Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1843 - December 7 2012

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The following is a QST.  Hams provide emergency
communications as a massive typhoon hits the Philippines;
The IARU Region 3 Monitoring System notes an increase in the
number of intrusions into the amateur radio bands; hams in
Taiwan say that they are in need of additional operating
spectrum and the FCC plans to hold several hearings on the
communications breakdowns caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Find
out the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number
1843    coming your way right now.

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When Typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines, it uprooted trees,
downed power lines, sparked landslides and made 40,000
people head for shelters.  And ham radio was out in the
middle of it doing what it does best.  Providing emergency
communications as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF:


When it made landfall on December 4th local time in the
Philippines, Typhoon Bopha was the strongest of about 20
typhoons to affect that country in recent times.  The storm
brought with it heavy rain and winds gusting 110 to 130
miles  per hour as it came ashore near the city of Mindanao.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association had its emergency
radio operations in activated by the time the typhoon
struck.  Ham radio operators immediately began assisting in
the communication needs of several cities using all
available means of communication.  This included a high
frequency net on 7.095 MHz, VHF FM on 144.740 MHz, the
internet and even social media to monitor the situation and
give updates to those in need.

RADNET 5, a local amateur radio club in Tacloban was active
in helping provide the city with a vital communications
link.  It's members were in constant coordination with the
City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.  As this
report is prepared, so far it has assisted in the evacuation
of 5,700 families.

RADNET 5 also was assisting the Red Cross in Tacloban and
Saint Bernard.  The government of Tacloban City has been
using its Convention Center as one of its evacuation

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


According to news reports, casualties have been minimal, due
to preparations, the cooperation of evacuees and the mammoth
response and recovery efforts.  More on this story as
developments warrant.  (DU1EV, PARA)



The IARU Region 3 Monitoring System notes an increase in the
number of intrusions in the higher frequency bands,
particular from Over the Horizon Radar on 15 meters.  In the
newsletter Peter Young VK3MV reports that some of these
radar emissions into northern Australia are very strong and
a report has been filed with the Australian Regulator which
is seeking information and their removal.

With high frequency propagation improving there are more
sightings of intrusions on 10 meters from low power
commercial like services.  These include reports of High
Frequency Man Pack operations that are being logged.
Unfortunately, due to the random nature of these signals
locating their source is difficult.

Also, reported is a Burmese broadcast station operating on 7
dot 110 MHz in the 40 meter band.  It has been reported to
the Australian telecommunications regulator in the hope of
using international diplomatic channels to get it to move
out of the 40 meter ham radio allocation.  (IARU R-3)



Hams in Taiwan say that they are in need of additional
operating spectrum and have prepared a report that explains
what, where and why.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen,
ZL2BHF, has the details:


Taiwan's national society the CTARL, presented a paper
regarding amateur radio in that country at the recent IARU
Region 3 conference.  In it the Taiwanese ham radio
community says that it is seeking to expand several amateur

On 80 meters where they currently only have 3.5 to 3.5125
and 3.55 to 3.5625 MHz, they are seeking an allocation from
3.5 to 3.9 MHz.  On 6 meters they have just 50 to 50.0125
and 50.11 to 50.1225 MHz.  As such they are seeking the
entire 50.0 to 54.0 MHz band  and to add 146 to 148 MHz to
their existing 144 to 146 MHz allocation.

Taiwan has very limited amateur allocations in the UHF and
Microwave bands, only 430 to 432, 1260 to 1265 and 2440 to
2450 MHz. There they seek to expand these allocations to
from 430 to 440 and 1240 to 1300 MHz.

Of interest, the CTARL reports that its membership is now
just 362.  In 2000 the IARU reported it had a membership of
1264 out of an amateur population of 24,324.  This indicates
that they have lost 72% of their members this century and
one can speculate that perhaps the number of radio amateurs
in that nation has had a similar sharp decline.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, in
Nelson. New Zealand.


By way of comparison, Taiwan's population is 23 million or
about 1/14th that of the United States.  The US now boasts
over 700,000 FCC licensed amateur radio service licenses.



The Australian Communications and Media Authority is looking
for devices that pose a high a high risk to the orderly use
of the radio spectrum and to public safety.

ACMA Field Staff, particularly in Western Australia, are
looking for such items as mobile phone and GPS jammers, both
of which are prohibited in VK land.  Also on the ACMA's list
of illegal communications devices are mobile phone
repeaters, and non-compliant devices such as high power
cordless phones and headsets.

A comment by a radio amateur to the ACMA claimed there was
concern about non-compliant imported goods that are stamped
as being compliant.
The unidentified ham wants the ACMA to clamp down on switch
mode power supplies used in plasma TV sets that don't meet
the standards and cause much of the interference.

As of now, the ACMA rules enforcement campaign will include
education and traditional legal measures.  It will also
focus on improving the supply chain compliance of on-line,
or over the internet purchased devices.  In other words if
you are a seller of such goods on any of the on-line
auctions that are banned in Australia, the ACMA will be
taking a long and hard look at you, no matter what nation
you operate out of.   (VK3PC)



The United Kingdom's Mid Severn Valley RAYNET called out on
Sunday, November 25th.  This, in support of flood
preparations as waters rose on a near by river.

With very short notice available members of Mid Severn group
were requested by the Worcestershire County Council County
Volunteers Emergency Committee to be ready for assignment
due to the rising waters of the River Severn.  Emergency
Planning Officers were concerned at the potential for
flooding of adjacent residential properties in parts of
Worcester city centre.

Multi agency teams from the County Volunteers Emergency
Committee were tasked with notifying homeowners of the
threat as well as issuing warnings advice and leaflets.
They were also to report back to Social Services on those
residents who may not be able to evacuate and could require
rest centre assistance.

G8WOX, G6DQM and M0VNG deployed with the team.  Having on
the ground liaison through RAYNET channels reportedly made
of the task a lot easier, especially with some of the
properties being so new and road names were not yet in

The RAYNET teams completed the task in the early evening and
stood down.  News reports say that residents were most
appreciative of the efforts made to alert them.  (UK RAYNET,



From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the KD8LWR repeater serving Washtenaw County,

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A draft cell phone ban for drivers in Kalispell, Montana
from using cellphones while in motion has drawn mixed
responses from City Council members.  This is because one
council member seems to object to exemptions made for users
of other portable and fixed vehicle electronics including
ham radio gear.

The current proposal mirrors bans enacted in most other
Montana cities. The draft ordinance would prohibit people
from using handheld electronic communication devices such as
cell phones while they are driving or riding a bike.
Breaking the law would be considered as a primary offense
and civil infraction punishable by fines up to $100 for a
first offense and $300 for later offenses.

However some council members don't feel that the proposed
ban goes far enough.  Council person Kari Gabriel questioned
why the ordinance does not include portable music devices
such as iPods.  She also expressed concern about an
exemption in the ordinance for people who hold amateur radio
operator licenses.

In a statement quoted by the press, Gabriel said that she
does not think the overall idea is bad, but the ordinance is
not written as it should be.  In other words hinting that it
should be far more inclusive.

Other council members raised concerns about how the ban
would be enforced and how effective it would be with so many
other activities contributing to distracted driving.  Some
of them expressed hope for a countywide or even statewide
ban on all such activities.  (Daily Interlake)



The FCC plans to hold several field hearings on the
challenges faced by communications networks in the wake of
Hurricane Sandy.

Though the agency focused on wired and wireless phones in
the announcement, the commission also included broadcasting,
noting its experts will want to know how the power held up
in studios and at transmitter sites.

Specifically, the agency is asking things like: When
commercial power is unavailable, how long should back-up
power sources be expected to last?

Beginning in the New Year, the hearings will focus on the
challenges faced by communications service providers, state
and local officials, emergency personnel and consumers
before, during and after Sandy as well as other natural
disasters. Business representatives, public safety
officials, engineering and academic experts, consumers and
other stakeholders will take part.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer had called for the commission
to develop a roadmap to better protect critical
communications functions during major disasters.  (RW)



Members of the Morse Telegraph Club are reported to have
played an important role in the production of the Steven
Speilberg motion picture "Lincoln."

Jim Wades, WB8SIW, is the International President of the
Morse Telegraph Club.  He says that several members provided
period telegraph instruments for use in the construction of
the War Department Set.

Jim Wades was employed as a Technical Advisor for the
production, worked with set designers over a period of
months to develop the War Department telegraph scenes.
Wades coordinated the process of procuring the necessary
instruments and served as a historical consultant as the
telegraph scenes were developed.  Most notably W1TP, WB0TUA,
N7JKD and Roger Reinke provided telegraph instruments to
equip the sixteen operating positions portrayed at the War
Department set.

Nine of the sixteen telegraph positions depicted in the War
Department were fully operational.  These instruments could
be operated in any combination through the use of a
specialized computer program and terminal units custom built
by WB8SIW for the process.  When necessary, a hand key could
be inserted in the individual telegraph loops so messages
could be improvised

Jim Wilson, K4BAV, and his son, Matt Wilson had minor roles
as Extras.  K4BAV also worked with production staff and the
actors to explain telegraph technology and the role of the

The Morse Telegraph Club is an association of retired
railroad and commercial telegraphers, historians, radio
amateurs and others with an interest in the history and
traditions of telegraphy and the telegraph industry.  (ARRL,



The Western Mail newspaper reports that the man who picked
up the distress signal from the Titanic over his amateur
radio from his shed in Pontllanfraith has inspired a new
stage drama.

Called Whispers On The Waves, the play was motivated by the
real life story of Welsh wireless operator Artie Moore.
Moore is reported to have heard a distress signal from
Titanic before news of the disaster arrived in the UK.

The cast of the show features children from Meadowbank
School in Cardiff.  More is on-line at
stage-show. (Western Mail)



The 2013 Southeastern VHF Society Conference, sponsored by
the Florida Weak Signal Society, will be held next April
19th and 20th.  This at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront in
Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Planned so far are a full slate of events including, a
surplus tour, antenna range and noise figure testing, a
Friday luncheon and Friday night flea market.  The Saturday
night banquet will have awards for the best paper and the
best presentation.

For more information plase check on-line at or
contact Chuck Hoover, K0VXM, by e-mail to k0vxmfl (at) gmail
(dot) com.  (K0VXM)



The Palm Springs Hamfest slated for Saturday, January 26th
2013 has been cancelled due to an endangered species of bug
that lives in and around the shows venue.  This after the
city of Riverside County, California, acts to protect the
Dinocoma Brunnescens beetle habitat.

Nope we are not kidding.  According the Desert RATS Amateur
Radio Club that sponsors the event part of the area in which
previous Palm Springs Hamfest had been held has been deemed
a protective habitat for this creature of nature.  As such,
it is therefore no longer available as an event site.  And
to make matters worse, the radio club was not notified of
the situation in time to locate another venue for the 2013

Current plans are to hold the next Palm Springs Hamfest the
third weekend in March of 2014 at a venue that is ham radio
friendly rather than beetle protected.  In the meantime the
Desert Rats says that it regrets any inconvenience to those
who already made travel and accommodation plans.

For further information you may contact Desert RATS Past
President, Peter Reinzuch, VE7REZ by e-mail to ve7rez (at)
gmail (dot) com.
(Desert RATS ARC)



The Superstition Arizona Hamfest, that was originally slated
for Saturday, December 1st has been pushed back at least 60
days.  This due to what's being termed as a last minute
paperwork timing issue.

According to Larry Kuck, WB7C, the problem arose on the
Monday before the hamfest and sponsors were not able to
resolve it in time to keep the scheduled date.  Kuck advises
that those who have purchased Main Prize drawing tickets are
advised to hold on to them as they will be good toward the
same drawing when the hamfest is held sometime in early

For further updates on the delay and to what for the new
date please take your web browser to  (WB7C,



Turning to names in the news, word that Paul Brenner will
receive the 2012 Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award
from the editors of Radio World.  Brenner is senior vice
president and chief technology officer for Emmis
Communications.  He also is originator of the HD Radio data
distribution consortium business model and serves as
president of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium, LLC (BTC).

Radio World is a newspaper for broadcast radio managers and
engineers. Recipients of the Radio World Excellence in
Engineering Award are said to represent the highest ideals
of the U.S. radio broadcast engineering profession and
reflect those ideals through contributions to the industry.
The announcement of Brenner's selection was made by U.S.
Editor in Chief Paul J. McLane  (RW)



ARRL Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, has
attributed the increased popularity in ham radio in part to
the do-it-yourself movement that is sweeping the country and
the world.

Author Glenn Bischoff of Urgent Communications magazine took
the opportunity to interview K1ZZ while he was visiting New
York.  Sumner is quoted as saying that the perception is
that we're stuck in the Sixties.  But the number of licenses
continues to grow. In fact, this is the sixth straight year
of growth.

K1ZZ attributed at least part of the increased popularity in
part to the do-it-yourself movement.  He noted that so-
called D-I-Y clubs are popping up from coast to coast.

You can read the entire article on-line at



This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  From the
United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
with links to the world from our only official website at and being relayed by the volunteer
services of the following radio amateur:

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While its still months away, plans are already  going
forward for the 3013 International Lighthouse and Lightship
weekend as we hear from Jim Linton, VK3PC:


The 100th registration for this event is in. It comes from
the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, Emden clubstation DL0EM at
the Campen Lighthouse, on the North Coast of Germany.

Active since 1891 with Germany's most powerful lighthouse
lamp, in the mouth of the Ems River, and with its lattice
tower construction it stands 65 metres or 213 feet tall.

Listen for clubstation DL0EM with a team of operators on the
HF bands.

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is an
annual fun and friendly event sponsored by the Ayr Radio
Group on the third full weekend of August.

The basic objective is to promote public awareness of the
historic structures and their need for preservation,
promotion of amateur radio and to foster international

For the Amateur Radio Newsline this is Jim Linton VK3PC.


If you would like to know more or register online for the
next event on August the 17th and 18th visit the website
illw dot net




IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders, PA2LS sends
us word on plans for next years European Youth Radio Camp or
YOTA.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has


During the summer of 2013, a youth radio camp called
Youngsters on the Air will be held in Estonia.  The event is
being organized by the Estonian Radio Amateurs Union. During
this week teams of young radio amateurs from 10 different
European countries will be participating in different ham
radio related activities.  These include presentations,
competitions, visiting radio stations and much more.

A team consists of a team leader, who could be an older
person, and 4 team members ranging in the age from 14 to 25.
There will be 10 teams in total representing different
European member associations of IARU Region 1.

This outstanding ham radio youth event will take place near
the city of Tartu.  If you are in Europe and if your
organization is interested in taking part, please respond
not later than December 20th by means of the downloadable
form that you will find on-line at

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heatrer Embee, KB3TZD,
reporting from Berwick, Pennsylvania.


The date for this European ham radio youth outing are August
5th to the 12th of 2013.  And as previous events in Romania
and a combined outing in the Netherlands and Belgium have
shown, this will be an amazing experience for the young hams
which they will not soon forget.  (IARU Region 1)



The much-anticipated DXpedition to Campbell Island, a sub-
Antarctic island south of New Zealand, is now underway.  And
now comes word that Campbell Island's antipode which is
described as the point on the Earth's surface diametrically
opposite to its location is not far off the south-west coast
of Ireland.

Nigel Cawthore, is G3TXF, in Surry, England.  He has pointed
out that this should provide considerable propagation
enhancement across the spectrum for Ireland stations near
the antipode.  This due to the phenomenon of antipodean
focusing which at least in theory can boost signal levels
between stations located near their respective sides of the

Or to put it another way, those with hams living in Cork and
Kerry may be very popular over the next few weeks.  (IRTS)



In DX, H44RK will be active as 5W0RK from Samoa between
December 8th and March 3rd from Samoa.  Operations will be
on 20 through 10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via NR6M.

W8YCM will be on the air stroke 6Y5 from Jamaica until the
new year.  Hes been heard on 17 through 10 meters using SSB.
QSL via his home callsign.

ZS6RI will be active from Lesotho for 20 weeks beginning
December 17th using the call 7P8RI from Lesotho.  Operations
will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via details are at

TA3J will be active stroke Oh N from various locations in
Belgium between December 7th and the 11th.  Operations will
be on 160 through 2 meters using SSB and FM.  QSL to his
home callsigneau

And word that JH1NBN will be active from both Pohnpei
Island and Yap Island in the not to distant future.  He will
use the call V63AQ and will be operational on the High
Frequency bands using SSB.  Moire details to follow.  QSL
via home call.

N2GG will be on the air as C6AGG from Grand Bahama Island
through December 13th. Activity is holiday style on 80
through 10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL via

The Italian Dxpedition Team has announced that its next
operation will be from Burkina Faso between February and
March 2013.  This will be a 15 day affair on all bands and
using all modes.  The pilot station for HF operation is
IK7JWY, and the pilot for 6 meter band is IK0FTA with real
time logging on line by IH9GPI.  More o this upcoming
operation is on-line at

Lastly, K7ZO will be active from Nicaragua as YN5ZO through
December 10th.  Operations will be on 40 through 10 meters,
including 30, 17 and 12 meters using SSB and RTTY.  QSL via
K7ZO direct or using Logbook of the World.

(Above from various DX news sources)



Finally this week, according to one of the three Mayan
Calendars, the end of the world will occur on December 21,
2012.  And to celebrate this possibly once in a lifetime
event, special event station N-Zero-D which stands for Now
Zero Days will be activated on 80 through 10 meters and on
several satellite passes for three days during and after the
planets destruction. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley,
KI7UP, takes a look at the operation and what the Mayans say
is to come:


According to the event planners down in Texas, December 20th
will be the celebration of the end of the world. December
21, the day of destruction, they will be on the air as long
as possible.  As to December 22nd, well that is a little
iffy right now.

And less we forget to mention it, you too can become an
Official Doomsday Station by registering at .  Those who do will receive a
registration number and the authority to identify yourself
as "Official Doomsday Station" followed by your Official
Doomsday Number.

Official Doomsday stations will receive the Doomsday Station
Certificate.  Stations contacting at least 10 Official
Doomsday Stations during the event will be recognized on the
group's website.  If there still is one.

QSL's with Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to KK5W at the
address on   If Doomsday actually does happen, the
event sponsors regret that a QSL will not be possible so
hold on to your QSL card and SASE at least until December

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP,
waiting it out here in Scottsdale, Arizona.


And if we might add a suggestion of our own:  If that
particular Mayan calendar is correct and December 21st is to
be the end of the world, we are told that the best way to
enjoy it is to watch it all implode from your picture window
table at Milliways.  That's the famed restaurant at the end
of the universe.  You can find complete directions on how to
get there in your copy of the Hitchhikers Guide to the
Galaxy authored by the late Douglas Adams.  And most
important of all, don't forget to bring along your
Babblefish and at least one clean towel.  (N0D)



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73 and we thank you for listening.

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