Southgate Amateur Radio News


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Accessed on 27 April 2020, 1625 UTC, Post 1415.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This post covers the period of 26-27 April 2020.

News for Monday 27 April

IARU-R2 online workshops exceed expectations
IARU-R2 reports the response to the original notice of workshops was far beyond their expectations: 230 registered and more are still registering!

Electronic voting for the 2020 SARL AGM
Following the declaration of a State of Emergency for the Corona Virus Pandemic and the Regulations issued by the Government, the SARL Council made the decision to postpone the 2020 SARL National Convention until August

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

DIY amateur radio operators answer the COVID-19 call
Design News reports that since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., a record number of ham radio candidates have prepared for tests and achieved their FCC license

GB0GIG on air in May to thank our NHS
Dragon Amateur Radio Club and North Wales Radio Society are pleased to announce their collaboration to run the special event station GB0GIG (Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol), which is Welsh for National Health Service

Radio amateurs spray disinfectant on vehicles
Indonesia’s national amateur radio society, ORARI, reports radio hams have been spraying disinfectant on the Trans Sulawesi Road as part of efforts to fight Coronavirus

Radio remedy
The Telegraph newspaper reports how amateur radio operators are doing their bit during lockdown in India

IRTS Counties Contest
The IRTS 80 metres Evening Counties Contest takes place on Tuesday next 28th April at 20:00 UTC – that’s 9.00pm local time

Samoan special event
Atsu, 5W1SA, is expected to be active as 5W19STAYSAFE from Apia during the pandemic COVID-19 lock-down

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19th April, through Sunday, 26th April there were 218 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

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


News for Sunday 26 April

Ofcom release database of Amateur Radio Call Signs
Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom have released a spreadsheet of all Allocated amateur radio call signs in the UK and Crown Dependencies

UK online ham radio exams prove a great success
As at the end of April 24 the RSGB had successfully conducted 29 remotely-invigilated online amateur radio Foundation exams in people’s homes

Long-lost U.S. military satellite found by amateur radio operator
National Public Radio (NPR) reports radio amateur Scott Tilley VE7TIL / VA7LF has received a signal from a geostationary military satellite that was launched in 1967

Let’s take some pictures
The command team has had a few requests for camera mode on AO-92 over the last few weeks, and it’s been a while, so let’s take some pictures next week

SolderSmoke Podcast 221 available
Bill Meara M0HBR / N2CQR has released another edition of the amateur radio SolderSmoke podcast

Russian radio ham receives Iranian satellite signal
KXAN 36 News reports a Russian radio amateur Dmitry Pashkov R4UAB received the 401.500 MHz 9k6 FSK signal from Iran’s first military satellite Noor-1 launched April 22

New OSCAR t-shirt available from AMSAT Zazzle store
Thanks to an post on Twitter from Michael Styne, K2MTS, AMSAT is pleased to offer a new t-shirt on the AMSAT Zazzle Store

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

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