Category: News

Foundations of Amateur Radio #193

Modern Tools for a Modern Hobby – The hobby we call amateur radio is enormous. One amateur called it a thousand hobbies in one and that just about sums it up for me. Being bored inside this hobby is not an option, because there is just so much to do and see

Radio Ham lone yachtswoman

At 16:33 GMT on 14th February 2019, radio ham Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS reached another milestone that no other seventy-year olds have. The 76-year old passed the longitude of Cape Agulhas 20°00´E, in her yacht SV Nereida. She never saw the most southern tip of Africa, 330 miles to the North, as she ploughed on towards Australia and New Zealand

ARRL Headquarters Seeks Radiosport and Field Services Manager

ARRL is accepting applications for the position of Radiosport and Field Services Manager at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive salary. The successful candidate would be responsible for managing the Radiosport and Field Services functions, including employee training, and program and services delivery…

Geostationary satellite transponder active

The geostationary amateur radio narrowband transponder on the Es’hail-2/QO-100 was made available for amateur experimental use on the afternoon of Tuesday, 12 February 2019. The 250kHz bandwidth transponder uses the 2.4GHz band for the uplink with the downlink in the 10.45GHz band and should provide communications over a wide portion of the globe. Potentially both […]

ITU emergency comms document update

The ITU has updated a key recommendation for cross border usage of Emergency Communications Equipment. The new 2019 edition of ITU Recommendation M-1637 is clearer regarding countries facilitating the use of radio equipment that may be physically brought by visiting relief personnel into the territory where there is a disaster or emergency. The recommendation is […]

SOS Radio Week 2019

SOS Radio Week 2019 will take place between 0000UTC on 1 May 2019 to 2359UTC on 31 May 2019. Individual amateur radio operators and clubs are invited to register as official SOS Radio Week stations and operate during the month. Stations can be run under individual, club, or special event call signs, from home or […]

DX News – 17 February 2019

Jean-Pierre, F6CTF will be active as 3W9JF from the island of Phu Quoc, AS-128, from the 19 February to 6 March. Plans are to be mainly on the 80, 40, 20 and 17m bands. QSL via eQSL or direct to EA5GL. A group of operators will be on the air as KP3RE from Culebra Island, […]

Contest News – 17 February 2019

The ARRL International DX contest ends its 48 hour run at 2459UTC this Sunday, the 17th. Using CW only on the 1.8 to 28MHz bands, the exchange is signal report and transmit power. American and Canadian stations will also send their state or province details. On Tuesday, the 1.3GHz UK Activity Contest runs from 2000 […]

Propagation News – 17 February 2019

We had another spotless week as the Sun continued its decline into solar minimum. Geomagnetic conditions were varied with the beginning of week seeing the Kp index hitting one and two. But this didn’t last due to ongoing coronal hole activity, which saw the Kp index climb to three and four by Wednesday, the 13th, […]

News for England Midlands – 17 February 2019

We start with clubs that have several events this week. This Sunday and next, Burton Amateur Radio Club has an open net at 10am on 145.575MHz. On Wednesday there is a club night to which non-members are very welcome and the remote Club SDR Flex 6500 will be available for use by members. On Thursday […]

News for Scotland – 17 February 2019

On Monday Edinburgh and District Amateur Radio Club has a club net operating evening. Contact Norman, GM1CNH, on 0774 094 6192. On Tuesday Dundee Amateur Radio Club is having a club night and Foundation training. Contact Martin, 2M0KAU, on 0776 370 8933. On Tuesday Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club is holding an activity and […]

News for England South-East – 17 February 2019

A Train the Trainers course is being organised and hosted by Huntingdon Amateur Radio Society for 30 March. It will take place in Buckden, St Neots, Cambridgeshire. If you wish to reserve a place then please contact the organiser, David Howlett, by email to secretary@hunts-hams.co.uk. He will be able to give you further details and […]

News for England South-West – 17 February 2019

This Sunday and next, Torbay Amateur Radio Society Club has nets on 14.270MHz at 9.30am and 145.575MHz at 12 noon. On Monday the nets move to 3.663MHz at 10.30am, 1.982MHz at 8pm and  50.155MHz at 8.30pm. Wednesday sees nets on 14.270MHz at 9.30am and 3.663MHz at 10.30am. On Friday the club is holding its AGM […]

News for Wales – 17 February 2019

On Monday Llanelli Amateur Radio Society is having a social evening. Details from Steve Williams, MW6CCG, on 0787 849 4337. On Thursday Newport Amateur Radio Society is having a talk by Phil, GW4REX Tetra and DMR Radio Systems. Details from Margaret, GW4SUE, on 01633 665 289.