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Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition on the Air; Injured Operator Evacuated

ARRL -Pitcairn Island DXpedition leader Glen Johnson, W0GJ, reports the VP6R team arrived at the South Pacific island on October 17, after the m/v Braveheart anchored offshore. After clearing customs and immigration, the team was transported to the home of Andy Christian, where the DXpedition’s equipment had been shipped well in advance.

“The steep dirt roads were very muddy from lots of recent rains…

SAQ Transmission Set for UN Day on October 24

ARRL -A transmission from the vintage Alexanderson alternator in Grimeton, Sweden, will complement activities marking United Nations Day on October 24. Transmitter startup for the 17.2 kHz transmission will take place at around 1630 UTC, with a peace message transmission beginning at 1700 UTC. A live stream will be available on the Alexanderson website. No QSL cards will be sent, and no list of repor…

Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club Celebrates Centennial with Second-Century Special Event

ARRL -The Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club (MSUARC) turns 100 this month. The club, which holds the call signs W8MSU and W8SH, celebrated its centennial with a special event station on October 19.

“We’re celebrating a milestone,” said Faculty Advisor Gregory Wierzba. “The club has been a licensed ham radio station for a century. It’s been on the air almost as long as radio licenses have be…

The decryption game

Southgate ARC – Can an Apple-1 computer decipher a message encrypted with an Enigma cyphering machine in a reasonable time?

Pitcairn Island DXpedition

Southgate ARC – The Braveheart anchored just off Pitcairn Island at dawn, Thursday, October 17th. After customs and immigration, the team was transported to the home of Andy Christian where all of the equipment was waiting for us. This equipment arrived about 6 weeks prior to our arrival

ICQPodcast – Propagation Tools and Contest Validation

Southgate ARC – In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB/W9ICQ) discusses Propogation Tools with Steve Nicol G0KYA and finds out how the RSGB has modernised the adjudication of RSGB Contests for faster, more accurate results with Simone Wilson M0BOX

ARISS school contact planned for Novi Ligure and Como, Italy

Southgate ARC – An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Luca Parmitano KF5KDP with participants at : I.I.S. ‘Ciampini-Boccardo’ , Novi Ligure, Italy and I.T.I.S. ‘Magistri Cumacini’, Como, Italy

ARISS school contact planned for Rome and Carrara, Italy

Southgate ARC – An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Luca Parmitano KF5KDP with participants at Liceo Scientifico Teresa Gullace, Rome, Italy and I.S.I.S. ‘Zaccagna Galilei’ sede ‘G. Galilei’, Carrara. Italy

World and generations connected by amateur radio

Southgate ARC – The JARL reports Tokyo’s Amateur Radio Ham Fair 2019 welcomed a total of 42,000 visitors in two days. This was the highest number of visitors since it became a two day event

The CQ WW DX SSB Contest next weekend

Southgate ARC – SARL News reports the CQ WW is the largest Amateur Radio competition in the world. Over 35 000 participants take to the airwaves on the last weekend of October (SSB) and November (CW) with the goal of making as many contacts, with as many different DXCC entities and CQ Zones, as possible

QSO Today – Ganesh Subramaniam – VU2TS

Southgate ARC – Ganesh Subramaniam, VU2TS, began his ham radio journey in 1959 trying to find someone, anyone, somewhere in his native Bangalore, India, who could provide basic information about the amateur radio service in India

Further Electromagnetic Field restrictions in Poland?

Southgate ARC – Poland’s Health Ministry is reported to be working on a draft regulation that is feared will set new restrictions on levels of electromagnetic fields (EMF), this appears to have arisen due to misguided concerns about 5G

2019 AMSAT Symposium underway! Livestream available

Southgate ARC – The 37th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and General Meeting has begun, and will continue through Sunday, October 20, 2019, at The Hilton Arlington in Arlington, Virginia. Sessions are being live streamed

ICQ Podcast Episode 309 – Propagation Tools and Contest Validation

ICQ Podcast -In this episode, Martin Butler (M1MRB/W9ICQ) discusses Propogation Tools with Steve Nicol G0KYA and finds out how the RSGB has modernised the adjudication of RSGB Contests for faster, more accurate results with Simone Wilson M0BOX.

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Propagation de K7RA

Southgate ARC – Solar activity remains very low. At the bottom of the sunspot cycle, any sunspot activity is fleeting. Again, another week passes with no sunspots at all. Spaceweather.com reports no sunspots for the past two weeks, and the total number of spotless days this year is now 213 days, or 73%, matching the percentage of spotless days in 2008

New Zealand Net (NZ Net)

Southgate ARC – The New Zealand Net (NZ Net) is an 80-metre CW net operating every Monday-Friday evening

Mauritania

Southgate ARC – DX-World.net reports that operators Johannes PA5X (5T5PA) and Evert PA2KW (5T2KW) will be active from a special location somewhere in Mauritania between the evening of October 19th until the morning of the 26th

Marquesas Island DXpedition

Southgate ARC – The Can-Am DXpedition Team will arrive in French Polynesia on November 3rd. While in Tahiti (FO), there will be some activity – including low bands — for a couple of days/nights….

JOTA down-under

Southgate ARC – This year JOTA celebrates 62 years of connecting scouts and guides by radio. A few things to note, with the change of DMR talk groups for JOTA this weekend, the Tasmania Wia news is on TG3807 this weekend at 9:30 am advises VK7ZCR

Foundations of Amateur Radio

Southgate ARC – World Wide Radio Operators Foundation – The other day I accidentally learnt something new. I know, it’s crazy, sometimes I surprise myself

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL -Solar activity remains very low. At the bottom of the sunspot cycle, any sunspot activity is fleeting. Again, another week passes with no sunspots at all. Spaceweather.com reports no sunspots for the past two weeks, and the total number of spotless days this year is now 213 days, or 73%, matching the percentage of spotless days in 2008.

Average daily solar flux during the week of October 10-16 w…

SC0UT on-the-air for JOTA

Southgate ARC – Scouts in Sweden have got an appropriate call sign for this weekend’s Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) – it’s SC0UT

Pitcairn Island DXpedition

Southgate ARC – I experienced a sudden and relatively severe, acute illness and was hospitalized for a number of days. I am recovering at home, but the risk of compromising the DXpedition to Pitcairn Island is too great for me to make the trip with the team. My friend Glenn, W0GJ, will take on my responsibilities and the DXpedition will proceed as otherwise planned. Ralph K0IR

French national ham radio societies meet

Southgate ARC – The URC, AMSAT-F, DR@F, VE-France, FFBRA and REF met on September 22 and October 13 in Nanterre to define the working methods and priorities of the Inter Associations Radioamateur Group (GIAR)

ARRL ham radio magazine aimed at Beginners-to-Intermediate

Southgate ARC – ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication

20th International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 General Assembly Held in Peru

ARRL -Twenty International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) member-societies took part in the 20th IARU Region 2 General Assembly, which wrapped up on October 3 in Peru, hosted by Radio Club Peruano. Representatives of fifteen member-societies attended in person, while five other member-societies participated via proxy. During the third plenary, the presidents and secretaries of the…

So Now What? Podcast

ARRL -“Ham Lingo” will be the focus of the new (October 17) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode we…

ARRL to Launch New On the Air Magazine in January

ARRL -ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project buildin…

Bidding Begins Today in the Annual ARRL Online Auction

ARRL -Bidding gets under way today, October 17, on more than 230 items on the block in the 14th annual ARRL Online Auction. Bidding begins at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC). The auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST (Friday, October 25, at 0200 UTC).

The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and one-of-a-kind items. Some pre…

ARISS Italian contact re-scheduled

Southgate ARC – The ARISS contact for Istituto Comprensivo Statale Diego Valeriâ, Campolongo Maggiore, Italy, direct via IQ3RW and Istituto Comprensivo Ladispoli1, Ladispoli, Italy has been re-scheduled

Tony’s 10m Band Report

Southgate ARC – I’ve been software smoothing, i.e. sorting out the wrinkles in a spotting programme. I did chase a Vietnamese station for 2 hours but he didn’t work any UK stations that I could see. Most popular A82X and Z (Liberia), TT8SN (Chad), and 5T5PA (Mauritania) again. But there was plenty more DX about

Mail Delivery Problem Affecting Delivery of Board Election Ballots in West Gulf Division

ARRL -ARRL has become aware of a mail delivery problem affecting the ARRL Board of Director election ballots sent to members in part of the West Gulf Division. Recent flooding has affected some US Postal Service distribution centers in the Houston region of the state, damaging some sorting machines. This is delaying delivery to many members in that area. They are processing mail out, but there are de…

Pitcairn Island DXpedition Set to Get Under Way this Week

ARRL -The long-planned Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition is set to get under way by October 18. Thirteen team members will be arriving by ship on the South Pacific island on October 17. All of the team’s cargo is already at the operating site.

 

“We will work hard that first day to get as many antennas up as possible to get on the air by the end of the day, Thursday, October 17,” the VP6R team announced …

ARRL Puerto Rico Section and Red Cross Renew Memorandum of Understanding

ARRL -The American Red Cross Puerto Rico Chapter renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the ARRL Puerto Rico Section on October 10, citing mutually beneficial experiences during recent emergency and disaster responses, especially to hurricanes Irma and María in 2017. María left the island without power and telecommunications, and the Red Cross in the US asked ARRL to help provide Amateur Radio …

Radio Caroline North – this weekend

Southgate ARC – The Boat That Rocks will be rocking this weekend as we bring you another fabulous RADIO CAROLINE NORTH broadcast, LIVE from our historic radio-ship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater

Friedrichshafen: Emergency Communications Meeting

Southgate ARC – The 44th Ham Radio Exhibition at Friedrichshafen attracted 14300 visitors, among them around 27 Emergency Communicators from 14 countries who attended the IARU meeting for Emergency Communicators on Friday, June 21, 2019

Report Causes Concern and Confusion in California’s Amateur Radio Ranks

ARRL -By all credible and reliable accounts, the State of California has not turned its back on Amateur Radio as an emergency communication resource nor have established repeater owners been asked to remove their equipment from state-owned sites unless they pay sizeable fees. The California controversy, inflamed by a viral YouTube video, stemmed from a California Department of Forestry and Fire Prote…

PACTOR Developer SCS Announces Monitoring Software

ARRL -SCS, the company that created PACTOR, has unveiled software that offers the ability to monitor the content of PACTOR 1, 2, and 3 transmissions over the air. The free PMON software runs under the Linux operating system. A software version to monitor PACTOR 4 is scheduled to become available next year. PMON will offer “thorough observation and documentation of all presently available PACTOR 1, 2,…

So Now What? Podcast

ARRL -“Ham Lingo” will be the focus of the new (October 17) episode of the So Now What? podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers.

If you’re a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So Now What? offers insights from those who’ve been just where you are now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating new-episode we…

The toxic tail of interstellar Comet Borisov

Southgate ARC – For the first time, amateur astronomers are beginning to clearly see the tail of interstellar Comet Borisov, the first known active comet from another star system

RSGB Convention 2019 Report

Southgate ARC – Essex Ham have posted a report on the successful RSGB Convention that took place on the weekend of October 12-13

First Convention talk video released

Southgate ARC – The first video of the talks given to the AMSAT-UK Colloquium, part of the RSGB Convention, on October 12-13 has now been released on YouTube

December is YOTA month

Southgate ARC – The Region 1 Youth Working Group is excited to announce that our famous December YOTA Month will happen again this year

BBC Essex Quest promotes JOTA 2019

Southgate ARC – Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), where Scouts and Guides from all over the world make contact with each other through amateur radio, will take place this weekend, October 19-20

Homebrew Heroes Award for 2019 in Amateur Radio Announced

ARRL -The Homebrew Heroes Award Program has announced its first annual recipient. He is Hans Summers, G0UPL, of East Sussex in the UK. The annual award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations who help define the frontiers of Amateur Radio technology through the long-standing tradition of constructing their own equipment.

“Our Steering Committee sought the advice of an anonymous selection com…

Preview Now Open for ARRL 2019 Online Auction

ARRL -A preview of the more than 230 items going on the block this week in the 14th annual ARRL Online Auction is now open. Bidding begins on Thursday, October 17, at 10 AM EST (1400 UTC), and the auction will continue through Thursday, October 24, closing at 10 PM EST (Friday, October 25, at 0200 UTC).

The 2019 auction includes lab-tested QST “Product Review” gear, vintage books, used equipment, and …

NASA spacecraft launches on mission to explore frontier of space

Southgate ARC – After successfully launching Thursday night, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts

International JOTA Weekend

Southgate ARC – Final reminder that EI0JOTA will be active from the Larch Hill Scout Centre in the Dublin/Wicklow mountains as part of the international JOTA weekend from the 18th to 20th October

ICQPodcast – Announcing Homebrew Hero 2019

Southgate ARC – In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Matthew Nassau M0NJX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Homebrew Heroes

It’s the best radio club in the UK

Southgate ARC – It’s official. The Hilderstone Radio Society is the best radio club in the United Kingdom! The Radio Society of Great Britain gave the club the award at a radio convention

AmateurLogic 135: Happy 14th Birthday ALTV

Southgate ARC – October marks the 14th Anniversary of AmateurLogic.TV. We celebrate the event by awarding one lucky viewer an Icom IC-7300 transceiver with all the accessories you need for a complete HF station

St. Lucia

Southgate ARC – Jay, AA4FL, will be active as J6/AA4FL between October 21-28th. His main visit to the island is primarily as a member of the J68MD CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) team

QSO Today – Richard Factor – WA2IKL

Southgate ARC – Richard Factor, WA2IKL, joined the amateur radio ranks 60 years ago, and was inspired by the technology dreams of the popular science fiction writers of that era

Mysterious chirps in 80m band

Southgate ARC – The latest IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports on the mysterious chirps on 3510 kHz USB that have been noted every evening since September 25

DXCC Country/Entity Report

Southgate ARC – According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th October, through Sunday, 13th October there were 212 countries active

IOTA news from OPDX

Southgate ARC – Weekly IOTA News – compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW, editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin

ICQ Podcast Episode 308 – Announcing Homebrew Hero 2019

ICQ Podcast -In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Matthew Nassau M0NJX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Homebrew Heroes.

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VK Licence Conditions Changes

Southgate ARC – Several weeks have gone by since the Licence Conditions Changes and still we see on social media and hear on the bands hams just realising some of the changes

VK6WIA NewsWest

Southgate ARC – NewsWest for Sunday October 13th 2019 continues an Amateur Radio News tradition which began in Perth in 1931, by the Western Australian Wireless Institute, signing as vk6WI

Foundations of Amateur Radio

Southgate ARC – As you might know I enjoy doing contests, actually that’s an understatement; I LOVE doing contests. I think that they represent an excellent way to learn about operating procedure, propagation, band selection, antenna direction, callsign recognition and dealing with adverse operating environments. In short, I think that contesting teaches you lots about amateur radio in a very short time

Fernando de Noronha Island

Southgate ARC – Members of the Noronha Contest Group will be active as PY0F from Fernando de Noronha Island (SA-003) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th), possibly as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry but not yet decided

Addison County amateur radio demonstration

Southgate ARC – The Addison County Amateur Radio Association in Vermont sets up a radio station, to communicate with other operators elsewhere and to talk with the public about what they do and how you can get involved

5-day Calypso Bay visit

Southgate ARC – John, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home, located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea, between October 16-22nd

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL -No sunspots appeared over the past week, and in the prior week there were only two days with sunspots, so average daily sunspot number declined from 3.1 to 0.

Average daily solar flux nudged higher, but just barely, from 67.6 to 67.8.

Geomagnetic indicators were much lower this week, with average daily planetary A index retreating from 14.4 to 6.3, while the mid-latitude average went from 11 to 5…

Norfolk Island operation

Southgate ARC – Operators Jacek SP5EAQ (VK9NE), Mek SP7VC (VK9NC) and Marcin SP5ES (VK9NG) will be active from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between October and November

Tony’s 10m Band Report

Southgate ARC – The most popular DX was undoubtedly mounted by the Italian DXpedition Team, A82X for CW + SSB and A82Z for Digital, both Liberia. The other most sought after DX was ZK3A, Tokelau Is. Me, I’ve spent a fair bit of time getting to grips with DXLab suite of programs. I have been using Ham Radio Deluxe but something seems awry with the support site

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