Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1871 with a release date of June 21 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. The following is a QST. Hams in Poland reach agreement with government on mutual aid in time of crisis; South Africa ham radio rules correction remains on hold; Canada makes powerline interference information contacts available on the Web; UK hams may soon loose access to several UHF bands and Major Edwin Armstrong is honored by his hometown. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1871 coming your way right now. (Billboard Cart Here) ** RESCUE RADIO: HAM RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AGREEMENT IN POLAND Polish radio amateurs have signed an agreement with that nation's government regarding emergency radio communications. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has the details: -- On May 7th, what might best be described as a mutual aid agreement was signed between Poland's Minister of Administration and Digitization, Michal Boni, and the Chairman of The Polish Amateur Radio Union, Jerzy Jakubowski, SP7CBG. The accord promises cooperation between that nations amateur radio service and the Polish government in support of actions that provide information on natural disasters and other events that threaten public safety. The new agreement encourages cooperation between the Ministry and the Polish Amateur Radio Union in the support of actions relating to the creation of back-up radio communication in the Republic of Poland. This in emergency situations or when normal communications methods such as telephones and the internet are overloaded or have failed. Cooperation and coordination between The Ministry of Administration and The Polish Amateur Radio Union will be the responsibility of The Planning Department of Civil Emergency Management and Emergency Notification System. Participation in the agreement is voluntary and financial investment is not obligatory unless the parties agree to it at a local level. This could include renting or purchasing equipment or providing staff during training exercises as well as in the event of an actual emergency callout. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm heather Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick, Pennsylvania. -- The agreement was first drafted in 2011 by the Polish Amateur Radio Union with the cooperation of the former Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration. (IARU-R1) ** RADIO RULES: SOUTH AFRICA RADIO RULES CORRECTION STILL ON HOLD The long sought after correction to the South African regulations regarding amateur radio will take a bit longer. This according that nations national society the South African Radio League. In a news release that national society says that the subject of corrections to the rules published on April 1st of 2011 is on the agenda of every joint meeting between itself and regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. The problem is that the matter must remain in limbo pending the outcome of a court case between the regulatory body and a cellular telephone company. The corrected regulations are ready in draft format. They address the issue of power for both class A and Class B licenses on certain bands and a few other issues. The draft still has to be approved at the ICASA council. But until the pending matter between ICASA and the cellular provider is adjudicated no progress can be made. (SARL) ** RADIO LAW: CANADA MAKES POWER LINE INTERFERENCE CONTACT INFORMATION AVAILABLE Telecommunications regulator Industry Canada has just posted contact information on where to report Power Line Radio Interference. The cyberspace location is tinyurl.com/Canada- interference-report. This information at the website covers all the major Power Line companies in Canada and is being provided with the cooperation of the Canadian Electricity Association and its member power utilities. Hams in Canada are encouraged to use this contact information and report a problem when confronted with suspected power line interference. (VE3LC) ** RESTRUCTURING: UK HAMS MAY LOOSE 2310-2450 AND 3450-3475 MHZ BANDS UK Telecommunications regulator Ofcom has published a Notice of Proposed Rules Making which in Great Britain is called a Consultation. In this case relating to amateur use of the 2310 to 2450 and 3400 to 3475 MHz bands. According to the Consultation document, these frequencies are within, and adjacent to, spectrum planned for release by the Ministry of Defense or MoD. The Ministry intends to free up 40 MHz of spectrum between 2350 and 2390 MHz and an additional 150 MHz from 3410 to 3600 MHz for new civil uses. The technical and regulatory aspects of this release will be the subject of another Consultation in the future, but in advance of this, Ofcom is looking at proposals to make changes to the United Kingdom Amateur Radio License for these bands. According to Ofcom, it is likely that the released Ministry of Defense spectrum will be used for wireless broadband using 4G Long Term Evolution or L-T-E advanced technology. Based on its technical analysis Ofcom believes that the impact and likelihood of harmful interference being caused by amateur uses to new users in the 2350 to 2390 and 3410 to 3600 MHz spectrum is sufficiently severe to preclude continued ham radio use following the reallocation taking place. Ofcom is also looking at proposals for the adjacent bands at 2310 to 2350, 2390 to 2400 and 3400to 3410 MHz. In those cases Ofcom's current thinking is that amateurs should continue to be granted access to these adjacent bands although with additional terms in the license which amend the current terms of access to these bands. Continued access would be on the basis that interference may not be caused to new and existing uses in the release and adjacent bands and that no protection from interference from those new uses can be expected. UK hams have until July 22nd to file in response to the consultation on this matter. (Southgate) ** HAM TECHNOLOGY: MOON BOUNCE FROM ANTARCTICA TO ENGLAND The exploits of Craig Hayhow, VK0JJJ, in bouncing radio signals off the moon from Antarctica has been written about in the Australian Antarctic Division science newsletter. VK0JJJ achieved a 742,000 kilometer hop when he made an EME contact with Peter Taylor G8BCG at Cornwall in England, on May 4th. Two nights later he contacted Bo Nilsson, SM7FJE, in Sweden through another EME contact. The newsletter hailed these as a first from an Australian Antarctic station. It also notes that the equipment and software has now been proven and that more EME contacts will be made. (VK3PC) ** DIFFERENT DX: 4 METER UK DXPEDITION TO LA MOYE JERSEY A DX operation of a different kind. This with word that the United Kingdom's North Wakefield Radio Club will be active as GJ4NOK on the pan-European 4 meter band from La Moye in Jersey on July 5th to the 8th. The operators will be on for at least 8 hours on July 5th and 6th and 16 to 18 hours on the 77th and 8th using CW, SSB and FSK44. The activity also coincides with VHF National Field Day so the station is sure to be in demand. The operation is sponsored by The DX shop which is loaning the DXpedition a yagi antenna and amplifier and HA1YA who is providing one of their ME4T-PRO 4m High performance transverters. Operators are M0RCX, M6MWP and G0RUZ. QSL as directed on the air. We will have more DX news later on in this weeks newscast, (WRC, Southgate) ** BREAK 1 From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the KC2DAA repeater serving Mt. Beacon New York. (5 sec pause here) ** RESTRUCTURING: NEW USER ON THE 903 MHZ BAND According to the ARRL, a portion of the 902 to 928 MHz or 33 centimeter band may become less useful to radio amateurs in urban areas as a result of a recent FCC Order. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephen Kinford, N8WB, reports: -- The FCC as given Progeny LMS, LLC permission to begin commercial operation of its multilateration location and monitoring service known as an M-LMS in the upper portion of the band 33 centimeter band. According to the regulatory agency, Progeny's location service is designed to operate using approximately 4 megahertz or about one-half of the M- LMS portions of the band between 919.750 and 927.750 MHz where the company holds its licenses. In its June 6th release, the FCC stated that Progeny is deploying a wide-area positioning system to provide more precise location services in areas where Global Positioning System and other existing services may not work effectively. This is particularly true of indoor locations or in urban canyons. The FCC opened the 33 centimeter band to ham radio on a secondary basis in 1985, provided hams did not interfere with the Automatic Vehicle Monitoring service, which the Commission subsequently expanded into the M-LMS. While M- LMS operations, at least on paper, have a higher priority than unlicensed Part 15 devices on the band, Progeny had to demonstrate through field testing that its network would not cause unacceptable levels of interference to such Part 15 devices as cordless telephones and baby monitors. This was a result of an FCC policy to promote co-existence in the band, while not elevating Part 15 devices to co-equal status with M-LMS systems. The FCC says that Part 15 devices will adapt to Progeny's operations because they are designed for operation in an interference environment. However the effect on ham radio, especially any attempts at weak signal operations will likely be hampered severely by this new entry into the band. For the Amateur Radio Newsline. Im Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio. -- Progeny LMS, LLC develops technology for homeland security and first responder communications using the wireless location and monitoring service spectrum. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. (ARRL, FCC, Progeny LMS) ** RESCUE RADIO: FORT LEE N.J. BEGINS CITY EMCOMM ALERT AM STATION Fort Lee, New Jersey has launched its own emergency broadcast radio station for alerting the public in times of disaster. Put on the air by the mayor Mark Sokolich office and the Fort Lee City Council, residents can tune into the new emergency station on 1630 Kilohertz for real-time updates and safety tips during events like Hurricane Sandy. The station will operate out of the Fort Lee Municipal Building with generator backup. Aside from emergency announcements, city officials may use the station for traffic updates and to broadcast City Council meetings. Fort Lee also used a separate $10,000 private donation to buy more than 250 hand-cranked or wind-up emergency radios. These will be distribute at municipal buildings, communal spaces and large residential complexes. (NJ Journal) ** RESCUE RADIO: NAB HONORS BROADCASTERS ASSISTANCE IN WAKE OF OK TWISTERS The National Association of Broadcasters has issued a special Oklahoma edition of its Licensed to Serve community service newsletter. This to salute Oklahoma broadcasters and others who have been assisting in the wake of the tornadoes that recently struck the state. According to the newsletter, across Oklahoma stations led efforts to assist citizens affected by the severe weather. Some examples include Ponca City's KPNC-FM and KLOR-FM) raising $27,000 for the Red Cross while the whole town put together four truckloads of supplies in the wake of the Moore tornado. But it was not just stations in Oklahoma that helped out. Radio broadcasters and broadcast groups across the nation made special efforts to raise funds or collect supplies. Cumulus Media put the call out to its 500 plus stations and received almost $4 million in a variety of efforts, including involvement in the Healing in the Heartland concert by its country music formats. Clear Channel Communications also pitched in on the Healing in the Heartland benefit. Other fund raising or direct relief efforts took place in Dallas Texas, St. Louis Missouri and Terra Haute, Indiana to name only a few. (RW) ** HAM HAPPENINGS: ICOM TO SPONSOR HAMSTUDY.ORG ON THE WWW Icom America has announced sponsorship for HamStudy.org. This is a new website that offers free learning tools for existing and potential amateur radio operators. HamStudy.org users studying for an amateur radio license exam can choose from three online learning modules for each ham radio license class. These are technician, general or extra. FCC Commercial Element 1, 3, 5 and 6 study modules are also available. Educational materials include flash cards, question lists and practice tests. Users who register for a free account can access personalized study history and submit explanations to amateur radio questions. Website registrants may also choose to log into their account using their Google or Facebook credentials. HamStudy.org was created by Richard Bateman KD7BBC, Rich Porter and Michael Stufflebeam KV9G. It is optimized for mobile phones and tablets. Additional features are planned be integrated to the website in the near future. Facebook users can receive regular site updates and study tips by "liking" HamStudy.org at www.Facebook.com/HamStudy. The website is directly accessible at www.hamstudy.org. (Icom Release) ** NAMES IN THE NEWS: MAJOR ARMSTRONG HONORED BY HIS HOMETOWN It took nearly 60 years after his death, but the inventor of FM radio has finally been recognized on the street where he lived. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details: -- On Monday, June 17th, city officials of Yonkers, New York in joined with radio enthusiasts to unveil a new plaque honoring Major Edwin Howard Armstrong. This for his numerous accomplishments in the area of radio communications. The bronze plaque in Hudson-Fulton Park is just a block away from the site of Armstrong's home on Warburton Avenue. It overlooks the Hudson River and across to the unique tower that Armstrong built in the near by town of Alpine, New Jersey back in 1937 through 1938. The plaque was the brainchild of Steve Klose. He is a New Jersey resident who learned of Armstrong because of their shared interest in fast motorcycles. Klose became fascinated by Armstrong's story and ended up leading a fundraising campaign that generated more than $4,000 in contributions to pay for the plaque. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and several city council members were on hand for Monday's ceremony, joined by two Armstrong descendants. The ceremony was broadcast live on WA2XMN, the experimental Armstrong Memorial Station that transmits on Armstrong's old 42.8 MHz frequency from the Armstrong's Alpine tower. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the newsroom in Los Angeles. -- This plaque may not be the last commemoration of Armstrong in his native Yonkers. City officials are now working to get a replica made of a bust of Armstrong statue now on display at Columbia University. There is also discussion ongoing of renaming part of Warburton Avenue in Major Armstrong's honor. (RW, published news reports) ** HAM HAPPENINGS: RCA SOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR BOD If you are a Radio Club of America member, listen up. This is for you. The Radio Club of America annually elects eligible club members to serve as its officers and directors. According to a news release from the group, as a member of the club, your help in nominating candidates is appreciated. You may propose any member in good standing even yourself. In order to complete the nomination process in time for the annual fall election, the Nomination Committee needs to receive all in by July 1st. If you wish to make a nomination, you are asked to download the official nominating form available at www.radioclubofamerica.org. You then must complete it fully and send it to the Club's Executive Secretary by e-mail to pat (at) radioclubofamerica (dot) org. Or if you prefer you can submit it by U-S- mail to 170 Kinnelon Road - Suite 33, Kinnelon, New Jersey 07405 or fax to 973-838-7124 Again, the cutoff for nominations is July 1st. (RCA) ** HAM HAPPENINGS: TEXAS CITY HAMFEST 2013 JULY 13 The Tidelands Amateur Radio Society will hold its 26th annual hamfest on July 13th in Texas City, Texas. The venue will be the Doyle Convention Center with the gathering running from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM Central Daylight time. Talk-in 147.14 MHz and requiring a 167.9 Hz CTCSS tone. Advance registration is welcome at tinyurl.com/tidelands- hamfest. (Tidelands ARC) ** 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) ** CHANGING TECHNOLOGY: LAND BASED TELEGRAPH IN INDIA ENDS JULY 15 It's the end of an era for an old but reliable form of communications in India. Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, tells us what's going away: -- The newspaper the Hindu reports that as of July 15th that telegraph service will come to an end in India. This is because of financial constraints that have forced telecommunications provider B-S-N-L to wind down the service. India's first telegraph message was transmitted live between Calcutta and Diamond Harbor on November 5, 1850. That was a distance of about 50 kilometers. The service was opened for use by the general public in February 1855 with a Radio- telegram system between the UK and India established in 1927. Over the years, B-S-N-L made several technical upgrades in the telegraph service, with the latest being the introduction of a web-based messaging system in 2010. However, growing Internet penetration and cheaper mobile phones in the last decade have kept people away from the 182 telegraph offices still in operation across that country. For the Amateur radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in Zion, Illinois. -- It appears as if more modern technology such as Instant Messaging and social media sites have taken their toll on another communications technology of times gone bye. (The Hindu) ** RADIOSPORT: 14TH EUROPEAN YOUTH ARDF CHAMPIONSHIP HELD 93 young people up to 16 years of age attended the European Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championship held in the Czech Republic June 12th to the 16th. The Czech national amateur radio society C-R-C organized this year's competition that was held in the village Tri Studne or Three Cold Springs. Both the 80 and 2 meter were used during the event. A report on the championship was expected to be featured on Czech TV on Thursday, June 20th. More on the European Youth A-R-D-F Championship is on-line at www.eyac2013.com (LZ1US, Southgate) ** RADIOSPORT: HAMVENTION 2013 CONTEST UNIVERSITY VIDEOS Still with contesting news, word that several videos of the 2013 Contest University sessions from this years Dayton Hamvention now are available on the Word-Wide-Web. Icom, a Contest University sponsor, posted the videos to YouTube. To find them simply take tour web browser to www.youtube.com/user/IcomAmericaInc. Then simply scroll down to the bottom of the page to Contest University at Dayton Hamvention and choose the video or videos that you wish to play. (Various) ** HAM RADIO IN SPACE: AMSAT ON FIELD DAY SATELLITE CONTACTS SaudiSat-Oscar-50 will be the only operational FM transponder satellite for this years Field Day. AMSAT notes that if you are considering only FM voice operating for your space contacts Field Day focus the single uplink and downlink channels will be extremely challenging. AMSAT says that as in prior years, this intense congestion on FM Low Earth Orbit satellites drives the limitation in the rules allowing their use to one-QSO-per-FM-satellite. This includes the International Space Station. You will be allowed one QSO if the I-S-S is operating Voice. You will also be allowed one digital QSO with the I-S-S or any other digital, non-store-and-forward, packet satellite if one is operational. This year's AMSAT Field Day will take place from 1800 UTC on Saturday June 22nd through 2100 UTC on Sunday June 23. They hope to hear you on the birds. (ANS) ** ON THE AIR: ORIGINAL 13 COLONIES SPECIAL EVENT 2013 On the air listen out in early this summer for a number of stations to be operational July 1st to the 6th. This to commemorate the first thirteen colonies that came together to form the United States. Called the 13 Colonies stations, they will be operational from 1300 UTC on July 1st to 0400 UTC on July 7th. There will be at least two special event stations per colony state. Also included will be several super contest stations, multi-operator Club stations and husband and wife teams. The theme for 2013 will be Banners of the Revolution. A commemorative certificate will be available printed on heavy card stock. More information including QSL routing is on the web www.13colonies.info (Via Press Release) ** DX In DX, W6JKV will be active as V31IV from San Pedro Belize between June 20th and July 1st. Operations will be on 80 through 6 meters and he will probably focus on 6 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign. The 4M5DX Group is planning a DXpedition to Aves Island sometime between November 1st of this year and February 28th, 2014. The callsign mentioned is Y-W-Zero-A. More information will be released at a future date. ZS6AYU will on be operational as C91GR from Mozambique between July 19th and the 23rd. Activity will be holiday style on CW only. QSL via ZS6AYU, either direct or via the bureau. DL4SDW will be active stroke HI3 from the Dominican Republic between June 17th and July 26th. Operations will be limited to his spare time on the HF bands, using mainly CW, but some SSB and digital modes. QSL via his home callsign with cards sent via the bureau preferred. ON6DSL will be operational stroke as SV9 from the Island of Crete between August 12th to the 21st. Activity will be holiday style on 40 through 15 meters using QRP SSB only using a Yaesu FT817ND into a homemade multiband dipole. QSL via his home callsign either direct or via the UBA Bureau. Lastly, LA8DW will be on the air as JW8DW from the JW5E club station on Spitsbergen Island. This, between September 25th and October 3rd. Activity will probably be on 80 through 10 meters using CW and SSB. Also there is the possibility of some RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct, via the Bureau or electronically via Logbook of the World. (Above from various DX news sources) ** THAT FINAL ITEM: A NEW PSA FOR FIELD DAY AND BEYOND Lastly, just in case you are wondering about a new ham radio public service spot being broadcast on some radio stations this past week, yes that is Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD. Jim and our producer Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, put it together in less than 8 hours after reading requests from hams on Facebook about not having anything new to help publicize Field Day this year. As it was to close too Field Day weekend to get national distribution, the decision was made to keep it a bit generic so that it could be used at any time of the year. And this was the result: -- "Amateur Radio, often called "Ham Radio" is really many hobbies and passions under one name. From studying the stars to creating new computer applications to practicing their emergency communications skills every June on Field Day weekend, hams enjoy serving the community in many ways. To find an amateur radio group near you, go to www.arrl.org/find-a-club" -- No, there is no music bed nor video version and for good reason. Adding music requires obtaining clearances and in some cases paying per play use fees. And a video version would simply have taken to long to produce and even longer to get any meaningful airplay. With little time to get it out before Field Day weekend, the decision was made to keep it simple and that seems to have worked. The spot was originally distributed over the ARRL's Public Relations Remailer to those in a position most likely able to get it on the air quickly. It is currently available on our website at www.arnewsline.org and will be there for another couple of days. If you want to download a higher fidelity copy of it, just go to the site, scroll down a bit and follow the simple instructions you will find there. We hope you will find it of use in publicizing the greatest hobby in the world. (ARNewslineT) ** 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 W-I-A News, that's all from the Amateur Radio NewslineT. Our e-mail address is newsline (at) arnewsline (dot) org. More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline'sT only official website located at www.arnewsline.org. You can also write to us or support us at Amateur Radio NewslineT, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita, California, 91350 For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk, I'm Jeff Clark, K8JAC, saying 73 and we thank you for listening. Amateur Radio NewslineT is Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.