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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2018, July 1, 2016

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2018 with a release date of
Friday, July 1, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Wildfires and floods imperil public safety and
challenge the amateur community. An Ohio ham takes one college
assignment to new heights. Germany hosts its 41st global amateur expo.
And Radio Caroline is back on the air.....well, sort of. All this and
more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2018 coming your way





PAUL/ANCHOR: This week's report begins with the weather, all kinds of
extreme weather. There's the blazing heat, raging fire and elsewhere,
torrential flooding that can call radio amateurs into emergency action
or preparedness and, in some cases, even cancel plans for a
long-awaited Field Day. Our two reports are from Albuquerque, New
Mexico and Kanawha County, West Virginia. We hear first from Amateur
Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, who's been following the
wildfires out west.

KENT: We've all heard the horror stories about field day miseries.
Things like the tent blew over or that lightning made us disconnect our
antennas for five hours, but what about when a raging wild fire forced
evacuations from a site? Well that happened to the Albuquerque DX
Association. Bob Norton N5EPA explains.

BOB: There were just way too many uncertainties. Too much was still
happening. The evacuation orders were lifted only on Thursday before
Field Day. So when most field Days start setting up on Friday that's
not a whole lot of a window.

KENT: A raging wildfire was burning about 20 miles from Albuquerque.

BOB: It's probably an unbelievably rare situation. It's the first time
ever there was a threat to a Torrance County Park. This might be a
once-in-a-lifetime threat.

KENT: Norton explained what plans their association had in store for
this year's Field Day.

BOB: We intended to have a stand-alone CW station, a stand-alone side
band station as well as a VHF station, Kind of too optimistic for

KENT: But the wildfire was bearing down on the Cedro Peak group

BOB: A couple days after the fire started, they closed that entire
ranger district down so we looked at the alternate site. But back at
Torrance County Park, with the wildfire going, if we were to use the
park and the fire jumped the lines, they had concerns with evacuations.
With the wildfire going on, we didn't feel comfortable with using the
park. We could be a bigger problem for them. We didn't have a third
contingency location planned out, so we reluctantly passed on
conducting our own Field Day.

KENT: With some help from Mother Nature, firefighters were able to get
the upper hand on the blaze.

BOB: It's heavily wooded where they had the fire line. They were about
to stop the fire at the main state highway. There were some residents
that lost homes. If the fire had continued going northeast it would
have headed into a very heavily populated area. Fortunately on
Wednesday and Thursday just before Field Day, there were some fairly
decent afternoon thunderstorms which parked right over the fire burn
area and that made all the difference of turning around that fire.

KENT: In the end, all wasn't lost on this Field Day.

BOB: We had invites from other area clubs. Others just chose to say
home and operate a little Field Day from the home station. Which is
what I did. Because in the end, I was happy to still have a home. The
fire line for me was only four and a half miles and that was just too
close for comfort.

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, in flood-ravaged West Virginia, hams awaited
word of an emergency activation, but at press time, there was still no
need. We hear from Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW.

JIM: Severe storms on June 23 caused unprecedented flooding in West
Virginia, resulting in 24 deaths with homes, businesses - entire towns
- being destroyed. Gov. Earl Ray Tomlin declared a state of emergency
in 44 of West Virginia's 55 counties. The President made a federal
disaster declaration in eight West Virginia counties. Amateur radio
operators have been ready and willing to assist but so far
communications channels remain open. ARRL West Virginia Section
Emergency Coordinator Jim Stephenson WV8JS explains:

JIM STEPHENSON: Even with the amazing amount of flooding that has
happened in the state, the wired telephone systems and the cellphone
systems have remained mostly operational�even in these areas where
the severe flooding was. So we have had and still have no
communications emergency in WV and for that reason the ARES/RACES
groups within the state have not been activated or called out to do
anything with emergency communications.

JIM DAMRON: Earlier this week, WV8JS and Kanawha County ARRL Emergency
Coordinator Jason Means W8KTM helped install an HF and VHF amateur
radio station in the National Guard Charleston be
ready to provide any emergency communications which may be needed in
coming days.

JIM STEPHENSON: They want a failsafe system and of course, we all know
that the only failsafe system that we know about is amateur radio.

JIM DAMRON: The National Guard has hundreds of its members deployed
throughout the flood-stricken areas, providing flood relief and
communications. I also talked with Phil Groves N8SFO�ARRL WV Section
Manager, who has been on the front lines.

PHIL GROVES: Some of the local ARES groups we had them on standby for
any help needed and some of us delivered food and some other
essentials�stuff like that to help out. Just hope that people will
reach out any way they can and help out any way they can. We need to
help our neighbor.

JIM DAMRON: Phil also advised me that as far as he knows, no Field Day
activities were canceled in WV due to the flooding. In fact, here in
flood-ravaged Kanawha County, the Kanawha Amateur Radio Club was able
to proceed with their planned Field Day.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I�m Jim Damron N8TMW reporting from
Charleston, West Virginia.



PAUL/ANCHOR: We should note that the wildfire crisis and amateur
response hasn't just been limited this season to the American west. The
Mediterranean island of Cyprus recently had one of its most dramatic
struggles in a long time. Amateur Radio Newsline's John Williams,
VK4JJW, has those details.

JOHN: The largest forest fires to ever strike the Solea region on the
Island of Cyprus are finally over, and the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society
has cleared the area's two VHF repeaters for general use again. Cyprus
hams employed both club repeaters as well as APRS, with support also
provided by stations from the capital city of Nicosia. Firefighters
worked on the ground, as well as a team of international aircraft,
battling the blazes in high wind conditions and in soaring

The deadly pine forest fires were historic for that region, considered
to be the largest part of the Mediterranean island. The raging fires
also resulted in what is believed to be the first firefighter deaths in
the line of duty in at least a decade, claiming two lives.

With the four-day emergency over, Nestor, 5B4AHZ, president of the
Cyprus Amateur Radio Society, declared the repeaters returned to
general use on the club website on Saturday 25 June.

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




PAUL/ANCHOR: When Pope Francis arrives in Poland toward the end of this
month, it will mark his first visit to that country. He will be there
for World Youth Days, a biannual event created by Pope John Paul II
that draws young Catholics from all corners of the world.

The youth-oriented program isn't the only high profile activity taking
place in Krakow, however: Amateur radio's special event station
H-F-ZERO-F will be on the air in that city to coincide with the Pope's
visit and will operate from July 25 to July 31st. QSL cards should be
sent to SP9BRP.

Pope Francis' visit comes 10 years after Pope Benedict's four-day trip
to Poland in May 2006.




Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
WA9RDF, the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club repeater on Sundays at 7 p.m.
local time.


PAUL/ANCHOR: In the U.S., we have Dayton, but in Europe the big
gathering for the past four decades has been in Germany. We hear more
from Teemu Salminen, OH7T, who was there for Amateur Radio Newsline:

TEEMU's REPORT: While radio amateurs had their Field Day in the States,
in Europe, in Germany, in Friedrichshafen, there was a ham radio expo
with over 17,000 visitors from around the world. During the three days,
198 companies and associations from the 36 countries presented their
services and products related to radio and telegraphy in ham radio. The
many visitors were from the United States, Japan, Taiwan, China,
Australia and India and were all represented there. It opened, for its
41st year, with the new motto: "Amateur Radio - on land, on water and
in the air." For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Teemu Salminen, OH7T,
in Friedrichshafen, Germany.



PAUL/ANCHOR: College students who love what they're studying often take
their assignments higher than they need to go. One Ohio undergrad, a
radio amateur, took his sky-high. We hear from Newsline's Stephen
Kinford, N8WB.

STEPHEN: For Brandon Nilsson, KD8ZEI, a mechanical engineering student
at the University of Akron, what started as one project for his
Independent Study project morphed into a Field Day launch of another.
In his school assignment, Brandon chose a Morse Code beacon weather
balloon because, well, what ham can resist incorporating amateur radio
into their schoolwork? He programmed an Arduino microprocessor that
allowed the onboard transmitter to send, in CW, the words "W8UPD
Weather Balloon," bearing the call sign of the university's amateur
radio club, of which he is president. First mission accomplished!

Then came Field Day, and Brandon had even bigger plans: He wanted to
launch another weather balloon, this one carrying a cross-band
repeater, which he fashioned out of two Baofeng HTs. He programmed a
raspberry Pi to take photographs every 30 seconds and save them to an
SD card. Then as Field Day launched, so did the balloon.

Brandon told Amateur Radio Newsline QUOTE "I figured Field Day would be
the best day of the year to launch since the repeater would have the
most likely chance of being used with all the activity." ENDQUOTE

It worked. He told us his farthest contacts were 15 miles north of
Detroit, Michigan, into Ontario and also into Warren, Pennsylvania. As
for the balloon, it eventually made contact too - with the earth - and
was located on the ground in Sugar Creek, Ohio.

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: The summer of 2016 is going to be a memorable summer for
three young hams. They're bound for the Caribbean, but they're likely
to be more focused on SWR than sun and surf. Here's Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, with their story.

HEATHER: The unspoiled Dutch Caribbean island of Saba (SAY-BAH) boasts
mountain rainforests, sailing and a chance to watch the antics of
flying fish. Oh yes, it's a terrific spot to launch your career as a
DXer too. It turns out that one trio of DXers headed to that island
soon will be using the callsign Papa-Japan-Six-Youth -- for good
reason. Youth, it turns out, is the operative word he these three
are young and enthusiastic kids. They were chosen for the 2016 Dave
Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure, and they'll set out in August to
operate at the island station of Jeff Jolie, PJ6/NM1Y.

The young hams are Morgan Croucher, KD8ZLK; Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, and
Faith Hannah Lea, AE4FH. They will work from the island from August 2
through August 9.

The DX adventure is named to honor Dave Kalter, KB8OCP, who was a
founder of Youth DX Adventure in October 2009 and a member of the
Dayton Amateur Radio Association, one of the trip's many sponsors.
Kalter became a Silent Key in 2013.

The youngsters will be accompanied by Joe Binkley, KD8YPY; Sharon
Willet, KM4TVU, and James Lea, WX4TV. Previous youth trips have
included Curacao and Costa Rica.

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: In another part of the Caribbean, a group of amateurs has
been busy testing equipment they recently got from Australia. They
expect all of it to play a key role in their emergency preparedness
plans. Amateur Radio Newsline's Jason Daniels, VK2LAW, tells us more.

JASON: The Rainbow Radio League, formed in the Caribbean in 1995 to
help St. Vincent and the Grenadines fulfill their emergency
communications needs, has entered into a two-year pact with Australia's
Barrett Communications, which is providing HF equipment toward that
end. The Perth, Western Australia-based company manufactures and
supplies commercial VHF and HF radio products, from transceivers and
power supplies to mobile antennas.

The nonprofit league will install, operate and maintain the equipment,
which comprises new as well as demonstration products. It hopes that
these additions will improve the league's work as a first responder in
crisis situations.

Everything is presently being tested in the legacy mode, paired with
different antennas and in different configurations to ascertain what
conditions allow the radios to work their best. The equipment is
expected to provide a big boost to the all-volunteer league, which
operates two VHF repeaters but has had an incomplete network on HF SSB

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




PAUL/ANCHOR: If you don't remember Radio Caroline, one of many popular
off-shore broadcasters from decades ago, here's a chance to sample what
the experience was like, amateur-radio style. Newsline's Jeremy Boot,
G4NJH, tells us mo

JEREMY: What happens when a group of hams is waiting for their ship to
come in? In this case, what happens can result in a great tribute and
some radio nostalgia. That's what's taking shape next month with
Special Event station GB5RC, where the "R" and "C" stand for Radio
Caroline. Those who remember the era will recall Radio Caroline as the
highly popular offshore broadcast operation, complete with superstar
DJs, who revolutionized listening in the UK for about five decades.

That ship, by the way, has already come in: It is the MV Ross Revenge,
the site of the original Caroline broadcasts. It will be moored in the
River Blackwater in Essex. The Martello Tower Group, based in Essex, is
operating two stations aboard the craft from 5 August through 8 August.

This time around, though, there won't be any disc jockeys nor any
spinning records. But amateurs will be spinning the VFOs on their rigs
on most of the HF bands between 40 and 10 meters, including possible
operation on 17 and 12. Both stations will operate at the same time and
there will be a commemorative QSL card.

It's not such a far stretch for amateur radio to play such a key role
in celebrating broadcast radio:

Hams, after all, were very involved in many of the technical aspects of
keeping Radio Caroline up and running in the '60s and '70s.

Of course, the Caroline broadcasts on board the MV Ross Revenge stopped
in 1991. But the tributes go on and on.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in Nottingham,




PAUL/ANCHOR: We close this week's newscast on a personal note, as we
take a moment to remember a Silent Key, Margaret Rapp, WD9HEE, of
Vincennes, Indiana. Margie, a member of the Old Post Amateur Radio
Society, died at her home on April 21 after several years of health
issues. She was the mother of Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp,
WB9VPG, and the wife of Del Rapp, WB9UKG. Inspired by her amateur radio
son and husband, Margie got her license in 1977, the year after her
husband and son received their tickets. She grew to became a strong
proponent of YLs on the air and was an active participant in the YL
International Sideband System on 40 meters.

In a recent podcast of his show, HamTalk live, Neil talked about his
mother and her love of a good ragchew on the local repeaters. He said
she once even helped a team track down a bootlegger's signal while she
was on the radio.

Margie was a retired beautician and telephone operator and, according
to her son Neil, QUOTE "a friendly voice to those passing through or
needing help." ENDQUOTE

If people did not know her by her voice, they surely knew her by her
callsign phonetics, WD9HEE, for "Happy Easter Egg." Margie Rapp was 82.

The Rapp family asks that memorial contributions be sent to the ARRL
General scholarship fund.

We here at Amateur Radio Newsline extend our sympathies to Neil and his


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With this newscast, Amateur Radio Newsline marks 39
years - the beginning of its 40th year - of keeping the global amateur
community informed. We're proud of the legacy entrusted to us by the
late Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, and we're grateful to all of you for your
listenership, contributions and news tips. This week we especially
thank Alan Labs; the ARRL; Barrett Communications; CQ Magazine; Ham
Talk Live; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; the IARU; Irish Radio
Transmitter Society; Martello Tower Group; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin;; Radio Resource International; Southgate Amateur Radio
News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Wireless Institute of Australia;
WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur
Radio Newsline. Please send emails to our address at
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For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York,
and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO in Valparaiso,
Indiana saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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