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Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1820 - June 29 2012
Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1820 - June 29 2012
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1820 with a release date of June
29, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a Q-S-T. Ham radio continues its aid in response to
wildfires in Colorado; hams in Sri Lanka say they want to be included
in ham radio emergency communications; big changes coming to 70
centimeters down under; a day change for Ham Nation and a new method of
data transfer could reach 2 point 5 terabytes per second. Find out the
details are on Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) report number 1820 coming
your way right now.
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RESCUE RADIO: COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO FIRE UPDATE
We begin this week with an update on ham radio assisting those fighting
the wildfires burning in Colorado and New Mexico. Don Carlson, KQ6FM,
has what's known so far:
According to a report in the Denver Post, ham radio operators have
become an integral part of the fire fighting effort. A story talks
about the contributions of Amateur Radio Emergency Service operators.
It describes in detail the work of Randy Long, K7AVV, who the paper
says is a ham radio operator asked by firefighters to find more
volunteers to aid communication in the High Park fire zone.
Since then Long has been managing a team of ham radio operators
staffing eight hour shifts around the clock. They are described as
setting up portable repeaters and relaying messages between the fire
lines and command posts. About 40 operators have so far volunteered.
Long is an Amateur Radio Emergency Service coordinator for Larimer and
Weld counties who was forced to evacuate from his home southeast of
Also involved in the Colorado fire communications effort is Colorado
Section Emergency Coordinator Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, Long, Wareham and
the other ARES volunteers were reported to be at the National Guard
Armory in Fort Collins. They became an integral part of the
communications effort as the High Park fire encircled Buckhorn and
Horsetooth mountains. That's where critical hubs of Larimer County
public safety communications towers stand.
The Post story notes that as a part of their hobby amateur radio
operators have set up about 50 mountaintop repeaters around northern
Colorado. If the public service communication systems were damaged or
forced off line, the hams could provide alternate communications
through one of their repeaters or set up a portable repeater to fill in
Agencies being served by ARES volunteers include the Larimer County
Sheriff, American Red Cross, US Forest Service, Colorado State Patrol,
and the High Park Fire Incident Management team of the Poudre Park Fire
Yet another massive wildfire broke out near the city of Colorado
Springs on Saturday, June 23rd. Called the Waldo Canyon Fire this
blaze suddenly grew to a level of fierce on Tuesday, June 26th. So far
it has forced 32,000 people from their homes and has prompted
evacuations from the near-by United States Air Force Academy. The fire
is reported to literally be swallowing numerous houses at the edge of
Colorado Springs. As we go to air there is no word of any direct
involvement by ARES or RACES teams but its likely that some amateur
radio communications lines are already on-scene.
Meanwhile in New Mexico, ham radio operations have stood down following
the Little Bear Fire in and around the city of Riudoso. Michael Scales,
K5SCA, is the New Mexico Section Emergency Coordinator. In a note
released on June 17th and relayed to Newsline by Jay Miller, W5WHN, all
personnel have been released at this point. However they should be
aware that the new threat is flash flooding. With that in mind they
should remain somewhat vigilant and have their "go kits" ready for
The Little Bear Fire destroyed 224 homes and had burned 59 square miles
before it was 60 percent contained. As reported here two weeks ago,
several New Mexico ARES units responded to that blaze.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Carlson, KQ6FM, in Reno.
More on this situation as information is made available to us. (W5WHN,
Denver Post, others)
RESCUE RADIO: SRI LANKA HAMS OFFER TO ASSIST IN EMCOMM WORK
Sri Lanka's amateur radio operators have renewed their call to be
included in communication work during national disasters. This after
the nation's defense authorities have relaxed rules on clearing ham
radio equipment into that nation.
The report in Lanka Business quotes Radio Society of Sri Lanka
official, Victor Goonetilleke, 4S7VK, as saying that Sri Lankan hams
would like to join-up with the National Disaster Management Centre in
some way. This, to help them with emergency communication work.
4S7VK spoke during a recent public lecture on Disaster Risk Reduction,
organized by LIRNEasia, which is a regional think-tank. At the
gathering it was noted that with some 200 members the Radio Society of
Sri Lanka is not new to disaster communications in the island. It was
noted that the society played a crucial role during the 2004 Asian
tsunami that claimed over 30,000 lives and displacing about one million
people. More is on-line at tinyurl.com/srilanka-emcomm and in this
case srilanka is spelled as one word. (Radio Society of Sri Lanka)
RESTRUCTURING: PROPOSED REFARMING OF 70CM IN AUSTRALIA
Big changes are coming to the amateur 70 centimeter band down under. We
have more in this report:
The Australian Communications and Media Authority's Spectrum Conference
this year saw the ongoing work associated on the review of 400 MHz
spectrum. This is a band of frequencies that also includes the 70
centimeter ham radio allocation.
Currently, the Australian amateur service has a secondary status
between 420 and 450 MHz. In the last report from the Australian
Communications and Media Authority on its review issued April 2010, it
advised that the allocation for the amateur service between 430 and 450
MHz would not be affected from any rearrangement. However, they cited,
a possible need for some temporary use by other services in the segment
440 to 450 MHz during the transition period.
In the Amateur secondary segment 420 to 430 MHz, in some geographic
areas around Australia, amateur use of that spectrum has already been
withdrawn. At the conference, the Australian Communications and Media
Authority indicated that they will be seeking to consult with the
Wireless Institute of Australia on withdrawal of the amateur service in
this segment across the rest of that nation.
Currently, the major use of this band segment by amateurs is fixed
links and the like. The Australian Communications and Media Authority
database lists around 126 assignments to some 35 licensees. It is
expected these can be relocated to the 430 to 450 MHz portion of the
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the
Newsroom in Los Angeles.
You can follow this story on-line on the Wireless Institute of
Australia news-pages at www.wia.org.au (WIA News)
RESTRUCTURING: NEW LOW FREQUENCY ALLOCATION IN MALTA
Hams in Malta now have access to a new low frequency band. The as the
Malta Communications Authority grants amateurs access to 472 to 479
kHz. The country's National Frequency Plan identifies this as a
secondary allocation, with a maximum power of 1 watt Effective Radiated
From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
heard on bulletin stations around the world including the N5YYU
repeater serving Clinton, Arkansas.
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ENFORCEMENT: FCC ISSUES A $15000 NAL TO ANOTHER FLORIDA UNLICENSED
The FCC has issued a $15,000 Notice of Apparent Liability also known as
a proposed fine to Pierre Nixon Jean. This, for operating an
unauthorized station on 92.5 MHz in West Palm Beach, Florida. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the details:
This past February, FCC agents from the Miami office traced the source
of unauthorized signal on 92.5 MHz to an antenna mounted on the roof of
an apartment building in West Palm Beach. Agents heard the station
identify itself on the air as "Exitfm.com."
Doing a bit of on-line sleuthing, the agents found an Internet site for
the station that showed a photo of Pierre Nixon Jean as a D-J and
identified him as the station owner. The agents also learned from the
building owner that Jean rented an apartment in the building from
sometime in 2010 through March of this year. He also identified Jean
from a photograph as being the renter.
The building owner told the agents he had seen what he believed what
might have been transmitting equipment inside the unit and told Jean to
remove the gear after speaking to the FCC. The Enforcement Bureau
confirmed the antenna was removed in May.
Now, in its penalty decision, the FCC says that Jean had no license for
the station and was operating the facility illegally. The FCC also
noted that Jean had been found to have been transmitting unlawfully on
the same frequency from another location in 2010. It said that such
continued illegal operation demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the
commission's rules. Because of this the agency increased the level of
the fine from the $10,000 base figure to $15,000.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in Scottsdale
As is usual in these cases, Pierre Nixon Jean has 30 days to pay the
fine or file an appeal. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC AFFIRMS $22000 FINE AGAINST TENNESSEE UNLICENSED
The FCC has affirmed a $22,000 monetary forfeiture previously issued to
Arthur Lee Young Cosby, Tennessee. This for his alleged operation of an
unlicensed radio station on 87.9 MHz and refusal to allow an inspection
of his radio station.
This past March 27th the FCC Enforcement Bureau's Atlanta Office
(issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to Young for the
alleged violations. According to the regulatory agency, Young has not
filed a response to the NAL. So, based on the information before it,
the FCC affirmed the fine on June 8th. Young was given the customary
30 days from issuance of the fine to pay it or to file an appeal. (FCC)
HAM HAPPENINGS: HAM NATION CHANGING NIGHTS TO WEDNESDAY ON TWIT.TV
Beginning on July 11th, the TWIT.tv program Ham Nation will be moving
to Wednesday evenings. This as network owner Leo Laporte, W6TWT,
announces a new programming schedule. Bob Heil, K9EID, who hosts Ham
Nation says that the move is really good news for his program due to
the strong lead in shows that Leo Laporte has chosen to precede it:
K9EID: "They're going to change the day of Ham Nation and we are going
to move it to Wednesday. The reason is that he is going to put up a
like-up of some of his top shows on Wednesday.
"It starts off with the Security Now with Steve Gibson which is an
incredible show, by the way. (It covers) all kinds of security
(including) your home, your computer. Whatever needs security, Steve
is the master.
"And then, they are going to have the TWIG show - This Week in Google,
Android and all that.
"Then, the big show Triangulation. That show will precede Ham Nation.
"So you're going to have four of their top shows on Wednesday."
The day change does not affect the shows hour of air-time schedule. The
netcast will still take place live at 9 P.M. Eastern, 6 P.M. Pacific
with video and audio podcasts available for download at twit.tv/hn
about 24 hours later.
Again the new day for the TWIT.TV amateur radio program Ham Nation will
be on Wednesday starting on July 11th. K9EID and the gang hope you
will join them there. (Ham Nation)
HAM BUSINESS: ETHERKIT RELEASES QRSS BEACON KIT
Etherkit which is a new amateur radio kit company devoted to open
source hardware, has released its first product. Called OpenBeacon, it
is described as an open source crystal-controlled QRP beacon
transmitter kit which can output a variety of slow-speed modes. These
include QRSS, DFCW, and Sequential Multi-tone Hellschreiber. More
information is on-line at www.etherkit.com (Southgate)
HAM HAPPENINGS: CK6S FOR CALGARY STAMPEDED JULY 5 TO 15
The Calgary Amateur Radio Association will be operating special event
station CK6S from July 5 to 15th. This to celebrate the 100th
Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.
The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held
every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event's roots are traced
to 1886 when the Calgary and District Agricultural Society held its
In 1912, American promoter Guy Weadick organized his first rodeo and
festival, known as the Stampede. He returned to Calgary in 1919 to
organize the Victory Stampede in honor of soldiers returning from World
War I. Weadick's festival became an annual event in 1923 when it
merged with the Calgary Industrial Exhibition to create the Calgary
Exhibition and Stampede.
The ham radio special event station CK6S plans to use frequencies in
the general portion of the United States phone bands. These will be
around 3.825, 7.180, 14.250, 21.320 and 28.475 MHz. A special QSL
card will be available through the QSL bureau or direct by following
the CK6S/VE6AO QSL instructions on QRZ.com. (VE6TC, Wikipedia)
HAM HAPPENINGS: W1A CELEBRATES TELSTAR AT 50
A celebration of the world's first telecommunications satellite will
take place on July 7th. This when the Radio Adventurers of Maine
activate the callsign W1A to commemorate the first messages through the
Telstar bird. They will be operating on site at the Andover, Maine
satellite facility, the original earth station which broadcast the
first messages via Telstar was uplinked on July 10th, 1962. The clubs
commemorative operation will begin at 1300 UTC on both 40 and 20 meter
phone. Other bands will be added as propagation allows. QSL as
directed on the air. (Radio Adventurers of Maine)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: JAMIE GAVIN, KF7WIS NAMED QRZ.COM GENERAL MANAGER
Some names in the news. First up is Jaime Gavin, KF7WIS, who has been
named as the first General Manager of the QRZ.com ham radio website.
According to site owner Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ, Gavin will be overseeing all
aspects of QRZ's daily business and interaction with the public.
Jaime Gavin holds a Master's degree from Arizona State University and
Lloyd describes her as being extremely enthusiastic and capable. She
will be handling the business aspects of QRZ LLC, and will oversee its
day-to-day activities including advertising sales, database
administration, and user and customer support.
According to AA7BQ, with the addition of KF7WIS, his role at QRZ now
transitions to the one that he loves the most. That being the sites
systems designer, programmer, and ambassador for QRZ.com. (QRZ)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: FORMER FCC COMMISSIONER RICHARD WILEY HONORED
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law has honored
communications law expert Richard Wiley for a lifetime of achievement,
including a career at the Federal Communications Commission that
spanned three presidential terms.
Wiley is the only person to act as general counsel, commissioner and
chairman of the FCC. He started under President Richard Nixon, served
under President Gerald Ford and then resigned after helping transition
into the administration of President Jimmy Carter for a year. His
pivotal role in the development of HDTV earned him the nickname, the
"Godfather of Digital Television," and earned him an Emmy from the
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Richard Wiley, who is now age 77, is only the third person to receive
the Milestone Award from the university's Institute for Communications
Law Studies. (RW)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: KJ4UFG SAYS HE NEEDS FIELD DAY COVER PHOTO FOR SERA
John Ghormley, KJ4UFG, who is the editor of the South East Repeater
Association publication known as the SERA Repeater Journal is looking
for a cover photo that depicts an ARRL Field Day activity.
Specifically, KJ4UFG requires a high resolution photograph taken at a
Field Day site in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. These are the states
serviced by the organization.
A suitable cover photo should be in vertical portrait orientation. The
file size should be such that it can be turned into a super sharp image
of at least 300 dots per inch or greater when rendered at 8.5"x11" page
size. If there are people prominently depicted in the photo, he will
need full names, and call signs for the hams in the photo.
If you have a photo you want to submit, email it as an attachment, to
editor (at) sera (dot) org. (KJ4UFG)
This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur. From the United
States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the
world from our only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio amateur:
(5 sec pause here)
THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD: FORMER ARRL GENERAL MANAGER AND IARU
PRESIDENT RICHARD, BALDWIN, W1RU - SK
It's yet another changing of the guard in amateur radio. This as we
learn the sad news of the passing of former ARRL General Manager
Richard Baldwin, W1RU, of Damariscotta, Maine,
An ARRL Charter Life Member, Richard Baldwin capped a long career on
the ARRL staff with service as General Manager from 1975 until his
retirement in 1982. He served as Secretary of the International
Amateur Radio Union (IARU) from 1976 to 1982. After retirement, he
continued his involvement as a volunteer, serving as IARU President
from 1982 to 1999 and as ARRL International Affairs Vice President from
1982 to 1986.
According to his daughter Judy, Baldwin's life revolved around
telecommunications. He first became licensed in 1934 as W1IKE. An
Amateur Extra class licensee, he earned DXCC, WAS and WAC, as well as
membership in the ARRL's A-1 Operator Club.
Baldwin began his career at ARRL Headquarters in 1948 as an Assistant
Secretary. After a brief hiatus to work in the private sector in the
early 1950s, he returned in 1956 as Managing Editor of QST. In that
position he was responsible for production of the monthly member
journal and all ARRL publications.
In 1963, Baldwin became Assistant General Manager and almost
immediately got involved with international matters. He organized the
Intruder Watch program and served as the ARRL Liaison between the
amateurs who monitored the bands and the FCC. In 1975 he was named by
the ARRL Board to succeed John Huntoon, W1RW, as General Manager on
Huntoon's retirement, That's the position now titled Chief Executive
Officer. In total, Baldwin wrote 234 articles and columns for QST.
A graduate of Bates College in Maine, Baldwin earned an MS in Physics
from Boston University in 1948. He spent five years in the US Navy
during World War II. In March 1943, while serving as Communications
Officer aboard the USS Coghlan, he participated in the longest American
naval daylight firefight of the war. That being the Battle of the
Komandorski Islands. After the war he served in the US Naval Reserve,
achieving the rank of Commander.
Richard Baldwin, W1RU, was age 92 when passed away on Thursday, June
21, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by
his wife Phyllis, daughter Judy and son Glenn. A memorial service was
planned for Friday, June 29 at Second Congregational Church in
Newcastle, Maine. (ARRL)
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY: NEW DATA TRANSFER METHOD PROMISES UP TO 2.5 TB
American and Israeli scientists have developed a new technology of
wirelessly transmitting data using twisted beams of light that could
produce a theoretical throughput of 2.5 terabits per second. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, has the story of the
science making this possible:
The new method of high speed data transfer reportedly uses orbital
angular momentum or O-A-M to increase the amount of information that
can be carried by a single stream. To accomplish this feat, the
researchers twisted together eight 300 Gigabytes per second visible
light data streams using O-A-M technology over a space of one meter to
achieve speeds of 2.5 terabits per second. The development comes just
one month after it was finally proved that orbital angular momentum is
Using this new orbital angular momentum technology an infinite number
of conventional transmission protocols such as WiFi and LTE, can be
twisted together for faster speeds without the need for more spectrum.
For perspective, that's more than 8,000 times faster than the fastest
home Internet connection at 300 Megabytes per second.
The development team says that it will be working increasing the
transmission distance which currently at only 1 meter. The theoretical
distance limit for this new method is likely to be less than one
kilometer. At least in the foreseeable future.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heater Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, in
You can read more on-line at tinyurl.com/super-speed-data.
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: SCOTLAND MOBILE ON THE BIRDS
2E1EUB is currently mobile on the various amateur radio satellites from
Scotland. He began his operation on June 24th and can be heard stroke
P through July 6th or 7th. Grid squares he will be activating include
IO-76 IO-77 IO-87 and others if he has the time. QSL to 2M1EUB via his
address on QRZ.com. (Southgate)
WORLDBEAT: CANADIAN HAMS NEEDED FOR COMMUNICATIONS FOR CYCLING EVENT
This note to our friends up north. Radio Amateurs of Canada says that
volunteers are needed to provide communications in support of that
nations Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation cycling event. The
ride takes place August 3d to the 5th along Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail.
The route involves at least 100 riders and more than 50 volunteers.
If you are able to help, please drop a note to Doug Mercer,
V-Oh-1-T-D-M at dougvo1dtm (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also get in
touch with Radio Amateurs of Canada's Atlantic Director Ev Price at
vo1dk (at) rac (dot) ca or Deputy Director Len Morgan ve9my (at) rac
(dot) ca. Any assistance will be sincerely appreciated. (RAC)
ON THE AIR: CELEBRATING THE TOUR DE FRANCE CYCLING RACE 2012
Meantime, keep an ear open for special event station GB4TDF. G1JYB,
G1LAT and the Sands Contest Group are hosting the operation from
Oysterber Farm in the UK to coincide with for the 2012 Tour our de
France bicycle race.
The special event station began operation on June 26th and will
terminate on July 23rd. Operations will be on HF, VHF and UHF as time
and band conditions permit. A special commemorative QSL card will be
available. More is on QRZ.com under GB4TDF.
The actual Tour de France cycling event starts on the June 30th June
and ends on July 22nd. (E-Mail)
In DX, Bill Moore, NC1L, the ARRL Awards Branch Manager, tells Newsline
that the 2011 TL8ES Central African Republic and the 2012 TT8ES
expedition to Chad have both been approved for DXCC credit. Also
approved has been the 2012 XW4XR operation from Laos. Card submissions
for all of these operations are now welcome.
DL4ME will be active as 5H3ME from Tanzania between August 14th and
September 3rd. His operation will be holiday style on the H-F bands
from 80 through 6 meters using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via his
AJ9C will be active as YN2CC from Granada, Nicaragua, between November
20th and the 28th. Operations will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. QSL electronically via Logbook of the World or direct to
his home callsign.
LA0HF will be on the air as TY2BP from Benin for a minimum of 30 days
and could be there for as long as 45. Activity will be on 20/15/10
meters. QSL via IK2IQD.
Lastly, VE2XB will be operational stroke FP from St. Pierre and
Miquelon Islands from August 10th to the 20th. His activity will have
a special focus on 6 meters, but he will also be active on all bands
from 80 through 10 meters as well. QSL via VE2XB.
(Above from various DX news sources)
THAT FINAL ITEM: DEEP SPACE SUPER COMPUTER TO BE BUILT DOWN UNDER
And finally this week, a new super high speed data processing facility
to look at signals received from deep space is slated to be built
down-under. WIA newsman Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has the details:
One of the world's most powerful supercomputers is planned for Perth to
process vast amounts of data being collected by radio telescopes in
Western Australia's Murchison region.
WA Today said the supercomputer is to be housed in the Pawsey Centre
being built in the southern Perth suburb of Kensington, near Curtin
The machines will initially process data from existing radio telescopes
based at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory but is free to
expand for use in the international Square Kilometre Array project.
It was decided in May that Australia would share the $2 billion Square
Kilometre Array project with South Africa.
3000 dishes and a discovery potential 10,000 times greater than the
best contemporary instruments, the SKA will observe such things as what
happened after the big bang and how galaxies evolved, and will attempt
to uncover more about the "dark matter" that fills the majority of the
For the Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of the WIA News
More on this project is on-line at tinyurl.com/vk-super-computer.
With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC Communicator, CQ
Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain,
the RSGB, the Southgate News and Australia's W-I-A News, that's all
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