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 19 June 2021, 1322 UTC, Post 2094.


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News for Saturday 19 June

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Here be Dragons, venturing into uncharted territory… Sometimes when you head into uncharted territory, you gotta laugh at yourself from time to time. Last weekend I participated in a contest, something I enjoy doing as you might recall. To simplify the process of setting up in a vehicle I’d proposed a bold plan to save space and reduce complexity. I was anxious about reducing the amount of technology because I’d come up with a plan to use a paper log to track my contest contacts

Ofcom licence Variation or Revocation FoI
Stewart Baker G3RXQ submitted a Freedom of Information request to Ofcom to establish how many Amateur Radio Licences have been varied or revoked

5 reasons to attend August 14-15 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo
Our third and next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is scheduled Live from August 14-15, 2021 and then on-demand for 30 days

Radio ham in Queen’s Birthday Honours list
WIA News reports Bill Roper VK3BR was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to Amateur Radio in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 20th June 2021 is the New Amateurs Edition, where we acknowledge those who have gained a new callsign, especially to welcome newcomers to the hobby.

As well as welcoming newcomers, there’s lots of local news

Ofcom claim GDPR blocks callsign disclosure
In response to a Freedom of Information request Ofcom claim they are unable to release the callsign of a person whose amateur licence was Revoked in March 2013 due to GDPR legislation

Ham Radio Operators on the air for nationwide event June 26 – 27
The Narwhal Amateur Radio Society (NARS), made up of ham radio operators from Bellingham, the San Juan Islands, and the Seattle metro area will be participating in 2021 ARRL Field Day, a national amateur radio exercise, from 12 noon on Saturday until 2 pm on Sunday, June 26 – 27

Tonga operation postponed
After over one year of being QRT since May 2020 due to Covid-19, Masa, JA0RQV, has postponed his June A35JP activity from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) again


News for Friday 18 June

EMF update
The RSGB’s specialist EMF group has helped Ofcom customise its guidance for radio amateurs. This updated guide is much simplified from the earlier version and now comprises just four steps

Netherlands: Novice ham radio license changes
VERON reports that after many years the changes to the Netherlands’ amateur radio Novice (equivalent to  CEPT Novice) have finally been published in the Government Gazette (Staatscourant)

FMH Portable Operations Challenge 2021, parallel regional or local group competitions
To increase participation in the FMH Portable Operations Challenge 2021, parallel regional or local group competitions based on how entrants are positioned in the final results of the POC are being encouraged by Ed DD5LP

K9JM to transmit CW and digital versions of 2021 W1AW Field Day bulletin
West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM is again slated to transmit the CW and Digital versions of the 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

New book for Yaesu owners
I am pleased to announce that the Radio Today guide to the Yaesu FTDX101D and FTDX101MP is now available from the RSGB bookshop, Amazon, and Amazon Kindle. This is my 9th amateur radio book and the first featuring a Yaesu radio

Family comes first during hurricane preparation for home and station
The ARRL report that the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30, and two named storms have already shown up, although neither threatened the US. There’s still time to consider making sure you, your family, and your ham station are prepared. Remember, your family’s safety comes first

Radio store will have grand opening during Field Day
The grand opening of a radio store, All Day Radios in Ramona , catering for Amateur Radio/CB/Commercial radios, has been timed to coincide with Field Day weekend June 26-27

Noctilucent clouds in the USA
Last night, multiple observers in northern-tier US states witnessed bright noctilucent clouds (NLCs)

Ofcom: Update to EMF licence condition guidance
Ofcom has published updated versions of their simplified guidance on the new electromagnetic fields (EMF) licence condition that will apply to spectrum licensees, along with a new EMF Calculator

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

Southgate Vibes Podcast #69
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
Or.. just ask Alexa to ‘Play Southgate Vibes Podcast’

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Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section


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