Ham Radio Update


Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information from John Woodstock (K1DWU).

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

Content provided by John Woodstock (K1DWU) and the sources cited in this post.  This post covers the period 27-28 April 2020.

Accessed on 28 April 2020, 1655 UTC, Post 1416.

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April 28, 2020

XR8RRC video

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – A video is now available on YouTube.com (as April 25th) on the recent XR8RRC IOTA DXpedition to Wellington Island (SA-032) by Russian Robinson Club (RRC) members

Two solar cycles are active at once

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – You don’t see this every day. There are two sunspots on the sun today, and each one comes from a different 11-year solar cycle

South African local contests this week

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – Please take note that the Lock Down Regulations will influence certain outdoor activities. The ZS SOTA Activity Day is a fun event to encourage radio amateurs to take part in the Summits on the Air (SOTA) programme

Significant digital voice growth

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report that the installation of three additional gateways for digital voice modes has finally been completed

RSGB release 2019 Board proceedings

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – The RSGB has released the Board proceedings for the meetings held on November 15 and December 14, 2019

RSGB Director leaves Board

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – The RSGB has reported that Dr Kamal Jit Singh M0IOV has stepped down from the RSGB Board

Bored with ‘stay at home’ orders?

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – Although we are missing DXpeditions, there is a tremendous amount of activity on the bands as every country in the world seems to have stay at home orders. With no expeditions, some may be experiencing a lack of motivation to get on the air. We have the answer! CQ’s annual DX Marathon!!

AU2STH special event call from India

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – Looking to the present crisis of COVID 19 and to save our community from this problem, VU2JAU will be operating with a special callsign AU2STH stands for STAY HOME and keep yourself safe from this crisis

AMSAT SA carries out successful test with Africube

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – This week Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP and Pierre Holshausen, ZS6PJH carried out a successful on the air QSO using the AfriCUBE digital transponder

Amateur Radio provides social life during distancing

April 28, 2020 08:15 AM – Southgate ARC – The Swindon Advertiser newspaper interviews Dave Rootes M3FGR about amateur radio

April 27, 2020

Emergency Ventilator Designed and Constructed by Hams Going to FDA

April 27, 2020 06:23 PM – ARRL -Radio amateurs have succeeded in providing a complete, working ventilator system to University of Florida researchers who are in the process of applying to the Food and Drug Administration for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). A successful submission would blaze the way for volunteers and manufacturers around the world to create low-cost, highly functional Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or anest…

Radio Amateur Finds Another “Zombie Satellite”

April 27, 2020 06:11 PM – ARRL -British Columbia radio amateur Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, has found another “zombie satellite,” as he calls them. This time, he tracked and identified radio signals from the experimental UHF military communication satellite LES-5. Tilley says he found the satellite in what he called a geostationary “graveyard” orbit after noting a modulated carrier on 236.7487 MHz.

“Most zombie satellites are satelli…

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

Samoan special event

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Atsu, 5W1SA, is expected to be active as 5W19STAYSAFE from Apia during the pandemic COVID-19 lock-down

Radio remedy

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The Telegraph newspaper reports how amateur radio operators are doing their bit during lockdown in India

Radio amateurs spray disinfectant on vehicles

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

IRTS Counties Contest

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The IRTS 80 metres Evening Counties Contest takes place on Tuesday next 28th April at 20:00 UTC – that’s 9.00pm local time

ICQPodcast – Radio Communication Museum

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

IARU-R2 online workshops exceed expectations

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – IARU-R2 reports the response to the original notice of workshops was far beyond their expectations: 230 registered and more are still registering!

GB0GIG on air in May to thank our NHS

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

Electronic voting for the 2020 SARL AGM

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

DXCC Country/Entity Report

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19th April, through Sunday, 26th April there were 218 countries active

DIY amateur radio operators answer the COVID-19 call

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

IOTA news from OPDX

April 27, 2020 07:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin
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