• Amateur Radio Newsline (C)

    From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/TBOLT to All on Fri Nov 3 17:48:48 2017

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In Jordan, student scientists and ham radio operators will
    share a historic "first." Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us about this
    ambitious project.

    JIM'S REPORT: Jordan's King Hussein, call sign JY1, was one of the
    world's most notable radio amateurs, whose list of on-air contacts
    included Columbia shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, the first
    ham in space. So it's perhaps a fitting tribute that the late monarch's
    call sign is about to go back on the air - literally - it will be
    launched into space. Jordan is preparing to send up the Cubesat JY1-SAT,
    its first miniature satellite. The satellite is the creation of a team
    of 19 engineering students, working at various universities in Jordan,
    under the supervision of the Crown Prince Foundation. The satellite
    will be launched in early 2018, and is designed to communicate with
    earth stations, as well as broadcast various images of interest to

    During a visit to the Nanotechnology Institute recently to help oversee
    the finishing touches on JY1-SAT, Crown Prince Hussein was able to
    record an audio message that will be carried by the tiny Cubesat and
    broadcast once it is in space.

    King Hussein became a Silent Key in 1999, but amateurs can now look
    forward to a contact, that is also a tribute.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Throughout November, the resort region surrounding the
    Vanderkloof Dam in South Africa, is going to be busier than usual -
    with amateur radio activity. John Williams, VK4JJW, has the details.

    JOHN'S REPORT: Get ready to celebrate the Vanderkloof Dam in the
    Northern Cape of South Africa. The dam is marking its 40th anniversary
    with the help of the Bo-Karoo Amateur Radio Club. The club will be on
    the air as Special Event station, ZS40VDK, from November 1st until the
    30th. The dam, which was commissioned in 1977, was originally known as
    the PK Le Roux Dam, and is fed by South Africa's largest river, the
    Orange River. It's the second-largest dam in the country, and boasts
    the highest wall among dams in the nation - 108 meters, or more than
    350 feet high.

    There is, of course, an off-the-air celebration too - a big party at
    the Sandgat Resort, just outside the town of Vanderkloof, on Saturday,
    the 18th of November. But there will be no QSL cards for that.

    Meanwhile, if plans hold for the month of November, the special event
    honoring the dam can count on a nice big flood - of HF contacts, that

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Good news for hams in Spain. The new National Frequency
    Allocation Chart shows that amateur radio operators have been given
    the new global 60 meter allocation on a secondary basis. The frequencies
    are 5351.5 - 5366.5 MHz. Hams in Spain are also getting additional 50
    KHz of space on the 70 MHz band. The operating frequencies now are 70.150-70.250 MHz. The state's official newsletter carried the news on
    Friday, October 27.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The CW Operators Club, an advocate for the continued use
    of Code by amateurs worldwide, has just presented honors to two
    recipients who carry on the tradition. We hear more from Stephen
    Kinford, N8WB.

    STEPHEN'S REPORT: The CW Operators Club is an international group that
    believes it's all about the Code. With that in mind, the group has
    announced that this year's recipients of its CW Ops Awards for
    Advancing the Art of CW, are the Boy Scouts of America, and Roger Cooke,

    The Scouts are being recognized for the various programs the organization
    has run throughout the years, encouraging youngsters to develop an
    interest in Morse Code.

    Roger Cooke, author of the book "Morse Code for Radio Amateurs" is being recognized as the GB2CW coordinator for the Radio Society of Great
    Britain, and for his commitment to teaching Morse Code to other amateurs.
    His book is in its 12th edition.

    The award is one of several given by the CW Operators Club, which
    promotes the use of Morse Code in ragchewing, contesting, and DXing.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/TBOLT to All on Fri Nov 10 17:39:16 2017

    JIM/ANCHOR: If you want to thank military veterans for their service
    to the U.S., be listening November tenth through twelfth, for this
    special event station. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, tells us how.

    PAUL's REPORT: Most of us enjoy a good special-event station. And,
    when it's tied into something remembering our veterans, it makes it
    even more special. This weekend, Wentzville, Missouri, will be on the
    air, celebrating a historic event, as organizer Larry Scantlan,
    KE-Zero-KZ tells us:

    LARRY: I live in Wentzville, Missouri, which is just West of St. Louis
    proper, and back in 1967, December - I want to say the 12th, I believe,
    they erected the very first Vietnam War memorial.

    PAUL: Scantlan saw an opportunity to tie ham radio into the celebration:

    LARRY: The city of Wentzville is planning a commemorative celebration
    of that accomplishment, hosted by the VFW Post 5327, and so I saw that
    as a great opportunity to partner with them as ham radio operators,
    knowing how hams love special events. And since I myself am a Vietnam
    veteran, I thought it was a perfect marriage, if you will.

    PAUL: The station will be on the air as W-Zero-W starting on Friday, the
    10th, through Sunday, the 12th, working as many of the HF bands as they
    can, primarily single-sideband, with other modes if they have enough
    operators. Scantlan sees this as not only fun for hams, but also as a
    way to build public awareness of our hobby:

    LARRY: It is drawing a lot of public attention - we expect to have all
    three TV stations covering this. We're also opening this up to the
    public, to let them come through, and see ham radio in action. For me,
    I think that's the critical element, because I think we need to do a
    lot more promoting of ham radio in the public sector.

    PAUL: You can find out more on the event's QRZed page. Here's a chance
    for a fun new contact, and a way to help celebrate an important event, remembering our veterans and their sacrifices for our country. For
    Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    JIM/ANCHOR: One ham in South Africa has truly gone the distance -
    achieving a record contact on microwave. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF has

    JIM MEACHEN's REPORT: South African amateur, Alex Artieda, ZS6EME,
    feels like he's in the record-books - and indeed he is, at least in
    the microwave record books. Alex logged the first microwave EME QSO
    from South Africa on 10 GHz, in a contact with HB9Q in Switzerland,
    on October 22nd. Alex was operating QRA64D, a new digital mode, on
    50 watts. That was only the beginning for him. The very next day,
    Alex was able to make 10 more EME QSOs on the same frequency. One
    day later - on the 24th of October - Alex was on the air again at
    5.7 GHz, and completed the first Digital EME QSO with PA3DZL in the Netherlands. His good fortune continued, and he had 7 more QSOs
    after that. Making note of his achievements, the South African Radio
    League proudly announced that Alex was "putting South Africa back on
    the world microwave map."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Thirteen-year-old Dhruv (DROOVE) Rebba (REH-BAH), KC9ZJX,
    and his father, Hari (HAH-ree), VU2SPZ, are hams who know that
    sometimes, you have to try more than once to make a coveted contact.
    The eighth-grader and his father, were among those who worked for two
    years to help Chiddix Junior High School in Normal, Illinois get
    selected for a QSO with the International Space Station.

    According to Dhruv's former science teacher, Daniele Hopper, the
    school applied to the ARISS program at the urging of father and son,
    when Dhruv was in the sixth grade. It didn't happen. Undaunted and undiscouraged, the two reached out to the Central Illinois Radio Club
    W9AML, the Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College,
    and the Children's Discovery Museum, and this year - success!

    The contact with astronaut Joe Acaba (Uh-COB-buh), KE5DAR, happened
    on Oct. 23. Hopper called it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the
    school, and the district. She said Dhruv worked many hours with Grant
    Zehr, AA9LC, of the Central Illinois Radio Club, and was on the
    planning commmittee for the big event for two years.

    As for Hopper, she ended up with a lesson from Dhruv in what ham radio
    is all about and, she said, she hopes his classmates will be inspired
    to go for their licenses too.


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/TBOLT to All on Fri Nov 17 09:07:21 2017

    NEIL/ANCHOR: As summer approaches in Australia, John Williams, VK4JJW,
    gives hams there a good reason to get out of the shack.

    JOHN's REPORT: If you are in Australia, let nature be your radio shack
    on the weekend of November 25th and 26th. Those two days mark VKFF
    Activation Weekend for the World Wide Flora and Fauna program. Amateurs
    are being encouraged to activate parks throughout VK land, and sharpen
    their abilities to operate portabl,e while drawing attention to the

    Hams who want to activate one of the designated parks should email
    vk5pas at wia dot org dot au (vk5pas@wia.org.au) with all the specifics
    of the planned activation, so your station can be included in the
    registry being compiled. According to the WWFF Australia website,
    calling CQ from a designated park can almost surely guarantee a pileup.

    Parks should meet event criteria, however. For details on how to
    activate a park, and for more information about registering, visit the
    website wwffaustralia dot com (wwffaustralia.com) Most of the parks in
    the program are national parks, but there are, of course, exceptions.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In the Netherlands, the tally for new licensees is down,
    but officials are not discouraged, as we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY'S REPORT: Fewer new hams are getting on the air in the
    Netherlands. That's the latest report from the Netherlands Radio
    Examination Foundation. The latest figures for applications, and
    successful candidates for the Novice and Full licenses, both declined.
    The years compared were 2015 and 2017. According to VERON president
    Remy Denker, PA3AGF, who spoke at the Radio Amateur Day in Apeldoorn
    on Nov. 4, there were 322 new amateurs registered in the Netherlands
    in 2015 - a figure that has declined to 270 in 2017.

    Remy Denker kept his message upbeat, however, and said that even small
    numbers of hams can do their part for large-scale promotion for Dutch
    amateur radio. He encouraged licensed radio amateurs to serve as
    good-will ambassadors, and share the hobby with friends and

    His advice: Spread the word.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Guess what? Kids think Morse Code is cool. Now there's a
    resource helping them learn how to be "Morse Cool", and it's free, as
    we hear from Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

    STEPHEN'S REPORT: The successful CW Academy Program run by the CW
    Operators Club, has launched some new coursework aimed specifically at
    young radio amateurs. The club's online Morse Code classes for young
    hams will be taught free to hams, between the ages of 11 and 19, who
    live in the U.S. and Canada. Students who sign up, will be grouped
    with other hams their age, in their time zone, and will be trained
    over Skype. The club will even try to find volunteers who live near
    the students' QTH, to assist them with rig and antenna set-up, where
    needed. This is a pilot program, but the club is very optimistic.
    Carl Davis, W8WZ, told Amateur Radio Newsline in an email, that the
    club has discovered that lots of young amateurs enjoy CW, and embrace
    it, as if they were learning a second language, or a musical instrument.
    Carl said that he conducted a code demonstration at a recent Scouting
    Jamboree on the Air, and the youngsters showed tremendous enthusiasm
    for something that didn't involve keyboards and screens for a change.
    That is the success they hope for with this CW Academy.

    Registration begins the 15th of November, and runs through the 15th of December. Classes begin in January. To register, send an email to
    k6rb58 at gmail dot com (k6rb58@gmail.com) and include first and last
    name, call sign, and license class, age, time zone, email address, and
    phone number.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A Special Event station is about to get on the air in
    India, honoring a 19th century scientist, who played a major role in
    wireless. Here's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    JIM MEACHEN'S REPORT: Born the 30th of November in 1858, Bengali
    physicist Jagadish Chandra Bose, would no doubt appreciate this
    special event station. Datta, VU2DSI, will be on the air using the
    call sign AU2JCB, from the 23rd of November to the 11th of December,
    marking the anniversary of the birth of the scientist, considered by
    many around the world to be the "Father of Wireless."

    The 19th century innovator's many accomplishments include development
    of Galena crystals for making radio receivers, and the discovery of 1 centimeter to 5 millimeter radio waves, such as those used in
    satellites and radars.

    His demonstration of wireless radio in 1895 predates the more publicly recognized one credited to Italy's Guglielmo Marconi, whose
    demonstration came two years later.

    Honoring India's scientist, Datta will operate on both the HF bands,
    as well as in FM mode on 6 meters and 10 meters. Send QSL cards
    directly to VU2DSI.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: There's big excitement in one African nation, where a team
    of radio operators has been aiming at the moon. We learn more from Jim
    Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    JIM MEACHEN: Now this is a big first for Swaziland. A group of amateurs operating in this southern African nation has conducted its first
    successful EME, or Earth-Moon-Earth communications.

    In early November, a temporary station set up in a rural area by John
    Sygo, ZS6JON, Chris Ploeger, and Lins Berben, PA3CMC, operated as Z21EME, managing contacts with about 500 stations in 50 different countries over
    the course of four days. Some of the hams who ended up in their log were
    in the U.S. and New Zealand. They bounced their signals off a moon approximately 350,000 kilomaters, or more than 217 thousand miles, from
    earth - a signal that did not return to earth until nearly 3 seconds
    later. According to their QRZ page, their operations were on 2m, 6m, 70cm,
    and 23cm.

    The hams told the Times of Swaziland, this was the first successful EME operation from that nation. They had promised their contacts the moon -
    and the moon delivered.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A number of hams received high honors from the Yasme
    Foundation recently for their service to amateur radio. Stephen Kinford,
    N8WB, tells us who won what.

    STEPHEN'S REPORT: The former president of the International Amateur
    Radio Club 4U1ITU, was honored with the Diamond Award of the
    International Amateur Radio Union during a ceremony in Geneva,
    Switzerland, on November 9th. Attila Matas, HB9IAJ, was selected for
    the award, based on his years of support for amateur radio, and amateur satellite radio.

    The Yasme Foundation has presented a number of its Excellence Awards to
    hams for their service. Dale Hughes, VK1DSH, received the honor in
    appreciation for his work at the World Radiocommunication Conference in November of 2015. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, and Magda Moses, KM4EGE,
    were honored for creating the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation -
    or HAMSCI - the group that sponsored the Solar Eclipse QSO Party. The
    Dayton Amateur Radio Association received an award for organizing
    Hamvention. Paul Verhage, KD4STH, and Bill Brown, WB8ELK, were given an
    award for their leadership, and continued technical innovation in
    Amateur Radio high-altitude ballooning -- and the WSJT Development Team
    was honored by Yasme for producing digital weak-signal mode software.

    The awards have been given since 2008 by the nonprofit foundation.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

    (WIA, ARRL)



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Another high honor went recently to an amateur in the
    Canadian province of Alberta. He's now in the hall of fame, as we hear
    from Geri Goodrich, KF5KRN.

    GERI: Roland Peddle, VE6RL, of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada has been
    appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. According to the
    Hall of Fame's bio of Roland, what began as a shortwave-listening hobby
    as a child, led to early licensing in 1952 as VO1D. That call was later
    changed to VO1BD. The retired high school science teacher had been
    president of the amateur radio club in his native Newfoundland, and
    editor of its newsletter. He was also emergency coordinator of the
    Amateur Radio Emergency Corps, editor of the Society of Newfoundland
    Radio Amateurs newsletter, and became assistant Atlantic director for
    the CRRL and Radio Amateurs of Canada when it was formed in 1993.

    Following numerous awards, he was named an honorary life member of the
    Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs in 1996.

    Roland has book coming out in 2018: "Marconi to the Mobile Age: A
    History of Amateur Radio in Newfoundland and Labrador."

    His formal induction will take place shortly.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Geri Goodrich, KF5KRN.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The new year will bring new board members and officers to
    the Radio Club of America. All will serve two-year terms, beginning the
    1st of January. A number of these new leaders are amateur radio
    operators. The new officers are Barney Scholl, K3LA, to be vice
    president and counsel; Margaret Lyons, Secretary, and Ron Jakubowski,
    K2RJ, Treasurer. New Directors are Ernie Blair, WA4BPS; Karen Clark;
    Michael Clarson, WV2ZOW; Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW; Ray Novak, N9JA; Carole
    Perry, WB2MGP, and Elaine Walsh.

    Congratulations to everyone.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: So, who's staying after school these days? The U.S.
    Education Committee of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station.
    But, they're not in detention. Jim Damron, N8TMW, explains.

    JIM: The International Space Station is many things, but to educators
    and ham radio operators, it's first and foremost, a learning tool. Now,
    the program has added the power of teachers, from the elementary through college level around the country, to advise ARISS, and one another of
    new ways to inspire kids: about space, about technology and yes, about
    radio. They're part of a new committee, says ARISS secretary Rosalie
    White, K1STO.

    ROSALIE: "Ham radio is front and center, because we want these teachers
    who have experienced using amateur radio in the classroom, from maybe
    just now and then, to almost every week to be able to say, 'Well, this
    program worked for me this year - two years ago I had a problem with
    this program.' So, to me, amateur radio is front and center. STEM is
    very important, and you can't go into a school and say 'I want to do
    amateur radio' but I've always pictured the ARISS program as a friendly high-tech way to get kids inspired toward amateur radio and science both....It's a win-win for everyone."

    JIM: Rosalie said the committee lets teachers do what they do best -
    teach! - while tying in parts of their existing curriculum to the space program, and firing up students' imaginations.

    ROSALIE: Who better than educators to tell ARISS what can interest K
    through 12 students and even through college -- to interest them in
    amateur radio and science, technology, engineering and math -- and
    what's better than talking to an astronaut via amateur radio, to inspire
    K through 12, and even college students? So that's why [we have] the
    committee, we want educators to tell us what's on their mind, what they
    think would work in the classroom, and what they think the kids are
    interested in.

    JIM: The program has already facilitated more than 1,130 amateur radio
    contacts between students and astronauts. With the addition of this
    committee, the program hopes to connect these same students to a bright
    future, too. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The U.S. space agency has big plans to celebrate its
    milestones via ham radio. Here's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

    PAUL: On Monday, the 11th of December, NASA has scheduled a launch for
    an adventure, that's going to take the better part of a year to complete.
    This event involves radios, not rockets. NASA On the Air, or NOTA, is the year-long celebration of a variety of NASA milestones. Special event
    stations, operated by ham radio clubs located at different NASA centers,
    will be on the air, marking such milestones as the agency's 60th
    anniversary, the 50-year anniversary of the first manned orbit around
    the moon, and the two decades since the International Space Station's
    first elements entered low-Earth orbit.

    Even though most of the events happen next year, mark your December
    calendars now: NOTA kicks off on the 11th of December, the 45th
    anniversary of the day Apollo 17 touched down on the lunar surface.
    It was the last of the agency's manned moon landings.

    Successful contacts for all events will be sent commemorative QSL cards.
    Hams can also expect to receive special certificates, noting each NASA
    club station contacted - as well as where, and in what mode. There will
    be a scoring system, with points awarded for each band and mode, whether
    it is phone, digital, or CW, or even satellite, or meteor scatter. It
    goes without saying, that contacts with Amateur Radio aboard the
    International Space Station, definitely count!

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Disabled amateurs around the world are in the spotlight
    again, as we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY's REPORT: With the United Nations declaring Sunday, the third of December to be the International Day of Persons with Disabilities,
    amateur radio groups in IARU Region 1, will be making a special effort
    again this year, to showcase what radio can do for the disabled.

    Hams in Switzerland, Tanzania, and Norway, have signed on, to be on the
    air, as have hams in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Club station E71AVW plans to
    give special opportunities to members of the local club in Bosnia & Herzegovina, who are blind and disabled. A commemorative QSL card will
    be sent to hams who establish contact on the day.

    Amateurs in Russia, who have been steady participants in the annual
    event, planned to operate from two QTHs - from the club Radio Ana RA5R,
    an association of young disabled amateurs Apparel, and from the Tambov
    QTH of Vladimir Gerasimov, RA3RDT. The amateurs are devoting several
    days to the operation, and are using the call sign R17IPHA, from the
    first to the fifth of December.

    The annual recognition day is set aside to recognize the rights and
    strengths of individuals around the world who are disabled. It was
    created in 1992, by the UN's General Assembly.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.


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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, if you were awaiting the scheduled launch
    of the latest two Chinese Amateur Radio satellites, it looks like
    you'll be waiting until spring of next year. CAMSAT, the Chinese
    Amateur Satellite Group, has announced that CAS-7A has been postponed
    until May and CAS-5A won't launch until June. The delay is the latest
    in a series for CAS-7A.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: This month you'll get an opportunity to operate by
    phone - but it's not what you think. Jack Parker, W8ISH, explains.

    JACK: It pays to be an amateur radio operator who has also worked for
    one of the telephone-related businesses in the United States. These
    hams get to operate phone while celebrating phones. On Monday, the
    19th of October, the Telephone Pioneer QSO Party will be getting on
    the air for eight hours, beginning at 1800 UTC for their 56th annual

    You don't need to be affiliated with any of the phone companies to
    score a contact. Operators will be using all modes, including the
    digital modes. In fact, for the first hour, the only contacts
    happening will be on FT-8, with that hour reserved exclusively for
    this digital mode.

    For more details, visit the website tpqso dot com (tpqso.com). Whether
    you once worked for the phone company - or still do - and even if you
    never have, listen for someone calling QRZ and with any luck, you
    won't hear a pileup or a busy signal.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one ham club was inviting
    everyone to "get on the bus" by rolling out their new emcomm unit.
    Here's Dave Parks, WB8ODF, with that report.

    DAVE: When does an open house party become an open BUS party? When the location is a new mobile communications unit for a ham radio group and
    the vehicle happens to be a bus. The Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association, W9MVA, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin welcomed visitors to its
    new shack on wheels, which serves as an emergency communications unit.
    It also functions as a kind of school bus because it demonstrates
    radio technology to youngsters.

    Although the mobile unit was active in June when some of the hams
    participated in Field Day, it received hams and other visitors
    formally during its more low-key public rollout at the open house held
    by the club on Saturday September 26th.

    The custom-made bus has UHF, VHF and HF beam antennas, as well as
    dipoles and can also operate in conjunction with two portable antenna

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.




    In the World of DX, Adrien, F4IHM, is using the call sign 5U4IHM, from
    Niger where he is on a mission assignment. He will be mainly on 40 and
    20 metres, using CW and FT8. Send QSLs to his home call, direct or via
    the REF Bureau.

    From Kuwait, be listening for Abdallah, 9K2GS, who will use the call
    sign 9K2K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest on October 24th and 25th.
    Send QSLs to EC6DX or by LoTW.

    Listen for the special event call sign EN100LT, being used by hams in
    Ukraine to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kharkiv Theater for
    Children and Youth. The special event began in September, and will
    continue until March 31st of 2021. Send QSLs to UT5LU. There is an
    award available. For details see QR Zed.com

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    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K2ADA repeater
    in Ocala, Florida, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Newly licensed hams in the UK are finding videos to be an increasingly valuable tool in shack lately. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more
    on that story.

    JEREMY: The Radio Society of Great Britain is taking amateur radio back to basics in the hopes of helping beginners. The society has produced a six-
    part series of videos for the thousands of new Foundation licence-holders
    who were successfully tested via remote invigilation but were not required
    to take practical assessments.

    That's where the videos come in with their practical advice and a look at
    how to do things, hands-on.

    Amateurs such as Rob, M0VFC, Bob, G0FGX, and Dan, M0WUT, take the
    beginners through the basics of setting up a station, and making that
    first contact on FM and on SSB. Other videos show how to adjust an
    antenna's length for the lowest SWR and how to use an antenna matching
    unit or tuner. Another video introduces the digital modes.

    For hams who would prefer to view all the basics in one sitting, the
    society has also produced a full 30-minute video highlighting all six
    skills. All the videos can be seen at rsgb.org/foundation-practicals.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: There's something to be said for proximity. The planet Mars is approximately 38.59 million miles from Earth, according to NASA, its
    closest approach until 2035. That means NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
    is close by too - relatively speaking. The orbiter, which flies just 274
    km, or 170 miles, above the surface of the planet, communicates with Deep Space Network antennas on the earth via radio. Recently, however Scott
    Tilley, VE7TIL, reported he picked up its signal too, using a 60 cm dish
    in his backyard in British Columbia.

    Tilley, who is also a satellite radio enthusiast who hunts lost "zombie" satellites and spy satellites, is calling it a close encounter of the best kind.




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you find yourself feeling a bit like royalty when you're in your shack, consider the king of Thailand. He *is* royalty - and now he's feeling like an amateur radio operator - because he is one! Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, has that story.

    JASON: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, officially known as King Rama
    X, received his crown in May of 2019. Now he's also got an amateur radio callsign. On the air, His Majesty is known as HS10A.

    At a ceremony held recently in Bangkok in the Dusit Palace, the king
    received donations of an ICOM IC-7300 transceiver for HF and an Icom-9700
    for VHF/UHF. He also received a variety of antennas and other equipment
    for the royal shack.

    The advanced class licence and the callsign became his on Sept. 24 at a ceremony attended by the nation's communications regulator, the NBTC Secretariat, represented by General Sukit Khamasundara, and the Radio
    Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the
    King, led by its president, Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL.

    Be listening on the air for the callsign HS10A. That's not just the king
    of Thailand, but the patron of the nation's radio society.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Sometimes the best introduction to ham radio is....non-ham
    radio! One club in California is counting on that, as Ralph Squillace,
    KK6ITB, explains.

    RALPH: The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club hopes that having a booth
    at the recent National Night Out in Pollock Pines, California was
    compelling enough to give people a good impression about ham radio. But
    just in case, the club brought along something perhaps even more
    compelling: some radios to give away. No, these weren't amateur radios.
    They were the low-power, license-free Family Radio Service, or FRS,
    handhelds used often by hikers and campers and - the club hopes - kids. Youngsters won the radios in drawings the club held at the October 3rd
    event and were soon on the air, spelling out their names in the
    International Phonetic Alphabet. These are the same kind of handhelds used
    in combination with GMRS radios in the local Neighborhood Radio Watch
    public safety program the club implemented.

    The club's public information officer Alan Thompson, W6WN, told Newsline
    that its Neighborhood Watch has - quite unexpectedly - become a potent recruiting tool for new hams. Sometimes, after all, starting with low
    power can make a high-power impression, especially with the youngest
    future radio operators.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you're interested in history, you might want to tune in to 17.2 kHz a little later this month. There's a special international
    message headed your way from Sweden. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, picks up the story from here.

    ED: If you're capable of receiving 17.2 kHz and you know CW, there's a
    message waiting for you on October 24th. It's being transmitted from the Alexanderson Alternator SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden and it's being sent in
    honour of United Nations Day. UN Day marks the creation in 1945 of this international body to promote world peace.

    The very low frequency transmitter is far older than the UN. It was built starting in 1922 and is the last surviving example of Anderson Alternator technology that works. The transmitted message will begin at 1500 UTC. QSL reports can be made online using a form that will be open from October
    24th until November 6th.

    Meanwhile, if you'd rather make contact on the HF bands, listen for
    amateur radio station SK6SAQ which will be on the air sending CW on 7.035
    MHz and 14.035 MHz. Of course if you don't know CW you can make contact on
    SSB on 3.755 MHz. QSLs can be sent via email to info at alexander dot n
    dot se (info@alexander.n.se), via the bureau or by mail to the address on their QRZ page.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WR6AAC repeater
    in Lake Forest, California, on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: A successful public health initiative is something to
    celebrate - especially now - and hams in Australia are doing just that.
    Here's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, with the details.

    GRAHAM: In Australia, amateur radio operators are marking an
    accomplishment that takes on special meaning in these pandemic times: the eradication of the polio virus throughout Africa. The World Health Organisation declared Africa's 25 nations, states and territorities to be polio-free as of August 25th.

    Lee Moyle, director of the Wireless Institute of Australia, said the activation will begin on the 24th of October, marking World Polio Day. The special event station VK65PFA, will continue until the 24th of November.

    For Lee, this takes on special significance because he is also a member of Rotary International which has given high priority to the campaign to wipe
    out polio. Rotary members who are also amateur radio operators are also invited to join ROAR, Rotarians of Amateur Radio.

    Meanwhile, visit the QRZ page of VK65PFA, for operating and QSL details.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, past president of Brisbane's Mid-City Rotary Club, and VK4BB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Australia is also making some notable changes in its amateur radio syllabus. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, shares that report.

    ROBERT: As part of its latest update to the amateur radio syllabus, the Australian Communications and Media Authority is now giving amateurs the ability to transfer their call sign to another licensee simply by
    completing a call sign transfer form online. This permission is granted to
    any amateur of any licence class who holds a three-letter call sign. The change is expected to give hams more options and flexibility in managing
    call signs and would clearly be useful within families where more than one member is a ham. The application form needs the signature of both parties, however, before it goes to the ACMA. The syllabus changes also remove some
    of the historical restrictions on the Foundation licensees from the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.
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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Sat Oct 24 04:17:00 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K8SCH repeater of the OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. local time. Newsline has played during the TechTalk net for more than
    35 years!



    NEIL/ANCHOR: In the UK, authorities are looking for four men who assaulted
    an amateur operating portable. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: Police in Gloucestershire are looking for information about the assault on a ham who was operating portable last month near Cheltenham. The amateur, whose name and call sign were not made public, was attacked by four men who accused him of spying on them and recording them. A report in the Gloucester Echo said the ham was operating portable from Cleeve Common near Cheltenham at 9:20 on the evening of September 8th.

    The report did not say whether the man, who is in his fifties, required medical attention. Police said the assailants left the scene in a Land

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Most of us know about electrical conductors, such as cables and electrical lines. They carry electricity but, of course, it comes at a
    price: some of that energy is lost due to resistance. Now a group of New
    York researchers is saying things don't necessarily have to be that way. Scientists at the University of Rochester say they have created a superconductor that has no resistance - and unlike most other
    superconductors, can operate at room temperature instead of needing to be cooled.

    According to an October 15th article posted on the Popular Mechanics
    website, this superconductor combines the right amount of pressure with the elements that bond readily. The scientists have squeezed sulphur, carbon,
    and hydrogen�carbonaceous sulphur hydride in a diamond anvil, which exerts nearly 300 gigapascals of pressure. Therein lies the catch: that pressure is the equivalent of about 3 million times the Earth's ambient air pressure.

    The researchers next task, then, is to tinker with the chemical mix and see
    if they can take some of that pressure off.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Actress Hedy Lamarr was as noted for her performances as her penchant for inventing in the realm of radio. There's a party for her on Echolink - and Jim Damron, N8TMW, tells us about it.

    JIM: Among radio enthusiasts and fellow tinkerers, the late actress Hedy Lamarr deserved her name up in lights for reasons that had nothing to do
    with Hollywood. An inventor with a penchant for technology the star is credited with helping develop a patented radio signaling device used during the Second World War that years later led to GPS, Bluetooth, increased security on mobile phones and Wi-Fi. In 1997 - just three years before her death at the age of 85 - she was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award.

    On Monday, November 9th, which would have been her 106th birthday, the Echolink ROC-HAM Conference Server is hosting Hedy Lamarr Day with a four-
    hour net. Four YL net controllers will be taking check-ins and celebrating
    her accomplishments. The net will also be accessible on the DODROPIN Conference Server Node 355800.

    For just a short while, Hedy Lamarr will also be back on the screen - the small screen in this case. Organizer John DeRycke, W2JLD, told Newsline that the event will be streamed on YouTube's World Amateur Radio Day channel. It will also be heard on Broadcastify.

    Be watching Netlogger - and be listening on EchoLink -- for the call sign
    N9H, and visit the QRZ page for details about a special event QSL card.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to the newest hams across the Pond in the UK. A Twitter announcement by the Radio Society of Great Britain reports that
    2,000 hams have passed their Foundation exams via remote invigilation. Big congrats as well to the 268 amateurs who were able to upgrade to
    Intermediate level in the same manner. The remote exams were put in place in April in response to the pandemic.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: One town in Germany is preparing to recognize an amateur
    radio operator for extraordinary humanitarian efforts. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, brings us that story.

    ED: Who wouldn't wish for a golden antenna? In this case, it's the name
    of an award, not the description of a high-end Yagi or beam atop some
    lucky ham's tower. The town of Bad Bentheim in Germany has a 50-year
    tradition of recognizing the great public service ham radio provides
    to the community, and in the past, it has hosted Deutsch-NiederlΣndische Amateurfunker Tage (DNAT), or German-Dutch Amateur Radio Days.

    This year, the mayor is taking things a step further because of the extra challenges posed by COVID-19. The Golden Antenna Award, a humanitarian
    award known locally as Gouden Antenne, will be presented by the mayor,
    and awards committee to the ham or hams who have answered amateur radio's highest calling.

    In 2018, Mayor Volker Pannen presented it to Johan Jongbloed, PA3JEM, recognising his rescue work as part of an international amateur radio
    team assisting after the devastating Nepal earthquake.

    Nominations can be made until April 1, 2021. The award will be presented
    in August, and the winner will be invited to Bad Bentheim. As Johan said
    during the 2018 ceremony "when the going gets tough, hams get going."

    Links and addresses for submissions appear in the printed version of this script on our website and arnewsline.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: Mail nominations to Stadt Bad Bentheim, P.O. Box 1452,
    D-48445 Bad Bentheim, Germany. Email nominations to juerriens@stadt-badbentheim.de]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Speaking of awards, if you've already got Hamvention 2021
    on your mind - and who doesn't? - it's OK to start thinking about
    Hamvention awards right now. Phil Thomas, W8RMJ, explains.

    PHIL: Nominations for awards at Hamvention 2021 are set to open this
    Sunday, November the 1st.

    The awards committee will be accepting nominations for "Club of the Year," "Technical Achievement,"Special Achievement," and the prestigious "Amateur
    of the Year Award."

    The nomination period for each award will be open until Monday, February
    the 15th, 2021.

    Hamvention awards have been held since 1956.

    Of note, the Dayton Hamvention was first held in 1952.

    Entry forms are available on the Hamvention website at: hamvention.org

    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Phil Thomas, W8RMJ.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the spirit of friendship and remembrance, an
    international group of YLs is running a contest in memory of the
    Silent Key, who died before she could see it come to fruition.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: November 3rd will mark one year since the death of Carine DuBois, F5ISY, who was part of a circle of YLs around the world, who were close
    despite geographical distance. On the weekend of November 7th and 8th,
    Carine's friends are running a contest, The Day of the YLs, on the HF
    and VHF bands, to promote the kind of YL activity Carine herself
    encouraged. Operating modes will be CW, SSB, FT8, and RTTY. YLs, OMs, and shortwave listeners are encouraged to participate. Logs must be submitted
    no later than the 16th of November. Awards will be given to all
    participants who collect at least 33 points for contacts with YLs.

    For details, visit the Day of the YLs Facebook page.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: It's time for radio amateurs to celebrate radio
    professionals. In the U.S., hams are marking the 100th anniversary
    of commercial broadcast station KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
    Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us more.

    KEVIN: Pennsylvania AM radio station KDKA has been on the air
    continuously since reporting the presidential election results of
    the 1920 contest between Warren G. Harding and James Middleton Cox.
    Ham clubs in the Pittsburgh area are marking the occasion, with a
    full month of special-event activations. There's an especially good
    reason hams take a special interest in KDKA. It first went on the air
    as an amateur radio station in 1916, using the call sign 8XK, and was
    operated by Frank Conrad, assistant chief engineer of Westinghouse
    Electric and Manufacturing Company.

    Be listening all month for special-event stations from Pittsburgh area
    clubs such as the North Hills Amateur Radio Club, the Panther Amateur
    Radio Club, the Steel City Amateur Radio Club and the Wireless
    Association of South Hills. Beyond Pittsburgh, hams will be
    participating from the Skyview Radio Society, the Butler County
    Amateur Radio Public Service Group, and the Washington Amateur
    Communications Radio Club. Be listening for such call signs as K3A,
    K3D, K3K, and W8XK.

    A full schedule and other details can be found on the QRZ.COM page for
    W8XK or at kdka100.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.
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    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K3ALG repeater
    in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Peru has become one more nation to sell off part of the
    spectrum used by radio amateurs so it can be used for 5G mobile technology. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details.

    JIM: Amateur radio operators and other users of the 3.5 GHz spectrum in
    Peru are losing access to the frequencies in the range between 3.3 GHz and
    3.8 GHZ.

    The MTC, PeruÆs transport and communications ministry, will instead permit
    the frequencies to be used by telecom operators who want to provide such mobile broadband services as 5G. The decsion was made in October but the spectrum sale for 5G technology is not expected until the first half of
    2021. Frequencies between 24.2 GHz and 25.5 GHz will also be tendered.

    JosΘ Aguilar, MTCÆs general director of communications policies and regulation, issued a statement saying: [quote] ôNow there is a possibility
    of making better use of this band, which will benefit more Peruvians with modern services and will encourage private investment in the sector." [endquote]

    The 3.5 GHz frequencies presently used by Peruvian hams is the frequency 5G services are being assigned by regulators worldwide.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A group of Austrailian hams went bicycle mobile for a worthy cause. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has that story.

    ROBERT: Members of the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Group VK3CMZ
    are counting the dollars raised last month when the BAREC Pedal Radio Group took on the challenge to raise money to help the Children's Medical
    Research Insitute fight childhood cancer. The hams' participation in the
    Great Cycle Challenge in October brought in about $700 and covered more
    than 250 kilometres.

    Graeme Knight, VK3GRK, said that the Pedal Radio Group grew out of club members who share another great interest beyond radio: cycling for health, fitness and social activity. Graeme said that the group is also a great way
    to increase awareness about amateur radio because the cyclists are out and about in the community and are highly visible.

    Ah, but don't forget radio here: During the October event, in between their rides, the hams had QSOs on some of the local nets to let listeners and
    other club members know that they were on their cycles - and they were on a roll!

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Every month a group of CW operators engage in some friendly competition. Some might say they're....pig-headed about it. Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, explains.

    SKEETER: With the arrival of November, it's almost time again for what CW enthusiasts are calling PIG-nacious fun: It's the monthly "run for the
    bacon" QRP contest. Held on the third Sunday night of each month, it's a source of pride for its organizer, the appropriately named Flying Pigs QRP Club International W8PIG. This high-energy contest has a low-power requirement: Contacts must be made using 5 watts or less. Competitors are encouraged to go whole hog: Working 50 or more piggies qualifies you for a multiplier of two. That's not so difficult, really: It's OK to work the
    same contact on different bands for credit toward the multiplier. The two-
    hour contest begins at 2300 UTC. For more details visit

    Pigs may not be able to fly yet, but at least they can get on the air.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Nov 13 09:00:09 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K5DUR repeater in Rowlett, Texas, on Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: If an emergency trailer is considered home to amateurs who
    belong to ARES, then this next story is surely about a home-improvement project. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, explains.

    KEVIN: The latest homebrew project by members of Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services isn't a custom rig or a special antenna. The Florida ARES group is busy refurbishing its radio shack on wheels, a communications
    trailer that was donated to them after it was retired from service by the county's Emergency Operations Center.

    Clay ARES members have been spending time outfitting the trailer with their own state-of-the-art communications equipment, and transforming it into a command center that will also accommodate hams' overnight stays in extreme emergencies.

    Scott Roberts, KK4ECR, the public information officer for Clay ARES, told
    Clay Today Online that while the trailer can be deployed if necessary to
    help in emergencies, the hams want to enhance its capabilities in voice, satellite, digital communications, email and texting over the air. The
    trailer will also be used to train new and future hams.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    JIM/ANCHOR: In our occasional series, Nets of Note, which looks at
    interesting and creative ways amateurs gather on the air, we visit a group
    of radio operators in Australia whose thoughts - and words - have been
    turning to poetry lately. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, picks up the story from

    JASON: Sunday nights will never be the same in VK2. For the past two months, amateurs have been getting on the air at 1900 hours Australian Eastern Standard Time to read poetry to one another. It's not just a Sunday night poetry fest but a time for jokes, yarns, quizzes, and memorable stories from history. The inspiring force behind this so-called Dinky Di (pronounced:
    DIE) or Culture Net is Peter O'Brien, VK2DIE, a fan of Australian Bush
    Poetry who one night shared the classic work, "The Man from Snowy River," by poet Banjo Paterson, during a Snowy Mountains Amateur Radio Club net. That
    got things rolling.

    Angelo, VK2NWT, told Newsline that poetry has now been happening on the air regularly -- with rhyme and with reason: The net has begun to grow in popularity in the New South Wales Far South Coast and Monaro region. It
    lasts about an hour, and Peter coordinates the discussion. So if you're not averse to a little verse, consider joining the net on VK2RSE at 147.375 MHz, VK2RFS 146.760 MHz or VK3RDH at 146.625 MHz. None of the repeaters require a tone. If you're not local but have access to IRLP, join in via Node 6211.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    In the World of DX, a disappointment for DX chasers. The KX0X DXpedition to Jan Mayen Island in the Arctic Ocean has been cancelled. Clublog lists the Norwegian volcanic island as the 75th most wanted DX in its recently updated list. The team announced on DX-World that it will be refunding donors' contributions shortly.

    However, Erik, LA2US, who has been active on Jan Mayen Island as JX2US since mid-October, has logged more than 6,200 QSOs. He is operating CW and some
    FT8 in F/H submode through March 2021. QSL only via ClubLog OQRS. He will upload to LoTW after his return home in April.

    Be listening for the callsign DP0GVN from the German Antarctic research station Neumayer-III, where Theresa, DC1TH, will soon be on the air. Theresa will be making QSOs via the amateur radio transponder on board the QO-100 geostationary satellite. The ground station for the satellite was provided last year by AMSAT-DL. QSL to DL5EBE, direct or via the DARC QSL bureau.
    Logs are also uploaded to LotW intermittently.

    Finally, in case you had plans to listen for David, F8AAN, operating as FS/F8AAN from St. Martin Island starting November 18th, be advised he has cancelled his plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    DON/ANCHOR: What's the best gift you can give a ham for Christmas this
    year? A campaign in the UK called "Get on the Air To Care," has a
    suggestion. It's "Get on the Air for Christmas" -- and Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    has the details.

    JEREMY: Organisers are calling it "Get on the Air for Christmas" and the campaign is an offshoot of the highly successful "Get on the Air to Care" joint programme of the National Health Service and the Radio Society of
    Great Britain.

    While "Get on the Air to Care" was a special plea to amateurs to step up
    their on-air activities during the first pandemic lockdown to ease the situation for lonely amateurs, the focus during the holiday period will
    be to bring some good cheer if the lockdown is extended, as it will
    surely curtail celebrations between friends and family. Organisers want
    hams to be extra active during the holiday period between Saturday, the
    19th of December, and Saturday, the 9th of January. The radio society's website will be posting the schedules and information about special nets
    being held on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in particular - or at any
    other time during the season - and is asking for clubs to email their
    details as soon as possible. The nets will also be publicised in the next issue of RadCom and in the GB2RS news broadcasts.

    The email address is radcom at rsgb dot org dot uk (radcom@rsgb.org.uk).

    Get on the Air for Christmas has also launched two Christmas Hope QSO
    Parties, one that begins on Monday the 21st of December and another that begins on Monday the 4th of January. Look online for hashtag G O T A 4 C
    to follow this campaign.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: In Colorado, one radio operator who has as much heart as
    holiday spirit is reprising a role he played once - many years ago --
    only this time he's going on the air to make it happen. Jack Parker,
    W8ISH, tells us about him.

    JACK: It's been a long time since Chuck K0ITP (K ZERO I T P) put on a
    Santa suit. That was years ago at an event at a country club in Peoria, Illinois. This year, however, the president of the Longmont Amateur Radio
    Club in Colorado is hopping back on the sleigh to bring Santa to children
    via amateur radio. He plans to be on the air on the club repeaters
    between 6 and 7 p.m. Mountain Time on December 1st through 5th. Licensed
    hams are invited to share their shack with a youngster - perhaps a child
    or grandchild - who will likely be missing out on some of the traditional events or seeing Santa in person because of the COVID-19 precautions.
    Chuck said he will make sure they still have a chance to talk to Santa by getting on the air with a licensed amateur.

    Chuck told the local newspaper, the Times-Call, that the club is hosting
    this event for the first time because members are also hoping to give
    children an early holiday gift: the gift of an interest in amateur radio.
    He said it will give parents a chance to hear what their kids want to
    find under the tree.

    Local hams can visit the club website for repeater information at W Zero
    E N O dot org (w0eno.org) The repeaters are also on EchoLink Node 8305.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    In the World of DX, it seems the world's most remote island will remain inaccessible for a bit longer to amateur radio. The Rebel DX Group had
    hoped to activate Bouvet Island as Three-Y-Zero-Eye (3Y0I) by the end of
    this year but operators are unable to travel because of COVID-19
    restrictions. The group said on its website that their equipment remains
    in South Africa, and if restrictions are lifted before the conclusion of
    the Antarctic summer they hope to be ready. For updates visit the website bouvetoya.org

    Time is running out to work Mike, VK4DX, as VK4DX/P on Russell Island.
    His activation ends on November 24th. Be listening on 40-15 metres where
    he will be operating SSB and CW using 100 watts and wire antennas. Send
    QSLs via the bureau, ClubLog, Logbook of the World or direct mail.

    Be listening for special event stations 7Z20G, 8Z20G, and HZ20G, being activated by members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society during the G20
    Riyadh summit in the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The summit began Nov.
    13th and will conclude on the 23rd. QSL via LoTW or direct to the Saudi Amateur Radio Society.

    In Indonesia, listen on various HF bands and modes for special event
    station 8A10N to celebrate that nation's "National Heroes Day 2020." The station is being operated by YH3BHL through December 10th. Send QSLs via
    LoTW or eQSL.

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: Youngsters in Iowa got a lesson in world travel and amateur
    radio recently, thanks to an adventurous balloon they launched as a
    science project. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has that story.

    RALPH: A group of science students in Pella, Iowa feel like they've been around the world - and in a way, they have. It took 13 days, 2 hours and
    8 minutes for the 150 fifth-graders from the Jefferson Intermediate
    School to complete the journey on November 18th that involved crossings
    over the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Yellow Sea and the
    Pacific Ocean.

    The students stayed home, of course, but their hearts and minds traveled
    with a helium-filled scientific balloon they'd launched with support
    from the Pella Amateur Radio Club. It was launched carrying a SkyTracker
    with APRS that had been designed and built by Bill Brown, WB8ELK. The
    Near Space balloon transmitted on 2 metres as it carried the callsign
    WB0URW-8 around the world as the students kept tabs on it on their
    computers and smartphones.

    Jim Emmert, WB0URW, said that with financing from local foundations, the
    Pella club has been working with students at the school for a while now, presenting various lessons in the fields of earth science and amateur
    radio technology. The balloon - the latest such venture - was a success.

    Not one to rest on its helium-filled laurels, the balloon returned home, according to Jim, only to embark on its second such journey.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Get ready for some Slow-Scan TV. The International Space
    Station is scheduled to have an SSTV transmission on Tuesday, December
    1st starting at 12:30 UTC until 18:25 UTC. There will be a second
    transmission on Wednesday, December 2nd from 11:50 UTC until 18:25 UTC.
    Listen for SSTV signals to be downlinked at 145.800 MHz +/- Doppler
    shift. The mode of transmission is expected to be PD 120.

    You will be able to post your images in the online ARISS SSTV gallery.
    For updates on this event, follow the Twitter account with the handle at-symbol ARISS underscore status (@ARISS_status).




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Organizers of this next event in Europe aren't calling it a contest but a celebration. It's all about AM, as Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,

    JEREMY: The coming winter just become a little warmer in Europe. The
    Facebook group known as AM Amateur Radio Europe is putting the final
    touches to plans for its Winter 2021 AM QSO Party. It will run from
    Friday the 22nd of January at 1800 UTC until Sunday the 24th of January
    at 1759 UTC. Organisers stress that although points and certificates
    will be awarded, this is not a contest; it is designed to encourage conversation between amateurs using the original ham radio voice mode.

    Points are awarded for each QSO, and each new DXCC worked, and there are
    power categories that accommodate each level of the UK licence.

    For details, visit the AM Amateur Radio Europe group's Facebook page.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: It looks like 2021 is almost here - and with it, two big
    events in Australia. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has those details.

    ROBERT: There's good reason hams in Australia can't wait to put 2020
    behind them: Plans are already in the works for a SOTA summit activating
    event in the Mount Hotham Ski region. This would be the fifth such event
    and organisers are looking for expressions of interest from SOTA
    members. The event would take place between the 5th and the 8th of
    February 2021. No event was held this year because of the bush fires in
    the North East and Gippsland. Brian, VK3BCM, asks that interested SOTA activators email him at bcmcdermott at tpg dot com dot au (bcmcdermott@tpg.com.au)

    It will be a big month as the Wyong Field Day is happening on Sunday the
    28th of February. The 62nd annual event in New South Wales is the
    Southern Hemisphere's largest amateur radio event. Radio enthusiasts
    from around Australia and from overseas are expected to be there.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Thu Dec 3 19:14:48 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K6SOA Repeater in Laguna Beach, California, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
    local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Last year, Newsline conferred its inaugural International Newsmaker of the Year Award with great pride to the West Bengal Radio
    Club in India. This year, we are pleased to present it to a team
    comprising health service workers and amateur radio operators in the
    UK, all responding together to the COVID-19 crisis. Here's Ed Durrant,
    DD5LP, who shares our pride in making this announcement.

    ED: The winner of Newsline's second annual International Newsmaker of
    the Year Award is the Get on the Air to Care project, conceived of by
    Paul Devlin G1SMP and operated jointly by the UK's National Health
    Service and the Radio Society of Great Britain. Created in response to
    the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign has decreased social isolation in
    the UK and around the world by encouraging amateurs to Get On The Air 2
    Care - with inactive hams returning and those who always wanted to,
    becoming newly licenced amateurs. It also gave rise to this season's
    Get On the Air 4 Christmas initiative. Most importantly, though,
    #GOTA2C has accomplished something amateurs work so hard to achieve:
    the campaign has placed amateur radio front and centre in such
    mainstream media channels as the BBC, ITV Wales and major newspapers,
    raising amateur radio's profile and attracting new licence-holders even
    in this era of remote-testing.

    Congratulations to Paul Devlin, G1SMP, who conceived of the idea as
    part of the NHS England Emergency Care Improvement Support Team and to
    the Radio Society of Great Britain and the National Health Service who
    have implemented it. You'll be hearing more from Paul Devlin next week
    when Newsline chats with him.

    Meanwhile, the RSGB and the NHS have added yet another element to their campaign: an NHS Charity auction beginning December 9th and ending
    December 19th at the start of the Get on the Air for Christmas
    campaign. One item for auction should surely help amateurs get on the
    air to care, even after the holidays. It is a Morse Code key
    handcrafted and donated by Roy Bailey, G0VFS, of Trowbridge and
    District Amateur Radio Club. Having based his design on the noted semi-automatic Vibroplex, he has dubbed his creation the Virus-
    PerpleXed Bug and an engraved decal bears its name. If you wish to participate, visit the Society's website for details. The URL appears
    in the printed version of this script on the arnewsline website.

    [DO NOT READ, FOR PRINT ONLY: rsgb.org/gota4c]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    JIM/ANCHOR: How do you say "thank you?" Try sending Morse Code, as
    London's tallest building is doing. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, to tell
    us more.

    JEREMY: The Shard building, which defines the London skyline, has been
    the symbol of the city since its completion seven years ago. It
    recently became transformed into a symbol of gratitude - in a way that
    ham radio operators, more than most people, can comprehend. At 306-
    metres in height, it is the UK's tallest building, which makes its
    important message - flashing in blue and white LED lights at the very
    top - hard to miss. That message is in Morse Code.

    The 575 lights flash, spelling "Thank You," two words directed to the
    National Health Service workers whose efforts have helped protect the
    British public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. City dwellers
    and visitors have stopped to marvel at the light show since it began on
    the night of Thursday, November 26th.

    But even London's tallest building isn't above needing a little help.
    That help came from the Radio Society of Great Britain. The RSGB
    stepped in to verify that all those high profile dits and dahs were
    indeed being sent correctly, ensuring that the message's delivery
    enjoyed a towering triumph.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Thu Dec 31 19:49:19 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K3ALG repeater in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, on Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: It's been a discouraging year for amateur radio in Japan
    -- but in South Africa, new amateur radio operators are celebrating
    their new privileges. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, reports on both stories.

    JASON: The number of licenced amateur radio stations has decreased once
    again in Japan, according to Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. There were 389,343 licenced hams this past December, a
    drop of 12,837 from December 2019 figures. In that month, there were
    402,180 licensed stations but that number as well signified a drop of
    about 15,000 from the previous year.

    The majority of Japanese radio operators hold a Class 4 licence, which
    was introduced as an entry level licence in the 1950s.

    Meanwhile, a new group of licenced amateurs is ready to get on the air
    in South Africa. Test results are in and the South African Radio League reports there was a 95 percent pass rate for those who sat for the
    exam. That means 81 new hams. Two of the candidates took the exam for a
    Class B licence, which is the entry level license and is assigned a ZU

    The next radio amateur exam will be given on May 22, 2021.

    Congratulations to all the new hams.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The new year brings some changes for amateur radio
    operators in Switzerland but it's mostly procedural. Ed Durrant, DD5LP,
    has that story.

    ED: In Switzerland, changes have been made under the new
    Telecommunications Act affecting the administration of amateur radio operations and related costs. The Swiss regulator Ofcom is moving to a licence-exempt model that will require hams to have a certificate of
    ability after passing a qualifying examination. Hams will be charged
    110 Swiss francs, or about $122 in US dollars for call sign issuance.
    Swiss hams will be required to pay an reduced annual fee of 50 Swiss
    francs, or $55 in US dollars, down from 96 Swiss francs for their
    annual license. Repeater and remotely operated stations continue to
    need to be registered and they will pay a one-time fee of 70 Swiss
    francs, or nearly $78 dollars. The same one-time registration fee
    applies to systems operating above 1 GHz such as those hams wishing to
    use the QO-100 satellite system.

    In short, many procedures remain largely unchanged, according to
    Switzerland's national amateur radio society. The USKA said in an announcement: [quote] "The path to amateur radio is still the same and
    for the already active radio amateurs everything remains as it was.
    Only the management of frequencies and the associated terms have been rearranged." [end quote] The changes are in effect beginning January
    1st, 2021.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: December YOTA Month is over and now the wait begins for
    the awards. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, picks up the story from here.

    ANDY: Youngsters on the Air closed out a very active December YOTA
    Month by announcing some good news for hams and shortwave listeners who
    chase YOTA stations. YOTA is now providing awards for SWLs as well as transmitting hams. SWLs need to register on the YOTA event website
    where they can log QSOs they heard on the air, qualifying them for
    awards at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. SWLs are also able
    to use the website to request QSL cards after entering data about the
    QSO they heard. To receive these cards, listeners must have an SWL
    callsign and belong to a national society to use its QSL service.

    Meanwhile, as December YOTA Month wrapped up its activity, organizers announced that award plaques were going to be presented in seven
    categories: Most Stations Contacted in CW; Most Stations Contacted in
    SSB; Most Stations Contacted in Digital and Most Stations Contacted.
    Awards will also be given to Best Overall Score OM; Best Overall Score
    YL and Best Overall Score Youngster for operators younger than 26.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A popular net control operator with the Handiham Program
    for disabled amateurs has become a Silent Key. Christian Cudnik, K0STH,
    tells us about him.

    CHRISTIAN: James Golden, KD0AES, a Life Member of the Handiham Program,
    was perhaps best known as net control for the Tuesday Handiham Radio
    Club net, a busy gathering place for disabled amateurs like him.
    According to his obituary in the Nevada Daily Mail, the Nevada, Missouri
    radio operator, who had cerebral palsy, brought such enthusiasm to his
    on-air responsibilities that at one point he served as net control for
    three nets a week. Grateful for his skill in handling busy traffic in an always-polite manner, a number of amateurs pooled their money to
    purchase a Handiham Life Membership for him.

    James continued with his activity until two weeks before his death on
    December 9th. James Golden, who was 46, died of COVID-19.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We also report the death of NA Contest Logging Software Developer Dave Pruett, K8CC. Dave became a Silent Key on the 29th of
    December. A chairman of the Michigan QSO Party and a log-checker for the ARRL's 10-meter and 160-meter contests, Dave's most widely known
    contributions were perhaps in the area of contest log development. Early
    on, he was the developer of a program for RadioShack computers that
    checked logs for duplicate contacts. He also created the NA contest
    logging software which is capable of handling a number of contests. He
    was also a former editor of the National Contest Journal.

    Dave was 66.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: An influential member of the Canadian Amateur Radio
    Community has become a Silent Key. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us about
    his long career.

    JOHN: Farrell Hopwood, VE7RD, who had been president of RAC, and a
    member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, has become a Silent
    Key. Known as Hoppy, he died on December 8th. The son of a telegrapher
    father and a Teletype-operator mother, Hoppy began his long career in telecommunications in his native British Columbia in 1948. In 1955,
    Hoppy became an amateur radio operator with the call sign VE7AHB. Those
    who attended Expo 86 in Vancouver saw the amateur radio station and
    exhibit there that was created by Hoppy and his team. An avid DXer, he
    was also involved in VHF/UHF linking and packet.

    Hoppy became an early member of the Canadian Radio Relay League and the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation, rising through its ranks into
    leadership. He also became involved in key discussions to merge the two organisations into the RAC. Hoppy later became president of the RAC,
    retiring from the post in 1998 after serving three terms.

    He was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.

    Hoppy was 91.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A recent winter contest hosted by one Canadian amateur
    radio club turned out to be a disaster -- and the members couldn't have
    been happier. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, has those details.

    KEVIN: The Halifax Amateur Radio Club called their contest the "2-Meter
    Get on the Air Winter Event," and it was designed to challenge the hams' ability to stay connected in the face of an emergency. For four hours on January 2nd, it was a dry run for disaster for John Bignell, VE1JMB, the club's director-at-large, and 50 or so other club members. It also
    turned out to be a frozen run: the contest went forward despite a heavy snowfall that covered much of Nova Scotia. John, who is also an EHS
    Advance Care Paramedic, said the contest underscored the need for hams
    to have a reliable communications network when disaster strikes, as it
    did in 2017 when Bell Aliant suffered a connection outage of landlines
    and cellphones in Eastern Canada.

    John told the Saltwire Network website that the contest was also about
    having fun but it's important to remember too that when the Red Cross,
    rescue teams or ground-search personnel need communications backup, hams should be there and ready. That makes everyone a winner in every

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Jan 15 08:06:53 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    N2XPM repeater in Cedarhurst, New York, on Saturdays, at noon local



    JIM/ANCHOR: This next story is a personal one, celebrating one member
    of our Newsline family. Our anchor and correspondent, Neil Rapp,
    WB9VPG, who teaches high school chemistry in Indiana, has been named
    Carole Perry Educator of the Year by Orlando HamCation. Newsline
    editor Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, spoke to Neil about his commmitment
    to amateur radio education.

    CARYN: Licensed since the age of 5, Neil Rapp knows better than most
    of us that ham radio is the best teacher.

    NEIL: Especially when I got into high school, ham radio helped me
    understand science. When I got to Chemistry, when everybody else was
    having a hard time, I already knew my metric system, when I got to
    Physics, I already knew Ohm's law -- because I did all of that when I
    was 5.

    CARYN: Those early lessons became the foundation for the path his life
    took as sponsor of school ham clubs, in the ARRL Teacher Institute and
    as one of the founders and camp director of Youth on the Air for IARU
    Region 2. For Neil, ham radio doesn't get old -- it gets YOUNG.

    NEIL: Yeah, we do have youth in ham radio, and we do have kids doing
    great things with it. There are some opportunities to make sure this continues. It amazes me that the kids that are really into CW at a
    time when a lot of people didn't want to learn CW and that's what kept
    them out of the hobby. They're also into all these cool new digital
    modes that are becoming more efficient and setting the pace for the
    commercial radio industry and cell phones and public service and all
    the digital stuff. A lot of that came from ham radio.

    CARYN: His next project? A Youth on the Air mini-camp that mixes
    science with the science of socializing.

    NEIL: What we are trying to do is build some of those social
    connections between the kids and that's why there is a lot of YOTA
    time that's at an amusement park, at Dave & Buster's, at this place
    and that place that may not have a thing to do with ham radio because
    it's social interaction time. The whole YOTA thing isn't just learning
    about radio and learning about technology; it's getting the social
    aspect there so that kids know other kids. We have seen in Europe that perpetuates the hobby. That keeps the kids in the hobby.

    CARYN: So congratulations Neil. Your well-deserved Carole Perry trophy
    will now sit beside your autographed oscillator from Carole's Youth
    Forum at Hamvention.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Whether or not you still think of Pluto as a planet, its
    discovery is still something to celebrate. Randy Sly, W4XJ, tells us

    RANDY: The Northern Arizona DX Association is about to launch the
    first event in its 10-year special event countdown to the 100th
    anniversary of its discovery in the Kuiper (KY-PURR) Belt. Be
    listening for club members operating between February 13th and the
    21st as W7P. They'll be at the Lowell Observatory from which Pluto was
    first spotted and their home QTHs. One of the operators will be Doug
    Tombaugh, N3PDT, nephew of Pluto's discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh. He will
    operate as W7P/0.

    There will be special QSL cards each year leading up to the 100th
    anniversary event. A certificate with endorsement stickers for each of
    the 10 years of the special event and for a contact with Doug and his
    team will be available later as well, Visit the QRZ.COM page for more

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Randy Sly, W4XJ.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: The notorious killing of an amateur radio operator in the
    UK was revisited recently, for TV viewers of a special three-part series. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about it.

    JEREMY: The brutal murder story, broadcast over a three-day period on the
    UK's ITV channel, was no fictional drama. The episodes, which were
    transmitted between Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th January, recount the
    killing in June 1989 of Oxfordshire radio amateur Peter Dixon, G0HFQ,
    and his wife, Gwenda. The couple were on holiday in Pembrokeshire, South
    West Wales, where Peter had been operating as GW0HFO/M.

    The two were found dead, shot at point-blank range within half a mile of
    their campsite on 5th July. The Radio Society of Great Britain was asked
    by police to put out a QST, asking amateurs to check their logbooks
    between the 29th June, and the 5th July, police believing that Peter had
    made a contact with another mobile station on 28 MHz on the morning of Wednesday 28th June. They were looking for clues, any clues at all.

    Still, it took years of detective work, before the case ended with an
    arrest and conviction: John Cooper, a former farm labourer, was found
    guilty of the killings in 2011. In an odd twist to the story, Cooper
    himself had appeared on ITV on a popular game show - just days before
    robbing and shooting the ham radio operator and his wife.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In California, one amateur radio club gave a big thank-you
    to one of their own, in the form of a special honor. Ralph Squillace,
    KK6ITB, tells us what happened.

    RALPH: The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club values its resources: They
    include a state-of-the-art communications facility atop a reservoir in
    Santa Barbara County, California - and they include Bill Talanian, W1UUQ,
    the ham who helped secure funding to make it a reality. Bill, a former
    trustee of the 150-member club, has been doing that kind of volunteer
    work for more than four decades.

    Earlier this month, the club held a formal dedication of the facility,
    naming it the Talanian Communications Facility. Such a facility provides
    the kind of ability club members need to respond to communities in
    crisis, as they did in 2017, when the Thomas Fire ripped through Ventura
    and Santa Barbara Counties. Club members helped pass traffic for
    emergency responders. The club also has a mobile rover vehicle, as well
    as emergency radio communications stations at the Santa Barbara chapter
    of the American Red Cross, and the Santa Barbara County Office of
    Emergency Management.

    Club members told the website Noozhawk that Bill played a key role in
    securing funds for the facility atop the Vic Trace Reservoir. Hams have considered it the hub of their communications network since 2011.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: An annual religious pilgrimage in India once again had the
    support of a local amateur radio club which, this year, also made use
    of a satellite. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, gives us that report.

    JIM: The callsign AT2GSI wasn't your average DX. It was being used
    between the 9th and the 19th of January, by members of the West Bengal
    Radio Club in India, where hams were calling QRZ from Sagar Island,
    designated IOTA AS-153. There was a lot more to this activation,
    however. The hams were also present on the island, as they always are
    during the annual Hindu pilgrimage, to where the Bay of Bengal meets the
    river Ganges. Using HTs and a ground station for the Qatar OSCAR 100
    satellite, made them even more capable this year of keeping emergency
    support communications open. More than 700,000 pilgrims had already
    arrived there by January 14th.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Time is running out for nominations for the Radio Society
    of Great Britain's elections. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: Changes are ahead for the Radio Society of Great Britain, which
    is accepting nominations for its elections. The society is seeking
    candidates for president, one elected board director, and one
    representative each, in Regions 2, 6, and 12. Results will be announced
    at the annual general meeting on April 24th, where President Dave Wilson,
    M ZERO OBW (M0OBW) is to retire, following three years in that post
    during his current tenure, which is his second term. That meeting will
    be held virtually.

    The RSGB positions are voluntary. Interested amateurs can learn more
    about these positions, or how to nominate a candidate, by visiting the
    website rsgb dot org stroke election (rsgb.org/election). Nominations
    are due no later than January 31st.

    Meanwhile, the RSGB board has appointed veteran BBC broadcaster Steve
    Richards, G4HPE, to fill the vacant post of GB2RS News Broadcast
    manager. Steve's voice is familiar to many listeners as a newsreader on
    the GB2RS report.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Thu Jan 28 18:58:17 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: When is jamming a signal actually desirable? When it's The
    French military. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has more on the story:

    ED: The French Defence Ministry has a tender out for radio jammers that
    can be drone-mounted The government's Defence Innovation Agency has put
    out a request for proposals in search of a small, low-power warfare
    device that can find radio communication transmitters while mounted on a
    fixed or rotary-wing drone and possibly disable the signals through
    jamming. Proposals were due no later than the 18th of January and demonstrations of prototypes will follow over the course of the next
    seven months.

    The devices are expected to be capable of detecting any number of
    transmitters operating between 30 MHz and 6 GHz and able to transmit
    their findings in real-time to a receiving station on the ground.
    Bidding is being limited to companies within the European Union.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    KB3AWQ repeater in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Thursdays at 9 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: The numbers are in: The total contacts made by young
    amateurs during December YOTA month outpaced those made the previous
    year. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, tells us more.

    SEL: For the 24 young amateur radio operators in the Western Hemisphere
    who were part of December YOTA Month, the numbers added up in a big way.
    The Youth on the Air operators logged 14,699 QSOs while calling QRZ with special event callsigns. The contacts, made using SSB, CW, digital modes
    and satellites, dramatically topped the previous year's total of 12,487.
    Some of the operators, such as Michael, W3MLJ, said his favorite part of
    the activation was being able to run five radios at the same time, all
    logging contacts on digital modes such as FT-8. Calin K8MTJ got a
    special kick out of working ZR1ADI in South Africa using FT8.

    The hams, all younger than 26, had their efforts coordinated by Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, who worked with YOTA month manager Tomi, HA8RT. The
    event was a prelude to the first YOTA camp to be held in the Western Hemisphere this summer. That's planned for July 11th through 16th.

    Meanwhile, more than 2,100 operators of all ages received awards based
    on the number of YOTA Month contacts they'd made. Unclaimed awards can
    be downloaded at events dot ham hyphen yota dot com. (events.ham-

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, KB3TZD.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A longtime radio amateur in Michigan has been reaching out
    on social media for a life-saving donation. Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, tells
    us about him.

    DON: Philip Ross, AB8PR, who has been a licensed ham since 1971, has
    been looking lately for something a whole lot more than some rare DX or
    a good signal report. The Michigan grandfather learned recently he has end-stage kidney disease and needs a living donor to make a transplant possible. He tells his story on various social media sites and his own
    website papaphilcan dot com (papaphilcan.com) in the hopes that someone
    will come forward to help him. He notes that dialysis - his only other
    option - is not a cure but a form of disease management that leads to a shorter life with greatly lessened quality. His website reads: Papa Phil
    Can; His Kidneys Can't. Even if AB8PR is not in your logbook, if you
    think you can include him in your own plans to help, visit his website
    to learn more. That's papaphilcan dot com.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.
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    JIM/ANCHOR: For one ham club in Canada, emergency response doesn't just consist of HTs, repeaters and HF radios. Radio operators there are hoping
    they can soon assist local responders by getting their microwave network
    in the game. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, has that story.

    CHRISTIAN: The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club, which already provides
    emergency support on the ground throughout its region in British Columbia, sees even more potential in their mountaintop-to-mountaintop broadband network. They're offering to open its use to the TNRD, the regional
    governing body, in the hopes that the microwave links' internet
    connectivity and large data bandwidth can provide an additional resource
    for local Emergency Operations Centres in the case of wildfires or other calamities.

    Club president Myles, VE7FSR, said the idea of providing the TNRD, or Thompson-Nicola Regional District, with a higher level of assistance was inspired by a 2017 wildfire in the region. He and some friends in the
    British Columbia Wireless Amateur Radio Network recalled how the blaze had hampered the Emergency Operations Centers' abilities to communicate vital information.

    Myles told Newsline that for the region's various municipalities to
    utilize the club's high speed microwave system, they'd need to first
    establish that they have line-of-sight with the mountaintops and then
    install dishes there to connect with the EOCs below. Myles said this sort
    of operation has come of age. EOCS, he said, are more dependent than ever
    on internet access because the data bandwidth is so much greater there
    than on VHF, UHF and especially HF.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Winter Field Day was a little bit different this year for some hams in Georgia. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us how they spent it.

    KEVIN: The Macon, Georgia shopping mall known as the Shoppes at River
    Crossing became part of a Winter Field Day activity ù and even the mall's security department got in on the action. Hams were using the occasion to demonstrate analog and digital HF operations as well as UHF/VHF and D-
    STAR. According to David Johnson, KF4ALH, emergency coordinator for Macon-
    Bibb ARES, this field day activity was more about scoring big points on education and public relations instead of points in a contest. Hams from Macon-Bibb County ARES were joined by the Macon-Bibb County EMA Volunteer Group, Macon Amateur Radio Club, the Monroe County ARES Group and the
    Monroe County Amateur Radio Society.

    The hams gave science lessons and history lessons, along with a basic look
    at how amateur radio works and the role it plays when hurricanes sweep through.

    David said a few visitors seemed interested in learning more and doing
    more. He added: "If even one new person gets the Amateur Radio bug from
    our event, I consider that a bonus."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    JIM/ANCHOR: A special event is celebrating 100 years since the creation of
    the Royal Australian Air Force. Robert Broomhead has that story.

    ROBERT: A call has been put out for enthusiastic recruits to serve the
    Royal Australian Air Force -- no, not for military duty but to become
    airborne nonetheless via the radio as part of one of two special event stations marking the 100th anniversary of the RAAF.

    Hams will be using the call signs VI100AF and VK100AF from the 1st of
    March to the 29th of May, for 100 days. The Air Force's actual birthday is March 31st. On that date in 1921, the RAAF became an independent service
    from the Army. It is the world's second-oldest air force. Its roots are
    with the Australian Flying Corps, which sent troops during World War I to serve in the Middle East and European theatres.

    Activations can be done at the home QTH, at a club or even a park or SOTA location. There are plans to operate from four Air Force Bases as well.

    Time for Aussie hams to register is short. Organisers are hoping to
    release the roster for both call signs sometime around the 5th of

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Word from Ofcom in the UK has clarified some longstanding confusion over licensing responsibilities in the British Antarctic
    territory region. Hams seeking new VP8 licences to operate in the
    Antarctic and South Georgia have learned they will only be able to use
    those licences on the Falkland Islands. On the other hand, hams with
    existing VP8 calls may use them temporarily in the British Atlantic Territories, South Sandwich and South Georgia as well as in the Falklands until the licensing responsibilities are better defined.

    Ofcom noted that the British Atlantic Territories, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands cannot lissue their own licences or assign call signs.

    Ofcom left the option open for those locales to ask the Falkland Islands
    to administer licensing and call signs on their behalf as had been the
    case up until early 2020.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Thu Feb 11 21:26:21 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Utah Amateur
    Radio Club's W7SP repeater, on Sundays as part of the club's 9 p.m. net.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Organizers are still looking for amateurs' ideas for presentations at next month's HamSCI Workshop ΓÇô but the deadline is
    almost here. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, explains.

    SEL: With this year's HamSCI Workshop coming up on March 19th and 20th,
    the deadline is approaching fast for hams, scientists and other experts to submit presentation abstract proposals. This year's theme is midlatitude ionospheric sensing but presentations are not required on that subject.
    The workshop will again be held virtually on Zoom, as it was last year, in cooperation with the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and sponsored
    by the National Science Foundation.

    A team meeting will also be held for HamSCI's Personal Space Weather
    Station project. This project's goal is the creation of a citizen science instrument that enables space weather to be studied right from your QTH.

    Abstracts for presentations are due by the 15th of February. They can be
    sent via the conference webpage at hamsci dot org (hamsci.org), that's ham-s-c-i-dot-org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, KB3TZD.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The popular Wyong Field Day in Australia has been
    cancelled due to COVID precautions, but Ed Durrant, VK2JI, tells us what
    will be happening in its place.

    ED: In light of the recent new COVID events across Australia and the situation's changeable nature at present, the executive committee of the Central Coast ARC, with input from a survey of club members, has decided
    not to run the Wyong Field Day 2021 which was planned for Sunday the 28th
    of February. This is a decision that was not easy, and was taken
    considering the safety of the club members, traders and those who attend
    the day.

    However, open your calendar's as the club wishes to announce the Central
    Coast Amateur Radio Club "Mayham" event which will be held on Sunday the
    30th of May 2021 at the Wyong Race Course. We would like to see this one-
    time event attract as many visitors as the Field Day does every year, who knows, this could be the largest gathering of radio amateurs in the
    Southern Hemisphere this year!

    Traders have already been contacted and informed of the new date and we
    expect the exhibitor and lecturer variety to be just as broad as was
    planned for the 2021 Field Day.

    Full details and information regarding this event will be updated on the
    clubs website at ccarc (dot) org (dot) au and through social media as it becomes available.

    Looking forward to NO MAYHEM at the MayHam event, For the Central Coast
    ARC, this was Ed, VK2JI.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A Canadian satellite operator has become the latest player
    to join the low-earth orbit action over Earth's skies. The company Telesat announced on February 9th that it intends to build a constellation of 300 satellites in order to deliver high-speed internet worldwide in the next
    two years. Known as Lightspeed, it will be designed to serve fixed and
    mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime users, enterprise customers, and governments. Consumers wishing to use Lightspeed's services would purchase their service from one of Lightspeed's direct customers.

    The company said financing still needed to be finalized. If Telesat is successful, that would make the company the latest seeking to offer satellite-based internet services. The most well-known one perhaps is
    SpaceX's Starlink service which is already serving parts of North America. Project Kuiper (KIE-PURR) has also announced it is moving forward but has
    had no launches yet.




    STEPHEN:/ANCHOR: The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced the
    winners of its construction competition held during lockdown and Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, has the results.

    JEREMY: The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced the winners of
    the construction competition held for projects created during the autumn
    2020 lockdown, the Christmas and New Year holiday period and the early
    part of this year.

    Response exceeded the society's expectations and the decision was made to
    name four winners instead of one.

    Congratulations to: first-prize winner Gordon Lean, G3WJG ; runner-up Paul Graham, M0PGX; third-prize winner Laurence Fletcher, G4SXH, and to Robert Lynch, M0NVQ, who was chosen as highly commended.

    Learn more about their projects in the April RadCom, and on the RSGB
    website at the URL given in the written text on the arnewsline.org



    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
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