Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1839 - November 9 2012

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1839 with a release
date of November 9, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  The German Space Agency nixes a ham
radio mission to Mars but AMSAT-DL is not giving up on
launching the probe.  Also Ireland's national amateur radio
society takes a stand against a proposed pan-European
broadband over powerline standard and a Los Angeles radio
personality says he will donate a kidney to a station
engineer.  Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
NewslineT report number 1839 coming your way right now.


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  GERMAN SPACE AGENCY REJECTS AMSAT DL
MARS MISSION

Germany's space exploration plans will not support a
proposed ham radio mission to the red planet.  We have more
in this report:

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After five years of discussions and negotiations with the
German space agency, AMSAT-DL reports that nation's space
exploration group has withdrawn its support for the amateur
satellite organization's plan to send a ham radio satellite
to Mars.  This is the so-called P 5 or Phase 5 satellite
mission.

According to the AMSAT News Service, the agency advised the
group that P5's mission was not financially feasible.  Also
that compared with the current Mars missions the scientific
attraction was simply not there.  You can read that as being
of insufficient interest to the formal scientific research
community.

The decision by the German Space Agency also affects plans
for a geostationary Earth-orbiting ham radio satellite.
This being the so called Phase 3 E which was to be part of
the overall P 5 program.  None of this is good news for
amateur radio's future exploration of the final frontier.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Burt Hicks, in Los
Angeles.

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AMSAT-DL officials sat that they are not giving up hope for
these missions.  They note that their organization recently
had some interesting meetings in China adding that if it
cannot do rocket science in Germany, that it will have to
look for other countries. (ANS)

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RADIO POLITICS: IARU REGION 3 CONFERENCE IN HO CHI MINH CITY

Delegates are likely preparing to return home from the
International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 conference that
was held in Ho Chi Minh City from November 5th to the 9th.
This 15th triennial conference was hosted by the Vietnam
Amateur Radio Club and was themed emergency communications
as reflected in the frequent disasters that involve amateur
radio communications.

In seeking to standardize privileges and licensing, the
organizations directors have asked that consideration be
given to one of their papers.  This is one that explores
issues facing amateur radio societies in working with their
administration in the 21st century.

There were also reports from the IARU Region 1 and 2, from
Region 3 member societies, Amateur Radio Direction Finding
interests, the IARU Monitoring Service, along with beacon
and satellite representatives.  The delegates also talked
about regional finances and the organizations constitution.
(VK3PC)

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RADIO LAW:  IRTS ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED EUROPEAN
PLT STANDARD

Ireland's Irish Radio Transmitters Society is the latest
national ham radio organization to line up in opposition to
a newly proposed pan-European draft digital Power Line or
PLT transmission standard.  Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more:

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Following the news last week that the German National
Society, DARC, now opposes a new pan-European draft Power
Line Transmission standard, we have heard that the Irish
Radio Transmitters Society, like the RSGB, also opposes the
standard.

In their magazine they say that "the draft Standard accepts
that the PLT devices do not, in effect, meet the essential
requirements of the EMC Directive as it prescribes measures
to mitigate interference by permanently or dynamically
excluding frequencies in the amateur, aeronautical mobile
and broadcast bands."

The IRTS Committee took the unanimous view that it would not
be appropriate to support a draft Standard that sought only
to protect selective sensitive frequencies in the HF
spectrum without regard to the levels of interference that
could be caused by the equipment concerned on the remainder
of the HF spectrum.

For the Amateur radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in
Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

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As previously noted here on Amateur Radio Newsline, this new
standard concerns the devices that people install in their
homes to run data over their house wiring.  It has nothing
to do with PLC or BPL data that is carried over the over
company powerline networks.  (GB2RS)

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RESCUE RADIO:  CANADIAN RADIO CLUB WANTS WEATHER TRANSMITTER
IN MINDEN

A Canadian amateur radio club is lobbying for a new severe
weather alert transmitting station in the county it serves.
The Minden Times reports that on October 26th the Minden
Amateur Radio Club  members of the club which is one of the
oldest in Haliburton County, gathered for their weekly
meeting.  At that time club President Dorian Young, VE3YBG,
put forth the idea of getting a transmitter in Minden for
the purpose of emergency weather alert situations.

One of the special guests at the gathering was Gord Maybee
of Weatheradio Canada who connected the group via a
conference call to Denis Paquette of Environment Canada.
Paquette told the group the average amount of time it takes
to get a transmitter is two years, after specifics such as
scouting a location and installation are factored in.

At the meeting VE3YBG noted that there have been two weather
emergencies in the past few years, one being a massive
snowstorm and a the other wind storm.  He noted that with
Minden hosting the Pan Am Games in 2015 it would be a
wonderful addition to have a weather transmitter in the
area.  Young added that the radio club is eager to make this
happen.

Currently, the closest transmitter is in Orillia, however,
members of the club argued Haliburton County does not
receive adequate or timely information from that location.
While there used to be a transmitter in nearby Algonquin
Park that unit is no longer operational.

More is on-line at tinyurl.com/minden-weather-radio  (Minden
Times, Minden Amateur Radio Club)

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RESCUE RADIO:  CLARK COUNTY NEVADA DROPS HARRIS DESERT SKY
RADIO SYSTEM

After two years of battling dropped calls and dead zones in
the department's new radio system, Nevada's Clark County
Sheriff Doug Gillespie has opted to drop the Harris Desert
Sky police radio system.

On October 11th, Gillespie informed the Chief Executive
Officer of Harris Corporation that his company's Desert Sky
radio system cannot meet his department's needs.

Unveiled in the summer of 2010, the $42 million Desert Sky
digital system is based on Harris' OpenSky digital
communications technology.    While Desert Sky's data
capabilities have seen mixed results, the voice
communication between officers is the bigger problem.
Gillespie says that while things have improved in the past
two years, the system still is not up to the standard for an
agency whose officers talk on the radio 50,000 times every
day.

The most common complaints are common among patrol officers
who say the faulty system endangers their lives.  In his
statement Sheriff Gillespie noted that he believed that his
department had given Harris every opportunity to make the
system work, but it's just not reliable.  The full story is
on-line at tinyurl.com/DesertSkyDumped.  Clark County,
Nevada encompasses the city of Las Vegas and surrounding
areas.
(CGC, Las Vegas Review Journal)

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INTERNATIONAL LAW:  INTERNATIONAL REPLY COUPONS MAY SOON BE
PASSED OUT IN THE USA

International Reply Coupons may soon be a thing of the past.
At least here in the United States with word that the U.S.
Postal Service has proposed doing away with them due to what
it says is a very low demand.

The Postal Service says that even if it stops selling
International Reply Coupons that it will continue to accept
those purchased in foreign countries and presented at its
U.S. facilities.

International Reply Coupons have long been a staple in the
DX community used to help offset the cost of DX'ers to
provide QSL cards especially from some of the words rarer DX
locations.  They have also been used to assist hams in
nations where sending in foreign currency is not allowed.
(USPS, QRZ)

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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 Cal-Net Link serving all of California.


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RESCUE RADIO:  HAMS SHOULD NOT SELF DEPLOY FOR HURRICANE
SANDY RELIEF

The ARRL is warning hams who want to assist those regions
affected by Hurricane Sandy to not self-deploy to those
areas. According to the League there are many ARRL Sections
involved and each has different requirements as to how they
locate, credential and deploy volunteers. If a need for
manpower is identified that cannot be met locally or in a
given ARRL Section, its leadership may contact other ARRL
Sections for assistance. If the need is still not met,
Section leadership may then contact ARRL Headquarters for
the needed assistance.  But the bottom line is that you not
go to any devastated area unless you are specifically asked
to do so.  (ARRL)

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RESCUE RADIO: UNSUNG HEROES OF THE VoIP HURRICANE NET

Some of the most important messaging during Hurricane Sandy
or any other hurricane was handled by the unsung heroes of
the VoIP Hurricane Net.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, is here with their story:

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They truly are the unsung heroes of ham radio that few in
the hobby know about.  But they do the kind of volunteer
work that is needed to assist the National Weather Service
and other served agencies when disaster is near.  And during
Hurricane Sandy their contributions were immense.  Take a
listen:

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Net audio:  "WB1BOX from N1OU.  Seeing a dramatic increase
in the amount of wires down, trees taking out transformers
and powerlines here in the city of Meriden Connecticut."

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That's the sound of the sound of the VoIP SKYWARN and
Hurricane Nets.   Their primary objective is to help save
lives and property thru the identification and field
evaluation of threatening or dangerous weather conditions.
At the same time facilitate the timely gathering and
dissemination of this information.

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Net audio:  "We are very concerned about Rhode Island for
coastal storm surge flooding basically from the Dartmouth -
New Bedford area West is our big concern coming up here.  So
we are going to try to do the best  we can to try to get
some data.  A lot of those areas are going to be closed off
so we are going to see what we can come up with to gather
data there that I know is extremely critical."

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The VoIP SKYWARN and Hurricane Nets operate by combining
both Echolink and IRLP linked repeater networks over the
Internet.  This they say provides for more efficient and
effective utilization of available resources while handling
critical wide area communications during major severe
weather events.

To learn more about the efforts of the VoIP Hurricane Net,
you are invited to join the VOIP-WXNET Yahoo Group or visit
voipwx.net on the World Wide Web.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the newsroom in Los Angeles.

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More on Hurricane Sandy and ham radio relief efforts in
future Amateur Radio Newsline reports.  (ARNewsline)

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RADIO LAW:  FCC TURNS DOWN PETITION TO CHANGE RESPONSIBILITY
OF CONTENT IN MESSAGE FORWARDING SYSTEMS

The FCC has denied a petition to change Part 97.219 of the
Amateur Service rules filed by Rolan O. Clark, W3FDK, of
Adamstown, Maryland.  This regarding the responsibility of
control operators in message forwarding systems for
retransmitted messages that violate the Commission's rules.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has the
details:

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In his rule making request, Rolan O. Clark, W3FDK, had asked
that the phrase - quote -- "except as noted in paragraph (d)
of this section, for stations participating in a message
forwarding system" be removed from Section 97.219(c) and
that Section 97.219(d) be removed completely.

In his filing, Clark stated that he believed that the
control operator of the first forwarding station in a
message forwarding system - quote -- "should have the same
standing as the control operator of a repeater that
inadvertently retransmits communications that violate the
rules.  This, because the intent to accomplish
communications consisting of text and/or voice
communications is the same.

Clark also claimed  that Section 97.219 (d) is ambiguous as
it gives no direction to the method and degree of processes
and or procedures needed to define the degree of
authentication.  He said that it implies that there would
have to be a visually obtainable copy of the suspected
violation otherwise it becomes hearsay.

Clark proposed to address these differences between a
message forwarding system and a repeater by conforming
Section 97.219 to Section 97.205(g).  Specifically, he
suggested requiring that the originator of a message that is
entered into a message forwarding system be the only
licensee responsible for its content.

But in its November 5th ruling turning down Clark's rule
change petition the FCC noted that it had considered and
rejected requirements such as he proposed when it adopted
the message forwarding system rules back in 1994.  It went
on to say that Clark's present petition did not demonstrate
or even suggest that any relevant circumstances have changed
such as to merit reconsideration of this decision.   As such
the Commission says that Clark's current proposal does not
demonstrate that revising this rule would provide the
ongoing oversight of message forwarding systems that must be
present.  To the contrary, the regulatory agency suggests
that Clark's proposal asks for an accommodation for message
forwarding systems that commenter's said should not apply to
these systems.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwyck, Pennsylvania.

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At airtime its unknown if Clark plans to appeal the
Commissions dismissal of his rule making request.  (FCC)

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RADIO PRODUCTS:  NEW HT WITH GSM PHONE NOT LEGAL IN USA

A mainland China company called Puxing has announced what
might be the ultimate in hand held two-way gear, but the
chances are that you will never see one in the United
States.  At least not legally and the reason for this is
simple.

The PX-D03 combines a GSM cellular telephone with a dual-
band two-way radio and as a bonus can also be used as an MP3
player for your favorite tunes.  And under the current FCC
rules, combining a two-way radio with a cellphone makes the
unit illegal to import, buy, sell or use in the U-S-A or its
possessions.

According to the specifications posted on-line by one China-
based mail order retailer, the PX-D03 covers 136 to174 and
400 to 470 MHz as a full dual band two-way transceiver with
a total of 128 memory channels.  It can be computer
programmed and features what Puxing calls a human-
based operational interface.

On the cellphone side, the GSM-based unit carries dual S-I-M
cards, has text messaging, and a built-in front-facing
camera.  And if that were not all, the unit also contains an
FM radio that receives the 87.5 to 108 MHz broadcast band,
the afore mentioned MP3 player plus other entertainment
including several games.

As being advertised, the PX-D03 comes with a 3.7v Lithium-
Ion battery, a charging stand and power supply for the
country the purchaser lives in; two antennas, a soft case
and a remote plug in earpiece.  According to one of the
websites advertising the unit, the total cost is $151
shipped world-wide. (Southgate)

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RADIO FUNDING:  DX MAGAZINE ASKS HOW TO GET INCREAEED
FUNDING FOR RXPEDITIONS

The current issue of DX Magazine features an article titled
Dealing With the Skyrocketing Costs of DXpeditions and is is
asking its readers for their ideas on how to increase the
level of funding for future major DX operations

Carl Smith, N4AA, is the Editor and Publisher of the DX
Magazine.  He says that major DXpeditions to entities in the
top ten most wanted list can cost $500,000 or more to
activate.  This poses a major fund raising challenge to
organizers, especially with costs rising rapidly for such
big ticket items as transportation, licensing, and permits.

Specific costs are documented in the article appearing in
the November-December issue.  Smith said that DXer's and
others are invited to send their ideas to the DX Magazine,
which will be reporting the results in a future issue.  All
suggestions are welcome, and may be either anonymous or
identified by the contributor's name and call.

If you want to lend your thoughts to solving this problem
please send your ideas and comments to the DXpedition Costs
Survey, % Dee Logan, W1HEO, 9901 Cypress Circle, Mentor,
Onio, 44060.  E-mail submissions to  deverelogan (at) gmail
(dot) com are also welcome.  (DX Magazine, Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  NEWSLINE'S WA6ITF TO APPEAR ON ECHOLINK
NET NOV. 17

Amateur Radio Newsline producer Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, will
be the featured guest on the Saturday night, November 17th
edition of the Echolink Newsline Net.  The net meets every
Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern on the Dodropin conference server
which is Echolink Node number 355800.  According to Steve
Sercrest, W8WFO, this is not the original name for the
gathering.  Rather, because it's been running our weekly
report for such a long time that those signing in began
calling it the Amateur Radio Newsline or Newsline network.

Again, you are welcome to join in the net conference at
Echolink node 355800 on Saturday night, November 17th at 9
p.m. Eastern to hear Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, talk
about numerous things in ham radio and do is best to answer
your questions.  Bill says he hopes to meet many of you
there.  (W8WFO)

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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:

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  MORE TESTING AT WWVB

WWVB, the 60 kHz station most often used as our nation's
time and frequency standard, is continuing to test its phase
modulated mode and may switch between their legacy AM mode
and their new phase modulated mode in the days and weeks
ahead.  Stay tuned and keep listening on 60 kHz for their
ongoing experiments.  (CGC, WWVB)

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  OZ7IGY NEXT GENERATION 6 AND 2 METER
BEACONS ON THE AIR FROM DENMARK

The first two Next Generation Beacons have come to the
airwaves.  On October 30th the latest two OZ7IGY came to 6
and 2 meters from Slettebjerg, Denmark.

OZ7IGY is the world's oldest beacon system in the world
having begun operation in the International Geophysical Year
in 1957. From its start on 144 MHz it has ever since been on
air continuously.  Now the newest beacons can be heard on
50.46973 MHz and 144.46973 MHz respectively.

And by way of background, the Next Generation
Beacon platform is open to other users and the software can
easily be adapted to other modulation types and sequences.
And as the new platform is frequency and time locked to GPS
signals the frequency accuracy is better than 5 milli-Hertz.

More information is on the web at www.oz7igy.dk. (GB2RS)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  SPOT THE ISS SERVICE FROM NASA

A new service from NASA called Spot the Station will send
you a text message when the International Space Station is
within visual range of your house.

The service will only notify users if the station is easily
visible above trees, buildings, and other objects.  Spot the
Station will calculate the station's proximity to more than
4,600 positions on Earth, updating its information several
times each week.

The International Space Station is usually at peak
visibility at dawn and dusk.  When skies are clear, it
typically appears as fast-moving point of light.

You can sign up for the service on line by
visiting spotthestation.nasa.gov.  (NASA, N6ZXJ)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  STILL NO SIGNAL FROM F1 CUBESAT

There have still been no confirmed reception reports since
the F-1 amateur radio CubeSat was deployed from the
International Space Station on 4th October.  Its command
team is now focusing on reception of the backup UHF
transmitter on 437.485 MHz, plus or minus 10 kHz Doppler
shift.

This FM beacon should transmit Morse code for 20 seconds
every minute during the satellites daylight. The team would
appreciate any reports of the beacon be sent by email to
thuvt (at) fpt (dot) edu dot) vn.  Further information on F1
can be found at www.amsat-uk.org.  (Southgate)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  FIRST TIME EVER INDIA TO ISS STUDENT
CONTACT

A group of students in Gujarat, India will reach out to the
stars.  For the first time in that nation's history about
500 students will have a live chat with Sunita Williams,
KD5PLB, the Indian-origin astronaut aboard the International
Space Station, using an amateur radio station at the Science
City facility in Ahmedabad.

Ravi Saxena is an Assistant Chief Secretary of the
Department of Science and Technology.  He says that because
Williams has roots in India, it is all the more special to
them.

The contact is currently slated for November 14, celebrated
as Children's Day in India.  To arrange this Q-S-O, India's
scientific community from the state of Ahmedabad contacted
NASA soon after Williams set off for her record-breaking
journey in July of this year.
(WIA)

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ON THE AIR:  THE 850 BIRTHDAY OF CHINGGIS

On the air keep an ear open for special event callsigns with
a J-U-850 prefix that will be on the air November 14th to
the 21st from Mongolia.  This to celebrate 850th birthday
emperor Chinggis Khan.

A Chinggis Khan Award will be issued free to those who make
three contacts with three different event callsigns.  These
include JU850AA, JU850DA, JU850DN and can be made using any
mode on any band.  If you make contact with any of the
commemorative JU850 stations please QSL via the information
found for each call on QRZ.com.

By way of background, Chinggis Kahn, called in some parts of
the world as Genghis Khan, came to power by uniting many of
the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia.  In the year 1207 he
was the founder and great leader of the Mongol Empire, which
became the largest contiguous empire in history after his
demise in 1227.  (JT1CS)

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DX

In DX, word that JH1AJT will be on the air
from Bhutan through the 15th of November as A5A He will be
active on 40 through 10 meters using various modes.  QSL via
home call

ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, has announced
that the August 2012 VU7M Lakshadweep Islands and the ZD9UW
operation from Tristan Da Cunha and Gough have been approved
for DXCC credit.  If you worked them feel free to submit
your cards for DXCC checking for these two.

R4WAA will be active from Dominican Republic November 21st
to the 30th signing stroke HI7. He will be working on 40
through 10 meters and will definitely be on for the CQ World
Wide DX CW Contest November 24th and 25th.  QSL via home
call call direct or via the bureau.

G7COD will be on the air 8Q7AK from Embudu Island in the
Maldives for three weeks in February of 2013.  He's expected
to be operating holiday style on 30, 17 and 12 meters using
CW and SSB.  QSL him also via his home callsign, direct or
via the bureau.

DF2WO is currently operational from Cape Verde as D-44-T-W-
O. He is reported to be active on the High Frequency Bands.
QSL via his home call

Lastly, SP5EAQ will be active from Tongatapu Island in the
Kingdom of Tonga 26 from March 26th to April 16th
as A3EAQ He will be operational on 80 through 10 meters
using SSB. QSL via SP5EAQ.

(Above from various DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  A TRUE ACT OF TRUE HUMANITY

And finally this week, it isn't often that you hear a story
like this, but when you do it makes one proud to be a member
of the human race.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant,
K6PZW reports:

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Gene "Bean" Baxter is a personality of CBS Radio's KROQ-FM
in Los Angeles.  He has entertained L.A. audiences since
1990 alongside on-the-air partner Kevin Ryder, as part of
the "Kevin and Bean" morning show team.

In addition to making a multitude of over the air friends,
Bean, as he is known, has also created longstanding
relationships with those inside the KROQ offices.  In that
vein he recently announced that he will become a kidney
donor to help a longtime staffer.  The recipient of Bean's
generosity will be Scott Mason, N1CBS, who is the Director
of Engineering for CBS radio on the West Coast, and who has
been with the company in a variety of capacities since 1979.

On November 13th, the two will go to Cedars Sinai Medical
Center which is one of only four hospitals in the country
that have the ability to match Mason's blood type to that of
Bean and give him the much needed organ.  Bean then plans to
take a few weeks off from work, and expects his remaining
kidney to function at about 80%.

Out of this whole process, Bean hopes that people will see
how easy it is to become an organ donor.  He also believes
that if he recovers quickly and is back to work in a short
time, it may deliver an even stronger message, changing the
minds of some and raising awareness of organ donation.

This will be the second transplant for Mason, who has had
kidney problems for most of his adult life.  He underwent a
previous transplant from a cadaver in 1999 that lasted about
10 years.  He currently undergoes daily dialysis and calls
Bean's decision to donate a kidney to him as a game changer.
Bean Baxter calls it a no-brainer.

Wishing them both Mason and Bean a quick recovery from this
upcoming and life changing surgery, I'm  Bruce Tennant,
K6PZW, in Los Angeles.

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Scott Mason has been on a waiting list for a kidney, which
sometimes is a six to 10 year wait, when Bean offered his
kidney.  For Bean Baxter, it was an educational process and
a decision based on math, not emotions.  He said that Mason
has zero kidneys and that he has two.  You can hear the full
discussion with Bean Baxter and Scott Mason on Kevin and
Bean audio archive at tinyurl.com/radio-kidney-donation

(RBR, KROQ Audio Archive, ARNewsline)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE

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