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.

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Accessed on 16 August 2020, 1348 UTC, Post 1587.


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News for Sunday 16 August

Long delays as Australian Foundation hams swap call signs
It appears many Australian Foundation holders have taken advantage of the opportunity to swap their unwieldy 7 character call signs (VKnFxxx) for standard 6 character calls

Hamfest goes silent
The Courier newspaper reports the Findlay Radio Club has canceled its upcoming Hamfest, which typically draws about 2,000 ham radio enthusiasts to Findlay, Ohio

RSGB release Board Proceedings for May and June
The RSGB has released the Board proceedings for May and June 2020

8J17CALL, 7-CALL 30th Anniversary Special station 3rd Shack opened
7-CALL Amateur Radio Club has started operation for 3rd Shack of 8J17CALL, 7-CALL 30th Anniversary Special station on 3rd August, 2020

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


News for Saturday 15 August

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Channelling RTTY
When you start playing with radio your first interaction is likely to be voice. It could be SSB, AM, FM or something more recent like FreeDV or DMR. Your next challenge is likely going to be a digital mode like Morse Code, Radio Teletype or my recommendation for your first adventure, WSPR or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter

IARU: HF Digital Mode Band Plan review
For the first time in their history all three IARU Regions have joined together to directly coordinate band planning efforts to accommodate the the explosive growth in HF digital modes

Sharing a success story
In this month’s RadCom, RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB thanks all the staff and volunteers who have pulled together to cope with the challenges of the last four months

QNews: Time for reconstruction of the ham radio hobby ?
2020 saw the UK and the USA lead the amateur radio world in introducing online ham radio exams taken at home but most countries still have exam systems stuck in the 1900s

Propagation de K7RA
New sunspot cycle 25 continues to make a strong showing. Sunspots appeared on every day for over three weeks, beginning on July 21

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) begins a new Virtual Technician License Class on 01 September 2020.  For details, please go here:

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

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