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News for Saturday 22 May

Foundations of Amateur Radio
Streaming a dozen repeaters with an RTL-SDR dongle
A while ago as part of my ongoing exploration into all things radio I came across a utility called rtlsdr-airband. It's a tool that uses a cheap software defined radio dongle to listen to a station frequency or channel and send it to a variety of different outputs
Changes to the RSGB 50MHz awards
The RSGB Awards Manager has reviewed the current 50MHz awards offered by the Society and concluded that the existing 50MHz 2-Way Countries and 50MHz DX Countries awards are significantly duplicating each other
ARISS contact with school in Valdivia, Chile
An ARISS educational school contact is planned for Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP with students at Windsor School and Liceo Industrial de Valdivia High School, Valdivia, Chile
VK6WIA NewsWest
NewsWest for Sunday 23rd May 2021 is the New Amateurs Edition, and we turn our attention to new Amateurs by acknowledging those who have gained a new license, and by offering advice, information and resources to newcomers to Amateur Radio
County supervisors shine spotlight on Ramona radio hams
The Ramona Sentinel reports amateur radio operators in Ramona are being recognized for their dedication to emergency communications
Announcing: 2021 Inductees to the CQ Amateur Radio, Contesting and DX Halls of Fame
CQ magazine is pleased to announce its 2021 Hall of Fame inductees, including two new members each for the CQ DX Hall of Fame and the CQ Contest Hall of Fame, along with six inductees to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. This year's inductions are again being conducted online due to event cancellations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic




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
Southgate Vibes Podcast #61
Steve Richards G4HPE is here with the latest edition of Southgate Vibes. There's two new episodes every week - on Tuesdays and Fridays - Click the 'Play' button to listen to the latest episode


News for Thursday 20 May

Ofcom contact UK radio amateurs regarding EMF regulation
On Wednesday, May 19, Ofcom sent out an email to all the radio amateurs they have an email address for
RadCom Plus
RadCom Plus is the RSGB’s technical supplement for radio amateurs who want more in-depth information
The Marconi CR100 - an iconic radio from the past
The Marconi CR100 was one of the many communications receivers that appeared on the government surplus market in the 1950s and 1960s. The receiver was a single conversion superhet covering LF, MF, and HF bands
YOTA Contest on Saturday May 22
The YOTA Contest on Saturday May 22 is open to every amateur radio operator in the world, there is a special category for people aged 25 or under
Tony's 10m Band Report

Not too bad a week. Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit low but the rest of the week was OK with Sunday being excellent

Really popular were FY5KE (French Guiana with no FT8), 9G5FI (Ghana), OY1CT (Faroe Is), IQ1QQ/2 (Italy), IB2AS (Italy) and RT9K/2 (Arctic Russia)

Of course there were others and apologies to anyone who feels left out.

I worked stacks of Europeans mainly EAs, on FT4 and actually on 10m, fairly unusual.

Ofcom confirm Foundation operation in UK territorial waters
In their EMF announcement of May 18 Ofcom confirmed again that Foundation and Intermediate licence holders may operate from UK Territorial Waters
Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA discusses propagation and the forecast for Cycle 25
The Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) continues its highly acclaimed series of monthly speaker programs with one of the experts in solar propagation giving us a look ahead to Cycle 25
Upcoming: YOTA Contest
The first YOTA Contest is coming closer and closer already. Only a few days left until Saturday 22nd May! Is your station ready and tested? Did you install the latest contest loggers to be prepared for the fun on the bands?
Ofcom wants to allow people to install more phone repeaters
Ofcom wants people to be allowed to buy and install themselves a licence-exempt mobile phone repeater
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News for Wednesday 19 May

Ofcom issue new amateur radio licence Terms and Conditions
On Tuesday, May 18, Ofcom confirmed the new EMF licence condition for Radio Amateurs and most other licenced radio users
New 40 MHz propagation beacon now operational from the West of Ireland
A new 8-metre propagation beacon with the callsign EI1CAH is now operational from the west of Ireland and it transmits on a frequency of 40.016 MHz
QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo call for speakers
The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will return on August 14th and 15th, 2021
ARISS contact is scheduled with students at Lycée Jean Moulin, Les Andelys, France
This will be a Multipoint Telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio between the ISS and students from Lycée Jean Moulin
60 Years Antarctic Treaty System
Volker DL8JDX, who visited the Antarctic numerous times, has suggested an event marking the date when the Antarctic Treaty System entered into force in 1961
Hawaiian special event
Amateur Radio Operators will activate special-event station K6K to celebrate King Kamehameha the Great and Hawaii's rich history. K6K special event station will give HAMS a chance to add Hawaii to their logs to earn WAS or DCXX awards
Mariana Island
Jim, ND9M (aka VQ9JC), who has been active as ND9M/mm from wet grids in the Pacific, is now anchored in Saipan (OC-086), and plans to go ashore and be active as ND9M/KH0
IOTA News from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Andreas, DK5ON of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
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News for Tuesday 18 May

IRTS Radio Amateur Exam closing date
The Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) Examination Board has announced 2 pm on Friday, May 21st, as the closing date for anyone wishing to sit the next Amateur Radio Station Examination
Netherlands: Repeaters and Beacons to be hit with 79 Euro charge
VERON reports an additional change of 79 Euros a year is being levied on amateur radio Repeaters and Beacons in a move that is detrimental to experimental radio research
Dare to Repair
Mark Miodownik examines why electronic gadgets and household goods don’t last and are hard to repair and what’s being done to fix the problem
EI0HQ in the 2021 IARU HF Championship
The IRTS contest manager is still looking for volunteers to operate EI0HQ on some single bands in the IARU HF Championships on July 10th and 11th
SARL-100 Working Group
The SARL-100 Working Group was created during the Council meeting on Tuesday 11 May 2021 with the aim to collect the history of the SARL
Discussion Point
Hello, I'm Geoff Emery, VK4ZPP, and I've been thinking...
Direct QSLing to cost more from May 27th
The Irish Radio Transmitters Society say the cost of mailing QSL cards is going to get more expensive from May 27th when An Post increase postal rates
Bouvet Island DXpedition news
Ken, LA7GIA, 3Y0J Co-Leader, reported on the 3Y0J FaceBook page that the German DX Foundation (GDXF) confirms their record breaking donation of 8000 Euro/10,000 USDs to the 3Y0J DXpedition!!


News for Monday 17 May

Online training course in the Philippines
A 3 hour online course was held on May 15 to prepare newcomers for the Philippines 25 question Rules and Regulations exam for the Entry Level 100 watt Class D Amateur Radio license
Radio watch group trains for disaster with repeater bypass exercise
Local radio watch groups continue to grow as they put the technology to use to provide an alternative communication source in the event of an emergency where phone lines or cell towers might be compromised
VERON member survey results
Netherlands amateur radio society VERON has released a summary of the results of its 2021 member survey
Online Talk: Effect of the Titanic disaster on radio
The Denby Dale ARS will be hosting an online talk on Zoom on the effect of the Titanic disaster on radio by Dr Fred Archibald VE1FA on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to join the meeting
'Ham' it up for hurricane season
Southwest Floridians are all too familiar with power loss during hurricanes and storms, but who’s there to communicate for us in a state of emergency?
A Spy in Every Embassy
'The intelligence coup of the century'. The extraordinary story of the longest running and most successful secret intelligence operation of the 20th Century
YOTA Contest
The first round of the Youngsters on the Air contest will be taking place next weekend on 22nd of May, from 0800 to 1959 UTC, on bands 80m, 40m, 20m, 15m, 10m, CW and SSB
INDEXA Spring Newsletter
The Spring 2021 Issue of the INDEXA Newsletter (Issue 132) is now available
IOTA News from OPDX
Weekly IOTA News - compiled by Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
DXCC Country/Entity Report
According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th May, through Sunday, 16th May there were 210 countries active
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News for Sunday 16 May

IARUMS April newsletter now available
The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) has been causing interference to radio amateurs
The great geomagnetic storm of May 1921
100 years ago today, the biggest solar storm of the 20th century struck Earth
Amateur radio on BBC Essex Breakfast Show
Dorothy M0LMR got some publicity for Amateur Radio on BBC Essex by phoning in to the Breakfast Show and talking about customised car registration numbers for ham radio
SARL response to Draft Equipment Authorisation Regulations
On Friday afternoon 14 May, the SARL submitted its response to the Draft Equipment Authorisation Regulations as published by ICASA on 30 March 2021
CANWARN Online Training 2021
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that we have now partnered with the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre Team to provide CANWARN Training this spring
ZS3 Sprint this afternoon
The ZS3 Sprint is on the air this afternoon from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC (16:00 to 17:00 CAT) with CW and phone activity on 40 metres
Propagation Report from Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP
Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, reports that the solar activity is expected to be at low levels

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