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 09 January 2022, 1400 UTC.

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News for Sunday 9 January

RSGB Director resigns
RSGB Director Andy Mace M0MUX, whose portfolio covered Youth, Innovation, ARISS and RSGB Tech, resigned on Thursday, December 6

4th generation LFA Yagis coming this spring 2022
Well, this is it! the 9el 144MHz LFA-4, 4th generation LFA Yagi!

QSO Today – Vince d’Eon, VE6LK
Vince d’Eon, VE6LK, has taken hold of the many amateur radio opportunities on HF SSB, VHF/UHF mobile operation, repeater building and maintenance, and supporting events with his Calgary based amateur radio club

South Africa: New EMC rules for electronic devices to benefit radio hams
All electrical and electronic devices in South Africa that do not have radio frequency modules must now have valid electromagnetic compatibility certificates recognised by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

Receiving SSTV from the Space Station
In this video Virgil K7VZ provides information about decoding Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images from the International Space Station

Upcoming AMSAT events
AMSAT Ambassadors provide presentations, demonstrate communicating through amateur satellites, and host information tables at club meetings, hamfests, conventions, maker faires, and other events

James Webb telescope completes epic deployment sequence
It’s done. The biggest astronomical mirror ever sent into space is assembled and ready for focusing

Having fun on St. Eustatius
John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he had so much fun last October, he will once again be going to St. Eustatius and to be active as PJ5/W5JON between April 26th and May 4th

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

Southgate Vibes Podcast #127
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 8 January

Foundations of Amateur Radio
The other day I received an email from a fellow amateur, Elwood WB0OEW. We’ve been exchanging email for a little while and having been in the hobby since before I learnt to ride a bicycle, he’s always got some interesting insight into something I’ve said and an encouraging word to share

Launch of EASAT-2 and HADES satellites
The EASAT-2 and HADES satellites, each carrying an FM transponder and digipeater, are expected to launch on January 13 at 15:25 GMT on the SpaceX Falcon-9 Transporter-3 mission

IARU-R1: Radio Spectrum Policy Group
RSPG, the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, is a high-level advisory group that assists the European Commission in the development of radio spectrum policy

Nicolas Gagnon, VE2NCG, scores over one million points in the RAC Challenge
The first six months of the RAC Canadian Portable Operations Challenge are now complete and the 2021 winners will be announced shortly. One of the most enthusiastic participants in the RAC Challenge to date has been Nick Gagnon, VE2NCG, of Laval, Quebec

Aruba op
John, W2GD, will once again be active as P40W from Aruba (SA-036) during February (specific dates not provided)

Nepal update
Robert, 9N7AA/S53R, has posted the following update on, December 30th, 2021: The Ultra Beam / WIMO 2el Yagi (40-6m) is now installed on top of the new residence and it ‘sits’ at around 23m, with a clear shot in all directions

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspot activity was substantially lower this week, but new sunspot groups emerged on December 31, January 1, January 4, and January 5. Average daily sunspot number dropped from 110.1 to 36.4, while average daily solar flux went from 124 to 91.4

Southgate Amateur Radio News – Daily Amateur Radio and Communications news


News for Friday 7 January

Fox Mike Hotel Portable Operations Challenge is now open source
The Steering Committee determined that after two years of offering the POC (Portable Operations Challenge) with about 18 entrants each year that it could not continue to put the resources into it

Dick Fijlstra PA0DFN 2022 Carole Perry Educator of the Year
The Orlando HamCation has announced that Dick Fijlstra, PA0DFN, is the 2022 recipient of the Carole Perry Educator of the Year Award

New Technician question pool released, effective July 1, 2022
The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Question Pool Committee (QPC) has released the 2022 – 2026 Technician Class FCC Element 2 NCVEC Question Pool Syllabus and Question Pool into the public domain

CAMSAT XW-3 (CAS-9) is designated Hope-OSCAR-113 (HO-113)
The ARRL report that at the request of the Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT), AMSAT Vice President of Operations Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, has announced the designation of the new Chinese XW-3 (CAS-9) satellite as Hope-OSCAR-113 (HO-113)

Homebrew Heroes to be managed by the Ham Radio Workbench podcast
In a joint announcement, the ICQ Podcast team and the Ham Radio Workbench podcast team agreed to shift the ownership and management of the Homebrew Heroes Award to the Ham Radio Workbench team

A ham radio antenna that fits almost anywhere
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about a video by Peter Waters G3OJV about a budget basic antenna for a small garden

VK6WIA NewsWest

Newswest for Sunday 9th January is the Contesting edition, and we have news of Amateur Radio contests coming up, including a new contest, and we have tips to help you prepare a portable station for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day. It’s only ten weeks away

ICQPodcast – Ham Radio Tips and Tricks 2022
Colin (M6BOY) rounds up the news in brief and in the episode’s feature is Ham Radio Tips and Tricks 2022

WIA Australia Day Contest
We are pleased to announce a new Contest on the calendar. The WIA Australia Day Contest on the 26th of January 2022

Vodafone is delaying the reintroduction of roaming charges in Europe by three weeks
BBC News report that the phone network had planned to bring in post-Brexit roaming fees on 6 January, matching other networks that plan to do so in 2022

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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