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 17 January 2021, 1237 UTC, Post 1829.


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News for Sunday 17 January

GB3LV repeater off the air
 repeater is off air at the moment and for the foreseeable future

ISS contact using 40 year old computer
This lighthearted video (that I helped a little with) shows a project to contact the packet radio digipeater on the International Space Station using a 1980s vintage Commodore 64 home computer. Quite apt for Expedition 64!

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels. There are currently no sunspot regions visible. No solar flaring is expected

New digital protocol Q65
SARL News reports WSJT-X version 2.4.0 will introduce a new digital protocol called Q65, which, according to the Quick Start Guide, is designed for “minimal two-way QSOs over especially difficult propagation paths.”


News for Saturday 16 January

Foundations of Amateur Radio
The APRS of it all … Amateur radio is a living anachronism. We have this heady mix of ancient and bleeding edge, never more evident than in a digital mode called Automatic Packet Reporting System or APRS is now CLOSED
The email robot at is now CLOSED – this is the LAST message you will receive from it

Harmful Coronavirus content on Loveworld breaks broadcasting rules for second time
An Ofcom investigation has found that religious satellite television channel, Loveworld, breached broadcasting rules for the second time in a year

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 Friday 15 January

CHESS CubeSat Constellation to carry FUNcube transponders
In 2020, a project between AMSAT-UK, AMSAT-NL and Swiss universities started with the aim of equipping two Swiss satellites with a linear transponder for amateur radio

Tips on operating a Satellite while Roving
In Episode 6 of DX Engineering’s Amateur Radio Satellite series, Sean Kutzko, KX9X, explores the fun of operating your amateur radio gear from a grid square other than the one where you live

Ofcom: Technologies shaping communications for the future
A new Ofcom report shines a light on the innovative, emerging technologies that could shape the communications industry in the future

FT4 on the amateur radio satellites
The free English language AMSAT-EA January newsletter features an article by Carlos Flores EA3HAH about his experiences in operating WSJT FT4 on the linear (SSB) amateur satellites

Ham radio centre at Ganga Sagar
By January 14 (Makar Sankranti) around 780,000 pilgrims had arrived at Ganga Sagar and radio amateurs from the West Bengal Radio Club established a QO-100 satellite ground station on the island

Just one week until the Winter 2021 AM QSO Party!
It is time to get those aerials checked and your vintage sets warmed or your modern transceiver tuned to AM. This can only mean one thing, the Winter AM QSO Party 2021 will soon be with us!

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 17th January 2021 is the History of Amateur Radio Edition, and we take a look at January 1946, when Amateur Radio begins to resume after World War Two

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

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