Here are the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news headlines from 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 12 July 2020, 1411 UTC, Post 1534.


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News for Sunday 12 July

Getting publicity for Amateur Radio
Publicity can be magical and when it comes to ham radio, it’s great magic. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells WIA News how one amateur in the UK used newspaper publicity to boost ham radio’s profile

The uncertain future of Ham Radio
Julianne Pepitone writes in the IEEE Spectrum magazine about the state of amateur radio in the USA

7-CALL 30th Anniversary special station
7-CALL Amateur Radio Club has started operation from a 2nd Shack of 8J17CALL, 7-CALL 30th Anniversary Special station on 11th July, 2020

Austral and Marquesas Islands DXpedition postponed
Lance, W7GJ, informs OPDX of the following: Because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, we regret that the W7GJ 6m EME DXpedition to FO/A and FO/M and the KB7Q 2m EME DXpedition to FO/M must be delayed until 2021

SARL 80m Club Sprint
The fourth leg of the 80m Club Sprint is on the air from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC on Wednesday 15th July with CW and phone activity

Polish special callsign
Members of the Mysliborski Klub Lacznosci PZK (SP1PMY) will be active with the special callsign SN87LOT from Mysliborz between now and August 31st

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels


News for Saturday 11 July

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Homebrew radio for the 21st Century
The hobby of Amateur Radio is essentially one of experimentation. Within our community we endlessly build things, from amplifiers to Yagis and every letter of the alphabet in between. With every experiment we grow the amateur radio sphere of influence just a little bit

A SOTA wedding took place on 4th July 2020!
David Wise KM3A and Lizzette Rodriguez K6LZT are both keen SOTA activators, and their marriage actually took place on a summit and in conjunction with a SOTA activation!

Image: David Wise KM3A and Lizzette Rodriguez K6LZT

ESA emits a guide to picking up ISS SSTV
The Register reports on the new ESA tutorials explaining how to pick up the amateur radio Slow Scan TV (SSTV) tutorials transmitted from the International Space Station

LunART- Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder
The European Space Agency (ESA) website has published a proposal by radio amateurs from AMSAT-DL for LunART (Lunar Amateur Radio Transponder): a Communications Platform on the Large European Lander to support communication and payload experiments

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 12th July 2020 is the contesting edition of NewsWest, which is pretty timely because there’s a few Aussie contests coming up, and we’ve got some handy information for those wondering if they should give contesting a go

NewsWest is produced by WA AR News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand

The super-sized nucleus of Comet NEOWISE
Now we know why Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) is so bright. It has an unusually large nucleus

Eavesdropping video monitors with TempestSDR RTL-SDR
This is not new, but the software is getting better and better.


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) will start his online Technician Class License Class on 01 September 2020.  For details, contact Doug at

All radio amateurs are urged to participate in the Sunday, 20 September 2020, Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Event.  The event, sponsored by the Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club, will run from 1300 HST to 1700 HST.  For details, please go here:

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

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Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section (breaking Amateur/Ham Radio News)