Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” update from Big Island ARRL New.

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.

This report covers the period 20-22 March 2020.

Accessed on 22 March 2020, 1555 UTC, Post 1362.



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News for Sunday 22 March

FT8 DXCC experiment completed !
Finally we got it!
On Saturday, 21st of March, we finished the 100 DXCC with 2020 QSOs

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Bob Nagy – AB5N
Bob Nagy, AB5N, is having the time of his life in retirement. His expertise and improvements of the audio characteristics of the microphones on amateur transceivers is unmatched

Coronavirus: IARU Contests
Radio amateurs will share the concerns of everyone about the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak. Governments all over the world are advising “social distancing” to slow the spread of the virus and to give health services the chance to cope

Attention: Members of NZART
Based on the Prime Ministers public address at 12:00 pm today (Saturday 21 March 2020) I have made the decision to close the office of NZART HQ from Monday 23 March 2020 to all personal visits

Amateur radio satellite spreads Fight Coronavirus message
Indonesia’s national amateur radio society ORARI reports the ham radio satellite LAPAN-A2 (IO-86) is being used to send a Fight Coronavirus message using APRS

Remote from rare IOTA and DXCC
It is possible now if you are a Ham to have REMOTE from many QTH in the world exept some countries like North koréa, etc

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels


News for Saturday 21 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio
What level of preparedness are you at?
An often repeated statement about the purpose of our hobby is related to emergency preparedness

Women radio hams majority in LABRE-MA board
LABRE MA, the amateur radio society in the Brazilian state of Maranhão, has announced its new board, the majority of whom are women

WIA 2020 Annual Conference cancelled
The Wireless Institute of Australia wishes to advise members and friends that the WIA 2020 Annual Conference has been cancelled

Coronavirus: How is IARU adjusting to COVID-19?
Don Beattie G3BJ provides an update on how the IARU is dealing, as of March 19, with the restrictions now in place to slow the spread of COVID-19

VK6WIA NewsWest
Well this has been a week dominated by Covid-19 and attempts to mitigate spread of the virus both here and world-wide.
Our hobby is often seen to be already to significantly self-isolating but yes we do like to be both educated and to have social contacts and so, unfortunately a fair part of this bulletin is notices of cancellations of meetings and events

RSGB launch coronavirus updates page
The RSGB has launched a new Coronavirus updates web page to serve radio amateurs

Coronavirus: Spain’s URE makes magazine PDF freely available
Spain’s national amateur radio society is making the PDF of the April edition of their magazine Radioaficionados available to all

Coronavirus: W&S Open and Serving Your Hobby
A statement from Waters and Stanton about their Service to the Hobby during the Coronavirus crisis period by Peter Waters G3OJV

EU to impose VAT on low value parcels
Elektor magazine reports on an EU regulation that will adversely impact electronic hobbyists, including radio amateurs, in the 27 EU member countries

Propagation de K7RA
On Wednesday, Spaceweather.com reported a new emerging Solar Cycle 25 sunspot in the Sun’s Northern Hemisphere, but it was not yet numbered. By the next day (yesterday) it had already faded away into nothingness


News for Friday 20 March

Online Satellite and Emergency Communications Workshops
IARU Region 2 is holding two amateur radio workshops online, for Satellite Communications and Emergency Communications

AMSAT President urges members to renew/donate now
AMSAT President Clayton Coleman, W5PFG has put out a call for new and renewing AMSAT members to act now and register online

Errata to 2020-2024 Amateur Extra-Class Question Pool released
The NCVEC Question Pool Committee has issued errata to the new (2020-2024) Amateur Extra-class question pool that goes into effect on July 1

Coronavirus: RSGB Amateur Radio Exam bookings paused
The RSGB has announced that with immediate effect and until further notice, the RSGB Exam Department will not be accepting or processing any new exam bookings

OARC suspend meetings
Following the government’s advice regarding Coronavirus. Oldham Amateur Radio Club Greater Manchester are temporarily suspending all club meetings

Coronavirus: Changes to RSGB AGM arrangements
In response to the government’s latest Covid-19 recommendations the RSGB Board has changed the arrangements for the Society’s AGM on 25 April 2020

The Space Weather Woman
The Sun Flares for Cycle 25 – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Coronavirus: RSGB HF and VHF contest rules changes
As a result of the UK government’s recent advice on social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak the RSGB Contest Committees have announced rule changes for HF and VHF contests

TDARS suspends all meetings
Like other organisations and clubs in the current Corona virus situation, the Telford and District Amateur Radio Society (TDARS) has suspended all face-to-face meetings for the time being

Eddie DeYoung, KS4AA SK
I am Eddie De Young’s wife, Mina DeYoung. Eddie’s most recent callsign was, KS4AA, but he had too many others to mention all of them. I would like to let you and others know Eddie passed away on 25 February 2020. He died of liver cancer within 3-weeks of diagnosis. Sadly, it happened so quickly  

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

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section



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