Welcome to the “Ham Radio Update” from John Woodstock (K1DWU).

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

Content supplied by John Woodstock (K1DWU) and sources cited in his report.

Accessed on 06 April 2020, 1515 UTC, Post 1386.

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Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report cover the period 05-06 April 2020.

April 06, 2020

UKEICC 80m Summer Series

April 06, 2020 02:15 PM – WA7BNM Contest Calendar – 1800Z-1900Z, Apr 8

The May Issue of Digital QST is Now Available!

April 06, 2020 01:58 PM –

South Africa extends licence renewal period

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Given the state of national disaster and the current 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, ICASA has decided to extend the validity period of existing radio frequency spectrum licences in line with Regulation 10 of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations

JA news – 160/80m changes

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Yoshi, JG7AMD, reports that there are changes coming on 160/80m for JA operators

From the NZART President

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – I thought I’d take the opportunity to brief you all on the current status of NZART (New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters) as an organisation

DXCC Country/Entity Report

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th March, through Sunday, 5th April there were 219 countries active

DXCC Most Wanted

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The ‘DXCC Most Wanted’ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of March 30th. The list contains 340 entities

Coronavirus and SARC

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Australia’s Summerland Amateur Radio Club (SARC) committee and others have trialled virtual meeting software and will use Zoom to hold a virtual committee meeting on Sunday 19th April

Brazil holds 430 and 1240 MHz bands consultation

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – A public consultation is being held in Brazil concerning both the 430 MHz and 1240 MHz Amateur Radio bands

Amid pandemic, amateur radio societies across the North are seeking new recruits

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – CBC News reports self-isolation is an opportunity to train up new ham radio operators. The broadcaster says Karen Novak is one of those planning to get her amateur radio license

Amateur Radio provides world-wide Covid19 information and news

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – When the Covid19 virus outbreak started spreading rapidly from China to the rest of the world, I started to look into ways of how amateur radio could render a useful service to Africa but also to the rest of the Globe during this pandemic

IOTA news from OPDX

April 06, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

April 05, 2020

The Space Weather Woman

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Q and A Mini-Course: The Invisible Killer — Radiation Storms From the Sun and Beyond (Part 2) – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

Zoom taking your club online – DON’T

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – On Friday 3rd April, we carried an item regarding the use of Zoom for club meetings. However, we have since been contacted by Paul, VP9KF, who offers this note of caution

YouTube ‘Lockdown Morse’ Course

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – If anyone is interested in learning or improving their Morse, I’ll be starting a new course on YouTube from Monday 13th April – Lockdown Morse

Radio ham on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The RSGB reports Mervyn Foster, G4KLE (who is RSGB District Representative 121, an NRC Volunteer and also Chair of Huntingdon Amateur Radio Society) chatted to Chris Mann on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on April 2

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Charlie Morris – ZL2CTM

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Charlie Morris, ZL2CTM, builds his QRP rigs, the old fashioned way, starting with a paper and pencil, combining basic components to make each stage of a receiver or transceiver

Online Training for Amateur Radio

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Now that people can take the UK amateur radio Foundation exam online from their own home, what online training courses are available?

Ham radio operators serve important role

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – KPC News reports on the important role of radio amateurs during natural disasters

COVID-19 special initiatives

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – IARU Region 1 have started a page providing details of special Amateur Radio initiatives taking place in Europe, Africa and the Middle East during the Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus: Radio ZS ham radio magazine free download

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – The South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) is the latest national society to make their magazine freely available to all in the convenient PDF format

Coronavirus: Radio amateurs make face shields for healthcare workers

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – KSNB TV News reports on an Amateur Radio group that is pitching in to make face shields for healthcare workers

AMSAT EA providing administrative support for AMSAT Nepal SanoSat-1

April 05, 2020 09:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Spain’s AMSAT EA is registering the AMSAT Nepal SanoSat-1 satellite with IARU and the ITU, due to the difficulty of carrying out this procedure in the Asian country
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