Please note that this is an extended Amateur Radio Newsline report and contains three breaks. Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1880 with a release date of August 23 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. The following is a Q-S-T. A trans-Pacific emergency communications demonstration will involve United States MARS; FCC and Industry Canada reach spectrum sharing agreement; the ARRL says no to TCB expansion; Brockton, Massachusetts, takes an unlicensed broadcaster off the air; DX Magazine's most wanted DX entity list is open for voting and a young ham is honored at the Huntsville Hamfest. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1880 coming your way right now. (Billboard Cart Here) ** RESCUE RADIO: US MARS MEMBERS AND HAMS IN ASIA TO TEST DISASTER RESPONSE A trans-Pacific link up to test ham radio emergency communications is about to take place. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the details: -- Members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System or MARS here in the United States will link up with amateur radio operators on the Asian continent on Monday, August 26th. This in a unique test of ham radios ability to provide communications assistance in the event of a major transpacific natural disaster. In the exercise scenario, volunteer MARS operators will establish a communication path with civilian hams in the fictitious nation of Pacifica. This connection will be used to gather information for any needed emergency relief operations halfway around the world. Traffic will then be sent on to the United States Pacific Command and then to the Pentagons Chief of Information office via an open blog operated by the Department of Defense for international messaging. Information collected will be used to develop possible humanitarian assistance and disaster response procedures to assist Pacifica following the catastrophic scenario. The Military Auxiliary Radio System is a Department of Defense sponsored program, established as a separately managed and operated program by the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. It is a civilian auxiliary consisting primarily of United States amateur radio operators who are interested in assisting the military with communications on a local, national, and international basis. This as an adjunct to normal lines if military communications. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, on this side of the Pacific, in Scottsdale, Arizona. -- For those who might be wondering where make believe nation Pacifica might really be located. We suggest that you might want to think of Nepal. (Southgate, others) ** RADIO LAW: US AND CANADA AGREE ON NEW BORDER SPECTRUM SHARING MEASURE The United States Federal Communications Commission and telecommunications regulator Industry Canada have agreed on three interim spectrum-sharing arrangements covering three types of wireless communications operations along the U.S.-Canada border. The arrangements govern various bands involving air-to-ground communications, fixed operations and specialized mobile radio services. In the way of fixed services, the FCC, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Industry Canada struck a sharing agreement governing 71 to 76, 81to 86 and 94.1 to 95 GHz. This is intended to facilitate deployment of fixed services within the border area. Such services include backhaul for mobile broadband networks, high-speed wireless local area networks and broadband Internet access over high bandwidth point-to-point links. At 454.6625 to 454.9875 MHz and 459.6625 to 459.9875 MHz a Statement of Intent allows for creation of a nationwide digital system covering the sharing and coordination of spectrum for general aviation air-to-ground services. It provides for sharing of spectrum when operations are located within distances ranging from roughly 300 to 360 miles of the common border. With regard to specialized mobile radio services at 896 to 901 and 935 to 940 MHz, the new arrangement governs the sharing and coordination of within roughly 60 miles of the common border and simplifies the criteria for permitting secondary users in the band. This is intended to enable more efficient use of the spectrum while protecting primary users. This particular agreement called Arrangement U may become part of a larger treaty or replacement agreement governing services operating above 30 MHz. The operational provisions of this arrangement will be applied on an interim basis pending further review. (RW, FCC, Industry Canada) ** RADIO LAW: ARRL TO FCC - SAY NO TO TCB EXPANSION The ARRL has told the FCC to not act with hast to delegate greater authority to private Telecommunication Certification Bodies also known as TCB's. This in the area of granting certification to electronic gear regulated by the agency. Amateur radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the Newsroom with more: -- In reply comments filed July 31 on an ET Docket 13-44 which is an FCC proposal to alter its Part 2 equipment certification process, the ARRL says that it agrees with the National Association of Broadcasters which has expressed concern about the current level of Telecommunication Certification Bodies in regard to their performance record. As such it advised against outsourcing all equipment authorization functions to these TCB's. The ARRL went on to say that it knows that this is not a docket or proceeding that directly affects the Amateur Service. However, it notes that the track record for TCB certification of RF devices in terms of errors and ill-advised grants of certification is abysmal. The ARRL notes that the FCC lab staff constantly has to review and set aside TCB grants of RF equipment. In closing, the ARRL says that it is concerned that the reliability of Telecommunication Certification Bodies exhibited so far is not sufficiently high to justify the proposed extensive delegation of the evaluation of more complex types of equipment authorizations. This, where interference potential is significant or where RF exposure is an issue. The FCC's equipment authorization program exists in part to ensure that RF devices imported, marketed and used in the United States comply with the agency's rules and that they not cause harmful interference. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the Newsroom, in Los Angeles. -- At present, the FCC still conducts evaluations for initial approval of devices requiring certification. It also approves certain exempt equipment, including devices that operate in UHF bands on which Amateur Radio has a secondary allocation. (ARRL) ** BREAKING DX NEWS: PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL ASSOCIATION OF RADIO AMATEURS OF MOROCCO FORCES CANCELLATION OF 5C0CE DXPEDITION The Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club says that the long planned 5C0CE operation from Morocco has been shut down before it even got started. This because of what appears to be either a policy decision or some form of bureaucratic red tape. Francis Kremer, F6FQK, is a founder and member of the Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club charged with Public Relations. In an e- mail to Amateur Radio Newsline and other ham radio information outlets on Sunday night August 18th, Kremer said that the operation sponsored by the Council and slated for August 20th and 21st had been cancelled only 16 hours before the team was depart to Morocco. This due to what he termed as a last minute blockage by the President of the Royal Association of Radio Amateurs of Morocco. Kremer's e-mail went on to state that the DXpedition team had received their Moroccan licences several months ago. Also that hams in Morocco have been preparing to assist with this operation since last year. F6FQK's e-mail said that the notice from the Moroccan national society leader gave no reason for the decision to block the operation from taking place. He notes that each member of the Council's DXpedition team had paid his own expenses and when news came of the forced cancellation it was to late to recover those monies. Kremer called the incident very damaging to the ham radio community. (CERAC) ** REGULATORY: VANITY LICENSE FEE GOES TO $16.10 AUGUST 23 The new FCC regulatory fee of $16.10 to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign went into effect today, Friday, August 23. Earlier this year the FCC had proposed upping the vanity fee from its current $15 to $15.20, but in the Report and Order in MD Docket 13-140, released August 12, the Commission offered no explanation for the even higher $16.10 fee. Also starting in Fiscal Year 2014, the FCC will require that all regulatory fee payments be made electronically. (ARRL) ** BREAK 1 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 K8TIW repeater serving Paw Paw Michigan. (5 sec pause here) ** NAMES IN THE NEWS: ACTOR AND HAM RADIO SUPPORTER DICK VAN DYKE ESCAPES BURNING CAR Famed actor and comedian Dick Van Dyke, who, over the years has supported ham radio, escaped injury when he was pulled from a burning car on Los Angeles area Freeway. It happened on Monday afternoon, August 19th. Van Dyke was driving on the 101 freeway at approximately 2 in the afternoon when his Jaguar caught fire near Parkway Calabasas. That's about 25 or so miles West of downtown Los Angeles. Smoke from the burning vehicle caused the brief closure of two lanes on the freeway. Van Dyke was reportedly unhurt and did not require any medical help. Starting way back in the 1970's the now 87 year-old entertainer appeared in a number of amateur radio Public Service announcements. -- Van Dyke PSA: "Don't worry; it's only the radio. This is Dick Van Dyke and frankly I get scared when I think of earthquakes, fire, flood or hurricanes. We almost always loose our normal means of communication. But who is there ready to help? The radio hams. If you would like free information about the amateur radio service write The American Radio Relay League, Newington, Connecticut, 06111. Over" -- He also was seen in the opening scene of the 1979 ARRL promotional film titled The World of Amateur Radio produced by Dave Bell, W6AQ. And for those living in the Los Angeles area, for many years he's been the voice of the identifier of a local 2 meter repeater. Apparently Van Dyke never lost his sense of humor even though the car was an apparent total loss. Later in the day he reportedly tweeted a post on Twitter which simply said: "Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!" (ARNewslineT audio archive, published news reports.) ** ENFORCEMENT: FIRE DEPARTMENT LOCATES UNLICENSED BROADCASTER IN BROCTON MASSACHUSETTS Brockton, Massachusetts did its own investigating after it started hearing music over its alert system. In the end it was not the FCC that came to the rescue but rather a police officer and a political leader from the city. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB has this very interesting story: -- The incident took place on Wednesday, August 14th when firefighters began hearing music coming from the speakers in the firehouse that are used to alert a callout. Kevin Galligan is the city's Deputy Fire Chief. He called for the assistance Officer Scott Uhlman, who is the Brockton Police Department's two-way radio specialist. Ulman is listed in the FCC database as holding the call sign KC1AGW. Also responding to help was Brockton City Councilor Dennis DeNapoli. The two arrived equipped with radio direction finding gear and used it to locate the source of the interfering signal as coming a rooftop antenna of a one-story building directly across the street from Fire Station. Measurements proved it was the source of the unlicensed signal on 88.9 MHz. Uhlman said they approached a group of men behind building and asked who owned the radio equipment. The men were at first evasive but when Uhlman climbed on the roof with a pair of wire cutters, they quickly located the owner. The station was immediately shut down. The next day the antenna and radio equipment were gone. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kuinford, N8WB, this week portable 2 in New York -- It appears that unlicensed radio stations have in recent times proliferated in Brockton. Both DeNapoli and Uhlman said they are aware of several currently operating in the city. (Brockton Enterprise) ** ENFORCEMENT: FCC ORDERS CALIFORNIA COMPANY TO STOP SELLING COMBO 10 AND 11 METER AMPS The FCC has issued a Citation and Order to a Fremont, California company known as DNJ Radio. This for its alleged violation of the agency's rules by marketing non-certified amplifiers and kits via its website under the trade-name RM Italy. The agency's San Francisco office was assigned to investigate the matter. It says that it found that that DNJ Radio was offering R M Italy brand linear amplifiers and amplifier kits that were capable of operation on both 11 and 10 meters that had not been certified for sale in the United States. It also said that a disclaimer posted on DNJ Radio's website that the devices were only for industrial, scientific, medical, or export use was not acceptable because using them on 11 meters would violate FCC rules. The FCC ordered DNJ Radio to immediately discontinue marketing these unauthorized devices and gave the company 30 days to provide a list of amplifiers imported or marketed under the name RM Italy. It also told DNJ Radio that any future violations could result in sanctions of up to $16,000 for each future violation. (FCC) ** RADIO LAW: LIGHTSQUARED BACKERS SUE GPS INDUSTRY Just when we thought it was all over, once again LightSquared is back in the news. Or more accurately the money people behind LightSquared who - well - want their investment back and are suing those who opposed the LightSquared project to try to get it back. Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, has the details: -- Backers of the failed attempt by LightSquared to establish a nationwide satellite based high speed broadband network are suing those who successfully opposed the plan. This with word that Harbinger Capital Partners and several other entities associated with the failed LightSquared 4G broadband network have filed a lawsuit against Deere & Co., Garmin, Trimble Navigation, The U.S. GPS Industry Council and The Coalition to Save Our GPS. On February 14, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission refused to give final approval to LightSquared's planned national broadband network. This after it was informed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration or NTIA that there is no practical way to mitigate potential interference at that time. The NTIA is the federal agency that coordinates spectrum uses for the military and other government entities. The newly filed litigation by Harbinger Capital claims that the defendants failed to disclose information about G-P-S interference problems caused by an adjacent frequency spectrum that LightSquared was allocated to use. The plaintiffs are seeking $1.9 billion in damages. More about this court action is on the web at tinyurl.com/gps-lawsuit For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Skeeter Nash, N5ASH -- A spokesman for defendant Trimble Navigation says that the law suit is without merit and that responsibility for Harbinger's losses rests squarely with Harbinger. He adds that the action will be vigorously defended. (VHF Reflector, aionline.com, silobreaker.com) ** PUBLIC SERVICE: HEAD OF THE CHARLES REGATTA OCTOBER 19 - 20 Hams are needed to provide communications for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 19th and 20th. If you are in the area and have some free time on either of those days, please take your web browser to tinyurl.com/regatta- volunteer-2013, create an account and in the comment section, please note what your current certifications are. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact David Wolfe, KG1H via e-mail to dkwolfe (at) comcast (dot) net. (KG1H) ** RADIO HAPPENINGS: THE NAB SHOW CALL FOR SPEAKERS IS OPEN The National Association of Broadcasters has put out a call for speakers for its 2014 NAB Show to be held next April in Las Vegas, Nevada. While the gathering encourages all types of submissions, technical papers are offered exclusively within the Broadcast Engineering Conference program. Proposals are due no later than October 18th. Those featuring original content, research or rarely-seen yet highly regarded speakers will receive favorable consideration. More information is on-line at tinyurl.com/nab-2014-speakers More than 93,000 media and entertainment professionals from 156 countries attended the 2013 NAB Show. (RW, NAB) ** NAMES IN THE NEWS: OH2BH FRIEDRICHSHAFEN LECTURE NOW ONLINE Some names in the news. First up is well known DX'er Martti Laine, OH2BH, was a speaker at the Friedrichshafen Ham Radio exhibition this past June. His keynote lecture titled Changing Times in the DX Hunt is now available complete with slides and audio at tinyuel.com/oh2bh-dx-talk. (Southgate) ** NAMES IN THE NEWS: ASTRONAUT HAM MIKE FOALE KA5UAC RETIRES And after twenty-six year with the space agency, NASA astronaut Michael Foale, KB5UAC has retired. Starting back in 1997, Foale had spent a total of 375 days in space during six space shuttle missions and later assignments aboard two space stations. This included 145 days on the Russian Mir space station in 1997 and 194 days aboard the International Space Station as commander of Expedition 8 from October 2003 to April 2004. He also took part in four spacewalks also known as EVA's totaling almost 23 hours. (NASA, other news reports) ** NAMES IN THE NEWS: JE3HHT HAM RADIO SOFTWARE IS MADE OPEN SOURCE Makoto Mori, JE3HHT, has made his popular MMTTY, MMSSTV and MMVARI amateur radio software available as an open source enabling anyone to experiment with the code. These three software packages were originally developed to support RTTY, Slow Scan Television, PSK, and MFSK respectively. As of August 1st all of these applications are released to open source development under the L G P L license. More information on these programs is on the web at mm-open.org. (Southgate) ** NAMES IN THE NEWS: 2013 MOST WANTED DX SURVEY NOW OPEN Carl Smith, N4AA, who is the editor of QRZ DX and The DX Magazine, says that due to popular demand that many countries have been added to this years Most Wanted DX entity survey. To vote for your favorites, simply fill out the survey form found at tinyurl.com/2013-most-wanted-survey. The deadline for entry is October 15th with the results likely to be published in the January/February 2014 issue of The DX Magazine. (Southgate) ** BREAK 2 This is communications news for today's radio amateur. 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) ** WORLDBEAT: NEW VK SUPER COMPUTER TO AID IN SEVERE WEATHER RESEARCH UNVEILED Hams involved in emergency communications take note. Australia's most powerful computer designed primarily for use by scientists who calculate vast amounts of data to make forecasts and pinpoint extreme weather has been unveiled. The machine weighs in at 70 tones and has 57,000 processing cores. That's the equivalent of about 15,000 state of the art laptop computers. It also carries 160 terabytes of memory which would equal that of about 30,000 average modern laptops. The Australian National University in Canberra has named the supercomputer Raijin after the Japanese god of thunder, lightning and storms. More about it is on the web at tinyurl.com/vk-super- calculator. (The Australian, WAIA) ** RADIO FROM SPACE: VOYAGER ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM The Voyager 1 inter-stellar probe may soon be gone from our galaxy, but its certainly not been forgotten. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has the latest celestial wanderer that's still in radio contact with Earth: -- The latest data from the Voyager-1 spacecraft as reported in a recent edition of Science journal, suggests it is surfing right on the very edge of our Sun's domain. It's currently some 18.5 billion kilometers from Earth and at a point in space where particles streaming away from our star have reduced to a trickle. Particles flying towards it from interstellar space, by contrast, have jumped markedly in the past year. It all points to an imminent departure, which would make Voyager the first man-made object to cross into the space between the stars. In 2004, Voyager reached a turbulent region referred to as the heliosheath, where particles bounced around in all directions. It was expected this would be the final stage before the leap to interstellar space, but as has been the case throughout this 35- year mission, Voyager had another surprise. Last year, the probe detected what appears to be a discrete boundary layer that its control team calls the heliosheath depletion region. This is described as a kind of magnetic highway where particles on the inside our solar system can exit easily and the galactic cosmic ray particles on the outside can enter. The team is now watching the direction of these field lines very carefully. Currently, they are orientated east to west and wound into a spiral by our ever rotating Sun. But when Voyager finally breaks through into interstellar space, they are expected to shift dramatically, running north-south. At that time the challenge of exploring interstellar space will have begun. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick, Pennsylvania. -- Launched way back in 1977, the Voyager 1 probe has now traveled so far from home that its radio data transmissions take some 17 hours to arrive at the US space agency's receiving network here on earth. (Science OnLine) ** HAM RADIO IN SPACE: NASA ANNOUNCES NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR CUBESAT SPACE MISSIONS NASA says that it is now accepting proposals for the CubeSat Launch Initiative. Developers whose proposals are selected may have the opportunity to see their design launched as an auxiliary payload on a mission between 2014 and 2017. CubeSat investigations should be consistent with NASA's strategic plan and educational vision and goals. As such the research mission of the mini-satellites should address specific aspects of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations. NASA will not provide funding for the development of the small satellites and selection does not guarantee a launch opportunity. Proposals must be submitted electronically no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 26th. From the submissions, NASA will select the best proposals by February 7, 2014. From the first four rounds of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative, 89 payloads from 25 U.S. states made the short list for launch opportunities in 2011 through 2016. Of the selected CubeSats, 12 satellites have already launched. Twenty-one Cubesats are scheduled for launch later this year. For additional information on NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative program please take your web browser to go.nasa.gov/13VCBmz (NASA) ** WORLDBEAT: SOUTH YORKS RG IS UK FIRST TO IMPLEMENT ICOM SYSTEM The United Kingdom's South Yorkshire Repeater Group says that GB7YD port A of its 23cm Digital Data System has been granted a Notice of Variation from regulator Ofcom. This to permit it to become the first amateur radio group in the UK to implement the complete Icom D-Star A, B, C and G2 system. GB7YD port A is on 1241.075 MHz. Details are on the web at www.syrg.net. (GB2RS) ** ON THE AIR: KJ6KO BEACONS ON 2 METERS - 803 and 1296 BACK ON AIR Greg Stahlman, KJ6KO, reports that his 2 meter, 903.293 and 1296.262 MHz beacons located in California Grid Square CM 88 WS are back up and running. For now, the 432 MHz unit is down for repair as is the 222 MHz unit. More information as it is made available. (VHF Reflector) ** ON THE AIR: NEW 70 MHZ BEACON ON THE AIR FROM ITALY A new propagation beacon is on the air from Italy. The IW9GDC/B beacon in located Grid Square JM78SD near the city of Messina and operating on 70.091 MHz using 10 watts out to a Big Wheel omni directional horizontal antenna. The beacon is frequency and time locked to the Global Positioning System and transmits its callsign call and grid locator in Morse at regular intervals. QSN reports are welcome. (IW9GDC, VHF Reflector) ** DX In DX, VK6DXI will be active as 9M8DX/2 fom Kuala Lumpur between through September 3rd. His operation will be limited since this is a business trip, but he will operate some CW during his local evening hours. QSL via SP5UAF. E78A is currently operational from Jordan as JY9FC. He is reported to be active on all of the High Frequency bands. QSL to E73Y. DL1AL who is now active as 5A1AL near Tripoli has told the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that his stay in Libya will depend on a holiday and his business. He's recently been heard on 40, 30, 20 and 6 meters CW and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via DL1AL. G7COD is operating stroke EA8 from Gran Canaria until August 31st. He is active on all bands from 6 to 30 meters. QSL as directed by the operator. N6TJ will be on the air from Ascension Island in September operating with the call sign ZD8Z. He will be active on High frequency bands though no specific modes have been mentioned. If you work him please QSL via AI4U An international team will be active as C82DX from Mozambique between October 15th to the 22nd. Their operation will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL and other information is on the web at c82dx.com Lastly, WB9FMC tells Newsline that he will be in Minnesota from August 25th to the 31st and will attempt to qualify a United States island for the US Islands on the Air award. His two possible choices are Cedar Island in grid square MN012 and possibly Star Island in grid MN014. This operation requires 25 contacts, 2 of which must be different DXCC entities. Listen out for him on the 40 and 20 meter CW QRP frequencies. He says that more about the United States Islands on the Air program can be found at usislands.org (Above from various DX news sources) ** BREAK 3 Time for you to identify your station. This is the Amateur Radio Newsline and we will be back in just 5 seconds. (5 second pause here) ** THAT FINAL ITEM: 2013 YHOTY AWARD PRESENTED TO PADRAIG LYSANDROU KC9UUS And finally this week, Saturday, August 17th was likely a very special day in the life of 16 year old Padraig Lysandrou. KC9UUS. Because on that day he was at the Huntsville Hamfest in Alabama where he was presented the 2013 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award. Our own Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, was the host and emcee: -- AE5DW: "What Padraig Lysandrou. KC9UUS, has accomplished in his brief time as a radio amateur makes him a roll model for others no matter what their age to follow and is the reason he has been chosen as the 2013 Young Ham of the Year Award recipient. "Without any further adieu, let me present Mr. Lysandrou with this plaque that reads: " `Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year awarded to Padraig Lysandrou. KC9UUS, in recognition to his dedication to the Amateur Radio service presented jointly by Amateur Radio Newsline, Yaesu USA Corporation and CQ Magazine on Saturday, August 17th 2013.' "Padraig, this is for you. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you Padraig Lysandrou. KC9UUS." -- In his short acceptance speech, KC9UUS, took the time to thank those who were his mentors and brought him to the world of amateur radio: -- KC9UUS: "It's a real honor to receive this award, but I obviously didn't do it alone. I have to thank Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, Scott Wright, K0MD, the ARRL Education Fund and the Radio Club of America. Without then I really couldn't have gotten this far." -- 2012 winner Erin King, AK4JG, wanted to be on hand to congratulate Pagrig in person, but due to other commitments she could not make it. So she sent her congratulations in an e-mail that Don read: -- AE5DW: "Holding the title for the past year has been an honor and a wonderful experience and I am very excited to pass the torch on to the 2013 Young Ham of the Year. Knowing the appreciation of the ham radio community is a reward in itself and I am proud to pass that on to you. "I sincerely wish I could have attended your ceremony in person to hand off the award and I am sorry that I was unable to make it. Huntsville is my favorite hamfest so I am sure that you will have an awesome weekend with the awesome hams there. "Congratulations (signed) Erin King, AK4JG." -- Next up was Rich Moseson, W2VU, of CQ Magazine. CQ is one of the major corporate underwriters of the award and he had some words of encouragement for all in the hobby and praise for all of the younger members of ham radio society: -- W2VU: "I've said this on this stage many times before but I continue to say it because I continue to be impressed with the quality of the nominees. "People who are concerned about the future of our hobby need not be concerned because we have great young like Pad who are coming up through the ranks who will be our next generation of leaders, and I am sure that the hobby will be in very good hands as we move on through the years." -- Rich then presented Padraig with a gift at a week at Spacecamp Huntsville he can use at some future date. W2VU was followed by Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV, of Yaesu who had a here and now gift for KC9UUS: -- K7BV: "Believe it or not, he does have time for ham radio, but hes going to have less as he starts going into college and doing more and more travel. At Yaesu we would like to you to be able to take ham radio with you and to do that we are going to present you with our FT-817ND which is a 5-watt radio that's all modes and it goes from 160 meters all the way up to 440 MHz, and that should take care of just about anything you will run into. "So often we see young people become very, very active in Amateur Radio and then they go off to school and they just can't take it with them. This will allow hom to take it with him and we would like to give it to you with best wishes and congratulations from Yaesu." -- There is a lot more to tell you but not enough time in a half hour newscast. So for those of you who would like to hear the entire 2013 Young Ham of the Year Ceremony, we are posting it all on our website in MP3 format. Just go to www.arnewsline.org and click on the "EXTRA" tab to download the full 20 minute file. Meantime, some thank you's are in order. First to our major corporate underwriters Yaesu USA, CQ Publishing and Heil Sound. Also to our new prize donator Emmett Hohensee, W0QH, of Radio Wavez Antennas. And our sincere thanks to Dave Bell, W6AQ, who underwrites the Young Ham of the Tear Award plaque. To Tom Medlin, W5KUB, who provided a live video and audio stream of the presentation and to our great friends of the past two decades at the Huntsville Hamfest and its leader Charlie Emerson, N4OKL. Last but by no means least to our Young Ham of the Year Judging Committee headed up by Mark Abramowicz, NT3V. All of you are part of the family that makes the Young Ham of the Year Award a reality, year after year and we hope to see you again in Huntsville in 2014. 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