Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club .

Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 06 July 2020, 2124 UTC, Post 1523.


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News for Monday 6 July

The Future of Amateur Radio Clubs
The July 4 edition of the Saturday night DX Commander show featured a discussion on the Future of Ham Radio Clubs

Upgrade of the D4VHF station VHF and Microwave antenna systems
The D4VHF team on Cape Verde Islands have recently made some major changes to their antenna systems for 2-metres, 23cms and 12 cms

The Space Weather Woman
Sunspot Death Throes of Cycle 24 – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Upcoming Online Amateur Radio Talks
The Denby Dale ARS has an exciting lineup of online talks available to all radio amateurs via Zoom and YouTube

Ofcom prosecutions: Freedom of Information request
Only July 1, 2020 in response to a Freedom of Information request Ofcom released limited details of prosecutions of Amateur Radio operators

ICQPodcast – Homebrew CAT and Programming Cable
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Ed Durrant DD5LP, Frank Howell K4FMH and Bill Barnes WC3B to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Homebrew CAT and Programming Cable

IRTS Award winners for service to the Society or to Amateur Radio 2020
At each Annual General Meeting, the Society recognises individuals and clubs who give outstanding service to the Society or Amateur Radio

Spain on-the-air for IARU HF World Championship
Members of the URE (Unión de Radioaficionados Españoles) will be active as EF4HQ from their HQ station during the IARU HF World Championship between 1200z Saturday, July 11th and 1200z Sunday, July 12th

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th June, through Sunday, 5th July there were 206 countries active

Weekly IOTA (Islands On The Air) News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin


News for Sunday 5 July

QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast Carl Luetzelschwab – K9LA
While I am busy working with my team on the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, I am reprising some older episodes of guests who will appear as speakers in the Expo

Ham College 66
Extra Class Exam Questions – Part 4
E1D – Amateur space and Earth stations; telemetry and telecommand rules; identification of balloon transmissions; one-way communications

AMSAT responds to allegations of unauthorized legal expenses
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) has been made aware of public comments alleging financial mismanagement in the form of “unauthorized” legal expenditures. AMSAT takes these allegations very seriously and in full disclosure, has investigated these claims for many months

‘Clubs as Hubs’ plan designed to revive UK amateur radio
Australia’s WIA News carries a report by Jeremy Boot G4NJH on the ‘Clubs as Hubs’ plan designed to revive UK amateur radio

Statement: Listed Events – Cricket Test Matches played in England 2020-2024
Ofcom has granted Sky’s request to broadcast exclusive live coverage of cricket test matches played in England between 2020 and 2024

ARISS Multi-point Telebridge Contact with school in Belgium
UPDATE – An ARISS educational school contact is planned for Chris Cassidy KF5KDR with students at Don Bosco Haacht Technisch en Beroepsonderwijs, Haacht, Belgium 

ICASA extends the grace period for amateur radio licence renewals
Following discussions, ICASA has informed the SARL that no amateur radio licenses expired on 30 June 2020. The grace period has been extended by several weeks to allow payment

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

All radio amateurs are invited to participate in the Sunday, 20 September 2020, Hawaiian Grid Madness VHF/UHF simplex event.  The contest, sponsored by the Aulani Hui Repeater Club, runs from 1300 to 1700 HST.

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

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