Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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Accessed on 02 June 2020, 1455 UTC.


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News for Tuesday 2 June

GQRP Club online
The GQRP Club has decided to see what support there would be for an online QRP Convention this year to replace the event which would have been hold in England on September 5th and 6th

RSGB Director on national broadcaster Talk Radio
RSGB Board Director Mike Bruce M0ITI was interviewed by Darryl Morris about amateur radio and the RSGB on the nationwide broadcaster Talk Radio

Radio amateurs stay connected during lockdown
Local radio amateurs have been keeping active during lockdown by meeting up on the air each morning, checking that everyone is in good health, and chatting about who else around the world they have been contacting

Quindar Tones: Those iconic NASA PTT confirmation beeps
The SWLing Post reports on the PTT confirmation tones used by astronauts in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs

Radio amateur on BBC Wiltshire
The RSGB reports BBC Wiltshire’s Graham Seaman interviewed Andy Henley 2E1GQX from the Chippenham and District Amateur Radio Club

‘Green Ghosts’ spotted above sprites in New Mexico
Citizen scientists have discovered a new form of upper atmospheric lightning: The Green Ghost

Auction 20 cancelled
In May 2020, New Zealand’s Auction for short-term, early access rights in the 3.5 GHz band for 5G services (Auction 20) was cancelled. This was due to the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, a direct allocation process will be undertaken

Pulling data from news feed telemetry
We are used to seeing shots from TV news helicopters every day, they are part of the backdrop to life in the 21st century. But so often we hear them overlaid with studio commentary, so it’s interesting to hear that their raw audio contains telemetry

Sable Island DXpedition news
Randy, N0TG, reports: “Many have asked about the impact COVID-19 could have to the Sable Island DXpedition scheduled for October

Temporary rule waivers announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day
With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27-28th, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event



News for Monday 1 June

New booking system for online amateur radio exams now available
The RSGB has announced that bookings for online Foundation exams, that people can take in their own homes, resumes today, Monday, June 1

Ham College 64
Extra Class Exam Questions – Part 3
Rules pertaining to automatic and remote control; band-specific regulations; operating in, and communicating with foreign countries; spurious emission standards; HF modulation index limit; bandwidth definition

RAFAC Exercise Blue Ham 20-2
The Royal Air Force Air Cadets are pleased to announce that back by demand the next Exercise Blue Ham will be held on the MoD 5MHz (Shared) Band over the weekend of 6 and 7th June 20

Global ‘STAYHOME’ event
An on-air gathering over the 6 and 7 June weekend will offer a further opportunity for stay-at-home stations and radio amateurs to share greetings in a contest-like framework

Radio hams keep in touch through pandemic
In this video, the Voice of America’s Mike O’Sullivan reports, there’s a resurgence in amateur or ‘ham’ radio, a hobby that connects people from all walks of life, wherever they are in the world.

Online talk: The joy of QRP operating
The Chair of the GQRP Club Steve Hartley G0FUW will be giving an online presentation on the joy of low-power operating on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30 pm BST (1830 GMT)

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast – Tim Carter – W3ATB
Tim Carter, W3ATB, was the first home remodeling media personality, even before it was popular

ITV show features Barry Amateur Radio Society
RSGB report the ITV Wales show “Wonders of the Coast Path” to be broadcast at 8:30pm BST (1930 GMT) today, Monday, June 1, features the Barry Amateur Radio Society

LICW starts YL only CW class
May 23, 2020 marked the first YL only Morse Code (CW) class for Long Island’s CW Club (LICW). The weekly class is hosted by Jennifer Moore KF4INA and Leanne Bulger W4LEA. Like all it’s classes, instruction is done in a casual, friendly style and is hosted in virtual classrooms (Zoom)

EIDXG Summer Challenge
EIDXG members (who brought you 9N7EI, 7Q7EI, 5V7EI to name a few), are running a unique Summer Challenge as a fun event beginning June 1st through August 30th

Video of IARU-R2 ‘Satellite Communications 101’ workshop
As I previously mentioned, IARU Region 2 (IARU-R2) is hosting workshops covering different facets of amateur radio.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

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