Friday, August 2, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1877 - August 2 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1877 with a release
date of August 2 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Hams in Hawaii go on alert for
Pacific Storm Flossie, India recognizes three hams as rescue
radio heroes; more than 400 attend ARRL sponsored Hurricane
readiness webinar; vandals topple a radio tower that's home
to at least one ham radio digipeter; Monitoring Times to
cease publication at years end and a lighthouse in the
middle of the Australian desert will take part in
International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend.  Find out
the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number
1877 coming your way right now.

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Ham radio was ready when Pacific Storm Flossie took aim at
the Island State.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the
newsroom with what we know so far:


KH7HO:  ".there was a report of an individual that had a
hole in the roof that was touched by lightning; we had some
trees that fell and that's about it.  There wasn't ant
extensive flooding, no huge storm surge. So we lucked out in
this tropical storm."

That's Clement Jung, KH7HO, who is the State of Hawaii's
Amateur Radio Skywarn Coordinator summing up a severe
weather event that was called Tropical Storm Flossie.
According to Jung, amateur radio operators across Hawaii
involved in various aspects of rescue radio operation were
ready to respond after the Central Pacific Hurricane Center
issued an advisory on announcing that the storm had crossed
Longitude 140 into the Central Pacific hurricane region.

Flossie approached from the east, heading almost due west at
20 Miles per Hour.  In anticipation of the storms arrival
plans had been underway between the National Weather Service
SKYWARN and Hawaii State Civil Defense to coordinate a joint
net on the state-wide VHF Repeater system.  Its purpose
would be for the passing storm information to the National
Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office.


KH7HO:  "About 8 o'clock on Monday (morning) July 29th was
when the action began to come up.  The Hurricane Center
meteorologists were concerned about a development over Maui
and approaching Lanai, Molokai and Oahu.  The development
was (a storm cell) some 60,000 feet high while generating a
lot of lightning and thunder.  They were concerned about
more rain, hale and possibly tornadoes."


Meteorologists also requested reports of heavy rainfall to
confirm what they were seeing on their radar.  These reports
were provided by amateur radio operators on the SKYWARN net
supplemented with messages relayed via cell phones, text
messages and on social media such as Facebook.

This was the first tropical cyclone in Hawaiian waters that
encountered the volcanoes on the Big Island.  As predicted,
the mass of these mountains disrupted the circular motion of
the storm causing a portion to separate and head around
South Point.   It also forced the main portion of the storm
to head north where it encountered the mass of Mt. Haleakala
on Maui.  The combined action of these three volcanoes
caused the moisture to deflect upwards, forming thunderhead
clouds up to an estimated 49,000 feet.  The cold
temperatures at that altitude caused the moisture to form
ice and rain, which fell as heavy downpours on the island of
Maui and Molokai.

All in all Flossie did not wreak the damage that some had
predicted, and with the state-wide ham radio network of
intertied repeaters using the ALL STAR Network
communications was uninterrupted throughout the event.
KH7HO says that it is cooperation among the various groups
that makes Hawaii's ever ready emergency response possible:


KH7HO: ".no matter what hat we wear we all work together.
Whether we are ARES, RACES, State RACES, DM RACES; that's
the whole concept.  We have limited resources here; we're an
island state and we all have to work together.  Its what we
call `ohana' or family in Hawaiian."


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


Flossie faded the morning of July 30th thanks to winds that
broke layers of the storm apart.  The ham radio operators
who were a part of the first response effort say that they
are ready for anything that Mother Nature might send their
way.  (ARNewslineT)



Three hams in India have been recognized for their efforts
in the Uttarkhand flood relief operations.  The newspaper
The Hindu says that VU3GDS, VU3HVD and VU3HBT have all been
honored for their contributions to public safety during and
in the aftermath of the Uttarakhand storms and flooding.

All three are from the city of Bangalore and were among the
first to reach Uttarakhand and establish a communication
link from remote areas.  During the floods, the three were
instrumental in establishing communication with the local
district administration in the Himalayan terrains to enable
better coordination for civilian relief.  Communicating with
the disaster control center established at Dehra Dun, they
relayed messages to the local district administration which
took appropriate measures to reach out to those stranded or
in need of rescue.

The Newspaper is calling the three heroes.  The complete
story in The Hindu is on-line at
heroes.  (The Hindu)



An AM radio outage takes place after an earthquake hits New
Zealand.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has
the details:


Radio New Zealand's AM emergency notification radio service
was unable to broadcast civil defense messages for about 20
minutes after the 6.5-magnitude quake on Sunday evening,
July 21st.  Radio New Zealand spokesman John Barr said that
the problem was caused when a fuse went out in the Porirua
coastal suburb of Titahi Bay.

Barr said that the company had a technician there quickly to
rectify the situation.  He noted that the outage was
isolated to the AM broadcast operation and did not hamper
any other civil defense capacity.  Barr added that Radio New
Zealand had continued to operate on their FM frequency and
on television through Sky and Freeview.

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


New Zealand authorities recommend that the public tune to
the civil defense recommended frequency of 101 FM.  That is
the standard FM emergency notification frequency around most
of that country.  (published news reports)



A record number of individuals interested in emergency
preparedness were on hand for the 2013 ARRL Hurricane
Webinar, which was held Monday evening, July 15th.
According to the ARRL Letter, a total of 410 people, many of
them radio amateurs, participated in the event.  This was
the highest attendance ever for an ARRL webinar,
administered by ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike
Corey, KI1U.

Those attending heard presentations on a number of topics,
including an overview of the 2013 hurricane season forecasts
and the role of IRLP/EchoLink in disaster communication by
veteran SKYWARN volunteer Rob Macedo, KD1CY.  Also covered
was a summary of Hurricane Watch Net activity by Net Manager
Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, and the importance of publicizing
Amateur Radio communication support by ARRL Media and Public
Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X.

For those who missed it, the webinar has been posted for
download at the ARRL's website.  You will find it in
cyberspace at  (ARRL)



The ARRL says that receiver interference immunity standards
are not needed or of value to ham radio.  Amateur Radfio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, reports:


Responding to an FCC call for comments based in part on
recommendations in a Technological Advisory Council white
paper, the ARRL has told the FCC that establishing so-called
"harm claim threshold" or HCT standards for receivers would
not work in the Amateur Service.

HCTs, expressed in field strength or power flux density,
would specify the level of radio interference that receivers
should be expected to tolerate before a radio service could
claim harmful interference.  Limits would be established
throughout a given service's assigned frequency range as
well as within certain frequencies outside that range.

But in its filing, the ARRL argues that there is a need for
minimum, perhaps even mandatory, receiver performance
standards for home electronic devices, but the Amateur
Service should not be subject to these same type of receiver
immunity standards.  The Leagues comments note that any
performance standards for amateur service receivers would be
purely arbitrary, and would compromise the experimental
purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.

The ARRL says that hams have the technical knowledge to
differentiate between interference from spurious or out-of-
band emissions from nearby transmitters and that caused by
receiver deficiencies.  In other words, the suggested
standards would be of little or no value to receivers
designed to operate in or near the Amateur Service bands.

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


The complete ARRL filing is on the web at
not-needed-by-hams  (ARRL)



With you 52 weeks a year, every year since 1977, we are the
Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around
the world including the WD6HFR repeater serving San Diego,

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Vandals have brought down a multi-use transmission tower
East of the San Francisco bay area.  The structure that is
the site for microwave links, land mobile radio, cellular
telephone, and an APRS Digipeter.

According to the East Bay Regional Park District Police the
guy wires that supported the structure located on Rocky
Ridge near the city of Danville were intentionally cut
causing it to collapse early on Tuesday, July 30th.

Park police Lt. John King said the vandal or vandals went
through a lot of effort to topple the tower.  He explained
that it was in an area not easily accessible and that the
criminal or criminals involved had to get through several
gates to reach the site.

Nobody was injured in the downing of the fifty foot high
antenna support structure.  Police are continuing the
investigation of the incident.  They ask anyone with
information to contact them at area code 510-881-1833.

According to a post by a ham on Facebook familiar with the
area, losing that tower will have a big impact on radio
coverage in the cities of Danville, San Ramon and along
Interstate 680 corridor.  (W6DTW, K8WHB, Published news



More laws to curb patent trolling appear to be on their way.
This as Representatives Blake Farenthold of Texas and Hakeem
Jeffries of New York introduce the Patent Litigation and
Innovation Act of 2013 in the United States House.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, has the details:


This is the sixth piece of legislation unveiled this year to
address concerns about patent trolls, and features some
provisions that were incorporated in the earlier bills.
This includes forcing an infringement accuser to reveal more
about who is actually bringing the suit, including details
about their patent claims, as well as limiting discovery.

A big difference between H.R. 2639 and its predecessors is
this measure would permit manufacturers to essentially take
over a case against an end user accused of patent
infringement.  As such the bill adds transparency and
legitimacy to the thousands of cease and desist letters sent
out by patent trolls.

According to the National Economic Council and the Council
of Economic Advisors, patent trolls can threaten to sue a
few or thousands of companies at once, without specific
evidence of infringement against any of them.  Some create
shell companies that make it difficult for defendants to
know who is suing them and assert that their patents cover
inventions not imagined at the time they were granted.

Last May the White House said that it was taking several
steps to curb patent abuse and that the administration is
ready to work with Congress to resolve the problem.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.


Ham radio operators who produce podcasts dealing with the
hobby have a vested interested in this matter due to an
ongoing issue involving a company that claims it owns rights
to the podcasting concept and has brought suit against
several high profile users in various areas of broadcasting
and technology over what that company claims to belong to
it.  (Published news reports)



The Northern California DX Club has presented an $8000 check
to the Northern California DX Foundation.  This to assist in
continuing the Foundations work in fostering DX and
DXpeditions where needed.

The Foundation says that this is the largest donation that
it ever received from a club.  It says that the monies will
help to provide critical funding to DXpedtions high on the
Most Wanted List. It adds that without this type of support
that such DXpedtions might not be possible.

The Northern California DX Club was founded on October 10th,
1946.  The beneficiary of its generosity, the Northern
California DX Foundation is a private non profit
organization founded in 1972.  Its purpose is to assist
worthwhile amateur radio and scientific projects with
funding and equipment.

More details and a photo of the check being presented is on
the web at and  (NCDXF press



Some good news for a nation where ham radio is re-emerging.
The Yasme Foundation Board of Directors has approved a grant
to be used to purchase amateur radio transceivers for three
members of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society.  This is so
that these hams can satisfy the requirements of the
Ethiopian licensing process.

Ethiopia came back on the air May 30, 2011, with the re-
opening of the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society station
ET3AA.  To support the reestablishment of amateur radio in
that nation the Yasme Foundation issued a grant to pay the
fees associated with license examinations for 25 members of
that club.  Many were successful but under Ethiopian
regulations could not receive a license without proof of
ownership of an amateur radio station.  This latest Yasme
grant is a step in getting individual Ethopian hams back on
the air.  (Yasme Foundation)



The Yasme Foundation Board has also announced that it has
made a grant to support further development of ViewProp.
This is a new utility for propagation visualization
developed by Rick Kiessig, ZL2HAM.

ViewProp integrates information from the Reverse Beacon
Network and worldwide spotting networks with station
location information from and mapping through
DXAtlas.  The result is a real-time, worldwide view of
amateur radio signals and overall ham radio operation.

ViewProp also supports a "playback" function to review
historical data and provides the user with a number of
options to configure both the input data stream and the way
in which the information is displayed.

Currently in beta testing by a global user's group, the
Yasme grant will enable ZL2HAM to complete development with
appropriate networked software tools and release it for
public use.

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation
organized to conduct scientific and educational projects
related to Amateur Radio.  More about it is on the web at
www dot yasme dot org.  (Yasme Foundation)



Monitoring Times magazine will cease publication at the end
of the year.  This as publisher Bob Grove, W8JHD, tells
contributors in an e-mail that, after 33 years, he and his
wife, Judy, have decided to retire.

In his notice Grove said that a combination of a down-turned
economy, as well as the ready availability of free listening
and technical information on the Internet, has reduced sales
and subscriptions throughout the marketplace.  Therefore
Monitoring Times will be shutting down all operations after
its December 2013 issue.

The impending closure of Monitoring Times leaves CQ
Publishing's Popular Communications, as the only national
magazine serving the burgeoning shortwave listeners, CBers
and scanning enthusiasts market.  (CQ, MT)



Some names in the news.  First off is Australian aviator and
entrepreneur Dick Smith, VK2DIK , who made the first solo
helicopter flight around the world 30 years ago. The journey
which ended on July the 22nd, 1983, was the subject of an
unforgettable Wireless Institute of Australia Centenary
speech given by Smith at his Bowylie Flying Club.  During
the talk he highlighted the dangers of the Japan to Alaska
leg, that included the finding and landing on a container
ship to refuel.  Smith also noted that it was amateur radio
that assisted him to circumnavigate the globe and on other
occasions including his famous balloon flight in February of
2000.  (VK3PC)



According to a posting by Art Bell, W6OBB, on Facebook, he
will be returning to nighttime talk radio this fall. But you
won't be hearing him on your AM or FM dial.  That's because
Bell's new program will be a part of the Sirius XM satellite
subscription program line-up.

More information was provided in an article on the bigstory
dot com website.  It says that a Sirius XM company
representative contacted Bell through social media a few
months ago.  This in turn led to the creation of Bell's new
show to be titled "Art Bell's Dark Matter."

Sirius XM says that Bell will talk about things like UFOs,
ghosts, near-death experiences and the weird aspects of
science.  Also that he will do interviews and take calls
from listeners.

Like in years past, the show will originate from Art's
property in Nevada.  Sirius XM is reportedly in the process
of building a new studio facility for him to originate from.

Meantime back on Facebook W6OBB posted that he could not say
a word until now.  He added that he tried to tell his
followers on Facebook that it was coming without spilling
the beans because he had been sworn not to.  He also
directed those interested to see his website at
for more details.  You can read the in-depth bigstory dot
com article at
(W6OBB,,, Fecebook)



A oldie but a goodie from radios recent past.  If you have
ever had the chance to listen to the Voice of America
Shortwave station that operated from Delano California and
can recall its booming signal up and down the West coast and
out into the Pacific, here is the story of how it came
about.  Also the way it operated for 63 years and its final
non-descript signoff at 03:30 U-T-C on October 28, 2007.
And there's even an amateur radio tie-in when one of the
stations 200 kilowatt Federal Radio transmitters showed up
on the ham radio airwaves calling CQ.  We won't spoil it by
telling you more.  Rather, make yourself a snack, sit back,
relax and take your web browser to
delano-story for a great evening of reading.  (RW)



This is news for today's radio amateur.  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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An interesting story from down-under. Australia is known as
a very big island nation. At its geographic centre 1,500
kilometres from the coast is Alice Springs, which hosts the
famous Henley-On-Todd Regatta each August - albeit on a
usually dry river bed.  What does this have to do with ham
radio you ask?  Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek,
K9BIK, has the answer:


Those living in Australia's Northern Territory and many
visitors take the annual regatta which began in 1962 very
seriously.  In fact there will likely be some 3,000 people
on hand witnessing the event.

There is an interesting story of how this location, in one
of the driest parts of Australia, connects with ham radio
and also why deserves a registration this year in the
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.  Its because
of the Alice Springs lighthouse that is located there.

Greg Mair, VK8GM, explains that with the help of the Henley-
On-Todd team, a lighthouse has been built to promote the
spirit of amateur radio and lighthouses.  Now, the Alice
Springs lighthouse joining hundreds of others around the
world this year its pretty is certain to attract the
attention of local, national and international news media.
After all, there are not very many lighthouses out in the
desert, anywhere on the planet.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl, Lasek, KB9BIK,
half way around the world in Zion, Illinois.


If you want to register a lighthouse, lightship or marine
beacon in this year's event then visit This
years International Lighthouse and Lightship event takes
place on August the 17th and 18th with almost 300 lit
locations on the air.  (VK3PC)



The South African Radio League says that it will activate a
new propagation beacon on 5 point 250 MHz by the end of
August.  Its transmitter will be programmed to send signals
at regular intervals and radio amateurs who have the proper
software will be able to record these signals automatically
on their computers.

The software to be used is called ALE.  This is described as
a complex communications standard also known as MIL-STD 188-
141 and USA government standard FED-STD-1045.  In the past
usage it had been limited to expensive military and
commercial equipment with built-in controllers.  All of that
changed with the development of software that runs on a
personal computer and makes use of the systems sound card.
Because of this ALE is now in regular use by radio amateurs
all over the world.

The announcement of the new beacon was made at the Radio in
Action Symposium held in Port Elizabeth on Saturday July
27th.  An article by Hannes Coetzee, ZS6BZP, that explains
the full operation will be posted on the Propagation
Research page on  (SARL)



The popular English language Nordic HF conference will take
place in Sweden, from August 12th to the 14th.  Topics to be
covered will include the design of a software-defined radio;
an ionospheric chirpsounder for HF propagation analysis;
creation of applications of advanced VLF/LF/HF-digital
signal processing in the amateur radio service and numerous
other offerings.

The conference first took place in 1986 and initially was
planned for a limited audience of Nordic countries.  It's
now held every three years and has grown steadily to a point
where it now has international acclaim.

More information including a complete program and speaker
listing is on the web at  (Nordic HF



A missing satellite has announced its return.  After 113
days of silence DK3WN reported that hearing STRaND-1 and
decoding telemetry.  The spacecraft has been silent since
March 31st.

STRaND-1 transmits on frequency of 437.568 MHz.  Further
reports from others hearing the bird would be welcome.  Send
them by e-mail to C.P.Bridges (at) surrey (dot) ac (dot) uk



On the air, members of the Mexican Federation of Radio
Experimenters will be operating from the resort city of
Cancun from October 2nd to the 7th using the special
callsign XE3FMRE.  This to celebrate the National Convention
FMRE 2013.  Operation will take place on 80 through 6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and possibly WSJT.  QSL the event
station via XE1LM.  (Southgate)



Also keep an ear open for Netherlands special event station
PA6SAIL to be active between August 19th and September 10th.
This to support the maritime event "SAIL De Ruyter" at

Operation will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, PSK and
RTTY as well as various times and modes on 6 and 2 meters.
A special QSL card will be issued for working this callsign.
QSL via PA3GEO either direct or via the bureau.  (Southgate)



Bill Moore NC1L, the Awards Branch Manager of the ARRL has
announced a plethora of operations that have been approved
for DXCC credit.  These are the 2013 4S7NZG operation from
Sri Lanka; the current W4XR expedition in Laos; the one day
July 9th Z8OID operation from the South Sudan and the 2012
and 2013 9M4SLL operations from the Spratly Islands.

Also now approved is the 2010 through 2011 9Q6CC operation
from the Democratic People's Republic of the Congo; the 2013
XWOYJY outing from Laos; the 2013 9XOEME from Rwanda and
6OOLA from Somalia  Last but by no means least is the 2012
T6JM operation from Afghanistan

According to NC1L, if you've had any of these rejected in a
prior application, send a note to bmoore (at) arrl (dot) org
to be placed on the list for an update to your record.
Also, please note the submission date and/or reference
number where the rejection was noted to expedite the search
for any rejected QSOs.  And we will have more DX related
information later on in this week's Amateur Radio Newsline
report.  (ARRL - DXCC)



In DX, TU5DF will be on the air from the Ivory Coast until
sometime in October.  His operation is 40 through 6 meters
using CW with some SSB and PSK31. QSL via F5SWB

UX0HX, UZ1HZ and UT5UY will be active from Namibia signing
stroke V 5 from August 1st to the 8th.  Their operation will
be on 80 through 10 meters using SSB and Morse.  QSL each
operators home call either direct or via the bureau.

EA4GBA will be operational from Mozambique through December
27th signing C91GBA.  He is reported to be active on all of
the High Frequency bands on SSB however no operating
schedule has yet been announced.  QSL via his home call,
direct only.

DL1AL is now active as 5A1AL from near Tripoli, Libya.  His
operation so far has been on 40, 30, 20 and 6 meters using
CW.  He recently told the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that he
will eventually be active on the H-F bands and 6 meters
using CW and SSB.  He also plans to try PSK but at this time
the modem does not work. No matter.  Whichever way you make
contact please QSL via DL1AL.

HB9ARY is currently operating stroke 3B8 from Mauritius
Island.  He is reportedly active on all of the High
Frequency bands.  QSL to his home callsign.

Lastly, DL7BC will be on the air stroke F H from Mayotte
between March 21st and April 4th, of 2014.  Operations will
be on 20-10 meters with 40 meters also a possibility.  He
also plans to participate in the 2014 CQ World Wide WPX SSB
Contest signing TO7BC. QSL via his home callsign, direct or
by the Bureau.

(Above from various DX news sources)



From our emerging technology file comes this story a new
writing instrument that warns its user when it thinks that
he or she is about to make a mistake.  No we are not kidding
as we hear from Wireless Institute of Australia's Col
Herbert, VK3LED:


VK3LED:  The New India Express has reported on the invention
of a new pen which will vibrate if it senses that the writer
is making a spelling mistake or his or her handwriting is

The brainchild of two German entrepreneurs, Learnshift which
means learning pen in German is a regular pen with real ink
but it has a special motion sensor inside and a small
battery operated Linux operated computer with a WiFi chip
which allows the pen to recognize specific movements, letter
shapes and a wide assortment of words.  It vibrates if the
user is not careful with letters or writes inelligently.

Arguably, it will be able to correct those whose dependence
on spell checks and typing has played havoc with their
spelling and handwriting, but it is doubtful that how many
of we adults use a pen these days; even a fancy one that

I'm Col, VK3LED.


Now the only thing this pen needs is to find a way to
convince the buying public that its something that it really
needs.  With more and more people turning to PC's, tablets
and smart-phones for texting, that job may not prove easy.
(WIA News)



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