Thanks to Tony Kitchen (WH6DVI) for the latest edition of the BIARC Newsletter.  The newsletter is in the pdf format and can be accessed here:

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Tony Kitchen

Ham Radio Update for 07 October 2020.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by John Woodstock (K1DWU) and the sources cited by him.

Accessed on 08 October 2020, 0302 UTC, Post 1663.


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October 07, 2020

Solar Physicist Predicts a Slightly Better Solar Cycle 25

October 07, 2020 08:16 PM – ARRL -Solar physicist Leif Svalgaard of the W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University has predicted a maximum sunspot number of 128 ±10, slightly better than Solar Cycle 24.

“The overall average is 132 ±47 (median 124),” he said. “None of these numbers are substantially different, so one could perhaps just go with the ‘wisdom of the crowd.’ All predictions that we consider hav…

British Columbia Radio Amateur Hears Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

October 07, 2020 07:52 PM – ARRL -According to a report, Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, in British Columbia, Canada, received a signal from the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), flying just 274 kilometers (about 170 miles) above the red planet’s surface. The signal was an X-band carrier containing no data or telemetry.


“Its purpose is to allow for Doppler tracking,” Tilley explained. “The rapid change in pitch of …

Hurricane Delta Prompts Activations of Hurricane Watch Net, WX4NHC, SATERN

October 07, 2020 03:33 PM – ARRL -The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), and The Salvation Army’s SATERN have announced activations for Hurricane Delta, the latest Atlantic storm. The HWN moved to its Alert Level 4 on Wednesday and is now running on 14.325 MHz. WX4NHC monitors the same frequency to gather “ground truth” reports from radio amateurs that may assist NHC forecasters.


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The Space Weather Woman

October 07, 2020 09:16 AM – Southgate ARC – A Bright Region Leaves and Solar Storm Wanes with a Mini-Storm Kiss – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

VERON asks: Young radio amateurs, where can you find them?

October 07, 2020 09:16 AM – Southgate ARC – VERON highlights the plight of amateur radio in the Netherlands, there are hardly any young radio amateurs. Poll PA3BYV talks to IARU Region 2’s new Youth Liaison Officer Sterling N0SSC

Radio signals from Mars

October 07, 2020 09:16 AM – Southgate ARC – This week, an amateur radio operator in British Columbia picked up a radio signal … from Mars

Dominican Republic: Request for virtual ham radio exams

October 07, 2020 09:16 AM – Southgate ARC – On October 2, the telecommunications regulator INDOTEL convened the clubs of the Dominican Republic to a public hearing on the regulations for the amateur radio service

Behiye’s Space Adventure

October 07, 2020 09:16 AM – Southgate ARC – Behiye Esma Öte became interested in amateur radio at the age of 11 but the age restriction in Turkey meant she had to wait until she was 13 before getting her licence TA5ABO in 2018

U.K. Airwave network likely to operate until 2024 due to ESN delays

October 07, 2020 09:16 AM – Southgate ARC – The U.K. Home Office said that Airwave network likely will not be turned off until at least the beginning of 2024 due to delays with the Emergency Services Network (ESN)

IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

October 07, 2020 09:16 AM – Southgate ARC – Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

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