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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

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:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDrHqVVzFcrFDnjJZbxwPkDFTh

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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

ARES 2019 SET Exercise


Welcome to the “ARES 2019 SET Exercise” 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 Tony Kitchen (WH6DVI).

Accessed on 10 September 2019, 1525 UTC, Post 1111.

Source:

Email from Tony Kitchen (WH6DVI)

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDrHltGtnhtkZZWTrNwcCzThxF

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Re: [BIARC] [khrc] ARES 2019 SET Exercise – Why put so many frequencies into East Hawaii’s Communication plans?

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Tony Elias via BIARC biarc@mailman.qth.net

Sep 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (10 hours ago)

to khrc@groups.ioBIARC@mailman.qth.net
To answer Joe’s question, WH6FZH the plan in East Hawaii is to use the grid madness VHF and UHF frequencies plus a few added ones during the SET exercise. In East Hawaii we are allocating about 11 VHF and 10 UHF frequencies. Some won’t be used if we can’t find a hub operator to stand up in a particular community.  That is fine; we don’t need a hub in EVERY community, but the more the merrier. The frequencies are allocated and will be coordinated so different groups aren’t stepping on each other.

In a real life disaster, people who didn’t know where other stations are at on VHF would go to 146.520 and listen and/or ask. We would ask hub operators to monitor it and tell anyone that comes up the frequency for the local hub.  The same thing holds true for the ARES on the Kulani Cone (146.760)  frequency. It is more of a a calling channel in this situation.

During hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, everyone  mostly operated on 146.520. This worked because they were covering a large area with very few amateur radio operators, across a long period of time. (8+ weeks?)  Radio operators worked from Hill top locations and could get long distances via simplex relays.

The SET exercise is different. We have many hams in East Hawaii, operating in a very short period of time. In an actual emergency I would not be surprised to hear 30+ hams show up on some VHF frequencies. We have enough operators that an HF station can be setup in each community. Since HF traffic may be aimed at different groups  (Red Cross, HC CD, State CD, HealthCom, SkyWarn, etc.) and also via multiple modes, it makes sense to have different frequencies allocated for VHF in each community to feed traffic to the HF stations. If you can’t reach your local hub, reach out to one close to you.

Multiple field stations, multiple hubs, servicing multiple ‘customer groups’ via multiple modes is the recipe for getting more traffic passed in a shorter time period.

The UHF channels are for informal team traffic, while the vhf channels are used for formal message traffic, like sitrep, RFA, RFI, Skywarn, etc.  A VHF channel will likely be dedicated to Comms between Hilo Hospital and HC CDA-EOC. CERTs might be operating a hub, or they might be operating on their own and may or may not need the services of their local hub for getting communication to HC CDA-ACS. It could go in any direction, so we just have to start with a plan and stay flexible.

73
Tony Kitchen
WH6DVI

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From: khrc@groups.io <khrc@groups.io> on behalf of Joseph Rosenbaum <joseph.rosenbaum@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, September 9, 2019 11:23 AM
To: khrc@groups.io <khrc@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [khrc] ARES 2019 SET Exercise – a brief preview

Tony, are all the simplex frequencies from grid madness plus a few extra going to be on the ICS-205 you will be sending out?

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can find 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

Mauna Kea Repeater Test on Saturday


Just a reminder that the monthly test of the Mauna Kea repeater will be held this Saturday.

Message accessed on 05 September 2019, 1450 UTC, Post 1105.

Source:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDqxRlPTNGKlNrlBRSzkVdDvSD

Here’s the complete text from Kevin Bogan (AH6QO):

“Topics in this digest:

1. Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/7/19 1200 HST.

Messages
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1a. Reminder: Maunakea 146.72 MHz- (PL100.0) repeater, WH6FIU, monthly test set for Saturday, 9/7/19 1200 HST.
From: Kevin Bogan <kevin.bogan@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:34:09 PDT

To: PacSecARES, HiCoARES, Big Island, KHRC, MKSS, OMKM, DECs, others,

*The duration of the net maybe limited this month due to operator
scheduling difficulties. However, we will test the repeater enough to
ensure it is operational and ready. Thank you for your patience.*

Hurricane Season is here and more cyclonic activity is headed our way.
We continue to need to ensure the MK repeater is operational.

The repeater will be turned back on at noon for the test on Saturday
9/7/19, then turned off again. It needs to be tested on a monthly basis
(1st Saturday) to continue to map out coverage and discover what minimal
conditions are required to maintain communications on the repeater and to
insure that it is operational.

Please check in on the Hawaii State VOAD repeater, 146.72 MHz (PL 100.0 Hz)
Maunakea on this coming Saturday, September 7, 2019,  1200 HST.

Please help us map the extent of coverage of the Maunakea repeater by
checking in on the HSVOAD net from as many locations as possible.

This is an emcomm repeater, so please use best practices as given by the
NCS when operating on the repeater.

A continuing request:

*As you check in from different sites, please include the locations of our
Served Agencies and Served Communities.  Now is the time to educate your
local American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, faith-based organizations and
others on what communications would be like from their location.  *

This repeater serves the member agencies (e.g.,(BI) Hawaii VOAD, American
Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, Team
Rubicon, ARES and more <https://hivoad.communityos.org/cms/membership>) and
their partners (e.g., HI-EMA, HCCDA, MEMA, etc.)

Please give this notice the widest dissemination.

Thanks,

Kevin Bogan, AH6QO
ASM Hawaii State VOAD ARRL/ARES Liaison
Skywarn HAM Radio Coordinator for Hawaii
Kevin, AH6QO
Cell: 808.778.4697
Other: (720) 235-8172

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joining us today.


Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com

Grid Madness 2019/Tech License Class offered


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 the “BIARC Newsletter”, August 2019.

Accessed on 28 August 2019, 0515 UTC, Post 1094.

Now that the Hawaii QSO Party is over, we can draw out attention to two upcoming events that will involve many of our Hawaii Island radio amateurs:  Grid Madness 2019 and the final free Technician License Class of 2019.

1.  Stan Froseth (AH6KO) invites all Hawaii radio amateurs to participate in the sixth annual Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Contest.  The popular event is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.

Stan says “Grid Madness 2019” is for all hams in the State of Hawaii, with the accent on fun.  Stan adds that the contest “is designed to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm.”

Grid Madness 2019 “offers a great ‘Get on the air’ operation for new hams and good emergency practice for responder groups.”

You can download the revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com.  For more details, send a note to Stan at ah6ko@arrl.net

2.  Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering a final free Technician License Class at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, beginning Thursday, 17 October 2019.  According to Doug, “The six-week course includes five training sessions, with licensing exams given on the final week.”  Although the class is free, there is a $15 testing fee which goes to the ARRL. Current licensees wanting to  upgrade may take tests for higher licenses at that time.  For more information, contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com

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

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://bigislandarrlnews.com