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Accessed on 04 April 2020, 1630 UTC, Post 1384.



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News for Saturday 4 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Breaking the isolation one QSO at a time.
In our hobby we regularly talk about its purpose, its need, its usefulness and other potentially abstract notions. Often there’s a nod towards science, learning, self-discovery, challenge, emergency service or some other higher order concept. I know I’ve discussed many of those over the years and encouraged you to find what the hobby means to you  

Past ARRL Treasurer Jim McCobb, K1LU – SK
Past ARRL Treasurer James E. “Jim” McCobb, Jr., K1LU (ex-K1LLU, W1LLU), of West Newbury, Massachusetts, died on April 1

REF makes magazine available for Free download
France’s national amateur radio society REF has made the April edition of its magazine Radio REF available as a free PDF for everyone to download

Thousands apply to join NASA’s Artemis Generation, #BeAnAstronaut
More than 12,000 people have applied to join NASA’s next class of astronauts, demonstrating strong national interest to take part in America’s plans to explore the Moon and take humanity’s next giant leap – human missions to Mars

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 5th April 2020 is the History of Amateur Radio edition, and this time we bring you some excerpts from fifty years ago, March 1970

We report on Western Australian locals doing well in recent Commonwealth and Ross Hull contests, and comment on a recent announcement by the ACMA

BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music to make schedule changes in response to the Coronavirus crisis
BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music will be making changes to their broadcast schedules from this weekend to ensure the stations can continue to provide a strong sense of community, solidarity and support to their listeners during the Coronavirus crisis

How broadband and mobile firms are protecting vulnerable customers during coronavirus pandemic
Keeping the UK’s communicatio
ns networks going is more important than ever. So we welcome the efforts of the UK’s main broadband and mobile companies who have committed to helping their customers deal with issues they might face as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

Propagation de K7RA
A new sunspot appeared on the last day in March and the first days of April, with daily sunspot numbers of 12, 13 and 12. Total sunspot area increased on each day from 10 to 20 to 30 millionths of a solar hemisphere


News for Friday 3 April

Coronavirus: RSGB is introducing remote invigilation for Foundation exams
Foundation Amateur Radio exams in the UK will be able to resume by using remote invigilation, the Practical Assessments will be waived

Coronavirus: Some radio hams permitted STAYHOME call suffix
ARRL reports some countries around the world are allowing radio amateurs to use special ‘STAYHOME‘ call sign suffixes

Radio hams in Saudi Arabia gets access to 50 MHz band
The Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) has announced that the communications regulator CITC has agreed radio amateurs can use 50-54 MHz

Amateur radio in the age of COVID-19
The South Strand News reports members of the Grand Strand Amateur Radio Club (GSARC) have overcome the social separation issue imposed during the coronavirus, by meeting several times each week using their radios

Venus and the Pleiades in conjunction – tonight
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look west. Venus and the Pleiades star cluster are in conjunction–the best in 8 years

Coronavirus discussion on Uckfield FM breaks broadcasting rules
Ofcom has today imposed a sanction on the Sussex-based community radio station Uckfield FM, after a discussion on the programme about the causes and origins of Covid-19 broke our broadcasting rules

Zoom taking your radio club online
A guide on how to do it using Zoom by AB1OC

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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