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Ham Radio Update

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ARRL Headquarters Closed Thursday and Friday

ARRL -ARRL Headquarters will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for Thanksgiving. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will not be available on those days. The next editions will be on December 5 and 6, respectively. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving. ARRL Headquarters will reopen on Monday, December 2, at 8 AM ET.

Russian WW MultiMode 2019, 30 November – 1 December

Southgate ARC – The Russian Digital Radio Club has the honour to invite the radio amateurs all over the world to: 6th Russian WW MultiMode Contest 2019 – BPSK63, CW, RTTY, SSB – 12.00 UTC on Saturday 30 November till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 1 December, 2019

New officers for MVDX/CC

Southgate ARC – The Mississippi Valley DX/Contest Club (MVDX/CC) is an ARRL affiliated Amateur Radio club in the St. Louis, Missouri, and Southern Illinois area

Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club

Southgate ARC – The LCARC new call sign EI4LCR was aired on Saturday 16th and Thursday 21st of November from the Shannon Aviation Museum, Shannon

ICQPodcast – Bob Allison WB1GCM

Southgate ARC – In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Frank Howell K4FMH, Ed Durrant DD5LP and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Bob Allison WB1GCM

Kennedy Space Center Testing Improved Wind Profiler, Seeks Assistance from Hams

ARRL -NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) will be testing an improved waveform on the 48-MHz Tropospheric Doppler Radar Wind Profiler (TDRWP) from Monday, November 25 through Sunday, December 2. The purpose of the test is to improve the instrument’s resolution and still operate within the assigned bandwidth.

The TDRWP is used to assess and evaluate upper-level winds for launches from KSC and Cape Canavera…

Proposed FCC auction of C-Band increases competition for allocations

Southgate ARC – In an IARU News Release by Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and posted by Rick Lindquist, WW1ME on November 18 via the ARRL-IARU@groups.arrl.org list he reports that the Plenary session to approve texts to be included in the Final Acts was scheduled to end at noon Thursday, November 21 and delegates at WRC-19 faced a daunting workload as the conferees tried to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC

Changes in SARL Hamnet leadership

Southgate ARC – This week’s SARL News report that at the Council meeting held on Tuesday 12 November, the resignation of Glynn Chamberlain, ZS6GLN as National Director of SARL Hamnet and as a Councillor was accepted

Starlink satellites photobomb a meteor shower

Southgate ARC – Astronomers monitoring the skies for an outburst of alpha Monocerotid meteors on Nov. 22nd were surprised when their cameras filled instead with an outburst of satellites


Southgate ARC – After an epic move a few months ago, M0HFC ‘HFDXARC’ is now open for visitors. To celebrate this we are having an Open Day on Sat 30th Nov, 10:00hrs – 16:00hrs

Gather here

Southgate ARC – The WIA Annual Conference is only six months away and it will be held in Hobart Tasmania over the 8th to 10th May 2020

ICQ Podcast Episode 312 – Bob Allison (WB1GCM)

ICQ Podcast -In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Frank Howell K4FMH, Ed Durrant DD5LP and Bill Barnes N3JIX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is Bob Allison (WB1GCM)


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– IARU Region 1 – Alcohol Ban at YOTA events – Ham Radio Reaching ‘an Inflection Point’ – W1AW Commemorate Ham Radio Spanning Atlantic – UK University Amateur Radio – YOTA Summer Camp in the Americas – 60m Band a Step Closer in France – Five Train the Trainers Courses for 2020 – ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On-Demand

WRC-19 Day-20: And Finally!

Southgate ARC – Friday, November 22 saw WRC-19 conclude its month long biggest ever conference. Many of the 3,300 delegates had started to travel home even before the release of the ‘Provisional Final Acts’ and closing ceremony

VK6WIA NewsWest

Southgate ARC – NewsWest for Sunday 24th November 2019 is the contesting edition. We bring you news of contests coming up soon, and not so soon.

Ham Radio Day aboard the Queen Mary

Southgate ARC – AMSAT will be supporting the ‘Ham Radio Day Aboard the Queen Mary’, an on-air event which will include satellite operations from the RMS Queen Mary, on Saturday, 14 December 2019. The Queen Mary is at the Port of Long Beach in California, grid DM03vs

Foundations of Amateur Radio

Southgate ARC – What’s in a Whisper? A while ago I set up a WSPR, or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter at home. Before I go into the details, WSPR is an amateur radio protocol that allows stations to transmit their callsign, location and power level and for receivers around the globe to decode those and upload the results to a central database. It’s a great way to see what you can hear and what propagation is like

DXCC Country/Entity Report

Southgate ARC – According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 15th November, through Friday, 22nd November there were 225 countries active

4U1UN news update

Southgate ARC – On FaceBook, the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (4U1UN) reports the following on November 20th

IOTA news from OPDX

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

“Black Friday Sale” on ARRL Award Applications Made via LoTW

ARRL -Starting at 0000 UTC on November 28, ARRL will be offering a 10% discount on all applications for DX Century Club, Worked All States, and VHF/UHF Century Club awards and endorsements, including plaques, made through ARRL’s Logbook of The World. (For WPX and WAZ, only award credits can be discounted as CQ Communications is the issuer of these awards.)

The 10% discount will be taken off the total …

The K7RA Solar Update

ARRL -We have not seen any sunspots since November 2, and at that time they were only visible for two days, and prior to that no sunspots since October 2.

According to Spaceweather.com, that recent sunspot, though very short lived, was a new Cycle 25 spot: https://bit.ly/2KJ7cyy

The average daily solar flux this week dipped slightly from 70.3 to 69.9. Geomagnetic conditions were quiet, with average dai…

New ham radio antenna bill being drafted

Southgate ARC – The ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee is drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas

Happy Birthday FUNcube-1 (AO73)

Southgate ARC – Thursday, November 21, 2019, saw the sixth birthday of the launch of the amateur radio CubeSat, FUNcube-1 (AO73)

Amateur Radio on the ISS

Southgate ARC – WFIT 89.5 FM carried a report on a project that enables Amateur Radio contact with the International Space Station

50 MHz band in Region 1

Southgate ARC – IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie G3BJ reports on the 50 MHz allocation agreed at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

DX News from the ARRL

Southgate ARC – The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity on the amateur radio bands

ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On Demand

ARRL -ARRL’s EC-001-S online “Introduction to Emergency Communication” course is now available to students in an on-demand format, allowing students to register for the course and begin work at any time. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer.

In response to the great course demand and to expand access to EC-001, ARRL developed a self-g…

ARRL Legislative Advocacy Committee Drafting New Bill Addressing Antenna Restrictions

ARRL -The ARRL Board of Directors Legislative Advocacy Committee is in the process of drafting a new bill to address the issue of private land-use restrictions on amateur radio antennas. The proposed legislation would be the successor to the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Legislative Advocacy Committee, chaired by Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, will report to the Board soon, once plans…

WA6QBU Wins the November QST Cover Plaque Award

ARRL -The winning article for the November 2019 QST Cover Plaque award is “A 160-Meter Window Line Loop” by Jim McLelland, WA6QBU.

The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the December issue today.


WRC-19 Okays Agreement on 6-Meter Band in ITU Region 1

ARRL -Delegates to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) have approved a 6-meter allocation for International Telecommunication (ITU) Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East). The decision followed more than 2 weeks of strenuous negotiations to reconcile widely disparate views of Region 1 administrations.

“The result is a dramatic improvement in the international Radio Regulations for am…

SARL VHF and RF Noise Workshop

Southgate ARC – Time is running out for bookings for the last workshop for 2019 to be held on Saturday 23 November at the NARC

B1Z, B4T and B7P active for CQWW CW

Southgate ARC – CRAC says the temporary callsigns B1Z, B4T and B7P will be on the air during the CQWW CW event on November 23-24, 2019

Tony’s 10m Band Report

Southgate ARC – What a dreadful week. Not even the weekend could rescue it as is usually the case by. Still, CQWW CW cometh and there will be activity. Mark my words!

OH2BH to be on the Air from Myanmar

ARRL -The government in Myanmar has given limited amateur operating privileges to Martti Laine, OH2BH. He will use XZ2D. Laine reports that authorities in the Southeast Asian nation have only permitted him to operate on 15 meters and higher, but he is hoping to obtain permission to operate on a spot frequency on 20 meters.

“Getting 14.065 kHz temporarily for the duration of 48 hours would be magic,” …

Alaska and Tennessee Getting New Section Managers

ARRL -Two new Section Managers have been declared elected in the just-concluded fall election cycle. Ballots for the Alaska and the Tennessee Section Manager elections were counted on November 19 at ARRL Headquarters. Eight incumbent Section Managers ran without opposition during this election cycle. All of terms of office start on January 1.

In a very close race in Alaska, David Stevens, KL7EB, recei…

Happy 45th Birthday, AMSAT-OSCAR 7!

ARRL -The world’s longest-lived satellite, AO-7, turned 45 years old this month. It was launched on November 15, 1974, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. After nearly 7 years of service, AO-7 was thought to have reached the end of its life in June 1981 due to battery failure, and a premature obituary appeared in the AMSAT Satellite Report.

In an interesting footnote, although AO-7 was thoug…

Tonga operation

Southgate ARC – Masa JA0RQV will be involved in an international project on Tonga between Nov. 24 and November next year

Three contests this week

Southgate ARC – The last leg of the 2019 SARL Wednesday 80 meter Club Sprint takes place from 17:00 to 18:00 UTC today, Wednesday 20 November with CW and phone activity

The SARL Novice Award

Southgate ARC – The Council has approved the SARL Novice Award. This award is available to holders of a South African Novice Licence (ZU) and is designed to encourage activity across four designated bands for this licence class

Short-term restricted service licensing review

Southgate ARC – The Daily Express reports the 10th Borneo Amateur Radio Festival (BARF) event which was held for the first time in Sabah, from Nov 1 to 3, attracted 127 participants

Australian bush fires

Southgate ARC – Our thanks must go out to the many people volunteering during this early fire season. It is no small thing to go out for extended periods to deal with emergency situations and to be in the first responder class as a volunteer

Antarctic Activity Week 2020

Southgate ARC – The 17th Antarctic Activity Week, will be on air between February 10-17th, 2020. It’s time to book your special callsign. Launching the 17th AAW, the WAP (Worldwide Antarctic Program) invites all Radio Amateurs (OMs and SWLs) around the world, Clubs and Organizations as well as other important groups and individual operators WW (World-Wide), to join and share with us, this initiative

Amateur radio festival attracts 127

Southgate ARC – The Daily Express reports the 10th Borneo Amateur Radio Festival (BARF) event which was held for the first time in Sabah, from Nov 1 to 3, attracted 127 participants

Radio Caroline North this weekend

Southgate ARC – We’re counting down the hours until the next Radio Caroline North LIVE broadcast from our legendary radio-ship Ross Revenge, this weekend 23rd – 24th November

Luton scouts on the airwaves

Southgate ARC – Media-savvy Scouts from Luton in Bedfordshire recently operated a Jamboree on an amateur radio station alongside its internet counterpart

19th anniversary of ARISS operations

Southgate ARC – On November 13, 2000, the ARISS amateur radio payload was turned on and the first operations occurred over Russia and the United States

Melissa Stemmer Joins ARRL Headquarters as Development Manager

ARRL -Connecticut native Melissa Stemmer has joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as Development Manager. Born and raised in Waterbury, Stemmer earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1998, and she worked in that field for more than 15 years. After deciding that a career change was in order, Stemmer went back to school, earning a master’s in organizational leadershi…

Don Greenbaum, N1DG, appointed to NOAA and US Fish and Wildlife Service Community Group

ARRL -Don Greenbaum, N1DG, of Duxbury, Massachusetts, has been appointed to the NOAA/US Fish and Wildlife Service Community Group. He will participate in meetings to discuss the development of the Monument Management Plan that will provide for effective direction over the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM). He will serve as a citizen-at-large representative.

His input in the disc…

WRC-19 Grinds On Into Third Week

ARRL -With just 3-1/2 days left for substantive work, delegates at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) face a daunting workload as the conferees try to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC. The final session of the conference plenary to approve texts for inclusion in the Final Acts of the conference is set to wrap up at noon on Thursday, Nove…

Nominations Invited for CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

ARRL –CWops is now accepting nominations for its Award for Advancing the Art of CW for 2020. The award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communication by Morse code. Candidates for the award may be authors of publications related to CW; CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors; p…

WRC-19 Day-15: A Long Weekend

Southgate ARC – The slipping schedule saw slow progress on Friday and consequently full overtime on Saturday and Sunday for future agenda items (AI-10), small-satellites (AI-1.7), 5G mobile (AI-1.13) and 5GHz Wi-Fi (AI-1.16)

STARS Working Group

Southgate ARC – The objective of STARS is to defend, protect, extend, develop and promote the amateur radio service. The work of STARS is specifically directed to those areas of the Region where amateur radio activity is low or non existent

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

Southgate ARC – The November meeting of the South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will take place on Monday the 25th of November 2019 in the Roanmore Social and Sports Centre, Cleaboy Road, Waterford, Ireland at 8.00 p.m. sharp. At this meeting, Roger EI8KN will be presenting a prize quiz. So you may wish to brush up on all things amateur radio!

IARU: WRC-19 Grinds On – Week 3

Southgate ARC – With just 3-1/2 days left for substantive work – the final session of the Plenary to approve texts to be included in the Final Acts is scheduled to end at noon Thursday, November 21 – delegates at WRC-19 face a daunting workload as the conferees try to reach consensus on several remaining issues including the agenda for the next WRC

DXCC Country/Entity Report

Southgate ARC – According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th November, through Sunday, 17th November there were 216 countries active

AmateurLogic 136: Turkey Fever

Southgate ARC – It’s just about Thanksgiving time here in the US and we’ll soon be suffering from Turkey Fever. Tommy’s shows how to make an Arduino Frequency Counter. Mike, VE3MIC joins us with a look at the York Region ARC Hamfest. Emile discusses GPS Ham Radio Applications. And as a sheer coincidence, George reviews GPS History and advancements in accuracy, plus decoding US Coast Guard DGPS

Access to 70 MHz, HAMNET for Class E requested

Southgate ARC – The German Amateur Radio Round Table (RTA) has again asked the Federal Network Agency BNetzA for temporary access to 70 MHz band as well as the use of HAMNET on 13 cm and 6 cm bands by Class E licensees in 2020

IOTA news from OPDX

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

RSGB report on WRC-19 Days 13 and 14

Southgate ARC – The RSGB have released a report on days 13 and 14 of the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019

Republic of Panama special event

Southgate ARC – Look for special station 3E1FP to be active until November 30th, to celebrate the 116th anniversary of the Republic of Panama

QSO Today – Kate Hutton – K6HTN

Southgate ARC – Kate Hutton, K6HTN, a retired Seismologist at CalTech in Pasadena, California, discovered CW, CWOPS, and passing traffic through the National Traffic System

ITU WRC-19 Bingo

Southgate ARC – To relieve the tedium of boring meetings in WRC-19 Working Groups one delegate has created WRC-19 Bingo

ICASA responds to SARL request on type approval relief

Southgate ARC – SARL News reports the CEO of ICASA (communications regulator), Dr Mdimoeng has responded to the SARL’s request for relief on the type approval requirements for commercial amateur radio equipment

Happy 45th birthday AMSAT-OSCAR 7!

Southgate ARC – At 17:11 UTC on November 15, 1974 a Delta-2310 rocket lifted off from SLC-2W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, sending AO-7 into orbit along with NOAA-4 and Intasat

Future Radio Amateurs

Southgate ARC – On Saturday, October 19, the strategy conference of the USKA on the topic “Future Radio Amateurs” took place in Bern, Switzerland

Australian bushfires

Southgate ARC – As bushfires consumed more than 4 thousand square miles in New South Wales alone, officials were bracing for the lates rash of blazes that they said could lead to the most dangerous bushfire week in the nation’s history

The Space Weather Woman

Southgate ARC – Space Weather for TMRO Space News – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

Propagation de K7RA

Southgate ARC – Even with little to no solar activity, it is amazing how many long distance HF contacts are possible, even without using weak signal modes such as FT8

POTA Mega Activation

Southgate ARC – Today, Saturday, November 16, 2019, Mega POTA Activation from PUERTO RICO, Maricao State Forest K-4678

VK6WIA NewsWest

Southgate ARC – In NewsWest today we spend time welcoming newcomers to the hobby, and acknowledging those who have recently passed Amateur Radio exams or gained a new license

France: 60m band a step closer

Southgate ARC – French regulator ARCEP has issued a decision that will lead to radio amateurs getting secondary access to the 60m band 5351.50-5366.50 kHz agreed at WRC-15

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