Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio News compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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

Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 01 January 2021, 1409 UTC, Post 1798,


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News for Friday 1 January

Wishing all of our readers world-wide a
Very Happy and Healthy New Year 2021
Please stay safe – From Richard g4tut at Southgate Amateur Radio News

FCC reduces proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35
The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.”

ARISS contact scheduled for students on Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts. ARISS is the group that puts together special amateur radio contacts between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses on the International Space Station (ISS)

Former RAC President Farrell (Hoppy) Hopwood, VE7RD SK
Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC President, Farrell Hopwood, VE7RD, became a Silent Key on December 8, 2020 at age 91

A green flash on Jupiter
A photographer in Spain has witnessed a mirage so rare, it’s possible no one has ever seen it before. We’re talking about a green flash on Jupiter

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email

Listen to digital modes on any android device
This software connects to D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, NXDN, P25, and M17 reflectors and gateways/repeaters over UDP

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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News for Thursday 31 December

Tony’s 10m Band Report
A drab week but Friday to Sunday were better. Most popular DX was probably OD5TX, VK3EW, LA2IMA, ZD7FT, SX2500S and some others.

I worked a couple of Scottish stations on 10m at good signal strengths, +6, unusual. It is gratifying to twist the beam around and see the signals go down then up. Then I worked Namibia, V51WH

US radio hams to be charged $35 fee
The FCC is to impose a $35 fee on amateur radio licenses which used to be free

Which power supply do I use for my ham radio?
In this video, Ria Jairam N2RJ talks about power supplies, both linear and switching and the different types available

New WSJT mode Q65
WSJT-X 2.4.0 will introduce Q65, a digital protocol designed for minimal two-way QSOs over especially difficult propagation paths

Petrinja Earthquake
IARU Region 1 reports an earthquake on December 29 at 12:19 UTC has caused severe damage in Petrinja in Croatia

Pella Amateur Radio Club APRS balloon spans globe 3 times
KNIA-KRLS reports the Pella Amateur Radio Club’s 144.39 MHz APRS balloon project, callsign WB0URW-8, has completed 3 trips around the globe and is still flying

Ham-Com event is closing
Another annual amateur radio show has announced it is closing for good

Solar Flares and Radio Communications
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the effect of solar flares on radio communications and electronic devices

ARRL staffers to be On the Air from W1AW for Straight Key Night
Members of the ARRL Headquarters staff will put W1AW on the air for Straight Key Night (SKN). Set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to take part in this annual ARRL tradition

Radio Emma Toc schedule
A look at – the ‘Numbers Stations’ past & present, a recent interview with Jeff White from WRMI, news of a revived publication from The Indian DX Club International, Tony Hancock’s ‘The Radio Ham’, and hellos to listeners

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section