Friday, September 20, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1884 - September 20 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1884 with a release
date of September 20 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Ham radio responds as flooding
ravages parts of Colorado; China and the Philippines at
loggerheads over the fate of Scarborough Reef; UK hams set a
new record at 76 Gigahertz; Portugal takes legal action to
combat widespread unlicensed operation and ham radio says a
final goodbye to 73 Magazine founder Wayne Green, W2NSD.
This and more on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1884
coming your way right now.

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Ham radio was once again a first responder as a week of
torrential rainfall brought destruction to parts of
Colorado.  Many of these were the same areas that were
damaged by a series of wind-driven wildfires earlier this
year and back in 2012.  At least seven people have been
confirmed as killed by deadly flooding and efforts to locate
more than 1,000 missing people continue.

Some of the worst flooding followed the path of the High
Park and Waldo Canyon fires.  The 2013 Waldo Canyon fire was
the worst in the state's history burning more than 18,000
acres near Colorado Springs and destroying more than 300

Jack Ciaccia, WM0G is the ARRL Colorado Section Manager.  He
says that as the flood waters began arriving on Thursday,
August 12th, ham radio operators were ready:


Ciaccia"  "The hams in the local ARES groups reported to the
regional and local county emergency operations centers and
manned their positions.  Plus the state Emergency Operations
Center in Centennial Colorado was opened and staffed by
senior ARES personnel"


The unprecedented storms dealt a heavy blow to both
utilities and communications.  News reports say that many
cellular telephone towers have either fallen, were washed
away or are simply without power.  This in turn cut off
wireless and broadband communications to several
communities.   Also destroyed have been powerlines and some
landline-based telephone service.  This has left ham radio
as the mainstay of communications into and out of these


Ciaccia:  "The next thing to happen was we started hearing
of evacuation centers being opened kind of spontaneously
because a large building in a dry area was the only
criteria.  And as fast as we could we needed to get
communications to them because in many of the mountain areas
where these evacuation centers were there was no other means
of communications"


As the operation progressed, some hams were assigned to
monitor the Boulder County ARES Repeater as well as the two
Mountain Emergency Radio Network Repeaters located in high
altitude communities.  The latter turned out to be true life
savers.  Again, WM0G:


Ciaccia:  "We were fortunate to have some hams located in
some of the remote areas which is (the result) of another
project that we had created in the past year since the fires
called the Mountain Emergency Radio Network.  This is a
small network of repeaters that the ARES hams have trained
upward of 60 mountain residents and who have gotten their
licenses.  We then repurposed a bunch of VHF radios - both
handy talkies and mobiles for them to utilize these

"And just tonight we were told by the Fire Chief in one of
those remote communities that had it not have been for that
MERM repeater system that there probably would have been a
lot more deaths because people were able to communicate with
each other as to what was happening, where the destruction
was and how to get out."


On Monday the 16th the ARES groups received new marching
orders.  In addition to search assistance, evacuations,
shelter communications and logistics another role has been
added.  That of disaster assessment:


Ciaccia:  "Disaster assessment teams from the Red Cross and
from the counties will be mobilizing and we have been asked
to provide hams, radios and also video cameras to record
video of the disaster areas.  So we will be taking on that
assignment as well."


According to Ciaccia so far some 200 ham radio volunteers
have been deployed in and around the various flood-stricken
counties with some providing communication where no other
means existed or still exists.  News reports say that at the
height of the flooding that the towns of Estes Park, Lyons
and Jamestown were relying on ham radio as their only
contact with the outside world.

This is a still developing story and we will have more in
future Amateur Radio Newsline reports.  (ARNewslineT)



Mexican radio amateurs have been using 40 and 20 meters as
part of their response to the effects of tropical storms
Ingrid and Manuel.  According to a posting to Twitter by
that nations national amateur radio society, both 7.060 and
14.120 MHz have been activated in the wake of these severe
weather outbursts.  Amateurs elsewhere are asked to please
keep those two frequencies clear until post storm
communications have been secured. (FMRE, Southgate)



DXpeditions to Scarborough Reef and other locations in that
region could become a lot harder if not impossible if
China makes good on its expected move to occupy a disputed
chain of shoals in the South China Sea.  This according to a
top Philippines' diplomat who says that China may act to
expand China's territory before regional rules on maritime
behavior comes into effect.

Albert del Rosario is the Philippines Foreign Affairs
Secretary.  On September 4th he said that his nation
believes China's incursion into the area known as the
Scarborough Shoal is a threat to peace in Southeast Asia.
But in Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman described the
shoal area as China's inherent territory.

Scarborough Shoal or Reef, also known as Huangyan Island, is
a shoal located between the Macclesfield Bank and Luzon
Island of the Philippines in the South China Sea.  It is
a disputed territory claimed by the People's Republic of
China, by Taiwan and the Philippines.  The shoal's status is
often discussed in conjunction with other territorial
disputes in the South China Sea such as those involving
the Spratly Islands or the Paracel Islands.  Since the 2012
Scarborough Shoal standoff access to the territory has been
restricted by the People's Republic of China.

Tension in the South China Sea has risen of late as China
uses its growing naval might to assert extensive claims over
the oil and gas rich waters more forcefully.  This in turn
has been fuelling fears of a military clash for some time.

The last major operation from Scarborough was in 2007 where
the BS7H team made over 45,000 QSO's.  Currently Scarborough
is listed as number 21 in the Club Log Most Wanted List and
number 7 in the latest most needed list published by the DX

(,, South China Morning Post,



A new United Kingdom distance record on 76 Gigagertz of 102
kilometers was achieved on Saturday September 14th.  This in
a contact between Chris Towns G8BKE and John Hazell G8ACE at
Batcombe Hill, in Dorset and Ian Lamb GW8KQW on Eglwysilan
Mountain in Gwent.

The success of this attempt is a result of continual
innovation and systematic improvements and testing of the
equipment built and used by the Wessex microwave
enthusiasts.  This with support from other microwave radio
devotees in the UK and Germany.

This is also believed to be the first 76GHz contact between
Wales and England.

The mode used was narrowband FM.  More is on the web at  (Southgate)



Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the W1QWT Repeater serving Scituate,

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Portugal is going after the radio bad guys.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has more:


Jose Francisco, CT4AN, reports that the Portuguese national
telecommunications regulator ANACOM has taken action against
illegal radio communications in that nation.  In a second
joint action, ANACOM and the Portuguese Maritime Police
seized radio gear and issued heavy fines to ten unlicensed
operators.  Besides having the equipment confiscated, the
operators face monetary forfeitures which may reach close to
1650 US Dollars each.

The Authorities said that the raids were based on
interference complaints to legal Portuguese radio operators.
These included stations licensed to operate in the Amateur
Radio Service, Aeronautical and Maritime Services and on
certain unspecified commercial radio frequencies.

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


More is on the web at




A 44-year-old Adelaide, Australia, man has appeared in court
charged with being abusive over his CB radio.  The
Australian Communications and Media Authority said the man
had been charged with five offences following an
investigation into his alleged abuse and harassment over
that nations Citizens Band Radio service.

The unidentified man appeared at the Adelaide Magistrates
Court on Friday, September 6 and was released under an order
to appear again on November 15th.  Under Australia's Radio
Communications Act it is against the law to operate a CB
radio in a way that would cause a person to be seriously
alarmed or affronted or to harass.  It should be noted that
Australia is a nations whose legal system protects the
identity of those accused of legal infractions until a
conviction has taken place.

(Seven News Australia)



The FCC appears to be admitting that it is stumped by a
mystery station in Omaha, Nebraska, that operates on 1490
KHz in the AM broadcast band.

According to the Omaha World Herald newspaper, the station
uses the call letters KOMJ but is seemingly without owners,
advertisers or disc jockeys.  Instead it plays a continuous
loop of oldies that some liken to a 1960's jukebox stuffed
with an endless supply of coins.

In papers filed last month the FCC admitted it was stumped
in that it could not locate the stations owner nor its
studio location.  The regulatory agency said in its filing
that the station is technically owned by Cochise
Broadcasting, in Jackson, Wyoming but that it could find a
phone number nor a website for the company.

Regular listeners to the station's oldies format say that
commercials aren't part of the entertainment cycle leaving
questions about who is paying for the programming.  Meantime
on August 14th the FCC did issue a Notice of Violation to
Cochise Broadcasting for various alleged violations of its
rules in relation to the operation of KOMJ.

More on this fascinating story is on the web at  The FCC Notice of
Violation can be found at

(Omaha World-Herald)



Army MARS Headquarters has invited the Chiefs of Air Force
and Navy-Marine Corps MARS to join in a National
Communications Exercise.  One that will measure the
auxiliary force's capabilities in the event that normal
communications are disrupted throughout North America.

The test will run for 48 continuous hours from November 3rf
to the 5th and will be closely monitored by a Joint Command
responsible to the Defense Department for homeland security.
This exercise culminates a year-long series of escalating
preparations by Army MARS for responding to all types of
complex emergencies.  These could be anything from a natural
phenomenon or terrorist attack that might render the
Internet, long distance telephone, and national news and
media networks unusable across the United States.




A very informative guidebook authored by Ross
Merlin, WA2WDT,  and titled NIFOG is described as a great go-
to compendium of radio frequencies, channels, and other
tidbits if information that can be essential in times of an

The guide is authored by Merlin who works in the Department
of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications.  He
authored the guidebook for the agency and says that it
contains page after page of frequency information, operating
procedures, formulas, and rules and regulations from both
the FCC and the NTIA.  Specific subject material includes
frequency and channel data for Fire, EMS, Police, and Law
Enforcement as well as Mutual Aid channels in VHF, UHF, 700
MHz, and others.  Also included is communications
information for marine, aviation, NOAA weather, MURS, GMRS,
FRS, and just about any radio you might encounter in an

Te guidebook is available in printed and downloadable
formats.   The primary Website where downloads copies are
available is  Copies printed on
waterproof paper, are reportedly available free of charge
from the Department of Homeland Security.  Please
contact NIFOG (at) HQ (dot) DHS (dot) GOV for details.



The "October Sky : Rocket Boys Festival" takes place October
4th to the 6th in Beckley, West Virginia.  And as a part of
the celebration the Black Diamond Amateur Radio Club will be
operating a special event station on October 5th with the
call W8R.  Frequencies to be listening on are 7.280 and
14.280 MHz. +/- 3.Khz.  More is on the web at




College Radio Day 2013 will take place on Tuesday, October
1st.  This annual event has by now grown to 650
participating stations in 40 countries.  This includes
Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Mexico,
Colombia, the United Kingdom and Sweden to name only a few.

College Radio Day is described as a 40 hour relay which
involves presenters passing the mic figuratively from
station to station while circumnavigating the globe over the
airwaves.  It was begun by Rob Quicke, who is a
communications professor at William Paterson University, in
New Jersey.  He also oversees programming at WPSC- FM, which
was named the "Best College Radio Station" in the U.S. in
both 2012 and 2013.  More about the event is on the web at




The results of the 2013 Amsat North America Board of
Directors election has been announced.  Barry Baines,
WD4ASW; Tony Monteiro, AA2TX; Alan Biddle, WA4SCA, and Mark
Hammond, N8MH, will serve on the board for two year terms.
The first alternate is JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM, and the second
alternate is Steve Coy, K8UD.  688 AMSAT-North America
members cast votes in this year's election.




This is ham radio 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

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The changing of the guard in amateur radio continues with
word of the passing of one of the hobby's true legends.
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the story of the life and legacy
of Dr. Wayne Green, W-2-Never-Say-Die:


One of the people who truly changed the face of ham radio in
both the 20th and 21st centuries has gone to his final
reward.  This with the sad news that Dr. Wayne S. Green II,
W2NSD, of Hancock, New Hampshire, died September 13th at the
age of 91.

Dr. Green was an outspoken figure during his many years
writing about the hobby.  His public career really began
with a five year stint at CQ Magazine in the 1950's before
founding 73 Magazine in late 1959. While at the helm of 73
he often used the title of El Supremo and Founder of the
magazine which he published until 2003.

Over the years Dr. Green was known for many things.  He
traveled the world and did his best to introduce ham radio
in developing nations.  He was one of the earliest
supporters of emerging modes such as RTTY, FM and repeaters
and even started the first ham radio digital communications
magazine.  And as each new technology came along, there was
W2NSD as its point man urging all of us to embrace the same
dreams that he had.  Be it ham radio, personal computing,
the Compact Disc or numerous other technologies, there was
Wayne Green urging anyone who would listen to give it a try.

But what Wayne Green, W2NSD, will likely best be remembered
for was his editorials.  He wrote over a thousand of them
covering everything from giving his personal support to even
the most mundane aspects of our hobby to alternate science
such as his belief in producing energy through cold fusion.
The list of what he wrote about goes on and on.  It took a
lifetime for him to write and for many of us; it took a good
part of our lifetime to read.  And in the process his zest
for life and commitment to ham radio and technology changed
both for the better.

On his blog, Dr. Green left a short note for all of us.  It
was his final entry.  Please permit me to read it to you as
it sums up the life of the man as he saw himself:

The wall clock clicks out the seconds
With so many yet ahead, I've ignored them
A battery keeps the clock going
I wonder how my own battery is doing?

The one with the most toys wins
Awash in toys, I'll pass on
What did I win?
Now what happens to my toys?

I'll leave books, records, tapes, and photos
By the thousands
A lifetime archive
Worthless to anyone but me.

Pictures of family and friends
Treasured books and music
The mileposts of my life
All will be headed for the trash heap.

Like my father, grandfather, and great grandfather
I'll be another gravestone
In a northern New Hampshire cemetery
And the world will carry on as if nothing had happened.

I have no complaints
I've enjoyed the world and helped it a bit
What would I change if I could do my life over?
Get a thick pad and I'll make a list.

73 Wayne.  We will see you once again on the other side of
the great ethereal abyss.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
remembering the years gone bye.


Wayne Green's longtime associate Daron Libby will be keeping
Dr. Green's on-line blog at
active for the foreseeable future.  If you have a personal
thought that you would like to see added to it please e-mail
it to dhlc (at) Comcast (dot) net.




HySky Technologies Inc. is using High Frequency
communications for an innovative asset tracking and
reporting network.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash,
N5ASH, has the details:


The company whose the Chief Executive Officer is Charles
Maynard,  KJ4PPE, recently gained an FCC license to use 954
H-F channels each 3 kHz wide.  The mobile tracking units
using this spectrum will transmit a maximum of 1 watt
Effective Radiated Power using a small low-efficiency
broadband antenna.  The data will be received by nine
stations located at low-noise sites across the USA which
will then be forward the data to customers.

The signal being transmitted will have a bandwidth of 2800
Hz and an emission designator of 2K80G1D.  The company says
that a military High Frequency waveform will be used and
claims the system will overcome coverage and other problems
associated with traditional tracking devices using cell-
phone or satellite transmission interfaces.

The license issued to HySky reportedly covers up to 10,000
devices operating in the United States, including Hawaii,
Alaska and US territories but word is that this service
could expand worldwide.

Im Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.


More about the company and its rather interesting work is on
the web at (Southgate)



The Massachusetts Institute of Technology reports that
researchers have developed a new design of inflatable
antenna for CubeSats that can fold into a compact space and
then inflate when on-orbit.

Due to their small size CubeSats have up to now been limited
to small monopole or dipole antennas.  Such low gain omni-
directional antennas have in turn restricted CubeSats to Low
Earth Orbits using lower data rates than would be possible
with a large directional antenna array.

But the new inflatable antenna may significantly increase
the communication range of these small satellites, enabling
them to travel much farther in the solar system.   It is
claimed the distance that can be covered by a satellite with
an inflatable antenna array is seven times farther than that
of existing CubeSat communications.

The MIT team, led by Alessandra Babuscia, is part of the
research group of Professor Sara Seager, KB1WTW.  The group
also includes graduate students Mary Knapp, KB1WUA, Benjamin
Corbin, and Mark Van de Loo from MIT, and Rebecca Jensen-
Clem from the California Institute of Technology.



NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, along with Russian
cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryzanskiy are scheduled to
launch September 25 to join their Expedition 37 crewmates
aboard the International Space Station.

Hopkins will be the first member of the 2009 NASA astronaut
class to fly into space. While aboard the ISS, KF5LJG will
install the new Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station Ham Video gear. He has already received pre-flight
training on how to commission the amateur radio digital
video equipment.

Hopkins will join Expedition 37 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin,
RN3FI, and Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano, KF5KDP and Karen
Nyberg.  Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and Parmitano arrived in May
and will return to Earth in November.  (K6LCS)



In DX, DL1YAF is currently on the air stroke VP9 from
Hamilton. Bermuda.  He will be there through September 25th
operating holiday style on CW, SSB and PSK31.  QSL via home
callsign, either direct or via the bureau.

Members of Canada's Association de Radio Amateurs Sept Iles
Inc. will be active as VE2CSI during the CQ World Wide DX
RTTY Contest on September 28th and 29th as a Multi-2 entry.
Operators mentioned are VE2EBK, VE2SG and possibly others.
QSL via M0URX.

DL3JH will be operational from Sri Lanka as 4S7JG until
September 29th.  He is active on the High Frequency bands
only.  QSL via his home call.

Lastly, JI1LET will be active from Chichijima Island in the
Ogasawara chain from October 25th through November 3rd
operating signing JD1BOI.  He will be active on 80 through 6
meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via his home call direct

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally this week, a currently mothballed space
telescope will soon have a new mission in space as we hear
from Newsline's Jeff Clark, K8JAC:


NASA will reactivate a currently unused infrared space
telescope for a three-year mission.  This to search for
potentially dangerous asteroids on a collision course with

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, telescope
also will hunt for targets for a future mission to send a
robotic spacecraft to rendezvous with a small asteroid and
relocate part or all of it into a high orbit around the
moon.  Astronauts would then visit the relocated asteroid
during a test flight of NASA's deep-space Orion capsule
which is slated for launch sometime in 2021.

Launched in December 2009, the WISE telescope spent 13
months scouting for telltale infrared signs of asteroids,
stars, distant galaxies and other celestial objects,
especially those too dim to radiate in visible light.  As
part of its all-sky mapping mission, WISE observed more than
34,000 asteroids in the main asteroid belt between Mars and
Jupiter and another 135 asteroids in orbits that come close
to Earth.  In all, researchers cataloged more than 560
million objects from data radioed back to Earth from the
WISE space telescope.

Im Jeff Clark, K8JAC.


Orion and a heavy-lift rocket called the Space Launch System
which will carry Wise follow-on team on their mission are
scheduled for an unmanned debut test flight sometime in
2017.  (NASA)



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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in South Mississippi, saying 73 and
we thank you for listening.

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