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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2137 for Friday, October 12 2018

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2137 with a release date of
Friday, October 12, 2018 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hurricane Michael targets the southern U.S.
Yellowstone National Park celebrates a new repeater - and what's this
about Lizards on the Air? All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline
Report 2137 comes your way right now.



PAUL/ANCHOR: We open this week with breaking news. As Amateur Radio
Newsline went to production, northern Florida was being slammed by
Hurricane Michael. The ARRL asked Field Organization leaders to keep
them apprised of its emergency frequencies, activation status and any
requests for equipment to assist if necessary. WX4NHC, the amateur
radio station at the National Weather Center, was activated as of early
Wednesday, October 10th, as was the VoIP Hurricane Net and the SATERN's
Southern Territory SSB Net. The Cuban Federation of Radio Amateurs
reported emergency nets were up and running on 40 and 80 meters, in
digital modes and on SSB. The storm was expected to make landfall on
the Florida Panhandle and hit southern Alabama and south-central
Georgia and North Carolina declared a state of emergency. The VoIP
Hurricane Net requested that hams in the hurricane's path or with relay
messages into it provide surface and damage reports for relay into
WX4NHC. For story updates, please visit Amateur Radio Newsline's page
on Facebook.


PAUL/ANCHOR: If you've ever thought you might enjoy a QSO via
satellite, there'a a new forum especially for newcomers. Ed Durrant
DD5LP has that story.

ED: The amateur radio satellite community keeps growing - and so does
the number of satellites. Now the universe of online satellite forums
has also grown and added one more venue, as reported by the president
of AMSAT-Deutschland Peter Gülzow DB2OS. He has announced on the AMSAT
Bulletin Board that the new forum is geared especially toward newcomers
in the hopes of opening up a new experience for amateurs and sharing
encouragement and tips for first-timers. Although AMSAT-Deutschland is
hoping as many people will register as possible, guests are also
welcome to stop by and visit. The topics are expected to be extensive
and are designed to encourage wide-ranging discussions. Peter noted
that especially with the launch later this year of Qatar's Es'hail 2
communications satellite and its amateur radio payload, there's plenty
of room for more satellite communicators. AMSAT-DL has been providing
the commercial Qatari satellite project with technical support. Once it
is in orbit, it will be capable of linking hams from Thailand to Brazil
and will supply the first amateur radio geostationary communications.
Satellite enthusiasts - or hams who would like to become one - can find
the forum at this address: forum dot amsat dash dl dot org

For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Ed Durrant DD5LP.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Our next story celebrates a Silent Key who music fans may
have only known through a song lyric. Andy Morrison K9AWM explains.

ANDY: Music-lovers of a certain age will remember Buddy Holly's classic
hit "Peggy Sue" from 1957 and certainly Texans of a certain age might
even have known Peggy Sue Gerron, the young girl from Lubbock, Texas
who inspired the rockabilly number. Amateur radio operators of a
certain age however may remember Peggy Sue as the former K5PSG. First
licensed as KE5AKW in 2004, she was able to get the vanity call later.
She wasn't exactly an aspiring ham however when her former high school
classmate Holly turned her into song lyric. Holly died in 1959 in a
plane crash that killed two other rock-and-rollers. When she took part
in special event station W5B in Lubbock, which commemorated Holly in
2004, she was hooked and got her ticket later that year. Though her
license expired in 2014, we can still consider Peggy Sue Gerron a
Silent Key. She died on October 1st at the age of 78.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Andy Morrison K9AWM


PAUL/ANCHOR: Look - up in the sky! It's time again for Parachute
Mobile, as we hear from Mike Askins KE5CXP.

MIKE: Parachute Mobile is what a team of skydiving hams for whom "going
on the air" means being IN the air are calling themselves. They are
holding the last of this year's missions on the 20th of October to
coincide with Pacificon, the Pacific Division Conference of the ARRL,
taking place in San Ramon, California. While the hams make their jumps
from a small plane elsewhere, the team will have a presence at the
Marriott Hotel where a GOTA station will be set up to help
convention-goers make contact with the skydivers. Two overhead monitors
will also livestream the action as the jumps happen, starting at 10 am
local time.

This will be Mission 33 and the jumpers will be Mark AF6IM and Rob
KC6TYD, using their own call signs as they call QRZ from beneath their
parachutes. They will be operating on 146.430 simplex, 14.250 on HF and
on EchoLink at NE6RD-L. Hams who make contact are being asked to send
an email to skydivinghams at gmail dot com )
with details such as the jumper's name, the jump number and the time of
the contact.

Rob KC6TYD told Newsline in an email that this wraps it up for the team
for this year. So in this case, the team truly IS jumping to
conclusions. For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.


PAUL/ANCHOR: If you think newcomers to this hobby can't make a
difference, guess again. Neil Rapp WB9VPG shares this tale of a
triumphant repeater project.

NEIL: Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the US.
It's around 63 miles north to south, and 54 miles east to west. About 4
million people visit the park each year. With a park this size in a
sparsely populated area, communication options are slim at best. But
that's where ham radio came in. About 3 years ago, Michael Kalter,
W8CI, the spokesperson for the Dayton Hamvention and his wife Linda,
W8AAV were asked to teach a class on amateur radio at a ranch in
Paradise Valley just outside of Gardiner, Montana. They programmed a 2
meter radio with all the repeater listings for the region they could
find. They were shocked when they arrived.

MICHAEL: I was using 50 watts, but it's pretty depressing. I could not
make any contacts at all... couldn't even light up any of the
repeaters. And, so this kind of led us to begin mapping out ideas of
how to possibly locate a 2 meter repeater in such a way to cover large
areas of the park. We really emphasized just how important this
repeater could be for the region.

NEIL: Twenty-five eager students took the challenge of learning about
amateur radio. Linda, put her teaching skills to use, and the class
graduated some new hams in a 2 day crash course. Recently, they learned
of the fruits of their labor.

MICHAEL: I got an email the other day that was just absolutely
astonishing... that a group of them had worked really hard and they
started NYARC, North Yellowstone Amateur Radio Club. And, it's a
recognized as a non profit in the Montana corporation. So that just
happened on August the 1st. So giving these classes... I want to
recognize that my wife is a professional teacher, and she really worked
hard with Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD at ARRL and also with Gordon West, and
had a lot of his material and CDs in tow, as well as Ward Silver's
book. So that was what we used, and she had mapped the whole program
out. And now, if you're around Gardiner, actually if you're anywhere
from on highway 89 from Livingston all the way to the other side of
Lamar Valley (and that's only 10 miles west of the Silver Gate
entrance... beautiful, beautiful part of Yellowstone)... but it has
coverage on the repeater is 146.98 and that has a 100 Hertz tone. So
tune into that. Acutally, they are having... they are active with nets
and things like that and there's usually someone monitoring that. Very
exciting to see this take place...

NEIL: So now if you're in Yellowstone, there's no longer a need to ask,
"Can you can hear me now?" For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp,

BREAK HE Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including
the KJ3LR repeater in Bradenton Florida on Fridays at 10 p.m.


PAUL/ANCHOR: This is probably the busiest time of year for the young
hams in Radio Scouting and Bill Stearns NE4RD tells us why:

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting, we're one week away from the largest
scouting event in the world. Jamboree on the Air is the weekend of
October 19th through the 21st. All bands and all modes, look and
listen for CQ JOTA.

If you're an Amateur and have not got involved yet, contact your local
club. If your local club is not participating, and you still want to,
contact your local Scout council and see what may already be planned in
your area and how you can help. You can find your council using the
Council locator on the website.

If nothing is currently planned, or if current plans aren't reaching
your area, you can work with the council or a local unit (pack, troop,
crew) to set up a JOTA station or arrange for visits to your ham shack.
You can also participate just by making QSOs with the many JOTA
stations that will be on the air.

Currently registered stations around the world are approaching 3000,
while stations in the U.S. are approaching 400. Get your station
locked in today and get registered through our shortcut at It's never too late to become involved.

For more information on JOTA or Radio Scouting please visit our website

For Amateur Radio Newsline and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association,
this is Bill Stearns, NE4RD.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams in California's Bay area are getting ready for a day
of discovery, as we hear from Dave Parks WB8ODF.

DAVE: For members of the Sonoma County Radio Amateurs club in
California, the eighth annual North Bay Science Discovery Day on
October 27th may as well be called North Bay Radio Discovery Day.
During the festival's hours from 10 am to 4 pm local time at the Sonoma
County Fairgrounds, the club will be operating Special Event Station
K6S, hoping for contacts on 10 meters, 20 meters and 40 meters. They'll
be operating the station to demonstrate radio to anyone and everyone
who stops by. Club activities coordinator Darryl Paule (PAUL) said he
is working on a special event QSL card as well for the event.
Meanwhile, SCRA member Keith Payea (rhymes with "PayDay") AG6CI will be
talking about satellites, satellite signals and demonstrating how radio
astronomy works using what he calls his "IBT" - for "itty bitty
telescope" - a converted satellite TV dish. He is also hoping to show
his portable SuperSID system - SID for Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance.
The device uses software on a laptop to display a realtime spectrum of
signals between Zero and 48 KHz, a range that includes some U.S.
military signals around 25 KHz. Keith, who is a director of the Society
of Amateur Radio Astronomers, explained to Newsline that the system
monitors those signals around the clock and records ionospheric changes
caused by the sun. If there's time, he said, he'd also like to operate
special event station K6S too. So stop by if you are in the area - or
be listening if you're not. For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Dave Parks


PAUL/ANCHOR: The weekend of October 13th and 14th has been set aside
for Europe's big international QSO Party and Ed Durrant DD5LP has the

ED: The next big international QSO party is being hosted by European
Radio Amateurs Organization and the group is calling it journey of
discovery. The activity is entirely on 60 meters, or 5 MHz, and it's
been organized to encourage use of this relatively band for hams in
many countries. Get on 5 MHz on October 13th and 14th and operate on
SSB, CW and digital modes - it's that easy. Participating hams are
being asked to call "CQ EURAO Party" and you needn't worry about a
contact turning into a ragchew. That kind of exchange is being
encouraged, with discussions on every topic ranging from the weather,
ham shack equipment or even the city you're operating from. Hams are
also encouraged to exchange QSL cards but this is not a contest and
even QSL cards are not necessary. To help organizers gather statistics,
logs can be submitted to the email address party at eurao dot org
) in ADIF format with the filename as the ham's
callsign. Logs will not be submitted for prizes; however, if you submit
a log on which at least 10 percent of your QSOs are confirmed, you will
receive a certificate of participation. For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm
Ed Durrant DD5LP.


PAUL/ANCHOR: A hospital emergency drill in Ohio got some very real
response from hams there recently, as we hear from Phil Thomas W8RMJ,
courtesy of Amateur News Weekly.

PHIL: MARA, the Mound Amateur Radio Association located in Miamisburg
Ohio assisted the Kettering Health Network in a simulated exercise on
Thursday Sept. 20th. MARA provided communication support at Sycamore
Hospital located in Miamisburg Ohio and at the Kettering's new Franklin
emergency urgent care facility located in Franklin Ohio. MARA club
members assisting in this exercise included Frank KM8N, Mike W8BMR, Ken
AC8AB, Bill KE8JDU and Dave N8DAT. The Mound Amateur Radio Association
was formed in 1962 by employees of the Mound Atomic Energy Facility.
MARA's club meeting room and operational amateur shack is now located
in the Mound Historic Park, also in Miamisburg Ohio.

PAUL/ANCHOR: That was Phil Thomas W8RMJ of Amateur News Weekly. For
more news of the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana area visit
amateurnewsweekly dot com.

WORLD OF DX In this week's world of DX, Sigi, DL7DF, is operating until
October 15th as SV8/DL7DF from Zakynthos Island. Listen for him on
80-10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. His log will be uploaded within
six months after the activation has concluded. Send QSLs via DL7DF,
direct or by the DARC Bureau.

Listen for Bertrand, DF3FS, operating as TU5MH from the Ivory Coast
between the 20th and the 29th of October. Bertrand will be on various
HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via DF3FS or LoTW. QSL requests are
being accepted via ClubLog's OQRS and your own card is not needed.
Please do not send QSLs via Bureau, use the OQRS system from ClubLog
for confirmation via the Bureau.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Our final story is about some low-power transmitters
making their way through the swamps of the UK. As Jeremy Boot G4NJH
explains, they're operating mobile - atop a group of endangered

JEREMY: Satellites, weather balloons and other more traditional venues
for transmitters have just gotten some unusual company: Twenty four
sand lizards living in Eelmore Marsh in Farnborough in the UK. Just
think of it as "Lizards on the Air" - but without any clever awards

These lizards are the UK's rarest and, according to a report in the
Warrington Guardian, two dozen are now wearing the lightweight radio
trackers to help scientists at Marwell Wildlife Zoo follow them and
study their behavior. The trackers are not even 5 percent of the
creatures' body weight. University of Southampton PhD student Rachel
Gardner told the newspaper that the lizards blend in very well with the
environment and, as such, would be lost from sight in the dense
undergrowth. She said having them wear transmitters will make them
easier to follow as they make their way through the habitat. The lizard
is found throughout Europe and Asia but has become the focus of
conservation efforts in England and Wales where its numbers have been

The radio tags are expected to stay in place for a while - or at least
until the animals shed their skins - at which point one can assume the
lizards will be going QRT.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; the
ARRL; CQ Magazine; EURAO Newsletter; Lloyd Colston KC5FM; Hap Holly and
the Rain Report; Irish Radio Transmitters Society; K2BSA; Ohio-Penn DX
Bulletin; Sonoma County Radio Amateurs Club; Southgate Amateur Radio
News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Variety; 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
. More information is available at Amateur Radio
Newsline's only official website at

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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