Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Here are the latest Amateur Radio news, events, and commentary 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 03 April 2022, 0413 UTC.

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News for Saturday 2 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio
In the beginning there was chaos…
Over the weekend I learnt to my chagrin that my shack was not ready for the contest I decided to participate in for an hour. Truth be told, it was probably me who wasn’t ready, but I’m going to blame my shack, since it can’t argue and besides this is my story

QSO Today – Robin Critchell, WA6CDR
Robin Critchell, WA6CDR, had a profound influence on many young hams operating in the VHF and UHF bands in Southern California in the 70s’ and 80s

Tonight@8 – Monday 4 April
BBC journalist and long-time RSGB member Laurie Margolis, G3UML broke the fact of the invasion of the Falklands through amateur radio

Icelandic ham radio course is both online and in-person
Iceland’s national amateur radio society, the IRA, are running an amateur radio training course with both in-person and online participants

G4OBK 1000 SOTA activator unique
Congratulations to Phil Catterall G4OBK from Pickering, North Yorkshire who has activated his 1000th unique summit for SOTA – Summits on the Air

RSGB National Radio Centre volunteers needed
The RSGB National Radio Centre welcomes thousands of people through its doors each month and introduces them to amateur radio

Brazilian radio amateur candidates organize petition
Brazil’s national amateur radio society LABRE reports on a petition that demands the regulator ANATEL take action over the delays of up 6 months in issuing an amateur radio license

RadCom Basics
The March issue of RadCom Basics is on the website for members to read

RSGB Convention Chair vacancy
The RSGB is looking for a Convention Chair to lead the team of people who create this year’s Convention

Southgate Vibes Podcast #151
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 1 April

New FCC Application Fee will not apply to amateur radio license upgrades
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade a licensee’s operator class and changes to club station trustees

ILLW turns 25
23 years ago two members of the Ayr ARC in Scotland started the Northern Lights award which quickly morphed into the International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend in 1998

The Space Weather Woman
A machine-gun flare player delivers a 1,2 punch at Earth – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

VK6WIA NewsWest

NewsWest for Sunday 3rd April 2022 is the Club Focus edition, with news from local clubs, more information about PerthTech, Roy’s Amateur Radio Helpline, and more.
How did you go with the April Fool stunts?

Ofcom suspends KTV’s licence following serious breach of broadcasting rules
Ofcom has suspended Khalsa Television Limited’s licence to broadcast after an investigation found the KTV channel in breach of broadcasting rules

Mid-latitude auroras in the USA
Last night’s geomagnetic storm caused by a ‘Cannibal CME’ was not as strong as expected

Ofcom publishes Spectrum Roadmap
Ofcom has published its first Spectrum Roadmap,  which sets out how they are preparing to ensure that everyone in the UK can benefit from the rapid advances in cutting-edge wireless technology

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) needs licensed Ham Radio Operators to participate in the April 16th Kawailani ‘Ino Hawaii statewide Emergency Communications Exercise.  Sign up today at

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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