Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1861 with a release date of April 12 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. The following is a QST. Ham radio developed software is now a part of an ongoing NASA solar observation mission; hams in Hawaii appear safe from a new distracted driving law; Over the Horizon is back on the ham bands; the Dayton Hamvention withdraws its 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year award and a nice place for senior citizen hams to retire. Find out where on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1861 coming your way right now. (Billboard Cart Here) ** HAM RADIO IN SPACE: AMSAT-DL TURBO CODE NOW ON NASA STEREO SPACECRAFT Ham radio is now contributing directly to some vital space research. This with the announcement that Turbo Code software written by AMSAT-DL is now in use on the twin NASA STEREO spacecraft. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the rest of the story: -- According to AMSAT-Germany, on April 2, the two NASA STEREO space-based solar observatories permanently switched to Turbo Code to transmit their real-time space weather data back to Earth. A network of four ground stations, located at Germany, France, Japan and amateur radio station DL0SHF in Germany receives the data, and uses software also written by AMSAT-Germany to decode it. The switch to Turbo Code has reportedly improved reception capabilities of the ground stations by about 2 dB. This is a very welcome improvement given that the two STEREO spacecraft are currently 269 and 286 million kilometers respectively away from Earth. STEREO which stands for the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory is a solar observation mission using two nearly identical spacecraft. They were launched in 2006 into orbits around the sun that cause them to respectively pull farther ahead of and fall gradually behind the Earth. This enables stereoscopic imaging of the Sun and other solar phenomena, such as coronal mass ejections and the like. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'M Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in Scottsdale, Arizona. -- More on the NASA STEREO solar observatory mission is on the web at tinyurl.com/stereo-in-space. (AMSAT-DL) ** PROPAGATION: INCOMING SOLAR STORM MAY AFFECT RADIO TRANSMISSSIONS AFTER APRIL 13 A strong M6-class solar flare has hurled a Cornal Mass Ejection or CME toward Earth. This after the magnetic field of sunspot AR1719 erupted at 0716 UT on April 11th. Geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras were being predicted when the fast-moving ionized cloud was to reach our planet, on April 13th. Solar forecasters believed that radio, television, satellite and other communications would likely be affected for several days afterward. Keep an eye on spaceweather dot com for the latest updates. (Spaceweather) ** RESCUE RADIO: HAMS ASSIST IN ARGENTINA FLOODING Hams in Argentina are reported to be providing communications support in response to the recent flooding to hit that nation. A statement provided by RAYNET-HF on April 6th said that High Frequency nets are currently operating on 7 dot 070 MHz and 7 dot 120 MHz. This is in addition to VHF and UHF repeaters that are being kept on alert by the Radio Club La Plata operating as LU8DZE. There is also a lot of emergency communication taking place through the Facebook Emergenciaslu Amateur group page that is maintained by the Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Argentina. (RAYNET-HF) ** INTRUDER WATCH: RUSSIAN AND IRANIAN OTH RADAR CAUSING INTERFERENCE ON HF The dreaded sound of Over the Horizon Radar is again interfering with communications on or near several ham radio bands. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is here with the details: -- The latest Region One International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System newsletter reports a Russian Over the Horizon Radar has been transmitting between 3.555 to 3.590 and 3.750 to 3.785 MHz. The signal is always 35 kHz wide with its location believed to be in the area of Makhachkala, in the Caspian Sea. Amateur radio as well as many other services are being interfered with in the evening hours by this annoying signal source. A letter has been sent to the Russian Radio Society -- the SRR -- asking for assistance in ending the operation of this Radar system. Meantime an Iran based Over the Horizon Radar has been interfering with ham radio operations on the 10 meter band. This Radar is on the air daily on 28.000 to 29.700 MHz transmitting bursts that are 60 kHz wide. The splatter from the signal often covers spectrum 500 kHz or more in bandwidth. The German Department of Post and Telecommunications has sent an official complaint to its counterpart in Iran. Lastly, the Dutch Datawell buoys are still operating illegally on 10 meters. The Datawell Company was informed that the transmissions are illegal by DK2OM and PA2GRU way back in March of 2012, but so far the company has not responded and the interference continues. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the newsroom in Los Angeles. -- If you happen across signals in the ham radio bands that you know do not belong there, please send a report to the Intruder Watch Coordinator for the nation that you live in. (IARU R-1 IARUMS Newsletter) ** RADIO LAW: HAWAII DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW EXEMPTS HAM RADIO Some good news for hams in Hawaii. A new distracted driving law making its way through the state legislature contains a full exemption for radio amateurs. Hawaii State Legislature House Bill 980 involving mobile electronics has passed the Senate and has been transmitted back to the House. Testimonies by amateur radio operators have kept the exemption intact to allow hams to operate their radio gear while driving. This bill is expected to pass, as the State of Hawaii needs a state-level cellular telephone law banning text messaging in order to receive Federal highway safety funds. It lost the funds in 2012 by not having such a law. From here, the remaining steps are that a joint conference committee will get together to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions. That whats called the CD1 draft and will have to be ratified in both the Hawaii House and Senate, before finally being transmitted to the Governor for signature. The text of the new mweasure and any updates will be available on-line on Ron Hashiro, AH6RH web page at tinyurl.com/hawaii-cell-law, (AH6RH) ** HAMVENTION 2013: HAMVENTION RESCINDS RADIO AMATEUR OF THE AWARD TO DL1BDF The Dayton Amateur Radio Association, sponsor of the annual Dayton Hamvention (R), has withdrawn its 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year Award. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, is in near-by Wadsworth, Ohio, with whats known so far: -- In early March the Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee announced that it had selected Captain Mustapha Landoulsi, DL1BDF, as its choice for 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year. But on April 4th the Hamvention announced that Landoulsi would not be getting the award after all. In fact, this year, nobody will. The announcement of the decision to rescind the award came in a posting to the Hamvention website and also distributed on the Hamvention's Yahoo Groups remailer. Both said and we quote: "We have received conflicting information from credible sources regarding the accuracy of the winning nomination. The General Chairman of Hamvention this year, Charles Kaiser, received these reports and followed up to verify their accuracy. Unfortunately these changes the way we score for the Amateur of the Year award and since the competition was close with other nominees the outcome would have been different. Based on all of this research the decision has been made by the Hamvention General Chairman not to award the Amateur of the Year for 2013." Captain Landoulsi is a retired Lufthansa airline pilot, had been named recipient of the award for his ongoing work in promoting and developing amateur radio in the Middle East and for organizing delivery of emergency medical equipment and medication to countries in Africa. There was no indication from the Hamvention or its Awards Committee as to the nature of the "conflicting information" or any additional details regarding this action. In reply to our request for comment on the situation, Captain Landoulsi responded in part that is not the awards cancellation that made him sad. He notes that he already has a number of awards but that collecting awards has not been his goal in life. Rather giving to others and helping every one he can is what his life is all about. DL1BDF added that he will have a more in depth statement for release shortly. It should be noted that the decision by the Hamvention to rescind the Radio Amateur of the Year Award will have no impact on this year's Technical Achievement, Special Achievement and Radio Club of the Year recipients. These three awards will be presented as originally announced. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephan Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio. -- This is the first time since the Radio Amateur of the Year Award was created back in 1955 that it has been withdrawn after being announced. And as far as we can determine, it's also the first time that this award will not be presented. (Dayton HamventionT, CQ, ARNewslineT, others) ** BREAKING DX NEWS: NCDXF ANNOUNCES MAJOR GRANT TO FT/Z AMSTERDAM ISLAND DXPEDITION The Northern California DX Foundation has announced a grant of $50,000 to the upcoming FT stroke Z Amsterdam Island DXpedition currently planned for January and February of 2014. This is the second largest grant in the history of the Northern California DX Foundation history. Amsterdam is number 4 on the DX Magazine's Most Wanted List of rare DX locations for 2013. Check www.amsterdamdx.org in the near future for more DXpedition details. (NCDXF) ** BREAK 1 From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the N8LC repeater serving Sterling Heights, Michigan. (5 sec pause here) ** RADIO BUSINESS: NEW YAESU FT-400DR DIGITAL DUAL BAND MOBILE Big news in the world of digital VHF and UHF voice communications that the Yaesu FTM-400DR dual band mobile transceiver has received FCC approval, but when it will be available for sale is not known. According to the Universal Radio website, the new 2 meter and 70 centimeter radio is power selectable at 50, 20 or 5 watts on either band, features wide band receivers covering 108-470 and 800-999 MHz minus the cellular band four scan modes and 500 memories per band and all the other bells and whistles you would expect in a top of the line dual bander. But it's Kevin Sanders Amateur Radio and Scanning Blog adds that reveals the most important aspect of this new rig. That of it being capable of full C4FM FDMA digital voice operation as well as conventional FM. This means it will be the base and mobile radio that will compliment Yaesu's long waited FT1D digital voice hand-held. How much will the FTM-400DR set you back? At airtime there is no manufacturers suggested price listed. All the Universal Radio website says is that the information shown is preliminary and may be subject to change without notice or obligation. You can take a look at the new Yaesu offering at tinyurl.com/yaesu-digital-mobile. A video of the radio taken at last years Tokyo Hamfair can be seen at tinyurl.com/ftm400. (ARNewslineT, Universal Radio, Kevin Sanders Sanders Amateur Radio and Scanning Blog) ** CALIFORNIA CB OPERATOR CITED FOR TALKING TO MUCH TO NOBODY A California CB operator has been cited by the FCC for what amounts to having been long winded while talking to nobody on 11 meter CB. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, with the details. -- Talking to nobody on 11 meters but taking a long time to say it is the crux of a Notice of Violation issued on March 12th to Joseph Loiacono who lives in the Los Angeles suburb Lakewood. According to the FCC, back on January 29th the FCC received a complaint of interference to CB radio communications on 27.165 MHz. In response agents from the Los Angeles Office Enforcement Bureau T-hunted the signal and determined that they were coming from an antenna at a residence owned by Mr. Loiacono. While monitoring the frequency the agents observed someone whom they allege to have been Joseph Loiacono engaging in extended one-way transmissions which resulted in intentional interference to other CB stations. Some of these transmissions the FCC says lasted up to twenty minutes in length. This in led to the FCC issuing the Notice of Violation seeking additional information concerning the violations and any remedial actions that Loiacono had since taken. Specifically his response had to fully explain each violation, including all relevant surrounding facts and circumstances. It was also was to contain a statement of the specific actions he had so far taken to correct each violation and preclude any recurrence. But it did not end there. In accordance with Section 1.16 of the Rules, Loiacono was directed to support his response with an affidavit or declaration made under penalty of perjury, verifying the truth and accuracy of the information that he provided to the FCC. He was also warned that to knowingly and willfully make any false statement or conceal any material fact in reply to the Notice of Violation was punishable by fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Joseph Loiacono was given 20 days from the release of the Notice of Violation to submit his written statement concerning this matter. That date is now past but at airtime it's not known what information he had in his reply to the FCC. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, monitoring this one from Los Angeles. -- For what its worth, this is the first time in years if not decades that we have heard of anyone on the 11 meter Citizens Band being issued a Notice of Violation for making a one way transmission that was far to long. In fact its one of the few instances of any real enforcement action on 11 meters in a long, long time. (FCC, CGC) ** ENFORCEMENT: MOJAVE CA RESIDENT ISSUED WARNING AFTER FCC LOCATES AV TRANSMITTER INTERFERING WITH NASA TELEMETRY The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation of an audio-visual transmitter used in the home of a Southern California resident. This after receiving a complaint from NASA that it was receiving interference to a telemetry receive site from radio transmissions centering on 2390 MHz. In its March 26th release the FCC said that its investigators from the Los Angeles office used direction finding to locate the interfering device at the home of Julius Magos in the city of Mojave, California. This is not far from the NASA receive site. The FCC says that when the power was disconnected from the transmitter, the interference to the NASA telemetry operations ceased. Now in issuing Magos the Notice of Unlicensed Operation the FCC says that its records show that no license was issued for operation of a transmitter on 2390 MHz from his home location. As such operation of the device must cease immediately. Magos was also warned that operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid FCC authorization constitutes a violation of the Federal laws and could subject the operator to severe penalties. These include but are not limited to a substantial monetary forfeitures, seizure the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment. Magos was also told that the FCC will determine what if any further enforcement action is required to ensure his compliance with the agency's rules. (FCC, CGC) ** ENFORCEMENT: FM TRANSLATOR FINED FOR INTERFERING WITH AVIATION COMMS The FCC has reaffirmed a $4,000 Notice of Apparent Liability issued against Playa Del Sol Broadcasters which is the licensee of FM translator K238AK in Palm Desert, California. The commission said the translator that operates on 109.5 MHz interfered with the VHF aviation band communications three times in 2008 resulting from the broadcaster's failure to properly attenuate the translator emissions. Interfered with specifically was Riverside California County sheriff's helicopter communications, Playa Del Sol uses the translator to re-transmit KRCK- FM in Mecca, California. The broadcaster didn't dispute the facts, but argued it shouldn't be fined because its violation was not intentional. But the commission backed up the Enforcement Bureau findings. It said even though Playa Del Sol didn't intend to break the law, it still did. It also gave Playa Del Sol Broadcasters the customary 30 days from the date of its decision to pay the $4000 fine. (FCC, RW) ** CRIME AGAINST HAM RADIO: NAURYZ DX CONTEST SITE HACKED The Nauryz DX Contest website owned by the Kazakhstan Amateur Radio Club was hacked the morning of April 9th. According to the Southgate news, vistors to the site were treated to a picture of a warrior with a scrolling text telling that said "Admin I hacked your site." Laying claim to the hacking was made by a group called "Team Haxorsistz" and "Bl4CK System". It followed the deadline of log submissions to the contest committee by Sunday April 7th. The hackers say that all information was retained. By late in the day a visit to the site showed that it had been restored. (G0SFJ, Southgate) ** RADIO HAPPENINGS: HIGH SCHOOL RADIO DAY - APRIL 24 High school radio stations in the United States will come together April 24 for High School Radio Day 2013. Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, reports: -- Following the inaugural event last May, a website has been created at www.highschoolradioday.com to publicize the activities planned by participating stations. The day's activities will include live broadcasts from different high school stations around the country streamed on the High School Radio Day website. There also will be links to station streams and schools can register with a link to their own station website. High School Radio Day was created following the successful launch of College Radio Day in October of 2011. Founder Pete Bowers, the station manager of WBFH-FM in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan decided to hold High School Radio Day last year on May 16th because it is the anniversary of the first U.S. high school radio station WNAS-FM in Albany, New York's inaugural broadcast in 1949. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH -- Organizers of High School Radio Day 2013 hope that this gathering will raise the profile of the limited number of high school radio stations still broadcasting in the United States. (RW) ** HAM HAPPENINGS: WEBINAR RECORDING FIRST TRANS ATLANTIC SHORTWAVE MESSAGE NOW ON LINE A Webinar archive presentation surrounding the story of the first trans-Atlantic short wave message which involved several Radio Club of America members and station 1BCG is now available for viewing on-line. To access the recording, take your web browser to tinyurl.com/rca-atlantic-message and click on the title The First Top Band DX Contest - the 1921 Transatlantic Test by Frank Donovan W3LPL. This Webinar recording is being hosted at the website of the World Wide Radio Operators Foundation. (RCA) ** NAMES IN THE NEWS: 2013 MARCONI PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TO HANDLELD PHONE DEVELOPER MARTIN COOPER The Marconi Society has announced that wireless visionary and entrepreneur Martin Cooper is the recipient of the 2013 Marconi Prize. Cooper is credited with developing and popularizing the concept of the handheld mobile phone. He led the team that put Motorola at the forefront of a new industry and in the process, he helped reshape and point the global telecommunications industry in a new direction. Martin Cooper will receive the $100,000 Marconi Prize at an awards dinner in his honor being held on October 1st in Bologna, Italy. He also will deliver the keynote address for a three-day conference preceding the awards gala, jointly sponsored by the Marconi Institute for Creativity and the Marconi Society The Marconi Prize is considered the pinnacle honor in the field of communication and information science. (Published News Reports) ** BREAK 2 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 www.arnewsline.org and being relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio amateur: (5 sec pause here) ** RADIO IN SPACE: SPACELAB II PROPOSED BEYOND THE MOON NASA has propose a concept for a deep space station that has been dubbed Skylab 2. It placing such a station on-orbit at the Earth/Moon L2 point in space. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, with the details: -- According to Space.com, the Skylab 2 concept would consist of a single-piece habitat based on the Space Launch System's upper-stage hydrogen tank. The resulting space station would be the equivalent of a two-story house. That would be enough to accommodate a crew of four astronauts and several years of provisions with comfort. Solar arrays, radiators, and a module that contains equipment for assembly, repair, and propellant transfer would be attached. The advantage over using International Space Station modules is that in the latter case, some assembly would be required. Skylab 2 would be ready for occupancy by a four-person crew launched separately in an Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The news that NASA was considering using the Space Launch System heavy lift launcher to deploy a deep space station 38,000 miles beyond the moon's far side, was first reported in the Orlando Sentinel in September. Such a space station would be human tended, hosting crews for weeks and then months at a time. It would serve as a way station for expeditions into deep space or back to the lunar surface. Astronauts on the deep space station could remotely operate radio controlled robots on the lunar surface and would study the effects of deep space, which includes microgravity and radiation, on the human body. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in Zion, Illinois -- L Points also known as Lagrange points, are the five positions in an orbital configuration where a small object affected only by gravity can theoretically be part of a constant-shape pattern with two larger objects such as a satellite with respect to the Earth and Moon. The Lagrange points mark positions where the combined gravitational pull of the two large masses provides precisely the centripetal force required to orbit with them. (NASA, Published News Reports) ** WORLDBEAT: CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST CLASS CW OPERATORS CLUB To commemorate their 75th anniversary of the First Class CW Operators Club this coming May the organization is holding a month-long on-air event featuring more than 20 special FOC suffix calls. This will include GB75FOC which is a special anniversary callsign for their club station. There will also be other FOC callsigns operating from the USA and Canada as well as some exotic locations such as VQ9, HZ1 and 5T. Stations will gain points for contacting any First Class CW Operators Club member and a certificate will be presented to stations who reach certain point levels. Founded in 1938 with its roots, history and management in the United Kingdom, the First Class CW Operators' Club promotes good CW operating, Morse activity, friendship and socializing via its worldwide membership of approximately 500. Complete details of the group and this event is on- line at tinyurl.com/first-class-morse. (Via e-mail) ** WORLDBEAT: BBC WORLD SERVICE REDUCES SHORTWAVE BROADCASTS A new schedule with reduced shortwave transmissions began on the BBC World Service on April 1st. As part of the change shortwave and medium wave transmissions in the English language will be reduced by a minimum of 6 hours each day. Also shortwave Arabic language broadcasts ceased complexly. You can read the full schedule change announcement at tinyurl.com/BBC-World-English. (Southgate) ** WORLDBEAT: BBC WORLD SERVICE OVER TO YOU ON CHINESE JAMMING The BBC World Service program Over To You has presented a program that explores the way that the stations shortwave transmissions are being affected by jamming in parts of Asia. This is the result of an e-mail from a listener in West Bengal who was having problems listening to the service. With the help of the World Service's head of business development, the show discovers how jamming of its shortwave transmissions inside China is spilling over into neighboring countries. It also explores what the BBC can do to remedy the situation through various international organizations. You can hear the program on-line at tinyurl.com/bbc-against- jamming. (Southgate, BBC) ** WORLDBEAT: TWO RADIO STATIONS ATTACKED IN GUINEA A journalists' association in Guinea says that two privately- owned radio stations have been attacked, as political tensions rise before Guinea's legislative elections on May 12. The Union of Free Radio and Television of Guinea says Renaissance FM and the Planet FM were both shot at when Faya Millimo who is the leader of the opposition Liberal Bloc was being interviewed. Also, two civilians and one police officer have been killed in a series of anti-government demonstrations that rocked Guinea's capital in recent weeks. (UFR via Facebook) ** WORLDBEAT: ALGERIAN AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY The Algerian Amateur Radio Association recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. The current president of the association is Afif Benlagha, 7X2RO. During a press conference held to mark this anniversary he recalled the various stages the association went through since its creation on March 23, 1963. Also present at the event was International Amateur Radio Union, Region 1 president Hans Blondeel Timmerman whose call is PB2T. Timmerman highlighted Algerian expertise in this area of communications. (Algeria Press Service) ** ON THE AIR: CS250CLE CELEBRATES THE BELL TOWER OF CLERIGOS CHURCH On the air, word that Portuguese amateurs will be operating through the end of the year with the call CS250CLE. This to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the final construction of the Torre dos Clerigos bell tower of the Church of Clerigos. Since its completion the tower has overlooked the city of Porto as the highest bell tower in Portugal. If you contact CS250CLE please QSL via CS5RPT. (DXNL) ** ON THE AIR: FRENCH CW SOCIETY - SPECIAL EVENT Look for special event callsign TM28UFT to be active during the 28th annual meeting of the French CW Society which will be held in Panazol Center, France, through April 21st. Activity will be on the HF bands and possibly others for this Morse only operation. The QSL Manager is F9IE. More information is on-line at www.uft.net. (UFT.net) ** DX In DX, GM0OBX will be running the special event call of GB1PC during April from Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society in the United Kingdom. This to celebrate the new Police Service of Scotland. Please QSL to GM0OBX either direct or via the bureau. LY5A will be on the air as LY23A until through April 23rd to celebrate the anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian independence. No times or frequencies have been announced. If you work him QSL via LY5A. IK2GZU will be in the southern region of Tanzania through May 8th working on electrical installations of the local hospital and orphanage. He hopes to find time to erect a 3 element yagi and operate as 5H3MB. If you make contact please QSL via his home call. SN0MD to be active in celebration Poland's 40th Debno marathon. Operation of this station continues through April 22nd. QSL via SP1PNW. Lastly, RW3AH is currently on the air from Egypt as SU9AF. He's reportedly operational on all of the HF bands. QSl via UA3DX . (Above from various DX sources) ** THAT FINAL ITEM: RETIREMENT PROPERTIES INSTALLS HAM RADIO SHACKS And finally this week the story of some retirement villages that not only approve of ham radio, but they even provide places from where residents can get on the air. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramovich, NT3V, with the details: -- The Marshalltown, Iowa, Times-Republican newspaper reports that 81 year old Tom Morgan, W4UTK, has use of three operating ham radio stations complete with a 500-watt amplifier in a comfortable ham shack at the Embers Retirement Community. The location and equipment were all made possible by Brad Lee, W0VFT, of Phoenix, Arizona. Lee is identified as the CEO of Trilogy-Embers. That's the company that owns Embers and a number of other retirement centers in the United States. Embers Executive Director is Vicki Bogner. She is quoted as saying that Brad Lee picked up interest in short-wave from his father whom his QRZ dot com page as the late C. W. "Lee", and the first holder of the W0VFT callsign. She went on to say that Brad Lee began by installing ham shacks for residents in his Phoenix area properties. This after he learned some had been ham operators in their own homes but had given up the hobby after moving in to one of the Embers properties. The full story is on the web at tinyurl.com/retirement-ham- shack. We say this is a great way to support the senior citizens of ham radio who have contributed so much to this nation and to the hobby. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, in Philadelphia. -- The Times-Republican story notes that Marshalltown resident Tom Morgan, W4UTK, has been a ham radio enthusiast much of his life. Also that he knew he wanted to become an electrical engineer by the time he was age 12. (Southgate, Times-Republican) ** NEWSCAST CLOSE 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 and Australia's WIA News, that's all from the Amateur Radio NewslineT. Our e-mail address is newsline (at) arnewsline (dot) org. 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