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Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Welcome to the “Southgate Amateur Radio Club News” update on Big Island ARRL News.

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 04 August 2019, 0505 UTC, Post 1064.



Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 01 August 2019 through 03 August 2019.

News for Saturday 3 August

Foundations of Amateur Radio
When you join a new community you learn very quickly that each community has its own language. A word in one community has a different or extra meaning in another. For example, the word “Snowflake” in one community might refer to a phenomenon related to water and freezing, in another community it refers to a person who is sensitive, easily hurt and offended. If you mix the two meanings all manner of misunderstanding ensues

Ham radio featured in ITU News Magazine
Self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations: the amateur service in the 21st Century

Australia: WIA board comment
In this week’s WIA News Director Peter VK8ZZ looks at the purposes of amateur radio and proposed changes to the amateur radio licenses

India: Record number of new ham radio licenses in 2018/19
Jose Jacobs VU2JOS reports the officers and staff of the Amateur Cell, WPC Wing, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued a record number of new amateur radio licenses in the 2018/19 financial year

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 4th August is the Club Focus Edition, where we focus on clubs, and we give time to clubs to blow their trumpets, or even a whole brass band if they want.

We have stories from the Christmas Island Amateur Radio Club, WA Amateur Radio News and Ham College

LimeRFE for ham radio bands
LimeRFE is a software-definable RF front end module for LimeSDR platforms. A limited number of reduced-cost boards are being made available without Cellular but with the Amateur Radio bands

Minor geomagnetic storm warning
A large hourglass-shaped hole in the sun’s atmosphere is facing Earth and spewing solar wind in our direction. Estimated time of arrival: August 5th-6th

ITU News and Amateur Radio
Far too much for me to include with this submission – The latest copy of ITU News Magazine is good news for Amateur Radio

St. Paul Island DXpedtion
The CY9C DXpedition team are active until August 8th. Activity is on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, EME, FT8 and the Satellites

Retrotechtacular: The Oscar 7 satellite died and was reborn 20 years later
If I were to ask you what is the oldest man-made orbiting satellite still in use, I’d expect to hear a variety of answers. Space geeks might mention the passive radar calibration spheres, or possibly one of the early weather satellites. But what about the oldest communication satellite still in use?


News for Friday 2 August

ILLW Final Countdown
Two weeks to go with 335 registrations received, organisers are expecting another 100 over the next 14 days.
One entry worthy of note was received today from GB2LG, the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

SSA defense of 23cm band against Galileo threat
Sweden’s national amateur radio society SSA has sent a supplementary letter to the communications regulator PTS ahead of the next meeting of the CEPT ECC Conference Preparatory Group CPG-19

Satellite challenge
Many of you probably were not at Hamvention when we announced this at the ARISS forum and the AMSAT forum, but if you want a ‘real’ challenge, AMSAT and ARISS are working on the design of a ham radio system for the Lunar Gateway

Book author goes to the moon
MX0CNS, The Essex Dx Group in collaboration with EssexHam on the 27th of July sent a greetings message 384.000km to the moon and back for Dr David Whitehouse, author of the book ‘Apollo 11 the inside story’

CW OPS Open Contest
The CW Open for 2019 is now just around the corner. As in the past, the CW Open is scheduled for the first weekend of September. By the time you read this article it is less than 4 weeks away

HamSphere 4.0 SSB British contest 2019
Beam your antennas to United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey), gather as many big grids from UK as possible

The Space Weather Woman
A Coronal Hole Triple Play- The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

The Internet’s Impact on International Radio
Radio Today: Many broadcasters saved money by moving from high-power shortwave transmissions to the web. But at what cost?

Laindon Radio Club
The Laindon Radio Club will be holding a Display and Discussion night on the 30th August – and will welcome visitors and members alike

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 1 August

Owen Garriott commemorative SSTV event
ARISS plans to celebrate the life and accomplishments of astronaut, scientist and ham radio pioneer Owen Garriottwith a commemorative SSTV event featuring images from Garriott’s work with ham radio during his missions in space

Transmissions will be sent at 145.800 MHz FM in the SSTV mode PD-120

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Not a bad week on Ten Metresoverall. I worked a lot of European stations but SU9JG (Egypt) and OH0V (Aland Is) stand out.
There have been some shocking distorted signals about on FT8. One was +27 with me and had 6 simultaneous spots in the band activity screen! 
Plenty of DX about, just check the lists below to see if you’re there

ARISS SSTV transmissions
ARISS is planning SSTV transmissions to begin on August 1 at 09:40 UTC and to end at 18:15 UTC on August 4

Be alert for Perseid fireballs
Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower

T6, Afghanistan update
Robert, S53R (ex-YA5T), will once again be in Kabul starting in the beginning of September and may continue until the summer 2021. He will be there for two years working with the UN World Food Program

RSM traces an activated unregistered personal locator beacon
Recently, the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in New Zealand asked RSM for help locating an unregistered Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). The PLB was successfully located due to the capability of the RSM compliance team

Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Operators Manfred/DK1BT, Wolf/DL4WK, Annette/DL6SAK, Sigi/DL7DF, Frank/DL7UFR, Jan/SP3CYY and Leszek/SP3DOI will be active as TO80SP from Saint Pierre and Miquelon (NA-032) between October 2-14th

2018 Cass Awards
Janusz Wegrzyn, SP9FIH has won the 2018 Single-Operator Cass Award.
The 3C0W team has won the 2018 Unlimited Cass Award. Sponsored by Club Log, DXLab, and the Northern California DX Club, the Cass Awards encourage DXpedition operating excellence by recognizing DX- peditions that work the most unique callsigns

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Just a reminder from Alan (AD6E/KH6TU).  The Hawaii QSO Party will run from 0400Z 24 August to 0359Z 26 August 2019.  Translated, “that’s 6 pm HST Friday through 5:59 pm Sunday. Work as many stations on as many bands and modes as you can.” Hawaii will operate two contest super stations: Kimo (KH7U) will be using KH6J from the KH6YY super station on Oahu, while Lloyd (KH6LC) will be working from his station in Keaau on Hawaii Island.  You can get complete rules here:  http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/Rules/HQP/HQPRules-2019-A.html

“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 next class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau on Hawaii Island.  Contact Doug for more information:  douscelle@aol.com

Dan (KH6DX) is leaving Hawaii Island for the U.S. mainland.  Roy (WH6FYF) is helping Dan find new homes for his high-tech equipment.  Contact Roy at 960-6417 for more information.

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


ARRL Volunteer Monitoring Program

Welcome to the “Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News” update from Big Island ARRL News.  Views expressed in the Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Content supplied by ARRL Pacific Section Manager Joseph Speroni (AH0A).  Content for the updated ARRL DX News provided by HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.



Please click link or scroll down to read Joe’s complete message regarding the ARRL Volunteer Monitoring Program.

ARRL Members Only Web site

3:22 AM (2 hours ago)

 to me
Hi all,

Many of you have seen the ARRL announcement of the new Volunteer Monitor
(VM), joint ARRL-FCC program, approved by the ARRL Board this past
April.  FCC monitoring activity has been reduced in recent years, making
this new program important to Amateur Radio.


In Hawaii, I’m proud to say, there have been few reports of operation
not conforming to FCC Part §97 rules, regulations, and “in accordance
with good engineering and good amateur practice”. Self-regulation is a
foundation of our service allowing all but the extreme habitual cases to
be reported to the FCC.

The introduction of Internet technology linking Amateur Radio analog and
digital networks makes monitoring a challenge, but technology assists
groups maintaining these networks.  Amateur Radio RF messages are
public; most linked networks can and do record all communications 24 x7.
Reports of questionable operation can be viewed after the fact.
Recently the Winlink development team made a tool designed for gateway
control operator monitoring, available to any who have a Winlink email
account.  These monitoring systems remind there is no expectation of
privacy in the use of our radio service.

In the new ARRL program, Hawaii should have VMs.  We cover an area that
few mainland stations can monitor.  If you have an interest, please
consider volunteering.


ARRL Pacific Section
Section Manager: Joseph Speroni, AH0A

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ARLD023 DX news

DX Bulletin 23  ARLD023
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  June 6, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLD023 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.

GHANA, 9G.  Matteo, IZ4YGS is QRV as 9G5GS until July 2.  Activity
is on 160 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

AZORES, CU.  Herman, HB9CRV is QRV as CU8FN from Flores Island, IOTA
EU-089, until June 11.  Activity is on the HF bands using FT8 and
FT4.  He plans to be QRV in the Portugal Day Contest operating CW
while CU8AS will be active using SSB.  QSL via operators’

IRELAND, EI.  Members of the Galway Radio Experimenters Club will be
QRV with special event call sign EI100ABC from June 11 to 16 during
the Alcock and Brown Centenary Festival to commemorate the first
non-stop transatlantic flight by John Alcock and Arthur Brown.  QSL
via EI2II.

FRANCE, F.  Members of the Association des Radioamateurs des Cotes
d’Armor will be QRV with special call sign TM1MOON on June 8 and 9 to
commemorate the first spaceflight landing humans on the moon.  QSL
via F4EUG.

GUADELOUPE, FG.  Reiner, DL2AAZ is QRV as FG/DL2AAZ from Deshaies,
Basseterre Island until June 13.  Activity is on 20 and 17 meters
using SSB.  QSL direct to home call.

ENGLAND, G.  Members of the Peterborough and District Amateur Radio
Club are QRV as GB0DDR until June 9 to commemorate the 75th
anniversary of D-Day.  QSL direct to M5ATR.

WALES, GW.  Special event station GB2ORM is QRV until June 9 to
commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  QSL via bureau.

JAPAN, JA.  Special event station 8N7JAPAN is QRV until October 31,
2020 to commemorate the Olympic Games 2020, the Paralympics 2020,
and the World Cup Games 2019.  QSL via bureau.

SVALBARD, JW.  Erling, LB2PG is QRV as JW/LB2PG from Bear Island,
IOTA EU-027, until November 2019 while working at the weather
station.  Activity is in his spare time on 80 to 20 meters using
SSB.  QSL to home call.

MARKET REEF, OJ0.  A large group of operators will be QRV as OJ0AW
from June 8 to 15.  Activity will be mostly on the HF bands, with
some VHF activity, using CW, SSB, FT8 and other digital modes.  QSL
via OH6AD.

CURACAO, PJ2.  Paul, VA3ZC will be QRV as PJ2/VA3ZC from June 9 to
16.  Activity will be holiday style on 40, 30 and 20 meters using CW
and FT8.  QSL to home call.

EA7FTR, EB7DX and S92HP are QRV as S9A from Sao Tome, IOTA AF-023,
until June 18.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and FT8.
QSL via EB7DX.

GREECE, SV.  Operators Alex, SV8QG, Pantelis, SV8DCY, Kostas,
SV8DCW, Periklis, SV8DTD and Fotis, SV8RMA are QRV as J48GEO from
the Geo park on Lesvos Island, IOTA EU-049, during June.  Activity
is on the HF bands using SSB and various digital modes.  QSL via

BURKINA FASO, XT.  Elvira, IV3FSG is QRV as XT2SE from Ouagadougou
until June 13.  Activity is on the HF bands.  QSL via IK3GES.

VIET NAM, XV.  Operators R9LAJ, R9LR, UA9KDF and UA9LDD are QRV as
XV9DF from Hon Tre Island, IOTA AS-157, until June 15.  Activity is
on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, HA3NS Sprint Memorial CW Contest, DRCG World
Wide RTTY Contest, VK Shires Contest, Asia-Pacific SSB Sprint, SKCC
Weekend CW Sprintathon, Portugal Day Contest, GACW WWSA DX CW
Contest, REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest, Cookie Crumble QRP Contest and
The 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint will certainly keep
operators busy this upcoming weekend.

The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for June 10.

The CWops Mini-CWT Test, NAQCC CW Sprint and Phone Fray are
scheduled for June 12.

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 June QST, page 86, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio news:

The Big Island Amateur Radio Club will hold it next meeting on Saturday, 08 June 2019, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.

“Grid Madness 2019”, the Hawaii Island-base VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, 1300 to 1700 HST.  The event is open to all radio amateurs, even to those who might find an extremely rare tropo opening to the State of Hawaii.  You can find detailed information here: https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.  Also, you can contact Stan (AH6KO) directly:  ah6ko@arrl.net

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


The ARRL Letter for June 6, 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 provided by HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.  Rick Lindquist (WW1ME) is the editor of “The ARRL Letter.”

Source:  http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2019-06-06

Please scroll down to read the full text of “The ARRL Letter”.   At the close of the letter, I’ll have a few remarks pertaining to Hawaii Island radio amateurs.

Emergency Messaging Demonstration for Red Cross, FEMA is a Success

On May 23, with Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials monitoring, dozens of radio amateurs along the US east coast demonstrated Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages without commercial power, infrastructure, or permanently established stations. The event took place in coordination with ARRL, as a mock response to a simulated disaster scenario — a major hurricane with mass casualties. During the event, radio amateurs at portable stations from New England to the Carolinas delivered message traffic to W1AW, which coordinated and delivered the information to officials attending a joint Red Cross-FEMA meeting in Baltimore.

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q (front), and ARRL Emergency Preparedness Assistant Manager Ken Bailey, K1FUG, working the mics while Red Cross volunteer Rosty Slabicky, W2ROS, looks on. [Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, photo]

“About a dozen stations participated in the demonstration, including operators in Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, northern New Jersey, western Pennsylvania, Delaware, and South Carolina,” ARRL Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, said. “Red Cross officials were on-site at W1AW and at the receiving station in Baltimore. At both sites, they indicated that were impressed with Amateur Radio’s ability to deliver messages digitally so that could be displayed on a computer screen and in a format that matched the format for messages that the Red Cross uses.” Isgur said ABC, CBS, and Fox TV affiliates sent reporting teams to W1AW.

A few stations, including W1AW and stations in Baltimore, generated local media coverage of their participation, much of it tied into the notion of “Amateur Radio operators and the partner agencies they serve are getting ready for the 2018 hurricane season,” which begins on June 1 and continues through November 30.

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, said the exercise went well overall. “Conditions were a bit tepid at best, but we were able to establish voice contact first, and then proceed with the digital traffic (MT63-1KS) during the roll call,” Carcia said. “Digital signals were good. I needed just one retransmit. We used fldigi with flmsg. This made life so much easier.”


Ohio ARES Activates in Wake of Tornadoes that Badly Damaged Hara Arena

Hara Arena, in Trotwood, Ohio, which served as the home for Dayton Hamvention® for more than 6 decades, was among the structures extensively damaged when tornadoes swept through the Dayton area on Memorial Day. WHIO-TV drone video showed that the roof and side of the structure had been blown off in several places by the EF3 (severe-scale damage) event. Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator Stan Broadway, N8BHL, said ARES counties and districts activated after nearly 40 tornado warnings were issued across the state. He said Ohio ARES was in the process of announcing a partnership with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency Watch Desk, in which some 2,000 Ohio radio amateurs will feed situation awareness to the state.

“Our plan was to use the Ohio DMR statewide talk group along with our normal HF 80-meter voice and digital nets — depending on storm noise,” Broadway said. “We got to launch that system under pressure [on] Memorial Day.” Broadway said information received from radio amateurs during the all-night effort was fed directly into the state’s WebEOC software to help the Watch Desk determine the need to assist county EMA directors requests for aid. The Ohio AuxComm’s W8SGT was on the air continuously, receiving reports from county ARES groups, he added.

The severe weather struck after dark, causing widespread damage in and around Dayton and elsewhere in the Miami Valley. Multiple injuries and one fatality have been reported. It appears that at least two tornadoes were responsible for most of the devastation, which was called “catastrophic.” The NWS office in Wilmington, Ohio, estimated that at one point, storms and tornadoes left some 5 million people without electrical power.

Snow plows were repurposed to remove debris from Interstate Route 75, and the American Red Cross set up shelters to accommodate displaced residents.

“First-tier communications remained solid in most of the affected areas,” Broadway recounted, “but amateur operators were able to provide situational awareness that enhanced the response.” Most ARES activities in Ohio wrapped up on May 29.

WHIO-TV reported on June 5 that structural engineers were still assessing the damage at Hara Arena, but Michael Heitz, the Kentucky developer who now owns the building and the surrounding 120 acres, has expressed confidence that the main arena can be saved, although an attached section will have to be demolished.


Hurricane Michael Investigation Digs into Factors that Hindered Wireless Services Recovery

On May 9, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released a report on its investigation into communications providers’ preparation for and response to Hurricane Michael last October. An array of Amateur Radio public service assets was active as Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach on the Florida Panhandle, boasting devastating 155 MPH winds. The storm was the first Category 4 or stronger hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle since 1992.

The FCC investigation found that three key factors — insufficiently resilient backhaul connectivity, inadequate reciprocal roaming arrangements, and a lack of coordination between wireless service providers, power crews, and municipalities — were the predominant causes behind what the FCC called “the unacceptably slow restoration of wireless service in the Florida Panhandle” in the storm’s wake. According to the FCC, its investigation even found that recovery efforts themselves often led to communication outages.

“There were numerous cases in which a wireless provider had restored service to customers only to have that service brought down as third-party crews damaged communications assets while clearing trash or restoring power lines and utility poles,” the FCC recounted in a news release.

To improve recovery efforts from future storms, the report recommended, among other things, that wireless providers use diverse backhaul options, such as microwave links and satellite links in hurricane-prone areas, and that communication providers participate in training to improve coordination of restoration efforts.

The Hurricane Michael Report is available at on the FCC website. — FCC News Release

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Stringing Up Wire Antennas” is the topic of the new (June 6) 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.

New FT4 Beta Release “Leaps and Bounds” Better than Earlier Iterations

The WSJT-X Development Group released yet another new beta version of the FT4 protocol this week, and WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 is now available for testing. Developers point out that the FT4 included in this “release candidate 7” version is not compatible with any previous releases. A short mock contest session to wring out the contesting features of FT4 took place on June 4.

“Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s FT4 mock-contest practice session — and especially to those who provided useful feedback. It is much appreciated!” said developer Joe Taylor, K1JT. “Everyone likes the 7.5-second T/R sequences, which provide operators with significantly more human interaction time than in previous revisions of FT4. Users also appreciated the sensitivity improvements and a larger range of acceptable time offsets (DT).” DT represents the combined clock difference for the transmitting and receiving computers, he explained.

Based on data compiled by Steve Franke, K9AN, Taylor said that it appears developers have the WSJT-X timing behavior under good control on all supported platforms, and the range of measured signal-to-noise values extended down to -21 dB.

“I operated for about 3 hours using 100 W and a dipole,” Taylor recounted. “I copied transmissions from 263 unique call signs and made 143 QSOs in 29 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 15 DXCCs.”

Taylor said the developers anticipate addressing all remaining issues they’re aware of. “I believe we are on a good path toward a General Availability (GA) release of WSJT-X 2.1.0 by mid-July,” he said.

Steve Franke, K9AN, of the WSJT-X Development Group spent most of his time observing during the mock contest on June 4, decoding some 25,300 FT4 transmissions. This chart represents signal-to-noise ratios reported.

“This new version of FT4 is leaps and bounds better than before,” said Mike Black, W9MDB, in a June 4 post to the Yahoo WSJT Meteor Scatter and Weak Signal Group. “I worked almost everybody I could see without any repeats. Seems like we have a winner here.”

Changes, improvements, and bug fixes that have been made since WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc5 include:

  • T/R sequence length increased from 6.0 to 7.5 seconds.

  • Signal bandwidth decreased from 90 Hz to 80 Hz.

  • Improved sensitivity: Threshold S/N is now -17.5 dB.

Release candidate WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 will be available for beta-testing through July 21, and it will permanently cease to function after that date. It will not be usable during the ARRL June VHF Contest or during ARRL Field Day. Taylor advised using WSJT-X 2.0.1 and FT8 for these events.

Downloadable installation packages for WSJT-X 2.1.0-rc7 under Windows, Linux, and macOS are available on the WSJT-X web page.

China Set to Launch New Amateur Satellite with “Sail Ball” Stabilization

Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT) has announced the impending launch of the CAS-7B satellite, also designated as BP-1B, a short-lived spacecraft that will carry an Amateur Radio payload. An unusual feature of the spacecraft is its “sail ball” passive stabilization system. The 1.5 U CubeSat is attached to a 500-millimeter flexible film ball — or sail — that will offer passive “pneumatic resistance” stabilization, the announcement said. CAS-7B is expected to remain in orbit for up to 1 month.

The spacecraft will carry an Amateur Radio transponder and educational mission. CAMSAT is working with the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), a top aerospace school, which is providing launch support. BIT faculty and students are participating in the development and testing of the satellite, and, with CAMSAT’s help, the university has established an Amateur Radio club (BI1LG). CAMSAT said many students are now members, “learning Amateur Radio satellite communication and [experiencing] endless fun.”

The VHF and UHF antennas are quarter-wave monopoles. CAS-7B will transmit a CW telemetry beacon on 435.715 MHz. The V/U FM voice transponder downlink will be 435.690 MHz, and the transponder uplink will be 145.900 MHz (16 kHz passband).

CAS-7B during testing. [CAMSAT photo]

The 3-kilogram satellite will have an apogee of 300 kilometers.

“Because of the orbital apogee and the size and mass of the satellite, the orbital life is expected to be only 1 week, up to a maximum of 1 month, which will also provide an opportunity for hams to track and monitor satellite entering the atmosphere,” CAMSAT said in announcing the new satellite, scheduled for launch late this month.

“The launch will use a new launch vehicle from a small commercial rocket company,” CAMSAT explained. “This is the first launch of this launch vehicle, and there is a large possibility of failure; if the launch fails, we will have another launch later this year.” — Thanks to Alan Kung, BA1DU/CAMSAT

Mexican Amateur Radio Volunteers Provide Communication in Wildfire Response

Mexican radio amateurs provided communication support in late May from a fire scene in a remote area to civil protection authorities in Monterrey, Mexico. Two-member teams of volunteers were flown in via helicopter since May 20, the first day of radio support, when the fire had already been burning for a couple of days. The fire in Pajonal — about 20 kilometers south of Monterrey — covered more than 200 acres in rough terrain. Temperatures topped 100 °F.

Fueled by hot and dry conditions, Mexico’s 2019 fire season has been intense, leading to poor air quality. By mid-May, more than 100 wildfires were active in 17 Mexican states.

Teams had been using Winlink but added the weak-signal software Vara HF, after José Alberto Nieto, EA5HVK, provided a Vara license on short notice. Tom Whiteside, N5TW, in Georgetown, Texas, supported the effort from across the border, aiming his 40- and 20-meter arrays in the direction of the fire in Nuevo Leon. Alfonso Tamez, XE2O, president of Mexico’s IARU member-society Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE), was been among the volunteers.

In addition to HF digital traffic, the volunteer teams took advantage of VHF repeaters. HF antennas consisted of a 40-meter dipole for 40 and a steerable portable dipole. A generator is providing electrical power.

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: According to Spaceweather.com, as of June 5 there have been no sunspots for 17 days in a row. Average daily solar flux went to 69.5 for the May 30 – June 5 reporting week from 67.4 in the previous 7 days. The average daily planetary A index declined from 7.3 to 5.6, while the mid-latitude A index dipped from 8.1 to 5.

Last week I suggested that sunspots should return soon, based on the predicted solar flux, but those projections have softened. On June 5 the 45-day predicted solar flux was 70 on June 6 – 13; 72 on June 14 – 16; 71 on June 17; 70 on June 18 – 29; 71 on June 30; 72 on July 1 – 13; 71 on July 14, and 70 on July 15 – 20.

Predicted planetary A index is 5, 8, 10, and 8 on June 6 – 9; 5 on June 10 – 22; 8, 10, 12, and 8 on June 23 – 26; 5 on June 27 – 29; 8 on June 30 – July 2; 5 on July 3 – 4; 8 on July 5 – 6; 5 on July 7 – 19, and 8 on July 20.

Spaceweather.com reported on June 5 that Northern Hemisphere radars were “pinging with activity” from a strong daytime meteor shower.

In Friday’s bulletin, read about recent openings on 10 and 6 meters.

Sunspot numbers for May – June 5, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 68.7, 68.7, 69.7, 69.9, 69.8, 70, and 69.8, with a mean of 69.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 5, 4, 4, 5, 8, and 5, with a mean of 5.6. Middle latitude A index was 8, 5, 3, 4, 4, 7, and 4, with a mean of 5.

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.

Share your reports and observations.

Just Ahead in Radiosport

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.

  • June 7 — HA3NS Sprint Memorial Contest (CW)

  • June 8 — Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB

  • June 8 – 9 DRCG WW RTTY Contest

  • June 8 – 9 — VK Shires Contest (CW, phone)

  • June 8 – 9 — Portugal Day Contest (CW, phone)

  • June 8 – 9 — SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)

  • June 8 – 9 — GACW WWSA CW DX Contest

  • June 8 – 9 — REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest (CW, phone)

  • June 8 – 10 — ARRL June VHF Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • June 9 — All Cookie Crumble QRP Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • June 10 — 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)

  • June 10 — RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Digital)

  • June 12 — NAQCC CW Sprint (CW)

AMSAT, ARISS Veteran Keith D. Pugh, W5IU, SK

AMSAT and ARISS engineering veteran, Keith Pugh, W5IU, of Fort Worth, Texas, died on May 24. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80.

Born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas, Pugh was licensed in 1953. Amateur Radio strongly influenced his decision to pursue a career in electrical engineering, and he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at Kansas State University in 1961. He moved to Texas to work for Convair (later General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin), and, after upgrading to an Amateur Extra-class license, he became W5IU. Pugh retired from Lockheed Martin in 2004 after a career in RADAR and Navigation Systems Engineering.

At Dayton Hamvention®, Pugh volunteered in the AMSAT Booth for many years and frequently headed up the Dayton Hamvention Satellite Demonstration Station.

In the early 1980s, he became interested in ham radio satellites, making contacts on AO-08 and AO-10. He went on to become an AMSAT Area Coordinator and, later served as AMSAT Vice President for Operations.

Pugh jump-started his passion for Amateur Radio on human spaceflight missions in 1991, when the Soviet space station Mirwas in orbit. Pugh joined the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team in 2004, where he has provided support as an operations leader, mentoring numerous schools and ARISS contact organizations and attending ARISS International meetings.

ARISS ARRL Representative Rosalie White, K1STO, said Pugh made a difference in his role as an ARISS Technical Mentor for many schools. “ARISS contacts are always exciting and sometimes produce tense moments,” White said. “He touched hundreds of thousands of youth along with all ages of people who had curiosity about ham radio, space, and satellites.”

Yasme Foundation Designates Supporting Grant, Excellence Award Recipients

The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has awarded $5,000 each to the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) and ARRL scholarship programs for 2019, and $5,000 in general support to World Radiosport Team Championship 2022 (WRTC 2022) in Italy and a second grant to sponsor the so-called “Widow’s Ball” during WRTC 2022.

The Yasme Foundation Board also announced recipients of the Yasme Excellence Award. They are:

  • Angel Vazquez, WP3R, for his work in disaster relief, and as an outstanding ambassador for Amateur Radio.

  • Nikola Percin, 9A5W, for his outstanding work in advancing Amateur Radio in Croatia and the surrounding region. He is a cofounder of 9A1A. Percin initiated efforts to recruit young amateurs and established youth programs in coordination with local universities.

The Yasme Excellence Award recognizes individuals and groups who, through their own service, creativity, effort, and dedication, have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio. These may be in recognition of technical, operating, or organizational achievement, as all three are necessary for the growth of Amateur Radio. The Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually engraved crystal globe.

In Brief…

The next Kids Day is Saturday, June 15. That’s the day to get youngsters on the air to share in the joy and fun that Amateur Radio has to offer. Kids Day gets under way at 1800 UTC and concludes at 2359 UTC. Sponsored by the Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, this event has a simple exchange, suitable for younger operators: first name, age, location, and favorite color. After that, the contact can be as long or as short as each participant prefers. Look for activity on these frequencies: 10 meters: 28.350 – 28.400 MHz; 12 meters: 24.960 – 24.980 MHz; 15 meters: 21.360 – 21.400 MHz; 17 meters: 18.140 – 18.145 MHz; 20 meters: 14.270 – 14.300 MHz; 40 meters: 7.270 – 7.290 MHz, and 80 meters: 3.740 – 3.940 MHz. Repeater contacts are okay with permission of the repeater owner. As with any on-the-air activity that includes unlicensed individuals, control operators must observe third-party traffic restrictionswhen making DX contacts. Additional details are on the ARRL website.


LoTW is now accepting FT4 contacts.The latest TQSL update (Config.xml version 11.8), released on May 22, includes FT4 as a submode of MFSK. It also adds AISAT-1 and PO-101 in the satellite category. As of June 5, more 1 billion contact records have been entered into the system, resulting in 201,492,514 contact confirmations. LoTW has 118,729 users worldwide.


Adafruit Industries Founder Limor Fried, AC2SN, was one of two 2019 Women in Open Source Awardwinners. Sponsored by open-source solution provider Red Hat, the awards honor women who make important contributions to open-source projects and communities, or those making innovative use of open-source methodology. Nominations for this year’s awards were accepted for two categories: “Academic” for those currently enrolled in a college or university, and “Community” for those working on or volunteering with projects related to open source. A panel of judges determined finalists based on nomination criteria, and the public voted to determine the award winners. Fried was recognized in the community category. She is the founder and lead engineer at Adafruit Industries, an open-source hardware company designed to provide a place for people to learn about and purchase open tools, equipment, and electronics online.


Tom Roscoe, K8CX, has posted 361 photos in his Ham Gallery of various Dayton Hamvention®2019 events. Hamvention 2019 hosted the ARRL National Convention. This is Roscoe’s 23rd year of documenting the event, bringing the total to 6,053 Hamvention photos, including this one of ARRL Washington Counsel David Siddall, K3ZJ. Search the entire photo database by entering a call sign. Roscoe also invites photos via email, but at least one ham not already listed on his page must be in the photo, and all hams shown must be identified by call sign. He also accepts Dayton Hamvention photos from past years that meet the same requirements, as well as any “interesting stories or fun moments” from Dayton Hamvention 2019 or forum reviews for his blog.

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The next meeting of the Big Island Amateur Radio Club will be held on 08 June 2019, 1400 HST, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.

“Grid Madness 2019,” the Hawaii-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is coming Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  For details, visit this website:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.  You can also contact Stan (AH6KO) at ah6ko@arrl.net.

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


QRZ NOW: Latest Posts, 14-15 Jan 2019

Here’s the latest amateur/ham radio news update from “Big Island ARRL News.”  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post are from the current edition of QRZ NOW (https://qrznow.com/latest-posts).

Accessed on 15 January 2019, 0334 UTC, Post 834.

Source:  https://qrznow.com/latest-posts/

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HAMlab – 160-6 10W

HAMlab – 160-6 10W

HAMlab is a fully functional SDR transceiver with 160-10m band coverage and 10W of output power built around the STEMlab platform. It gives you an out… Read more 


2018 QST Antenna Design Competition Winners Announced

2018 QST Antenna Design Competition Winners Announced

ARRL has announced the winners of the 2018 QST Antenna Design Competition. “Dozens of entries were received, but only three could win,” said… Read more 

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Puna Emergency Radio Club is asking license radio amateurs to help provide communications support for the Sunday, 17 March 2019, Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii. If you can help, please call comms coordinator, Sean Fendt (KH6SF) at 430-1884 or via email at sean@sfendt.net.

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) says his current online CW class is doing well. Alan will hold another online CW class beginning in April 2019.  Be sure to register early to confirm your seat at this video chat CW class.  For more information, please visit this website:


The Original Big Island of Hawaii International Swap Meet/Ham Fest is set for Saturday, 02 February 2019, at the Waimea Community Center, next to the ball field off the Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea (Kamuela).  The event is sponsored by the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club (KHRC).  This is an island-wide event, so be sure to spread the word to your friends. Doors open to the public at 0930 HST.  The venue includes a swap meet, vendor sales, an EMCOMM forum, and VE testing for new and upgraded amateur radio licenses.  For details, contact Steve Milner (WH6N) at wh6n@arrl.net.

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


QRZ NOW Amateur Radio News, 20 August 2018

Accessed on 21 August 2018, 0514 UTC, Post #662.



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Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by http://qrznow.com.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

HAARP’s WSPR Research Campaign Yields Hundreds of Reports on 40 and 80 Meters

HAARP’s WSPR Research Campaign Yields Hundreds of Reports on 40 and 80 Meters

Just-completed research at the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, successfully took advantage of t… Read more 

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The Kohala Hamakua Radio Club has invited Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the ARRL Section Manager for Puerto Rico, to speak to Hamakua and kohala residents on hurricane preparedness on Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 6:30 p.m. HST, at the North Hawaii Community Hospital conference room in Waimea (Hawaii Island).  The event is free, but hospital seating is limited.  RSVP to Norm (nh7ua@arrl.net).

Mr. Resto will also be speaking at the LDS Church in Orchidland with presentations set for Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. HST.  Please RSVP to Pascal (ac7n@arrl.net) if you plan to attend these meetings.  We need a head count for event planning.

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF simplex event is coming on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors this fun contest “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm…”  For more information, please visit this website:  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

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 03 June 2018, 1523 UTC, Post #582.



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Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  The report covers the period 01 June 2018 through 03 June 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

IARU Region 1 VHF Manager warns of the danger of VHF/UHF/Microwave spectrum grabs
The chairman of the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU Region 1) VHF/UHF and Microwave Committee, Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ, has highlighted extant threats to the Amateur Radio spectrum above 30 MHz

VK6WIA NewsWest
In this broadcast: It’s our CLUB FOCUS week, and we’ll hear from clubs around VK6 including Ham College and the NCRG, and of course – what’s been going on at WA Amateur Radio news

High-Altitude Balloon launch
Tom, ZSL5341 reports that Binaryspace is doing another High-Altitude Balloon Launch from about 07:00 CAT on 9 June from the Leeukop Farm Airfield in Deneysville in South Africa’s Free State

HMAS Gladstone on-air this weekend
The Observer newspaper reports radio amateur Ray Mulder VK4FRAL is using the call sign VK4GLA from HMAS Gladstone for International Museum Ships Weekend

ARRL on The Weather Channel
The ARRL’s Emergency Preparedness Manager speaks about the work of radio amateurs in past hurricanes and about preparations for the coming hurricane season

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Currently there is a single sunspot visible that can be the source of M-class solar flares


News for Saturday 2 June

Foundations of Amateur Radio #156
The Internet of Digital Radio – The topic of how radio evolves and embraces available technology is one that describes the hobby itself. From spark-gap through AM, SSB and FM our community picked up or invented solutions to make communication possible

School STEM projects use Amateur Radio
An Amateur Radio-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative at an Arizona elementary school culminated on May 22, as youngsters competitively deployed their own radio-controlled rovers to explore a simulated planet set up in the Sonoran Desert

Receive CubeSat signals for just $25
Eric Evenchick VA3EVK writes on Hackaday about the low-cost approach to CubeSat reception used by Thomas Cholakov N1SPY

All Hands On Deck…
This weekend you don’t need to ‘go down to the sea in ships’ to participate in a fun ‘world wide event.’

Back to homebrew
Banbury Amateur Radio Society (BARS) has started a program to boost homebrew. This is in two parts, understanding components and practical understanding and building radio equipment

Russian CubeSats to be deployed during spacewalk
It is planned that two Russian CubeSats will be deployed from the International Space Station in August during a spacewalk (EVA)

Summer rover announcement
Robert, KE4AL writes on the Amsat BB: As part of my plans to activate 43 grids this Summer, I will be operating from EN37 26-31 July, holiday style

NASA selects mission to study solar wind boundary of outer solar system
NASA has selected a science mission planned for launch in 2024 that will sample, analyze, and map particles streaming to Earth from the edges of interstellar space

BBC Radio 4 – The Bottom Line
Will 5G revolutionise our lives?
The next generation of mobile technology – 5G – will be rolled out from 2019. It will enable faster streaming on our mobile phones and tablets and speed up the ‘internet of things’, allowing thousands of computers to ‘talk’ to each other  

In last week’s WIA News, we told you of probably VK’s first Foundation Members net using the catchy moniker ‘F-TROOP.’ Now from the west wing comes news of VK’s longest RUNNING ‘new comers net.’

Propagation de K7RA
On May 30 at 0005 UTC the Australian Space Forecast Centre issued a warning: On 1 June geomagnetic activity is expected to increase to Active and Minor Storm levels due to arrival of the co-rotating interaction region and high-speed solar wind streams associated with the recurrent trans-equatorial coronal hole


News for Friday 1 June

Threat to key part of 70cm ham radio band in Belgium
UBA report the Belgium Regulator BIPT is consulting on a proposal to restrict Amateur Radio access to 433.050 – 434.790 MHz in such a way that it will hardly be usable anymore

Virgin Island residents get ham radio licenses
The Virgin Islands Daily News reports residents have got amateur radio licenses ahead of 2018 hurricane season

Hamvention Forum videos available
ARRL reports videos of some Hamvention 2018 forums are available in the YouTube Dayton Hamvention 2018 videos playlist

Upcoming Canadian Hamfests and Fleamarkets
The following events are featured on the RAC Events Database as of May 31, but please check the site frequently as new events are added and/or updated

Ofcom awards two new community radio licences
Ofcom has today announced the award of two new community radio licences in England

RAST has booth at Friedrichshafen Ham Fair
This year’s international amateur radio exhibition takes place from June 1 to 3 at the fairgrounds in Friedrichshafen under the motto “Radio Scouting – The Adventure of Youth Amateur Radio.”

Submissions received for 5G spectrum
The New Zealand regulator, RSM, report submissions for the 5G discussion document have been published on the RSM website

SIERA collaborating with Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for radio event
A local amateur radio group is collaborating with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Eastside Memorial Park in Minden, Nevada, for an event that will run from Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3

Solar wind alert
NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on June 1st, increasing to 65% on June 2nd, when a stream of high-speed solar wind is expected to reach Earth

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 Notes:

You can find the latest Kilauea eruption and lava flow reports here:


Hawaii Island radio amateur should monitor the VOAD Repeater atop Mauna Kea (146.72 MHz, 100 Hz tone) and the 40 meter interisland net frequency of 7.088 MHz (LSB).  These frequencies can be used to send emergency traffic if the need arises.  Please keep up to date by listening to Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency messages broadcast over Hawaii Island radio stations and through the social media.

Darren (Stacy) Holbrook (KH6OWL) wants to write a human interest story about Hawaii Island radio amateurs who have first hand experience with the ongoing eruption and lava flow disaster.  If you have lost your home or business to the lava flows or have evacuated from an endangered area, please contact Darren at his facebook address:  https://www.facebook.com/hamradiohawaii or by using the comment form at the bottom of his blog:  https://hamradiohawaii.wordpress.com  Also, Darren has published a preliminary list of Hawaii State Field Day sites in his blog.  You can find that article by scrolling through the right hand sidebar of this blog.

The Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair is coming to Waimea (Hawaii Island) on Saturday, 25 August 2018, from 0800 – 1200 HST.  The public event is free and will be offered at the Mana Christian Ohana Hall across from the Kahilu Theatre.  Event coordinator Jim Sugg (AH6AE) needs ham radio operators “to demo how ham radio works.”  If you can help, please call Jim at (808) 747-4500.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

In Dominica, “Hams” Become Vital Communications Link

Big Island ARRL News, 27 September 2017, 0715 UTC, Post #322.


E-mail from Stacy (Darren) Holbrook (KH6OWL)–ARRL Public Information Officer, Honolulu.

The role radio amateurs are playing in hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and throughout the smaller Caribbean Islands since the passage of Hurricane Maria is getting good, positive exposure through both commercial and public broadcasting media.  The focus of this article from Stacy (Darren) Holbrook (KH6OWL) is on communications support in the island nation of Dominica.  Stacy cites a National Public Radio program which featured the service rendered to hurricane victims by amateur radio operators.

Here’s Stacy’s e-mail regarding the Dominica situation:

— On Sun, 9/24/17, Darren Holbrook <handymanowl@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Darren Holbrook <handymanowl@gmail.com>
> Subject: In Devastated Dominica, ‘Hams’ Become Vital Communications Link
> To: “kh6owl@arrl.net” <kh6owl@arrl.net>
> Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 7:49 PM
> When Hurricane Maria
> smashed into the tiny island of Dominica in the
> Eastern Caribbean earlier this week, phone service went
> down, virtually
> cutting off the island. But within hours, amateur radio
> operators got on
>  the air and have been providing a vital link to the outside
> world ever
> since.
> thetwo-way/2017/09/21/ 552649149/in-devastated-
> dominica-hams-become-vital- communications-link

In a related note, HQ ARRL in Newington, CT, has asked for volunteers to assist first responders in Puerto Rico, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Upcoming events for Hawaii Island radio amateurs:

Radio Day II.  Kimberly Fendt (WH6KIM) invites everyone to the second ARES Radio Day on Saturday, 30 September 2017 at the “Great Organic Lava Farm”, otherwise known as GOLF or the Kopua Farm Lots Golf Course. Set-up begins at 0800 HST, with activities starting around 0900 HST.  A pancake breakfast is planned, with donations benefiting ARES.  For details, contact Kim at wh6kim@gmail.com.

2017 SET.  Hawaii Amateur Radio operators are preparing for the Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, 21 October 2017, from 0800 to 1300 HST.  The scenario for SET 2017 will be a Great Aleutian Tsunami, which will have a disastrous impact on all Hawaii Islands.  For more information, contact cerisanders@gmail.com.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Information, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.

Please send your Hawaii Island Amateur Radio news items to kh6jrm@arrl.net at least two weeks prior to your event so I can notify our print and broadcast media in a timely manner.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section