Friday, February 1, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1851 - February 1 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1851 with a release
date of February 1 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  The FCC turns down a petition for
reconsideration on its report to Congress about ham radio
emergency communications; The 2013 Global Amateur Radio
Emergency Conference to be held this June in Zurich,
Switzerland and ham radio assistance in the Australian
flooding begins as Tasmanian brush fire communications winds
down. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT
report number 1851 coming your way right now.

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The FCC has turned down a petition for reconsideration on
the text of its report to Congress dealing with amateur
radio and how land use restrictions might interfere with
emergency communications.  Mark Abramovich, NT3V, is here
with the details:


The FCC's Scot Stone, deputy chief of the mobility division
in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, responded to the
petition from James Whedbee, N0ECN, of suburban Kansas City.

And, Stone's legal language was pretty direct - essentially,
the matter is decided and Whedbee should stop wasting the
FCC's time.

In his reasoning for refusing Whedbee's petition, the FCC's
Stone says the division which rejected his first appeal of
the matter was within its rights to do so without any
further public hearing.

Stone also stated in legal terms that Whedbee engaged in a
"frivolous statutory interpretation," of the FCC's
regulations, especially those stemming from PRB-1 which
authorized limited preemption of state and local regulations
governing amateur station facilities, including antennas and
support structures.

But those regulations don't extend to private codes,
covenants and restrictions, known as CC&Rs, including
homeowner association rules that restrict amateur radio

However, in 2001, the FCC left open the door on prohibiting
CC&Rs from interfering with amateur radio if Congress so
decided it should do so.

This latest chapter in the ongoing debate was launched in
February 2012 when President Obama signed the Middle Class
Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

That bill also included a provision requiring the FCC to
report to Congress on the uses and capabilities of Amateur
Radio Service communications in emergencies and disaster

It also directed the study identify impediments to enhanced
Amateur Radio Service communications and make
recommendations regarding the removal of such impediments,
including "the effects of unreasonable or unnecessary
private land use restrictions on residential antenna

The FCC record shows Whedbee filed comments pretty quickly
claiming CC&Rs violated sections of the Communications Act.

He also demanded the commission issue a legal decision
called a declaratory judgement - essentially asking the FCC
to rule without any further hearings or delays that CC&Rs
were indeed an impediment to amateur radio operations,
causing a controversy for amateur radio and were

The FCC denied Whedbee's petitions saying that was going to
be addressed in its report to Congress.

But Whedbee kept at it, asking the FCC to reconsider.

When the FCC issued its report to Congress last August, it
stated there was no overwhelming public comment supporting
any problems related to CC&Rs and amateur radio.

The FCC's Stone finally addressed Whedbee's appeal petition
in a January 25th letter in which he explained the report to
Congress essentially trumped Whedbee's appeal and rendered
the matter - using a legal term - moot or essentially of
little value or meaning given the FCC's findings in the
report to Congress.

Amateur Radio Newsline made several attempts to reach
Whedbee, but was unsuccessful as we went to air with this

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


At airtime it's not known if Whedbee plans to file any
further appeals on this matter.  You can read the entire
text of this FCC decision on-line in PDF format at  (FCC)



IARU Region One has announced that this years Global Amateur
Radio Emergency Conference or GAREC 2013 will be held in
Zurich, Switzerland from June 25th to 28th.  Among the draft
topics to be discussed are the relevance of Amateur Radio
Emergency Communication in the '1st World,' and the HAMNET
high speed data network.  There will also be presentations
from the three regions of the IARU and talks by groups with
recent experience in disaster relief communications.

General information on GAREC 2013 including information on
the venue, registration fees and the tentative agenda and
the registration forms is now available on line at  This website will be updated frequently
to keep all updated with the latest news and program
changes.  You may also e-mail to info (at) garec2013 (dot)
ch for updates.

It should be noted that this years conference has been timed
to precede Europe's largest amateur radio exhibition, HAM
RADIO in Friedrichshafen. Germany.  This is so that people
can attend both events.  (IARU-R1)



Flooding has hit the Australian state of Queensland.  This
as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald that had already caused record
flooding has moved south.

Jim Linton, VK3PC, is the Chairman IARU Regon 3 Disaster
Communications Committee.  He tells Amateur Radio Newsline
that as this disaster unfolds that a picture of emergency
communications provided by radio amateurs is starting to
emerge.  According to Linton, several High Frequency links
have been requested to be set up by the ham radio emergency
response group WICEN by the Queensland Water Police.  These
links are to connect the city of Brisbane to Cairns.
WICEN's role is expected to expand in the coming days.

As this newscast is being prepared, four people are reported
to have  died and others are reported missing.  Many
thousands have been left homeless and taking shelter in
relief centers as the widespread flooding, which included
tornados, is continuing.  (VK3PC)



Meantime, ham radio assistance by WICEN in the Tasmanian
brush fires has now come to an end as we hear in this report
from the Wireless Institute of Australia's ham radio news


WICEN in Tasmania was finally stood down after 20 continuous
days of operation at the Incident Management Centre at
Cambridge, near Hobart airport.  Operations have now been
wound back.

WICEN was posted by the Tasmania Fire Services to mainly
control the busy 80MHz radio traffic during massive fires.

Although those the major fires, which started on the 3rd of
January on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley,
are still active, one being classified as contained and the
other controlled.

The days serviced by WICEN and other southern Tasmanian
radio amateurs varied between 12 and 24 hours.

WICEN Tasmania (South) Operations Coordinator Rod Finlayson
VK7TRF reports that 24 radio amateurs contributed to the
effort, totalling 666 hours at the radio desk, plus time in
logistical support keeping up the supply of operators to the

Seven operators did in excess of 45 hours each, including
three more than 60 hours and one working a total of almost
80 hours.  Initially there were two operators on each of the
two networks, but this was wound back to one after ten days.


For those who may not be aware, WICEN is an acronym for the
Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network.  It is described
as a group of Australian amateur radio operators trained to
assist in emergency situations.  Their job is to provide
emergency and safety communications when normal
communications do not exist or are inadequate.  (WIA News,



Some breaking news in the world of DX.  Marion Island should
be on the air before the start of summer in the Northern
latitudes.  This according to reports that South African
radio amateur David Hartzenberg, ZS1BCE, has been appointed
to be the new radio technician to that rare location for one
year between April of this year and May of 2014.

Hartzenberg is expected to depart from Cape Town on April
15th, and his amateur radio operations are expected to begin
about four weeks later.  Currently, he does not have a Zed-S-
8 callsign, but plans to apply for ZS8D.  Once set up, his
operations will be on SSB on most High Frequency bands.

And less we forget to mention:  His QSL Manager will be
Pierre Tromp,  ZS1HF, who just happens to have been the last
operator from Marion Island using the call ZS8M.  And we
will have more DX news for you near the end of this weeks
newscast.  (OPDX)



From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including WMRP Low Power FM serving Mundy Township south of
Flint, Michigan.

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Tired of hearing this when you tune your favorite ham radio


Plasma TV radiation audio here


That's the sound made by a near-by plasma television set.
And now Europe is starting to set some standards to make it
a thing of the past

Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE, in Wabern, Germany reports that a
European specification or recommendation on the limitation
of the emissions of plasma TVs between 150 kHz and 30 MHz.
One that was approved in the last meeting of the Comit�
International Sp�cial des Perturbations Radio�lectriques.

Even though it does not have the same legal implications as
a regular Electromagnetic Compatibility standard, it does
show the plasma industry what could be part of one in the
future.  It should be noted that this new recommendation is
the result of work started in 2007 by an Electromagnetic
Compatibility working group of IARU Region One.
(Southgate, IARU-R1)



A noncommercial FM station in Puerto Rico has been dinged
$8000.  This after the FCC found that it was incapable of
issuing an EAS alert without human intervention.

Based on a complaint that it received, last April agents
from the Commission's San Juan office inspected WVID FM in
Anasco, Puerto Rico.  At that time the station personnel
demonstrated to the agents that the EAS equipment couldn't
transmit an emergency message without someone manually
reducing the on-air programming volume down to zero or mute.
The station employee also told the agents that he believed
the equipment had needed manual intervention since at least
September 2011.

Now in issuing the proposed monetary forfeiture, the FCC
notes that all stations must ensure that EAS encoders,
decoders, attention signal generating and receiving
equipment is installed and operational so that the
monitoring and transmitting functions are available when the
station is operating.  When a station is unattended, the
rules require stations to use automatic systems to interrupt
programming to transmit an alert.  WVID is only staffed from
6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and unattended overnight.

Centro Colegial Cristiano is the owner of WVID FM and was
given the customary 30 days to appeal or pay the fine.  It
also has the same amount of time to submit a sworn statement
to the San Juan office certifying that its EAS equipment is
now fully operational when the station is unattended.  (FCC,



A new way to alert the deaf and hard of hearing to oncoming
disaster situations may soon be on its way.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, is here with the details:


The trade newsletter Radio World reports that NPR Labs
personnel hope to begin a project that demonstrates an
emergency alerting system for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
population in the United States.  This, using broadcast
radio as the transmission medium.

The end goal of this research is to develop a deaf-
accessible radio receiver with a large text display and
bright flashing lights.  This in turn could alert the user
of a potential threat to life and property.

Rich Rarey is the NPR Labs Manager of Strategic Technology
Applications.  He told Radio World that there are currently
some AM radios with aural warnings and FM H-D receivers that
have very small text displays but without accessible warning
mechanisms.  He says that the aim of NPR Labs is to create a
receiver that is useful for deaf and hard-of-hearing people,
which will also be helpful for alerting the general public
as well.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.


You can read the entire report of this potentially life
saving project on-line at
the-deaf  (RW)



If you are a podcaster or thinking of becoming a podcaster,
even on a very small scale, then its worth your time to read
an article on who owns the rights to the term podcasting
that appeared in a recent issue of the chron dot com
business report.

In a nutshell, it appears as if the term podcast is not
generic as most people might think.  Rather it is a patented
system owned by a company called Personal Audio LLC that
developed it and other internet streaming back in 1996.  And
now Personal Audio LLC has decided to assert its rights by
going after both podcast content creators as well as podcast

So far it has won every case that has gone to trial.  Even
Apple has lost to them. In that case a jury awarded Personal
Audio LLC an $8 million judgment plus $4 million in
interest for infringing on the company's The Playlist

So if you run a podcast or are thinking of creating one, you
might want to take a few moments to read the story at and then talk to a knowledgeable
patent attorney before proceeding or continuing your
podcasting journey.  It could theoretically save you every
penny that you have ever will make or have saved.



The San Francisco Chronicle reports that an unnamed Oakland
resident has been arrested for allegedly shining a laser at
two aircraft hovering over the scene of a shooting on
Monday, January 21st.

The 40-year-old man is alleged to have aimed a red laser
several times at a KGO television helicopter as it flew
about 1,000 feet over the scene of the incident in which an
undercover Oakland officer was shot in the arm.  The man is
also alleged to have shined the laser at a California
Highway Patrol fixed wing aircraft that was circling at
about 3,500 feet.  Thankfully no one aboard either aircraft
was injured.

Under Title 18 Sub-part 39A, whoever knowingly aims the beam
of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the jurisdiction of the
United States, or at the flight path of such an aircraft,
shall be fined or imprisoned for up to 5 years, or both.
(Media News)



The coalition of broadcasters willing to sell spectrum
rights has grown to 39 major market stations.  This
according to comments filed to the FCC by the Expanding
Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition.  The trade group
also wants the regulatory agency to make the auction as
attractive as possible by not limiting wireless bidders or
which stations can share spectrum.

The coalition was formed because the principal broadcast
trade association, the National Association of Broadcasters,
is focusing on making sure the auctions hold harmless
broadcasters who are not selling and want to remain in the
business.  The coalition members don't have to identify
themselves publicly because of the obvious competitive and
operational issues related to publicizing their willingness
to sell.  However they are reportedly pushing the FCC to
reclaim at least 120 MHz of spectrum.

The deadline for comments on the FCC's framework for
broadcast incentive auctions was  January 25th.  Reply
comments are due in March.



CQ magazine will be adding a monthly international news
column called CQ World Wide as of its April edition.  The
new column will be coordinated by new International Editor
Tom Smerk, AA6TS.  Smerk lives in Dulzura, California and
has been active in ham radio since 1988.  He is active in
ARESr, SKYWARNr, RACES, California Disaster Corps and CERT,
and is a volunteer examiner as well.  For the past 25 years,
he has taught business information technology for the San
Diego Community College District.  Hams with news of events
and activities outside the United States can contact Smerk
by e-mail to aa6ts (at) cq-amateur-radio (dot) com.  (CQ)



More Dayton Hamvention related news this week.  This in the
announcement by the Quarter Century Wireless Association
that it will be holding QCWA Banquet: on Friday May 17th at
the Dayton Airport Holiday Inn.  The dinner begins at 7:30
p.m. Eastern Daylight Time .  The after dinner speaker will
be  James Crabtree with a presentation on Lincoln.  Cost is
$25 per person.  Reservations and payment go to Jerry
Ragland, WA8BOB, 409 Park Av. Franklin, Ohio, 45005.



Registration is now open for the 39th annual Eastern VHF/UHF
and microwave conference to be held April 26th to the 28th
at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Manchester, Connecticut.
This years program includes numerous talks and presentations
for those who enjoy operating in the world above 50 MHz.
This yearly get together is sponsored by the North East Weak
Signal Group.  More information including registration and
hotel information can be found at  (W1GHX, VHF Reflector)



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:

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Australia's University of Adelaide computer scientists are
leading a project to develop a novel sensor system to aid
senior citizens.  One that would help older people to keep
living independently and safely in their own homes.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, is here with the


To accomplish this far reaching goal of aiding the senior
citizen community, researchers down-under are adapting radio
frequency identification better known as RFID sensor
technologies to automatically identify and monitor human
activity.  This in turn makes it possible to determine if an
individual's normal routine is being maintained so that
timely assistance can be provided if it is needed.

Although RFID technology has been around since World War II
and is in common use today in applications such as anti-
shoplifting and vehicle identification at toll road
collection points, its potential use in interpreting human
activity remains largely in the laboratory.

The chief investigator for this project is Dr. Michael Sheng
at he University of Adelaide.  He says that work will be
among the first few projects in the world conducting large-
scale common-sense reasoning in automatic human activity
recognition.  In addition the system will be low-cost and
unobtrusive, and without the privacy issues and intensive
monitoring of video surveillance.  There will be no need for
older people to wear anything or turn anything on or off.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW. In
Los Angeles.


The technology will be first investigated in a laboratory
setting and then in hospital trials with geriatric patients.
More aboiut this possible new use for RFID is on line at
(Radio Comms E-zine, VK7WI News)



A new animated video has been released that tells the story
pf the UK Space Agency's first CubeSat UKube-1 slated to
launch in the 3rd quarter of 2013.  UKube-1 will carry a set
of AMSAT-UK FUNcube transponder boards to provide a 435 to
145 MHz linear transponder and a 1200 bps BPSK beacon for
educational outreach.  For more information on FUNcube and a
link to the video please take your web browser to www.amsat-  (AMSAT-UK, Southgate)



The South Africa Radio League's Antenna Defense
Fund increased to 37,100 Rand which equates to 4100 U.S.
dollars.  This, on its way to its 50000 Rand or 6000 U-S
dollar target.

The funds first contribution from industry came from the
Radio Accessories and Data Modems Company which made 6000
Rand donation to the fund.  As previously reported, this
fund is to assist South African hams facing antenna
restrictions and the like.  (SARL)



Shortwave radio writer Kim Andrew Elliott advises that a
special short term amateur radio station with the callsign P-
H-00-Z-W-A-T was active January 26th and 27th UTC time.
This from the former Radio Nederlands Flevoland antenna site
near the town of Zeewolde in the Netherlands.

The operators were reported to be using relatively low power
feeding the various curtain type directional arrays at 120
meters height on the various High Frequency amateur radio

According to Jonathan Marks, G8WGN, there have been several
events like this. The first was in February 1985 when
special event station PA6FLD took to the airwaves.  Video of
that operation was included in the ARRL film "The New World
of Amateur Radio" produced and hosted by the late Roy Neal,
K6DUE.  (G8WGN via Critical Distance Weblog)



In DX, word that W1USN, AA1M and W1SSR will be on the air
stroke PJ2 from Curacao between March 8th and the the 22nd.
Their activity will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW,
SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns either
direct or by the bureau.

Members of the Westnet DX Group will once again be active as
EJ7NET from the Aran Islands between May 10th and the 15th.
Operations will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via
Logbook of thr World or direct to EI6FR. No  eQSL or bureau
QSLs will be accepted for this operation.

DF7ZS will again be on the air from Aruba between March 26th
and April 3rd.  Activity will include the CQ World Wide WPX
SSB Contest from March 30th to the 31st as a Single-Operator
All-Band entry. Some casual operations will take place
before and after the contest on 17 and 12 meters. QSL via
his home callsign.

PA0FAW says that he will be operating with the special
callsign PF100ZOO between February 1st and the 28th.  This
activity is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
Arnhem Zoo. Operations will mainly be CW and SSB, with some
digital modes. QSL via PA0FAW either direct, via the bureau
or electronically using eQSL.  SWL reports are also welcome
and appreciated.

TU5KG is once again traveling through the South Indian Ocean
on a fishing boat. As in past years, he will be sailing in
both the Kerguelen and Crozet Island regions, and may
activate the islands if he goes ashore) using his new
callsigns.  These are FT5XT for Kerguelen and FT5WQ for
Crozet. When at sea he will sign TU5KG maritime mobile.
QSL via F4DXW, direct only.

Lastly, ten operators from the Oceania DX Group will be
operational from Norfolk Island between May 3rd and the 13th
as VK9NT.  The group plans to have 4 stations covering all
bands 80-10 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY.  An Online QSL
Request Service will be available for bureau and direct
cards on ClubLog which is the preferred method or direct to

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally this week, the story of a young inventor who is
already leaving a very positive mark on society.  Here's
David Black. KB4KCH, with the rest of the story:


Kelvin Doe is not a ham radio operator but he is being
called the wonder kid of Sierra Leone and with good reason.
This is because the 15 year old who recently won a trip to
visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology taught
himself how to build generators, batteries, and FM radios
using parts he found in the trash.

In the best tradition of the maker and hacker movement he
does it using things that would otherwise have been thrown
out and, with almost no formal training, turns them into
useful products.

Doe's inventions are especially valuable in his hometown
where, according to Kelvin, the lights there only turn on
"about once a week."  Kelvin builds batteries and generators
to provide electricity for his family.  He also uses his
home made gear to operate a successful radio station where
he is known as DJ Focus.

Kelvin says he hopes to use his radio station as a way for
the youth in Sierra Leone to debate about issues in their
area.  He says he plans to build a windmill generator to
provide more stable electricity for his town.

Kelvin Doe visited MIT as part of the university's Visiting
Practitioners Program.  The Syllabus allows inventors to use
MIT's plentiful resources and perform their own research in
the schools labs.

Kelvin Doe became the youngest ever Visiting Practitioner
after winning the Innovate Salone Challenge.  Innovate
Salone runs a program that asks young citizens of that
nation to creatively come up with solutions to problems
facing their community.

From the South-East Bureau in Birmingham Alabama, I'm David
Black, KB4KCH.


In our view, its young people like Kelvin Doe, who will be
the ones who will truly advance all of mankind in the years
and decades to come, and the world really needs a lot more
like him.  (



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Before we go, a note to those of you who obtain these
newscasts over the 661-296-2407 dial up line.  While we have
decided to keep it in service a while longer, it will be
down for equipment maintenance from Febdruay 4th to the 12th
or there-abouts.  Parts are getting really scarce for the
antique gear used to feed the phone line, so we must do what
we can to keep things going.  If you are a phone access
user, please make alternate arrangements to obtain the
newscast until we can return the system to operation.

Also a reminder that the Dayton Hamvention is seeking
nominations for its 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year,
Technical Achievement, Special Achievement and the Radio
Club of the Year awards.  The cutoff date to submit
nominations is February 15th.  More information and official
nominating forms are now on-line at

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West Virginia, saying
73 and we thank you for listening.

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