Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information from 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 18 March 2021, 1127 UTC, Post 1934.


News for Thursday 18 March

RSGB AGM and Elections 2021
Voting for the RSGB elections is now open. The Calling Notice, Resolutions, candidate statements and the voting process can be found on the Society’s AGM web pages

US broadcaster KHTS issues apology after Ham Radio / CB confusion
Broadcaster KHTS published a news item which confused Amateur Radio with CB radio, they have since apologized

Incumbent Section Managers begin new terms in April
Eight incumbent ARRL Section Managers who were unopposed for re-election in the winter election cycle will begin new terms on April 1

ARISS ham station in Columbus module is once again operational
Some 6 weeks after going silent following a spacewalk that installed new antenna cabling, the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) ham station in the Columbus module is once again operational

Tony’s 10m Band Report
The weekend was huge with the ARRL SSB contest. The rest of the week was weak!! Best of the weak week were PQ213CFN (Brazil special), ZD7FT (St Helena), HZ1SK (Saudi Arabia), LS2D (Argentina) and VK3ZVE (Australia) top spotter on Sunday

EchoLink for Windows version 2.1 now available
After a 14-year hiatus, we are pleased to announce that EchoLink for Windows version 2.1 is now available

Ofcom spectrum auction: principal stage results
Ofcom has announced the outcome of the principal stage of its auction to release more airwaves to improve mobile services and support 5G

Polls: Ham radio link for Sunderbans’ shadow zones
To bridge the gap of connectivity, the South 24-Parganas district administration is taking the help of ham radio in the shadow zones of Sunderbans. There are nearly 60 polling booths spanning across Patharpratima, Sagar, Ghoramara, Kakdwip and Gosaba area where connectivity including internet is a major challenge for the district administration

IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club


News for Wednesday 17 March

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo reopens today, at 1400 UTC, for its 30 day on-demand period

Modified French amateur radio callsign for Great Britain nationals
ANFR – Agence Nationale des FRequences – the French telecom regulator, published the following news on their website

The Raspberry Pi Pico as an SDR receiver
With the profusion of cheap RTL-SDR devices and the ever-reducing prices of more capable SDRs there might seem to be little place left for the low-bandwidth devices we’d have been happy with a decade or more ago, but there’s still plenty to be learned from something so simple

Electronic voting on 2020 SARL Annual Financial Statements
In terms of Rule 8.9, the SARL Annual Financial Statements for the Year ended 30 June 2020 were uploaded to the SARL web site on Friday 12 March 2021 and a SARL Communication was sent to members on the same date

IRTS Contest News
The next IRTS contest is the 80 metres Evening Counties Contest on Tuesday 23rd March at 2000 until 2100 UTC

Russians in Botswana
A small Russian team will be active as A25RU from Botswana near Gaborone between March 15-28th

New multi-mode digital gateway, EI2PMD, Portmarnock, North Dublin
Ger, EI4HOB is pleased to report that the new Multi-Mode Digital Gateway, EI2PMD, located in Portmarnock, North Dublin, is now fully operational

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) begins another free online Technician License Preparation Course on 21 April 2021.  The class will use the popular ZOOM conference protocol.  For details, contact Doug at

Also, Doug conducts a CERT Radio Check Net on the 1st Saturday of each month at 0900 HST. Contact Doug at the above email address for more information

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please visit this blog daily.  Our news feeds are updated daily and weekly. Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section