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Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1687 - December 11 2009

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1687 with a release date of
Friday, December 11th 2009 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T. The FCC again denies a petition aimed at
outlawing closed and private repeaters, a Utah ham is first on scene at
a rollover accident, the Wireless Institute of Australia says it will
start training V- hams in rescue radio operations and amateur radio
pays homage to a great World War 2 fighting machine of the sea. Find
out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) report number 1687 coming
your way right now.

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Another petition to the FCC aimed at outlawing closed and private
repeaters has been denied by the FCC. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, takes an in depth look at this story:


Like everyone who had tried before him, Maury Green, K3BEQ, had the best of
intentions when he filed his rules change request. A request aimed at
banning repeater owners from barring anyone from using a repeater other
than hams who would use the system to blatantly violate the FCC rules.

But good intentions are not the stuff that radio rules are made of and on
December 8th the FCC once again made it clear that it is not going to
involve itself even remotely in the political or social aspect of owning
and operating a repeater. Nor is it going to tell a repeater owner
operator whom he or she must have his system repeat.

In his petition for rule making filed several month ago Green had asked the
FCC to amend Section 97.205(e) of its Rules. This, to prohibit a repeater
station licensee or control operator from limiting the use of a repeater to
only certain user stations, unless a user blatantly violates the
Commission's Rules.

Green argued that Section 97.205(e), which permits a repeater station
licensee or control operator to limit the use of a repeater to certain user
stations, conflicts with Section 97.101(b). That rule states that no
frequency is for the exclusive use of a particular amateur station, and
each station licensees must cooperate in selecting transmitting channels
and in making the most effective use of the amateur service frequencies.

But in what might best be described as a cookie-cutter decision not unlike
responses to similar requests going back more than 30 years, the FCC flatly
disagreed. As in the past, the regulatory agency once again stated that
Section 97.205(e) does not establish an exclusive assignment of a frequency
to a repeater. And with regard to Green's contention that a coordinated
closed repeater has exclusive control of an amateur service frequency, the
FCC again noted that coordination is not required as a condition of
operating a repeater.

The FCC went on to note that coordination does not and cannot result in
assignment or establish control of an amateur service channel, and nothing
in the rules prohibits other amateur stations from using the channels for
which a repeater has been coordinated when they are not being used by the
repeater. Rather, Section 97.205(e) merely enables a repeater licensee or
control operator to control the repeater, so that he or she can ensure the
repeater is properly operated as required by Section
97.105(a). Accordingly, says the FCC there is no conflict between the
rules, and no grounds for the Commission to propose to amend Section

So what about operating on a repeaters input or output frequency when it is
not in use. Well a quick history lesson is in order. Back in the early
days of repeater rules the FCC required system owners to have lock-out
receivers listening to the output frequency. These receivers would inhibit
the repeater transmitter from coming on if the output frequency was in use.

When repeaters were deregulated in the mid-1970's the lock-out receivers
were deemed to be unnecessary. Instead the FCC simply said that it
expected hams to use common sense when using a repeater input or output for
other than repeater purposes. It said that if you operate simplex on a
repeater input you might be repeated whether you want to or not. It also
inferred that if you operate simplex on a repeater output and got clobbered
by the repeater transmitter to not complain to the FCC. Again the agency
expected hams to have enough common sense to know this might happen and
find other frequencies on which to operate. And that's been the
rule of thumb for over three decades.

So what does this most recent decision mean to the average ham? In reality
not very much. With the exception of Southern California, closed and
private repeaters make up less than 1% of the nations total of
machines. Also, most of the time those hams who are excluded from
operating on a particular system have been asked to leave after the system
owner or his control operators find that he or she is disruptive to the
normal flow of repeater traffic. In other words they were ordered to leave
and to date the FCC has backed every repeater owner who has asked
enforcement assistance in keeping unwanted users off their machines.

Is this the end of it? Likely not. In another two or three years another
well meaning ham will likely file a similar request to ban closed and
private repeaters. Unless he or she cab come up with a far more compelling
argument than has Maury Green, K3BEQ, and those who petitioned in the past,
its likely that request will also fall on deaf FCC ears. In this area of
the Part 97 rules, history does have a way of repeating itself.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in Los Angeles.


As far as we can tell, this is the 9th or 10th attempt at getting the FCC
to prohibit a repeater licensee from restricting access to a repeater to
those whom he or she wants to be filed the last three decades. And as in
all past attempts, this one has met with failure as well. (FCC with
historic background from Looking West archive.)



The FCC has also denied a rules change request filed by Glen Zook, K9STH,
of Richardson, Texas. Zook had request that Section 97.119(a) of the
Commission's Rules be amended to incorporate certain portions of the
Commission's former station identification rule so as to assure that hams
properly identified their stations at specific times.

Back in 2006, Zook filed a petition requesting that the Commission amend
the Amateur service rules to incorporate certain portions of the FCC's
earlier station identification rule. This would include requiring that the
call sign be transmitted at the beginning of each transmission or series of

In response, the Commission received approximately one hundred comments,
generally opposing the Zook petition. And in 2007 the FCC dismissed this
petition, concluding that the requested rule changes were not necessary and
were not supported by the amateur radio community.

Zook filed again on April 7, 2009. After considering his latest request
for some nine months the FCC concluded that his present Petition does not
assert or demonstrate that circumstances have changed since 2007 with
respect to the adequacy of the current station identification rule. It
went on to note that his current proposal, like his previous petition, does
not demonstrate that revising the station identification requirement would
address the concern that many amateur radio operators do not identify their
station in a timely manner or at all.

In its dismissal order the FCC says that this is really a matter better
addressed by enforcement of the present rule rather than a rule change. If
he desires to do so Zook has the option to file an appeal. (FCC)



Amateur radio was first on the scene on Wednesday, December 2nd. This,
after a dairy truck crashed near Logan, Utah, and rolled into the Logan

According to the Logan Herald Journal, Brent Yeates, KA7FAP, happened
across the accident scene and stopped to help. With cellular telephone
service sparse at best Yates used a local repeater to contact Brent
Carruth, AD7VF in Logan. Carruth listened to Yeates give a first-hand
account of the condition of the driver and the seriousness of the
crash. He then notified authorities which dispatched assistance to the

The accident occurred on Utah Route 89 as it passed through Logan
Canyon. The semi-trailer was filled with 38,000 pounds of dairy products
much of which was leaked into the river. More is on-line
(HJ News)



From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
heard on bulletin stations around the world including the N5KKG repeater of
the Laurel Amateur Radio Club serving Laurel Mississippi.

(5 sec pause here)



The Board of Directors of the Wireless Institute of Australia says its time
for an organized effort to train VK hams in rescue radio
techniques. Robert Broomhead, VK3DN, has the details from down-under:


During 2009 the Wireless Institute of Australia has been considering
training of amateurs for activities associated with emergency
communications preparedness. In the July and September issues of Amateur
Radio magazine, the WIA Comment focussed on issues surrounding amateur
operator emergency
communications, training and general preparedness.

From the feedback received, the Board considered that a national
accredited training system was an essential element in the broad range of
issues associated with emergency communications provided by amateur

In association with the WIA' s Recognized Training Organization (RTO),
TrainSafe, a nationally recognized training package has now been
developed. The WIA Board has prepared a statement on "where it is at"
the development of the training package and a summary of feedback and

I'm Robert, VK3DN


For those interested, the statement and attachments that Robert referred to
can be found when you visit (WIA News)



Hams in India have received government permission to permanently operate on
30 meters on a secondary basis, though not all details of the new
allocation are yet known.

India's hams had previously been granted experimental access to 30 meters
for a one-month period between August 31st and September 30th
of 2007. At that time, A1A and J3E modes with 100 watts maximum were
allowed between 10.100 and 10.150 MHz.

VU2GMN has been in contact with the authorities in Delhi. He says that he
is trying to clarify if SSB will be included with the permanent
allocation. Australia is believed to be the only other major country
allowing SSB on 10 MHz for amateur radio use in ITU Region 3. (W7VOA)



A famed Morse key manufacturer is changing hands. Our CW man, Frank Haas,
KB4T, has the details:


Vibroplex will have a new owner effective December 21st, 2009. Scott
Robbins, W4PA, of Knoxville, Tennessee, has agreed to buy Amateur Radio's
oldest manufacturer from present owner Mitch Mitchell of Mobile, Alabama
who recently decided to retire. In a report detailed at, Robbins
says he will leave his post as Amateur Radio Product Manager at TenTec in
Mid-December to take over and relocate Vibroplex. Newsline asked Robbins
why he decided to buy the company:


Robbins: "It was my desire to own my own business. Its something I had
thought about for a number of years but the right opportunity had never
presented itself until now. And its something I gave a lot of thought to
once it was made known that Vibroplex was available and I decided that my
time had arrived and I would go ahead and give it a shot."


Vibroplex will move to Knoxville before the New Year. Business operations
are expected to resume on January 5th, 2010. Vibroplex has been
internationally renowned for its semi-automatic keys, known by most as
"bugs," for professional and amateur telegraphers since Inventor Horace
Martin first created the device in 1904 as a cure for telegrapher's "glass
arm," a painful condition similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. The product
line expanded to include straight keys, keyer paddles and a wider variety
of bugs. When asked what changes he plans for the product line, Robbins


Robbins: "No changes to the current products. The changes would be that I
have every intention of offering new products under the Vibroplex name in
2010 and beyond."


The 800 number, web site and email contacts will remain the same. For the
Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Frank Haas KB4T in Florida.


The bottom line: Frank says that the change of ownership means that the
Vibroplex side-swiper should be with us for a long time to come. (KB4T)



In an effort to encourage newer amateur radio operators to enter into the
mainstream of HF amateur radio the Chapter 119 of the Quarter Century
Wireless Association has introduced the Worked All 10 U.S. Call Areas
Award. According to the announcement this award provides an achievement
goal for the new operator, or any operator beginning to explore the HF

Because new hams with entry level licenses have limited access to the
amateur radio bands on 160 through 10 meters, the award is unique in that
it contains provisions to permit HF operation under the guidance of a
mentor, or Elmer, who can, if necessary, act as a control operator. The
sponsors say that becoming involved in HF operations will assist the new
amateur operator to gain operating skills and to earn higher classes of
license with his or her own increased operating privileges.

Full details and a sample of the award can be found on-line at the Chapter
119 web page. Its in cyberspace at (QCWA)



Turning to ham radio politics, word that the interim meeting of the
International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 High Frequency Committee and the
VHF, UHF and Microwave Committee will take place February 19th to the 21st
of 2010. This, in Vienna, Austria. The IARU Region 1 website now has the
full set of HF, VHF and microwave papers for the meeting from the various
national societies. Check out for details. (GB2RS)



The web team is developing an open source portable callsign
database that runs on any media including USB Flash, DVD, and disk. The
QRZ Flash application fits on a USB stick drive and includes an Apache
server, a MySQL server, and a full Perl and PHP interpreter. All this in
about 1.2 Gb of storage. Even better is that software runs right off the
stick drive with no installation necessary but at the same time is easily
copied to a hard drive if desired.

The project is at a point where outside volunteers are being invited to
contribute to the software package. More information is on the
website. More is on-line at"8560) (



A name in the news. Martin Sweeting G3YJO, has been presented European
Electronics Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. This for his dedication
to research in his chosen fields of interest.

With the full title of Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO serves as the
Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology and Director of the
Surrey Space Center. He was presented with the award by Richard Wilson,
Editor, Electronics Weekly and Paul Briggs, Publisher, Electronics Weekly
at The Lancaster London on Tuesday, December 1st. Photos of the ceremony
are on-line at (ANS, Southgate)



And here is a neat and cheap product that you can use to keep those very
popular ear-bud type earphones from becoming a tangled mess. BudTrap
International has introduced its new BudTrap new cable management
device engineered to trap ear-buds and avoid headphone tangles in your
Apple iPod, Microsoft Zune or maybe your HT.

BudTrap stays attached to your earphone jack and helps you secure your
ear-buds the way you want quickly. The device works with either straight
or curved device jacks. The small form factor offers portable users the
convenience of headphone cable management, without adding bulk to the
device. This makes BudTraps a natural for hams to experiment with and find
new ways to use that the manufacturer likely never dreamed of.

The new Bud-Traps are available online for less than three dollars. More
information is at (RW)



Researchers from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland, the
University of New South Wales Australia and University of Melbourne have
succeeded in building a micro-sized transistor whose active region composes
only of a single phosphorus atom in silicon. The working principles of the
device are based on sequential tunneling of single electrons between the
phosphorus atom and the source and drain leads of the transistor. The
tunneling can be suppressed or allowed by controlling the voltage on a
nearby metal electrode with a width of a few tens of nanometers.

In the recently developed transistor, all the electric current passes
through the same single atom. This allows researchers to study the effects
arising in the extreme limit of the transistor size. The results of the
development of this transistor has been published in Nano Letters. That's
a journal of the American Chemical Society. (Science OnLine)



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)



We have said it far to many times of late, but the changing of the guard in
amateur radio continues. This with the sad news tat William A.Wilson,
K6ARO, the first US Ambassador to the Vatican has passed away at age 95.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Wilson died in his Carmel Valley,
California home from complications related to cancer on Saturday, December

William Wilson was a Los Angeles businessman who became a member of
President Ronald Reagan's "kitchen cabinet" early on in Reagan's
career. Wilson first met the Reagan at a dinner party in the early 1960s,
when the future president was still an actor. Wilson soon became a member
of the inner circle of wealthy advisers who persuaded Reagan to run for
governor of California in 1966 and then helped guide his political

Soon after Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president in 1981 he named Wilson
as his personal envoy to the Vatican. The United States had not had formal
diplomatic relations with the Holy See since 1867, when Congress repealed
funds for the consular post, citing a need to separate church and state.

In 1984, the United States reestablished official relations with the
Vatican recognizing it as a sovereign body and the pope as an international
statesman. At that time Wilson was elevated from personal envoy to full
ambassador but was ultimately forced to resign over what news reports
termed as political missteps.

William Wilson, K6ARO is survived by two daughters, , six grandchildren and
eleven great-grandchildren .
His wife of 58 years, Elizabeth died in 1996. Funeral services were
planned for Friday, December 11. In lieu of flowers donations in his name
can be made to the St John's Health Center or Thomas Aquinas College. (LA
Times, others)



The annual Geminid meteor shower has been intensifying, and researchers say
2009 could be the best year yet. This year's display peaks on December 13th
and 14th with meteor scatter enthusiasts certain to be out for magical
contacts. QSO's that can only be made by bouncing their signals off of
ionizing meteor trails as the space rocks burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

For many years meteor scatter contacts were the domain of the most skilled
of high speed CW operators. In more recent times digital modes such as JT2
and JT4 are superseding the use of Morse because of their ability to hear
well into and below the spectrum noise floor.

JT2 uses 2-tone FSK modulation for synchronization and differential BPSK
for the encoded user information. JT4 uses 4-tone FSK, so it can also
include both a sync bit and a data bit in each symbol. JT2 and JT4 are
both designed for making QSOs under extremely weak-signal conditions making
them ideal for making meteor scatter contacts.

More about these modes can be found on-line at
(VHF Reflector)\



RSGB General Manager Peter Kirby, G0TWW has announced the start date for
building the new National Amateur Radio Center in the United Kingdom. The
work will commence at Bletchley Park in London on January 11,
2010. Subject to favorable progress, the work is expected to finish in

The National Amateur Radio Center will house the United Kingdom's National
Amateur Radio Heritage exhibition, the National Amateur Radio Library and
the Archive the Radio Society of Great Britain. The Bletchley Park center
will be open to both RSGB members and members of the public, hopefully in
2010. Further details of progress will be announced as work
progresses. (GB2RS)



On the air, listen out for HA0HW, HG0NDZ, HA0IH, HA4DX and HA4XG. This, as
they activate more Hungarian National Parks during the month of December.
Look for them to using the call HG0WFF/P through months end. QSL
to HA0HW via the bureau. (ICPO)



The Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts station 3V8ST will commemorate
their 10th anniversary by activating special event station 3V10A from the
headquarters of Tunisian Scouts in Tunis Mahrajens. This operation will
last until December 31st. QSL to the Amateur Radio Club of Tunis, P.O. Box
339, 1082, Tunisia. (Radio Club of Tunisia)



In DX, word that three hams will be taking VHF, UHF and microwave equipment
on a DXpedition to Norfolk Island that is slated to run from January 3rd to
the 14th of 2010. The operators involved are VK3XPD, VK4UH and
VK3KH. They say that digital modes will be an integral part of their
operation, and they are set up to run WSJT on all bands. Other modes
include CW, SSB, FSK441 and JT65A. They will also be active on the Meteor
Scatter net, and will also be happy to consider skeds at other times. QSL
via VK3KH.

N8OO and NP3D operating portable HR2 from Honduras should be on the air
through Dsecember 20th using CW, RTTY and SSB on all bands. N8OO also
plans to take part in the 10 Meter ARRL DX Contest while NP3D wants to join
the OK DX RTTY Contest as HQ2S. QSL as directed by each operator.

OE2ATN, is planning to be active Island of Velidhu as 8Q7AT between May
23rd and June 4th of 2010.
Activity will be mainly SSB on 80, 40 and 20 meters using a Yaesu FT-897D
into a G5RV antenna. QSL via OE2ATN.

JA8BMK, will be active as CE0Z from Juan Fernandez Island between January
19th and February 2nd of 2010. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, with a
focus on the lower bands using CW, SSB and some digital modes. QSL direct
to JA8BMK.

Lastly, YV5KAJ, says via the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that he is celebrating
his 25th year in amateur radio by going on a DXpedition to the Island of
Tortuga between December 26th to the 29th. He will also be using the
special callsign YW5EID on 40 through 12 meters using SSB and some digital
modes. The operation is also dedicated to IW5EID who introduced YV5KAJ to
the hobby. QSL via EA5KB

(Above from various DX news sources)



And finally, this past week America paused to remember the attack that took
place on Pearl Harbor sixty-eight years ago. One of the Navy ships that
helped bring World War Two to a close was the USS Indianapolis. She was
torpedoed and sunk in 1945 after delivering Atom bomb components to Tinian
Island. Those parts were later used on bombs dropped on major Japanese

Now, sixty four years later a group of Indianapolis amateur radio operators
have re-created an operational radio room like that aboard the USS
Indianapolis. Jack Parker W8ISH has the rest of the story.


After months of research and nearly two years of planning the USS
Indianapolis radio room is on the air. This real life display is located
in the World War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis.

The radio room features 67 World War Two pieces of equipment donated from
people around the county. According to Chuck Christ, W9IH, they lucked out
when an appeal for used Naval radio equipment caught the eye of one
internet user.


Chuck: "We put that list of things that we wanted on an E-Bay type thing
and a guy by the name of Stan Wine calls me 12-hours later from Sequaro, NM
and says I have everything you want."


The USS Indianapolis sank in just 12 minutes after being struck by two
torpedoes. There were nearly 1200 souls on board. Only 316
survived after spending four days floating in shark infested waters of
the Philippine Sea.

Historians don't know if the ship's radio men ever had a chance to send
SOS. They were on a secret mission. Today, the re-created ship's
shows four working positions where secret messages were sent and received
as the USS Indianapolis carried out it's secret mission across the

Barry Fairfax-KW9DX, says four months of research taught them how the
radio room worked.


Barry Fairfax: "The radio men you see here would have been receiving
messages from the main land or Pearl Harbor. They would type them out, the
coded messages in code, then send them to the room behind us which is the
coding room where they were decoded".


One of those hams working the radios and giving tours is World War Two
veteran Bob Begeman, W9KVK He saw duty as a naval radio man.


Begeman: "I was on an attack transport, APA 27, the USS George Climer,
we had radio equipment similar to this and I was a radio technician and
took care of the equipment".


Begeman says amateur radio operators are welcome to come visit the display
and operate CW or Side-band from one of the four operating stations.


Christ: "This is exactly what would have been on the ship".

The call sign is WW2IND. This truly is, living history.

Reporting from Indianapolis, this is Jack Parker, W8ISH.


The recreated radio room is located in the World War Memorial just four
blocks north of Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The actual
memorial for the USS Indianapolis is about seven blocks away. Tours are
Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local Indianapolis
time. Amateur Radio operators are welcome to operate the equipment when an
appropriately licensed ham is acting as the guide. (W8ISH)



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 WIA News, that's all from the
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