Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Here’s the latest Amateur Radio News compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content supplied by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 10 May 2021, 0454 UTC, Post 2030.


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News for Sunday 9 May

Jimmy and Tom ‘Slay the Dragon’
Jimmy Read M0HGY (28) and his dad Tom Read M1EYP (50) can now claim to have summited every hill and mountain in Wales, following a trip in early May

Between them, they set up amateur radio equipment at the summit and 95 QSOs, some 27 of which were “summit-to-summit” with other mountain-top radio operators.

URE satellite telecommand station automated
Spain’s national amateur radio society URE has announced their satellite ground station has been automated and is ready for the launch of GENESIS, EASAT-2 and Hades satellites

Register now for Free Foundation Online Amateur Radio Training course
The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on May 16 – Register Now

Amateur radio operators are still in high demand
TV broadcaster WTHI reports communication during emergencies often gets disrupted. But a technology that’s been around since the late 1800s still shines bright even in the darkest of times

Congress seeks to designate National Amateur Radio Operators Day
The U.S. Congress is reportedly taking steps to officially recognize the important contributions made by amateur radio operators

MIT Radio Society to rebuild radome thanks to ARDC grant
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has provided a grant to help rebuild the MIT Radio Society radome

Bangalore Amateur Radio Club – Virtual Monthly Meeting
Sunday, May 09, 2021 – 9.30 am (India Time)

Receiving unintentionally radiated signals from the computer system bus with an RTL SDR
Back in 2018 we first posted about ‘System Bus Radio’ which is code and a web based app that allows you to transmit RF directly from your computer without any transmitting hardware

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

Southgate Vibes Podcast #57
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 Saturday 8 May

Foundations of Amateur Radio
As you might recall, I took delivery of a device called a PlutoSDR some time ago. If you’re not familiar, it’s a single-board computer that has the ability to transmit and receive between 70 MHz and 6 GHz

EMF videos available
The RSGB YouTube channel now has two videos to help radio amateurs understand the Ofcom EMF licence changes

France: Amateur Radio Regulations
For those interested in the amateur radio regulations in France, the National Frequency Agency has a handy page that provides links to all relevant legal texts

RSGB survey – make your views heard
Last year, through the RSGB and NHS ‘Get on the air to care’ media campaign, it is likely that over 35 million people heard news and stories about amateur radio. You now have a chance to tell the RSGB what you think should happen next

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 9th May 2021 is the contesting edition, with news of contests coming up, and analysis and comments on the results of a couple of recent contests

Hamfest has been announced, and we have details for you

First-time exam applicants must obtain FCC registration number before taking exam
Beginning May 20, 2021, all amateur examination applicants will be required to provide an FCC Registration Number (FRN) to the Volunteer Examiners (VEs) before taking an amateur exam. This is necessary due to changes the FCC has made to its licensing system

Telecoms firms should go further on customer service
Ofcom has today published a review of progress made by major telecoms providers against our Fairness for Customers commitments

New 60 m/5 Mhz WRC-15 sub-licence now available for New Zealand
NZART is pleased to announce that negotiations with regulator RSM have been successful in obtaining a licence to allow operation for all New Zealand amateur operators to use in the 60 m (5 MHz) band using the WRC-15 allocation

Notice of WIA AGM 2021
Under normal circumstances the Annual General Meeting of the Wireless Institute of Australia is due to be held by 31 May each year. But these are extraordinary times and COVID-19 does not make holding Annual General meetings very easy

The Sun just hit Earth with a radio burst
New sunspot AR2822 appeared today and promptly exploded, producing one of the strongest flares of young Solar Cycle 25

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