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Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1712 - June 4 2010

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1712 with a release date of
Friday, June 4, 2010 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T. NOAA says to be prepared for an active
hurricane season. Will ham radio be ready? Also, an abandoned
Emergency Locator Transmitter triggers a search down-under, a request
to increase broadcast radio power levels in the United States is
denied, Germany makes ready to again host Europes largest amateur
radio convention and some fun with QRP operation. Find out the
details on Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) report number 1712 coming your
way right now.

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Be ready for an unusually high number of Tropical Storms that reach
hurricane level. So say the experts at the National Weather Service.
Amateur Radio Newsline Frank Haas, KB4T, is in hurricane country in
Florida with mo


An "active to extremely active" hurricane season is expected for the
Atlantic Basin this year according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA's
Climate Prediction Center. Across the entire region for the
six-month season, which began on June 1, NOAA is projecting a 70 percent
probability of 14 to 23 named storms with top winds of 39 mph or
higher. NOAA believes that 8 to 14 of these will be hurricanes with top
winds of 74 mph or higher while 3 to 7 could be major Category 3, 4 or 5
hurricanes with winds of at least 111 mph.

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and
Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. She says that if this outlook holds
true, this hurricane season could be one of the more
active on record.

This year's prediction exceeds the seasonal average of 11 named storms,
hurricanes and two major hurricanes. As with every hurricane season, this
outlook underscores the importance of having a
hurricane preparedness plan in place.

For hams involved in emergency response communications it means honing
their message-handling skills through regular on-the-air practice
sessions. Storm season reminds us how important it is to harden
repeater and digital-relay installations to improve survivability in a
Category 4 or 5 storm. Continued operation, without reliance on mains
power, any form of telephone interconnect or any form of human
intervention can be critical during or after a storm.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Frank Haas, KB4T, in Holly Hill,


The NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is a division of the National Weather
Service. For more on this story please take your web browser to (NOAA, Science Daily)



DL9KCE reports via the IARU Region One website that a review of a possible
revision of a European Union Directive on interference to and from
telecommunications devices might impact on Amateur Radio.

In Article 3 the Directive contains a number of essential requirements to
protect health and safety, ensure electromagnetic compatibility and to
avoid harmful interference. The way in which these essential requirements
are defined in the Directive is generally considered appropriate by
stakeholders. However, the concept of 'intended use' of the equipment
seems to create some confusion between the essential requirements of the
Directive and other public interests, such as public security or freedom of
communication, which are beyond its scope but which might affect the
Amateur Radio Service in the future.

There has also been some evidence suggesting that harmonized standards may
sometimes be too stringent. Market surveillance campaigns have shown that a
proportion of unlicensed low power devices appear to be non conformant with
the harmonized standards. However, the recorded level of harmful
interference does not seem to have been affected by this.

In the end, the report on the Directive says that the scope of the
Directive needs to be reviewed. For instance, the radio and TV receivers
which are not able to transmit by radio or cable do not fall within the
scope of the Directive, while those which are able to transmit signals
do. And for ham radio, it means that any changes to the Directive will
have to be carefully watched. (Southgate)



A New Zealand ham is in trouble for running his station at power levels in
excess of that nations maximum for radio amateurs. Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, is
in Auckland with the details:


Alan Potter, ZL3II, of Christchurch, has been fined the equivalent of $1164
U.S. Dollars, ordered to pay $86 in court costs and had had his station
confiscated by the government. This, after being found guilty of breaching
Section 113 of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 by running power in excess
of 3100 watts out of his station in a nation where 500 watts is the
absolute limit.

Specifically, Potter was charged in the Christchurch District Court on
April 14th after being found in possession of radio transmitting equipment
that was capable of operating at a significantly higher power than the
Amateur Radio Operators General License allows. He was found guilty of
transmitting outside the terms and conditions of the General User Radio
License for Amateur Radio Operators.

Potter might have gotten away with his illegal high power activities a bit
longer if not for one little mistake. Instead of just keeping quiet and
operating, news reports say that the New Zealand's Radio Spectrum
Management agency became aware of Portter after he reportedly posted on
YouTube. One showing showed his transmitter operating at the 3100 watt
level. That video has since been removed.

I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHJF, in Auckland reporting for the Amateur Radio


This was definitely one time when it definitely did not pay to advertise
that one was violating a nations telecommunications law. (Southgate)



Still with news from down-under, word that an old Emergency Locator
Transmitter distress beacon that was deposited in a New Zealand rubbish
dump was believed responsible for a costly search and rescue deployment
that proved to be a false alarm.

The Tauranga Search and Rescue was called out after aircraft flying into
local airports reported receiving a signal from an emergency beacon within
the greater Tauranga area. The Coastguard spent more than two hours
sweeping the harbor trying to locate the source without success. Finally,
the Rescue Coordination Center brought in specialist radio direction
finding equipment which tracked the signal down to a refuse center. While
a T- hunter was at the refuse site the signal suddenly stopped. It is
presumed the beacon was disabled as garbage was being crushed at the time.

According to news reports the beacon was likely an old 121 MHz model. This
is because it was only heard by planes overhead and but picked up by
satellite. (The NZ Sun)



From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
heard on bulletin stations around the world including the WD9GOE repeater
serving Marissa Illinois.

(5 sec pause here)



The FCC has acted quickly to dismiss a petition from Richard F. Arsenault
dated April 13th of this year. The Arsenault petition had asked that the
regulatory agency initiate a rulemaking to permit AM broadcast band
stations to voluntarily implement an increase in authorized daytime
operating power.

In it, Arsenault said that he believed that such rules changes would
mitigate degradation of daytime AM signal reception resulting from the
interference effects of digital computers and other computing devices,
Broadband over Power Lines, energy efficient fluorescent lighting with
solid state switching circuitry and other electronic devices.

Arsenault specifically proposed that the Commission allow a five-year
period in which AM broadcast band stations may increase daytime operating
power up to ten times their currently authorized power without formal
application to the Commission. But the FCC says that's not going to
now or anytime in the foreseeable future.

In its denial letter to Arsenault the FCC says that in MM Docket No.
87-267,1 the Commission took many actions, both major and minor, to
transform and revitalize the AM broadcast band. That it adopted revised AM
technical standards, which were designed, over time, to reduce interference
in a station's primary coverage area. It also allowed migration of many
the highest AM interferers to an expanded AM band, which reduced existing
interference and station congestion.

The FCC ends its May 28th denial by stating that Arsenault's proposal is
not in the public interest because it would greatly increase the potential
for interference between AM stations. Also that it would undermine the
Commission's efforts to improve the AM broadcast radio service. (FCC)



Two articles well worth reading in the June issue of Popular Communications
magazine. The first is titled Getting Ready For Amateur Radio Field Day
and was written by none other than noted DX'er, contester and all around
nice guy Chip Margelli, K7JA.

With an emphasis on introducing the fun of Field Day to all hams, Margelli
tackles such things as assembling a team to put on a local Field Day event,
choosing a venue from where to operate, deciding on what gear and antennas
to use and more. In fact Chip covers just about every aspect of setting up
and operating a Field Day station you can think of and many items that
might not ever cross your mind.

Getting Ready For Amateur Radio Field Day is a worthwhile read for any
individual or group planning a Field Day operation this year or in the
future. Its loaded with photos and begins on page 10 of the
magazine. (PopComm)



Once you finish reading Chip Margelli's Field Day item keep going because
on the next item up is an article by Police Chief Mike Burg, N8QQN. It's
the story on how he introduced ham radio as a back-up to an Ohio towns
emergency communications system.

Titled "Calling For Backup: Ham Radio Enhances A Police Department's
Preparedness," it's the true story of how Burg fulfilled a promise he had
made to himself years ago. That being, if he ever found himself in a
position to improve communications within the Rittman, Ohio Police
Department, that he would do it. The story he tells is how this was
accomplished by adding a ham radio station to the overall emergency
communications system in the area while keeping amateur radio separate and
distinct from the rest of the emcomm mix.

In his story, Burg takes the reader from his conceiving the idea of the
station through its planning, installation and first operation last March
24th. That's when the Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association came in to
it for a local tornado safety drill in conjunction with the National
Weather Service and Skywarn out of Cleveland. You will find this one
beginning on page 18. (PopComm)



Following a year of unusual weather events, cold water rescues and county,
state and nationwide drills, the Sussex County Delaware Council has honored
the county's ham radio community by proclaiming June 2010 as Amateur Radio

Council President Vance Phillips declared during a presentation in Council
Chambers that the city owes a debt of gratitude to its amateurs. This, for
providing thousands of volunteer hours protecting our citizens and
providing valuable information to various county and state agencies

Councilman Sam Wilson presented the proclamation recognizing members of the
Lewes Amateur Radio Society, the Nanticoke Amateur Radio Club, the Sussex
Amateur Radio Association, along with the local the Amateur Radio Emergency
Service and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service for their
service. (



With Dayton 2010 now history, the next truly big social event will be the
61st Lake Constance Convention and Ham Radio 2010 gathering. Both of these
events are organized by DARC which is Germany's national ham radio society,
and will take place from June 25th to the 27th in the city of
Friedrichshafen. They are the largest on the European continent.

Mitch Wolfson DJ0QN is a member of the DARC Executive Board. He tells us
that Ham Radio 2010 is different than conventions and hamfests in the
United States:


DJ0QN: "We have a section where clubs from all over the world -- mainly
from Europe but also from other parts of the world like the U.S. have
booths to basically meet other people from those clubs and countries and
perhaps (get them to) join a club. So there's a lot of international good
will with a whole lot of people getting together and meeting.

"Its basically a very easygoing show and does not have a high stress
level. You can sit between the halls in this beer garden area and talk to
people all day if you choose to do that. Or you can hang around the flea
market or go to the main booths or go to talks most of which are in German
but there are some in the English language as well."


More about this exciting European ham radio gathering in English is on line
at (Ham Radio 2010)



France is the latest nation to enter the ham radio marketplace. This with
the announcement of the new TransFox is Software Definable Radio
transceiver designed and built in that nation.

According to a press release from the manufacturer RFPA-RFham, the new
radio is available in receiver only or receiver/transmitter
configuration. Its stock coverage is 1 MHz to 1100 MHz. but it can be
extended beyond existing frequency range upon request. Because of this the
TransFox brings what RFPA calls unique Software Definable Radio to the VHF,
UHF and SHF bands.

Other features include Software Definable Radio demodulation and modulation
over a 50, 100 or 200 KHz baseband, compatiblity with existing Windows or
Linux software in addition to specific SigFox software, spectrum analysis
and 1 Hz tuning resolution.

First delivery of this new radio is slated for mid July. More information
on the TransFox transceiver in the French language is on line at (Southgate)



As reported last week, the Wireless Institute of Australia has been
celebrating its 100 years of existance since the beginning of the
year. With a review of what's taken place so far, here WIA News anchor
Graham Kemp, VK4BB:


The first activity this year was the VK9NA 2010 - VHF/UHF/Microwave
DXpedition to Norfolk Island in January. A team of experienced VK amateurs
operated bands from 6 meters to 10GHz. This was the first time such an
expedition has been mounted on these bands from VK9 Norfolk Island.

Valentines Day saw the Center Victoria RadioFest at Kyneton VK3.

A Radio, Astronomy and Electronics Expo was held in April organized by
the Midland Amateur Radio Club and held in the Old Bendigo Fire Station.
This drew lots of non amateurs and showed of our hobby as well as that of

A Re-enactment of the first wireless press message received from Britain
in Australia is set to occur June 16-18. The Gippsland Gate Radio and
Electronics Club will re-enact this historical wireless milestone that
occurred in 1921 at Koo-wee-rup south-east of Melbourne.

More information about activities to be held by WIA affiliated clubs will
appear as they are announced again when you visit

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of the WIA News in
Brisbane, Australia..


This 100th anniversary of the WIA continues through years end. (WIA News)



A video celebrating 60 years of Amateur Radio in Israel is now available on
YouTube. Posted by 4Z1PF, the show combines historic still photos with
music as a way of tracing the history of the hobby and those Israeli hams
integral to it success over the past six decades. You can watch it on-line
at (IARC)



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)



The ham who invented automated sound to light synchronization at the start
of the 1960's Disco era and who was in part responsible for the creation of
the IBM PC computer has died. Larry Levy, WA2INM, passed away late on
Sunday night, May 30th after suffering what was believed to have been a
massive heart attack.

From the time he was an early teen, Levy had developed a fascination in
radio and electronics. He received his Technician class license at age 15
and like many kid hams of the day he proceeded to built most of his own
station. He loved DX'ing on 6 meters an soon became known as the ham to go
to if assistance was needed in modifying a piece of ham radio gear.

It was while attending Marlborough College in Vermont that he became
fascinated with sound controlled lighting. Using his skill developed from
ham radio, WA2INM invented the first control circuitry that converted sound
to pulses of electricity that could control lights to the beat of
music. He then refined his circuits so that different frequencies could
trigger various light colors and patterns. It was not long before he was
building and selling these control units under the name of "The Mind

After graduation from college, Levy went into business with our producer
Bill Pasternak, then WA2HVK. The pair formed MG
Electronics. Headquartered in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn, New
York, MG Electronics provided full service audio synchronized lighting and
high power sound reinforcement services to the burgeoning disco
entertainment industry. They also built and installed the first ever 15
kHz split-split two meter repeater in the United States. It was located in
Brooklyn's Williamsburg Bank Building and operated under the call WA2ZWP.

When Disco began to die in the early 1970's, WA2INM and WA2HVK closed MG
Electronics and went their separate ways. Larry Levy found new interest in
early microcomputers and was eventually a contributor to the development of
the I-B-M personal computer. Along the way he obtained his Advanced Class
license and eventually moved to the New York suburb of Yorktown heights.

Always a lover of show cats, Levy eventually dropped away from electronics
to a begin a new career as a show cat breeder. In addition to his home and
office in New York, he also maintained a flat in Paris and supplied many
award winning cats at European shows.

According to his friend Victor Miller, Levy took ill at his home and was
taken to Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco. From there he was transferred
to the Westchester Medical center where doctors planned to do either an
angioplasty or a coronary bypass surgery. However, it appears that Larry
passed away before either could be done.

Larry Levy, WA2INM, is survived by his wife Nicole. As we go to air,
memorial services for WA2INM have not yet been announced. (ARNresline(tm))



Turning to ham radio space related news, the magazine New Scientist reports
the latest on the interplanetary amateur radio probe UNITEC-1 which fell
silent soon after launch. New Scientist quotes member Naomi Kurahara who
says that the growing length of the silence has the mission team worried
that the spacecraft has broken down. But says Kurahara they are still
working to receive the signal from UNITEC-1. (New Scientist, Southgate)



For those who missed the recent on line webinar titled "VHF Contesting" the
audio is now available on the Potomac Valley Radio Club Website. Writing
on the VHF Reflector, Les Rayburn, N1LF, says that the session was lead by
QST VHF columnist Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ, lasted over an hour, and was a
great introduction to the VHF+ contesting. It also included some great
dialogue regarding station design that would be of interest to even the
most serious operators.

Rayburn says that there were some on-line 60 attendees, including a couple
of VHF operators from Europe who got up early for the webcast. You can
hear it yourself at (N1LF via
the VHF Reflector)



Canada's Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association will host a 24 hour special
events station VE7TUB beginning on July 24th. This to commemorate the
annual running of the World Championship Bathtub Race slated for July 25th
in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

Nanaimo harbor was the scene of the first bathtub race in 1967 and has been
its home ever since as a part of the Nanaimo Marine Festival. This years
festival theme will salute is to the "CANADIAN NAVAL CENTENNIAL 1910 -

The website for the World Championship Bathtub Race is www dot bathtubbing
dot com. More information on special event station VE7TUB is on line at www
dot ve7tub dot ca. (VA7CIP)



In DX, W6NWS will be in Vietnam until the 9th of June. He expects to be
active as XV2W when time permits. QSL via home call, direct, via the
bureau, or Logbook of The World.

IZ4JMA will be QRV portable SV5 from Dodecanese operating holiday style
from June 6th to the 20th. He will use all modes on 80 through 10
including some digital. Olease QSL as directed on the air.

W6ZL, arrived on Tonga last week. He reportedly skippered the "SV Summer
Sky" from New Zealand and brought his K3 and a Buddipole antenna. He has
also renewed his A35KL license. No QSN's have been reported yet.

Lastly, JE1WVQ, will be active as ZD8J from Ascension Island working on 80
through 10 meters including the digital modes therough June 8th. QSL via
his home callsign.

Above from various DX sources.



And finally this week, we take a look a a gathering held in conjunction
with the annual Dayton Hamvention. Its called Four Days In May and it's a
gathering of hams who find operating with low power and simple antennas as
being the most fun one can have in amateur radio. Amateur Radio's Mark
Abramovich, N-T-3-V, spent some time with one of the events organizers:


Ken Evans, WD4U, president of the QRP Amateur Radio Club International,
says more than 250 gathered for Thursday's day-long seminar on the state of
QRP and the future. Why such a surge in interest?

"Its not about turning down your power, it's about having fun," says Evans.

Evans says the event drew people from around the world.

"We have a contingent from the United Kingdom right now or about 10
amateurs, says Evans. "We have a guy from Barbados. We have two or three
people from Australia. We have Bruno Begali who makes keys him and
daughter and son-in-law from Italy. Last year there was a guy who came over
from the JAL, the Japan Amateur League."

Evans says the growing number of people doing QRP comes from the challenge
of building your own radio and using it.

"I think what people are finding is it's a lot of fun to take a $200 or
$300 part for a kit radio or a home brew radio that you build yourself and
play with it as opposed to just going out and laying down your charge card
and picking up an $1,800 commercial set," Evans says.

George Dobbs G0RJV, founder of the G QRP Club in 1972, was among the
attendees at this year's "Four Days in May." His philosophy on being a
part of QRP is, well, elementary.

"One of the gifts that a hobby can do is ensure you at least do one
pointless thing each day,s" Dobbs says. "And, QRP there's no point to it
whatsoever except to have a good time. Thats all it's about."

Ron Doyle, N8VAR, is a QRPer and a Scout leader here in Ohio. He says he
frequently combines the two for some fun experiences like a DX contact on
just a few watts.

"It has to be Scotland, on five watts on a campout with battery power,"
Doyle recalls. And, that was single-sideband. So, that was the
best. And, some of my Boy Scouts could talk to him with the dipole up
about 20 feet. That was a lot of fun."

Yes, that fun word keeps cropping up among the many who like QRP. It's
just one part of Amateur Radio that makes this a community of unique and
diverse interests.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, reporting from
the "Four Days in May" gathering in Fairborn, just outside Dayton.


The annual Four Days in May gathering is conducted by the QRP Amateur Radio
Club International. It was held this year at the Holiday Inn in the Dayton
suburb of Fairborn, Ohio. With interest growing in QRP operations, it's no
surprise this years Four Days in May event drew a record crowd.



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