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

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

Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 19 January 2021, 0001 UTC, Post 1832.


News for Monday 18 January

Germany dealt with over 3,500 radio interference complaints in 2020
Germany’s Federal Network Agency BNetzA take radio interference seriously and in 2020 dealt with over 3,500 cases

Does price buy performance or satisfaction in an HF transceiver?
Frank Howell K4FMH of ICQ podcast is talking on this subject at the Denby Dale amateur radio club on Weds January 20th at 7.30pm (1930utc)

Radio hams comment on the draft BNetzA plans for 2021
Germany’s amateur radio round table (RTA) has commented in a letter on the Federal Network Agency BNetzA draft plan for the year 2021

QSO Today with Clint Turner KA7OEI
Clint Turner, KA7OEI, is an experimenter, builder, and operator on all bands and modes

ICQPodcast – Improving your Handy Talkie
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 in this episode’s features How to improve your Handy Talkie


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.”


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