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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free

Technician License Class on Hawaii Island.  The

class begins Thursday, 17 October 2019 at the

Keaau Community Center. For details, please

contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and

information, please check the news feeds along

the blog sidebars.  These news articles are up-

dated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us

today.


Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

 

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Welcome to the Sunday edition of “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” from Big Island ARRL News.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content provided by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org

Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 13 September 2019 through 15 September 2019.

News for Sunday 15 September

QSO Today – Burt Fisher – K1OIK
Burt Fisher, K1OIK, raised a stir and perhaps the ire of many hams with a 2008 YouTube video critical of amateur radio operators and their operating practices

Montana’s Dept of Justice to issue 200 ham radios
The Havre Daily News reports Montana’s Havre and Hill County Local Emergency Planning Committee intend to take up a Department of Justice offer of amateur radio equipment

Makrothen RTTY Contest
The Makrothen is coming! The Makrothen RTTY Contest is 1 month away!
Originally conceived by Waldemar Kebsch, DK3VN and now sponsored by Pizza Lovers 259 (PL259), the contest takes place each year during the second full weekend in October

Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest
The Practical Wireless 70MHz Contest takes place on Sunday 22nd September 13:00 to 16:00 UTC

The SARL RF Noise Workshop 28 September
The workshop at the NARC on 28 September starts with a panel discussion about various ways to solve mains induced noise. The panel will present a case study and will show how, with a few simple measures, a reduction in mains noise can be achieved.

Amateur Radio Is There When All Else Fails
Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) interviews Joe Bassett W1WCN and Steve Bosbach KW5V about the role of amateur radio in a natural disaster

FT4 Contest results released
The RSGB Contest Committee have released the results of the first 80m FT4 one hour contest

NO-104 camera will be ‘live’ this week
Controllers for NO-104 (PSAT-2) announced on September 13 that they have commanded the camera to take a picture and store it into memory every 10 minutes. This mode should last for 7 days or at least to next commanding session on Monday

Two contests this coming weekend
The second leg of the The South African Radio League (SARL) VHF/UHF Digital Contest is on the air from 10:00 UTC on Saturday 21 September to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 22 September 2019 with activity from 6 metres and up

YOTA 2019 Summer Camp in Bulgaria spawns sub-regional camps
Most of those attending the recent Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) summer camp in Bulgaria were first-timers, observed Monty Schebesta, OE3VVU, a participant this year

IARU Region 3 approves new 15m satellite allocation
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) – Region 3 (Asia-Pacific Region) Directors meeting was held in Tokyo September 2-3

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

We’re taking a short break
Southgate News will be taking a short break from Monday, 16 September

We’ll be back again on Friday, 20th of September. I hope to see you all again then.
Thanks – Richard g4tut

 

News for Saturday 14 September

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Planning for an outing
Recently I had the opportunity to use a new radio whilst I was far away from my shack. It wasn’t unexpected, I took the radio with me, planned for the experience and packed light with intent

Taurus-1 with Codec-2 transponder launched
Taurus-1 (Jinniuzuo-1) carrying an amateur radio FM to Codec-2 transponder was launched on a CZ-4B rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on Thursday, September 12 at 0326 GMT

FCC seeks to streamline its hearings process
The FCC is asking for public comments on procedural changes that, if adopted, would streamline many administrative hearings under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended

University CubeSat Club members get ham radio licenses
Students at the Villanova University College of Engineering started a CubeSat Club in the fall of 2018 and have since got their amateur radio licensesImage: Some of the CubeSat Club members – credit Villanova University

The Space Weather Woman
Sound the All Clear After Aurora – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Satellite, GNU Radio and SDR talks released
Mark M5BOP reports the complete set of amateur radio technical talks from this year’s Martlesham Microwave Round Table is now available to watch on YouTube

Local commercial radio update: Communicorp UK Limited
Ofcom has approved requests from commercial radio group Communicorp UK Limited to change the formats of two stations in Peterborough and Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough

SSTV on BBC’s ‘The Capture’
Whilst watching a recording of episode 2 of ‘The Capture‘ on BBC 1 a couple of nights ago, I suddenly heard a familiar sound

Propagation de K7RA
No sunspots this week. Average daily sunspot numbers declined from 3.4 to 0. At the same time, average daily solar flux rose from 67.4 to 69.4

 

News for Friday 13 September

AMSAT-LU PicoBalloons travel around the globe
The WSPR Picoballoon on 14.0956 USB released August 31 is about to complete its first circumnavigation of the globe after traveling 33,000 km in 12 days

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) awards generous grant to ARISS
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a very generous grant to ARISS for the Next Generation radio system. ARDC is the owner and manager of the Internet network known as the AMPRNet

IARU Region 3 approves new bandplan
The IARU Region 3 Directors meeting was held in Tokyo September 2-3. A modified interim Region 3 bandplan was approved which included an Amateur-Satellite Service allocation in the 15m band

RAC planning meeting underway
The biennial Planning Meeting of Radio Amateurs of Canada is now underway in Moncton, New Brunswick just ahead of the RAC Annual General Meeting which will be held on Saturday, September 14

100 years of radio from Königs Wusterhausen
On December 22, 1920, something remarkable happened in Königs Wusterhausen

September GEO Newsletter available for download
The September PDF of the GEO Newsletter weather satellite publication produced by the Group for Earth Observation is now available for free download

A possible interstellar comet enters the solar system
A new comet just discovered by amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov is rocketing through the solar system too fast for the sun’s gravity to hang onto it. Indeed, it appears to be a visitor from the stars

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 15th September 2019 is the New Amateurs edition, and we’re giving our attention to New Amateurs, with hints, tips and recognition of those who have gained a new license or new callsign

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free

Technician License Class this year.  The new class

begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau

Community Center. For details: douscelle@aol.com


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and in-

formation, please check the blog sidebars and links.

These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

Pacificon-Ham Radio convention in San Ramon, Oct 18-20


Here’s the latest information on the upcoming Ham Radio convention in San Ramon, California.

Accessed on 09 September 2019, 1945 UTC, Post 1110.

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ARRL Web site

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Saturday Breakfast
with Gordon West
————–
Saturday Banquet
with Keynote Speaker
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Sunday
Digital Academy

Large Vendor Show of
Amateur Radio Gear
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One Day Technician &
General License Prep Class
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Ham License Testing

Special Appearance
by Bob Heil
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Carole Perry
for Youth Educators
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Scout JOTA & JOTI
& Radio Merit Badge

The ARRL Pacific Division and the
Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club Present the

ARRL PACIFIC DIVISION
HAM RADIO CONVENTION

PACIFICON 2019
October 18, 19 & 20, 2019
“The Science of Radio”

Takes place in
San Ramon, California
San Ramon Marriott Hotel
2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon, California, 94583

 

Go to the Pacificon Website for

Events, Schedules & Registration

PACIFICON 2019

 

Youth 17 & under admitted free

College students 25 & under: $5

Advance registration closes October 6, 2019.

 

If Hotel lodging is needed
Reserve your room on-line; or

Call Marriott Hotel Reservations at 1-800-228-9290
and ask if special Pacificon rate is still available.


Unique forums programs
Pacificon 2019 features a long list of great Forums
and presentations from some of the most well-known
and respected names in Amateur Radio.

Come and Experience
the Many Facets of Ham Radio!

 

Pacificon
2019 T-Shirts
Order Here
Deadline: October 4

 

Pacificon Committee general inquiries – info@pacificon.org
www.pacificon.org – (925) 778-8977
** Events are subject to change – check Pacificon website **

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year. The class

begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau.  For more

information, please contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com


Hawaiian Grid Madness 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set

for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can find revised contest

rules at https://gridmadness.blogspot.com


For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars

and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Welcome to the Big Island ARRL News update.

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

Content supplied by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 09 September 2019, 0115 UTC, Post 1109.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.

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News for Sunday 8 September

QSO Today – Ralph Fedor, K0IR
Ralph Fedor, K0IR, has participated in at least 15 DXpeditions to the most remote parts of the World

Good news for the two-metre band
This week’s WIA News report: When CEPT met in Turkey it finalised its positions on a wide range of WRC-19 Agenda Items, including proposals for WRC-23

FT8 used for Australian 3.4 GHz record
The WIA reports a new Australian DX record in the 3.4 GHz band was made using the digital mode FT8

West Malaysian special event
Members of the Kelab Radio Amateur Jalan Klang Lama, the 9MDXC and MARTS will be activating the special event callsign 9M16KING from Kuala Lumpur between now and September 30th

HamRadioNow: Emergency Communications, Hurricanes and Elmers
In this edition of Ham Radio Now David Goldenberg W0DHG and Jim Aspinwall NO1PC talk Ham Radio: EmComm, Dorian, Elmering, etc

AMSAT Board of Directors election ballots due September 15
Votes must be received no later than Sunday, September 15, 2019 in order to be counted in the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors Election

Contest activity in September
Each weekend in September, the South African Radio League (SARL) has some contesting activity to keep you busy

DM02 Satellite Expedition
Alex, N7AGF, and Ron, AD0DX, are planning to activate DM02 on Sunday, September 22, 2019 on FM and Linear satellites

We’re taking a short break
Southgate News will be taking a short break from Monday, 16 September

We’ll be back again on Friday, 20th of September. I hope to see you all again then.
Thanks – Richard g4tut

 

News for Saturday 7 September

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Boating adventures
The other day I was on a boat. That’s right, me, on a floating thing, on the water, the ocean actually, steering and everything. I should confess that when I was younger I spent most weekends sailing as a sea scout in Holland.

Ham radio company wins big
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the strategic partnership between FlexRadio and Raytheon to develop an HF radio for the US Air Force based on the existing SmartSDR/Flex-6000

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 8th September is the History of Amateur Radio edition.  Today we look back on Amateur Radio History. What I enjoy most about reading amateur Radio History is that so much never changes. Stay tuned to find out why

Ham radio continues on the Hi-Line
The Havre Daily newspaper interviews Lloyd Stallkamp NO7G about ham radio and the Hi-Line Amateur Radio Club

New amateur radio maps
EI8IC has released a number of new amateur radio maps: CQ Zones, ITU Zones, UK/EI Contest District Codes

Propagation de K7RA
Old Solar Cycle 24 sunspots returned this week, but for only two days (Sunday and Monday) with a sunspot number of 12. Average daily solar flux increased from 66 reported in last week’s Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP035 to 67.4 this week

 

News for Friday 6 September

2m Threat: Radio DARC broadcast
This Sunday morning at 0900 GMT the Radio DARC broadcast on 6070 kHz AM will cover the role of the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) in the recent French threat to 144-146 MHz

Hurricane Dorian: Ham radio important in emergencies
WVLT TV news reports amateur radio operators are helping during Hurricane Dorian

The Space Weather Woman
Our Sun and the Hurricane Create a Perfect Storm – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Radio hams track interfering signals
ARRL report volunteers from the Skagit Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Club (SARECC) in Anacortes, Washington, recently assisted the US Coast Guard in tracking the source of interference on VHF Marine Channel 5A (156.250 MHz)

International Air Ambulance Week 2019
This year’s International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 7th and 15th September with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world.
The event covers two weekends, giving amateurs a great chance to get involved and support the event

The superheterodyne radio
The superhet or superheterodyne radio has been in use for over a hundred years and it is still one of the most popular formats for a receiver

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted‘ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of August 30th

GJ, Jersey
Bob, GU4YOX, will be active in this year’s CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) as GJ4YOX

STEVE returns during Labor Day geomagnetic storm
Last weekend polar skies lit up brightly in response to a geomagnetic storm. But not all the lights in the sky were auroras. STEVE was there, too

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 5 September

Tony’s 10m Band Report

Strangely during the week was better than the weekend, Sunday was especially poor.Top chased after DX was OH73ELK (Finland). ~Also TM17FFF (France), 5T5PA (Mauritania)and S55G (Slovenia) showed up well. But there were others.

Check below to see where you were. And just so you know, the first shown on any day is the most contacted.

Hurricane Dorian: Radio hams help connect with families in Bahamas
WINK TV news reports communication is key after a devastating storm. Families across Southwest Florida are trying to make sure families in the Bahamas are safe. That’s when ham radios come in handy

Hurricane Dorian: Storm watch continues
ARRL reports as of 1500 UTC Sep 4, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) was reporting that a hurricane warning has been extended northeastward along the North Carolina coast

Key role of radio hams in natural disasters
WBRC TV News reports on the important role radio amateur undertake during hurricanes or tornadoes

Foundation Licence course on the London/Essex border
Loughton and Epping Forest Amateur Radio Society ( LEFARS ) will be running a weekend Foundation Level Course and Exam over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October at All Saints Church Hall, Romford Road, Chigwell

2019 Syllabus Foundation in Braintree
The Braintree and District Amateur Radio Society in Essex is one of the first clubs to announce a 2019 syllabus Foundation course

IARU attends ITU Inter-Regional Workshop
As part of its strategy to support the topics of interest to the amateur service at WRC-19, IARU is present at the third inter-regional workshop in Geneva this week

WSPR explained: How to get started with one-way ham radio
Geoff Fox writes on Extreme Tech about how radio amateurs transmitting as little as one milliwatt can be heard on the other side of the world

Amateur radio opens the world
Krugersdon News reports on Clarissa Clarke ZS6LIS who was one of the South African representatives at the Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) event in Bulgaria

EURAO Party – Autumn 2019: claiming for 2m
The European Radio Amateurs’ Organization announces a new party on the air, this time with the motto: ‘claiming for 2m’

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  The class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center.  For details, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com

The Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Contest is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can find the revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

The ARRL Letter for September 5, 2019


Welcome to “The ARRL Letter” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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

Content supplied by HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 06 September 2019, 0445 UTC, Post 1106.

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http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2019-09-05

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Storm Watch Continues Along Southeastern US Coast

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) teams from Florida to Virginia went on alert this week, even before Hurricane Dorian left the Bahamas and started making its way up the southeastern US coast. As of 1800 UTC on September 5, Dorian was back to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 110 MPH. It was 115 miles south-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving north-northeast at 8 MPH.

The Florida ARES Net and the statewide SARnet repeater system were to remain activated until Florida emergency managers considered the storm no longer a serious threat. The three ARRL Florida Sections conferred daily this week to assess the situation and coordinate support.

In Georgia, an ARES Emergency Net activated on HF, with a variety of coastal, hospital, emergency operations center (EOC) on frequency, and other stations with Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). ARES Mutual Assistance Teams are standing by.

ARES operators were deployed to two GEMA sites to listen for assistance calls on HF and monitor several frequencies as well as the D-STAR and *Georgia* EchoLink conference node 4544. They were also accepting assistance requests via Winlink.

In South Carolina, ARES has been at the ready. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) radio room was operating 24/7, and Section leadership has been having regular conference calls.

In North Carolina, emergency managers are anticipating the worst effects of the storm on Thursday and Friday. Evacuation routes have been established, and North Carolina National Guard personnel activated, along with high-water vehicles and aircraft.

Rain and storm surge have been the primary threats, with extensive flooding reported in coastal counties of Georgia and the Carolinas, coupled with high winds that downed trees and caused power outages.

FEMA announced earlier that channels 1 and 2 of the 60-meter band are available, as necessary, for interoperability between federal government stations and US Amateur Radio stations involved in Hurricane Dorian emergency communications. Channel 1 (5332 kHz channel center) is reserved for primary voice traffic on the 5332 kHz channel center, 5330.5 kHz USB, and channel 2 (5348 kHz channel center) for digital traffic, 5346.5 kHz USB with 1.5 kHz offset to center of digital waveform.

The ARRL Emergency Response Team remains activated in monitoring mode, as is W1AW.

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced formal activation plans for Thursday and Friday. The VoIP Hurricane Net activated Thursday in support. The net asked radio amateurs in affected areas, or who can relay traffic from affected areas, to provide surface weather data and damage reports for relay to WX4NHC.

Visit the National Hurricane Center website for the latest official storm information.

Tracking Dorian: Hurricane Watch Net Hunkers Down for the Long Haul

As of September 5, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has been in continuous operation for Dorian since last Saturday at 2100 UTC, and it plans to remain in operation on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz until further notice, HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. The storm made landfall on Grand Bahama Island as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 MPH, stalling over the northern Bahamas for a day and a half before slowly starting to move away.

“Members of the Hurricane Watch Net have been reading the latest bulletins and updates as well as making calls to the islands for any reports,” Graves said on Wednesday. “However, when a storm is stalled over an area beginning with sustained winds of 180 MPH and slowly dropping to 110 MPH, major catastrophic damage is to be expected.” The hurricane claimed at least 7 lives in the Bahamas.

“The Hurricane Watch Net will continue to make calls to the Bahamian Islands for survivors and to collect and pass any and all emergency or priority traffic from the area,” Graves said on Wednesday.

“We are also available to provide back-up communication to official agencies such as emergency operations centers, the Red Cross, and storm shelters in the affected area,” Graves said. “We will also be interested to collect and report significant damage assessment data back to FEMA officials stationed in the National Hurricane Center.”

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FCC Grants Temporary Waiver for Use of PACTOR 4 for Hurricane Response and Relief

The FCC has granted ARRL’s emergency request for a temporary waiver to permit only those radio amateurs active and involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts to use the PACTOR 4 digital protocol on HF. The waiver is valid through 2100 UTC on Friday, September 6. Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Radio Service rules limits digital data emissions of amateur stations operating below 28 MHz to a symbol rate not to exceed 300 baud, and stations operating in the 10-meter band (28.0 – 28.3 MHz) to a symbol rate not to exceed 1200 baud, which precludes PACTOR 4 emissions.

“PACTOR 4 is a data protocol that permits relatively high-speed data transmission in the HF bands, and many amateur stations active in emergency communications preparedness are capable of using this protocol,” ARRL explained. The higher-data rates offered by PACTOR 4 are “critical to sending hurricane relief communications, including lists of needed and distributed supplies,” ARRL told the FCC.

The waiver only applies to radio amateurs directly involved in the hurricane relief efforts involving the US mainland. It does not extend to non-emergency communications.

ARRL pointed out that stations involved in Hurricane Dorian response and relief efforts must be able to communicate with one another as well as with federal stations on the five channels on the 5 MHz band involved with the SHARES network and other interoperability partners on those frequencies.

ARRL noted that its PACTOR 4 waiver request to the FCC was “without prejudice to the resolution of Docket 16-239 which is presently pending and addresses the rule section discussed herein.”

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Different Types of Grounds” is the topic of the current (August 29) episode of the ARRL The Doctor is In podcast. Listen…and learn!

Sponsored by DX EngineeringARRL The Doctor is In is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like!

Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also email your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy ARRL The Doctor is In on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.

Just ahead: “Coaxial Cable Connectors.”

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QST Congratulates its Key Competition Winners

Ingenuity and craftsman abound within the Amateur Radio community, as shown in the results of the 2019 QST Key Competition. Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. The competition sought Morse key and paddle designs in four categories: Straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, and sideswiper.

The winning straight key by Ron Spooner, W6FIF, was inspired by “steampunk” aesthetics.

Each was a mechanical work of art, but there could only be four winners, who were chosen based on ingenuity of design, ergonomics of operation, and overall craftsmanship.

Juergen Malner, NV1Q, won his category with these skillfully machined paddles.

Gary Johnson, NA6O, topped the field with his semi-automatic key (bug) design.

Participants had to submit their individual keys, which were returned following judging, as well as detailed construction

Stan Levandowski, WB2LQF, won in the sideswiper category.

drawings with dimensions, lists of materials, photos, and written descriptions.

More than two dozen entries were submitted, and the judges gathered in late July to evaluate them.

The winner in each category will receive $250.

The key competition winners’ creations will appear in the October 2019 issue of QST.


144 – 146 MHz Removed from French Proposal for Additional Aeronautical Applications

The 144 – 146 MHz Amateur Radio segment has been removed from a French proposal to study additional spectrum for Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) applications. France had included the band, which comprises the entire 2-meter band in ITU Region 1, for consideration as a European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations (CEPT) position for World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19). Heading into a CEPT Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) meeting in Turkey last week, France was holding firm on the proposal to have AMS share 144 – 146 MHz with Amateur Radio. The CPG meeting considered CEPT ECC positions on this and other issues for WRC-19.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) had called the French proposal for 144 – 146 MHz “unsound” and contended that sharing of the current amateur allocation with AMS radio systems would not be possible “without a significant likelihood of mutual interference.”

The French spectrum study proposal would have had to gain approval from at least 10 CEPT countries at the CPG meeting — with not more than 6 opposing — to appear on the agendas of WRC-19 and WRC-23, where a final decision would be made.

Other Amateur Radio-related issues addressed at the CEPT CPG included:

  • Agreement to a European Common Proposal (ECP) on allocating 50 – 52 MHz to the Amateur Service in Region 1 (Europe, Africa, and the Middle East) on a secondary basis, with a footnote listing those countries where the Amateur Service will have a primary allocation in the band at 50 – 50.5 MHz (WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.1).

  • Agreement to an ECP on spectrum to be considered for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), which does not now include the primary Amateur Radio band at 47 – 47.2 GHz (WRC Agenda Item 1.13).

  • No change in the Radio Regulations to address the question of operating frequency for wireless power transmission for electric vehicle charging (WPT-EV), leaving open the question of spurious emissions from WPT-EV (WRC Agenda item 9.1.6).

CEPT is one of the six regional telecommunications organizations and is viewed as the most influential. The issues now move to WRC-19 in Egypt this fall for final resolution. IARU will be represented at the international gathering, which gets under way in late October. Read more.

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The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Cycle 24 sunspots returned this week, but only for 2 days — Sunday and Monday — for a sunspot number of 12. Average daily solar flux increased from 66 last week to 67.4 this week.

Radiation from a coronal hole increased the average planetary A index from 5.7 last week to 19.9 this week, with the level on Saturday and Sunday at 38 and 45. The Fairbanks, Alaska, College A index reached 59 and 86, and at one point on Sunday the K index was 8. Measured every 3 hours, and used to calculate the daily A index, the K index had not previously reached 8 since August and September in 2018.

Predicted solar flux is 69 on September 5 – 11; 67 on September 12 – 22; 68 on September 23 – October 6, and 67 on October 7 – 19.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on September 5 – 8; 5 on September 9 – 22; 8 on September 23; 5 on September 24 – 25; 10, 35, 44, 24, and 8 on September 25 – 30; 5 on October 1 – 3; 8 on October 4 – 5, and 5 on October 6 – 19.

I will be giving a talk at the Western Washington DX Club in Seattle on Tuesday, September 10.

Sunspot numbers for August 29 – September 4 were 0, 0, 0, 12, 12, 0, and 0, with a mean of 3.4. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 65.9, 66.5, 66.4, 67.1, 68.8, 68.6, and 68.6, with a mean of 67.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 10, 38, 45, 21, 10, and 12, with a mean of 19.9. The middle latitude A index was 4, 10, 29, 33, 19, 11, and 11, with a mean of 16.7.

A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read “What the Numbers Mean…,” and check out K9LA’s Propagation Page.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. Monthly charts offer propagation projections between the US and a dozen DX locations.

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Just Ahead in Radiosport
  • September 7 — Ohio State Parks on the Air (Phone)

  • September 7 — AGCW Straight Key Party (CW)

  • September 7 — Russian RTTY World Wide Contest

  • September 7 — Wake-Up! QRP Sprint (CW)

  • September 7 – 8 — All Asian DX Contest (SSB)

  • September 7 – 8 — SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)

  • September 7 – 8 — Nebraska QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)

  • September 7 – 8 — IARU Region 1 Field Day, SSB

  • September 7 – 8 — RSGB SSB Field Day

  • September 7 – 8 — PODXS 070 Club Jay Hudak Memorial 80-Meter Sprint (Digital)

  • September 8 — North American Sprint, CW

  • Ending September 8 — Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration

  • September 8 — WAB 144 MHz QRO Contest (Phone)

  • September 9 — 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)

  • September 9 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series, SSB

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information. For in-depth reporting on Amateur Radio contesting, subscribe to The ARRL Contest Update via your ARRL member profile email preferences.

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“We are excited to convey that our proven modular direct sampling hardware, Open Waveform API, and IP-based architecture provide a ready platform for agile development to meet 21st century communication needs,” FlexRadio CEO Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, commented. “Throughout FlexRadio’s history, commercial amateur products have been leveraged into defense products, which in turn, have been leveraged back into commercial products. We are certain that these efforts will cycle back again.”

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The Raytheon-FlexRadio partnership is one of two recipients for this development program. After the 31-month period of performance, one team will be named to move on to production.

“Worldwide high-frequency communications is what our commercial customers do every day, using virtually every mode of operation and type of propagation,” Youngblood said. Read more.

Concerns Aired that 5G Spectrum Expansion Could Affect Weather Data Collection

An April report in Nature magazine says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA are asking the FCC to work with them to protect frequencies used for Earth observation from interference as 5G rolls out. The FCC in April auctioned the first block of 5G spectrum with minimal protection to other users. The sale reaped nearly $2 billion. Some of the 5G-bound frequencies are close to those used by satellites for Earth observations, and meteorologists have expressed fears that 5G transmissions could interfere with their data collection.

The worry is that NOAA won’t be able to detect concentrations of water vapor in the atmosphere accurately. Meteorologists rely on those data to feed into their models, and without it, weather forecasts worldwide could suffer.

“Because the United States is such a large communications market, the decisions the government makes about how to deploy 5G are likely to influence global discussions on how to regulate the technology,” the Nature article said. The article noted that telecommunications regulators will gather in Egypt in October and November for World Radiocomunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), where delegates will “hammer out international agreements for which frequencies companies will be able to use for 5G transmissions, and what level of interference with Earth-observation frequencies is acceptable,” the magazine said.

“Astronomers, meteorologists and other scientists have long worked to share the spectrum with other users, sometimes shifting to different frequencies to prevent conflicts,” the article points out. “But ‘this is the first time we’ve seen a threat to what I’d call the crown jewels of our frequencies — the ones that we absolutely must defend come what may,'” said Stephen English, a meteorologist at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in the UK.

The recent FCC auction focused on two bands of spectrum — between 24.25 and 24.45 GHz and between 24.75 and 25.25 GHz. Wireless equipment transmitting near the lower end of that range could interfere with the 23.8 GHz water-vapor measurement. Nature said the FCC did not respond to its request for comment on the matter.

The FCC auction set a noise limit on the US 5G network of -20 dBW, much noisier than thresholds under consideration most other systems around the world. The European Commission has settled on -42 dBW for 5G base stations; the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is recommending -55 dBW.

“NOAA and NASA have reportedly finished a study on the effects of differing levels of noise interference, but it has not been made public, despite at least one formal request from Congress,” Nature reported. The Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA, “strongly supports the administration’s policy to promote US leadership in secure 5G networks, while at the same time sustaining and improving critical government and scientific missions.”

In Brief…

September is National Preparedness Month. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month each year to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” FEMA is a long-time ARRL partner agency. This year, FEMA wants participants — which include Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers — to share their activities and success stories, as well as brief descriptions of their National Preparedness Month plans (include “NPM” in the email subject line). An appropriate submission would be your ARES team’s planned or conducted ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) activity. The SET is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES and other organizations involved with emergency/disaster response, and the 2019 SET is scheduled for the October 5 – 6 weekend. Guidelines and specific SET reporting forms for Field Organization leaders are on the ARRL website. Download and send completed forms to Steve Ewald, WV1X, at ARRL Headquarters. See page 71 in the September 2019 issue of QST for more information on the 2019 SET.

Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted until December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligible. If you complete an online application, you must also email a PDF of academic transcripts from your most-recently completed school year by January 13, 2020. Applications that are not accompanied by transcripts will not be considered. The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Committee will review all applicants for eligibility and award decisions. Scholarship recipients will be notified in May 2020 via USPS mail and email. For more information, visit the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program page.

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California will host the 20th annual Route 66 On the Air Special Event, September 7 – 15. The event commemorates the 1926 construction of the famous Route 66, the country’s first major improved highway linking the US heartland with the west coast. Twenty stations will be on the air along the route, two of them as rovers on the highway between Santa Monica, California, and Chicago, Illinois. All 20 stations will employ 1 × 1 call signs. Operating frequencies will be: CW — 3.533, 7.033, 10.110, 14.033, 18.080, 21.033, 24.900, 28.033, and 50.033 MHz; SSB — 3.866, 7.266, 14.266, 18.164, 21.366, 24.966, 28.446, and 50.166 MHz, and digital — 3.573, 7.074, 10.136, 14.074, 18.100, 21.074, 24.915, and 28.074 MHz. Radio amateurs traveling on Route 66 are encouraged to take part. Participating clubs will have their own distinctive commemorative QSLs. Visit the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club website for more information.


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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Hawaiian Grid Madness 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can download the revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  The class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keeau.  For details, contact Doug here:  douscelle@aol.com

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Hawaiian Grid Madness 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest is coming Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can find the revised contest package here: https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  The new class begins Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, please contact Doug here: douscelle@aol.com

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ZCZC AE34
QST de W1AW  
DX Bulletin 34  ARLD034
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 29, 2019
To all radio amateurs   

SB DX ARL ARLD034
ARLD034 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral
from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks
to all.

FIJI, 3D2.  Bigi, DE3BWR and Helmut, DD0VR will be QRV as 3D2VR from
September 2 to 9.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using SSB.
QSL via DD0VR.

WEST MALAYSIA, 9M2.  A large group of operators will be QRV with
special event call 9M16KING from Kuala Lumpur from September 1 to 30
in celebration of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.  Activity will be
on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via
operators' instructions.

BURUNDI, 9U.  Francesco, IV3TMM will be QRV as 9U3TMM from Bujumbura
from August 31 to September 17.  Activity will be on 60 to 6 meters
using SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL to home call.

KYRGYZSTAN, EX.  A group of operators will be QRV as EX6QP from Lake
Issyk-Kul from September 2 to 15.  Activity will be on the HF bands
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8.  QSL via SP6OJK.

FRANCE, F.  Christophe, F4GTB will be QRV as TM44WFF from September
2 to 18.  Activity will be from several WWFF references.  QSL to
home call.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK.  Jan, F6EYB is QRV as FK8CJ from Noumea, IOTA
OC-032, until the end of 2019.  Activity is mainly on 30, 20 and 17
meters.  QSL to home call.

BULGARIA, LZ.  Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik will
be QRV as LZ304EW during September to honor Orthodox saints.  QSL
via bureau.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Members of the VIC Amateur Radio Contest DX Club will
be QRV as 4U500M during September to commemorate Ferdinand
Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe 500 years ago.  QSL via
UA3DX.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  Puiu, P29VIM is QRV from Papua and other
nearby islands until September 22.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters,
including 60 meters, using CW, JT9 and FT8.  QSL via YO5BIM.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  Special event station PD538RNI is QRV until
September 26 to commemorate Radio North Sea International and Radio
Veronica, two 1970 offshore radio stations.  QSL via PD0ARI.

AFGHANISTAN, T6.  Robert, S53R will be QRV as T6AA from Kabul from
September to the Summer of 2021 while on work assignment.  Activity
will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes.  He
will be active as T6A during major contests.  QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA.  Special event station TC113PTR will be QRV from August
31 to September 1 to commemorate the Ottoman Empire's first wireless
telegraphy station in Patara.  Activity will be on the HF bands and
6 meters.  QSL via TA4E.  In addition, look for a group of operators
to be QRV as TC0Z from the Kefken Lighthouse on Kefken Island, IOTA
AS-159, from August 31 to September 4.  Activity will be on 160 to
10 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

CHAD, TT.  Jean Louis, ZS6AAG is QRV as TT8JLH from N'Djamena while
working with Doctors Without Borders.  Activity is in his spare time
on 20 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

CANADA, VE.  Alessandro, VE7ADA will be QRV as VE7ADA/1 from Nova
Scotia and Cape Breton from September 1 to 7.  Activity will be on
40 to 10 meters using SSB.  His activity will be from various
locations and some small islands in NA-081 and NA-010, and from the
Marconi National Historic Site at Table Head in Glace Bay, the
location of Marconi's first transatlantic station.  QSL to home
call.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8.  Steve, WB4GHY is QRV as ZD8SC until
September 1 while on work assignment.  Activity is in his spare time
on 80 to 10 meters, and possibly 160 meters, using SSB.  QSL to home
call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The World Wide Digi DX Contest, QRP
20-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, UK/EI SSB DX
Contest, Colorado QSO Party and Tennessee QSO Party are all on tap
for this weekend.

The Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday Celebration runs from August 31
to September 8.

The MI QRP Labor Day CW Sprint and RSGB FT4 Contest Series are
scheduled for September 2.

The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for September 3.

G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key CW Contest is scheduled for September 4.

The Canadian National Parks on the Air, CNPOTA, operating event runs
for the entire year of 2019, with special stations active from
Canada's parks and historic sites.

Please see August QST, page 84, September QST, page 80, and the ARRL
and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.
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