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Hawaii Island Amateur Radio News, 10-11 Mar 2019

Welcome to the “Hawaii Island Amateur 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 March 2019 “BIARC Newsletter” and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Accessed on 11 March 2019, 0155 UTC, Post 893.

Sources:  March 2019 “BIARC Newsletter” and the Southgate Amateur Radio Club (http://www.southgatearc.org).

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio Notes:

The Puna Emergency Radio Club (PERC) needs licensed Hawaii Island radio amateurs to provide communications support for the 17 March 2019 Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii.  According to comms coordinator Sean Fendt (KH6SF), the race is “a prime opportunity to practice in-the-field-radio skills, learn news operating techniques and network with fellow hams and others who help with the marathon…”  For details, contact Sean at 430-1884 or via email — sean@sfendt.net.

Doug Wilson (KH6DQ) is offering a series of free Technician License classes on Hawaii Island,  The next class begins on 14 March 2019 at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona, Hawaii.  The six-week classes include five training sessions, with licensing exams given on the final week.  For more information, please contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com.

Alan Maenchen (AD6E/KH6TU) is taking registrations for his April 2019 Online CW course.  According to Alan, “This is an on-line video chat meeting twice a week for eight weeks for an hour each.  Exact days and time could change depending on student availability.  Since this is an internet based virtual classroom, no commute is needed.  You can do this from home.  Technician class hams can participate and practice their skills on their 80, 40, 15, and 10M CW allocations.”  For details, visit https://cwops.org/cw-academy-2/

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News:

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

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This report covers the period 08 March 2019 through 10 March 2019.

News for Sunday 10 March

QSO Today – George Allison, K1IG
Sputnik and an uncle inspired George Allison, K1IG, to become a radio amateur

MIT ham radio videos
MIT’s Amateur Radio Society W1MX has released videos of their recent radio technology lectures that include presentations by Dr. Mary Knapp KB1WUAKristina Collins KD8OXT and Dr. Anthea Coster

New IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter available
IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Russian OTH Radar “Contayner” caused severe problems on 14 MHz. Sometimes three signals were active at the same time, each with 14 kHz bandwidth and splatter

Wednesday 80 metre Club Sprint
This is a CW and Phone sprint and the scores of individual operators are added together to get the Club score – the Club station may not participate

CME glancing impacts possible on March 11th
Yesterday, tiny sunspot AR2734 surprised forecasters with a long-duration solar flare

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

Help support a ham
Mike, V51MA, has been a very active ham in Namibia and he has been through a lot of difficulty. We should help to get him back on the air soon

Reunion Island
Croatian operators from the Radio Club Marjan (9A1CBM) and Radioclub Kastilac (9A1CIG) will use the special callsign, TO19A, between April 27th and May 8th

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

How to support AMSAT
AMSAT relies on the support of our members and the amateur radio community to Keep Amateur Radio in Space


News for Saturday 9 March

Wormwood Scrubs 434 MHz balloon launch today
Medad Rufus reports two balloons with 434 MHz transmitters built by Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (ICSEDS) will launch from Wormwood Scrubs, London on Saturday, March 9

UK radio ham to give Deep Space talk in Belgium
Belgium’s national society the UBA reports UK radio amateur Paul Marsh M0EYT will be giving a talk to the ON Microwave Group in Zillebeke

IARU attends ITU Conference Preparatory Meeting
IARU delegates from around the world attended the ITU Conference Preparatory meeting for WRC 2019, which took place in February 2019

Radio hams activate following California flooding
ARRL report Amateur Radio volunteers with the Sonoma County, California, Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) rallied to assist in February after heavy rain led to flooding in the region

NASA coverage for next Space Station crew launch and docking
Two American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are set to join the crew aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, March 14. The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 10th  March 2019, History of Amateur Radio edition. NewsWest is the VK6 news programme by, for and about Radio Amateurs

Propagation de K7RA
After no sunspots over the entire month of February, sunspot group 2734 appeared on March 5. So far the new sunspot numbers are 14, 17, and 14 on March 5-7. I believe this was the longest consecutive period (33 days) with no sunspots on this declining side of Cycle 24


News for Friday 8 March

WIA position on outcomes of the Approach to Market for Examination Services
In a letter from the President of the WIA on behalf of the WIA board a detailed look at the pricing of the new examinations is analysed

Foundations of Amateur Radio #196
Creativity comes with practice 
I grew up with Lego, plastic blocks that you can put together in infinite variety. My oldest Lego kit hails from 1964, kit 324: House with Garage and it’s still in pretty good nick today. It’s missing the tree and the car and the garage door is broken and a few blocks have vanished, but putting it together the other day reminded me of the art of building

Space meeting streaming via ham radio geostationary transponder
The 2nd Amateur Radio Space meeting at Nanterre, Paris, March 9-10, will be streamed live via the Digital Amateur TV transponder on Es’hail-2 / QO-100 geostationary satellite

Radio amateurs to launch balloon at Young Researchers Congress
On March 21, an APRS balloon transmitting on 433.000 MHz, callsign DL9II-11, will launch from the Youth Hostel Münster on the occasion of the 20th Young Researchers Congress

St. Patrick’s Day Special Event
Members of the West Tyrone Amateur Radio Club which is based in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, will activate the special event station, GB1SPD, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the weekend of March 16th and 17th

The station will be operational from approximately 0930-1800 hrs Saturday and from 1000-1600 hrs on Sunday.

Change of address Canadian Incoming QSL Bureau
Effective May 1st, 2019 the address for the RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau for Canada will change

WFF Israeli DXpedition to Ghana
Members of the Accra Amateur Radio Club from Israel, will be active as 9G2DX between March 9-20th

Somalian op
Ali, EP3CQ, who works for United Nations in African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), in Mogadishu, is once again active as 6O1OO between now and March 24th

Joint action plan on nuisance calls
Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office have today published an update on our joint action plan to tackle nuisance calls and text messages

DX News from the ARRL
The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands


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

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM).

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section


ARLP005 Propagation de K7RA

Welcome to the Saturday evening 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 W1AW and HQ ARRL, Newington, CT, 06111.  This post publishes the current propagation forecast by Tad Cook (K7RA), broadcast over W1AW and released to social media by the ARRL.  After the propagation report, I’ll have a few stories of interest for Hawaii Island radio amateurs.

Accessed on 03 February 2019, 0555 UTC, Post 858.



Email message from W1AW.

Here is the complete text of Tad Cook’s (K7RA) propagation forecast:

ARLP005 Propagation de K7RA

ARRL website

ARRL Web site

Feb 1, 2019, 11:59 AM (1 day ago)

 to me
ARLP005 Propagation de K7RAZCZC AP05
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 5  ARLP005
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  February 1, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLP005 Propagation de K7RA

The past week saw increased solar activity, with average daily
sunspot numbers rising from 5.3 to 19.6 and average daily solar flux
from 69.8 to 74.5. We haven’t seen such strong activity since the
beginning of last Summer, when Propagation Forecast Bulletin ARLP016
in 2018 reported average daily sunspot number at 22.6 and average
daily solar flux at 75.3.

But sunspots only persisted from January 22 through January 30, and
on January 31 they were gone.

Predicted solar flux is 72 on February 1-8, 69 on February 9-12, 72
on February 13-27, 70 on February 28 through March 3, 69 on March
4-11, and 72 on March 12-17.

Predicted planetary A index is 18, 12, 10, 8, 12 and 8 on February
1-6, 5 on February 7-18, then 12, 20, 12 and 8 on February 19-22, 5
on February 23-26, then 8, 18, 10 and 8 on February 27 through March
2, and 5 on March 3-17.

At 2314 UTC on February 31 the Australian Space Forecast Centre
issued a geomagnetic disturbance warning for the following day due
to a high speed solar wind stream from a recurrent coronal hole.
There is a chance of minor storm on Friday.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period February 1-27, 2019
from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

“Geomagnetic field will be:

“Quiet on February 4-6, 8-9, 14, 24-26
Quiet to unsettled on February 7, 10, 17, 23, 27
Quiet to active on February 2-3, 13, 16, 18, 21-22
Unsettled to active on February 1, 11-12, 15, 20
Active to disturbed on February 19

“Solar wind will intensify on February (1,) 2-3, (4, 7, 19,) 20-21,

“Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.”

Report received from N0JK regarding FT8 activity on January 27:

“6 meter sporadic-E continued through the last week of January. Most
of the paths favored the Gulf Coast states and Mexico. Winter
sporadic-E tends to occur more frequently in these parts of North

“I received a -21 report (21 dB below noise) from W4TAA EL87 at

“I copied many decodes from XE2JS operating portable in rare grid
DL78, but no luck getting a reply.  I copied XE2JS working N8JX and

The latest from Dr. Skov can be found at:


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

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 January 24 through 30, 2019 were 19, 27, 26, 22,
16, 15, and 12, with a mean of 19.6. 10.7 cm flux was 73.5, 73.1,
75.8, 75.1, 76.6, 75, and 72.4, with a mean of 74.5. Estimated
planetary A indices were 19, 13, 7, 5, 1, 2, and 2, with a mean of
7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 13, 10, 5, 3, 0, 0, and 0,
with a mean of 4.4.

Attachments area

Preview YouTube video Goodbye Bright Flares, Hello Dark Hole: Solar Storm Forecast 01-31-2019

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 08 August 2018, 0512 UTC, Post #648.



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Here are the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories for the period 05 August 2018 through 07 August 2018 from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club:

Indonesia – Lombok Earthquake
As Radio Amateurs in Indonesia respond for the second time to an Earthquake in the Lombok area, please take care to avoid causing QRM to their activities on 7.110 MHz and emergency activities on satellite IO-86

IARU speaks for the Region’s amateur radio community
Don Beattie G3BJ reports the past three months have been a busy time for IARU’s Region 1 team involved in spectrum issues of interest to the Amateur Radio service, as we work towards the ITU World Radio Conference 2019

The Perseid meteor shower is underway
Earth is entering a stream of debris from giant comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, parent of the annual Perseid meteor shower

Low-Speed Binary Telemetry System RS41
Mark Jessop VK5QI reports the RS41 mode offer significant benefits for amateur radio balloon flights achieving around 6dB better packet-error-rate performance than RTTY

Amateur radio operators play key role in triathlon
KRTV reports on the amateur radio operators whose job is to provide communications during the Race Montana Triathlon in Great Falls

INDEXA 2018 Summer Newsletter
John Scott, K8YC, INDEXA V.P. and Editor, reports that “the following URL link will allow you to read and/or download the Summer 2018 issue of the INDEXA newsletter (#122)

Indonesia Special Event
Members of the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia will activate the following callsigns from 10 different call areas between August 10-17th. Activity is to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, and the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018

Broadcast-quality audio processor donated for news
Those of us working in the Broadcast world know the name ‘OPTIMOD.’
Well now Orban Labs, has donated a state-of-the-art audio processor – the all-digital 9300 OPTIMOD-AM – to the ARRL


News for Monday 6 August

EI3KD works Cape Verde Islands on 144 MHz to set new DX record
On Sunday the 5th of August 2018, Mark Turner EI3KD managed to work D4Z on the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of of Africa on 144 MHz, a distance of some 4163 kms

VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition
We are honored to have received a grant from the ARRL’s Colvin Award Committee.
The Colvin Award is funded by an endowment established by Lloyd D. Colvin, W6KG (SK)

VOACAP propagation prediction wheel returns
VOACAP (Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program) is free professional high-frequency (HF) propagation prediction software from NTIA/ITS, originally developed for Voice of America (VOA)

Swedish national societies make magazines available
Sweden’s societies the SSA and ESR both make older issues of their magazines available for free download

9M61, Malaysian special event
Look for the special event callsigns with the prefix ‘9M61‘ to be active (as of August 1st) through September 1st

WIA sponsor special event callsigns
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is sponsoring several special event callsigns that will be available between now and the end of 2018. There are time slots available for operators to make use of the callsigns to commemorate the special events

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th July, through Sunday, 5th August there were 211 countries active

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


News for Sunday 5 August

Youngsters On The Air kicks-off this Wednesday
28 teams from various countries in IARU Region 1 as well as one young radio amateur from Region 2 will be arriving in South Africa for the start of YOTA 2018 on Wednesday 8 August

Australia: 83% support 50 watt Foundation
WIA News reports results of the amateur radio license survey which show 83% supported increasing Foundation power level from 10 watts to 50 watts

AMSAT-DL announces IARU coordinated frequencies for P4-A, Es’hail-2
Es’hail-2 is a commercial geostationary broadcasting satellite which will also provide the first amateur radio Phase 4 transponders. The satellite will be positioned at 26 degrees east

SARL HF Phone Contest this afternoon
The SARL HF Phone Contest will be run from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC this afternoon with activity between 14 125 and 14 300 kHz; 7 063 and 7 100; 7 130 and 7 200 kHz; 3 603 and 3 650 and 3 700 and 3 800 kHz

QSO Today – Jim Forkin – WA3TFS
Jim Forkin, WA3TFS, started contributing to QST and Ham Radio Magazine as far back as 1983 with his series on A Modular Two Band Receiver

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

HRN 399 7/8 ZumSpot Setup
Darren and David setup a ZumSpot. We also made some changes in the studio in order to bring you better audio. This is the first episode to use the Wirecast Rendezvous feature, and it worked great!

Are you planning to communicate with a small satellite or CubeSat?
Australia’s communications regulator ACMA have released a self-help guide, aimed at people and organisations without amateur radio licences who wish to develop or communicate with a satellite

Wisconsin residents embrace Amateur Radio hobby
US News reports amateur radio is more than a hobby — it’s a professional relationship built on camaraderie

CQ. CQ. CQ. GB5RC calling!
If these letters make sense to you along with QRM and QRT and 73’s (means best regards) then you have some insight in to amateur radio. Thus you will also know what a SINPO is and that the best one of these comes in at 55555

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Oscar Resto (KP4RF), the Puerto Rico ARRL Section Manager, will be speaking at the LDS Church in Orchidland on Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 2 p.m./6 p.m. HST.  Oscar will focus on a general description of what happened when Hurricane Maria passed over the Commonwealth. He will also discuss how radio amateurs responded to the emergency and provided communications in and out of Puerto Rico.  Please RSVP to Pascal (ac7n@arrl.net) if you are interested in attending so we can have a head count for event planning.

The Fifth Annual Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness is coming on Sunday, 16 September 2018, from 1300 to 1700 HST. The Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club sponsors the fun VHF/UHF Simplex Event “to test your equipment, coverage and operating skills using simplex FM on 2 meters and 70 cm.  Contact as many stations as you can in as many Grid Squares as you can, using SIMPLEX ONLY.  For a complete set of rules and procedures, please visit 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