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 update are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 10 April 2022, 1441 UTC.

Content provided by Southgate Amateur Radio Club.


ARISS SSTV event April 11-13
An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International Space Station (ISS) April 11-13 on 145.800 MHz FM to celebrate Cosmonautics Day and Women in Space

QSO Today – Dave Slotter, W3DJS
Dave Slotter, W3DJS, like many hams who had an early interest in radio, but postponed joining our fraternity, is here now

CNN radio intercepts
Shocking intercepted audio reveals talk between Russian soldiers

How can I be helpful to Amateur Radio and its Ham Spirit?
To continue her activities to promote amateur radio Raisa R1BIG/OH7BG asked radio amateurs from several countries for advice on how she can be useful for our hobby and its Ham Spirit nowadays?

Register now for free Foundation Online amateur radio training course
The next free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham starts on April 17 – Register Now

Radio ham determined to restore radio tower
Knox TN Today reports radio amateur Tim Berry WB4GBI is determined to restore his magnificent 140 foot radio tower that was damaged by storms

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

Southgate Vibes Podcast #153
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 9 April

Foundations of Amateur Radio
After the chaos … building the ideal shack
One of the first questions a new amateur asks is ‘Which radio should I buy?’ It’s a topic I’ve discussed at length and the answer ‘It depends.’ is unhelpful without doing more research, but after you’ve done the work, you’ll be able to answer it for yourself

Sweden: Fees for radio amateurs running 1kW
Following questions from members Sweden’s national amateur radio society SSA has issued a clarification regarding annual fees for amateurs running more than 200 watts

Why reviving shortwave is a non-starter
Daniel Robinson and Keith Perron write in Radio World about the recent efforts to revive shortwave broadcasting


Dunstable Downs Radio Club 2022
Hi All, Just to let you all know that preparations are proceeding well with this year’s event Stockwood Park, Luton.   Given we have not been permitted to run the event for the past two years, along with other rallies we are anticipating a good turn out


News for Friday 8 April

The INDEXA Humanitarian Aid Fund – ‘The Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, Hams with Hearts Fund’
INDEXA is proud to announce a new epitaph for our Humanitarian Aid Fund.
The addition will be ‘The Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, Hams with Hearts Fund‘ in honor of its founder who recently became a silent key.

Yasme Excellence Award
The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio

Radio Interference Service – Keeping The Airwaves Clean
Lewis M3HHY has released a video that takes a look back at the former Radio Interference Service

Russian soldiers discussed civilian killings in Bucha in radio messages intercepted by Germany
Germany’s intelligence agency is reported to have intercepted radio messages from Russian military sources discussing civilian killings in the Ukrainian town of Bucha

VK6WIA NewsWest

NewsWest for Sunday 10th April is the contesting edition, with information about contests coming up soon, and where possible we focus on Australian contests

CQ DX Marathon
In 2005, W9KNI and CQ Magazine asked me if I was interested in managing a new contest for CQ Magazine – the CQ DX Marathon. This new contest/DX program sounded very interesting, and I thought it would be a great program to keep old timers interested in working DX

Here is a collection of 3D printed designs for hobbyists in electronics and amateur radio who want to add finishing touches to projects

The Space Weather Woman
Goodbye Big Flare Player, Hello Earth-Strike Zone – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Dan Lloyd to lead Ofcom’s work managing the UK’s airwaves
Ofcom has a new leader for our Spectrum Group, which manages the lifeblood of the UK’s wireless industry

Finland: Use of Encryption by radio amateurs
On April 9, 2019, Finland’s communications regulator Traficom added the use of Encryption to the Amateur Radio license

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

Get radio active!
In this video, you’re guided STEP-BY-STEP by ARRL member Rob Zielfelder, Jr., N1NUG, to build an End-Fed Half-Wave Antenna Kit! The easy-to-build kit is great for new hams (and ALL radio hams) seeking a simple and effective antenna to get active in the exciting world of HF (shortwave) radio operating

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) needs licensed Ham Radio Operators to participate in the April 16th Kawailani ‘Ino Hawaii statewide Emergency Radio 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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