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.

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Accessed on 27 March 2021, 1220 UTC, Post 1949.


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News for Saturday 27 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Portable experiences … Last weekend was memorable for all the right reasons. Filled with 24 hours of amateur radio, spent with friends, in a park, making noise and having fun, marking the first time I recall setting up in a park for that length of time with so few extra resources. Normally we’d be decked out with tents, or in my case a swag, we’d have camping stoves, perhaps even a caravan or two, tables, cutlery, the whole shebang

Resuming examinations in clubs
The RSGB remote invigilation exams have been a great success during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 3,100 candidates have made the first step into the hobby by obtaining a Foundation pass, nearly 950 have progressed to the Intermediate exam and over 330 to the Full licence

No get-together in 2021: Ham Radio exhibition once again suspended
This year, as well, the Coronavirus pandemic is maintaining a firm grip on world events. Due to current developments regarding the spread of COVID-19, Messe Friedrichshafen has been forced to make a very difficult decision. The Ham Radio international amateur radio exhibition will not take place in the planned time frame of June 25-27, 2021, but instead will be held from June 24 to 26, 2022

IARU and European Commission meet on WPT-EV
Don Beattie G3BJ reports on a meeting between IARU and European Commission that discussed the RF pollution that can be caused by Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 28th March 2021 is the New Amateurs Edition, and we’re acknowledging those who have gained a new license, we have information useful to those entering the hobby, and in the New Hams series we discuss portable operation

How to Grow Ham Radio — Part 3: Club Promotion
Special guests John (NJ4Z) and Steve (W3SPC) join Ham Radio Perspectives for Part 3 (‘Club Promotion’) on how to grow amateur radio

Ofcom statement on Plan of Work for 2021/22
Ofcom has published its Plan of Work for 2021/22, outlining its priorities for the next financial year. They aim to continue their work towards switching off 2G and 3G phone services

Ham Radio Contests Explained
Electronic Notes provides an overview of amateur radio contesting and a contest calendar of some of the more popular contests

Register now for Free Foundation Online Ham Radio Training course
The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on April 4 – Register Now

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels. There are a couple of sunspot regions with simple magnetic configurations visible. No solar flaring is expected

Your daily Amateur Radio and Communications website
Don’t forget! The clocks go forward by 1 hour this Sunday

News for Friday 26 March

RSGB Contest Committee agree to accept portable entries
The RSGB Contest Committee has announced it will accept portable entries in contests by stations in England from March 29

WSPR-ing around the world
Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday about the weak-signal mode WSPR

VI100/VK100, Australian special event
Since both VI100AF and VK100AF hit the airways on March 1st, 2021, 18 of the 46 operators have now used the VI100AF callsign for a total of 4661 QSOs. 12 of the 46 operators have used the VK100AF callsign for a total of 3612 QSOs

Can you help Mike, V51MA?
I have a request for a radio friend, Mike, in Namibia, V51MA. Mike lost all his equipment in a lightning strike. I am his QSL manager and I have been able to arrange a few things for him, including through crowdfunding

Ofcom proposes new guidance to help video-sharing platforms protect users against harmful content
A third of people who use online video-sharing services have come across hateful content in the last three months, according to a new study by Ofcom

Maritime Radio Day is set for April
The 10th anniversary of Maritime Radio Day (MRD) will take place from 1200 UTC on April 14 to 2200 UTC on April 15. The annual event commemorates nearly 90 years of wireless service for seafarers

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

Southgate Vibes Podcast #45
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!

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