Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


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 March 2021, 1309 UTC, Post 1904.


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News for Monday 1 March

Problems with ham radio licensing in Brazil
Brazil’s amateur radio society LABRE has written to the communications regulator ANATEL expressing their concern about the bureaucratic problems in becoming a radio amateur

New Zealand regulator’s view of RF pollution
New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) says the RF spectrum ‘has become an important economic resource, but its usefulness is diminished by pollution’

International Women’s Day contest on Monday, March 8
Finland’s SRAL reports International Women’s Day will be celebrated in the spirit of a relaxed race. The contest will take place on March 8 from 0000-2359 Finnish Time (2200-2159 GMT)

Hacking a transmitter – 1920s style
Back in the 1920s, when electronic breadboading often used a real wood breadboard, swiped from the kitchen in the dark of night, a limited supply of commercial electronic components inspired ham radio hobbyists to roll their own capacitors, inductors, switches, and whatever else was needed to build a transmitter

Tim Hunkin rides again with The Secret Life Of Components
Long-time readers may remember one of the occasional Engineering Heroes series that focused on the British engineer, inventor and sometime TV presenter Tim Hunkin, known for his intricate creations, unusual arcade machines, and Secret Life Of Machines TV series’ from the years around 1990. It seems we’re now in for a fresh treat as he’s returning to our screens via YouTube with a new series

ICQPodcast – Progressive changes at the ARRL
In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Edmund Spicer M0MNG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in this episode’s features is in an interview with ARRL David Minster NA2AA, and the President, Rick Roderick K5UR as they discuss changes for the ARRL with Frank Howell K4FMH

Scotland Special Event
Look for special event station GB2CR to be active from Invergordon, Scotland, between March 4-18th. The special callsign’s suffix stands for ‘Collins Radio

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group
The 2021 AGM of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group took place on Monday the 22nd of February and, due to the current Covid pandemic, this year’s AGM had to take place on the Zoom platform. Club Chairman Mark EI4FNB welcomed the members online and thanked them for attending

DXCC Country/Entity report
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st/February, through Sunday, 28th/February there were 214 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW


News for Sunday 28 February

QSO Today – John Ackermann, N8UR
John Ackermann, N8UR, was my guest almost 200 episodes ago and is a speaker in the upcoming QSO Today Virtual ham Expo

Radio Emma Toc World Service – schedule
A look at the value of radio, Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Radio Sweden’s ‘The Saturday Show’, lots of hellos to listeners, – followed by a 30 minute trial vintage music programme ‘The Wireless Years’

MoU between Radio Society of Kenya and South African Radio League
The Radio Society of Kenya (RSK) approached the (SARL) around six months ago and following successful discussions a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during February 2021 with full approval from the Regulator – the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK)

French stores selling and / or repairing Amateur Radio equipment
Ludovic Vuillermet F5PBG has posted a handy list of stores known to sell and / or repair amateur radio equipment in France

Guinea and Sierra Leone
Jean-Phillipe, F1TMY, currently active as J28PJ from Djibouti, has announced via Twitter ( that he will be active from Guinea (3X) and Sierra Leone (9L) sometime in September 2021

SARL Contests
News of two upcoming contests in South Africa

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News for Saturday 27 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Amateur radio lives and dies with the ionosphere. It’s drilled into you when you get your license, it’s talked about endlessly, the sun impacts on it, life is bad when the solar cycle is low and great when it’s not

ACMA licence consultation: WIA Poll
In last weeks broadcast, I spoke about the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) having recently issued a consultation document which details 3 licensing options concerning the future of Amateur Radio in Australia. The ACMAs preferred option is to transition to a Class Licence instead of the current apparatus licence this option effectively deregulates the radio amateur service

TV show looks at disappearance of radio ham
On Monday, March 1, at 9pm AEDT (1000 GMT) the Channel 9 TV show Under Investigation covers the unexplained disappearance of both radio amateur Russell Hill VK3VZP and a friend missing since March 20, 2020

How to Grow Ham Radio – video part 1
Tom (WA9TDD) interviews communication expert Quin (K8QS) about how we can grow Amateur Radio

MacLoggerDX Version 6.32 released
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.32 of MacLoggerDX has been released

Free online Amateur Radio training course starts soon
The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on March 7 – Register Now

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 28th February is the Club Focus edition, and we have several items from Clubs for you today

ARISS contact is scheduled with students at Newcastle High School, Newcastle, Wyoming, USA
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students from Newcastle High School. Students will take turns asking their questions of ISS astronaut Mike Hopkins, amateur radio call sign KF5LJG, during the ARISS radio contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz. Since the first ARISS contact on December 21, 2000, this will be the first ARISS-sponsored contact to a Wyoming school

VERON PACCdigi contest
We would like to invite you to take part in the first Dutch PACCdigi contest

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels. There is one sunspot region visible and minor C-class solar flaring is possible

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