90th Anniversary of first UK-NZ contact – Southgate Amateur Radio Club

Southgate Amateur Radio Club
90th Anniversary of first UK-NZ contact
Southgate Amateur Radio Club
Then the teams will be returning to the site on Saturday 11th October to complete the antenna installation and start installing the radio equipment.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

Relive a bit of amateur radio history between 11-18 October 2014 as NZART observes the 90th anniversary of the first two-way communication between the UK and New Zealand.  On 18 October 1924, Frank Bell (4AA) in Shag Valley, South Island, NZ hooked up with Cecil Goyder who was operating The Mill Hill School station 2SZ.  NZART describes the contact as “an event that changed radio communications forever as it established new and initially, little understood ‘rules’ for short wave broadcasting.”  Antenna installation begins on Sunday, 04 October 2014.  The station will be active between 11 October 2014 and 18 October 2014.  For details, visit http://www.ZL4AA.org.nz/.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Remembering the historical auroral opening of 25 July 2004.

Special video remembers that weekend.

Source:  Southgate Amateur Radio Club.


Paul Webster (PE7B) has a special treat for VHF/UHF enthusiasts.  Paul has compiled a fascinating video of that historic weekend when CMEs attributed to giant sunspot 652 caused severe geomagnetic storms and made for remarkable auroral conditions.  Nicely done production.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Ham Amateur Radio Antennas, 35′ Crankup Tower laydown

US $799.99 Used in Consumer Electronics, Radio Communication, Antennas (Check out Ham Amateur Radio Antennas, 35′ Crankup Tower laydown http://t.co/dDfiBM5KTO via @eBay #hamradio #ham #amateurradio)…

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If  you’re in the market for a crank-up tower, you may want to contact this seller.  The tower is located in Riverview, Florida.  Local pickup only.  As with any internet purchase, check out the seller and the condition of the merchandise before you buy.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio World: Five Questions: Cris Alexander

Radio World TechBytes talks to Cris Alexander about broadcast engineering’s future and its challenges

Source: www.radioworld.com

Thanks to reporter David Hall for sending me to this story.  As a former broadcast technician and news director for Pacific Radio Group (Hawaii Island), the challenges outlined by Cris Alexander, the director of engineering for Crawford Broadcasting Company, certainly ring true.  According to Alexander, these are some of the challenges broadcast engineers are now facing:

1.  The integration of the personal computer into the broadcast infrastructure.

2.  Finding qualified personnel in the RF field.

3.  The disappearance of “Legacy Technologies” and the full integration of computer and IT into the broadcast plant.

4.  Finding competent and available tower contractors.

5.  Keeping employees current in terms of training and technologies.

6.  Becoming more professional in dress, speech, and communications skills.


When I first started working in commercial and university radio back in 1967, I was fortunate to have experienced, licensed engineers (remember the 1st phone license from the FCC?) guide me in the art of maintaining a commercial and nonprofit radio station.  Some of my engineering mentors were amateur radio operators and proved valuable later on when I needed help in getting my novice amateur radio license.  These early mentors in my commercial and amateur radio “careers” emphasized the need for continuous training, updated equipment, and basic electronics skills.   Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).




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Radio Antennas

The DXZone.com links about Ham radio antennas, home made ham radio antenna projects kits and drawings (RT @dxzone: Ham Radio Antenna Projects http://t.co/C0qFTmS7Q9

Source: www.dxzone.com

This is one of the best sources of antenna ideas I’ve found.  There are hundreds of fascinating antenna construction ideas–all of which have been tested in real world situations.  If you need an antenna project explained, this is the site to consult.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

IARUMS Newsletter released | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports on action against illegal Brazillian Hanglider and Paraglider communications on 144-148 MHz and a French intruder on 40m (IARUMS Newsletter released | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Source: www.southgatearc.org

The newsletter of the IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports on actions taken against unlicensed Brazilian paraglider and hangglider communications on 144-148 MHz and against a French intruder, identified as FV222, which uses encrypted five letter groups on Wednesday afternoon.  The interfering AiA (cw) signal operates on 7166 kHz from a location near Paris, France.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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.

Source: www.southgatearc.org

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).

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