• Amateur Radio Newsline (C)

    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 7 09:03:49 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you're between the ages of 15 and 25, and live in the
    Americas, start thinking about getting on the air at camp next summer.
    Jack Parker, W8ISH, explains.

    JACK: Although the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled plans for the first Youth
    on the Air Camp in the Americas this past June, young amateur radio
    operators can look forward to July of 2021. Organizers have announced
    that campers from North, Central, and South America, will be able to
    attend camp sessions that have been rescheduled for July 11th through
    16th next year. The activities will take place in West Chester Township
    in Ohio, at the National Voice of America museum of Broadcasting.

    Early registration is being granted for campers who had been accepted to
    this year's camp. Once that is complete, new registrants will be permitted
    to sign up. The camp can accommodate as many as 30 youngsters. Licensed amateurs who are 15 through 25 years of age will get on the air during a week-long special event station.

    This year, a virtual YOTA Day was held on Zoom, and streamed on YouTube
    in place of this year's on-site camp. The day's activities can be viewed
    on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel.

    For more details about next year's camp, visit YouthOnTheAir dot org (YouthOnTheAir.org) or write to camp director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, using
    the email director at youthontheair dot org (director@youthontheair.org)

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The youthful love of amateur radio grows up and matures, but
    for many of us, it doesn't go away - at any age. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITF,
    tells us about one very special new licensee, whose love dates back to
    World War II.

    RALPH: The first time Bryan Knight got his amateur radio license, he was
    11 years old. The world was living under the shadow of World War II, when Bryan, who was growing up in the UK, became the proud holder of a "G3"
    call sign.

    Now a retired aerospace engineer, Bryan just got a new call sign again -
    this time after testing with the Bledsoe County Amateur Radio Club in Tennessee, where he lives. On July 11th, he earned his General Class
    ticket at age 93.

    The Bledsoe County Club was celebrating its first anniversary, when Bryan stopped by Field Day in June. His fate was sealed: in July, he sat for his exam.

    Now he's back on the air as KO4FHG. It's not his first U.S. call sign. A veteran of the Royal Air Force, he moved to the U.S,. and after gaining citizenship, got his license as a young man. But - as he told Newsline
    recently -- life happens and licenses lapse.

    Well, no more: KO4FHG is back to ragchewing on the local repeaters, and
    is getting ready to return to HF. He's also polishing his CW.

    Andrew Albertson, KN4CTG, club trustee, and a founding member, told
    Newsline: "This is what we got into it for, to promote the hobby, and
    bring back some of the life into the hobby."

    At 93 years of age, Bryan couldn't agree more about great new beginnings.

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



    NEIL/ANCHOR: A popular net with an easygoing roundtable format has gone
    QRT, as we hear from Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    ANDY: It was called the Millennium Net, but in its formative years, it
    was The Net on Six, because that was the band where it began. On
    Wednesday evenings, hams gathered there to toss around topics ranging
    from music to astronomy to, of course, ham radio.

    The Millennium Net would have been scheduled to meet again on Aug. 19,
    but there will be no more check-ins for the group. The net has gone QRT.

    The one-hour net, which more recently moved to EchoLink instead, grew
    in popularity with its casual roundtable format. Then a few years ago,
    one of its founders, Mike Thurlow, NJ2BA, became a Silent Key. The net
    went silent, too. Net cofounder Gary Wilt, N2NJY, decided to revive it
    after a few weeks', but by 2019, the lack of check-ins and a general
    weariness had pretty much sealed its fate.

    There is, however, a legacy the net leaves behind. Longtime net member
    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ, said one evening's discussion on the net inspired
    his creation of a comprehensive reference list of about 150 nets, split
    between D-STAR, EchoLink, and other linked nets. That list is still
    available by writing wx4qz at arrl dot net. This net, however, has run
    its course.

    Daryl told Newsline "while the net is no more, the memories will live
    on forever."

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 14 12:26:02 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Whether you're a big station or a little station, get
    ready for a contest later this year, that's about to level the playing
    field. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, has those details.

    PAUL: Now this is a first: It's being called the Fox Mike Hotel -
    Portable Operations Challenge, and this contest is making its debut
    this year, by posing one question: "Can the Super Station contester
    best the Little Pistol portable operator?"

    October may seem like a long way off but it's not - and that means the
    question will be answered on October 3rd and 4th, the weekend of the
    challenge, which uses scoring methods to level the operating field for
    both portable and home based stations. Organizers compare it to golf,
    which uses handicapping to equalize players facing different courses
    and different challenges. The scoring metric uses the distance-per-power
    value with multipliers for portable operations and transmission mode.

    Frank Howell, K4FMH, created the concept based on his own portable ops
    team's contest participation competing against bigger stations. The
    challenge's sponsors are the South African Amateur Radio League, the UK
    DX Foundation, the ARRL's National Contesting Journal, and the Hellenic
    Amateur Radio Association of Australia.

    For more details, visit foxmikehotel dot com slash challenge (foxmikehotel.com/challenge). No golf clubs required, but participants
    will need to be "on-the-ball" in October.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the U.S., the White House has pulled its nomination
    of an FCC commissioner, who has served on the panel since 2013. Here's
    Heather Embee, KB3 T Zed Dee, with the details.

    HEATHER: The White House has withdrawn its nomination of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, who has served on the panel since 2013. O'Rielly has
    been praised by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (PIE), for his work on issues related
    to the 3.5 GHz spectrum and related policies.

    O'Rielly, who was first appointed to the panel by President Barack Obama, recently spoke out against President Donald Trump for an executive order
    that would limit social media companies' liability protections. Trump did
    not give any reason for his withdrawal of the nomination, but according
    to various published reports, the White House and others on the political
    right have said that social media's practice of moderating content is
    biased against conservative views.

    Before his nomination was withdrawn, O'Rielly, who like Trump is
    Republican, would have faced Senate confirmation for a term that ended
    in 2024.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: As challenging as this year has been for many of us, if
    you're an enthusiast of Summits on the Air, or SOTA, things are always
    looking up. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about an upcoming activity weekend specifically for amateurs in the southeast of England.

    ED: If you've never operated from a summit before - and especially if you
    have - you might want to put your hiking shoes on during the weekend of
    August 22nd and 23rd, and head to one of 15 summits in the southern
    England region. That's the area from Wiltshire in the west, to Kent in the
    east and south, to the Isle of Wight and the South Downs.

    The organisers, Tim Price, G4YBU, and Richard Perzyna, G8ITB, have
    suggested these two days - which coincide with the ILLW weekend, be
    considered an activity weekend for SOTA activators.

    Individual operators are free to choose whatever bands and modes they
    please, but organisers are hoping there will also be 2-metre activations
    among the more typical HF activity.

    If this is to be your first activation, it might prove useful to visit www.sotadata.org.uk , where there are resources to guide you on
    recommended routes, available parking and other details.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 20 23:11:49 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K4EX repeater in Dade City, Florida, on Tuesdays, after the 7pm



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Although there have been some changes in the guidelines
    for participants, entrants are operating from 43 countries during the
    23rd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on the 22nd and 23rd
    of August. Organizer Kevin, VK2CE, reports that despite the changes
    in venue in many instances, radio operators can expect to benefit
    from some flexibility regarding use of the special event call signs
    associated with the annual event. If a lighthouse or lightship has
    been shut due to COVID-19 restrictions, stations are expected to
    inform their contacts that the operators are not at the lightouse,
    but in proximity to it, or within line-of-sight if that is the case.

    Kevin writes: [quote]: "Participation from home or club rooms is
    encouraged, even if it is only to offer support for those who have
    made the effort to set up at, or near a lighthouse. Hopefully, 2021
    will see some kind of normality return to the planet." [endquote]
    He was pleased to report, however, that the number of participants
    is far greater than had been anticipated under the circumstances.

    We'll report more about this event later in the newscast in our
    World of DX segment.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: An Illinois amateur radio operator, and a former longtime
    Boy Scout leader, has pleaded guilty to trafficking in child
    pornography. Milton Forsberg, K9QZI, had been indicted on the charges
    in November of 2019. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Urbana,
    Illinois, and under a plea agreement worked out between his attorney
    and the assistant U.S. attorney, the 80-year-old man will serve a
    prison sentence of six and a half years, and pay a special assessment
    of $10,200.

    According to published reports, Forsberg had been affiliated for more
    than 40 years with the Boy Scouts. The case against him opened, and
    grew after police received charges in September of 2019, saying that
    he had sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in 1965.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The FCC will be permitted to exempt wireless carriers from
    $2 billion in fees, despite a challenge by numerous cities around the
    U.S. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, brings us those details.

    STEPHEN: A United States Court of Appeals judge has declared that the
    Federal Communications Commission can pre-empt an estimated $2 billion
    in local fees that would have been imposed on wireless carriers, and
    their 5G networks. Dozens of cities went to court to try and block a
    previous vote by the FCC, that favored such carriers as AT&T, T-Mobile,
    and Verizon. Major cities around the U.S. sued the FCC following that
    vote, but the recent decision by the Court of Appeals in the 9th Circuit upholds most of the FCC's actions. Judges did overturn part of the
    agency's ruling, that sought to restrict what cities and towns can
    impose on the carriers, regarding the aesthetics of their setups.

    The cities losing the case included Washington, D.C., Boston, New York
    City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, along with Portland,
    Oregon, and Austin, Texas.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Online is the place to be, it seems, if you're looking to
    breathe new life into your old ham club - and one group in California
    is trying to make that happen. Here's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

    RALPH: There's a long history behind the Palisades Amateur Radio Club
    in southern California, but it looks like recent history has got in
    the way of much of the club's activities - as it has for most anything amateur-radio related these days.

    Once among the largest clubs in the region during the 1960s and 1970s,
    the Palisades Amateur Radio Club of Culver City was home to more than
    300 hams in the region.

    Now the club is saying "welcome home" - not just to current members,
    but anyone anywhere who may have ever been a member. The club is
    rejuvenating its membership and activity - this time on the weekends
    on the Zoom platform - and is inviting all radio operators with ties
    to the club, to please join them. The details are available from Dick
    McKay, K6VGP, at his email address Dick at McKay dot org (Dick@McKay.org)

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 28 16:45:20 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Potomac
    Highlands Amateur Radio Club's N8VAA repeater, in Moorefield, West
    Virginia, on Mondays, at 8 p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: A prominent New Jersey radio amateur has been chosen as the
    new chief executive officer of the ARRL. David Minster, NA2AA, of Wayne,
    New Jersey, was chosen by the league's board of directors to succeed
    interim CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY. A CW operator and seasoned contester,
    David also belongs to AMSAT, the Straight Key Century Club, the Frankford
    Radio Club, and the North American QRP CW Club. His tenure begins
    September 28th.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Jeanette Epps, KF5QNU, who will be making
    her first space flight next year, as part of the Boeing Starliner-1
    mission to the International Space Station. She will join a six-month expedition that includes two other hams - Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, and
    Josh Cassada, KI5CRH, who were both chosen for the mission in 2018. This
    is to be the first operational crewed flight of Starliner. The mission
    will be the first as well for John Cassada, but it will be the third for Sunita Willliams, who has been on two previous expeditions to the ISS.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In Indianapolis, hams went the distance recently to keep up
    the excitement for an iconic 500-mile auto race, as Jack Parker, W8ISH,
    tells us.

    JACK: While the Indianapolis 500 mile race ran without fans in the stands, thousands of amateur radio operators from around the world were still able
    to reach out, and touch history in the making.

    During the week prior to the 104th running of the Indy 500, members of the W9IMS special event station, ran their own 7-day marathon to log contacts
    in honor of the 500-mile race.

    Due to COVID-19 concerns, the race was moved from Memorial Day weekend to August 23rd, to allow pandemic issues to run its course. Track officials
    had to ban fan participation at the last minute, and only allowed race
    crews and officials, inside the two and a half mile oval. That didn't deter
    the W9IMS special event club. Despite poor band conditions, they
    successfully operated for seven days, taking check-ins on most of the HF bands. The 500-mile race stats are not in yet, but the crew reported over 5,200 contacts for the first two races earlier in the spring.

    W9IMS normally operates three weeks of special event stations, starting in May, with the Indy Grand Prix, then the Indy 500, and then in July for the Brickyard 400.

    This year, every station who contacted W9IMS for all three races, will
    receive a special certificate or QSL card. Check out the details on the
    W9IMS, QRZ page.

    Reporting from Indianapolis, for Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Jack
    Parker, W8ISH.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Who says ham radio operators don't know how to recycle creatively? The Shy-Wy Amateur Radio Club had reserved the special event
    call sign W7Y for the Wyoming ARRL Section Convention the club was
    scheduled to host in Cheyenne -- but the pandemic prompted the
    convention's cancellation.

    The call sign, however, is going to be as active as ever. It's been repurposed. Be listening on various bands, and in various modes, including digital and satellite, for W7Y between September 6th and September 15th.
    The club is calling this its "Come and Get Wyoming" event. All logs will
    be uploaded to Logbook of the World, and there are additional details on
    the special event page on QRZ.com

    Meanwhile, the club is also putting out a special request to any and all Wyoming amateur radio operators to please join them on the air. Contact shywyevents at gmail dot com (shywyevents@gmail.com) and ask to be put
    on the schedule.

    Remember, you'll have 10 days to get Wyoming in your logbook, just in
    case you need it for that Worked All States Award. Come and get it!

    (R.J. BRAGG WY7AA)
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 4 02:22:10 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K6TZ repeater, in Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesdays at
    7pm Pacific Time.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Now here's a challenging homework assignment some
    young hams might just be impatient to get started on. Neil Rapp,
    WB9VPG, explains.

    NEIL: The start of the school year heralds the beginning of CTE
    Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge from the United States
    Department of Education, asking students to design and build CubeSat prototypes. The multi-phase exercise is designed to help students
    develop technical skills for careers in the space research industry,
    and related fields. Schools are being asked to form teams, and develop
    a mission proposal, which needs to be submitted no later than October
    16th. Teams should submit their information online, with school
    information, project proposal, details about the team, and a
    description of the learning outcomes expected. For support, students
    and teachers can refer to the CubeSat resource hub on the challenge

    Phase 2 of the challenge runs from January to May 2021, and as many as
    five finalists will be chosen from the first phase to participate in
    next year's activities. Finalists will each receive a portion of the
    $25,000 cash prize pool, and a variety of kits used in satellite
    development, along with related hardware and software.

    Up for the challenge? Visit ctemissioncubesat dot com. That's
    ctemissioncubesat - that's one word! - dot com. (ctemissioncubesat.com)
    A virtual information session was held online on September 1st, but
    there are more details online. Recognizing the difficult conditions
    under which schools must operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, the
    department says it acknowledges schools' needs for flexibility in this collaborative effort.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Austria, radio amateurs are preparing for a big
    Field Day event, that will include a display of some of their favorite equipment. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has that story.

    ED: Some amateurs in Austria are going ahead with their plans for a
    Field Day on Saturday, the 12th of September. Amateur Radio Club
    Gmunden will be hosting their event in Vochdorf, and expect to be on
    the air starting at 10am local time. Hams wanting to be a part of
    the event are asked to let the club know, by contacting Alfred, OE5CTL,
    for pre-planning details. His address is S E N (dot) A (dot) brunbauer
    (at) A O N (dot) AT (sen.a.brunbauer@aon.at).

    According to the club website, the Field Day will also be an opportunity
    for radio enthusiasts to have their radio equipment on display, ranging
    from home-brew transceivers to mobile antennas.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the UK, hams are on the air, giving a history lesson
    about the Battle of Britain, which was 80 years ago this month. Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: September is under way, and so is a special event station,
    GB80BOB, marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It's
    on the air until the 28th of the month, with hams from the Royal Air
    Force Amateur Radio Society, commemorating the conflict that took place
    between July and October of 1940.

    The activation will include operation on the 15th of September, which
    in 1940, was proclaimed Battle of Britain Day, and marks the RAF
    Fighter Command's victory over the German Luftwaffe.

    Because COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect, radio operators
    will be on the air from their homes, thanks to Ofcom relaxing its rules
    around special event station locations. Visit the Royal Air Force
    Amateur Radio Society website, for a complete list of operators, and
    the postcode locations from which they are operating. The website is
    located at rafars dot org. (rafars.org)

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 10 22:41:19 2020

    JIM/ANCHOR: In the UK, an amateur radio group for blind veterans
    isn't letting the HF's noise get in the way of their regular net.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: When increasing noise began disrupting their mornings four
    days a week on 80 metres, the Blind Vets UK Amateur Radio Society
    didn't go QRT: Instead, they got creative and found a new mode they
    could add as an alternative. Encouraged by longstanding member Doc
    G4ZJO, the group secured the help of the North West Fusion Group, one
    of the UK's biggest clubs. The Fusion Group, which maintains a
    network of repeaters and gateways, set up and began hosting a Yaesu
    System Fusion reflector for use by the blind amateurs. According to
    Douggie, G7CDA, one of the Fusion Group administrators, a WiresX room
    is now bridged to the YSF reflector around the clock. He said the
    network has become a busy place, where Doc chairs the regular 10 a.m.
    daily nets. Douggie told Newsline that the WiresX Room is being used increasingly by both blind and sighted hams, as well as members and non-members of the Blind Vets UK organisation. It's growing, he said,
    "at some rate of knots."

    Don't worry, there is plenty of room for even more hams to join in.
    WiresX Room 44222 is called BLIND-VETS NWFG, and the reflector is YSF
    number 42233 which is called GB-BLIND-VETS. The North West Fusion
    Group also has a presence in the United States and at least one
    gateway there is usually connected to the group network.

    Douggie told Newsline: "Anyone can call in the network or join the
    nets where they will be made most welcome."

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: In the U.S., the popular net known as the All Things
    Digital After Net is on the move. It's staying on Reflector 58 B, but
    will now meet at 6 p.m. Central Time in the U.S. on Tuesdays. The
    change is being made to accommodate a work-schedule conflict. The net
    control is El Erby, K4DJL. All hams with an interest in any digital
    radio mode are welcome to check in.




    JIM/ANCHOR: After several months of delays in testing, South Africa
    has finally welcomed some new hams to the bands. John Williams,
    VK4JJW, tells us about them.

    JOHN: Congratulations to the 119 new amateur radio operators in South
    Africa. The new hams have successfully completed the recent Radio
    Amateurs Exam, a 60-question test held for the Class A licence on the
    29th of August, following a delay from May as a result of the

    Relaying the details given by Noel Hammond ZR6DX, the South African
    Radio League said that 124 tests were given at 27 exam centres under
    special COVID-19 protocols that included holding a morning and an
    afternoon session.

    The 119 successful candidates have since been emailed the results.
    Before taking the written test, the candidates were required to
    complete a Practical Operating Assessment and evaluated by two HF
    Assessors, carefully done in accordance with pandemic restrictions.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: There are many conventional ways to promote amateur
    radio: workshops, hamfests, YouTube videos and of course Elmering.
    But how about a ham radio channel on the Roku digital media player?
    Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, tells us about one ham who's making it happen.

    SKEETER: As the administrator and creator of Ozark Digital, a digital
    ham radio network based in Arkansas, Curtis, N9INK, is always looking
    for ways hams can expand their reach. Hoping to promote the hobby
    across generations - and even geography - through creative TV
    programming, he has secured a channel on the Roku streaming TV
    player. The noncommercial channel is called Amateur Radio Today, and
    Curtis is looking to provide viewers with free content - ultimately
    around the clock - on anything and everything amateur radio-related.

    Curtis told Newsline that what he needs now are more programs. He has
    a few pre-recorded videos already up there to get things started, but
    he is hoping to fill the schedule of the Amateur Radio Today channel
    with how-to videos, interviews, discussions, and maybe - down the
    line - a live feed from a DXpedition, whenever that may be
    technically possible.

    Subject matter can range from digital operation and hotspots, to boat
    anchors. There are, of course, technical requirements. Videos should
    be in high-definition MP4 format. All content must be reviewed by him
    first. He said that live feeds are also possible, but will be carried
    with a three-minute delay.

    Curtis said his goal isn't just to provide ham radio programming, but
    to help provide the hobby with a future filled with enthusiastic,
    inquisitive amateurs.

    Amateurs interested in providing content should write him at

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 17 22:10:40 2020
    BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
    Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including
    the K7ECI repeater in Mountain Home, Idaho, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: One of the newest clubs in the UK has never gathered its
    members for a meeting - and that's apparently just fine with
    everyone, as we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: It's no secret that virtual amateur radio clubs work. In the
    UK, Essex Ham has been successfully doing this since 2011. Now
    they've got some company, largely as a product of the COVID-19
    pandemic. The Online Amateur Radio Community Club came into being
    this past spring following discussions between Francis Hennigan,
    M0UKF, and four or five other hams.

    Francis tells the club's story on YouTube in an interview with Callum McCormick, M0MCX, noting that the need for a virtual club became
    apparent to him in March when he volunteered to assist with remote invigilation of licence exams.

    The Online Amateur Radio Club evolved from there. Although it is
    predominantly a UK-focused club, membership is not necessarily
    limited geographically. Francis told Callum that the club, which has
    about 130 members, is hoping especially to reach into the community
    of younger hams. Weekly nets are already being held on the digital
    modes, including DMR, D-STAR, Echolink, and Fusion.

    He said there are no fees, because there are no costs. Even though
    the club is only a few months old, organisers are already setting up
    a ΓÇÿbuddy systemΓÇÖ to support new members. The club begins its
    intermediate level training course on the 28th September.

    For more details about the Online Amateur Radio Community Club, visit
    their Twitter feed, which is, ΓÇ£@M0OUK.ΓÇ¥

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Check-in opportunities have expanded for the Blind Hams
    Digital Net which has added a network bridge - and a whole lot more.
    Jack Parker, W8ISH, gives us the details.

    JACK: The Blind Hams DMR Net had a quiet beginning but now its voices
    are everywhere. On that first day - April 7, 2018 -- only three
    amateurs checked in. The net was simply an idea that grew out of an
    online discussion hams were having on a mail server but it was soon
    to grow to be even more.

    It is now known as the Blind Hams Digital Net, and has an
    international reach with an average of 50 check-ins, a group that
    sometimes climbs to 76. The establishment of the Blind Hams Network
    Bridge gave more room to grow, and there are now eight nets on the
    bridge. The hams also have a presence on Brandmeister TalkGroup
    31679. Thanks to Patrick KE4DYI, the connections support DMR, D-STAR,
    Fusion, AllStar, EchoLink, Peanut, and Wires-X.

    More recently, the group added a YouTube channel that includes a
    roundtable discussion called "CQ Blind Hams," and a podcast of the
    same name has also been created.

    The blind hams group has a strong advocacy voice off the air as well.
    Roger Clark, VK3KYY, and a team of programmers pressed for the use of
    open GD77 firmware and programming software to make a Radioddity HT
    more easily programmable by blind users. In Germany, Ian, DJ0HF,
    created MP3 tutorials, and PDF files to guide users.

    No radio? No problem! Even without a radio, hams can still be part of
    the action. Hams who are not on the air can join via the Peanut
    smartphone App, or just listen to the chatter using their Alexa
    device, or they can stream audio from the bridge using their

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: In our occasional series Nets of Note, shining a
    spotlight on nets of particular interest, Newsline looks this week at
    one net that functions as a digital helping hand to demystify the
    various modes. It's called the Hotspot, Pi, SBC, and Zoom Net. Hams
    check in on Mondays at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the QuadNet Array.

    The net was created as the Raspberry Pi Net to assist with setup and operation, using Single Board Computers like the popular Raspberry
    Pi. Daryl, WX4QZ, and Steven, KC9SIO, are serving temporarily as net
    control stations, standing in for Ted VE7LEE. It's all about
    camaraderie, communications, and of course, questions and answers.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: When it comes to predicting coronal mass ejections,
    occasionally it's better NOT to be a scientist. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    tells us why.

    JEREMY: Citizen science has proven invaluable to researchers at the
    University of Reading in their search for a more accurate way to
    forecast coronal mass ejections. Thousands of volunteer participants
    in the Stormwatch citizen science project have been sending
    researchers their observations about previous CME images captured by
    special wide-angle cameras on spacecraft since the project began in
    2010. The scientists then combined these observations with their own forecasting methods, making use of the additional information.

    According to an article in Science Daily, this model increased
    accuracy of solar storm predictions by 20%, supporting researchers'
    theory that the inclusion of imaging cameras on future space weather monitoring missions by ESA and NASA would be beneficial. The team also
    found that forecasts' uncertainty was reduced by 15 percent as a
    result of the volunteers' input which provided a better sense of the trajectory and shape of the solar storm.

    The results of the study were originally published in AGU Advances.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: What are you doing on Sunday nights? Try slowing down!
    Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, explains.

    KEVIN: The K1USN Radio Club doesn't believe good things should be
    rushed - not even contests. That's why their new slow-speed CW contest
    - known as the SST - will go at as leisurely a pace as radio operators
    need it to be. Based on feedback from its inaugural one-hour event
    held on September 13th, the contest is being held every week at 0000
    to 0100 UTC Mondays, which in the United States takes place from 8
    p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Sundays. According to the club website,
    the leisurely pace also allows for friendly greetings between
    operators and not just a hasty exchange of information.

    The nonprofit club comprises civilian radio enthusiasts, as well as
    former and active members of the military. The contest is designed to
    be especially welcoming to those who are new at CW.

    For more details visit triple w dot kay one you ess en dot com

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: There is a new resource in Australia for licensees who
    have more questions than answers right now. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, picks
    up the story from here.

    JIM: Newcomers have more questions than answers when they first get
    their licence to get on the air and clubs can't be everywhere,
    offering the one-on-one support most newbies need. The Radio Amateur
    Society of Australia has made an online collection of knowledge-based
    articles available to newcomers, hoping it will help fill the support
    gap many of them encounter.

    The free resource is called the Amateur Radio Tech Support Service,
    and it offers detailed information on how to set up a station, how to understand what kind of antenna you may need, DXing, complying with regulations and of course dealing with interference. There is also an
    online guidebook for newcomers called "Welcome to Amateur Radio."

    The website notes that the service is presently in the pilot stage and
    if it proves successful, it may be expanded. Look for the link to this
    tech support service in the printed version of this script on our
    website, arnewsline.org

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

    [PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: https://amateurradiotechsupport.freshdesk.com/support/home ]

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 9 08:48:37 2020

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



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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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



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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.
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    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K8SCH repeater of the OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. local time. Newsline has played during the TechTalk net for more than
    35 years!



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

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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 29 20:49:44 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

    Hamvention awards have been held since 1956.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 5 22:22:25 2020

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



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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Nov 13 09:00:15 2020

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



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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 19 23:38:57 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 3 19:14:56 2020

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



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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 11 08:30:48 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    VK8MA repeater in Australia's Northern Territory on Sundays at 7 p.m.
    local time.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: With a new callsign and an ambitious agenda, AMSAT
    Ireland has launched itself. Here's more from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: After years of planning and waiting, AMSAT Ireland has
    announced that its organisation is complete and it has become active
    with a callsign of EI2SAT. AMSAT Ireland is now seeking ham radio
    operators and other enthusiasts to become members. The organisation is
    part of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT, which was
    created in the United States in 1969 to support ham radio's
    involvement in space research and communication.

    The emergence of AMSAT Ireland comes as Ireland prepares for the
    launch of its first satellite, EIRSAT-1, the Educational Irish
    Research Satellite 1. It is being designed by a team of students in
    University College Dublin and academic staff is designing the 2U
    CubeSat as part of the European Space Agency's Fly Your Satellite

    Interested hams are asked to visit the website at www amsat dot ie (www.amsat.ie)

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Because all hams need mentors, including those
    returning to the hobby after many years, one club in California has
    devoted itself to the task. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, tells us about them.

    PAUL: One of the hot topics in any discussion today about the future
    of amateur radio is always, "How do we get more people interested?"
    Another is, "Once we get them licensed, how do we keep them

    One club in California was formed specifically to find some answers to
    those questions. Called GOTA Hams, they're a fairly new organization
    but they are very active and growing.

    I spoke with Vice President Mark Arlotti, KM6AHY, about what the
    clubÆs goals were:

    ARLOTTI: GOTA Hams Amateur Radio Club is an active club. We wanted to
    put together a group that would be able to put new hams on the air and
    even get other hams that maybe had their callsign a while back active

    PAUL: Arlotti spoke about club activities. One thing is a regular
    ôRadio in The Parkö event to raise public awareness. Their other
    activities are more challenging:

    ARLOTTI: We also like to do field ops which is kind of like "Radio in
    the Park" but a little more distance. Like we'll go out to the desert
    or up to the mountains - we'll do a camping trip and set up a mobile
    station totally with batteries and solar panels. Next month in January
    we plan on going out to Quartzfest in Arizona.

    PAUL: The club also has a very active net on a local repeater:

    ARLOTTI: On a nightly basis, we do a ham net at 8PM on the WA6FZH
    repeater here in Southern California, and we do a roundtable where we
    answer questions and we talk about other things besides ham radio just
    to keep people together. We always ask for first-time callers, you
    know, and itÆs a good opportunity for them to feel free to get on the
    air and talk and practice their skills.

    PAUL: The club's website is at gotahams dot com - that's G O T A hams
    dot com.

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



    In the world of DX, be listening for members of the ARI Club of
    Grosseto, IQ5GR, on the air as IO5CNPP, until the 20th of December.
    They are activating in remembrance of the Heroes of the 1986 Chernobyl
    Nuclear Power Plant disaster. QSL direct to the address on Q R Zed
    .com or by the Bureau to IZ5RHU. A "Heroes of Chernobyl Diploma" is
    available. For more details, see Q R Zed .com.

    Listen for a group of Senegalese operators on the air as 6V1A from
    Goree Island between December the 18th and 20th. They will be on CW
    and SSB on all HF bands. QSL using LoTW. If you want a direct QSL
    card, you can cover the costs via PayPal at 6 v 1 a dot a r a s at
    gmail dot com. (6v1a.aras@gmail.com)

    In Bolivia, Antonio, EA5RM, will be active as CP1XRM, between January
    9th and 26th, working as a Solidaridad Medica and Radio-amateurs
    Without Frontiers NGO volunteer. He will be on the air on SSB and in
    the digital modes during his spare time. QSL via LoTW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 18 08:15:56 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: A well-known innovator, and the creator of a low-noise receive mixer known as the H-Mode mixer, has become a Silent Key. Jeremy Boot,
    G4NJH, tells us about him.

    JEREMY: Colin Horrabin, G3SBI, an amateur radio operator known for his development of the H-Mode mixer used in many HF radios, died in late
    November at his home in the UK, one month after being diagnosed with
    cancer. Colin, who was employed by the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory before retiring, had been a licenced ham since the age of 16. He held his current call sign since 1963. He notes on his profile page on QRZ.com that although he was enthusiastic about operating mobile SSB, his bigger
    interest was in CW, particularly on the LF bands.

    The board of the Radio Society of Great Britain awarded him the Bennett
    Prize in 1994 for his innovative contributions to the art of radio.

    According to the RSGB, his H-Mode mixer formed the core of the CDG2000 high-performance transceiver he co-designed with Dave, G8KBB, and George, G3OGQ. That design was recognised with the Ostermeyer Trophy from the RSGB
    in 2003.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Happy 59th birthday OSCAR 1! OSCAR, which stands for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio, became the first ham radio satellite following its launch on December 12th, 1961. Its orbit was a brief one, lasting only 22 days, but it was embraced by hams around the world. Though
    its orbit decayed quickly, more than 570 hams in 28 nations still had time
    to report their observations to AMSAT's predecessor, known as Project




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A new edition of the International Amateur Radio Union's VHF Handbook has recently been published, and it's downloadable as a PDF. This
    is version 9 of the handbook and it is based on the actions taken at the
    2020 IARU Region 1 virtual General Conference. It contains all the
    decisions made regarding the bands at VHF and higher. The handbook's band
    plan also shows changes made to 436-438 MHz and covers 145 MHz satellite allocations.

    You can find the link for downloading the handbook in this newscast's
    printed script at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: DO NOT READ] https://tinyurl.com/ANS-341-Handbook




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams in Brazil who enjoy operating with vintage equipment are likely to breathe a sigh of relief at the latest government announcement. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, explains.

    JASON: Regulators in Brazil have assured amateur radio operators that an approval process is in place to permit the continued use of older radio equipment past the end-of-year deadline. ANATEL, the national regulator,
    had been asked by Brazil's amateur radio organisation, LABRE, to ensure
    that an approval process will still continue after this year's December
    31st deadline. Hams were concerned that no time period had been identified
    for that process. The fate of such equipment became unclear because in some cases, such radios and other devices lack an FCC-ID and are not included on the government's approved list.

    In a translation provided on Southgate News, LABRE wrote: [quote] "We now
    have the guarantee that old equipment will continue to be type approved in
    the current way indefinitely." [endquote] The approval process includes presentation of the manual for any equipment that lacks international certification.

    In making the announcement, LABRE reminded all operators that effective January 1st, everyone must still receive approval for continued use of
    older equipment.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 25 12:45:27 2020

    SKEETER: Another Christmas tree - this one in Canada - is sending its
    holiday message via satellite. Well, sort of. It was a project of one
    amateur radio club in British Columbia. For that report, we turn to
    Newsline's newest team member, Randy Sly, W4XJ.

    RANDY: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a museum in a 19th century
    building that highlights the history of the fishing industry on
    Canada's West Coast. Inside the building, one of the Christmas trees on display for the cannery's holiday festival puts a spotlight on amateur
    radio, using ornament designs that represent CubeSats, transmitted
    signals and amateur radio operators themselves. The Richmond Amateur
    Radio Club calls its tree "Communicating to One World" and its message
    is that amateur radio is a universal experience that uses high tech to
    connect people. In keeping with ham ingenuity, many of the ornaments
    were homebrew. Club members created them from coasters, printer
    cartridges, parts of ballpoint pens, pull tabs from canned food and
    other household items.

    Although the festival and display ended on December 24th, the interest
    in the trees will continue through to the end of the holiday season.
    Visitors to the cannery as well as people viewing the trees on Facebook
    and Instagram, were encouraged to vote for their favourite tree. The
    club is, of course hoping its tree will get a good signal report.

    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
    K7EFZ repeater in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. local time,
    after Eagle Rock Emergency Practice Net.



    SKEETER: Will the new year bring Europe its own system of low-earth
    orbit satellites? Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, explores that possibility.

    RALPH: With 2021 about to get underway, officials in a number of
    European Union nations will begin a feasibility study for a
    constellation of low-earth orbit satellites similar to the Starlink
    project under way by Elon Musk's SpaceX. Europe's version of the U.S. satellite constellation is envisioned as being able to give people in
    isolated areas access to the internet and permit more secure
    communications for governments. It would reportedly cost $7.3 billion
    in U.S. currency or 6 billion euros.

    The development could lead to a rivalry in space broadband coverage as SpaceX's own beta version is said to begin service to Europe by
    February or March of 2021. Starlink's goal has been to deploy as many
    as 42,000 satellites to bring high-speed internet to different parts of
    the globe. Its public beta service presently serves only the northern
    U.S. and southern Canada.

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




    SKEETER: With the Arecibo Observatory gone following its tragic
    collapse, China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or
    FAST, is quickly opening its doors to the world's astronomers. FAST is
    the world's largest radiotelescope, taking that status from Arecibo
    after its construction was completed in 2016.

    According to the French news agency AFP, China's giant telescope is
    taking on another role once associated with Arecibo. It is giving the international community of astronomers access to its antennas and radio receivers so they can study radio waves emitted from black holes,
    galaxies and stars and even transmit and reflect signals to see what
    bounces back.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: As hams, we can sympathize with anyone who's got a
    serious craving for good radio equipment, but there are times when that craving can go to extremes. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, explains.

    ED: The disappearance of military radio equipment at an airfield in the southern region of Rostov, Russia, remains a mystery. All that is known
    is that thieves broke into an airplane that was there undergoing
    repairs and stole electronics, that included five radio boards and
    other equipment.

    Perhaps more significantly, the aircraft was a highly classified
    Ilyushin Il-80, known as the "doomsday plane." It is one of four such
    planes designed to be used in the event of nuclear war. That means that
    it would serve as an airborne post for the Russian president who could
    get on the air and order the launch of intercontinental ballistic
    missiles or issue other orders.

    The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between the 26th of
    November during the plane's last inspection, and the 4th of December
    when the theft was reported to local police.

    Further details have not been publicly disclosed about the stolen
    equipment but investigators collected shoeprints and fingerprints from
    the plane's interior for a possible criminal investigation.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 31 19:49:26 2020

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



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

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

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

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

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

    Congratulations to all the new hams.

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 8 00:44:59 2021

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

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

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

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




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

    Dave was 66.




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

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

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

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

    Hoppy was 91.

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




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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 15 08:06:59 2021

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 22 10:09:45 2021

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jan 28 18:58:25 2021

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

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

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

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




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



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

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

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

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

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




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

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

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 4 22:34:21 2021

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 11 21:26:25 2021

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



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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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




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

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

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

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

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



    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
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    PAUL/ANCHOR: Who doesn't want to get outdoors? Young hams in IARU Region 1
    are making plans to do just that and holding an online forum, as we hear
    from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: Summits on the Air, Islands On the Air, Worldwide Flora and Fauna and other radio-friendly outdoor activities will be the focus of discussion
    among young amateurs during the next YOTA Online session this month. It's being held by the Youth Working Group of IARU Region 1. The programme will begin at 1900 UTC on Thursday, the 25th of February. This episode is
    called "Gone exploring" and shares different ways to enjoy outdoor activations. The Youth Working Group Chair Philipp Springer, DK6SP, writes
    on the ham-yota.com website that, as with previous episodes in the series, there will be a question-and-answer period afterwards.

    YOTA Online is a monthly presentation by Region 1's youngest amateurs. The events are livestreamed on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook and the organisers
    are also hoping to stream the proceedings via the QO-100 geostationary satellite in DATV mode.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Recent weather extremes throughout much of the United States
    put hams' preparedness to the test, as we hear from Randy Sly, W4XJ.

    RANDY: Sleet, winter storms and other severe weather systems plus power
    and telecommunications outages challenged hams across the nation, even as temperatures fell to record lows in parts of the U.S. South. Arctic
    conditions prevailed through much of the central region of the country as well. The ARRL's emergency response director Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, reported
    on the league website that an ARES net was set up in Texas to track
    rolling blackouts taking place as the power grid there became overwhelmed
    by customer demand. The net also handled health and welfare needs and
    vehicle accident reports. Hams responded to similar conditions as well in Alabama where the Section Emergency Coordinator David Gillespie, W4LHQ,
    also reported on the league website that the region was dealing with power outages and temperatures below freezing. Although not every region
    activated an ARES group, hams were standing by just in case as the threat
    of the return of severe weather hung over many regions.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: In Australia, one radio group has directed its problem-
    solving toward hams unable to fulfill the regulator's requirement for a permanent address. Here's Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, with more.

    ROBERT: The ACMA's requirement that hams in Australia provide a public
    postal address to be certified and licensed left some amateurs with a
    dilemma: they do not have a fixed address at the moment because they have
    been traveling or are perhaps in a vulnerable segment of the population.
    Leave it to amateur radio ingenuity and problem-solving to resolve this
    issue. The Pride Radio Group, created last year as a welcoming
    organisation for amateur radio operators in the LGBTQ community, has
    arranged a free mail redirection service for its members in Australia. It provides a post box address that can be publicly listed and is separate
    from the address of the ham's QTH. The radio group's founder Michaela (Mick-EYE-ALE-A) Wheeler VK3FUR/VK4XSS, said Pride is providing the mail redirection service free to its members with the help of the provider HotSnail. Michaela said members receive an address to use on their registration paperwork. If mail arrives at that address, HotSnail scans it
    and forwards it to the email address the ham has provided. While this
    service cannot be used for QSL cards, Michaela said it does solve the
    address problem for the ACMA's required paperwork.

    Michaela said that because Pride Radio Group operates as a virtual entity, using HotSnail made the most sense because the service can be managed remotely.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Researchers in Moscow have developed a terahertz detector
    with unprecedented sensitivity and it shows promise in several areas of science. Jack Parker, W8ISH, has the details.

    JACK: A development from researchers in Moscow has presented what
    researchers consider good prospects for radio astronomy, wireless communications, medical diagnostics and security systems. It involves the
    use of something called quantum-mechanical tunneling in graphene. The scientists have used it to create a highly sensitive terahertz detector.
    This solves the problem of inefficiency when mobile systems make use of extremely high frequencies beyond the traditional ones used today. Most transistors in use today in typical wireless receivers aren't fast enough
    to recharge at those frequencies: Wi-Fi receivers typically use signals at about 5 GHz and 5G mobile can transmit as high as 20 GHz - but going much higher usually poses a challenge.

    What researchers in Moscow and the University of Manchester have created
    is a device much more sensitive to those in commercial use now, which are based on semiconductors and superconductors. In this new development, the application of even very low voltage to the control contact or gate in a tunneling transistor aligns energy levels of the source and channel, permitting current to flow.

    On the website Phys.Org, one of the Moscow researchers, Dennis Bandurin writes: [quote] "The current characteristics give rise to great hopes for
    the creation of fast and sensitive detectors for wireless communications." [endquote]

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

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    DON/ANCHOR: A New England ham's battle to put up radio towers is over and
    at last, he can start construction. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, tells us what
    it took for him to win his case.

    KENT: Zach Manganello, K1ZK, may well consider himself the recipient of a towering victory in every sense of those words. The longtime amateur spent
    the greater part of 2020 defending his proposal to install two radio
    towers on his property the rural part of Vermont. Last summer, neighbors objected to his original proposal for the 84-foot towers saying they were
    too high and were damaging to their views. Zach downsized his plans and
    tried again.

    He even conducted visual impact tests floating a balloon to simulate the height of the tower to ensure neighbors' views would remain unaffected.
    This month, the Telecommunications Review Board of the Town of Shelburne granted Zach the right to go ahead with two towers, one at 40 feet and the other 60 feet, both supported by guy wires.

    According to a report in the Burlington Free Press, the local board
    decided to give its support to Zach's tower project after being convinced
    that having backup emergency communications in the neighborhood was a
    local asset. The report said the panel was impressed as well by Zach's willingness to share the educational aspects of amateur radio with the
    greater community.

    All of this came as the hoped-for good news for Zach, a lifelong radio enthusiast since his childhood in Maine and a ham since the age of 14.

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




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WD8IIJ repeater
    of the Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club on Fridays at 8 p.m. local
    time in the hometown of the late great Dean Martin, Stuebenville, Ohio.



    DON/ANCHOR: The space weather project launched by the HamSCI collective
    has been getting some pretty prominent notice. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, is
    here with the details.

    ANDY: Amateur radio's volunteer space weather watchers have been getting
    some recognition from the pros lately. A February 9th article in "Eos:
    Earth & Space Science News" gives a respectful nod to the space weather
    sensor network created worldwide by Ham Radio Science Citizen
    Investigation, or HamSCI, a collective created by Nathaniel Frissell,

    The article praises the crowdsourced data hams are able to collect from
    radio signals as those signals are influenced by changes in ionospheric propagation. It was co-written by Nathaniel along with David Kazdan, AD8Y,
    and Kristina Collins, both of Case Western Reserve University, W8EDU. Eos
    is a publication of the American Geophysical Union.

    The authors discuss how hams monitor what responses the Earth's atmosphere
    has to different solar activity and the activity's impact on telecommunications and electrical utilities, among other things. The
    article advocates increased reliance on what hams and their amateur
    stations can offer. [quote] They write: "With open-source instrumentation cheaper and more plentiful than ever before, the time is ripe for amateur scientists to take distributed measurements of the ionosphere — and the amateur radio community is up for the challenge.” [end quote]

    With support from the National Science Foundation, HamSCI has launched a Personal Space Weather Station project to support hams who wish to collect such data to be used in space science research. Publication of the article comes just weeks before HamSCI's virtual workshop which is being held on
    March 19th and 20th.

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




    DON/ANCHOR: If you know a young radio amateur who can't wait for camp
    season, Jack Parker, W8ISH, has some good news for you.

    JACK: Organizers have reaffirmed their commitment to hosting this year's
    Youth on the Air camp, even as campers from across the Americas who were accepted into last year's cancelled camp are completing priority
    registration now. The camp is scheduled to be open in Ohio from July 11th
    to the 16th with COVID-19 safety restrictions in place.

    Camp director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, said in an announcement that a final
    decision will be made in April about whether the camp must be postponed
    for another year. In the meantime, applications will be accepted in March
    for any prospective campers who were not a part of last year's group. The
    camp will host a maximum of 30 youngsters.

    Neil wrote: [quote] "We are truly hopeful that we can proceed with the
    camp this summer. We have some exciting plans! We are also looking at an operating event in the summer. Stay tuned." [endquote]

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

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    DON/ANCHOR: Hams in South Africa are partnering with hams in Kenya to
    help that nation's newest amateurs. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, brings us that

    JIM: The Communication Authority of Kenya has approved a memorandum of understanding that will allow the South African Radio League to assist
    the Radio Society of Kenya by administering the technical parts of the
    amateur licence exam. Regulator approval of the agreement was announced
    in late February. The memorandum outlines how the Kenyan radio society
    will continue to administer the regulations and operating procedure
    portions but states that the South African group will conduct online
    courses for training of the Kenyan amateurs and provide the training
    manuals and presentation material as well. The arrangement, which had
    been worked out during the past six months, can now go forward. SARL has similar agreements in place with Namibia and Botswana.

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




    DON/ANCHOR: When it copied signals recently from two space probes near
    Mars, AMSAT Germany was listening for a special reason. Ed Durrant,
    DD5LP, explains.

    ED: AMSAT-DL, which has a long-term goal to launch a space probe to Mars,
    has been listening meanwhile to probes from China and the Emirates that
    are in orbit around the planet. Using the Bochum Observatory dish at the Sternwarte Bochum Institute, the German AMSAT organisation has copied
    signals from Tianwen-1 and EMM/Hope, both of which are transmitting on
    8.4 GHz. AMSAT-DL makes use of the dish on a regular basis to receive transmission from the NASA/NOAA weather satellites.

    Built in 1965 to provide ground support for the Apollo missions, the dish
    was renovated in 2003 with the help of amateur radio operators who added phase-locked receivers in the 2.3 GHz, 5.8 GHz and 10.4 GHz amateur
    bands, along with the 8.4 GHz receiver. The dish also has an S-band, 2.4
    GHz amateur transmitter with 250 watts PEP output. The dish, which is 20 -metres, or 65.6 feet, in diameter, copied signals from Voyager 1 in

    AMSAT Germany's plan for a probe of its own dates to 2002, when
    preparations began for a way to circle Mars, conduct experiments and
    leave a payload on the planet's surface. Scientists hope the German P5-A
    probe will be capable of transmitting on amateur radio frequencies
    receivable on Earth using a 2- to 3-metre parabolic antenna.

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




    DON/ANCHOR: Hams in Brazil have challenged the nation's regulator, saying
    its lack of response is keeping hams off the air. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has
    that story.

    JEREMY: Brazil's amateur radio society LABRE has told the nation's communications regulator ANATEL that problems communicating with them and their website have been standing in the way of many who wish to operate legally on the ham bands.

    In a letter dated the 23rd February, the radio organisation LABRE
    acknowledged that the recent introduction of online licence testing had
    eased some of the difficulties in getting on the air but hams are now
    thwarted by the bureaucracy they face in order to complete the process.
    The letter cited excessive days waiting and a lack of communication from ANATEL. LABRE said that these difficulties have been reported by newly licensed amateurs as well as those qualifying for upgrades.

    In a report of the letter, which appeared on Southgate Amateur Radio
    News, there had been no immediate response from the Brazilian regulator.

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




    DON/ANCHOR: It's time to think about amateur radio camp - and the
    application period is now open for young hams throughout North, Central,
    and South America. The Youth on the Air camp will take place from July
    11th through July 16th at the National Voice of America Museum in West Chester, Ohio and will welcome as many as 30 campers ages 15 through 25. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the $100 camp fee.
    The window to apply closes on March 21st at 2359 UTC. For details or to download a brochure visit YouthOnTheAir.org

    Organizers will announce in April whether camp needs to be rescheduled in response to COVID-19 restrictions but for now the plans are going



    DON/ANCHOR: Speaking of young hams, we have opened the nomination period
    for our annual Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline
    Young Ham of the Year award. 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
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Concerns over COVID-19 have altered some plans for
    young amateurs in IARU Region 1, as we learn from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: While planning remains carefully optimistic in the United
    States for the first youth ham radio camp in the Americas, organisers
    elsewhere in IARU Region 1's Youth Working Group have announced a
    modified schedule in response to COVID-19 measures. In-person IARU
    Region 1 youth events on the calendar before the end of June will
    not take place, and any activities set for later in the year are
    subject to review as conditions evolve. Youngsters on the Air in
    Region 1 has meanwhile been hosting a number of online workshops
    including a recent session on SOTA, WorldWide Flora and Fauna, and
    other outdoor operating activities.

    The announcement by Alex, IV3KKW, on the IARU Region 1 website,
    noted that the rollout of vaccines will be monitored, as will the
    development of further variants of the coronavirus. Events on the
    calendar for the second half of the year will remain in place for
    the time being.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In a special event station getting under way on
    March 13, hams are reaching out to help one of their own. Dave
    Parks, WB8ODF, tells us about it.

    DAVE: Amateur radio operators around the country are joining
    Christian Cudnik, K0STH, and Alexander Valladares (pronounced:
    Via - dar - us), W7HU, in a seven-day special event on the bands
    to highlight the urgent need facing fellow amateur Phil Ross,
    AB8PR, who is in need of a kidney from a live donor.

    Special event station K4P - which stands for Kidney For Phil -
    will be operating on 17, 20, 40, and 80 meters, from March 13
    to March 20, sharing the story of the Michigan grandfather,
    who is in end stage renal failure. The hams will be calling QRZ
    on single sideband and in FT8. Special event QSL cards and a
    downloadable digital certificate will be available for confirmed

    Phil has been told that unless a matching kidney can be located
    from a living donor soon, he will require dialysis, a time-consuming intervention that is not considered a cure. For details on the
    special event, visit the QR Zed page for K4P. Cudnik and Valladares
    have also been focusing attention on Phil's situation on their
    respective YouTube channels, "100 Watts and a Wire" and "W7HU Alex."

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



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Hamvention Awards Committee has announced this
    year's honorees and one of our Newsline colleagues is a recipient.
    Here's Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, with the details.

    KEVIN: Congratulations to Newsline's own Science Editor, Tamitha
    Mulligan Skov, WX6SWW, winner of the Technical Achievement award
    from the Hamvention Awards Committee. Tamitha was among those chosen
    for this year's honors by Hamvention co-chairs Michael Kalter, W8CI,
    and Frank Beaford, WS8B, who called her [quote] "a real space pioneer." [endquote]

    Newsline listeners know her from her solar weather reports here, as
    well as on HamNation, YouTube, the Weather and History channels, and
    for her work in the MIT Technology Review and in Popular Science
    magazine. Licensed since 2018, Tamitha is a research scientist for
    the Aerospace Corporation, and has also been an instructor at Contest University numerous times. The Hamvention co-chairs wrote: [quote]
    "She is always seeking new ways to bring an awareness of Space Weather
    and its effects into the mainstream, and hopes to herald in a new era
    of TV weather broadcasting before the end of Solar Cycle 25."

    Honors are also being given to Wesley Lamboley, W3WL, who is
    receiving the Special Achievement Award for his work in youth
    coaching, membership recruiting and technical problem assistance.
    Angel M. Vazquez, WP3R, is receiving the Amateur of the Year Award,
    for his work as one of the principal support engineers at the Arecibo
    parabolic dish antenna that was operational in Puerto Rico until its
    collapse late last year. Club of the Year has been given to the Vienna
    Wireless Society, K4HTA, for its educational efforts and public service
    for 58 years in the Washington, D.C. area.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Amateur Radio Digital Communications, a California
    nonprofit foundation that supports technical innovation, is
    encouraging individuals and organizations with projects involving
    digital communication and amateur radio to apply for grants.

    Executive director Rosy Wolfe, KJ7RYV, said philanthropic grants
    are given to schools, universities, public charities, and others
    involved in nonprofit endeavors, who submit a request. The subject
    areas may also also include internet technologies, and the
    communication sciences. Past recipients have included the Foundation
    for Amateur Radio, the Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club, the ARRL
    Foundation, and the Hoopa Valley Tribe.

    For more details, visit the website ampr.org

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: High up above the Earth, the Starlink fleet of satellites is growing, and Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us about the newest additions.

    JIM: Sixty additional internet satellites were added to the Starlink fleet after a March 11th launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The
    satellites, however, weren't the only things of interest on board. A number
    of radio enthusiasts have been reporting on reddit.com, Hackaday and
    similar websites that they were able to receive the Falcon 9 spacecraft's telemetry downlink on 2232.5 MHz. Some of the innovators reported that they were able to demodulate the signal, convert it into binary data and then
    plain text. Two hackers in particular were reported to have received the transmissions using a repurposed satellite dish and an open source SDR peripheral known as a HackRF.

    Of course, while they were all listening and decoding, most of the rest of
    us were simply waiting to learn that in the skies just 180 miles south of
    New Zealand, 60 newcomers now raised the total of the Starlink fleet to
    total to 1,265 satellites.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Just a reminder: Don't forget to get on the air between March 24th and March 30th as the amateur radio community says "thanks" and
    "goodbye" to American TV's popular "Last Man Standing" show which put
    amateur radio back in prime time with main character Mike Baxter, KA0XTT.

    The show is ending its 9-year run. Be listening for special event station KA6LMS as operators coast-to-coast in the U.S. and in Canada call QRZ. If you're near your radio anywhere in the world be listening on SSB, CW, FT8, DSTAR, DMR, YSF, Satellite, Echolink, AllStar and more. For details visit
    the website g s b a r c dot o r g slash l m s (gsbarc.org/lms)



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K6SIS repeater
    in Siskiyou County, California on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Do you remember last week's report about a Washington, D.C., Traffic Information Station that was broadcasting a highway advisory that
    was 8 years old? We are happy to report this week that a similar low-power
    AM radio station in another U.S. city was used to broadcast an especially timely message, directing people to a drive-through clinic to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The message went out on 1630 AM in Denver, Colorado, transmitting prerecorded information in English and Spanish. It helped thousands of older Colorado residents arrive for their appointments at
    Coors Field, where 10,000 doses were given out.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A group of hams in the UK believes that slow CW provides the
    fast track to improving skills in code. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: Their numbers are not quite 500 strong but these CW enthusiasts are hoping to attract new members and change all that: They are radio amateurs living primarily in the UK — and when they send CW, they send it slowly.
    The group is known on Facebook as "SLOW CW UK" but despite its base of operations in the UK, anyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to join.

    The hams meet most evenings on or near 3.555 MHz between 1930 and 2030 UTC
    and can often be heard calling "CW SLOW," sending at about 10 words per minute. Their goal isn't just to have a QSO but to improve sending and communications skills.

    Visit the Facebook page "SLOW CW UK" for more details.

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

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    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K6TZ repeater
    in Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Our occasional series, Nets of Note, turns to another popular obsession among amateur radio operators. You guessed it: food. Here's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

    PAUL: This time on "Nets Of Note," we bring you the Food Net, started by
    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ. As evidenced by the fact that any time a group of hams
    get together, there will be food involved, this is one net that should
    appeal to all of us. I asked Stout to tell me more.

    STOUT: Food Net was founded on the premise that "H.A.M." stands for "Have Another Meal" and you don't call us Late For Dinner. And on some nets when some hams talk about what's cooking...invariably, one will chime in with something like, "I'll be there in 5 minutes!!"

    Before COVID-19, food was a major part of hamfests and Field Day, and hopefully these activities will be able to resume.

    The net itself discusses cuisines, recipes, meals, cooking methods, et
    cetera. The bottom line is that everyone has to eat.

    One ham said his wife marinated pork chops in an Instant Pot with Coca-Cola and cooking them. He said they were the best pork chops he had ever eaten.

    The Net meets on the Quadnet Array on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 4PM Eastern. For details go to https://openquad.net for connection options via D-Star, DMR, WIRES-X, and Fusion.

    PAUL: The next net will be on Saturday, April 17th. Stout said that if you
    go to the website referenced on his QRZ page, you can find spreadsheets
    with information on many other nets that he's involved with.

    Now, please excuse me while I go eat dinner. For Amateur Radio Newsline,
    I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    JIM/ANCHOR: In West Bengal, India, amateurs will be bringing their radios
    to some polling stations at election time. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us

    JIM M: Just as they did in 2016 and 2019, amateur radio operators in West Bengal, India are assisting at polling stations in remote locations to help with reporting votes to the Election Commission. The commission has
    accepted the offer from the West Bengal Radio Club to relay results in
    areas lacking a strong mobile communications network. The hams' involvement recently won approval from the Wireless Planning and Communication Wing of
    the Department of Telecommunications located within the Ministry of Communications. Amateur radio is regulated by the ministry. According to
    club secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, 30 hams will be deployed to a total 130 polling stations in the Sunderbans area which is a remote part of Bengal. They will be using the special call sign AU2ECI, between March 29th through to April 1st. All the participants assisting with communications
    have received training from the Indian Academy of Communication and
    Disaster Management. Votes are to be counted on May 2nd.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're hearing this newscast this in southern Germany, get ready for a new operating challenge coming your way starting April 5th. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has those details.

    ED: The mountain award scheme known as HEMA is about to arrive in southern Germany. Created 10 years ago in the UK, it appeals to hams interested in
    the range of operating challenges that exist between the Global Mountain
    Award and Summits on the Air schemes. In fact, HEMA hams are more
    interested in achieving interesting contacts with or between summits than merely collecting points. Inclusion of the new Alpine "DL" area means that
    any hams interested in getting their first contact as a chaser or activator should be near their radios on Easter Monday, the 5th of April onwards. For rules, see the HEMA webpage at hema dot org dot uk (hema.org.uk)/ where you can register and access the spotting page. Then, keep your eye out for activations of those newly authorised summits.

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



    JIM/ANCHOR: Fourteen new amateur radio satellites are in orbit following
    their launch on March 22nd from Kazakhstan. They were deployed by a Soyuz rocket. All are operating on bands allocated to the amateur satellite
    service and have been coordinated by the IARU Satellite Frequency
    Coordination Panel. Three other satellites launched with them: KMSL from Korea, UNISAT-7 and WildTrackCube-Simba from the University of Rome -- do
    not have amateur missions.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: Do you have an opinion on radio spectrum use in Australia?
    The Australian Communications and Media Authority wants to hear from you. Here's John Williams, VK4JJW.

    JOHN: The ACMA is looking for input on a draft of its five-year spectrum
    plan, a key document that will guide its priorities in allocating and
    managing frequencies in the years ahead. The proposed changes are being
    drawn up in consultation with members of the telecommunications industry, radio hobbyists and others in the community. This is the first such draft
    to be created under the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform
    and Modernisation) Act 2020.

    Priorites are expected to be heavily impacted by the ACMA's goal to support deployment of 5G services throughout Australia. A review is also ongoing to replace apparatus licences with non-assigned amateur licensing arrangements
    as a way of keeping licensees' costs affordable and to reduce the burden on regulators. The ACMA has a number of options for replacing the current apparatus licence but prefers the establishment of non-assigned amateur and outpost stations under a class licence. The agency also plans to review the prospect of creating licences for higher-power operations and intends to consult with the amateur community on this issue.

    Feedback may be submitted to the ACMA no later than April the 28th.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The Ogden Amateur Radio Club, one of Utah's oldest ham radio clubs, bears the call sign of its founder Dr. W. Glen Garner, W7SU. He
    became its first president shortly after its founding 100 years ago this

    The club is marking its centennial with an array of activities, including a special event station in May and a centennial QSL card contest for its members. Newsline congratulates the Ogden amateurs on 100 great years.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: IARU Region 1 is assessing its future and hoping for a younger perspective. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP, to tell us what's up next.

    ED: Faced with eroding enrollment in many of its member societies, IARU
    Region 1 has begun organising a workshop on keeping amateur radio vibrant
    as its licensees age. Discussions about the workshop were held at its
    General Conference on March 24. The workshop itself will be held in October
    of this year, hosted by the Serbian Amateur Radio Society. If COVID restrictions are still in place at the time, the workshop will be conducted virtually instead.

    Participants are particularly concerned about the lack of top leadership
    among amateurs 35 and younger. The committee wrote on the IARU website: [quote] "The IARU Region 1 Executive Committee shares that it's time for change and we need to start moving forward. Working together and changing
    the current trends. We need to focus our thinking and way of operating." [endquote]

    Towards that end, the committee said it was committed to bringing new
    people into the discussion.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: RF control links being used at 420 and 430 MHz to set up a
    linked repeater system in New Mexico are being cited as potential sources
    of interference to critical systems at the nearby White Sands Missile
    Range, the largest open air test range of the United States Department of Defense. The department's Regional Spectrum Coordinator, the FCC and the
    ARRL worked together to track down the amateur radio communications, which were discovered to come from the repeater system's RF control links on 70 centimetres. Amateur radio is a secondary service on the band. The owners
    of the control links have been asked to re-coordinate the frequencies by
    May 31st.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A popular net among the youngest amateurs in New Zealand just
    got a little bigger and a little more ambitious. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells
    us how they're growing.

    JIM: Like everything that starts out in life young and small, the net
    formerly known as Young Transmitters New Zealand has grown up. It has rebranded and expanded to become the YOTA Oceania Net. The net's founder Thomas Bernard, ZL3TOM, announced the change in a recent newsletter,
    telling Newsline that the net is now run in partnership with Youngsters on
    the Air, recognising that participants hope to connect with other hams in
    more regions than before. The net is held Mondays at 0600 UTC on All-Star
    and Echolink. Tom uses the special event callsign ZL6YOTA during the net to encourage more young amateurs to check in.

    For more information about the net, and ways to join this growing
    community, visit his website at zl3tom dot com [zl3tom.com]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.
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    PAUL/ANCHOR: The Youth Working Group of the IARU Region 1 has announced a
    new contest, as we hear from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: Young amateurs in IARU Region 1 are hoping for a big turnout in May
    for the debut of the YOTA contest, an initiative designed to get more young amateurs on the air around the world. The 12-hour competition will be held three times a year, with the first one happening on the 22nd of May. There
    are eight categories, including ones for hams 25 and younger and the
    contest exchange will be the operators' ages.  Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-metre bands in CW and SSB modes. The later contests will be
    in July and December.

    The Youth Working Group has arranged the event with the cooperation of the Hungarian Amateur Radio Society. Details are available on the website shown
    in this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org.

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

    PRINT ONLY: https://ham-yota.com/contest




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Speaking of the IARU, it's almost time to mark its 96th anniversary. The worldwide celebration includes this one happening on Echolink. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us about it.

    KEVIN: Like the International Amateur Radio Union itself, one net
    celebrating the IARU's founding has undergone plenty of changes since its inception. The net began modestly on Echolink in 2015 when John DeRycke
    (Duh Rikey) W2JLD said he noticed there were no celebrations being held in that mode to mark the IARU's founding in Paris in 1925. It has grown in subsequent years to include other modes and extended hours of operation.
    This year's net will span 16 hours with 10 to 12 net controllers from
    around the world and the special event call sign W7W. Hams will be checking
    in on the ROC-HAM Echolink conference node 531091 and on Allstar 2585.
    Other conferences will be linked in including the *DODROPIN* NODE 355800, WALES NODE 485040 and the South Wales Digital Group node 676659. Users of
    DMR, and the Hamshack Hotline will also be able to check in.

    For full details of the celebration, visit the QRZ page for W7W, and to
    view the QSL card marking the event.

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



    PAUL/ANCHOR: In New Zealand, there's promise for extra search-and-rescue success using drones outfitted with two-way radio. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
    tells us more.

    JIM: Take a highly directional microphone array and processor, a team of drones and a wild landscape with the potential for the danger of getting
    lost and you have a promising search-and-rescue communications tool.

    At least that's what executives at Dotterel, a company in Auckland, New Zealand are hoping. Outfitting drones with this kind of audio payload is providing two-way radio capability that can conduct search-and-rescue over large areas by hearing people's cries for help. This adds one more tool to
    the versatile toolbox of public safety operations which already contains
    the ability to use thermal imaging, cellphone signals and visual imagery. According to an article in DroneLife, this radio installation will permit two-way communications with people on the ground calling for aid and who
    can provide details of their injuries..

    Shawn Edlin, the company's CEO, said in a press release that the
    microphones are able to receive highly directional audio on the ground as
    the signal remains uncompromised by drone propeller noise and other sounds.

    Brandon McCarthy, Auckland search and rescue leader, said audio will
    provide an extra capability for the team's operations going forward.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: With Hamvention being held virtually again this year, there
    are two programs figuring prominently on the calendar. We hear about them
    from Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

    STEPHEN: Hamvention's Contest University will be held virtually again this year, just like Hamvention itself. Classes get under way at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, or 1300 UTC, Thursday May 20th on Zoom. Registration is free and you
    can start signing up from the 20th of April.

    Please check contestuniversity.com for updates and a course outline.

    Lessons of a different sort continue the next day as Hamvention's 2021
    Award winners make 45-minute presentations followed by a Q&A - again, all conducted virtually on Zoom. Presenters are Newsline's science editor
    Tamitha Mulligan Skov (SKOVE) WX6SWW, winner of the Technical Achievement Award; Wesley Lamboley W3WL, winner of the Special Achievement Award; Angel Vazquez, WP3R, Amateur of the Year; and the Vienna Wireless Society K4HTA
    Club of the Year.

    Don't forget the Hamvention QSO Party on Saturday, May 22nd from 8 a.m. to
    8 p.m. Eastern Time.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, K8WB.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you think Weak Signal Propagation Reporting is of
    great benefit only to hams, guess again - and listen to this story
    from Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: The memory of the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is
    seared into the memory of many who recall the ill-fated Boeing 777.
    The Beijing-bound aircraft vanished somewhere over the Indian Ocean
    on the 8th of March in 2014 with 239 people on board. Two separate
    searches for wreckage and clues came up empty, although more than 30
    pieces of debris have turned up in various places.

    Now radio, in the form of Weak Signal Propagation Reporting, or
    WSPR, may be offering some clues to its flight path. Hams, of
    course, often make use of this one-way, low power transmission mode
    created by Princeton physicist Joe Taylor, K1JT to test propagation.
    Now it is being used by aviation expert Richard Godfrey of The
    Independent Group in the search for the long-missing plane. He said
    recently that he believes the aircraft set off eight WSPR tripwires
    over the Indian Ocean validating previous flight-path analyses of
    drift modeling and Inmarsat satellite data.

    According to various news reports, MH370's final moments were in the
    southern part of the Indian Ocean, in a spot that can now be more
    precisely identified.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A free emergency communications training conference
    went virtual for the first time this year and the response was
    overwhelming. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, has that report.

    CHRISTIAN: Comm Academy, the free annual training conference for
    emergency communicators, exceeded its geographic boundaries this
    year and in doing so, exceeded expectations. This month's two-day
    conference marked the first time it has been held virtually,
    allowing for worldwide participation. According to Tim Helming,
    WT1M, the number of viewers watching live often exceeded 1400 and
    never dropped below 950. The format offered pre-recorded
    presentations with live Q&A afterward. Going online allowed the 20-
    year-old conference to expand its more traditional regional reach
    within the Pacific Northwest community out to a worldwide audience.

    Tim told Newsline: [quote] "It was a vast amount of work, but we're
    all really pleased with how it came out." [endquote] Although
    organizers hope to return to the in-person format next year, Tim
    said there is no turning back now on inviting the world to attend
    once again and organizers are exploring various options. He told
    Newsline: [quote] "It's clear that there's a big hunger out there
    for this kind of training and community." [endquote]

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A businessman, ham radio operator and pioneer in software-defined radio has been honored in Germany for his
    achievements. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, gives us the details.

    ED: Ulrich Rohde, developer of the SDR technology, has been
    recognised in Germany for advancing the use of microwave and high
    frequency radio. He has been given the Order of Merit of the Federal
    Republic of Germany on the recommendation of Markus Söder,
    Minister-President of Bavaria. Ulrich holds the call sign DJ2LR in
    Germany, and N1UL in the US.

    Ulrich, a respected professor, is a partner in the Munich-based
    technology company, Rohde & Schwarz, which deals in HF technologies.
    According to the biography on his company website, his many previous
    honours include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Club
    of America, the Industrial Pioneer Award of the IEEE and the IEEE
    Region 1 Award for his work in the design and use of RF technology.

    He has been granted numerous honorary professorships and doctorates
    around the world. Last year in Germany, a special call sign DL35SDR
    was issued, recognizing his presentation 35 years ago of SDR
    technology at a conference in 1985. He has also been a leader at
    numerous US-based companies, serving as president of the Rohde &
    Schwarz USA subsidiary in Fairfield, New Jersey and creating the New Jersey-based Synergy Microwave Corporation in 1985.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Presentations by radio experts are the highlight of
    a convention being hosted virtually in Norway. Let's hear more from
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: A digital HamConvention will be under way between the 18th
    and 26th of April in connection with the digital general meeting of
    Norway's national amateur radio society, the NRRL. The eight-day
    programme includes lectures from amateur radio experts, including
    various technical subjects and a presentation on the NRRL's role in
    a rescue operation during the December 2020 landslide in a Norwegian
    village. For the more adventurous radio operators, there is also a
    how-to session from a team of Norwegian DXpeditioners. Additional
    details are available in Norwegian on the league's website nrrl.no.

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

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    JIM/ANCHOR: You have until May 31st to nominate a talented young radio
    amateur for the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline
    Young Ham of the Year award. 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



    JIM/ANCHOR: One of the best ways to get hams on the same band, in the
    same mode at the same time is to organize an event. Sunday April 25th is
    the date for 'Light Up 2 Meters Night,' a very local event for
    participating hams who are encouraged to get on the air using 2 meters
    simplex from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time. The event is the creation of
    Joseph Durnal, NE3R, who stresses that this isn't a contest; just an
    operating activity to bring hams together and explore the possibilities
    of operating simplex. The primary operating frequency will be 146.52 MHz,
    but other simplex frequencies may also be available in different




    JIM/ANCHOR: Fifteen years of sending CW with a straight key is no small achievement. Randy Sly, W4XJ, is here to tell us how one group has been
    making every contact a celebration for all those years.

    RANDY: The Straight Key Century Club is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
    It all began with a simple post in the QRZ.com forum about the ARRL
    Straight Key Night after it ended in 2006. Tom Peterson, KC9ECI, wanted
    to see the event extended. He wrote:"Do it the 1st of each month. Start
    your own SKCC club. One hundred Qs with a straight key in a year gets a certificate. Ah, the heck with it ...I'm officially starting the SKCC
    club..." Since that day, the club has grown to over 24,000 members who
    are taking to the airwaves with straight keys, sideswipers and semi-
    automatic keys.

    Tom told Newsline that he never thought the club would get this big. In
    fact, he's amazed. He said: "The success of the SKCC has less to do with
    me and everything to do with a great bunch of operators who were willing
    to step up. I just provided the 'spark' of an idea."

    Members can work toward awards and participate in many activities,
    including a monthly Sprintathon. The May Sprintathon, which starts at
    1200Z on May 8, offers bonus points for a contact made with any member
    who joined during the first year, those with a number lower than 2545.

    For more information and to register for a free membership, visit skccgroup.com.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Randy Sly, W4XJ, SKCC number 616S.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Recognizing that amateur radio isn't an activity we engage in alone, the national amateur radio society in Switzerland is asking
    members to take things one step further: They want seasoned hams to
    consider mentoring newcomers. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: The USKA, the Swiss national amateur radio society, has put out a
    call to its members asking them to consider offering encouragement,
    support and expertise to new and prospective amateurs. The national
    society is in the process of putting together a mentoring system and
    hopes hams will offer their time and commitment to meet with newcomers,
    either virtually or in person. Their responsibilities will include
    helping to answer questions on either the Ofcom HB3 Novice licence or the
    HB9 (CEPT Class 1) certificate. Other mentors are being asked to serve as instructors, provide advice for participation in contests and other
    events as well as demonstrating certain basic skills. Willi, HB9AMC, who coordinates youth training for the society, said [quote] "The activity is fully worthy of the ethos of amateur radio.' " [endquote]

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Was there ever a ham radio operator who didn't want to be
    heard? Well, one amateur in Maryland is giving hams around the world an opportunity for just that, even without benefit of a rig, an antenna or a linear amp. Jim, K3MRI, has launched a new effort called Ham Census,
    which he said is inspired by the newest licensees who have entered the worldwide community. The Census presents questions about the future of
    amateur radio, personal views on regulations, operating preferences, gear
    and organizations. The six-part census takes about 40 to 45 minutes to complete and it is available online at hamcensus.org. There is no cutoff
    date for responses. Jim said results are available to all respondents in
    the hopes that a better-informed amateur community can more effectively influence laws, practices and the future of amateur radio in general.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We here at Newsline want to take time out to
    congratulate our colleague Christian Cudnik, K0STH, at 100 Watts
    and a Wire. The show, which began in 2015 as an audio podcast, is
    marking Episode Number 300 on Saturday, May 15th. The show can be
    seen on YouTube or heard on the 100wattsandawire.com website.



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    KD2SL repeater in Syracuse, New York at 8 p.m., following the Monday
    Night Hobby and Information Net.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When the Highland Amateur Radio Association got
    together recently for brunch in a local park in southern Ohio, they
    were marking two occasions: it was the first time members were able to
    be together in a long time for a "meet and greet" -- and they were
    receiving special recognition from the ARRL as a Special Service Club.
    ARRL officials attended the event too and presented the honor
    formally. Special Service Clubs are defined as groups leading the way
    in training, publicity and community support to improve the interests
    of amateur radio. The club in southern Ohio is one of only a dozen in
    the state to be given this designation.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Arizona Historical Society has an online history
    lesson scheduled. Its topic is a lawmaker who was also one of the most high-profile American hams. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, explains.

    KEVIN: The late United States Senator Barry Goldwater was also known
    by his callsign K7UGA. History has recorded his many contributions as
    a lawmaker to the evolution of amateur radio in the US. The Arizona
    Historical Society is presenting a virtual event on Wednesday, May
    19th that explores the life of the state's most notable amateur radio
    operator who, during the war in Vietnam, was instrumental in
    organizing volunteers to connect families via ham radio with their
    relatives serving overseas during the conflict. The Society, based in
    Tucson, houses much of the senator's longtime shack in its collection.
    The presentation by Arizona State University history professor Eric
    Nystrom will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time - or 0100 UTC.
    A donation to the museum is requested for anyone attending the
    discussion, which will be held on Zoom.

    A link to register for the event can be found in the script of this
    week's newscast at arnewsline.org

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

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://bit.ly/3mRPwTz]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Just a reminder that we are fast approaching the May
    31st deadline to nominate the next Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial
    Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. If you know a dedicated
    radio operator 18 or younger who embodies the spirit of experimentation, community service and communication, they are eligible. Think of
    nominating them for this honor. The award will be presented in August
    at the Huntsville Hamfest. Candidates should be living in the United
    States, its possessions or any Canadian province. Downloadable forms
    are available on our website arnewsline.org
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    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    KD5DMT Benton County Radio Operators' Repeater System in Arkansas, on Saturdays at 1900 Central Time during the Info Net.



    DON/ANCHOR: Disasters can - and do - strike at all times of the year.
    In one rural region of Virginia, radio operators have developed a plan
    that musters enough communications strength to cover the emergency needs
    of four rural counties. For that report, we turn to Christian Cudnik,

    CHRISTIAN: The group of hams is small but their agenda is ambitious:
    They are organizing so they can assist with hazard mitigation in four
    small counties located less than 75 miles southeast of Washington, DC.
    In this mostly rural area, hurricanes, ice storms and flooding are all realities - as is the Lake Anna Nuclear Power Plant. R3EMCOMM, as this
    startup group is known, has a core group of about a dozen volunteers
    working closely together. Many are also members of the Culpeper Amateur
    Radio Association. Their goal is to keep an eye on Culpeper, Orange,
    Madison and Rappahannock (Rap-a-HANNOCK) counties.

    Program director for administration Mike Murphy, KD7PUF, told Newsline
    that members are asked to use the ARES Task Book as a guide in their
    planning but adapt it to the special needs of their communities. Mike
    said [quote] "We want to reinvent what we do - providing service,
    education, and training to a larger community than just those who want
    to be hams." [endquote] Toward this end, the group has also begun
    working with Culpeper County Civil Defense. With the help of Al Swann,
    KN4AAA in that office, the hams hope to coordinate with radio operators
    using FRS, MURS, and GMRS systems. The group also has the support of Ed
    Gibbs KW4GF, assistant section manager for the ARRL in Virginia, who has
    been with them since the earliest planning began two years ago.

    Mike said: [quote] "We are learning, one day at a time, and hoping to
    grow." [endquote]

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




    DON/ANCHOR: The Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland has set
    Saturday, June 5th as the date for the next amateur radio licensing
    exam. The agency put it on the schedule at the request of Iceland's
    national amateur radio society, which had to delay its teaching sessions
    this past spring as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Test preparation
    was able to resume earlier this month to get candidates ready for the
    exams which most likely will be held at Reykjavik University.




    DON/ANCHOR: Hams, start your engines....or at least your rigs. There's a special event getting under way for the big car races in Indianapolis.
    Jack Parker, W8ISH, has those details.

    JACK: When it comes to special events, the W9IMS special event station
    for the Indianapolis 500 mile race is second to none. For the 18th year
    in a row, the W9IMS team is tuning up and listening for contacts for the
    three Indianapolis races.

    The Amateur Radio race team will be active on 20 and 40 meters for the
    105th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race May 30th. They will be
    on the air beginning May 23rd through Race Day. The eager guys and gals
    just finished a week logging contacts for the Indy Car Grand Prix. In
    August, they will fire up the radios for another week of sideband
    contacts leading up to the Brickyard 400.

    Making contact with the W9IMS special event station will get you an
    original designed QSL card. If you make contact for each race you are
    also eligible for a special race certificate. For more details, check
    out W9IMS on qrz.com

    Reporting from Indianapolis, home of the famed two and one half mile
    oval, this is Jack Parker, W8ISH



    DON/ANCHOR: The organizers of the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo are
    looking for radio operators with tips to share to help beginners sharpen
    their operating skills or to learn the basics of building. The online
    expo will take place on August 14th and 15th and presenters are needed.
    Each presenter will be able to create a pre-recorded lecture which will
    be added to the virtual platform for playback during the event. Speakers
    will then be available in a moderated Zoom room afterward for a Question
    and Answer period. To submit an application visit qsotodayhamexpo.com.

    Application deadline is June 15th.

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    JIM/ANCHOR: Congrats to Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the Year
    for 2020, Chris Brault, KD8YVJ. The ARRL announced that he was among the
    more than 200 deserving winners of scholarships through the ARRL
    Foundation. Chris is the recipient of a $10,000 Amateur Radio Digital Communications scholarship. Chris will be attending St. Louis University
    with a major in Aeronautics and a minor in computer science. He's also
    weeks away from earning his private pilot license. We here at Newsline
    wish this deserving young amateur all the best.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Speaking of the Young Ham of the Year Award, May 31st at
    midnight Eastern time is the deadline to submit your nominations for this year's recipient. If you know of an outstanding licensed radio amateur
    under the age of 18 in the US, Canada or any of the US possessions,
    please download the nomination form from our website, complete it and
    email it back to newsline@arnewsline.org

    The award will be presented at the Huntsville Hamfest in Alabama in



    JIM/ANCHOR: What's better than having boats in the water? Try having
    Boats on the Air. Well, one group in California is making it happen. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, explains.

    DAVE: In the same tradition as POTA, SOTA, and IOTA, now there's BOTA --
    that is, Boats on the Air, an activation that its organizers hope will
    set sail as an activity worldwide. The inaugural Boats on the Air is
    leaving the dock on Saturday, June 5th, and operators from the San
    Francisco Amateur Radio Club will be activating watercraft of all kinds.
    For the organizers, including Kent Carter, AJ6NI, the floating shack will
    be a sailboat called the Auriah (AH-RYE-AH). Part of the challenge, he
    said, is to bring mobile ham radio gear into a marine environment and get
    on FM, AM, CW, SSB, digital voice, or digital data modes.

    Chasers and activators will be on the air for three hours beginning 2000
    UTC. A boat is considered to be activated if it completes four QSOs. The
    event website says: [quote] "Join us to activate any moving floating
    object on any body of water." [endquote]

    In short, that means the boat can be powered by motor, by sail -- even by human effort or....well, use your imagination. In other words, whatever
    floats your boat.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Changes are coming to some awards being given by the Radio
    Society of Great Britain. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, gives us the details.

    JEREMY: The RSGB will be merging the 50MHz 2-Way Countries award and the
    50MHz DX Countries award soon, having determined that the two awards significantly duplicate one another. The new award will be released as
    the 50MHz Countries award and it will retain the incremental levels of
    award present in the two it will replace. Hams who have been working
    towards either of the current 50MHz awards will have until the end of
    this year to complete them while the RSGB works toward launching the new award.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: Here in the US, a popular D-STAR Net is starting check-ins
    two hours earlier, and has big plans to get involved in emergency
    response. Here's Andy Morrison, K9AWM, with those details.

    ANDY: The Illinois D-STAR Net is on the move. Starting on Wednesday, June
    2nd, it is starting two hours earlier. Hams will be able to check in at 7
    p.m. Central Time. Net control Steven Reiners, KC9SIO, told Newsline that
    there are two benefits to moving the time of the Net, which meets on
    Reflector 51 D. Steven said he is hoping that the move will attract new members, bring back many of the original ones, and fulfil the Net's
    original mission to foster conversation among stations throughout the
    state. He said the other goal of the move is to have the Net join a
    statewide system for emergency communications, eventually attracting the participation by hams in all 102 counties.

    Meanwhile, the KB0ZSG International D-Star Net continues to take check-
    ins on Sundays at 7 p.m. Central Time in the US on Reflector 91C. The net carries the name and callsign of founder Connie Ballantyne, who became a Silent Key in February, 2020.

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you can't wait for ARRL Field Day, you don't have to. The
    100 Watts and a Wire community is encouraging hams to go portable on June
    11th through June 13th as part of the annual Tune-Up Activity. It's a way
    to test your portable antennas and stations in preparation for the big
    event. If you don't have a portable station, you can still get on the
    air. Work as an individual or as part of a team, operating on any band
    and in any mode. The exchange is your Call sign, your 100WattID if you
    have one, your state, province or DX Country and a true signal report.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jun 25 00:38:55 2021

    DON/ANCHOR: With the help of the United States Postal Service, the sun
    is finally enjoying its day in.....the sun. Jim Damron, N8TMW, tells
    us what's happening.

    JIM: We hams aren't the only ones keeping a close watch on the various activities of the sun. It seems the US Postal Service has taken an
    intense interest too, so much so that it is issuing a set of stamps
    bearing images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The stamps
    feature 10 images received at the observatory, including plasma blasts,
    solar flares, coronal holes, coronal loops and those all-important

    NASA launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory in 2010 to collect solar
    data, including details about the sun's magnetic field and activity
    on the sun's surface.

    On Friday, June 18th, the post office issued the stamps during a
    ceremony in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    Thomas Marshall, the postal service's general counsel and executive
    vice president, issued a statement saying: "We hope these amazing
    stamps will help generate the same sense of wonder and curiosity about
    our star that inspired our ancestors, and the scientists at NASA to
    want to better understand the sun, space, and the myriad of
    possibilities that exist in our solar system, in our universe and

    Dean Pesnell, project scientist for the observatory, said the
    observatory has given us [quote] "the ecology of the sun.... It's
    giving us the big picture, one detail at a time."

    That means that we hams, of course, can now celebrate Solar Cycle 25
    one stamp at a time, with each QSL card we send.

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




    DON/ANCHOR: Just a reminder that even as hams in North America get
    ready for Field Day, one of the world's largest amateur radio events,
    Ham Radio Friedrichshafen, continues this year as a virtual event.
    The fair is taking place from June 25th to June 27th, with lectures
    in German and English. The 2-Dimensional virtual fairgrounds is based
    on the original one in Germany, and will feature exhibitors and special-interest groups who are able to interact with visitors through
    video chat.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K8QIK repeater in Lancaster, Ohio on Mondays at 8 p.m.



    DON/ANCHOR: A prestigious medal has been awarded to one amateur radio
    operator in Australia whose name is already well-known to a group
    there known as the Old Timers. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has the

    ROBERT: Congratulations to Bill Roper, VK3BR, who received the Order
    of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The award
    was given for his service to amateur radio. Bill, who was recognised
    on June 14th, was among 1,190 Australians honoured on the list.

    Since the late 1990s, Bill has been the editor of Old Timers News,
    the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's journal, published
    twice a year. He is a life member, and membership secretary of the
    club, and a former president and secretary. Bill also has a long
    history of service to the Wireless Institute of Australia, serving
    as treasurer of the Victorian Division from 1962 to 1972, and federal
    office manager from 1989 to 1993.

    Well done, Bill.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jul 22 19:33:24 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: The FCC has given the go-ahead to an amateur in Georgia who
    is operating an experimental station on 40 MHz. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE,
    brings us those details.

    KEVIN: For the next two years, anyone tuning to the frequency 40.662 MHz
    is likely to hear a two-minute Weak Signal Propagation Reporter
    transmission coming from an omnidirectional antenna in Atlanta, Georgia
    in the United States. Experimental station, WL2XUP, went on the air in mid-July under an experimental license granted through July 1st, 2023 by
    the FCC. Gregory Holcomb, NI4Y, who is assigned the new callsign, will be conducting tests on the band and his two-minute transmissions occur every
    10 minutes. He is permitted a maximum output of 400 watts Effective
    Radiated Power.

    Details about the station were reported in the EI7GL blog, where the
    author, John wrote: [quote] The really big challenge now is trying to
    raise awareness amongst the amateur radio community in North America and making them aware of the 40 MHz band and the activity on it. [endquote]

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

    (EI7GL BLOG)



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the W4EDP and
    N4LMC repeaters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. local



    PAUL/ANCHOR: The commercial TV industry has retired the last of its transmitters employing the original system used for black-and-white and
    early color TV. Jack Parker, W8ISH, gives us the details.

    JACK: Those of us who love our straight keys, our boat anchors, our tube radios and other parts of early ham radio have it easy. We can still use
    the technology from which our roots have sprung. Television, however,
    recently hit a milestone in the United States, where the industry retired
    the last few remaining commercial transmitters that use the system
    developed by the National Television Standards Committee. The NTSC
    system, which first defined black-and-white transmissions and later
    color, generated pictures comprising 525 lines displayed at nearly 30
    frames per second. This produced the familiar analogue TV broadcasts that delivered programming to American audiences for more than 70 years. Now,
    in an age of digital and HDTV, NTSC screens have gone dark.

    The Hackaday blog, which reported the development in its July 14 post,
    wrote: [quote] "We have to admit to being sorry to see the passing of
    analogue TV, it was an intricate and fascinating system that provided a testbed for plenty of experimentation back in the day. Perhaps as we see
    it slip over the horizon it's worth pondering whether its digital
    replacement will also become an anachronism in an age of on-demand
    streaming TV. " [endquote]

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The ARRL's headquarters is back in business. Sel Embee,
    KB3TZD, gives us the details of the ceremonial reopening of the doors.

    SEL: The doors are open again in Newington, Connecticut, home to the
    American Radio Relay League. The ARRL hosted a rededication ceremony
    there on July 15th to coincide a return to business as usual as pandemic restrictions have eased. Members of the ARRL's board of directors were in
    town from around the country to attend board and committee meetings and
    were present at the ceremony.

    The league shut its building at the close of the day on March 23, 2020 in response to the governor's executive order for businesses. It was just
    days after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. Many ARRL staffers worked remotely instead. Other services,
    such as the W1AW bulletin and the code-practice transmissions continued.

    ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, said he was pleased to see the league's services and staffing bounce back. He said [quote] "This speaks to the resilience and dedication of our staff, board members and volunteers." [endquote]

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 6 07:41:55 2021

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Get ready for the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. It's back
    after retooling its platform and as Stephen Kinford, N8WB, tells us, organizers are optimistic.

    STEPHEN: The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is returning on the 14th and
    15th of August, and will be based on the original platform used for the successful expo held in August of 2020. Organizer Eric Guth 4Z1UG, host
    of the QSO Today podcast, said the move back to a single-platform
    experience will avoid the widespread problems reported previously when
    the conference attempted to integrate two virtual convention platforms provided by different vendors.

    Eric said the platform, known as vFairs, has implemented such upgrades
    as a video meeting lounge, and said he anticipates what he is calling a "flawless user experience." He said he hopes to exceed the expectations
    of the more than 14,000 attendees at the live online event. He said a
    preview of the platform will be made available from 8 a.m. Pacific Time
    on August 1st through 5 p.m. Pacific Time on August 3rd so that
    prospective attendees can experience the environment without cost. The
    URL for the preview is in the printed script of this week's Newsline
    report at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://qsotest.vfairs.com ]

    Eric said the platform will have a lobby, auditorium, exhibit hall, and lounges, as well as a variety of speaker presentations.

    For ticket information or to register, visit qsotodayhamexpo.com

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



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    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K7MMA repeater, in Spokane, Washington, on Fridays at 5 p.m. Pacific



    NEIL/ANCHOR: The dilemma over assigning prefixes to amateurs operating
    from certain locations near the Falklands Islands continues. We have an
    update from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: The Falklands government, which no longer issue new VP8 licences for amateur operation from the former Falkland Islands Dependencies,
    including South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, is reportedly favouring the assignment there of the VP4 prefix formerly used in
    Trinidad and Tobago. According to various reports, the prefix would be
    used in the remote regions by subdividing the suffix with VP4 Axx for
    South Georgia and South Sandwich and VP4 Bxx for British Antarctic Territories. The VP8 prefix ceased to be used in those regions recently
    as a result of new communications legislation in the Falklands.

    VP8 licences were formerly used by DXpeditioners wishing to activate
    South Georgia and the South Sandwich islands as well as the Antarctic peninsula, South Orkneys and South Shetlands. There has been no public consultation sought by the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator on
    this issue. The British Antarctic Territories, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands cannot issue their own licences or assign call signs.
    Ofcom in the UK has left the option open for those locales to ask the
    Falkland Islands to administer licensing and call signs on their behalf
    as had been the case up until early 2020.

    The report, which appeared on several news websites, is credited to DXpeditioner Alan Cheshire, VK6CQ/VP8PJ.

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The annual Navajo Code Talker special event is going
    forward in spite of a COVID-19 closure of their usual site, the Navajo
    Nation itself. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has those details.

    RALPH: Although the Navajo Nation in Arizona remains closed as a result
    of COVID-19 precautions, the annual special event station honoring the
    Navajo Code Talkers of World War II will be on the air as scheduled
    between the 10th and 14th of August. This is the 17th annual celebration
    of the Native American members of the military who thwarted Japanese interception of their messages by using their language in their coded transmissions in the South Pacific.

    THe special event station N7C will operate instead from the home QTHs of
    Ray, W7USA, Bob, K7BHM, John, W5PDW, and Herb, N7HG. Herb's father. John Goodluck, was among the original 29 Code Talkers in the United States
    Marine Corps who developed the code. John Goodluck died in 2000 at the
    age of 76.

    Be listening for N7C on 40, 20 and 17 metres. For additional details and
    QSL information, visit the station's page on QRZ.COM.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 13 02:21:51 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: A firm cofounded by a radio amateur has just merged with
    the SpaceX technology giant. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, has more on that.

    SEL: SpaceX, Elon Musk's giant California-based space technology
    company, has acquired a satellite communications company cofounded by
    an amateur radio operator. The merger makes Swarm Technologies a wholly
    owned subsidiary of SpaceX. Swarm, which specializes in Internet-of-
    Things technology and low-cost satellite connectivity, has asked the
    Federal Communications Commission to transfer control of its earth and
    space station licenses. Swarm was founded in 2016 by Ben Longmier, K-
    F-5-K-M-P and Sara Spangelo. In 2020, the company launched its first
    dozen commercial satellites, established ground stations in Alaska, New Jersey, Washington State, Guam, the Azores and elsewhere and began
    expanding market access. Swarm is licensed in non-voice, non-
    geostationary mobile satellite service, operating in the bands between 137-to-138 MHz and 148-to-149-decimal-95 MHz.

    In 2020, Swarm Technologies placed second in the most Innovative Space Companies list created by Fast Company. The top spot went to SpaceX.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, K-B-3-T-Zed-D.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Two inventive amateurs in India have come up with a clever
    way to communicate with the QO-100 satellite. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN,
    tells us about their accomplishment.

    ROBERT: Hams in Hyderabad have found a homebrew solution to make
    communication via the QO-100 satellite easier for other amateurs. They
    have designed prototype converters that will enable the hams to use the transponders on board the geosynchronous satellite. The prototypes
    include both up converters and down converters. Homebrewers Sasi
    Bhushan, VU2XZ, and A. Amarendra, VU2AAP, told the Telangana Today
    newspaper that the converters eliminate the need for such expensive
    equipment as software-defined radios. They said the system works in a
    way similar to a TV set-top box that receives programmes beamed from satellites, converting radio waves into signals for the TV. The circuit
    boards within the converter are designed to communicate via the 10 GHz frequency for downlink and the 2.4 GHz frequency for uplink.

    Sasi said the first hams to be given the opportunity to use the
    converters are members of the Lamakan Amateur Radio Club in Hyderabad.
    A transverter is also in the works, combining uplink and downlink

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: The youngest of the YLs will be getting in on the action
    this year as women in Australia get ready for a big annual contest. We
    hear more from Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

    JASON: A change in rules this year is permitting some new first-timers
    to get on the air for the 41st annual contest of the Australian Ladies
    Amateur Radio Association this month. The newest entrants are YLs who
    are in Scout and Guide groups and they'll be using their club's
    equipment and callsign. Lynda, VK7QP, writes in the ALARA newsletter,
    "The YL Beam," that the event on August 28th and 29th is [quote] "a
    friendly contest and a chance to start learning how to operate a
    contest." [endquote] YLs of all ages will clearly have the run of the
    field here. YLs get to work everyone; OMs are only eligible to work
    YLs. The 24-hour event will offer a combination of SSB and CW contacts. Contacts over Echolink will be accepted and all other operations will
    be on the HF bnds except for 160 metres and the WARC bands. All
    licensed operators around the world may enter.

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

    (YL BEAM)



    JIM/ANCHOR: A change is afoot in how companies in the UK deliver
    broadband services and it might just make ham radio operators happy
    too. Here's more from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: There's encouraging news for broadband subscribers in rural
    areas of the UK: communications companies have been given the official go-ahead to use water pipes instead of having to dig new trenches to
    connect homes and businesses to the internet using fibre optic cable
    services. According to the government website, gov.uk, the rollout is
    expected to take place throughout the UK, ending in March 2024, with an emphasis on rural areas.

    Stephen Unger, commissioner at the Geospatial Commission, issued a
    statement saying: [quote] "Our ambition must be for reliable broadband
    to become as easy to access tomorrow as drinking water is today."

    The announcement is good news to those concerned about the traditional installation where roads and land are dug up. It is also good news for
    amateur radio operators who may have reported RFI from broadband's
    copper wires carrying VDSL Broadband services.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 19 21:34:47 2021

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A young amateur radio operator with a strong volunteer
    spirit has become a Silent Key in his Connecticut hometown. Kevin
    Trotman, N5PRE, tells us about him.

    KEVIN: Hams and first responders in Connecticut are grieving the loss of
    a valued member of the emergency response team in Bristol, Connecticut.
    Colin McFadden, KB1YYG, a volunteer firefighter, died on Thursday, August 12th, two days after he suffered a brain hemorrhage while fighting a
    blaze at a historic building in New Hartford. According to his obituary
    on the Funk Funeral Home website, he died two days after emergency
    surgery at the local hospital. Fire officials said doctors discovered
    that Colin had a form of leukemia that had been undiagnosed. Connecticut Community Emergency Response Team considered him a vital part of their operation. The group posted on its Facebook page that Colin was not only
    the team's ham radio specialist but could always be counted on to
    participate when needed, including in community service events. According
    to the website of the Bristol CERT, Colin was especially active on the 2
    meter Cross Community Net on Thursdays.

    A member of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, he was also an
    advocate for people with autism.

    He got his amateur radio license with the support of the Insurance City Repeater Club and later became its vice president. Most recently, Colin's community service work as a ham included providing traffic control for
    COVID testing sites in Bristol and for the Farm to Families food

    Colin McFadden was 26 years old.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A perk has been restored for members of the Radio Society
    of Great Britain. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the details.

    JEREMY: Members of the Radio Society of Great Britain are once again
    eligible to use free entry vouchers for Bletchley Park. The voucher also provides free access to the RSGB's National Radio Centre. Because the
    protocol for visiting has changed, anyone coming to the site must book a
    date and time slot in advance using the Bletchley Park website. The RSGB
    has full instructions for visiting on its website, rsgb.org.

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



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A big weekend celebrating Canada's Ontario Regiment will
    be getting under way next month and this year's event is adding something
    new: amateur radio. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, picks up the story from here.

    ANDY: The Ontario Regiment Museum, home to the largest collection of
    working military vehicles in North America, is about to mark an amateur
    radio "first." The North Shore Amateur Radio Club, VE3OSH, will be
    operating during the museum's Aquino Tank weekend taking place on
    September 17th to the 19th. Club president Laird Solomon, VE3LKS, told Newsline that the idea to add ham radio to the museum's annual weekend
    evolved from of a dialogue between the museum and one of the club's
    members who works there as a volunteer: They loved his suggestion that
    radio become a part of the activities which commemorate the key role the Ontario Regiment played in 1944 during the Battle of Aquino in Italy.

    Laird said the museum will be placing one of its WW II communications
    trucks at the activators' location and hams will be operating CW from
    there. Operators will also be on the air at three other stations using
    SSB, FT8 and Yaesu Fusion/AllStar/DMR. Laird told Newsline: [quote] "We
    hope to be able to display the evolution of radio from WWII to today." [endquote]

    Oshawa, the city where the museum is located, has strong ties to the
    Second World War. Laird told Newsline that not far from there a secret
    spy training and high-power radio facility called Camp X was set up on
    the shores of Lake Ontario. It was at that location, where Hydra, a
    powerful radio station, would exchange coded messages with Allied
    headquarters in the US and Britain. So many years later, the North Shore amateurs still have ties to this site too: Laird said that the club was
    formed by some of the wartime operators who had been assigned to the
    Hydra station.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The tea-totaling is done and the special event for the
    World's Largest Teapot has some impressive numbers. Here's Jim Damron, N8-TEEEEE-MW with the results of this first-time nationwide activation.

    JIM: The World's Largest Teapot in Chester, West Virginia, has a long
    history as a public attraction dating to the early 1900s. Now thanks to amateur radio it can claim one more distinction: a one-week special event activation that had 9,013 QSOs, contacting all states in the US, as well
    as 68 countries. There was even a decoded SSTV signal from the
    International Space Station on Saturday, August 7th, during the
    community's Teapot Festival.

    This was the first year this formerly local radio event was a coast-to-
    coast activation and operators reported massive pileups. Organizer Justin Shaw, W8LPN, of the Hancock Auxiliary Communications Team said there are
    plans in the works next year to include a bonus station from the UK. Meanwhile, the teapot itself, situated near West Virginia's border with
    Ohio and Pennsylvania, continues to be steeped in fame and glory. A
    number of radio operators who are not from the West Virginia area said
    during their QSOs that they now have plans to visit this unusual - and obviously very inspirational - teapot.

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

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 27 08:30:47 2021

    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 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: This year has brought double the celebration for hams in
    India. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells us there's still time to attend
    some of the programs - virtually.

    JASON: Indian amateurs aren't just marking 100 years of ham radio;
    they're also celebrating 75 years of their nation's independence.
    A full weekend of celebration was hosted by the West Bengal Radio
    Club on August 14th and 15th, highlighted by an online tech talk
    with noted home brewer Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, creator of the Bitx
    and micro BITX open source transceivers. The programme, hosted by
    Saborni Nag Biswas, VU2JFC, was followed by a webinar on the first
    century of Indian amateur radio led by S. Ram Mohan, VU2MYH, and
    Sriramamurthy Suri, VU2MY, both of the National Institute of Amateur
    Radio and S. Satyapal, VU2FI, of the Indian Institute of Hams.

    Both events were livestreamed. If you were unable to attend virtually
    while the programmes were taking place, they are available for viewing
    on YouTube. The links appear in the script of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org



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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Australian officials are looking for hams' input on their
    review of 2x1 callsigns. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has more.

    ROBERT: The Australian Communications and Media Authority is asking
    hams to share their thoughts on allocation arrangements for 2x1
    callsigns. The callsign allocations are to be handled by the
    Australian Maritime College, which already manages allocations for
    amateur beacons, repeaters, special event callsigns, and normal
    callsigns. The ACMA have posted a survey, and are interested in
    hearing hams' thoughts on the issue and use of the two-by-one
    callsigns. The authority wants to know, for instance, whether the
    callsigns should be made available only to clubs and Advanced level
    amateurs, or whether any level of licence can have access.

    Hams have until the 31st of August to complete the short five-question
    survey. According to the authority, hams will be able to use the 2x1
    callsigns without having to get a new licence, or make changes to their existing licence.

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




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The authority is also reviewing its plans for assigned
    amateur beacon and repeater stations. More details on that from Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: The Australian Communications and Media Authority is in the
    middle of sorting through more than 800 responses to its consultation
    on a review of non-assigned amateur and outpost licensing arrangements.
    The ACMA's review is also taking a look at accreditation for repeater
    and amateur beacon assignments.

    The ACMA has been trying to implement a licensing procedure that will
    minimise the burdens of regulation, and allow benefits for hams to
    continue at an affordable price.

    According to the consultation paper outlining the proposed changes
    earlier this year, three options are under consideration. In the
    first, the ACMA would not change apparatus licensing arrangements
    and conditions. In the second, the authority would simplify existing
    licensing arrangements and licence conditions. In the third, which is
    the preferred option for the AMCA, operation of non-assigned amateur
    stations would be authorised for holders of Foundation, Standard, and
    Advanced level qualifications through a class licence, rather than an
    apparatus licence. This would involve creation of an amateur class
    licence authorising amateur station operation by those holding
    Foundation, Standard, or Advanced level qualifications, and would
    include individuals visiting Australia, and having overseas equivalent qualifications or licences.

    Meanwhile, operation of assigned amateur beacon and repeater stations
    would remain authorised under apparatus licensing arrangements.

    In a recent advisory, the ACMA has indicated it will provide updates
    via its e-bulletin.

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

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    JIM/ANCHOR: The next story is a personal one. One of the earliest members
    of the Newsline family, has become a Silent Key. Here's Don Wilbanks,
    AE5DW, with some memories of him.

    DON: We've just learned of the passing of one of our Newsline family. One
    that dates back to the very beginnings of Newsline. Robert Sudock,
    WB6FDF, passed away on July 7th, in Long Beach, California at the age of
    74. He had been in poor health for some time.

    Bob was there when Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, and Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP, formulated the idea to drive to the top of a mountain, and report on the
    state of the Westlink 220 repeater system in the Los Angeles area. That
    became the Westlink Report, and you know it now as Amateur Radio

    Bob, like Bill Pasternak, hailed from Brooklyn, New York. When a young
    Bill Pasternak, then WA2HVK, moved to LA, Bob was one of his first
    contacts. Their lifelong friendship began with that first contact. He had
    a long career in broadcast engineering including stops at KZH channel 31,
    and KLON radio in Long Beach, and KTTV channel 11 in Los Angeles. It was
    there where he worked alongside Bill Pasternak. He served on the board of
    the Southern California Frequency Coordinating Committee. From 1974 to
    1976, Bob edited and reported the Mt. Wilson Repeater Association news
    and was an original member of Newsline. Bob subbed for Newsline's Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, as anchor of the Wireless Institute of Australia's "News"
    when Graham went on holiday. Bob was heard often on Newsline, and when
    Bob Heil began Ham Nation, he asked Newsline to be part of the show. Bob Sudock was the original news presenter on Ham Nation. When he fell ill, I filled in for him, firmly expecting to just keep his seat warm. That was
    10 years ago.

    Bob and I sat down via Skype a few years ago, and we had a long
    conversation about the beginnings, and little-known facts of Newsline for report #2000. You can find that on our website, arnewsline.org under the
    Extra tab. Scroll about halfway down for that audio.

    I never met Bob Sudock, but we talked on the phone many times. He was a
    gentle soul with a big heart, and a deep, resonant voice. After Bill
    passed away, he was invaluable in helping us pick up the pieces, and keep Newsline going. Robert Sudock was truly one of The Good Guys.

    Good DX, Bob. Tell Bill hello for us.

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



    JIM/ANCHOR: How do you mark 20 years of devotion to radio? If you happen
    to have your very own museum, you broadcast your joy with a party. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us about the celebration.

    KEVIN: On Saturday, September 11th, everyone is invited to the Asheville
    Radio Museum in North Carolina to help it mark two decades of preserving
    radio history. What grew into a regional home for radio history of all
    kinds began with founders Clint Gorman, K4KRB, and the late Carl Smith,
    N4AA. Carl and his wife, Miriam, rescued a 1930s-era radio receiver in
    need of a fix-up. Miriam, who was also a ham, then suggested they add to
    their collection, with the help of some other ham radio operators. Out of
    that grew an exhibit that became the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum.

    Now the museum, located on a college campus, showcases all facets of
    radio technology, from cellphones and Bluetooth to GPS and, of course,
    vintage commercial and amateur radios. There is even an early 1900s spark
    gap transmitter for Morse Code.

    The public celebration is from noon to 3 p.m. on the campus of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, and details are available on the museum's website which is a v l radiomuseum.org.

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



    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams in Illinois are getting on the air to support a group
    that aids disabled veterans. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, tells us about their special event station.

    ANDY: Disabled US military veterans have found a friend in an
    organization known as Healing Of Our American Heroes, or HOOAH. For
    years, an Illinois organization known as HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes has provided wounded former soldiers with access to outdoor activities and
    paid all their expenses. The Illinois program will gain even more
    momentum on September 4th, 5th and 6th because they too have found a
    friend: the Chicago Suburban Radio Association, W9SW, which is showing
    its support by activating a special event station during the group's fundraiser. The hams will be on the air calling W4V - We're 4 Veterans -
    from Hickory Hills campground.

    Ron Delpiere-Smith, KD9IPO, the club's vice president, said those dates,
    which mark Labor Day Weekend, will be the club's first special event for
    the veterans group. Be listening on 10 through 80 metres.

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

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    DON/ANCHOR: Hams who are up for some high adventure in Switzerland
    are taking their ambitions seriously by operating from a hot-air
    balloon. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about their plans.

    ED: Plans for the Helvetia Telegraphy Club's next big activation are
    up in the air. In fact, the radio operators hope to get up in the
    air and stay there for at least two hours aboard a hot-air balloon.
    Their scheduled launch date is the 14th of September when they hope
    to start operating sometime after 0530 UTC. The callsign HB9HC/AM
    will be activated by members of the USKA/HTC National Mountain Day
    Commission as hams ascend to the sky over Switzerland, operating all
    the while on 40m, 30m and 20m. They will be transmitting with 15
    watts of CW power, making use of vertical dangling antennas. If
    you're interested in a contact, watch the Reverse Beacon Network or
    the DX clusters. You can also use APRS if you're interested in
    tracking the balloon's exact position. Are the radio operators'
    hopes perhaps a bit overinflated? Probably not: They're already
    advising everyone to get familiar with such important Q codes as QAH
    for Altitude, and QAL for Landing.

    All details are on their website at the URL given in the script on
    our arnewsline.org website.


    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
    K7MMA repeater in Spokane, Washington, on Fridays at 5 p.m. Pacific



    DON/ANCHOR: If you're a satellite enthusiast, you owe a bit of
    thanks to one notable homebrewer, tinkerer and distinguished
    professor in the UK. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about a recent BBC
    interview with him.

    JEREMY: With an imagination fueled by NASA's Apollo missions a
    decade earlier, Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, went on to launch a new era
    in space himself: the age of microsatellites, which began as a
    homebrew project built partly at home and partly on the University
    of Surrey campus. That first, very basic microsatellite - U0Sat-1,
    the granddaddy of all that would come later - was eventually
    launched by NASA in 1981. Martin, an amateur radio operator since
    his student years, recalls in a new interview with the BBC what it
    was like being the creator of the first microsatellite in a pre-
    internet era. More than amateur radio communications tools, today's microsatellites aid the world in navigation, scientific research,
    weather and environmental monitoring. As satellite mega-
    constellations now revolutionize communications yet further, Martin,
    a Distinguished Professor of Space Engineering at the university,
    also makes a plea to clean the skies of the hazard of space junk.
    The BBC posted the half-hour interview on its website.

    That URL is available in the script of this week's newscast at

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

    [FOR PRINT: DO NOT READ www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct2h26]




    DON/ANCHOR: The Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association is
    introducing a new twist or two on an old favorite DX contest now in
    its 76th year. With those details, here's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    JIM: If you're looking for contacts with stations in the Oceania
    region and you happen to be a YL, you're in luck. The Oceania DX
    Contest is taking place on two consecutive weekends - October 2nd
    and 3rd for phone and October 9th and 10th for CW - and this year,
    the spotlight includes two awards being introduced specifically for
    YLs. Both awards, sponsored by ALARA, the Australian Ladies Amateur
    Radio Association, are being given to a single-operator YL who
    achieve the highest combined score in phone and CW. YLs inside the
    Oceania region are eligible for the Florence McKenzie Award, named
    for Australia's first known licensed female ham radio operator who
    received the callsign A2GA in 1925. YLs in the rest of the world are
    eligible for the Austine Henry Award, named for a prize-winning
    homebrewer who was a member of the YASME Foundation, the RSGB, NZART
    and the ARRL. She became Australia's third licensed YL in 1930 when
    she received the callsign VK3YL.

    YLs who want to be considered for either award should select the YL
    box on their entry form when they submit their log.

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

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: Big plans are being made to mark the day radio
    amateurs proved they could send signals across the Atlantic. Jack
    Parker, W8ISH, tells us what's happening.

    JACK: December 11th, 1921 was a significant day for amateur radio:
    It was the day of the Transatlantic Test Project, when hams'
    shortwave frequencies showed themselves to be capable of
    transatlantic radio communications, even at 200 meters or less.
    The experimental transmission of station 1BCG, using a tube-based
    transmitter, was conducted by the Radio Club of America on 1.3 MHz
    and resulted in successful reception in Scotland.

    One hundred years later, December 11th, 2021 will be an equally
    significant day. A replica of that transmitter will be used to
    re-enact that CW transmission on 160 meters not far from the spot
    in Connecticut from which the original CW transmission was sent.
    Longtime Antique Wireless Association member Bob Raide, W2ZM, now
    a Silent Key, (SK) built the replica for a special event 25 years
    ago. AWA volunteers have spent lots of time lately refurbishing
    it, wiring a plate supply, building a filament power supply and
    sorting out usable tubes.

    For a day that comes along once every hundred years, radio
    operators -- and the transmitter -- need to be ready.

    AWA trustee, Joe Stoltz, K2AEI, told Newsline: [quote] "We have
    had the transmitter powered up and are able to get 350 watts RF on
    160 meters with one amplifier tube. The next step is to construct
    a 160 meter antenna so we can do some actual on-air testing before
    December." [endquote] Then be listening for the contact of the

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




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Some equally important modern-day contacts are being
    planned for the big anniversary and they involve radio societies
    in the US and the UK. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, with those

    JEREMY: The Radio Society of Great Britain also has big plans for
    the centenary of the first transatlantic personal message between
    radio amateurs. Nick Totterdell, G4FAL, the society's HF contest
    committee chairman, told Newsline that the ARRL and RSGB members
    are organising a number of activities surrounding the anniversary.
    There will also be a Transatlantic QSO Party to be held on the
    13th and 14th of November, being sponsored by the Radio Club of
    America. Nick said other activities will be disclosed soon on the
    society's website and will appear in the society's RadCom
    magazine. The society is hoping to maximise participation in the
    US and the UK and increase worldwide awareness of this achievement
    100 years ago.

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



    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you activate or even chase Parks on the Air,
    you'll want to hear the first of this new monthly POTA report from
    Vance Martin, N3VEM.

    VANCE: This month in Parks on the Air news, we have two exciting
    updates to share with everybody. Our first: We are excited to
    announce that we have recently added over 1,000 parks to the Parks
    on the Air System. For the last several months we've had a small
    contingent of volunteers combing through user requests to add
    additional parks, validating that those requested parks meet the
    criteria for inclusion in POTA and formatting the list so they
    can be added to the system. After hundreds of volunteer hours the
    lists are now in the system and ready for you to go activate.
    Check out the maps and search pages at the POTA.APP website to see
    if any of these new units are in your area.

    Also in POTA news, we are excited to share that we are formalizing
    a Parks on the Air support desk. You can always continue to get
    community support via the Facebook group or via the POTA Help
    Channel in the POTA Slack Group. But we have a small group of
    volunteers who have agreed to be on a rotating schedule to help
    you with your official technical support questions. To reach the
    official POTA support desk, all you need to do is send an email to help@parksontheair.com

    We have coverage for most days of the week so you will usually get
    a response within 24 hours but no worse than 48 hours based on our
    volunteers' schedules. We won't solve every problem that fast but
    you'll know that we're on it. Issues requiring Level 2 support are
    generally resolved within the week.

    This is N3VEM. Be sure to visit Parks On the Air dot com for more
    info about the program and POTA.APP for spotting, park
    information, leaderboards and more.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 24 01:31:53 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    linked repeaters of the Desert Amateur Radio Club KK7AJB, in La Paz
    County, Arizona, on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6:45 p.m. local



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you're devoted to weather-watching, you might want
    to take a look at the 2021 Virtual National Hurricane Conference
    Amateur Radio Workshop. It was held in June, and is now posted on
    Youtube. The conference lasts four hours and eight minutes, but if
    there's a particular workshop you're interested, you can find an index
    and the approximate start times below the video on the site. Workshops
    include a discussion of surface reports; overviews of the National
    Hurricane Center and the Hurricane Watch Network; and best practices in SKYWARN for tropical systems.

    Find the link to the video in the script of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ecZRKVgIG0]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Six prominent radio amateurs in IARU Region 1 have been recognized for their years of contributions. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells
    us about them.

    JEREMY: Six hams in Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union
    have been awarded medals for their years of work contributing to the
    IARU. They are Tore Worren, LA9QL, who recently stepped down as Region
    1 EMC Committee Chairman but remains on the committee. Tore is being recognised for bolstering IARU's presence in electromagnetic
    compatibility matters. Medal recipient Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ, is
    being recognised for developing the Contest Working Group and
    coordinating work on VHF, including revision of the handbook. He is a
    member of the Political Relations Committee and secretary to the VHF
    Plus (VHF+) committee. Hans Welens, ON6WQ, is being honoured for
    supporting smaller societies, most especially in Africa and creating
    the concept of Support to the Amateur Radio Service, or STARS, which he chaired until 2011. The medal to Dave Court, EI3IO, celebrates his work
    on the Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee which he chaired until recently. His work, among other things, helped lead to the regionwide allocation to the amateur service of a 2 MHz segment at 50 MHz. Hilary Claytonsmith G4JKS, is being credited for the region's successful work
    in EMC matters. Hilary is an EMC committee member and served as its
    secretary for nearly 25 years. A medal was also given to Peter Jost,
    HB9CET, deputy coordinator for the IARU Monitoring System, for his work
    with the monitoring system's newsletters.

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




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you've been in the mood for a hamfest lately, and
    you're going to be in the area just north of New Orleans, Don Wilbanks
    AE5DW, has a recommendation for you.

    DON: Two busy days of amateur radio activities are on tap for attendees
    of the Slidell (SLY-Dell) EOC Hamfest sponsored by the Ozone Amateur
    Radio Club. It's going to be held in the Slidell Auditorium with doors
    opening at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 8th and at 8 a.m. on Saturday,
    October 9th. Entrance for the public is through the lobby doors.
    Hamfest chairman Dave Hartley, K5OZ, reminds everyone that masks are
    mandatory for all indoor activities in Louisiana so they will be
    required to attend the hamfest.

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


    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, even as hams in Louisiana prepare for their hamfest, members of the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club in Illinois are celebrating the fact that they just finished enjoying the return of
    their Superfest. It took place on September 18th and 19th, and according
    to news reports, there are two other reasons to feel encouraged: The
    club also saw an uptick in membership, especially among YLs.

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    JIM/ANCHOR: When POTA, SOTA and Worldwide Flora and Fauna operators
    activated sites along the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States recently, the airwaves above apparently blazed a few trails of their own.
    Dave Parks, WB8ODF, brings us that report.

    DAVE: Saturday, October 2nd, was a busy day for Appalachian Trail
    activations, as more than 60 stations called CQ from points along more
    than two thousand miles of trail. David, ND1J, and Mike, KB7THL, operated
    POTA stations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, respectively, and
    Jonathan, W4UYE, and Bob, AC1Z, activated SOTA summits in Georgia and Virginia, respectively. According to organizer Mike, WB2FUV, the day ended with at least 25 unique SOTA summits activated and at least 26 POTA
    partipants in 11 of the 14 states. Mike himself was operating QRP CW on
    West Mountain along the original section of the trail and logged 77
    contacts. He said many SOTA stations were also making summit-to-summit contacts with W7A SOTA stations on the 10 point peaks in Arizona.

    The event marked the trail's 100th anniversary. But the celebration
    extended beyond the US: Preliminary results on the event website showed
    that the farthest DX went to Heinz, OE5EEP/p in the Austrian mountains. He broke through the stateside pileups to work two SOTA stations on the

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




    JIM/ANCHOR: The results are in for the Portable Operations Challenge held
    in Sepember. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: The Portable Operations Challenge 2021 took place on September 4th and
    5th and the overall winner showed what can be done from a great portable location and using very low power. With just six contacts and running at one-watt CW on twenty metres, Jack Haefner, NG2E, took out the top spot
    with a grand total of 615,924 points. His six contacts were from all
    around the US, plus one that went all the way from his Hogback Mountain
    SOTA summit W4V/SH-007 in Virginia to French SOTA chaser Christian,
    F4WBN, near the French/Spanish border. All contacts took place within 32 minutes of operating, in session two of the contest.

    The most efficient contact measured in kilometres per watt used was that
    same Virginia - France contact with 6,340 kilometres per watt achieved.

    So, this year both the overall winner and the furthest km/watt contact
    title go to one person - Jack Haefner, NG2E. WELL DONE, Jack!

    The number of entrants was a little disappointing. There were only
    eighteen, far more had been hoped for in this, the second year, of the challenge.

    Of those entering however, there were a wide variety of power levels and
    modes both from home and portable locations.

    Of the eighteen entrants, fifteen were from the US, two from Europe and
    one from Australia.

    For the portable operations challenge, and ARNewsline, this has been Ed,



    JIM/ANCHOR: China had great hopes for a satellite launched late last month
    but following a malfunction, has declared it lost. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW,
    has that story.

    JASON: China's Shiyan-10 satellite was declared lost shortly after its
    launch on Monday, September 27th. In releasing the news, Chinese state
    media reported that the spacecraft did not function properly despite
    having had a normal flight one day earlier. A report on Twitter said a
    flash was seen in the sky above New South Wales, Australia. According to SpaceNews, the flash was believed to be a sign that the launch was on
    course and that this was a visible burn of the upper stage of the Long
    March 3B rocket that carried the satellite as payload. The satellite was
    to have entered a geosynchronous orbit around Earth. It was said to have malfunctioned during the launch and by Tuesday, September 28th, was
    officially declared a failure.

    Shiyan-10's launch closely followed the liftoff of China's Jilin-1 Gaefen
    02D satellite, which was reported to have achieved successful orbit.

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

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