Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by John Woodstock (K1DWU).

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

Content provided by John Woodstock (K1DWU).

Accessed on 21 December 2020, 0314 UTC, Post 1778.


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December 20, 2020

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP

December 20, 2020 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low level

Why your scanner has a hole in it

December 20, 2020 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – The SDR revolution has completely changed the way radio enthusiasts pursue their hobby, but there is still a space for the more traditional scanning receiver. If you are an American, have you ever noticed that it has a gap in its coverage between 800 and 900 MHz?

Ofcom release new licences total

December 20, 2020 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom have released the number of Amateur Radio licences issued during the months affected by the pandemic

Germany: Temporary licence for 160m ham radio band extended

December 20, 2020 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – IARU Region 1 reports Germany’s temporary license for the amateur radio 160m band has been extended until the end of 2021

South Africa: December Radio Amateur Exam results

December 20, 2020 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – SARL News reports the results of the December RAE have been released and emailed to each candidate, the pass rate was 95% for those attending the exam

AmateurLogic 150: Christmas 2020

December 20, 2020 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – Tommy shows us the neat Doozy for D-Star application. Emile celebrates 12 Days of Elmers. George remembers the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 and discusses all digital AM changes. Emile shows how to completely update Pi-Star. Mike’s got the 2020 AmateurLogic Crazy Cheap Christmas Gift Guide

ICQ Podcast Episode 340 – Get on the Air to Care at Christmas

December 20, 2020 08:49 AM – ICQ Podcast -In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard (M0TCH), Martin Rothwell (M0SGL), Ed Durrant (DD5LP), Frank Howell (K4FMH) and Bill Barnes (WC3B) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s features is RSGB/NHS Christmas update of their Get on the Air to Care Campaign. This feature also includes details of a charity auction of a morse key supporting the NHS and construction contest.


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