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Accessed on 19 April 2020, 1600 UTC, Post 1405.



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News for Sunday 19 April

New Morse Code numbers practice video
Having seen the popularity of our Morse code alphabet receiving practice video rise in recent weeks, most likely as a result of the lockdowns in many countries, we decided to increase the number of videos on this topic to meet the interest

MacDoppler version 2.34 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that MacDoppler Version 2.34 has been released

Essex Ham Foundation Online Training breaks all records
The Coronavirus outbreak and the RSGB’s introduction of online exams that can be taken at home have led to a surge in demand for free online amateur radio training courses such as that run by Essex Ham – New course starts today! Click here

Radio amateur delivers medicines to elderly
The Times of India reports on a radio amateur in West Bengal who drove 98 km to deliver medicines

South African RAE postponed to Saturday 27 June 2020
Noel Hammond, ZR6DX, the RAE Manager says, “Thank you to everyone for all your efforts during this time for proceeding with the RAE. In order to give candidates more time and to facilitate HF assessments, it has been decided to move the examination date to Saturday 27 June 2020

CQ Magazine quick contact links
As many of you are aware, CQ Magazine‘s home office is located in Hicksville, New York.
Since New York State has issued a “stay at home” order for all non-essential business personnel, our employees are working from home, doing their best to keep our daily operations running smoothly

ZS4 Sprint this afternoon
The ZS4 Sprint is on the air in South Africa from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC this afternoon with CW and phone activity on 40 metres

The awful signal from the Titanic received in Pontllanfraith
April 15, marked the 108th anniversary of one of the world’s largest maritime disasters, the sinking of the Titanic

Operators Stan LZ1GC and Ivan LZ1PM will be active as E6AM from Niue between September 28th and October 17th

GU75, Guernsey special event
The Guernsey Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will be running a special event station between May 6-12th (main days of operation are 8/9/10th), to mark the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Guernsey from Occupying Forces

Polish QSO status
“Following similar news regarding international postal services’ issues, we also must report that currently, the Polish Post Office, does not process any in and outbound international mail

Special STAY AT HOME stations
Be looking for many special event stations to hit the airwaves to promote “STAY-AT-HOME” and raise awareness for the restrictions necessary to fight the spread the corona- virus

Ofcom publishes latest 5G measurement results
Ofcom has published the latest results from our spectrum measurement programme, including six additional 5G mobile sites

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


News for Saturday 18 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio
First ever digital contact!
When you start life you learn early on the difference between being told about an experience and the actual experience. There’s a saying that comes to mind, I use it regularly in my day job: In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, while in practice there is

RSGB launches GOTA2C campaign in partnership with NHS
The RSGB has launched the “Get On The Air To Care” #GOTA2C campaign.
The Radio Society of Great Britain, working in partnership with the NHS, is launching a new campaign called “Get on the air to care” to support the emotional health and wellbeing of 75,000 licensed UK radio amateurs – just some of the 3,000,000 worldwide

The 5 MHz Newsletter
The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter (No 24 – Winter/Spring 2020) is now available for free pdf download from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page

The Space Weather Woman
A Stealthy Solar Storm and a Meteor Shower – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

EA-QRP newsletter available for free download
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Spain’s EA-QRP (low power) club is making the Spring 2020 issue of their newsletter available to all as a convenient PDF

“Internet box” jams Galileo GPS signal
France’s National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has described how they responded to a case of interference to one of the downlink signals from the Galileo GNSS constellation

Amateur radio on BBC Three Counties Radio
The General Manager of the Radio Society of Great Britain Steve Thomas M1ACB and Paul Devlin G1SMP of the NHS were interviewed on BBC Three Countries Radio about Get On The Air To Care (GOTA2C)

VK6WIA NewsWest
We’re still doing our best to avoid this dreaded lurgy that has impacted everyone on a global scale, however NewsWest continues, and today we’re departing from our usual format to bring you an exclusive interview with Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots are gone again. We are at the bottom of the solar cycle, so conditions should only get better. There is an increase in on-air activity due to the large number of people staying at home because of Covid-19, and this week we seem to be overwhelmed with reports of sporadic E openings


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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section



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