Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1838 - November 2 2012

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1838 with a release
date of November 2, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Ham radio responds to Hurricane
Sandy and a Pacific Ocean Tsunami; a new video snowing A-P-R-
S from the space station is made public, a record number of
students take part in an ARISS contact and a look at the Ham
Radio Salutes Hollywood operation from the historic C-B-S
soundstage where it took place.  All this and more on
Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1838 coming your way
right now.


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RESCUE RADIO:  HAM RADIO MEETS KILLER HURRICANE SANDY

As Hurricane Sandy made her way across the Caribbean and the
up along the U.S. East Coast ham radio operators had been
tracking the storms every move.  When she made landfall on
the New Jersey shore they were ready to respond.  Mark
Abramowicz, NT3V is here with whats known so far:

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To be sure, the hams who responded to Hurricane Sandy will
never, ever forget the destructive power of a superstorm
that - to this point - has been unmatched in modern history.

It was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who the day following
the storm striking along the state's barrier islands, summed
up the grit and determination for the people of his state...

"We have a long road ahead of us but I have complete
confidence we're going to come out of this better and
stronger than before," Christie said. "This state is too
tough to give in to this type of devastation."

And, in the immediate aftermath of the storm, radio
operators in southern New Jersey were put to the test,
especially in Atlantic and Ocean counties.

The first is home to Atlantic City, which ended up under
water as the storm passed, and the second, home to Long
Beach Island and other well-known seaside communities where
homes were ripped apart and boats thrown into piles like
toys in a child's messy play chest.

Southern New Jersey hams will remain on the job with relief
coming into Atlantic County for shelters still being manned
by Red Cross personnel.

John Zaruba, K2ZA, is ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator for
Southern New Jersey,

Zaruba says hams went active Saturday morning - days before
the storm arrived - and began moving equipment into
position.

He says by Sunday night as the rain bands from Sandy
starting closing in on New Jersey and tge wind began kicking
up, operators were already out..

"There was a lot of good ground intelligence," Zaruba says.
"You know where people were trying to get places and there
was a lot of reporting of, 'Okay this road's flooded, you
can't go here. You have to re-route and go this way.' So
there was a lot of real-time information coming back that
way."

Zaruba says the Red Cross was operational with shelters in-
land, away from the coastal areas, before the storm hit...

"In some of the counties, seven or eight shelters actually
operating," Zaruba says. "But as the storm passed through.
They started consolidating things, getting people out that
could go back to their homes and other people that needed
more long-term sheltering. They started moving them into
more consolidated shelter facilities."

At one point, Zaruba says there was a need for more
equipment and section officials contacted ARRL headquarters
and a response came quickly...

"We were able to get six 'Go Kits' sent down from the League
to Ocean County and that went a long way toward easing their
operational burden," Zaruba says.

As for the modes of communication, Zaruba says it was all
voice...

"Primarily, we were using 2-meter FM," Zaruba says. "And,
I've been a big proponent of using digital communications.
But, here, again, we've got a bit of a way to go to get
people focused in on that's an available tool in our tool
kit and let's utilize it.

"Right now, most of the mindset revolves around voice
communication."

Zaruba says hams in south Jersey are standing down, for the
most part, and he's proud of their dedication and
response...

"They did an outstanding job, to a person," Zaruba says.
"All went above and beyond the call of duty. The folks in
Ocean and Atlantic counties were pulling some brutal
shifts."

And, Zaruba says, some of the volunteer radio operators also
suffered some devastating losses themselves...

"Some hams that were talking about shore houses that have 20-
25 inches of water in the bottom," Zaruba says. "And,
granted those folks didn't sound real happy but as long as
there were no lives lost, the house and the contents are all
replaceable."

Now, on to New York, where Sandy socked the city hard.

Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is ARRL section manager for New
York/Long Island.

He says during the storm itself, operations were hunkering
down like everyone else, but quick sprung into action once
it passed.

"Despite the tremendous devastation that the city has faced,
the role amateur radio played in the five boroughs was
relatively small, "Lisenco says. "We manned the emergency
operations center at the American Red Cross in mid-town
Manhattan."

But Lisenco says the devastation is far worse outside the
city and its environs...

"In Nassau Couny, the response has been rather large because
a good portion of the southern part the county has seen
complete devastation, primarily because they are very close
to the water," Lisenco says. "The Red Cross has run a rather
large sheltering operation in Nassau County. We've been
providing communications for the shelters

"They've been running a resource net as well as a net for
passing traffic back and forth between the shelters and to,
of course, Red Cross headquarters in Nassau County."

Lisenco says the many hams responding to help faced some
challenges even getting into position...

"The biggest problem I think we faced was the fact that
there's these widespread power outages," Lisenco says.
"We're talking about millions of people without power in the
area. And, also what damage that was done with downed trees,
power lines, a tremendous amount of sand washed up on shore,
houses displaced, a large problem would then be in terms of
transporting oneself to a location that they're supposed to
be manning, such as a shelter.

"Even just driving around Brooklyn we have a lot of areas
where they have no power. Lights are out. Driving, even
during the day is somewhat tenuous. So imagine having to do
that at night."

Lisenco says the effort in Nassau County remains very fluid
and active and he expects emergency operations will continue
for the coming days as we go to air on Friday, Nov. 2.

Lisenco and Zaruba from the southern New Jersey section
agree on one thing.

It's important for all amateurs to realize the role they can
play in their communities in times of disaster.

Lisenco sums it up...

"It's very easy for people to grow complacent over time when
they feel their services aren't needed," Lisenco says. "But
they need to keep in mind that emergencies happen at any
point in tie, anywhere.

"And, they need to be involved at some level in the
emergency communications aspect of amateur radio. Amateur
radio is both a service and a hobby. And we can't lose sight
of that. And, in order to participate in the hobby aspect,
you have to give something back."

So, while New Jersey and New York have a long way to go in
coping with the aftermath of Sandy, Lisenco and Zaruba say
communities can rest assured amateur radio will be there
when needed.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V,
in Philadelphia.

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Obviously, reports are still coming in and it will be some
time before we know the full extent of the work of radio
amateurs in response to this event that's been called the
perfect storm.  More in future Amateur Radio Newsline
reports.

(ARNewsline)

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RESCUE RADIO:  HAWAII EMCOMM RADIO AMATEURS RESPOND TO
TSUNAMI WARNING

Amateur radio operators in Hawaii responded to a tsunami
warning on Saturday evening, October 27th.  This by
providing valuable information to emergency management
officials after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the
coast of British Columbia, Canada at 5:04 pm Hawaii Standard
Tine.

At 7:14 pm, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center upgraded an
earlier bulletin to a warning with an estimated wave arrival
time of 10:28 pm.  At this point key members of Hawaii's
emergency communications ham radio network were alerted by
an automated text message system.  One of them was Ron
Hashiro AH6RH, is the Hawaii State Civil Defense RACES
Coordinator.

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AH6RH:  "With the estimated wave arrival time of 10:28 pm,
we really had to hustle because now we were within the three
hour time limit that we would normally sound sirens and of
coarse all of that notification was subsequently delayed.
The telephone alert process took 22 minutes and from there
we had to mobilize and it took 40 minutes to get on site at
the state EOC.

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Also alerted were ARES Emergency Coordinators on each island
that make up the State of Hawaii.  This lead to a call-up of
various ARES and RACES nets.  Hams were also dispatched to
keep an eye on ocean levels and report back:

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AH6RH:  " We had Kalani Ku, WH6KX, on the north side of Maui
at Kahului Harbor and Dave Garrison, AL4A, on the South side
reporting ocean level changes.  At 10:53 pm Kalani reported
that the water was receding from Kahului Harbor and shortly
thereafter Dave reported the same.

"For the next two hours WH6KX and AL4A passed timely reports
of ocean level changes ranging from plus 2 feet to minus 3
feet below normal.  The ocean level reports were received by
hams at all the EOC's and passed on to their respective EOC
operations."

--

Once the Tsunami arrival time was well past, a determination
was made to downgrade the warning to an advisory effective
at 12:54 am.  Nets stood down at about 10 minutes later.

AH6RH says that the only major incident that took place came
in a notice from the Hilo EOC.  Hams there reported that the
receding water in Hilo Bay caused the bottom of boats to hit
the floor of the bay. (ARNewslineT, AH6RH)

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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 WA4WPD repeater serving Rocky Mount North
Carolina.

(5 sec pause here)

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RESTRUCTURING:  SARL PRESENTS AMATEUR RADIO'S NEEDS IN THE
MICROWAVE BANDS AT HEARING

The South African Radio League was to discuss amateur
radio's needs for allocation in the 2.3; 3.5 and 5 GHz bands
at a hearing with that nations telecommunications regulator
held on November 1st and 2nd.  The hearing dealt with the
draft frequency migration regulation and frequency migration
plans for this spectrum.  Prior to the meeting the South
African Radio League had put forward its requirements for
allocations in these bands in line with the IARU Region 1
spectrum requirements for amateur radio use of these bands.
Like many parts of the world, this region is also looking
into ways to make more spectrum available to broadband and
other emerging technologies.   (SARL)

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RESCUE RADIO:  MOBILE WEATHER TRAINING AT GAREC 2012

A free session on the Mobile Emergency Weather Station is
available to those who will be attending the Global Amateur
Radio Emergency Conference being held in Malaysia from
November 11th to the 14th.  Presented by its inventor
Gregory Lee, HS0ZHM, of the Rural Training Centre in
Thailand, the session will first cover the Weather
Observation Log form and then take the trainees through the
device set-up and its operation.

The Mobile Emergency Weather Station device enables hams to
quickly gather weather data in a reliable manner for them to
be reported by radio.  Its ultimate goal is to provide
meaningful weather reports from a disaster zone.  This, to
help in making the multitude of decisions by relief
authorities and also to improve helicopter flight operations
and safety.

The Mobile Emergency Weather Station session will be on
November 11th at the Melaka House, in Port Dickson.  For
more information contact 9W2PCK by e-mail to choysegt (at)
gmail (dot) com  (VK3PC)

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RESCUE RADIO:  SANTA CLARITA CALIFORNIA RESCUES STRANDED
HIKER

A stranded hiker has been saved in California.  On Sunday,
October 28th, at approximately 1:15pm the Santa Clarita
Valley Sheriffs Station Search and Rescue Team along with
Los Angeles County Fire Department responded and rescued a
54-year-old female hiker from the narrows portion of Towsley
Canyon.

When located, the hiker was suffering from heat exhaustion
and dehydration.  She was airlifted by a Los Angeles County
Fire Department helicopter and brought to a safe landing
zone where she was medically checked out by Search and
Rescue team members, and fire department paramedics. The
hiker was then released to her family.

At the time the incident occurred the team was helping out
with the haunted jailhouse fundraiser.  This by teaching
children about rescues along with demonstrating some of the
most common gear used during a rescue.  When they received
an emergency call regarding a stranded hiker they quickly
decided how many members would deploy to Towsley Canyon and
how many members would remain at the haunted jailhouse
event.

The Santa Clarita Search and Rescue team is made up of
highly trained individuals from all walks of life, several
of whom are ham radio operators.  Their backgrounds range
from school teachers to contractors, to film directors and
even rocket scientists.  For further information please
visit www.scvrescue.com  (nixle.com)

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RADIO LAW:  FCC PROHIBITS ROBOCALLING TO PUBLIC SAFETY
ANSWERING POINTS

The government has put in place some rules to prevent
automated telemarketing devices from calling emergency
service providers.  Jeff Clark, K8JAC, has the details:

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Emergency Service providers are getting government
protection from unwanted robocalls that can tie up their
phone lines.  This through the establishment a specialized
Do-Not-Call registry for Public Safety Answering Points and
prohibiting the use of robocalling equipment to contact
registered Public Safety Answering Point phone numbers other
than for an emergency purpose.

Public Safety Answering Points are typically 911 call
centers that receive emergency calls and route them to
emergency service personnel.  By some estimates, hundreds or
even thousands of unwanted robocalls are made to these
centers each day, tying up public safety phone lines and
diverting critical first responder resources away from the
provision of emergency services.

Specifically, the new rules released on October 17th allow
Public Safety Answering Points to upload any number
associated with the provision of emergency services or
communications with other public safety agencies onto a
specialized Do-Not-Call registry.  They also prohibit
operators of rob calling equipment from using such equipment
to contact any number on the registry except for an
emergency purpose and adopt specific monetary penalties for
contacting or disclosing numbers contained in the registry.
In the case of violations prohibiting disclosure or
dissemination of registered numbers, the new law provides
for monetary penalties of up to $1,000,000 per incident.

The rules also address concerns voiced by the public safety
community in comments to the FCC about the potential
problems unwanted texts to Public Safety Answering Points
may pose in the future.  For violations of the prohibition
on robocall texting numbers on the registry, the law
provides for monetary penalties that are not less than
$10,000 per call or text or more than $100,000 per call or
text.

For the Amateur adio Newsline, I'm Jeff Clark, K8JAC

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For those that have never heard the term robocalling, those
are the irritating automated telemarketing calls that seem
to be growing in number each day.  And in more and more
instances the operators of these machines seem to be
programming them to call back incessantly if you hang up and
keep on doing so until you give some type of response.
(FCC)

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RADIO LAW:  FBI AND STINGRAY VS PUBLIC RIGHT TO KNOW

Tracking cell phones by tricking them into operating on a
bogus network is a law enforcement tactic shrouded in
secrecy.  Now the FBI is under pressure to release
information about it-but the bureau doesn't want to let go
of 25,000 pages of documents on sophisticated cell
surveillance technology.

In an Arizona court case last year it was made public that
the FBI had used a cell-site simulator in order to track
down a suspect.  The portable equipment, sometimes described
as either an I-M-S-I catcher or a Stingray, covertly sends
out a signal that fools all phones within a specific area
into connecting to a fake network.  The spy tool can force
targeted phones to release unique identity codes that can
then be used to track a person's movements in real time.

But not everyone likes the idea of this type of law
enforcement tool being used.  Among them is the Electronic
Privacy Information Center which is attempting to obtain
internal FBI documents relating to the technology.  In fact
the Center is taking legal action to force the prompt
disclosure of records concerning Stingray devices or other
cell site simulator technologies.  It alleges that the FBI
has failed to comply with statutory deadlines by not handing
them over quickly enough following a freedom of information
request made last February.

For its part, the FBI says that it has found 25,000 pages of
documents that relate to the request, about 6,000 of which
are classified.  Because of this the agency says that it may
need up to three years to process the files before they can
be released.

In light of the FCC's recent enforcement activities against
cellular telephone jamming devices, it will be interesting
to see if the regulatory agency can or will become involved
in this controversial issue.  (slate.com)

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ENFORCEMENT:  SATELLITE JAMMING TRACED TO SYRIA AND IRAN

According to European satellite operator Eutelsat,
disruptions in satellite signals in the Middle East and
Europe have been traced back to Syria and Iran.  There has
been speculation that the jamming is a reaction to changes
in the regulations put forth by the International
Telecommunications Union to comply with the European Union's
increasingly tough sanctions on Iran.

The ITU altered its regulations at the World
Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva after receiving
complaints of repeated and deliberate interference in the
reception of TV in Persian and Arabic.  Because of these
changes, Eutelsat no longer carries 19 radio and television
channels broadcast by the Islamic Republic of Iran
Broadcasting.

The European Broadcasters Union has now responded to the
information by condemning it.  In a press statement it's
Director Ingrid Deltenre said that access to information is
a universal human right and an essential component for
democracy.  As such the E-B-U deplores this attack on media
freedom.

For its part, the International Telecommunications Union
says that these recent incidents are not the first time that
there have been allegations of Iran blocking communications
from the outside world.  The latest wave of interference has
affected numerous radio and TV broadcasters including the
BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle and the Voice of America.
(RW)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  M6GLD UNVEILS ISS APRS VIIDEO

Some names in the news.  First up is Robert Broughton, M6GLD
who has made available a new video demonstrating reception
of amateur radio APRS signals from the International Space
Station.  The data shown in the clip is decoded using free
online software and a soundcard connected from a receivers
audio out to the computers audio in.  For this demonstration
the closest slant range to the I-S-S at zenith was around
1,350 miles line of sight with the space station
transmitting on 145.825 Mhz.  You can watch the video at
tinyurl.com/iss-aprs-video
(M6GLD)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  K6LCS RECEIVES SPECIAL PUBLIC SERVICE
AWARD

Clint Bradford K6LCS of Jurupa Valley, California and his
wife Karen have earned a special award from the Public
Relations Society of America.  This for their work in
planning a space related educational  event held back on
April 19th.

Called "LIVE! . from outer space!" the operation gave
students a chance to speak to an astronaut in the orbiting
International Space Station."  Some 120 students of Flabob
Airport Preparatory Academy, more than 80 parents, community
leaders and media representatives got to witness a live
contact with the International Space Station. Flight
Engineer Don Pettit was on the I-S-S to answer questions
posed by some of the students via ham radio.

K6LCS initiated the event because of his volunteer position
through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station or
ARISS program which is allied to NASA's with Teaching from
Space curriculum.  The latter is available to any school
that applies, but the typical wait-time from application to
an actual contact with a member of the space station crew is
three years.

According to K6LCS for the Flabob school contact it was 13
months of planning for 10 minutes of conversation.  But adds
Bradford, but, "oh, what a conversation!"  (Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  LEAGUE SEEKING NEW MEDIA AND PUBLIC
RELATIONS MANAGER

The ARRL is currently looking to fill the position of Media
and Public Relations Manager at ARRL Headquarters in
Newington.  This following the recent retirement of Allen
Pitts, W1AGP, from that position.

The ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager is responsible
for explaining the value of the amateur radio service to the
media and the general public, directly and through a corps
of volunteers.  Outstanding communications skills and the
ability to train and motivate volunteers is also required.

For more information on this position and how to apply
please viait the news paes at www.arrl.org.  (ARRL)

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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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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  LARGEST CONTACT EVER WITH THE ISS

The largest contact in the history of the Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station program has taken place in
Florida.  This as Florida Science Museum station WS4FSM
hosted the largest school contact ever with the ISS. Take a
listen:

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Actual contact audio

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The contact took place on Tuesday, October 30th, at 15:58
UTC when most of Palm Beach County's 187,000 students were
watching live as 10 students and 2 teachers made the
historic contact.  The actual call was from the Motorola
Theater at the museum.  Both a tower mounted tracking
antenna and a mast mounted Eggbeater were loaned to the club
by area hams for making this contact. Eleven students and
two teachers already asked their questions of Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide,
KE5DNI.  Hoshide who has been on the International Space
Station since mid-July, was quick to provide answers.

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Actual contact audio

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The event was to be televised live by closed circuit system
to classrooms in all the county schools and streamed on the
web as well as on the school system's educational channel
and Comcast Cable in South Florida. The final audience was
expected to be over 250,000 live viewers.

The West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group sponsors the station
at the South Florida Science Museum as part of a permanent
amateur radio exhibit.  Club members and other volunteer
hams in the area staff the station and exhibit on weekends,
for school tours during the week, and during summer science
camps.  More about the club is on-line at www.wpbarc.com.
(Southgate, Palm Beach Post, AJ4XM)

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WORLDBEAT:  DENMARK SETS DIGITAL RADIO SWITCHOVER DATE

The Danish government's new media policy has defined 2019 as
the year for the country's digital radio switchover.  This
providing that at least half of all radio listening in the
country is digital by 2018.

Uffe Elbak, the Danish Culture minister stated that this
move is a normal progression. He said that the world is
digital and therefore it is a natural continuation of
previous efforts and policy decisions in the area that we
now will speed up the digitization of radio, just as we did
with the TV a few years ago.  Elbak said that this will be
accomplished by continuing to expand the nations digital
radio network, and establishing, albeit with conditions, a
date for the switch-off of analog FM.  By setting a date
Elbak says that his nation is sending a clear signal to both
the industry and the Danish radio listeners about where
digitalization of broadcasting is headed.

According to other reports, the national single-frequency
Digital Audio Broadcasting or DAB block used by the public
service broadcaster D R Multiplex will be exchanged for two
DAB regional frequency blocks now occupied by a single
commercial multiplex.  This will take place in 2013.  All
Danish DAB transmissions will also transition from the
original DAB standard to the DAB+ standard.  (RW)

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WORLDBEAT:  MULTIPLE COPIES OF RAC REPORT E-MAILED

Radio Amateurs of Canada says that there have been issues
with multiple copies of its R-A-C Report unintentionally
going out via e-mail.  Chief Information and Technology
Officer Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB, says that the society is
working to fix this problem before the next issue is sent
out.  (Radio Amateurs of Canada)

**

DX

IN DX, the March, 2013 DXpedition to Clipperton Island has
received the callsign TX5K to be used during the operation.
So far the team has 23 members and one space remains
available for another operator, scientist, or other
supporter who wishes to join the DXpedition.  More
information is on-line at www.cordell.org/CI,

DL1LLL is currently operational portable Zed-S-7
from Antarctica on the High Frequency Bands.  His location
is the Neumeyer Emergency base.  QSL via DL5EBE.

VK6LC will be active from Vietnam in November as XV1LC.  He
will be operational on the High Frequency Bands using CW and
SSB only.  QSL direct via VK6LC.

JA1PBV will be on the air from Mauritania as 5T5BV until
November
10th. His activity has so far been on 30, 12 and 10 meters
using CW and RTTY. QSL via JA1PBV.

JH5GHM is currently on the air stroke V26 from Antigua
Island on the High Frequency bands only.  No mention of
modes or times on the air.  QSL via his home call or
electronically using Logbook of the World.

JA1PBV is currently active from Mauritania as 5T5BV.  Listen
out for him on the High Frequency bands operating mainly CW.
QSL via home call

DL8NU will be active from Mahe Island in the
Seychelles November 9th to the 24th as S79NU He will be
operational on the High Frequency bands mostly on CW.  QSL
via home call

Lastly, UA4WHX is currently active stroke EX
from Kyrgyzstan.  Hes been reported being heard on many o
the High Frequency bands.  His QSL route is direct to his
home callsign.

(Above from various DX news sources

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  HAM RADIO CELEBRATES HOLLYWOOD

And finally this week, Ham Radio Celebrates Hollywood was
the title of an all-band multi mode operation from Stage 9
at CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday,
October 28th.  Stage 9 is currently the home of the hit
sitcom Last Man Standing which features ham radio as one of
the shows themes.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF, stopped by the operation and has this report:

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The callsign of the operation was K6H which stood for King-6-
Hollywood.  And maybe you were one of the lucky ones to make
contact with members of the southern California-based PAPA
repeater system who sponsored and staffed this fun event:

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Actual 40 meter QSO

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That was just one of several stations that were up and
running at K6H.  And while the majority of operators came
from the PAPA System, the idea for the event was that of
John Amodeo, NN6JA, who happens to be the producer of Last
Man Standing:

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NN6JA:  "I think it came about because a while ago I was
asked to do a forum at Dayton by the ARRL to talk about ham
radio and the way it's treated in the media.  That set me
off to thinking how ham radio is often portrayed either
inaccurately or negatively.

"I wrote a forum and performed it in Dayton and it went out
very well.  But I could see that there was a bigger audience
to reach with the whole concept of ham radio and Hollywood.
And I thought that a special event radio station might be
fun.

"We have the stage and we have a lot of ham radio equipment
on the stage to do that.  And I'm a member of several radio
clubs; in particular the PAPA group here in Southern
California, the Great South Bay Radio Club on Long Island,
and a member of B.E.A.R.S. which is the Broadcast Engineers
Radio Club who are connected to D.E.A.R.S. who are the
Disney amateur radio guys and DARI which is an interconnect
repeater system ob the East coast.

"So I thought to myself that if we could get the PAPA people
on the West coast, the B.E.A.R.S. guys on the East coast and
maybe throw in IRLP and Echolink, I could cover much of the
country."

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The K6H event had a lot of pre-publicity in the ham radio
media.  Even so, there are always bound to be last minute
changes.  So to cover this, Amodeo and the PAPA group turned
to another kind of communications; the social media:

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WA6ITF:  ".You have an official tweeter?"

NN6JA: "We have an official tweeter on the show.  Billy is
our Assistant Production Coordinator and also a ham radio
operator.  As some of your fans might know we have twelve
ham radio operators on staff and Billy's one of them.  And
he is over there tweeting and Facebook'ing about the event
so that people can follow the frequencies we are
broadcasting on."

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Ham Radio Celebrates Hollywood was only on the air for a few
hours.  Even so the operators racked up a good number of
contacts using traditional modes like SSB voice as well as
emerging technology that included Echolink and IRLP.  But
perhaps the most important aspect of K6H is that it let the
world of amateur radio know that the hams of Hollywood are
also, thinking about the hobby and thinking about them as
well.

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

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While a final QSO count is not available at airtime, there
is no doubt that Ham Radio Celebrates Hollywood was a
rousing success.

And less we forget, an interview with Last Man Standing
Producer John Amodeo, NN6JA, is on this week's Rain Report.
You can hear it or download it at www.therainreport.com.
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I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in southern Mississippi saying 73
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