Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 18 November 2018, 1502 UTC, Post 772.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

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Comment:  Here are the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period of 15 November 2018 to 18 November 2018.  Views expressed in this Amateur/Ham Radio news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Sunday 18 November

Es’hail-2 / P4-A positioning and IOT phase started
Following the successful launch on November 15 of Es’hail-2on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle, Mitsubishi (MELCO) and Es’hailSat will begin the In Orbit Testing (IOT) program once the satellite has been positioned in a test orbital slot

QSO Today – Phil Sittner – KD6RM
Phil Sittner, KD6RM, has a ham radio story that goes back over 50 years, from childhood

JY1SAT launch information and Dashboard
JY1Sat is an enhanced 1U FUNcube developed for the Crown Prince Foundation in Jordan. The spacecraft has been named in honour of the Crown Prince’s grandfather, King Hussein, who operated using his amateur radio callsign JY1

Former ARRL Headquarters Book Team Supervisor Jan Carman, K5MA – SK
R. Jan Carman, K5MA (ex-W5SBX, W3JXS), who was a member of the ARRL Headquarters staff from 2001 until 2003 died on November 13. An ARRL Life Member, he was 76

1972 solar storm triggered a Vietnam War mystery
On Aug. 4, 1972, U.S. military pilots flying south of Haiphong harbor in North Vietnam saw something unexpected. More than two dozen sea mines suddenly—and without apparent explanation—exploding in the water

Digital repeaters in the Western Cape
The SARL report that currently, there are three active digital repeaters in the Western Cape

When an N connector isn’t
John Huggins KX4O looks at the humble N coax connector and discovers not all connectors are made the same
Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels

 

News for Saturday 17 November

ESEO ready for launch
ESA have released a video of the European Student Earth Orbiter ESEO satellite which carries an amateur radio payload

KNACKSAT to launch November 19
Tanan Rangseeprom HS1JAN reports KNACKSAT, the first CubeSat made in Thailand, will be launched into orbit at 18:32 GMT on Monday, November 19, 2018 by SpaceX as part of the SSO-A mission

Radio ham to become new government minister
The amateur radio operator who became the first South American in space is preparing to advance to a government post when Brazil’s new president takes office

VK6WIA NewsWest
In the NewsWest edition for 18th November 2018 we look at New Amateurs. We’ll congratulate those who earned a new license and those who have upgraded

FCC approves use of Galileo GNSS in the USA
The ARRL reports the FCC has granted, in part, the European Commission’s request for a waiver of Commission rules so that non-federal devices in the US may access specific signals transmitted from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) known as Galileo

Clubbing
The Central Coast Amateur Radio Club allows non-Amateurs to take part in its weekly net. How do they do this, you ask?

EE and Virgin Media fined for overcharging customers
Ofcom has fined EE £6.3m and Virgin Media £7m for overcharging phone and broadband customers who wished to leave their contracts early

Propagation de K7RA
A single sunspot appeared on November 13-14, yielding a daily sunspot number of 11 over both days. The sunspot number increased to 13 on the following day, November 15. The average daily sunspot number for the reporting week (November 8-14) was 3.1, after no sunspots during the previous seven days

 

News for Friday 16 November

ARISS contact planned for students in Canada
An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Serena Aunon-Chancellor KG5TMT with IMP Aerospace & Defence, Goffs, NS, Canada

Foundations of Amateur Radio #180
When failure doesn’t matter … The other day I read a message from Theodore KS5I who has been around the block a couple of times. He recalls the excitement he experienced when he was first licensed in 1967, the year I was born

Amateur radio operators could save lives
The Silicon Valley Voice reports on how amateur radio operators could save lives in an emergency and how you can help

Essex Skills Night November 19
Skills Night takes place Monday, November 19 at Danbury Village Hall in Essex, this free event is open to all

Book now for the next SARL and AMSAT SA workshop
SARL and AMSAT SA will be joining forces and present a workshop on monitoring of the RF noise floor and the impact it has on Amateur Radio

Ham radio operators tune in
The Hindu reports radio amateurs have been asked to set up an emergency communications link in preparation for Cyclone Gaja

This weekend: The Leonid meteor shower
Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, source of the annual Leonid meteor shower

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

 

News for Thursday 15 November

Tony’s 10 Metre Band Report
A very odd week with all the real action being at the weekend, unsurprising some would say.

LU9DCE (Argentina) is to be congratulated for being top DX for quite a few days and top spotter too! Other DX, YL100s (Latvia specials) 9X9PJ (Rwanda) and others,
I think also worthy of special mention is VK5001SWL who is quite prolific as a SWL spotter in Adelaide

Ham radio geostationary satellite transponders launch today
Florida Today reports the SpaceX launch from Kennedy Space Center will achieve ‘dream’ of amateur radio enthusiasts

FT8: New Beta version of WSJT-X is now available
A new WSJT-X “release candidate,” version 2.0.0-rc4, now is available but the software may not work ‘out of the box’ when upgrading from previous versions

HB9Q with LFA Yagis make EME possible to small antenna stations
Are you that guy that tells everyone ‘you work the World on a wire and don’t need a Yagi’ ?

In most cases, it is the Yagi belonging to the guy at the other end of the QSO that is doing all the work, pushing and pulling on your behalf otherwise, that QSO might not happen

Radio hams assist vessel with ill crew member
ARRL reports Amateur Radio operators associated with the Maritime Mobile Service Network (MMSN) played a significant part in summoning medical assistance on November 9

SpaceChain Foundation advances Blockchain-based satellite network
SpaceChain Foundation (Singapore), a non-profit organization combining space and blockchain technologies to build the world’s first open-source blockchain-based satellite network, has announced the successful launch of its second-generation blockchain node nanosatellite

NASA brings Mars landing, first in six years, to viewers everywhere Nov. 26
NASA’s InSight lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet at approximately 3 p.m. EST Nov. 26, and viewers everywhere can watch coverage of the event live on NASA Television, the agency’s website and social media platforms

Dxpedition team heading for Chad
The Italian Dxpedition Team is pleased to announce their next operation will be from Chad, in March 2019

French Special Event
Members of the ‘Radio Club of Nice‘ will be active as TM8ABfrom Nice (south France) between November 24th and December 12th

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

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 12 November 2018, 0441 UTC, Post 764.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

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Comment:  Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this radio amateur news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

This report covers news from 09 November 2018 through 11 November 2018.

News for Sunday 11 November

Today, 11 November is Remembrance Day
At approximately 05:00 on Sunday 11 November 1918, 100 years ago today, the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage of Marshall Foch’s special train located in the forest at Rethondes in France on the western front

OP0PPY commemorating end of WWI
Members of Opwijkse Radio Amateurs (ORA), together with the Royal Circle of Friends, will commemorate the end of the First World War in Opwijk

Remembrance Day in Australia
WIA Director Justin VK7TW, writing on this week’s WIA National News, says: Today is a significant historical day. The day one hundred years ago, that an Armistice was signed between the allies of World War I and Germany

Book now for Advanced Distance Learning course
This could be your last chance to do the Advanced Amateur Radio training under the current syllabus

QSO Today – Denny Berg – WB9MSM
Denny Berg, WB9MSM, has a fascination for old rigs, including the Swan 500 HF transceiver, ham shack software that enhances his on the air user experience, and a love for just getting on HF and operating

IARUMS reports Polish military in 40m ham radio band
IARU-R1 Monitoring System reports the Polish military has been using transmitting MIL-STD-188-110B daily on 7001.8 kHz in the Primary Amateur Radio 40m band

Amateur Radio Experimenters Group’s balloon success
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Australia’s Amateur Radio Experimenters Group released its 50th high altitude balloon carrying transmitters for APRS and SSTV, and a crossband FM repeater last Sunday

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

 

News for Saturday 10 November

Fox-1Cliff currently scheduled for November 19 launch
AMSAT is counting down to the launch of the next Fox-1 satellite,Fox-1Cliff

Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite launches in a few days!
AMSAT-DL has said the Es’hail-2 geostationary satellite carrying amateur radio transponders should be launched in a few days

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for 11th November is on Remembrance Day. A century ago, at 0600, the representatives of the countries involved signed the declaration that would end the war five hours later at eleven am

NASA TV coverage of Cygnus launch to International Space Station
NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket, carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station, at 4:49 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 15.
The launch will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website

Space weather in wartime – a sunspot triggers naval mines
Researchers studying declassified Naval records have found evidence that a big sunspot may have caused dozens or perhaps even thousands of naval mines to explode off the coast of Vietnam in 1972

Ham radio Novice band differences across Europe
Almost every country in Europe has different frequency allocations for the CEPT Amateur Radio Novice licence which can be a problem when traveling. Fortunately DARC have produced a handy list for reference

Videos of AMSAT Symposium talks
Videos of the presentations given at the 2018 William A. Tynan W3XO Memorial Space Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, on November 2-3 are now available

RAC Corporate Secretary Sukwan Widajat, VA3WID SK
Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that RAC Corporate Secretary Sukwan Widajat, VA3WID, has become a Silent Key while in Indonesia

Expressions of interest in small-scale DAB
Ofcom has just published details of the responses to their call for expressions of interest for small-scale DAB

 

News for Friday 9 November

Foundations of Amateur Radio #179
Imagine a world where electronics are pervasive, a transceiver can be purchased for the price of two Big Macs, kits are designed and built using simple tools at home, software makes it possible to invent new methods of communication on an almost daily basis, where long distance contacts are made throughout the day using milliwatts while ionospheric propagation is at an all-time low…

Successful VHF QSO between ZS3 and ZD7
Kobus van der Merwe, ZS3JPY reports that between 19:45 and 21:45 UTC on Wednesday 7 November 2018, a QSO took place on 2 metres between St Helena Island and the West Coast of the Northern Cape. A distance of 2 740 km

IARU Region 2 ARDF Survey
To better understand the needs of enthusiasts in amateur radio direction finding, the IARU Region 2 ARDF Coordinator Ken Harker WM5R has opened an online survey about ARDF

Extending and enabling new licence exemptions for 57-71 GHz
Ofcom say more airwaves are being made available for industry to use without needing a licence, after new regulations relating to 57-71 GHz

Odessa Radio Club general meeting
The general meeting of the Public Organization ‘Regional Radio Club Odessa’ will be held on November 24, 2018

Santa’s Radio Club special event
You might wonder what is happening in Arctic Circle this year. Well, Santa’s Radio Club will be active December 1-8th, from the Arctic Circle as OH9S 

Albanian op
Henning, OZ1BII, will once again be active as ZA/OU2I from Golem between November 21-27th

INDEXA Newsletter
The Fall 2018 issue of the INDEXA newsletter is now available to read/download on the INDEXA Web site

Rosebud RadioFest
This is Andrew VK3CAH from Australia’s Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio
Club reminding readers that the Rosebud RadioFest will be held once again this year on Sunday, the 18th November

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

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 08 November 2018, 0533 UTC, Post #759.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

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Comment:  Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

This post covers the period of 05 November 2018 to 07 November 2018.

News for Wednesday 7 November

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Locally GB100RAF is on air on any band that is open until next Sunday. I did a rather poor FT8 few hours on Tuesday.

The current version of FT8 does not like the long callsign. New versions will soon be available. On FT8 I am using G1RAF, I’m on Thursday so listen out Things have been lean again.

The usual suspects VP6D and Z23MD have been popular plus YL100V (Latvia).

Thanks to Mark, 9Z4Y, for pointing out last week’s (deliberate?) error, VP6D is of course NOT Bermuda but Ducie Is

YASME honors JH1AJT
The INDEXA Executive Committee reports: One of INDEXA’s members, Zorro Miyazama, recently was the recipient of the Yasme Excellence Award

Ham radio operators to conduct major emergency test
On Thursday, the Oregon Amateur Radio Emergency Service(ARES) will conduct a challenging Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

Ethiopian Youngsters On The Air
December is Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) month. The idea is to show the amateur radio hobby to young people and to encourage youngsters to be active on the amateur bands

European-built service module arrives in U.S. for first Orion moon mission
The powerhouse that will help NASA’s Orion spacecraft venture beyond the Moon is stateside. The European-built service module that will propel, power and cool during Orion flight to the Moon on Exploration Mission-1 arrived from Germany at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday to begin final outfitting, integration and testing with the crew module and other Orion elements

Tinus Lange 7066 Technical Excellence Award
Do you enjoy building pieces of equipment to use in or outside the Shack? Or writing software to use for amateur radio? Well then how about entering for the Tinus Lange 7066 Technical Excellence Award?

DXCC News
On November 1st, the Great Lakes Division (GLD) amateurs were informed by Stan Arnett II, AC8W, GLD DXAC Representative, of the following regarding the new FT8 mode

Did an alien light sail just visit the solar system?
It sounds like a tabloid headline, but in this case it could be real

Growth of SDR receivers
One of the more recent innovations to the technology we use is the software defined radio and apart from offering decoding of so many forms of transmission, it can also allow the development of radios that are versatile across modes and frequencies and, in the first responder range, are field programmable

They learn English by hearing the news on radio
The Hindu reports the news broadcasts from All India Radio are being used to teach students English

New application process for short-term restricted service licences
Ofcom has outlined a new application process for short-term restricted service licences (SRSLs). Under the new process, applications should now be submitted by email

 

News for Tuesday 6 November

Amateur Radio Experimenters Group’s balloon success
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group released a high altitude balloon carrying transmitters for APRS and SSTV, and a crossband FM repeater

Sweden: 60m band now available
The Swedish amateur radio society, SSA, reports radio amateurs gained access to the new WRC-15 60m (5 MHz) band on November 1

Video of Es’hail-2 geostationary amateur radio transponder satellite talk
More videos from the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part of the RSGB Convention, held at Milton Keynes Oct 13-14 are now available on the AMSAT-UK YouTube Channel

European DX Council conference report
The British DX Club (BDXC) have released a two-part report on the European DX Council (EDXC) 2018 conference held August 31 to September 3 in Bratislava and Vienna

Fox-1Cliff launch membership drive
Free digital copy of ‘Getting Started with Amateur Satellites’ for new or renewing Members

HMS Belfast special callsign
The HMS Belfast Radio Group has obtained the special callsign GB100ARM to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended fighting in World War I on the 11th of November 1918

Looking to set new records
Looking for help in establishing some new records are Hayden VK7HH and Leigh VK2KRR

Second leg of the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contest
The second leg of the SARL VHF/UHF Analogue Contesttakes place from 10:00 UTC on Saturday 10 November to 10:00 UTC on Sunday 11 November 2018 with FM, SSB and CW activity on 6, 4 and 2 metres, 70 and 23 cm and higher

 

News for Monday 5 November
Olivier ON4EI/EI8GQB – No show at CQ WW DX SSB Contest with EI7T
Oliver ON4EI/EI8GQB did not take part in the CQ WW DX SSB contest with EI7T due to a computer crash at the beginning of contest, causing him to lose everything he had prepared for the occasion

India gets 3 new bands – 60, 630 and 2300m
The Indian Government’s Telecommunications regulator has published a 2018 Update to the Indian National Frequency Plan, effective 25th October 2018, which lists new bands at 5 MHz/60m, 472 kHz/630m and 135 kHz/2300m

EME 2018 conference videos available
Videos of the talks given at the EME 2018 conference are now available to view on YouTube

SOS for lost Morse code message
The North Wales Chronicle reports a Holyhead man has put out an SOS for a lost morse code message which played an important role in heralding the end of the First World War

Clydebank Air Cadets make radio waves
Clydebank Air Cadets have completed an Amateur Radio course which saw them achieve qualifications and their own call signs

Geomagnetic storm in progress
Earth is entering a stream of high speed solar wind and this is causing minor G1-class geomagnetic storms on Nov. 4th

SARL VHF workgroup select a Coordinator
Dick Coates, ZS6BUN was selected as the Coordinator for the SARL VHF/UHF/ Microwave workgroup. The formation of the workgroup resulted from discussions at the recent joint SARL/AMSATSA workshop held at the NARC

VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition news
In order to achieve a safe departure from Ducie Island – at 1537z the skipper directed the team to shut down on October 31st

DXCC Most Wanted
The ‘DXCC Most Wanted’ entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of October 30th

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th October, through Sunday, 4th November there were 235 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 notes:

Alan (AD6E/KH6TU) is starting another CW class online.  The online video chat will be held January-February 2018, most likely Monday and Thursday at 1800 HST for an hour each.  The class is free and is offered under the auspices of the CW Academy.  You can sign up here:  https://cwops.org/cw-academy-2/cw-academy-student-sign-up/ The new class is an excellent opportunity to acquire a new skill with a one-on-one instructor.

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

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

 

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 04 November 2018, 2353 UTC, Post #754.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

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Comment:  Here’s a summary of Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This post covers the period from 01 November 2018 to 04 November 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Sunday 4 November

Well known ham radio operator dies in fall from tower
WSAU reports 84-year-old Paul Bittner W0AIH fell 50 feet from his tower on Wednesday and was later found dead at the scene

QSO Today – Greg Latta – AA8V
In episode 33 of the QSO Today podcast, Dr. Greg Latta, AA8V, was described as a renaissance man, a master homebrewer who designs and builds the old tube rigs and fabricates the beautiful metal enclosures that encase them

ARRL Executive Committee updated on regulatory, governance issues
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting on October 20 in Bloomington, Minnesota

An SDR Cubesat on the cards
AMSAT SA has announced that parallel to its analogue Kletskous CubeSat, the group is working on a digital project featuring a Software defined transponder

Supporting fibre investment: unrestricted duct and pole access, and the BCMR
Companies laying high-speed fibre cables used by large businesses, mobile operators and broadband providers will have greater access to Openreach’s ducts and poles, under proposals set out by Ofcom

AMSAT announces senior leadership positions for 2018
The 2018 AMSAT Board of Director’s Meeting was held November 1-2, 2018 at the US Space and Rocket Center Marriott Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama. The following positions were announced during the meeting

St. Vincent Island op
Operators Alan K7AR, Richard N7RO, Adrian KO8SCA, John VE7CT, Sandro VE7NY and Ralph VE7XF will be active as J8NY from St. Vincent Island between November 21-28

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

 

News for Saturday 3 November

Amateur Radio Roundtable
This week Joe Eisenberg K0NEB, shows us some new kits to build.

Howard Nurse, W6HN, breaks the news and discusses the new RigPi Station Server (RSS) a Raspberry Pi-based server for Amateur Radio operators

It can serve multiple simultaneous users, providing rig control, audio through VoIP, Morse code keying, rotor control, logging and call book lookup

WIA reports success regarding 40m broadcaster
WIA Director Aidan Mountford VK4APM gives this week’s board update which reports success regarding interference from Reach Beyond Australia on 7190 kHz

Live streaming of AMSAT Symposium
There will be a live video stream from the 2018 William A. Tynan W3XO Memorial Space Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 3 starting 1300 GMT (0800 CDT)

France: Draft decree and orders relating to amateur services
REF reports all associations that responded to the DGE public consultation and were present at June 22 meeting received draft texts from DGE on October 25, 2018

FT8: Saving Ham Radio or Killing It?
Al Williams WD5GNR writes on Hackaday about the popular digital mode FT8“I think what we are seeing is a transformation of ham radio”

Doreen Bogdan-Martin KD2JTX elected ITU Telecommunication Development Director
ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)

New CEO’s ambitions for ARRL
Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would like to see ARRL focus on the future of Amateur Radio and not become the redoubt of a particular generation of radio amateur or interest group

RSGB Spectrum Forum reports released
The RSGB has released the reports from the annual Spectrum Forum meeting held on October, 27

VK6WIA NewsWest
This is a busy edition where we attempt to focus on clubs with notices of upcoming activities by the Peel and Hills groups as well as a special call sign activation by the NewsWest team

Experience high-res science in first 8K footage from space
Fans of science in space now can experience fast-moving footage in even higher definition as NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) deliver the first 8K ultra high definition (UHD) video of astronauts living, working and conducting research from the International Space Station

 

News for Friday 2 November

FCC fines Amateur Radio licensee $25,000 for operating unlicensed FM station
ARRL reports in an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson, New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio station

Foundations of Amateur Radio #178
Everything you wanted to know about amateur radio but were afraid to ask!

RAC welcomes Directors for 2019
Each year, the terms of office of roughly half of our Directors end – four in even numbered years and three in odd numbered years

DKARS Magazine October 2018
The DKARS (Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society) issues its own free PDF Magazine once every month. It contains articles written in English and Dutch

NASA Television to air departure of Japanese cargo ship from space station
After delivering more than five tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiments to the International Space Station, a Japanese cargo spacecraft is scheduled to depart the orbiting laboratory 11:50 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 7
 
Live coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website

ARRL releases Oct. 20 Executive Committee minutes
The minutes of the ARRL Executive Committee (EC) meeting held October 20 in Bloomington, Minnesota have been published

Using Authentication in Amateur Radio
Authentication for Radio Amateurs and others wishing to protect their communications from hackers

Geomagnetic storm predicted this weekend
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring a large hole in the sun’s atmosphere, now directly facing Earth

This weekend: EANET Sprint Contest 2018
On November 4, from 08:00 to 12:00 UTC, it will be held the next edition of the ‘sprint contest’ version of the same name Award, devoted to the ‘Radio Clubs of the World’

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

 

News for Thursday 1 November

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Well the contest certainly livened things up for the weekend.

VP6D (Bermuda), VK9XD (Christmas Is.), Z23MD (Zimbabwe) were major players and PY5OD helped with lots of spotting as did N3DPB and IT9VDQ.
There were loads of others of course

Galway VHF Group Digital Projects to go Live this coming weekend
Following rigorous bench testing, the Galway VHF Group Digital Projects will be going live from their new site on the Western side of Galway City this weekend

Palmer students to use ham radio to contact ISS
WWLP TV News report on students at the Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, MA, who will use amateur radio to talk to the International Space Station

Video of Summits On the Air talk
A video of the talk on Summits On The Air (SOTA) given by Michael Sansom G0POT to the Swindon and District Amateur Radio Club is available on YouTube

Foundations of Amateur Radio gets a new home
With the increase in popularity of the ‘Foundations of Amateur Radio’ weekly podcast, it’s time to update the website and make it more accessible to mobile users

Build a Secret Radio Chat Device
An article in Raspberry Pi magazine MagPi by PJ Evans of Milton Keynes shows how you can build a 433 MHz radio chat device to send wireless messages without needing WiFi

FCC satellite related filings
For easier navigation of US FCC Satellite related filings Luke Rehmann has built an RSS feed of the FCC’s ELS and IBFS systems

Licence to supply radio transmitting equipment
New Zealand’s regulator, RSM, have issued the following statement regarding the import, supply or sale of radio transmitting equipment in New Zealand

Hackaday Superconference this weekend
The Hackaday Superconference is this weekend and it’s the greatest hardware con on the planet. Tickets are completely sold out, but you can still get in on the fun by watching the livestream and joining Supercon chat

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

 

News for Wednesday 31 October

Radio Amateurs ready and on standby to render emergency communications as South African fires rage
An intense heatwave and gale force winds in the Western Cape resulted in devastating run-away fires threatening the towns of George and Karatara in the Southern Cape Area since 24 October 2018

ARRL says manufacturers’ WPT-EV petition is premature
ARRL is opposing a Petition for Rulemaking by some vehicle manufacturers which could result in pollution of the precious radio spectrum by Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles (WPT-EV)

Radio ham’s book on India’s space program
A new book The Leapfroggers: An Insider’s Account of ISRO by radio amateur Ved Prakash Sandlas VU2VP (SK) tells the story of India’s success in the field of space science

BYLARA at Hamfest 2018
ICQ Amateur Radio Podcast’s Martin Butler M1MRB met members of BYLARA, the British Young Ladies Amateur Radio Association at the National Hamfest

AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network assist in search for 2 people missing in fire-ravaged area of South Africa
The Amateur Radio AREDN JOC received a written request on 30 October 2018  at 09h10 SAST to assist a frantic daughter in the search for her parents (Anton and Irana Murry)  who recently moved from Gauteng to Karatara

Kingdom of Bhutan to be QRV for another week
While the A5A CQWW team is leaving today (Tuesday), the station will remain QRV as A52BH until Monday next week. The activity will utilize the permanent A5A set-up with multiple beams plus verticals on 160M and 80M.

 

News for Tuesday 30 October

ARISS receives Yasme Foundation grant
The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation announces that it has made a significant grant to ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), in support of the Critical Infrastructure Fund

NASA spacecraft makes record close approach to the Sun
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the sun than any other spacecraft in history

Ham radio satellites on 5 Euro coin
The Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos bankas) has released a commemorative gold 5 Euro coin featuring the amateur radio satellites LituanicaSAT-1 (LO-78) and LitSAT-1

Image: Commemorative 5 Euro coin

RaDAR Challenge on 3 November
The last South African RaDAR Challenge for 2018 takes place from 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC on Saturday 3 November 2018

ARISS contact with Tallmadge Community Learning Center, Lancaster, OH
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Tallmadge Community Learning Center, Lancaster, OH on 31 Oct

Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to remain at low levels. Currently there are no sunspots visible

 

News for Monday 29 October

OP prefix for Belgian radio amateurs in November
The UBA reports radio amateurs in Belgium can use the OPprefix during November as part of the 100th anniversary of WWI commemorations

WRC-19: 5 GHz and the impact on amateur radio
SARL News say the next World Radio Conference will take place in the last quarter of 2019, and there are a number of agenda items that may impact amateur radio

Ham College 46
Ham College episode 46 is now available for download.
General Amateur Radio Exam part 17. Solar Propagation Effects, Delta Loop and Log Periodic Antennas

2018 AMSAT Space Symposium named in honor of Bill Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT has announced that the 2018 AMSAT-NA 36th Annual Space Symposium and General Meeting has been named in honor of Bill Tynan, W3XO

VHF/UHF workshop fired up new enthusiasm for beacons
SARL News reports that Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ presented a paper entitled Beacon Coordination to gain maximum benefit. In his paper, he highlighted the need for setting up a proper coordinated beacon system which should include an automated monitoring system much like the HF noise floor monitoring system which automatically uploads data to a central server

8 meter band operation
Phil EI9KP (ON4TA) is back in Ireland for the next few weeks.
Following tests with Dominic EI9JS, he is now fully QRV on the 40 MHz 8 meter band with a converted FT 857 in CW, SSB and FM

What’s my WAI Square?
During the recent Irish 40-metre Counties Contest, a number of contesters were asked which Worked All Ireland square they were operating in, which led to some enquiries about the WAI Awards Scheme

Satellite operation from the RMS Queen Mary
A day of satellite operating from a deck on the RMS Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach in southern California, is slated for December 15

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Southgate Amateur Radio Club News, 29 Oct 2018

Accessed on 29 October 2018, 1322 UTC, Post #746.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.

Comment:  Here are today’s top Amateur/Ham Radio news items compiled by the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  This report covers the period 27 October 2018 to 29 October 2018.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

OP prefix for Belgian radio amateurs in November
The UBA reports radio amateurs in Belgium can use the OPprefix during November as part of the 100th anniversary of WWI commemorations

WRC-19: 5 GHz and the impact on amateur radio
SARL News say the next World Radio Conference will take place in the last quarter of 2019, and there are a number of agenda items that may impact amateur radio

Ham College 46
Ham College episode 46 is now available for download.
General Amateur Radio Exam part 17. Solar Propagation Effects, Delta Loop and Log Periodic Antennas

2018 AMSAT Space Symposium named in honor of Bill Tynan, W3XO
AMSAT has announced that the 2018 AMSAT-NA 36th Annual Space Symposium and General Meeting has been named in honor of Bill Tynan, W3XO

VHF/UHF workshop fired up new enthusiasm for beacons
SARL News reports that Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ presented a paper entitled Beacon Coordination to gain maximum benefit. In his paper, he highlighted the need for setting up a proper coordinated beacon system which should include an automated monitoring system much like the HF noise floor monitoring system which automatically uploads data to a central server

8 meter band operation
Phil EI9KP (ON4TA) is back in Ireland for the next few weeks.
Following tests with Dominic EI9JS, he is now fully QRV on the 40 MHz 8 meter band with a converted FT 857 in CW, SSB and FM

What’s my WAI Square?
During the recent Irish 40-metre Counties Contest, a number of contesters were asked which Worked All Ireland square they were operating in, which led to some enquiries about the WAI Awards Scheme

Satellite operation from the RMS Queen Mary
A day of satellite operating from a deck on the RMS Queen Mary, docked at Long Beach in southern California, is slated for December 15

 

News for Sunday 28 October

LED lighting can disrupt radio communications
Dutch amateur radio society VERON reports the current EMC standard, developed in the last century, no longer suffices

Australian Armistice Centenary special event callsigns
The WIA’s Roger Harrison VK2ZRH has an update on special Event callsigns for the Centenary of the Armistice that ended World War 1

QSO Today – Arnold Ziegel – W2HDI
After running maritime mobile from his 40 foot sailboat for many years, Arnold Ziegel, W2HDI, switched to power boats and all of the challenges to amateur radio brought on by the new boat

SSTV from the International Space Station
Amateur radio Slow Scan TV pictures were sent from the ISS on Saturday, the session ended early in the afternoon. 

John Brier KG4AKV was one of many amateurs around the world who received pictures during the special ARISS event which is being held with NASA On-The-Air 

Image: ISS SSTV image received by John Brier KG4AKV October 27, 2018

Ham radio on Galicia TV
Members of the Alpha Charlie Radio Club EA1RKF in Fene located in the north of Galicia managed to get extensive TV publicity for amateur radio

VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 28th October is the contesting edition. We talk about contests coming up, and talk about contesting. Dan discusses his effort chasing DX in a recent contest

CQ DX C4FM Party
WIRESLINK-EA as Group of Friendly Stations C4FM of Spain organized the first Super Fiesta C4FM in the air, this time with : “DX en C4FM”

Ducie Island update
We continue to operate on all bands that are are open
– Earlier today we took the N1MM log, merged all the FT8 logs, and uploaded to our log server

Portuguese AM event
The Portuguese Amateur Radio Association of Litoral Alentejano (ARLA) will sponsor its traditional AM event over the November 3-4 weekend

RAC monitoring Canada Post service interruptions
Radio Amateurs of Canada is continuing to monitor the service interruptions to mail delivery as a result of the Canada Post strike action

 

News for Saturday 27 October

Foundations of Amateur Radio #177
Get on air and make some noise …
Get on air and make some noise is a phrase I use often to encourage amateurs to be active on-air and use the bands that are available to us

Introducing the Thermosphere Climate Index
There’s a new data feed on Spaceweather.com – -the daily Thermosphere Climate Index (TCI)

Keeping on top of interference
WIA news carries on a report by Chris Fosten, Manager, Communications Infrastructure, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on cases of interference

Ducie Island update/correction
We made an error in yesterday’s report.
– DXA does catch up after a network outage, DXA is reflecting the N1MM log. There still may be some FT8 contacts that didn’t get uploaded, this is work in progress

Logging presentation
South Africa’s Sandton Amateur Radio Club is giving a presentation on Logging. This presentation is aimed at all those who want to find out more about where and how to log those QSOs

Propagation de K7RA
We saw no sunspots during the reporting week, October 18-24, so average daily sunspot number dropped from 12.6 to 0. The dearth of sunspots continued on Thursday, October 25

New sample edition of NZART Break-In magazine
New Zealand’s national amateur radio society, NZART, has made the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of their magazine Break-Inavailable as a free PDF

DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 19th October, through Friday, 26th October there were 228 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 notes:

The final round of Amateur Radio Technician License classes begins on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau (Hawaii Island).  The VE-administered test will be given on 06 December 2018.  A test fee of $15.00 will be collected at the time of the exam.  For more information, please contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) 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.

 

 

Southgate Amateur Radio Club News

Accessed on 24 October 2018, 2047 UTC, Post #739.

Source:  http://www.southgatearc.org

Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.

Comment:  Here are some of the top Amateur/Ham Radio news stories from the UK-based Southgate Amateur Radio Club.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

News for Wednesday 24 October

Tony’s 10m Band Report
Monday and Sunday were good days but the rest were sadly lacking. Best DX or most popular anyway, were 9Z4Y (Mark still hanging in there, Trinidad and Tobago), CE2WNW (Chile), P4/NT5V (Aruba), FY5KE (French Guiana) and quite a few others

Mexico’s FMRE requests clear frequencies for Hurricane Nets
ARRL report the Federación Mexicana de Radioexperimentadores (FMRE), Mexico’s IARU member-society, is asking radio amateurs to avoid 7.060, 7.130, and 14.120 MHz, where Category 4 Hurricane Willa emergency nets are operating (in Spanish)

Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK Pacificon keynote talk released
Randy Hall K7AGE has released a video of the keynote talk given by Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK at Pacificon 2018

CEPT Novice License in Belgium
At a meeting with Belgium amateur radio associations, the communications regulator, BIPT, announced it wants to introduce the CEPT Novice license and reduce Basic license power level

SARL Hamnet Deputy National Director
At the SARL Council meeting held on 9 October, the appointment of Grant Southey, ZS1GS as the new SARL Hamnet Deputy National Director was approved. Grant will also continue as Regional Director for SARL Hamnet Western Cape as well

Exam success for Lana now ON3LNA
The Belgium IARU member-society UBA reports 13 year-old Lana has passed her amateur radio exam

Kanton Island DXpedition
Guenter DL2AWG, Hans DL6JGN, Heye DJ9RR, Wolf DM2AUJ, Joe DK5WL, and Ronald PA3EWP are announcing plans for a DXpedition to Kanton Island for February 16 to March 5 next year

CQ World Wide DX Contest
The weekend of Oct. 27/28 sees the SSB leg of this year’s CQ World Wide DX Contest

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

 

News for Tuesday 23 October

ARISS joins NASA On-The-Air for a special SSTV event
Amateur Radio On The International Space Station (ARISS) is planning a very special Slow Scan Televison (SSTV) event during October 27-29 on 145.800 MHz FM using PD-120

FRC expands its presence on social media
Recently, Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) activated its official Twitter site

Ham radio spacecraft signal decoded after bouncing off Moon
Radio amateur Daniel Estévez EA4GPZ / M0HXM reports decoding a JT4G signal from the LO-94 (DSLWP-B) spacecraft that was reflected off the Moon

CB1H installs 4el G0KSC OWA Yagi
Nick, XQ1KZ contacted me through my website and asked for a 40m 4 element Yagi design which I provided to them.

The attached photos show the finished antenna and SWR results with comments from Nick

Ducie Island report
The Ducie Island DXpedition team report:
– Rain last night, expecting occasional rough WX over the next few days.

– No EME today, expect to be up in 48 hours.
– Antenna work coming along nicely.
– Pileups have been deep, energetic and generally well behaved THANK YOU  

Inferior conjunction of Venus
This week, something strange and wonderful is happening to the shape of Venus

Sinking of the S.S. Dundalk
The Dundalk Amateur Radio Society are activating a Special Event Station EI100SSD to commemorate the sinking of the S.S. Dundalk which occured 14th Oct, 1918

Daring spies who broadcast from behind enemy lines
An ITV News report says: Owning just one of them in World War Two carried the death penalty, but Ian Keyser, G3ROO has more than a dozen – ensuring a piece of secret history is brought out into the open. So what are they?


Hawaii Island Amateur/Ham Radio notes:

The final round of Amateur Radio Technician License classes begins on 01 November 2018 at the Keaau Community Center in Keaau (Hawaii Island).  The VE-administered test will be given on 06 December 2018.  A test fee of $15.00 in exact cash will be collected at the time of each exam.  For details, contact Doug Wilson (KH7DQ) at douscelle@aol.com.

The results of the 16 September 2018 Hawaiian Islands Grid Madness VHF/UHF Simplex Event are now history.  Thanks to Stan Froseth (AH6KO) and the Aulani Hui Amateur Repeater Club for sponsoring this fun event with a serious purpose.  You can find complete results, maps, graphs, and event highlights 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