Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1845 - December 21 2012

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1845 with a release
date of December 21, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  New Zealand approves a Digital
amateur radio repeater to test compatibility with other
radio services; the United States says no to a new I-T-U
treaty to govern the Internet; the Dutch military wont give
up 915 MHz for unlicensed short range devices; and a new eye
on the sky down-under will warn of solar eruptions.  Find
out the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number
1845 coming your way right now.

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In what may be a first anywhere world-wide, a New Zealand
amateur radio service digital ATV repeater has been given a
chance to test its compatibility with commercial
broadcasters.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
reports from down-under:


New Zealand Radio Spectrum Management or RSM has granted the
first Digital Amateur TV License to NZART Branch 74, the
Wellington VHF Group, for use at its main station located on
Mount Belmont, in Wellington.

The main features of License 236831 are: Digital TV Channel
25 (DTV25);
502 MHz to 510 MHz; DVB-T format; 7.7 MHz emission
bandwidth; 100 Watts mean effective isotropic radiated power
and horizontal polarization

The license is valid for an initial period of 6 months, from
1st January 2013 to 30th June 2013.

The license permits DATV transmissions for the purpose of
testing compatibility with services on the adjacent
frequencies and requires the production of a comprehensive
report to RSM.

The DTV25 channel is, in effect, the guard band between
Communications services below 502 MHz and Digital TV
Broadcasts above 510 MHz (DTV26 and above).

It is hoped that these tests will, once again, demonstrate
the engineering capabilities of Radio Amateurs and lead the
way to the granting of DATV licenses throughout New Zealand.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, in
Nelson, New Zealand.


If the test proves successful it holds the potential of
opening up a new concept in channel sharing between amateur
radio and other telecommunications services.  (ZL2BHF)



A follow-up to last weeks story regarding that
confrontational meeting in Dubai to discuss the future of
the Internet.  As the gathering drew to a close the United
States joined 20 other counties in refusing to sign a treaty
that they say will harm Internet freedom.

The final proposal was forged at an international
communications conference that ended Friday, December 14th.
A major problem of the treaty produced by the 193 nation
International Telecommunications Union was its endorsement
of greater control over the Internet by governments.

United States Ambassador Terry Kramer said that rejecting
the treaty was an obvious direction for the U.S. delegation
to take.  He told the media that there were too many
concerns that were problematic for the nation.

AS reported last week, one issue troubling the United States
is language extending the treaty to Internet Service
Providers and private network operators, as well as
governments.  The United States believes this would invite
greater government control of the Internet.  The same is
true of provisions in the treaty to fight cybercrime.
According to the U.S. delegation the broad powers designed
to increase network security could too easily be abused by

The chair of the World Conference on International
Communications is Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim.  He disagreed
with the dissenting countries noting that their concerns are
addressed in the text.  Al-Ghanim said that special
provisions were written into the treaty to say that content
is excluded and that he Internet will continue to express
freedom of thought as it has.

If the Dubai conference showed anything, it's that a major
schism exists between the developed nations and much of the
ITU over Internet issues.  Some believe this could result in
a second, more strictly regulated Internet emerging,
although experts acknowledge that would be difficult to
actually create.

The final version of the treaty goes into effect in 2015,
but without the signatures of many of the Internet super
powers, its effect is likely to be minimal at best.
(Various Internet news sources)



With almost 42 CEPT nations reporting that 915 to 921 MHz is
empty, or emptying, it is hoped the band will soon be made
available for Short Range Devices or SRD's.

An article by Bill Ray in UK newspaper The Register implies
that the Dutch military appear to be just about the only
obstacle to 915 to 921 MHz being available for Short Range
Devices use on a world-wide basis.

To date there has been no globally available license exempt
spectrum for Short Range Devices available between 42 MHz
and 2.4 GHz.  In some countries such as the United Kingdom,
spectrum at 433 to 435 MHz has been used as a stopgap move.
However this has caused considerable interference to other
existing licensed services.  (UK Register, Southgate)



North Korea appears to have successfully launched a
satellite into space through the use of its Unha 3 satellite
launcher, but may have lost control over the bird soon after
it attained orbit.

As reported by several news outlets, according to U.S.
officials, the satellite which was launched by North Korea
on Wednesday, December 12th is now believed to tumbling out
of control in an uncontrolled orbit and nobody is quite sure
what the spacecraft's purpose or capabilities are.

North Korea lofted the spacecraft on the long-range rocket
from its Sohae Satellite Launch Station on the nation's
northwest coast.  The launch was detected by United States
missile warning systems.  NORAD, the North American
Aerospace Defense Command said the Unha-3 rocket's first
stage fell into the Yellow Sea, while the second stage fell
into the Philippine Sea.  It went on to state that the
missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit.

According to the ITU the North Koreans have so far not
specified the type or format of the data or video
transmissions it plans to make through the satellite
although said it expects the transmissions to continue for
up to 2 years.  Currently the only claim from North Korea is
that the bird is transmitting music on either 470 or 479 MHz
but so far no monitoring stations have reported hearing this
new bird or its sound.  Similar claims were made in 1998
for another North Korean orbital launch attempt that is
believed to have failed.  ( and various news



The transatlantic crossing attempt by an amateur radio
balloon carrying an 18 MHz PSK beacon ended over the coast
of Mississippi when the balloon prematurely burst.

The ham radio balloon called BLT-32 carried a PSK 31
transmitter on 18.100 MHz.  It was due to be launched late
Saturday, December 15th from near Sugarland, Texas with its
destination aimed at Europe.  According to reports it only
made it a few hundred miles.

The South Texas Balloon Launch Team had joined the N0D End
of the World Special Event with the launch its high altitude
'floater' balloon with hope of it reaching Europe before the
End of the World took place as described in one Mayan
calendar.  And in keeping with the theme of the event the
beacons and APRS tracker on the balloon were to use the N0D
call sign.  N0D meaning Now Zero-Days.  And it was a case of
Now Zero-Days for this ham radio balloon flight.

As reported last week a similar ham radio floater balloon
launched by a group in Northern California dis make it
across both the United States and the Atlantic Ocean before
descending in Morocco.  (Southgate)



The United Kingdom's Radio Communications Foundation or
RCF has announced that telecommunications regulator Ofcom
has supported its decision to disallow an amateur radio
examination in Northern Ireland.

According to a statement on the RCF, the Ofcom findings were
that there is no hard evidence of wrong doing by the club or
candidates but nevertheless the examination results were
considered unsafe.  Also that the suspension of the club
concerned from running examinations was appropriate in the
circumstances but it is now free to resume this activity.

The Radio Communications Foundation has offered a free re
test to both of the candidates whose exam was invalidated.



Wishing you a truly great holiday season, from the United
States of America, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard
on bulletin stations around the world including the W4CN
repeater of the Western Radio Transmitting Society serving
Louisville, Kentucky.

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Back in the USA, the FCC has affirmed a $16,000 fine issued
to a radio amateur for his alleged operating on a frequency
reserved for government use only.  We have the details in
this report:


Recipient of the monetary forfeiture order is Joaquim
Barbosa, N2KBJ, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, whom the FCC says
operated a transmitter on the frequency 296.550 MHz without
Commission authorization.

In his own defense Barbosa who holds an Extra class license,
filed a response to the original Notice of Apparent
Liability.  In it he admitted to operating a radio
transceiver on the frequency 296.550 MHz but contended that
that cancellation or a substantial reduction of the then
proposed $20,000 forfeiture is warranted nonetheless for
several reasons.  First that he reasonably believed that he
had authority to operate on the frequency 296.550 MHz.
Second, that his constitutional rights had been violated.
Third that the unlicensed operation did not cause harm or
interference.  Forth that the forfeiture amount is not
supported by case precedent and lastly that there are other
factors such as his cooperation with the investigation,
inability to pay, and prior history of overall compliance
with the rules.

But the FCC bought only one of Barbosa's arguments.  In
issuing its final order it agreed that a reduction of the
forfeiture amount was warranted based on its review of the
record and finding that Barbosa, prior to this
investigation, has a history of overall compliance with the
Commission's rules.  So after consideration of the entire
record including Barbosa's response to the initial Notice of
Apparent Liability that it was going to knock $4000 of the
now affirmed fine and reduce it to the $16000 level.

For the amateur radio Newsline I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
near Berwick, Pennsylvania.


As this is now an affirmed fine, Barbosa was given only
until close of business on December 31st to pay it or the
case may be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for
enforcement of the forfeiture pursuant to Section 504(a) of
the Communications Act.  (FCC)



The FCC has issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order that in
part grants and in part denies a Petition for
Reconsideration filed by Dexter Blake of Mt. Vernon, New
York.  This in regard to a $10,000 Forfeiture Order issued
to him for willfully and repeatedly operating an unlicensed
radio broadcast station.

On March 3, 2009, the Enforcement Bureau's New York Office
issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the
amount of $10,000 to Blake for operating an unlicensed
broadcast station on the frequency 101.5 MHz in Mount
Vernon, New York.  Blake did not file a response to the
proposed fine.  As a result on July 22, 2010, the
Enforcement Bureau issued a Forfeiture Order affirming the
findings in the Notice of Apparent Liability and assessing
the $10,000 forfeiture.

That apparently got Blake's attention after which he filed
his petition for reconsideration.  In it, Blake admits to
having operated the unlicensed station, but claims that
cancellation is warranted because the individual from whom
he received the equipment did not advise him that he needed
an FCC license.  In addition, he requested a reduction or
cancellation of the forfeiture based on his inability to

Now, after what it calls a careful review the FCC issued its
decision on December 13th.  In it, the agency said that
although Blake concedes operating an unlicensed radio
station that it is a violation of Section of the 301 of the
Communications Act.  Therefore it declines to cancel the
forfeiture on this basis.  However it does agree with Blake
that the $10,000 amount would constitute a financial
hardship and as such has lowered the fine to $1700.

Blake was given 30 days to pay the reduced fine or the case
may be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for
further enforcement.



The FCC says that two cable television stations in Hawaii
must carry a particular station even though neither wants
to.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, has the
rest of the story:


The FCC has denied a request by Oceanic Time Warner Cable
and Hawaiian Telcom Services Company asking that they not
carry KLEI TV on their respective systems.  The station,
under new ownership since 2011, asked for carriage, but the
operators said no so  KLEI then filed a must-carry

In part, the FCC agreed with the cable operators that the
station could not argue historical carriage as neither had
been carrying the station before it was bought in 2011.
That's when the new owners sought carriage or that it was
delivering an over-the-air signal to any of the communities
it sought cable carriage in.  Those are two of the four
tests for cable TV carriage.

But in this case the FCC took a different view.  It said the
absence of those two points was not sufficient to deny the
station's request.  The agency said that the unique
characteristics of the Hawaiian market and KLEI's strong
lineup of local programming of relevance to the inhabitants
of Hawaii County and to all Hawaiians.  Also that it's
foreign language programming targeted at special groups and
residents, persuaded it to grant the carriage complaint.

Hawaiian Telcom Services Company had said that if it carried
KLEI, it should not have to carry it on channel 6 in
Honolulu.  This is because it was already carrying station
KBFD there.  The FCC rejected that request as well. I t
pointed out that it has clarified very recently that a
digital station, generally speaking, is entitled to be
carried on its former analog channel number.  In this case
KLEI was channel 6 and KBFD was 32.

I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.


At airtime its not known if either the Hawaiian Telcom
Services Company or Oceanic Time Warner Cable plan to file
an appeal.  (FCC. B&C)



This note to our listeners in Germany.  On Saturday, January
12, 2013 the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club will be sponsoring
a one-day workshop dealing with the possible hazards to
amateur radio from electromagnetic Powerline Transmission
more commonly known in Europe as in-home P-L-T.  The
workshop slated for the DARC headquarters in Baunatal will
cover all aspects of powerline Internet transmission and its
likely effects on amateur radio operations.  All DARC
members wishing to attend are welcome. Interested parties
are asked to pre-register by contacting Renate Stackebrandt
by e-mail to r.stackebrandt (at) darc (dot) de.   More is on
line at  (DARC, Southgate)



Tom Medlin, W5KUB, tells us that all systems a go for the
next live W5KUB.COM worldwide Internet broadcast.  On
December 29th at1500 UTC Tom will be  presenting the  D-Star
Live netcast that will feature many experts on the mode as a
part of the show.  Using Tom's interactive website you will
be able to ask questions, and be a part of this program.
Tom says that updates are available via his Facebook web
page.  Just join Facebook and then use the search task bar
to locate the W5KUB Group page.  Then just click to join.



Arizona's postponed Superstition Hamfest will now take place
on Saturday, February 9th   at Mesa Community College off of
highway 60 in western Mesa, Arizona.  The Superstition
Amateur Radio Club, sponsor of the event that usually takes
place in December says that it appreciates everyone's
patience and once again apologizes for the inconvenience the
rescheduling has caused.  For more information please take
your web browser to  An
updated information sheet may be downloaded from the site in
PDF form.  (WB7C)



There will be a transmission from Sweden's famed
Alexanderson 200 kilowatt Very Low Frequency alternator on
Christmas Eve.  The transmitter will be tuned up from around
07:30 UTC with the message itself transmitted on 17.2 kHz at
exactly 08:00 UTC on Monday, December 24th.

The Alexanderson alternator is located at the Grimeton Radio
SAQ transmitter site.  If you copy the message you are asked
to send QSN reports via e-mail to info (at) alexander (dot)
n (dot) se.  You can also mail reports via the S M bureau.
More information on the Alexanderson alternator is on-line
at  (Southgate)



FOX Sports reportedly will take broadcasting of cricket
competition in Australia to a new level this summer.  This
with pictures to be broadcast from micro size cameras
installed in helmets worn by batsmen and wicket keepers.

According to the WIA News, the equipment consists of a High
Definition visor-mounted camera and transmitter with
batteries on the rear strap.  The additional weight on the
helmet is only 250 grams, or about the weight of a bar of

The can be fitted to any player's helmet during the game.
Fox Sports believes it will be the first camera attached to
a player during a Cricket match at this level.  The
technology is to be officially introduced in the Big Bash
Twenty tournament.

For those unfamiliar with Cricket, it is a baseball like
game played between two teams of 11 players.  One team bats,
trying to score as many runs as possible while the other
team fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and limit the
runs scored by the batting team. The game is most popular in
Australia, England, the Indian sub-continent, the West
Indies and Southern Africa.  (WIA News)



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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We seem to be using the words of the changing of the guard
more often these days, and once again they seem most
apropos.  This with the word of the passing of broadcasting
legend Ray Briem, N6FFT as we hear from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW:


Anyone born or raised in the great American Southwest in the
last half century likely knows the name Ray Briem.  For some
30 of those years Briem who held the Amateur Service call
letters N6FFT was called the host who owned overnight talk
radio on Los Angeles station KABC A.M..

Born Leland R. Briem in Ogden, Utah, in 1930, Ray Briem
first took to the radio airwaves at the age of fifteen.  On
August 14th, 1945 he was asked by a station manager to
substitute for a staff announcer and with that his days in
radio were off and running.

The highlight of Ray Briems career was when he came to KABC
in 1967 where he held court over the nighttime hours until
1994.  While he loved big band music and interviewed
hundreds of celebrities his mainstay was talking with and to
his listeners.  And when he got involved in shortwave
listening and then ham radio, several nights each year were
devoted to talking about both of these topics.  Frequent
guests on those special shows included the late Lenore
Jensen, W6NAZ, her husband Bob, W6VGQ and Lloyd Sigmon,
W6LQ, who created the traffic alert system named in his
honor known as the Sigalert.

After retiring from KABC, Ray Briem did a brief afternoon
talk show on KIEV-AM.  He received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame and in 2008 was honored for his contributions
to broadcast radio by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters

On a personal note, unlike some celebrities with call signs,
Ray was more than a name in an amateur radio database.  He
was often heard on the local ham radio airwaves and I myself
had many contacts great with him through the Catalina Island
repeater.  As always, be it speaking to hundreds of
thousands over KABC, or in a one on one contact via ham
radio Ray Briem, N6FFT, was a true gentleman and a friendly
voice in the night that will be missed.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Bruce Tennant. K6PZW, in
Los Angeles.


For a truly beautiful retrospective about Ray Briem, N6FFT,
and his career we suggest that you read the article by
fellow broadcaster Doug McIntire that appeared in the Los
Angeles Daily News.  You can find it at
news-briem.  (ARNewslineT; K6PZW, published news reports)



Astronomers say a new eye on the sky in Western Australia's
remote outback could potentially save the world billions of
dollars.  This by warning of a pending cosmic catastrophe.

The International Center for Radio Astronomy Research in
Perth reports that the new Murchison Widefield Array radio
telescope will give a dramatically improved view of the sun.
This in turn should provide an early warning of explosive
solar storms that can damage to communication satellites,
electric power grids and GPS navigation systems.

In addition to its solar observations, the Murchison
Widefield Array will offer scientists an unprecedented view
of the entire history of the universe, including how the
very first stars and galaxies formed.



The South African nation of Zimbabwe thinks it should jam
shortwave broadcasts from outside that nation's borders. reports that at a recent Zanu PF party
conference it was proposed to jam the signals of foreign-
based radio stations such as Voiceof America's Studio 7,
Radio Voice of the People and South West Radio Africa that
ruling party officials accuse of pushing a Western-backed
regime change agenda in Zimbabwe.

But critics say such a move would deny the majority of
people access to important alternative sources of
information to make informed decisions.  They argue that
President Robert Mugabe's party wants to continue its
domination of the airwaves in order to maintain the status
quo.  But Zanu PF officials maintain these radio stations
are breaking the Zimbabwe law and should be jammed.  More is
on-line at



On the air, keep an ear open on 80 meters for a new QRP
level propagation signal.  The Irish Radio Transmitting
Society reports that a new European low power beacon is
transmitting on 3574.5 Kilohertz using only 300 milliwatts.
The callsign is IZ3NYT with diagrams and pictures at  Text is in the Italian
language.  QSN reports go to IZ3NYT using eQSL or direct.



If you contacted special event station TC9SAM between
December 20th and the 24th you are being asked to QSL direct
only.  TC9SAM was to operate at the Turkish Scouting and
Guiding Federation's National Conciousness Camp-In held in
memoriam to the Allahuekber martyrs.  The memorial is a
traditional winter march to Allahuekber peak in eastern
Turkey held in memory of the 60,000 patriots who were frozen
to death while trying to reach the occupied Kars city in
December of 1914.  In accordance with the camp program
operations of TC9SAM were mainly on 80 and 40 meter SSB.



In DX, members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club Frankfurt
will be on the air from Vietnam from February 15th to the
26th.  They will operate as XV2DLH and will be active on all
of the High Frequency bands.  QSL's go via DK8ZZ.

JR1IZM who also holds the call V31IZ will be operational
as 7P8ZM from Lesotho through January of 2013.  He will be
active on all of the High Frequency bands.  QSL via JO1CRA

F6ITD will be on the air stroke FG from Guadeloupe and two
islands between next February 1st and March 25th. He will be
using SSB and the Digital modes during his stay.  Logs will
be uploaded to both ClubLog and Logbook of the World.  QSL
via his home call either direct or via the bureau.

GM3YTS, GM4FDM, GM0GAV and GM3POI will be operational as
T2GM from Tuvalu between March 12th and the 23rd with their
activity will be focused on Europe. The group now has a Web
page available at                   QSL
via GM4FDM.

K1GI will be active stroke VP9 from Bermuda between December
29th and January 2nd. Operations will be on 160 through 10
meters using CW, SSB and the digital modes.  QSL via JG2BRI,
direct or electronically using Logbook of the World.  No
bureau cards will be accepted.

Lastly, AA9A will again be active from Antigua between
February 11th and the 20th using a new callsign V24A.
Operations should be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB
and possibly RTTY. QSL via his home callsign either direct
or using the bureau.



And finally this week, a Swedish radio show recently
featured an interview with Hojun Song, DS1SBO, about his O-S-
S-I CubeSat. The broadcast took place on Monday, November
26th and dealt with the Maker and Hacker movement that
continues to take the world of home construction by storm.
This included the item on DS1SBO, and the CubeSat that is to
launch in April of 2013. Here Song discusses his philosophy
in developing the OSSI bird:


DS1SBO: ".The point of my project is to freeing all of the
technologies that is used in the satellite."

The entire program can be downloaded as an MP3 file at  While Song speaks in
English the rest of the show is entirely in Swedish.  The
interview with DB1SBO begins at about 1 minute and 20
seconds into the show.  (Southgate, audio clip from



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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, wishing you a very Merry Christmas
from all of us at the Amateur Radio Newsline.  73 and as
always, and we thank you for listening.

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