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Welcome to the “QRZ Now” update from Big Island ARRL News.

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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

ARLD037 Propagation de K7RA


Welcome to the Propagation Forecast 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 Tad Cook (K7RA) and HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 14 September 2019, 1630 UTC, Post 1117.

Source:

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ARRL Web site

Sep 13, 2019, 7:58 AM (22 hours ago)

 to me
SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP037
ARLP037 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP37
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 37  ARLP037
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  September 13, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP037
ARLP037 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.

Geomagnetic activity quieted, with average daily planetary A index
declining from 19.9 to 8.9, while average daily mid-latitude A index
went from 16.7 to 7.7.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on September 13-22, 69 on September 23
through October 5, 68 on October 6-19, 69 on October 20-24, 68 on
October 25 and 69 on October 26-27.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on September 13-22, 8 on September
23, 5 on September 24-25, then 10, 35, 45, 20 and 10 on September
26-30, then 8, 10 and 8 on October 1-3, 5 on October 4-19, 8 on
October 20, 5 on October 21-22, then 8, 25, 30, 18 and 8 on October
23-27.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period September 13 til
October 9, 2019 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

“Geomagnetic field will be
Quiet on: September 14-16, 20 (-21,) November 8-9
Quiet to unsettled on: September 13, 17-19, 22, (24,) November 4-7
Quiet to active on: September 23, 25, 30, November 1-3
Unsettled to active on: September (26)
Active to disturbed: September (27-29)

“Solar wind will intensify on: September 16, (24-27,) 28-30. October
1 (-4, 7-9)

“-Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.
-The predictability of changes remains lower at present.”

Jon Jones, N0JK wrote: “There was some sporadic-E skip on 6 meters
September 1 from the Midwest to Mexico to W6 and W7. From Kansas, I
worked XE2OR in Mexico, and several stations in Arizona and
California.

“On September 7, stations in New England worked the Gulf Coast. The
Es may have been associated with active geomagnetic field
conditions.”

Ken Brown, N4SO of Grand Bay, Alabama reports on his recent FT8
contacts on 17 and 40 meters: “17 Meters remains stable and a very
good daylight band for DX.  Here is a sample of contacts on the FT8
digital mode.

“18.100 FT8  Sept. 11
135800 -15  0.1 1795   N4SO SP9DWT RR73 (Poland)
170830 -17  0.3 1278   N4SO 5B4ALJ RR73  (Mike in Cyprus)
170900 -16  0.4  779   CQ AL ON5CD JO20   Belgium  (Note calling CQ
for Alabama.
171130 -11  0.4  779   N4SO ON5CD RR73
171700 -16  0.2 1676   CQ MM0CEZ IO75     Scotland

“40 Meters remains an excellent band for DX contacts during the night
with a world-wide range of countries on the FT8 digital mode.

“7.074 FT8  Sept. 9
131415  -1  0.5 1705   CQ KH2L QK23       Guam
132945  -9  0.1 2340   N4SO KH2L R-23
133000  Tx      2378   KH2L N4SO RR73”

Mike, K6THZ in Santa Clara, California reports unexpected
propagation on 15 meters via FT8 late at night, including a QSO with
Norway.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals. For an explanation of
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation. More good
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for September 5 through 11, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 68.3, 68.9, 73.9, 67.5,
68.8, 70, and 68.1, with a mean of 69.4. Estimated planetary A
indices were 14, 8, 7, 10, 14, 4, and 5, with a mean of 8.9. Middle
latitude A index was 11, 9, 6, 9, 11, 4, and 4, with a mean of 7.7.
NNNN
/EX

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Don’t forget “Hawaii Grid Madness 2019” this 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

ARLD036 DX News


Welcome to the “ARLD036 DX News” 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.

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SB DX @ ARL $ARLD036
ARLD036 DX news

ZCZC AE36
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 36  ARLD036
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  September 12, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD036
ARLD036 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.

SWAZILAND, 3DA.  Pista, HA5AO will be QRV as 3DA0AO from September
16 to 30.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, RTTY and
FT8.  QSL to home call.

SOMALIA, 6O.  Ken, LA7GIA will be QRV as 6O7O from September 14 to
28.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using mostly CW, with some
SSB and FT8 on one or two bands.  QSL via M0OXO.

ZAMBIA, 9J.  Brian, 9J2BO is usually active on 40 meters using CW
around his morning sunrise at 0340 to 0430z.  QSL direct to G3TEV.

TONGA, A3.  Heli, DD0VR will be QRV as A35JY from September 16 to
21.  Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB.  QSL to home call.

BAHRAIN, A9.  Station A91ARS is QRV until September 25 to recognize
Saudi Arabia’s National Day.

NAURU, C2.  A group of operators will be QRV as C21WW from September
16 to 25.  Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY
and FT8 in DXpedition mode.  QSL via YL2GN.

CEUTA AND MELILLA, EA9.  Rene, DL2JRM is QRV as EA9/DL2JRM and plans
to be an entry in the Worked All Europe DX SSB contest.  QSL to home
call.

DOMINICA, J7.  Walter, HB9MFM is QRV as J79WTA on Nature Island for
the next six months.  Activity is on the HF bands, and eventually 6
meters, in his spare time.  QSL to home call.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0.  Harry, JG7PSJ will be QRV as WH0RU from
Saipan Island, IOTA OC-086, from September 15 to 22.  Activity will
be on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL direct to home
call.

HAWAII, KH6.  Bernd, DL8UI plans to be QRV as KH6/DL8UI from O’ahu,
IOTA OC-019, in the Worked All Europe DX SSB contest.  QSL to home
call.

AUSTRIA, OE.  Special event station OE15SOTA is QRV until September
22 to celebrate 15 years of SOTA activity in Austria.  QSL via
bureau.

CZECH REPUBLIC, OK.  Special event station OL75CARBON is QRV until
November 30 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of World War II
Operation CARBON, consisting of paratroopers who jumped into the
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.  Activity is on all bands using
mostly CW, but also SSB, FM, and other digital modes.  QSL via
operators’ instructions.

DENMARK, OZ.  Rosel, DL3KWR is QRV with special call OZ6SYL near
Faxe on Sjaelland Island, IOTA EU-029, until September 23.  Activity
will be holiday style using CW.  This includes being an entry in the
upcoming Scandinavian Activity CW contest.  QSL via OZ7AGR.

NETHERLANDS, PA.  Special event station PA75LIMBURG is QRV until
March 2020 to commemorate the liberation of the province Limburg 75
years ago.  QSL via PC8DB.

EAST KIRIBATI, T32.  Ken, KH6QJ is QRV as T32AZ on Kiritimati
Island, IOTA OC-024, until September 24.  This includes being an
entry in the upcoming All Asia SSB contest.  QSL to home call.

PALAU, T8.  Toshi, JM1LIG, Yas, JA6UBY and Miyo, JO3LVG are QRV as
T88FM, T88RR and T88MK, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until September 20.  Activity is on the HF bands using CW,
SSB and various digital modes.  QSL direct to home calls.

CHAD, TT.  Jean Louis, ZS6AAG is QRV as TT8JLH from N’Djamena until
October 14 while on work assignment with Medecins Sans Frontiers.
Activity is in his spare time on 20 meters using SSB.  QSL to home
call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL September VHF Contest, North
American RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint, Worked All
Europe DX SSB Contest, FOC CW QSO Party, SARL Field Day Contest,
Texas QSO Party, Alabama QSO Party, Russian Cup Digital Contest,
Classic CW Exchange and BARTG Sprint 75 will certainly keep
contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is scheduled for September 16.

The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series, CWops Mini-CWT Test and Phone
Fray are scheduled for September 18.

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 September QST, page 80, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest
Web Sites for details.
NNNN
/EX


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The 2019 edition of the Hawaiian 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.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

Final reminder for Hawaiian Grid Madness


Welcome to the Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News 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 Stan Froseth (AH6KO).

Accessed on 13 September 2019, 1510 UTC, Post 1115.

Source:

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Stan Froseth via yahoo.com 

Sep 12, 2019, 9:20 PM (7 hours ago)

to Stan

Aloha,

Two items that did not make it into the reminder email:

  • A new rule has been added for 2019 — Operating on Grid boundaries: You may use contacts from a single location for multiple Grid Squares if you are at a safe location within 200 feet of each Grid. Click on the link for guidelines.
  • You can check to be sure your log was received — click on Logs Received 2019. This link is also on the website for your convenience.

Again, for the record: Sixth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid MadnessSunday, September 15th 2019 from 1300 to 1700 HST. Please make a special effort to send in your log. Pictures too!

Mahalo and 73~ Stan AH6KO

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You can download 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 12, 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.

Editor:  Rick Lindquist (WW1ME).

Accessed on 13 September 2019, 0245 UTC, Post 1114.

Source:

http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=2019-09-12

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ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA, SK

ARRL and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Emeritus Larry E. Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia, died on September 10. An ARRL Life Member, he was 85. Price was licensed in 1951 at age 16 as WN5TIA, one of the first Novice licenses issued in the US. A US Army veteran, Price held BSEE, MBA, and doctoral degrees. He spent most of his career as a professor of finance and economics at Georgia Southern University.

Elected as ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director in 1973, Price became Director later that year and was elected as an ARRL Vice President by the Board of Directors in 1980. In 1983 he became First Vice President following the death of ARRL President Vic Clark, W4KFC, and was elected President by the Board the following year.

He served as ARRL President for 8 years, serving simultaneously as IARU Secretary from 1989 until 1992, and continuing as IARU Secretary and ARRL International Affairs Vice President until his election as IARU President in 1999, a post he held for 10 years. The IARU Administrative Council named him President Emeritus upon his retirement in 2009. The ARRL Board named him ARRL President Emeritus in 2011.

“His accomplishments as President of ARRL and the IARU are too many to list, but neither organization would be what it is today without his vision, dedication, and hard work,” said former ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, who now serves as IARU Secretary. “We all owe a great debt to Larry and his family for their many sacrifices on our behalf.”

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, recalled his many years of association with Price. “Amateur Radio…has lost a valued colleague today,” Ellam said. “Larry Price was the dean of the IARU, and under his leadership the organization not only achieved great success for the Amateur Radio services but the respect of those we work with in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). His work and tenacity on a number of issues gave the IARU the admiration of many administrations and senior leadership at the ITU, which we continue to enjoy today.”

In 2014, Dayton Hamvention® honored Price as Amateur of the Year. At the ARRL Centennial Convention that same year, Price was awarded the ARRL Medal of Honor. Read more— Thanks to David Sumner, K1ZZ

FCC Proposes to Make All Universal Licensing System Filings Electronic

The FCC is seeking comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that is part of an overall plan to transition completely to electronic filing, licenses, authorizations, and correspondence. The notice proposes to make all filings to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) electronic, expand electronic filing and correspondence elements for related systems, and require applicants to provide an email address on the FCC forms related to these systems. Although much of the FCC’s ULS filings are already electronic, the changes suggested in the NPRM (in WT Docket No. 19-212) would require all Amateur Radio Service applications to be filed electronically. Under current rules, Amateur Radio applications may still be filed manually, except those filed by Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs).

“Given the drastic changes that have occurred with regard to the ubiquity of the internet and increased personal computer access, we find it unlikely that electronic filing remains infeasible or cost-prohibitive for the previously exempted types of filers, or that they lack resources to file electronically,” the FCC said in the NPRM, released on September 6. “We therefore propose to eliminate Section 1.913’s exemptions to mandatory electronic filing.”

The FCC said that while the vast majority of ULS applications today are submitted electronically, some are still manually filed, largely from exempted filers, such as radio amateurs. Last year, the FCC received some 5,000 manually filed applications out of a total of some 425,000. The FCC is seeking comment on whether its underlying assumptions about the ease of electronic filing for previously exempted filers are valid.

This NPRM also seeks comment on additional rule changes that would further expand the use of electronic filing and electronic service. The FCC stopped providing printed Amateur Radio license documents in 2015.

“Together, these proposals will facilitate the remaining steps to transition these systems from paper to electronic, reducing regulatory burdens and environmental waste, and making interaction with these systems more accessible and efficient for those who rely on them,” the FCC said.

Comments are due within 30 days of the NPRM‘s release.

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Unraveling the Mystery of 1 × 1 Call Signs

The 1 × 1 Special Event Call Signs system offers a way for clubs, groups, or even individuals to use a short call sign of special significance to the amateur community. These 1 × 1 call signs are reserved in advance for use in conjunction with short-term special events and commemorative operations. The FCC does not assign 1 × 1 call signs, so they are not “official.”

On the matter of special event call signs, the FCC says, in Section 97.3(a)(11)(iii) of the Amateur Service rules: “The call sign is selected by the station licensee from a list of call signs shown on a common database coordinated, maintained and disseminated by the amateur station special event call sign data base coordinators. The call sign must have the single letter prefix K, N, or W, followed by a single numeral 0 through 9, followed by a single letter A through W or Y or Z (for example K1A). The special event call sign is substituted for the call sign shown on the station license grant while the station is transmitting.”

The FCC also says in Section 97.119 (d): “Additionally, the station must transmit its assigned call sign at least once per hour during such transmissions.” This requirement tends to be widely flouted, however.

A 1 × 1 Special Event Call Sign aids other radio amateurs by calling attention to the special event or other occasion. 1 × 1 call signs may be used for a variety of purposes, such as conventions, festivals, dedications, anniversaries, commemorations, and ARRL Field Day. Even local events qualify.

There are 750 1 × 1 Special Event Call Sign possibilities, and radio amateurs of any license class may reserve one as far as a year in advance to use for up to 15 days. Of course, 1 × 1 Special Event Call Signs are recycled. It’s first come, first served. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

The FCC has selected coordinators to approve and post 1 × 1 Special Event Call Sign reservations to a searchable database. — Thanks to The Radiogram (Portage County Amateur Radio Society newsletter)

The Doctor Will See You Now!

“Coaxial Cable Connectors” is the topic of the new (September 12) 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.

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Hurricane Watch Net Sets New Activation Record during Dorian

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) volunteers set a new record for total hours activated during a single storm. The net was active for 157 hours — 139 hours of which were continuous. HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said the continuous activation record stands at 151 hours for Hurricane Matthew in 2018.

“During this marathon activation, members of the Hurricane Watch Net collected and forwarded countless surface reports to the National Hurricane Center in Miami,” Graves noted.

After devastating Abaco and Grand Bahama islands with winds clocked at 200 MPH or more, Dorian made its way slowly toward Florida, before sliding up the southeastern US coast and making a second landfall on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It wasn’t over, however. Dorian veered out into the Atlantic, affecting New England before hitting Maritime Canada, where it knocked out power and downed trees.

During its lengthy initial activation, the HWN attempted on numerous occasions to raise stations in the Bahamas but was unable to contact anyone in the most-affected area.

The HWN activated for the last time during Hurricane Dorian last Saturday, as the storm was, by then, speeding up the east coast of the US as a Category 1 storm. Poor propagation plagued net operations throughout the activation, even right up to the end. At one point, propagation was lost between net members and Nova Scotia on 40 meters, although the net continued for a while longer on 20 meters.

Early on, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers went on alert along the US east coast, preparing for the worst. The major problem was storm surge-related flooding. Evacuations were ordered ahead of the storm.

The ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team convened early on to monitor the situation closely. ARRL officials were in regular communication with partner agencies, particularly FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. W1AW, which had already planned to be in operation for the Hiram Percy Maxim 150th birthday special event, remained ready to assist with emergency communications.

The VoIP Hurricane Net activated over the weekend in conjunction with WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center to keep on top of ground-truth weather information.

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: No sunspots this week. The average daily sunspot numbers declined from 3.4 to 0. At the same time, the average daily solar flux rose from 67.4 to 69.4.

Geomagnetic activity quieted, with the average daily planetary A index declining from 19.9 to 8.9, while the average daily mid-latitude A index went from 16.7 to 7.7.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on September 12 – 22; 69 on September 23 – October 5; 68 on October 6 – 19; 69 on October 20 – 24; 68 on October 25, and 69 on October 26.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on September 12 – 22; 8 on September 23; 5 on September 24 – 25; 10, 35, 45, 20, and 10 on September 26 – 30; 8, 10, and 8 on October 1 – 3; 5 on October 4 – 19; 8 on October 20; 5 on October 21 – 22; 8, 25, 30, and 18 on October 23 – 26.

Sunspot numbers for September 5 – 11, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 68.3, 68.9, 73.9, 67.5, 68.8, 70, and 68.1, with a mean of 69.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 14, 8, 7, 10, 14, 4, and 5, with a mean of 8.9. Middle latitude A index was 11, 9, 6, 9, 11, 4, and 4, with a mean of 7.7.

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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  • September 14 — FOC QSO Party (CW)

  • September 14 – 15 — Worked All Europe DX Contest (SSB)

  • September 14 – 15 — SARL Field Day Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • September 14 – 15 — All Texas QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)

  • September 14 – 15 — Alabama QSO Party (CW, phone)

  • September 14 – 15 — Russian Cup Digital Contest

  • September 14 – 16 — ARRL September VHF Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • September 15 — North American Sprint (RTTY)

  • September 15 – 18 — Classic Exchange (CW)

  • September 15 — BARTG Sprint 75 (Digital)

  • September 16 — Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)

  • September 18 — RSGB 80-Meter Autumn Series (CW)

  • September 19 — NAQCC CW Sprint

  • September 20 — AGB NEMIGA Contest (CW, phone, digital)

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Dayton Hamvention Signs 5-Year Contract with Greene County Expo Center

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) has signed a 5-year agreement to keep Dayton Hamvention® at the Greene County Expo Center. The agreement was announced on September 9 by Hamvention General Chairman Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT.

“It has been a wonderful experience working with the Expo Center team in the development of this agreement,” Gerbs said. “With the 5-year agreement signed, the Expo Center and Hamvention can move forward with additional enhancements to the facilities.”

Dayton Amateur Radio Association President Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, said the DARA Board, in approving the contract, noted that the relationship with the Expo Center and Greene County, the City of Xenia, and Xenia Township “has proven especially rewarding.” Cramer said, “They all have worked hard to make Hamvention a success over the last 3 years. We look forward to a great relationship over the next 5 years and beyond.” Hamvention’s 2019 attendance was 32,472 — the highest recorded since the move to the Exposition Center in Xenia in 2017, which was coordinated by Cramer, the Hamvention General Chairman in 2017 and 2018.

The largest Amateur Radio show in the US, Dayton Hamvention is held the third full weekend in May. The dates for 2020 are May 15 – 17.

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UN Headquarters’ 4U1UN Making Slow but Steady Progress in Returning to Air

Responding to inquiries noting the lack of 4U1UN activity, the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (UNARC) indicated on its Facebook page this week that it’s making slow but steady progress in its efforts to get a station back on the air from UN Headquarters. The main difficulties in getting 4U1UN up and running again following its displacement by renovations at UN Headquarters have been administrative and organizational, the UNARC team said. The club explained that as a result of UN Headquarters renovation, the room on the 41st floor housing the 4U1UN radio equipment was reallocated to the UN Broadcast and Conference Support Section (BCSS) and is now off limits.

“After the successful activity of 4U70UN back in 2015, with the support of the UN Administration, we were able to secure a tiny 20-square-foot room for the club’s needs on the ground floor of the building,” the club said in its post. With no opportunity to run a feed line from the ground floor to the top of the building and the tenuous hold even on the tiny, bottom-floor shack space, the club is in the process of installing a remotely controlled station on the 41st floor.

Over a recent weekend, several UNARC members, representatives of UN services, and guests had an opportunity to continue equipment configuration. An assembled 19-inch rack and part of the equipment were disconnected during delivery to the 41st floor so that BCSS personnel could hand-carry the equipment up several flights of stairs to the top floor. “After 4 hours of work, the connections of the SteppIR BigIR vertical antennas were restored, a new SDA-100 controller was installed, and a RemoteRig 1216H was connected for easy remote access,” the club post said. “The antenna was tested and configured.”

UNARC says remote access from the 1st floor now works, thanks to a separate Ethernet cable run up the entire height of the building for UNARC’s use. Operation of the ACOM-2000A amplifier also was tested with an antenna.

“We really hope that in the very near future, after debugging and setting up all the equipment, we will finally be able to proudly look at the work done and begin to appear steadily on the bands,” the club said.

YOTA 2019 Summer Camp in Bulgaria Spawns Subregional 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. Some 80 young radio amateurs from 27 countries convened near Sofia August 11 – 17 to, as he put it, “connect and learn from each other.” Monty said the successful 2019 summer camp demonstrated that YOTA is growing quickly, noting too that 40% of the YOTA Summer Camp attendees were young women.

During the week, campers engaged in a variety of workshops that included such activities as building VHF and HF antennas and assembling electronic kits, which, for many, meant learning how to solder. Monty said the focus of the activities and presentations involved learning from each other.

“YOTA is shifting more and more towards a ‘youngsters for youngsters’ approach, where youngsters teach each other, rather than relying on older generations for input,” he said. “The main goal of the YOTA summer camp is to give youngsters the ideas, knowledge, and experiences they require to go back to their home country at the end of the week and start their own youth activities.”

Monty said the practical workshops are the mostly easily reproducible, so that young radio amateurs could use them to introduce new young people into the hobby. “For example,” he said, “youngsters might do a kit building workshop at a local school or use the antenna built at the camp to do a [Summits On The Air] activation together with some new youngsters.”

Subregional camps such as those held in Finland, Italy, and Germany in recent years are becoming more common in Region 1, with the next set for late September in the Czech Republic (OL19CAMP), followed closely by a camp in the Netherlands in December.

He anticipates many other youth teams will want to stage subregional YOTA camps of their own. “What the participants learned at the YOTA summer camp will be an invaluable resource for organizing subregional camps and youth activities on any scale,” he concluded.

Bulgaria’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society, BFRA, sponsored the 2019 YOTA Summer Camp.

In Brief…

The IARU recently attended an ITU Inter-Regional Workshop. As part of its strategy to support topics related to Amateur Radio at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was on hand at the third inter-regional workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, this past week. The workshop, attended by member states and other International Telecommunication Union (ITU) sector members, considered and discussed the positions of the six Regional Telecommunication Organizations (RTO) on the main WRC-19 agenda items. Attendees also considered how differing regional positions might be reconciled during WRC to arrive at consensus. The ITU said the meeting would “provide participants with the opportunity to exchange views and have a better understanding of the common views, positions and/or proposals of the concerned entities.” The third ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-19 Preparation took place September 4 – 6. Documents can be downloaded from the ITU website.

The roster of presentations and speakers for the 2019 ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) is now posted on the TAPR website. The DCC takes place September 20 – 22 at the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott Hotel. Bill Brown, WB8ELK, father of Amateur Radio ballooning and noted experimenter and engineer, will be the DCC Saturday evening banquet speaker. The Sunday Seminar topic will be “Learn to build and operate your own SatNOGS ground station,” presented by Dan White, AD0CQ, and Corey Shields, KB9JHU. The seminar will be a hands-on, progressive tutorial, starting with the basics of a SatNOGS (Satellite Networked Open Ground Station) and ending with the development of telemetry decoders. Participants should gain an understanding of how SatNOGS applications work, how to use them, and a basic familiarity with the technologies behind the scenes, should they wish to contribute to the development of the project. Participants should bring a laptop and sign up for a free account. A room will be set aside for demonstrations, experiments, and show-and-tell projects. Tables and power strips will be provided.

Former ARRL Iowa Section Manager Bob McCaffrey, K0CY, of Boone, Iowa, died on September 2. An ARRL Life Member, he was 77. McCaffrey served twice as Iowa Section Manager — first, from 1980 until 1986, and again from 2013 until 2019, after he declined to run for another term. He served in other Iowa ARRL Field Organization positions as well. McCaffrey was licensed in 1955 as KN0EJZ. He taught entry-level Amateur Radio classes within adult education and served as a Volunteer Examiner. He was an AMSAT and Quarter Century Wireless Association member and an enthusiastic ARRL Field Day participant. McCaffrey was a past president of the Des Moines Radio Amateur Association and of the Boone Amateur Radio Club.


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Don’t forget the Hawaiian Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Contest on 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).

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Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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Southgate Amateur Radio Club News


Welcome to the Southgate Amateur Radio Club News 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 the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 12 September 2019, 1540 UTC, Post 1113.

Source:

http://www.southgatearc.org.

This report covers the period of 09 September 2019 to 12 September 2019.  Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.

News for Thursday 12 September
ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA (SK)
ARRL and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) President Emeritus Larry E. Price, W4RA, of Statesboro, Georgia, died on September 10

9 US schools moved forward in ARISS selection process
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is pleased to announce the schools/host organizations selected for the first half of 2020

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Poor during the week but perking up for the SSB Field Day but not as much as I’d expect. Best DX VP8LP (Falklands), 5T5PA (Mauritania), EG2SDC (Asturias Spain), on his own on Wednesday, with some others during the week. F4CXO top spotter except Thursday and Friday.

Glasgow PocketQube Workshop hears about EASAT-2
Spain’s national amateur radio society, URE, reports on the presentation on EASAT-2 given to the PocketQube Workshop in Glasgow

Bulgarian radio hams gain limited access to 50 MHz
IARU Region 1 reports radio amateurs in Bulgaria have obtained temporary access to the digital portion of 50 MHz band

Past ARRL Iowa Section Manager Bob McCaffrey, K0CY (SK)
Former ARRL Iowa Section Manager Bob McCaffrey, K0CY, of Boone, Iowa, died on September 2. An ARRL Life Member, he was 77

Reprieve for RTÉ Longwave ?
Campaigner Enda O’Kane, who used to work for RTÉ and its transmission network pointed out that RTÉ 252 LW is unlistenable in the south and south-east of England because of interference from Radio Algeria beside it on the dial

North Korea tests DRM on amateur radio band
Radio World reports North Korea has returned to digital radio broadcasting after an absence of nearly two years

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 Wednesday 11 September

Countdown to WRC-19
The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019.
Our delegate, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, the RAC Special Advisor at World Radiocommunication Conferences, regularly keeps us all up to date – through articles in The Canadian Amateur magazine and on the RAC website – on the issues and processes that ultimately determine Amateur Radio frequencies around the world

Raspberry Pi for Ham Radio
An article by Karl-Heinz Krawczyk DL1GKK describes how to install amateur radio software on the Raspberry Pi to provide the popular data modes, SSTV, satellite tracking, SDR, rig control and logbook

Mysterious signals from West Africa on 28 MHz
The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports mysterious signals from West Africa on 28250.6 kHz AM with a rising carrier and dots every 76 seconds

Greece: RAAG meet regulator regarding Antennas
On Thursday, August 29, 2019, a delegation from the Greek amateur radio society RAAG held a briefing at the Ministry of Digital Governance with the Secretary General of Telecommunications and Communications, Mr. Antonis Georgzakakis, on the draft Law on Antennas

St. Pierre & Miquelon
Eric, KV1J, will once again be operating from the Island of Miquelon (NA-032, DIFO FP-002 WLOTA 1417, Grid GN17) as FP/KV1J between September 24th and October 8th. This is his 13th trip to the island

Seychelles DXpedition
Lance, W7GJ, will be active as S79GJ from La Digue Island (AF-024, WW Loc. LI75vp), Seychelles, between September 20th and October 5th

IOTA news from the DARC
Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

 

News for Tuesday 10 September

European DX Council conference featured on TV
The 2019 EDXC conference was held in Andorra during September 6-9 and featured in a news report on the country’s TV station

Radio hams to operate from St Cynllo’s
The Tivy-Side Advertiser reports St Cynllo’s Church at Coed-y-Bryn will be taking part in the annual Churches and Chapels On The Air (CHOTA) on Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm

2019 AMSAT Symposium early-bird registration ends September 15
An early-bird registration rate for the 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia, is available through September 15, 2019 per the following schedule

Meet the Amateur Radio Newsline Amateur Radio Club WA6ITF
After all the reporting we’ve done about amateur radio clubs around the world, we here at Newsline have a report about one that’s close to our home and our heart

Galway Digital Radio Group
The Galway Digital Radio Group will be holding a Lecture in the UCG Innovation Centre on the 26th of September at 8pm. All are welcomed to attend

IRTS Counties Contests
On Sunday next, 15th September, we have the IRTS 70 cms and 2 metres counties contests

 

News for Monday 9 September

Kenwood ham radios in Australia
In WIA News Geoff Emory VK4ZPP reports the JVC-Kenwood conglomerate has quietly discontinued sales of Kenwood amateur gear in Australia

RSGB release delayed Board Proceedings for May
The delayed RSGB Board Proceedings for the May 2019 meeting have now been released

ICQPodcast – Training, Licencing and Growing the Amateur Radio Hobby
In this episode, Colin Butler (M6BOY) discusses training, licencing and growing the amateur radio hobby with Martin Butler (M1MRB/W9ICQ), Chris Howard M0TCH and Dan Romanchik (KB6NU)

Ham radio in newspaper’s Bygones column
The Border Counties Advertizer’s Bygones column takes a look at an amateur radio picture from way back in 1996

Nauru DXpedition
Operators Yuris/YL2GM, Jack/YL2KA, Kaspars/ YL1ZF and Kristers/YL3JA will be active as C21WW (not C21W as first announced) from Nauru (OC-031) after their Western Kiribati operation (OPDX.1425) between September 16-25th

Comoros Island DXpedition
Members of the Mediterraneo Dx Club (MDXC) will be active as D68CCC from Comoros Island (AF-007) between October 21st and November 2nd

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st/September, through Sunday, 8th/September there were 217 countries active

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

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 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.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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