Southgate Amateur Radio News


Here are the latest Amateur Radio News and Events compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

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

Accessed on 12 February 2022, 1439 UTC.

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News for Saturday 12 February

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Pictures can say more than words – Recently I’ve spoken about measuring the frequency response of your radio and what the benefits of doing so might be. Today I’ve got some progress to report and some initial discoveries. Again, this is preliminary, but then all of this hobby is experimentation, so that should come as no surprise

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo coming March 12-13, 2022
Rex, W1REX, and Stephen, N1SH, will join the Expo for a fourth time with two new Build-a-Thons, allowing Expo ticket holders to build kits with them, in real time, with demonstrations and mentoring. Since the interaction is two-way video webinar format, builders can ask questions and get help

Press story on 2MT Writtle centenary
February 14, 1922, saw the start of regular radio broadcasts from 2MT (Two Emma Toc) in Writtle. Journalist Rhodri Marsden interviewed Tim Wander G6GUX about the start of British Broadcasting for the i newspaper

RSGB Committee Minutes – board clarification
The RSGB Board has issued a statement to clarify the situation regarding the publication of minutes for RSGB committees and groups

ARISS contact in Aachen, Germany
This will be a direct contact via amateur radio. Students at FH Aachen, University of Applied Sciences, Aachen, Germany will ask questions to astronaut Matthias Maurer, amateur radio call sign KI5KF

Amateur radio in Russia
The Calvert Journal, produced by an editorial team based at Somerset House in London, have published: ‘the hidden lives of amateur radio enthusiasts and the power of DIY connection’ about ham radio in Russia

Amateur Radio News
EURAO Newsletter February 2022: contents

Amateur radio operators make contacts in global winter training
Amateur radio operators from all over the world spent a weekend in late January making contact with each other

Under a darkening sky, earthlings tune in to ‘Jupiter Radio’
National Public Radio broadcaster KLCC asks: Ever eavesdrop on the planet, Jupiter? This past weekend, some radio enthusiasts gathered at Eugene’s Riverfront Field to do just that

Propagation de K7RA
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Three new sunspot groups appeared on February 3, 6, and 8. Average daily sunspot number rose slightly during the February 3 – 9 reporting week, from 81.3 last week to 83.9. Average daily solar flux also increased modestly, from 123.1 to 126

Southgate Vibes Podcast #137
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 Friday 11 February

GB100 2MT marking the Centenary of British Broadcasting
On 14th February 1922 the Marconi Company began to broadcast a five minute programme of speech and music within the weekly half hour calibration transmission
The broadcasts were made weekly on Tuesday made using the callsign 2MT from an ex-army hut in the village of Writtle near Chelmsford

Ham camp to train young people
A 6-day ham camp for young people is being held in Belgium at the Euro Space Center where they will receive amateur radio training and take the exam

When all else fails, ham radio works
When things go sideways, the all-volunteer Santa Cruz County ham radio communications team says, ‘No Phone, No Electricity, No Problem.’

Amateur radio in 60 seconds
Richard G3CWI has been making a series of short videos covering topics such as the characteristics of each HF band, and questions raised by newer radio hams as well as tips for the more experienced

He aims to produce one video each day!

New World Wide Digital Contest
The ARRL World Wide Digital Contest will debut at 1800 UTC on June 4, ending at 2359 on June 6, 2022. All non-RTTY modes are permitted

EURAO Party – Winter 2022: World Radio Day
The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ‘World Radio Day

VK6WIA NewsWest
 for Sunday 13th February 2022 is all about Amateur Radio, and today is the Contesting edition, with news of contests coming up soon and not so soon
We talk in depth about preparing for the John Moyle Memorial Field Day

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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News for Thursday 10 February

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Unfortunately there was a partial data loss on Monday, complete data loss on Tuesday and again a partial loss on Wednesday.

Top DX of the restricted data set was probably VK9DX (Norfolk Is), FY5KE (French Guiana), Z22O (Zimbabwe) and TU5PCT (Ivory Coast) but there really was a tremendous amount more

Platinum Jubilee NoV now available
The RSGB has published the Notice of Variation (NoV) that will enable radio amateurs licensed by Ofcom to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen by using the special RSL ‘Q

Radio Emma Toc – celebrating wireless station 2MT – at 100!
I’m pleased to let you know that I will be broadcasting another video stream this coming Monday, 14th February, with the theme of celebrating wireless station 2MT

Geomagnetic storm brings down Starlink satellites
As many as 40 Starlink satellites are currently falling out of the sky–the surprising result of a minor geomagnetic storm last week

APRS developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, SK
The creator of the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, died on February 7. An ARRL Life Member, Bruninga was 73

RSGB releases Nominations Committee minutes
The RSGB has now released the minutes for the January 2021 and December 2021 Nominations Committee meetings, prior to this no minutes had been released since 2018

Tom and Jimmy slay the dragon – again!
In May 2021, father-and-son SOTA activators Tom Read M1EYP and Jimmy Read M0HGY (the G SOTA Association Manager), completed activating every SOTA summit in Wales – or so they thought!

Detailed surveying work later that year revealed the existence of a new “Marilyn” summit in Wales – Rhinog Fach

Detection of the 8.4 GHz signal from Voyager 1
The video of the Voyager 1 presentation given by radio amateur Daniel Estévez M0HXM / EA4GPZ at the Fosdem 2022 event is now available

Beijing Winter Olympics special event ham radio station
The national amateur radio society CRAC reports special event station BY1CRA/WO22 is now active on FT8, SSB and CW and will operate until the games close

WRTH 2022 B21 updates
A pdf of updates to the B21 schedules in the International section of WRTH 2022 is now available free of charge

Ofcom: The future of mobile markets and spectrum
Ofcom has set out their initial thinking on how UK mobile markets might develop and how networks may need to evolve to meet future demand. They have also set out how they might adapt their approach accordingly

A radio ham for 67 years
KTUU TV News interviews John Bury KL7QZ about his 67 years as a amateur radio operator

The future is knocking
Michael Wehnert OZ5WU, of the National Executive Committee of Denmark’s IARU member society the EDR, has written an article The future is knocking

EURAO individual members by country in 2021
Once the 2021 financial year has been closed and the draft financial report prepared, today we want to highlight an interesting aspect of that report: from which countries do the individual members of EURAO come?

IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

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