Friday, May 31, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1868 - May 31 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1868 with a release
date of May 31   2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Ham radio stands down following
response to Oklahoma Tornadoes; Louisiana implements ALERT
FM system state-wide, Expedition 36 arrives at the
International Space Station; Ham Nation celebrates its 100th
netcast and a final wrap-up on Hamvention 2013.  All this
and more on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1868
coming your way right now.

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Hams in Oklahoma who volunteered when tornadoes hit that
state have gone home.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, reports:


Amateur Radio Emergency Service operators have been released
from assisting the American Red Cross with communications
during the response to the Moore, Oklahoma tornado recovery.
This, according to Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW, who is the ARRL
Oklahoma Section Manager.

Odell says that all ARES volunteers were released from
scheduled duty and have returned to volunteer status.  He
noted that some 25 local hams volunteered their help along
with over 15 out-of-state radio operators who also offered
their services.

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


More information can be found at the Oklahoma ARES website.
It's in cyberspace at  (KC5FM)



The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and
Emergency Preparedness has announced that the it has
completed the implementation of the ALERT FM and GSSNet
systems.  This as a way of improving the method used to
deliver voice and text emergency notifications to the

Louisiana will use ALERT FM to send out its emergency
alerts, as will emergency managers from all 64 parishes and
42 colleges and universities across the state.  ALERT FM is
an FM radio-based emergency notification system that will
help Louisiana better keep citizens, schools, businesses,
and first responders informed of critical information during
natural or man-made disasters.

ALERT FM delivers emergency messages using the data
subcarrier of local FM radio stations.  The use of this pre-
existing network of FM broadcasters provides overlapping and
redundant signal coverage for the state.

Around 90 FM stations will participate in the Louisiana
ALERT FM network.  This overlapping coverage will ensure
message distribution over a large footprint and gives
emergency managers the ability to reach their intended

More on this Louisiana state wide implementation of ALERT FM
is on line at



Two hams have been rescued from a flooded campground thanks
to their hobby.  Sunday morning, May 19th at about 4:40 a.m.
Eric Heaton, KF4LJN, and Henry Miller N4VG, were awakened by
a flooding situation at Lake Chinabee in Munford, Alabama
east of Birmingham.  The two had been camping when Miller
noticed water getting into his tent.

Miller and Heaton moved their cars several times to stay
above the flooding line.  They soon realized that the only
road out of the area was submerged in 2 to 3 feet of water
and impassable.  So Miller made contact with a ham in
Talladega, Alabama, over the Mt. Cheaha 147.69/ .09
repeater.  That ham in turn notified authorities of the two
trapped radio amateurs.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Rescue Squad was dispatched
and both Heaton and Miller were soon brought to safety by
boat.  There was very poor cellphone coverage in the area
but thanks to ham radio everyone is safe.  (KB4KCH)



House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman
Greg Walden, W7EQI of Oregon has praised interim FCC Chair
Mignon Clyburn.  But he also told C-SPAN's "The
Communicators" last weekend he has some concerns about Tom
Wheeler.  Wheeler is President Obama's pick for chairman of
the regulatory agency.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller has said
he plans to hold nomination hearings in June for Wheeler who
is a former telecommunications industry lobbyist.  Walden is
concerned about Wheeler's position on some past
telecommunications deals.  He told C-SPAN that the
commission shouldn't use the extraordinary power it has to
approve or deny a merger to exercise market changes it can't
do through a regulatory environment.

Walden has let it be known at Commission reform is still on
his agenda.  While he praised former FCC Chairman Julius
Genachowski for some of his moves to modernize the agency he
also noted that the FCC needs more checks to keep it on
schedule and make sure the it doesn't loose sight of  the
progress it's made as it transitions to new leadership.

Walden plans to reintroduce an FCC reform measure containing
shot clocks for decisions on proposed transactions and on
other agency processes.  He also wants to relax the ban that
prevents all the commissioners from getting together to
discuss pending issues.  (RW, C-SPAN)



Three new crew members have arrived at the International
Space Station (ISS) after launching from Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz rocket carrying Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg
and Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP, lifted off from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome at 20:31 GMT on Tuesday, May 28th.  They arrived
at the orbiting space outpost five hours and 46 minutes

To speed up their ascent, the Soyuz capsule was using a new
flight profile that dramatically reduces the rendezvous time
from the traditional two days.  It is technically more
difficult and requires some very precise orbital
adjustments, but it is deemed to be easier on the crew.
This is because it means they do not have to spend so long
inside the cramped launch vehicle.

Yurchikhin and Nyberg have both been into space before.
Parmitano is a first-timer on-orbit.  The trio, whose
designation is Expedition 36, was greeted by the current
three member crew already on the ISS.  They are Russians
Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin, along with American
Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR.  Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano
will be on the ISS until November.  (Published news



The popular Internet television program Ham Nation
celebrated its 100th netcast on Wednesday, May 29th.  We
have more in this report:


It's a voice that so many in ham radio know and on
Wednesday, May 29th, ham radio's Mr. Audio, Bob Heil, K9EID,
celebrated the 100th consecutive week of his video podcast
Ham Nation.  And this is the way it sounded when he opened
the show:


Heil:  "Good evening everybody.  It's a very special
historic night.  It's the 100th broadcast of Ham Nation from
the TWiT network, and we are so happy; so thrilled and a
little bit surprised that we made it this far and that its
turned out so well.  Its because of one thing and that's the
team behind us.

"This started out with Leo's dream of having a ham radio
show and he said `you do it.'

"I of coarse am not the show.  We started picking on the
great people who make ham radio happen and that's what goes
on.  And we continued to add people as you will see tonight
some of the great people behind the scenes."


Leo of coarse if Leo Laporte, W6TWT, who owns the TWiT TV
network.  The others alongside Bob are Gordon West WB6NOA,
and George Thomas, W5JDX.  Also on hand for this 100th
episode, albeit pre-recorded, was Ham Nation's first guest
and the person who wrote and performed the shows theme song:
Famed Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU:


Walsh:  I want to wish everybody at Ham Nation a very happy
100th anniversary and I'm glad that I could help to get it


Other guests included 38 Special bass player Larry Junstrom,
K4EB along with Ham Nation post show net control stations
Dale Puckett, K0HYD and Al Matthews K1LTJ.  Also on hand was
Don Wilbanks AE5DW, to introduce and narrate the shows news
segment and Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK who hosts the shows on-line
chat room.

Like all previous Ham Nation episodes, number 100 is
available to both watch and listen to at

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


Our congratulations to Bob Heil, K9EID, Gordon West WB6NOA,
George Thomas, W5JDX and of coarse TWIT TV founder Leo
Laporte, W6TWT, on this milestone.  (ARNewslineT)


From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the Southern Suburbs Amateur Radio Club UHF
Repeater Network serving South Africa.

(5 sec pause here)



The price of a vanity call sign may be going up.  This as
the FCC releases a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in which
it requests a very modest 20 cent increase in the cost of a
vanity call over its 10 year term.

Currently the free for a vanity call is $15.  That would go
to $15.20 if the measure is approved and acted into law.

As you know, The FCC is authorized by to collect vanity call
sign fees to recover the costs associated with administering
that program.  (FCC)



Dorset England police are trying to locate what they
describe white VW transporter van with a large amateur radio
aerial on the roof that was recently involved in a road rage

Investigators allege that the van overtook a silver Audi
driven by a Portland man.  Police said the van driver and a
passenger approached the driver of the Audi and threatened
him.  They then took the automobiles keys and threw them
down the road.

No one was injured in the incident, which took place at
around 6 p.m. local time on Thursday, May 16th.  An
unidentified 35-year-old male was subsequently arrested and
released on bail pending further enquiries.
(Dorset Echo)



Two Miami Florida unlicensed broadcasters have been ordered
to pay some rather stiff monetary forfeitures.  Jim Davis,
W2JKD, reports:


The higher fine was levied against Gary Feldman for
operating an unlicensed transmitter on 97.9 MHz in Miami.
The FCC originally proposed a $25,000 penalty in February
after tracing the source of the unlicensed transmissions to
an FM antenna mounted on the roof of Feldman's residence.
According to the commission Feldman during an inspection
admitted to FCC personnel that he was the only one operating
the station.

But it did not end there.  In June of 2012 FCC agents found
he stopped broadcasting from his home but continued to do so
on 97.9 MHz from a commercial building.  The FCC also dug
through its records and found Feldman had previously been
fined for operating an illegal station in Tampa and had not
paid that $10,000 fine.

The FCC Feldman didn't respond to them about the original
penalty which the agency has now reaffirmed.  And as the
result of the evidence before it the higher amount has been
affirmed as well.

The commission has also upheld a $15,000 fine proposed in
February against Bernard Veargis for operating an unlicensed
station on 91.7 MHz in Miami.  In that case, FCC agents
traced the source of an unlicensed signal to an FM antenna
mounted to the roof of a commercial building.  In response
to a complaint from the FAA about interference to Miami
International Airport departure frequency 119.45 MHz, agents
found the source was the same antenna.

The FCC agents soon linked the transmitter ownership to a
website for "Chico the Leo Grown Folks Radio Miami."  The
site and a Facebook page listed the same number for Veargis
that the property owner had provided to the FCC.  He also
told agents that Veargis installed the transmission
equipment in the building, which Veargis later admitted to
the agents.  However the Enforcement Bureau says Veargis
never respond to the earlier notice, and that's why it
reaffirmed the fine.

Im Jim Davis, W2JKD.


Both Feldman and Veargis have 30 days from the May 16th of
release of the orders to pay up or file an appeal.  (FCC)



After the apparent final demise of the Heathkit Company last
year hams on several websites are reporting that they were
surprised to learn of a new consumer survey from whomever
now owns the company name.

The fairly lengthy on-line survey asks responders to relate
what is important to them, their kit-building interests,
their thoughts about the many vintage Heathkits and their
interest if any in amateur radio.  It also requests thoughts
and ideas about Heathkit while offering the opportunity to
sign up to join a mailing list.

The opening page instructions note that Customer privacy is
very important to them.  As such that they do not release
personally-identifying customer information outside our
company as explained in it's Privacy Policy.  As such, those
responding to the survey can choose which questions that
they wish to answer.

You can find more on-line at
survey.  (G3ZOD, others)



While not directed at the ham radio market, those who run
mega DX and contest stations may find this new product of
interest.  The Direct Antenna Control system from Swiss firm
Quattro identifies any type of malfunctioning, even partial
damage, in antenna array systems used for radio and
television broadcasting.

Comprising a series of a series of sensors that are placed
on each branch of an antenna's array, the Direct Antenna
Control system, measures the direct and reflected power
values of the relevant coaxial supply line compared to its
standard levels.

Any deviations from the standard supply values of the direct
power measurement indicate a problem above the sensors
threshold while the deviation of reflected power reveals a
problem below the sensor.  A combination of these signals
identifies the part of the antenna that has malfunctioned.
The system then converts the corresponding signals of power
transmitted and power received into lines with low
sensitivity to radiation fields. The lines, which are
protected from external interference, are transmitted by a
unit that collects all of the signals arriving from the
individual sensors of the various antennas.

The unit also collects the pre-processing and formatting
information in order to allow for the transmission through a
network to a router that then renders the data available
both locally and remotely.  More information should soon be
available at  (RW)



A Small Satellite Developer Workshop featuring Amateur Radio
is now slated for July 8th to the 13th in Chennai, India.
The amateur radio segment is being conducted by the National
Institute of Amateur Radio with topics to be discussed to
include Software Designed Receiver design and Basics of
Spacecraft Technology among others.  Further details are on
the web at  (NAIR)



Some names in the news.  First up is Helena E. Wright,
Curator of Graphic Arts National Museum of American History.
She reports that David Hochfelder, a Professor of History at
the State University of New York at Albany, together with
his wife Anne Pfau, are searching for letters, or other
documents about American shortwave radio listeners during
WWII.  Specifically from those who were hoping for news of
Prisoners of War.   The two have already located some radio
logs about listening activities but need much more.  If you
can help in this research project, please contact processor
Hochfelder by e-mail to dhochfelder (at) albany (dot) edu.



Guido Pen Dolle, PE1NNZ, has released the code to enable the
Raspberry Pi computer board to generate SSB on the 7 and 14
MHz bands.

According to PE1NNZ, the computer code he has written
generates SSB modulation just by controlling a Phase Locked
Loop or PLL based carrier.  He says that he has applied this
method on the RapsberryPi PLL, and made several contacts
with it on 40 and 20 meter bands.

To find out more on how PE1NNZ makes this happen, please
visit his blog at  (WIA News)



The United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper reports that Major
Tim Peake has been selected to fly on a five-month mission
on the International Space Station in 2015.

Peake, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, was chosen for astronaut
training in 2009. Since then has been undergoing mission
preparation in a number of locations around the world
including Star City in Russia and the Johnson Space Center
in Houston in Texas. He had previously served in the army
for 18 years primarily flying Apache helicopters and has
seen active service in Afghanistan.

The Guardian newspaper says that the 41-year-old Peake has
been assigned a lengthy stay in orbit.  He will be
transported to the ISS space on a Russian Soyuz launch
vehicle in November of 2015 where will be able to take part
in spacewalks and other complex scientific activities.

Currently it does not appear that Peake is a licensed radio
amateur, but instruction in ham radio is still a part of
Astronaut and Cosmonaut training.  This is so that those
serving on an ISS mission will be familiar with the amateur
gear aboard the orbiting outpost and can use it for
recreational and educational purposes as well as a back-up
communications system should all other gear fail.

A detailed article about Peakes assignment to the ISS is on
line at  (AMSAT-UK)



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)



If you are DXCC hunting and has a card for E51WL for North
Cook Island rejected, here's some good news.  According to
Bill Moore at the ARRL DXCC Desk, it turns out that the
operator is a native of the island and that his previous
ZK1WL had previously been approved. The bottom line is that
this is just a callsign change, so if you had E51WL rejected
in a recent submission send an e-mail to bmoore (at) arrl
(dot) org for an update to your record.  (NC1L)



In DX, W5JON will be operating as V47JA from his Calypso
Bay, St. Kitts, West Indies vacation home from July
9th until August 10th.  Listen out for John on 160 through 6
meters using SSB, RTTY and several digital modes.  He will
also be using his newly issued contest call V49J in the IARU
and Islands on the Air contests on SSB.  Johns wife Cathy,
W5HAM, may get on the air occasionally operating as V47HAM.
All QSL's go direct or via Logbook of the World to W5JON.

PA3A, PD1AEG, PA8AD and PA8AN will be active from Congo
September 28th to  October 11th as TN5MS.  They will be
active on H-F Bands.  QSL via PA3AWW, either direct, or
Logbook of the World.

ZL2JU is currently active from Rarotonga in the South Cook
Islands as E51JJU. He is operational on most of the High
Frequency bands but no exact schedule of operating times is
mentioned.  QSL via home call.

OO9O will be on the air portable LX from Luxembourg from
June 17th to the 20th.  He plans to focus on 30 meter CW and
PSK.  QSL via home call, or electronically using eQSL or
Logbook of the World.

Five operators will be active using the call will be active
from Ustica Island from July 24th to the 29th signing IE9
stroke IK6JRI.  They also plan to take part in the RSGB
sponsored Islands on the Air contest that takes place during
their stay.  If you make contact please QSL via IK6JRI

Lastly, G0MGX is currently working in Qatar and has obtained
a permit to operate stroke A7.  He says to listen out for
him during evenings and some weekends primarily using RTTY
and JT65.  He adds that the Qatar Amateur Radio Society has
made him feel very welcome and that he is very grateful to
them for the support and help they have given to him.  He
adds that he has provided the ARRL with the necessary
documents of licensing for all his callsigns and uploads to
Logbook of the World regularly.  QSL as directed on the air.

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally this week we conclude our coverage of the 2013
Dayton Hamvention by looking at activities that do not
usually fall into the spotlight. Also a quick glimpse of the
concurrent Four Days in May event.  Here's Amateur Radio
Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB:


While most tend to report on the Dayton Hamvention based on
number of attendees and new equipment released or at least
previewed, there is a lot more to this annual gathering.
This is also a place where braking news is first reported
and according to AMSAT North America President Barry Baines,
WD4ASW, hams involved in space communications had at least
two things to smile about.  The first was the announcement
of a launch commitment for one of the group's newest birds:


Baines:  "The biggest project we are doing is called Project
Fox.  It's a 4 inch by 4 inch cube that will weight about
three pounds that will be an amateur radio repeater plus
carry a scientific payload that will be flown into orbit.

We have learned this week that NASA is assigning us to a
launch opportunity to be flown in November of 2014 so that's
when we expect Fox 1 to be flown".


Baines also told Newsline that it looks as if there will
soon be some good news on the cooperation front with other
AMSAT groups around the world.  This, thanks to a pending
change in US laws:


Baines:  "Congress in 1999 passed a law called ITAR, the
International Traffic in Arms Regulations that decided that
satellites no matter what their purpose or how sophisticated
or unsophisticated their purpose was is are considered to be
a munition and subject to regulation.  So under ITAR we
cannot have collaboration with foreign nationals on evolving
technology that's being developed.  We can only talk about
it with foreign nations once its completed placed in the
public domain.  So we publish what we do and then we can
talk about it after the fact.

"Congress passed a bill called the National Defense
Authorization Act last December which gives the President at
his discretion to transfer items from ITAR to a less
restrictive category under Export Arms Regulations.  We are
now waiting for the Department of State to come out with
revised rules."

Also at Hamvention 2012 were representatives from our
neighbors to the North in a delegation representing Radio
Amateurs of Canada.  Its President is Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW,
said that they were happy to be there once again:


Bawden:  "It's really good to be here in Dayton.  We have
been here at Dayton three times in a row raising our profile
within the States and also to (serve) the many Canadians
that come down here.  It's not only a mecca for United
States radio amateurs but also for many Canadian amateurs
from across Canada who come down.  So it's not only a chance
to shake hamns with out friends the Americans but also to
meet with our colleagues and neighbors across Canada."


But the Hamvention was not the only happening in the Dayton
area that weekend.  Only a few miles away was a smaller show
devoted to low power operation and kit building.  Its called
Four Days in May and who better to explain it than the kit-
building master himself, Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB:


Eisenberg:  "Four Days in May for those who don't know of it
is a QRP convention that kind of wraps around the
Hamvention.  It doesn't block anything going on at the Hara
Arena.  "It just operates in the evenings when the
Hamvention itself is closed and the main day which is the
day before Hamvention on that Thursday.  And during the day
on Thursday we have seminars all day long as well as an
evening where we have a vendors night where we have a lot of
kits and where a lot of QRP stuff is traded and sold.  There
are some pretty amazing bargains there as well."


Joe tells Newsline that some of the most interesting
highlights came in kit form:


Eisenberg:  "One is a very sensitive RF voltage probe called
the Acu-Probe.  There were other kits including an antenna
analyzer which is simply a Dip Meter.  All you do is that
you tune it until the light goes out and that tells you what
frequency your antenna is resonant on."


Meanwhile, back at the Hara Arena the 2013 Hamvention came
to end midday on Sunday May 19th with the long awaited prize
drawing.  From there it was off to the open road, the rail
station or the airport for the short ride or long flight
home.  Hamvention 2013 was now history with planning for
Hamvention 2014 already underway.

From ham radio city USA, I'm Stephan Kinford, N8WB, for the
Amateur Radio Newsline.


And those dates for the next Dayton Hamvention are May 16,
17 and 18 of next year.  We hope to see you there.



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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH saying 73 from near Houston, Texas,
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