Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio News Stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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News for Saturday 12 December

Foundations of Amateur Radio
If you want to do HF in an apartment, where do you start?
One of the many vexing issues associated with getting on-air and making noise is actually making that happen 

‘Get on the air for Christmas’ off to a great start
The RSGB and NHS Campaign ‘Get on the air for Christmas’ is off to a great start with the charity auction raising money for NHS Charities Together

VHF / UHF Repeaters in IARU Region 2
Since its formation in 2017, the Region 2 Band Planning Committee has worked to not just keep the band plans current, but also to determine the level of activity on the bands

4-element Yagi for 40 MHz (8-metres)
With interest growing in the new 40 MHz (8-metre) amateur band in Europe, YU7EF has designed a 4-element Yagi antenna which will give good performance in this part of the low VHF spectrum.

Bangalore Amateur Radio Club – Virtual Monthly Meeting
Jitsi is an OpenSource Collaboration tool. You can join the meeting just by clicking the above link from your Desktop/Laptop. You can install the Jitsi App on your Android / iPhone and join the meeting with the above link.

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 13th December 2020 is the contesting edition, and we have news of six Amateur Radio contests coming up soon, and in January, that you may be interested in.
Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand

New Zealand: Wireless Power Transfer across HF spectrum
New Zealand has added Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) systems using the RF spectrum from 0.1485 to 30 MHz into the General User Radio Licence for Short Range Devices (GURL-SRD is equivalent to UK’s licence exempt)

Brazil: Announcement on ham radio exams
In June Brazil followed the UK and USA’s lead by introducing online exams for their Class C and A amateur radio licenses. It was said to be a temporary pandemic measure now it is to become permanent

103 people take ham radio exam in Balmon Jayapura
For the first time an amateur radio exam using the Online system was held in Balmon Jayapura, Indonesia and 103 people took part

IARU involved in meeting of key CEPT working group
CEPT Working Group SE 40 (Space Service compatibility issues) met on December 2-4 and 7, and discussed the amateur radio band from 1240-1300 MHz

ARISS Slow Scan TV event
An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International Space Station (ISS) for late December. This will be a special SSTV event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ARISS

The Geminids – a reminder
The Geminids are a prolific meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a “rock comet” orbit. This would make the Geminids, together with the Quadrantids, the only major meteor showers not originating from a comet

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News for Friday 11 December

Young radio ham interviewed in newspaper
The Indian Express interviews 13-year-old Smriti Hegde VU3FNV from Bengaluru (Bangalore), she is one of the youngest radio amateurs in India

Ham radio operators honor legacy of Mars Hill company
The Asheville Citizen Times reports radio amateurs ran special events stations to honor the memory of the Hammarlund radio factory in Mars Hill North Carolina and the company’s founder Oscar Hammarlund

Changes to RAC bulletin subscription: Effective January 1, 2021
In addition to posting news items on the  RAC website  and in   magazine, Radio Amateurs of Canada regularly communicates with its membThe Canadian Amateurers about its programs and services by sending RAC Bulletins such as the one you are now reading

Red Sands Fort on TV
This programme will now be broadcast on 16 December (revised from 9 December originally announced)

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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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section