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Top Story:  ILLW 2020 and COVID-19.

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 30 March 2020, 2205 UTC, Post 1376.



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News for Monday 30 March

ILLW 2020 and COVID-19
Hopefully by the time we get to August and the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2020, things will have returned to some kind of normality.

Please rest assured that whatever the situation the ILLW will still be operational

The decision to participate will rest with each and every entrant depending on the circumstances in his or her country at that time
Image: Cape Wrath Lighthouse

Use of ZM Callsigns during COVID-19 Lockdown
At the suggestion of Paul, ZL4TT, we applied to Radio Spectrum Management for, and have been granted, approval to treat the COVID-19 lockdown period as a “special event.”

Coronavirus: Ham radio operators practice their social distancing on air
The Gardner News describes how radio amateurs responded to a request to provide 50 N95 masks for ICU physicians

President’s letter about COVID-19
The EURAO President says: Dear members and friends, more than ever, we’re witnessing an evolution of ham radio around the world. COVID-19 is just another catalyst that forces us to think wider than before, adaptive and think about changing seriously…

The RaDAR Challenge
The first RaDAR Challenge of 2020 takes place in South Africa from 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 4th April 2020

ICQPodcast – Why Coax Fails
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ruth Willet KM4LAO to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is – Why Coax Fails

IRTS Contest News update
In the light of the current public health situation, we have made a number of changes to the arrangements for our contests

BBC local radio teams up to offer DAB radios to over 70s
BBC local radio has joined forces with loneliness charity WaveLength and a number of manufacturers and retailers to offer free DAB radios to vulnerable people over 70

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

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section



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