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 update are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 05 March 2022, 1511 UTC.

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News for Saturday 5 March

Foundations of Amateur Radio
It beeps!
After weeks of attempting to get some noise, any noise out of my PlutoSDR I have finally cracked it. Not sure if cracked it refers to my sanity or the outcome, but beeping was heard from the Pluto on my radio, so I’m doing victory laps around the house, all conquering hero type affair, complete with whooping and hand waving

TM97WARD, World Amateur Radio Day: April 18
France’s REF reports the special event station TM97WARD will be on the air April 16-25 to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day which takes place on April 18

Amateur Radio, ISS and STEM
In an unforgettable demonstration of STEM education in action, students at Tarwater Elementary School in Arizona used ham radio equipment to communicate directly with the International Space Station

VK6WIA NewsWest

NewsWest for Sunday 6th March 2022 is the Club Focus edition, and we have news from clubs and stories of interest to clubs and individuals alike.

There’s actually been a lot going on in Amateur Radio in this country, and you’ve come to the right place to hear it all

BBC revives shortwave radio dispatches in Ukraine, and draws ire of Russia
The New York Times carries an interesting article about shortwave radio which reads: As Russia is trying to cut off the flow of information in Ukraine by attacking its communications infrastructure, the British news outlet BBC is revisiting a broadcasting tactic popularized during World War II: shortwave radio

The battlefield that’s 5 khz wide
The airwaves are full of news from the battle in Ukraine, with TV and radio journalists providing coverage at all hours. But for those with a bit of patience there’s something else from the conflict that can be found with a radio receiver, the battle over 5 kHz of spectrum starting at 4625 kHz

Philippe, F1DUZ, should once again be active as FG4KH from FG5FI’s QTH at Sainte Anne on Guadeloupe (NA-102) until March 15th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB, FT8 and EME. He will be in the ARRL Inter. DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home call-sign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW

Southgate Vibes Podcast #143
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 4 March

Ukraine maintains ham radio silence in state of emergency
Radio amateurs in Ukraine appear to be diligently maintaining radio silence as the state of emergency declared there just prior to the Russian military invasion remains in effect

Successful QO-100 ham radio emergency communications exercise
On February 26, 22 stations representing 14 countries in IARU Region 1 took part in a short notice exercise using the geostationary satellite QO-100 amateur radio transponder

Volunteer Monitor Program issues a caution to radio hams
The ARRL report the volunteer monitor program has cautioned against operating beyond amateur radio license privileges

ARISS to support Axiom space crew members on first private ISS mission
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, Inc. (ARISS-USA) is pleased to announce that two crew members scheduled to fly on Axiom Mission-1 (Ax-1), the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, will utilize the ARISS on-board radio resources to conduct six school connections via amateur radio

Amateur radio in French newspaper
Newspaper publisher Ouest-France have produced a good article about the Radio Club of Lanester and a French SSB contest held Feb 26-27

Nobby in the Maldives
Nobby, G0VJG, will once again be active as 8Q7CQ between March 4-18th. This will be his third trip there, but this time he will be active from the Island of Innahura (AS-013)

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


News for Thursday 3 March

FCC to consider radio receiver NOI in April
FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has announced plans for the agency to launch a proceeding in April that would explore rules regarding Radio Receivers—not just transmitters, as is currently done

Ofcom release Special Event callsign Nov spreadsheet
In response to a Freedom of Information request Ofcom have released a spreadsheet of Amateur Radio special event station (SES) callsigns issued from 2014 showing status, issue date and duration Ofcom replied

Australia: Advanced ham radio exam syllabus to match HAREC
Australia’s regulator ACMA has announced it will update the Advanced Amateur Radio syllabus by adopting the syllabus contained in CEPT HAREC

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Not as fantastic as last week but the weekend was good. I worked a few AM42s and a few ON75s for awards and 9G5AR (Ghana).
Best of the rest FK8IK (New Caledonia), FR4KR (Reunion Is), SU9VB (Egypt), LU1DX (Argentina), PZ5GE (Papegaaien Is), KP4JOC (Puerto Rico), ZP6/N3BNA (Paraguay), CE7VP (Chile) and many others

ACMA amateur radio update: March 2022
Australia’s regulator the ACMA has just posted the following update

Brunei radio hams mark National Day
The Borneo Bulletin reports the Brunei Darussalam Amateur Radio Association (BDARA) ran special event station V8SJK on February 23-27 to mark the 38th National Day

Workshop for amateur radio operators working to advance science
Come join HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation, at its fifth annual workshop! March 18-19, 2022 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama

Sri Lanka
Operators Wolfgang/DK7DR (4S7DRG) and Peter/DC0KK (4S7KKG) will once again be active between March 2-9th

Bouvet DXpedition QSO Today Virtual – HamEXPO 2022
Operators Mike Crownover/AB5EB, Erwann Merrien/LB1QI and Bill Straw/KO7SS, will discuss their exciting plans as they attempt to operate on Bouvet Island

Azerbaijan tragedy
Once again, Azerbaijanian HAMs are permitted to add the special addition of the letter “T”, which means ‘Tragedy‘, to their callsigns

Hawaii Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Seeking all Hawaii licensed Ham Radio Operators:  The Amateur Radio Emergency Service-ARES- is organizing a statewide communications exercise in voice and digital modes and needs additional operators on all islands to participate.  This is for training and emergency communications preparedness.  Sign up at

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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