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

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Southgate ARC – Australia’s national amateur radio society, the WIA, reports the first online remote Foundation exam in the country was held on April 20

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Southgate ARC – The Hungarian Radioamateur Society (MRASZ) announces a special radio activity for the period during the COVAN-19 virus threat

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Southgate ARC – The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of May 2020

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Southgate ARC – The USKA report the magazine Photovoltaik carries an article about the interference solar panel installations cause to radios

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Southgate ARC – A series of unusually severe spring storms parading across the southeastern USA has residents taking shelter from golf-ball sized hail and dangerous tornadoes

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Southgate ARC – A Solar Storm, Comets ATLAS and SWAN, and a Shower – The latest space weather forecast from Dr Tamitha Skov WX6SWW

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Radio Waves:  Stories Making Waves in the World of Radio Because I keep my ear to the waves, as well as receive many tips from others who do the same, I find myself privy to radio-related stories that might interest SWLing Post readers.  To that end: Welcome to the SWLing Post’s Radio Waves, a collection of links to interesting […]

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ARRL -The last day with a visible sunspot was April 4.

Over the past reporting week, April 16-22, average daily solar flux was 69, down a half point from the previous week, when the average was 69.5.

Average daily planetary A index was 7.3 while mid-latitude A index was 7. This was up from 6.1 and 5, mainly due to the first geomagnetic storm of 2020, which pushed planetary A index to 18 on April 19. Th…

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The last day with a visible sunspot was April 4.

Over the past reporting week, April 16-22, average daily solar flux was 69, down a half point from the previous week, when the average was 69.5.

Average daily planetary A index was 7.3 while mid-latitude A index was 7. This was up from 6.1 and 5, mainly due to the first geomagnetic storm of 2020, which pushed planetary A index to 18 on April 19. Th…

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Author : Robert Broomhead – VK3DN

Monday night, April 20th was a historical moment for the WIA. The unique significance is that the two WIA members are both WIA Director Elects, Oscar Reys VK3TX and Lee Moyle VK3GK. They conducted Volunteer Examiners Australia Inc’s (VEA) first Australian Maritime College, (AMC) “online” Remote Amateur Radio Exam. Oscar and Lee are both AMC Level 3 assessors and authorized to conduct Remote assessments on behalf of AMC.

Oscar mentioned, “It was an extremely successful remote exam session and the candidate in Perth was ecstatic that he was able to sit his Amateur Radio exam remotely, given the current AMC restrictions imposed on person to person exam sessions.
The candidate sat his Foundation licence exam including the Practical and on completion, told us, very excitedly that he was already studying for his Standard Licence Upgrade…..Good job.”

“It is moments like these that make it all worth it, it is part of the personal reward for volunteering your time to help others achieve their goals.” Lee stated.

WIA congratulates AMC for the introduction of the Online Remote Amateur exam accessibility as the current Covid restrictions having been enforced and restricting many people to be house bound, seemingly rekindling that desire to study and become a Radio Amateur. The ultimate in Social Distancing, now has potential candidates requesting copies if the WIA’s Foundation manual like never before, in fact in the last 21 days the WIA has had online orders of around 46 manuals. The result is many exam candidates are queuing up to sit their Amateur Radio Exam remotely as the numbers have been increasing over the last several weeks now. If you need a foundation manual, just jump online and order one from you local club or go to www.wia.org.au and select “WIA Bookshop” under the “For Members” drop down menu.

Remote ham radio exams are not anything new as Lee conducted the WIA’s second remote exam session in October 2017 from Cocos Keeling Island when he was there during the VK9XI/ VK9CI DXpedition. Lee, along with the local candidate and with the second assessor, Ron VK2DQ, who was residing at home back in Australia. The exam back then was conducted using Skype just as it is currently being done with the new AMC procedure. In hindsight it seems the WIA were very advanced and forward thinking back then to be utilizing the current technology of the day to be advancing the hobby.

Lee has a long history with the WIA and the WIA Exam service as he is a 13 year WIA veteran assessor. Oscar has had extensive experience in training and examination services professionally and during his involvement in Amateur Radio. Both Oscar and Lee are Accredited AMC Level 3 Assessors which give them authorisation to conduct Remote online assessments and are also both approved ARRL Volunteer Examiners for USA licensing assessments administered locally in Australia, which are currently conducted in conjunction with Volunteer Examiners Australia Inc (VEA) who have exam teams around the country that have both ARRL VE’s and AMC approved Level 2 and 3 assessors among them..

See the VEA website at www.vea.org.au for more information on joining with VEA, for information on how to obtain both your Australian and your USA Amateur radio licence.

The WIA thank Oscar and Lee along with all the other volunteers who continually commit their time to the WIA, to local Radio Clubs and to Community Groups, as all these small contributions add up to bringing new people into the world of Amateur Radio.

Come join us on this fantastic journey and fascinating worldwide hobby of Amateur Radio.

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Add International Marconi Day (IMD) to the roster of amateur radio events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IMD celebrates the role of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi played in the development of radio technology. The 24-hour event is held annually to celebrate Marconi’s birthday on April 25, 1874, and is typically held on the Saturday in April closest to that date. This year, IMD would…

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The Vienna International Center in Austria has authorized the call sign 4U2STAYHOME for use by the Vienna International Amateur Radio Club, which normally identifies as 4U1VIC. United Nations Amateur Radio Club President, James Sarte, K2QI, approved the call sign to promote amateur radio goodwill and over-the-air social networking. QSL cards go to UA3DX. Contacts with 4U2STAYHOME count for both…

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The USKA report the magazine Photovoltaik carries an article about the interference solar panel installations cause to radios

A translation of the USKA post says:

What we radio amateurs have known for a long time has now been publicly and well-reported.

The specialist magazine Photovoltaik has devoted its edition 2/2020 to the subject of radio interference from photovoltaic systems. The trigger was radio amateurs from Switzerland who had registered with the magazine.

Editor-in-chief Heiko Schwarzburger, himself a qualified engineer MA, has written three very insightful articles based on interviews with experts on the subject and those affected.

The first article is an interview with Heinrich Häberlin, HB9AZO, professor emeritus at the Burgdorf University of Applied Sciences and operator of his own photovoltaic system. As the publisher of a comprehensive standard work on photovoltaics and many other publications, he is an important voice in the industry.

The second interview was conducted by editor-in-chief Schwarzburger with dipl. El-Ing. ETH Emmanuel de Raemy from OFCOM, responsible for EMC issues. Mr. de Raemy is a regular participant in the meetings between OFCOM and USKA, which take place twice a year. He also clearly explains that the disturbances of PV systems are a problem for all radio services. However, it is usually the radio amateurs who are the first to discover and can assign them thanks to their technical knowledge.

In the third interview, a radio amateur spoke, who had such a hard time with the service provided by the unintelligible manufacturer because considerable faults were found.

We thank editor-in-chief Heiko Schwarzburger for the very informative and well-founded contributions on the subject of EMC interference from PV systems, and hope that the awareness of the problem will raise the awareness of the installers and builders.

Bernard, HB9ALH
Board of Directors USKA

Magazine article
https://www.uska.ch/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/PV2-2020_DC-Optimierer.pdf

Source USKA post Photovoltaics disrupt radio traffic
https://tinyurl.com/SwitzerlandUSKA

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The Vienna International Center in Austria has authorized the call sign 4U2STAYHOME for use by the Vienna International Amateur Radio Club, which normally identifies as 4U1VIC. United Nations Amateur Radio Club President, James Sarte, K2QI, approved the call sign to promote amateur radio goodwill and over-the-air social networking. QSL cards go to UA3DX. Contacts with 4U2STAYHOME count for both CMA and SHA awards — Thanks to The Daily DX

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Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor (and certified mad scientist), Emilio Ruiz, who writes: Recently I was given a broken Grundig G8 Traveler II.  This radio had an accident–the case, speaker, tuning knob, and volume controls were all broken or damaged. I discovered that the tuning and volume controls are not potentiometers, they are a […]

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ARRL -Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at https://ift.tt/2CVg5nd. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

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Listen to the new episode of ARRL Audio News on your iOS or Android podcast app, or online at https://ift.tt/2CVg5nd. Audio News is also retransmitted on a number of FM repeaters. Click here and then scroll down to see the list.

 

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Regular Broadcast times of Encore are:  10:00 – 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe – Now Simulcast on 7440 kHz Repeated: 01:00 – 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada and Central America. 08:00 – 09:00 UTC Sunday 7440 kHz Channel 292 to Europe 02:00 – 03:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the […]

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There are more than 2,000 active satellites orbiting Earth. At the end of their useful lives, many will simply burn up as they reenter the atmosphere. But some will continue circling as “zombie” satellites — neither alive nor quite dead.

“Most zombie satellites are satellites that are no longer under human control, or have failed to some degree,” says Scott Tilley.

Tilley, an amateur radio operator living in Canada, has a passion for hunting them down.

In 2018, he found a signal from a NASA probe called IMAGE that the space agency had lost track of in 2005. With Tilley’s help, NASA was able to reestablish contact.

But he has tracked down zombies even older than IMAGE.

“The oldest one I’ve seen is Transit 5B-5. And it launched in 1965,” he says, referring to a nuclear-powered U.S. Navy navigation satellite that still circles the Earth in a polar orbit, long forgotten by all but a few amateurs interested in hearing it “sing” as it passes overhead.

Recently, Tilley got interested in a communications satellite he thought might still be alive — or at least among the living dead. LES-5, built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory, was launched in 1967….READ MORE

Well folks, here’s what appears to be a new ZOMBIE SAT!

LES-5 [2866, 1967-066E] in a GEO graveyard orbit.

Confirmation will occur at ~0445 UTC this evening when the satellite should pass through eclipse.

If so this is definitely the oldest emitting GEOsat I know of. pic.twitter.com/QFSRb5bT1I

— Scott Tilley (@coastal8049) March 25, 2020

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Southgate ARC – WIA Vice President Aidan Mountford VK4APM reports on the recent poll regarding the Foundation Licence Syllabus which was completed by 10% of Australia’s radio amateurs

via Current ham radio news https://ift.tt/35fsk93 April 25, 2020 at 06:12AM
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Southgate ARC – During these unprecedented times of social distancing and staying at home, the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee (E and E) has postponed ballot counting for four contested Section Manager elections32

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Southgate ARC – The activities that our community places under the banner of amateur radio are many and varied. I’ve referred to this as a thousand hobbies in one. If you look at the surface, you’ll find all manner of activities that readily attach to our hobby

via Current ham radio news https://ift.tt/2yGo1an April 25, 2020 at 06:12AM
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Southgate ARC – Moroccan special event stations will be using the COVID-19 Awareness special event callsign CN20SH (for StayHome) until April 30th

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Southgate ARC – NewsWest for Sunday the 26th of April 2020 is the Club Focus Edition where we give clubs an opportunity to tell the rest of the world what they’re doing

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Southgate ARC – Nodir, EY8MM, informed OPDX that “after 10 years of being QRT, the EY Hams can now operate on the 50 MHz band again. Analog broadcasting on Ch1 has been stopped early 2020.”

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Southgate ARC – Disturbing news from New Zealand in this week’s NZART Break-in newsletter is that WARO (Women Amateur Radio Operators) is to “tread water”

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Southgate ARC – The last day with a visible sunspot was April 4. Over the past reporting week, April 16 to 22, average daily solar flux was 69, down a half point from the previous week, when the average was 69.5

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