Friday, October 18, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1888 - October 18 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1888 with a release
date of October 18 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Ham radio responds as a major
cyclone hits India and an earthquake hits the Philippines;
the IARU Monitoring Service says that Russia is again
intruding into 15 meters; Sweeden gives its hams access to
472 kilohertz; AMSAT to celebrate 30 years of manned ham
radio in space operations and a bit of early DX history from
down-under.  Hear it all on Amateur Radio NewslineT report
number 1888 coming your way right now.

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Amateur radio operators in India were ready to respond when
cyclone Phailin roared up the Bay of Bengal, carrying winds
of 155 mph at landfall.  But proper planning on the part of
India's emergency services kept casualties to a minimum as
ham radio operators braved the weather to make sure
communications kept flowing.  Amateur Radio Newslines Mark
Abramowicz, NT3V, has the rest of the story:


India's National Institute of Amateur Radio put as many as
200 operators on alert and many of those volunteers came
through and were dispatched as needed once the cyclone hit
Odisha, along the country's eastern coast.

And, news accounts are praising government officials in the
country for acting quickly to evacuate some half-a-million
people living along lowland coastal areas to get them out of
harm's way.

Early accounts put the death toll in the teens.

The storm is believed to be the strongest to hit the region
since 1999 when a tropical storm washed ashore causing 9,000
deaths and extensive damage.

Power is still out in many areas in the wake of this storm.

Radio operators are staying on duty at shelters and other
areas in many of the coastal districts where flood and wind
damage to the infrastructure was the most extensive.

News accounts are reporting many of the mud homes and farms
in the coastal region hit by the storm were destroyed and
roads remain blocked by uprooted trees.

Jay, VU2JAU, was helping to coordinate storm relief activity
on 40 meters, along with a team that included VU2DPI, VU3BHI
and VU2AOR.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V.


During the height of the storm VU2JAU put out a world-wide
request that the frequency of 7 point 145 MHz on 40 meters
be kept clear for disaster communications. As we go to air,
some ham radio emergency communications is reported to still
be ongoing as the clean-up effort in the aftermath of the
cyclone continues.  (IARU R-3, other published news sources)



The Philippine Amateur Radio Association has activated its
Ham Emergency Radio Operators group.  This, following a
Magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit the province of Bohol at
8:12 a.m. local time on Monday, October 14th.

At airtime the death toll stands near 110 and could rise.
Dozens of people are reported as missing, and authorities
were checking into reports of people trapped in collapsed
buildings in both Cebu and Bohol.

Roberto Vicencio is DU1VHY in Mandaluyong City.  He has
passed along word that all radio amateurs are being asked to
keep 7 dot 095 MHz on 40 meters clear until further notice.
This frequency is being used for both damage assessment and
other ongoing relief work.

Meantime, a state of calamity was declared in both the Bohol
and Cebu areas.  This prompted the closure of schools and
other structures until officials can determine the safety of
buildings and bridges.  The initial jolt was followed by two
aftershocks, each measuring more than 5.0 in magnitude.
(PARA, VK3PC, Pacific News)



A bushfire on the Australian coast recently threatened the
historic Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach, on the
northern most point of Sydney.  The New South Wales Rural
Fire Service reports the building sustained some roof damage
but is mostly fine after fire swept through the area.  This
is good news, particularly to the Manly Warringah (PRON: WOR-
RING-A) Radio Society which has activated this lighthouse as
VK2MB in the 2013 International Lighthouse and Lightship
Weekend. (VK3PC)



The IARU Monitoring Service newsletter reports on a possible
Russian military station that has been using the amateur
radio 21 MHz band.  It says that encrypted voice traffic has
been operating on 21000.0 kHz on USB.  Also that the in-band
synchronizing signal was always audible and quite strong.
The transmitter sending out these transmissions is believed
to be located in or near Nizhny Tagil in Russia but its
purpose is unknown.  The newsletter also reports that the
Russian military have also been using other frequencies in
our 7, 14 and 21 MHz bands and have been operating an Over
The Horizon radar between 3500 and 3800 kHz.  (IARUMS, IARU-



Some good news for radio amateurs and other spectrum users
in Sweden.  Hams get a new band and commercial entities are
given limited use of unlicensed devices. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, reports:


As of October 1st Swedish Telecom is permitting that nations
radio amateurs access to the 472 to 479 kHz band.  Like in
some locations the maximum radiated power is one watt as
opposed to the five watts permitted by some nations.

The Swedish Telecom paper also reports that also on the same
date that new rules concerning exemptions from the
requirement for radio transmitters to have an operating
license came into effect.

Most transmitters in Sweden still require a license but for
the sake of simplicity, the telecommunications regulator may
allow exceptions in cases where this is little risk of
interference.  One new exclusion applies to vehicle
communication transmissions in the 63 to 64 GHz band.  Other
exemptions are associated to Radio Frequency Identification
use in the 2446 to 2454 MHz range for sales and inventory

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in
Berwick, Pennsylvania.


All in all it appears to be a win-win decision for everyone.



Twenty-eight months after the European Commission published
a decision aimed harmonizing CB radio across the European
Union, United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom has
announced a consultation on legalizing 27 MHz double
sideband A.M. and Single Sideband transmissions.  Jeremy
Boot, G4NJH, is in Nottingham, in the UK with more:


Ofcom has published proposals to amend current arrangements
for Citizens' Band radio in the UK, to allow the use of a
wider range of transmission standards.

Ofcom is proposing to allow amplitude modulation, double-and
single sideband transmissions on CB radio, which will bring
the UK in line with other European countries.

The consultation will close on 8 November.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeramy Boot, G4NJH, in
Nottingham in the UK.


11 meter CB radio was first introduced into the United
Kingdom around 1972 as an F.M only service.  In the late
1970's James Bryant, G4CLF, who was then the President of
the UK Citizens Band Association, campaigned for the
legalization of AM and SSB operation for use in that
service.  Now some 36 years later it looks as though it may
finally be achieved.  (RSGB)



The IARU has chosen its theme for World Amateur Radio Day,
2014.  Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of the WIA news is here with the


Each year on 18 April is World Amateur Radio Day, which
celebrates the founding of the International Amateur Radio
Union in 1925.  The theme "Amateur Radio: Your Gateway to
Wireless Communications" has been chosen for the day in

In 100 years it has evolved from crude spark-gap technology
to digital signal processing and software-defined radios.

The IARU understands that the date is close to Easter. It
encourages activity earlier or later to gain as much
exposure and publicity as possible for modern and easily
accessed amateur radio.

Only six months to go. Will you be involved?

For the AmateurRadio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of
the WIA News in Australia.


Most if not all of the worlds national ham radio societies
will be taking part in World Amateur Radio Day 2014.  Check
with yours to find out its celebration plans.  (IARU, WIA



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the N7KSO repeater system serving northwest

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I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP with breaking news.

The House and Senate votes on Wednesday, night October 16th
to at least temporarily restore all government operations
until January 15th and permit the US Treasury to extend its
debt ceiling limit through February 7th have passed and been
signed into law by the president.  This means that the FCC
and other government agencies should now be getting back to
work, but that does not mean things will be back as they
were before the partial government shutdown began.

Even though the FCC is technically back in operation, you
have to remember that matters concerning services such as CB
radio, the Mult-Use or MURS Radio Service, GMRS and even
Amateur Radio are going to take a back seat to more
important subjects.  This includes but is not limited to
broadband expansion and broadcast related issues.

While the good news is that the stalemate is over for now,
it could take a bit more time before the FCC takes any
matter under advisement that is important to ham radio such
as several requests for rule making from the ARRL.  And as
you will hear in a few moments, the FCC could even face a
paperwork deluge of monumental proportions in the coming

So for now the two key words are "be patient."



Don't expect miracles in the handling of any matter by the
FCC when the government shutdown ends.  That's
the prediction of attorney Mitchell Lazarus from the law
firm of Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth.

According to Lazarus, everything that would have come due
during the shutdown instead will all be due on the same day.
Not the day the FCC reopens, but the day after that.

And as to filings due on the day of reopening?  They likely
will also be put off till that same - the next day.  As
such, Attorney Lazarus believes that this creates the
possibility of a massive accumulation of filings, including
the last-minute crunch when the electronic databases becomes
accessible and updated again.

The commission said right before the shutdown if its systems
become overwhelmed upon reopening, it will issue further
guidance.  Presumably that includes extending filing
deadlines, but until that happens nobody can be sure.

The bottom line says Lazarus:  "The longer this goes on, the
worse the chaos will be when it ends." (RW,



A follow-up to our recent story about an Indianapolis area
ham who was arrested after authorities say he impersonated a
cop during the funeral of an Indianapolis police officer
killed in the line of duty.  Court documents say that 38
year old Minh van Nguyen, now faces three felony charges
including two counts of impersonation of a public servant
and theft.

Nguyn holds the call sign KB9WDY.  As reported, on the day
of the funeral of officer Rod Bradway, KC9PFW, police say
that Nguyen showed up in police uniform with police patches
and a badge.  Later, when investigators searched Nguyen
home, they recovered among other items, including a 37-
millimeter grenade launcher, a number of assault rifles,
shotguns, handguns and several thousand rounds of
ammunition.  Officials said he also had body armor, several
uniforms belonging to area police agencies and numerous
badges.  This included one that belonged to Indiana State

If tried and convicted, Nguyen faces up to three years in
prison.  And if convictions were to be reported to the FCC's
Enforcement Bureau the regulatory agency could call for a
show cause hearing as to whether Nguyen should be permitted
to retain his Amateur Service license.  But as time has
shown, such an action by the FCC is likely down the road at
least several years.  (Published news reports)



Some unlicensed operators have caught the eye of FCC
Enforcement counsel Laura Smith.   On July 8, Smith warned
James E. Richburg against unlicensed radio operation in the
Amateur Radio bands.  According to Smith it had come to the
FCC's attention that at multiple times in the last several
months Richburg had made radio transmissions in the amateur
bands for which a license is required and that Richburg did
not possess such a permit.

Then in August Smith sent notices to Charles W. Johnson and
Mark W. Althaus, warning them of unlicensed operation on
26.735 MHz.  In this letter Smith underscored that
transmitting outside of authorized frequencies violates
Section 301 of the Communications Act.  As such, this could
lead to the imposition of substantial fines and seizure of
radio equipment as well as possible criminal action up to
and including imprisonment.

In all three cases Smith directed that unauthorized
operation of their  radio station must cease immediately.
She also gave Richburg, Johnson and Althaus 10 days from the
date each received her letters to respond to their
respective warning notices.  Each was instructed to state
what specific actions had been taken to comply with the
FCC's rules.  (FCC, ARRL)



QRP kit supplier Small Wonder Labs is closing its doors
permanently.  According to owner Dave Benson, K1SWL, he is
going into retirement and has discontinued sales of the
popular RockMite.

Benson says that he will ship out the last several dozen
orders shortly and that he will continue to support requests
for missing or replacement RockMite parts from existing
customers, but only over the short term.  He also hopes to
keep the Small Wonder Labs website active for a year, and it
will maintain documentation for his earlier products

However QRP enthusiasts should not despair.  According to
the rumor mill at least one other QRP kit supplier is
interested in taking over supplying the RockMite and there
could be an announcement at any time now.

For more on Dave Benson's future plans please visit on the world-wide-web.
(, others)



National public broadcaster Polish Radio has begun
transmitting in the DAB+ digital audio transmission system.
The Director and Editor-in-Chief of Polish Radio 4 said that
adopting the digital standard enables the it to increase its
coverage area, improve sound quality and disseminate
programming nationwide. (RW)



A rare German Enigma encoding machine used by the Nazis to
send secret messages during the Second World War will go on
sale in the United Kingdom later this month.  The machine,
built in 1944, was part of the German intelligence operation
thwarted by British counter-intelligence working out of
Bletchley Park.

Engima machines were used through the war by the German
military, but this was a later model which sent out even
more heavily encrypted signals than earlier versions.  A
specialist from London auctioneers Bonhams said the
untouched and unrestored device is especially valuable
because it still has many of its original parts, and was not
modified after the war.

The unit comes with an original ebonite plugboard, which
when added to the Engima would swap pairs of letters.  For
example, pressing the F key would send a letter B to be
scrambled at the Enigma's rotors.  This of coarse would
require a matching device at the other end to make sense of
the message.

If you want to own this prize World War 2 relic be prepared
to shell out at least $80,000.  More is on the web at  (Daily Mail)



Apple may be forced to abandon its proprietary 30-pin dock
charger, at least on the other side of the Atlantic, if
European politicians get their way.  This after members of
the European Parliament's Internal Market Committee voted
unanimously for a new law mandating a universal mobile phone

The Member of the European Parliaments want all radio
equipment devices and their accessories, such as chargers,
to be interoperable to cut down on electronic waste.
Germany's Member of the European Parliaments Barbara Weiler
said she wanted to see an end to what she terms as cable

This is not the first attempt to set a standard for
universal phone chargers.  In 2009 the European Commission,
the International Telecommunications Union and leading
mobile phone manufacturers drew up a voluntary agreement
based on the micro USB connector.  However Apple, which sold
nine million units of the iPhone 5s and 5c's in just three
days has not adhered to the agreement despite signing up
with it.



The Bethany Beach Delaware First Responders Triathlon
featured ham radio as one of its key components.  This as
the Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Service provided
communications support to the event.

Twenty amateur radio operators supported the triathlon.
They were located at strategic points throughout the course
of the bike and run events.  The hams radio volunteers
reported through a net control at the Bethany Beach Fire
Station.  Status on the progress of the participants as well
as any emergency or medical needs were routed to the
appropriate authorities using ham radio.

The event which was held back on September 22nd included a 6
tenths of a mile swim, an 1 mile bike and a 4.3 mile run.
More than 800 participants took part.  Planners say that it
was a very successful effort for the first responders as
well as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service communications
team.  The complete story is on the web at  (,



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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A special highlight of this year's AMSAT Space Symposium and
Annual Meeting will be the celebration of the 30th
anniversary of amateur radio involvement in human space
flight.  This as it evolved into a successful program on
board the International Space Station that we all know as
ARISS.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is
in the newsroom with more:


The AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting takes place
November 1st to the 3rd in Houston Texas.  And in
recognition of the 30th anniversary of manned ham radio in
space, a specially invited panel featuring former Astronaut
Owen Garriott, W5LFL, and other key individuals who
initiated this amazing program will take place on Saturday
evening, November 2nd as a part of the symposium's grand

The event will be moderated by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who is
AMSAT Vice President of Human Space Flight.  The
presentation includes not only remarks by Garriott and
others, but also video highlights of amateur radio
participation in the first ever manned ham radio operation
from space as well as several other shuttle flights.

Owen Garriott, W5LFL flew on shuttle flight STS-9 in
November 1983.  He was the first astronaut to utilize
amateur radio to communicate with those on the ground.  This
in turn permitted the general public to speak with a United
States astronaut from space, doing so outside of NASA
communication channels.  Garriott's operation from the space
shuttle Columbia was commemorated in the video "Amateur
Radios Newest Frontier" produced and hosted by the late NBC
newsman Roy Neal, K6DUE.

According to AMSAT, holding this celebration in Houston
makes it all the more special.  This is because it will
permit non-AMSAT personnel and others involved with placing
amateur radio on the space shuttles and later onto the
International Space Station a chance to participate in the

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
looking skyward and remembering where I was when STS-9 flew
overhead here in the City of Angels.


The 31st Annual AMSAT Space Symposium and Annual Meeting
takes place at the Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport.
Details about the symposium and this celebration are on the
web at  (AMSAT - NA)


IDXC 2015

On the air, listen out for special event station II8IDXC to
be active between November 2013 and May 2015.  This
operation is to help publicize the 10th anniversary of
Italy's "International DX Convention" that will be held in
the city of Paestum in April of 2015.  Operations will be on
the High Frequency bands plus 6 meters using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes.  The events QSL manager is IZ8EDJ.  More
information is on the web at  (Southgate)



Members of Turkey's Special Wireless Activity Team have been
active with the special event TC suffix callsigns for some
years now to celebrate the anniversary of the Republic of
Turkey.  This year the celebration runs through October 31st
and the group will be operational as TC90TC through then.
More details will be available on in the coming
days.  (Southgate)



In DX, K4ZIN and N4WDT will be on the air from Sierra Leone
from October 15th to the 22nd using the callsign 9L1JT.  No
operating times or modes were stated.  QSL via K4ZIN.

SM1TDE is currently on the air from Uganda as 5X8A on High
Frequency bands.  No specific modes or operating times
mentioned.  QSL via his home call.

Five operators from Japan will be active from Grenada Island
operating as J34J from November 20th to the 29th.  Their
operation will include the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest.  If
you make contact please QSL via JA1HGY

W9NJY will be active from Curacao from November 19th to the
25th signing stroke PJ2.  He will be operational on 160
through 10 meters on CW only. QSL via WD9DZV either direct
or electronically using Logbook of the World.

JA1FUF and JF1CCH will be on the air from Kiribati from
November 28th to December 4th as T30NK and T30TS.  Listen
out for them on 40 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31.
QSL each operator via his home call.

Lastly, M1AYI will be active from Falkland Islands October
20 through November 19th as VP8DNY.  He plans to be
operational an all of the High Frequency bands  on SSB only.
QSL via his home call.



And finally this week, October marked the beginning of a
celebration in New Zealand of the earliest days of DX.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the


After World War 1 and with the relocation of radio amateurs
to the supposedly useless shorter wavelength bands an
amazing period of radio exploration took place.  Ham radio
operators all over the world soon realized that far from
being useless these wavelengths allowed  communication over
long distances than previously thought.

Amateurs in New Zealand were among those at the forefront of
this activity with the first Zed-L to Australia QSO in April
1923.  This was followed by what were then world record
distance QSO's between New Zealand and Argentina in May
1924, New Zealand and California in September 1924, and
Connecticut on the US east coast just weeks later.  And then
the ultimate early Zed-L DX contact of Frank Bell, Z4AA and
his QSO with Cecil Goyder, G2SZ, in London, England on
October 18 1924.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the record breaking
activities of these early pioneers of Amateur Radio, ZM90DX
will be on the air between October of this year through
October 31st of 2014 on all bands 1.8 MHz to 1.2 GHz and
beyond using all modes.  Activated by the Kiwi DX Group
which is an informal group of DX'ers and contest
enthusiasts, ZM90DX will be used by stations around New
Zealand and a special commemorative QSL card will be
available as well as an award program for contacts with this
nation during this period.

Not only will ZM90DX be active at expected times and on
expected bands, but in the spirit of those early pioneers
the operators will also be calling CQ on bands and in
directions one may not necessarily expect.  This, with the
intention of exploring the boundaries of radio propagation.

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


This will be an unparalleled opportunity for Amateurs all
over the world to work Zed-L while celebrating the exploits
of those early trail blazers whose work paved the way for
radio communications as we know it today.  Further details
can be found on and  (NZART)



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