April 21, 2021

Upswing in Solar Cycle 25 Activity May Have Begun

April 21, 2021 07:14 PM - ARRL -

Frank Donovan, W3LPL, says the long-anticipated significant increase in Solar Cycle 25 activity may have begun on April 19.

“As a result, 30- and 20-meter nighttime propagation and 17- and 15-meter daytime propagation is likely to be enhanced through at least April 26. The solar flux index (SFI) is likely to remain at 85 or higher through at least April 26 due to two active regions on the sun’s...

Camp for Young Radio Amateurs in the Americas is a Go for this Summer

April 21, 2021 05:09 PM -

Registration is Open for Virtual Visalia 2021

April 21, 2021 03:49 PM - ARRL -

The 72nd meeting of the International DX Convention, aka “Visalia,” is now open for registration. The virtual 2-day meeting, sponsored by the Northern California DX Club (NCDXC) will be held on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, via Zoom webinars. In addition to a safe, front-row seat without having to leave home, participants will be able to attend eight DX-related webinars on Saturday, eig...

Yasme Foundation Releases Chronicles of Amateur Radio DX History

April 21, 2021 03:45 PM -

South African 40 MHz beacon heard in Greece

April 21, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - John Desmond EI7GL reports the South African amateur radio beacon ZS6WAB on 40.675 MHz has been received in Greece

Somalia operation

April 21, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Ali, EP3CQ, will once again be active as 6O1OO from Somalia starting sometime in May. He returns to Mogadishu on April 25th, and expects to be operational after his quarantine at the end of the month

Solar Flare and Radio Blackout

April 21, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In a sign of increasing solar activity, the sun just produced an M-class solar flare--one of the strongest flares of new Solar Cycle 25

Radio amateur G3YJO on BBC Radio 4

April 21, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Radio amateur Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO, was the guest on the Radio 4 show The Life Scientific that was broadcast on Tuesday, April 20

MAGLITE celebrates World Amateur Radio Day by joining forces with ARRL

April 21, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - In celebration of World Amateur Radio Day on April 18, Maglite and ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, have announced they have formed a partnership based on the common mission of helping people be prepared for emergencies and to serve their communities in extreme situations such as natural disasters

GB5UTA active in June for U3A event

April 21, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - GB5UTA will be on-the-air June 1-28 promoting Amateur Radio among the 450,000 strong University of the Third Age (U3A) an organisation that aims to help people learn, stay active and have fun in later life

China and Huawei's dystopian 'New IP' plan for 6G

April 21, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Huawei's plans for 6G and beyond make U.S. concerns over 5G look paltry: Huawei is proposing a fundamental internet redesign, which it calls 'New IP,' designed to build 'intrinsic security' into the web.

April 20, 2021

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory: Radio Users Again Reminded Not to Use Radios in Crimes

April 20, 2021 09:01 PM - ARRL -

On April 20, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued a new Enforcement Advisory, repeating the admonishments contained in a January Advisory that no licensee or user of the Amateur or Personal Radio Services may use any radio equipment in connection with unlawful activities of any nature.

The Commission specifically cautioned that individuals found to have used radios in connection with any illegal ...

Clear Frequencies Requested for Net Providing 24/7 Coverage of St Vincent Volcanic Eruption

April 20, 2021 06:42 PM - ARRL -

The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) has been providing round-the-clock coverage during the La Soufriere volcanic eruption on the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Several neighboring islands are also being affected by the disaster. When responding to disasters and emergencies such as this, the CEWN utilizes 3.815 MHz LSB and 7.188 MHz LSB. CEWN is requesting that radio amat...

YOTA Summer Camp Croatia postponed to 2022

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The YOTA summer camp Croatia, which had already been postponed to 2021 last year, has to be postponed once again to 2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Samuel Morse special event

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the Hungary Radio Amateur Society (MRASZ) will activate the following callsigns in celebration of the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel F. B. Morse between now and April 27th

QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo now ended

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, March 2021 Edition, ended on April 16th

NRRL's Online Ham Radio Convention

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Norway's NRRL is holding an online amateur radio convention this week April 18-26, the presentations are available on YouTube

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter succeeds in historic first flight

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. PDT)

Harmful coronavirus content on Loveworld breaks broadcasting rules for third time

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - An Ofcom investigation has found that coronavirus coverage on the religious satellite television channel Loveworld breached broadcasting rules for a third time

AMSAT's GOLF-TEE cubeSat manifested for launch on ELaNa-46

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - GOLF-TEE is the first satellite in AMSAT’s 'Greater Orbit, Larger Footprint' or GOLF program. The goal of the GOLF program is to work by steps through a series of increasingly capable spacecraft to learn to develop systems and skills needed to achieve successful high orbit missions

A Simple WSPR Beacon

April 20, 2021 08:12 AM - Southgate ARC - Dan Maloney KC1DJT writes on Hackaday about a simple beacon using the weak-signal mode WSPR

April 19, 2021

Radio Amateur Helps Rescuers to Locate Lost Hiker

April 19, 2021 09:55 PM - ARRL -

The keen and practiced eye of ARRL member Ben Kuo, AI6YR, helped to guide rescuers to a hiker stranded on a mountainside on April 12. Hiker Rene Compean, 45, had spent the night in a remote region of the Angeles National Forest after getting in a tough spot. After a concerned friend reported Compean missing on Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department dispatched search-and-rescue (SAR...

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

April 19, 2021 05:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Apr 27

National Hurricane Conference Set for June 14 – 17

April 19, 2021 02:51 PM -

2021 Contest University Announces Speaker Line-Up

April 19, 2021 02:43 PM - ARRL -

The 2021 Contest University (CTU), held in conjunction with the Dayton Hamvention® starting at 1300 UTC on May 20, has announced its roster of speakers. The live Zoom webinar event is free. Registration opens on April 21. Talks will run for 45 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session. More information is on the CTU website. The 2021 virtual Contest University will be recorded and avail...

Wanted: DX Editor for Echo Ireland

April 19, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Echo Ireland Editor Veronica Holohan is still seeking a volunteer to fill the role of DX correspondent for the quarterly IRTS publication

More radio amateurs in the Virgin Islands

April 19, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The emergency communications capabilities of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have been strengthened by the addition of two licenced amateur radio operators

Mexican special callsigns

April 19, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of the Association of Radio Amateur of the Mexican Republic (ARARM) will activate three special callsigns to celebrate their club's 61st anniversary

KARG participate as official award station in IMD 2021

April 19, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Members of Kerry Amateur Radio Group will be QRV for International Marconi Day on Saturday April 24th as an IMD Award station, using the call EI6YXQ from Ballybunion, County Kerry

Ham radio mentors sought in Switzerland

April 19, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Swiss national amateur radio society USKA is looking for people willing to be mentors to help newcomers to amateur radio

DXCC Country/Entity Report

April 19, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th April, through Sunday, 18th April there were 209 countries active

Add amateur radio to your disaster toolkit

April 19, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Islands' Sounder reports on an upcoming amateur radio course in Washington State and the role ham radio can play in a disaster

QCX Challenge

April 19, 2021 03:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0300Z-0400Z, Apr 27

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest

April 19, 2021 01:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0100Z-0159Z, Apr 27

April 18, 2021

QCX Challenge

April 18, 2021 07:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Apr 26

OK1WC Memorial (MWC)

April 18, 2021 04:30 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1630Z-1729Z, Apr 26

QCX Challenge

April 18, 2021 01:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1400Z, Apr 26

Pride Radio Group is back on the air with VI2021PRIDE for Midsumma Festival

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - As an eminent queer art and performance festival, Melbourne's Midsumma Festival is one of the major pride events in Australia

SARL Virtual AGM held yesterday

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The 2021 SARL Virtual AGM started at 10:00 CAT on the Bluejeans platform with Nico, ZS6QL the SARL President welcoming all the delegates

QSO Today - Patrick Brown AK5TX

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Patrick (Pat) Brown, AK5TX, has always had a love for radio leading to opportunities from Minnisota to Alaska

NASA to attempt first controlled flight on Mars as soon as Monday

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - NASA is targeting no earlier than Monday, April 19, for the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at approximately 3:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 a.m. PDT)

ITU releases World Amateur Radio Day video

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - ITU celebrates World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) today April 18 with this video

International Air Ambulance Week 2021

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - This year's International Air Ambulance Week will take place between 6th - 14th September 2021, with the focus on supporting and generating donations for flying medical services around the world

Ham radio more popular than ever

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - On the ITU site Lisa Leenders PA2LS describes the fascinating hobby of Amateur Radio and the significance of World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) today, April 18

ARISS contact with school in Blue Mountains, Australia

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - An ARISS educational school contact is planned for Victor Glover KI5BKC with students at the Winmalee Public School, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

ANZAC Day QSO Party

April 18, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Last year many amateur radio operators not only missed out on catching up with friends at their local amateur radio club gatherings, but were not able to attend an ANZAC Day service. To help overcome those restrictions, the St George Amateur Radio Society sponsored a QSO Party on Anzac Day 2020

K1USN Slow Speed Test

April 18, 2021 12:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0000Z-0100Z, Apr 26

April 17, 2021

BARTG Sprint 75

April 17, 2021 05:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-2059Z, Apr 25

UA1DZ Memorial Cup

April 17, 2021 01:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-1859Z, Apr 25

TM96WARD active for World Amateur Radio Day

April 17, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - France's national Amateur Radio society REF is running special event station TM96WARD to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18

Solar Cycle update

April 17, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Solar Maximum might arrive a little sooner than expected

RSGB release EMF Calculator video

April 17, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The RSGB has made available a video showing how to use the RSGB/Ofcom EMF Calculator along with a new version of the calculator v0.1.2-rsgb.v9e

VK6WIA NewsWest

April 17, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - NewsWest for Sunday 18th April 2021 is the History edition, and we take a look at things that happened in Amateur Radio in 1951 and earlier

World Amateur Radio Day and the RSGB’s Friendship on the Air Award

April 17, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - World Amateur Radio Day is this Sunday, 18 April and the theme of this year’s event is 'Home but never alone'

Foundations of Amateur Radio

April 17, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - If you've been around radio amateurs for a little while you're likely to have heard about the Solar Cycle and that it affects radio propagation for HF or High Frequency, also known as shortwave communications.

Astronomers detect new frequencies from mysterious fast radio bursts

April 17, 2021 09:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The mystery of fast radio bursts (FRBs) from space may be a step closer to being solved. Astronomers studying a repeating signal from a nearby galaxy have detected radiation at the lowest frequency of any FRB found so far, providing new potential hints about their origin

April 16, 2021

Florida QSO Party

April 16, 2021 04:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1600Z, Apr 24 to 0159Z, Apr 25 and 1200Z-2159Z, Apr 25

VHF SSB/CW 2m Sprint Classic

April 16, 2021 01:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z-2200Z, Apr 24

Helvetia Contest

April 16, 2021 01:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1300Z, Apr 24 to 1259Z, Apr 25

SP DX RTTY Contest

April 16, 2021 12:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1200Z, Apr 24 to 1200Z, Apr 25

The K7RA Solar Update

April 16, 2021 10:26 AM - ARRL -

Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: On April 12, new sunspot group AR2814 appeared following 5 days of no sunspots. Daily sunspot numbers on the next 4 days were 16, 16, 17, and 22, taking the average daily sunspot number for the April 8-14 reporting week from 6.4 last week to 7. The April 15 sunspot number of 22 was not included in this average. So far in 2021, 39% of the days had no sunspots.

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QRP to the Field

April 16, 2021 08:00 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0800-1800 local, Apr 24

YOTA Online: The end ... but a new beginning

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The next Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Online takes place on Thursday, April 29, at 1800 GMT (7pm BST). In this newest episode the team will present the main topic 'The end … but a new beginning!'

Wake Island update

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - I will be operating on Wake Island (KH9) on the following dates April 20th, 23rd, 27th and 29th. I will be working 17m and 20m QRP SSB, from 0400z until approximately 0730z

Ten more stations turn off Medium Wave services

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Ten more local BBC radio stations are turning off their Medium Wave transmitters for good this year

School students join ham radio club

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Students at the W.B. Beam Intermediate School learn about the science behind amateur radio in the school's Falcon Radio Club

SARL World Amateur Radio Day QSO Party

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The SARL WARD QSO Party will run from 06:00 to 18:00 UTC on Sunday 18 April with activity on all amateur bands and modes

Bouvet Island DXpedition

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Intrepid-DX Group will team-up with Intrepid Norwegian DXpeditioner Ken Opskar, LA7GIA, to activate Bouvet Island (the #2 Most Wanted DXCC Entity), between January/February 2023

Belgium: Amateur radio exams update

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - As previously reported, Belgium's communications regulator BIPT will resume amateur radio exams from April 26, provided that the evolution of the corona infections continues to progress positively

Archive of Marconi papers and correspondence acquired by California museum

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - ARRL reports the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, has acquired an archive of papers and correspondence to, from, and about wireless pioneer and Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi

100 years of hams

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - From offering a helping hand in defence to exploring cultural diversity, amateur radio stations in India celebrate their 100th anniversary

DX News from the ARRL

April 16, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The American Radio Relay League's round-up of the forthcoming week's DX activity on the amateur radio bands

10-10 Int. Spring Contest, Digital

April 16, 2021 12:01 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0001Z, Apr 24 to 2359Z, Apr 25

April 15, 2021

K1USN Slow Speed Test

April 15, 2021 08:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 2000Z-2100Z, Apr 23

Archive of Marconi Papers and Correspondence Acquired by California Museum

April 15, 2021 11:26 AM - ARRL -

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, has acquired an archive of papers and correspondence to, from, and about wireless pioneer and Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi. Among the more than 200 pages of correspondence are 31 letters from Marconi to his chief engineer, Richard Vyvyan, written between 1902 and 1909, regarding the construction and success...

National Science Foundation Funds Creation of Research Lab at Alaska’s HAARP

April 15, 2021 10:54 AM - ARRL -

A 5-year, $9.3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will allow the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute to establish a new research observatory at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). A former military facility, HAARP is now operated by UAF and is home to HAARP Amateur Radio Club’s KL7ERP. The new Subauroral Geophysical Observatory for Spa...

Tongatapu Island

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Masa, JA0RQV, will once again be active as A35JP from Tongatapu Island in Tonga (OC-049) between May 30th and June 30th. Schedule might be changed due to Covid-19

PACCdigi contest

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - A reminder that the PACCdigi contest takes place this weekend

NCDXF News

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) is pleased to announce it will be a major contributor (100,000 USDs) to the Intrepid DX Group's 3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition planned for January/February 2023

Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The Hex Beam, which was ordered from Waldi SP7IDX (RIP) and delivered in November, was assembled and mounted on the Air Mast during the week, by members of the Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club

IRTS Annual General Meeting

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - The deadline for reserving your place at the IRTS Annual General Meeting being held online on April 24th at 1100 is Saturday April 17th

Free online Amateur Radio training course starts Sunday

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - This is the last chance to register for the free amateur radio Foundation Online training course run by volunteers from Essex Ham which starts on April 18

DXEngineering News - Weekend Special

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Paul, N6PSE, Co-Leader of the January 2023 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island is the special guest on this week's episode of the Weekend Special with Tim, K3LR

DATV contest on 6m, 2m and 70cm bands

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - On the weekends of April 17-18 and August 21-22, the VERON VHF and Above committee are holding a Digital Amateur Television Contest on the 50, 144 and 430 MHz bands

2021 Contest University Virtual Event

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Four ICOM HF Radios will be given away during CTU at random times. You must be registered in Zoom and present during the random time drawing

Tony's 10m Band Report

April 15, 2021 08:11 AM - Southgate ARC - Yet again a strange week on Ten Metres. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday very poor. Wednesday and Sunday better but even then not really up too much

NCCC Sprint

April 15, 2021 02:30 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 23

NCCC RTTY Sprint

April 15, 2021 01:45 AM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 0145Z-0215Z, Apr 23

April 14, 2021

EACW Meeting

April 14, 2021 07:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1900Z-2000Z, Apr 22

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Awarded Germany’s Cross of Merit

April 14, 2021 06:21 PM - ARRL -

Researcher and innovator Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was nominated by Markus Söder, president of the German state of Bavaria and member of the Bavarian Parliament.

Söder said that Rohde’s work as a scientist, university lecturer, developer and entrepreneur in the fields of radio frequency and microwave technology “has made a sign...

RTTYOPS Weeksprint

April 14, 2021 05:00 PM - WA7BNM Contest Calendar - 1700Z-1900Z, Apr 22

Yuri Gagarin special event

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The Miller-DX-Club celebrates Yuri Gagarin's space flight with special callsigns between April 12 and 25

Radio club to honor crew of lost submarine

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The submarine USS Squalus sank in the Gulf of Maine on May 23, 1939. Twenty-six of its crew were lost, but, miraculously, 33 others were saved

Radio amateur on BBC Radio 4 show

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Radio amateur Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO, will be the guest on the Radio 4 show The Life Scientific at 9 am (0800 GMT) on Tuesday, April 20

RAC 'Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day' special event

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Radio Amateurs of Canada is organizing a special on-air event to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day

NASA to provide live coverage of space station crew landing

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ of NASA and two Roscosmos cosmonauts are scheduled to end their mission on the International Space Station Friday, April 16

IARU-R1 to discuss future of amateur radio

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - Over 100 delegates will participate in an online IARU Region 1 2021 Workshop on April 21 that will address the future of Amateur Radio

EI2IMD on the air for International Marconi Day

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group EI2WRC will be QRV as EI2IMD on Saturday April 24th as an official Marconi station for the International Marconi Day 2021

Amateur radio has a new census

April 14, 2021 07:10 AM - Southgate ARC - As the amateur radio community grows and evolves, the need to better understand the preferences and expectations of amateur radio operators worldwide becomes increasingly important

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