Friday, September 21, 2012

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1832 - September 21 2012

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1832 - September 21 2012

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1832 with a release
date of September 21 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.

Political wrangling over making spectrum available to expand
broadband could impact on ham radio in years to come; the
South African Radio League backs the Radio Society of Great
Britain in is stand on in-home B-P-L; a bunch of new
cubesats reach orbit; a dozen operations approved for DXCC
and the upcoming Last Man Standing on-air celebration gets
the special event callsign K6T.  Find out how to make
contact with the sound stage on Amateur Radio NewslineT
report number 1832 coming your way right now.

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According to news reports, the majority control in the
United States House of Representatives favors clearing
federal spectrum for commercial use instead of seeking
sharing arrangements.  This, according to the majority staff
memo circulated for a House of Representatives hearing prior
to a meeting held recently in Washington D.C..  And there is
a chance that any decisions could impact on future access to
the highest Ultra High Frequency and Super High Frequency
bands used by ham radio.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Don
Carlson, KQ6FM, takes a look at what's transpiring in the
national capital:


On September 13th, House members of the Communications and
Technology subcommittee were to discuss the subject of
Creating Opportunities through Improved Government Spectrum
Efficiency.  But in rejecting a report from the President's
Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the memo said
that sharing spectrum in the way it envisions is less useful
than clearing spectrum and too untested to be the focus of
the subcommittee's spectrum strategy.

The memo went on to say that such sharing should be reserved
for cases in which federal clearing is impossible.  However
the President's Council of Advisors on Science and
Technology and the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration both endorse public-private
spectrum sharing.  They also claim that clearing the
spectrum would cost more than $18 billion and 10 years to
clear the targeted airwaves.

But the staff memo claims that this figure was inflated and
unconfirmed by independent analysis.  Instead it calls the
figure merely aggregated the estimates of the federal
agencies currently using the spectrum.  The memo claims that
the NTIA and the President's Council of Advisors on Science
and Technology never fully investigated the agencies'
relocation estimates.  Nor has it determined whether the
agencies need all the spectrum they have, or whether they
could get by with less if they had more efficient equipment
or relied more on commercial services.

At this moment its not known exactly what spectrum would be
impacted if a non-sharing plan is eventually passed.  That
said, it could impact negatively on amateur radio if the
reallocated spectrum was that shared between Part 97 users
and government agencies as quite a bit of the U-H-F and
higher bands are today.  And while am eventual compromise
between the two factions is most likely, this is yet another
matter that the nations ham radio community will have to
watch closely in the days, weeks and months ahead.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Carlson, KQ6FM, in


For its part, the President's Council's proposed a sharing
arrangement is similar to unlicensed devices in the
broadcast bands, which use a dynamic database to check for
open frequencies.  However the majority House staff appears
to have rejected that approach.  (Adapted from TV



Over on the other side of the world, the South African Radio
League says that it supports the Radio Society of Great
Britain's concerns over Access Broadband over Powerline also
known as  Powerline Technology.  These are the internet
access ports carried on unshielded in-home and powerline to
home wiring.

As reported last week, the RSGB had written an official
letter to the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1
Electromagnetic Compatibility Working Group.  In it the U-K
national ham radio society asked that the Working Group
reconsider its policy on the draft European Broadband over
Power Line standard.  One that the RSGB claims to threaten a
38dB increase in RF pollution over much of the short wave
radio spectrum.

Now, in its own public statement, the South African Radio
League days that it fully  supports the RSGB's views.  It
says that any relaxation in emission levels can have far
reaching negative effects which ultimately may impact on
South Africa as well.  (SARL)



What might best be called a flotilla of new cubesats
operating in the ham radio bands are now on-orbit.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's George Bowen, W2XBS, has the details:


The long awaited launch of a number of new ham radio
cubesats has finally taken place.  The group of tiny birds
winged their way to Earth orbit on September 13th on board a
The Atlas 5 launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base in

The launch carried a satellite for the National
Reconnaissance Office. Also aboard this flight at four
cubesats as part of NASA's Educational Launch of
Nanosatellites mission and seven cubesats for government
use.  The non government mini-birds include the Cubesat for
Ion, Neutral, Electron, Magnetic fields that downlinks its
science telemetry is in 2200 to 2300 MHz range.

Also now on-orbit is the Colorado Student Space Weather
Experiment that can be heard on 437.345 MHz transmitting 9k6
modulation in AX.25 protocol.  Another is CP5 also known as
PolySat with its downlink at 437.405 MHz at 1 watt, AFSK on
Lower Sideband in AX.25 protocol.  Rounding out the set is
XBN which is a Cosmic X-Ray Background Nanosatellite with
its downlink 437.525 MHz running G-F-S-K also in AX.25

Several hours after launch Justin Foley, KI6EPH, announced
via the Cubesat Internet Rely Channel that all of the
microsats had been successfully deployed.  A detailed
article of the launch can be found on-line at

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm George Bowen, W2XBS,
monitoring the sky at the North East Bureau in Albany New


A detailed article on the payloads of this mission and the
reason for the launch delays can be found on-line at  (ANS)



The long awaited deployment of five CubeSats from the
International Space Station will take place on Thursday,
September 27.  Four of the micro sized birds carry amateur
radio payloads.  These are identified as F-1, FITSAT-1, WE-
WISH and TechEdSat.  More about this microsat project is on-
line at  (AMSAT-UK)



Three astronauts hams have returned safely to Earth after
completing a four month mission aboard the International
Space Station.  The Expedition 32 crew made up of American
Flight Engineer Joe Acaba, KE5DAR with Russian Commander
Gennady Padalka, RN3DT, and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin,
RN3BS, undocked their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the
orbiting space lab at 7:09 p.m. EDT.  They landed in
northern Kazakhstan at 10:53 p.m. EDT Sunday night.

The homeward bound Soyuz fired its orbital engines one last
time at 9:56 p.m.  The descent module then separated from
the spacecraft and fell through the atmosphere.  It then
deployed its parachutes and fired landing engines shortly
before touchdown to soften the impact.

The successful landing wraps up a mission that began on May
17 with the Expedition 32 crew spending 125 days in space.
(ARRL, Southgate, others)



A busy day at the ARRL's DXCC Desk with word that an even
dozen operations have been approved for DXCC credit.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the
newsroom with the list:


According to Bill Moore, NC1L at the ARRL Awards Desk, the
following 2012 operations have been approved for DXCC
credit.  In no particular order they are the 3B8 stroke
IW5ELA operation from Mauritius Island; E40VB from
Palestine; JY8VB from Jordan; 9A8VB from Croatia; E7 stroke
UA4WHX from Bosnia-Herzegovina; 4O7VB from Montenegro; Z38VB
from Macedonia; ZA stroke UA4WHX from Albania; YU9VB from
Serbia, EY8 stroke UA4WHX from Tajikistan and the UN stroke
UA4WHX operation from Kazakhstan.

And that's quite a list.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the Newsroom in Los Angeles.


If you missed any of that you can find the entire list in
this week's printed Amateur Radio Newsline report.  (ARRL
DXCC Desk)



From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the WB0QXW repeater serving St. Louis Missouri.

(5 sec pause here)



The NH8S team on Swains Island is now QRT and is reported to
be in the process of tearing down their camp.  This, for a
possible early departure.

Sanford Houston, K5YY, who is the DXpedition's Pilot
Station.  He says that the decision to go silent before the
announced September 18th end of operations date was due to
several factors.  This included bad weather conditions,
antennas that had come down, a number of operators that had
fallen ill with some wounds requiring medical care.

During its stay on Swains the NH8S team has made a total of
105,455 QSOs with 26,010 Unique callsigns.  Of these 43,126
were on SSB, 54,128 on CW and 8,201 made using RTTY.

Direct QSLs can be mailed to the Swains Island DXpedition,
P.O. Box 5005, Lake Wylie, South Carolina. 29710, in the
USA. Bureau QSLs go to AA4NN.

More information on this operation is on-line at   And we will have more DX related news
later on in this weeks Amateur Radio Newsline report.



Steven Tidwell, KF5NDG, reports to Amateur Radio Newsline on
a recent case where a repeater used for Skywarn and other
ham radio emergency communications was criminally damaged.
The only good news us that it appears the perpetrators have
been caught.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK
has the details:


It all happened a few weeks ago at about 4:15 a.m. local
time on August 20th.  That's when the 147.12 MHz hub of the
W5RHS linked repeater system in Benton, Arkansas, was taken
off the air by an act of vandalism.

The repeater site is located on a water tower that sits
behind a fence and locked gate.  The suspects managed to
break in to the site, and cut the hard-line going to the
repeater and the link antennas.  They also cut the coax
going to the Water Association radio system.  The latter is
the commercial radio system communicates between the plant
and the water tower.

According to KF5NDG the system owner is Kelly Hesters, whose
call is W5RHS.  He reportedly noticed that his repeater was
off the air when he was leaving work about 7 AM.  He made a
stop at the repeater site and noticed a Toyota pickup truck
outside the gate.  He then went inside he found the damage.

The next day when he went back to see what parts and
supplies he needed to get the repeater back on the air he
found a key that the suspects dropped on the ground.  He
contacted the Saline County Sheriffs office which determined
that the key belonged to the vehicle.  As a result of some
detective work by the local authorities the suspects in the
break-in have been arrested.

Meantime W5RHS is waiting on the delivery of some new hard-
line to get the repeater back on the air.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
Zion, Illinois.


By way of reference, the W5RHS repeater is the main hub for
a multi-linked repeater system in Arkansas.  This repeater
system is also very involved in Skywarn operations as well
as carrying NOAA weather radio alerts.  (KF5NDG)



The FCC has affirmed a $15000 monetary forfeiture previously
issued to Jeffrey Darius.  This for his alleged operation an
unlicensed transmitter in the Miami, Florida area.

Back on March 6th the Enforcement Bureau's Miami Office
issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to
Darius after tracing an unlicensed broadcast operation on
88.7 MHz to him.  To date, Darius had not filed a response
to the proposed fine.  As a result the forfeiture has been

As is the custom, Darius was given the usual 30 days from
the September 14th release date of the order to pay or file
an appeal.  (FCC)



Icom America has announced the establishment of Icom Brazil.
This as a subsidiary with headquarters located in Belo
Horizonte which is the capital city of Minas Gerais state.

The creation of the new subsidiary will allow the radio
manufacturer to solidify its brand visibility in an emerging
South American market.  According to the Central
Intelligence Agency's "World Factbook" publication, Brazil
became the world's seventh largest economy in terms of gross
domestic product in 2011.

The initial objective of Icom Brazil will focus on the
public safety industry with Brazil's government.  The new
subsidiary will also help existing distributors expand their
dealer networks nationwide. (Icom, Southgate)



The ARRL has announced that Book Editor Becky Schoenfeld,
W1BXY, has been promoted to QST Managing Editor.   A
Connecticut native, Schoenfeld has more than two decades of
publishing experience.

Prior to her employment at ARRL Headquarters, Schoenfeld
served as Senior Editor at Teaching Kindergarten through 8th
grade magazine and Senior Project Editor for textbook
publisher Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.  She is also the founder of
Amaranth magazine which is a highly successful poetry

W1BXY holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Emerson College and
a Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University.  Her Amateur
Radio activities include chasing grid squares in pursuit of
her 6 meter VUCC award and DX hunting on 10 meters.

Schoenfeld replaces the position formerly held by Joel
Kleinman, N1BKE, who died tragically in a house fire several
weeks ago.  (ARRL)



Tom Clark, K3IO, Lou McFadin, W5DID, and Gould Smith,
WA4SXM, will serve on the AMSAT North America Board of
Directors for the next two years.  The first alternate is
Mark Hammond, N8MH and the second alternate is Patrick
Stoddard, WD9EWK.  In all some 700 AMSAT North America
members cast ballots in this year's election.  (AMSAT)



The Huntsville Alabama Amateur Radio Club says that it will
be activating three light houses in Mobile Bay for Alabama
Lighthouse Weekend.  The event takes place beginning at 1800
Central Time on October 5th and runs through 1800 Central on
the 7th.  During that period the club will be on the air as
N4L from the Sand Island lighthouse near the entrance to
Mobile Bay, W4L which is the Mobile Point lighthouse at Fort
Morgan , and K4L at the MidBay lighthouse in Mobile Bay.
Operations will be on the High Frequency bands.  For more
information please contact the event organizer Warren Alford
by e-mail to KJ4RAQ (at) comcast (dot) net. (HARC)



The 40th anniversary hamfest gathering of MFJ Enterprises
will be streamed live to the Internet thanks to Tom Medlin,
W5KUB.  The event takes place October 5th and 6th from the
grounds of the company's production complex in Starkville
Mississippi.  As reported last week, there will be all sorts
of fun activities and now those hams unable to travel to the
gathering will be able to enjoy it vicariously thanks to Tom
and his highly skilled video production crew.  As in past
webcasts Tom will be offering prizes to some of those who
tune in.  Updated information will be posted to Tom's
Facebook webpage at  The on-line
address to enjoy all of what looks to be a fun gathering at
MFJ is simply  (W5KUB)



And an update on plans for the joint Pacificon and ARRL 2012
National Convention.  A major theme this year is New Media
and Social Networking.  And to emphasize its importance the
Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club and Pacificon have teamed up
to host "Night of the New Media Elmers" with well-known
amateur radio podcasters.

At airtime, speakers scheduled to appear include Jerry
Taylor, KD0BIK, Randy Hall, K7AGE, Chris Matthieu, N7ICE,
and Ham Nation co-host Gordon West, WB6NOA.

Jim Siemons, AF6PU, is the event's co-General Chairman.  He
says that forums and seminars are the very heart and soul of


AF6PU:  "Pacificon specifically is a forum driven event and
we have fantastic speakers from all over the country.  We've
had Nobel Laureates and astronauts and all sorts of folks
come out and talk about whatever you are into in amateur
radio we are going to have something for you."


The New Media and Social Networking gathering takes place at
7 P.M. on Friday night, October 12th.  The location is in
the Sedona Ballroom of the Satern Conference Center at the
Mariott Hotel and Convention Center in Santa Clara,

Pacificon has also created a Facebook page where you can
post photos, videos, comments, and get up-to-date
announcements about what's happening at the convention.  To
join it sign onto Facebook and then go to and click "Like" to join the
(MDARC, Pacificon)



This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  From the
United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
with links to the world from our only official website at and being relayed by the volunteer
services of the following radio amateur:

(5 sec pause here)



The next generation of super high definition television may
soon be on its way as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's
Jim Damron, N8TMW:


Ultra High Definition Television also known under the
acronym Super Hi-Vision, will likely be approved by the
International Telecommunication Union as the next generation
universal global television standard.

Developed by public broadcaster NHK at its Science and
Technical Research Laboratories, Ultra High Definition
Television is a system that delivers 16 times the resolution
of current high definition images.  The new format can
deliver images with 33 million pixels through 7,680
horizontal lines and 4,320 vertical lines.  It also boasts a
video refresh rate of 120 frames per second, as well as 22.2
channel multi-dimensional sound.

The system is collaboration between NHK along with
electronics manufacturers Panasonic and Sharp.

From Charleston West Virginia, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW,


Test broadcasts are scheduled to begin in Japan by 2020.
(Published News Reports)



Two of the nations most popular radiosporting events are
looming on the near horizon.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark
Abramowicz, NT3V, is here with the details:


The first weekend of October, it's the granddaddy of all
state QSO parties - the California QSO Party. It's sponsored
by the Northern California Contest Club.

The action starts on Saturday, Oct. 6 and wraps up Sunday,
Oct. 7.

The following weekend, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct.
14, it's the Pennsylvania QSO sponsored by the Nittany
Amateur Radio Club in State College, PA.

It's promoted as the "Friendly QSO Party."

Let's start right up front here.

You don't have to be a contester to take part in either of
these events.

In fact, most of the operators competing in either of the
parties like to hear from the many casual operators who
might turn on their radios during the weekend, hear some
activity, and tune up and down the HF bands offering a
simple contact and, perhaps, a much needed multiplier.

So, you're just as valuable, sometimes even more valuable,
than you might think.

Don't be afraid. Squeeze the mic or touch the CW paddles or
the key and give a fellow ham a hand.

California's party features activity from all 58 counties in
the Golden State and has special competitions for Y-Ls,
youth operators, first-time contesters and even school

Club competitions are highly encouraged, so if you decide to
jump in, put the name of your radio club into the entry

The California Party gives away a host of plaques for
various operating categories, offers unique T-shirts to
those who are interested, and even awards special prizes for
the top 20 California and top 20 non-California single
operator stations. See their website for more on that.

The following weekend, the bands get active again as
operators fan out across Pennsylvania's 67 counties for a
great operating event.

It's one of the few competitions where lots of non-
contesters get together with friends to set up Field Day-
style stations to activate some of the rare Pennsylvania

There's lots of buzz in the months before the party on a
reflector operated by the party organizers.

And, there are plaques and certificates awarded to
contestants both within Pennsylvania and across the country.
Even DX stations are recognized.

First-timers also are welcome in the PA Party. And, there
are T-shirts for those who to get one.

So, is your station ready?

If you're a contester, maybe you consider each of the
parties a warm-up for the fall contest competition.

If you're not a contester, get on anyway. Pick up a few
counties in Pennsylvania or California, maybe a few unique
call signs if you're a prefix hunter.

The bottom line: Have some fun.

We'll see you on the air!

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V,
in Philadelphia.


More on the California QSO Party is on line at  The website for the Pennsylvania
QSO Party is simply  We say good
luck in both contests.




Sean Kutzko, KX9X, who is the ARRL's Contest Branch Manager
says that Certificates for the Leagues 2011 E-M-E Contest
were mailed out on September 18th.  Winners should see them
begin to arrive shortly.  Awards processing for ARRL
contests can be tracked at
certificates.  (ARRL)



On the air, listen out for GB1LM which is the special event
call sign for the United Kingdom's famed Liverpool Marathon.
The station will be active on the High Frequency bands
through October 14th.  For QSL information please check
GB1LM on  (Southgate)



In DX, The Republic of South Sudan has issued its first
amateur radio license.  The call Z81A went to Jim Pratt who
holds the United States call letters of K7QI. The second
license issued was Z81D.  It went to Diya Al Sadi, YI1DZ.
Both are reportedly now on the air.

Also new, on September 17th, shortly after 1700 U-T-C, a
combined group of international and local operators started
operating as Z-6-zero-K from near Pristina, Kosovo on both
20 and 17 meter SSB. Operators included 9A9A, MD0CCE, OH2BH
and OH2TA. Local television recorded the historic moment
live on air. QSL via G3TXF.

And word that the Martello Tower Group will be activating
the Island of Herm which from October 4th to the 8th.
Operations will be on 80  through 10 meter  SSB and RTTY.
QSL via G6NHU.

Lastly ON6KE will be active as 9H3AK from Gozo Island
through September 28th.  His activity will be holiday style
on 40, 30 and 20 meters operating about 5 watts QRP on CW
only.  QSL only electronically via Logbook of the World or
eQSL.  No printed cards will be available for this

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally this week, word from Last Man Standing Producer
John Amodeo, NN6JA, that the callsign K6T has been approved
for use for the shows special event operation to be held on
Sunday, October 28th.  NN6JA says that K6T will take to the
air at approximately 9 a.m. Pacific with exact bands and
frequencies to be announced as the date gets closer.  And
according to Amodeo, he wants this to be a fun event that
everyone can share in:


NN6JA:  "We at the show are so excited about ham radio and
we have so much incredibly cool amateur radio here; not to
mention some 12 licensed amateur radio operators on the
staff; that we decided why not share our good fortune with
hams out around America and our ham (radio) fans in
particular and get on the air and talk directly to our ham
(radio) fans through all of our great gear.

"So we took a few minutes, put all of our antennas on the
roof so we could improve our range; tuned everything up; and
we are ready to go.

"So we are hoping everybody from around the country will
take a few minutes away from contesting, because that is a
big contest afternoon, and come on over (to where we are
operating) and call us up."


NN6JA says that the current plan is to operate on the High
Frequency, VHF and UHF bands as well as D-STAR, Echolink and
IRLP.  This should make it possible for hams anywhere to
make contact with K6T.


NN6JA:  "We are going to provide a large number of paths for
people to get in so we kind of feel that everyone in the
country should be able to find some path to get to our stage
(ham radio operation) to talk to our crew and the PAPA
members who are helping us out."


According to Amodeo, members of the LA based PAPA System
will assist the licensed operators who are part of the shows
the crew in running the event.  They will use several PAPA
System repeaters to run its local and linked communications.
The operators will also be monitoring other linked repeater
systems from around the country as well.

As the day approaches further information will be posted on
Facebook at  Amodeo also says to
monitor @nn6ja on Twitter for the fastest updates.

Last Man Standing stars actor and comedian Tim Allen as Mike
Baxter, KA0XTT.  The show airs on ABC.

(NN6JA, ARNewslineT)



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