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 provided by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 07 November 2020, 0315 UTC, Post 1712.


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News for Saturday 7 November

Foundations of Amateur Radio
It lives … crystal radio with three components
The idea of building a crystal radio occurred to me a little while ago. I committed to building one, supplies permitting, before the end of the year. I can report that I now have a crystal radio. It works, as-in, I can hear a local AM broadcast station, and it took a grand total of three components costing a whopping two and a half bucks  

ARRL files comments in defense of ham radio microwave bands
ARRL has submitted comments on two draft recommendations approved in October by the FCC’s World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (WAC)

Stenigot Radio on the air
A small band of radio amateurs have reinstated the repeaters up at the RAF Stenigot site in the Lincolnshire Wolds

Kids – and Ham Radio – What’s Happening?
In this video Callum McCormick M0MCX talks about his experiences in introducing amateur radio to young people

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 8th November 2020 is the history of Amateur Radio edition, and we explore some of the Amateur Radio stories that were reported in Australian newspapers in 1935, including a story about a 12 year old Queensland girl who was tagged as “The Empire’s Youngest Radio Operator”, and another about early days of radio direction finding in Western Australia

Special ham radio call signs during the second lockdown period
Belgium’s UBA reports radio amateurs can apply for special callsigns that can be used from home during the second lockdown. This also applies to Novice and Entry-Level licence holders

Spectrum trade in the 2.6 GHz band approved
Ofcom has approved a trade of 25 MHz of spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band, from EE Limited to Telefonica UK Limited, following consultation

Group revives amateur radio in the CNMI
The Saipan Tribune reports on an amateur radio revival in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)


News for Friday 6 November

Selling used gear safely and successfully
As COVID cancels hamfests and the IC-7300 sells like hotcakes, more hams are selling used gear online. HAM RADIO PERSPECTIVES reviews the best ways to sell used gear safely and successfully

Ham radio group’s mobile emergency command post
Clay Today reports the Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ClayARES) group have a new mobile command post

Spanish satellites integrated with deployers
Spain’s national amateur radio society URE reports the GENESIS CubeSats were integrated with the deployer in Athens and while EASAT-2 and Hades PocketQubes were integrated in Glasgow

EANET Sprint Contest 2020
On November 8, from 08:00 to 12:00 UTC, it will be held the next edition of the “sprint contest” version of the same name Award, devoted to the ” Radio Clubs of the World”

UK 5G: Spectrum auction moves a step closer
The next UK spectrum auction has moved a significant step closer, with Ofcom publishing the final regulations, application form and guidance for those looking to take part in the auction

Jan Mayen Island Expedition cancelled
It is with a heavy heart that we for various reasons hereby cancel the JX0X Dxped

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

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