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Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1379 – January 16, 2004

The following is a closed circuit advisory for Amateur Radio Newsline bulletin
stations. It is not necessarily for broadcast.

According to Support Fund Administrator Andy Jarema, N6TCQ, Amateur Radio
Newsline has only received enough funding of late to keep the service going for
another month or so. In other words, the bills from last November have been
paid , but now money has to be raised to keep from loosing the phones and
e-mail service from bills accrued in December.

Andy says that Newsline continues to exist hand to mouth on a week to week
basis. He says that It is up to you and the listeners to make sure that it is
funded so that it can continue to provide this vital service. Otherwise he may
soon be forced to pull the plug.

Please help us to keep The Amateur Radio Newsline on the air. Our address is
the Amateur Radio Newsline Support Fund, Post Office Box 660937 in Arcadia
California. The Zipcode is 91066. Again and as always, we thank you.

That ends the closed circuit advisory with Amateur Radio Newsline report number
1379 with a release date of Friday, January 16, 2004 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T. The ARRL Board meets to discuss the future of ham
radio and lots of news on the B-P-L front. Find out the details on Amateur
Radio Newsline report number 1379 coming
your way right now.

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Look for some major changes in the structure of the United States Amateur Radio
service to be proposed or at least put open to study. This as the American
Radio Relay Leagues Board of Directors holds its first annual meeting of 2004
as this newscast goes to air. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Henry Feinberg,
K2SSQ, reports:


What’s to come under the ARRL Board of Directors scrutiny? The ARRL Letter
points to the big item being the implementation of changes in US Amateur Radio
rules. This, in the wake of World Radiocommunication Conference of 2003.

Among other significant changes, W-R-C 03 delegates agreed last summer to leave
up to individual countries whether to require a Morse code test for access to
amateur high-frequency allocations. Several nations have already dropped the
code testing requirement for High Frequency access. In the United States, the
FCC last year invited public comments on 14 Morse-related petitions for rule
making, but it has not yet acted on the issue. When it meets, the ARRL Board
is expected to discuss in detail recommendations in response to W-R-C 03 that
were developed during last November's meeting of the ARRL Executive Committee.

Most observers generally believe that there will not be any major action by the
FCC to implement W-R-C 03 changes until it hears from the League. This Board
meeting is expected to generate an ARRL position that will be transmitted to
the regulatory agency, but you will have to wait until the meeting is over and
the League issues its own statement to find out what that position is. We
suggest you keep an eye on the next few days for any breaking news
on ARRL Board decisions.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Henry Feinberg, K2SSQ, in New Jersey.


Among other actions, the Board also will elect members to the Executive
Committee and appoint three directors to the ARRL Foundation Board. The Board
also will elect officers for the next two years. Incumbent President Jim
Haynie, W5JBP, has indicated that he plans to run for a third term. (ARRL
Letter, others)



Meantime the International Amateur Radio Union will be holding its next
regional conference in a few weeks. Q-News Graham Kemp, VK4BB, is here with
that story:


The Twelfth Regional Conference Is being held from February 16 - 20, 2004
in Taipei, Taiwan. There are Working Groups, where most if not all the
business is discussed and these run parallel to one another. A wealth of
information is exchanged on the floor at these Working Groups.

There are formal discussion times and of course many informal discussions and
gatherings such as over meals and receptions and so on. Contacts made at these
conferences assist when an issue comes up back home, help can be sought on a
first name basis.

There will be workshops on two important topics. The first is a Workshop on
WRC 2003. It will include a detailed discussion on the new Article 25. To
facilitate the discussion, a paper by Michael Owen VK3KI is being circulated
with the Conference papers so that all societies will be able to make an
advance study and brief their delegation on issues to raise and matters for
seeking clarification.

The other Workshop will be on The Society's IARU Liaison Officer. The Workshop
will help gain a better appreciation of the duties and responsibilities of the
Liaison Officer and hopefully lead to greater satisfaction from the work
carried out by Liaison Officers.

Graham Kemp, VK4BB, reporting.

More information on this upcoming conference can be found on-line at the Japan
Amateur Radio Leagues website at (Q-News)



And a big win overseas on the B-P-L front as reported by the ARRL Letter. The
Austrian Amateur Transmitter Federation says that a Broadband over Power Line
field test in the city of Linz has been cut short as a result of excessive
radio interference. According to the national ham radio society, the
Government Ministry for Commerce, Innovation and Technology closed down Linz
Power Company's B-P-L pilot project because it was generating interference on
the HF bands.

Shortwave broadcaster Radio Austria says the case that brought the issue to a
head was a Red Cross report. One that documented that emergency services radio
traffic during a disaster response drill last May was the victim of massive
B-P-L interference. According to the broadcaster, measurements were said to
have indicated that radiation from the B-P-L system exceeded permissible field
strength levels by a factor of 10,000.

Last fall, Linz amateurs and their national leaders got together with power
company representatives in an effort to resolve BPL's incompatibility with High
Frequency ham radio operation. The meetings followed news reports of
interference to emergency service communications and QRM complaints from
several area hams.

The Commerce Ministry Order not only means the end of the Linz B-P-L pilot
project. It also perminently curtails any future the deployment of this
technology in Austria. (ARRL)


Break 1

From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on
bulletin stations around the world including the Garland Amateur Radio Clubs
repeater serving the city of Garland Texas.

(5 sec pause here)



A form of Broadband Over Powerline may be coming to a house near you. This as
Matsu****a Electric announces that it has developed a high-speed home power
line IP networking technology capable of high-definition video transmission.
Amateur Radio Newsline’s Bruce Tennant, K6PZW has mo


Best known for its Panasonic-brand products, a newly developed Matsu****a
Electric technology will make it possible to provide broadband connectivity to
every room in a house via existing home power lines. This, using an Panasonic
branded adapter about the size of an audiocassette that the company says cannot
be interfere with by radio amateurs.

The adapter contains a power plug, power supply, LAN connector and an L-S-I
chipset that converts broadband data into signals that can travel over a power
line. The unit connects a broadband Internet link such as D-S-L or optical
fiber lines to the existing power lines in the home. According to Panasonic, a
user simply plugs the P-L-C adapter into any AC power outlet to create a home
broadband networking without installing new cabling.

The most interersting claim being made by Panasonic is that the new technology
it calls H-D P-L-C resists interference from other signals such as those from
ham radio that the company says often use the same frequencies as wired
communications. In order to realize this capability, Panasonic claims that it
combined Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing and Wavelet technology to
reduce the noise caused by the interference down to one-fifth of typical noise
levels. This the company says creates a proprietary interference-resistant and
ultra-high-speed modulation-demodulation method without use of additional
filter circuitry that eliminates the frequencies where interference is likely
to occur. What impact that this new technology will have on over-the-air radio
reception by hams and other spectrum users is not addressed.

Panasonic expects to introduce P-L-C adapters for both consumer and office use
by the end of 2004 providing that the HomePlug Powerline Alliance determines a
final specification in the summer of 2004. An L-S-I chipset will also become
commercially available at the same time.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, reporting.


Matsu****a Electric and its Panasonic subsidiary exhibited this new Powerline
Communications technology at 2004 International CES held last week in Las
Vegas. Both companies are members of the HomePlug Alliance which has been
working with the ARRL to notch out amateur frequencies from its powerline
communications signals. (ARNewsline(tm), CQ -- from news releases)



Meantime, one of the leading experts in the area of Broadband Over Powerline
interference has made his thoughts known. Speaking at Frankford Radio Club
meeting on in Philadelphia last Tuesday night, Ed Hare, W1RFI, said that B-P-L
is not good news for the radio spectrum. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Mark
Abramovich, N-T-3-V, was there and has this report:


When Ed Hare talks, amateurs and others listen.

During an hour-long presentation at the FRC's meeting on the University of
Sciences campus here in Philadelphia, Hare made the case that Broadband Over
Power Lines is a threat to the future of the hobby.

"If these B-P-L systems came to my neighborhood, HF Amateur Radio as I know it
would be over," he explains. "I mean S-9 on multiple bands would seriously
cripple me.

Oh, we've had more serious threats when Amateur Radio was shut down after the
world wars, but this ranks up there with it in terms of the potential to cause
harm to the types of Amateur Radio that many of us enjoy doing."

The reason: Hare says B-P-L field tests by a handful of electric utilities use
power line systems to carry high-frequency or HF signals to homes and
businesses to give them connections to the internet.

"My neighbor's computer system is a local interference problem," he says. "I'm
not going to hear the one three blocks up the street.

But Broadband over Power Line, they're going to intentially conduct those
signals onto the overhead lines that will run through my house and then they're
going to build this as big as an entire neighborhood. Clearly it has a
different interference potential."

Hare says he's charted the interference on 20-meters, calculating it on a
national and worldwide scale should B-P-L be rolled out.

"The ability of HF to sustain worldwide communication if you have 30-microvolts
per meter of noise will not exist," Hare says.

He says the interference potential goes beyond the ham bands.

"This will affect military spectrum, this will affect international
broadcasting spectrum, this will affect other government spectrum," Hare says.
"This will affect commercial HF spectrum and as I tune outside the ham bands,
you know what? That's not a radio wasteland, there's a lot of stuff there."

And, Hare notes, there's serious concern about medical-diagnostic devices.

"I go to my doctor's office, it's a house in a residential neighborhood," Hare
says. "And he's going to hook me up to the E-K-G machine to find out whether
I'm going to die before the end of the day. And, if that thing's interfered
with, maybe I'll get a false positive or a false negative."

Finally, Hare says the amateur community is not alone.

"I'm very pleased to see groups like FEMA, NTIA and others getting involved
with this saying essentially the same things ARRL is doing based on their
work," Hare says.

"They, too, see a serious inteference potential to HF that needs to be
addressed before B-P-L could ever be considered in any way."

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


More on the fight to stop B-P-L in future Amateur Radio Newsline reports.



From the rescue radio file, word that radio amateurs became a lifeline when
tropical cyclone Heta ripped through the tiny island republic of Niue two weeks
ago. The storm left the tropical paradise with no regular means of
communicating with the outside world and summoning much needed relief aid.
Enter ham radio.

According to news reports, a radio operator on the island put out a a call for
help which was answered by Steve McCully, W7TZ/ZF2CQ, in the California
community of Oak Hills. In fact, it was McCully who phoned the New Zealand
Consul General in Los Angeles and provided that government with its first
notification that Niue had been ravaged by 186 mile per hour winds.

More is on-line at,
43275, and (CGC, WA6MCL)



The FCC has adopted service and licensing rules for the 5.9 GHz Band for
Dedicated Short Range Communications or D-S-R-C. This, from 5.850 to 5.925 Ghz
in the Intelligent Transportation Systems Radio Service.

According to the Commission, DSRC systems will provide a limited-range,
wireless link to transfer information between vehicles traveling at high speeds
and roadside units or other vehicles. Some examples include intersection
collision avoidance, work zone warnings, road condition warnings, electronic
toll collections, and electronic payment for gas, fast food, or parking.

More is on the web at (CGC)



Three new non ham radio intruders to the 10 meter band have been monitored
down-under by Wayne Featherstone VK4ZRT. All appear to be Asian in location
and all operate the A3E mode at around 0700 U-T-C. Listen for them on 28.215,
28.225 decimal 25 and on 28.285 Mhz. (Q-News)



Some good news for anyone who is sick and tired of getting unsolicited junk
faxes. Federal regulators approved a record $5.4 million fine against a
company for faxing unsolicited
advertisements to consumers.

The five-member commission unanimously approved the penalty on Wednesday,
December 31st but did not announce its decision until Monday, January 5th.
The FCC said accrued the penalty because it violated the rules 489
separate times incurring an $11,000 fine for each instance. In affirming the
fine the commission rejected arguments from that the ban on unsolicited
faxes was unconstitutional and that the fine was excessive.

The Federal Communications Commission said the fine given to, Inc. was
the largest ever for violating do-not-fax rules that went into effect in 1992. sends faxes on behalf of clients that pay a fee. Its website claims
that the company offers the industry's largest fax number database of more than
30 million numbers. Company officials did not immediately respond to a
requests from the media for comment. (FCC)



Prosecutors looking to throw the book at accused computer hackers have come
across a legal defense. In four words, “the computer did it.� And in this
era of hijacked PCs and laptops, jury’s are believing it.

In one case in the U-K, nineteen year old Aaron Caffrey was recently acquitted
on charges of hacking into the computer system of the Houston Pilots back in
2001. Houston Pilots is an independent contractor for the Port of Houston.

Caffrey had been charged with breaking into the system and crippling the server
that provides scheduling information for all ships entering the world's
sixth-largest port. Although authorities traced the hack back to Caffrey's
computer, he claimed that someone must have remotely planted a "trojan program"
onto it. That it was the trojan and not him that did the hacking. (Published



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 and being relayed by the volunteer
services of the following radio amateur:

(5 sec pause here)



Turning to the hamfest and convention scene, the 2004 season really kicks off
the weekend of February 7th and 8th. This, when the doors of the Miami Dade
County Fair Expo Center in Florida swing open to welcome the 44th Tropical

This years Hamboree has a long list of great programs with speakers that
include such notables as ARRL President Haynie W5JPB, FCC chief rules enforcer
Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH, IARU President Larry Price W4RA, CQ Communications'
Rich Moseson W2VU and Radio School's Gordon West WB6NOA. They will take part
in a free form round-table discussion of the future of the Amateur Radio
service. Moseson and West will later join Florida’s own Sherri Bower, W4STB,
in the conventions Public Relations Forum.

Attendees will also get to hear the latest DXpedition Adventures presented by
South Florida DX Association and learn about Amateur Radio at the National
Hurricane Center. There will be lots of vendors and all the other niceties
that make the Miami Tropical Hamboree a must attend on the convention circuit.
The event is sponsored by the Dade Radio Club of Miami, Inc. More information
is on-line at (Tropical Hamboree)



Meantime, March 6th is the date for the Charlotte County Hamfest in Englewood,
Minnesota. Sponsored by the Englewood Amateur Radio Society, the event will
feature swap tables, tailgating and overnight hookups for those bringing a
recreational vehicle. The venue is the Charlotte County Fairgrounds and you
can find out more in cyberspace at (Worldradio)



A small air leak on board the International Space Station forced cancellation
of the Monday, January 12th scheduled contact with the Armstrong Middle School
in Flint, Michigan. The I-S-S recently began experiencing the slight loss of
air pressure, which the crew had to locate and repair. This meant that they
had to devote all their time to resolving this issue using special ultrasonic
monitoring. The leak was located and repaired late the same day. Contacts
missed are in the process of being rescheduled. (ARISS)



We also have an update on what’s happening with the new radio gear on board
the International Space Station and why hams on the ground heard un proto
packets for a while. Amateur Radio Newsline’s David Black, KB4KCH, is here
with the details:

Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, is the Chairman of ARISS. Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station. And Bauer says that he has been sifting through
the many e-mails he has received over the past few days regarding ham radio
operations from the orbiting outpost.

Bauer says that the new Kenwood D 700 radio recently delivered to the ISS is
still in what he terms as its "raw" form. In other words, the ARISS team has
not yet run a formal engineering checkout of the new hardware and the ISS crew
has not gotten the operations procedures uplinked to them.

According to Bauer, at this point in time the Kenwood radio system is not
properly configured for digital operations. A reconfiguration change occurred
after it was brought on line which has led to this issue. So, what hams see in
the way of packets coming from the station right now will probably not be what
they will see in the future.

As to the signal fading problem Bauer says that its probably due to the antenna
that’s currently in use. The astro-hams are now using the new antenna system
located on the Service Module and is a single, bottom mounted unit. Since the
structure of ISS is very large, it is quite possible that the ham radio signals
are getting some blockage.

Bauer says that ARISS will continue to evaluate the antenna system performance.
He notes that there are now 4 antenna systems that can support 2 meter and 70
cm operation. This says Bauer gives a lot of possibilities with the antennas,
including signal splitting, if need be.

As to the packet signals heard during a recent school contact? Those who heard
it heard history being made. The first ever multiple radio operations from the
International Space Station. While the older Ericsson radio system was doing
the school contact, the new Kenwood radio system was active doing packet. It
was also -- perhaps -- the first man made Q-R-M from space.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m David Black, KB4KCH


Bauer says that the astro-hams kind of surprised everyone on the ground by
getting the radio system installed much earlier than they had anticipated. As
a result, the Amateur Radio on the International Spasce Station team has been
working feverishly with the space agencies to get the procedures uplinked and
engineering checkouts scheduled. (ARISS)



On the international scene, ham radio was a part of India’s 11th National
Children Science Congress. Organized by the an educational group in the city
of Lucknow the event ran from the 27th to the 31st December with more than
2000 students, teachers and science promoters from various parts of that
nation taking part.

According to VU2DCT, Lucknow hams were also called by program organizers to
give the demonstration on Amateur Radio for the benefit of participants. Most
of attendees were astonished to listen a live QSO between VU2WAP and a ham in
Columbia, South America. During their presentation the hams emphasized the
role of Amateur Radio in disaster situations. (Q-News)



South Korea is considering requiring mobile phone operators to use locally
developed software for downloading music and games. According to news reports,
that nations Information and Communication Ministry is pushing for the
compulsory use of in-country developed software for downloading on new mobile
phones in order to standardize the wireless Internet platform.

South Korea is Asia's third largest mobile market and one of the
fastest-growing wireless Internet markets. As of the beginning of 2004 there
are 33.44 million mobile phone subscribers, or about 70 percent of the
country's 48 million population. (Science Today)



In D-X, word that the Five Star DX’ers Association has announced plans for a
very large-scale DXpedition to Rodrigues Island in March and April next year.
The callsign will be 3B9C. An international team of nearly 30 will operate no
fewer than 15 separate stations will take to the air on virtually every band
and mode possible. The Five Star DX’ers Association is the same group that
organized the very successful operation from the Spratly Islands in 1998 and
the subsequent record breaking D68C DXpedition to the Comoros in February 2001.

Also, word that DJ4KW and D-K-9-G-G will be active from Belize until the end of
February. Callsigns being used are V31YN on CW and V31GW on RTTY. Activity is
on 160 through 10 meters. Please QSL as directed on the air. (OPDX)

And for those of you who perfer your D-X and D-X awards a bit higher in
frequency, Peter Heins, N6ZE says that he will be able to conduct VUCC field
checking in Springfield, Massachusettes several times during the next few
weeks. You must be a current ARRL member to avail yourself of this service.
Those wanting to take advantage of Pete’s offer should e-mail him as soon as
possible to (N6ZE)



And finally this weeek, customers at a Troy, Michigan Burger King are getting
something extra with their orders that’s a little harder to swallow than a
hamburger and fries. And its coming by radio. Rick Johnson, KA9VZD, is here
with a complete menu on this one:

The Detroit News is reporting that police in nearby Troy are looking for the
person who has found a way to broadcast on the same frequency as a local Burger
King drive-through radio system. The jammer has interrupted business
transactions with obscene remarks on several occasions that have startled

The most recent incident took place on January 8th. It happened when the
manager went outside to apologize to customers and look for the source of the
salty talk. Suddenly a voice boomed from the speaker and said -- quote:
“There’s nothing you or the police can do about this, so get your fat --
err -- lets say posterior -- take your fat posterior back inside and take your
goons with you.�

Police suspect the calls are being made by a mobile radio transmitter or
walkie-talkie in the vacinity of the restaurant. Illegal use of any
telecommunications device is a misdemeanor in the city of Troy. And as we all
know, its also a serious violation of Federal law.

Heading out the door for some fast food, I’m Rick Johnson, KA9VZD, reporting
for the Amateur Radio Newsline.

Hey -- can you make that a double cheeseburger and a double order of rings.
Yeah and hold the mayo....


Sounds as if the story made Rick a bit hungry. And oh yes. Troy police say
that they have the FCC for assistance to track down this all beef potty-mouth
with a mustard laced tongue. (ARNewsline(tm) from vasrious sources)



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 and
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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors desk, I’m Norm Seeley,
KI7UP, in Scottsdale Arizona saying 73 and we thank you for listening. Amateur
Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.

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