Ham Radio Update


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

Accessed on 04 May 2020, 2105 UTC, Post 1427.


Please click link or scroll down to read your selections. This post covers the period 03-04 May 2020.

May 04, 2020

World Amateur Radio Day Award Certificates: delayed until Friday, May 8

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Thank you for participating in the first RAC “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” (WARD) Special Event! Our volunteers are now working on processing the special event certificates but have been delayed due to circumstances related to the global pandemic

Vintage Amateur Radio Magazines

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Swedish amateur radio publications dating back to the early 1930’s have been scanned and are now available to download

Remotely-invigilated exam numbers released

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – On Friday, May 1, the RSGB released the figures for UK remotely-invigilated amateur radio Foundation exams

Online Satellite Workshop talks available

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Videos of the talks given to the Online Satellite Workshop that took place May 2-3 are available on YouTube

Northern Ohio DX Association elections

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – On Thursday, April 30th, during an On-Air Meeting, the members of Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) re-elected the following to serve as officers between May 2020 and May 2021

New SSTV software YONIQ

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Eugenio Fernández EA1ADA reports that YONIQ, a modern version of the popular Slow Scan TV software MMSSTV, is now available

IOTA Contest 2020

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The RSGB have announced that the annual Islands on the Air Contest, which takes place over the last full weekend of July (25th / 26th July), will go ahead this year

GB0GIG continues this week

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – GB0GIG run by members of Dragon Amateur Radio Club and North Wales Radio Society is having great fun on air to celebrate the hard work of the NHS in Wales. Thanking them for their hard work and dedication during the hard time of the Covid-19 pandemic

DXCC Country/Entity Report

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th April, through Sunday, 3rd May there were 215 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX

May 04, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

May 03, 2020

FCC Providing Flexibility to Volunteer Examiners in Developing Remote Testing Methods

May 03, 2020 08:06 PM – ARRL -The FCC has clarified that nothing in its rules prohibits remote amateur radio testing, and no prior approval is needed to conduct remote exam sessions.

“The Commission provides flexibility to volunteer examiners and coordinators who wish to develop remote testing methods or to increase remote testing programs already in place,” the FCC said in an April 30 news release. “We recognize that some v…

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

World Pulmonary Hypertension Day goes live on ham radio

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Association report on the amateur radio special event station W2H which will be active to promote World PH Day taking place May 5

Radio Emma Toc World Service

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Jim Salmon 2E0RMI has posted the transmission schedule for Radio Emma To

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Episode 300 – The Panel Discussion

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – I just posted episode 300, another milestone in the history of the QSO Today podcast. I decided to celebrate this milestone with a panel discussion as something new and completely different

Ham College 64: Remote Exams

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – In this episode of Ham College we get the up to date information on the state of Amateur radio exam remote testing. It’s come much further than we thought

FCC Chair comments on amateur radio remote testing

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Ajit Pai Chair of the FCC (USA’s communications regulator) has publicly thanked radio amateur Sam Hulick KD9PGO for highlighting the issue of remote testing

Electronic voting for the 2020 South African Radio League AGM

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – The electronic voting for the four Financial motions opened at 00:01 CAT on Monday 27 April 2020 and there was an initial rush to cast votes, but this has decreased during the week

Amateur radio explained to young coders

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Simon Dorrer OE3SDO gave an online talk ‘Amateur radio as a hobby’ to young people in Linz, Austria, at a CoderDojo Junior Bootcamp event on April 24

66-year-old man rescued from ham radio tower

May 03, 2020 08:14 AM – Southgate ARC – Firefighters were called to rescue a 66-year-old man who was stuck on a friend’s amateur radio mast in Big Piney Road, Rapid City, South Dakota


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