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Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 15 May 2018, 0106 UTC, Post #567.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org

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Comment:

Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 12 May through 14 May 2018 from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Hamvention 2018 Marathon webcast
We will be webcasting over 48 Hours of live video from Hamvention.
We will also have many special guests plus prizes for our viewers all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Astronaut Douglas Wheelock, joins us again for the 5th year as a co-host

Essex Skills Night on May 21
Skills Night takes place at 7pm on Monday, May 21 in Danbury Village Hall, Essex, this free event is open to all

ICQPodcast – Good Set of Headphones
In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Dan Romanchik KB6NU and Ed Durrant DD5LP to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. This episode’s feature is – A good set of Headphones

Prince Edward Island lighthouse on-air May 18-20
Members of the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group will set up a number of radios and antennas at the Wood Islands lighthouse in Canada on May 18

Amateur satellite operation from Islay
The AMSAT News Service reports members of Camb-Hams operating GS3PYE/P will be active on the amateur radio satellites from Islay between May 13-18

ICASA new automatic licencing system soon
SARL President, Nico van Rensburg, ZS6QL and SARL Regulatory Affairs Manager, Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV met with the ICASA CEO Willington Ngwepe and some of his senior staff to discuss several long outstanding issues that could not be resolved by the liaison committee

Work the AMSAT Hamvention Demo Station!
As previously announced, AMSAT will have it’s traditional presence at Hamvention this year, including a satellite demo station. The demo station will operate under the AMSAT club callsign W3ZM/8

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th May, through Sunday, 13th May there were 214 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

We’re taking a short break
Southgate News will be taking a four day break from Tuesday, 15th of May.

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

 

News for Sunday 13 May

Last Man Standing on Fox TV
Season 7 of the popular Last Man Standing show in which Tim Allen plays radio amateur Mike Baxter KA0XTT will be shown on Fox TV

TF1VHF 4 m and 6 m beacons on air
Today the TF1VHF 4 m (70,057 MHz, 20 W) and 6 m (50,457 MHz, 25 W) beacons went on air from the real beacon site in HP84WL at Álftanes about 80 km NNW from Reykjavik

17 new Hammies in Bhisho
The SARL congratulates Dave Higgs, ZS2DH and his team who ran a special RAE boot camp which saw 17 youngsters from a rural community write the Class-B RAE on April 30

Norwegian ham radio license regulations consultation
The NRRL reports Norway’s communications regulator NKOM has published the responses to the consultation on amendments to the Radio Amateur License Regulations

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this broadcast: It’s HISTORY week – and we head back to 1974, and before. To warm you up for your trip to the 2018 Gold Coast WIA extravaganza, Onno brings you a wrap of “WIA Convention #37”. Bob discusses “A funny thing happened in the shack the other night”. I’m shaking up a can of magic LPS spray. We have news of the Limited AOCP …and to end history off, a round the world yacht race

Electric blanket sparked fire which killed radio ham
New Zealand radio amateur Arthur Earle Plimley ZL1TAG was killed by 40-year-old electric blanket which had been modified to allow the voltage to be increased

Radio ham’s wizardry sends signals across Europe
The Teesdale Mercury interviews radio amateur Nick Peckett G4KUX a keen VHF, UHF and Microwave enthusiast

 

News for Saturday 12 May

2017 CQWW CW Contest scoring change
A change in scoring methodology for duplicate contacts (dupes) in the CW weekend of the 2017 CQ World Wide DX Contest led to an inconsistency with the standards by which logs submitted for the SSB weekend of the same contest were scored

Amateur Radio Parity Act language in NDA Act
ARRL reports Amateur Radio Parity Act language has been inserted into the National Defense Authorization Act

Foundations of Amateur Radio #153
Why do you contest?
The other week I participated in a contest. This particular contest was on the 80m band, around 3.5 MHz. The contest itself, while worthy of a mention, the Harry Angel Memorial Sprint, runs for 106 minutes and commemorates every year of Harry’s life, at the time, the oldest radio amateur in Australia. I made two contacts. Count ’em and weep. Two

The future of Ham Radio
Retiring WIA Vice President David Ford VK4MZ looks forward to a future where amateur radio is one of the fastest growing hobbies on the planet and Multi-operator contest stations are streamed live online via YouTube and Twitch

VERON membership numbers increase
Netherlands amateur radio society VERON reports that from January 1, 2018 until May 8 the number of members has increased by 100

German ham radio regulator releases 2017 report
The German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) has presented its report for 2017 

Red airglow over the Atacama Desert
On Thursday night, the normally dark skies of Chile’s Atacama Desert lit up with rippling bands of red light. It looked like the aurora borealis, but it was not

NASA sending helicopter to Mars
The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots reappeared this week, after none on April 28 through May 3.
Average daily sunspot numbers increased from 3.6 (last week) to 14.6 (May 3-9)

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

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net for inclusion in this blog and on our local print and broadcast media outlets.

During the Kilauea eruption and lava flow emergency, please monitor the VOAD Repeater at 146.720 MHz (100 Hz tone) and the 40 meter interisland net at 7.088 MHz (LSB).  These frequencies can be used to pass emergency traffic.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Accessed on 07 May 2018, 0237 UTC, Post #549.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org

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Comment:

Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 04-06 May 2018 compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents:

News for Sunday 6 May

Kyrgyzstan to issue 2m and 70cm licences
SARL News reports a South African amateur working in Kyrgyzstan is keen on VHF and indicates that country will soon get 2m and 70 cm licences

SolderSmoke Podcast
Episode 204 of the amateur radio podcast SolderSmoke is now available

Morse Telegraph Club says goodbye to an era
The Surrey Now-Leader reports the British Columbia Morse Telegraph Club signals its end as elderly telegraphers consign it to history

QSO Today – Jim Millner – WB2REM
Jim Millner, WB2REM, has traveled and operated amateur radio in 72 countries including Cuba and Guantanamo Bay

NASA, ULA launch mission to study how Mars was made
NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet

Geomagnetic storm in progress
A minor G1-class geomagnetic storm is in progress on May 5th as Earth enters a stream of fast-moving solar wind

VK6WIA NewsWest
In the news this week the Austravel Safety Net, the Friday Night Tech Net, something about French Renards, Ham College, a Homebrew club proposal and a brand new amateur club on Christmas Island

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports there have been no sunspots visible for approximately 60% of 2018

 

News for Saturday 5 May

Additional Spectrum in EI – Clarification
Seán EI7CD writes: Thank you for publishing in full our news release of 30 April regarding additional spectrum in EI and thanks also to Paul G4MWO for bringing it to your attention. The analysis of the situation published in your issue of 1 May perhaps has caused some confusion and the following is an attempt to ‘clarify’ the situation

Threat to HF from solar panel change
The creator of APRS Bob Bruninga WB4APR says “I don’t want to be an alarmist, but we need the Hams with the proper knowledge to get involved in this disturbing news”

Foundations of Amateur Radio #152
Preparation for an outing … Previously I’ve talked about leaving your shack and setting up your station in a different location. I have my car configured as a mobile shack of sorts, that is, it’s got a radio, an antenna mount and wiring to manage the location of the speaker, the head-unit and the microphone

Special RSL for Royal Wedding
The RSGB reports UK radio amateurs wishing to celebrate the royal wedding can apply for a Notice of Variation to do so

HamRadioNow: HamStudy
David Goldenberg W0DHG talks to Richard Bateman KD7BBC owner of HamStudy.orgabout the HamStudy product, a newly released set of mobile applications, and signalstuff.com

ARRL releases Executive Committee minutes
The ARRL Executive Committee minutes for the meeting held on April 21, 2018 are now available for download

Propagation de K7RA
Sunspots disappeared again this week, with a blank Sun on April 28, and continuing on every day since

 

News for Friday 4 May

Nevada Governor issues proclamation
The State of Nevada has once again publicly recognized the value of her amateur radio operators in the form of a Governors Proclamation issued on April 30th by Governor Brian Sandoval naming June 2018 as ‘Amateur Radio Month in Nevada

Radio Amateur among crash victims
The ARRL report a radio amateur engaged in the Puerto Rico recovery is among the Hercules C-130 crash victims

Michigan Radio interviews Ruth Willet KM4LAO
In a world of Skype and FaceTime, a Kettering (Michigan) student and amateur satellite enthusiast Ruth Willet KM4LAO is bringing back the university amateur radio club

Martello Tower Get-together May 18
The Martello Tower Group in Essex are planning a new informal monthly get together and everyone is welcome to attend, no matter what aspect of radio you are interested in

Pacific Tour
Dave, WJ2O, has announced his plans to activate a few islands in the Pacific before and after he joins the KH1/NH7Z Baker Island DXpedition

LoTW News
The ARRL Web page reports: Logbook of The World (LoTW) now has a full-time status monitor

European Tour
Rick NE8Z/HC1MD is on a European tour until June 6th. Activity will be on all bands using CW, SSB and FT8

Custom chips as a service
Ages ago, making a custom circuit board was hard. Either you had to go buy some traces at Radio Shack, or you spent a boatload of money talking to a board house. Now, PCBs are so cheap, I’m considering tiling my bathroom with them

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

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

Just a reminder to all Hawaii Island Radio Amateurs:  Please stay informed about the Kiluaea eruption and lava flows impacting the Leilani Estates subdivision and the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.  As of Sunday, 06 May 2018, 26 homes have been destroyed by lava flows.  Two more fissures have opened in the subdivision, spreading even more lava.  Hawaii County Civil Defense bulletins are broadcast over Hawaii Island radio stations and through the social media.  For more information on the current eruption, please visit my Hawaii Island news site:  https://hawaiinewsdigest.net.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

QRZ Now latest posts


Accessed on 06 May 2018, 0233 UTC, Post #548.

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http://qrznow.com/latest%20posts/

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Here are the latest Amateur/Ham Radio posts from http://qrznow.com.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

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

Please keep informed on the status of the current Kilauea eruption and the evacuation of the Leilani Estates subdivision and the Lanipuna Gardens subdivision.  The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency updates the eruption and lava flow scenario throughout the day with reports aired over Hawaii Island radio stations and through the social media.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net for inclusion in this blog and on the print and broadcast venues available in Hawaii County.

Thanks for joining us today.  Please stay safe during the eruption and lava flow emergency.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition


Accessed on 01 May 2018, 1519 UTC, Post #543.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2018/may/baker-island-dxpedition.htm#.WuiD8IgvzIU

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The costly ($400,000) Baker Island DXpedition (KH1/KH7Z) is close to departure.  The final two months before the trip begins will be used to pack, secure, and ship equipment  and support materials to Fiji.

Here is current status of the DXpedition, courtesy of OPDX and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club:

KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition

Following a successful Visalia DX Convention, the KH1/KH7Z team met in Cupertino last week to assemble the stations and network in preparation of landing on Baker in 2 months. The DXpedition is now in the final planning stages and this step was the last before packing and shipping our gear to Fiji.

Stations — DXpedition sponsors Elecraft and DX Engineering provided the required gear. There will be 8 stations on Baker Island consisting of 8 Elecraft K3S transceivers — 7 powered by KPA500s; the 8th low band station powered by a KPA1500 amp. This is the first expedition to use a
KPA1500 and the team and Elecraft are looking forward to seeing this exciting new amplifier in action.

There will be 3 separate tents for CW, SSB, and Digital stations.
Co-leaders K6TD and N1DG, and AA7A, K6GFJ, K6MM, ND2T and N6MZ assembled the stations, activated the BGAN satellite network, interfaced the NUC computers & monitors, and installed N1MM+ in a complete on-island simulation (including generator power). We also successfully simulated making QSOs and uploading sample logs to ClubLog via the BGAN.

The network was designed by our IT team led by AA7A and N6MZ and consists of rapidly deployed transit boxes containing the switches power hubs and POE repeaters. Upon reaching the island the team will deploy these cases and run out cables from the central CW tent to SSB and Digital tents. All N1MM+ computers will be networked to our center administrative PC N1MM+ allowing 2 uploads daily via satellite to ClubLog to minimize duplicate contacts.

Antennas — Although limited to 43 feet, our 80 and 160 meter antennas are newly designed AA7JV “fat” verticals, which will sit just inside the high tide mark. The SteppiR verticals for 75 through 10 meters will also be mounted just inside of the high tide mark while four 2-element vertical arrays will be mounted away from the water for 15, 17 and 20 meters. In this way, we can maintain a 24-hour presence on 20 meters to maximize the number of unique callsigns and enable the most ATNO contacts. We also intend to install a multi-vertical array for 6 meters at the digital radios.

Testing the SteppIRs and our own design of vertical arrays is all that remains before cleaning and sterilizing our gear to meet the FWS Biological Protocols and sending the gear to our freight forwarder.

Please visit http://www.baker2018.net/pages/pretrip.html to see more pictures relating to our testing activity this week.

As with any DXpedition to the really rare ones, this will be another large budget operation. The operator team will contribute over 50% of the expected budget of $400,000. You can help make this DXpedition happen by visiting our website, and contributing today.
http://www.baker2018.net/pages/donate.html

Thank you in advance for your support.
The Baker Island 2018 Team

OPDX

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Thanks for joining us today.
Aloha es 73 de
Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)
Public Information Coordinator
Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section