Friday, March 29, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1859 - March 29 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1859 with a release
date of March 29 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  The Wireless Institute of
Australia takes a bold stand to try to keep part of the 2300
MHz band; the Nelson New Zealand City Council sides with a
ham in a tower dispute; the UK to phase out AM broadcasting
by 2016, the FCC grants hams Special Temporary Authority to
use TDMA technology; and a special April 1st report on the
emerging science of flavored mini-computers.  All this and
more on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1859 coming
your way right now.

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Australia's national ham radio society says that it's not
going to give up the 13 centimeter amateur band without a
fight.  This after The Australian Communications and Media
Authority - the A C M A - proposes to withdraw the 2300 to
2302 MHz segment of the band as of July 2015 so that it can
be re-allocated for other uses.  Roger Harrison, VK2ZRH, of
the WIA News has the details:


The driver behind the ACMA's proposed move is to create a
tidy 100 MHz wide band from 2300 to 2400 MHz for the purpose
of Spectrum Licensing by auction.

The 13 cm Amateur band has only a secondary service status
at 2300 to 2450 MHz. Primary user status goes to the fixed,
mobile and radiolocation services.  The 2300 to 2302 MHz
segment has been used for narrowband, weak-signal working
and this is reflected in the WIA band plan for 13 cm.

In the face of the ACMA's proposal; the WIA intends to fight
back. The WIA is preparing a submission that strongly argues
for the retention of a 150 kHz-wide allocation at 2300 MHz
on at least a co-primary basis. A 150 kHz-wide "line in the
sand", you might say.

Some have suggested that the Institute should bargain the
loss of 2 MHz in the 13 cm band for more spectrum elsewhere
- like the 80 metre DX window, or securing exclusive access
to 50 to 52 MHz, for example.  However, the WIA Board has
adopted the stance that this is no time to roll over and die
on the 13 cm issue, to use the loss of 2 MHz as a bargaining
chip when it comes to issues affecting other bands or for
that matter, bargaining for a new band elsewhere in the
radiofrequency spectrum.  Each issue really has to be
addressed on its own merits.

This is Rodger Harrison, VK2ZRH.


The decision of the Wireless Institute of Australia to stand
its ground to keep at least a small part of the 13
centimeter band is not as unusual as it may at first seem.
As broadband expands and other services are displaced from
their spectrum many are looking for bandspace to relocate.
As such the ham radio bands at 420 MHz and above are quickly
becoming a prime target of these outsiders.  Because of this
more and more national ham radio societies are finding that
there are only two ways to fight back.  The first is to
become politically active in their nation.  The other is to
do what the Wireless Institute of Australia is doing by
literally drawing a proverbial do-not-cross line in the
sand.  (WIA News)



Some good news for a ham radio operator in Nelson, New
Zealand who was being hounded by a neighbor to take down his
antenna.  This because she said it interfered with her view
of the surrounding landscape.  The Town Council says that
the antenna can stay.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen,
ZL2BHF, has this follow-up report:


According to information supplied by Andrew Mackie, ZL2HZ,
the Nelson City Council has no intention to proceed with the
complaint filed against a ham radio antenna installation
owned by Rick Kiessig, ZL2HAM.

As reported last week, the complainant Dallas Woods had
appeared before the City Council alleging that Kiessig's
tower and antenna interfered with her landscape overlay
view.  Among other things she asked council members to
change the rules so that amateur radio antennas are no
longer a permitted activity in residential zones.

But in a phone call from Rachel Reese on behalf of the
entire Nelson City Council, Mackie was told that the council
does not intend to proceed with the complaint from Wood's at
this time.  Nor is it proposing to make any immediate
changes to the district land use regulations that permit
antenna systems such as that of ZL2HAM.  Rather, at some
time in the future and only if the land use regulations come
up for review, it might possibly take another look at
amateur antennas, but limited to geographic areas where the
view is perceived to be important.

According to Mackie, this is a major step towards
maintaining the good relations between the Nelson City
Council and the areas amateur radio community.  It also
ensures that continued cooperation in areas of Civil Defense
and other activities will not be adversely affected.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, in
Nelson, New Zealand.


The bottom line is that the Nelson City Council agrees that
Kiessig's tower and antenna installation complies with all
relevant regulations and as such and he is free to enjoy his
hobby without further outside interference.  (ZL2HZ)



On the other side of the globe, broadcast AM radio for
emergency alerts appears to be on its way out in the United
Kingdom.  This even though at present it remains the
quickest and easiest way to reach the masses in time of
national crisis.  Jason Law, VK2LAW, has the details:


UK Government reports indicate an intention to abandon AM
broadcast radio for emergency communications and to phase-
out AM broadcasting from 2016.

The report Impact of a Radio Switchover on the Government's
Emergency Communications Policy says that the coverage of AM
services are near universal across the UK, delivered by
a small number of transmitters which could more easily be
restored in the event of a national disaster.  However,
while AM services are universally available, the number
of households which both have access to and choose to access
such services is on the decline.

The declining value of the AM platform is best displayed in
the case of the National Attack Warning System or NAWS.  The
use of the BBC Radio 4 Long Wave frequency to broadcast
emergency information nationally in the case of a nuclear
attack or similar disaster was formalized through the NAWS
arrangements between the BBC and the Cabinet Office.
However, as a result of the limitations of this system in
the present day, from the falling numbers of Long Wave
receivers in homes, to the delay incurred from having to
restore transmitters following an attack, the Cabinet
Office has since cancelled their NAWS arrangements with the

I'm Jason Law, VK3LAW, reporting.


For those interested in some heavy reading, the complete
report on the proposed United Kingdom abandonment of AM
broadcasting can be found on line at
away  (WIA News)



Some good news for those involved in digital voice
communications as the FCC says it is OK for hams to use TDMA
Technology.  At least they can for now as we hear from
Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP:


The FCC has granted a request from the ARRL for a temporary
waiver to sections 97.3(c)(5) and 97.307(f)(8) the
Commission's rules.  This to  allow amateur stations to use
additional emission types including  Single and Multiple
Time-Slot Time Division Access better known as TDMA.

In granting the ARRL request the FCC agreed that such a
waiver was warranted so as to permit hams to transmit
communications on amateur bands above 30 MHz using single
time-slot Time Division Multiple Access systems currently on
the market and used by stations in other services.  This
pending the resolution of a related rulemaking proceeding.
The FCC order also dismissed as moot a previously-filed
request from ARRL for clarification of the rules as they
apply to TDMA digital emissions.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in
Scottsdale, Arizona.


Those interested can read the entire text of the FCC
decision to grant this waiver on-line at
arrl-tdma.  (FCC)



From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the KC6OCA repeater serving Lake Isabella

(5 sec pause here)



Big changes are coming to the Federal Communications
Commission.  This as Chairman Julius Genachowski announces
his plans to step down from his post in the coming weeks.

Genachowski, a Democrat, was nominated by President Obama
and confirmed for the post by the Senate in 2009.  The
announcement of his departure comes only a few days after
Commissioner Robert McDowell announced he was stepping
down from his FCC post.  McDowell was the first Republican
appointed to an independent agency by President Obama.

According to the on-line newsletter Politico, Genachowski's
decision was predicted for months and was likely to come the
same week McDowell was to announce that he was resigning.
Politico added that since nominations for agencies like the
FCC are paired by political party, leaving one seat on the
commission for a Democrat and one for a Republican would
smooth the path for the new nominees.

The FCC is led by five commissioners who are appointed by
the President and must be confirmed by the Senate.  They
each serve a five year term.
( and other news sources)



The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the "First
Sale" doctrine covers a copyrighted work legally made abroad
and imported into the United States without the copyright
owner's permission.  In doing so it overturns a Second
Circuit decision that said it did not.

The case was Kirtsaeng versus John Wiley & Sons.  Supap
Kirtsaeng is a Thai-born U.S. student who imported and
resold in the United States less expensive copies of Wiley
textbooks manufactured for sale abroad.  Wiley took
Kirtsaeng to court claiming that the doctrine of First Sale
forbids his actions.  But in a split 6 to 3 decision, the
Supreme Court Justices concluded that there is no
geographical limitation on the First Sale doctrine that
would limit its application to copies made abroad with the
copyright holder's permission.

This decision appears to limit a copyright owner's ability
to control geographic distribution of publishing his, her or
a company's works.  The First Sale doctrine simply means
where a book is first printed versus where it's first sold.



The ARRL, which celebrates its Centennial in 2014, has
launched an unprecedented $10 million fundraising
initiative.  This for the purposes of building the ARRL
Endowment and strengthening the organization's financial

Mary Hobart, K1MMH, is the ARRL Chief Development Officer.
She says that the vision of the ARRL Second Century Campaign
is to secure significant financial resources that will open
a path to passionate involvement in Amateur Radio for new
generations.  Hobart goes on to say that this will provide
opportunities for educational enrichment, community service
and personal achievement through the exploration and use of
the magic of radio communication.

The Second Century Campaign is being led by the ARRL Board
of Directors and an eight-member committee headed by David
W. Brandenburg, K5RQ.  The campaign has already raised more
than $4 million toward the $10 million dollar goal.  Plans
are to reach the $10 million mark by the end of ARRL's
Centennial Year in 2014.  More details on the campaign can
be found at (ARRL,



A new scientific communications breakthrough of sorts is
being reported by Discovery News.  It says that the task of
building a perfect play-list for your smart phone or other
private listening device has just gotten a lot easier thanks
to a new brainwave scanning device called the Mico
headphones.  Amateur Radio Newslines Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK,
has more:


Mico (pron miko) headphones are a development of a company
called Neurowear.  The rather interesting looking headphones
have what the company calls a electroencephalograph sensor
that protrudes to scans the wearers brain patterns to match
a person's mood with an appropriate song.

When plugged in to a smart device running Mico's app, its
claimed that the headphones will detect the wearer's state
of mind and select a "neuro-tagged," mood-fitting song from
Neurowear's database and play it. The sides of the ear
pieces illuminate when music plays and even show symbols
correlating to the wearers state of mind such as if the user
is sleepy, stressed or highly focused.

Currently, the headphones are still in the prototype phase.
They made their debut at the recent South by Southwestr
Conferences and Festival in Austin, Texas, but the Mico
Headphones inventor was optimistic they'll be on the market
in what they term as the near future.

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


You can read more about this latest development in wearable
consumer electronics at
headphones.  The company's website is simply  And before you ask, no, these new
earphones cannot locate that rare DX station you are hunting
for on 20 meters.  Well, at least not yet.  (Discovery News,



Some names in the news.  The Institution of Engineering and
Technology reports that Professor Hugh Griffiths, G4CNV, has
been awarded the A.F. Harvey Engineering Research Prize.
The organization says that Griffiths is one of the leaders
in research into bistatic radar where the transmitter and
receiver are located separately, rather than using a single
antenna.  The �300,000 pound check that comes with this
honor will enable Griffiths to continue his investigations
in bistatic radar.  300,000 British Pounds is about $456,000
United States dollars.  More on bistatic radar and the award
to G4CNV is on line at



Sequestration not withstanding, the National Association of
Broadcasters has announced that U.S. Representative Greg
Walden, W7EQI, will be a speaker at this year's NAB
Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Walden, who chairman of
the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House
Committee on Energy and Commerce, will discuss his career in
broadcasting and legislative issues as one of the speakers
at the convention's opening session on Monday, April 8th.

By way of background, Greg Walden has represented Oregon's
Second Congressional District since 1998.  He also spent
more than two decades as a radio station owner and uses his
small business and technology experience as chairman of the
House committee he serves on.  In November 2012, W7EQI was
unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the National
Republican Congressional Committee.  (TV Technology)



Heil Sound Ltd. will once again be one of the major hosts
for this year's Amateur Radio Operator's Reception, to be
held in conjunction with the 2013 National Association of
Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Amateur Radio Operator's Reception is traditionally a
big draw for hams attending the NAB show.  It also attracts
those who may have never touched a push-to-talk button or
learned Morse code.  This is because the nature of
broadcasting and of ham radio are both communication.

The 2013 reception will be held on Wednesday, April 10th
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time in Ballroom B of
the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.  Typically, between 700 to
800 people pack the ballroom, each hoping he will be the
lucky winner of one of the door prizes.  Everyone attending
the reception is eligible to win a door prize, and is handed
a raffle ticket upon entering.

This year there are more than 140 prizes to be given away.
In addition to those from Heil Sound, others have been
donated by broadcast equipment manufacturers, engineering
consulting firms, retailers and the American Radio Relay
League.  The NAB say the 2013 prize list already has a value
of more than $14,000.

Again that's the 2013 NAB Amateur Radio Operator's Reception
in Ballroom B of the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on
Wednesday, April 10th from 6 to 8 p.m..  Bob, K9EID, and
company president Sarah Heil say that that they hope to see
you there.  (ARNewslineT, Heil Sound, NAB)



The Radio Club of America is inviting the submission of
abstracts for consideration of presentation at its upcoming
Wireless Technical Symposium to be held on Saturday November
23rd in Orlando Florida.  The club is seeking papers dealing
with numerous areas of telecommunications ranging from
antennas, broadband, land mobile satellite, semiconductors
and amateur radio to name just a few.

If you are interested in being a presenter at this year's
symposium, you need to submit a 1 to 3 paragraph abstract by
July 1st.  Include the title, authors and contact
information, a synopsis of the work to be presented, and why
you think the work is interesting or important to the
wireless industry.  Also please keep in mind that the
conference planners are looking for specifically technical
papers and not marketing presentations and that participants
will have to fund their own travel to the Orlando event.

Those that are selected will be given a 20 to 45 minute
presentation opportunity on November 23rd, and your paper of
any length will be made available on the RCA Website and at
the event.  Those interested should send their presentation
abstracts to the Tech Symposium Chair John Facella at
techsymposium (at) radioclubofamerica (dot) org.  If you
missed that e-mail address it will be in the on-line text
edition of this week's Amateur Radio Newsline report.
(Radio Club of America)



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)



We are very sad to report the passing of one of the most
beloved people in the world of amateur radio and in the
amateur radio supply industry.  This with word that Evelyn
Garrison, WS7A, of Sammamish, Washington, passed away in her
home on February 26th following a long battle against

Best known in ham radio circles as one of the early sales
representatives for Icom America, Evelyn went on to form her
own organization known as Evelyn Garrison and Associates.
Among other things, she and her company were responsible for
making Alinco a known and highly respected part of the world
ham radio marketplace.  More recently she was the marketing
representative for Jetstream amateur radio products and
introduced the Jetstream brand to all of North America.

Originally from Porter County, Indiana, Evelyn held an Extra
class license. In addition to her love of amateur radio,
WS7A was an accomplished painter and also enjoyed
calligraphy.  And no major hamfest or convention was
complete without Evelyn's smile and always up-beat
conversation to make attendees feel as if they were a member
of her own family.

Evelyn Garrison, WS7A, is survived by her four children,
four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  Services
were held on Saturday, March 2nd in Issaquah, Washington.
An on-line commemorative to her with a guestbook where
friends and associates can pay their respects is at  (ARNewslineT)



One of the early pioneers of FM and repeaters on the 220 MHz
band has left us.  This with the passing of Walter "Walt"
Diem (PRON: DEEM), K6PEA, of Laguna Hills, California on
February 25th.

A career staff member at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, California, Diem, then WA6PEA got deeply involved
in ham radio through the JPL Amateur Radio Club.  In 1976 he
became interested in VHF and UHF repeater technology.  Due
to lack of 144 and 440 MHz frequencies available in the
Southern California area he decided to break new ground by
establish the club's repeater on 220 MHz.  That system went
on the air in March of 1977.

In 1979, with the split of the Southern California Repeater
association into two smaller organizations, Diem became a
member of the 220 MHz Spectrum Management Association.
There he served on the organizations Technical Committee
during the group's formative years.

After his retirement from JPL Diem moved to Laguna Hills,
California, to be closer to his son.  When the FCC made
vanity calls available, Diem briefly held W6CWD, but then
realized most people remembered him for the letter P in his
original call and so traded W6CWD for K6PEA.  This was the
call which he held at the time of his passing.  A memorial
celebration of Walt Diem's life was held on Tuesday, March
19th. (W6EJJ, KW6J)



From down-under, word that registrations are just starting
to be received for the 2013 Wireless Institute of Australia
National Field Day takes place on the weekend of April 13th
and 14th.  This happens to falls adjacent to the IARU World
Amateur Radio Day that falls on Friday, April 18th.

The Wireless Institute of Australia National Field Day is
not a contest.  Rather its aim is to introduce amateur radio
to the general public and hopefully to attract more people
into the hobby.  At the same time it presents an opportunity
for VK hams to hone their emergency communications skills.
Details on the 2013 Wireless Institute of Australia National
Field Day can be found on line at



A new schedule with reduced shortwave transmissions begins
on the BBC World Service on April 1st.  As part of the
change shortwave and medium wave transmissions in English
will be reduced to a minimum of 6 hours in total each day.
You can read the full BBC announcement at
World-English,  (Southgate, BBC)



The third annual "Day of the YLs' Contest" sponsored by the
European Radio Amateurs Organization will be held May 18th
and 19th.  This purpose of this weekend event is to get as
many YL's and XYL's to take to the airwaves at the same time
as is possible.  Various awards will be available.  For more
information, frequencies and operating times please see on the World-Wide-Web.  (Southgate)



And a reminder that International Marconi Day will take
place on April 20th.  For more information and to see which
stations are taking part in this event please take your web
browser to (IARU)



In DX, JR1IZM will be active as 9X0ZM from Rwanda until
March 2014.  He plans to operate on 80 through 6 meters.

VA3QSL is heading to the Caribbean and will be on the air as
8P9HI from Farther Away Cottage, Bayfield, St. Philip,
Barbados between April 6th and the 13th.  His operation will
be holiday style on the High Frequency bands.  QSL via his
home callsign, direct or via the Bureau.

DF8DX will be on the air from Tanzania as 5H1DX between from
April 20th to the 28th.  His operation will include the
activation of several Islands on the Air entities.  Listen
out for him on the High Frequency bands and also some
Earth-Moon-Earth weak signal operation.  If you make contact
QSL direct to DF8DX.

Down the calendar a bit K3LP has announced on his Web page
that he will be operating from the Antarctica; Port Stanley,
the Falkland Islands; Chile, Argentina and Uruguay between
February 2nd and 16th of 2014.  This is a family vacation so
he plans only to be on the air for a few hours at each
location.  QSL will go via his home callsign

Lastly, Bill Moore, NC1L, at the ARRL DXCC Desk reports that
the 2013 9X0ZM operation from Rwanda has been approved for
DXCC credit.  Cards may now be submitted for this one.

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally this week, as most hams know the big thing these
days in tiny computers is the Raspberry Pie, spelled Pi.
This is a computer on a credit-card sized circuit board
that's finding a variety of ham radio applications.  So as
we approached the first of April, our roving reporter,
Pierre Pullinmyleg, set out with his trusty 20 meter SSB HT
and 33 foot rubber-duckie antenna to unravel the mysteries
of the device and to find out if this `pi indeed are


When we first tried zee raspberry pi, we found it to be very
crunchy even though ve were expecting a more mousse-like
consistency.  Then ve learned it was a computer and had to
spit it out, bit by bit.

Some investigative reporting led us to a secretive group
working on new devices similar to zee Rasperry Pi.

Calling themselves zee "Pi R Round Consortium," members of
this group are designing several specialized devices, such
as zee Pecan Pi, which will control automated nutcrackers.
Also in zee works is Cherry Pi, designed for use in lie
detectors, and Apple Pi, which will be very expensive and do
very little, but is still expected to be highly successful.

Finally, an offshoot of the group in Italy is sticking with
the traditional "Pi R Square" formula and has designed a
Sicilian Pi, which will make you an offer you cannot refuse.

All of these new devices will be introduced to zee amateur
radio community at this year's Dayton Hamvention.  Hams
there are expected to gobble them up as tasty alternatives
to Hara arena hot dogs.

In zee Pie Safe aboard the Good Ship Lollipop, zis is Pierre
Pullinmyleg reporting for Newsline.


Pierre says that if you found that story a bit hard to
swallow, he recommends a little whipped cream and a broad
smile.  He adds that more about this may or may not be found
on-line at (Pierre Pullinmyleg April
1st News Service)



With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC
Communicator, CQ Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX
Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain, the RSGB, the Southgate
News, TWiT-TV, Australia's WIA News and of coarse roving
April 1st reporter Pierre Pullinmyleg, that's all from the
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A reminder that the nominating period for the 2013 Amateur
Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award is now open.
Full details and a nominating form are on our website at

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD, from Florida's Sunshine Coast saying
73, a very happy April 1st and we thank you for listening.

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