Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 09 November 2020, 1442 UTC, Post 1714.


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News for Monday 9 November

Israel special event
During the week of Chanukah celebrations, special Israeli radio amateur stations will be active on the air with a special callsigns ending in letters from the word “Chanukah”, (4X1C, 4X2H, 4Z3A, 4X4N, 4X5U, 4X6K, 4Z7A, 4X8H and 4X0NER). “Ner” means candle in Hebrew. The number in the callsign indicates the number of the candles lit that day

IARU-R1 Conference VHF-UHF-Microwave Report
A report on the key recommendations made by the C5 (VHF+) Committee at the IARU Region 1 Virtual Conference is in edition 87 of the free IARU-R1 VHF-UHF-Microwave newsletter

HAREC examination classes on Zoom
The Irish Radio Transmitters Society report a meeting was held on Zoom for prospective students for a HAREC examination course on Wednesday last and fifty-eight people joined in

ICQPodcast – Announcing Homebrew Hero 2020
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Matthew Nassau M0NJX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s features is Interview with Homebrew Hero 2020

Hacking the Perfect (Spectrum) Auction
In 2016, the Federal Communications Commission held a very special auction. For decades, a lot of the electromagnetic spectrum — the airwaves over which TV, radio and wireless signals are transmitted — were owned by TV stations

Shortwave radio blackout
There have been several reports that the AR2781 sunspot let off a C-class flare with a pulse of X-rays and UV radiation which ionized the top of Earth’s atmosphere, causing a brief shortwave radio blackout over Australia and the Indian Ocean

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st November, through Sunday, 8th November there were 211 countries active

IOTA News from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW


News for Sunday 8 November

Alan Wolke (W2AEW) headlines FLARC November 2020 Speaker Series: “An Intro to NanoVNA”
As part of its 2020 Kawfee Tawk Speaker Series, our November program will feature one of the best technical experts in the region and a ham who has certainly developed a following

Scouts SA recognise amateur radio
Richard Hooper, ZS6RKE has informed the SARL that Scouts SA have finally added the Amateur Radio Operator Badge to the Scout Interest Badges and Challenge Awards

Neutron1 launched from the ISS
Hawaii’s first 3U CubeSat designed to detect neutrons was launched on November 5, 2020 by the ISS and is now in Low Earth Orbit

IARU coordinates frequencies for six satellites in October
During the month of October the IARU coordinated frequencies for six upcoming Amateur Radio satellites

Upcoming SARL contests
The second leg of the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest will run from 12:00 UTC on Saturday 14 November to 08:00 UTC on Sunday 15 November 2020

Greece’s War of Independance special events
Look for nine special stations to be active from these three DXCC entities between December 2020 and March 2021. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of “Greece’s War of Independance” against Ottoman Turks

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Members of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club (BIARC) will meet on Saturday, 14 November 2020, 1400 HST via the Zoom Conference Protocol.  The agenda will include the election of new officers and a discussion of club business.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section