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 31 March 2021, 1232 UTC, Post 1955.


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News for Wednesday 31 March

Southgate Vibes Podcast #46
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! – Please send Steve a message with your comments or questions or …just to say ‘hello’

FUNcube-1 (AO-73) Transponder status
The FUNcube team discussed the operations of the satellite during their weekly meeting, last Sunday, March 28. It will start to enter eclipses on 8th April and as a result they expect to see the internal temperatures drop

5.5G and 6G for 2030+
On April 29 from 2-4pm the UK Spectrum Policy Forum will be holding a free online event during which Prof Rahim Tafazolli will give a presentation on ‘5.5G and 6G for 2030+’

Radio Frequency Interference from USB 3.0
In 2012 Intel documented the Radio Frequency Interference that can be produced by USB 3.0

Radio Emma Toc World Service – schedule
Programme Contents – Was radio better in the past? / interview with Tony Smith from Angel Radio / and lots of hellos to listeners!… followed by ‘The Wireless Years’ – 30 minutes of vintage music

Botswana DXpedition now QRT
The Russian team continued to be active as A25RU from Botswana near Gaborone until March 28th (QRT March 29th)

Danish special event
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, and thus Denmark’s liberation, the callsign OZ75MAY was active in May 2020. However, Bornholm Island was not liberated until April 5th, 1946, so Danish radio amateurs will be active with the two special callsigns OZ75BO and OZ75MAY during the period of April 1-11th, 2021

RTÉ to cease radio transmission on DAB network
RTÉ is to cease transmission of its radio services on the Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) network today, March 31st

SARL 80 m QSO Party on 1 April
The popular SARL 80 m QSO Party is on the air from 17:00 to 20:00 UTC (19:00 to 22:00 CAT) on Thursday 1 April

News for Tuesday 30 March

Australian regulator to develop options for higher power limits
The Australian radio regulator has released a draft of their standard spectrum planning document, the Five Year Spectrum Outlook 2021-6

New Mini Spiderpoles
We are pleased to announce two new Mini Spiderpole telescopic Antenna poles from Spiderbeam Germany

ACMA seeks feedback on draft FYSO 2021-26
We are seeking feedback on the draft Five-year spectrum outlook 2021-26 (FYSO). The draft FYSO provides a broad overview of trends that affect spectrum management and factors used to inform the ACMA’s planning and spectrum allocation priorities

The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter now available for download
The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available for free pdf download from the ‘External Links’ section of the Wikipedia 60m Band page
This edition includes 5 MHz news from 4 countries, MARS on 5 MHz! The SARL Worked All ZS 5 MHz Award, the latest World of 5 MHz Map, Useful Websites for 5 MHz, Readers Feedback and CQ Serenade

When disaster strikes in the UK, they call on Raynet
Today in the Last Wire Podcast, we’re joined by Tom, (M7GMZ) who is part of the South Wiltshire Raynet in the United Kingdom

Inmarsat sues Dutch government over 5G spectrum allocation plan
The website Via Satellite report that Inmarsat is seeking an injunction against the Dutch government in a Netherlands civil court to review spectrum allocation changes it made in a recent update to the country’s National Frequency Plan (NFP), the operator announced March 29

New station on the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands will have a new operator in May. I will be deploying to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI), Mount Pleasant Complex, Falkland Islands, at the end of April after two weeks quarantine here in the UK

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News for Monday 29 March

Martin Jue answers questions on YouTube
Martin Jue K5FLU formed MFJ Enterprises almost 50 Years year ago and has taken his company to the World’s largest producer of Ham Radio accessories today. Join us in hearing Martin’s responses to some of the most difficult of questions as well the easy ones!

FT8 most popular amateur radio mode
The ClubLog Blog reports that FT8 contacts made up an impressive 84% of the 1,777,945 amateur radio contacts for the 50 MHz band recorded on ClubLog between March 1, 2020 and March 26, 2021

Renew your amateur radio licence on the old system
The SARL met on Friday afternoon with the CEO of ICASA, Willington Ngwepe and other senior executives and discussed several issues pertaining to the renewal process of amateur radio licences

French amateur radio training videos
REF reports F6KUQ has made available a series of short videos specifically intended for people preparing for the amateur radio exam

ICQPodcast – RSGB Q1 Review and Radio Scouting
In this episode, Martin (M1MRB) is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, Matthew Nassau M0NJX and Edmund Spicer M0MNG to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in this episode we have a double feature RSGB Quarter 1 Update and Scouting Radio

SpaceX seemingly takes steps to protect telemetry data after leak
SpaceX typically broadcasts its tests in their entirety, but some amateur radio users wanted access to even more data

Solar Cycle 25
Denby Dale Amateur Radio Club is delighted to welcome Carl K9LA to speak on the subject SOLAR CYCLE 25 IS FINALLY HERE

GB5LIB Guernsey special event
Members of the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will activate the special event station GB5LIB between 0001 UTC, May 8th, and 2359 UTC, May 14th

Bosnia and Herzegovina special event
Members of the Radio Club Zenica are using the special event callsign E7EGG from Zenica until March 31st. Activity is to celebrate the first day of spring each year

UKEICC 80 Metres CW Contest
The UK and Ireland Contest Club was formed in 2014 to promote the development of HF contesting in the UK and Ireland and to encourage newcomers into HF contesting

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


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

There will be a special 90-minute net on the Maunakea VOAD Repeater (146.72-MHz-PL100.0) on Saturday, 03 April 2021, 1200-1330 HST.

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering another free online Technician License Preparation Class, beginning 21 April 2021.  The class will use the ZOOM conference protocol.  For details, contact Doug at

Also, Doug conducts a CERT Radio Check Net on the 1st Saturday of each month, 0900 HST. For details, contact Doug at the above email address.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section