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    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 7 09:03:43 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2232 for Friday, August 7, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2232, with a release date of
    Friday, August 7, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hams respond to a tornado in New England.
    U.S. astronauts have a historic splashdown -- and in Australia, a supercapacitor bears fruit. All this and more, as Amateur Radio
    Newsline Report Number 2232, comes your way right now.

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    SILENT KEY: NEWSLINE'S BOBBY BEST WX4ALA

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's newscast on a somber note. Newsline
    has lost one of its own. Bobby Best, WX4ALA, who was the backbone of
    our weather and storm coverage for years, has become a Silent Key. He
    died in his sleep on Sunday, August 2nd, at the age of 49. In addition
    to his contributions as Newsline's staff meteorologist, Bobby enjoyed
    a three-decade-long career as a professional broadcaster in his home
    state of Alabama. He became part of the Newsline family in 2015 as a
    reporter, and quickly carved out a niche for himself with his specialty
    as a storm-chaser. His ham radio career found him active in both SKYWARN
    and ARES, as he pursued his passion to report weather under challenging circumstances. His call sign WX4ALA stood for "Weather for Alabama" and reflected his responsibility to his calling. We here at Newsline will
    miss Bobby's enthusiasm, his talents, and most of all, his friendship.
    Rest in peace, friend.

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    U.S. ASTRONAUTS RETURN TO EARTH

    NEIL/ANCHOR: The historic flight by two U.S. astronauts, one of them
    an amateur radio operator, has come to an end. Let's hear more from
    Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

    SKEETER: Two months ago, they made history, and on Sunday, August 2nd,
    they made a splash.

    NASA's Doug Hurley, and Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, the first astonauts to fly
    a SpaceX Dragon commercial spacecraft, returned to Earth from the
    International Space Station, finishing their mission with a splashdown
    in the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola on the coast of Florida.

    The mission will be remembered for its notable firsts: The splashdown,
    the first for a manned capsule after a break of 45 years, also marked
    the first use of the Gulf as a landing site for a U.S. space crew. Bob
    and Doug had already achieved notoriety for being the first crew on a
    privately owned commercial spaceflight. The May 30 launch from Kennedy
    Space Center was also the first for American astronauts since the
    Shuttle's retirement in 2011.

    There is still one more "first" yet to happen - and this one is a family
    first: Bob's astronaut wife, Megan McArthur, has been chosen to be the
    pilot of the same SpaceX Dragon next spring. Three amateur radio operators
    will be on board with her.

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

    (WASHINGTON POST, NASA)

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    U.S. HAMS ACTIVATE FOR HURRICANE, TORNADO

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Just days before the VoIP Hurricane Net and the WX4NHC net activated in anticipation of the Atlantic storm Isaias, amateur radio
    operators in the northeastern United States were credited with playing
    critical roles when a tornado touched down in western Massachusetts, on
    August 2nd. The National Weather Service put out a statement thanking
    the amateurs for their assistance in identifying areas of greatest damage
    in an area that is not densely populated, and for making use of a drone
    to gather video footage. According to the weather service, the maximum
    wind speed was 80 miles an hour. The tornado covered a path of nearly 8
    miles, damaging homes and trees, and taking down power wires. No injuries
    or fatalities were reported.

    (NWS, LLOYD COLSTON KC5FM)

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    PLANE CALLED A 'GAME-CHANGER' FOR SATELLITE LAUNCHES

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Things might change very soon for the way small satellites
    are launched. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us why.

    JIM: Creators of small satellites such as CubeSats, and other amateur
    radio satellites have their eyes on the latest iteration of a small
    suborbital space plane known as the Dawn MK-II Aurora. It is the vision
    of Dawn Aerospace, which operates in the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

    Dawn describes the plane as a potential game-changer for the smallest
    of the small satellites, and touts its ability to carry payloads between
    110 and 220 pounds, all the way to orbit. Smaller than a compact car, it
    can make several flights a day, using conventional airport runways
    anywhere in the world, eliminating the need for vertical launches.
    According to the Dawn Aerospace website, the plane's first launch is to
    take place from the South Island of New Zealand, and it will fly to an
    altitude of more than 100 km, or 62 miles.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 14 12:25:56 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2233, for Friday, August 14, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2233, with a release date of
    Friday, August 14, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The first Virtual Ham Radio Expo breaks new
    ground. Hams in India activate for monsoons - and a father pays
    tribute to a son, who's a Silent Key. All this and more, as Amateur
    Radio Newsline Report Number 2233, comes your way right now.

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    QSO TODAY VIRTUAL HAM RADIO EXPO

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In a year when ham expos were cancelled, scaled-down,
    or migrated to simple online platforms, this year's QSO Today Virtual
    Ham Radio Expo, broke new ground on August 8th and 9th. Neil Rapp,
    WB9VPG, was there.

    NEIL: The QSO Today Virtual Ham Radio Expo was an unprecedented gathering:
    An ARRL-sanctioned event, with major sponsors, 45 exhibitor booths, 65 speakers, and 26,000 amateurs registered to attend for free on a 48-hour accessible platform. With an exhibit hall, auditorium, and avatars, representing convention-goers and stall-holders, the specially designed
    online environment replicated the in-person convention experience --
    minus the parking hassles, and the food trucks.

    It was the concept of Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, host of the popular QSO Today
    weekly podcast, who like the rest of us, was missing Dayton this year.
    The event came together through the summer, with the help of his team
    of marketing and convention experts. Eric told Newsline that anyone
    whose schedule prevented them from attending, can still attend the
    sessions in an on-demand format through September 9th. Lectures will
    also be available later on YouTube.

    If you left hungry for more, Eric said he is already committed to a
    second virtual expo -- this one to be held on March 13th and 14th -- and
    in the meantime, an idea is being explored to hold something for European amateurs in December.

    Eric told Newsline "amateur radio is like a huge tent", and this one was
    the biggest in his life, which made it a learning experience. Speaking
    of hunger - he also said he's thinking of ways to make food-delivery
    service happen next time too.

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

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    HAMS IN SOUTHERN INDIA AID AFTER MONSOONS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In southern India, hams were ready when the monsoons
    rolled in. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, picks up the story from here.

    GRAHAM: Authorities in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala (KER-uh-luh) have reported a growing activation of amateur radio operators in the monsoon-plagued state, which also suffered a deadly landslide. Several published reports noted that as rescue operations got under way in Idukki,
    hams got on the air as well on Friday night, August 7th, establishing a
    control unit of the radio station at the local fire station. As the storm submerged residential areas, red alerts were issued in six districts, with flooding in numerous low-lying areas.

    The chief warden of civil defence volunteers said hams were making use of satellites for communications support, and that more radio operators were joining them as rescue efforts progressed.

    The hams were helping with reports on evacuations of stranded people,
    equipment shortages, and providing coordination among agencies.

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

    (HINDUSTAN TIMES, TIMES OF INDIA, SOUTHGATE)

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    NEW ZEALAND EFFORT EXPLORES WIRELESS POWER DISTRIBUTION

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: No wires, no problem! New Zealand innovators are exploring
    a new way to distribute power, as we hear from Jim Meachen, Zed L 2 BHF.

    JIM: Copper wire for electric-power transmission -- Who needs it? A startup company in New Zealand is suggesting it's not needed at all, replacing
    wires with high powered "radar like" RF beams on the ISM band.

    That's something that we amateur radio operators have known all along - wireless is the way to go. The company, Emrod, believes there is
    commercial potential in this, and the country's second-largest distributor
    of power has invested in Emrod's effort. Powerco is impressed with Emrod's technology, which advocates using line-of-sight relays to move large
    amounts of electricity between two points. Emrod hopes to deliver a
    prototype to Powerco by October, so that lab testing can begin in advance
    of field trials.

    Emrod says the transmission mode is reliable, and remains unaffected by
    rain, fog, and dust. Emrod also says it has the potential to transmit
    along thousands of kilometres, with less infrastructure and maintenance
    cost. The company also believes the method creates a much smaller
    environmental impact than does a wired system.

    Powerco's Network Transformation Manager, Nicolas Vessiot, said the concept shows promise for the delivery of power to areas where the terrain is
    either too challenging, or too remote. He also said it would prove useful
    for keeping customers' lights on, when the company is doing maintenance on
    its infrastructure.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 20 23:11:34 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2234, for Friday, August 21, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2234, with a release date of
    Friday, August 21, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Digital frequency allocations in the HF
    bands come under scrutiny. Youngsters in New Zealand prep for
    Field Day in February - and Canada prepares to honor the best
    of the best. All this, and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline
    Report Number 2234, comes your way right now.

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    IARU REGIONS COLLABORATE ON REVIEW OF DIGITAL BAND PLANS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with encouraging news for
    hams who prefer to use the digital modes. Band plan talks have begun
    on an international level - as Andy Morrison, K9AWM tells us, these
    are unprecedented discussions.

    ANDY: Now that's teamwork! The three regions of the International
    Amateur Radio Union are collaborating on HF band plans that are
    designed to accommodate the exponential growth in hams' use of the
    digital modes, most especially FT8. This effort closely follows a
    recent move by the ARRL, which has asked the Federal Communications
    Commission to allocate a portion of the HF bands specifically for
    digital use. The three IARU regions have established a band-planning
    committee with representation from each region, which is working to
    establish allocations that are aligned with one another around the
    world. There will be a review of the different digital modes using HF,
    and members will study how these modes can share the limited space in
    the spectrum.

    IARU secretary, Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, noted that the cooperation of the
    three regions, in a dedicated effort to coordinate band-planning, is unprecedented in the history of the organization.

    Band plan revisions receive final approval at the regional conferences
    held every three years.

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

    (SOUTHGATE)

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    PUERTO RICO OBSERVATORY ASSESSES DAMAGED REFLECTOR DISH

    PAUL/ANCHOR: The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is still trying to
    solve the mystery behind the accident that knocked its reflector dish
    off the air this month. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, has the details.

    KEVIN: More than a week after a structural cable snapped, and damaged
    a reflector dish at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, halting all observations, the mystery remains as to how it happened. The
    space-research facility's work concentrates most prominently on deep
    space, planetary exploration, asteroid characterization, and
    gravitational waves. It is also home to the Arecibo Observatory Radio
    Club, KP4AO.

    According to several press accounts, the broken cable created a
    100-foot-long hole in the giant reflector dish, shutting the National
    Science Foundation facility, and halting all operations at the
    observatory, which is managed by the University of Central Florida.

    Shortly after the cable broke on the 10th of August, the UCF said said
    that it would take about two weeks, before observation activity could
    return. A spokeswoman for Francisco Cordova, the observatory's director,
    told Newsline that the team assigned to asses the cause was still
    studying the damage.

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

    (ANDY MEYER N2FYE, UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, THE VERGE)

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    NEW ZEALAND YOUNGSTERS PREP FOR FIELD DAY

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In New Zealand, summer Field Day is expected to be a big
    deal for young hams in February. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, shares that
    report with us.

    JIM M: When is it actually considered fun to get on the air when band conditions aren't quite the best? When it's part of a Youngsters on
    the Air exercise. In New Zealand, YOTA Oceania is busy preparing for
    the Jock White Memorial Field Day event, to be held in Wellington, at
    the Kaitoke camping ground early next year. Organiser Benjamin Isaacs,
    ZL2BCI, said that the HF contest is named to honor the former NZART
    contest and awards manager, who is now a Silent Key. The challenge
    facing the young hams who'll be participating on the 27th and 28th
    of February, will be to work as many other ZL stations as possible,
    and to listen for any potential contacts into Australia, even if
    conditions are poor. The call sign details are still being finalised,
    but you can be sure you'll be listening for the last four letters
    which, of course, will be Y O T A.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 28 16:45:11 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2235, for Friday, August 28, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2235 with a release date of
    Friday, August 28, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Gulf Coast hams mobilize as hurricanes come
    crashing in. Crisis hits a wartime epicenter for code-breaking --
    and the DX of a lifetime for one ham in India. All this and more,
    as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2235, comes your way right
    now.

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    HAMS ACTIVATE AS HURRICANE SLAMS U.S. GULF REGION

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with an update on Hurricane
    Laura, considered one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S. in
    recent history. It made landfall in the U.S. Gulf Coast region,
    focusing on Texas and Louisiana, shortly before Newsline went to
    production on Thursday, August 27th. The Hurricane Watch Net, and the
    VOIP Hurricane Net had both activated a day earlier, to begin reports
    to WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center using Skywarn criteria.
    Hams began reporting in via HF, as well as EchoLink, IRLP, AllStar,
    DMR, and D-STAR, among other modes. The Hamshack Hotline was also
    actively receiving reports. The ARRL reported that the Amateur Radio
    Emergency Service teams in the region were also preparing for
    overwhelming damage. This story was still developing as this report
    got underway. Follow Newsline on Twitter and Facebook for additional
    updates.

    (LLOYD COLSTON KC5FM, ARRL, CNN)

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    FINANCIAL CRISIS FOR CODE-BREAKERS' HEADQUARTERS

    NEIL/ANCHOR: One of the latest institutions facing a crisis because
    of the COVID-19 pandemic is a national treasure in the UK, with a
    reputation for being the epicenter of wartime code-breaking. Jeremy
    Boot G4NJH picks up the story from here.

    JEREMY: The Bletchley Park Trust has said it lost more than 95 percent
    of its income between March and July as a result of the COVID-19
    pandemic, and it has proposed a restructuring that would include
    elimination of as much as one-third of its workforce.

    Bletchley Park, like so many other heritage organisations, shut its
    doors on the 19th of March, and reopened on a limited basis on the
    4th of July. An estimated 85 percent of the Trust's staff was
    furloughed, and added funding was obtained through the National
    Lottery Heritage Fund.

    The museum celebrates the heritage of the codebreakers of World War
    II, who operated there at the Milton Keynes country house. It has
    since become home to the Radio Society of Great Britain's National
    Radio Centre, which operates an educational communications exhibit
    in partnership with the Bletchley Park Trust. It is also home to
    NRC's amateur radio station GB3RS. The National Radio Centre,
    however, remains closed until further notice.

    In a number of media reports, Bletchley Park CEO Iain Standen described
    the proposed cuts, saying: [quote]: "I had hoped that we might avoid
    the need to do this, but we find ourselves with no other choice if we
    are to secure the future of the Bletchley Park Trust.� [endquote]

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

    (MKCITIZEN, SOUTHGATE, BLETCHLEYPARK.ORG)

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    AMATEUR ACCUSED OF ESPIONAGE IN GREECE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Sanctions against radio operators can range from operating
    out of band, to malicious interference, to operating without any
    license at all -- and then there's the case of this amateur from
    Germany, charged by Greek police with espionage. Ed Durrant, DD5LP,
    picks up that story.

    ED: The German tourist wanted only to have a relaxing holiday, and like
    many hams, brought along his radio equipment, hoping for portable
    operations -- that is, until his arrest on August 9th. Police in
    Rhodes charged him with espionage, after finding amateur radio equipment
    in his rental car.

    According to published reports in the Greek City Times, and the
    Europost, the 51-year-old ham, whose identity and call sign were not
    given, had equipment that included cables, an antenna, a transceiver,
    and a laptop - but was not carrying a license from any relevant telecommunications authority. Rhodes is one of the focal points of
    national tension with nearby Turkey, and police, being extra vigilant,
    charged the man with spying saying he violated a law that covers use of electronic communications.

    The man told authorities he had been on the air with about 250 other
    hams - most of them from Germany, like him, and had been operating
    legally on frequencies reserved for amateur radio use.

    The charges were dismissed in court after authorities said they did not
    have enough evidence to support their claims of espionage.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 4 02:21:57 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2236 for Friday, September 4, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2236, with a release date of
    Friday, September 4, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A radio upgrade for the ISS. Ham Radio
    University considers a virtual venue -- and a global D-STAR Net
    is on the move. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report
    Number 2236, comes your way right now.

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    'NEXT-GENERATION' RADIO SYSTEM ACTIVE ON ISS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with good news being
    delivered from some 250 miles above the Earth. The first element of
    the InterOperable Radio System has been set up and installed on the International Space Station for use in ARISS contacts, replacing the
    old Ericcson radio system and packet module first certified for
    amateur radio use in July of 2000.

    The new system began its operations on Wednesday, September 2nd, in
    FM cross-band repeater mode, with an uplink frequency of 145.99 MHz,
    and an access tone of 67 Hz. The downlink frequency is 437.800 MHz.
    It's been a bit of a wait for this next-generation system, which was
    years in the making. In March, it rode the SpaceX CRS-20 resupply
    mission to the ISS from Kennedy Space Center.

    Its creation was the culmination of five years of work by ARISS'
    volunteer hardware team.

    With its higher power radio, APRS capabilities, voice repeater, and
    slow-scan TV system, it is expected to have a profound impact for hams, students, and even members of the public watching future ARISS events.

    (ARISS)

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    AFTER STORM, LOUISIANA HAMS FOCUS ON SAFE GENERATOR USE

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: With a major hurricane over, hams in Louisiana turned
    their attention to other important work. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, tells us
    what happened next.

    PAUL: In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, hams were mobilized in
    and around Lake Charles, Louisiana, and other devastated areas in the
    region to assist with public safety measures, especially concerning
    portable generator use. Community Emergency Response Team members in
    Denham Springs were asked by the state Fire Marshal's office to help
    educate residents in proper use of generators being employed, due to
    persistent widespread power outages. Hams from the Ascension Amateur
    Radio Club in Gonzales, Louisiana, were also encouraged to help with
    the volunteer effort.

    The focus on generator safety was not insignificant: Although the storm
    was called one of the most powerful to sweep through the Gulf of Mexico,
    news reports noted that following the hurricane, more deaths were
    reported due to carbon monoxide poisoning than to the actual storm
    itself.

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

    (JOSEPH HOLLAND KB5VJY, NPR.ORG)

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    BREAK-INS AT AUSTRALIAN MARINE DISTRESS RADIO SERVICE

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Police are looking for burglars who broke into a
    marine distress radio service on the Australian coast, vandalizing,
    and stealing property. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, tells us more.

    ROBERT: Two break-ins have struck the marine distress reporting
    service's radio facilities on the southeastern Victoria coast,
    according to a report from the Wireless Institute of Australia.

    In an August 14 email to WIA president Gregory Kelly, VK2GPK, Peter
    Pokorny, VK2EMR, reported that in the first incident, 10 batteries
    were stolen from the VHF radio facilities of Kordia Pty Ltd at
    Mt. Cann/Mt. Bemm -- and that thieves returned, and stole the
    remaining 38 sometime later. The facility also sustained damage, as
    the thieves cut their way in, wrecking fences and gates to get to
    the battery hut.

    The WIA is a licensee at the site, which Kordia operates for the state government as the Victoria Marine Distress and Emergency Monitoring
    Service, otherwise known as Marine Radio Victoria. Nine coastal marine
    VHF sites are part of the service which covers the Victorian coast.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 10 22:40:59 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2237 for Friday, September 11, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2237 with a release date of
    Friday, September 11, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A tower accident kills a ham in Maine.
    Reactions to a U.S. license fee proposal fill FCC website -- and a
    jury returns a guilty verdict in a ham's murder. All this and more as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2237 comes your way right now.

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    GUILTY VERDICT IN 2018 KILLING OF CALIFORNIA AMATEUR

    JIM/ANCHOR: A U.S Marine Corps lieutenant has been found guilty in
    the beating death of a well-known amateur radio operator in his
    Murrieta, California home. A Riverside County jury found First
    Lieutenant Curtis Lee Krueger guilty of assault and second-degree
    murder in the 2018 killing of Henry Allen Stange WA6RXZ, according to
    John Hall, the DA's public information officer. The ham's body was
    not located until June of 2018 when his remains were discovered in a
    shallow grave in Joshua Tree National Park. Police said the beating
    had also fractured his skull. The prosecutor said the 54-year-old
    radio operator had been in a relationship with the Marine's
    girlfriend at the time.

    She pleaded guilty last year to being an accessory after the fact,
    and received a sentence of 10 months in jail and three years
    probation for the felony. Krueger is scheduled to be sentenced on
    October 16th. He faces 16 years to life in prison.

    (THE PRESS ENTERPRISE, RIVERSIDE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY)

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    RESCUE BY REPEATER FOR TWO U.S. HAMS

    JIM/ANCHOR: Two dramatic rescues-by-repeater took place near the Nevada-California border in late August bringing home the reality
    that amateur radio saves lives, especially in remote areas where
    cell phones simply do not function. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has
    those details.

    RALPH: Ham radio came to the aid of a critically injured motorcyclist
    in a head-on highway collision in late August. Eric Bero, KI7WHH,
    called in from the scene, where the victim remained on the center
    line of Highway 89, west of Highway 395. Jim Sanders, AG6IF, heard
    the details, and called 911, staying on the air with Eric while
    highway patrol responded. The road was secured from traffic, while a helicopter was summoned to transport the victim.

    Elsewhere, hams responded to a distress call from a radio operator
    whose vehicle got stuck on a backcountry road. According to local
    news reports, Tom Foss, K6ICE, was carrying only a day's supply of
    water and no food when his Subaru Forester became immobilized. He
    called for help on the Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio
    Association's NV7CV repeater. His situation was reported to police by
    Rick Olson, KM6DYL, and his son, Ryan, KM6DYO, who were listening.

    Another listener, Ed Terlau, KG7ZOP, guided Tom in finding his
    location coordinates on his mobile phone, and Paul Gulbro, WA6EWV,
    linked his repeater to widen the communications reach. Finally,
    search and rescue, aided by John Abrott, KD7NHC, was able to bring
    Tom to safety.

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

    (RECORD-COURIER.COM)

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    HAM DIES IN FALL FROM TOWER IN MAINE

    JIM/ANCHOR: Another tragic tower accident has claimed the life of a
    ham radio operator - this time in Maine. Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
    brings us that story.

    HEATHER: A ham radio operator who worked part-time as a broadcast
    engineer for WLBZ News Center Maine has become a Silent Key following
    a fatal 80-foot fall from an amateur radio tower.

    A friend who was on the scene in the rural town of Union, Maine, told authorities that James Larner, N1ATO, was secured to the tower using
    a harness and carabiner clips. At the time of the accident on
    September 2nd, he was taking apart an antenna that was mounted on the
    tower.

    James, who was 74, was no stranger to towers, having worked as an
    engineer for a number of broadcast entities in his home state.

    The accident is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and
    Health Administration, which will work in conjunction with the Maine
    Medical Examiner.

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

    (NEWS CENTER MAINE, WIRELESS ESTIMATOR)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 17 22:10:21 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2238, for Friday, September 18, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2238, with a release date of
    Friday, September 18, 2020 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. U.S. hams activate again for hurricanes and
    wildfires. A new UK ham club finds 'virtual' success -- and a
    digital network for blind hams explores endless possibilities. All
    this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2238 comes
    your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

    **

    AMATEURS RESPOND TO WILDFIRES, HURRICANES

    PAUL/ANCHOR: As wildfires raged in the American West and hurricanes
    struck farther east, hams were mobilized on the Pacific Coast and in
    the nation's Gulf Coast region to report and respond as needed. By
    Wednesday, September 16th, the Voice Over Internet Protocol Weather
    Net had secured as did WX4NHC, the amateur station at the National
    Hurricane Center.

    According to Lloyd Colston KC5FM, scores of weather reports were
    submitted for Hurricane Sally in the Gulf Coast and Hurricane
    Paulette which hit Bermuda. By Thursday, September 17th, ARES had
    activated in northern Florida, anticipating Sally.

    Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the
    first two channels on the 5 MHz band available for interoperability
    between hams and government agencies for both the weather systems
    and the West Coast wildfires. Amateur radio is secondary on the 5
    MHz band.

    The Military Auxiliary Radio System was also prepared to assist with
    response on the band as needed.

    (SWLING POST, LLOYD COLSTON)

    **

    MILLIMETER WAVE RADAR SHOWS PROMISE

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Scientists in a U.S. research lab have found a way
    sound waves can give a mighty boost to radar. Skeeter Nash N5ASH has
    that report.

    SKEETER: As hams we all know the power of sound and the information
    it can carry. Now, scientists at the United States Naval Research
    Laboratory are harnessing the power of vibration sensing to tell
    them more about moving targets.

    According to an article on the lab's website, using a millimeter
    wave radar lets operators sense what a target may be doing by
    detecting subtle changes in vibration. Because it is a remote-
    sensing technique it does not require proximity. According to the
    article, even a low-power system can detect a one-square-meter
    target that is about 10 kilometers, or 6 miles, away.

    Christopher Rodenbeck, an electrical engineer in the lab's Radar
    Division said the process adds sound to image collection already
    being done by radar. It relies on a new algorithm that translates
    small vibrations into sounds that can be measured and characterized.
    That algorithm still has its patent pending.

    Michael Walder, superintendent of the lab's Radar Division, said:
    [quote] "Millimeter wave radar can see things that can't be seen at
    other frequencies and can't be seen optically." [endquote]

    Millimeter wave radar is extremely accurate and has a high
    resolution. Its electromagnetic waves are between 1 and 10
    millimeters -- at radio frequencies between 30 and 300 GHz.

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

    (U.S. NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY)

    **

    HAMS REUNITE MISSING MAN WITH FAMILY IN INDIA

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams in West Bengal, India have helped reunite a
    missing man with his family. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details.

    JIM: A family reunion that was more than 10 years in the making
    finally happened earlier this month in India thanks to amateur
    radio. According to local news reports, Govinda Munde, 60, had been
    in treatment at a psychiatric hospital in Pune (Poo-NAY) and had not
    seen his family for many years but turned up mysteriously in
    February on the island where the Gangasagar (Gong-a-SOGG-ARR)
    Festival had just concluded in West Bengal. He was found sleeping
    beneath a tree, according to Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA, secretary
    of the West Bengal Radio Club. The club had been asked by
    authorities to have local hams assist in locating his family. The
    man was admitted to a general hospital for treatment but walked out
    two days later. He was tracked down and readmitted sometime
    afterward. Hams meanwhile located his family in Maharashtra State.
    After some delays, the man's brother arrived only to discover that a
    caretaker had put him on a train. Ambarish said that Samarendra
    Sekhar Das VU3XSS, Dibos Mandal VU3ZII and Kalipada Patra, a
    shortwave listener, were able to find him on September 6th and with
    the help of police, the family was reunited. By the 11th of
    September, they were back in Maharashtra.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 24 22:27:25 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2239, for Friday, September 25, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2239 with a release date of
    Friday, September 25, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hara Arena is coming down. Disaster-
    preparedness goes global - and a popular ham shack for visitors to
    Sweden is closing. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report
    Number 2239, comes your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

    **

    DEMOLITION SET FOR HARA ARENA

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with the end of an era - and the
    planned demolition of a Dayton, Ohio building that since 1964,
    symbolized one of amateur radio's biggest international gatherings.
    Hara Arena, already deteriorating by the time it was left damaged by
    tornadoes in May of 2019, had been home to Dayton Hamvention until
    2017 when it was moved to the Greene County Fairgrounds in nearby
    Xenia, Ohio. The arena property will also be rezoned to allow for manufacturing and distribution use once the legendary building has
    been taken down.

    (WHIO)

    **

    GLOBAL EMERGENCY-PREP PROGRAM SEEKING HAMS

    NEIL/ANCHOR: A global emergency-preparedness initiative is under way
    and has put a call out to ham radio operators. They're being asked to
    assist with preparedness and safe response and educating the next
    generation. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, has that story.

    CHRISTIAN: The most effective disaster plans involve training
    tomorrow's EmComm operators and according to Gregory Lee, KI6GIG,
    hams, more than anyone, can take an active role in this while helping communities respond to so-called geo-hazards. Greg says hams can
    educate the very youngest students, right up to those of college age,
    on the geography and hazards of their region. The basis of this
    education is his free downloadable article, "Are You Living in a
    Potential Disaster Zone?" Newsline has a link to the article in the
    printed version of this week's script at arnewsline.org

    Hams should also become aware of whether their country is a signatory
    on the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and
    engage teachers in awareness of this formalized global response. Greg
    said that COVID-19 should not get in the way of this kind of training.
    He said the Amateur Radio Society of Bangladesh recently asked him to
    assist with development of a national EmComm network, and he was able
    to do a presentation to them in Dhaka from his QTH in Arizona.

    He told Newsline that in the schools, preparedness studies can
    complement class lessons as students learn how math, science, and
    other disciplines play into weather forecasting, radio science and
    effective communication. He encourages interested hams to write him at
    g e c o r a d i o at gmail dot com (gecoradio@gmail.com)

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

    (GREGORY LEE KI6GIG)

    [PRINT ONLY: https://vocal.media/wander/are-you-living-in-a- potential-disaster-zone]

    (above URL all on one line)

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, hams in Austria are preparing for a nationwide off-the-grid exercise to be held on October 3rd. The annual drill will
    begin, as always, with the sounding of the emergency sirens. Hams will
    be putting their emergency communications readiness to the test and
    will be joined by members of the military, public broadcasters, the
    Red Cross and energy suppliers.

    **

    HOLDING OUT HOPE FOR 'SUPERBATTERY'

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Do you believe in superheroes? Well, the next big thing
    might just be a superhero among batteries. At least that's what
    scientists are hoping. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has that story.

    ED: A German research university is working with an ultracapacitor
    specialist in Estonia to develop what scientists are calling a
    groundbreaking graphene battery. They're calling it the SuperBattery.

    While it is not energy-dense enough to be a replacement for lithium-
    ion batteries, it is being eyed for complementary use.

    Skeleton Technologies in Estonia and the Karlsruhe Institute of
    Technology in Germany say the battery will have a charge time of 15
    seconds, with hundreds of thousands of charging cycles. The rapid
    charging time is being attributed to the battery's use of SkeletonÆs
    patented Curved Graphene carbon material.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 2 00:39:19 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2240, for Friday, October 2nd, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2240 with a release date of
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The FCC weighs in amateur access to the 3.4
    GHz band. A satellite marks 27 years in orbit -- and a celebration for
    a ham of the century. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline
    Report Number 2240 comes your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

    **

    THE FCC WEIGHS IN ON AMATEUR ACCESS TO USE OF 3.4 GHz BAND

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: As Newsline went to production, hams were waiting to
    hear the outcome of an FCC meeting on whether to eliminate amateur
    radio access on the 3.4 GHz band. The ARRL has urged the FCC once
    again to preserve hams' secondary status on the 3.4 GHz band rather
    than proceed with its proposal to remove amateur activity. In a recent
    phone call with FCC staffers, the ARRL reiterated the argument it had
    made earlier this year in formal comments filed with the commission.
    The ARRL has maintained that preserving secondary use by radio
    amateurs will not have a negative impact on any primary licensees in
    the future, including those providing 5G services.

    The FCC was to meet on Wednesday, September 30th on the matter. There
    was no indication when that decision was to be made public. Please
    visit Newsline's Twitter feed and Facebook page for updates.

    (FCC, ARRL)

    **

    SINGAPORE HAMS OFFER ONLINE COURSE FOR LICENSE

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Good news for hams in Singapore: It's now easier to
    prepare for the full licensing exam thanks to a good friend in the UK.
    Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells us more.

    JASON: Hams in Singapore have received a big assist from an amateur in
    the UK who has created a free online training course to prepare them
    for their 800-watt amateur licence, a level equivalent to the UK Full
    licence.

    Peter Pennington, G4EGQ, has established a page on the website of the Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitting Society offering educational .PDF
    files and sample questions to prepare candidates for the test.

    Before candidates sit for the test by the Infocomm Media Development Authority, they can review the 14 sections on the website, become
    familiar with the operating procedures outlined, and then challenge
    themselves with the sample questions.

    The page containing links to the course and the IMDA Amateur Handbook
    are on the Singapore group's website at sarts dot org dot sg
    (sarts.org.sg) A note on the website reports that the Radio Amateur Examination has resumed its normal schedule, allowing two candidates
    per session to safely observe COVID-19 precautions.

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

    (SINGAPORE AMATEUR RADIO TRANSMITTING SOCIETY, SOUTHGATE)

    **

    SOUTH DUBLIN LECTURE SERIES GOES VIRTUAL

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: What if a club scheduled a lecture series and no one
    showed up? Actually that would be just fine - that's how it was
    designed by one club in South Dublin. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: The South Dublin Radio Club, EI2SDR, is hosting a Tuesday
    night lecture series on amateur radio, Science Technology Engineering
    and Mathematics. Organisers hope the series will be so popular that no
    one shows up -- except on Zoom. The lectures kicked off on September
    29th with a discussion about Summits on the Air by Albert, EI6KO, one
    of Ireland's most prominent SOTA operators. The 20-minute
    presentations are followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.

    Anyone interested in attending or contributing a topic for a future presentation is welcome to contact the club or follow updates to their accounts on Twitter and Facebook. The club's webpage can be found at southdublinradioclub dot weebly dot com

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 9 08:48:18 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2241, for Friday, October 9th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2241, with a release date of Friday, October 9th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Orlando Hamcation is cancelled. Scouts prep for Jamboree on the Air -- and radio ambassadors reach out to kids in
    California. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number
    2241, comes your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

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    ORLANDO HAMCATION 2021 CANCELLED

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with word that Orlando HamCation has become
    the latest in a long line of cancelled amateur radio events around the
    world. The news came in a joint statement from the ARRL and HamCation organizers on the ARRL website and on Twitter on Monday, October 5th. The annual event, which was also to be the ARRL National Convention, has been moved to February 2022. Tickets already purchased can be used for
    HamCation 2022, can be donated to the Orlando Amateur Radio Club or can be refunded. Meanwhile, the in-person event is being replaced by a variety of webinars, a QSO party and some prize drawings for 2021. The event in
    central Florida is among the nation's largest gathering points for hams. Reported attendance for this year was 24,200 over the course of the three days.

    (HAMCATION, ARRL)

    **

    FCC REMOVES AMATEUR ACCESS TO 3.4 GHz BAND'S FREQUENCIES

    JIM/ANCHOR: In a move that was not unexpected, the U.S. Federal
    Communications Commission has eliminated amateur radio use on the 3.4 GHz band. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, has that report.

    KENT: Amateur radio will no longer have use of the frequencies between 3.3
    and 3.55 GHz. The FCC has acted to reallocate that portion of the spectrum
    for use of 5G services. Its action during the meeting on September 30th is part of the broader plan to make more of the spectrum available to
    commercial users by eliminating secondary user allocations such as ham
    radio operators. Hams and other users are being relocated to a band
    between 2.9 and 3.0 GHz on a secondary basis to federal government service operators.

    The FCC is now seeking comment on how to sunset amateur use on 3.3 to 3.55
    GHz and proceed with the relocation. The agency noted in a press release
    that its action is another move toward fulfilling a directive from
    Congress to free up spectrum for commercial and other purposes. The ARRL
    and AMSAT were among those who had spoken up against the move.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    (SOUTHGATE, FCC)

    **

    IARU REGION 2 ANNOUNCES PROCEDURAL CHANGES

    JIM/ANCHOR: The IARU Region 2 has made changes in how it will be handling
    band plan changes, approving a process that lets the plan be updated more efficiently. Changes can now be made in response to adjustments in
    operating practice - in consultation with member societies. Previously,
    all band-plan changes required approval at a General Assembly, which is
    held only once every three years.

    The new plan also includes the addition of an amateur satellite uplink sub-band between 21.125 MHz and 21.450 MHz on a non-exclusive basis,
    matching the band plans in IARU Region 1 and 3.

    Finally, the revised band plan added wording to make it clear to national regulators that compliance with the document is voluntary and some nations
    may adjust their practices based on their nation's requirements.

    (SOUTHGATE, IARU REGION 2)

    **

    AUSTRALIAN SCOUTS ACTIVATE FOR SPECIAL EVENT

    JIM/ANCHOR: The Jamboree on the Air is coming up fast but some Scouts
    living Down Under got a head start on the excitement. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us about them.

    GRAHAM: Scouts in Australia who were growing a bit impatient for the start
    of the worldwide Jamboree on the Air this month received a sampling a few weeks early of the friendship and communications ham radio is known for. Scouts in Australia who were enjoying school holidays were able to connect across the country as part of a special Echolink event held from Sunday
    the 27th of September to Sunday the 4th of October.

    The JOTA special event took place on the SCOUT-VK conference server which
    was established earlier this year by the Victorian Scout Radio &
    Electronics Service Unit. The conference server has also been a place for Scouts to host nets.

    Now with the special event concluded, Scouts await the Jamboree on the Air
    and Jamboree on the Internet. That's coming up fast: It takes place from
    the 16th to the 18th of October.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 15 22:52:21 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2242, for Friday, October 16th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2242, with a release date of Friday, October 16th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is back on the ISS. A
    ham in the Netherlands pays tribute to guitarist Eddie Van Halen -- and license exams are suspended in Belgium. All this and more, as Amateur
    Radio Newsline Report Number 2242 comes your way, right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

    **

    HAMS IN SPACE: ANOTHER TRIP TO THE ISS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week by saying "welcome back to the ISS" for
    NASA astronaut Kate Rubins KG5FYJ, who joined two Russian cosmonauts on
    the launch pad in southern Kazakhstan Wednesday October 14th, bound for
    the International Space Station.

    Kate and her fellow travelers will spend six months aboard the ISS. Their
    stay in space will coincide with the 20th anniversary of a continuous
    human presence on the ISS - an occasion being marked on the 1st of
    November.

    (CNN)

    **

    MID-ALTITUDE BALLOONS BEGIN JOURNEY EAST

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Something else went up into the sky recently. They looked a little like party balloons but they weren't. It was a nationwide mid-
    altitude ham radio balloon launch and it was festive even if it wasn't a
    big party. Jack Parker, W8ISH, explains.

    JACK: Fans of amateur radio balloons are reliving the moments of the
    October 9th launch of 11 mid-altitude balloons as they floated up and
    began their journey from various launch sites across the United States. As they headed east to begin their two-week trip around the globe, the event
    was livestreamed on Facebook by the Smithsonian National Air and Space
    Museum.

    Each helium-filled Mylar balloon is equipped with APRS on both 144.390 MHz
    and 144.340 MHZ, and travelling at about 20,000 feet above the Earth.

    Students, teachers and other balloon fans are tracking the balloons via amateur radio and looking online for updates on their locations by
    visiting aprsdirect dot com (aprsdirect.com). The balloons were launched
    by students and their teachers in Washington, D.C., Alaska, Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Minnesota and Kansas. If you'd like to follow along and
    track them, you can find their call signs on the link provided in this
    week's printed script of this newscast at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ:

    https://airandspace.si.edu/events/live-balloon-launch-across-america]

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

    (SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM)

    **

    PAUL/ANCHOR: The man arrested in Denver Colorado in connection with the
    fatal shooting of a Navy veteran on Saturday, October 10th, during two opposing political rallies downtown, is an amateur radio operator. The arrested man was identified in news reports as Matthew Dolloff KE0NKL, who
    is said to have been working without a license as a Pinkerton security
    guard for a local TV station. The 30-year-old man is suspected of killing
    Lee John Keltner, a military veteran attending the protest. Witnesses said
    the two men were arguing when Keltner used a pepper spray on Dolloff.
    Keltner was then fatally shot. The incident was captured on video by CBS Denver Channel 4 and on cellphone video, and the scene has been widely
    viewed on the internet.

    **

    SPECIAL TRIBUTE STATION TO EDDIE VAN HALEN

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Rock legend Eddie van Halen, who died earlier this month, was
    the pride of The Netherlands, where the guitarist was born 65 years ago.
    Now, as his distinctive sounds resonate for his fans listening to
    commercial radio stations around the world, one additional station joins
    them - on the amateur radio frequencies - to pay tribute. Special event station PA5150EVH will be on the air from October 28th until January 31st, 2021 -- a few days past the musician's birthday on Jan. 26th. The special event is being activated by Frank, PF1SCT, a civil engineer who is also a guitarist himself - and needless to say, a Van Halen fan. A limited number
    of QSL cards are available for contacts and those making successful
    contacts should QSL to Frank's call sign by the bureau only.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Sat Oct 24 04:16:54 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2243, for Friday, October 23rd, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2243, with a release date of Friday, October 23rd, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The FCC invites comments on its proposed license
    fee. A ham is assaulted while operating portable in the UK -- and young hams pass the baton of leadership in Europe. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2243 comes your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

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    FCC OPENS COMMENT PERIOD FOR $50 FEE PROPOSAL

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with word that the comment period has opened for the FCC's much-talked-about fee proposed for amateur radio licenses. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, has more.

    STEPHEN: The comment period has opened for amateur radio operators and
    others in the United States to weigh in the FCC's proposal to charge a $50
    fee for license applications and renewals due every 10 years. In its notice published in the Federal Register, the FCC states that licenses, such as
    those for amateur radio, are mostly automated processes not requiring staff review. As such, the FCC is calling the proposed fee "nominal," saying it covers the costs of routine ULS maintenance, the automated process itself
    plus any occasional instance requiring staff input. Comments are due no
    later than the 16th of November. Reply comments can be made on or before November 30th.

    To file your comments visit the webpage for the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System at fcc dot gov stroke ecfs stroke (fcc.gov/ecfs/)

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

    NEIL/ANCHOR: There's one more address for the FCC that hams in the U.S. need to be aware of too -- and it's not on the internet. It's at 45 L Street NorthEast, Washington, D.C. 20554. That's the new location of the agency's headquarters. The FCC is finally in its new offices after a delay in the spring caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    (FCC)

    **

    NEW LEADERSHIP FOR IARU REGION 1 YOUTH

    NEIL/ANCHOR: In IARU Region 1, the chair of the Youth Working Group has
    passed the baton, as we hear from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: By the time the IARU Region 1 Virtual General Conference closed on
    Friday October 16th, the leader of the organisation's Youth Working Group
    had passed the baton to the next generation. The youth group's chair, Lisa Leenders, PA2LS, ended her tenure, which had begun when the region-wide working group was formed in 2014. Lisa, who was 24 at the time, steps aside for two new leaders elected by the member societies at the conference:
    Philipp Springer DK6SP, the new chair, and Markus Gro�er, DL8GM, the vice chair. Philipp, who is 22 years old, has been a ham since he was 10. In August, he joined the board of directors of the nonprofit World Wide Radio Operators Foundation.

    The two new Youth Working Group leaders committed themselves to continuing
    the Working Group's programmes and moving them forward. They pledged to
    expand the YOTA program as well and help grow youth activities in the IARU's two other regions.

    Region 1 represents international amateur radio societies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

    Congratulations to Philipp and Markus.

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

    (YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR)

    **

    WORLD'S YOUNG AMATEURS PREP FOR YOTA MONTH

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, the world's young amateurs have been busy. We are
    just about a month away from December, but it's worth planning ahead for
    this event - it involves the world's youngest radio amateurs and they're looking for your show of support and your entry in their logbook. December
    is YOTA Month - that means Youngsters on the Air. It's time for young people to experience their first DX, their first pileup or to show some of their friends who aren't yet licensed amateurs how much fun it is to key that mic.

    YOTA is asking radio operators around the world to be listening for such stations as HA6YOTA, GB20YOTA, DB0YOTA, HS9YOTA and others who will be using the YOTA suffix and one by one callsigns ending in Y, O, T, and A from the United States. You can be a youngster OR an oldster. Just be listening!

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 29 20:49:23 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2244, for Friday, October 30th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2244, with a release date of
    Friday, October 30th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A repeater is vandalized in the midst of a
    raging wildfire. New Zealand hams lose the 5 MHZ band -- and setting
    new distance records via satellite. All this and more, as Amateur
    Radio Newsline Report Number 2244, comes your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

    **

    VANDALS DESTROY FIREFIGHTERS' RADIO REPEATER

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Colorado wildfires have been big news here in the
    United States, and we open our newscast with that story. As firefighters struggled to contain one sprawling blaze, a critical radio repeater was destroyed by what authorities believe to be malicious vandalism. Jack
    Parker, W8ISH, picks up the story from here.

    JACK: A portable radio repeater, being used by firefighters at the
    massive Williams Fork Fire in Colorado, has been vandalized. The United
    States Forest Service is investigating, after one of its temporary
    repeater sites was destroyed in early October, rendering the radios of firefighters useless, as they struggled against the blaze, which is
    believed to have been started in August as a result of human activity.
    The firefighters were using the radios to communicate with their command
    post.

    The fire burned more than 14,000 acres, but no evacuation orders were
    given.

    According to news reports, firefighters found the repeater in pieces,
    with the guy wires cut. The antenna had been snapped off. Replacement
    parts were found, and repairs were made, but the forest service is
    continuing its probe.

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

    (NBC CHANNEL 9, FOX NEWS 31)

    **

    NEW ZEALAND AMATEURS LOSING 5 MHz BAND

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Bad news for hams in New Zealand, who have been logging contacts on 5 MHz. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us what's happening.

    JIM: Amateur access to the 5 MHz band was just a trial, and now, that
    trial is coming to an end. Hams have gone off the air on the band, as of midnight on Saturday, the 24th of October. The New Zealand Association
    of Radio Transmitters informed the amateur community that the New Zealand Defence Force was unwilling to grant yet another renewal for amateurs to continue the trial operation. The defence force needs this part of the HF spectrum for tactical radio equipment, refurbished HF site equipment, and
    its various new platforms.

    According to NZART, discussions will continue with the nation's regulator,
    the RSM, to explore other ways that amateurs may be given access to those frequencies. Hams had been operating on 60 metres after access was renewed
    for three more months this past July.

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

    (SOUTHGATE, NZART)

    **

    RESEARCHERS DEVELOP 'GAME-CHANGING' SOLAR PANEL

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you enjoy operating portable with the help of a solar
    panel or two, you might find this report particularly promising. Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, shares the news.

    JEREMY: Researchers are calling the work of scientists at the University
    of York a potential "game-changer" in the world of solar panels. By
    putting a checkerboard design on the panel's face, the researchers have upgraded its ability to absorb light by 125 percent. According to a
    report posted on the website GoodNewsNetwork.org, the panel could
    possibly be developed to absorb far more solar energy than today's
    panels.

    Replacing the traditional flat panel surface with a checkerboard design
    is said to increase the diffraction rate, and thus the likelihood that
    more light can be absorbed. The research team believes this could also
    result in panels that are thinner, lighter, and more flexible.

    The team's findings were published recently in the Journal Optica.

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

    (GOODNEWSNETWORK.ORG)

    **

    VERMONT AMATEUR PREPARES TO DEFEND REVISED TOWER PLAN

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our next story revisits a local battle against radio
    towers. Newsline reported in July about the challenge facing a Vermont
    ham, who had plans for two towers on his property. He has responded to neighbors' objections, and the next step comes in a few days, as local officials weigh in. Here's Andy Morrison, K9AWM, with an update.

    ANDY: Addressing neighbors' concerns, Zach Manganello, K1ZK, has
    downsized his original proposal for two 84-foot towers in his Vermont
    backyard, and now hopes to get the nod from local officials for his
    modified plan: a 36-foot antenna attached to his house, and a
    freestanding 50-foot tower. On Thursday, November 12th, the
    Telecommunications Review Board will hold a hearing to review his
    changes, and the result of a visual impact test he did in October, a
    balloon float designed to show what Zach has in mind will not block
    neighbors' views of the Green Mountains.

    Zach, who has been a ham since he was 14 years old, told Newsline in
    an email, that he hopes to receive a decision before construction begins
    in 2021.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 5 22:22:10 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2245, for Friday, November 6th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2245, with a release date of Friday, November 6th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A triumph across seven summmits for Tokyo's Ham
    Fair. The ISS crew has reason to celebrate - and Peru's selling part of its amateur spectrum. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report
    Number 2245 comes your way right now.

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    JAPAN'S HAM FAIR OFFERS REAL-TIME SOTA EXPERIENCE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with yet another story of amateur persistence. Never let it be said that hams ever let their goals be
    thwarted, even after COVID-19 cancelled such core events as Dayton
    Hamvention and Ham Radio Friedrichshafen this year. The massive Tokyo Ham
    Fair was also a casualty, but like so many others, the show went on - virtually. Here's John Williams, VK4JJW, with those details.

    JOHN: The virtual doors were open in Tokyo on November 1st, as planned,
    even though no one was physically present at the Tokyo Hamfair 2020 for the seminars and workshops. The presentations went forward, and one of them
    turned out to have a respectable showing "in person": It was the ham fair's scheduled in-depth look at Summits on the Air, or SOTA. Fortunately, SOTA,
    by virtue of its portable and socially distant operating environment, could keep things real. The programme included live-streamed video from seven
    SOTA summmits throughout Japan, where hams were busy making activations.
    Toru JH0CJH predicted that this activity would lead to many hams becoming
    new SOTA enthusiasts in Japan.

    Meanwhile, the Japan Amateur Radio League is back at work, making plans and deciding on dates for 2021, hoping for the best in the year ahead.

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

    NEIL/ANCHOR: For a look at some of the SOTA activations, follow the YouTube link posted on our Newsline website arnewsline.org in the printed version
    of this script.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCPnFma21Uk&feature=youtu.be]

    (SOTA REFLECTOR, TOKYO HAMFEST)

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    SPACE STATION MARKS 20 YEARS WITH ONBOARD CREW

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Happy anniversary to the International Space Station, which on November 2nd marked 20 years of having a crew on board continuously. This
    is an occasion being celebrated by the five space agencies involved in the
    ISS project: NASA, Roscosmos, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. Of note is the role that amateur radio has played up there through the ARISS program. Amateur radio
    was already part of the Expedition One crew who arrived on board on
    November 2nd, 2000: Commander William Shepherd, KD5GSL, Soyuz Commander
    Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR.

    (ARISS)

    **

    NY HAM CLUB DONATES TO HOSPITAL FOR COVID RESPONSE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams who have their go-kits at the ready know what it's like
    to respond to a crisis. So this next gesture of appreciation by one New
    York ham club shows particular understanding of vital emergency response. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us more.

    KEVIN: On Long Island, New York, where the COVID-19 pandemic hit hard,
    members of the Radio Central Amateur Radio Club W2RC decided that medical responders and their support teams needed a show of support for their
    service.

    The club took up a collection from among its 40 members for a donation to
    the local hospital, St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson. In an article posted in the QRZ.COM forum, the club's president, Neil Heft, KC2KY, says: [quote] "We Wanted to do something more than just putting up a thank you sign." A one-thousand dollar donation was presented recently to the
    hospital in recognition of the hard work by its doctors, nurses, security officers, medical support staff, and facility personnel.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Nov 13 08:59:57 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2246, for Friday, November 13th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2246, with a release date of Friday, November 13th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A proud moment for satellite designers in Israel. Low-band operating loses a beloved leader -- and a net in Australia gets a
    bit poetic. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2246, comes your way right now.

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    A SATELLITE 'FIRST' FOR UNIVERSITY TEAM IN ISRAEL

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin with a proud moment among students and faculty at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Their interdisciplinary effort will help launch a tiny satellite next year and yes, hams will play a part, as we hear from
    Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    NEIL: Amateur radio will be on board early next year when the first nanosatellite designed, built and tested independently in a university
    setting in Israel heads to the International Space Station.

    The research satellite, known as TAU-SAT1, is in Japan undergoing pre-flight testing before it is taken to the U.S. for its ride on a resupply spacecraft to the ISS next year. It is designed to fly in low earth orbit measuring cosmic radiation in space and conducting other experiments. The small satellite, which is the creation of the new Nanosatellite Center in Tel
    Aviv, will orbit the earth every 90 minutes at a speed of 27,600 kilometers or 17,150 miles per hour.

    It will transmit its data to a satellite station on the roof of the campus' engineering building each time it makes a pass over Israel. Much of that
    data will facilitate the design of improved protection for astronauts and space systems.

    According to an article in The Times of Israel, the satellite will also be accessible to amateur radio operators around the world before it burns up in the atmosphere. Its orbit is expected to last several months.

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

    (THE TIMES OF ISRAEL)

    **

    FREQUENCIES ON 3 GHZ BAND FACE AUCTION IN UK

    JIM/ANCHOR: Increasing portions of the 3 GHz band continue to be made available to 5G wireless companies, with the UK planning their own auction soon. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: Ofcom has announced that it is ready to begin its auction of 120 MHz of bandwidth which it hopes to provide to 5G companies in the UK. This
    section of the band is located above the UK's amateur 9 centimetre band at 3.40-3.41 GHz.The frequencies being offered for sale are between 3.6 GHz and 3.8 GHz, known as the midband region. It is also outside of the IARU region
    1 9cm allocation of 3.4-3.475 GHz

    The move in the UK differs from auctions in some other nations in that the UK's sale will avoid the frequencies used by amateur radio. Bidding is to commence in the UK in January 2021 and Ofcom stated that applications will
    be received on the 2nd and 3rd of December.

    In the U.S., the FCC awarded more than 20,000 licences for midband 3.5 GHz spectrum in August. Chile delayed its plan for an August auction and the telecommunications regulator Subtel expects to hold the sale this month. In Portugal, the regulator Anacom expects to award licences in February and
    March of 2021 following that nation's 5G mobile telephony auction. India is also among those nations planning an auction and telecommunications
    officials there hope to hold that sale in the first quarter of 2021.

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

    (SOUTHGATE, CNET, TELECOMPAPER)

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    ARRL DEFENDS SECONDARY USE ON MICROWAVE BANDS

    JIM/ANCHOR: Meanwhile in the U.S., the ARRL has reaffirmed the need for amateurs' secondary use on some of the microwave frequencies. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, gives us those details.

    ANDY: The ARRL has weighed into the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 agenda for the microwave bands, reaffirming the need for amateur radio to
    have secondary allocations there.

    The league wants frequencies identified in the 3.3 GHz to 3.4 GHz and 10.0
    GHz to 10.5 GHz bands, stating that hams continue to experiment there and
    have designed systems that protect the bands' primary users, with no reports of interference. The League advises that WRC-23 not consider changing their secondary allocation.

    The league's remarks were contained in two draft recommendations for WRC-23.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 19 23:38:39 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2247, for Friday, November 20th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2247, with a release date of Friday, November 20th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. An all-ham launch to the ISS. A propagation
    experiment needs your help -- and 'Get on the Air for Christmas' debuts
    in the UK. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number
    2247, comes your way right now.

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    FOUR AMATEURS IN SPACEX CREW DRAGON LAUNCH

    DON/ANCHOR: Our top story this week is the launch of the SpaceX Crew
    Dragon capsule from the Kennedy Space Center. On board? A crew of four,
    all amateur radio operators. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, has the details.

    DAVE: Four amateur radio operators launched into space on Sunday night, November 15th, bound for their destination aboard the International Space Station. Seated inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, astronauts Michael Hopkins, KF5LJG, Victor Glover, KI5BKC, Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, and
    Japanese Space Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP, comprised the
    first fully operational mission for the private SpaceX company. The
    Falcon 9 rocket launched with the capsule, named Resilience, at 7:27 p.m. Sunday night.

    The quartet's 27-hour journey marked the second manned launch of Crew
    Dragon from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. A test mission that went up
    in May sent NASA's Doug Hurley, and Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, into history as Dragon's first space passengers, and the first NASA astronauts to launch
    from American soil since 2011.

    The four amateur radio operators are expected to remain on the ISS for
    the next six months.

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

    (CNN, NASA, NYTIMES)

    **

    AMATEUR INPUT SOUGHT FOR PROPAGATION EXPERIMENT

    DON/ANCHOR: Hams, if you love experimenting - and who doesn't? - this
    might just be something to get involved in. HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation, needs amateurs around the world who can help
    collect propagation data during the eclipse happening across South
    America on December 14th. To do this, you'll need to have a computer
    connected to your HF radio.

    Hams are being asked to record data between the 9th and the 16th of
    December so that there is plenty of control data gathered for this
    experiment. There will be two 24-hour practice runs beforehand: one on
    the 21st of November, and the other on the 5th of December.

    Visit the Newsline website at arnewsline.org to find the link to the
    webpage containing further details about the experiment. Instructions are
    in English, Spanish and Portuguese. If you're interested in signing up, contact Kristina Collins at kd8oxt at case dot edu (kd8oxt@case.edu)

    [DO NOT READ, FOR PRINT ONLY: hamsci.org/december-2020-eclipse-festival- frequency-measurement]

    (KRISTINA COLLINS KD8OXT)

    **

    PROMINENT CROATIAN AMATEUR DIES OF COVID-19

    DON/ANCHOR: A prominent ham in the Croatian amateur radio community has
    become a Silent Key. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about him.

    ED: One of the founders of the Croatian Flora Fauna program, and the
    president of the Croatian Flora Fauna amateur radio club, has become a
    Silent Key. Emir Mahmutovic (MAH-MYU-TO-VICH), 9A6AA, died on November
    13th of COVID-19, according to a report in DXNews. Although hams in
    Croatia knew him well from his work with the Flora Fauna program, hams
    around the world also logged their contacts with him as an active
    contester and DXer.

    Emir also served, between 1994 and 2009, as the first award manager for
    the Islands of Croatia Award program, according to Neno, 9A5N. Neno said
    the program had been the vision of three other radio amateurs in 1991 but
    was not put into place until after the war in Croatia. In 1994, Emir
    helped Daki, 9A2WJ, with the launch.

    According to Mark, 9A8A, his friend of more than 40 years, and his former co-worker, Emir spent the last two or three years devoting himself to
    helping young radio amateurs, working with Ivica, 9A2HW, to teach the
    children the basics of radio technology. He also helped at school competitions. Mark said in an email "he had incredible energy."

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 26 22:01:48 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2248, for Friday, November 27th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2248 with a release date of Friday, November 27th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. New satellite access for emergencies in India.
    Hams in Israel plan 9 nights of special activity -- and Ham Radio
    University goes virtual. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline
    Report Number 2248, comes your way right now.

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    INDIAN EMERGENCY OPERATIONS GAIN SATELLITE ACCESS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story brings word of a major step forward in communications for eastern India, where cyclones often rip through,
    destroying communities and communications. Amateur radio operators there
    have gained access to a major asset-in-the-sky to help them with
    emergency communications. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has the details.

    GRAHAM: The West Bengal Radio Club and the Indian Academy of
    Communication and Disaster Management have installed the capability to communicate with amateur radio satellites from the club station in
    India. The radio club's secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, reported
    that hams recently used the setup to contact many amateurs in Southern
    India as well as in more than 15 countries.

    He said the capability will be especially important during natural
    disasters such as cyclones, when hams generally use VHF and HF radios
    but often face propagation issues during these emergencies.

    Ambarish Nag Biswas, who is also chairman of the disaster management
    academy, writes: [quote] "It is the first satellite communication setup
    in our entire eastern India," [enquote] and he called it a success of
    the team of the two organisations working together.

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

    (AMBARISH NAG BISWAS VU2JFA)

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    HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY GOING VIRTUAL

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In the U.S., organizers of Ham Radio University, who have
    been preparing for the 22nd annual all-day event in January, are taking
    the program online instead. We have details from Jim Damron, N8TMW.

    JIM: With COVID-19 restrictions preventing the annual gathering of
    amateur radio operators on Long Island, New York, the Ham Radio
    University organizers are adapting the agenda to take place as a virtual conference. Ham Radio University will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on
    the 9th of January, 2021 as a GoToWebinar video conference on the
    internet. HRU will also serve as the online convention of the NYC-Long
    Island section of the ARRL.

    The agenda features 14 presentations, from the basics of remote-station operation over the internet, to software-defined radios, emergency communications and the nuts and bolts of HF operating. This year's HRU
    is being presented in memory of its founder Phil Lewis, N2MUN, who
    became a Silent Key earlier this year.

    Advance registration begins on December 15th. For additional details,
    visit hamradiouniversity dot org.

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

    **

    UNIVERSAL RADIO CLOSING ITS DOORS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: A store that was an Ohio mainstay with a specialty in
    shortwave radio equipment is closing its doors. Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
    has more details.

    STEPHEN: Owners Fred Osterman, N8EKU, and Barbara Osterman, KC8VWI, have announced their retirement, and the closing of their longtime business, Universal Radio, which they operated for nearly 4 decades. A report in
    the SWLing Post noted that the couple were big supporters of amateur
    radio clubs, and other nonprofit organizations over the years.

    The company website posted a message from the couple, which notes that
    even though their current location in Worthington, Ohio, is closing on November 30th, the company will fulfill all existing orders, and
    continue to close out its inventory. The company will also maintain its website for the meanwhile.

    The message concludes by saying that between operations at Universal
    Radio and, before that, Radio Shack: [quote] "It has been a privilege to
    have a continuous career in the fascinating field of radio since 1969." [endquote]

    Universal was founded in 1942 by F.R. Gibb, W8IJ, in downtown Columbus,
    Ohio and was known as a specialist in shortwave and amateur equipment, including Millen, Drake, Collins and Hammarlund. Barbara and Fred became
    the third owners in 1982, after buying Universal from Thomas Harrington, W8OMV, who had acquired it after F.R. Gibb became a Silent Key.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 3 19:14:35 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2249, for Friday December 4th, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2249 with a release date of
    Friday, December 4th, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A collapse destroys the Arecibo radiotelescope. Welcome to December - YOTA month! And meet Newsline's winner of this
    year's International Newsmaker Award. All this and more, as Amateur
    Radio Newsline Report Number 2249, comes your way right now.

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    COLLAPSE DESTROYS NOTED ARECIBO RADIOTELESCOPE

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with news that the noted Arecibo radiotelescope, famous in groundbreaking scientific research and seen
    in a number of Hollywood movies, is no more. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY,
    has the details.

    KENT: The historic Arecibo radiotelescope in Puerto Rico, once the
    largest in the world, has collapsed before its scheduled demolition
    could begin. The telescope, which had been shut by the U.S. National
    Science Foundation following storm damage, was credited with unlocking
    numerous astronomical mysteries for more than 50 years.

    On Tuesday, December 1st, the telescope's 900-ton receiver platform
    fell 400 feet, landing on its reflector dish. It was the final blow to
    the radiotelescope, where an auxiliary cable had snapped in August,
    causing damage to the reflector dish and receiver platform. Then last
    month, a main cable broke.

    Built in the 1960s, the telescope was part of a 1974 research project
    into gravitational waves that led to a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993.
    The telescope also followed asteroids on their earthbound paths but
    became quite an attraction itself, drawing some 90,000 visitors a year.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    (GUARDIAN, NOBELPRIZE.ORG, NPR)

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    WELCOME TO DECEMBER - IT'S YOTA MONTH

    JIM/ANCHOR: Nothing speaks so well to the future of ham radio than
    hearing young voices calling QRZ. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, lets us in on
    what's happening.

    JASON: If you listen on the air through the month of December, you'll
    be hearing the voices of the future. December is YOTA Month -
    Youngsters on the Air - and teams of operators younger than 26 are
    hoping for pileups. They're calling from Pakistan, Serbia, Iceland,
    Sweden, Bulgaria and places beyond. Each team carries the suffix
    "Y O T A", along with the hope that their logs will be filled with
    call signs from around the world. This is a chance to showcase amateur
    radio for the unlicensed, and help those newly licensed to gain
    confidence.

    Stations include TF3YOTA in Iceland, DB0YOTA in Germany, GB20YOTA in
    the UK and II1YOTA in Italy. You will hear them on HF, repeaters and
    even satellites. Because so many YOTA summer camps were cancelled in
    response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these young operators are more eager
    than ever to show what they can do.

    Support the world's future amateur community and who knows? You may
    become eligible for a bronze, silver, gold or platinum award just for
    working as many YOTA stations on as many bands and modes as you can.
    The teams have their own collective goal as well: to beat last year's
    total of 130,000 QSOs logged by 47 participating stations.

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

    JIM/ANCHOR: Also be listening for Youth on the Air stations in the
    United States, where the call signs will be K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A.
    For more information about Youth on the Air in the Americas, visit the
    website youthontheair dot org (youthontheair.org)

    (YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR)

    **

    FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI STEPPING DOWN IN NEW YEAR

    JIM/ANCHOR: Here in the United States, Ajit Pai, who has been chairman
    of the Federal Communications Commission since 2017, has announced he
    will be stepping down on January 20th, the day President-elect Joe
    Biden is inaugurated.

    Pai served the commission for five years as an appointee of then-
    President Barack Obama previous to being named commissioner by
    President Donald Trump. He was hailed as the first Asian-American
    chairman of the agency. His term was scheduled to expire in June of
    2021. His announcement, made on Monday November 20th, comes as the FCC
    reviews its proposal to charge a $50 fee for each application for an
    amateur radio license.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 11 08:30:28 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2250 for Friday, December 11, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2250, with a release date of
    Friday, December 11, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Australian hams are denied access to 60
    metres; Northern Lights in the northern U.S. -- and a talk with
    Newsline's International Newsmaker of the Year. All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2250, comes your way right now.

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    SOLAR FLARE BRINGS VISIBLE AURORA TO NORTHERN U.S.

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In our top story this week, the Northern Lights put on
    a big sky show for the northern portion of the United States following
    a coronal mass ejection's collision with the Earth's magnetosphere.
    Starting on Wednesday, December 9th, northern U.S. residents had their
    eyes on the skies for the aurora borealis from Washington state and
    Oregon all the way east to Maine. The Space Weather Prediction Center
    of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the light
    show was set off after a solar flare erupted from a sunspot on Monday, December 7th. Though the conditions may have created a thing of beauty
    in the sky, amateurs may not have felt the same way dealing with
    intermittent conditions on the HF bands.

    (USA TODAY, FORBES, NOAA SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER)

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    FACTORY FIRE EXPECTED TO AFFECT AUDIO SUPPLY CHAIN

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Japan, fire damage to a major semiconductor factory
    is expected to disrupt the availability of audio components worldwide.
    Graham Kemp, VK4BB, gives us those details.

    GRAHAM: An inferno that raged recently at a major audio-semiconductor
    factory in Japan is expected to have a stifling effect on the supply
    chain for both professional audio and upscale consumer audio
    components, including amateur radio equipment.

    The three-day blaze consumed the AKM factory over an 82-hour period in
    late October. By the time firefighters got it under control, the
    building was so damaged that operations had to be shut.

    AKM is known for its DACs and ADCs - the digital-to-analog converter
    chips and analog-to-digital converter chips - used in the music and
    film industries, and in radios.

    SemiMedia, a news source for the semiconductor industry, reported that production of the chips is not likely to resume for at least six
    months, prompting companies reliant on AKM to anticipate being caught
    short. In November, however, AKM issued a statement saying it plans to
    work with cooperating manufacturers, and will prepare to outsource its production of the chips. A report in SemiMedia noted that despite
    this: [quote] "Industry insiders said that the shortage will be
    difficult to solve in the short term, which will become the biggest
    chip supply difficulty encountered by the audio industry over the
    years." [endquote]

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

    (STRATA-GEE.COM, SEMIMEDIA)

    **

    AUSTRALIAN HAMS DENIED 60M ACCESS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Australian amateurs have been denied use of the 60-
    metre band. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, brings us that report.

    ROBERT: On the heels of a similar move by regulators in New Zealand, Australia's communications regulator has decided not to permit
    secondary access to the 60-metre band for the nation's hams. The
    December 7th announcement comes in spite of positive results to the
    survey done by the Australian Communications and Media Authority,
    favouring secondary-use status. The decision affects access to the
    5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz band.

    The ACMA supported its decision in a statement saying: [quote] "Public
    and non-public submissions from the Department of Defence showed that expanding the use of the 5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz band to potentially
    several thousand amateur operators could impact important
    radiocommunications operations. The ACMA recognises the high level of
    interest shown by the amateur community in adding this band, and
    understands there will be disappointment." [endquote]

    The ACMA called its decision appropriate and consistent with the Radiocommunications Act of 1992. It added [quote]: "In particular,
    this includes supporting defence and national interest objectives."
    [endquote]

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 18 08:15:39 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2251, for Friday, December 18, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2251 with a release date of Friday, December 18, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Ham Radio University and Winter Field Day gear up
    for action, despite the pandemic. A government report calls RF the source
    of workers' illnesses -- and a Christmas tradition here at Newsline's own shack. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2251,
    comes your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

    **

    RF TRANSMISSIONS EYED AS SOURCE OF ILLNESSES

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with an ominous report from a U.S. agency
    that believes RF transmissions may have contributed to the illnesses of numerous government employees overseas. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, tells us more.

    DAVE: A report commissioned by the U.S. State Department has concluded that radiofrequency transmissions, including microwaves, may have been
    responsible for neurological symptoms in American spies and diplomats
    abroad in the past several years. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine called the headaches, dizziness and other ailments the result of so-called "sonic attacks" in its report published this month.

    The findings by experts in medicine and related fields attempt to explain
    what came to be known as "Havana syndrome" suffered by employees of the
    U.S. government at the U.S. Embassy in Havana in late 2016. U.S. workers assigned to China, Russia and elsewhere also suffered similiar symptoms.

    The report did not conclude, however, that the microwaves were transmitted
    to cause deliberate harm but noted that such transmissions could indeed be used for those purposes.

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

    (CNN, NYTIMES)

    **

    PREP CONTINUES FOR WINTER FIELD DAY

    NEIL/ANCHOR: A number of activities are taking place despite the continued global pandemic. With barely a month to go, Winter Field Day organizers are getting ready for the big event, with allowances for COVID-19 precautions. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, has that story.

    KEVIN: The need for emergency preparedness doesn't drop when the
    temperatures do, so organizers of the Winter Field Day event are putting
    the final details in place for the next activations on the final weekend of January 2021. They have posted the official rules noting that there are no basic changes from last year's exercise - with the exception that COVID-19 rules are going to be in effect for clubs and groups. As always, modes that can transmit the exchange without a conversion table are being allowed. For this reason, FT8 and FT4 are excluded. Allowable modes include CW, SSB, AM, FM, D-STAR, C4FM, DMR, satellite and others that are posted on the Winter Field Day website. Remote station operation is also permitted.

    Club members operating as a group, but not congregating on one site for the activation, are advised to check the rules on the website to ensure their scoring methods comply with the rules to simply the tallying of points.

    For more details, visit winterfieldday dot com (winterfieldday.com). Winter Field Day, which began in 2007, is taking place on January 30th and 31st.

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

    (WINTER FIELD DAY ASSOCIATION)

    **

    REGISTRATION FOR HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY, PROPAGATION SUMMIT

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Another popular winter event, Ham Radio University, has opened registration to all its forums taking place on January 9th, 2021. HRU will
    not be held in its usual location on Long Island but is going forward as a virtual event through GoToWebinar. This means, of course, you don't have to
    be in New York to attend this annual daylong amateur radio convention. If
    you are interested in attending you need to register individually for each
    of the forums you wish to attend. Each forum's attendance is capped at 500 participants. Details are available at the website hamradiouniversity dot
    org slash forums (hamradiouniversity.org/forums) That's hamradiouniversity
    - one word - dot org slash forums.

    Meanwhile, Contest University which was held as a virtual event in May, has
    a free virtual propagation summit planned for the 23rd of January. It's
    being held as a Zoom webinar and runs from 1600 UTC to 2000 UTC, covering
    such subjects as HF ionospheric propagation, predictions for Solar Cycle
    25, maximizing antenna performance with irregular terrain and an update on HamSCI activities for the year ahead. To register, visit contestuniversity
    dot com (contestuniversity.com)

    Don't forget Contest University itself. Registration for that begins on February 1st!

    (CONTEST UNIVERSITY, HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 25 12:45:11 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2252, for Friday, December 25, 2020

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2252, with a release date of
    Friday, December 25, 2020, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The FCC goes after landlords with tenants
    running pirate radio stations. Ham-Com calls it quits for good in Texas
    -- and hams report new distance records for meteor scatter and
    sporadic-E. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number
    2252, comes your way right now.

    **

    BILLBOARD CART

    **

    FCC HOLDS LANDLORDS ACCOUNTABLE FOR RADIO PIRATES

    SKEETER: In our top story this week, the Federal Communications
    Commission has a new crackdown in the U.S. but this time it's not aimed
    at illegal radio operators - it targets their landlords. Jack Parker,
    W8ISH, explains.

    JACK: Using expanded powers recently granted by Congress, the U.S.
    Federal Communications Commission has put property owners on notice,
    telling them that they face stiff financial sanctions if they permit
    pirate broadcasting on their premises. The agency sent out its first
    so-called Notices of Illegal Pirate Radio Broadcasting to property
    owners in New York City on December 17th, giving them 10 days to
    respond.

    Rosemary Harold, chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau, issued a
    statement saying: [quote] "Pirate radio is illegal, and can interfere
    with not only legitimate broadcast stations' business activities, but
    also those stations' ability to inform the public about emergency information." [endquote] She noted that the PIRATE Act does not permit property owners to look the other way or ignore pirate operations. They
    will be served with Notices of Illegal Pirate Radio Broadcasting which
    will grant them time to eradicate the problem before enforcement action
    goes forward.

    Congress' recent enactment of the so-called PIRATE Act grants the FCC
    tougher authority and the ability to order fines of as much as $2
    million for property owners who knowingly violate the law and permit
    illegal broacasting on their premises. Congress passed the measure
    earlier this year after previous FCC warnings to landlords produced
    little or no results.

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

    (QRZ.COM, FCC)

    **

    TEXAS' HAM-COM CALLING IT QUITS

    SKEETER: Hams in Texas have suffered a big loss with the announcement
    that Ham-Com, which grew to become the state's biggest hamfest, is
    calling it quits. After more than four decades, it has become yet
    another casualty of COVID-19. the Ham-Com president Bill Nelson, AB5QZ,
    posted on Ham-Com's Facebook page that pandemic restrictions, coupled
    with the rising costs of producing the event, made it unsustainable. He
    wrote: [quote] "The decision was not made lightly, but the safety and
    wellness of our volunteers, vendors, clubs, presenters, and attendees
    is our paramount concern." [endquote]

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 31 19:49:08 2020
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2253, for Friday, January 1st, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2253 with a release date of Friday, January 1st, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A satellite 'first' for a small island nation.
    A California community rallies around a damaged radio tower - and hams
    in the US face new fees for their licenses. All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2253 comes your way right now.

    **

    HAM RADIO IS PART OF MAURITIUS' FIRST SATELLITE

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week takes us to a small island nation
    in the Indian ocean that is poised to enter the world of amateur radio satellites in the new year. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has the details.

    GRAHAM: Get ready for a history-making satellite to launch in February
    of 2021: Mauritius is preparing to send MIR-SAT1, the nation's first
    CubeSat, to the International Space Station. The nanosatellite will be carrying an amateur radio digipeater and a whole lot of national pride.
    It is the creation of a team of engineers from Mauritius working with a
    ham radio operator from the Mauritis Amateur Radio Society. The project
    was also a collaboration with AAC-Clyde Space UK. "MIR" stands for
    Mauritius InfraRed satellite.

    According to the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council, the
    satellite will use the digipeater to enable experimental communication
    with other islands via the satellite, both for emergency purposes and scientific research. The CubeSat will also collect land and ocean data. Management of ocean resources is a top priority of the government of
    the Republic of Mauritius.

    It is expected to be deployed in May or June from the Japanese
    Experimental Module on board the ISS. MIR-SAT1 has an expected lifetime
    of between two and three years and during that time it is expected to
    make ground contact with Mauritius four to five times daily.

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

    (AFRICA NEWS, MAURITIUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION COUNCIL)

    **

    NEW FCC FEE REQUIRES US HAMS TO PAY $35

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In an action that many hams throughout the US had been
    watching closely for months, the Federal Communications Commission is
    now requiring amateurs to pay a $35 application fee for new licenses, renewals, and vanity call signs. The controversial move by the agency
    is a modification of its earlier proposed fee of $50. The FCC announced
    its decision on December 29th, after reviewing nearly 4,000 public
    comments submitted. Commissioners said they determined that amateurs,
    who previously paid no fees for their licenses, were not considered
    exempt from such payments. In another action, US hams are also being
    required to post their email addresses in the FCC's Universal Licensing System, or ULS, enabling the agency to email their licenses to them.
    Hams may either log into the ULS itself or apply for an administrative
    update through a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator. This change is an
    important step for hams, because the FCC plans to use email for all notifications to licensees.

    (FCC)

    **

    COMMUNITY RALLIES TO REPAIR CALIFORNIA RADIO TOWER

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Efforts are under way to help rebuild a California radio
    tower that was devastated by wildfires in the summer of 2020. Ralph
    Squillace, KK6ITB, has that story.

    RALPH: When wildfires ignited by lightning swept through northern
    California this past summer, they consumed more than 86,000 acres in
    San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. The fires also left another
    casualty: the Empire Grade Radio Tower and its equipment. The tower
    provided critical connections for firefighters, hams and Community
    Emergency Response Teams. The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz has
    pledged $25,000 from its Fire Response Fund to the restoration of this important radio tower and is using the pledge to match donations, many
    of which are being collected via the GoFundMe site.

    The nonprofit organization wrote on the fundraising site: [quote] ôThe
    loss of this tower has impacted several community organizations. Fire departments relying on the Alertwildfire camera; community fund-raisers
    like bike and horseback rides that rely on the ham radio communicators
    who used repeaters at the tower site; and emergency preparedness, like
    the CERT teams and equine evacuation teams that also relied on the communication resources made possible by this tower.

    According to the Salinas Valley Repeater Group website, the tower's destruction impacted the W6WLS 2 meter repeater, the W6DXW 70 cm
    repeater, and the WB6ECE 70 cm simulcast repeater. The website said
    that the W6WLS repeater returned to the air in October with a temporary
    setup in the Santa Cruz mountains, running analog only and on battery
    or generator power.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 8 00:44:41 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2254, for Friday, January 8th, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2254 with a release date of
    Friday, January 8th, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The FCC looks to add coordinators for increased license-testing. Japan studies satellites made of wood - and a probe
    into the collapse of the Arecibo radiotelescope. All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2254, comes your way right now.

    **

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    FCC EYES ADDING VOLUNTEER EXAMINER COORDINATORS

    STEPHEN: Our top story this week finds the Federal Communications
    Commission asking: Is 14 enough? That's the current number of Volunteer Examiner Coordinator organizations who oversee VEs, or volunteer
    examiners, hams who administer the US license exams. In a notice posted
    on January 5th on the FCC website, the Wireless Telecommunications
    Bureau announced it would like public input on whether it should
    authorize additional coordinators - as many as five - to support the
    volunteer examiners' ongoing work. Since 1983, VE coordinators have
    overseen the accreditation of the volunteer examiners, managing
    administrative tasks connected to the exams they give, and coordinating
    when the tests are given.

    The scene changed last year when new rules took effect in July
    permitting VE Coordinators to conduct remote exam sessions. They did so
    most recently this past December in Antarctica.

    The FCC notice said: [quote]: "The Commission has long maintained 14
    VECs, and now seeks to consider whether they continue to serve the
    evolving needs of the amateur community, or whether there are unmet
    needs that warrant considering expanding the number of VECs." [endquote]

    Comments are due by the 4th of February. Details about filing
    electronically or on paper are available on the FCC website.

    (FCC.GOV)

    **

    BREXIT DOESN'T CUT ALL UK TIES TO EU SATELLITES

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A late-December agreement has preserved the UK's
    involvement in some European satellite programs, post-Brexit. Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, picks up the story from here.

    JEREMY: An agreement between the UK and the EU has clarified the post-
    Brexit relationship between the two with regard to scientific research, permitting the UK's continued participation in Copernicus, the EU's
    Earth monitoring programme. The deal also ensures that the UK and a
    number of private satellite operators based there will also retain
    access to the Space Surveillance and Tracking Programme established by
    the EU for space situational awareness.

    The deal, however, does not provide the UK with access to encrypted or
    secure services on Galileo, Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Galileo was established to assist emergency response-services on Europe's roads making railways and roads safer. Although smartphone
    users may not notice any difference, the UK itself will no longer have
    access to the satellite services for defence or national infrastructure.

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

    (GOV.UK, AMSAT, SCIENCEBUSINESS.NET)

    **

    WOODEN SATELLITES SEEN AS FIX TO 'SPACE JUNK'

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: How do you build a satellite that is kinder to the environment? A partnership in Japan is exploring the answer - and Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, has those details.

    GRAHAM: Solutions to the growing problem of "space junk" don't grow on
    trees - or do they? Perhaps yes: In Japan, a forestry company has
    partnered with Kyoto University to work on building a robust and
    resilient satellite out of wood - something that would be Earth-friendly
    as well as space-friendly. Their goal is to have one such satellite
    ready for launch by 2023. The experimental work includes exposing
    different varieties of wood to extreme temperature changes and sunlight,
    to see how a wooden satellite might behave in space. An added plus: Upon re-entry, wooden satellites could return to Earth without releasing
    harmful substances or debris on the way down.

    Kyoto University professor Takao Doi, a Japanese astronaut, told the
    BBC: [quote] "We are very concerned with the fact that all the
    satellites which re-enter the Earth's atmosphere burn and create tiny
    alumina particles which will float in the upper atmosphere for many
    years." [endquote]

    He said the next step is to develop the engineering model of the
    satellite and after that, a flight model.

    The BBC reports that nearly 6,000 satellites are now orbiting the Earth, according to figures from the World Economic Forum. Some 60 percent of
    them are considered "space junk," meaning they are no longer in use.

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

    (BBC)

    **

    SEA-PAC ANNUAL CONVENTION CANCELLED

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: COVID-19 precautions have led to the cancellation of yet another major amateur radio gathering. SEA-PAC, the 2021 ARRL
    Northwestern Division Convention, has been called off as an in-person
    event in Oregon where it was scheduled to be held in June. Chairman John Bucsek, KE7WNB, said alternative activities online, and on the air were
    being explored.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 15 08:06:41 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2255, for Friday, January 15th, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2255 with a release date of
    Friday, January 15th, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hamvention is cancelled for the second time.
    Spain's satellite launch is postponed -- and propagation research gets
    a new tool in Finland. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline
    Report Number 2255, comes your way right now.

    ***

    BILLBOARD CART

    *****

    HAMVENTION 2021 CANCELLED

    JIM/ANCHOR: With distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine falling behind
    schedule in the U.S., organizers of Hamvention 2021 have called off
    the annual event for the second consecutive year. The executive
    committee posted the news on various social media outlets on Monday,
    January 11th, citing several setbacks related to the pandemic, with
    the vaccine delay named among them.

    The posting said: [quote] "We make this difficult decision for the
    safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred
    last year will be deferred again." [endquote]

    The theme for this year's Hamvention was to have been "The Gathering." Instead, a Hamvention QSO Party is planned instead on the dates the
    event was to have taken place.

    The organizers added: [quote] "We'll be back next year!!!"

    (HAMVENTION)

    **

    IARU EVENT ADOPTS THEME SPURRED BY PANDEMIC

    JIM/ANCHOR: The same pandemic that has forced cancellation of so many
    events has also given radio amateurs a reason to step up their game on
    the air. One of the next big events has been announced by the
    International Amateur Radio Union. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, has those
    details.

    JASON: The COVID-19 pandemic has provided inspiration for a World
    Amateur Radio Day theme similar to a popular campaign in the UK. The
    IARU has chosen the theme of "Home But Never Alone" when World Amateur
    Radio Day kicks off on Sunday, April the 18th. The theme also carries
    forward the activities that sprang up around the world last year, from
    special event stations that reminded people to stay home and safe, to
    local wellness nets where the elderly and others in isolation could
    check in regularly.

    According to the IARU, on-the-air activity reached unprecedented
    levels and participation in major contests soared in 2020.

    World Amateur Radio Day is observed every year on the 18th of April to
    mark the date in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was
    formed in Paris.

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

    (IARU, SARL)

    **

    EARLY-BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR QSO TODAY'S 2ND VIRTUAL EXPO

    JIM/ANCHOR: Early bird tickets have become available for the second
    QSO Today Expo, which is being held online on March 13th and 14th.
    Forty-eight hours of panel discussions, kit-building workshops and an
    array of new speakers will be part of the experience, which is being
    organized in partnership with the ARRL in the United States. The wide
    range of topics includes 3D printer basics; Arduino in the shack; and DXpeditioning to the DXCC's Most Wanted locations.

    Early bird tickets are $10. During the event itself, the tickets will
    be $12.50. Tickets to the live event include access to the 30-day on-
    demand period that follows, continuing until April 12.

    The first QSO Today Expo held last August attracted more than 16,000 participants.

    To register visit qsotodayhamexpo.com.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 22 10:09:24 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2256, for Friday, January 22nd, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2256, with a release date of
    Friday, January 22nd, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Will Arecibo rebuild its radiotelescope? A call
    sign backlog nears its end in Australia - and American TV's 'Last Man
    Standing' plans a lasting farewell. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2256, comes your way right now.

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    U.S. RESEARCHERS ENVISION AN ARECIBO REPLACEMENT

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week asks: Is an Arecibo replacement a
    dream or a reality? With the ruins of the historic Arecibo telescope
    still fresh in people's minds, there's already a movement to rebuild
    one that's bigger and better. Jack Parker, W8ISH, picks up the story
    from here.

    JACK: Researchers have presented the National Science Foundation with
    a proposal for a $400 million replacement of the Arecibo telescope - on
    the same site where its iconic predecessor suffered its fatal collapse
    late last year in Puerto Rico.

    Speaking in a January 14th post on the Science Magazine website, the
    scientists described what they said would be a system that would prove
    useful to astronomers, as well as researchers who study the planets,
    and the atmosphere.

    Anish (Ah-NEESH) Roshi, head of astrophysics at the observatory,
    outlined the scope of the proposed replacement, known as the Next
    Generation Arecibo Telescope. It was described as a flat,
    300-meter-wide, rigid platform, bridging the sinkhole, and studded
    with more than 1000 closely packed 9-meter dishes. Hydraulics would
    make the telescope's disk steerable, tilting it more than 45 degrees
    from the horizontal. Modern receivers would be built into each dish,
    covering a broader frequency range than that of the previous telescope.
    It would be designed to have almost twice the sensitivity of the original telescope, and four times the radar power.

    The project would, of course, need funding from the U.S. Congress -- and
    as the Science Magazine article points out, Puerto Rico's representative
    in Congress is a nonvoting member. Nonetheless, engineer Ramon Lugo said:
    "We have to be optimistic that we will make this happen." [endquote]

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

    (SCIENCEMAG.ORG)

    **

    ACMA REPORTS PROGRESS ON CALL SIGN BACKLOGS

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Officials have encouraging news for hams Down Under who are awaiting call sign changes. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, gives us more details.

    ROBERT: The Australian Communications and Media Authority has announced
    that processing backlogs affecting amateur radio call signs, are close to
    being resolved. The Australian Maritime College, which handles these
    changes for the ACMA, was challenged by disruptions caused by COVID-19,
    as well as a large influx of requests for call sign changes. The wave of requests followed an announcement by the ACMA that hams would be permitted greater flexibility in call sign choice. The changes included permitting Foundation licensees, the option of a three-letter call sign, instead of
    one with four letters, making the callsigns more compatible with the
    protocols of digital communiciation.

    The AMCA writes in a recent bulletin: [quote] "We understand that the AMC
    has almost cleared the backlog of applications, and will revert to normal processing times shortly. We will continue to monitor processing times,
    and work with the AMC to ensure qualifications and call sign services are provided for the benefit of the amateur radio community." [endquote]

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

    (ACMA)

    **

    AMSAT CUBESAT PART OF UNUSUAL VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCH

    NEIL/ANCHOR: An unlikely launch system, one using a 70-foot rocket fired
    from a converted jumbo jet, sent 10 small satellites into low-earth orbit
    on Sunday, January 17th. One of those cubesats was AMSAT's RadFxSat-2/Fox
    1E, the fifth and final FOX-1 satellite built by AMSAT. It was constructed under a partnership between AMSAT and Vanderbilt University, and carries a radiation effects experiment. Hams will be able to decode data from
    telemetry, and experiments using FoxTelem version 1.09 or later.

    The cubesat launch was a demonstration flight staged by billionaire
    Richard Branson's California-based company, Virgin Orbit. The successful launches from the Boeing 747 took place almost eight months after the
    failed try last May.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jan 28 18:58:04 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2257, for Friday, January 29th, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2257 with a release date of
    Friday, January 29th, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The Bouvet Island team is on track. COVID
    safety is a priority for Europe's major ham radio convention - and
    NASA's probe has close encounters of the solar kind. All this and more,
    as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2257 comes your way right now.

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    REBEL DX GROUP POISED FOR BOUVET ISLAND

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story brings an update on the Bouvet Island 3Y0I Dxpedition. All of the team are pushing to make it happen in 2021! John Williams, VK4JJW, has that story.

    JOHN: Paperwork and equipment checks have kept some members of the
    Rebel DX Group occupied since their arrival in Cape Town, South Africa
    in early 2021. The team writes on the DX News website and their
    Facebook page: [quote] "The Bouvet trip is on track!" [endquote] They
    report that they are going forward with a 2021 DXpedition in spite of
    not yet having the full operating budget, noting that they are not
    applying to any DX foundations or clubs for assistance. Polish
    DXpeditioner Dom 3Z9DX has organised this trip, which is the team's
    second attempt at the sub-Antarctic island, one of the most coveted DXs
    on the planet. The expeditioners' first attempt in 2019 was scrapped by
    the ship's captain after a severe cyclone swept in, damaging the vessel,
    and making a safe landing unlikely.

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

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, there are reports in the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin
    that Dom, 3Z9DX, has been heard on the air from South Africa recently, operating from Cape Town as ZS/3Z9DX. He has been heard on 80/20/17
    meters. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

    (DX NEWS, FACEBOOK, OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    INTREPID-DX GROUP SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR INTREPID SPIRIT AWARD

    PAUL: Speaking of DX and DXpeditions, there is still time left to
    nominate candidates for the Intrepid Spirit award given annually by the Intrepid-DX Group. This award is presented to an individual or a group
    and it honors those who have activated rare, difficult and often
    dangerous places, showing courage, generosity and dedication in their activities.

    Deadline for the 2020 nominations is February 15th. Submit nominations
    via email to intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com. The award will be presented in
    May. It is given in memory of James McLaughlin, WA2EWE/T6AF. James was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He was shot to death in
    April of 2011 while working as a contractor for the U.S. government in
    Kabul, Afghanistan.

    (INTREPID-DX GROUP)

    **

    HAM RADIO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN OUTLINES COVID PRECAUTIONS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Not all organizers of amateur radio events are looking to
    cancel their plans for 2021. With COVID-19 precautions in place,
    Europe's major gathering is feeling optimistic about its summer plans.
    Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us more.

    ED: Mark your calendars for now: A COVID-19 safety and hygiene plan has
    been drawn up to enable Ham Radio Friedrichshafen to take place between
    June 25th and 27th in Germany. Details have been released by organisers
    and the DARC who are hoping to avoid the second cancellation of the
    largest amateur radio convention in Europe. The safety procedures are
    outlined on the event website and give details about mask and
    disinfectant use as well as cleaning, distancing and contact tracing
    that will be taking place. The procedures also outline other ways to
    avoid contact, which include the absence of greeting rituals and
    cashless payment for anything purchased.

    For a link to an online PDF outlining the precautions, see the printed
    version of this week's ARNewsline script. The information will be
    updated in the weeks ahead.

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

    FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: tinyurl.com/yxnl9kg9

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 4 22:34:12 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2258, for Friday, February 5, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2258 with a release date of Friday, February 5, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. In Canada, a microwave solution for EmComm needs. Restoration begins on wartime code machines -- and the space station
    contact that wasn't. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2258, comes your way right now.

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    TECHNICAL TROUBLES FOIL ARISS SCHOOL CONTACT

    JIM/ANCHOR: January 28th was supposed to be a day to remember for students
    in Newcastle, Wyoming: They had an on-air date with the International
    Space Station. It never happened due to technical troubles, however,
    making it a day to remember for the crew and the ARISS program. Paul
    Braun, WD9GCO explains.

    PAUL: As students at Newcastle High School in Wyoming waited for their
    chance for radio contact with the ISS, Jan, (YON) ON7UX, the Telebridge station in Belgium, called as ON4ISS as the spacecraft came up on his
    horizon -- but only noise came back. Several minutes passed as Jan kept trying; still nothing. Science teacher Jim Stith, KI7URL, had helped prep
    the students on radio protocol in anticipation of their questions to Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG. Ultimately, however, that contact never happened.

    ARISS executive director Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said in a press release
    later that a technical problem had apparently taken the ISS radio out of service. He said additional troubleshooting was needed but possibilities
    point to trouble with the new external RF cable recently installed or
    related to the interior coax cable. The press release said that NASA has opened a Payload Anomaly Report for the issue. In the meantime, ARISS has asked Sergey Samburov, who heads the Russian team, whether the Russians'
    radio can be used for school contacts until the problems can be resolved.
    The Wyoming students have been told that their contact will be
    rescheduled.

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

    (ARISS, YOUTUBE)

    **

    FRENCH AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE PART OF SPACEX RECORD LAUNCH

    JIM/ANCHOR: The SpaceX launch late last month set records for the number
    of satellites aboard but hams are especially interested in one, as Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us.

    JEREMY: When a record number of small satellites left earth aboard a
    SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday January 24th, France's UVSQ-SAT satellite carrying an FM amateur radio transponder was among them. The satellite is focusing on broadband measurements of Earth Radiation Budget and on Solar Spectral Irradiance in the Herzberg continuum. Amateur radio operators are being encouraged to contact the satellite as well. Toward this end, AMSAT-Francophone is providing hams with software to receive,interpret and upload telemetry to the AMSAT-F server or the SatNOGS database. The
    software runs on both Linux and Windows platforms.

    The satellite, designed by LATMOS, has had its frequencies coordinated by
    the IARU. The Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Radio-Club F6KRK was also involved
    in the project.

    It was among the 143 satellites carried on SpaceX's first dedicated
    SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, which broke the previous record of 104 simultaneous launches aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in
    2017.

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

    (SPACEFLIGHT NOW, AMSAT, LATMOS)

    **

    DEVICE PREVENTS 'SPACE JUNK' BY ALTERING SATELLITE ORBITS

    JIM:/ANCHOR: Let's face it, no one likes clutter: not in the shack and certainly not out in space where CubeSats and other amateur radio
    satellites keep us connected. Well, help with cleanup has arrived. Neil
    Rapp, WB9VPG, has the details.

    NEIL: It's called the Iodine Thruster, and it hates "space junk" so much
    that it's helping prevent it, using an unconventional, nontoxic
    propellant: Iodine. The electronic thruster is being used to control a satellite's height above the Earth.

    That means that when a satellite reaches the end of its mission, it can be sent down into the atmosphere where it can safely burn up rather than add
    more dead clutter to the skies.

    The device has already proven its worth: It successfully changed the orbit
    of a commercial research nanosat that was launched last November.

    Iodine is seen as an ideal propellant to use for this technology because
    it is solid at room temperature and pressure, becoming gas when it's
    heated without having to liquefy first. It also only takes up a small
    space onboard on the satellite. This technology isn't just for dead and
    dying satellites, however; experts speculate it can help small CubeSats
    extend their mission lifetimes before dying because the thruster can raise
    the satellites' orbits if they start to drift back toward earth.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 11 21:26:15 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2259, for Friday, February 12, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2259, with a release date of Friday, February 12, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A local EmComm conference goes virtual and
    possibly global. Hams in Austria challenge proposed rule changes -- and
    can spinach transmit wirelessly? All this and more, as Amateur Radio
    Newsline Report Number 2259, comes your way right now.

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    PANDEMIC GIVES LOCAL EMCOMM CONFERENCE INTERNATIONAL REACH

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Regrouping to accommodate the pandemic, a respected
    emergency communications event has been able to extend its reach far
    beyond the Pacific Northwest. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, tells us what's happening.

    CHRISTIAN: For the first time in its 20 years, Communications Academy is
    going global. The pandemic has turned the two-day emergency preparedness conference in Pacific Northwest into a live online event with
    possibilities for international participation. It's being held this year
    on April 10th and 11th. Although it attracts a sizable number of hams, attendees needn't be amateur radio operators. In fact many of the
    presenters are hams, including Tom Cox, VE6TOX, ICS Consultant for Alberta Emergency Management Agency; Jason Biermann, KI7KVP, director of
    Snohomish, Washington's Department of Emergency Management; and Ward
    Silver, N0AX, who will present on station grounding and bonding.

    If you're anywhere in the world and want to sharpen your emergency communications skills, this is a free opportunity to receive training
    while getting realtime access to presenters. Although the presentations
    will be recorded, the experts will be available for live chat with
    attendees in question-and-answer sessions.

    Tim Helming, WT1IM, told Newsline in an email that Comm Academy is the
    only surviving significant event in Washington state and was made possible
    by switching to a virtual event. He said: [quote] "It promises to be a
    great training Opportunity for all of us in Washington state and perhaps beyond." [endquote] Tim said graduates of the two-day academy often go on
    to do good work, putting their knowledge into action - which is of course
    what it's all about.

    For details or to register, visit commacademy dot org (commacademy.org)

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

    (TIM HELMING WT1IM)

    **

    HAMS SEE THREAT IN PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO AUSTRIAN TELCOM LAW

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Austria's main amateur radio society is fighting back
    against proposed laws it considers unfriendly to hams. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, brings us that story.

    ED: The Austrian Amateur Radio Society, OVSV, is challenging proposed regulation changes by Parliament that the amateurs say would diminish privileges and spectrum allocations. Society president Mike Zwingl,
    OE3MZC, told Newsline that a pending amendment to the Telecommunications
    Act of 2020 contains language that would erode previous gains made by
    radio amateurs, and fail to protect their licences.

    Mike said that the new law's language institutes measures which would
    impede hams' roles in emergency communications and passing welfare
    traffic. The change would also raise costs for licences and impose larger fines for violations. The amendment also would leave amateurs with no protection against harmful interference. With lifetime licences abolished,
    all new licences being issued would expire after 10 years. The radio
    society would also lose the ability to administer license exams.

    Mike told Newsline that hams enjoyed robust activity following the passage
    in 2003 and 2007 of amateur radio laws favouring experimentation and new technologies.

    He said a change in government in 2018 led to a new more complex Telecomms
    Law that took over the administration of amateur radio laws as well.

    The Austrian ham organisation is encouraging amateurs to contact the
    ministry and telecommunications authority indicating their support for the group's position. Mike said the society had filed its comments earlier
    with Parliament.

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

    (MIKE ZWINGL OE3MZC)

    **

    FIELD DAY RULES MODIFIED AGAIN THIS YEAR FOR PANDEMIC

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: To ensure that clubs and individuals have adequate
    planning time for Field Day this year, the ARRL has announced that the
    same modified rules from last year's pandemic plan will be in place this
    year, along with new power limits for Class D and Class E stations. Both
    are home stations, with Class E operating on emergency power. Both will
    have a limit of 150 watts PEP. As with last year's scoring, club scores
    will be a sum of all individual entries attributing their points to a
    club.

    Field Day will be held on June 26th and 27th. Additional updates are
    available on the Facebook page of the ARRL and the ARRL's own Field Day
    page on its website arrl.org.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 18 22:59:09 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2260, for Friday, February 19, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2260, with a release date of Friday, February 19, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The pandemic stirs a radio training surge in the
    UK. Huntsville's Hamfest is back -- and an antenna reconnects Voyager 2 to earth. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2260,
    comes your way right now.

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    SURGE IN DEMAND FOR HAM RADIO IN UK

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week brings us back once again to COVID-19
    and its impact on amateur radio. The news here, however, is good. Very,
    very good. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: The challenge of a deadly pandemic has stirred unprecedented
    interest in amateur radio in the UK.

    As the COVID-19 crisis kept most of the country immobilised, last year the Radio Society of Great Britain rolled out remote invigilation of licence exams. Now, some of the free popular distance learning programmes are reporting a surge in applicants: for Foundation licence and upgrade exam training.

    Approaching its 17th February application deadline, the Bath Based
    Distanced Learning Team told Newsline its new Full Licence course has had
    an overwhelming response. Team leader Steve Hartley, G0FUW, said, in an
    email, that with 100 spaces available, the class is already oversubscribed,
    as organisers sort through some 250 enquiries. This exceeds the previous
    annual registration for the course - one of several offered by the Bath & District Amateur Radio Club. Steve continued, that some registrants for
    the Full licence class are those who had trained in its intermediate class.

    In another email, RSGB President, Dave Wilson, M0OBW, praised those
    providing online training, saying the society website offers a list of
    these groups. RSGB communications manager Heather Parsons added that
    having more time to devote to radio now was only one reason amongst many
    given for the upsurge in interest. In Nottingham, the South Notts Amateur Radio Club said enrollment for its Foundation, Intermediate and Full
    licence online training classes have likewise attracted high levels of applicants. Club secretary Simon Strange, M0SYS, told Newsline that he now
    has to lead training three nights a week to meet the intense demand. He
    said the classes include men, women and children.

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

    PAUL/ANCHOR: To see the full list of organizations offering online
    training in the UK, see the printed script of this newscast on our
    website, arnewsline.org We also note that the RSGB has announced a consultation seeking views of a new direct Full License exam to run
    parallel to the three-tier system in place. The Society's Examinations Standards Committee is keeping the consultation period open until the 14th
    of March. A link to the proposed syllabus is also on our arnewsline.org website.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: www.rsgb.org/online-training]
    [FOR PRINT ONLY: www.rsgb.org/direct-to-full]

    (SIMON STRANGE M0SYS, RSGB, STEVE HARTLEY G0FUW)

    **

    HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST GOING FORWARD IN ALABAMA

    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you'd like to go to a hamfest - really GO to a hamfest -
    you'll get your chance this August at the Von Braun Center. Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has the details.

    DON: Finally, some good news about ham radio conventions. On Tuesday, February 16th it was announced that plans are going forward for the
    Huntsville Hamfest in Alabama. Mark Brown, N4BCD, Huntsville Hamfest
    chairman made the following statement on the convention website,
    hamfest.org.

    The Hamfest Board has met with the Von Braun Center to learn about the
    current rules & regulations for mass-gatherings. In short, the
    insurmountable obstacles that prevented us from hosting a Hamfest last
    year have relaxed to the point where we can host a safe and successful
    event.

    Additionally, our survey of commercial and flea-market vendors on their
    plans to attend returned very encouraging sentiments.

    Adjustments to the floor plan are being made to keep everyone safe, in particular 12' aisle spacing. Additional space will be utilized this year
    to accommodate the commercial & flea-market vendors and visitors. Once
    that floor plan is defined in a few weeks we'll open the web portal up for vendor registration.

    We highly recommend visitors to purchase tickets on-line this year.
    Will-Call windows will be set up to streamline the Saturday morning crush.
    The ticket web portal will open in a few weeks.

    The Hamfest Board is excited at the prospect of holding a live gathering
    in a safe way for everyone attending and we look forward to seeing many of
    our friends again.

    Thanks and 73, Mark, N4BCD, Huntsville Hamfest chairman.

    The Huntville Hamfest is a world class ham radio gathering and, since
    1993, the home of the Newsline Young Ham of the Year presentation. Mark
    your calendars for this one, and we will see you there August 21st and
    22nd.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Feb 26 10:14:21 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2261, for Friday, February 26, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2261, with a release date of Friday, February 26, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Earthquake researchers partner with hams.
    Australian hams weigh in on a proposed license change - and it's time to
    think about nominating the Young Ham of the Year for 2021. All this and
    more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2261, comes your way right
    now.

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    EARTHQUAKE STUDIES EMPLOY AMATEURS' WINLINK

    DON/ANCHOR: In our top story for this week, a United States government
    agency is relying increasingly on amateur radio operators to further their understanding of devastating earthquakes. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, gives
    us the details.

    RALPH: Ham radio operators are partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey
    in helping to report realtime details about seismic activity and
    earthquake damage, especially when other means of communication have gone offline: They're using the radio email platform Winlink to carry data from
    the survey's questionnaire-based system known as DYFI, for "Did You Feel
    It?"

    ARES members transmit the DYFI reports even if an earthquake has knocked
    down the region's internet. Receiving stations outside the earthquake
    region receive the data contained in the Winlink transmission and forward
    it to the USGS via their own internet access. The DYFI system gathers macroseismic intensity data, allowing scientists to more accurately
    pinpoint where people felt the earthquake and at what intensity.
    Researchers also rely on the reports' data to further their general study
    of earthquakes.

    According to an article on the website EOS, an estimated 90 percent of
    DYFI reports are sent by observers within the first hour of an earthquake. Hams can transmit the reports over VHF, HF and even local high-speed mesh networks, many of which have the ability to interface with satellite-
    connected cells-on-wheels. Cells-on-wheels have proven useful in emergency response already during the California wildfires of 2017 and 2018. ARES is
    now promoting the DYFI protocol and training hams in California,
    Washington, Arizona, Hawaii, and Mexico.

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

    (EOS)

    **

    WIA POLLS AUSTRALIAN HAMS ABOUT ACMA'S LICENSE PROPOSAL

    DON/ANCHOR: Hams throughout Australia are being asked to weigh in on a fundamental license change being contemplated. John Williams, VK4JJW,
    tells us what will happen next.

    JOHN: As the Australian Communications and Media Authority seeks input on whether to replace amateur radio operators' apparatus licence with a class licence, the Wireless Institute of Australia has asked for feedback from members and other interested amateurs. The WIA's formal polling opens this week. The ACMA has stated that it would like to see the Class Licence established. The licence would be available without a fee and would not
    change any amateur privileges but it would no longer ensure protection
    against interference.

    WIA president Greg Kelly, VK2GPK, wrote members calling the proposal
    [quote] "a non-trivial change" saying it had long-range impact on amateur radio in Australia. In 2004, the ACMA's predecessor, the ACA, did not implement a proposed move to such a licence.

    The ACMA supports the change, however, saying it hopes to reduce its regulatory burden and make costs more bearable for licensees.

    The WIA poll is available to all radio amateurs in Australia. A link to
    the online registration is available in the script of this newscast on the
    AR Newsline website, arnewsline.org

    Hams who register will receive their copy of the poll in their email.

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

    FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: tinyurl.com/wiapoll

    (ACMA, WIA)

    **

    MAJOR ELECTRONICS RETAILER SHUTTING IN U.S.

    DON/ANCHOR: In the United States, another major retailer that was a
    mainstay for amateur radio operators is shutting its doors. Fry's
    Electronics, which did business online and at retail centers through the western U.S., announced that online competition and the effects of the pandemic were too much to overcome. The 36-year-old chain had 31 stores in nine states, with seven of them in California.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Mar 5 09:18:45 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2262 for Friday March 5 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2262, with a release date of Friday,
    March 5, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Wyoming students finally get their space QSOs. A
    solar panel promises more energy for Earth -- and a new video tells the
    story of a classic broadcast transmitter's rescue. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2262 comes your way right now.

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    WYOMING STUDENTS GET QSO WITH ISS AT LAST

    DON/ANCHOR: We begin this week with the story of a promise fulfilled: In
    the language of space, Perseverence isn't just the name of a rover on
    Mars. It's a quality that paid off among students in Wyoming who - after
    a failed attempt in January - finally got their QSO with the International Space Station. Here's Mike Askins, KE5CXP, with the details.

    MIKE: Students at Wyoming's Newcastle High School were flying high, at
    least in spirit, on Monday, March 1st. Their amateur radio contact with
    ISS Commander Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, was a success at last, after their
    first try failed as a result of technical troubles with the U.S. astronauts' radio. With that radio down for repairs, the QSO took place via the
    Russians' 2-meter rig instead and the students' questions rolled in fast, making the most of their precious 10-minute window for contact.

    After hearing how bok choy and mustard is grown in space, how astronauts gently toss a football around for amusement and how a microgravity
    environment can cause fluid in the ears, the students wrapped things up
    by saying 73.

    The contact, accomplished with the help of a multi-point telebridge
    network, was a triumph for the high school as much as the ARISS program:
    It marked the first time in the ARISS program's 20-year history, that it
    has organized a QSO with students in Wyoming.

    To hear the QSO, visit the YouTube site that appears in the printed
    version of this week's script.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2EYvX27Ujo]

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

    DON/ANCHOR: In the meantime, ARISS chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, announced
    that efforts were under way to identify the issue that caused the radio
    to fail in January, and a team is working with NASA and the European
    Space Agency on a solution.

    (ARISS, YOUTUBE)

    **

    SPACEWALKING AMATEURS PREP FOR POWER UPGRADE

    DON/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, big things have been happening OUTSIDE the ISS,
    too. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, picks up the story from here.

    PAUL: For two amateur radio operators aboard the International Space
    Station, it was their moment in the sun. Literally. NASA flight engineers
    Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, and Victor Glover, KI5BKC, took the first moves
    toward a power upgrade for the space station, during a seven-hour and four-minute spacewalk to outfit the new solar arrays with modification
    kits.

    If the view for observers was a little more spectacular than usual,
    consider that Rubins' helmet held a high definition video camera for the
    first time and was streaming the action live. Videos had been taken
    previously using a helmet cam, of course, but only with standard
    definition.

    NASA was quick to point out that the present solar arrays on the ISS are working fine but they're degrading and are approaching the end of their
    useful life. The spacewalk was designed to prepare for the installation
    of new solar arrays which are expected to be sent to the ISS aboard a
    SpaceX vehicle starting in June.

    Meanwhile, there is still work to be done. NASA officials said that the upgrade is to be completed by Friday March 5th, with Rubins returning accompanied by another amateur radio operator: Japan Aerospace
    Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP.

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

    (CNN, SPACE.COM)

    **

    RF INTERFERENCE REPORTS DRAW RAPID RESPONSE FROM OFCOM

    DON/ANCHOR: In the UK, the telecommunications regulator recently
    delivered a rapid response to a report of radio interference - but this
    wasn't exactly an amateur radio crisis. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: It took barely a half-hour as Ofcom, the telecommunications
    regulator in the UK, responded swiftly to an urgent report of widespread
    RF interference, calling it a high priority case. Even the local police
    got involved and awaited the arrival of a spectrum engineer dispatched
    from Ofcom's Spectrum Management Centre, which operates around the clock.

    The crisis at hand wasn't jammed signals reported by radio operators but
    the failure of shoppers at a Hertfordshire superstore to use their key
    fobs to unlock their vehicles in the car park. Because the key fobs use
    radio spectrum at very low power they are subject to interference issues
    the same as other radio equipment.

    Using his spectrum analyser, the engineer was unable to pinpoint the
    source of the interference, which could have been simply lightbulbs or a malfunctioning doorbell. The situation had already resolved itself by the
    time he arrived.

    Hams in the UK should report any and all interference to Ofcom, via the
    web address given in the text version of this report at
    arnewsline.org.... even if their vehicle's key fob is working fine.

    [PRINT ONLY: Don't read out:
    https://ofcomforms.secure.force.com/formentry/ ]

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Mar 11 23:02:09 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2263, for Friday, March 12, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2263, with a release date of
    Friday, March 12, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A digital amateur TV experiment soars in
    Australia. Big changes for ham tests in France -- and hams
    troubleshoot an inoperable radio on the Space Station. All this
    and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2263, comes
    your way right now.

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    EXPERIMENTERS LAUNCH AN EYE IN THE SKY

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We begin this week with the story of a long-awaited accomplishment: a successful high-flying experiment conducted by a
    group of innovative amateurs in Australia. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has
    that story.

    GRAHAM: Members of the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group in Adelaide,
    Australia are celebrating the much anticipated launch of Horus 55, a high-altitude balloon sent aloft on the morning of March 7th with a
    digital amateur radio TV transmitter as its payload. As the balloon
    soared skyward, after a brief launch delay due to rain, it relayed
    its TV signal to YouTube in a livestream that was broadcast worldwide.

    The TV transmitter payload, which was the main experiment, required
    extensive testing before launch day, especially with regard to its
    tolerance for low temperatures. It utilised a Raspberry Pi Zero W
    which captured and compressed video for the modulation of a 445 MHz
    DVB-S transmission generated by a LimeSDR Mini.

    Team members Mark, VK5QI, Matt, VK5ZM, Pete, VK5KX, and Grant, VK5GR,
    shared the triumph of the project. According to the AREG website, the challenges included devising a transmitter system that could provide
    sufficient signal and still withstand the thin atmosphere at high
    altitudes. There was also the small detail of getting the signal from
    the high-performance receive system uploaded to the internet.

    Shortly into the one-hour flight, signal reports arrived from
    receiving stations from around the region, including Ian, VK5ZD, near
    Kapunda, and Joe, VK5EI, in Adelaide.

    Horus 55 also carried an experimental LoRaWAN tracking payload
    transmitted position data into TTN, the Things Network, which has
    receiver stations across Australia. It too was a success, according
    to the AREG website. Built by Liam, VK5LJG, its performance exceeded expectations.

    To watch the experiment unfold and soar, visit the YouTube site that
    appears in the script of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

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

    [FOR PRINT: DO NOT READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vYcVRWrdhs]

    (AREG)

    **

    ARISS RADIO TROUBLESHOOTING CONTINUES

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: As Newsline went to production, astronauts aboard the International Space Station were preparing for two spacewalks to
    troubleshoot and restore the full functionality of the Columbus
    Interoperable Radio System for ham radio contacts. Technical issues -
    what ARISS is calling a "radio anomaly" - turned up on January 28th
    after a failed radio contact with students in Wyoming.

    At a press conference on Wednesday, March 10th, ARISS' Frank Bauer,
    KA3HDO, and Oliver Amend, DG6BCE, outlined in detail how the
    investigation identified three probable areas where the failure may
    have occurred, including a break in one of the cables, trouble with
    one of the connectors or improper alignment of the connector with the
    system itself. Michael Hopkins, KF5LJG, and Victor Glover, KI5BK,
    were scheduled to continue the troubleshooting outside the ISS on
    Saturday, March 13th, and Sunday March 14 - work that was to include reinstalling the cable that had been swapped out during the January
    27th spacewalk.

    Frank said that if there were still problems after the weekend, there
    were other options to investigate, including another possibly suspect
    cable or the radio itself.

    (ARISS)

    **

    FRANCE OVERHAULS AMATEUR RADIO TESTING

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Regulators in France have announced major modifications
    to the nation's amateur radio exam. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has the details.

    ED: There are big changes in amateur radio testing in France. The
    government's official journal has released an outline of the changes,
    which were eight years in the making. France's radio exam contains 40 questions, with a total time limit of 45 minutes, combining technical
    theory with rules and regulations. The material in France's only level
    of Amateur radio licence is compatible with CEPT HAREC full licence requirements, and a recent addition to the syllabus are questions on
    digital signal processing.

    Candidates need to get at least half of the questions correct in both
    the technical theory segment and the rules and regulations segment
    before they can attain a pass.

    The changes do not take effect for another three months.

    Meanwhile in the Netherlands, radio exams are returning for the first
    time since November of last year. The Radio Exams Foundation is
    permitting the tests to go forward. News reports say there is a backlog
    of about 200 candidates waiting. We wish them all luck.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Mar 19 00:15:06 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2264, for Friday, March 19, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2264 with a release date of Friday,
    March 19, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. ARISS is back on the air from the Columbus module. Hams activate during a record storm in Colorado -- and there's optimism for two major radio events later this year. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2264 comes your way right now.

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    **

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with good news for U.S. astronauts aboard the International Space Station: their amateur radio came back on
    the air just in time to keep a date with some youngsters in Australia.
    Paul Braun, WD9GCO tells us more.

    PAUL: The return to service of the ARISS Columbus radio was especially good news to school children in Adelaide, Australia who were able to keep their date with astronaut Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, on March 17th. During a
    spacewalk with Victor Glover, KI5BKC, just a few days earlier, astronaut
    Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, restored the cabling outside the ISS to its original configuration. A test of the equipment in Packet Mode, as the ISS passed
    over the West Coast of the United States, was a success: The signals were almost immediately heard in Idaho, Utah and California – and later in South America and the Middle East. The radio had been out of service since a malfunction was detected in late January just as the ISS attempted a QSO
    with students in Wyoming.

    Fortunately, hams were able to conduct subsequent ARISS contacts with
    schools using the cosmonauts' radio in the Service Module, thanks to Sergey Samburov, RV3DR.

    Now that the radio's antenna connection is fixed, the grateful students at Goodwood Primary School have become the first phone contacts made with the newly reconnected Columbus module radio. Next up will be students at the Oakwood School in Morgan Hill, California on Monday, March 22nd; and then,
    two days later, it's back to Down Under with students at the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, in Mawson Lakes, South Australia.

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

    (FRANK BAUER KA3HDO, DAVID JORDAN AA4KN, ROSALIE WHITE K1STO)

    **

    TIME-KEEPING BROADCAST SYSTEM GETTING UPGRADE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Don't worry, time isn't going to stand still anytime soon but
    it is definitely going to be undergoing an upgrade. Well, maybe not time itself but the time-keeping broadcast system of WWVB, the radio station of
    the National Institute of Standards and Technology near Fort Collins, Colorado. An announcement on its webpage reports that because of work begun
    on March 9th, the transmitter may be operating on a single antenna at about
    30 kW of radiated power for periods of several days. There may even be occasional outages. The web page notes: [quote] Periods of reduced power operation lasting longer than 30 minutes will be logged on the WWVB Antenna Configuration and Power web page, and any outage longer than five minutes' duration will be recorded on the WWVB Outage web page." [endquote]

    Don't worry: The upgrade being undertaken is designed to improve the reliability of the signal, so things are bound to get better by March 31st when the upgrade is expected to be finished.

    (NIST website)

    **

    ARES TEAM DIGS IN DURING COLORADO BLIZZARD

    NEIL/ANCHOR: A record snowstorm hit Colorado and one local ARES team was
    able to dig in and help. Here's Amanda Alden, K1DDN, with those details.

    AMANDA: Members of Arapahoe County ARES were deployed and ready for a snowstorm in Colorado that was declared Denver's fourth largest since 1881
    -- and the second-largest ever in March. After spending Saturday, March
    13th on standby, 19 hams went into action the next morning, providing
    reports on weather and road conditions even as the snow continued unabated.

    Mike Curta, KD0UFO, the severe weather coordinator for the ARES group, said that nearly 28 inches of snow fell in a little more than 24 hours and winds kicked up to 40 miles per hour. By Monday, March 15th, the hams had logged more than 260 hours working in support of the county sheriff's department
    as well as the city of Aurora. They assisted local agencies as officials
    got busy handling numerous storm-related crises, including the rescue of
    as many as 200 people who were left trapped in their cars.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Amanda Alden, K1DDN.

    (MIKE CURTA KD0UFO)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Mar 25 19:28:04 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2265, for Friday, March 26, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2265, with a release date of Friday,
    March 26, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A leader in the shortwave radio community dies in
    a fire. A first time Dxpedition is in the works -- and our April Fool's correspondent, Pierre Pullinmyleg, is back. All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2265, comes your way right now.

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    SHORTWAVE-LISTENING LEADER GEORGE ZELLER DIES IN FIRE

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week marking the tragic death of a well-known
    member of the shortwave-listening community. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, tells
    us about this leader among radio hobbyists.

    STEPHEN: The world of shortwave-listening enthusiasts has lost one of its
    long time leaders tragically in a house fire in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Cleveland.com said the victim was George Zeller. George was a radio
    hobbyist since the early 1960s and spent decades reporting on hundreds of pirate radio operators and other shortwave stations. His column had an
    active following in "The Journal," the monthly publication of the North American Short Wave Association. He was a contributing editor to a number
    of other radio publications and was a longtime contributor to the
    publication of the Association of Clandestine Radio Enthusiasts. George
    was also a popular host of the pirate radio forum at the annual Winter
    SWL Fest since its early years.

    His reputation earned him an induction into the North American Pirate
    Radio Hall of Fame in 2011. His personal website, georgezeller.com, gives
    the details of what he considered his best QSL verification letter in all
    his years of radio listening: It was a confirmation from the FCC that
    he'd copied the enforcement action on the air of WHBH radio in February
    of 1990.

    By profession, George was an economist, who carefully watched his home
    state's financial health, and was quoted often in the mainstream media.
    His other love was sports, particularly baseball and football. According
    to the Cleveland.com website, the fire department determined that the
    blaze was set off by an overloaded extension cord. George Zeller was 71
    years old.

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

    (SWLReport, THE FREE RADIO NET WEBSITE, CLEVELAND.COM)

    **

    FCC GRANTS CONTINUED ACCESS BETWEEN 3.3 - 3.45 GHz

    JIM/ANCHOR: There's good news for hams who enjoy operations on the
    frequencies between 3.3 and 3.45 GHz. Amateur radio operators may
    continue using this segment of the band indefinitely. The FCC's
    announcement this month is seen by many, including the ARRL, as an
    alternative to ham radio's removal from the entire band. It also adds
    50 more MHz than the FCC's original proposal for amateurs' secondary operations on the band.

    Meanwhile, auctions seeking commercial 5G buyers have begun for
    frequencies between 3.45 and 3.55 GHZ and amateurs have been told to
    cease secondary operation in the 3.45 – 3.50 GHz band 90 days after
    public notice is given that the auction has closed, and licensing has commenced. The FCC has identified 3.45 GHZ as the frequency at which the
    band will be split. Hams will continue to operate in the band's lower frequencies while the FCC reviews whether or not to reallocate that part
    of the spectrum later.

    (FCC, ARRL)

    **

    HAMS IN UK GET PREVIEW OF NEW LICENSE DOCUMENT

    JIM/ANCHOR: The amateur radio license is getting a new look in the UK,
    and hams there are getting a sneak peek. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us
    more.

    JEREMY: Hams in the UK can get a preview of what the new amateur radio
    licence will look like by visiting the website of Ofcom. It is available
    there in draft form and comments are being accepted until the 18th of
    April. The new licence will become effective on the 18th of May, and
    contains a number of changes, including details about Electromagnetic
    Field exposure compliance.

    The EMF wording has been somewhat controversial among some amateurs,
    who consider its inclusion unnecessary. Ofcom has also opted to delete
    the reference to the old Full Reciprocal licence that was abolished in
    2016.

    See the printed version of this script at arnewsline.org to find the URL
    where you can download a PDF of the draft licence, or to submit your
    comments.

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

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: New draft licence

    https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/214116/emf-draft- amateur-licence-terms-and-conditions.pdf

    Comment submissions:

    https://ofcomforms.secure.force.com/formentry/SitesFormLicensingEMFEnquiry]

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 1 19:43:11 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2266, for Friday, April 2, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2266, with a release date of Friday,
    April 2, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The UK prepares to resume in-person license exams.
    A worldwide balloon launch marks the equinox -- and the "Last Man Standing" special event goes out with a bang. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2266, comes your way right now.

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    ARCTIC DXPEDITION PACKS UP BENEATH NORTHERN LIGHTS

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story takes us to a frozen Arctic island, where the rewards of a physically grueling DXpedition included something even more
    than the thousands of contacts logged by the team. Graham Kemp, VK4BB,
    brings us that story.

    GRAHAM: The RI0Q (R EYE ZERO Q) DXPeditioners have arrived back on the mainland following a challenging but successful activation of the rare
    Arctic IOTA, AS-152. The island, named Bol'shoy Begichev (BEG-i-chev) after its discoverer Nikifor Begichev in 1908, held many discoveries for the team during their one-week activation. Challenges included making a large part
    of the trip by snowmobile. Once they arrived on March 20th, they remained constantly vigilant for polar bears, wolves and incoming blizzards
    especially as they were setting up for operations.

    By March 26th, as the activation was winding down, they were able to enter into their online diary that they'd logged 6,913 QSOs representing more
    than 4,000 unique callsigns.

    Their departure came just as a blizzard was supposed to come blasting in. There was one event they did not miss, however, nor did they want to miss
    it — because it was spectacular. DXworld-net reported on its Twitter feed
    on March 27th: [quote] "The RI0Q team are already back on the mainland. As they left the island, the Northern Lights started to show. Looks like they left at the right time!" [endquote]

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

    (DXWORLD-NET, RI0Q DIARY)

    **

    'LAST MAN STANDING' TRIBUTE WRAPS UP ACTIVATION

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to the activators of the "Last Man Standing" special event which went QRT on Wednesday March 30th. Starting on March
    24th, the team logged more than 85,000 QSOs, contacting 1,850 counties in
    50 states and 138 countries. There were 134 contacts using moonbounce;
    and yes, there were pileups. The multi-mode effort was also a multi-media
    one, featuring livestreaming of operators as they navigated pileups. Coordinated by Lou Maggio, NO2C, and Salli Rosato, K2RYD, of the Great
    South Bay Amateur Radio Club, and the show's executive producer, John
    Amodeo, AA6JA, it was an experience many of the dozens of operators in
    both the US and Canada said will remain with them even as the studio
    goes dark after the show's final day of production. "Last Man Standing" featured Tim Allen, KK6OTD, as Mike Baxter KA0XTT, and was celebrated
    for putting amateur radio in a positive light in the public eye.

    **

    IN-PERSON EXAMS TO RESUME IN UK

    NEIL/ANCHOR: In the UK, the Radio Society of Great Britain has resumed
    booking in-person exams. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, gives us those details.

    JEREMY: Examiners in the UK have begun planning the resumption of exams for amateur radio candidates wishing to sit them in a club setting with in-
    person invigilation.

    With this in mind, the Radio Society of Great Britain said it anticipates bookings for the in-person exams from club examination secretaries once the government has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in their part of the UK.
    The booking process is expected to be more streamlined than previously. The remote invigilations, which began last year during the pandemic lockdown,
    will continue as an option.

    Mandatory practical assessments at Foundation level will remain suspended until a review led by the Examinations Standards Committee and Exam and Syllabus Review Group can determine their long-term future, clarifying
    whether they should continue and, if so, in what form.

    In yet another sign of post-COVID life in the UK, the RSGB Contest
    Committee began accepting portable entries in contests from stations in England, provided the stations strictly follow local COVID measures.
    England dropped its "Stay at Home" restriction on the 29th March, meaning portable operations can resume. The RSGB cautions however, that portable multi-operator entries must comprise people from the same households
    because vans, cars and tents are considered indoor environments and indoor mixing of households is still prohibited.

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

    NEIL/ANCHOR: In other business that has caught Newsline's attention: Paul Devlin, G1SMP, the joint winner with the Radio Society of Great Britain of
    the 2020 Amateur Radio Newsline International Newsmaker of the year award
    for the "Get on the air to care" public campaign, is standing for election
    as a director of the RSGB board at the upcoming AGM in April. As there are
    two nominees for two positions, I think we can say Paul will be elected and
    we at Newsline would like to be the first to congratulate Paul and wish him well in his new role.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 8 23:35:19 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2267, for Friday, April 9, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2267, with a release date of Friday,
    April 9, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Get ready to work Bouvet Island later this year. Antarctica gets an unexpected activation -- and a renowned hexbeam creator becomes a Silent Key. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2267 comes your way right now.

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    PAIR OF DX GROUPS SET EYES ON BOUVET ISLAND

    PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a big DXpedition update - and you
    know that has to mean Bouvet Island. But - TWO DXpeditions? John Williams, VK4JJW, brings us the details.

    JOHN: The date is set - December 15th of this year - for the Rebel DX
    Group to depart Cape Town, South Africa for Bouvet Island and the Three Y
    Zero Eye (3Y0I) activation. The team said it is as ready as ever, following the cancellation of their 2019 DXpedition when they were within sight of
    the remote island and turned back during a cyclone for safety reasons. The team of eight, led by Polish DXpeditioner Dom, 3Z9DX, expects to be on
    Bouvet for as many as 30 days and will operate eight stations on 160
    through 6 metres, using CW, SSB, FT4/FT8, RTTY and operations through the Qatar-Oscar 100 satellite. The team has continued to appeal for donations
    to meet its remaining need for $32,000.

    Meanwhile, the Intrepid-DX Group has announced that they will be activating the island as well using the call sign Three Y Zero Jay (3Y0J). Their 20-
    day stay on the island is set for January 2023. The team's immediate goal
    is to continue fundraising to meet their budget of $764,000 before their planned trip aboard the MV Braveheart.

    The Rebel DX Group, in response to the other team's announcement, said in a press release: [quote] "We would like to wish the recently announced 3Y0J Bouvet DXpedition all the best for a successful activity in 2023. There is enough space for even 3 more activities from Three Y Zero land. We know how much detailed planning goes into a project like this and cross fingers for them." [endquote]

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

    (INTREPID DX WEBSITE)

    **

    ANTARCTIC ASSIGNMENT EVOLVES INTO DXPEDITION

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Occasionally there's a DXpedition that didn't start out quite
    so ambitiously. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has this story about one ham whose activation of Antarctica just grew from its humble beginnings.

    GRAHAM: For Paul Daniels, VK2PAD, this was the Antarctic DXpedition that,
    well ... just sort of happened. An instrument electrician and trades supervisor, Paul was assigned to work at Casey Station in Antarctica where
    he expects to be for the next nine months or so. Of course, he brought his radios and lots of wire for some antennas. Initially, he just wanted to
    chat with people on the air: that's what he told Newsline. A conversation
    with the Australian World Wide Flora & Fauna manager changed all that.
    Being a SOTA activator, he was game for adventure, and he was convinced to activate the WWFF park he was in, as well as the continent.

    He's using the callsign VK0PD, and trying his best on HF, including two
    bands new to him: 17 and 24 metres.

    Paul told Newsline: [quote] "Somehow this quickly morphed into what feels
    like being a rare contest station. My usual style is halfway between a
    quick QSO and a ragchew. I like to get to know people and make friends, so this fast-paced action is not a familiar thing for me." [endquote] The activation has shown Paul that the peaks of SOTA summits have got nothing
    on the peaks of massive pileups for a coveted DX location. Email him if
    you want to learn more about his availability. His email address is in the printed version of this week's Newsline script.

    VK0PD only operates on the weekends but is eager to - what else? - break
    the ice.

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

    FOR PRINT ONLY: Paul's email is exile06_1980@hotmail.com

    **

    ANOTHER 'FIRST' FOR HAMS ON THE ISS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Commercial spaceflight logged another first on Monday, April
    5th, as the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft undocked from the forward port
    and moved to the zenith port of the ISS with the crew of four amateur radio operators aboard. The complex maneuver was the first of its kind undertaken
    by a commercial crew and it makes way for the next Crew Dragon spacecraft's docking at the ISS later this month. On board Crew Dragon "Resilience"
    during the undocking were NASA's Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, Victor Glover,
    KI5BKC, Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, and JAXA's Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP. The relocation was carried live on NASA TV.

    The new four-member crew will consist of NASA's Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD,
    and Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, and Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG, from the European Space Agency.

    (SPACENEWS.COM, NASA, AMSAT)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 15 22:39:33 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2268 for Friday, April 16, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2268 with a release date of
    Friday, April 16, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Volcanic eruptions stir hams on St. Vincent
    to activate. The FCC sets deadlines for RF exposure assessments --
    and receiving the QSL of a lifetime. All this and more, as Amateur
    Radio Newsline Report Number 2268 comes your way right now.

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    ISLAND HAMS ON ALERT AMID VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our top story this week comes from the Caribbean.
    Just weeks after receiving an emergency supply of batteries to
    assist with communications during a volcanic disaster, hams in St.
    Vincent and the Grenadines are now facing that exact scenario. Randy
    Sly, W4XJ, has that story.

    RANDY: St. Vincent islanders knew the eruptions were coming. The La
    Soufriere volcano had been dormant for 42 years on the Caribbean
    island until Friday, April 9th. As the volcanic unrest began and the
    pace of evacuations quickened, local hams maintained daily contact
    with regional disaster agencies.

    Carlos Alberto Santamaria, CO2JC, the IARU's Region 2 Emergency
    Coordinator, told Newsline in an email that hams throughout the
    region have been on the air around the clock, mainly using HF
    frequencies on 80 and 40 meters. Hams are also in contact with the
    Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

    Winston Jeffery, J88AZ, is maintaining an Echolink gateway on 2
    meters while another VHF repeater is being used for domestic
    communications. As Newsline reported just a few weeks ago, hams
    living in the Red Zone were given emergency batteries at the request
    of Donald De Riggs, J88CD, director of the Rainbow Radio
    League/Youlou Radio Movement amateur radio club.

    Ash is also blanketing the nearby island of Barbados. According to a
    report on CNBC, the West Indies Seismic Center said eruptions could
    continue for weeks or months.

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

    (CNBC, Carlos Alberto Santamaria CO2JC, The Daily DX)

    **

    FCC REQUIRES RF EXPOSURE EVALUATIONS STARTING MAY 3

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Starting May 3rd, hams and many other radio users in
    the US are being required to evaluate human exposure to RF at their
    stations. The April 2nd public notice from the FCC does not change
    any RF exposure limits but sets a deadline for such evaluations at
    stations that are new or have added or modified their existing
    antennas or power. Amateurs will need to determine if their existing
    stations retain the same exemptions they had under the old rules.
    Hams who have already performed these evaluations needn't repeat
    them, unless changes have been made to their stations.

    The FCC has set a two-year period in which to conduct the exposure
    assessment. A free downloadable booklet about RF exposure, and other
    details about RF safety are available at the ARRL website.. Details
    about the FCC's policy on human RF exposure are available at the
    agency's website. See the printed version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org for links to both web pages.

    FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ:

    http://www.arrl.org/rf-exposure

    https://www.fcc.gov/general/fcc-policy-human-exposure

    (ARRL, FCC)

    **

    TENNESSEE REPEATER SYSTEM AIDS STRICKEN HIKER

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A linked repeater system in Tennessee provided a communications lifeline for a woman hiking in a national park. Kevin
    Trotman, N5PRE, brings us that story.

    KEVIN: A woman in distress while hiking with a group inside the
    Great Smoky Mountain National Park was brought to safety late on
    Sunday night, April 11th, with the help of communications over the
    W4KEV repeater system in Tennessee. With no cellular service
    available in the park, hiker Timothy Luttrell, KA9EBJ, used his HT
    to hit the repeater in Gatlinburg which was linked to one in
    Knoxville, which was being monitored by David Manuel, W5DJR. Timothy
    told David that a woman in the hiking party had suffered exhaustion
    and possibly dehydration and needed assistance. David notified
    Emergency Medical Service as well as a medic who was part of the
    park search team to help assess her condition via a series of
    questions. Meanwhile, phone calls were placed to the hiker's family.
    With questions relayed over the repeater, the medic determined the
    woman was stable enough to accompany the other hikers as they
    continued slowly down the trail, maintaining contact when possible. Arrangements were made for the hikers to meet with search and rescue
    officers in a parking area - and ultimately for the woman's safe
    pickup by her family.

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

    (KEVIN DUPLANTIS W4KEV)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Apr 28 17:34:25 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2269 for Friday April 23, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2269, with a release date of Friday,
    April 23, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. History is made with a first flight on Mars.
    Youth ham radio camp is postponed again in Region 1 -- and supersleuth
    ham helps rescue a stranded hiker. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2269 comes your way right now.

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    DRONE MAKES 1ST POWERED FLIGHT ON MARS

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with the greatest moment not on
    Earth....but on Mars. The American aviation pioneers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, would be proud that the spirit of their 1903 achievement lives on
    173 million miles away - on Mars. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, brings us that
    story.

    PAUL: It only lasted a minute but it was the moment of many lifetimes. Ingenuity the drone aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover, took to the
    air on Monday April 19th, marking the first powered controlled flight of
    an aircraft on another planet. With Mars' freezing temperatures, plus an atmospheric density that is 1 percent of Earth's and a gravity one-third
    of Earth's, the challenge of achieving liftoff was different from what
    the Wright brothers faced in 1903 with their pioneering flight here on
    Earth. In fact, a tiny portion of the original Wright flyer was on board.

    Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California were hailing
    the pioneering flight as a "Wright Brothers Moment" on Mars. The little
    drone achieved a height of about 3 metres during the 40-second flight.
    Data was sent back to Earth via the Mars rover. There will be other
    flights, expected to be farther and at greater heights. NASA announced
    that this newest of all airfields on the red planet would be named Wright Brothers Field. Following the flight, the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the UN, gave NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration an official designator of IGY, call-sign INGENUITY.

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

    (NASA, BBC)

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    REGION 1 YOUTH AMATEUR RADIO CAMP POSTPONED

    JIM/ANCHOR: Young amateurs in IARU Region 1 are going to have to wait
    another year to attend ham radio camp. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, brings us up to date.

    ED: Concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic have postponed the YOTA summer
    camp planned for this summer by the Youth Working Group of IARU Region 1.

    In making the announcement, Philipp, DK6SP, and Markus, DL8GM, the
    group's chair and vice chair respectively, said that the organisers'
    intention is to reschedule the camp for the summer of 2022. This is the
    second pandemic-related postponement for the camp, which was being held
    with support from the Croatian Amateur Radio Society. In place of in-
    person events, Youngsters on the Air in Region 1 has been hosting a
    number of online workshops.

    Meanwhile, in IARU Region 2, planners have said they are still optimistic
    that they will be able hold the first Youth on the Air camp for young
    amateurs in North, Central, and South America this summer, and will be providing a COVID-regulations-compliant environment.

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

    JIM/ANCHOR: As Newsline went to production, we also learned that the IARU Region 1 YOTA Subregional Camp in Hungary was also being postponed. The Hungarian Amateur Radio Society made the decision based on Region 1's
    COVID-19 event cancellation policy.

    (SOUTHGATE, YOTA REGION 1)

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    EXPERIMENTAL SENSOR SHOWS NOISE-REDUCTION POTENTIAL

    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're constantly battling noise in the environment in
    your attempts to get on the air, this next story from Kent Peterson,
    KC0DGY, might just show some promise.

    KENT: Researchers in the US who have been working with atom-based sensors
    and receivers say their work holds potential for weeding out environmental noise and other radio interference. Scientists at the National Institute
    of Standards and Technology see the sensor as a vital component because
    of its ability to measure what they call the "angle of arrival" of a
    wireless signal, a capability that they believe will have a positive
    impact on transmissions for radar, 5G and other modes. According to an
    article in phys.org, the system is able to take incoming signals, and
    convert them to different frequencies. After measuring the separate electromagnetic waves' frequencies and their phase–that is, the position
    of the waves relative to each other–the system can determine where the signal is coming from. The scientists say that's necessary in order to differentiate real communications from interfering signals. According to
    the phys.org article, atom-based radio receivers and antennas have other
    added benefits: They can be a great deal smaller than their traditional counterparts and, by making use of atoms to do the main work, have no
    need for more conventional forms of electronics to do signal conversion.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    (PHYS.ORG)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri May 14 08:40:57 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2272 for Friday May 14, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2272, with a release date of
    Friday, May 14, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hams bring compassion and critical supplies to COVID-ravaged India. A solar probe unlocks mysteries of a planet's
    ionosphere -- and a shipboard amateur delivers some very rare grid
    squares. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number
    2272, comes your way right now.

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    INDIAN HAMS ASSIST WITH SUPPLIES TO COVID PATIENTS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our top story this week is a tale of compassion and
    community service arising out of a landscape in India ravaged by the
    deadly pandemic. John Williams, VK4JJW, brings us those details.

    JOHN: As COVID-19 continues to devastate India, amateur radio
    operators in West Bengal are helping health care workers and patients
    by providing a network of support. Club secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas,
    VU2JFA, told Newsline that the West Bengal Radio Club and the students
    of the Indian Academy of Communication and Disaster Management are
    providing access to food as well as to lifesaving medicines, plasma
    and oxygen, assisting the neediest with admission into health care
    facilities. The academy is an amateur radio training institute headed
    by Rinku Nag Biswas, VU2JFB. He said other hams in these two groups
    are also arranging for mental health support to be provided online for
    those who need it. Meanwhile, club members Arnab Roy Chowdhury VU3JWN,
    Arub Bhattacharya (Botta-Charr-Ya) VU3ZIB, Debdutta (deb-DUTTA)
    Mukherjee (Mook-Er-Gee), VU3JXA, and Jayanta (Jiy-YONTA) Baidya (BYE-
    DEE-YA), VU3YJB, have been working around the clock, even as two other
    members of the club became stricken with COVID and are now receiving treatment. Ambarish Nag Biswas told Newsline: "We are happy to help
    people in this crisis period. We believe 'ham' stands for Help Always Mankind.' "

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

    (AMBARISH NAG BISWAS VU2JFA)

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    BRAZILIAN AMATEURS SEEK EQUIPMENT TAX EXEMPTION

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Brazil, hams are renewing their efforts to have
    taxes eliminated on amateur radio equipment, as we hear from Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: Brazil's national amateur radio society has intensified its
    ongoing efforts to have ham radio equipment declared exempt from
    import tax and the tax on industrialized products. The exemption being
    sought by the Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Râídio Emissåo would be
    granted to any qualified amateur radio operator and participant in
    Rener, the National Amateur Radio Emergency Network or member of
    Sindec, the National Civil Defense System.

    The bill was introduced in 2009 but there has been no action on it
    since 2018 when it was given to lawmakers in the Finance and Taxation Committee. LABRE is asking hams in Brazil to push for a renewal of the
    effort to get parliamentarians to vote on the measure. LABRE is
    collecting signatures on a petition on its website to send to the
    National Congress.

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

    (SOUTHGATE, LABRE)

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    DEBRIS FROM CHINESE ROCKET SCATTERS IN INDIAN OCEAN

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Although China successfully launched the first module
    for that nation's space station, the mission launcher re-entered
    Earth's atmosphere along an uncontrolled path. We hear more about its
    fate from Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

    JASON: The uncontrolled low orbit of a Chinese Long March rocket ended
    in a flare of light over the Arabian Peninsula before the rocket
    plunged into the Indian Ocean near the Maldives. The dramatic re-entry
    into Earth's atmosphere came late on Saturday May 8th, quieting
    nervous speculation that the space debris from the empty core of the
    Long March 5B would land in a populated region. The Chinese space
    agency said much of the rocket was consumed during re-entry. At 22
    tons, it was considered one of the largest objects to re-enter the
    atmosphere with an uncontrolled trajectory. Its path had been followed
    by the US Space Command's Space-Track Project and European Space
    Surveillance and Tracking. There had been concern that the rocket's
    fate might have been similar to that of the first Long March 5B.
    During a similar uncontrolled re-entry in May of last year, debris
    from that rocket fell in an area of Ivory Coast in Africa where it
    damaged several buildings.

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

    (WASHINGTON POST, CNN, REUTERS)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu May 20 19:27:53 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2273, for Friday May 21, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2273 with a release date of Friday,
    May 21, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. China lands a rover on Mars. An amateur radio foundation helps a prominent academic resource—and battery technology
    takes a big leap forward in Australia. All this and more, as Amateur
    Radio Newsline Report Number 2273 comes your way right now.

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    CHINA'S ZHURONG ROVER EXPLORES MARS

    DON/ANCHOR: For our top story this week, we look skyward: Hams and
    others with an amateur interest in astronomy have been tracking the
    journey of the rover that China sent to Mars. It landed there recently;
    and Paul Braun, WD9GCO, picks up the story with this update.

    PAUL: Although the China National Space Administration remained tight-
    lipped about its Tianwen-1 mission which landed that nation's first
    rover on Mars, amateur astronomers had been monitoring the spacecraft's signals intensely. They were listening for encouraging signs regarding
    the deployed capsule that was carrying the rover Zhurong to the planet's surface. The Chinese rover's arrival on May 15th (which was Friday, May
    14th in the US) follows the arrival of the Americans' Perseverance
    rover in February. While Zhurong goes about its business on the surface
    of Mars, the Chinese orbiter will be relaying signals between ground controllers in China and the rover. Zhurong is equipped with cameras, a magnetic field detector, ground-penetrating radar and a weather station.

    Having landed on Mars, China's next venture into space will be sending
    three astronauts to the nation's new space station.

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

    (CNET, SPACE FLIGHT NOW, TECH TIMES)

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    ARDC GRANT HELPS PRESERVE USE OF MIT'S 'RADOME' ON CAMPUS

    DON/ANCHOR: In the US, an unprecedented grant from a major foundation
    that supports experimentation in amateur radio has helped save an
    important tool on one prominent college campus. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, has
    that report.

    SEL: Amateur radio generosity has played a major role in saving an
    important part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A beloved
    part of the campus skyline (the radar dome, or "radome," as it is known)
    has been spared, thanks to a student-led fundraising campaign and an unprecedented grant from the nonprofit foundation Amateur Radio Digital Communications. ARDC has provided $1.6-million—the largest gift in its history—to replace the aging fiberglass radome and renovate the 18- foot-wide, steerable parabolic dish it houses. The radome and dish were
    to be removed permanently to enable new roofing to be installed on the
    campus' tallest building, which has been its home since 1966.

    The fiberglass radome and its dish, which were once used for weather
    research, have been used most recently by the MIT Radio Society, W1MX,
    for microwave experiments, moonbounce communication and other radio-
    related activities. According to the MIT website, it most recently took
    on a new role beyond contacts with deep space lunar CubeSats and low-
    earth orbit satellites. During the pandemic, it also allowed students to conduct radio astronomy experiments remotely.

    ARDC director Bob McGwier (pron: Mugwire), N4HY, issued a statement
    saying: [quote] "We also hope this contribution helps get the message
    out that ARDC is excited to support amateur radio and digital
    communications projects of all sizes - including big ones, especially
    when the results will be so long-lasting." [endquote]

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

    (MIT, ARDC)

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    SILENT KEY: MILE SEKULOVSKI Z31JY, MACEDONIA'S OLDEST HAM

    DON/ANCHOR: A noted radio amateur known throughout Macedonia for his
    longevity on the air has become a Silent Key. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells
    us about him.

    JEREMY: The amateur radio community in Macedonia has lost its most
    senior member: Mile Sekulovski, Z31JY, who became a Silent Key recently
    at the age of 95. Mile was widely admired and respected for his
    proficiency in CW, which he sharpened up during a World War II military telegraphy course.

    According to his biography on the web page of the Radio Amateur Society
    of Macedonia, he worked for the post office as a telegraph operator
    after the war and later became employed as a telegrapher in civil
    aviation.

    He was also a dedicated homebrewer of electronic keys, transmitters, receivers, antennas and linear amplifiers.

    According to his QRZ page, Mile—who was active on the air even into his later years - was the first ham in the former Yugoslavia to receive the individual call sign YU5JY in 1950.

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

    (QRZ, RADIO AMATEUR SOCIETY OF MACEDONIA)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri May 28 11:14:46 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2274 for Friday May 28, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2274, with a release date of Friday,
    May 28, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hams mobilize in search for preteen boy. There
    are six new inductees in the CQ Hall of Fame -- and Bletchley Park is reopening. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number
    2274 comes your way right now.

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    INDIANA HAMS MOBILIZE IN SEARCH FOR YOUNG BOY

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with an account of amateur radio responsiveness in a human drama that turned to tragedy: a sweeping search
    for a missing 12-year-old boy with autism which ended with the discovery
    of his body in the Little Calumet River. Members of the Amateur Radio Association of Newton County, Indiana, were among the hundreds of
    volunteers aiding the search for Kyrin Carter, the Missouri youth who was
    last seen on May 15th leaving the Indiana hotel where his family had been staying. Club president Mike Swiader [pronounced: SWAYDER], KA9E, told Newsline that the hams provided VHF digital communications and GPS for
    the northwest Indiana's K9 search and rescue teams, serving as their communications branch. Working inside the association's mobile
    communications unit, the hams logged coordinates from the teams while
    they were deployed, providing digital tracking to help create a search
    map. Meanwhile, other searchers were deployed on foot, on horseback, by helicopter and by boat and were joined by the FBI and police from Indiana
    and nearby Illinois. On Monday, May 24th, the body of the little boy was
    found in the river, and dive teams pulled him out.

    By then, Mike said, the hams' team had been demobilized because the
    nature of the search had changed. They learned of the boy's death through their liaison to local law enforcement.

    (MIKE SWIADER KA9E, NW INDIANA TIMES)

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    HAMS INVITED TO JOIN IN HONORING WORLD WAR II HERO

    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams are being invited to help honor the last surviving
    recipient of the most prestigious military award given after World War
    II. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us how.

    KEVIN: Not everyone has a United States Navy warship commissioned in
    their honor but Hershel "Woody" Williams, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Medal of Honor recipient was present in Norfolk, Virginia for just such a ceremony last year.

    This year, amateur radio operators are planning a unique gesture of their
    own at a birthday reception for Woody. Woody, the nation's last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from World War II, turns 98 on October
    2nd.

    Donna Snow, W5SML, known for the American reality TV show "Texas Flip N
    Move," has begun collecting QSL cards and birthday greetings to be
    presented to him at the reception in Texas on October 13th.

    Woody received the Medal for bravery during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He continues his service through the Woody Williams Foundation, which
    assists Gold Star Families, people whose family members have lost their
    lives in service to their country..

    Amateur radio operators who want to help honor Woody can send a QSL card
    with their wishes to the address at the bottom of Donna's page on
    QRZ.com. Donna also writes: [quote] "Don't worry about sending too many,
    I have BIG trailers!" [endquote]

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

    Jim: Woody is from right here in West Virginia, I'm proud to say.

    (REX KING W5EAK, QRZ)

    **

    SENDING A MESSAGE TO SAMUEL F.B. MORSE

    JIM/ANCHOR: If you could contact Samuel F.B. Morse, what would you tell
    him? Newsline's Randy Sly, W4XJ, posed that question to mark an important anniversary.

    RANDY: On May 24, 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first telegraph
    message from Washington, DC to Alfred Vail in Baltimore, Maryland. In
    addition to helping invent the telegraph, Morse also developed the code
    he sent.

    Today, the preservation of Morse Code has been left primarily in the
    hands of amateur radio operators. On this anniversary, Amateur Radio
    Newsline asked a few hams what they would say to Samuel Morse if he were
    alive today.

    Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, co-founder of the Long Island CW Club said:
    "Thank you so much for having the forethought and vision to create one of
    the most internationally beneficial modes of communication still in use
    177 years later."

    Steve Szabo, WB4OMM, of the North American QRP CW Club said: "No one
    could have envisioned the future communications technology that you originated. I'm in awe that low power Morse Code using a simple
    transceiver and a wire can span the globe."

    Finally, Stew Rolfe, GW0ETF, President of the CW Operators Club said:
    "Well Sam, I bet you never thought your simple code would be heard across
    the airwaves well into the 21st century, kept alive and lovingly cared
    for by a bunch of hobbyists in pretty much every country of the world!"

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Randy Sly, W4XJ. Thank you, Mr. Morse for giving us the original digital mode.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jul 22 19:33:16 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2282, for Friday, July 23, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2282 with a release date of Friday,
    July 23, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Ham radio at the ready in flooded parts of
    Europe. Radio responds to Cuba's humanitarian crisis - and the FCC OKs an experimental station on 40 MHz. All this and more, as Amateur Radio
    Newsline Report Number 2282 comes your way right now.

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    HAMS AT THE READY AFTER WESTERN EUROPE FLOODING

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story takes us to Europe where nations in the
    western part of the continent have suffered disastrous flooding. As
    Newsline went to production, amateur radio operators were on alert and awaiting word on possible deployment. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us more.

    ED: As record rainfall and some of the worst flooding in decades
    devastated an area in the west of Europe, amateur radio operators stood
    by to help. As the death toll rose and the search continued for those missing,Germany took the worst hit. Belgium, Luxembourg and the
    Netherlands suffered, with Belgium holding a national day of mourning on
    July 21st. In part of Belgium where water submerged an antenna vital for crisis communication, hams stepped up to volunteer in three provinces.

    Meanwhile as the European Civil Protection mechanism was activated, the
    Dutch Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the Belgian Amateur Radio
    Emergency Service and the emergency communications unit of the DARC,
    awaited word as to whether additional communications help would be
    needed.

    Greg Mossop, G0DUB, emergency communications coordinator in IARU Region
    1, told Newsline in a recent email that Germany's deployment of soldiers
    to assist in relief efforts bolstered the Technisches Hilfswerk, the
    nation's Civil Protection organisation which had thousands of volunteers working to remedy the physical damage.

    Greg told Newsline that the situation continued to evolve as bursting
    rivers damaged power and communications networks along with bridges. An
    update on the IARU Region 1 website said [quote] "This emergency will
    last for some time as infrastructure is repaired and the threat from
    damaged dams and more rainfall is reduced." [endquote] Meanwhile, in
    Germany's southeast, water flowing down from the Alps stirred mudslides
    and overflowing rivers, causing yet another disaster area. Casualties
    were reported to be less than those affected in the northwest.

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

    (IARU REGION 1, GREG MOSSOP G0DUB, BBC)

    **

    INDIAN AMATEURS HELPING WITH DISASTER RESPONSE TRAINING

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In India, amateurs are helping train additional volunteers
    to respond to their region's disasters. John Williams, VK4JJW, brings us
    up to date.

    JOHN: A new educational partnership has been formed between civil defence officials in coastal West Bengal, India and amateurs in the West Bengal
    Radio Club. Hoping to improve communications and emergency response
    following intense cyclones and other disasters in remote regions,
    officials have asked for training from the Indian Academy of
    Communication, the ham club's educational wing. Going online with the
    Google Meet platform, hams will train a total of more than 90 civil
    defence volunteers. Posupoti Mondal, VU3ODQ, will lead the instruction
    under the guidance of the academy's secretary Rinku Nag Biswas, VU2JFB.

    Officials decided that ham radio training is essential for civil defence volunteers after previous efforts by the West Bengal Club proved
    invaluable in earlier disasters.

    West Bengal club secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, said eventually
    there will be more than 90 students.

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

    (AMBARISH NAG BISWAS VU2JFA, MILLENNIUM POST)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 13 02:21:43 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2285, for Friday, August 13, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2285 with a release date of
    Friday, August 13, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hams step up to help in California's deadly
    Dixie Fire. Amateur radio catches a ride on the Perseids meteor shower
    -- and a World War II veteran gets IN the air. All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2285 comes your way right now.

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    BREAKING NEWS: HAMS RESPOND AS ALGERIAN FIRE GROWS

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with breaking news. As Newsline went to production on August 12th, hams from the Algerian National Society ARA
    had begun assisting with emergency communications as deadly forest
    fires swept through the northern region. The International Amateur
    Radio Union Region 1 reported that at least 65 lives were claimed by
    the blaze raging in the town of Ouacif (wa-SEEF) in the Province of
    Tizi Ouzou (Tee Zee OO ZOO). Operating on 7.110 MHz, 3.650 MHz and
    14.300 MHz, hams were establishing communications between the mobile
    station in Ouacif and the crisis centre in Tamda. Watch Newsline's
    Twitter feed and Facebook page for updates.

    (GREG MOSSOP G0DUB, IARU, REGION1 )

    **

    CALIFORNIA AMATEURS STEP UP DURING DEADLY DIXIE FIRE

    JIM/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, in the US, in Northern California, nearly one
    month after its flames began, the Dixie Fire has become the second
    largest wildfire in the state's history. One group of radio amateurs
    stepped up to keep the lines of communication open for local
    firefighters when communications failed. Randy Sly, W4XJ, has that
    story.

    RANDY: With the Dixie Fire knocking out communications, wiping one town
    off the map, and forcing thousands in northern California to evacuate,
    a group of amateur radio operators helped emergency responders continue
    to get the word out. The Lake Almanor [PRONOUNCE: Al-muh-noor]
    Emergency Radio Net was on the air trading realtime information with
    one another and neighbors. Hams were monitoring 7.199 MHz and
    conducting their emergency net on 147.420 simplex. They also jumped in
    to help the Peninsula Fire Department troubleshoot their problems when
    the main firehouse radio failed, along with repeater issues. Mark
    Burnham, K6FEJ, one of the net's members, said that modified 2-meter
    radios had to be installed in the fire chief's vehicle for backup and
    at the firehouse crew's quarters. Mark said the Yaesu radio was
    modified by Ron, NB6X, to operate on fire department frequencies and a
    12-volt power supply and J-pole were added outside the building. The
    hams also set up a scanner on the main fire frequency near the
    firefighters' sleeping quarters so they would be able to hear calls.
    Another member of the net, Dale, KM6BQY, remained in the mandatory
    evacuation zone, because he is also involved in search and rescue work.

    By the middle of the second week of August, the Dixie Fire was declared
    the largest wildfire burning in the United States. It had already
    destroyed nearly 500,000 acres and was only 21 percent contained.

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

    (NPR, NBC, MARK BURNHAM K6FEJ)

    **

    CATCHING A RADIO RIDE ON THE PERSEIDS

    JIM/ANCHOR: If you haven't tried meteor scatter, now's the time. The
    Perseid Meteor shower is here. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, spoke to someone
    who's having a whole lot of fun with them right now.

    PAUL: One of the hottest topics in amateur radio today is the digital
    mode developed by Dr. Joe Taylor K1JT, that is, FT8 and its relatives.
    But the upcoming Perseid meteor shower should bring the mode's origins
    into focus as Dr. Taylor originally developed it specifically to work moonbounce and something called meteor scatter. Mike White, K7ULS, from
    Utah is an experienced moonbounce and meteor-scatter operator. I asked
    him about this facet of the hobby. He said that the object is to bounce
    the signal off of the ionized trail that a meteor leaves. I asked what
    bands are used the most to work that and he told me:

    WHITE:  Six meters is the easiest, and then two meters is the next
    hardest one. But with the upcoming Perseids meteor scatter shower on
    the 12th through the 13th you should have at least one hundred meteors
    per hour.

    PAUL: I asked White about the other VHF and UHF choices, but he
    confirmed that while the others can work, the size of the antenna and
    the power required goes up quite a bit. As far as six meters goes:

    WHITE: Yeah, it's the best option. You can use as small as a three-
    element Yagi.

    PAUL: I then asked White about what kind of antenna setup he used. He explained:

    WHITE: I use an elevation system on my antenna because I don't have big
    towers here. I actually have everything mounted on the back of an RV
    trailer. I just tilt it up into the meteor stream, and away we go.

    PAUL: I can vouch for that. I had to work our interview in between
    rounds of EME or moonbounce activity over several days.

    White said that if conditions are right, you can often work a station
    up to 900 miles away bouncing the signal off of the meteor trails.

    So, this weekend, you may want to just crane your neck skyward and
    watch the meteors as they pass by, or you may want to fire up the radio
    and the computer and point your antenna skyward and try your luck with
    meteor scatter.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 19 21:34:39 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2286, for Friday, August 20, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2286, with a release date of Friday, August 20, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Sorting out the tragedy in Haiti after an
    earthquake and a tropical storm. The FCC delays its new $35 fee -- and
    the Intrepid DX Group drops its Bouvet plans. All this and more, as
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2286 comes your way right now.

    ***

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    **

    HAITI IN TURMOIL AFTER EARTHQUAKE, TROPICAL STORM

    STEPEHN/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a story that was still developing
    as Newsline went to production on Thursday, August 19th. Rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14th and battered afterward by Tropical
    Storm Grace, the island nation of Haiti was still planning on amateur
    radio assistance.

    Jean-Robert (Zzzzhon-Ro-Bear) Gaillard (Guy Yard), HH2JR, president of
    the Radio Club of Haiti told the IARU's Region 2 emergency coordinator
    Carlos Alberto Santamaria Gonzalez, CO2JC, that a number of churches around the island would be willing to be active because their membership included licensed hams but they needed donations of modern equipment. Jean-Robert
    told Carlos in an email that meanwhile the hams were helping in other ways, distributing medicine and supplies and aiding with transportation when possible.

    According to various media reports, by August 18th, the death toll had
    climbed past 2,000 and was expected to continue to rise. Jean-Robert
    wrote: [quote] "I am afraid the worst is yet to happen." [endquote]

    Region 2 of the IARU asked meanwhile that hams in the Americas keep
    emergency frequencies clear at 3.750 MHz, 7.150 MHz and 14.330 MHz.

    (BBC, WASHINGTON POST, CARLOS GONZALEZ CO2JC, ARRL)

    **

    INTREPID DX GROUP CALLS OFF BOUVET PLANS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Bouvet Island is no longer in the sights of one of the
    world's most prominent DXpedition teams. John Williams, VK4JJW, gives us
    the details.

    JOHN: The Intrepid DX Group's planned trip to activate Bouvet Island
    would have been the third such activation by a group in the next few
    years -- but now it has been called off. Paul Ewing, N6PSE, the group's president, made a brief statement that appeared in the Daily DX saying
    that the Intrepid DX Group is instead taking a fresh look at the 10 most-wanted DX entities. He said [quote] "We plan to activate a different
    rare and much-needed entity in January/February 2023. That is now our
    focus." [endquote].

    He said that with teams set to sail to the island this year and next
    year, being the number three team is [quote] "not comfortable for us." [endquote] He added that the group wishes a "safe and productive" journey
    in November of 2022 for its former 3Y0J (Three Y Zero Jay) teammates, now reconstituted and headed by co-leaders Ken, LA7GIA, Rune, LA7THA, and
    Erwann, LB1QI. Meanwhile, the Three Y Zero Eye (3Y0I) team expects to set
    sail later this year

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

    (DAILY DX)

    **

    FCC DELAYS STARTUP FOR COLLECTING NEW HAM LICENSE FEES

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The FCC has reported a delay in implementing its new $35
    fee for US hams receiving new licenses, hams renewing or modifying
    existing licenses, as well as hams applying for vanity call signs. The
    fees were supposed to take effect this summer. According to the ARRL,
    however, Volunteer Examiner Coordinators learned during a recent virtual meeting with FCC staff that the agency still needs to make changes to its Universal licensing System software and adjust other procedures before it
    can begin receiving the fees.

    The announcement appeared on the ARRL website on Monday, August 16th.

    The fees are not expected to take effect until early 2022. They are to be
    paid directly to the FCC, with the help of the agency's online system
    known as the FCC Pay Fees System.

    (ARRL)

    **

    ROMANIA PROPOSES LICENSE CHANGES WITH BROADER IMPACT

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hams in Romania have proposed some changes that could
    have an impact on radio license portability throughout Europe. Ed
    Durrant, DD5LP, has the details.

    ED: The CEPT's Working Group for Frequency Management are studying
    whether member states throughout Europe should accept presentation of
    amateur radio licences in a digitally signed electronic PDF format. The
    group has given permission for a feasibility study based upon the
    positive responses to a questionnaire submitted to the CEPT working group
    last year from officials in Romania. Romania is hoping to make its own
    radio licence documents available as PDFs. Using the digital document
    format would allow hams the capability to travel Europe without needing
    paper copies of their licences. Using mobile devices to display the
    documents would allow official checking in CEPT countries by reference to
    a central CEPT database.

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

    (SOUTHGATE, CEPT WGFM)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 27 08:30:37 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2287, for Friday, August 27, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2287, with a release date of
    Friday, August 27, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A dispute over a medical device and suspected
    RFI. NASA plans a radio telescope on the moon -- and in New York, a
    special event station marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
    All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2287, comes
    your way, right now.

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    DISPUTE OVER SUSPECTED RFI AND INSULIN PUMP

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week involves suspected RF interference
    that appears to be affecting a medical device. But does this point to
    ham radio? Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, explores that question.

    RALPH: A ham radio operator in Florida is off the air, following a
    challenge by a neighbor in his retirement community, that his amateur
    radio station is causing life-threatening interference to the wireless communications in her insulin pump.

    According to a report by WFTV Channel 9 Orlando, an independent
    consultant hired by the residential community known as On Top of the
    World, near Ocala, Florida, believes that RF from the ham station
    "could have produced" interference with the pump's delivery of measured
    insulin doses.

    WFTV reported that the woman, Michelle Smith, is a Type 1 diabetic,
    who claims that David Birge, WB9UYK, had put her health at risk by
    operating his station.

    David is now off the air in compliance with the community board's order
    to him. It remains unclear, however, whether the consultant's findings definitively proved that RFI was a factor. In 2019, the US Food and
    Drug Administration issued an alert that some models of insulin pumps
    with unencrypted wireless connectivity had cybersecurity flaws that
    left them vulnerable to hacking that could modify the settings.

    Eric Koester, KA0YWN, an electrical design engineer in Minnesota, who
    is not involved in the Florida dispute, told Newsline in an email, that
    he has been familiar with RF emissions testing and RF immunity testing
    since 1995. He said that the more subtle kind of changes Michelle Smith reported seeing in her insulin pump are inconsistent with the larger
    scale reactions he has seen documented in devices compromised by RF interference.

    Meanwhile, the WFTV report noted that the Florida community's board of directors has already modified its regulations on antennas in a way
    that would permit operations by licensed radio amateurs living there.

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

    (WFTV, FDA, ERIC KOESTER KA0YWN)

    **

    NASA MAKING PLANS FOR A 'LUNAR ARECIBO' DISH

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Radio astronomers' beloved Arecibo dish is no more - at
    least not in Puerto Rico. But how about a replacement that's....not
    of this earth? Kent Peterson, KC0GDY, explains.

    KENT: How do you top Arecibo, the iconic radio telescope that collapsed
    last December, leading to its dismantling?

    You build one similar to it - and you do it on the far side of the moon.

    The Lunar Crater Radio Telescope is just a concept for now, but in
    theory, its massive dish would be capable of detecting those radio
    waves that eluded even the best of the telescopes here on earth. Better
    yet, that reception wouldn't be competing against the atmospheric
    interference that challenge earth-based telescopes. The lunar telescope
    would be able to more clearly detect radio waves above 10 metres, which
    were inaccessible to the Arecibo dish.

    Joseph Lazio, one of the NASA radio astronomers on the lunar radio
    telescope project, was quoted on the Business Insider website as
    saying [quote] "With a sufficiently large radio telescope off Earth,
    we could track the processes that would have led to the formation of
    the first stars, maybe even find clues to the nature of dark matter."
    He made his remarks in a press release about the project, which is
    still considered very preliminary. This past spring, NASA awarded
    $500,000 for further research and development on the telescope, which
    will be designed to rest inside a lunar crater on the far side of the
    moon.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    (BUSINESS INSIDER, EARTH SKY)

    **

    AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: AMSAT's 39th space symposium and annual general meeting
    is now accepting registrations for the event, which is taking place
    Friday, October 29th through Sunday October 31st, in Bloomington,
    Minnesota. Students are also invited to register. AMSAT is issuing
    a call for papers by presenters. Last year's event was held virtually,
    but this year's symposium is to take place at the Crowne Plaza hotel
    at Minneapolis International Airport.

    See the link to the registration website in the printed version of this newscast at arnewsline.org

    https://launch.amsat.org/Events

    To submit a paper, see details that are in this week's newscast script.

    https://www.amsat.org/2021-amsat-symposium-proceedings-call-for-papers

    (AMSAT)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 2 19:49:51 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2288 for Friday, September 3rd, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2288, with a release date of Friday, September 3rd, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. US hams respond to a devastating hurricane in the
    Gulf region. Solar storms are called a threat to the internet - and the Newsline team suffers a personal loss. All this and more, as Amateur
    Radio Newsline Report Number 2288, comes your way right now.

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    US HAMS STEP IN AS HURRICANE SWEEPS GULF REGION

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with Hurricane Ida. The storm battered the state of Louisiana, and the Gulf region in the US -- and hams were ready. Here's Randy Sly, W4XJ, with that report.

    RANDY: As Hurricane Ida approached the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday morning, August 29, amateur radio operators were already active
    with the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN), VOIP Hurricane Net, and local
    emergency nets in the affected areas.

    It was the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, when this new contender headed inland near Grand Isle, Louisiana. With winds over 148 mph at
    landfall, Ida devastated areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, before
    moving north and east, dumping torrential rains as it went. This Category
    4 hurricane left four people dead, and millions of utility customers
    without power.

    Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, net manager of Hurricane Watch Net, told Amateur
    Radio Newsline that weather models warned him this storm would be
    serious. The net was active for 26 hours, with 47 reporting stations.
    More than 120 reports were sent to the National Hurricane Center through WX4NHC. According to Rob Macedo (Mah-see-doh), KD1CY, director of
    operations for the VOIP Hurricane Net, the net provided the hurricane
    center with additional details as hams checked in with traffic from
    weather stations, social media outlets, public safety outlets and
    contacts in the affected areas.

    Amateur radio and government also worked hand-in-hand as FEMA declared Channels 1 and 2 on 60 meters available for interoperability as late as September 6th if needed. As before, the FCC authorized a higher symbol
    rate than the 300-baud limit for hams' hurricane-related transmissions.

    If you would like to volunteer to help the American Red Cross, or any of
    the amateur radio groups mentioned in this report, please see contact information in the printed version of this week's newscast on our
    website, arnewsline.org

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

    For the American Red Cross, Contact Steve Irving, DST Lead, Louisiana
    Region, Cell: (225) 933-4993, steve.irving2@redcross.org.

    For the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency
    Preparedness, Auxiliary Communications Support and Amateur Radio Station WB5LHS, matthew.anderson3@redcross.org

    For the Hurricane Watch Net (www.hwn.org), Bobby Graves, KB5HAV - Net
    Manager, kb5hav@hwn.org

    For the VOIP Hurricane Net, Rob Macedo, KD1CY - Director of Operations rmacedo@rcn.com

    **

    SOLAR STORMS CALLED THREAT TO INTERNET

    JIM/ANCHOR: Most of us know what solar storms can do to our plans for DX
    or even a friendly ragchew when they mess with the earth's geomagnetic
    field. Well, according to one California researcher, internet-users could
    soon be sharing our pain. Here's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, to explain.

    RALPH: If you rely on the internet as much as you rely on your amateur
    radio, you may have twice as many reasons for being wary of space
    weather, according to a California professor. Sangeetha [Son-Geeta] Abdu [Ab-Doo] Jyothi [Joe-Tee], a computer scientist as the University of California, Irvine, believes that major solar storms are capable of compromising the internet's global infrastructure -- and probably will.

    It's not that a coronal mass ejection can disable the fibre optic cables
    that form the foundation of the internet. They can't: Those cables remain unaffected and local internet service would remain intact. But, the
    researcher said, a global network of undersea communications cables that
    boost the internet's international signals -- the equivalent of
    repeaters -- would suffer directly from electromagnetic fluctuations
    brought on by severe solar eruptions. In a recently released research
    paper, the professor speculated that this could knock nations off the internet, isolating them for as long as several weeks. The professor
    presented her findings in a paper in late August at a conference held virtually by the Association for Computer Machinery. She noted that astrophysicists say there is a likelihood of between 1.6 percent and 12 percent that a strong enough storm of this sort will occur within the
    next decade.

    For many, her findings describe a future version of the Carrington Event,
    a geomagnetic storm in September of 1859, that damaged the earth's ozone layer, and disrupted telegraph lines around the world.

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

    (FROM JENNY TUPPER, the DAILY MAIL, ACM SIGCOMM)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 9 21:27:43 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2289, for Friday, September 10th, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2289 with a release date of
    Friday, September 10th, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A rocket explosion destroys two European
    satellites. Hams help safeguard animals in a California wildfire --
    and have you ever logged a contact with a hot-air balloon? All this
    and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2289, comes your
    way, right now.

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    RADIO OPERATORS SUPPORT WILDFIRE ANIMAL RESCUE

    DON/ANCHOR: We begin this week with an update on the wildfires
    plaguing the US West Coast. In California, the Caldor Fire hasn't
    just left its impact on residents and business owners in the more
    than 200,000 acres it has destroyed: The animals who live there are
    suffering as well. Amateur radio operators are stepping in to help
    these victims of this historic blaze too. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB,
    has the details.

    RALPH: As flames of the Caldor Fire began sweeping perilously close
    to their homes starting in mid-August, residents were quickly
    evacuated to safety, often having to leave behind their pets and
    livestock. That's where hams in the El Dorado County Amateur Radio
    club and members of its Neighborhood Radio Watch program have
    stepped in. They've been providing radio communications support to
    those who have not forgotten the animals. According to Alan
    Thompson, W6WN, the club's public information officer, radio
    operators have been assisting the South County Large Animal Rescue
    Group, El Dorado County Animal Services and the various emergency
    response agencies around California. The organizations are
    conducting welfare checks throughout the fire-damaged county,
    looking after animals who are sheltering in place—or facilitating a
    rescue when necessary. The hams themselves are getting support too:
    They're being joined by volunteers in the club's Neighborhood Radio
    Watch program, area residents using inexpensive General Mobile Radio
    Service, or GMRS, radios.

    Alan wrote to Newsline: [quote] "We desperately love our animal
    companions." [endquote] The club reminds people in the affected
    areas to contact El Dorado County Animal Services or the shelter if
    they have animals they are concerned about. You'll find the phone
    numbers in the printed script of this week's newscast at
    arnewsline.org.

    [PRINT ONLY, do not read: Western slope: 530-621-5795; the shelter: 530-621-7631; South Tahoe area: 530-573-7925]

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

    (ALAN THOMPSON W6WN)

    **

    GENESIS SATELLITES DESTROYED IN EXPLOSION

    DON/ANCHOR: Two European-built amateur radio satellites were
    destroyed in an explosion during their rocket's first test flight.
    Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has details.

    ED: The pair of AMSAT-EA Genesis satellites that were aboard the
    first test flight of Firefly Aerospace's Alpha launch vehicle were
    destroyed when the rocket, fueled by kerosene, launched from the
    Vandenberg Air Force Base north west of Los Angeles—and then
    exploded. The blast blew apart the GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N
    satellites that had been built in collaboration with the Universidad
    Europea and ICAI. The satellites were outfitted for amateur
    communications using Amplitude Shift Keying and CW. Earliest reports
    on Twitter described what happened two and a half minutes after
    lift-off, saying the vehicle [quote] "appeared to lose control and
    tumble moments before the fiery explosion." [end quote]. According
    to a report on SpaceNews, the lift-off occurred only after a first
    launch attempt was made an hour earlier but was aborted in the final
    seconds of the countdown. The two digital repeater satellites were
    among several on board the rocket built by Texas-based Firefly
    Aerospace. Firefly tweeted [quote] "Alpha experienced an anomaly
    during first stage ascent that resulted in the loss of the vehicle."
    [end quote] The company was previously known as Firefly Space
    Systems before entering bankruptcy, which it emerged from in 2017
    with new owners.

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

    (TWITTER; SPACENEWS, AMSAT)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 17 03:56:38 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2290 for Friday, September 17th, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2290 with a release date of
    Friday, September 17th, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Tokyo's ham fair is cancelled because of
    COVID. A special event station marks a birthday for a Voice of
    America station -- and 1,000 new parks join the POTA program. All
    this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2290 comes
    your way right now.

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    COVID SPURS CANCELLATION OF TOKYO HAM FAIR

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week is the cancellation of Tokyo
    Ham Fair 2021, the world's largest ham radio event. Yoshinori
    Takao, JG1KTC, chairman of the Japan Amateur Radio League,
    announced that JARL had been committed to holding the ham fair as
    planned on October 2nd and 3rd using extreme preventative measures
    against COVID-19 but new waves of infection made it necessary to
    call everything off. He expressed hope for better chances in 2022.
    The 2020 ham fair was also called off due to the pandemic.
    According to the JARL website, more than 42,000 people attended
    the fair in 2019 over the course of two days.

    (JARL)

    **

    IARU REGION 3 OPTS FOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: The IARU Region 3 is also responding to the pandemic
    —by holding its first digital regional conference. Jason Daniels,
    VK2LAW, brings us that story.

    JASON: The IARU Region 3 Conference kicks off on September 20th
    and for its hosting organisation, RAST, it was supposed to be
    three days of business and fellowship in Bangkok, Thailand. It
    will instead be held digitally: a first for Region 3, but a
    necessary response to the extraordinary circumstances of the
    COVID-19 pandemic. RAST's president, Jack Hantongkom, HS1FVL,
    writes on the conference website: [quote] "We are excited about
    the opportunities of holding an innovative virtual conference."
    [endquote] As such, the member societies will still meet in
    working groups to deal with technical, operational and policy
    matters, typical of any such conference except that this, the 18th
    regional conference, will take place on the Zoom platform. The
    tentative list of participants on the conference website includes
    attendees from ORARI, the Indonesian amateur radio society; the
    Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League; the Chinese Radio Amateurs
    Club; the American Radio Relay League and the Malaysian Amateur
    Radio Transmitters Society, among others. Jack writes further:
    [quote] "This conference will bring us together at what is a very
    difficult time for us all. " [endquote]

    For full details of the conference go to the URL given in this
    weeks script at arnewsline.org

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

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: https://www.iarur3conf2021.org/ ]

    (IARU REGION 3)

    **

    AMSAT SYMPOSIUM MOVES FROM HOTEL INTO VIRTUAL MODE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, in the US, AMSAT has also announced a
    change in plans for its 2021 Space Symposium and Annual Meeting.
    Originally scheduled to take place at the Crowne Plaza hotel in
    Bloomington, Minnesota, it will instead be held on Zoom on
    Saturday, October 30th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. The
    program will be a mix of live Q&A sessions and pre-recorded video
    segments. Registration is required through the AMSAT member
    portal. AMSAT plans to make the event available for public viewing
    later on its YouTube channel. AMSAT announced the changes, citing
    concerns about safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    (AMSAT)

    **

    SPACEX RECOVERY VESSELS NAMED FOR 'BOB AND DOUG'

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Remember Bob and Doug? No, not the fictional McKenzie
    brothers, but the NASA astronauts. SpaceX is remembering them and
    Paul Braun, WD9GCO, tells us how.

    PAUL: In August of 2020, Bob Behnken, KE5GGX, and Doug Hurley,
    became the first astronauts launched aboard a crew Dragon
    spacecraft in a historic commercial flight. This year, Bob and
    Doug were to play key roles in the splash-down stage of another
    history-making mission called Inspiration4. Well....at least their
    namesakes were ready: Two vessels in SpaceX's recovery fleet
    were named for the pair, in a nod to last year's mission which
    helped signal a new era in spaceflight. The ships bearing their
    names became part of the recovery fleet for Inspiration4, which
    -- with a crew of four private citizens aboard -- marked the
    world's first all-civilian space flight.

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

    (NASA, SPACE.COM)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 24 01:31:44 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2291, for Friday, September 24th, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2291, with a release date of
    Friday, September 24th, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. Hospitalized children talk to the ISS via ham
    radio. Researchers call for new regulations for satellites -- and
    youthful SOTA activators in Romania have a meeting with meteors. All
    this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2291 comes your
    way right now.

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    HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN CONTACT ISS VIA HAM RADIO

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a story that shows the power
    that amateur radio can have in the lives of children, especially those
    who have been hospitalized for serious illness. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE,
    brings us that report.

    KEVIN: It was a remarkable 10 minutes that students and patients at the Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., are not likely to
    forget: a question-and-answer exchange on Tuesday, September 21st,
    between an ISS astronaut and the young patients in the pediatric acute
    care hospital in America's capital city.

    According to Bob Koepke, AA6TB, the event's technical mentor, the ARISS contact was arranged with Seacrest Studios, the educational space
    inside the hospital to continue patients' education while they are
    receiving treatment there. The space and communications component is coordinated with the help of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, NASA
    and the local Alexandria Amateur Radio Club. Bob said the hospital's
    proposal for the ISS contact had been accepted in March of 2020 but
    concerns for COVID safety changed the shape of the event. Instead of
    using an on-site amateur radio station for the contact, it would rely
    instead on a multi-point telebridge with Claudio Ariotti, IK1SLD, in
    Italy, eliminating the need for a large gathering of people. The
    patients stayed in their rooms, connecting to the action via an iPad
    and the help of a hospital staffer.

    JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, was ready and fielded 16
    questions, using the callsign OR4ISS, during the 10-minute pass. More
    than 1,300 students and patients from kindergarten to 12th grade
    enjoyed the event, along with 500 parents and 400 professionals. A
    recording of the contact is available on YouTube at the link that
    appears in this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org

    Meanwhile, the application period begins on October 1st for proposals
    for ARISS contacts in 2022.

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

    FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKDjGxmcE-Y

    (ARISS, BOB KOEPKE, AA6TB)

    **

    RESEARCHER BLAMES SATELLITES FOR NIGHT SKY 'POLLUTION'

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Look! Up in the sky! That is, if you can. Light
    pollution is becoming an issue and researchers in Canada have what they
    hope is a solution. With that story, here's Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    ANDY: A Canadian astronomer is urging that international regulations be established to set limits on permissible levels of satellite brightness. Samantha Lawler of the University of Regina (ruh-JYE-nuh) in Saskatchewan
    said the ever-increasing population of communications satellites, such as
    those launched by SpaceX's Starlink, generate the kind of light pollution
    that hampers astronomers' research. The scientist was part of a team that included researchers from the University of British Columbia and the
    University of Toronto who studied the optical brightness of thousands
    of satellites, including those in so-called megaconstellations.

    The team concluded that in the not-too-distant future one in every 15
    points of light in the sky will actually be a satellite. The research
    team also expressed concern about the crowding of satellites in orbit, increasing the possibility of more collisions.

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

    (GLOBAL NEWS, SOUTHGATE, CJWW RADIO)
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 8 05:09:04 2021
    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2293, for Friday, October 8th, 2021

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2293 with a release date of Friday, October 8th, 2021, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. A breakthrough in licensing for several British islands and territories in the South Atlantic. In the US, the Appalachian Trail comes alive with amateur radio - ham radio gets a supporting role in
    a new short film. All this and more, as Amateur Radio Newsline Report
    Number 2293, comes your way right now.

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    NEW CALLSIGN PREFIX SETTLES FALKLANDS ISLAND DILEMMA

    JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with report of a development that spells
    good news for DXpeditioners and chasers: At long last a new callsign
    prefix has evolved out of a long-simmering issue over licensed operations
    in the former Falkland Islands Dependencies. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, brings
    us that report.

    JIM: Ofcom, the communications regulator in the UK, has agreed to use of a
    new prefix for the former Falkland Islands Dependencies, which had been mistakenly omitted from the Falkland Islands Communications Ordinance in
    2017. The prefix Victor Papa Zero, VP0, has been assigned to these territories, and the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator, which was
    part of the discussions with Ofcom, is to administer these licenses on
    behalf of the governments of the British Antarctic Territory and South
    Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. The prefix will also apply to the
    British sector of the Antarctic mainland, including the Antarctic
    Peninsula and nearby islands as well as the South Orkney and South
    Shetland Islands. This brings welcome news to DXpeditioners and others who have been unable to use VP8 licenses in these former dependencies for
    years. The new call signs will only be issued with three-letter suffixes.

    Hams assigned VP8 call signs under the old Falkland Islands Communications Ordinance will remain valid until the licenses require revalidation. At
    that time, they will be reassigned a VP0 call sign.

    Hams may coment on the draft of this policy until the 18th of October, Falklands Island Time. Follow the link that appears in the script for this week's newscast at arnewsline.org.

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: www.gov.gs/amateur-radio-licences-policy- consultation/]

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

    (OHIO PENN DX, SOUTHGATE)

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    WEST BENGAL HAMS ASSIST MOTHERS OF NEWBORNS

    JIM/ANCHOR: In India, West Bengal hams turned their efforts recently to aiding two displaced mothers of newborn babies. John Williams, VK4JJW, has more.

    JOHN: Relying on their amateur radio skills and the vast network of connections that enables members to reconnect missing persons with their families, members of India's West Bengal Radio Club came to the
    asssistance of two women shortly after they had given birth.

    According to a report in the Sujanya News, a woman who was in the advanced stages of pregnancy was taken to Diamond Harbour Super Specialty Hospital
    in West Bengal by police who found her at the local railway station and noticed she appeared to be mentally challenged. The child was born on September 10th, and according to the news account her family was located
    in Punjab after police requested intervention by the amateur radio club. Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary of the club, said the connection was made
    with the help of Satnam Singh Birdi, VU2COR, in Punjab state. According to
    the newspaper story the woman's brother told the hams she had been missing
    for more than two months and that her husband also appeared to be
    suffering from mental illness. The brother made the trip to the hospital, accompanied by other relatives, to retrieve the woman and her newborn
    baby.

    In another more challenging case, however, the fate of another mother and
    her newborn child at that same hospital is less certain. The West Bengal
    hams learned that the woman, who also appeared to be mentally challenged,
    is a widow and the mother of two older children who are now being cared
    for by neighbours. Ambarish Nag Biswas told the newspaper that no one has stepped forward to bring the woman home, claiming her pregnancy was the
    result of sexual assault, and a stigma to her family.

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

    (SUJANYA NEWS, WEST BENGAL RADIO CLUB)
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)