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Accessed on 15 March 2020, 0520 UTC, Post 1349.

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This report covers the period 13-14 March 2020.

March 14, 2020

WIA Board Comment

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Good morning, this is Mike VK8MA, a director of the WIA. Today I would like to offer a comment on a subject that might not be fully understood. Even I have only had this clarified recently. It only impacts a few Amateurs and is not a major issue

USA to BVI

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Tuesday an international group set sail from New York to the British Virgin Islands to re-activate the VP2VB call sign of Yasme fame for 6 days, focusing on the low bands with two stations

Ofcom finalises rules for mobile airwaves auction

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Ofcom has confirmed how they will release important airwaves to help improve mobile broadband and support the rollout of 5G

VK6WIA NewsWest

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – NewsWest for Sunday 15th March 2020 is the New Amateurs edition, and we will recognise newcomers to Amateur Radio in Western Australia, or who have upgraded

Hamzilla and VERON Rosmalen rallies postponed

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Just for info; The VERON Dutch rally at Rosmalen on 21st March was cancelled on 11th March

Geoff Emery and the coronavirus

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Hello, I’m Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I’ve been thinking. I think we may be getting overwhelmed with all the stories concerning corona virus, I also think we must consider the tasks that are ahead for us as members of clubs and as individuals

Foundations of Amateur Radio

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – One of the things I love most about this hobby is the ability to randomly dart off into any related direction and learn new stuff. For example, the names Nikola, Guglielmo, Heinrich and Edwin emblazoned on a t-shirt sent to me by a very appreciative listener Jack KI4KEP, started an exploration into the deeds and misdeeds of the people behind those names

Cosmic rays are increasing at aviation altitudes

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – New high-altitude balloon measurements inside the Arctic Circle show that cosmic rays are increasing at aviation altitudes

Announcement from American Radio Relay League headquarters

March 14, 2020 10:14 AM – Southgate ARC – As part of the efforts underway to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees and volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, the American Radio Relay League, Inc. has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to ARRL Headquarters and the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, effective Monday, March 16

March 13, 2020

ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW

March 13, 2020 07:07 PM – ARRL -As part of efforts under way to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees and volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, ARRL has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW and ARRL Headquarters, effective Monday, March 16. Out of an abundance of caution, this suspension will be in effect until further notice.

We apologiz…

The Latest Episode of ARRL Audio News is Now Available

March 13, 2020 06:02 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.

 

The K7RA Solar Update

March 13, 2020 01:30 PM – ARRL -I felt cheated this week when a much-anticipated sunspot only appeared just briefly, disappearing after two days.

Sunspot region AR2758 only appeared on March 8-9, with daily sunspot numbers of 13 and 12. Average daily sunspot numbers for the week rose from zero to 3.6, while average daily solar flux increased (minimally) from 70 to 70.2.

Average daily planetary A index declined from 6.7 to 4.4, …

Switzerland: Ham radio Taskforce processes consultation response

March 13, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The Swiss Telecommunications Act (FMG, 784.10) has been comprehensively revised. The revised law will enter into force on January 1, 2021

Swains Island DXpedition

March 13, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Postponed but….. The fact that we had to postpone the DXpedition so shortly before the initially planned date does not mean that Swains2020 is no longer alive. The opposite is true….

Coronavirus: Southdown ARS postpones all future meetings due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – After careful consideration and in light of the fact that a significant proportion of our membership is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the Southdown Amateur Radio Society Committee has taken the decision to indefinitely postpone all future monthly meetings

Coronavirus: RSGB National Radio Centre to close temporarily

March 13, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The RSGB website has announced that the National Radio Centre (NRC) at Bletchley Park is to close temporarily due to Coronavirus

Coronavirus: ITU to conduct meetings remotely

March 13, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – In response to the Coronavirus outbreak the ITU has announced that from Monday, March 16 it will conduct meetings remotely

BT fined £245,000 for overcharging EE customers for 118 calls

March 13, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Ofcom has fined BT £245,000 after an investigation found that the company overcharged EE’s mobile customers for making calls to 118 directory enquiries services

British Amateur Radio Teledata Group anniversary award

March 13, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – BARTG was established 60 years ago and to celebrate this anniversary the group is running a special award. The callsign GB60ATG is being activated week by week from one of the seven UK countries and the logs uploaded to Hamlogs.net

DX News from the ARRL

March 13, 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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