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Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1685 - November 27 2009

The following is a QST. Here is our producer Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF:



It is with deep personal sorrow that I report the sudden passing of our
Newsline Support Fund Administrator and my personal friend of more than
two decades, Andy Jarema, N6TCQ.

According to Andy's life companion and domestic partner Judy Hurst,
late last week Andy was admitted to a local hospital for some tests.
His condition deteriorated very quickly he was placed on life support.
The diagnosis was multiple organ failure. Andy passed away just before
noon on Tuesday, November 24th.

In a conversation with Judy just prior to writing this report I was
told that no services are planned at this time. Instead a "Celebration
of Andy's Life" will be held here in Los Angeles sometime in January,
2010. We will let you know an exact time, date and location as soon as
plans have been completed.

Those of you wishing to send condolences to Judy and members of the
Jarema family can do so by e-mail to or by
regular mail through me. My address is 28197 Robin Avenue, Saugus
California, 91350. Either way, we will deliver anything we receive to
Judy within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, there is an old saying that the show must go on.
Knowing Andy as well as I did, he would want it to be that way. We
will do just that and also dedicate this weeks newscast to Andy Jarema,
N6TCQ, and his everlasting memory.

I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF. Now, here's Frank Haas, KB4T, with this
weeks report. Frank.


Now, Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1685 with a release date of
Friday, November 27th, 2009 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1. Fear of the Swine
Flu puts the North Pole Network on hold, U-K hams go on alert as
flooding continues, Cuba to start supplying its ham community with
electronic parts, and a U-K radio amateur starts spreading holiday
cheer early. Find out the details on this good Samaritan ham radio
operator on Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) report number 1685 coming your
way right now.

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An annual holiday tradition in Orange County, California will be
interrupted this year by a bug, and it's not the computer kind.
Newsline's Joe Moell, K0OV has the story.


For 32 years, the voice of Santa Claus has echoed in the halls and
patient rooms of Childrens Hospital in Orange County, California just
before Christmas Eve. St. Nick wants to make sure that the kids have a
chance to put in their holiday requests, and he has used a group of ham
operators to make it happen. With their portable gear, members of the
Hospital Disaster Support Communications System have gone from room to
room and given each child a personal one-on-one chat with the fellow in
the big red suit, who is up in his office at the North Pole getting
ready for his big trip. They call it the North Pole Network.


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But this year, because of the H1N1 virus, kids in hospitals will
probably just have to send Santa an e-mail. North Pole Network is
cancelled, says its founder, April Moell WA6OPS:


"For infection control, hospitals throughout Orange County have
instituted new visitor policies limiting who can go into patient rooms.
Most of them limit the number of people in a patient room to two, and
those people typically need to be immediate family members or
guardians. No outside visitors are now being allowed into the patient
rooms at Childrens Hospital, and the group playrooms are being closed
as well."

North Pole Network won't be active this year, but April and her crew
are already planning to go to Childrens Hospital in 2010. You can read
all about the North Pole Network and see photos going all the way back
to 1976 on the Web at That's, which is short for
the Hospital Disaster Support Communications System. It's an ARES
group that provides emergency communications for 35 hospitals in the

From southern California, this is Joe Moell, K0OV, for Amateur Radio



If you know of other Operation Santa Claus or North Pole Network
functions that have been cancelled due to fear of spreading of that
dreaded H1N1 Swine Flu, please let us know. We in turn will pass that
information along in our newscast. (K0OV, NPN)



According the Cuban news service CAN, that nations Ministry of
Informatics and Communications will soon start providing ham radio
operators with the components and parts for their equipment. This,
from stock that had been left idle for some time.

Pedro Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Amateur Radio Federation told
the press that the first 600 units are ready for delivery. He says
that by using them his nations ham radio community will be able to
assemble new stations or update those they already have.

But that's not all. During the recently concluded 8th Cuban Ham Radio
Federation Congress, a prototype of a domestically designed transceiver
was shown. With the brand name "Caiguaran," the gear was designed by
several specialists and will be manufactured at one of the Ministry of
Informatics factories.

Josť Tanquero is one of the hams that worked on the creation of the
radio. He told the news service that it Runs 20 watts out on 160
meters which it's the legal for Cuban Third Category ham radio license
holders. By adding modules both 80 and 40 meters can be covered as

The Cuban Amateur Radio Federation has over 5500 members many of whom
are involved in both severe weather watch and emergency communications
operations. (CAN)



Radio Amateurs in Belgium now have limited access to a small allocation
at 4 meters. Holders of Class A holders have access to 69.950 MHz,
plus or minus 5 kHz with 10 Watts Effective Radiated Power. This, on a
non-interference basis with other users of this spectrum.

Hams in Belgium that wish to use this frequency must first inform their
telecommunications regulator the Belgian Institute for Postal services
and Telecommunications of their plans. Although this frequency is
outside the 70.0 to 70.5 MHz allocation used elsewhere in Europe it is
none-the-less a very welcome first step by radio amateurs in that
nation. (Southgate)



Flooding in parts of the United Kingdom have put one ham radio response
teams on alert. In North Pennines, that area's RAYNET group was put
on standby by the Cumbria Emergency Planning Office on Friday morning,
20th November. Neighboring groups from RAYNET Yorkshire Zone 2 the
North-West Zone 10 were also placed an call-up alert. While they were
permitted to stand down on Friday night, after a review of the
situation on Saturday, and with weather conditions set to deteriorate
once again overnight Saturday into Sunday, the groups were again placed
into stand-by on Saturday afternoon. More on this UK rescue radio
activation as soon as information is released. (Southgate)



The news never stops and neither do we. From the United States of
America, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations
around the world including the WA2EHL bulletin service coming your way
from Burlington, New Jersey.

(5 sec pause here)



FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski still maintains that there is a looming
spectrum crisis, but he now appears to be trying to calm the waters a
bit. This, after several weeks of increasing alarm from broadcasters
over FCC talks about reclaming some of their spectrum for wireless
broadband services. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has


In an interview Friday, November 20th for C-SPAN's Communicators
series, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expressed his view there are
many ideas being offered as to what the commission could do to address
the need for more spectrum. He stated that his agency has not decided
anything about which ideas were the best. Genachowski also repeated a
point he made earlier in the week at a press conference, which is that
this is a long-term planning issue for the nation to deal with..

Genachowski admitted that his agency does not operate on impulse noting
that it has historically taken the FCC between 6 and 13 years to
reclaim spectrum. He said the FCC would be looking at government and
commercial spectrum, but that there were no easy pickings on the
spectrum chart, and hard choices will have to be made.

And he did have a rather dyer warning. He stated -- and we quote:

"We know the problem is coming. It's not coming next week; it's not
coming next month; it's not coming next year, but it is coming."

And added Chairman Genachowski, the FCC has to start coming up with the
policies to address it now.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in Scottsdale,


While ham radio was never mentioned by the FCC chairman, the big
question for the service is how much of our spectrum, especially in the
microwave region might come under consideration for possible
reallocation in the years to come. (B&C)



The FCC has said yes to the concept of Internet Neutrality. This as
the regulatory agency take an important step toward prohibiting
broadband providers from favoring or discriminating against certain
kinds of Internet traffic.

Despite the concerns of many telecommunications companies who believe
that they have the right to regulate connection speed and capacity. The
broadband providers insist they need flexibility, free from government
intervention, to keep their networks running smoothly

But telecommunications regulators disagree. Now the Federal
Communications Commission has voted to begin writing so-called "network
neutrality" regulations with a vote on whether to adopt them expected
to come by next summer.

Proponents say the rules would prevent phone and cable companies from
abusing their control over the market for broadband access. FCC
Chairman Julius Genachowski said regulations are needed to ensure that
broadband subscribers can access all legal Web sites and services,
including Internet calling applications and video sites that compete
with the broadband companies' core businesses. (W8HDU)



The Federal Communications Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry
seeking comment on issues related to children's use of electronic
media. In its press release, the regulatory agency notes that the
evolving electronic media landscape presents parents with both
tremendous opportunities and critical challenges.

On the one hand, electronic media technologies present many benefits
for children, such as offering an almost unlimited potential for ways
to educate children and provide them with the technological literacy
needed to compete in a global economy. On the other, the technological
developments that produce these benefits also present risks for

The FCC says that its goal with the Notice of Inquiry is to gather data
and recommendations from experts, industry, and parents that will
enable it to identify actions that all stakeholders can take to enable
parents and children to navigate this promising electronic media
landscape safely and successfully. As such, it seeks information on
the extent to which children are using electronic media today,
including television, cell phones and other mobile devices, DVD players
and VCRs, video games iPods and other MP3 players, and the Internet.
The Notice of Inquiry also asks about the benefits and risks these
technologies bring for children and the ways in which parents,
teachers, and children can help reap the benefits of electronic media
while minimizing the risks.

The FCC's Notice of Inquiry is titled Empowering Parents and Protecting
Children in an Evolving Media Landscape. Comments are due January 25,
2010 and reply comments are due February 22, 2010. A link to it can be
found at



The Federal Communications Commission has reversed itself in a case
that raised broadcaster hackles, and rescinded a $5,000 levied on KWVE
FM of San Clemente, California. Instead, the commission has now
admonished the Calvary Chapel owned station for transmitting an
unauthorized Required Monthly Test of the Emergency Alert System.

As previously reported, the Enforcement Bureau had been asked to
reconsidered its earlier fine issued in September against the station
and to set it aside because of the unique circumstances at hand. This
included the voluntary and critical nature of the service provided by
local primary stations in enabling statewide EAS activity.

Fifty state broadcast associations had protested the fine and asked the
agency to reconsider or cancel the penalty. They feared that such a
punitive measure for an accidental wrong transmission might deter other
stations in the EAS chain from volunteering as Local Primaries because
of fear of penalties for errors made during good faith operation. (CGC,



TV sets that use excessive levels of mains power will be banned from
store shelves in California. This, after state regulators voted on
Wednesday, November 18th to adopt a mandate to reduce electricity

On a unanimous vote, the California Energy Commission required all new
televisions up to 58 inches to be more energy efficient, beginning in
2011. The requirement will be tougher in 2013, with only a quarter of
all TVs currently on the market meeting that standard. TV sets larger
than 58 inches, which account for no more than 3 percent of the market,
would not be covered by the rule. This is viewed as a concession to
independent retailers that sell high-end home-theater TV systems.
However, the commission is expected to regulate them in the future.

The commission estimates that TV receivers account for about 10 percent
of a home's electricity use. The concern is that the energy draw will
rise by as much as 8 percent a year as consumers buy larger
televisions, add more to their homes and watch them longer.
Commissioners say energy efficiency standards are the cheapest and
easiest way to save electricity. More than 1,050 models sold today
comply with the 2011 California standards, and more than 300 comply
with the 2013 standard, according to the Energy Commission. (Published



A upset in the ARRL Central Division Vice Director's race where VUAC
Chairman Kermit Carlson, W9XA, has routed longtime incumbent Vice
Director Howard Huntington K9KM in his bid to retain he position he has
held since 1983. When the votes were tallied Carlson had received 1808
while Huntington garnered only 1466.

Kermit Carlson is an engineering physicist with Fermi National
Accelerator Lab. He was appointed to the League's VHF/UHF Advisory
Committee in 2005 and served as Chairman since this past January.

Meantime in the Roanoke Division, Vice Director Patricia Hensley,
N4ROS, decided not to seek another term. That left the field wide open
with South Carolina Section Manager Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, and former West
Virginia Section Manager Hal Turley, W8HC, both nominated to succeed
her. When the votes were tallied, Boehner won the election with 1692
votes while Turley received 1496.

Boehner is a physician specializing in women's healthcare. He has
served four terms as the ARRL South Carolina Section Manager.

In addition to Carlson and Boehner, seven incumbent directors and vice
directors were declared elected without opposition. All will begin
three-year terms of office beginning at noon on January 1, 2010. (ARRL)



With you 52 weeks a year, every year since 1976. 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)



It is with much sadness that we report the passing of on our friend and
former Newsline Survey-master Karl Pagel, N6BVU. Karl had been in
declining health for some time and being treated in a nursing home in
Orange County, California.

Among his many achievements was his co-authoring with Kevin Karamanos,
WD6DIH, of the most accurate and inclusive repeater directory covering
the great American South-West. Its been said that if a repeater
actually existed that it could be found in Karl's database and in the
directories that he and Kevin published for more than half a decade.

Karl was also heavily involved in repeater coordination issues. While
he never owned or operated a repeater it was his work with all three of
Southern California's regional frequency coordination bodies that
helped many a new system come on the air. His work did not go
unnoticed nationally and he was appointed as the Southwestern Division
representative on the ARRL's VHF Repeater Advisory Committee where he
also as chairman for one term. He was also presented with the ARRL
Southwestern Division's Meritorious Service Award for his dedication to
repeaters and frequency coordination.

In addition to all of this, when Amateur Radio Newsline gained its
original corporate status in the mid-1980's and we needed to find out
who was listening, it was Karl who offered his services to us. And for
about two years he dutifully tallied all of responses to the survey
questions we put out.

Karl Pagel was gifted had the knowledge needed to do complex database
work and gave of himself unselfishly for the betterment of the hobby.
Dick McKay, K6VGP, is one of the founding fathers of the original
Southern California repeater Association. In an e-mail to Newsline,
McKay said that N6BVU was certainly a good man and a true friend of ham

Karl Pagel, N6BVU, was age 66 when he passed away on November 10th. He
is survived by his mother Mary, KA6IGG, his brother Kent and a Southern
California ham radio community that truly admired his dedication and
work on their behalf. (ARNewsline(tm), K0OV, K6VGP)



Turning to the Newsline science page, there's now a new, non
destructive way for scientists to take a look at objects that are a
part of mankind's present and its history. Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, tells us
about the newly developed Nanotom.


Researchers at the University off Nottingham have a new weapon in their
arsenal of tools to push back the boundaries of science, engineering
and archeology.

Call it Nanotom. It is described as the most advanced 3-D x-ray
microcomputed tomography scanner in the world. The Nanotom is expected
to help researchers in a wide variety of scientific disciplines to
literally see through solids.

The machine will make previously difficult investigation much easier as
it allows researchers to prove inside objects without having to break
them apart.

I'm Fred Vobbe, W8HDU.


The Nanotom is being viewed as an amazing step forward in the science
of looking at the past and present as a doorway to the future of
scientific advancement. (Science OnLine)



Turning to space related ham radio news, word that a new dual band
amateur radio antenna system has been installed on the International
Space Station's Columbus Module. The antenna project was funded
entirely by AMSAT-North America and the volunteers who built the
antennas for both an European Space Agency experiment and for ARISS

The new antenna is described as very similar to the antennas already on
the Russian service module. Once all antennas are in place the ARISS
team will be working to bring amateur radio to the Columbus module.

Lou McFadin, W5DID is the ARISS US Hardware Manager. He says that
this is an example of what can be achieved by ham radio volunteers hams
working closely with a space agency. (ARISS)



A happy birthday to the Amsat Oscar 7 ham radio satellite that turned
35 on November 15th. A O 7 was carried into orbit on November 15, 1974
by a Delta 2310 launcher from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
It used a circularly polarized canted turnstile VHF and UHF antenna
system and High Frequency dipole for 10 meters.

The second in the phase 2 satellite generation, A O 7 weighed 28.6
kilograms. And what is truly amazing is that after all these years it
is still possible to hold an occasional QSO over that bird.

The middle of the Mode B downlink passband is 145.950 MHz, and you will
find most of the activity occurring between 145.940 MHz and 145.960
MHz. Generally, you'll hear CW operators below 145.950 and SSB
operators above.

A Oh 7 was a part of a multiple payload mission. That same launcher
also carried the NOAA 4 weather satellite and the Spanish INTASAT into
space. (ANS)



On the air, word that the final operation from Ireland's Galway VHF
Group will take place from the Clifden Lifeboat Station over the
weekend of the 28th and 29th of November. This all band operation will
have two stations in operation at all times using the special
commemorative call EI 185 RNLI. Varying types of antenna construction
will be used including a Kite antenna for the Low Frequency bands.
Primary modes will be SSB and digital with some operation on SSTV also
possible. There will be a special QSL card for all contacts made and
SWL reports will also be welcomed. A QSL route will be released
shortly. (IRTS)



In DX, word that F6AUS will operate portable FG from Les Saintes
Guadaloupe until March 2010. Look for him to possibly be on 160 and 80
meters. QSL via his home callsign.

K3CT and K3TEJ will be active slash KP2 from the U S Virgin Islands
through December 1st. Their activity usually has an emphasis on the
160, 30, 17 and 12 meter bands. QSL to their individual home

And a reminder that DO7AG, is expected to be in the South Pacific with
his family between November and January. He plans to be active as 5W1QX
from Western Samoa and A31CE from Tonga but only on 40 and 20 meters.
Complete dates of his operations have not been announced yet.

The Algarve STAR DX Team has announced that the 4W6AL QSL cards have
arrived from the printer and are being readied for mailout. All 4W6AL
information can be found in cyberspace at

AA7JV and HA7RY will be active from the Chesterfield Islands as TX3A
until December 6th. Their operation has be on all of the HF bands but
with an emphasis on the lower bands. Modes used have been on CW, SSB
and RTTY. QSL via HA7RY.

Lastly, IZ0EGM, will be active as from San Marino as T70A during ARRL
10 Meter Contest between December 11th and 13th, using CW and SSB. His
QSL information is on

Above from various DX news sources



And finally, in keeping with the spirit of the upcoming holiday season
we have the story of benevolence from one ham to several others. It
took place in the United Kingdom where Jeramy Boot, G4NJH, has the


The team of five GB2RS newsreaders in North West England have been
given transceivers for 2, 4 and 6meters for use in transmitting the
news. The radios have come from Graham, G1PYA, a regular listener to

The five newsreaders, G4GSY, G0MRL, G0NAJ, M1NTO and M0HDE would like
to record their very great thanks to Graham for this valuable gift,
which is so clearly in the traditional spirit of amateur radio.

Im Jerany Boot, G4NJH, and you are listening to the Amateur Radio


And we cannot think of a better story with which to start out the 2009
holiday season. (GB2RS)



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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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors desk, I'm Frank
Haas, KB4T, saying 73, happy Thanksgiving, and we thank you for

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