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Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1607 - May 30, 2008

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1607 with a release date of Friday,
May 30th, 2008 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.

Russia launches its RS-30 ham radio satellite. The FCC says it will soon
clarify what a repeater really is, no new subbands on 2 meters for digital
voice operations, a quick look at what was new at Dayton and the Anchorage
Hamfest says to "come on up!!" Find out more on Amateur Radio Newsline(tm)
report number 1607 coming your way right now.

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Ham radio has a new bird in the sky. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the


Russia has successfully orbited a new ham radio satellite called
Yubileiny. Also designated as RS-30 the bird's CW beacon is operational on
435.315 MHz with reports of other signals also on 435.215 MHz as well.

At the time of writing it is still not clear if RS-30 is carrying a linear
or FM transponder. It does appear to be in a 1500 km orbit which would
give a pass time of up to 20 minutes and enable stations over 7000 km away
to be worked.

Work on the satellite started in December 2004 with the intention of
launching it in 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first
satellite Sputnik-1.

We will have more ham radio space related news later on in this weeks
Amateur Radio Newsline report.

From the studio in Los Angeles, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, for the
Amateur Radio Newsline.


A full report on the satellite with pictures can be seen at$2



Ham radio post quake rescue operations are continuing in China. Jim
Linton, VK3PC, of the WIA News is in Forrest Hill, Australia, with the
latest update:


Situation report on China earthquake

The Chinese Radio Sports Association is quietly very pleased that radio
amateurs in its country have been a key part of the rapid government-led
response to the big Sichuan earthquake.

The death toll climbs daily with many thousands still missing and five
million left homeless following the 12th of May quake. The extensive
disaster recovery work that includes disease prevention measures, providing
food and shelter will continue for some considerable time yet.

What is now emerging are more details of how radio amateurs swung into
immediate action to provide emergency communications.

Clearly, when the IARU national radio society CRSA asked in the early days
for three designated HF frequencies to be kept clear, those frequencies
were being used for urgent traffic.

Fan Bin, BA1RB, on behalf of CRSA, said the society expresses sincere
thanks for the cooperation around the world to free up those frequencies,
and acknowledges having received inquiries and ‘warm concerns' of
radio societies worldwide.
As the disaster response begins to lessen in intensity, government
officials and the news media such as the China Central Television have
given recognition that amateur radio amateurs stepped in to provide vital

The TV service in a news report said that when all other communication
means failed, amateur radio operators came out to provide valuable first
hand information from the centre of the earthquake disaster.

This included an HF link for the Red Cross from the disaster area back to
the nation's capital city of Beijing, enabling that aid agency to do its
essential humanitarian work.

In other action, Luo BY8AA continuously coordinated VHF/UHF communications
for a 100 km radius from Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's province
of Sichuan.

More repeaters were set up in two other cities that are among the worst hit
areas outside the epicentre, to form an effective amateur radio
communication network.

In another report two ham radio operators drove to the centre of the
earthquake area and had a repeater set up by the morning of 13 May just
hours after the disaster hit.

Their repeater enabled the transmission of rescue instructions, status
reports and was a main communication channel for public use when telephone
services were down.

Among the traffic that repeater carried were communications for the Mayor
of a city, who gave his orders to those on the front line rescue and
recovery activity, and to receive up to date situation reports.

A fuller story on the role amateur radio played in China's worst
earthquake disaster in 58 years is expected later this month but there's
no doubt the individuals involved did their very best under extreme
conditions that included hundreds of after-shocks.

Now closing this report with an acknowledgement of information provided by
Fan Bin BA1RB, this is Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman of the IARU Region 3
Disaster Communications Committee, for the Amateur Radio Newsline.


Meantime the Southgate news reports that radio amateurs in Hong Kong have
been sending much needed supplies to assist victims of the Sichaun, China
earthquake that occurred almost three weeks ago. The Chinese Radio Sports
Association website said that on May 18th members of the Hong Kong Amateur
Radio Communications Association - VR2HAM - donated a second batch of food,
medicine, communications equipment and other materials to the ongoing
disaster relief efforts. (VK3PC, WIA News, Southgate News)



Back in the United States, the FCC says it will soon answer the question of
when is a repeater and when might it be is it something else? That's what
the Northern California Packet Association wants to know and it has filed a
request for clarification that asks the FCC define what it means by the
term simultaneously as it is used when defining what a repeater
is. According to the FCC's Bill Cross, speaking at the recent Dayton
Hamvention FCC forum, this question is the result of some folks who claim
D-Star repeaters are not repeaters by virtue of their inherent analog to
digital and digital to analog lime lag:


Cross: "The Northern California Packet Association has filed a request for
clarification that the FCC define what is meant by the term simultaneously
as it is used when defining a repeater.

"The issue here is that in California, D-STAR repeaters have been
coordinated on channels that are set aside for auxiliary stations, on the
basis that, because there is a delay in retransmission of the signal, the
retransmission is not simultaneous, and therefore the repeating station is
not a repeater.

"Others have advanced what he calls "the duck argument: If the station
looks like a repeater, if it functions like a repeater, and it sounds like
a repeater, it should be treated as a repeater -- and confined to the
repeater subbands.

"A decision on this will be coming shortly."


The applicable rule that Bill Cross seems to be referring to is section
97.3, subpart 36. It defines a repeater as an amateur station that
instantaneously retransmits on a different channel the angle-modulated
phone or image emission transmission of another amateur station.

But this rule was written before the advent of digital audio systems that
by their very nature have some inherent delay. Whether or not the FCC will
strictly adhere to this definition or modify it to meet current technology
could well determine the future of digital audio repeaters. Bill Cross
says that a decision on this issue will be coming from the Commission in
the not to distant future. (ARNewsline)



From down-under in New Zealand and the West coast of the United States of
America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations
around the world including the Indianapolis Hamfest Association repeater
serving Indianapolis, Indiana

(5 sec pause here)



If there was one lesson that came out of the FCC Forum at the recent Dayton
Hamvention it is not ask the FCC to re-regulate any aspect of the service
because its just not going to happen. Case in point, the recently denied
petition filed with the agency by Mark Miller, N5RFX. The FCC's Bill
Cross says that the rules now in place are more than adequate to minimize
interference from digital operations to other existing modes:


Cross: "The request that we limit the subbands for automatically
controlled digital stations are permitted to transmit on to only those
specified in (Part) 97 is curious because the rules as they are today limit
transmissions from these stations to a bandwidth of no more than 500 cycles
or Hz. on frequencies authorized for RTTY and data emissions outside of the
automatically control subbands, when a locally or remote controlled station
is interrogating that automatic station. If the idea behind this request
was to limit these stations to the subbands to minimize interference, we
were not persuaded that limiting stations that were transmitting in
response to interrogation by a station where there was a control operator
present would cause increased interference because these stations are
already limited to a 500 Hz. bandwidth."


In other words, the technology of tomorrow is about here and its up to all
of us in the ham community to learn how to introduce it and how use it
without the help of the FCC. (ARNewsline(tm))



At the same time, the FCC made it clear that its not going to make specific
spectrum available for digital voice relay operations. This after the
agency recently turned away a petition from two California hams who wanted
the creation of an additional 300 kHz wide subband for D-Star and other
digital voice operations on the two meter band. Again Bill Cross, W3TN:


Cross: "The third item that came out had to do with 2 meters. We received
a request from two hams out in California. What they wanted was for us to
(allow) a little more spectrum -- 300 KHz -- to be authorized for repeater
stations. Currently, repeater can use 3 of the 4 Mhz in the 2 meter
band. They claim that additional spectrum is needed for repeater stations
because some amateur repeater stations have begun (using) certain digital
communications protocols and digital voice operations that are incompatible
with the existing analog operations because digital voice users are unable
to determine if the desired frequency is in use by An analog
station. Inadvertently, they say, digital systems can cause harmful
interference to analog systems. They also claim that coordinating groups
have been unable to separate analog and digital voice repeater operations
because the available repeater spectrum on the 2 meter band is fully
occupied by existing analog systems.

Now, as I mentioned, repeaters are prohibited from using two 500 Khz
segments of the 2 meter band in order to minimize harmful interference to
other amateur service stations. Believe it or not, some licensed users use
2 meters for things other than repeater operation. The petition was turned
down because their request would likely result in increased interference to
other operations such as Packet, moonbounce, and simplex type operations. .


So how do you make room for digital voice repeaters where no channel pairs
are available? Cross says that's up to the ham community and the nations
frequency coordinators to work out and not the job of the FCC.

Cross also came down on those hams who hold a coordination but have no
system on the air. He stopped short of directing that coordinators act to
free up channels where a coordination exists but their is no repeater using
it. None the less his message to the coordination community and to those
who have repeaters only on paper came through loud and clear.



A strange story out of Canada where mis-information on the part of one of
that nations telecommunications regulators lead to an un-needed petition
from the ham radio community. One asking that nations political leaders to
force Industry Canada to resume regulating the nations ham radio operators,
even though it had never stopped doing so. Here's what happened.

Back in early May, Eddie Pereira, VA3EDP, sent a letter to Industry Canada
regarding interference complaints in the Canadian amateur radio
service. The reply he received on May 13th from the Spectrum Management
department in Toronto likely caught him off guard. It read, and we quote:

"The Amateur Band is self policing now because it has been de-licensed for
the past few years. Industry Canada is no longer the regulatory body
overseeing the Amateur Band operation."

This response did not sit well with VA3EDP, and he decided to do something
about it. His action came in the form of that on-line petition to Canadian
Parliamentary leaders that urged them to force Industry Canada to resume
regulating the Canadian amateur radio service. The petition garnered close
to 300 signatures in its short life. Some from real heavyweights in
Canadian ham radio politics.

Well, you guessed it. The Industry Canada bureaucrat who had responded to
Pereira's original information request was totally wrong. Industry Canada
had not abandoned the nations hams and has no plans to do so. But it took
intervention from Radio Amateurs of Canada to straighten it all out.

On May 20th Radio Amateurs of Canada contacted Industry Canada which
confirmed that the information sent to VA3EDP was incorrect. In fact, the
agency affirmed it is the regulatory authority for Amateur Radio in Canada.

VA3EDP has since received a message from the acting Director of Industry
Canada's Toronto office confirming that the original unsigned e-mail was
sent in error. He says that he will be meeting an official of the Industry
Canada in the near future to discuss a spectrum management issue that was
the cause of his initial inquiry with. (RAC, others)



The fourth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference,
GAREC-2008, will take place on June 26th and 27th in Germany. This, in
concert with the German HamRadio 2008 convention that begins on the 27th of
June at the Conference Center of the Friedrichshafen.

GAREC-2008 will focus on the co-operation among IARU member societies and
with specialized groups working on emergency communications in the Amateur
Radio Service. The event is being organized by the IARU Region 1 Emergency
Coordinator, Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR. Working with him ias the same team that
has already put on the highly successful GAREC Conferences in Tampere,
Finland, in 2005 and 2006. (Southgate)



Back in the USA, Sussex County Delaware ARES sprang into action on Monday
May 12th, This as a major late season storm strained resources in the
states coastal region.

As wind gusts were clocked in excess of 60 mph and inches of driving rain
blanketed the area, Sussex County ARES activated its' Emergency Radio

Beginning at 09:50 hours the group began providing eyewitness reports of
weather, flood and traffic conditions throughout the county. Some 32
members worked for hours reporting power outages and road closures due to
flooding and debris. (eHam)



To help kick off the 2008 North American Safe Boating Campaign, the United
States Power Squadrons will hold a special event June 7 and 8 at the Hiram
Percy Maxim Memorial Station. That's W1AW at American Radio Relay League
headquarters in Newington, June Connecticut.

The United States Power Squadrons and the ARRL have been working together
for the past several years on these campaigns. The ARRL shares in the
Power Squadrons' commitment to education, safety and public service. It
has been promoting boating and marine electronic education and seminars.

The W1AW special event station will broadcast from 1200 to 2400 GMT on
frequencies 3.99, 7.29, 14.29 and 21.39 MHz for single side band
phone. The station will also use digital modes PSK31 and RTTY. (USPS - ARC)



This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur. This week from beneath
the Southern Cross in Wellington, New Zealand and 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)



If those attending the recent Dayton Hamvention were hoping that a bunch of
new gear would be introduced this year, they would have been very
disappointed. Burt Hicks, WB6MQV, in the newsroom with mo


While 2007 had a load of new product introductions, 2008 can best be
described as a year of tweaking and improving what was shown 12 months ago.
That's not to say that there were no new products -- just not very many
nothing really upscale. And unfortunately, nothing that could be classified
as earth shattering.

On the high frequency transceiver front Icom did show its soon to be
available IC-7200. This unit is being billed as a robustly built
transceiver providing coverage of H-F amateur bands plus 6 meters and
housed in a box that should be of interest to those who are involved in
on-the-go emergency communications.

While Icom does not say that the IC-7200 is waterproof, it notes that extra
design steps have been applied to the front panel buttons and knobs. This
provides a measure of protection against water intrusion.

Power out is the customary 100 watts. Features include D-P filtering,
digital twin pass band tuning, manual notch filter, keypad entry, dual
VFOs, voice synthesizer, 200 memories, attenuator, RIT, scanning, 1 Hz
tuning and even a USB port on the rear panel. Taken together these features
are perfect for those first responders needing the ability to do electronic
messagingvia an HF network from a USB connected laptop.

For the crowd on 6 meters and above, the only new item was a quad-band H-T
from the folks at Vertex Standard. The latest in its Yaesu brand V-X line,
the new VX-8 can transmit and receive in the 50 to 54, 144 to 148, 222 to
225 and 440 to 450 MHz bands. Its submersible design makes it practically
an air tight unit that includes a built-in dual speed packet modem with
APRS support along with Bluetooth and GPS options. Included are all the
other bells and whistles that the very popular V-X line has become famous

And from a major supplier hardware standpoint, that was it.

If there were any big losers it was those who are waiting for a second
source for D-Star transceivers and HTs -- in the hope that would bring
competition and possibly drive prices down.

But no other company showed up at this year's Dayton with a D-Star
compatible radio. And so far, it doesn't seem that there is any interest
the part of any of any other company to enter the D-Star field.

So for now it seems that only Icom plans to support D-Star in North
America. Because of this, one could assume that prices will likely remain
unchanged or even go up. And if that happens it will not be Icom's fault
either. With the weakening US dollar vs. the strengthening Japan Yen, the
actual cost for electronic goods made in the western half of the Pacific
Rim may very likely see a significant price hike in the months to come --
as will much of everything else made outside of the U.S.A.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Burt Hicks, WB6MQV, at the studio in
Los Angeles.


Oh yes, if you want to get a good visual idea of what this years Dayton
Hamvention was like may we recommend that you view two free videos. Both
were produced by our friend Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB, and are up on the YouTube
dot com website. One is titled All Night Long and the other Joe calls Lean
on Me. Just search on YouTube Hamvention 2008 and K0NEB to find
them. (ARNewsline(tm))



The Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club Hamfest will be hold June 8th in the
New York Hall of Science parking lot. That's in Flushing Meadow Corona
Park in Queens, New York. Admission is by donation. Vendor set-up begins
at 7:30 a,m. with the doors opening to the public 9 a.m. local Ewastern
time. Amenities include ample free parking,, QSL card checking and
more. Talk-in is on the 145.270 MHz repeater and requires a 136.5
sub-audible access tone. For more information e-mail Stephen Greenbaum to
or visit on the world wide web. (Via e-mail)



AMSAT says that China will likely launch a new ham radio satellite in
2009. The ham radio space agency says that it has received a report from
Michael Chen, BD5RV, that indicates the CAS-1 amateur radio bird has
completed its IARU frequency coordination and the hardware has been

The payload of CAS-1 will likely include a CW telemetry beacon, a linear
transponder, an FM repeater and a digital store and forward
transponder. These operations will use 2 meters for uplinks and 70
centimeters for downlinks at 500mW output power.

The satellite is expected to be launched from China into a sun synchronous
orbit with a 670 km apogee. According to Chen the CAS-1 team is waiting
for another payload to be finished before launch date is officially
set. (ANS)



AMSAT's Bill Tynan, W3XO has announced that the Delfi C-3 amateur aadio
satellite has been issued an OSCAR number. From this point on Delfi-C3
OSCAR-64 or Dutch OSCAR-64 will be known simply as DO-64.

This newest amateur satellite was developed by a team of some 60 students
and facility members from various polytechnic schools in The Netherlands.
It was successfully launched April, 28th from India aboard a Polar launch
vehicle and was successfully commissioned.

Currently DO-64 is transmitting telemetry on the 2 meter amateur band. In
addition to its 2 meter downlink, the new bid has an uplink on the 70 cm
band. (ANS)



AO-16 Command Station Mark Hammond, N8MH, says that over the last several
days you are likely to have found the AO-16 ham satellite
silent. According to Hammond, there appears to be something in the
spacecraft shutting down the transmitter after a short, random period of

Hammond says that it does not appear to be a battery related issue. Rather
current speculation on the problem includes a temperature issue that has
reared its ugly head now that the eclipse periods are increasing and the
spacecraft internal temperatures are decreasing.

For the moment, ground control stations will manually turn the satellite
on and then configure it for voice operations. This is a manual process
and command stations are limited to the East coast of the US. Hammond says
that only time will tell if the current situation will stay the same,
improve, or get worse. (ANS)



In DX, word that DL6ZFG will be active portable I-S-Zero from the island of
Sardinia until around June 10th. He plans to work all popular modes
concentrating on PSK, RTTY, CW and also SSB. Listen out for him mostly on
20, 30 and 40 meters and QSL As directed on the air.

And DL2AAZ, will show up portable V4 using the call 9H3TI from Nevis. He
plans on using CW and SSB on 80 through 10 meters through June 15th. QSL
via DL2AAZ, either direct or via the bureau.

Also, WA3FPK will be in Rwanda until the 5th of June. He has been issued
the callsign 9X0A and plans to be active in his spare time, mainly on 20
meters SSB. QSL via KA1CRP.

Members of the South Flanders DX Activity Group will be active from June
5th to the 9th ON6JUN slash P from the Pegasus Bridge memorial museum.
This, as a DX-pedition commemorating World War 2 D-Day landings. Operation
will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL direct or to the
bureau via ON5SD

AA8YH, says via the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that ne will be returning to
Tunisia in mid-November for a 5 week stay. He plans to concentrate on the
lower frequency bands is willing to accept skeds from QRP stations,
Either on CW or SSB. You can contact him via his \e-mail address listed

Lastly, SP9PLK, the club station of the 2nd Mechanized Corps of the Polish
Land Forces, will be active as HF9GA from the 2nd to 30th of June. QSL this
one via SP9PLK.

(Above from various DX news sources)



Finally this week, we all know that there are a lot of good hamfests out
there, but very few that put out radio spots designed to invite the public
to come on down. Or in this case its come on up. Up to Alaska for the
Anchorage Hamfest. Take a listen:


Audio only - hear it in the audio version of this newscast downloadable in
mp3 form at


That's Pete Summers, KL2GY, who is the voice of the Anchorage Hamfests
radio spot. And in addition to Pete's contribution, the Anchorage Hamfest
will have loads of other activities to make the trek to America's last
frontier a memorable outing.

Again the dates are August 1st to the 4th at the Anchorage Sheraton
Hotel. And as Pete says, to learn more just take your web browser to www
dot akhamfest dot com and be ready for a lot of ham radio fun in America's
49th state. (KL7SP)



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 from the
Amateur Radio Newsline(tm). Our e-mail address is
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Before we go, please note that by the time most of you hear this newscast,
the nominating period for the 2008 Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award
will have closed. The cutoff was Friday, May 30th at midnight. All
nominations are now in the hands of the judges. We should have the name of
this years recipient in just a few short weeks.

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors desk, I'm Jim
ZL2BHF, saying 73 from down-under, and we thank you for listening.

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