June 20, 2021

ARRL Field Day

June 20, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1800Z, Jun 26 to 2100Z, Jun 27

Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest

June 20, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Jun 26 to 1200Z, Jun 27

His Maj. King of Spain Contest, SSB

June 20, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Jun 26 to 1200Z, Jun 27

UFT QRP Contest

June 20, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0600Z-0900Z, Jun 26 and 1400Z-1700Z, Jun 26

June 19, 2021

Tonga operation postponed

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - After over one year of being QRT since May 2020 due to Covid-19, Masa, JA0RQV, has postponed his June A35JP activity from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) again

Radio ham in Queen's Birthday Honours list

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - WIA News reports Bill Roper VK3BR was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to Amateur Radio in the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Ofcom licence Variation or Revocation FoI

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Stewart Baker G3RXQ submitted a Freedom of Information request to Ofcom to establish how many Amateur Radio Licences have been varied or revoked

Ofcom claim GDPR blocks callsign disclosure

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In response to a Freedom of Information request Ofcom claim they are unable to release the callsign of a person whose amateur licence was Revoked in March 2013 due to GDPR legislation

VK6WIA NewsWest

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - NewsWest for Sunday 20th June 2021 is the New Amateurs Edition, where we acknowledge those who have gained a new callsign, especially to welcome newcomers to the hobby

Ham Radio Operators on the air for nationwide event June 26 - 27

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Narwhal Amateur Radio Society (NARS), made up of ham radio operators from Bellingham, the San Juan Islands, and the Seattle metro area will be participating in 2021 ARRL Field Day, a national amateur radio exercise, from 12 noon on Saturday until 2 pm on Sunday, June 26 – 27

Foundations of Amateur Radio

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Here be Dragons, venturing into uncharted territory... Sometimes when you head into uncharted territory, you gotta laugh at yourself from time to time. Last weekend I participated in a contest, something I enjoy doing as you might recall

5 reasons to attend August 14-15 QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo

June 19, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Our third and next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is scheduled Live from August 14-15, 2021 and then on-demand for 30 days

K1USN Slow Speed Test

June 19, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2100Z, Jun 25

NCCC Sprint

June 19, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 25

NCCC RTTY Sprint

June 19, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 25

QRP Fox Hunt

June 19, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0230Z, Jun 25

June 18, 2021

FCC Closed for New Juneteenth Federal Holiday

June 18, 2021 04:24 PM - ARRL -

The FCC is closed today (Friday, June 18) in observance of the new Juneteenth federal holiday. Juneteenth, officially observed on June 19, celebrates the end of slavery in the US. Amateur radio applications and exam sessions filed after Thursday, June 17, night will not be processed until Monday, June 21.

The K7RA Solar Update

June 18, 2021 12:32 PM - ARRL -

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Solar activity was lower this week, with the average daily sunspot number declining from 34.9 last week to 13.9 this week. This average was affected by the single day with no sunspots, Saturday, June 12.

Average daily solar flux dropped from 77.7 to 75.2. The Penticton observatory in British Columbia (the source for the 10.7-centimeter solar flux) did not report...

Radio store will have grand opening during Field Day

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The grand opening of a radio store, All Day Radios in Ramona , catering for Amateur Radio/CB/Commercial radios, has been timed to coincide with Field Day weekend June 26-27

Ofcom: Update to EMF licence condition guidance

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Ofcom has published updated versions of their simplified guidance on the new electromagnetic fields (EMF) licence condition that will apply to spectrum licensees, along with a new EMF Calculator

Noctilucent clouds in the USA

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Last night, multiple observers in northern-tier US states witnessed bright noctilucent clouds (NLCs)

New book for Yaesu owners

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - I am pleased to announce that the Radio Today guide to the Yaesu FTDX101D and FTDX101MP is now available from the RSGB bookshop, Amazon, and Amazon Kindle. This is my 9th amateur radio book and the first featuring a Yaesu radio

Netherlands: Novice ham radio license changes

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - VERON reports that after many years the changes to the Netherlands' amateur radio Novice (equivalent to CEPT Novice) have finally been published in the Government Gazette (Staatscourant)

K9JM to transmit CW and digital versions of 2021 W1AW Field Day bulletin

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM is again slated to transmit the CW and Digital versions of the 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin

FMH Portable Operations Challenge 2021, parallel regional or local group competitions

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - To increase participation in the FMH Portable Operations Challenge 2021, parallel regional or local group competitions based on how entrants are positioned in the final results of the POC are being encouraged by Ed DD5LP

Family comes first during hurricane preparation for home and station

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The ARRL report that the Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30, and two named storms have already shown up, although neither threatened the US. There's still time to consider making sure you, your family, and your ham station are prepared. Remember, your family's safety comes first

EMF update

June 18, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The RSGB's specialist EMF group has helped Ofcom customise its guidance for radio amateurs. This updated guide is much simplified from the earlier version and now comprises just four steps

RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB

June 18, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 24

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

June 18, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jun 24

CWops Mini-CWT Test

June 18, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, Jun 24

EACW Meeting

June 18, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 24

June 17, 2021

Why Operate QRP Portable?

June 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Thomas K4SWL is a very active QRP portable enthusiast. He created a website QRPer.com where he shares his adventures

Spanish special event

June 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the URE section Seville Radioamateurs Union (URS) will be active between the 14th and 27th as ED7EFS around the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship from Sevilla

SP DX Contest 2021 final results are published

June 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The final results for SP DX Contest 2021 have been published. Congratulations to all involved. See you next year!

Parsippany Emergency Management hosting amateur radio event

June 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In New Jersey, Parsippany's Office of Emergency Management and about 40K in North America will communicate via ham radios in the Field Day Challenge

Meet the Bengaluru 'radio man' who's teaching thousands of students about ham radio, Morse code

June 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Thought that radio comms were obsolete in the age of the smartphone? Well, next time there's a disaster, you should know who may just end up saving lives

German special event

June 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - In June 1914 the Eilvese transmitter, an early long-distance telegraphy station, went into service with the callsign OUI

Tony's 10m Band Report

June 17, 2021 08:10 AM - Southgate ARC - A very full week of activity except maybe for Friday and Saturday

CWops Mini-CWT Test

June 17, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 23

CWops Mini-CWT Test

June 17, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 23

Phone Weekly Test - Fray

June 17, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 23

SKCC Sprint

June 17, 2021 12:12 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0200Z, Jun 23

June 16, 2021

Nominees for ARRL Director, Vice Director Solicited in Five Divisions

June 16, 2021 04:50 PM - ARRL -

Full ARRL members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern, and Roanoke Divisions will have the opportunity this year to choose a Director and Vice Director for 3-year terms beginning on January 1, 2022. ARRL is now seeking eligible nominees for these positions. These could include incumbents or new candidates. It takes 10 full members in a Division to nominate a candidate for either o...

Family Comes First during Hurricane Preparation for Home and Station

June 16, 2021 04:50 PM - ARRL -

The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and continues through November 30, and two named storms have already shown up, although neither threatened the US. There’s still time to consider making sure you, your family, and your ham station are prepared. Remember, your family’s safety comes first.

Your first stop should be a visit to the National Weather Service (NWS) page for personal and fam...

Slow-Scan TV Event from International Space Station Set

June 16, 2021 01:24 PM -

Shop ARRL and Amazon Smile for Father’s Day

June 16, 2021 01:20 PM - ARRL -

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20. Get Dad the perfect gift this year, while supporting his favorite hobby. If you’re browsing Amazon for electronics, sporting goods, ham radio gear, and more, we invite you to shop at AmazonSmile and choose American Radio Relay League Inc. (ARRL) as your charity of choice.

With every purchase you make at AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a contribution to ARRL, to hel...

YOTA Contest - July 18

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The first Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) Contest has already taken place and was a big success, the next contest will take place on Sunday, July 18

VK 20 HOME

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Don't forget that the WIA special event callsign VK 20 HOME is still available for members to use until December 31st 2021

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group were active from the Old Copper Mine near Bunmahon, Co. Waterford over the weekend of the 5th and 6th June 2021

Ofcom publish British Grand Prix frequencies

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - A Freedom of Information request asked Ofcom for the frequencies to be used at the F1 British Grand Prix 2021 at Silverstone

Next Generation beacon fund tops R18 000

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Next Generation beacon fund administered by AMSAT SA topped the R18 000 mark and currently stands at R18 150

Field Day, but sure

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Are you planning to participate in a Field Day soon? Or in a SOTA activation, in a DXpedition or in any other radio activity outside the QTH? Do you have any insurance that covers any unforeseen risk that may occur?

DXCC Country/Entity Report

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th June, through Sunday, 13th June there were 215 countries active

ARISS contact is scheduled with students in France at Collège Albert Camus in La Norville and Université Paris-Saclay in Saint-Aubin

June 16, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Students will take turns asking their questions of ISS Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, amateur radio call sign KG5FYG

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

June 16, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jun 22

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

June 16, 2021 12:11 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, Jun 22

June 15, 2021

K1USN Slow Speed Test

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, Jun 21

Run for the Bacon QRP Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2300Z, Jun 20 to 0100Z, Jun 21

WAB 50 MHz Phone

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0800Z-1400Z, Jun 20

Feld Hell Sprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1800Z-1959Z, Jun 19

ARRL Kids Day

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1800Z-2359Z, Jun 19

West Virginia QSO Party

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1600Z, Jun 19 to 0400Z, Jun 20

Stew Perry Topband Challenge

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1500Z, Jun 19 to 1500Z, Jun 20

IARU Region 1 50 MHz Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1400Z, Jun 19 to 1400Z, Jun 20

AGCW VHF/UHF Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1400Z-1700Z, Jun 19 (144) and 1700Z-1800Z, Jun 19 (432)

Ukrainian DX Classic RTTY Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Jun 19 to 1159Z, Jun 20

SMIRK Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z, Jun 19 to 2400Z, Jun 20

Battle of Carabobo International Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-2400Z, Jun 19

All Asian DX Contest, CW

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z, Jun 19 to 2400Z, Jun 20

K1USN Slow Speed Test

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2100Z, Jun 18

NCCC Sprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 18

NCCC RTTY Sprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0145Z-0215Z, Jun 18

EACW Meeting

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 17

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jun 17

CWops Mini-CWT Test

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, Jun 17

RSGB 80m Club Championship, CW

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 16

CWops Mini-CWT Test

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Jun 16

CWops Mini-CWT Test

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, Jun 16

SARL Youth Sprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z-1400Z, Jun 16

Phone Weekly Test - Fray

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 16

NAQCC CW Sprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0030Z-0230Z, Jun 16

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Jun 15

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, Jun 15

4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0200Z, Jun 14

K1USN Slow Speed Test

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, Jun 14

ARRL June VHF Contest

June 15, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1800Z, Jun 12 to 0259Z, Jun 14

June 14, 2021

3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island Cancelled

June 14, 2021 12:09 PM - ARRL -

The Intrepid-DX Group announced over the weekend that it has cancelled its long-anticipated 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island. The DXpedition team had planned to travel to Bouvet via the RV Braveheart, owned by Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ. Jolly has told the DXpedition that Braveheart is being sold and he’s cancelled its contract for the 3Y0J voyage.

“The global pandemic has impacted the expedition chart...

Voortrekkers using special event call sign

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In celebration of the Voortrekker Movement's 90th anniversary, a special event call sign, ZS90VTK, has been issued. The call sign will be activated on 16 June 2021, Youth Day, from the roof of the Voortrekker Monument

Two international speakers at AMSAT SA Space Symposium

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - AMSAT SA has announced that the 2021 Space Symposium will be held from 10:00 - 15:00 CAT on Saturday 10 July 2021 on the BlueJeans platform

Transatlantic Tests 100 Centenary

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - On the 12th December 1921, Paul Godley, 2ZE, received the first complete and verified amateur radio short wave transatlantic message ever sent, from a station based in Greenwich, Connecticut '1BCG'

Shortwave Listener Award - The Ian Morris Memorial Trophy

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The South Dublin Radio Club, in honour of the late Ian Morris EI6U, donated this perpetual trophy to the Irish Radio Transmitters Society. Ian was a member of the committee of the Society for many years and was a very proficient CW, Field Day and contest operator

Pride Radio Group

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Pride Radio Group is working to take the financial sting out of becoming a ham. The group is making free kits with basic equipment available to Pride members who qualify for the assistance and live in Australia. Pride is also providing tutorials on how to get started with the kits

Ofcom release amateur radio callsign database

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request Ofcom have released the database of 147,877 Amateur Radio callsigns for the UK and Crown Dependencies for May 2021

MIR-SAT1 to deploy from ISS

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The first amateur radio CubeSat from Mauritius is expected to be deployed from the International Space Station on June 22

IRTS 40 Metre News

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Propagation conditions on Sunday mornings around 11 o'clock do not currently favour inter-EI communications and this is a problem for the IRTS news broadcast on 7.123MHz at 1100 local time

HAREC Examination

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The following statement was issued by the IRTS Examination Board on Saturday June 12th

CHIME telescope detects more than 500 mysterious fast radio bursts in its first year of operation

June 14, 2021 06:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Observations quadruple the number of known radio bursts and reveal two types: one-offs and repeaters

June 13, 2021

ZS4BFN from the Franklin Game Reserve

June 13, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Franklin Game Reserve (ZSFF-0127) is located on Naval Hill in the centre of Bloemfontein and is the only game reserve to be found in the middle of a city

WA3RNC’S TR-25 and upcoming TR-45L transceiver kits

June 13, 2021 07:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Here is a compact but powerful 2-band CW transceiver kit that uses no tiny pushbuttons, and without those seemingly endless and hard-to-remember back menus. There is a knob or a switch for every function!

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