Friday, August 16, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1879 - August 16 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1879 with a release
date of August 16 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Three Somali pirates will spend
the rest of their lives in prison for killing four Americans
three of whom were radio amateurs; Philippine hams respond
to yet another killer cyclone; three Balkin nations sign a
Memorandum of Understanding to assist one another in times
of crisis; Australian hams to loose their temporary high
power privileges and bringing ham radio to primetime network
television.  Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
NewslineT report number 1879 coming your way right now.

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A US jury has recommended that three Somali pirates be
sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 killing of four
Americans off the coast of East Africa.  Three of those
murdered were ham radio operators.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has the details:


Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Ahmed Muse
Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, who
were convicted in July.  They were among nineteen men who
hijacked the Americans' yacht hoping to ransom them for
millions of dollars.  The three men allegedly served as an
armed guard over the Americans and shot and killed them as
the US Navy closed in.

Those murdered by the pirates were Scott Adam, K9ESO, his
wife Jean, KF6RVB, Bob Riggle, KE7IIV, and Phylis Macay.
They had been on board the yacht S/V Quest when the pirates
boarded their vessel and took them hostage in February of

At their trial all three Somali's were found guilty of the
26 counts against them.  These included piracy, Kidnapping
and murder.  Federal Judge Rebecca Beach Smith will formally
sentence the men in November in the courtroom in Norfolk,

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
reporting this week from New Jersey.


The victims were the first US citizens killed in a wave of
pirate attacks that plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian
Ocean in recent years.  (Published news reports)



Ham radio was again called out as another fierce Pacific
cyclone made landfall in the Philippines.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, reports on what's known so


At least one person died and 44 others were declared missing
as typhoon Labuyo hit the northern part of the Philippines
early on Monday, August 12th local time.  When it made
landfall news reports said that the storm was carrying
maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour with guts
upward of 200 kilometers an hour.  Intense rainfall of one
half to one in per hour was experienced in areas within the
typhoon's 600 kilometer or 375 mile wide diameter.

The RAYNET H F website reports the Philippines emergency
communications operations were set in motion well in advance
of the arrival of Typhoon Labuyo.  As of 7:00 a.m. local
time on Sunday, August 11th,  the Philippines Amateur Radio
Association had activated its HERO A-R-E-S net centered on
7.095 MHz.  It also advised radio clubs across that nation
to start local nets on 2 meters at 144.740 MHz.  An urgent
request was made for the cooperation of neighboring
countries in the IARU Region 3 to keep clear from the
emergency frequency during and immediately after the storm.

According to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and
Astronomical Services Administration, after Typhoon Labuyo
made a landfall in Aurora province, it weakened its strength
and left the country in the afternoon.  Some 8,927
passengers were been stranded in various ports in the Bicol
and Visayas areas as the authorities suspended sea travel
due to the typhoon.

At least 244 families from Central Luzon and Southern
Tagalog were affected by the typhoon. They are reportedly
staying at evacuation centers as this newscast is being

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
reporting from down-under in Nelson, New Zealand.


After passing through the Philippines, Typhoon Labuyo was is
expected to move out to sea towards the general direction of
southeast China and northern Vietnam.  If ham radio is again
called out, there could be more about this typhoon in
upcoming Amateur Radio Newsline reports.  (PARA,, DU1UGZ)



The national Amateur Radio organizations of the Balkan
nations of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding.  This, to assist one another in
times of emergency communications need.

The three nations have a long history of natural disasters
like earthquakes, fires, floods and other natural disasters
where ham radio has been a vital communications link, but
the agreement does not end there.

The Memorandum of Understanding not only supports the
communications needs in times of emergencies.  It also
supports other events which promote and strengthen amateur
radio, friendship and co-operation between peoples.  These
include Field Day, support of local and worldwide sporting
events, contact between schools with the International Space
Station, Scouting Jamborees and other similar happenings.
(IARU Region 1, LZ1US)



Hams in Australia have learned that their temporary high
power authorization will end on Sunday August 31st and for
now will not be renewed.  The Australia Communications and
Media Authority says that this is because the hams in that
nation are not properly aware of RF exposure requirements.
Phil Wait, VK2ASD, is the President of the Wireless
Institute of Australia:


At a meeting between the WIA and the ACMA on Monday 5th
August, the ACMA told the Institute that the arrangements
put in place to authorize the use of higher power will not
be made permanent.

The ACMA revealed that its decision was reached after
reviewing data it obtained during an assessment process that
began back in March this year.

According to the ACMA, the trial demonstrated a lack of
awareness by some Advanced Licensees of their license

Of particular concern to the ACMA were issues related to
compliance with electromagnetic energy requirements and that
this lack of awareness is not confined to the use of higher
power than the 400 watts already permitted.

The ACMA said that the results of the trial demonstrate
there is a need to raise awareness among licensees of their
license conditions, and that this should not be confined to
Advanced Licensees, adding that the ACMA looks forward to
working with the WIA to achieve that objective.

It is important to realize that radio amateurs are not being
singled out here. Compliance with electromagnetic energy
requirements applies to all apparatus licensees, including
broadcasting, maritime services and others. The ACMA also
remarked on the lack of awareness of electromagnetic energy
compliance generally among other licensees.

To address this issue, and to prepare for another approach
to the ACMA next year, the Institute has begun implementing
plans to promote widespread awareness of the necessary
compliance with electromagnetic energy requirements for
amateur stations.

This is Phil Waite, VK2ASD, for the WIA.


According to the Wireless Institute of Australia, all is not
lost.  It says that following lengthy discussion, the ACMA
agreed to re-visit the matter, which could happen as early
as next year.  (WIA News)



Amateur radio operators in the United States who live in
developments where they want to keep their anonymity may
soon find it hard if not impossible to do so.  This is
because of proposed new rules on RF exposure from the FCC
that would remove the blanket exemption that currently keeps
hams from having to conduct RF radiation studies.

Under the proposed new regulations, households where amateur
stations operate should be considered to operate under
occupational exposure standards.  According to the FCC, this
could eventually require education for household members and
the posting of signs warning of the possibility of exposure
to RF.

While not the law yet, more about the plans by the FCC to
increase the scope of its overall RF exposure standards in
all areas of its oversight can be read in an article by
noted author Scott Fybush and published in the trade
publication Radio World.  You can find it on-line at  (RW)



Serving you 52 weeks a year, every year since 1977, we are
the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations
around the world including the W4BS repeater serving
Memphis, Tennessee.

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A New Jersey man faces a $32,000 fine after regulators say
he interfered with a satellite guidance system at one of the
nation's busiest airports.  This while allegedly attempting
to mask his whereabouts from his employer.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, has the details:


The Federal Communications Commission claims that Gary
Bojczak installed a Global Positioning System jamming device
in his company owned pickup truck in an apparent attempt to
keep his employer from knowing his whereabouts.  But what
Bojczak was not aware of was that the jammer was interfering
with a new GPS assisted navigation system used to aid
aircraft approaching and departing Newark Liberty
International Airport in New Jersey.

Federal agents eventually tracked the jamming signal to
Bojczak's vehicle.  Bojczak reportedly surrendered the
jamming device after his truck was stopped at the airport in
August 2012.

Now in its Notice of Apparent Liability the FCC described
Bojczak's alleged conduct as particularly troubling because
it interrupted the calibration of a critical air navigation
system.  At the time of the incident the system was
undergoing testing and was not put into full service until
September of last year.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in
Los Angeles.


Bojczak was given the customary 30 days from the issue date
of the NAL to pay or to file an appeal.  (KC5FM, CBS NY,, others)



The price of a Vanity Callsign will be going up in mid-
September.  This as the FCC announces that the new fee of
$16.10 will apply as soon as the new fee schedule appears in
the Federal Register.

In its Report and Order released August 12th in Docket 13-
140, the FCC ordered a sweeping schedule of new fees be
implemented without the normal 30 day period following
publication in the Federal Register.  This change is because
the next fiscal year for the government beginning on October
1st and there would not be enough time for the new fees to
become effective on that date if the waiting period were
kept in place.  (FCC)



The Federal Communications Commission has streamlined the
agency's Part 15 rules governing unlicensed communication
equipment in the 57 to 64 GHz band.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has more;


In announcing their decision, the FCC Commissioners said the
modification it is making to Part 15 of its rules will
enhance the use of unlicensed spectrum as a relatively
low-cost, high-capacity short-range backhaul alternative to
connect wireless broadband networks and for other wireless
applications.  The FCC notes that these changes could
provide wireless broadband network connectivity over
distances up to a mile at data rates of 7 Gigabytes Per
Second.  This, the commissioners say could potentially
relieve the need and expense of wiring facilities or using
existing facilities with less capability.

However the rules for equipment located indoors will remain
unchanged, providing certainty for emerging products that
can provide data rates of 7 Gigabytes Per Second.  This for
such applications as the wireless docking of digital devices
and distribution of uncompressed video to TV receivers and
video displays.

They FCC says that unlicensed spectrum technologies hold the
potential to encourage competition in the broadband market,
to promote efficient delivery of broadband services in
residences and businesses, and improve user experience with
consumer devices needing short-range but high data rate

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


In the 1990s, the FCC put into place rules for unlicensed
operations in the 57 to 64 GHz band.  At the time the agency
said that this spectrum was desirable for high-capacity
uses, both in point-to-point fixed operations outdoors and
as networking equipment indoors based on its rather wide
bandwidth,  (FCC, RW)



The FCC will be hosting two webinars for would-be low-power
FM station owners.  The aim is to answer questions on how to
apply for a new low-power FM station or LPFM broadcast
license once the agency opens an application window on
October 15th.

The first webinar is slated for Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. Topics
include an overview of the low-power FM service,
instructions on creating an account in the commission's
electronic database and on how to fill out the application
Form 318 for a new LPFM station.  The second webinar will be
held in early October and the agency plans to announce those
details later.

The webinars will be streamed on-line at
Participants can email questions during the webinars to lpfm
(at) fcc (dot) gov or submit questions using Twitter and the
hashtag #LPFMquestions.  (FCC)



If you own a China built hand-held and have questions that
the manual does not answer, there's now a new source of
information.  Calling itself the Radio Documentation
Project, this website plans to provide high quality and in-
depth open source documentation user manuals for mainland-
China built handheld two-way radios.

Its first completed work is a PDF file containing a well
documented manual for the popular Baofeng UV-5R dual bander.
The instructions are clear and distinct.  Best of all it is
available as a free download at
booklet.  (Southgate)



KD6CJI has announced the availability of MultiScan 3B
SSTV for Mac version 1.8.2.  This is an application for Ham
Radio Slow Scan TV Communications that will run on the Mac
OS X 10.6 or later versions and supports many popular SSTV
formats.  It can be downloaded at



EmComm East, the east coast amateur radio emergency
communications conference takes place on Sunday, September
29th at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.
This year's featured guest speaker will be the ARRL Chief
Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B.  More on the
convention including a list of forum speakers along with
registration information is on-line at


2013 DCC

The video podcast has launched a KICKSTARTER
campaign to raise the money they need to record the 2013
ARRL and Tucson Amateur Packet Radio Digital Communications
Conference, which is coming up this September in Seattle,
Washington.  Producer Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, says the
KICKSTARTER goal is $10,000, and the campaign ends on Labor
Day, September 2nd.

The Digital Communications Conference is Tucson Amateur
Packet Radio's annual conference featuring about sixteen
individual technical presentations.  Each runs about 45
minutes and the conference itself covers every aspect
digital operation and experimentation in ham radio.

HamRadioNow plans on shooting all of it, and putting it on
the Internet for the amateur community worldwide to view
free of charge.  The Digital Communications Conference
won't be streamed live, but the programs should be available
for viewing within a few weeks of the conference.

To contribute to this project simply take your web browser
to, watch the short video and
then make your pledge.  KICKSTARTER is a crowdfunding
website that helps those wanting to subsidize a project to
do so with public support.  (KN4AQ, HamRadioNow)



A very interesting talk given at this years Dayton
Hamvention about how an episode of the hit ABC situation
comedy Last Man Standing that featured ham radio came about
is now available on YouTube.  The presentation features the
show's producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, who not only explained
how ham radio gets featured on a TV show, but also some
background into the world of television production itself:


NN6JA:  "Network television is driven by advertising dollars
so it's probably not surprising that it's all about ratings
and demographics.

"Last Man Standing gets about 6 to 7 million viewers each
week and that makes us a successful show.  But by
comparison, CBS's `Big Bang Theory' gets about 15 million
viewers each week which makes it a hit show.

"But as important as the total number of the people watching
the networks pay particular attention to the age of the
viewers.  The thinking behind this is that older viewers
translate into older shoppers who are set in their ways and
hard to sell new products to.  Young people are considered
to be better shoppers with more spendable income.

"There are now about 750,000 licensed amateur radio
operators in the United States.  But because only a small
percentage of hams might potentially watch our show so it's
hard to get the writers to focus on radio as a topic.  As a
TV comedy, we have to be funny to our general audience.  We
cannot address any one group of people."


John Amodeo's presentation is titled Bringing Amateur Radio
to Primetime Network Television.  It was produced by Icom
America with video recorded at the Icom Hamventionc booth by
Julian Frost, N3JF.  It runs thirteen minutes and you can
watch it on-line at  (Icom,



The news never stops and neither do we.  This is 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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MHz & 144 MHz

Mike Bosch, ZS2FM, reports that lately there has been a lot
of discussions and interest shown in Aircraft Scatter on the
South African Radio League's VHF Forum.  There are also many
reports of signals heard and some contacts made were via
reflections from aircraft.

The longest two-way contacts of 430 to 470 kilometers were
established on 2 meter SSB by Van Watt, ZS6LW, in Germiston
with John Fielding, ZS5JF, and Ben Smit, ZS5QM, in Natal.

Its also been reported that the ZS6JON beacon on 50.050 MHz
is often seen on the WSJT waterfall displays and heard in
Port Elizabeth when aircraft cross the area of the Orange
River.  These aircraft scatter signals last for a minute or
longer and operators in South Africa feel that they could
easily have sustained SSB contacts.

However, as pointed out to Newsline, one thing to take into
consideration is that many aircraft now utilize multiple
radio systems and not all their operating frequencies are
publicized.  This could lead to interference and safety
issues should someone aim a high power signal at an aircraft
in the hope of making a VHF, UHF or microwave DX contact by
reflecting signals off of it.  Therefore it might be wise to
error on the side of safety and not get involved in any form
of operation that carries with it the chance interfering
with sensitive avionics of any aircraft in flight.  (SARL.

(Note: Additional information on aircraft radio systems is 
posted on our �EXTRA� page.)



The Australian Communications and Media Authority is trying
to locate the source of a signal or signals that have caused
motorists in the city of Sydney problems in locking and
unlocking their vehicles using radio remote key fobs.
According to Jim Linton, VK3PC, the problem only occurs
during normal business hours leading to the belief  that the
signals could be coming from a device such as a store entry
sensor or anything operated by wireless signals including
doorbells, fans and possibly even a weather station.  So far
the source of the interference has not been found.  (VK3PC)



The latest version of the Amateur Data Interchange Format or
ADIF Standard, 3.0.4, has been approved by its developer
group, and is available from  ADIF is a
standard format used to exchange data between different
amateur radio programs and websites.  This new version
includes improvements to the way modes and awards are
represented. It also adds support for Summits On The Air and
uploading QSOs to Club Log, and QRZ.COM.  For
more information about the ADIF Developer group, please
visit  (ADIF Development



A second call has gone out to those who might wish to
present papers at the 2013 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space
Symposium.  Proposals for papers, symposium presentations
and poster presentations are invited on any topic of
interest to the amateur satellite community.

AMSAT says that it needs a tentative title of presentations
as soon as possible, with final copy to be submitted by
October 1st.  This is so that it can be included in the
gatherings printed proceedings.

Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan Schultz at n8fgv
(at) amsat (dot) org.  The symposium to be held on the
weekend of November 1st to the 3rd at the Marriott Hobby
Airport Hotel, Houston, Texas.  (N8FGV)



In DX, SQ9KWW will be active portable HL3 from South Korea
through September 2nd.  He plans to operate on the various
High Frequency bands during his stay.  QSL via his home call
direct or electronically using eQSL.

SP2EBG and five other SP prefix operators will be
operational as J88HL from Saint Vincent and Grenadines
between November 17th and the 29th.  Their activity will be
on 160 through 6 meters.  More information including QSL
routing should be available in the near future.

G7COD is on the air stroke EA8 from Playa Del Cura, on the
Island of Gran Canaria, through August 31st.  Operation is
on all bands including WARC frequencies and 6 meters using
SSB and CW.  Callers from QRP stations are particularly
encouraged.  Refer to for further activity details.

W7JVN will be working at a church mission in Ghana for the
next 16 months. He has been issued with the callsign 9G5AC
and will operate 100W to a dipole on 20 and 15 meter SSB
when time and conditions permit.  QSL as directed by the

DL2SBE is spending his holiday on Lolland which is the
fourth largest island of Denmark.  He will be there until
August 24th and is reported to be operating holiday style
signing stroke OZ.  Modes he's using are SSB, PSK, and RTTY.
QSL via DL2SBE both direct and via the bureau.

Lastly, DL2JRM and DO6XX will be operational stroke JW from
Svalbard Islands from September 20th to the 23rd.   They
will be active also in the SAC CW Contest.  If you work
them, please QSL via each stations home call.  (Above from
various DX news sources)



And finally this week, while we usually do not do stories
about hamfest or convention websites, every once in a while
one comes along that deserves a bit of special attention.
And so it is with this years Pacificon show.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details:


If you have ever visited a hamfest website then you know
that most are very basic.  Usually it's a headline with the
name, date and location of the event and possibly a way to
register on-line.  But Pacificon, the ARRL Pacific
Division's annual conference held annually in California's
Silicon Valley has changed all this.  The cutting edge
website uses a professional conference management system
donated to the event by a startup called PointView.  David
Witkowski, W6DTW, is the Webmaster for Pacificon 2013:


W6DTW:  "The system is really exciting because, in addition
to the fully modernized website the public will see, there's
a set of back office tools the Pacificon team can use to
efficiently manage the event leading up to and on the day
of.  It handles everything from attendee and vendor
registrations, managing presentation submissions.  We can
dynamically adjust room and timeslot assignment to better
create an agenda that's going to be responsive to the users.
And if we need to change the time or location for a Forum
session, the website's event calendar gets automatically
updated with that information."


Pacificon 2013 is slated for October 11th to the 13th at the
Mariott Hotel in Santa Clara California.  Its new conference
system is so modern it even features support for smartphones
and social networking.


W6DTW:  "On the day of the event attendees can use the
PointView mobile app which runs on both iOS and Android
devices to manage their agenda, exchange contact information
with presenters and other attendees, and get live
announcements about the event.  The attendees can also link
their Pacificon account with social networking such as
Facebook and Twitter, and use the PointView app or the
Pacificon website to post comments and photos which will be
reflected to their social networking channels."


Bringing convention and hamfest websites into the 21st
century is what this story is really all about and right now
it appears as if Pacificon and its new website are the
leaders of the pack.

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


Attendee and vendor registration for Pacificon is now open
at  There's also a Facebook page that you can
follow at  Planners say that
they are looking forward to seeing you in October at
Pacificon 2013.  (W6DTW)



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
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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,
and we thank you for listening.

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