• Newsline Part 1

    From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Dec 30 14:16:00 2016
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2044, December 30, 2016

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2044, with a release date of Friday, December 30, 2016, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hams respond to the typhoon in the Philippines.
    Radio Australia begins its shortwave shutdown -- and we talk to possibly
    the oldest continuously operating phone net. All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2044 comes your way right now.





    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with an update on amateur
    involvement in the deadly Super Typhoon Nock-Ten, a deadly Category 4
    storm that raged through the Philippines at Christmas, killing at least
    six, and stranding thousands. The Philippines Amateur Radio Association activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations Network at the approach of
    the storm, which caused mudslides, flooding, and power interruption, in
    five provinces.

    The hams kept communications open using both HF and VHF radios, as the
    storm made landfall repeatedly. Authorities tuned into the emergency net
    where amateurs sent them damage reports. Our thoughts are with them all,
    as the nation begins the recovery process.




    NEIL: It's the end of an era in shortwave for one Australian broadcaster. Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us more.

    GRAHAM: There's only one month left in the lifetime of shortwave
    broadcaster Radio Australia's transmissions in the Pacific. The
    broadcasts, which are in the 31, 25, 19 and 16 meter bands, are expected
    to cease on Jan. 31, 2017.

    The Australian Broadcast Corporation said in a news release that the
    decision was consistent with the broadcaster's desire to expand its
    digital content offerings, and phase out technology that is no longer
    current. Other Radio Australia programming will continue to be available
    via satellite and streaming services.

    The broadcaster's decision to drop shortwave was recently challenged by
    Senator Claire Moore of Queensland, a member of the Australian Labor
    party. Moore, who is Shadow Minister for International Development, and
    the Pacific, is concerned that this decision will have a negative impact
    on Australia. She recently expressed particular concern about what the
    absence of Radio Australia would mean during cyclones if other nations' broadcasts do not step in to fill the void. There were also reports that
    the public was being encouraged to press for a reversal through a
    petition on Change.org urging the Australian government to cancel the

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: One Arizona ham radio club is staging a demonstration in
    two local parks, as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Mike Askins,

    MIKE: The Queen Creek Amateur Radio Club is hoping for maximum
    participation by radio amateurs, and maximum engagement with visitors,
    during its public park event on January 7th, in Mesa, Arizona.

    The club is calling it "Radio Under Sun Shade," and also "Radio In The
    Park," and there are two locations where club members will be operating
    at portable stations:

    Dennis, KF7RYX, will be at the ballfield pavilion behind the Queen Creek
    West Stake Center, near Hawes Road and Ocotillo Road. Doug, WB7TUJ, will
    be in Emerald Park in Mesa.

    According to the club, this isn't just a demonstration, but an open
    invitation to anyone interested in trying out ham radio - and even
    getting on the air. Hams will be on 2 meters simplex, as well as 40
    meters, trying to make as many contacts as possible, using solar and
    other off-the-grid power.

    Visitors are welcome to join them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins, KE5CXP.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Jan 6 13:26:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2045, January 6, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2045, with a release date of Friday, January 6, 2017, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The International Space Station finds help for its
    VHF radio crisis. American Indians get on the air for their first-ever
    Net -- and are you ready for Winter Field Day? All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2045, comes your way right now.





    SKEETER/ANCHOR: We open this week's report with an encouraging outlook
    for the International Space Station, and its VHF radio crisis. Here's
    Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    NEIL: As we reported earlier on Amateur Radio Newsline, plans have been
    under way to replace the VHF radio aboard the International Space Station, which failed this past October. The Ericsson VHF handheld that has called
    the Columbus module home for 17 years, came up with an error code as
    astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, was preparing for a contact with a school
    in Nebraska. She was able to complete the contact by using a radio in one
    of the Russian modules in the station. As a result of this radio's
    failure, hams all over the planet no longer have the capability of APRS
    and digipeating on VHF through the space station. A UHF radio is operating,
    but contacts are much more difficult due to Doppler shift.

    JVC Kenwood graciously donated a TM-D710GA mobile, dual band radio. Modifications have been made, and a special power supply prototype has
    been built to facilitate using the radio in both US and Russian modules
    of the space station. Production and certification are the next steps,
    which costs an estimated $200,000.

    So, now not only are the school contacts adversely affected, but every
    ham who enjoys the digital communications bouncing off the station on VHF,
    has lost that capability. This makes the urgency for donations to the
    cause to be even more intense.

    Some local clubs have stepped in to help, such as my home club, the
    Bloomington Amateur Radio Club in Bloomington, Indiana. Rosalie White,
    K1STO, the ARISS International Secretary-Treasurer, and also a member of
    the club, explains:

    ROSALIE: "The Bloomington Amateur Radio Club, voted to donate $100 to ARISS, and a club officer quickly matched that with his own check, as did 2 other
    club members - and my own mother!! Several members contributed other
    amounts to equal $200. I told them they made me want to cry happy tears!"

    NEIL: And on December 28, the Quarter Century Wireless Association made a sizeable donation to the cause. Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, QCWA President, hopes
    the funding will be a catalyst for individuals and other groups around the globe to follow suit, and donate to the radio system cause. He said, "I
    truly believe this is a great opportunity for the QCWA to shine in the
    Amateur Radio Community, and to carry out QCWA's mandate as described in
    its constitution." Rosalie tells us about another happy donor.

    ROSALIE: Dana Harding, VA6DJH, said "I'm happy to help support ARISS's
    new radio effort. The whole thing is so cool -- who else gets to sit in
    their living room, and just decide to call up the space station...and
    then have it answer?! With ARISS, I can reach out and touch the ISS!"

    NEIL: Individuals and groups interested in helping to make the ARISS
    hardware reach the ISS can go to the AMSAT Website, www.amsat.org, and
    give a tax-deductible donation by clicking the ARISS Donate button.
    Donors giving $100 or more are awarded with a beautiful ARISS Challenge
    Coin. Those wishing to make a much more substantial contribution should
    contact Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, at ka3hdo@verizon.net.

    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.



    SKEETER/ANCHOR: In India, amateur radio operators are about to take on
    a special role during a Hindu pilgrimmage, as we learn from Amateur
    Radio Newsline's John Williams, VK4JJW.

    JOHN: As Hindu pilgrims gather, beginning January 13th, to take a holy
    dip in the River Ganga in West Bengal, India, amateur radio operators
    are being asked to stand by. The hams, members of the West Bengal Radio
    Club, have been asked to be available to help locate anyone who goes
    missing at the gathering, known as the Ganga Sagar Mela.

    Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, secretary of the club, said the amateurs
    will work with district police, local agencies, and non-governmental organizations, and information will be shared among them through a
    central website. Officials told the Indian Express newspaper that every
    year, people go missing at the festival, which constitutes the world's second-largest congregation of people. One official said hams were
    brought in to assist with making key connections, using photographs of
    anyone missing and being able to network over radio, to contact families.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Jan 13 18:42:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2046, January 13, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2046, with a release date of Friday, January 13, 2017, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The Radio Club of America has embraced the role
    of YLs in wireless. A special event station marks the presidential inauguration. Scouts are already preparing for Jamboree On The Air --
    and our top story, a vital repeater in suburban New York faces eviction.

    All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2046, comes your way
    right now.





    DON/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with breaking news: a critical
    repeater site that's served its suburban New York community for three
    decades, and put to use in a number of disasters, is now being asked to
    leave its location. Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO, has our
    top story:

    PAUL: A 30-year-old repeater site that is key to public safety in Long
    Island, New York is facing possible eviction from new building owners.
    I spoke with club president Pres Waterman, W2PW, about their plight:

    WATERMAN: Basically, the repeater's been on top of a 10-story building
    for almost 30 years. The arrangements under which it was up there have
    been sort of lost to history - I mean, there have been so many management changes and regime changes and what not, that it kind of slipped into an undocumented status, but it's been there for a heck of a long time. It
    covers really, really well in central Long Island.

    I've got IRLP and D-STAR happening at the site and it's been used for a
    number of public-service situations such as TWA 800 going down in the
    Nineties, September 11th, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy -- in fact, I
    wasn't even home during Hurricane Sandy, because I was at the Red Cross
    shelter doing communications duty, and then I found out I came back to
    find my house had been wrecked in Sandy, so it's a real thing that affects
    us here in Long Island, New York.

    Basically, several months ago, an entity from out of town, named Delaware North, acquired the building with the intentions of opening up a casino,
    and those plans are taking shape. I was told about a month-and-a-half ago
    that the equipment had to go -- they didn't even know about it, which is
    not surprising -- but had to go because the state gaming board would not
    allow it unless it was used for the "building operations or the
    government." So, I went directly to the gaming board and they said, "We
    don't have a problem with that."

    So, then I went back, and I was still told no, even so they still want it
    off the building, so it just seems like a whack-a-mole game of reasons and excuses and what-not.

    But, I did some research on the company, and they do have a global
    footprint of their operations, and they do talk about stewardship, and
    giving back to the community, and I'm reasoning that this is an excellent
    way for the management to give back to the community by allowing the
    repeater site to simply stay at no investment to them whatsoever!

    PAUL: They are running short on time to get the corporation to reverse
    their decision, and let the repeaters stay right where they are. Waterman
    said he'll be contacting as many in the corporate headquarters as he can,
    as well as enlisting the help of area first-responders and emergency organizations to help drive home the importance of the repeaters.
    Waterman stated that there is no equivalent site for relocation.

    If you'd like to sign the petition, please go to www.change.org and search
    for "Keep the Amateur Radio Repeaters Operational."

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



    DON/ANCHOR: A ham who won many contesting honors during his lifetime is
    now being paid a special tribute by organizers of one of his favorite
    contests -- as a Silent Key. We learn more from Amateur Radio Newsline's
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: By the time Steve Cole, GW4BLE, became a Silent Key on Dec. 2,
    2016, the Welsh amateur had a lifetime of achievements in contesting. He
    ranked high on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll, and had high standings in
    different events run by the Radio Society of Great Britain. His favorite contest of all, however, was the CQ World Wide SSB contest, where he
    scored many wins over the course of 40 years.

    CQWW has now added a plaque in his memory, to be given to the
    highest-scoring European amateur station each year in the EU SSB Classic section. It will be managed by the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation,
    and will be available starting this year. Dave, G8FXM, told Ohio Penn DX
    that only one other amateur in the UK has ever had an award named in his memory: Al Slater, G3FXB.

    In this way, by honoring Steve, the noted achievements of "Bravo Lima
    Echo" continue on, in the very spirit he brought to the competition.

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


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Jan 20 19:03:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report #2047 for Friday, January 20th, 2017


    The following is a closed circuit advisory, and not for broadcast.

    Newscast #2047 is an expanded edition of Amateur Radio Newsline,
    containing a tribute to Charlie Emerson, N4OKL, of the Huntsville
    Hamfest, who has become a Silent Key. This newscast has three segments,
    and there are two breaks for identification.

    And now, here's this week's anchor, Jim Damron N8TMW.


    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2047, with a release date of Friday, January 20, 2017, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Congress gets a new Amateur Radio Parity Act.
    There are new efforts to save an imperiled New York repeater -- and we
    devote a special segment to Huntsville's Charlie Emerson N4OKL, Silent
    Key. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2047, comes your
    way right now.





    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a late development on the fate of an imperiled Long Island, New York repeater. Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul
    Braun, WD9GCO, has an update.

    PAUL: A dialogue has begun between Delaware North, the new owner of the
    hotel that is home to 2 Long Island repeaters, and John Melfi, W2HCB, the emergency coordinator for the nearby suburban Town of Babylon. Both sides
    are hoping to resolve the issue, and prevent the repeaters' eviction. The parties are now in the process of drafting a memorandum of understanding,
    in the hopes of keeping the threatened repeaters where they are. Nothing
    has been resolved yet, however, and we continue to follow this story. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    JIM/ANCHOR: There's also big news on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers on
    Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill are calling it H.R. 555, but hams also
    know it as the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The measure was reintroduced
    on Friday, Jan. 13 into the 115th Congress, where it is sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican. His cosponsors are Congressman Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat, and Congressman Greg
    Walden W7EQI, a Republican from Oregon. Walden is also chairman of the
    House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where the new bill is headed.
    It will first get consideration in the subcommittee on Communications
    and Technology.

    The act directs the Federal Communications Commission to prohibit the application of deed restrictions that ban amateur radio operations.
    Hams are hoping Walden's outspoken support of the bill's previous version
    will help it gain traction again.



    JIM/ANCHOR: On a marshy section of New Jersey coastline known as Good
    Luck Point, the final bits of radio history are about to disappear. We
    hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    NEIL: Luck has finally run out for the coastal New Jersey site, Good
    Luck Point. It was home to Ocean Gate radio, the Atlantic coast hub for
    the high seas shortwave service of American Telephone and Telegraph.
    The service provided phone communications to ships at sea, and used the
    call sign WOO.

    Now, the federal government wants the site cleared.

    Beginning in the early 1930s, it was home to a transmitter station
    providing vital links between the shore and U.S. ships. Its operation
    allowed mariners to make telephone calls simply by contacting the AT&T
    marine operator. This was, of course, right up to the dawn of cellular
    phone service. The transmitter worked with a receiver about 15 miles
    south on the salt marsh, and both were also part of AT&T's national
    "long lines" system.

    The stations provided single-sideband radiotelephone service until AT&T
    halted that practice in 1999. The New Jersey sites eventually were
    abandoned, and Good Luck Point was bought in 2003 by a nonprofit trust
    for donation to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. The
    refuge, which suffered major damage during superstorm Sandy in 2012, is
    now being cleaned up and cleared out. That cleanup includes 500 antennas
    and poles. Some poles, however, will remain on long after evidence of
    radio activity is gone: They'll be used as platforms to support nests for osprey, which are federally protected.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams in the Republic of South Africa are focusing attention
    on the VHF and UHF bands -- and maybe a little camping out too. Here's
    Amateur Radio Newsline's Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

    JASON: Think of it as 44 hours of making long-distance contacts, setting records, and following changes in propagation on the VHF and UHF bands.
    It's the Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society's annual VHF and UHF
    contest, where the ultimate goal is to stimulate activity on these bands, whether in digital or analogue mode. Because both 22-hour sessions are
    designed to reflect changing propagation, operators are advised to watch
    for Tropo Ducting or Meteor Scatter in the mornings or at night, on 2
    meters and 6 meters, and to be mindful of Aircraft scatter, Sporadic-E,
    and Rover stations during the day. The competition heats up on Friday,
    Jan. 20th, and ends on Sunday, Jan. 22nd.

    According to the Port Elizabeth organizers, the contest is also a great opportunity to do some camping, and set up field stations. If you are a licensed amateur in the Republic of South Africa, or any neighboring
    states, this competition is for you.

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


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Jan 27 04:43:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2048 for Friday, January 27, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2048, with a release date of Friday, January 27,2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. There's a new leader at the helm of the FCC. The Amateur Radio Parity Act scores a victory in the House -- and in Missouri, state lawmakers consider their local version of the federal bill. All this
    and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2048, comes your way right now.





    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story is the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Only days
    after its introduction on Capitol Hill, the bill, also known as H.R. 555,
    was passed by the House of Representatives on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. Under the measure, FCC rules would prohibit
    deed restrictions by groups such as homeowners associations that bar
    amateur radio communications.

    ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, said in an email
    message to members that he was encouraged by the swiftness of the
    lawmakers' action. The measure moves next to the Senate, where its
    predecessor H.R. 1301, died last year after overwhelmingly winning
    approval in the House. Lisenco, who has been involved in the legislative
    push, urged hams to raise their voices once again for its passage by
    sending supportive emails to Congress.

    In an email to members, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, pressed hams
    to strengthen the grassroots effort nationally. He wrote in an email
    message sent to members: QUOTE "Keep going. Now is the time to charge
    forward with that same momentum to the Senate. We can do it!" ENDQUOTE




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, Missouri lawmakers have been holding hearings on
    a state version of the parity act, as we learn from Amateur Radio
    Newsline's Christian Cudnik, K0STH.

    CHRISTIAN: House Bill 136, also known as the Missouri Amateur Radio
    Parity Act, was before a committee hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.
    It was the third hearing scheduled at high noon. Roughly, twenty Missouri
    hams came to the Capital prepared to speak on behalf of the bill.

    Due to time constraints, only four licensed amateurs were allowed to
    testify -- one of which was Ward Silver N0AX.

    Rep. Mike Moon, from District 157, voiced his basic support for the
    amateur radio service, but raised his concern about "violating" private land-use agreements. Additional questions about the size of antennas were
    asked from several district representatives.

    Larry Scantlan, KE0KZ is one of the leading advocates of Bill 136. He
    said: "I believe we could have done a better job in answering the
    questions about antenna size. I believe that overall, the committee
    received the information they needed to make a favorable decision to
    pass it out to their committee."

    The HOAs were also represented. Jim Durham testified in opposition.
    However, in the end, he stated that he believed that [quote] "something positive could be worked out to satisfy everyone." [endquote]

    Next, Bill 136 waits for the committee to bring it up for a vote.

    In the meantime, organizers encourage Amateur Radio Operators in Missouri
    to contact their representatives, and ask for their support. This
    information, other ham radio related resources, and an interactive blog
    can be found at marpa.us.

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



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Back in Washington, D.C., the federal Amateur Radio Parity
    Act has already drawn praise from the nation's new top telecommunications regulator, Ajit Pai, shortly after being named new chairman of the FCC
    by President Donald Trump. Pai, the commission's senior Republican, had
    only praise for the action taken by the House of Representatives in
    passing H.R. 555, calling it an important piece of legislation.
    Originally named to the commission under President Barack Obama, Pai is
    an advocate of limited government involvement, and free-market forces.
    His first open meeting of the FCC is set for Tuesday, Jan. 31.


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Fri Feb 3 09:27:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2049 for Friday, February 3, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2049, with a release date of Friday, February 3, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Radio amateurs help out during Inauguration Week.
    On Maui, a Volunteer Examiner hits the milestone of 100 license exams --
    and World Radio Day is coming! All this and more, as Amateur Radio
    Newsline Report 2049, comes your way right now.





    ANCHOR/PAUL: We begin this week's report with a look back at Inauguration
    Week through the eyes of some amateurs who were there in Washington,
    helping manage communication and crowds. Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil
    Rapp, WB9VPG, spoke to two of them.

    NEIL: Jeff Dahn, KB3ZUK, of Rockville, Maryland, activated every National
    Parks On the Air location in the Washington, DC area last year. That,
    combined with his prior law enforcement experience, landed him as a radio operator for the National Park Service during the presidential
    inauguration, as well as the Women's March on Washington. A net control
    site was needed on three days notice, and Dahn was able to designate his
    club's W3HAC facility to serve as the net control station site for
    Amateur Radio operators helping those arriving for the Women's March.
    They connected the club's command post with the National Park Service
    Incident Command Post via ham radio.

    Art Feller, W4ART, was the primary net control at W3HAC.

    ART: In a population the size of a good sized city, you expect normally problems to occur. And in fact, they did. There were times that the crowd
    got so dense, that we got a call from the National Park Service saying
    please spread them out, and they took care of that. So mostly, well it's entirely, looking after people, and helping the managers keep everyone
    healthy, safe, and well.

    NEIL: Jeff Dahn noted that ham radio was an essential means of
    communication for the march.

    JEFF: There were things that happened that just simply would not have
    happened without the service of the hams. And even the march organizers,
    and things; that was their only way to communicate many times was because
    they had a ham radio operator at their hip. At one point they said, you
    know, "We're gonna march!" And then another time they said, "We're not
    gonna march. There's just too many people." And then the mayor of D.C.
    showed up and said, "No! We are gonna march! We didn't come here not to
    march." So there were all these start again, stop again things. And, all
    of these things happened; that I mean I could go on and on. I was there
    for 32 hours between 3 days. But, particularly like I said, there was a
    lot of involvement that the ham radio operators did.

    NEIL: The crowds grew, which created a safety concern.

    JEFF: At one point, the crowd was so large that we were notifying people
    just for officer safety and first responder safety that if they going to
    go into those areas, there was a strong likelihood that they may not be
    able to get out quickly. So we passed that information over to the W3HAC command center and to the net control so that their folks could pass that
    on to the volunteer march marshals and volunteers.

    NEIL: Despite cellular telephone services bringing in additional networks
    to attempt to handle the communications of the crowd, the phone system
    became overloaded. Hams were there to communicate when all else failed.

    JEFF: You know, we as hams; we know what we do. But the general public,
    they just don't understand how valuable it was. And when you double the
    size of a city in a day, you know; typical resources that are there to
    deal with that, are just not available. And that's where hams step in and
    fill the void. And it's just amazing what they do.

    NEIL: For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.



    ANCHOR/PAUL: Allan Steinfeld W2TN never ran the New York City Marathon,
    but he was always with its athletes every step of the way. The longtime
    radio licensee, who was the marathon's former race director, became a
    Silent Key on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

    An avid athlete himself who had run in the Honolulu and Boston Marathons, Steinfeld worked alongside New York City race founder Fred Lebow, starting
    as technical director of the marathon, and later as its president. The
    race had a significant amateur radio component since the 1970s, when the
    late Steve Mendelsohn W2ML, formerly WA2DHF, mobilized a team for radio support. Allan, licensed since 1959, upgraded to Amateur Extra in later
    years, and chose W2TN as his call.

    A sprinter more than a long-distance runner, he never took part in New
    York's own famous race. But he served the race over the years as
    timekeeper, president and then CEO, stepping down in 2005 for health
    reasons. Runner's World magazine described him as an "innovative technical genius." He had been responsible for the amateur radio communications
    network that served the race's 26.2-mile route.

    Allan Steinfeld was 70.


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Feb 17 09:15:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2051, February 17th, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2051, with a release date of Friday, February 17th, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Intensive studies of the ionosphere are resuming
    at last at a high-profile research site in Alaska. A group of DXers in the
    U.S. gets a ham in the North Cook Islands on the air after three decades -
    and shortwave listeners prepare for their 30th annual gathering. All this
    and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2051, comes your way right now.




    PAUL: We open this week's report with word that the ionosphere, the very
    thing that lets us hams BE hams, is about to go back under formal
    scientific scrutiny this month at a former military site in Alaska. Now,
    of course, the study is an academic exercise, as we learn from Amateur
    Radio Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW.

    JIM'S REPORT:: The University of Alaska at Fairbanks is about to embark
    on its first radio research project later this month at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program site. The experiments will occur within
    HAARP's transmitter tuning range of 2.7 to 10 MHz. According to university researcher Chris Fallen, KL3WX, the transmissions are likely to be audible outside Alaska, and may even be visibly detected within the state.

    He said that if conditions are favorable, HAARP radio transmissions may
    also be heard from virtually anywhere in the world using an inexpensive shortwave radio. The transmissions' exact frequencies will not be
    determined until right before the experiment, and will be posted on
    Twitter as soon as they are known. Listeners are advised to follow the
    site by its Twitter handle, which is at-U-A-F-G-I (@UAFGI).

    The work is being done under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
    The university took over the Gakona, Alaska site 18 months ago from the
    U.S. Air Force, which had used the 40-acre grid of antennas and powerful
    array of HF transmitters to conduct research into the properties and
    behavior of the ionosphere.

    Later experiments will include a look at over-the-horizon radar and satellite-to-ground communications.

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




    PAUL: In another cold place, on the opposite end of the planet, hams still await signals from hams at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. There are,
    however, alternatives as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY'S REPORT: The ice hasn't melted in Antarctica, but there appears to
    be something of a thaw anyway - at least in terms of amateur radio communications. The KC4USV operation at McMurdo Station hasn't been on the
    air in two years but if you've been listening during the last few weeks,
    you might have heard someone else - KC4AAA -- at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott
    South Pole Station. Sure enough, there was activity on SSB on 40 meters.
    Even though the station wasn't on the air too often during 2016, it was
    active in December and January, and will be sending out QSL cards in
    March, according to the QSL Manager Larry Skilton K1IED

    If you can't get through to KC4AAA, try Mikhail "Mike" Fokin, RI1AND, at Novolazarevskaya Base, Antarctica. He has been working stations in the
    U.S. on 40 and 20 meters using PSK31. You also have a few more days -
    until the 22nd of February, to contact Oleg Neruchev, ZS1OIN/UA3HK. He
    is active as RI1ANN from the Russian Progress station.

    Meanwhile, McMurdo Station KC4USV is waiting for a thaw of its own and
    K1IED requests, on its QRZ page, that hams contact the National Science Foundation and press them to put the station back on the air.

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


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Thu Feb 23 23:58:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2052 for Friday, February 24, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2052, with a release date of Friday, February 24, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hams in the UK mark a broadcast station's birth
    95 years ago. Australian amateurs receive honors from the navy -- and
    there's big news for the International Space Station. All this and more,
    as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2052 comes your way right now.





    JIM/ANCHOR: This week's report opens with good news for the International
    Space Station: They're expecting a special delivery. It's a new radio
    that's been very much needed for several months now. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Mike Askins, KE5CXP, with the story.

    MIKE's REPORT: The newest amateur radio aboard the International Space
    Station is on its way: It's an Ericsson 2 meter VHF radio, and it took
    off from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the launch of a
    SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday, February 19th. Its mission? To replace
    the Ericcson radio that failed aboard the space station several months
    ago. The Ericsson will be used for contact with educational groups and
    schools, and for amateur packet radio in the Columbus module.

    Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS' International Chairman, reports that the
    Ericsson will be installed in the Columbus module, and will take the
    place of the UHF radio that has been used in the meantime for some school contacts and APRS packet. Frank announced in a statement that he believed
    ARISS was making QUOTE "great progress on the development of the new interoperable radio system that we hope to use to replace our aging radio infrastructure in the Columbus module and the Service module." ENDQUOTE

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins, KE5CXP.




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're part of a school or other educational institution
    that's hoping for student radio contact with the crew on board the ISS,
    you'll want to plan ahead - but first you'll want to hear this report
    from Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    NEIL'S REPORT: Educators and school officials have only until April 15
    to apply for a chance to make radio contact with the International Space Station in 2018. ARISS is already looking to book its crew's schedule
    between January 1st and June 30 of next year. Applicant schools should
    be able to engage large numbers of participants, and show how the radio
    contact will be used as part of an overall education plan. As the
    astronauts and cosmonauts answer questions about living and working in
    space, students will also get to learn about space research, radio
    science, satellite communication, and wireless technology. The contacts
    over FM are expected to last about 10 minutes. If you need guidance
    putting your application together, ARISS has information sessions online
    which last about an hour. The next sessions will be on Monday, March 6,
    at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, and Tuesday March 16th, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

    For further details, contact ARISS directly by emailing
    ariss-at-ariss-dot-org (ariss@ariss.org)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Thu Mar 2 22:18:00 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2053, for Friday, March 3, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2053, with a release date of Friday,
    March 3, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Australian hams turn a retired public bus into a classroom and ham shack. Texas amateurs donate books to inspire and teach
    new licensees -- and amateur radio becomes a tool for police in India.

    All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2053, comes your way
    right now.





    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week takes a look at how one police organization in India has been busy integrating amateur radio into its well-established strategy of radio response. That's going to mean more
    ham radios - and more licensed hams! Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: The Assam Police Radio Organization, which uses wireless
    communication for law enforcement and crises, is working to integrate
    amateur radio use more deeply into its operations, particularly for
    disaster preparedness. According to a recent article in the Assam
    Tribune, the strategy gained traction during a February APRO seminar
    on disaster response, and planners said priority needed to be given to communication methods that did not rely on the existing communications

    The director general of Assam's police, Mukesh Sahay, said during the
    seminar that the need for more trained and licensed amateur radio
    operators is paramount.

    The police will be working with S. Ram Mohan VU2MYH, director of the
    National Institute of Amateur Radio in Hyderabad, to develop a system.
    Police in Assam have used various forms of wireless communications
    since 1946, and an independent communications network was expanded
    following India's independence the following year. Disaster response
    was taken to a new level in 2005 when the Amateur Radio Center, VU2VKP,
    was opened at the APRO Training School.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Staging a world-class HF contest takes a lot of planning
    and preparation, so organizers of next year's World Radiosport Team Championship in Germany can't start too soon. With some milestones
    already under their belts, planners still have a few more to go -- as
    we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT.

    CARYN'S REPORT: It's around 500 days to the 2018 World Radiosport Team Championship, and preparations are well under way. A successful test
    was already performed on one of the planned sites in July 2016, and
    now, from June 23rd to the 25th, several stations will be set-up and
    taken down in the Jessen/Wittenberg area of North East Germany, where
    the 2018 event will take place.

    From antenna and mast assembly through power supplies and tents,
    everything will be tested to find any possible problems. The processes
    for the volunteers supporting the event will be "fine tuned" and
    documented so that when the pinnacle of HF contesting comes to Germany
    next year all will be ready and everything will run smoothly.

    For anyone wishing to help with the financing of this major event full
    details of how to sponsor the event, a team or a tent can be found on
    the WRTC2018 website at W R T C TWO ZEROONE EIGHT DOT D E.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Thu Mar 9 22:34:00 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2054 for Friday, March 10, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2054, with a release date of Friday,
    March 10, 2017, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A ham in Maine tracks down some unconventional interference. A Morse Code operator is honored for her service in World
    War II -- and a Hurricane Watch Net founder becomes a Silent Key. All this,
    and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2054, comes your way right now.





    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our report begins this week with an RFI detective story.
    We've all experienced interference on the bands - but one ham in Maine
    followed its trail, and found a rather unconventional source. Amateur
    Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC-ZERO-DGY (KC0DGY), spoke to him.

    ROGER: It first started about three years ago. I have a pan adapter and
    was looking at the 160 meter band, which is the band I operate most. I
    noticed down at the end of the band was a strange looking signal down
    there, and wondered what heck was that? Then, later on, as the season
    went on, this signal gradually kept increasing.

    KENT: That's Roger Johnson, N1RJ, of Limington, Maine, talking about his discovery of RFI on his favorite ham band.

    ROGER I went on the web, and found out it was pretty much the signature
    of a switched mode power supply. I found out this was probably a grow
    light. Since these grow light ballasts operate at power levels up to
    thousand watts. A lot of them are ordered from the far east, and have
    fake FCC compliance stickers, so there's no filtering built into these
    things at all.

    KENT: Johnson's hunt for the interference was on.

    ROGER I started to do some DFing. I made a SDR receiver, and started
    driving around, until I found the guy. I went up and talked with him.
    A nice young guy, who was astonished to find out he was creating
    interference to someone a mile away. He showed me all around his grow operation, he has a marijuana grow license, and he's very proud of his operation. I got to thinking about that, I don't want to report him to
    the FCC, because they'll issue him to cease and desist order, he'll have
    30 days, solve the problem, or or shut down. How is he going to solve the problem, he's not an RF guy? He bought these ballasts in good faith, but
    they have a false FCC sticker on them. If he goes out and buys new
    ballasts, there is nothing assuring him he'll not get another batch of
    bad ballasts. He's providing a service, and he's doing it honestly, and complying with Maine law.

    KENT: Johnson estimated this guy could be looking at an additional
    thousand dollar expense to filter his ballasts. He went on to tell me
    he proposed legislation to get the state to ban ballasts that produced interference. His suggestion was for out-of-compliance ballasts to be
    refunded or replaced with a units that doesn't produce noise, but that
    proposal died in the Maine Senate. Johnson pointed out the FCC had about
    300 field engineers back in 1960, today that number now sits at 43.

    ROGER: What are the chances getting a field engineer to drive five or six hundred miles on a complaint some ham has to interference complaint from
    grow lights? I think it is nil.

    ROGER: With Maine, and more and more states legalizing these grow of marijuana, I can see these small time guy, these are going to spring up
    like mad. These things legally cannot be imported, since they don't meet
    the rules for conducted radiated interference. But no one is minding the
    store, They're bringing in these things by the thousands, if these grow operations take off. It is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
    If they just keep issuing letters to these offenders, they're going to run
    out of stationery pretty soon, because there's going to be too many of

    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Mar 17 17:08:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2055 for Friday, March 17, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2055, with a release date of Friday,
    March 17, 2017, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A longtime amateur supplier of crystals is closing
    its doors. South African youngsters find new friends on the air -- and hams climb to summits around the world, to face challenging contacts. All this,
    and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2055, comes your way right now.





    SKEETER/ANCHOR: Our top story this week is about International Crystal Manufacturing. The longtime supplier to the amateur radio community is
    going out of business, as we hear from Newsline's Mike Askins, KE5CXP.

    MIKE'S REPORT: International Crystal Manufacturing, once one of the
    suppliers of crystals for Collins Radio, will be closing its doors by the
    end of May. The Oklahoma City company manufactures precision crystals,
    quartz crystals, oscillators, filters, and other products, and has been
    in business since 1950.

    A letter on the company's website from Royden Freeland Jr., W5EMH, the
    son of the company's founder, said the company will honor all pending
    orders, and would try to fill a limited number of new orders, depending
    on the availability of raw materials.

    International Crystal is considered one of the few remaining makers of
    crystal products based in the U.S. ICM expanded from crystals into other electronics in the 1980s, following the 1978 death of the founder, and
    his wife, in an airplane crash. It eventually went back to its core
    manufacture of crystals in the 1990s, after selling much of its
    distribution and equipment business.

    In addition to being a Collins supplier, ICM also provided materials to RadioShack, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for a second time,
    and announced that many of its 5,900 employees, and 1500 remaining stores
    would be impacted.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins, KE5CXP, in Shawnee, Oklahoma.



    SKEETER/ANCHOR: Shortwave listeners and scanner enthusiasts in and around Cincinnati, are making use of a resource to monitor themselves, as well as radio signals. We hear more from correspondent Jack Prindle, AB4WS, in
    this report, courtesy of Amateur News Weekly.

    JACK: In the greater Cincinnati area, there is a group of avid radio
    monitors, who listen to all kinds of RF. Calling themselves MONIX, they
    have been a base for SWL and scanner listeners in the area for years.
    MONIX was founded in 1983 as an informal club of scanner enthusiasts,
    shortwave listeners, DXers, and others, who share an interest in the hobby
    of radio monitoring. MONIX is a full spectrum, all-mode club, covering all aspects of radio monitoring, from DC to daylight. MONIX covers the Cincinnati-Dayton metro area, southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana, and
    northern Kentucky. Monix is an open group. Anyone anywhere may join! If
    you're a radio hobbyist, this is the place to be. They have a group on Yahoogroups and Facebook, which can be found by searching yahoogroups for MONIX. For more information visit the MONIX website at M-O-N-I-X dot N-E-T.

    Covering your amateur radio news in the greater Cincinnati area, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for Amateur News Weekly, this is Jack Prindle,
    AB4WS, in Big Bone, Kentucky.

    SKEETER/ANCHOR: Our thanks to Amateur News Weekly for that report.
    Additional reports on the Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky region, can be found
    at www.amateurnewsweekly.com

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Mar 24 14:02:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056 for Friday, March 24, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2056, with a release date of Friday,
    March 24, 2017, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. South African hams take on the rising noise floor.
    AM mode gets its day in the sun -- and you'll go nuts for the world's
    smallest homebrew transmitter. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2056, comes your way right now.





    PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's newscast with this report on noise. The
    noise floor is rising on the bands, and so are the efforts at mitigation.
    In South Africa, a detailed study is about to get under way, and the South African Radio League is in search of input and expertise to assist, as we
    hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    JIM: In South Africa, it's time to start making some noise - some
    complaining noise - to help make the bands more hospitable for amateur
    radio. The South African Radio League is forming a study group to monitor
    the rising RF noise floor on the bands, and to identify ways to mitigate
    noise from man made sources, that impacts the radio frequencies.

    The radio league is collecting information from radio amateurs who may have expertise, or interest in providing input to the study in preparation for a workshop being held on the 22nd of April. The open meeting will take place
    at the National Amateur Radio Centre in Cape Town.

    For more details about the workshop on the rising noise floor, or to express interest in being a part of the noise study, send an email to sarlregwg-at-sarl-dot-org-dot-za (sarlregwg@sarl.org.za)

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



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Call it a success! The Irish DXpeditioners who went to Nepal
    are back home, returning with more than 30,000 QSOs completed, as we hear
    from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: The Irish DXpedition, 9N7NEI, reports that it has completed its
    goal of more than 30,000 QSOs during 10 days of operation, before going QRT
    on March 19. The team's shutdown came just in time - it was right before a major power outage, the team reports on its website. In fact, much of the DXpedition was plagued on and off by power outages, electrical storms, and noise issues. There were bright spots however, that had nothing to do with
    a sky illuminated by lightning: Operators got to celebrate St. Patrick's
    Day at the team's QTH at the Sojourn Himalaya Resort in Nepal. They also
    played host to a number of guests, including three students and their
    teachers from the Sweden's Sando Rescue College, who had come to learn the logistics of setup and operations, especially with a dozen operators on the air.

    The team is grateful, of course, for exceeding its QSO goal, and counts
    itself lucky, even as it counts those 30,366 contacts. All that remained
    was the 22-hour trip back to Dublin.

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


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Mar 31 12:23:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2057 for Friday, March 31, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2057, with a release date of Friday,
    March 31 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Amateur radio continues its advances in digital technology. In Italy, one amateur creates a detailed online map that
    locates repeaters -- and it's time for an exclusive report from our roving correspondent, Pierre Pullinmyleg, who's back to break some exclusive
    April Fool's Day news! All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2057, comes your way right now.





    JIM/ANCHOR: We open this week's newscast with two stories about digital advances which continue to transform amateur radio. We hear first from correspondent John Bartholomew, KD9ECH. His report comes to Newsline
    courtesy of Amateur News Weekly.

    JOHN BARTHOLOMEW: Amateur Radio operators have been on the cutting edge
    of technology since the beginning of the hobby. When the hams were sent
    above 200 meters in the early part of the 20th century, they proved that communications around the world was possible. They pioneered single
    sideband transmission and satellite communications. Now the computer is
    playing a vital role in emergency communications. Recently the Indiana
    Elmer Network, under the umbrella of the Laurel Amateur Radio Club,
    sponsored a workshop and demonstration of the various digital soundcard
    modes. Bob Burns, W9BU, was one of the presenters, and says the technology
    uses the soundcard in a computer to send data over the airwaves. A short
    time ago, this technology did not exist, but leave it to the hams to
    figure out how to develop it.

    BOB: As more and more personal computers had soundcards in them, the hams
    that were technically astute started figuring out ways to interface these soundcards with their radios, and use them to send and receive data. For
    the most part, these modes have been developed by amateur radio operators
    and it is part of the technical basis of amateur radio.

    JOHN: Burns says that while this started out as purely experimental, there
    are other reasons to use it.

    BOB: If you are in an auxiliary communications situation where you have to
    move a large amount of data, you want that data to be accurate. Also, most
    of the sound card modes are fairly narrow in bandwith, narrower than a
    single sideband signal, and that way you can pack more signals into a
    given amount of spectrum.

    JOHN: One scenario for using the digital modes would be a hospital
    receiving a large amount of patients, and the facility is running low on supplies.

    BOB: The hospital folks put together a list of things that they need, you
    can send that information using voice, and take a lot of time and maybe
    have trouble getting things spelled correctly -- or you can use the
    soundcard digital modes to send it as a piece of data, and then you don't
    have to worry about the spelling, and everything gets through accurately,
    and in a minimum amount of time.

    JOHN: What new technologies will come forth in the coming years remains to
    be seen, but you can bet if it involves communciations, amateur radio
    operators will have a hand in it. Reporting for Amateur News Weekly, this
    is John Bartholomew, KD9ECH.

    JIM/ANCHOR: Our thanks to Amateur News Weekly for providing that report.
    For more of Amateur News Weekly, visit their website at



    JIM/ANCHOR: In this next report on digital radio modes, we hear about one amateur radio club in Ireland that took this new technology for a test run
    in County Galway, and found it roadworthy. Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY'S REPORT: Runners in the annual Kinvara Rock and Road Half Marathon
    and 10K run in County Galway, Ireland, can always expect a stunning finish
    as the race winds up on the quay in Kinvara. In this year's contest,
    however, another group celebrated a fine finish of their own: Hams in the Galway VHF Group were providing radio assistance to runners along the
    seaside route, and these hams ended up feeling like winners too: This was
    the club's first time making use of C4FM technology -- and the effort was deemed a success. It may have been the club's first all-digital operation
    for an Amateur Radio Emergency Network-supported event, but it won't be
    their last. According to the club, it has been decided that similar
    operations in the future will feature DMR radios, or radios equipped with
    Yaesu Fusion.

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


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Apr 7 09:42:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2058 for Friday, April 7, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2058, with a release date of Friday,
    April 7, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hams respond to natural disasters in Australia and Colombia. The Radio Communication Museum opens in the UK -- and you're all invited to activate a lighthouse in Atlantic Canada! All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2058, comes your way right now.





    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story is a special report from Australia, where
    Queensland is still repairing massive damage and counting losses from
    Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which hammered North and Central Queensland on Tuesday, March 28th. Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, gives
    us the details, which have been provided to us by Gavin, VK4ZZ, in
    Townsville, one of the affected areas.

    GRAHAM: Amateur radio responded, despite challenges of its own, as
    Tropical Cyclone Debbie battered the tourist and agricultural centers
    in North and Central Queensland. The storm knocked out the power infrastructure, halting mining operations, destroying buildings, bridges, roadways, and crops; and wiping out essential amenities in the resort

    Hams along the cyclone track, experienced in storm response, made
    preparations -- most especially in the regions of Bowen, Mackay, Central Highlands and Townsville, according to Gavin, VK4ZZ, who lives in
    Townsville. They checked radio gear, dismantled fragile antenna systems,
    and ensured they had enough fuel to run emergency power generators. Gavin
    told Newsline that by Sunday the 26th of March, hams with HF antennas
    still aloft boosted call-in numbers on the local nets. He said members of
    the Townsville Amateur Radio Club who were out providing communications
    support for an autosports Hillclimb during the day, still kept an eye out
    on the predicted storm track updates.

    On Monday the 27th of March, counter-disaster authorities, which included
    some embedded hams, tweaked their pre-deployment plans according to Gavin. Bowen, one of the affected towns, was able to provide VHF repeater coverage throughout the Cyclone -- and indeed was on the air despite lack of power
    in the town -- thanks to the Bowen Radio Amateur Group, and in particular Geoff/VK4JDW, who was powering the repeater off the emergency generator at
    his house, where the repeater is situated. The antenna system survived
    winds of as much as 125 miles per hour. Further inland, the Central
    Highlands Linked Repeater System remained functional, but its northern
    coastal node, the Midge Point Repeater, was disabled by structural and
    power system damage.

    Gavin said many hams became part of the recovery efforts, embedded with
    the Queensland State Emergency Service and other responders. As the
    cyclone swept out, hams put their HF antennas back up, and have joined
    the nets with stories of either dodging the bullet, or being on the
    recovery trail. He said all eyes are now on the city of Rockhampton,
    where there were some evacuations, as the city deals with post-cyclone
    flooding from the Fitzroy River.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams were also on the scene in a Colombian mountain town threatened by flooding and subsequent landslides. We hear more from
    Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    JIM MEACHEN: An amateur radio emergency response network was activated on
    40 meters in Colombia to assist with recovery efforts there following
    flooding, and a massive landslide outside the mountain town of Mocoa (Muck-KO-a), near the border with Ecuador. With more than 200 dead, and
    many others missing or injured - and all electricity cut off - the
    amateurs have been deployed to assist local fire departments and other emergency responders, according to Roberto Rey, HK3CW.

    A state of emergency was declared after the Mocoa River and two
    tributaries overflowed their banks into the town, where it devastated residents' homes. The flood is considered one of the worst natural
    disasters in Colombia in the last two decades.

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


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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Sun Apr 16 15:24:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2059 for Friday, April 14, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2059, with a release date of Friday,
    April 14, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A young amateur reports back from his first
    DXpedition. Hams get busy with Marconi Day, and the anniversary of Samuel Morse's birthday -- and we give you a preview of contesting at Hamvention!
    All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2059, comes your way,
    right now.





    DON/ANCHOR: We begin this week with the story of ham radio at its best:
    It's the tale of a dramatic and emotional reunion, played out in India
    after a local amateur radio club helped a lost and injured young man find
    his way back home to his worried family a good distance away. Amateur
    Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has that report.

    GRAHAM: It took a month of searching, but a 25-year-old man who had been separated from his family during a religious fair in India, was reunited
    with them with the help of an amateur radio club.

    The young man had been hospitalized with head injuries, when Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary of the West Bengal Radio Club, heard about his situation
    from Kolkata's health officer. Biswas told The Hindu newspaper that the
    man was hardly able to speak. With the help of an interpreter, they
    learned his name, and that his family is from Vellore district. They also learned he ended up in Kolata by mistake. He was lost.

    The amateur radio club put word out about him, and distributed his photo
    on social media, and in videos. Kolkata police helped in the search and,
    one month later, the man and his family were reunited - first by phone and
    then by bringing the family to Kolkata.

    Biswas told the newspaper: "The idea is to put this radio into best use."

    And what better purpose than this?

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    DON/ANCHOR: Hospitals exist to help us -- but who's out there helping the hospitals? Hams, of course! Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun,
    WD9GCO, with the story of one such special effort.

    PAUL: Emergency communications are a big part of what amateur radio is,
    and why it remains relevant in today's connected world. And, one critical
    area is emergency healthcare, where many providers are turning to amateur
    radio as a backup.

    Andy Finnick, W9FXT, has been involved in setting up amateur radio backup systems for hospitals in Northwest Indiana for almost twenty years.

    ANDY: Yeah, I got involved in 1998, when St. Margaret's Hospital in
    Hammond, Indiana wanted some emergency communications, so I put a repeater
    up there. And, ever since then, it grew. I put another repeater up there,
    and they were real helpful - they gave me a nice climate room to put it in, they put a cage, put in emergency power, put a phone line. And then about
    2007, they hired a man who was the bio-terrorism director, and by then
    things were starting to happen.

    We started out with about ten or twelve people - some local law
    enforcement, the Schererville police chief, and other agencies - there
    was just a small group of us. And, it grew and grew, until the point where
    it became District One. There are ten districts in the State of Indiana.

    PAUL: Eventually, the system involved more than just on-site repeaters:

    ANDY: What I was told was that the State and Federal government mandated amateur radio for backup and emergency communications. So, we start
    installing radio stations in there besides repeaters. One reason we install them at the hospital, is so that any licensed amateur can walk in there,
    and operate that station.

    PAUL: I asked Finnick if there were any special requirements to volunteer
    for his group:

    ANDY: We don't refuse any help, but we would like them to join RACES, so
    that we have a structure to it. But anyone that wants to help out, please

    PAUL: If you are in the Northwest Indiana area, and want to get involved,
    or if you want more information on how you can start a similar program in
    your area, you can contact Andy via email at w9fxt at sbcglobal dot net.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Apr 21 11:28:00 2017
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2060 for Friday, April 21, 2017

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2060, with a release date of Friday,
    April 21, 2017, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. VHF's back on board the International Space Station. Australia prepares for a new shortwave service -- and YLs in Japan are
    marking a milestone event. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline
    Report 2060, comes your way right now.





    PAUL/ANCHOR: We open this week's report with cause for rejoicing to the
    skies. So if you follow the International Space Station - or are hoping
    for a contact someday with one of its astronauts - listen carefully to
    this report from Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    NEIL: There's good news from outer space! The International Space Station
    is back on the air on VHF from the Columbus module! After a failure of a
    VHF handheld in October, a UHF replacement was retrieved from storage,
    and put into use temporarily. Because failure is not an option, the ARISS
    team began the process of getting the 17-year-old replacement handheld
    radio up to the space station until the new mobile radio is ready and certified. At the end of February, the SpaceX 10 launch vehicle, Dragon,
    flew to the ISS with the HT on board. On Friday, April 14th, it was
    finally unpacked. Rosalie White, K1STO, ARISS International Secretary,
    shared the good news with us the day it happened.

    ROSALIE: The ARISS team was notified this morning that the radio was set
    up and turned on to 145.825 as the crew just found time finally after
    unpacking that 5,500 pounds of cargo that got delivered. So, we're back
    in business again!

    NEIL: Followers of ISS Fan Club have already posted that they've heard
    and used VHF packet, and are thrilled to have it again! Rosalie reminds
    us that they don't know how long the radio will last, and work is still progressing on a permanent replacement.

    ROSALIE: The Ericsson that we sent up was the very last one that was in
    storage at Houston. It's only 6 watts, and our new system that we're
    developing is 25 watts. It's going to make it so much nicer. The audio
    will be so much better for the school kids. And that system is in the
    works. We've got the Kenwoods, but the power supplies are in the process
    of being built, and because they have to be space-certified parts inside,
    they are extremely expensive. So, if anyone is interested in helping out
    with some of those costs, they can go to the AMSAT website www.amsat.org
    or the ARISS www.ariss.org site and contribute. If you are enjoying the
    use of the packet, we hope to be able to continue that for you and could
    sure use a hand.

    NEIL: So if you need your space... consider donating to the cause.
    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: As hams in Cornwall, England prepared for International
    Marconi Day on Saturday, April 22nd, they were already deeply involved
    in operating for another on-air commemoration: the 105th anniversary of
    the sinking of the Titanic, the ill-fated ocean liner that had a Marconi station on board. Amateur Radio Newsline's Ed Durrant, DD5LP, worked
    Cornwall special event station GB2GM, and shares this report.

    ED'S REPORT: April 22nd is a very special day in the world of radio. It's
    the day that we celebrate the birth of the great inventor, Marconi,
    without whom radio communications would not be what it is today.

    There are many stations around the world who will take part in
    INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY. One of those stations I happened to come
    across on Good Friday commemorating another historical event where
    Marconi radio operators were involved. The sinking of the Titanic
    happened when it hit an iceberg 105 years ago. GB2GM is the special
    event station run by the Poldhu Radio Club from the Marconi Centre in
    Poldhu, Cornwall, England. Here's my short conversation with Malcolm,
    GM0DBW, while he was operating the club station.

    ------ Audio clip from IC-7300 of QSO in here------

    ED: So, when tuning around on April 22nd if you hear GB2GM GB2 Golf Mike
    on the bands, give them a call, and you'll be talking to the museum
    located in the old Marconi station hut in Poldhu, Cornwall, the site of
    the first ever transatlantic wireless communication! Full information
    about the Poldhu Radio Club can be found on their web site at GB2GM.ORG.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

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