Friday, November 8, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1891 - November 8 2013

Please note that this is an extended Amateur Radio Newsline
and includes three breaks.  Thank you.

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1891 with a release
date of November 8th 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  AMSAT North America celebrates 30
years of manned ham radio in space; all hams in New Zealand
will soon have access to 6 meters; Oregon's Office of
Emergency Management says it needs more ham radio volunteers
and the FCC acts to stop abuse of EAS alert tones.  All this
and more on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1891
coming your way right now.

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The weekend of November 1st to the 3rd was very special for
AMSAT North America.  Not only was it the organizations 31st
Space Symposium and Annual Meeting, but also a very special
celebration of a giant step by ham radio as it crossed into
the final frontier.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the rest of the story:


The weekend gathering in Houston, Texas, marked AMSAT's
celebration of the 30th anniversary of amateur radio
involvement in human space flight.  It also told the story
of its evolution into a successful program on board the
International Space Station which is known as today as

But to tell the story we must step back three decades.  It
was in November of 1982 when then Astronaut Owen Garriott,
W5LFL became the first ham radio operator to use amateur
radio to communicate from a spacecraft in Earth orbit.  It
was also the first time that anyone on mother Earth who held
a ham radio license got to speak with an astronaut on-orbit.
As such it was an event that changed the face of ham radio
forever.  If you weren't there, this is what that first QSO
from space sounded like:


Actual 1st QSO between W5LFL on the space shuttle Columbia
and WA1JFN in Frenchtown, Montana from the video "Amateur
Radio's Newest Frontier."  (Note QSO was time compressed.)


That was shuttle flight STS-9.  From that initial contact
evolved the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment or SAREX
program with its 25 space to schoolroom contacts.  That
later grew into today's ARISS: Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station.  And in an interview on NASA
television, AMSAT's Vice President for Human Spaceflight
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, told NASA Public Affairs Officer Kelly
Humphries just how far the program has come since the ARISS
ham station took to the air:


KA3HDO:  "In 1996 we started the ARISS program; Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station and that program
has been going very well on the space station.  We turned on
the radio system two weeks after Bill McArthur and Sergi
Krikalev got into the module on Space Station and we have
been operating since on all 37 expeditions at this point."


According to Bauer, using ARISS as a way to educate is very
important to everyone involved:


KA3HDO:  "It's all about education.  It's to get students
interested in STEM careers; science, technology, engineering
and math.  We go beyond just inspiring into engaging the
students and educating the students.   Ultimately that's our
goals and objectives of the program."


These days there are about 100 ARISS school contacts made
world-wide every year.  There are also the experiments with
Packet Radio, Fast Scan and Slow Scan television plus the
casual operations from orbit by some licensed crew members.
When added together you come away with a ham radio in space
program that cannot be duplicated by any other all volunteer
radio service.  And now at age 30, manned ham radio in space
is not only alive and vital, but through ARISS, it's going

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


Another part of the celebration was a panel presentation
hosted by KA3HDO and included discussions with retired NASA
Astronaut's Owen Garriott, W5LFL, and Bill McArthur, KC5ACR.

And less we forget, you can see and hear the complete
interview with Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, and NASA's Kelly
Humphries on the web.  It's at

(ARNewsline archive, NASA, AMSAT-NA, ANS)



India's first-ever mission to Mars launched into space on
Tuesday, November 5th.  India's Mars Orbiter
Mission rocketed into space at 09:08 GMT from the Indian
Space Research Organization's Space Centre.  If all goes as
planned it will arrive at the red planet on September  24,
2014, making India the fourth country to successfully
deliver a spacecraft to orbit Mars.  (Space)



With the imminent departure of television transmission from
New Zealand TV channel 1, hams throughout that nation will
have access to the lower Megahertz of 6 meters as we hear
from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF:


The last Channel 1 Television transmitter in New Zealand is
due to close down at the end of November.  And now
telecommunications regulator Radio Spectrum Management has
announced that as of December 6th that hams throughout the
nation will have access from 50 to 51 MHz without needing to
apply for a permit.

The actual allocation which is called a management right
under which the channel 1 television transmitters operated
does not expire until August 2015.  Therefore 50 to 51 MHz
can not appear on the  Amateur General User Radio License
until after this date.

To get around this, Radio Spectrum Management is putting in
place a footnote called license No 4122.  It simply says
that those who hold a New Zealand General Amateur Operators
Certificate of Competency and a callsign issued pursuant to
the Radiocommunications Regulations of 2001 may operate an
amateur radio station under this new grant.  The power limit
will be 1 kilowatt to bring it into line with the power on
the nations General User Radio License for Amateur
Operators.  When the actual Management Right expires on
August 30th of 2015, 50 to 51 MHz will be added to the New
Zealand General User Radio License for Amateur Operators.

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


This long sought after change comes just in time for the
annual New Zealand VHF/UHF and Super High Frequency Field
Day Contest slated for December 7th and 8th, local time.



A recent simulated emergency test in Oregon has pointed out
a need for more ham radio communications volunteers in that

The scenario of the event centered around the simulated
hacking on the electric power grid that in turn cut off both
telephone and internet access.  As such the test planners
had identified amateur radio as the fallback method
of communication.

While the exercise was considered a success, it also pointed
out one of the current vulnerabilities.  That being a lack
of qualified amateur radio operators east of the Cascade
Mountain range.

While the state has about 700 licensed volunteer ham radio
operators to help run the emergency communications system,
most are in Western Oregon.  Morrow, Grant and Jefferson
counties have no volunteers.  Other counties have as few
as 1.  So the bottom line is that more emergency
communications trained amateur radio volunteers are needed
in the eastern part of the state.

More on this story is at
hams.  (OPB)



Some breaking DX news.  Word that JH1AJT and an
international group of 10 other operators will be on air
from Myanmar from November 15th to the 26th.  This will be
the third and final operation for 2013 from X-Z land.  As we
go to air the proposed call sign is X-Zed-1-J and plans are
to set up three to four stations, running 24 hours a day, 7
days a week on 160 through 10 meters.  Modes will likely be
CW, SSB and RTTY with QSL's preferably going via OQRS.
(XZ1J Team)



And word from ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore NC1L,
that several operations have been approved for DXCC credit.
These are Yemen 2013 using the call 7-Oh-2-A and the 2012
and 2013 operations from Afghanistan as T-6-M-H.  Also
approved has been the current T-6-S-M Afghanistan operation
that began on August 14, 2012.

If anyone had this contact rejected in a recent submission,
please send an e-mail to bmoore (at) arrl (dot) org to be
placed on the list for an update to your record.  Please be
sure to note the submission date to help expedite the search
for any given QSO.  And we will have more DX news for you
near the end of this weeks newscast.  (ARRL, OPDX)



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the W0ILO repeater serving Fargo, North Dakota.

(5 sec pause here)



The FCC has issued a violation notice to a Texas business
because it's new lighting is interfering with a cellular
telephone site.  Skeeter Nash is near Houston with more:


It doesn't happen very often but the FCC has issued an
official Citation and Order for violation of Section 15.5(b)
of the Commission's regulations governing what are called
Incidental Radiators.  In this case the recipient is Ronald
Bethany doing business as Perfect Cuts Salon in San Antonio,
Texas, who is being cited for operating incidental radiators
and causing harmful interference to a cellular telephone

This past July 24th the FCC's Houston Office used direction
finding techniques to locate the source of an unknown
transmissions on 705 MHz to the Perfect Cuts Salon.  The
agent confirmed that the interfering signal was coming from
the overhead fluorescent lighting in the salon.

The agent then interviewed Bethany who is the owner of the
salon.  He reportedly stated that representatives of AT&T
had conducted on and off testing of the lighting in the
salon and confirmed that the interior fluorescent fixtures
were the source of interference to a cell site located next
door. Bethany further stated that he had unsuccessfully
asked General Electric, the manufacturer of the fluorescent
lighting, to replace the lighting.

The FCC says that Bethany would not cooperate, so the agent
from the Houston Office was unable to conduct his own on/off
testing of the lighting in the salon. The agent verbally
warned Bethany that he must repair or replace the lighting
fixtures to resolve the interference.

On July 31, the agent spoke by telephone with Bethany, who
stated that the lighting was not causing him any problems
and that he saw no reason to repair or replace them unless
he was paid to do so. The agent reiterated to Bethany that
he must resolve the interference or be in violation of the
FCC's rules. As of the October 25th release date of the
Citation AT&T continues to report receiving interference at
its cell site next door to Mr. Bethany's salon.

Now, based on the evidence it has on hand the FCC has found
that Ronald Bethany is in violation Of Section 15.5(b) of
its Rules by operating incidental radiators and causing
harmful interference.  It has directed him to cease
operation of the incidental radiators immediately.  Or in
simpler terms, it basically told him to turn off the lights
until the interference can be resolved.

From near Houstron Texas, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.


Bethany and Perfect Cuts were given the normal time to
respond and take corrective measures or face further
enforcement action.  (FCC)



Responding to a growing number of consumer complaints that
TV and radio commercials are misusing the Emergency Alert
System or E-A-S sounds the FCC's Enforcement Bureau has
taken action to stop the practice immediately.  This is
according to Robert H. Ratcliffe who is the Acting Chief of
the FCC's Enforcement Bureau.

In a press statement, Ratcliffe said that it is inexcusable
to trivialize the sounds specifically used to notify viewers
of the dangers of an incoming tornado or to alert them to be
on the lookout for a kidnapped child, merely to advertise a
talk show or a clothing store.  This activity not only
undermines the very purpose of a unique set of emergency
alert signals, but is a clear violation of the law.

Caught by FCC Enforcement is Turner Broadcasting.  It has
been issued a $25,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for using
simulated E-A-S tones to promote its Conan O'Brian Show.

The FCC also reached a resolution with MMK License LLC which
owns WNKY - DT in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  In that case the
complaint alleged misuse of a simulated EAS Attention Signal
in an advertisement for "The Fan Wear and More Store."
Settling that case cost MMK a $39,000 voluntary contribution
to the U.S. Treasury in the form of a Consent Decree.

The Enforcement Bureau has also issued an advisory to
address growing concern about the misuse of these sounds to
capture audience attention during advertisements and at
other times when there is no emergency or scheduled E-A-S
test.  The warning reemphasizes the wide-ranging and long-
standing ban on such abuses and the potential for sanctions
in the case of violations.  More on this E-A-S enforcement
action is on the web in PDF format at
misuse-eas-tones.  (FCC)



The FCC has fined Glenn S. Yamada, of Kenai, Alaska, $500
for what the agency terms as his willful and repeated
operation of a non certificated Class D CB transmitter and a
linear amplifier.  This in direct violation of its Part 95
Citizens Radio Service rules.

On July 18, 2012, the Enforcement Bureau's Anchorage
Resident Agent Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability
in the amount of $12,500 to Yamada for operating a non-
certificated CB transmitter with a radio frequency linear
amplifier which voided his authority to operate his CB
station.   In response to that notice, Yamada did not deny
the violations, but stated that he had not intend to violate
the Communications Act or the FCC Rules and that he is
unable to pay that high an amount.  He also provided the
necessary documentation to prove his claim.

In issuing its final ruling on October 30th, the FCC said
that based on financial documents Yamada provided that it
found there is sufficient basis to reduce the fine to $500.
And as is customary, it gave Yamada 30 days to pay the
amount in full or to arrange making full payment over time
under an installment plan.  If he fails to do one or the
other the case can be turned over to the Department of
Justice for further enforcement action.  The complete text
of the Forfeiture Order is on the web in P-D-F format at  (FCC)



The FCC affirmed an earlier decision to fine Hong Kong based
Richfield Electronics $18,000 for marketing wireless radio
gear in the United States that does not comply with its
technical and labeling requirements.

Richfield received FCC certification for its 106.7 to 107.9
Whole House FM Transmitter in 2002, but later modified it to
improve sound quality.  The modification made it
noncompliant with the FCC's rules.  The Enforcement Bureau
originally proposed the penalty in 2009.

In its response to the proposed fine, Richfield told the FCC
it didn't know exactly how many of the noncompliant devices
the company had shipped to the United States, but conceded
it had shipped at least 2,500 transmitters that had the
modified antenna. The FCC believes the number of
noncompliant devices made and sold was significantly higher
than Richfield acknowledges.

Richfield asked for the fine to be cancelled, alleging that
TAW asked Richfield to make the devices based on that
company's designs and therefore TAW and not Richfield was
responsible for violating the FCC's rules.  However the
commission says Richfield did manufacturer and market
unauthorized FM transmitters in the U.S.

Richfield also asked for the fine to be cancelled because it
was unfamiliar with the FCC's labeling requirements.  The
FCC says lack of knowledge of its rules does not let a
company off the hook and the agency upheld the fine.  (FCC)



The FCC has released its AM revitalization proposal as a
Notice of Proposed Rule Making in MB Docket 13-249.  Its
contents include an exclusive FM translator filing window
for AM stations, changes in community of license coverage
standards, the end of the so called AM "ratchet rule," wider
implementation of modulation-dependent carrier level control
standards, and changes in AM antenna efficiency standards.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, has the


The FCC revitalization plan has many facets.  The proposed
translator filing window would allow AM stations one chance
at a single FM translator within the stations AM daytime
signal coverage contour.  It would be permanently linked to
the AM so that it may only be sold or transferred with the
underlying AM license and not by itself.

The change in community of license coverage would reduce the
requirement from 100% daytime and 80% nightime to 50%
daytime and night coverage within the 60 dBu contour.  This
is the same as it is for noncommercial educational FM

The proposal would also do away with the so-called "ratchet
rule."  This is the nighttime skywave protection requirement
that result in new stations or those moving their
transmitter sites having to reduce power or go directional
and thereby reducing their nighttime coverage.  It would
also alter the minimum efficiency standard for AM antennas
by reducing the existing minimum effective field strength

The notice also opens the door for new proposals to help AM
stations that include the use of modulation dependent
carrier level control.  This is a system similar to the old
controlled carrier AM techniques used by hams back in the
1950's and 1960's.  It's a system where carrier level
increases with modulation level, but now on a far more
technically advanced level than was available in the old
days of ham radio.  Experiments have shown a significant
reduction in energy costs with no loss in intelligibility or
area of coverage using this modulation technique.

The bottom line appears to be that the FCC wants AM radio to
grow and prosper.  The only question is whether these
proposed changes are enough to make that happen,

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


Comments on MB Docket 13-249 are due 60 days after
publication in the Federal Register, with replies due 90
days after publication.  You can read the entire proposal on-
line at (FCC, RW, others)



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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Newly confirmed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced
several staff and other appointments.  Ruth Milkman will be
his chief of staff.  She is currently Chief of the FCC's
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and has worked as special
counsel to the chairman for innovation in government.  She's
former deputy chief of the International and Common Carrier
Bureaus and was senior legal advisor to Chairman Reed Hundt.

Philip Verveer has been named senior counselor to the
Chairman.  He is former United States coordinator for
international communications and information policy at the
State Department, and practiced communications and antitrust
law for 35 years.  At the FCC he was chief of the Cable
Television Bureau, the Broadcast Bureau and the Common
Carrier Bureau.

Gigi B. Sohn joins as Wheeler's special counsel for external
affairs.  Since 2001 she has been president and CEO of
Public Knowledge, an "open Internet" advocacy organization.
More recently co-chair of the board of directors of the
Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group.

Diane Cornell was named the chairman's special counsel.  She
was Vice President  for government affairs at Inmarsat and
also the Vice President of regulatory policy at CTIA, The
Wireless Association.  Her FCC background includes working
as a legal advisor to three commissioners, chief of staff of
the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and division chief in
the International and Common Carrier Bureaus. Others include
Daniel Alvarezwho was named a legal advisor to the chairman,
Deborah Ridley who was named confidential assistant to the
chairman, and Sagar Doshi as special assistant.

Also named to the commission staff are Jon Sallet will serve
as interim director of the Technology Transitions Policy
Task Force and will become acting general counsel when
General Counsel Sean Lev departs in the near future.  Jon
Wilkins was named acting managing director and advisor to
the chairman for management with Roger Sherman becomes
acting chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. It
is the latter that oversees matters affecting Amateur Radio
at the FCC.  (FCC Press release)



The Quarter Century Wireless Association's Board of
Directors has announced the appointment of John Johnston,
W3BE, to fill the Director vacancy of Val Erwin, W5PUT.

Johnston has been licensed for 59 years and resides in
Derwood, Maryland   He is a Life Member of the QCWA, and a
member of QCWA Chapters 20, 91, 45 and 222.  Johnston is a
past QCWA Director, Vice-President and President.  He is
also the contributing editor of 'The Rules & Regs Digest'
for the QCWA Journal.

In his professional career, W3BE served for 26 years with
the Federal Communications Commission carrying out
regulatory duties with the Office of Engineering and with
the series of bureaus administering the private radio
services.  Some of the positions he held included Deputy
Chief of the Spectrum Management Task Force and Chief of the
Amateur and Citizens Division.  Johnston also authors the
Rules and Regs column for Worldradio Online magazine.



Art Bell, W6OBB, who only recently returned to broadcasting,
has departed from Sirius/XM Satellite radio after only about
a month and a half on the air.  According to a posting on
his website credited to, his reasons for
leaving boiled down to three main items:

First is a claim that the SiriusXM's web player is
notoriously unreliable, causing a loss of subscribers and a
degraded listening experience for those who remain listening
online.   Second is that for a "caller driven" show, the
caller pool is just too small and lastly that international
listeners have no legitimate way to hear the show.

According to, Bell will continue his show on
the web.  As of late on November 6th he was already testing

For more information simply go to
siriusxm.  At the very end of the posting is a link to the news article.  (,,
Huffington Post)



UB4UAD reports that the Slow Scan Television experiment on
the International Space Station was active on 145.8 MHz FM
on October 28th and 29th.  He also says that on October 31st
that SSTV images were to be transmitted from the ISS showing
photographs of the life and work of the first Russian
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.  SSTV pictures received by Pete
Sipple, M0PSX can be seen at
(UB4AUD, Southgate)



E22ICQ has posted a video on YouTube that shows the problem
of interference to the Amateur Satellite Service allocations
taking place in Thailand.  Terrestrial users are making
signals from the ham radio satellites into tiny heterodynes
or signals that are totally inaudible.  Take a listen:


Actual terrestrial signals interfering with weak satellite


The video shows that terrestrial usage of frequencies
reserved for the Amateur Satellite communications such as
145.800 to 146.000 MHz can result in the satellite
transmissions being totally blocked and rendered useless.
You can see and hear the E-22-I-C-Q recording and spectrum
display photos of the interference at
thailand.  (Southgate)



Serving you 52 weeks a year, every year since the mid
1970's, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the
world from our only official website at
and we will be right back.

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A miniaturized wireless pacemaker that can be inserted into
the body without invasive surgery has been given approval
for use in the European Union.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Heather Embee, KB3TZD, reports:


Developed in the United States by the company Nanostim, the
tiny device is less than 10% of the size of a conventional
pacemaker, uses a built-in battery and is designed to be
implanted intravenously directly in the heart.

Conventional pacemakers require a patient be subject to a
surgical procedure so that a pocket can be created in the
body to house the pacemaker and associated wiring.  Such
wires are regarded as the component of pacemakers most
likely to fail.

By contrast the Nanostim pacemaker is inserted via a
catheter inserted through a vein leading to the heart.  It
has a built-in battery that is expected to last between nine
and thirteen years.  Eliminating the need for wires lowers
the risk of infection or malfunction and means that patients
are not restricted in the amount of activity they do, the
firm behind the device claims.

Currently more than four million people around the world
have some sort of cardiac rhythm device with an additional
700,000 people getting one each year.  The new pacemaker
design has yet to receive full United States  Food and Drug
Administration approval.

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


More on this story is on the web at



Intel's Galileo open-source computer can now be ordered and
is scheduled to ship at the end of November. Online retailer
Mouser Electronics is the first to take orders for the

The Galileo computer is an unenclosed circuit board that's a
little larger than a credit card, and uses Intel's extremely
low-power Quark processor.

Though higher priced, the Intel board is being called a
competitor to the popular Raspberry Pi open-source PC.  Both
are targeted at the community of makers and hackers who
design computing devices ranging from robots and health
monitors to home media centers and PC's.  Galileo is also
expected to become a welcome addition in ham radio
development circles as well.  (Southgate)



If you are hearing this before Sunday, November 10th, then
listen out on 20 meters for station KP4AO.  This as part of
the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Arecibo
Observatory in Puerto Rico.

The operation will be on the air from 1300 until 2000 UTC
around 14.250 Mhz.  A commemorative certificate will be
available for those who make contacts with KP4AO.  QSL to
Arecibo Observatory Radio Club, HC03, PO Box 53995, Arecibo,
Puerto Rico, 00612.  The special event is sponsored by the
Caribbean Amateur Radio Group and the Arecibo Observatory
Radio Club.  (WP3GW)



In DX, JF1OCQ will be active as 5W7X from Apia, which is the
capital of Samoa, between November 7th and the 14th.
Operations will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW and SSB.
QSL via JF1OCQ, either direct or by the bureau.  E-mail
requests for Bureau QSLs can be sent to jf1ocq (at) arrl
(dot) net

F4FET will be active stroke as 3A from Monaco on November
11th and 12th.  His operation will be on 40through 10 meters
using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the

IK7JWX has informed the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that his
DXpedition to the Island of Zanzibar scheduled for April of
2014 is has been cancelled.  The reasons given are technical
and logistical constraints.

members of the DX Friends will be on the air from an Andres
Island as 5J0R until November 10th.  Activity was slated for
160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via EA5RM
direct. More is on the web at dxfriends dot

EA4ATI says that he will be in Kenya for a couple more years
and will be active stroke 5Z4.  He is using a Cobwebb
antenna with a small amplifier and is active on
30/20/17/15/10 meters. His QSL Manager is EA4YK.

JA8BMK will be operational as 9N7BM from Kathmandu and
Nagalkot in Nepal between November 8th and the 28th.
Activity will be holiday style on all HF bands and he says
that he will try to work the United States on 160 and 80
meters if vertical antennas can be put up.  QSL via JA8BMK,
direct or via the bureau.

Lastly, 8P9IU, 8P9TA and 8P9BJ will be on the air from
Barbados between December 9th and the 16th.  Their main
activity will be the ARRL 10 meter Contest on December 14th
and 15th using the call 8P8T.  Prior to the contest,
operators will be using their own callsigns.  QSL via KI1U.

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally this week, in the not to distant future airline
passengers may not have to turn off all electronic devices
prior to takeoff and landing in a commercial jetliner, but
anything that has the capability of radiating any RF power
will still fall under the current ban.  That includes any
form of ham radio gear as we hear from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Stephen Kinford, N8WB:


Under a new set of new FAA guidelines passengers on domestic
U.S. flights will be permitted to read, work and listen to
music from gate to gate.   But they still will not be
permitted to talk on their cellphones, directly browse the
Internet or use any form of two-way radio through the
flight.  Internet connectivity will only be permitted on
aircraft equipped to provide such a service, usually at a
fee.  For ham radio operators it means the ban on the use of
a hand-helds or other gear operating on any band will
continue just as the rules are now.

Currently airline passengers are required to turn off their
smartphones, laptops, and other devices once a plane's door
closes. They're not supposed to use them again until the
planes reach 10,000 feet and the captain gives the go-ahead.
Passengers are then supposed to turn their devices off again
as the plane descends through 10,000 feet to land and not
restart them until it is on the ground or at the arrival

Under the new guidelines, airlines whose planes are properly
shielded from electronic interference may allow passengers
to use the devices during takeoffs, landings and taxiing.
The FAA says that most new airliners and other planes that
have been modified so that passengers can use airline
supplied WiFi at higher altitudes are expected to meet the
criteria.  However to use electronics that normally radiate
an RF signal, that feature must be disabled unless
instructed otherwise on aircraft with airline supplied WiFi

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
in Wadsworth, Ohio.


The bottom line is that while most passengers with certain
devices will be able to enjoy some relaxation in the rules
regarding their use, ham radio operators and users of any
other two way radio gear will continue to face a complete
ban from operating such devices from boarding a flight to
disembarking from it.  (Published news reports)



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