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 17 April 2021, 1323 UTC, Post 1986.


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News for Saturday 17 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio
If you’ve been around radio amateurs for a little while you’re likely to have heard about the Solar Cycle and that it affects radio propagation for HF or High Frequency, also known as shortwave communications.


World Amateur Radio Day and the RSGB’s Friendship on the Air Award
World Amateur Radio Day is this Sunday, 18 April and the theme of this year’s event is ‘Home but never alone’


TM96WARD active for World Amateur Radio Day
France’s national Amateur Radio society REF is running special event station TM96WARD to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18


RSGB release EMF Calculator video
The RSGB has made available a video showing how to use the RSGB/Ofcom EMF Calculator along with a new version of the calculator v0.1.2-rsgb.v9e


VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 18th April 2021 is the History edition, and we take a look at things that happened in Amateur Radio in 1951 and earlier.
Originating in Perth Western Australia NewsWest is produced by WA Amateur Radio News for listeners on-air, on-line and on-demand


Solar Cycle update
Solar Maximum might arrive a little sooner than expected


Astronomers detect new frequencies from mysterious fast radio bursts
The mystery of fast radio bursts (FRBs) from space may be a step closer to being solved. Astronomers studying a repeating signal from a nearby galaxy have detected radiation at the lowest frequency of any FRB found so far, providing new potential hints about their origin


Propagation de K7RA
On April 12 new sunspot group AR2814 appeared following five days of no sunspots at all

Southgate Vibes Podcast #51
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 16 April

Belgium: Amateur radio exams update
As previously reported, Belgium’s communications regulator BIPT will resume amateur radio exams from April 26, provided that the evolution of the corona infections continues to progress positively


Archive of Marconi papers and correspondence acquired by California museum
ARRL reports the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, has acquired an archive of papers and correspondence to, from, and about wireless pioneer and Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi


YOTA Online: The end … but a new beginning
The next Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Online takes place on Thursday, April 29, at 1800 GMT (7pm BST). In this newest episode the team will present the main topic ‘The end … but a new beginning!’


SARL World Amateur Radio Day QSO Party
The SARL WARD QSO Party will run from 06:00 to 18:00 UTC on Sunday 18 April with activity on all amateur bands and modes


School students join ham radio club
Students at the W.B. Beam Intermediate School learn about the science behind amateur radio in the school’s Falcon Radio Club


Ten more stations turn off Medium Wave services
Ten more local BBC radio stations are turning off their Medium Wave transmitters for good this year


Bouvet Island DXpedition
The Intrepid-DX Group will team-up with Intrepid Norwegian DXpeditioner Ken Opskar, LA7GIA, to activate Bouvet Island (the #2 Most Wanted DXCC Entity), between January/February 2023


Wake Island update
I will be operating on Wake Island (KH9) on the following dates April 20th, 23rd, 27th and 29th. I will be working 17m and 20m QRP SSB, from 0400z until approximately 0730z


100 years of hams
From offering a helping hand in defence to exploring cultural diversity, amateur radio stations in India celebrate their 100th anniversary


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


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

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 here:

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

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section