• Amateur Radio Newsline (D)

    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 7 09:03:52 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Shabu, M0KRI, is on the air from Uganda as 5X1RI,
    until the middle of August. Send QSLs to his home call sign.

    Mathieu, VA2MVR, is active as 8P9QC, and is living in Pine Gardens,
    in Barbados, until Sept. 12th. Listen mainly on SSB, on 40 and 20 meters. Mathieu may try FT4/FT8 later. QSL only via LoTW.

    The German section of the International Police Association Radio Club,
    DL70IPA is on the air on Sundays and Thursdays, during August and
    September, on 40 and 80 meters, to mark the 70th anniversary of the
    police association. If conditions permit, they will also be on 20 meters.
    Visit QRZ.com for QSL information.

    In England, special event stations GB75PEACE, GB1945PE, and GB1945PJ,
    will be on the air throughout August, marking the end of World War II
    in the Pacific. QSL via LoTW.

    Listen for special event station 4A2MAX, operating from Mexico,
    throughout August, to honor the memory of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, SP3RN.
    The station can be heard on the HF bands, using CW, SSB, and various
    digital modes. QSL via LoTW.

    (OHIO PENN DX, SOUTHGATE)

    **

    KICKER: WHEN BUILDING A SUPERCAPACITOR BEARS FRUIT

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our final story for the week asks: Are you hungry for a
    new kind of supercapacitor? Wrap your tastebuds around this one from
    Australia, which John Williams, VK4JJW, is serving to you, right now.

    JOHN: What are hackers cooking up on their workbench lately? Well, at
    the University of Sydney, it looks like jackfruit, and durian fruit
    are what's on the menu. Researchers on this Australian campus found
    they were able to use biomass from waste scraps of the two fruits to
    create electrodes for a supercapacitor which, according to one published report, doesn't let out any characteristic stench while in normal use.

    The fruit aerogels were seen as having a large surface area and porous structures, and the durian fruit in particular, was a top performer.
    The fruit also had the winning combination of pyridinic and graphitis
    nitrogen. Researchers say electrodes based on these aerogels outperform standard carbon materials for energy storage.

    The website Hackaday writes that clever tinkerers can replicate the researchers' process in their own garages - provided of course, they
    are adept at handling vinylidene fluoride, and other chemicals, and have
    a vacuum oven, and a furnace, with nitrogen on hand.

    Oh, and don't forget a stinky ripe durian or two. It might be the only
    way to get your ultracapacitor project to truly bear fruit.

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

    (HACKADAY, ARS TECHNICA)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amazon; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; ARS Technica; the ARRL; Australian Communications and Media Authority; CQ Magazine; David Behar,
    K7DB; Daryl Stout, WX4QZ; DX-World; FCC; Hackaday; Lloyd Colston, KC5FM;
    NASA; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Radio Society of Great Britain;
    shortwaveradio.de; Southgate Amateur Radio News; TechCrunch; Ted
    Randall's QSO Radio Show; Youth on the Air; WNEP; WTWW Shortwave; and you,
    our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington,
    Indiana, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 14 12:26:06 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for the special event call sign CB33M
    From Chile. Members of the Radio Club Eternautas, CE3ETR, are on the air
    until the 13th of October, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the
    landslide in north Chile, that trapped 33 miners for three months in
    August of 2010. The miners were rescued. Be listening on 80m-70cms,
    where the operators will be using CW, SSB, and the Digital modes
    (FT8/FT4, JS8, RTTY, PSK31, and SSTV). QSL via PO BOX 12096, Santiago,
    Chile.

    Listen for Francesco, IK6QON, operating through the 20th of August, as SV8/IK6QON, from Corfu Island. He is operating holiday style on 40-6
    meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via IK6QON.

    In Mexico, Ramon, XE1KK, is using the special callsign 6E6E, until
    December 31st. This callsign is a non-renewable, one-time-use-only
    call sign, that he will also use in the CQWW DX SSB Contest in October,
    as well as other contests. Outside of contests he will be using FT8/FT4
    on 160-6 meters. QSL via LoTW only.

    In Ghana, Matteo, IZ4YGS, is using the call sign 9G5GS, in the country's western region, a jungle area just a few hundred meters from the ocean.
    He will be there until September 15th. Listen for him between 2100 and
    0000 UTC. He will be using mostly FT8 in fox-hound mode, as well as
    standard mode. He will also be on the QO-100 geostationary satellite
    in USB mode. Matteo will be updating his ClubLog entries daily. Send
    QSLs via LoTW, IZ4YGS, direct or eQSL.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER:TRANSMITTING WITH THE POWER OF LOVE

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our final story is about a bond between two hams - a
    father and son - and a boundless gesture of love and untimely loss that
    could only be shared on radio. Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, shares their story.

    SKEETER: There are no limits to the power of a father's love. But, when
    the father is a radio operator grieving the recent loss of his young
    son, the power of two 100 kW transmitters counts for something. Thomas Klingensmith, KL0K, works the controls at KNLS, the World Christian Broadcasting shortwave station in Anchor Point, Alaska.

    On Monday, August 3rd, Thomas closed out an English-language broadcast
    by adding a tribute, a 12-second Morse Code recording that said "73 de
    K9ZDK." Then, moments later, came a second recorded message - "CQ de
    K9ZDK" just before the station's Russian-language program began.

    K9ZDK was Zavier Dean Klingensmith, Thomas' son, who became a Silent Key
    in June 2019 at age 22. Thomas told Newsline that he broadcast these
    12-second recordings, not just to fill a brief programming gap, but to
    honor his son, who had been learning CW.

    Listener Dan Van Hoy, VR2HF, heard it all that night from Hong Kong, and
    wrote later on the Shortwave Listening Post blog: [quote] "His call on CW
    was heard on every English, Russian, and Mandarin show, that evening,
    over 16 hours of broadcasts....Wow." [endquote] That's the kind of power
    that needs no further boosting. However, Thomas is also making free iambic keyer kits available to interested hams who contact him. The project board bears his son's name and call sign -- along with the strong possibility
    that it will operate easily with the power of love.

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

    (SWLING POST, DAN VAN HOY VR2HF, THOMAS KLINGENSMITH KL0K)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; Australian
    Communications and Media Authority; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB;
    Dan Van Hoy VR2HF; Deadline.com; the FCC; Frank Howell K4FMH; the
    ICQ Podcast; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Radio Amateurs of Canada; Radio
    Society of Great Britain; shortwaveradio.de; the Shortwave Listening
    Post; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the
    Times of India; WTWW Shortwave; and you, our listeners, that's all
    from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 20 23:11:55 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening on August 22nd and 23rd, for the 23rd International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which will activate lighthouses around the world for 48 hours. Some 314 entrants were
    registered as of the 16th of August. To locate the names and locations
    of the lighthouses, visit the website that appears in the printed
    version of this week's newscast.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: https://illw.net/index.php/entrants-list-2020]

    Members of the Association Royale des Radio-Amateurs du Maroc, are
    active in Morocco using the special prefix 5E7 until the 31st of
    August. The hams are celebrating the 67th anniversary of the
    Revolution of the King and the People in Morocco on August 20th,
    1953.

    In West Malaysia, radio amateurs will be using the special callsign
    9M63MR to celebrate the 63rd Malaysian Independence Day. Be listening
    on various HF bands and modes. QSL to 9M63MR.

    Be listening for Bo, OZ1DJJ, who will be using the call sign OX3LX,
    from three islands off Greenland, between August 24th and September
    20th. He will be on 40 through 4 meters, with an emphasis on 50 and
    70 MHz. He will also be running a WSPR beacon on 40 through 6 metres
    when he is not active. Send QSLs via OZ0J (Oh Zed Zero J) direct.
    Visit QRZ.com for more details.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: YOUTHFUL OPTIMISM FROM MAXIM AWARD WINNER

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Just like Newsline gives out the Young Ham of the Year
    award to recognize outstanding young hams, the ARRL has the Hiram
    Percy Maxim award, which our winner this year, Chris Brault, KD8YVJ,
    won back in 2015.

    This year's recipient is Jacob Nagel, AD0JA, from Missouri. Nagel's
    technical accomplishments are many, including building and
    troubleshooting repeater systems, helping a local fire department
    upgrade their communications system, and sharing his knowledge
    and experience in online forums.

    I recently asked him what he felt like when he found out he had won:

    NAGEL: I was very excited, and quite surprised, because I had applied
    for this award before, hadn't won it before, and this was my last year
    that I was eligible for it.

    PAUL/ANCHOR: One of the biggest questions is how to attract, and keep
    young hams in the hobby. I took this opportunity to go right ahead,
    and ask one what he thought it would take:

    NAGEL: Well, I think being welcoming to them in the amateur community
    would be one thing, and the other thing is keep showing the current technological advances of amateur radio like DMR, FT8 - show the neat
    things that involve computers with ham radio. That's what interests
    younger people like me, are the new technologies in amateur radio.
    You get them hooked on that - you know, it only takes an $80 radio to
    get into DMR or so - get them hooked on that, and that's a fun way to
    get started.

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Nagel is currently attending college, where he hopes to
    become an electrical engineer, a perfect fit for an active,
    enthusiastic ham radio operator. All of us at Newsline, wish him the
    best, and can't wait to see what the future holds for him.

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Andy Meyer, N2FYE; Arstechnica;
    the ARRL; Bart Pulverman, WB6WUW; Benjamin Isaacs, ZL2BCI; the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB;
    Facebook; the FCC; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Radio Amateurs of Canada;
    Radio Society of Great Britain; shortwaveradio.de; the Shortwave
    Listening Post; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO
    Radio Show; University of Central Florida; the Verge; the
    Washington Post; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's
    all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org.
    More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only
    official website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in
    New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO,
    in Valparaiso, Indiana, saying 73, and as always, we thank you
    for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 28 16:45:24 2020
    ENTHUSIASM FOR DUTCH AMATEURS' DATV EXPERIMENT

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Nothing succeeds in ham radio like the spirit of
    experimentation, as a group of radio operators in the Netherlands
    recently found out. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has those details.

    ED: Hams have responded enthusiastically to an invitation by the
    Dutch amateur radio society, VERON, opening the door to the use of
    2 metres for digital amateur TV, or DATV. The organisation mounted
    the challenge in early July, hoping that hams would prove that 144
    MHz was indeed well-suited for such use. The four-hour trial run
    on 144.600 and 145.300 MHz, attracted a group of 27 participants
    and a video was made available to instruct them in the use of the
    software used to decode the images.

    VERON is reviewing the data sent by all hams, and said that it's
    clear the participants are ready to do this again.

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

    (VERON)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, members of the Aruba Amateur Radio Club, P43ARC,
    are using the special callsign, P42WW, when they are on the air from
    September 2nd to the 30th. They are marking the anniversary of the
    end of the second World War. Note that the prefix P42 has never before
    been issued, and is available just for this occasion. Be listening on
    all bands and modes. QSL information will be announced at a later date.

    Plan ahead to be listening for Makoto, JI5RPT, who'll be operating from Ogasawara, as JD1BLY, between the 3rd and 6th of October. Find him on frequencies between 630 metres and 6 metres using SSB, CW, and digital
    modes. On the 630 metre band he will be using mainly JT9. He will also
    be operating on the Russian satellite RS-44. Send QSLs to his home call.

    (DX-WORLD.NET, OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: A FAREWELL NET FOR SILENT KEY LONNIE BLAND N6RBR

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Finally, we all know it's hard to say "73" for the final
    time, when a friend becomes a Silent Key. But hosting a memorial net,
    as one group did recently in California, surely helps -- as Ralph
    Squillace, KK2ITB tells us.

    RALPH: The August 24th net on the Western Amateur Linking Association's repeater system, was a gathering of grieving friends and family, who
    shared stories, and comforted one another, following the loss of one
    of their own: Lonnie Bland, N6RBR, who became a Silent Key on Wednesday, August 19th.

    Described by many as a ham radio ambassador, Lonnie was celebrated with
    tears as well as tales, as one of the founders of California's
    far-reaching repeater system. It was his dream to grow the system from
    three linked repeaters, to a network that now stretches up and down the
    coast, with worldwide links through IRLP, Allstar, and EchoLink. One of
    the first to check into the net was his wife, Graffie, KC6ADB, clearly emotional over the tribute to the generous, friendly radio operator,
    who had helped many newcomers discover their amateur radio voice. Net
    control operators included Jeff, W6JSO, and Lonnie's grandsons, Isaac,
    KI6FXM, and Justin, KI6FTP.

    Throughout the one-hour-and-forty-minute net, many hams addressed him directly. One ham, checking in from South Africa, said [quote]: "You
    are a Silent Key on Earth, but your voice will never be silent in
    Heaven." [end quote]

    Sal De Franco, N6SPD, who manages the WALA system's north hub, added: "November Six Radio Best Radio, 73 my friend."

    Lonnie Bland was 88.

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

    (SAL N6SPD, WALA via ECHOLINK)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association; Amateur
    News Weekly; the ARRL; BletchleyPark.org; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; DX-WORLD.NET; Europost; Facebook; the FCC; Greek City Times; the MKCitizen; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Radio Amateurs of Canada; Radio Society of Great Britain; R.J. Bragg, WY7AA; shortwaveradio.de; the Shortwave Listening
    Post; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Times of India VERON; the Western Amateur Linking Association; Wireless Institute
    of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you, our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington, Indiana,,saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 4 02:22:16 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for Reiner, DL2AAZ, who will be
    operating with the special call sign 9H3SAT, in Malta, throughout
    September. Reiner will be on the HF bands, and 6 meters, as well as
    the QO-100 satellite, using CW and SSB. Send QSLs to his home call.

    In Iceland, you will find Norbert, DJ7JC, using the call sign TF/DJ7JC,
    until October 18. He is on the air holiday style, on 160 to 10 meters,
    using CW, RTTY, and FT8. Send QSLs via DJ5BWD.

    Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club will be on the air, with special
    call sign LZ595IP, during the month of September, to honor the memory
    of Orthodox saints. QSL via the bureau. For more details about the
    diploma program, and other certicates visit the club's page on QRZ.com

    Be listening for Peter, HB9DVG, operating as 4L/G4ENL, while working
    at a hydropower plant in Georgia. He will be on the air during his
    spare time on the HF bands, using CW, SSB, and FT8. It is unclear how
    long he will be in Georgia. Send QSLs direct to his home call.

    (OHIO PENN DX, DX-WORLD)

    **

    KICKER: ENGINEER ARNOLD SPIELBERG, FILMMAKER'S FATHER, A SILENT KEY

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We close with an appreciation for a Silent Key: Arnold Spielberg is known as the father of filmmaker Steven Spielberg, but on
    the air, many knew him through the years as W8IDX or W9AUM. Like his
    notable son, this father had big dreams that led him to professional prominence. For Arnold Spielberg, most of those dreams began with
    amateur radio. He became a Silent Key on August 25th. Kent Peterson,
    KC0DGY, tells us about him.

    KENT: Arnold Spielberg had been an engineer at General Electric. He was
    also the father of filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and three daughters,
    Anne, Nancy, and Sue. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was a tinkerer from
    early childhood, when he first fell in love with radios. Becoming a professional engineer after college, his earliest jobs included work at
    RCA in Camden, New Jersey, where he worked on part of the company's
    first commercial and business computer. Later, at General Electric, he
    helped design the GE-200 series of mainframe computers. He was honored
    as a Pioneer Award winner of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

    Arnold Spielberg credited his professional success to his long tenure
    as an amateur radio operator. The lifelong radio enthusiast had held
    the call signs W8IDX and W9AUM. According to a story on QRZ.COM, he was
    given his first ham radio when he was 12, and began a lifetime of
    connecting with strangers around the world -- something that was to shape
    his life.

    Arnold Spielberg was 103 years old.

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

    (QRZ.COM, VARIETY)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Amateur Radio Club Gmunden; Amateur News Weekly; the
    Antique Wireless Association; AMSAT; ARISS; the ARRL; CQ Magazine;
    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ; David Behar, K7DB; DX-WORLD.NET; Joseph Holland,
    KB5VJY; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate Amateur
    Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Variety; the Wireless Institute
    of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you, our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 10 22:41:30 2020
    RESEARCHERS FIND WAY TO 'MAP' SPORADIC-E

    JIM/ANCHOR: We all know sporadic-E is unpredictable - or is it?
    Researchers in New Mexico say: "Not so fast." Geri Goodrich, KF5KRN,
    explains.

    GERI: Making use of broadband radio noise and unintentional RF
    emissions from power lines, researchers in New Mexico report that
    they are now able to characterize and map sporadic-E, the erratic
    phenomenon that we hams make use of for long-range communications
    mainly on 10 and 6 meters. Until now, sporadic-E's occurrence has
    been largely unpredictable.

    Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air
    Force Base made use of a method developed by a team headed by
    research physicist Ken Obenberger, who said the technique can be
    employed anywhere there is an electrical grid.

    Chris Fallen, KL3WX, one of the research collaborators at the lab,
    was quoted in its publication comparing the technique to weather
    forecasting. He says: [quote] ôThis is similar to how meteorologists
    can predict how likely thunderstorms will occur in the afternoons
    above New Mexico during monsoon season, but use Doppler radar to
    identify and track specific thunderstorms as they occur. KenÆs
    technique basically provides weather radar for sporadic-E, only using
    radio noise from power lines as the radar transmitter.ö [endquote]

    The publication noted that the ability to more accurately get a
    handle on sporadic-E would be vital during disasters that call upon
    amateur radio operators to relay emergency information.

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

    (LOS ALAMOS DAILY POST)

    **

    KICKER: 2019 YHOTY DHRUV REBBA KC9ZJX GETS ARRL POST

    JIM/ANCHOR: Finally, Newsline takes special joy in announcing that
    Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, our 2019 Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Young Ham of the
    Year, has been appointed the ARRL Illinois State Section Youth
    Coordinator. The prominent post is the latest accomplishment the high
    school student has achieved. Last December, Dhruv was one of two
    students chosen to receive the "I Have a Dream Award" for Youth at
    the 44th annual Martin Luther King Awards Luncheon. In 2018, he was
    part of the Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure in Curacao. In his role
    with the ARRL, Dhruv is responsible for promoting on-air activities
    for youth, including School Club Roundup, and encouraging other
    youth-related programs and ideas. Dhruv has been a ham since the age
    of 9. All the best, Dhruv, we couldn't be prouder of you!

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Alexanderson Association; Amateur News Weekly; the
    ARRL; CQ Magazine; Curtis, N9INK; David Behar, K7DB; Douggie
    Lancaster, G7CDA; the FCC; the Los Alamos Daily Post; News Center
    Maine; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; the Riverside County District
    Attorney's office; the Press-Enterprise; shortwaveradio.de; the Record-Courier; South African Radio League; Southgate Amateur Radio
    News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Wireless Estimator; WTWW
    Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio
    Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston,
    West Virginia, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 17 22:10:51 2020
    QSO PARTY WELCOMES NEWCOMERS, PROMISES 'LOW STRESS'

    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you're stressing out about doing well in your first
    QSO Party, try this low-stress, beginner-friendly one. Here's Neil
    Rapp, WB9VPG.

    NEIL: When is the best time for a QSO Party? According to the Nashua
    Area Radio Society it's when the time of sporadic-E is fading away
    but the sun itself is starting to crank up the propagation
    possibilities. So the party is scheduled for September 26th and 27th
    and the radio society promises something for everyone: That means all
    modes are permitted except for those modes using repeaters, and all
    bands are permitted too, except for the WARC bands.

    Activity will be in two categories: VHF-only for 6 meters on up, and
    All Bands.

    Organizers are calling this QSO party an easy and low-stress
    introduction to contesting which also makes it ideal for newcomers to radiosport. As the society website says, the goal is to get as many
    people as possible on the air.

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

    (NASHUA AREA RADIO SOCIETY, JIM LAJOIE K1BRM)

    **

    KICKER: TOWERING MEMORIES STILL STAND TALL

    PAUL/ANCHOR: We end this week's report with the story of a father, a
    son and the legacy of a 100-foot tower. Here's Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    ANDY: In the eyes of his son and so many others Lawrence Gasch, W3SFY,
    was a towering figure. Before becoming a Silent Key 22 years ago, he
    carved out a reputation as a pioneer in the field. He perfected his
    craft of tower-building at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.,
    where he worked for the Search Radar Division. He was an antenna
    specialist. He fabricated antennas for the Vanguard satellite mission
    in 1959 and later, the Gemini 9 space capsule carried one of his
    antennas. An active ham in emergencies, he assisted with
    communications during the Great Alaska Earthquake in 1964.

    His passing not only left behind a grieving family and community, but
    a 100-foot tower he'd built on a West Virginia mountaintop in the
    mid-1980s which still stands tall over the trees.

    His son, John, was preparing to take it down recently, acknowledging
    in a Facebook post that the need for it was long gone.

    Apparently, however, the good works of Lawrence Gasch are continuing
    after all. He wrote on Facebook: "Along came a savior - influenced by
    the ghost of my dad, perhaps." [endquote] Morgan Wireless, an internet provider, wants the tower so they can bring high speed internet to
    students living in rural areas, most especially for classes to be held
    during COVID-19.

    "So we're giving the tower to them," John writes, calling it a win-
    win. He adds: "Dad would be proud that his legacy will live on for
    another 20-30 years." It takes more than the passage of time to take
    down a tower - or a reputation - like that of Lawrence Gasch.

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

    (JOHN GASCH)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Ambarish Nag
    Biswas VU2JFA; AMSAT-UK; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; Daryl Stout, WX4QZ;
    David Behar, K7DB; Jim LaJoie, K1BRM; Joel Case, W0CAS; John Gasch;
    Nashua Area Radio Society; News Track Live; Newsday; Ohio Penn DX;
    QRZ.COM; Radio Amateurs of Canada; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate
    Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and
    you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 24 22:27:53 2020
    AN AUTUMN ACTIVITY HAMS WILL 'FALL' FOR

    NEIL/ANCHOR: As sure as the autumnal equinox has arrived in the
    northern hemisphere, the 100 Watts and a Wire "FALLOUT" activity has
    returned too. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, has those details.

    STEPHEN: Here in the United States, while the leaves may be coming
    down from the trees, antennas are still going up. That means fallout
    -- the good kind -- the annual autumn portable operating event hosted
    by the 100 Watts and a Wire podcast. This year it's taking place on
    October 9th, starting at 0000 UTC and concludes on Sunday October 11th
    at 2359 UTC. The exchange is simple: Call sign, state, province, or DX Country, true signal report and your 100 Watts ID number. Sure, you
    can operate from your shack if you'd rather stay indoors, but if you
    operate portable you get the added benefit of testing your equipment
    and your readiness for next year's Field Day.

    There are other extras too: Contacting bonus stations will let you get
    extra points and at the end of the event, submit your totals and be automatically entered into a random drawing for prizes. One of them is
    a complete QRP station. To qualify, stations must have a minimum of 25
    contact points and be in the continental U.S. So get out - and FALL
    out!

    For more details visit the website, 100wattsandawire.com

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

    NEIL/ANCHOR: One hundred Watts and a Wire is also a presence now on
    YouTube, where it has its own channel, featuring videos and
    livestreams. Now you can see the podcast, as well as hear it.

    (100WATTSANDAWIRE)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Dave, M0VDL, is on the air as M0VDL/P, from Lundy
    Island in the Bristol Channel, between September 26th and October 1st,
    on 40 and 20 metres using SSB and FT8. You may possibly find him as
    well on 80 metres. Be listening primarily in the morning and late
    afternoon or evening UK time. QSLs can be sent via eQSL.

    Be listening for members of the Charente DX Group, who will be using
    the call sign TM7R, from RΘ Island off the west coast of France near
    La Rochelle, between September 26th and October 3rd. The hams will be
    on various HF bands using CW, SSB, and the digital modes. QSL via
    ON4ZD, direct, by Bureau, or ClubLog. Operators are being encouraged
    to use Clublog's OQRS as much as possible.

    Jerry, F4HJO, will be active as F4HJO/P from Brehat Island off the
    northern coast of Brittany between October 17 and 24th. Be listening
    on 80/40/20/17 meters where Jerry will be using mainly SSB. QSL to
    F4HJO, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS, which is
    preferred.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: WHEN 40 METERS KIND OF 'GROWS' ON YOU

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Finally, if you've got a favorite operating band -- one
    that kind of "grows" on you -- you might have something in common with
    a weed known as the thale cress. Mike Askins, KE5CXP, explains.

    MIKE: If scoring a good contact on 40 metres leaves you feeling
    energized, consider what it does to the thale cress, an annual weed
    native to Asia, Europe and North Africa. Thale cress apparently LOVES
    40 metres - so much so, in fact, that it gets downright excited in the presence of its radio waves.

    Researchers at Sorbonne University in Paris exposed seedlings of the
    plant to weak doses of RF at 7 MHz and waited. No, they weren't
    standing by for a signal report - or even a QSL card. They just
    watched and paid careful attention, the reported the results in a
    recent issue of New Scientist magazine. Apparently the signal report
    on 40 was pretty good: the radio waves appear to have accelerated the seedlings' growth by altering a biological protein receptor governing
    that function.

    Scientists believe if the findings can be confirmed this phenomenon
    could prove useful in farming as well as medicine.

    So does that make 40 metres the new "magic band?" Perhaps we'll know
    soon enough. Perhaps making better use of that 40m dipole might just
    find you standing a little taller when it's time for Field Day 2021.

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

    (WIA, NEW SCIENTIST)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; CQ
    Magazine; Daryl Stout WX4QZ; David Behar K7DB; Don Field G3XTT;
    Greg Lee KI6GIG; K1USN; Michael Wheeler VK3FUR; the New Scientist;
    Ohio Penn DX; 100WattsandaWire; QRZ.COM; Science Daily;
    shortwaveradio.de; SI9AM; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Steve Thomas
    M1ACB; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Wireless Institute of Australia;
    WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur
    Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington,
    Indiana, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 2 00:39:48 2020
    KICKER: HAM TURNS 103 WITH PARADE OF WELL-WISHERS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: For our final story, we roll out some good wishes -
    really roll them out on four wheels - for a ham who just turned 103.
    Ralph Squillace tells us how his fellow amateurs in North Carolina
    took that celebration literally.

    RALPH: If Oscar Norris W4OXX (W 4 Oh Ex Ex) is feeling lately like
    he's the ham of the century, there's a good reason: Licensed since
    1949, Oscar was treated to a different kind of birthday party when he
    turned 103 on September 25th in the middle of a pandemic.

    According to Tony Jones, N4ATJ, president of the Gaston Radio Club of Gastonia, North Carolina, family members, church members and hams from
    around the state piled into 40 cars and formed a procession past the
    Courtland Terrace Assisted Living Center where Oscar lives. ARRL
    section manager Marv Hoffman, WA4NC, presented Oscar with a plaque
    marking the occasion.

    Meanwhile, the birthday boy got busy doing what hams do best - making
    QSOs worldwide via one of his HTs using EchoLink, which had been set
    up on the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club's W4CQ repeater by Tim
    Richards, KO4AXL (Kay Oh Four A X L). The club was honoring him with a 10-day-long activation of special event station N1O (En 1 Oh) - which
    stands for ham of the century - and hams from North Carolina, South
    Carolina and Florida were calling QRZ.

    One of those hams was Oscar himself -- no surprise there. And, in true birthday fashion, he was the one station worth bonus points. To Tony,
    however, and so many others, Oscar is worth bonus points every day. As
    Tony, the party's organizer, told Newsline: [quote] "He is one of my
    favorite people in the ham radio world and outside the ham radio
    world." [endquote]

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

    (TONY JONES N4ATJ)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL;
    the Associated Press; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; the FCC; the
    Forks Forum; Irish Radio Transmitters Society; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; shortwaveradio.de; Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitting Society; South Dublin Radio Club; Southgate Amateur Radio
    News; space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Telephone Pioneers;
    Tony Jones N4ATJ; WKBT; WTWW Shortwave; and you, our listeners, that's
    all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 9 08:48:47 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for Take (TAH-KAY), JG8NQJ, using the
    call sign JG8NQJ/JD1, from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima group, starting on the 14th of October through to mid-January 2021. He will
    operate in his spare time, mainly on 17 meters, but will also be on 20/15/12/10 and 6 meters using CW and possibly RTTY. Send QSL's to
    JA8CJY, or by the Bureau to JG8NQJ.

    There are also some special events marking the 75th anniversary of the
    United Nations. In Austria, members of the Amateur Radio Contest DX Club
    4U1A, are using the call sign 4U75A, from Vienna until the 31st of
    December. Be listening on 80/40/20 and 15 meters where they will be using
    CW and SSB. Send QSLs to UA3DX via the Bureau or direct.

    In the United States, members of the United Nations Amateur Radio Club, station 4U1UN, is on the air as 4U75UN to celebrate the opening of the
    General Assembly and UN's 75th anniversary. The operation is being done remotely. Send QSLs to HB9BOU. QSL cards for 4U75UN have been ordered.
    Watch for updates on the club's Facebook page.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: WHEN A PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATOR GOES AMATEUR

    JIM/ANCHOR: Finally, in our final story, we hear of one professional communicator who used the pandemic as an opportunity to become....an
    amateur communicator. With that story is Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: On the technology website known as the Pledge Times, the correspondent
    in Spain is known as Reiner Wandler. He is known on the air, however, as
    Echo Alpha 4 Hotel India Hotel. The professional communicator decided
    recently that these pandemic times served as a good opportunity for
    becoming an amateur communicator too.

    In an October 1st article, he wrote on the website: "I used the lockdown
    to work my way through OhmÆs law, through circuits, antenna technology and abbreviations such as CEPT, IARU or VHF. After passing the exam, I am now
    in one of the oldest virtual communities: the three million amateur radio operators worldwide, 31,500 of them in Spain."

    The Pledge Times describes itself as an online publication that reports on
    new discoveries and advances, keeping readers plugged into a world that is constantly in flux and advancing. Of course, as Reiner himself
    acknowledges in his article, not everything is about megabytes and
    megabits. There's always room for some MegaHertz. He writes: "Now I chat without the internet, just like that - over the airwaves."

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

    (PLEDGE TIMES)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Alan Thompson W6WN; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL;
    Bob Ringwald K6YBV; Clay Today; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; the FCC; Hamcation; IARU Region 2; Ohio Penn DX; Phys.Org; the Pledge Times;
    QRZ.COM; the Radio Society of Great Britain; Scouts Australia; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate Amateur Radio News; space.com; Tech Explorist.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; WTAJ; WQOW;
    and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron N8TMW in Charleston, West
    Virginia, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 15 22:52:40 2020
    NETS OF NOTE: ADVANCED CLASS PRESERVATION GROUP NETS

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In our occasional series Nets of Note, we look at how and
    where on the bands amateur radio operators are checking in and what
    they're saying. This week Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, gives us a look at the Advanced Class Preservation Group Nets.

    KEVIN: Hams like Paul Buescher, N8HHG, and Scott Endsley, W5URX, take
    pride in being among the 39,000 radio amateurs who hold an Advanced Class license issued by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC stopped granting these licenses a decade ago, but Advanced Class holders can renew their license indefinitely and many do, celebrating their place in U.S. amateur radio history. Lately, they've even begun meeting up on air in a formal setting known as the Advanced Class Preservation Group Nets. There
    are already more than 100 members. There's plenty of history to celebrate: Advanced is the only remaining license class where holders passed the 13
    wpm Code test -- and the majority of those licensed before 1984 were
    tested at an FCC office, instead of by a volunteer examiner.

    According to Bart Pulverman, WB6WUW, Paul and Scott started the nets two months ago on weekday evenings, providing a place for Advanced class
    members to check in. Membership is free to Advanced Class members only --
    but Extra Class members are also invited to participate. To make things
    even more official, holders of valid Advanced Class licenses receive a
    free personalized certificate that is suitable for framing. For details on membership and the certificate, send an email to n8hhg at aol dot com (n8hhg@aol.com)

    Then, get on the air and join the Nets: they meet on Mondays through
    Fridays at 1700 UTC on 14.213 MHz, plus or minus; Monday, Wednesday and
    Friday at 2200 UTC on 14.213 MHz, plus or minus; and Tuesdays and
    Thursdays at at 2300 UTC on 7.130 MHz, plus or minus.

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

    (BART PULVERMAN WB6WUW)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, listen for Don, K6ZO, who is active as 7Q6M from a
    mission hospital at the Loudon Station in Malawi through the middle of December. He will be using CW and SSB at various times, usually on 20, 40,
    and 80 meters and possibly 160m. At his residence, he will operate FT8.
    You can also listen for him during the CQWW DX SSB Contest on October 24th
    and 25th, and the CQWW DX CW Contest on November 28th and 29th. Send QSLs
    to K6ZO.

    In the Bahamas, Richard, KN4CV, will be using the call sign KN4CV/C6A from Alice Town, Bimini Islands. Listen on the various HF bands. Send QSLs via
    his home callsign.

    Thomas, DL2RMC, is on the air as 9G5FI from Accra, Ghana, where he is
    likely to be through next year. Listen on various HF bands where he will
    be using CW, FT8 and operating through the QO-100 satellite. Send QSLs via DL1RTL, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog and soon LoTW.

    In Guadeloupe, Philippe, F1DUZ, is using the call sign FG4KH from
    October 16th through November 5th. Listen for him on the various HF bands using SSB and FT8. He will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest, Send QSLs
    via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: COOKING UP A COMING-OF-AGE SPECIAL EVENT

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, you know you've come of age as a club, when you've Elmered new hams, made new radio friends, and even activated your first special event station while cooking lunch. Here's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, to
    dish out the savory details.

    SKEETER: It's been little more than a year, but the Bledsoe County Amateur Radio Club has come of age, and already celebrated some milestones. Formed
    in July of 2019, to promote amateur radio in that Tennessee County, the
    club was granted the call sign N4BCT this past summer. It also celebrated
    the return to radio of one member, a formerly licensed ham who is 93 years old. When that ham, Bryan Knight KO4FHG, upgraded this month and got his Amateur Extra license, the club celebrated that milestone too.

    Now the club is cooking up its first special event station - and the
    emphasis is on the cooking. Since the season has brought chilly weather to Tennessee, that also means - chili weather - as in homemade chili, that long-simmering often-spicy stew. The Bledsoe County Amateur Radio Club's
    Chili Cookoff includes the not-so-secret ingredient of a special event
    station with the call sign W4C in honor of the contest. According to
    Andrew Albertson, KN4CTG, club treasurer and trustee, W4C will be on the
    air from October 23rd to the 25th. On the day of the cookoff itself,
    October 24th, a special certificate will be available to anyone working
    the station between 2300 and 0300 UTC. Contacts can be made on Echolink
    Node 17285, Allstar node 52061, or the KF4JPU repeater.

    Radio - and the smell of chili - will both be in the air. Sounds like a
    recipe for success.

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

    (ANDREW ALBERTSON KN4CTG)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; Andrew Albertson, KN4CTG; the
    ARRL; Bart Pulverman, WB6WUW; CQ Magazine; CNN: David Behar, K7DB; the
    FCC; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; the Radio Society of Great Britain; shortwaveradio.de; the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum;
    Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association; Southgate Amateur
    Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you, our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Sat Oct 24 04:17:08 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, members of the Azuay Radio Club, HC5ARC, will be
    operating as HD200C, from Cuenca, Ecuador between the 31st of October and
    the 3rd of November. They are marking the 200th anniversary of the independence of the city of Cuenca. If you make a minimum of three QSOs on different bands or modes, you will be eligible for an award. For details
    visit QRZ.COM.

    Be listening for Ron, VA3RVK, who will be on the air in Canada as XL3T
    between October 24th and November 24th. Ron is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the ending of World War II and the Canadian Liberation. Be listening for him as well as CJ3T on November 28th. QSL for both callsigns
    to VE3AT.

    Jim, W2JHP, is active until November 8th as V31TA from Turneffe Atoll in Belize. He will be on various HF bands using SSB and perhaps some digital modes. He is using 100 watts and a wire in a palm tree. Send QSLs to EA5GL, direct, LoTW or eQSL.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: WHEN 'MORNING TEA' BECOMES A MARATHON

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We end this week's report with the story of one net in
    Australia - and one net controller - who has gone the distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, brings us the final story of this week.

    JASON: Most people who work his station know Bob Hudson as VK2AOR. He's the member of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club who has served on the club's management committee, led "Show & Tell" instructional sessions and has run
    an international net, keeping friendship strong across the oceans. Lately
    Bob has taken on a new unofficial title among members of the New South Wales club. Bob has become a kind of "Marathon Man." Monday October 19th marked
    Day 200 for Bob serving as net control for the Morning Tea Net on the
    Echolink connected VK2RAG 2 meter repeater.

    This net isn't your average ragchew session, by the way. The Morning Tea Net was originally intended for hams to check in on their mates during the toughest times of the COVID pandemic. It eventually went beyond the local scene however, receiving international check-ins from all over, including Germany and Japan most recently. Bob has been there consistently, checking everyone in and making sure everyone else gets a reality check of sorts. That's the kind of marathon a seasoned ham can run without so much as
    breaking a sweat. Congratulations Bob, for helping keep everyone in the running!

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

    (CCARC)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; Central Coast Amateur Radio Club; CQ Magazine; CNN; David Behar, K7DB; the FCC; Gloucester Echo; John DeRycke, W2JLD; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Popular Mechanics; the Radio Society of Great Britain; shortwaveradio.de; the Smithsonian National Air
    and Space Museum; Steven Driver, N9BWT; Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio
    Show; Twitter; WTWW Shortwave; Youngsters on the Air; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington Indiana,
    saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 29 20:49:55 2020
    APRIL 18 2021: NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS DAY??

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Amateur radio operators in the United States may be
    getting their own national holiday, thanks to one Arizona lawmaker. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko has introduced a resolution to declare
    April 18, 2021 as National Amateur Radio Operators Day, recognizing
    ham radio as a means for teaching, for communicating, and for spurring
    the development of new innovations. The congresswoman presented the
    measure just days after attending a virtual event hosted by the Sun
    City Grand Hams based in Surprise, Arizona. The date is timed to
    coincide with the anniversary of the founding of the International
    Amateur Radio Union.

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, Oleh, UR5BCP/KD7WPJ, will be on the air as J8/UR5BCP
    from Saint Vincent Island, between the 21st and 28th of November. Be
    listening on 40-6 meters, where Oleh will be using mainly FT8 with some
    CW and SSB. QSL to KD7WPJ, direct or by the Bureau. He will be using LoTW
    for the Digital QSOs only.

    There's a special event about to begin in European Russia. Members of the Miller-DX-Club will be using the call sign RQ30DX between November 16th
    and 29th to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the
    International MILLER-DX-CLUB. Send QSLs to RQ7L, direct, by the Bureau
    or ClubLog's OQRS.

    Bob, W0YBS, is active as V31CO in Belize until November 13th. Be listening
    on 80-10 meters including 30, 17, and 12 meters, where Bob will be using
    CW, SSB, FT8, and RTTY. Send QSLs to W0YBS and LoTW.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: AMATEUR PLANS MEMORIAL DXPEDITION TO HONOR SON

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: For our final story, we revisit the island of Rotuma,
    where a ham on DXpedition lost his young son late last year. As John
    Williams, VK4JJW, tells us, he's heading back - with an important mission.

    JOHN: The amateur radio community, and the DX world, embraced Tony, 3D2AG,
    in the earliest weeks of this year, as the avid DXer cut short his
    DXpedition following the tragic drowning death there of his young son.

    Even as he was overcome by profound grief, the scientist was also
    overwhelmed by profound gratitude for the support of ham radio radio
    friends around the world.

    The scientist still has unfinished business on Rotuma, however, and is
    planning his return in December. He will activate the island on CW and
    FT8, while visiting his wife's family - and he will take care of his
    most important mission of all: The grieving father will finalize the
    tombstone that will serve as a memorial for 11-year-old Rehanisi. His
    son's body was found in the deep water off the Republic of Fiji on the
    9th of January this year.

    Tony will remain on the island into the middle of January, 2021, and he
    plans to be on the air for what he is calling the "Rehanisi Memorial DXpedition." Rotuma is the 58th most-wanted DXCC entity, according to
    Club Log.

    Tony writes on his QRZ.COM page that he realised after his son's death
    how many friends he truly has around the world. He told Newsline in an
    email that the meaning of his son's name in Rotuman suited him well.
    Rehanisi means "love" or "compassion." Tony told Newsline: [quote] "It
    is fitting for the most kind personality that my son had, and which we
    miss so much now. We were blessed to have him with us for eleven years." [endquote] The ham radio world still shares his grief.

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

    (QRZ.COM, OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; David
    Behar, K7DB; the FCC; FoxNews31; Geratol.net; the GoodNews Network; Jenni Jones, M0HZT; NBC Channel; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; shortwaveradio.de;
    Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Twitter; Vice Netherlands; WTWW Shortwave; Zachary Manganello, K1ZK; and you our
    listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio,
    saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 5 22:22:35 2020
    NEW LIST RELEASED OF MOST WANTED DXCC

    NEIL/ANCHOR: This is the list so many hams wait to see. It's the most
    wanted DXCC list and a new one was just released by ClubLog. The top five
    are, starting with top most-wanted: North Korea, Bouvet Island, Crozet
    Island, Scarborough Reef and fifth is San Felix Islands. For the rest of
    the list - and it's a long one - visit clublog.org.

    (CLUBLOG)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for Larry, G4HLN, using the call sign
    GB4CKS, until November 14th. He is operating CW and some SSB on 40 to 10 metres marking the 85th anniversary of the death of Australian record-
    setting aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. The aviator disappeared on November 8th 1935 off the coast of what was then known as Burma, while
    trying to break the England-to-Australia speed record. Send QSLs to G4HLN, direct or via the bureau.

    Be listening for special event station OZ100MILL, which is on the air until December 15th, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the unification of Southern Jutland with Denmark. Operation is on all the HF bands using CW,
    SSB, RTTY and other digital modes. Send QSLs via the bureau.

    Special event station DK70DARC is active until the end of December, marking the 70th anniversary of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club. Send QSLs to the bureau.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: SOME REAL DX WITH THIS ANTENNA UPGRADE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: So you've swapped your 40 metre dipole out for a nice new beam and you're hoping to score more DX? Well, the folks at NASA can relate to that. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, wraps up this week's newscast with that story.

    GRAHAM: Repairs and upgrades to the Deep Space Station 43 dish in Canberra Australia had kept it off the air since last March. That's significant
    because it's the only dish in the world that can send commands to the
    Voyager 2 probe. Well, NASA reports that an upgrade to the dish allowed it
    to finally make contact with the probe again on October 29th. It was the
    first successful transmission since March.

    It's not that the mission team had lost contact entirely: Data and status updates could still be received from the probe. But with the dish out of commission these past few months, there was no way to successfully transmit
    to the craft some 116 billion miles away. No antennas anywhere else on
    Earth can do what the powerful dish in the Southern Hemisphere could. According to NASA's website, the dish is expected to return to full service
    by February 2021.

    So, if lately, you're confounded by your own antenna projects, be glad
    you're not trying for a rare DX in Deep Space. Those kinds of upgrades are best left, perhaps, to the professionals.

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

    (NASA, ENGADGET)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; Bendigo Amateur Radio
    and Electronics Group; BNAmericas; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; EIRSAT-1; EnGadget; FCC; Flying Pigs QRP Club; NASA; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; shortwaveradio.de; SOTA Reflector; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted
    Randall's QSO Radio Show; Tokyo Hamfest; Wireless Institute of Australia;
    WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org.

    More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington Indiana,
    saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Nov 13 09:00:25 2020
    HONORS FOR QRP PERFORMERS AND ONE 'HOMEBREW HERO'

    JIM/ANCHOR: Congratulations to the top performers in the recent Fox-Mike-
    Hotel Portable Operations Challenge. Results have been published and Grand Champion has been identified as Magnus Samuelson, SA0AQT, in Sweden. The amateur who made the single contact over the most kilometres for watts used was Jack Haefner, NG2E, in the state of Virginia. The contest was held in early October.

    Separately, we congratulate the newest winner of the Homebrew Heroes Award,
    an honor given by the Fox Mike Hotel website, with support from the ICQ Podcast. This year's award goes to George Thomas, W5JDX, who many listeners may know for his appearances on HamNation, and as the host of
    AmateurLogic.tv Homebrew Heroes recognizes efforts by those whose homebrew constructions help define the frontiers in amateur radio technology.

    Well done, everyone!

    (Frank Howell K4FMH)

    **

    KICKER: A HAM RADIO SISTERHOOD THAT ENDURES

    JIM/ANCHOR: We end this week's newscast with a history lesson, a short one, but an important one. Let Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, share it with us.

    RALPH: November 22nd marks the anniversary of the death of the woman
    believed to be one of the first licensed American YLs. Her name was
    Genevieve Josephine Emerson, or at least that was her name when, as a young girl in Oakland, California, she achieved a perfect score on her radio operator's exam and was issued the call sign 6APL. Genevieve, later known as Genevieve Josephine Emerson Stohler, was part of a small but important collective of female radio operators in the early 20th century, including Gladys Kathleen Parkin, callsign 6SO. Gladys, who lived in San Rafael, California, was celebrated in 1916 for being the youngest female to pass the radio license test.

    The legacy of Gladys, who lived to be 89 and Genevieve, who was 93 when she died on November 22nd, 2002, is worth noting. Today women are on the air everywhere, and can be found in groups like ALARA in Australia, CLARA in Canada, and the YLRL in the United States. The recent Day of the YLs
    memorial contest held earlier this month around the world is a tribute to their enduring friendship and sisterhood.

    It is a sisterhood that finds its roots with people like Genevieve and
    Gladys a century ago.

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

    (SFGATE, ELK GROVE FLORIN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, THE MARY SUE)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Angelo Giuffre, VK2NWT; the ARRL; Clay Today Online; CNET; CQ Magazine; CNN: David Behar, K7DB; DX-World; the Elk Grove Florin Amateur Radio Club; the FCC; Frank Howell, K4FMH; the Mary Sue; Northeast Now; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; the Radio Society of Great Britain;
    the Saipan Tribune; SFGate; shortwaveradio.de; the Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Times of Israel; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all
    from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West
    Virginia, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 19 23:39:06 2020
    KICKER: WHEN A SPECIAL CALLSIGN COMES A-CALLING

    DON/ANCHOR: Finally, do you believe in coincidence? Well this week's
    final story - about two YLs in Oregon, and one special callsign - might
    leave you wondering. Here's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    KENT: Marjory Ramey and Hannah Rosenfeld are separated by seven decades
    but united by four letters and a number: W7HER. That became Hannah's
    vanity call this summer after the Oregon college student, who belongs to
    a family of hams, passed her Extra Class exam, encouraged by her father
    Scott, N7JI.

    Scott N7JI wrote on QRZ.COM that [quote] "It's obviously an ideal call
    sign for a YL."

    No doubt Marjory Ramey would agree. Now 95 years old, she was known as
    Marjory Allingham in 1939 when the callsign was hers. Like Hannah,
    Marjory was also part of a ham family - her father William held the
    callsign W7KY, and her mother, Lucille, was W7FXE.

    Scott unearthed all this during a dig in the online archive of Radio
    Amateur Callbooks to learn more about his daughter's new callsign. He
    later discovered Marjory's house was just a mile away right in their
    hometown. Marjory, who is no longer active in amateur radio, was still
    happy to have an eyeball QSO with the current holder of the callsign --
    and in September they met. Marjory gave Hannah some advice about the University of Oregon, which Hannah now attends -- and which is Marjory's
    alma mater.

    Though no QSL cards will be sent from that eyeball QSO, Scott and Hannah assured Marjory that W7HER will be checking in with her from campus every
    now and again.

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

    (QRZ.COM)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Brittanica; Chuck Poch,
    K0ITP; CNN; CQ Magazine; Datta, VU2DSI; David Behar, K7DB; NASA; New
    York Times; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Radio Society of Great Britain;
    RebelDX Group; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted
    Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Times-Call newspaper; VK4DX website;
    Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners,
    that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in Picayune,
    Mississippi, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 26 22:02:14 2020
    2 NEW CANADIAN AMATEUR RADIO HALL OF FAMERS

    ANCHOR/PAUL: There are two new names listed among amateurs in the
    Candian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more
    details:

    JEREMY: Congratulations to the two newest inductees into the Canadian
    Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Radio Amateurs of Canada and the Hall of
    Fame trustees have recognised Maurice-André Vigneault, VE3VIG, and Doug
    Leach, VE3XK, now a Silent Key, for their contributions. Maurice-André,
    who is the author of more than 200 published articles on amateur radio,
    is also the former manager of amateur radio station VE3JW at the Canada
    Museum of Science and Technology. He has been Canada's delegate to AMSAT
    and to the ARISS Working Group and a member of the ARISS School
    Selection Committee for Canada and Latin America. A busy Elmer, he also responded to the North American ice storm of 1998 as a volunteer radio operator.

    Doug Leach, VE3XK, became a Silent Key on January 15th of this year. He
    is being recognised as a driving force behind the RAC's creation and he
    served it as an acting president, a first vice-president as well as a
    director of its Ontario North Region. Programs he initiated, such as the
    RAC Affiliated Club Program; the RAC Foundation; and the RAC Audio-
    Visual Program amongst others, have become mainstays of the RAC.

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

    (RAC)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, the Market Reef DX Association, OH9A, will be
    marking the holiday season in Finland with activity on all bands and
    modes as OG1XMAS between the 29th of November and the 26th of December.
    QSL via LoTW and Club Log.

    In Belgium, members of Club Radio Durnal, ON4CRD, are active as OP19MSF
    until December 13th, to focus on the work of Medics Sans Frontier [Pron:
    Medix sawnz fronteer], or Doctors Without Borders, for its active role
    during the pandemic. QSL via the bureau or direct.

    In Sweden, Lars, SM3EAE, and Goran, SM5SIC, will participate in the CQ
    WW DX CW Contest as SI9AM. QSL via SM3FJF, direct or bureau. Please note
    that this will be the last activity from the King Chulalongkorn (Chew- La-Long-Korn) Memorial Amateur Radio Society Visitor's station which
    closes on December 1st.

    Be listening for special call signs from Poland, including 3Z20ARISS,
    HF20ISS and HF7ISS, until December 21st. Hams there have been on the
    air, marking the 20th anniversary of continuous operation of the Amateur
    Radio on the International Space Station. For QSL details, see QRZ for individual call signs.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: TIS THE SEASON TO TALK TO SANTA

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Here in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday has just ushered
    in the holiday season. In some amateur radio households, however, the
    season doesn't arrive until Santa gets on the air. We close this week's
    report with.....well, listen and you'll find out:

    SANTA: Ho Ho Ho! Well, boys and girls, my how times have flown!
    It's time again for the Santa Watch Net. That's right. Old Santa is
    gonna be making his rounds and can you believe it for the TENTH YEAR in
    a row, the gang at the DoDropIn will be watching the radar. Join the
    Santa Watch Net starting at 1800 ET on Christmas Eve.

    Ho Ho, well my little elf Dave, N3NTV, he's a busy fellow so he is
    taking the year off, but his little buddy John, W2JLD, he'll be sitting
    in the BIG CHAIR, and keeping track of Santa's location.

    And just like last year, and EVERY YEAR, Santa will have a radio in his sleigh, and yeah, he might even chat with the kids again. So, bring all
    the little ones and get 'em checked in. Third party traffic is always on
    the nice list.

    Once again it's the Santa Watch Net, Christmas Eve 1800 ET on the
    DoDropIn Echolink conference server node 355800.

    Merry Christmas from me, Old Santa, and all my elves at the DoDropIn.

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; Central Coast
    Amateur Radio Club; Chris Perry, KY4CKP; CQ Magazine; David Behar,
    K7DB; Facebook; Jim Emmert, WB0URW; High Appalachian Mountain Amateur
    Radio Society; Israel Amateur Radio Club; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Radio
    Society of Great Britain; Radio Amateurs of Canada; shortwaveradio.de;
    Ralph Rognstad Jr. W4RRJ; Shortwave Listening Post; the SOTA Reflector; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; West Bengal
    Radio Club; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the
    Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 3 19:15:09 2020
    U.S. POST OFFICE SUSPENDS ACCEPTING SOME INT'L MAIL

    JIM/ANCHOR: Bagged some big DX? Well if you're in the U.S., don't run
    to the mailbox with those QSL cards just yet. Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
    tells us why.

    STEPHEN: If you're a busy DXer in the United States, and you're writing
    a stack of QSL cards, you may want to slow down a bit on some of them.
    The U.S. Postal Service has suspended international mail acceptance for certain destinations.

    Service to Panama, Libya, Madagascar, and Turkmenistan, has been halted
    as a result of foreign postal operator service shutdown. In other
    locations, including Brunei, Angola, Cuba, Sierra Leone, French Guiana, Maritius, Yemen, Guadeloupe and South Sudan service is suspended
    temporarily as a result of transportation not being available. This is
    not a complete list, so please visit the U.S. Postal Service website
    whose URL appears in the print version of this newscast's script for a
    full list and any updates. Until then, postal officials ask that items addressed to these countries not be mailed.

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

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

    **

    HONORING RADIO'S FIRST VOICE TRANSMISSION

    JIM/ANCHOR: If you prefer your mic to a straight key or some other
    device in your shack, you owe it to inventor Reginald Fessenden to work
    this next special event, which celebrates the human voice. Kevin
    Trotman, N5PRE, lends his voice to this report.

    KEVIN: When special event station W4F gets on the air later this month,
    you can expect to hear operators calling QRZ from their home stations
    on all bands and in all modes - but if you can hear them on AM, that's especially significant. The Vienna Wireless Society in Virginia is
    operating in honor of Reginald Fessenden whose experiments in wireless telegraphy in the early 20th century led to his development of a way to transmit the human voice by modulating the radio wave's amplitude into
    the shape of a sound wave. That's the very principle behind AM.

    On December 23rd, 1900, the inventor used this technique to transmit a
    brief voice message between two stations about a mile apart on Cobb
    Island in the Potomac River in Maryland. Club member Bill Mims, W2WCM,
    said that the location is just south of the club's QTH and the time
    seemed right to mark the 120th anniversary of the transmission. He said
    the idea was inspired by a recent Monday night VHF net in which the net control Nancy, N1GFV, posed a question about the first wireless voice transmission. The idea grew from there.

    Station W4F will be on the air between the 18th and 24th of December.
    There will be a special QSL card for all confirmed contacts.

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

    (BILL MIMS W2WCM)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for Alexey, RX6A, who will be in
    Antarctica and will be on the air as RX6A/MM from December 7th to the
    25th and as RI01ANT from December 25, 2020 to May 30, 2021. Alexey will
    be using CW and FT8 on 40-15m, with 50 watts. For QSL information visit QRZ.COM.

    The Bima DXpedition Team is active as 7C9B from the Indonesian island
    of Sumbawa until the 10th of December. Listen for team members on 10m
    to 160m using SSB and FT8. Send QSLs to DL3KZA.

    (DX-WORLD.NET)

    **

    KICKER: HAM RADIO SAVES THE BACON (AND OTHER GROCERIES)

    JIM/ANCHOR: We wrap up this week's newscast with this very personal
    story of how ham radio recently saved the bacon - along with some other groceries - for one of our own Newsline team members. It happened to
    her when she arrived at her local store to pick up the order she had
    placed in advance. Unfortunately, when she arrived she discovered she'd
    left her cellphone at home, and couldn't call to say she was parked
    outside and ready for delivery. So Amanda Alden, K1DDN, reached for her
    mobile radio, and did what hams do best:

    [INSERT 3 SECOND PLEA FOR HELP AUDIO]

    AMANDA: Robert, KF0BVR, whose QTH is 35 minutes away, responded to my
    distress call. The freshness of our fruits and vegetables was at stake.
    Oh, and even our steak was at stake.

    [INSERT 5 SECOND ANSWER AUDIO]

    AMANDA: Robert phoned the grocery store, and got us checked in, so they
    could bring the groceries out to the car.

    [INSERT 2 SECOND "YOU'RE CHECKED IN" AUDIO]
    [INSERT 3 SECOND THANK YOU AUDIO]

    AMANDA: When all else fails - including your own memory to carry your cellphone - there's always ham radio.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, with a happy and full refrigerator, I'm
    Amanda Alden, K1DDN.

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Andy Meyer, N2FYE; the ARRL; Bill
    Mims, W2WCM; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; DX World Net; the
    Guardian; Israel Amateur Radio Club; NobelPrize.Org; NPR; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.COM; Radio Society of Great Britain; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate
    Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and
    you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West Virginia, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 11 08:30:57 2020
    KICKER: MEET NEWSLINE'S INTERNATIONAL NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Last week we announced that Newsline's International
    Newsmaker of the Year Award has been given to the Get on the Air to
    Care campaign, conceived of by Paul Devlin, G1SMP, who partnered with
    the UK National Health Service and the Radio Society of Great Britain.
    This week we'd like you to hear Paul himself explain the genesis and
    purpose of this award-winning project. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: If Paul Devlin, G1SMP, had his way, the world would be a healthier
    place, emotionally and physically. That was in fact his stated goal in
    2018 when he told the UK regulator Ofcom and his bosses at the NHS
    that he believed a ham radio station at the NHS could be the voice of
    global well-being especially to people in remote areas. Paul told
    them:

    PAUL: It will be the only government-level ham radio station in the UK
    and we will use it for health and well-being -- and when we promote
    global health and well-being initiatives we will reach people who are
    off the grid using amateur radio.

    ED: With amateur station GB1NHS getting on the air, and carrying its
    message two years before the world knew of COVID, the arrival of the
    2020 pandemic brought a new role for GB1NHS - and indeed hams
    everywhere:

    PAUL: I had an idea for a weekend project and my weekend project was
    called "On the Air to Care." I wanted to encourage just a handful of
    people where I lived really to dust their radios off and plug them in,
    fire them up and talk to a few people. I just thought "maybe Friday
    Saturday and Sunday." What I did, I went to the RSGB and asked Steve
    who is the general manager of the Society and Heather who is the communications manager, to just give me a little bit of support, give
    me maybe a little bit of PR around it to get people involved. Anyway,
    48 hours later "On the Air to Care, Weekend Project" became "Get On
    the Air 2 Care," a global phenomenon.

    ED: The Radio Society of Great Britain spread the word and in a bold
    move, Paul even got the BBC's director-general to embrace it. Radio
    eased the social isolation of lockdown and quarantine, and a wave of
    new candidates signed up for licence exams. Paul believes the world's
    oldest and most inclusive form of social media will continue to stay
    front and center even after the age of COVID because it brings us
    together, no matter who we are.

    PAUL: Amateur radio is the ultimate leveler. It sees no boundaries it
    is not discriminatory, it is not into ethnicity, into religion, it is
    into this commonality for love of radio communications and nothing
    else comes close to it. Nothing.

    ED: Congratulations again, Paul, and to your team for global community
    service in these pandemic times. Good luck going forward. For Amateur
    Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Australian Communications and Media Authority;
    Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB;
    Grimeton World Heritage Foundation; Mark Kleine, N5HZR; the News
    Gazette; QRZ.COM; Radio Society of Great Britain; SemiMedia; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Strata-Gee.com; Ted
    Randall's QSO Radio Show; WCIA; W5NOR.ORG; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 18 08:16:07 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for Tom, DL7BO, using the call sign 5T7-
    Oh-Oh (5T7OO) from Mauritania until the 20th of December. You can find him
    on 40 through 10 metres and possibly 160 and 80 metres using CW, SSB, RTTY,
    and FT8. Send QSLs to DJ6TF, direct or by the Bureau. The log will be
    uploaded to LoTW and possibly ClubLog later.

    Be listening for the special call sign HZ18SAT, through the 27th of
    December. The Saudi Amateur Radio Society is marking the 18th anniversary
    of the launch of the Saudi satellite 1C SO-50. QSOs will be on the
    satellite SO-50 only, using 145.800 MHz for uplink and 436.795 MHz for downlink. For more details, see QRZ.com.

    In Sweden, members of the Kristianstad Radioamateur Club (SK7BQ) are
    getting ready for the new year with an activation of special event station 7S60BW throughout 2021. This will be to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their radio club. QSL via SM7BHM.

    Be listening for special event station HF2021HY in Poland, from December
    19th to January 10th to celebrate the New Year. Members of the "Enigma"
    club SP2PBM will be operating. Send QSLs to SP2PBM by the bureau, Clublog's OQRS, or via LoTW.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HAM RADIO STYLE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We end this newscast with a Newsline holiday tradition - a ham log instead of a yule log. We again offer this much-loved adaptation of the Clement Clarke Moore classic, as read by Jim Damron, N8TMW.

    JIM:

    Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the shack,
    The rig was turned off and the mic cord lay slack.

    The antenna rotor had made its last turn, the tubes in the linear
    had long ceased to burn.

    I sat there relaxing and took off my specs, preparing to daydream of
    Armchair DX

    When suddenly outside I heard such a sound, I dashed out the door to
    see what was around.

    The moon shone down brightly and lighted the night. For sure
    propagation for the low bands was right.

    I peered toward the roof where I heard all the racket, and there was
    some guy in a red, fur-trimmed jacket!

    I stood there perplexed in a manner quite giddy: Just who WAS this
    stranger? di di dah dah di dit?

    He looked very much like an FCC guy who'd come to check up on some
    bad TVI.

    I shouted to him: "Old man...QR-Zed?"
    "Hey you by the chimney all dressed up in red!"

    I suddenly knew when I heard sleigh bells jingle.
    The guy on the rooftop was Jolly Kris Kringle

    He had a big sack full of amateur gear which was a big load
    for his prancing reindeer.

    Transmitters, receivers, for cabinets and racks
    Some meters and scopes and a lot of coax.

    He said not a word 'cause he'd finished his work.
    He picked up his sack, and he turned with a jerk.

    As he leaped to his sleigh, he shouted with glee
    And I knew in a moment, he'd be QRT.

    I heard him transmit as he flew o'er the trees
    "Merry Christmas to all, and to all seventy-three."

    "Ho Ho Ho"

    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.

    (AUTHOR UNKNOWN)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT-UK; the ARRL; CNN; Contest University; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; the G-QRP Club; Ham Radio University; the New York Times; New Zealand Gazette; Ohio Penn DX
    newsletter; the Radio Society of Great Britain; Science magazine; Science Alert; Southgate; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Winter Field Day
    Association; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington,
    Indiana, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Dec 25 12:45:34 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for Alex, 5B4ALX, active as C4XMAS in
    Cyprus until December 31st to celebrate the Christmas season. Listen on
    160-6 meters where Alex will be using CW, SSB and the digital modes.
    QSL via IZ4AMS, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog.

    Listen for the special event call sign CN1M until the 31st of December.
    This is an expedition in the southern part of Morocco. Send QSL cards
    to RW6HS direct.

    In Ukraine, members of the "7-DX-Club" are activating a special event
    with the call sign EN50WZA between January 1st and 31st. They are
    marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of their club. Send QSLs
    to UT7WZA.

    We also report the news that noted DXPeditioner Franz Berndt, DL9GFB,
    has become a Silent Key. Franz was a member most recently of the Z66DX
    team in Kosovo, but had also been in the Marshall Islands in 2015 with
    the V73D Dxpedition and in Samoa in 2013 with 5W0M -- among many
    others. He was part of the team VU7RG named "DXpedition of the Year
    2006/2007" by the Southwest Ohio DX Association in 2007. A notice
    posted on Facebook said he died following a stroke at the age of 68.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: IN AUSTRALIA, THE ULTIMATE DX?

    SKEETER: We finish this newscast by celebrating another kind of DX, the ultimate DX. How about a contact from a star near the sun? Graham Kemp,
    VK4BB, gives us that signal report.

    GRAHAM: Astronomers in Australia are calling the mysterious radio
    signal they heard BLC-1. It's their way of describing the narrowband
    emission they detected in the spring of 2019 coming from the direction
    of Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star closest to our sun.

    The unexplained signal was picked up by the Parkes telescope in New
    South Wales, Australia and later analysed remotely at Penn State
    University in the United States. The findings were posted this month on
    the National Geographic website.

    Was this a type of special event station from an alien life form? Well,
    the listeners who received the signal are naturally hoping so, since
    one of the two planets orbiting Proxima Centauri appears to have a
    temperate climate like our Earth. The scientists who received this
    signal are known as Breakthrough Listen and their 10-year search
    focuses on extraterrestrials on the air.

    While that narrowband reception in Australia gave them some hope - at
    least initially - experts have advised the researchers that there is
    more likely a rather ordinary, terrestrial explanation since the signal
    is more akin to what is produced by our very earthbound Wi-Fi, GPS and
    cell towers. They have also yet to receive that signal again.

    Looks like that certificate for Worked All Stars may have to wait.

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

    (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to AFP news service; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT-UK; the
    ARRL; the BBC; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; the EI7GL blog;
    Facebook; The FCC; IARU Region 1; National Geographic; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; the Radio Society of Great Britain; Science magazine;
    Science Alert; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate; the SOTA Reflector;
    Space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Nashville,
    Tennessee, saying 73, and as always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 31 19:49:35 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, hams in Poland and in England are running special
    event stations to welcome the new year. Until January 10th, listen for HF2021HNY from Poland. QSL direct or via Clublog or if using the
    Bureau, QSL via SP2PBM. In England, Paul, M0XZT, will activate the
    special New Years station with the call sign GB0NY. He will be on the
    air through January 7th a few hours a day on 160-10m, 2m/70cm and 4m,
    using SSB, FT8/FT4, SSTV, FM, D-STAR, DMR and C4FM modes. QSL only
    using eQSL. He will upload logs after January 7th.

    In Slovenia, members of the Radio Club Elektron Brezice (BRAY-zuh-chuh)
    will be using the special event call sign S520SAFE until January 31st
    to promote the campaign of "Be Safe, Stay Safe," emphasizing a safe
    lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic. QSL cards via eQSL and LotW. If sending direct via S56IPS including a self-addressed envelope and $3 in
    US currency. Bureau cards will not be accepted.

    Hams in Japan are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Niiza City with
    special event station 8N1IZA until March 31st. No QSL requests are
    needed! All QSLs will be sent automatically via the Bureau.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: PARADE OF A LIFETIME HONORS NY AMATEUR

    PAUL/ANCHOR: As hams we know that there are many things that can get in
    the way of making a good contact: poor propagation, the wrong antenna,
    bad SWR - or just too much distance. In Rochester, New York, however,
    nothing stopped one contact from happening after more than a year of
    planning. Randy Sly, W4XJ, tells us about it in this week's final
    story.

    RANDY: A lifetime achievement award comes along, literally, once in a lifetime. In the hearts of the Rochester DX Association and the
    Rochester VHF Group, Irv Goodman, AF2K, was ready for his. Now well
    into his 80s, Irv's more than 50 years of radio service has included
    providing hospitality at Hamvention, taking overnight shifts at Field
    Day, being part of the local Breakfast Club net and being one of the contesters in the annual New York QSO Party.

    Chris Shalvoy, K2CS, president of the Rochester DX group, told Newsline
    that Irv was to have received his lifetime achievement plaque from the
    two groups at their annual banquet this year, but COVID restrictions
    cancelled it. There was also a challenge in getting the plaque made
    after the original company shut its doors because of the pandemic.
    Meanwhile, Irv himself had relocated recently to a care facility. He'd
    had a stroke some years ago while helping raise a tower.

    Despite a snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures, conditions were right
    for a good contact on December 20th. A parade of 32 cars set off with
    more than 50 hams aboard to pay tribute from a distance. The award was
    handed off and given to Irv by a ham who works inside the care
    facility.

    Still, this wasn't going to be a one-way contact for this veteran radio operator. Irv was handed an HT and gave thanks to his friends the best
    way he knows how: by getting on the air.

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

    (CHRIS SHALVOY K2CS)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Amazon; the ARRL; Chris Shalvoy,
    K2CS; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; Facebook; Hideo Kambayashi,
    JH3XCU; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; the Radio Society of Great Britain;
    South African Radio League; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate; the SOTA
    Reflector; Space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Verge; WTWW
    Shortwave; Youngsters on the Air; and you our listeners, that's all
    from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73, and happy New Year to you all. As always, we thank
    you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 8 00:45:09 2021
    WHEN THE DX FINDS THE DXer IN FINLAND

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There are many of us who like to go off in search of
    some good DX - but what happens when the DX unexpectedly finds YOU? Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us.

    ED: As she gave her "good morning" greetings to local listeners from her
    radio studio in Canada's Yukon territory, CBC program host Elyn (ELLEN)
    Jones recently gained a new fan. It was Jorma (YORMA) Mäntylä (MON-too-
    lah), who was listening on 560 kHz, the station's AM frequency, from his
    home 7,000 km away in Finland. He was somewhat surprised to hear the programme, "Yukon Morning," as it arrived last fall via the long wire
    antenna he'd directed toward North America. Jorma is no stranger to DX
    though. He's been at it since getting his amateur radio licence in 1967,
    with some of his proudest DX contacts being New Zealand, Israel and
    Japan.

    Still, he believed some kind of special QSL card was in order, so he
    emailed the CBC and attached an mp3 file of what he'd heard. It was a multimedia e-qsl card of sorts. The file revealed a signal of varying
    quality but it was still a valid contact. "Yukon Morning" is one of many
    CBC radio shows that are available via streaming and on demand but I'm
    sure Jorma would tell you RF is best!

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

    (SOUTHGATE, CBC)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Hams are honoring the work of Lions Clubs
    International with special event tation GB4BLC in England. Members of
    the Bedworth Lions Club and operators from the Coventry Amateur Radio
    Society will be operating through January 28th on most of the HF bands.
    The operation will include the digital modes. There will be no QSL
    cards.

    Another special event station is operating from Poland. Members of the
    SEDINA Contest Club will activate the special event station SQ0MORSE
    through April 30th, marking the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel
    F.B. Morse. Operations will be on various HF bands. Send QSLs to SP1EG,
    direct or by the Bureau.

    (OHIO PENN DX, QRZ)

    **

    KICKER: FOR HUNTING DECOY MARKETER, THE COST OF RFI IS DEAR

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our final story is about an FCC action against a company
    it has charged with radio interference. The government agency, it seems,
    is making some noises involving - of all things - animal noises. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, has more.

    KENT: Can the grunt or snort or a bleat of a deer be considered QRM?
    Probably not, but instructions being transmitted wirelessly, directing a hunting decoy to utter those noises is quite another matter. The FCC and
    a US company called Primos have entered into a consent decree over its product, the Waggin' Whitetail Electronic Deer Tail Decoy, for what the
    FCC has called noncompliance with Part 15 of its rules. The FCC believes
    the decoy's remote, which users report has a transmission range of
    between 40 and 60 yards, exceeds authorized field strength emissions
    limits and could interfere with nearby electronics. According to the
    FCC, the company acknowledged that it had marketed six such models that
    exceed those limits.

    Primos has agreed to embark on a plan for compliance and has begun a
    voluntary recall.

    The company will also pay a civil penalty that could be considered somewhat.....dear: $55,000.

    Primos noted that it had received no complaints of interference
    occurring with any other devices. As for interference complaints from
    any of the local wildlife -- no bucks or does were available to grunt,
    snort, bleat or otherwise comment for this report.

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

    (FCC, PRIMOS)

    **

    Newsline closes this week by congratulating Richard, G4TUT, on the 50th edition of the CQ Serenade program, which carries Amateur Radio Newsline weekly on the shortwave dot de transmitters in northern Europe.

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Andy Meyer, N2FYE;
    ARRL; the BBC; the CBC; Clean Technica; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; Facebook; the FCC; John Bignell, VE1JMB; Ohio Penn DX newsletter;
    Popular Mechanics; Primos; Radio Amateurs of Canada; the Radio Society
    of Great Britain; Southgate; Space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show;
    the US Air Force; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from
    the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73, and happy New Year to you all. As always, we thank you
    for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 15 08:07:09 2021
    FANS OF RADIO'S FIRST VOICE MODE PREP FOR AM RALLY

    JIM/ANCHOR: Amplitude Modulation, or AM, was the first voice mode over
    radio. It has three parts - a carrier, an upper sideband, and a lower
    sideband - and in just two weeks, it will be gaining a fourth part:
    The AM Rally. This is an annual event designed to encourage AM
    activity for newcomers as well as longtime fans who may be firing up
    their vacuum tube rigs to make contacts.

    This year's event will be held from 0000Z on Saturday, February 6th to
    0700Z Monday February 8th - or for those in the United States, 7 p.m.
    Eastern Time on Friday February 5th to 2 a.m. Eastern time Monday
    February 8th. Organizers said YLs in particular are invited to return,
    based on the success of last year's "Ladies' Night" feature. All types
    of radios are permitted, from modified military and broadcast
    equipment to homebrew and those commercially manufactured.

    For additional details, and to find operating and logging guidance,
    visit the website amrally dot com (amrally.com)

    (CLARK BURGARD N1BCG)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, AMSAT Argentina, LU7AA, will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the LUSAT satellite (LO-19) between January 16th and
    24th. Be listening on the HF bands on SSB, CW and the digital modes.
    A special certificate is available. Visit QRZ.COM for additional
    details.

    In Israel, listen for 4X0RMN to be operating from the Ramon Crater,
    Israel's largest national park, in the Negev desert between the 30th
    of January and the 1st of February. Send QSLs to 4X6ZM, LoTW and eQSL.
    A certificate will be available for working three out of the four
    special stations that are operating as part of the ongoing Land of
    Craters Program that kicked off last year. For more details, visit
    QRZ.COM.

    Be listening for Bo, OZ1DJJ, operating in his spare time as OX3LX from Tasiilaq (TAZZY-Uh-LACK) Island in Greenland through the 30th of
    January. Send QSLs to LoTW, Club Log's OQRS or direct to OZ0J.

    **

    KICKER: GOT A MINUTE? ER, 59 SECONDS?

    JIM/ANCHOR: Got a minute? Or maybe a millisecond less? It's time for
    Graham Kemp, VK4BB, and our final story of the week.

    GRAHAM: Things might just get a little challenging for UTC -
    Coordinated Universal Time, that is - the time-keeping system so
    familiar to us hams who pursue precision in our DX contacts or use
    some of the newer digital modes. As reported on the UK news website,
    The Telegraph, scientists are now suggesting that the world's atomic
    clocks, which control UTC, shorten the minute so that UTC can better
    keep pace with the irregular rate of the Earth's rotation, which most
    people measure using the less precise method known as "solar time."

    Let's face it, it's hard to stay in sync. When the Earth's rotation
    was seen to be slowing, scientists added something called a "leap
    second" to the end of a particular year. They've done this 27 times
    since 1972 to keep atomic clocks and UTC sympatico with solar time.
    Scientists believe Earth's 24-hour rotation has grown swifter now,
    making the days ever-so-slightly shorter. They also believe 2021 could
    well be the shortest year we've had in many decades. They say this
    will ultimately have an impact on navigation systems and satellite communications and anything else that requires precision in cosmic timekeeping.

    This very subject is up for discussion at the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023 which is at least two years - and many, many, many,
    many seconds away.

    Now that's a thought that could probably make our own heads spin a lot
    faster too.

    Having the time of my life with that report for Amateur Radio
    Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    (NTIA, BUSINESS INSIDER, TELEGRAPH)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT-EA; the ARRL; Business
    Insider; Clark Burgard N1BCG; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB;
    Hamvention; EOS.org; the NTIA; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; Orlando
    HamCation; QRZ.com; QSO Today; the Radio Society of Great Britain;
    Southgate Amateur Radio News; South African Radio League;
    shortwaveradio.de; Southgate; the Telegraph; Ted Randall's QSO Radio
    Show; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you,
    our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston,
    West Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 22 10:09:55 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, Michael, HB9WDF, will be active as 8Q7AO from
    Vilamendhoo (Villa Mend Who) Island between January 25th and February
    7th. Michael will be operating holiday style, and only on the QO-100
    satellite. QSL via the Bureau, eQSL, ClubLog, or LoTW.

    In Antarctica, listen for Felix, DL5XL, operating as DP1POL from the
    German research station "Neumayer III" (NOY-MY-ERR THREE) where he is
    part of the wintering team as an electronics engineer. He will be there
    until mid-March. Listen on various HF bands, using the QO-100 satellite,
    using CW, and the Digital modes. QSL via DL1ZBO, direct, by the Bureau,
    or LoTW.

    Be listening, too, for GU4YDX, operating from Guernsey in the CQ 160-metre
    CW Contest, which is happening from January 29th through the 31st. QSL
    via LoTW, or GU4YDX direct.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: LAST HURRAH FOR 'LAST MAN'

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Finally, we close with an update on the popular American
    TV show "Last Man Standing." When the show wraps up its final day of
    shooting this spring, it's going to be saying farewell ham radio style.
    The prime time show, which became a showcase for amateur radio through
    its main character, Mike Baxter KA0XTT (Kay Ay Zero X TT), is leaving
    the air after nine years -- but not before it first gets ON the air on
    the amateur bands. Executive producer John Amodeo, AA6JA, told Newsline
    that a big farewell special event station is planned for KA6LMS between
    March 14th and March 30th, the last day of the show's production. At
    that point, the mailing address of the Last Man Standing Amateur Radio
    Club will also change to 11684 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 810, Studio City, California, 91604.

    The show grew even more popular, after star Tim Allen made things real
    by getting the callsign KK6OTD. It also featured guest radio operators
    on the set during meal breaks. John told Newsline: "Rather than have it
    slip away silently, we should have one more activation of KA6LMS now."
    With operators from the Great South Bay Amateur Radio club, the K2H
    special event station, and the 12 Days of Christmas, the activation
    will give everyone a last chance to work KA6LMS in an ambitious special
    event. Be listening on CW, SSB, D-STAR, DMR, RTTY, PSK, and FT-8.
    Consider it one last hurrah for "Last Man Standing."

    (JOHN AMODEO AA6JA)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT-UK; Andy Meyer, N2FYE; the ARRL; Australian Communications and Media Authority; Bob Ringwald, K6YBV; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; the FCC; ITV website; John Amodeo, AA6JA;
    the Millennium Post; NoozHawk; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZ.com; the
    Radio Society of Great Britain; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you,
    our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington,
    Indiana, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jan 28 18:58:34 2021
    MARKING 100 YEARS OF NEW ZEALAND HAM RADIO

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Having survived earthquakes and other challenges, one club
    in New Zealand is celebrating its centennial with a special event
    activation. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, clues us in on how to work them.

    JIM: What began in 1921 as the Radio Society of Christchurch is now a
    robust club of enthusiasts known as the Christchurch Amateur Radio Club
    ZL3AC. The club has traveled a long road, displaced by earthquakes in
    2010 and 2011, but is now happily ensconsed in Fendalton. Members are
    marking their 100-year journey by operating as ZL100RSC throughout
    February and offering an informal award to anyone who contacts the
    station on VHF/UHF or HF or through digital voice reflectors, repeaters,
    EME and satellites.

    For the award, hams must contact ZL100RSC, which is worth 25 points. Ten points may also be earned by contacting the club station ZL3AC;
    individual Christchurch club members are worth five points each.
    February 15th is a bonus day. That's the 100th anniversary of the club's
    first meeting and on that day, all points earned are being doubled. For
    more details, visit the QRZ page for ZL100RSC.

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

    (SOUTHGATE)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, be listening for Tom, 9A2AA, is using the special
    event callsign 9A64AA until the end of the year, marking 64 years as a
    ham radio operator. QSL via his home callsign.

    In Bulgaria, George, LZ2VP, is operating special event station LZ190FT
    until the 31st of December, celebrating the 190th birthday of the
    Bulgarian Revolutionary Filip Totyu. Listen for him on the HF bands. QSL
    via LZ2VP.

    Another special event - this one in Peru - will be on the air throughout
    2021, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Peru's independence. There
    are four special event callsigns, each with a single suffix spelling the
    word PERU. Listen for OC200P, OC200E, OC200R, and OC200U. Send QSLs via
    OA4O. (Oh-Ay-Four-Oh).

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: IN SWEDEN, A CENTURY OF WISDOM

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our final story this week is a lesson in surviving
    isolation. Sweden's most senior radio operator learned long ago that
    being a ham means you're never alone - not even in a pandemic. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP, with his story.

    ED: As the oldest active amateur radio operator in Sweden, Tage
    (pronounced: TAW-GUH) Karlsson, SM7ALI, has the wisdom befitting his 101 years.

    Even with the constant companionship of his loyal cat Hubert, Tage
    (TAW-GUH) knows the best way to beat the loneliness of life in a
    desolate forest near Hässleholm is to key the mic and call QRZ. For the
    past year, amateur radio has brought the world to his cottage door while
    the coronavirus pandemic has kept people worlds apart.

    A recent report about him on National Swedish Television described how
    he was a young radio enthusiast who successfully completed his licence
    test after World War II.

    Mats Gunnarsson, SM7BUA, told AR Newsline that Tage (TAW-GUH) has been
    on the air almost non-stop since the sixties. Mats is one of 20 or so
    amateurs who enjoy daily fellowship with Tage (TAW-GUH) each morning
    when they gather on the air.

    As Tage (TAW-GUH) himself said on the TV news report: [quote] "The fun
    is all the friends you get." [endquote] Over the years he has lost the
    exact count of how many friends he has made - but one thing is certain.
    While it took a pandemic for the world to learn what amateur radio can
    do, Tage (TAW-GEH) has been celebrating that gift over much of his 101
    years

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

    (MATS GUNNARSSON SM7BUA, HANS LARSSON)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; David Behar,
    K7DB; the Defense Post; Hans Larsson of Swedish National Television;
    Intrepid DX Group; Irish Radio Transmitters; Mats Gunnarsson, SM7BUA;
    Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QCWA; QRZ.com; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate; Space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show;
    UPI; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; YOTA; and you,
    our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 4 22:34:26 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, listen for the members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio
    Society operating as 9K60NLD throughout the month of February. This is a special event celebrating Kuwait's 60th National Day, which is February
    25th, and Liberation Day, which is February 26th). QSL via 9K2RA.

    In Mozambique, Bruno, CS7AMN, will be using the call sign C91BVA from
    Maputo starting on February 18th. Be listening on 80/40/20/15 and 10
    meters where he will be using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW, by
    the Bureau (via CS7AMN), ClubLog or eQSL.

    In Germany, members of the Local Branch Kerpen (G29) have begun operating
    with the special event callsign DC220GERKE and will remain on the air
    through April 31st. They are celebrating the 220th birthday of Friedrich Clemens Gerke, who revised the Morse Code telegraphy system into the standardized form we know today as the International Morse code. QSL via
    DJ6SI direct or by the Bureau.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: HIGH-FLYING HUNGER HITS THE ISS

    JIM/ANCHOR: Finally, if you've got an appetite for a good story, our final report this week is about some high-flying hunger in space that led the
    hams on board to engage in a bit of dietary diplomacy. Mike Askins,
    KE5CXP, serves this one to us:

    MIKE: Whoever said hams love a good meal so much that they're unwilling to share their food may have eaten their way through more than a few hamfests
    -- but they haven't been aboard the International Space Station.
    Astronauts and cosmonauts not only appreciate one another's space-friendly cuisine but are required by NASA to do pre-flight sampling of the international goodies for the sake of their in-flight stomachs. So when
    the US astronauts heard their Russian colleagues learned would have a two-month delay in their next shipment of food, meal-sharing was the only solution. Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, Victor Glover, KI5BKC, Mike Hopkins,
    KF5LJG, and Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, stepped up to the plate, so to speak. Sergey (SUR-GAY) Ryzhikov (RIZ-HIGH-KOV), one of the two cosmonauts,
    reported that the 13 containers of the Americans' food were even provided
    free of charge. That should be sufficient for the two cosmonauts until February 15th. According to a report from the Russian state-owned news
    site RIA Novosti, that's when the next shipment is scheduled.

    With the ISS traveling at speeds of up to 17,100 miles an hour, you might
    even consider this to be fast-food. Very fast food.

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

    (NASA, RIA NOVOSTI)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the ACMA; Airforce.Gov.Au; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT;
    ARISS; the ARRL; Central Coast Amateur Radio Club; CQ Magazine; David
    Behar, K7DB; David Johnson, KF4ALH; LATMOS; LiveScience; Phys.Org; Myles Bruns, VE7FSR; NASA; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; OpenFalklands.com; QRZ.com; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Space.com; Ted Randall's
    QSO Radio Show; RIA Novosti; Spaceflight Now; The Times of India; the
    Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; YouTube; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleson, West
    Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 11 21:26:29 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, members of a group known as "The Fifth Ocean" with
    the support of the Union of Radio Amateurs of Russia will be on the air
    as R115AN to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the birth of legendary aircraft engineer Oleg Konstantinovich Antonov, a legendary aircraft
    designer, until February 14th. He is considered the father of transport aviation in Russia.

    Listen on various HF bands as well as VHF. There will be an operators'
    diploma honoring him as the "Father of Transport Aviation." For QSL
    details, visit QRZ.com.

    In Brazil, Charles, PU3NVN; Douglas, PU3DPA; and Gilberto, PY3GIL; will
    use the call sign ZW3CM from a lighthouse in Tavares, during the 13th
    American Lighthouses Weekend. Activity begins February 19th and runs
    through to the 21st. Send QSLs to PU3DPA, by the Bureau. Be listening on
    20 meters.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    FOX MIKE HOTEL PORTABLE OP CHALLENGE IS RETURNING

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Expect to see the return of the Fox Mike Hotel Portable Operations Challenge later this year with changes. The event will happen earlier - on the 4th and 5th of September - and will consist of three
    separate four-hour "sprint windows" for operators, a departure from last year's format. Each 4-hour session is a contest in itself but all three
    will be totalled to find the overall winner. As in last year's contest, scoring system is kilometre-per-watt–based and uses a handicapping system
    to level the playing field between the large and small stations. Mark it
    on your calendar. Details will follow later this year. Meanwhile, you can visit foxmikehotel.com/challenge for more details.

    **

    KICKER: RESEARCHERS PUT A NEW SPIN(ACH) ON WIRELESS EMAILING

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Finally, we end this week's report by asking: Do you think that's just spinach on your plate? Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, tells us why
    we may need to rethink this popular salad ingredient.

    RALPH: Popeye, the classic American cartoon character, knew that eating spinach could make him strong, but imagine if that same spinach could help
    you send emails wirelessly? Sure, hams are doing this right now with the proper software - but not with vegetables. According to a report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researchers there have used nanotechnology to transform spinach into sensors that can detect
    explosives. When they do, they relay that information back to the
    scientists, wirelessly. This complex feat of engineering electronic
    components and systems into plants is known as "plant nanobionics." In
    this instance it takes advantage of spinach's extensive root network which
    has the ability to sample and transport groundwater from the soil up into
    the leaves. If the roots detect that groundwater possesses nitroaromatics, something often found in explosives, the carbon nanotubes embedded in the spinach leaves emit a signal that can be read by an infrared camera
    capable of emailing an alert to a handheld device similar to a mobile
    phone. If this sounds a little too wild to believe, consider our story on Newsline last year about researchers in Huntsville, Alabama, who
    discovered that there's electrical signal propagation going on between
    tomato plants.

    Whether any of this is ultimately useful to us in the ham shack remains to
    be seen, but one thing's for sure: We may soon be looking at our salads
    with newfound respect.

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

    (SCIENCE.SLASHDOT, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Bill Kleinschmidt, N9FDE; the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club; CQ Magazine;
    David Behar, K7DB; HAMSci; MARS; the Massachusetts Institute of
    Technology; Mike Zwingl, OE3MZC; Military Aerospace.com; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZ.com; Patch.com; Phys.Org; Science.Slashdot; Southgate
    Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate; Space.com; Ted Randall's
    QSO Radio Show; Tim Helming, WT1IM; the Wireless Institute of Australia;
    WTWW Shortwave; YOTA; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur
    Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Feb 18 22:59:24 2021
    KICKER: A MARS LANDING FOR PENNSYLVANIA CLUB CALL SIGN

    PAUL/ANCHOR: We conclude this week's report by asking: Can YOUR call sign
    go the distance? For one Pennsylvania amateur radio club, the answer is a resounding: YES! Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, tells us why.

    RALPH: This could be the world's tiniest QSL card for the world's rarest
    DX thus far: The Perseverance Rover arriving on Mars to look for signs of
    past microbial life and collect climate and geographic data will be
    carrying the name of the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club with it. The Pennsylvania club's name and call sign, WM3PEN, is one of almost 11
    million names on board, stenciled into one of three tiny silicon chips by
    an electron beam as part of NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign. The
    club is perhaps best well-known for running the annual 13 Colonies Special Event that takes place around America's Independence Day celebrations each year.

    Sure, the club had more than enough company on its journey when the launch took off at Kennedy Space Center in Florida last summer -- but how many of them are space-travel veterans like the Holmesburg hams? Club trustee Bob Josuweit WA3PZO, told Newsline that this is the second trek to Mars for
    the club's call sign. The first journey was in 2011 on board the rover
    named Curiosity where the club's call sign joined some 1.2 million names.
    Bob told Newsline the club decided it was worth going along for the ride again. Talk about perseverance!

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

    (NASA, BOB JOSUWEIT WA3PZO)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Bob Josuweit WA3PZO; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; EOS; HAMSci; Indian Express; Michaela Wheeler VK3FUR; NASA; New York Times; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; PHYS.ORG; QRZ.com; Practical Wireless; Radio Society of Great Britain; Redders Bluer M5ACT;
    Short Wave Magazine; Simon Strange, M0SYS; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate; Steve Hartley, G0FUW; Ted Randall's QSO
    Radio Show; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; YOTA; and
    you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso, Indiana,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Feb 26 10:14:29 2021
    NOMINATIONS OPENING FOR NEWSLINE'S YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR

    DON/ANCHOR: Do these names mean anything to you? Chris Brault, KD8YVJ;
    Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO; Emily Stewart, KC0PTL; Kaitlyn Cole, KS3P. They
    are all past winners of Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the Year
    Award which since 2015 has carried another name - that of Newsline's late cofounder, Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF. These award-winners mean a lot to us
    here at Newsline, because they make us proud of the generation we are
    watching grow and flourish. On Monday, March 1st, downloadable nomination forms for this year's candidates will become available on our website arnewsline.org

    If you know a young amateur 18 or younger living in the United States, its possessions or any Canadian province and they are devoted to radio and community service, visit arnewsline.org and consider making them your
    nominee. The award will be presented at the Huntsville Hamfest in
    Huntsville Alabama this August.

    **

    HAMS PREP FOR DXPEDITION TO WILLIS ISLAND

    DON/ANCHOR: An adventurous group of radio amateurs has some big p lans for
    a very small island just off the Australian coast. Can you say
    "DXpedition?" That's just what Graham Kemp, VK4BB, describes for us here.

    GRAHAM: What does a group of Aussie hams do when they see the 100th anniversary of one of the last remaining manned weather stations coming
    up?

    Well as the station is difficult to get to, located as it is on a very
    small, 19 acre, island 450 kilometres off Cairns in Queensland, it
    wouldn't be a simple special event station set-up. No, this has to be a
    proper DX-Pedition. The group is the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia who have a long record of running DX-Peditions.

    The location is Willis Island, which at number 38 is one of the more
    wanted locations for DXCC. The hams are hoping to use the call sign VK9W,
    but if not allocated will use VK9HR (the clubs own call sign) from this
    rare IOTA Island - OC-007.

    If you are looking to add this entity to your collection, get ready for
    this Aussie team who will be joined by some international friends heading
    out to the Coral Sea to get on the air on 160 through 10 metres between November the 3rd and the 13th 2021.

    For more information check the URL given in the text version on the AR Newsline dot ORG website.

    (FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://dxnews.com/vk9hr/).

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

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, Gareth, M0MOL, is on the air as MM0MOL/P from the main Island of Shetland for the remainder of February and into March. He will
    be operating QRP with a portable setup. Listen for him mainly in the
    evenings local time after work. Send QSLs to his home callsign.

    The Pride Radio Group is using the special event callsign VI2021PRIDE throughout the Sydney Mardi Gras until March 7th. Be listening for
    operations on SSB and FT8. QSL directly to Michaela Wheeler VK3FUR or via
    the ClubLog OQRS system.

    The Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society will be putting several special
    event stations on the air in the months ahead to celebrate the patron
    saints of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The first event will be
    for the feast of Saint David, patron saint of Wales. Be listening for
    GB0SD between February 28th and March 2nd. The actual feast day is on
    March 1st. QSL by eQSL, LoTW and by the Bureau via manager G4XEX.

    (OHIO PENN DX, SOUTHGATE)

    **

    KICKER: ON MARS, ALL IT TAKES IS A LITTLE INGENUITY

    DON/ANCHOR: Finally: Have you ever dreamed of having the frequency all to yourself to make that one perfect, historic QSO? Well it can happen: On
    Mars. Newsline's space cadet Paul Braun, WD9GCO, takes us there.

    PAUL: Talk about operating mobile! NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter,
    prepped to accomplish the first powered flight on that planet, has already achieved its first QSO. According to reports from NASA, the 4-pound helicopter, which is actually a drone, is resting comfortably in the underbelly of NASA's Perseverance rover which landed on the red planet on February 18th. Its mission is to conduct a test of the first powered
    flight in the thin atmosphere there, where it is capable of achieving an altitude of no more than 15 feet, or 5 metres.

    The tiny helicopter employs point-to-point wireless communication with the rover. A day after the landing, the helicopter sent its first message back
    to Earth via the rover by making use of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance
    Orbiter, saying all systems, including its power supply of six lithium-ion batteries, were working as expected. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    reported that a downlink from the orbiter confirmed that all was well. According to NASA, it will be at least a month before Ingenuity makes its maiden flight.

    One has to wonder, though — is Ingenuity going to apply for a QSL card?
    And if so, does that go direct or through a bureau? I've got to imagine
    it's going to need one for that "Worked All Planets" award. That's a lot
    of postage.

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

    (NASA, CNN, MSN.COM)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to the ACMA; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Burlington Free Press; CQ Magazine; CNN; David Behar; EOS; KCAL Los
    Angeles; MSN.COM; NASA; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZ.com; Raisa R1BIG; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Space.com; Ted Randall's
    QSO Radio Show; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave;
    YouTube; YOTA Americas Camp; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in Picayune Mississippi, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Mar 5 09:18:55 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, be listening for special event station GB2CR in
    Scotland until the 18th of March. The special callsign's suffix "CR"
    stands for "Collins Radio," and the operators will be using vintage
    valve/tube radio equipment manufactured in the U.S. by Collins. Be
    listening on 80-10 meters; mostly SSB with some CW. All QSOs will be
    uploaded to ClubLog.

    Be listening for Bill, K9HZ; Kyle, WA4PGM, and Dan, W0CN active as J68HZ
    from a villa in St. Lucia until March 11th. Their activity is usually on
    160-2 meters using CW, SSB, FT8 and EME. QSL J68HZ via LoTW, eQSL or
    direct to K9HZ

    Stian, LB5SH, will be active as JW/LB5SH from the JW5E club station on Spitsbergen Island in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. He is
    expected to be on the air between March 25th and March 28th on various HF bands using SSB and FT8. He will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest on
    March 27 and 28th using the callsign JW2T. Send QSLs to JW/LB5SH and
    possibly JW2T via LoTW or ClubLog.

    Be listening for Ian, ZS6JSI, who began operating from Benin as ZS6JSI/TY
    in January and expects to be there for six months. Be listening mostly on
    20 meters where he is using FT8. He also operates mobile and can be heard
    at times on 80/40/20 meters using SSB and FT8. For details visit his page
    on QRZ.com.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: DOCUMENTING AN OLD BOAT ANCHOR'S SAIL

    DON/ANCHOR: If you've ever refurbished an old boat anchor, you know the challenges of adding a piece of history to your shack. No doubt you can
    relate to this next story about a powerful old Collins boat anchor. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, tells about a new video that chronicles its rescue and
    its cross-country journey several years ago.

    RALPH: The control room and the Collins 250,000-watt transmitters once
    used by Voice of America at its Delano Relay Station in California is transmitting history now instead of U.S. government broadcasts that began during World War II into the Pacific Rim and Central and South America.
    The transmitter, once part of Delano (duh-LAY-no) Relay DL-8, is now part
    of the permanent exhibit at the Antique Wireless Association Museum in Bloomfield, New York, where its cross-country journey ended almost six
    years ago with the help of the museum, the Collins Collectors Association
    and the VOA.

    A video moderated by Dennis Kidder, W6DQ, and recently uploaded by the
    museum shows the painstaking effort of the team to save the 821A-1
    transmitter from the bulldozer headed its way after Voice of America
    halted its operations there in 2007. The team, working to do disassembly
    and transport on a tight deadline, consisted of Jim Stitzinger, WA3CEX,
    Bill Cairns, N7OTQ, Rod Blocksome, N0DAS, CCA president Scott Kerr,
    KE1RR, and Vince Baker from the VOA, among others.

    This was not just Collins' most powerful transmitter for a shortwave broadcaster; it could also autotune within 20 seconds, helping it
    successful avoid jammers seeking to silence the U.S. government's
    messages. Its story, however, remains unsilenced: Visitors have shared
    its message and its history at the Antique Wireless Museum and now in
    this 40-minute video uploaded to YouTube in February.

    A link to the video appears in the script of this week's newscast on our website, arnewsline.org

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

    [FOR PRINT: do not read https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrSrdArng10 ]

    (YOUTUBE, CCA, AWA)

    **
    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the ACMA; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT-DL; the Antique
    Wireless Association; the ARRL; Collins Collectors Association; CQ
    Magazine; CNN; David Behar; EOS; Ofcom; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZ.com; South African Radio League; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; SPACE.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Wireless Institute of
    Australia; WTWW Shortwave; YouTube; YOTA Americas Camp; and you, our
    listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in Picayune,
    Mississippi, saying 73. As always we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Mar 11 23:02:18 2021
    13 COLONIES ADDS NEW BONUS STATION

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Fans of the popular 13 Colonies Special Event will
    be happy to learn there's a new bonus station and a new design for
    the QSL cards. Jim Damron, N8TMW, tells us more.

    JIM: France, which played a key role in the American Revolution
    as the Continental Army's primary ally, will also provide some major
    assistance in this year's 13 Colonies Special Event. Ken Villone,
    KU2US, manager of the popular on-air celebration, has announced that
    TM13COL will be operating from France, and joining the other stations
    as one of the bonus contacts. Ken said Didier (deed-yay), F5OGL,
    asked whether he could represent France in the July event, and said
    five other hams will also be willing to become on-air allies.

    They are joining the other overseas bonus station GB13COL, which
    is always popular with operators in the U.S. and Europe.

    QSL cards are also getting a different look this year. They will
    feature ships, a popular image used about eight years ago. U.S.
    bonus station WM3PEN, operating for its 11th year, will feature
    the USS United States, one of the first frigates built in Philadelphia
    for the US Navy. Each state will select a Colonial-era ship relevant
    to their history. The QSL card for Massachusetts will feature the USS
    Boston, and the card for New York will have an image of the USS
    Niagara. The overseas bonus stations will feature the Hermoine
    (Her-MINEY) and the HMS Victory.

    The event will be held from July 1st to July 7th. A certificate will
    also be available for successful contacts. That success comes in big
    numbers too: Last year more than 202,000 QSOs were made.

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

    (KEN VILLONE KU2US)

    **

    KICKER: LOW-POWER STATION GOES DX-ING THROUGH TIME

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We end this week with a story of DXing - not across
    a distance of geography, but across a distance of time: eight years'
    time, to be exact. Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, explains.

    DON: Listeners to a radio message in the Washington, D.C. area had
    come to call it the "ghost radio broadcast." Heard faintly amid the
    static on 1650 AM, the low-power transmission was the same Department
    of Transportation traffic report that first announced road closures
    in 2013 for the second presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.
    It's unknown why this so-called forgotten message persisted for so
    long on the Traffic Information System transmitter - but according
    to various websites, after Georgetown University faculty member Matt
    Blaze called public attention to it on his Twitter account, the
    seemingly never-ending message was turned off on March 3rd.

    Ah, but it's not quite silent. Matt Blaze, a computer and network
    security expert, and a past recipient of the Electronic Frontier
    Foundation award, created an mp3 where the traffic report lives on.
    Like so many old radio stations, it's simply playing on the internet
    now.

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

    (SWLING POST, GIZMODO, THE DRIVE)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Amateur News Weekly; Amateur Radio Digital
    Communications; Amateur Radio Experimenters Group; the ARRL; CQ
    Magazine; David Behar; The Drive; Gizmodo; Greg Lee, KI6GIG;
    Hamvention.org; IARU Region 1; Ken Villone, KU2US; Ofcom; Ohio
    Penn DX newsletter; QRZed.com; SWLing Post; Southgate Amateur
    Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; SPACE.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio
    Show; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; YouTube;
    and you, our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73.

    As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Mar 19 00:15:16 2021
    INDIAN HAMS MARK 100 YEARS OF RADIO

    NEIL/ANCHOR: This is a big year for amateur radio in India. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells us why.

    JASON: Since January, radio amateurs throughout India have been celebrating the 100th year since the first ham radio licence was issued in that nation.
    It has been a busy year as well for Nilkantha Chatterjee, VU3ZHA, and
    Amrita Bose Chatterjee, VU3VCV, who have been involved in training
    throughout India through a group known as OSCAR, Open Source Classes for Amateur Radio. Nilkantha told Newsline in an email that OSCAR has been providing online webinars, homebrew sessions, coaching institutes for YLs
    and, when possible, antenna-building workshops, also with a special
    emphasis on teaching YLs. OSCAR, which is part of the Smart Future
    Foundation initiative, also has its own smartphone app in English, downloadable from Google Play. In addition, Nilkantha has been operating
    with the special callsign AT2YAR, marking the 100-year celebration.

    India's first licenced amateur was Amarendra Chandra Gooptu who had the
    call sign 2JK 100 years ago. He was followed later that same year by Mukul Bose with the call sign 2HQ. By the 1930s, India still had only 50 licenced operators, a number that grew to 1,500 by 1980. Much later, India's former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was not only a supporter of amateur radio but a licensed operator himself with the call sign VU2RG. India launched its
    first amateur radio satellite, the HAMSAT, in 2005. There are now more than 45,000 licensed hams in India as it moves into its second century on the
    air.

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

    (NILKANTHA CHATTERJEE VU3ZHA)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, Mats, SM6LRR, will be active as 8Q7MS from the Maldives between March 28th and April 10th. He is operating holiday style on mainly 40-15 meters using CW, but he will also be using some SSB too. He does not plan to be on either 160 or 80 meters and will post QSL information soon.

    Be listening for the special callsign DQ11WCA to be active from Germany
    until April 17th. Hams are activating different areas in the World Wide
    Flora Fauna and World Castle Award programs and successful contacts earn points in both awards schemes. The station also has a DOK-region number of WCA11 for the DLD award of the German Amateur Radio club. There is no need
    to send QSL cards; all QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau.

    Bodo, HB9EWU, is on the air in Zambia where he is on a humanitarian
    mission. He is using the call sign 9J2BG and is active on 20 meters. Send
    QSLs to HB9EWU, direct or by the Bureau. He is unsure of the length of his activation but will send QSL cards in 2022 when he returns to Switzerland.

    Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club are active as
    C7A during March for the World Meteorological Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Operators are on 60 through 6 metres,
    including the WARC bands and are using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. You
    can also hear them in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest being held March 27th to
    28th. Send QSLs to UA3DX, direct or by the Bureau. According to the group's
    Q R Zed.com page at press time, the DXCC status of this station based in Vienna, Austria is not yet defined by the DXAC or ARRL.

    (OHIO PENN DX, SOUTHGATE)

    **

    KICKER: HIS CALL SIGN'S JUST THE TICKET

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our final story of the week is for all of you who think it
    would be impossible - just impossible - to EVER forget to renew your
    license. Here's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    KENT: The last name Garriott isn't one you easily forget if you're a ham
    and you follow the US space program. The late astronaut Owen Garriott,
    W5LFL, is credited with having made the first QSO from space on amateur
    radio. That was in 1983 when he was aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. His
    son is astronaut Richard Garriott, who was assigned the callsign W5KWQ,
    and who in proud tradition has also used amateur radio from space, as part
    of the ARISS program.

    Richard has a lot of other accomplishments to his credit: He is the first person to have visited both the North and the South poles and last month he traveled to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest ocean trench on Earth.

    As accomplished as he may be, Richard still has some unfinished business
    and it relates to amateur radio. His call sign apparently expired recently.
    So he took to Twitter on the 7th of March and in a reply to Trevor, M5AKA, acknowledged that his status as an "ex" ham was only going to be temporary. Acknowledging the lapse, he tweeted: [quote] "Will correct ASAP!"
    [endquote]

    His return to the ham bands should come a whole lot sooner than another
    goal he's got his eye on: Richard recently applied to be part of the
    dearMoon project, a private lunar tourism mission. The trip is planned
    aboard a SpaceX Starship in 2023.

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

    (TWITTER, AMSAT NEWS SERVICE)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT News Service; the ARRL; Associated Press; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; David Jordan, AA4KN;
    Frank Bauer, KA3HDO; Hackaday; Mike Curta, KD0UFO; Nilkantha Chatterjee, VU3ZHA; the NIST; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZ.com; Radio World; Radio
    Society of Great Britain; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Twitter; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington, Indiana,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Mar 25 19:28:13 2021
    HAM HELPS JAILED MAN RETURN HOME TO NEPAL

    JIM/ANCHOR: For some hams, community service doesn't always involve using a radio. In India, one leader in the ham radio community called on his skills
    in the legal profession to help a man find freedom. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, brings us that story.

    JASON: A citizen of Nepal is a free man after four decades in jail in India thanks to assistance from an amateur radio operator who served as his attorney. Hirak Sinha, VU3ZHG, successfully argued before the Kolkata High Court to allow the repatriation and return of the man who had been held in Darjeeling on murder charges since the age of 21. The man is now 62 years
    old. The court released him in the presence of his brother and officials of the Nepalese Consulate after a mental health examination confirmed he was
    not fit to stand trial. Hirak Sinha is vice president of the West Bengal
    Radio Club.

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

    (TIMES OF INDIA, AMBARISH NAG BISWAS VU2JFA)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    A special event is commemorating the 117th anniversary of Italian settlers' arrival in southern Chile. Three stations will be on the air until Sunday, March 28th, from Italy, Argentina and Chile. They are II4CPC, LU6DK/D, and CB6I. There are three special event certificates available. For details see QRZ.com.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: SOFTWARE DEFINED QSOs? NO FOOLIN' (WELL MAYBE)

    JIM/ANCHOR: April 1st is coming up fast and Newsline listeners know what
    that means. Our final story this week is from Pierre Pullinmyleg, the only member of our team who works one day a year: on April Fool's Day. Pierre,
    what fabulously remarkable story do you have for us now?

    PIERRE: Bonjour, my ham radio friends. Zis is the famed French reporter Pierre Pullinmyleg back by popular request. I have been testing a new
    product that I think you will find more popular than croissants at zee Hamvention. You know, sometimes zee bands... zay get lonely. It's so quiet that Pierre has no one else to talk to but my brother Pierre. So we teamed
    up the pair of Pierres to bring you zee very latest in QSO technology. We call it the Software Defined QSO. When there's no one on zee bands, the software defined bot has a ragchew just for you! And, since it's carefully calculated by computer, the on-air manners are impeccable. We guarantee
    that you will always get a 5 and a 9, and that you'll always get Good
    Operator reports from zee FCC. There won't be a need for a dummy load,
    because your QSO will be smart instead! Zis Software Defined QSO won't
    talk about those things that make you cringe at night like on 75 meters...
    the location of a new liver spot or the details of your last colonoscopy.
    You can even pick from 73 different accents and 88 different voices to make your QSO more authentic, including some of those YLs for a nominal fee.

    Be sure to check out the Software Defined QSO from the pair of Pierres.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Pierre Pullinmyleg.

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Amateur News Weekly; Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA;
    AMSAT-UK; the ARRL; Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency; Cleveland.com; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; DJ Finch, N4RRR; the Free
    Radio Net website; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZed.com; Searchlight VC; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; SWLing Post; Times of
    India; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West
    Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 1 19:43:18 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Matthew M0ZMS has announced he will be heading to the Falkland Islands at the end of April and hopes to get on the air from this rare DX using the call sign VP8ZMS. He may also use the call sign VP8RAF on occasion. Matthew will be promoting awareness of the Royal Air Force
    Amateur Radio Society. Matthew is the serving members' representative of
    the society and will be deploying to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Mount Pleasant Complex for the activation. Find his operating
    details and other information on the Twitter page for VP8ZMS. He will QSL
    on LoTW and ClubLog and will issue paper QSL cards upon his return to the
    UK after August.

    Be listening for John, MW1CFN, operating as GB ONE ZERO ZERO FOUR FTS (GB1004FTS) from Anglesey Island off the Welsh mainland's northwest coast until April 8th. He is marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air
    Force's Number 4 Flying Training School. Listen for him on various HF bands
    as well as 6 and 2 metres. He will be using SSB and the Digital modes. Send QSLs directly to his home call.

    Danish radio amateurs are active with two special callsigns OZ75BO and
    OZ75MAY until April 11th to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bornholm Island following the end of World War II. Be listening on all
    bands, including the WARC bands, where operators will be using CW, SSB and
    all the Digital modes. Operators on the island itself will be using the
    OZ75BO call. Send QSLs via OZ1ACB or ClubLog's OQRS. Operators prefer to
    NOT receive a paper QSL card. A special award is available.

    (OHIO PENN DX, SOUTHGATE)

    **

    KICKER: HELPING HIS ALMA MATER GET BACK ON THE AIR

    NEIL/ANCHOR: We end this week with the story of a grateful graduate of an Indiana college. He and his wife have given the school the gift of amateur radio. Here's Dave Parks, WB8ODF, with that story.

    DAVE: Bill Becher, AA8RW, may have graduated from college in Indiana in
    1950, but to a small group of undergrads studying there now, he is indisputably the Big Man on Campus. During Bill's time as an radio
    engineering student, the Angola, Indiana school was known as Tri-State College. Today its name is Trine University and its campus is where the Michigan resident, and his wife Helen, KG8TQ, recently helped awaken the students' amateur radio club from dormancy by donating money and equipment.

    Many of the 15 members are studying electrical engineering, as Bill did, or other forms of engineering and information technology. When they're not tending to their academic obligations they're hosting the weekly net of the Trine University Amateur Radio Club. According to the university's website, the young hams are also mentoring would-be licensees and building new equipment and antennas.

    The club's president Tim Mayer, KD2TCP, licensed for two years, and
    majoring in mechanical engineering, said the club also hopes to get
    involved next in EME and satellite communications.

    The students can look forward to aiming for the sky because of a generous husband and wife who never forgot the thrill of keying the mic, or sending some CW, and discovering the world.

    Said faculty advisor Kevin Woolverton, KW9S: "Without them, it wouldn't
    have been possible to start and continue."

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

    (TRINE UNIVERSITY)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the ACMA; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Bill Brown, WB8ELK;
    CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; DX-World.net; HamSCI; IARU Region 1; Last
    Man Standing Special Event; RI0Q online diary; Trine University; Ogden
    Amateur Radio Club; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZed.com; Radio World; Radio Society of Great Britain; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Twitter; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Bloomington, Indiana,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 8 23:35:29 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    Bodo, HB9EWU, is on the air in Zambia where he is on a humanitarian
    mission. He is using the call sign 9J2BG and is active on 20 meters. Send
    QSLs to HB9EWU, direct or by the Bureau. He is unsure of the length of his activation but will send QSL cards in 2022 when he returns to Switzerland.

    Be listening for Alex, PA1AW, who will be using the special event call sign PA96WARD celebrating 'World Amateur Radio Day 2021 on the 18th of April.
    That date is the anniversary of the creation of the International amateur Radio Union in 1925 in Paris. Send QSLs to PA1AW.

    **

    KICKER: THE VAGABOND HAM

    PAUL/ANCHOR: We end this week's news report with an invitation: On the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day on Sunday April 18th, we ask you to sit back, relax and think of what it means to be a ham radio operator. To help your thoughts along, we offer this poem by Ken Johnson W6NKE/SK, first published in 73 magazine in 1960. Sunil, VU3ZAN, brought it to the
    attention of Onno, VK6FLAB. We thank Onno, who reads it here in this except from his weekly podcast "Foundations of Amateur Radio."

    The Vagabond Ham, by Ken Johnson W6NKE (SK)

    A vagabond's life is the life I live
    Along with others, ready to give
    A friendly laugh and a word of cheer
    To each vagabond friend, both far and near.
    I travel the air waves, day or night
    To visit places I'll never sight
    From the rail of a ship, or from a plane
    Yet I'll visit them all again and again.
    I never hear from a far off land
    That my pulse doesn't quicken.
    With careful hand I tune my receiver and VFO dial
    To make a new friend and chat for awhile.
    Africa, Asia, they're all quite near
    In as easy reach as my radio gear
    With the flip of a switch, the turn of a knob
    I can work a ZL, a friend named Bob.
    There's an LU4, a fellow that's grand
    Who's described to me his native land
    'Till I can hear the birds, and feel the breeze
    As it blows from the slopes of the mighty Andes.
    I learned of the surf, and a coral strand
    The smell of hybiscus where palm trees stand
    Neath a tropical moon, silver and bright
    From an FO8 that I worked one night.
    I've thrilled to the tales of night birds' screams
    In the depths of the jungle where death-laden streams
    Flow'neath verdant growth of browns and greens
    From a DU6 in the Philippines.
    The moors of Scotland, a little French Shrine,
    German castles on the River Rhine
    Of these things I've learned, over the air
    Without ever leaving my ham shack chair.
    There's a KL7 on top of the world
    To whom the Northern Lights are a banner unfurled
    That sweeps across the Arctic night
    Makes the frozen sky a thing of delight.
    Tales of silver and gold and precious stones
    Ancient temples and molding bones
    Where the natives, I'm told, are tall and tan
    By an XE3 down in Yucatan.
    My vagabond trips over the air
    Will take me, well, just anywhere
    Where other vagabonds and I will meet
    From a tropical isle, to a city street
    My vagabond's life will continue, I know
    Through the fabulous hobby of ham radio
    And one day from out at the world's end
    We'll meet on the air, my Vagabond friend.

    I'm Onno, VK6FLAB

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the ACMA; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; Dronelife; DX-World.net; Hamvention; IARU Region 1 Youth Working Group; Intrepid DX Group; NASA Ohio Penn DX newsletter; Onno
    Benschop VK6FLAB; QRZed.com; Radio World; Radio Society of Great Britain; Rebel DX Group; Rich Gordon K0EB; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Spacenews; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all
    from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website
    at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso, Indiana,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Apr 15 22:39:46 2021
    MEMBERSHIP REBOUNDS IN JAPAN'S RADIO LEAGUE

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Japan, even as the ranks of licensed amateur
    radio operators has declined, the Japan Amateur Radio League reports
    a remarkable—and welcome—turnaround in membership. Jim Meachen,
    ZL2BHF, has that report.

    JIM: Struggling against steadily declining membership for nearly
    three decades and a drop in licensed amateurs in that nation, the
    Japan Amateur Radio League has posted some encouraging news about
    its growing ranks. By the end of the previous fiscal year, ending
    March 7th, the league gained 574 members, compared to the same
    period of the previous year. The JARL declared this was the first
    steady year-on-year increase since 1994.

    It is a particular source of pride to the league since the growth
    comes against the backdrop of a global pandemic that has all but
    shut down most in-person activities supporting amateur radio. During
    this time, JARL leadership has fortified its membership campaigns
    and engaged in more robust public relations on its own behalf. The
    league said that with ham radio licenses declining throughout the
    nation it will now commit its efforts to promoting amateur radio
    overall, hoping to boost the overall numbers of licensees.

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

    (JARL, SOUTHGATE)

    **

    KICKER: THE QSL CARD OF A LIFETIME

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When you're expecting a QSL card you really want,
    the wait can seem forever. But what is it like when you receive the
    QSL card of a lifetime–or in this case, TWO lifetimes? Find out in
    this story from Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

    RALPH: The father and son not only shared a name – Byron Sell - but
    a lifelong hobby: amateur radio. They saw the world together by
    communicating to that world together from inside the home shack.
    Byron Sell, KB3CQX, lost his father and radio buddy, when the elder
    Byron, W8VPF, became a Silent Key in 2012. This month, the
    Pennsylvania amateur was given something else that belonged to his
    father, a piece of his dad's own personal amateur radio history: It
    was a QSL card marking the elder Sell's first amateur radio contact
    80 years ago, as a youngster. The Horseshoe Amateur Radio Club had
    received it as a donation from a card collector in Michigan, and
    presented it earlier this month to a very grateful Byron Sell, a
    longtime club member.

    The card confirms the contact with a Michigan amateur at 8:07 p.m.
    local time on April 8th, 1941. The young amateur added this message:
    [quote] "You are my first contact." [endquote]

    In an interview with the Altoona Mirror newspaper, Byron recalled
    his father and their radio days together, saying "we've made a lot
    of memories along the way." [endquote] Now he doesn't just have the
    memories; he has a keepsake too.

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

    (ALTOONA MIRROR)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Airline Ratings website; Altoona Mirror; Amateur
    News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; Carlos Alberto Santamaria, CO2JC; CQ
    Magazine; Cornish Amateur Radio Club; the Daily Dx; DARC; David
    Behar, K7DB; the Japan Amateur Radio League; Kevin Duplantis,
    W4KEV; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZed.com; Rohde & Schwartz;
    Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Sputnik News; Ted
    Randall's QSO Radio Show; Tim Helming, WT1IM; Walt Grosser, W2TE;
    WRTC; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the
    Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New
    York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in
    Wadsworth, Ohio, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Apr 28 17:34:33 2021
    PRESENTATIONS NEEDED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SYMPOSIUM

    JIM/ANCHOR: Organizers of a virtual space symposium taking place this
    summer are looking for presentations on amateur satellites, space weather
    and related topics. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells how you can share your knowledge.

    JASON: If you have expertise on space weather, amateur satellites or weak signal communication, AMSAT SA and the South African Radio League are interested in hearing from you. They're looking for papers on these
    subjects and related topics for presentation at this year's space
    symposium being presented virtually on Saturday the 10th of July.
    Interested presenters are being asked to submit their proposals no later
    than the 15th of May, preferably in Word document format. The papers can
    be emailed to admin at amsatsa dot org dot za. (admin@amsatsa.org.za)
    Authors of the presentations being chosen will be notified on the 20th of
    May and the final versions of the papers are due by the 30th of June.

    The symposium's theme is "Unlocking Amateur Space Technology."

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

    (AMSAT)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, isten for John, W2GD, who will be active as P40W
    between May 25th and June 1st from Aruba, focusing on 30, 17 and 12
    metres. He will also be on 160 metres mostly on CW. Listen for him during
    the CQWW WPX CW Contest being held May 29th to 30th where he will use the
    call sign P44W. QSL using LoTW or N2MM.

    If you want to work Indonesia, listen for Hans, YB2DX, during the CQWW
    WPX CW Contest in May. Send QSLs using LoTW or direct to his home
    callsign.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: A VANISHING FRATERNITY OF RADIO REPAIRMEN

    JIM/ANCHOR: Our final story is about a vanishing fraternity: two brothers
    in India whose love of repairing old radios is endless but whose way of earning a living is, sadly, finite. In fact, if the brothers who run the family's radio repair shop in Hyderabad (HYDRA-bad), India were amateur
    radio operators, they might have earned the nickname "The Homebrew
    Brothers." Their business has operated in the heart of town since 1948.
    The brothers spend their time repairing and re-selling radios. They
    learned the art from their father, who first learned in the 1920s and
    founded the business. Mujeebudin (moo-gee-BOO-din) is now 82 years old
    and his younger brother, Moinuddin (Moe-Ee-NOO-Din) is 71. The business
    is called Mahboob Radio Service and according to an article on the Arab
    News website, it is the last radio repair shop in the southern Indian
    state of Telangana (tell-an-GHANA). The shelves inside contain a who's
    who of much-loved brands: Marconi, Phillips, Johnson, GEC and Telefunken.
    The oldest radio set is a 100-year-old Murphy.

    In here, the brothers do things the old-fashioned way: they fix things by replacing damaged parts. They told the news website that newer radios,
    with their advanced technology, don't necessarily even offer that option. There's one more option that's also unavailable to the brothers: passing
    their radio business on to the next generation. None of their children
    know how to fix radios, and aren't interested anyway.

    Said one of the brothers: "The business will end with us."

    (ARAB NEWS)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to the Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; Arab News;
    the ARRL; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; HamCommunity.Org; the Japan
    Amateur Radio League; Joseph Durnal NE3R; NASA; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; PHYS.ORG; QRZed.com; Straight Key Century Club; Southgate Amateur Radio
    News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Tillamook County Pioneer; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the
    Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West
    Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri May 14 08:41:08 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, members of the Korean Amateur Radio League are
    using the special callsign HL41GDM to mark the 41st anniversary of the Democratic Uprising in South Korea, which occurred between May 18th
    and 27th in 1980. Operators will be calling on all bands and modes
    through May 31st. QSL via HL4CCM, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog, or
    eQSL.

    In Germany, operators are marking the 25th anniversary of the German
    DX Foundation using the special event callsign DL25GDXF. The station
    will be on the air until the 31st of July. Send QSLs to DL6DH. A
    contact with this station or DF0GDX and club members are needed to be
    eligible for the GDXF 25 years certificate.

    Operators Ennio, IW1RBI, Alessandro, IZ1AZA, Gianluca, IU1KBL and
    Andrea, IU1JXW, will be on the air with the callsign 3A/IW1RBI from
    Monaco, and will identify a weekend between the end of May and mid-
    June that works with the current COVID-19 restrictions. Be listening
    for them on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8 in fox-hound mode. QSL
    via the address on QRZ.com or LoTW.

    **

    KICKER: RARE GRID HUNTERS FIND THAT THEIR SHIP HAS COME IN

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: OK grid hunters: Our final story of this week is for
    you. If you are a ham on the prowl for the rarest grids, your ship
    came in–literally–earlier this month. Neil Rapp WB9VPG explains.

    NEIL: It's a long journey by ship between Florida and Saipan and
    merchant mariners like Jim Clary who make the trip often face a
    seven-day work week. On the trip he made this month, however, Jim,
    whose call sign is ND9M, also faced a unique opportunity: Using the
    passes of about a dozen satellites and two Yaesu rigs for full duplex operation, he activated some of the rarest grid squares on Earth. Jim,
    who is his ship's communications officer, told Newsline that operating maritime mobile in his spare time helps him keep his wits together on
    long runs like this one. The real gift, however, is the one he's been
    giving hams around the world - an opportunity to work so-called "wet
    grids," many of which he said are rarely, if ever, activated.

    He told Newsline in an email: "Since these grid squares that I'm
    sailing through are so rare, it would be a shame not to make them
    available to VUCC chasers." VUCC is the VHF-UHF Century Club of the
    ARRL, which issues awards for confirmed contacts with 100 or more grid
    squares on UHF, VHF or via satellite. Grid squares themselves measure
    a modest 1 degree latitude by 2 degrees longitude, so on this big
    planet of ours there are plenty out there. There's an abundance of
    satellites too: from the oldest one, AO-7, to the RS-44 with its huge footprint.

    For Jim, this may have been just one more supply cruise, but for the
    hams who intercepted his rare cargo on this trip, he surely delivered.

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

    (JIM CLARY ND9M)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Arizona Historical
    Society; CQ Magazine; CNN; David Behar K7DB; Highland County Press;
    New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters; Ohio Penn DX
    newsletter; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great Britain; Reuters;
    Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO
    Radio Show; Washington Post; WTWW Shortwave; Wireless Institute of
    Australia; YouTube; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur
    Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org. Be sure to follow some of these stories as
    they get a more indepth look on the YouTube Channel of 100 Watts and a
    Wire. Search for the video segment with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu May 20 19:28:02 2021
    TRANS-ATLANTIC BEACON ON THE AIR IN IRELAND

    DON/ANCHOR: A transAtlantic beacon has gone on the air in Ireland.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us more about it.

    JEREMY: A 2-metre, two-way transAtlantic beacon has completed its on-air
    trial period and is now on the air with the call sign EI2DKH. The beacon
    is operated by Tony Baldwin EI8JK in County Cork, Ireland. With antennas beaming due west, the 50-watt beacon transmits on 144.488 MHz every even minute and listens for replies on 144.120 MHz every odd minute. At least
    one other beacon on the other side of the Atlantic is set up to be in listening mode for Tony's beacon. It's in St. John's, Newfoundland and
    has the call sign VO1FN.

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

    (IRTS)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, Ken LA7GIA, the co-leader of the 3Y0J Bouvet Island DXpedition, reports on the group's Facebook page that the DXpedition has received a record $10,000 equivalent in US currency from the German DX Foundation. The group is planning its activation of the coveted DX
    entity in 2023.

    Elsewhere, be listening for Marius, ON4RU/OQ3R, who will be in
    Martinique, using the call sign FM/OQ3R between the 23rd of May and the
    5th of June. Be listening on 160-10 meters where he will be using CW
    only. You can also listen for him as Tee-Oh-Three-F (TO3F) during the
    CQWW WPX CW Contest on the 29th and 30th of May. QSL both callsigns via
    ON4RU direct.

    Phil, KC3CIB, expects to activate Shelter Island in Juneau, Alaska, for
    a fishing trip between the 29th and 31st of May. Be listening on the HF
    bands where he will be operating mainly using the digital modes. QSL via
    eQSL or Direct.

    (DX-WORLD)

    **

    KICKER: MINNESOTA BIRTHDAY PARTY, HAM RADIO STYLE

    DON/ANCHOR: Finally—do hams know how to party, or what? Well if you're turning 163 years of age, as the state of Minnesota just did here in the
    US, you definitely want amateur radio to be part of the festivities.
    Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, tells us how it happened.

    KENT: What if you could have a birthday party with an unlimited guest
    list? Well, if you're the state of Minnesota and the party hosts are the members of the South East Metro Amateur Radio Club in Cottage Grove,
    it's easy. The hams got on the air from a public park in Stillwater on Tuesday, May 11 to mark Minnesota's 163rd birthday, and they partied like
    it was 1858 - the year Congress gave the territory its statehood.
    Stillwater is considered the birthplace of Minnesota, the nation's 32nd
    state.

    Special event station W-Zero-M received birthday greetings on behalf of Minnesota from hams around the US and Canada. No one sang "Happy
    Birthday" (you can't have music on amateur radio, after all) but 20 and 40 meters were lighting up with well-wishers while the operators enjoyed a
    view of the scenic St. Croix River from the park.

    Ordinarily a birthday party calls for cutting the cake but someone, a
    local resident, according to a newspaper report - accidentally cut down
    the antenna instead. The news report said that the person mistakenly
    believed the thin wire had become caught in the park's fencing. A quick
    fix, with the help of a slingshot, put the party back in action until
    2100 UTC.

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

    (THE GAZETTE NEWSPAPER, SEMARC WEBSITE)

    **

    DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR

    DON/ANCHOR: This is an important 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. Time is running
    out: 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

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; ARDC; ARISS; the ARRL; Amateur Radio Digital Communications; CNET; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; DX World;
    Forbes; Gazette Newspaper; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QSO Today; QRZ.com;
    Radio Amateur Society of Macedonia; Radio Society of Great Britain;
    R3EmComm; South East Metro Amateur Radio Club; Southgate Amateur Radio
    News; shortwaveradio.de; Space Flight Now; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show;
    WTWW Shortwave; Wireless Institute of Australia; YouTube; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org. Be sure to follow some of these stories as
    they get a more indepth look on the YouTube Channel of 100 Watts and a
    Wire. Search for the video segment with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in Picayune, Mississippi, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri May 28 11:14:57 2021
    WEST BENGAL HAMS HELP REUNITE MAN WITH FAMILY

    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams in West Bengal, India have helped an older man find his
    way back to his family in another Indian state. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW,
    brings us up to date.

    JASON: Amateur radio operators in West Bengal, India, are working to
    return a 70-year-old grandfather to his home and family in Uttar Pradesh.
    The man has become a familiar face to villagers for the past seven months because of his seemingly nonstop work weeding patches on the sides of
    roads, cleaning drainage ditches and tidying up around the banks of
    ponds. According to a newspaper account, he earned the nickname "Clean Grandpa" from the local residents who watched him work. Hams in West
    Bengal became involved after one of the local council members took a
    photo of the man doing his cleanup work and shared it on social media.
    The hams saw the photo and contacted local officials about him. The
    officials were able to track down the man's relatives. The family was
    making plans for their reunion with the man and to bring him home. The
    man's return home is being coordinated by club member Arnab Roy
    Chaudhury, VU3JWN.

    Area residents told the newspaper they were sorry to see him leave,
    saying he did a better job cleaning up the village than any government
    workers could have done.

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

    (WEST BENGAL RADIO CLUB)

    **

    KICKER: SPACE AGENCY LAUNCHES CONTEST TO NAME SPACECRAFT

    JIM/ANCHOR: Finally, we ask: What's in a name? Plenty if you're trying to
    name a spacecraft that's expect to have its moment in the sun. Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, brings us the last story of this week.

    GRAHAM: Nothing may be new under the sun but something new will soon be
    out in space keeping a vigilant eye on solar activity. The European Space Agency is designing a solar-storm-hunting spacecraft that can spot
    eruptions known as coronal mass ejections before they reach the Earth.
    When the spacecraft detects danger, it will transmit an alert that allows
    us to prepare for what's to come here on Earth.

    The ESA is calling the spacecraft "the world's first mission to provide
    solar warning" -- but for now that's ALL the agency is able to call it
    because the craft doesn't have a name. Not yet, anyway.

    That's where the rest of us can step in. The ESA wants us to help name
    the spacecraft, which will join us in watching sunspots form and will
    track propagation of solar events before the end of the decade. Use the
    ESA website to enter the name of your choice. You have until the 17th of October. Just bear in mind that you can't submit names that have already
    been used for other missions. Sending those to the ESA for consideration
    will surely get you a bunch of coronal mass...rejections.

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

    (EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, AUTOEVOLUTION.COM)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; AutoEvolution.com; Bletchley Park CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; the
    European Space Ageny; Kent Carter, AJ6NI; Legacy.com; Mike Swiader, KA9E;
    NW Indiana Times; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QCWA; QRZ.com; Radio Society
    of Great Britain; Rex King, W5EAK; Steven Reiners, KC9SIO; Southgate
    Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio
    Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org. Be sure to follow some of these stories as
    they get a more indepth look on the YouTube Channel of 100 Watts and a
    Wire. Search for the video segment with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, saying 73. As always, we
    thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jun 4 08:04:27 2021
    FOX MIKE HOTEL CHALLENGE

    Wherever you are in the world, get ready for the return of the Fox Mike
    Hotel Portable Ops Challenge coming September 4th and 5th. The contest is designed to create equal operating conditions between portable and fixed stations. For details visit foxmikehotel dot com.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: RADIO'S BLASTS, NOT NECESSARILY FROM THE PAST

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, we ask: Do you love solving a good mystery?
    Scientists think they may be getting ready to do just that. They're hot
    on the trail of some mysterious - and intensely fast - radio signals.
    Here's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, with the details.

    NEIL: Fast radio bursts: No, that's not the enviable signal report you
    dream of getting from that rare DX somewhere in the Antarctic. These are
    the formerly mysterious deep space signals astronomers have been tracking using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Notice we said "formerly"
    mysterious. For years scientists have scratched their heads over the
    source of these 1,000 or so powerful blasts, which began showing up in
    2001. They are, however, so fast that they're here and then....they're
    not. According to a report in CBS News, scientists have traced only 15 of
    them and they apparently came from distant galaxies. New findings about
    to be published in The Astrophysical Journal, track five of the most
    recent radio blasts to the so-called "spiral arms" of the galaxies, the
    places where stars form - but not from ' young stars exploding and dying. Rather, the blasts' origins appear to be from neutron stars, young
    magnetars that have powerful magnetic fields. While this doesn't
    completely solve the mystery, it does narrow things down quite a bit and that's no small task. This is the kind of power we hams can only envy: in
    the one-thousandth of a second it takes these flares to erupt, they
    create as much energy as the sun does in a year.

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

    (CBS)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; Bangalore Mirror; Brussels Times; CBS; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; East Greenbush
    Amateur Radio Association; the European Space Agency; FCC; HAMSci; Hudson Valley Digital Network; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MSN.COM;
    New York Times; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great Britain; RadioWorld; Ron Panetta WB2WGH; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; SpaceNews; VERON; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio
    Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information or
    to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org. Be sure to
    follow some of these stories as they get a more indepth look on the
    YouTube Channel of 100 Watts and a Wire. Search for the video segment
    with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso, Indiana,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jun 17 19:34:36 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, be listening for Simone, IK5RUN, and Carlo, IK5MES,
    using the callsigns IG9/IK5RUN, and IG9/IK5MES, respectively, from
    Lampedusa Island until June 25th. They will be operating holiday style
    on 40-6 meters using SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

    Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will be on the air as
    A43MI from Masirah Island, Oman, between July 22 and 27th. They will also
    use the callsign A44M during the RSGB IOTA Contest being held July 24 and 25th). QSL both callsigns via ClubLog's OQRS, LoTW or eQSL.

    Be listening for Luca, IK5AEQ, and Franco, IZ5IUY, operating as
    IL7/IK5AEQ, and IL7/IZ5IUY, from San Domino Isle, until July 8th. Be
    listening on various HF bands. QSL via their home callsign direct or
    via LoTW.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: A FATHER, A SON AND A REPEATER

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our final story comes to us this week just in time for
    Father's Day which in many parts of the world, is being celebrated this
    year on Sunday, June 20th. One ham in Pennsylvania is marking his second holiday without his father. But there are a few ways amateur radio is
    letting him keep his father close by. Here's Dave Parks, WB8ODF, with this story of father and son.

    DAVE: The callsign W3NTT, and the repeater W3NTT, are now assigned to
    Aaron Groover, but as far as this Pennsylvania amateur radio operator is concerned, part of both still belong to his father, James. A veteran of
    the US Navy, James Groover became a Silent Key on June 10, 2020 at age 62.
    He had been the inspiration for his son who at the time of his father's
    death, held the callsign K3ALG.

    Now operating with his dad's call, Aaron runs the repeater they had
    dreamed of building, and running together. Aaron fulfilled that dream
    alone atop from Pimple Hill, Pennsylvania, for the both of them and
    getting it on the air for him is as much a source of pride, as a gesture
    of love and respect. He told Newsline [quote] "it's making fantastic QSOs
    and became one of the most used repeaters around." He added: "I figured he would love this."

    Aaron has also been busy with the gift his father bought for him just
    before his passing. Knowing his son's affinity for PiStar and DMR
    gateways, he'd surprised him with an OpenSpot, a gift Aaron received only after his father was gone. He uses it today, he said, in his memory.

    On June 10th of this year, the first anniversary of James Groover's death, Aaron went on the air and gave a call for him in his memory, a proper
    Silent Key notice. It went out from a repeater that stands now on a
    hilltop as a symbol of the bond between father and son. Aaron told
    Newsline: "Everytime I key it up, I will forever think of my father."

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

    (AARON GROOVER W3NTT)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Africa News; the Alexander Grimeton Association; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; ARISS; the ARRL; CQ Magazine;
    David Behar K7DB; FCC; Intrepid DX Group; Mauritius Research and
    Innovation Council; NASA; National Hamfest; Ohio Penn DX newsletter;
    QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great Britain; Slovenia Contest Club; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; Wireless Institute of Australia; and you our listeners, that's
    all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information or to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org. Be sure to follow some of these stories as they get a more indepth look on the YouTube
    Channel of 100 Watts and a Wire. Search for the video segment with the
    title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso, Indiana,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jun 25 00:38:59 2021
    FINDING RADIO WARMTH IN THE FROZEN ANTARCTIC

    DON/ANCHOR: In the dead of winter at the South Pole, what can bring
    warmth to the challenging lives of research scientists working there?
    Why radio, of course. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, shares their story.

    JIM: On the 60th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, declaring the
    frozen continent devoted to peace and the study of science, the
    continent was transformed - if only for a short while - by radio. On Midwinter's Day, the 21st of June, those working in the trio of
    British Antarctic Territory Research Stations exchanged traditional
    gifts, and then enjoyed the warmth of the BBC Midwinter Broadcast on
    BBC World Service.

    In a spot on the planet that has not seen the sun since the middle of
    May, Midwinter's Day marks a turning point, and the comforting waves
    of radio will soon be followed by rays of sunshine once more. Jerry
    Gilliam, station leader at the King Edward Point Research station in
    South Georgia, said the radio and the celebrations have already brought
    some light into their lives.

    He said: [quote] "We'll get messages and photos from every station,
    and there's a sense of a wider community and camaraderie with these
    people we'll never meet, but have something in common with."
    [endquote]

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

    (BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, the Bouvet Island Three Y Zero J team, which
    recently announced the cancellation of their 2023 DXpedition, has
    said they are working closely with Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ, the skipper
    of the Braveheart, which is being sold. This was the vessel that
    would have taken the team to the remote island. In an announcement
    on DX-World.net, the team said they are helping Nigel form a new
    plan that would allow him to continue managing the vessel under
    its new ownership, keeping the Braveheart available for future
    DXpeditions. The announcement said: [quote] "We are working out the
    details of this plan and hope to have some very positive news very
    soon." [endquote]

    Elsewhere, be listening for a team of operators from the North Pole
    Contest Group operating as W1AW/KL7 from Alaska between July 9th
    and 13th. There will be four station locations, including KL7RA in
    Kenai, KL2R in Fairbanks/Two Rivers, KL7AA in Anchorage, and a
    fourth station most likely in Homer. Be listening on various HF bands,
    and all modes, including EME. Send QSLs via W1AW, LoTW or ClubLog.

    In France, Patrick, F4GFE, and Franck, F4DTO, will operate as TM21EURO
    until July 11th for a special event marking the UEFA European Football Championship that is under way until then. There is an award available
    and details are posted on QRZ.com. Send QSLs to F4GFE, direct or by the
    bureau. There are other UEFA special event callsigns to listen for,
    including 4J21EURO, UE2FA, and DL21EURO.

    Mario, W4HBW, is active as VP5MA from Providenciales Island until
    October. Listen for him on 20/15 meters using FT8. Send QSLs direct,
    or via ClubLog's OQRS.

    (DX-WORLD.NET, OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: RADIO RETAILER HAS A FIELD DAY ON FIELD DAY

    DON/ANCHOR: For our final story, we look at one ham whose plans for
    Field Day in his California community were a little different this
    year. Mike Askins, KE5CXP, explains.

    MIKE Call it good timing, call it sympatico - or call it just plain
    clever marketing.

    With hams from the Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society conducting
    their Field Day operations in an open lot next-door to him, California storekeeper Peter Von Hagen chose that same weekend of June 26th and
    27th to stage his business' grand opening. It is, of course, a radio
    store, and Peter himself is a ham with the call sign WA6HXM.

    Naturally, he's hoping that his inventory of amateur, CB and commercial
    radios will enjoy a field day of their own, because of the extra
    exposure of hams outside calling QRZ throughout the weekend.

    According to the local newspaper, the Ramona Sentinel, between 30 and
    40 radio operators will be on the air to help the club score big.

    As a retailer and a member of the Ramona radio society, Peter knows the importance of trying to score big. He and his business partner will be
    trying to make some important contacts too—inside the store. Perhaps
    for that weekend alone, the business might just want to consider a
    name-change temporarily from being called All Day Radios. With Field
    Day going nonstop for 27 hours, the scene will look a lot more like All
    Weekend Radios.

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

    (RAMONA SENTINEL)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; ARISS; the ARRL; British
    Antarctic Survey; CQ Magazine; CNN; David Behar K7DB; DX-WOrld.Net;
    FCC; NASA; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great
    Britain; Ramona Sentinel; SAARC Evening Net; Southgate Amateur Radio
    News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave;
    VERON; Wireless Institute of Australia; and you our listeners, that's
    all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information
    or to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org.

    Be sure to follow some of these stories as they get a more indepth
    look on the YouTube Channel of 100 Watts and a Wire. Search for the
    video segment with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in Picayune,
    Mississippi, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jul 2 02:45:47 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Alex, DD5ZZ, will be on the air as OA7/DD5ZZ from
    Peru between July 30th and September 17th. Be listening on HF between
    40m and 10m, where he will be using SSB and FT8/FT4, maybe some CW. He
    is considering participating in the WAE CW/SSB and WW Digi DX contests
    later this summer, possibly using the OA7/5P6G. Send QSLs to DD5ZZ by
    ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW.

    In Canada, listen for Bill, VE3ES, who is on the air as VE3VACCINE in
    Ontario, in the hopes he can encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This special event station will be on the air until July 15th. Listen for him 30/20/10/6 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4. Send QSLs to
    VE3ES.

    Listen for Gerry, whose callsigns include G3WIP and VK0GB, among others.
    He has just received the callsign ZD7GB for his activation from the main village of Jamestown on St. Helena Island. He is working there as a
    doctor through September 6th and will be on the air during his spare
    time, mostly on 40 through 10 meters using SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL details
    were not available at press time.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: HAM RADIO: THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Our final story for this week is about the enduring
    friendship of two men whose lives went in different directions more
    than 40 years ago. Their long search for one another ended recently,
    thanks to amateur radio. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us about them.

    GRAHAM: It's well-known that in some parts of India, missing family
    members are often reunited with their loved ones back home through
    the efforts of the West Bengal Radio Club. Recently, however, the
    club helped a man who wasn't really lost in quite the same way, but
    had gone missing, from the life of a Kolkata phyisician who had come
    to treasure his friendship more than four decades earlier. Both men
    became doctors and are now in their 80s. They had been colleagues as
    young physicians at a health center in Mathabhanga, a city in West
    Bengal. Dr. B. Das had been searching for years for his colleague
    Nityananda (Nit-YON-ONDA) Panda, who is from Odisha. He had even
    visited Odisha a few times to look for him. With no success in sight
    and with her husband now in frail health, his wife approached the
    club, and told the secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, about the
    friendship. She said the last time her husband saw his friend was in
    1977. That year, Nityanda had handed his responsibilities to him at
    the hospital before departing for Odisha.

    The club reached out to Dushmanta (DOOSH-MON-TUH) Kumar Das VU2DKD,
    an amateur radio operator based in Odisha. With the help of an old
    photograph of Dr. Panda, he was able to track him down.

    Ambarish Nag Biswas told the local Millennium Post that the two friends immediately got down to the business of catching up on more than 40
    years of friendship.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB. And that's what
    friends are for.

    (MILLENNIUM POST)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; ARISS; the ARRL; the
    Australian Communications and Media Authority; the Australian
    Maritime College; CQ Magazine; CNN; David Behar K7DB; DX-WOrld.Net;
    Josh Reichard K8KJR; Millennium Post; Ohio Penn DX newsletter;
    QRZ.com; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; SPACE.COM;
    Straight Key Century Club; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW
    Shortwave; and you, our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio
    Newsline.

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    segment with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jul 9 10:55:53 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    Listen for Frank, K3TRM, operating as VP2V/K3TRM from Tortola, British
    Virgin Islands until the 17th of July. Be listening on 40-6m where he
    will be using SSB, RTTY, FT8 and also on the satellites. QSL via his home call.

    Be listening between July 17th and 25th for members of the Quito Radio
    Club who will be on the air as HD1QRC90. The club is marking its 90th anniversary. They will be on the air on all bands and all modes. QSL via EA5GL.

    A Russian Robinson Club IOTA/RRA Expedition will be using the callsign
    RI0FWA (R Eye Zero F W A) between July 24th and 29th from Kunashir
    Island, IOTA AS-025. Their activation will include the RSGB IOTA contest.
    Send QSLs to R Zed 3 F W (RZ3FW), who is a member of the team.

    (DX-WORLD.NET)

    **

    KICKER: MOBILE ANTENNA HITS A BUMP IN THE ROAD

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We end this week's report with the story of a mobile
    antenna and traveling down the road to trouble. Mike Askins, KE5CXP,
    tells us how it happened.

    MIKE: There's nothing like the freedom of having a mobile antenna and
    many hams who have at least one will tell you it's a game-changer when
    they're on the road. But when is an antenna TOO MUCH antenna?

    According to the California Highway Patrol, it's too much antenna when
    it's a satellite dish attached to the hood of your car. On July 2nd, a motorist with just that configuration was pulled over by an officer who identified it as a [quote] "visual obstruction." The police said the dish seemed to be an antenna like those that connect to the Starlink service
    which SpaceX introduced in its beta stage late last year.

    According to news accounts in the New York Post newspaper and CNBC, the motorist explained to the officer that the antenna was used for business
    and it provides a necessary Wi-Fi connection for the car. When the
    officer asked whether it impeded driving in any way, the motorist
    reportedly said that visibility was an issue only when making right
    turns.

    He was given a ticket for a moving violation. A post on the highway
    patrol's Facebook page for Antelope Valley, recounted the story too,
    citing a section of the California Vehicle Code which makes the mounting
    of visual obstructions on the hood of a vehicle to be illegal.

    That apparently applied to this vehicle, which was a red Toyota Prius.
    Perhaps the driver would have had better luck if he'd been driving
    something older, say, one from the 1960s or 1970s. We're thinking of one Chrysler Motors model in particular: It was called the Plymouth
    Satellite.

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

    (NYPOST and CNBC)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

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    IARU; India Today; the New York Post; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great
    Britain; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Space.com; Spacenews.com; Spaceweather.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW
    Shortwave; Wireless Institute of Australia; and you our listeners, that's
    all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

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    to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org. Be sure to
    follow some of these stories as they get a more indepth look on the
    YouTube Channel of 100 Watts and a Wire. Search for the video segment
    with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jul 15 20:49:14 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, be listening for members of the international
    group known as the Slow Morse Code Club, which is celebrating its
    first anniversary. They will be using CW and the special callsigns
    TM1SMC for France, GB1SMC for England and EI1SMC for Ireland. The
    anniversary event will be on the air between July 17th and July
    25th. The callsign TM1SMC will also be using SSB. QSL cards will be
    sent via the Bureau. Send your QSL cards and SWL reports to F4IIQ.
    Visit the QRZ page of TM1SMC for more details.

    Be listening for Brian, GW4DVB, active as J88PI from Palm Island,
    also known as Prune Island, in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Island group, between July 24th and August 1st. He wlil be on the
    air holiday style on 40/20/17/15/10 and 6 meters using CW, SSB, SSTV
    and FT8. Send QSLs to his home call only.

    The Svalbard DXpedition team has been joined by Rune, LA7THA, as the
    operators get ready for activation between July 21st and July 26th.
    They will be using the callsign JW0W (Jay W Zero W). Send QSLs to
    QSL manager Charles M0OXO through OQRS, Direct or via the Bureau.
    The full log will be uploaded to LoTW.

    John, KL2A, will be active from Anchorage, Alaska, throughout July
    on 160-6 metres using mainly CW and possibly FT8. Send QSLs to Post
    Office Box 924, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816, in the US.

    Members of the Bulgarian Radio Club Blagovestnik, LZ1KCP, are
    honoring yet another of the Orthodox saints during July. They will
    be using the callsign LZ950TM. This is part of a year-long activity
    toward the "All Saints - 2021" award. Send QSLs via the Bureau or
    direct to LZ1KCP. For more details about the awards visit the
    website at www dot lz1kcp dot com (www.lz1kcp.com). August's special
    event will have the callsign LZ363ER.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: DOUBLE THE AMATEUR RADIO JOY FOR MINNESOTA TWINS

    JIM/ANCHOR: For our final story, we ask: What's better than being in
    a ham radio family? How about having your identical twin right
    beside you in the shack for going on eight decades. Kent Peterson,
    KC0DGY, introduces us to these two YLs.

    KENT: Janet Robidoux, K0JE, and her sister, Janice Robidoux, K0JA,
    are the real Minnesota Twins. Their kind of teamwork has nothing to
    do with the American pro baseball team by the same name in their
    home state. Their teamwork reflects more on the sisterhood of a pair
    of Midwestern YLs who are not just identical twins but amateur radio operators.

    Being 86 means Janet and Janice have become DXers through life
    itself: At one time or another during their eight decades on the
    planet they have engaged in canoe-racing, competitive bowling,
    wildflower photography and adventure travel to every US state except
    Hawaii. They've taken part in volunteer efforts close to home and in
    enviable DX locations such as Indonesia and Tonga. They've also
    traveled to visit ham friends for eyeball QSOs in New Zealand and
    Australia.

    They have long since sold their recreational vehicle, their ice
    skates and their snow shoes and have stopped climbing the 65-foot
    tower outside their home 11 years ago but they're still game for a
    good hunt. At the home QTH, they chase national park radio operators
    while using CW and SSB. They also hunt and pounce the big DX with
    the help of 1,000 watts of power and the antenna they rotate to pull
    their quarry in.

    Their station log may be filled with countless QSOs but as they told
    the Star-Tribune newspaper, it's the blank pages they're focusing on
    now. Janet said: [quote] "We always want to get more countries."
    [endquote] Outside the front door in their garden, where the
    sisters' steel tower stands, possibilities still grow abundantly
    amid the flowering annuals.

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

    (STAR TRIBUNE)

    **

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    With thanks to AM Amateur Radio Europe; Amateur News Weekly; the
    ARRL; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; Dayton Daily News; DX-
    World.net; IARU; Finnish Amateur Radio League; Ham Radio Outlet;
    QRZ.com; Mark Steven Williams K9GX; Radio Society of Great Britain;
    the Star-Tribune newspaper; Southgate Amateur Radio News;
    shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Times of
    Israel; USKA; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from
    the Amateur Radio Newsline.

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    or to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org. Be
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    segment with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New
    York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in
    Charleston, West Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for
    listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jul 22 19:33:28 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, the Willis Island DXpedition planned for November has
    been cancelled. DXpedition leader Tommy Horozakis, VK2IR, said the
    activation cannot go forward following the spread of COVID-19 to four Australian states, and a set of new rules from the Coral Island
    Management Authority, banning the installation of any structures on the islands. The DXPedition would have coincided with 100 years of the
    weather observation station being on Willis Island.

    Bo, OZ1DJJ, will be active from Tasiilaq Island as OX3LX from July 28th through to August 13th. Bo will be on HF, but his main bands will be 6m
    and 4m. Send QSLs via OZ0J.

    Look for Yuris, YL2GM, and Ziedonis, YL2GN, to be on the air from the
    Estonian island of Hiiumaa during the RSGB IOTA contest. Be listening
    July 23rd through to the 25th.QSL via their home callsigns.

    Phil, M7CBK, is using the callsign ZC4CBK, while operating at the
    Akrotiri British Sovereign Base Area in Cyprus. Be listening to him
    through October. He'll be operating FT4 and FT8 on 20 metres. According
    to his QRZ page, he will also be on 2m in the hopes of using the FM and
    D-STAR repeaters in the Troodos Mountains. Send QSLs to EB7DX.

    Laurent, HB9HKE, is active from Iceland as TF/HB9HKE through to August
    7th. Be listening on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW but also on QRZ and
    eQSL.

    (DX-WORLD.NET)

    **

    KICKER: COLORADO AMATEUR RADIO CLUB REACHES A NEW HIGH POINT

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In all of our amateur radio experiences, we've all had our
    high points. For our final story this week, we visit a high point that's
    at an elevation of 11,724 feet. Mike Askins, KE5CXP, takes us there.

    MIKE: The Colorado site is called Sargents Mesa and on July 17th it
    became the scene of many firsts: It was a first-time SOTA activation for
    12 members of the San Luis Valley Amateur Radio Association K0SLV, and
    the first-time activation of the summit which carries the code W0C/LG-027 [W-ZERO-C slash LG dash Zero Two Seven].

    Like the summit, the hams' hopes were high as they started out under blue skies. Club president Bob Galey, NO1PB, told Newsline that the location
    is a place that feels like hallowed ground, a fact that further elevated
    the purpose of their visit. A polished granite monument there called SoldierStone honors the soldiers and civilians from Cambodia, Laos,
    Vietnam and elsewhere who fought alongside American GIs during the
    Vietnam War. Bob, a military veteran himself and now a pastor, made sure
    the activators shared a formal moment of respect and prayer before hiking
    a mile or so to the activation zone, where a total of eight operators got
    busy calling QRZ. According to the SOTA database, the activation ended successfully with 61 contacts. The activation was a high point capping a
    day of firsts for this club, which is less than two years old. It held
    added meaning too for hams such as Rick, KF0DCY, who had recently become licensed.

    Bob said a special QSL card will mark the occasion with a group picture
    taken in front of the monument, a shining symbol of valor tucked away
    quietly in a national forest high in the Rocky Mountains.

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

    (SARA, SOTA ATLAS, BOB GALEY NO1PB)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the Andover Advertiser; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; the
    BBC; Bob Galey NO1PB; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; DX-World.net; the
    EI7GL Blog; the Framingham Source; Greg Mossop G0DUB; Hackaday; IARU
    Region 1; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great Britain; Southgate Amateur
    Radio News; Summits on the Air; SOTA Atlas; shortwaveradio.de; Ted
    Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's
    all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

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    to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org. Be sure to
    follow some of these stories as they get a more in depth look on the
    YouTube Channel of 100 Watts and a Wire. Search for the video segment
    with the title "Two Stories."

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso, Indiana,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 6 07:42:02 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, the on-again off-again Bouvet Island DXpedition,
    3Y0J, [Three Y Zero J] appears enroute to being on again. DXpedition
    co-leader Paul Ewing, N6PSE, said the team is negotiating a new charter
    for the 12 operators to be transported to the rare DX location in the
    South Atlantic. The DXpedition's plans were halted in June after Nigel
    Jolly, K6NRJ, captain of the Braveheart, cancelled the contract with the DXpedition in preparation for his sale of the vessel. The team hopes to
    renew its fundraising efforts soon to reboot the DXpedition.

    Philippe, EA4NF, is operating as EA8/EA4NF from the Canary Islands until
    the 14th of August. This is a satellite DXpedition to activate Grid
    Squares IL27, IL28, and IL38 on both the FM and Linear satellites. QSL
    via LoTW.

    During International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, which is taking place
    on August 21st and 22nd, be listening for Ramesh, VU2LU, Sridhar,
    VU3GLS, Madhu, VU3NPI and others operating as AT8KLH from the Kapu Light House. Send QSLs to VU2JHM.

    Giovanni, IZ2DPX, will be active as CT8/IZ2DPX from three locations in
    the Azores between August 14th and 29th. Be listening for him on the HF
    bands where he will be using SSB and the digital modes. Send QSLs to
    IK2DUW via ClubLog.

    Bruce, ZL1AAO, will be in the South Cook Islands, activating Atiu Island
    until the 9th of August and then Rarotonga Island until the 19th of
    August. He will be using the callsign E51AAO and operating holiday style mainly on 40 and 20 meters SSB. Send QSLs to ZL1AAO direct or by the
    Bureau.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: TWO FOR THE ROAD

    NEIL/ANCHOR: So you think you know your kilocycles and your megacycles?
    Well meet a pair of hams defining the meaning of "megacycle," with the emphasis on the cycles which, in this case, have handlebars, pedals, and
    an important purpose. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, with our final story of
    the week.

    JEREMY: Perhaps the journey of this father-daughter duo should be called
    "the mega-metre" - they are on a one thousand six hundred forty
    kilometre bicycle and radio route in the UK from LandΓÇÖs End to the Cape Wrath Lighthouse and then on to John OΓÇÖGroats. With bicycles and radios
    on hand, this duo will be getting on the air often during their 28-day
    trip using primarily 145 and 430 MHz FM but also operating HF QRP and
    WSPR and APRS.

    Kev, G0PEK, and his 16-year-old daughter, Lauren, 2E0HLR, will be
    operating with their home callsigns except for when they camp at night
    when they will be calling as MX0KRO, the callsign of the Kent Active
    Radio Amateurs group. The two are making the DX-pedition-style journey
    to raise money for the RNLI, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution,
    which helps save lives of mariners in UK and the Republic of Ireland,
    the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. The two share an enthusiasm
    for the outdoors but also believe charitable causes can benefit from
    their adventures.

    On the project's GoFundMe page, Kev writes that the fund target is
    £5000, roughly the equivalent of $7,000 US. He writes: [quote] "The
    project will not just raise funds for the RNLI, but will also raise
    awareness of amateur radio as a scientific hobby that can be linked to
    other interests for people of all ages." [end quote]

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

    (SOUTHGATE, GOFUNDME, KENT ACTIVE RADIO AMATEURS)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Airlineratings.com; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; CQ
    Magazine; David Behar K7DB; FCC.Gov; FISTS; G4FON.NET; GoFundMe.com;
    Kent Active Radio Amateurs; QRZ.com; QSO Today; Rohit Bhosale VU2MIB;
    Satara Hams; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted
    Randall's QSO Radio Show; Timaru Herald; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information or
    to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Union, Kentucky,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 13 02:21:55 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, keep your eyes on Bouvet Island, which is now the
    focus of three DXpeditions: the Three Y Zero Eye (3Y0I) team later this
    year, a rebooted, reorganized Three Y Zero J (3Y0J) team emerged, with co-leaders Ken, LA7GIA, Rune, LA7THA, and Erwann, LB1QI. On its new
    website, that team announced it recently signed an agreement to make
    the trip in November 2022. Meanwhile, the Intrepid-DX Group has also
    announced that it is restarting its plans, under revised leadership,
    for a DXpedition in 2023.

    Listen for for members of the Radio Club Queretaro, XE1RCQ, in Mexico,
    who will be using the special callsign 6E0CC to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Consummated Independence from Spain. They will be on various HF bands until September 30th. QSL via XE1EE, direct or LoTW.

    Be listening for Jean Louis, F4FSY, using the callsign F4FSY/p from Ile
    de Oleron until August 20th. He is on the HF bands using SSB and FT8.
    QSL via LoTW, eQSL, by the bureau of the REF, the French national
    amateur radio society, or direct.

    Francesco, IK6QON, is on the air as SV8/IK6QON from Lefkada and
    Meganisi Islands until the 17th of August. He is operating holiday
    style, using CW and SSB on 40 through 6 metres. Send QSLs via his home
    call.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: UP, UP AND AWAY FOR HIS 99th BIRTHDAY

    JIM/ANCHOR: If a certain military veteran feels lighter than air lately
    as he approaches his 99th birthday, there's good reason for it. For our
    final story, let's let Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, introduce him.

    JEREMY: World War II veteran Ron Shelley, G3NZY, marked his upcoming
    99th birthday by going on the air. He did it in a very big way: there
    was no radio involved, just a hot air balloon which was launched on
    Monday 1st August from York Racecourse, giving him a clear view of the
    North Yorkshire landscape.

    According to a report in the Darlington and Stockton Times, Ron had
    been a wireless operator, travelling far and wide during his time in
    the Army. At age 22, he had been among the troops sent to France in
    1944, six days after D-Day to transmit false messages to confuse the
    enemy.

    More recently, though, he had one decidedly true message to impart to
    the staff at the Connaught Court care home in York where he is resident
    that his life's dream was to ride in a hot air balloon. The staff, appreciating his spirit of adventure, enlisted the help of the
    Association of Friends of Connaught Court to arrange it. They
    successfully kept their birthday surprise from him until the time was
    right.

    A few weeks short of his 99th birthday, Ron Shelley was soon in the air
    with his son, Peter. It was the uplifting moment in a long lifetime for
    this decorated veteran army sergeant.

    He told the newspaper: [quote] "I thought it would be a thrilling one-
    off experience, a once in a life-time trip, so I’m seizing the chance
    while I still can." [endquote]

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

    (DARLINGTON AND STOCKTON TIMES)

    **

    We remind our listeners: Be sure to watch Newsline's presentation of
    this year's Young Ham of the Year award to Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, on
    W5KUB's Amateur Radio Roundtable. The link to the August 10th show can
    be seen in the script of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

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

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; the
    Associated Press; CQ Magazine; Darlington and Stockton Times; David
    Behar K7DB; FCC.Gov; GOV. uk; Greg Mossop G0DUB; NBC; NPR; QRZ.com; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; the YL
    Beam newsletter; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur
    Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information or
    to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 19 21:34:50 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, listen for Elvira, IV3FSG, using the callsign 5X3R
    from Uganda through the 2nd of September. She is on 80m through 10m using
    SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Send QSLs via IK2DUW, direct, by the Bureau or
    ClubLog.

    Fred, DL5YM, and his XYL Tina, DL5YL, will be on the air as HBZero/DL5YM
    and HBZero/DL5YL, respectively, from Liechtenstein between the 5th and
    28th of September. Their time on the air will be limited because they
    will be hiking during the day. Listne on 160m through 6m where they will
    be using mostly CW, with some SSB and RTTY. Be listening for them as well during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest taking place September 25th and 26th.
    Send QSLs via their home callsigns, direct, by the DARC Bureau or
    ClubLog.

    Don't forget you can pick up some great DX during the International
    Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on the 21st and 22nd of August. There are
    nearly 300 registered Lighthouse/Lightship stations around the world that
    are planning to be on the air. Visit the website illw dot net.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: A FRIEND IN NEED

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Finally, it's been said that "when all else fails,
    there's ham radio." Our last story takes this one step further. Because
    even when amateur radio isn't directly involved, when all else fails,
    there's nothing like ham radio FRIENDS. Here's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB,
    with that story.

    RALPH: Ham radio is what gave Blil Scott, K6PKL, and Skip Kritcher,
    K7ZAA, the gift of friendship.

    But ironically, it was the connection via another form of radio
    communication -- the cellphone -- that gave Skip the gift of life.

    According to a report from CBS Sacramento, the Myrtle Point, Oregon radio operator was apparently felled by a stroke last month, and desperately
    punched up numbers on his mobile phone, thinking he was calling his
    sister. Those numbers connected him instead with Bill, 500 miles away in
    San Joaquin County, California.

    Skip had difficulty speaking because his speech was slurred, but suddenly
    Bill realized who it was who was speaking, and that his friend was in distress. Bill's wife, Sharon, a retired nurse, concluded Skip had just
    had a stroke. The couple called 9-1-1, and first responders in Oregon were dispatched to his home to transport him to a hospital.

    According to the news report, Skip is back at home recovering after four
    days in the hospital and for now he still has some impaired vision. One
    of the EMTs told Bill and Sharon he would have died within a few hours if
    he hadn't found help.

    While Skip recovers, he and Bill, who belongs to the Ham Radio Club in Manteca, have gone back to communicating under less urgent circumstances.
    They are also using their preferred means of getting in touch with one another: amateur radio.

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

    (CBS SACRAMENTO, MANTECA RIPON BULLETIN)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; the Associated
    Press; Billerica Amateur Radio Society; Bristol CERT; CBS Sacramento; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; Daily DX; FCC.Gov; Funk Funeral Home; Laird Solomon VE3LKS; Manteca Rpon Bulletin; NBC Connecticut; Ohio Penn DX;
    QRZ.com; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's
    QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from
    the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information or
    to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio,
    saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Aug 27 08:30:51 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    The Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Radio Society is marking the 59th
    anniversary of the nation's independence, with a special event station,
    using callsign 9Y59IND, through September 12th. Listen on HF, the
    digital modes, 2 meters, EME, DMR, D-STAR, and Yaesu Fusion. QSLs will
    be via Logbook of the World only.

    Masa, JA0RQV, is operating as A35JP from Tonga, where he will be until
    October 31st. Be listening on 80 through 6 meters, where he is using
    CW, SSB, and FT8.

    QSL via LoTW and ClubLog, or direct with $2 in US currency, or by the
    bureau using his home callsign.

    Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society are using the special
    event callsign A60EXPO, between September 1st and October 1st, to
    promote World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The expo itself runs from October
    31st until March 31st of next year. Send QSLs via EA7FTR.

    Be listening for Pascual, EA5WO, who will be using the special event
    callsign AN5WAR, from Valencia, Spain, between September 1st and the
    30th. Pascual is commemorating the 82nd anniversary of the start of
    the Second World War. He will be operating on various HF bands. QSL
    via LoTW or eQSL.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: A SPARK GLOWS BRIGHTLY AT MUSEUM IN FINLAND

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In our final story, we visit a museum in Finland, where
    ham radio operators are delivering their messages to hams and non-hams
    alike, via a display of their homebrew equipment. Ed Durrant, DD5LP,
    takes us there.

    ED: The exhibit is called "It Started with a Spark," and it honours
    100 years of innovation and home-brewing among amateur radio operators
    in Finland.

    Housed at the Finnish Museum of Technology, the exhibit features
    equipment created by amateur radio operators, many of whom are members
    of SRAL, the Finnish Radio Amateur Association.

    So, it is no surprise that this summertime exhibit is actually the
    result of some clever home-brewing itself.

    It began as a concept for Heikki Lempola, OH2BGX, a member of the radio association's anniversary committee. He envisioned it as a display of
    self-made technology, that would feature some of the equipment the radio association itself had put on display previously during smaller local
    one-day exhibits.

    Like a spark that gives energy to something greater than itself, his
    idea grew and grew, once Heikki had a conversation with Rina Linna,
    the exhibition producer at the museum in Helsinki. The museum, and the
    radio association's centennial tribute made for natural pairing. The home-brewing got under way, and the collection grew from compact antennas
    to transmitters to transceivers, just for starters. The exhibit runs
    through to the 29th of August.

    In an interview posted on the museum's blog, both Heikki and Rina remark
    that the equipment is on display to showcase its aesthetics, as well as
    its functionality. Both agreed that visitors don't have to be hams to appreciate the beauty and the brilliance of what they're seeing.

    It's the kind of amateur radio that gets its message across to everyone,
    even to people who aren't hams.

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

    (SOUTHGATE, SRAL, FINNISH MUSEUM OF TECHNOLOGY)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; the Australian Communications and Media Authority; the BBC; Business Insider; CQ
    Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; Daily DX; EarthSky; Eric Koester, KA0YWN;
    the Finnish Museum of Technology; the US Food and Drug Administration;
    Mark Sullivan, ZL3AB; Mike Sartoretti, KC2SYF; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.com;
    Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; SRAL; Ted Randall's
    QSO Radio Show; West Bengal Radio Club; WFTV Channel 9; WTWW Shortwave;
    and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information,
    or to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 2 19:50:03 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Michael, DF8AN, will be active as 9A/DF8AN from
    Croatia until September 12th, and he intends to activate a number of lighthouses. Listen for him on CW, and the Digital modes. He will finish
    his activation in Croatia, and move next to the Canary Islands in
    October. Send QSLs via DF8AN, direct or by the Bureau.

    A special event in Spain is marking International Chocolate Day with the callsign EG5DIC. The station will be on the air from September 10th to
    the 19th, marking the special day itself which is on the 13th. Be
    listening on various HF bands where the activators will be using CW, SSB
    and FT8. A downloadable diploma in PDF format will be available. QSL via
    the Bureau.

    Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has asked us to remind those of you who are looking to
    make DX contacts there's no better opportunity than in this weekend's
    Portable Operations Challenge. Whether you have a large or small station
    this international contest will be bringing out lots of eager stations
    just wanting your 4-digit Maidenhead locator. Why not put in a log as
    well even if you only get a few contacts, it's all part of the fun to see where you come compared to your locals! Full details can be found on the
    FMH POC webpage. Will you take the challenge?

    [DO NOT READ OUT: foxmikehotel.com/ challenge.]

    **

    KICKER: SKY HIGH PRIDE FOR HIS COLLEGE-BOUND DAUGHTER

    JIM/ANCHOR: For our final story, we visit a ham radio operator, who is
    the proud father of a first-year college student. You might say his pride is....sky-high. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, picks up the story from here.

    KENT: Almost every parent of a college-bound student wants their son or daughter to shoot for the stars. Roben Beyer, KG0OC, of Bemidji,
    Minnesota gave his daughter something to help her do it: Her own 40-foot rocket.

    According to a story in the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper, the ham
    constructed the shape of a spacecraft using his amateur radio tower, and
    that of course meant removing his antennas - at least temporarily. But
    dad knew the rocket would help him transmit something better than a
    signal report: His hopes and dreams for daughter Allie, as she leaves to pursue her studies in biochemistry and biology at the University of
    Minnesota Duluth. According to the newspaper, her love of astronomy has
    helped her set her sights on a career in the space industry.

    In fact, Roben said, the tower-top rocketship took its inspiration from father-daughter stargazing sessions on the back deck of their home at
    night, using a telescope that had belonged to his own father. He said to
    the newspaper: [quote] "This was a seed that got planted that we've
    nurtured through the years." [endquote]. Ascending his tower for the
    first time in about 10 years, he created the rocket's body out of
    reinforced plastic and finished off with wooden lettering. It may never
    sail higher than its prominent spot atop the tower, but the Beyer family
    is certain that their college student, fueled by dreams and hard work, is ready to be launched.

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

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication;
    Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; Appalachian Trail on the Air; the ARRL; BBC Sounds; the Bemidji Pioneer; CQ Magazine; the Daily Mail; David Behar
    K7DB; Daily DX; FCC.Gov; Jenny Tupper; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.com; Ron Delpiere-Smith, KD9IPO; the SOTA Reflector; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; and you
    our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information or
    to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West
    Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 9 21:27:56 2021
    AUSTRALIAN HAM CLUB INVITES THE WORLD

    DON/ANCHOR: There's something for everyone in a new Special Interest
    Group that's about to begin meeting up in Sydney, Australia. Best of
    all, you don't even have to be in Australia to attend, as Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, tells us.

    GRAHAM: The Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club is inviting you
    all to Australia. The occasion is the startup of the club's Special
    Interest Group Session, or SIGS. The first one is set for Friday,
    September 17th at 7:30 p.m. local time. The location is club
    headquarters in Bendigo East Hall in Bendigo but don't let the small
    obstacle of an ocean or two prevent you from being a part of it: the
    club is opening the session to attendees everywhere, via Zoom and
    every radio club is encouraged to participate. According to an email
    from Graeme Knight, VK3GRK, these sessions are being held on
    weekends at BAREC headquarters and will cover a variety of topics,
    led by club members with expertise in those areas. They will cover
    such topics as CW, JS8Call, WinLink, mentoring and an introduction
    to amateur radio.

    The Zoom details can be found in the script for this week's newscast
    at arnewsline.org.

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

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, do not read: Meeting ID: 870 7458 1685
    Passcode: 749704]

    Link to meeting is https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87074581685?pwd=aXdrQ2l4eXlCdzdJOVRoOVdWQmtDdz09

    (BAREC)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, special event stations ED3SDC, EG1SDC through
    EG8SDC, and EH1SDC through EH8SDC are on the air from Spain until
    the 12th of September. The stations are commemorating the Asturias
    Day Festival and its patron saint, Santina de Covadonga. Send QSLs
    to EA1AUM, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL. There are also
    downloadable certificates. For more details visit QRZ.com.

    Be listening for Mark, W5MED, who is at McMurdo Station on Ross
    Island in Antarctica, AN-011, until October. Mark can be heard on
    the air on 14.243 MHz SSB and 14.070 MHz FT8. Send QSLs direct to
    K7MT, and Logbook of The World.

    If you're planning to work any amateurs from Belgium, be listening
    for the special prefix OS being used through the 12th of December.
    The Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications has
    given permission for the substitution of the usual ON prefix to mark
    the 120th anniversary of the first transatlantic radio transmission
    by Guglielo Marconi.

    (RSGB, OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: BROADBAND FOR THE BIRDS?

    DON/ANCHOR: Our final story is transmitted signals, pigeons and a
    bit of a flap that has nothing to do with those feathered wings.
    Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, flutters in on a wing and a prayer with all those
    details.

    NEIL: Satellite enthusiasts are known to call their passion "working
    the birds." Who doesn't love the thrill of bouncing signals from on
    high with a little help from some ham-friendly tech in the sky? But
    not all birds, apparently, are friendly to radio signals. In this
    case, we mean the feathered kind of birds which are being eyed for
    possible disruption of a satellite broadband service. Call it
    suspected RFI - for Ruffled Feather Interference. Pigeons, it seems,
    may be a source of trouble for at least one man who is beta-testing
    Elon Musk's Starlink service in the UK. Signals from the low-earth-
    orbit satellite system are sent to small rooftop receiving dishes
    that could appear to be a birdbath in need of refilling — that is,
    if you happen to be a thirsty bird. Alan Woodward, a professor at
    the University of Surrey, told the BBC in a recent report that he
    blames roosting pigeons for his intermittent lack of reception. The
    BBC interviewed an unnamed expert who said the presence of pigeons
    could impact service but the BBC had no comment from Starlink
    itself. One thing is certain, however: satellites most definitely
    benefit from line of sight, not line of flight.

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

    (BBC)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Alan Thompson, W6WN; AMSAT; Appalachian Trail on the
    Air; the ARRL; BAREC; BBC Sounds; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB;
    Daily DX; FCC.Gov; Helvetia Telegraphy Club; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.com;
    Radio Society of Great Britain; the SOTA Reflector; Southgate
    Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Spacenews; Ted Randall's QSO
    Radio Show; Twitter; WTWW Shortwave; the YL Beam; and you our
    listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more information
    or to support us visit our official website at arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New
    York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in
    Picayune, Mississippi, saying 73. As always, we thank you for
    listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 17 03:56:49 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Dom, 3Z9DX, will be on Conway Reef west of
    Fiji activating as a one-man DXpedition to this, the 41st most
    wanted DXCC entity. Dom, who belongs to the Rebel DX Group,
    expects to be on the air by the 17th of September and will be
    using the callsign 3D2CR. Be listening on 160 through 6 meters
    where he will be using CW, SSB and FT8/FT4 for about a two-week
    period. See QRZ.COM for QSL details.

    Kiyo, JA7NQQ, is on the air from Katmandu, Nepal as 9N7NQ until
    the 23rd of September. This is not a DXpedition so he will be
    operating only during his free time, likely 23:00 to 0100 UTC and
    12:00 to 15:00 UTC). Be listening on 40 to 10m where he will be
    using mostly FT8 mode. His QSL information is at QRZ.com.

    Brian, N3OC, and Bud, AA3B, are on Antigua operating as V26OC and
    V26K, respectively, until September 20th. Be listening on the HF
    bands and 6m. QSL via their home callsigns, LoTW or Club Log OQRS.

    Mike, VK4DX, will be on the air from Russell Island OC-137 between
    September 23rd and the 26th, operating on 40-15m. He will be using
    CW, FT8 and SSB.

    Bo, OZ1DJJ, is active as OX3LX from Greenland until the 21st of
    September, operating on the low bands with a vertical antenna.
    Send QSLs via OZ0J. (Oh Zed Zero Jay)

    (DX-WORLD.NET)

    **

    KICKER: WITH CW, IT'S NO SPEED? NO PROBLEM!

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Our final story is a retelling of the old fable that
    "slow and steady wins the race." For one Australian club, it's
    especially true for fans of CW. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, picks up the story....slowly.

    GRAHAM: The Peel Amateur Radio Group believes there's no business
    like Slow Business, especially when it comes to CW. The club,
    based on Mandurah, Western Australia, has been on a mission to get
    CW to flourish among its newest members and to rekindle the keyers
    of oldtimers among them. They credit one member, Tony VK6DQ, with
    leading the charge through his nighttime coaching sessions. The
    club itself has already run a pair of Slow CW contests on 80
    metres this year for members and nonmembers alike. The third
    event, on Saturday September 18th, extends the competition
    throughout all of the Oceania region.

    It's actually not a competition at all. It's about being friendly and.....Taking. Your. Time. In fact, downloadable guidelines on
    the club's website tell readers [quote] "You'll make mistakes and
    you'll hear others making mistakes while they're learning too --
    relax, have fun and don't sweat the small stuff!" [endquote]

    It's not that the club is in any big rush to find slow senders --
    but members DO want to encourage the slowest of the slow to get in
    on the action. In fact, members David Millett, VK6FAAZ, and Mark
    Bosma, VK2KI/VK6QI, have written in a Facebook post: [quote]
    "Please give it a go, no matter how bad you think you are, it's
    all about having a go and having some fun." [endquote]

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

    (PEEL AMATEUR RADIO GROUP)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to AMSAT; the Antique Wireless Association; the ARRL;
    CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; DX-World.Net; IARU; Japan Amateur
    Radio League; Joe Stoltz K2AEI; NASA; NY Times; Ohio Penn DX; Peel
    Amateur Radio Group; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great Britain; the
    SOTA Reflector; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de;
    Space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Wichita Falls Times-
    Record News; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all
    from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. For more
    information or to support us visit our official website at
    arnewsline.org.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New
    York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in
    Union, Kentucky saying 73. As always we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 24 01:31:58 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Fred, KB4DMQ, has returned to Shemya (shem-Yuh)
    Island in the Aleutians, southwest of Alaska, and for the next two
    months will be operating again as KL7FBI. Be listening on 20 and 40
    metres where he will be using SSB. Send QSLs to KL7FBI.

    Harald, DF2WO, is operating as 9X2AW in Rwanda until the 28th of
    September. He is using mainly the digital modes, FT8, PSK31, JT65 and
    RTTY with some CW and SSB. He is also using the QO-100 satellite on 2m
    and 70 cm. Send QSLs via M0OXO (Em ZERO OH X OH) or his OQRS.

    If you're looking to get the Maldives in your logbook, prepare now for November when Remo HB9SHD will be on the air from Kandolhu island,
    Maldives as 8Q7RM. His plan is to operate for several hours each day, especially at night for North and South America QSOs. Send QSLs via his
    home callsign.

    (DX-WORLD.NET, OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: FOR YOUNG HAMS, A MOUNTAIN MEETING WITH THE METEORS

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our final story takes place in the mountains of
    Romania, where students using SOTA gear during the day also made
    contact with the cosmos at night. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, shares the
    details.

    ED: For the 18 students who spent three days on the summits in Romania,
    this past summer will always be the Summer of the Perseids. Under the
    guidance of seven adults, including their teacher Adrian, YO5IA, the
    young amateurs from Transylvania ventured into the Vlădeasa (vulla-
    DESSA) Mountains in mid-August. They were backpacking to experience
    nature — and the nature of making SOTA radio contacts from on high.

    Sorin, YO2MSB, who is ranked a SOTA Mountain Goat, schooled the
    students in SOTA basics. Then, using their school club callsign YO6KGS,
    they set up stations on various peaks in an attempt to accumulate
    points.

    According to a diary kept by students Daria, YO6CDC, and Horatiu,
    YO6HDC, daylight hours were spent learning about SOTA and chasing
    contacts. At night, they chased another contact, the Perseid Meteor
    showers. They had extra help from a telescope brought by Rares, a guest
    at the chalet where the group was staying.

    Daria wrote in her diary, in English translation: [quote] "No matter
    how tired we were, we couldn't miss the campfire and the opportunity to
    look through Rares' telescope. Waiting for our turn to look at the
    planets Saturn and Venus, our eyes were directed only to the sky at the Perseids. We were so excited that we woke up at 4 in the morning to
    watch them at their maximum intensity."[endquote]

    The students may not have successfully activated all the summits on
    their list, but they scored big points with the Perseids. Adrian told
    Newsline more SOTA expeditions are planned this year and then next
    summer it's back to the Vlădeasa Mountains: He said [quote] "The days
    of the Perseids will become a tradition for us."[endquote]

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

    (ADRIAN BACIU YO5IA)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Adrian Baciu, YO5IA; ARISS; the ARRL;
    Bob Koepke, AA6TB; CQ Magazine; Dave Hartley, K5OZ; David Behar K7DB;
    Don Beattie, G3BJ; East Essex Hackspace; Lloyd Colston, KC5FM; Ohio
    Penn DX; QRZ.com; the PAARC; Southgate Amateur Radio News;
    shortwaveradio.de; Spacenews; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Twitter;
    WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur
    Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. We remind our listeners
    that Amateur Radio Newsline is an all-volunteer non-profit organization
    that incurs expenses for its continued operation. If you wish to
    support us, please visit our website at arnewsline.org and know that we appreciate you all.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth,
    Ohio, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 8 05:09:19 2021
    IN-PERSON EXAMS RETURNING IN UK

    JIM/ANCHOR: In the UK, it's almost back to business as usual for amateur
    radio exams but there are a few changes in the works. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: Face-to-face amateur radio exams are making a comeback now that pandemic restrictions are easing after 18 months. Exams via remote invigilation and training by distance-learning sessions are giving way to in-person club meetings and training for those who choose it. The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced that starting on the 1st November, clubs will be able to use a new online booking system for candidates' paper-based exams. The same booking system is already in use for online
    exams as of the 6th of October. There are plans, however, to phase out the paper exams eventually.

    Meanwhile, candidates planning to take the Foundation exam, going forward, will no longer be required to complete a practical test, according to the
    RSGB Examination Standards Committee. The tests had in any case been
    suspended during the 18-month pandemic restriction period, but clubs are
    still encouraged to include a practical component in their candidate
    training.

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

    (RSGB)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, be listening for Nobby, G0VJG, operating as 3B8/G0VJG,
    from Mauritius, until the 16th of October. He's on 80 through 10 metres
    using SSB and the Digital modes. Request QSLs via M0OXO's OQRS or send directly to him.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: HAM RADIO FILM SHORT, 'NIGHT,' COMES TO LIGHT

    JIM/ANCHOR: Our final story takes us to the movies -namely to the
    screening of a short film featuring student actors....and amateur
    radio! Mike Askins, KE5CXP, wraps it up for us this week.

    MIKE: In 34 harrowing minutes, a world awakens darkened by a sudden and unexplained absence of morning sun. Amateur radio provides a lifeline for
    a group of terrified children who've disovered they've been plunged into
    an endless state of midnight. This is the plot of the film short, "Night," which premiered recently on YouTube following its release by John
    D'Aquino's Young Actors Workshop, a California-based drama school. The workshop had reached out to the Edmond Amateur Radio Society, K5EOK, for technical assistance to prepare for the filming in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    The young actors may all be relative unknowns for now, but hams in
    Oklahoma and beyond might recognize two of the names in the credits:
    Marcus Sutliffe, N5ZY, and Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW. Marcus gets special
    thanks for making the connections with the club, and Kevin is credited as technical advisor. Kevin, who has an extensive film and video production background, is also featured in a key speaking role as The Colonel, the
    radio operator the youngsters reach out to for guidance. The Colonel tells them that a nuclear blast has occurred, putting a shroud of darkness
    between the Earth and the sun.

    Written and directed by John D'Aquino, the film is a showcase for the
    young student actors, and was created with assistance from the Oklahoma
    Film and Music Office. But even within its plotline of darkness and destruction, amateur radio emerges as a shining light and a ray of hope
    for making meaningful connections in troubled times.

    To view the film, see the link in the printed version of this week's
    script at arnewsline.org

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

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf1Q4tS32Ww ]

    (MARK KLEINE, N5HZR)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to AMSAT; the ARRL; ARISS-UK; CQ Magazine; CQ Worldwide
    contest blog; David Behar, K7DB; Mark Kleine, N5HZR; Mary Hare School;
    Michael Moran, WB2FUV; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great
    Britain; the SOTA Reflector; Southgate Amateur Radio News;
    shortwaveradio.de; SOTA Reflector; space.com; spacenews; Sujanya News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; West Bengal Radio Club; WTWW Shortwave; and you,
    our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. We remind our listeners
    that Amateur Radio Newsline is an all-volunteer non-profit organization
    that incurs expenses for its continued operation. If you wish to support
    us, please visit our website at arnewsline.org and know that we appreciate
    you all.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West
    Virginia, saying 73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 15 03:41:01 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, be listening for members of the International
    Amateur Radio Contest DX Club who are using the call sign 4U2U until
    October 31st. They are celebrating United Nations Day, which is October
    24th. This station counts as a contact with Austria, prefix OE, for DX purposes and it counts as 4U for the Vienna International Centre for the
    CQ DX Marathon Award. Send QSLs to UA3DX, direct or by the Bureau.

    The CQ WW DX SSB contest taking place on October 30th and 31st offers
    the opportunity for a number of stations in Indonesia, Kuwait and
    Hawaii.

    In Indonesia, a team using the callsign 7A2A will be operating from a
    contest station in central Java. QSL using LoTW or send QSLs direct or
    to YB2DX.

    In Kuwait, Abdallah, 9K2GS, will be active in the contest as 9K2K. Send
    QSLs to EC6DX or QSL via LoTW.

    Be listening for Alex, KU1CW, in Hawaii, using the callsign KH7Q from
    Oahu Island. He will also be active before and after the contest using
    the callsign KH6/KU1CW. QSL KH7Q via LoTW or direct to AH6NF.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: WI-FI? WHY NOT? A DIFFERENT KIND OF DX

    PAUL/ANCHOR: For our final story, we look at a most unusual kind of DX.
    It was accomplished recently using a mode that is usually associated
    with very local signals. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about it.

    ED: It's hardly the preferred mode for DXing, but Wi-Fi certainly went
    the distance recently for two hams in Italy who succeeded in making
    contact between the island of Sardinia and the Tuscan summit of Monte
    Amita, 304 kilometres, or nearly 200 miles away.

    The connection made across the Tyrrhenian (TUH-REEN-EE-YUN) Sea was a
    project undertaken by the Italian Center for Experimental Radio
    Activities and was reported recently on the Wi-FiPLanet website. The
    report didn't say who the hams were but the Italian center's spokesman
    Mirco Paesante (PIE-SANTAY) IZ3HAD called the achievement a world record
    for Wi-Fi and a first step in creating [quote] "a wide-band digital
    network to connect all Italian ham radio users to each other and to
    other services provided by our associations." [endquote] Those services include D-STAR, Echolink, and Amateur TV.

    The 802.11a link was created using radio modules on both ends from
    Ubiquity Networks based in San Jose, California. The modules were
    connected to 35dBi 5GHz parabolic dish antennas.

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

    (WI-FIPLANET.COM)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the ACMA; the Alexanderson Association; AMSAT-UK; the
    ARRL; COMREG; CQ Magazine; Dan Romanchik, KB6NU; David Behar, K7DB; NASA;
    Ohio Penn DX Bulletin; Outremers360; QRZ.com; Radio Society of Great
    Britain; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; SOTA
    Reflector; space.com; spacenews; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Telengana Today; Wi-Fi Planet; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all
    from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. We remind our listeners
    that Amateur Radio Newsline is an all-volunteer non-profit organization
    that incurs expenses for its continued operation. If you wish to support
    us, please visit our website at arnewsline.org and know that we
    appreciate you all.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
    and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO, in Valparaiso,
    Indiana, saying 73. As always we thank you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Oct 22 08:36:57 2021
    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Miguel, EA1BP, will operate from Martinique from the
    27th of October to the 5th of November as FM/EA1BP. He'll be on the air holiday style using CW and SSB only, on various bands. Listen for him as
    well during the CQ WW DX SSB contest on the 30th and 31st of October, when
    he will be using the callsign TO7O (T OH SEVEN OH). Send QSLs to his home
    call direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog or LoTW.

    In the months ahead, be listening for the special callsign DL35EUDX
    between November of 2021 and October of 2022. Radio operators will be
    using it to mark the 35th anniversary of the European DX Foundation. Be listening as well for other special event stations with callsigns ending
    in 35EUDXF. An award will be available for contacts.

    December will be a big month for Gavin, GM0GAV, who is activating the
    callsign GB60ANT all month from Scotland to mark the 60th anniversary of
    the Antarctic Treaty Signature. Send QSLs to GM0LVI.

    Listen for TJ, PE1OJR, operating holiday-style from Bonaire as PJ4/PE1OJR through October 29th. He will be on SSB and FT8/FT4 on 40 and 20 meters.
    QSL using LoTW or ClubLog.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: GOOD SIGNAL REPORT FOR NEW HAM MAGAZINE

    NEIL/ANCHOR: If hams love something more than anything else, it's communicating. That means when they're not on the radio, they're talking
    about radio or reading about it. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us about a magazine recently launched by amateur radio operators in India that's
    being published electronically to a worldwide readership.

    JOHN: Amateurs from the Satara Institute of Hams and the Ocean Cadet
    Academy Ham Club have just added to the library of amateur radio
    publications with the launch of The Five Nine Amateur Radio Magazine.
    Editor Gauri Gopi Shetty, VU3WTE, and associate editor Komal Bhosale,
    VU3LWE, present articles every quarter showcasing projects, contests and
    club activities, paying tribute as well to Silent Keys. According to the Satara Institute's Rohit Bhosale, VU2MIB / W2MIB, the digital magazine,
    which is available as a free, downloadable PDF, already has more than
    15,000 readers globally. The October issue has just been published. The inaugural issue, released in June, featured radio pioneer Jagadish Chandra Bose on the cover and a message from club president Deepak Visvanathan
    VU3IKO. He said the editorial team takes particular pride in launching the magazine on the occasion of the centenary year of amateur radio in India.
    The publication's name - represented by the numerals "5" and "9" represent
    the report given for a perfect signal for QSOs by phone.

    The editorial team is hoping readers will likewise give Five Nine magazine.....a five nine.

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

    (ROHIT BHOSALE, VU2MIB / W2MIB)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to the the ARDC; ARRL; Business Wire; CQ Magazine; CNN; David Behar, K7DB; Energous; HamSCI; Lt. Taylor Curran; Nashua Area Radio
    Society; National Institute of Amateur Radio; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.com;
    Oregon Ham-WAN; Radio Society of Great Britain; Ralph Rognstad, W4RRJ;
    Rohit Bhosale VU2MIB / W2MIB; Straight Key Century Club; Southgate Amateur Radio News; shortwaveradio.de; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW
    Shortwave; Yachting Monthly and you our listeners, that's all from the
    Amateur Radio Newsline.

    You can write to us at newsline@arnewsline.org. We remind our listeners
    that Amateur Radio Newsline is an all-volunteer non-profit organization
    that incurs expenses for its continued operation. If you wish to support
    us, please visit our website at arnewsline.org and know that we appreciate
    you all.

    For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and
    our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, in Union, Kentucky, saying
    73. As always, we thank you for listening.

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