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 provided by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 11 April 2021, 0436 UTC, Post 1974.


News for Saturday 10 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio
If you have the opportunity to build your shack, it might start off as a table in the corner where you plonk down a radio, plug into nearby power and run coax to. That’s pretty much how most shacks start, mine included

RSGB Patron passed away peacefully Friday morning
The patron of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, passed away on April 9, aged 99

Wickford crook tried to sell £2,000 of radio gear from amateur radio group
The Echo reports that a crook tried to sell off more than £2,000 worth of equipment stolen from an amateur radio society

Promoting amateur radio to the public
In the latest edition of QNews Geoff Emery VK4ZPP asks how much do we promote amateur radio? and if we do, what follow up is there?

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 11th April 2021 is the Contesting edition, and we’re full of it this week. Full of Contesting information that is, including fantastic Aussie results in the recent Commonwealth Contest, there’s news of an international YLs contest, and loads more besides

Traditional amateur radio contesting faces a demographic cliff
Frank Howell, K4FMH, followed up his two-part National Contest Journal (NCJ) series, ‘The Demographics of Contesting,’ with a post to his Social Circuits blog, called ‘Lemmings over a Demographic Cliff?’

Production delay for IC-7100 transceiver
Due to some key components being discontinued, the Icom IC-7100 may not be back in full production until August

Volunteer Monitor Program Report
The Volunteer Monitor (VM) Program is a joint initiative between ARRL and the FCC to enhance compliance in the Amateur Radio Service. This is the March 2021 Volunteer Monitor Program Report

New research doubles the odds of extreme geomagnetic storms
A new study just published in the research journal Space Weather finds that extreme geomagnetic storms happen twice as often as previously thought

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels

Southgate Vibes Podcast #49
Steve Richards G4HPE is here with the latest edition of Southgate Vibes. There’s two new episodes every week – on Tuesdays and Fridays – Click the ‘Play’ button to listen to the latest episode

News for Friday 9 April

YOTA Contest May 22 is open to all
YOTA is proud to announce a new YOTA themed contest! It’s open to ALL radio amateurs and YOTA stations are worth more points

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 18 – Register Now

Karen Rucker:- Introduction to Antenna Basics
This course is a basic introduction to common types of antenna design and some of the fundamentals of radio frequency engineering it requires. It is designed to reflect first-year lessons a professional antenna design engineer might learn on the job

60 meters in New Zealand
The internationally allocated 60 metre amateur band 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz has been cleared of formerly licensed users in New Zealand

Bangalore Amateur Radio Club Virtual Monthly Meeting
Jitsi is an OpenSource Collaboration tool. You can join the meeting just by clicking the above link from your Desktop/Laptop

Radio Clatterbridge celebrates 70 years on air
One of the country’s oldest hospital radio stations will mark its 70th birthday with a special day of programmes on Friday 9 April

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

News for Thursday 8 April

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Well Friday wasn’t too bad but the rest of the week was not brilliant. Again A25RU (Botswana) was very popular followed later in the week by TI5KMK (Costa Rica), XE1XR (Mexico) and ZW61DF (Brazil)
I’ve worked hardly anyone this week.
I have been replacing halyards and co-ax. Due to have my second covid19 jab today, then what?..

2017-18 charges for German radio hams
Germany’s Federal Network Agency BNetzA will be billing radio amateurs for 34.52 Euros to cover the cost of providing services in 2017 and 2018

Past ARRL San Diego Section Manager and Southwest Division Vice Director Tuck Miller, NF9T – SK
Past ARRL San Diego Section Manager (SM) and Southwest Division Vice Director Tuck Miller, NF9T (ex-NZ6T), of Danville, Illinois, died on March 10. An ARRL Life Member, he was 67.

Amateur radio community invited to take part in MARS exercise on 60 meters
Radio amateurs are invited to take part in the MARS exercise now under way until April 10 in support of the US Department of Defense. The five USB channelized 60-meter frequencies are available for interoperability (communication between services)

Sprite season begins
This week, a magnificent display of jellyfish sprites over Kansas kicked off the spring season for upward-directed ‘space lightning.’

An ESP32 walkie-talkie for those spy radio moments
One of the most thrilling childhood toys for the adventurous 1970s or 1980s kid was probably the toy walkie-talkie. It didn’t matter that they were a very simple AM low-end-VHF radio with a range of about 500m and a Morse key of debatable utility, you could talk clandestinely with your friends, and be a more convincing spy, or commando, or whatever was the game of the moment

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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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

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