Youth Net to become a regular event | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The SARL Youth Net on Sunday 6 July at 15:00 was well supported.


An experimental Youth Net sponsored by the South African Amateur Radio League (SARL) was such a success on Sunday, 06 July, that a regular net will become a regular event for amateur radio clubs in South Africa.  The next session is set for Sunday, 03 August 2014, 1500 hours (local time) on 7070 kHz.  The objective of the Youth Net is “to bring young people together.”  Sounds like a great idea.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

A social networking club powered by radio waves | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The Indian Express provides an insight into the Ham radio community, a social networking club powered by radio waves (A social networking club powered by radio waves | Southgate Amateur Radio News


A fascinating article about amateur radio in India from “The Indian Express” newspaper.  The newspaper calls ham radio “a social club powered by radio waves.”  In some respects, the Indian publication is correct.  Since its earliest history at the dawn of the 20th century, amateur radio operators have worked cooperatively to help each other and their local communities.  Over the past few years, the 15,000 to 20,000 amateur radio operators in India  have rendered valuable emergency communications services during monsoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and religious festivals.  As for the social aspect of the amateur service, the newspaper says a group of 40 to 50 hams in Delhi meet each evening at 9:30 to support each other, to render emergency communications if need, and to promote the concept “of a global community.”  Sounds like home to me.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Amateur radio: The world’s first internet – Hamburg Sun

Amateur radio: The world’s first internet
Hamburg Sun
“Part of what you have to understand is what frequencies you can use, what type of radio and antenna systems, so that you can bounce your signal around the world,” said club President Ken Pokigo.


An excellent article promoting Amateur Radio from “The Sun” reporter Alicia Greco.  Greco weaves her narrative about the mission and history of Amateur Radio around the activities of the South Towns Amateur Radio Society (STARS) in Hamburg, New York.  Greco interviews key members of the club, who explain the attraction of amateur radio in terms of community service and the opportunity for life-long learning.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

ZS9HQ on-air from National Amateur Radio Centre – Southgate Amateur Radio Club

ZS9HQ on-air from National Amateur Radio Centre
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
The call sign ZS9HQ was assigned to the South African Radio League by ICASA and will be operated from the National Amateur Radio Centre during the IARU HF Championships.


The South African Radio League (SARL) has activated call sign ZS9HQ for the IARU HF Championships this weekend (12-13 July 2014).  The station will operate from the National Radio Centre during the international event.  SARL President Geoff Levey (ZS6C) needs South African hams to run the station during the contest.  You can reach Geoff at:  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Youngsters On The Air and ERTC 2014 – Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Youngsters On The Air and ERTC 2014 Southgate Amateur Radio Club YOTA (Youngsters On The Air) is a youth movement inviting fifteen European national youth teams to a selected rotating EU location every year to get together, learn from each other…


An interesting article about the Youngsters On the Air Program (YOTA).  YOTA is working with the European Radio Team Championship (ERTC) to bring 15 European youth teams to Virrat, Finland for an opportunity to learn from each other and experience the many aspects of Amateur Radio.  This year, special event stations OF3ERC and OH2YOTA will be on the air celebrating the international meeting.  OH2YOTA will be operating from the YOTA site at Virrat, Finland.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Space Weather, HF Radio Propagation – The Interview on ‘Ham Radio Now’ |

Why would an amateur radio operator be interested in space weather? Is it worth the time and resources to forecast propagation, in the daily operation of a (Why should the average #hamradio operator care about propagation and #spaceweather?


An excellent interview with Tomas Hood (NW7US), the propagation and space weather columnist for “CQ Amateur Radio” Magazine and “The Spectrum Monitor” Magazine.  Gary and Tomas discuss how scientists forecast space weather and how amateur radio operators can make predictions on propagation and enhance their station operations.  For details, visit  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Amateur Radio Week proclaimed in Atlanta – Atlanta Citizens Journal

AnothAtlanta Citizens Journal Amateur Radio Week proclaimed in Atlanta Atlanta Citizens Journal Members of the local chapter of Amateur Radio and Relay League (ARRL), the Radio Amateurs of Cass County (RACC) were on hand at Atlanta City Hall Wednesday,…


Another excellent example of how a little PR can help both your local government and amateur radio.  Many city and county governments across the country are proclaiming Amateur Radio Week, 22-19 June, to “honor the dedicated men and women who take to the airwaves to help their communities in good times and bad, ” to provide communications for community events, and “respond to various emergencies.”  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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