Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news from the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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

Content supplied by the UK-base Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 14 May 2020, 1500 UTC, Post 1438.


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News for Thursday 14 May
Southgate Amateur Radio News would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all the NHS staff and key workers in the UK


Tony’s 10m Band Report
The good guys this week were J69DS and J68HZ (St Lucia), 5T5PA (Mauritania), several Chinese CRA stations, OD50SH (Lebanon) and plenty of others. Sunday was huge.
The new version of WSJT-X is out. Actually it’s a Beta candidate which means a trial version. Don’t try it unless you can get yourself out of difficulties. A new version of JTAlert is also available to match it.

Nicki Pointer, NHS – supporting ‘Get on the air to care’ and IND
The RSGB have shared a video clip they were given on May 12, 2020, by the NHS as part of the ‘Get on the Air to Care’ #GOTA2C campaign

ARRL seeks clarification of amended Amateur Service RF safety rules
ARRL has filed a Petition for Clarification addressing two issues arising from amended FCC RF safety rules that go into effect on June 1 for the Amateur Service and other FCC-regulated services

IARUMS April newsletter now available
The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports almost all of the IARU-R1 coordinators reported intruders predominantly in the amateur radio 20m and 40m bands

Pedro Carvalho, CT1DBS / CU3HF SK
There are some OM’s who stand out in many fields simultaneously and become examples to be followed

Keeping in touch around the world using amateur radio
Peoria’s 25 News reports while video chatting apps like Zoom are rising in popularity, a group of local people are using a slightly older technology to stay in touch

The Great Geomagnetic Storm of May 1921
99 years ago this week, the biggest solar storm of the 20th century struck Earth

Broadband networks stand firm during pandemic
Average UK broadband speeds largely held up during the coronavirus lockdown despite rising demand, Ofcom’s latest research shows


News for Wednesday 13 May

Register now for Free Foundation Online Training course
The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on Sunday, May 17

Sweden to hold portable amateur radio contest on May 17
Sweden’s HF (SSB/CW) portable contest for both single-operator and multi-operator amateur radio stations takes place this Sunday, May 17 from 0700-1100 GMT

Japan: Spreading the appeal of amateur radio
Yoshinori Takao JG1KTC, Chair of the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL), has called on radio amateurs to help promote and spread the appeal of amateur radio

50 MHz interference problems in Switzerland
The Swiss national amateur radio society USKA asks amateurs to take the time to identify and document obvious sources of interference and to report this to OFCOM

Socially distanced in-person Ham Radio exam sessions
The ARRL reports in-person amateur radio exam sessions have been held in the USA and Norway

The GB0GIG team is having a great time on air!
GB0GIG continues on air until the 28th May, celebrating the work of the National Health Service / Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol in Wales, plus supporting the RSGB ‘Get On The Air To Care’ campaign. We thank all health workers for their hard work and dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic and at all times!

Ofcom awards six new community radio licences
Ofcom has announced the award of six new community radio licences in England and Scotland

AM40LAR – 40th anniversary of ham radio programme
AM40LAR celebrates the 40th anniversary of a radio programme dedicated to amateur radio braodcast by RNE Radio 4

SOS Radio Week
Throughout May, the SOS Radio Week draws attention to the valuable work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI)

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


News for Tuesday 12 May

New Beta of FT4 and FT8 software WSJT
Joe Taylor K1JT reports the new beta version of the popular FT4 and FT8 software, WSJT-X version 2.2.0, is a significant program upgrade offering many new features

ARISS to attempt second test of new Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is announcing a second test of its new distance-learning ARISS radio contacts with astronauts

Upcoming amateur radio talks on Zoom
Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society‘s series of online presentations using Zoom continues on Wednesday, May 13, with an Introduction to amateur satellites, meteor scatter, EME and ISS by Robin Moseley G1MHU

RSGB online amateur radio exam figures released
On Monday, May 11, it was reported that 216 candidates had taken the remotely-invigilated online amateur radio Foundation exam since April 10, of those 201 (93%) passed

Additional information on the new 40 MHz beacon in Ireland
In a previous news item, we were able to announce that the new 8-metre beacon in Ireland is now on air. We now have more details about its operation

77 5G and other masts torched
Business Insider report that a conspiracy theory that baselessly links 5G  technology with the coronavirus has led to a series of arson attacks on cell phone towers in the UK

VE2DX CI-V hubs and AUX1 Breakout Boxes available again
Ok, 3D printer back online and plenty of parts came in so the CT-17Bs (Icom CI-V hubs) and IAB1 (Icom Breakout Boxes) are available for shipment again this week

Rebel DX Group DXpedition update
Unfortunately, our plans regarding activating Banaba Island and Tuvalu has been affected by the current COVID-19 situation – just like in case of many other DXpeditions around the world. We’re forced to postpone the DXpedition, but it’s not cancelled

IPARC activity from Germany
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Police Association (IPA), German radio amateurs of the IPARC (IPA-Radio-Club) will be active as DL70IPA with the main activity between August 2nd and 6th, November 7th (CW) and 8th (SSB) (IPARC-Contest 2020) and various weekends


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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

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