• Amateur Radio Newsline (B)

    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 7 09:03:46 2020


    NEIL/ANCHOR: Amazon's ambitious plan for its satellite constellation is
    moving ahead. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, gives us that update.

    PAUL: The FCC has approved the deployment plan of Amazon's Kuiper
    satellite system, which is designed to provide high-speed broadband
    internet service to government, business, and consumers, using 3,236 satellites. The system is to include customer terminals, gateway earth stations, software-defined network, and satellite control functionality,
    among other components. Kuiper has stated that it can commence service
    after the first 578 satellites are launched. There will be five phases
    of deployment. For space-to-Earth communications, Kuiper plans to operate
    on 17.7-18.6 GHz and 18.8-20.2 GHz. For Earth-to-space communications, it
    will use 27.5-30.0 GHz.

    Amazon has already posted 104 new job openings in support of the low-earth-orbit project. Many of the jobs are in various parts of the engineering field, and in wireless communications, and are based in the
    states of Washington, Virginia, and Georgia.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The amateur radio and commercial broadcast communities are
    both grieving the loss of a seasoned professional. Bob Reynolds, WB3DYE,
    became a Silent Key on the 2nd of August. In addition to being an
    enthusiastic amateur radio operator, and a ragchewer on all the bands,
    Bob was perhaps best known to non-hams in northeast and central
    Pennsylvania as a longtime reporter for Newswatch 16 on WNEP-TV. Before
    his retirement in 2014, he had long since established a reputation as an investigative reporter.

    Bob was 67.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: New hams in the UK are getting extra support that's
    personal - even if it's from a distance. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us

    JEREMY: New licence-holders, especially those who took their exams via
    remote invigilation, now have a place to call their own, even if it is
    only in the virtual universe. The Radio Society of Great Britain has established a group on Facebook, to provide guidance to new hams, as
    well as those who are returnees to radio. The group provides guidance
    on establishing a home station, and a connection to a number of
    experienced hams, who can advise on a range of issues.

    The Facebook page is one of several resources the society is making
    available at this challenging time of social distancing. New hams
    interested in exploring this, and other resources, should visit the
    website at rsgb dot org slash beyond hyphen exams

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


    NEIL/ANCHOR: It is also worth noting that OFCOM has also made changes
    in testing for the Intermediate Level license, elimimating the practical
    test, as it did with the Foundation level. This means Intermediate Level
    exams can now be given over the internet via remote invigilation.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Amateur satellite enthusiasts in South Africa are getting
    ready for their annual space symposium, as we hear from Graham Kemp,

    GRAHAM: There's still time to register for the annual space symposium
    of AMSAT of South Africa, which is taking place as a live event online,
    on Saturday, the 22nd of August.

    The programme will feature discussions about using simple hardware and
    software to track and decode small satellites in orbit; SATNOGS, and of
    course, AMSAT OSCAR 7, the longest operating amateur radio satellite.

    Software engineer Burns Fisher, WB1JF, a prominent volunteer in the
    creation of the Fox1 series of satellites, will deliver two presentations -
    one on satellite telemetry collection, and another on a simple telemetry station called Fox-in-a-Box.

    Visit amsatsa dot org dot za (amsatsa.org.za) for details on how to
    register, and an explanation of costs. The event will begin at 0800 UTC
    and conclude at 1700 UTC. It will include a lunch break -- but you'll
    have to provide your own sandwiches.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 14 12:25:59 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you've been waiting to take your license exams in the
    UK, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,

    JEREMY: Hams in the UK who had hoped to gain their Foundation licence or upgrade to Intermediate this month, are going to need some patience:
    demand has been so great, that most available slots for the Radio Society
    of Great Britain's online exams, are already booked through late September.
    The remote-invigilation exams were previously only given to Foundation candidates, but they were recently opened up to Intermediate candidates
    as well. The requirement for a practical has been dropped for both levels
    of licence.

    To register for an exam, visit rsgb.org/exampay

    The changes have resulted in big growth in online training. Free coursework
    is available from a number of sources, including Essex Ham, and the GM6DX website.

    Links to both websites are available in the printed script of this week's report.

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

    [PRINT ONLY: https://gm6dx.thinkific.com/ and https://www.essexham.co.uk/train/foundation-online/ ]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There's a bonus for hams in Switzerland, who help boost membership in the national amateur radio organization. Ed Durrant, DD5LP,
    gives us the details.

    ED: The USKA, the Union of Swiss Shortwave Amateurs, has a recruitment
    drive under way, with a bit of a financial twist. They're offering a
    financial bonus for members who successfully sign up new members,
    especially those under the age of 25. According to the group's website,
    the effort began as a way to address declining membership, and does not
    apply to former USKA members who are rejoining.

    In 2018, 3,070 of Switzerland's 4,877 amateur radio licensees were members
    of the USKA. The USKA recently focused as well on promoting youth
    involvement in amateur radio, after noticing that its roster of new members included only one amateur younger than 25 in 2018.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hurricane season is under way in parts of the U.S., and
    for many, it evokes painful memories. A special event station is marking
    the 15th anniversary of two of the most devastating, as we hear from Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.

    DON: Fifteen years ago, residents of Louisiana and Texas were bracing for
    two devastating storms that swept the region. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed communities, displaced families, and cost lives, putting 2005
    on one part of the U.S. hurricane map that so many would like to forget. Katrina was described as the largest natural disaster in U.S. history, and
    one month later, Rita swept through, deepening the tragedy.

    Special Event Station K5R is marking the anniversary, and on the weekend
    of August 28th through the 30th. Hams will be mostly on 40, 20, and 17
    meters, using SSB and CW, and successful contacts can be awarded a

    Scott Hernandez, KD5PCK, is sponsoring the special event, and asks all
    hams to visit the station's page on QRZ.com for more details, or the
    Facebook page for K5R Special Event Station. A number of operators
    calling QRZ are, like me, Katrina survivors. I'll be on the air as well,
    so be listening.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the KV3B repeater
    in Rockville, Maryland, on Sunday nights at 8 local time.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 20 23:11:42 2020

    PAUL/ANCHOR: The Collins Collectors Association is grieving the loss
    of a treasured longtimer, who has become a Silent Key. Jack Parker,
    W8ISH, tells us about him.

    JACK: Members of the Collins Collectors Association, treasured the
    friendship and expertise of Glen Zook, K9STH, who was known to fellow
    hams as a valued technical expert. Glen became a Silent Key on August
    13th. One of the early members of the Collins group, the electrical
    engineer from Indiana moved to Texas after college, to take up a job
    with Collins Radio. CCA president Scott Kerr, KE1RR, told Newsline
    that Glen had [quote] "a passion for getting things right" [endquote],
    and often shared his expertise with members posting on the CCA

    Glen had also been the first FM editor of CQ Magazine, and author of
    more than 1,000 articles for various other publications, including
    Popular Electronics, and 73 magazine, according to his profile on
    QRZ.com. His website k9sth dot net [k9sth.net], with its array of
    downloadable files, shows his range of projects, and serves as a
    window into his own ham radio station.

    Glen was an amateur radio operator for more than 60 years, and
    according to his family, he was a mechanical and electronics wizard,
    who could fix anything, especially the antique radios he loved so
    much. His daughter, Rebecca, posted on her Facebook page: [quote]
    "A profoundly gifted man, there wasn't much he couldn't accomplish."

    Scott Kerr added that as one of the CCA's particularly patient
    oldtimers: [quote] "Glen will be especially missed." [endquote]

    Glen Zook was 76 years old.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Another Silent Key - this one in Florida - was most
    especially celebrated for his long years of work with the NASA
    space program. Jim Damron, N8TMW, has the details.

    JIM: A ham who enjoyed a prominent career for nearly four decades,
    working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, has become a Silent
    Key. John Stephen Chitwood, K3RGB, of St. Petersburg, Florida, has
    died of COVID-19. He had been hospitalized following a fall in June,
    and then tested positive for the coronavirus.

    A radio tinkerer and a builder since he was a child, he received his
    Novice license in 1961. Though he became a DJ at his college radio
    station at Drexel University, his time in college also provided entry
    into the world of space travel. He began working on the Greenbelt,
    Maryland campus of NASA's Goddard center, while still at the university.

    He later became part of the team on the Cosmic Background Explorer,
    or COBE. Measurements made with the help of the COBE satellite later
    helped two scientists win the Nobel Prize in physics in 2006, for
    their study of the origin of stars and galaxies.

    According to his obituary in the Washington Post, John also served as secretary and treasurer for the Foundation for Amateur Radio, and was
    part of its Scholarship Committee for 46 years.

    John Stephen Chitwood was 73.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams in Canada are being asked to name names - the best
    of the best - for induction into the Radio Amateurs of Canada Hall of
    Fame. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, has that story.

    DAVE: If you live in Canada, and know someone who you think deserves
    a place in the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, now's your chance
    to make it happen. Radio Amateurs of Canada is accepting nominations
    until the end of September, and the trustees of the hall are looking
    for hams who have performed great service to amateur radio in Canada
    over a sustained period of time. All nominations should include a
    biographical information about the nominee, and three references.
    The RAC prefers nomination documents via email in PDF format, but
    will also accept those delivered by regular mail.

    Now can you keep a secret? You'll have to: All nominations are
    required to be kept confidential, which means you can't tell anyone
    you're nominating them, nor can you ask their permission. Simply go
    to the hall of fame web page, and download the nomination form to
    get started. You can find it at wp dot rac dot ca forward slash carhof,
    which is spelled "c a r h o f" for Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of
    Fame. (wp.rac.ca/carhof)

    Deadline is the last business day of September.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 28 16:45:15 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Sometimes you wait a lifetime for that big DX -- and for
    one ham in India, it finally happened just a few weeks ago. John
    Williams, VK4JJW, picks up the story from here.

    JOHN: Babul Gupta, VU3ZBG, has been DXing since childhood, listening
    to the radio for those far-away signals. A radio enthusiast for more
    than five decades, he received the signals of a lifetime this month,
    when he picked up a transmission from the Antarctic, while he was near
    the shore in West Bengal, India.

    He told the Times of India, and New Delhi Television, that the signals
    were sent on 15476 kHz from an Argentinian scientists' base camp at
    Esperanza, Antarctica. He verified the contact by emailing the
    scientists a recording of the audio, and the scientists replied with
    an acknowledgment.

    According to Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, secretary of the West Bengal
    Radio Club, this is the first time in recent years, that anyone from
    that Indian state has been able to copy a radio signal from the

    As for Babul Gupta, he told local media it was nothing short of a
    defining moment in his life -- one he has no doubt awaited for 50
    or so years.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A successful contact is something to be celebrated, but
    in the age of COVID-19 contacts have come to mean something else. In
    India, amateur radio operators are doing their part to trace those
    kinds of contacts. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, has those details.

    JASON: Ham radio has become a powerful tool to help authorities in
    Bengaluru, India, with contact tracing, and other tasks related to
    keeping track of the COVID-19 spread. Working mainly from their home
    QTH, 80 to 100 radio operators are assisting as volunteers and conduct
    surveys and assist patients, relaying information for government use.

    According to a report in The Times of India, the hams previously were
    involved in monitoring individuals who were required to be on home
    quarantine and in assisting with reports of violations.

    The director of the Indian Institute of Hams, Shankar Satyapal VU2FI,
    told the newspaper that he hoped the realtime communications made
    possible by ham radio would keep authorities provided with as much
    up-to-date information as possible.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The World Wide Radio Operators Foundation, has added a
    prominent young amateur from Germany to its board of directors. Twenty-two-year-old Philipp Springer, DK6SP, is a member of the Youth
    Working Group of IARU Region 1, and a lead planner for the Youngsters
    on the Air - Team Germany program. Philipp was among the well-ranked contesters at the WRTC 2018 in Germany, as part of Team Y82D. The
    foundation's chairman Tim Duffy, K3LR, praised the selection of Philipp
    for the board, and said he was encouraged by the youthful enthusiasm he
    brings to the hobby. Congratulations Philipp!




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Sometimes a contest is more than just a contest - especially during quarantine. In Australia, a group of YLs has set out to show how
    it's done. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has those details.

    GRAHAM: This year, the 40th contest of the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association, or ALARA, doesn't just provide an opportunity to do your best
    on the air - it's being seen as a way to chip away at the social isolation that has become so entrenched during this global pandemic.

    The contest begins on Saturday, August 29th, at 0600 UTC, and finishes on Sunday the 30th, at 0559 UTC.

    As Sue, VK5AYL, contest manager for ALARA said: "We are really looking
    forward to hearing some young and new YLs in the contest this year, and catching up with many amateurs along the way."

    An Alara Contest page has been established on Facebook, and its use is optional: It's available for hams to spot any contacts they have made with other YLs - but self-spotting is not permitted in this event.

    As organisers state on their Facebook page [quote] "We hope to meet you on air." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB. 73 and 88!!

    (WIA, ALARA)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 4 02:22:04 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Amateur signals went the distance in late August,
    crossing the Atlantic from Europe to the Caribbean. John Williams,
    VK4JJW, has those details.

    JOHN: August ended with a flourish for a number of amateur radio
    operators who had a wild ride across the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to
    an opening on 144 MHz between the Canary Islands and the Caribbean.
    On the 27th and 28th of August, operators using FT8 and SSB on the
    island of Tenerife, successfully contacted stations in Guadeloupe,
    Martinique, and Puerto Rico.

    Cesar, EA8CXN, reported that he successfully logged at least two
    trans-Atlantic contacts on SSB with Yoyo, FM5CS, on Martinique,
    and Burt, FG8OJ, on Guadeloupe. That's a distance of approximately
    4,800 kms, or nearly 3,000 miles.

    The Puerto Rican contacts set a new distance record across the
    Atlantic, according to a report on the EI7GL blog. The distance
    there was 5,200 kms, or a little more than 3,200 miles. That broke
    the record set on April 8th of this year, between a Cape Verde
    station, and an operator in Curacao - a distance of 4,759 kms, or
    about 2,950 miles.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: With COVID-19 still in the picture, Ham Radio
    University's planners are said to be rethinking their strategy
    for the big annual day of radio education in January. Jack Parker,
    W8ISH, gives us the details.

    JACK: Organizers of the popular Ham Radio University, held for more
    than two decades on Long Island, New York, are considering the
    likelihood of hosting it in January as a virtual conference instead.
    Founded by Phil Lewis, N2MUN, who became a Silent Key this past March,
    Ham Radio University is a day of workshops, learning, and fellowship.
    Its website notes that it is presently scheduled to take place on
    January 9, 2021, on the campus of Long Island University, in
    Brookville, New York. A message from the ARRL Hudson Division quotes
    Richie, K2KNB, of the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club, as saying
    the HRU committee is leaning toward a virtual event. More details are
    expected from the organizing committee.

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



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: You won't have to travel to New York this year to vote
    on the beloved old radio equipment that competes each year in a kind
    of popularity contest. Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, explains the new option

    SKEETER: The Antique Wireless Museum isn't letting a pandemic get in
    the way of its popular People's Choice Contest, which is usually held
    at its facilities in Bloomfield, New York. This year, the entries are
    visible - and available for people's votes - on the AWA website

    You don't need to be a member of the AWA to vote on some of these
    beautiful old oscillators, receivers, and transmitters. All you need
    to do is send an email, noting the entry number of your favorite item.
    The email should be sent to voting at antiquewireless dot org (voting@antiquewireless.org).

    You have until the first of October to send in your selection. The
    winner will be announced on October 5th, and voting has already opened.

    The address for viewing entries can be seen in the printed version of
    this script at arnewsline.org

    [DO NOT READ - FOR PRINT ONLY: antiquewireless.org/homepage/2020-virtual-peoples-choice/]

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The long-running KB0ZSG [KAY BEE ZERO ZED ESS GEE] International D-STAR Net is on the move. The net is moving from
    Reflector 1C to Reflector 91C, effective the 13th of September.
    The day and time for the net will remain the same - 7 p.m. Central
    Time in the U.S. on Sundays.

    The net bears the call sign of its founder Connie Ballantyne, now
    a Silent Key, and it is run by Steve, KC9SIO. With the changes
    happening, it is recommended that hams wanting to connect starting
    on the 13th update their settings. Steve said the move became
    necessary to resolve a problem of having too many hotspots
    connected to Reflector 1 and 30 at the same time.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 10 22:41:11 2020

    JIM/ANCHOR: While the FCC has not set a date to vote on imposing a
    $50 charge for a new amateur radio license or renewal, the agency has
    been accepting public comments about its Notice of Proposed
    Rulemaking, with a mixed response. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, has that story.

    NEIL: Wil Wiquist, the FCC's associate director of media relations,
    told Newsline in an email that the FCC is mandated to charge a fee to
    hams, because of changes Congress enacted in 2018. The law is known
    as the RAY BAUM'S Act, an acronym for Repack Airwaves Yielding Better
    Access for Users of Modern Services. It directly impacts personal
    licenses such as amateur radio.

    Opinions thus far in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System have
    included numerous arguments against the fee, saying it would deter
    young people, and keep ham radio out of the reach of retirees and
    low-income applicants. A Michigan amateur wrote, however, that he
    considered the proposal reasonable, suggesting a fee waiver for
    individuals younger than 18. The Valley Amateur Radio Association in
    Virginia suggested fees of no more than $15 for initial licenses and modifications, and a waiver for operators active in emergency
    communications and community events. One ham wrote, from North
    Carolina: [quote] "I am in favor of the fee, if the fees will be used
    to strengthen enforcement. If the fees are just going to go into the
    treasury, then what's the purpose?" [endquote]

    The FCC calls the fees cost-based. Wiquist said that in addition to
    its automated system, the FCC also employs a Special Temporary
    Authority for Personal Licenses, using such non-automated agency
    resources as analyst review and processing and engineer technical
    review. He said the process' cost is about $135.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Imagine getting your ham radio license without having to
    pass a test! Well in Brazil, that might just become a reality. Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, has that story.

    GRAHAM: Taking the Brazilian Amateur Radio League by surprise, the
    nation's regulator, the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency,
    has proposed eliminating the amateur radio certificate exam for all
    classes. Regulator ANATEL's published proposal outlines a structure
    that would grant free access to the Class C licence, which would
    align the process with that used for citizens band radio. The
    regulator is proposing advancement to subsequent classes B and A
    after the applicant presents a certificate of completion for
    technical classes in communications - or a minimum of three years' instruction.

    ANATEL has requested support from the Brazilian radio group, LABRE,
    which is a strong proponent of minimum requirements for a radio
    amateur licence. The regulator's move also contradicts most practices
    in the international regulation of licences. LABRE has asked for a
    meeting with the regulator to clarify the proposal.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Want to help a university student work toward a
    doctorate? Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us all you have to do is....use
    your radio.

    ED: A balloon experiment launched on Saturday September 12th by
    students at the Warsaw University of Technology is carrying important
    data for one student pursuing a doctoral degree. The ballon has an
    unusual VLF 210m-long fully-airborne antenna system which creates an electromagnetic field on 14.2 kHz. Listeners in Poland may recall
    this was once the frequency of the Babice Radio Station, which played
    an important wartime role relaying messages to the German submarines
    in the Atlantic. Radio enthusiasts have been asked to listen for the transmission and provide feedback on signal reception during the
    three-hour flight -- everything from location, SNR and bandwidth.

    The operation will commence while the balloon is still on the ground,
    and the antenna will rise as the balloon ascends to its maximum
    altitude of 30 km.

    Hams will be able to track the balloon via APRS on 144.800 MHz. The
    balloon's call sign is SP5AXL -- the call sign assigned to the
    Heritage Park Society of the old Babice Radio Station.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the
    W2VL repeater on Long Island, New York at 8:30 p.m. local time on
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 17 22:10:32 2020

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In Canada, organizers have added a mini-conference to
    the RAC's annual general meeting and one of the bigggest topics is

    JOHN: The COVID-19 pandemic itself will be a kind of headliner when
    Radio Amateurs of Canada hosts a mini-conference just before its
    annual general meeting on the 20th of September. In addition to
    talks about satellite, engaging more youth, remote operations and a
    recap of the St. Paul Island DXpedition, the day's programme will
    feature what's being billed as "a fireside chat" on amateur radio
    during the global pandemic. Panelists will be Tim Ellam, VE6SH:
    president of the International Amateur Radio Union; Rick Roderick,
    K5UR, president of the American Radio Relay League; and Steve Thomas
    M1ACB, general manager of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)

    Moderator will be Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, president of the Radio
    Amateurs of Canada.

    This is to be the first time the annual general meeting will be held virtually, and the RAC has opted to add the interactive mini-
    conference to round out the day. The annual general meeting will
    begin at 4 p.m., at the conclusion of the mini-conference.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The recent AMSAT-UK OSCAR QSO Party has given 2 hams in
    India reason to celebrate, as Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells us.

    JASON: Marathon runners aren't the only enthusiasts who are proud of
    achieving what's called their "personal best." Ham radio operators
    have their big moments too. Two hams in India -- Rajesh VU2EXP and
    Lucky VU2LBW -- reported recently that during the AMSAT-UK OSCAR QSO
    Party they worked six different FM satellites in one day, September

    Rajesh is the regional coordinator for the West India Zone of
    AMSAT-India. He writes: [quote] "It's a personal record for us for
    such satellite activities in the region." [endquote] The satellites
    included AO-27, a 27-year-old satellite and SO-50, launched 18 years

    To add to the thrill, said Rajesh, it should be noted that he
    achieved the contacts using a portable setup from his terrace in
    Gujarat (Goo-Juh-Rott), using a pair of HTs and a homebrew antenna.

    He added: "What a memorable day!"

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A New York ham who achieved distinction - both as a
    journalist and in ARMY MARS - has become a Silent Key. Caryn Eve
    Murray, KD2GUT, has that report.

    CARYN: An amateur radio operator with a prominent role in the Army
    Military Auxiliary Radio System has become a Silent Key. Bill Sexton,
    N1AN, devoted himself to serving MARS following a long, prominent
    career in journalism that included reporting from foreign bureaus in
    Tokyo and Beijing for the Long Island daily newspaper, Newsday.

    A Korean War veteran, he retired from the paper in 1991 and served as
    the public affairs officer for MARS for 13 years. During the 9/11
    terror attacks in the U.S. - and later during Hurricane Katrina -
    Bill assisted with emergency radio communications, earning him the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Bill was also the
    author of "Army MARS at 90: Helping Protect the Homeland," a 100-page
    study of the organization's role in national security. Bill held the
    Army MARS callsigns AAR1FP, and AAA9PC.

    Bill had suffered a stroke one week before his death on September
    6th. He was 91.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A leader in amateur radio in southeastern India has
    become a Silent Key. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us more.

    GRAHAM: Avutu Nagi Reddy, VU2ANI, was a homebrew enthusiast, a
    helping hand at antenna installations and an all-around guide who
    shared the science of ham radio with others. Avutu became a Silent
    Key on Thursday the 10th of September at home in the Indian state of
    Andhra Pradesh. He was heard often on the HF bands, and was a
    familiar voice particularly on 40 meters. He was also a leader,
    serving as secretary of the Coastal Amateur Radio Society. His love
    of radios extended to his impressive collection of radios and

    Avutu was 64.

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

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: We all take pride in who we are as amateur radio
    operators. Now a new club is forming as a virtual collective, hoping
    to provide a welcoming spirit to amateurs who are also part of the
    world's LGBTQI community. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has that story.

    ROBERT: The Pride Radio Group launched itself on the 13th of September
    and within the first week alone, it had become a group of 50. A virtual community organised by Michael Wheeler, VK3FUR, the group encourages discussions on SDR, antenna design, and HF operating -- much of it on
    the Discord app for now -- and it promises what Michael calls a "safe
    and friendly environment." Michael said the group's origins are rooted
    in the hope to provide representation for radio operators in the
    LGBTQI community in Australia and the Oceania region, and that it just
    grew from there. While the group awaits its Australian call sign to be granted, plans are in the works for a future with special event
    activations, DMR talkgroups, and a pride-focused contest, likely for
    June of 2021. Michael said other ham clubs have already reached out
    asking how their own organisations can become more inclusive and
    welcoming. Michael told Newsline: [quote] "I've had a number of people personally reach out to me to tell me that a group like this might be
    just the sort of thing they need to get back on the air." [endquote]

    For more details about this emerging group, visit the website
    prideradio dot group (prideradio.group)

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In the UK, the Get On the Air To Care campaign has
    accelerated since the Radio Society of Great Britain and the NHS
    teamed up to highlight ham radio as an antidote to the malaise of
    pandemic lockdown. In fact, national media, such as the BBC and the
    "i" newspaper, have shared such stories as this next one, as Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: Caitlin Field, M6XTT, is the third generation ham in her
    family - and its first YL. She joins grandfather Don, G3XTT, and
    father, Ed, 2E0WWF, in her fascination with radio and science. When
    lockdown happened, Caitlin made the most of her time by studying the Foundation course provided online by Essex Ham. Using Zoom, Don
    supplemented his granddaughter's studies with regular tutoring
    sessions and proclaimed her an eager student. It also gave the two
    some quality "grandpa-and-granddaughter time" which they both
    thoroughly enjoyed during an otherwise isolating lockdown. On her
    third try, Caitlin passed the exam given by remote invigilation by
    RSGB president, and exam quality manager, Dave Wilson, M0OBW. Soon the 10-year-old was the holder of her father's old Foundation call sign.

    Getting on the air to care - or caring enough to help someone new get
    on the air in the first place - is the essence of this joint campaign
    with the health service, according to Steve Thomas, M1ACB, the RSGB's
    general manager. Now, it seems, that mainstream media also cares - and
    cares enough to put amateur radio stories like this on the air.

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

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We also mention that the RSGB has begun making remote invigilation available for applicants for the Full license. On
    Thursday, September 24th, the society began accepting exam bookings
    for all three levels of license. Exams are now being booked for
    Wednesday, October 21st, and beyond.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A popular ham station for guest operators in Sweden has
    become another casualty of the global pandemic. Graham Kemp, VK4BB,
    has those details.

    GRAHAM: There's little more than two months to go before SI9AM, the
    Visitors Amateur Radio Station in Utanede Sweden closes its doors
    permanently. It was established 20 years ago and is owned by eight
    radio clubs in Sweden's third call area. There have been no guest
    operators, however, since the COVID-19 pandemic and its board has
    opted to cease operations on the first of December.

    Since the visitors station opened on July 19, 2000 it has logged about
    160,000 QSOs. The station is known as the King Chulalongkorn (Chew Luh
    Long Korn) Memorial Amateur Radio Visitors station, and is located near
    the Thai Pavilion that opened in 1998 to honor the Thai king's visit
    to the Swedish town in 1897.

    SI9AM president Jörgen, SM3FJF, made the announcement, adding that all
    QSL cards and SI9AM awards will still be sent for confirmed radio

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



    BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
    Radio Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K4LYL repeater in Bedford, Virginia on Tuesdays and Thursdays at
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When it comes to planning for emergency coverage,
    hospitals and hams are a natural team. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, tells
    us about one such effort in Washington State.

    CHRISTIAN: With the help of a local hospital, hams in Clallam County, Washington are hoping to provide the county with a security blanket of
    RF coverage. Their effort has been a two-year project between the
    Clallam County Amateur Radio Club and Forks Community Hospital.
    According to club member Joe Wright, KG7JWW, who is also an area
    emergency coordinator for ARES in Forks, the goal is to establish
    "operational areas" throughout the county including the vast prairie
    and serve those areas with more radios and repeaters. While standard communication will continue to rely on the VHF repeater and vertical
    antenna, the goal is to extend the range, linking to UHF repeaters

    Joe credited the hospital for having established an on-site amateur
    radio station after 9/11 for Clallam County ARES. He said the hospital
    has also assisted in other ways, including with installation of a
    repeater and equipment for an emergency radio site on Gunderson
    Mountain, just outside of town.

    He told Newsline "the new repeater location has significantly
    increased our coverage" and other expansions are in the planning
    stages. One of them is for a location that will cover the county's
    farthest northwest areas and cross over to Vancouver Island, British

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Although more voters than ever in the U.S. are
    expected to use absentee ballots in November's presidential election,
    one amateur radio operator will be casting her ballot from space. Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has those details.

    DON: Astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, has a few important things on her
    agenda following her mid-October launch from Russia to the
    International Space Station. Once there, she will begin her research
    using the Cold Atom Lab aboard the ISS. She will also work on a
    cardiovascular experiment.

    And, she plans to cast an absentee ballot, and vote in the United
    States presidential election. According to Space.com, her vote will
    take the form of a secure electronic ballot which gets transmitted to
    Mission Control, and sent on from there to the county clerk back home
    in Texas.

    Of course, high-flying absentee ballots are nothing new for her.
    According to the Associated Press, she and fellow astronaut Shane
    Kimbrough, KE5HOD, voted for president the same way in 2016, hoping
    their votes would go the distance.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the
    N9EOC repeater of the Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association in Noblesville, Indiana, on Sundays at 8 p.m. local time.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Imagine 27 years on the job: The team behind a
    satellite called AMRAD-Oscar 27 has no trouble imagining it at all.
    The satellite just marked its birthday in space, as Neil Rapp, WB9VPG,
    tells us.

    NEIL: Happy 27th birthday to the satellite that was launched from
    French Guiana in September of 1993 and is still on the job. Hams
    around the world have made contacts with AMRAD-Oscar 27, which has
    also been used for a successful D-STAR mode satellite QSO. Even after
    a temporary outage in 2012, the team behind the project couldn't be
    prouder of the satellite's longevity and its reputation for being
    relatively easy to work. AO-27 was built by the Amateur Radio Research
    and Development Corporation (AMRAD) in McLean, Virginia.

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

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    JIM/ANCHOR: Yes, it's almost time for Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on
    the Internet. Bill Stearns, NE4RD, gives us those details.

    BILL: Radio Scouters are getting ready for the world's largest scouting
    event just one week away, Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet
    on October 16th through the 18th local times. With current COVID-19
    guidelines varying from state to state and country to country, this year's event will no doubt be somewhat of a challenge.

    With the guidelines in place, we have definitely seen a decrease in
    planned participation and as such we only have 4 call areas with reserved K2BSA callsign usage.

    Mark Hughes, KG4VWE, will be activating K2BSA/4 in West Point, GA, at the Chattahoochee Council Fall Family Camp.

    David Mulvey, K5DCM, will be activating K2BSA/5 in San Angelo, TX, with a location of To Be Determined.

    Brandon Arias, KM6WZP, will be activating K2BSA/6 in Riverside, CA, at
    Mount Rubidoux.

    Lori Abraham and Robert Crow, KA8CDC, will be activating K2BSA/8 in
    Wheeling, WV, at the Sandscrest Scout Reservation.

    Registration for JOTA/JOTI is located at jotajoti.info this year. Please communicate your intentions for your activity with your local district and council for any approvals needed under the current guidelines in your

    For more information on this and radio scouting, please visit our website
    at k2bsa.net.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association, this
    is Bill Stearns, NE4RD.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams around the United States were on high alert on Saturday October 3rd, and if the situations they faced felt a little unreal, that's because they were: The carefully scripted emergencies were part of a drill
    for the Simulated Emergency Test of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, has that story.

    CHRISTIAN: From Bedford County, Pennsylvania to Cherokee County, Georgia -
    and beyond - emergencies suddenly seemed real as first responders and
    amateur radio operators played it for keeps in the Simulated Emergency
    Test. The scenario there was a search for missing hikers in the woods.

    Lloyd Roach, K3QNT, public information officer of the Bedford County
    Amateur Radio Society, told WTAJ news that it was a chance to polish coordination skills with the area's firefighters, fire chiefs, police and
    even the search-and-rescue teams.

    Hams in Northern Florida responded to a simulation in which excessive heat taxed the power grid, prompting the state to begin rolling blackouts. The focus there was on response to heatstroke patients and individuals with critical needs requiring hospital transport.

    In Georgia, the Cherokee ARES group tackled a simulated earthquake rocking
    the state. Hams in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, responded to flooding
    evacuations and illness from polluted water, ARES members in Hawaii
    deployed EmComm stations for a simulated hurricane, communicating with shelters providing assistance.

    In the days following the Simulated Emergency Test, organizers are
    expected to assess the activity and uncover any weaknesses in procedures
    and communications to better prepare for the real thing.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: A New Jersey amateur radio operator who was a leader in the
    radio community has become a Silent Key. Steve Ostrove, K2SO, Northern New Jersey Section Manager, died of cancer on October 2nd.

    Steve became section manager in 2019, and had previously served in the position from 2016 to 2017.

    Steve Ostrove was 74.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams who operate portable, and even those who don't, are
    always in search of the "perfect" power source. Researchers are too - and Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us about some findings from scientists in Arkansas.

    KEVIN: Physicists at the University of Arkansas have created a circuit
    that they say can harvest the thermal motion inside graphene - an
    electrically conductive form of elemental carbon - and turn it into low- voltage electrical current to power sensors or small devices.

    They also say the power is clean and limitless. They created the circuit
    by using two diodes to convert AC into DC. The pulsing DC current performs work on a load resistor.

    The researchers claim the diodes have a symbiotic relationship with the graphene and increase the circuit's power. They believe that this project
    has proven that grapheneÆs thermal motion at room temperature induces an alternating current in a circuit -- an achievement that some physicists
    have said is not possible.

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

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: Elsewhere in the sky, and a bit higher up, there are plans
    for hams to be part of a satellite mission that began as a project in
    Hawaii. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, explains.

    NEIL: The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory has plans to collaborate with
    amateur radio operators to communicate with its Neutron-1 satellite to
    send and receive messages after the satellite is released in November from
    the International Space Station. Neutron-1 is carrying an FM repeater with
    a downlink on 435.300 MHz and an uplink on 145.840 MHz. It is expected to
    be in space for about one year.

    The satellite will be controlled through a ground station at a local
    community college. The space flight lab will control the Neutron-1 via the GlobalStar network.

    The Neutron-1 was launched aboard an NG-14 rocket from Virginia on Friday October 2nd as part of a resupply mission to the ISS. It is a project involving students, volunteers, faculty and staff at the University of
    Hawaii. Its mission is to measure neutrons in space and radiation coming
    from the sun.

    The satellite is the space flight lab's second completed spacecraft. In
    2016, the failure of a suborbital rocket after launch caused the loss of
    the first iteration of the Neutron-1 payload.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: School is in session for the New England ARES Academy in the
    U.S. but not the way it was originally planned. Heather Embee, KB3TZD, explains.

    HEATHER: The Northeast HamXposition/ARRL New England Division Convention
    was supposed to be hosting classes for the first New England ARES Academy
    but the current pandemic called everything off. Well, almost. Academy
    classes have still been going forward but now they are virtual. The
    coursework is being offered instead on the Zoom platform. The courses accommodate beginners with five Basic Track classes and work with more advanced amateurs in additional sessions and workshops. One-hour classes
    are being held on weeknights, and two-hour workshops take place on
    Saturday mornings.

    The courses provide additional guidance in the ARRL's ARES training
    standards. The newly created New England ARES Academy grew out of the successful New Hampshire-ARES Academy program, which held classes for
    eight years at the New Hampshire State Fire Academy.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Not everything can be done remotely, however, Amateur radio candidates in Belgium may have to wait a little longer to take their
    tests. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the details.

    JEREMY: While many organisations around the world have gone online to administer amateur radio exams safely to candidates during the COVID-19 pandemic, Belgium has announced all testing must be halted.

    The communications regulator BIPT said its decision was made out of
    concern for the health and safety of BIPT staff and licence candidates. As
    a result, testing has been suspended temporarily.

    Belgium's national amateur radio society said that the BIPT will contact
    the interested parties when examinations can return to normal. Candidates
    who have already registered and paid for the test will be able to re-
    register without incurring extra costs and will receive priority for

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

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: Remember last week's big balloon launch by students from around the United States? Well those balloons just gained some company up in the
    sky. Boy Scouts in Indiana did a launch as part of Jamboree on the Air - and Andy Morrison, K9AWM, shares those details.

    ANDY: Boy Scout Troop 1 in Jeffersonville Indiana places a special emphasis
    on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills. So when the scouts
    hosted their local council's Jamboree on the Air event on Saturday, October 17th, they naturally had everything down to a science. Or perhaps - UP - to
    a science is a more accurate description: In addition to making HF contacts, fox-hunting and playing Morse Code games, the scouts launched lightweight helium balloons, each carrying a payload of no more than 13 grams. Now
    they're tracking them using APRS in the hopes they can follow the planned circumnavigation of the Earth in the jet stream. Using the callsign N9BWT-
    12, the balloons transmit their location every two minutes.

    The project is nothing new to this science-minded group of scouts. During
    last year's JOTA event, the lightweight balloon made its way around the
    world one and three-quarter times before it was lost in a thunderstorm
    in southern California.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: For members of the Straight Key Century Club, the competition's
    in the cards - the QSL cards, that is. Skeeter Nash N5ASH explains.

    SKEETER: CW enthusiasts who've had their fill of sprints, QSO Parties, marathons, and other on-air contests, are being invited to take their competitive spirits off the air for a little while, and express themselves
    with something other than their straight keys. This is a QSL Card contest,
    and it's for members of the Straight Key Century Club, which is marking
    its 15th anniversary in 2021.

    Members are being asked to provide designs for QSL cards to be used during
    the club's annual Straight Key Month, which begins on January 2nd, 2021. The call sign for the event is, once again, K3Y.

    If you belong to the club and have an idea for a catchy card, submit your entry no later than December 14th. Members will vote online for their
    favorite designs starting on December 15th. The most popular design is the
    one that gets the distinction of being the official K3Y QSL card for
    Straight Key Month. Even if you don't win the top honors, if your QSL card lands among the top 12 in popularity, it will be among those featured in the club's printed calendar for the new year.

    Members of the Straight Key Century Club should send their images to Drew at AF2Z at skccgroup.com (drew@skccgroup.com)

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



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Attention TV fans, Tim Allen, KK6OTD, is going QRT on the Fox Network. The American TV sitcom "Last Man Standing" will begin its ninth and final season on the network early next year. The Fox network has carried the series since May 2018, following its cancellation by ABC a year earlier. The show features Tim as amateur radio operator Mike Baxter, KA0XTT.

    Producer John Amodeo, AA6JA, told Newsline in an email that cast and crew
    are now in the process of shooting 21 shows to begin airing in January. All
    is not lost, however: As John noted, even after Season 9 is done, the show's 194 episodes will live on in syndication.

    (TV LINE)



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Only a few weeks remain for teachers and other educators to be
    a part of the next series of radio contacts with the International Space Station. Here's Paul Braun, WD9GCO, with those details.

    PAUL: If you are an educator or part of an educational organization, this is
    a reminder that you only have a little more than a month to apply for a ham radio contact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The proposal window closes on the 24th of November. Contacts are now being
    planned to take place between July 1st and December 30th of next year. ARISS is looking in particular for organizations that will attract a high number
    of participants and intend to use the experience as part of a larger
    education plan.

    Visit the website ariss dot org (ariss.org) for more details and to find a proposal form.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you think the next news item could be a great
    opportunity for someone to help hams living in restrictive communities
    to hide their towers and antennas, you're right. In fact, an
    entrepreneur has done just that - in the Netherlands -- only he gets
    hired mostly by telecomm companies. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has the rest
    of that story.

    GRAHAM: The Dutch company appropriately called Camouflage BV, is in the business of making it seem like all those antennas have gone away. The company's chief, Anton Hermes, is an expert at hiding them.

    Hermes has earned the nickname "Antenna Man" for good reason. He's
    helping cloak many of the tens of thousands of antennas cropping up in
    The Netherlands, including the new influx serving the growing 5G networks.

    Antenna cloaking no longer means just pretending they are part of some
    very tall trees. Hermes takes a more creative approach, using objects that resemble a church spire, fake windows, or the roof of a clock tower. The
    only catch is that the camouflage must be crafted of polyester, since
    many building materials block radio waves.

    Although these antennas are for commercial ventures, hams can relate to
    what he recently told a reporter for the online newsletter Vice
    Netherlands. Hermes said: "This war against antennas upsets me."

    Hams might say he has plenty of company.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The GERATOL Net is back. A new season of operating has
    begun on this Worked-All-States Net. Extra Class operators in the U.S.
    gather on 3.668 MHz every evening starting at 0100 UTC. Visit their
    website at geratol.net - spelled G E R A T O L - and then plan to check
    in. Newcomers as well as old members are welcome.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There have been some new records set for satellite
    contacts logged - and Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, is here to tell us about them.

    NEIL: Two thousand twenty has turned out to be a record year for Jerome LeCuyer, F4DXV, and his satellite contacts. He and Casey Tucker, KI7UNJ,
    told AMSAT that they have set a new record via the RS-44 satellite. On
    October 19th, the French amateur completed a QSO of 8,402 km -- or 5,220
    miles -- with Casey in Idaho. This broke the previous record of 8,357 km -
    or just under 5,200 miles - set in May between a ham in Germany, and a
    ham from Louisiana.

    Meanwhile, Jerome reported another record-setting contact - this one on
    AO-27, working Michael Styne, K2MTS, in New York. The distance of this
    QSO was 5,904 km -- or 3,668 miles -- beating the previous record of
    5,682 - or a little more than 3,500 miles - set in June between operators
    in Russia and Thailand.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A ham radio operator who had just turned 109, has become
    a Silent Key. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, shares this remembrance of him.

    PAUL: Back in 2016 my editor, Caryn Eve Murray, gave me an assignment to contact and interview a man, who was believed to be the oldest living ham.

    Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP was 104 years old at the time and had been a licensed, active ham for 79 years. He was an absolute delight to talk to, bright and sharp, and still active on the air. Our conversation was mostly about his
    age and activity, but that story led to talk about World War II, and his experiences before, during, and after the war. As Newsline went to
    production on Thursday, Oct. 29th, we learned that Cliff had become a
    Silent Key on Oct. 26th, just a few days past his 109th birthday. Our condolences to his family and all who knew him.

    After our Newsline report ran, we posted an extended version of my
    interview with Cliff on our website as an "Extra." You can listen by
    following the link in the text version of this newscast.

    [[https://www.arnewsline.org/extra/2016/9/1/amateur-radio-newsline-report- 2027-extra.html?rq=cliff%20kayhart]]

    (above URL all on one line)

    On a personal note, the phone call I had with him remains one of the
    highlights of my career with Newsline, and one of the most memorable of
    my life. W4KKP has gone QRT one last time.

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



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WA2EHL
    repeater in Burlington, New Jersey, on Fridays at 7 p.m. local time.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 5 22:22:18 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: A prominent radio amateur on the U.S. West Coast has become a Silent Key. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has that story.

    RALPH: ARRL members on the West Coast have lost a leader: The ARRL's
    Pacific Division Director, Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, has become a Silent Key.
    The Oakland, California amateur died on October 30th.

    Before becoming director in 2018, Jim had served as vice director from 2009 through 2017. He also served on a variety of committees and had a number of board assignments. An ARRL Life Member, Jim became a ham in 1970 in his Chicago, Illinois hometown where with the call sign WN9ELU he was president
    of his high school radio club. Jim was best known for his enthusiasm for contesting and DXing and his commitment to public service and emergency response. He belonged to the Oakland Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group
    and was part of the team responding in 1989 to the Loma Prieta earthquake
    and in 1991 to the Oakland Hills firestorm.

    Jim, a retired attorney, was the first president of the Oakland Radio Communication Association, which he incorporated in 1998 and served as a founding director. He was trustee of the club's call sign WW6OR.

    Jim Tiemstra was 65.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Because radio waves are as old as nature itself, even the
    oldest books rarely go out of style - just out of print. However one ham in Romania is making them available as free digital downloads. Ed Durrant,
    DD5LP, picks up the story from here.

    ED: There are hams who enjoy vintage rigs and antique straight keys but how about hams who appreciate historic publications about radio? Iulian Rosu, YO3DAC / VA3IUL, an accomplished QRP contester in Romania who loves
    homebrew in addition to QRP operating, is one of those enthusiasts. Now he
    is sharing free downloadable PDFs of some old books about radio that date
    back as much as 100 years.

    The titles include "The Wireless Experimenters Manual," by E. Bucher, published in 1920, and "Radio, Miracle of the 20th Century," by F. Drinker
    and J. Lewis, published in 1922. He also has a collection of old radio magazines in downloadable format - publications such as the archive
    collection of Radio Times, dating to 1923 and The Wireless Constructor,
    from 1926. There's even a General Electric handbook on sideband, first published in 1961.

    They are all there -- for the curious as well as the collector -- the
    website URL appears in the printed version of this newscast on our website
    at arnewsline.org

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

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: DO NOT READ - https://www.qsl.net/va3iul/Files/Old_Radio_Frequency_Books.htm]




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams who have great enthusiasm for various modes of digital operation are getting some more company on the air - just in a different
    part of the spectrum. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has told commercial AM radio stations that they will be allowed to convert to an all-digital broadcast if they are presently using analog or a hybrid of
    analog and digital signals. The stations' changes are to be voluntary.

    The FCC's late October announcement clears the way for AM stations to
    provide an all-digital signal that gives better coverage over a wider area
    of listeners and enables the signal to carry additional information, such
    as the title and artist for a particular song -- details that are visible
    on a compatible digital radio receiver.

    The stations are required, however, to notify the FCC at least 30 days
    before making their change. They are still required to be a part of the Emergency Alert System.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Ireland takes particular pride in the fact that it is
    launching its first satellite in 2021 - but the team behind it is looking
    for some amateur radio help. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, to explain.

    JEREMY: The Educational Irish Research Satellite 1 or EIRSAT-1, will be launched sometime early next year, carrying three science experiments on behalf of students at University College Dublin and other researchers. The
    Low Earth Orbit CubeSat was designed by engineering and space science
    students and academic staff as part of the European Space Agency's Fly Your Satellite programme.

    Hams are being asked to help out with signal acquisition shortly after the satellite's launch on the Vega rocket. Hams, scanner, listeners and others
    are being asked to help with ground station operations. In a recent visit
    to the South Dublin Radio Club, David Murphy EI9HWB, and Fergal Marshall of the EIRSAT-1 team explained the satellite's operations and how hams can assist. Their talk is available on YouTube where the two explain the uplink and downlink schemes and the role amateurs can play.

    To see the video, visit the club's website at southdublinradio club dot
    weebly dot com (southdublinradioclub.weebly.com). Then get ready for the
    new year when Ireland's first satellite will make history.

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

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    JIM/ANCHOR: A noted DXer, a leader in low-band operations, and a friend to amateurs worldwide, has become a Silent Key. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us
    about him.

    ED: Many amateurs in the DXing world are grieving the loss of a friend, a mentor and a guiding spirit: John Devoldere, ON4UN, became a Silent Key on
    the 9th of November. According to a post from his daughter Marleen on DX- World, John had been in poor health for sometime. His daughter said he died peacefully at his home in Belgium.

    A prominent figure in low-band communications, he was celebrated by many for his friendship, his enthusiasm and his willingness to share what he knew. Known for his extensive writing, his popular book, "Low-Band Dxing," was the guide for many amateurs. He was elected to the CQ magazine Contest Hall of Fame in 1997 and the CQ DXing Hall of Fame in 2008.

    John wrote on his QRZ page that he was a proud amateur for 59 years, having first been licenced in 1961 at the age of 20.

    His daughter said a digital farewell ceremony was being planned for Saturday the 21st of November, and that details would follow. She said anyone with questions can email her directly at ON4UN dot SK at gmail.com (ON4UN.SK@gmail.com)

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Amateur radio is all about making connections -- and in India,
    two long-lost childhood friends who aren't hams learned they could rely on radio to bring them together, at least virtually. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells
    us how it happened.

    GRAHAM: It is said that amateur radio is one of the best places to meet new friends. But a ham radio club in the northeastern state of Tripura recently showed that amateur radio is also one of the best ways to meet up with old friends.

    Just ask Chandana Basu and Sabita Roy. The two women were schoolmates 40
    years ago in northern India, but after Chandana's family moved to West
    Bengal in 1981, the friends lost touch. They both kept their childhood memories but also held onto hope they might see one another again someday.

    That "someday" happened recently after Chandana acted upon her long-held
    wish to see her friend. She learned that the Tripura Ham Radio Club had members who might be willing to assist.

    She gave them her friend's old address, and club members eventually tracked Sabito to the city of Udaipur in Rajasthan, another northern state in India. This isn't the end of the story, however.

    The two women finally had the first face-to-face communications in four decades, arranged by the Tripura Ham Radio Club and the Calcutta Ham Radio Club. The reunion took place over a video conference which, at least for non-hams, is the closest thing to a meaningful QSO as one can get.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: One of the newest clubs in the Marianas Islands is small - but
    it hopes to be mighty. Here's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, with the details.

    JIM: The Radio Amateur Marianas DX Club has only had its licence since September but they are making up for lost time. Cris Francisco Jr., club president, told the Saipan Tribune in a recent news article that the club expects to be busy in this disaster-prone Pacific island commonwealth which was devastated after Super Typhoon Yutu struck in 2018 with rebuilding work continuing for months afterward.

    Cris told the newspaper that a ham radio club would also enable better communications with the American Red Cross and other humanitarian aid

    The 20 or so members also hope to be available for larger-scale events that are more upbeat, such as triathlons and other public events.

    Cris said that ham radio is nothing new in the region and said many of the club members had belonged to organisations that are now gone. The club recently bought a repeater, which has the call sign WH0ACH.

    He said there hasn't been an operating repeater in the Marianas since the typhoon destroyed the single repeater serving the region at that time.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 19 23:38:47 2020

    DON/ANCHOR: When COVID-19 turned a popular sci-fi convention into a
    virtual, socially distant event, some Chicago area hams got creative with
    some plans of their own. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, explains.

    ANDY: In the Chicago suburbs, what started out as science fiction ended
    up as science fact. WindyCon, the well-attended annual science fiction convention had to be scrapped due to COVID-19 - but the event went
    forward anyway as a virtual convention known as Breezycon, on November
    13th through 15th. While sci-fi enthusiasts enjoyed panels, music and
    gaming during those three days, with socially distant chatter on the
    Discord app, hams from the DuPage Amateur Radio Club W9DUP showed their support as well. Taking their cue from Breezycon's change in plans - the
    move from in-person to virtual - special event station W9W got on the air
    too, just as scheduled -- and just as it had done in previous years for Windycon.

    As things turned out, its operation was a virtual success: Using SSB, CW
    and FT-8, DuPage Amateur Radio Club hams operated their personal stations
    and paid tribute to sci-fi fans who were attending the big event from a
    safe distance.

    Some might say this is truly the stuff of sci-fi. But for those radio operators among us who already lost this year's in-person opportunities
    at Hamvention, Friedrichshafen and the big Tokyo Ham Fair, this was
    simply ham radio, doing what it does best.

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

    DON/ANCHOR: According to club vice president Daniel Gunderson, N9MUF, the
    four operators logged 149 contacts over the weekend -- 93 SSB, 49 FT8,
    and 7 CW. Well-done.




    DON/ANCHOR: Whether you're an activator or a chaser, you don't want to
    miss Australia's World Wide Flora & Fauna activation this month. Here's
    Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, to tell us more.

    ROBERT: Hams in Australia are getting ready for their big World Wide
    Flora & Fauna activation weekend on the 28th and 29th of November. They
    are registering their call signs and locations with Paul, VK5PAS, the
    national coordinator. Paul is keeping track of amateurs who are involved
    so he can prepare a report at the conclusion of the event, and send out Activation Participation certificates.

    The many sites include Cape Blanche Conservation Park, Mornington
    Peninsula National Park, Murray Sunset National Park and Echo Sugarloaf
    State Reserve. There are more than 680 national parks throughout
    Australia so there's plenty to choose from.

    By the way, if you're planning to chase the activators, they will be
    posting alerts to spot their operations on the website parksnpeaks.org

    You can also consult the DX cluster at wwff dot co slash dx hyphen
    cluster (wwff.co/dx-cluster)

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




    DON/ANCHOR: How do you pay proper tribute to an early pioneer of wireless communication? You go on the air, of course -- and that's what is
    happening now in India, as we hear from John Williams, VK4JJW.

    JOHN: He is honored by many in India - and well beyond - as the father of wireless communication. There is no question that Jagadish Chandra Bose,
    who was born on the 30th of November in 1858, left a sizable legacy to
    radio when he died in 1937. Every year for the past 15 years, Datta
    VU2DSI has gone on the air as a reminder to hams everywhere that we owe
    much to this progressive-thinking 19th century born man of science and
    his experiments, including communication in the microwave frequency range using a Galena crystal in his 60 GHz receiver.

    This year, Datta will honor Bose by operating with the call sign AU2JCB, between the 20th of November and the 15th of December. He will be joined
    by a number of other stations operating as well with JCB in the suffix.

    For more details visit the QRZ.COM page for AU2JCB, and be listening.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the W4HPL repeater of the Cookeville Repeater Association in Cookeville, Tennessee,
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 26 22:01:57 2020

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Speaking of Hammarlund radios, do you remember them?
    Perhaps you even own and still use one. This next story - from Mike
    Askins, KE5CXP - is for you.

    MIKE: By the time the Hammarlund Radio Hullabaloo special event station
    W4H went off the air, the 11 operators from the High Appalachian
    Mountain Amateur Radio Society had logged contacts and countless
    stories. The three-day event between the 19th and 21st of November was a celebration of the November 19th birthday of company founder Oscar
    Hammarlund in 1861. The operation also gave a respectful nod to the
    presence of Hammarlund's radio factory right there in Mars Hill, North Carolina, between 1951 and 1973.

    Mostly, however, the special event was a celebration of the famous
    Hammarlund radios, some of which were pressed into service to make
    contacts during this successful special event. According to Ralph,
    W4RRJ, one operator was even using a Hammarlund SP-600 JX-17 receiver
    and a Johnson Viking 2 when he made his contacts using AM mode. This
    wasn't the only vintage equipment: Ralph said that about one-third of
    the SSB contacts were made by operators using a Collins KWM-2.

    Ralph told Newsline that the most common stories operators heard were
    from hams who'd regretted having sold their old Hammerlund radios years
    ago when they drifted away from amateur radio, not knowing they'd return someday. Another ham recalled growing up near the Mars Hill factory and remembering the silver dollars the company gave employees on the
    business' tenth anniversary.

    The special event also called for contacts on the Mt. Mitchell 2-meter repeater, the highest repeater east of the Mississippi River, so that
    hams unable to get on HF could still check in. Ralph said next year's
    plans are even bigger: it will be the 140th anniversary of Hammarlund's
    birth and the 70th anniversary of the factory's move to Mars Hill.

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

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Ralph told Newsline that in all there were 975 contacts in
    49 states, 11 provinces, and 30 foreign countries.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: You don't always need to script a simulated emergency to
    sharpen your emergency prepardness. One ham radio club in Kentucky demonstrated that recently by going on-air when a group of Jeep
    enthusiasts went off-road. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, tells us what

    CHRISTIAN: Members of the Lake Cumberland Amateur Radio Association
    partnered in early November with the Somernites Cruise organization for
    the inaugural Jeep Nationals Trail Event in the back woods of Kentucky. According to Chris Perry, KY4CKP, while 38 Jeeps had off-road adventures
    in a local state park a number of LCARA operators were at remote support locations with access to the 2-meter repeater as well as to their EmComm trailer.

    During the three-hour event, club members tracked the progress of the
    event and were prepared to summon help if any vehicles broke down or any medical issues arose. Chris said the trail ran through an area where
    cell service is practically nonexistent so the presence of the hams was

    A YouTube video of the adventure, narrated by Brian Perry, KY4BDP,
    summed up the point of the whole exercise. Brian says: "It doesn't have
    to be an emergency, you can practice your emergency communication
    procedures in a fun event where everybody has a good time." Video of the
    event can be seen on the LCARA channel on YouTube.

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




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    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    WA7ABU repeater in Salem, Oregon, on Saturdays at 6 p.m. local time.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 3 19:14:45 2020

    JIM/ANCHOR: There's some good news for hams who use solar panels when
    they operate portable. Well, it's good news - but it's still in the
    future. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details.

    JIM: Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have announced
    their discovery of a means of extending the lifespan of perovskite-
    based solar cells, using a method that is also environmentally

    Perovskite, which is used as a semiconductor, is light-sensitive
    material that degrades over time.

    The researchers are calling their finding a cost-saving measure because
    it allows perovskite-based cells to be recycled. The process renews the
    cells' ability to absorb light by restoring a panel's photovoltaic

    One of the PhD students on the research team in the Department of
    Applied Physics told the Jerusalem Post that the key is the use of a
    layer of stable oxides. The student, Avi (Ah-Vee) Schneider said the
    layer [quote] "acts as an electrode of the cell but it's also a stable material that allows for us to be able to remove any degraded
    perovskite." [endquote]

    He said that perovskite is the most sensitive component in the solar
    cell and the most likely to suffer damage over time.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: The FCC has cracked down on a California-based company,
    saying it sold radios capable of transmitting illegally. Jack Parker,
    W8ISH, tells us more.

    JACK: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has charged a radio
    marketer with the sale of six models of mobile and handheld two-way
    radios that allowed transmission outside authorized frequencies. The
    November 24th action by the agency's Enforcement Bureau notified Rugged
    Race Products, also known as Rugged Radios, that the California company
    must immediately stop selling the radios in the U.S. or face fines.
    According to the FCC citation, the agency's inquiry of the company's
    marketing dates back to its initial contact in August of 2018 in
    response to complaints.

    The citation says Rugged Radios acknowledged that it marketed each of
    the six models identified in the letter of inquiry, dating as far back
    as February 2014.

    The citation further says: [quote] "Rugged Radios acknowledged that all
    six models were 'sold with the capability of being face-programmable to
    allow a user to enter new operating frequencies' and that the
    associated manufacturer or supplier delivered the radio to the Company
    with this capability." [endquote]

    The FCC acknowledges, however, that after the first letter of inquiry,
    Rugged Radios did take steps to comply with agency rules and halted its marketing of four of the six models and later ensured that new models
    included the appropriate FCC ID and labeling information. The company
    also made firmware changes that disabled face-programming changes on
    the two remaining models, but ultimately pulled them from the market as
    well in May of 2020.

    The FCC has given the company 30 days to respond to the citation.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're looking to grab some DX from Israel, you'll have
    nine special days and nights in December. John Williams, VK4JJW, has
    that story.

    JOHN: Get ready for a number of Israeli radio amateur stations to light
    up the airwaves throughout Chanukah, the festival of lights, for nine
    days beginning at 1400 UTC on December 10th. The special event stations
    will include 4X1C, which will be activated by a team of hams as the
    first candle of the holiday is lit. On the next night, 4X2H, will join
    4X1C on the air as the second candle is lit. Subsequent activations
    will be by 4Z3A, 4X4N, 4X5U and others, with the number in each call
    sign representing the number of candles to be lit on that day. All new stations will join the ones previously activated.

    The team activating 4X0NER will be on for the duration of the special
    event. Be listening on all the HF ham bands including the WARC bands
    and the QO-100 satellite.

    Operations end at 2159 UTC on December 19th. There are special
    certificates available for Israeli amateurs, European amateurs and hams
    from outside Europe. The certificates are digital downloads provided by
    the Israel Amateur Radio Club. The club is also offering a prize for
    best menorah and invites hams to email pictures of menorahs in and
    around their QTH from their part of the world.

    For details about the certificates and the photo contest, visit the
    club website at iarc.org/iarc.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 11 08:30:39 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In a part of Oklahoma with a proud space legacy, a new generation is touching the sky, this time via amateur radio. Here's
    Mike Askins, KE5CXP.

    MIKE: There's been a nice bit of astronaut history going on for years
    in Tucumseh, Oklahoma, and perhaps no one knows that better right now
    than the students in the Tecumseh High School Amateur Radio Club,
    K5THS. On Friday, December 4th, they added themselves to that local
    history book when they spoke over amateur radio with ISS astronaut
    Shannon Walker, KD5DXB. The nine-minute Q&A happened over a 2-meter
    station built by 20 ham radio operators. Teacher Bill Crow, K5LUO, led
    the group in its effort to get the station, with its beam and
    rotators, up and running.

    One by one, the students quickly stepped up to the microphone inside
    the school auditorium to deliver their questions to Shannon Walker,
    who this year became the first woman to fly inside a SpaceX Crew
    Dragon capsule. You can see a video of the exchange in the printed
    version of this report's script on the Amateur Radio Newsline website. [arnewsline.org]

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: https://tinyurl.com/y3kofh36]

    Making space history seems to be a natural for this part of Oklahoma.
    Gordon Cooper, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, was a native
    of nearby Shawnee, and attended Shawnee High School, where he played
    on the school's football team. Gordon Cooper Drive is named for the
    space pioneer, and it runs between Shawnee and Tecumseh.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In just a few days, the 12-day countdown to Christmas
    begins - and so does a popular holiday special event. Jim Damron,
    N8TMW, tells us how to get involved.

    JIM: If Salli Rosato, K2RYD, is feeling a little bit like Mrs. Santa
    Claus right now, there's good reason: For weeks now, she's been
    getting wish lists from hams everywhere, and it seems they're all
    asking for the same present: Another chance to work the operators in
    the Annual 12 Days of Christmas Special Event. Well, that wish has
    been granted. The third annual special event begins on December 14th
    at 00:00 UTC, and runs until Christmas Day at 23:59 UTC. Operators
    from the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club on Long Island will be
    back on the air, as will operators from Michigan, Arizona, and
    Virginia. As you've all been good little OMs and YLs, you're getting
    an extra special present: Some of the operators will be calling QRZ
    with two call signs - so you can grab your French hens, and your
    turtle doves at the same time, and qualify more easily for that Clean
    Sweep certificate. Be listening on 10 through 160 meters on SSB and
    CW. There will also be satellite operations. The party, however,
    doesn't end there. On Christmas Day, get back on the air, and work K2B,
    the Christmas Birthday Special Event, and celebrate with three amateur
    radio operators who will be a year older on December 25th.

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



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: COVID precautions have cancelled the traditional
    Christmas Eve transmission from Grimeton (pronounced: GRIMMA-ton)
    Sweden by the Alexander Association. The SAQ transmitter's message is
    sent every year on 17.2 kHz. The association website posted a notice
    saying: [quote] "We find it sad to have to make this decision, but see
    it as a necessary measure to protect everyone involved." [endquote]
    The website directs fans of the historic transmitter to clips on
    YouTube where previous transmissions can be heard.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A judge has ordered an 80-year-old former ham radio
    operator who was also a Scout leader to prison. Andy Morrison, K9AWM,
    has the rest of the story.

    ANDY: A former amateur radio operator and Scout leader in Illinois,
    who had helped more than 300 young men attain the rank of Eagle Scout
    over 40 years, has been sentenced to prison for child pornography,
    according to various news reports.

    A U.S. District Court judge ordered Milton Forsberg, formerly K9QZI,
    to prison for 6 and a half years, a shorter sentence that the judge
    said takes into account his age and poor health. Forsberg pleaded
    guilty in August of this year.

    A report in the News-Gazette said that Forsberg told the judge, during
    a sentencing done via video, that he was ashamed of himself. The
    prosecutor said police had also received tips about inappropriate
    behavior when he was a Scout leader but he has not been criminally

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 18 08:15:47 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you weren't able to attend the convention of the G-QRP Club this past September, there's still time to attend - virtually. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us how.

    JEREMY: The G-QRP Club, which devotes itself to low-power ham radio, is
    making presentations from its two-day Virtual Convention available on its
    new YouTube channel and on the 9th of December began uploading videos of
    the various sessions.

    Welcoming visitors to the opening session, Nick Bradley, G4IWO, called the virtual event "a first for the QRP community" and called the attendance overwhelming. It was a new experience for the club, which was founded in
    1979 by the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV. George became a Silent Key in March
    of 2019.

    The club's call sign is G5LOW. Its virtual convention was the concept of
    club chairman Steve Hartley, G0FUW, who said during the opening session [quote] "I am proud we have been able to do something and see everyone turn out." [endquote] This was one of the ham radio events to take its
    activities online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Presentations covered such topics as HF propagation tools, going portable
    QRP with SDRs, battery technology for QRP use and the FT4 and FT8 modes.

    To find the archived presentations from the convention, visit the G-QRP
    Club channel on YouTube.

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

    (G-QRP CLUB)



    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you make use of solar energy when doing portable
    operations, this next story may be a ray of sunshine - literally. Here's
    Ed Durrant, DD5LP, with the details.

    ED: An international team headed by scientists has announced the
    development of a solar cell that has beat the world record for efficiency.
    The research center Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin said that the development of a perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell has created a 29.15 percent
    efficiency, pushing it ahead of the existing maximum of 28 percent. This is
    an important increase in the amount of energy produced using the same
    amount of sunshine hitting the same surface area. The efficiency rating
    means that these panels convert 29.15 percent of the incident light into electrical energy.

    The researchers are encouraged that they will reach their long-range target
    of more than 30 percent.

    Silicon cells are the global standard used in solar farms and it has been developed separately from perovskite as a semiconductor for solar panels.
    The researchers' published paper on the development calls the tandem solar cells "a promising option." The researchers also noted that combining the
    two semiconductors doesn't notably increase the cost of the panels' manufacture.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In New Zealand, there have been some changes to the General
    User Radio License, Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, gives us the details.

    JIM: Recent changes by New Zealand regulators to the General User Radio Licence now permit the use of an increased number of unlicenced low-power wireless devices across frequencies that include the HF spectrum. The
    changes permit the use of wireless microphones and Radio Frequency Identification transmitters in the gigahertz bands and Radio Spectrum Management is now allowing frequencies starting with the AM medium wave
    band right up to 10 metres to be used for other low-power purposes, such as wireless charging devices.

    The devices must be used in a manner that does not cause interference to licensed radio services, such as military, broadcast or amateur radio. If
    that happens, the user must stop using the device.

    The GURL requires use of equipment that complies with radio standards and
    the technical parameters of the licence and mandates that each device carry
    a label saying it is RSM-approved.

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




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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 25 12:45:19 2020

    SKEETER: Two meters has been going the distance recently in Australia.
    John Williams, VK4JJW, picks up that story for us.

    JOHN: A remarkable opening recently on 144 MHz helped radio amateur transmissions in Australia span 3,200 km, or not quite 2,000 miles on
    the 15th of December. According to a report on the EI7GL blog, summer Sporadic-E season takes the credit for the big opening in which WSPR
    signals from John, VK2IJM, and David, VK2DVM, in Sydney, were copied in Western Australia near Perth by Peter, VK6KXW. One-hop Sporadic-E is
    typically limited to a distance of 2,300 kms, or 1,429 miles.

    The blog post goes on to say that the amateurs believe this distance
    was perhaps accomplished with two Sporadic-E hops. They noted that it
    is rare for this to occur at 144 MHz and more commonly seen on the 6
    metre band.

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

    (EI7GL BLOG)

    SKEETER: From that same EI7GL blog comes another bit of news -- this
    time by way of meteor scatter. During this year's Geminid meteor
    shower, a 144 MHz signal from Jon, OY9JD, in the Faroe Islands was
    heard 3,075 kms - or 1,910 miles -- away in Bulgaria by Stamen,
    (pronounced STAMMIN) LZ1KU. The blog notes that typically meteor
    scatter contacts' maximum distance is about 2,300 kms, similar to that
    of Sporadic-E. So the contact couldn't be attributed to one-hop meteor scatter. According to the blog, it's now believed that Jon's signal may
    have bounced off the International Space Station as it passed over



    SKEETER: German authorities have granted extensions to temporary
    operations on various bands for radio amateurs - and they did it right
    on deadline. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP, with the details.

    ED: Just a little more than a week before a December 31st expiration
    date, the German regulator BNetzA has extended the temporary use of a
    number of bands for amateur radio operators and increased weekend top
    band power levels, ensuring continued operations there through until
    the end of 2021.

    The IARU Region 1 website reports the weekend power increase to 750
    watts output for class A and 100 watts for class E operators on the
    1850-2000 kHz part of the German 160 metre band at which time contest
    stations are allowed to use the band.

    The regulator is also extending temporary use for 2320-2450 MHz (13cm), 5650-5850 MHz (5cm), 50-52 MHz (6m) and 70.150ù70.200 MHz (4m) bands.

    Amateurs in Iceland have also received a renewed authorisation for the
    use of 1850-1900 kHz in international contests in the new year. The
    national group - Icelandic Radio Amateurs or IRA received the approval
    on December the 4th from the Post and Telecom Administration (PTA). The
    use is subject to the same requirements as use of the frequency range 1810ù1850 kHz.

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




    SKEETER: There's more room on the bands as well for amateurs in
    Austria. Hams now have access to the 60 metre band from 5351.5 to
    5366.5 kHz with a maximum EIRP of 15 watts and to 472 û 479 kHz at 1W
    EIRP. This is consistent with other countries 60 metre access under the
    ruling made at the ITU's World Radio Conference in 2015 and 630 metre
    access from the ITU's WRC in 2012. Hams are secondary users on both 60
    and 630 metres in countries where the bands are available.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: You may remember Newsline's story earlier this month
    about London's Shard building sending Morse Code holiday messages from
    its uppermost lights. In a similar way, a market town in Cheshire
    England is using the lights on this season's Christmas tree to send the
    dits and dahs of CW. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, to decode that tale.

    JEREMY: This Christmas, the residents of Macclesfield are learning what
    many military and ham radio operators have known all along: if you want
    to ensure that a message gets out, send it in Morse Code. That's
    particularly true this year with the town's Christmas tree. The tree
    has traditionally been decorated with paper stars bearing handwritten
    messages - but that was before the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the
    town council had a bright idea - an idea as bright as the lights on the Macclesfield tree itself. The council commissioned a local art
    collective to install holiday lights that would be able to flicker
    messages sent in CW. People now send those messages by texting to a
    dedicated phone number and they are converted into the flickering
    language of illuminated dits and dahs.

    The installation is being called Message in Lights, and it is designed
    to encourage appreciation of the tree for everyone from a safe
    distance. Who knows? It might also encourage appreciation of Morse
    Code, too.

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

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: As any ham will tell you, when it comes to a good signal
    it's all about the antenna. That wisdom is also a guiding principle for Project Kuiper, the Amazon satellite constellation designed to provide internet access from space. Here's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, with that

    KENT: Following development and testing this past fall, Amazon has
    unveiled its single aperture phased-array design antenna it plans to
    use on customer terminals with the company's Project Kuiper satellite constellation. The details were made public on December 16th, revealing
    a small, light antenna no more than 12 inches across and with the
    capacity of a maximum throughput of as much as 400 Mbps. The small size
    has been designed to keep production costs low.

    Amazon's planned deployment of the 3,236 low-earth orbit satellite
    group got the go-ahead this past summer from the Federal Communications Commission. The project's goal is to provide low-latency broadband
    internet access with a focus on serving communities in remote regions
    without traditional high-speed internet access.

    The project's senior manager of hardware and antenna development, Nima Mahanfar, has said in published reports that the single-aperture
    antenna design is unprecendented for the Ka-band, which is in the
    microwave range where the transmit and receive frequencies are very far
    apart. Project Kuiper boasts a major advancement here, combining
    transmit and receive phased-array antennas into one aperture.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A ham who made many contributions to amateur radio in the
    Toronto, Canada, area has become a Silent Key. Dave Parks, WB8ODF,
    tells us more about him.

    DAVE: Albert Vanderburgh, VE3ARV, who was known in the ham community as
    Van, was described as one of the core members of the Toronto FM
    Communications Society. Paying tribute in his post on Ham Radio
    Canada's Facebook page, Michael Walker, outlined some of Van's further accomplishments. He said Van had also been part of a group that
    designed a repeater-linking controller in the 1970s that was so
    advanced at the time that the professional engineering association, the
    IEEE (Eye Triple E) wrote about it.

    In the mid-1960s, Van had been a partner in a startup tech company
    called Teklogix. It was there that he helped develop wireless
    controlled conveyor systems and handheld devices used to manage
    inventory back in the days before electronic barcodes came on the

    Van was 96.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The SOTA community is grieving the loss of one of its
    mainstays and mentors. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about him.

    JEREMY: Roy Clayton, G4SSH, has become a Silent Key. According to a
    notice on the SOTA Reflector, Roy died on Christmas Day, another
    casualty of COVID-19.

    In posting the memorial to Roy, John, G4YSS, recalled that Roy had been
    a ship's op on Shell Tankers and other marine radio shacks and the UK's
    chief Morse Examiner for a good decade. Roy excelled in CW and John
    described him as a CW mentor to many, including to himself.

    He was also devoted to the mentoring of the next generation. As John
    wrote: [quote] "It was Roy's idea. The Scarborough Special Event Group
    gave a lot of pleasure and enjoyment over the years as avid collectors
    of a series of colourful QSL cards will testify. It also taught several youngsters how to run a GB station and handle a pile-up, some of which
    were massive." [endquote]

    John wrote that Roy's affections also extended to Citizens Band radio,
    where he ran The Chairman Network near Scarborough on Channel 17-FM.
    John said: "He would give advice and loan equipment there too, even
    sending around a monthly news-letter and was very much looked up to." [endquote]

    Roy was 84.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The Get on the Air to Care campaign in the UK, which won
    this year's Amateur Radio Newsline International Newsmaker Award, has
    won another victory for encouraging increased radio contacts during
    lockdown. The Radio Society of Great Britain, which partnered with the
    UK's National Health Service in this campaign, has raised more than
    2,000 pounds - or nearly $2,800 in equivalent US currency, following
    its charity auction. An anonymous CW enthusiast made the winning bid of 1,025.99 pounds for a handcrafted Bug CW Key made by Roy Bailey, G0VFS.
    The RSGB is matching the funds and donating the sum to the NHS
    Charities Together fund. Meanwhile, the related campaign, Get on the
    Air for Christmas, continues until January 9th, encouraging holiday
    QSOs as a way to ease isolation.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the US, Congress is taking a second look at the
    collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Paul Braun, WD9GCO,
    tells us more.

    PAUL: Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., plan an investigation into the
    December collapse at the Arecibo Observatory, just weeks after Puerto
    Rico's outgoing governor committed $8 million in resources to rebuild
    its historic radiotelescope.

    In the December 1st collapse, the dish was gashed beyond repair
    following the crash of a 900-ton instrument platform. The telescope, a
    valued cornerstone in modern astronomy, was being decommissioned by the
    US National Science Foundation following other damage that occurred
    weeks earlier. At the time of the final collapse, it had been earmarked
    for dismantling.

    Congress has requested a report by the end of February.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The world has kept turning into the new year and so too
    has one Iowa amateur radio club's balloon project. Jack Parker, W8ISH,
    has that story.

    JACK: Three circumnavigations after its launch, the Pella Amateur Radio
    Club's APRS balloon was still the pride of the Jefferson Intermediate
    School fifth graders who'd helped launch it back in November. It ended
    the year 2020 as a success in the sky. Transmitting on 144.39 MHz with
    the callsign WB0URW-8, the helium-filled balloon had completed three
    trips around the world since its November 5th launch and seemed
    unstoppable. It was still making its rounds as 2021 dawned, according to
    radio club member Jim Emmert, WB0URW. Jim told KNIA-KRLS radio that in
    its third trip around Planet Earth, the balloon passed over Canada,
    Greenland, Portugal, Spain, Albania and North Macedonia - among many
    other places. Powered by solar panels, the balloon can be tracked by
    following the link that appears in this week's script on our website at arnewsline.org.

    [for print only, do not read: https://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FWB0URW- 8&timerange=604800&tail=604800]

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

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: According to a January 6th report by the radio station,
    the balloon has since completed its fourth trip - a journey that takes
    about two weeks. The students have reason to be proud.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Imagine collecting the solar power you need from a spot
    much, much closer to the sun. Jim Damron, N8TMW, tells us about a
    project that's doing more than just imagining.

    JIM: The US Air Force Research Laboratory is hanging its hopes on
    something called Helios. It's a key component named after the Greek sun
    god and is part of an experiment known as Arachne (Uh-RACK-Knee)
    expected to be launched into space in 2024. The formal name of the
    project is the Space Solar Power Incremental Demonstrations and Research
    solar beaming project.

    What's that? The Air Force lab describes it as a project that will
    explore a way to harvest solar energy directly from space, where
    sunlight is more potent outside the Earth's atmosphere and where solar
    panels have more hours of exposure. Through use of something called
    "sandwich tiles" and other systems, the experiment will convert the
    collected energy to radio waves for beaming back to Earth as usable

    Helios, which is being supplied by Northrup Grumman, will house the
    platform on which these solar beaming experiments occur. Northrup
    Grumman's role has left the Air Force lab free to concentrate on
    acquiring a spacecraft where it might all begin to happen.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WB
    ZERO YLE (WB0YLE) repeater on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., through Allstar, in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and Fall River, Massachusetts.
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    JIM/ANCHOR: Researchers whose studies focus on propagation have gained
    a new tool in their arsenal. It's in Finland - and Ed Durrant, DD5LP,
    tells us about it.

    ED: A new node has become active in northern Finland as part of the
    Reverse Beacon Network, thanks to the support of the Yasme Foundation.
    The new node was set-up at Radio Arcala OH8X, near the Lapland border
    to help in the study of a propagation mode known as the Polar Path.
    This propagation occurs in northern Europe during winter. At night,
    the Polar Path provides several hours' worth of coverage over North

    Radio Arcala's node will become one of the research tools being used
    by the researchers in that part of the world. The Yasme Foundation's
    grant programme was announced last year, providing grants to regions
    studying reception reports and conducting geophysical research. A
    Yasme-funded node was installed last October in Tunisia, bolstering
    the Reverse Beacon Network's presence in northern Africa.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: It seems that "Last Man Standing" actor Tim Allen isn't
    the only main player on a TV show to get a ham radio ticket. Meet
    Donna Snow, who has been a fixture on a popular DIY Network program in
    the U.S. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, introduces her to us.

    KEVIN: Donna Snow of the long-running reality show "Texas Flip 'N
    Move" recently became Donna Snow, W5SML. Although her call sign is a
    lot newer than the name she made for herself on the popular home-
    makeover series, she is hoping for changes in her own shack soon.
    Inspired by her ham radio mentor Rex King, W5EAK, a Vietnam veteran
    and a former Navy radioman and officer, Donna is exploring ways to use
    ham radio as a tool to connect veterans struggling with life after
    military service. She has already accomplished that through renovation projects that included making a bathroom safer for a Vietnam vet, and repairing a flood-damaged American Legion Post. She is presently
    redoing the yard outside the home of a widow of a veteran who fought
    at Iwo Jima.

    While studying to upgrade to General class, she is also making plans
    for a TV show featuring amateur radio and, of course, the veterans
    themselves. Her progress reports appear every week on her QRZ page.

    Donna told Newsline in an email: [quote] "I am on a mission to tell
    everyone about ham radio and the benefits it offers to all, no matter
    their age." [endquote] She said she is living the spirit of her vanity
    call sign W5SML - SML for "Snow Much Love."

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



    JIM/ANCHOR: Two ham radio satellites from Spain have had their
    launches put off for a few more weeks. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: A delay by SpaceX has postponed Spain's scheduled amateur
    radio satellite launch on January 14th. The departure of the EASAT-2
    and Hades satellites is now on the calendar for sometime in March to
    coincide with the Starlink mission.

    According to the AMSAT-EA website, both satellites are carrying an FM
    / FSK repeater and are capable of voice and digital communications.
    EASAT-2 is assigned the callsign AM5SAT and Hades is assigned AM6SAT.

    SpaceX is to launch the satellites via the in-space transportation
    provider Momentus aboard the Falcon 9 Launcher.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Think of this as perhaps the world's tiniest space QSO.
    NASA reports that its Juno spacecraft which is orbiting Jupiter copied
    an FM radio signal from its largest moon, Ganymede (GANNY-MEED). It
    turns out that the radio emissions were the result of electrons
    oscillating at a lower rate than they were spinning, causing them to
    amplify radio waves. Juno picked it up as it was passing by a polar
    region of Jupiter where the magnetic field lines connect to Ganymede.

    It's called "cyclotron maser instability" and it's a natural
    occurrence. The excitement only lasted 5 seconds -- but it was a

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: The FCC has invalidated one U.S. city's law challenging
    satellite antenna installations. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, has the details.

    ANDY: The FCC has declared that federal law protects the right of
    property owners and tenants to install and use satellite dish antennas,
    even if the antennas are visible from the street. The panel's ruling
    on January 11th, invalidates an ordinance in the city of Chicago,
    Illinois, that restricts such installations. The FCC says that its
    rule - known as the Over the Air Reception Devices rule, or OTARD -
    protects the antennas' use, and allows video consumers greater choice
    of content. Chicago had argued that its law, enacted in 2012, was put
    in place to enforce "aesthetic standards", and that the measure does
    not violate the federal ruling. The petition had been brought by the
    Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association, DirecTV, and the
    DISH Network.

    The Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule does not apply, however, to
    AM/FM radio, CB radio, or amateur radio.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Students in Japan could get more opportunities in amateur
    radio, if a requested change in national regulations wins approval.
    Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has that story.

    GRAHAM: Elementary and junior high school students in Japan can expect
    greater opportunities in amateur radio. This, under a proposal from the
    Japan Amateur Radio League. League president Yoshinori Takao, JG1KTC,
    has asked the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, for
    changes in regulations that would create greater chances for students interested in volunteering activities, especially disaster communications.
    The change, if approved, would require a partial amendment to the Radio
    Law Enforcement Regulations. In a translation from the Japanese, posted
    on various news websites, Yoshinori said: [quote] "We would like to
    nurture a wide range of amateur radio operators, who will lead the next generation." [endquote] The initiative is being undertaken, in
    cooperation with the Japan Amateur Radio Development Association.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: With fears of further civil unrest in Washington, D.C. at
    the presidential inauguration on January 20th, the U.S. Federal
    Communications Commission issued a warning several days earlier, in the
    form of an enforcement advisory to all licensed and unlicensed radio
    services, stating that providing any support to such activity could be considered a criminal act. The advisory was directed at amateur radio operators, operators on the General Mobile Radio Service, Family Radio
    Service radios, and Citizens Band. The advisory noted that this applies
    as well to messages that are encoded to mask their meaning. The advisory states: [quote] "Individuals using radios in the Amateur or Personal
    Radio Services in this manner may be subject to severe penalties,
    including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and, in
    some cases, criminal prosecution." [endquote]




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In California, a special event station, marking America's
    Gold Rush is mining for contacts, as we hear from Mike Askins, KE5CXP.

    MIKE: You might say this event is as good as gold and, well, you wouldn't
    be exaggerating. The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club is marking the discovery of gold in 1848 at Sutter's Mill -- a discovery which most
    students of American history know sparked the Gold Rush the following
    year. This year, the mad rush on January 23rd and 24th will be on the HF
    bands. As hams look to strike QSO gold using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK-31, and
    JS8, they will be digging deep through all those pileups, and hoping to
    log the club call sign AG6AU. By the way, it's no exaggeration to say
    you'll strike gold if you get a valid contact. The callsign suffix "AU"
    means gold on the periodic table of elements.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, and now being heard as well
    on the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club's W2GSB and WB2QGZ repeaters,
    on Saturday mornings at 8, following the 7 a.m. check-ins of the club's
    new "Newsline With a Cup of Joe" Net. Newsline is also heard on Monday
    nights at 8 p.m. after the club's Info Net.
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    PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams using digital modes in one part of Ireland have
    something to be grateful for, as Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us.

    JEREMY: In Ireland, hams in North Dublin who use the digital modes are celebrating the area's first digital system, which was put into use on
    the 19th of January. The C4FM Wires-X Gateway became operational thanks
    to the efforts of Ger EI4HOB and the North Dublin Radio Club EI0NDR.
    With the call sign EI2PMD, it is available to local hams at 144.825 MHz.
    The repeater is linked to the CQ-IRELAND Room, as are systems from
    Galway, Limerick, and Northern Ireland.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The Quarter Century Wireless Association is looking for an amateur radio operator who doesn't just love radio but has a talent for finance and numbers too. In short, the nonprofit group is in search of a treasurer to fill the post left vacant last year. The treasurer is
    responsible for preparing the proposed operating budget for approval by
    the Board of Directors. The treasurer also provides the Board with
    quarterly income statements along with a year-end income statement and
    balance sheet. The treasurer's responsibilities also include preparing
    the necessary paperwork at tax time, which includes the proper documents
    for employees and contract workers and the federal tax return, among
    other forms.

    Members who are interested should contact Ken, VE6AFO, at




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Stormy weather is a reality this time of year in many parts
    of the world. In the U.S., a special group of hams is always preparing
    for it, as we learn from Randy Sly, W4XJ.

    RANDY: While we normally think of Skywarn activations during tornadoes
    and hurricanes, winter storms also require “ground truth,” actual
    reports from the field to confirm what meteorologists are observing on
    radar and with other instruments. While spotters can report by phone,
    email or online, those from the Amateur Radio community can also
    communicate such things as snow depth and ice accumulation to
    meteorologists quickly and efficiently through local repeater nets
    connected to the weather services office.

    Christopher Strong, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office, states, "Reports of snow
    and ice are vital to keeping the forecast on track. Automated reporting stations are great at detailing temperatures, rainfall, and winds, but
    do not report snow and ice accumulation. So, spotter reports really help
    us see how much is accumulating and match it up with how much we
    expected through that time."

    Reports from radio amateurs and other spotters help the National Weather Service save lives and property in the community and minimize the impact
    of severe weather on the public. To find out more about becoming a
    Skywarn Spotter, please visit the Skywarn page on the National Weather
    Service Website and click on the link to contact the Warning
    Coordination Meteorologist in your area.

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



    PAUL/ANCHOR: In the U.S., the Parker probe sent up by NASA has just made
    a close encounter of the solar kind. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, gives us the details.

    KENT: For the first time since last September, NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft made a close approach to the sun just as solar activity began
    to kick into high gear.

    From a distance of 8.4 million miles, or 13.5 million kilometers, the
    probe made its approach on Sunday, January 17th. There's plenty of data
    for it to collect, especially with Solar Cycle 25 now well under way.
    Last November, the sun had its first major flare in three years.

    NASA has planned four close approaches to the sun this year along with
    two flybys of Venus, with the first one happening on February 20th.
    After that, it's back to the sun for another close look on April 29th.

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

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    JIM/ANCHOR: If restoring old boat anchors, or even making ancient straight keys usable, is a challenge that appeals to you, consider this monumental
    task being undertaken in Germany right now. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us
    about it.

    ED: It looks like restoration experts at Germany's State Archaeological
    Museum in Schleswig-Holstein are looking at additional work. After
    starting the one years desalination and restoration work on a World War II enigma machine found in the Baltic Sea off the north east coast of Germany
    in December last year, another six units have been found. Unfortunately
    many of this find had been made unusable before they were thrown into the
    sea from German Warships at the end of the second world war.

    The machines, which resemble old typewriters, have inner workings that
    include three interchangeable rotors used to scramble messages. These
    messages were then sent using Morse code to another ship or land station
    that had another enigma machine to decode the message.

    Restored enigma machines have been shown and operation demonstrated both
    at Friedrichshafen, and Dayton Hamfests.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Amateur radio operators in India are being credited with
    helping make an important contact in Australia but the communication here
    has nothing to do with DXing. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells us what

    JASON: A man who had been found wandering disoriented on the streets of Kolkata, India several weeks ago has been identified as an Australian
    citizen with the help of local amateur radio operators. According to a
    report in the Times of India, the 69-year-old man, who is of Indian
    origin, is from Sydney, Australia. He has been in one of the local state-
    run hospitals since he was found.

    The West Bengal Amateur Radio Club intervened at the request of local
    health department officials who wanted the man's family located and knew
    the club has a long track record of helping reunite families.

    Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, club secretary, said that although there were still many missing details, paperwork found in the man's possession
    indicated he was residing in Sydney but had formerly owned property in
    India. The newspaper report said the man speaks English but appears to
    have some kind of mental disorder. The Australian Deputy High
    Commissioner's Office in Kolkata told the newspaper that efforts are under
    way to contact his family members.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K3ALG repeater
    in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. local time.
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Congratulations to the California ninth grader and
    amateur radio operator who is among those students to win the prestigious Congressional App Challenge. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, has the details.

    NEIL: Sean Donelan, KM6NGN, is the author of an amateur radio app for
    mobile devices that simplifies coordination tasks for net controllers overseeing hams in the field at public service events. The app, NetHam,
    was the top winner in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in his home
    state's 11th congressional district. The United States House of Representatives established the nationwide award eight years ago to
    inspire students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and
    Math. The award is being given out this year in 308 of 435 congressional districts.

    The app makes use of a Raspberry Pi4B, an Arduino, and a Nextion HMI
    Touch Display. To see it in action, watch Sean's demonstration video
    at the web address you'll find in this week's newscast script at arnewsline.org. Well done, Sean!

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

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: vimeo.com/454747550]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The biggest challenge of a QSO Party isn't necessarily
    the propagation. Here's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, with the story of one
    group of hams who found that out.

    KENT: Members of the Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association were up
    for the challenge of the Minnesota QSO Party and hoped their brand-new
    Mobile Communications Bus was too. The hams crossed the state border from their Wisconsin home into a Minnesota county that is considered rare in
    these operating events. Using CW and phone, they joined the action from a parking lot at a high point in Houston County for the February 6th
    contest. They used the call sign Whiskey Zero Minnesota (W0M). Vice
    president Bill Kleinschmidt, N9FDE, told Newsline that 11 hams
    participated, two serving as the main ops while others filled in and
    provided support.

    Bill said Mother Nature was ready for the QSO Party too - in a different
    way. He told Newsline: [quote] "She dumped six inches of snow on us just before the contest, then to add insult, she dropped the temperature ten to twenty below zero for setup and takedown operations." [endquote] The bus passed the test and kept everyone warm for the full 10 hours. The club did well too with a total score of 203,392, combining the 1,816 QSO points to
    the state, province, country and DX scores.

    Bill told Newsline the real challenge of the day came later, when the bus brakes failed just as the hams prepared to drive down from the hill. The brakes had begun to leak.

    The hams made one final call of the day: to Craig, N9ETD, who runs a
    towing business. Bill told Newsline that repairs were under way, and the
    club should be back on the road soon for new adventures. Next up: their
    home state Wisconsin QSO Party on March 14th and 15th.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System will have
    their first interoperability exercise with the amateur radio community on February 23rd through the 27th. Exercises will begin on Channel 1, the
    initial calling channel on 60 meters, but may not necessarily be limited
    to that channel.

    US Army MARS Chief Paul English, WD8DBY, issued a statement saying that
    ICS 213 messages will be passed in both voice and digital modes. Radio operations will also take place in the usual voice modes.

    Following this month's exercise, the next one will be held from March 1st
    to March 7th.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: An American-built RF-jamming system is about to begin production to help the military in Australia. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW,
    explains what it will do.

    JASON: Australia's military is expected to benefit from the protective
    power of RF jammers under a system being developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation in the United States. The system of open-architecture RF
    jammers will be built by electronic warfare experts to provide protection
    from radio-controlled improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The system
    is designed to minimise disruption to communications systems while establishing a protective barrier for the warfighters and their equipment.

    The $329.9 million order for the system, which is designed to protect foot soldiers, vehicles and permanent structures, according to officials of the United States Naval Sea Systems Command, which announced the order. Work
    will be done in San Diego, California and is expected to be ready for
    delivery to Australia by December of 2022.

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

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: A lot of celebrating took place around the world and on the
    air during the weekend of February 13th and 14th. It was the 10th
    anniversary of UNESCO's World Radio Day, recognizing radio as the single most-consumed medium with an ability to reach the world's largest and most diverse audiences. Amateur radio was, of course, a big part of the global activities. In Spain, call signs were activated with the suffix WRD from
    the 12th to the 14th of the month. Hams throughout India had a variety of activities on tap. In the southern Indian state of Kerala (KER-uh-luh),
    the Institute of Amateur Radio had hams on the radio reminding people of
    the rescue and disaster assistance hams provide during floods, cyclones
    and other events. A radio festival displayed antique and unusual
    equipment, from handhelds to rare transmitters. Hams also got busy
    preparing for a two-day Field Day in India on the 27th and 28th of
    February where emergency communications will be given a test run. The
    website, weather.com, even got into the act by posting an article
    reminding people of hams' unique ability to assist in emergencies even
    when commercial power has been cut off. One celebration began over the
    weekend and will continue at least for a while longer. Be listening for
    the callsign 4U13FEB until the 28th of February. Members of the UN Global Service Center ARC in Brindisi, Italy, are calling QR Zed until then to promote World Radio Day. Meanwhile, get ready for the next big event specifically for hams: Sunday, April 18 is World Amateur Radio Day.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you've ever been off the air for a year or so, you know
    that your first contact has got to be a good one. Especially if it's
    serious DX like the one we hear next about from Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: The completion of a complicated upgrade of an aging antenna at the Deep Space Network in Canberra, Australia has restored full contact
    between Earth and the Voyager 2 probe. The trailblazing spacecraft, which
    was launched 44 years ago by NASA, had been crossing the heavens in
    relative silence after a 70-meter dish there known as DSS 43 was shut down
    and dismantled for a needed refreshing. In space as on Earth, however, few things are immune to the impact of the global pandemic. The ordinarily
    large team of experts NASA would have sent to Canberra for the makeover
    was limited to four for safety reasons — and the reduced size of the team delayed the upgrade's progress. With DSS 43 being the only antenna capable
    of communicating with Voyager 2, the probe had few options for
    communicating: It could only transmit to the smaller dishes in Canberra
    but was unable to receive any commands, especially those that could have
    fixed problems if any had been detected on board.

    After a test message was sent last October when DSS 43 was partially reassembled, NASA and other experts were optimistic.

    Now with DSS 43 back in business, the long silence is over but two-way
    contact still requires something of a wait: Round-trip communication
    between Earth and the far-away Voyager 2 takes 35 hours.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A ham known for years of powerful operations at lighthouses throughout the UK has become a Silent Key. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us
    about him.

    JEREMY: Handel Bluer, G3UUZ, who was also known as Andy, is perhaps best recalled by hams throughout in the UK for the remarkable longwire antennas
    he would string from atop whatever lighthouse he happened to be
    activating. That included those times he operated from Bishop Rock between 1976 and 1980 where he worked pileup after pileup, according to his son Redders M5ACT. Redders told Newsline he remembered his father saying that
    he was able to work stations in America from there long before anyone else
    in the UK was able to do so.

    Andy became a Silent Key this month at the age of 92. He had achieved recognition in The Short Wave Magazine in July of 1971 for his noted
    abilities in Top Band operation from such lighthouses as Nash Point in
    South Wales. Andy's fondness for lighthouse operations earned him a
    profile in the March 2000 issue of Practical Wireless magazine where the authors of the article said they were pleased to be shared his insights
    into [quote] "finding a happy medium between being a lighthouse keeper and
    a radio amateur." [endquote]

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K7ECI repeater
    of the Elmore County Amateur Radio Club in Mountain Home, Idaho on
    Wednesdays at 8 p.m. local time.
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    DON/ANCHOR: It was worth waiting for: A contact at last between the ISS
    and students in Denver, Colorado. Amanda Alden, K1DDN, has those details.

    AMANDA: After dealing with strict COVID safety guidelines and numerous schedule changes, STEM students from John F. Kennedy High School in
    Denver, Colorado, finally got the green light for their QSO with Commander Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, aboard the International Space Station on Wednesday, February 24th. The successful telebridge contact was arranged using a
    relay station in Portland, Oregon with David Payne NA7V as the controller.
    The last ARISS attempt with a school failed to take place because of
    technical difficulties.

    During the 11-minute pass, students were able to ask 20 questions, ranging from the way COVID-19 has impacted space travel to whether any data-
    collection done in space has helped in an emergency situation on Earth. In late 2019 the JFK school partnered with members of Rocky Mountain Ham
    Radio and the Cherry Creek Young Amateur Radio Club who mentored the
    students on the use of amateur radio communications to prepare them for
    their ARISS contact.

    To hear the contact, visit YouTube at the link printed in this week's
    newscast script at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RgszX0npbQ]



    DON/ANCHOR: Friendship has many languages in amateur radio. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us about one recent net that celebrated all of them.

    JIM: Amateur radio operators in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and elsewhere checked into a special 90-minute friendship net held on the 21st of
    February, marking the UN's declaration of International Mother Language
    Day. The more than 100 check-ins came throughout Asia as well as Mexico, Ukraine and the United States via EchoLink while those in the Kolkata,
    India region connected through the local VHF repeater. The net had been organised by the Amateur Radio Society of Bangladesh and the West Bengal
    Radio Club as a celebration of cultural and linguistic diversity. The
    United Nations created International Mother Language Day in 2000 in the
    hopes of fostering multilingualism and a general appreciation for other languages.

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



    DON/ANCHOR: Speaking of languages, which one do YOU speak? An online
    project by a YL in Russia has helped hams make their QSOs a little more multi-lingual. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us more.

    ED: Radio communication needs language as much as it needs good equipment
    in the shack and now many of the languages of amateur radio are more accessible than ever. A guidebook written 40 years ago by two brothers in Finland - Jukka (YOOKA) OH2BAD and Miika (MEEKA) OH2BR – has been
    converted into an online interactive guidebook, with the brothers'
    permission. Raisa R1BIG, a popular YL in Russia well-known for videos of
    her amateur radio journey, told Newsline she and a friend who is an IT specialist created the online guide over the course of the past few weeks.
    She said she was inspired by the brothers' original handbook, "The Radio Amateur's Conversation Guide," which Jukka (YOOKA) had shared with her two years ago.

    With one mouse-click you can now read and hear almost 200 ham radio
    phrases. Eight languages are available on the site, and more are in the
    works, including the next one - Polish, being recorded by Darek, SP3TLJ.
    Raisa herself recorded the Russian-language entries and Pete, M0PSX, is working on a new version of the English language sound files.

    Although English is still the predominant language heard on the bands,
    imagine being able to call "CQ 20 metres" or ask "When did you first get
    your licence?" in Japanese or German. A link to the online guide can be
    seen in the printed version of this week's newscast script at

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Ed Durrant, DD5LP (please repeat this
    in German, Ed!)

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://raisa.blog/how-to/the-radio-amateur-s-conversation-guide]

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    DON/ANCHOR: Imagine getting a QSL card from Pluto. Thousands did. Well,
    OK, it was really the next best thing: a special event station
    celebrating Pluto. Here's Randy Sly, W4XJ, with the details.

    RANDY: Amateur radio operators from around this world recently celebrated
    the discovery of another world: Pluto, which was first seen in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. Special event station W7P - with "P" for Pluto
    - was activated last month by the Northern Arizona DX Association for the Pluto Anniversary Countdown Special Event. There will be an event
    counting down each of the next 10 years, ending with the centennial year

    This was a particularly special event for Doug Tombaugh, N3PDT, nephew of
    the astronomer who made the discovery. Doug marked the occasion by
    operating along with three other amateurs as W7P/0, logging 1,191
    contacts. He said he especially enjoyed talking with other amateurs who
    knew his uncle or were involved in other activities related to Pluto.

    Countdown coordinator Bob Wertz, NF7E, said in all 15 amateurs logged
    more than 7,000 contacts from their home QTHs as well as from a
    communications trailer on the grounds of Lowell Observatory, where Clyde
    first made his discovery.

    The countdown begins again next year on February 12th – the last Saturday before the February 18th anniversary itself.

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



    DON/ANCHOR: Now here's a story that should energize you: A ham radio
    operator has helped develop a way to bring more of the sun's power home
    to Earth. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, sheds light on this.

    KENT: Amateur radio ingenuity has helped lead to the development of a prototype solar panel designed to transmit electricity to Earth from
    outer space.

    Launched in May of 2020 aboard a Pentagon drone, the device is known as
    the Photovoltaic Direct Current to Radio Frequency Antenna Module, or
    PRAM for short. Project co-developer Paul Jaffee, KJ4IKI, said in a
    recent CNN report that the PRAM underwent a successful test recently by
    the United States Department of Defense at the U.S. Naval Research

    He said the PRAM produces about 10 watts of energy for transmission but
    could be scaled up, bringing the promise of transmitting energy to the
    power grids back on Earth. The panel uses the blue waves of light in
    space which become diffused when entering the Earth's atmosphere. It
    captures these waves, which are more powerful than sunlight on Earth, and retains that energy.

    No, the PRAM hasn't yet sent any of that power back home, but scientists
    say the tests have shown it works. The concept is to beam microwaves to
    Earth for conversion into electricity wherever it is needed. Paul told
    CNN that the next move would be to expand its ability to collect even
    more sunlight to prepare it for that microwave transportation back to

    Team co-leader Chris DePuma told CNN the technology would be especially
    useful in regions where natural disasters have taken down the power grid.

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




    DON/ANCHOR: If you're one of those amateur radio operators who likes to
    get on air FROM the air, as a pilot, this next story from Andy Morrison, K9AWM, might have you in mind.

    ANDY: Dan Hileman, WO5WO, is a ham with a high-flying idea. A former
    airline pilot-turned-middle school teacher has another project on the
    runway. He's planning to start a podcast this summer devoted to hams who enjoying being IN the air....as much as they like to be ON the air. He'd
    like to bring hams on board for ragchews about fly-ins, DX-peditions, FAA flight safety tips, and projects that combine being a pilot and an
    amateur radio operator. He's especially interested in stories of famous – and not-so-famous – hams in the sky. He told Newsline in an email that
    the podcast is [quote] "just a fun way to connect already connected
    hobbies" [endquote] and he can't guarantee there won't be more than a few corny jokes along the way. He said he hopes the half-hour, bi-weekly
    podcast will inspire youngsters to think about flying and radio as two
    related hobbies.

    He's working with a ham radio friend who's a former Air Force pilot and together they're hoping to, well, get things off the ground. Dan welcomes
    any and all ideas. You can reach him via email at flyinghams78@gmail.com
    Who knows what ideas might just take wing?

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



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WA2EHL repeater
    in Burlington, New Jersey, on Fridays at 7 p.m. local time.
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: School is in session in the UK for hams who believe
    that in radio, the learning never stops, even if your classroom is a
    remote one.

    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about the lessons they're taking.

    JEREMY: University students and young schoolchildren aren't the only
    ones learning new skills remotely. Hams at all levels of licence in
    the UK are being introduced to common amateur radio construction
    basics through a new video series from the Radio Society of Great
    Britain. The videos are part of the society's "Get on the Air to
    Care" campaign to highlight amateur radio's abilities to reduce
    social isolation. They are also being released in conjunction with
    British Science Week which spotlights the importance of science,
    technology, engineering and math skill. This year's annual event
    began on the 5th March and runs on to the 14th. The videos, which
    grow increasingly ambitious as the series goes forward, demonstrate
    ways to tune a dipole using a NanoVNA, how to build a simple balun,
    as well as a more ambitious project: creating an audio interface
    between the transceiver and computer to permit operation in the
    popular data modes.

    To see the videos, visit the RSGB's channel on YouTube or its website.

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


    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Society has also announced a record number of
    hams passing their Foundation license exam taken remotely during
    the past year. In a message on shared on Twitter, the RSGB said
    3,000 people have passed the exam since April of last year. The
    society compared that with the previous average of only 1,350
    people a year.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you're a YL with a radio story to tell, listen
    carefully to this next report from Sel Embee, KB3 T Zed D.

    SEL: Grassroots Emergency Communications Operations and Greg Lee,
    KI6GIG, are challenging the world's YLs - and the world's would-be
    YLs. Greg has announced an activity called "Choose to Challenge,"
    on the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8th. Women
    who are amateur radio operators, or interested in becoming hams,
    are being asked to tell their stories.

    It's that simple: why they became hams, the challenges they faced,
    and, of course, their successes. They're being asked to share advice
    for other women and young girls - and even for men - and to offer
    ideas that will encourage others to study and become licensed.

    Although responses in languages other than English are welcome,
    Greg said those submissions will be run through Google translate.
    The organization plans to run responses in its newsletter, "Sticky
    Notes." Greg said all responses should be sent via email to gecoradio@gmail.com, that's spelled g e c o radio at gmail dot com.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Another event celebrating women worldwide was a net
    based in India. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has more.

    JIM M: In India, four YLs helped the West Bengal Radio Club mark
    International Women's Day by serving as net control operators during
    the March 8th VHF-Echolink net on the VU2WB repeater. The 90-minute
    net had 112 check-ins who will each receive a special eQSL card
    marking the occasion. The net control operators were Rinku, VU2JFB,
    Saborni, VU2JFC, Sangita, VU3ZIH, and Amrita, VU3ZHH. Saborni is the
    daughter of club secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, who said this
    was the first year the club was hosting the special net.

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



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard of bulletin stations around the world, including the
    Kanawha (kuh-NAW-uh) Amateur Radio Club Two Meter repeater W8GK in
    West Virginia during the club's Sunday net at 8:30 PM Eastern time.
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    NEIL/ANCHOR: In Germany, a device marketed for its alleged healing powers
    has been banned for interfering with amateur radio communications. Ed
    Durrant, DD5LP, picks up the story from here.

    ED: Marketers selling an electronic device in Germany claimed that for the steep price of 8 thousand Euro – the equivalent of more than $9,000 US dollars – it could awaken the healing powers of the human body by revitalising its water content.

    Apparently, what it really awakened was amateur radio interference. A
    recent news report by the Associated Press said that the device being sold
    by the Swiss company Wassermatrix AG uses frequencies allocated for amateur radio operators. According to the DARC website, RFI has been reported by
    hams using the low end of 2 meters in the weak signal / EME segment.

    A posting on the QRZ.com forum cited claims made by the device's developers that operation was based on principles used by Nikola Tesla and Georges Lakhovsky, claiming that it was especially effective because the human body
    is comprised of a high percentage of water.

    The RFI complaints are what set the regulator's actions in motion. The device's sale and use are now banned in Germany. Use of already purchased units would be a prosecutable offence.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Plans are moving forward cautiously for major on-site amateur radio events in Germany, and in the UK. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, fills us in.

    ED: Even as the organisers of Ham Radio Friedrichshafen proceed with plans
    for a COVID-compliant in person conference in June, they are also advising caution that plans may need to be modified to be a hybrid event with an
    online component. In a statement, organisers said they were taking into account the slow vaccination rate in Germany and how quarantine
    restrictions or test requirements could impact the number of foreign
    attendees. The 45th event is scheduled for June 25th through 27th.

    Meanwhile, organisers of the UK's National Hamfest also remain somewhat optimistic about their event to be held in September. The directors said on the event website: "We are closely monitoring the ever changing health landscape, government guidance and roadmap steps coming out of lockdown,
    and are optimistic that we can arrive at a decision in June for this
    year's event."

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: For members of the Radio Society of Great Britain, it's
    decision time again, as we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: Voting has begun for the Radio Society of Great Britain's elections and will continue until 9 a.m. local time on Thursday the 22nd of April. Election details are available in the April issue of RadCom which is
    currently being sent to RSGB members. The Society is also preparing for its annual General Meeting which will be held online and will be available on livestream on Saturday the 24th of April. If members have questions for any
    of the directors they will be able to submit them in advance using the form available on the society's website at rsgb.org.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, hams in Australia will be pleased to learn that the Australian Maritime College has indicated system changes are in the works
    to enable them to issue 2x1 contest call signs. The changes, however, are expected to take several months.

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    JIM/ANCHOR: There's a first for everything, and one group of ham radio operators has decided it's time for them all to jump into the water (at
    least figuratively) for their first DXpedition. Jack Parker, W8ISH, has
    the details.

    JACK: This is going to be a summer of firsts for the amateur radio team descending on C6A IOTA NA-048 FL05, also known as Bimini Island in the Bahamas. According to DJ, N4RRR, one of the organizers, it will be a first DXpedition for everyone on the team, which includes some disabled military veterans. DJ said that because the Caribbean Island is also a prime tourist destination, some of the hams will be bringing their wives for vacation activities. The hams have applied to use the call sign C6AHA. He said some
    of their antennas will be positioned to enable Europe, the Pacific Islands
    and Australia to get C6A in their logs.

    DJ told Newsline: "We plan to light up C6A for everyone to get it in their
    log books" adding that "we hope people will be nice and forgiving with us
    and let us make the most of this trip, being first-timers receiving pile-

    The trip is scheduled for July 14th through the 21st.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: In the Caribbean, amateur radio stations in a hazardous region near a volcano got a gift to help their vital operations. John Williams, VK4JJW, gives us the full story.

    JOHN: A gift of emergency batteries provided to amateur radio operators in
    the highest hazard zone of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has put those stations back on the air. The 12-volt batteries, provided through the country's General Services office, have enabled hams to get on the air in
    the nation's northernmost settlement of Fancy, and in Rose Hall, the settlement with the highest altitude. The amateur stations are both in the
    Red Zone, a highly hazardous region because of its proximity to a volcano.

    Officials regularly monitor activity at the La Soufriere (soo-free-AIR)
    volcano in the north, where an activity known as effusive eruption has been noted in recent weeks.

    The hams received the batteries at the request of the Rainbow Radio League/Youlou Radio Movement amateur radio club. Its director Donald De
    Riggs J88CD made the request on behalf of Elna Michael, J88NEK, of Fancy,
    and Percy Lampkin, J88NEB, of Rose Hall.

    According to a news report on the Searchlight VC website, the station in
    Fancy now maintains contact with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
    Management Agency and the station in Rose Hall has been checking into
    local and regional nets.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams who like getting on the air the old-fashioned way got that chance recently in a special operating event, as we hear from Randy Sly,

    RANDY: If you were beginning in ham radio 50 or so years ago, your amateur radio experience would begin with a Novice Class license, good for only a year, and you would operate a crystal-controlled 75-watt CW transmitter. Often, these rigs were homebrew, drifted in frequency, with chirps and key clicks on the signal. By modern standards, this all sounds archaic, but
    each year hams from around the country dust off their old radios, dig out their straight keys and return to the good ol’ days of yesteryear.

    This year, there were more than 292 such hams and they logged 4,300
    contacts the old-fashioned way, most of them adhering to Novice
    restrictions. They were part of the annual Novice Rig Roundup, co-chaired
    by Dan Sands, N7SU, and Doug Tombaugh, N3PDT. The event, held annually
    during the third week of February, was established in 2015 by Bry Carling, AF4K, now a silent key. This year's event was a showcase for talking about
    such now-obsolete radios as Heathkit DX-40’s, Drake, and Hallicrafters,
    as well as homebrew rigs with exotic vacuum tubes like 807's and 6146's.

    Novice Rig Roundup is more than just an annual event. For information and
    to join in the fun, visit their webpage at novicerigroundup.org.

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



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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 1 19:43:14 2021

    NEIL/ANCHOR: In Alabama, where tornadoes raged through part of the
    landscape in late March, one radio amateur made an especially painful discovery about the importance of preparedness. Randy Sly, W4XJ, brings us that story.

    RANDY: James Spann, WO4W, is no stranger to severe weather. As chief meteorologist for WBMA in Birmingham Alabama, he is a familiar TV face
    during tornado activations, always reminding viewers that they need a
    severe weather plan. If fact, when he and his wife built a new home a few years ago, they included a storm shelter

    Last week, tornadoes and other severe weather pummeled the state, wrecking buildings and killing at least five people in one county. During his report
    on a long track of violent storms, he suddenly said, "What I'm doing is texting my wife to be sure she's in the shelter.." -- He moved off camera
    with a co-worker taking over.

    Rejoining less than 15 minutes later, he shared some bad news with viewers. His home was hit by a tornado.

    "The reason I had to step out," he explained, "We had major damage at my house. I had to be sure. My wife is okay, but the tornado came right
    through there and it's not good. It's bad. It's bad."

    However, their preparedness made the difference. "My wife got the warning,"
    he said, "she had a plan, she was in the shelter and she's fine."

    Then, Spann was back to work making sure others would be informed and safe too.

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



    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you missed the HamSCI virtual event which was livestreamed
    on March 19th and 20th, you can attend via YouTube where videorecordings of the workshops are now available. This is the second year HamSCI went
    virtual in response to the global pandemic. The free program, supported by
    the National Science Foundation and the University of Scranton, featured presenters on such topics as personal space weather stations, mid-latitude sporadic-E, weak signal VHF propagation and related topics.

    A link to the recorded programming for Days 1 and 2 can be found in the printed version of this week's newscast script at arnewsline.org


    FOR DAY 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfhAxuViTYQ


    For DAY 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CrvuS0h9XA



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Spring in the Northern Hemisphere isn't just about flowers
    waking up and starting to bloom. It's also about..... balloons! Mike
    Askins, KE5CXP, explains.

    MIKE: When the medium altitude balloon launched by science teacher Jill Gravante took to the sky on March 20th from an upstate New York junior high school, the event was part of a wide-ranging celebration dispatching 14
    such balloons, linking students and teachers involved in STEM activities worldwide. In what was called the Equinox Balloon Launch, each balloon
    carried a lightweight Skytracker APRS and WSPR payload, all solar-powered. They were launched from various spots in the US, Argentina and Australia on paths that, one week later, had them sailing over Siberia, China and South Africa. After the launch at Winburn Middle School in Kentucky, science
    teacher Jenny McCall, and Ron Malinowski, WX4GPS, later tracked the balloon named "Bessie" over southern Siberia, heading into Mongolia. Although it's
    not spring in his part of the world, the launch even attracted involvement
    by Melbourne teacher Greg Hellard.

    Bill Brown, WB8ELK, the designer of the Skytracker technology, said the launches were coordinated by Washington State high school teacher Trevor MacDuff, KS1LAS, with help from Los Angeles science educator Joanne
    Michael, KM6BWB. The enthusiasm, however, needed no coordination at all.
    In fact, Joanne posted on Facebook that befitting a project that involved students, it was a "textbook launch."

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including WA5AIR, the Texas
    Link System which carries Newsline on seven repeaters on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. local time.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 8 23:35:23 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Hexbeam users and DXers alike are marking the loss of a
    popular and prominent figure. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about Waldi, SP7IDX.

    JEREMY: An amateur radio operator considered one of the world's foremost makers of hexbeam antennas has become a Silent Key.

    The death of Waldi was reported on the DX-World.Net website. Reportedly recovering from COVID-19, he suffered a fatal heart attack on 4th April.

    His QTH in southeast Poland was also the company headquarters for his successful hexbeam antenna, used widely by Dx-peditioners around the world.
    He was a well-known Dxpeditioner, most particularly in the Islands on the
    Air awards scheme.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The developer of a popular new software that enhances weak-
    signal communication has received special recognition. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, tells us about him.

    SEL: The creator of the weak-signal digital communication conversational application known as JS8Call is this year's recipient of the Amateur Radio Software Award. The award, founded by Claus AE0S, is an international honor recognizing the spirit of innovation given freely to the amateur radio community. Congratulations to Jordan Sherer, KN4CRD, of Atlanta, Georgia,
    who created the application as an extension of the FT8 protocol. According
    to the awards website, the application was five years in the works and has added new vitality to digital communications, most particularly among
    members of ARES. It is available to users as a free download. On his
    QRZ.com page, Jordan describes the application as "a derivative of QSJT-X
    that focuses on long-form keyboard-to-keyboard style communication similar
    to what you'd see in Fldigi or FSQ."

    Jordan will receive his award certificate and a grant of $300.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Most of us know that for a good ham radio experience you need good components. One of the most important components, however, is an intangible one: friendship. The Radio Society of Great Britain hopes to
    change that by making that friendship tangible and rewarding it. Here's
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, to explain.

    JEREMY: Making contact is at the heart of the latest award being offered by the Radio Society of Great Britain. The Friendship on the Air award has
    been launched to celebrate contacts that turn into friendships amongst
    hams. It's a noncompetitive award that encourages amateurs to dispense with the quick QSO and really connect with other radio operators. It's an
    outgrowth of the "Get on the Air to Care" campaign launched last year by
    the RSGB and the National Health Service to reduce social isolation during
    the global pandemic. The RSGB said that the award ties in with the theme of World Amateur Radio Day on Sunday the 18th of April: "Home but Never

    For details on how to qualify for the award, visit the link provided in
    this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org

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

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: www.rsgb.org/friendship-award]




    PAUL/ANCHOR: There's one more award worth mentioning here: The Bill
    Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year
    award. Just a reminder that the nomination period is open. Think of a young amateur whose commitment to community and whose enthusiasm for radio has inspired you and others and submit their name. Nominees must 18 or younger living in the United States, its possessions or any Canadian province. Downloadable nomination forms can be found on our website arnewsline.org



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including D-STAR Reflector 91
    C in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Australian Eastern
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 15 22:39:37 2021

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Amateur radio stations in the UK, Europe, the US,
    Canada and elsewhere will be celebrating the anniversary of the
    birth of Guglielmo Marconi and their connection to the wireless
    pioneer as International Marconi Day stations get on the air on
    Saturday April 24th. The annual event is sponsored by the Cornish
    Radio Amateur Club, operating as GB4IMD. Stations from around the
    world may contact operators who are on the air at historic Marconi
    sites using special call signs to mark the day. In New York, a
    consortium of amateur radio stations on Long Island will be on the
    air at such sites as the original Marconi wireless telegraph station
    in the Village of Babylon, where they will operate as K2S. Station
    K2M will be at the Marconi Tower in Binghamton New York. In the UK,
    GB4LD will operate at the site of the old Marconi Hut in Cornwall
    and VP8VPC will be operating from the Falkland Islands. Awards are
    available for shortwave listeners as well as amateur radio
    operators. For details about awards and a list of the registered
    Marconi Day stations, visit the website of the Cornish Radio Amateur
    Club at gx4crc.com




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The organizers of a prestigious worldwide amateur
    radio competition are proceeding with a means to hold it safely next
    year in Italy. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, picks up the story from here.

    ED: Recognising that challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic may still
    remain next year when the World Radiosport Team Championship takes
    place in Bologna, Italy, organisers have pledged to go forward with
    plans for the competition. The committee announced on its website
    that the qualifying events and schedule remain the same as printed
    in the qualification rules but that different options are being
    looked at as the impact of the pandemic remains uncertain. The
    committee also acknowledged that travel and other factors have been
    affected differently around the world and this is, of course, a
    consideration in such a global contest. Board president Carlo De
    Mari, IK1HJS, wrote on the website: [quote] Please continue with your
    plans as best you can for now. We will make announcements here on
    the WRTC 2022 reflector as soon as they can be made public."

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Another long-awaited amateur activity - this one for youngsters in IARU Region 2 - is moving ahead with an eye on the
    pandemic as well. Here's Jack Parker, W8ISH.

    JACK: The first Youth on the Air camp for young amateurs in North,
    Central and South America is moving ahead with its plans to open in
    July. Camp organizers said in a press release that the camp, which
    was postponed by the pandemic in 2020, will comply with state and
    federal COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. A maximum of 30
    youngsters will be able to attend the camp from July 11th through
    July 16th at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in
    West Chester Township, Ohio. Camp staffers are either fully
    vaccinated or in the process of completing the vaccine series by the
    end of April. Campers themselves may be asked to take a COVID-19
    test or self-quarantine before arriving, depending on guidelines
    being recommended in July.

    Twenty-eight campers have already registered. The application period
    ends June 1st and there is no fee to apply. The cost of the camp is
    $100 plus transportation and scholarships are available for campers
    who cannot afford the camp's cost.

    For more details, download the camp brochure available online at YouthOnTheAir.org. Or, you can also contact Camp Director Neil Rapp,
    WB9VPG, at director@youthontheair.org.

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



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Don't forget that the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial
    Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year award is looking to
    honor a deserving young ham. Think of a young amateur whose
    commitment to community and whose enthusiasm for radio has inspired
    you and others and submit their name. Nominees must 18 or younger
    living in the United States, its possessions or any Canadian
    province. Downloadable nomination forms are due no later than May
    31st and can be found on our website arnewsline.org



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    NM5EM repeater in Grants, New Mexico, on Thursdays at 8 p.m. local
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Apr 28 17:34:28 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: A California amateur has used his skills to help in the
    rescue of a missing hiker as we hear from Mike Askins, KE5CXP.

    MIKE: The Los Angeles Times is calling Ben Kuo, AI6YR, (Ay EYE Six Y R) a "tech-savvy good Samaritan" and a "GPS sleuth." Ben, whose ham radio activities have proven especially critical during California's wildfires, recently used his skills to assist in another emergency: Los Angeles
    County officials were frantically searching for a hiker who'd gone
    missing on a peak in California's Angeles National Forest on Monday,
    April 12th. Ben's only clue was a photo the sheriff's office had posted
    on its social media accounts: the hiker's photo of his legs atop a rocky cliff. Ben, who knows the area as a hiker and SOTA activator, realized he might be able to match the terrain in the hiker's photo by using publicly available satellite imagery. According to the Times story, when he
    thought he found a close enough match, Ben sent authorities the GPS coordinates. The location was close enough: Using the coordinates, a
    rescue team picked up the hiker the next day just as temperatures were
    set to plummet to below-freezing levels. The hiker was in a remote,
    almost inaccessible area about three-quarters of a mile away from the
    spot Ben had pinpointed.

    Ben told Newsline he's grateful he could call upon his experience as a
    hiker and SOTA activator, both of which keep his map and navigation
    skills sharp. In fact, he said, the hiker was found not far from SOTA
    summit W6/CT-064, East Twin Peaks. According to news reports, the hiker
    was airlifted to safety by a search-and-rescue team, and did not require hospitalization.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Solar-powered emergency radios are being made available to
    some hams in coastal Oregon thanks to the local utility. Christian
    Cudnik, K0STH, brings us those details.

    CHRISTIAN: The sun is shining in more ways than one for the members of
    the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem (nuh-HAY-lum) Bay in Oregon. The local electric utility has given them a $5,000 grant to help them buy ham radio base stations that run on solar power. A "go-box" has already been designed to serve as a solar-powered station with a 25-watt radio,
    antenna, battery, solar panel and other equipment, enabling emails to be transmitted over the air. The volunteer corps plans to set the stations
    up around the northern part of Tillamook (tilla-MOOK) County as part of
    their long-range plan to help bolster the coastal region's resilience following any major calamity. This is included in an overall
    communications plan that incorporates General Mobile Radio Service as
    well as amateur radio. According to an article in the Tillamook County
    Pioneer website, the region has more than 100 amateur radio operators,
    and 400 more residents using GMRS.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Is changing frequencies a good thing? Well hams do it all the
    time and now a mysterious transmission in space known as an FRB, or
    fast-radio burst, has been found to be engaging in that practice too.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more on that story.

    JEREMY: Researchers have made a discovery that they say changes the shape
    of their search for the source of FRBs, fast-radio bursts detected in
    space that appear to come from – well, no one quite knows. Scientists in McGill University's physics department have detected bursts down to 110
    MHz, a good deal lower in frequency than the previously detected 300 MHz. Writing in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, the researchers write that
    this new discovery has led them to think differently about where the
    bursts are coming from. Using radiotelescopes in British Columbia and the Netherlands, the team detected the significantly lower frequencies and a consistent delay of about three days between detection of the higher and
    the lower frequencies. They're still hot on the trail of the source of
    the bursts but say that the ability to detect 110 MHz transmissions
    brings them much closer to understanding things, especially one burst
    that was first detected in 2018 and is relatively close to Earth.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the N2JDW repeater
    in New York City, on Monday at 8 p.m. local time.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri May 14 08:41:02 2021

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Much farther out in space, a probe has unlocked some
    mysteries that will surely pique the interests of watchers of solar
    weather. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, gives us the details.

    PAUL: As it moves through its solar cycle, the activity of the sun
    causes changes in the ionosphere of the planet - but the planet we're
    talking about here is Venus. The Parker Solar Probe, in a flyby of the
    planet last summer, picked up a naturally occurring low-power radio
    signal and determined that the Venusian ionosphere is thinner during
    solar minimum than during solar maximum. Last summer's flyby happened
    six months after solar minimum. The probe found changes that had
    occurred in Venus' upper atmosphere since data collection nearly three
    decades ago by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter in 1992 during a high
    activity period.

    Although the Parker probe's primary mission is to study the sun, it
    does interact with Venus because it uses gravity assist from the
    planet to bend th orbit of the probe and bring it closer to the sun.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There's good news in New Zealand for hams who have
    been hoping to make contacts on the 5 MHz band. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
    has that report.

    JIM: Amateurs in New Zealand have won the right to use 60 meters on a secondary basis operating as sub-licencees of the New Zealand
    Association of Radio Transmitters. NZART's president Mark Gooding,
    ZL2UFI, announced the decision, which followed successful talks with
    the regulator, RSM. This approval is being treated as the precusor to
    adding the 5 MHz band to the General User Radio Licence at the end of
    12 months. This would eliminate the need for any further sub-licences
    for use of the band. In the interim, RSM will assess interference
    issues before moving forward.

    Hams who hold the old sub-licence are being advised that it will not
    be grandfathered in under the new agreement and they must complete the
    new application and send it to NZART headquarters. All hams are being
    asked to review a list of frequently asked questions which can be
    found on the NZART website, nzart dot org dot nz (nzart.org.nz)

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The website of the Radio Society of Great Britain has
    added new material to guide hams in two areas of their biggest concerns:
    safety and licensing. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has been following that

    JEREMY: New resources are available on the website of the Radio
    Society of Great Britain to help amateurs with upcoming examinations
    and to assist as well with the new requirement to measure their
    stations' electromagnetic radiation.

    Two new videos assist with measuring a station's electromagnetic
    radiation as is now required by Ofcom for public safety and which
    explain the reasons behind the new rules. Stations with power of more
    than 10 watts must perform these measurements and calculations as part
    of their licence requirement. Both videos feature EMC Chairman John
    Rogers, M0JAV, who explains the procedure in one video - and in the
    other, demonstrates how to use the downloadable calculator.

    Meanwhile, the Society's Examinations and Syllabus Review Group has
    updated its collection to include two new mock exams for the Full
    licence, adding PDFs that show the questions' answers and explanations
    for each. The Society notes that these are not the same questions that
    would appear in a Full licence exam and are provided merely as a study
    aid. Mock exams for Foundation and Intermediate level licences will be
    added later.

    Links to both videos as well as the mock exams can be found in the
    print version of this script on our website arnewsline.org

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

    PRINT ONLY: To see both videos go to

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lL_gdUU3Wo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9NYlQwbCZQ

    PRINT ONLY: For exams, www.rsgb.org/mock-exams

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu May 20 19:27:56 2021

    DON/ANCHOR: If you're a portable operator always on the lookout for
    changing battery technology, this new development from Australia might
    make you stop and think. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us about it.

    GRAHAM: A manufacturer in Brisbane, Australia is claiming to have
    created an aluminum-ion battery with a charging speed as much as 60
    times faster than that of top-quality lithium-ion cells. The company,
    Graphene Manufacturing Group, also says the newly developed aluminum-ion
    coin cell is capable of holding three times the energy of other
    aluminum-based cells. The batteries are said to last three times longer
    than the lithium-ion variety.

    This development relies on nanotechnology developed at the University of Queensland, according to a recent article in Forbes magazine. The
    battery was created by inserting aluminum atoms into perforations made
    in graphene planes.

    The company claims that because the batteries lack an upper Ampere limit
    that would otherwise cause spontaneous overheating, the batteries are
    also safer. The stable base materials also facilitate their recycling

    The company hopes to bring these cells to market by the end of 2021 or
    early 2022.

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




    DON/ANCHOR: With eyeball QSOs becoming less likely during the past
    pandemic year, hams have relied on different ways to get together when
    they're not on the air. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, tells us about an
    international group that employs a unique hybrid of voice and video that
    taps into the internet.

    DAVE: The friendships that amateur radio operators form over the air
    have taken on a new dimension for the 240 or so hams in 45 nations who
    belong to Ham Cam International. These licensed amateurs contact each
    other using streaming video over internet protocol, or SVOIP, using a streaming video system known as Jitsi.

    Murray Green, K3BEQ, one of the core members, told Newsline: [quote]
    "These dedicated amateurs have the best of two worlds. They not only communicate with each other by voice but have the added benefit of video
    and that makes a big difference in bonding with each other." [endquote]
    By adding video, the hams can visit one another's shacks, tour parts of
    one another's countries and have more personalized discussions about
    their other ham activities such as DXing, contesting, digital
    communications and satellites.

    He said that this has given an especially big advantage to hams who live
    in neighborhoods with antenna restrictions, or have financial issues that preclude them from setting up a home station capable of DX. It's a
    cultural exchange featuring amateurs from the US, Africa, Isle of Man,
    Kuwait, Australia, Europe, Israel, and elsewhere having round table discussions on a daily basis. Membership is free to licensed amateurs. Additional details can be found at hamcaminternational dot com (hamcaminternational.com)

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



    DON/ANCHOR: A Michigan library; a Long Island, New York Boy Scout
    district; and an Ohio high school are among the nine organizations
    chosen by Amateur Radio on the International Space Station to begin the planning process for students to make contacts with crew members on the
    ISS between January and June of next year. The successful applicants
    are: Bellefontaine High School in Bellefontaine, Ohio; Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia; Lewis Center for Educational
    Research in Apple Valley, California; Matinecock (Muh-TINNA-COCK)
    District of the Suffolk County New York Boy Scouts in Medford, New York; McBride High School in Long Beach, California; Old St. Mary's School in Chicago; Salem-South Lyon District Library in South Lyon, Michigan;
    Sussex County Charter School for Technology in Sparta, New Jersey and
    the Space Hardware Club in Huntsville, Alabama.

    Their selection means each group must now present an equipment plan to
    ARISS' technical team describing how they will successfully host the
    contact. ARISS will then select the final organizations for the contacts
    and place them on the schedule.




    DON/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, the Interoperable Radio System aboard the
    International Space Station is active in cross-band repeater mode
    through mid-June, according to the ARISS website. The radio will be
    turned off on the 2nd of June during the Russians' EVA. The cross-band repeater operates on an uplink of 145.990, with a 67 Hz tone, and a
    downlink of 437.800 Mhz. In mid-June, the radio will change to the
    Automatic Packet Reporting System mode. ARISS spokesman Dave Jordan
    AA4KN told Newsline that since the interoperable radio system is
    considered an experiment, modes in use are subject to change.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri May 28 11:14:50 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: Enthusiasts of code, and of history, are grateful to learn
    that Bletchley Park and the National Radio Centre are reopening in Great Britain. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: Bletchley Park, which was the heart and soul of codebreaking
    during World War II, has reopened its doors to visitors as pandemic restrictions become less stringent in Great Britain. At the same time,
    the National Radio Centre of the Radio Society of Great Britain, which is located on the historic site, will resume its own array of activities.
    The National Radio Centre reopens daily starting on Friday the 28th of
    May and will offer demonstrations of amateur radio from the GB3RS
    station. Visitors may observe operations, but for now will not be
    permitted into the radio room.

    The welcome being extended by Bletchley is being delivered cautiously, however, and is following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Visitors are being
    asked to book their visits in advance by going online and selecting a predetermined time of entry. Beginning on the 7th of June, Bletchley Park
    will also welcome educational groups who will again be able to make use
    of on-site resources.

    For details or to book a visit visit bletchleypark.org.uk

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: The former owner of a successful ham radio supply center in Minnesota has become a Silent Key. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, tells us about

    KENT: Richard Philstrom, W0TLE, a lifelong radio amateur in the
    Minneapolis area, and creator of a business that served local amateurs in
    the 1980s, has become a Silent Key. A veteran of the US Navy, Dick became
    a licensed ham in 1965, receiving the callsign WN0NHL shortly before
    entering the military service. When he left the Navy, he was hired at Electronic Center in Minneapolis, reporting to Ward Jensen who became his
    ham radio mentor. At Electronic Center, Dick eventually became manager of
    the business' ham radio department. By 1980, he had purchased the
    department and opened it in North Minneapolis as Midwest Amateur Radio
    Supply. Four years later, he left the business to begin work for various companies dealing in super computers and eventually left the industry to
    work for a medical supply company.

    Dick was a charter member of the Handi Hams organization, which serves amateurs with disabilities; a life member of the ARRL, and a member of
    the Quarter Century Wireless Association.

    Dick died May 8th at the age of 76. His callsign had formerly belonged to
    his mentor Ward Jensen, W0TLE.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: There are some familliar names being added to the CQ Amateur
    Radio Hall of Fame this year, and Stephen Kinford, N8WB, tells us who
    they are.

    STEPHEN: Six amateur radio operators have been added to the CQ Amateur
    Radio Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have made prominent contributions to the community either as hams or through their
    professional careers. This year's inductees, announced on Friday, May
    21st, include Archibald Doty, W7ACD, a Silent Key. A cofounder of the
    second oldest college radio station in the US, he was also heavily
    involved in research into vertical antennas. Other inductees include
    Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, founder of Ham Radio Science Citizen
    Investigation and organizer of the 2017 Solar Eclipse QSO Party. Another honoree is concert pianist Lorin Hollander, WA1PGB, who augments work as
    a performer with deep involvement in music and arts education. CQ is also honoring former ARRL counsel and general counsel Christopher Imlay, W3KD; noted propagation researcher Cathryn Mitchell, M-Zero-IBG; and Admiral
    Charles Richard, W4HFZ, commander of USSTRATCOM, the United States
    Strategic Command, one of eleven unified commands of the Department of Defense.

    The Hall, created in 2001, now has a total of 339 members.

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




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    demand, through the Hamshack Hotline system. Choose Extension 7008,
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jul 22 19:33:21 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Cuba is gaining a
    worldwide voice for the remainder of July through special event station
    W4C. Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has that story.

    DON: Radio operators from around the US have been on the air as W4C since
    July 19th and will continue through to the end of the month, calling QRZ
    and carrying word of the economic and medical challenges in Cuba. The
    special event, SOS Cuba, has been organized by Florida ham Alexander Valladares (PRONOUNCED: BAYA DARE EHZ) W7HU, who was formerly a citizen
    of Cuba. Alex's YouTube Channel, W7HU, Alex, will be livestreaming as he operates Whiskey Four Cuba. Hams have reported difficulty making contact
    on the air with amateurs in Cuba, indicating widespread jamming. This
    special event will carry a message of support for those struggling on the island.

    Alex writes on the station's QR Zed page: [quote] "Instead of taking to
    the streets we realized that our efforts will be more efficiently
    utilized by getting on the air and making a special event out of it." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, the FCC has reportedly begun an investigation
    into the jamming of radio signals on a number of frequencies on the 40-
    metre band, based on complaints from amateurs who say they have been
    unable to communicate with radio operators in Cuba. Motherboard and other media outlets are reporting that FCC field agents are becoming involved,
    as is the US State Department. The investigation is looking into a
    possible connection between the jamming and the Cuban government in




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A long-running battle over an amateur radio tower has ended
    with a positive outcome for one ham in the US. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY,
    tells us why this Massachusetts ham is so happy.

    KENT: The on-again, off-again amateur radio tower project outside the Massachusetts home of Mikhail Filippov, KD1MF, is on again. A judge in
    the city of Framingham has ruled that local zoning officials were wrong
    last year when they revoked the project's building permit. The zoning
    board said at the time that the tower project did not comply with zoning requirements and could not go forward—but on July 14th, the judge said
    that ham radio towers are among those structures exempt from those such requirements, provided the project has a building permit.

    As Newsline reported more than a year and a half ago, Mikhail and his
    wife, Galina, had received the city building permit for the 80-foot
    structure despite neighbors' challenges that it would damage their
    property values and become an eyesore. Mikhail had already poured the
    tower's foundation but agreed to halt the project until zoning dispute
    could be resolved.

    That appears to have happened.

    Writing on the web page of the ARRL's Eastern Massachusetts Section,
    Mikhail's attorney Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, declared [quote]: "Mr.
    Filippov is a very happy radio amateur."[endquote]

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pond, an amateur in
    England is at odds with the local officials over a retractable antenna
    mast, something he had installed six years ago.

    JEREMY: The Wiltshire Council rejected the application of Tidworth
    amateur Bob Coleman, G0WYD, calling his plans for the structure in his
    back garden "unneighbourly" and incompatible with the area.

    Bob told the Andover Advertiser newspaper [quote] "Due to various spinal surgeries, I am unable to play the sports I used to love. Radio
    communication is one of the few hobbies I can do and it plays a large
    part in keeping me mentally healthy, especially in the last year."

    Neighbours had filed complaints about the mast as far back as 2019,
    leading the council planning officials to inform Bob he needed
    permission. According to the newspaper, he applied but the forms were reportedly not valid, and so he reapplied.

    The newspaper story noted that neighbours understand his love of amateur radio, but report that the antenna reaches from his property into theirs,
    and they worry about a storm knocking it over.

    Bob has the option to appeal the decision.

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

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    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams are nearing the final lap of the big W9IMS event at
    the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Here's Jack Parker, W8ISH, with more.

    JACK: As summer comes to a close, members of the W9IMS special event
    station are busy wrapping up another week of world-wide contacts during
    the annual Brickyard race. As the official amateur radio club for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the W9IMS group has been logging hundreds
    of contacts during the Indy Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
    and now the Brickyard race.

    The official numbers will be tabulated in the coming days and then each contact will receive a special QSL card, designed for each event. Those stations that made the log for all three races will receive a
    commemorative certificate as well.

    This is the 18th year for the W9IMS special event station and despite
    weak band conditions this spring, early reports indicated they logged
    over 6-thousand contacts during the first two races. The W9IMS team is
    hoping to double that amount in the final race of the season. They
    should cross the finish line and take the checkered flag on a record
    number of contacts for the racing season at the Indianapolis Motor

    Reporting from Indianapolis, this is Jack Parker, W8ISH.



    JIM/ANCHOR: The music world and the amateur radio world are both
    grieving the loss of a friend. We turn to Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, for
    that story.

    RALPH: Robert Ringwald, K6YBV, was a lifelong amateur radio operator,
    who also made his mark in the jazz world as a jazz ambassador and co-
    organizer in 1974 of California's first Sacramento Jazz Festival where
    his band was a headliner. A professional jazz pianist, he was also an enthusiastic radio amateur. First licensed in 1957, he soon became
    adept in CW which he identifies on his QRZ page as his most frequent
    mode. Bob became a Silent Key on August 3rd.

    Blind almost since birth, Bob became known to many checking into the
    Alaska Pacific Preparedness Net on 20 meter SSB, California Traffic
    Net, 75 meter SSB, Northern California Net, Region Net 6 and the
    Pacific Area Net on 80- and 40-meter CW. He was especially proud of his daughter, actress Molly Ringwald, and took great pains to keep things authentic when she portrayed an amateur radio operator in one episode
    of the NBC sitcom, "The Facts of Life." Bob wrote: "Naturally the
    writers had Molly's lines all wrong. I volunteered to write the ham
    talk to be authentic and they gratefully accepted." Molly also used her father's callsign in the episode.

    With his passing, Amateur Radio Newsline has also lost a friend. Bob
    Ringwald was a frequent contributor of story ideas that listeners have
    heard each week. He died at the age of 80.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K2BNL repeater in Upton, New York during the 8 p.m. Thursday night Tech
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the US, a program overseen by the FCC and the ARRL has
    just put a number of amateurs on notice for questionable on-air behavior.
    We hear more from Geri Goodrich, KF5KRN.

    GERI: Hams around the US have been sent advisory notices from the
    Volunteer Monitor Program operated jointly by the FCC and the ARRL. A
    report released by program administrator Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH,
    gives details of the notices sent to hams deemed in violation of FCC Part
    97. The program's July report, released recently, gives the results of
    more than 3,000 hours of observation combined on the HF, VHF and UHF frequencies. Although these were advisory notices, one notification --
    sent to a ham in Parks Arizona -- was referred to the FCC for enforcement action. In that instance, the ham is being reported for failing to honor
    a request to stay off a repeater.

    Some of the other notices included the following: A General class
    licensee in Acworth, Georgia, received a notice for failing to identify properly, and for repeatedly making contact with unlicensed stations on
    3.895 MHz. A notice was sent to an Extra Class ham in Keansburg, New
    Jersey, involving threats made on the air to another operator while on
    3.844 MHz. Notices were also sent to some General class licensees for operating on 20 meters in the Extra Class portion of the band. Those hams
    are in Marco Island and Arcadia, Florida, and in Maryland.

    Technician-class licensees also received notices. Those hams were in
    Spring Valley, Smith River, and Nipomo, California; Oneonta, New York;
    Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Center, Texas. The notices indicate they were operating FT8 on frequencies not authorized to Technician licensees.

    The Volunteer Monitor program began operation in 2020. It was established
    to underscore the need for amateur compliance on the air. Trained
    Volunteer Monitors also recognize hams who are observed engaging in commendable conduct.

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

    (FCC, ARRL)



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: What could be better than radio honoring radio? When it's amateur radio honoring professional radio, it's a natural combination, as
    we hear from Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

    SKEETER: New England's oldest broadcast station is marking its 100th anniversary this year and two amateur radio clubs in Massachusets are
    inviting everyone to the party on the amateur bands. The Billerica
    Amateur Radio Society and the Hampden County Radio Association are having
    a special operating event planned for September 17th through September
    19th. The dates closely follow the first day Westinghouse put WBZ on the
    air as an AM radio station: September 15th, 1921. It began life as a 100-
    watt station in East Springfield, Massachusetts but by the time it moved
    to Boston in 1931, it had a 15,000-watt transmitter. By 1933, that power
    had gone up to 50,000 watts.

    So be listening for the callsigns W1W, W1B, W1Z, and WB1Z. Hams will be calling QRZ on all bands using CW, SSB, the digital modes and, of course,

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The first satellite launched by Mauritius has been busy
    doing its part to further students' education. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, brings
    us up to date.

    GRAHAM: Although the first CubeSat launched by the nation of Mauritius
    is still not available for amateur radio use, it has already accomplished
    an important educational mission in STEM education: According to the
    Mauritius Amateur Radio Society, students at three schools in Mauritius
    have received and decoded signals from the satellite, known as MIR-SAT 1, which stands for Mauritius Imagery and Radiotelecommunication Satellite
    1. AMSAT reported the news from the ham radio society, saying that other schools and educational institutions are preparing to follow suit.

    According to AMSAT, the satellite is still in safe mode and being tested.
    The radio society expects to announce when hams will be able to use it.
    The satellite was deployed from the International Space Station on June
    22nd. 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.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the N8NC repeater
    of the North Coast Amateur Radio Club in Brunswick, Ohio, on Sundays at 8
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 27 08:30:41 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, in Spain, hams await the scheduled launch next
    month of two AMSAT-EA Genesis satellites. John Williams, VK4JJW, brings
    us up to date.

    JOHN: The satellites are called GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N, and their
    planned launch on September 2nd has been eagerly anticipated by Spain's national amateur radio society, the URE. The launch is to take place
    at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, where the two digital
    repeating satellites will take to the sky along with a number of other satellites. The GENESIS satellites, built by students from the European University, wlil be using Amplitude Shift Keying, and CW.

    Additional details, and a list of the satellites' working frequencies,
    can be found on the URL website, which is listed in the script of this
    week's newscast at arnewsline.org


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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Back here on earth, many of us know the benefits of high- definition, especially when it comes to video images. But now scientists
    in the UK are making use of some benefits of high-definition imagery,
    thanks to a huge antenna array in Europe. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has those details.

    JEREMY: Scientists are crediting 70,000 one-metre-high antennas with
    helping unveil new insights into how our solar system came into being,
    by providing as-yet unattainable visual details. The array is letting scientists gather ultra-high-definition imagery to get a clearer picture
    of various galaxies as they give birth to planets and suns. The radio
    imagery they are using is the result of a linked international network
    of telescopes known as LOFAR, for Low Frequency Array. Although most of
    the antennas are in nine nations throughout Europe, the majority are in
    The Netherlands.

    According to Neal Jackson of the University of Manchester, the imagery
    is permitting researchers to see more clearly what happens inside
    galaxies when planets and suns are being created. He told the BBC,
    "These high-resolution images allow us to zoom in, to see what's really
    going on when supermassive black holes launch these jets of material."

    The project leader, Leah Morabito, of Durham University in the UK, said scientists believe images such as these are giving greater insight into
    the creation of our own solar system too. According to the BBC, for the
    array to work, the team had to find a way to gather and digitise signals received by each antenna. The signals were then sent to a central
    processor for combination with all the other images being gathered by
    the rest of the array.

    Leah Morabito told the BBC that the team plans to scan numerous galaxies
    in the years ahead, adding, "I think we're definitely in for some

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Many of the hams who will be on the air on September 11th
    calling QRZ from New York City, were in a very different place 20 years
    ago. Some of them hurried to the World Trade Center in Manhattan, as first-responders to the terror strikes that day. They were answering a
    call then - and this year, they are the ones calling to mark the painful anniversary.

    The first-responders and their friends and supporters are hams in the Northeast Wireless Radio Club, NW2C, and the Great South Bay Amateur
    Radio Club, W2GSB. They will be on the air together from 10 a.m. to
    8 p.m. Eastern Time, operating special event station W2T, using CW,
    SSB, and the digital modes.

    Hams may also contact them via satellite. In the words of their station, Whiskey Two Tango, "We Will Never Forget." Mark it on your calendar.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: What do SOTA activators do when the summits are off limits?
    In New Zealand, the answer is right there in their backyards. We hear
    more from Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: Nothing - not even a solar flare or even a pandemic - could stop
    the Backyards on the Air activation from going ahead recently in New
    Zealand. The pandemic, in fact, was actually the inspiration for the
    event on Sunday, August 22nd. It was born in the spring of 2020, as
    lockdown enveloped the nation. A group of SOTA activators looked for
    new options, because their beloved summits had been declared off

    Organiser Mark Sullivan, ZL3AB, said this recent activation found
    participants once again in their backyards, and after two hours of
    calling QRZ, some boasted contacts with the US and VK, as well as
    around New Zealand. Mark described his own activation as a bit less
    successful, owing to a pole that collapsed, and someone's child
    next-door playing with an incredibly loud toy lawn mower.

    Mark did encourage and reward experimentation, however. In his
    invitation to participants, he wrote: "It should go without saying
    that double points will be awarded to anyone who operates using.....
    a Delta loop."

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

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    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're old enough to remember when amateur radio first
    went on the air on the International Space Station almost 21 years ago,
    you can probably appreciate the slow and careful effort that's being made
    now with respect to NASA's Gateway project, the multi-purpose station
    being designed for eventual lunar orbit. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, tells us
    about ham radio's interest in the project.

    NEIL: The amateur radio exploration team (AREx), an international team of
    ham radio organizations, is crossing its collective fingers that one day
    ham radio will be welcome aboard the NASA's Gateway project in much the
    same way ham radio eventually ended up on the ISS.

    Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, a co-leader of the team, said AREx is "cautiously optimistic" that at some point one of the modules to be launched later
    for the Gateway may provide some optimal conditions for a ham shack,
    including access to reliable power from the sun and a good field of view
    of the earth to enable radio contacts. Even with those conditions met, however, NASA would still have to commit to a ham radio presence on
    board. Frank said: [quote] "We are being patient and working with NASA as
    to what is the best approach...We are just staying engaged." [endquote]

    The Gateway's first modules are already earmarked to launch together commercially. Those are the HALO, the astronauts' pressurized living
    quarters, and the Power Propulsion Element. Frank said that modules to be launched after these first two may provide even richer fields of view of
    the earth. Meanwhile, unlike the development of the ARISS program on
    board the ISS two decades ago, he said, progress is expected to be intermittent.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: After a successful bicycle tour and fundraiser, a bicycling father-daughter team is back home in England. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us
    how their adventure went.

    ED: The father-daughter cycling ham radio team of Kevin Richardson,
    G0PEK, and Lauren Richardson, 2E0HLR, have come to their journey's end.
    Their Megacycle Expedition finished as planned on August 25th in northern Scotland. Starting at Land's End, it was a 28-day trek of more than 1,700-kilometres and was a fundraiser for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. They also raised contacts along the way via amateur radio,
    using their home call signs while on VHF and UHF during the day and using MX0KRO, the callsign of the Kent Active Radio Amateurs group, when

    Hams and non-hams alike followed them on Twitter and their Megacycle Expedition Facebook page where they got to see the two adventurers reach
    their finish line in northern Scotland. There, the duo even participated
    in International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend operating on HF from
    the lighthouse at Cape Wrath.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: What does it take to form a new amateur radio club? Sometimes
    it's just a handful of willing radio operators who share the same island
    in the southern Caribbean ocean. John Williams, VK4JJW, takes us there.

    JOHN: The newest ham radio club on the world map is wasting no time
    getting things done. The Bonaire Amateur Radio Club PJ4BAR celebrated its recent birth by hosting a field day on Sorobon Beach from August 27th
    through to the 29th. For now, the fledgling club's membership boasts all
    nine active radio amateurs who call Bonaire their home fulltime, with additional membership among those amateurs who have addresses on the
    island but live elsewhere much of the time. Still, the club does enjoy fellowship on and off the air and its weekly meetings often last until
    late into the night. So if you should hear the club callsign on the air,
    be sure to work the station -- and don't forget to send those QSL cards
    to M Zero U R X [M0URX].

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the AH6LE repeater
    in Beavercreek, and Wilsonville, Oregon, on Sundays, at 6 p.m. local
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    DON/ANCHOR: A Texas high school honor student has received the
    ARRL's premier honor, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award. Paul
    Braun, WD9GCO, introduces us to her.

    PAUL: As we discover every year with our Young Ham Of The Year
    award, there are some amazing young people in our hobby today. One
    of those is Katherine Forson, KT5KMF, the American Radio Relay
    League's 2021 Hiram Percy Maxim Award winner.

    I spoke with the remarkable young woman, who was licensed as a Tech
    at the age of nine, and was an Extra five years later. Forson said
    she loves the public-service aspect of amateur radio, and
    participates in a variety of local events throughout the year. She's
    also fascinated by the opportunities that the digital modes, such as
    FT-8, afford operators. But what's most interesting to her is that
    ham radio has helped her decide her future:

    FORSON: This is actually pretty interesting because ham radio has
    helped me a lot in figuring that out. Yes, I am a trained Skywarn
    storm spotter - I actually want to be a meteorologist. I finished
    just a couple weeks ago my application to Texas A&M. They have an
    incredible geosciences program there and specifically meteorology.
    They have the oldest ham radio club in Texas on campus and they also
    have a student storm chasing team.

    PAUL: When asked if she had any advice for other young women who may
    be hesitant about getting into radio or science, like she did, she
    offered this:

    FORSON: If it's something you want to do, you go for it. I can
    remember when I first got licensed, when I was taking my test it was
    this room full of adult men and I was this tiny 9-year-old girl and
    I tried to use a giant calculator. It was awkward at first, but it's
    become something that I love, it's given me something that I have in
    common with my family, and it's helped me figure out what I want to
    do with my life so I think, even if it's intimidating at first,
    don't let that stop you. Don't let being one of the few women, one
    of the few young girls, stop you.

    PAUL: Forson is working with other Texas-area female hams to create
    a YL-friendly online community tied into the ARRL North Texas
    section website.

    Promoting youth in amateur radio is something near and dear to our
    hearts here at Amateur Radio Newsline. Our 2020 Young Ham of the
    Year, Chris Brault, was a former Maxim Award winner himself.
    Congratulations from all of us at Newsline to Katherine Forson, who
    has a bright future ahead. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun,



    DON/ANCHOR: America's Appalachian Trail has always captured hikers' imaginations, and next month, it will be capturing hundreds and
    hundreds of miles of radio signals. Jim Damron, N8TMW, has that

    JIM: In the United States, the 2,190-mile-long Appalachian Trail
    will present 2,190 miles of possibilities for SOTA and POTA
    activators on Saturday, October 2nd. SOTA enthusiasts are already
    registering to activate summits that are within a short distance on
    the trail and hams will be calling between 1200 UTC and 2100 UTC
    throughout the day. If you're an avid hiker as well as a SOTA or
    POTA activator, you have time to add your name and your summit or
    park of choice to the list by sending an email to A T ontheair at
    gmail dot com (ATontheair@gmail.com). SOTA activators may also post
    an alert on SOTAWatch. This event is being held on the same day as
    the W7A s2s 10-point madness so it's recommended that SOTA chasers
    stand by and defer to summits calling other summits.

    For details visit the Appalachian Trail on the air website. The URL
    is listed in the printed script of this week's newscast at

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

    [DO NOT READ: atontheair.com]




    DON/ANCHOR: If you want to hear history as it happens, be listening
    for the audio retransmissions provided by the Launch Information
    Service and Amateur Television System. They'll be retransmitting
    feeds of the countdown and the booster recovery for SpaceX's
    Inspiration4, a three-day mission featuring the first all-civilian
    crew inside a Crew Dragon spacecraft. It's a charity flight for the
    benefit of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. At the time
    Newsline went to production, liftoff was scheduled for September
    15th. According to Joe Dolinsky, W0WD, the LISATS (LEE-SATS) Amateur
    Radio Club repeater will carry feeds of the transmissions. There is
    also a "listen live" button on LISATS.ORG, the (LEE-SATS) website,
    which has links to Broadcastify. Listening may also be possible via
    EchoLink at WB4ATV.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: The "voice of freedom" transmitted its first words
    from West Chester, Ohio across the ocean in September of 1944 at
    the then-new Bethany Relay Station of the Voice of America. The
    West Chester Amateur Radio Association WC8VOA, which calls the
    iconic building its home, is celebrating the relay station's
    birthday this year with a special event station on September 25th
    and 26th. Jocelyn Brault KD8VRX/VA2VRX told Newsline that the
    club's shack is actually the original control room for the relay
    station. For the special event, be listening on 20 and 40 meters
    for SSB, FT8 and perhaps some CW as well. Those making a QSO are
    eligible for a downloadable certificate available 24 hours after
    the event.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: When it comes to batteries, tiny might just be the
    next big thing. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, explains why.

    KENT: The smaller the battery, the more powerful the
    possibilities? The designers of a new battery technology being
    used in a fitness tracker would like to think so. California-based
    Sila created the battery for a wristband tracker that experts say
    could revolutionize everyday electronics and perhaps have
    implications for modes of transportation too. For now, the ultra-
    tiny powerhouses are in a niche-market item, a fitness tracker
    called the Whoop 4.0. According to a New York Times article, the
    battery has the same lifespan as the power source used in the
    previous model of that tracker but it's a whole one-third smaller.

    Sila and Whoop together said the battery had potential for mass
    marketing in other devices in the next couple of years. Unlike
    lithium-ion batteries, which rely on the ionization and movement
    of lithium atoms, these new batteries use an anode made of silicon
    instead of graphite, requiring smaller space for the lithium atoms
    as they move from the anode side of the battery to the cathode.

    Sila and another company, QuantumScape, told the New York Times
    that their batteries will likely be used in a few short years in
    smart eyeglasses, electric cars and maybe even flying cars one

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A well-known weather-spotter and amateur radio
    operator in north Texas has become a Silent Key. Randy Sly, W4XJ,
    tells us about him.

    RANDY: Charlie Byars, W5GPO, took the lead in tracking severe
    weather with his local Amateur Radio Emergency Services Skywarn
    group, which he helped create in 1974. A licensed ham since 1959,
    Charlie died Sunday, September 12th. Devoted to alerting people in
    Archer and Wichita counties about dangerous weather, Charlie was a
    part of the crucial information network in operation on April
    20th, 1979, when a deadly tornado swept through the region,
    killing 40 people, and destroying thousands of homes.

    Over the years, Charlie's commitment to weather reporting found him
    in numerous roles, including ARES district coordinator for eight
    counties. According to a report in the Times Record News of
    Wichita Falls, he was also the recipient in 2005 of an award from
    the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Charlie Byars was 86.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the D-Star Reflector 91-C in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the UK, the ever-expanding universe of creative
    workshops, known as hackspaces, just got an extra boost from some ham
    radio friends. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about it.

    JEREMY: East Essex Hackspace became the newest of 70 hackspaces
    throughout the UK on Saturday, September 18th, as this community-based "makerspace" opened as a welcoming place to encourage learning and
    tinkering. It includes a construction and electronics workbench,
    reflecting a spirit so familiar to amateur radio operators.

    To help celebrate opening day at this new workshop, Essex Ham operated
    special event station GB0EEH on HF and VHF, not just for the QSOs, but
    to support the community effort and to demonstrate amateur radio to those attending at the Hawkwell location. According to the hackspace's Wiki,
    the space in the pavilion has been provided by Rochford District
    Council and the lease is in effect until October of 2027.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Jack Purdum, W8TEE, who has become
    the new Microcontrollers Editor of CQ magazine. Jack, who is an Arduino authority, will have his first column appear in the November issue, the magazine has announced. His predecessor, Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, is
    starting up a new column called "Ham Radio Explorer" that will launch
    in the December issue.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Another extended family of ham radio operators is
    grieving for one of their own. We hear their story, and the story of a well-loved Silent Key, from Dave Parks, WB8ODF.

    DAVE: An emotional last call has been made on the IRLP/Allstar East
    Coast Reflector for Richard Beutnagel N3RRB, a mainstay of the
    reflector. Rick, a licensed ham since 2018, became a Silent Key on
    Wednesday, September 15th of COVID-19 while caring for his ailing
    parents in Deltona, Florida.

    Friends and members of the 9050 reflector told Newsline that Rick
    arrived on the system in October of 2020 and immediately established
    himself as a mentor. It was a role that came naturally to him on and
    off the air, and in the reflector's Zoom room.

    One of Rick's most selfless projects was the 40 meter QRP transceiver
    he built for a 14-year-old amateur who came to call him "Uncle Rick" He
    also made use of the electronics business he owned and operated to
    create equipment and software for the East Coast Reflector's control
    stations so they could track the number of connected nodes at any given

    Rick also believed in personal connections so even while riding his
    bike around town, he would carry his HT on his handlebars and keep his
    phone connected to the East Coast Reflector Zoom Room.

    Reflector member Pres W2PW told Newsline: "The amateur community lost a
    good one." I would like to add: "Rick, you will be missed but never forgotten."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline and everyone on the East Coast Reflector,
    I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Next year's Bouvet Island DXpedition has been given its
    latest financial boost, and it's from the ARRL. Skeeter Nash, N5ASH,
    has that report.

    SKEETER: The 3Y0J (Three Y Zero Jay) Bouvet Island DXpedition --
    considered one of the costliest ever -- has been awarded $5,000 from
    the ARRL. The amount given to the nonprofit Amateur Radio DXpeditions organization, which is based in Norway, is the same sum given back to
    the ARRL following the Intrepid DX Group's cancellation of its Bouvet
    trip, after the ship planned to carry them there was sold to new

    Amateur Radio DXpeditions -- and its 12 operators -- are planning a
    November 2022 activation, with a goal of 120,000 contacts. The team
    will be on the island for 20 days. The grant is named for Silent Keys
    Lloyd Colvin, W6KG, and Iris Colvin, W6QL, and supports international
    DX teams to foster global goodwill. The DXpedition's $650,000 budget
    makes it among the most expensive ones on record. The team earlier
    received a $100,000 donation from the Northern California DX Foundation
    and a gift from the German DX Foundation that is the equivalent of

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

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, it appears that the RV Braveheart, which was
    sold by Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ, to new owners, may sail again with hams
    aboard sometime. Paul, N6PSE, of the Intrepid DX Group announced
    recently on the group's Facebook page that the ship will be relocating
    from New Zealand to Ushuaia (Ooose-Why-Uh), in southernmost Argentina
    and the new owner plans to make it available once again for amateur
    radio DXpeditioners.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
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    JIM/ANCHOR: A prominent active amateur radio operator and a well-known
    voice on the OMISS and Century Club nets has become a Silent Key. Sel
    Embee, KB3TZD, tells us about him.

    SEL: Walter Page Pyne was known for identifying his callsign as WA3EOP -
    We Are Three Elephants On Patrol - and his voice was a familiar one on the OMISS Net, the Century Club Net, the YL International Single Sideband Net
    and numerous other nets. Page, as he was known to friends, died on
    September 26th in his Maryland hometown of Hagerstown. A life member of
    the Antietam (Ann-Tee-Tum) Radio Association and the International Order
    of Odd Fellows ham club, he was also a cofounder of the Cheese Hollow
    Amateur Radio Society in Maryland. He had served as Charter Year President
    of the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Chapter (#222) of the Quarter Century Wireless Association. Page, a former phone activities manager for the
    ARRL's Maryland/DC section, at the time of his death belonged to the
    Maryland Emergency Phone Net.

    Walter Page Pyne was 74.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Few things are outside the realm of possibility with amateur radio, as a group of deaf students in the UK is about to learn in an ARISS
    QSO with an American astronaut. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: American astronaut Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP, is scheduled to
    complete a unique amateur radio contact from the ISS with students at Mary Hare School for deaf children in Berkshire, England.

    Ciaran Morgan, M0XTD, the UK's ARISS operations lead, told Newsline that
    the event will proceed like a standard ARISS contact for the astronaut,
    but students and school volunteers will have access to a stenographer
    using a device that projects what is being said onto a large screen in
    their auditorium. Ciaran added that the text will also appear on a live
    web stream which will also feature a sign language interpreter. Meanwhile, hams from the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society have been
    assisting the students by providing lessons on amateur radio.

    The school noted on its blog: [quote] "These will be the first deaf
    children to have done this, making it a world first." [endquote]

    While some of the students will be linked to the action by a web feed,
    others will be in the auditorium itself as socially distanced spectators.
    It is scheduled to take place sometime during the week of October 10th.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: As the date inches forward for the CQ WorldWide DX contest,
    there are new sponsors for categories featuring young competitors. Ed
    Durrant, DD5LP, has those details.

    ED: The IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group will be sponsoring plaques
    awarded in the upcoming CQWW DX contest for competitors in Europe and
    Africa who are 25 years of age or younger. Plaques will be given to young
    SSB and CW operators. A number of other YOTA branches and IARU Youth
    Working Groups are sponsoring other awards on other continents for young participants. The CQWW contest announced on its blog in August that
    organisers have created a number of overlays within the contest, including those for young operators and for hams who are experimenting with new technologies. A new Explorer category has been created for those radio operators who are using SSB and CW while employing such new technologies
    as internet-linked stations.

    The contest dates are October 30th and 31st for SSB and November 27th and
    28th for CW.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Don't forget to be listening for operators calling "CQ FALL
    OUT!" on October 8th, 9th and 10th. Those are the days for the portable operating event of the 100 Watts and a Wire community. Operators are being encouraged to work any band, any mode and alone or as a team. The exchange
    is your call sign, your 100Watts ID if you have one, your state, province
    or DX country and a true signal report.

    For details, visit the website 100wattsandawire.com and use the numerals
    "1 Zero Zero" for the word "one hundred."

    (100 WATTS AND A WIRE)



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K7MMA repeater
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