Ham Radio Update

Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio News compiled by John Woodstock (K1DWU).

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

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Accessed on 04 January 2021, 0422 UTC, Post 1804.

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January 03, 2021

ICQ Podcast Episode 341 – Listener Q and A

January 03, 2021 08:41 AM – ICQ Podcast -In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Ruth Willet KM4LAO to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and in this episode’s features we answer your questions.


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– FCC Sets Amateur License Fee at $35 – 3200km opening on 144 MHz in Australia – Ofcom Release New Licences Total – Temporary Licence for 160m Ham Radio Band Extended – FCC Starts Crackdown on Pirate Radio Landlords – Amateur Radio Decline in Japan Continues – Austria Receives 60m and 630m Christmas Present – HB40POLICE – Switzerland Special Event – Ham-Com Event to Close

January 02, 2021

UCC Awards-Endorsements for January 1 2021

January 02, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – Here are the endorsements and new VUCC Satellite Awards issued by the ARRL for the period December 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Congratulations to all those who made the list this month!

Netherlands special event

January 02, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – With the passing of Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, legendary guitarist of the band Van Halen, October 6th 2020, a special tribute event station is on air as PA5150EVH until January 31st 2021, a few days after Eddie’s birthday

Foundations of Amateur Radio

January 02, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – The impossible task – For decades I’ve been playing with every new piece of technology that comes my way. In amateur radio terms that’s reflected in, among other things, playing with different antennas, radios, modes and software

Did you work a YOTA station in December?

January 02, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – For the Amateur Radio community, December was designated as YOTA month. It is an annual initiative sponsored by Youngsters on the Air that wants to demonstrate amateur radio to youth to encourage them to get licenced, and for younger radio amateurs, to get active on the ham bands

Central Coast new DMR repeater

January 02, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – With it being the 31st of December there was a project that our repeater team set to be cleared and completed by the end of the year

From Yukon to Finland: CBC’s radio signal heard from afar

January 02, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – Canada’s CBC reports an AM radio broadcast on 560 kHz from CBC Yukon was heard 7,000 km away in Finland

2021 ARRL RTTY Roundup

January 02, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – The 2021 ARRL RTTY Roundup on January 2 3 features two new multioperator categories: multi-two and multi-multi

January 01, 2021

The K7RA Solar Update

January 01, 2021 01:47 PM – ARRL -Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar Ccle 25 is progressing normally, and with the new year, my outlook is optimistic. Solar minimum occurred just over a year ago (December 2019), and now we see very few days with no sunspots.


Both of the current sunspot groups (2794 and 2795) are about to slip across the sun’s western horizon.


Average daily sunspot number this past week was 27.1, up from 10.3…

VK6WIA NewsWest

January 01, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – NewsWest invites contributions to the news programme. You can send contributions by email

Listen to digital modes on any android device

January 01, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – This software connects to D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, NXDN, P25, and M17 reflectors and gateways/repeaters over UDP

FCC reduces proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35

January 01, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – 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.”

Former RAC President Farrell (Hoppy) Hopwood, VE7RD SK

January 01, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

ARISS contact scheduled for students on Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

January 01, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – 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)

A green flash on Jupiter

January 01, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – 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

DX News from the ARRL

January 01, 2021 10:11 AM – Southgate ARC – The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

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