Southgate Amateur Radio News


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

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

Accessed on 19 March 2020, 1655 UTC, Post 1356.  This post covers the period 17-19 March 2020.


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News for Thursday 19 March

Tony’s 10m Band Report
What a weird week and I think it’s going to become even weirder. Friday, Saturday and Sunday conditions weren’t too bad at all.The rest of the week was dominated by 9J2LA (Zambia) with TO7DL (Reunion) a close second. TZ4AM (Mali) did pop up on Friday.

On Saturday L1D (Argentina) [it is real a call] and FR4QT (another Reunion) on Sunday. I worked a stack of Europeans mainly Spanish stations

Coronavirus: BATC offers amateur radio clubs free streaming service
In order to support the worldwide amateur radio community during the COVID-19 virus pandemic, BATC is offering clubs free use of the BATC Video Streaming Service for virtual meetings

FCC levies $18,000 fine on Louisiana amateur radio licensee
ARRL reports that in an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify

Conference 2020 is cancelled
NZART (New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters) Council has made the decision to cancel the Conference in Shantytown this year. This is due to the COVID-19 situation and taking on board all the advice for doing so

Spen Valley ARS meetings move ‘on the air’
In response to the advice given regarding social gatherings in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Spen Valley Amateur Radio Society in Mirfield, West Yorkshire have decided to suspend their physical meetings temporarily

Need a new hobby? Try amateur radio!
KTVO TV News reports Amateur radio, also known as Ham radio, is a vital tool that can help with emergency communication

Comet ATLAS is brightening faster than expected
Get ready for a wild ride. Comet ATLAS (C2019 Y4) is plunging toward the sun and, if it doesn’t fly apart first, it could become one of the brightest comets in years

Yeovil Amatuer Radio Club
The Yeovil Amatuer Radio Club are postponing their Thursday meetings and replacing them with a Thursday net on 145.350 at 8pm


News for Wednesday 18 March

Interest in Ham Radio soaring as country grips with virus outbreak
The number of Americans obtaining their ham radio licenses is soaring as the country comes to grips with the coronavirus pandemic

ZS95SARL at the Secunda Radio Club Field Day
The Secunda Radio Club, ZS6SRC, will hold its annual Field Day week from 20 to 29 March 2020 (during the school holidays) at the Trichardtfontein Dam, just outside Secunda. This is a perfect opportunity to gain experience in a simulated DXpedition

Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club begins daily health and welfare broadcasts
Going forward, the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) is holding a nightly health and welfare net during the coronavirus outbreak

German special event station
The short-lived Radiosportverband (RSV e.V.) was founded as the GDR’s first free, national amateur radio club on March 24, 1990

HamSCI 2020 Workshop retools as a free virtual event
ARRL reports despite the coronavirus pandemic, the March 20–21 HamSCI Workhop will go on, moving to an all-digital webinar workshop. Registration and participation will be free and open to all

NASA Administrator March 17 statement on Agency response to coronavirus
The following is the latest statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

The SARL National Convention
The 2020 SARL National Convention will take place at the Wanderers Conference facility in Illovo, Johannesburg on 3 and 4 April – that is two weeks from now

SAQ meeting postponed
Due to the increasing Coronavirus spread, the board of the Alexander Association has decided to postpone the annual meeting on March 25

Halton RAF Radio Society postpones meetings
Halton RAF Radio Society has postponed all meetings until further notice

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


News for Tuesday 17 March

All Ham radio amateurs invited to participate at the VERON VHF QSO party
Now the flea market at Rosmalen can’t continue due to the new measures to stop spreading the corona virus, VERON is organizing a VHF QSO Party from 21 March till 22 March

Sweden’s national ham radio society cancels AGM
Due to the spread of the Coronavirus virus, the Board of SSA has unanimously decided to cancel the annual meeting which would have taken place on Sunday, April 26, 2020 in Östersund

Amateur Radio Homebrewing Hack Chat
Hackaday’s Dan Maloney KC1DJT says join us on Wednesday, March 18 at noon Pacific Time (1900 GMT) for the Amateur Radio Homebrewing Hack Chat with Charlie Morris ZL2CTM

RAC Head Office closed temporarily
The rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has now reached Ottawa, where the Radio Amateurs of Canada Head Office is located, and medical officials have requested that all individuals should remain in their homes and limit non-essential travel

Coronavirus: RSGB Amateur Radio Exams
The RSGB has announced they are offering clubs new flexibility if they need to postpone exams during the current Coronavirus situation

RSGB Train the Trainers event Telford is postponed
The upcoming RSGB Train the Trainers event hosted by TDARS in Telford is now postponed due to the Coronavirus situation

IARU R2 Emergency Communication and Satellite Workshops to be online
With the travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements of many countries due to COVID-19, the May 30 and 31 workshops will be online

BBC Performance Tracker – notification of changes
Ofcom is proposing to make changes to its BBC Performance Tracker to ensure it remains up-to-date and fit for purpose

TU2R DXpedition cancelled
Nine days before leaving for Côte d’Ivoire, the TU2R Team members have decided to postpone the expedition to a later date in 2020

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

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

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