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 06 March 2021, 1137 UTC, Post 1913.


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News for Saturday 6 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Every community has its own language. As a member of that community you learn the words, their meaning and their appropriate use. For example, the combination of words ‘Single Side Band’ have a specific meaning inside amateur radio. Outside of radio, those same words are random words with no relationship

RSGB Direct to Full licence exam consultation
Have you given your views in the RSGB’s consultation on a proposed new, Direct to Full licence exam?

Sweden: PTS proposing extension of SSA authorization for exams/callsigns
The authorization for Sweden’s national amateur radio society, the SSA, to conduct exams, issues certificates and assign callsigns expires on March 31

Last chance to sign up for Free online Amateur Radio training course
This is the last chance to register for the free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham which starts on March 7

C6AHA Bimini Island
We are planning a trip to Bimini Island, C6A NA-048 FL05. July 14-21 2021 for 7 days

Radio hams more active than ever during pandemic
The Seattle Times newspaper says separated by distance – and a pandemic – Puget Sound’s amateur radio enthusiasts are connecting with even greater frequency

Couple picks up ham radio as productive hobby
A news item by TV broadcaster WSIL features radio amateurs Aimee Mitchell WI2P and Ross WQ5B who became licensed in 2020

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 7th March, 2021 is the New Amateurs Edition, where we acknowledge those who have gained a new or upgraded license

Propagation de K7RA
We saw one day (Monday) with no sunspots during this week, so average daily sunspot numbers declined slightly from 19.6 to 18.9.Two new sunspot groups (2806 and 2807) appeared on the following day


News for Friday 5 March

COVID-19 situation and YOTA Camps
The IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group have said no youth events will take place before mid-June, those scheduled for later in the year will be reviewed as the pandemic situation evolves

Australia: Call-sign processing times back on track
Communications regulator ACMA has announced the backlog in issuing Australian amateur radio callsigns has been cleared

March GEO Newsletter available for free download
The March PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

RFzero now with FST4W
A new version of the RFzero library has been released. It includes the new FST4W narrow digital mode with its four sub-modes. This enables the RFzero GPS controlled RF source to send FST4W as a stand alone transmitter

VERON PACCdigi contest
Dear YL, OM , SWL. We would like to invite you to take part in the first Dutch PACCdigi contest

Who is that masked man?
A person wearing a TV-shaped mask left old TVs on more than 50 doorsteps in 2019

Chattanooga-area radio hams seek community during pandemic
After the deaths of two radio amateurs, the Lone Ranger Net was established to check each evening that members were okay

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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Southgate Vibes podcast #39
Steve Richards G4HPE is here with the latest edition of Southgate Vibes. There’s two new episodes every week – one on Tuesday and the other on Friday – so stay tuned!

Reminder:  The regular monthly test of the Maunakea VOAD Repeater (146.72 – MHz, PLL 100.) is set for today, 06 March 2021, 1200-1300 HST.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section