Southgate Amateur Radio News


Welcome to the latest edition of “Southgate Amateur Radio News” from Big Island ARRL News.

Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news and DX information from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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

Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 09 March 2020, 0055 UTC, Post 1342.  This post covers the period of 06 March 2020 through 08 March 2020.


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News for Sunday 8 March

Portuguese radio amateurs seek license changes
On February 26 Portugal’s amateur radio associations submitted a joint proposal for legislation for the Amateur Service and Amateur Satellite Services to the Secretary of State

SANSA release new HF propagation App
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has released a new HF radio propagation app called Ionospheric Characterisation, Analysis and Prediction (IOCAP)

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Dale Parfitt – W4OP
Dale Parfitt, W4OP, developed a love for operating VHF and above, including moonbounce operation, from an early exposure to a 6 meter Gonset Communicator, or Gooney Box

Attracting youth to ham radio: Get out of their way!
ICQ Podcast presenter Frank Howell K4FMH says radio amateurs should encourage, sponsor and assist young people to create their own youth-driven groups. Get out of their way but be available to help when called upon!

New acitvity of EHSC and SHSC on 3.567 MHz
Dear OM, as from the 01.03.2020, I am the new President and Secretary of the EHSC and SHSC.I am very happy to do this and to inform you, that we have an activity frequency on 3.567 MHz now  

Historic Portuguese Callbooks
Portugal’s national amateur radio society REP reports PDFs of callbooks from 1953 and 1993 are available for download

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 28th February, through Friday, 6th March there were 215 countries active

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


News for Saturday 7 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio
All bands + All modes + All countries
A regular lament is the lack of things to do in our hobby. I know, it’s foreign to me, but there are plenty of amateurs who express frustration at the lack of activity, no contacts, nothing new, no challenges 

Coronavirus: Ham radio event postponed in Iceland
As a result of coronavirus Iceland’s IRA board has decided to postpone the amateur radio flea market announced on the winter schedule to be held on Sunday, March 8

Special authorization required to use ham radio 13cm band
Switzerland’s national amateur radio society USKA reminds amateurs wishing to use 13cm in the Swiss Activity Contest (SwAC) that they must apply for special authorisation to ue the band

The Space Weather Woman
Stealthy Solar Storm on its Way – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Youth Coordinator Volunteers update
At the start of March IARU Region 2 put out a request for young people who wanted to remake Amateur Radio for the 21st Century, volunteers from 12 different countries applied

European 24 hour Contest
European 24 hour contest SSB on HamSphere 4.0
Date 2020-03-07 at 07:00 UTC end 2020-03-08 at 07:00 UTC. Total 24 hours

Propagation de K7RA
Last week we pointed out that the NASA STEREO images showed two bright spots, magnetically complex, about to rotate over the Sun’s eastern horizon and onto the visible solar disc. I was hoping these might develop into sunspots, but they both quickly faded away, so currently we have seen no sunspots in 33 days

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 Friday 6 March

FT-8 experimental event
On Monday, 9th we will start an experimental event:
How long does it take to get the DXCC in FT8?

Clubs as Hubs?
Amateur Radio Clubs in the Somerset Area of the UK are being invited to take part in a local day conference later this year to find ways of supporting each other, connecting with people in a rural setting, and growing the hobby

Dominican Republic Winlink Emergency Communications Agreement signed
On February 11, the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL) and the Emergency Operations Center (COE) signed an agreement that formalizes the use of Amateur Radio bands and processes to be used in case of a disaster

The world’s oldest amateur radio society
Next Wednesday, the 11th March will be the 110 anniversary of the meeting in Sydney of the Experimenters of the day who were trying to get a better deal from the authorities

AMSAT Academy to be held prior to Dayton Hamvention
Come join us the day before Hamvention, for AMSAT Academy – a unique opportunity to learn all about amateur radio in space and working FM, linear transponder, and digital satellites currently in orbit

Andaman Islands DXpedition news
VU4R Team will be active from 20th March 2020 to 31st March 2020 in Neil Islands, Andamans

IOTA op postponed due to coronavirus
Members of the Nara DX Association Japan (NDXA) who were planning an IOTA DXpedition to OC-253 (Murilo Island, Hall Islands) this year have announced the following

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 8th March 2020 is the the history of Amateur Radio edition, where we take a look to see what was going on way back when

New review to protect the future of radio
Media Minister John Whittingdale recently announced the scope of the Digital Radio and Audio Review that will examine the issues facing radio in the next decade as the digital revolution continues at pace

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

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 Amateru/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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