Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio News 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 20 September 2020, 1239 UTC, Post 1638.


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News for Sunday 20 September

Live stream of first HF contacts
Emily McCormick M6ELM got her amateur radio licence about 10 years ago but until this month had never operated. This video shows her first HF contacts which were live streamed by Callum M0MCX

SolderSmoke Podcast 225 available
Bill Meara M0HBR / N2CQR has released a new edition of the amateur radio SolderSmoke podcast

SOTA Activity Day
This is a fun event to encourage radio amateurs to participate in the Summits on the Air (SOTA) programme

SA radio amateurs exam news
The SARL report results of the August 2020 RAE have been sent to each candidate and those who passed the exam can get on the air. Please be patient as the RAE process is finalised.

The EI DX Group 4th Annual DX Féile is cancelled
The 4th annual DX Féile organised by the EI DX Group for October 2nd and 3rd. in the Aran Islands Hotel, Inis Mór has been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 crisis

Shannon Basin Radio Club launch new 2 metre repeater
Shannon Basin Radio Club put their new 2 metre repeater into service on Thursday last from a site in North Roscommon

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


News for Saturday 19 September

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Simplicity among the complexity …
My radio shack consists of two radios, identical, well, in as much as that they’re the same model, a Yaesu FT-857d. Their memories are different, their microphones are different, but both of them are connected via a coaxial switch to the same VHF and UHF antenna. One of them is also connected to a HF antenna

Fires/Hurricanes: FCC grants rule waiver for modern ham radio modes
Some modern amateur radio modes are prohibited in USA due to an archaic symbol rate restriction introduced in 1980. Everytime there’s a natural disaster ARRL has to ask for a rule waiver to use them

RASA introduces amateur radio tech support portal
The Radio Amateur Society of Australia is pleased to announce a new initiative to support newcomers to our hobby

Dragon Amateur Radio Club activate GB2VK
On Saturday 19th September, Dragon Amateur Radio Club will once again be activating the callsign GB2VK from the old Marconi transmitter site at Waunfawr, North Wales to commemorate the first wireless contact between the UK and Australia on the 22nd September 1918

UK amateur radio exam report released
The RSGB Examinations Standards Committee (ESC) report covering 2019 is now available for anyone to download

VK6WIA NewsWest
In NewsWest this week we delve into Amateur Radio History, with items out of Amateur Radio Magazines from 1935, that’s eighty five years ago, to save you counting on your fingers

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Just a reminder:  The 2020 Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Event happens today, Sunday, 20 September 2020, from 1300 to 1700 HST.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section