• Amateur Radio Newsline (C)

    From Daryl Stout@618:250/1 to All on Fri Jul 3 08:43:39 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the N2JDW repeater
    in New York City, on Mondays at 8 p.m. local time, just before the New
    York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service net.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The September issue of CQ magazine will feature the
    debut column of CQ's new Contesting Editor, Tim Shoppa, N3QE. The
    magazine has named him as the successor to Dave Siddall K3ZJ, who
    wrote the monthly contesting column for the magazine for five years.
    According to a CQ press release, Dave has stepped down, to tend to
    increasing work responsibilities.

    Tim, who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is secretary of the Potomac
    Valley Radio Club, is an active and seasoned contester, and a top
    winner consistently, in the USA Tri-Bander/Wires category of the
    CQ WPX contests. He said in the press release that he hopes his column
    will provide encouragement for individuals and clubs, and inspire them
    to improve their skills and stations through contesting. Tim has been
    licensed since the age of 10.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In our occasional series Nets of Note, Newsline visits
    with groups of hams who share a special bond or interest. This week,
    that common thread is the BBC and broadcasting - and Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    has the story.

    JEREMY: It doesn't require too much effort for BBC professionals to get
    on the air, especially if these are broadcast professionals, who also
    happen to be hams. So you can expect the BBC Broadcasters Net to offer
    some pretty lively chat. Retirees, as well as those currently working
    as engineers and broadcasters, join Giles Herbert, G0NXA, on Tuesdays
    at 0900 British Summer Time, on or near 3.700 MHz. Giles, a former
    engineer, whose parents also worked for the BBC, told Newsline that the
    monthly net has become a weekly one, since the start of the COVID-19 restrictions. Now, he's hoping it will expand beyond its BBC connections,
    and include people who have worked in the British Independent TV Sector,
    and Cinema as well.

    He said that with the roster growing, new voices and new stories are
    heard every week. There are no YLs yet among the group of cameramen,
    studio electricians, sound operators, engineers, and researchers, but,
    he is hopeful. He said one of the more familiar voices is that of Jim
    Lee, G4AEH, who is also heard reading the news on BBC Radio 4.

    It isn't all shop talk, Giles said. The net also takes some lively turns
    toward the subject of life after retirement, and of course, current events.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you want to know how to attract more young hams to
    amateur radio, you have to ask the experts. The experts, in this case,
    are the young people themselves. That's the rationale behind a youth
    essay contest, launched by the Intrepid-DX Group. Organizers are asking
    U.S. licensees age 19 or younger, to write a two-page essay about their personal ham radio goals, and their thoughts on attracting more young
    amateurs. Author of the best essay will receive an ICOM IC-7300.
    Deadline for entries is July 31st, and winners will be announced on the
    DX group's website, and Facebook page, on August 10th. Entries should
    be sent in text format, or as an MS Word attachment, to intrepiddxgroup
    at gmail dot com (intrepiddxgroup@gmail.com)




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Publicity can be magical, and when it comes to ham
    radio, it's great magic. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us how one amateur
    in the UK, used newspaper publicity to boost ham radio's profile,
    during the pandemic.

    JEREMY: Have you ever wished your local community understood more about
    amateur radio? Well, why not do what one enterprising ham did, and
    contact your regional newspaper? Phil, G4OBK, lives in the North of
    England, out in a country area, and he contacted the Rydale Gazette
    Herald, and let them know about what radio amateurs are doing during
    the COVID-19 lockdown, giving them as reference an article from the
    national society, the RSGB, but also offered to add to it with local

    The newspaper jumped at the offer, and the result can be seen at the
    newspaper reference given in our newscast notes on our website


    https://www.gazetteherald.co.uk/news/18518331.radio-enthusiast-making- waves-nearly-40-years/ }

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    Perhaps a benefit from the publicity may be an easier time for amateurs
    in the area applying for planning permission for new antenna masts when
    the community understands more what amateur radio is?

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/1 to All on Fri Jul 10 09:09:26 2020

    JIM/ANCHOR: Although Amateur Radio Newsline typically doesn't run birth announcements, this one's a little different. We are happy to report the
    birth of a new call sign, K2LCW, granted recently to the Kids LICW Club.
    The club's very young members have been learning Morse Code from the Long Island CW Club in New York, an especially welcome activity during the
    long quarantine. The Long Island CW Club - also known as W2LCW - is the
    proud parent, and according to instructor Robb, K2MZ, is now in search of
    a suitable logo. According to the Long Island CW Club website, since their launch earlier this year, the kids' classes have attracted students from
    31 U.S. states, and four countries.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WB5ITT repeater
    of the Triangle Repeater Association in Houston, Texas, on Mondays at 7:30



    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams in one West Virginia county have been busy preparing for disaster, whenever it comes. Jack Parker, W8ISH, has the details.

    JACK: West Virginia is getting a new amateur radio emergency network. Hams
    in the Morgan County region have formed the Morgan County Amateur Radio Emergency Service as a way of providing backup to first responders, and
    other service organizations, in times of crisis in the isolated rural area. According to an article in the Morgan Messenger, the group is expected to supplement official communications among police, firefighters, EMA units,
    and 911 operators.

    The effort is being coordinated by John Petersen, WQ0J, his group of 60
    or so amateurs believe the new network will be a plus for emergency
    response in the eastern panhandle county, where some communities are cut
    off from the mainstream by a mountain.

    Tyler Murphy, of the Morgan County Rescue Squad, told the website that emergency responders welcome the addition of the ARES group, particularly
    if the mainframe system fails, phones are out, and the squad's radios
    aren't working.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.


    JIM/ANCHOR: John told Newsline that 23 hams turned up at the organizing
    meeting last month, and the next session will be at the end of July. We're looking forward to watching this life-saving effort grow.



    JIM/ANCHOR: A leading amateur radio operator in the UK has become the new coordinator of electromagnetic compatibility concerns at the International Amateur Radio Union. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: Martin Sach, G8KDF, has been named global Electromagnetic
    Compatibility Coordinator for the IARU, according to a posting on the
    website of the Radio Society of Great Britain. Martin succeeds Tore Worren, LA9QL, of Norway, who has served as coordinator since 2017.

    Martin has been the RSGB's liaison to the IARU on electromagnetic
    compatibility issues. Last year, he received the Wortley-Talbot Trophy
    from RSGB president Dave Wilson, M0OBW, for his efforts in developing
    software that could identify VDSL2 interference.

    The EMC coordinator is responsible for seeing that international standards bodies take radio amateurs' needs into consideration in their actions, particularly with respect to unwanted interference. The coordinator deals
    with such bodies as the CISPR, the International Special Committee on
    Radio Interference, and the ITU, along with numerous regional
    telecommunication organisations. Martin will have the assistance of experts
    on the subject who are volunteering their time and insights.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    (RSGB, IARU)
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/1 to All on Fri Jul 17 11:44:16 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the W2GSB repeater
    in Lindenhurst, New York, and WR2UHF, in Farmingville, New York -- both
    on Mondays at 8 pm, after the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club Info Net.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: In New Zealand, low-power operators are getting ready for
    their next event, which is high power only in its level of excitement.
    Here's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, with the details.

    JIM: Three years after a group of six low-power operators was first
    organised in New Zealand, more than 100 members of the New Zealand
    QRPers Group are now familiar faces on the hiking trails, and at
    campsites around the country. Organiser Wayne Jacobsen, ZL2OZ, believes
    that group members can achieve more with less, in their portable
    operations. He encourages participation in the weekly 80m QRP Net on
    Thursday evenings, and fosters enthusiasm for the various awards the
    group presents. They include the Parks Award, the Pacific Islands Award,
    and the Offshore Islands Award. Members are now getting ready for their
    next big monthly "Go QRP Night," which will be held on the 25th of July, starting at 8pm local time. Wayne himself takes the concept of doing
    more with less quite seriously: Although he often uses an FT817, he told Newsline his favourite rig is a very small 'QRPver 1v3', 80m monobander.
    He operates it with an End fed half wave antenna, with a ZM-2 QRP ATU,
    and three lithium ion rechargeable batteries. He told Newsline: [quote]
    "All that gear fits nicely into a less-than-1-square foot by 4-inch thick
    bag, and weighs less than 2 pounds." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Will a ham radio transponder end up on the European Moon
    Lander now under development? Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about one
    such proposal.

    ED: The European Space Agency has received a proposal from
    AMSAT-Deutschland to include an amateur radio transponder, known as
    LunaART, on board the Large European Lander, now under development
    for a moon mission. AMSAT-DL says that inclusion of the LunaART
    platform, would permit additional radio science experimentation
    globally, on amateur radio frequencies, and provide a backup
    communications option during a crisis, or when the ESA network is
    busy. The goal would be for the LunaART, and its payloads, to interact
    with international AMSAT groups, as well as schools, and STEM
    organisations around the world.

    In its formal proposal to the ESA, AMSAT-DL writes: [QUOTE] "Such a
    challenging project will certainly motivate especially the next
    generation to achieve personal goals in education, science, engineering,
    and beyond." [ENDQUOTE)

    The European moon lander is currently under development by ESA engineers,
    and is envisioned as a multi-purpose project, ranging from supplying
    cargo, to supporting further human exploration of the moon's surface.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Just a reminder that there are two virtual ham expos coming
    up fast on the calendar. As previously reported on Newsline, the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, will be held on the 8th and 9th of August, and U.S. hams
    who register by July 24th, will be eligible for early bird prizes. This
    free 48-hour event was organized by the QSO Today podcast, hosted weekly
    by Eric Guth, 4Z1UG. Details are available at qsotodayhamexpo dot com. (qsotodayhamexpo.com)

    For those who can't wait until August, a virtual hamfest and DX Academy
    will also be held on Saturday, July 25th, hosted by DX Engineering.
    Hamfest speakers will touch on such topics as public service, youth in
    amateur radio and satellites. The DX Academy will be held in the
    afternoon, and will include a discussion of the recent DXpedition to
    Pitcairn Island. Details are available about this free event on the DX Engineering website.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: A ham radio operator with a long history in commercial radio
    in New England, and Washington, D.C., has become a Silent Key. Jim Damron, N8TMW, tells us about him.

    JIM: A Florida amateur radio operator, who also enjoyed a long career in broadcast radio and journalism, has become a Silent Key. Michael John
    Calhoun, KI4KIC, started as a disc jockey at two Vermont radio stations,
    while still a student in high school and college, but eventually, broke
    into news reporting at other stations in the state. He served as press secretary to Senator Patrick Leahy in 1978, becoming part of the campaign
    that led to Leahy's re-election in 1980. He moved to Washington, D.C.,
    where he became a reporter, and then a news director at WRC radio there.

    He combined print and broadcast journalism with radio station management
    in subsequent jobs, but in his spare moments, he enjoyed amateur radio,
    and held a General Class license. Michael was also an experienced sailor,
    and once he retired from broadcasting, he became a volunteer trainer for
    the American Red Cross.

    Michael, who died on July 8th, was 68.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/1 to All on Thu Jul 23 22:53:42 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A valued longtime member of the Long Island Mobile
    Amateur Radio Club, Bill Capitman (CAP IT MIN), WB2CUK, has become a
    Silent Key. Bill was a valued member of the New York group, and was
    perhaps most well-known for his leadership for three decades of the
    weekly Swap-n-Shop on Thursday nights on the club's repeater. Licensed
    since 1964, he was also a familiar face at regional hamfests, in and
    around New York, where he and his wife, Gail, KA2RYE, also a Silent Key,
    were known to be fixtures. Until 2002, the couple were also regular
    visitors to Dayton Hamvention.

    Bill had been challenged by a variety of physical problems, which kept
    him bedridden for some time, according to members of the club. He
    became a Silent key on Sunday, July 19th, at the age of 74.

    The club has also suffered a second loss: Harry Schrader, WB2H, who was
    a past board member, and had served as vice president. In addition to
    LIMARC as his amateur radio family, he leaves behind his wife, Diane,
    N2DMS, daughter Heidi, KC2GRL, and son Christopher, KC2GRM.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Perhaps one of the very few benefits to emerge out of
    the global crisis with COVID-19 is - more hams! Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    tells us about all the new licenses in the UK.

    JEREMY: Lockdown has been so favourable for amateur radio in the UK
    that, at the latest count, in the last three months, more than one
    thousand new licensees have taken their examinations online, and
    passed, according to the Radio Society of Great Britain.

    As the number of licensed radio operators now begins to exceed 75,000,
    the RSGB is taking special pride in the newcomers, who have worked hard
    for their achievement, in spite of the restrictions of the pandemic.

    To celebrate their success, and to inspire others, it has created a
    new web page sharing their stories, as part of the society's campaign,
    "Get on the Air to Care." One of the newest Foundation licensees is a 10-year-old boy, living on England's north west coast. You can find the
    link on the society website at rsgb.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, and Robert
    Behnken, KE5GGX, the NASA astronauts who completed the 300th spacewalk
    by U.S. astronauts, on Tuesday, July 21st, working outside the
    International Space Station, on a station system upgrade.

    The five-and-a-half-hour task, involved various upgrades to the space
    station's power system. For those of us back here on Earth, the event
    was covered by NASA Television.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Even if you're not in Australia, the latest free
    electronic magazine published for amateurs there, might be of interest
    to you too. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us about it.

    JIM: When a ham sends "QTC" it means "I have a message for you." With
    that very Q-Code, the Radio Amateur Society of Australia, launched its
    first issue of QTC, the organisation's free magazine, which is readable
    as an e-Zine online. The magazine's move to a full e-Zine platform means
    that the PDF of the Winter Edition is readable from a browser from a
    computer, a tablet, or even a smartphone.

    The 25-page issue includes articles on how to kill QRM at the home
    station, and an array of tips for avid DXers.

    Find a link to the July/August issue in the printed version of this
    week's Newsline script on our website arnewsline.org

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    [for print only, do not read: https://online.fliphtml5.com/tpcis/warq/]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There will be changes when the Great Lakes Division of
    the ARRL holds its next election. Phil Thomas, W8RMJ, tells us more.

    PHIL: After serving for the past six years, Tom Delaney, W8WTD, ARRL
    Great Lakes Division vice director, has announced that he will not
    run for re-election.

    W8WTD, in a short statement, released on Sunday, July the 19th, stated
    that it had been a privilege to serve as vice director for the Great
    Lakes Division of the ARRL. Tom Delaney went on to say that he remains committed to the ARRL, and its goals for amateur radio. W8WTD, in
    closing, said that he thanks all who have shown him the support and encouragement over the past six years.

    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Phil Thomas, W8RMJ.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/1 to All on Thu Jul 30 22:16:05 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K7MMA repeater
    in Spokane, Washington, on Fridays at 5 p.m. local Pacific time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Australian call signs are undergoing some changes. John
    Williams, VK4JJW, tells us what they are.

    JOHN: The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made some administrative changes to call signs, which the authority says is
    designed to give more flexibility, and options to amateurs who are being
    given a more active role in managing their own call signs.

    All licenced hams will have the ability to obtain a three-letter call
    sign. This change removes the association between the call sign suffixes
    and amateur qualifications, whether the licence is for foundation,
    standard, or advanced level. The result is that a ham can now have a
    call sign to last their lifetime. This includes any moves the amateur
    may make from one state or territory to another - a change that formerly required a change in call sign.

    The changes are also designed to make access to digital modes easier for foundation licensees. The foundation call sign structure has not been compatible with all modes of digital operation.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    JIM/ANCHOR: The European Data Relay System just got a bit of a boost
    with a new satellite in its network. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: Almost a year after its launch, a second European Data Relay
    System satellite has become operational, on a laser communication
    network, that speeds the data flow between Earth-observing-satellites
    and Earth itself.

    The EDRS-C satellite, launched on August 6th, 2019, has entered full
    service after a user-commissioning review, and joins the network's
    first satellite EDRS-A. It is in geostationary orbit, about 36,000
    kilometers, or more than 22,000 miles, above the Earth.

    The two EDRS satellites are part of the EU's Copernicus program, and
    join two other Sentinel satellites, that assist in the transmission
    of images and other data gleaned from monitoring vegetation, waterways,
    and soil. The satellites can also be used to relay data in emergency situations.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: They're calling it MESAT1, and it's going to become the
    first CubeSat produced in the U.S. state of Maine. The University of
    Maine Wireless Sensing Laboratory has signed an agreement with AMSAT
    for the construction of the small satellite. It will carry an amateur
    radio payload, along with a variety of science payloads. The launch is
    still about three years away, and will take place under NASA's CubeSat
    Launch Initiative. Amateurs around the world are expected to be able to
    make use of MESAT1, once it is commissioned. It will carry a VHF/UHF
    telemetry beacon, command receiver, and linear transponder.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Aug 7 09:03:49 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you're between the ages of 15 and 25, and live in the
    Americas, start thinking about getting on the air at camp next summer.
    Jack Parker, W8ISH, explains.

    JACK: Although the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled plans for the first Youth
    on the Air Camp in the Americas this past June, young amateur radio
    operators can look forward to July of 2021. Organizers have announced
    that campers from North, Central, and South America, will be able to
    attend camp sessions that have been rescheduled for July 11th through
    16th next year. The activities will take place in West Chester Township
    in Ohio, at the National Voice of America museum of Broadcasting.

    Early registration is being granted for campers who had been accepted to
    this year's camp. Once that is complete, new registrants will be permitted
    to sign up. The camp can accommodate as many as 30 youngsters. Licensed amateurs who are 15 through 25 years of age will get on the air during a week-long special event station.

    This year, a virtual YOTA Day was held on Zoom, and streamed on YouTube
    in place of this year's on-site camp. The day's activities can be viewed
    on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel.

    For more details about next year's camp, visit YouthOnTheAir dot org (YouthOnTheAir.org) or write to camp director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, using
    the email director at youthontheair dot org (director@youthontheair.org)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The youthful love of amateur radio grows up and matures, but
    for many of us, it doesn't go away - at any age. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITF,
    tells us about one very special new licensee, whose love dates back to
    World War II.

    RALPH: The first time Bryan Knight got his amateur radio license, he was
    11 years old. The world was living under the shadow of World War II, when Bryan, who was growing up in the UK, became the proud holder of a "G3"
    call sign.

    Now a retired aerospace engineer, Bryan just got a new call sign again -
    this time after testing with the Bledsoe County Amateur Radio Club in Tennessee, where he lives. On July 11th, he earned his General Class
    ticket at age 93.

    The Bledsoe County Club was celebrating its first anniversary, when Bryan stopped by Field Day in June. His fate was sealed: in July, he sat for his exam.

    Now he's back on the air as KO4FHG. It's not his first U.S. call sign. A veteran of the Royal Air Force, he moved to the U.S,. and after gaining citizenship, got his license as a young man. But - as he told Newsline
    recently -- life happens and licenses lapse.

    Well, no more: KO4FHG is back to ragchewing on the local repeaters, and
    is getting ready to return to HF. He's also polishing his CW.

    Andrew Albertson, KN4CTG, club trustee, and a founding member, told
    Newsline: "This is what we got into it for, to promote the hobby, and
    bring back some of the life into the hobby."

    At 93 years of age, Bryan couldn't agree more about great new beginnings.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: A popular net with an easygoing roundtable format has gone
    QRT, as we hear from Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    ANDY: It was called the Millennium Net, but in its formative years, it
    was The Net on Six, because that was the band where it began. On
    Wednesday evenings, hams gathered there to toss around topics ranging
    from music to astronomy to, of course, ham radio.

    The Millennium Net would have been scheduled to meet again on Aug. 19,
    but there will be no more check-ins for the group. The net has gone QRT.

    The one-hour net, which more recently moved to EchoLink instead, grew
    in popularity with its casual roundtable format. Then a few years ago,
    one of its founders, Mike Thurlow, NJ2BA, became a Silent Key. The net
    went silent, too. Net cofounder Gary Wilt, N2NJY, decided to revive it
    after a few weeks', but by 2019, the lack of check-ins and a general
    weariness had pretty much sealed its fate.

    There is, however, a legacy the net leaves behind. Longtime net member
    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ, said one evening's discussion on the net inspired
    his creation of a comprehensive reference list of about 150 nets, split
    between D-STAR, EchoLink, and other linked nets. That list is still
    available by writing wx4qz at arrl dot net. This net, however, has run
    its course.

    Daryl told Newsline "while the net is no more, the memories will live
    on forever."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline,I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Aug 14 12:26:02 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Whether you're a big station or a little station, get
    ready for a contest later this year, that's about to level the playing
    field. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, has those details.

    PAUL: Now this is a first: It's being called the Fox Mike Hotel -
    Portable Operations Challenge, and this contest is making its debut
    this year, by posing one question: "Can the Super Station contester
    best the Little Pistol portable operator?"

    October may seem like a long way off but it's not - and that means the
    question will be answered on October 3rd and 4th, the weekend of the
    challenge, which uses scoring methods to level the operating field for
    both portable and home based stations. Organizers compare it to golf,
    which uses handicapping to equalize players facing different courses
    and different challenges. The scoring metric uses the distance-per-power
    value with multipliers for portable operations and transmission mode.

    Frank Howell, K4FMH, created the concept based on his own portable ops
    team's contest participation competing against bigger stations. The
    challenge's sponsors are the South African Amateur Radio League, the UK
    DX Foundation, the ARRL's National Contesting Journal, and the Hellenic
    Amateur Radio Association of Australia.

    For more details, visit foxmikehotel dot com slash challenge (foxmikehotel.com/challenge). No golf clubs required, but participants
    will need to be "on-the-ball" in October.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the U.S., the White House has pulled its nomination
    of an FCC commissioner, who has served on the panel since 2013. Here's
    Heather Embee, KB3 T Zed Dee, with the details.

    HEATHER: The White House has withdrawn its nomination of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, who has served on the panel since 2013. O'Rielly has
    been praised by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (PIE), for his work on issues related
    to the 3.5 GHz spectrum and related policies.

    O'Rielly, who was first appointed to the panel by President Barack Obama, recently spoke out against President Donald Trump for an executive order
    that would limit social media companies' liability protections. Trump did
    not give any reason for his withdrawal of the nomination, but according
    to various published reports, the White House and others on the political
    right have said that social media's practice of moderating content is
    biased against conservative views.

    Before his nomination was withdrawn, O'Rielly, who like Trump is
    Republican, would have faced Senate confirmation for a term that ended
    in 2024.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: As challenging as this year has been for many of us, if
    you're an enthusiast of Summits on the Air, or SOTA, things are always
    looking up. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about an upcoming activity weekend specifically for amateurs in the southeast of England.

    ED: If you've never operated from a summit before - and especially if you
    have - you might want to put your hiking shoes on during the weekend of
    August 22nd and 23rd, and head to one of 15 summits in the southern
    England region. That's the area from Wiltshire in the west, to Kent in the
    east and south, to the Isle of Wight and the South Downs.

    The organisers, Tim Price, G4YBU, and Richard Perzyna, G8ITB, have
    suggested these two days - which coincide with the ILLW weekend, be
    considered an activity weekend for SOTA activators.

    Individual operators are free to choose whatever bands and modes they
    please, but organisers are hoping there will also be 2-metre activations
    among the more typical HF activity.

    If this is to be your first activation, it might prove useful to visit www.sotadata.org.uk , where there are resources to guide you on
    recommended routes, available parking and other details.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Aug 28 16:45:19 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Potomac
    Highlands Amateur Radio Club's N8VAA repeater, in Moorefield, West
    Virginia, on Mondays, at 8 p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: A prominent New Jersey radio amateur has been chosen as the
    new chief executive officer of the ARRL. David Minster, NA2AA, of Wayne,
    New Jersey, was chosen by the league's board of directors to succeed
    interim CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY. A CW operator and seasoned contester,
    David also belongs to AMSAT, the Straight Key Century Club, the Frankford
    Radio Club, and the North American QRP CW Club. His tenure begins
    September 28th.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Jeanette Epps, KF5QNU, who will be making
    her first space flight next year, as part of the Boeing Starliner-1
    mission to the International Space Station. She will join a six-month expedition that includes two other hams - Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, and
    Josh Cassada, KI5CRH, who were both chosen for the mission in 2018. This
    is to be the first operational crewed flight of Starliner. The mission
    will be the first as well for John Cassada, but it will be the third for Sunita Willliams, who has been on two previous expeditions to the ISS.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In Indianapolis, hams went the distance recently to keep up
    the excitement for an iconic 500-mile auto race, as Jack Parker, W8ISH,
    tells us.

    JACK: While the Indianapolis 500 mile race ran without fans in the stands, thousands of amateur radio operators from around the world were still able
    to reach out, and touch history in the making.

    During the week prior to the 104th running of the Indy 500, members of the W9IMS special event station, ran their own 7-day marathon to log contacts
    in honor of the 500-mile race.

    Due to COVID-19 concerns, the race was moved from Memorial Day weekend to August 23rd, to allow pandemic issues to run its course. Track officials
    had to ban fan participation at the last minute, and only allowed race
    crews and officials, inside the two and a half mile oval. That didn't deter
    the W9IMS special event club. Despite poor band conditions, they
    successfully operated for seven days, taking check-ins on most of the HF bands. The 500-mile race stats are not in yet, but the crew reported over 5,200 contacts for the first two races earlier in the spring.

    W9IMS normally operates three weeks of special event stations, starting in May, with the Indy Grand Prix, then the Indy 500, and then in July for the Brickyard 400.

    This year, every station who contacted W9IMS for all three races, will
    receive a special certificate or QSL card. Check out the details on the
    W9IMS, QRZ page.

    Reporting from Indianapolis, for Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Jack
    Parker, W8ISH.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Who says ham radio operators don't know how to recycle creatively? The Shy-Wy Amateur Radio Club had reserved the special event
    call sign W7Y for the Wyoming ARRL Section Convention the club was
    scheduled to host in Cheyenne -- but the pandemic prompted the
    convention's cancellation.

    The call sign, however, is going to be as active as ever. It's been repurposed. Be listening on various bands, and in various modes, including digital and satellite, for W7Y between September 6th and September 15th.
    The club is calling this its "Come and Get Wyoming" event. All logs will
    be uploaded to Logbook of the World, and there are additional details on
    the special event page on QRZ.com

    Meanwhile, the club is also putting out a special request to any and all Wyoming amateur radio operators to please join them on the air. Contact shywyevents at gmail dot com (shywyevents@gmail.com) and ask to be put
    on the schedule.

    Remember, you'll have 10 days to get Wyoming in your logbook, just in
    case you need it for that Worked All States Award. Come and get it!

    (R.J. BRAGG WY7AA)
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Aug 20 23:11:48 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K4EX repeater in Dade City, Florida, on Tuesdays, after the 7pm



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Although there have been some changes in the guidelines
    for participants, entrants are operating from 43 countries during the
    23rd International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on the 22nd and 23rd
    of August. Organizer Kevin, VK2CE, reports that despite the changes
    in venue in many instances, radio operators can expect to benefit
    from some flexibility regarding use of the special event call signs
    associated with the annual event. If a lighthouse or lightship has
    been shut due to COVID-19 restrictions, stations are expected to
    inform their contacts that the operators are not at the lightouse,
    but in proximity to it, or within line-of-sight if that is the case.

    Kevin writes: [quote]: "Participation from home or club rooms is
    encouraged, even if it is only to offer support for those who have
    made the effort to set up at, or near a lighthouse. Hopefully, 2021
    will see some kind of normality return to the planet." [endquote]
    He was pleased to report, however, that the number of participants
    is far greater than had been anticipated under the circumstances.

    We'll report more about this event later in the newscast in our
    World of DX segment.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: An Illinois amateur radio operator, and a former longtime
    Boy Scout leader, has pleaded guilty to trafficking in child
    pornography. Milton Forsberg, K9QZI, had been indicted on the charges
    in November of 2019. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Urbana,
    Illinois, and under a plea agreement worked out between his attorney
    and the assistant U.S. attorney, the 80-year-old man will serve a
    prison sentence of six and a half years, and pay a special assessment
    of $10,200.

    According to published reports, Forsberg had been affiliated for more
    than 40 years with the Boy Scouts. The case against him opened, and
    grew after police received charges in September of 2019, saying that
    he had sexually abused a 13-year-old boy in 1965.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The FCC will be permitted to exempt wireless carriers from
    $2 billion in fees, despite a challenge by numerous cities around the
    U.S. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, brings us those details.

    STEPHEN: A United States Court of Appeals judge has declared that the
    Federal Communications Commission can pre-empt an estimated $2 billion
    in local fees that would have been imposed on wireless carriers, and
    their 5G networks. Dozens of cities went to court to try and block a
    previous vote by the FCC, that favored such carriers as AT&T, T-Mobile,
    and Verizon. Major cities around the U.S. sued the FCC following that
    vote, but the recent decision by the Court of Appeals in the 9th Circuit upholds most of the FCC's actions. Judges did overturn part of the
    agency's ruling, that sought to restrict what cities and towns can
    impose on the carriers, regarding the aesthetics of their setups.

    The cities losing the case included Washington, D.C., Boston, New York
    City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, along with Portland,
    Oregon, and Austin, Texas.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Online is the place to be, it seems, if you're looking to
    breathe new life into your old ham club - and one group in California
    is trying to make that happen. Here's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

    RALPH: There's a long history behind the Palisades Amateur Radio Club
    in southern California, but it looks like recent history has got in
    the way of much of the club's activities - as it has for most anything amateur-radio related these days.

    Once among the largest clubs in the region during the 1960s and 1970s,
    the Palisades Amateur Radio Club of Culver City was home to more than
    300 hams in the region.

    Now the club is saying "welcome home" - not just to current members,
    but anyone anywhere who may have ever been a member. The club is
    rejuvenating its membership and activity - this time on the weekends
    on the Zoom platform - and is inviting all radio operators with ties
    to the club, to please join them. The details are available from Dick
    McKay, K6VGP, at his email address Dick at McKay dot org (Dick@McKay.org)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 4 02:22:09 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K6TZ repeater, in Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesdays at
    7pm Pacific Time.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Now here's a challenging homework assignment some
    young hams might just be impatient to get started on. Neil Rapp,
    WB9VPG, explains.

    NEIL: The start of the school year heralds the beginning of CTE
    Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge from the United States
    Department of Education, asking students to design and build CubeSat prototypes. The multi-phase exercise is designed to help students
    develop technical skills for careers in the space research industry,
    and related fields. Schools are being asked to form teams, and develop
    a mission proposal, which needs to be submitted no later than October
    16th. Teams should submit their information online, with school
    information, project proposal, details about the team, and a
    description of the learning outcomes expected. For support, students
    and teachers can refer to the CubeSat resource hub on the challenge

    Phase 2 of the challenge runs from January to May 2021, and as many as
    five finalists will be chosen from the first phase to participate in
    next year's activities. Finalists will each receive a portion of the
    $25,000 cash prize pool, and a variety of kits used in satellite
    development, along with related hardware and software.

    Up for the challenge? Visit ctemissioncubesat dot com. That's
    ctemissioncubesat - that's one word! - dot com. (ctemissioncubesat.com)
    A virtual information session was held online on September 1st, but
    there are more details online. Recognizing the difficult conditions
    under which schools must operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, the
    department says it acknowledges schools' needs for flexibility in this collaborative effort.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Austria, radio amateurs are preparing for a big
    Field Day event, that will include a display of some of their favorite equipment. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has that story.

    ED: Some amateurs in Austria are going ahead with their plans for a
    Field Day on Saturday, the 12th of September. Amateur Radio Club
    Gmunden will be hosting their event in Vochdorf, and expect to be on
    the air starting at 10am local time. Hams wanting to be a part of
    the event are asked to let the club know, by contacting Alfred, OE5CTL,
    for pre-planning details. His address is S E N (dot) A (dot) brunbauer
    (at) A O N (dot) AT (sen.a.brunbauer@aon.at).

    According to the club website, the Field Day will also be an opportunity
    for radio enthusiasts to have their radio equipment on display, ranging
    from home-brew transceivers to mobile antennas.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the UK, hams are on the air, giving a history lesson
    about the Battle of Britain, which was 80 years ago this month. Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: September is under way, and so is a special event station,
    GB80BOB, marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It's
    on the air until the 28th of the month, with hams from the Royal Air
    Force Amateur Radio Society, commemorating the conflict that took place
    between July and October of 1940.

    The activation will include operation on the 15th of September, which
    in 1940, was proclaimed Battle of Britain Day, and marks the RAF
    Fighter Command's victory over the German Luftwaffe.

    Because COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect, radio operators
    will be on the air from their homes, thanks to Ofcom relaxing its rules
    around special event station locations. Visit the Royal Air Force
    Amateur Radio Society website, for a complete list of operators, and
    the postcode locations from which they are operating. The website is
    located at rafars dot org. (rafars.org)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 10 22:41:18 2020

    JIM/ANCHOR: In the UK, an amateur radio group for blind veterans
    isn't letting the HF's noise get in the way of their regular net.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: When increasing noise began disrupting their mornings four
    days a week on 80 metres, the Blind Vets UK Amateur Radio Society
    didn't go QRT: Instead, they got creative and found a new mode they
    could add as an alternative. Encouraged by longstanding member Doc
    G4ZJO, the group secured the help of the North West Fusion Group, one
    of the UK's biggest clubs. The Fusion Group, which maintains a
    network of repeaters and gateways, set up and began hosting a Yaesu
    System Fusion reflector for use by the blind amateurs. According to
    Douggie, G7CDA, one of the Fusion Group administrators, a WiresX room
    is now bridged to the YSF reflector around the clock. He said the
    network has become a busy place, where Doc chairs the regular 10 a.m.
    daily nets. Douggie told Newsline that the WiresX Room is being used increasingly by both blind and sighted hams, as well as members and non-members of the Blind Vets UK organisation. It's growing, he said,
    "at some rate of knots."

    Don't worry, there is plenty of room for even more hams to join in.
    WiresX Room 44222 is called BLIND-VETS NWFG, and the reflector is YSF
    number 42233 which is called GB-BLIND-VETS. The North West Fusion
    Group also has a presence in the United States and at least one
    gateway there is usually connected to the group network.

    Douggie told Newsline: "Anyone can call in the network or join the
    nets where they will be made most welcome."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: In the U.S., the popular net known as the All Things
    Digital After Net is on the move. It's staying on Reflector 58 B, but
    will now meet at 6 p.m. Central Time in the U.S. on Tuesdays. The
    change is being made to accommodate a work-schedule conflict. The net
    control is El Erby, K4DJL. All hams with an interest in any digital
    radio mode are welcome to check in.




    JIM/ANCHOR: After several months of delays in testing, South Africa
    has finally welcomed some new hams to the bands. John Williams,
    VK4JJW, tells us about them.

    JOHN: Congratulations to the 119 new amateur radio operators in South
    Africa. The new hams have successfully completed the recent Radio
    Amateurs Exam, a 60-question test held for the Class A licence on the
    29th of August, following a delay from May as a result of the

    Relaying the details given by Noel Hammond ZR6DX, the South African
    Radio League said that 124 tests were given at 27 exam centres under
    special COVID-19 protocols that included holding a morning and an
    afternoon session.

    The 119 successful candidates have since been emailed the results.
    Before taking the written test, the candidates were required to
    complete a Practical Operating Assessment and evaluated by two HF
    Assessors, carefully done in accordance with pandemic restrictions.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    JIM/ANCHOR: There are many conventional ways to promote amateur
    radio: workshops, hamfests, YouTube videos and of course Elmering.
    But how about a ham radio channel on the Roku digital media player?
    Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, tells us about one ham who's making it happen.

    SKEETER: As the administrator and creator of Ozark Digital, a digital
    ham radio network based in Arkansas, Curtis, N9INK, is always looking
    for ways hams can expand their reach. Hoping to promote the hobby
    across generations - and even geography - through creative TV
    programming, he has secured a channel on the Roku streaming TV
    player. The noncommercial channel is called Amateur Radio Today, and
    Curtis is looking to provide viewers with free content - ultimately
    around the clock - on anything and everything amateur radio-related.

    Curtis told Newsline that what he needs now are more programs. He has
    a few pre-recorded videos already up there to get things started, but
    he is hoping to fill the schedule of the Amateur Radio Today channel
    with how-to videos, interviews, discussions, and maybe - down the
    line - a live feed from a DXpedition, whenever that may be
    technically possible.

    Subject matter can range from digital operation and hotspots, to boat
    anchors. There are, of course, technical requirements. Videos should
    be in high-definition MP4 format. All content must be reviewed by him
    first. He said that live feeds are also possible, but will be carried
    with a three-minute delay.

    Curtis said his goal isn't just to provide ham radio programming, but
    to help provide the hobby with a future filled with enthusiastic,
    inquisitive amateurs.

    Amateurs interested in providing content should write him at

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 17 22:10:39 2020
    BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
    Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including
    the K7ECI repeater in Mountain Home, Idaho, on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: One of the newest clubs in the UK has never gathered its
    members for a meeting - and that's apparently just fine with
    everyone, as we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: It's no secret that virtual amateur radio clubs work. In the
    UK, Essex Ham has been successfully doing this since 2011. Now
    they've got some company, largely as a product of the COVID-19
    pandemic. The Online Amateur Radio Community Club came into being
    this past spring following discussions between Francis Hennigan,
    M0UKF, and four or five other hams.

    Francis tells the club's story on YouTube in an interview with Callum McCormick, M0MCX, noting that the need for a virtual club became
    apparent to him in March when he volunteered to assist with remote invigilation of licence exams.

    The Online Amateur Radio Club evolved from there. Although it is
    predominantly a UK-focused club, membership is not necessarily
    limited geographically. Francis told Callum that the club, which has
    about 130 members, is hoping especially to reach into the community
    of younger hams. Weekly nets are already being held on the digital
    modes, including DMR, D-STAR, Echolink, and Fusion.

    He said there are no fees, because there are no costs. Even though
    the club is only a few months old, organisers are already setting up
    a ‘buddy system’ to support new members. The club begins its
    intermediate level training course on the 28th September.

    For more details about the Online Amateur Radio Community Club, visit
    their Twitter feed, which is, “@M0OUK.”

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Check-in opportunities have expanded for the Blind Hams
    Digital Net which has added a network bridge - and a whole lot more.
    Jack Parker, W8ISH, gives us the details.

    JACK: The Blind Hams DMR Net had a quiet beginning but now its voices
    are everywhere. On that first day - April 7, 2018 -- only three
    amateurs checked in. The net was simply an idea that grew out of an
    online discussion hams were having on a mail server but it was soon
    to grow to be even more.

    It is now known as the Blind Hams Digital Net, and has an
    international reach with an average of 50 check-ins, a group that
    sometimes climbs to 76. The establishment of the Blind Hams Network
    Bridge gave more room to grow, and there are now eight nets on the
    bridge. The hams also have a presence on Brandmeister TalkGroup
    31679. Thanks to Patrick KE4DYI, the connections support DMR, D-STAR,
    Fusion, AllStar, EchoLink, Peanut, and Wires-X.

    More recently, the group added a YouTube channel that includes a
    roundtable discussion called "CQ Blind Hams," and a podcast of the
    same name has also been created.

    The blind hams group has a strong advocacy voice off the air as well.
    Roger Clark, VK3KYY, and a team of programmers pressed for the use of
    open GD77 firmware and programming software to make a Radioddity HT
    more easily programmable by blind users. In Germany, Ian, DJ0HF,
    created MP3 tutorials, and PDF files to guide users.

    No radio? No problem! Even without a radio, hams can still be part of
    the action. Hams who are not on the air can join via the Peanut
    smartphone App, or just listen to the chatter using their Alexa
    device, or they can stream audio from the bridge using their

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: In our occasional series Nets of Note, shining a
    spotlight on nets of particular interest, Newsline looks this week at
    one net that functions as a digital helping hand to demystify the
    various modes. It's called the Hotspot, Pi, SBC, and Zoom Net. Hams
    check in on Mondays at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the QuadNet Array.

    The net was created as the Raspberry Pi Net to assist with setup and operation, using Single Board Computers like the popular Raspberry
    Pi. Daryl, WX4QZ, and Steven, KC9SIO, are serving temporarily as net
    control stations, standing in for Ted VE7LEE. It's all about
    camaraderie, communications, and of course, questions and answers.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 24 22:27:48 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: When it comes to predicting coronal mass ejections,
    occasionally it's better NOT to be a scientist. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    tells us why.

    JEREMY: Citizen science has proven invaluable to researchers at the
    University of Reading in their search for a more accurate way to
    forecast coronal mass ejections. Thousands of volunteer participants
    in the Stormwatch citizen science project have been sending
    researchers their observations about previous CME images captured by
    special wide-angle cameras on spacecraft since the project began in
    2010. The scientists then combined these observations with their own forecasting methods, making use of the additional information.

    According to an article in Science Daily, this model increased
    accuracy of solar storm predictions by 20%, supporting researchers'
    theory that the inclusion of imaging cameras on future space weather monitoring missions by ESA and NASA would be beneficial. The team also
    found that forecasts' uncertainty was reduced by 15 percent as a
    result of the volunteers' input which provided a better sense of the trajectory and shape of the solar storm.

    The results of the study were originally published in AGU Advances.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: What are you doing on Sunday nights? Try slowing down!
    Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, explains.

    KEVIN: The K1USN Radio Club doesn't believe good things should be
    rushed - not even contests. That's why their new slow-speed CW contest
    - known as the SST - will go at as leisurely a pace as radio operators
    need it to be. Based on feedback from its inaugural one-hour event
    held on September 13th, the contest is being held every week at 0000
    to 0100 UTC Mondays, which in the United States takes place from 8
    p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Sundays. According to the club website,
    the leisurely pace also allows for friendly greetings between
    operators and not just a hasty exchange of information.

    The nonprofit club comprises civilian radio enthusiasts, as well as
    former and active members of the military. The contest is designed to
    be especially welcoming to those who are new at CW.

    For more details visit triple w dot kay one you ess en dot com

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: There is a new resource in Australia for licensees who
    have more questions than answers right now. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, picks
    up the story from here.

    JIM: Newcomers have more questions than answers when they first get
    their licence to get on the air and clubs can't be everywhere,
    offering the one-on-one support most newbies need. The Radio Amateur
    Society of Australia has made an online collection of knowledge-based
    articles available to newcomers, hoping it will help fill the support
    gap many of them encounter.

    The free resource is called the Amateur Radio Tech Support Service,
    and it offers detailed information on how to set up a station, how to understand what kind of antenna you may need, DXing, complying with regulations and of course dealing with interference. There is also an
    online guidebook for newcomers called "Welcome to Amateur Radio."

    The website notes that the service is presently in the pilot stage and
    if it proves successful, it may be expanded. Look for the link to this
    tech support service in the printed version of this script on our
    website, arnewsline.org

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Oct 2 00:39:37 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, if you were awaiting the scheduled launch
    of the latest two Chinese Amateur Radio satellites, it looks like
    you'll be waiting until spring of next year. CAMSAT, the Chinese
    Amateur Satellite Group, has announced that CAS-7A has been postponed
    until May and CAS-5A won't launch until June. The delay is the latest
    in a series for CAS-7A.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: This month you'll get an opportunity to operate by
    phone - but it's not what you think. Jack Parker, W8ISH, explains.

    JACK: It pays to be an amateur radio operator who has also worked for
    one of the telephone-related businesses in the United States. These
    hams get to operate phone while celebrating phones. On Monday, the
    19th of October, the Telephone Pioneer QSO Party will be getting on
    the air for eight hours, beginning at 1800 UTC for their 56th annual

    You don't need to be affiliated with any of the phone companies to
    score a contact. Operators will be using all modes, including the
    digital modes. In fact, for the first hour, the only contacts
    happening will be on FT-8, with that hour reserved exclusively for
    this digital mode.

    For more details, visit the website tpqso dot com (tpqso.com). Whether
    you once worked for the phone company - or still do - and even if you
    never have, listen for someone calling QRZ and with any luck, you
    won't hear a pileup or a busy signal.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In LaCrosse, Wisconsin, one ham club was inviting
    everyone to "get on the bus" by rolling out their new emcomm unit.
    Here's Dave Parks, WB8ODF, with that report.

    DAVE: When does an open house party become an open BUS party? When the location is a new mobile communications unit for a ham radio group and
    the vehicle happens to be a bus. The Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Association, W9MVA, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin welcomed visitors to its
    new shack on wheels, which serves as an emergency communications unit.
    It also functions as a kind of school bus because it demonstrates
    radio technology to youngsters.

    Although the mobile unit was active in June when some of the hams
    participated in Field Day, it received hams and other visitors
    formally during its more low-key public rollout at the open house held
    by the club on Saturday September 26th.

    The custom-made bus has UHF, VHF and HF beam antennas, as well as
    dipoles and can also operate in conjunction with two portable antenna

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.




    In the World of DX, Adrien, F4IHM, is using the call sign 5U4IHM, from
    Niger where he is on a mission assignment. He will be mainly on 40 and
    20 metres, using CW and FT8. Send QSLs to his home call, direct or via
    the REF Bureau.

    From Kuwait, be listening for Abdallah, 9K2GS, who will use the call
    sign 9K2K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest on October 24th and 25th.
    Send QSLs to EC6DX or by LoTW.

    Listen for the special event call sign EN100LT, being used by hams in
    Ukraine to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kharkiv Theater for
    Children and Youth. The special event began in September, and will
    continue until March 31st of 2021. Send QSLs to UT5LU. There is an
    award available. For details see QR Zed.com

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Oct 9 08:48:37 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K2ADA repeater
    in Ocala, Florida, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Newly licensed hams in the UK are finding videos to be an increasingly valuable tool in shack lately. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more
    on that story.

    JEREMY: The Radio Society of Great Britain is taking amateur radio back to basics in the hopes of helping beginners. The society has produced a six-
    part series of videos for the thousands of new Foundation licence-holders
    who were successfully tested via remote invigilation but were not required
    to take practical assessments.

    That's where the videos come in with their practical advice and a look at
    how to do things, hands-on.

    Amateurs such as Rob, M0VFC, Bob, G0FGX, and Dan, M0WUT, take the
    beginners through the basics of setting up a station, and making that
    first contact on FM and on SSB. Other videos show how to adjust an
    antenna's length for the lowest SWR and how to use an antenna matching
    unit or tuner. Another video introduces the digital modes.

    For hams who would prefer to view all the basics in one sitting, the
    society has also produced a full 30-minute video highlighting all six
    skills. All the videos can be seen at rsgb.org/foundation-practicals.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: There's something to be said for proximity. The planet Mars is approximately 38.59 million miles from Earth, according to NASA, its
    closest approach until 2035. That means NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
    is close by too - relatively speaking. The orbiter, which flies just 274
    km, or 170 miles, above the surface of the planet, communicates with Deep Space Network antennas on the earth via radio. Recently, however Scott
    Tilley, VE7TIL, reported he picked up its signal too, using a 60 cm dish
    in his backyard in British Columbia.

    Tilley, who is also a satellite radio enthusiast who hunts lost "zombie" satellites and spy satellites, is calling it a close encounter of the best kind.




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you find yourself feeling a bit like royalty when you're in your shack, consider the king of Thailand. He *is* royalty - and now he's feeling like an amateur radio operator - because he is one! Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, has that story.

    JASON: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, officially known as King Rama
    X, received his crown in May of 2019. Now he's also got an amateur radio callsign. On the air, His Majesty is known as HS10A.

    At a ceremony held recently in Bangkok in the Dusit Palace, the king
    received donations of an ICOM IC-7300 transceiver for HF and an Icom-9700
    for VHF/UHF. He also received a variety of antennas and other equipment
    for the royal shack.

    The advanced class licence and the callsign became his on Sept. 24 at a ceremony attended by the nation's communications regulator, the NBTC Secretariat, represented by General Sukit Khamasundara, and the Radio
    Amateur Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the
    King, led by its president, Jakkree Hantongkom, HS1FVL.

    Be listening on the air for the callsign HS10A. That's not just the king
    of Thailand, but the patron of the nation's radio society.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Sometimes the best introduction to ham radio is....non-ham
    radio! One club in California is counting on that, as Ralph Squillace,
    KK6ITB, explains.

    RALPH: The El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club hopes that having a booth
    at the recent National Night Out in Pollock Pines, California was
    compelling enough to give people a good impression about ham radio. But
    just in case, the club brought along something perhaps even more
    compelling: some radios to give away. No, these weren't amateur radios.
    They were the low-power, license-free Family Radio Service, or FRS,
    handhelds used often by hikers and campers and - the club hopes - kids. Youngsters won the radios in drawings the club held at the October 3rd
    event and were soon on the air, spelling out their names in the
    International Phonetic Alphabet. These are the same kind of handhelds used
    in combination with GMRS radios in the local Neighborhood Radio Watch
    public safety program the club implemented.

    The club's public information officer Alan Thompson, W6WN, told Newsline
    that its Neighborhood Watch has - quite unexpectedly - become a potent recruiting tool for new hams. Sometimes, after all, starting with low
    power can make a high-power impression, especially with the youngest
    future radio operators.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you're interested in history, you might want to tune in to 17.2 kHz a little later this month. There's a special international
    message headed your way from Sweden. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, picks up the story from here.

    ED: If you're capable of receiving 17.2 kHz and you know CW, there's a
    message waiting for you on October 24th. It's being transmitted from the Alexanderson Alternator SAQ in Grimeton, Sweden and it's being sent in
    honour of United Nations Day. UN Day marks the creation in 1945 of this international body to promote world peace.

    The very low frequency transmitter is far older than the UN. It was built starting in 1922 and is the last surviving example of Anderson Alternator technology that works. The transmitted message will begin at 1500 UTC. QSL reports can be made online using a form that will be open from October
    24th until November 6th.

    Meanwhile, if you'd rather make contact on the HF bands, listen for
    amateur radio station SK6SAQ which will be on the air sending CW on 7.035
    MHz and 14.035 MHz. Of course if you don't know CW you can make contact on
    SSB on 3.755 MHz. QSLs can be sent via email to info at alexander dot n
    dot se (info@alexander.n.se), via the bureau or by mail to the address on their QRZ page.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WR6AAC repeater
    in Lake Forest, California, on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: A successful public health initiative is something to
    celebrate - especially now - and hams in Australia are doing just that.
    Here's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, with the details.

    GRAHAM: In Australia, amateur radio operators are marking an
    accomplishment that takes on special meaning in these pandemic times: the eradication of the polio virus throughout Africa. The World Health Organisation declared Africa's 25 nations, states and territorities to be polio-free as of August 25th.

    Lee Moyle, director of the Wireless Institute of Australia, said the activation will begin on the 24th of October, marking World Polio Day. The special event station VK65PFA, will continue until the 24th of November.

    For Lee, this takes on special significance because he is also a member of Rotary International which has given high priority to the campaign to wipe
    out polio. Rotary members who are also amateur radio operators are also invited to join ROAR, Rotarians of Amateur Radio.

    Meanwhile, visit the QRZ page of VK65PFA, for operating and QSL details.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, past president of Brisbane's Mid-City Rotary Club, and VK4BB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Australia is also making some notable changes in its amateur radio syllabus. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, shares that report.

    ROBERT: As part of its latest update to the amateur radio syllabus, the Australian Communications and Media Authority is now giving amateurs the ability to transfer their call sign to another licensee simply by
    completing a call sign transfer form online. This permission is granted to
    any amateur of any licence class who holds a three-letter call sign. The change is expected to give hams more options and flexibility in managing
    call signs and would clearly be useful within families where more than one member is a ham. The application form needs the signature of both parties, however, before it goes to the ACMA. The syllabus changes also remove some
    of the historical restrictions on the Foundation licensees from the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Sat Oct 24 04:17:03 2020


    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K8SCH repeater of the OH-KY-IN Amateur Radio Society, in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. local time. Newsline has played during the TechTalk net for more than
    35 years!



    NEIL/ANCHOR: In the UK, authorities are looking for four men who assaulted
    an amateur operating portable. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: Police in Gloucestershire are looking for information about the assault on a ham who was operating portable last month near Cheltenham. The amateur, whose name and call sign were not made public, was attacked by four men who accused him of spying on them and recording them. A report in the Gloucester Echo said the ham was operating portable from Cleeve Common near Cheltenham at 9:20 on the evening of September 8th.

    The report did not say whether the man, who is in his fifties, required medical attention. Police said the assailants left the scene in a Land

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Most of us know about electrical conductors, such as cables and electrical lines. They carry electricity but, of course, it comes at a
    price: some of that energy is lost due to resistance. Now a group of New
    York researchers is saying things don't necessarily have to be that way. Scientists at the University of Rochester say they have created a superconductor that has no resistance - and unlike most other
    superconductors, can operate at room temperature instead of needing to be cooled.

    According to an October 15th article posted on the Popular Mechanics
    website, this superconductor combines the right amount of pressure with the elements that bond readily. The scientists have squeezed sulphur, carbon,
    and hydrogen�carbonaceous sulphur hydride in a diamond anvil, which exerts nearly 300 gigapascals of pressure. Therein lies the catch: that pressure is the equivalent of about 3 million times the Earth's ambient air pressure.

    The researchers next task, then, is to tinker with the chemical mix and see
    if they can take some of that pressure off.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Actress Hedy Lamarr was as noted for her performances as her penchant for inventing in the realm of radio. There's a party for her on Echolink - and Jim Damron, N8TMW, tells us about it.

    JIM: Among radio enthusiasts and fellow tinkerers, the late actress Hedy Lamarr deserved her name up in lights for reasons that had nothing to do
    with Hollywood. An inventor with a penchant for technology the star is credited with helping develop a patented radio signaling device used during the Second World War that years later led to GPS, Bluetooth, increased security on mobile phones and Wi-Fi. In 1997 - just three years before her death at the age of 85 - she was given the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award.

    On Monday, November 9th, which would have been her 106th birthday, the Echolink ROC-HAM Conference Server is hosting Hedy Lamarr Day with a four-
    hour net. Four YL net controllers will be taking check-ins and celebrating
    her accomplishments. The net will also be accessible on the DODROPIN Conference Server Node 355800.

    For just a short while, Hedy Lamarr will also be back on the screen - the small screen in this case. Organizer John DeRycke, W2JLD, told Newsline that the event will be streamed on YouTube's World Amateur Radio Day channel. It will also be heard on Broadcastify.

    Be watching Netlogger - and be listening on EchoLink -- for the call sign
    N9H, and visit the QRZ page for details about a special event QSL card.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to the newest hams across the Pond in the UK. A Twitter announcement by the Radio Society of Great Britain reports that
    2,000 hams have passed their Foundation exams via remote invigilation. Big congrats as well to the 268 amateurs who were able to upgrade to
    Intermediate level in the same manner. The remote exams were put in place in April in response to the pandemic.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Oct 29 20:49:43 2020

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: One town in Germany is preparing to recognize an amateur
    radio operator for extraordinary humanitarian efforts. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, brings us that story.

    ED: Who wouldn't wish for a golden antenna? In this case, it's the name
    of an award, not the description of a high-end Yagi or beam atop some
    lucky ham's tower. The town of Bad Bentheim in Germany has a 50-year
    tradition of recognizing the great public service ham radio provides
    to the community, and in the past, it has hosted Deutsch-Niederlndische Amateurfunker Tage (DNAT), or German-Dutch Amateur Radio Days.

    This year, the mayor is taking things a step further because of the extra challenges posed by COVID-19. The Golden Antenna Award, a humanitarian
    award known locally as Gouden Antenne, will be presented by the mayor,
    and awards committee to the ham or hams who have answered amateur radio's highest calling.

    In 2018, Mayor Volker Pannen presented it to Johan Jongbloed, PA3JEM, recognising his rescue work as part of an international amateur radio
    team assisting after the devastating Nepal earthquake.

    Nominations can be made until April 1, 2021. The award will be presented
    in August, and the winner will be invited to Bad Bentheim. As Johan said
    during the 2018 ceremony "when the going gets tough, hams get going."

    Links and addresses for submissions appear in the printed version of this script on our website and arnewsline.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: Mail nominations to Stadt Bad Bentheim, P.O. Box 1452,
    D-48445 Bad Bentheim, Germany. Email nominations to juerriens@stadt-badbentheim.de]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Speaking of awards, if you've already got Hamvention 2021
    on your mind - and who doesn't? - it's OK to start thinking about
    Hamvention awards right now. Phil Thomas, W8RMJ, explains.

    PHIL: Nominations for awards at Hamvention 2021 are set to open this
    Sunday, November the 1st.

    The awards committee will be accepting nominations for "Club of the Year," "Technical Achievement,"Special Achievement," and the prestigious "Amateur
    of the Year Award."

    The nomination period for each award will be open until Monday, February
    the 15th, 2021.

    Hamvention awards have been held since 1956.

    Of note, the Dayton Hamvention was first held in 1952.

    Entry forms are available on the Hamvention website at: hamvention.org

    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Phil Thomas, W8RMJ.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In the spirit of friendship and remembrance, an
    international group of YLs is running a contest in memory of the
    Silent Key, who died before she could see it come to fruition.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: November 3rd will mark one year since the death of Carine DuBois, F5ISY, who was part of a circle of YLs around the world, who were close
    despite geographical distance. On the weekend of November 7th and 8th,
    Carine's friends are running a contest, The Day of the YLs, on the HF
    and VHF bands, to promote the kind of YL activity Carine herself
    encouraged. Operating modes will be CW, SSB, FT8, and RTTY. YLs, OMs, and shortwave listeners are encouraged to participate. Logs must be submitted
    no later than the 16th of November. Awards will be given to all
    participants who collect at least 33 points for contacts with YLs.

    For details, visit the Day of the YLs Facebook page.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: It's time for radio amateurs to celebrate radio
    professionals. In the U.S., hams are marking the 100th anniversary
    of commercial broadcast station KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
    Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us more.

    KEVIN: Pennsylvania AM radio station KDKA has been on the air
    continuously since reporting the presidential election results of
    the 1920 contest between Warren G. Harding and James Middleton Cox.
    Ham clubs in the Pittsburgh area are marking the occasion, with a
    full month of special-event activations. There's an especially good
    reason hams take a special interest in KDKA. It first went on the air
    as an amateur radio station in 1916, using the call sign 8XK, and was
    operated by Frank Conrad, assistant chief engineer of Westinghouse
    Electric and Manufacturing Company.

    Be listening all month for special-event stations from Pittsburgh area
    clubs such as the North Hills Amateur Radio Club, the Panther Amateur
    Radio Club, the Steel City Amateur Radio Club and the Wireless
    Association of South Hills. Beyond Pittsburgh, hams will be
    participating from the Skyview Radio Society, the Butler County
    Amateur Radio Public Service Group, and the Washington Amateur
    Communications Radio Club. Be listening for such call signs as K3A,
    K3D, K3K, and W8XK.

    A full schedule and other details can be found on the QRZ.COM page for
    W8XK or at kdka100.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Nov 5 22:22:25 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K3ALG repeater
    in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Peru has become one more nation to sell off part of the
    spectrum used by radio amateurs so it can be used for 5G mobile technology. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details.

    JIM: Amateur radio operators and other users of the 3.5 GHz spectrum in
    Peru are losing access to the frequencies in the range between 3.3 GHz and
    3.8 GHZ.

    The MTC, Perus transport and communications ministry, will instead permit
    the frequencies to be used by telecom operators who want to provide such mobile broadband services as 5G. The decsion was made in October but the spectrum sale for 5G technology is not expected until the first half of
    2021. Frequencies between 24.2 GHz and 25.5 GHz will also be tendered.

    Jos Aguilar, MTCs general director of communications policies and regulation, issued a statement saying: [quote] Now there is a possibility
    of making better use of this band, which will benefit more Peruvians with modern services and will encourage private investment in the sector." [endquote]

    The 3.5 GHz frequencies presently used by Peruvian hams is the frequency 5G services are being assigned by regulators worldwide.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A group of Austrailian hams went bicycle mobile for a worthy cause. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has that story.

    ROBERT: Members of the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Group VK3CMZ
    are counting the dollars raised last month when the BAREC Pedal Radio Group took on the challenge to raise money to help the Children's Medical
    Research Insitute fight childhood cancer. The hams' participation in the
    Great Cycle Challenge in October brought in about $700 and covered more
    than 250 kilometres.

    Graeme Knight, VK3GRK, said that the Pedal Radio Group grew out of club members who share another great interest beyond radio: cycling for health, fitness and social activity. Graeme said that the group is also a great way
    to increase awareness about amateur radio because the cyclists are out and about in the community and are highly visible.

    Ah, but don't forget radio here: During the October event, in between their rides, the hams had QSOs on some of the local nets to let listeners and
    other club members know that they were on their cycles - and they were on a roll!

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Every month a group of CW operators engage in some friendly competition. Some might say they're....pig-headed about it. Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, explains.

    SKEETER: With the arrival of November, it's almost time again for what CW enthusiasts are calling PIG-nacious fun: It's the monthly "run for the
    bacon" QRP contest. Held on the third Sunday night of each month, it's a source of pride for its organizer, the appropriately named Flying Pigs QRP Club International W8PIG. This high-energy contest has a low-power requirement: Contacts must be made using 5 watts or less. Competitors are encouraged to go whole hog: Working 50 or more piggies qualifies you for a multiplier of two. That's not so difficult, really: It's OK to work the
    same contact on different bands for credit toward the multiplier. The two-
    hour contest begins at 2300 UTC. For more details visit

    Pigs may not be able to fly yet, but at least they can get on the air.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Nov 13 09:00:14 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K5DUR repeater in Rowlett, Texas, on Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: If an emergency trailer is considered home to amateurs who
    belong to ARES, then this next story is surely about a home-improvement project. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, explains.

    KEVIN: The latest homebrew project by members of Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Services isn't a custom rig or a special antenna. The Florida ARES group is busy refurbishing its radio shack on wheels, a communications
    trailer that was donated to them after it was retired from service by the county's Emergency Operations Center.

    Clay ARES members have been spending time outfitting the trailer with their own state-of-the-art communications equipment, and transforming it into a command center that will also accommodate hams' overnight stays in extreme emergencies.

    Scott Roberts, KK4ECR, the public information officer for Clay ARES, told
    Clay Today Online that while the trailer can be deployed if necessary to
    help in emergencies, the hams want to enhance its capabilities in voice, satellite, digital communications, email and texting over the air. The
    trailer will also be used to train new and future hams.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    JIM/ANCHOR: In our occasional series, Nets of Note, which looks at
    interesting and creative ways amateurs gather on the air, we visit a group
    of radio operators in Australia whose thoughts - and words - have been
    turning to poetry lately. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, picks up the story from

    JASON: Sunday nights will never be the same in VK2. For the past two months, amateurs have been getting on the air at 1900 hours Australian Eastern Standard Time to read poetry to one another. It's not just a Sunday night poetry fest but a time for jokes, yarns, quizzes, and memorable stories from history. The inspiring force behind this so-called Dinky Di (pronounced:
    DIE) or Culture Net is Peter O'Brien, VK2DIE, a fan of Australian Bush
    Poetry who one night shared the classic work, "The Man from Snowy River," by poet Banjo Paterson, during a Snowy Mountains Amateur Radio Club net. That
    got things rolling.

    Angelo, VK2NWT, told Newsline that poetry has now been happening on the air regularly -- with rhyme and with reason: The net has begun to grow in popularity in the New South Wales Far South Coast and Monaro region. It
    lasts about an hour, and Peter coordinates the discussion. So if you're not averse to a little verse, consider joining the net on VK2RSE at 147.375 MHz, VK2RFS 146.760 MHz or VK3RDH at 146.625 MHz. None of the repeaters require a tone. If you're not local but have access to IRLP, join in via Node 6211.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    In the World of DX, a disappointment for DX chasers. The KX0X DXpedition to Jan Mayen Island in the Arctic Ocean has been cancelled. Clublog lists the Norwegian volcanic island as the 75th most wanted DX in its recently updated list. The team announced on DX-World that it will be refunding donors' contributions shortly.

    However, Erik, LA2US, who has been active on Jan Mayen Island as JX2US since mid-October, has logged more than 6,200 QSOs. He is operating CW and some
    FT8 in F/H submode through March 2021. QSL only via ClubLog OQRS. He will upload to LoTW after his return home in April.

    Be listening for the callsign DP0GVN from the German Antarctic research station Neumayer-III, where Theresa, DC1TH, will soon be on the air. Theresa will be making QSOs via the amateur radio transponder on board the QO-100 geostationary satellite. The ground station for the satellite was provided last year by AMSAT-DL. QSL to DL5EBE, direct or via the DARC QSL bureau.
    Logs are also uploaded to LotW intermittently.

    Finally, in case you had plans to listen for David, F8AAN, operating as FS/F8AAN from St. Martin Island starting November 18th, be advised he has cancelled his plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Nov 19 23:38:56 2020

    DON/ANCHOR: What's the best gift you can give a ham for Christmas this
    year? A campaign in the UK called "Get on the Air To Care," has a
    suggestion. It's "Get on the Air for Christmas" -- and Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    has the details.

    JEREMY: Organisers are calling it "Get on the Air for Christmas" and the campaign is an offshoot of the highly successful "Get on the Air to Care" joint programme of the National Health Service and the Radio Society of
    Great Britain.

    While "Get on the Air to Care" was a special plea to amateurs to step up
    their on-air activities during the first pandemic lockdown to ease the situation for lonely amateurs, the focus during the holiday period will
    be to bring some good cheer if the lockdown is extended, as it will
    surely curtail celebrations between friends and family. Organisers want
    hams to be extra active during the holiday period between Saturday, the
    19th of December, and Saturday, the 9th of January. The radio society's website will be posting the schedules and information about special nets
    being held on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in particular - or at any
    other time during the season - and is asking for clubs to email their
    details as soon as possible. The nets will also be publicised in the next issue of RadCom and in the GB2RS news broadcasts.

    The email address is radcom at rsgb dot org dot uk (radcom@rsgb.org.uk).

    Get on the Air for Christmas has also launched two Christmas Hope QSO
    Parties, one that begins on Monday the 21st of December and another that begins on Monday the 4th of January. Look online for hashtag G O T A 4 C
    to follow this campaign.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: In Colorado, one radio operator who has as much heart as
    holiday spirit is reprising a role he played once - many years ago --
    only this time he's going on the air to make it happen. Jack Parker,
    W8ISH, tells us about him.

    JACK: It's been a long time since Chuck K0ITP (K ZERO I T P) put on a
    Santa suit. That was years ago at an event at a country club in Peoria, Illinois. This year, however, the president of the Longmont Amateur Radio
    Club in Colorado is hopping back on the sleigh to bring Santa to children
    via amateur radio. He plans to be on the air on the club repeaters
    between 6 and 7 p.m. Mountain Time on December 1st through 5th. Licensed
    hams are invited to share their shack with a youngster - perhaps a child
    or grandchild - who will likely be missing out on some of the traditional events or seeing Santa in person because of the COVID-19 precautions.
    Chuck said he will make sure they still have a chance to talk to Santa by getting on the air with a licensed amateur.

    Chuck told the local newspaper, the Times-Call, that the club is hosting
    this event for the first time because members are also hoping to give
    children an early holiday gift: the gift of an interest in amateur radio.
    He said it will give parents a chance to hear what their kids want to
    find under the tree.

    Local hams can visit the club website for repeater information at W Zero
    E N O dot org (w0eno.org) The repeaters are also on EchoLink Node 8305.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    In the World of DX, it seems the world's most remote island will remain inaccessible for a bit longer to amateur radio. The Rebel DX Group had
    hoped to activate Bouvet Island as Three-Y-Zero-Eye (3Y0I) by the end of
    this year but operators are unable to travel because of COVID-19
    restrictions. The group said on its website that their equipment remains
    in South Africa, and if restrictions are lifted before the conclusion of
    the Antarctic summer they hope to be ready. For updates visit the website bouvetoya.org

    Time is running out to work Mike, VK4DX, as VK4DX/P on Russell Island.
    His activation ends on November 24th. Be listening on 40-15 metres where
    he will be operating SSB and CW using 100 watts and wire antennas. Send
    QSLs via the bureau, ClubLog, Logbook of the World or direct mail.

    Be listening for special event stations 7Z20G, 8Z20G, and HZ20G, being activated by members of the Saudi Amateur Radio Society during the G20
    Riyadh summit in the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The summit began Nov.
    13th and will conclude on the 23rd. QSL via LoTW or direct to the Saudi Amateur Radio Society.

    In Indonesia, listen on various HF bands and modes for special event
    station 8A10N to celebrate that nation's "National Heroes Day 2020." The station is being operated by YH3BHL through December 10th. Send QSLs via
    LoTW or eQSL.

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: Youngsters in Iowa got a lesson in world travel and amateur
    radio recently, thanks to an adventurous balloon they launched as a
    science project. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has that story.

    RALPH: A group of science students in Pella, Iowa feel like they've been around the world - and in a way, they have. It took 13 days, 2 hours and
    8 minutes for the 150 fifth-graders from the Jefferson Intermediate
    School to complete the journey on November 18th that involved crossings
    over the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Yellow Sea and the
    Pacific Ocean.

    The students stayed home, of course, but their hearts and minds traveled
    with a helium-filled scientific balloon they'd launched with support
    from the Pella Amateur Radio Club. It was launched carrying a SkyTracker
    with APRS that had been designed and built by Bill Brown, WB8ELK. The
    Near Space balloon transmitted on 2 metres as it carried the callsign
    WB0URW-8 around the world as the students kept tabs on it on their
    computers and smartphones.

    Jim Emmert, WB0URW, said that with financing from local foundations, the
    Pella club has been working with students at the school for a while now, presenting various lessons in the fields of earth science and amateur
    radio technology. The balloon - the latest such venture - was a success.

    Not one to rest on its helium-filled laurels, the balloon returned home, according to Jim, only to embark on its second such journey.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Get ready for some Slow-Scan TV. The International Space
    Station is scheduled to have an SSTV transmission on Tuesday, December
    1st starting at 12:30 UTC until 18:25 UTC. There will be a second
    transmission on Wednesday, December 2nd from 11:50 UTC until 18:25 UTC.
    Listen for SSTV signals to be downlinked at 145.800 MHz +/- Doppler
    shift. The mode of transmission is expected to be PD 120.

    You will be able to post your images in the online ARISS SSTV gallery.
    For updates on this event, follow the Twitter account with the handle at-symbol ARISS underscore status (@ARISS_status).




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Organizers of this next event in Europe aren't calling it a contest but a celebration. It's all about AM, as Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,

    JEREMY: The coming winter just become a little warmer in Europe. The
    Facebook group known as AM Amateur Radio Europe is putting the final
    touches to plans for its Winter 2021 AM QSO Party. It will run from
    Friday the 22nd of January at 1800 UTC until Sunday the 24th of January
    at 1759 UTC. Organisers stress that although points and certificates
    will be awarded, this is not a contest; it is designed to encourage conversation between amateurs using the original ham radio voice mode.

    Points are awarded for each QSO, and each new DXCC worked, and there are
    power categories that accommodate each level of the UK licence.

    For details, visit the AM Amateur Radio Europe group's Facebook page.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: It looks like 2021 is almost here - and with it, two big
    events in Australia. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has those details.

    ROBERT: There's good reason hams in Australia can't wait to put 2020
    behind them: Plans are already in the works for a SOTA summit activating
    event in the Mount Hotham Ski region. This would be the fifth such event
    and organisers are looking for expressions of interest from SOTA
    members. The event would take place between the 5th and the 8th of
    February 2021. No event was held this year because of the bush fires in
    the North East and Gippsland. Brian, VK3BCM, asks that interested SOTA activators email him at bcmcdermott at tpg dot com dot au (bcmcdermott@tpg.com.au)

    It will be a big month as the Wyong Field Day is happening on Sunday the
    28th of February. The 62nd annual event in New South Wales is the
    Southern Hemisphere's largest amateur radio event. Radio enthusiasts
    from around Australia and from overseas are expected to be there.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Dec 3 19:14:55 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K6SOA Repeater in Laguna Beach, California, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
    local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Last year, Newsline conferred its inaugural International Newsmaker of the Year Award with great pride to the West Bengal Radio
    Club in India. This year, we are pleased to present it to a team
    comprising health service workers and amateur radio operators in the
    UK, all responding together to the COVID-19 crisis. Here's Ed Durrant,
    DD5LP, who shares our pride in making this announcement.

    ED: The winner of Newsline's second annual International Newsmaker of
    the Year Award is the Get on the Air to Care project, conceived of by
    Paul Devlin G1SMP and operated jointly by the UK's National Health
    Service and the Radio Society of Great Britain. Created in response to
    the COVID-19 pandemic, the campaign has decreased social isolation in
    the UK and around the world by encouraging amateurs to Get On The Air 2
    Care - with inactive hams returning and those who always wanted to,
    becoming newly licenced amateurs. It also gave rise to this season's
    Get On the Air 4 Christmas initiative. Most importantly, though,
    #GOTA2C has accomplished something amateurs work so hard to achieve:
    the campaign has placed amateur radio front and centre in such
    mainstream media channels as the BBC, ITV Wales and major newspapers,
    raising amateur radio's profile and attracting new licence-holders even
    in this era of remote-testing.

    Congratulations to Paul Devlin, G1SMP, who conceived of the idea as
    part of the NHS England Emergency Care Improvement Support Team and to
    the Radio Society of Great Britain and the National Health Service who
    have implemented it. You'll be hearing more from Paul Devlin next week
    when Newsline chats with him.

    Meanwhile, the RSGB and the NHS have added yet another element to their campaign: an NHS Charity auction beginning December 9th and ending
    December 19th at the start of the Get on the Air for Christmas
    campaign. One item for auction should surely help amateurs get on the
    air to care, even after the holidays. It is a Morse Code key
    handcrafted and donated by Roy Bailey, G0VFS, of Trowbridge and
    District Amateur Radio Club. Having based his design on the noted semi-automatic Vibroplex, he has dubbed his creation the Virus-
    PerpleXed Bug and an engraved decal bears its name. If you wish to participate, visit the Society's website for details. The URL appears
    in the printed version of this script on the arnewsline website.

    [DO NOT READ, FOR PRINT ONLY: rsgb.org/gota4c]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    JIM/ANCHOR: How do you say "thank you?" Try sending Morse Code, as
    London's tallest building is doing. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, to tell
    us more.

    JEREMY: The Shard building, which defines the London skyline, has been
    the symbol of the city since its completion seven years ago. It
    recently became transformed into a symbol of gratitude - in a way that
    ham radio operators, more than most people, can comprehend. At 306-
    metres in height, it is the UK's tallest building, which makes its
    important message - flashing in blue and white LED lights at the very
    top - hard to miss. That message is in Morse Code.

    The 575 lights flash, spelling "Thank You," two words directed to the
    National Health Service workers whose efforts have helped protect the
    British public since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. City dwellers
    and visitors have stopped to marvel at the light show since it began on
    the night of Thursday, November 26th.

    But even London's tallest building isn't above needing a little help.
    That help came from the Radio Society of Great Britain. The RSGB
    stepped in to verify that all those high profile dits and dahs were
    indeed being sent correctly, ensuring that the message's delivery
    enjoyed a towering triumph.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 11 08:30:47 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    VK8MA repeater in Australia's Northern Territory on Sundays at 7 p.m.
    local time.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: With a new callsign and an ambitious agenda, AMSAT
    Ireland has launched itself. Here's more from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: After years of planning and waiting, AMSAT Ireland has
    announced that its organisation is complete and it has become active
    with a callsign of EI2SAT. AMSAT Ireland is now seeking ham radio
    operators and other enthusiasts to become members. The organisation is
    part of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, or AMSAT, which was
    created in the United States in 1969 to support ham radio's
    involvement in space research and communication.

    The emergence of AMSAT Ireland comes as Ireland prepares for the
    launch of its first satellite, EIRSAT-1, the Educational Irish
    Research Satellite 1. It is being designed by a team of students in
    University College Dublin and academic staff is designing the 2U
    CubeSat as part of the European Space Agency's Fly Your Satellite

    Interested hams are asked to visit the website at www amsat dot ie (www.amsat.ie)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Because all hams need mentors, including those
    returning to the hobby after many years, one club in California has
    devoted itself to the task. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, tells us about them.

    PAUL: One of the hot topics in any discussion today about the future
    of amateur radio is always, "How do we get more people interested?"
    Another is, "Once we get them licensed, how do we keep them

    One club in California was formed specifically to find some answers to
    those questions. Called GOTA Hams, they're a fairly new organization
    but they are very active and growing.

    I spoke with Vice President Mark Arlotti, KM6AHY, about what the
    clubs goals were:

    ARLOTTI: GOTA Hams Amateur Radio Club is an active club. We wanted to
    put together a group that would be able to put new hams on the air and
    even get other hams that maybe had their callsign a while back active

    PAUL: Arlotti spoke about club activities. One thing is a regular
    Radio in The Park event to raise public awareness. Their other
    activities are more challenging:

    ARLOTTI: We also like to do field ops which is kind of like "Radio in
    the Park" but a little more distance. Like we'll go out to the desert
    or up to the mountains - we'll do a camping trip and set up a mobile
    station totally with batteries and solar panels. Next month in January
    we plan on going out to Quartzfest in Arizona.

    PAUL: The club also has a very active net on a local repeater:

    ARLOTTI: On a nightly basis, we do a ham net at 8PM on the WA6FZH
    repeater here in Southern California, and we do a roundtable where we
    answer questions and we talk about other things besides ham radio just
    to keep people together. We always ask for first-time callers, you
    know, and its a good opportunity for them to feel free to get on the
    air and talk and practice their skills.

    PAUL: The club's website is at gotahams dot com - that's G O T A hams
    dot com.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    In the world of DX, be listening for members of the ARI Club of
    Grosseto, IQ5GR, on the air as IO5CNPP, until the 20th of December.
    They are activating in remembrance of the Heroes of the 1986 Chernobyl
    Nuclear Power Plant disaster. QSL direct to the address on Q R Zed
    .com or by the Bureau to IZ5RHU. A "Heroes of Chernobyl Diploma" is
    available. For more details, see Q R Zed .com.

    Listen for a group of Senegalese operators on the air as 6V1A from
    Goree Island between December the 18th and 20th. They will be on CW
    and SSB on all HF bands. QSL using LoTW. If you want a direct QSL
    card, you can cover the costs via PayPal at 6 v 1 a dot a r a s at
    gmail dot com. (6v1a.aras@gmail.com)

    In Bolivia, Antonio, EA5RM, will be active as CP1XRM, between January
    9th and 26th, working as a Solidaridad Medica and Radio-amateurs
    Without Frontiers NGO volunteer. He will be on the air on SSB and in
    the digital modes during his spare time. QSL via LoTW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 18 08:15:55 2020

    NEIL/ANCHOR: A well-known innovator, and the creator of a low-noise receive mixer known as the H-Mode mixer, has become a Silent Key. Jeremy Boot,
    G4NJH, tells us about him.

    JEREMY: Colin Horrabin, G3SBI, an amateur radio operator known for his development of the H-Mode mixer used in many HF radios, died in late
    November at his home in the UK, one month after being diagnosed with
    cancer. Colin, who was employed by the Daresbury Nuclear Physics Laboratory before retiring, had been a licenced ham since the age of 16. He held his current call sign since 1963. He notes on his profile page on QRZ.com that although he was enthusiastic about operating mobile SSB, his bigger
    interest was in CW, particularly on the LF bands.

    The board of the Radio Society of Great Britain awarded him the Bennett
    Prize in 1994 for his innovative contributions to the art of radio.

    According to the RSGB, his H-Mode mixer formed the core of the CDG2000 high-performance transceiver he co-designed with Dave, G8KBB, and George, G3OGQ. That design was recognised with the Ostermeyer Trophy from the RSGB
    in 2003.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Happy 59th birthday OSCAR 1! OSCAR, which stands for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio, became the first ham radio satellite following its launch on December 12th, 1961. Its orbit was a brief one, lasting only 22 days, but it was embraced by hams around the world. Though
    its orbit decayed quickly, more than 570 hams in 28 nations still had time
    to report their observations to AMSAT's predecessor, known as Project




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A new edition of the International Amateur Radio Union's VHF Handbook has recently been published, and it's downloadable as a PDF. This
    is version 9 of the handbook and it is based on the actions taken at the
    2020 IARU Region 1 virtual General Conference. It contains all the
    decisions made regarding the bands at VHF and higher. The handbook's band
    plan also shows changes made to 436-438 MHz and covers 145 MHz satellite allocations.

    You can find the link for downloading the handbook in this newscast's
    printed script at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: DO NOT READ] https://tinyurl.com/ANS-341-Handbook




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams in Brazil who enjoy operating with vintage equipment are likely to breathe a sigh of relief at the latest government announcement. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, explains.

    JASON: Regulators in Brazil have assured amateur radio operators that an approval process is in place to permit the continued use of older radio equipment past the end-of-year deadline. ANATEL, the national regulator,
    had been asked by Brazil's amateur radio organisation, LABRE, to ensure
    that an approval process will still continue after this year's December
    31st deadline. Hams were concerned that no time period had been identified
    for that process. The fate of such equipment became unclear because in some cases, such radios and other devices lack an FCC-ID and are not included on the government's approved list.

    In a translation provided on Southgate News, LABRE wrote: [quote] "We now
    have the guarantee that old equipment will continue to be type approved in
    the current way indefinitely." [endquote] The approval process includes presentation of the manual for any equipment that lacks international certification.

    In making the announcement, LABRE reminded all operators that effective January 1st, everyone must still receive approval for continued use of
    older equipment.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 25 12:45:26 2020

    SKEETER: Another Christmas tree - this one in Canada - is sending its
    holiday message via satellite. Well, sort of. It was a project of one
    amateur radio club in British Columbia. For that report, we turn to
    Newsline's newest team member, Randy Sly, W4XJ.

    RANDY: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a museum in a 19th century
    building that highlights the history of the fishing industry on
    Canada's West Coast. Inside the building, one of the Christmas trees on display for the cannery's holiday festival puts a spotlight on amateur
    radio, using ornament designs that represent CubeSats, transmitted
    signals and amateur radio operators themselves. The Richmond Amateur
    Radio Club calls its tree "Communicating to One World" and its message
    is that amateur radio is a universal experience that uses high tech to
    connect people. In keeping with ham ingenuity, many of the ornaments
    were homebrew. Club members created them from coasters, printer
    cartridges, parts of ballpoint pens, pull tabs from canned food and
    other household items.

    Although the festival and display ended on December 24th, the interest
    in the trees will continue through to the end of the holiday season.
    Visitors to the cannery as well as people viewing the trees on Facebook
    and Instagram, were encouraged to vote for their favourite tree. The
    club is, of course hoping its tree will get a good signal report.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Randy Sly, W4XJ.




    Time for you to identify your station, we are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K7EFZ repeater in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. local time,
    after Eagle Rock Emergency Practice Net.



    SKEETER: Will the new year bring Europe its own system of low-earth
    orbit satellites? Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, explores that possibility.

    RALPH: With 2021 about to get underway, officials in a number of
    European Union nations will begin a feasibility study for a
    constellation of low-earth orbit satellites similar to the Starlink
    project under way by Elon Musk's SpaceX. Europe's version of the U.S. satellite constellation is envisioned as being able to give people in
    isolated areas access to the internet and permit more secure
    communications for governments. It would reportedly cost $7.3 billion
    in U.S. currency or 6 billion euros.

    The development could lead to a rivalry in space broadband coverage as SpaceX's own beta version is said to begin service to Europe by
    February or March of 2021. Starlink's goal has been to deploy as many
    as 42,000 satellites to bring high-speed internet to different parts of
    the globe. Its public beta service presently serves only the northern
    U.S. and southern Canada.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    SKEETER: With the Arecibo Observatory gone following its tragic
    collapse, China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or
    FAST, is quickly opening its doors to the world's astronomers. FAST is
    the world's largest radiotelescope, taking that status from Arecibo
    after its construction was completed in 2016.

    According to the French news agency AFP, China's giant telescope is
    taking on another role once associated with Arecibo. It is giving the international community of astronomers access to its antennas and radio receivers so they can study radio waves emitted from black holes,
    galaxies and stars and even transmit and reflect signals to see what
    bounces back.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: As hams, we can sympathize with anyone who's got a
    serious craving for good radio equipment, but there are times when that craving can go to extremes. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, explains.

    ED: The disappearance of military radio equipment at an airfield in the southern region of Rostov, Russia, remains a mystery. All that is known
    is that thieves broke into an airplane that was there undergoing
    repairs and stole electronics, that included five radio boards and
    other equipment.

    Perhaps more significantly, the aircraft was a highly classified
    Ilyushin Il-80, known as the "doomsday plane." It is one of four such
    planes designed to be used in the event of nuclear war. That means that
    it would serve as an airborne post for the Russian president who could
    get on the air and order the launch of intercontinental ballistic
    missiles or issue other orders.

    The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between the 26th of
    November during the plane's last inspection, and the 4th of December
    when the theft was reported to local police.

    Further details have not been publicly disclosed about the stolen
    equipment but investigators collected shoeprints and fingerprints from
    the plane's interior for a possible criminal investigation.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Dec 31 19:49:25 2020

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K3ALG repeater in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, on Sundays at 4:30 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: It's been a discouraging year for amateur radio in Japan
    -- but in South Africa, new amateur radio operators are celebrating
    their new privileges. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, reports on both stories.

    JASON: The number of licenced amateur radio stations has decreased once
    again in Japan, according to Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. There were 389,343 licenced hams this past December, a
    drop of 12,837 from December 2019 figures. In that month, there were
    402,180 licensed stations but that number as well signified a drop of
    about 15,000 from the previous year.

    The majority of Japanese radio operators hold a Class 4 licence, which
    was introduced as an entry level licence in the 1950s.

    Meanwhile, a new group of licenced amateurs is ready to get on the air
    in South Africa. Test results are in and the South African Radio League reports there was a 95 percent pass rate for those who sat for the
    exam. That means 81 new hams. Two of the candidates took the exam for a
    Class B licence, which is the entry level license and is assigned a ZU

    The next radio amateur exam will be given on May 22, 2021.

    Congratulations to all the new hams.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The new year brings some changes for amateur radio
    operators in Switzerland but it's mostly procedural. Ed Durrant, DD5LP,
    has that story.

    ED: In Switzerland, changes have been made under the new
    Telecommunications Act affecting the administration of amateur radio operations and related costs. The Swiss regulator Ofcom is moving to a licence-exempt model that will require hams to have a certificate of
    ability after passing a qualifying examination. Hams will be charged
    110 Swiss francs, or about $122 in US dollars for call sign issuance.
    Swiss hams will be required to pay an reduced annual fee of 50 Swiss
    francs, or $55 in US dollars, down from 96 Swiss francs for their
    annual license. Repeater and remotely operated stations continue to
    need to be registered and they will pay a one-time fee of 70 Swiss
    francs, or nearly $78 dollars. The same one-time registration fee
    applies to systems operating above 1 GHz such as those hams wishing to
    use the QO-100 satellite system.

    In short, many procedures remain largely unchanged, according to
    Switzerland's national amateur radio society. The USKA said in an announcement: [quote] "The path to amateur radio is still the same and
    for the already active radio amateurs everything remains as it was.
    Only the management of frequencies and the associated terms have been rearranged." [end quote] The changes are in effect beginning January
    1st, 2021.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: December YOTA Month is over and now the wait begins for
    the awards. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, picks up the story from here.

    ANDY: Youngsters on the Air closed out a very active December YOTA
    Month by announcing some good news for hams and shortwave listeners who
    chase YOTA stations. YOTA is now providing awards for SWLs as well as transmitting hams. SWLs need to register on the YOTA event website
    where they can log QSOs they heard on the air, qualifying them for
    awards at bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. SWLs are also able
    to use the website to request QSL cards after entering data about the
    QSO they heard. To receive these cards, listeners must have an SWL
    callsign and belong to a national society to use its QSL service.

    Meanwhile, as December YOTA Month wrapped up its activity, organizers announced that award plaques were going to be presented in seven
    categories: Most Stations Contacted in CW; Most Stations Contacted in
    SSB; Most Stations Contacted in Digital and Most Stations Contacted.
    Awards will also be given to Best Overall Score OM; Best Overall Score
    YL and Best Overall Score Youngster for operators younger than 26.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jan 8 00:44:58 2021

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A popular net control operator with the Handiham Program
    for disabled amateurs has become a Silent Key. Christian Cudnik, K0STH,
    tells us about him.

    CHRISTIAN: James Golden, KD0AES, a Life Member of the Handiham Program,
    was perhaps best known as net control for the Tuesday Handiham Radio
    Club net, a busy gathering place for disabled amateurs like him.
    According to his obituary in the Nevada Daily Mail, the Nevada, Missouri
    radio operator, who had cerebral palsy, brought such enthusiasm to his
    on-air responsibilities that at one point he served as net control for
    three nets a week. Grateful for his skill in handling busy traffic in an always-polite manner, a number of amateurs pooled their money to
    purchase a Handiham Life Membership for him.

    James continued with his activity until two weeks before his death on
    December 9th. James Golden, who was 46, died of COVID-19.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We also report the death of NA Contest Logging Software Developer Dave Pruett, K8CC. Dave became a Silent Key on the 29th of
    December. A chairman of the Michigan QSO Party and a log-checker for the ARRL's 10-meter and 160-meter contests, Dave's most widely known
    contributions were perhaps in the area of contest log development. Early
    on, he was the developer of a program for RadioShack computers that
    checked logs for duplicate contacts. He also created the NA contest
    logging software which is capable of handling a number of contests. He
    was also a former editor of the National Contest Journal.

    Dave was 66.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: An influential member of the Canadian Amateur Radio
    Community has become a Silent Key. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us about
    his long career.

    JOHN: Farrell Hopwood, VE7RD, who had been president of RAC, and a
    member of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, has become a Silent
    Key. Known as Hoppy, he died on December 8th. The son of a telegrapher
    father and a Teletype-operator mother, Hoppy began his long career in telecommunications in his native British Columbia in 1948. In 1955,
    Hoppy became an amateur radio operator with the call sign VE7AHB. Those
    who attended Expo 86 in Vancouver saw the amateur radio station and
    exhibit there that was created by Hoppy and his team. An avid DXer, he
    was also involved in VHF/UHF linking and packet.

    Hoppy became an early member of the Canadian Radio Relay League and the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation, rising through its ranks into
    leadership. He also became involved in key discussions to merge the two organisations into the RAC. Hoppy later became president of the RAC,
    retiring from the post in 1998 after serving three terms.

    He was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.

    Hoppy was 91.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A recent winter contest hosted by one Canadian amateur
    radio club turned out to be a disaster -- and the members couldn't have
    been happier. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, has those details.

    KEVIN: The Halifax Amateur Radio Club called their contest the "2-Meter
    Get on the Air Winter Event," and it was designed to challenge the hams' ability to stay connected in the face of an emergency. For four hours on January 2nd, it was a dry run for disaster for John Bignell, VE1JMB, the club's director-at-large, and 50 or so other club members. It also
    turned out to be a frozen run: the contest went forward despite a heavy snowfall that covered much of Nova Scotia. John, who is also an EHS
    Advance Care Paramedic, said the contest underscored the need for hams
    to have a reliable communications network when disaster strikes, as it
    did in 2017 when Bell Aliant suffered a connection outage of landlines
    and cellphones in Eastern Canada.

    John told the Saltwire Network website that the contest was also about
    having fun but it's important to remember too that when the Red Cross,
    rescue teams or ground-search personnel need communications backup, hams should be there and ready. That makes everyone a winner in every

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jan 15 08:06:58 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    N2XPM repeater in Cedarhurst, New York, on Saturdays, at noon local



    JIM/ANCHOR: This next story is a personal one, celebrating one member
    of our Newsline family. Our anchor and correspondent, Neil Rapp,
    WB9VPG, who teaches high school chemistry in Indiana, has been named
    Carole Perry Educator of the Year by Orlando HamCation. Newsline
    editor Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, spoke to Neil about his commmitment
    to amateur radio education.

    CARYN: Licensed since the age of 5, Neil Rapp knows better than most
    of us that ham radio is the best teacher.

    NEIL: Especially when I got into high school, ham radio helped me
    understand science. When I got to Chemistry, when everybody else was
    having a hard time, I already knew my metric system, when I got to
    Physics, I already knew Ohm's law -- because I did all of that when I
    was 5.

    CARYN: Those early lessons became the foundation for the path his life
    took as sponsor of school ham clubs, in the ARRL Teacher Institute and
    as one of the founders and camp director of Youth on the Air for IARU
    Region 2. For Neil, ham radio doesn't get old -- it gets YOUNG.

    NEIL: Yeah, we do have youth in ham radio, and we do have kids doing
    great things with it. There are some opportunities to make sure this continues. It amazes me that the kids that are really into CW at a
    time when a lot of people didn't want to learn CW and that's what kept
    them out of the hobby. They're also into all these cool new digital
    modes that are becoming more efficient and setting the pace for the
    commercial radio industry and cell phones and public service and all
    the digital stuff. A lot of that came from ham radio.

    CARYN: His next project? A Youth on the Air mini-camp that mixes
    science with the science of socializing.

    NEIL: What we are trying to do is build some of those social
    connections between the kids and that's why there is a lot of YOTA
    time that's at an amusement park, at Dave & Buster's, at this place
    and that place that may not have a thing to do with ham radio because
    it's social interaction time. The whole YOTA thing isn't just learning
    about radio and learning about technology; it's getting the social
    aspect there so that kids know other kids. We have seen in Europe that perpetuates the hobby. That keeps the kids in the hobby.

    CARYN: So congratulations Neil. Your well-deserved Carole Perry trophy
    will now sit beside your autographed oscillator from Carole's Youth
    Forum at Hamvention.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Whether or not you still think of Pluto as a planet, its
    discovery is still something to celebrate. Randy Sly, W4XJ, tells us

    RANDY: The Northern Arizona DX Association is about to launch the
    first event in its 10-year special event countdown to the 100th
    anniversary of its discovery in the Kuiper (KY-PURR) Belt. Be
    listening for club members operating between February 13th and the
    21st as W7P. They'll be at the Lowell Observatory from which Pluto was
    first spotted and their home QTHs. One of the operators will be Doug
    Tombaugh, N3PDT, nephew of Pluto's discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh. He will
    operate as W7P/0.

    There will be special QSL cards each year leading up to the 100th
    anniversary event. A certificate with endorsement stickers for each of
    the 10 years of the special event and for a contact with Doug and his
    team will be available later as well, Visit the QRZ.COM page for more

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Randy Sly, W4XJ.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jan 22 10:09:44 2021

    NEIL/ANCHOR: The notorious killing of an amateur radio operator in the
    UK was revisited recently, for TV viewers of a special three-part series. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about it.

    JEREMY: The brutal murder story, broadcast over a three-day period on the
    UK's ITV channel, was no fictional drama. The episodes, which were
    transmitted between Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th January, recount the
    killing in June 1989 of Oxfordshire radio amateur Peter Dixon, G0HFQ,
    and his wife, Gwenda. The couple were on holiday in Pembrokeshire, South
    West Wales, where Peter had been operating as GW0HFO/M.

    The two were found dead, shot at point-blank range within half a mile of
    their campsite on 5th July. The Radio Society of Great Britain was asked
    by police to put out a QST, asking amateurs to check their logbooks
    between the 29th June, and the 5th July, police believing that Peter had
    made a contact with another mobile station on 28 MHz on the morning of Wednesday 28th June. They were looking for clues, any clues at all.

    Still, it took years of detective work, before the case ended with an
    arrest and conviction: John Cooper, a former farm labourer, was found
    guilty of the killings in 2011. In an odd twist to the story, Cooper
    himself had appeared on ITV on a popular game show - just days before
    robbing and shooting the ham radio operator and his wife.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In California, one amateur radio club gave a big thank-you
    to one of their own, in the form of a special honor. Ralph Squillace,
    KK6ITB, tells us what happened.

    RALPH: The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club values its resources: They
    include a state-of-the-art communications facility atop a reservoir in
    Santa Barbara County, California - and they include Bill Talanian, W1UUQ,
    the ham who helped secure funding to make it a reality. Bill, a former
    trustee of the 150-member club, has been doing that kind of volunteer
    work for more than four decades.

    Earlier this month, the club held a formal dedication of the facility,
    naming it the Talanian Communications Facility. Such a facility provides
    the kind of ability club members need to respond to communities in
    crisis, as they did in 2017, when the Thomas Fire ripped through Ventura
    and Santa Barbara Counties. Club members helped pass traffic for
    emergency responders. The club also has a mobile rover vehicle, as well
    as emergency radio communications stations at the Santa Barbara chapter
    of the American Red Cross, and the Santa Barbara County Office of
    Emergency Management.

    Club members told the website Noozhawk that Bill played a key role in
    securing funds for the facility atop the Vic Trace Reservoir. Hams have considered it the hub of their communications network since 2011.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: An annual religious pilgrimage in India once again had the
    support of a local amateur radio club which, this year, also made use
    of a satellite. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, gives us that report.

    JIM: The callsign AT2GSI wasn't your average DX. It was being used
    between the 9th and the 19th of January, by members of the West Bengal
    Radio Club in India, where hams were calling QRZ from Sagar Island,
    designated IOTA AS-153. There was a lot more to this activation,
    however. The hams were also present on the island, as they always are
    during the annual Hindu pilgrimage, to where the Bay of Bengal meets the
    river Ganges. Using HTs and a ground station for the Qatar OSCAR 100
    satellite, made them even more capable this year of keeping emergency
    support communications open. More than 700,000 pilgrims had already
    arrived there by January 14th.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Time is running out for nominations for the Radio Society
    of Great Britain's elections. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: Changes are ahead for the Radio Society of Great Britain, which
    is accepting nominations for its elections. The society is seeking
    candidates for president, one elected board director, and one
    representative each, in Regions 2, 6, and 12. Results will be announced
    at the annual general meeting on April 24th, where President Dave Wilson,
    M ZERO OBW (M0OBW) is to retire, following three years in that post
    during his current tenure, which is his second term. That meeting will
    be held virtually.

    The RSGB positions are voluntary. Interested amateurs can learn more
    about these positions, or how to nominate a candidate, by visiting the
    website rsgb dot org stroke election (rsgb.org/election). Nominations
    are due no later than January 31st.

    Meanwhile, the RSGB board has appointed veteran BBC broadcaster Steve
    Richards, G4HPE, to fill the vacant post of GB2RS News Broadcast
    manager. Steve's voice is familiar to many listeners as a newsreader on
    the GB2RS report.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jan 28 18:58:24 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: When is jamming a signal actually desirable? When it's The
    French military. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has more on the story:

    ED: The French Defence Ministry has a tender out for radio jammers that
    can be drone-mounted The government's Defence Innovation Agency has put
    out a request for proposals in search of a small, low-power warfare
    device that can find radio communication transmitters while mounted on a
    fixed or rotary-wing drone and possibly disable the signals through
    jamming. Proposals were due no later than the 18th of January and demonstrations of prototypes will follow over the course of the next
    seven months.

    The devices are expected to be capable of detecting any number of
    transmitters operating between 30 MHz and 6 GHz and able to transmit
    their findings in real-time to a receiving station on the ground.
    Bidding is being limited to companies within the European Union.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    KB3AWQ repeater in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Thursdays at 9 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: The numbers are in: The total contacts made by young
    amateurs during December YOTA month outpaced those made the previous
    year. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, tells us more.

    SEL: For the 24 young amateur radio operators in the Western Hemisphere
    who were part of December YOTA Month, the numbers added up in a big way.
    The Youth on the Air operators logged 14,699 QSOs while calling QRZ with special event callsigns. The contacts, made using SSB, CW, digital modes
    and satellites, dramatically topped the previous year's total of 12,487.
    Some of the operators, such as Michael, W3MLJ, said his favorite part of
    the activation was being able to run five radios at the same time, all
    logging contacts on digital modes such as FT-8. Calin K8MTJ got a
    special kick out of working ZR1ADI in South Africa using FT8.

    The hams, all younger than 26, had their efforts coordinated by Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, who worked with YOTA month manager Tomi, HA8RT. The
    event was a prelude to the first YOTA camp to be held in the Western Hemisphere this summer. That's planned for July 11th through 16th.

    Meanwhile, more than 2,100 operators of all ages received awards based
    on the number of YOTA Month contacts they'd made. Unclaimed awards can
    be downloaded at events dot ham hyphen yota dot com. (events.ham-

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, KB3TZD.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A longtime radio amateur in Michigan has been reaching out
    on social media for a life-saving donation. Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, tells
    us about him.

    DON: Philip Ross, AB8PR, who has been a licensed ham since 1971, has
    been looking lately for something a whole lot more than some rare DX or
    a good signal report. The Michigan grandfather learned recently he has end-stage kidney disease and needs a living donor to make a transplant possible. He tells his story on various social media sites and his own
    website papaphilcan dot com (papaphilcan.com) in the hopes that someone
    will come forward to help him. He notes that dialysis - his only other
    option - is not a cure but a form of disease management that leads to a shorter life with greatly lessened quality. His website reads: Papa Phil
    Can; His Kidneys Can't. Even if AB8PR is not in your logbook, if you
    think you can include him in your own plans to help, visit his website
    to learn more. That's papaphilcan dot com.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Feb 4 22:34:21 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: For one ham club in Canada, emergency response doesn't just consist of HTs, repeaters and HF radios. Radio operators there are hoping
    they can soon assist local responders by getting their microwave network
    in the game. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, has that story.

    CHRISTIAN: The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club, which already provides
    emergency support on the ground throughout its region in British Columbia, sees even more potential in their mountaintop-to-mountaintop broadband network. They're offering to open its use to the TNRD, the regional
    governing body, in the hopes that the microwave links' internet
    connectivity and large data bandwidth can provide an additional resource
    for local Emergency Operations Centres in the case of wildfires or other calamities.

    Club president Myles, VE7FSR, said the idea of providing the TNRD, or Thompson-Nicola Regional District, with a higher level of assistance was inspired by a 2017 wildfire in the region. He and some friends in the
    British Columbia Wireless Amateur Radio Network recalled how the blaze had hampered the Emergency Operations Centers' abilities to communicate vital information.

    Myles told Newsline that for the region's various municipalities to
    utilize the club's high speed microwave system, they'd need to first
    establish that they have line-of-sight with the mountaintops and then
    install dishes there to connect with the EOCs below. Myles said this sort
    of operation has come of age. EOCS, he said, are more dependent than ever
    on internet access because the data bandwidth is so much greater there
    than on VHF, UHF and especially HF.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Winter Field Day was a little bit different this year for some hams in Georgia. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us how they spent it.

    KEVIN: The Macon, Georgia shopping mall known as the Shoppes at River
    Crossing became part of a Winter Field Day activity and even the mall's security department got in on the action. Hams were using the occasion to demonstrate analog and digital HF operations as well as UHF/VHF and D-
    STAR. According to David Johnson, KF4ALH, emergency coordinator for Macon-
    Bibb ARES, this field day activity was more about scoring big points on education and public relations instead of points in a contest. Hams from Macon-Bibb County ARES were joined by the Macon-Bibb County EMA Volunteer Group, Macon Amateur Radio Club, the Monroe County ARES Group and the
    Monroe County Amateur Radio Society.

    The hams gave science lessons and history lessons, along with a basic look
    at how amateur radio works and the role it plays when hurricanes sweep through.

    David said a few visitors seemed interested in learning more and doing
    more. He added: "If even one new person gets the Amateur Radio bug from
    our event, I consider that a bonus."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    JIM/ANCHOR: A special event is celebrating 100 years since the creation of
    the Royal Australian Air Force. Robert Broomhead has that story.

    ROBERT: A call has been put out for enthusiastic recruits to serve the
    Royal Australian Air Force -- no, not for military duty but to become
    airborne nonetheless via the radio as part of one of two special event stations marking the 100th anniversary of the RAAF.

    Hams will be using the call signs VI100AF and VK100AF from the 1st of
    March to the 29th of May, for 100 days. The Air Force's actual birthday is March 31st. On that date in 1921, the RAAF became an independent service
    from the Army. It is the world's second-oldest air force. Its roots are
    with the Australian Flying Corps, which sent troops during World War I to serve in the Middle East and European theatres.

    Activations can be done at the home QTH, at a club or even a park or SOTA location. There are plans to operate from four Air Force Bases as well.

    Time for Aussie hams to register is short. Organisers are hoping to
    release the roster for both call signs sometime around the 5th of

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Word from Ofcom in the UK has clarified some longstanding confusion over licensing responsibilities in the British Antarctic
    territory region. Hams seeking new VP8 licences to operate in the
    Antarctic and South Georgia have learned they will only be able to use
    those licences on the Falkland Islands. On the other hand, hams with
    existing VP8 calls may use them temporarily in the British Atlantic Territories, South Sandwich and South Georgia as well as in the Falklands until the licensing responsibilities are better defined.

    Ofcom noted that the British Atlantic Territories, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands cannot lissue their own licences or assign call signs.

    Ofcom left the option open for those locales to ask the Falkland Islands
    to administer licensing and call signs on their behalf as had been the
    case up until early 2020.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Feb 11 21:26:24 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Utah Amateur
    Radio Club's W7SP repeater, on Sundays as part of the club's 9 p.m. net.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Organizers are still looking for amateurs' ideas for presentations at next month's HamSCI Workshop – but the deadline is
    almost here. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, explains.

    SEL: With this year's HamSCI Workshop coming up on March 19th and 20th,
    the deadline is approaching fast for hams, scientists and other experts to submit presentation abstract proposals. This year's theme is midlatitude ionospheric sensing but presentations are not required on that subject.
    The workshop will again be held virtually on Zoom, as it was last year, in cooperation with the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and sponsored
    by the National Science Foundation.

    A team meeting will also be held for HamSCI's Personal Space Weather
    Station project. This project's goal is the creation of a citizen science instrument that enables space weather to be studied right from your QTH.

    Abstracts for presentations are due by the 15th of February. They can be
    sent via the conference webpage at hamsci dot org (hamsci.org), that's ham-s-c-i-dot-org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, KB3TZD.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The popular Wyong Field Day in Australia has been
    cancelled due to COVID precautions, but Ed Durrant, VK2JI, tells us what
    will be happening in its place.

    ED: In light of the recent new COVID events across Australia and the situation's changeable nature at present, the executive committee of the Central Coast ARC, with input from a survey of club members, has decided
    not to run the Wyong Field Day 2021 which was planned for Sunday the 28th
    of February. This is a decision that was not easy, and was taken
    considering the safety of the club members, traders and those who attend
    the day.

    However, open your calendar's as the club wishes to announce the Central
    Coast Amateur Radio Club "Mayham" event which will be held on Sunday the
    30th of May 2021 at the Wyong Race Course. We would like to see this one-
    time event attract as many visitors as the Field Day does every year, who knows, this could be the largest gathering of radio amateurs in the
    Southern Hemisphere this year!

    Traders have already been contacted and informed of the new date and we
    expect the exhibitor and lecturer variety to be just as broad as was
    planned for the 2021 Field Day.

    Full details and information regarding this event will be updated on the
    clubs website at ccarc (dot) org (dot) au and through social media as it becomes available.

    Looking forward to NO MAYHEM at the MayHam event, For the Central Coast
    ARC, this was Ed, VK2JI.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A Canadian satellite operator has become the latest player
    to join the low-earth orbit action over Earth's skies. The company Telesat announced on February 9th that it intends to build a constellation of 300 satellites in order to deliver high-speed internet worldwide in the next
    two years. Known as Lightspeed, it will be designed to serve fixed and
    mobile network operators, aeronautical and maritime users, enterprise customers, and governments. Consumers wishing to use Lightspeed's services would purchase their service from one of Lightspeed's direct customers.

    The company said financing still needed to be finalized. If Telesat is successful, that would make the company the latest seeking to offer satellite-based internet services. The most well-known one perhaps is
    SpaceX's Starlink service which is already serving parts of North America. Project Kuiper (KIE-PURR) has also announced it is moving forward but has
    had no launches yet.




    STEPHEN:/ANCHOR: The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced the
    winners of its construction competition held during lockdown and Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, has the results.

    JEREMY: The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced the winners of
    the construction competition held for projects created during the autumn
    2020 lockdown, the Christmas and New Year holiday period and the early
    part of this year.

    Response exceeded the society's expectations and the decision was made to
    name four winners instead of one.

    Congratulations to: first-prize winner Gordon Lean, G3WJG ; runner-up Paul Graham, M0PGX; third-prize winner Laurence Fletcher, G4SXH, and to Robert Lynch, M0NVQ, who was chosen as highly commended.

    Learn more about their projects in the April RadCom, and on the RSGB
    website at the URL given in the written text on the arnewsline.org



    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Feb 18 22:59:18 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Who doesn't want to get outdoors? Young hams in IARU Region 1
    are making plans to do just that and holding an online forum, as we hear
    from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: Summits on the Air, Islands On the Air, Worldwide Flora and Fauna and other radio-friendly outdoor activities will be the focus of discussion
    among young amateurs during the next YOTA Online session this month. It's being held by the Youth Working Group of IARU Region 1. The programme will begin at 1900 UTC on Thursday, the 25th of February. This episode is
    called "Gone exploring" and shares different ways to enjoy outdoor activations. The Youth Working Group Chair Philipp Springer, DK6SP, writes
    on the ham-yota.com website that, as with previous episodes in the series, there will be a question-and-answer period afterwards.

    YOTA Online is a monthly presentation by Region 1's youngest amateurs. The events are livestreamed on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook and the organisers
    are also hoping to stream the proceedings via the QO-100 geostationary satellite in DATV mode.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Recent weather extremes throughout much of the United States
    put hams' preparedness to the test, as we hear from Randy Sly, W4XJ.

    RANDY: Sleet, winter storms and other severe weather systems plus power
    and telecommunications outages challenged hams across the nation, even as temperatures fell to record lows in parts of the U.S. South. Arctic
    conditions prevailed through much of the central region of the country as well. The ARRL's emergency response director Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, reported
    on the league website that an ARES net was set up in Texas to track
    rolling blackouts taking place as the power grid there became overwhelmed
    by customer demand. The net also handled health and welfare needs and
    vehicle accident reports. Hams responded to similar conditions as well in Alabama where the Section Emergency Coordinator David Gillespie, W4LHQ,
    also reported on the league website that the region was dealing with power outages and temperatures below freezing. Although not every region
    activated an ARES group, hams were standing by just in case as the threat
    of the return of severe weather hung over many regions.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Randy Sly, W4XJ.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: In Australia, one radio group has directed its problem-
    solving toward hams unable to fulfill the regulator's requirement for a permanent address. Here's Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, with more.

    ROBERT: The ACMA's requirement that hams in Australia provide a public
    postal address to be certified and licensed left some amateurs with a
    dilemma: they do not have a fixed address at the moment because they have
    been traveling or are perhaps in a vulnerable segment of the population.
    Leave it to amateur radio ingenuity and problem-solving to resolve this
    issue. The Pride Radio Group, created last year as a welcoming
    organisation for amateur radio operators in the LGBTQ community, has
    arranged a free mail redirection service for its members in Australia. It provides a post box address that can be publicly listed and is separate
    from the address of the ham's QTH. The radio group's founder Michaela (Mick-EYE-ALE-A) Wheeler VK3FUR/VK4XSS, said Pride is providing the mail redirection service free to its members with the help of the provider HotSnail. Michaela said members receive an address to use on their registration paperwork. If mail arrives at that address, HotSnail scans it
    and forwards it to the email address the ham has provided. While this
    service cannot be used for QSL cards, Michaela said it does solve the
    address problem for the ACMA's required paperwork.

    Michaela said that because Pride Radio Group operates as a virtual entity, using HotSnail made the most sense because the service can be managed remotely.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Researchers in Moscow have developed a terahertz detector
    with unprecedented sensitivity and it shows promise in several areas of science. Jack Parker, W8ISH, has the details.

    JACK: A development from researchers in Moscow has presented what
    researchers consider good prospects for radio astronomy, wireless communications, medical diagnostics and security systems. It involves the
    use of something called quantum-mechanical tunneling in graphene. The scientists have used it to create a highly sensitive terahertz detector.
    This solves the problem of inefficiency when mobile systems make use of extremely high frequencies beyond the traditional ones used today. Most transistors in use today in typical wireless receivers aren't fast enough
    to recharge at those frequencies: Wi-Fi receivers typically use signals at about 5 GHz and 5G mobile can transmit as high as 20 GHz - but going much higher usually poses a challenge.

    What researchers in Moscow and the University of Manchester have created
    is a device much more sensitive to those in commercial use now, which are based on semiconductors and superconductors. In this new development, the application of even very low voltage to the control contact or gate in a tunneling transistor aligns energy levels of the source and channel, permitting current to flow.

    On the website Phys.Org, one of the Moscow researchers, Dennis Bandurin writes: [quote] "The current characteristics give rise to great hopes for
    the creation of fast and sensitive detectors for wireless communications." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.

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    DON/ANCHOR: A New England ham's battle to put up radio towers is over and
    at last, he can start construction. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, tells us what
    it took for him to win his case.

    KENT: Zach Manganello, K1ZK, may well consider himself the recipient of a towering victory in every sense of those words. The longtime amateur spent
    the greater part of 2020 defending his proposal to install two radio
    towers on his property the rural part of Vermont. Last summer, neighbors objected to his original proposal for the 84-foot towers saying they were
    too high and were damaging to their views. Zach downsized his plans and
    tried again.

    He even conducted visual impact tests floating a balloon to simulate the height of the tower to ensure neighbors' views would remain unaffected.
    This month, the Telecommunications Review Board of the Town of Shelburne granted Zach the right to go ahead with two towers, one at 40 feet and the other 60 feet, both supported by guy wires.

    According to a report in the Burlington Free Press, the local board
    decided to give its support to Zach's tower project after being convinced
    that having backup emergency communications in the neighborhood was a
    local asset. The report said the panel was impressed as well by Zach's willingness to share the educational aspects of amateur radio with the
    greater community.

    All of this came as the hoped-for good news for Zach, a lifelong radio enthusiast since his childhood in Maine and a ham since the age of 14.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WD8IIJ repeater
    of the Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club on Fridays at 8 p.m. local
    time in the hometown of the late great Dean Martin, Stuebenville, Ohio.



    DON/ANCHOR: The space weather project launched by the HamSCI collective
    has been getting some pretty prominent notice. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, is
    here with the details.

    ANDY: Amateur radio's volunteer space weather watchers have been getting
    some recognition from the pros lately. A February 9th article in "Eos:
    Earth & Space Science News" gives a respectful nod to the space weather
    sensor network created worldwide by Ham Radio Science Citizen
    Investigation, or HamSCI, a collective created by Nathaniel Frissell,

    The article praises the crowdsourced data hams are able to collect from
    radio signals as those signals are influenced by changes in ionospheric propagation. It was co-written by Nathaniel along with David Kazdan, AD8Y,
    and Kristina Collins, both of Case Western Reserve University, W8EDU. Eos
    is a publication of the American Geophysical Union.

    The authors discuss how hams monitor what responses the Earth's atmosphere
    has to different solar activity and the activity's impact on telecommunications and electrical utilities, among other things. The
    article advocates increased reliance on what hams and their amateur
    stations can offer. [quote] They write: "With open-source instrumentation cheaper and more plentiful than ever before, the time is ripe for amateur scientists to take distributed measurements of the ionosphere — and the amateur radio community is up for the challenge.” [end quote]

    With support from the National Science Foundation, HamSCI has launched a Personal Space Weather Station project to support hams who wish to collect such data to be used in space science research. Publication of the article comes just weeks before HamSCI's virtual workshop which is being held on
    March 19th and 20th.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    DON/ANCHOR: If you know a young radio amateur who can't wait for camp
    season, Jack Parker, W8ISH, has some good news for you.

    JACK: Organizers have reaffirmed their commitment to hosting this year's
    Youth on the Air camp, even as campers from across the Americas who were accepted into last year's cancelled camp are completing priority
    registration now. The camp is scheduled to be open in Ohio from July 11th
    to the 16th with COVID-19 safety restrictions in place.

    Camp director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, said in an announcement that a final
    decision will be made in April about whether the camp must be postponed
    for another year. In the meantime, applications will be accepted in March
    for any prospective campers who were not a part of last year's group. The
    camp will host a maximum of 30 youngsters.

    Neil wrote: [quote] "We are truly hopeful that we can proceed with the
    camp this summer. We have some exciting plans! We are also looking at an operating event in the summer. Stay tuned." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.

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    DON/ANCHOR: Hams in South Africa are partnering with hams in Kenya to
    help that nation's newest amateurs. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, brings us that

    JIM: The Communication Authority of Kenya has approved a memorandum of understanding that will allow the South African Radio League to assist
    the Radio Society of Kenya by administering the technical parts of the
    amateur licence exam. Regulator approval of the agreement was announced
    in late February. The memorandum outlines how the Kenyan radio society
    will continue to administer the regulations and operating procedure
    portions but states that the South African group will conduct online
    courses for training of the Kenyan amateurs and provide the training
    manuals and presentation material as well. The arrangement, which had
    been worked out during the past six months, can now go forward. SARL has similar agreements in place with Namibia and Botswana.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    DON/ANCHOR: When it copied signals recently from two space probes near
    Mars, AMSAT Germany was listening for a special reason. Ed Durrant,
    DD5LP, explains.

    ED: AMSAT-DL, which has a long-term goal to launch a space probe to Mars,
    has been listening meanwhile to probes from China and the Emirates that
    are in orbit around the planet. Using the Bochum Observatory dish at the Sternwarte Bochum Institute, the German AMSAT organisation has copied
    signals from Tianwen-1 and EMM/Hope, both of which are transmitting on
    8.4 GHz. AMSAT-DL makes use of the dish on a regular basis to receive transmission from the NASA/NOAA weather satellites.

    Built in 1965 to provide ground support for the Apollo missions, the dish
    was renovated in 2003 with the help of amateur radio operators who added phase-locked receivers in the 2.3 GHz, 5.8 GHz and 10.4 GHz amateur
    bands, along with the 8.4 GHz receiver. The dish also has an S-band, 2.4
    GHz amateur transmitter with 250 watts PEP output. The dish, which is 20 -metres, or 65.6 feet, in diameter, copied signals from Voyager 1 in

    AMSAT Germany's plan for a probe of its own dates to 2002, when
    preparations began for a way to circle Mars, conduct experiments and
    leave a payload on the planet's surface. Scientists hope the German P5-A
    probe will be capable of transmitting on amateur radio frequencies
    receivable on Earth using a 2- to 3-metre parabolic antenna.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    DON/ANCHOR: Hams in Brazil have challenged the nation's regulator, saying
    its lack of response is keeping hams off the air. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has
    that story.

    JEREMY: Brazil's amateur radio society LABRE has told the nation's communications regulator ANATEL that problems communicating with them and their website have been standing in the way of many who wish to operate legally on the ham bands.

    In a letter dated the 23rd February, the radio organisation LABRE
    acknowledged that the recent introduction of online licence testing had
    eased some of the difficulties in getting on the air but hams are now
    thwarted by the bureaucracy they face in order to complete the process.
    The letter cited excessive days waiting and a lack of communication from ANATEL. LABRE said that these difficulties have been reported by newly licensed amateurs as well as those qualifying for upgrades.

    In a report of the letter, which appeared on Southgate Amateur Radio
    News, there had been no immediate response from the Brazilian regulator.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: It's time to think about amateur radio camp - and the
    application period is now open for young hams throughout North, Central,
    and South America. The Youth on the Air camp will take place from July
    11th through July 16th at the National Voice of America Museum in West Chester, Ohio and will welcome as many as 30 campers ages 15 through 25. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the $100 camp fee.
    The window to apply closes on March 21st at 2359 UTC. For details or to download a brochure visit YouthOnTheAir.org

    Organizers will announce in April whether camp needs to be rescheduled in response to COVID-19 restrictions but for now the plans are going



    DON/ANCHOR: Speaking of young hams, we have opened the nomination period
    for our annual Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline
    Young Ham of the Year award. Think of a young amateur whose commitment to community and whose enthusiasm for radio has inspired you and others and submit their name. Nominees must 18 or younger living in the United
    States, its possessions or any Canadian province. Downloadable nomination forms can be found on our website arnewsline.org
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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Concerns over COVID-19 have altered some plans for
    young amateurs in IARU Region 1, as we learn from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: While planning remains carefully optimistic in the United
    States for the first youth ham radio camp in the Americas, organisers
    elsewhere in IARU Region 1's Youth Working Group have announced a
    modified schedule in response to COVID-19 measures. In-person IARU
    Region 1 youth events on the calendar before the end of June will
    not take place, and any activities set for later in the year are
    subject to review as conditions evolve. Youngsters on the Air in
    Region 1 has meanwhile been hosting a number of online workshops
    including a recent session on SOTA, WorldWide Flora and Fauna, and
    other outdoor operating activities.

    The announcement by Alex, IV3KKW, on the IARU Region 1 website,
    noted that the rollout of vaccines will be monitored, as will the
    development of further variants of the coronavirus. Events on the
    calendar for the second half of the year will remain in place for
    the time being.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In a special event station getting under way on
    March 13, hams are reaching out to help one of their own. Dave
    Parks, WB8ODF, tells us about it.

    DAVE: Amateur radio operators around the country are joining
    Christian Cudnik, K0STH, and Alexander Valladares (pronounced:
    Via - dar - us), W7HU, in a seven-day special event on the bands
    to highlight the urgent need facing fellow amateur Phil Ross,
    AB8PR, who is in need of a kidney from a live donor.

    Special event station K4P - which stands for Kidney For Phil -
    will be operating on 17, 20, 40, and 80 meters, from March 13
    to March 20, sharing the story of the Michigan grandfather,
    who is in end stage renal failure. The hams will be calling QRZ
    on single sideband and in FT8. Special event QSL cards and a
    downloadable digital certificate will be available for confirmed

    Phil has been told that unless a matching kidney can be located
    from a living donor soon, he will require dialysis, a time-consuming intervention that is not considered a cure. For details on the
    special event, visit the QR Zed page for K4P. Cudnik and Valladares
    have also been focusing attention on Phil's situation on their
    respective YouTube channels, "100 Watts and a Wire" and "W7HU Alex."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Hamvention Awards Committee has announced this
    year's honorees and one of our Newsline colleagues is a recipient.
    Here's Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, with the details.

    KEVIN: Congratulations to Newsline's own Science Editor, Tamitha
    Mulligan Skov, WX6SWW, winner of the Technical Achievement award
    from the Hamvention Awards Committee. Tamitha was among those chosen
    for this year's honors by Hamvention co-chairs Michael Kalter, W8CI,
    and Frank Beaford, WS8B, who called her [quote] "a real space pioneer." [endquote]

    Newsline listeners know her from her solar weather reports here, as
    well as on HamNation, YouTube, the Weather and History channels, and
    for her work in the MIT Technology Review and in Popular Science
    magazine. Licensed since 2018, Tamitha is a research scientist for
    the Aerospace Corporation, and has also been an instructor at Contest University numerous times. The Hamvention co-chairs wrote: [quote]
    "She is always seeking new ways to bring an awareness of Space Weather
    and its effects into the mainstream, and hopes to herald in a new era
    of TV weather broadcasting before the end of Solar Cycle 25."

    Honors are also being given to Wesley Lamboley, W3WL, who is
    receiving the Special Achievement Award for his work in youth
    coaching, membership recruiting and technical problem assistance.
    Angel M. Vazquez, WP3R, is receiving the Amateur of the Year Award,
    for his work as one of the principal support engineers at the Arecibo
    parabolic dish antenna that was operational in Puerto Rico until its
    collapse late last year. Club of the Year has been given to the Vienna
    Wireless Society, K4HTA, for its educational efforts and public service
    for 58 years in the Washington, D.C. area.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Amateur Radio Digital Communications, a California
    nonprofit foundation that supports technical innovation, is
    encouraging individuals and organizations with projects involving
    digital communication and amateur radio to apply for grants.

    Executive director Rosy Wolfe, KJ7RYV, said philanthropic grants
    are given to schools, universities, public charities, and others
    involved in nonprofit endeavors, who submit a request. The subject
    areas may also also include internet technologies, and the
    communication sciences. Past recipients have included the Foundation
    for Amateur Radio, the Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club, the ARRL
    Foundation, and the Hoopa Valley Tribe.

    For more details, visit the website ampr.org

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: High up above the Earth, the Starlink fleet of satellites is growing, and Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us about the newest additions.

    JIM: Sixty additional internet satellites were added to the Starlink fleet after a March 11th launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The
    satellites, however, weren't the only things of interest on board. A number
    of radio enthusiasts have been reporting on reddit.com, Hackaday and
    similar websites that they were able to receive the Falcon 9 spacecraft's telemetry downlink on 2232.5 MHz. Some of the innovators reported that they were able to demodulate the signal, convert it into binary data and then
    plain text. Two hackers in particular were reported to have received the transmissions using a repurposed satellite dish and an open source SDR peripheral known as a HackRF.

    Of course, while they were all listening and decoding, most of the rest of
    us were simply waiting to learn that in the skies just 180 miles south of
    New Zealand, 60 newcomers now raised the total of the Starlink fleet to
    total to 1,265 satellites.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Just a reminder: Don't forget to get on the air between March 24th and March 30th as the amateur radio community says "thanks" and
    "goodbye" to American TV's popular "Last Man Standing" show which put
    amateur radio back in prime time with main character Mike Baxter, KA0XTT.

    The show is ending its 9-year run. Be listening for special event station KA6LMS as operators coast-to-coast in the U.S. and in Canada call QRZ. If you're near your radio anywhere in the world be listening on SSB, CW, FT8, DSTAR, DMR, YSF, Satellite, Echolink, AllStar and more. For details visit
    the website g s b a r c dot o r g slash l m s (gsbarc.org/lms)



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K6SIS repeater
    in Siskiyou County, California on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Do you remember last week's report about a Washington, D.C., Traffic Information Station that was broadcasting a highway advisory that
    was 8 years old? We are happy to report this week that a similar low-power
    AM radio station in another U.S. city was used to broadcast an especially timely message, directing people to a drive-through clinic to get their COVID-19 vaccine. The message went out on 1630 AM in Denver, Colorado, transmitting prerecorded information in English and Spanish. It helped thousands of older Colorado residents arrive for their appointments at
    Coors Field, where 10,000 doses were given out.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A group of hams in the UK believes that slow CW provides the
    fast track to improving skills in code. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains.

    JEREMY: Their numbers are not quite 500 strong but these CW enthusiasts are hoping to attract new members and change all that: They are radio amateurs living primarily in the UK — and when they send CW, they send it slowly.
    The group is known on Facebook as "SLOW CW UK" but despite its base of operations in the UK, anyone from anywhere in the world is welcome to join.

    The hams meet most evenings on or near 3.555 MHz between 1930 and 2030 UTC
    and can often be heard calling "CW SLOW," sending at about 10 words per minute. Their goal isn't just to have a QSO but to improve sending and communications skills.

    Visit the Facebook page "SLOW CW UK" for more details.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K6TZ repeater
    in Santa Barbara, California, on Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Our occasional series, Nets of Note, turns to another popular obsession among amateur radio operators. You guessed it: food. Here's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

    PAUL: This time on "Nets Of Note," we bring you the Food Net, started by
    Daryl Stout, WX4QZ. As evidenced by the fact that any time a group of hams
    get together, there will be food involved, this is one net that should
    appeal to all of us. I asked Stout to tell me more.

    STOUT: Food Net was founded on the premise that "H.A.M." stands for "Have Another Meal" and you don't call us Late For Dinner. And on some nets when some hams talk about what's cooking...invariably, one will chime in with something like, "I'll be there in 5 minutes!!"

    Before COVID-19, food was a major part of hamfests and Field Day, and hopefully these activities will be able to resume.

    The net itself discusses cuisines, recipes, meals, cooking methods, et
    cetera. The bottom line is that everyone has to eat.

    One ham said his wife marinated pork chops in an Instant Pot with Coca-Cola and cooking them. He said they were the best pork chops he had ever eaten.

    The Net meets on the Quadnet Array on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 4PM Eastern. For details go to https://openquad.net for connection options via D-Star, DMR, WIRES-X, and Fusion.

    PAUL: The next net will be on Saturday, April 17th. Stout said that if you
    go to the website referenced on his QRZ page, you can find spreadsheets
    with information on many other nets that he's involved with.

    Now, please excuse me while I go eat dinner. For Amateur Radio Newsline,
    I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    JIM/ANCHOR: In West Bengal, India, amateurs will be bringing their radios
    to some polling stations at election time. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us

    JIM M: Just as they did in 2016 and 2019, amateur radio operators in West Bengal, India are assisting at polling stations in remote locations to help with reporting votes to the Election Commission. The commission has
    accepted the offer from the West Bengal Radio Club to relay results in
    areas lacking a strong mobile communications network. The hams' involvement recently won approval from the Wireless Planning and Communication Wing of
    the Department of Telecommunications located within the Ministry of Communications. Amateur radio is regulated by the ministry. According to
    club secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, 30 hams will be deployed to a total 130 polling stations in the Sunderbans area which is a remote part of Bengal. They will be using the special call sign AU2ECI, between March 29th through to April 1st. All the participants assisting with communications
    have received training from the Indian Academy of Communication and
    Disaster Management. Votes are to be counted on May 2nd.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim, Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're hearing this newscast this in southern Germany, get ready for a new operating challenge coming your way starting April 5th. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has those details.

    ED: The mountain award scheme known as HEMA is about to arrive in southern Germany. Created 10 years ago in the UK, it appeals to hams interested in
    the range of operating challenges that exist between the Global Mountain
    Award and Summits on the Air schemes. In fact, HEMA hams are more
    interested in achieving interesting contacts with or between summits than merely collecting points. Inclusion of the new Alpine "DL" area means that
    any hams interested in getting their first contact as a chaser or activator should be near their radios on Easter Monday, the 5th of April onwards. For rules, see the HEMA webpage at hema dot org dot uk (hema.org.uk)/ where you can register and access the spotting page. Then, keep your eye out for activations of those newly authorised summits.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm HEMA DL coordinator, Ed Durrant, DD5LP.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Fourteen new amateur radio satellites are in orbit following
    their launch on March 22nd from Kazakhstan. They were deployed by a Soyuz rocket. All are operating on bands allocated to the amateur satellite
    service and have been coordinated by the IARU Satellite Frequency
    Coordination Panel. Three other satellites launched with them: KMSL from Korea, UNISAT-7 and WildTrackCube-Simba from the University of Rome -- do
    not have amateur missions.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: Do you have an opinion on radio spectrum use in Australia?
    The Australian Communications and Media Authority wants to hear from you. Here's John Williams, VK4JJW.

    JOHN: The ACMA is looking for input on a draft of its five-year spectrum
    plan, a key document that will guide its priorities in allocating and
    managing frequencies in the years ahead. The proposed changes are being
    drawn up in consultation with members of the telecommunications industry, radio hobbyists and others in the community. This is the first such draft
    to be created under the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform
    and Modernisation) Act 2020.

    Priorites are expected to be heavily impacted by the ACMA's goal to support deployment of 5G services throughout Australia. A review is also ongoing to replace apparatus licences with non-assigned amateur licensing arrangements
    as a way of keeping licensees' costs affordable and to reduce the burden on regulators. The ACMA has a number of options for replacing the current apparatus licence but prefers the establishment of non-assigned amateur and outpost stations under a class licence. The agency also plans to review the prospect of creating licences for higher-power operations and intends to consult with the amateur community on this issue.

    Feedback may be submitted to the ACMA no later than April the 28th.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The Ogden Amateur Radio Club, one of Utah's oldest ham radio clubs, bears the call sign of its founder Dr. W. Glen Garner, W7SU. He
    became its first president shortly after its founding 100 years ago this

    The club is marking its centennial with an array of activities, including a special event station in May and a centennial QSL card contest for its members. Newsline congratulates the Ogden amateurs on 100 great years.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: IARU Region 1 is assessing its future and hoping for a younger perspective. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP, to tell us what's up next.

    ED: Faced with eroding enrollment in many of its member societies, IARU
    Region 1 has begun organising a workshop on keeping amateur radio vibrant
    as its licensees age. Discussions about the workshop were held at its
    General Conference on March 24. The workshop itself will be held in October
    of this year, hosted by the Serbian Amateur Radio Society. If COVID restrictions are still in place at the time, the workshop will be conducted virtually instead.

    Participants are particularly concerned about the lack of top leadership
    among amateurs 35 and younger. The committee wrote on the IARU website: [quote] "The IARU Region 1 Executive Committee shares that it's time for change and we need to start moving forward. Working together and changing
    the current trends. We need to focus our thinking and way of operating." [endquote]

    Towards that end, the committee said it was committed to bringing new
    people into the discussion.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: RF control links being used at 420 and 430 MHz to set up a
    linked repeater system in New Mexico are being cited as potential sources
    of interference to critical systems at the nearby White Sands Missile
    Range, the largest open air test range of the United States Department of Defense. The department's Regional Spectrum Coordinator, the FCC and the
    ARRL worked together to track down the amateur radio communications, which were discovered to come from the repeater system's RF control links on 70 centimetres. Amateur radio is a secondary service on the band. The owners
    of the control links have been asked to re-coordinate the frequencies by
    May 31st.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A popular net among the youngest amateurs in New Zealand just
    got a little bigger and a little more ambitious. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells
    us how they're growing.

    JIM: Like everything that starts out in life young and small, the net
    formerly known as Young Transmitters New Zealand has grown up. It has rebranded and expanded to become the YOTA Oceania Net. The net's founder Thomas Bernard, ZL3TOM, announced the change in a recent newsletter,
    telling Newsline that the net is now run in partnership with Youngsters on
    the Air, recognising that participants hope to connect with other hams in
    more regions than before. The net is held Mondays at 0600 UTC on All-Star
    and Echolink. Tom uses the special event callsign ZL6YOTA during the net to encourage more young amateurs to check in.

    For more information about the net, and ways to join this growing
    community, visit his website at zl3tom dot com [zl3tom.com]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.
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    PAUL/ANCHOR: The Youth Working Group of the IARU Region 1 has announced a
    new contest, as we hear from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: Young amateurs in IARU Region 1 are hoping for a big turnout in May
    for the debut of the YOTA contest, an initiative designed to get more young amateurs on the air around the world. The 12-hour competition will be held three times a year, with the first one happening on the 22nd of May. There
    are eight categories, including ones for hams 25 and younger and the
    contest exchange will be the operators' ages.  Activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10-metre bands in CW and SSB modes. The later contests will be
    in July and December.

    The Youth Working Group has arranged the event with the cooperation of the Hungarian Amateur Radio Society. Details are available on the website shown
    in this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    PRINT ONLY: https://ham-yota.com/contest




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Speaking of the IARU, it's almost time to mark its 96th anniversary. The worldwide celebration includes this one happening on Echolink. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us about it.

    KEVIN: Like the International Amateur Radio Union itself, one net
    celebrating the IARU's founding has undergone plenty of changes since its inception. The net began modestly on Echolink in 2015 when John DeRycke
    (Duh Rikey) W2JLD said he noticed there were no celebrations being held in that mode to mark the IARU's founding in Paris in 1925. It has grown in subsequent years to include other modes and extended hours of operation.
    This year's net will span 16 hours with 10 to 12 net controllers from
    around the world and the special event call sign W7W. Hams will be checking
    in on the ROC-HAM Echolink conference node 531091 and on Allstar 2585.
    Other conferences will be linked in including the *DODROPIN* NODE 355800, WALES NODE 485040 and the South Wales Digital Group node 676659. Users of
    DMR, and the Hamshack Hotline will also be able to check in.

    For full details of the celebration, visit the QRZ page for W7W, and to
    view the QSL card marking the event.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: In New Zealand, there's promise for extra search-and-rescue success using drones outfitted with two-way radio. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
    tells us more.

    JIM: Take a highly directional microphone array and processor, a team of drones and a wild landscape with the potential for the danger of getting
    lost and you have a promising search-and-rescue communications tool.

    At least that's what executives at Dotterel, a company in Auckland, New Zealand are hoping. Outfitting drones with this kind of audio payload is providing two-way radio capability that can conduct search-and-rescue over large areas by hearing people's cries for help. This adds one more tool to
    the versatile toolbox of public safety operations which already contains
    the ability to use thermal imaging, cellphone signals and visual imagery. According to an article in DroneLife, this radio installation will permit two-way communications with people on the ground calling for aid and who
    can provide details of their injuries..

    Shawn Edlin, the company's CEO, said in a press release that the
    microphones are able to receive highly directional audio on the ground as
    the signal remains uncompromised by drone propeller noise and other sounds.

    Brandon McCarthy, Auckland search and rescue leader, said audio will
    provide an extra capability for the team's operations going forward.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: With Hamvention being held virtually again this year, there
    are two programs figuring prominently on the calendar. We hear about them
    from Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

    STEPHEN: Hamvention's Contest University will be held virtually again this year, just like Hamvention itself. Classes get under way at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, or 1300 UTC, Thursday May 20th on Zoom. Registration is free and you
    can start signing up from the 20th of April.

    Please check contestuniversity.com for updates and a course outline.

    Lessons of a different sort continue the next day as Hamvention's 2021
    Award winners make 45-minute presentations followed by a Q&A - again, all conducted virtually on Zoom. Presenters are Newsline's science editor
    Tamitha Mulligan Skov (SKOVE) WX6SWW, winner of the Technical Achievement Award; Wesley Lamboley W3WL, winner of the Special Achievement Award; Angel Vazquez, WP3R, Amateur of the Year; and the Vienna Wireless Society K4HTA
    Club of the Year.

    Don't forget the Hamvention QSO Party on Saturday, May 22nd from 8 a.m. to
    8 p.m. Eastern Time.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, K8WB.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you think Weak Signal Propagation Reporting is of
    great benefit only to hams, guess again - and listen to this story
    from Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: The memory of the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is
    seared into the memory of many who recall the ill-fated Boeing 777.
    The Beijing-bound aircraft vanished somewhere over the Indian Ocean
    on the 8th of March in 2014 with 239 people on board. Two separate
    searches for wreckage and clues came up empty, although more than 30
    pieces of debris have turned up in various places.

    Now radio, in the form of Weak Signal Propagation Reporting, or
    WSPR, may be offering some clues to its flight path. Hams, of
    course, often make use of this one-way, low power transmission mode
    created by Princeton physicist Joe Taylor, K1JT to test propagation.
    Now it is being used by aviation expert Richard Godfrey of The
    Independent Group in the search for the long-missing plane. He said
    recently that he believes the aircraft set off eight WSPR tripwires
    over the Indian Ocean validating previous flight-path analyses of
    drift modeling and Inmarsat satellite data.

    According to various news reports, MH370's final moments were in the
    southern part of the Indian Ocean, in a spot that can now be more
    precisely identified.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A free emergency communications training conference
    went virtual for the first time this year and the response was
    overwhelming. Christian Cudnik, K0STH, has that report.

    CHRISTIAN: Comm Academy, the free annual training conference for
    emergency communicators, exceeded its geographic boundaries this
    year and in doing so, exceeded expectations. This month's two-day
    conference marked the first time it has been held virtually,
    allowing for worldwide participation. According to Tim Helming,
    WT1M, the number of viewers watching live often exceeded 1400 and
    never dropped below 950. The format offered pre-recorded
    presentations with live Q&A afterward. Going online allowed the 20-
    year-old conference to expand its more traditional regional reach
    within the Pacific Northwest community out to a worldwide audience.

    Tim told Newsline: [quote] "It was a vast amount of work, but we're
    all really pleased with how it came out." [endquote] Although
    organizers hope to return to the in-person format next year, Tim
    said there is no turning back now on inviting the world to attend
    once again and organizers are exploring various options. He told
    Newsline: [quote] "It's clear that there's a big hunger out there
    for this kind of training and community." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A businessman, ham radio operator and pioneer in software-defined radio has been honored in Germany for his
    achievements. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, gives us the details.

    ED: Ulrich Rohde, developer of the SDR technology, has been
    recognised in Germany for advancing the use of microwave and high
    frequency radio. He has been given the Order of Merit of the Federal
    Republic of Germany on the recommendation of Markus Sder,
    Minister-President of Bavaria. Ulrich holds the call sign DJ2LR in
    Germany, and N1UL in the US.

    Ulrich, a respected professor, is a partner in the Munich-based
    technology company, Rohde & Schwarz, which deals in HF technologies.
    According to the biography on his company website, his many previous
    honours include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radio Club
    of America, the Industrial Pioneer Award of the IEEE and the IEEE
    Region 1 Award for his work in the design and use of RF technology.

    He has been granted numerous honorary professorships and doctorates
    around the world. Last year in Germany, a special call sign DL35SDR
    was issued, recognizing his presentation 35 years ago of SDR
    technology at a conference in 1985. He has also been a leader at
    numerous US-based companies, serving as president of the Rohde &
    Schwarz USA subsidiary in Fairfield, New Jersey and creating the New Jersey-based Synergy Microwave Corporation in 1985.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Presentations by radio experts are the highlight of
    a convention being hosted virtually in Norway. Let's hear more from
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: A digital HamConvention will be under way between the 18th
    and 26th of April in connection with the digital general meeting of
    Norway's national amateur radio society, the NRRL. The eight-day
    programme includes lectures from amateur radio experts, including
    various technical subjects and a presentation on the NRRL's role in
    a rescue operation during the December 2020 landslide in a Norwegian
    village. For the more adventurous radio operators, there is also a
    how-to session from a team of Norwegian DXpeditioners. Additional
    details are available in Norwegian on the league's website nrrl.no.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Wed Apr 28 17:34:30 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: You have until May 31st to nominate a talented young radio
    amateur for the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline
    Young Ham of the Year award. Think of a young amateur whose commitment to community and whose enthusiasm for radio has inspired you and others and submit their name. Nominees must 18 or younger living in the United
    States, its possessions or any Canadian province. Downloadable nomination forms are due no later than May 31st and can be found on our website arnewsline.org



    JIM/ANCHOR: One of the best ways to get hams on the same band, in the
    same mode at the same time is to organize an event. Sunday April 25th is
    the date for 'Light Up 2 Meters Night,' a very local event for
    participating hams who are encouraged to get on the air using 2 meters
    simplex from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time. The event is the creation of
    Joseph Durnal, NE3R, who stresses that this isn't a contest; just an
    operating activity to bring hams together and explore the possibilities
    of operating simplex. The primary operating frequency will be 146.52 MHz,
    but other simplex frequencies may also be available in different




    JIM/ANCHOR: Fifteen years of sending CW with a straight key is no small achievement. Randy Sly, W4XJ, is here to tell us how one group has been
    making every contact a celebration for all those years.

    RANDY: The Straight Key Century Club is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
    It all began with a simple post in the QRZ.com forum about the ARRL
    Straight Key Night after it ended in 2006. Tom Peterson, KC9ECI, wanted
    to see the event extended. He wrote:"Do it the 1st of each month. Start
    your own SKCC club. One hundred Qs with a straight key in a year gets a certificate. Ah, the heck with it ...I'm officially starting the SKCC
    club..." Since that day, the club has grown to over 24,000 members who
    are taking to the airwaves with straight keys, sideswipers and semi-
    automatic keys.

    Tom told Newsline that he never thought the club would get this big. In
    fact, he's amazed. He said: "The success of the SKCC has less to do with
    me and everything to do with a great bunch of operators who were willing
    to step up. I just provided the 'spark' of an idea."

    Members can work toward awards and participate in many activities,
    including a monthly Sprintathon. The May Sprintathon, which starts at
    1200Z on May 8, offers bonus points for a contact made with any member
    who joined during the first year, those with a number lower than 2545.

    For more information and to register for a free membership, visit skccgroup.com.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Randy Sly, W4XJ, SKCC number 616S.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Recognizing that amateur radio isn't an activity we engage in alone, the national amateur radio society in Switzerland is asking
    members to take things one step further: They want seasoned hams to
    consider mentoring newcomers. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: The USKA, the Swiss national amateur radio society, has put out a
    call to its members asking them to consider offering encouragement,
    support and expertise to new and prospective amateurs. The national
    society is in the process of putting together a mentoring system and
    hopes hams will offer their time and commitment to meet with newcomers,
    either virtually or in person. Their responsibilities will include
    helping to answer questions on either the Ofcom HB3 Novice licence or the
    HB9 (CEPT Class 1) certificate. Other mentors are being asked to serve as instructors, provide advice for participation in contests and other
    events as well as demonstrating certain basic skills. Willi, HB9AMC, who coordinates youth training for the society, said [quote] "The activity is fully worthy of the ethos of amateur radio.' " [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Was there ever a ham radio operator who didn't want to be
    heard? Well, one amateur in Maryland is giving hams around the world an opportunity for just that, even without benefit of a rig, an antenna or a linear amp. Jim, K3MRI, has launched a new effort called Ham Census,
    which he said is inspired by the newest licensees who have entered the worldwide community. The Census presents questions about the future of
    amateur radio, personal views on regulations, operating preferences, gear
    and organizations. The six-part census takes about 40 to 45 minutes to complete and it is available online at hamcensus.org. There is no cutoff
    date for responses. Jim said results are available to all respondents in
    the hopes that a better-informed amateur community can more effectively influence laws, practices and the future of amateur radio in general.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri May 14 08:41:05 2021

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We here at Newsline want to take time out to
    congratulate our colleague Christian Cudnik, K0STH, at 100 Watts
    and a Wire. The show, which began in 2015 as an audio podcast, is
    marking Episode Number 300 on Saturday, May 15th. The show can be
    seen on YouTube or heard on the 100wattsandawire.com website.



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    KD2SL repeater in Syracuse, New York at 8 p.m., following the Monday
    Night Hobby and Information Net.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When the Highland Amateur Radio Association got
    together recently for brunch in a local park in southern Ohio, they
    were marking two occasions: it was the first time members were able to
    be together in a long time for a "meet and greet" -- and they were
    receiving special recognition from the ARRL as a Special Service Club.
    ARRL officials attended the event too and presented the honor
    formally. Special Service Clubs are defined as groups leading the way
    in training, publicity and community support to improve the interests
    of amateur radio. The club in southern Ohio is one of only a dozen in
    the state to be given this designation.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Arizona Historical Society has an online history
    lesson scheduled. Its topic is a lawmaker who was also one of the most high-profile American hams. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, explains.

    KEVIN: The late United States Senator Barry Goldwater was also known
    by his callsign K7UGA. History has recorded his many contributions as
    a lawmaker to the evolution of amateur radio in the US. The Arizona
    Historical Society is presenting a virtual event on Wednesday, May
    19th that explores the life of the state's most notable amateur radio
    operator who, during the war in Vietnam, was instrumental in
    organizing volunteers to connect families via ham radio with their
    relatives serving overseas during the conflict. The Society, based in
    Tucson, houses much of the senator's longtime shack in its collection.
    The presentation by Arizona State University history professor Eric
    Nystrom will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time - or 0100 UTC.
    A donation to the museum is requested for anyone attending the
    discussion, which will be held on Zoom.

    A link to register for the event can be found in the script of this
    week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://bit.ly/3mRPwTz]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Just a reminder that we are fast approaching the May
    31st deadline to nominate the next Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial
    Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year. If you know a dedicated
    radio operator 18 or younger who embodies the spirit of experimentation, community service and communication, they are eligible. Think of
    nominating them for this honor. The award will be presented in August
    at the Huntsville Hamfest. Candidates should be living in the United
    States, its possessions or any Canadian province. Downloadable forms
    are available on our website arnewsline.org
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 20 19:27:59 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    KD5DMT Benton County Radio Operators' Repeater System in Arkansas, on Saturdays at 1900 Central Time during the Info Net.



    DON/ANCHOR: Disasters can - and do - strike at all times of the year.
    In one rural region of Virginia, radio operators have developed a plan
    that musters enough communications strength to cover the emergency needs
    of four rural counties. For that report, we turn to Christian Cudnik,

    CHRISTIAN: The group of hams is small but their agenda is ambitious:
    They are organizing so they can assist with hazard mitigation in four
    small counties located less than 75 miles southeast of Washington, DC.
    In this mostly rural area, hurricanes, ice storms and flooding are all realities - as is the Lake Anna Nuclear Power Plant. R3EMCOMM, as this
    startup group is known, has a core group of about a dozen volunteers
    working closely together. Many are also members of the Culpeper Amateur
    Radio Association. Their goal is to keep an eye on Culpeper, Orange,
    Madison and Rappahannock (Rap-a-HANNOCK) counties.

    Program director for administration Mike Murphy, KD7PUF, told Newsline
    that members are asked to use the ARES Task Book as a guide in their
    planning but adapt it to the special needs of their communities. Mike
    said [quote] "We want to reinvent what we do - providing service,
    education, and training to a larger community than just those who want
    to be hams." [endquote] Toward this end, the group has also begun
    working with Culpeper County Civil Defense. With the help of Al Swann,
    KN4AAA in that office, the hams hope to coordinate with radio operators
    using FRS, MURS, and GMRS systems. The group also has the support of Ed
    Gibbs KW4GF, assistant section manager for the ARRL in Virginia, who has
    been with them since the earliest planning began two years ago.

    Mike said: [quote] "We are learning, one day at a time, and hoping to
    grow." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    DON/ANCHOR: The Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland has set
    Saturday, June 5th as the date for the next amateur radio licensing
    exam. The agency put it on the schedule at the request of Iceland's
    national amateur radio society, which had to delay its teaching sessions
    this past spring as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Test preparation
    was able to resume earlier this month to get candidates ready for the
    exams which most likely will be held at Reykjavik University.




    DON/ANCHOR: Hams, start your engines....or at least your rigs. There's a special event getting under way for the big car races in Indianapolis.
    Jack Parker, W8ISH, has those details.

    JACK: When it comes to special events, the W9IMS special event station
    for the Indianapolis 500 mile race is second to none. For the 18th year
    in a row, the W9IMS team is tuning up and listening for contacts for the
    three Indianapolis races.

    The Amateur Radio race team will be active on 20 and 40 meters for the
    105th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race May 30th. They will be
    on the air beginning May 23rd through Race Day. The eager guys and gals
    just finished a week logging contacts for the Indy Car Grand Prix. In
    August, they will fire up the radios for another week of sideband
    contacts leading up to the Brickyard 400.

    Making contact with the W9IMS special event station will get you an
    original designed QSL card. If you make contact for each race you are
    also eligible for a special race certificate. For more details, check
    out W9IMS on qrz.com

    Reporting from Indianapolis, home of the famed two and one half mile
    oval, this is Jack Parker, W8ISH



    DON/ANCHOR: The organizers of the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo are
    looking for radio operators with tips to share to help beginners sharpen
    their operating skills or to learn the basics of building. The online
    expo will take place on August 14th and 15th and presenters are needed.
    Each presenter will be able to create a pre-recorded lecture which will
    be added to the virtual platform for playback during the event. Speakers
    will then be available in a moderated Zoom room afterward for a Question
    and Answer period. To submit an application visit qsotodayhamexpo.com.

    Application deadline is June 15th.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri May 28 11:14:53 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: Congrats to Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the Year
    for 2020, Chris Brault, KD8YVJ. The ARRL announced that he was among the
    more than 200 deserving winners of scholarships through the ARRL
    Foundation. Chris is the recipient of a $10,000 Amateur Radio Digital Communications scholarship. Chris will be attending St. Louis University
    with a major in Aeronautics and a minor in computer science. He's also
    weeks away from earning his private pilot license. We here at Newsline
    wish this deserving young amateur all the best.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Speaking of the Young Ham of the Year Award, May 31st at
    midnight Eastern time is the deadline to submit your nominations for this year's recipient. If you know of an outstanding licensed radio amateur
    under the age of 18 in the US, Canada or any of the US possessions,
    please download the nomination form from our website, complete it and
    email it back to newsline@arnewsline.org

    The award will be presented at the Huntsville Hamfest in Alabama in



    JIM/ANCHOR: What's better than having boats in the water? Try having
    Boats on the Air. Well, one group in California is making it happen. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, explains.

    DAVE: In the same tradition as POTA, SOTA, and IOTA, now there's BOTA --
    that is, Boats on the Air, an activation that its organizers hope will
    set sail as an activity worldwide. The inaugural Boats on the Air is
    leaving the dock on Saturday, June 5th, and operators from the San
    Francisco Amateur Radio Club will be activating watercraft of all kinds.
    For the organizers, including Kent Carter, AJ6NI, the floating shack will
    be a sailboat called the Auriah (AH-RYE-AH). Part of the challenge, he
    said, is to bring mobile ham radio gear into a marine environment and get
    on FM, AM, CW, SSB, digital voice, or digital data modes.

    Chasers and activators will be on the air for three hours beginning 2000
    UTC. A boat is considered to be activated if it completes four QSOs. The
    event website says: [quote] "Join us to activate any moving floating
    object on any body of water." [endquote]

    In short, that means the boat can be powered by motor, by sail -- even by human effort or....well, use your imagination. In other words, whatever
    floats your boat.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Changes are coming to some awards being given by the Radio
    Society of Great Britain. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, gives us the details.

    JEREMY: The RSGB will be merging the 50MHz 2-Way Countries award and the
    50MHz DX Countries award soon, having determined that the two awards significantly duplicate one another. The new award will be released as
    the 50MHz Countries award and it will retain the incremental levels of
    award present in the two it will replace. Hams who have been working
    towards either of the current 50MHz awards will have until the end of
    this year to complete them while the RSGB works toward launching the new award.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Here in the US, a popular D-STAR Net is starting check-ins
    two hours earlier, and has big plans to get involved in emergency
    response. Here's Andy Morrison, K9AWM, with those details.

    ANDY: The Illinois D-STAR Net is on the move. Starting on Wednesday, June
    2nd, it is starting two hours earlier. Hams will be able to check in at 7
    p.m. Central Time. Net control Steven Reiners, KC9SIO, told Newsline that
    there are two benefits to moving the time of the Net, which meets on
    Reflector 51 D. Steven said he is hoping that the move will attract new members, bring back many of the original ones, and fulfil the Net's
    original mission to foster conversation among stations throughout the
    state. He said the other goal of the move is to have the Net join a
    statewide system for emergency communications, eventually attracting the participation by hams in all 102 counties.

    Meanwhile, the KB0ZSG International D-Star Net continues to take check-
    ins on Sundays at 7 p.m. Central Time in the US on Reflector 91C. The net carries the name and callsign of founder Connie Ballantyne, who became a Silent Key in February, 2020.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you can't wait for ARRL Field Day, you don't have to. The
    100 Watts and a Wire community is encouraging hams to go portable on June
    11th through June 13th as part of the annual Tune-Up Activity. It's a way
    to test your portable antennas and stations in preparation for the big
    event. If you don't have a portable station, you can still get on the
    air. Work as an individual or as part of a team, operating on any band
    and in any mode. The exchange is your Call sign, your 100WattID if you
    have one, your state, province or DX Country and a true signal report.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jun 25 00:38:55 2021

    DON/ANCHOR: With the help of the United States Postal Service, the sun
    is finally enjoying its day in.....the sun. Jim Damron, N8TMW, tells
    us what's happening.

    JIM: We hams aren't the only ones keeping a close watch on the various activities of the sun. It seems the US Postal Service has taken an
    intense interest too, so much so that it is issuing a set of stamps
    bearing images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The stamps
    feature 10 images received at the observatory, including plasma blasts,
    solar flares, coronal holes, coronal loops and those all-important

    NASA launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory in 2010 to collect solar
    data, including details about the sun's magnetic field and activity
    on the sun's surface.

    On Friday, June 18th, the post office issued the stamps during a
    ceremony in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    Thomas Marshall, the postal service's general counsel and executive
    vice president, issued a statement saying: "We hope these amazing
    stamps will help generate the same sense of wonder and curiosity about
    our star that inspired our ancestors, and the scientists at NASA to
    want to better understand the sun, space, and the myriad of
    possibilities that exist in our solar system, in our universe and

    Dean Pesnell, project scientist for the observatory, said the
    observatory has given us [quote] "the ecology of the sun.... It's
    giving us the big picture, one detail at a time."

    That means that we hams, of course, can now celebrate Solar Cycle 25
    one stamp at a time, with each QSL card we send.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.




    DON/ANCHOR: Just a reminder that even as hams in North America get
    ready for Field Day, one of the world's largest amateur radio events,
    Ham Radio Friedrichshafen, continues this year as a virtual event.
    The fair is taking place from June 25th to June 27th, with lectures
    in German and English. The 2-Dimensional virtual fairgrounds is based
    on the original one in Germany, and will feature exhibitors and special-interest groups who are able to interact with visitors through
    video chat.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K8QIK repeater in Lancaster, Ohio on Mondays at 8 p.m.



    DON/ANCHOR: A prestigious medal has been awarded to one amateur radio
    operator in Australia whose name is already well-known to a group
    there known as the Old Timers. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has the

    ROBERT: Congratulations to Bill Roper, VK3BR, who received the Order
    of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. The award
    was given for his service to amateur radio. Bill, who was recognised
    on June 14th, was among 1,190 Australians honoured on the list.

    Since the late 1990s, Bill has been the editor of Old Timers News,
    the Radio Amateurs Old Timers Club of Australia's journal, published
    twice a year. He is a life member, and membership secretary of the
    club, and a former president and secretary. Bill also has a long
    history of service to the Wireless Institute of Australia, serving
    as treasurer of the Victorian Division from 1962 to 1972, and federal
    office manager from 1989 to 1993.

    Well done, Bill.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jul 22 19:33:24 2021

    PAUL/ANCHOR: The FCC has given the go-ahead to an amateur in Georgia who
    is operating an experimental station on 40 MHz. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE,
    brings us those details.

    KEVIN: For the next two years, anyone tuning to the frequency 40.662 MHz
    is likely to hear a two-minute Weak Signal Propagation Reporter
    transmission coming from an omnidirectional antenna in Atlanta, Georgia
    in the United States. Experimental station, WL2XUP, went on the air in mid-July under an experimental license granted through July 1st, 2023 by
    the FCC. Gregory Holcomb, NI4Y, who is assigned the new callsign, will be conducting tests on the band and his two-minute transmissions occur every
    10 minutes. He is permitted a maximum output of 400 watts Effective
    Radiated Power.

    Details about the station were reported in the EI7GL blog, where the
    author, John wrote: [quote] The really big challenge now is trying to
    raise awareness amongst the amateur radio community in North America and making them aware of the 40 MHz band and the activity on it. [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

    (EI7GL BLOG)



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the W4EDP and
    N4LMC repeaters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. local



    PAUL/ANCHOR: The commercial TV industry has retired the last of its transmitters employing the original system used for black-and-white and
    early color TV. Jack Parker, W8ISH, gives us the details.

    JACK: Those of us who love our straight keys, our boat anchors, our tube radios and other parts of early ham radio have it easy. We can still use
    the technology from which our roots have sprung. Television, however,
    recently hit a milestone in the United States, where the industry retired
    the last few remaining commercial transmitters that use the system
    developed by the National Television Standards Committee. The NTSC
    system, which first defined black-and-white transmissions and later
    color, generated pictures comprising 525 lines displayed at nearly 30
    frames per second. This produced the familiar analogue TV broadcasts that delivered programming to American audiences for more than 70 years. Now,
    in an age of digital and HDTV, NTSC screens have gone dark.

    The Hackaday blog, which reported the development in its July 14 post,
    wrote: [quote] "We have to admit to being sorry to see the passing of
    analogue TV, it was an intricate and fascinating system that provided a testbed for plenty of experimentation back in the day. Perhaps as we see
    it slip over the horizon it's worth pondering whether its digital
    replacement will also become an anachronism in an age of on-demand
    streaming TV. " [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The ARRL's headquarters is back in business. Sel Embee,
    KB3TZD, gives us the details of the ceremonial reopening of the doors.

    SEL: The doors are open again in Newington, Connecticut, home to the
    American Radio Relay League. The ARRL hosted a rededication ceremony
    there on July 15th to coincide a return to business as usual as pandemic restrictions have eased. Members of the ARRL's board of directors were in
    town from around the country to attend board and committee meetings and
    were present at the ceremony.

    The league shut its building at the close of the day on March 23, 2020 in response to the governor's executive order for businesses. It was just
    days after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. Many ARRL staffers worked remotely instead. Other services,
    such as the W1AW bulletin and the code-practice transmissions continued.

    ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, said he was pleased to see the league's services and staffing bounce back. He said [quote] "This speaks to the resilience and dedication of our staff, board members and volunteers." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, KB3TZD.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Aug 6 07:41:54 2021

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Get ready for the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. It's back
    after retooling its platform and as Stephen Kinford, N8WB, tells us, organizers are optimistic.

    STEPHEN: The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo is returning on the 14th and
    15th of August, and will be based on the original platform used for the successful expo held in August of 2020. Organizer Eric Guth 4Z1UG, host
    of the QSO Today podcast, said the move back to a single-platform
    experience will avoid the widespread problems reported previously when
    the conference attempted to integrate two virtual convention platforms provided by different vendors.

    Eric said the platform, known as vFairs, has implemented such upgrades
    as a video meeting lounge, and said he anticipates what he is calling a "flawless user experience." He said he hopes to exceed the expectations
    of the more than 14,000 attendees at the live online event. He said a
    preview of the platform will be made available from 8 a.m. Pacific Time
    on August 1st through 5 p.m. Pacific Time on August 3rd so that
    prospective attendees can experience the environment without cost. The
    URL for the preview is in the printed script of this week's Newsline
    report at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://qsotest.vfairs.com ]

    Eric said the platform will have a lobby, auditorium, exhibit hall, and lounges, as well as a variety of speaker presentations.

    For ticket information or to register, visit qsotodayhamexpo.com

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K7MMA repeater, in Spokane, Washington, on Fridays at 5 p.m. Pacific



    NEIL/ANCHOR: The dilemma over assigning prefixes to amateurs operating
    from certain locations near the Falklands Islands continues. We have an
    update from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: The Falklands government, which no longer issue new VP8 licences for amateur operation from the former Falkland Islands Dependencies,
    including South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, is reportedly favouring the assignment there of the VP4 prefix formerly used in
    Trinidad and Tobago. According to various reports, the prefix would be
    used in the remote regions by subdividing the suffix with VP4 Axx for
    South Georgia and South Sandwich and VP4 Bxx for British Antarctic Territories. The VP8 prefix ceased to be used in those regions recently
    as a result of new communications legislation in the Falklands.

    VP8 licences were formerly used by DXpeditioners wishing to activate
    South Georgia and the South Sandwich islands as well as the Antarctic peninsula, South Orkneys and South Shetlands. There has been no public consultation sought by the Falkland Islands Communications Regulator on
    this issue. The British Antarctic Territories, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands cannot issue their own licences or assign call signs.
    Ofcom in the UK has left the option open for those locales to ask the
    Falkland Islands to administer licensing and call signs on their behalf
    as had been the case up until early 2020.

    The report, which appeared on several news websites, is credited to DXpeditioner Alan Cheshire, VK6CQ/VP8PJ.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The annual Navajo Code Talker special event is going
    forward in spite of a COVID-19 closure of their usual site, the Navajo
    Nation itself. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has those details.

    RALPH: Although the Navajo Nation in Arizona remains closed as a result
    of COVID-19 precautions, the annual special event station honoring the
    Navajo Code Talkers of World War II will be on the air as scheduled
    between the 10th and 14th of August. This is the 17th annual celebration
    of the Native American members of the military who thwarted Japanese interception of their messages by using their language in their coded transmissions in the South Pacific.

    THe special event station N7C will operate instead from the home QTHs of
    Ray, W7USA, Bob, K7BHM, John, W5PDW, and Herb, N7HG. Herb's father. John Goodluck, was among the original 29 Code Talkers in the United States
    Marine Corps who developed the code. John Goodluck died in 2000 at the
    age of 76.

    Be listening for N7C on 40, 20 and 17 metres. For additional details and
    QSL information, visit the station's page on QRZ.COM.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Aug 13 02:21:51 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: A firm cofounded by a radio amateur has just merged with
    the SpaceX technology giant. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, has more on that.

    SEL: SpaceX, Elon Musk's giant California-based space technology
    company, has acquired a satellite communications company cofounded by
    an amateur radio operator. The merger makes Swarm Technologies a wholly
    owned subsidiary of SpaceX. Swarm, which specializes in Internet-of-
    Things technology and low-cost satellite connectivity, has asked the
    Federal Communications Commission to transfer control of its earth and
    space station licenses. Swarm was founded in 2016 by Ben Longmier, K-
    F-5-K-M-P and Sara Spangelo. In 2020, the company launched its first
    dozen commercial satellites, established ground stations in Alaska, New Jersey, Washington State, Guam, the Azores and elsewhere and began
    expanding market access. Swarm is licensed in non-voice, non-
    geostationary mobile satellite service, operating in the bands between 137-to-138 MHz and 148-to-149-decimal-95 MHz.

    In 2020, Swarm Technologies placed second in the most Innovative Space Companies list created by Fast Company. The top spot went to SpaceX.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, K-B-3-T-Zed-D.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Two inventive amateurs in India have come up with a clever
    way to communicate with the QO-100 satellite. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN,
    tells us about their accomplishment.

    ROBERT: Hams in Hyderabad have found a homebrew solution to make
    communication via the QO-100 satellite easier for other amateurs. They
    have designed prototype converters that will enable the hams to use the transponders on board the geosynchronous satellite. The prototypes
    include both up converters and down converters. Homebrewers Sasi
    Bhushan, VU2XZ, and A. Amarendra, VU2AAP, told the Telangana Today
    newspaper that the converters eliminate the need for such expensive
    equipment as software-defined radios. They said the system works in a
    way similar to a TV set-top box that receives programmes beamed from satellites, converting radio waves into signals for the TV. The circuit
    boards within the converter are designed to communicate via the 10 GHz frequency for downlink and the 2.4 GHz frequency for uplink.

    Sasi said the first hams to be given the opportunity to use the
    converters are members of the Lamakan Amateur Radio Club in Hyderabad.
    A transverter is also in the works, combining uplink and downlink

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.




    JIM/ANCHOR: The youngest of the YLs will be getting in on the action
    this year as women in Australia get ready for a big annual contest. We
    hear more from Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

    JASON: A change in rules this year is permitting some new first-timers
    to get on the air for the 41st annual contest of the Australian Ladies
    Amateur Radio Association this month. The newest entrants are YLs who
    are in Scout and Guide groups and they'll be using their club's
    equipment and callsign. Lynda, VK7QP, writes in the ALARA newsletter,
    "The YL Beam," that the event on August 28th and 29th is [quote] "a
    friendly contest and a chance to start learning how to operate a
    contest." [endquote] YLs of all ages will clearly have the run of the
    field here. YLs get to work everyone; OMs are only eligible to work
    YLs. The 24-hour event will offer a combination of SSB and CW contacts. Contacts over Echolink will be accepted and all other operations will
    be on the HF bnds except for 160 metres and the WARC bands. All
    licensed operators around the world may enter.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

    (YL BEAM)



    JIM/ANCHOR: A change is afoot in how companies in the UK deliver
    broadband services and it might just make ham radio operators happy
    too. Here's more from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: There's encouraging news for broadband subscribers in rural
    areas of the UK: communications companies have been given the official go-ahead to use water pipes instead of having to dig new trenches to
    connect homes and businesses to the internet using fibre optic cable
    services. According to the government website, gov.uk, the rollout is
    expected to take place throughout the UK, ending in March 2024, with an emphasis on rural areas.

    Stephen Unger, commissioner at the Geospatial Commission, issued a
    statement saying: [quote] "Our ambition must be for reliable broadband
    to become as easy to access tomorrow as drinking water is today."

    The announcement is good news to those concerned about the traditional installation where roads and land are dug up. It is also good news for
    amateur radio operators who may have reported RFI from broadband's
    copper wires carrying VDSL Broadband services.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Aug 27 08:30:46 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K4LYL repeater
    in Bedford, Virginia on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: This year has brought double the celebration for hams in
    India. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells us there's still time to attend
    some of the programs - virtually.

    JASON: Indian amateurs aren't just marking 100 years of ham radio;
    they're also celebrating 75 years of their nation's independence.
    A full weekend of celebration was hosted by the West Bengal Radio
    Club on August 14th and 15th, highlighted by an online tech talk
    with noted home brewer Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE, creator of the Bitx
    and micro BITX open source transceivers. The programme, hosted by
    Saborni Nag Biswas, VU2JFC, was followed by a webinar on the first
    century of Indian amateur radio led by S. Ram Mohan, VU2MYH, and
    Sriramamurthy Suri, VU2MY, both of the National Institute of Amateur
    Radio and S. Satyapal, VU2FI, of the Indian Institute of Hams.

    Both events were livestreamed. If you were unable to attend virtually
    while the programmes were taking place, they are available for viewing
    on YouTube. The links appear in the script of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org



    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Australian officials are looking for hams' input on their
    review of 2x1 callsigns. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has more.

    ROBERT: The Australian Communications and Media Authority is asking
    hams to share their thoughts on allocation arrangements for 2x1
    callsigns. The callsign allocations are to be handled by the
    Australian Maritime College, which already manages allocations for
    amateur beacons, repeaters, special event callsigns, and normal
    callsigns. The ACMA have posted a survey, and are interested in
    hearing hams' thoughts on the issue and use of the two-by-one
    callsigns. The authority wants to know, for instance, whether the
    callsigns should be made available only to clubs and Advanced level
    amateurs, or whether any level of licence can have access.

    Hams have until the 31st of August to complete the short five-question
    survey. According to the authority, hams will be able to use the 2x1
    callsigns without having to get a new licence, or make changes to their existing licence.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead, VK3DN.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The authority is also reviewing its plans for assigned
    amateur beacon and repeater stations. More details on that from Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: The Australian Communications and Media Authority is in the
    middle of sorting through more than 800 responses to its consultation
    on a review of non-assigned amateur and outpost licensing arrangements.
    The ACMA's review is also taking a look at accreditation for repeater
    and amateur beacon assignments.

    The ACMA has been trying to implement a licensing procedure that will
    minimise the burdens of regulation, and allow benefits for hams to
    continue at an affordable price.

    According to the consultation paper outlining the proposed changes
    earlier this year, three options are under consideration. In the
    first, the ACMA would not change apparatus licensing arrangements
    and conditions. In the second, the authority would simplify existing
    licensing arrangements and licence conditions. In the third, which is
    the preferred option for the AMCA, operation of non-assigned amateur
    stations would be authorised for holders of Foundation, Standard, and
    Advanced level qualifications through a class licence, rather than an
    apparatus licence. This would involve creation of an amateur class
    licence authorising amateur station operation by those holding
    Foundation, Standard, or Advanced level qualifications, and would
    include individuals visiting Australia, and having overseas equivalent qualifications or licences.

    Meanwhile, operation of assigned amateur beacon and repeater stations
    would remain authorised under apparatus licensing arrangements.

    In a recent advisory, the ACMA has indicated it will provide updates
    via its e-bulletin.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 2 19:49:59 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: The next story is a personal one. One of the earliest members
    of the Newsline family, has become a Silent Key. Here's Don Wilbanks,
    AE5DW, with some memories of him.

    DON: We've just learned of the passing of one of our Newsline family. One
    that dates back to the very beginnings of Newsline. Robert Sudock,
    WB6FDF, passed away on July 7th, in Long Beach, California at the age of
    74. He had been in poor health for some time.

    Bob was there when Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, and Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP, formulated the idea to drive to the top of a mountain, and report on the
    state of the Westlink 220 repeater system in the Los Angeles area. That
    became the Westlink Report, and you know it now as Amateur Radio

    Bob, like Bill Pasternak, hailed from Brooklyn, New York. When a young
    Bill Pasternak, then WA2HVK, moved to LA, Bob was one of his first
    contacts. Their lifelong friendship began with that first contact. He had
    a long career in broadcast engineering including stops at KZH channel 31,
    and KLON radio in Long Beach, and KTTV channel 11 in Los Angeles. It was
    there where he worked alongside Bill Pasternak. He served on the board of
    the Southern California Frequency Coordinating Committee. From 1974 to
    1976, Bob edited and reported the Mt. Wilson Repeater Association news
    and was an original member of Newsline. Bob subbed for Newsline's Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, as anchor of the Wireless Institute of Australia's "News"
    when Graham went on holiday. Bob was heard often on Newsline, and when
    Bob Heil began Ham Nation, he asked Newsline to be part of the show. Bob Sudock was the original news presenter on Ham Nation. When he fell ill, I filled in for him, firmly expecting to just keep his seat warm. That was
    10 years ago.

    Bob and I sat down via Skype a few years ago, and we had a long
    conversation about the beginnings, and little-known facts of Newsline for report #2000. You can find that on our website, arnewsline.org under the
    Extra tab. Scroll about halfway down for that audio.

    I never met Bob Sudock, but we talked on the phone many times. He was a
    gentle soul with a big heart, and a deep, resonant voice. After Bill
    passed away, he was invaluable in helping us pick up the pieces, and keep Newsline going. Robert Sudock was truly one of The Good Guys.

    Good DX, Bob. Tell Bill hello for us.

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



    JIM/ANCHOR: How do you mark 20 years of devotion to radio? If you happen
    to have your very own museum, you broadcast your joy with a party. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us about the celebration.

    KEVIN: On Saturday, September 11th, everyone is invited to the Asheville
    Radio Museum in North Carolina to help it mark two decades of preserving
    radio history. What grew into a regional home for radio history of all
    kinds began with founders Clint Gorman, K4KRB, and the late Carl Smith,
    N4AA. Carl and his wife, Miriam, rescued a 1930s-era radio receiver in
    need of a fix-up. Miriam, who was also a ham, then suggested they add to
    their collection, with the help of some other ham radio operators. Out of
    that grew an exhibit that became the Southern Appalachian Radio Museum.

    Now the museum, located on a college campus, showcases all facets of
    radio technology, from cellphones and Bluetooth to GPS and, of course,
    vintage commercial and amateur radios. There is even an early 1900s spark
    gap transmitter for Morse Code.

    The public celebration is from noon to 3 p.m. on the campus of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, and details are available on the museum's website which is a v l radiomuseum.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams in Illinois are getting on the air to support a group
    that aids disabled veterans. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, tells us about their special event station.

    ANDY: Disabled US military veterans have found a friend in an
    organization known as Healing Of Our American Heroes, or HOOAH. For
    years, an Illinois organization known as HOOAH Deer Hunt for Heroes has provided wounded former soldiers with access to outdoor activities and
    paid all their expenses. The Illinois program will gain even more
    momentum on September 4th, 5th and 6th because they too have found a
    friend: the Chicago Suburban Radio Association, W9SW, which is showing
    its support by activating a special event station during the group's fundraiser. The hams will be on the air calling W4V - We're 4 Veterans -
    from Hickory Hills campground.

    Ron Delpiere-Smith, KD9IPO, the club's vice president, said those dates,
    which mark Labor Day Weekend, will be the club's first special event for
    the veterans group. Be listening on 10 through 80 metres.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 9 21:27:52 2021

    DON/ANCHOR: Hams who are up for some high adventure in Switzerland
    are taking their ambitions seriously by operating from a hot-air
    balloon. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about their plans.

    ED: Plans for the Helvetia Telegraphy Club's next big activation are
    up in the air. In fact, the radio operators hope to get up in the
    air and stay there for at least two hours aboard a hot-air balloon.
    Their scheduled launch date is the 14th of September when they hope
    to start operating sometime after 0530 UTC. The callsign HB9HC/AM
    will be activated by members of the USKA/HTC National Mountain Day
    Commission as hams ascend to the sky over Switzerland, operating all
    the while on 40m, 30m and 20m. They will be transmitting with 15
    watts of CW power, making use of vertical dangling antennas. If
    you're interested in a contact, watch the Reverse Beacon Network or
    the DX clusters. You can also use APRS if you're interested in
    tracking the balloon's exact position. Are the radio operators'
    hopes perhaps a bit overinflated? Probably not: They're already
    advising everyone to get familiar with such important Q codes as QAH
    for Altitude, and QAL for Landing.

    All details are on their website at the URL given in the script on
    our arnewsline.org website.


    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    K7MMA repeater in Spokane, Washington, on Fridays at 5 p.m. Pacific



    DON/ANCHOR: If you're a satellite enthusiast, you owe a bit of
    thanks to one notable homebrewer, tinkerer and distinguished
    professor in the UK. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about a recent BBC
    interview with him.

    JEREMY: With an imagination fueled by NASA's Apollo missions a
    decade earlier, Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, went on to launch a new era
    in space himself: the age of microsatellites, which began as a
    homebrew project built partly at home and partly on the University
    of Surrey campus. That first, very basic microsatellite - U0Sat-1,
    the granddaddy of all that would come later - was eventually
    launched by NASA in 1981. Martin, an amateur radio operator since
    his student years, recalls in a new interview with the BBC what it
    was like being the creator of the first microsatellite in a pre-
    internet era. More than amateur radio communications tools, today's microsatellites aid the world in navigation, scientific research,
    weather and environmental monitoring. As satellite mega-
    constellations now revolutionize communications yet further, Martin,
    a Distinguished Professor of Space Engineering at the university,
    also makes a plea to clean the skies of the hazard of space junk.
    The BBC posted the half-hour interview on its website.

    That URL is available in the script of this week's newscast at

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    [FOR PRINT: DO NOT READ www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3ct2h26]




    DON/ANCHOR: The Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association is
    introducing a new twist or two on an old favorite DX contest now in
    its 76th year. With those details, here's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    JIM: If you're looking for contacts with stations in the Oceania
    region and you happen to be a YL, you're in luck. The Oceania DX
    Contest is taking place on two consecutive weekends - October 2nd
    and 3rd for phone and October 9th and 10th for CW - and this year,
    the spotlight includes two awards being introduced specifically for
    YLs. Both awards, sponsored by ALARA, the Australian Ladies Amateur
    Radio Association, are being given to a single-operator YL who
    achieve the highest combined score in phone and CW. YLs inside the
    Oceania region are eligible for the Florence McKenzie Award, named
    for Australia's first known licensed female ham radio operator who
    received the callsign A2GA in 1925. YLs in the rest of the world are
    eligible for the Austine Henry Award, named for a prize-winning
    homebrewer who was a member of the YASME Foundation, the RSGB, NZART
    and the ARRL. She became Australia's third licensed YL in 1930 when
    she received the callsign VK3YL.

    YLs who want to be considered for either award should select the YL
    box on their entry form when they submit their log.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    (YL BEAM)
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 17 03:56:45 2021

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Big plans are being made to mark the day radio
    amateurs proved they could send signals across the Atlantic. Jack
    Parker, W8ISH, tells us what's happening.

    JACK: December 11th, 1921 was a significant day for amateur radio:
    It was the day of the Transatlantic Test Project, when hams'
    shortwave frequencies showed themselves to be capable of
    transatlantic radio communications, even at 200 meters or less.
    The experimental transmission of station 1BCG, using a tube-based
    transmitter, was conducted by the Radio Club of America on 1.3 MHz
    and resulted in successful reception in Scotland.

    One hundred years later, December 11th, 2021 will be an equally
    significant day. A replica of that transmitter will be used to
    re-enact that CW transmission on 160 meters not far from the spot
    in Connecticut from which the original CW transmission was sent.
    Longtime Antique Wireless Association member Bob Raide, W2ZM, now
    a Silent Key, (SK) built the replica for a special event 25 years
    ago. AWA volunteers have spent lots of time lately refurbishing
    it, wiring a plate supply, building a filament power supply and
    sorting out usable tubes.

    For a day that comes along once every hundred years, radio
    operators -- and the transmitter -- need to be ready.

    AWA trustee, Joe Stoltz, K2AEI, told Newsline: [quote] "We have
    had the transmitter powered up and are able to get 350 watts RF on
    160 meters with one amplifier tube. The next step is to construct
    a 160 meter antenna so we can do some actual on-air testing before
    December." [endquote] Then be listening for the contact of the

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Some equally important modern-day contacts are being
    planned for the big anniversary and they involve radio societies
    in the US and the UK. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, with those

    JEREMY: The Radio Society of Great Britain also has big plans for
    the centenary of the first transatlantic personal message between
    radio amateurs. Nick Totterdell, G4FAL, the society's HF contest
    committee chairman, told Newsline that the ARRL and RSGB members
    are organising a number of activities surrounding the anniversary.
    There will also be a Transatlantic QSO Party to be held on the
    13th and 14th of November, being sponsored by the Radio Club of
    America. Nick said other activities will be disclosed soon on the
    society's website and will appear in the society's RadCom
    magazine. The society is hoping to maximise participation in the
    US and the UK and increase worldwide awareness of this achievement
    100 years ago.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you activate or even chase Parks on the Air,
    you'll want to hear the first of this new monthly POTA report from
    Vance Martin, N3VEM.

    VANCE: This month in Parks on the Air news, we have two exciting
    updates to share with everybody. Our first: We are excited to
    announce that we have recently added over 1,000 parks to the Parks
    on the Air System. For the last several months we've had a small
    contingent of volunteers combing through user requests to add
    additional parks, validating that those requested parks meet the
    criteria for inclusion in POTA and formatting the list so they
    can be added to the system. After hundreds of volunteer hours the
    lists are now in the system and ready for you to go activate.
    Check out the maps and search pages at the POTA.APP website to see
    if any of these new units are in your area.

    Also in POTA news, we are excited to share that we are formalizing
    a Parks on the Air support desk. You can always continue to get
    community support via the Facebook group or via the POTA Help
    Channel in the POTA Slack Group. But we have a small group of
    volunteers who have agreed to be on a rotating schedule to help
    you with your official technical support questions. To reach the
    official POTA support desk, all you need to do is send an email to help@parksontheair.com

    We have coverage for most days of the week so you will usually get
    a response within 24 hours but no worse than 48 hours based on our
    volunteers' schedules. We won't solve every problem that fast but
    you'll know that we're on it. Issues requiring Level 2 support are
    generally resolved within the week.

    This is N3VEM. Be sure to visit Parks On the Air dot com for more
    info about the program and POTA.APP for spotting, park
    information, leaderboards and more.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 24 01:31:53 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    linked repeaters of the Desert Amateur Radio Club KK7AJB, in La Paz
    County, Arizona, on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6:45 p.m. local



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you're devoted to weather-watching, you might want
    to take a look at the 2021 Virtual National Hurricane Conference
    Amateur Radio Workshop. It was held in June, and is now posted on
    Youtube. The conference lasts four hours and eight minutes, but if
    there's a particular workshop you're interested, you can find an index
    and the approximate start times below the video on the site. Workshops
    include a discussion of surface reports; overviews of the National
    Hurricane Center and the Hurricane Watch Network; and best practices in SKYWARN for tropical systems.

    Find the link to the video in the script of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ecZRKVgIG0]




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Six prominent radio amateurs in IARU Region 1 have been recognized for their years of contributions. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells
    us about them.

    JEREMY: Six hams in Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union
    have been awarded medals for their years of work contributing to the
    IARU. They are Tore Worren, LA9QL, who recently stepped down as Region
    1 EMC Committee Chairman but remains on the committee. Tore is being recognised for bolstering IARU's presence in electromagnetic
    compatibility matters. Medal recipient Jacques Verleijen, ON4AVJ, is
    being recognised for developing the Contest Working Group and
    coordinating work on VHF, including revision of the handbook. He is a
    member of the Political Relations Committee and secretary to the VHF
    Plus (VHF+) committee. Hans Welens, ON6WQ, is being honoured for
    supporting smaller societies, most especially in Africa and creating
    the concept of Support to the Amateur Radio Service, or STARS, which he chaired until 2011. The medal to Dave Court, EI3IO, celebrates his work
    on the Spectrum and Regulatory Liaison Committee which he chaired until recently. His work, among other things, helped lead to the regionwide allocation to the amateur service of a 2 MHz segment at 50 MHz. Hilary Claytonsmith G4JKS, is being credited for the region's successful work
    in EMC matters. Hilary is an EMC committee member and served as its
    secretary for nearly 25 years. A medal was also given to Peter Jost,
    HB9CET, deputy coordinator for the IARU Monitoring System, for his work
    with the monitoring system's newsletters.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you've been in the mood for a hamfest lately, and
    you're going to be in the area just north of New Orleans, Don Wilbanks
    AE5DW, has a recommendation for you.

    DON: Two busy days of amateur radio activities are on tap for attendees
    of the Slidell (SLY-Dell) EOC Hamfest sponsored by the Ozone Amateur
    Radio Club. It's going to be held in the Slidell Auditorium with doors
    opening at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 8th and at 8 a.m. on Saturday,
    October 9th. Entrance for the public is through the lobby doors.
    Hamfest chairman Dave Hartley, K5OZ, reminds everyone that masks are
    mandatory for all indoor activities in Louisiana so they will be
    required to attend the hamfest.

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


    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, even as hams in Louisiana prepare for their hamfest, members of the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club in Illinois are celebrating the fact that they just finished enjoying the return of
    their Superfest. It took place on September 18th and 19th, and according
    to news reports, there are two other reasons to feel encouraged: The
    club also saw an uptick in membership, especially among YLs.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Oct 8 05:09:14 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: When POTA, SOTA and Worldwide Flora and Fauna operators
    activated sites along the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States recently, the airwaves above apparently blazed a few trails of their own.
    Dave Parks, WB8ODF, brings us that report.

    DAVE: Saturday, October 2nd, was a busy day for Appalachian Trail
    activations, as more than 60 stations called CQ from points along more
    than two thousand miles of trail. David, ND1J, and Mike, KB7THL, operated
    POTA stations in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, respectively, and
    Jonathan, W4UYE, and Bob, AC1Z, activated SOTA summits in Georgia and Virginia, respectively. According to organizer Mike, WB2FUV, the day ended with at least 25 unique SOTA summits activated and at least 26 POTA
    partipants in 11 of the 14 states. Mike himself was operating QRP CW on
    West Mountain along the original section of the trail and logged 77
    contacts. He said many SOTA stations were also making summit-to-summit contacts with W7A SOTA stations on the 10 point peaks in Arizona.

    The event marked the trail's 100th anniversary. But the celebration
    extended beyond the US: Preliminary results on the event website showed
    that the farthest DX went to Heinz, OE5EEP/p in the Austrian mountains. He broke through the stateside pileups to work two SOTA stations on the

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.




    JIM/ANCHOR: The results are in for the Portable Operations Challenge held
    in Sepember. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: The Portable Operations Challenge 2021 took place on September 4th and
    5th and the overall winner showed what can be done from a great portable location and using very low power. With just six contacts and running at one-watt CW on twenty metres, Jack Haefner, NG2E, took out the top spot
    with a grand total of 615,924 points. His six contacts were from all
    around the US, plus one that went all the way from his Hogback Mountain
    SOTA summit W4V/SH-007 in Virginia to French SOTA chaser Christian,
    F4WBN, near the French/Spanish border. All contacts took place within 32 minutes of operating, in session two of the contest.

    The most efficient contact measured in kilometres per watt used was that
    same Virginia - France contact with 6,340 kilometres per watt achieved.

    So, this year both the overall winner and the furthest km/watt contact
    title go to one person - Jack Haefner, NG2E. WELL DONE, Jack!

    The number of entrants was a little disappointing. There were only
    eighteen, far more had been hoped for in this, the second year, of the challenge.

    Of those entering however, there were a wide variety of power levels and
    modes both from home and portable locations.

    Of the eighteen entrants, fifteen were from the US, two from Europe and
    one from Australia.

    For the portable operations challenge, and ARNewsline, this has been Ed,



    JIM/ANCHOR: China had great hopes for a satellite launched late last month
    but following a malfunction, has declared it lost. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW,
    has that story.

    JASON: China's Shiyan-10 satellite was declared lost shortly after its
    launch on Monday, September 27th. In releasing the news, Chinese state
    media reported that the spacecraft did not function properly despite
    having had a normal flight one day earlier. A report on Twitter said a
    flash was seen in the sky above New South Wales, Australia. According to SpaceNews, the flash was believed to be a sign that the launch was on
    course and that this was a visible burn of the upper stage of the Long
    March 3B rocket that carried the satellite as payload. The satellite was
    to have entered a geosynchronous orbit around Earth. It was said to have malfunctioned during the launch and by Tuesday, September 28th, was
    officially declared a failure.

    Shiyan-10's launch closely followed the liftoff of China's Jilin-1 Gaefen
    02D satellite, which was reported to have achieved successful orbit.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Oct 28 21:25:02 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the VK8MA 2-meter repeater in Australia's Northern Territory on
    Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.



    DON/ANCHOR: In Western Australia, all eyes are on the state's
    first homemade Cubesat. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us what
    happens next.

    JOHN: Students at Curtin University in Western Australia proudly
    watched as their homemade satellite, Binar-1, was sent into Low
    Earth Orbit from the ISS in early October. Now the Cubesat has
    other work to do.

    Ben Hartig, Binar's program manager, said that the amateur radio
    community is expected to make use of the satellite on the UHF
    frequencies between 430 MHz and 440 MHz. Students will also be
    listening and decoding signals the satellite is sending to
    determine the satellite's location and performance. The satellite,
    which has two cameras on board, is circling Earth once every hour
    and a half at a distance of 400 kilometres, or nearly 250 miles,
    above the Earth.

    Phil Bland, director of the university's Space Science and
    Technology Centre, said that as Western Australia's first
    homegrown spacecraft, Binar-1 has a key role in the centre's space
    programme, which includes getting six more satellites launched
    during the next 18 months.

    A statement on the BinarSpace website declares its mission. It
    says [quote]: "As Western Australia's first spacecraft, this marks
    the start of our state's journey into space. The use of amateur
    frequencies on this satellite forms the backbone of an exciting
    opportunity to engage the community and STEM students. Our
    outreach program aims to inspire bold projects in space
    exploration." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    DON/ANCHOR: The world's third amateur radio association marked its
    centennial on the 21st of October. Listen on the air for special
    event station L21RCA -- and listen to this report from Jason Daniels,

    JASON: Members of the Radio Club Argentino have a number of
    reasons to be proud. The national amateur radio society of
    Argentina was the sole Latin American organisation to be in Paris
    in 1925 when the International Amateur Radio U nion was created.
    When the IARU's Region 2 came into being, the radio society had a
    presence in Mexico City in 1964 and became a part of that historic
    moment. The Argentine radio society turns 100 years old this year
    and its web page offers a retrospective in photographs of its
    evolution over the years.

    Licenced Hams aren't the only radio enthusiasts who can enjoy
    being part of this year's big celebration. The society's
    Centennial Certificate Program has opened its awards program to
    shortwave listeners as well. For information on how to qualify,
    visit the link in the text version of this week's newscast at

    [PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: https://www.lu4aa.org/wp/certificado- del-centenario-para-radioescuchas/ ]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

    DON/ANCHOR: According to association secretary Carlos Beviglia,
    LU1BCE, special event station L21RCA had already made more than
    100,000 QSOs by October 25th.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Nov 4 21:59:11 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the AH6LE repeater
    in Beavercreek and Wilsonville, Oregon, on Sundays at 6 p.m. local time.



    SKEETER/ANCHOR: In South Africa, a high-flying balloon carried some
    projects - and some high hopes - into the sky, as we hear from Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: Under the sunny skies of South Africa on the 30th of October, the Secunda Radio Club, ZS6SRC, released a high-altitude weather balloon that
    was ultra-light but carried some heavy-duty payloads. Among those sharing
    the trip into near space were a variety of experiments, a crossband FM repeater, Slow Scan TV, and the new AMSAT-SA AfriCUBE linear transponder,
    with APRS and a CW beacon on 2m.

    This was the latest of the club's projects known by the acronym BACAR, for Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio. The club's ongoing weather balloon
    initiative has been heralded in the past for its contributions to STEM education through the programme's cooperation with local schools.
    According to the club website, the curriculum includes programming of microcontrollers, digital electronics and, of course, radio

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: Regulators are looking for comments on use of a new prefix
    in the British Antarctic Territory. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details.

    JIM: While formal details are still being worked out with respect to the
    new Victor Papa Zero callsign prefix for hams operating in the Antarctic region, the government of the British Antarctic Territory is seeking input
    no later than November 10th on draft legislation specific to the British Antarctic Territory which includes the South Orkney and South Shetland
    islands as well as the mainland sector of the Antarctic continent.

    The Victor Papa Zero prefix is also to apply to hams operating on the
    British sector of the Antarctic mainland and the South Sandwich Islands
    but authorities have not yet determined how the transition will be made
    there from existing VP8 licences.

    The recent announcement of the new prefix for these former Falkland
    Islands Dependencies was heralded as a welcome development for
    DXpeditioners and chasers after the use of VP8 licenses was no longer permitted there.

    To see the consultation and find out how to comment, visit the link in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org


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    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    In the world of DX, be listening for the Eureka Amateur Radio Club VY0ERC
    on the air from the Eureka weather station in Nunavut on Canada's
    Ellesmere Island, IOTA NA-008. Operators will be calling QRZ until the
    22nd of November on all HF Bands. Send QSLs to M0OXO (Em Zero Oh Ex Oh),
    Club Log's OQRS and Logbook of The World.

    Remo, HB9SHD, is using the callsign 8Q7RM from the Maldives, IOTA AS-013, throughout November. Listen for him on FT8. He will also be using slow CW
    and SSB on the bands from 6m to 40m. Send QSLs to his home call, either
    direct or via the bureau, Club Log’s OQRS and Logbook of the World.

    Ken, LA7GIA, the noted DXpeditioner, is operating from Bangui in the
    Central African Republic as TL7M until the 15th of November. He will be operating on all bands and all modes. According to the QRZ page for TL7M
    he will also make the first activation of 60m in the Central African
    Republic under a special permit. Send QSLs to M0OXO.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Nov 11 22:11:57 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K9DEW repeater
    in Warsaw, Indiana, on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The late American actress Hedy Lamarr is apparently still
    a big star as far as the world's amateur radio operators are concerned.
    The sixth annual Hedy Lamarr Day Net, N9H, drew 190 check-ins from around
    the world. The special event was held on November 9th on Echolink on what would have been the actress' 107th birthday. Organizer John Derycke (duh-RYE-Key), W2JLD, called it the most successful Hedy Lamarr event to
    date. Hedy Lamarr was being celebrated for her on-screen talents but most especially for her role as co-inventor of a frequency hopping system that prevented jamming of radio signals to torpedos and now forms an important
    part of today's cell-phone and WiFi networks.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The digital amateur TV magazine known as CQ-DATV, has published its final issue. Geri Goodrich, KF5KRN, has that story.

    GERI: In a publishing lifetime that lasted for eight years with 100
    issues, the amateur television magazine CQ-DATV filled a gap left by the demise of two earlier ATV magazines and had been widely read among enthusiasts. That era has ended with the publication of its latest - and
    last - issue, released in October. The production team's Trevor Brown
    G8CJS writes in this 100th issue: [quote] "All good things must come to
    an end and CQ-DATV is no exception." [endquote] The digital-only
    publication reports that it received more than 500,000 downloads during
    its lifetime and was welcomed by readers who had lost "Der TV Amateur," published in Germany and "Repeater" published in the Netherlands. CQ-DATV credits Ian Pawson G0FCT who introduced the magazine in 2013 as a digital publication and served as its editor. The magazine, which also became available as a PDF edition, is making all of its 100 issues available for download. They can be obtained by visiting the link that appears in the
    text version of this week's newscast script on our website arnewsline.org

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Geri Goodrich, KF5KRN.


    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ" https://cq-datv.mobi/ebooks.php ]



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Portable radio enthusiasts are thrilled with the news
    that Parks on the Air has added two new countries. Here's Vance Martin,
    N3VEM, with the latest.

    VANCE: In Parks on the Air News, in October we welcomed Ireland and India
    to Parks on the Air! So please join me in saying dia duit and namaste to
    our newest POTA friends! October was another record-setting month, with
    an all-time high for both number of activators and number of QSOs, with
    1,630 activators making a combined 329,019 QSOs.

    In our last news item for the month, POTA is excited to officially
    announce that for our 2022 summer plaque event, we will be adding several plaques for DX QSOs. There will be up to 6 DX plaques available, pending sponsorship - one each for the most QSOs made as an activator outside of
    the continental United States for IARU Regions 1, 2, and 3, and 1 each
    for hunters who make the most QSOs with activators in those same regions.
    If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring one of these new
    DX plaques in 2022, please send an email to n3vem@parksontheair.com for details.

    This is November 3 Victor Echo Mike with your October Parks on the air
    Update. Be sure to visit parksontheair.com for information about the
    program, and pota.app for spotting, park information, leader boards, and

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Nov 19 09:17:24 2021

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the KA1AAA
    repeater and Echolink Conference server in Bradenton, Florida, on Sundays
    at 0000 UTC.



    DON/ANCHOR: There is some good news for candidates for the amateur radio
    exam in France: They can put away their wallets. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    gives us the details.

    JEREMY: Candidates for the amateur radio exam in France no longer pay a
    fee for the test and the operator certificate. France's National
    Frequency Agency made the announcement recently on its website, advising
    hams who have already paid that they may be eligible for reimbursement.
    The qualifying terms of that reimbursement will shortly be posted on the agency's portal. Letters will also be sent out to qualify amateurs,
    enabling them to apply for a return of the fees.

    This announcement is the latest reduction in costs for ham radio
    operators in France. In 2019, the ANFR removed the annual fee for the
    radio licence itself.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: Our occasional series, "Nets of Note," looks at how and where
    hams gather on the air. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, introduces us to a dedicated collective of university alumni with an especially dedicated net control.

    PAUL: We love to celebrate our seniors in the hobby, and Earl Finder
    W9CGZ, at 98 years old, definitely qualifies. Yes, he's been licensed
    since 1947, but what brought him to our attention was the fact that he's
    been running the Illini Net out of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois daily since 1976! According to Finder, it all started when he retired:

    FINDER: When I retired, I made arrangements with a ham who had lived here
    but moved to California to get on the air the next day. And we did - we thought we’d just get on the air once in a while, but eventually it got
    to the point where we were on there every day!

    Eventually it got pretty widespread around the country with a lot of
    people from Champaign/Urbana, Illinois where I live, and graduates from
    the University of Illinois, and people who were stationed at Chanute
    Field for many years and little by little it just grew until we had quite
    a few people from all over the country who would check in.

    PAUL: Finder told me it's not just for U of I graduates or people from
    that area:

    FINDER: We have all kinds of people - we have PhDs, research scientists,
    NASA engineers, we've had people contact us while flying airliners over
    the US, military pilots while they were in the air, people on ships and on-the-road truck drivers, too. All kinds of people.

    PAUL: If you want to check out the Illini Net, it starts every day at
    11:30 AM Central on 14.320MHz, plus or minus. Sounds like a great way to
    meet a wide variety of hams.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    In the World of DX, be listening for the callsign HF150KCH and 3Z150PO
    (Three Zed One Fifty Pee Oh), activated by the Klubu (Clue-Boo) Lacznosci (Watch-Nawgee), SP2KFQ, from their club station until November 30th. The activation is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the
    first railway line in Chojnice (Hoy-Kneetsuh), where their club station
    is located. QSL to the PZKBureau OT09 to SP2KFQ. See the club's QR Zed
    webpage for details on how to apply for the award for the 150th
    anniversary of the railway line.

    Be listening for Vladimir, OK2WX, who is on the air as 5H3WX from
    Zanzibar until the 3rd of December. Listen on 80 through 10 metres where
    he will be using CW and SSB. Send QSLs to HA3JB.

    Listen for John Paul, KN6NNF, in Uganda where he is using the callsign
    5X3Z on 20 and 10 meters using FT8. QSL to 5X3Z via LoTW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Nov 26 09:13:41 2021

    JIM/ANCHOR: It's not every year that the International Amateur
    Radio Union's Administrative Council honors a ham with an award
    bearing the name of a much-admired and respected Silent Key. This
    year, however, there is a recipient - and two other honorees.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the details.

    JEREMY: IARU Region 1 president Don Beattie, G3BJ, a former
    president of the Radio Society of Great Britain, has another title
    to his name now: Recipient of the Michael J Owen VK3KI Award,
    recognizing volunteer contributions that the IARU called
    reflective of the spirit of Michael Owen's four decades of

    The IARU also chose two recipients for its Diamond Award, another
    honour reflecting unwavering service. They are Gopal Madhavan,
    VU2GMN/M0GDB, and Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP. Gopal was selected based
    on his service on Region 3's executive committee which he has
    chaired at times. Likewise, Ken has served as its secretary and
    its chairman.

    Michael Owen, who had served as president of the Wireless
    Institute of Australia, had also been a director and the chairman
    of IARU Region 3 and held numerous other roles over the years,
    contributing to the World Administrative Radio Conference in 1970
    and the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2003. He became a
    Silent Key in September 2012.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: With the arrival of December, some of the youngest
    voices in amateur radio will be calling QRZ. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG,
    tells us what's happening.

    NEIL: The calendar may show that next month is December but the
    amateur radio calendar calls it something else: YOTA month. Next
    month's 31 days are devoted to encouraging youngsters around the
    world to get on the air using the letters Y O T A as their suffix
    in their callsigns. International YOTA stations will be calling
    QRZ with operators in their teens and early 20s. Be listening for
    ZS9YOTA from South Africa, 5B4YOTA from Cyprus, OD5YOTA from
    Lebanon and K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A from the US. There are many
    others and the bands are expected to be busy as the young radio
    operators vie for various awards and plaques.

    Hams making contacts with these YOTA stations are advised, as
    always, to remember that they might just be that young radio
    operator's first contact -- so make it memorable.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.




    JIM/ANCHOR: An English rock musician who also happens to be a ham
    has just signed a record deal that's music to his ears. Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, brings us that story.

    JEREMY: As a ham, Dave Rowntree, M0IEG, is used to being in the
    shack, operating solo.

    Now he's getting a chance to make a solo debut on the air in a
    different way. Known as the percussionist with the English rock
    group Blur, Dave has just been signed by a recording label for a
    debut solo album.

    Dave has already done a number of film and TV scores, including
    those for Netflix and the BBC, but the album's release next year
    on the label Cooking Vinyl is going to be all his own show.

    Music Week reported the deal on November 17th on its website,
    where Dave said [quote]: "As a kid I used to spend hours spinning
    the dial on my radio, dreaming of escape to all the places whose
    exotic stations I heard. I've tried to make an album like that -
    tuning through the spectrum, stopping at each song telling a story
    about a turning point in my life, then spinning the dial and
    moving on." [endquote]

    Congratulations, Dave.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: For one ham club in Massachusetts, a recent QSL sorting party became a celebration party. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, shares the details.

    ANDY: The recent QSL sorting party of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio
    Club was anything but routine. As they handled the coveted confirmations
    of DX contacts, preparing the cards to be sent to their recipients, the volunteer crew found itself on the receiving end of something as well: The Massachusetts club was presented with a plaque from the ARRL's DX QSL
    Bureau System for the group's 25 years of service to the ARRL regional
    bureau. Club president Bruce Blain, K1BG, accepted the honor on behalf of
    the club from the bureau's comanager, Eric Williams, KV1J.

    With hams enjoying a better sunspot cycle now, there's likely to be lots
    more DX on the horizon so the club can look forward to sorting many more
    of those cards for the foreseeable future.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Australia's regulator is seeking input on two proposed
    changes affecting amateur radio licensees. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, brings us
    that story.

    GRAHAM: Australia's communications regulator has proposed syllabus changes impacting the Advanced, which is the Full amateur licence and, in a
    separate move, seeks to restrict further issuance of two callsign suffixes associated with emergencies.

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority's proposal for the
    Advanced licence would adopt the exam syllabus from the CEPT
    Recommendations, making the certificate of proficiency fully compatible
    with CEPT HAREC.

    Separately, the regulator is seeking to drop callsign suffixes SOS and PAN from future allocations because of their association with international emergency and distress calls. Hams with callsigns already containing these suffixes will not be affected. Going forward, the suffixes will be added instead to a list of reserved call signs.

    The regulator invites comments on both of these proposals and asks hams to respond no later than the close of business, Australia time, on Monday,
    the 13th of December. A link to the survey is in the text version of this newscast on our website arnewsline.org.

    In another move, hams have been notified that the ACMA now requires all equipment sold or imported into Australia to comply with ARPANSA's electromagnetic energy exposure levels, simplifying the mandatory testing procedure for most amateurs.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    https://tinyurl.com/yc7w3hz8 ]




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The US Battleship Iowa's original Navy callsign, NEPM, will
    be heard on the air on Tuesday, December 7th, marking the anniversary of Japan's surprise aerial bombing of the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in
    1941. That attack spurred the United States' entry into World War II.

    The US Navy's Third Fleet Spectrum Manager has authorized the callsign's activation by the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association and the Iowa's Innovation and Engineering Team. The hams will be operating split; be listening for them on 14.781.5 MHz and answer their call using 14.343 MHz.
    The activation will take place between 1600 and 2359 UTC.

    For more details, visit the QRZ.COM page for NEPM.

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams in India gathered recently to celebrate one of radio's pioneers and to share his story. John Williams, VK4JJW, brings us that

    JOHN: Celebrated for his studies into transmitting and receiving on
    radio's shortwave frequencies - and for his spirit of experimentation -
    the pioneering Indian scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose was the focus of a webinar held by the West Bengal Radio Club. The one-hour webinar took
    place on November 30th but is now available for viewing on the club's
    YouTube channel. The programme opens with a presentation by biophysicist Gautam Basu who told attendees [quote] "He took a road that no one took
    before and that is why we should remember him." [endquote] The scientist,
    who died in 1937, was born in what is now Bangladesh. He is credited with developments that eventually led to Guglielmo Marconi's creation of the wireless receiver.

    For a link to the YouTube channel, and the webinar, see the text version
    of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h35q4xPskFM]




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A Seattle, Washington area amateur radio club had its applications for noncommercial educational FM channels tossed out by the
    FCC, which told the club there were too many technical defects in the proposal. According to a Report in Radio World, the Fort Ward Amateur
    Radio Club on Bainbridge Island had a number of issues that needed
    addressing, including what the FCC cited as failure to comply with interference treaty agreements between the US and Canada.

    The FCC allows unsuccessful applicants to reapply with an amendment fixing
    the issues, provided they do so within 30 days of the rejection.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you have a skill to share, an insight to explain or some
    other contribution you'd like to make to the world's amateur radio
    community, you may want to offer a presentation at the next QSO Today
    Virtual Ham Expo, which is taking place on the weekend of March 12th and
    13th, 2022. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, has details.

    STEPHEN: With the new year just around the corner, planning is already
    well under way for the next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. Hams and other presenters are being asked to consider sharing on various aspects of the
    hobby in which they have expertise. According to the QSO Today website,
    the ongoing search is an international one, with hams being asked to
    present from around the world to the thousands who attend the virtual
    two-day conference. Presentations are generally recorded for playback
    during the event, followed by a live question-and-answer period. Accommodations can be made for presentations in languages other than

    The QSO Today website has an online application for prospective speakers.
    If you wish to apply, follow the link included in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.





    PAUL/ANCHOR: Parks chasers and activators are looking forward to two
    winter events. With that report is Vance Martin, N3VEM.

    VANCE: In Parks on the Air News: As the seasons start to change we at POTA would like to remind you of two upcoming winter events. The first is the Annual "New Beginnings / New Year's" certificate. To Earn one of these certificates, simply make at least one contact as a POTA Activator or
    Hunter, in the first week of 2022. We can't think of a better way to ring
    in the New Year, than by doing so with Parks on the air. Also landing in January is our next "Seasonal Support Your Parks Event." The first
    seasonal event of 2022 is on January 15th and 16th, which gives you a
    great opportunity to do some wintertime POTA. For those of you in the
    north, just remember to dress warm, fire up your portable heaters if
    you’re lucky enough to have them, and stay safe! Lastly, be sure to tune
    in to your favorite ham radio media outlets in early January, as next month’s POTA update will include not only the December release, but the year-end summary for 2021 as well. We look forward to having you join us
    as we celebrate a spectacular year of Parks on the Air.

    This is November 3 Victor Echo Mike, with your Month Ending November 2021 Parks on the air Update. Be sure to visit parksontheair.com for
    information about the program, and pota.app for spotting, park
    information, leader boards, and more.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 17 08:37:12 2021

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A treasured broadcast handbook will soon be out of
    print. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that report.

    JEREMY: The World Radio TV Handbook an invaluable guide to broadcast
    radio around the globe, has ceased publication. The publisher has
    announced that its soon-to-be-released 76th edition will be its last.

    A statement from the publisher, Nicholas Hardyman, read: [quote]
    "This has been an extremely difficult decision, and was only made
    after a lot of thought and discussion. We know that many people rely
    on WRTH, and greatly enjoy getting the new edition every year. We
    realise that this news will be disappointing for many people."

    The directory, with more than 600 pages of listings and maps, was
    valued as a comprehensive compendium of medium wave, shortwave, and
    FM broadcasts, and included a section on clandestine broadcasters.
    Based in the UK, but providing global coverage, it has long been
    considered a reliable guide for DXers and devoted radio listeners.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
    the K5VOM repeater in Greenville, Texas, on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Santa Net, hosted by the hams of the 3916 Nets,
    is back on the air in the United States through December 24th. Radio
    operators are providing youngsters with this on-air opportunity to
    let Santa know what their top two or three gift wishes are. Hams are
    asked to please remember to ensure the contact is in compliance with
    all FCC Rules and Regulations governing third party traffic. Check-ins
    start at 7 p.m. Central Time on 80 metres. You can also reserve a spot
    by visiting the website www.cqsanta.com where you'll find videos of
    past QSOs with Santa.

    Meanwhile, on Echolink, the 11th annual Santa Watch Net will take place
    on Christmas Eve on the DoDropIn channel starting at 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
    As the four-hour net gets under way, David, N3NTV, will be using NORAD
    radar to track Santa. For details visit the website dodropin.net

    (DODROPIN, 3916 NETS)



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Another favorite holiday special event is already well
    under way. Hope aboard the Christmas Train. Here's Jim Damron, N8TMW,
    with details.

    JIM: The special event Christmas Train may have its station in West
    Virginia, but this is a train that can cross the United States and
    even pull into some DX locations on a moment's notice. The HF bands
    are its express tracks. Listen for the Christmas train, callsign K8C,
    on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters, using both SSB and CW. The
    train is making stops right up through Christmas Day, when it will
    operate on a partial schedule. You already have your ticket: so....
    hop aboard the train!

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: At this time of the year, we need to ask: do you
    believe in the magic of DX? There are few DXes more elusive or rare
    than this one. Here's Ed Durrant, DD5LP, to tell us about it.

    ED: Are you ho-ho-hoping to score one big DX, before 2021 shuts its
    door? The Finnish Amateur Radio League, S.R.A.L., may be able to help
    make that happen. The league has been on the air as OF9X and OF2YOTA
    since early this month, and will continue through to the end of
    December. Here's a hint: OF9X is compiling his log and checking it
    twice -- and his phonetics are "Old Father Nine Christmas." Are you
    feeling the holiday spirit yet? Even if you only believe in the powers
    of CW, SSB, or Digital, you can still add OF9X to your wish list of
    contacts. You can also work his elves who are using the callsign of
    OF2YOTA. The league is marking its centennial year, so that means you
    get an extra present under your tree: Both callsigns, along with the
    callsign OI3AX, active earlier this month, count toward the S.R.A.L.
    Jubilee award.

    Send QSL cards for OF9X to OH2BH. Send QSL cards for OF2YOTA to OH5CZ.

    Now get on the air, and let your rig's screen light up like a Christmas

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

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    DON/ANCHOR: Fearing radioactive transmissions from 5G mobile networks'
    towers, people in the Netherlands may have placed themselves in greater
    danger by wearing what they believe to be protective devices. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: The very devices such as necklaces, bracelets and sleep masks that have made claims to shield people from what some fear is radioactivity from
    5G mobile networks' towers, according to Dutch officials, have themselves
    been emitting ionising radiation at hazardous levels.

    A report in the BBC says that the Dutch authority for nuclear safety and radiation protection (ANVS) have issued a warning about the products,
    telling people there could be long term hazardous effects. The agency has ordered a halt to the sale of these devices.

    The BBC report quoted the World Health Organization's assertion that like amateur radio signals, 5G mobile networks make use of non-ionising radio
    waves that do not pose a danger, adding that they are similar to the 3G and
    4G networks already in use.

    Some people fear damage to their DNA from such transmissions and in extreme cases, this has led to attacks on the transmitters and towers.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: A father and son in Washington State have been celebrating the holiday season, ham radio style. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has that report.

    RALPH: There's little question what might have been on Jacob Hoschar's Christmas list this year. The Washington State youngster had already celebrated having his first wish fulfilled: getting upgraded from
    Technician to General Class. That made KY7HAM a very happy 11-year-old
    indeed. Now he's ready for the world of HF and all of its adventures. The journey began a year ago when Jacob's school was shut during the pandemic.
    He and his father, Andrew, studied together to become hams together and got their licenses one week apart from one another. Their father-son journey is documented on the YouTube channel set up by proud father, K7OWN. One of the videos shows Jacob making his first contact via satellite. Now with his appetite sufficiently whetted for DX, he's ready to cross oceans and continents via radio and start filling that log. For this freshly minted General Class operator, the world is his, this holiday season.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.



    In the World of DX, members of the Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society in
    the UK are using the following special callsigns to celebrate Christmas in Market Harborough and saying farewell to 2021. They'll be on the air
    through December 31st. Be listening for GB1XMS on 30 meters using CW;
    GB2XMS, on HF using SSB and FT8; GB5XMS , mainly using Data as well as CW
    and SSB; and GB9XMS, using mainly FT8. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

    Be listening throughout January for special event station OZ50Q. Danish
    Radio Amateurs will be marking the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty
    Margrethe II, the Queen of Denmark's, accession to the throne. Send QSLs to OZ1ACB, ClubLog's OQRS, eQSL or LoTW.

    Get ready for an international radio marathon called Russian New Year 2022. The Russian Union of Radio amateurs, the Miller-DX-Club and the
    HAMLOG.ONLINE portal will begin the marathon starting at 0000 UTC on
    December 25th and finish at 2100 UTC on January 14th. Callsigns include,
    but are not limited to, RG22NY, RJ22NY, RK22NY, RL22NY and RM22NY. For the full list see the website mdxc.ru. The QSL manager for all the special callsigns is RQ7L.

    Bob, PY6TV, and a small team of Brazilian radio operators will be using the callsign ZY6A from Friars Island, Brazil, between January 20th and the
    23rd. Listen on all HF bands for all modes.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: Parks on the Air activators and chasers had a busy year
    in 2021. Vance Martin, N3VEM, gives us the year's numbers.

    VANCE: In Parks on the Air News, with 2021 now in the books, Parks on
    the Air would like to thank the nearly 4,000 activators, and 122,000
    hunters who combined forces to make over 2.6 million contacts from
    over 10,000 parks in 45 different DXCC entities for 2021.

    Of particular note, we would like to congratulate Bill, K4NYM, who
    completed 1,260 activations for the year and David, NG5E who activated
    421 different parks. Congratulations are also due to Gene, NT2A, who
    hunted 5,458 parks, and Joe, N3XLS, who made 11,467 hunter QSOs in

    We also want to give special acknowledgment to two hunters, N5HA,
    Kenneth Bailey, and W9AV, Clint Sprott, who managed to hunt at least
    one park every day in 2021. There are several folks including myself
    who are going to attempt the same feat in 2022, so stay tuned to the
    monthly POTA updates to see how the 2022 Bailey-Sprott Park-a-Day
    challenge is progressing, or follow along on twitter on instagram
    using the hashtags #baileysprott and #parkaday

    This is November 3 Victor Echo Mike with your 2021 December and Year
    End Parks on the Air Update. Be sure to visit parksontheair.com for
    information about the program, and pota.app for spotting, park
    information, leader boards, and more.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Pride Radio Group, an Australian group with an
    international membership, is getting ready to host its first
    contest. Luke Erlacher, VK3UKW, brings us that story.

    LUKE: Pride Radio Group has been a home and a champion for
    underrepresented groups in amateur radio for a little more than
    a year, and we are now planning our first contest.

    The international CQ Pride contest will run through the first weekend
    of June to celebrate Pride Month 2022.

    The contest is open to all amateurs worldwide as single or multi
    operator entries, with bonus points for working diversity oriented
    amateur radio groups, newly licensed amateurs, and low-power operation.

    Some details such as log submission are still being finalised, but mark
    June 4 to June 6 on your calendars.

    Pride Radio Group is an international group that aims to further
    acceptance and inclusion for underrepresented groups in amateur radio.

    This has been Luke, VK3UKW, for Pride Radio Group, VK3PRG.

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Find the contest rules in the text version of this week's
    Newsline script.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: https://prideradio.group/contest]




    NEIL/ANCHOR: As amateurs gear up for the big Quartzfest gathering in
    Arizona, some hams are ready to go the distance -- the biggest
    distance they can. Here's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, with the details.

    RALPH: Think of the upcoming competition as "DXing in the desert,"
    because that's just what it is -- and think of two of the contest's
    past winners, such as Fred Scully, K0VK, and Richard McGaver, NK9G,
    as being ready to rumble later this month. It's all friendly fun,
    really, which is what amateur radio and camping out in Arizona's
    Sonora Desert should be. During the one-week ham radio event known
    as QuartzFest, a small but active club known as the Northern Arizona
    DX Association is challenging everyone there to see just how far their
    signals can reach while operating out among the tall cacti. The founder
    of the Distance Challenge, Bob Wertz, NF7E, said this will be the DX challenge's third year: He was inspired to suggest it after he attended QuartzFest in 2018, and with the help of co-chairman Ron Gerlak, KG7OH,
    the club made it happen. This year, QuartzFest takes place between the
    23rd and the 29th of January. The challenge itself will take place on
    the three days: Monday, January 24th; Tuesday, January 25th; and
    Thursday, January 27th. Be there - or at least, be listening. You could
    be the next big DX that makes someone a winner.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The National Science Foundation has just given a grant to
    HamSCI, which is meanwhile looking for presenters for its March workshop. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, brings us that story.

    KEVIN: Congratulations to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, founder of the Ham
    Radio Science Citizen Investigation, or HamSCI, on being selected to
    receive a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $50,000 toward
    HamSCI's next workshop in March. The workshop will be held at the US
    Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama on the 18th and 19th of
    March, and will feature in-person as well as virtual activities. Its
    focus this year is HamSCI's Personal Space Weather Station project,
    which was previously granted $1.3 million from the National Science
    Foundation. One of the project's goals is to gauge the impact weather
    has on upper levels of the Earth's atmosphere. The findings are expected
    to rely heavily on input from amateur radio operators.

    Meanwhile, the workshop is calling for abstracts from prospective
    presenters. Abstracts should be submitted no later than February 1st,
    and successful speaker candidates will be notified by February 16th.
    To submit an abstract, upload the document using the button that can
    found at hamsci dot org stroke hamsci2022 (hamsci.org/hamsci2022)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

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    PAUL/ANCHOR: It's only a beginning, but one amateur radio club in
    Australia has taken the important first steps in helping residents
    in local districts, or shires, to communicate better during
    disasters. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, brings us that story.

    GRAHAM: Radio's resiliency during trying times has become the focus
    of a new Special Interest Group convened by the Bendigo Amateur
    Radio and Electronics Club. The group held its first meeting on
    Saturday, January 15th, focusing on needs in the Shire of Mt.
    Alexander. Using the Zoom platform, the meeting drew
    representatives from a disaster-preparedness group, other amateur
    radio clubs in Victoria and a number of candidates studying for
    their amateur radio licence.

    Coordinator Tony Falla, VK3KKP, told Newsline that there were even
    some attendees who are not intending to become hams but nonetheless
    want to be able to listen to the amateur frequencies and pass along
    messages, sometimes by citizens band radio, when disaster strikes.
    Tony is calling the special interest group the Mt. Alexander Radio
    Watch and said its purpose is to create a network of listeners, not
    to launch a rescue group. He said the Bendigo club is also working
    with the Greater Bendigo Council to create a mechanism to link area
    residents with the local council if they experience difficulties
    during disasters.

    Tony said the process will be ongoing in Mt. Alexander and that
    other special interest groups are being organised shire by shire.
    Meanwhile he said he hopes other shires will set up similar groups
    of their own and perhaps send a representative to the next Mt.
    Alexander meeting.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Braving the cold, a group of DXpeditioners is heading
    to the Arctic Ocean for an island activation that includes some
    hoped-for satellite contacts. John Williams, VK4JJW, brings us that

    JOHN: Svalbard, which is considered the world's northernmost
    habitable place, is home to about 2,000 residents and - for better
    or worse - more than 3,000 polar bears. In April it will also
    become home to a team of amateur radio operators who are launching
    the first DXpedition from that location to make use of the QO-100
    satellite. According to the team's website, although it will prove
    daunting enough to operate CW, SSB, RTTY, FT4 and FT8 following a
    snowmobile trip to their location in temperatures as cold as minus
    25 degrees Celsius, the team will face the bigger challenge of
    completing QSOs via satellite. The team's website states that this
    region is on the very edge of the satellite's footprint and permits
    a view of QO-100 at only 3 degrees above the horizon. Erik de Mey,
    ON4ANN, and Max van Rymenant, ON5UR, considered such a challenge
    early last year with Svalbard in mind. The team will be using the
    callsign JW100Q0 for its satellite contacts between April 22nd and
    24th. HF contacts will be made with the callsign JW0X between April
    19th and 26th. Mark your calendar.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.

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    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A Texas amateur known for his devotion to NASA programs
    and to the Military Auxiliary Radio System, or MARS, has become a Silent
    Key. Chuck Biggs Sr., WA5GNB and KC5RG, died on January 18th in hospice
    care in Houston. The Arkansas native was a US Air Force veteran who took
    a civilian position with NASA's then-new Manned Spacecraft Center, which
    was later to be renamed the Johnson Space Center. His three decades of
    effort with NASA led him to ultimately become vice president of the
    Manned Space Flight Education Foundation. Chuck had also been involved
    in SAREX, the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment and OSCAR, the Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio programs. The Space Center named him
    ham radio operator of the year in 1987.

    A bronze plaque hangs at the Space Center today, bearing his name and likeness. Chuck was 84.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Imagine a transistor that uses sound waves. Researchers
    have done more than imagine it: they've created it. Andy Morrison,
    K9AWM, explains.

    ANDY: They're called acoustic topological transistors and unlike devices presently in use, they operate using sound waves, not electrons.
    Researchers say that one of the transistors' key assets is its ability
    to function with almost no dissipation of energy. The electrons are
    designed to flow with no resistance.

    According to a January 19th post on the IEEE Spectrum website, the
    creation of these transistors was made possible with the use of
    acoustical topological insulators. This follows the development in 2007
    of something related: electronic topological insulators. These
    insulators protect electrons' flow from any disturbances. Oxford
    University researcher Harris Pirie said the development of these newest transistors will find applications in such fields as one-way acoustic propagation, ultrasound imaging, acoustic noise reduction, echolocation, acoustic cloaking and acoustic communications.

    He said that because the physics of sound waves and the physics of light
    waves are so alike, the same design principles that scientists used for creating acoustic topological transistors would be useful as well for
    similar devices using light.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hams in Germany are being reassured that their personal
    data has not been affected by a cyberattack on the DARC website. Ed
    Durrant, DD5LP, tells us more.

    ED: The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club is reassuring hams in Germany that
    a cyberattack on the group's website, which exploited the vulnerability
    of a plug-in, does not appear to have compromised any members' data. The
    DARC said it successfully halted the January 15th attack and will not
    restore the full website to online status until it is convinced the site
    is completely secured again. A statement by the DARC board reaffirmed to members that their personal data is kept in folders that are distinct
    from the website and members' passwords to the website itself are stored encrypted. The board said it believed the attack was automated and was
    not launched specifically to collect members' data. Meanwhile, an IT
    company has been asked to conduct a forensic investigation.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Nordic Radio Society's HF Conference promises to be
    an international event, as we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: Thirty-three years after their first HF Conference, the Nordic
    Radio Society is preparing to host a return to Fr, [pronounced:
    Foor- ] the small Swedish island in the Baltic Sea where all previous
    such events have taken place.

    This year's conference is scheduled from 15th to 17th August and should,
    as usual, draw a substantial international attendance; they have been
    held consistently every three years. Organisers note on their webpage
    that the popularity of the programme has grown substantially since the
    first in 1986, the agenda now including exhibits and talks, with
    participants from all around the world. The society encourages
    interested attendees to submit presentation papers now, the deadline
    being 15th February. Previous conferences have addressed such subjects
    as propagation, building resiliency for HF networks, achieving higher efficiency using low bandwidth links, and robust communications through
    HF skywave channels using a filter bank spread spectrum technique.

    To learn more about the conference, visit the link that appears in the
    text version of this week's newscast.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.


    [Note: link is missing - will be re-added later -- the editor has been
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    DON/ANCHOR: Some new long-distance records are being claimed for contacts using amateur radio satellites. Congratulations to Juan Felipe, A65GC, and Jerome, F4DXV, for their QSO on HO-113 made on the 13th of January between
    the United Arab Emirates and France. Their contact at 1952 UTC reportedly spanned a distance of 5,298 km, or nearly 3,300 miles. Jerome, F4DXV, also reported a contact with Sergei, ES4RM, which would be a new record for AO-

    That contact between Estonia and France on the 22nd of December last year, they believe covered 2,445 km, or 1,500 miles, setting a new record for
    that satellite. Their contacts were reported on the AMSAT News Service.
    Well done!




    DON/ANCHOR: Australian amateurs are paying tribute to nine decades of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. They're doing it by - what else? - getting on the air. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has those details.

    JIM: Just weeks after hams in the UK began operating with a special
    callsign marking the 100th anniversary of the British Broadcasting
    Corporation, similar on-the-air festivities are taking place Down Under:

    Ham radio operators in Australia are using the callsign VK90ABC to mark
    the 90-year anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It's
    a nod to that memorable moment when the nation's airwaves came alive on
    the 23rd of November in 1923, with Australia's first licensed public
    radio broadcast, which featured the St. Andrews Choir. All amateur radio operators throughout Australia will be eligible to use the callsign, but
    must apply for it first through an email to info at vk 90 abc dot net. (info@k90abc.net)

    According to the callsign's QRZ page, there will be no QSLs sent direct
    or by the bureau. Contacts are to be confirmed via LoTW and eQSL, with
    logs uploaded once a month.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    DON/ANCHOR: Another special event, this one in the US, marks the life
    of an American president, as we hear from Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

    SKEETER: There's a lot of history in the logs of the log cabin in Lerna, Illinois, home of the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. The cabin
    was home to Thomas Lincoln and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother
    of Abraham Lincoln, the lawyer who was to become the 16th president of
    the United States. The National Trail Amateur Radio Club is marking
    Lincoln's February birthday by putting two callsigns on the air between February 7th and 13th. Be listening for K9L, which will be used by
    members operating from their home QTH; and W9L which will be used at
    the historic site itself.

    There will be commemorative QSL cards for successful contacts on all
    bands in all modes. The 86-acre historic site is no stranger to
    important moments in history, and this amateur radio event expects to
    be one of them. To learn more about how to get in the log - the radio
    log, in this case - visit the QRZ page for either call sign.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.




    DON/ANCHOR: What's that up in the sky? A radio telescope in Australia
    has picked up some unusual signals and Graham Kemp VK4BB tells us what
    they might just be.

    GRAHAM: We've all heard strange transmissions on the air but perhaps
    none as strange as these: A radio telescope in Western Australia has
    been picking up highly polarised signals in a repeating series of
    pulses, suggesting that the bright object which appears to be its
    source possesses a strong magnetic field. The scientists at the
    International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research are detecting the
    radio waves at a rate of three times an hour. An astrophysicist at
    Curtin University believes this might be a magnetar, something that
    only existed in theory until recently. Researchers have known about
    the bright object since it was first seen in March of 2018.

    The more than 4,000 low-frequency antennas of the Murchison Widefield
    Array are picking up transmissions, which originate some 4,000
    light-years away from Earth. Curtin University astrophysicist Natasha Hurley-Walker has stated that no, this isn't coming from aliens. To
    solve the mystery, researchers at the Pawsey Supercomputing Center in
    Perth will be exploring data from similar pulsing objects to compare
    to this one.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Feb 11 05:30:51 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the W8GK repeater in Charleston, West Virginia on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. local time after check-
    ins during the Kanawha Amateur Radio Club Two Meter Net.



    JIM/ANCHOR: It's time to apply for Youth on the Air camp. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, explains how.

    STEPHEN: The application period has opened for the Youth on the Air camp
    being held June 12th through June 17th. Young amateurs in IARU Region 2
    who are ages 15 through 25 are welcome to attend this year's camp which
    will take place again at the National Voice of America Museum of
    Broadcasting in West Chester Township, Ohio. Application deadline is March
    1st and the application process is free. Campers will be notified by March 15th if they are accepted, and those accepted will need to send a $100 deposit. The camp is encouraging young amateurs to attend from different
    areas of North, Central and South America. For information about
    scholarships, waivers and travel assistance, visit the website YouthOnTheAir.org

    If there are changes in the COVID-19 pandemic status or CDC guidelines, organizers are committed to notifying everyone as much in advance as
    possible if that has an impact on the camp.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, a special honor is awaiting a young amateur who has shown extraordinary care and initiative in helping the community on and
    off the air. The Young Ham Lends a Hand Contest is being by Carole Perry, WB2MGP, director of Youth Activities for the Radio Club of America. It is sponsored by the RCA and the Quarter Century Wireless Association. Any
    young amateur can be nominated for their volunteer efforts, whether the youngster has aided someone in the military, the community, a senior -- or even has acted as a mentor to other amateurs. The application forms are
    due in by the first of April and the winner receives a $100 stipend.

    The winner will be announced at the Youth Forum held at Hamvention in
    Xenia, Ohio. For details contact Carole Perry at wb2mgp@gmail.com




    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're in the UK, look for the release of the new band
    plans. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us more.

    JEREMY: The band plans published each year by the Radio Society of Great Britain are now available.

    They are based on the band plans of IARU Region 1, but allow for national variations and special amendments. The 2022 plans can be found in the
    February edition of RadCom, the RSGB's magazine. There is also a master version published online as an Excel file which includes all the notes of changes made.

    Acting on feedback from amateur radio operators, the Society has added new tabs in the Excel version, labelled by frequency, but hams who prefer the earlier version of labelling by wavelengths retain that option too. The
    band plan is expected to be reviewed during the course of the year.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the KB3AWQ
    repeater in Williamsport Pennsylvania on Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern



    PAUL/ANCHOR: February is a short month so it's not too early to start
    thinking about St. Patrick's Day - and that's just what some hams around
    the world have been doing. Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, with the details.

    JEREMY: Amateurs and shortwave listeners around the world have signed up
    to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day and vie for special awards during the 48 hours between the 16th and 18th of March. Organisers of the special St. Patrick's Awards event have created a web page with details that include categories in which radio operators and listeners can compete -- and explanations of how they can qualify for awards. All participants need to visit the web page and register if they plan to apply for an award. All
    awards are available as downloadable PDFs after the event has concluded.

    Stations in Ireland, Canada and the United States are among those who
    have already begun registering. The website lists when they will be on
    the air and in what modes, including DMR, PSK and even on the Hamshack Hotline.

    The website is stpatricksaward dot com - that's stpatricksaward - all one
    word - dot com. (stpatricksaward.com)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you're an engineer with some free time to devote to two
    of AMSAT's projects, you might just be one of the volunteers they're
    looking for. Jack Parker, W8ISH, brings us the details.

    JACK: If you're interested in being part of AMSAT's all-volunteer team
    working with its FOX-Plus and GOLF CubeSat programs, AMSAT is interested
    in hearing from you. The FOX-Plus program needs an electrical engineer
    with RF experience who can help design and build the RF communications
    for the low-earth orbit CubeSats. Candidates should be familiar with
    analog and digital communications protocols and will be working with
    digitally synthesized audio for FM modulated VHF/UHF/SHF voice and
    telemetry channels. The FOX-Plus and GOLF CubeSat programs also need mechanical engineers whose responsibilities may include analysis of
    thermal characteristics of the CubeSat and oversight of the environmental testing procedure. AMSAT requires US citizenship or proof of permanent residency for all candidates for these volunteer positions. CubeSat
    experience and a ham radio license is also preferred but not necessary.
    For details, send an email to volunteer at amsat dot org. (volunteer@amsat.org)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: There's a big contest planned in Romania to test youngsters' amateur radio direction finding skills -- and the time to sign up is now.
    Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us how.

    ED: Letters of intent are due soon for teams wanting to participate in
    the 4th IARU World Youth Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championship
    being held this summer in Romania. The event is being hosted by the
    Romanian Federation of Radio Amateurs. All letters of intent must be
    received no later than March 1st at the email address wyac2022 at gmail
    dot com (wyac2022@gmail.com).

    The championship will take place June 29th through to July 3rd and will include hunts on 80 and 2m along with an 80m sprint. Saturday will see an awards ceremony and a hamfest.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to the organizers of the Voice of America
    80th anniversary special event station. Operators logged 3,665 QSOs at stations W3V, W8O and W4A, according to Jocelyn Brault KD8VRX/VA2VRX of
    the West Chester Amateur Radio Association. He said that all digital
    cards have been sent and certificates will be emailed shortly. Paper QSLs
    are expected to be sent out sometime in March.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: In England, radio is about to embrace one digital mode yet unknown on the amateur bands: Digital art. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that

    JEREMY: Hams in the UK have played a big role in celebrations of the
    BBC's centenary this year. The most recent special event station was
    heard on the 14th of February as radio operators in Chelmsford called QRZ
    as station GB100 2MT [pronounced as GB100 2MT], marking the historic
    first transmission from the Marconi Company's Writtle Hut there. The hut
    is now going digital with the help of an artist who is creating a digital model of it for inclusion at the Chelmsford Museum. The artist, Sian Fan,
    and the museum are calling the exhibit Forecast22 - the Birth of British Broadcasting. The virtual 3D model will include a replica of the 2MT transmitter as well as contents of the building. The exhibit opens in

    If you can't get to Chelmsford to take a step inside history, don't
    worry. You can take part in the Forecast22 on your mobile phone wherever
    in the world you might be. It's a different kind of 'digital DXing' but a fitting option for a celebration that changed the shape and the sound of British broadcasting.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the word, including the K5DUR repeater
    in Dallas, Texas, on Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: There are big happenings planned for hams in New South
    Wales, Australia. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, brings us that report.

    JASON: Mayham, the largest amateur radio gathering in the Southern
    Hemisphere, has an equally large and ambitious agenda for Sunday the 1st
    of May. In addition to planning the usual activities, such as pedestrian
    and mobile fox hunts, organisers from the Central Coast Amateur Radio
    Club are looking for lecturers to deliver talks on a variety of subjects.
    Each 45-minute presentation will be followed by no more than 15 minutes
    of questions and answers. Formerly known as Wyong Field Day, it has run
    over 60 years without a break, even through these COVID years. Mayham is scheduled to be held at the customary location of the Wyong race course.
    If you have a presentation you'd like to share with some of Australia's
    most enthusiastic radio amateurs, contact Col, VK2ZCO, by emailing ccarc
    at ccarc dot org dot au (ccarc@ccarc.dot.org.au) and describe your
    proposed lecture. If you're looking to upgrade - or even get - your first licence, contact education coordinator of the club at education at ccarc
    dot org dot au (education@ccarc.dot.org.au)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: If you're interested in learning more about setting up,
    hosting and participating in a contact with the ISS through Amateur Radio
    on the International Space Station you may want to attend an introductory webinar being hosted by ARISS. It will be held on UTC March 4th - which
    is the evening of March 3rd for attendees in North America. The webinar
    will help give schools, science centers, museums and other institutions information they need to apply for a contact with the space crew.
    Registration for the seminar is required.

    Applications for a space-crew contact should be submitted no later than
    the 31st of March. Such a contact would ideally draw a large number of attendees and participants and be included in an educational plan
    focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Visit the ARISS-USA website for more details. All contacts are being scheduled for January the 1st through June 30th of 2023.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Mar 3 21:12:03 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the N7OEI repeater
    in Navajo and Apache counties, Arizona, on Thursdays at 7 p.m. local time.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Many, many amateurs search for the "Biggest and best
    antenna." At their recent field day, however, some hams in New Zealand
    proved they would go to ANY lengths - and we do mean ANY lengths. Jim
    Meachen, ZL2BHF, brings us that story.

    JIM: "That's not an antenna! THIS IS AN ANTENNA!" Chris, ZL4RA, led a
    group on the South Island of New Zealand, looking to try something
    "different" in the 2022 Jock White Memorial Field Day on the last weekend
    in February.

    Chris had scouted out a ZL3 SOTA Summit. He, Russ, ZL4JW, and Jim, ZL4JI,
    had a plan: operating portable with a quarter-kilometre long-wire. Yes, portable. The antenna was to cross a gully pointing north-northeast to
    cover NZ and perhaps into VK as well. That's three wavelengths on 80
    metres and six on 40 metres! Or, as Chris describes it, "ridiculously
    long." It took some effort to install the 20-foot masts in the wind and
    rain and to run the wire. One back stake support was a problem due to the strain on it from this length of wire, but it survived."

    The results? Success, even with just 100 watts maximum power. Although the antenna bandwidth was a bit narrow, both transmit and receive signals were strong. Saturday brought some unexpected QRM but by Sunday the antenna was truly "going the distance." And that's the long and short of it!

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If the technical side of amateur radio interests you, this next report from John Williams, VK4JJW, might be of special interest.

    JOHN: Registration has begun for the South African Radio League's
    technical symposium, which will explore amateur radio technology. The
    virtual event is being held on Saturday the 9th of April on the Bluejeans platform. Presenters include Sylvain Azarian, F4GKR, president of IARU
    Region 1, who will talk about software defined radio and various ham radio applications. Cor Rademeyer, ZS6CR, will discuss ways to analyse GPS
    position data to detect RF propagation disturbances. Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ,
    will update everyone on the league's next-generation beacon project. Other discussions will cover the AMSAT-South Africa AfriCUBE satellites and
    SARL100 project, which is preparing for the league's centennial celebration.

    The symposium is free for members of SARL and AMSAT-South Africa. Find the link to register in this week's text version of this Newsline report.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: https://tinyurl.com/rapc2kdu ]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The pileups have quieted down and it's all over, but the counting after the Pluto Anniversary Special event held last month. Randy
    Sly, W4XJ, has the numbers.

    RANDY: Over 6,500 hams reached for the stars last month but were happy to reach a dwarf planet instead. From February 14th to the 21st, amateur
    radio operators celebrated the discovery of Pluto by contacting W7P and
    W7P/Ø for the Pluto Anniversary Special Event. This annual countdown will last until the centennial of the discovery in 2030. Most of the operation
    took place from a trailer at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona
    where Clyde Tombaugh changed the understanding of our solar system on
    February 18th, 1930.

    Held in conjunction with the "I Heart Pluto Festival" at the observatory,
    the event is in its second year, organized by the Northern Arizona DX Association, under the coordination of Bob Wertz, NF7E.

    The final tally may show as many at 7,500 contacts logged by the 18
    operators on W7P and the five operators on W7P/0, which was led by Doug Tombaugh, N3PDT, nephew of the famed astronomer. The team was contacted by stations from all 50 US states and 57 countries. For QSL information, look
    up W7P on QRZ.com.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Randy Sly, W4XJ.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you claim it and it has no name, you name it: that's
    the concept behind a new challenge from managers of the international HEMA summit awards scheme. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us what's going on.

    ED: The Southern Bavaria Association of HEMA added 101 summits to its list
    of those that can be activated under the award scheme on February the
    26th. HEMA summits have a prominence of between 100 and 150 metres. They
    all have a code with a latitude and longitude designation but several are lacking a name. The new option allows the first activator of any summit currently described as "No Name" to give that summit a name within the
    HEMA system. The name cannot be rude, slanderous or contain any words that
    are trademarked. Otherwise, use your best operating strategy when you're
    on the summit and then....come back down and use your imagination: Submit
    your log, along with a proposed name.

    For details of the scheme, visit HEMA dot ORG dot UK.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

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    NEIL/ANCHOR: Organizers in Hawaii are looking for amateurs to
    participate in an important statewide emergency drill in April.
    Christian Cudnik, K0STH, brings us that report.

    CHRISTIAN: For hams in Hawaii, the three-hour emergency communications exercise being held by the Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Service on
    April 16th will be like none of the others held several times each year.
    The drill will be conducted following the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, which standardizes terminology, methodology and
    policy used during the exercise. It will simulate a period of
    catastrophic rain and wind covering the islands, taking down power,
    internet and cell towers. According to Hawaii ARES spokesman Stacy
    Holbrook, KH6OWL, a planning team has developed a full incident action
    plan using the forms and format of the program's Incident Command System Structure. Stacy told Newsline in an email he was unaware of any other statewide exercises being done in this manner.

    Using on-air nets, social media and local clubs, organizers are reaching
    out to the more than 3,800 licensed amateurs throughout Hawaii, hoping
    to get as many hams as possible on board. The drill is an all-mode, all-
    band exercise that makes use of analog, simplex and Digital modes as
    well as VHF, UHF and HF. Hams using WINLINK will have the additional
    support of an ongoing Zoom meeting to assist with any troubleshooting.

    Stacy told Newsline: [quote] "We would love to build relationships with
    the fire chiefs, police chiefs, and served agencies in our area so they
    know they have another asset they could use if needed." [endquote] He
    said the goal is to use the ICS system so everyone is on the same
    training level and gets the needed experience with the command structure
    and forms.

    There is additional information and a signup form on the website hawaiiares.net.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The Radio Society of Great Britain needs someone to chair
    its upcoming convention. Could that be you? Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: A hybrid convention is on the cards this year for the Radio
    Society of Great Britain, which hopes to combine a return to an in-
    person event with the best of the online conventions held these past two years.

    Planning is already under way but the organisers are in need of a
    convention chair. According to the RSGB website, this leader should be
    someone familiar with all developments going on in amateur radio and
    should be comfortable planning for online events as well as those in

    Meanwhile, the team is seeking input from anyone and everyone who would
    like to help shape the event which will be held in October. A survey is
    posted online for amateurs to share their ideas with the organisers.
    It's not necessary to be a member of the RSGB to participate in the
    survey. As with the previous two online conventions, the hybrid version
    will be providing access to people attending from outside Great Britain.

    Visit the website rsgb dot org stroke convention (rsgb.org/convention)
    to provide your input and learn more about the vacancy.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Young hams may want to be aware of a new category
    introduced this year by CQ magazine in its DX Marathon, which is already
    under way. The Youth Category is an overlay category open to any
    operator born on January 1st, 1997 or later. There are certificates for
    the highest scorer among young operators in each of the six continents.
    Visit the rules section of the website at dxmarathon dot com
    (dxmarathon.com). And, good luck, everyone!




    NEIL/ANCHOR: We here at Newsline are asking listeners to think of a
    young amateur radio operator with talent, promise and heart. Consider nominating them for Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak Memorial
    Young Ham of the Year Award. This is our commitment to honoring young
    talent 18 years of age or younger who reside in the United States, its possessions, or any Canadian province. Find application forms on our
    website arnewsline.org under the "YHOTY" tab. Nominations close May
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    SKEETER/ANCHOR: A lifelong amateur whose achievements with ham radio satellites could be traced to his years as a New York City teenager, has become a Silent Key. Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, tells us about him.

    RALPH: Ray Soifer, W2RS, is credited with achieving the first ham radio
    QSO via satellite ionization trail reflection. It was 1960 and Ray, then K2QBW, and his friend Perry Klein, then K3JTE, made the contact together
    as high school students who were enthralled by satellites. Ray became a
    Silent Key on March 1. He was living in Arizona at the time of his death.

    After Perry Klein became founding president of AMSAT, Ray took on a number
    of posts with the organization, including executive vice president, acting president and member of the board of directors. Ray's consistent devotion
    to satellite operation led him in 1975 to achieve the first reported inter-satellite relay communication, making use of AMSAT-OSCAR 7 and AMSAT-OSCAR 6 when the two were in close orbit to one another. Ray was chairman of the annual IARU Satellite Forum between 1995 and 2005, a
    member of the IARU's Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel; and was
    secretary and later chairman of the IARU Region 2's VHF/UHF Committee.

    He also wrote frequently on satellite-related topics for the AMSAT
    Journal, QST and RadCom, the magazine of the Radio Society of Great

    Ray was 79.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: The close-knit community of SOTA activators is grieving
    the loss of a well-known friend to many, on and off the summits. Ed
    Durrant, DD5LP, has his story.

    ED: Jose-Antonio Gurutzarri Jauregi was better known as Guru, or by his callsign, EA2IF. A ham since his teens in native Spain, he embraced participation in Summits on the Air in 2013, combining his love of
    portable activation with his affinity for hiking. Guru became a Silent Key
    on March 11. His death from cancer was announced by Ignacio, EA2BD, on the SOTA Reflector.

    Radio and friendship were common threads throughout his life. Starting
    with a friend, Esteban EA2BYG, who introduced him to CB radio in 1980 as a teenager. Another friend, Jose-Ramon, EA2AD, later brought him into the
    world of amateur radio. Guru became an adept contester and CW operator and over the years placed in the top three spots for such competitions as the
    CQ World Wide DX contest and the ARRL International DX CW competition. By 2018, after a few years in the SOTA programme, he was invited to join the
    SOTA Global Publicity Team.

    According to Ignacio, at the time of Guru's death he was 26 points short
    of one last goal he sought despite his terminal diagnosis: He wanted to achieve Mountain Goat status in the SOTA awards scheme. Paying tribute to
    his friend, Ignacio wrote on the reflector: [quote] "In our hearts, after
    so many activations - 415 - you are already in the herd, Guru...73 my
    friend." [end quote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP, and I am proud to have known Guru. Vale Guru, EA2IF ..... you will be sorely missed by the SOTA community.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: In the UK, a beacon project that will help in the study of meteors has gained some financial support. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the details.

    JEREMY: A partnership between radio astronomers and the amateur radio community has been recognized by the Legacy Committee of the Radio Society
    of Great Britain, which will be providing funds for a 50 MHz beacon to
    assist in the study of meteors above the UK.

    According to the RSGB website, the beacon will operate from the Sherwood Observatory of the Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society. It will make
    use of circular polarization and will beam up vertically.

    The announcement noted that because meteors entering the Earth's
    atmosphere create an ionized trail reflecting transmissions at 50 MHz,
    that band is extremely useful for the planned range of STEM and citizen science projects.

    The amount of the Legacy Committee gift was not disclosed.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: Amateur Radio Newsline would like to congratulate Alec, VK2APC, of Sydney, Australia for joining the Wireless Institute of
    Australia's National News team. Alec is 12 years old, got his license last year and is the son of Pete, VK2LP. Alec will be reading youth-related
    news for listeners of the weekly WIA report.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Mar 25 00:21:21 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    Butler County Amateur Radio Public Service Group's K3PSG repeater, in
    Butler, Pennsylvania, on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. local time



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Get ready for April 19th. If you're looking to upgrade,
    renew, or change your callsign, you have until that date to do so without having to pay a fee. The FCC has announced its new $35 application fee
    for US amateur radio licenses takes effect on that date. The agency said
    the fees can be paid by using the Commission's Universal Licensing
    System on the FCC website. The FCC posted a public notice on its website
    on March 23, announcing it would begin collecting the fees, which it has
    said will cover the costs of processing the applications. For hams, the
    fees apply to new licenses, renewals, upgrades, sequential call sign
    changes and applications for vanity calls. It does not apply to such administrative updates as change of email or other mailing address.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: The team behind Oregon's first satellite gets bragging
    rights this week after its successful launch from Alaska. Ralph
    Squillace, KK6ITB, brings us that story.

    RALPH: Space enthusiasts are celebrating the launch of Oregon's first satellite, which carried amateur radio into low Earth orbit on a
    spacecraft no larger than a box of tissues. Known as OreSat0, it is an
    open source CubeSat built by the Portland State Aerospace Society, an interdisciplinary group of students at Portland State University. With
    solar panels, batteries, a color camera and of course amateur radio on
    board, it was launched on March 15th from Kodiak, Alaska.

    The group's faculty advisor, Andrew Greenberg, KD7CJT, said on the
    university website [quote]: "Our small group of space hipsters gathered
    in the rocket room to watch the launch with fancy bagels and pour-over
    coffee, and then collectively held our breath for more than an hour." [endquote] After some nervous moments, they learned the flight had gone smoothly. Its mission, which is to test the cubesat system itself, is
    expected to last several years. Fear not, this won't be the first and
    the last for Oregon. The group is already hard at work on OreSat0.5
    (OreSat Zero Point Five), and it's scheduled for launch this summer. It
    will be a larger satellite for NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative and will
    carry equipment gathering data for global climate science, studying the distribution of high altitude cirrus clouds.

    Meanwhile if you'd like to track the pride of Oregon's space fans, see
    the link in the text version of this week's script at arnewsline.org

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.


    https://uniclogs-cesium-megqz.ondigitalocean.app/ ]



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Norway is moving forward with a plan to introduce a new
    amateur radio license for beginners. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: Norway has plans to introduce a 10-watt entry level certificate
    for young hams. It has the financial support of one million Kroner, or
    nearly $114,000 US dollars, from the Norwegian Research Council with the
    input of hams throughout the nation.

    The proposal, introduced last year, was discussed at Norway's
    Hammeeting, an annual amateur radio convention. Attendees included the communications regulator NKOM, and the Norwegian Radio Relay League. The
    NRRL, the Research Institute of Forsvaret and Torbjrn, LA4ZCA, are
    working together on a plan to introduce the subject formally into school curricula. The proposed certificate would become available to 12- and 13-year-old enthusiasts operating at low power on limited bands.

    The entry level licence has the support of such groups as the Academic
    Radio Club, or ARK, which has already been making classes available. The
    ARK is Norway's oldest amateur radio club for students.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Mar 31 20:54:28 2022

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park has opened
    its doors again following a brief COVID-related closure. Jeremy Boot,
    G4NJH, brings us up to date about returning to visit.

    JEREMY: Visitors are again welcome at the RSGB National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. The centre reopened on Monday, the 28th of March having
    been shut after many members of its volunteer team had fallen ill with COVID-19. While visitors are still encouraged to wear face masks, they
    are not now mandatory.

    Amateur radio operators will have to wait a little longer to operate from
    the GB3RS amateur radio station on site, however, as it remains

    The radio room itself is open, however; and groups may visit in small
    numbers. RSGB members will be allowed to use their vouchers for free
    entry to the centre and it is no longer necessary to book arrival times
    in advance.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the J88CU repeater
    on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. local time in Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you're going to Hamvention, get your tickets early for
    the AMSAT/TAPR Banquet. The dinner is honoring a pioneer who became a
    Silent Key this year. Jack Parker, W8ISH, has the details.

    JACK: One of the highlights of Dayton Hamvention weekend this May is
    expected to be the AMSAT/TAPR Banquet which is being held in honor of
    APRS pioneer Bob Bruninga (BREW nin guh), WB4APR. Bob, who became a
    Silent Key in February, developed the widely used packet system more than
    a quarter century ago, enabling real-time tracking and data transfer over amateur radio frequencies. The dinner is taking place on Friday, May 20th
    at 6:30 p.m. local time and will showcase Bob's life and achievements.
    Tickets are $57 each, and must be pre-purchased no later than Friday, May
    13th from the AMSAT store; they will not be sold at the AMSAT booth. The banquet will take place at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering, Ohio, a 20-minute drive from Hamvention at the fairgrounds in Xenia.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: With the help of a radio telescope in South Africa,
    mysterious radio circles in space are becoming a little less mysterious. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us about that telescope's recent discovery.

    GRAHAM: The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory has captured the
    most detailed images to date of what are known as ORCs, for "odd radio circles," in a discovery astronomers are calling unprecedented. The
    circles themselves are nothing new: The first three were discovered in
    2019 by astronomers at Australia's national science agency CSIRO using
    the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder. Archival data from
    radio telescope imagery in India in 2013 contained the fourth image. The Australian radio telescope identified a fifth one last year. Scientists
    are curious as to why ORCs show up in radio waves but are undetected by optical or X-ray telescopes.

    Astronomers theorise that the huge circles take about 1 billion years to
    reach their maximum size. Their diameter is said to be 10 times the
    diameter of the Milky Way, measuring about a million light-years across.
    Some have a galaxy at their centres.

    ORCs beam out radio signals every 18 minutes on average but little else
    is known about them. That could change. Scientists said that with the
    newest images from South Africa's high resolution radio telescope, they
    may be a bit closer to understanding them better.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Apr 7 21:08:58 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    East Coast Reflector on Sundays at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, where
    more than 240 repeaters and simplex nodes rebroadcast our newscast.



    JIM/ANCHOR: This is an exciting year for amateurs who are active in the Summits on the Air awards scheme. We hear what's going on from Ed
    Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: Just as hams in the Summits on the Air award scheme rise through the
    tier of awards to increase their standing, so too has the awards scheme
    scaled new heights. For the past month, SOTA has been marking its 20th anniversary in England and Wales, the birthplaces of the programme,
    which now has more than 24,000 participants on all the major continents. During April, SOTA management team member Tom Read, M1EYP, will be
    operating special event station GB20SOTA from the summit of "The Cloud",
    which is designated as G/SP-015 in the SOTA award scheme. Additional
    special event calls will be on the air throughout this year as hams in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the United States mark the occasion. The celebration kicked off last month with summit activations by GW association manager Roger Dallimore, MW0IDX, under the GB2OTA call sign in Wales. Free commemorative certificates will be available.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Impatient over ongoing delays, applicants for Brazil's
    amateur radio license are applying even more pressure on officials.
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, brings us that update.

    JEREMY: In Brazil, the long wait has become even longer as applicants
    waiting for their radio amateur licence report that at least six months
    have passed in some cases and they are growing impatient.

    Brazil's national amateur radio society has asked ANATEL, the nation's regulator, to act promptly and resolve the delays for the waiting
    candidates. The group is asking the regulator to modernise its computer
    system and standardise processes across all of the Brazilian states. The amateur organisation, known as Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Rádio
    Emissão (LABRE), believes the system incompatibility has resulted in
    long wait times that have discouraged candidates from seeking licences.

    The Brazilian amateurs' latest plea comes in the form of a petition,
    following unsuccessful attempts at progress during meetings held in
    person as well as remotely between LABRE and ANATEL.

    The petition can be seen at the website that appears in the text version
    of this week's newscast. It is in Portuguese with a Google translation
    to English available.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.


    https://www.change.org/p/radioamadores-unidos-exigem-celeridade-e- moderniza%C3%A7%C3%A3o-dos-sistemas-da-anatel ]

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Apr 15 08:17:56 2022

    NEIL/ANCHOR: It's time to think about the next generation of radio
    operators and appreciate their skill and dedication. Perhaps one of them
    will be the next recipient of the Amateur Radio Newsline Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year Award. Consider nominating an amateur
    radio operator 18 years of age or younger in the continental United
    States with talent, promise and a commitment to the spirit of ham radio.
    Find application forms on our website arnewsline.org under the "YHOTY"
    tab. Nominations close May 31st.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Many hams use the opportunity of retirement from their
    paying jobs to "pay it forward" to the amateur radio community. Paul
    Braun, WD9GCO, tells us about one such amateur.

    PAUL: One of the challenges many amateur radio clubs face is finding a constant flow of presenters to keep meetings interesting. John Portune,
    W6NBC, a former electronics industry writer and educator, as well as a frequent contributor to QST and other related publications, is offering
    a partial solution. Portune has developed a series of presentations on a variety of topics and has made himself available to present them.
    Portune said he was looking for something to do now that he's retired,
    so he decided that volunteering to teach on a variety of ham topics fit
    right in with his skillset.

    Portune gave a presentation to the Porter County Amateur Radio Club in
    Indiana on Friday, April 8th. His topic was the design and construction
    of a 10-meter Moxon antenna. If you'd like to see it, check the link in
    the printed version of this week's report. He can be reached through his website, w6nbc.com

    FOR PRINT ONLY: https://youtu.be/wdyLRprTJRU

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Parks activators are celebrating spring in a big way. Vance Martin, N3VEM, tells us what they've been up to.

    VANCE: In Parks on the Air News, we hope you'll join us in just a few
    days for the spring "Support Your Parks" event on April 16th and 17th
    UTC. If the past is any indication, there could be anywhere from six to
    eight hundred operators putting parks on the air for the weekend event.
    This is a great opportunity to get out portable and activate some parks
    as the weather turns warm, or just stay home and have plenty of parks to chase. It's also an excellent opportunity to practice and prepare for
    the summer's big activity - our annual plaque event. This year, that
    happens on July 16th and 17th UTC. All of our plaques, including the
    three new DX activator plaques, are now fully sponsored thanks to a
    number of generous hams. More information about the summer event will be coming over the next couple months, so stay tuned to these monthly POTA updates, and the plaque event section of pota.app. This is November
    Three Victor Echo Mike.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The fund created by a noted DXer and humanitarian now
    carries his name. Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, gives us the details.

    JASON: Out of grief has come a renewed commitment to generosity. Still mourning the recent loss of friend and benefactor Zorro Miyazawa,
    JH1AJT, the International DX Association has added his name to the humanitarian aid fund Zorro created and endowed in January of 2016.
    INDEXA's Humanitarian Aid Fund is now known as The Zorro Miyazawa,
    JH1AJT, Hams with Hearts Fund. The funds are used to provide assistance
    to any humanitarian aid projects undertaken by amateurs during their DXpeditions. The announcement on the INDEXA website noted that the
    tagline reflects "Zorro's character and values," adding [quote] "INDEXA
    is proud and grateful to be able to sustain Zorro's legacy through this
    fund." [endquote] Zorro, who was known as much for his role as a
    humanitarian as a ham, became a Silent Key in March.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Apr 22 07:58:02 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world including the W-ZERO-EF
    repeater in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.



    SKEETER/ANCHOR: Classes are getting started for Canada's basic operating certificate -- and the course is being offered online. Dave Parks,
    WB8ODF, has the details.

    DAVE: Candidates for Canada's basic level amateur radio operator
    certificate are beginning their studies on Sunday, April 24th and will continue through Thursday, June 30th. This is an online course for
    anyone interested in a Canadian operating certificate, including
    candidates in overseas countries. The classes are being conducted with
    the help of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club of Nova Scotia. The coursework prepares candidates for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Basic Qualification Level Operator Certificate exam.
    Al Penney, VO1NO, is the instructor for the three-hour classes which
    meet on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. To enquire about costs
    and registration, contact the course administrator via email at
    basiccourse - that's one word - at rac dot ca (basiccourse@rac.ca.) The sessions are being recorded so should anyone miss a class they may catch
    up on the material.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks WB8ODF.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: An emergency-response team of teens - some of them
    amateur radio operators - has received an award from a top U.S.
    government agency. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, has the details.

    KEVIN: A high school emergency response team that includes several
    amateur radio operators has been recognized by federal officials for
    their crisis preparedness work. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management
    Agency, or FEMA, has presented its Region 6 Youth Preparedness Award to
    the Clovis High School Teen Community Emergency Response Team in Clovis,
    New Mexico. The team is known by the acronym CERT. The team has been
    training under the guidance of the city's emergency management director,
    Dan Heerding, KG5DTV, who shares the award with them. According to a
    news story on the KCBD-TV website, the young CERT members have already
    been deployed to three community events and collectively donated 856
    hours of their time.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: It's been 50 years since the historic moon mission known
    as Apollo 16. Amateurs around the US will agree: that's reason to
    activate some special event stations. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, has those

    PAUL: If you remember NASA's Apollo 16 moon mission - or even if you
    weren't around back then - you don't want to miss the 50th anniversary celebration of that historic journey, which was the fifth moon landing mission. NASA on the Air special event stations around the United States
    will be on the bands between Saturday April 23rd and Wednesday April
    27th marking the milestone. Different local NASA radio clubs will be
    active at different hours so check the spotting clusters or the NASA on
    the Air wordpress blog site. The many participating clubs at NASA sites include the Ames Research Center Amateur Radio Club, NA6MF, in
    California; the Glenn Research Center club, NA8SA, in Ohio; the Goddard
    Space Flight Center club, WA3NAN, in Maryland and the Stennis Space
    Center club, N5SSC, in Mississippi.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Apr 28 22:36:53 2022

    DON/ANCHOR: May is a busy month in the United States on the amateur radio calendar. There's Hamvention opening on the 20th of May - and just a week before, on May 14th, there's the Armed Forces Day Cross-Band exercise.
    Jack Parker, W8ISH, has the details.

    JACK: Ham radio and government radio operators will be sharing messages
    and testing their operating efficiency starting at 1300 UTC on May 14th in
    an exercise hosted by the US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System, or
    MARS. They'll be taking part in the Armed Forces Day Cross-Band exercise,
    an interoperability event with a history that goes back more than 50
    years. Hams will be listening for stations on US military frequencies and transmitting on nearby amateur frequencies. Participating hams will be
    able to confirm their contacts with a QSL card. Hams copying messages from
    US Army and US Navy stations can request a QSL card online using the form
    at the website that appears in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    FOR PRINT ONLY: https://www.usarmymars.org/events ]

    Hams seeking a QSL card from US Air Force stations whose messages they
    have copied should send a request by mail to the Armed Forces Day
    Celebration, Chief, Air Force MARS, 203 West Losey Street, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois 62225.

    According to the Department of Defense website, the numerous military
    stations transmitting messages will include Travis Air Force Base in California, the Newport Naval Radio Station Museum in Newport, Rhode
    Island, the US Coast Guard Base in Alameda, California, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Barrow Army Reserve Center in Kentucky.

    Although Armed Forces Day is May 21st, the test is being run a week
    earlier to accommodate Hamvention.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    DON/ANCHOR: A group of amateurs in the state of Maine feels a little more ready for the next big emergency to come along. They've just completed
    some important training. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us more.

    KEVIN: Members of the Aroostook [pronounced: uh-ROO-stick] County Amateur Radio Emergency Services just got another tool to add to their amateur
    radio kit: Training to function as CERT, the acronym for Citizen Emergency Response Team.

    Brian Goff, KC1NHJ, the community outreach planner for the county's
    emergency management agency, told WAGM-TV that the CERT members provide support to search and rescue personnel as well as those administering
    first aid. He said even if the hams are not directly involved in providing
    the actual hands-on assistance, their use of radios is invaluable in
    getting the word out especially if cell towers may not be working.

    Their training took place on a Saturday in the middle of April. The CERT members' first big test will come in just a matter of weeks when they will test their new skills by participating in an emergency drill.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    DON/ANCHOR: On the day the FCC's new ham radio license application fees
    took effect, a system outage halted the agency's electronic batch filing system and files could not be processed. The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator sent out a notice to league members making them aware of the shutdown that occurred on Tuesday, April 19th. The FCC had asked that no further files be submitted for exam sessions or license applications until
    the issue could be resolved. The system was back on line, however, a few
    days later. The Volunteer Examiner Coordinator sent a notice to league
    members on Saturday, April 23rd saying that processing was restored and business could proceed as usual. The FCC was expected to begin reducing
    the backlog even as new files arrived. The FCC has previously said that
    the new $35 charge was necessary to cover staff costs associated with the application process, even though the review system is largely automated.

    (ARRL, FCC)



    DON/ANCHOR: One of India's pre-eminent engineering universities was the
    scene of a workshop on amateur radio basics. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, gives us
    that report.

    GRAHAM: More than three dozen engineering and science students and their instructors were introduced to amateur radio and all its elements during a workshop held April 5th and 6th in Gujarat, India. Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, regional coordinator of AMSAT-India, gave the presentation at PDEU, one of
    the Indian state's top engineering schools.

    In addition to gaining familiarity with various types of amateur radio equipment and the modes of communication, the students watched practical demonstrations, including Slow Scan TV, PSK-31 and Morse Code and learned
    to operate an HT. They also heard the stories behind many of the QSL cards
    on display throughout the two-day programme. Some careful planning ahead allowed the students to experience amateur radio contacts using the AO-91 Cubesat and had prearranged QSOs with Lucky, VU2LBW, and Kaustav, VU2UUU.

    Rajesh wrote that both four-hour days had a packed schedule and he hoped
    the students had gained insights into amateur radio's popularity and possibilities.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri May 6 08:35:55 2022

    PAUL/ANCHOR: The clock is ticking on the time you have left to send in
    your nominations for the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio
    Newsline Young Ham of the Year award. Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark
    Abramowicz (pronouncer Abram-a-vich) NT3V is chairman of the award
    committee, and has more.

    MARK: We're looking for candidates - 18 years or younger from the
    continental United States.

    Details under the awards tab at our website: arnewsline.org.

    We're looking for someone who has a real love of the hobby - perhaps
    through a public service role in amateur radio. Maybe that young ham you
    know serves as a net control for a local net.

    Or they like working with other young people, helping expose them to the
    fun and excitement of ham radio.

    Maybe - thanks to Elmers or other mentors - they really have developed a
    love of contesting, or chasing DX and sharing those experiences with

    Are they active in your radio club?

    Have they ever been to Dayton or made a presentation there or someplace

    How about introducing amateur radio at school?

    Maybe establishing a school radio club.

    Or have they helped set up and taken part in a contact with the
    International Space Station?

    Time to act now.

    Deadline for nominations is May 31st.

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



    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you're getting revved up for the annual special event
    station at the Indianapolis Speedway, you're not alone. Jack Parker,
    W8ISH, takes us for a test drive.

    JACK: As spring temperatures warm up so do the radios at W9IMS, the
    official special event station at the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway. Starting early Monday May 9th, you can make contact with the special event station for the Indy Grand Prix race the following weekend. That's seven
    days of continuous access on 20 and 40 meters.

    This is the first of three races and the special event stations for the
    racing season at the famed two-and-one-half-mile oval in Speedway,

    Later this month, beginning May 23rd, you can make a second contact with
    W9IMS for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race. They will
    be logging contacts until race day. According to station coordinator Bill Kennedy, WY9T, this is the 19th year for the Indy 500 special event

    After a short breather, the W9IMS men and women will rev up the radios
    again for the NASCAR 200 race beginning July 25th.

    Each contact will receive a custom designed QSL card for each race. Those
    hams logging all three special event stations are eligible for a special three-race certificate this fall.

    You can find more details of the times and dates by logging onto W9IMS at
    QRZ. Com.

    Reporting from Indianapolis, for Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Jack
    Parker, W8ISH.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: The three youngsters who were scheduled for a big DX
    adventure in 2020 are two years older - and two years more eager to get
    going and get on the air. They're ready for the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth
    DX Adventure that will land them in CURACAO as PJ2T between July 14th and 19th. Created in 2008, the adventure group provides a DX experience,
    education and some travel experience for young licensees between the ages
    of 12 and 17 at no cost to them. It is supported entirely by donations
    from individuals, clubs and other organizations. If you're heading to Hamvention later this month, stop by booth number 2602, and meet the trio
    of young operators and their team. Tickets will also be sold for a raffle drawing on an HF rig to help support their trip. The trio of young radio amateurs are the same ones chosen for the 2020 trip before it was
    cancelled because of the pandemic. The youth DX group's last adventure
    was held in 2019, and set a program record of 6,569 QSOs.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A special event station for young Scouts in the United States
    is back after two years, and it logged an impressive array of contacts.
    For that story we turn to Newsline's newest correspondent, George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU.

    GEORGE: You might consider special event station W2P the official station
    of the Comeback Kids. The 58th annual Scout Camporee at the West Point Military Academy in New York had to be cancelled for two consecutive years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On the weekend of April 22nd to 24th, it returned and got on the air, making 577 contacts on CW and phone, covering
    41 states and 25 DXCC entities on three continents. James Gallo, KB2FMH,
    one of the organizers, told Newsline that organizers and the West Point Scoutmaster's Council saw that the camporee itself made up for lost time,
    even with the usual number of 6,000 attendees reduced to 4,000 as a COVID precaution. The radio station had about 13 operators working in rotation
    on five stations on Saturday and three stayed on with James to finish up
    the activation the next day. James said the contacts were devoted to mini-ragchews, giving everyone a chance to share memories of being in
    Scouting or the military. Many of the operators, who were from the Fair
    Lawn Amateur Radio Club in New Jersey, handled the pileups and engaged
    their contacts in a lively conversation. He said the most memorable
    contact was logged in the middle of the night on 20 meters: a 5-watt
    station with the call sign R5AJ. The operator told James he'd been a Scout
    as a boy and when he found the listing on QRZ he had to make the call. He
    gave the Scouts a signal report of 5 and 8.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm George Zafiropoulos, KJ6VU.


    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you worked W2P or heard it as a shortwave listener, QSL
    with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the mailing addresss of W2TMR
    no later than May 9th.
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 12 19:18:35 2022

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Few things can touch history and relay its message better
    than amateur radio, especially across an ocean. Two groups of hams on
    opposite sides of the Atlantic plan to do just that, as we hear from
    Dave Parks, WB8ODF.

    DAVE: Amelia Earhart, the American pioneering aviator, crossed the
    Atlantic Ocean nonstop on May 20 and 21 in 1932, becoming the first
    female pilot to do so. On the 90th anniversary of that achievement, some
    radio waves will accomplish the same thing, coming from transmitters in Atchison, Kansas and Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Hams in Londonderry
    will activate the callsign GB0AEL between the 13th and 30th of May, celebrating the pioneering pilot whose single-engine plane touched down
    on the very field where they will be calling QRZ. Operators will be
    amateurs from the North West Group Amateur Radio Club, MN0NWG.

    Meanwhile in Kansas - Earhart's hometown - operators Steve, KC0VYS, and
    Chuck, KB0TOT, will be on the air on May 20th and 21st at what is now
    the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport. Both stations will be offering commemorative certificates for hams who make successful contacts. Steve
    wrote on his QRZ page that the hams in Kansas will be using his callsign
    and promoting the Irish activation too.

    The "AEL" in GB0AEL stands or "Amelia Earhart Legacy." Hams in the North
    West group have written [quote] "By making contact with GB0AEL, you will
    also be making history." [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Organizers in the UK are preparing for a summer camping
    festival they describe as [quote] "a temporary village of geeks,
    crafters and technology enthusiasts." [endquote] Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    tells us what's going to happen - and when.

    JEREMY: More than 2,000 people are expected this summer at Electromagnetic Field which will bring technology, scientific curiosity and a special
    event amateur radio station to Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire.

    The volunteer-run, not-for-profit event is taking place between 2nd and
    5th June and will include an Amateur Radio Village GX1EMF and AMSAT-UK Village GB4EMF. Campers will be able to arrive as early as the Thursday
    before in order to set up and they needn't take down their camp until
    the Monday following.

    In addition to speakers and workshops on everyone's favourite tech
    topics, there will also be music and other entertainments. The event is
    held every two years although the 2020 field day was cancelled because
    of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ticket prices and other information is available at the website emfcamp
    dot org. That's emfcamp - one word - dot org.

    Those attending only for the day are eligible for free admission.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The Parks on the Air awards scheme has added three new
    categories for DX Hunters. Vance Martin, N3VEM, brings us that report.

    VANCE: In Parks on the Air News, due to popular demand and a willing
    supply of sponsors, we have added 3 new DX Hunter Categories to the
    summer plaque event, to compliment the new DX Activator plaques. This
    brings the total number of plaques available to win up to 17. To have a
    shot at winning of these plaques, join the fun on July 16th and 17th.
    More details are available from the "Plaque Event" menu item at pota dot
    app. If you're a ham that happens to be into free and open source social
    media platforms as an alternative to the offerings of the large
    corporate interests, we're pleased to share that Parks on the Air and
    several of its volunteers now have a presence on the Fediverse. Look for
    us using the handle @parksontheair@mastodon.radio

    This is November Three Victor Echo Mike.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 19 21:13:03 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K5DUR repeater
    in Rowlett, Texas, on Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.



    SKEETER/ANCHOR: The nomination deadline is closer than you think for the Amateur Radio Newsline Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year
    Award. This honor is given to a young radio operator with the kind of
    skill and dedication so valued by Newsline's late cofounder Bill
    Pasternak WA6ITF. Perhaps one of these youngsters will be the next award recipient. Consider nominating an amateur radio operator 18 years of age
    or younger in the continental United States with talent, promise and a commitment to the spirit of ham radio. Find application forms on our
    website arnewsline.org under the "YHOTY" tab. Nominations close May
    31st - and that is coming up fast.



    SKEETER/ANCHOR: Are you headed to Hamvention? If you're looking for an inexpensive but extremely handy Hamvention souvenir, the Boy Scouts
    Venture Crew 73 has just what you need, and Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has what
    you need to know.

    DON: Once again, the best Hamvention souvenir is one of the least
    expensive and most useful. It's the 2022 Hamvention lanyard available
    from the Boy Scouts Venture Crew 73, led by George Ewing, WD8NHI. As you
    get ready to pass inside the main gate at the Greene County Fairgrounds
    look for the Venture Crew tent. Go inside and for just $5 you can get
    your Hamvention 2022 lanyard and have your Hamvention ticket laminated to
    hang around your neck. No more fumbling for your ticket at the entrance
    to the tents and buildings, your ticket is right there and visible for security to see. Best of all, you can't lose your ticket! While you're
    at it go ahead get the full color Hamvention 2022 patch from the Scouts,
    also $5. This patch features a loop so you can hang it securely from,
    you guessed it, your lanyard! If you're in too much of a hurry to get
    inside the gate, you can pass by booth 4011 in the building with the
    prize drum and get your lanyard and patch there. It also makes a great
    gift for your ham friends who couldn't make it to Hamvention this year
    and as gifts for the next club meeting or prizes for the next hamfest.
    Support Venture Crew 73 and get one of the most useful and least
    expensive items at Hamvention. That's a win all the way around.

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



    SKEETER: TunBasel (Tunn Bah-Zull), an interactive adventure experience
    for young people in Switzerland, is encouraging children to engage in
    playful experiments with everything from soap to digital avatars to
    amateur radio. Youngsters from 7 to 13 years of age will combine
    recreation with learning in this science-focused environment over the
    course of several days. On May 22nd, the Union of Swiss Shortwave
    Amateurs, or USKA, will be among the presenters, which includes an array
    of noted universities. The hams will demonstrate shortwave, UHF and VHF communications and guide the children through a kit-building exercise.
    The TunBasel website says the event is designed to showcase and nurture
    young talent.




    SKEETER/ANCHOR: The sometimes confusing task of figuring out the correct
    fee for an apparatus license in Australia could become a little less
    confusing soon. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, explains.

    GRAHAM: Hams in Australia have a new tool to help them calculate the
    apparatus licence fee for their shacks. The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made a fee calculator available to help find what the
    AMCA is calling "the most cost-efficient licence option" for amateurs and holders of other radio licences. The fees relate to the operation of a radiofrequency transmitter or receiver.

    The ACMA has said that the calculator will receive regular updates with respect to pricing and other options. For a link to the calculator, see
    the text version of this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: http://www.openspec.com.au/fee-calculator ]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 26 19:45:46 2022

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Almost a year after its launch, China's Mars mission has
    made contact with hams here on Earth. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, has those

    ED: AMSAT-DL reports that it has successfully received transmissions from Tianwen-1, the Chinese Mars mission. According to a recently published
    report, this took place at Bochum Observatory in Germany using a 20-meter antenna and GNU radio. GNU radio is free open-source software used to
    create software-defined radios. The report, written by Daniel Estvez,
    EA4GPZ, Mario Lorenz, DL5MLO, and Peter Glzow, DB2OS, said that the
    Chinese spacecraft has been successfully tracked using a real-time GNU
    radio decoder that has stored 10 months' worth of transmitted telemetry information. By interpreting the telemetry variables, the GNU radio was
    able to track the mission, which began with its launch on July 23rd of
    last year.

    The paper was first published for GNU Radio Conference 2021 held last September in North Carolina. The radio conference for 2022 is scheduled
    for September in Washington, D.C.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: History isn't always what it seems and so the South
    African Radio League is reaching out to amateurs there who may have
    documents and artifacts that better tell the story of how the league was created. John Williams, VK4JJW, brings us that story.

    JOHN: Amateur radio forever looks forward to the next generation to
    ensure its survival but the South African Radio League has begun looking
    back - way back - to better discover its identity. Sorting through the scrapbooks in the garage of a Silent Key has led some league members to conclude there's more to its history than was previously known. That has
    led to a project at the National Amateur Radio Centre, the league's headquarters, involving a bit of a treasure hunt. Amateurs in South
    Africa are asked to sort through old magazines and other materials they
    have that contain insights into the league and its predecessor
    organisations. Hams are also being asked to look at programmes from past years' annual general meetings as well as photos taken there. The project would welcome original material or anything that can be scanned or photographed or perhaps brought to the National Amateur Radio Centre. If
    you have anything to share, please contact the centre.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: While some hams in South Africa may be hot on the trail
    of radio history, members of the Sandton Amateur Radio Club ZS6STN have
    been more concerned with tracking two radio foxes named Fred and Fiona.
    The club has organized a fox-hunting event for amateurs and their
    families scheduled for Sunday the 29th of May. The foxes are carrying VHF emergency rescue beacons but according to the club's scenario, will be
    lost in the park and in need for the youngsters to be their rescuers. Participants are asked to bring their HTs, an antenna and oh yes, their appetites for lunch afterward. Hopefully, Fred and Fiona will be found in
    time to share in the menu too.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Get ready for the first international contest being
    organized by the Pride Radio Group. It's a big moment for this still-
    young Australia-based organization, as Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us.

    GRAHAM: Barely two years after its founding, the Pride Radio Group is
    hosting its first contest for hams worldwide during pride month, which
    begins in June. The contest, CQ Pride, will be held from June 4th to June
    6th. It is open to amateurs in single and multi-operator categories on
    all HF non WARC, VHF and UHF bands and using all usual modes.

    Organiser Michaela, VK3FUR, said that the Pride Radio Group event is a celebration of diversity within the amateur radio community. Michaela
    said that small clubs and individual newcomers are especially welcome. Contacts can be on CW, phone and digital and may be made using
    satellites, repeaters, hotspots and internet links provided RF is
    involved in at least one hop. Participants may spot other stations but
    not themselves.

    Additional details are available at the link provided in the text version
    of this week's newscast script at arnewsline.org.

    [FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: https://prideradio.group/contest ]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jun 2 21:19:14 2022

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In the US, the FCC has issued a reminder to all amateurs that
    the agency's legacy Commission Registration System, known by the acronym CORES, is being retired effective July 15th. Hams who are already using
    the current version of CORES, also known by the name CORES2, are not
    impacted by the retiring system. Legacy CORES users must make the
    transition by establishing a username account and then accessing CORES2 to associate their registration numbers with their usernames.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Amateurs in the UK have the opportunity to celebrate the
    Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II simply by calling QRZ. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, brings us those details.

    JEREMY: The arrival of June has brought an extra element of distinction
    for amateur radio operators in the UK who are looking to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the air. Hams who have applied for a notice of variation from Ofcom will be inserting a "Q" into their call signs
    throughout the month to mark the occasion. Those who have not applied for
    the NoV can still add /70 (slash-70) to the end of their call signs as an alternative.

    Be listening on the bands for that extra touch for the royal celebration.
    The opportunity has been made available to hams at Foundation,
    Intermediate and Full licence levels. The addition of Q to call signs had
    also been authorised for the Queen's earlier jubilees in 2012 and 2020.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: There will be lots to do for youngsters attending Youth on
    the Air camp this month in Ohio. The good news is that there's also plenty happening for those of us who aren't even campers. Sel Embee, KB3TZD,

    SEL: Even if you're no longer young enough to go to summer camp anymore,
    you can still be a part of the action happening this month at the Youth on
    the Air Camp for young hams from North, Central, and South America. You
    can try to get into the log when the young operators activate the special-event callsign W-8-Y while the camp is in session between Sunday,
    June 12th and Friday, June 17th. If you wish to attend the opening and
    closing ceremonies, these will be live streamed on YouTube on the “Youth
    on the Air” channel.

    The camp is taking place this year at the National Voice of America Museum
    of Broadcasting in Ohio and at a nearby hotel. Nathaniel Frissell, W-2-N-
    A-F, founder of HamSCI will speak at the opening ceremony on Sunday, June
    12th starting at 2100 UTC. Closing ceremonies will begin at 1700 UTC on Friday, June 17th.

    For details, visit the webpage youthontheair dot org (YouthOnTheAir.org).

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, K-B-3-T-Zed-D.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jun 10 14:09:49 2022

    JIM/ANCHOR: A welcome infusion of grant money is going to make all the difference in the world for one Texas group of amateurs involved in
    emergency response. Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, tells us about their plans.

    SKEETER: New radios, antennas and related communication equipment are in
    the future for a Texas emergency response team with the help of $11,349 in Community Development Partnership funds. The hams who volunteer with the
    Lee County Amateur Radio Emergency Services have operated since 2019,
    serving as backup communications for the county during disasters. The
    amateur radio group will add $3,500 of its own funds, with the goal of expanding the size of the area it serves and enhancing its operating resiliency.

    According to a report on the KWHI News website, the grant was among 36 provided through the partnership funds, which are designed to help such nonprofit service organizations as fire departments and emergency
    responders. The grant is courtesy of the Lower Colorado River Authority
    and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: An AMSAT conference will be held this month in Japan, but it's being held virtually. Of course, you are all invited. Graham Kemp, VK4BB,
    tells us how to attend.

    GRAHAM: Anyone who wants to attend the annual symposium of JAMSAT, the
    AMSAT organisation of Japan, is welcome to attend simply by logging onto
    Zoom. A full programme of speakers is planned, along with a social
    gathering and a virtual banquet, which will make for a busy day on June
    25th. JAMSAT's station, JS1YAQ, is scheduled to be on the air while the symposium is in session.

    To participate, send an email to ja3nas at gmail dot com
    (ja3nas@gmail.com) and include your name, call sign and the best email
    address to reach you at.

    You can find a link to the symposium programme in the text version of this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: jamsat.or.jp ]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    JIM/ANCHOR: What ham doesn't want a good excuse to get on the air - maybe
    even OUT in the open air? What ham doesn't want to show there is a purpose
    for firing up that rig? For three days - Friday, June 10th, Saturday June
    11th and Sunday June 12th - you will have that opportunity. It's the 100
    Watts and a Wire Tune Up. Organized by the popular podcast, the outdoor operating event will begin at 00:00 UTC Friday and wrap up on Sunday at
    23:59 UTC. The exchange will be your call sign, your 100 Watts and a Wire
    ID if you have one, the state you reside in and a true signal report. If you're operating CW, be sure to send "C-Q T-U" so others will recognize

    (100 WATTS AND A WIRE)



    JIM/ANCHOR: A new net has been launched to accommodate night owls here in
    the United States and others around the world at whatever time of day it happens to be. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, has those details.

    STEPHEN: The Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association in Ohio has issued an invitation to hams around the world, inviting them to check into the
    group's new Beacon Net. The net launched on Sunday, June 5th at 10 p.m.
    local time, and is held each week on Sundays and Wednesdays at that hour
    and Fridays at 9:30 p.m. local time.

    Although the net can be heard on the local W8WKY repeater, check-ins also
    take place on the club's Allstar Hub node number 48496 and their Echolink W8WKY-R channel. The net plans to add more repeaters and Allstar hubs

    HF operators get a chance at their own version of The Beacon Net on
    Fridays, starting at 9:30 p.m. local time. The frequency is 3.834 MHz,
    plus or minus, depending on conditions.

    For Amateur Radio and the Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association, I'm
    Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jun 17 09:06:09 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the W8SRC repeater
    in Dexter, Michigan, on Fridays at 9 p.m.



    DON/ANCHOR: Life for users of handheld electronics in EU countries is
    expected to get a little bit simpler, as we hear from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: Electronics users in the EU nations will soon only be permitted to
    use one kind of charger with their smartphones, headphones, tablets and
    many other handheld electronic devices. The European Commission, the
    executive branch of the EU, said that standardisation of all handheld
    devices to use the same USB-C port by 2024 will make products more
    sustainable and generate less electronic waste. Observers immediately
    noticed that the move will have an especially big impact on companies
    with proprietary chargers, such as Apple. Makers of laptops are being
    given until later to complete the transition to universal charging ports.

    The tentative agreement was reached June 7th and amends the Radio
    Equipment Directive. The agreement will undergo a formal vote after the
    summer recess has ended.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    DON/ANCHOR: Congratulations to 4U1ITU, the amateur radio station of the International Telecommunications Union, which is marking 60 years of
    operation as part of the United Nations specialized agency for
    communication. Its first QSO in June of 1962 was with DL4VK in Germany
    and that contact marked the start of a busy 24 hours in which more than
    1,300 contacts worldwide were logged. The station has since logged more
    than a million contacts in CW, SSB and digital modes, including its first
    use of the weak signal mode software WSJT, which bounced signals off the
    moon. That activation was made by Nobel laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, the software's creator and was logged on the occasion of the station's golden anniversary. In recent years 4U1ITU has logged contacts with astronauts
    aboard the International Space Station and participated in the ARISS
    program with students in Switzerland.




    DON/ANCHOR: Judges in the IARU Region 1 Ham Challenge have identified the
    five finalists, and Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, is here to tell us who they are.

    JEREMY: As the IARU Region 1 Ham Challenge 2022 comes to its conclusion,
    the five finalists have been announced. The jury has chosen these
    proposals in keeping with the competition's goal to solicit ideas that
    will draw more people into amateur radio and invigorate the hobby for
    those already involved.

    The finalists will continue in the competition at Ham Radio
    Friedrichshafen, either online or in person, in a question-and-answer
    forum. They are Nestor, 5B4AHZ, for a project known as "Escape Rooms," Gustavo, EA4HDN, for "AM BoB," Christian, HB9FEU, for "A public database
    of fun projects for innovation," Luca, IU2FRL, for "UrgenSat" and Guy,
    ZS6GUY, for "A Workbook that will showcase various aspects of the hobby."

    Their next task is to prepare a video about their project and a document giving details on how they plan to make it a reality. Both the video and
    the paper are due by the 22nd of June.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: If you're hoping to work the team on Sable Island off the
    Canadian coast this fall, you can now track their progress with their
    newly launched website. Here's Dave Parks, WB8ODF, with details.

    DAVE: On a small North Atlantic island southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada,
    you can expect to find gray seals, wild horses and ... amateur radio operators. Well, the third group will only be in temporary residence
    there on Sable Island, which is also known as the Sable island National
    Park Reserve. The team plans a seven- or eight-day DXpedition in October
    and November as CY0S.

    A website was launched earlier this month to keep DX enthusiasts up to
    date and it will be adding new information on a regular basis. The
    website is c y 0 s dot com (cy0s.com) and continues to be updated by
    webmaster Chaz, W4GKF, and Randy N0TG. The team, which includes three DX
    Hall of Famers, expects to operate in a very small area on the island so
    as not to have any impact on the animals.

    Visit the website regularly for updates.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Dave Parks, WB8ODF.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jun 23 19:29:29 2022

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There are many prominent positions radio amateurs have achieved over the years, from United States Senator, to the monarchy in nations like Jordan or Thailand. In Sweden, Defence Minister Peter
    Hultqvist holds the amateur radio callsign SM4HCF. Now you can add the
    Church of Sweden's incoming archbishop to that list, as we hear from
    Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: The Church of Sweden has elected Martin Modeus, SM5LVQ, to be the
    71st Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. According to the Swedish Society
    of Radio Amateurs, Martin already serves the church as bishop of the
    Diocese of Linkping, the fifth largest city in Sweden, located in the
    south of the country. Martin will be received as archbishop during a
    service to be held in December at Uppsala Cathedral, which has been the
    see of the Church of Sweden's archbishop since the 12th Century. Martin
    is to succeed Antje Jackelen, Sweden's first female archbishop, who is retiring.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you think amateur radio is going to the dogs, you're
    right - but those dogs are getting plenty of company, as we hear from Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    ED: The dog days of August will soon be upon us, and so too will August
    26th, known as International Dog Day. A number of hams around the world
    have decided to run with the pack by getting special event call signs and getting on the air to publicize the needs of abandoned and abused pets
    who have ended up in shelters - dogs as well as cats. Hanz, YL3JD, wrote
    in a QRZ.com forum that he will be operating CW from his shack in Latvia
    using the call sign YL1DOG starting on Monday the 22nd of August until
    the 26th. Hanz wrote: [quote] "I feel obligated to give exposure to this.
    In my power as a radio amateur and animal lover bringing attention to
    these abandoned pets is the least I can do." There are plans for other
    call signs to be on the air too, including Joop, PG4I, signing as PF6DOG,
    and Edwin, PD0SOT, signing as PD6DOG. International Cat Day is being celebrated on August 8th. Yevgeny, YL2TD, will be among those on the air
    from the 7th until the 9th of August. He will be using the call sign

    The list is growing but organizers are looking for even more operators to
    call QRZ on behalf of shelter animals. Visit the website catsanddogsontheair.com to get the details. Then email Hugo, CT7AOV, to
    have your station included on the list.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Two grants have strengthened the practice of sharing and experimenting through open-source programs used for amateur radio. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, tells us what's going on.

    ANDY: Amateur Radio Digital Communications has announced two grants
    supporting open-source initiatives in amateur radio. One is a grant
    focusing on software-defined radios, designed to help simplify the use of
    the open-source software development kit, GNU Radio, on Windows
    computers. The grant is also being given to support an upgrade of GNU
    Radio's graphical user interface, known as GNU Radio Companion. These
    funds will permit the hiring of developers, including a usability expert
    to improve the experience of using GNU Radio Companion. Other expected improvements include better documentation for GNU Radio, easier
    installation on MacOS and Windows computers and easier installation of out-of-tree modules. The contract workers will receive guidance from
    volunteer mentors who are with the GNU Radio group.

    The other grant will support experiments by students at Bradley
    University in Peoria, Illinois, who are experimenting on the 33 cm band, developing an open-source 915 MHz digital transceiver system. Both the hardware and software are open-source and the design supports multiple
    FSK/ASK modulation standards. According to the ARDC, the project will
    permit low-cost experimentation with digital protocols on this
    underutilized band and will fill a need that exists for available open-
    source and open-hardware modules for digital radio modes.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jul 1 19:20:52 2022

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Get ready for the annual mad dash for a Clean Sweep
    with the 13 Colonies Special Event. Jim Damron, N8TMW, brings us
    that report.

    JIM: The Thirteen Colonies Special Event, one of the amateur radio
    calendar's most popular activities, starts calling QRZ starting
    Friday, July 1st at 1300 UTC. Operators will be based on each of the
    original 13 US colonies and at bonus stations in England,
    Pennsylvania and France. The event runs through July 8th at 0400
    UTC. The event honors the original 13 colonies that fought for
    American independence and honors military veterans, and those still
    active in the service.

    This 14th annual nonprofit event is also dedicated to Tom Francis,
    W1TEF, who had served as the state manager for South Carolina, which
    is using the special event call sign K2L. Tom became a Silent Key in
    March of 2020.

    For further details on the event, including the modes being used,
    visit the website www.13colonies.us - that's w w w numeral ONE,
    numeral THREE colonies dot us. You can also visit the QRZ page for
    any of the colonies or for bonus station TM13COL in France, GB13COL
    in England, and WM3PEN in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: One of the more zany on-the-air events is back for its
    third run. WalMart Parking Lots on the Air will be held on July 2
    from 0000Z to 2359Z to coincide with the birthday of the famous
    chain of American stores. The exchange must take place on an
    amateur radio satellite and include the callsign and either the
    WalMart store number or grid square. Activators -- or "associates"
    as they are called by the event organizers -- are asked to use the
    store number to reduce duplicate contacts. Rules and award
    information are online at wmplota.org. So don't miss out on bonuses
    like the birthday special or the MacGyver. Put on your pajamas and
    aluminum foil hat, grab the rig, and head to a store parking lot
    near you.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: South Africa has announced its newest licensed radio
    amateurs. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has that report.

    JIM: South Africa has welcomed its newest amateur radio operators,
    following exam sessions for Class A and B licences that were held
    recently. Seventy-four who took the Class A exam on May 21st
    successfully completed its 60 multiple-choice test questions,
    according to the South African Radio League.The Class A licence
    permits a maximum of 400 watts of power.

    A Class B exam was held on the 11th of June hosted by the ZS3ZU
    Hammies. All seven young operators who took the 30-question exam
    passed. To mark the occasion, three of the new amateurs took part in
    the Hammies Sprint being held the next day - Sunday the 12th of June
    - running the ZS3ZU station. The Class B licence, issued to
    operators younger than 21, permits a maximum output of 100 watts of
    power on HF, VHF and UHF bands. The licence is only valid until
    holders reach their 25th birthday..

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A workshop held jointly by groups in India and Japan
    took an in depth look at communicating with the press during
    disasters. We have more details from John Williams, VK4JJW.

    JOHN: Amateur radio operators were among those in attendance during
    a disaster-risk workshop held jointly on Friday, June 24th, by
    organisations in India and Japan. Attendees were there to tackle the
    challenge of communicating with the press about disasters.
    Specialists from Japan and India teamed up for the full day of
    presentations hosted by the Press Club of Kolkata. Both nations'
    governments gave their support to the event, which also marked 70
    years of diplomatic relations between Japan and India. Described as
    a media sensitisation program, it united responders, government
    agencies and media managers to discuss various aspects of handling
    information and news coverage about risks during disasters.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.

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    DON/ANCHOR: Hams throughout Hawaii are getting ready for a disaster drill
    that needs as many participants as possible. We hear more from Kevin
    Trotman, N5PRE.

    KEVIN: To help hams in Hawaii ensure that they can be prepared when
    hurricanes or other disasters strike the islands, Hawaii ARES is
    conducting a disaster exercise on Saturday the 16th of July. Amateurs who volunteer to participate will make use of their radios as well as their computers to send messages in a variety of ways. That will include the
    use of Winlink to transmit emails with simulated hurricane reports. Other messages will also simulate reports from area Red Cross shelters and will provide field situation and damage reports.

    Michael Miller, KH6ML, appeared on a recent KITV newscast in Hawaii to
    share the details and ask for all licensed amateurs to get involved. Hams
    who participate in SKYWARN, CERT, and other emergency response programs
    are welcome, as are those who may not be involved in RACES, ARES or any
    club. In this statewide exercise, the hams will follow the standardized Incident Command System that is in use throughout the United States. The exercise presumes that each of the Hawaiian islands has lost internet,
    cell phone service and electrical power as a result of a hurricane.

    For details on how to get involved visit the website hawaiiares.net

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    DON/ANCHOR: Listen up: Commercial Morse Code is about to return to the
    air, if only for a night. Randy Sly, W4XJ, explains.

    RANDY: In the early years of the 20th century, there was nothing more reassuring for a lonely radio officer on a storm-tossed ship than the
    response of a coastal station to their call. The last of these Morse
    messages was sent on July 12, 1999. On that date, the founders of the
    Maritime Radio Historical Society established their organization with the specific goal of returning coast station KPH to the air as a means to
    honor the men and women who made the profession of radiotelegrapher one
    of honor and skill. On July 12, 2022, the MRHS will hold its 23rd annual
    Night of Nights, commemorating the tradition of commercial Morse code
    once thought dead.

    Each July 12th, since the year 2000, transmitters are brought online for
    this special event from the original Marconi/RCA transmission site in
    Bolinas, California. KPH and KFS will be operating on assigned commercial frequencies while K6KPH will be operating on several HF amateur radio
    bands. For operational times, frequencies and QSL information, please
    check the Maritime Radio Historical Society website at radiomarine.org.


    Newsline's Randy Sly, W4XJ reporting.



    DON/ANCHOR: Hams active in Parks on the Air received upbeat news on the
    POTA website recently: From 1200 UTC on July 1st activators have been
    able to upload their own logs rather than rely on regional volunteer coordinators to do so. Hams logging onto the POTA site should now see a
    menu option called "My Log Uploads." The feature became active on July
    1st, following a period of successful beta testing. Posting on the
    website QRPer, Thomas Witherspoon, K4SWL, said the option was a welcome
    change for activators.

    The system update comes just in time for the POTA Annual Support Your
    Parks Plaque Event on the 16th and 17th of July where there will be
    shields to be won for various classes of operation.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jul 14 20:01:01 2022

    JIM/ANCHOR: If you're one of those hams who likes to operate while mobile, you're in good company, as we hear from Sel Embee, KB3TZD.

    SEL: Inspired by a group of American amateur radio operators in Wisconsin, Surrey Emergency Program Amateur Radio V-E-7-S-A-R is hosting its first
    mobile cruise-in for hams in British Columbia, Canada. It's an opportunity
    to show off creative approaches to mobile operation, whether the portable shack is maritime mobile, pedestrian, bicycle or even horseback.

    A post on the Surrey group's blog said that the local event will be held on August 14th and is modeled after the one that has been held for a dozen
    years by the Portage County Amateur Radio Service in Wisconsin. The Surrey club's members are hoping to see creative approaches to operators' grab 'n'
    go kits as well as more formal installations. Prizes will be awarded for
    most bands covered and neatest installation. Entries will be judged by the Surrey fire and police services. The club is hosting it in the parking lot
    of the A&W Restaurant in Surrey.

    For more details visit v-e-7-s-a-r-dot-net (ve7sar.net)

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Sel Embee, K-B-3-T-Zed-D.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Is AM mode going away? Well, certainly not in amateur radio,
    but there has apparently been some action among automakers who are making
    the transition to electric car manufacture. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, brings
    us that story.

    KENT: Amplitude modulation - so loved by radio amateurs for being the first voice mode -- is apparently becoming the last-choice commercial radio
    option for some automobile manufacturers who are having second thoughts
    about retaining AM radio in their new cars, many are citing electric-motor interference. They claim that the electric motors that provide the power to the drive wheels mess with terrestrial AM radio reception, creating such issues as distortion, static and signal loss.

    Tesla has already cut AM radios from its vehicles, starting with its
    original Model S. BMW pulled it from both its i3 and i8 sedans -- and no
    Audi models that are fully electric are equipped with AM radios either.

    A representative for Audi explained on the consumerguide.com website that drivers can make up for the loss by opting to stream those stations via digital signals on a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. An article on the
    website, thedrive.com, also noted that AM is practically gone from the broadcast radio scene in Europe as well, overtaken by the DAB format.

    In the US, however, where AM radio still remains popular, it will be a challenge, especially for those long-distance drivers who most especially
    love the commercial radio version of DXing. In fact, as one author wrote on the website of incompliancemag.com: [quote] " Woe to those drivers who have fond memories of listening to an ever-changing array of AM radio stations
    as they traveled across the country in wood-paneled station wagons!" [endquote]

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.




    JIM/ANCHOR: The Parks on the Air awards program is hosting its Summer
    Plaque Event, and preparing for its big awards ceremony to be held online
    on the POTA YouTube channel. Vance Martin, N3VEM, has the details.

    VANCE: Don't miss the Summer Plaque event, coming up July 16th and 17th,
    UTC. This is our busiest weekend every year, and it's your chance to win
    one of 17 high quality plaques for your shack!

    Once the event is over, be sure to upload your activation logs using POTA's new self-upload service, and then be on the lookout at the annual plaque
    event section from the menu at pota dot app for details on the award
    ceremony where an esteemed list of guests will join us on the official POTA YouTube channel to help us announce the winners. Guest presenters for this year's awards show include individuals from :

    AR Newsline
    Ham Radio Crash Course
    ICQ Podcast
    Ham Radio Live! & WRMI Shortwave "CQ Calling Show"
    Ham Radio Workbench Podcast
    Parks on the Air

    I am personally excited to announce that Matt Here, N3NWV, whom many of you know from our official POTA 101 videos will be taking over the reins of
    these monthly updates beginning in August. I've had a lot of fun recording these updates, but I'm looking forward to handing the reins over to our official media-manager as we continue to grow the program.

    As always, the team at Parks on the Air wishes you safe activations, and
    happy hunting. 73. This is November Three Victor Echo Mike.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jul 22 08:48:34 2022

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In Texas, authorities cracked down after a hand-held radio
    caused emergency intereference with police transmissions. Mike Askins,
    KE5CXP, brings us those details.

    MIKE: Authorities in Graham, Texas, seized a handheld radio that they
    said had been transmitting illegally for months on emergency frequencies
    used by the Young County Sheriff's Office. According to local media
    reports, the transmissions on the dispatch channels often included the
    voices of a man, woman and some children yelling at one another and the
    sounds of a barking dog. A story in the Olney Enterprise newspaper said
    that the police were so hampered in using their own assigned frequencies
    that they often had to use cellphones instead to communicate.

    Sheriff Travis Babcock contacted the Federal Communications Commission
    which provided him with an official statement to read on the emergency
    channel but that failed to bring the transmissions to a halt. The news
    report said that on July 8th two officers patroling in their car heard
    the unauthorized traffic and were able to track down the radio and its
    owner. The owner of the radio was not identified.

    It was not clear what charges would be filed against the owners of the
    radio, which is now the property of the county sheriff's office. Charges
    could range from a misdemeanor for interfering with public duty to a
    federal offense for interfering with emergency communications.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins, KE5CXP.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Aviation enthusiasts are getting ready to head to Wisconsin,
    or point their antennas in that direction, for a special event - and a
    special event station - celebrating flight. Randy Sly, W4XJ, brings us
    the details.

    RANDY: More than 10,000 aircraft and a half-million flight enthusiasts
    will descend on Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, from July
    25th to July 31st, turning it into the busiest airport in the world. It's
    time for AirVenture, sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association.
    Once again this year, it will not only involve being in the air but on
    the air…

    The ARRL has supported AirVenture since 2018 with an exhibit encouraging pilots and aviation aficionados to discover radio communications and technology through amateur radio. Kids will get a chance to experience
    ham radio too: Volunteers at KidVenture will give youngsters an
    opportunity to build and take home a radio receiver capable of listening
    to air traffic and other nearby transmissions in the 65 - 140 MHz range.

    If you aren't able to personally fly in or even drive in, you still have
    a chance to check in: A special event station, W9W, sponsored by the EAA Warbirds of America, will be operating on HF, VHF and UHF during
    AirVenture. More information about frequencies and operations of W9W can
    be found in the text version of this week's newscast at ARNewsline.org.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Randy Sly, W4XJ.


    The special event station will be located on the Warbirds' grounds near
    their headquarters, against the backdrop of the display of historic and
    vintage ex-military aircraft. Look for W9W on 40 - 10 meters near 7.225, 14.250, 21.235, and 28.425 MHz. The station will also operate on the
    2-meter and 440 MHz bands, simplex. A special event QSL card will be
    issued for contacts with W9W.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Most of us already know about beacons and the jobs they do
    for us as hams but what about the original beacons, the ones that have
    helped guide sailors by using beams of light? Amateur radio operators are again preparing to celebrate the world's lighthouses and lightships with
    an international weekend in August. Here's John Williams, VK4JJW, with
    the details.

    JOHN: Though many of the world's lighthouses now operate by automation
    instead of the efforts of lighthouse keepers, there will be live
    operators at historic lighthouses around the world on the weekend of
    August 20th and 21st. They'll be operating radios instead of lighthouses
    but in doing so, they will honour them.

    This is the annual event known as the International Lighthouse and
    Lightship Weekend, which since 1993 has publicised the need to ensure
    these structures are not forgotten and are kept in good repair. What
    began as an event with 11 operations at lighthouses eventually grew to
    include 544 lighthouses and lightships across 56 countries in 2011. The 48-hour activation begins at 0001UTC on August 20th, on all frequencies
    and in all modes. Radios will either be set up inside the lighthouses or directly nearby.The amateur radio event will be happening on the same
    weekend that the International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend is held by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, whose members are committed to
    preserving lighthouse heritage.

    Most importantly, it is not a contest. It is, in a way, a beacon in its
    own right, shining a light on these important treasures that have long
    served ships at sea for so long.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jul 29 10:59:41 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WD8IIJ
    repeater of the Steubenville-Weirton Amateur Radio Club on Fridays at 8
    p.m. local time in the hometown of the late great Dean Martin,
    Steubenville, Ohio.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Belgium, a group of hams will be taking their next QSO party to the air. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us what they've got planned.

    ED: When is a QSO party more than just a QSO party? When it gets an extra
    lift from a hot air balloon operating on 2 metres, 2,500 feet above the Belgian province of East Flanders. It's a club-wide project overseen by Jurgen, ON8VC, Niels, ON3NSB, and Bernard, ON5MB, members of the radio
    club Zottegem, ON6ZT. The launch for the flight, which will last about an
    hour and a half, is scheduled for August 10th at about 6 p.m. local time.
    It is of course weather-dependent.

    Jurgen said there will be two pilot ground stations. Erwin, ON7XF, and
    Theo, ON4CLF, will handle logging for all stations worked. Dominique,
    ON3DDH, and Chris, ON6ME, will be documenting the event in photos by
    following the balloon by car. The QSL cards will feature many of the

    Jurgen told Newsline in an email that the club has a QSO party each month
    on VHF, mostly with local stations operating on 145.550. The hams decided
    a few months ago to try and incorporate a hot air balloon into the

    Stations are expected to spot their contacts on dxsummit.fi but amateurs outside the region of this very local event can still follow the action
    on APRS. Club manager Benard ON5MB will run an APRS tracker that can be followed at APRS.fi.

    Jurgen said this QSO Party is a kind of test flight: He said there are
    already plans in the works to try this on HF in 2023.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: An amateur radio magazine published in Spain has announced
    a YL Diploma contest that's going to be a worldwide event. Neil Rapp,
    WB9VPG, brings us up to date.

    NEIL: Every month, a Spanish magazine known as Selvamar Noticias transmits friendship, goodwill and radio education - not over the amateur bands, but through the pages of its free publication. Created by Manel, EA3IAZ, and
    Juan Jos, EA3IEW, it has devoted itself to environmental issues, and to celebrating the achievements of the youngest members of the amateur radio community. The magazine also supports YLs deeply involved in the hobby.
    The August edition of the magazine shines the spotlight on those YLs by devoting one third of its articles to YLs and their accomplishments. The magazine is also sponsoring a YL Diploma contest that runs from August
    15th through to the 21st. Citizens Band stations and SWLs are also able
    to participate. Stations will also be using Echolink and the digital modes.

    Manel and Juan Jos told Newsline in an email that the event is open to operators in all countries. The diploma will be presented as a downloadable PDF.

    A link to additional details about the event can be found in the text
    version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org.

    Although since starting publishing two years ago, the magazine has been translated into several languages including an accessible version for the disabled, the August edition will only be available in Spanish.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    (Note: Due to the long URL's, they won't fit into the lines for the BBS
    ham radio echoes. Please go to www.arnewsline.org -- click on SCRIPT,
    then open the file in Notepad or a similar utility to read it. DS).



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: One amateur club in the UK is providing hands-on learning
    to newcomers now that those lessons are no longer required by the license exam. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, brings us the details.

    JEREMY: Although the practical exam is no longer a requirement for a Foundation licence in the UK, practical experience is still a vital part
    of getting started on the air. Members of the Sutton and Cheam Radio
    Society in Surrey are providing that to newcomers with a hands-on session
    on the 11th of September in Surrey. New licence-holders will learn how to adjust an aerial for various frequencies, make contacts on VHF and HF and learn how to set up a station. They will also get a chance to hear - and
    learn more about - Morse Code. Many of these demonstrations were once
    elements in the formerly mandated practical exam.

    The practical proficiency test requirement was removed so that online
    testing could take place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Practicals for the Intermediate exam were eliminated the previous year.

    Those attending will be asked to pay a 10 fee which is to cover use of
    the headquarters of the 7th Banstead Scouts.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Aug 4 20:59:30 2022

    DON/ANCHOR: A merger between two popular DMR networks has
    promised users the best of both. Jeremy Boot G4NJH brings us that

    JEREMY: The DV Scotland and Phoenix UK DMR networks have merged,
    simplifying integration with other networks - both digital and
    analogue. With both networks having a wide array of repeaters,
    reflectors and servers, the two were considered complimentary and
    a natural for such a merger. This had been a work in progress for
    many weeks. The new network now benefits from a variety of DMR,
    D-Star and Yaesu System Fusion repeaters as well as Allstar hubs
    and analogue simplex gateways.

    Eric, G6FGY, told Newsline in an email that current users will
    not notice any changes and the new network DVScotland-Phoenix
    will continue hosting a variety of nets accessible by various
    modes each week. Eric said the merger reflects rather a change in
    the management structure to operate the network.

    A list of the nets hosted on this newly merged network can be
    seen using the link that appears in the text version of this
    week's newscast. The multimode network also supports Peanut,
    Echolink and HamShack Hotline. Computer and mobile users can also
    listen in by using the link asl dot dvscotland dot uk

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: https://www.dvscotland.net/multimode-nets ]




    DON/ANCHOR: For more than 40 years, YLs in Australia have been
    hosting a contest that doesn't just involve scorekeeping - it
    also encourages international communication. Graham Kemp, VK4BB,
    explains how it works.

    GRAHAM: Yes there are awards to be had in the 42nd contest
    sponsored by the Australian Ladies Amateur Radio Association.
    There are even certificates and trophies - but organisers want
    participants around the world to know that the real goal of the
    42nd annual ALARA Contest on the 27th and 28th of August is to
    get all licensed ham radio operators around the world - OMs and
    YLs alike - talking to one another. By spotting on the clusters
    and even on Facebook, all the competitors actually work together
    to make it easier to make those important contacts. Competition?
    Yes! But friendly competition. Be listening too for some of the
    newest licenced YLs as well as Girl Guides and Scouts. Some
    contacts are expected to be made on Echolink as well.

    Visit the ALARA contest page for more details. The link is in
    this week's text version of the newscast script. You'll find the
    rules and any other details you need to know to get into the

    I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: alara.org.au/contests/index.html ]



    DON/ANCHOR: It's time to strap on those cross-country skis -- if
    you're in Australia, that is -- and grab your radio equipment.
    Hams are set for high adventure in the Victorian Alps, as we hear
    from Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

    JASON: There's nothing like a winter trip through the snow-filled
    Victorian Alps to bring some Winter warmth to the bands. That's
    what a team of cross-country skiing radio amateurs in Australia
    is hoping for as they call QRZ between Friday August 5th and
    Tuesday August 9th. The activators include Stephen, VK3SN,
    Gerard, VK3GT, Bronwen, VK3FIRH, and others and they will be on
    the HF bands, 80 through 10m, using SSB and FT8. They will also
    be on 2m and 70 CM simplex and on repeaters. They'll be using
    lithium batteries and light solar panels for power. This isn't
    the first time many of these hams have been making this kind of
    winter trip. Past travels have been quite an adventure, involving
    operations from igloos and a number of remote peaks.

    Listening for them promises to be quite an adventure too.

    This is Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




    DON/ANCHOR: A satellite built by girls in India has been stirring
    some excitement. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us why.

    JOHN: A small satellite built by 750 schoolgirls in India, will
    be on board for the maiden flight of the Indian Space Research
    Organization's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle this month. The
    students were mentored by SpaceKidz India in the construction of
    this 8-kilogram satellite. It carries 75 small experiments, a
    camera to study solar panels in space and a variety of long range communications transponder experiments. The satellite also has a
    messaging system for amateur radio operators.

    Although this is not the first student satellite built with the
    help of SpaceKidz India, this one is dfferent because it carries
    its own power systems and batteries to power an anticipated six-
    month-long orbit. This satellite is not, of course, the main
    payload for the launch vehicle. The rocket will also be carrying
    the Microsat 2A, which is designed to assist in the mapping of
    parcels of land.

    At the time Newsline went to production, the launch was scheduled
    for August the 7th.

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Aug 11 20:22:13 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including
    the WA2EHL repeater in Burlington, New Jersey, on Fridays at 7
    p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: There are two top winners sharing the glory in the
    first Hamchallenge competition of Region 1 of the International
    Amateur Radio Union. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us about their

    ED: The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 has chosen two
    hams to share top honours equally in their Hamchallenge
    competition. The contest, which was introduced for the first time
    on April 30th, asked participants to propose game-changing ideas
    that would help grow the international amateur radio community.
    Nestor, 5B4AHZ, and Christian, HB9FEU, were chosen as first-place
    winners. Nestor's winning project was "Ham Radio Escape Room," a
    virtual escape room inspired by the pandemic. Teams use radio
    instead of webcams to communicate. Christian's project was a
    public database of fun projects for innovation and technology-
    oriented hobbyists. Many of the activities accommodated those
    with very little experience or available equipment.

    The third place winner was Luca, IU2FRL, and the Youth Prize went
    to Guy, ZS6GUY. IARU Region 1 said it will be in touch with the
    winners to help them turn their proposals into actual working
    models. Hamchallenge will return in 2023.

    This is Ed Durrant, DD5LP.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A new emergency-preparedness strategy by officials
    in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura is giving high
    priority to amateur radio. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has that story.

    JIM: As many as nine new amateur radio stations are being set up
    by the government of Tripura in India in an attempt to improve
    communications during disasters. The State Disaster Management
    Agency told reporters during a recent press conference an
    estimated 1500 trained volunteers have already stepped forward to
    operate the stations as they become available. The first station
    will be ready to go on the air shortly and will be based at the
    State Emergency Operation Centre in the Secretariat Complex. The
    remaining eight still require proper licences from the Ministry
    of Communication. The state officials said that ten more
    automated rain gauges and seven automated weather stations will
    also be installed in urban areas by India's Meteorological

    Officials said they had hope that these additional measures would
    increase all teams' abilities to provide lifesaving response in
    the state, which is prone to a variety of catastrophes, including
    flash floods, strong winds and heat waves.

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams in France will need to share many of their
    frequencies with broadcasters and others involved in the Paris
    2024 Olympic Games. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, brings us those details.

    JEREMY: Just as some amateur frequencies were opened to other
    users during the Olympics in London in 2012, amateur frequencies
    are to be shared during the 2024 Olympics in France.

    According to recent news reports, some VHF and UHF frequencies
    are to become available between 26th June and 15th September 2024
    to accommodate the Organising Committee for the Paris Games and
    thus requiring amateur radio operators to limit their activities
    on those bands.

    The National Frequency Agency of France, which is responsible for
    allocations in that country, said frequencies are being made
    available during the games for private mobile radio voice
    communications, mostly by walkie-talkie. Amateur radio operators
    are considered primary users on 2 metres by the ITU. On other
    bands, 1240 MHz to 1260 MHz will be used for programme-making and
    special events, or PMSE services. These frequencies are open to
    hams on a secondary basis. Frequencies on the 2.3 GHz band, also
    open to hams on a secondary basis, will be used for video links.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Aug 19 15:37:27 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    WB5ITT repeater of the Triangle Repeater Association in Houston,
    Texas, on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Physicists in Europe say they have found a key to
    creating smaller capacitors for electronics. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, has
    that report.

    KEVIN: Researchers believe they have found a means of building smaller capacitors, allowing for some electronic devices to be greatly
    miniaturized. The IEEE Spectrum reports that scientists are saying
    these capacitors could even be as small as one-hundredth the size of
    many of the ones presently in use. They are creating them with
    materials they call superlattices and they are made from materials that
    mimic antiferroelectrics. Antiferroelectrics are important because they
    have positive and negative poles -- electric dipoles -- pointed in
    opposing directions, creating zero electric polarization. Exposed to an electric field having sufficient strength, antiferroelectrics can
    become highly polarized, which results in the large energy densities

    Because there are few antiferrelectric materials that occur naturally, scientists have created and used artificial ones and report in the
    Journal, Science, that their work with the superlattices shows promise
    for working on a much smaller scale: their ability for energy storing
    is 100 times greater than conventional capacitors. Physicists believe
    they will someday be used to create these ultra-tiny capacitors.

    Physicist Hugo Aramberri of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and
    Technology said: [quote]: "It would be interesting to measure other properties, like how much voltage they can withstand, their endurance
    in long-term use, and ultimately commercial viability." [endquote]

    I'm Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.




    In the World of DX, be listening for Fred, DL5YM, and his XYL Tina,
    DL5YL, operating as HB0/DL5YM and HB0/DL5YL, respectively, from
    Lichtenstein between September 7th and 27th. They will hike during the
    daytime and later operate on 160-6 metres using mostly CW, with some
    SSB and RTTY. You may also hear them in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest on
    September 24th and 25th. QSL via their home callsigns, direct, via the
    DARC Bureau or ClubLog.

    Be listening for Giuseppe, IK5WWA, operating as IM0M (Eye Em Zero Em)
    from La Maddalena between September 1st and 13th on various HF bands
    plus 6 metres. He will also participate in the I.I.A. Italian Island
    Award. Send QSLs to his home callsign, via the bureau or direct.

    Alex, AK4AM, will be active as AK4AM/p from Atlantic Beach, Bogue Banks
    off the coast of North Carolina between September 2nd and 6th. This is
    IOTA NA-112. Alex will be on 160 metres through 6 metres. Additional
    details are available on QRZ.com. QSL via LoTW.

    Satoshi, JH2EUV, can be heard on the air from Timor-Leste (OC-148) as 4W/JH2EUV. He is operating on 10, 12 and 15m FT8. It is unclear how
    long his stay will be. QSL via LoTW or the bureau.

    Be listening for Harald, DF2WO, operating from Burkina Faso as XT2AW
    from September 4th to the 18th. He will be on the HF bands using CW,
    SSB and the digital modes. He will also be using the QO-100 satellite.
    QSL via QRZ.com instructions.

    Here's a reminder too, for the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August.
    It's the 25th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.
    With 360 lighthouses around the world registered at the time of writing
    to take part in this event they will be active across the HF and VHF
    bands on all modes. This is not a contest so call and have a chat! Full details at ILLW dot NET.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Aug 25 18:04:51 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, like the George County ARES repeater in Lucedale, Mississippi, Wednesdays at 7:37 p.m. local time.



    JIM/ANCHOR:If you want to have a QSO party, all you need is a reason. Much like the World's Largest Teapot event that recently concluded, this ARES special event station is just dripping in Southern charm.

    DON: In coastal Mississippi exactly 40 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico
    and 10 miles west of the Alabama state line lies the friendly little town
    of Lucedale, Mississippi, founded in 1901, population 24,762. Right in the heart of downtown Lucedale on the corner of Mill and Main you'll find a four-by-four wooden notched post known as The Scratchin' Post. From 1937
    until 1993 there was a very popular 24-hour restaurant at that site known
    as The Coffee Pot, renowned for its 5-inch tall merengue pies. The
    restaurant is long gone, a victim of progress and rerouted highways, but
    The Scratchin' Post still stands tall. And on Saturday, September 3rd,
    George County ARES will put it on the amateur radio map with The Scratchin' Post QSO Party. You may be asking why is it called The Scratchin' Post?
    It was a tradition when entering and exiting the restaurant to scratch your back against the post. Several famous spines found comfort in rubbing up against that hunk of wood. Baseball legend Dizzy Dean. Country music
    legends Tennessee Ernie Ford and Ernest Tubb. Actors Kirk Douglas, Gene
    Autrey and Roy Rogers. Even Ronald Reagan in his Hollywood days as well as
    Tom Lester, "Eb" on "Green Acres." You can scratch that radio itch by listening for K5K on 20 and 40 meters phone as well as FT4 and FT8.
    Operating hours are 1300 to 2300 UTC on Saturday, September 3rd. They will
    be operating Field Day style from the downtown City Park. If you're in
    that neck of the woods, stop by and enjoy some fine Southern hospitality. Everything you need to know, as well as a picture of The Scratchin' Post,
    can be found on the K5K QRZ page. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a QSO party.

    I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.



    JIM/ANCHOR: A recent trip to the mailbox brought surprises for some hams - some pleasant surprises, others not-so-pleasant. Sel Embee, KB3TZD,

    SEL: The Volunteer Monitor Program, begun in 2020 as a cooperative effort between the FCC and the ARRL, recently released its report for July of this year. The program delivers commendations as well as notices of improper operation to hams as a way of boosting compliance with amateur radio
    license regulations.

    The latest commendations include a ham in Columbia, South Carolina for
    helping amateurs complete programs for the Community Emergency Response
    Team and for assisting those involved in the county's Emergency Operations Center. Commendations were also given to hams in Poughkeepsie (poo-KIPP-
    See) New York for conducting the community bulletin board on a local
    repeater. Hams in Roslyn, Pennsylvania were also given commendations for involving the Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club in Field Day and MESH operations.

    Meanwhile, notices for unlicensed operation were sent to logging companies
    in Washington state for their use of 2-meter amateur frequencies. Another notice for unlicensed operation was sent to an operator in Indian Hills, California for operating 2m simplex APRS during a high-altitude balloon flight, one year after the operator's license had been cancelled by the

    Notices for operating FT8 outside license privileges were issued to a Technician class operator in Martinez, California and a General-class
    operator in Trenton, New Jersey. Notices for operating on SSB outside their General class privileges were issued to hams in Massapequa (massa-PEE-
    KWAH), New York, and Trenton, New Jersey.

    This is Sel Embee, KB3TZD.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Recalling the difficult day that was September 11th, 2001, a
    group of US amateurs is marking that grim anniversary with a special event starting very soon. Jack Parker, W8ISH, tells us what their plans are.

    JACK: Members of the Alabama Contest Group will be carrying the message
    "Nine Eleven, Remembered Once More," during a special event being activated
    to honor the victims of terrorism who perished 21 years ago in New York
    City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Stations will be
    using the callsign K4A starting at 0001 UTC on September 8th and running through to September 12th, operating on all bands and using CW, SSB, FT8
    and RTTY. Organizers are expecting many hams to be calling in with stories
    of remembrances from September 11th, 2001.

    Planners have been busy on the Discord chat app making a schedule that will
    be accessible to amateurs worldwide. An extra effort will be made on CW and FT8 to help Pacific DX operators, especially in VK and ZL, make contacts. Certificates will be available in addition to QSL cards. QSOs are needed on four bands in any combination of modes to qualify for a certificate.
    Outside of North America, only three bands are needed.

    According to the QRZ page for K4A, this event recognizes "peace-loving
    people all over the world." Visit the page for K4A or WA1FCN for more

    This is Jack Parker, W8ISH

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 2 09:17:10 2022

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Get ready for the Transatlantic Centenary Tests, coming this December to an HF frequency near you. The Radio Society of Great Britain
    has already started to get things rolling, as we hear from Jeremy Boot,

    JEREMY: With the support of Ofcom, the Radio Society of Great Britain
    have reactivated five callsigns that date back to the 1920s, at the dawn
    of amateur radio communication across the Atlantic. The call signs are
    going back on the air for all of December during the Transatlantic
    Centenary Tests, which took place between 1921 and 1923. The call sign
    G5WS is being used from the 1922 tests, as the first to make the ocean crossing. Its signal from South London was heard in North America on the
    24th of December in 1922.

    Other call signs will be G5AT and G6XX, both used for the 1923 tests,
    G6ZZ, used for tests in 1924 on a moving rail train, and the Scottish Highlands call GM3DR.

    These tests will differ from the original ones in that they will engage stations in two-way communications with UK and Crown Dependency-based stations. Stations will be in England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey, the
    Isle of Man, Jersey and Northern Ireland.

    So get ready for what lies ahead. Additional details can be found on the
    RSGB website. See the link in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    [PRINT ONLY: https://rsgb.org/transatlantic-tests/ ]




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams are signing up to activate POTA and SOTA sites along
    the Appalachian Trail in the eastern United States. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE,
    tells us about the event and its participants.

    KEVIN: Imagine being part of an event that covers six national parks,
    eight national forests, more than 40 SOTA summits and over 65 state parks
    and forests that have POTA designations. It's a stretch of land known as
    the Appalachian Trail and it's considered a major national treasure in
    the United States. For the second year in a row it will be where you can
    find activators participating in the second annual Appalachian Trail On
    the Air event. It's also where chasers around the country, if not the
    world, will be pointing their antennas.

    The trail itself has a POTA national designation of K-4556 and on the
    weekend on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, activators will be
    posting their POTA schedules and SOTA alerts. Activators can plan ahead
    and sign up in advance now by going to the website www dot A T ontheair
    dot net (www.atontheair.net) and complete the form that appears on screen
    when you click the button that says "RSVP."

    This event was begun last year as the inspiration of Mike WB2FUV, an
    amateur living in the mountains of upstate New York. According to his QRZ page, he fell in love with operating QRP from the mountains and trails of
    the northeast two years ago. He writes on his page that last year's event attracted more than 50 activators on SOTA summits and POTA parks in 11
    states all along the Trail. Chasers were answering their calls from
    throughout North America and Europe.

    This is Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 9 16:52:50 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including D-STAR Reflector
    91 C in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Australian
    Eastern Time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to W1AW, the headquarters station of the
    American Radio Relay League. The station is marking the anniversary of
    the dedication of the brick building in Newington, Connecticut, that
    became its shack on September 2nd, 1938. The league's official station
    has the callsign of its founding president, Hiram Percy Maxim, who became
    a Silent Key in 1936. Following his death, the league applied to replace
    its callsign of W1MK with Maxim's. The busy station is known around the
    world for the welcome it gives to guest operators as well as for its
    bulletin transmissions and on-air practice sessions of Morse Code.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: There's extra excitement for younger amateurs in this year's Oceania DX contest. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us why.

    GRAHAM: Two new, youth-related, plaques have been added to the phone
    section of this year's Oceania DX contest on October 1st from 0600 UTC, sponsored by Oscar Reyes, VK3TX, a noted DXer and an IARU Region 3

    The two new plaques are intended to engage younger hams. The "World Youth Phone plaque" will recognise the highest-scoring amateur of 25 years or younger from outside of Oceania. The "Australia Youth Phone plaque" will recognise the highest-scoring amateur 25 years of age or younger from
    within Australia.

    This is the 77th running of the contest whose aim is to get non-Oceania stations to contact those around the Pacific region and the bands promise
    to be busy with VK and ZL operators calling CQ Oceania DX contest.

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Hard work in the field of astronomy education paid off
    recently for one longtime educator who's been honored for her years of advocacy at facilities around the United States. We hear more from Sel
    Embee, KB3TZD.

    SEL: The assistant director for education and public outreach at the
    National Radio Astronomy Observatory has been honored for her work by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Suzanne Gurton is being recognized
    with the Klumpke (Klumm-Key) Roberts Award for nearly four decades of her effort helping educators develop and present astronomy programs to
    further the public's understanding. Before joining the Observatory in
    2016, Suzanne Gurton worked at a number of planetariums around the United States and also served as an astronomy lecturer at the Griffith
    Observatory in Los Angeles. She is a former writer and producer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

    Previous recipients of this award have included Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Timothy Ferris, and Walter Sullivan.

    The observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation.

    I'm Sel Embee, KB3TZD.
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 16 11:09:35 2022

    DON/ANCHOR: Radio Amateurs of Canada is hoping to push for some changes
    that affect license-holders' callsigns and the group is asking for input.
    We hear the details from Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    ANDY: Radio amateurs who hold a Canadian Certificate and have a Canadian callsign are being asked to complete a survey for Radio Amateurs of Canada, which wants to advocate for changes in policies regarding Canadian
    callsigns. The results of the survey will be used by the RAC to come up
    with proposals to show Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada,
    the governmental regulator.

    According to the RAC website, hams are being asked to weigh in on questions about special-event callsign authorisations, two-letter suffixed callsigns, the handling of callsigns for Silent Keys; and various special prefix authorisations. The survey will also explore whether it should be mandatory for hams to change their callsigns if they relocate to another region in Canada. Hams are also being asked whether callsigns with one suffix letter should be issued as permanent personal call signs.

    This is just a sampling of the issues included in the survey, which opened
    on the 5th of August and will remain accessible to hams until the 30th of September. Though the questions are thorough, they take no more than 10 or
    15 minutes to complete. The survey was created by Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, the RAC's regulatory affairs officer.

    Amateurs holding Canadian callsigns wishing to take part in the survey can
    do so by using the link in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    This is Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    https://www.rac.ca/canadian-amateurs-call-sign-policy-survey/ ]




    DON/ANCHOR: School is only back in session barely a week for many
    youngsters in the United States, but one group of teenagers already has
    some serious homework to do. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, tells us about their assignment.

    DAVE: It's official: Cave City High School in Arkansas, has its own radio
    club at last. The club recently received its charter from the American
    Radio Relay League along with an $8,000 grant from the ARRL's Grant Foundation. Those funds will be used to purchase and install radio
    equipment, including a local repeater. Science teacher Lynn Williams,
    N5TLW, told the Guard On Line that the club received lots of support from
    the Batesville Area Radio Club whose members helped the high school club's president, Ithyca Bacon, KI5QOS, get things in motion. The students are
    hoping their station and the repeater will be on the air within the next
    few months. In the meantime, the school club is going to host a number of informational meetings for community members who want to learn more.

    The achievement is bittersweet for many involved in setting up the new
    club. The president of the Batesville area amateurs, Steve Shelton, AE5RU, became a Silent Key on the 27th of August. Lynn, who is a member of the Batesville club, said on the Batesville club's Facebook page that the
    success of the students' efforts to form the Cave City High School Amateur Radio Club comes in large part due to Steve's dedication to that effort. He wrote: [quote] "The current and future students in the club will benefit
    from his influence." [endquote]

    This is Dave Parks, WB8ODF.




    DON/ANCHOR: Candidates for the top-level amateur license in China have a
    few more weeks to wait to take their exam, which has been postponed. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has that story.

    JIM: Amateurs in China will soon sit for a technical proficiency assessment being given for those seeking the highest class of the nation's amateur
    radio licence - the "C" class. C class hams are permitted up to 1 kW of
    power on bands below 30 MHz and 25 watts above 30 MHz. The exam will be
    held in Beijing on November 5th and will be overseen by the Beijing Radio Association.

    The announcement came from the Chinese Radio Amateurs Club, the national
    ham radio association, which said that the assessment had originally been scheduled for October 22nd but had to be rescheduled.

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    DON/ANCHOR: It won't be long now before 15 hundred pounds, or 680
    kilograms, of equipment for the T88WA DXpedition arrives at its final destination: The Republic of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean. The ship
    set sail on the 7th of September. The operators, members of the Western Washington DX Club, are to leave the United States at the end of October: Justin, K5EM; Jack, N7JP; Rob, N7QT; Brian, N9ADG; and Robin, WA7CPA, the
    only YL in the group. The expedition will take place inside an operating bungalow between November 2nd and 14th using three stations and six
    antennas. One hexbeam will be pointed towards Europe and another towards
    North America. The group writes on their page on QRZ.com that they are
    hoping to make the first activation of 60m from Palau and be lucky enough
    to give EU contacts on the low bands.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 23 08:10:41 2022

    PAUL/ANCHOR: All aboard: It's time to celebrate Britain's heritage steam railways, and Jeremy Boot, G4NJH has just the ticket.

    JEREMY: The Moorlands and District Amateur Radio Society has a special
    link to the Foxfield Light Railway as that is where the club is based. Foxfield, which is run by a preservation society, is one of Britain's
    oldest heritage steam railways. Club members are putting it on the air
    during the Railways on the Air event on September 24th and 25th using
    the callsign GB1FLR. Railways on the Air is an annual celebration of the
    role that these trains played in the nation's heritage. Be listening on
    HF and VHF phone as the Foxfield amateurs operate from locator square
    IO82. The club welcomes QSL cards via eQSL, direct or through the
    bureau. Full details are on the GB1FLR qrz.com page.

    For details about the event and a list of other stations, visit rota dot
    barac dot org dot uk. (rota.barac.org.uk)

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Registration has opened for a major amateur radio
    conference Down Under. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us what's happening
    in Tasmania.

    JOHN: Speakers from around the world will be presenting lectures on a
    wide range of amateur radio topics during the Tassie Ham Radio
    Conference and Expo in November. Registration has opened. The two-day
    event, which is being organised by the Radio and Electronics Association
    of Southern Tasmania, will be held on the Sandy Bay campus of the
    University of Tasmania. The conference will be held on Saturday the 5th
    of November and presentations will include such topics as interference mitigation, remote station operation, low-power portable EME, promoting
    your amateur radio club and youth engagement.

    The expo will be held the next day.

    Registration is mandatory for those who wish to attend. See the link in
    the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org.

    reast.asn.au/news-events/tassie-ham-radio-conference-and-expo/ ]

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: When youngsters meet up on Saturday, October 1st at the
    Peterloon Scout Camp in Cincinnati, they will be getting a preview of
    two things: These 10-year-old boys, known in Scouting as Webelos (wee- buh-lows) will see what awaits them when they leave the rank of Cub
    Scout and become full-fledged Scouts. They will also get a preview of
    amateur radio. Be listening for a special event station being operated
    by the West Chester Amateur Radio Association operating all day from the
    scout camp with the call sign N8P. Hams will be on the air using the
    club's Go-Box, calling CQ and looking for future hams in Scouting.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Imagine being the first amateur to log a DX contact on a
    band that is experimental in your country. Well, that happened to one
    ham recently in England. We hear about him from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: For Paul, G7PUV, it was an experiment that worked. The East
    Sussex amateur, who holds an Innovation and Trial licence to use 40 MHz, announced that he has made the first SSB contact on the band between the
    UK and South Africa, where 8 metres is a standard ham frequency which
    gives amateurs a primary allocation with a maximum of 400 watts output
    between 40.675 and 40.685 MHz.

    Paul reports that he accomplished this Trans Equatorial Propagation
    contact with Willem, ZS6WAB.

    He writes on his QRZ.com page that Ofcom has permitted him access to the
    band on frequencies between 40 and 42 MHz for testing purposes.

    Paul posted a video of the 17th of September contact on his Twitter
    feed. You can watch it by following the link that appears in the text
    version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    https://twitter.com/AceBlaggard/status/1571161819846164482 ]

    I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 30 09:30:09 2022

    JIM/ANCHOR: A new amateur radio education project in Romania has begun reaching thousands of students -- as well as their families. Ed Durrant,
    DD5LP, tells us more.

    ED: Enjoying amateur radio is a family priority for Petrica (Patricka)
    YO9RIJ, his wife, Alina (R-leen-A), YO9RYJ, and their son, Rares
    (raresz), a short-wave listener with the call sign YO9 -001. Since the
    spring, however, spreading the word about amateur radio has become an additional priority. Alina (R-leen-A), a college professor, believes that
    the science of radio is an important part of students' education,
    inspiring Petrica (Patricka) to develop an educational curriculum with
    lessons mixing science and amateur radio. Called RadioScience 2.0, it was
    one of six projects to win funding from the Romanian American Foundation
    this past spring. By May, students were receiving lessons in the schools
    and even in the parks, with hams from the Romanian Contest Team
    participating to share their experiences too. Petrica (Patricka) told
    Newsline in an email that nearly 5,000 youngsters and teenagers - and
    even parents and grandparents - have since attended classes to learn and
    to explore kit-building. Most recently, more than 50 young people took
    their ANCOM exam a little more than a week ago, testing to earn their

    Petrica (Patricka) said this is just the beginning. His dream is to build
    a ham radio science centre in Buzau (BuzzOw) City. He said it is: "A real challenge but we have hope!"

    This is Ed Durrant, DD5LP.



    JIM/ANCHOR: The annual AM QSO Party sponsored by the Antique Wireless Association isn't so much a contest as a challenge: It invites hams to
    get on the air using radio's original form of voice communication:
    amplitude modulation. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, tells us about this year's

    ANDY: Ron Skipper, W8ACR, coordinator of the AM QSO Party for the Antique Wireless Association, considers this year's event a success. The weekend operation introduced hams to amplitude modulation - or reminded long-
    timers that AM is still a viable option. During the two-day activity on September 24th and 25th, Ron himself made 40 or so contacts during the
    QSO party. He told Newsline that three of those operators he logged said
    they were experiencing either their first or second time using AM mode.

    Ron told Newsline [quote] "I think that once a ham operator uses AM successfully, he realizes that it is a viable alternative to SSB, and not
    just an outdated mode of communication." [endquote]

    Ragchews were encouraged and, for others, so was simply listening. Ron
    reminds hams that there's plenty of time now to prepare for the next AM
    QSO Party. If your rig already has AM mode, try it out. If have vintage
    gear at home, dust it off. Or, if you are a home brewer, get busy.

    This is Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    JIM/ANCHOR: To help amateurs in the UK comply with EMF exposure limits,
    the Radio Society of Great Britain has updated its calculator - and is
    also looking for input on the changes. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, brings us the details.

    JEREMY: An updated tool has become available to help hams comply with
    Ofcom licence requirements to monitor their stations' electromagnetic
    field exposure. The Radio Society of Great Britain has made changes to
    both its online calculator and web app and are seeking feedback on the
    new versions, which have been launched on a trial basis. The new
    calculators enable hams to determine EIRP as well as compliance
    distances. According to the RSGB website, the updated calculators no
    longer have the previous versions' 10 MHz minimum frequency restriction
    or the minimum separation of the near field boundary. They recommend a compliance distance of 2.4 metres to keep people from coming into contact
    with the antenna. The new version also calculates limits set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection for 1998
    and 2020.

    Additional details are available on the Society's website at rsgb.org

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Oct 6 19:45:00 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
    heard on bulletin stations around the world including the W3NTT repeater
    in Palmerton Pennsylvania at 9 p.m. on Sundays.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Amateur radio was the big lesson of the day recently on
    one university campus in India. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us what
    everyone talked about happened.

    JIM: There was perhaps no better way to mark the occasion of Engineering
    Day in September than to hold an amateur radio workshop on a university
    campus and provide some eye-opening lessons for tech students there.

    AMSAT-India's regional coordinator, Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, did just that
    at Marwadi University in Gujarat, and in four hours the 80 students from
    the Information and Communications Technology Department, along with a
    special team assigned to a student project, gained insights into amateur
    radio as well as ham radio satellites. For that one special team of
    students, the timing could not have been better: The university recently announced that they will be building a satellite to be launched by the
    ISRO. The workshop provided some bonus preparatory work for them.

    The more terrestrial-minded demonstrations - from digital modes and VHF
    FM to SSTV - were conducted with the help of Sakshi Vagadia, VU3EXP, and Shyama Vagadia, VU3WHG, who is also part of the student satellite team. Workshops also covered such topics as the jargon of amateur radio,
    operating in the POTA and IOTA award programmes, high-altitude balloon tracking and, of course, CW.

    Just as every amateur contact on the air is usually followed up with a
    QSL of some sort, this workshop is not the end of the contact with this campus. Rajesh reported that the university administrators were so
    pleased that AMSAT-INDIA can expect to come back to conduct more

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A popular Extra Class net is back on the air after taking
    a break for a few months. We hear about their plans from Sel Embee,
    KB3 T Zed Dee.

    SEL: The GERATOL Net is back. That's spelled G E R A T O L, which stands
    for Greetings Extra Radio Amateur Tired of Operating Lately, except after
    a few months of NOT operating lately, the net is back on the air. You can
    find Extra Class operators checking in every night on 3.668 MHz, starting
    at 0100 UTC. Now in its 50th year of operation, the net is marking the occasion by adding an anniversary award to the array of awards it already confers to qualifying hams. To be eligible, hams must make 50 contacts -
    one for each year of the net's lifetime - during a session of the GERATOL
    Net. These contacts must be logged during the period of the net's
    anniversary year. The contacts must include the club staton W0NL.

    For details about the award or additional information on how to find and
    check into the net, visit the website g e r a t o l dot net (geratol.net)

    This is Sel Embee, KB3TZD.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A student-built CubeSat is being prepared for launch next month and its young creators in UKraine have included amateur radio
    operators in their plans. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, brings us up to date.

    ED: Students at the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine
    are looking forward to the November launch of an educational satellite
    they built with a group of space-exploration enthusiasts. The students' Cubesat is designed to work on a variety of scientific and technical
    issues related to research at the institute's school, the National
    Technical University of Ukraine.

    The Cubesat, QBUA01, will be in a sun-synchronous orbit and accessible to
    hams around the world who can receive telemetry, beacon and science
    payload data.

    The nano-satellite project will focus its studies on near space and will explore the operation of solar sensors, magnetometers, gyroscopes, electromagnets and flywheels used in stabilization and orientation in
    space. Research will also focus on thermal regulation of a payload using
    heat pipes and on new software for controlling satellite systems and
    obtaining telemetry. Frequencies to be used are still being finalized.A
    9k6 GMSK UHF downlink is proposed using AX25.

    This is Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Oct 13 22:54:33 2022

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Another success has been scored by Ireland's first
    satellite, which is moving forward through development and testing to
    its eventual launch. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, reports.

    JEREMY: The team developing EIRSAT-1, Ireland's first satellite, has
    returned from Belgium, where the project underwent rigorous testing at
    the CubeSat Support Facility, including an assessment to ensure it
    would survive launch. The University College Dublin team includes David Murphy, EI9HWB, and Lána Salmon, EI9HXB. They are developing the low- earth-orbit CubeSat as part of the European Space Agency's "Fly Your Satellite" programme. ESA administrators have said in the past that
    they view the project as a way to grow a new generation of space
    scientists and engineers to nurture a space programme for Ireland. The satellite is tentatively scheduled for a launch from an ESA base in
    French Guiana by early 2023.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In Australia, hams are on the move for a very important charitable cause - and the power they are using is pedal power. Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, tells us what they're up to.

    GRAHAM: You've heard, of course, of the Solar Cycle but what kind of
    hams concern themselves with the Charitable Cycle? That would be
    members of the Bendigo Amateur Radio & Electronics Club's Pedal Radio
    Group, Throughout the month of October, these most mobile of the moble operators are getting themselves in motion to meet the Great Cycle
    Challenge, which is raising money throughout Australia for research
    into childhood cancer.

    This is an event that the Pedal Radio Group participates in each year.
    The group's spokesman, Graeme Knight, VK3GRK, writes: [quote] "This is
    a great chance to get out, have fun, exercise and promote amateur
    radio." [endquote] Riders pledge how many km they will ride and how
    many dollars they hope to raise. As Graeme also notes, there's nothing
    to stop riders from carrying an HT - safely of course - and making

    He asks: [quote] "Could this be Bikes on the Air?" [endquote] Perhaps
    yes but remember, it's kilometres that count most here - not contacts.

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to the Suffolk County Radio Club, W2DQ,
    which celebrated its own personal history of 75 years at a site where groundbreaking history was once made by innovator Nikola Tesla. The
    club's special event activation and outdoor celebration was held on
    Saturday October 8th at the scientist's former laboratory, Wardenclyffe,
    on Long Island, New York. Portable antennas provided the radio reception
    and a gathering of friends and food, plus a visit from local elected
    officials, provided the rest of the reception. All the best to the club
    for the next 75 years.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: As the days get progressively darker earlier in some parts
    of the world, the lighthouses of England are providing a little radio
    relief. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, picks up the story from here.

    JEREMY: Traditionally beacons of safe navigation for ships at sea,
    lighthouses in England are about to become symbols of successful
    navigation for signals sent in their direction by amateur radio
    operators around the world. The organisation that oversees the English Lighthouse Awards scheme has set aside seven days -- Saturday the 22nd
    of October through to Friday the 28th -- for the Lighthouse Challenge. Activators will be lighting up these towers, at least figuratively,
    hoping for contacts from lighthouse hunters throughout England -- and
    beyond. According to the event website, contacts made during the week
    will also count toward the programme's regular awards. They may also contribute to other organisations' awards since many carry a Worked All Britain Square and references for World Wide Flora Fauna or POTA.

    If you are interested in being a part of the activity during the week,
    just tune your rig up and get started. Registration is not necessary
    and entry is free, as are the awards and certificates. Only activators
    are required to keep logs.

    For additional details, visit englishlighthouseawards - that's one
    word - dot uk (englishlighthouseawards.uk/)

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Oct 21 08:59:47 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world including the
    WB0QXW repeaters in St. Louis, Missouri, on Monday nights following the
    World Friendship Net which begins at 7 p.m. local time on EchoLink.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Here at Newsline we always celebrate the licensing of new
    hams, especially among the younger generation. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, is
    here with some more reasons for us all to celebrate.

    GRAHAM: The Hammies Amateur Radio Club, ZS6ZU, is celebrating yet
    another graduation. The latest group of youngsters who'd been studying
    to sit for their Class B - the entry-level licence - passed their
    recent examinations. The club, a member of the South African Radio
    League, has prospective licence-holders work with volunteer tutors
    learning theory and completing hands-on projects. The youngsters are
    usually between the ages of 9 and 15. Congratulations to everyone for a
    job well done.

    I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Is it possible to digitize amateur radio history? Well, the Internet Archive is planning to do just that - and it needs your help.
    Andy Morrison, K9AWM, explains.

    ANDY: If you want to be a part of history, here's your chance. The
    Internet Archive is asking ham radio operators to look in their
    collections of printed and digital materials as well as any personal
    materials for inclusion in a digital library providing a window into
    the history of the amateur radio community. The library is especially interested in collecting material that documents contributions by any
    groups who historically may have been marginalized in the ham
    community, such as women and people of color.

    A recent grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications is underwriting
    the development of the library, which will give open access to educators, students, researchers and members of the public. The library is called
    the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications. Print materials,
    such as newsletters, pamphlets and journals, will be digitized for easier access. To enrich the collection further, developers of the library are
    hoping to conduct oral histories of influential individuals active in
    amateur radio.

    If you think you have materials that could be useful for the library,
    email Kay Savetz, K6KJN, the program manager of special collections.
    Writing on the Internet Archive blog, Kay noted that he was especially interested in obscure materials, including locally produced ham radio newsletters and small magazines. Kay can be reached at kay@achive.org

    I'm Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    JIM/ANCHOR: The newest team on the campus of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia isn't involved in varsity sports, but amateur
    radio. Sharing the same name as the school's athletes, the Thundering
    Herd Amateur Radio Club is getting a foothold with a core group of six members, including founder Jacob Wriston, KE8PWC. Jacob is a pre-med
    student majoring in biology and a ham for two years. He told Newsline
    that one of the most immediate things on the club's agenda is to help unlicensed members study for the FCC exam and to grow the size of the
    club. There's lot of studying to be done and of course some paperwork
    too, so the club can apply for a callsign and establish a shack on

    Meanwhile, Jacob has been exploring the HF bands and perfecting the art
    of antenna-building. He told Newsline that hands-on projects are
    perhaps his favorite part of the hobby. It looks like one of those
    projects, the Thundering Herd Amateur Radio Club, is coming to

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Oct 28 02:09:05 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the
    N8VAA repeater, serving parts of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland
    and Pennsylvania and the Potomac Highlands Amateur Radio club from
    Moorefield, West Virginia on Monday nights at 8.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: As Newsline went to production, hams were gearing up
    for the first part of the two-part CQ WW amateur radio competition -
    considered the largest of its kind in the world. The first of the
    48-hour marathons begins on SSB at 0000 UTC on Saturday, October
    29th and ends at 2399 UTC on Sunday October 30th. More than 35,000
    hams are expected to be on the air for the first of the two weekend
    contests. After that, you have time to prepare for the CW challenge,
    which will be held on the weekend of November 26th and 27th. Details,
    rules and the results of previous competitions are available at cqww
    dot com (cqww.com).



    PAUL/ANCHOR: A newly formed nonprofit group in California is
    filling a need to support ongoing disaster-response efforts. Ralph
    Squillace, KK6ITB, tells us what's been happening.

    RALPH: Few people understand the value of the El Dorado County
    Neighborhood Radio Watch in California better than the members who
    have joined the group since it began in 2019. The radio watch's
    life-saving communication efforts using General Mobile Radio
    Service equipment, combines with those of the El Dorado County
    Amateur Radio Club to save lives - some even of their own members.
    This has been especially critical during wildfires and in other
    disasters. The two organizations are now working together even more
    closely - and more formally - following the creation of a nonprofit corporation known as the Community Emergency Radio Association, or
    CERA. As a fundraising arm for the two radio groups, CERA is there
    to receive donations and apply for community safety grants,
    magnifying the lifesaving potential of these local radio sentinels.

    Alan Thompson, W6WN, told Newsline that the teamwork goes beyond
    even that ambitious agenda. CERA is also a mentoring group,
    assisting in emergency preparedness, public safety exercises and
    instruction to prepare for the amateur radio licensing exams. Alan,
    who is the public information officer for the groups, said that the
    El Dorado hams' membership roll has grown and the Neighborhood
    Radio Watch now has 500 members throughout the county. Alan said
    the groups are also consulting with several other ham radio clubs
    both in and outside of California. Alan gave a presentation
    recently to the Cool-Pilot Hill Advisory Committee at the Pilot
    Hill Grange on Monday, October 24th.

    This is Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Imagine being a young amateur radio operator chosen
    for a first-time trip outside your home country - to Antarctica.
    Well for one young ham in India, that just became a reality. John
    Williams, VK4JJW, tells us about him.

    JOHN: Congratulations to Sarabjeet Singh Chhabra, VU2CUW, who at
    age 27 becomes part of a team going to Antarctica in December as
    part of the 42nd Indian Scientific Expedition there. Sarabjeet has
    been a ham since 2015 and according to a news report in Telengana
    Today, this will be his first international journey. He was chosen
    to join the logistics team by a panel of 11 at the Ministry of
    Earth Sciences in Delhi. His work will involve providing support to
    the primary research team. Each team has two radio operators who
    will be using handheld VHF radios or larger HF rigs to cover
    greater distances, depending on what type of communication the team
    needs. This is an annual expedition to India's Antarctica Base
    Station conducted by the National Centre for Polar and Ocean

    This is John Williams, VK2JJW.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Nov 4 01:10:04 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K4LYL repeater
    in Bedford, Virginia, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    local time.



    DON/ANCHOR: Hams in Germany are awaiting a decision by the nation's
    regulator to add a third class of amateur radio license by early next
    year. Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us what that could mean.

    ED: Germany's proposed new "N" class entry-level licence could be in
    place as early as January the 1st of 2023. The possible addition,
    announced earlier this year, is being reviewed by the German regulator, BNetZa, as a way to add a third licence class to the existing E, Novice
    and A, Full, licence classes. A change in the regulations would give the
    N class operators call signs with the prefix DN and the current DN
    callsigns, which are used for training purposes under supervision of a licensed ham, would be cancelled on December 31st of this year, to be
    replaced by the use of a DN/ prefix .

    The new entry level "N" class will grant privileges to use the 2 metre
    and 70 centimetre bands with up to 10 watts EIRP. The operator will be
    allowed to build and operate home made equipment as long as it conforms
    to the regulations. It is possible that usage of the 10 metre band may
    also be added to the class N licence at the end of 2023.

    The content of the licence exam syllabi will also be changed to make them "cumulative" with the ability, it is hoped, to allow the taking of the
    class N, class E and class A exams in sequence to get to a full licence
    in one day of testing. The class N exam will cover all legal regulations, operational rules and a limited amount of technical knowledge questions.
    The class E and A exams will then only cover additional, more technical
    theory questions, building on the knowledge of the previous level or

    This is Ed Durrant, DD5LP.



    DON/ANCHOR: When you have a radio interference problem, who better to
    turn to than an amateur radio operator? That's just what police officials
    in one part of India thought when their handheld radios were knocked out
    of service by holiday lights. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, brings us the details.

    GRAHAM: A group of major Hindu festivals were coming up on the autumn calendar, starting on Sunday October 30th, and police officials in West Bengal, India, were once again struggling with their radios. Something
    was causing havoc with their handhelds during the autumn Hindu festivals
    and it appeared that VHF radio communication was again going to be nearly impossible for crowd control and security.

    This year, police took their radio dilemma to some local radio amateurs
    in the West Bengal Radio Club. According to a report by the Indo Asian
    News Service, the hams conducted a variety of tests on the officers'
    radios. Ultimately, they noticed the interference peaked when signals had
    to pass through areas where traditional holiday lights were being used to decorate Kolkata's parks and gardens during the festive season. With the
    help of physicist Pasupati (posso potty) Mandal (mon dall), VU3ODQ, a
    club member, the hams determined the interference came from the strings
    of LEDs manufactured in China, which used cheaper components. According
    to Dipak (dee pock) Chakraborty (chock rah boar tee), VU3OKT, when they
    were illuminated, the LEDs emitted a noise on a frequency very close to
    the one the police radios were using.

    The hams recommended replacing the Chinese LEDs with ones manufactured in India, which had different components that did not seem to cause the same issue. According to Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, that seemed to have
    solved the problem in time for the festivals.

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    DON/ANCHOR: India has launched its first group of commercial satellites. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, explains what comes next.

    JEREMY: The Indian Space Research Organisation is celebrating the launch
    into orbit of 36 internet satellites from the London-based company,
    OneWeb. The launch on Sunday, October 23rd coincided with the Indian
    Festival of Lights, known as Diwali. An Indian GSLV Mark III rocket was substituted for the Russian Soyuz originally planned for the operation
    before the Ukraine invasion earlier this year.

    This was the second flight for the Indian rocket but its first commercial multi-satellite mission. The flight was overseen by the ISRO's commercial division, New Space India Limited.

    According to a BBC report, the latest launches mean that OneWeb, which is partly owned by the British government, is almost three-quarters of the
    way to having its first-generation satellite constellation achieve global coverage. The rollout is expected to be completed by the middle of 2023.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Nov 11 13:16:12 2022

    JIM/ANCHOR: In western Canada, a growing number of hams have discovered
    that the most effective way to transmit to other hams doesn't necessarily involve being on the air. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, has that story.

    ANDY: In Calgary, Alberta, a group of enthusiastic mentors has begun
    tackling the ongoing mystery of the vanishing newbie - the candidate who studies for and passes the Canadian Basic certification. That same ham then moves on to an Advanced licence, attends some club meetings but soon tapers off radio-related activity within that first year. It is a recurring
    pattern of loss that Jerry Spring VE6TL and others in Calgary believed they could help stop.

    Jerry told Newsline [quote]: "This pattern continued for years until a few
    of us Elmers got together and figured out what was missing." That's when
    they formed a dedicated team of Elmers known as SASTAR. SASTAR stands for Southern Alberta Support Team for Amateur Radio. Compiling a list of the latest newbies, the team reached out to reduce what Jerry calls the
    "culture shock" experienced by new licence holders: the antenna regulations, the different modes and their own puzzling equipment needs. The Elmers of SASTAR organised and reached out via personal contact methods that included Zoom and groups.io which added extra appeal for the youngest among the

    Jerry said: [quote] "Suddenly, we started seeing/hearing a lot more people
    on the air. Some even decided to learn CW and take to the HF airwaves even though they hadn’t considered these things before. The same thing happened with fox hunting, SOTA and Field Day." [endquote] In fact, some now
    volunteer as SASTAR Elmers too.

    The enthusiasm is spreading to the Atlantic provinces, where APSTAR was
    born with the help of SASTAR. Prince Edward Island amateur George Dewar, VY2GF/VY2PLH, is replicating this proven method with Elmers in that region with guidance from Jerry, and Pat, VE6PDS. George may not be the last one
    to extend the experiment either. Jerry said he's already had inquiries from
    a friend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stay tuned.

    This is Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Just as the word Anemoi (Anna Moy) signifies the mythical Greek gods of the four winds, a new effort known as Anemoi Incident Response is looking to provide communications and assistance to all corners of the
    United States when disaster strikes. As it grows from its Arkansas
    location, the not-for-profit conducting a nationwide recruitment action, a multifaceted outreach that includes amateur radio operators. Dave Parks, WB8ODF, has those details.

    DAVE: Colleen Udell, president of Anemoi Incident Response, said the organization received its nonprofit status in May but its origins go back
    much further with the veteran responders who created it. Anemoi's component teams include AUXCOMM, weather spotters, ground crew, social media and dispatch. Colleen told Newsline [quote] "We all have plenty of years of disaster relief experience and wanted to find a way to utilize
    communications to complement what is going on with all these other disaster relief organizations." [endquote] The other assistance groups include ARES
    and nongovernmental organizations that step in during a crisis. Colleen
    said Anemoi is as much a safety net for these NGOs as well as for the small communities that sometimes fall between the cracks in a crisis because they lack a robust response team or any plan at all.

    AUXCOMM team director Thomas Sarlitto, KD9JSA, is based in Illinois and assistant AUXCOM director Paul Falk, KO4KXV, is in Florida. Anemoi hams can live anywhere in the US, just as the group's stormchasers are scattered throughout the US. Tom said that portable repeaters are in the works for UHF/VHF radios and non-amateurs can eventually be deployed using GMRS and business radios.

    If you have skills that you think can be put to good use in helping, visit their website myanemoi dot org (myanemoi.org). That's anemoi, spelled A N E
    M O I

    You'll find a link to an application form, and a reminder on their home
    page that [quote] "there's no shortage of ways to give back." [endquote]

    This is Dave Parks, WB8ODF.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Nov 17 18:57:34 2022

    NEIL/ANCHOR: A US astronaut whose tenure on board the ISS made history has retired from NASA. We hear about him from Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

    PAUL: Congratulations to astronaut Bob Behnken, KG5GGX, who retired from
    NASA on Friday, the 11th of November. Bob, a former colonel in the US Air Force, made headlines as the pilot and joint operations commander for the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Dragon when it was launched to the International Space station in May of 2020. Previously, Bob had been on flights of the space shuttle Endeavour, logging 93 days in space. During
    these missions, he completed 10 spacewalks in all, for a total of 61 hours.

    Bob became an astronaut candidate for NASA in July of 2000. His first spaceflight was aboard the Endeavour eight years later, as a mission specialist.

    This is Paul Braun, WD9GCO.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Using the innovative technology of virtual reality, an arts center in Cardiff, Wales, is celebrating a radio pioneer who made history
    with technology that was innovative for his own time: the 19th century. We have those details from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: The presentation at the Wales Millennium Centre is called "A Signal Across Space," a title that refers to the Morse Code transmission sent on
    13 May 1897 by Guglielmo Marconi across a stretch of open sea.

    The signal travelled between Flat Holm Island in the Bristol Channel and Lavernock Point on the south Wales coast. The moment becomes reality - or rather, virtual reality - for audience members at the centre who are given special VR headsets enabling them to experience themes in music, poetry and dance that were inspired by Marconi's experiment. Viewers see it all in a 360-degree immersive experience.

    The 50-minute film has several sections, of which one uses part of a
    lecture from the Barry and District Radio Society describing Marconi's experiment. Another section, called "In the Air," recounts the story of Marconi's 19th century experiment more directly. The centre has also
    assembled a small exhibit for audience members to view afterwards,
    offering a closer look at Lavernock, where Marconi received those first transmissions. The programme concludes on 20th November .

    I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The deadline is coming up fast for hams in Australia to
    comment on a proposed new license class. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, brings us
    up to date.

    GRAHAM: The clock is running out for amateurs in Australia who want to
    submit comments on a proposed amateur class licence and on a separate
    proposal that would permit amateurs to increase operating power from 400
    watts to 1 kW PEP. Under the latter, Advanced Class amateurs.

    The class licence is proposed to take effect in July 2023.

    The Australia Communications and Media Authority will accept all
    submissions until 5 p.m. Australian Eastern Time on the 29th of November.

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The Hamvention 2023 team has announced that "Innovation" will
    be their theme for the 2023 expo in Xenia, Ohio. Writing on the Hamvention website, team member Michael Kalter, W8CI, said the theme was particularly exciting because [quote]: "We are confident it encompasses the world of amateur radio today in just one word." [endquote] Hamvention will be held
    May 19, 20 and 21, 2023 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. Tickets are already available online and by mail. The website is hamvention.org

    (HAMVENTION 2023)
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Nov 25 02:40:27 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
    heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the N2JDW repeater
    in New York City, on Monday nights at 8 local time, just before the
    Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service Net.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: As many of us know, weather patterns seem to be changing everywhere. One thing that doesn't change is hams' dedication to
    preparedness in the face of disaster. Randy Sly, W4XJ, spoke to one
    such group.

    RANDY: With the recent late season hurricanes, and early season snow
    storms here in some parts of the United States, everybody's talking
    about the weather these days. For the National Weather Service, one
    of their key resources for determining ground truth reports during
    severe weather is the SKYWARN program, which is strongly supported
    by the amateur radio community.

    While hams have always played a key role in the program since its
    inception in 1965, one group has taken their mission way beyond
    SKYWARN. The Southwest District Skywarn Team Of Western Pennsylvania
    offers general weather classes, training for relay and net control
    stations, SKYWARN reporting procedures, daily rain gauge reporting
    with CoCoRaHS, and other training, along with bi-monthly meetings on
    Zoom. They also have worked at developing relationships with adjacent
    NWS forecast offices to provide better interconnectivity, and
    communications during activations.

    Eddie Misiewicz (Mi-sh-vitz - short e) KB3YRU, President of the group,
    told AR Newsline that they want to provide "all things weather" for
    those who are interested even if they don't have a license. He also
    hopes that their Zoom meetings might also be a gathering place for
    other SKYWARN leaders and volunteers, in order to share information
    and ideas.

    To learn more about the Southwest District SKYWARN team and meeting
    times, you may contact Eddie at KB3YRU@arrl.net.

    This is Randy Sly, W4XJ



    PAUL/ANCHOR: The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu (VAN-Wah-TWO)
    isn't exactly roughing it: there's a power grid, commercial air service,
    homes to rent, and a population of more than 40,000 people. For a group
    of adventurous amateurs with the average age of 70, that makes it a
    great spot for a DXpedition. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us what they've
    got planned.

    KEVIN: Van Herridge, N4VGE, is a born traveler, and though he calls
    South Carolina home, he is always looking for adventure beyond his QTH.
    Now, he and a group of older amateurs will follow that roving spirit to
    Vanuatu in the South Pacific. The group has planned a two-week DXpedition
    in December of 2024, and it will include participation in that year's
    ARRL 10-meter contest.

    The men are bringing all their necessary equipment, and they're also
    bringing their wives, because this DX has hotels, restaurants, beaches,
    and other attractions to make it a family holiday too.

    DXers already know that Vanuatu ranks 100th on the DXCC list of 340
    countries. For this team, however, it ranks number one as a good spot
    to aim for more than 50,000 QSOs using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. They're
    looking for four more radio operators, and inviting them to bring their
    spouses to make it a great team. Van asks that interested DXpeditioners
    contact him at vanherridge@gmail.com. That's herridge, spelled
    h e r r i d g e.

    Meanwhile, the team is also working on developing a website and seeking sponsors.

    This is Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Dec 1 18:54:25 2022

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Young amateur radio operators in North, Central and
    South America are being invited to plan for a memorable time in Canada
    this coming July: Applications are now open for the third Youth on the
    Air camp, which is open to licensed radio amateurs between the ages of
    15 and 25. The camp will be held on the campus of Carleton University in Ontario, Canada from July 16th through to July 21st.

    The application process is free and allocations are being held for
    campers from each of the three Americas to allow for attendance from
    countries throughout IARU Region 2. For the best chances at being
    chosen, prospective campers are being encouraged to apply by January
    15th. The application process will however continue through to May 31st.

    To apply - and to read details about making separate arrangements for transportation - visit YouthOnTheAir dot org (YouthOnTheAir.org)




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The telecommunications regulator in the UK delivered
    some good news to amateurs who enjoy experimenting on the air. Jeremy
    Boot, G4NJH, tells us what they learned.

    JEREMY: Amateurs who hold a Full licence in the UK will be eligible to
    use the frequencies between 146 to 147MHz after receiving a Notice of Variation from Ofcom. In some restricted areas operational limitations
    exist. The notice is available on a temporary basis only and is subject
    to a 30-day notice period that it is being changed or withdrawn.

    By making this part of the spectrum available, Ofcom is hoping to
    encourage experimentation by radio amateurs, allowing them to experiment
    with new technologies such as digital voice and data transmissions
    having moderate bandwidth. Ofcom defines "moderate" as being up to 500
    kHz wide.

    The one-year Notice of Variation was first made to full licensees in
    October 2014. The Radio Society of Great Britain said that it is pleased
    that Ofcom has accepted its latest request to extend the agreement. NoV applications are made via the RSGB website at rsgb dot org slash nov (rsgb.org/nov)

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Museum of Information Explosion in Huntsville,
    Alabama, is getting a modernized amateur radio station that will feature digital technology to complement the more traditional gear being
    showcased in the museum's other exhibits. The station is being
    established with the help of a $16,000 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications and is designed to show how ham radio is surviving by
    changing with the times. The museum is set to open early next year.
    Various local ham radio clubs, including the Radio Club of the Museum of Information Explosion, will serve as docents for visitors and will also
    go on the air from the station.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: An amateur radio operator from Ottawa, Canada has just
    been chosen for the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Dave Parks,
    WB8ODF, tells us about him.

    DAVE: The name of Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, is being added to the roster of
    those who have contributed to amateur radio consistently over the years
    as both an advocate and a participant. First licensed in 1959 as VE2AME,
    Bryan returned to active participation in Canadian amateur radio in 2002
    after years of living overseas. Radio Amateurs of Canada cites his
    consistent work in the preparation for and attendance at the
    International Telecommunications Union's World Radio Conferences in
    2012, 2015 and 2019. The RAC has credited him with being a key member of
    the Canadian delegation at ITU meetings. The Hall of Fame chairman of
    the board Frank Davis VO1HP, writes on the RAC website that Bryan's work
    on the national and international levels involved helping hams gain
    access to frequencies at both 60 meters and 630 meters. Frank
    acknowledges Bryan's successes as well in establishing and maintaining
    a good working relationship with Innovation Science and Economic
    Development Canada, the nation's regulator.

    Congratulations to Bryan.

    This is Dave Parks, WB8ODF.

    (WIA, RAC)
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 9 07:41:08 2022

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Listeners around the world tune in regularly to WWV and
    WWVH, the radio station of the National Institute of Standards and
    Technology, for various voice announcements, including the time. Now
    the US government agency hopes qualified engineers will tune into an
    important job opening it has - for a position based in Hawaii. Jack
    Parker, W8ISH, tells us more.

    JACK: Radio station WWVH, which is part of the National Institute of
    Standards and Technology, is looking to hire an engineer in charge.
    In addition to maintenance of the station on Kauai, Hawaii, the job
    requires regular communication with NIST's Time and Frequency
    division in Boulder, Colorado. The engineer is responsible for the
    four radio transmission systems - on 2.5, 5, 10, and 15 MHz - which
    are required to be on the air 99.7 percent of the time. One or two
    electronic technicians will report to the engineer in charge.

    For more details about the job and whether you qualify, visit the
    link in the text version of this week's Newsline script at

    This is Jack Parker, W8ISH.

    [FOR PRINT ONLY: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/690931100 ]



    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
    Midstate Hams WA9RDF repeater in Greenwood Indiana on Sundays at 7
    p.m. local time.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: In Australia, a new record has been set for a contact
    on the 2200m-band. John Williams, VK4JJW, has those details.

    JOHN: Using barely 1 watt of power, a station south of Perth in
    Western Australia made a record-setting one-way contact into North
    America on the 2200-metre band, which at 136 kHz, is the lowest
    amateur band in Australia. The contact was made on November 21st
    between VK6MJM and received in the United States by Paul, KM5SW, in
    New Mexico. The distance was 16,164 kilometres and the power was 0.8
    watts EIRP. The station was using a five-minute key-down mode known
    as WSJT-X FST4W-300 mode.

    It was a big moment for the Western Australian Low Frequency
    Experimenters Group, or WALFEG, which operates the station. It is
    led by Peter Hall, VK6HP, and is affiliated with the Wireless
    Institute of Australia.

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The world's largest radio telescope is on track to be
    completed by the end of this decade. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has more on
    its progress.

    GRAHAM: Sites in Australia and South Africa have begun construction
    on the Square Kilometre Array Observatory, or SKAO, and astronomers
    are hoping to see the massive observatory's two antenna stations
    finish construction by May 2023, with the first dish commissioned in
    April of 2024 according to a report on the Space.com website.

    When the huge project is completed, it will boast a full 1-square
    kilometer collection area and it will be the world's largest radio
    telescope. Construction began recently on the observatory's mid-
    array in the Karoo desert of South Africa which will scan for
    sources of radio waves from 350 MHz to 15.4 GHz. The low-array is
    also under construction north of Perth in Western Australia. It will
    use 131,072 dipoles seeking signals on frequencies between 50 and
    350 MHz.

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In our previous newscast, we shared the triumph of the amateur-owned company that sent two of its made-in-India CubeSats
    into space aboard an Indian Space Research Organisation rocket. The
    company announced it is ready to join other enterprises in that
    nation in taking the next step. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us what's

    JIM: Not long after the launch of its Thybolt 1 and Thybolt 2
    satellites, Dhruva Space, based in Hyderabad (Hydra-BOD), announced
    it was moving forward to build a facility where it can assemble and
    test satellites as large as 100 kg. Cofounder Abhay Egoor, the
    company's chief technical officer, said Dhruva is already raising
    funds toward that end. Dhruva joins another India-based space
    company, Pixxel, which is building a satellite assembly facility in
    Bengaluru. Pixxel expects that project to be completed during the
    first half of next year. Other companies are gearing up as well: Bangalore-based Bellatrix Aerospace, which is building in Karnataka;
    and Agnikul Cosmos in Madras, which is looking to develop testing
    facilities in Chennai.

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 16 11:03:16 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
    Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the
    ZS0MOT (Zed Ess Zero Em Oh Tee) repeater in Middelburg, South Africa
    on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: In the US, the General Class operators' license test is
    getting a new question pool. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, tells us what's

    STEPHEN: If you are a ham in the United States looking to upgrade to
    General next year, you can expect some changes in the new pool of
    questions that take effect on July 1st of 2023. The 432 questions
    were just released and the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators' Question Pool Committee says they reflect significant
    changes: There are 51 new questions being introduced; 73 were
    removed. The committee believes the questions' level of difficulty
    is more balanced. These questions will be in use through June 30th of

    Examiners can expect to see the new General exam booklets by mid-
    June of 2023. The ARRL advises hams who are using the 9th edition of
    the General Class License Manual or the 6th edition of the league's
    General Class Q&A to take their exam no later than June 30th before
    the changed questions come in.

    This is Stephen Kinford, N8WB.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Two veteran staffers at New Zealand's telecommunications
    agency are leaving at the end of this year. Here's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
    with more about them.

    JIM: Radio Spectrum Management in New Zealand is preparing to say
    goodbye to two members of its radio investigations team who are among
    those with the longest tenure. RSM has announced the retirement of
    Mike Baird and Grant Wheaton who have both been part of the team since
    the early 1970s. RSM said that the pair's efforts have played a big
    role over the years in strengthening processes and technical abilities
    of the investigations group.

    In addition to following up on reports of radio frequency interference,
    RSM manages the radio spectrum in New Zealand, handles licensing rules
    and oversees compliance and enforcement of the Radiocommunications Act
    of 1989. It is part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    (WIA, RSM)



    In the World of DX, be listening for Earl, WA3DX operating from
    Senegal between December 22nd and January 20th, mainly using FT8. He
    will use his home call with a prefix. In Dakar, he will use the
    prefix 6W1; in Mbao, he will use 6W7 and on Kaolack and Saloum
    Islands (IOTA number AF-045), his prefix will be 6W6. Send QSL
    direct to WA3DX or via LoTW.

    A team consisting of S51V, S52OT, S54W, S57DX and others will be on
    the air from Lampedusa Island, IOTA number AF-019 as IG9/S59A from
    January 23rd to the 31st. The operation will focus on the CQWW 160
    metre CW contest during the last full weekend of January. Outside of
    the contest, be listening on all bands and all modes for the prefix
    IG9 (Eye G Nine) before their homecalls.

    Andre, ON7YK is in The Gamba operating as C5YK until February 24th,
    2023. Listen on 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10m, mostly using the digital
    modes. QSL via LoTW and eQSL, or to his home call direct or via the

    Listen for the callsign TN8K from the Republic of Congo, activated
    by the CDXP Group. The team from the Czech Republic expects to
    operate between January 7th and the 19th. The operators will be on
    the HF bands from 160m to 6m using CW, SSB, RTTY , FT8, FT4 and PSK.
    They will also make use of the QO-100 satellite. QSL via OK6DJ, OQRS
    or LOTW.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 23 00:40:37 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WI9HF repeater
    of the Capital City Repeater Association in Madison, Wisconsin, on
    Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.



    JIM/ANCHOR: Like the airwaves themselves, Santa is lighting up the sky in
    all parts of the world. Give and receive the gift of holiday DX with
    these two events. We hear first from John Williams, VK4JJW:

    JOHN: From Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, Parks on the Air India
    and Oscar India are celebrating Christmas by putting Santa on the Air
    through the 31st of December. The call sign AU2SOA, Santa on Air, can be
    heard using SSB and CW on HF, operating a Digital SSTV broadcast and
    looking for QSOs on Echolink. To make contacts on FT 8, be listening on
    20, 15 and 10 meters. See QRZ.com for QSL details. QSOs will be confirmed
    via eQSL.

    On Christmas Day, December 25th, operators will be on various HF bands activating a park and will be spotting AU2SOA operators at www.parksontheair.com.

    Finally, on the last two weekends of December, Parks on the Air India
    will activate AU2SOA on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres transmitting a SSTV broadcast. The photo you download will serve as your QSL card. The SSTV transmission can be decoded via the receiving programs RXSSTV and MMSSTV
    and on Android phones via ROBOT36.

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.




    JIM/ANCHOR: The Radio Club of Pusula, OH9W, and Northern Radio Arcala,
    OH8X, are activating the station they say belongs to the "genuine Santa
    from Northern Finland, next to the North Pole." If you believe in Santa, you'll want to hear this report about Santa Radio from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: Old Father Nine Christmas, OF9X, recently began activity on all amateur radio bands and all modes; CW, SSB and Digital. You can expect
    Santa's work to continue this year until December 31st, at 21:59 UTC. According to the QRZ.com page for OF9X, this year's special theme will
    focus on children in troubled areas of the world and will take the form
    of a puzzle to be solved by letters the operators will be handing out to
    their contacts. See the station's page on QRZ.com for details about how
    to submit the puzzle results for an award. You can also see a list of
    hams who have already contacted Santa and his elves.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: The last story in our Santa roundup features a special correspondent with some news for our youngest listeners. He really needs
    no introduction.

    DON: Hello again boys and girls, it's the most wonderful time of the
    year. It's time for the Santa Watch Net. That's right Santa is going to
    be making his rounds and can you believe it? This is our 12th year in a
    row and the little helpers at the DoDropIn will be keeping an eagle eye
    on the radar. I'll look for you to join us on the Santa Watch Net
    starting at 1800 hours Eastern Time. Well my little elf Dave, N3NTV, will
    be keeping track of old Santa's location. And as always, Santa has a
    radio in his sleigh -- and you know I just love chatting with the good
    boys and girls. So be listening for N1S - that's Number 1 Santa. Gather
    up the little ones and get them checked in because third party traffic is always on the "nice" list. Once again it's the Santa Watch Net, Christmas
    Eve, 1800 hours Eastern on the DoDropIn Echolink conference server node
    number 355800. Merry Christmas and 73 from me, Number 1 Santa, and all my little helpers at the DoDropIn.
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 30 06:10:47 2022

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the W9BCC repeater
    in Wausau, Wisconsin, on Sundays at 9 p.m. during the Rib Mountain
    Repeater Association's Sunday Night Swapnet.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A new program launched by an Ohio DX group honors those
    who inspire others in their pursuit of DX. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, has those details.

    ANDY: Achieving DXCC is an honor - but what about the hams who work so
    hard behind the scenes helping other amateurs achieve that coveted status
    of DXCC award-winner? The Southwest Ohio DX Association has launched a new program that recognizes the hams who help other radio operators achieve
    their first 100 confirmed DX entities. The amateur receiving the
    assistance must be under the age of 30. The DX association has
    specifically designed the award this way to target those who help younger amateurs and ensure they continue to be encouraged and active in the hobby even after receiving their DXCC certificate.

    The intent of targeting this audience helping younger amateurs is to
    attract and retain those operators who are most likely to remain engaged
    in the hobby after achieving DXCC. The DX Mentor Recognition Program has
    the support of the Northern California DX Foundation and the International
    DX Association. Both groups are providing representatives on the judging committee. The award will be presented at Dayton Hamvention in May at the Southwest Ohio DX Association dinner.

    For more information about the DX Mentor Recognition Program or to
    download an application, visit the website in the text version of this
    week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    [DO NOT READ: https://www.swodxa.org/DX-Mentor-Program/ ]

    This is Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    (425 DX NEWS)



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hams in the UK are being asked to contribute their ideas
    for radio's role in marking the King's coronation. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    tells us more.

    JEREMY: Long before there was radio, the UK had its fire beacons,
    torchlight relays that served as warnings of invasions in earlier
    centuries. As the Radio Society of Great Britain makes its plans to help
    mark the coronation of King Charles III and his Queen Consort next May,
    the society hopes to give this ancient tradition a role as well.

    A number of events will be organised for the occasion with an eye toward demonstrating amateur radio to the public. The society's Coronation Lead,
    Alan Messenger, GØTLK, is looking for ideas about what shape the special events will take and most particularly how the fire beacons can be
    included, as a way of honouring tradition. UK hams are being asked If they have suggestions for these events or any other thoughts, to contact Alan
    at special dot projects at rsgb dot org dot uk (special.projects@rsgb.org.uk)

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The marathon is on! Starting January 1st, 2023, if you're
    a DXer, you can be in the running. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, tells us how.

    NEIL: Since it was founded in June 2018 the True Blue DXers Club has acknowledged that, long path or short path, there is no easy path to good DXing. Beyond having good equipment, DXing takes skills and patience. The
    club continues to nurture its appreciation for DXing accomplished via CW
    and SSB. It has announced its latest year-long operating event that begins
    on January 1st. This is their 2023 DX Ultra-Marathon and it is encouraging
    CW and sideband operation in as many DXCC entities and WAZ Zones as
    possible. If you wish to be in the running during the 2023 marathon, you needn't join the club itself but you are required to register. The link
    for registration can be found in this week's text version of our newscast
    at arnewsline.org

    then start making QSOs as early as January 1st, and begin uploading your
    logs on January 15th.

    The club's website notes that like any worthy marathon, this event
    requires operators to push their limits, and make an investment in time
    and in effort.

    This is Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

    [ FOR PRINT ONLY: www.tbdxc.net/marathon ]

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jan 6 06:36:05 2023

    PAUL/ANCHOR: With a new year, comes the change in leadership at the Radio Society of Great Britain. The nomination period continues this month, as
    we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: Although the window has closed for nominations for board director
    of the Radio Society of Great Britain, the nomination period continues
    through to the end of January for other roles, such as regional representative, elected director and president. The current president,
    Stewart Bryant, G3YSX, is completing his two-year term in April. There
    are nine volunteer roles in all that need to be filled. Regional representatives are needed for England South-West and the Channel
    Islands, England North-West, East Midlands, Northern Ireland, South
    Wales. Details can be found on the Society's website at rsgb dot org
    stroke election. (rsgb.org/election).

    The Society will be holding its annual general meeting on April 15th and
    the results of the election will be announced then.

    Only members of the RSGB are able to nominate candidates.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the KV3B repeater
    in Rockville, Maryland, on Sundays after the net at 7:30 p.m. local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo takes place on March
    24th through to the 26th, asking the question: "New Ham radio license,
    now what?" Organizers are looking for speakers who can address this topic
    in particular, whether the new license is at entry level, such as
    Technician class here in the United States, or perhaps at a higher level
    with more privileges.

    Organizer Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, is asking amateurs with expertise in certain
    areas of amateur radio to consider newcomers in particular and to offer presentations at the Expo this spring. There is a link to an online application form and additional details in the text version of this
    week's newscast script at arnewsline.org.

    [DO NOT READ: https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/speakercall.html ]



    PAUL/ANCHOR: A celebrated antenna expert from West Bengal, India, has
    just been granted yet another honor. We hear more about him from Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB.

    GRAHAM: Srikanta Pal, the scientist who was recently granted a patent for
    the world's smallest antenna has been given an honorary life membership
    in the West Bengal Radio Club. Born in West Bengal, he is a research
    professor at Birla Institute of Technology in Kolkata.

    He was presented with the honour on Wednesday, December 28th, by the
    club's secretary, Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, who told Newsline in a
    text message that the professor has taken a keen interest in amateur
    radio antennas. After learning more details about the kind of work the
    club is involved in, he said that, as an honorary life member, he would
    study some useful types of antennas that hams could use for emergency
    response in disasters.

    In 2009, the professor was credited with having helped solve satellite
    signal interference problems at the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope
    at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in West Virginia. Later, he assisted astronomers in solving interference issues at the Jodrell Bank
    Radio Telescope site in the UK.

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jan 12 20:39:29 2023

    DON: Amateur Radio Digital Communications invites everyone to its next community meeting, which is being held on the Zoom platform on Saturday, January 21st. Attendees will meet the new advisory committee members, learn about grants given in 2022 and hear about the recently concluded 44Net Assessment. To attend, you must register. See the link in the text version
    of this week's Newsline script for the registration link.

    [DO NOT READ: www.ampr.org/community-meeting-registration/ ]




    DON/ANCHOR: The popular annual event known as Ham Radio University returned this year as an online event and attracted international attendance. Paul Braun, WD9GCO, has the wrap-up on that.

    PAUL: Saturday, January 7th, was a back-to-school day for more than 1,000 radio amateurs who signed up for a seat in the virtual classrooms of Ham
    Radio University. The day of education and fellowship marked the third time this event has been held online since the first one was held on Long
    Island, New York 23 years ago. The fact that it was held in a virtual space meant it could open its doors to visitors beyond the New York metropolitan area and welcome amateurs from Bulgaria, Germany, Lebanon, Greece, Thailand and Korea as well as many other nations.

    Organizers said that in all, 1,662 hams registered and of those, 1,082 attended the free event, taking advantage of the various forums, which included Software Defined Radios, Parks on the Air, grounding in the ham
    shack and the role of Raspberry Pi Computers in amateur radio.

    Did you miss a forum or perhaps you weren't available to attend at all?
    This year's presentations were recorded and will soon be available for
    viewing on Ham Radio University's YouTube Channel. Meanwhile, the hard work has already begun on next year's event, which organizers hope will be available as a combination of virtual and in-person classes.

    This is Paul Braun, WD9GCO.




    DON/ANCHOR: Parks on the Air administrators have spent the past few days tallying up activator totals for 2022. Matt Heere, N3NWV, is here to share
    the final numbers.

    MATT: Howdy, POTA Folks, I'm Matt, N3NWV, and this is the December 2022 monthly POTA update which is our 2022 year-end wrap-up so instead of
    December statistics let's talk about how 2022 stacked up against 2021. In terms of total activations there were 141,477. That's 195 percent increase over the previous year. Seven thousand one hundred eighty-seven activators participated in these activations, which is 171 percent increase over 2021.

    In total, 14818 parks were activated, a 134 percent increase over 2021.
    These parks are spread out across 72 DXCC entities, a 147 percent increase over 2021.

    And drum roll please; we logged over 6.26 million QSOs in 2022. That's a
    220 percent increase, more than double what we logged in 2021.

    And as you might expect with the maturity of the POTA program a lot of the growth is happening outside of the United States. In IARU Region 1 we had 5,940 activations. That's a 418 percent increase over 2021. Fantastic
    numbers for Region 2 outside of the Continental US as well. Eleven
    thousand six hundred thirty activations represents a 267 percent increase
    over 2021.

    Last, but by no means least, Region 3's 8,780 QSOs represents a 283 percent increase over 2021.




    DON/ANCHOR: Amateur radio operators in the UK have become very involved in planning for the coronation of the next king. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us about one award group that has launched an event that continues right
    through to the end of the year.

    JEREMY: The Coronation of King Charles III in Westminster Abbey in May has inspired the Worked All Britain awards group to create a year-long event honoring the new monarch of the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth realms. The King Charles III Coronation Award is open to any amateur radio operator who is able to log contacts within the various geographical squares inside
    the UK throughout 2023. Hams may operate on all licenced frequencies and modes, to qualify. According to the group's website, the initial
    certificate will be awarded for 10 points. There are endorsements for each
    10 after that. Finally, each multiple of 100 points earns the operator a
    new certificate and a trophy.

    Details about the scoring methods are available on the website at the
    address that appears in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    [DO NOT READ: http://wab.intermip.net/Coronation%20Award.php ]

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jan 19 20:33:32 2023

    JIM/ANCHOR: A massive religious pilgrimage in India has just
    concluded, and as always the safety of the thousands attending was
    assured with the help of amateur radio as we hear from Jim
    Meachen, ZL2BHF.

    JIM: A record number of pilgrims turned out this year for the
    largest religious gathering in India, the Gangasagar Mela, and the
    West Bengal Radio Club was there as always to assist with public
    safety, communications and coordination for individuals who fell
    ill, and needed airlifting from the island to area hospitals. More
    than a dozen people were reported missing at the massive gathering
    and the hams assisted in reuniting them with their families on the
    island. Officials told the Hindu newspaper that they had the
    support of about 42 amateur radio operators.

    The mela began on the 5th of January and ended on the 17th.

    While they were there, the hams were also able to make contacts as
    part of Islands on the Air from the island, which is in the Bay of
    Bengal and has the designation of AS-153. They used the callsign

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    JIM/ANCHOR: In the UK, broadcast radio isn't about to start getting
    rid of its voice programming and replacing it with CW but this month,
    the BBC embraced the mode gladly. Twice, in fact. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    tells us about it.

    JEREMY: The BBC has run programming before that examined Morse Code
    as a form of communication but this month the broadcaster revisited
    the subject with one ham from the United States who is a leading CW
    educator. On the afternoon current affairs programme, PM on BBC Radio
    4, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, cofounder of the Long Island CW Club,
    spoke with presenter Evan Davis about the mode's growing popularity
    in the United States and people's efforts to learn it. The LICW has
    membership around the world availing themselves of the club's free

    Meanwhile, the voice of CW enthusiast Mervyn Foster, G4KLE, can be
    heard on BBC Three Counties Radio. Mervyn, a volunteer at the
    National Radio Centre, appeared on the breakfast programme of Andy
    Collins on the 13th of January. A lifelong fan of CW, Mervyn told
    Andy about its resurgence in the UK and its usefulness even
    outside amateur radio.

    To hear either or both of these interview, visit the links that
    appear in the text version of this week's newscast at

    I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    [Howard interview: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001h638 ]

    [Mervyn interview: https://tinyurl.com/h9ny9dsp ]



    JIM/ANCHOR: Puerto Rico just got another safety net to protect the
    island when disaster strikes, as we hear from Christian Cudnik,

    CHRISTIAN: The global ham radio emergency-response network known
    as Radio Relay International has expanded to provide crisis
    communications in Puerto Rico. RRI announced that the expansion of
    its Digital Traffic Network infrastructure into the island comes
    after a year of working with volunteers there to upgrade emergency preparedness through training courses. The area digital coordinators
    for RRI have also been giving the volunteers one-on-one assistance
    and technical support.

    RRI's Digital Traffic Network is a modified hybrid mesh network
    that uses primarily HF but is also involved in creating VHF and
    UHF gateways for local support. The system has the advantage of
    universal interoperability between voice and CW and digital
    platforms. RRI handles traffic as radiograms in voice, CW and
    digital modes via the Digital Traffic Station function. Message
    traffic can also be routed between Winlink and RRI's own system.

    James Wades, WB8SIW, RRI's emergency management director, credited
    Victor Rivera, WP4QZH, and Emmanuel Cruz, NP4D, for their work in
    Puerto Rico, along with numerous other team members. Puerto Rico
    becomes part of a larger service of RRI's Digital Traffic Network
    connections that also include Asia, Oceania and Europe.

    This is Christian Cudnik, K0STH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Is there a trip to Curaao in the future for a young
    hopeful DX adventurer you may know? If so, you will want to hear
    this report from Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    ANDY: The Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure group is
    returning to Curaao this year, and is inviting young amateurs to
    be part of the operation. The application period has opened. The
    trip will take place between July 13th and 18th with the goal of
    forming a DX team of amateurs between the ages of 12 and 17.

    This year, the timing of the trip has an added bonus: Because this
    year's DX adventure overlaps somewhat with the Youth on the Air
    Camp taking place in Canada in July, the young hams in Curaao can
    expect to have some scheduled contacts with the YOTA campers as
    well. The PJ2T site in Curaao will once again be the QTH for the
    Caribbean activation. According to the Youth DX Adventure website,
    the team is applying to once again use the call sign PJ2Y

    Application forms can be downloaded from the website that appears
    in this week's text version of Newsline.

    This is Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    [DO NOT READ: qsl.net/n6jrl ]

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jan 27 11:11:36 2023

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Are you a satellite enthusiast hoping to go for the big prize with your contacts? There's an opening at AMSAT for a capable volunteer who can help with an important tool for chasers. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, tells us what's involved.

    SEL: AMSAT's Gridmaster Heat Map has served as an invaluable guide to grid- chasers using satellites, for those activating hams who need to be aware of which grids are in greatest need. AMSAT says in a recent weekly service bulletin that the map may be going away unless a replacement manager can be found.

    Paul Overn, KE0PBR, will be stepping down after three years at the helm of
    the project in which he tracked grid rarity based on crowdsourced data from hams who updated him. Paul's Twitter feed, atgridmasterheat
    (@GridMasterHeat) displays a color-coded map of grid rarities ranging from green - the most common - to red, for rare.

    The map plays an especially important role in the pursuit of AMSAT's prestigious GridMaster Award. This honor is conferred on any amateur around the world who works all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States via satellite and has those contacts confirmed in writing.

    AMSAT is looking for a volunteer to assume Paul's post. The candidate should be capable of collecting crowdsourced data and transferring it to a spreadsheet or some other format and providing updates every week to
    satellite users.

    For details visit www.amsat.org

    This is Sel Embee, KB3TZD.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A beloved museum for fans of antique radio and gear is finally reopening its doors in Dublin. We have more details from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: The doors are reopening at Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum, a vintage collection of radios and radio-related items housed in a Martello Tower near Dublin, Ireland. On the weekend of January 14th, the first visitors were
    able to step inside after the museum had been closed for two months for renovation work. Though the initial opening provided some limited access
    while the remainder of the work was completed, full access was expected to
    be available after January 21st.

    The well-loved museum was opened by Pat Herbert in 2003 and the radio aficionado brought much of his collection to its displays. The museum continues to have the support of his family and friends following Pat's
    death in 2020 at the age of 83

    The museum is the home of amateur radio station EI0MAR, which is operated by the Howth Martello Radio Group. There is more history to this museum than
    just the collection it holds: In the mid-19th century, the tower itself
    housed the first telegraphy station connecting Great Britain and Ireland.
    Lee de Forest, the pioneering radio scientist from the US, visited the tower in 1903 to conduct experiments in wireless telegraphy.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    In the world of DX, there's good news for Bouvet Island Dxpedition 3Y0J
    (Three Why Zero Jay) watchers: Despite earlier reports to the contrary, team members are operating /mm from the ship as they make their way to the
    island. Be listening for them using their home calls plus /mm using CW and SSB. Team co-leader Ken LA7GIA said the group has a dipole with capability
    of 17m and 20m.

    Juan, LU8DBS, is on the air in his spare time as LU1ZV at Esperanza Base, Antarctica, IOTA number AN-016. Listen for him on 40, 20 and 10 metres where he is using SSB through to the end of January. In February, he will be
    adding CW and digital modes. Send QSLs direct to LU4DXU.

    Be listening for Robson, PY6TV, who will be using CW and SSB with the
    callsign PT6D from Ilha da Mare, IOTA Number SA-023 from the 2nd to the 5th
    of February. QSL direct to his home call and see his QRZ.com page for PayPal details. Robson will upload his log to Club Log.

    Adam, VK2YK, Chris, VK5FR, Ivan, VK5HS, and a team of other VK hams, will be using the callsign VK5TIL from Troubridge Island, IOTA number OC-139, on the 7th, 8th and 9th of February. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on various bands. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS, LoTW and eQSL.

    Be listening for John, W5JON, who will be on the air as V47JA from St.
    Kitts, IOTA number NA-104, from the 31st of January to the 15th of February. He will be using SSB and FT8 on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL via LoTW, or direct to W5JON.

    (425 DX Bulletin)
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Feb 3 02:13:07 2023

    PAUL/ANCHOR: Two years after its launch as a free resource for Irish
    amateurs, an online magazine is still going strong. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
    tells us about it.

    JEREMY: The only free monthly amateur radio e-magazine in Ireland is
    preparing to mark its second year of publication. The Connacht Regional
    News Magazine is seen as the voice of ham radio experimenters, innovators
    and homebrew-builders. It has gained a following in Europe, the United
    States and a number of Pacific nations. The latest edition features a worldwide news roundup as well as articles about various antennas, the 5
    MHz band and awards from the National Radio Society of Ireland.

    A number of clubs have also written updates on their activities, from fundraising walks to annual general meetings.

    The editor, Steve Wright, EI5DD, told Newsline that the goal from the
    start has been to promote radio activities by various clubs and societies
    from both sides of the border in Ireland. The independent publication
    also reports on the Irish Radio Transmitter Society and the NRSI, the two national societies in Ireland.

    Steve told Newsline that the magazine is distributed free and is easy to access from the QRZ.com page of EIØCL or EI5DD. It also appears on the
    Galway VHF Group Blog and on the magazine's own Facebook page.

    Best of all, over the last two years, the magazine has grown from a six-
    page publication in its earliest days to a full 30-page offering.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Get ready for a special symposium that focuses on the needs
    of amateurs in maritime Canada. Andy Morrison, K9AWM, helps us take a
    look at what's in store.

    ANDY: Planning is getting underway for organizers of this year's
    Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Technology, which is being hosted by
    the WestCumb Amateur Radio Club in Nova Scotia on May 6th. Ham clubs throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and elsewhere
    play an active role in this annual event, which features a series of one-
    hour classes throughout the day and a variety of social gatherings.

    This is the sixth annual event and its focus is on the technical and procedural aspects of ham radio as it relates to operating in the
    maritime region. John VE1CWJ, will present a class on amateur radio use
    of satellites; Gordon, VE9GC, will discuss remote station operation; and Bill, VE1YY, Glenn, VE9GJ, and Jason, VE1PYE, will talk about making successful contacts on the 630m band. There will also be classes on the
    use of the WINLINK radio messaging system and WSPR, or Weak Signal
    Propagation Reporter.

    Additional details about the event, known as SMART23, can be found on the website that appears in this week's text version of the newscast at arnewsline.org

    [FOR PRINT ONLY, DO NOT READ: westcumb.ca/smart23 ]

    This is Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: If you want to work a DXpedition that isn't quite so remote
    as Bouvet Island, this story from John Williams, VK4JJW, might interest

    JOHN: DX chasers who have their calendars marked for the Vanuatu
    DXpedition in December 2024 need to turn their calendar pages back by two months. The eight-member team has announced they will instead be heading
    to the South Pacific island for their two-week activation in October of
    2024. The operators are hoping to capitalize on the springtime
    propagation in the Southern Hemisphere and plan to participate in the CQ
    WW DX Phone Contest.

    The activation site will be on the island of Efate, which is the most populated in the nation's archipelago. Efate boasts a robust tourism
    industry. Spouses and partners will be accompanying the team members,
    whose average age is 70. The operators have said they expect to log more
    than 40,000 QSOs.

    Vanuatu is 1,500 miles from Sydney, Australia and 3,000 miles from
    Honolulu, Hawaii.

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Feb 9 19:35:51 2023

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hams in South Africa who activate summits throughout that country are planning to celebration 20 years of those activations. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, tells us what they have in mind.

    JIM: Activators of Summits On the Air in South Africa are marking 20 years
    in the programme by urging all participants to either hunt or activate a summit on the 18th of February. Activators will be posting their proposed times on the WhatsApp group and Facebook page of ZS-SOTA. South Africa
    became part of SOTA on January 1st, 2003 when the first two summits were activated by Andrew Roos, then using the callsign ZS1AN. On that day,
    Andrew, now callsign ZS5U, operated CW from Lion's Head, SOTA number ZS/WC-058, and MacLear's Beacon, SOTA number ZS/WC-043.

    All hams who participate in the 20th anniversary activity will receive a commemorative certificate.

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Young amateurs hoping to spend part of their summer in
    Hungary at YOTA camp have until the end of the month to apply, as we hear
    from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: Young amateurs who live in IARU Region 1 have until the 28trh of February to apply for Youth on the Air summer camp. The camp will take
    place from the 5th to the 12th of August in northwest Hungary, near the
    border with Austria and Slovakia. Organisers are advising prospective
    campers to get in touch with their local IARU youth coordinator to learn
    how to apply. There are spots open for 100 campers. Guest teams will be
    able to attend from Regions 2 and 3. One of the main goals of the camp is
    to train young amateurs to arrange for youth activities in their home countries and get other young people interested in amateur radio.

    This year is the 11th edition of the camp and it is being operated with the help of the Hungarian Amateur Radio Society, MRASZ. The IARU Youth Working Group works closely with youth coordinators to arrange for the camp to be held. Previous years' camps have been hosted by Bulgaria, Croatia and South Africa.

    Anyone who has questions may write to the organisers at youth at iaru
    hyphen r1 dot org. (youth@iaru-r1.org).

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hams in India who specialize in helping lost family members get back home recently assisted with just such a reunion. Here's Graham
    Kemp, VK4BB, with that report.

    GRAHAM: In India, a man with hearing and speech impairments and a history
    of wandering from home when under stress was reunited with his family with
    the help of amateur radio operators. The involvement of amateur radio operators from Kolkata ended a long search by the family of the 58-year-old man, who turned up at the religious pilgrimage known as the Gangasagar Mela last month. The mela was held about 100 km south of Kolkata, which is headquarters to the West Bengal Radio Club whose hams assist every year to ensure safety and communications at the pilgrimage. The hams noticed the
    man was in distress but because of his challenges, they could not
    communicate successfully with him.

    According to local media, he turned out to be from Khammam in the Indian
    state of Telangana. Members of the club receive special training in helping communicate with individuals who may be unable to speak or in cases where there is a language barrier. The club's secretary, Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, said that the man's responses to certain photographs helped them determine the region where he resides. By late January, the mystery was solved. The man, who had been moved to living quarters at a local mission,
    was successfully identified and his family was contacted by the police. Ambarish Nag Biswas was able to then communicate with the man with the help
    of Ram Mohan Suri, VU2MYH, director of the National Institute of Amateur Radio, who can speak the man's language, Telugu. Arrangements were made for his son to retrieve him and return him home.

    Dibas Mondal, VU3ZII, assisted in his transfer back to his family with the help of the police.

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Feb 17 14:00:46 2023

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the AH6LE repeater
    in Beavercreek and Wilsonville Oregon on Sundays at 6 p.m. local time.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: If the evolution of radio gear interests you - and if you
    own and operate some of the earliest rigs - you might want to plan for a
    big operating event next month. Kevin Trotman, N5PRE, tells us what's involved.

    KEVIN: Age matters. It's even worth points if you're a ham taking part in
    the John Rollins Memorial CW/AM DX event in March. The event is organized
    by the Antique Wireless Association and you don't have to be a member to participate. If you are using a transmitter and receiver manufactured
    before 1970, you can score big points. Likewise, any homebrew gear using
    tubes that were available before 1970 is also in the running.

    The activity takes place on 80, 40, and 20 meters, on Wednesday, March
    1st, and Thursday, March 2nd, and again on Saturday, March 4th, and
    Sunday, March 5th. Power is limited to 100 watts for CW and 100 watts
    carrier level for AM.

    For details on scoring, visit the association website at the link
    provided in the text version of this week's newscast script at

    The event is named for association member John Rollins, W1FPZ, who was a well-known home-brewer of radio equipment. John became a Silent Key in
    March of 2008.

    This is Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.





    PAUL/ANCHOR: The FCC has made room for 16 new broadcast stations on FM
    and expects there will be competition for the spots on the spectrum.
    Here's that report from Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    KENT: There could be a handful of new FM radio stations on the air in
    small rural communities from Minnesota and Missouri to Texas and Vermont:
    the FCC has opened up 16 FM allotments in areas eligible for a new
    service. The FM table is updated by the FCC after its staff engineers determine that the vacant allotments comply with the agency's minimum
    distance separation requirements and city-grade coverage requirements.

    The areas that are eligible for a new FM service include Grand Portage, Minnesota; Bunker, Missouri; Junction and Sonora in Texas; and Barton, Vermont.

    The FCC says all new FM commercial allotments are subject to an auction process, and competing applications may be filed once the commission
    decides it is ready to accept applications.

    When competing applications are filed, an auction may need to occur
    before the allotments are decided.

    This is Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: A major world radio event, postponed from last year,
    suddenly got more real with the start of hotel bookings. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us about it.

    JOHN: Competitors and referees received the earliest access to hotel
    bookings for the World Radiosport Team Championship which is to be held
    this July in Bologna, Italy. The online booking system opened on February
    1st. The next round of reservations began on February 7th for visitors
    and others. According to details on the WRTC Reflector message list
    hotels throughout the surrounding area will be providing support for competitors, referees, judges, sponsors and the contest committee.

    To see details about the WRTC and who its competitors are, visit wrtc2022
    dot it (wrtc2022.it)

    The World Radiosport Team Championship is held every four years in a
    different host country. This year's event is a postponement from last
    year when health concerns during the pandemic caused it to be called off. Two-member teams whose members have qualified for the event will arrive
    from every continent to compete in this 24-hour nonstop competition,
    which is often referred to as the Olympics of amateur radio.

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.

    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Mar 23 22:03:07 2023

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K2JJI repeater
    of the Tryon Amateur Radio Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary
    this year, in upstate New York. Newsline is heard Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
    before the ARES/RACES net, and on Echolink node 845553, with a live audio
    feed on Broadcastify under K2JJI.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: The Northern Illinois DX Association hosted the first presentation by a Three Y Zero Jay team member on what it was like to
    live on, and activate Bouvet Island. DXpeditioner Adrian, KO8SCA,
    provided a one-hour talk, complete with dramatic photographs, on the
    Zoom platform earlier this month. He described the team's 10-day effort
    to maintain a delicate balance of food and fuel supplies as they
    scheduled precious time to operate on the air - at first using CW and
    SSB and later FT8. They also kept an eye on storm systems. As Adrian
    told his viewers [quote] "Mother Nature is never doing things in your
    favor." [endquote] The DXpedition left the island on February 14th,
    after making more than 19,000 QSOs.

    Whether you worked Bouvet Island or not, you can still view Adrian's talk
    which is now available to everyone on YouTube on the Northern Illinois DX Association channel. You can also find a link to it through the Northern Illinois DX Association website at nidxa dot org (nidxa.org).




    NEIL/ANCHOR: A very young amateur in Australia has completed a summit activation that he's likely never to forget. Graham Kemp, VK4BB, shares
    his victory with us.

    GRAHAM: First-time summit activator Emile, VK5WWW, has now earned one
    point in the SOTA awards scheme for each year of his life: The 10-year-old Australian amateur successfully activated Mount Wellington in Tasmania
    with an HT, and a lot of hope on Tuesday, March 21st, shortly before 9:30
    am local time.

    The summit is 1,270-metres, or 4,167 feet, high.

    Operating at VK5WWW/7, he logged six contacts in the Hobart area on 2m. One-half hour later, it was a done deal. Emile's first solo act was a

    His proud father, John, VK5HAA, who is also an activator, reported his
    son's SOTA success on the Australian SOTA activators' groups.io email

    Congratulations on reaching new heights, Emile. Good on ya!

    This is Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




    In the World of DX, the Sable Island DXpedition CY0S is under way in Nova Scotia, Canada until the 30th of March and will include 2M EME operation. Operators will also use the HF bands plus 6 metres. Modes will include CW,
    SSB and FT8 in fox-hound mode. Contacts also count for Parks on the Air,
    for Park VE-0210, the ARLHS Lighthouse Award, for Lighthouse SAB-002, and
    IOTA for Island Number NA-063. QSL via WA4DAN.

    Listen for Miguel, CT1EBM, who is using the callsign CN2EBM from the 26th
    of March to the 9th of April during a 5,000-kilometre tour through Morocco.
    He is using SSB and FT8 on the HF bands. He will be operating via the
    QO-100 satellite on SSB. For details, see QRZ.com.

    Philippe FK4QX, Yves FK4RD and Michel FK8IK are using the callsign TX5L
    from Lifou Island, IOTA Number OC-033, in New Caledonia from the 27th
    through to the 31st of March. They are operating CW and SSB on 40-10 metres, QSL via F4FTV.

    Pista, HA5AO, will be on the air as 5X2I, on the shores of Lake Victoria
    in Uganda from the 24th of April to the 10th of May. He will operate CW,
    SSB, and FT8, in fox/hound mode on 40-10 metres. QSL request to OQRS, or
    send your card direct or via the bureau to HA5AO. The complete log will
    be uploaded to LoTW six months after the expedition.

    Be listening for Janusz, SP9FIH, who is operating as E51WEG and for Leszek, SP6CIK, operating as E51CIK from Rarotonga, IOTA number OC-013, in the
    South Cook Islands. They will be there from the 13th to the 28th of April, operating CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 on 40-10 metres. QSL via Club Log's OQRS.

    (425 DX BULLETIN)
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Apr 14 12:45:49 2023

    PAUL: Special events are becoming more and more popular in our hobby.
    Often they’re organized by a club or group that is tied to a specific
    event or place. But in the case of one ham, James Gallo, KB2FMH, he
    simply found a cause that was important and created a global event to celebrate it.

    GALLO: I do a lot of special events, because I find them interesting. So
    we found Autism Awareness and I thought, "That's an interesting subject.
    A lot of people in our hobby have a position somewhere on the autistic spectrum in some way or another, and I know that from talking to people
    over the years. So we decided to make a special event for that."

    PAUL: Gallo started to plan the event, and then his girlfriend came up
    with a great idea:

    GALLO: "And then as I'm putting it together, my girlfriend, who's my muse
    in radio business, said, ''Why don't you invite other operators - you'll
    get a bunch of operators from around the country.'' And then I thought,
    "Well, it's considered 'World Autism Awareness Day', so let me reach out
    to a few friends globally that I've met over the years, and see if
    they're interested." And it started to grow.

    PAUL: And grow it did. The event was a big success, and drew in a large
    number of participants:

    GALLO: "I think we had 80-something volunteers across 26 states and 24 countries."

    PAUL: Gallo is planning on running the event again next year, so keep an
    eye out for an announcement if you wish to participate or even just
    chase. It's all for a good cause.

    This is Paul Braun, WD9GCO.



    DON/ANCHOR: The Radio Society of Great Britain is looking to hire a new technical editor, as we hear from Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

    JEREMY: RadCom, the magazine of the Radio Society of Great Britain, is
    saying goodbye to Matthew Smith, M0VWS, who is leaving his role as
    technical editor. The team is looking for a new technical editor with a
    strong background in electronics and the technical side of amateur radio.
    The ideal candidate should also be capable of writing and editing
    articles and working with authors from whom articles have been
    commissioned. The technical editor will also read and edit copy from contributors and columnists and assist volunteers with the RSGB Technical Forum. This is a salaried staff position.

    For a full description of other responsibilities visit rsgb.org/careers.

    Although there is an opportunity to occasionally work from home, the
    technical editor will be based at RSGB's headquarters which is near
    Bedford. For queries or to submit a CV, contact the managing editor
    Edward O'Neill at edward.oneill@rsgb.org.uk.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: A scientist and radio amateur in Howard County, Maryland, has
    been recognized for his many hours of helping others prepare for
    disaster. Sel Embee, KB3TZD, tells us more about him.

    SEL: Congratulations to Dan Wilt, WB6FLL, who has been named Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year from officials in Howard County,
    Maryland. Dan leads the Howard County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency
    Service and is a member of the Columbia Amateur Radio Association.

    Dan is a device physicist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
    in Laurel, Maryland. According to a press release on the webpage of Johns Hopkins lab, Wilt spent more than 150 volunteer hours supporting RACES
    events and activities last year at public service events and during
    snowstorms and hurricanes. He has also assisted RACES in the creation of guides to help fellow operators during emergencies so communication can
    become easier for first responders. As a member of the Columbia Amateur
    Radio Association, K3CUJ, he has coordinated exercises to help prepare
    his fellow club members for future incidents.

    During the awards ceremony, Mike Hinson, director of the county's Office
    of Emergency Management, praised Dan for [quote] "a willingness to help
    others learn and a desire to serve whenever and however possible."

    This is Sel Embee, KB3TZD.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Apr 21 08:34:35 2023

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the N0LAR repeater,
    of the Lamar Area Amateur Radio Club in southeast Colorado, or on FM radio station KRHJ on 88.3 MHz on Fridays at 5 p.m.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams in Hungary's national ham radio society want to hear
    from you. Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, tells us why.

    JEREMY: Hams around the world are being invited to provide their views
    and share their experiences about amateur radio through an online survey
    from the Hungarian Amateur Radio Society. The short survey asks questions about your personal preferences and radio history but also wants to know
    what your priorities are -- whether it is your operating preferences,
    your expectations from membership in a national society or the roles you
    think a local club should have. There are also questions about whether
    you know very many active younger operators. The society is interested in having the survey responses in time for the Youngsters on the Air Region
    1 camp which it is hosting from the 5th to the 12th of August in Hungary.
    The group would also like to present the survey results at the IARU
    general conference in November.

    A link to the survey appears in the text version of this week's Newsline script at arnewsline.org

    [DO NOT READ: https://mrasz.org/state-of-hamradio ]

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.


    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams in the US may notice when they take the survey that the question about license class does not include the option to select the
    level of FCC license. The creators of the survey recommend that US hams
    use HAREC for Extra, NOVICE for General and other classes and ENTRY for Technician.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: One of the biggest ham radio weekends in the United States
    is about to get a little bigger. Here's Jack Parker, W8ISH, with that

    JACK: If Hamvention doesn't give you a big enough dose of amateur radio
    when you're in Xenia next month, take a side trip to the National Voice
    of America Museum of Broadcasting in nearby West Chester, Ohio. The
    museum expands their hours for visitors during Hamvention and features
    new exhibits including a dedicated room for shortwave equipment and
    amateur radio. Other exhibits include a complete collection of R.L. Drake
    Ham Radio equipment that was originally in the lobby of the R.L. Drake
    Corp. in Miamisburg, Ohio.

    The on-site WC8VOA ham shack has new, updated equipment and yes, the
    station will be on the air for guest operators. The museum's expanded
    hours are Thursday May 18th and Friday May 19th from 1 to 9 p.m.;
    Saturday May 20th from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 21st from noon to 5
    p.m. so that you can plan on a weekend of total radio immersion.

    You can find more details on the museum website at voamuseum.org

    This is Jack Parker, W8ISH.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams who are fans of Gridtracker will be happy to learn
    they're not alone: Its development team just won a major award. Here's
    Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, with the details.

    RALPH: Congratulations to Stephen Loomis, N0TTL, and the team that
    produced Gridtracker.org, for becoming recipients of the fourth annual
    Amateur Radio Software Award. This international honor recognizes free,
    open projects developed in the spirit of sharing to enhance amateur radio operations everywhere. According to the award website, Gridtracker was
    chosen for its ability to focus on visualizing radio traffic on FT8 and
    other modes, simplifying the process of tracking contacts, especially in contests.

    In the same spirit of sharing that helped create Gridtracker, Stephen,
    who lives in Oregon, has asked the awards committee to provide a $300
    grant to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon. The nonprofit advocacy, resource and educational organization works to help those who
    have mental illness and assists their families.

    This is Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: One member of the team is back home from the recent Bouvet
    Island 3Y0J DXpedition but not for long. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us
    what he's got planned next.

    JOHN: Cezar, VE3LYC, is getting ready to put one of the Fiji islands back
    on the air after too many years of things being quiet there. Yanuca
    Island, IOTA Number OC-189, was activated first in 1993 and again in 2007
    - but there's been no radio operation there since then. Cezar will be on
    the air May 1st through the 5th using the callsign 3D2LYC. DX World.net reports that his goal is to log 4,000 QSOs with 2,500 unique stations on
    six continents. He will be on most of the HF bands and will operate both
    CW and SSB.

    While not as harsh an environment as the one found on remote Bouvet
    Island, Yanuca does not have any visitor accommodation. Cezar said he has
    been able to locate a generator and gas as well as food and water to use during his stay.

    This is John Willliams, VK4JJW.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Apr 27 22:08:36 2023

    PAUL/ANCHOR: A devoted group of satellite enthusiasts in Houston, Texas,
    has something to celebrate. Their weekly 2-meter net, has surpassed the
    1500 mark. Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, tells us more about the group.

    NEIL: On the Houston AMSAT Net, talk usually centers around satellites
    and balloons but soon migrates to other topics. It's a long-running conversation that dates back to before the 1990s. In recent years the net
    has gained even more participants by being carried on Echolink on the
    AMSAT Conference Node. It is also available as a livestream while the net
    is in progress at amsatnet.com. There is also a link to nets recorded
    during the previous four weeks. You have even more ways to listen than
    that: the net is available as a podcast on popular services such as Apple Podcast and on 1860 kHz AM.

    The AMSAT News Service recently recognized the group for having held its 1,506th net. Keep the conversation going!

    This is Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: Sometimes, the only thing that comes close to being on the
    air is ... reading about being on the air. Here's one of our occasional
    book reviews -- it's from Randy Sly, W4XJ, and it's all about CW.

    RANDY: Whatever your level of CW proficiency, Chris Rutkowski, NW6V has something for you. Chris recently released a great book about Morse Code called "The CW Way of Life." He provides 232 pages full of meaningful and entertaining content that is well written. With each page, all I could
    think about was that familiar phrase, "and there's more!"

    Chris first takes us through the basics of CW and operating with a
    straight key...and there’s more! He talks about how we approach process
    and understand Morse Code. Do you want to explore a unique approach to strengthening your copy skills, try his chapter on Code Talking...and
    there's more! He gives us a special way to notate code, some drills, and
    a whole section on Morse Code lingo, including standard exchanges,
    protocols, and operating etiquette...and still there's more! Finally, he
    leads us through advanced key training, looking at bugs, paddles and the

    Available through Amazon, this is a great book for hams or non-hams
    interested in the original digital. I give it a 5 9 9.

    This is Randy Sly, W4XJ.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: This year's World Amateur Radio Day celebrated the 98th anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union,
    using the theme Human Security for all. Around the world, hams in every nation marked the day in their own way. John Williams, VK4JJW, tells us

    JOHN: For hams in South Africa, World Amateur Radio Day - officially the
    18th of April - turned into a month-long celebration. Amateurs in the
    South African Radio League activated the special event callsign ZS9WARD
    from the first day of April and will continue to do so until the last. In Canada, the theme was "Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day" and
    Radio Amateurs of Canada's official stations operated from one coast to
    the other with numerous callsigns such as VA2RAC, VE4RAC, VO1RAC, and

    The IARU webpage acknowledged the participation of stations around the
    world on the big day itself. Hams in Denmark used the callsign 5PØWARD,
    in the United States the calls were NU1AW, W1W, W4A, K4A, and N4A, Belgium
    had OT23WARD and Slovenia had S50ARD.

    In India, the celebration took on an added level of meaning as one ham,
    Hari, VU3UCR, announced that on World Amateur Radio Day he accomplished
    the first-time activation of Bandipur National Park in Karnataka for
    Parks on the Air India. He announced on Facebook this also makes him the
    third person in India to activate a national park in POTA, an awards
    scheme that is still new and growing in popularity in that nation.

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: There is only a month left to nominate your choice for
    Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year award. Candidates must reside in the continental United States and be a licensed
    ham 18 years of age or younger. We are looking for someone who has
    talent, promise and a commitment to the spirit of ham radio. Find
    application forms on our website arnewsline.org under the "YHOTY" tab. Nominations close on May 31st.
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 4 18:06:05 2023

    JIM/ANCHOR: In Australia and in the UK, hams will be milling about -
    literally - for this outdoor special event. We learn the details from John Williams, VK4JJW.

    JOHN: There's more to mills than wheat, corn or flour. Some mills can
    produce QSOs. Well, at least that's going to be the case in Australia
    during the Mills on the Air radio event being held in conjunction with the Mills on the Air taking place at the same time in the UK. That would be
    the 13th and 14th of May. Hams are on the air activating the mills and
    also hoping to score points at the same time for SOTA, POTA and World Wide Flora and Fauna. The Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club is proud
    to be the first to get things started in 2017 with the activation of
    Andersons Mill in Smeaton, Victoria - but now mill activation are grinding along quite nicely throughout Australia.

    They will be joining more than 300 windmills and watermills being
    activated throughout the UK to celebrate its industrial heritage. If you
    wish to receive a certificate from the Denby Dale Amateur Radio Society,
    which organises the event in the UK, be sure to register there at the link
    in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    [DO NOT READ: www.ddars.net/register.html ]

    This is John Williams, VK4JJW.




    JIM/ANCHOR: A space-based cellular phone network that relies on satellites instead of towers may not be so far off as you think. Kent Peterson,
    KC0DGY, has that story.

    KENT: Imagine being able to have a cellphone signal delivered directly to
    your mobile device from space instead of from a cell tower. Two smartphone users reported recently that they had just that experience. A call between
    a phone user in Texas, and another in Japan was reportedly routed through
    a low Earth orbit satellite manufactured by AST SpaceMobile. These were standard, unmodified smartphones: a Samsung Galaxy S22 in Texas and an
    iPhone in Japan. The BlueWalker3 satellite that made the call possible is powerful enough to pick up cellphone signals from over 1,000 miles away
    thanks to an array of 100,000 individual antenna elements on board.

    Smartphones and satellites typically do not share the same part of the spectrum for direct communication, leaving phones to rely on local cell
    towers instead. According to an article in The Verge, AST SpaceMobile was
    able to adapt its network architecture so it was similar to 3rd Generation Partnership Project, or 3GPP, standard that cell networks use.

    Some smartphones are already capable of message-based satellite routing solutions in emergencies but a full-service call with a voice connection
    like this is said to be breaking new ground. The article said there will
    be further testing.

    This is Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Hams in the UK are marking the 80th anniversary of the famous World War II "Dam Busters Raid," and Jeremy Boot ,G4NJH, tells us what's involved.

    JEREMY: The Royal Air Force sent a squadron of bombers into the night to complete a mission known as Operation Chastise, but better known as the
    Dam Busters Raid. Its targets, in the heart of industrial Nazi Germany’s Ruhr Valley, were three dams for destruction, but which were heavily
    protected from any underwater or air assault.

    The successful mission, which set off on the 16th of May in 1943, is being commemorated from the 14th to 16th of May this year by the Stockport Radio Society with the callsign GB0DBA.

    Stockport is an industrial town in Greater Manchester, a region with
    strong ties to the mission that employed the now-famous "bouncing bombs."
    The planes, modified to carry the bombs, were manufactured at Chadderton
    and assembled at Woodford. The aircrew trained over the Derwent Reservoir.

    Manchester University has a building dedicated to Barnes Wallis, the
    creator of the bouncing bomb -- and to Wing Commander Guy Gibson, who was later proposed as a candidate for the UK Parliament.

    Listen on the HF bands, with a focus on 20 and 40 metres, for operators
    using SSB, CW and RTTY. There will also be radio activity on VHF using FM, C4FM and FT8 on 2 metres, and SSB and CW using the QO-100 satellite.

    Please visit the QRZ.com page of GB0DBA for QSL details.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri May 12 00:02:13 2023

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K3PSG repeater
    in Butler, Pennsylvania, at 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The numbers just keep growing into the tens of thousands
    in the Internet Archive's Digital Library of Amateur Radio And
    Communications. Jack Parker, W8ISH, gives us those details.

    JACK: It's a virtual bookshelf of radio that seems to go on into infinity:
    The addition of new documents from the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club in
    Alaska, the Worldwide TV-FM DX Association, the Irish Radio Transmitters Society and the Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association in Colorado has
    expanded a digital collection of shortwave and amateur radio history to
    more than 75,000 items. This is the work-in-progress known as the DLARC
    Radio Library. The library also contains more than two dozen episodes of
    the RAIN Report that were believed to have been lost. Yes, you will also
    find archived newscasts from Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Program manager of special collections Kay Savetz, K6KJN, said the most
    recent additions include recorded presentations and talks, including those from the MicroHams Digital Conference and the Radio Amateur Training
    Planning and Activities Committee, known as RATPAC. The library is
    especially pleased to have added episodes of International Radio Report
    dating back 23 years. The collection also features Continent of Media,
    which focuses on the range of media throughout the American Continent.

    Many amateur clubs' newsletters which were never posted online before are
    now available and are full text-searchable and available for download. The library, which was created with a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications, is always looking for new material to add to the
    collection. See the link in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

    This is Jack Parker, W8ISH.


    [DO NOT READ: https://archive.org/details/dlarc ]



    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Ohio's new amateur radio museum. It's
    the Waller-McMunn Museum in Cambridge that has opened to visitors in a restored radio station building after years of work by volunteers
    assembling the collection of ham radio gear and related items. The museum
    is the pride of the Cambridge Amateur Radio Association, W8VP. The name of
    the museum honors Homer McMunn who built the first radio receiver in
    Cambridge in 1912; it also pays tribute to his brother-in-law, Roy Waller
    who is credited with being the first to copy signals from a US Navy
    station operating in Arlington, Virginia that year. The two men were known
    as experimenters who built receivers and transmitters and operated a
    wireless station in town. Their enthusiasm eventually led to the creation
    of the Wireless Association of Cambridge.




    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Researchers in the United States have created thinner,
    denser computer chips with big possibilities. We learn more from Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    KENT: Denser and more powerful computer chips may soon be possible thanks
    to findings in a laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Researchers there have developed a means of working with 2D materials so slender that they are no more than three atoms thick. By layering them
    atop a fully fabricated silicon chip, they are able to create a denser integration.

    According to the MIT news website, this low-temperature growth and
    fabrication technology does not result in damage to the chip. Damage was a major concern during previous attempts to achieve this integration atop a silicon CMOS wafer because the process customarily requires temperatures
    of 600 degrees Celsius. Temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius could cause
    the transisitors and circuits to break down.

    The news website also reported that this technology reduces the growth and integration process on an 8-inch wafer from more than a day to less than
    an hour. A shortened growth time is seen by researchers as particularly attractive for industrial fabrications because of its efficiency.

    Researchers also said they want to explore use of this process for such flexible surfaces as textiles, polymers or papers, raising the prospect of integrating semiconductors into clothing, paper notebooks and other
    everyday items.

    This is Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 18 19:02:00 2023

    DON/ANCHOR: If you're active in AMSAT, and know someone who shows promise
    in the organization's leadership, consider nominating them for a spot on
    the board of directors. Four incumbent seats will soon expire and voting
    will be held in the third quarter of this year. Terms are for two years.

    As many as two alternate directors may be chosen to serve one-year terms.

    For nominations to be considered, they must be in writing and should be submitted by either one member society or five individual members who are
    in good standing. The nominee's name, callsign and contact information
    should be provided along with the same information for those individuals submitting the candidate. Email nominations are acceptable when sent to jdavis@amsat.org - otherwise postal mail may be used. Send to Jeff Davis, KE9VPO, Post Office Box 11, Yorktown, Indiana 47396.

    The nomination deadline is the end of the day on June 15th. The four incumbents leaving behind vacancies are Jerry Buxton, N0JY (En Zero Jay
    Why), Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO, Robert Bankston, KE4AL, and Zach
    Metzinger, N0ZGO (En Zero Zed Gee Oh).




    DON/ANCHOR: If you're still feeling festive after the coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla, Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, offers some ways to keep celebrating.

    JEREMY: Coronation weekend has come and gone in the UK, but the Radio
    Society of Great Britain believes in keeping a good moment alive. Special event callsigns are still on the air through to the end of June.
    Individual radio amateurs and clubs are eligible to use the GB23C
    callsign which was used first by the Cray Valley Radio Society which
    activated it in Greenwich. Information on how to obtain and use the call
    on the RSGB website.

    Hams are also being encouraged to use one of hundreds of callsigns Ofcom
    is making available to celebrate the historic fire beacon network
    throughout the UK. Callsigns such as GB23BIR was activated by the Furness Amateur Radio Society and according to RSGB district representative
    Martyn, M0TEB, it was quite popular as a contact.

    Visit rsgb.org/coronation for other details and to find out more about
    getting a Coronation QSL card or one of three RSGB Coronation awards.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    DON/ANCHOR: Ever have a QSO with a vampire? It's not so hard as you might think. Richard, VK2SKY, brings us this story about an Australian warship
    that makes it possible.

    RICHARD: G'day, Amateur Radio Newsline listeners, this is Richard,
    VK2SKY, in Sydney, Australia, with a little vampire story for you. Yes, I know, Halloween is months away, but I think you'll like this story

    A team of amateurs, led by Colin VK2JCC, has set up shop in the radio
    room aboard HMAS Vampire. "HMAS" stands for His Majesty's Australian
    Ship, and the Vampire is located at the Australian National Maritime
    Museum here in Sydney. The radio room is part of the museum, and thus
    open for visitors to learn about the importance of radio communications,
    both in wartime and in peace.

    The Vampire team has been active for a few weeks now, using the callsign Victor Kilo Two Victor Mike Papa (VMP - Vampire, get it?). If you've
    never worked a warship before, now is a great time to start!

    So far, eight amateurs are on the roster to keep Vampire on the air,
    using CW and Sideband on 20 and 40 metres, and the station is now a
    permanent fixture on the ship.

    But wait, there's more! Over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th June, the
    Vampire will be active for 24 hours for a special event, Museum Ships on
    the Air. You’ll find the station on or near 14.250 MHz. Vampire will join many other ships around the world for this fun event.

    So, listen out for Victor Kilo Two Victor Mike Papa on board HMAS Vampire
    in Sydney, Australia. And check out the VK2VMP page on qrz.com. Hope to
    catch you on the air!




    DON/ANCHOR: We remind our listeners that you still have an opportunity to nominate a promising young radio amateur - but time runs out at the end
    of this month. Young hams who live in the continental United States have
    an opportunity to make news of their own in the world, if they aren't
    already doing so, by being a recipient of this year's Amateur Radio
    Newsline Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year Award. Think of an amateur radio operator 18 years of age or younger -- someone who has
    talent, promise and a commitment to the spirit of ham radio. This is your chance to help honor and acknowledge that person who will, no doubt, go
    on to teach and inspire others. Find the nomination form on our website arnewsline.org under the "AWARDS" tab. Nominations close on May 31st.
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 25 21:52:38 2023

    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the KJ3LR repeater
    in Bradenton, Florida, on Fridays at 10 p.m.



    NEIL/ANCHOR: An antenna accident has claimed the life of another ham - a well-known DXer and contester. We have those details from Jeremy Boot,

    JEREMY: A noted DXer, contester and CW enthusiast from Germany has become
    a Silent Key. Bernhard Buettner, DL6RAI, who was known to everyone as Ben,
    was killed following an accident while doing antenna work at his QTH in
    Aruba. Writing about his friend's death, Martin DL5RMH, said that they
    were working together to prepare to change one of the antenna masts when
    the mast Ben was tending to buckled unexpectedly and Ben fell to the
    ground. He could not be revived despite immediate first aid and the work
    of an ambulance rescue crew.

    Ben's own account of his ham radio life reflects a long and enduring love
    for active radio operation around the world. He fell in love with CW as a shortwave listener in 1978 after decoding a message he copied from a local ham. He worked to gain proficiency in Morse and by March of 1980, the 16- year-old radio enthusiast passed his license test, qualifying at 12 words
    per minute.

    An avid traveler, he operated from at least 45 countries around the globe
    and became a serious contester using CW, RTTY and the digital modes.
    Between 2002 and 2005, he was the WAE DX contest manager for the DARC.
    From 2007 to 2019 he was president of the prestigious Bavarian Contest

    He purchased the QTH in Aruba in 2014 from another ham and was operating
    from there intermittently as P4/DL6RAI or P44X. His widow, Luise, is also
    an amateur, with the callsign DL2MLU.

    This is Jeremy, Boot G4NJH.

    NEIL/ANCHOR: Newsline takes this opportunity to remind listeners to please follow safety precautions always when doing antenna work, or any other
    radio activity, that presents a potential hazard such as this.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: In one Massachusetts community, amateur radio is helping
    shine a brighter spotlight on a public event for cancer-awareness. We have those details from Andy Morrison, K9AWM.

    ANDY: While participants in the annual Relay for Life take thousands of
    steps around a college athletics track during a two-day fundraiser for
    cancer research, the Mohawk Amateur Radio Club will be taking steps too:
    These Massachusetts amateurs will be on the air as the two-day event steps
    off on Friday, June 9th, at 6 p.m. local time. They will be on the campus
    of the Mount Wachusett Community College, reaching out globally over the airwaves to raise awareness of the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society.

    The hams will be on 20 and 40 meters during the day and will switch to 80 meters at night.

    As in the past, many of those answering the call of station N1WW are
    likely to have cancer survival stories of their own -- and some of the operators, such as Jack Burgoyne, W1PFZ, will be sharing theirs.

    Jack, and club president Kevin Erickson, N1ERS, spoke to the Gardner News website recently about the event and the club's history of providing
    support to it.

    With a big turnout of spectators expected as individuals and teams in the relay make their rounds on the track, the ham club will also be raising
    its own profile. Kevin said the club hopes people will take a moment to
    visit the club trailer and check out the radios that are carrying that important message around the world.

    This is Andy Morrison, K9AWM.




    NEIL/ANCHOR: The power of QRP isn't always measured in watts or even milliwatts. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, explains.

    JIM M: It started as a long-ago suggestion from the New Zealand
    Association of Radio Transmitters, which suggested to IARU Region 3 in
    1997 that QRP operation be given its day in the sun - literally. Since
    then, Region 3 societies have helped advance involvement in such QRP activities as QRP field days, QRP contests, instructions for QRP kit-
    building and publication of articles about QRP operating. That's all
    about to get even more intense on June 17th, which will once again be
    QRP Day throughout IARU Region 3.

    Writing to IARU member societies' directors and liaison officers, Yuki
    JH1NBN, Region 3 secretary, encouraged promotion of QRP operation, particularly when it is highlighted on that day. He wrote in his letter
    that QRP [quote] "offers advantages concerning, among others, the
    reduction of QRM on the amateur bands." [endquote]

    The day promises a powerful outcome.

    This is Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF.

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jun 1 20:29:07 2023

    JIM/ANCHOR: What's almost as good as perfect propagation? How about....a
    ham radio haiku! We're inviting listeners to channel their most creative selves, and share the joy of ham radio in the form of a haiku. On our
    website, arnewsline.org, you will find a submission form for sending your
    most poetic offering. Be sure you follow the traditional form to qualify:
    The first line is five syllables, the second line is seven syllables, and
    the finishing third line has another five syllables.

    Our team will pick from the best submissions that follow the 5/7/5
    syllable rule, and represent the love of amateur radio. Your prize?
    Fame and glory, of course -- and a featured spot for your haiku on the
    Amateur Radio Newsline website. Visit our website at arnewsline.org to
    see this week's winning haiku.



    JIM/ANCHOR: A California amateur is facing a $24,000 fine from the FCC,
    which has charged him with deliberate interference with a regularly
    scheduled 80 meter net, held by the Western Amateur Radio Friendship Association. Philip J. Beaudet, N6PJB, is said to have repeatedly
    interfered with the net, and failed to identify himself by his callsign.
    They released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture on May 30th, outlining the case against him. The agency said that last November and December, an agent from the San Francisco Field Office used direction
    finding on 3.908 MHz, and on both occasions, was able to identify the
    ham's Burney, California, home as the source of the interference cited
    in repeated complaints to the agency.

    The notice states that Beaudet has 30 days to respond, either with payment,
    or a written statement seeking a reduction or cancellation of the proposed forfeiture.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Some new space on the spectrum awaits amateurs in Belgium,
    and Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that story.

    JEREMY: Hams in Belgium will soon be enjoying the privileges enjoyed
    by those in South Africa, Slovenia, and Ireland, by gaining access to
    the 8-metre band. The UBA, the Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union, has
    proposed giving hams with a Class A operating certificate, a HAREC full licence, the ability to get on the air with as much as 5 watts ERP, and
    a bandwidth limit of 3 kHz. Permission is to be granted to individuals following approval from the Belgian regulator BIPT.

    The frequency range being authorised is between 40.660 and 40.690 MHz.

    This is Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




    JIM/ANCHOR: Hospitalized children outside Washington, D.C., were given
    a chance to talk with an ISS astronaut recently on amateur radio.
    Patrick Clark, K8TAC, tells us how things went.

    PATRICK: Having fulfilled the first part of his space mission a few
    days earlier - to arrive on board the ISS - astronaut John Shoffner,
    KO4MJC, got under way with one of his next goals: to share the joys
    and opportunities of STEM studies as an educator. On May 26th, he
    shared that view from space through a QSO with youngsters at the
    Children's Inn in Bethesda, Maryland. It was a telebridge contact that
    made use of a ground station in Belgium with the callsign ON4ISS. The youngsters at the Children's Inn learned about life in space, and got
    a closer look too, at the way amateur radio can connect people. The
    Children's Inn provides a free residential environment to children and
    young adults who are patients at the National Institutes of Health as a
    means of reducing stress on the young patients, and furthering the
    institutes' clinical research. With the help of ARISS and amateur radio,
    the youngsters also got a view of the great things that can happen beyond
    the bounds of planet Earth.

    This is Patrick Clark, K8TAC.




    JIM/ANCHOR: We were saddened some time ago by the passing of Richard,
    G4TUT, whose Southgate Amateur Radio News website served as a reliable
    global bulletin board for many, including amateur radio podcast teams.
    This badly missed resource is now being revived, and provided by Cale,
    K4HCK, through his new "Amateur Radio Daily" website. Once the domain
    name is transferred from Southgatearc, its URL will also route you there.
    This is a new resource available for hams and clubs looking to get word
    out about their activities. So, if you want other hams to see what your
    club is up to, visit Amateur Radio Daily at daily.hamweekly.com or simply
    send the story directly to Cale via email to K4HCK (at) hamweekly (dot)
    com. Cale's new website will display the submitted stories, and provide
    an RSS feed to receive daily updates automatically as they arrive, and
    are posted.

    (CALE, K4HCK)
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