Ham Radio Update 10/09/2019

Welcome to the latest edition of “Ham Radio Update” from Big Island ARRL News.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Accessed on 09 October 2019, 2155 UTC, Post 1151.

Editor:  John Woodstock (K1DWU).

Source:  http://www.hamradioupdate.com/

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October 09, 2019

Hawaii ARES Leverages Contest Station and Winlink for 2019 Simulated Emergency Test

October 09, 2019 04:56 PM – ARRL -ARES volunteers in Hawaii took the opportunity of the 2019 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on October 6 (UTC) to test Winlink radio messaging to the US mainland, using the KH6YY (KH6J) contest station on O’ahu. One of the premier contest stations in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, KH6YY offers a commanding propagation path over an expanse of saltwater.

“You have to start with digital modes somew…

New Amateur Radio License Conditions in Effect for Australian Radio Amateurs

October 09, 2019 04:53 PM – ARRL -The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published changes to the Amateur Radio license conditions, effective on September 21. According to the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA), all restrictions on emission modes have been removed for all licensees, and restrictions on permitted transmission bandwidths have been lifted for all licensees on all bands allowed for each lic…

Ohio Sheriff Observes and Participates in ARES Simulated Emergency Test

October 09, 2019 04:42 PM – ARRL -In Greene County, Ohio, one public official not only observed the ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) this month but participated in it with Greene County ARES (GCARES). Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS (“Greene County Sheriff”), checked in when the Resource Net Control, Bob Baker, N8ADO, of Beavercreek, called for volunteers. Although the suggested scenario called for only using simp…

World Wide Radio Operators Foundation to Sponsor CQ WW Webinar

October 09, 2019 04:32 PM –

Tokelau Islands ZK3A DXpedition Ceases Operation Early

October 09, 2019 11:32 AM – ARRL –[UPDATED 2019-10-09 @ 1647 UTC to reflect that individual was not a member of the DXpedition team.] Due to the illness of an Island resident, the ZK3A Tokelau Islands DXpeditionthe operation has shut down a couple of days ahead of schedule.

“ALL TEAM MEMBERS ARE FINE!” said an announcement on the ZK3A website. “A person on the island is ill. So, they have sent the boat there early to get this pe…

Vital work of WWV at Fort Collins, Colorado

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Broadcaster KUNC reports that a little-known radio station in Fort Collins might one day save the world

Arctic aurora surprise

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Who needs sunspots? Yesterday, the spotless sun sparked an outburst of Arctic auroras right in the middle of Solar Minimum

Raspberry Pi Ham Radio Remote reviewed

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the MFJ amateur radio RigPi Station Server

New UK Entry Level Licence proposed

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – RSGB VHF Manager John Regnault G4SWX has set out his proposal for a new Entry Level amateur radio licence

Devon school’s ISS contact

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Essex Ham reports on the successful Amateur Radio contact between Bampton School in Devon (GB4BPS) and astronaut Drew Morgan KI5AAA (NA1SS) on the ISS that took place on October 8

BBC Television received in South Africa

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Norman G4AYU wrote: Just been posted on the BBC Archive twitter account. It’s an old video from 1949 featuring G8IG and ZS1PK

Help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Voice of America – Bethany Relay Station

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Her six massive transmitters may be quiet, but she is far from silent. Amateur radio operators routinely talk to the world from station WC8VOA in West Chester, Ohio, located about 25 miles north of Cincinnati. This former VOA relay station is now a museum with collections from the Gray History of Wireless Radios; Powel Crosley Jr., and Cincinnati radio and TV broadcasting history; and the Voice of America

IOTA news from the DARC

October 09, 2019 08:13 AM – Southgate ARC – Compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club

October 08, 2019

Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club Celebrates Centennial of ARRL Affiliation

October 08, 2019 05:08 PM –

Lynyrd Skynyrd Founding Member Larry Junstrom, K4EB, SK

October 08, 2019 03:24 PM – ARRL -Southern Rocker Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB, died on October 6. He was reported to be 70.

Junstrom was a founding member and bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, although he left the group before it recorded its first album. He’s better known as a member of another Southern Rock band, 38 Special, with which he performed from 1977 until retiring in 2014.

“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,” said a sta…

RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from Amateur Radio clubs across the country for our Liability Insurance Program for 2020

OL19CAMP – YOTA Subregional camp

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The Czech radioclub ‘CRC’ organized a subregional YOTA camp called ‘Weekend of Experiencies’ from September 27-29

From amateur radio buff to NASA’s go-to guy

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – ABC News article about radio amateur Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI says ‘NASA considers this 80-year-old radio buff part of the astronaut family’

AO-7 to enter full illumination period October 9, 2019

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – On or about October 9, AO-7 will enter a period of full illumination that will last until approximately December 2

QRPers NZ

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – The QRPersNZ Group is alive and well, and operating a weekly net on Thursday nights at 0800 UTC on 3.690mHz

Melbourne QRP by the Bay

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – Melbourne QRP by the Bay is coming up next month – Saturday 2 November at 3pm. It’s an occasional gathering of homebrewers, QRPers and portable operators

Coaxial cables summary

October 08, 2019 09:12 AM – Southgate ARC – All radio amateurs use coax and often quite a bit of it. Not only is it used for connecting between units in the shack, but it is also used, normally as the feeder of choice for taking the transmitter power to the antenna and conversely the received signals from the antenna to the receiver
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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The National Weather Service will offer Skywarn Storm Spotter Training on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo.  To register, go here: https://www.evenbright.com/e/nws-skywarn-storm-spotter-training-tickets-7455633111.

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering the final free Technician License Class of this year.  The class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, 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://atomic-temporary-116934757.wpcomstaging.com

ARLP038 Propagation de K7RA

Welcome to the ARRL 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 21 September 2019, 0230 UTC, Post 1125.

Source:

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SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP038
ARLP038 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP38
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 38  ARLP038
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  September 20, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP038
ARLP038 Propagation de K7RA

No sunspots this week, and as of Wednesday we’ve seen 15 spotless
days in a row. This is the solar minimum. The current Solar Cycle 24
is expected to end by the end of this calendar year.

Average daily solar flux declined from 69.4 to 68.1. Average daily
planetary A index declined slightly from 8.9 to 8.3, but average
daily mid-latitude A index rose from 7.7 to 8.

Predicted solar flux is 68 on September 20-26, 69 on September 27
through October 6, 70 on October 7, 68 on October 8-19, 69 on
October 20 through November 2 and 70 on October 3.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on September 20-21, 8 on September
22-23, 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, then 5, 5 and 12 on October
4-6, 5 on October 7-9, then 8, 5 and 8 on October 10-12, then 5, 8
and 10 on October 13-15, 5 on October 16-19, then 8, 5 and 5 on
October 20-22, then 8, 25, 30, and 18 on October 23-26, then 8, 5
and 8 on October 27-29, 5 on October 30 through November 1, 12 on
November 2 and 5 on November 3.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period September 20 to
October 14, 2019 from F.K. Janda, OK1HH.

“Geomagnetic field will be
Quiet on: September 20 (-21,) October 7-8.
Quiet to unsettled on: September 22, (24,) October 4-6, 9-10.
Quiet to active on: September 23, 25, 30, October 1-3, 11.
Unsettled to active on: September (26), October (12-14).
Active to disturbed: September (27-29).

“Solar wind will intensify on: September (24-27,) 28-30.  October 1
(-4, 7-9,) 11 (-14)

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

Another explanation for heliophysics. Thanks to W4NI:

https://bit.ly/2kVU7s5

Jon Jones, N0JK in Kansas sent this:

“6 Meter Es made an appearance in the ARRL September VHF Contest
Saturday evening (September 15 UTC). Starting around 0030z, stations
in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah appeared and worked stations
in the Midwest states. I even saw a few double hop sporadic-E
contacts between Michigan to Nevada, and California to Alabama. I
made about a dozen FT8 6 meter contacts running 10 watts and a 2
element Yagi in the single operator portable category in the
opening. My best DX was NA6L (DM03) in southern California.

“Sporadic-E propagation is rare in September, and it was a special
treat to have an Es opening during the VHF Contest.”

Another 6 meter report, from KD7WPJ in Mountain House, California,
which is between Tracy and Livermore:

“During ARRL September VHF Contest I made 50 MHz FT8 contact with
VE7DAY on September 16 at 0242 UTC. I used only 10 w with a simple
dipole antenna.

“The distance is approximately 844 miles.

“It’s kind of late for Es season, and the propagation mechanism is
undetermined.”

Ken, N4SO in Alabama sent this regarding signals copied on September
13:

http://www.astrosurf.com/luxorion/qsl-propa5.htm

“This web site on Grey line propagation explains why on many days on
18.100 MHZ, FT8 mode, Japan, Australia or Fiji are decoded.  This
example is starting at 2236 UTC and lasts for an hour or more.  This
shows Japan, JQ1TIV easily worked at 2330 UTC.  (Power levels about
15 watts to a Half Square antenna.)

“Late afternoon hours at around 5 PM/2200 UTC start time, usually 2
hours before local Sunset.

“223630 -17  0.2  938  CQ VK2IZ QG60         Australia
223600  -7  0.1  259  CQ 3D2AG RH91         Fiji
233000 -11  0.1 2439  N4SO JQ1TIV RR73   Japan
233015  Tx      2432  JQ1TIV N4SO 73
233415   8  0.1  845  HK0RMR EK92     San Andres  Providencia”

KC9WIR cc’d a message he sent to VK3CRG on September 14:

“At 0810 UTC it was 3:10 AM in Chicago (CDT).

“I was sleeping but my radio was on the WSPR frequency on 40 meters,
my PC was decoding WSPR signals. This morning I looked what I
harvested during the night and there was your signal clocked at 0812
UTC. Nice, given that you only used 5 watts! You were -20 dB in
Chicago.

“Conditions are poor, maximum distance of most other logged stations
were between 400 and 2000 miles during nighttime. It’s puzzling how
your QRP signal made it to here.”

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 12 through 18, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 69.4, 68.3, 68.6,
67.7, 68.7, 67.5, and 66.3, with a mean of 68.1. Estimated planetary
A indices were 7, 8, 6, 8, 11, 9, and 9, with a mean of 8.3. Middle
latitude A index was 7, 8, 7, 8, 10, 8, and 8, with a mean of 8.
NNNN
/EX


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

The BIARC 2019 SET will be held on Saturday, 05 October 2019. For information, please visit this website:  http://biarc.net/2019set.shtml.

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://atomic-temporary-116934757.wpcomstaging.com

 

 

ARLP035 Propagation de K7RA

Here’s the latest propagation forecast from K7RA via Big Island ARRL News.

Views expressed in this propagation report are those of Tad Cook (K7RA) and his staff of volunteer monitors.

Content supplied by Tad Cook (K7RA), W1AW, and HQ ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT, 06111.

Accessed on 31 August 2019, 1445 UTC, Post 1099.

Source:

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SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP035
ARLP035 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP35
QST de W1AW
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 35  ARLP035
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  August 30, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP035
ARLP035 Propagation de K7RA

The current stretch of spotless days is now over three weeks,
according to http://www.spaceweather.com. The continuing quiet seems
eerie. For this past reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, the
average daily solar flux (10.7 GHz radiation recorded in Penticton,
British Columbia, which roughly tracks with sunspot activity) was
only 66. I couldn’t recall when the weekly average reported in this
bulletin was last that low, and couldn’t find any report during the
past year with such low activity.

I did an inspection of the numbers and had to go back to the Fall of
2007 to find average solar flux in that range. In 2007 we reported
an average of 66.5 in propagation forecast bulletin number 40:

http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP040/2007

Can anyone else find solar flux that low or lower in past bulletins?
We have them online going back to 1995:

http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation

If anyone has copies of propagation bulletins prior to 1995, I would
love to see them. I began writing the bulletin in March 1991. Before
that, W1HDQ was the author. I recall copying the bulletin as a
teenager in 1966 using CW but have not found anyone who knows when
the bulletin began. I should have asked W1HDQ before he became a
silent key.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 66 on August 30 through
September 6, 67 on September 7-11, 68 on September 12-15, 67 on
September 16 through October 8, and 68 again on October 9-12, then
67 on October 13.

Predicted planetary A index is 8, 20, 34, 16 and 8 on August 30
through September 3, 5 on September 4-5, 8 on September 6-7, 5 on
September 8-21, then 10, 15 and 8 on September 22-24, 5 on September
25-27, then 35, 18 and 10 on September 28-30, 5 on October 1-2, 10
and 8 on October 3-4, and 5 on October 5-13.

Note that the predicted planetary A index is 34 on September 1,
which according to W3LPL and the ARRL Letter is the 160th
anniversary of the infamous Carrington Event.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.10326

Http://www.spaceweather.com reported a large recurring coronal hole
facing Earth, and they expect the effects to be felt this Sunday,
September 1. A planetary A index value of 35 is predicted for the
next solar rotation, on September 28.

Geomagnetic activity forecast for the period August 30 to September
26, 2019 from OK1HH.

“Geomagnetic field will be
Quiet on: September 10-11, 20-21, (25-26)
Quiet to unsettled on: August 30, September 3-5, 7-8, 13, 17, 22, 24
Quiet to active on: August 31, September 6, 9, 12, 14-16, 18-19, 23
Unsettled to active on: September 2
Active to disturbed: September 1

“Solar wind will intensify on August (30)-31, September 1 (-2), (4-6)
Parenthesis means lower probability of activity enhancement.”

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 August 22 through 28, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0,
0, and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 65.7, 66.5, 66.3, 66,
65.8, 66.1, and 65.9, with a mean of 66. Estimated planetary A
indices were 6, 4, 5, 4, 6, 10, and 5, with a mean of 5.7. Middle
latitude A index was 7, 4, 5, 5, 6, 10, and 5, with a mean of 6.
NNNN
/EX


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

“Grid Madness” 2019, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex

Contest is set for Sunday 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700

HST.  For details, go 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 Russ Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

https://atomic-temporary-116934757.wpcomstaging.com

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 August 2019, 0455 UTC, Post 1072.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.

Following the news update, I’ll mention a few items of interest for Hawaii Island radio amateurs.

Please click the above link or scroll down to read your selections.  This report covers the period of 09 August 2019 to 11 August 2019.

News for Sunday 11 August

YOTA Summer Camp – Bulgaria 2019
Today Sunday, August 11, 80 youngsters from 28 countries are meeting near Sofia, Bulgaria, because it’s again time for the YOTA Summer Camp hosted by the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA)

QSO Today – Nathaniel Frissell – W2NAF
Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, is the 2019 Dayton Ham of the Year because of this contribution to the amateur radio art though his combined professional interest in ionospheric physics and the amateur radio modes, such as WSPRnet and FT-8, that build big data bases of propagation data. HamSCI is an organization founded by Nethaniel on this concept

Vintage Night
Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club invites local amateurs to participate on the air as part of ‘Vintage Night’ on Friday, August 16th

‘Ham in a Day’ returns
In the USA the complete training course and exam for the 1.5 kW Technician amateur radio license can be done in just 7 hours with a 95% pass rate

50th Anniversary AMSAT Space Symposium Banquet speakers announced – tickets now available
AMSAT is pleased to announce that the AMSAT Symposium Saturday Evening Banquet on Saturday, October 19th will feature a panel of guest speakers presenting “The Foundations of AMSAT” followed by a question and answer period

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend on 17 and 18 August is not a contest, there are no prizes, certificates or other enticements to participate and therefore, participation is free. Each station’s operators decide how they will operate their station regards modes and bands

The SARL HF Digital Contest
The second contest in the SARL HF Contest series is the Digital contest taking place from 14:00 to 17:00 UTC on Sunday 18 August 2019 with RTTY and PSK activity on 80, 40 and 20 metres

 

News for Saturday 10 August

Foundations of Amateur Radio
It broke and now what?
Imagine you’re a new amateur. You’ve woken up in the middle of the night because insomnia seems like a good way to use amateur radio as an excuse to get on air and make some noise. You turn on the radio, key up the transmitter and the next thing you know it’s dark

Ofcom database of callsigns Not Available for issue
Short calls are available for those radio amateurs who pass Intermediate or Advanced exams but for Advanced it may not be clear which short G2 or G3 calls are available, this database may help

Es’hail-2 / QO-100 talk at FRARS Hamfest Sunday
The Flight Refuelling ARS Hamfest takes place this Sunday, August 11 at the Cobham Sports & Social Club Ground, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset

VK6WIA NewsWest
In NewsWest for Sunday eleventh August 2019, we look at Amateur Radio History, and because next weekend is the Remembrance Day contest, our history segments will focus on Amateur Radio during and just after World War Two

A new source of space radiation
As if astronauts didn’t have enough to worry about. Researchers at UCLA using NASA’s THEMIS spacecraft have identified a new source of space radiation

Les Barclay G3HTF Silent Key
Well known Essex radio amateur Professor Les W. Barclay G3HTF, OBE, BSc, FREng, FIET passed away on July 31, 2019 aged 85

WIA Board Comment
The last week has seen much activity in the preparation of the submission to put to ACMA in relation to any proposed changes to the Amateur LCD

Propagation de K7RA
A new sunspot group appeared only briefly this week, on August 7 and 8. It was sunspot 2747, from current cycle 24. Sunspot numbers on Monday and Tuesday were 11 and 12

 

News for Friday 9 August

HAREC amateur radio exams at the HAMEXPO show
Passing an amateur radio HAREC exam enables the holder to apply for a CEPT Class 1 license in any signatory country. REF reports an exam session will be held at the HAMEXPO on October 12

VK3DX active for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
The Standard newspaper reports Warrnambool radio amateurs will be operating VK3DX from Portland’s Whalers Bluff lighthouse on August 17-18 as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

ARRL Dayton Hamvention videos available
Video recordings of presentations made by several ARRL officials at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention® and ARRL National Convention are now available for viewing on YouTube

Ham radio eviction on TV news
Teleponte TV News broadcast a report about the planned eviction of radio amateurs from their headquaters in Teramo

The Space Weather Woman
Sunspots Blossom & Sailing the Solar Winds – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Ham radio banned at Airpower 19
Austria’s ÖVSV reports the communications regulator BMVIT has banned the carrying or use of Amateur Radio equipment at the Airpower 19 event taking place in Zeltweg on September 6-7

Bright Jupiter + Moon conjunction
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look south.
The waxing gibbous Moon is approaching Jupiter for a beautiful conjunction alongside the red giant star Antares

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:

Please save the dates 24 August-25 August 2019 for the Hawaii QSO Party.  According to Alan (AD6E/KH6TU), the HQP will run from 0400Z 24 August to 0359Z 26 August.  “Translated, that’s 6 pm HST Friday through 5:59 pm Sunday.  Work as many stations on as many bands and modes as you can.”  You can find complete rules of the event here: http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/Rules/HQP/HQPRules-2019-A.html

“Grid Madness 2019”, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can find the revised contest rules here: https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class for this year.  The class begins Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  For details, please 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://atomic-temporary-116934757.wpcomstaging.com

 

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Here’s the latest Amateur/Ham Radio News from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Content, including text, photos, images, and video, provided by the Southgate Amateur Radio Club.

This report covers the period 29 July 2019 through 31 July 2019.

Accessed on 31 July 2019, 2300 UTC, Post 1059.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org.

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News for Wednesday 31 July

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

St. Paul Island DXpedition news update
Helicopter has been repaired overnight and is in the air on the way to Dingwall, NS, and was expected to arrive late afternoon Tuesday, 30th July

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

Winter YOTA – Let’s go PA
Chair of the IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group, Lisa Leenders PA2LS, reports Winter-YOTA is a sub-regional Youngsters On The Air event, in The Netherlands

ARISS next generation radio system completes critical flight certification tests
The Interoperable Radio System (IORS), ARISS’ next generation radio system successfully completed a battery of stressful tests required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station

Rugby Radio Station 1963 video
Rugby was not a conventional radio station but a communications hub transmitting radio telephony, including the now obsolete telex service that later gave way to fax

CAS-7B designated BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 (BO-102)
On July 25, 2019, the CAS-7B (BP-1B) microsatellite was launched on a Hyperbola-1 launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Space Center, China

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

 

News for Tueday 30 July

St. Paul Island DXpedition news update
This morning the helicopter scheduled to fly today from New York to Nova Scotia needed to turn back to base at early start of flight due to an instrument failure

Ham radio event at Corfe Castle, Dorset
The Bouremouth Echo events page reports the Poole Radio Society will be transmitting from Corfe Castle in Dorset throughout the weekend of September 7-8

New rules to protect people in TV and radio shows
Ofcom is proposing new rules to ensure that people who take part in television and radio shows are properly looked after by broadcasters

Distracted driving measure among many new state laws effective Aug. 1
Several transportation rule changes are among new Minnesota laws passed during the 2019 regular and special legislative sessions that take effect Aug. 1

Giffgaff fined £1.4m for overcharging customers
Ofcom has today fined mobile company Giffgaff £1.4m for overcharging millions of customers

Somalia operation
Ken, LA7GIA, will once again return to Somalia and be active as 6O7O in September. His last activity was in January 2018 as 6O6O

NASA TV to air launch, docking of Russian space station cargo ship
A Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station Wednesday, July 31

FT8 Digital Mode Club 2nd anniversary
To commemorate the 2nd anniversary, eight special event stations will be on air during the ‘FT8DMC Activity Days‘ between August 10-24th

World Wide Digital DX Contest – upcoming webinars
Extending the World Wide DX Contest into the Brave New World of Digital Communication — This webinar will first review the impetus behind creating a fourth World Wide DX Contest

 

News for Monday 29 July

Ham College 55
General Amateur Radio Exam part 26. RMS Voltage, Power Supply Filtering, Tower Safety.

South Orkney Island DXpedition
Tent Weekend — During the weekend of July 12th seven team members and three volunteers met in Placerville, California, to prepare the tents for use on South Orkney Island

Ham radio in Greece 1972
In 1972 British Pathe News released a film report on amateur radio in Greece

N1MM Logger+ in another language
Al, AB2ZY is a new member of the N1MM Logger+development team who are focused on preparing the popular logging program to support other languages beyond English

Ham radio in West Bengal
The Telegraph newspaper reports on the West Bengal Radio Club which has over 200 members

St. Paul Island Dxpedition
All is on schedule. Three vehicles loaded with equipment and supplies each are on the way from different locations headed for Dingwall, NS, the takeoff point for helicopter transport to St. Paul Island. The helicopter will be flying to Dingwall from New York on Monday, 29th

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

Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) is offering one more free Technician License Class this year.  That class begins on Thursday, 17 October 2019, at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island. For more information, please contact Doug at douscelle@aol.com

The Hawaii QSO Party is coming 24 August 2019 through 26 August 2019.  Here’s the information from Alan (AD6E/KH6TU), the HQP Chairman:  “The HQP will run from 0400Z 24 August to 0359Z 26 August.  Translated, that’s 6 pm HST FRIDAY through 5:59 pm Sunday. Work as many stations on as many bands and modes as you can.”  You can find the complete rules here: http://www.hawaiiqsoparty.org/Rules/HQP/HQPRules-2019-A.html

“Grid Madness 2019”, the Hawaii Island-based VHF/UHF Simplex Contest, is set for Sunday, 15 September 2019, from 1300 to 1700 HST.  You can download the revised contest package here:  https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

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.

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  • LHS Episode #289: Linux Deep Dive
    Hello and welcome to Episode #289 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this episode, LHS gets a visit from Jon “maddog” Hall, a legend in the open source and Linux communities. He discusses–well–Linux. Everything you ever wanted to know about Linux from its early macro computing roots all the way up to the […]

  • Weekly Propagation Summary – 2019 Jun 24 16:10 UTC
    Here is this week’s space weather and geophysical report, issued 2019 Jun 24 0133 UTC. Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 17 – 23 June 2019 Solar activity was at very low levels. No sunspots were observed on the visible disk. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available imagery. No proton events were observed at […]
  • LHS Episode #290: Where the Wild Things Are
    Welcome to Episode 290 of Linux in the Ham Shack. In this short format show, the hosts discuss the recent ARRL Field Day, LIDs getting theirs, vandalism in Oregon, a Canonical flip-flop, satellite reception with SDR and much more. Thank you for tuning in and we hope you have a wonderful week.

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  • An RF-Quiet Light Dimmer
    This blog first appeared in February 2016 but is just as relevant today as it was then! I admit it. I have an extraordinarily kind next door neighbour!Ever since erecting a new, much bigger LF antenna several years ago, she has allowed me to run …
  • CW Part 2
    In 2016, I posted that I was learning CW by taking the CW Ops level 1 course. I did complete the class, made two on air QSO’s then life got in the way of the ham radio hobby and until … Continue reading →
  • LHS Episode #291: The Weekender XXX
    It’s time once again for The Weekender. This is our bi-weekly departure into the world of amateur radio contests, open source conventions, special events, listener challenges, hedonism and just plain fun. Thanks for listening and, if you happen to get a chance, feel free to call us or e-mail and send us some feedback. […]

  • Superpower AM Radio, Vacuum Tube Voltmeters, Picosatellites and Antennas for 6 Meters
    Stories you’ll find in our July, 2019 issue: Superpower AM Radio in the United States: Why it Failed By John F. Schneider W9FGH The term “superpower” was used frequently in the early years of American radio broadcasting, but its exact definition was continually evolving. In 1923, superpower referred to the newly-authorized 1,000 watt “Class B” […]
  • Sometimes technology can drive you back to old school
    It’s the Canada Day long weekend out this way and I’m off until Monday! My plans are to get some radio time in, do some reading and learn a bit more of what my Icom 7610 has to offer me. To help me with the learning curve I usually wonder to Youtube an…

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Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio News:

“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 down load the complete contest package with revisions here: https://gridmadness.blogspot.com

Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) will conduct one more free Technician License Class this year.  The class is set for 17 October 2019 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau, Hawaii Island.  Although the class is free, there is a testing fee of $15 to cover the expenses of the volunteer examiners (VEs).  Current licensees wanting to upgrade also may take tests for advance licenses at the final session of class.  To register for the Tech training class or for more information, please 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

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