Southgate Amateur Radio 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.

Accessed on 12 December 2021, 1328 UTC.

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News for Sunday 12 December

World’s smallest moon lander from Japan will put ham radio transmitter on the moon
Japan’s OMOTENASHI, the world’s smallest moon lander, will have an X-band and UHF communication system, although it will not carry an amateur band transponder

QSO Today – Julian White, OH8STN
Julian White, OH8STN, operates outdoors in Finland’s Arctic Circle and records, on his popular YouTube Channel, his expeditions with his compact but sophisticated simulations of grid down communications

End of the era of shortwave broadcast listening?
The EI7GL blog reports publication of the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH), now in its 76th edition, will cease

Radio hams to attend LARC-4 convention
The newspaper Telangana Today reports on the 4th Lamakaan Annual Radio Convention in Hyderabad which will see the unveiling of the latest version of uBitx v.6 transceiver and QO-100 equipment

Ideal for new hams starting out or anyone with limited funds
There are many free Voip apps for licensed radio hams using either a cell phone or computer

ZS-SOTA certificates
Sid, ZS5AYC has sent out the certificates for the Spring ZS-SOTA Activity Day (24 September 2021), but because of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, not everybody’s e-mail address is available on the online SARL Call Book. Thus, Sid still has certificates to send out

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

Southgate Vibes Podcast #119
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.. ask your smart-speaker to ‘Play The Latest Southgate Vibes Podcast’


News for Saturday 11 December

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Getting Amateur Radio propagation data at home
For some time now I’ve been discussing the potential of weak signal propagation and its ability to create a live map from the data that your own station transmits. There are several systems in place that show a map of where and when your station was heard in the past little while. Using 200 milliwatts, I’ve been transmitting a WSPR or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter beacon on 10m for the past few weeks

New heights in terms of GT for low noise Yagis
I have been using my new GT optimising techniques to better the G/T results for my 2m and 70cms Yagi which are already up at the top. G/T is a mean opinion score (Gain over Temperature) which gives an indication of the ability of a Yagi to receive weak signals

GB120MT to commemorate Marconi transatlantic signal
Listen out for Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society Special Event call GB120MT marking the 120th anniversary of the first reception by Marconi of a transmission made across the Atlantic on December 12, 1901

Australia: ACMA propose changes for ham radio
In WIA News the WIA Vice President Lee Moyle VK3GK provides an update on the ACMA’s proposal to change amateur radio licencing arrangements

ICOM developing ham radio rigs for 2.4 and 5.6 GHz
ICOM Japan have tweeted the company is developing amateur radio equipment for the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands

Exam Standards Committee report covering 2020 now available
The RSGB Exam Standards Committee (ESC) have released their annual report covering exam activities in 2020 – a year of great change for Amateur Radio exams in the UK

Licensing changes to support satellite sector
Ofcom has confirmed changes to change the way it licenses certain satellite systems

EURAO Newsletter December 2021
EURAO Newsletter comes out quarterly, either in pdf format and as a website. Spread the word!

Comet Leonard is approaching Earth
Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) is approaching Earth for a close encounter on Dec. 12th

Propagation de K7RA
One new sunspot group appeared on December 4, but four days later it was gone, and on Thursday, December 9 we saw the second day with no sunspots


News for Friday 10 December

Ham Radio SSB transceiver fits in pocket
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about a ham radio transceiver that requires a veritable flurry of acronyms: HF, SSB, QRP, and SDR to start with

French radio hams to resume license exam training
Ouest France reports in L’Aigle (Orne), at the restaurant Le Marmiton in La Croix-Lamirault, the Association of Radio Amateurs at the Service of Civil Security met December 4, under chair Marcel Mostel F1HDY

Swiss radio hams develop ties with MakerSpaces
What are ‘FabLabs‘? Quote Wikipedia: A FabLab (sometimes called MakerSpace), is an open workshop with the aim of giving private individuals and individual traders access to modern manufacturing processes for individual pieces. Typical devices are 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, presses for deep drawing or milling in order to be able to process different materials and workpieces (‘make almost everything’). The first FabLab was initiated by Neil Gershenfeld at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002 and founded the rapidly growing maker movement worldwide. (End of quote)

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 12th December 2021 is the Contesting edition, with information on contests near and far. We have a story about Antennapalooza, a recent Amateur Radio event in Victoria, and if you’re wondering why we report on a VK3 event, keep listening and we’ll tell you why.

ON75 stations for 75th Anniversary of UBA
In 2022, the UBA will blow out 75 candles. On the occasion of this anniversary, the HF committee will organize a special activity under the title ‘UBA 75 On The Air Event‘ during January and February

ARRL Virginia Section Manager Joseph Palsa, K3WRY (SK)
Virginia Section Manager Joe Palsa, K3WRY, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, died on December 7. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80

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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