Friday, May 10, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1865 - May 10 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1865 with a release
date of May 10   2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.

A new 24 Gigahertz E-M-E record claimed between Australia
and the Czech Republic; new life for ham radio in Tunisia;
NASA and ham radio assemble a PhoneSat image of Earth and an
in-depth preview of the 2013 Dayton Hamvention.  All this
and more on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1865
coming your way right now.

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It won't be long before the gates at the Hara Arena in
Dayton, Ohio swing open for the 2013 Dayton Hamvention.
This year's gathering runs May 17th to the 19th and for the
first time ever, its theme is the DX Hamvention.  And in a
recent interview with Hap Holly, KC9RP, of the RAIN Report,
Hamvention spokesman Michael Kalter, W-8-C-I, explained the
reasoning for this choice:


Kalter:  Our theme this year, the DX Hamvention, seemed to
resonaste with us because in order to have good DX and to
make contact, toy reach out to the world.  That's literally
what Hamvention is tryiong to do; we reach out to the world
and bring amateur radio operators in throughout the whole


And says Kalter, this appears to be a record year for those
showing and selling their wares at Hamvention:


Kalter:  "We have more vendors inside this year than we have
ever had.  Last year was a big year so we nearly sold out
inside.  It appears as if its going to be another great year
inside.  Its hard to keep up with all of the folks that are
coming but you know that's part of the surprise of Dayton is
that a new vendor comes in and you go: `.oh my gosh, I
didn't know about these people and you find some new and
interesting radio gear.'"


And will there be anything really special taking place?
Kalter says most definitely:


Kalter:  "One of the big things this year is that Homeland
Security is going to be involved with us.  They approached
us last year and they are going to have a special emergency
(class) this year.  I think you can get your different
certificates from the 100B through the 800B certificate.
That's a new thing for this year."


As usual, Amateur Radio Newsline has its team of reporters
at Hamvention 2013.  We also will be hosting the annual Ham
Radio Town Meeting on Saturday, May 18th where the central
topic will be "What DX Means to Me."  In keeping with the
theme of this years Hamvention, this will be a non-technical
look at working and being DX from a very personal point of
view.  Among our presenters will be world-class DX operator
Chip Margelli, K7JA, of Innov Antennas; Hollywood film maker
and DX'er Dave Bell, W6AQ and the United States Coordinator
of the International Morse Code Preservation group FISTS,
Nancy Kott, WZ8C, to mention only three.  So if you will be
at Hamvention 2013, please stop by Meeting Room 2 on
Saturday, May 18th from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Meeting Room
2 for this year's Ham Radio Town Meeting.  We are looking
forward to seeing you there.  (ARNewslineT with audio
supplied by The RAINReport)



And speaking about Hamvention, if you cannot be there in
person, then you can travel to Dayton vicariously again this
year thanks to Tom Medlin, W5KUB and his live television
streaming at

Tom's live broadcast begins on Wednesday May 15th at 8:00 AM
Central time as he starts the 550 Mile drive from Memphis to
Dayton.  On Thursday you can get a peak of the various
vendors setting up and then enjoy the next three days of the
Hamvention itself.  And if you make it to Hamvention, Tom
says that he and his crew will be set up at space SA302 and
to drop by and say hello.

Once again, that's the 2013 Hamvention live on your computer
or tablet courtesy of Tom Medlin at  (W5KUB)



And this just in.  In addition to exhibiting some new
products, Icom says that it will transmit a live video
stream across the Internet from its Dayton Hamvention booths
on Saturday, May 18th.  At airtime, guest speakers include
Emmy-nominated television producer John Amodeo, NN6JA of the
hit ABC sitcom "Last Man Standing;" noted ham radio educator
Gordon West, WB6NOA and AmateurLogic.TV host George Thomas,
W5JDX.  Thomas is also the recipient of this years Dayton
Hamvention Special Achievement Award.  A complete webcast
schedule and other Dayton-related information can be found
at  (Icom)



In other news, an intense solar storm erupted from the Sun
on Friday, May 3rd in what astronomers have described as a
dazzling solar display.  The solar flare discharged from the
left limb of the Sun peaked at 17:32 GMT, registering as a
medium-strength M 5.7-class event that launched hot solar
plasma about 200,000 kilometers above the surface of the
Solar Disc.  Photos of the event were captured by NASA's
Solar Dynamics Observatory and sent back to Earth by radio.

The May 3rd solar storm was the second major space weather
event in three days, but was not aimed at Earth.  The Solar
Disc fired off an eruption on Wednesday, May 1st from the
same region, which at the time was at the very leftmost limb
of the Sun as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Astronomers predict that this active region will be rotating
to face Earth fairly soon.

So far the strongest solar flare of the year occurred on
April 11 and registered as an M 6.5 class storm.  M-class
solar flares are medium-strength events and are the weakest
type of storm that can still have an impact on Earth.  When
aimed directly at our planet they can cause aurora displays
and some short term radio communications outages.  The
stronger X class flares are the ones that can interfere with
communications satellites and cause major radio blackouts on

The Solar Dynamics Observatory is a NASA mission in launched
in February of 2010 to study the Sun for over five years.
It is one of several spacecraft constantly monitoring the
our star to track these solar weather events as we approach
what's believed to be near the peak of Solar Cycle 24.
(, Spacenews, Wikipedia)



From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the Hamvention repeater, W8BI, serving Dayton,

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Amateur radio could soon have a new life in Tunisia as we
hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP:


The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, which is Germany's
national amateur radio society, reports that after the
political changes in Tunisia amateur radio in that North
African country has a new opportunity to expand.  This as
members of the Association of Tunisian Radio Amateurs used
World Amateur Radio Day on April 18th to inform the that
nations public and in particular its Minister for
Technology, Information and Communication about amateur
radio in its various forms.

Representatives of European amateur radio organizations were
there to support the event.  This included the International
Office of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club in the person of
Mustapha Landoulsi, DL1BDF.   Landoulsi gave a presentation
on the important role of amateur radio in emergency and
disaster situations.

Stefan Dombrowski, ON6TI, from the Belgian federation the U-
B-A was also on hand.  He explained the history of the
development of amateur radio satellites, and in particular,
the construction of CubeSat spacecraft and the AMSAT-UK
FUNcube satellite.

According to reports, the Tunisian Minister was quite
impressed by the potential of amateur radio.  As a result he
has promised to ensure that the necessary statutory basis
for granting individual licenses would be created as soon as

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


This information appears to open up the prospect for the
successful development of amateur radio in Tunisia.  (ARAT)



Rex Moncur, VK7MO, has completed a Earth-Moon-Earth QSO with
the OK1KIR EME Team in the Czech Republic with some 10,180
miles between.  This, to claim the new world EME record on
24 GHz.

To accomplish this feat VK7MO used just a 1.14 meter dish
and 10 watts which he has designed for portable operation.
On the other end of the path OK1KIR used a 4.5 meter dish
and 22 watts.

According to the VK7 News, this has been a 12 month project
for VK7MO during which he collaborated with famed Digital
low noise mode developer Joe Taylor, K1JT.  The two worked
to produce improved decoders that could cope with the very
wide spreading of signals on the 24 GHz E-M-E path.

Word is that VK7MO and K1JT will be publishing this work in
the next edition of DUBUS magazine.  This is a publication
which is devoted to VHF and Microwave amateur radio
communications.  More information is at



Engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center in California and
amateur radio operators around the world recently
collaborated to reconstruct an image of Earth sent to them
from three smartphones launched into a low Earth orbit.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee KB3TZD, reports:


The joint effort was part of NASA's nanosatellite mission
called PhoneSat.  The first phase was launched on Sunday,
April 21st aboard the Antares booster from NASA's Wallops
Island Flight Facility in Virginia.

Although the ultimate goal of the PhoneSat mission was to
determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone can be used as
the primary flight avionics for a satellite in space, the
three miniature satellites also used their smartphone
cameras to take pictures of Earth.  These images were then
transmitted to multiple ground stations as data packets with
each packet holding a small piece of the big picture.

As the data became available, the PhoneSat Team working with
multiple ham radio operators pieced together a high-
resolution photograph from data sent back by the tiny birds.
Amateur radio operators from every continent except
Antarctica contributed in capturing the data packets needed
to piece together the final image.

This first PhoneSat mission successfully ended Saturday,
April 27th after atmospheric drag caused the tiny satellites
to re-enter Earth's atmosphere and burn up as predicted by
the mission planners.

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


The PhoneSat project is a technology demonstration mission
funded by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate and
the Engineering Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center.
The project started in summer 2009 as a student led project
between the Ames Research Center and the International Space
University at Strasbourg.  For more information about the
PhoneSat mission and the part played by amateur radio please
visit on the World-Wide-Web.  (NASA
Release, Southgate)



FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says it will
add Premiere Networks as a Primary Entry Point station for
the nations Emergency Alert System or EAS.  FEMA has already
been installing satellite receivers at Primary Entry Point
stations, intending to use satellite delivery of emergency
alerts as an alternative distribution method.

According to reports Premiere Networks will use its
satellite program receivers at its affiliates as another
tool for delivering national EAS messages. The radio
affiliates would in turn broadcast the emergency messages to
the public.

Primary Entry Point stations are private or commercial radio
broadcast stations that cooperatively participate with FEMA
to provide emergency alert and warning information to the
public before, during, and after incidents and disasters.
Since the national EAS test in 2011, both FEMA and the FCC
have been studying the results and executing fixes.  (RW)



President Obama says that he will nominate wireless
telecommunications and cable executive Tom Wheeler as the
next FCC chairman.  He will also designate Commissioner
Mignon Clyburn to act as "acting Chairwoman" once current
Chairman Julius Genachowski leaves the agency.

In a press statement, Genachowski said he's known Wheeler
for 20 years and he's made strong contributions to the FCC's
work.  This includes unleashing spectrum for mobile,
removing barriers to private investment, and strengthening
our cyber security.  Genachowski called Clyburn a strong,
experienced and thoughtful leader who's distinguished
herself as a champion for closing America's digital divide.
(Published news reports)



Representative Greg Walden, W7EQI, of Oregon is worried that
the FCC could mess up its planned auctions of TV broadcast
frequencies by imposing too many restrictions on the
process.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD, has


In a recent statement Walden, who the chairman of the House
Communications and Technology subcommittee, endorsed the
recommendations of the Expanding Opportunities for
Broadcasters Coalition, a group of TV stations interested in
participating in the auctions.

In his statement Walden asked the rhetorical question of
what if the FCC held a broadcast incentive auction and no
one came?   He went on to note that could be a distinct
possibility if the Commission does not heed the advice that
the coalition of television stations filed recently with the

Walden also agreed with the broadcasting group that the FCC
should not exclude any wireless carriers, such as AT&T and
Verizon, from the auctions.  They argue that restricting
bidders would likely suppress the final bid amount, leaving
crucial revenue on the table.

Consumer advocacy groups have urged the FCC to prevent
Verizon and AT&T from buying up the entire TV spectrum at
auction.  They argue that it would further consolidate
market power in the top two carriers and stifle competition
in the industry.

I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.


Last year, Congress authorized the FCC to encourage TV
stations to voluntarily give up their rights to some of
their spectrum for auction to cellular and broadband
carriers.  These broadband suppliers claim that they are
struggling to keep pace with the booming demand for mobile
data spectrum.  (The Hill)



The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard co-
sponsored the annual military to amateur radio
communications tests in celebration of the 63rd Anniversary
of Armed Forces Day a bit early this year.  That's just
after this newscast goes to air.

Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on May
18th, the Crossband Communications Test was conducted May
11th to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention, which
is the same weekend.

The annual celebration featured traditional military to
amateur cross band communications using both SSB voice and
Morse code.  These tests give Amateur Radio operators and
Short Wave Listeners an opportunity to demonstrate their
individual technical skills, and to receive recognition from
the appropriate military radio station for their proven

QSL cards will be provided to those stations that made
contact with the military stations.  Full details can be
found at  (US MARS, ICPO,



The Radio Amateurs of Canada Board of Directors has
announced the selection of Scott Wood, VE1QD of Halifax,
Nova Scotia, as the Canadian Radio Amateur of the Year for

Wood celebrated sixty years in Amateur Radio in 2012.  Over
these years he has contributed enormously, and in many and
varied ways both to our hobby and to radio in general.  In
his youth as a net controller in the Oregon State Fire
Service, later as a radio operator in the US Naval Reserve,
as a member of the Board of Directors for Radio for Peace
International, in contesting and DXing, and in elmering
aspiring new hams, both young and old.  However, it is the
leadership in Amateur Radio that Scott has demonstrated
locally, regionally, and internationally that is being
recognized with this award.

According to Radio Amateurs of Canada, Wood has demonstrated
vision, enthusiasm, and a commitment to excellence in the
area of Amateur Radio DXing.  This through the establishment
and management of the Maritime DX Forum for eight
consecutive years.

Radio Amateurs of Canada says that VE1QD envisioned the
forum to be a venue where DX'ers in the region could come
together annually to hear world-class, as well as local DX
experts speak about important and current DX topics.  The
gathering would also provide a forum in which to share ideas
with some of the best operators and leaders within the
amateur radio community.

Presentation Canadian Radio Amateur of the Year for 2012
will be made to Scott Wood, VE1QD at the Radio Amateurs of
Canada booth at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention.  (RAC)



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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VU2WMY reports that AMSAT-India's VO-52 hamsat completed 8
years on-orbit on Sunday, May 5th.   He notes that the
overall health of the satellites parameters are excellent
and that AMSAT-India hopes that transponders on-board VO-52
will continue to render services for many more years to
come.  He also notes that during the time it has been in
space that VO-52 has proven to be a valuable communications
resource for the amateur radio community.  (VU2WMY,



The Times of India reports that a three-kilogram student
satellite named Jugnu that was thought to be dead has come
back to life.

Jugnu was launched on October 12, 2011 with a one year
mission life.  After it stopped transmitting controllers
stopped tracking it.

Now comes word from the Nitte Amateur Satellite Tracking
Centre in Bengaluru that it has been heard once again.  Also
that while its signals were strong, some of its internal
functions had apparently weakened.

You can read the entire story on the re-birth of this bird
at  (Tmies of India)



His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said has ordered the
construction of a permanent headquarters for the Royal Omani
Amateur Radio Society also known as ROARS.  This on a piece
of land allocated for the ham radio society.

The plan was recently unveiled by the Secretary General of
the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society.  In a speech during
opening the regular session of the General Assembly, the
Secretary General extended the thanks and appreciation of
ROARS members to His Majesty the Sultan for the support
given to the group since its establishment in the 1970's.
He also noted that is what he termed as the wise vision of
the Sultan that has played a major role in moving forward
with all of the activities that may advance the nation's
youth while giving them the opportunity of added scientific
and technical progress.  (ROARS)



Some good news for hams in North London, England.  After
some software hardware problems along with extensive radio
room refurbishments, the GB3LV I-R-L-P and Echolink node is
back in service.  The node holds the IRLP designation of
5600 and Echolink assignment of 155403.  It was off the air
for several weeks during the upgrade.  (G4CJC)



The South African Radio League is planning to hold a Youth
Week in mid February of 2014.  This to coincide with the
ARRL School Club Round-up from February 11th to the 15th of
2014 in the United States.

The South African Radio League's newly appointed Youth
Councilor is Gerhard Coetzee, ZS3TG.  He says that he is
looking for input and suggestions on the type of activity
young radio amateurs in South Africa would like to see
included.  If you have any ideas, please e-mail then to
youth (at) sarl (dot) org (dot) za before the end of May.



G0ELZ and G3UFO have announced that special event call signs
GB70BOA and GB70WA will be on the air between May 20th to
the 27th.  This to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the
Battle of the Atlantic.

Operations using all modes will take place on 80 through 10
meters as well as on 144 and 432 MHz.  Station operators are
hoping to make over 2800 contacts during this period. A
special commemorative QSL card will be available.  More
details can be found on line at



In DX, word that HD2A and HC2AQ will be active
from Galapagos Islands May 15th to the 20th as HD8A.
Operations will be on all of the High Frequency bands.  QSL
via HD2A.

OY1CT will be active from the Faroe Islands during May with
special call OW75FOC.  He will be operating on the High
Frequency bands only.  If you work him please QSL via
Carsten Thomsen, OW75FOC, Kvivik, the Faroe Islands or as
directed on the air.

UA4WHX is currently operational portable CP1 from Bolivia.
You will find him on the various HF bands.  QSL via UA4WHX.

ZL2AGY will be active from Rarotonga Island from May 9 to
the 29th as E51FOC and E51AGY.  QSL either via his home

Members of F6KUF Club station will be operating
from Noirmoutier Island from May 18th to the 20th as F6KUF
stroke P.  They will be active on 80 through 2 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via F6KUF

F4CZU will be on the air from Gozo Island through May 18th
as 9H3ZU.  He will be active on most HF Bands.  QSL via

Lastly, HA0NAR will be operational from Viti Levu Island,
 Fiji Islands in October 2013 as 3D2AR.  Listen out for him
an all of the High Frequency bands.  QSL via his home call

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finaly this week, word that scientists in Uruguay have
announced the world's first genetically-modified
phosphorescent sheep.  No, we are not kidding as we hear
from Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, who has
this glowing report:


According to news reports, nine glow-in-the-dark sheep were
born in October of 2012 at Uruguay's Institute of Animal
Reproduction in a genetics experiment in conjunction with
the Institut Pasteur.  The scientists say that they used the
fluorescent protein from a species of jelly fish to give
sheep a distinct glowing green color when exposed to
ultraviolet light.

One of the team's lead researchers is Alejo Menchaca.  In a
recent press conference he noted that the genetic
modification was done in the desire to fine tune the
technique.  Other researchers believe that these genetically
modified, glow in the dark animals can help mankind to
better understand diseases and how they develop in both the
animal kingdom and in human beings.

The scientists say the nine sheep developed normally.  They
claim there are no differences between them and their non-
genetically modified siblings other than that they can be
made to glow from head to toe.

And before you ask, we have no idea if they can been trained
to blink on and off in Morse code nor if they did if they
would be considered for bonus points on Field Day.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW,
not all that far from the glow of Hollywood.


More can be found on line at various on-line news sites
including  (Various news sources)



With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC
Communicator, CQ Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX
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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 Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West Virginia, saying
73 and we thank you for listening.

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