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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1821 July 6 2012
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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1821 with a release date of July 6,
2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a Q-S-T. Ham radio responds as a severe weather
outbreak hits the Mid-West and Mid-Atlantic U-S; a new D-X record is set
using the ageing Amsat Oscar 7 satellite; a big tower victory in Nevada
and Erin King, AK4JG is named the 2012 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham
of the Year. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report
number 1821 coming your way right now.
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RESCUE RADIO: HAM RADIO RESPONDS AS WINDSTORM HITS MID WEST AND MID
The governors of several states have declared emergencies as
temperatures rose in the aftermath of powerful storms that swept through
the mid-Atlantic region Friday night, July 29th. The storm did damage
from Indiana to New Jersey, although the bulk of its destruction was
felt in West Virginia, Washington and suburban Virginia and Maryland.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, begins our coverage of this
severe weather outbreak and whats known about the ham radio response
A "super derecho" of violent thunderstorms left a more than 700-mile
trail of destruction across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic on Friday,
cutting power to millions and killing thirteen people.
A derecho is defined as a widespread and long-lived wind storm that
accompanies rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. The most severe
derechos are given the adjective "super."
Winds gusted to 91 mph, equal to that of a category 1 hurricane, at the
Fort Wayne International Airport, Ind., on Friday afternoon. Winds gusts
were recorded at 72 mph at the repeater site KT8APR, which is located at
WLIO Television on Lima Ohio's west side.
According to WLIO's Chief Meteorologist, Kyle Adams, on Sunday, July 1st
, "Thousands here in West Central Ohio are still w/o power. According to
the AEP website over 600,000 people in Ohio have no power. They are
comparing the magnitude of the event to the remnants of Hurricane Ike
that came through in September of 2008. They are saying power that all
power is expected to be restored in 5-7 days."
As the storm moved to the east-southeast lightning and high winds of
more than 80 mile per hour, knocked down transmission structures, poles,
power lines and trees across AEP Ohio's service territory. The central
Ohio counties of Franklin, Delaware and Licking were the hardest hit,
with approximately 345,000 customers affected.
Statistically, on Sunday, July 1st, 112,760 were without power in
Indiana. 140,461 were without power in Kentucky. In Ohio and West
Virginia the number climbed to more than 600,000. As the storm
strengthened Virginia had over 2.5 million people out of power, and
Maryland has more than 1.3 million out of power.
Hams performed multifaceted roles from local discussion between each
other, some relaying storm information to the National Weather Service,
and others using advanced ham technology to relay data on the storm, and
reports of damage to authorities. Hams in counties where storms raged
called repeaters to the east, warning them of what they would be
experiencing, allowing them to mobilize before the storm hit.
President Obama declared an emergency exists in the State of Ohio
Saturday and ordered federal aid to assist state and local efforts due
to the emergency conditions from severe storms. Now a second serious
situation is unfolded from Indiana to the mid-Atlantic where millions
remain without power and temperatures are once again soaring.
Temperatures in the south are expected to hit 110 degrees or more.
Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, in Lima Ohio
Meantime in Indiana:
Indiana's heat wave broke for a short time when strong storms raced
across the north central part of the state causing wide spread damage.
The train of severe storm cells brought hail and high winds that toppled
trees and snapped power lines leaving thousands of Hoosiers in the dark
and without power.
Fort Wayne, Indiana was one of the hardest hit areas. Strong winds up
rooted large trees and cracked power poles isolating neighborhoods with
downed power lines and tree branches.
Allen County hams responded with emergency communications as Ft Wayne
police and fire frequencies became jammed with news of wide spread
damage. Many reported dozens of traffic lights without power throwing
traffic into a city wide grid lock. Now one week after the storm
officials report nearly ten thousand people still without power as
daytime temperatures hover in the 98 degree range. Power crews from as
far away as Oklahoma have arrived to help with the electrical problems.
Dozens of Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled in the wake of the
storms, resulting in a shortfall of more than 1,000 potential blood
donations leading into the 4th of July holiday. The Allen County Red
Cross opened shelters for those without power.
In Hamilton and Tipton counties, just Southwest of ft Wayne amateur
radio operators quickly scrambled to deal with the pop up storms. There
were reports of wide spread wind damage across the two counties. Skywarn
operators in Hamilton county relayed one report about a tree that had
fallen on a car in Tipton county. Other counties in central and eastern
Indiana reported only Skywarn activity as the rapidly building storms
raced eastward into the Buckeye state.
Reporting from Indianapolis, this is Jack Parker , W8ISH.
More on this story as information becomes available. (W8HDU, W8ISH,
HAM RADIO AND THE INTERNET: QRZ.COM GOES OFF LINE DUE TO AMAZON CLOUD
The same storm that wrought havoc across the mid-West and Mid-Atlantic
States also took its toll on the Internet including one very popular ham
radio website. According to Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, who owns QRZ.com, the
severe weather lead to an outage of what is known as Amazon's Elastic
Compute Cloud center in North Virginia. The result was that services
such as Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram, and other popular sites including
QRZ became unavailable just after midnight Eastern time on Saturday June
According to a posting on QRZ by AA7BQ after service was restored,
Amazon's service health dashboard indicated that there were power issues
in its North Virginia data center. He said that the outage did not
affect his servers but did cause a complete database failure. After
waiting all night for Amazon to restore the QRZ.com data, he restored
information from an automated backup.
According to Lloyd, the outage underscores the vulnerabilities of
depending on the public cloud versus having your own data center. For
those who have never heard the term Cloud computing, it is the delivery
of computation and storage capacity as a service to a community of end
recipients. As such, Cloud computing entrusts services with a user's
data, software and computation over a network. The name comes from the
use of a cloud-shaped symbol to signify the service. (QRZ.com, Wikipedia)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: A NEW RECORD FOR THE AGEING AO-7 SATELLITE
A new DX record has been achieved on the ageing OSCAR-7 ham radio
satellite. This between Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and
Bill Dzurilla, OM3BD, in the Slovak Republic.
Their GPS-measured 7849 kilometer QSO between grid squares EN31vx and
JN88mf surpassed the prior 7843 kilometer record set by Luciano
Fabricio, PY5LF, and Joe Spandler, K3SZH, by 6 kilometers back in 2010.
Take a listen to what a record breaking weak signal satellite contact
sounds like after a bit of digital audio magic on our part:
Contact audio: Please download this weeks MP3 newscast at
www.arnewsline.org to hear part of the contact.
To make this record happen Wyatt had to wake up at 3 a.m., drive to a
hill an hour away from his home, set up his station, and work OM3BD
before sunrise at 09:55 UTC on July 2nd. To make the path, OM3BD was
running a Yaesu FT847 with SP2000 preamp fed by a pair of 10 element
yagis on 2 meters, and an 8 element yagi for 70 cm. On this side of the
Atlantic AC0RA also used a Yaesu FT-847 transceiver with a 7 element
yagi on 2 meters and a 12 element yagi on 70cm.
It appears that an even longer distance is attainable. Wyatt says that
he is looking for a suitable place from which they can try before Bill
leaves Slovakia in mid July. We'll keep you posted.
More is on-line at tinyurl.com/ao7-dx-record. (Southgate)
Celebrating 35 years of uninterrupted service to the world-wide ham
radio community, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin
stations around the world including the WA4TEN repeater serving
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YHOTY 2012: ERIN KING, AK4JG, NAMED AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE 2012 YOUNG
HAM OF THE YEAR
Erin King, AK4JG, a 17-year-old from Columbus, Georgia, who re-founded
her high school's radio club and then lofted a ham radio-carrying
balloon to over 90,000 feet, recovered the flight data and used it to
produce a truly striking video of that flight, has been named as
recipient of the 2012 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year
Award. Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, is here with the details:
Whoa, thank you. That's awesome! Ahhh...that's really cool! Thank you so
much, I'm very excited!"
And that the reaction from Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the
Year winner Erin King upon learning in a telephone call that she had
been selected as this year's winner of the prestigious award.
Erin, who is the daughter of Paul, K4ETY, and Patricia King, of
Columbus, has been a ham since only 2009 and holds an Extra Class license.
Erin says, ironically, she was in attendance at last year's Huntsville
Hamfest where the Young Ham of the Year Award is presented, and never
dreamed she'd be the one nominated and chosen to receive the next one...
"I went to Huntsville and saw the young ham last year and I was like
'that is so awesome,' " You know I feel so happy for her and everything
and I'm just flabbergasted.
"I thought that I would not be eligible anymore and I'd like forgotten
about it and now that this just came out of nowhere and I'm super
excited. Thank you so much."
Erin just graduated from Columbus High School and got involved in her
freshman year in a program that would turn her focus to technology...
"When I went there, I got involved in robotics and I got interested in
computer science and electrical engineering," Erin recalls. "I joined a
program called the space program, which eventually led to how I started
to get involved with ham radio.
"But then, after that, I got more involved in computer science as well,
computer science classes and applied to MIT and that's where I'll be
going to college next year. I was accepted 'early action' MIT and I'll
be studying computer science and electrical engineering there and I'm
also going to be joining the ham radio club that they have there."
Erin says ham radio came naturally...
"My teacher was a ham and he was my robotics coach as well and I went on
a couple of balloon launches with him after I got my tech license I
continued doing balloon stuff and that was really how I got involved
with it," Erin explains. "It was like the cool thing that really exposed
me to it to begin with.
"And then after that I joined two local radio clubs and I upgraded my
license to General the next year and then Extra last year and I've had
some fun outside of ballooning.
"Since then I've done some Field Day, a little bit of contesting, the
school club roundup is something that I've done a couple of years.
"And I started a club at my school with the call sign W4CHS, for
Columbus High School."
Erin really got some attention when she got her acceptance to MIT in a
mailing tube. The school suggested the students "hack their tubes,"
meaning do something cool with them."
Erin did just that using her ballooning and ham radio skills to send her
tube to the edge of space equipped with a camera, GPS units and a radio
for APRS tracking and a parachute for the fall to earth.
She produced a video that's posted on You Tube. You can find the link
at our website, arnewsline.org.
Erin says right now, amateur radio is something she shares with her dad,
but there is a link in her mom's family to the hobby.
"My dad actually kind of inherited my great-grandfather's call sign -
K4ETY is my mom's grandfather's call sign that he had," Erin says. "And
I never met him, but there's just kind of an interesting fun family fact."
Erin says she's hoping to get her sister, Rachel, who's 15, interested
in amateur radio. She says her 16-year-old brother, Brandon, really
doesn't demonstrate desire to jump in just yet.
Erin says she's a well-rounded person, who not only enjoys space, but,
the undersea world as well.
"Scuba diving is something that I started a couple of years ago with my
mom and my sister and my brother just got certified last year," Erin
says. "And, it's really fun and that's kind of something that not a lot
of people know about me is that I'm a certified scuba diver as well as a
ham radio operator."
So congratulations to Erin King, AK4JG, Amateur Radio Newsline's latest
Young Ham of the Year!
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, in Philadelphia.
The 2012 Amateur Radio Newsline "Young Ham of the Year Award" will be
presented to Erin King, AK4JG, on Saturday, August 18th at the
Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville, Alabama. We hope to see many of you
there. (ARNewsline, YHOTY Judging Committee)
PROPAGATION: LARGE SUNSPOT ERUPTS ON THE SOLAR DISK
Space Weather reports that a strong solar flare has erupted on the face
of the Sun.
According to the solar forecast reporting service a large, active
sunspot named AR1515 is growing on the Earth looking side of the solar
disk. On the morning of July 2nd it erupted, producing an M5.6-class
solar flare that ionized Earth's upper atmosphere with a brief but
intense pulse of X-rays and extreme ultraviolet radiation.
SpaceWeather says that more eruptions are in the offing as the sunspot
turns more toward Earth. These will likely affect radio wave propagation
on most of the frequencies used by radio amateurs and other radio based
For more information, including a video, and updates check
RADIO LAW: NEVADA HAM WINS LIMITED TOWER VICTORY
A happy ending to a long court battle involving the right of a Nevada
ham radio operator to install towers and antennas on his own property.
You may remember back about four years ago when Tom Taromina, K5RC, and
the W7RN Comstock Memorial Station crew were in the midst of a big
antenna project on Tom's 10-acre homestead outside of Virginia City.
Taromina had obtained a building permit for two rotating monopoles. The
bases had been installed, and there were other existing antenna
structures on the property.
Suddenly, the County issued a Stop Work Order on grounds that were never
clear. The US District Court would later write: "The court is
sympathetic to Plaintiff's frustration with the county's inconsistent
interpretation of its zoning ordinances."
Now, after two trips to the U.S. District Court, the case is closed and
K5RC may erect eight towers. Four of these will be less than 45' tall,
and the other four greater than 45 feet. You can read the full text of
this big win on-line at tinyurl.com/nevada-antenna-victory. (K7VY)
PUBLIC SERVICE: NYC HAMS ASSIST AT HAWAIIAN AIRLINES LIBERTY CHALLENGE
Members of the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Service provided maritime communication support of the recent Hawaiian
Airlines Liberty Challenge.
The race took place on June 23rd on the rivers of New York Harbor
between the Port of New York and New Jersey. The mission of the ham
radio volunteers was to be an additional set of eyes and ears on the
rescue and safety boats. Also to ensure that reliable communications was
available in case an emergency condition arose on the water.
Team members utilized UHF and VHF repeaters, simplex, and VHF Marine
radios to communicate with each other, to pass messages in regard to
race setup, operations and to other safety boats. They also were in
communications with boats in transit in the harbor, to operators of the
Staten Island Ferry and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The radio operators were at this event for 12 hours from 6:30 a.m. to
6:30 p.m. Eastern time. They were stationed on rescue and safety boats,
as well as on shore with race officials. (Via e-mail)
This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur. From the United States
of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world
from our only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being relayed
by the volunteer services of the following radio amateur:
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ENFORCEMENT: NORCAL HAM ISSUED $17000 NAL FOR UNLICENSED OPERATION AND
FAILURE TO PERMIT STATION INSPECTION
A Northern California amateur radio operator has been issued a $17,000
Notice of Apparent Liability or N-A-L. This, after the FCC accuses him
of operating an unlicensed transmitter on 104.9 MHz and refusing to
permit an inspection of his station. Amateur Radio Newslines Don
Carlson, KQ6FM, has more:
In its July 2nd Notice of Apparent Liability, the FCC accuses Brian R.
Ragan, KF6EGI, of Suisun City, California, of apparently willfully and
repeatedly violating the Communications Act of 1934 as Amended. This by
operating an unlicensed radio transmitter and failing to allow an
inspection of his station by FCC personnel.
According to the FCC order, last February an FCC agent T-hunted a signal
on 104.9 MHz to Ragan's residence. About two weeks later, agents
repeated the exercise to locate the source of a signal on the same
frequency after hearing the unlicensed station identifying itself over
the air using the call letters KBRS. Again the chase took them to where
Brian R. Ragan, KF6EGI, lived.
The agents were able to determine that the signal on 104.9 MHz exceeded
the limits for operation under Part 15 for unlicensed devices. A search
of the FCC database showed no authorization issued to Ragan or to anyone
else for operation of a broadcast station on 104.9 MHz in Suisun City.
The NAL says that the FCC agents heard the station operating in the
garage and attempted to inspect the station, but did not get any
response when they knocked on the residence door. At this point the
agents posted a Notice of Unlicensed Operation on the front door and
About 48 hours after the Notice was left, a person who identified
himself as Brian R. Ragan contacted the FCC concerning the matter.
According to the FCC, during the conversation Ragan admitted to
operating a broadcast station on frequency 104.9 MHz for six months. He
also told the Commission that he was present when the agents were
knocking at his door, but was afraid to answer because he heard the
agents say that they were with the FCC.
Now in issuing the proposed fine, the FCC says that Brian R. Ragan by
his own admission, consciously operated the station and did so on more
than one day. This says the regulatory agency makes the apparent
violations of the Communications Act both willful and repeated.
As to the penalties the FCC has not only ordered the monetary $17,000
monetary forfeiture, but has also ordered that Ragan must also submit a
written statement pursuant to Section 1.16 of the FCC Rules. This
statement must be signed under penalty of perjury and state that he is
in full compliance with Section 301 of the Communications Act and is no
longer engaged in the unauthorized operation on 104.9 MHz or any other
frequency for which he has no license. Also that he will make his
authorized amateur station available for inspection as required by the
While Ragan may request a reduction or cancellation of the $17,000
forfeiture, he must still provide the written statement on or before
July 31st. That's also the last date on which he can file an appeal.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Carlson, KQ6FM, in Reno.
In the text of the Notice of Apparent Liability the Commission said that
Ragan, as a licensed Amateur Radio operator for at least six years,
should gave known that any radio equipment at his station must be made
available for inspection at any time when requested by the FCC. Also he
should be aware of the proper operation of his amateur station in
accordance with the FCC's Rules. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: TWO IN BOSTON FINED $15000 EACH FOR UNLICENSED RADIO
Two unlicensed broadcasters in Massachusetts will have to pay fines of
$15,000 each. This after the FCC turns down both of their appeals.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, is here with the details:
The FCC has dismissed as late a pair of petitions for reconsideration
from Lloyd Morris and Robert Brown whom the FCC alleges operated an
unlicensed radio station in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2010 the agency had fined each man $15,000 for allegedly operating a
station called "Datz Hits Radio" on 99.7 MHz. In their appeals, both
Morris and Brown told the FCC they didn't respond to the original notice
nor pay the fine because they couldn't get advice on actions to take and
how to file a response.
But in its order denying the appeals, the FCC noted that Morris and
Brown broke the law by operating an unauthorized station despite
repeated warnings and letters from the Commission ordering them to stop,
actions which the FCC found particularly egregious.
The FCC also noted that once a public notice of action is released,
petitions for reconsideration must be filed within 30 days. Morris and
Brown filed a day late, and the FCC dismissed their petitions as untimely.
In the end, the agency upheld the fine for both men, saying in its
decision their explanation was not sufficient to excuse a late response
to the original notice.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in Los Angeles.
Morris and Brown were given the customary 30 days to pay the outstanding
RADIO LAW: SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST THE FCC IN WARDROBE MALFUNCTION CASE
The so-called Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" indecency case which
led to increased profanity delay equipment installations for both TV and
radio stations has come to the end of the legal road. This after the
United States Supreme Court says that it will not review a lower court's
ruling that overturned the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS Corporation
for televising a fleeting view of Janet Jackson's breast during the live
2004 Super Bowl half time show.
A federal appeals court had ruled the fine was arbitrary and capricious
because it was much larger than indecency fines had been previously,
before the commission began issuing large fines for so-called fleeting
Chief Justice John Roberts agreed with the other justices not to hear
the FCC's appeal. In a concurring opinion, he noted the FCC had changed
its indecency policy to include fleeting utterances, supporting the
arbitrary and capricious arguments, but he also warned that any future
wardrobe malfunctions will not be protected going forward.
The Supreme Court last month tossed out FCC indecency fines against Fox
and ABC on narrow procedural grounds. At that time it told the
regulatory agency that it is free to update its broadcast indecency
guidelines. For their part broadcasters have insisted for years that the
FCC's indecency guidelines are vague and chill free speech. (RW, Others)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: W7EQI SAYS THE MEDIA NEEDS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
A ham radio operator who serves in Congress says that its time to make
the overall media landscape more of a level playing ground. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, has the details:
House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg
Walden, W7EQI, of Oregon says the way that the FCC regulates traditional
video providers is based on a bygone era.
According to Walden, broadcast stations are going mobile and wireless
carriers are streaming video at the same time that programmers and
pay-TV providers are filling smartphone and tablet screens with their
content. Meantime new entities are coming to market like Hulu, Netflix,
YouTube and Roku and the Communications Act does not apply to these
Walden is not suggesting that lawmakers expand video distribution
regulation. Quite the opposite. He says that could harm competition from
emerging Internet video providers just as existing cable, satellite and
broadcast providers and programmers are experimenting with Internet
However if lawmakers don't intend to apply the old rules to new
participants, then he says that Congress must recognize the inequity of
continuing to apply those same old rules to traditional players such as
TV stations, cable and satellite providers.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in Zion, Illinois.
Representative Walden made these remarks during his subcommittee's
hearing on the future of video. (published news reports)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: W4ZDP HONORED FOR DEDICATION TO THOMASVILLE ARC
Billy Joe Lewis, W4ZDP, has been honored by Thomasville Amateur Radio
Club for founding the club in 1953, and for his dedication to the club
for many years.
Lewis became an amateur radio operator prior to the second World War. He
served on the Burma Road during World War II, worked many years with his
brother, Logan Lewis, at Lewis Enterprises, and spent decades serving as
Thomas County Fire Chief.
Along with being a respected business man and dedicated public servant,
Lewis founded the club in 1953 and served as Treasurer for 48 years. His
dedication to Thomasville Amateur Radio Club, over many decades, has
resulted in a strong and vibrant organization dedicated to the radio
arts and to the public
The award was presented to W4ZDP at the annual ARRL Field Day event held
at the Thomas County Ambulance Service in Thomasville, Georgia on June
23rd. (Via e-mail)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: G3PSM AWARDED THE DARC GOLDEN BADGE OF HONOR
UK radio amateur Colin Thomas, G3PSM, has been awarded Germany's
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club Golden Badge of Honor. This, for his work
in achieving an amateur radio allocation at 472 kHz.
According to the German national amateur radio society, G3PSM was
involved in the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications
Administrations or CEPT preparatory process meetings and at the WRC-12
conference itself. As a result of his skillful lobbying at many
meetings, the CEPT proposal for an amateur radio allocation near 600
meters was fully supported and eventually granted.
G3SPM received his award from the DARC Chairman Steffen Schoppe, DL7ATE,
at a recent society hosted dinner. (DARC)
CLUB NEWS: WESTSIDE ARC CELEBRATES 60 YEARS
While we're handing out roses, we say congratulations to the Westside
Amateur Radio Club on their 60th birthday. Headquartered just across the
Mississippi River from New Orleans, Louisiana, the Westside Club,
founded July 1st, 1952, is the oldest continuously operating amateur
radio club in the New Orleans area. A special event station is in the
planning stages and we'll have full details just as soon as we know
Serving the news needs of the world's ham radio community 52 weeks a
year since mid 1976, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the
world from our only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio amateur:
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WORLDBEAT: TASMANIA WELCOMES SOUTHERNMOST D-STAR REPEATER IN THE WORLD
Tasmania's first D-Star repeater is on the air. VK7RRR is the
southernmost D-Star repeater in the world, and the first and only such
public digital voice repeater in Tasmania. The system operates in the
70cm band listening on 432.725 MHz and transmitting on 438.125 MHz at 50
watts power out. Prior to the establishment of VK7RRR, Tasmania was the
only Australian State or Territory that didn't have at least one D-Star
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: STUDENTS DESIGN SUPERCAPICITOR BATTERY FOR ARISSAT
Students at Penn State university have designed and built a
state-of-the-art super-capacitor type battery for the next amateur radio
The battery was built to handle 16 charge cycles in a given 24-hour
period. That will power the satellite in dark orbits, when the solar
panels are not in sunlight.
Dakshina Murthy Bellur, is an assistant professor of electrical and
computer engineering at Penn State. According to Bellhur, the unit is a
simple design. They flip a switch, and they throw it out into space.
Bellhur supervised the battery work, which counted as the students'
senior project. More can be found in cyberspace at
live.psu.edu/story/60125 (Pennsylvania State University)
WORLDBEAT: US BBG CRITICIZES CAMBODIA OVER PROGRAMMING BAN
The United States Broadcasting Board of Governors has criticized the
Cambodian Ministry of Information. This for a decision forbidding FM
stations in Cambodia to air Khmer-language election programming from
Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America during last week's elections.
According to a release the ban involved five stations. The Broadcasting
Board of Governors said that Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America
play a critical role in informing the Cambodian electorate on
fundamental election issues. They also provide a platform for the full
spectrum of political opinions in the country.
Presiding Governor Michael Lynton stated that news and information
programs help shape a well-educated citizenry and should be encouraged,
not denied. These attempts to silence Radio Free Asia and the Voice of
America are counterproductive to the goals of building a democratic
society in Cambodia. (RW)
HAM AWARD HAPPENINGS: LOTW SUPPORT FOR WPX GOES LIVE
Participants in CQ magazine's WPX award program may now use the American
Radio Relay League's Logbook of the World or LoTW system to apply for
the WPX award and its endorsements. Amateurs will be able to use LoTW
logs to generate lists of confirmed contacts to be submitted for WPX
credit. Standard Logbook of the World credit fees and CQ award fees will
apply. Logbook of the World support for the WPX award program went live
on July 2nd. (CQ)
ON THE AIR: CELEBRATING THE KING OF MOROCCO 13TH ANNIVERSARY
On the air, keep an ear open for Moroccan amateur radio operators to use
the special prefix 5C13 through July 27th. This is in celebration of the
13th anniversary of the crowning of Mohammed VI as King of Morocco.
Stations heard as of airtime 5C13IG, 5C13KD, 5C13NK, 5C13SG and 5C13YZ.
QSL as directed by each operator. (OPDX)
ON THE AIR: PC100NOM CELEBRATES THE NETHERLANDS OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Also be on the lookout for Netherlands special event station PC-100-NOM
to be active through July 29th. This operation is to commemorate then
100th anniversary of The Netherlands Open Air Museum in the city of
Arnhem. The operator is PA0FAW who is using CW, SSB and PSK on the
various High Frequency bands. QSL via PA0FAW, either direct, via the
bureau or electronically using eQSL. SWL reports are also welcome. (OPDX)
In DX, N6NB and W6TAI will be active as E51YNB and E51TAI from Rarotonga
for the IARU High Frequency World Championship on July 14th and 15th.
Their operation is expected to start a few days before the contest and
last several days after the competition concludes. They will be on 40
through 15 meters using SSB only. QSL both callsigns via N6NB.
Members of the Trinidad And Tobago Amateur Radio Society will be active
as 9Y4HQ during the same IARU HF World Champion ships on July 14 and
15th. Operations will be on all of the High Frequency bands using CW and
SSB. QSL only via DF2RG, either direct or via the bureau.
ZS1WY is currently active from Mozambique as C-91-I-W and is expected to
be there for the next year. However he is there working and operations
may be limted. Recent Q-S-N reports show he was on 160 meters. QSL via
A group of hams from the Quito Radio Club will be on the air as HD081QRC
(Hotel Delta Zero Eighty One) between July 14th and the 22nd to
commemorate the founding of that organization 81 years ago. Activity
will be on all bands using CW and SSB. Equipment will include both
modern and some beautifully restored vintage radios courtesy of HC1BG.
QSL HC1JQ direct or via the bureau.
Lastly, W5JON tells Amateur Radio Newsline that he will once again be
operating as V47JA from his vacation home overlooking Calypso Bay, on
St. Kitts. Listen out for John from July 12th through August 2nd on 80
through 6 meters using SSB. He also plans to take part in the RSGB
sponsored Islands On The Air Contest. QSL's to W5JON either direct or
via Loogbook of the World.
(Various DX news sources)
THAT FINAL ITEM: NEW BROADCAST CENTER PROPOSED FOR ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER
And finally this week, the new spire built to replace the fallen twin
towers of the World Trade Center in New York City will also become an
antenna site. Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD, has the details
on this emerging story:
The Durst Organization that controls New York City's One World Trade
Center in a partnership with The Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey plans to add an installation for FM radio and television
transmission antennas in the building's 408-foot spire. One that will
ultimately bring the new building's height to 1,776 feet and make it the
tallest building in North America.
The Empire State Building, 1,250 feet tall with its 204 foot antenna
tower is currently the home to 19 FM stations and most of the city's
digital television transmitters. Many radio and television broadcasters
migrated to the Empire site after terrorist attacks of 911 caused the
collapse of the World Trade Center's twin towers in lower Manhattan.
Yet to be determined is whether any of the city's FM broadcasters will
leave their current primary sites at Empire State Building for the new
location at One World Trade Center or if they will treat the new
building spire primarily as a backup site.
I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.
One thing that's pretty obvious is that at the prices being quoted for
site rental income by Durst, it's unlikely that any ham radio repeaters
will find a home at the new broadcast antenna site. Then again, once
should never doubt the resourcefulness of New York City area hams. (B&C,
With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC Communicator, CQ
Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain,
the RSGB, the Southgate News and Australia's WIA News, that's all from
the Amateur Radio Newsline. Our e-mail address is newsline(at)
arnewsline (dot) org. More information is available at Amateur Radio
Newsline's only official website located at www.arnewsline.org. You can
also write to us or support us at Amateur Radio Newsline, 28197 Robin
Avenue, Santa Clarita California, 91350
Before we go, this newscast marks the beginning of our 35th year of
service to the world's amateur radio community. We find it hard to
believe that so many years have gone by since Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP
with some help from Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, produced the very 1st
Westlink Radio Network newscast, which eventually became the Amateur
That was some 1820 weeks ago. This is week 1,281 and, believe it or not,
in all this time we have never missed a newscast release date.
With that in mind, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you all
of those who have come forward over the years as members of our all
volunteer team of writers, producers, reporters and news anchors. It's
their selfless devotion that has made all of this possible.
And to all of you in our vast world-wide audience who have so graciously
supported our efforts these many years. To you we make the promise to
continue to bring you the news of amateur radio and personal
communications as we have the past 1281 weeks. Also, to do our very best
to keep improving our air product as we proceed into the weeks, months
and years ahead.
Let me end this week by simply saying thanks to all of you for being a
part of the Amateur Radio Newsline family. Without your encouragement
and ongoing support we would have no reason to exist. It is you who make
it all worthwhile.
For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editor's desk, I'm Don
Wilbanks, AE5DW, saying 73 for the 1281st time, and, as always, we thank
you for listening.
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