Friday, July 27, 2012
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1824 - July 27 2012
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1824 with a release
date of July 27 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a Q-S-T. The International Amateur Radio
Union to vote on admitting two new members; Solar Cycle 24
heats up with a massive East coast VHF band opening; the
London 2012 Olympics ham radio stations take to the air and
four new ham radio CubeSats go skyward. Find out the
details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1824
coming your way right now.
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HAM POLITICS: IARU VOTING ON TWO PROPOSED NEW MEMBERS
The International Amateur Radio Union could have two new
members before years end. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather
Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, is here with the details:
The Federation of Radio Sport of Azerbaijan or FRSA and the
St. Vincent & Grenadine Amateur Radio Club are being
proposed for membership in the International Amateur Radio
The FRSA based in Baku. It so far has 50 members. The St.
Vincent & Grenadine Amateur Radio Club has 21 members. Both
have made their proposals through IARU Region 2 for
The International Amateur Radio Union Calendar notes that
the groups have declared that they can satisfy the
requirements of the IARU Constitution and Bylaws. As such,
their proposed membership has been put up to the vote by all
International Amateur Radio Union member societies who have
until November 1st to cast a ballot.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Butera-Howell,
KB3TZD, near Berwick, Pennsylvania.
Meantime, Jim Linton, VK3PC reports on two International
Amateur Radio Union member certifications that have been
rescinded. Linton says that despite a request, no proof has
been provided that the former PNGARS of Papua New Guinea and
BARTS in Burma or Myanmar still exist and have been
withdrawn from membership. (VK3PC)
VHF DX: BIG VHF OPENING ALONG THE EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL
They are calling it one of the best VHF band openings since
the late 1950's. This as hams along the Eastern seaboard
and South-Central states report what appears to be both a
tropospheric duct and some double-hop E layer skip that
permitted QSO's from Vermont south to Tennessee and Texas on
bands as high as 220 MHz on Tuesday, July 24th.
One interesting report came to us from Kevin Duplantis,
W4KEV. He says that at about 5:30 pm EST in Knoxville,
Tennessee that he was tuning around the FM broadcast band
when he stopped on WRJK 106.7. That's when he heard a
commercial that seemed out of place so he kept listening.
It turned out that instead of WRJK he was hearing a station
identifying as 106.7 the Wizard, Burlington, Vermont. After
a number of fades happened and the Vermont station came back
so strong that it totally wiping out the local Knoxville
station that was only 15 miles away.
At that point W4KEV reports that he took to the 2 meter band
where he made what he describes as a ton of contacts into
the northeast and southeast and Canada. Some well over 1000
miles distant. He then switched to the 222 MHz band where
he noted a definite E-skip opening that lasted a solid half
hour. During this time he hears Canadian stations make
contact with the lower parts of Alabama and Mississippi.
W4KEV hays that they do not get many tropo openings in his
area so this was a thrill to say the least.
Meantime the dxworld.com Propagation Logger for 2 meters
shows several likely record breaking contacts in sheer
numbers if nothing else. By way of example, Mike Larsen,
KC0CF in Stanhope, Iowa posted that he worked 32 stations
from Florida to Virginia during the opening and his report
was just one of many.
In all, it appears as if July 24th, 2012, is one that will
go down in the VHF and UHF record books and operators world
wide are hoping its only a precursor of what may be still
soon to come in DX in the world above 50 MHz. (ARNewslineT,
2 Meter Prop Logger)
RADIOSPORTS: 2O12L AND 2O12W ON THE AIR TO COMMEMORATE THE
The 2012 Summer Olympics are on the ham radio airwaves. On
Wednesday, July 25th, two special event call signs were
activated in the United Kingdom to celebrate the London 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games.
As previously reported here on Newsline, 2O12L will operate
from London, while 2O12W was to take to the ham bands from
Barry in Wales. Both stations will be on the air through
August 12th for the games themselves and will continue
operations through September 9th.
Updates on both operations will be available on the Twitter
social networking site using the screen names of @2012L and
@GW0ZANA respectively. Organizers hope to make 80,000 or
more contacts during the time that 2O12L and 2O12W are on
the air. (RSGB, Audio bite from YouTube)
BANDSHARING: THE AMERICAN UHF WOODPECKER STRIKES AGAIN
Its yakety-yak time on the 70 centimeter band near San
Diego, California. This as a new radio system takes to the
air on a military base. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce
Tennent, K6PZW, has the rest of the story:
Southern California's Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club reports
that it recently began receiving a random ticking
interference superimposed over weak incoming signals on its
440.600 MHz repeater inputs channel. Club members have
tentatively located the signal as originating at the nearby
Marine Corps Camp Pendleton.
It now appears as if the base has deployed a number of
Enhanced Position Location Reporting System radios, or EPLRS
devices that use the entire 420 to 450 MHz band in a spread
spectrum mode. As hams share the 420 to 450 MHz band with
the U.S. Government, and the government has priority its
likely that the Fallbrook ham community will likely have to
live with the problem until such time as the devices are
turned off, if that ever occurs.
Hams are secondary users in the 420 to 450 MHz band and must
accept any and all interference from those designated as
primary users. Also, the amateur community must not in any
way interfere with the operations of those assigned as
primary users. In this case the United States military.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in
According to the Southgate News, it's believed that at least
two dozen EPLRS systems are slated for deployment or are
already deployed across the continental United States as
well as in Alaska and on Hawaii. (CGC, Southgate)
RADIO REGULATION: VANITY CALL SIGN FEE TO INCREASE BY 80
The price of a Vanity ham radio callsign is going up. On
July 20th the FCC announced that the cost of a set of
amateur radio vanity call letters will increase 80 cents to
$15 for a 10 year license term. That works out to 8 cents a
year for anyone applying for or renewing a Vanity ham radio
call. The new fee goes into affect 30 days after notice of
the increase is published in the Federal Register. As we go
to air, that publication is still pending. (FCC)
RADIO REGULATION: FCC PROPOSES RE-EVALUATING ITS FEE SYSTEM
The FCC wants to overhaul its entire regulatory fee system
and is asking for public input on that effort through MD
According to the agency, extensive changes have occurred in
the communications marketplace since its current system for
assessing and collecting regulatory fees for all of the
entities it regulates was enacted in 1994. Commissioner
Robert McDowell calls the reform long overdue, adding that
the agency should update its fee structure to ensure that
they are levied not only in a fiscally prudent manner, but
in a nondiscriminatory and competitively neutral way.
Comments to MD Docket 08-65 are due 30 days after
publication in the Federal Register. What impact such a re-
evaluation might have on regulatory fees imposed on radio
amateurs is impossible to assess at this time. (FCC, RW)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: 4 CUBSATS TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPTS
Japan's HTV-3 cargo vessel carrying five satellites blasted
off on an H-IIB rocket to the International Space Station in
the early hours of Saturday, July 21st. Onboard were four
amateur radio CubeSats, along with a scientific satellite
known as Raiko. The ham radio birds are the F-1, We-Wish,
FitSat-1 and TechEdSat CubeSats.
By way of background The F-1 CubeSat carries a pair of Yaesu
VX-3R handheld transceivers to provide communications on
145.980 MHz and 437.485 MHz FM using AX.25 packet radio
FITSAT-1 is an optical communications experiment that as
previously reported will attempt to write Morse Code across
the night sky, although only when in range of Japan. It
will also transmit CW on 437.250 MHz, FM AX.25 data on
437.445 MHz and high speed data on 5840.00 MHz.
We-Wish will transmit on 437.505 MHz FM AX.25 data while
TechEdSat will transmit on 437.465 MHz and will also
communicate via the Iridium and Orbcomm satellite phone
networks. This is a first for a CubeSat.
The CubeSats will remain on the International Space Station
until September. Thats when they will be deployed to orbit
by Japan astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, using the ISS
robot arm. And we will have more ham radio space related
news later on in this week's Amateur Radio Newsline report.
From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
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ENFORCEMENT: ALASKA CB OPERATOR ISSUED PROPOSED $12500 FINE
The FCC has issued a $12,500 Notice of Apparent Liability to
Monetary Forfeiture to Glenn S. Yamada, of Kenai, Alaska.
This based on allegations that he essentially operated his C-
B station in a manner that interfered with international
aviation traffic. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley,
KI7UP, has the details:
This story goes back to last January. Thats when the FCC
received a complaint regarding interference to an authorized
user on 21.964 MHz in the aeronautical band. According to
the regulatory agency, the problem concerned a male subject
talking and interfering with the control and monitoring of
air traffic over the North Atlantic.
The FCC's High Frequency Direction Finding Center was called
into action. On January 31, its operators observed a
subject matching the details of the compliant transmitting
on 21.965 MHz using the call sign 1600 Alaska. Of even more
interest, the actual operating frequency was 27.025 better
known as CB channel 6. Direction finding techniques placed
the transmissions were coming from Kenai, Alaska.
Subsequently, an agent from the FCC's Enforcement Bureau in
Anchorage used direction finding techniques and found the
source of the interfering signal to be coming from the
residence of one Glenn S. Yamada.
The agent, accompanied by an officer from the Kenai Police
Department, inspected Yamada's station on February 6th. At
that time the agent found a non-certificated CB transmitter
and a linear amplifier as part of Yamada's CB station.
During questioning, Yamada admitted to the agent that the
linear amplifier was capable of generating a power output
level of 200 watts. The agent observed that the transmitter
and the linear amplifier were connected to a transmission
cable and ultimately to the directional antenna in the back
of Yamada's residence. Yamada told the agent that this was
his hobby setup and that he had been operating it for the
last several weeks using the made up call of 1600 Alaska.
Now, in its July 14th finding authorizing the proposed
$12,500 fine, the FCC says that Yamada apparently willfully
and repeatedly violated Section 301 of the Communications
Act of 1934 and Sections
95.409(a) and 95.411(a)(1) and (b) of the FCC Rules. This
by operating his CB radio without requisite Commission
authorization. In simpler terms, it means that his station
equipment was not FCC certified and he was running power in
excess of the maximum allowed on the 11 meter band.
And when it issued the Notice of Apparent Liability, the
regulatory agency also stated that given the public safety
concerns of the violations that it was directed Yamada to
submit a statement signed under penalty of perjury
confirming whether he is still engaged in CB operations. If
so, he is to state whether he is using a certified CB
transmitter. Also, to certify that he has not attached any
linear amplifiers to his CB station." Yamada must submit
this statement to the FCC Office in Anchorage no later than
August 17th. That's the same day when payment of the
$12,500 Notice of Apparent Liability is also due.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in
As is usual in these cases, Yamada was given the customary
30 days from issuance of the proposed fine to file an
ENFORCEMENT: FCC PROPOSES A PAIR OF BROADCAST TOWER RELATED
The FCC levied two unrelated fines for tower violations. In
the first action, the agency says that Equity
Communications, licensee of WCMC AM located in Wildwood, New
Jersey failed to enclose its tower in a locked fence.
In issuing the proposed $17,000 fine, the FCC noted that
during an inspection in 2011, agents with the Philadelphia
Enforcement Bureau determined the tower was in a residential
neighborhood but what it called the remnants of a fence
would not restrict access to it. At a later date when they
re-inspected, the agents found the fence in the same
condition. As such, the FCC has proposed a the to fine for
the ongoing infraction.
The other case involves JMK Communications, which was fined
$7,000 for not having a locked fence around the four-tower
array for WPWC AM in Dumfries, Virginia. The FCC says that
during an inspection in 2011, the Enforcement Bureau agents
found no fencing around the base of one structure and only
partial fencing around the base of the other three. There
was also no perimeter fence around the property, according
to the commission.
In this matter the FCC has proposed a $7,000 fine. It has
also directed the licensee to submit a sworn statement
telling the commission the broadcaster is now in compliance
with the tower regulations.
Both companies were given the customary 30 days from the
date the Notices of Apparent Liability were issued to pay or
file a response. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC LEVIES $55000 FINES TO UNLICENSED FLORIDA
The FCC issued a total of $55,000 in proposed fines to three
men whom it says operated unlicensed broadcast station in
the state of Florida. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, is here with more:
In the first two cases, the regulatory agency alleges that
Michael Downer and Damian Allen operated an unauthorized
station together on the FM broadcast band in the city of
Pompano Beach. According to the FCC, it used direction
finding techniques to trace a signal to an FM transmitting
antenna located atop the storage room of a commercial
The property owner told agents he rented the space to Downer
and Allen. The owner called Downer and handed the phone to
an agent. Shortly thereafter the other renter, Damian
Allen, came and removed the equipment.
Now its tike to pay the piper. While the base fine for
operating an unauthorized station is $10,000 per person, the
FCC proposed a $20,000 fine for Downer and Allen each. This
is because the commission had previously issued several
Notices of Unlicensed Operation to both men for operating
unlicensed stations from other Florida locations. The FCC
says that the fact that they continued operating constitutes
a deliberate disregard for the commission's rules.
In the third case, the commission has proposed a $15,000
fine against McArthur Bussey. This for operating an
unlicensed station on 89.1 MHz in the city of Fort
In this matter the agents not only traced the signal to a
residence leased by Bussey but also found a fan page on
Facebook ad for the illegal station and a picture that
matched Bussey's Florida driver's license photo. The domain
name for a website: www.891radio.net, was found to be
registered to Bussey's residence.
Bussey's fine was also over the $10,000 base amount because
the Miami Office of the Enforcement Bureau had previously
issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to him for operating
an unlicensed station on the same frequency from a different
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the newsroom in Los Angeles.
All three have the customary 30 days from the date the fines
were proposed to pay them or to file appeals. (FCC)
HAM HAPPENINGS: PERMANENT AMATEUR STATION AT THE OLD
BETHANY OHIO VOA RELAY STATION
Ohio's West Chester Amateur Radio Club has set up a working
ham radio station at the closed down Voice of America relay
station in Bethany Ohio. A temporary, single position has
been activated in the VOA building. It is connected to a
temporary trailer mounted beam antenna.
The Bethany site is located not far from Dayton Ohio.
According to the club website, more funding is needed to
complete the project. Information about this project can be
found on-line at www.wc8voa.org. The history of the Voice
of America Bethany Relay Station is at www.voamuseum.org.
HAM HAPPENINGS: EMCOMM EAST POSTPONED TO 2013
The EmComm East emergency communications conference will not
be held in 2012. According to an announcement from the
Board of Directors for Monroe County ARES which hosts the
event, they have decided to postpone EmComm East until the
fall 2013 due to circumstances beyond their control..
According to their news release the group is running into a
fist-full of scheduling conflicts that are making it
difficult to plan an emergency communications conference
that is of the same quality as the past conferences that
they have hosted in years past. This is because they have
several competing events in the region that will
significantly take away from normal attendance. Also their
call for programs did not have enough responses to fill all
of the slots needed for this year's conference.
Monroe County New York ARES says that it will be announcing
its plans for 2013 early next January. If you have any
questions, do not hesitate to contact them by e-mail to info
(at) emcommeast (dot) org or simply keep an eye on
www.emcommeast.org for updates. (Monroe County ARES Inc.)
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CHANGING OF THE GUARD: LEGENDARY HAWAII VHF - UHF
EXPERIMENTER LAID TO REST IN CALIFORNIA
Hawaii's legendary VHF/UHF experimenter Paul Lieb, KH6HME,
has been laid to rest following a Catholic Mass on Saturday,
July 21st. The service was attended by Lieb's family,
friends, and several dozen ham radio operators. Many of the
latter were members of California's San Bernardino Microwave
Society of which Lieb was a long time member. A number of
the radio amateurs drove many hours to attend the service.
According to his longtime friend Gordon West, WB6NOA, Lieb's
ham radio activities played a major part in the memorial
service. This included the front cover of a written
remembrance program showing KH6HME at the Mona Loa beacon
site door that was etched with visiting ham radio call
signs. Below his name was his KH6HME call.
At the end of the Mass, each of the 6 candles surrounding
Lieb were extinguished one-by-one. West says that this
signified the end of an era when Paul would head for the
8200 foot site on the Mona Loa Volcano. From there he would
switch from beacon mode to voice and CW , and complete the
2500 mile path on every VHF and UHF band from 6 meters up
through 5 GHz .
KH6HME was buried at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange,
California. West says that the very last line of the
memorial program read - and we quote: "He will never be
forgotten, and his beacon will continue to delight and amaze
us all. 73 Paul. "
As reported last week, Paul Lieb, KH6HME passed away on
Sunday night July 15th while visiting his sister and other
relatives on the U.S. mainland. (WB6NOA)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: BAOFENG REPEATER TO THE EDGE OF SPACE
Spanish radio hams have used two low cost handheld FM
transceivers to build a cross-band repeater which they then
launched to the edge of space on a high altitude balloon.
The radios used in the experiment were identified as Luther
TL-44 but appear identical to the popular Baofeng UV-3R
available on E-Bay from many online dealers world-wide at a
cost of between $30 to $45 each.
The balloon flight lasted 2 hours 44 minutes during which
179 contacts were made. The furthest was over a distance of
670 km. You can read the entire story in electronically
translated English at tinyurl.com/Baofeng-Repeater (G6UIM)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: KE5DAR TO BE ON-ORBIT DJ AUGUST 3
NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, will play Disk Jockey in
space on Friday, August 3rd. That's when he will do a live
remote from the International Space Station as a part of a
two-hour music and talk show to be streamed over Internet
station Third Rock Radio.
Third Rock Radio is calling this outing "The Joe Show." It
describes it as a blend of science, technology, engineering
and mathematics and art.
For those not aware, Third Rock Radio is a project of
Houston, Texas radio veterans. It is produced under a NASA
Space Act Agreement with RFC Media.
The "Joe Show" is mainly aimed at younger Americans. It can
be heard as an audio stream at ThirdRockRadio.net with
Acaba's appearance beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time, as we
said, on Friday, August 3rd. (Third Rock Radio)
ON THE AIR: HONEYMOON TRIP TO MARITIUS IN SEPTEMBER
On the air, Alex Landi, IW5ELA, says that he will be on the
air stroke 3B8 from hotel Le Cannonier on Maritius between
September 6th and the 12th. This as a part of an extended
honeymoon trip with his wife Michela that will take them
through Corsica, Mongolia, Finland and Africa. From Maritius
his operation will be on 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters using CW
and SSB. Because of the nature of this trip all operation
is holiday style. QSL via his home callsign either direct
or via the bureau. And less we forget, the couple does have
a web page. You can visit it on-line at honeymoonafrica2012
(dot) jimdo (dot) com. (OPDX)
ON THE AIR: WORK PROGRESSES ON NEW TRANS-ATLANTIC 2 METER
A new trans-Atlantic 2 meter propagation beacon is well on
its way to becoming a reality. RSGB news reader Jeremy
Boot, G4NJH, has the latest:
Brian, WA1ZMS, is making the final preparations to ship the
GB3WGI 144MHz transatlantic beacon transmitter over to
Thanks to the kind donation of antenna parts and clamps from
G4CQM at Powabeam Antennas, beacon keeper Gordon, GI6ATZ, is
in the process of building the antenna system for the
beacon, and installing the emergency shutdown system. It is
hoped to have the beacon up and running before the end of
Im Jeramy Boot, G4NJH, in Nottingham.
Once the beacon is placed into service it will act as a
marker to tell hams in the America's when a 2 meter path is
open to the UK and possibly beyond. (GB2RS)
In DX, F4EZG will be active between September 1st and the
3rd from Madagascar as 5R8VE. Operations will only be on 20
and 15 meters. QSL via F4EZG.
EA2BD will be active from Malta as 9H3BD until July 30th.
His operations are low power on 20 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via his home EA2BD callsign.
WB6OJB is on the air from Botswana as A25JB through the end
of July. He can be heard on 40 through 10 meters using
mostly SSB with some CW. Again, QSL this station also direct
to his WA6JOB home callsign.
JJ2NYT will be active as stroke FK from Grande Terre New
Caladonia between July 29th and August 2nd. His operation
will be on 40 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Like
the last two, QSL this one also via his home callsign.
G3SWH will activate the special callsign M0RSE on CW only
over the weekend of August 18th and 19th. As you might
expect, this is a CW only operation with QSOs to be uploaded
to Logbookof the World immediately after the weekend
operation concludes. Special QSLs will be available via the
bureau or direct with Self Addressed Envelope and adequate
return postage or even via the traditional bureau route.
Lastly, members of the Gemilang Amamteur Radio Club and the
Mediterraneo DX Club will team-up to sponsor a DXpedition to
Brunei. The multi-national team will be on the air as V-84-
S-M-D between November 11th and the 23rd. Operations will
be on 160 through 10 meters, including the 30, 17 and 12
meter bands. Modes to be supported are CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via IK2VUC, direct or via the bureau.
Above from various DX news sources
THAT FINAL ITEMS: WIND FARMS MAY CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE
And finally this week, word that's what some call green
power might not be so green after all. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, reprts:
Research in the United States has shown that large wind
turbine farms used to generate so-called green power might
have a warming effect on the local climate, and there-by
casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind
Its been long believed that carbon dioxide and other
greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels contribute to the
so-called global warming effect. Some scientists believe
this could lead to the melting of glaciers, sea level rise,
crop failure and other devastating effects. So in an effort
to cut such emissions, many nations are moving towards
cleaner energy sources such as wind power.
Now, researchers at the State University of New York at
Albany have analyzed over the period 2003 to 2011 the
satellite data of areas around large wind farms in Texas,
where four of the world's largest farms are located,. The
results, published in the journal Nature Climate Change,
showed a warming trend of up to 0.72 degrees Celsius per
decade in areas over the farms. This as compared with
nearby regions without the farms.
The study attributed this warming primarily to wind farms.
It says that the temperature change could be due to the
effects of the energy expelled by farms and the movement and
turbulence generated by turbine rotors. It concluded that
these changes, if spatially large enough, may have
noticeable impacts on local to regional weather and climate.
That said, the researchers say that more studies are needed
at different locations and for longer periods, before any
firm conclusions could be drawn.
Previous research in 2010 by other U.S. scientists found
wind farms could make the nights warmer and days cooler in
their immediate vicinity, but those effects could be
minimized by changing turbines rotor design or by building
the farms in areas with high natural climatic turbulence.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
According to the Global Wind Energy Council in 2011 the
world's wind farms had the capacity to produce 238 gigawatts
of electricity at any one time. That was a 21 percent rise
over 2010 and capacity and is expected to reach nearly 500
gigawatt by the end of 2016 as more, and bigger wind farms
are built. More on this story is on-line at
http://tinyurl.com/wind-farm-warming. (UK Telegraph, CS
Monitor, Forbes, others)
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