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  provided by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 15 April 2021, 1304 UTC, Post  1981.


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News for Thursday 15 April

Free online Amateur Radio training course starts Sunday
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 April 18

DATV contest on 6m, 2m and 70cm bands
On the weekends of April 17-18 and August 21-22, the VERON VHF and Above committee are holding a Digital Amateur Television Contest on the 50, 144 and 430 MHz bands

2021 Contest University Virtual Event
Four ICOM HF Radios will be given away during CTU at random times. You must be registered in Zoom and present during the random time drawing

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Yet again a strange week on Ten Metres.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday very poor. Wednesday and Sunday better but even then not really up too much.

C92RU ruled as top DX all week except Monday. The best of the rest were D2EB (Angola), ZW61DF (Brazil), 3B8CW (Mauritius) and 9J2MM (Zambia)

IRTS Annual General Meeting
The deadline for reserving your place at the IRTS Annual General Meeting being held online on April 24th at 1100 is Saturday April 17th

PACCdigi contest
A reminder that the PACCdigi contest takes place this weekend

The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) is pleased to announce it will be a major contributor (100,000 USDs) to the Intrepid DX Group’s 3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition planned for January/February 2023

DXEngineering News – Weekend Special
Paul, N6PSE, Co-Leader of the January 2023 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island is the special guest on this week’s episode of the Weekend Special with Tim, K3LR

Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club
The Hex Beam, which was ordered from Waldi SP7IDX (RIP) and delivered in November, was assembled and mounted on the Air Mast during the week, by members of the Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club

Tongatapu Island
Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tongatapu Island in Tonga (OC-049) between May 30th and June 30th. Schedule might be changed due to Covid-19

Southgate Vibes Podcast #50
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 Wednesday 14 April

Amateur radio has a new census
As the amateur radio community grows and evolves, the need to better understand the preferences and expectations of amateur radio operators worldwide becomes increasingly important

Radio amateur on BBC Radio 4 show
Radio amateur Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO, will be the guest on the Radio 4 show The Life Scientific at 9 am (0800 GMT) on Tuesday, April 20

IARU-R1 to discuss future of amateur radio
Over 100 delegates will participate in an online IARU Region 1 2021 Workshop on April 21 that will address the future of Amateur Radio

EI2IMD on the air for International Marconi Day
The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group EI2WRC will be QRV as EI2IMD on Saturday April 24th as an official Marconi station for the International Marconi Day 2021

NASA to provide live coverage of space station crew landing
Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ of NASA and two Roscosmos cosmonauts are scheduled to end their mission on the International Space Station Friday, April 16

RAC ‘Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day’ special event
On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Radio Amateurs of Canada is organizing a special on-air event to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day

Radio club to honor crew of lost submarine
The submarine USS Squalus sank in the Gulf of Maine on May 23, 1939.
Twenty-six of its crew were lost, but, miraculously, 33 others were saved

Yuri Gagarin special event
The Miller-DX-Club celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s space flight with special callsigns between April 12 and 25

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

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News for Tuesday 13 April

HF OTH Radar transmissions too numerous to count
The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports in March the ubiquitous Over The Horizon Radars made up about 60% of all interference observations, ‘one cannot even count them anymore’

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules become effective on May 3
The Amateur Service is no longer categorically excluded from certain aspects of the rules, as amended, and licensees can no longer avoid performing an exposure assessment simply because they are transmitting below a given power level

Madison DX Club presentation on Lightning Protection
Bob, W9EWZ, President of Madison DX Club,says: Please join us and our special guest speaker for the Madison DX Club program for Tuesday, April 13th. All are welcome

Sable Island CY0C DXpedition
Murray, WA4DAN, sent out the following on April 10th: The Sable Island CY0C DXpedition team was informed this week by the Parks Canada-Sable Island manager that our scheduled October 2021 Sable DXpedition would have to be postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Belgian special prefix
The Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) has announced that all Belgian radio amateurs and Belgian radio clubs may replace the normal prefix ‘ON’ in their call-sign by the special prefix OS during the period between April 18, 2021, to December 12, 2021

MicroHAMS Digital Conference 2021
The MicroHAMS Digital conference 2021 taking place Saturday, April 24, will be streamed to the web

National Shortwave Listeners Club
The inaugural weekly meeting of the newly formed National Shortwave Listeners Club was held on the Zoom platform last Sunday evening and attracted 60 attendees

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

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th April, through Sunday, 11th April there were 212 countries active

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