Friday, November 29, 2013

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1894 - November 29 2013

The following is a QST.  Ham radio relief efforts continue
in the Philippines; the long awaited United Kingdom FUNcube
One ham satellite is now on-orbit; a new 76 Gigahertz record
is set in Great Britain; lots of FCC enforcement action and
the Consumer Electronics Association issues its Annual
Trends to Watch.  Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
NewslineT report number 1894 coming your way right now.

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Even though it's been more than three weeks since Typhoon
Haiyan laid waste to many parts of the Philippines, much of
that nations telecommunications infrastructure is still not
operational.  As such, ham radio operators continue to be a
primary information conduit into and out of those areas
stricken by the storm.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim
Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the latest:


The Philippine-based Ham Emergency Radio Operation or HERO
stations are still at work providing help and communications
after deadly Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda
wreaked its destruction in the central Philippines.

The current official death toll of 5,200 puts the Category-5
storm that landed on November the 8th as the worst typhoon
in the archipelago, with its 314-km/h winds generating storm
surges in coastal villages and devastating main cities.

As previously reported, in anticipation of the arrival of
the super storm the Philippines Amateur Radio Association or
PARA activated its HERO network.  This after having already
faced many storms this year and an earthquake in October.

PARA's Vice Chief Operating Officer is Ramon Anquilan,
DU1UGZ.  He reports that in some areas mobile phone service
is now available, but is patchy and unreliable. The same is
true with electric mains power.  DU1UGZ says that he knew
that amateur radio emergency communications was effective,
and the results saw many tearful moments when local people
were able to get their message through to loved ones

Meantime, HERO stations have worked with the National
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the National
Telecommunications Commission, communities and non-
government organizations.  The frequency of 7 dot 095 MHz
and several others are still in use and PARA thanks the
world's ham radio community for keeping them clear for
emergency traffic.

As we go to air, PARA continues to work closely with
authorities and hopefully obtain increased recognition of
the HERO network.  A very good job continues to be done by a
group of truly dedicated ham radio volunteers.

With much of the information in this report provided by Jim
Linton VK3PC, who is the Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster
Communications Committee, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, reporting
from the South Island in Nelson, New Zealand for the Amateur
Radio Newsline.


It appears as if ham radio assistance in the aftermath of
this killer typhoon will be ongoing for some time to come.



When the FUNcube-1 satellite was first reached orbit its
beacon transmitting just 30 milliwatts.  And in a time
compressed recording, it sounded like this:


Actual FUNcube-1 audio (time compressed)


That was recorded on Fun Cube-1's very first pass over
Croatia by Adam Alicajic, 9A4QV and posted to YouTube not
long after the United Kingdom built ham radio satellite was
declared to be on-orbit.  We removed the long pauses between
telemetry tones and did some noise reduction so you can get
an idea as to what those first signals sounded like.

For its first two orbits FUNcube-1 was in this Safe Mode
with the beacon transmitting low power just of only 30
milliwatts.  The satellite was then commanded into
Educational Mode which increased the power to 300
milliwatts.  This enabled it to be copied on a SSB handheld
with just a whip antenna.

By way of background, a Russian Dnepr launch vehicle carried
FUNcube-1 and 18 other ham radio payloads successfully to
orbit at 07:10 UTC on Thursday, November 21st.
Approximately 8 minutes later, FUNcube-1 was deployed into
orbit.  Soon after the first telemetry was successfully
received, decoded, and uploaded to the FUNcube Data
Warehouse by ZS1LS and ZS6BMN in South Africa.  Needless to
say that there was a huge cheer and the FUNcube-1 Project
team toasted the successful launch.  Soon afterward the new
bird was given the official designation of AMSAT-OSCAR-73
but it's expected to be known as FUNcube-1 by the ham radio

FUNcube-1's telemetry downlink is on 145.935 MHz running in
the BPSK mode.  The control team is encouraging all stations
who may receive the telemetry to record it and upload it to
the Data Warehouse at  More about
the overall Funcube -1 mission and its objectives can be
found on the web at  The full length
unedited audio clip is at
(FUNcube-1, Southgate, YouTube)



Meantime another new hamsat has not been as lucky.  The WREN
microsat team reports that it has had no confirmed reception
of the signal from its Slow Scan TV Pocket Qube satellite
which was launched on November 21st.  The tiny bird is
supposed to be transmitting on 437.405 MHz +/- 10 kHz for
Doppler shift. The length of the beacon is 1.6 seconds and
it is AFSK modulated. The team says that it needs help from
every amateur radio operator and ground station operator it
can get.  More is at and at (Southgate)



Another new United Kingdom distance record of 80 miles has
been achieved on 76 GHz.   This on Saturday November 23rd
with contacts between Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire and
Winter Hill, Lancashire

Operating on three separate millimeter bands of 24, 47 and
76 GHz, were Ian Lamb, G8KQW, and John Hazell, G8ACE, at
Brown Clee Hill.  At the other end of the path at Winter
Hill were Roger Ray,G8CUB, with John Wood G4EAT who was
operating the 76GHz station.

Contacts on all three bands were made using narrow-band FM.
Signals on 76GHz were exchanged for one hour with some QSB.
This likely due to changes in atmospheric conditions along
the path.

This success follows closely on the heels of the previous
distance record that was set by Lamb and Hazell on September
14th with a contact over a 63 point 3 mile path.



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the Twin City Amateur Radio Club net serving
Champaign and Urbanna Illinois.

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The FCC has ordered a ham to pay a $4000 monetary forfeiture
but not for violating any of the Part 97 Amateur Service
rules.  Rather the FCC  says that Glen Rubash, KC0GPV,
operated the unlicensed radio transmitter on 88.3 MHz in the
city of Manhattan, Kansas and Amateur Radio Newsline's Don
Wilbanks, AE5DW, is here with the details:


According to the FCC, on December 5, 2012, the Enforcement
Bureau's Kansas City Office issued a Notice of Apparent
Liability to Monetary Forfeiture in the amount of $15,000 to
Glen Rubash, KC0GPV.  As reflected in the order there was no
mention of any Part 97 violation.  Rather, on September 26
and 27, 2012, agents from the Kansas City Office determined
that an unlicensed radio station was operating from a
detached garage in Manhattan, Kansas.  The agents determined
that Rubash had secured space and operated the unlicensed
radio station.

On September 27, 2012, the FCC says that Rubash admitted
over the telephone to its agents that he installed and owned
the station's radio transmitting equipment.  He also
demonstrated control over the station by stating that he
would refuse to surrender the equipment to the agents from
the Kansas City Office if required to do so.

In his subsequent written response, the regulatory agency
says that Rubash requested cancellation or reduction of the
proposed forfeiture.   The FCC said that even though Rubash
admitted via telephone interview to making the admissions,
he later asserted that his statements were based on
incorrect information.   More specifically, in his written
response he stated that he owned and installed a low power
FM radio transmitter but that it operated within Part 15
unlicensed limits.  He also claimed that it was only able to
reach 300 feet beyond the garage housing the station.  Also
that its purpose was to teach a small group of college and
high school students how to operate a community radio

Rubash want on to say that he attached his transmitter to a
home-built antenna supplied by one of the students.  He
claims no knowledge of the radio transmitter that was in
place when the agents inspected the station on September 27,
2012, because he was absent from the station from late July
until September 29, 2012, due to illness.  He went on to
assert that someone must have replaced the transmitter while
he was recuperating and claims that he should not be held
responsible for unlawful actions which occurred during his
absence.  Finally, as an alternative, Rubash claimed that he
is unable to pay the original forfeiture and requests a

But in denying most of Rubash's requests the FCC said that
it affirmed the Notice of Apparent Liability finding that he
violated Section 301 of the Communications Act by using
equipment without the required Commission authorization.

However based on the financial documents provided by Mr.
Rubash, the FCC said it found sufficient basis to reduce the
forfeiture to $4,000 and that's the amount that he has been
ordered to pay.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW,


As is usual in these matters, Rubash was given the customary
thirty days from the November 21si affirmation of the fine
to pay in full or make arrangements with the FCC to pay on
an installment plan.  If he fails to do one or the other the
matter will be turned over to the Department of Justice for
enforcement of the forfeiture.  (FCC)



The FCC has issued a $15,000 Notice of Apparent Liability
for Forfeiture to Carlton Lewis, of Enid, Oklahoma.  This
for his alleged operation of a Citizens Band radio operator
with an external power amplifier in violation of the
Commissions Part 95 rules.

Back this past May 14th an agent from the Enforcement
Bureau's Dallas Office T-hunted down a strong signal on
27.1850 MHz which is CB Channel 19.  He found it was coming
from Lewis' residence in Enid.  The agent observed an
antenna mounted on the roof of the home and traced a coaxial
cable from the antenna into the residence.

The agent knocked on the door of the residence but no one
answered the door for over 30 minutes.  A person eventually
answered the door and claimed that Mr. Lewis was not at
home.  However a few minutes later Carlton Lewis appeared
and showed the agent his CB transmitter, which was warm to
the touch.

The agent observed that no coaxial cables were connected to
the CB transmitter but also noted the coaxial cable coming
into the residence and traced it to a linear amplifier
hidden behind a sofa.  The linear amplifier was also warm to
the touch.  Lewis did not respond when asked whether he had
used the linear amplifier.

Now in making its determination to issue the $15,000
proposed fine the FCC notes that prior to its May 14, 2013
inspection Lewis CB station that he had been issued two
written warnings from the Dallas Office.  Both advised him
that using a linear amplifier with his CB transmitter voided
his authority to operate.  Also that it violated the
Communications Act and the FCC's Part 95 Rules.

The FCC says that the fact that Mr. Lewis operated overpower
and used a linear amplifier despite being twice warned in
writing that such actions violated the Act and Rules
demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the Commission's
requirements and authority.  As such a proposed fine of
$15,000 is warranted in this case.

Lewis was given the customary 30 days from the November 26th
issuance of the Notice of Apparent Liability to pay or to
file an appeal.  (FCC)



A California company has been dinged $14,000 by the FCC for
making and selling unauthorized radio gear.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details:


The FCC has issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of
fourteen thousand dollars to Custom Interface Technologies,
a Division of Thornstar Corporation, in Joshua Tree,
California.  This for willfully and repeatedly violating
rules against manufacturing and marketing of unauthorized
radio frequency devices in the United States.

Back on November 17, 2011, the Enforcement Bureau's Los
Angeles Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for
Forfeiture for fourteen thousand dollars to Custom Interface
Technologies for manufacturing and marketing uncertified
video assist transmitters.  In response to the proposed fine
Custom Interface Technologies, did not deny the violations,
but requested cancellation of the forfeiture based on its
inability to pay.

However in affirming the forfeiture amount the FCC says
while Custom Interface Technologies did provide the
Commission with three years of tax returns and a bank
statement to support its claim of an inability to pay, after
reviewing of these financial documents that the FCC says
that it declines to reduce the forfeiture amount and that
the $14,000 fine is warranted.

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


Custom Interface Technologies was given the customary 30
days from the November 13th release date of its order
affirming the fine to pay the amount in full.  If it fails
to do so the case may be referred to the U.S. Department of
Justice for enforcement of the forfeiture pursuant to
Section 504(a) of the Communications Act.  (FCC)


1755 TO 1780 MHZ

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and
Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg
Walden, W7EQI, say that they welcome the National
Telecommunications and Information
Administration's endorsement of an important agreement.
This between the Department of Defense and the National
Association of Broadcasters on the relocation of a parcel of
government spectrum to shared use.

The agreement was reached after bipartisan committee
leadership worked with the Department of Defense, the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
and the Federal Communications Commission.  It paves the way
for the Department of Defense to move systems out of the
1755 to 1780 MHz band by creating a sharing arrangement
between it and the broadcast community in the shared use of
the Broadcast Auxiliary Service. This spectrum is used by
news organizations to originate material such as breaking
news stories from outside of studio facilities.  More is on
the web at
(House Energy & Commerce Committee release)



Some names in the news. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has
announced four new members to his Senior Staff.  Those named
are Shannon Gilson, who comes on board as Communications
Director and Head of the Office of Media Relations; Jonathan
Chambers as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and
Policy Analysis; Gary Epstein, as Special Advisor to the
Chairman on Incentive Auctions and John Leibovitz who will
serve as a Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum
Policy. (FCC)



The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of
Fame has announced the induction of the late Ken Pulfer,
VE3PU, and the late Earle Smith, VE6NM, to the Hall of Fame
for 2013 year. The families of the two inductees will be
receiving this award in their loved ones honor in early
2014.  A summary of their contributions to amateur radio
will be published in an upcoming issue of "The Canadian
Amateur" magazine.  (VE7EF)



With you every week, 52 weeks a year since 1977, 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 amateur:

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Kent Hufford, KQ4KK, reports that the International D-STAR
HF Testing Net is continuing in North America with its just
issued winter schedule.  Net sponsors say that they
routinely have two way communications coast to coast, north
to south, and have had two way contacts to Europe and Japan.

The net is on each band only for 5 minutes and will spend
less time if a given band is dead.  The net also may need to
move early or if the frequency is busy.  It's also wise for
D-STAR operators to monitor reflector REF030C to coordinate.

Also, please keep an eye on for the
latest information.  A video demonstration of how all this
comes together is on YouTube at
(KQ4KK, VHF Reflector)



The South African Radio League has put out a call for papers
to be presented at the Radio Technology in Action symposium
or to be included in the symposium CD.  The event is slated
for July of 2014 and if you have a subject that you would
like to present at the Radio Technology in Action please
send a synopsis by not later than December 15th to rta
(at)  Be sure to include your e-mail and other
contact details.  (SARL)



A NASA spacecraft is headed toward Mars where its study of
the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet.  This in the hope of
finding out how what was ione believed to be a warm planet
became what it is today.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeff
Clark, K8JAC, has the details:


The multi million dollar Mars Atmosphere and Volatile
Evolution or Maven mission began its 10-month voyage on
Monday, November 18th atop an Atlas Five launch vehicle from
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the mission spacecraft
deploying 53 minutes after liftoff.  After separating from
the launch rocket, the mission spacecraft successfully set
out its solar arrays with radio telemetry showing that all
systems were reportedly functioning well early in into the
flight.  Maven is expected to arrive at Mars on September
22, 2014 after which it is expected to drop into an
elliptical orbit around the Red Planet flying between 78
miles and 3,900 miles above the planets surface.

Previous missions have found evidence that water once flowed
on the surface of Mars indicating conditions that would have
required a warmer, denser atmosphere than exists today.
Mars now is a cold, dry desert with a very thin atmosphere.
These are conditions under which liquid water would freeze
or evaporate.  Scientists want to know where the water and
gasses from Mars' early, thicker atmosphere went and they
hope that data radioed back from the Mars Atmosphere and
Volatile Evolution mission will provide an answer.

As an aside, maven is a Yiddish term meaning a
trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass
knowledge on to others. It was derived from the Hebrew
language where it related to one who understands, based on
an accumulation of knowledge.  Kind of very apropos name for
this mission into Mars past.

I'm Jeff Clark, K8JAC.


More is on the web at  (NASA,



On the air, keep an ear open for special event station
AU2JCB to be active through December 10th.  This is to
celebrate the 155th anniversary of the birth of Sir
Jagadeesh Chandra Bose.

Activity for this event will be on 80 through 6 meters SSB,
SSTV, PSK and FM.  If higher frequency bands are open,
operations will be on those as well.  The operator will be
VU2DSI.  QSL direct with 2 International Reply Coupons to
VU2DSI at his callbook address.

And as a historical note, Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose is
considered to be India's greatest scientist and inventor.
He is also considered to be India's "Father of Wireless
Communication."  More about his life and his work in
communications and other sciences can be found on   (Via e-mail)



In DX two more operations have been approved by the ARRL
Awards desk for DXCC credit. These are the current 2013
through May 2014 operations of ZS8C and ZS8Z from Prince
Edward and Marion Islands.  If your request for DXCC credit
for these operations has been rejected in an earlier filing,
please contact Bill Moore, NC1L, at ARRL headquarters to be
placed on the list for an update to your record.  His e-mail
is bmoore (at) arrl (dot) org.

And less we forget to mention, Bill notes that two student
hams are expected to join this operation upon completion of
their licensing, which will make it four operators.  NC1L
says that he will update this approval when he has more

SM6JBC and SM6GOR are on the air from Mauritius Island
signing as 3B8JB and 3B8 stroke SM6GOR, respectively.  They
will be there until December 16th. Activity is on 20 through
10 meters operating CW, SSB, PSK31 and PSK63. QSL via their
home callsigns.

F5AHO is operating stroke FR Reunion Island through December
4th.  Activity is on 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using SSB and
the Digital modes. QSL via F5AHO, either direct or via the

F6ICX is active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island and will be
there until December 15th.  Operations are holiday style
using CW, RTTY, and PSK63. QSL via his home callsign.

VK3XPT is operating from Raratonga and neighborinh islands
as E51XPT.  Hes on the air holiday style running only five
watts on 40, 20, and 10 meters. QSL only via his home call.

Lastly, OH6EI, will again show up from Aland Islands a OH0Z
on all bands. No exact dates or operational times were
given.  QSL via W0MM.

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally this week a look into this future.  This as the
Consumer Electronics Association releases the 2014 edition
of "Five Technology Trends to Watch." This is an annual
publication that examines five prominent technology
movements that will influence the consumer electronics
industry in the years ahead. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm
Seeley, KI7UP, takes a look at what lies ahead:


According to a press release, this year's "Five Technology
Trends to Watch" examines key developments from the Internet
to things like driverless cars, digital health care,
robotics to the future of video distribution and

Geared toward industry professionals, the publication
provides in-depth analysis and outlines related issues and
market forecasts for the coming year.  Each section also
explores consumer perspectives, partnerships, key players
and public policy issues.  For example, a chapter titled "A
Hundred Billion Nodes" looks at how the Internet is using
the Web to "learn" consumer habits and needs.

The Consumer Electronics Association Senior Manager of
Business Intelligence is Jack Cutts.  He looks at where the
major auto makers are in testing and refining their
driverless vehicles.  He also expounds on the legal and
social implications of ceding the open road to science in
"On the Road to Driverless Cars."

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Norm Seeley, KI7UP,
watching emerging technology from Scottsdale, Arizona.


The publication was released during a panel discussion at
Consumer Electronics Association Industry Forum in Los
Angeles in October.  (RW)



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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving
holiday from the Amateur Radio Newsline.  And as always, 73
and we thank you for listening.

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