Amateur Radio Newsline Report nº1812 - May 4 2012

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1812 with a release
date of May 4th, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Antenna restrictions get worse in
Belgium; A new whistling intruder is heard on 40 meters; U-K
telecommunications regulator Ofcom issues new rules to
prevent radio interference to the 2012 Olympics and Nebraska
hams are lauded for their severe weather watch operations.
Find out the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report
number 1812 coming your way right now.


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RADIO LAW:  ANTENNA RESTRICTIONS IN BELGIUM GET TIGHTER

If you think it's hard to put up an antenna in some
locations here in the USA its nothing in comparison to
what's happening in Belgium.  That's where antenna
restrictions have gotten even tighter than before and its
happening with the government blessings.  In fact, the rules
are so stringent that it could force some hams off the air.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, reports:

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The Belgian national amateur radio society's website has
posted an update on the restrictive antenna requirements
recently imposed by the Flemish Government.  The
registration seems to apply to antennas that operate between
10 MHz through 10 Gigahertz, the amount of time a ham is
actually transmitting and the power output of his or her
station.

Going by the latest information, it would appear that
Flemish amateurs who transmit less than 175 hours a year at
20 watts Effective Radiated Power or less, are required to
submit forms to the government for each antenna they have.
Multi-band antennas require multiple submissions of forms.

For instance, a tri-band Yagi antenna for 20, 15 and 10
meters requires three separate submissions.  And if any
changes to an antenna is made, all of the paperwork must be
resubmitted.

But wait.  It gets worse.  If transmission are made from an
antenna for more than 175 hours a year or with an Effective
Radiated Power greater than 20 watts then it appears the
bureaucracy involved is even more complex.  You can find out
just how bad it is at tinyurl.com/NoticeForTxAntennas.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH,
reporting from Jonesboro, Arkansas,

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According to what we are hearing, the Belgian national
amateur radio society's known as the UBA has been attempting
to get these strict antenna rules modified, but to date with
little to no success.   (Southgate, UBA Website)

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RADIO LAW:  FCC ACCUSES REPEATER THAT'S BEEN OFF THE AIR
OVER A DECADE OF INTERFERENCE TO NEW RADAR SYSTEM

How can a repeater that's been off the air more than a
decade and a half be creating interference to an aircraft
radar tracking system that may not even be on the air yet?
That's what a lot of hams want to know after educator Gordon
West, WB6NOA, showed and partially read a warning letter on
the Tuesday, May 1st edition of the netcast Ham Nation.  A
letter that he received from the FCC and one that appears to
accuse him of operating a repeater on the 23 centimeter band
that's causing interference to a radar system that the FCC
won't even talk about.  Here's what West had to say as he
presented his warning letter to the thousands worldwide that
were watching Ham Nation:

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WB6NOA on Ham Nation:  "...I always enjoy it when it say
Certified Mail. Federal Communications Commission,
Enforcement Bureau.  And here it's a Warning Notice from the
Commission that went to a slew of Southern California
Repeater operators who own 1.2 GHz repeaters and I haven't
had my 1200 MHz repeater on the air for fifteen years, yet
they say that I operate on the air on 1.2 GHz and I'm
interfering with the FAA radar.
--

We asked West why he thinks he received this letter
regarding a repeater that's been off the air for years:

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WB6NOA To Newsline:  "The Warning Notice Federal
Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau, Western
Region, L.A. District Office, out of Cerritos (California)
begins: `Warning Notice.  You are receiving this warning
notice because you operate an Amateur Radio Service repeater
in the 23 centimeter band in the Los Angeles California
county area.  This office has received information that
amateur radio repeaters have been causing harmful
interference to Federal Aviation Administration operations
in the 23 centimeter band at San Pedro, California.'

"The remaining paragraphs go on to scare the living
daylights out of you that any further operation could create
some real problems for both the FAA as well as the offending
operator.

"Interesting though is that this letter went to many of us
who at one time may have had a repeater, but the
coordination is closed and the repeater has been off the air
for me up to fifteen years yet we are still getting this
notice an a pretty strong letter to come right out of
nowhere indicating that we have been potentially interfering
with the radar."

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So what is it that the FCC says hams are interfering with?
In reality, nobody but the government really knows for sure.

According to one report attributed to the ARRL, the Federal
Aviation Administration is deploying a new generation of
Common Air Route Surveillance Radar that operates in the
1240 to 1300 MHz of the 23 centimeter band. The Amateur
Service allocation in this band is on a secondary basis,
with aeronautical radionavigation and several other services
primary in the United States Table of Frequency Allocations.

The FCC rules require that amateur stations operating in the
23 cm band may not cause harmful interference to stations in
the Radionavigation-Satellite Service, the Aeronautical
Radionavigation Service, the Earth Exploration Satellite
Service or the space research service.  Nobody is arguing
with that.  What is questionable are letters being sent to
hams telling them that they are the source of interference
to this new radar system even if they or their repeaters
have not been on 23 centimeters in years.

If you are a repeater owner or 23 centimeter operator
anywhere in the United States and have received a letter
similar to that described by Gordon West, then we ask you to
send us a copy along with any reply that you sent to the
FCC.  Our mailing address and e-mail will be presented at
the end of this week's newscast.  We promise to bring you a
follow-up in a future Amateur Radio Newsline report.

Note:  You can see and hear WB6NOA describe the FCC Warning
Notice he received on Ham Nation episode #46 which can be
viewed or downloaded at twit.tv/hn (ARNewslineT)

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INTRUDER WATCH:  WHISTLING SIGNAL FOUND ON 40 METER BAND

Alex Cete, OZ9AEC, in Ribe, Denmark, says that has found a
strange whistling signal in the 40 meter band.  It sounds
like this:

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Audio of whistling signal.

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The strange whistle-like signal was received on 7.013 MHz
using GQRX software defined radio receiver and a Funcube
Dongle equipped with a shortwave converter. The signal
appears to be amplitude modulated with suppressed lower side
band.

Amateurs who have heard it are uncertain of its origin, but
some suspect it might be from an ionosonde.  Others
speculate that it could be a new form of digital numbers
station.  (Southgate)

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2012 OLYMPICS:  UK REGULATOR OFCOM ISSUES PROPOSED ANTI-
INTERFERENCE RULES FOR 2012 OLYMPIC GAME VENUES

UK Telecommunications regulator Ofcom have issued a notice
dealing with proposed regulations that will enable prompt
enforcement action for interference cases that affect the
2012 Olympics.  One that affects every citizen that operates
two way radio gear or even unintentional radiators.

The Proposed Regulations set out a requirement that applies
to apparatus in relation to a Games' "event zone."  Where
the use of a given apparatus does not meet requirements of
causing zero interference to communications within an
Olympic venue Ofcom may serve on the person in possession of
the apparatus a notice prohibiting its use.  Breach of such
a notice would be considered to be a criminal offence.  The
draft regulations designate 25 to 35 km radius around all
major venues across the UK, including football stadiums,
where enhanced enforcement could apply.

The announcement follows last week's Ofcom announcement of
restrictions to the 70cm, 2.3 and 3.4GHz amateur bands.  The
new proposal would apply to anyone, ham or non-ham, within
the range of the Olympic venues.   (RSGB, others)

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2012 OLYMPICS:  RSGB SAYS GAMES A GOOD WAY TO PUBLICIZE HAM
RADIO

Meantime, the Radio Society of Great Britain calls the
upcoming Olympics a great chance for ham radio to show its
colors.  Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has that part of the story from
Nottingham in the U-K:

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The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provide an
outstanding opportunity to publicize amateur radio.  To that
end, the RSGB negotiated a very limited number of special
prefixes starting with 2  Oscar One Two followed by a single
letter suffix.

The idea is for these calls are given an extensive airing
over the Olympic period this summer.  Special stations are
already planned for London, 2O12L, and Wales, 2O12W, and
there will be a special callsign for the National Radio
Centre.

Groups in Scotland and Northern Ireland are encouraged to
take advantage of the special callsign secured for their
region.

I'm Jeramy Boot, G4NJH.

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If you are a ham radio group in Scotland or Northern Ireland
and are hearing this newscast, you can apply for use of one
of the special Olympic call signs by contacting Bob Whelen
by e-mail to G3PJT (at) btinternet (dot) com.  (GB2RS)

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BREAK 1

From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the W5TXR repeater serving Schertz Texas.

(5 sec pause here)


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RADIO POLITICS:  SEN. GRASSLEY LIFTS HOLD ON FCC COMMISSION
LICENSEES

The FCC may soon get two new commissioners and be back up to
its full complement of five members.  This following an
announcement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, that he is
lifting his hold on the two nominees, Jessica Rosenworcel
and Ajit Pai.

Grassley has been seeking documentation from the commission
on an issue unrelated to the nominees.  He specifically
wanted to know about about interference concerns to the
Global Positioning System from the proposed LightSquared
wireless broadband project.

While the documents he's obtained so far raise more
questions for him, Grassley said in a statement he intends
to lift the hold on the two FCC nominees, but also continue
his investigation into both the FCC and Lightsquared.

If confirmed, Rosenworcel would take the seat of former
Commissioner Michael Copps who resigned in December, while
Ajit would replace former Commissioner Meredith Baker.
Baker left the agency in May 2011 to join Comcast. (RW)

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RESCUE RADIO:  NEBRASKA HAMS LAUDED FOR SKYWARN SEVERE
WEATHER WATCH

When normal communications systems in Nebraska were taken
off line by a recent spate severe storms and tornadoes,
local officials had no way of calling of getting damage
assessment.  That's where ham radio operators came to the
rescue as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley,
KI7UP.

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Tom Reis is a Skywarn coordinator for the National Weather
Service. He says that radio amateurs in Nebraska are a
valuable asset who can get out messages that help save
lives.

In a interview with the Atlantic, Reis said that the
National Weather Service recognizes the importance of
accurate ground information. He says that there are a
variety of methods to get that information to them and that
one of those is via amateur radio.

According to the NWS, ham radio operators can confirm
sightings of severe weather as it approaches and offer
damage assessment after the storm passes. This while at the
same time providing communications support to local
officials.

Reis says that this shows how amateur radio operators
provide a service for their community in a variety of
different ways. He also notes that it doesn't take much to
become an amateur radio operator and people of all ages
enjoy the hobby.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP,
where we have mostly dust storms in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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It should be noted that there is a big difference between
trained radio amateurs in the SKYWARN program and the so-
called storm chasers that we have been hearing so much about
in newscasts and reality TV shows these days.  Unlike storm
chasers who make a living photographing severe weather
incidents or are members of the general public who are
simply out for a thrill, SKYWARN associated hams are
educated weather observers.  Their job is not to go racing
after tornadoes as do storm chasers.  Rather they are unpaid
volunteer radio amateurs who keep their eyes and ears open
for severe weather outbreaks.  They then report what they
see and hear via ham radio to the National Weather Service.
The NWS takes this information and includes it into
forecasts that invariably save lives.  (Atlantic,
ARNewsline)

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RESCUE RADIO:  DOCUMENTARY TELLS STORY OF BROADCASTERS ROLE
IN MISSOURI TORNADOES

A University of Alabama instructor has produced an award-
winning, eight-minute documentary on the role of local
television broadcasters in saving lives during the massive
tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa and Joplin, Missouri last
year.

Chandra Clark, an instructor in the department of
telecommunications and film, worked with director Scott
Hodgson of the University of Oklahoma to make "Tornado
Emergency: Saving Lives."

Clark said the inspiration for the documentary came as a
response the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to
sell off a large portion of the broadcast spectrum.  Clark
said the sales could limit some of the resources
broadcasters have to reach the public.

The mini-documentary has already garnered a prestigious
Telly Award.  The film was also awarded a Best of
Competition Award by the Broadcast Education Association's
Festival of Media Arts.  (TVB)

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RESCUE RADIO:  UK RAYNET AND APCO-UK SIGN MOU

The United Kingdom's RAYNET group and British APCO have
signed a Memorandum of Understanding.  One that recognizes
the common objectives of both organizations in the promotion
and influencing of public safety, civil contingency,
information management and communications

In the Memorandum of Understanding RAYNET and APCO set out a
Schedule of Agreements which sets out some of the ways in
which both organizations will work together.  This includes
networking opportunities and invitations to attend
management meetings; website content sharing; joint working
and sharing of publications; and engaging RAYNET in regional
and national events.

RAYNET which is an acronym for the U-K based Radio Amateurs'
Emergency Network is a national voluntary communications
service provided for the community by licensed radio
amateurs.  It was formed in 1953 following Great Britain's
East Coast floods, when radio amateurs provided much of the
emergency communications.  (RAYNET)

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ENFORCEMENT:  ANOTHER UNLICENSED FLORIDA BROADCASTER FINED
$20000

Another unlicensed broadcaster in Florida has been dinged
$20,000 by the FCC.  In a Forfeiture Order, the FCC has told
Robens Cheriza to pay the fine for operation of an
unlicensed radio transmitter on the frequency 107.3 MHz in
the city of West Palm Beach.

Back on February 1st, the Enforcement Bureau's Miami Office
issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the
amount of $20,000 to  Cheriza.  Cheriza never filed a
response to the proposed fine.  So based on the information
before it the forfeiture was affirmed with Cheriza given the
customary 30 days to pay up or to file an appeal. (FCC)

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HAM RADIO ON THE NET:  RFINDER FOR APPLE PORTABLE PRODUCTS
RELEASED

W2CYK has announced the latest platform release of RFinder -
The World Wide Repeater Directory.  The new version is
designed for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod users and is
available for immediate download from the Apple App Store.

Previous versions of RFinder run on Android based gear and
can be found on-line at web.rfinder.net.  The World Wide
Repeater Directory is also accessible from RT Systems radio
programmers and via CHIRP on Windows, Linux and Macintosh
with the same user/password you use on handheld devices.
(W2CYK)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  N8CGM'S CHOIR TAKES 3RD PLACE IN SWEET
ADELINES CONTEST

Some names in the news.  Members of Susan Scott, N8CGM's
chorus known as the Cincinnati Sound now wear 3d place
overall medals.  This from the recent Region 4 Sweet
Adelines contest held at the Northern Kentucky  Convention
Center.  The quartets competed on Fri April 19th and the
choirs on Saturday the 20th.  (OH-KY-IN A.R.S)

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MAMES IN THE NEWS:  F6HBR FIRST FRENCH HAM TO BE ISSUED A
THAI LICENSE

Meantime, Alain Burgnon, F6HBR, appears to be the first
French radio amateur to be granted a Thailand license.

Burgnon has been living in Thailand since 2006.  After seven
years of negotiations between France and Thailand, a
reciprocal agreement was signed in December 2011.  As a
result, F6HBR was granted the call HS0ZKG on April 25th.

A second French ham is living in Thailand - Gerald Begards,
F8DEG. He is expected to be the second French ham that will
be granted a Thai call.  (F5NQL)

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HAMVENTION NEWS:  TECH LICENSE CLASS AND TESTING AT
HAMVENTION 2012

A Technician level Ham Radio Class will be held concurrent
with the Dayton Hamvention on Saturday, May 19th.

The session runs from 9AM until 4PM Eastern Daylight Time
and will be held at the Hara Arena Hamvention venue.
Immediately following the conclusion of the class a team of
Volunteer Examiners will be on-hand to administer the
Technician class exam.

You do need to pre-register for the class and yes, there is
homework.  Info on what's in the class and how to enroll can
be found at tinyurl.com/hamvention-license-class.

The class will be again sponsored by Mitch Stern, W1SJ.  If
you have any questions please contact him at w1sj (at) art
(dot) net.  (W1SJ)

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HAMVENTION NEWS: WEAK SIGNAL DINNER AT HAMVENTION 2012

And Weak Signal VHF, UHF and Microwave enthusiasts are
invited to attend the 17th VHF Weak Signal Group banquet.
This annual event will be held concurrent with the Dayton
Hamvention on Friday evening May 18th, at the Dayton Grand
Hotel in Dayton, Ohio.  The evenings featured speaker will
be Dick Hanson, K5AND, and his presentation on the 2011 PJ6D
Six Meter DXpedition to Saba Island.  Cost is for the
banquet is $35 per person and advance reservations are
required.  Prepaid reservation requests should be sent to
Tony Emanuele WA8RJF, 7156 Kory Court, Concord Township,
Ohio 44077.  For more information you can e-mail Tony to
WA8RJF (at) ARRL (dot) net.  (WA8RJF)

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BREAK 2

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
www.arnewsline.org and being relayed by the volunteer
services of the following radio amateur:

(5 sec pause here)

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ELECTRONIC THEFT:  CALIFORNIA COPPER THIEVES EXPAND TO FIBER
OPTICS

Copper thieves in California have expanded to stealing glass
as well.  In this case we are talking about glass as in
fiber optic cable.  In one case some AT&T customers in the
city of Alpine experienced disruptions in phone and Internet
service after thieves stole copper and fiber optic wiring
from underground lines.

According to Sgt. Joseph Passalacqua, the thieves took about
75 feet of 600 strand fiber optic cable along with the
copper wiring.  To accomplish this the robbers climbed into
a manhole and cut into the underground pipes.  An AT&T
spokesperson said that three conduits carrying fiber optic
or copper cables were damaged and that the vandalism
affected some cellphone users as well.

Sergant Passalacqua said that Internet service was down at
both the sheriff's Alpine and Pine Valley substations, but
that public safety was not affected.

The theft of copper wiring and other metals like bronze and
aluminum has proliferated over the years. Thieves commonly
steal the precious metals in order to sell it to recyclers.
However the theft of fiber optic lines is something new and
could signal a developing market for this kind of product.
(Published news reports)

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  5 MHZ PROPAGATION STUDY RELEASED IN UK

A paper entitled Comparison of Propagation Predictions and
Measurements for Mid-Latitude HF Near-Vertical Incidence Sky
Wave Links at 5 MHz has just been published in the peer-
reviewed, academic journal, Radio Science.   Authored by Dr.
Marcus Walden, G0IJZ, the paper compares near-vertical
incidence skywave or NVIS measurements from the U-K 5 MHz
beacon network with High Frequency propagation predictions
using VOACAP and ASAPS software.  Further information,
including a link to the paper, can be found at
tinyurl.com/7ahx8vt.  (GB2RS)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  AMSAT PUTS OUT FIRST CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM
PAPERS

AMSAT has put out a first call for papers to be presented at
the 2012 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium to be held
in Orlando, Florida.

Proposals for papers, presentations and poster presentations
are invited on any topic of interest to the amateur
satellite community.  Abstracts and papers including a
tentative title should be sent to Dan Schultz, N8FGV, by e-
mail n8fgv (at) amsat (dot) org.

The 2012 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium takes
place the weekend of October 26th to the 28th at the Holiday
Inn, Orlando Airport Hotel.  (AMSAT, N8FGV)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  DELFI C3  DO-64 CELEBRATES 4 YEARS IN
SPACE

The Delfi-C3, DO-64 satellite has celebrated 4 years on-
orbit.  The 3-unit CubeSat, developed by the Technical
University of Delft in the Netherlands was launched on April
28, 2008.  The nanosatellite has since performed technology
demonstration experiments for the space industry in the
Netherlands.  It still transmits its telemetry and
measurement data which can be received using simple amateur
radio equipment and using the RASCAL software.  An in-depth
article on the tiny bird is on-line in Google translated
English at tinyurl.com/Delfi-C3-4th-Anniversary.
(Southgate)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE  NEW CUBESAT LAUNCHER DEVELOPED AT NAVAL
POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL

The Space Systems Academic Group at the US Naval
Postgraduate School has developed the NPSCubeSat Launcher or
NPSCuL.

NPSCuL is described as an auxiliary payload platform.  It is
designed to allow multiple CubeSats to be launched aboard
rockets as secondary payloads.  This means that the launch
rocket would be able to carry satellites in onboard space
that would otherwise be unused.

NPSCuL can accommodate up to 24 CubeSats in a single
Secondary Payload Adapter.  On reaching the desired orbit
spring-loaded doors will release the satellites one-by-one.

A first flight is planned for August 2012 which will carry
11 CubeSats.  (ANS)

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RADIO SPORTS:  ARRL CREATES NEW VHF - UHF CONTESTS

In radiosports news, the ARRL Programs and Services
Committee have approved a rule change for ARRL VHF+ contests
effective beginning in 2013.

One of the most controversial changes is the creation of a
Single-Op FM-only category.  Here, operators will be limited
to 100 Watts maximum output in the FM mode on the 50, 144,
222 and 440 MHz bands.  Exact rules have not been announced
so it's not yet known if the contest will have restricted
frequencies or if it will be a free, anything goes
competition.

Also created by the committee is a new Single-Operator
category for stations permitted up to 100 Watts PEP on 50
and 144 MHz, 50 Watts PEP on 432 MHz.  This for the more
traditional contesting modes.

These changes will apply to the January, June, and September
contests - again, beginning with the 2013 January VHF
Sweepstakes.  It should be noted that past attempts to
create FM only contests have not succeeded. This is believed
primarily because both the use of repeaters and of national
calling channels where all the FM action is, have been
declared off-limits.  (VHF Reflector, ARRL)

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DX

In DX, ZS6JR and ZS6DJD should be operating from Mozambique
for seven to ten days starting on the 3th or 4th of May.
Operations will take place next to a small lake 400 km north
of the capital using vertical antennas and a Hex Beam on 40
through 10 meters.  Callsigns have not been announced.  QSL
as directed on the air.

An international team of operators will be active as 7-Oh-6-
T from Socotra Island through May 17th.  They plan to have
six stations on the air at any given time.   Activity will
be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via
UA3DX.

A group of operators from Japan will be operational from the
Maldives between May 11th and the 16th.  Activity will be on
160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via
their home callsigns, either direct or via the bureau.

E51WL in the North Cook Islands has been heard on 6 meters.
Keep an ear open for him just before 2300 UTC on or around
50.120 MHz.  QSL as directed on the air

Members of the Crimean Contest Radio Club will be active
from the Ukrane as EM67J through May 15th.  Their operation
is to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the "Victory in
the Great Patriotic War." QSL's via K2PF.  And less we
forget, electronic logbooks will be upload to Logbook To The
World in late May or early June.

Lastly, DL4HG and DL5XAT will be on the air as 9H3OG and
9H3TX, respectively, from Malta's Gozo Island between
November 21st and the 26th. Their operation will include the
CQ WW DX CW Contest on November 24th and 25th using the
callsign 9H3TX.  QSL 9H3OG via DL4HG and 9H3TX via DL5XAT.

(Above from various DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM: FAA MAY LOOK AGAIN AT BANNED RF DEVICES ON
PLANES

And finally this week, using your laptop, iPad or Kindle
during a commercial U-S flight might become a reality in the
not to distant future.  This with word that the Federal
Aviation Administration may be willing to take a second look
at it's policy on electronics usage aboard airplanes.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, reports:

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While some airlines permit very limited use of wireless
devices one an aircraft is at altitude, actual availability
is quite limited.  But according to a recent report credited
to columnist Nick Bilton and the New York times, the FAA has
decided to take a updated look at the use of personal
electronics on planes.

The report continues by quoting FAA spokesperson Laura
Brown.  She told the press that with the advent of new and
evolving electronic technology, and because the airlines
have not conducted the testing necessary to approve the use
of new devices, the FAA may be taking a fresh look at the
use of personal electronic devices, other than cell phones,
on aircraft.

Currently, airline passengers must turn off any electronic
device that can transmit or receive a radio signal that
cannot be disabled.  While, the FAA indicates that it is
open to testing new devices, it will more than likely be a
long road before any substantive changes take place.  This
is because every airline giving thought to allow such
operations would first have to test one of each version of a
device on each of model of every aircraft in its fleet.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Fred Vobbe, W8HDU.

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Whatever happens, the FAA has already been quoted as saying
that it will not budge on its policy of not permitting use
of mobile phones during a flight.  And don't even consider
trying to use a ham radio H-T on a commercial airliner.
Even if that one were lifted by the FAA the domestic U-S
airlines would likely keep a ban in place on the use of ham
gear and other two way radios on board their flights.  (Tech
Trends)

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